Sunday, October 22, 2023

Road Trip

My PIC (stamping Partner In Crime) and I decided we would make our last craft show trip of 2023 this week to a stamping show in Sevierville, TN which is about a 6 hour drive from where we live. Since we were headed in that direction anyways on our way we stopped at the Repurpose store in Greensboro:

We shopped for about an hour and headed out to finish our trip - here is a photo of crafty items I picked up there:

We stopped for a quick lunch on our way I took some photos of the tree colours on our way:

We made it to Sevierville and the hotel the day before the show and all was well:

Before we found the hotel tho we stopped at the Scrapbook Superstore at the Governor's Crossing plaza:

The owner has two store fronts next to each other - one store has all the new products on the market and her second store front has all the clearance items from older collections, products, etc.  I had seen a couple of videos on YouTube from crafters who shopped this store and they show how many products both stores have. I shopped both stores but I bought items from the new products store:

This Christmas die set from Crafter's Companion makes three different style boxes all in one set:

This store has so much of everything -- racks and racks of card stocks and paper collections, kits, stencils, stamps, dies, trims, inks, tools, etc.. a definite must stop to shop in the area if you go -

For Christmas my DSD had made me Wizard of Oz ruby Crocks -- very sparkly in the sun.. I have worn these Crocks to a lot of places... my PIC liked them so my DSD made her a pair in her favorite colour purple and here is a photo of our Crocks we wore to the stamp show:

Here is a photo of the waterfall in front of the Convention Center where the show was:

When we decided to go to this show we had never attended before we knew it was going to be small but we were expecting 17 vendors but when we arrived there was only 16.... but at least Creek Bank Creations was there and we always shop their booth:

Creek Bank had a sale - buy 3 stamp/die sets and get a fourth free so I picked up 4 die sets and saved $16.95 there:

Picked up two white gel pens and a huge acrylic stamp block for $8.00 at the TooMuchFun booth:

Also at the Dies to Die for booth I picked up a couple of dies:

Loved the samples they showed with the Witch skirt/legs die set. The word die set says "Trick of Treat" and "Smell My Feet". My favorite tho is the top die set which is a melting snowman and here is a photo of their made up sample of this die set:

Happy to be able to shop the booth for Gina Marie Designs dies - here is what I bought:

An Easter basket die that has the woven piece with it and when assembled it is very dimensional. The word and shadow die says "thankful". She had a special at her booth that if you paid with cash you saved 10% on your purchase -- her booth was very busy.... the lady in front of me bought $300.00 worth of dies so she was happy.....  I also bought this for using paper napkins on my crafts:

That booth also sold all sorts of napkins in packs to make 8 cards and they also sold a kit that had this roller, ModPodge, and foam brushes -- but I only needed the roller so that is what I bought. They also sell everything on their website 

Also picked up a witch shaker die set from JillianVance:

Before we left the show I went back to Creek Bank and picked up two more items to bring home:

When we were done at the show we rode around a bit and came across this cute holiday porcupine:

He is made out of a bale of hay with the hay pulled out to look like his quills with straw to look like his feet -- cute. Here is a photo of a street sign:

Dollywood is not far from where the show was and all the tourist activities surrounded us. I will say there are NO street signs so finding any was a plus -- thinking with so many tourists they would have everything labeled but no - GPS is telling you to turn onto streets and none of them had signs so we had no idea where anything was....  Pretty Smokey Mountains so the scenery was nice. Headed back home and made it by midnight so we were happy -- ;0) 

Nice to be able to shop a great scrapbook store and then the show and to see all the products in person and not to just order something from an online store or Amazon. Happy with all I found and happy we were able to go to a show in person since these shows are far and few between now. Next show on our calendar is the show in Columbia, SC in February and that is a lot closer to us then this show so it is a day trip and we will not need a hotel.... which saves more money for crafting items!!  Thanks to our Cuber driver -- DH -- who says he is the Uber driver for us crafters....

