Thursday, May 21, 2015

You Did It ! Congrats!

Today, my niece graduates from high school.  She's the youngest of my brothers's children, and I'm almost certain, tears will be shed tonight.  She's also a girl after my own heart; a scrapbooker!  I'd like to say I had a hand in it, but she's an independant girl and does her own thing.  However, one thing I do know - she'll appreciate a hand-made card.




I acquired this stamp set, not too long ago, from My Favorite Things.  It's called Photo Booth and has so many fun elements.  It can be used for graduation, a wedding, a party.... so many occasions.  I also used the coordinating dies to make the chat bubbles.  It's a super fun set and I appreciate MFT so much for sending me this set to play with.


The papers that I chose are from the We R Memory Keepers Inked Rose 6"x6" paper pad.  I LOVE this set.  I mean, really love it.  I've stripped it down to the bare bones so I'll have to find more because it has the most gorgeous polka dot and striped papers EVER!  



To set this piece off, I used my May Arts chevron ribbon and glued it with adhesive dots.  I have several colors of the chevron and they are some of my absolute favorites.  The colors are so fresh and that's just one of the things that keep me coming back to May Arts Ribbon.  

Thanks for stopping by!  I've got a giveaway still going that ends Sunday, Mar. 24th, so look for the post about Deb's Blogiversary if you'd like to enter.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:



Zots Adhesive Dots

Additional supplies: Basic Grey enamel dots, Spellbinders Celebra'tions Rectangle pierced dies and circle dies, Thermoweb Medium Zots, The Paper Studio Foam Squares, Close To My Heart black archival dye ink

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links so, if you purchase a product using the link I may receive a commission. I only participate in the affiliate programs linked above because they are products that I use and love. Your purchase price is not affected in any way, by using my links.  Thank you for your support and helping me keep my content free!

#cre8time #thermoweb #mftstamps #spellbinders #basicgrey #ctmh #cdd #graduation #wedding #party #celebration

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blogiversary Party with Deb at Meticulosity!

 Welcome to the Blogiversary Party for Meticulosity!  My crafty pal Deb asked me to help celebrate and of course, I'm all about a good party.  We're Design Team sisters over at Mountain Plains Crafters and Deb is one of the sweetest people you will ever know.  I'm so happy to help her celebrate the 1 year milestone of her blog.  She's come a long way, baby!  Be sure you visit all the participating links go get in all the blog candy that's being offered.  

You can find all the links here, at Deb's post for today:


I'll be offering up blog candy as well.  More about that at the end of this post.  But first, let me quickly share a few details about this card.

I recently purchased the most gorgeous papers from Graphic 45, Time To Flourish.  These papers are super pretty and perfect for celebrating friendship.




I had two identical pages, so I chose to fussy cut some of the images from one page, to pop up those images on my card.   To begin, I'm making a shaker piece as an element on my card. 

Here's what I did:

- Punch 3/4" circle on seed packet
- Punch 1" circle on white cardstock.
- Use blending tool to ink vintage color onto the 1" circle
- Adhere 1" circle inside partially fused 1.5" clear pocket and add bling
(I chose Doubleclick Connection Skittles for my "seeds")
-Finish sealing your pocket with the Fuse and adhere pocket to card
- Pop up top layer of seed packet with thin, trimmed strips of foam squares at top and
bottom inside edges, lining up appropriately with the circle of seeds.

(Purchase your own FUSE here: http://shrsl.com/?~8o0k - affiliate link)


 I added some additional dimension here by fussy cutting some of the flowers and popping out individual buds.  It really gives it that something "extra".  I also added some Stickles glitter glue to the red flower and the popped out the center bud.


I wrapped some May Arts Ribbon Natural Burlap String around my seed packet for a natural, country feel.  There's even a few "seeds" spilling out of the packet.   


I just so happen to have an extra stamp set from the Unity Stamp Company that I'm offering up as blog candy.  This is brand new and I love it so much.  I'm thankful to count Deb as a friend so this is the perfect gift for the avid stamper. 



