Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thank You Cards 1 & 2

Thank you card #1:

Used the Stampin Up Number of Years stamp set for the floral piece. Stamped the greenery stamp onto white/GP using Stampin Up Pistachio Pudding ink. Using a pink ink from SU I stamped the pink flowers over the greenery image. With stamping done I used an oval die from Spellbinders and cut out the stamped white oval. Used a stitched oval die and cut out an oval frame using Pistachio Pudding card stock. Put the green oval frame over the stamped white oval using TomBow glue. For the greeting I used the "Thank you" stamp from the new Stampin Up Eclectic Expressions stamp set. Stamped it on scrap white/GP card stock and used the SU Banner punch for both ends of the greeting piece. Printed card stock is also SU.

Cut and scored the green card stock base. Cut a piece of white/GP card stock for the card front and cut the printed card stock for the card front. Using the ATG I put these three layers together. Used pop dots to put the framed oval piece on the card front. Greeting banner was put on the card front using double glue dots for height. Used clear Wink of Stella and went over the pink flowers. Added a gingham bow to the base of the flowers using a glue dot. Used a multi butterfly punch from M Stewart for the butterflies and those are on the card front using glue dots. Added a pearl to the center of each of the butterflies. Here is a photo to try to show the Wink of Stella on the flowers:

For this next card I used inspiration from Dawn Griffith from a card I had recently made into a birthday card:

Again using the new Stampin Up stamp set Eclectic Expressions and Dawn's layout I used different colours for this card:

Thank you card #2:

This card is on a card stock base of Stampin Up Pool Party, white/GP used for the card front, lavender piece and then the white stamped piece is also white/GP. Used both Pool Party ink and the Lavender Lace ink for my stamped images. Used the ATG and put the stamped piece onto the lavender card stock. Ran lavender/white twine around this and used the ATG to put these pieces onto the white piece for the card front. With those done I then put them onto the Pool Party card base using the ATG.

For the "Thank you" that is a Spellbinders die. Cut out a piece of the Lavender Lace and used clear Wink of Stella over that. While that was drying I cut out a piece of the Pool Party using this "Thank you" die. Used TomBow glue to put these two word pieces together offsetting them as a shadow look. Again used the glue to put these onto the card front. Added sequins to the card front. Tied a small twine bow and put that on the card front over the twine. Here is a photo to show the shimmer on the "Thank you" die cut piece:

Thanks to Dawn Griffith for the inspiration for this card. Really like the Eclectic Expressions stamp set and am sure I will be using it often for other projects. TFL

Monday, March 19, 2018

Birthday Gift Bag

Recently bought the Our Daily Bread Designs Card Caddy and Gift Bag Bundle. Needed to make a birthday gift bag so wanted to use this new die set. Here is the bag I made:

Used Stampin Up Pink Pirouette card stock for the bag back, sides, front, and handles on my bag. As with other detailed dies I use the Cheery Lynn metal shim to cut out the bag front with all the details.  With the back, sides, and front of the bag pieces cut out I used a bone folder to crease the scored lines the die made. Then used 1/8" red sticky tape to put the bag pieces together. Put the handles on the bag using glue dots and punched out a small pink circle to put over the back of the handles to cover the glue dots that showed on the inside of the bag through the front cut out piece.

The "Happy Birthday" circle:

This die was a free die with one of my British card making magazines and I cut that out of a scrap piece of darker pink card stock. With that cut out I put a lighter pink circle behind it and used larger glue dot to put that on the handle on the bag front. Easy bag to put together and as with the other Our Daily Bread Designs dies this die set cut the card stock easily. TFL

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Our Daily Bread Designs Sale

My order from Our Daily Bread Designs arrived today in the mail. Our Daily Bread Designs is celebrating their 10th year in business and they are having a big sale and they also sent out an email with a $10.00 coupon for us shoppers. I have a lot of their dies and they cut beautifully each time I use them. With this sale and the coupon I decided to buy a die set I had been thinking about for some time - their Card Caddy & Gift Bag die set:

This is a nice die set for a gift bag and ODBD also has a holiday panel die for the front and back of the gift bag:

They also have an accessory die for the bag:

You can die cut a scalloped piece for the top of the bag, or die cut on the bag front and back the die to make holes for the handles or ribbon, as well as a couple other dies. This is the whole set I bought:

This will be a perfect gift bag for holidays - especially with the poinsettia panels. Great sale and with the coupon I saved even more -- YAY! 

Happy St Pat's Day

Did not make any St. Patrick's Day cards this year but in the mail I received two:

This first one is from Mary in South Carolina -- she is a master of the Copics! Lots of layers and shading on her oval to show off this cute Irish guy -- she even added sparkle to his eyes:

Such details on his mouth and cheeks! Her shading on the oval adds dimension to this little guy and also to the card front. Love all the greens for St. Pat's!

