Dec 2015 Name Tags

Hey Crafters!!  December’s name tag is finally here.  LOL. It really snuck up on me.  If you’re reading this post in an email, pop over to my blog for a 10 minute video at the bottom of this post.

I’ve used Papertrey Ink’s Poinsettia stamp set with Stampin’UP! Pacific Point dye ink and a couple of Crayola washable markers in blue to create this month’s tag. If you subscribe to my blog, you know this is one of my favorite techniques to do and I call it Faux Water Color. 😉


It’s Fun!  It’s Artistic!  And…It’s Easy!  Enjoy!



PapertreyInk, Poinsettia Stamp set (small poinsettia).

The Paper Studio, Months of the Year (December, masked off for Dec).


Ranger Archival Jet Black (Dec).

Stampin’UP! Pacific Point, dye.


Crayola washable markers in Dark blue and Light blue.  Fine point Sharpie in black for writing my name on the tag.

Gift Cards at the 11th hour Dec 2012

Hey Crafters!!  We purchase several gift cards because it’s easy shopping for us and it lets the recipient buy exactly what they want and will use.  It’s a win-win for both parties.  And we love that! 

This one for my Amazing husband, a man who has worked  every day for 33 years at his job to provide for our family no matter how tired, sore or injured he is.  Rarely to never complains about anything.   Would live on Mac-n-cheese or Grilled Cheese every day if that’s what I served.  Makes sure everyone is comfortable no matter what or where we are or who is with us.  Opens every door for me, car (especially in the rain, I say go open your own door and get in!), truck, restaurant, etc. and has for me since I was 15 years old (I’m 52).  He fixes everything that breaks down.  And gives me his money when people send him money for various occasions!  Instead of spending it on himself.  He spent his Christmas gift  money on our grand baby Maddex this year and I gifted him my Christmas money  because of all his dedication and kindnesses.  

This was a precut pocket made from 11 X 17 inch thin card stock from Staples, I found in my stash.  Originally cut with LifeStyle Crafts Treat Pocket die.  Taylored expression Birch tree accessories (buck), Cottage Cutz deer (doe), Impression Obsession Birch Tree (trees and cardinals).  All doodled on with Copics, Black Bic Mark it for the eyes, a tiny dot of white acrylic paint for a highlight on the Buck’s eye and red cardinal’s eye.  Movers and shapers Sizzix tree die cut, split the light green one and layered them on the backs of the dark green ones.  All adhered with Glossy Accents (acid free glue).   Stampin’UP!  Tag and punch (from a previous season or two, I always save the extra for quick use later).

  By 11pm Christmas Eve, I was so tired I thought to myself I’m going to fall down if I don’t go lay down.  LOL. I started digging through a big drawer in my craft room of pre made things that are really just left over projects that didn’t get used. And dug these out for some other gift cards.  Perfect!!  They are stamped in some white ink with Papertrey Ink’s In the Meadow Stamp set and the envelopes are a LifeStyleCrafts cookie cutter die called Treat Pocket.  I’ll add a link to an older video of how I cut these with 8 1/2″ X 11″ card stock, because this treat pocket die really requires 12 inch paper.  You can skip to the end of the video for this information.  

Papertrey Ink MIM # 162

Hi Crafters!! It’s PTI’s Make it Monday with Melissa!! She made pie charts with the TeePee dies from Papertrey, but I don’t have those dies. So, I improvised with Sizzix/Hero Arts set (called ???) it’s 657780 the Reindeer in Sweaters set. I used the large and medium tree to cut scraps of patterned paper, in blues, greens, golds, book print, tans, pinks and purples, taped them al together in a pie chart shape with scotch tape.

I decided to cut this pie in half and glued one half to the top of my blue card base and the other half to the bottom of my card base. Then I cut the PTI Hexagon Cover Plate in white card stock and glued that over the pie pieces. It wasn’t as dynamic as I thought it would be, so I dressed it up with some PTI buttons stamped in a bunch of different inks from Stampin’UP! The buttons were elevated on scotch mounting foam. And Done…

(Edited to add, I post dated this post, but failed to add my card to the inlink….it’s just one of those months)


Masculine Birthday for Guitar Enthusiast and Photographer

Hi Crafters!! My lovely daughter Katie, requested a card for a man that plays guitar and enjoys photography. My initial thoughts were, to make 2 cards, one geared toward Guitars and the other toward Photography. I like choices and I think it’s more fun, if Katie can pick which she likes better.

