Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Shopping alert!

Hoping all had a nice holiday weekend and everyone enjoyed....  Just wanted to check in with a great shopping alert from Close To My Heart -- they are having their Boxing Week Sale this week starting today and thought I would give the link to shop for you -


Donna S is my consultant and I have bought a lot of the Close To My Heart products from her. Today their sale has various items -- click on "Promotions" to see the Boxing Week Sale products. They have some of their ink pads with matching re-inkers for $8.94 FOR THE SET! These ink pads are the new style -- they have a magnetic lid so you will have easy opening and then you will know the ink pad is closed. Nice sized ink pad inside. I love this new style! Today they have a lot of colours to choose from and I have already shopped but thought I would pass this along if you are wanting to add great inks and re-inkers to your collection. There are also other items for this sale for today as well and be sure to check in daily this week for other specials.  Happy crafting!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Happy Holidays to everyone

With the holiday week ahead and everyone is so busy with family and friends I did not want to miss the chance to wish everyone Happy Holidays and Season's Greetings!

If you enjoy songs and dance and the old Hollywood musicals here is a link for a fun video put together to the Uptown Funk song by Bruno Mars:


Happy holidays to all and be safe while you enjoy your festivities! Hoping we all have a fun crafting New Year ahead! 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Well. . .. that's done... now for the rest of the room .... :0(

Well -- that's done... Now for the rest of the craft room... :0(    haha  Here is a photo of the wooden island DH built me as a surprise Christmas gift:

LOVE my new wooden work island...  Hardest part was waiting for the poly coats to dry... then it had to be moved into the craft room and sit for a couple of days before I could put my dies and such on it:

While waiting for that to "cure" I started gathering the items together that I wanted to store on the island shelves. Since I had told DH I had wanted a new work island for my craft room for my die storage he put extra support pieces under the shelves to support the weight of the dies on the magnetic sheets. Moving items over to go onto the island has caused me to re organize in the craft room once again so although the craft room is a mess right now this island is a plus for me for sure! Here is a photo to show the bottom shelf of the island all filled up already:

In the large Close To My Heart storage containers on the left I have my embossing folders grouped by theme. Above those containers are three of the smaller Close To My Heart storage containers where I store my twines (one is still empty).  To the right of those are two of the IRIS photo box containers that hold all my solid card stock scraps - again thanks to Tonya for that gem of an idea. These containers make it easy to store my items in a dust free, organized way. The top shelf of the work island holds my thin metal die collection:

Have my dies in clear bins from Bed Bath and Beyond, all bought with coupons. I used the We R Memory Keepers Tab punch board to make the black dividers for the dies in order of theme. Behind the clear bins are two pink Zutter boxes with magnetic sheets - one box is empty right now and the other Zutter box has all the dies for boxes and bags that are too large to fit on a magnetic sheet I use for my die storage. The smaller clear bin in the back on the left side holds my Stampin Up dies and my Blueprint dies from MFT.

With recessed ceiling lights in my craft room it was hard to take a good photo of the island top with the glare of the lights on the poly coated island top but here is the best photo I could get:

Had to turn off the ceiling lights and open the window blinds to keep the glare down. My two opaque mats on the island top I had on my old island and I bought those at IKEA when I bought my ALEX units you can see on the back wall of the craft room. On top of the island to the left is a find from a thrift store -- it is a wooden desk top letter/stationary supply holder. I have my small spray bottles (from Walmart) filled with my stamp cleaner -- tip from a Stampin Up demonstrator many years ago - half Simple Green to half water. I also have a bottle of hand sanitizer from the dollar store that I use to clean inks off my clear acrylic blocks. Also have various bottles of TomBow and other glues. The larger section in the back of this holder holds one of the pink ATG's I have.

