Decorating a Fabric Coin Purse, Easy and Fun

I wanted to find something to do with leftover diamonds (from diamond painting projects), and bought this fabric coin purse on ebay to experiment with. Link:

You don’t need to have leftover diamonds, you can use pearls you buy at the Dollar Tree, buttons, enamel dots, nail art, rhinestones, sequins, resin pieces or wood embellishments instead…Use your imagination, almost anything you use as an embellishment can be used on this project.

How to change the diamond color:  I used leftover diamonds and used alcohol markers to change the colors to the colors I wanted. I used a diamond painting tool to pick up the diamonds before coloring

The markers you use to color the diamonds must be alcohol based, as water based markers will run when wet. Put a plastic bag inside your coin purse so the glue doesn’t seep through to glue itself shut.  I used Aleene’s Super Fabric Adhesive link: to glue the diamonds to the purse.. I used a cheap kid’s craft paint brush from Walmart link: and cut about 1/4″ off the brush so it was more manageable to work with for the glue…I also used tweezers I got with a diamond painting to pick up some of the diamonds and to push them around on the purse. link:

I created a pattern (in my head) of flowers, and used the glue to adhere them by putting glue on the back of each diamond with the paint brush and then pushing it into the purse. I used a micro brush link: to draw a line of glue to add a line of Bling it rhinestones from Michaels (couldn’t find it in their online store) to create the stems and leaves of the flowers, and pearls to create the centers.

It was a fun project, but after thinking about it, I don’t recommend you doing this with kids, as the glue is really toxic smelling and hard to work with. The glue I bought came with a nozzle, but it didn’t show how to re-cap it once you attach the nozzle, so I didn’t use it, as I knew I wouldn’t use the entire tube doing this.



I watched Lindsay (the frugal crafter) use her scraps to make a bunch of backgrounds for cards.  I decided it was something I should consider….Plus, I wanted to make Christmas cards (as I said before, Christmas Cards during Corona)…..and I thought this would be a great idea for kicking off my Christmas cards….I’m sure most of us have Christmas card stock scraps laying around, and so I’m going to make my first card with scraps..maybe more than one card/video, I’m not sure yet.

Two days ago, Rich and I planted our garden outside…we’d planted seeds indoors and they were beyond ready to go outside, and some had already died.  I planted the flowers and planted flower seeds as well.  I also moved some of my perrenials (perennials are plants that should come back every year) around..That’s the thing about perennials, they multiply and you have to stay on top of them, and separate them, or they either overwhelm the area they are in, or they spread, and take over everything.  I’d planted really pretty gray spotted violets many years ago, not knowing they were the mother of all spreaders.  They ended up everywhere, and the only way to pull out the entire root base, is after it’s rained…otherwise, it’s almost impossible to pull them out of the ground.  I did love these the first year or two after I planted them, but then they took over my front yard, my side yard, and somehow, were in my grass (even though my grass is treated by Tru-Green…The guys from Tru-Green said those violets are almost impossible to eliminate…no kidding….I have them everywhere.  And every spring I try to eliminate every new one that springs up, but it’s a losing battle….My recommendation for anyone buying perennials…read up on what you’re buying before you buy and plant them, otherwise, you might have those plants everywhere, and as great as that sounds, it’s not.

Yesterday it started raining and I had been concerned about the fact that neither one of us did any additional watering when we transplanted the plants we’d grown from seeds..No need to worry, as it drizzled all day yesterday, and if that wasn’t enough water, today it’s rained so hard, we have a flood warning for our area.  I never worry about flooding, as we live at the top of a hill that seems like it’s a mile high.  I’m not sure how high it is, but I can tell you this much…if we ever get a flood at our house, the town closest to us would be completely under water, and I don’t envision that happening.

