Merry Minis Clean & Simple Christmas Card

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Ok, so I’m finally getting some of my favorite swap cards from convention photographed and edited to be able to share them with you.  (I know, I’m only a month behind the curve on this! 🙂 )  I love how I get a variety of style and design ideas from the super talented other ladies and guys I meet at Convention.

In this case, I was super impressed by the simplicity of this card but it still packed a Wow! punch for me.  Get it… punch… ha ha.  Ok, I’m probably the only one laughing.  🙂  But I loved this idea for how to use the new Merry Minis punch pack.

Card design by Kristen Little

All you need is a Whisper White card base, wrap some Gumball Green stitched satin ribbon around the front (ps – starting tomorrow, you can get a spool of the stitched satin ribbon free with every $40 order), and add your die cut to the center.  To make the center piece, she cut out a piece of Whisper White paper using the Scallop Rectangle clearlit die for the Big Shot.  Then punch out three trees using the tree punch from the Merry Minis punch pack.  Add a piece of Gumball Green cardstock behind the punched shapes and top each tree with a rhinestone.  Adhere to the front of your card and stamp your sentiment on the front and your are done!

Easy peasy!

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Merry Minis Christmas Card Recipe
Stamps:
Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Gumball Green
Paper: Whisper White, Gumball Green
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Big Shot, Scallop Rectangle clearlit, Merry Minis punch pack, Gumball Green stitched satin ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

One More Princess Birthday Card

If you are looking at this project sample today and think it looks familiar, you are right! 🙂

While working on my Make & Take at convention using this Quinceanera stamp set, I had the white diecut cut out, the edges pierced, the princess stamped, the paper pieced dress cut and adhered, and most of the coloring done…. then I colored in the girl’s skin itself.  Lets just say I was a little confused about the directions and everytime I tried to fix things she just kept getting darker and darker!  But that sort of thing has never happened to you has it? 😉

Long story short, I started over and tried again and got the version I used on my treat bag.  But that meant I came home with this main image all done and it would have been silly just to throw it away.  So, I decided to put together a card so you could see how you might use this stamp set even if you didn’t know someone celebrating a Quinceanera.  (Next up, I think I’m going to make a wedding card or bridal shower card with this set!)

I also used the new 1 1/4” Scallop circle punch from the new Holiday catalog (Yay for more nesting punches, right?!) and more Pool Party ruffled ribbon.

So, what do you think?  What do you think this stamp set would be good for?  Leave me a comment and I may try to make samples for some of your ideas!

 

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Quinceanera Princess Birthday Card Recipe
Stamps:
Quinceanera, Pennant Parade
Ink: Stazon Black, Primrose Petals, Crumb Cake
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Primrose Petals, Pool Party
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Essential Piercing Pack, Paper Piercer, Piercing Pad, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Big Shot, 1-1/4” Scallop circle punch, 3/4” Circle punch, Blender Pen, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals

When Life Gives You Scraps, Make a Card!

Recently, I’ve been on a kick where I really want to use up my scraps when I get done with a project.  I have sooo many scraps and stamped or punched out pieces that I decided not to use for one reason or another, that I just want to get them used up so that my scrap piles don’t keep getting bigger and bigger!

So, I was looking around my craft table and started picking up the pieces and throwing them together in hodge-podge ways.  Well, out popped a Christmas card!  I know it isn’t the most amazing Christmas card out there, but it was fun to play with my new Merry Minis Punch Pack!

 

So, I had the pre-embossed piece of Whisper White cardstock that used the retired Snow Burst embossing folder.  (Want to know the really sad thing?  I’m pretty sure I never used this embossing folder before it retired; and of course now I want to use it all the time!)  I had an extra Basic Grey card base, so I added a matting of Rich Razzleberry for some subtle color.  And then I grabbed a left over piece of the Silver Glimmer Paper (this shape is the top of one of the labels from the Apocathary Accents framelit collection, trimmed off so the main part could be used as a mat in my Quinceanera treat bag project).