To qualify to win this stamp set, simply leave a comment on this blog post, including your email (spell out dot com to avoid spammers) so I have a way of contacting you.  I will select a winner via randomizer.org and announce the winner on Sunday, May 24th.  For an extra entry, share this post on your social media of choice and tell me in a separate comment, where you shared.  Good Luck!

I'll also be entering my project into the Tombow May Challenge here:











Additional supplies: Lil Inker Designs oval stitched frame die, Simon Says Stamp Goldenlock ink, May Arts Ribbon Chevron Twill, Tombow Power Bond adhesive runner, Ki foam squares, Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue Tropical Tangerine




Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links so, if you purchase a product using the link I may receive a commission. I only participate in the affiliate programs linked above because they are products that I use and love. Your purchase price is not affected in any way, by using my links.  Thank you for your support and helping me keep my content free!

#rangerink #graphic45 #simonsaysstamp #lilinkerdesigns #mayartsribbon #wrmk #wermemorykeepers #americancrafts #unitystampco #skittles #doubleclickconnection

Monday, May 18, 2015

Be Brave and Just Keep Dancing

 Another weekend, come and gone.  I struggle with Mondays, although I am happy to have my health and the ability to get up out of bed every morning.  I made this card for a friend who is facing the unknown with some medical issues.  We're all praying for good news, but in the meantime, I hope she likes this card.  It's a reminder that no matter the struggle, you can go in two directions: let the struggle win.... or win the struggle.  So be brave and just keep dancing! 

Scroll down for some of the fun details and photos


 I've colored some May Arts Ribbon Flowers.  All the ribbons on this project are from MAR.  You can press your flower directly onto an ink pad, or use a blending tool.  For the blue flower, I used my blending tool and Powder Puff chalk ink, also on the doily, as well.  For the pink, I pressed directly onto the pad.  Both options are presented so you can see the difference. 


 
I thought I'd try to make a rolled flower, using my satin ribbon and a die with my Cuttlebug.



It's all about the experiment, right?  I cut 3.5" ribbon strips and ran them through my Xyron 9" Creative Station.  I then overlapped 3 strips each, then placed the sticky side of both 3.5" strips together to form a sealed square. 

It was a little too thick and after multiple passes through my Cuttlebug, I had to finish off by fussy cutting the scalloped outline, which was actually very easy, since there was a very good impression.  I think it turned out great!




I watercolored this lovely sentiment from the ADORNit Art Play Paintables and added some Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue.  Those cute little bubbles are Skittles in the color "Stream", from DoubleClick Connections.
 


You can purchase the ADORNit Art Play Paintables here:

 





Carolee's Creations - Adornit - Art Play Paintables - 12 x 12 Paper - Be Awesome - $1.49

from: Scrapbook.com


I'm entering my project in the challenge below:





Additional supplies: Ranger Stickles Glitter glue in Lagoon, Neon Flamingo and Yellow, Tombow Dual Brush pens, Pretty Little Studio Polka Dot paper and Flag, Flowers and Pink burlap string from May Arts Ribbon, pink iridescent gemstone (maker unknown), Spellbinders Celebra'tions Rectangle Pierced dies, Quick Quotes Powder Puff ink in Tahini, Colorbox Pinkolicious ink,  My Favorite Things Die-namic rolled scallop flower die, Marvy Le Pen black ultra fine point, white gel pen, Tombow Power Bond adhesive runner, Tulip fabric paint (for adhering flowers), Tombow adhesive dots



Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links so, if you purchase a product using the link I may receive a commission. I only participate in the affiliate programs linked above because they are products that I use and love. Your purchase price is not affected in any way, by using my links.  Thank you for your support and helping me keep my content free!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Phone That Just Won't Die or A Miracle on Motorola Street

Men.  They can be so stubborn.  And "thrifty".  Take for example my husband.  Do you see this phone?  According to the Hubs, it's been dropped repeatedly (20 times or more), fallen into water, been chewed on by the dog, and been pooped on by the cat (I kid you not.  Would I kid you?)