This next card is from my PIC (stamping Partner In Crime):

Pretty combo with the green and white. She embossed the white card front and added a glittered shamrock next to the greeting banner. LOVE both cards and lucky me to be on their mailing lists! Thanks ladies for two fun festive holiday cards!

Also in the mail was another birthday card by Bonnie:

Love the lacy look of the white rectangle on the red card front. The embossing on the flower stands out with the colouring. Happy me that when I opened her card this fell out:

I love dies and I love flowers so this was a great surprise!! Thanks to Bonnie for remembering me with a pretty card and special gift! Love getting cards from other card makers - everyone is so inspiring!  TFL

Scrap Exchange Jackpot!

DH is working on a couple of house projects and wanted to shop two of his favorite suppliers this morning in Durham, NC so he asked if I wanted to tag along?  Durham is the city The Scrap Exchange is located in so since we were going anyways.... I asked DH if we could stop there as well? He agreed and that was our first stop....

Happy me! The Scrap Exchange is a store of various items -- donations of office supplies from businesses, donations from people of items that they would toss out rather than sell, etc.. Every time you shop there there are new things to see.  I have bought the large glass jars with glass lids for ribbon storage in the craft room, plastic magazine holders -- great for card stock storage, staplers, etc.. This store is great for artists who like to use every day items in their art work and such. They have items all sorted -- papers/envelopes in one section, planters and gardening items in another section, craft supply section, and a section for scrap booking with Sizzix dies and rubber stamps and inks, electrical, plumbing, wood, etc. Today I walked through the scrap book section looking for nothing in particular but finding a great deal of items!!

First -- I looked through the full bin of Sizzix dies and they also had the Sizzix die cutting machines for sale. Then I looked at the three bins of wood mounted stamps -- being sure to look AT them and NOT through them so I would not be bringing home anymore wood mounted stamps.. ;0)  But I did look through the bin of clear mounted stamps and that is all I needed to see -- here are photos of what I brought home:

Easter stamp set from Taylored Expressions for $3.00. Then:

Rubbernecker frame cling stamp for $1.00 - new and not used. Then:

Simon Says Frosted Fractals - new - for $2.00. Then:

Simon Says Holiday Banners - new - for $1.50. Then:

Winnie and Walter - In Bloom, Eva's Favorite Flowers - new - $1.50. Then:

A set of clear holiday stamps in a clear sleeve - $1.50. Then onto Stampin Up:

Tags for You - two stamps used - $4.00:


Festive Flurry - 2nd in a series - new and unmounted - $3.00:


Seasonal Bells - new- $2.00. I had bought the Bell punch but not this stamp set until now:

and those are all great but THIS is the jackpot:

Simon Says Circles for the Holidays - new - this stamp set was in a clear bag with a dark red envelope in with it but I did not realize until I got home and opened the clear bag that there was a brand new still sealed die set inside:

So I paid $1.00 for this thinking it was just a stamp set and dark red envelope only to find the Simon Says Warm Wishes die set - still sealed - in that clear bag! So for $1.00 I got a new stamp set and a new die set -- happy me!! Certainly was glad DH asked me to tag along after all!! The trip worked out for him too because he was able to get what he wanted from the two stores he wanted to shop at as well. Another good Saturday morning shopping spree for us! 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Eclectic Birthday Card

When I bought the Stamparatus from Stampin Up I qualified for a free stamp set during their Sale A Bration ongoing special so I bought their Eclectic Expressions stamp set. Made this first card using this new set:

Needed a quick birthday card and this stamp set is still out on my work island so this is the set I used. I had seen this card made by Dawn Griffith on Youtube:

So here is my card following Dawn's video and instruction:

I used Stampin Up Rose Romance and Early Expresso for my inks. I did everything Dawn instructed except I did not stamp across the top and the bottom of my pink card base. I also did not have the "celebrate" die set she used so I used a Spellbinder die set for my die cut "celebrate" words. I cut out a pink word and a brown word and used glue to put them together. As Dawn did I also put clear Wink of Stella over my pink lettering:

Thanks to Dawn for sharing her fun card -- I love this stamp set -- thinking it will get used often like the Stampin Up Gorgeous Grunge stamp set I have in the craft room. Two cute cards, totally different, but using the same stamp set.  TFL

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Catch Up Post

Am posting a few things in this post from this last week. Had a great birthday only made better by friends and family --- DSD gave me a cake, a begonia plant and a Visa gift card which I will be using later this week for the new Heartfelt Creations release. DH gave me $$ and took me to Long Horn -- :0)   He also took me to IKEA and I picked up a few things -- last trip to IKEA my PIC (stamping Partner In Crime) was with me and she bought some of the clear sectioned dividers that fit inside the Alex unit drawers. I had picked up three on that trip and a few more this last trip. In these photos I have some of my washi tape in these dividers:

I also picked up some of the Kuggis containers with matching lids which stack and those will be great for storage in the craft room. This size is the smaller size so they fit on the Raskog cart I have from IKEA. Also bought a planter shelf/table for some house plants. Another good trip to IKEA.

