Sunday, February 18, 2018

Saturday Stamp Show Columbia, SC

Headed out yesterday morning bright and early to the stamp show in Columbia, SC with DH driving me and my PIC (stamping Partner In Crime). This is our first stamp show of 2018 and we have three more planned for this year. Always fun to shop the stamp shows to see new products vendors offer as well as picking up some special deals offered at these shows only.

First booth we shopped was Impression Obsession:

Love their sample boards -- layers give all their cards dimension. Always leave their booth with new inspiration! From there we shopped Heartfelt Creations:

Many of the vendors offered coupons for this show and Heartfelt Creations had a coupon that if you spent a certain amount of money you get a stamp set free. Always nice to see their sample boards with all the layering details.

Lots of other vendors there -

with Debbie M at her Paper Sweeties booth right before the show opened:

Other vendors were also there but too busy shopping to stop to take photos -- haha. Here are the items I bought at the show:

This Slit die and the Chocolate Rabbits dies are from Creek Bank Creations. The bunny dies were $6.99 for the four dies inside -- two bunnies, a bow, and the teeth mark die for the bunny:

Heartfelt Creations had a good coupon so I have the flower stamp set and matching die:

Bought dies and a half price stamp set from the Impression Obsession booth:

A stop at the Rubber Cottage booth inspired this purchase:

The License Plates embossing folder from Darice -- here is a photo of the sample board at that booth using this embossing folder as a background on the card with the red truck:

Cute card but... New York is the EMPIRE State -- not the EMPRIRE State... Here is a closer photo of the mistake on the embossing folder:

But this embossing folder will still make a good background for a masculine card or vacation card or such. Will just be sure to cover up that mistake on my inked backgrounds....

Happy me to find my FIRST CLING STAMP SET from Northwoods Rubber Stamps!!

LOVE the details on the Northwoods Rubber Stamps and happy now to be able to buy a stamp SET from them in cling instead of different wood mounted stamps. Also love their sample cards on their inspiration boards:

We shopped other vendors  - Vicki at Fun Stampers Journey, Debbie M at Paper Sweeties and Just For Fun Stamps. Had a good morning at the show. LOTS of shoppers to talk with and that was fun too.

Since we had traveled so far I wanted to see if there was a local stamping store to visit before we headed home. We shopped at The Stamping Place in W Columbia and I bought these two dies there:

Nice store with a huge classroom. The owner was telling me that she has had that store for 25 years and at one time there were 6 stamping stores in the area. She said they not only sell to paper crafters but they also sell address stamps, labels, etc. Many of the local stamp stores have another part of their business besides just for paper crafters. Some sell wedding invitations, business cards, printed announcements, etc.. She also explained that she will be retiring soon and plans on selling her store. Sad to see another local store close -- esp after 25 years in the business.

We headed home from there and on our way we shopped at a Hobby Lobby and I picked up more Memento inks:

Not quite sure what is up for us paper crafters at Hobby Lobby but many items were marked down to be cleared out and they were re-setting the whole paper crafting section. Hoping this means new items will be coming in for us to see and shop but not sure -- know Hobby Lobby no longer sells their brand of embossing folders so wondering what else they could be phasing out???

Fun day at the stamp show for two stampers and a big thanks to DH for being the driver.....

Friday, February 16, 2018

Shopping for storage . . .

Had seen a new way to store my clear blocks for stamping from seeing a video by Stampin Up Connie Stewart on Youtube. Her blog is:

Although I do have a MISTI stamping tool I still use clear blocks many times when I am stamping my cards/projects. The majority of my clear blocks I have bought used at other stampers stamping supply sales as well as buying new Close To My Heart clear blocks. Clear blocks were before the MISTI and I still use them all the time. . . .  Before I saw Connie's video I kept all my clear blocks in a clear bin from Bed Bath & Beyond. I had the blocks in this clear bin by size but with taking the blocks out to stamp and putting them back they did not stay in order. Connie showed she uses a 99 cents silverware tray from IKEA to organize and store her clear blocks. Since I was going to IKEA earlier this week that tray was on my list of things to look for. . .

Here is a photo of my tray and my clear blocks --

I have my blocks with grid lines together, the larger blocks together and then Stampin Up blocks and Close To My Heart blocks are together. When I am ready to stamp it is easy to pick up this tray and take it to the work island to do my stamping.  Having the sections on the tray also makes it easy to put the block back were it belongs. Connie has all Stampin Up blocks but I have blocks from Stampin Up, Close To My Heart, Paper Pumpkin, Stampabilities, etc so many different sizes, thickness, and weight. Thanks to Connie for sharing her tip! Not easy to find this tray at my IKEA. I started looking for it in the section with all the silverware but found it in misc storage for kitchenware and such upstairs. Also happy it was just 99 cents!

