Father’s Day Cards 2014

Hi Crafters!! I was planning to make a name tag for June, but I skipped card class and totally forgot about it. That craft may be done, but there are a couple of years worth, here on the blog. Hopefully, they are tagged, Name Tags.

One of my favorite crafters, Brenda Keenan made this beautiful card and I knew that I had to have these Banner dies.

I was really down to the wire making my cards knowing they will be delivered 2 days after I drop them at the PO. The PO has changed their pickup time to earlier in the day! No one told me…I’m sure my cards will be delivered on Monday, the day after the holiday.

I made my own pattern paper by stamping the wheat image all over a piece of brown card stock, in Crumb Cake ink with 2 generation stamping. I stamped full strength and next to it, the second generation without reinking the stamp. This actually took 2 pieces of CS. And I really should have stamped this Vertically, with the card stock in Portrait mode. I ended up piecing bits together and it worked out okay, since the banners covered the seams. My Father sentiment wouldn’t fit on the banner in the right direction, so I used it pointing the other way and my base banner pieces were already glued down. Sometimes…you just have to roll with it!

For the inside, I used the Stampin’UP! Oval dies, the largest smooth oval ? and stamped the goose from Wetlands in Costal Cabana ink and wrote my message with an American Crafts marker in Denim, the fine point was/is dry, so I used the medium tip and it wrote beautifully.

I used the same AC marker to write on my envelopes with, these blue envies came from Wal-mart in the variety box of pastel colored envelopes.


Father’s Day Notepads

Hi Crafters!! Erin Lincoln did this Notebook , for a recent Make It Monday @ Papertrey Ink. I did not get to play, but knew this would be a great quick gift I could do to make for my Father’s Day treats.


I started with some Georgia Pacific white 110# card stock, cut down to 5 1/2 x 2 3/4 inch rectangles for my pages. I chose 2 similar colors of Stampin’UP! ink and stamped on every piece of CS alternating with a light color on one panel and a dark color on the next panel, stamping 2 cards with the same image as I went. I loved the stamping so much, that I didn’t even make a cover for my note pads! And I literally didn’t have time for covers, so perfect!!

The Nautical one was for DH and the first one I did, and the stamps were bigger or I just filled the space better. The second one was the Rock Music one and some of the stamped panels felt odd or missing something, so it got sentiments to fill the gaps in my stamping and I loved it.

If the main image was stamped in a dark color ink, I used the light ink for the sentiment or another image. And visa-versa, when the image was in a light ink, I used the dark ink for the sentiment. As I went on, it became obvious that the cards with the dark sentiments really popped and so after the first 2 or 3 notepads, I started stamping all of the sentiments in the darker ink. This is how my projects evolve, always… And I started creating some in the landscape mode too. I quickly realized I could do these in any theme or cater them to a specific person with their hobbies/likes/employement/retirement, etc.

Once all of the stamping is done, you bind the stamped card stock pieces together. I used strips of old T-shirt material cut at 1/2 inch wide and 12 to 15 inches long. Wrapped them around the stack as many times as it would go and, still let me, tie a bow. The top of the pad has to be level, so I tamped the top edge down on my work surface several times. Squirted out a pile of Elmer’s all purpose glue, in an artist’s tray or on your glass cutting mat, and dipped the tip of my index finger in it and spread it across the tops of the pads. Let them dry completely. And add another layer of glue. I added 2 to 3 layers. I felt this was sufficient. I had so much fun making these and I’m already working on some girlie ones!

Enjoy!! My Note Pad Video

Father’s Day Banner 2014

Hi Crafters!! Father’s Day almost didn’t happen. For Shame! And we’re a bit broke…well, I insisted on something. We usually eat out and for 6 and 1/2 people, it can get expensive, but this is what is easiest for all of us. The kids all work, I’m exhausted and finding time to put on a big shin dig is hard to find. I thought we could just do sandwiches and I would toss together one of those easy Angel Food cakes with cool whip, blueberries and strawberries, some chips and carrots, olives, etc.

Jon, our son, didn’t like the idea of sandwiches, so he got Papa Murphy’s pizzas with a 2 liter coke and cheesy bread, they were delicious. Amber had to work! Katie, our daughter, made home-made chocolate pie and it was so yummy. Cody stayed home. I did do the angel food cake layer thingie and it’s always good.

I made a quick Banner Sunday morning, which I felt was imperative, DH has had a lot of stress at work and I wanted him to feel appreciated. He is our Super Hero…our being, All of Us, our 2 kids, their spouses, 1 grand baby and Me. He works rediculous hours for his job and then comes home and has to find time to mow the grass or fix whatever has decided to fail in or on the house!