Next to that in the white basket is my container that holds baby wipes. Next to that is my Post It note holder and behind that is an plastic Jif jar that I keep my rolls of glue dots in so they do not stick to everything and anything that they should not be sticking to..... this way when I am using them they go right back into the jar on the work table until needed again. On the right corner of the top of the island is a paper towel holder with a drawer I picked up at the thrift store. Here is another photo showing the island already to have fun cards and projects made on it:

How I managed without this work island is beyond me.... DH came into the craft room and could not believe all it holds!! On the other side of this island is my work table so I will have plenty of space to spread projects out.... haha   DH says it is good I took photos 'cuz he is sure I will not be able to see the top of the work island soon with my projects all over it.... silly guy.... but a HUGE thanks to DH for designing and building this work island for me!!  Happy me!! Now off to sort the rest of the craft room.... TFL

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Christmas M&M's

Had seen these packs of the red and green Christmas M & M candies at the dollar store and I picked up two packs:

Wanted to use these candies in a treat holder but did not want to use the long, thin cellophane bag to put them in since I have done that more than once.... checked around and found treat holders by Patty Bennett on her blog -- here is the link to that:


She used this idea from "Pootles" who is a SU demonstrator in the UK.  I made six of these candy treat holders - three I used a circle punch for the bag top and three of them I used the Stampin Up Ornate Tag Topper punch - here is a photo to show what they look like using the circle punch at the bag top:

All holders I used the double sided printed card stocks from Stampin Up. This next photo shows the three treat holders I used the Ornate Tag Topper punch for:

The Ornate Tag Topper punch shapes the top of the bags and it also punches a hole like a tag would have. I wanted this small hole so I could close the bags using twines from the stash. With the curved bag tops I used a small circle punch and punched a hole in the center for my twine.

How many times we order dies from an online store and they enclose a free die with your order if you have spent a certain amount of money? Too many times these online stores send you a "thanks" or "thank you" die for free. I have too many to mention.... :0(     .... but one time I placed an order from Taylored Exprssions and with my order they enclosed a free die. Happy me that the free die is this little circle tag die with a tree inset!! When I made these candy bags I thought that die would be perfect for the top of the treat bags:

I cut out the small tree die using scraps and mixed and matched them to match the printed card stocks I was using -- here is a photo to show all the M & M treat holders and their tree tags. The greeting is stamped onto scrap white/GP using Stampin Up Cherry Cobble ink and I used a stamp from the Stampin Up Hostess set Good Greetings. Really like these treat holders because they are free standing and do not use too much card stock to put them together. Thanks to Patty for sharing her treat holders and for Pootles for sharing her pattern on Youtube:

Here are a couple other treat holders I made for the gift bags I put together this year:

Used the Stampin Up Candy Wrapper die for the above treat holders. These hold the Hershey Santa Hat chocolate kiss candies. The red center to the snowflakes are "bling" I picked up at the dollar store. Used a snowflake punch for the snowflakes. This next holder is a favorite and it holds three of the Hershey Nugget candies:

Also made matchbook holders for Fun Size M & M's:

and of course I made some Snuggets:

Snowman face stamp is from Morningstarstamps.com -- Pam sells a small snowman face stamp as well as a larger one. These two stamps are a MUST have for your craft room!!

Fun to put the gift bags together for the gals at work -- here are photos of the gift bags when I decorated them before I filled them up:

Fun playing Elf this time of the year! TFL

Saturday, December 16, 2017

So close.... but not yet

DH moved my new work island he built me into the craft room this afternoon. He has sanded it and put the coats of poly on it (an extra coat for the top) but he said I have to wait a couple of days before I put everything on the shelves. :0(    Here is a photo to show the poly on it:

Certainly is going to make a difference in my craft room. Already moved my die bins and my Close To My Heart large storage containers that store my embossing folders over near the new island so I can put things away in a couple of days. Certainly a surprise for me !!!  :0)  and writing of surprises.....

