Using Evernote & Evernote Web Clipper to catalogue your craft supplies

Ok – if you are a crafter, face it – you are also a hoarder.  Yes, I know that sounds harsh, but its true, as crafters we collect A LOT OF STUFF to do what we do – and that leads to other problems and difficulties.  Problems finding what you need, forgetting about supplies you have and never using them, and worst of all, buying something twice because you forgot you had it in the first place (I hate it when that happens).  There are many ways Evernote and this inventory system can help you depending on your wants and needs: inventory for insurance purposes, expenses and budgeting, organizing, documenting manufacturer and location of purchase (very helpful if you are a blogger or YouTuber), it can also help with inspiration (this was an added benefit I did not expect). This will all become clearer as I go on.  Evernote also crosses over all of your devices – most importantly, your phone so you always have your inventory with you and can access it whenever and wherever you are.

Before I get into the specifics of how I am using it and what I did, I need to send a HUGE THANK YOU to my wonderful friend Marsha B. for telling me about this.  I think she said she heard about it from another sweet friend, Marsha M. who saw it on YouTube.   I am familiar with Evernote as I have been a subscriber since 2012 but I was only using it for lists, craft instructions and password information.  So I went to YouTube and since I did not know what Marsha M. watched, I just did a search “Evernote for Inventory?” and watched a few tutorials (“Organize Craft Supplies with Evernote” by paperologist, “Evernote tutorial: How to Create a Stamp Inventory” by Kat Scrappiness, and “Using Evernote to Organize your Stamp Sets” by Rebecca Brown.  All were helpful to me for various reasons and they are not that long so check them out if you need more information to help you get started.

I have found the Evernote Web Clipper to be VERY helpful and strongly recommend you download it along with the basic Evernote program.  I’ll explain more later.  Evernote has fee based programs available but the free one is working just fine for me.  And free is always a good thing.

Disclaimer: I am by no means an expert in any of this.  I am not a computer, Evernote or YouTube expert.  Nor am I getting paid by anyone to write this.  It is just my opinion, thoughts and how I am using my tools.  I am merely a crafter sharing a tool that I find helpful.  I will explain things as best I can.  If something is not clear to you, please feel free to let me know or ask me a question and I will do my best to help or try to put you in the direction of someone else that can answer your question.

After downloading the Evernote program, you need to create a notebook (this is like a file folder) and you can create one bulk “Inventory” notebook or you can break it down into multiple notebooks based on your needs and uses for the program.  The good part is, you can always move an entry to another folder at any time should you find the need.  For example, you set up an “Inventory” notebook and start entering your supplies — then you decide you want to break your notebooks down by supplier – or type of supply (ie stamps in one notebook, dies in another, ink pads in another, embellishments in yet another and so on)  This is YOUR system so set it up however best suits you and your needs.  You will understand better once you see it in action and see what the capabilities are.  I will explain how I am using it AT THIS TIME – as I said, it is easy to move things around if you decide you want to change something so I may end up changing something after I have used the system for a bit.

After creating your notebook, you will begin creating your notes.  Each note is an entry about your inventory item. You will create a separate note for each inventory item. The tags on the note are your key.  You need to make tags that will make sense to you and consistency is key – using the same terminology or names for items (ie a birthday gift can be a “gift” or a “present” – for my purposes, I chose gift universally.  For my purposes, I refrained from listing a gift as a “birthday gift” or “Christmas gift” regardless of what type of stamp set it may be part of – I feel “gift” is sufficient and can usually be used for any type of gift needed.  I feel it simplifies things but if you feel more detail is needed, then go ahead and use the tags you see fit.  YOU will be the one utilizing your tags so they need to be written as you would use them. When you perform a search – you can search within one notebook or all of your notebooks so it doesn’t matter whether you have 1 notebook or 100.