While it was raining yesterday, I started by organizing my cardstock scraps by color, and then tried to use all of that color’s scraps to create card bases.  I made a lot of bases, and I’m not done yet.  I think I have at least one color to go, and then I’m onto my Christmas scraps.  I followed Lindsay’s system, and then decided I wanted to make some cards with a starburst type design, to use the rest of my scraps.  When you use scraps in a triangle shape,  small scraps go a long way.  I used Lindsay’s system and created full pages of backgrounds that I’ll cut into four equal pieces that will create A2 size cards.  The triangle shape pieces are already on A2 size bases, and are ready for a sentiment.  I’ll put the sentiment on a scrap and die cut that piece, so it lays over the center of the starburst design.  I’m hoping to finish these cards in the next day or so….and get the video done shortly thereafter.

I have one more card idea I need to work on. I’m going to take a headband I was given from a woman who works with a company called Lilla Rose, and after stamping one of the ladies’ heads I have from Prima…I thought I’d use the headband as either a headband on the lady, or a necklace, as this headband could be worn either way.  I think I’ll watercolor the lady…..we’ll wait to see how it turns out.  I’ve got a lot of ideas, just need to get serious about finishing them.

I’ve got one final diamond painting left to do, and then everything I have, is now complete.  I’ll be sure to do a video on the completed images.  Some of them are really cute….I hope you’ll think so too..



We had snow yesterday, and temperatures in the 30’s all day…It was cold, and for some reason I hadn’t slept at all the night before, so I didn’t really accomplish anything.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but when every day is pretty much like the next, it’s often  tough to get motivated to do things. So in the days of corona isolation, I don’t seem to do much.. I uploaded one of the (late) Mother’s Day videos, and read.  I like the Detective D.D. Warren books and just finished her latest novel, “Never Tell.”  Her books are well constructed and a fast read, and her stories, I think, are creative.

This morning, I woke up with a reoccurring dream I’ve had since my twenties, that always unsettles me.  It’s one where it’s the day to go home from college and everyone else is packed and leaving, and I don’t have anything done and no boxes, and no plan.  I saw a television show explaining dreams once, and a similar dream to mine was dissected.  Basically, the person having the dream feels like they are falling behind and everyone else is getting ahead of them.  That made perfect sense when I was young and my career was going nowhere, but now that I’m retired and everyone’s home due to Corona, I can’t decide what it means.  The dream always wakes me up with a high degree of anxiety, though.  It can be several years between these dreams, and I still wake up anxious.  Do any of you have dreams like that, and if so, why do you think you have them?

Today is Mother’s Day and Rich baked bread and a peach pie for me.  I really love his pies…his crust recipe is a big secret that he learned from his grandmother, and believe me, it’s a great recipe.  I have no idea what he does to make it so yummy, but it’s almost like a sugar cookie, but fluffy and wonderful like a great pie crust should be.

We saw a cooking show several years ago where the pie maker put tapioca in her pie makes the filling thicker, and not runny at all.  You can’t discern the tapioca from the filling like you think you would, it just changes the texture.  It’s another reason Rich’s pies are so amazing.

And speaking of cooking shows, I watched one “on demand” yesterday, called “Girl Meets Farm,” and Molly Yeh made a salad that she says is very typical of the MidWest.  I’ve lived all of my life in Western Pennsylvania and Rich is from Ohio, and neither of us have ever heard of this salad….wait for it.  Popcorn salad.  It was like macaroni salad, but instead of macaroni, there’s popped popcorn.  It must be something you have to eat shortly after making it, but Molly Yeh says it’s at every potluck supper they attend.  I can’t imagine the popcorn standing up to mayonnaise, and I’ve never been to a potluck dinner that the dishes didn’t sit out for at least a couple of hours.  So maybe this is a great treat, or a soggy mess….I’d kind of like to try it though, just to see what it’s like.  I don’t know about her recipe, but I’ve seen a couple online that looked pretty good.  Rich, on the other hand, did not seem inclined to give it a whirl…until I mentioned a recipe that included bacon…he’s always a little bit more receptive to any recipe that involves bacon…no wonder we’re gaining weight in insolation…Bacon is becoming a staple of our diet…Yikes,  I need to get those vegetable plants in the ground and maybe someday eat something that is good for me..But for today, I’ll be eating pie.

