Happy 2016 to everyone! I started my year with a quick trip to Arizona to visit with my family and to host a baby shower for my niece. It was a lovely party (and the food was great; thanks to my sister!). What a great way to start a year.
One of the things I am looking forward to this year is getting back into my crafts and keeping up with my blog. So, for the first week in January, I thought I would share a card-in-the-box I made the last week in December.
I really like stamp sets that have corresponding die cuts. This set has the cute step through bike stamped in orange and a road bike stamped in dark purple. I used a really awesome, double sided card stock – one side with bicycles and the other side is a pretty green pattern. I added the stars and arrows just for fun.
I have another cute card I made with button magnets that I will share soon.
May the new year bring you and your family health and happiness!
Last night my husband and I had a fantastic time at the Madeleine Peyroux concert. She has a fantastic voice, and if you have never heard her sing, you should. The concert ended way after my bed time. The concert venue is really close to our house, just over a mile away. So we decided to walk home, instead of waiting for 30 minutes to catch a bus. The evening was beautiful and we got to try out the new pedestrian bridge over the train tracks.
We got home around 11 and my husband tells me he need to have his passport picture done, because he has an appointment with the Consulate representative in the morning, (he is a permanent resident alien) and he needs to bring a picture with him to the meeting. This could be easy, go to Walgreens and get the picture done in the morning. Nope, won’t work because his country doesn’t use passport pictures the same size as we do in the US. So we pull out the camera and spent an hour trying to get a good picture, and another hour playing with the photo editing program.
So I am counting that as my Wednesday night craft!
This weekend I met up with my friend and we did a bit of crafting. I brought my Sizzix Bigshot and a few dies and a bunch of Stampin’ Up! Halloween stamps. I used my new favorite die, the step up card and went to town. I stamped out this totally awesome witch. Tonight, I pulled out my Copic markers and added a bit of green to that witch. She looks good, doesn’t she!
I don’t like the stamps on the bottom too much, so for the next one, I think I’ll skip them.
This is day two of a full week of crafts. I have been neglectful of the peace and joy that crafts bring, so I am making a concentrated effort to do at least one crafty thing every day this week. So you will have to forgive the bad lighting on my pictures, because if I wait until the sun comes out, I won’t keep going.
I was at Craft Warehouse a couple of weeks ago and both the cutest stamp set with corresponding dies from Lawn Fawn. What is sweeter than a gumball machine? Last weekend I bought a new Sizzix A2 sized step up card. And then I had the idea for this card.
I thought you might like to see my new storage solution for my Accucut dies. These awesome cubbies are from Ikea.
I recently got a label maker so I could easily tell which die is which. If you need any invitations or party favors, I’m your gal!
So I started this venture with the best intentions and actually did a good job of regularly posting some cool (and not so cool) projects. Then I fell off the face of the planet. Not literally. I have been really busy with work and trying to learn how to play tennis. The work is going well, and the tennis, not so much.
I haven’t done too much crafting lately, but I am committed to get back on track. My most recent work was another card-in-a-box.
So my goal is to do some sort of crafty project every day this week and blog about it. Wish me luck!
Long ago I worked for a man named Jim. He was an awesome boss. He gave good feedback, was supportive, mentored me and was an all around good guy. He did have one fault, though. He was not the best typist; I think he typed too fast. Especially the word thanks. I think he typed it correctly only 25% of the time. I have to admit, I have the same problem. The newer email systems have better auto correct and error notifications. So my fond memories of “Thnaks!” and “Thansk!” are just that, memories. To all the young professionals, I hope you have a Jim for a boss at least once in your career.
I just took a vacation and was lucky enough to go to Chicago. What a beautiful city. I only had two days there, but they were well spent. First we hit the Taste of Chicago. Really tasty food vendors set up in Grant Park. We tried Bacon Mac n Cheese, Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches, Rattlesnake Sausage, and the best Funnel Cake ever.
After that feast, we went to dinner at Pizza Rustica close to Wrigley Field. After dinner, we walked down to the field and got to see a great game – Cubs v. Cardinals. The game was a nail biter and the Cubs lost at the end of the 9th inning. What a game.
We spent a whole day at the Art Institute. What a way to get inspired. Unfortunately, I don’t have that kind of talent. We had to have pierogi while we were in Chicago, so we went to Pierogi Heaven and we tried 6 different kinds of pierogis – meat, spinach, mushroom, mushroom and kraut, potato and cheese and potato and cheddar. Totally yummy (and boy was my Polish husband jealous).
Now that I am back, I had to do something crafty. We have new neighbors, so i got a bunch of goodies at Trader Joe’s and made up a few change of address cards. I used a retired stamp from Stampin’ Up! Very cute!
Yesterday I got a beautiful white box filled with fun. I ordered a button maker off of Easy from Button Boy Inc. This cool machine makes various types of buttons and badges, also known as flair. I was so excited that unpacked it before I did anything else. My box included the Tecre one inch button maker, a paper punch to get the graphics the right size and all the supplies to make 1000 flat backed buttons/badges. I was a bit disappointed because the box did not include the magnets I ordered. I sent off a quick email – so we will see how the customer service is at Button Boy.
I am still getting the hang of using the button maker, but the process is quite easy. Choose an image and punch it out. Try to get the main part of the image in the exact center of your circle. Then place a shell in the little well on the machine, cover with the graphic, add a thin mylar (plastic) sheet, turn and press. In the other well, add your back. This is the part that my magnets were needed. I bought magnets that can fit into the back. This way you have a magnet enclosed in your button instead of sticking out the back. I’ll have to let you know how it goes once I get the magnets. After you have pressed the graphic part, swivel the die around and press the back onto the first piece. And you are done! Quick and easy.
Once I get my magnets, I will add a blog with a picture.
In the meantime, I am still all about the cards-in-a-box. I made a birthday card and liked it so much, I made a second one with a different sentiment to send to my mother-in-law! This was made with Accucut dies and a couple of regular Bo Bunny buttons.
You know that they say the best things in life are free. I believe that the best things in life are simple. It can be as simple as sharing a meal with friends or just chatting away and enjoying the company. Or it can be creating something simple. In case you haven’t guessed it by now. I like simple cards and crafts. I like complex cards, too, but the is just something so nice about a simple card.
For this card I used basic kraft colored paper, a punch from Stampin’ Up and a small flower stamp. The bright orange really pops on the card and the ink is a perfect match for the card. I love this card and I am not ashamed to say so. I hope you like it too!
Last weekend was absolutely beautiful. So we spent a lot of it walking around town checking out all the cool houses. I walk a lot slower than my husband, so he needs to have something to look up on his phone while we walk. So every cool house gets looked up on Zillow – the square footage, number of rooms, bathrooms, when it was built and anything else listed. I try to guess the price and am never right.
On Monday, after our walk, I thought I should make something patriotic. So I pulled out my vintage heart flag letterpress block and got to work. I pressed the heart in blue ink on white Lettra Crane cotton paper. I used Sizzix nested squares to cut out the flag, red mat and window. I really liked how they turned out. Hope you like it!