Monday, November 26, 2018

"The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" or so the song goes . . .

One of the Christmas songs played this holiday season "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" really applies for us paper crafters. . . Between the online Black Friday Sales and Cyber Monday sales . . . Plus this year the online Black Friday Sales started earlier than Black Friday.... So maybe this song does apply . . .

Thinking I personally am keeping my local post office in business after the last two days of deliveries.... First:


The above photo is an order I had placed 3 weeks ago on AliExpress from one shipper. Total of that order was $22.00 -- and the seller gave me a free die as a gift for my order:


Had not ordered anything off AliExpress in close to a year. But this time I was able to shop with one seller so all my dies arrived in the same package on Saturday. . . Thanks to videos on YouTube using some of these dies . . .  haha

Then the IO Warehouse Sale -- You would think that with all I had bought at that sale that I would be all set . . .  but then they had they Black Friday Sale and I bought some dies I did not pick up at the warehouse sale earlier this month because apparently then I did not know I needed them.... hahaha


That arrived today... with:


The above photo is a gift bag die set from Peachycheap.com.  Will be used for the holiday treats. Also this came today:


The above is the November Small Die of the Month from Spellbinders - This is my third month of this die "club" and I have been happy with all three die sets. . . Good deal for $12.50 per month!  Last but not least:


My order from SimonSaysStamp.... Will tell you what happened last week before I had placed my Simon order... Received an email from another online store that offered 35% off all products, along with free shipping and a "free gift" for orders over $60.00.  I was not able to get on the computer until late in the day to shop this online store. With them having a 35% sale I was not sure I would be able to find anything that was left that I wanted... Imagine my surprise when the four items I wanted to order were in stock! Put them in my 'cart' and off to the checkout I went.

Saw the total of my order and saw I qualified for free shipping and the free gift. I typed in the code needed for the 35% discount and hit enter ..... there went the free shipping ... looked further and there went my free gift .... so I cleared out my cart and there went my order -- I ordered nothing from them. Thanksgiving SimonSaysStamp had a special one day sale. That evening I went on their website and ordered the above items.... Along with this discounted sale they also said they offered a free stamp set with "qualifying orders" . . . here we go I thought.....

I put these items in my 'cart' and headed over to the checkout page . . . saw my total for the items I ordered and typed in the discount code - knowing my price would lower and probably that would cancel out the free stamp set  . . .    Imagine my surprise that even with their discount code they STILL gave me the free stamp set!!! So happy me to be able to get something free with my sale items  from SimonSaysStamp!! Plus they always ship quickly and give you the tracking number so you know when to stalk the mailman --- ;0)     

These are the only items I bought during the Black Friday Sales and happy to have them here already!  Just in time for the holiday cards/projects/tags/treat holders ...

Another 30 . . .


Last year a gal at work asked me to make 30 holiday tags for her Christmas gifts for her family. Here is a photo of some of those:



Once again she asked me this year for another 30 tags and here are photos of the tags I just made:





Best way to make multiple tags is to die cut all the tag shapes out in various colours and sizes and prints so as you are working along all your bases are ready to go. Was happy to use so many of my dies/stamps/washi tapes/trims for these tags. First I thought it would be hard to come up with 30 different tags -- especially since I did not duplicate any from last year -- but I had made a few extra before I realized I had finished the 30 I needed! Fun to make a project that goes together quickly....

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Hobby Lobby find


Recent trip to Hobby Lobby and I found one of the 3-D embossing folders from Sizzix:



I have some of the 3-D embossing folders from We R Memory Keepers and they work well with many different card stocks but this hearts design looks like the hearts are stacked on each other so I was not sure if the deeper embossing would tear my card stock while it embossed it?

Usually when I use embossing folders I emboss two pieces of card stock at a time. This gives it a softer embossed design and it prevents my card stocks from tearing or ripping on the edges of the embossed designs and I do not have to spritz my card stock with water first. (The second embossed piece I keep with the embossing folder for another project at a later time).  But for this folder I wanted to try it with one sheet of card stock just to see if the card stock would tear with this deeper design. For my sample I am using a red card stock from Stampin Up:


I used my Cuttlebug and the sandwich I used was:

A plate
Embossing folder with card stock inside
B plate

All machines are different but for my machine this sandwich worked. Here is another photo that helps show the dimension of this embossed design:


Happy to say this folder did not damage my card stock using the one layer and passing through the machine one time.  Hoping to get some use of this folder for Valentine's Day cards, projects, tags, and such! I know Sizzix has other 3-D Textured Impressions embossing folders for sale but this is the first one I have seen at a Hobby Lobby....   Hoping more to come!

