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Gingerbread Christmas!

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

   I’m very excited to share this card today! This stamp set has been on my “To Do List” since I first saw it! I LOVE gingerbread! My whole theme for Christmas is gingerbread!


   I used the Sweet Christmas stamp set & coordinating dies from Lawn Fawn. You can actually build your own little gingerbread house with this set! OMGoodness, it is so adorable!!! First, I decided I wanted to use the 6×6 paper pad from Doodlebug called “Santa Express”. I decided this was the perfect color palette for my card! Other than a small piece on the inside, I only used this pad for the colors. I stamped out all the images using MFT black hybrid ink. I figured if I was going to make an educated opinion on this ink vs memento tuxedo black, I needed to actually use it. Next, I colored them up and used the coordinating dies to cut them out. Things like the windows and peppermints on the house looked funny to me with the little white border, so I just fussy cut those. Then, I added glossy accents to the candy, and some Doodlebug Lily White Sugar Coating glitter to the gumdrops on the house (also the ones on the inside), and the bows. The red bow looked more pink, so I decided to add the Doodlebug metallic red glitter to it. I also put liquid applique on the white parts of the gingerbread people. The next day, I made it puffy by hitting it with my heat tool. Once I did all this, the hard part began. I decided I wanted a scene card. I don’t normally do scene cards, so this was a challenge. I used Tumbled Glass distress ink for the mounting cardstock, then used the stitched hillside dies for the snowy hills. The hills are popped up on foam tape to give it dimension. Some of the different elemtents are also popped up on glue dots to add some different layers. I adhered the candy with rolled up glue dots.

   For the sentiment, I used Claire’s ABC’s (also by Lawn Fawn) and made my own. Of course, me being me, I didn’t decide to do this until after everything was adhered down, so some touch ups were made with a black marker.


   Here, you can see the details of the gingerbread people and the hearts. Before putting glossy accents on the hearts, I went over them with the clear wink of stella marker. The glossy accents just enhances the sparkle when it’s dry. You can also see that I added glossy accents to the green card base and the trees. With all the gloss & sparkle, the card base looked plain. In this picture, you can also see the little white dots I added as snow with a stylus and some opaque white.

   On this side, you can see the extra details on the house. I didn’t like the door just colored in, so I decided to use one of my coveted enamel dots. I really like the little difference it made. I like how the peppermints turned out, but I don’t like when I use glossy accents it seems to make the stuff under it darker. So, my “white” doesn’t look white.


   I didn’t have anyone in mind when making this card, but I knew I’d probably want to write a message. To give me space, I shifted the sentiment to the left side of the card. This adds interest and leaves me room for a message. 🙂

   That’s it for my card today, I don’t think I left out any details. The copic list and all the products I used are listed below.


Copics Used:

Brown: E34, E35, E37, E39
Reds: R17, R27; R37, R59, R89
Green: YG21, YG11, YG13, YG17
Yellow: Y13, Y17
Pink: RV14, RV17
Blue: BG53, BG57
White: 0, C00, C1, C3
Window Glow: Y21, Y23, Y26


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Storage Saturday!!! Storing Dies

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

   Hey, y’all! it’s been a couple Saturdays. Had to go to a wedding and last Saturday I was resting up from all the crafty work I did the week of Halloween. So, now I’m back. I wanted to show you how I store my dies. Not the Sizzix dies. I don’t think I even have any of those any more. I gave them all to my sister. I’m talking about the wafer thin dies that are SO popular right now!


   I store my dies using the magnetic binders. There are a few stores that sell them. Taylored Expressions has full kits of them and that’s where I initially got mine. I had to replace on of the binders because one fell off my shelf and the posts broke. All the others fell off the shelf and none of their posts broke, so they are pretty sturdy. Basically, the binders are made out of a translucent plastic with a slip on the front where you can label them. You can also purchase magnetic sheets which will hold your dies in place.


   I have mine labelled by how I search for my dies. Most Used, which includes builders, word dies, border dies, alphabets, and frames. This is the binder I’m constantly reaching for. If my collection of word dies keeps growing, I may have to move them to their own binder. Same for the alphabets! Circles & Ovals, which are basic cirle & oval dies, but also the additional scalloped, pinking, and decorative additions you can add. Label 1, Squares, Rectangles, and Other Nesties, which are the Labels 1 dies by Spellbinders (This is one of my favorite shapes!), Squares and all their decorative counterparts, rectangles and all their decorative counterparts, and other nesties; these are the stackable stars from Lawn Fawn, and other random shapes by Spellbinders and other companies. Tags, Labels, Frame Sets, Other Elements, & Backgrounds, which are my label dies, tag dies (except the ones I use the most), some of the Spellbinders sets like the Moroccan Set with the border, and other elements. It also holds my 1 background die. I would love a few others, but those are usually the most expensive and when I go to buy one, I end up deciding not to because I can cut out backgrounds with my Silhouette for a LOT cheaper! Theme border, Theme Elements, Flowers, and Nature, which are borders I don’t constantly reach for like the flower & wave borders. Theme Elements are my balloon dies (I seem to collect these!); cityscapes, Flowers are all my building flower dies, and leaf dies. Nature is where I have my cloud dies, Stitched Leaves, Stitched Snowflakes dies. Okay. But you don’t have a binder for coordinating dies for stamps! I’ll get to that down below. 😉


   Some of my dies, like my Lifestyle Crafts nesting dies are too large to go in the binder part. I took some full magnet sheets, I got mine from Staples, and put 1″ score tape across the back to hold it really well. Then I put them on the inside, but on the front cover. This way, they’re held in place and I don’t have to worry about them fitting or having something else to hold them. I only have 2, the circles and the ones that I used on the Our Favorite Santa card. I put a piece of post it tape across them because when you run them through your die cut machine, they like to bend. So, sometimes they like to fall off. The post-it tape acts like a strap to hold them in.