It is evident, by appearances, that it has truly lived a long and hard life.  Granted, it's only about 4 or 5 years old, but in phone years, that's what.... about 12 years?  My husband loves his flip phone.  He's tried others, but always goes back to "Old Red".


Most recently, we let our 13 year old borrow this phone to take on his first outing with the high school band.  We should have known better.  This is a kid who trips, drops and breaks everything.  
We were naive to think that Old Red would survive a night out with the boy.  We were wrong.

As the bus arrived back from the game, late that night, our boy slowly sauntered over with that "look" on his face.  If you have boys, you know that look; both eyebrows scrunched upwards, shoulders dropped, both hands in the pants pocket and that dragging gait that bespeaks, "God, please help me."



According to the boy, he tripped and the phone fell out of his pocket.  A few minutes later, the story was revised to admit running was involved prior to said tripping.  As the rest of the evening unfolded, more details emerged, confirming what we already knew.  The fault was ours - we knew better -  it was destined to happen.

We can't really blame the kid.  We knew the risk we were taking and we took it anyway.  
Based on the Hub's not-so-illustrious experience with gadgets and phones, is it any wonder where the boy gets it?

Let me sum it all up.  The phone still works.  Unbelievable, isn't it?  There's the problem with no screen, but hey, the Hubs is happy that he can still place a call and receive a call.  Sure, he can't flip the button to tell time, so he'll probably be late for every meeting, but boy howdy, the phone still works.  






#motorola #takesalickinkeepsontickin #thisismylife #myfamilyrebelstechnology

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links so, if you purchase a product using the link I may receive a commission. I only participate in the affiliate programs linked above because they are products that I use and love. Your purchase price is not affected in any way, by using my links.  Thank you for your support and helping me keep my content free!




Friday, May 15, 2015

Washi Tape Sale 50% off ends today!

 Are you like me?  Do you have to plan your crafty purchases around payday?  With a teenage boy, draining me dry, I absolutely have to budget.  Which is why, I couldn't wait for today, the final day of the Simon Says Stamp Washi Tape sale.  Unfortunately for me, the super spectacular
extra-alley-docious (that's my word, not theirs...) watercolor tapes from We R Memory Keepers is already out of stock.  NOOO!  I'll be checking back throughout the day to see if they're back in stock (crossing fingers and toes).

Regardless, there's a whole host of other super cool washi tapes; Doodlebug Design, Heidi Swapp, My Minds Eye, just to name a few.  So hightail it over there before the rest are gone!

Use code WASHI at checkout.  It doesn't cost you a thing to use my affiliate link and I certainly appreciate it:  SSS Washi Tape Sale


 Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links so, if you purchase a product using the link I may receive a commission. I only participate in the affiliate programs linked above because they are products that I use and love. Your purchase price is not affected in any way, by using my links.  Thank you for your support and helping me keep my content free!


#simonsaysstamp #sss #washi #washitape #promocode #50off #wrmk #wermemorykeepers #cre8time



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Creating With Foil, Stamps and Glue....No Fancy Machine Required!

 If you've spent any amount of time in the crafty world, you've probably heard all about the new foil adhering machines such as Minc.  Heidi Swapp came out with one last year,


and Anna Griffin just released one in her line of products as well.  Many of these inventive tools are designed to make our crafty lives easier, but they can be pricey.

Today, I'm going to share with you how to achieve similar results, but on a budget friendly scale that won't break your bank account. 



First, let me share this video with you from my super awesome crafty friend, Rachel Kleinman.
She shared this technique which inspired me to give it a try, and I know it will inspire you as well.  I'll be adding a couple things that you won't find on the video so be sure and scroll down for all the tips and technique.  Be sure and show Rachel a little love by giving her a thumbs up or comment on her YouTube video, as well.




 
Now that you've seen Rachel's techniques, let me share my experience.

What you need:

- a stamp (leaf stamp from So Suzy Stamps)
- pasty glue (not clear)
- a bowl with warm water and soap
- soft toothbrush *optional
-bone folder knife

- craft hand wipes *optional (Crafter's Essentials)


To begin, I chose to stamp my image onto cardstock that I had already watercolored, which adds additional coloring under the foil stamped image. 