Additionally, if you are setting up a notebook for each manufacturer, then you do not need to create a tag with the manufacturers name.  For my purposes, I do not need seller information but if that is important to you, create a tag “purchased from Michaels” etc.  Additionally, there is a comments section, so if  you will need to refer to the information when using the item, but won’t need to search by that information, then just enter it in the comment section as your tags do not readily show on your notes.  For instance, if you will not need to search the items you purchased at Michaels, but will need to know this for a potential blog post, in the comments section, you might write “Purchased at Michaels 3/2/2-18 on sale for $4.99”.  Or you could use the comments section to document when you use the item by pasting a picture of your creation and comment “Used for Card Buffet 2/24/2018”.  You are able to update a note at any time so if you decide you want to add a tag or comment, just open the note & change things or add things as you see fit.

Now on to the Evernote Web Clipper and how I go about creating a note.  After downloading, the Evernote icon (an elephant) will be place on your internet browser – I have Windows 10 & use Firefox (I don’t know if that matters) and the icon is way over to the right on the address line.  I also use Google.  I am a Stampin Up demonstrator so I will use my Stampin Up supplies in my examples.  First we need to enter the name of the stamp set in the search box and change the type of search from “all” to “images” (this is right under the search box in Google).  I searched “Stampin Up Hang Your Stocking”.  Note I used capitals in my search – this is to save time because the web clipper will use your search as a label for your note (very nice).  If you don’t care about capitalization, then don’t bother but the training in me says a title should be capitalized (a little bit of OCD coming out here).  The search brings up images of the stamp set as well as any photos on line that use the stamp set (ie Pinterest pins or blog posts etc).  For my purposes, I want an image of the stamp set itself for my inventory, so I click on the appropriate image (don’t use any Ebay or Etsy listings that may show up – you can’t copy the picture – it copies the link to the listing). Here is my search result:Screenshot-2018-3-5 Stampin Up Hang Your Stocking - Google Search

I then clicked on the first image of the stamp set & got this:

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Now you click on the clipper icon & that opens a note (I’m sorry, I can’t get a screen capture of this – the capture takes a picture of what is UNDER the Evernote box).  The first section in the box is your note title – as I said previously, it automatically prefills with the words used in your search – you can type over and change it as you see fit (I delete the “Stampin Up” and enter this as a tag.    Look to the bottom of the box to be sure you are clipping to the appropriate notebook, change as necessary.  Now, go to the middle section of the box, this is about what you want to clip – I want just the one image so I click on “Screenshot” and put a box around the wanted image.  Now, you can mark up the picture if you want.  The next section of the clipper box is your tags.  I have found one problem and can’t figure out how to fix it, there is a maximum of 20 tags allowed at this point (once you save the note from clipper, you can add more tags in the Evernote program) BUT for some reason, when you exceed 20 tags & you get the message advising of the 20 tag limit, when you save the note, it wipes out all of your tags on the note.  I don’t know why this happens or how to prevent it – other than to not exceed 20 which is a bit troublesome as there is no counter.  But it is much easier to enter your tags at this point – if you wait to enter them in the program, it takes a lot more steps, you can’t just type & enter, you have to mouse click on tags, add tag, a box opens, you again click add tag, then get another box to type the tag, then save it.  I tag with every image on the stamp set.  With flowers, I decided to always tag flower, then tag specifically if I now what it is (ie rose, peony, daisy etc).  Along with card making, I dabble in mixed media, so if a stamp set has something that would make good texture or background – I add tags with those words.  I also decided to add all of the sentiments as tags as well, this helps if I want to make a friend card, I can search “friend” and it will bring up all the stamps that include the word friend.  You may decide this is overkill for you but I find it helpful.  You could also add the sentiments in the remarks section.

Ok, back to clipper, there is an “options” button at the bottom of the clip where you can make changes such as “always add tag”.  Since I am entering all of my Stampin Up products now, I always add the tag “Stampin Up”.  Once I finish with Stampin Up, I can change that tag to my next brand name.  You can also chose to always open clipper to clip to a particular notebook (again changing that as necessary while initially entering your inventory.  Once your inventory is done and you will be entering new purchases that will change specifics, I will delete the “always” options).  Once, you finish with tags, you can enter any comments you want visible on your note.  Your tags don’t readily show on your notes, so even though I may have tagged a stamp “matching dies” – I want to know this when I view the note so I type it again under additional remarks.  Another issue that is important to me is whether a stamp set is current or retired – I may need to create a card with only current items for stamp camp or card buffet so I have tagged them as such.  When an item retires, I can just go in & delete “current” and add “retired” – but I also want to know if a set is retired by viewing it so I add “retired” under remarks.  This helps if I search “hearts” to create a card, I can immediately see if a set is retired.  Add remarks as you see fit.  I have not entered much here so I don’t know if there is a limit.  It may be like the tags, in that there is a limit in clipper but it is unlimited in the actual program.  After all tags and remarks are entered, click on “save” at the top of the box.  You have now created your first note!

