Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Crafting for Canasta


There's a dearth of bridge or canasta tallies in the stores these days. They're either vintage and expensive or new and expensive. So easy to make, once you get the tables made showing who goes to what table when for each rounde of play. After that, it's all a matter of adding a pretty (or funny) picture from the treasure trove of images on the Web. I've made some with a magnolia theme, one set for fall/Thanksgiving, and another with a Christmas motif. So much fun.

This week afriend asked if I would make some tallies with birds for our upcoming two-table canasta game, so of course I couldn't stop there. Using a piece of clipart from the Martha Stewart website, and manipulating it a little, I compulsively also created matching cards for table numbers, scoring cards, and some flower-tipped pens for good measure. I love fighting with MS Word to make it do what I want it to do with cliparts and tables. Love those Dollar tree craft items: stick pens, flowers, floral tape, baskets. And an inexpensively made kit like this sold well for a recent auction to raise money for Doctors without Borders.

Glad my young grandson's tender ears aren't nearby to hear the epithets I throw at Word. I have blown 20 bucks on the newest version of Printmaster (the older version wasn't compatible with the newer version of swear-word, swear-word Windows.  I haven't been able to figure out easily enough how to put greetings on the fronts and insides of cards that I make with iris-folded designs. So now I'll get back to iris folding. But first, ahhhh, those cute burlap-and-lace covered napkin rings made with toilet paper rolls are calling . . . . more on that later.

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