Friday had a surprise package in the mail for my birthday from another stamper, Amy. She mailed me this stamp set from Stampin Up:

Happy me that I did not already own this stamp set!! Lots of possibilities with this set! She also made this card:

Here is a closer photo of the detail on the card front:

The card front has two printed card stocks for the background, laser cut chipboard, lace, bias ribbon, large flowers, small flowers, a glistening butterfly, threads, pearls, etc. Lots of details and dimension on this card front! Love the greeting banner "Your Day" above the butterfly. Really nice card with lots of detail. Pretty pinks -- go with the pink roses my niece sent me!! Thanks Amy for remembering me!! LOVE the stamp set and card! :0)

My PIC stopped by after work one day and gave me a restaurant gift card that I can use at two different restaurants we stop at, plants for my front porch plant shelf, and this die set from Sunny Studios:

LOVE Sunny Studios and this rick rack die set -- one of the rick rack dies has stitching so that will add more interest to the piece. Happy me to get another die set I did not have! She also made me this card:

Background is Stampin Up Gorgeous Grunge (one of my most fav of their stamp sets) and the swirl I believe is from Stampin Up Everything Eleanor and the flowers are from the Petite Petals stamp set. Loved the colours she used on the card and here is a photo to show the center of the flowers with the bumpy gem she used:

She put the flowers on the card front using pop dots and the gems for the flower center tie in with the card stock base. Really pretty card. Happy me to have these two stampers remember me and sharing their card making skills with me! LOVE handmade cards! Pink flowers seem to the be the theme of this birthday for me -- :0)   The end of this month my PIC and I (without DH who has a swap meet that weekend) will be heading back to Charlotte so am sure my restaurant gift card will come in handy! Thanks to both stamping ladies for making my birthday extra special!

Also last week I had made more Easter treat holders using the Classic Rose stamp/die/mold set from Heartfelt Creations. Will say that IRL these flowers and all are lavender but the camera shows them more of a blue shade. I used Stampin Up Almost Amethyst ink for my roses and projects:

Once again used one of the natural colour egg cartons that was on the Clearance Rack from Stampin Up. I left it natural and added a lattice die cut piece of Very Vanilla card stock to the carton top with a stitched die cut frame over that. Added white Pearl pen to the lattice piece. Put the lattice/frame piece on the top of the carton using red sticky tape. Put the leaves/vine pieces over the lattice frame piece using glue dots and I used hot glue to add the rose to the the carton top. Stamped the "easter greetings" stamp from Reverse Confetti that I stamped onto scrap Very Vanilla card stock using the Almost Amethyst ink. Used the Stampin Up banner punch for that greeting. Sponged the edges of this and ran it over the bone folder to give it a wave and put the greeting onto the carton top using glue dots. This photo shows the white glitter I put on the rose petals:

For the basket piece again I used the Stampin Up Berry Basket die and I cut two pieces from the #110 weight cream card stock from Mikes. Used the Basket Weave embossing folder from Stampin Up to emboss the two basket pieces but I wanted a little colour on the basket pieces so I ran the Almost Amethyst ink pad over the indented side of the embossing folder and then embossed the two pieces, inking after each pass in the Cuttlebug. Just this little inking shows off the basket weave pattern on the basket:

With the basket pieces die cut, inked/embossed I put the basket together using red sticky tape. Cut a small piece off a white paper doily and put that on the basket front. Using the hot glue I put the rose and leaves/vine piece onto the basket front over the doily piece. Put the handle on the basket using two lavender brads.

Do not have cream paper shred so I used a piece of  purple copy paper and fringe scissors and cut the copy paper into strips. Bunched it up in my hands and then lightly misted these with water and once they dried they stayed bunched up so I separated them and put them in the basket:

Also used some of this shred for inside the egg carton. Another easy project for Easter treat holders. Really like the texture on this basket that inking the embossing folder shows. Another look for the Berry Basket treat holder. So another busy week for this stamper... DH is working on installing floors in the house but hoping to get some creative time in the craft room at some point this week... Still having things to make and post for Easter....  TFL

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Birthday Post

Happy me to have a great birthday from best friends and family --- Will post more photos later but happy me that today my Dies R Us Impression Obsession haul arrived today in the mail...

