Sunday, January 6, 2019

The "Pick Me Up"

The "Pick Me Up" but I rather not tool . . .  Over the holidays I realized my "Pick Me Up" tool and I would soon be parting ways. . .  here is a photo of it:

Great idea but... either the screw cap falls off, the pick tool end falls out, or the gummy stuffs glerk out... anyway you look at it it did not earn it's keep in the craft room with holiday projects..... but all troubles soon forgotten with holiday activities.... until ....

After Christmas sales -- bought some sale dies from Spellbinders and decided I would also order the same dies for my PIC (stamping Partner In Crime) hoping she did not already own the dies. Sale prices were too good to leave the dies behind so in the cart they went. . .  Here is a photo of the dies and another surprise for her:

While I was shopping for those I remembered this nail tool that people were using for their sequins and crystals and such on their paper crafting projects they showed on their project videos over the holidays.  Off to Amazon I went and I bought one of these for me and one for my PIC:

This tool is a "Rhinestone Picker" which is used at nail salons to add the tiniest sequins or crystals to your nails. I had seen a lot of crafters use this tool and none of them seemed to have any problems with it... unlike me that gave up on my tool and just did the 'sequin dance' on the work table chasing sequins down with the tweezers trying to get them on the glue before it dried.....

I did not tell my PIC about the dies or the new picker but figured when they arrived I would drop them off to her house with the thank you card I had made her for Christmas. Happy for me both of my orders arrived the same day!  Before I left them all at her house for her when she came home from work that day I tried my new picker tool and it worked with both medium and small sequins as well as crystals -- such happiness in the craft room!! haha.  Here is the link to the Amazon store for this picker I bought:


Funny thing was when my PIC had seen what I left her she emailed that she had liked all three dies and was going to buy them from that sale but then changed her mind. She also said she had the same problems with her Pick Me Up tool as I did and she was happy to have something else that will work better. 

Thought I would share this new picker tool for other crafters that are tired of doing the sequin or crystal dance in their craft room just to add some sparkle to their projects. . .

Altered project

This year I will be making different projects I have seen that I have wanted to try and make but never had. Decided I would start with a project I have wanted to do for a long time. . .

These are called Altered Paper Clips and I am using my paper clip vertically rather than horizontally as many of the altered clips are. Here is a photo of my Altered Paper Clips:

The first one I made:

The image of the vintage woman and the seed packet I founded on the internet and you can print them out for free. I used the computer printer and printed them out onto white/GP card stock. Set these aside.

Have seen many of the altered paper clips online but I did not want to make a small one. For the base of my altered clips I used the Memory Box Sideshow Tickets die set. This is a photo of the die set:

The size I used was the second smallest die. For the above ticket I used cream #110 weight card stock from Mikes. I cut out two tickets - one for the back of the paper clip and one for the front. This photo shows the front ticket piece and the printed card stock ticket I will put onto the front ticket:

I used the ATG and put the printed card stock onto the ticket base. Using a pink distressed ink I sponged the edges of the ticket front. With that done I put the paper clip onto the back ticket base and attached this to the ticket front pieces using red sticky tape. With the ticket pieces together I could now decorate the front. 

I used scissors to cut out a photo of a woman I liked and a seed packet I wanted to use. I do not have the 'torn edge' scissors to give the photos of the woman the torn edge look but I have a die set for that from Frantic Stamper. I die cut the four sides of the photos and then sponged the edges of them using distressed inks. Set those aside.

For the "love" and word stamps on my altered clip pieces I used an old stamp set from MFT.  I cut them out using scissors. The red crystals are from my stash. I cut out two sets of three circle red crystals and put one set at the top of the ticket and the other set at the bottom. Wanted to add cheesecloth to the ticket so I cut a small piece of cheese cloth and I laid that onto scrap copy paper. I dabbed this cheese cloth using an applicator and distressed ink to give it the pink colour. Using TomBow glue I put glue on the front of the ticket and laid the cheese cloth onto that and pressed it down so it would stick. Set it aside.