Painting with Alcohol Inks, Great Card Ideas

I know I’m late with a Mother’s Day card, but timing isn’t everything..And this video is more about the technique than the card… I started with a cereal box, and cut it so I had the front and back of the box to use….I glued a piece of aluminum foil (shiny side face up) to the box. (I glued the aluminum foil to the inside of the cereal box panel, as I wasn’t sure if the aluminum would stay attached to the shiny finished side of the box.) Make sure you do a good job of gluing the edges and corners, as they will pull up with time.

I cut the cardboard/aluminum piece to 5 1/4″ tall by 4″ wide and put it in a Brutus Monroe embossing folder called Petal Lace (link: ) and ran it through my Vagabond electric die cutting machine. (link: ) I love the Vagabond and highly recommend it for people with hand/wrist strength issues. The card base I used was 8 1/2″ wide by 5 1/2″ tall scored on the 8 1/2″ length at 4 1/4″…making it an A2 sized card. I use Recollections Heavyweight card stock in white from Michaels link: .. I found Ranger’s Alcohol Ink tool kit at Joanns (link: and wanted to give it a try. I received Ranger’s Pearlized Alcohol Inks #2 in a stamp of the month kit, and found them only at Hobby Lobby in the big chain You’ll also need Ranger’s Alcohol Ink Blending Solution link: This is great for re-wetting dry alcohol ink and helping you clean your palette. I also use a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol to clean my work surface and tools.

You can make a lot of the tools you can buy (traditional tools not brushes) by gluing a piece of velcro to a pill bottle with the lid glued or Duct Taped on…then cut circles out of cheap white felt that are the same size as the lid and attach them with the velcro. Traditionally, alcohol inks were used in making abstract art and that’s what this tool helps create.

I wanted to see if the paint brushes provided in the tool kit would allow me to make a design that I can control. And they do. I painted the Intrique (Ranger Pearl Alcohol ink set #2 mentioned above) color in the larger sections of the embossing folder, then Tranquil from the same kit, in the centers of the flowers and Sunshine Yellow Ranger Alcohol Ink link: I colored a thin satin ribbon by running it through the Intrique alcohol ink left on my palette. I added a small tag that was die cut and stamped with Happy Mother’s Day from a Hero Arts stamp set called Celebrate Everyday (link: I wrapped the ribbon around the left side of the card and attached it to the back with foam tape I bought at the Dollar Tree. I put several rows of foam tape on the back so the card is raised. I painted around the edges of my card base with Tranquil pearl alcohol ink and then glued the aluminum piece to it.

For the envelope, I used the leftover alcohol ink on my palette with a peg stamp called Poppy Face Large link: and stamped it across the back of the envelope and one on the bottom right corner of the front.

The stamp I created on the back of the card is one made by Stampanda. It’s a square address stamp called Molly that I changed the address to the wording I wanted. I used a coupon I found online at Groupon to make it around $24.

For the other two cards, I used embossing folders from Darice. The thinner piece was run through the their Quatrefoil embossing folder link:, then painted with two of the colors from the Ranger pearl set #2 mentioned above. I die cut the word Hi out of the left upper side of the card base and glued a piece of mat aluminum colored card stock under it and glued the same color cardstock as the card base cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 1/2″ to the inside left side of the card base to cover up the aluminum cardstock back.

The other card was also made using a Darice embossing folder, unfortunately, I don’t know the name of it. Sorry. I used the same Hero Arts stamp kit for the sentiment and a gold color ribbon wrapped three times around the card front. I used Ranger older alcohol inks in Currant, Watermelon, Sunshine Yellow and Sublime from the Pearl kit mentioned above. I made this card the same way as the first card.

Dollar Tree Mother’s Day Gift, Making a Designer Box for It

I found the set of bath and body products at my local Dollar Tree, but not in their online store.

