Merry Christmas to all...and to all a goodnight

I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful Christmas Day with family and friends. Thank you for stopping by my blog today :-)

These are the last of my cards for this year, and I always have a favorite - this is it. If I had started with this one, I probably would have made them all the same, with just minor changes. I only made 4 or 5 of these because I had almost enough cards and needed to move on to getting them in the mail.

The ornament die is from Memory Box, the merry die is from Winnie & Walter, and the sentiment is from a Hero Arts Stamp & Cut set. I cut the merry die from a sheet of adhesive-backed glitter fun foam I found at Michael's. It cuts perfectly in my Big Shot and it adds just enough dimension without being too puffy. I used several different sparkly and glittery papers behind the ornaments.

Foiled cardstock used for the merry die cut. I love the way it shines.

Thanks again for stopping by and I wish you all a very Happy & Healthy New Year!


A Return Engagement

This gorgeous Penny Black stamp and card design first made an appearance in my Christmas cards several years ago and I love it so much I had to bring it back again.

Some embossing powder, a little glitter, and some foiled cardstock are all it takes to make some festive cards. This stamp will probably pop up again on future cards, too.

We do wish you a Merry Christmas!

Foiled Again :-)

Not again, really, for the first time. Kristina Werner created some beautiful designs and put them in her shop for sale, so I bought one of them and broke out my Minc Mini and the foil. I love how they turned out! Take a gander at these lovelies.

I printed the design with my laser printer on different colors of cardstock, ran them through the Minc and grinned from ear to ear when I removed the foil. My favorite is the blue one. I wish I had some silver cardstock, I think it would have looked beautiful on that. I wanted to do red foil on green cardstock, but all I had was textured Bazzill and I'm not sure that would have worked, even on the non-textured side.

Really quick and easy Christmas cards! I haven't tried stamping anything and foiling it, but that's coming up soon after seeing how well it works. Fun stuff!

More Christmas Cards

Someday I will keep it simple and make all of my Christmas cards the same, but not this year. I didn't buy much new stuff, so I thought I could use all of what I did buy. I tried, but some of it will have to wait until next year.

I have been in search of this Penny Black stamp and finally found it at Paper Source earlier this year. Embossed with gold powder, it is so sparkly and pretty. The die cut (Hero Arts) was cut from foiled cardstock and I added some clear sequins and several stars stamped with gold and silver Delicata ink. The background paper is from a Bazzill 6 x 6 paper pack.

Just a couple of gems added to this one, with background paper from a different 6 x 6 paper pad - Recollections from Michael's, I think.

There are only a few more, which I will post soon. Thanks for stopping by!


A Few More...

I haven't used this MFT wreath die in a while, so I thought I'd show it a little love this year. 

I was inspired to buy this Simon Says Stamp die by this card from their Stamptember Blog Hop. What I failed to notice was how fiddly getting all of those tiny circles back in their respective places would be! I had planned to make several of these, but this is a one-off, a one-of-a-kind, a collectors item. What was I thinking? Especially since I left it until almost last in the last minute card making frenzy. I do like the way it turned out, though, and will probably make many more cards with it, but not the same way. Maybe with some different colored papers behind the die or something. Whatcha think?

Note to self, pay attention to what is required to make the card with the die/stamp/product one lusts after before breaking out one's debit card :-)

At last...Christmas cards

Every year I promise myself I won’t procrastinate, and every year it’s the same thing - last minute rush to get the cards made. Why do I do this to myself?? Next year I am starting early, I swear. Well, maybe early-ish, at least.

My cards went in the mail yesterday and I’m sure some of them won’t make it before Christmas, but it’s the thought that counts, isn’t it? I apologize in advance for the poor lighting. It was late and I was tired, and these had to go postal the next morning.

I tried to channel Laura Bassen and I’m not sure I succeeded. I think these turned out well, though.

I liked those Hero Arts triangular trees so much that I moved on to making them a bit sparkly.
I embossed them onto foiled cardstock (using a LOT of anti-static powder) and cut them out. The sentiment is embossed in white. The messy thread nest was a PITA to do, so I only made 2 of those. I have since found a better thread to use, courtesy of Laura Bassen. I’ve watched her videos and the thread comes off the spool in neat little circles, unlike this stuff, which seems determined to drive me mad. I emailed her to ask which thread she used, and she kindly replied with the brand and description - Coats S990 metallic thread. Off to Joann’s I went yesterday and came home with 2 spools - gold and silver. Ha! Take that, annoying DMC thread!

