Saturday, May 27, 2017

Stamp set photos

Finished taking all the Stampin Up stamp sets out of the DVD cases they come in and now they are in the clear envelopes in the clear bins on the shelf. This is how I had the Stampin Up stamp sets in the DVD cases stored in the craft room:

This shelf was a good idea until it wasn't. One side is the Stampin Up wood mount stamp sets with the cling/clear stamp sets on the left side of the shelf. Hard to see all the sets when I was looking for a particular stamp set. Now I store them in clear refrigerator bins in clear envelopes and this is going to work well for me:

All the Stampin Up stamp sets fit in these two bins with plenty of room for more...Can easily flip through the stamp sets to locate a stamp set I want to use or if I know the stamp title these sets are in alphabetical order:

Also on this shelf unit is the Close To My Heart, Paper Trey Ink, Gina K Designs, and other clear and cling stamp sets from various manufacturers. Kept the wood mount stamp sets on the shelf but the clear and cling Stampin Up stamp sets are now altogether in these bins.  TFL

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Change can be good . . .

Decided storing all my Stampin Up cling/clear stamp sets in the DVD cases they arrive in was no longer working. The DVD cases take up too much space in the craft room and that had to be changed. Awhile back I had converted my other cling/clear stamp storage to the infamous Avery Elle clear pockets stored in clear bins. Storing the stamp sets this way not only is a space saver but makes it easier to find a stamp set since I have dividers for the themes.

But.... Stampin Up is another story. Their cling/clear stamp sets arrive in a DVD case with an stamp index sheet insert. This is a good storage idea unless you run out of space or the DVD case cracks or the plastic cover film over the case should be torn.

Having extra Avery Elle clear pockets on hand (thanks to Daphne and the Paper Muse in Matthews, NC) I decided it was time to change my Stampin Up stamp set storage. Here is a photo to show the space saving clear pockets VS the DVD stamp cases these stamp sets came out of:

As my other stamp sets are I will store the Stampin Up stamp sets in the clear pockets in clear bins on my stamp storage shelf.  For each envelope I cut a piece of white/GP card stock 5 1/8 x 7.  Took the stamp sets out of the DVD cases with the index sheet insert. I folded flat the side of the index sheet which was on the spine of the DVD case with the stamp set title. In the clear pocket I put in the index sheet insert. Then put in the white/GP piece of card stock. Then slid in the stamp set -- see photos:

These clear pockets store clear as well as cling stamp sets. The clear stamp set on the left was bought as a bundle and the die set is behind the stamp set behind the white/GP card stock in the same clear pocket:

I keep the die sets on magnetic sheets so all the die pieces are not thrown into the clear pocket or lost. One problem has surfaced -- some of the cling Stampin Up stamp sets I have are stamp sets I have bought used from stampers sales here and there. Some of those stamp sets just have the stamps thrown in the DVD case without the piece of rubber they came with as some stampers discard the larger rubber sheets after they receive the stamp sets. I have put those loose stamps on clear sheets cut to size to fit the clear pockets and put the white/GP card stock in there with the index sheet insert. I no longer will even buy a Stampin Up cling mount stamp set without the larger rubber sheet for storing the stamps. Too many times I have opened one of these stamp sets in the DVD case and the loose stamps fall out all over the floor or the table or whatever.

As for what order I keep the Stampin Up stamp sets in the bin - I have a master sheet of all the Stampin Up stamp sets I have -- both wood mount and clear/cling mount. Therefore I keep the Stampin Up stamp sets alphabetical by title in the bin for storage. My master sheet has a W next to the title so I know that is a wood mount stamp set and for the few of those sets I have left I keep those nearby on a shelf.

In the clear pocket I have the index sheet insert in the front and the stamps are in the back so I can pull out a clear pocket and flip it over to see the actual stamp set for size, etc. I also have a system I have used for the clear pockets. I punched out 1/4" circles from red card stock and if that stamp set has a matching punch for it I put a red circle on the clear pocket by the title on the stamp index sheet insert using a glue dot. If it should have a matching die or full die set I have put a black circle on the clear pocket. This way, at a glance, I will know that I have accessories that work with that stamp set.

