Sunday, January 29, 2017
To begin with I recently saw a video by Dawn Griffith on Youtube for an easy Valentine Treat Holder:
Her video is easy to follow and she explains two different ways to make her treat holder using two different sizes of card stocks. Here is a photo of the treat holders I made using her pattern and tips:
I used the same card stock she suggested -- the new 6" x 6" paper pad "Sending Love" by Stampin Up. This paper pad has many patterns for Valentine's Day but remember many of the patterns are directional so be sure the front or back of your holder does not have the patterned paper upside down. Dawn suggests buying the 3" x 6" Gusseted Cellophane bags from Stampin Up. Their bags are sold in a set of 25 bags for $4.50, plus tax and shipping/handling. That can total over $12.00. I did not want to pay that amount of money for 25 bags..
In the past I have ordered treat bags and clear envelopes from:
I ordered item #GB6 which is 100 of their 3" x 6 1/2" cellophane bags. With tax, shipping/handling, I paid $10.40 for my order. I ordered these these bags on Jan 26th and they were delivered on the 28th. My Stampin Up orders always take a week or so to get to me so having these bags delivered so fast was a nice surprise.
Also for my holders I used a different greeting stamp than Dawn did. Mine is a garage sale stamp I picked up for 50 cents and it is by Hero Arts. All my treat holders have that greeting on them. I used the Real Red ink from Stampin Up but there was a problem -- I have two different Stampin Up Real Red ink pads. One is the linen ink pad and the other is their new foam style ink pad. Problem is both ink pads, in the same colour, stamp in different shades of reds:
For these holders the foam pad on the bottom was a better red for the printed papers I used. I stamped all my greetings onto white/GP card stock using the foam Real Red ink pad. Used the 1 3/4" circle punch and punched out the greetings. Using a 2" circle punch I punched circles from white and red glittered card stocks. Put the greetings onto the glittered card stock circles using double sided tape and TomBow glue. Set all of those aside to dry. Once dried I used the multiple hearts punch from M Stewart and punched out hearts from the red and white glittered card stocks. Here is a photo of that punch;
Using mini glue dots I put the smaller hearts on the greeting pieces. I used large glue dots and put the greeting pieces onto the treat holders above the circle windows.
Cut my printed card stock as Dawn instructed. Used the 1 3/4" circle punch for the windows on the front of the holders. Used the 1 3/4" circle punch and then punched over that with a 2" circle punch to make all the glittered circle frames over the windows. Used the TomBow glue to put the rings over the treat holder windows. Set those aside to dry. Using a small Marvy heart punch I punched out hearts from the glittered card stocks and put those hearts on the treat holder front to the side of the window using glue dots.
Since my cellophane bags are 1/2" longer from ClearBags than the Stampin Up bags I trimmed off 1/2" off the tops of my bags using sharp scissors. I used large glue dots and put my greeting circle above my circle window. Dawn has her greeting pieces and decorative pieces on the outside of her bags but I wanted my greeting on the inside of the cellophane bags so I put the greeting pieces on the front of my holders first. I filled my bags with 6 pieces of candy, slid in the front/back treat holder piece and I stapled the bag shut at the top as she suggests. These treat holders can lay down or be free standing. Here are some more photos of these holders:
Thanks to Dawn for an easy treat holder and for the new way to use cellophane bags -- on the outside of the holder rather than on the inside of the card stock treat holder. These went together very quickly and are as simple as Dawn shows in her video. TFL
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
She had me at "Hello" but lost me with the how - to's . . . . I had recently seen a cute Valentine treat box from France Martin "Frenchie Stamps" on Youtube -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Snx04Ln7Dm4
I will say I am old enough to share that the calculator we used in school was the pencil... No Texas Instrument calculators.... I know my "tables", fractions, and the like. . . . Who would have known way back then I was prepping for card making ??? haha.... Here is a photo of my version of Frenchie Stamps Window Sheet Slider Box:
She totally lost me with all her measurements and off to her blog I went and the printed version was not much better. I thank Frenchie for sharing this too cute Valentine treat holder using chocolate candy hearts. In her video she used Hershey chocolate candy hearts but I had already bought the smaller Dove chocolate candy hearts so that is what I used. I still made the treat holder the same size she made hers and the smaller hearts fit in the box.