Stampin Up offered free shipping on any order the past two Mondays. The first time I ordered a die set and an embossing folder. But then the next day I thought I should have ordered the new platforms for the Big Shot machine. My platform is fine but sooner than later the hinges will break on that platform and plus if you use the platform open it can take up a lot of room. When Stampin Up offered the free shipping for the second time I ordered the new platform set and another stamp set:

Tracking for my order said it would be delivered on Monday the 18th. . . .  So imagine my surprise when Mr Brown delivered these early this afternoon! Never have had a UPS Saturday delivery before so this was a treat. Also my Simon Says Stamp back ordered items arrived today in the mail so a good day for this crafter! Once I get to put everything on my new work island I will be able to "play" again.... ;0)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Want some cheese with that whine???

Want some cheese with that whine??? comes to mind.... Everything works until it doesn't and when it doesn't you want it fixed or changed... and NOW....

Long story - moved into this house and having a craft room without a guest bed in it (can't they stay in a HOTEL???) was a treat.... did not have cabinets but I checked on Craigs List and found a set of cabinets from a lawyer's office that was being demolished at a good price... but... when we went to see the cabinets there was a catch -- we had to take all the cabinets that were removed in order to get the ones I wanted... No problem -- I had craft room cabinets and DH had cabinets for his work shop area in the garage.... cabinets we did not use we then sold on Craigs List and that problem was solved.

In my craft room DH had put two of these floor cabinets back to back and he built a top for them using the used counter tops that came with the cabinets.. It is a good sized island and although it has served it's purpose it no longer works.... I now own quite the die collection and I have them lined up in refrigerator bins on a counter in the craft room.... they take up a lot of room and I want the counter top space back.... the island cabinets have two doors on them but I do not store things in them that I use all the time... like the dies..... so all I said....

I had mentioned to DH last week that although I liked the size and height of my island in the craft room the cabinets just were not working anymore... I told him I would prefer an island that is like a wooden workbench but something that has open shelves and can take the weight of my die collection... but I wanted the top to be the same size as the counter top he had built for the island in the craft room.... of course our house is constantly under construction with him working on this or that so although I asked about a new island I did not expect anything would happen until far in the future. He has a habit when I ask for him to build or change something that he has me draw a picture for him on a napkin or paper towel or whatever is nearby.... no request for a photo but I figured after the holidays he would come down to the craft room and do his measuring and ask questions and such....

So ... imagine my surprise when I got home from work today he called me out to the garage to see my surprise custom island he built today!!! :0)

First the top can be moved -- he did not know if I wanted the overhang to be on one side or both sides or what so that can be moved -

The above photo shows when I move the top to the front for an overhang and the next photo shows the top when I have the overhang on the back side:

He used left over oak stair posts for the corner posts of the island and this next photo shows left over oak flooring he had that he cut down to size for the front and sides of the shelves:

This next photo shows the front of the oak flooring pieces:

He has sliders under the legs but he can add casters if I wanted those on it. He put a backing on it and he remembered everything I had asked for!!! The top comes off so it will be easy to get it into the craft room once he finishes sanding it and putting the poly on it to seal the wood. Once the new island is in place he can attach the top or leave it so it can easily slide if I want it moved. With the weight of the oak it will stay in place.  He even put extra braces under the shelves and top to take the weight of the dies and anything else I would be using the island for. Here is a photo of the shelf attached to the oak stair post:

This island is the same width and height of the island I have now so it will be a perfect fit to replace my present island. Of course here I go again re-organizing the craft room but WELL WORTH IT this time!!! Happy me!!! Of course now I have to re-think my craft room and storage and such but this is going to be such a major improvement in here!! Nice Christmas present for me for sure.... Fuzzy Slipper Happy Dance in my craft room tonight!! :0)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Gift bags

Bought some of the white gift bags sold in sets of 3 at the dollar store to decorate for Christmas. Here is a photo of some of the bags:

Here is a photo of the gift bag I did last year:

For the bags this year I did not do any stamping. I had seen a new holly printed card stock at Hobby Lobby that I bought and I used that on the front of the bags:

For the front panel I cut and scored a piece of kraft card stock from Mikes to fit the front of the bag. Cut the holly printed card stock a bit smaller and put the holly print onto the kraft card stock using the ATG. Put these onto the bag fronts also using the ATG. Set these aside.

