Monday, November 24, 2014

Day 1 (of 12) Days of Christmas Hop - Bib Cards

The day has finally come!! It's my first year in the Honeybearz Designs Annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!! Over the next 12 days I will post a new project daily along with many talented bloggers and guest designers. What's in it for you? Well... boundless inspiration, generous craft companies/sponsors and giveaways galore! 


If you've arrived here form Miranda's blog you're in the right place! If not please feel free to start from the beginning of the hop by clicking here.

Giveaways and Sponsors -

Comment on all the blogs in the hop to be entered to win some amazing blog candy from our sponsors and me! Today I will list all the sponsors in this post. Look for a complete list check on my sidebar starting tomorrow.


On to the project!!!! I created a pair of bib cards starting with a kit from The Paper Cut.  It includes the pre-cut cards and the overlays to place on the outside, inside or both. I've always been interested in stamping my own random word background so I created one for these cards. I used almost all of the 27 stamps in the Limited Edition: Joy set from Clear and Simple Stamps. Plus a couple of stamps from Hero Arts and Stampin' Up! to complete the card.

Here's a closer look at the first card. This one-of-a-kind card is perfect for spreading holiday cheer!

Supplies:

·       Clear and Simple Stamps – Limited Edition: Joy stamp set
·       Stampin’ Up! – Itty Bitty Bits, 25 & Counting, embossing buddy
·       Dotted heart stamp – stash
·       Stampendous - Nativity Christmas, Detailed gold embossing powder
·       Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle – Midnight Maddness: Detail, Opaque, glitter embossing powder
·       The Paper Cut  - bib cards & overlays, black mirricard cardstock
·       Bazzill Basics – White cardstock
·       Martha Stewart – scalloped circle layering punch
·       Gold, silver adhesive glitter cardstock – stash
·       Memento Ink – rhubarb stalk, ladybug
·       Versafine ink – Onyx black
·       Encore ink – Metallic Gold
·       Stazon ink – Jet Black
·       Nicole Heat tool
·       Tim Holtz grid blocks
·       Multi matte medium
·       Xyron 2.5”, 5”
·       Scotch ATG

In order to create the word collage I used my grid work surface to line up the stamps before pushing them onto a acrylic block all at once. The gridlines help you keep everything straight.


The second card boast bold color, glitter cardstock and glitter embossing powder from Sparkle 'n Sprinkle for that extra special flair. Stazon works best when stamping on glitter paper.

Thanks for hopping by! Don't forget to leave me a nice comment to be entered into the drawings. And for a chance at a crafty grab bag of goodies from me, follow me on all social media. Leave me another comment telling me where you followed me and your username so I can follow you back. Here are my links:
  1. Pinterest
  2. Instagram
  3. YouTube
  4. Facebook
  5. Twitter
  6. Follow me on blogger or Bloglovin - links on my sidebar.

Thanks, good luck and please hop next to Sandy's blog!!


The entire lineup for today is:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Christmas Project Life Scrapbooking


My 9-year-old daughter was inspired today to get back to creating her Christmas project life scrapbook for grandma an auntie. If you're just joining us please check out Zora's first four posts - day 1day 2, day 3 and day 4.

She's in the middle of memorializing her second Christmas in 2006. She paper pieced a journaling card at the top right and created her own square snowman scene complete with glitter snowflakes using the Spica pens.


Here's a closer look at that snowy scene! Her creative mojo was in full effect! I love how she knew to ground the image as well. 


The back side of the page showcases her auntie and her gifts. Zora is not afraid of mixing colors and patterns! Ah, to be a kid again!


Thanks for stopping by! Your comments mean the world to my little girl so thanks in advance for them!

We have great news to share! She has been invited to join the (advanced classes) enrichment program at her elementary school. With the assessment she took we now know how she learns, her IQ and are excited to see the academic heights she will ascend to! #PROUDMAMA

La-Vie

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

SAVE the DATE! Nov. 24 - Dec 5 for the 5th Annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!


I'm so excited to be a part of the 5th annual 12 days of Christmas Blog Hop hosted by Honeybearz Designs! Including me, there are 27 blogs in the lineup. This will be my first year participating and I'll post all 12 days of the hop so please help spread the word and save the date!



