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Merry Christmas!

Hope everyone had a great holiday. I just wanted to share with you real quick the cards and the ornaments that my super creative nieces made. For the past two years, I have been taking both of them and helped them make cards and gifts for their parents and grandparents. This year, my younger niece, Bella, requested to come on her own and it was much easier. SInce they are two different ages, it was easier to tailor the gifts and card making to each one’s abilities and styles. Last year they did a joint gift for their Nona and Pop-Pop, but this year I had them make separate things.

Allie wanted to do all three cards the same – one for her Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop, one for her Nona and Pop-Pop and one for her parents. I also gave her two choices of presents (leaning more towards one because, well, I kinda wanted to see how they would turn out more than the other! HAHA). Bella, however, wanted to make two completely different cards for her Nona and Pop-pop and her parents. I found the idea for her presents on Pinterest. (What would we do without Pinterest, by the way?? LOVE it!)

So, here are the things that they created. I think that they did an amazing job and I am always fascinated at the ideas they have for their gifts and cards. Great job girls!!

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Supplies used:

Penguin Ornaments – Plastic ornaments from Michael’s, Fake snow from Dollar Tree, Cricut images, Cricut Explore, Snowflake paper from Hobby Lobby, colored card stock from Michael’s, Tombow glue, Pop dots from Michael’s dollar bin

Snowman and Reindeer Ornaments – Popsicle sticks from Michael’s, acrylic paint from Michael’s, card stock from Michael’s, hot glue gun, Circle punches from Fiskar’s

Cards – Cardstock from Michael’s, Cricut images, Cricut Explore, glitter glue from Studio G, MFT Stamps and dies, Crayola crayons, embossing folder (Divine Swirls), Cuttlebug for embossing and die cutting

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Trying something new…..

I am starting something new and I am hoping that 1 – I can keep it up and 2 – it will help to better link my social media sites together. I’ve seen many successful bloggers that do this, so I am hoping on the bandwagon and I am hoping you all will help keep me on track. 

I am going to write a post about any YouTube video that I make. It’s more beneficial for the card making design videos I do, but I want to try it with even the haul videos. Today’s video is a mix of my last blog post about the canvases and a shopping haul. 

If you read my last post, you know that I made two canvases – one using distress ink and one using paint. While I do like the way the distress inked one came out, the ink doesn’t totally dry and it rubs off on your hands. Not a great thing to have happen lol. The second canvas was done in a dark blue paint. The first time I tried to write the quote I used paint. That didn’t turn out so great so I repainted the canvas and I took a silver marker and wrote the quote on it. 

As for the haul, I think I found a lot of great products. First, if you haven’t checked out AC Moore’s new app, download it. You get a 55% off coupon and for today I believe there is also a 55% off coupon. (It’s either today or tomorrow I can’t remember). And, if you don’t know this either, you can use AC Moore coupons at Michael’s! I did yesterday and I got a pack of 2 rolls of ATG tape for $4.50! That’s the acid free one too. Pretty good deal!

I like to go down the aisles and check out the red clearance tagged items. I found two new punches this way. They are EK Success ones, which are good quality. Punches can be hard to store, but I do have some room in my craft closet for a couple more! : ) 

I also like to pay attention to the signs. Lots of stores are careless when they take down signs. Some aren’t taken down and you can get last week’s sale price if they forget. I’ve done that many of times. Also, if the products are in two locations (like the Heidi Swapp stuff I show in the video below), there may not always be a second sign. That’s frustrating as a consumer, but you have to keep your eyes peeled at all times!! You never know what you might find!

So, here’s the video:

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Busy Bee! Reorganizing and Easter Card

I haven’t had time to post a lot of projects lately because it’s been crazy over here! I’ve been calling it wedding sweatshop lol. Some of the things I can’t post until after the wedding (I don’t want to give away any of the surprises for my sister’s guests who might read my blog!) and other things won’t be posted until much later. In between all of the wedding related items, I did have some time to work on an Easter card and to (re)organize my stamp collection.