   Now, I’m going to put the other pictures of how some of the dies are organized in smaller photos. They’ll be linked to the larger version.

This is how I store my word dies. In order to label them, I use my labeller and use an abbreviation of the manufacturer (Mama Elephant is MA; Lawn Fawn is LF; etc…) and then write the name that the company identifies the die as.This way I can fit more in a smaller amount of space! If I have one like the ones by Paper Smooches that have multiple words, I’ll list each word that’s in the set. I’ll also put word dies that belong with another die set, for instance the “Type It” set by Mama Elephant. I’ll just make sure to label them with that set name. Easy peasy!
I use my label maker to make labels for each of the die sets I have. I’ll put them either in the upper corner (I do this for Spellbinders) or under the actual die. I did this with the borders on the right. Underneath the grass border, it says, “LF – grass”
Sometimes I will store another set within the first set. I did this on the left picture at the top. The outside 2 frames are Femme Frames and the inside is Type it. Both are by Mama Elephant. On the right is how I store my alphabet stamps. Nice and simple. if I have coordinating number stamps, and they’ll fit, I’ll usually put them on the same page.

   Now, onto the burning question… Where do you put your coordinating dies that match stamps?


   Simple! I store them with the stamps. How I store my stamps is going to be another post. I go into the Dollar Tree and can find 4×6 magnetic photo holders. The part that holds the photo is like a page protector and can easily be peeled off. I can usually get 2 for $1. Then, I cut them to fit the size of all the dies together. I’ll adhere this to the back of the stamp set. They don’t get lost, they don’t pile up at the bottom, and I can easily see what stamps I have dies for. If I can, I like to arrange the dies in the same way as the stamps are on the other side. In the picture above, I’ve done this. I don’t have this problem with this set, but this way if I have some dies that I don’t know which set they belong to (I’m notorious for getting the Mama Elephant dies on the wrong stamp), all I have to do is look at the stamp set. 🙂

   I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into my craft room! What would you like to see next? I have a list of 45 posts (I was keeping it small), just of Storage Saturdays. I have LOTS of ideas! Most of them are pretty cheap, but useful! The links to all the supplies I used are down below.


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Spooktacular Goodie Bags! VIDEO!

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

   Yes, you read that right, I’m posting Halloween treats in November. I should probably be known as the Procrastinating Crafter instead of the Purrfectionist Crafter. Course, my son said I could be known as the “PP Crafter” (Procrastinating Purrfectionist Crafter). Ummm…. No thank you, son.

   I actually have 2 different treats to share with you. The first I made for my daughter’s class. Just a little something. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen it. They only held 2 little 2 packs of Starburst candy. I think I could’ve shoved some more in, but I didn’t want to load them up too much on candy as I knew they were already going to get lots that night. I think they turned out super cute!

For the pillow box, I used the WRMK pillow box punch board. For the wings, eyes, and fangs, I used a Silhouette cut file (linked below). Really easy to put together!

For the back, I used the sentiment “You’re a fang-tastic friend” from Lawn Fawn’s Spooktacular stamp set.

   Now, for holidays, teacher appreciation days, and just some random days throughout the year, I give the teachers and staff of both of our schools a little treat. Why? We have awesome schools, first of all! Second? Both of my children, being on the spectrum, need special services and I LOVE to let everyone know how much I appreciate what they do. They’re always going above and beyond to make sure that we’re taken care of and that our children get the best education possible. They really appreciate it too. I think everyone deserves a thank you sometimes, and just saying “thank you” can lose it’s value over time. The hard part about this is that between speech teachers, special ed teachers, office staff, principals, guidance teachers, librarians, and all the elective teachers, our total is up to 33 teachers. I give to all of them, because they all help us out in their own way.

   So, after all that… I actually used some Halloween paper I’ve had in my collection for a while. Yeah, I still have a couple pieces left. Hey, it’s really cute paper! Okay, so for these, I used the WRMK gift bag punch board. I go a little more into detail on this on the video, but I was so proud of myself that I didn’t have to buy the treat bag die from Lawn Fawn… Punching is HARD on your arms! Plus, with it being a punch board, you’re never going to get a truly perfectly lined up bag. There will always be human error, whereas with the die, every piece is the exact same size as the previous piece and should line up perfectly. I’ll definitely be buying the die. Now, don’t get me wrong… The punch board is an AWESOME tool! Just not when you have to make more than 10. Okay, moaning and groaning about my poor arms is done.


   I bet I sound really hateful in the video. I’m just giving honest opinions. About the twine. I LOVE everything Doodlebug Design makes! I loved their twine before I got my hands on the Lawn Fawn twine. There are also times where a twine that is more like embroidery floss is better for the job. I’m just being a spoiled brat about it. But I DO LOVE the Doodle Twine.

   I think that was all I wanted to clarify a little more before showing the video. Everything is explained in there. Oh, if you’ll let me know in the comments if you’d prefer I also put the instructions in the blog post, I’ll start to do that. I just prefer watching videos instead of reading instructions.

Video


I figured I’d also show the pictures of my kids for Halloween.

Simon went dressed as a ninja. He kept getting asked if he was Sub Zero. 🙂
My daughter went as a butterfly fairy.

I also made my daughter’s tutu and wand for her costume. First time I’ve ever made either, and I really like how they came out. She got a ton of compliments on them. The wings were from Party City and next year, they’re my Halloween costume. 🙂

Supplies:

Bat Pillow Box Treats


Spooktacular Treat Bags