Using a pearl from Hobby Lobby I added a pearl to the bottom of my ticket pieces and in this next photo I show this pearl on the second ticket I made:

With the pearl in place I now decorated the front of the ticket. For the seed ticket I laid the seed packet photo over the cheese cloth and put that on the ticket using tear and tape. For the photo of the lady I cut out a small cream doily using an old Cheery Lynn doily die. Cut that in half using scissors. Lightly sponged the edges using the pink ink.  Used scrap cream lace and cut off some of the edging of that and put the photo on top of that using red sticky tape.  Then I put this on top of the half doily piece using tear and tape.  Wanted her photo to be higher for dimension so I used foam tape behind her. Put her on the ticket over the seed packet piece. Added a red crystal heart to her photo and also to the seed packet.  Put the "love" greeting on the ticket front using glue dots. To finish the ticket I tied a piece of red ribbon at the top. Here is a photo of the other ticket I made:

For this ticket I used a floral card stock print that I just bought at Hobby Lobby from Prima. The black and white card stock is from my stash. This ticket is a base of white #110 card stock from Mikes. I also used the white card stock to cut out a Cheery Lynn doily die piece and cut that using scissors to fit behind the floral ticket piece - for this altered paper clip ticket I used the floral print and cut out the smallest ticket die in the die set for a smaller ticket.

Once again for the vintage lady photo I used the torn edge die for the edges of the photo piece. I had bought a hard cover dictionary at the thrift store for a quarter and I tore a piece of a page out of the book to put onto the ticket front. For this ticket I also used cheese cloth but left it the white it comes as. Used liquid glue to put that onto the ticket front and also put the dictionary page piece onto the ticket with that glue.  Set that aside to dry.

For the photo piece of the lady I added a piece of black ruffled trim from my stash trimmed to fit behind the photo.  Put the floral ticket piece onto the ticket front using tear and tape. Then put the lady photo piece over that also using tear and tape. Once again the stamped words are from the old MFT stamp set and I used black in from Close To My Heart for those. Cut them out using scissors and put them on the ticket front using tear and tape. Added pink crystals from my stash to the upper and lower corners of the ticket front.

For the pink rose -- had that in the box of supplies for the tussy mussy's I had made and I used clear TomBow glue on the tips of the rose and sprinkled it with glitter. Set it aside. Using scrap green card stock I punched out two sprig pieces using the sprig punch from M Stewart.  Put the rose onto the sprig pieces using hot glue. Also used hot glue to put this rose onto the ticket front. Added a piece of black satin ribbon at the top of the altered paper clip ticket piece.

I will use these altered paper clips to slide on the top of the gift treat bags I am making for Valentine's Day. I am happy with the size I made these and each one is different but even tho I am currently working on some more.... they are addictive!!! But fun and good to use scraps of different things I have on hand. Happy I have tried to make something new and for making something other then cards, tags, or treat holders.... TFL

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Went for one but got the other. . .

Decided this year I am going to make something else other than cards/tags/treat holders and I knew that Hobby Lobby had all their brand Paper Studio on sale for 50% off this week.  Last day of holidays vacation so decided to go to Hobby Lobby this morning. . .

Had an idea of some of the items I would need for the new project I am working on and I was happy to find most of them -- and on sale yet! Here is a photo of items I need for my next project:

Used my 40% coupon for the Prima pad of card stock but most everything else was on sale for 50% except for the Valentine heart doilies and puffy hearts.  Good choices for my next project so was happy I stopped in... On the aisle past the Valentine items is the Christmas clearance aisle - did not expect anything really but gave it a glance on my way by.... turned around and went back to that aisle and here are photos of items I brought home:

All items 90% off! 

Red and silver ribbon - 10 yards per roll - regularly $3.99 per roll - on sale for 40 cents. Snowflake stickers regularly $1.99 on sale for 20 cents. Red and green Christmas beads $4.99 regularly on sale for 50 cents each.  White snowflake buttons and plastic red bows regularly $2.99 per package on sale for 30 cents each package. Bought the tall Christmas Santa tin with lid - regularly $3.99 on sale for 40 cents:

then the sparkly tulle - I picked up a roll of the sparkly white:

25 yards for $1.00 - what a deal that was... did not think they would have anything left that I did not know I needed (wink,wink) but they did.... and for the store that only has 40% coupons and does not honor competitor coupons 90% is a deal!!  Right after Christmas their sale on holiday items was 66% off which is good for them.....

