Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I’m No Longer Missing!


Sorry this blog has been unmanned for a couple of weeks.  Two weeks ago we picked up my parents at the airport in Seattle and went to Victoria.  We had a great vacation and I was sad to see them leave yesterday.  Thanks to everyone who placed orders while I was away.  I’m working on getting the rebates into the mail.  Also, if you are local and placed an order before I left, I will be in touch.  Many items are on backorder, but I’ll let you know if I do have your items for pickup or delivery.  And I’m heading back to the craft room this week.  I’ll have more projects to share with you soon.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Delicate Ornaments


If you’ve seen the new holiday catalog, then you probably noticed these pretty ornament dies.  They have SO much detail and are so beautiful.  I purchased the Precision Base Plate to use with my Big Shot to cut these out.  But then I had some customers who wanted to buy just the dies.  I was hesitant to sell them without the base plate because the designs are so intricate.  I decided to do a test.  I cut out the same image twice.  The first time I used the Precision Base Plate and the 2nd time I added wax paper and a shim to my regular cutting platform/plates.  I’m happy to say that I was successful with both methods.  Both allowed me to completely cut out the delicate die.


I don’t regret buying the Precision Base Plate to use with these dies and with others, like my butterflies, but it’s good to know you don’t “have” to buy it in order to get nice cuts. 

And while I don’t sell it, I bought a Die Brush with a Foam pad made by Sizzix to help get all the little pieces out of the cut image.  I thought it might be a worthless gadget, but I thought it helped.  Usually I use a paper piercer to poke out the pieces.  With this, I just rolled the brush over the cut image with a speedy motion and the pieces came right out.  (I don’t think you’d want to do this with delicate papers, but for cardstock it was fine.)  The wax paper made it a little more challenging because the wax pieces wanted to stick onto the foam.  In the end, I think it was a good $6 purchase at my craft store (I used a store coupon!) 


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Deals of the Week!

If you've been waiting to get your hands on the beautiful butterfly dies, you're going to be very excited to see them on sale this week!  The treat bag dies are also on sale.  Those would be great to make Halloween treats.  If you're local, I'm placing an order tomorrow (16th) and could add your items to the list.  Let me know if you need anything.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

D.I.Y. Ornaments

The moment I saw the Sleigh Ride Edgelits I thought of this ornament.  I think it’s so pretty and it’s not that difficult to make.  Here’s how I did it:

First you need to get out your Circles Framelits.  Counting from the smallest to largest, I used #6 to cut 4 white circles (I used the new thick cardstock so these would be more substantial when I layered them.)  Then I used the #7 circle and cut one white and one navy.
Then you use the Sleigh Ride edgelits to cut out the four (#6) circles.  Stager these so they will stack together nicely.  I cut two sets of trees, one of the houses and one of the sleigh.  You will need to use your scissors to finish trimming out the trees.  Also, be careful not to cut the sleigh too low on the circle.  I did that the 1st time and once I added the snow, you could no longer see the greeting.  (If you don’t want a greeting, then it’ll be fine to go low on that one!)
If you choose to use a greeting, now is the time to add it.  I used the Jingle All the Way stamp set that goes with the dies.  I think any greeting would work, however.
Next you need to get out your dimensionals.  I used lots…way more than I’d normally put onto a card.  I really wanted these layers to stay apart to add some depth.  Pay close attention to the tops of the images.  As you build the layers, it may be that the images don’t touch the layer underneath.  If that’s the case, you do not want to add dimensionals there.   (If you notice the photo below, you’ll see I only have dimensionals on the base layer of trees.  The other layers only have the dimensionals on the circular part, not the images.)
Place the layers in your desired order onto the Night of Navy #7 circle.  Be sure to place these toward the center so that you have a margin around the outside. 
Now you need other supplies:  Crystal Effects, a disposable paper plate, faux snow, a plastic spoon, a piece of window sheet (or other plastic), and 1/2 of a clear ornament.  You can find the snow and ornaments at your local craft store.  I ordered my ornaments from Amazon because they were less expensive.  At the time of this post they cost less than $9 for 24 halves.  I purchased my faux snow from PapertreyInk, but they no longer offer it on their website.  I suspect you could use a chunky glitter, sequins, or punched paper pieces instead.
Place your cardstock stack onto a paper plate.  Scoop a teaspoon of faux snow onto the center.  Try to keep it piled up in the center so it won’t interfere with your adhesive.  Remember, if you add too much snow, it will obstruct your greeting.  Just a little will do you!
Now comes the trickiest part of the project:  sticking the ornament to the paper.  I have tried this a couple of ways and found that this way works the best with the least amount of mess.  I squirt a blob of Crystal Effects onto a piece of plastic.  (I put it onto the plastic because I feel that it gives me more time to work with it since it won’t be absorbing into a piece of paper.  I reuse it multiple times.)  I dab the edges of the ornament into the Crystal Effects and make sure all parts are covered.  If you miss a spot, your faux snow will fall out! 
Now carefully place your ornament onto the cardstock.  It’s tricky.  Sometimes I don’t get it completely centered, but that’s OK.  As long as the adhesive makes contact with the paper, your ornament will be sealed.  Once attached, I leave it on the paper plate until it’s dry.  Once dry I feel the edges to make sure there are no gaps in adhesive.  If there are, I add some crystal effects to seal it.  If not, I shake it to make sure the faux snow stays inside. 
While your glue is drying, you can work on the back of the ornament.  Stamp the sentiment of your choice onto the Whisper White Thick cardstock that you cut out with the #7 Circles die.  I used the sentiments from Wondrous Wreath because I like being able to personalize the ornaments for gifts and the “to & from” stamp is the perfect size for this ornament.   
Once your ornament is dry, it’s time to finish it up.  I added some pennies with glue dots to add weight to the ornament.  I think it makes it hang better.  I also added a generous amount of dimensionals to hold the back in place and so no one will know the pennies are there.
Attach your backing (if you’re giving this as a gift, it’s best to write on it before you attach it.) 
I finish it off by adding Baker’s Twine or Cording Trim as a hanger.  Then I tied a bow with ribbon to attach to the front of the ornament.  I think it’s a great (and inexpensive gift) for family and friends. 
Now, if you don’t want to make an ornament, you can still use the layers of this project to make a card.  Just follow the instructions up to the point of adding the snow and ornament and instead cut a larger circle (#8) into a card base.  Stick your layered embellishment into the hole and you have a pretty card that you could hand deliver.
If you start now, you’d have time to make a bunch of ornaments before the holiday season begins!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Deals & Clearance!

I think the deals are awesome this week!  I needed the Confetti Heart punch, so I was happy to pick it up at a discount.  In addition to the Deals of the Week, new items have been added to the Clearance Rack.  Be sure to check it out to see if you need anything before those items are gone forever.  And if you do place an order, please be sure to use this month's hostess code 4GHHR2EW.  Thanks!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Jingle All the Way!

I know, I know, it seems like Christmas is a million miles away, but it's coming sooner than you think!  The great thing about the new Holiday catalog is that you can start planning for your holiday projects now.  Think what a joyful holiday you'll have when your cards and decorations are finished and you can just sit back and enjoy the season!

One of my favorite new things is the Jingle All the Way bundle.  I love, love, love those dies and they are SO versatile.  They remind me a little of the Tinsel & Tags kit that Papertrey Ink had last year. (Oops!  Did I mention something other than Stampin' Up?  Okay, moving along.  You read nothing about that.  lol)  Anyway, I used that kit to make some beautiful Christmas ornaments and I plan to do the same with this set.  I think it's also going to make some awesome cards.  I ordered it, but haven't used it yet, so I'm sharing a video by Carrie Cudney.  She will tell you all about it!  (And remember, I did not mention any stamp company other than Stampin' Up.  That's my story and I'm sticking with it!)