Sunday, October 15, 2023

WF#9 Give Thanks Card #2

Used the WaffleFlower Kit #9 Give Thanks to make a second card using the cover  plate, stencil, and word die set from that kit. For this card I used the same distress inks for my leaves as I had on the first card I made. This time I stenciled the leaves on cream card stock rather than the white card stock I had used for the first card. I also used packing tape to add shine to my greeting words die. Here is the second card I made using this card kit:

For my greeting words I took a piece of clear packaging tape and put that on a piece of scrap green card stock. Went over the packing tape with a used gift card to be sure all tape was stuck to the green card stock piece. I used washi tape and taped the "give thanks" die to the packing tape piece and ran this through the die machine. For the shadow piece to this die I used vellum again. Once those two were die cut I then die cut two pieces of cream card stock using the "give thanks" die. Stacked all my word dies using liquid glue and then glued this stack to the vellum. The extra word dies will give this piece dimension on the card front. Set this aside to dry. 

Cut my cream card stock to the size I would need for the leaves cover plate die and die cut that. Stenciled the leaves over the die cut piece using distress inks and blender brushes. In between colours I wiped the stencil off using a dry paper towel. Left the stencil in place and used gold shimmer mist on a clear stamp block with my fan brush and splattered the gold shimmer over the leaves. With that done I removed the stencil and washed that off to remove any ink or gold shimmer from the stencil. 

Cut and scored a piece of card stock for the card stock base for my card with the scored line at the top of the card. Lifted up the edges of the leaves on the card front. Used liquid glue and added the leaf card front to the card base. Used liquid glue and put the "give thanks" greeting on the card front. Added small gold gems to the front of the card for some sparkle and shine. Here is a better photo to show the shine on the die cut greeting using the packing tape:

and a photo to show the two cards together - one using gold foiled card stock for greeting and card front and the other using the packing tape over scrap card stock:

and the shine both cards have:

Another fun card to put together in steps using the WaffleFlower Kit #09. The packing tape is easy to do but remember your die piece can only be as high (or wide) as the width of your clear packing tape is. It is a quick technique to add shine to a die cut piece without the process of heat embossing. 

Dressed to BOO Card

Recently bought the Boo Die Set from  and wanted to make a free standing card using this die set. Here is a photo of the die set and all it includes:

This die set has eyes for a boy ghost and eyes with lashes for a girl ghost. The bow set included in this die set can be a bow tie for the boy and a hair bow for the girl. Here is my free standing BOO card I made using this die set:

I die cut a piece of white glittered card stock from the stash using the ghost die piece. Then I cut and scored at the top a piece of white card stock for my card base. I placed the ghost die on this card base piece with the top of the ghost die just over the fold of the card base and I used washi tape to hold this in place so I could die cut it:

With the die placed over the edge of the fold that means the fold would not be cut in the die cutting machine so I would have a solid front/back piece for my ghost card base. Here is a photo to show the glittered card stock and card base cut out using the ghost die:

I used liquid glue and glued the glittered card stock ghost onto the ghost card stock base and set this aside to dry. Using the Candy Cane Alphabet die set by I cut out the word "BOO" using solid black card stock scraps. Then I cut those letters out of glittered orange card stock. Again using liquid glue I put the black and orange letters together and set those aside to dry. 

Used scrap prints for her bow and I cut that out. Layered that onto scrap white card stock to make the bow sturdy. Used black foil card stock for her eyes and mouth pieces. Put the "BOO" letters on the front of the glittered ghost using Glossy Accents. Also used that adhesive for her eyes and mouth. I put the bow together and put that at the top of the ghost as a hair bow. Here is a photo from the side of this card to show how the card base is one piece with the scored line at the top:

For the inside greeting I used a stamp I recently bought from by Riley and Company:

I stamped in in black ink on orange card stock and cut this out using a Hero Arts oval die. The stamp says:

There are two times of year ... Halloween and Waiting for Halloween.