For the bows on the gift bags I used the gift bow die from Stampin Up and various prints from my stash. With the bows all cut out I assembled them using tear and tape. Put a bow at the top of the bag front panel using the tear and tape. Cut a small piece from each bow print and put those at the bottom of the bag front panel using the ATG.

For the white doily I used a Cheery Lynn doily die and cut out my doilies using white/GP card stock. For the center of the doilies I used two circle punches and punched out a kraft card stock circle and a holly print card stock circle. Used the ATG to put the circles together and then onto the center of the doilies. Put the doilies onto the bag front panel using the ATG.

The "merry" was die cut from both red foil card stock from the stash and a red shimmer card stock from Mikes. I wanted these to be stiff and have some weight to them so once again I use the tab from a kleenex box to make my own "klipboard". I die cut the red "merry" words and then used the die and cut out the words from the kleenex box tab:

Using TomBow glue I used a small paint brush and brushed glue over my card board die cut letters. Did one "merry" at a time - once the card board word was covered with glue I put the red word on that to set up. With those all done I set them aside to dry. Here is a photo to show the kleenex card board on the back of the letters:

This thin layer of card board not only makes the letters more sturdy but it also gives the front of the bag some dimension without being too heavy like a wooden word or decoration could be. Once the words were on the bag fronts I used a red Stickles and put Stickles on some of the the berries in the printed circles in the center of the doilies. Set them aside to dry.

With the bows on the bags I decided they needed some sparkle and shine and I had picked up red gems from the dollar store and put one in the center of each bow using a large glue dot. With the Stickles dried I used micro mini glue dots and put the "merry" on each doily piece. Cut a piece of white card stock to set inside the bag on the bottom to make it more sturdy. Will add paper shred to the bags and treats next week. Here are a couple of photos of some decorated bags:

Now I have to make the tags and tie on some jingle bells for some festivity. Then fill them up and that will be another finished holiday project.   TFL

Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas Card - ACC020

For this card I had seen a video on YouTube by LeeAnn Greff using the Stampin Up Christmas Quilt bundle. Here is a link to her video:


This card is for a friend of mine that is an avid quilter and her favorite colour is red:

My card base is on #110 weight card stock from Mikes that is cut and scored at the top. I used one of the quilt dies in the bundle, as suggested in the video, and cut out the "window" on the card front. With that done I cut a piece of red and white dotted card stock from my stash to put across the bottom of the card front. Used a holiday greeting from the Stampin Up Christmas Pines stamp set for the card front. I stamped that with Real Red ink onto scrap white card stock and I used the banner punch for both ends of the greeting piece. Put that on the card front using pop dots.

Here is a photo to show this card standing up so you can see the quilt "window" cut out:

For the center of the quilt die cut "window" piece I used a small flower punch and punched out a flower from the red dotted card stock. Put that onto the center of the die cut quilt piece using a mini glue dot. Here is a photo of the inside of this card showing the quilted piece:

Below this pieced quilt piece I stamped a stamp again from the Stampin Up Christmas Pines stamp set in Real Red. Using the smaller floral die in the quilt bundle I cut out a piece of red card stock and put that in the center of the quilt piece using a glue dot.