Thanksgivng Treat Bags, Tootsie Pop Holders, and Turkey Toes . . .


Just finished putting together the last of the Thanksgiving Treat Bags. Here is a photo to show the kraft gift bags from Hobby Lobby that I decorated for Thanksgiving that I have shown in other posts:


Here is a better photo of each one:




For the bag fronts I used printed card stocks from the stash and kraft card stock from Mikes. The dotted strip across the bags is from Hobby Lobby - it is in a package of the strips used to make paper garlands with. I cut these pieces to the size I wanted for the bag fronts. For the watering can I used the T Holtz Sizzix Watering Can die and various craft paints over dryer vent tape for the finish on those. The clear plastic pumpkin in the lower right corner is also from Hobby Lobby. Added sequins to the bag front from the stash. Added die cut leaves and such to the front of the bags using glue dots.

Inside these treat bags are a few treat holders I made:


LOVE these pumpkin treat holders - I used the Fun Stampers Journey* stamp set Martha's Pumpkins with matching die set. Stamped with VersaMark ink and used white embossing powder by Recollections at Mikes. Cut out the box/insert piece and then die cut three of the plain pumpkins for the backs of the treat holder. Here is a photo to show the pieces before assembly:


I assembled the box/insert and put the pumpkin front and the pumpkin back on the box/insert piece:


and a photo of the plain back:


For the front of the holders I used a green marker on the stem piece of the pumpkin and I tied a small bow for each holder and put those on the fronts using hot glue:


Inside this holder is 4 Hershey Nugget candies -- three are standing up and there is one on top of those and they do not fall out. This next holder is for a Tootsie Pop:


I had stopped in at Big Lots and found a bag of the Tootsie Pops that had chocolate outside the inner chocolate so a win-win for a chocolate lover! I found this Pumpkin Lollipop Holder Die at My Creative Time:
https://shop.my-creative-time.com/Pumpkin-Lollipop-Holder-Die-MCT-D202.htm

Cute die and it can easily hold a larger lollipop than the Tootsie Pops. It is free standing and the die cuts beautifully - for my lollipop holders I used both double and single sided card stocks. Used the stem and leaf die from the die set and cut out a stem and leaves from scrap card stocks. Used various twines to tie the holders closed. "Happy Thanksgiving" is a stamp from Stampin Up Teeny Tiny Wishes. I wanted to make a Tootsie Pop holder but did not want the "same old, same old" holder... Was happy I found this cute die set.

For this next bag of treats I used the Brachs autumn candies:


Harvest Corn.... (that IS a vegetable, isn't it?? ;0) haha)  I had some clear treat bags in my stash (from the candy aisle at the craft store) and my bags each hold 16 pieces of candy. Typed up a label on the printer and printed that on white card stock. Used a small turkey stamp from DeNami Designs and here is a photo of the Turkey Toes treat bags:


I used the more of the strips from Hobby Lobby to put behind my trimmed Turkey Toes label and put these at the top of the treat bags. Another photo of the Harvest Treat Holders I showed in an earlier post for these treat bags:


In the bags I put a small amount of the brown kraft shred from the dollar store and then put in the treat holders. Scattered small pieces of candy in the bag around the holders and topped the bags off with more of the paper shred. Tucked in leaf picks I bought at Hobby Lobby. With Thanksgiving now finished it is onto Christmas -- cards, projects, treat holders, tags, yada yada ..... But first I HAVE to locate the top of my work table!! haha    ;0)   * Fun Stampers Journey stamps/dies/products can now be bought on the Spellbinders website so you no longer need a "demonstrator" or "coach" to buy from. Their stamps stamp beautifully and of course Spellbinders make their dies so those are also nice. Here is the website for Spellbinders:

https://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/login.php

Also -- here are photos of more of the Thanksgiving cards I sent out:


For the above cards I used an old stamp set For All Things from Stampin Up for the card front. The "Grateful" is a stamp that reads "Grateful for You" but I just inked up the "Grateful" part of the stamped and stamped it onto scrap white card stock. The printed leaves card stock is from Hobby Lobby. Used square and scalloped square dies for the stamped greenery piece. Added sequins to the card front from my stash.