I have cut out a bunch of the white/GP card stock to fit the clear pockets and it is not taking long to convert all the stamp sets to the clear pockets. It certainly takes up less space and the bins make it much easier to just take the stamp sets to the work table or counter rather than having to balance all these DVD cases if I am working on holiday cards or using multiple stamp sets for a project. TFL

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Jar of Flowers Card

Used the Stampin Up Jar of Love bundle for this card:

Used #110 weight white card stock for the card stock base. Cut and scored this card with the fold at the top. Cut a piece of red card stock a bit larger than what I needed and used a M Stewart border punch on the two sides of the red card stock. Cut a piece of white/GP to fit on my punched red piece.

Using the Stampin Up Jar of Love stamp set I stamped flowers using various pink inks. The black anther part of the flower was stamped using black Memento ink. For the smaller flowers I used an orange marker for the center of the flowers. With all the flowers stamped I used the matching die set and cut out all the flowers with the Big Shot.

Stamped the jar image using black ink. Stamped the water for the jar with Pool Party ink. Using the burlap strip stamp I stamped that onto the jar using Crumb Cake ink. Stamped the bow and ribbon stamps with a red ink and cut them out with the matching dies. Using the leaves stamp I stamped the leaves onto the jar piece. Used scrap green card stock and cut out the solid leaf pieces. With all the flowers cut out I added clear Wink of Stella to them and using pop dots and glue dots I put the flowers on the top of the jar. Put the solid green leaf pieces behind the flowers using mini glue dots.

"hello" is from the stamp set Teeny Tiny Wishes from Stampin Up. Stamped that onto scrap card stock and punched it out using a mini tag punch. Tucked that under a flower and used a mini glue dot for that. Used the ATG and put the stamped piece with flowers onto the red piece. Then put this onto the card base front using the ATG..

Here is a closer photo of the flowers showing the Wink of Stella:

Added three clear sequins to the card front using clear TomBow glue. To make this card it is best to stamp all your flowers and then cut them all out. Easy card to put together once all items are stamped and die cut. TFL

Monday, May 15, 2017

Whirl Wreath Card

A Christmas card in May ....  Used the my new Penny Black Whirl Wreath die for this card. I tried to follow the layout I had seen on the board showing this die at the store but I do not have all the products they used so I used what I have on hand:

The card stock base is Crumb Cake card stock from Stampin Up. The cream card front panel is #110 weight card stock from Mikes. I used the Close To My Heart Wood Slats embossing folder for the pattern on the card front.

Cut and scored the Crumb Cake card stock for the card base. Then  I used Crumb Cake ink and inked the raised side of the embossing folder.  I put the cream card stock inside and closed that. Ran the brayer over the closed folder to transfer the ink and pattern to the card stock. Trimmed that to the size I needed for the card front. Used the ATG and put this stamped piece onto the card stock base. Set that aside.

Here is a photo of the Penny Black Whirl Wreath die I bought on Saturday:

Using scrap Crumb Cake card stock I cut out the wreath using the Big Shot. Used TomBow glue to put adhesive around the inside center ring of the wreath. Put this onto the stamped card front. For the "Joy" I used a Christmas die for that and cut that out of copper coloured foil card stock. Once that was cut out I decided I wanted that word to have some dimension so this is how I did that.

In this photo you can see a tear tab from a Scotties kleenex box. I cut the "Joy" out of that and then the foil card stock. Put them together using the TomBow glue:

The cardboard tear tab is a thin cardboard but thick enough for dimension. With the wreath on the card front I used micro mini glue dots and put the "Joy" on the front of the wreath. I wanted to use different "bling" to decorate the wreath so here is a closer photo to show the different things I put on the wreath for decoration:

I used solid sequins, sparkly sequins, white pearls, white pearls I used a bronze Sharpie marker on to add colour, and a small hole punch to punch out small circles from the scrap foil card stock.  All "bling" was added to the wreath using micro mini glue dots. The pearls are higher than the sequins with a dull finish and that works with the sparkly sequins and the foil circles. Very simple holiday card to put together and would look nice in any colour combination. TFL

Black or White Botanical Card

Just bought the Stampin Up Botanicals For You stamp set at a used stamping supply sale and wanted to make up two cards -- one embossed with black embossing powder and the other with white embossing powder. I also used a second stamp set I bought at that sale -- Watercolor Wash.