I’ll start with the stamp collection. At first I was using two of the large photo/paper boxes that you can find at Michael’s or AC Moore – one to hold the wood mounted stamps and the other for clear stamps. The problem with this is that when I needed a certain stamp, I had to dig through this huge box of stamps and usually it was one that was at the bottom of the pile that I needed. (Of course – why would it be easy?) I got fed up with doing that so I decided it was time to rearrange!

I took all my stamps and divided them into categories. I have holidays, wedding, travel, animals, words/phrases/letters, girls night out (shoes, purses, and a stamp set called girls night out!), patterned, etc. This will make it easier when I am working on a holiday card or layout – I can just grab the box with all the event related stamps and am ready to go. I then placed them into the smaller photo/shoe boxes and placed them around my desk. Before I stacked the boxes two high, but inevitably I would need something from the bottom box every time! So I rearranged the desk so that the shoe boxes line it instead of being on top of each other!
For right now I have just done this with my stamps. Eventually I would like to place my stickers and embellishments of the same themes together with the stamps, but I just didn’t have the patience yesterday. (All the stickers are in two binders and already divided by categories).

After the clutter was removed from my desk, I was able to work again! I started on an Easter card and immediately came the scrapper’s block. I had a bunch of stamps that I wanted to use, but I wasn’t sure where to start. I looked at my background stamps and chose a circle pattern. I wanted to emboss it, so I stamped that with VersaMark and used Martha Stewart yellow embossing powder to create the background. I then used my Spellbinders Nestabilites die (label one), took the largest die and cut out a pink shape for part of the background. I then took the stamps and used bright and pastel colored inks to stamp the different sized eggs all over the pink paper.

Originally when I stamped the eggs, I used a light purple for one of the large eggs. It hardly showed up on the paper, so I reinked the stamp with a maroon color and was able to go right over where the first stamp had been. This is one of the major advantages to using clear stamps. Since you can see through the block and the stamp, you can usually go over your stamped image with ease if part of it didn’t get stamped or if you need to use a different color ink.

Ok – back to my project. I picked up some Happy Easter ribbon the other day and knew I wanted to use it at the bottom of the card. Once that was adhered, I placed the pink shape on the card and decided it needed some more elements. I then took a scrap piece of blue paper and inked up a basket stamp with VersaMark. For the embossing powder, I chose one of Martha Stewart’s glitter embossing powder and it shows up almost clear with a sparkle! I really liked the effect. Next I took the x-large cameo punch from Fiskars and punched out the basket to be placed on top of the pink cutout.

I wanted the pink egg paper with the blue basket to be offset, so I needed something to go on the left side of the card. After going through my Cricut cartridges, I landed on an image of a chick popping out of an egg. The egg was embossed with Swiss Dots and then placed over top of the chick and glued on to the front of the card, next to the other image. (I think this image was from Create a Critter, but I can’t be sure!)

When it came time for the sentiment, I realized that all of the Easter stamps I had were too small. I picked up a bunch from the $1 bin at AC Moore and the sets are tiny. So, I again went through my Cricut books and found the phrase A Lovely Easter to you (from the Wild Cards cartridge). The phrase was cut out from a scrap pack of paper I got on sale at AC Moore. I picked up paints when I was there a couple of weeks ago because I wanted to start adding paint to some of my projects. I bought a teal, purple and a green color and thought – maybe I should paint the words? I did and once they were dry, I adhered them to the inside of the card. The last step was to take a wooden Easter stamp I had, ink it with maroon chalk ink and stamp the image on the outside flap of the envelope.

It took me awhile to come up with all the pieces to this card, but I do think it came out cute. Here are some pictures:
Card front Card and envelope Sentiment Sentiment and envelope

Hope you enjoyed this card! Please feel free to leave any comments – thanks for stopping by!