Happy I stopped in at Hobby Lobby today to pick up some deals and hoping this weekend to get my next project together so I can post it on the blog. Hoping everyone had a nice holiday season and hoping we have a good New Year ahead with lots of crafting!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Rose Garden Thank You Card

Stampin Up recently posted new items to their Clearance Rack section and I ordered the Rose Garden Thinlits die set. The price was 40% off the regular price so I was happy I was able to get this die set at a cheaper price. My order arrived last Friday and today I was able to make a thank you card using my new die set:

Had always liked this die set but did not like the price - and I also did not need the matching stamp set so did not buy the bundle when it first was for sale.  But since the release of this bundle set many cards have been posted using them and so it goes.... Happy me that the die set was on sale - -

This card is on a card stock base of Stampin Up Real Red, cut and scored on the side. The white piece is GP cut at 4" x 5 1/4" and I die cut out the rose and leaves die from that. Put the solid right side of the white/GP die cut piece onto the red card stock base. Using clear TomBow glue I put glue under the rose and leaves piece and put this onto the card front fitting it into the solid white die cut piece. Using a stamp from the Close To My Heart stamp set "Card Captions" I stamped the "thanks" onto the solid white card stock using Stampin Up Real Red ink.

With the stamping done I added a white mixture of sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to the card front. In this next photo I tried to show the sparkle and shine of these sequins but the photo does not show it well:

Some of the sequins in this mix are clear, white, or have a mirror finish to them so IRL they are very sparkly. The Rose Garden die cuts very well and I had no problems with the die cut pieces falling off my die cut piece by themselves. Happy to add this die set to my collection and esp happy I paid a sale price!  TFL

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Mini haul from Mikes . . .

Ran errands this morning and ran into Mikes for one thing... was so certain I was only getting the one thing I had even checked online to see which aisle I would find my T Square on that I was buying so this could be a quick "in and out" trip...  (like I have ever done that in any craft store... haha).

Walked in the store and did not head to the aisle I needed right away -- I walked straight to the back of the store and am happy I did.... there was a portable cart with all the 12 x 12 printed holiday paper pads on sale for 70% off. Earlier in the season my DSD had called me once from a Mikes store she was at to ask if I wanted a 12 x 12 paper pad that she had seen on sale - she sent me photos to see which ones I would want and I ended up with two of the paper pads - a traditional Christmas colours and prints pad and the second paper pad was "A Winter's Night". I really liked the prints and the colours in that pad a lot but being a card maker many times a 12 x 12 print does not work on a card or a smaller project than a scrapbook page.  Luckily there are enough prints in the pad that I can use for different cards/projects.... but today . . .

On the top of portable cart with the holiday printed card stock pads was a pile of 6x6 card stock pads. I picked up a handful to look through them and happy me I found the same paper pad I really liked in the 6x6 size!  I picked up a few of those - regularly $5.99 for $1.80 each and I was a happy stamper for sure!!! ;0)

Headed over to the art dept for my "Junior T Square" that I was going to use my 50% off coupon for. I also walked through the plastic storage section they had set up by the registers and they had the IRIS 12x12 snap closure boxes on sale for $5.00.  This stack of 12x12 boxes was quite large but all the Recollections version of this box was on the top - I looked at the bottom and on the bottom row of this heap were the IRIS containers so that is what I bought. For $5.00 I certainly could not leave it in the store.... plus after crafting for the holidays this year I had decided I would keep all my holiday 6x6 paper pads in this box so next year I can easily get to them all in the same location. I also picked up some hot pink and turquoise bells for next year, also on clearance.  Here is a photo of the IRIS box with everything I picked up this morning, including the T Square that I originally stopped at the store for:

And a better photo of the IRIS container:

The Mikes version of this box (Recollections) is close but the closure is different and I think the weight of the plastic on the IRIS container is stronger - plus for the same price why not get the original brand that made these boxes to begin with?  So a (not) so quick trip to a Mikes worked for me and the craft room and on sale too!! That is always a good thing!


