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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lots of holiday tags with the Brother ScanNCut and some techie stuff

I have been working on creating lots of Holiday tags lately in an effort to build up supplies to hopefully do some local holiday fairs. I wanted to make some shaped tags so I went to my ScanNCut... After spending some time with the Canvas free online design program I had what I needed for a couple 2 layer tags and some tiny Holly leaves for embellishments.

I really love the flexibility with this machine! I used a piece of scrap paper and got a bunch of trees and a ton of leaves... see here...

 You can choose how many images to use depending on the space available and you can arrange them in a line, alternating or a jumble  depending on how you want the negative space to look if you will be using it or to best utilize your paper. If you are trying to fit as many as possible you still have the ability to manipulate each image individually. I was able to cut 15 backings foe my tree tags out of one piece of 8 1/2 x 11 craft cardstock.

Here you can see just how tiny those holly leaves are... I do have a punch but the smallest leaf is at least double the size and too big for what I want to use it for.

Here are 2 videos related to this Project :) 

I hope you find them helpful!

Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Galaxy Inspiration, Cake and cards...

     Hi all! As I was racking my brain recently to figure out a theme / design for my girls sweet 16 birthday cake I was inspired to try a Galaxy theme. She loves the galaxy motif so I went to pinterest. I found a few samples that inspired me and I thought I had the basic process down since I had done the process on card stock, surely fondant could not be too much different... Hmmm... yeah...  Well turns out it isn't but it is... It took LOTS of kneading and LOTS of food coloring and LOTS of patience!  In the end here is how the cake turned out...

   I'm pretty happy with it! I found some edible shipper spray at Wal Mart and used it with a stencil I tore out of paper to create the wispy look. The grainy white "comet" in the upper right corner was how I fixed and "OOPS" I also added a few constellations I could remember from our Girl Scout Star gazing outing from years ago.

    Verdict.... She really liked it!

    Now how does this translate into cardmaking you may ask... Well I wanted to try this again for some card backgrounds so I could use some of my stamps to make some cards with the night sky in the background.

    Here is the video on how I made the backgrounds...

I still have to make the cards but at least this part is done!
Here is a basic list of the supplies I used

Heat gun
Ken Oliver Colorburst watercolors
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Stampin Up Night of Navy inkpad
Strathmore 140# watercolor Paper (Yellow pad)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Please leave me a comment and let me know how you liked this post!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Shakopee Rubber Stamp Expo July 2017

Hi all!

  I had so much fun at the Rubber Stamp Expo last weekend. How lucky am I that I got to spend the day with 2 of my favorite people. My Sis in law Cathy and my amazing Daughter.

  Here are a few photos... There were many more vendors I just kept getting distracted by cool stuff so I did not get pictures of every booth :)

Me and my Sister-in-law :)
Taylored Expressions

Pricly Pear Designs
Stamp n Storage


 stranger who wandered into my photo...

fooled you...  it's actually my girl :)
We had so much fun braving the crowd (Most of the pics were later in the day when it had cleared out) We were such a team. My girl took lots of photos of samples for me and made lots of purchase suggestions :) Gotta love a family of enablers :)

Here is a video of everything I purchased and a shaky tour of the expo floor. 
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Joining the #CommentKindness Campaign!

Hi all, I ran across some content on social media yesterday that really spoke to me. It is called the #CommentKindness Campaign. It is exactly what it sounds like... If you are going to comment on someones social media... be kind... if you do not like their content... move on... no harm done. That's about it... More of my thoughts are in the Video below...

MayMay's video that started the Campaign

Melody Lanes video and playlist to see others who are participating,

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

DIY tool caddy and cord holder for my Brother Scan N Cut!

Hi all! I'm so excited to share this simple DIY project with you! I was having a hard time keeping track of my stylus and remembered something I had made a while back for my sewing machine to hold my seam ripper and small scissors. The one pictured here is Sooo much better than that original holder I made years ago.

All I did was score some chipboard (half of an old Pop-tart box) and cover it with duct tape. It was super simple... In the video below I show how I did it and How I am wrangling the USB cords I use to transfer data between the device and my computer.

In other exciting news.... I got a new phone!!!

It is an LG fiesta I use it through Straight Talk.

     It is so nice to have a phone that works smoothly! The camera is AMAzing!!! I used it to record this straight from the Youtube app. I also did all my editing with the Youtube editor. It was OK but I am so used to my VSCD free Video editor that it took me a few mins to figure out a few things. I do need to see if I can get the phone to stop trying to focus all the time though.

Anyhow....   Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to find something crafty to do!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Watercolor Daisy cards with Rubbernecker stamps

Hi all... I am trying really hard this year to buckle down and use the tings I purchased at the Stamp and Scrapbook expo. I still have some things I purchased from my first trip last year that I have not used! Ahhh.... what the heck! So... trying to be better at that! You may not see quite so many Haul videos either as I am working on using what I have.