Then I just added some punched ornaments from my Merry Minis Punch Pack and added a rhinestone to the centers.  Then the sentiment came from my retired Many Merry Messages stamp set.

I promise it looks better in person than the picture gives it credit for. 🙂  Plus, I used up a bunch of my scraps, HOORAY!!

So, how about you?  Have you used your scraps recently?

 

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Quinceanera Treat Bag, Perfect For Any Princess

Well, I hope you had as great of a weekend as I did!  I had relatives from the midwest and California in town for the weekend and so we did a lot of visiting and traveling around the Seattle area.  This was the first time my hubby’s Grandma, Aunt, and Uncle had met our daughter Caitlin; so that was cool as well!  Anyway, that kept me away from my computer and blogging a bit more than I was thinking – so, here I am trying to get caught back up. 🙂

I thought I’d share this cute treat bag we made at the Hispanic Night event at Convention.  This is a free evening activity that is meant to help share some of the cultural differences that you sometimes see with Hispanic families and crafters here in the US.  Its always a very interesting night and there were some AMAZING stamping demonstrations!  And, then we got to stamp ourselves!

So, here is the project we made:

 

I loved the details like the paper pieced dress (we stamped the image a second time on Pool Party cardstock and then cut out the dress and glued it down onto the Whisper White image), the Silver glimmer paper behind the Apocathary Accents framelit piece, paper piercing the outline of the die cut shape using the matching Paper Piercing Pack, coloring with markers, and then the stamped and punched flowers on the bag!  Just a couple details, right? 🙂

 

When we got to our table for the event that evening, this is what everyone had (so you can see the whole stamp set too!).  It was the make and take kit, the stamp set, and a bingo sheet.

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I have to admit I squealed out loud when I saw the stamp set because I had been eyeing this stamp set for a while because I loved the image of the girl and I thought that the Princess, the crown, and the flower stamps could be used by anyone – regardless of if they spoke Spanish or not.  I just didn’t know anyone who would need a Quinceanera card (for those of you who aren’t familiar with Quinceanera, it is like a cross between a sweet 16 party –only at 15, a coming out event, and at the scale like a wedding!  It’s a pretty big deal!).  Anyway, I was so thankful that Stampin’ Up! gave us this set.

And then, to top off the evening, I got a bingo and won some Glimmer Paper, a Christmas stamp set, and some Stitched Satin Ribbon!  How cool is that?!  And if you can see, check out more of the amazing samples they had on display next to me on the display board.

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If you are going to convention next year, I totally recommend going to Hispanic Night.

 

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A Blast From the Past (plus Free Stamps too)

Yay! It’s the weekend and this weekend is a fun one for our family as we have relatives from Kansas out to visit for the first time since Caitlin was born. 🙂

Today we are taking the kids (and everyone else) on a ferry ride and heading to Bainbridge Island for a while.  I think Nicholas will love being on the boat and hopefully it will be more checking out the boats and scenery outside and less running around like a crazy person inside the ferry… but I could be dreaming!

 

Anyway, I finally got all of my retired items updated on my Stamps+ For Sale page and thought I would put together a special BOGO style sale for this next week in the hopes of clearing out the shelf space and giving everyone a great deal in the process!

 

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In the meantime, I thought I would pull up some fun “blast from the past” cards that use some if the items I have listed.  Hope you enjoy!

Paper Pieced Card using “A Slice of Life” stamp set

Baby Card using the “Congrats” stamp set

Faux tiling with the “Fresh Vintage” stamp set

Two cards with Canvas Cuts, Fashion District Rubons, and Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla satin ribbon

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You’re Amazing Ticket Banner Card from Convention

Alright, today is another share of the Stampin’ Up! convention make & takes.  I LOVED the variety and number of different projects we got to make and I thought that the projects we made with the You’re Amazing stamp set were especially unique.  And I’ll admit, this card is not at all hard to do, it does take a little bit of time to put together. 🙂

 

There are so many details to this card and after creating it, I think I might just hang it over my desk to remind myself that even when I’m feel low and my self-esteem has taken a hit, that I can have amazing moments too.  And I can remember how much I enjoyed creating this card.