Last night my Stampin Up demonstrator I order from stopped by with a couple of goodies for me for Christmas and all I can say is   WOWSA!!

Here is her presentation:

A Stampin Up tote bag, a notebook and pen, a Stampin Up bone folder, and inside the pizza box??? A big surprise -- first the bone folder is personalized with my name on it and inside the white pizza box on the right is a Stampin Up clear acrylic block also personalized for me:

In all the years I have bought Stampin Up products from different demonstrators I have never had such a nice gift from them for placing my orders with them!! Never have seen anything like this done before which makes this all the more fun - certainly makes me want to place an SU order again -- haha!! VERY nice surprise for me for sure!  Am happy to add them to my craft room for sure! What a surprise!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

One plate state -

If you follow my blog you know that during the year I attend stamp shows and sales and such and many require day trips.... along with me is my PIC (stamping Partner In Crime) and my DH drives us to all..... Our last big trip was to the Impression Obsession Warehouse Sale in Virginia and I told my DH then that I decided he should now be called the "Cuber Driver" for us -- our personal UBER driver for us two crafters. . . .

Driving on the expressway in Virginia to the IO sale DH was passed by a real UBER driver and he had a decal in his window that says UBER and DH commented that if he is the "Cuber Driver" then he wants a real decal for a window in his truck like that guy had.....  When we got home I told the DSD about this and she had a good laugh....  She is the one that makes the key chains and decals and such that I helped package for her first swap meet....

Fast forward to Christmas -- since North Carolina is a one plate state the front plate holder on a vehicle many times is blank unless the driver buys a decorated plate to put there . . . For Christmas my DSD made her dad this plate for the front of his truck and he was thrilled when he opened it:

He is happy now he is an OFFICIAL "Cuber Driver" for us two crafters... but she did not stop there -- she also made a window decal for the truck:

What a laugh we all had and I sent photos of these to my PIC so she knows when we make our first trip in 2019 to the stamp show in Columbia, SC we will be in an official vehicle!!  Haha... A BIG thanks to my DSD for taking the time to do this for her dad -- he was is so happy now he is "official"  wink, wink.....

My DSD also made me this - which is a favorite logo of mine - for my craft room:

Such talent she has!!! Happy we are on the receiving end of her talent sharing gifts!!! LOVE my new "LOVE" sign -- no pun intended....

Santa doesn't always wear red!

Happy me that I have a PIC!! (stamping Partner In Crime)  Here is a photo of the crafting items she gave me for Christmas:

In this pile of crafting goodies is:

The small Close To My Heart storage case - which I needed one more of since I store my twines in those and seem to be running out of room.... Then there is a package of burlap and linen from Spellbinders that can be die cut - I have never seen that so am looking forward to using that on fall cards and such... A 6x6 pad of card stock from Lawn Fawn which is plaids so I will be using those for lots of projects... TWO stamp sets from Gina K Designs for their wreath builder system - Fall and Winter! Also from Gina K is a tube of glue... Along with two coloured Close To My Heart glitter pens - Mint and Sugarplum. Both pretty colours for spring projects! Also a stamp set from Close To My Heart, a die set from them for quilted cards.. A die set from Spellbinders and also an embossing folder from them. 6 ATG refills for my 1/2" ATG. The cute "Witchy Ghost" die for BOO Day and she also made me a Snowman Soup!!

She also gave me a "thermo" throw for all the trips we make throughout the year attending stamp shows, sales, and such... My DH drives us and no matter when we go I am always cold and she and DH are always hot so now I can be warm and toasty no matter what the weather is.... YAY!!  Fun surprises from my PIC and looking forward to all the projects ahead I can use my new goodies for! A H U G E  thanks to her for such great presents!!! LOVE them all...

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas

Happy Christmas and a merry holidays week ahead to everyone. Hoping your holidays are filled with happiness and joy and a blessed new year ahead for us all!