To begin with --- in her video she uses the Stampin Up score board. I do have one that I had picked up used but my "go to" score board is the one from M Stewart. Once I figured out measurements for my holder I made two of them -- one using the Stampin Up score board and one using the score board from M Stewart. My measurements work fine for both treat holders using the two different score boards.
Since I had to figure things out myself I decided to use my white/GP card stock to make up my samples until I was able to get the right measurements before I used my double sided card stock for my treat box. For the actual box that holds the candies I used some of the measurements she has printed on her blog. Once I knew these score measurements would work I then used my double sided Valentine printed card stock by BoBunny and cut the piece I needed for the box cutting a piece of card stock 6 1/4" by 3 1/2". With the 6 1/4" edge at the top of the score board I scored this piece at 1/2", 1", 5 1/4", and 5 3/4". Turned this with 3 1/2" edge at the top of the score board and scored that at 1/2", 1", 2 1/2", and 3".Using the bone folder I creased all my scored lines well. Using scissors as she instructs on her video I cut the corners of my box -- this is what that looks like with corners trimmed away:
I do not use liquid glue to put boxes/treat holders together. Instead I use tear tape. To begin assembly of the box I used a glue dot on all four corner tabs and folded them in. Then used the tear tape for the ends and sides of my box:
Before I had put the tear tape on the box sides I folded it up and I ended up "shaving" a hair off the edges of the long sides of my box with the trimmer so the sides had a sharper shape if that makes sense.
You can use glue dots under your candies to keep them in place but since I have four smaller Dove candy hearts in my box I did not need the glue dots as the candies stay in place. With the actual box completed and filled with candies, I set that aside.
Now for the window sheet slider cover. I had to make this from scratch and after my second try what I changed worked. Using my junk trimmer, (the one I use to cut plastic and other non card stock materials), I cut a piece of window sheet 4 3/4" by 4 3/8". With the 4 3/4" edge at the top of the score board I scored it at: 1/2", 2 1/8", 2 5/8", and 4 1/4". I used a piece of the tear tape and put that across my 1/2" side -- unlike Frenchie the only scored line I used my bone folder on at first was the 1/2" scored line where my tear tape was. Here is a photo to show the tape on that edge but the photo is not great -- I have ceiling lights in my craft room and they reflect a lot on the clear window sheets but here that photo is:
I removed the paper strip from my tear tape and folded up the other edge of this clear sheet holder to close my window sheet sleeve for my box. Once the two edges were adhered together I used the bone folder and creased my scored lines on the clear sheet. Once all scored lines were creased the window sheet sleeve began to look like it should. Again here is a photo of the window sheet sleeve over my treat box:
This window sheet sleeve easily slides over the treat box. To decorate my treat box top I used a piece of red ribbon from the stash -- it was the ribbon that was tied on a pajama set for Christmas. I tied that around my closed box and tied a bow. Trimmed off the ends using scissors. Put a glue dot under the bow to keep it in place on the slider sheet box cover. My glittered red heart is from a bag of glittered hearts at the dollar store. I used a smaller heart punch and I punched out a smaller heart using red foil card stock and put the foil heart on the red glittered heart:
The two hearts were put on the window sheet sleeve using a glue dot.