And more of the acorn cards I made using the Spellbinders October 2018 Small Die of the Month I belong to:


Glad to have everything done.... but now to begin again -- first everything has to be put away tho.... but what it is.....

Sunday, November 11, 2018

What the birthday girl wants..... she gets .....


My PIC (stamping Partner In Crime) had a birthday this weekend and I had asked her what she wanted to do with me to celebrate??  She said she had gotten coupons for free foods at IKEA as well as a shopping coupon there so we decided a trip to IKEA it was.... I asked DH if he would be our "Cuber driver" again and he said he would. ("Cuber driver" is what I call him since he is the Uber driver for us two crafters ). . .

We left yesterday morning for our three hour trip to Charlotte, NC where IKEA is. We first shopped IKEA for the items on our lists. In the past I have bought the Sunnersta Container white cups for my Raskog carts. These smaller cups can hold markers, or tools, etc on the side of the Raskog. Here is a photo of what they look like holding Sharpie markers:


The cups are nice to hold the smaller items but . . .   When DH built my workbench work table for me I bought a second Raskog cart for the craft room. I keep this second cart at one end of the work table and on it I keep a lot of the tools I use all the time but do not want on the work table top when I am making a card or project.  But I also do not use one product and stop and put it away as for some cards/projects I could use multiple stamp sets or dies. I do not want to stack all this stuff on the work table while I am working but what to do???

The last trip we had made to IKEA I came across the Variera Utensil Holder in the kitchen section and I bought two of them for my Raskog cart. Like the smaller cups these holders also can be hung on something. Once I had them home I found they work well hanging on the sides of the Raskog cart and that I could fit my stamp sets in them as well as my magnet cards for my dies. The nice thing is I can hang the holders on the sides of the cart and as I use the products and am done I can put them in these holders as I work and that keeps my work table cleared off. Once I have finished whatever I am working on I can easily carry the holder over to where I store the stamp sets or dies and put things away. These holders can also be stacked for storage when not in use. Here is a photo of them on my Raskog cart before items were put away:




The last photo shows the top of the Raskog cart - ATG and other tools in their caddy on one side in the top basket and then you can see the Gnome stamp set from Fun Stamper Journey. That stamp set is in a plastic bin (also IKEA) and that is for new products to the craft room - I will leave the Gnome stamp set in there until the back ordered matching die set arrives and then that will get put away. Here is a photo to show my empty holders stacked for easy storage:


And with these new holders I was able to locate the top of my work table again -- ;0).... I had lots of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas products out since I have been working on various projects at one time.... Nice to see the table top again .... but for how long????   :0)



In the first photo of the work table you can see a set of pink dies under the mat on the table - those are the small, medium, and large bow die sets from Pink & Main and I really like their bows so I will keep those die sets on the table top until I finish working on Christmas projects. I keep the magnet card they are on under the mat so I have the die sets handy and the mat protects the die pieces when I put other items on top of the mat.

After IKEA we shopped the Hobby Lobby store in the plaza next to IKEA. Nothing really new but their Halloween and Fall items were all on sale for 80% off Halloween and 50% off Fall.  We left there and drove to Matthews, NC to shop our favorite store -- The Paper Muse on Rice Rd off Independence in Matthews. This store is owned by Daphne and we LOVE her store. Another bonus to shop there yesterday was Debbie M., owner of  PaperSweeties, was at the store having a trunk show. Happy me to find a stamp and matching die set of hers as well as a new NOT RELEASED YET stamp set of words. Love how Debbie packages your purchases -- both at the trunk shows and all the stamp shows we have attended she is at:


Here is a photo to show what I bought from PaperSweeties:


Here is a better photo of her brand new words stamp set:


Really like how Debbie has included many words that do not only have to be used on Christmas cards and projects. Looking forward to using these stamp sets for both Thanksgiving, Christmas, and beyond. . .

