Monday, November 11, 2019

Gnome Tags

Am in the middle of my Thanksgiving projects but wanted to take a break from that and make two tags for Christmas. I used the Gnome die set from Simon Says Stamp:

For my tag bases I measured and cut my card stock tag base using my trimmer. I wanted the tag itself to be sturdy so I used a double layer of card stock for those. For my tags my measurements are:
2 1/8" wide x 5 3/4" long. I used a ruler for the tag top corners. Once the tag bases were cut I used clear liquid glue and glued the two tag layers together. Set those aside to dry.

Cut out the two gnomes using card stock from my stash. For the hats I wanted some texture on them so for the blue hat I used a dotted background stamp and inked that up. Laid the stamp flat on the work table and then laid the die cut hat piece onto the inked surface. Pressed the hat piece into the stamp to transfer the dotted design onto the hat:

For the red hat I used a cheese cloth background stamp from PSX and red ink for that:

With the tag bases dry I used a snowflake stencil and stenciled the front of the tags. With the stenciling done I set them aside and finished assembling the gnomes.  Here are my two tags:

Very easy die set to work with. For the dots on the coat for the gnome for the blue gnome I left the dots in the die cut piece. For the red gnome I popped out the dots and let the white background die cut piece show thru. I added gray ink (Close To My Heart ink) to the beard so the beard is not stark white. The "Merry Christmas" greeting stamp is from Paper Sweeties and it fits perfectly on the front of the tag.  Used glossy accents to add the pom poms to the gnome hats. Put the gnomes on the tags using pop dots.  Easy and fun tags to put together. .... . ....   now back to Thanksgiving projects!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Curvy - Mini and Not

Am making treat holders for the Thanksgiving bags I am working on and I wanted to make two of the SU Curvy Keepsake boxes for the bags. I have the regular Curvy Keepsake die set that I bought from a stamper's used items sale for $5.00. I recently got the Mini Curvy Keepsake die set for a good price and wanted to use that as well for Thanksgiving.  Here is a photo to show the packaging:

And a photo to show the two die sets:

With the Mini Curvy Keepsake die set there are 10 dies. With the original Curvy Keepsake die set there are only 4 dies. Lots of options with the Mini set.

Here are two of the boxes I made to show the sizes of these treat holders:

With both of my boxes I die cut front and back pieces from printed card stocks. Due to the thickness of the card stock used for the box (SU) and then the printed card stock in order for this box to easy close and open I had to use scissors to trim the printed pieces for the box front and back to cut off the handle pieces. This gives the handles one layer of card stock and that makes it easier to open and close the boxes. Here is a side view to show the two boxes sizes:

The mini box is one piece and easy to work with. Have to decorate them for the holiday and then they will be finished. 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho... it's off to IO we go . . .

Yesterday I drove myself and my PIC (stamping Partner In Crime) to the Impression Obsession warehouse sale. This is the second year she and I have shopped this yearly sale.... DH could not come along as our Cuber Drive (Uber driver for us crafters) . . .   so we drove ourselves!  She and I arrived about a half hour before the doors opened and it was just us in the parking lot....

But it was not long before the parking lot was full and shoppers had to park out on the street:

Heigh Ho, I. O.  ..... it's off to shop we go!!   This year at their warehouse sale they had bins and bins of their background stamps for 60% off and I bought three of those.... they also had a table of dies that were 75% off as they had too many of those dies.... all their clear stamp sets were $5.00 each and I bought two of those:

All their dies were 50% off -- including new releases:

Here are some of the dies I bought:

and for Christmas projects:

I am also replacing all my Stampin Up ink pads and IO had their stamp pads and re-inkers on sale for 50% off so I bought a green one for Christmas projects and also a brown that is close to SU Close to Cocoa:

They also had background stamps that were seconds and unmounted. Once you picked out the ones you wanted they trimmed and mounted them for you for free - those were $5 each.... They had a table filled with loose mounted rubber stamps and another table with stamp sets and matching dies together no matter what size for $10 for the pair. IO had bought out Serendipity and I picked up three of those die sets, also for the 50% off price:

Lots of fun bargains and items!  We left the warehouse and had a nice lunch at Olive Garden before we headed home..... left in the dark but drove home in the light so that was good.... Another fun sale at IO!

Combo BOO Day projects

Had seen the new Taylored Expressions strips die set for Halloween and I wanted to order a set. Went on the TE website and they were sold out. Second option was to ask Daphne at Paper Crafters Muse in Matthews, NC if she had a set in stock and if so could she mail it to me? Daphne did have it and she was more than happy to send it off to me -- nice to know if I can not find something in stock on an online store that she can help -- thanks Daphne!

