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!!!
Totally not Craft related, but totally cute!
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!
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?
Hope you have a wonderful week!
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!
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!
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!