Friday, July 21, 2017

Rummaging.. . .

Sooner or later it will happen and for me it was earlier this week... :0(  

Distressed inks... love the way they look but sometimes getting the sponges off the velcro on the bottom of the 'blending tool' can be a battle.... of which I lost.... Took off the sponge (AKA foam piece) from the velcro applicator and the velcro was not having any of that... so both the sponge and the velcro came off the blending tool as one. . .

All good stampers have a bottle of rubber cement on hand to put older wood mount stamps back on the wood when they fall off so first thought was I would separate the velcro from the sponge and use the rubber cement to put the velcro back onto the blending tool. Did just that, being careful to keep the rubber cement on the blending tool where the velcro should be. Put the velcro back on the blending tool, pressing it down to stick to the rubber cement, and stood it upright overnight letting it set.

Next morning I checked the blending tool and when I lifted it up the velcro was still sitting on the counter where I had put it -- :0(   .....  So what to do?? Off to the garage I went to rummage the coveted workbench of DH that is off limits.... and there it was --  Gorilla Glue ... a small bottle but I only needed a small amount so into the craft room it went...

Got the blending tool and the velcro piece and put the Gorilla Glue on the bottom of the blending tool and then put the velcro on top of that -- once again I stood it upright overnight to set. Next morning I checked it and the velcro is evenly stuck onto the blending tool -- happy me.

So when the staples on my other blending tools come off and the velcro falls off I will be able to re-attach them using the Gorilla Glue -- here is a photo of the glued/repaired blending tool on the right and the other blending tool showing the staple they come with that holds the velcro on:

Put back DH's bottle of Gorilla Glue and I bought a small bottle for the craft room from Hobby Lobby. Here is a photo of what it looks like:

It does not take much of this glue to cover the bottom of the blending tool so I am sure this small bottle will last me quite awhile. Thought I would share what worked for me if anyone else has had had the velcro come off their blending tools.... TFL and thanks to DH for his bottle of Gorilla Glue so I could 'try before you buy'... ;0)  

Paper Muse Store Stop

Another stop at the Paper Muse store in Matthews, NC today. Daphne P is the owner and she sent out an email mail that she has new Christmas products in the store for "Christmas in July" shoppers. All her Christmas products are 25% off so today I stopped at her store on our way to Charlotte.

Here is a photo of items I bought:

I bought the Memory Box die Grand Joyeux Noel, the Penny Black Woodland Scene die set, Sizzix Falling Snow embossing folder, Rubbernecker Flowers in the Breeze stamp, and the 10 pack Shimmer Sheetz sample pack by Elizabeth Craft. LOVE shopping Daphne's store -- she has cards and projects all over her store for inspiration and she always has new products arriving in her store. If you should be in the area of her store it is WELL worth the stop!!

Address:  1905  Rice Rd Ext,  Matthews, NC 28105  across from the movie theater

Thanks to Daphne for a great start for my holiday cards, a good sale, and a GREAT store!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

BOO Day Lollie

Had seen the lollies made in the past and wanted to make one for Halloween so here is my BOO Day lollie:

Basically the lollies are rosettes on a stick or a straw for whatever holiday or occasion you want to make them for. Had not made one of these in the past so decided for my lollie that I had to have whatever I was using for the base decided first. For my base I used orange glittered card stock and cut out the Spellbinders Pumpkins circle die -- I used the largest circle in that die set. With the orange glittered card stock piece cut out I also cut out a second piece from printed card stock for the back of the lollie. Put the back piece onto the back of the glittered piece using the ATG and set this aside.

For my larger rosette I used a piece of black dotted card stock and I cut my strip 1 1/2" wide by 12". I cut a second piece 1 1/2" wide by 6". I scored these strips every 1/4" on the M Stewart scoreboard. Once they were scored I folded them on the scored lines and then attached the shorter piece to my longer piece using red sticky tape. Using a hot glue gun I put the rosette onto a 1" black card stock circle. Set this aside.

For the smaller rosette for the front I cut a piece of card stock 1" wide by 11" long. Scored this every 1/4" on the score board. Folded and hot glued this to a 1" black card stock circle. Used a decorative die and cut out a piece of purple card stock for behind the smaller rosette. Put the smaller rosette onto the purple die cut piece using the hot glue gun. Set this aside.

