Sunday, May 19, 2019

Thank You Card

Used two new-to-me Stampin Up background stamps for this thank you card.

The card stock base is Highland Heather card stock from Stampin Up cut and scored at the top. For the striped piece I used white/GP card stock. Using a light purple ink I inked the Stripes background stamp and laid the card on top that. Using my hands I pressed the card stock into the inked stamp to get it onto the white/GP piece. Set that aside.

For the floral piece in the front center of the card I decided what size I wanted that piece to be. I trimmed a piece of white/GP for that. I wanted to have a white border around the floral printed piece so I put painters tape on all four sides of the white/GP.  I used the light purple ink again and inked up the Floral background stamp and laid the taped white/GP onto the inked stamp. Once again I used my hands to press the card stock into the inked stamp pattern on the white/GP piece. Set that aside. Here is a photo of that stamp:

Cut the black card stock to the size I needed to fit behind the stamped floral piece. Wanted to have the "Thank You" to be on a black banner so I cut a piece of scrap black stock larger than the banner die I used. I used VersaMark ink and white embossing powder to emboss that. Die cut the banner out.

Using the ATG I put the stamped stripe piece onto the card stock base. I removed the painters tape from the stamped floral piece and put that onto the black card stock using the ATG. Used foam tape to put this piece over the striped card stock base. Using foam tape I put the banner piece on the left side of the floral image. Added holographic sequins to the card front to add some sparkle and shine. TFL.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Early bird gets the worm . . or the new craft products!

In April I received a copy of the new seasonal catalog from Close To My Heart. I flipped through the catalog and decided I would need to make a list. Ordering for this May-August 2019 catalog began on May 1st and I wanted to be sure to place my order before any of the products I wanted were on back order or sold out..... Made sure to order everything on May 1st and happy me my order arrived yesterday in the mail!!

Close To My Heart has a customer appreciation program where if a customer spends $50.00 they can choose from a variety of stamp sets to buy for $5.00 each.  Always nice when a company shows appreciation for their customers!

Here is a photo of this new catalog:

This is the 35th year for Close To My Heart and on the front of this catalog they used various products they sell lined up to make the "35". Clever cover design.  Inside the catalog are lots of products to buy but this is my first order and I am sure there will be another one made in the summer:

This first stamp set with a matching die set was the main reason I placed my order the first day of the catalog being active. It is the "Where Happiness Blooms" set. Here is a closer photo of the stamp set packaging to show the watering can with tulips as well as the single tulip have outlines around them. The outlines show which stamps have matching dies in the set:

Their stamp sets are in plastic envelopes with the photo packaging in front of the stamp set. Their dies arrive on small magnet sheets in clear envelopes in with the stamp set. This packaging makes it very easy to store them and they do not take up a lot of space. Other stamp sets I bought:

The background stamp set on the left is Timeless Textures and the stamp set on the right is Gillin' & Chillin" and I plan on using that for summer cards ahead.

This last stamp set I bought was for the confetti stamp and it will be perfect for a birthday card:

Next to the birthday stamp set is lace border die - $8.95. That will work well for cards and gift bags. Plus it has a lot of detail. Happy my order arrived from their new catalog already. I order my Close To My Heart products from this website:

First card I will be making using these new products is the Where Happiness Blooms with the watering can and tulips. Hope to have that posted this weekend. I like that it is a step-stamping stamp set and should be easy to line up using the stamp stamping tool.  Always a good thing when new products bring you new inspiration....

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Horse trough and Mother's Day

Was taken out to breakfast this morning for Mother's Day and was given gift cards -- YAY!! One for Mikes and another for a restaurant.. Yummy.... But my DSD knows I am going to a big stampers sale in Chantilly, VA in June with my PIC (stamping Partner In Crime) so she designed and made me three tote bags for the show:

Each tote she has a key chain and tassle hanging off the handles. This first tote is nice because I also sew so she included that as one of my crafts. This next bag:

This tote has vinyl letters and they have a lot of shimmer:

This third bag is my favorite because of what it says:

This key chain is blank and she said she can put anything on it that I would want or I could leave it blank. These tote bags are thick and have a good sized gusset on the bottom/sides so they will certainly help at the Chantilly show!! ;0)     Happy me she made these for me!! She explained they are washable and should last me.... I am just happy she shared her crafting talents for me!!

Then I just finished working with the two horse troughs I had bought long ago to use as planters. DH drilled drainage holes on the lower sides and he put small rocks on the bottom and I planted some Geraniums, Zinnias, and Dianthus in them and topped them off with mulch. I only have two of them and they are round so once the flowers fill in there will be some pretty flowers for the backyard.