Some tips if you are making a card like this:

  • When using the Essentials Paper Piercing pack to create a dotted outline for a die cut shape or stamped image, I recommend placing the piercing template on your card base first so you can line it up exactly where you want it to be; then do your piercing, and then add in your center piece.
  • If you want to make a string of little punched tickets (or any shape), I stamped my images first, pierced the hole for running the linen thread through, and then punched out the ticket shape.  You can punch them out and stack them up and pierce the hole, but I didn’t want to have to deal with trying to hold onto the little tiny pieces while piercing.
  • I actually tied the linen thread through the end of the die cut shape to help hold the banner up
  • Depending on your personality, you can opt to leave the ticket banner hanging loosely in the front of your card…. or you can be like me and use a glue dot behind each ticket to place it precisely where you want it to go! 🙂  The tickets may not necessarily hang evenly, but at least they will stay put.
  • The little hearts are actually a clever trick of punching out the 4-petal flower from the Itty Bitty Punch pack and then trimming off two of the petals to make a tiny heart.  This makes it even smaller than the single small heart punch.
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Like I said, there are a lot of details, but honestly, that is what made this card so fun for me.  If you check out my blog very often, you see that a lot of the projects I tend to make are the more quick and simple cards – cards that have one or two cool details but don’t take much time to put together.  So, when I get to sit down and focus on more details on the card every now and then it is actually pretty relaxing for me. 🙂  Am I the only person like this?

 

So, even if you don’t have time to do this whole project, hopefully you got some ideas for different elements to try in your projects in the future.  Though I’ll admit, I’m most addicted to my Essential Piercing Pack, what is your favorite piece to try?

 

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You're Amazing Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Ticket Banner Card Recipe
Stamps:
You’re Amazing
Ink: Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, More Mustard
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Primrose Petals, More Mustard, Midnight Muse, Early Espresso
Accessories: Punch Pack, Linen Thread, Basic Pearls, Essential Piercing Pack, Paper Piercer, Piercing Pad, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Big Shot, Ticket Builder punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Christmas Card with the Stained Glass Technique

I’m getting ready for my Crystal Effects technique class tomorrow and I always love running this class because it reminds me to use one of my favorite techniques – the “Stained Glass” technique.  This technique uses Crystal Effects, reinker, and some glitter to let you color in any image on a Window Sheet giving you a pretty look that is reminiscent of a stained glass window.

In this case, we’ll be using the Snow Much Fun stamp set for our image:

 

I tried doing a close up of the image so you can get a sense of the look you get when you are done.

It is a really easy method for coloring in your images with a lot of wow factor. 🙂  Hope this gave you a fun idea to try on one of your projects soon!

 

And if you want to join us tomorrow for this class, you can rsvp here!

 

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Affection Collection Convention Make & Take Card

Ok, I’m going to make today another quick post.  Today is the start of my HUGE craft garage sale (I think this time is bigger than last time!)  So, I’m finishing trying to cram everything on 6 – 6ft tables, 1 – 4 ft table, 3 card tables, 4 tv-trays, and any other surface I can find!

Come shop for a ton of great deals today in Bellevue,WA from 9am to 3pm!

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If you aren’t local, watch my blog and facebook page for a special BOGO sale for remaining items!

Ok, now on to the pretty pictures, right?  🙂

This is one of the Affection Collection (found in the new Holiday Catalog) make and takes we did at Convention this year.  The thing I love about this card is that it is soooo easy and doesn’t take a ton of supplies – yet it looks really cool.

See, check out the image closer up:

All you are doing is layering different images from the stamp set to make a cool collage look on the front of your card.  Here is what all is included in the stamp set:

Affection Collection Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Cute huh?

Alright, well I know I’m keeping it short today but I hope you have a great Saturday and I’ll be back with more fun project ideas soon!