One of the benefits of the clipper is that it automatically adds a Google search link to your note.  I love this unexpected feature.  With one click, you can get inspiration for your stamps!

I am trying a new storage system that I got from one of the YouTube videos I watched.  I am numbering my stamps and storing them by number instead of alphabetically.  This will prevent having to constantly shift stamps to add new ones or remove retired ones.  I will always have the program handy as I have it loaded on my phone, tablet & laptop so it will be a quick search to find the number of a stamp to then pull it from the drawer.  If you have different storage locations, be sure to make a remark so you can easily know where to find your stamp whether you sort them by theme, alphabetically or numerically,  The only drawback I see to the number system is that by the end of creating my inventory, I will find out just how many stamps I have!

Evernote is not letting me do screenshots from my laptop so I can’t show u the full view but I was able to get some on my phone:

Here is one where I searched “heart” & I got 12 matches from the 57 notes I have so far.   among the matches is the one below which has the word heart within a sentiment – you can see that it highlighted the relevant word for easy finding

I hope I have explained it well enough.  And that it is not too wordy, I really wanted to explain it in detail for any Newbees.  Please let me know if you have any questions, I’ll be happy to help.  Send me a comment and let me know if this was helpful and feel free to share any tips or information that you thought of while creating your inventory, that you find useful or helpful to the inventory process with Evernote.  I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for visiting and spending time with me.  Happy crafting and good luck with your inventory.



Stampin Up Christmas Home Dec Project

I have been so inspired by “inchies” lately. If you don’t know what they are do a Pinterest search. You can do them in any theme and color – whatever inspires you. I love Christmas, winter and snowflakes so that was my direction for this project.

***Please note that I did use a number of discontinued items and I apologize if you can’t find them (Stampin Up products are always available on EBay so I would suggest you start there). Even though I sell Stampin Up products, the purpose of this post is for inspiration and sharing (but I’ll be honest, a few sales as a result would be a great bonus). This is the perfect project for mixing and matching and using what you have on hand so don’t think you have to spend money and get all the “hot items” of the moment.  Go back through your old stuff that you haven’t used in a while and remember why you bought them in the first place – you like Them — so use them and have fun.

I wanted to use the Large Letters Framelits so I didn’t do actual inch sized squares. I made squares & rectangles based on the size of the letters and images I wanted to use. I measured a box slightly larger than my images, then added 1/8” to each measurement for each mat layer giving 1/16” borders.

I used Silver Glimmer Paper as my background, then stamped my images on Whisper White Cardstock with mint macaron ink. I’m sorry but that color is no longer available – Pool Party would be a great option. The dark blue matting layers are Dapper Denim.

To make the letter squares, I started by stamping my snowflakes in mint macaron. The large flake is from Flurry of Wishes and the small one is from Every Occasion which is discontinued- but use any smaller snowflake you have on hand. Then I die cut the letters, backed the square with Dapper Denim and put the letters back in with Stampin Dimensionals cut to fit.

The snowmen are from Snow Much Fun which unfortunately is a discontinued set. You might be able to find it on EBay. The words are from A Tim Holtz set of holiday words dies – I don’t know if it is still available. I did a little bit of coloring with the matching Mint macaron marker. Again, this color is no longer available but there is a Matching marker for all of the current colors – you can get the whole set here 110 Dual Tip Markers. I used the Pumpkin Pie marker to color the carrot noses.

The coffee cup is from Merry Cafe which is also discontinued but there is a similar new bundle that you can still get – Coffee Cafe Bundle.

The ornament is also discontinued- Embellished Ornaments. It also has matching framelits. You may be able to get them on EBay but feel free to use any ornament stamp you may have on hand.