To make these cards I cut and scored my card stock base. Set that aside. Then I cut the coloured front panel piece for each card and set that aside. For the embossed card front I used the Mixed Media card stock from Strathmore that I bought at Mikes with a coupon. Using the stamping buddy I went over the card fronts. I used Versa Mark ink and inked the "just for you" and stamped this onto the card fronts. Embossed the black letters using black Zing embossing powder. The second card embossed with white I used the Stampin Up white embossing powder. Here are the finished cards:

For the blue card on the left after I used three distress inks on the background Watercolor Wash stamp in the MISTI I used a fine mister and spritzed water over the inked stamp. Stamped this onto the white card stock. Once that was stamped I used the fine mister and spritzed more water into my hand and then I sprinkled that over the blue image. Used a clean kleenex to absorb the larger drops of water. Once dried I put the card pieces together using the ATG. Added blue sequins using micro mini glue dots.

For the yellow card on the right I inked the Watercolor Wash stamp with three distress inks and used the find mister to spritz water onto the inked stamp. Stamped my image and used a kleenex to clean the ink off the embossed letters. Once dried I put the card pieces together using the ATG. Added fabric flowers with brads to the card front using glue dots. Here is the blue card:

And the yellow card:

Like both cards using the Watercolor Wash background stamp. Works well in the MISTI also. Easy card to put together. TFL

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Same card -- Three ways

Using the die by Penny Black "in a row" I made three cards three ways using a layout I had seen in the store I bought the die at. Simple card and just by using a coloured mat and changing the stamped greeting this card layout works well.

Here is a photo of the birds die and the die cut pieces I cut using #110 weight black card stock from Mikes:

Once all the bird pieces were cut out I cut and scored my black card stock base using the #110 weight black card stock. Used a bone folder and creased the scored line for the top of my cards. For the white card fronts I used the Mixed Media card stock by Strathmore (thanks Bonnie for that tip) and I cut my card fronts to the sizes I wanted for the cards.

Using cheap water colour paints I used six colours for the card fronts. Here is the first card:

For this card I let the water colour paints dry naturally.While that was drying I flicked water colour paints onto the card front piece in a couple of different colours. Using a stamp from a stamp set by SU, "Express Yourself",  I stamped "get well" in the lower right corner using the Memento black ink. I used the ATG and put this stamped piece onto a piece of lavender card stock cut to the size I needed for the card front. Then put these pieces onto the black card stock base. I used micro mini glue dots to adhere the birds die cut piece to the card front.

This is the second card:

For the second card I did not use a coloured mat. Once the water colouring was done I flicked different paints over that and set it aside to dry. Using the SU stamp set "Happy Day" I stamped "hello there" in Memento black ink on the lower right corner of the card front. Put this piece onto the black card stock base. Used micro mini glue dots to put the birds die cut piece on the card front.

Here is the last card:

This last card I did the water colouring and then used the heat tool to set that. This gives the water colouring a different look once dried. I also did not flick water colour paint over the card front. Using the SU stamp set "Greatest Greetings" from last weekend's used stamp sale I went to,  I stamped "sending smiles" on the lower right corner using the Memento black ink. Using the micro mini glue dots I added the birds die cut piece.

Cut a piece of turquoise card stock for the mat for this card front. Used the ATG to put the white card front piece onto the coloured mat. Then put these pieces onto the black card stock base. To finish this card I added three white sequins.

Very easy card to put together... longest time in making these cards is letting the water colour paints dry naturally. Remember if your card stock should get wavy when you cover it with water simply turn over the card stock and add water to the backside. This will make the card stock lay flat while you are applying your water colour paints. Fun card to put together. TFL

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Onto Plan B . . .

Over time I have bought Gina K Design stamp sets from used stamp sales as well as ordering a few of her stamp sets from her website. To store these stamps I have them in the plastic snap closure stamp cases from Stampin Up. Inside the stamp cases are the stamps and the cover page that is on the front of the stamp set when it is sold in the clear plastic bag.  Using my label maker I put the stamp set title on the spine of the plastic stamp case and kept the stamp sets in a clear bin from Bed, Bath and Beyond to store:

The plastic cases worked well to keep the stamp set dust free but I recently bought two clear stamp sets from Gina K and these stamp sets are too large to be stored in the Stampin Up plastic stamp cases. New storage plan had to be in place as I did not want two ways to store the Gina K stamp sets.

