Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Petite Tuck Ins


These are 3 x 3 cards I made for Tuck Ins. They can be used as tags or tuck in cards for a gift or a treat box, etc.. All stamps used on the mini cards are from Close To My Heart.

To begin with I cut and scored white 110# card stock from Mikes -- cut the white card stock 3" wide by 6" long and scored it down the center at 3". That is the card stock base. Using scraps I cut my coloured card stocks 2 3/4" x 2 3/4".  The white/GP pieces for the card fronts are cut 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".

For the stamped white piece on the card front I used white/GP and I used the CTMH background stamp set D1066 Romantic Backgrounds:


I inked each background stamp I wanted to use and stamped it onto scrap paper and then stamped my white pieces for my card fronts. This gave the background a softer image. For the greetings on each card I used the CTMH stamp set D1187 For Every Occasion:


I stamped all my greetings onto scrap white card stock and for some of the greetings I used various tag dies to cut them out in the Cuttlebug. For each card I used a small 'charm' stamp -- a shopping perk from CTMH -- a FREE mini stamp set ---- happy me --- :0).  This set is called Kaleidoscope Blooms and that set is W2031:


I stamped each charm stamp onto white/GP card stock and punched them out using a 3/4" circle punch. Then I used a 1" circle punch and punched out a circle from coloured card stock to put behind my stamped circle. Added a crystal or a pearl to the center and put these on the cards next to the greetings:


The 3 x 3 card are nice if you do not want to make up a tag or if you want to tuck in a little card for a gift or treat box/bag. I have made envelopes for these cards using card stocks and also copy paper from the computer printer. When sending flowers to someone (locally) I have also taken a 3 x 3 card and envelope I have made to the florist when I order the flowers and they use my card instead of the small card they write a greeting on for you. This way the recipient not only has the flowers from you but a mini card you also made for them.

3 x 3 cards go together quickly and when you do not have a lot of time to plan a larger card or project you can always put together a mini card. They also use scraps and that is always a good thing -- The nicest thing about the Close To My Heart stamp sets is they are clear stamps so you can always see where you are stamping but they also are packaged in envelopes and are very easy for storing. Many of their stamp sets also coordinate with Cricut programs as well if you should use your Cricut often. Plus they have great designs and they keep up with the ever changing scrapbooking and card making market.

One of my stamping friends is now a Close To My Heart consultant and you do not have to live local to order from her -- go on her website and place an order:

donnaschaeffer.ctmh.com

I placed my order with her and she let me know when it was shipped from CTMH, when it arrived at her house, and I had it shortly after. She is very good with details and questions as well -- so if you are thinking of trying Close To My Heart products give Donna a try --- Close To My Heart has had the clear stamps for many years and they are high quality and I have bought used CTMH stamp sets at garage and stamp sales over the years and the older stamps work just as well as the new ones -- a nice sharp image and no tearing on the clear stamps getting them off the sheet to stamp. TFL and YOLO

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Another Saturday Morning - - -


Since I am selling stamping items on Craigs List from my recent Craft Room Cleanout I check Craigs List often. Earlier this week I saw an ad for a garage sale from another stamper I have met before for some of her stamping/storage and Stampin Up items to be held this morning. So I emailed another stamping friend that went to stamp clubs I went to and I asked her if she wanted to go to this sale this morning? I forwarded the ad to her and we decided we would go. Sale began at 7:30AM so she said she would be at my house early so we would have plenty of time to get there. . .

But before I left the house this morning I checked my ads on Craigs List as they can be renewed this weekend. I then stumbled across another Stampin Up garage sale that began at 7:00AM and it is not far from the first sale we wanted to go to --- once my friend got to my house I read the Stampin Up garage sale ad to her and we decided we would stop there first.

We were the only shoppers there and we had two tables to look at -- my friend bought brand new packs of card stocks, inks, Sizzix/Stampin Up dies, embossing folders, etc. I bought Stampin Up ribbon spools -- 4 for $1.00, an embossing folder, color pencils, crayons, Stampin Up cling stamp sets, two ink pads,
and Stampin Up retired markers:





Good deals to be had -- this sale was for retired Stampin Up items being sold by a Stampin Up demonstrator. The last garage sale I had attended for another Stampin Up demonstrator was not as successful as this sale -- the last demonstrator charges the buyer not only shipping but tax too!!! On used retired items!!! Clearly her sales are not for me but this sale this morning was much better and we did not have to pay tax or shipping! :0)

Then off to the second sale which is the main sale we were going to. I picked up empty cling and empty wood mounted plastic stamp cases from Stampin Up (new style -- not the old clamshell boxes). I also bought a few card making magazines for 50 cents each, Then I came across this:


This is the Zutter Magnetic Die storage box with a pack of refill sheets on top of the box. I have many of the Art Bins (mostly bought with my ACM Reward checks) and those are nice but the Zutter storage box and sheets are much larger. My ArtBins are sorted by die manufacturer -- but for some time I have wanted to pull all the holiday dies and put them together. This larger storage box will be perfect for a years' worth of holiday dies -- from Valentine's, Easter, Summer, Autumn, Boo Day, and Christmas. I will use the label maker and label above each die set the manufacturer and the die set title on the sheets.