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers today and hoping you have a relaxing day!   TFL

Sunday, May 5, 2019

May I remind you?

Yesterday I picked up two new to me Stampin Up die sets at a used stamping sale.  Decided to post how I store my Stampin Up die sets. Here is the photo of the two die sets I bought:

These are the Cups & Kettle and Garden Grown die sets. As with most Stampin Up die sets there are small accessory dies in the set and it is not easy to remember all the pieces in that set. Many times we buy these die sets and use them right away for a project and then they are put away for later use.  Working on other projects you may not remember which die set has what die pieces you may be able to use for a current project. Here is a photo to show how I store my Stampin Up die sets:

I store all my Stampin Up die sets on magnet sheets. I store the magnet sheet in a clear plastic envelope (the same envelopes I use to store my cling and clear stamp sets).  In the envelope with the magnet sheet of dies I store the paper packaging - this gives me the title of the die as well as how many pieces are in that die set. I also print out a photo of the die set pieces to put in these envelopes. With the die sets in the envelopes I store all my Stampin Up die sets in a bin together and they are filed alphabetically by title.

When I am needing a die set or maybe flipping through the die sets for inspiration I can see the die set pieces in each set on the front of the envelope so I know what pieces/shaped dies are in that set.  The die piece photo reminds me what pieces are in which die set. Here is a photo to show other dies:

For each die set that I buy I take it out of the plastic envelope it is sold in.  I use a label maker and clear label tape and make a label with the die set title on it. I put the clear label on the paper packaging that comes with the die set.  I peel off all the die pieces from the inside paper packaging and put them on a magnet sheet for storage. Then I print out a photo of the die set and trim that to fit inside the clear envelope.  I put the magnet sheet with die pieces in the envelope with the paper packaging in front of that and I put the photo of the die set in front of that.  Not only does this help to remind me what pieces are in a die set but also if a stray die piece ends up in my magnet bowl on my work table when I am finished with that project I will know which die set it came from.

As a new or new-to-me die set comes into the craft room I put them in these envelopes so the label and such is all done before it is put in the bin with the other Stampin Up die sets for the first time.  TFL

Saturday, May 4, 2019

First day out . . .

Three weeks ago my PIC (stamping Partner In Crime) had foot surgery and this week they gave her the "boot" so she is mobile again !! All is well and now we can get back out and about....

Today was the day a Stampin Up demonstrator (thanks Martha!) held her annual used/no longer needed and retired products stamp sale. I picked up my PIC in the dark this morning and we headed out to the sale. Happy us when we arrived (a little early) Martha let us shop as she was setting up so that was nice of her.

Earlier this year my PIC and I shopped two other used stamping product sales and at both of those sales I was hoping to find the Stampin Up Post Card stamp. I did not find that stamp at either sale but certainly came home with enough new to me items to keep me happy -- ;0).   Today I had told my PIC the only thing I really was looking for was that Post Card stamp and I certainly was not expecting to find it... I have looked on Ebay for it but I do not want to pay $25.99 or higher for a used stamp so I figured this is just one of those stamps you never can find..... until.....

First table of stamps I shopped there was the Post Card stamp and Martha was selling it for $5.00!!! Needless to say it is in my craft room now and ready for use -- I also bought two other stamp sets that were $5.00 each as well:

One of the stamp sets is the Thankful Life and that is a three step polymer stamp set and it is a Hostess stamp set and those are not easy to find. Also was happy to buy two new to me die sets:

Cups and Kettle and Garden Grown die sets. I think they were about $12 or so but certainly worth buying them. Also found three re-inkers for a dollar each that I can use for water colouring and such:

Then another big find -- before Easter I almost had ordered the Some Bunny stamp set that is exclusive to Simon Says Stamp and I think they sell it for $15.99 or there abouts -- I now own it and I paid $2.00:

So happy I had not ordered it and was able to find it today. My PIC also found some great items and she was very happy -- she picked up a MINI MISTI for $5.00 in mint condition so I am sure that will get a lot of use for her future projects.... Certainly a good sale day for us her first day out and about.... Happy I was able to get her home by lunch time as I did not want to keep her out all day since this is her first day out of the house.... Happy stampers we are for sure!  Now to actually get to make a card again!!!  Back to paper crafting for me ......

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Bunny Easter Cards

This post is about some of the Easter cards I have made for this year. For this card I used the Stampin Up Buffalo Check background stamp as well as their Bunny Builder Punch. The greeting "Happy Easter" is from the new kit from Queen & Co for their Easter projects.  I used different colours for the cards but made these all the same:

For all the bunnies I used the tail the punch punches out for the bunny and I used flocked white card stock for those. But for this one card I used a white pom pom for the tail:

To begin with I cut all the white card fronts and the white inside piece. Then I cut the black card stock for the fronts and also cut and scored the card stock bases.  I tried to match the card stock bases with the colour inks I used for stamping.