Recently went to a stamp show in Columbia, SC with my PIC (Stamping Partner In Crime) and when we shopped the Impression Obsession booth and their show sale the gal at the register gave us each four of their catalogs. Love to get those just to look through at all the photos of cards using their dies. Great ideas and inspiration and guess it worked..... because when Dies R Us had their Impression Obessions sale I ordered some of the dies I had seen on projects in their catalogs. Here is a photo of the dies:

Can't wait to get started on some Spring and Easter cards. Love the bunny face die -- can cut out 6 bunny faces with one die -- can leave the bunny faces together as one die piece or cut them apart --

Too cute not to use on Easter projects for this year... Also arrived home to this floral arrangement from my niece and her family in Pennsylvania:

The pink roses are a welcomed sight with this winter that seems to want to drag on and on:

Will post the beautiful card and perfect gift from my PIC -- she surprised me yesterday when I came home from work and she was at my house waiting for me!! So will post again this weekend... but certainly a fun day for me!! "Happy 29th birthday from your 110 pound friend" is a birthday stamp I recently bought at Hobby Lobby and that is the kind of day everyone made sure I had... Happy me!! TFL

Monday, March 5, 2018

Uphill battle - - -

Stampin Up has a special sale going on now where a customer can spend a certain amount of money and get some free products. I recently bought the Stamparatus stamping tool and a small item and that qualified me to get a free stamp set. I like the Eclectic Expressions stamp set and decided to order that. I had seen this card on Youtube and really liked it:

Thought it would make a nice birthday card or other card you could put together quickly yet it is simple enough to do. Thanks to Liz Y. for putting her video together and sharing her card. After work today I had to make a quick get well card to mail out and thought of her card. . . but for me? It was an uphill battle....

Will say I did use all the ink colours she suggests but my card is a regular sized card. Liz made a 4 x 4 card for her sample on her video. I took out the stamp set and all my inks and put them in the same order she uses in her video.... Inked, stamped, cleaned, and continued until all colours were on my card.... but uphill it went... :0(

Decided the only way to stamp it straight would be the Stamp A Ma Jig.... dragged that out and it was just what I needed -- probably being in a hurry did not help either --- but here is my second attempt at her card:

I tried to use all the colours Liz used on her card as far as card stock goes.  My "Get Well Soon" stamp is a wood mount stamp by Stampin Up in 1992 that I had in my stash. I used the chevron black and white washi tape for the card front. Used a M Stewart multi heart punch for the pink glittered heart. This card is for a little girl so I hope she likes it. Thanks to Liz for sharing her idea and card on her video. TFL

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Egg and Ovals Bunny Revisited . . .

Just used my Easter Bunny Egg and Ovals Bunny pattern to make another version of a Tootsie Pop holder for Easter for this year. This time I used the Stampin Up Scalloped Tag Topper punch for the top of my holder:

For my holder I used Stampin Up Bashful Blue card stock. Cut that 2" wide by 8 1/2" long. With the long side at the top of the score board I scored this piece at 3 3/4" and again at 4 3/4". Used a bone folder to crease these scored lines. Opened it up and used the Stampin Up Scalloped Tag Topper punch (any of the tag topper punches would work) and I punched each end of the holder piece - one at a time.

With this piece punched I used the Stampin Up Basket Bunch stamp set to stamp the egg border stamp on the front of my holder using Stampin Up Bashful Blue ink. I wanted a softer stamped image so I inked the stamp, stamped off, and then stamped it on the front holder piece. Here is a photo to show the stamped eggs:

To make the bunny -- I used the Spellbinders Egg die set and cut out an egg from scrap white card stock. Used an oval punch for the two ears and a small oval punch from Marvy for the feet. Using Stampin Up Going Gray ink I sponged the edges of all pieces. Used a small circle punch for the pink pads on the bunny feet and a Marvy heart punch for the nose. Put the bunny together using glue dots. Used a fine black marker for the eyes and mouth. Used a pink marker for the toes.

With stamping done on the front of the holder I  held the holder closed and used a small circle punch to make the two holes for my twine. Opened the holder and put in the Tootsie Pop which has a glue dot on the top of it to hold it inside the holder. Used two glue dots on the upper corners of the holder to hold it closed. Tied my blue and white twine around the Tootsie Pop stick and trimmed the ends of that off:

Put the bunny on the front of the holder using glue dots. Easy Tootsie Pop holder to put together and it is free standing so it makes fun holiday table place markers and such.