Monday, February 20, 2017

Stamp show road trip ---

Yesterday DH drove me and my PIC (stamping Partner in Crime) to the SSAT rubber stamp show that was in Columbia, SC this weekend. I knew DH would drive but he would not be happy tagging along with us at this stamping show --- so when planning this trip I printed out a list of flea markets nearby for him with addresses and hours. He dropped us off and off he went to the flea markets.

This SSAT show is the same show that comes to Raleigh in July but there were more vendors at this sale so we were happy with that. My photo shows my pile of new loot -- Tessler Stamps was there and I took advantage of their 50% coupon at the door and also if you bought a certain amount of dies you get one free -- of their brand and any other brand they sell. Also stopped at Heartfelt Creations and they were also having a show special. LOVE their stamps and matching dies and esp their packaging they have changed to. Rubber Cottage had lots of cling word stamps so picked up a few of those for insides of the cards. Stopped at Pink and Main for a stamp set and $1.00 package of sequins. Found stencils from Tim Holtz I had not seen elsewhere so I own that now... Happy to report I bought just ONE more embossing folder.... ;0)  

Last year I had bought a floral background stamp from Rubber Cottage but when I got home I did not have the blue colour they had used for ink on their card sample. Although I have blue inks here none were that shade.... so I was happy to talk to the owner yesterday and she told me the exact shade she had used on the sample so I was able to pick up that ink before I left the show...

Also stopped at Paper Sweeties, Creek Bank Creations, as well as other vendor favorites... we left the show two happy stampers.... and DH picked us up having found some new finds for himself... so a good day for us all and it was sunny and in the 70s... Not bad weather for February! Thanks to DH for being our driver for our stamping finds...

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sizzix Tool Caddy

The above photo shows the front of the box that the Sizzix Big Shot Tool Caddy comes in. These are available in black or white. I bought the black one to match my machine. This is a tool caddy that snaps onto the side of the Big Shot and it can hold your extra plates, tools, bone folder, as well as having a built in tape dispenser for washi tape for taping your dies to your card stock. The washi tape helps even with the magnetic plate as many times using the magnetic plate the dies will move around on your card stock. Here is a better photo of the caddy shown on the box back:

The space for your extra plates is adjustable so you can easily store more than one or two kinds of plates on it. Here is a photo of this tool caddy on my Big Shot:

I usually store my platform with two clear plates on the machine and having the caddy now gives me a place to store my magnetic plate for easy use. In the tool caddy I have small scissors, a pencil, bone folder, permanent and temporary adhesive, etc. Also I have put a roll of washi tape (it is a duplicate) on the tape dispenser. This caddy just snaps onto the machine -- no tools needed. It can also be easily removed.

In this photo you may be able to see that the tool caddy has a base to it so it is flat on the table top so it will not move around when you are die cutting or using it for tools or washi tape. sells it for a cheap price compared to other stores and I have already used it and my washi tape and this is a good addition to my die cutting machines table. TFL

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Cascading Hearts Valentine's Card

This card is on Lipstick Red card stock from Simon Says. Used the Cascading Hearts die set from Fun Stampers Journey for the card front. Here is a photo of that die:

Had seen a video by Deb Valder on Youtube making this card and the front of the card has the cascading hearts and behind that is a window sheet -- here is a photo of the card front with a piece of pink card stock behind it for the photo to show the window sheet:

And this photo might show that window sheet better --

To make this card I cut and scored and used the bone folder to sharpen the creased fold. Then opened the card base and put the hearts die on that and cut that out. For the window sheet piece I cut it a little larger than the card front and used the second die piece from that set -- the frame die -- to cut out the window sheet in the die cutting machine. Once that was cut out I used tiny pieces of red sticky tape on the inside of the think red frame around the cascading hearts. I put the window sheet behind the hearts card front and pressed it closed so the window sheet would stick to the red sticky tape.

For the white card stock on the inside I cut that about 1/8 smaller than the card stock base and then I stamped the solid heart using a stamp from Hero Arts. I used Stampin Up Pretty in Pink ink for that **. Then I used the Stampin Up Real Red ink and stamped "Happy Valentine's Day" over the pink heart using a dollar stamp from Mikes. Used the ATG and put the stamped white card stock in the card so the stamped greeting can be seen through the window sheet front.