 

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How I Organize My Craft Room

Recently as I reorganized my craft room, I had folks asking to see what I had changed and how I had organized.  So, in one of those very rare moments a few weeks ago where the surfaces in my scrap area were actually clean, I took a few pictures to share with you.

Now that I’m actually writing up the post to go with them, I’m realizing that some of the pictures are dark or I didn’t get a close-up of something I thought was interesting; but in the interest of actually getting this post up (and who knows when I’ll get my room this clean again! Smile) I thought I would share what I have.

So, if you are curious about a part of my organization that I don’t have a close up photo of, leave me a comment and I’ll see about getting a picture and more explanation for you!

The Big Picture

So, this is a close-to-all-encompassing shot of my craft space.  To the right (behind the cradle) is the sliding glass door to our backyard.  So, when I’m crafting in the afternoon, I actually get some nice natural light.  But in general, I’ve optimized to be out of the way of my 2.5 yr old running in and out of the house and to be within arms reach of my most common supplies.

my craft room

The Most Used Stuff is in Arm’s Reach!

70-80% of what I use to make most of my projects can be seen in this picture and was my biggest area of optimization so that I could be sitting at my table and just swivel around in my chair and reach what I needed.

my craft room paper and stamp storage

So, the most important things… my stamps, cardstock, ink, and embellishments are right there where I can grab them as I’m designing.  This may seem like a duh moment for you but after almost a year of having things on shelves scattered across the room; this was huge for me.  For example, I was getting soooo sick of wanting to grab a piece of cardstock and being so irritated that I had to get out of my chair and walk across the room to grab a piece of paper. I know totally lazy! But when you are only getting in craft time in 20 minute increments due to overlapping nap times, you suddenly care about every minute!

Anyway, so, let me tell you about some of my favorite things here:

1.  Having my cardstock right there and easy to grab! I use those magazine holders for your shelves only instead of having them stand upright (so you can see the short front panel facing out) – I tilt them on their back so that what is normally the top is actually facing out.  This gives me tall sides to hold up my paper but maximizes allowing me to see the colors I have and I don’t have to take the holders off the shelf to get a piece of cardstock out!

2.  I’m storing my 12×12 designer series paper in those colored milk-crates on the bottom shelves.  I have struggled for years to figure out how to store my 12×12 paper in such a way that I can easily tell what I have and find the right paper to use on a give project.  This is my favorite method to date.  I keep my 12×12 packs in big ziploc bags and then put all the bags in a single crate.  Because of the wide open top, I can slide the crate forward and then start flipping through my paper packs – kind of like folks used to do with records in record stores!  I found that if I kept my paper in big magazine-style holders like I do my cardstock, I couldn’t easily flip through and I would often forget what I had.  Usually until after I finished a project and then I would see something and think – “that would have been perfect for the project I just finished! Oh well!”

3. Can you tell I love my Stack and Store embellishment caddiesSmile  Seriously, LOVE THEM!  Again, this came down to me realizing that if I can’t easily see the embellishment, I’m not going to remember to use it.  These things spin like a dream and I can use empty embellishment containers to store extras of random stuff I’ve been hording for years.  I swear I’ll use everything someday… no really…. !

4.  Stamps and Ink are right there!  I used to have my retired stamps over in a cupboard and my current stamps near by.  But I realized that separating them out like that meant I NEVER used my retired stamps and also had a false sense of how many stamps I had because I only saw the current ones.  So, now I have all my stamps grouped together and just have marked on the outside of the stamp boxes which stamps are retired.

Here is a closer in picture of the IKEA shelf unit next to the “arm’s reach bookshelf”:

my craft room ikea drawers

I can spin my Ink caddy from my chair and then the top drawer of my unit contains all my different adhesives and adhesive bling.  So, when I need a Stampin’ Dimensional or some Sticky Strip, it is right there.

A little further out of my reach (so I actually have to stand up for this one) are my punches and Big Shot dies.  Yes, I use punches or dies on just about everything I create – but something had to be further away and they just fit so nicely here don’t you think?

