Sunday, June 25, 2017

Stamp Show Loot

Went to the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo stamp show in Chantilly, VA yesterday. DH drove me and my stamping PIC (Partner In Crime) to this show and it was well worth the trip -- a HUGE thank you to DH for being our "stamping driver" of the day... hahaha

Recently I decided to change the way I stored my Stampin Up stamp sets in the craft room. The stamp sets and plastic cases were taking up far too much space in the craft room and getting them from the shelves they were on to the work table was never simple unless I took a set or two at a time... This is how I stored my SU stamp sets on the shelves -- too bulky, had to tilt my head to see the stamp set title and images, and . . . Had to decide if I had the stamp sets for the stamp set or for the bulky cases?

Already had the two refrigerator bins in the craft room from other craft item storage that I had recently redone so now my SU stamp sets are in the bins. EASY to take BOTH bins to my stamping/work table for projects. This way  I have ALL my SU cling/clear stamp sets all together and ready for stamping.

Much better storage system for me -- but now I had all these Stampin Up stamp cases to get rid of. Put an ad on Craigs List to sell the SU cases and I sold a lot on there and also to some of the gals that take the same stamp class as me. Used this money for items I bought yesterday at the stamp show in Chantilly. The week prior to the show emails were sent out announcing show specials, vendor coupons, the floor plan of the show, etc.. My PIC and I looked at all the coupons, show specials and made a plan of where we wanted to shop first.

Our Daily Bread Designs had a show special that all their dies were 30% off at the show. My PIC and I made our list of dies we wanted and that was our first stop -- I bought dies I wanted for me and also picked up two dies for a gal at our stamp class. Here is what I bought from them:

I had made a list before I went to the show and was happy I only bought two dies for me that were not on my list and my purchase qualified for this free tote bag:

Queen and Company -- buy 12 rolls of washi tape for $1 ea and get a free box for storage for them:

Bought Memory Box dies and one was regular price with the others 50% off:

Eyelet Outlet bling and brads:

Then one booth -- buy 2 items get third free so I now own the GLIITERED plates for the Big Shot!

Plus small mylar stencils from -- she sells dies and many items for both card makers and scrapbookers. I had not heard of her before but will be visiting her online store soon:

A great show for us too stampers and for my PIC this was her first BIG show and she seemed happy. She even won a door prize of $20.00 from a show vendor!

After the show DH took us all to Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger for lunch -- DELISH -- and off to another FAVORITE stop of ours -- Wegmans. We used to live in the city that Wegmans originates in so moving south Wegmans is the first thing we missed... my PIC had never heard of Wegmans so she was happy to be able to shop there yesterday ---

We were happy to stop here before our last stop of the day, Friendly's... then we headed home. A GREAT day for us two stampers and free food for our driver, DH!!! I sent my PIC home last night with all her stamp goodies from the show and a bag of Salt Potatoes from Wegmans with some of the Wegman bakery goodies. Another fun day of travels for us. THANKS again to DH!

Stamping Road Trip

Yesterday DH drove me and my stamping PIC (Partner In Crime) to the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo show in Chantilly, Virginia. We left the house bright and early (really dark and humid) and arrived back home late in the dark.... but what a day!!

My PIC has only been to the stamp show here in Raleigh and we are lucky if we have 15 vendors that attend. Although we were happy to go to that because it is local it is hardly impressive. Earlier this year there was a larger stamp show in Columbia, SC and DH drove us there for that show. Much better and larger show than we get and we two stampers were happy to be able to attend that show... until....

I  am on the email list of the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo website and they sent a notice that they were having a stamp show in Chantilly, VA. I checked with DH and he said he would drive us to this show and back so I asked my PIC if she wanted to go? This show has approx 4 times the vendors that come to Raleigh, and many of these vendors are big names, and my PIC said she would like to go. Plan in place for transportation... with shopping plan to follow. Here are some photos of the venue, vendors, card samples and such we saw at yesterday in Chantilly:

There are only some of the photos from yesterday --- Stephanie Barnard was there with her Stamps of Life line of products, Close To My Heart was there, Queen and Company, Totally Tiffany, Purple Daisy Designs, Rubber Cottage, Tessler, Stamps by Judith and Heather, Eyelet Outlet, Our Daily Bread Designs, Heartfelt Creations, Itscheaperthantherapy, and the list goes on and on. Very nice show and my PIC was very happy we had attended this show -- at least now she knows what a good stamp show is like.

