Hallmark Movies Turn Your Brain to Mush…

So it is “Countdown to Christmas” on the Hallmark channel.  Did you know that they have two channels?  So all day long the play these really awesome (if you like sappy, formulaic, hokey love stories) Christmas movies.  You know the kind.  A woman meets a man in a ridiculous situation and they do not get along.  Sparks fly.  You know right away that they will fall in love. Something happens to make them realize that they love each other (usually after a day or two), but they find out there is something big keeping them apart.  In the end Santa grants a Christmas wish and they live happily ever after.  The last shot is always a kiss. 

After two weekend engrossed in Hallmark channel movies, I finally did something. I made ornaments!


You need double sided Christmas paper and a stapler.  Cut one inch strips, 2 @ 6″, 2 @ 5″, 2 @ 4.5″ and 2 @ 4″.  Start with th 4″ strip put them together with…

Ok, there are better instuctions here, http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/ornamentgarland/ 

Hope you have fun making ornaments!

Puppy!

Totally not Craft related, but totally cute!


How could you not love this!

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.

 

Butterflies

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!

My First Time

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.  

My first page of my first art journal
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 ūüėú..

Pretty Paints

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. 

Art Journal Supplies

I have no idea what I am doing here, so it’s off to YouTube to figure it out!

Little Boxes, Made of Ticky Tacky

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.

Dress Boxes

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?

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Button Maker, Baby!

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:

Button Makers

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!

The Russians are Coming

I am very excited because I signed up for a Russian class this term. ¬†I haven’t had a Russian class in years. ¬†It is a conversation class, so it should be tons of fun. ¬†The best part is that it is a community education class, so no grades.

I recently made some cards with Soviet stamps.  I purchased these used postage stamps on a whim from a seller on Etsy (I really love Etsy, so much cool stuff), and when I was going through my new treasures I found several stamps with Russian icebreakers.  They are beautiful stamps.  So I glued them on some card stock, to make them a bit more rigid, and then added them to a blank card.  Easy peasy.  They turned out pretty good.

Teal Stamp 2

Do you think I should give one to my teacher? ¬†Since there are no grades, that wouldn’t be brown nosing, would it? Ha!

I am so Attracted to 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 ūüôā

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!

Magnet Card

Back on the Wagon!

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.  bike in a box 3

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!

A year of craftiness