Sparkly and glittery washi tape separates the trees and the sentiments on these cards.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! 


Craft Room Makeover (long post)

It all started innocently enough. I wanted some more Ikea Alex drawers for my craft room, instead of the plastic Iris drawers I had. I decided that a cabinet would look nice, too, instead of the open shelves that were pretty organized, but just looked like a jumbled mess. That sounds easy enough, right? It would have been, if I had left it at that.

Against my better judgment but in an effort to save money, I ordered the 36" x 6'+ cabinet from Wal-Mart. It arrived damaged, of course. It also weighed 145 lbs! I felt so bad for the little FedEx driver. All he had was a dolly to get this monster up 3 steps and into the house. He was also one of their older drivers, not one of the young, strong guys. But he managed it! A few days later we open the box and there's a big dent on one of the doors. Ugh. Not enough packing material to protect the thing. Long story short, I had to argue with Wal-Mart about sending a label and having it picked up - they wanted us to take it back to the store! WTH? Um, no. They finally had it picked up and about 3 weeks later I finally got a refund... that's the end of my Wal-Mart shopping.

So, I decided to just go Ikea all the way and forget about a cabinet with doors. The Billy bookcases cost a little less than the stupid Wal-Mart cabinet anyway. The plastic folding tables I had in here were nice enough, but they were beige-ish and looked a little dirty against all of the white drawers, so why not get the white Ikea tabletops and legs, too? Oh, and since I have to take everything out, why don't we just paint the room? It was contractor white, we never painted it when we moved in and it was looking a little sad. Painting it won't take long. It's a small room, after all - it's only 12 x 11. Famous last words.

The painting only took 3 or 4 hours, it was actually kind of fun. I did the cutting in and hubby was in charge of the roller. It's what came after that nearly did me in! Putting everything back! Oy! What started out as a week-long project ended up being a little over 3 weeks, but I love the way it turned out. So I will shut up now and just show you a little before and after. Funnily enough, the paint color I chose is called Craft Brown, from Home Depot's Marquee collection.


Ikea Billy Bookcases

Ikea Alex Drawers

Ikea Alex Drawers and Linnmon tabletops

Even the closet got a makeover

Ikea Bygel rails and cups to store my Copics. There wasn't room for the grays and browns, so they are in pencil cups on either side, along with some paintbrushes and other markers. I wish they made these rails in longer sizes, and there wasn't room for 3 of them.

 Just 3 shelves on the wall and those baskets on top are empty! Stamps and stencils on the bottom shelf, all of my Distress Stains, Hero Arts daubers, and Tsukineko Pico Embellishers are in the clear bin on the center shelf. I have some other wood mounted stamps left and they are stored in the closet now.

I haunted TJ Maxx, Marshall's, and Home Goods for the Fridge Binz and got them all at a decent discount instead of paying full price at Amazon or Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I've ordered some white vinyl DVD dividers for my stamps and dies. I made those pink ones a while ago, and I'd rather have white. I love the translucent ones made from heavy duty plastic folders, but the only ones I could find are $2 each and shipping is ridiculous. So, white ones it is. They should be here next week. I found them here - thanks to a fellow stamper on Facebook.

I picked up this little caddy at Target in the office supply section. It's just the right size, it's divided into 6 sections, and holds everything I need.

This unit came from Home Depot. It's by Closet Maid and we had originally planned to hang it on the wall sideways, but I like it here better. This is where the huge brown bookcase used to be. On top is my spice rack that holds most of my washi tape.

There are even empty - yes, EMPTY - drawers. I labeled a few of the drawers today, just so I wouldn't have to keep opening every drawer until I found what I was looking for. Now I just need to get busy making some holiday cards - but I don't want to mess up the room :-) It's so cozy and comfortable in here now - I just love it! It was only 9 years in the making and it will make me happy for many years to come. Huge thanks to my sweet husband for helping with the furniture assembly and painting - and for enabling me to buy more drawers and these lovely tabletops :-) I couldn't have done it without you, sweetie XOXOXOX.

Thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions about anything in here, please send me an email. ( Hi, Diane :-) )


Sunshine on my desk

A while back I won some blog candy on Laura Bassen's blog, an adorable little Simon Says Stamp sunshine die. Well, the die arrived accompanied by this awesome card, made by the fabulous Lauren Bassen herself! I'm not sure which one I was happier to receive, the card or the die...no, it was the card. I love the die and was happy to win it, but I must admit I have a bit of a crafty crush on Ms. Laura. I love her signature rainbow coloring style, and her videos just crack me up every time. If you haven't seen them, you are missing a lot. Pop on over to her blog and check it out, you won't be disappointed, I promise. Talent and a great sense of humor, a winning combination.

