Misc Craft Stuff Mar 2014

Hi Crafters!! This is some fun stamp stuff from Hobby Lobby, Goodwill (of all places) and Wal-mart. Some small clamps from my hubby, Hello Kitty magnetic refrigerator frame, Scotch Foam mounting tape, Hero Arts Poppy Background stamp, Stampin’UP! Express Mail stamp set in Spanish and Stampabilities Sewing. Enjoy!!

Greeting Card Sets for a Silent Auction

Hi Crafters!! Here are some fun projects, my daughter requested for a silent auction at her work. I chose to do 3 boxed sets following these instructions at Damask Love. Amber’s creations always come at the time I need them. LOL

But for some reason, Amber’s measurements for the lid, threw me. Cut Base @ 6 1/2 inch by 7 7/8 inch, Score @ 1 inch all 4 sides. Clear acrylic Lid Cut @ same 6 1/2 inch by 7 7/8, Score @ 1 inch on the left and score @ 7.8″ on the right. I thought this was going to leave a 1/8th inch overhang on some sides AND it does. Ugh… However, Amber’s photos do not reflect this at all, so I was really curious and commented on her blog. Everyone was so excited about this project, that they didn’t really get what I was asking about the extra 1/8 inch on 2 sides. Another crafter clarified that I was to score @ 1″ on the 6 1/2″ side and 7/8″ on the 7 1/2″ side. I was physically making the box and it clearly wasn’t working. Wah…So, I made tons of bases and lids in white card stock, and kept tweaking the measurements desperately trying to find the solution. Which, didn’t amount to a hill of beans in the end, because I didn’t have acrylic large enough to go by these new measurements for the lid anyway!! I know….over the borderline crazy, right?…my left eye twitching….and a lot of creative time out the window when I needed to get this craft done….(sigh). Have you ever purchased a pattern that just simply didn’t work because it was off?? The author has looked at it for so long and edited it so much, it has to be right, right? What I ended up with was 6 1/4″ x 7 1/2″, scored @ 7/8″ on all sides. It’s a snuggly fit.

It didn’t matter because I didn’t have acrylic big enough for those measurements. (crazy laughing) I did have acrylic packaging from some Cuttlebug cutting pads, so I cut the flat portion of the top out and layed my base box on it and figured out where to cut and score, for it to work for Me. So, the Thanksgiving set and the Christmas set are done with that. How I figured this out in desperation, was to measure the inner portion of the box lid from my tried and true measurements above done in white card stock, without sides = 4 1/2 ” x 5 3/4″ and I added 5/8″ twice to accomadate the sides, which gave me 5 3/4″ x 7″ to cut my lid with shorter sides, and scored all 4 sides at 5/8″ which is all I could get out of the top of the Cuttlebug cutting pad package and I had 2 pkgs to work with. My boxes for the Thanksgiving and Chrismas set were done like this and look much nicer than the Halloween set, which I just let roll because I was too tired and needed to get these things to Katie. I used score tape to adhere the corners of base box and clear lid. I was not happy with it showing through on the clear lid. Staples would have been better at best. I find that my red liner tape does not hold up over time or warm conditions, so I didn’t use it.

((Now that I’m typing this all out and I’m completely paranoid. Just for grins, I went back and Cut a Lid at 6 1/2 by 7 5/8, following Amber’s directions to a T…. score the left side side at 1 inch, score the right side at 7/8″ easy peasy, right? (this is the end of her instructions). I was curious what would happen if I did it again, turn the card stock one quarter turn and score left at 1″ and 7/8″ on the opposing side, then go trim 1/8th inch over hang off of both the 1″ scored sides, this fits the base box perfectly and the measurements for the lid should have been….. Cut @ 6 3/8 x 7 1/2, score all 4 sides at 7/8″. )) Really? Muhahahahahahaha (crazy, I think I need a drink…laughing) My oh My…. Why couldn’t I get this on the first go around?

Supplies used for Halloween Set: Misc. 65 lb card stock, Spider Web/spider My Favorite Things die set, sentiment from Hero Arts You Scare Me set.