This is a simple box with a window sheet sleeve for a cover. I thank Frenchie for sharing her idea for a new Valentine Treat Holder and a new way to use window sheets. ** See below
** Decided I would make another of the Window Sheet Slider boxes to see if the Hershey Nugget candies would fit and they do:
And with the window slider sleeve sliding off the box for opening:
Since the Hershey nugget candies are higher than the Dove hearts I was not sure if the window sheet slider top would fit over them but it does. The box also holds four of the Hershey candies so I put in two solid chocolate and two chocolate with almond nuggets. Wrapped them with card stock from Mikes. Again with this holder I used a glittered foam heart from the dollar store with a red foil card stock heart on top of that on the window sheet sleeve. . I put the hearts on the box top using glue dots. Tied a red ribbon bow around the box and added a glue dot behind that. TFL
Monday, January 23, 2017
Had seen the video from Papercrafter45 on Youtube using the WeRMemoryKeepers Pillow Box Punch Board:
The video is easy to follow and no sound so be sure to have paper and pen in hand when watching it so you can write down measurements and tips. Here is the link:
Here are two of the Pillow Box Punch Board Pockets I made:
They hold a Fun Size candy bar. I used glittered foam hearts from the dollar store for the hearts on my treat holders:
For the greeting I used the Stampin Up Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and the Stampin Up Classic Label punch:
I also used double sided card stock for my holders. So another cute treat holder and a good use for the Pillow Box Punch Board other than just a Pillow Box in different sizes. Thanks to Papercraft45 for sharing their idea and video. TFL
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Stamping friend and I ordered the We R Memory Keepers new Tab Punch Board as soon as we were able to order them -- since it was a pre-order item we had to wait for shipment. Well ... the Tab Punch Boards arrived in the mail this morning and here is what it looks like:
This is a small punch board and it can make the dividers with tabs for whatever you are working on. First I took it out of the packaging, watched a quick "How To" video on Youtube (it also comes with a pictorial instruction pamphlet), and made three dividers with tabs to see how this all worked:
Decided I wanted my dividers to be really sturdy so I used black #110 weight card stock from Mikes. I measured what size I needed these dividers to be and I cut all my card stock to the sizes I needed. Then I made my dividers in threes -- two with end tabs and one with a center tab. By making them in sets of threes I was sure I would have enough full sets of end tab, center tab, and other end tab. Here are all the dividers I made in less than 45 minutes from start to finish:
I am using black card stock as my labels are white that I will put on the tabs and I wanted those to stand out in the bins that I am using them for. This is a great punch board and you can make so many things with it -- dividers with tabs for organization, for planners, for school projects/files, etc.. This punch board has a corner rounder built in and both the tab punch and the corner rounder punch had no problems cutting my heavier card stock. LOVE this product -- another good addition to the craft room! TFL
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Well... who hasn't??? Pretty much everywhere in the US this week there has been some weather situation going on -- from torrential rains, to sleet and ice, to snows . . . Here in NC we had the sleet and ice and also snows. Luckily for us we started with freezing rain that switched to snow but unlike it was predicted we only had about an inch and a half of snow. Some places were hit with 10 inches of snow or higher. Living in NY before moving here 10 inches of snow was the normal and no big deal... in NC they do not have the heavy snowplows or salt/sand trucks or anything serious to battle snows. Therefore everything shuts down -- stores, businesses, schools all close until the weather improves..... Due to this I have been out of work for the last three days waiting for all the ice on the roads to melt. Hoping things will be back to normal tomorrow...
Having this storm over the weekend and being housebound I decided the craft room will be getting a serious overhaul. DH and I went to the sale at IKEA a week ago and picked up another Alex unit on sale for my craft room. It is the low one that has 6 wide drawers. DH put that together for me and this weekend I was able to get it filled up and organized, drawers labeled. While I was in the craft room I did other organizing and decided to move my solid card stocks to a better location in the craft room. The new location is away from the windows so I do not have to worry about sunshine on the card stock and it is also next to my work island that my paper trimmer is on. This new location will help when I am starting a card as I will be able to see at a glance what card stock I want to use.
Also Mikes has their plastic craft storage items on sale this week for 50% off. I had some of the IRIS thinner project cases but needed a few more for my new organization of card stocks and items. I went to Mikes and picked up a few more of those for the 50% off price and also used a 25% off sale and regular priced items coupon so good deal for sure. These thinner boxes fit in the older slotted white cubbies I used to keep all my card stocks in long ago. Here are photos of my solid card stocks in their new location:
and a second photo to show the other end of this shelf unit:
and a photo to show the IRIS project boxes:
On the one side of this shelf unit, (which was free from a woman's clothing store), is my solid card stock and the IRIS project boxes. The other side of the shelf unit is more of my solid card stocks and packs of card stock in the slotted cubbies below.