For the ghost I used a ghost die and cut out a ghost from white glittered card stock. Used an small oval punch and punched out a piece of black card stock and used a glue pen to glue this to the back of the ghost so his eye and mouth holes are black. For the "boo" --  this is another piece of "klipboard" I made using  the tear tab to the top of a kleenex box. This photo shows my black die cut piece cut out of shiny black card stock that has the Ken Oliver Stick It sheet behind it. This way my die cut piece already has adhesive on it. With the kleenex box cardboard "boo" cut out all I need to do is peel off the backing of the Stick It sheet behind the black "boo" and put it on top of the cardboard "boo". This makes the letters raised and gives them dimension on a project:

Also cut out "trick or treat" for the back of the lollie -- this photo shows that the thinner, more detailed dies, also cut out well from the cardboard:

With my greetings cut out all I needed to do was assemble the lollie. To begin with I put the "trick or treat" greeting on the backside of the lollie using a glue pen:

Added orange glittered stars and purple foil stars to the back and that is done. Flipped this over and used the glue gun and put the larger black rosette onto the pumpkin edged circle. Then used the glue gun and put the purple and smaller rosette piece onto the front of the black one. Using a holiday straw from the dollar store I put the straw onto the circle, under the black rosette, using the glue gun. Used glue dots and tucked the ghost under the smaller rosette but in front of the purple die cut piece.

For the "boo" I cut a piece of scrap white card stock and used a banner punch for the ends. Used a glue pen and put the "boo" onto the banner piece. Used red sticky tape to put this onto the lollie under the black rosette and onto the glittered card stock base. Added glittered shapes using a M Stewart border punch. For the center of the smaller rosette I punched out a smaller glittered circle and I put crystal effects over that. Then cut out a purple circle to put that onto once it dried. With it dried I put it onto the center of the rosette using the glue gun.

Added a dotted ribbon, yarn, and black bias tape to the lower front of the lollie using glue dots to hold them in place. Used the glue gun and added the tulle bow piece I made. Added a gem from the stash to the center of that.

The lollie can be used to decorate a holiday table, or be tucked into a treat holder/bag, or just be a greeting for someone for Halloween. The lollies make good use of card stocks you may not like or bits and pieces you have to use for decorations on them. Here is a photo to show the layers of the lollie:

Another use of rosettes. Lots of ideas for lollies on the internet and many videos to watch for the how to's of this project. TFL

Monday, July 17, 2017

Simply Hello Card

Recently I changed the way I store my Stampin Up cling and clear stamp sets and got rid of the plastic cases. While I was doing this I came across quite a few stamp sets that "long time, no ink" was their fate. Decided I wanted to make a few cards using these stamp sets.

This is the card I made using the 2011-2012 Hostess stamp set from Stampin Up "Simply Soft" which is a two step stamping stamp set:

For this card I used all card stocks from Stampin Up -- Crumb Cake is the card base, cut and scored at the top. The pink card front is Regal Rose with the white being Whisper White. Cut and scored the card stock base. Cut the pink card stock to the size I needed. Using SU Regal Rose ink I stamped the base flower for my card all over in a random pattern for a background piece. When I was finished stamping I used a small three dot stamp from the stash and stamped that all over this background piece as a filler. Once this piece was stamped I used the Crumb Cake ink and sponged the edges of this. Set that aside:

Stamped the base flower onto a small scrap piece of Whisper White using the 'huff' method for the stamp and markers. With that stamped I stamped the layered flower stamp over that for the flower petals. Trimmed this piece to the size I needed for the card front.Added washi tape across the bottom of the flower piece. Using two bow punches from Hobby Lobby I punched out a pink bow. Took a scrap piece of white card stock and put a small piece of washi tape on that. Used the small bow punch and punched out a bow. Put the bows together using micro mini glue dots. Added a clear crystal to the center of the bow. Put the bow at the base of the stamped flower using glue dots. Sponged the edges of this piece using Crumb Cake ink. Cut a scrap piece of Crumb Cake card stock and used the ATG to put the stamped floral piece on that. Set it aside.

Used a doily die from Cheery Lynn and cut out a doily using Whisper White card stock using the Big Shot. Used the trimmer and scissors and cut off two pieces from the doily piece keeping three of the curved loops on the edge of the doily. Used red sticky tape to put these two pieces on the stamped piece -- one at the top and one at the bottom.  For the greeting "hello" that is a stamp from the SU stamp set "For All Things" and this is the "hello Fall!" stamp from that set. I used an ink pad and put ink on the "hello" part of the stamp only and stamped that onto a scrap piece of Whisper White and used the SU Bitty Banners die set to cut that out. Trimmed the one end of it to the size I needed. Sponged the edges with Crumb Cake ink.