All of the vendors had a demo booth where they would showcase new products or how to's with project samples hanging every where for inspiration. Most of the vendors also had special sales going on at their booth throughout the show so great deals to be found for us shoppers!  A fun day for sure and we left two happy stampers!!   :0)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Finally finished ... onto the next . . .

For the longest time I have wanted to change the system I have for storing both my Stickles storage and the Distressed Stickles storage but where to begin? Thought about it and decided to adapt my re-inker storage idea to include the Stickles.

So I guess if we buy more than one of the same thing -- stamp set, ink pad, Stickles... that that should mean we really like it?? Have a couple of duplicates of my Stickle colours so I will ask my stamping PIC (Partner In Crime) if she needs them for her collection.

To begin with long ago I had bought the Dazzle Caddy to store my Stickles upside down in. These caddies fit nicely in my Alex units in the craft room plus with them having a lid the Stickles are stored dust free. But how to store them? By colour? By title? By holiday colours???? Keep them in order of a colour chart???

Started with taking all the Dazzle Caddy holders out of the Alex unit. Took all the Stickles out of the caddies and put them in alphabetical order by title. With that done I put them back in the Dazzle Caddy in alphabetical order and took each caddy to the computer. Printed out a number and title of the Stickles.

Using 1/4" circle punch I punched out the numbers and put them onto the Stickles container, stored upside down, with a mini glue dot. For the master sheet I made I typed the number twice and then the title as shown below:

  1         1.  Baby Blue

This way I have the left number 1 I can punch out and put on the Stickles container. Then I have a space to the left side of the other number 1 and that gives me space for my sample colour.

Here is a photo of these sheets that I will trim and keep in the drawer with the Stickles so I know at a glance what colour I want to use:

Here is a photo of the Dazzle Caddy storage for my Stickles in a drawer of the Alex unit:

A couple of colours I do have duplicates of that I will keep -- reds and golds for holiday time. In this drawer are all the Dazzle Caddy units that store my Stickles in. Behind these single Stickles I have another Dazzle Caddy that holds my duplicates -- they are the the last row in the photo at the top and the numbers on those Stickles go with the master sheet of numbers/titles. This way if I should be finishing up a Stickles colour I can see at a glance that I have an extra supply on hand:

Also as I add new Stickle colours to my collection I will just put the next number on it and write the name of that Stickles onto the master sheet and squeeze that Stickles onto the sheet so I will be able to see the actual colour.

For the Distressed Stickles I have decided to keep these Stickles in the same drawer as my regular Stickles storage in a separate Dazzle Caddy. I had used a black Sharpie marker and had written "D" on the bottom of the distressed Stickles so I would know these are different colours and the tip is not as fine a s the regular Stickles. Here is a photo of that Dazzle Caddy:

Since I own so few of the distressed Stickles instead of making another master sheet I just put the distressed Stickles onto the master Distressed inks sheet I already had on hand:

Now at at glance I will know I have a distressed ink pad and matching Stickles. With both my master sheets being white card stock I should have a true sample colour of the Stickles I am wanting to use before I put it onto my project.  Once I started this project it did not take long to complete and now all the Stickles are sampled, in order, and stored together.  TFL

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day Card

Took a card class yesterday from Bonnie Klass and when we were all done she showed us a card she had made for Father's Day using card board and a die and I liked it so much I wanted to make one using that idea for DH.  DH likes deer so for my card I used a single deer die:

My card is on a SU Smoky Gray card stock base. Stamped the SU Hardwood stamp on white/GP using the same gray ink. Cut out a Sizzix Super Scallop Tag die for the background tag. Used the Close To My Heart stamp set Say It With Style for my Father's Day greeting. Used a banner punch for the end of the greeting tag.

For the deer I cut out a single deer die from cardboard. Using scrap green card stock I used a grassy border punch from M Stewart and punched out two pieces so I could put the deer in between. Used the ATG to put the grassy pieces at the bottom of the tag. Put the tag onto the card stock base using the ATG. The deer is tucked into the grasses and he is on there using glue dots. Added a button from the button jar with a piece of gray and white twine tied on that. Used the bone folder on the tag to give it some movement. Put the tag on the card front using glue dots.

