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Sticky Sweets for Your Lovies

Look what love can do!

Here’s a little story about a match made in heaven (okay, made in my basement art room, which feels like heaven to me . . . )

Last year I made these little Valentines for my family.  Determined to play my slobbery-granny-heart cool, I grabbed some textured cardstock and loaded up some sass:

  1. Duct Tape.  My grandkids adore it. I love saving the bits of duct tape scraps by sticking them onto very thin cardboard or thick paper.  (See my Stuck on Happy post.)
  2. Foil Candy Wrappers.  Perfect companion with the duct tape bits. Of course I couldn’t resist doing some super girlie cards too.  I just swapped the duct tape hearts with scrapbook paper.
  3. The Stapler.  She pierces fast and forever!

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Sticking it to You

I stuff the pieces of our past

inside my sticky soul.

Wrinkled ducts foil my obsession.

In eternal pain I staple them, sweetly smoothing

the shiny bits of our love.

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Just Stuff

I’ve been organizing pictures and came across some odds and ends I’d like to share.

Here’s a fun card I made for my youngest grandson.  I can’t remember exactly where I got the blister package (I save all kinds–HUGE FUN–KIDS LOVE IT TOO!).  It was a little tough squeezing in all of the stuff . . .

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This is a sweet wedding cake I decorated a few years ago for our daughter’s backyard wedding.  We just ordered a plain frosted cake from the grocery store bakery and I added the decorations.  The little bride and groom were just a few dollars from a craft store.  I just wish I would have been brave enough to use fresh flowers.  There are so many gorgeous ones on Pinterest!  Check out my wedding boards: Really Pretty Weddings  and Really Pretty Weddings 2.

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Earlier this year I helped my pre-school Sunday School kids make these super cool capes from old tee shirts.  Simply cut off the entire front (leaving the neck area).  They absolutely loved it.  The crosses were made out of duct tape which they adore.  I’m sure I got this idea from a Pinterest pin!

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These two photos are of my laundry room.  I painted it a few months ago.  I was excited about using a rich dark brown but I had to use lots of self-discipline not to do more than one wall.  The creamy white and the floral curtains are the perfect balance to keep it fresh, don’t you think?

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And here’s the view looking from my laundry room into my kitchen.  It’s so homey I’m gonna never leave!

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I love this picture.  It was a dark and windy night!

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Our church has a ladies’ luncheon every spring, featuring a table decorating competition.  Yay!  I won I won I won!

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Don’t overlook life’s small joys while searching for the big ones.  — Unknown

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Stuck on Happy with Duct Dynasty

Hey!  Uncle Si and Phil’s grandkids would love the duct tape creativity at our house!  Clean and simple fun for the whole family . . .

Check out the cool binder my daughter and granddaughter made by simply recovering an old ugly one.  Wouldn’t this be a fun project for school/scout/church groups to do for back-to-school?  You could ask businesses to donate old binders, folders, etc.  Then simply set up tables in a large room loaded with donated duct tape, stickers, and Sharpie markers (along with skilled helpers, of course), and invite kids to come and make their own amazing looks.

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We have also found a fun way to use duct tape scraps. Simply stick them onto a piece of lightweight cardboard.  You can then cut into fun shapes.  Be sure to save the leftover silhouette for some other creative moment.

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You can also keep adding scraps until you end up with an interesting collage.  Just have fun with it and don’t worry about the wrinkles.   This is the collage I used to make some birthday cards for my grandsons.

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I couldn’t resist adding a little star-spangled glitz.

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Pretty cool,  huh?  Perfectly messy and funky.

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As an excuse for my laziness, I carried the theme through on the inside of the cards.  Cuz any granny could give cards with boring old typed-up messages.

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Here are a couple of sites you might like for more inspiration:

Would love to hear about your own duct tape creations!  In the meantime, I’ll be catching up on a little relaxing TV time with the Robertson’s.  And I’ll be wondering:

Will my creations inspire Jase to duct tape Willie’s office?

Will Korie and Missy use duct tape to brighten up Martin’s bachelor pad?

Will Uncle Si finally make a duct tape shoulder bag for his beloved Tupperware cup?

Hey!  If it quacks like duct tape you can bet your whistle it will make everybody happy happy happy.

Seriously though, wouldn’t all those beards get stuck in the tape?  Ouch.  Could The Robertson Men meet the challenge?

That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

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