Using the ATG I put the stamped pink background piece onto the card stock base. Used white craft foam and put the floral piece onto the card front at an angle. Added the greeting "hello" banner to the card front using glue dots. Easy card to put together and always like pinks and browns as a combo. TFL

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Lace Ribbon Border Card

Had seen a card made by Lee C. on her blog using the Stampin Up Lace Ribbon Border and it looked too easy not to make one. Here is the link to her card:

This card was easy to make once I figured out all the measurements. For my card base I used Lovely Lilac from Stampin Up. For the white parts of the card I used Whisper White card stock also from Stampin Up. Using the Stampin Up Lace Ribbon Border punch I punched out three strips approx 8" long. (I used left over Whisper White to punch the Lace Ribbon strips from and that piece measured 8"). Set the strips aside.

I cut and scored the Lovely Lilac card base with the scored line at the top of the card. Since I did not have measurements for my card I looked at the photo of Lee's card and counted out the full circles on the strips. Took the strips to the trimmer and trimmed my strips to leave four full circles as was on her card --- here is a photo of one of the ends of the strips trimmed:

With all the strips trimmed I measured the piece of Lovely Lilac card stock the strips are on and that is approx 4 3/4" long x 3 1/2" wide. Used TomBow glue to put the strips onto the purple card stock. With that done I cut a piece of Whisper White card stock 5" long x 3 3/4" wide. Used the ATG and put the purple piece onto the Whisper White piece.

Using white satin ribbon I cut a piece to make my double loop bow for the card front. Once that was made I used glue dots behind the bow and put the ribbon onto the purple card front piece. Used double sided tape on the back of this to keep the ribbon in place. Trimmed the ends of the ribbon. Using the ATG I put this card front piece onto the purple card stock base.

Using pearl bling I put a white pearl in the center of the circles on the strips:

Now that I have the measurements for this card it will be an easy card to put together. Any greeting can be added to the card front or just put the greeting on the inside of the card. Thanks to Lee for sharing a simple but pretty card using card stock and a border punch! TFL

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Avery BOO Tags

Recently went to a stamp show in Chantilly, VA and I bought two Halloween stamps from the Rubbernecker Stamps booth. They had used these stamps on shipping tags on their sample board and I wanted to try this out so here are my two sample tags -- they are not decorated or anything but I like the way they turned out:

I had left over shipping tags left over from other projects by Avery.  These tags are manila in colour and they measure 3 1/8" x 6 1/4". Here is what I began with:

For this first tag I used a circle punch and punched out a scrap card stock circle and put this circle onto the tag using removable adhesive. Once that was on the tag I used various distress inks and covered the tag. Used a distressed black ink for the edges:

Once the distressed inks were dry I used the MISTI and stamped the image with VersaMark ink twice and then heat embossed it using black embossing powder:

The above photo shows the shine of the embossing against the dull finish of the distress inked tag. This next tag:

I used different distressed inks to cover the tag and again used the black ink for the tag edges. Once dried I used the MISTI and stamped the image twice using VersaFine black ink. Then covered that with clear embossing powder and heat set that. Once that was done and cooled I covered the whole tag with VersaMark ink and covered it with clear embossing powder and heat set that -- this tag is shiny all over and it gives it a totally different look than the first tag with just the image embossed:

Both tags are cute and will make fun BOO Day bag tags or even a tag on a front of a card. Avery tags are not that expensive and fun to take a shipping tag and make it something SPOOKTACULAR!! Nice stamps from Rubbernecker. TFL

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Double BOO to You Post

Working on house projects this week so while paint is drying decided to post two more BOO Day cards for Halloween. Here is the first card:

Went to a local stamp show last weekend and made a stop at the Just For Fun booth. I bought the trick or treaters stamp there and made one Halloween card using that stamp. This is a second card layout from their card sample board using that same stamp. For my card I used #110 weight black card stock from Mikes for the card base. Used a purple card stock for both front pieces to the card.

For the card front I cut a piece of white/GP card stock larger than what I would need for the card front. Covered that with distressed inks. Using the Paint Scratches background stamp from Technique Junkies I stamped that on the distressed piece using black ink. Set this aside.