Here's the complete list of all the amazing sponsors for the 12 Days of Christmas Hop including a link to each of their shops. Feel free to preview each before the hop.
Honeybearz has featured a few of the sponsors on their blog. Check those posts out here: My Creative Time, SVG Attic and Little Scraps of Heaven Designs.

La-Vie

Monday, November 3, 2014

Wedding Card Collabo Featuring Our Daily Bread Designs, Gelatos and Color Me


Hello everyone! Prep for my post today started a couple of months ago when I was teaching my 9-year-old daughter craft techniques using Gelatos on Color Me card toppers by Hot off the Press. She loves art and painting so I figured Gelatos would be a great tool for her. I gave her the guidelines, a card topper, the gelatos and a baby wipe and off she went coloring and blending. What she came back with was stunning. So I promised that one day I would make a card with her creation.

Fast forward to the present. I came across the card topper my daughter colored this past weekend at the precise moment I was scrambling to find a starting point for a unique card for a young couple who's wedding I was about to attend. So I remembered my promise and got to work. Here's what I cam up with.

The card topper was rectangular in the beginning but I asked my daughter to cut out the bottom edge along the design to bring more drama to the card front. The topper almost fit the 5x7 card but I needed to trim a bit off the right edge.

Now what I thought? Some questions arose... could I heat emboss over the Gelatos? I knew I wanted to use this darling stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs and one from Recollections.  With not a second to spare I swiped the topper with my embossing buddy, stamped with Versamark and embossed the happily ever after sentiment in detailed embossing powder by Ranger. Using the 9" Xyron I attached the topper to the card base and moved to the inside of the card.


Next I embossed the Marriage Recipe on the inside of the card and voila! the card was complete. I will definitely do another collaboration with my daughter soon. It definitely helps when they want to help in the craft room (but in certain cases that's not possible or practical).

Supplies:

  • American Crafts - green 5x7 card base and envelope
  • Hot off the Press - Ebony Color Me Floral Card Toppers
  • Recollections - Just married stamp set - Happily Ever After sentiment
  • Our Daily Bread Designs - Happy Marriage Recipe
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail embossing powder - black
  • Tsukineko - Versamark
  • Impression Obsession - Mini Mount
  • Tim Holtz - Grid Blox
  • Xyron - 9" Creative Station 
  • Stampin' Up! - Embossing buddy

Thanks for stopping by! If you have tales of you and your kids crafting, please share your story and links in the comments below and I'll check it out!

La-Vie

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Making Jewelry with Craft Supplies - Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge


Have you ever made jewelry with your scrapbooking supplies? I bet you'd never guess what you can make with some plain black cardstock, glue and bling! Well, you're in the right place to find out! But first things first! It's an anything goes craft challenge at Crafts Galore Encore for the month of November so pull out something you've never tried before and go crazy! Or do your tried and true techniques - your choice! Crafts Galore Encore also is hosting a Design Team Call. See more info at the end of this post and on the CGE blog.

Our sponsor Whoopsidaisy Digis is offering 2 sheets of their digis to the winner this month!

I decided to switch it up this month and try a kit I have had for at least 2 years. I know, I know.... we all do it. We hoard for that rainy day when we are brave enough to try something new. Well I always visited the Outlines booth at craft fairs and everything was so ornate and sparkly I couldn't even imagine being able to reproduce any of it. I'd get very overwhelmed and leave without buying anything. Well, a few years back I did buy one of their kits called harmonica necklace and earring set. Outlines Rubber Stamp Co. closed in 2012 and I'm so sad because now that I tried it I would love to make more.

Feast your eyes.... this set is made with some jewelry findings, cardstock, stamping, heat embossing, glue and bling. It is even more stunning in person!


Here's a closer look at the pendant. I was provided with the chain, bail, filigree square and round a stamp, aquamarine and blue Zircon (bling), crystal lacquer and black cardstock. I had to provide gold embossing powder, pigment ink, a heat gun and a jewelry tool.


To ensure a clean embossed image, I prepped my surface with a Stampin' Up! embossing buddy to remove all moisture from the cardstock. I then decided to use Stampin' Up! Gold Glory embossing powder for that antique gold look. The stamping was done in Encore! ultimate metallic gold ink as a back up for any area I might have missed with the embossing.  For the pendant I had to stamp and heat emboss the harmonica jewel image (see below) twice and cut out certain portions of the design (see below), apply crystal lacquer and let it dry. The first square shows the missing part cut for the pendant and the second square shows what I cut for the dangling part of the pendant. Only a tiny square of the second embossed image was needed. I cut two just in case.