I assumed this card was for a friend in Cody’s Band. I was wrong. LOL It was for a co-worker! And I didn’t leave much, if any room, for signatures and well wishes. Doh!!

The card became so involved, that it was the only one I made, since I ran out of time. When I get ready to create, I pull the products I have collected that relate to the theme, I jokingly call, “flavor”. I pulled the Photo Camera dies from AccuCut Craft, that were identical, but I altered one of them by removing that large hole in the middle and the peep rectangle, because they didn’t have an album builder die in this style camera. I usually score 1/2″ on the left side and glue my additional camera pages to the back of the Front one. This time, I decided to add 1/2″ with a fold just inside the cut line, for a hinge. I like this much better, it allows the whole camera to show. And I just folded the extra 1/2″ inch to the back side of the card and I don’t have a photo for that, sorry. So, lets get to it……

Here is the Front of the card (the “original” photo camera from the AccuCut die) cut in black. I have used 2 Spellbinders standard circle dies to make a frame for the lens opening, which barely fit it. The corner stamps is from Glitz afternoon muse stamp set, the vertical hand grip (from AccuCut Potholder and Spatula die) and the SU word window punch were all inked with Embossing ink and embossed with clear embossing powder and heat set. The guitar and stars are from Stampabilites Rock Star set, center sentiment from PTI Shutterbug Special and stamped in Ranger Archival jet black ink.


This is the inside of the front cover. I took the Spellbinders film strip die, which has 3 openings, and cut it into individual openings. I had originally stamped and assembled this with the 3 openings, with 2 different sets of images, for 2 strips. They just would not fit friendly enough on this camera panel, hence the trimming them down and adding some cream paper behind them to make them pop. And I LOVE how they turned out. To make them seem a bit more like negatives, I used Stampin’UP! Dusty Durango for a sepia tone. Images are from TH Stampers Anonymous City Central and Recollections Going Places.


When you open the Front of the camera (this page was cut with the “altered” photo camera die from AccuCut. I typically decorate each page with a circle frame around the center and prob. should have on this panel, but instead I reached for a camera die cut from Papertrey Ink’s Shutterbug Special, with it’s cute little pull out piece, and stamped a camera from Inkadinkado, make sure to capture the “say cheese” part, then doodled a little bit on both of these smaller cameras with a Crayola washable maker in the lightest blue. The (eye) and sentiment below it are from TH SA City Central. Capture the memories is from PTI SBS too. Happy Bday is from The Paper Studio, birthday cupcakes set.


Now for the big photos. LOL This got a bit out of hand, but so it goes! I started pulling masculine stamp sets like, Need for Speed, Zoo Review, A Light Unto My Path, all from SU for the vehicles-lighthouse-animals. Stampendous Rock Out for the drum set and American Crafts Sing Along for the radio and the music notes and word Music are from Stampabilities Rock Star set(again thinking this was for a friend in the band….) LOL I stamped random images around on this panel first. I was thinking surely I have some kind of “frame” die, but I don’t. So, I just doodled some frames with my handy Sharpie pen, using a piece of water color paper in a couple of different sizes (traced around them) and it seemed a bit messy. So, I added some squiggly lines over the straight lines and I really like how they turned out. I did have to do a little bit of masking for the photos behind, like the giraffes and I bobbled with one of the giraffe images, but I did not have time to start over!! And just hoped people wouldn’t notice. hmmm….

The word Travel is from Recollections Going Places. * Would you believe, I stamped it upside down!!! In my haste to hurry? So that it how the Travel and Music ended up on little panels with ink added to the edges from SU Close to Coco ink. The little stamps that say, Photo and Date are from PTI SBU set used throughout this project.



Valentine’s Day Card Glittered Cupid

Hi Crafters!! This was originally a contest at PTI. Crafter’s either didn’t get the posts in their mail boxes or they were burned out. When I went to the inlinkz at 6 pm-ish, only 39 cards were posted and it said there were still 6 days to upload thumbnails of projects? I was so concerned with letting PTI know things were unusual. Every time I checked it there were no more entries and I failed to post mine.

Today’s challenge was to make a card with a matching envelope and go crazy, this would be hand delivered. Catch Niclole Heady’s Post Here You have until 7am Saturday to play!!