Then I shopped Daphne's store - she has so many new products for Christmas!! I love that she also carries so many different brand names - here is a photo of what I picked up yesterday using the rest of a gift card I had:


Kaisercraft lamp post die set, a Marianne die set for Halloween for shaker card pieces, the Mummy stamp is IOstamps, and a Sue Wilson word die.  Daphne has cards hanging on her walls showing how she uses many of her new holiday products and such inspiration! She has die sets, stamp sets, card stocks, inks, embossing folders, card stocks, and anything else you would need to start your Christmas cards/projects and all at great prices!  Making a stop at her store will NOT disappoint! Her sample cards show how products were used and so many techniques were used that no two cards are a like. Thanks Daphne for another inspiring shopping trip to your store and also thanks for the Paper Sweeties trunk show!! (Papersweeties.com)

We left there and off for a nice lunch for PIC's birthday. Nice meal and then we headed home for the day. Another fun day for these two stampers for sure.....

I had made her a birthday card and it all came together when we shopped another stamper's used items sale recently -  I picked up this bundle of paper flowers at this sale for $1.00 and I wanted to use them on the birthday card I was making for my PIC. She is a 'purple person' and since that is one of her favorite colours I had to be sure to use purples on her bday card - here is a photo of the flower bundle:


I used a sponge and added purple ink to the flower petals for the card. Did not realize until I wanted to make her card that I have almost no printed purple card stocks so I did the best I could with the card stocks I had on hand:


I had used this layout before for another card but since the quilted background die is Our Daily Bread Design and I know she likes their dies I used the die again for the card front background. Cut out my prints and sponged the edges of all cut pieces using a light brown ink and then put the card together. For the oval in the center:


Die cut the oval doily frame out of cream card stock and set that aside. For the inset I used the die on the right and cut out a square piece of cream card stock. Used a Spellbinders oval die and cut out a solid cream oval frame piece. Laid this over the decorated die cut piece made with the die on the right and I used scissors to trim away the parts I did not need. Used a M Stewart sprig punch and punched out sprig pieces to go under the roses.

Used purple card stock and cut and scored that at the top for the card stock base. Used the ATG and put the quilted piece onto the card base. Cut foam squares and put the oval doily piece onto the card front. Used hot glue and put the sprig pieces on the oval frame and then put the flowers on top of the sprig pieces. Added a banner that says "Happy Birthday" to the card front and put that on it using glue dots. To give this piece a wave I ran it over and under a bone folder. Here is a closer photo of the flowers and sprig pieces:


I had spritzed pearls shimmer mist on the sprig and flower pieces but the camera did not capture that. Here is a photo of the rather plain gift bag I put together for her -- inside I had wrapped up a few dies for her, put washi tape in there, leaf shaped trim, made a Ghirardelli candy treat holder, and dropped in various chocolates for her to have. Hoping they all made a nice gift for her!


Fun day with the birthday girl.... next trip for us will be the stamp show in Columbia, SC but sure we will make another day trip somewhere for something between now and then. TFL

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Thanksgiving Cards


This post shows the three Thanksgiving cards I have made so far for this year using the Spellbinders Small Die of the Month for October. Here is a photo of what those dies look like:


Spellbinders has a small die of the month club and a large die of the month club and not sure if I would like a monthly club I signed up for the small die of the month club to start. This is my second monthly die set and so far?? Loving it.... Like that it is a die set as I will be able to use them over and over again unlike the Paper Pumpkin from Stampin Up where you can get punch out shapes or bags or whatever they include in their kits. Plus this small die of the month club is only $12.50 per month and that is affordable to me!!  We pay more than that for most of the die sets at the stores.