A Special Birthday Card

Tomorrow is my sweet grandson's 2nd birthday, so here I am in Ohio to celebrate it with him. I brought gifts, of course, and a card I made just for him. I've had this Taylored Expressions stamp set for a while, waiting for just the right occasion. These little monsters are adorable and it was so much fun coloring them and putting this card together.

Here's a shot of the inside. I made a little pop up with balloons and a gift package, both from the same set. The Happy Birthday is from a new Mama elephant stamp set.

Tomorrow we will celebrate with cupcakes and presents!


Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit Card

Yes, June. I know...but better late than never. I actually made this card in June, I just didn't get around to posting it until now.

Once again, Shari Carroll was my inspiration for this card. You can see her inspiration card here.

And here is my version:

I love that little Smile die, and the papers in that kit are delightful. I bought the extra 6 x 6 paper pad, too, of course. The kit is sold out, but the pieces are still available for purchase.


Faux Metal

Jennifer McGuire comes up with the coolest techniques, most of which I pin to my Pinterest board and promptly forget to try, but this one was so quick and easy I couldn't resist. I also needed an anniversary card for hubby - two birds, one stone and all that.

I used one of the new WeR Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folders - they are too cool! I hope they come out with more patterns soon. No shimmer on this one, just ink blending.

I made a couple of cards using different colors of Distress Ink and just put the Happy die cut on them, but left off the rest of the sentiment so I can add it as I need a card for a particular occasion.

This one doesn't have the Perfect Pearls added, I just love the way these colors blended, though.

Here's a closeup of the pretty shimmer of the Perfect Pearls. This one is in the when-I-need-a-quick-card pile. I can add a die cut or stamped sentiment strip and be done.

In case you missed this technique, here's a link to the post on Jennifer's blog. Give it a try, it's fun and you can make a lot of card fronts/layers in no time.


Happy Birthday (again)

My last post featured the gift box for my husband's birthday and I totally forgot to post the card. Duh!

I used a Simon Says Stamp window die, Mama Elephant stamps and dies, and some hand cut banners. The hardest part was the coloring, of course. We have 2 black cats and a brown tabby and these cats don't even begin to resemble them. I can't color the cats all black, they would just look like black cat-shaped blobs. So I made them dark grayish. For the brown tabby...well...I couldn't get the browns to work, so I went with the YR Copic family. I love these little cats, but coloring them is a challenge. If anyone has some suggestions, good color combinations, links to videos/blogs of perfectly colored cats, I'm all ears...or eyes.

I couldn't resist using one of those crazy birds for the inside of the card, along with a little bit of sass. He expects that from me by now.

I used a Lawn Fawn alphabet set for the sentiment - Violet's ABCs. He liked it :-)


Cute Little Gift Boxes

It's so much fun to make something other than a card once in a while. I had a need for a small gift box to hold a little goofy present for my husband's birthday and I found this wonderful video. The photos are on her blog, but it's in German/Swedish/Dutch (??) and the Google translation, while humorous, was not much help. The video is excellent.

They are so easy to make, you only need one 6 x 6 piece of paper and a brad. The paper was easy, the brad, not so much. I got rid of 90% of my brads a while back and the ones I have left were either too big or too small for the hole punches I have. *sigh* It's always something. I did find a couple that worked, though, thankfully.

I love the way they turned out, they are adorable! Yes, I will be keeping the box I gave my husband. He has the gift, he doesn't need the box :-)

Check out the video, I think you will have a lot of fun making these little boxes.


Happy Birthday

It's been a while since I've made anything blog worthy but I have lots of new things that need to be inked up, so I am trying to get out of my funk.

My stash of birthday cards was non-existent so, where better to start? I grabbed my Simon Says Stamp set from the Color of Fun release and a sentiment from a cute Paper Smooches set, and got busy.

Add a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins and you've got a pretty biirthday card.

My inspiration was this card by Barb Dengler - 

 I should have stamped the sentiment first, then the flowers, but I was having so much fun with those flowers I guess I got a bit carried away. I couldn't get the leaf overlays to look right no matter what I did, so I ended up just leaving them off.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and not suffering the same oppressive heat we've been having for the past few months. Ugh! Is it autumn yet??