The piece of scrapbook paper I used was double sided and I cut it to 8 1/2″ x 12″ long.

Put the paper in your score board with the pattern you want on the outside of your package face down..  On the 8 1/2″ length, score at 1/2″, 1 1/2″, 7″ and 8″. Then turn to the 12″ length and score at 1/2″, 1 1/2″, 6 1/4″, and 7 1/4″. Fold all of the score lines then with the 8 1/2″ length facing you with the 1/2″ score closest to you, cut out to the second score line on both left and right sides, up to the 1/2″ score, then angle the edges left behind, so they aren’t straight. Then at the next score (1 1/2″), cut to the second score line on both sides, and cut out the first score line. This should leave a flap. Go to the last two scores and cut both to the second score line and cut off the first score. This makes a flap, and you can glue this flap down on both sides.

Now, let’s glue the box together. In the section between the flaps at the beginning and the middle flaps, fold down the first scores and glue them down. On the other end of the box, put tear tape inside the the first scores and on the outside of the first scores and fold them down on the inside tear tape, then take the release paper off the outside tear tape, and hold the box so it is perfectly closed and line it up so it’s a square and glue down one side….after rubbing the inside with your hand or a ruler, to ensure the tape stays well adhered. Then do the same to the other side. The side flaps that are left behind, cut half of it off and cut angles on the sides so you can push it into the box. To close the box, tuck the plastic bag inside and then push the flaps inside the box and tuck the tab into the top with some sort of closure…I used Glue Dots.

I used matching ribbon from Stampin’ Up and wrapped two lengths around the box. I adhered it with tear tape, then made a bow with my bow jig. I attached a second video demonstrating a bow jig as well..Here’s a link to it. I wrapped the bow around the ribbons and used Glue Dots to adhere it to the box.

I have leaf ribbon from BeeBeeCrafts…here’s a link to it. I wrapped the leaf ribbon around the box and used Glue Dots to adhere them..


I’ve been working on Mother’s Day video ideas and I know I’m late, what’s new there.  I don’t have anyone to give a Mother’s Day gift to, but wanted to be sure to put up videos related to Mother’s Day.

I’m not sure if I talked about the small coin purse I wanted to decorate with leftover diamonds from diamond paintings, but made a video showing that process.  It’s definitely not my best work, but what can you do when your glue is so smelly, you think you’re getting brain damage from it?  OK, that’s just an excuse.  It wasn’t as easy to do as I thought it would be, and I think the end product reflects that…but maybe this was a project for more nimble fingers.  I hate admitting that, but I think you’ll figure it out for yourself when you see me try it.

As for the Mother’s Day card, I think I hit this one out of the park.  I wanted to use aluminum foil attached to cardboard, run through an embossing folder, and painting it with alcohol inks.  I love the end result, and think you will too..

And of course, I had to come up with an inexpensive gift kids could give their mothers, and found a small set of bath products at the Dollar Tree and made a gift box for it….Three new videos, and hopefully all will still be helpful this close to Mother’s Day…Now all I have to do is get my editor to put the videos online…Yes, I know it’s the Friday before Mother’s Day and none of these videos are live yet.  I’d like to say I’m working on my time management skills, but the truth is, I’m still obsessed with diamond paintings, and I had one I’ve been working on this week that’s about 70% one color, off-white, and is a Christmas themed art piece….yet I still can’t stop myself from prioritizing that over what I should have been doing,  my Mother’s Day videos…

All in all, if you watch the Mother’s Day card video, painting with alcohol inks, you’ll realize it’s a card for all seasons, and maybe you’ll be obsessed with the idea like I am..

I’ve never been good with alcohol inks because I’ve always seen them as only usable for abstract art, until now.  I had such a great time playing with them, that I couldn’t stop with one card, and ending up making three.  If you own alcohol inks and aren’t running out to buy the paint brushes, Ranger’s selling for them after seeing the video, I don’t know what will influence you do to so…they’re so much fun, and opened a whole new world (for me) using alcohol inks.


