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Snow Day – Stash Day

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!

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 🙂

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!

Reboot Day Three

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!

Halloween Witch!
Halloween Witch!

I don’t like the stamps on the bottom too much, so for the next one, I think I’ll skip them.

Day Two of the Reboot

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.

Cute gumboil card!
Cute gumball card!

I thought you might like to see my new storage solution for my Accucut dies.  These awesome cubbies are from Ikea.

One cubbies filled with Accucut dies.
One cubbies filled with Accucut dies.

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!

Getting Back on Track

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.

Butterfly Card-in-a-Box
Butterfly 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!

Thnaks!

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.

Humorous Thank You Card,  hand pressed on a Kelsey Excelsior
Humorous Thank You Card, hand pressed on a Kelsey Excelsior

Chicago is Awesome!

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!

Just Mooved!
Just Mooved!