Sunday, February 16, 2020

South Carolina Road Trip

Yesterday DH drove me and my PIC (stamping Partner In Crime) to the SSAT stamp show in Columbia, SC. My PIC and I plan out what shows we will attend each year and start saving for each one in advance. For this show I had saved monies that DH gave me for Christmas and was happy we were able to attend this show. We left in the dark and once again came home in the dark -- driving to the show:

We arrived about an hour early:

The parking lot had a few cars in it when DH dropped us off but that soon filled up:

Once inside we waited for the show to open but here are a few photos of some vendors -- Paper Sweeties was next to Pink & Main near where we were standing:

When you attend the stamp shows the shoppers are given different coupons from the attending vendors for "show specials". Many of these coupons are for the first hour of the show and other coupons could be for the day. Many of the vendors just offer show specials in their booth so you need to stop at each vendor booth to see what their specials are. Since we were entering the show closest to Pink & Main I wanted to shop their booth first.

They offered different specials throughout their booth for stamps, dies, 6x6 card stock pads, bling, etc.. I shopped their dies for the 20% off show special they offered. Here is a photo of the dies I bought:

We both qualified for the "free gift" and we left their booth with their shopping bag -- it is holographic and looks pink and yellow and white and green depending on the light -- here is a photo of the bag showing this:

Off to Heartfelt Creations for our free stamp set and a few other things I found --

and they had their dies on special - buy a certain amount and get a free die set:

The above stamp set was half price on clearance. I am a member of the Platinum Card program they offer so every purchase - sale or otherwise - I receive 20% off my purchase price all the time. More savings for us!  We left there and shopped Creek Bank Creations and shopped their die special:

and I shopped the A Muse booth and bought two die holders for Hershey Nugget candies:

One is a bunny and the other a reindeer.  We shopped at other booths and picked up some odds and ends and then headed out of the show to head home. Before we left Columbia we ate a late lunch and then headed home -- in the dark:

While we were driving home the DSD stopped at the house to check on her fur brother and let him out. She left before we arrived home but she left me a Valentine box of washi tapes. She had shopped these on Clearance at Mikes and she said she paid the clearance price and then was able to use a percentage off coupon for them so a great deal for sure. Here is a photo of these:

and all the packs out of the box:

Certainly thinking I have enough Valentine washi for the next year or two!!! ;0)  So a big thanks to her for picking them up for me!!

Fun shopping weekend for my PIC and myself with lots of projects in mind using our new items! Thanks to DH for being our Cuber Driver once again... (Cuber means he is our Crafting Uber Driver)....  Next show we will be attending is in Chantilly, Va and that is the largest show of the year for us. It is in June so we can start saving up for that!  TFL

Saturday, February 8, 2020

More Valentine Treat Holders for 2020

Finished up the treat holders for the Valentine treat bags I made and these are the last of them. First is a small heart box made using the My Creative Time Heart Treat Box die:

These little boxes are die cut in one piece and all you have to do is die cut it out, add tear and tape to the flap, and crease on the score lines and you are done. The die set has the box piece as well as a separate heart piece - which I used to cut out the printed card stock scraps - and it also has the "LOVE" word die. To keep the heart box closed I used a small circle punch to put the twine through to tie the box closed. In some of the boxes I have Hershey kisses and other boxes have Dove milk and dark chocolate candies. Very easy box to put together and another good use for small print scraps.

This next treat holder is the Hershey Bar Treat Holder for a regular sized Hershey bar. I used the same card stocks from the paper pad I picked up at Hobby Lobby that I had used for most of my other Valentine treat holders. Here is a photo of the paper pad:

Here is a photo of a couple of the Hershey Bar Treat Holders I made:

and a better photo of one of these:

I used a piece of 6x6 printed card stock ** and scored this at 1/2 and again at 3 1/4" Creased the scored lines and added tear and tape to the side flap and again at the bottom. Closed the holder and used the crimper for the bottom of the holder. Used a pencil and marked the center of the holder at the top and used a 1/4 circle punch to make the holes for the ribbon - I punched through the front and the back of the holder at the same time so the ribbon holes match. Cut the ribbon to approx 19 inches (use 22 if you want a bow) to put around the candy bar lengthwise. Slide the candy bar and ribbon into the holder and pulled the ribbon through the front and back holes and tied it in a loose knot. All you do is pull on the knot or bow and the candy bar will come out of the holder. (** Some of my treat holders the printed card stock I used have a directional pattern - be sure you have your holes at the right end of your treat holder so your design is not upside down -- esp in the above photo the card stock has a script pattern on it under some of the flowers).

To decorate the front I die cut "LOVE" using the love word die from the My Creative Time Heart Treat Box die set and I used TomBow to put that onto the front of the treat holder.  Added two red crystal hearts from the stash to finish them up. Easy treat holder to put together since you just need your score board.  These were the last of the Valentine's Day treat holders I made.... now onto Easter projects.... but first??? Have to clean the craft room.... again....  ;0(   TFL