For the Buffalo Check across the fronts of the cards I laid the Buffalo Check background stamp on the work table, stamp side up. Using painter's tape I taped off the part of the stamp I did not want to get ink on:

With the tape across the stamp I tapped the ink pad on the stamp over and between the blue painter's tape to ink a section of the stamp. With that section inked I removed the painters tape and laid the white card stock front piece on top of the inked stamp and pressed it onto the stamp using my fingers to press the white card stock into the stamp to get the inked image onto the white card stock. With that done I cleaned the stamp and taped and re-inked the stamp for all the colours I was using.

Once I had the Buffalo Check pattern on the white card stock I also inked the Easter greeting stamp in the same ink colour and stamped the greeting below the plaid section. With all the stamping completed I assembled the cards. For the bunny I punched him out of Paper Trey Ink kraft card stock and sponged the edges with a light brown ink. I put the bunny on the card fronts using large glue dots. Added a white tail to each bunny to complete that.

Wanted some sparkle on the card front so I added some holographic white sequins on the front. I tried to use pastel colours rather than the brights or regals.  TFL

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Stitched Easter Baskets

Used the Stitched Basket die set from Lawn Fawn for a few of the Easter treat holders I have been making.  Here is a photo of the back of the die packaging to show this basket made:

Here is a photo of some of the baskets I made:

I had watched a video on YouTube on how to assemble this die set and as she did in the video I lined my baskets with printed card stock. I also decided to cut a strip of the printed card stock and put it on the center of my handles. Here is a better photo to show the bow and the handles using the printed card stocks that I lined the baskets with:

In the baskets I put paper shred from the dollar store and a chocolate bunny and a dark and a regular chocolate candy by Dove. Just a little candy treat for the holiday.

Also this weekend my PIC (stamping Partner In Crime) and I went to a small sale where a few stampers were selling items they no longer wanted or used. My PIC was able to find 6 or 7 Cricut programs that she did not already have to add to her rather large collection of programs and a couple of other items.  For me I bought a used IRIS box for 12x12 card stocks for $1.00 (thanks AnneMarie). I also bought these items from another seller:

Both items are Simon Says and brand new - $2 for the die set and $3 for the new Easter stamp set. I also bought the stamp and die set from Mama Elephant "Reindeer Games" for $8.00:

We were happy with the things we found but certainly not expecting too much after last weekend's finds!! We both commented we are STILL putting that stuff away in the craft room.... haha     TFL

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Don't be fooled - - -

Yesterday -- another BIG day for me and my PIC (stamping Partner In Crime)... With our Cuber driver (DH) off on one of his weekend swap meets it was she and I and we headed out at 5AM for a yearly event for us -- but first....


Paper Crafters Muse -- this is a store in Matthews, NC (near Charlotte) and the store owner is Daphne. I LOVE her store a LOT and yesterday's visit there did NOT disappoint!!!  Her store is at: 1905 E. Rice Rd. in Matthews. This is a small store but don't be fooled by the size.... "Paper Crafters Muse" -- don't be fooled by the name .... this is NOT just a paper crafters store for scrapbooking and card making!! Inside --

This Wizard Of Oz collection is right by the front door as you walk in with lots of printed card stocks for inspiration. Here Daphne has a display of the new Color Burst Shimmers:

Always nice to see new products in use and what they really look like IRL and not just in a bottle... Plus Daphne will answer any questions you may have about how to use these new products and such so when you buy something you will know how to use it.... Here are photos of other projects she has on display on the walls of her store:

Tote bags, altered boxes, boards, etc.. Not only does she display cards, tags, journals but other items as well using products in her store. Another thing I like about her store displays:

I took a photo of this display board since it has winter cards, holiday cards, BOO Day cards, etc.. Not all card makers wait until a holiday week to make our cards. Many of us work on holiday cards and projects throughout the year and it is nice that Daphne keeps that in mind with her display boards. Here is a photo of one of the walls of the store:

Shopped her store yesterday and I picked up a die set from Lawn Fawn for the cutest little Easter basket and a second die set from Taylored Expressions:

Fun products for projects ahead.... Daphne carries SO many manufacturer products it is hard to decide WHAT to buy!!! But in the Spring - -  Daphne holds a yearly "Annual Craft Yard Sale" for her customers to sell no longer needed or used crafting supplies from their craft rooms. Daphne holds this sale in another store front at her plaza and the sellers in her sale rent tables and sell their own no longer needed/wanted craft items.  My PIC and I look forward to this sale every Spring and we save our dollars and pennies just for this sale. Each year items you find are different and you just never know what sellers are selling -- machines, card stocks, dies, stamps, inks, shimmer sprays, stencils, trims and bling, stickers, photo albums, storage items, etc.. Well. . .  the sale yesterday has to be the best one my PIC and I have shopped!! Here are photos of items I bought:

Could not believe the prices!! ONE DOLLAR each for new Carta Bella, Hero Arts, and Echo Park die sets??? Packs of flowers were $1 also... As I was paying for some of the dies and these punches that were 50 cents to a dollar each:

Out of the corner of my eye I see hot pink packaging fall on the floor at a table two tables down... I turn -- could it be???? I walk over to help the customer pick up what she had dropped and BINGO they were Heartfelt Creation stamp sets -- YAY!! So this decided the next table I would shop... Two ladies were selling their items at this table and they had Heartfelt Creation stamp sets... I had printed out my list of HC stamp/die sets I already owned to take to the sale so if I was lucky enough to find any Heartfelt products I would not be buying duplicates.. I pulled out my list and went through their bins of stamp sets and found a couple of die sets I did not have but wanted:

Each of these die sets were $5.00 which for Heartfelt Creation products this a great price! In another bin I found these stamp sets but no dies:

I held onto to these and went through the other stamp sets in that bin and there in the back -- all by itself -- was the matching die set for the Petunia set!! YAY!!

The orange sticker on these items meant the price was $3.00 each -- WOWSA!! So who would have guessed I would have found a die for the Petunia stamp set? Here is a photo of the original price stickers on this stamp and die set:

So paying $6.00 for the two was a great deal for this stamper! Happy me for sure.... I also bought Close To My Heart card stock for $5 for the bag and a pad of 12 x 12 Graphic 45 card stock (still sealed) for $5.00:

To think I had told my PIC while I was driving us to the sale that the ONLY thing I was hoping to find was the retired Postcard stamp from Stampin Up.... but other than that I did not have anything else I was wanting to buy -- haha!! But although I did not find the SU Postcard stamp to buy I did buy three SU stamp sets:

Painter's Palette and Best of Halloween -- paid $5 for each set. The Diagonal Stripe stamp was $3 so good deal for those. Bought a few packs of sealed SU card stock - for $5 each so a savings there from the regular SU price of $8.50 for a pack of 8 1/2 x 11 card stocks.... Love to buy "gently used" SU items -- saves me paying full price plus not having to pay their shipping and handling.... My last purchase at this sale was:

A Cheery Lynn die set and a new Creative Expressions die set - both $5 each..... so more great items to add to the craft room....

As I did last year I made a little basket of Easter treats for Daphne that I brought with me:

I used the SU Berry Basket die set and cut out a basket - did not use the handle for it though. I assembled the basket and used hot glue to add cotton ruffled trim around the top edge of the basket and added flowers to the front with lace/pearl bows on either side of the flowers. Inside the basket is white paper shred with a test tube treat holder I had made, a Cadbury Egg and holder, a tray of Hershey Nugget Candies, with bite size various candies in the basket. Used a clear bag to wrap this up and put one of the Easter tags I had made at the top of the bag with a bow.  Just a little something for Easter.

Before we left the sale I stopped in her store to thank her for holding this Annual Craft Yard Sale for us crafters.  A fun time for sure!!

My PIC and I left there and off to Olive Garden for us.... We brought our tote bags of 'new to us' goodies from the sale so we could see everything each of us bought. When she and I shop these sales we do not always shop the same tables at the same time. This way we can let each other know of items at other tables that we may be looking for. Also she is a scrapbooker and a card maker and does crops and such and I am a card maker and I am now getting into other things -- altering paper clips, tags, treat holders, etc.. It is always fun to see what each of us buys when we are all done as sometimes at the sales you are too busy to see what each is buying.

Sooooooooo... if you are in the area or traveling through the Charlotte area be sure to shop Daphne's store -- it will be well worth the trip!! If you are planning to make it a day trip shop Daphne's store and drive over to IKEA for storage for all you buy at her store !!   ;0)   Both my PIC and I commented yesterday that this was the FIRST time we have driven to the Charlotte area that we got home when it was still light out -- usually when DH is our Cuber driver we leave in the dark and get home in the darkER... ... hummmm.... certainly nice to get home early enough to unpack all our goodies and have already cut out my Lawn Fawn basket die -- Thanks Daphne!!!