I measured the new clear stamps packaging they arrived in.  I had a few of the larger Sizzix plastic envelopes that die sets are sold in that were now empty. These envelopes do hold the larger stamp sets so I shopped around online and found they were on sale at Joann's also had a shipping special so a win win for me. My Sizzix envelopes arrived today and here is a photo of some of the Gina K Designs stamp sets I have put into these larger envelopes:

Here is the back of these envelopes:

Now for the larger stamp sets I just bought from Gina K:

All the Gina K stamp sets are in these new envelopes and these take up so little space compared to the Stampin Up stamp cases I was using for the Gina K stamp sets. These envelopes keep the stamp sets dust free and you can see the stamps through the envelopes which is good if you are looking for a particular stamp. Just happy that I thought to try the larger Sizzix envelopes to store these larger stamp sets and esp happy the envelopes were on sale!  :0)   Will find another use for my now empty Stampin Up stamp cases.   TFL

Saturday with my PIC . . .

Another fun day with my PIC -- stamping Partner In Crime.  We left the house at 7AM with DH driving us and off we went ... Stopping at a flea market DH had wanted to go to and then we drove onto a couple of stamping stores.

The first store I picked up these two Penny Black dies:

This store sells a lot of the Penny Black stamps and dies. Awhile back I had come across a card that used the Penny Black "Snowy" stamp so naturally now I wanted to buy that snowman stamp. . . Could not find it in any store but finally found a place that sold him online. I ordered him and he arrived and is sitting in the box waiting to be stamped later for Christmas cards.

As I was shopping the die section of this store today I came across a Penny Black snowman die -- the title of the die is Frosty's Snow. I looked at the shape of the die on the front of the package and then turned it over to see the actual die on the back. There was a colour photo of a card using the Snowy snowman stamp and they used this die to cut him out. Happy me that I was able to find this die as I did not know there was a matching die for this cutie-patootie snowman.  I was even happier that there was one die left for me to buy!! Rethinking the Christmas cards now that I have the matching die....

My PIC also found some really great finds at that store and she picked up a really nice Spellbinders die set on sale for $12.99 regularly $29.99. Happy her to find so many great items for her craft room.
While at this store I also bought a few cling word stamps from Great Impression stamps from their
"Sticklable Stamps" line.. Soon Great Expression will only sell their stamps at stamping conventions and no longer in stamp stores so I was happy I could buy some of their stamps today. A fun shopping time for us!

After that store we stopped at Mario's for lunch in Greensboro and then onto another stamp store for more shopping fun. At that second stamp store I picked up a Penny Black background stamp and an embossing folder as well as a printed 6 x 6 pad of card stock. My PIC found a lot of great finds in the clearance bins as well as a few other items she wanted. Nice to have a store with the latest of products in stock and a clean, bright store with card and projects hanging every where for inspiration.

We left there and off to Hobby Lobby in Greensboro. I picked up these items in the clearance section:

My PIC cleaned up in the Clearance Section at Hobby Lobby -- so many dies she bought for such great prices there!! She certainly is a good shopper for sure....We always check the Clearance Section at Hobby Lobby first when we shop their stores as they usually have good deals to find.

Another fun day with my PIC and a big thanks to DH for driving us there and back. We always enjoy our trips to Greensboro and today made two stampers very happy with our sale and clearance items! TFL

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Penned Petals Card

Had seen this card by Patty Bennett on her blog:

I liked her cards and made a few changes for mine and here is my version of her cards:

My card stock base is Stampin' Up Cameo Coral and the pink front piece is Pretty in Pink. The stamped white card front is by GP.

Cut and scored the card stock base with the scored line on the side of the card. Cut the pink piece to the size I needed for the card front. For the white/GP piece I cut that 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and then did my stamping on it. Trimmed it to the size I wanted for the card front once all the stamping was complete.

For the stamps used on the card front I used the Two Step stamp set from Stampin' Up Penned and Painted. Here is a photo of the stamps I used on their stamp blocks:

I stamped the largest flower, randomly, all over the white/GP card stock using Stampin' Up Pink Pirouette ink. Then I stamped the detailed flower stamp over that using Cameo Coral ink. Using Old Olive ink I stamped my largest detailed stamp onto a Post-It note and cut that out with scissors. This piece will be my mask for my flowers so I can stamp the leaf stamps without getting green ink onto my flowers. Here is a photo of the mask before I cut it out:

I placed the stamped mask piece over my flowers and then stamped my two leaf stamps using the Old Olive ink. The detailed leaf stamp I inked up the stamp and stamped it. The softer green leaf was stamped using the stamp-off method. I inked the stamp and stamped it onto scratch paper and then stamped the leaves on the card front so the leaf center is lighter than the detailed leaf stamped image.