There are links to some of the basic supplies I used in the sidebar >  As an FYI they are affiliate links

Here is a link to the Daisy stamp I used

Here is the video... I hope you enjoy!

These stamps really are so much fun and make beautiful cards. I personally tend to lean toward the clean and simple style so they are great for me.

Have a great day!

Friday, June 23, 2017

How I handle unmounted rubber stamps

Hi all! I love being able to create and craft on a budget. One way is when stamp companies offer bare rubber stamps. Meaning they have no foam backing and are not on a wood block. Below is my video on how I deal with unmounted (bare rubber) stamps.  Enjoy!

Unmounted stamps

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Get Well Shaker card...

    I had a lot of fun making this "Get Well" card for a Co Worker last week.  This person does so much for others and deserved a special card.


   I just love shaker cards and I have been experimenting with cutting out words with my Brother Scan n Cut so I made this frame out of white card stock with the words welded so it is all one piece. To make the white card stock stand out a bit more I coated it with Versamark and covered it with a holographic embossing powder. Then heated it to adhere and set the powder. I placed a piece of acetate behind the frame (I just re use packaging from other things I buy),doubled up some foam tape and cut it down the center to form narrow strips then lined the back of the frame. To cut the purple I used 2 frame dies then added the white window piece on top. I pulled an A2 card base out of my drawer (I like to have lots handy for when I'm feeling creative). I added Chunky glitter and sequins to the card base in the center then placed the window on top. I had to add the flower embellishments to fix a spot that got messed up. The Acetate got melted when I tried to fix a bit of embossing that had not set and was wiped off.  It worked out because I ended up liking the look.

Thanks! and have a great day!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter Cards...

I waited until after Easter to post this because I did not want to spoil the surprise for my friends and family that were to receive these cards.

The first uses one of my Riley Moose Stamps called Stacked Eggs .  I scribbled water based marker onto a pallet and used a water brush to paint.

The Patterned Paper is by Doodlebug designs. I cut both Riley and the oval with my new Brother Scan N Cut2. For Riley I added a .04 border and to cut the Oval I selected it from the shapes templates. I made the white dashes with a white gel pen. I would have preferred a stitched oval di for cutting it out but do not own one.

 My next card was inspired by Pinterest. I had wanted to make it last year but my Oval dies were not large enough. With my Brother Scan n Cut2 this was no problem. Using the oval templates I was able to cut out exactly what I needed.

I really wanted to film the process but as of right now I do not have a way to mount my camera in the right place. I am waiting on a new clamp from Amazon so next time I can try to let you watch. It is a pretty fun process.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Unity Stamp Company Shopping haul...

If you follow my YouTube Channel and Instagram you will know that I just LOVE Unity stamp company.  They run great sales all the time and after a recent promotion I decided to shop... :)

I actually placed 2 orders because they were offering 2 freebies!

Here is what I got...

I did film a detailed video and that will be uploaded soon to my YouTube channel.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Birthday spinner cards

I had fun recently making some super cute spinner cards. I purchased the stamps and dies last summer from an expo I attended with my sister in law (if you follow my YouTube channel you may have seen the haul video). The Brand of the Stamps and Dies is Art Impressions and this is their mini cake spinner set. I did use a sentiment from Close to my heart instead of what came with the set.

There is a bit of a learning curve to making these but once you get the hang of it they go pretty quick.. I colored the cake with my Copic Ciao markers. I am still a novice at coloring but I am having fun and get a bit better each time.

Here are the other 2 cards I made...

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Lovely Weekend...

Hi all... I had such a great weekend spending time with 2 of my favorite gals... Saturday I got to hang out with my Mom. We checked out the local thrift stores and the dollar tree. Then she took me to lunch! We had super yummy burgers at a local bar -n- grille. 

It really has been nice having her here with us now. Not only can I call on each other when we need a hand but it is so nice to just be able to call each other and hang out.

On Sunday My girl and I ventured to the Cities. She drove so she could get some practice with city driving and she did well even though she was a bit rattled a few times. We did not find much to purchase but we enjoyed browsing. I just love the chats we have in the car. Honestly I really look forward to the time we spend together. It will not be long until she is off to college and discovering her life.

Things have been difficult at my job... we have had lots of changes and tension. I am seeing a light at the end of the tunnel though and look forward to finishing the school year strong!

I have been working at my craft desk. You can check out what I have been up to on my Facebook page and instagram. I tend to post more there just because it is easier and a bit quicker for me.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today... Here is a funny I found last week that totally fit where I was at :)   Have a great week!!!