Having all the holiday dies together in one place will certainly cut down on searching for dies that I either forgot I have or where I put. . . Here is a photo to show the ArtBin VS the Zutter Die Storage box in size:



So this will help with the "Can't find it? Can't use it" craft room problem. Glad we went to both sales and really glad about the Zutter Die storage box/sheets. But after these sales . . .

Before I left the house I received an email from ACMoore saying that for three hours this morning only they offered a coupon for 60% off one item. I printed out a couple of coupons -- for me and my friend. Off we went to ACMoore after our second sale and I used my coupon for a Darice metal die set -- which I did not know ACMoore had them in the stores so that was a good surprise.

My friend wanted to buy a Sizzix Big Kick machine but ACMoore had a Manager's Special going on and altho the coupon did not say you could not use it towards a Sizzix machine the special going on meant you could not use a coupon for the machine. I suggested to her that we go across the street to Michaels and see how much their Sizzix Big Kick machine was selling for.

Off we go and they did not have a sale or special on their machines so we decided we would see if they would honor the 60% coupon at Mikes from ACMoore --- much to our surprise, with no problems, the cashier got us the Sizzix Big Kick machine and my friend gave the cashier her coupon and the cashier took it -- so for $48.00 (plus tax) my friend now has a new Sizzix Big Kick machine.

Good shopping morning for us for sure --- now off to fill my Zutter box with holiday dies... TFL and YOLO  *** Here are two photos of two of the Zutter magnetic sheets to show how many of the dies they can hold:

First sheet is Easter dies:


The Easter sheet holds dies from Taylored Expressions, Lil' Inker bunnies, Impression Obsession tiny bunnies, the Easter egg and flower die set from MFT - My Favorite Things as well as their Easter basket die set. The oval egg dies are from Spellbinders. The two white dies in the lower right corner are from Cottage Cutz -- This sheet holds all the different dies in place with no problems.

Here is an Autumn dies sheet:


Nice thing about these larger sheets is that I can put my two pumpkin die sets on the same page and at a glance I can see which pumpkin dies I have. This sheet holds pumpkin dies from Cottage Cutz, Elizabeth Craft, Sizzix, and Spellbinders. The square white dies on the left are from Cottage Cutz and these sheets can hold even those larger dies in place.

Glad I stopped at that garage sale this morning for sure ---TFL

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Brads storage


With the recent Craft Room Weed Out things have been moved, reorganized, pared down, or omitted altogether. One problem was the Brads storage -- had two different multi drawer units holding all the brads and wanted to simplify that --- Here is a photo of one of the drawer units I kept:

The second multi drawer unit was a different size and different colour -- so decided for the solid brads that I would use a different system that is smaller and easier to use. Went to Mikes with a 50% off coupon and bought a jewelry bead storage box for my coloured circle brads:


Nice thing about the bead storage box is each round container has a screw top so if things should fall or tip over all the brads will stay in the containers. Now all I need to store is one of the multi drawer units with the brad/bead box on top. TFL and YOLO

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter


Happy Easter to all my blogettes -- the blog followers -- thank you -- and also to all the daily Lookie-Loos who happen by here and there to see what I am working on . . .  Hoping everyone has a nice holiday and hoping this first Sunday in April that we are all seeing the beginnings of Spring -- FINALLY. . .

Want to post a card I received for Easter from another card maker. She told me she had seen this done by frenchiestamps.com and it is very cute. My friend has this card on a pink card stock base for the front and the inside of the card is white and pink with the brown card stock embossed with a wood grain embossing folder. Cute card:


The greeting on the front is punched out using the SU Modern Label punch and the SU Word Window punch. She said various punches were used for the bunny bottom and the feet. Here is the inside of the card to show the front of the bunny:


More punches used for the bunny face and it is cute on the inside that if you look at the bunny face you can see the bunny bottom and the top of the bunny tail. Cute card for the holiday for sure and always a treat to receive another card maker's cards.

