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Coloring book page greeting cards


Dear Fellow Crafters,

Below are two examples of the use of coloring books and greeting cards.

Lately I’ve been using quite a few coloring book pages for my birthday/friendship greeting cards. At first I didn’t really want to cut up or die-cut an image out of a page I had spent time coloring. I also wondered if there were manufacturers who made coloring books especially for paper crafters.  I put the idea aside and just used rubber stamps and THEN companies began to realize that this phenomenon wasn’t going away. Lo and behold, one Saturday while browsing the aisles at Michael’s I saw it coloring book wrapping paper! Soon they were making coloring books for adults the size of post cards and regular greeting cards. While this was handy to be sure, I still wondered if I could use the oodles of colored pages.

Pinterest, of course, to the rescue. Above is a representative of using coloring books and paper.

Happy Crafting,



Memorial Day

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Below is a reprint from a post I wrote awhile ago about this day on my other blog.



Dear Fellow Journalers,

I found this true story recently and thought I would share.


In September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a History teacher at Valley Heights High School in Port Rowan, did something not to be forgotten.
On the first day of school, with the permission of the school Superintendent, the Principal and the Building Supervisor, she removed all the desks in her classroom.
When the First Period kids entered the room, they discovered that there were no desks.
“Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?”

She  replied:  “You can’t have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.”
They  thought:  “Well, maybe it’s our Grades.”  “No.” she  said.
“Maybe it’s our behavior.”   She told them:   “No, it’s not even your behavior.”
And so,  they came and went ~~~ the First Period, Second Period, Third Period.
Still no desks in the classroom.   Kids called their parents to tell them what was happening and by early afternoon, television crews had started gathering at the
school to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her
room. The final Period of the day came and the puzzled students found seats
on the floor of the desk-less classroom.

Martha Cothren said:   “Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he or she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom.  Now I am going to tell you.”
At this  point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it. Twenty-seven  (27) Veterans, all in uniform, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk.

The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place, those kids started to understand – perhaps for the first time in their lives – just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.

Martha  said:   “You didn’t earn the right to sit at these desks.  These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. They went halfway around the world, giving up their education and interrupting their careers and families so
you could have the freedom you have. Now, it’s up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens.
They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education.   Don’t ever forget it.”
By the way, this is a true story, and this teacher was awarded Veterans of  Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year in 2006. She is the daughter of a WWII POW.
Let us always remember the Men and Women
of our
  Military and the rights they have won for us.

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Recycled United States postage stamps

Dear Fellow Crafters,

When I was growing up, my dad worked for an international insurance company. His father, who also worked for the same company loved collecting postage stamps. My dad and I used to pour over those stamps and I started a small collection myself. When they traveled to distant lands, they always wrote me a letter or postcard so that I would have a postage stamp from that country.

Years later when I was married and had become interested in rubber stamping, I was reintroduced to the world of stamp collecting.  Hero Arts Rubber Stamp Company introduced faux postage stamps and envelope set and I remember going through my memory box to see if I had kept any of the old stamps. Not many had made the trip to adulthood but that didn’t stop me. I started again with holiday postage stamps.

I didn’t want the beauty and memories to disappear so I began a hunt to discover ways to use recycled postage stamps.  These are a few ideas:

Mod Podge and postage votive . This idea comes from Hammer Like a Girl.

You can bet that I’m adapting this idea for use with a mason jar.

Patriotic Postage Stamp Magnets. This idea comes from CraftJournal. Here’s the link.

and finally, the easiest one of all – a bookmark. This idea comes from ThinkCrafts.

Happy Crafting,