(You can click on the picture to see it better)


I used the Stampin’UP! Banner Framelit dies, the largest die and cut 15 pcs. The largest Spellbinders Inverted Scallop Circle die, and Spellbinders standard circles 5th one up. Choosing colors is hard for me, so I pulled a Blue pack of Recollections out of my paper cabinet and used the colors in the pack, which made this easy for me to get started and not be fretting over colors. I went from Dark to light, knowing my Sizzix Serif Alpha letters would be black.

I use Sugar and Cream cotton yarn as my string, it’s very sturdy and one strand will do it. I took my yarn to the cabinet and roughly measured how many feet I needed to span = 15 feet and added another almost 2 feet. I double the yarn over at the ends about 6 inches and tie it off. I can then use this loop to hang on the edge of something like a door frame. In this case, I used a couple of table cloth weights on each end to hold the banner in place. They feel like they are made out of lead, my brother bought them for me one year at Cracker Barrel for my birthday.

I stapled the banner to the yarn, which did not work well, the yarn kept slipping out of the back of the staples and I ended up securing it with packing tape on the backs of the banner pieces. Then came in again with the stapler and x made a criss cross with them. Next time I think I will just stitch them with the sewing machine.

Kristina Werner Stamps/Dies Giveaway

Hi Crafters!! I’ve got lots to share and just haven’t had time to post. We’re in full swing of Summer. I have upgraded to 2 days with our baby, but my hip still isn’t liking it, at least my leg doesn’t feel like it’s going to fall off and a couple of Alleve’s really do help. After a couple of week of coloring cards at my huge work station in the craft studio, I’ve come to realize, I’m going to have to make better arrangements for sitting and coloring cards.

In the meantime….Kristina has a great giveaway going on at her blog of some stamps/dies/6×6 paper pads. It’s open for a few days and she will announce the 2 winners next week. Here is a link to that blog post.
Go Enter!

April’s 2014 SU Order & JoAnn’s

Hi Crafters!! Still playing catch up. Time still is escaping me. I have felt better with my hip, but that means doing more and hurting more. What’s a middle aged girl going to do?! Shop, I can still shop. LOL

For the month of April, I chose the Swallowtail Background stamp, Tempting Turquoise pad and re-inker, and 2 small stamping wheel cartridges (I still have not chosen what inks to put in them).

We’d gone to the Zoo this day and I wasn’t feeling very good after, ran in JoAnn’s to get a Snickers candy bar and decided to walk around and see what I could See. LOL I ended up with 2 Darice embossing folders, Sheet Music and Forest Background, and a House Mouse stamp distributed by Stampendous called, Warm Cup (I LOVE House Mouse!!! They are irresistible, just like the Penny Black Mice…and oh so fun to color!
I also snagged a $1.00 wood mounted sentiment stamp, I Love You to the Moon and Back by Studiog/Katie & Co. Enjoy!!

**There are 5 inks that you should not cross over from the old formulas to the new formulas. (a new re-inker to an old fabric ink pad or the other way around an old re-inker to a new foam ink pad)
They are: Basic Black, Basic Grey, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum and Tempting Turquoise. All other colors are fair game to mix and match.**

Just to get you started, here are some of Heather Telfords fabulous card art!
This is one of my favorites by Heather Telford

And this winter scene too…

Here’s a very interesting tutorial on how she does some of it!!

Congratulations Grads 2014

Hi Crafters!! My nephew Joseph graduated High School this year and I was so thankful that Split Coast Stampers had sent me a newsletter, with this card on the front. Standing Shapes Card Tutorial @ SCS

I love interactive cards.

This one moves on it’s own when you open it.

My card ended up being square because I had a mishap with my adhesive, that tore the top layer of the card stock on the inside and I just trimmed it down and rolled on. Time is always of the essence for me!! (flying by the seat of my pants) And there usually isn’t time to start over. That’s okay, I’m a Crafter, and I can make it work. LOL

Supplies: SU Razzberry Ripple and Recollections Red card stock, Water color paper (for hats and diploma, once stamped and colored I did glue another piece of water color paper behind the images and trimmed off the excess to give them more stability and swaying power, also punched circles that would hide behind the hats to cover up the red liner tape holding them to the lamination strips), Crayola washable markers and Aqua Painter, scraps of Lamination that were already sandwiched and heat set in the laminator (I save any scraps for these type of floating elements on my cards), Ranger Archival Jet Black ink.

Mar 2014 SU Order + JoAnn’s Haul

Hi Crafters!! I have fallen a little bit behind on posting some of my haul videos.