I’d like to say that I have been working like a beaver in my craft room, but to be honest, (and I rarely am,) my arthritis has been in a bad flare, and I haven’t felt like doing much of anything.  I have been reading a lot, a series much like the Jack Reacher series…This one is the Peter Ash series, and I’m really enjoying it.  I’ve also been working on diamond paintings, trying to make sure I finish all of the art I currently have, before the next round of mail comes in.  One of my viewers kindly gave me a gift card to Amazon, and I used it toward a magnifying lamp that you position over diamond paintings.  The magnification is throwing me off my game, but the light is tremendous.  I have a light pad under my work, but that only illuminates under the project, so you can see where the diamonds are placed.  It puts the diamonds themselves into a shaded area, so it’s hard to see if they are upside down or right side up, and this lamp does a great job of illuminating them, so I no longer have trouble seeing them well.  Here’s the lamp I got.  I looked at a lot of magnifying lamps, and two things about this one were great selling points…The first is the plug..I don’t want a battery operated lamp, nor do I want a lamp that I have to attach to other technology…This one came with a plug, and that was what I wanted.  Also, most of the lamps only came with a clamp, and I wasn’t sure if a clamp would ultimately get in my way.  I wanted to have a lamp that I could position anywhere I wanted it, and if it only has a clamp, that limits where it can be placed.  Also, I use a dining room table for diamond art, and it has a really thick lip, and I know the clamp wouldn’t be large enough to accommodate the lip, again, making the clamp useless.  So far I really like it.  I tried the magnification, and at first, thought I’d really like it, but I have a hard time figuring out where my hand is in relation to the painting.  That probably doesn’t make sense, but when you think about your hand being magnified and the painting being magnified, your movements are also magnified…therein lies the issue.  Every movement I make, feels awkward and huge.  You have to try one of these to see what I mean.  And maybe it’s just me…It’s entirely possible that it is.

I’m definitely going back into the craft room tomorrow and producing something.  I need to make the travel journals I’ve been talking about forever, and I have trivets from the Dollar Tree that I’d like to cover in fabric, and lastly, I’m thinking of doing a series of Christmas cards called Christmas Cards during Corona…Is that a horrible idea?  I know that a lot of people make Christmas cards early, and I always make mine super late, so maybe this is a way for me to actually make Christmas cards that might inspire others to make theirs.     But I’m probably too late with this idea, as our county/state is looking to open up next week….and I’m happy that they are, but not sure how it will work. Here’s why..  I went to the grocery store with Rich two days ago and there were so many people not wearing masks, or not wearing them over their nose and mouth, and I was so disgusted.  When it’s mandatory to wear a mask, can’t people just do it?  I heard today that a person was shot and killed for telling someone they couldn’t go into a Dollar Tree without a mask….Is this what we’ve come to?

I think I’ve turned into a crazy old person, as I couldn’t just walk by the people not wearing masks, or wearing them improperly.   Instead, I said things like “Your mask needs to cover your nose and mouth,” or “You need a mask.”  And it wasn’t like I muttered it under my breath…I made sure the people heard me.  I was prepared for them to say something sarcastic back, but they didn’t.

I had a Zoom call with my college girlfriends and told them what I’d said, and they both said they wished they were that brave.  I don’t know if I’m brave or stupid.  I just can’t understand why people won’t follow this directive.  Do they think it’s beneath them, or that they don’t have symptoms so clearly they don’t need to wear a mask?  Whatever the answer is, it’s not good enough…We all need to be diligent if we want to get rid of this virus and get our country running again.  And, most importantly, we need to work together to do this.  This isn’t the time to be bucking the system…it’s time to pitch in and try to make a difference.

I bought a Corona stamp set and will be making some cards to give to seniors in local nursing homes..  They can’t have any visitors.  Can you imagine how lonely they must be?  Maybe if we all do something small, it can be the difference to get us through this with our sanity, and our health, intact.