For the smaller front piece I cut a piece of white/GP to the size I would need. Punched out a circle from scrap card stock for the moon and put that on the white/GP using removable adhesive.  Covered this piece with distressed inks. Removed the circle for the moon. Stamped the trick or treaters near the bottom of this piece using black ink. I wanted them to be really dark so I inked and stamped them twice. For the "happy halloween" stamp over the moon I used a stamp from Impression Obsession. With that stamped I then used a black distress ink and sponged the edges of this piece. Put it on a piece of purple card stock using the ATG. Set it aside.

For the Paint Scratches card front piece I trimmed it to the size I needed for the card front. Sponged the edges with the black distress ink. Stamped a Just For Fun black cat stamp in the lower right corner and used a white gel pen for the eyes on the cat. Put this front piece onto a piece of purple card stock using the ATG and then put these onto the black card stock base. The smaller trick or treaters stamped piece has a small black craft foam sheet behind it to give this piece dimension on the card front. Just For Fun has nice sample boards at their booth and you can't leave there without being inspired for sure!

The second card:

Had picked up the Halloween trees stamp during a recent trip to Enchanted Cottage and never made a card with it until . . .   This card stock base is purple with a piece of black card stock from Mikes for the front. I cut a piece of white/GP card stock larger than what I needed for the card front. Using a circle punch I punched out a circle from scrap card stock and put it on my card stock for the moon using removable adhesive. Covered that white/GP piece with the distressed inks. Once that was covered I removed the circle piece for the moon.

For this card positioning the trees was key. The trees stamp is Batty Trees from Great Impression Stamps. I used the stamp positioner to be sure I would have the trees where I wanted them. I wanted some of the spider webs to be over the white moon so for this card front I stamped right to left to fill the card front using black ink. Once the trees were stamped I trimmed this piece to the size I needed for the card front and then sponged the edges using black distressed ink. Using the ATG I put the card front onto the black card stock from Mikes. Then put these onto the purple card stock base.

For the greeting "Happy Halloween!" I used a stamp from Endless Creations and stamped that onto scrap black card stock with VersaMark ink. Embossed this using white embossing powder. Cut this to the size I wanted using the trimmer. Put this greeting piece onto a piece of black craft foam and put it on the lower left front of the card. Simple card to make but it has enough of the Spook Factor for Halloween. TFL

Monday, July 10, 2017

Wreath Flip Card

Many times card makers share their cards and how-to's only to find your card did not come together as theirs . . .  But surprisingly enough this card was as easy to make as the card on the video. This is a holiday flip card using the Stampin Up Wondrous Wreath bundle. Here is the card:

In my photo I used removable adhesive to keep the card closed for the photo. This is a flip card and the front wreath fits over the wreath on the inside of the card:

This card layout is from Zoe Tant and her blog is: The video for this card was made by Brenda Quintana and here is the link for the video:

Brenda shows all the tips and tricks that Zoe shared making her card. In the video Brenda used the pre-cut and scored cards from Stampin Up. When you use those note cards your card will measure approx 3 1/2" wide x 5" high. I wanted to make an A2 card - 4 1/4" wide x 5 1/2" high so I made a card following Brenda's instructions and then made an A2 card with adjustments to the pattern. Here is a photo to show the A2 size card next to the smaller card so you can see the size difference:

Cut and scored my white card stock base for an A2 card and left this flat -- did not crease my scored line.  With my card stock base open and flat I measured 2 1/8" from the front left edge of the card since that is half of the 4 1/4 width. Made my pencil marks on the card as Brenda instructs. Now for stamping.

The base of my wreath is stamped using SU Wild Wasabi ink. The second leaf stamp to the stamp set I stamped using SU Garden Green ink. SU Real Red was used for the berries on the wreaths. Stamped the greeting on the inside of the card using the Real Red ink.  With stamping done I scored above and below the front stamped wreath as Brenda instructs but did not crease these scored lines. With the card flat I cut out the center of the wreath on the front of the card. Removed that small die and then cut out half of the wreath on the front of the card using the matching wreath die following Brenda's how-to's on the video. With the wreath die cut I erased all pencil marks and then creased my scored lines using a bone folder.

Wanted some sparkle on my card so I cut out the bow die twice using red glittered card stock from Hobby Lobby and the bow die in the wreath bundle set. Then cut a small piece of this card stock for the lower front of the card. Put the bows on the wreaths using glue dots. Used the ATG to add the red glittered card stock to the lower card front.