The stockings are current and you can get the stamps and thinlets here – Christmas Stockings Thinlets and Hang Your Stocking. I also ran the cuff through the Big Shot with a Sizzix embossing folder. I’m sorry I don’t know the name but it is such a small piece – you could use just about any embossing folder you have. Mine was a holly leaf border that fit perfectly.

The die cut snowflakes are from Couture Creations and I purchased them from Create and Craft.

Lastly, I embellished some of the squares with clear glitter glue and Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

I hope you enjoyed my post and that you were inspired to create your own project. I would love to see your creations so post a picture or link in the comments. Please let me know if you have any questions – I would be happy to help. Happy crafting!

Oh My Stars in Katy, TX is carrying my cards!

Oh My Stars is having their Grand Opening event this weekend at 1935 Avenue D, Katy, TX and they are carrying some of my hand made greeting cards!  I am so excited to have them in a storefront, I can’t even put it into words. Thank you so much to Malonya and Jodi for giving me this opportunity and exposure.

Oh My Stars is a wonderful store carrying unique home decor and gift items.  Visit them this weekend, August 7th & 8th and check out their fantastic items. All details are on their Facebook page.  I wish them success and happiness in their new venture!  I hope this leads to a long and fruitful relationship between Oh My Stars and Jnets Line.

I also hope that this will be the spark that gives me some self confidence so that I can put myself and my products out there more.  I don’t know what is wrong with me that I am so afraid to pursue my dreams and start by selling myself and my products.  I love what I do and I am very proud of what I produce.   I really love to give my things away as gifts which usually results in what we all love  — compliments!  ………….But then I see other crafters work and I lose all confidence. I don’t feel that my work holds up and I can’t imagine people willing to pay their hard earned money for my stuff.  I have always gotten the support and praise from my family (thank you all so much, I love you and so appreciate your help, praise and encouragement over the years), but let’s face it, they are family – they have to be nice right? Lol. Except for Dad, we can always trust Dad to tell you exactly what he is thinking!

Anyway, all this boils down to the fact that this is a very big step for me and I intend to keep those steps going in the right direction, so thank you again to Oh My Stars Jodi and Malonya.  Good luck ladies!

2015 Ornament Exchange Link Party

Well, all of the ornament blogs have been gathered into this wonderful Link Party so you can see them all together and click on any of them to get all of the tutorial information or purchase information of they were store-bought ornaments. There are some fantastic ornaments here, so grab a cub of coffee, sit down and take some time to peruse a few blogs. And while you are at it, we would love to see your original ornaments! Post your link below with your tutorial on how it was made so everyone can share in your ideas.

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Ornament Exchange Link PartyWelcome to the first 2015 Holiday Ornament Exchange!

Want to see all the amazing ornaments we have shared?

We are linking up all of our ornaments in the link below so everyone can see all the beautiful handmade and/or store bought goodies we came up with!

Let’s all get inspired this season!

The Hosts of the Exchange~Ornament Exchange Hosts

My Pinterventures | Made in a Day | The House Down The Lane | The Kolb Corner | Intelligent Domestications | Where The Smiles Have Been | Ash and Crafts | Inside the Fox Den | C’mon Get Crafty | Olives-n-Okra

We want to say a huge “Thank You” to all the blogs that shared the exchange announcement on their sites, we could not have done it without you! Hugs! Ornament Exchange Helpers

Lexi Michelle Blog | B is 4 | Xo, Lorey | Craving Some Creativity | Cherishing a Sweet Life | Our Crafty Mom | MidMichigan Mom

Make sure to visit all the other wonderful bloggers of the 2015 Ornament Exchange! All of their incredible creations are linked in the link party below.