I used 5 dies for my card and envelope. My card bases were made by die cutting 2 AccuCut background hearts. I scored the bottom pink heart (aka the inside of the card on the left @ 1/2″ inch and adhered the top heart cut in patterned paper. All card stock used on this project were from that Recollection Valentine’s paper packs, except the black die cut with the Papertrey heart border die, 9 of those hearts fit perfectly across the card front. The scrolly heart is a Sizzix Frame w/Heart die and the little cupid die is from Sizzix too. I layered 2 die cuts together for the glittered one and used Elmer’s all purpose glue to add some Martha Stewart chunky red glitter.

The Envelope die is from Sizzix, it’s a Pro die and so fun! But remember if you were mailing this, it would cost extra at the post office, but would mail for normal postage if you put it in a larger envelope that mails for 1 stamp, as long as it does not exceed the weight for 1 stamp. Today’s card surely would, since I made the envelope out of Card Stock. I just felt the card would be safer and especially that cupid full of glitter.

I’m running behind today and needed 2 cards, so I did this card and envelope twice. One for our grand baby and one for my husband.

The inside was stamped with Stampin’UP!, Wacky Wishes (Happy Valentine’s Day) in SU Real Red. I added a pink cupid to the envelope. A post mark stamp that is from ?? set. And added 1 little pink heart from the PTI heart border stamp to coordinate with my red, pink, black theme.




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.




31st Wedding Anniversary, Ship Card

Hi Crafters!! June 26 was my wedding anniversary of 31 years. I bought him a hunting camera to double as his Father’s Day and Anniversary gift, he was thrilled and I’m so glad. I’m not that good at shopping for manly tools. haha Here is what he got me, a “try scuba” lesson, that was so cool:


The card I made my husband was inspired by an AccuCut Craft die called, Ship’s wheel. I wish I had the die, and it is so time consuming to piece meal and I’m not even sure it was worth it in the end. LOL It certainly could have been better. My husband is so gracious, that he loves it anyway. When I saw this die in the 2009-2010 catalog, my sentiment came to my mind instantly, Come Sail Away With Me… I knew I had to make a Captain’s wheel and what is wheel without a boat? What is a boat without a sail? What’s a sail without a Mast? Yes, it just snowballs like that!! Not thrilled with my sail, but at midnight, I was not going to worry about it and rolled on.

Front of wheel:

Back of wheel:


First I cut my circle frames by taping 2 Spellbinders circle dies together (Standard Circles Set, Largest die and 3rd one down cut together, smallest die and 3rd one up cut together, taped to card stock with painters tape. I already knew I could use the Sizzix Lattice die oval throw away pieces for the decorative shape on steering poles of the wheel. Then I scouted some alpha dies and remembered the Papertreyink word dies and found the shaped I needed in the “o” of holiday from Wonderful Words Holiday dies set, for the tips of steering handles. This shape could have been just a smidge bigger, but I felt it worked fine. I cut the bar pieces at 1/4 inch wide by 4 inches long and ended up cutting them in half at 2 inches (8 pieces in total of each shape), sponged all of these little intricate pieces with SU’s chocolate chip dye ink and glued them to the wheel with glossy accents.

For inspiration of the boat I relied on my 4×4 Quickutz die of a ship. When ever I make patterns for anything, I take a piece of paper and rough sketch an outline, then fold the paper in half right down the center and use the side I like better to cut the whole image, while folded. Then you can trim and make adjustments from there. I went through 2 pieces of scratch paper to get it right.

I used a Tim Holtz wood grain embossing folder to impress the whole ship from the top edge and from the bottom edge, until the whole thing was filled with embossing. The only sensible place to make the fold, was the bottom of the card, this card is 16 1/4 inches tall by 10 1/2 inches wide. LOL
The waves are made with a Sizzix strip die called Giant Scallops, but I used the piece left over after you cut the scallop strip, it makes great waves. The dark blue waves were made with a Martha Stewart edge punch (? one of the very first ones). Embossing pen smeared on my finger tips and swiped across the sail and embossed with copper embossing powder and the heat gun. The mast is a 2 inch wide strip, scored at 1 inch and folded in half with glossy accents to hold it shut, it was glued and stapled to the back of the card, the captain’s wheel is glued inside the front page of the card. A quickutz shell die from the Relax set was used at the top of the Mast, for lack of a better thing to use. LOL
Inspirations and pieces:

The whole ship:


Papertreyink June 2013 Blog Hop Challenge

Hi Crafters!! It’s time for Papertreyink’s June 2013 Blog Hop Challenge, Touch of Gold. I used all of the colors from the inspiration photos. This is an 8 1/2″ x 11″ card, the back page is scores across the top at 3/8″ and glued with some glossy accents.