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Supplies used for Thanksgiving Set: Misc. 65 lb card stock, Pilgrim hat from 2nd oval up from the bottom (Stampin’UP! Sizzix Framelits Ovals Collection 129381) for hat brim and the top of the hat is from an altered top of the Pilgrim hat box by LifeStyle Crafts using the original band and buckle. Stamps are Inkadinkado $1.00 mini sets Hey Pilgrim and Lets Talk Turkey (Halloween Asst.) I stamped Hey Pilgrim on the outside and Let’s Talk Turkey on the inside.

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Supplies used for Christmas Set: Misc. 65 lb card stock, Papertrey Ink Signature Series Snowman Die cut twice and arms layerd inside the 2 die cuts, which didn’t work too well. The arms shown through a bit. Next time I will glue them to the back of the bodies. I used the snowflakes and sentiment from PTI In The Meadow Set and also a Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder on the base card.

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A little bit of sponging on each set. And A2 envelopes made with AccuCut’s A2 envelope die from misc. colored paper to semi match the base cards.

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Here are the fun sewing projects Katie made:

Store bought tea towels in Green and Navy. She stamped with craft paint onto some scraps of fabric and stitched them to the tea towels. I love how these turned out!! Acrylic paint is tricky to stamp with your rubber or clear stamps, so I did do some touching up with a fine paint brush while the paint was still wet. Kate also made coordinating quilted coasters and a coffee cup cozy. The little rolled flowers were cut from craft felt with the Sizzix 3-D Flowers Bigz die. I cut a layer of card stock with the felt for a clean cut. And a casserole carrier from brown fabric. She did an outstanding job. I’m so proud of her.

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July-Aug 2013 Card Making Supply Haul

Hi Crafters!! Summer has winded down and Fall is upon us. It’s time to start on my Calendars for Christmas gifts! I have a new hard drive and I don’t think everything got transferred like it was said to have been, because some of my programs are not working. So, I’ve got to dig up the CDs and get them installed again, so I can print my calendars. As I become more busy and have less “me” time, I just don’t have the time to sit and compute. LOL Last years calendars were much lighter in photos, stamping and coloring than the previous few years. I do enjoy the stamping and coloring more than the hours at my desk inputting all of the holidays. I’m all in or all out, so I try to be as thorough as possible and add everything, from holidays and special events that people count on every year to birthdays. You will get a short glimpse of the 2012 calendar, which is an invaluable tool to all who receive it, especially for the birthdays. The coolest thing about my computer programs like Hallmark and Print Shop, is that once you enter the people and their birthday or anniversary, it automatically tells you how old everybody is or how many years they have been married, which I like for my card making.

I have a ton of stuff to share in this video, lots of Stampin’UP! stamps Harvest Blessings, Basic Black Reinker, ink pads in Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Bone Folder, Retired stamp sets Cottage Window and The Tea Shoppe, Sizzix Ovals die collection. Stampendous Raven Background stamp, Stampablities Be Strong clear stamp, Studio g $1.00 small alphabet stamp set. Stamps purchased from Sarah M’s blog, Hero Arts Halloween set called You Scare Me and Candy Jar Christmas by Waltzing Mouse. Stamps from Maureen P’s Blog, Verve’s Teachers Count with matching apple dies and 3 medallion stamps. Be sure to check out Sarah M’s Blog and Maureen P’s Blog, I love these girls and their projects!!Enjoy my Video Here

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A Birthday Card for My Man

Hi Crafters! My husband had his birthday in February. We had a quiet one this year, since I did a big party last year for his 50th. Our Fabulous daughter in law made dinner and dessert and it was just perfect. I wasn’t going to make a card because I just didn’t have time and I’m baby sitting our grand baby who just cut her 2 top teeth. So, it’s been WWF smack down almost every day, while she wrestled through it and I tried to keep her entertained. LOL This is about a 30 minute card and I got this “afternoon muse” stamp set for Christmas and I think a balloon ride would be so fun. So, this hot air balloon has been on my mind. And I said to myself just make some balloons and clouds and it worked out. I’ve learned that if a thought comes to mind, I just need to run with it. If I try to do something else, it just doesn’t turn out that good. Not that this is good, but you know what I mean, if you create cards. Especially, in a pinch of a 30 minutes before dinner, kind of thing!