You can also catch a glimpse of my hanging racks that hold my glitter, embossing powder, and heat gun (which has newly been replaced by the new fabulous SU heat gun).

All The Rest

I swear it doesn’t look this messy/cluttered in real life!  But I commandeered this Pottery Barn bookshelf and desk combo from my Hubby when we moved back into this house and it turned out to be the perfect size for my scrapbook albums and Stampin’ Up! catalogs!

my craft room scrapbook shelves

 

So, the shelves are full of albums, premade cards (that is those boxes on the center middle shelf), catalogs, and misc extras.  I try to keep the desk area clean for overnight guests to use or to have a small area for picture taking.

And last, is the big pantry (yes, this bookcase was literally purchased to be a pantry when we lived in a smaller apartment!)  I LOVE how strong these shelves are, and with the doors, this became a perfect storage spot for my extra tools, class items, and 12×12 cardstock.  To be honest, I have about 2 shelves in this entire bookcase that I grab supplies from regularly; so it is great to have a place to put everything else and close the door to keep toddler hands away and extra mess contained!

my craft room bookshelf

What I Used For Storage

So, hopefully these pictures help give you some ideas for how to store your supplies.  I’ve found that since I reorganized, I get so much more done and with less hassle!  My big tip?

Keep the supplies you use most often within reach of your crafting chair!

But since you will need furniture and boxes for storage, these are the items that I love:

1.  BESTA bookcases from IKEA – this is what I use for my cardstock storage, stamps, and tools.  It is found in the Living Room/Media Room section of IKEA and it is designed to hold heavy stuff, so it actually holds up well to the weight of my paper

2.  BYGEL rails and baskets from IKEA – I found these to be cheap (like a few bucks a rod – cheap) and be PERFECT for punch storage.  I store my old “whale tail” black punches on the wall from these racks.  But even cooler is the $1.99 wire baskets that they sell to hang on the rods are an exact fit for the new slimline punches!  So, another easy organization move.

3.  Magazine style holders for your paper – you can get them in wood, plastic, cardboard, etc from most organization stores (or online here and earn some Northwest Stamper reward punches at the same time!)

4.  Stack and Store caddy from Stampin’ Up! – I haven’t seen anything like it but I cannot do without my caddies (check out the Stack and Store caddies online).  I love that I can stand there and spin my rack to see everything I have in the way of brads/buttons/eyelets/beads/etc, and so I use my stash!  Having items in a drawer just didn’t work for me.

 

Like I said, if you have any questions or are curious about something I didn’t point out specifically, leave me a comment and I’ll try to give you more details to try at home!

 

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Stampin Garage Sale this Weekend!

I just wanted to post a reminder to all of you that are somewhat near the Seattle area that this weekend is my last big Stampin’ Garage sale of summer.  I’ve gotten together 4 other gals to join me in this event, including 2 who did not participate in the last sale – Yay! new stuff!!.

We will be selling A TON of stamps…. where A TON = over 200+ sets… including new unmounted stamps.  Plus we will have lots of other supplies including:

  • Punches
  • Designer Series Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Embellishments
  • Ribbon
  • Chalks
  • Alterable items (like tins, albums)
  • Scrapbook albums
  • Tools
  • Die Cuts
  • and more!

Oh!  And premade cards!  All my samples (except what is on my display board) will be available for sale as well.  So you can stock up on your stash or just take home your favorite ideas.

If you want a sneak peek at the items I have going into the sale, you can check out my Stamps and Accessories for sale.  But I’m doing another pass through my craft room and taking a hard look at my overflowing embellishment caddies, ribbon holders, dsp, and stickers to see what else really could use a new home.

So, if you love a good deal and are interested in checking it out, all the details can be found on my events calendar.  It will be in Bellevue, WA on 8/18 and Newcastle, WA on 8/19!

Hope to see you there!  If you stop by, be sure to say hi and that you saw this post. 🙂

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