Next, the pendant square had to be adhered to another piece of the black cardstock in order to accommodate gluing the bail in-between the layers. Once dry all the pieces were coated with crystal lacquer on top and bottom and adhered to the filigree pieces with the same adhesive. While still wet, I adhered the bling in the pattern provided and once it dried it was pure perfection!

The earrings were made the same way. It required stamping and embossing two more times to cut out the small squares for the earrings (see below).


Placing the bling can be challenging. But the kit included toothpicks with wax on the end to make a handle (see below). Sometimes going old school is the way to go! I let them dry overnight to be sure before I put on the earring hooks.


I was amazed with the results. I cannot even tell it's cardstock or something homemade. I sooooo wish I had gotten more of these kits... ah well, such is life.


I am not sure if I should wear these myself or give them away as as gift. It's an 18" gold chain. Hmmmm. What do you think?


La-Vie


Don't forget to pop over to the blog to enter up to 3 projects this month and to read more about the DT call. Hey, throw your hat in the ring! These ladies are fun to work with and it's a great challenge to make something different each month to exemplify the challenge. ~La-Vie

We are looking for some new DT members join us at the start of January 2015. You will need to create one project per month (usually using digi stamps provided by sponsors) and to comment on challenge entries. You are also expected to enter challenges with your projects and promote the challenge where ever possible. We are a happy band of crafters living across the world, we don't "do," drama and we have lots of fun! If you would like to join us please add DT next to name on your entry. We will contact a short list of people who will be invited to tell us a little bit about why they would like to join us.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Update/Repost Stamp Cataloging and Organization

My update is in blue at the bottom, but here is where I began this journey...

I’m so happy that I have completed my two identical stamp catalogs (one for home and one for taking on the road to make sure I buy with intention – no duplicates, items that are too similar or things I don’t really need). It has taken me MONTHS to catalog hundreds and hundreds of stamps into the 3 section system taught by Tiffany Spaulding at the Scrap Rack. My first post detailing the specifics on how I started this journey can be found here. The reasons it took me so long are the amount of stamps I have and the amount of times I had to renumber because I had already used those numbers. Word to the wise, number all your stamps first then you don't have to wonder like I do. And when you stop, leave yourself a note so you can easily pick up where you left off.

In time, I found my groove and chugged along little by little until it was complete. Now I can find what I have, use it more efficiently and it feels SO good! When I get new stamps I know before I get home which categories to place it in and have a clear process for adding it to my catalogs.

I thought I'd share some pics of where I keep my massive stamp collection. It's a work in progress.



I have one drawer of stampin up wheels and Inkadinkado stamping gear and other stamp accessories.


This box with magnetic closure has my stampin' up stamps. I put 2 sets in one case and use the empties for other companies' stamps.


This case has 2 layers of wood block stamps in an Art Bin case. Here's the top view.


Here's the bottom view. A piece of chipboard separates the 2 layers.


I have a second Art Bin that is double deep. Chaos lives within. No rhyme or reason here.



My clear stamps are in the clip it up divided by the 4-section system taught by Tiffany Spaulding at the Scrap Rack.



Here is the 2 volume unmounted stamps I own. It's divided by the 4-section system taught by Tiffany Spaulding at the Scrap Rack as well.

I made a video of the pages of my stamp catalog but it will not upload. I may have to make 2 shorter videos. Then I'll post it and a look at what's in my Scrap Rack by section.




This post debuted in March 2013 but here's a bit of an update. My stamp cataloging is an ongoing process because I buy stamps often and because I am still searching for organization nirvana. I decided that a catalog by manufacturer was very valuable to me since I tend to collect lots of certain manufacturers and could find things easier. 

I have long abandoned my themed catalog and while it is very useful, it's a pain in the butt for someone that has 1000s of stamps. I still suggest it for folks that don't have a huge collection though. Instead I typed all my sets into excel so I can search by category, number, manufacturer etc.

I found that I had given the same numbers to many stamps and have skipped hundreds of numbers. UGH! So I have been renumbering, noting the numbers that are not yet used and reorganizing. I keep my stamps in four areas - a bookshelf, two three ring binders, a gray pull out bin and a 3 drawer rolling sterilite. I am able to find what I need now. 