As I was playing around with the arrangement of the balloons, it seemed a bit boring, so I used the Hero Arts Sentiments CL371, Happy Birthday, to stamp a background in SU’s Crushed Curry yellow ink. The balloons were stamped on Blue, Green and Orange colored card stock with Ranger’s Archival Jet Black ink and cut out. They seemed so flat, so I stamped on the tops again and cut them out, then applied them with poster foam to raise them up a bit. I should have gone for a 3rd layer of some sort, but there simply was not time. The balloon tops were sponged with some black ink from an old ink pad, which does not really show up in these photos.

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The clouds were punched with a Fiskars Medium cloud punch using blue card stock and sponged with SU’s Pacific Point ink. I also stamped the black birthday greeting where it seemed to fit well.

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Supplies Used:

Misc. Card Stock. Stampin’UP! inks in Crushed Curry and Pacific Point. Ranger Archival Jet Black ink. Scotch Poster Foam and ATG general double sided adhesive.

2012 Christmas Cards

Hi Crafters! This was my Christmas card. I ordered this stamp set & die combo from Hero Arts and Sizzix early so I would have it in plenty of time to make cards with. I love these reindeer in sweaters, they are such a hoot. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s, In The Meadow stamp set and I just felt like it was perfect conversation for deer in sweaters, talking about building a snowman. Ha! Ha! I stamped the sweaters in several different colors on colored card stock, then die cut them and trimmed them with scissors to remove the lines for the deer legs and body. I also used the trees and small snowflake, simply stamped without using the matching dies. I did 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation stamping with the small snowflake stamp on the front and on the inside of the card. I’m a heavy stamper and you can see my boo boo, the halo from the extra rubber, so this stamp go a little hair cut! LOL

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Different colored sweaters. The tree on the left is stamped in SU’s Old Olive first inked impression, then I huffed on the stamp and did a 2nd generation stamp to the far right and shifted the tree a little lower on the card base. I think this gave a lovely paler tree. I’m very pleased! The center tree was stamped in SU’s Going Green.

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A close up of the deer in a sweater.

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The snowman is from the same Papertrey Ink set, In The Meadow. The hill is stamped from a set called stitches ??, and it was curved on the block to mimic a hill.

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Oh! I finally found the video! Here

Deer Hunter’s Birthday Card

This is an 8 1/2″ x 11″ card, the back is scored (L) @ 3/8″ and adhered with ATG double sided tape. I use this Sizzix Reindeer die on so many cards! And I trim it down to take some of the elegance off of it. I take the round nose off, and I trim the bottom of the hooves to make it look more realistic and here I also cut off the antlers for the doe. The stamps used as brush behind the deer is one of Inkadinkado’s new sets called, Branches 65-32007, that is suppose to work with the stamping gear thingie. I loved these branches. They are stamped in SU’s Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Dusty Durango, Old Olive and Close to Coco, in that order starting with the lightest color. I also used the foliage stamp from Papertrey Ink’s Garden Variety stamp set, I use this stamp on all of my deer cards! LOL The sentiment is from Hero Arts 4×6 set CL371 on the die cut banner from the Stampin’UP! Petal Cone die.

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I used the Sizzix Scallop Pop Up die twice on the inside and trimmed it with a Spellbinders Circle die that was closest in size to allow me to cut off the scallops, since this is a Man’s card. I adhered one right side up and the other upside down, to give the illusion of different hill heights. I also used a smaller Spellbinders circle die to cut the inner mechanism of the Sizzix pop up portion to make it look more hill like. I also used a piece of a stamp from a Crafty Secrets stamp set, the one with the little girl holding that large bouquet of flowers called, Bouquets of Joy, the first one I got was faulty, where the polymer stamps were uneven and JoAnn’s replaced it and told me to toss the bad one, but I don’t throw anything away! So I trimmed the bottom of the bouquet and the smaller clumps of grass are the stems of the bouquet turned upside down and stamped as grass.

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The small deer silhouettes are from Papertrey Ink’s, In The Meadow die set, it also has a matching stamp set, but I didn’t use it here. I used quite a few tree dies from, Hero Arts/Sizzix Reindeer in Sweaters Stamp and Die combo set, Cuttlebug Pine trees 2×2 and trees from the Snowman 2×2 winter set. I am rarely very happy with my cards, but I really liked how this one turned out.

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This is how I trim the Sizzix Reindeer. The deer on the left is the original die cut. The deer on the right has been trimmed, nose and hooves.

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