Today was a snow day, so in between work emails, I went upstairs and played with my stash. I have a huge stash of stuff. Card stock, patterned paper, and more. I am sure I have told you about my obsession with die cuts, Stampin’ Up, and Project Life cards. I love them all. I buy new and used Stampin’ Up, much to my husband’s consternation. I must have a couple of hundred stamp sets. Many of which I haven’t used yet.
So thinking about how to best use what I have, I got an idea. I could use my Project Life cards on the front greeting card. A while back I ordered a grab bag of envelopes from LCI paper (a great deal of 1000 assorted envelopes, for $40, you don’t know what you’ll get so it’s a surprise). Unfortunately, they sent a grab bag of card stock instead. When I called to let them know of the issue, they told me to keep the paper and sent me the envelopes. Yay for good customer service. So I found some A1 sized pieces in a moss green and looked through my gazillion Project Life cards and found a few I though would coordinate and got started. I used a Sizzix label die cut, pulled out a few random Stampin’ Up stamps and got to town:
I am pretty sure when my mini dachshund barks, she is saying “I hate the mailman!”
I used watercolor pencils for the car. I loved the little puff of smoke with this stamp set. It reminded me of my first car.
These little love birds are precious!
Now I need to find a few stamps and send them off to family and friends. Happy Tuesday to all!
Portland has been snowed in for days. We usually don’t get all that much snow here, but this last storm was a doozy! I have been using my time off well. I have read three books and took the bus to the movie theater and saw Hidden Figures (really good) and spent a lot of time crafting. My rug is about 4″ bigger and I have a bunch of new cards.
For Christmas my friend gave me a gift card to Joanne’s (she is a great friend, indeed). I promptly spent it 😜. I got a cool bird punch. Now, what to do with little birds? Birdday cards. I used cute paper to make the birds and used a heart punch to make wings. It was a co-worker’s birthday and we needed a card, so I made her a Birdday birthday card. Turned out so cute I made some more!
The stamping was a bit tricky as I used stamps with longer sayings to get my happy and my day. I used a Stampin Up! marker to ink up just the words I wanted. Worked like a charm.
Yesterday I had an hour. So I thought what can I do that is crafty, but quick? Magnets are always quick. So I was thinking about all the cool places in the world and I thought of their subway systems. Have you ever seen the Moscow metro? Gorgeous!!!
So wouldn’t it be fun to make buttons out of metro station maps? That’s what I did.
So what crafty thing have I done lately? I played with my W R Memory Keepers Alphabet Punch Board and Banner Punch Board. I bought both of these a while ago, but really never used them. We needed a thank you banner at work, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to use some of my stash.
The Alphabet board is really easy to use and comes with a booklet with pictures of each step in making all the letters and numbers. I still made a backwards S as I wasn’t paying close enough attention. The letters a 5″ tall and looked great on the banner we made.
I think postage stamps are pretty cool. I am not a collector by any means. Before I went on my self imposed moratorium on buying craft supplies, I bought a few stamp lots on Etsy. One included several beautiful butterfly stamps. So I made some cards with them (I know that is a big surprise for those that know me).
At least ten years ago I went to a scrapbooking convention in Mesa, Arizona. There was a booth with a great deal on paper. A bought about twenty packs of 8.5″ by 5.5″ paper. Perfect for quick cards. So, in line with my theme for the year of using what I have, I didn’t buy anything for these cards. Yay me!
After a stressful week at work that culminated in hosting our company retiree dinner with 170 attendees, I finally had time to try out my new paints. I watched a few YouTube videos so I could see what I was supposed to. I don’t usually do too much research, I usually jump right in. So that’s what I did. I am not so good at using different media and getting a really put together look, but I think I might get better with practice (a lot of practice).
I started with the dylusional paints I bought last week. I wanted to start with a lighter color so I used the lemon zest yellow, tangerine dream and orange.