The chair die (company unknown-no label other than “chair”) cut in the palest of blue card stocks from a multi blue pack of Recollections 65 lb. card stock, chair was cut in an extra layer and glued together with glossy accents for stability, then mounted with Scotch double sided foam.
Embossing pen to draw bits of sand around the ground layer of brown card stock cut with an exacto knife free hand, gold embossing powder, grass from PTI’s Garden Variety stamp set stamped in SU’s Lucky Limade.

Flip flops are from a $1.00 stamp set (probably inkadinkado), the Sun too, is a $1.00 stamp, stamped in some orange pigment ink and embossed in gold powder, the beach towels were stamped with Rubber Stampede’s wheat ink in a paisley print stamp and dry embossed in a SU folder.

Vintage Picnic basket was cut in that same CS the chair and whale were cut, it got a little burnt while I was heating the gold embossing powder! but I thought it gave it a vintage rusted metal picnic basket feel (and I was way to far in on time to start over), and wet washed with some SU tempting turquoise before the burning began, I also cut a dimensional base for it to tuck the towels and water bottles (2 x2 Quickutz die) lids were colored with a Crayola washable marker in the lightest blue from the 50 pc. set.

Whale tale and die from PTI’s Whale Wishes cut in the same card stock as the chair and stamped in SU’s tempting turquoise, I originally was going to use the whole whale, but didn’t like the way he stamped, then I swiped a wet aqua painter over it and then it really didn’t look good. I hated to not use it, so I decided the tail could be sticking out of the ocean. (LOL)

Stampin’UP’s tempting turquoise ink is watered down and painted across the ocean rim in the distance and up next to the sand line 3 times and on the chair for definition.

It seemed to be missing something, so I decided on a book! It is made from scraps and stapled together in the center a binding was added to cover the staple, and a gold glitter gel pen was used to write on some of the pages, plus draw a line along the front binding. A Bic Mark It was used to edge the edges of the book pages, the peachy keen marker.



Snowman Magnets

Hi Crafters! Don’t you love these flattened marble magnets? I see them in many stores. I needed some quick girlie gifts to add with my corn bags for Christmas that I already had the supplies for. Something quick and easy as I’m baby sitting my sweet grand baby on a daily basis and we are cutting teeth. I did have to buy magnets that would hold the weight of the glass.


I stamped both snowman faces from Papertrey Ink’s Signature Series Shape Up Snowman stamp set in Ranger’s Archival Black ink, then punched them out with 2 different circle punches, one was 1 3/4″ and the other was 1″. These 2 fit my flattened marbles best and I did have to trim excess card stock away from the edges on a few of them. The small snowflake from this stamp set was used as cheeks, stamped in Stampin’ Up Tempting Turquoise and the punched faces were also sponged with this ink too. There is a nose stamp in this set, but I can not seem to hit the mark, so I simply colored them in with some Crayola washable markers. You can see most of this in the short video.

*Crafting Note: My crafting has to be done in several sittings, as I’m baby sitting our sweet grand baby. I found it best to let the inks dry well before adhering the faces to the flatten marbles with Glossy Accents, otherwise it will smear the SU dye based ink and the Crayola washable marker. If you don’t have time for this step, you could use your heat tool to dry the inks. I layed the punched faces on my non-stick craft sheet and added the Glossy Accents directly to them, applied the marble and moved it all around watching the glue make contact with the whole marble, then settled it in place where it fit best for each one. Glossy Accents sets up pretty quick and I added the magnets before bed and they were done and ready to go by morning. To clean up my non stick mat, I scraped the extra glue off with the edge of an old gift card.

I was unable to find more of these clear flat marbles, you make check at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, but Wal-mart is no longer carrying the large ones nor did Target have them. So, I ended up relying on my craft stash and used some clear star shaped marbles to get more mileage out of my snowman faces. I have limited star options between a small punch and two small dies of a single star. The Cuttlebug Disney Christmas die fit best with the star shaped glass pieces. I used 3 different snowflake stamps mentioned in the video. I cut the button magnets in half for the stars, using a heavy duty box cutter. Be careful, it took a lot of elbow grease and it marred the edge of my Martha Stewart rotary cutting mat.

Enjoy! Snowman Magnet Video

I used the SU Matchbox Die by Sizzix to package my sweet little snowman gifts in, which worked perfectly. And tulle from JoAnn’s Fabrics, tied the boxes shut so sweetly.