This is an easy card to put together once you see the video. I put my pieced quilted piece for the inside of my card onto a piece of red card stock using the ATG. Then I put adhesive on the back of this piece but did not adhere it to the inside of the card. Instead to line the front of the card with my pieced quilted piece I used removable adhesive on the front of my pieced quilt piece. I opened the card and held it up putting the red pieced quilted piece behind the quilt "window" front of the card. I used my fingers to press the card front and quilted piece together. Then carefully closed the card flat so that the adhesive on the back of the pieced quilted piece would stick to the inside of the card. With that done I removed my removable adhesive from the front of the pieced quilted piece. This is a cute card IRL and the die cut "window" gives this card a lot of dimension when you stand the card up on the table. Thanks to LeeAnn for sharing her many ideas using this quilt bundle from Stampin Up!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas Card - ACC019

This is another eclipse card. Had seen the video on YouTube by Stampin Up Jill Olsen for the how-to's of the eclipse card technique and here is the link to that:


I do not have the Stampin Up stamp set she used for her card (how did that happen?) so for my card I used the old stand by Lovely As A Tree stamp set. Here is my card:

My card stock base is white #110 weight card stock from Mikes. Cut and scored that. Stampin Up Night of Navy was trimmed to the size I needed for the card front. For the stamped white card front again I used the #110 weight white card stock. Trimmed that to the size I needed.

Using the Night of Navy ink from Stampin Up I stamped a tree stamp from the stamp set across the bottom of the card in various heights. Once that was stamped I covered the trees as Jill did with clear Wink of Stella. With that dried I die cut the NOEL letters using the Stampin Up large alphabet dies. With the letters cut out I then put the stamped card front, with the center to the letter "O", in the Stampin Up Softly Falling embossing folder and embossed that. Set this aside.

Using the ATG and a glue pen I covered the back of the embossed card front with adhesive and put this onto the Night of Navy card stock piece. Put these two pieces onto the white card stock base using the ATG.  Using foam tape I put the letters onto the card front  Tied silver twine at the top of the card. Here is a photo to show the shimmer of the Wink of Stella but it is hard to capture with the camera:

This photo shows the height of the letters showing the Night of Navy:

Thanks to Jill for her video and showing all the different cards she used this technique on. Here are the two cards I made using the Eclipse Techique and they look totally different due to how they are stamped and colours:

Christmas Card - ACC018

First off - I had never made a card using the Eclipse technique but recently saw this video by Jan Brown from the UK and that inspired my card:


Jan had lots of tips and she walks you through the whole technique. Here is my version of her card:

My card stock base is #110 weight white from Mikes. Cut and scored that.  The red card stock is Stampin Up Real Red and I cut that to the size I needed for the card.  For the stamped front white piece again I used the #110 weight card stock from Mikes trimmed to the size I needed for the card front. Using a greeting stamp from a new-to-me stamp set from Ebay, "Forever Evergreen" from Stamping Up which I stamped in the lower center of the card front piece using Stampin Up Real Red ink. For the holly/berries on this card I used the Stampin Up Holly Berry Happiness stamp set as Jan did, using Wild Wasabi ink from Stampin Up. With the card front stamped I cut out my four letters for NOEL using the large alpha die set from Stampin Up.

As Jan did I used the Stampin Up Gently Falling embossing folder for the stamped/die cut card front piece, also embossing the center of the "O" in NOEL, but not embossing the die cut letters. Removed the embossed pieces from the folder. Used the ATG and put the Real Red card stock onto the white card stock base. Used the ATG and a glue pen and put the stamped/die cut/embossed white card front on the Real Red. Set this aside.

To have my die cut letters raised for the eclipse technique I used Scotch foam tape and put the letters onto the card front. Decided it was a little too plain so I used a bow punch from M Stewart and I punched out a bow from light green foil card stock. Put the bow at the bottom of the "O" in NOEL with a glue dot and added a clear crystal to the center of that. Here is a photo to show the red card stock behind the letters:

In the video Jan used a red marker and added her holly berries. In the stamp set there is a berries stamp but this stamp is meant as a filler and not to line up with the other stamps for the berries by the leaves - here is a photo of a scrap piece of card stock I had stamped to show this berry stamp fills in between the leaves rather than stamp berries on top of the leaves:

Also another great video by Jill Olsen for the eclipse technique --


In her video she shows a few different cards and also a detailed card that is too much for the eclipse technique to stand out on. Thanks to both Jan and Jill for sharing this technique on their great videos. Another fun holiday card and it is much easier than it looks. On my card my letters are not embossed and I think that helps the embossed design to be more noticeable but it is a personal preference whether to emboss the letters or not. TFL

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Christmas Card - ACC017

Used the Picture Book Santa die by Simon Says Stamp for this tag card:

Cut and scored at the top red card stock for the card base. Used a piece of white/GP for the card front. For the two prints for the card front I used scraps from the stash and trimmed them to the sizes I needed for the card front. I put them together and taped them on the back. Used the ATG and put them onto the white/GP piece and then put them onto the red card stock base.

For the tag I used kraft card stock from Taylored Expression and cut out a tag die by MFTstamps. Added white snowflakes using a stamp from the Stampin Up stamp set Christmas Punch and their white ink. Stamped that snowflakes stamp randomly on the tag:

Used a piece of red printed washi tape to put across the tag front. Used scrap red card stock and punched out a 1/4" circle and over that I punched out a 1/2" circle for the ring at the top of the tag. For the greeting "Ho, ho, ho!" I used a stamp from a Christmas stamp set by PaperSweeties.com. Stamped it onto white/GP card stock and used the Bitty Banners from Stampin Up. Used the 1/2" circle punch and punched off one end of the banner piece so it would fit nicely around the red ring on the tag top. Used double sided tape to put the greeting piece on the tag.

For Santa I used the Picture Book Santa die from Simon Says Stamp an cut him our of scrap card stocks. Put him together using the Stick It sheets from Ken Oliver. Using a Qtip I added cheeks and a rosy nose using Stampin Up Pink Pirouette ink:

 Put Santa on the tag using the ATG. Added three white glittered card stock snowflakes to the tag using a border snowflake punch from M Stewart. Put a piece of red plaid ribbon at the top of the tag. Using pop dots I put the tag onto the card front. Added a red crystal to the snowflake on Santa's hat. This Santa is a cute die but I wish it came with a base die so you could assemble him easier since he is all pieces -- I assembled him on a scrap piece of white/GP and fussy cut around him when he was all assembled. TFL

Christmas Card - ACC016

For this card I used the Sunny Studios stamp set Holiday Style and I bought the matching dies for it:

This card is on a card stock base of Stampin Up Real Red card stock. Black piece for the card front is Mikes and the white is GP. I used Lawn Fawn inks for the bell with Stampin Up and Gina K Designs red inks for the bow. The ornament hanger for the bell is metallic silver ink from Delicata. IRL it adds some shimmer on the branch but the camera did not really capture that. The greeting from the stamp set was stamped using Gina K red ink.

To begin with I cut and scored the red card base. Cut the black piece for the card front. Set these aside. I trimmed the white/GP piece to the size I needed and I used the MISTI and stamped the branch stamp using Stampin Up Old Olive ink. Used the MISTI for the greeting stamp and stamped that with red ink. Using scrap white/GP I stamped the bell stamps using two gray and one black inks from Lawn Fawn. Using the matching bell die I cut out the bell. Stamped the red bow onto scrap white/GP and cut that out using the bow die.

Using the ATG I put the stamped white/GP piece onto the black card front piece and then put these onto the red card stock base. With my bell and bow pieces die cut I put them on the card front. I wanted the bell to have some dimension on the card front but my pop dots made it too high. So instead I used large glue dots behind the bell and the bow and I double stacked the glue dots so the bell has some dimension but is not too high. Decided the card front needed some sparkle and shine so I added three of the sparkly sequins from Simon Says Stamp that I recently bought.  Here is a photo to try to show that:

Before this card I had never used Lawn Fawn inks -- I will say I heard they do stamp "splotchy" which I found to be true but once the ink 'set' or dried it looked nice. Very simple card but the bell is very realistic with the metal shine look the stamping of the layers gives it. TFL