Update for my sequins --

Recently I had seen other stampers store their sequins in one holder rather than in a couple of drawers like I had using my Alex units from IKEA. The storage box is:

I searched on the internet and found that  sold this box for $19.97 compared to other online stores that went up near $40.00 for their price. I had never ordered from Consumer Crafts before but since they are in the USA and they had a good price for this storage box I decided to order from them. I ordered two of these boxes -- figured I could use one for sequins and maybe one for brads or something but decided two would be a good idea and would save on shipping on a second order. Placed my order and waited. . . This is one of those orders that I really looked forward to getting and was happy when it arrived. . .

The brown box they had packed these boxes in arrived in mint condition with their bubble packs inside this box with my two storage boxes. Each of these card board boxes that held my storage boxes were sealed shut with tape from the manufacturer. . . . .  what are the chances??? Grrr

Opened both card board boxes and took out the storage boxes... The plastic lids were fine... the plastic tray that holds all the plastic containers was fine and no containers were broken.... but.... the side snap closure latches on BOTH boxes were broken! One box the snap closure latch was in pieces on one side... the second box the plastic pins that hold the latches on had broken off the latches:

What to do? I emailed Consumer Crafts and let them know the latches on both boxes were not usable and what to do? They emailed back that they would ship out a new order of two new boxes for me and for me to keep the first damaged order. I had never ordered from them before so I thought I would share this with other stampers if you are looking for these containers or if you are looking for other crafting items maybe you should try Consumer Crafts. Not only did they answer my email within 24 hours but they also shipped out my replacement order that day as well and already my sequins are in their new home -- :0)   Now I have freed up space in my Alex unit for some other craft room storage -- YAY

Early rising tomorrow for the SSAT stamp show in Columbia, SC with my PIC (stamping Partner In Crime). We had gone to this show last year and really liked it so we are heading back for this year's show. Paper Sweeties, Heartfelt Creations, Purple Daisy, Pink and Main, and lots other vendors will be there... Last time we shopped the Impression Obsession booth at a stamp show they had 25% off all their dies/products. Hoping this show they will do the same!  Will take photos and post them on the blog as well as a photo of what I bought. Nice to see new products out there -- Pink and Main have a new release as does Heartfelt Creations so am sure I will see something to inspire me..... :0)  Plus since we are driving that far.... found a local stamp store not far from the show so we will be stopping there to shop as well.... Another fun stamper's shopping for me and my PIC!   TFL

Monday, February 12, 2018

Busy day at a Pop Up and onto Ikea

Busy day for me and my PIC (stamping partner in crime). Headed out early this morning to go to our first Pop Up in Charlotte.  Stamp N Storage held a Pop Up event at the Embassy Suites and we had never been to one before so we were looking forward to that.

Stamp N Storage is an online store and they sell racks/holders/inserts and such for your paper craft craft room organization. Ink pad holders, marker holders, punch holders, card stock holders, Stickles holders, boxes, etc.. Lots to choose from to organize your supplies. They also sell magnet sheets for die storage and my PIC and I had received a coupon in the mail for this event that would give us 50% off one of the packs of magnet sheets.

The Pop Up was held in one of the conference rooms -- they have their products set up so a shopper can see how big something is or how it is made or options to use the pieces etc -- here are a couple of photos:

Fun to see everything set up and with actual ink pads and markers and punches so you can see how things fit.  For me I bought magnet sheets for the bins I already am using and I bought one pack of the larger magnet sheets for my larger dies and border dies -- used my 50% off coupon and with their show pricing I saved quite a lot buying more magnet sheets:

Also -- much to my surprise Brandy Cox (Stampin Up Brandy's Cards on Youtube) was there and she had a table set up with retired Stampin Up product she was selling -- I bought her background stamp Wonderfully Worn for $5, a 6 x 6 new pad of card stock for $3 "Sending Love", and the the Home for Christmas stamp set for $8 from her. My PIC bought the brand new, still in the packaging, Fry Box die for $5 and some other dies so we were certainly happy Brandy was there!  She is very nice and funny -- she was telling me about her husband commenting how much stuff she has and haven't we all heard that? So fun to meet Brandy and a surprise to come home with more Stampin Up gently used items for me!!

From there off to IKEA but that will be in another post this week... but a fun day for me and my PIC and a big thank you to DH for driving us there and all over -- haha.... TFL

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Two Valentine Cards

Clearing out photos on the camera for our trips this week and realized I did not post these two Valentine cards on the blog -- so here they are:

Card stock base is #110 weight black card stock from Mikes. Heart print is the Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby as is the polka dot card stock.