DIY Adulation | The Farmhouse In The Field | Tastefully Frugal | My Sweet Things |Christmas Tree Lane | Simply Kelly Designs | Munofore | Decor To Adore | Tulips & Orchids | Rhinestones & Sweatpants |Happily Ever After, Etc. | From This to That | DIY Just Cuz | This Design Journal | I am Homemaker | Organized by Sunshine | Displaced Yinzer | My Life From Home | Nets Blog About Jnets Line | 10 Acres and 6 Chicks | Books and Life | Gardenchick | Two Purple Couches | DIY Just Cuz | Across the Blvd | Kentucky to Cali | Insolence + Wine | Our House Now a Home | Weekend Craft | Mary and Martha’s House | Random Bits of Happiness | Dragonfly and Lily Pads | Garden Matter | Recipe For a Sweet Life | Mama’s Journey | Amber Downs | Toolbox Divas | Craving Some Creativity | Vikalpah | Flourish & Knot | Raising Fairies and Knights | Blue Willow House | The Road to Domestication | Love My Messy Messy Mess | An Oregon Cottage | Home On The Corner | Fearlessly Creative Mamma | The Evolution of Mom | The Green Mountain Couple | Simply Home Love | Run with Jackabee | | The Chilly Dog | Try it – Like it | Gypsy Road | Playfully Tacky | Wife Mommy Me

We want to see your ornament tutorials too! Show us your creations by adding your post to the party below! Please add only ornament tutorials to the party. Thank you!

Click on the InLinkz Link-up below to see all of the ornaments – I think we are up to 102!! and you can add your link there.

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I hope you enjoy my Star Snowman ornament along with all of the many other great ornaments below. Thank you to Erlene of Mypinterventures and all of her helpers for organizing this wonderful swap and link party this year! Please leave me your comments – or any questions you may have below and I will be happy to answer.

Happy Crafting and Happy Holidays Everyone,

2015 Ornament Exchange – Day 7

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There were three bloggers posting today including me!  I am so excited, I can’t believe I am featured on someone else’s blog.  This is all new to me so I apologize for gushing but this is the first time anything I have done has been posted by someone else so I am a bit over excited.  Please take a moment to visit my co-bloggers for the day.  I learned some tutorial posting tips from Lorey and her tutorial for the reversible plaque.  See her tutorial here.  My other co-blogger chose to purchase her ornament and I love her post and photos.  I think Rebecca really embraced the spirit of the exchange and really made you feel like you went shopping with her!  So take a trip with Rebecca here and see what she found and how she got into the spirit of the season.

Thank you Lorey and Rebecca for posting with me today.

I know I don’t have many followers yet, but if anyone has an ornament they would like to share, please post your link below and I will be happy to share it.  On November 14th, we should have a link-up party of all participating bloggers and their ornaments so be sure to check back with me.  And visit Erlene at Mypinterventures for all of the links so far.  Thank you again Erlene for all of your time and efforts in organizing our 2015 Ornament Exchange.

My Ornament for the 2015 Exchange – I love how he came out!!

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I think he is so adorable.  I hope my partner, Shirley Wood likes him as much as I do when she receives it!

There were quite a few steps involved but in hind site, some things could have been done easier – now that I KNOW what the final outcome is. LOL  I had a general picture in my mind but nothing to work from and I ended up making some things harder than necessary.  Starting with the head, I took a 2 inch Styrofoam ball, mixed my own paper mache paste (1/2 cup water, 1 cup flour) — and now here was my first mistake but I am going to tell everything I did — instead of paper, I used 1/2 wide gauze to “paper mache” the head.  I don’t know what I was thinking, but I did not like the look, it did not come out as smooth as I had hoped, so I then tried a few layers of gesso.

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I still didn’t like it.  So, then I took a jar of artificial snow (with a little glitter in it) and smeared it on with a palette knife.

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THAT was much better, now it looks like it was rolled in the snow! (I saved the face for last)

Then I worked on the star.  Again, here I think I took the hard way so if you are recreating him, I think there must be easier ways.

I used the nested Sizzix star dies and my big shot.  I cut two stars out of chipboard in the ultimate size I wanted – approx. 5 inches across.  Then I cut two out of the patterned paper in the next size up because I wanted to wrap the paper around the edges of the chipboard.  In the long run, I am not sure that was worth all of the trouble and effort as I put the tinsel around the edge.  I was afraid to put the paper on the chipboard before cutting because of the scoring and bending I was going to do to make the star 3D – I was afraid the paper would split or crack.  You may want to give it a try and see what happens because I had a tough time.  I scored all of the valleys on the front of the chipboard and all the points on the back, then folded the scores to make the center pop up.