I tried to use clear glue.  Epic fail.  First, I applied way too much, directly onto the stamp.  You need a pasty glue which gives more texture, so I chose The Rubber Café Scrap Happy Glue which I picked up at the Scrapbook Expo last year.


For me, it worked better to squirt glue onto my craft mat, get it into my blender pad, then apply it directly to my stamp.  Work quickly so the glue doesn't dry before stamping and also, so that the cardstock doesn't come off on your stamp.

**Get that stamp into the warm, soapy water immediately after you've stamped!  I went ahead and stamped 2 of the leaf images, before soaking.  You don't want to ruin your stamp so let it soak immediately, along with your blending pad and tool.  Take the pad off your tool for soaking.

I used some good quality cardstock (American Craft) and didn't have any problems with paper peeling.  It looked like the image didn't properly stamp but it did so don't let appearances fool you.  Go ahead and lay your craft foil down and begin applying with your bone folder tool.

 

Keep scraping until you're satisfied that you've gotten all of your image transferred.  Lift your foil to peek at it, if you need to.  This process takes just a few minutes.  Use your craft knife to gently remove/scrape any stray pieces of foil from your cardstock.  (Isn't this gorgeous?!)


Now, it's super important to get your stamp clean.   Take your soaked stamps and go wash them some more with warm, soapy water.  Use a soft tooth brush if you need to.  I swear by the Crafter's Essentials Easy Clean hand wipes.  I use these all the time to not only clean my ink stained hands, but my craft mat and stamps as well.  It cleans my stamps like a dream, so I went ahead and used these as an extra pre-caution to make sure my stamps were like new again.  Of course, they work like a charm!  (Bonus tip - tear in half for smaller jobs and extend your supply.)



 You can find out more about the Crafter's Essentials Hand Wipes, here:


or purchase/locate dealer here:


As you can see, you can absolutely create foil images without the aid of an expensive tool.  It does take a little extra time and elbow grease, but we crafters are built on creativity and inventiveness, right?  Get busy and give this a try.  I'd love to hear about your experience. 

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instagram.com/wavingmywand or my other social media sites.


 






Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links so, if you purchase a product using the link I may receive a commission. I only participate in the affiliate programs linked above because they are products that I use and love. Your purchase price is not affected in any way, by using my links.  Thank you for your support and helping me keep my content free!


#foil #minc #annagriffin #heidiswapp #leeproducts #craftersessentials #easyclean #americancrafts #wermemorykeepers #wrmk #ranger #sosuzystamps






Monday, May 11, 2015

Painting and Distressing Paper Flowers (plus a little whimsy!)

 I see a lot of serious mixed media art and I'm blown away by the talent that's out there.  I personally know a few of those talented artists and can attest to the time and energy and love that goes into the art.  I've dabbled myself but, today, I thought I'd make something that mixes in a bit of whimsy.   Plus, Simon Says Stamp is having a fun challenge starting today, if you use their products.  More at the end of this post.

(Before you leave...come like me on FB!  facebook.com/wavingmywand )




I made some die cut flowers using my Cuttlebug and Simon Says Stamp Delicate Flower dies, along with the coordinating stamp set, Friendly Flowers.  You can purchase the set which is called Hi Lovely, here: Simon Says Stamp Hi Lovely set


I stamped the flowers with Simon Says Stamp Lavender Ink and then added some additional coloring by stamping onto my craft mat and diluting the color with water, then adding a bit of Ranger Picket Fence dabber mixed in and painting on some additional color.  I scrunched  up my flowers a bit,  then let them dry overnight.


For the whimsy, I colored onto the flower and petals with a white gel pen and gave it a "cartoonish" look.   Hey, sometimes it's fun to not take life too seriously!  I did some background stamping with the stamp that coordinates with the die, then, for the center of  the flowers on the card, I placed some Ranger glossy accent and added sead beads.