Here is a closer photo of the deer:

Thanks again to Bonnie for another great card class and for showing us how to die cut card board --- it give the deer nice lines and dimension. TFL

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Card Class -- YAY

Took another FABULOUS card class today from Bonnie Klass and AS USUAL learned new ideas... Although I loved all the cards we made today the last card was a favorite to me --- nice thing about Bonnie's card classes is she helps all of us, tells us tips and tricks, and then gives us a print out of all products used for each card so you do not leave there with a beautiful card but not knowing that products you used. Here is the first card:

Butterfly Card:

Used Stampin Up Coastal Cabana for the card stock base. Used the Darice Crackle embossing folder for the embossed white card stock front. Stamped a butterfly stamp from Stampin Up Best of Butterflies. The scripted background strip was stamped with a stamp by Penny Black, Love chapter. For both the butterfly and scripted pieces we used gold Encore ink and then heat embossed them. Used the aqua painter ad added colour to the butterfly.

This next card is Stitched Flowers:

Used the Penny Black Stitched Flowers stamp set and coloured that using pencils and a blender pen. Added a greeting and white sequins to the card front with a detailed butterfly by a flower.

This next card is my favorite and so happy I already own this Paper Smooches die set!

Card stock base Stampin Up Crumb Cake. Sponged yellow, green, and blue in the center a piece of white card stock. Using the Stampin Up Silhouette Sentiments (already have it :0)  ) we used makers for the stems and the flowers and stamped them on the lower left front of the card. 

Used the Paper Smooches Bird house die and cut out the birdhouse and post die using the die cutting machine and we cut them out of a piece of cardboard from a box!! WHO knew?? Bonnie explained she just peeled off one side of the cardboard plain paper which show the corrugated card board with the backside of that being plain cardboard plain paper on the other side. (If you peel back your piece of corrugated cardboard you have one side with plain paper, the corrugated cardboard, then another piece of plain paper). The die easily cut through this cardboard  with one pass and the cardboard makes the birdhouse and post look like wood. SO cute! We used liquid glue by TomBow to put the birdhouse, roof, and post on our sponged card fronts. 

Using scrap card stock we stamped our "Just A Note" greeting and used dimensionals to put that piece across the front of the wood post. Added two little birdies (also in that same Bird House die set) to the birdhouse and greeting piece. So .... more cardboard will be used on my future cards --- can't wait to add this to card fronts. Adds not only a surprisingly element to your card front but also dimension so it gives the card front some depth. Plus -- we all have a cardboard box around the house so adding this element to our card fronts will be free!! 

A BIG thanks to Bonnie for opening her home to us for her card classes and for such inspiring cards with each one using different products and ideas. And for "thinking out of the box" (haha -- no pun intended) for this too cute bird house card!  CARDBOARD??? WHO knew???  TFL

Treat Holders - Patriotic

Made some patriotic treat holders for July 4th:

Bought the paper patriotic cups at the dollar store -- 8 for $1.00.  Filled that with paper shred and candy treats. Used a cellophane bag from the candy aisle at the craft store to keep this in tied it closed with ribbons and added a patriotic decoration from Hobby Lobby to the center. Used a felt star with adhesive back to put on the front of the bag. Here is a better photo of this holder:

The Tootsie Pop holder is a die from and I used white card stock for the holder base. Used the Stampin Up Solid Strip stamp to add stripes to that, front and back. Sponged the edges of this using Stampin Up Crumb Cake ink. For the flower on the top I used the Stampin Up stamp set Triple Treat Flower and used the 5 Petal Flower punch and the Fancy Flower Punch to punch out the flowers. Here is a closer photo of this holder:

Used red and blue inks for the flower. Tied them onto the holder using red and white twine. Added small stars and clear crystals to the front of the holder using glue dots. The Fancy Flower Punch is good for flowers but also comes in handy at holiday time for the Gingerbread guy:

This third project is an older die from Lifestyle Crafts that I recently picked up at a used stampers sale for $10.00:

Perfect sized box to hold three of the Ghirardelli candies. Added some patriotic decorations:

For the box I used Kraft card stock from Paper Trey Ink. Cut and formed the box. Sponged the edges using Stampin Up Crumb Cake ink. Used a star circle frame die set from Spellbinders for the star circle behind the 4th. Used a circle punch for the blue circle and the white circle. Layered these together using glue dots. The "4th" is part of this stamp from the Hobby Lobby stamp line, Stampabilities:

Used a red marker and the huff method to stamp the "4th" for my white circle. The small red stars around the greeting on the box front are stars that the die cut out of the frame. "Celebrate" is a stamp from a summer stamp set from Paper Sweeties.  Used the Stampin Up Classic Label punch to cut that out. On the two sides and across the bottom of this box I added patriotic washi tape:

Used the Stampin Up Mini Gift bag die and make a small bag to hold a couple of the fun sized candy bars. Wanted to make a shiny bag and decided to use a roll of red gift wrap from the dollar store for my bag. Used accessory dies in that die set for the decorated pieces on the bag front:

With the bag front decorated I added white paper shred from the dollar store and the candy bars:

Easy treat holders to put together and best yet -- they are all full of chocolates!! TFL

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Stained Glass Butterfly Card No. 2

Another card using the Sue Wilson Stained Glass Butterfly die. Had seen this video on Youtube using this die but had none of the products used so I made this card with supplies on hand:

Very good video and she offers a lot of tips and how to's -- but I do not have anything on hand for the Pixied and Beaded Techniques. Using cheap watercolour paints that I have on hand here is my version of her card:

Used #110 black card stock from Mikes and cut and scored that on the side. Used the Sue Wilson Stained Glass Butterfly die and cut out the black die cut piece. Using Strathmore watercolour card stock I used cheap watercolour paints from Mikes.

Watercoloured a piece of Strathmore card stock larger than what I needed. Set it aside to dry over night. Using the Stick It sheets from Ken Oliver I put the die cut piece onto the dried watercolour piece:

As done in the video I punched out flowers from scrap card stock and for my top flower layers I used cheap colored vellum flowers from Mikes I had on hand. Used a black Sharpie marker to cover the center crystals in black. Added sprig pieces and a leave die cut piece behind the flowers:


Used a stitched frame die and cut out the white frame to go around the black die cut piece. On this card I put the butterfly body on the card and added three black crystals to the upper left corner to help balance out the flowers on the bottom right corner:

Easy card to put together -- only time that was long was waiting for the watercolour card stock to dry! Good video to watch for tips for this die -- thanks to Sue Wilson for such a nice design. TFL

Stained Glass Butterfly Card. No. 1

Recent trip to Daphne's store, the Paper Muse in Matthews, NC, brought this new die by Sue Wilson into the craft room:

LOVE Daphne's store with all her inspiring cards on the wall near all the products she used to create them. She had a card hanging on the wall near this die and for her card she used a shimmer sheet for the background... Simple enough and a pretty card so the die came home with me.... only to find I did not have the same colour shimmer sheet Daphne used so I used what I had on hand. Here is my card:

VERY hard to photograph shiny cards but this is the best I could get. Cut out the turquoise card stock using the die and then decided to use the Stick It die adhesive sheets by Ken Oliver to get the die cut piece to stick to the shimmer sheet. These Stick It sheets are great - they are perforated so you are not spending twenty minutes trying to peel a corner off to get it started and they leave no messy residue which would easily show up on the shimmer sheet:

Cut and scored the white card base from #110 weight card stock from Mikes with the scored line at that top. Using a stitched rectangle frame die I cut out a white/GP frame and put this over the shimmer sheet/die cut piece using red sticky tape. Then used the foam edges of my pop dot sheets behind the white frame to raise it off the card front for dimension.

Did not want a greeting to cover my die cut piece so I used the SU stamp set Lotus Blossom and the "thank you" stamp from that set for the greeting. Stamped it with turquoise ink onto scrap white/GP and punched it out with a circle punch. Then punched out a scalloped circle using scrap turquoise card stock and put those together using the ATG. Put this onto the lower right corner using glue dots:

Problem -- wanted to put something in the center of my flowers so tried Stickles and also the white Pearl Pen but not sure what would stick to the shimmer sheet and look good -- did a sample of each and decided to use the white Pearl Pen. They both stuck well but the Stickles was too glittery for the shimmer sheet. Here is a photo of the Pearl Pen flower centers:

Love Sue Wilson dies not only for the details but the designs and how well they cut out. TFL