Here is photo of an older card from my stash with this ghost die cut on top of it to show this ghost will easily fit on the front of an A2 card and it will also fit in an envelope for an A2 card:

I had never ordered from before so was happy to come across her online shop. Happy me she lives in 2 towns away from me so when I ordered my Boo die set it was here in 2 days!! YAY for that! Fun card to put together and this die set easily cut through the white glittered card stock as well as the heavier white card stock I used for the card base - even the scallops at the bottom of the ghost die! Fun card for BOO Day!

Saturday, October 14, 2023

WF#9 Give Thanks Card

No scrapbooking/stamping stores near me - used to shop at Hobby Lobby but now they seem to be turning into another furniture/decor store. . .  I used to belong to the Small Die of the Month club at Spellbinders but all you received was their pick of the small die for that month. With no local stores I decided I wanted monthly inspiration that was not just a die in the mail . . .   Had seen was starting a monthly kit for $29.99 and each month it is a different theme or holiday. They send you multiple items in their monthly kit -- from a die, to a stencil, to shaker cups, pre printed sentiments, and tools - be it one of their new blender brushes, one of their grid mats, etc.. So far the favorite kit I received was their Bunny Ears kit:

The kits over the past months have been for birthdays, cakes, balloons, then animals, and various other themes. This card I made is from Kit #09, Give Thanks:

In this kit was the Pop Up Leaves cover plate die, the leaves stencil, the "give thanks" die and shadow die. First I die cut the "give thanks" from gold foil card stock, then die cut it twice from scrap white card stock for the layers, as well as the vellum shadow piece. Once everything was cut out I used liquid glue to layer these pieces together. Set this aside to dry. 

Cut and scored at the top a gold piece of card stock. Then cut out a piece of the gold foil card stock for the full front of the card. Put that on card base using liquid glue and set it aside to dry. Cut down a piece of white card stock for my stenciled panel. Ran this through the die cutting machine with the Pop Up Leaves cover plate. Once that was done I laid the stencil over this piece and was ready to stencil the leaves in different colours. My first layer over all the leaves was the Mustard Seed distress ink using a blender brush. This is the only colour I used on all the leaves.  Leaving the stencil in place I wiped off the extra ink off the stencil and switched to another distress ink, Barn Door. I put this colour on only parts of the leaves. Wiped off the stencil again and switched to another distress ink, Mowed Lawn. Again I put that on only parts of the leaves. Wiped off the stencil again and switched to the last distress ink, Carved Pumpkin. I lightly added that colour here and there to the leaves. Wiped off the stencil again and decided to add gold glitter splatters to the card front. 

With all the colours of the leaves and some of the leaves can be popped up for dimension I decided when I added the gold splatters that I only wanted this on the leaves and not all over the card front so I kept the stencil in place. Spritzed three squirts of the gold shimmer mist onto a stamp block and I used my fan brush to add the splatters to the leaves:

Here is a photo to show the shine from the splattered shimmer mist on the leaves:

Once I splattered the gold shimmer mist onto the card front over the stencil I lifted up the stencil and washed that off before the inks or shimmer mist dried on the stencil. With that washed and dried I then put liquid glue behind the stenciled leaf panel and I glued this to gold foil front of the card. I used the gold foil behind this pop up panel since you can see this foil when you pop up the leaves on the card front:

Then using liquid glue again I put the "give thanks" greeting on the front of the card. Added a few gold gems from the stash and the card was complete. Very easy card to put together and a good kit for inspiration. Here are the items I used:

Between the inspiration sheet they send with the kit, there are YouTube videos featuring these monthly kits so lots of ideas to use these monthly arrivals to the craft room. Happy to have this arrive each month!