For March’s Stampin’UP! order, I chose the Kind & Cozy stamp set with matching Gingham wheel (standard size). They were a bit pricey together, but I knew I would not be happy if I got one and not the other. There are a few tips for how I use the stamping wheels. I was hostess and chose the background stamp, Wild Flower Meadow and matching Embossing folder. I didn’t do so hot applying my sticker to the stamp, but it is working fine. I was confused about which item is retiring, according to the ** beside them. But, I couldn’t find either one on the list!!

On the day in March I popped into JoAnn’s, all of the dies and embossing folders were 40% off. Thank You, JoAnn’s. I Love that! Especially, since you can not use your Coupon on the die cutting things any more. JoAnn’s has this type of sale day often In Store and Online….and it seems they rotate it to other various craft departments. I like this day, when I need sewing stuff too! LOL

I chose the Tim Holtz Embossing Diffusers, these are so Cool and I think they will help me use the embossing folders I have collected. I can’t seem to pass them up, when they are on sale. I’ve collected them from many places online and in store. Just like my die choices, I try to get things that will be timeless and work well within my crafting habits or needs.

I also choses one die, Tim Holtz Pocket Envelope. It is one of those 8 and 3/4″ inch dies. I do have one complaint, which I mis-spoke in my video. The bottom flap is 1/4″ inch and I really wish they would have taken an extra quarter inch from the top flap and added it to the bottom flap, so it would have been 1/2″ inch.

I will be using this envelope primarily, for seed sharing, and the tiny flap doesn’t seem like enough to me. During the filming of my video, I decided the solution may be, to tuck that bottom flap to the inside while assembling the envelope. I almost took this die back to the store, because if things don’t make sense to me and I’m not happy about it and can’t alter it, I’m never going to be happy about it. That’s just reality. Do I like that about myself? No, but that’s just how it is, it will nag at me because it’s wrong to my brain. It’s like the stamp animals with only 3 legs, it’s not right. There Are other great things about this die, like the recessed middle for the Movers and Shapers dies that can be inserted and it’s a nice size for seed packets and the magnetic spacer to keep your paper or card stock from getting creased while not using a mover and shaper die in the center. Although, you could certainly make an envelope yourself, by any means, and come back with a free standing die and cut a shape into the front of your envelope, for a little window that the seeds would show through.

Confetti Paper and Another way to use Name Tags

Hi Crafters!! Do you ever need some Confetti Paper to stuff in with a quick gift and a pretty tag?


It’s so easy! Cut your paper into strips. I like to cut my paper at 1/4″ inch strips with a big paper chopper. Roll the strips up into the palms of your hands, pull it apart and you have Confetti Paper. I used colored paper and some typing paper in this video. It’s a great filler for your homemade die gift boxes.

It’s also a great way to recycle that large packing paper that ships with your big dies. And a trendy way to share gifts in a large basket, line the basket with packing paper confetti and put your treat boxes on top.

***This craft is not for children, please be very careful while cutting your paper, it could easily be cut with scissors too***

I also used one of May’s name tags as the decoration on my Gift Bag…(paper lunch bag) and attached another video showing how to make the Confetti Paper. Enjoy!!

MFT Stamp and Die Sale May 2014

Hi Crafters!! Happy Memorial Day. Thank You to our USA Troops, for their dedication….service….and sacrifices, to protect our Freedoms and allow us the Pursuit of Happiness.

I just wanted to pop in and let you know there is a sale going on at My Favorite Things, as far as I can tell, these dies and stamps are available until they sell out. I have ordered 3 Pure Innocence and 3 a la modes, and 1 roll of blue wool felt for my Loopy Bloom die and I sure hope it cuts it. I was tempted to get card stock too, but I’d already ordered too much! Maybe next time. I’m not very satisfied with my Stampin’UP! card stock, it peels too easily at the corners.

MFT’s stamp sets are a very nice quality clear stamp product, I currently have 3 sets. So, I could not pass up these fun PI and a la modes retiring sets. I can’t wait to get them.

We’re having a HUGE Retirement Sale! 40 – 50% off more than 180 Stamps and Die-namics. Once they’re gone, they’re gone for good though so if there’s something on your wish list that you have to have, now’s the time to grab it! See all of the sale items. Enjoy!! (click on the words below)



May 2014 Name Tags

Hi Crafters!! Here are May’s name tags, done in a darling stamp by, Penny Black called, Garden Assistant. I did a fun thing with the word Mom, since all of my Mother’s Day stamps were to big for the 2 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ card. The m’s are from a stamp set by, the Paper Studio called, Sophie Alphas in SU’s Old Olive ink. The flower representing the “o” in Mom, was stamped with PTI’s Garden Variety II image, in SU’s Tempting Turquoise ink. Water color paper is magical to color on with Crayola washable markers and diluted with an aqua painter.