Here's a picture of the stamp and coordinating die set.




I'm linking up to these challenges:


Additional supplies: Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Lavender Ink, Twinkling H20's green shimmer paint, Quick Quotes Powder Puff purple chalk ink, May Arts Ribbon pink natural burlap string, Recollections Enamel Dot pastel green, seed beads (maker unknown), foam square dots


#ssswchallenge #simonsaysstamp #mayartsribbon #powderpuff #quickquotes #rangerink


Friday, May 8, 2015

Polka Dots and Flowers and Washi Tape Bonus Tip!

 Here's a sweet little stamp set from Craftin' Desert Divas called, "Just For Mom".  I like that this set offers so much diversity.  For example, the card below can be used for a multitude of events, not just for Mother's Day.  I plan on giving this to a good friend who just had surgery.  She's always there for everyone else, and I want her to know that her friends will be there for her too.


I colored this cutie with Tombow Dual brush pens, colored pencils (flesh tone) and a white gel pen.  I also paper pieced her dress and bow with Graphic 45 Come Away With Me pink polka dot paper.  The theme throughout is Polka Dots.   I've included some fun ribbons from May Arts Ribbon, the pom pom and chevron.





Here's a close-up




The washi tape circular background was made by laying this fun Queen & Co polka dot tape on cardstock, then cutting a 3.5" circle with my Cricut Explore.  The trick to getting perfectly lined polka dots here?  Alternate your layers by turning every other layer in the opposite direction, to line up the half circle polka dots.  There's your bonus tip for the day.  :)





I'm entering this card into these challenges:





Additional supplies: Tim Holtz distress tool, May Arts Ribbon chevron and pom pom, Marvy Le Pen ultra fine black, quilled flowers, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, Prang colored pencil (flesh tone), Ranger Adirondack black ink,  Cricut cut paper ribbon, Marvy Sunset multi-colored ink, Ranger blending tool

#cricut #cricutexplore #cricuteverywhere #cdd #queenandcompany #mayartsribbon #tombow #ranger #timholtz #graphic45 #washi #ssswchallenge #mothersday #cuttlebug #provocraft


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Starting A Scrapbook Layout "About Me"

My friend Nancy suggested I start an album about me.  Actually, she suggested this a long while ago, however, I've finally decided it's time to do it.  I've been making cards for so long, I've sort of lost my "touch" with scrapping.  It wasn't until a weekend crop about a month ago, that I renewed my gusto for making layouts.  I would say it was my son who was the impetus.  Or rather, his nagging, that I get back to making layouts of his achievements.

Also, National Scrapbook Day just happened.  It's such a fun time to focus on the craft.  I plan to enter my layout into a couple fun challenges, one of which revolves around NSD.  Look for those at the end of this post and enter yourself!

Keep scrolling and I'll show you how I made this layout.  


I started by cutting some fun embellishments with my Cricut Explore and Graphic 45 papers.  I used the Floral Embellished cartridge for the designs.


I used my Tombow Dual brush pens to make watercolors on an acrylic block.


This is the technique I used, dipping a toothbrush into the color, then misting my doilies.  I also did some font writing using my Cricut to create the beauty sentiment, along with a Cricut pen in blue.  I added some Ranger Tropical Tangerine Stickles Glitter Glue as well.




What would we do without our crafty friends?  My good friend MariLynn made me some quilled flowers.  They're so tiny so I took my Tombow adhesive dots and cut them into four pieces to stick my pretty little flowers down.  It's a great way to use just a small piece, and extend your stash!


Here's a close-up of the butterfly that I cut with my Explore.  My layout background paper is Graphic 45  Time To Flourish and the butterfly is G45 Sweet Sentiments.


I've also added some pretty May Arts Ribbon.  Below, is the scalloped adhesive ribbon.  I also used the tiny floral bud adhesive ribbon, along with natural burlap string.


This definitely took some time to put together, particularly since my brain isn't functioning at full capacity by the days end, but I think I did okay.