Cut and scored the black card stock with the scored line at the top of the card. Cut a piece of the black hearts print to the size I needed for the card front. Set that aside. Used a holiday saying from the MFTstamps stamp set Homespun Hearts and stamped that onto scrap white card stock using Stampin Up Real Red ink. Used the Stampin Up banner punch for the two ends of the greeting banner. Cut a piece of the black polka dot print to fit behind the greeting banner. Put the polka dot print across the black hearts print  near the bottom and put these onto the black card stock base using the ATG.

For the Tic Tac Toe board I used the Tic Tac Toe die set from MFTstamps that I recently bought at the Paper Muse store in Matthews, NC.  Used scrap black and red card stocks to cut out the grid, X's, O's, and red hearts. Cut a piece of white/GP larger than the black grid piece and used a glue pen to put the Tic Tac Toe board together. Cut a piece of red card stock to fit behind this piece and put the two pieces together using the ATG. Used pop dots to put the Tic Tac Toe piece onto the card base. Used glue dots behind the Valentine greeting banner to put on the card front.

This next card -

Lots of stamps used for this card:

Card stock base is Stampin Up Crumb Cake card stock scored on the side. Red is from Mikes and the cream card stock for the card front is Stampin Up Very Vanilla.

Cut and scored the card stock base. Cut the red card stock to the size I needed. Cut the Very Vanilla for the card front. On the Very Vanilla piece I first stamped the Stampin Up Cheesecloth background stamp using the Crumb Cake ink on part of the card front. Then stamped various stamps from the Stampin Up Work of Art stamp set as well as their Gorgeous Grunge stamps again using the Crumb Cake ink on the piece randomly. Used a small heart stamp from my stash and inked that and stamped off and then stamped the Very Vanilla piece. After all stamping was done I put the stamped card front onto the red card stock using the ATG.

With all the background stamping done I wanted to add twine to the card front.  Problem is when using twine it can make your card front have a bump on both sides where you have your twine attached. I wanted to minimize that bump so I taped the twine to the back of the card after I untwisted the twine - only on the back of the card - on each side. There is still a bump but it is flatter now than if I had not untwisted the twine on the back of the card front:

With my piece of twine across the front of the card I then stamped a stamp from PSX "with love" onto scrap Very Vanilla card stock using Real Red ink. I only wanted to use the word "love" from that stamp so I covered "with" with a piece of painters tape and inked the stamp. Peeled off the painters tape and stamped the "love". With that done I used the Stampin Up Bitty Banners die set and cut out the "love" banner. Sponged the edges of this banner using Crumb Cake ink. Cut off one end of the banner using scissors and put this onto my card front using the ATG:

Cut off another piece of twine and tied a bow. Put the bow onto the card front using glue dots. For the three larger hearts on the card front I used the Stampin Up Hearts A Flutter stamp set with matching die and stamped and cut out my hearts. Sponged the edges of those. Using stacked glue dots I put these hearts onto the card front:

Both cards were easy to put together using dies and stamps. TFL

Friday, February 9, 2018

Misc post

Busy week but wanted to post a couple of things.. .. I have bought a lot of my Stampin Up stamp sets used from local sellers or local stamping sales. This week I bought a few sets from another stamper and thought I would share the cleaner I use for cleaning my stamps. When I first began stamping a Stampin Up demonstrator shared her tip for cleaning her stamps and since she told me about that I have used it ever since -- much cheaper than stamp cleaner and I have used this for approx 10 years with no damage to any of my stamps -- clear or rubber stamps.

I bought small spray bottles from the travel samples section at Walmart. Inside these spray bottles is 50% water to 50% Simple Green cleaner. Here is a photo of my spray bottles:

When I clean my stamps I spritz this cleaner a couple of times onto the stamp scrubber and run the inked stamps over it and the ink is removed -- then run the cleaned stamp over the dry side of the stamp scrubber. Of course with StazOn ink I use the StazOn cleaner but the Simple Green/water cleaner cleans all the other inks off stamps.

Earlier this week I bought this Stampin Up stamp set used and used my cleaner to clean up the stamps. Here is a photo of the stamps when I opened the case:

And a photo after I cleaned the stamps:

Happy to own this stamp set as I have liked many cards I have seen using it. Plus buying used stamps helps me keep my crafting dollars budget in check.

