August 2014 Name Tags

Hey Crafters!! Make a Wish. little girl from My Favorite Things and the main sentiment from this set, Butterfly Kisses and Dandilion Wishes, stamped in Tsukineko’s Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics in E00, E95, E27, R59, R12, Y32, G07, YG25 and 0 Colorless blender if needed. The Paper Studio heavy white card stock cut to name badge size 2 1/2″ x 3 1/4″, from Wal-Mart. Enjoy!!

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.




MFT Haul Sept 2013

Hi Crafters!! I got a few more things from My Favorite Things! LOL Have I mentioned that I’m a die addict? I desperately needed the Large Metal Adapter plate/shim and MFT’s sale was too good to pass on the fabby Spider Web/w spider die, and Hibiscus die with it’s delicious leaf. I was really hoping the metal shim would make my Loopy Bloom die from MFT cut. It did not, but I’m soooo happy that it made my Cheery Lynn, French Pastry Doily die cut more than it’s normal 2 inch path. Awesome!

MFT dies included in this Video: Spider Web (spider included), Hibiscus (with center and leaf), Metal Adapter Plate (for wafer thin dies). And Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily.

As a side note, I’m going to be putting my metal shim under the large spacer plate in my die cutting sandwich because if you use your dies right on top of it, it takes on the impression of the backs of the smaller metal dies, as I quickly found out running some other brand dies through it with felt. MFT says this is normal and it will still keep working, I just think that eventually it would make it harder to go through the die cutting machine, once it becomes all wavy. Its sole purpose is, to make the die cutting sandwich thicker and stronger, to help thin dies cut better. So, for myself, I see no need to have it all marred up. The spacer plate is very sturdy and does not take on an impression from the dies. =D Win Win!!


July 2013 Card Making Supply Haul

Hi Crafters!! I am so tired. LOL I’ve been Pre-Fall, Spring Cleaning. Ha! Because I was selling birds and purchasing shelving for the random closets of chaos in Spring. Even though it was tough to go through all of my clothing and let go of a ton of it this past week, feels so good!! My husband inspired me by cleaning out his side of our main closet. We donated our unused clothing and shoes to the homeless shelter. I have this bad habit of hanging on to stuff, especially my stuff… I’m letting go of my Aviary, which has been a tough and long process, but necessary. I’m a genetics geek and spent the last 2 years breeding for multiple mutations within each nest box experience because I get bored with 1 color. But the bird people are so painfully unreliable in many aspects. So, I’m letting go…

Do you have something you need to let go of?? If I can do it, You can do it. When I was doing PT at a family work out center the consultant there really helped me understand how to succeed at my water therapy before I had lumbar surgery several years ago. He said the reason people can’t fulfill their new year’s resolutions, is because they go ALL in and wear themselves out, then it’s easier to quit than feel guilty about not doing the routine when life interrupts it. If you only make it 1 day the current week, still count it as a success and move on. Life happens and interrupts our routine, then you just get back on schedule the next week. This made perfect sense to me because I’m all in or all out. I can do routine well, but when it gets interrupted by something uncontrollable, I loose it. I’m using this knowledge to let go of whatever I need to……. As long as I’m thinking about it (planning my strategy), cleaning something related to it (moving, organizing or preparing it, taking photos), posting an ad for it, talking about it (saying it out loud to someone else), physically letting it go (taking it somewhere or watching it walk out the door with it’s new owner whether donated or sold), I count it all a success. One step, One Puzzle piece, One Day at a Time.

I have some fun products to share from Sizzix, the 3D canning jars die. Dies from the July Spellbinders release. Dies and stamps from My Favorite Things. Craft Haul Video Here20130827-154128.jpg

Edited to add: Embossing the Mat Board Video
And a little bit of Dumpster Diving discussion. People throw away lots of usable stuff everyday. As I share in my video, I was stopped by a local police officer several years ago, who told me it was perfectly legal. In many cases, you may need to ask permission. Many things need to be repaired. Obviously, don’t do it where you can get hurt, robbed, etc. Safety first, some dumpsters have broken glass in them, so be very careful. If I can, I try to visit the dumpster when the store is closed, but it’s still daylight. If they are there, they know you are there. I’m sure there is a camera, although I can not see it! LOL He watched me wrestle that large wood shelving into my Beetle even though I never saw him while I was in the parking lot. I’m constantly looking around to keep myself safe. Even though the man was sweet when we talked face to face, I think he threw away my good umbrella thats been MIA since that day…and then he offered to sit things outside the dumpster to appease me, but I haven’t see a single thing in weeks. It’s something else I need to let go of. 😉

I’m reposting about the craft store coupons for Michael’s Arts and Crafts, JoAnn’s Fabrics and Hobby Lobby, because it’s very useful information. I use the Michael’s tips all the time, I love using three 40% or three 50% off coupons at the same time!! Michael’s is being very tricky about their coupons, you have to click through to the site sometimes to find them. They used to be right on the email. They have a new thing recently, where they are sending “Daily Deals” for things on sale at a great discount. Don’t forget JoAnn’s has a mark up on some things, so really price check your dies for sure (Sizzix Pro dies have a $10.00 markup over mfg price) and maybe your other card making items too? Remember that they will price match, so if you find it at a better price somewhere else they will match it.