The strip die goes with a few stamp sets -- I bought the Halloween word set as well as the set for Fall or Thanksgiving.  On a YouTube video using this stamp/die set different coloured card stocks were stamped and die cut and I did just that -- this gave me a pile of holiday greetings to use on my cards. The first photo is black card stock that I embossed with white embossing powder and then cut all the greetings out with one pass in the die cutting machine:

and then I stamped and cut out the other colours:

I had seen the cards Taylor had made showing this stamp'die set for fast Halloween cards. I decided I would try that and see how it work and I was surprised how quickly these cards came together. . . but first....   If you have been with SU for some time then you may remember when they sold their own brand of black ink pads.... then you would remember when some of their black pads and re-inkers were really a dark purple rather than black.... then you would also know they changed to foam pads and the black ink would never dry -- even if you used a heat tool to dry it....  Now they sell black Memento ink to use . . .

On Taylor's card she splatters black ink from a re-inker on the background for her cards before she puts her printed card stock strips on her card front... I decided I would make up a few of these cards for the holiday since I had already made other Halloween cards to use. I cut all the pieces for my white card fronts and began the ink splattering using a black re-inker from SU.... only did three and then saw my black re-inker from SU is really purple -- it is labeled black but it is purple.... So I had to start again and this time I used BLACK refills from Close To My Heart and surprise!! The splatters are BLACK!!!  YAY!

Here is a photo of the cards I made using the TE stamp/die set and Taylor's card layout:

Some cards I added die cut ghosts or bugs or bats to the card fronts. Wanted all my card bases to be different colours and they all went with the printed card stock strips I had used. Thanks to TE for coming out with the strip die and stamp sets.  I believe they sell a larger die that goes with a larger stamp set for the Christmas holidays. It is so easy to stamp once, die cut once, and then have a pile of greeting strips to use on all your projects... Great product idea for sure!

Here are photos ( not great ) of the goody bags I made for gals at work:

Also my BOO Box I made using tag dies from Pink & Main and I made a box insert to make two tags into a box:

And the holders for the Hershey chocolate candy bar:

Also bling I put together to clip onto different holders I made to hold candies:

Had seen this YouTube video using plastic quarter coin cases for my mini shakers:

She used paper clips for her mini shakers but I wanted to use the clothespins so I could clip them onto different projects. Also my black bows came with a mini white pearl.  I did not want them to be white so I used an orange Sharpie marker and coloured the pearls. Cute idea for a mini shaker and thanks to the "Scrap and Craft Queen" for sharing this cute idea. (I bought my plastic coin cases from Amazon)

I had made a few other treat holders as well but forgot to take photos but everyone seemed to enjoy them or at least the candies inside!! ;0)    TFL

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

This and that . . . and here and there . . .

Decided to revamp the craft room in a major way to make room for a much better layout. I have a table in the craft room but it seems to be a catch all on the table top.  I stand when I am crafting so having a table and chair in here taking up valuable space was not working. Decided to walk the craft room and look at it from all angles and decide what works, what doesn't, and what to do to improve the use of this room?  Thought about a new layout for a couple of days, drawing out changes on scrap card stock and then tweaking that. . . .  With a plan made the changes began. . .

First to go was the table and chair - they will get much more use in the sewing room so that is their new home. As for the craft room that gave me the space to move my workbench, (DH had built me a couple of years ago to my specs) (see photo) and that has made a big change in here.  Ended up moving the workbench about 8 inches back but that has made a huge difference in the room:

Before on the other side of the workbench was the table and chair. I had originally kept the table and chair in the craft room in case I had someone come over to stamp or craft here but I find I go to classes and do not have other stampers over to stamp. With deciding to move out the table and chair this gave me a lot of space to reorganize and move other furniture around.

Now on the backside of the workbench I have put all my wheeled carts that hold various card stocks and such in IRIS bins:

Two of these units I had bought new on sale and two I had bought used. It is going to work much better having all of these together in a row rather than here and there or wherever they would fit in the craft room... while I was moving things around I decided the "X" storage containers by Deflecto that I had all the coloured pencils in were not working. They took up too much room and many times the pencils would fall out of the holders or if I went to move them again pencils would fall out. Awhile back I had made a trip to IKEA and was going to use these holders for another storage use but I decided these would work much better than the Deflecto storage system. I had bought 5 of them for the other thing I was going to use them for and 5 was all I needed for the coloured pencils so this worked out quite well for them:

Also I am finishing up BOO Day projects and cards and such and moving onto Thanksgiving and Christmas crafting. Last weekend I went to a used stamp sale and was able to pick up a few new to me crafting items for Christmas. I used IKEA bins that I have on hand and labeled one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas. In these bins I put items I have picked up for both holidays and craft projects. Here is a photo of the two bins:

In the Thanksgiving bin are some dollar store craft items and two spools of holiday ribbons that my PIC (stamping Partner In Crime) had picked up for me. In the second bin I have Christmas items. Here is a better photo of that to show the items I picked up at last weekend's sale:

Happy me that one of the crafters at the sale was selling her gold sparkly holiday picks for 10 cents a piece. I bought them all and I will cut them apart for the projects that I want to use them on. Also the silver and gold cording will get lots of use for the holidays.  As well as the holiday ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon in the holiday pack. Having all the misc items in a bin will be easy to take them all to the workbench when I am working on projects for that holiday. It also keeps odds and ends together that I would want to use.