Here are the challenges that I'm entering:





Additional supplies: Bo Bunny crochet flower, We R Memory Keepers Enamel Dots, Gold foil chevron washi tape from Hobby Lobby St. Patricks Day collection, 6" doilies from Hobby Lobby, Recollections mini enamel dots pastel, Tombow Mono adhesive Power Bond, Bic Metallic gel pen, Cricut, Prima Marketing Flower clip, foam squares

#ssswchallenge #tombow #mayartsribbon #wrmk #graphic45




Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links so, if you purchase a product using the link I may receive a commission. I only participate in the affiliate programs linked above because they are products that I use and love. Your purchase price is not affected in any way, by using my links.  Thank you for your support and helping me keep my content free!



Saturday, May 2, 2015

National Scrapbook Day - Creating with Paper Bags at MPC + Prize!

We're so excited to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day at Mountain Plains Crafters.  All the action is happening on our Community Facebook page here:






We have a wonderful prize sponsored by Lawn Fawn, a stamp set of your choosing!  How awesome is that?  You get to pick the prize!  So what do you have to do to qualify?  First, be sure you "like" us on our Facebook page, then head over to Lawn Fawn on FB and tell them MPC sent you (not required but they'd love to hear from you!)

Be sure and comment on one or all of our trivia questions throughout the weekend.  Please only comment once per question, however each question you answer, earns you an entry!  Our design team has chosen the theme, "Creating with Paper Bags".  Yes, we're doing a little upcycling and making fun things with paper bags.  Be sure and visit their blogs and show a little love.
 Check in throughout the day Saturday and Sunday, answer the questions and we'll announce a winner on Monday.  The contest ends Sunday, May 3rd at midnight ET.   OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL

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For my project, I chose to create a set of ATC cards for scrapbooking Project Life style, using a Garden theme.  I also added some embellishments to my project, also using paper bags.

Here's what I made and yes, I even used foil!  Scroll down for more pics and info.....






Let's start with the foil ATC card:

 - Run a section of your trimmed paper bag through your Xyron Creative Station or sticker maker, large enough to accomodate 3"x4" (or use adhesive runner)
- Peel off the backing and apply a craft foil sheet

- Emboss with embossing folder (I used my Cuttlebug to emboss and Couture Creations Hyper Magical embossing folder)




Once embossed, I measured 3"x4" for ATC size and used a corner rounder.  Isn't it gorgeous?!


Next, I embossed 2 plain pieces of paper bag to embellish.  Did you know you can stack your layers and run them through your embossing machine?  Don't waste time, stack up to 4 layers and just run it through a couple times for good measure.





On this one, I did some heat embossing with a font stamp set called "Be My Guest" from Waffle Flower Crafts in gold embossing powder, stacking the lettering on the leaves.  I also created 2 paper bag flowers, one plain, the other adhered with foil, using the same technique above.  I used MFT Die-namics Rolled Scallop Flower Die with my Cuttlebug and rolled with a quilling tool.  I also added a little stitched tag for documenting a date or any journaling this this ATC card and the next one as well, using Lil' Inkers Design stitched tag die.


Lastly, I did some inking with Quick Quotes Powder Puff  Ink by directly and "gently" inking the raised surfaces.  I added some Ranger glossy accents to one of the leaves and sprinkled glitter, then accented with some pretty flower sequins from Craftin' Desert Divas "mini bloom".




You can incorporate these fun paper bag ATC cards into your documented scrapbooking.  The garden theme is perfect for Spring pages, a garden lover or any celebration where flowers are a focal point.  I hope you like my paper bag project as much as I do.  I would love if you shared your thoughts in the comment section.  Thanks so much!

 #NSD2015 #mftstamps #prize #giveaway


Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links so, if you purchase a product using the link I may receive a commission. I only participate in the affiliate programs linked above because they are products that I use and love. Your purchase price is not affected in any way, by using my links. Thank you for your support and helping me keep my content free!

#nsd2015 #lawnfawn #lilinkerdesign #wrmk #ranger #paperbags #upcycle #recycle #scrapping #cdd