** The Real Red ink pad I used from Stampin Up is the older linen ink pad. The Pretty in Pink Stampin Up ink pad is the new foam ink pad from Stampin Up. When I opened it to stamp my solid heart I noticed the ink pad is "sweaty". I do not understand why --- my ink pads are away from lights, windows, heat/air conditioning vents so I can not figure this out. Don't know if any other of the newer foam ink pads have also done this but I will have to check them. If I should have more in this condition I will contact Stampin Up and see if other stampers have had the same problem?  Grrrrr....

As for this card it was easy to put together -- I added two red foil hearts to the cascading hearts piece for some sparkle on the card front. TFL

Inside the bags --

This post will show the treat holders and such I have put inside the Valentine Treat Bags I made for the gals at work. Here is the front of the pink gift bag from the dollar store that I decorated -- the print on the front of the pink bag is a napkin also from the dollar store. Used the Gift Bow die for the bows:

Here is a photo of one of the treat holders I made:

Used the pattern by "papercrafter45" on Youtube using the WRMK Pillow Box Punch board. These holders are made using double sided card stock and they hold the Fun Size Hershey candy bar. This next holder:

The above holder holds the Dove chocolate heart candies and it has a slider top made of window sheet. I had seen these made up by frenchiestamps on Youtube. I used a glue dot to attach my ribbon and glitter heart to the window sheet so when you slide the clear top off the holders the bow and hearts stay in place:

This next holder holds a flat heart shaped lollipop:

This next holder is from dawn5377 on Youtube -- did not have the cellophane bags she used from Stampin Up so I used bags from and cut off 1/2" at the top so my bags are the same size as she used for her holders:

These are my nugget holders:

For these holders I used Hershey solid chocolate and chocolate almond nuggets. To begin with I used a piece of red card stock from Mikes cut to: 4 x 2 1/8. With the short side of the red card stock at the top of the score board I scored the long left side at 3/8. Turned this piece around and scored the other long side at 3/8. Used the bone folder to crease the lines. This makes the 'tray' the candies fit on inside the bag. For the card stock wrappers on my nugget candies I used scrap card stocks and cut them 3 1/8 x 1. Ran these strips over the bone folder to have them be curved and put them on the nugget candies using glue dots. Put four of the nugget candies onto the red card stock trays. Used pretzel bags from the candy aisle at the craft store for these bags. Tied them closed using various twines. (It is cheaper to buy your twine at the craft stores from the baking aisle rather than the paper craft department--you get more yardage and better quality of twine in the baking section). For the front of these holders I used a stamp I bought used at a stamper's sale for 50 cents and this scribble heart is from Upton Rubber Stamps. Used a circle punch to punch that out and then a scalloped circle punch for the solid piece behind it. Put these onto the nugget bags using glue dots:

Had picked up these two Valentine printed candy bags at the dollar store and using scissors I cut off the zip lock top:

Used various candies and filled these bags and tied them closed using red ribbons:

Used tissue paper and paper shred from the dollar store to line my treat bags and this is what it looks like looking in the bag from the top:

Should make for a nice day at work with the gals loaded up with chocolates!! haha... Thanks to the ladies that shared their patterns for the treat holders with the tips and how-to's. Happy Valentine's Day! TFL

Valentine's Sour Cream Containers

Made these Valentine Sour Cream containers to go in the treat bags I made for the gals at work. Used a piece of 5 1/2 x 4 1/4. Valentine printed card stock.  Various candies are inside.

Once my printed card stock was cut I put a piece of tear and tape on the right side of the card stock along one of the short ends:

Turned this over and put the tape on both long sides of the card stock:

Peeled off the tape on the right side of the card stock and put my short sides together so this now is in the shape of a toilet paper roll:

Pressed down on the taped seam to make sure the adhesive stuck. Then peeled off both other pieces of the tear and tape on the inside of my holder. Folded the bottom closed being sure my taped seam is off center:

Once the bottom was closed I went over it using a crimper. Added my candies and closed the other end at an angle:

Used the crimper again to close this end. For the front of the containers I used glittered foam hearts from the dollar store and I used a heart punch and punched out smaller hearts from foil card stock and put the smaller hearts in the center of the foam hearts. Put these onto the containers using the tear and tape. Easy treat holder to make but if you are using directional patterned card stocks be sure you do not have your designs upside down.  TFL

Sunday, February 5, 2017

A door no more . . .