Was able to move my metal die storage over to where the card stock used to be and that should also be a better location for those. Label Maker is the best tool in the craft room --- labeled items as I have organized them so it should not be hard to find everything... Key to all of this is PUTTING items back where they belong when finished with them instead of in a basket or bin waiting to be put away. But a basket or a bin is better than a pile on the work table. . . . haha TFL
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Here are photos of items I picked up on my recent trip to Mikes -- all Christmas was 80% off:
Snowman stamp set from Stampendous, bling, glittered silver and gold snowflakes, shiny red and green clothespins, snowflake stickers, and a wood mount holiday stamp from Inkadinkado. Then I also bought Mikes Christmas card stock packs for 98 cents each:
Also a wreath stencil for 79 cents -- great to use to decorate the front of a gift bag:
The silver wreath holder was also 79 cents.... Then I shopped for other items while I was there and I used coupons for some of these:
Much to my surprise their "used to be dollar" stamps are now two dollars . . . This trim:
This lace trim had adhesive on it although it was pricey (used a 50% off coupon on this) I still bought it. The lace already having the adhesive on it will be good for cards, tags, bags, and such. They are moving things around in the store and unpacking many boxes so may go back to the store later this week but happy to pick up some good Christmas items for the 80%. TFL
Just received my Close To My Heart order and wanted to share it on the blog before I put it all away and forget to post this. I bought washi tape and twine but this post will show their dies and their embossing folders.
To begin with Close To My Heart has used clear stamps for many years and all their stamp sets are packed in plastic envelopes for storing them. Many of their stamp set coordinate with Cricut programs as well. They offered a Pink Flamingo stamp set with matching die last year and I bought the set. Their dies are called Thin Cuts and I had never bought their dies before. After making a card with the flamingo stamp and matching die set I was impressed with how well the die cut the card stock, both thin and thicker card stocks.
Close To My Heart totally "gets" us crafters.... their stamp sets arrive ready for use -- no trimming them and having to mount them all before we even think of using them. They also offer the "ready for use" with their dies. To begin with their dies arrive in clear envelopes on magnetic sheets:
You simply open the envelope, take the die off the magnetic sheet, take it to the machine to die cut your piece. I bought three of their Thin Cut dies and I cut them out to show these better using thinner to thicker card stocks and they all cut well the first pass through the die cutting machine:
How many times do we buy a die or die set and once it is home we almost have to bend the dies to get them off the packaging???!!! Close To My Heart does not use the tape on their dies so they are ready for use and there is no sticky spots on the dies from the tape on their packaging. Again -- they arrive and are ready for use...
Now to their embossing folders. I bought three of these and for my photos I have a piece of scrap green card stock in the folders to show the pattern. There are a few good things about their embossing folders -- first, there is a slit on the fold of their embossing folders so you can emboss a longer piece of card stock with a continual pattern. Second their embossing folders measure 5 1/4" x 7 1/4" so you can emboss your card stock from top to bottom and side to side with the full pattern. Here is the first embossing folder "Happy Thoughts":
This folder has various works in script and in print. This next folder is "Snowflakes":
Large and small snowflakes with detailed flakes scattered on the folder. This next folder is my favorite of all the wood grain embossing folders I own -- this one has nail heads on it and detailed wood grain on the planks. It is called "Wood Slats":
I have a few of the Close To My Heart embossing folders and they work well with the thinner as well as thicker card stocks. Very good quality. The only thing missing is the folder title -- but I used my label maker and clear label tape and put the folder titles on each folder:
Things are ready to go where they belong in the craft room and ready for use. TFL
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Stencils . . . . some are small, some are tall, some are thick, some are flimsy. Started out with storing the stencils on a Command hook inside the cabinet door. But some stencils do not have a hole at the top for storage so what to do with those? Then some companies sell larger stencils than others... switched from the Command hook to a large file box. But then .... bought some stencils too large for the large file box. Something new had to be figured out but wanted to have one idea and one place to keep all stencil sizes together that would keep them from getting bent or mangled or dusty. . .
Only thing I could think of is a binder with sheet protectors inside. Here is the binder:
Some photos of the stencils inside:
For the Tim Holtz Tag stencils I have two of those per protector sheet:
Can keep holiday stencils together, or store them by manufacturer, or like items. Decided to keep the Tim Holtz Tag stencils together but the other stencils will be like items or by theme. With using the binder I can store that flat or upright. Plenty of room in the binder to add more stencils if I need to and the binder protects the stencils from damage or dust. Plus I bought the binder and protector sheets from Walmart so this is not expensive to put together. At least now all the stencils are together and it is easy to flip through the binder to see what stencils there are. TFL
Monday, January 2, 2017
Made a few holiday thank you cards. Cut and scored the card stock bases. Set those aside.