This is an easy card to put together and a big thanks to Zoe Tant for sharing her card and her how-to's and to Brenda Quintana for making the video for this card. The video is easy to follow and she shows each step to make this easy flip card. TFL

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Stamp show in Raleigh

Went to the stamp show in Raleigh yesterday and bought very little. Approx 20 vendors were there -- from the Close To My Heart booth I bought 2 older stamp sets and got a third one free. Also bought a new pouncer tool for distress inks, a clear box to store my daubers in, two stamp sets from Paper Sweeties, sequins from Pink and Main, and two wood mount stamps. Here is the card I made using these two wood mount stamps:

Both the trees stamp and the trick or treaters stamp are from Just For Fun Stamps ( They had a sample card on their display board for these stamps used on the same card using this layout.

For my card I used white/GP card stock for the white card front and sponged various distressed inks on that:

I started at the bottom and added the different inks up to the top. For the moon circle I used a 1 1/2" circle punch and punched out a circle from scrap card stock and used temporary adhesive to hold that in place. Once this piece was covered with ink I removed the scrap circle. With no stamped image on this distressed piece it looks splotchy but once the stamps were stamped on it it was fine.

Since the trees stamp is large I inked that with black ink and laid the distressed piece on top of the stamp. Put a piece of printer paper over this and rubbed over the stamp and card stock to transfer the inked trees stamp image to the distressed piece. Once that was done I carefully removed this piece from the trees stamp.

For the trick or treaters stamp I inked it with black ink and stamped it above the bottom of the trees image so they look like they are walking in the woods. Set this piece aside. Cut and scored a piece of #110 black card stock from Mikes with the scored line at the top of the card. Trimmed a piece of turquoise card stock for my card front. Trimmed my stamped piece to the size I needed for the card front. Using the ATG I put the stamped image onto the turquoise piece. Used craft foam behind this and put that onto the black card stock base.

The greeting "happy halloween" is from Impression Obsession and I used black ink for that. Cut it to the size I wanted for the card front and used a banner punch to make the fishtail end. Used double sided tape to put the banner piece on the card front. Cute and easy card to make for Halloween. Last year I made this card using stamps from Just For Fun stamps for Halloween:

Both cards are non conventional Halloween colours but both are easy cards to put together. They have stamps for all the holidays and occasions but Halloween is a favorite.... TFL

Friday, July 7, 2017

It is here!! YAY!!

My first StampTV Kit from Gina K Designs arrived today and I am so happy it is here!  I have never used her card stock and much to my surprise it is a good weight and love the colours. Here is a list of everything in this kit:

Gina K Designs Dazzling Dahlia Stamp Set
Gina K Designs Your Own Kind of Beautiful Stamp Set
24 sheets of Pure Luxury Card Stock (various colours)
Petite Patterns 6 x 6 paper pack (24 sheets)
Dazzling Dahlia Die Set
Your Own Kind of Beautiful Die Set (13 dies in total combined)

Gina K also sells stencils so I ordered a stencil with my StampTV Kit. Here is a photo to show how well packed my order was in bubble wrap:

Here is a photo of the stencil:

A photo of the card stocks:

The two stamp sets:

The sheet with the combined dies:

The 6 x 6 printed paper pack:

And the kit inventory sheet:

Plus this kit is all in a clear box -- similar to the Stuftainers from Stampendous. This is the same size box I store my loose wood mount stamps in so when I have finished my kit I will have another box for storage!!

This is really a nice stamp kit and am glad I bought it. With the presentation and all the product that comes in this kit it was well worth it. Many online stores sell clear stamp sets for $24.95 each set plus their die sets can be as high as $30.00 per set or higher. Not to mention all the card stocks in this kit. I am sure many summer and cheery cards will be made using these products. I am also happy Gina K Designs also sells stencils as that always adds a nice touch to a card. Lots of card samples on Youtube and also on her website:

Just click on "Go To StampTV" at the top of the page and you will see many projects that were made using this StampTV kit.

I have both cling and clear mount stamps from Gina K Designs and she uses a higher quality cling and clear products for her stamps and they always stamp a perfect image no matter what inks or card stocks you use. Looking forward to 'playing' with my new loot!! Happy to have my first (of many I am sure) StampTV Stamp Kits from Gina K Designs.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July to all -- Enjoy whatever you have planned for today!

ALSO --  is having FREE shipping for today -- the code is: FIREWORKSH

Always nice when the online stores have free shipping as many times the shipping charges can make a shopper change their minds about ordering...  Wished more online stores would have it... :0)