I dug out a set of baby calendar stamps from Close to My Heart and stamped the month of May on the top right of the page with Tangerine Twist ink from Stampin Up! Then I added a beautiful bee stamped with More than Mustard ink (I think that is the color) also from Stampin Up!, with the word yourself underneath, be yourself. I added the words happy anniversary at the bottom because my husband and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary this month. I know it really doesn’t go together that well, but it is my first try.
I finished the layout with the year 2016 with die cuts from Stampin Up! And a pretty flower with a button center.
I had fun playing with my stash of stamps and embellishments an am looking forward to getting better at this craft. I can see I need to work on this 😜..
I just went to Craft Warehouse and bought a ton of new, cool stuff! That got me thinking that I already have a lot of cool stuff. So I decided to give myself a challenge. That challenge is to use only the things I have for the next year. This will probably be impossible for me, as I have an addiction to crafting toys. So I will need your support! Here’s my pledge:
No new paper
No new die cuts
No new stickers
No new stamps (sorry to my Stampin’ Up demonstrator)
No new crafting toys
Make a project a week with my current stash
So my first project will be starting an art journal with the cool paints I bought today.
I have no idea what I am doing here, so it’s off to YouTube to figure it out!
I never rally watched the show Weeds, although I have seen a couple of episodes. I never got into it like my former boss did. She loved that show. Something about selling weed in the suburbs didn’t resonate with me. But, and there always is a but, I did like the theme song. Little Boxes by Malvina Reynolds. It is just a little song about the suburbs and the houses “they all look just the same.” Maybe that is not great for houses, but it is great for treat boxes.
Last year a put up my pretty dress boxes. Last night I got a request to make some boxes in different colors. So I did. So just like the little boxes, there is a red one, a blue one and a silver one, the all look just the same.
Not really the best picture, but it gives you a good idea of what the boxes look like in different colors. Kind of cute, right?
So my husband knows I have a new button maker. He works from home, so he got the package when it came. The good news is that I cleaned up my craft room before the button maker was delivered, so he wasn’t too mad.
Buttons are really quite easy to make. Pick a pretty paper, or stamp something, or use a picture, whatever you want. Punch out the appropriate sized circle. The circle must be bigger than the finished size of the button. I have punches that coordinate with the button makers, so no guessing for me. The button is made of four pieces. The shell, which is the backing for the top of the button, a back, the pretty paper and a mylar cover. I like to make magnets, not pin backed buttons, so I have a fifth piece, a magnet set between the shell and the backing.
The Tecre button makers have two wells and a press:
This picture shows both my 1 inch and my 1.5 inch button makers. You can see one of the wells, and the other well is hidden under the press. In one well you layer a shell, then the pretty paper on top and the mylar on top of that. Once you have the shell and paper set, you press it in the machine. In the second well, you place the back. If you are making a magnet, you put the magnet on top of the back. The start of your button is in the machine, then you swivel around the backing, press again and out comes your button. It is so easy to to and the results are fabulous!
Here is a quick YouTube video I found that shows how these button makers work:
Now I am going to go play with my new toys. Let me know if you would like me to make you any button magnets!
A while ago I bought a button maker. I love it! What I really like making are magnets. Find a cute paper, punch it out, put the parts in the machine and, bam, you have a cool magnet. I love my button maker so much, I just bought a second one. I have a one inch button maker and I am soon to have a one and a half inch button maker. I can’t wait to get it. Let me know if you need some cool magnets 🙂
Please don’t tell my husband that I will soon have another button maker. I told him I would clean up my craft room last year. Now I know that last year was really only a couple of weeks ago, but I am pretty sure I told him I would clean up my room last, last year; and it is still not clean. This is a problem, because I kind of said I would clean my room before I bought the bigger button maker. Well, I do have Monday off in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. So guess what I will be doing on Monday :-).
Here is my latest card. I used the button maker to make a cute flower magnet. Then I attached it to a card. So when I send the card, it is also a little gift. Pretty cool, right!