For the solid white card stock for the card front I cut that 4" x 5 1/4". The stenciled piece measures 3 3/4" x 5". I used a stencil from the stash and stenciled it onto the smaller white piece using distressed inks. Once all the stenciled pieces were complete I used a stamp from the Gina K Designs stamp set Lots of Lines and stamped that onto the stenciled piece using the MISTI and Memento black ink. With the stamping done I used the ATG and put the stenciled piece onto the solid white/GP piece. Cut a piece of ribbon wider than the card front and put that across the card front using double sided tape on the back of the stenciled piece. Using the ATG I put the stenciled piece onto the card stock base.
With the card assembled I cut a small piece of ribbon and tied that over the ribbon piece into a knot. Secured that using a clear glue dot. Added three sequins to each card front. Here is a photo of other cards I made using different inks:
Easy card to put together and the sequins add just a little sparkle and shine to the card front. TFL
IKEA is having their big winter sale now so what better time for an IKEA road trip? DH and I headed out this weekend to the only IKEA store in our state for this sale. It is about a 3 hour drive from here so we left early morning for our trek to Charlotte to IKEA.
I already have some of the tall Alex units in the craft room but I wanted to pick up one of the shorter Alex units on casters. With this smaller unit on wheels I will be able to move it around if I need to. The drawers in the shorter unit are also wider so I can fit more items in the drawers -- :0). Before this trip to IKEA I had my paper trimmer on an old kitchen cart on wheels. But the only thing on that cart was the trimmer and so changes needed to be made as that cart had no storage on it.
Cleared off the counter next to where the trimmer and cart were and moved the trimmer onto that counter. It is on the end of the counter now so I can still use that counter for card stamping or assembly. This new lower Alex unit is now next to this counter by the trimmer end. While I was at IKEA I picked up two of the Pluggis white plastic bins that I put on top of the new Alex unit next to the trimmer. These bins hold items I need next to the trimmer - in one is the baby wipes for stamping and the ATGs.** The other bin holds my left over card stock scraps.
Still working on filling up my new Alex unit but here are some photos of some items already in the drawers. First drawer has my Fiskars trimmer -- used for plastic sheets and other items I do not want to cut with my Genesis trimmer -- also my mini scoreboards are in there. Another drawer is the new home for my WRMK Punch Boards with instruction manuals:
Another drawer holds my Stampin Up tools -- my used SU trimmer, the used SU score board, my used Paper Piercing tools, and my Piercing mats:
Here is photo to show the front of this unit:
And the white bins on top next to the trimmer:
Still organizing but am happy with this new addition. Esp since it has wheels it can easily be moved if it needs to be. Plus any addition of drawers is a good thing.... As for the ** and the ATGs. I have the yellow ATG that holds a roll of 1/2" tape as well as two of the pink ATGs that hold 1/4" tape. One of the pink ATGs is for the craft room and the other I take to card making classes. But I learned a long time ago to keep the ATG in a bin or basket or something so it does not get stuck to something I am working on at the time.
Driving all the way to IKEA has to be a worth while trip -- I bought a second of these lower Alex units with casters for my sewing room so that will be nice in there as well. Esp with the drawers for storage. I had also asked my stamping "PIC" (Partner in Crime) if she wanted anything from IKEA esp with the sale prices for the Alex units. She came over and looked at my taller Alex units and really liked how smoothly the drawers work with all my punches in there, and all the storage space the drawers offer, and the finish on them. She went home and measured her space and asked if we would pick up three of the taller Alex units for her which we did and we dropped those off to her house for her on our way home. The IKEA sale made this trip worth while and it makes for a nice day trip.
We stopped at our fav stores and stops in High Point and Greensboro and then headed home... A BIG thank you to DH for driving, loading and unloading, and for his assembly of my Alex units. Hoping to finish filling up the drawers of my new Alex unit today so I can get back to some serious card making!! TFL