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I clipped the cardstock stars all around the edges so I would have tabs to fold around the chipboard edges and I attached the cardstock with decoupage.  I had a terrible time with the decoupage drying quickly, then my fingers got sticky and they kept peeling the paper.  I was making the blue ones and some red ones but the red ones got ruined and I was not able to finish the second ornament as planned (sniff sniff – I’m so sad, I really want one for myself – I’m quite tempted to keep this one!  Only kidding Shirley.) I tried doing small areas at a time and washing my hands multiple times but it was just a mess!  I was really surprised the blue ones turned out as well as they did.

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When dried, I glued them all the way around the outside.  Don’t forget to put the cord down the middle before you put them together.  Again, I wasn’t sure where I was going to end up so I just left really long pieces of cord on both top and bottom of the star but in hind sight I would have threaded it up through the head and hat and back down again and then down to the bell at the bottom and back up again and tied a knot and hidden it inside the star.  As it was I fought to tie a knot at the top of the hat and get the end back into the hat – then tie a knot at the bottom and stick the end into the star – all while keeping everything at the right lengths etc — it was frustrating!  After gluing the stars together, I glued the tinsel all around the outside of the star.

Then I took a long doll making needle and ran the cord up through a blue bead to keep the head from sitting too far down on the point of the star, then through the center of the head (after deciding what looked best for the face) and up through the hat.  I made the hat by cutting a 5 inch circle of the patterned paper and then I removed 1/4 of the circle (like you would cut a pie), then curled the rest into a cone and glued it up the seam.  I glued the tinsel around the top and bottom.  Then I found an old 1/2 inch blown glass ornament that was the perfect color that I used like a pom pom for the top of the hat.  I used 1/2 inch organza ribbon and tied a triple bow for the neck and it was funny, I tied it and didn’t like it for some reason.  I also had another ribbon so I showed all to Mom for her opinion and asked if I should retie the organza bow without the biggest loop and she said no, she liked it and turned it over and put the big loops on top instead of the small ones!!  How simple – and I love it!  I sat there stewing over it for about an hour, and she looks at it and poof, has the right idea!

 The bell on the bottom was part of an old string of gold bells I had and I spray painted it “hammered silver”.  As I said, the face was last, and it gave me fits, I could not get things to look even.  Thanks again Mom for helping – I don’t know what I would do without you, you are the best crafting buddy.  The nose is a button I have had for about 20 years.  I marked where the shank of the button was hitting and used my knife cut carve a little slit/hole to fit the shank in and then glued the carrot button on the face.  The eyes and mouth are just enamel dots from my scrapbooking stash – I stuck those on with tear tape (red line tape) as I did not want to trust the glue they come with.  Oh, and I stuck gems on some of the snowflakes on the stars and the hat so there is some glitz to him.  Well that is that.  I hope you like him and I hope I did OK on my first tutorial, even though there were some hitches along the way of the actual process.  Please let me know what you think and let know if you have any questions and I will be happy to help any way I can.  Thanks for visiting my blog and our Ornament Exchange and there is still more to come so come back to see the rest.

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2015 Ornament Exchange – Oh My!

First of all, I want to thank Erlene of My Pinterventures for ALL of her efforts and time in coordinating this wonderful (and large) ornament exchange!  Thank You Thank You Thank You Erlene!!!!!

I have to apologize for being behind so I am posting the first five days of groups together in one post.  I am already blown away by the ornaments this year!  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do and I hope you take a moment or two to visit some of the blogs and compliment the participants on their work — or on their choice if their ornament was purchased.  And please come back every day to see all of the other wonderful creations and selections to come. There are over 80 crafters/bloggers participating and that promises to provide a wide variety of ornaments with something to pique everyone’s interest!  Click here to go to Erlene’s blog for links to all of the blogs for information on each ornament.  Most are made and some are purchase but all of the information is provided so you can follow the tutorials or go on a shopping spree!.

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Don’t forget, go to Erlene’s My Pinterventures to get links to all of the blogs  for tutorials and/or shopping lists to make or purchase your own ornaments.  And please come back tomorrow for day 6!