This post has absolutely nothing to do with card making but rather with DIY.  I wanted to share it. About two weeks ago we went to Walmart and I bought a magazine that had this idea in it and I asked DH if he could make one for me? He said he could but we would have to find an old solid wood door to make it out of.  On our way home we stopped at a thrift store and I found my door -- it is solid wood, really worn, and has a porcelain door knob with a metal plate behind it. Perfect for what I wanted built but we decided to buy a second door for DH to work on first. Having no pattern he had to figure this all out on his own and I must say he did a great job!

Yesterday we went to the Scrap Exchange in Durham -- where I bought these two Stampin Up punches for $2.00 each:

After we left the Scrap Exchange we headed over to the ReUse Warehouse nearby. This is a warehouse that is filled with house parts --- when they demolish the older homes this place buys anything they can sell to home owners looking for items with character. Real wood floors, wooden fireplace surrounds, claw foot bath tubs, kitchen cabinets, staircase parts, windows, doors, lights, tiles, hardware, etc.. Every time you go there you find something different. You leave with your new found items and all new ideas...

We went over to the aisle with all the doors and it was not long before we found this door and it was perfect --

This is a solid wood door and it was painted blue. I liked the colour as it gives the finished item a different look being a colour rather than cream or white. I must say it certainly did not take DH long to figure this all out and so he began -- first he lightly sanded the door, front and back, and then he cut the door apart so he would have three pieces. Once that was done he began his assembly. He wanted to use left over oak flooring from the floors he put in our house so he was able to put some oak scraps on his project. This is what the door looked like after he made some cuts:

Using the scrap oak flooring he made the seat for the bench:

He also put left over oak pieces on the arms of the bench:

This photo shows a side of the bench that he cut off the door:

This door did not have any hardware on it so it did not come with a door knob. DH has a box of glass door knobs so he put one of those on the door with a circle metal plate under it. He patched holes in the door from previous hardware. He also added molding to the top of the bench to finish it off:

When it was all built he then put poly on the oak arms and the bench seat. Here is his finished bench ready for use or if someone wants to paint it or whatever. It would be perfect in an entryway or a guest room or in a mudroom:

A HUGE thank you to DH for building this so quickly and for doing a great job with it. He is selling this one but his next bench will be ours to keep. Now my job is to sew a quilted pillow to sit on the bench he makes for us.  See below:

Here is a photo of the original door I bought for this door/bench and DH finished it this week. It is now in a bedroom and I am currently working on a shabby chic pillow for it -- roses and such in pinks with greens:

I put a pillow on the bench for the photo but I am making a larger pillow for it. So happy hubby made the changes I wanted --- bigger arm rests, molding at the top with a top piece across the door top, as well as cutting a deeper cut on the bottom of the bench back and sides. After I sew my pillow I will have to find something to hang on the porcelain door knob. Will try to remember to post a photo of it with the new pillow. This is a perfect size for a bench seat in a bedroom to sit and read or put your shoes on and such. A BIG thanks to DH for making this for me from a magazine photo only!! :0)

Also --

I wanted something to hang my purses on in the closet so DH cut a piece of wood and attached four different glass door knobs from his stash to hang the purse handles on. All I have to do is paint or stain the wood. This would be perfect to hang by an entry door or in a bathroom for towels. Happy to have the purses hanging and not laying on a shelf or in a bin. It is much easier to take a purse off the holder and change it out. Another thanks to DH for this holder! TFL

Love Valentine Card

Recently picked up the MFT (My Favorite Things) Stitched Heart Grid die set for Valentine cards. This is a two piece die set -- one die marks the stitching on your piece and then you cut out the hearts with the second die:

For this card I cut and scored the #110 weight white card stock from Mikes with the score line at the top of the card. Using hearts printed card stock from Hobby Lobby I cut a piece for the card front. Put the hearts card stock onto the white card stock base using the ATG. Set this aside.