Busy weekend --- was able to locate a stamp set for a gal that had looked for a long time for and then I found a punch another card maker had looked for that had been retired from SU. Always nice to be able to help other crafters locate items they did not know they needed -- haha. TFL and YOLO

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Treats


Some of the Easter treats I put together -- first here is a small pail filled with treats:


The bunny on the front is a die from Topdies.com. Used a plastic carrot treat holder from the dollar store and filled that with small candies and put that in the pail. Did not want chocolate overload since on Easter chocolate is everywhere so I crumpled up a piece of gift wrap tissue and put it inside the pail. Then covered that with coloured paper shred from the dollar store. Put a handful of chocolate candies in the pail. Tied a white ribbon bow on the pail handle to finish it off.

Then for this holder for the Ghirardelli candies:


Used the Sizzix Card, Petal die for the holder and for the bunny face I used the Stampin Up ornament punch and then oval punches for the ears.

For the small lollipop holder:


The above metal die is from Yournextstamp.com. This die is great as it has the scored lines already on the die as well as it not only cuts out the hole in the holder for the lollipop stick to go through but it also cuts out the holes for the ribbon to be tied through. In this photo you see the die, the small holder, and a regular sized Tootsie Pop. This die makes a holder too small for the regular Tootsie Pops but it holds the miniature Tootsie Pops or the Dum Dum lollipops.

When I first saw this die from Yournextstamp.com I was concerned about ordering the die -- the company is based in Canada and I was not sure how long it would take me to get the die delivered. But I ordered it, it shipped the next, and 8 days later, from the day I ordered my die, the die arrived. This die cuts nicely and you are not stuck with a die with card stock pieces stuck in it.

This photo shows the Matchbook treat holder I made:


Basic pattern for the Matchbook holder:  card stock 2 3/4" wide x 8 1/2" long. (You can get four of these holders out of a piece of card stock 8 1/2" x 11").

For this holder I cut my card stock 2 3/4" x 8 1/2" and scored it with the long side at the top of the score board at: 3/4", 4 1/2", and again at 5". In my Matchbook holders I have Fun Size M & M candies.

I used an Impression Obsession grass die for my grass. Then used various punches for the bunny and the ears:


The Stampin Up Flower Trio punch is for the bunny tail. The 1" oval punch (from the jewelry section @ Hobby Lobby) is the bunny bottom. The 3/4" circle punch is the bunny head. The 6 petal flower punch is the bunny ears. Punched out all my bunny pieces from brown card stock and I sponged the edges of those. Using a small oval punch by Marvy I punched out four "eggs" using scrap card stock. Sponged all those edges. To put this altogether:

Cut and scored the card stock for the Matchbook holder. Cut the white piece of card stock for the holder front. Using the SU Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set I stamped Happy Easter in the upper part of the white piece. Put that onto the treat holder front using the ATG.

Cut out the grassy piece of green card stock and used a glue pen to put that on a piece of green card stock for the lower front of the holder. This will cover up the staple used to hold the candy bag inside your holder.

After I put the grassy piece on the holder, and trimmed the edges, I then closed the holder. Put the bunny pieces together using small glue dots and put this on the holder front using glue dots. Then put the eggs on the holder front, also using glue dots, tucked behind the grass:


I opened the holder to take this photo to show that the bunny and the eggs are not on the holder at the lower edge -- this way they can be seen in the grass:

Tied a piece of twine at the top of the holder above the stamped greeting. Here are two other Matchbook holders I made using a greeting stamp from Impression Obsession:



Easy treat holders for Easter and still leaves room for the Easter Bunny's basket . . . . TFL and YOLO

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Passing it along - - -


When we crafters find a good thing it is not good not to share -- so who do I order my Close To My Heart products from? Donna Schaeffer and here is her contact info and store website for CTMH:

donna4papercrafting@gmail.com

and her CTMH website:   donnaschaeffer.ctmh.com

Many nice things about Close To My Heart -- every month you can buy the stamp set of the month for $5.00 with a qualifying order. Donna will be happy to explain all deals/specials and offers. She pays attention to details so if you should have any questions send her an email. The Close To My Heart stamp sets are clear stamps (not cling like SU) and each stamp set comes with a special envelope (similar to the Sizzix plastic storage envelopes) for storage. With these stamp set envelopes I can store a lot of product in a small area -- the stamp sets are protected from dust in the plastic envelopes they are in and it is easy to see the stamp set through the envelope. I have many of their stamp sets and some of their card stock and all products are great.

So if you are wanting to find a great demonstrator for Close To My Heart products give Donna a try as I am sure you will be happy you did.