If you'd like to see where I started and the things I learned along the way, check out:










La-Vie

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Update and Repost - Embossing Folder Storage Nirvana!

First posted in February of 2013 - This question is a hot topic always. I thought I would re-post.

Please leave me your comments and questions below. How are you storing your folders? How are you cataloging them so you can find the right one for your projects easily?

I have long since outgrown the shoe boxes. I currently store mine in 2 large organizers from Close to My Heart (CTMH). I got them from my CTMH rep Cardmonkey Jarvis and I have linked to her site above. They are full and do not fit any of my border folders which are in a large zip lock bag on my cubby style bookshelf.

*********************************************************************************

You may be familiar with my first post about embossing folder storage. This is the long-awaited sequel!! Since my original post, I have collected many more folders from several companies and a new cartridge that makes this storage solution SO much easier. I'm so excited I thought I'd share the info.

To store my embossing folders I create a tabbed file folder that I emboss with the folder's design. It allows me to see the design embossed and debossed as well as find specific folders at a glance. Using the Cricut cartridge Fabulous Finds, pg 131, blackout - there is a middle tab and using shift you can access the right tab.



As my collection grew, I didn't notice the differences in sizes for the embossing folders from one company to another. Here's the low down...
  • Cuttlebug A2, The Paper Studio -  4.25" x 5.75"
  • Darice - 4.5" x 6.25"
  • Newer cuttlebug and Anna Griffin - 4.75" x 6"
  • Indentz - 4.75" x 6.75"
  • Sizzix (regular) and Tim Holtz - 4 7/8" x 6"
  • Sizzix - 4 7/8" x 6.75"
  • Cuttlebug - 5" x 7"
  • Anna Griffin - 5.5" x 7.5"
4.25" x 5.75" and 4.5" x 6.25"
4.75" x 6"  and 4 7/8" x 6"


4.75" x 6.75" and 4 7/8" x 6.75"


5"x7"


5.5" x 7.5"




When making the folders keep these tips in mind. You can create a left tab by folding the (right tab) folder the opposite way. If your cardstock is patterned, be sure to place the patterned side face down on the mat to make a left tab and face up to make a right tab. Use cardstock heavy enough to hold the embossing (paper or linen cardstock won't work) but not too thick that it won't fold down neatly. I used beige cardstock for my A2 folders because I had a lot of it and barely use it. You can also use cardstock from your purge box or ones with designs you do not prefer. As long as one side is both smooth and one solid color. The cardstock shouldn't even have a subtle design in the paper or the embossing will not come out as well. Cut in the direction of the grain of the paper of you will experience a lot of cracking in the embossed design.

I used the E2 Cricut to cut the folders. REAL DIAL SIZE ON! Here's the sizes:




  • Cuttlebug A2, The Paper Studio, Darice  -  6.50
  • Newer cuttlebug, Anna Griffin, Sizzix (regular) and Tim Holtz - 6.75
  • Indentz, Sizzix - 7.00
  • Cuttlebug - 7.50
  • Newer cuttlebug, Anna Griffin - 7.75

  • When you cut the folders they come out with score marks. I hand fold mine anyway to save time but always flatten the fold with a bone folder. Use your embossing machine - I am using my Anna Griffin cuttlebug and the eBosser - to emboss the front of the folder only. Be sure to write the names/set with a sharpie somewhere on the folder as well as label the cardstock folder. When the set has a name but the individual folders do not, I called it "set name (1 of 4)." All my folders have the name of it written on the front with a sharpie. Here's a look at a completed folder.







    Next, I sorted the folders into the 4-section organization system I learned from Tiffany Spaulding at The Scrap Rack.  Her free organization seminars run year round. It's the best hour I spent each week learning to get more use out of all these supplies I hoard. First step is admitting you have a problem (my hand is raised LOL!) The folders live in 2 photo storage boxes that are shoe box size. I am working on typing in the labels (return address labels) to include the folder name, code for the manufacturer and the section it belongs in.  For example, here's one of my labels:

    Honeycomb (TH)(Backgrounds)

    The folder name is honeycomb by Tim Holtz (TH) and it is supposed to be stored in Backgrounds. I am not yet done with all my folder making or labelling but it's a work in progress.

    Hope this helped you get more organized!

    If you'd like to see where I started and the things I learned along the way, check out:









    La-Vie