Looking around I would say the room is 3/4 done so have a few more things to finish but this certainly is a good start and hoping to have it all done by this weekend for sure.  Sometimes change is hard but it can also be good as well -- If I can't find it I can't use it ... so hoping this new layout will eliminate that problem..... or that is the plan at least!  ;0)

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Road trip with my PIC

Yesterday my PIC (stamping Partner In Crime) and I headed out in the dark for a used stamp sale that is held once a year that we have shopped in the past.  For both of us we really did not have a "must have/find" list but we were sure we would find something we did not know we "needed" . . .   ;0)

Here is a photo of the set up in the parking lot:

We arrived a little early and many of the sellers were already set up or setting up and they let us shop when we arrived. My PIC was able to get a great deal on Close To My Heart brand new photo albums so she was happy to find those.... that was probably her "big find" whereas with me I came across a bit of this and that and I was happy.

About a month ago my Big Shot machine decided it cut it's last die.... sniff..... but since I had bought that machine used to begin with (SU pricing for new is too expensive for this crafter), I guess I could not complain as I had used it for a few years.... This one seller had a Big Shot machine at her booth and she said to make her an offer and so I did -- for $10 I brought this home:

Dusty from storage but a clean up will work. DH said he can put the handle back on it and I can use this Big Shot or he will take the gears out of this one for the Big Shot I already have.... either way I will be back in the Big Shot die cutting business soon . . .   this same gal also had a big bag of BOO Day stuffs for $15 .... she said she was open for all pricing so I offered her $10 for the BOO bag and I brought that home as well:

Inside this bag is chipboard pieces, stickers, washi tapes, ribbons/trims, bone shaped alphabet stickers, tags, etc.... Great additions just in time for my BOO Day projects I am working on. . .

I will say it is seeming like Stampin Up is passing it's prime.... don't think one of the booths was not selling SU stamp sets, card stocks, tools, trimmers, inks, dies, etc..... I shopped all the booths and had seen this bundle at one booth but the stamp set was well-loved and the clip to keep the punch closed and flat for storage was broken - that set was $15 and I did not get it since the punch clip was broken... but happy to say I found the same bundle at another booth - brand new stamp set and new punch in the original packaging for the same $15 price:

At another booth I also found another new bundle:

Also bought two die sets - one was $2.00 and the other $3.00:

They are the Lantern Builder and Four Seasons die sets.  Also came across packages of the Really Reasonable Ribbons for $2.00 a piece and was able to find a couple to bring home:

and a couple of stamp sets:

with two other items:

Holly background stamp from Just Rite Stamps and a Sizzix die set for $3.00:

And a used bundle:

and two brand new Sizzix dies of the month sets:

Was happy I did not bring one piece of card stock home.... so happy about that....  After we left there we decided to stop for lunch before we headed home and happy where we ate lunch is near a Hobby Lobby.... here is my big purchase from their Clearance Section:

$2.00 for a bag of the bakers twine -- in the back of this bag is silver and gold bakers twine and those will work for Christmas craft projects....  Fun day shopping for new to me additions to the craft room.... now to get it all unpacked.....  hahaha

* * *   UPDATE * * *

Used Simple Green and cleaned up the new to me Stampin Up Big Shot machine and happy to say it works well:

Once I tried out the machine and it cut well all I had to do was pop off the black Sizzix tool caddy from my old Big Shot machine and put it on this one. Everything is back in place on the die cutting cart and off to die cut more BOO Day projects~~happy for $10.00 and a good cleaning all works well!

1st, 100th, FINALLY!!

** Photo transfer issues so will put on some photos from the camera rather than the ones on the phone**

WOO HOO!!!   FIRST Wegmans in North Carolina!! 100th of their stores!!  Wegmans has ARRIVED!!   Grand opening of the new Wegmans last Sunday in Raleigh, NC..... I waited two days and went on Tuesday.... here are photos:

So happy to have a Wegmans nearby again.... Wegmans has always done a "bit more" for their customers -- IE:  Apple signage in produce has the name of the apple, what the taste/texture is and maybe what it is best for - snacks, baking, cooking, etc:

Over in the Meat Dept they have plastic bags to slip your packaged meats in and their signage above that will tell you their pricing VS two other popular competitors in your area:

Plus they have a fresh Floral Shop, Bakery, various food bars, Cheese Shoppe, deli section, fish section, and on and on:

and so much more... you can order a pizza from the pizza shop, a sub from the sub shop, stop at the Sushi Bar, etc..  If you can't find it in this store then I am guessing you won't need it..... plus it sells a lot of groceries/brands the locals don't..... A fun stop for sure.... and as a shopper not only you get to have a fun shopping experience.... but in the end your grocery cart also gets a ride:

This is my grocery cart getting a ride on the cart escalator next to me on the way to the car in the ramp garage -- free parking (and shade - haha)..... LOVE they are here now and happy the DSD is on their management team at this store!! YAY!!