My first card I used the wishbone die from this set:


The card stock base is a kraft card stock and the autumn stripe card stock is from the stash. The cream card stock used for the wishbone was a piece of scrap card stock. Cut the cream card stock larger than the die piece and put Stick It Sheet on the back of the cream card stock. Cut out the die and set that piece aside. Wanted to have the wishbone have dimension so using the top tab to a kleenex box I die cut the wishbone from that. Put the cream die cut piece on the kleenex die cut piece and that gives this die cut piece some shape and dimension -- here is a photo to show how I do this using a word die:


Cut and scored the kraft card stock base with the scored line on the side of the card. Using card stock from Close To My Heart (Saddle) I cut a piece of that to fit behind the striped piece. Put them together using the ATG.   Put this on the card stock front using the ATG.  Added the wishbone using small glue dots and tied a twine bow for the top of the wishbone. Using glue dots I put three brown sequins on the card front.  Tore off a small piece of washi tape from my stash and put this on the lower right corner of the card:


The next two cards I used the acorn dies in this die set. The first card is more rustic looking:


The acorn dies in this set has the decorated acorn top, the acorn shaped bottom, as well as another die that you can use to cut out "hello fall" on the acorn body.

I wanted my acorn top to have some dimension and colour so first I cut the top out of a darker brown. With this die cut I left the cut card stock in the die and cut up small pieces of Scotch tape to put on the back of the die cut piece - the tape keeps all the small die cut pieces in the acorn top piece so I would not loose pieces when I took it out of the die. Then I cut out another top piece using a lighter brown card stock that was backed with Stick It Sheet. With that die cut I put it over the taped darker die cut piece. Here is a photo to show the back of a die cut acorn top piece with the Scotch tape all over the back:


With the Scotch tape all over the back of this piece I can easily remove this piece from the die and keep all the tiny pieces in tack. With the dark and light acorn top pieces put together I set them aside. Cut a piece of the leaf printed card stock larger than the acorn bottom die. This printed card stock is thinner paper so I used the ATG and put the leaf print onto a scrap piece of kraft card stock to make it stiffer. Die cut the acorn bottom out and sponged the edges with brown ink.

Cut and scored a piece of rust card stock for the card base with the scored line on the side of the card. Cut two pieces of cream card stock - one for the card base and one for the piece I was putting the acorn on. Then I cut a piece of the rust card stock for the card front to fit behind the smaller cream piece. Put the smaller pieces together using the ATG. Using the ATG I put the acorn top and bottom die cut pieces onto the smaller cream piece for the card front. Set this aside.

Using a small piece of the leaf print I cut a piece to fit across the cream card stock front. Put the strip on the cream piece using the ATG and then put this onto the card stock base. Used double stacked large glue dots behind the acorn piece and put that on the card base front. For the "thankful" I die cut that out of glittered card stock backed with Stick It Sheet and the kleenex box top. Put those two words together and used TomBow glue to put this on the card front. Used small glue dots and added sequins to the acorn piece. Used a tiny bow die and cut out a bow using the glittered card stock and added a brown crystal to that. Put this onto the acorn top using a micro mini glue dot.

Used the same layout for this card with a foiled print:


For this card I used a printed card stock from a pad of holiday printed card stock on sale at Mikes:


Used a multi purpose print for the bottom of the acorn:


Used the foil printed square in the upper left corner of this page and backed this with a piece of solid card stock that matches the card stock base to give this print more shape. Die cut the acorn bottom out. Set it aside. Used the same solid colour as the card stock base and die cut the acorn top out. Left it in the die and covered the back of this piece using the Scotch tape pieces. Removed it from the die and then die cut gold foil card stock backed with the Stick It Sheet for the acorn top. Put the gold over the rust piece for the acorn top:


Cut and scored a piece of rust card stock with the fold on the side. Cut a piece of cream card stock for the card base front. Using scraps I cut a strip to put across the card front. Put this onto the card stock base using the ATG. . Cut a piece of rust and cream card stocks for the rectangle for the acorn piece. Put those together using the ATG.  Used the ATG and put the acorn pieces onto the cream rectangle and put this onto the card stock base using doubled up large glue dots. Used a small bow die and cut out a rust bow and put that at the top of the acorn and added a gold bead from the stash to the center of that. Put it on the acorn top piece using micro mini glue dots.

For the "thankful" again I used the gold foil card stock backed with a card board die cut piece. Used TomBow glue to add this to the card front:


Nice dies from Spellbinders and they easily cut through the card board pull tab on the kleenex box. Did not have to use shims in the die cutting machine or anything - the dies cut with one pass in the machine. Easy cards to put together and another fun die set of the month!