Here is a fun video I am sharing if you should find a few minutes to watch it - fun to see all the old movie stars and dancers from years past put to music from today. Enjoy!


 M E R R Y    C H R I S T M A S  and   H A P P  Y     N E W  Y E A R

Gift bag topper

Bought a used die by Sizzix For Stampin Up "Clear Oval Accent" for $2.00 from another stamper. Knew I would use it for a treat bag topper for Christmas this year and here are a couple of photos of this die in use:

This next bag topper I added a paper doily to it:

This is a large die and for the treat bag topper I used the die piece folded in half. Here is a photo of the die and a piece of copy paper I had die cut for my pattern:

With the copy paper die cut piece I folded it in half width wise so I would have the center of the die cut piece. Using a pencil I made a small line on the center fold so I would know where the center of this die cut piece was:

I die cut my red card stock for my treat toppers that I would need. I laid the copy paper die cut pattern piece over the red card stock pieces and marked the center of the red die cut pieces using the center pencil line on the copy paper pattern:

With the center marked on all the die cut red pieces I was able to score them down the center on the score board. Once scored I used a bone folder to crease the scored lines. These red pieces would fit over the top edges of my treat bags. For the greeting I used a stamp from Close To My Heart and stamped that onto white/GP card stock using red ink. Used a 2" circle punch and punched out the greeting piece. Put these circles onto the red die cut pieces using the ATG.

For the bows I used the SU Bow Builder punch. The Christmas tree is a punch from Hobby Lobby and I used glittered card stocks for the trees. For some of the treat bags I added red crystals from the stash. With the red die cut pieces decorated I put them on the front of the treat bags using tear and tape. The folded red die cut piece goes over the top edge of the front of the treat bags. Once that was done I put my smaller treat holders inside the bags and added paper shred to the bags.

For the bag with the doily after I had decorated the red die cut piece I put a white paper doily under the decorated end of the die cut piece using tear and tape. Then I put this onto the treat bag. With all the treat bags filled I added a regular sized candy cane to the bags and hung one of the snowman tags on the candy cane - here is a photo of the snowman tag:

Happy to be able to pick up the Oval Accent die for $2.00 earlier this year. Am sure it will get more use in future projects as well.

Shopping, shopping, shopping...

Last weekend of shopping for the season and I picked up these items at Tuesday Morning for the craft room -

Also stopped at Hobby Lobby and they had a good sale for Christmas items -- 66% off most:

Packs of washi tape were $1.36 each, stickers, wooden tags, clothespins were 68 cents to a $1.02, etc.. Lots of good finds there for the next holiday season. Happy to be able to find a good sale there besides their usual 40% off one item coupon! Fun projects ahead for next season already!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Christmas Cards

Here are some photos of Christmas cards I made for this year:

For the card with the ornaments I used two Stampin Up stamp/die sets. Some of the cards I used the detailed circle ornament die from the SU Embellished Ornaments over a plain circle die cut piece. For other ornament cards I used the same detailed ornament die and I used the solid ornament die from the SU set Ornament Keepsakes. Here is a photo to show the two different ornaments:

The green ornament on the left is over a die cut circle piece. The red ornament is over the solid die cut ornament piece:

The above photo shows the difference between the two ornaments. Having the silver ornament base show around the red ornament piece gives the ornament dimension. Did not know these two die sets would work together until I tried it out. All the sprigs on these ornaments were made using a punch from M Stewart and I added crystals from the stash to the center of the bows on the ornaments when the cards were complete.  TFL

Christmas Treat Holders

This post will show some of the treat holders and projects I made for this Christmas season:

Tags from the office supply store that I turned into snowman tags using a snowman face stamp from with a curved tab punch for a hat and holly stickers from HobLob:

And Santa Nuggets with a tray:

The mason jar box treat holder:

Pillow boxes:

Candy Cane Seeds made with individually wrapped peppermint candies:

Santa Tootsie Pop Holders:


Free standing Ghirardelli treat holders:

and the Snowman Hanger to hang on a gift bag handle or a tree:

Always fun to work on Christmas projects! Now working on de - redding and de - greening the craft room!  TFL