Have been reorganizing different areas of the craft room and in a couple of drawers of one of my Alex units were my sequins in small jars from Uline. Had recently seen a video on YouTube using another storage system for sequins and so I bought myself one -- here is a photo of the box this container comes in:

It is plastic and has a clear plastic lid that is held on the plastic box using two side latches. Inside are 78 small clear boxes with snap closure lids:

 Although it is made for jewelry bead storage it holds different sizes of sequins and that is what I have in mine:

Here is a photo to show the size of the small boxes inside the holder:

This is going to save so much storage space in my craft room for other items. This box came with a couple of pages of peel off labels to put on the small boxes but I do not buy any particular brand of sequins -- just what I want for colours or sizes... so I do not need to label them for brand or anything  but of course now that I know about:

I am sure my sequin collection will grow!! haha   I like that these small boxes are clear, have snap closure lids, and can easily be taken out of the storage box for use. Plus with the box having a clear lid I can see at a glance all the sequins and what colours I would want to use on my project. Another good addition to my craft room --- paid $19.97 for this and am thinking it was well worth the price!

Next Saturday, the 17th, my PIC (stamping Partner In Crime) and I are heading to the stamp show in Columbia, SC run by Stamp Scrap Art Tour. We went last year for the first time and it was better than we had expected so we decided then we would come back this year -- DH is driving us and it should be a fun day.... but first.... Never been to one but my PIC and I are going to a Pop Up Sale held by Stamp-n-Storage in Charlotte next week.  20% off their products and up to 33% off their magnet sheets at this sale so that will be fun to shop -- we will save on shipping and will save time waiting for our orders to arrive -- we can bring them home that day!  Busy week ahead for two happy stampers and we will have to buy DH a nice dinner for his driving us all over..... TFL

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Brusho Valentine Card

Had seen this card from France Martin AKA Frenchie Stamps on Youtube:

I have never used Brushos before but Stampin Up was now selling a set of 5 of the Brushos for $30.00. That seemed high to me and since I liked Frenchie's card I figured I would use the Brushos again so shopped around.... found a set of 12 colours on DickBlick for $32.97 so I ordered a set from them:

Here is a photo of my Brushos once I removed them from the box and got them ready for use:

As Frenchie explains no two cards will look the same. The Brushos react to water and depending on how much water you use or the card stock you use the Brushos can be different each time. Not having used these before I paid attention to her tips on her video and here is my card:

For my card -- my card stock base is Lipstick Red card stock from SimonSaysStamp. The watercolour card stock is Canston. For the gold speckles on the card front I stamped a background stamp from the Stampin Up stamp set Gorgeous Grunge using VersaMark ink. I used Stampendous Jeweled Gold embossing powder and heat set that. With the embossing done I misted this piece with water and sprinkled the Brushos on -- very little Brushos goes a long way. Set this aside to dry.

Now for the heart and "love" die set Frenchie had used on her card. . . .   That is from the Stampin Up die set Sunshine Wishes. I have bought other die sets over the years from Stampin Up but I will say this die set turned into a nightmare ... ... ... grrrrr  .... First it felt like the dies would bend trying to take them off the paper packaging ... I tried to remove them slowly but even then the paper and tape residue came off on some of the die pieces... only thing to do? Get the Goo Gone....

Took all the die pieces and put them in a plastic pan from the dollar store I have in the craft room and I spritzed the Goo Gone onto the dies. Let it sit for about 15 minutes and then I was able to get the paper packaging and the tape residue off the die pieces. Then I had to wash them with dish soap to get all the Goo Gone off the dies.... once dried I put them on a magnet sheet and they were ready for use. Here is a photo of this die set:

With those ready to be used I cut the heart die out of a scrap piece of the Lipstick Red card stock that I had Stick It sheet on the back.  For the "love" word I cut that out of gold foil card stock that I put Stick It sheet behind.  Also wanted the "love" word to be thicker on my card front than the heart so I also cut out the word "love" from a card board tab top to a kleenex box -- 'klipboard'. With the "love" word pieces cut out I was ready to assemble the card.

Using the ATG I put the Brushos card front onto the Lipstick Red card base. Peeled off the Stick It sheet behind the heart and put that on the left front side of my card. With the card board and foil words cut out I peeled the Stick It off the gold foil word and put it on top of the card board word. Using a glue pen behind the card board word I put this over the heart on the card front over one side of the heart. Here is a photo (not great) of the "love" word over the heart to show it is higher:

This next photo shows the sparkle and shine the embossing powder gives the card front:

IRL this card has a lot of sparkle and shine which plays nicely against the Brushos background. A big thanks to Frenchie for sharing her card and for making the use of Brushos on a card front look easy!! AND IT IS! :0)    TFL