For the small yellow flowers on my card front I used that same stamp set and the Stampin' Up Daffodil Delight ink and randomly stamped those around the flowers. Also I used that small flower for the center of my flowers as Patty did on hers. Here is a better photo of the flower centers:

Patty used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set for the dots on her card front but I wanted to use smaller and less dots on my card front. For my dots I used the berry stamp from the Stampin' Up Holley Berry Happiness stamp set from Stampin' Up and again I used the Daffodil Delight ink to stamp those dots all over my card front to fill in the blank white areas.

For my greeting "For You" I used the Stampin' Up Thoughtful Branches stamp set and stamped that onto scrap white/GP card stock using the Cameo Coral ink. I cut this out using the Stampin' Up Layering Circles die set. Cut out the white circle and than a scalloped circle, using that same die set, out of Pretty In Pink card stock. Put the two circles together using the ATG. Set it aside. Using the ATG I put the trimmed stamped card front onto the pink piece and then onto the coral card stock base. To add dimension to the card front I used pop dots for the greeting circle. Added three small white pearls to the greeting piece.

This is an easy card to put together. I suggest before you start to have all the stamps you want to stamp with on their blocks with the inks you want to use with them ready for use. Fun card to make and thanks to Patty for sharing her card.  TFL

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Stamping Sale

Yesterday was the Used Stamp Sale held at Stamper's Alley in Mooresville, NC. My stamping PIC (Partner In Crime) and I signed up for this sale back in January. We packed our no longer used stamping items and DH was nice enough to drive us to Mooresville for this sale. He set up our tables, helped to unload the truck, and helped us with our customers yesterday. A big thank you to DH for all he did to help us have a successful sale.

This sale is held in the parking lot of Stamper's Alley and each seller pays for their spot for the sale that is from 8AM -1PM. The sellers handle their own cash and their own items for sale. The buyers bring their own tote bags and shop as they wish. We were busy from the time the sale began until the end. It was very successful and we did quite well -- we had done other used stamp supply sales at another store but this sale yesterday was so much better. Stamper's Alley advertises this used stamp sale in advance and we had a good crowd. Stamper's Alley does not keep a portion of the seller's sale profits -- all the seller pays them is the rental fee for their spot. Here is a photo of the sale parking lot as sellers were pulling in and setting up just before the sale started:

The parking lot filled up with sellers and shoppers by 8:15AM and we had a fast paced day and pretty much busy for the whole sale. Many shoppers shop this sale as they travel through the area. Lots of out of state plates on cars pulling in the parking lot for shopping.

My spot is the second one on the left--blue canopies and black table cloths. It was a dreary morning but right after all the sellers got there and set up the sun came out and the shopping began. Perfect timing!!

Once our spot was set up and ready for shopping my PIC and I shopped other sellers at the sale. I picked up three Stampin Up cling mount stamp sets:

Paid $5 or less for each set -- two brand new and only one of the stamps in the Greatest Greetings stamp set had been used. I also bought two Stampin Up die sets:

The SU die sets were a third of the original catalog price and will certainly get a lot of use in the craft room. Other dies I bought:

Also bought the Sizzix take out box die not shown in the above photos.

Picked up an acrylic block for $2.00:

The acrylic block had ink on it but that was easily removed at home:

To clean the ink off the new to me acrylic block I used hand sanitizer from the dollar store and a clean paper towel. Put a drop of the sanitizer onto the block and then used the paper towel to rub it on the block and wiped it off -- inks came off onto the paper towel and the block is clean and ready for stamping.

Stamper's Alley also had demos inside the store and many sales -- here is the favorite thing I bought at the store -- a stamp from Memory Box for Halloween --- 70% OFF!!

AND no matter what a shopper bought in the store Stamper's Alley gave all shoppers a free gift of printed card stock and a pillow box with a York Peppermint candy inside -- I like all my free card stocks with my purchase -- another first for me getting free items for shopping -- :0)

Very successful sale for both me as a seller and a shopper!! ;0)  Stamper's Alley has two of the used stamping supply sales a year -- once in May and the other sale is October. I will be attending that sale as well -- if not as a seller certainly as a buyer. Great deals to be found on gently used items.

Stamper's Alley has Make N Takes on Saturdays at their store. They also hold classes so always something new to see at the store. Plus the gals there are happy to answer any questions for how-to's for the products they sell from inks, markers, glitters, mixed media and anything else you want to add to your project. Fun store to visit -- Thanks Stamper's Alley for another great sale for us stampers!  TFL