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Stitched Fall Card

Used the new Stitched Pumpkins and Stitched Gourd die sets from Lawn Fawn to make my Fall cards. I also used various scored card stock bases from the stash for the cards. Here is a photo of one of the cards I made:

I cut all the white card stock front pieces for the cards. Sponged a light blue ink around the edges. Used a grass border die from my stash and cut the grass border from green card stock. Adhered that to the card front. Used scrap card stocks for all the pumpkins/gourds and assembled those. Used a fence die from my stash for the wooden fence piece. This die die cuts and embosses the fence:

With all the fence pieces die from recycled card board I sponged them with brown ink. I used tear and tape and put the fence pieces onto the card fronts.For the corn stalk piece (a die I used from a Greetery die set) I wanted those to be more sturdy since the die cuts such small details on the stalks. I used a file folder from the stash and die cut all the stalks. Used my pouncers to cover them with ink - and I layered each of the ink stalks with two plain stalk die cuts for dimension. I put these onto the fence pieces using liquid glue:

Used pop dots and added the pumpkins and gourds by the fence. Used a small EKSuccess leaf punch and punched out the leaves and sponged the edges of those for dimension. Used liquid glue and put the leaves all over the card front. Used the ATG and put the card fronts onto the card bases:

Looked through my wooden stamp stash and found a stamp for the inside of the cards:

Fun cards to assemble and good use of all my card stock scraps. Each card looks different depending of the colour I used for the card stock base and the pumpkin/gourd colours. 

Jack-O-Lantern Treat Holder

Recently bought the Jack-O-Lantern die set from My Creative Time to make treat holders for BOO Day (Halloween).  This die set makes a tag but MCT also sells a die that makes this tag into a treat holder. That die set has two pieces that can be used to make their mason jar die set and this tag die set into treat holders. I had bought the MCT mason jar die set and this "Create A Treat Bag" die set earlier for projects I am working on. When this Jack-O-Lantern die set was released I picked one up. Here is a photo of the treat box I made using this newly released die set:

This Jack-O-Lantern die set cuts the grove at the top of the pumpkin as well as the lines that are on the pumpkin for dimension. Since I was going to use this die to make a treat holder I die cut two pieces of the pumpkin - one for the front (face) of the holder and the second piece is for the back. This die set has the eyes, nose, and mouth pieces all on the same die set piece so no small die pieces to have to search for on the work table. With my pumpkin pieces die cut I then die cut the face pieces from mirrored black card stock. To be sure my face pieces would be straight on my pumpkin face I used scrap white card stock and cut out a pumpkin piece. Then I taped the face pieces die on that white piece and die cut that out:  This will be my template for my face pieces:

With the face template die cut I laid it on top of the front pumpkin piece for my treat holder:

With the template in place I then used liquid glue to adhere these pieces to the pumpkin face:

Took the template piece off and the pumpkin face pieces were in place. Set this aside to dry. I decided since this pumpkin die set cuts the lines in the pumpkin pieces that I wanted to make a sturdy treat holder so I would have to line the front and back pumpkin pieces with matching card stock. I laid the pumpkin pieces onto matching card stock and cut a square around them. Used liquid glue and adhered the pumpkin pieces to the square of card stock. Set them aside to dry. Once they were dried I used scissors and cut around the pumpkin shapes. Used matching ink and sponged the edges of my pumpkin pieces. 

For the handles I cut two handles from the mirrored black card stock and two handles from solid black card stock. Used liquid glue to layer those. This way both the front pumpkin and the back pumpkin have handles. Before I glued the handles onto the pumpkin pieces I glued on the oval rings that are for the top of the pumpkins. Then I glued the handles on the pumpkin pieces. Set those aside while I die cut the box insert die to make these pumpkins into a treat holder:

I used tear and tape to adhere the box die cut piece to the front and back pumpkin pieces for the treat holder. With that done I used black and white ribbon from the stash and tied a small bow for the front of the pumpkin. Used hot glue to add that to the pumpkin.  

Put the white template pumpkin face piece with the die for storage for future use. This face die can be used with and without the nose piece so another option there:

This Jack-O-Lantern die set has four pieces and the treat holder came together easily. If you do not use the face die piece this treat holder can also be used for Fall or Thanksgiving treat holders as well - add die cut leaves or a small die cut turkey, etc.. Cute treat holder for BOO Day!