Cut a piece of Mikes red card stock to the size I wanted for the card front. Cut a piece of white/GP card stock for the front piece that I would be putting the hearts on. Using painters tape I taped the stitched line die onto the white/GP piece. Ran this through the die cutting machine. Removed the tape and the die:

For my card I used four colours of card stock for my hearts. I cut those all out and then used one of the scrap coloured card stocks that I cut the heart die out of as the pattern to keep the hearts straight and level over the stitched lines. Used painters tape to keep that in place:

With that in place I used a glue pen on the stitched lines as I went along and put the hearts into the scrap piece. Did one heart at a time. With all the hearts in place I pressed down on the hearts to be sure the glue pen would adhere to them and set it aside for a few minutes. Once that was dried I carefully lifted off the coloured die cut piece off the hearts.

Used a dollar stamp from Mikes and red ink and stamped "love" below the hearts. Put this piece onto the red card stock piece using the ATG. Put this piece onto the white card stock base using pop dots. Added clear Wink of Stella to the "love" greeting. Pinched the hearts together so they give the card front some dimension. This photo shows the sparkle from the Wink of Stella on the greeting:

Easy die set to use for this card. As usual the MFT dies cut nicely. Just finished another card using this die set:

For this card I used a "love" die and cut that out of red foil card stock. Used a glue pen to put this onto the die cut piece. Also cut out a red foil heart and added that to the bottom of the die cut hearts. To be able to use the word die on the bottom of this white panel piece I measured the word die and cut my white panel a little longer than the first card I had made. Easy card to put together. The foiled card stock added some shine to the front of the card. TFL

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Pink Valentine Treat Bags

Just finished decorating the front of pink paper gift bags from the dollar store for the gals at work. Was not sure what to decorate the front of the pink bags with until I saw these napkins also from the dollar store:

Once this napkin is opened up it can be used to decorate four of the gift bags:

I opened the napkin and cut it into four panel pieces using scissors. Once that was done I peeled off the white backing on the napkin pieces. Using GladWrap, (not the "microwaveable" type), I adhered each napkin section to a piece of white/GP card stock cut a little larger than the napkin piece using an iron. Once cooled I put the napkin piece onto the flat gift bag and decided to trim it to the size I wanted for the bag fronts. Trimmed them all to size using the trimmer and I then sponged the edges of these pieces using red ink. Here is a photo of one of the gift bag fronts:

I cut white paper doilies from Mikes in half and put a half doily at the top and bottom of the napkin panel piece. The stacked pink and red glittered hearts at the bottom of the napkin panel are also from the dollar store. I stacked the glittered hearts using glue dots and put them at the bottom of the napkin panel piece using tear and tape.

For the bow at the top of the napkin panel piece I used red card stock from Mikes and cut out a gift bow using the Stampin Up Gift Bow steel ruled die. Added a small heart to the center of the bow using red glittered card stock and a heart punch by Marvy. Put this heart onto the bow using a glue dot.

The greeting "Happy Valentine's Day" is a older stamp from the dollar bin at Mikes. Used red ink for that and a circle punch to punch that out. Used a larger circle punch for the red card stock circle behind the greeting piece. Put this greeting onto the napkin panel piece using large glue dots. Here is another bag and for this one I used a red paper doily from Mikes:

Made five of these gift bags and am now working on finishing the candy treat holders I will put inside the bags.  TFL

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Birthday and Bundle

Just bought the February die bundle release from and here that is:

As does many online stores ODB has a "free gift" if your order total reaches their required purchase. Here is my "free gift" -- a small die and stamp set:

Using Stampin Up Pool Party card stock I cut out the gable box die from the bundle set. This die set cuts nicely and it has a nice design on the front, back, and sides of the gable box:

The above photo shows the very top of the gable box is also die cut with the design that is on the rest of the gable box.

Used a clear window sheet and measured and cut a front, back, and two side pieces for the inside of the box. Put the clear pieces on the inside using red sticky tape. Assembled the box and put white paper shred from the dollar store and mini candy bars.

Here is the birthday card I made to go with the gable box:

White card stock base is 110# card stock from Mikes, again used the Pool Party SU card stock. The embossed front piece is white/GP. Used the SU Confetti embossing folder and embossed the front piece. Used a sponge and put Pool Party ink over the embossed design:

Sponged with a lighter touch from the center to the edges -- made a banner piece for the "Celebrate" die. The balloons are also a die set from OBD and I sponged the edges of those. Used a thin bow die and cut the bows from silver foil card stock:

Very nice quality of their dies and certainly a good deal buying their pre-order die bundle. TFL