Monday, March 28, 2016

VIDEO: Crafty Haul #2: The LONG Haul!

Hello friends,
Today I have my latest crafty purchases to share with you as I continue to test out angles for recording videos. PLEEEEEASE let me know if the way I shot this video works for you. If not, please let me know why, as this helps me to figure out the best way to record given that I don't have a direct over the top set up.

As always, I am simply sharing what has caught my eye (and purse strings.) but I don't work for any stamp companies or retailers so I have NO vested interest in "selling" you anything.  Plus, I'm way too lazy BUSY to link all of the things I use/buy. I figure if you really want it, I know you can find it. Right?!

WARNING: This is a long video because I bought lots of things over the course of this month. And while I'm happy with my purchases, my bank account is on life support! Lol *Ü*  So this may be my last craft haul video for a long time...

You can watch the video below or on my YouTube channel--->HERE.

I purchased many of these items directly from the stamp companies (Mama Elephant, My Favorite Things, etc) I also bought a few from my local craft store that carries these stamps (Lawn Fawn, Inky Antics.)

The "With Sympathy" stamp set from Hero Arts I purchased from Simon Says Stamp.

Many art materials I purchase at Art Supply Warehouse in Westminster, CA. You can also find them online---HERE.

Hanko Designs bought all of the remaining Sister Stamps when they closed their business last December. You might be able to find some stamps ---> HERE.  I was told, that when they're gone, they're gone :(  I'm linking because I've had a few people ask me specifically about these stamps.

Let me know if you have any questions & thanks for watching!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Trinity

Happy day friends,
I have a trio of Easter cards (more on the religious side) to share with you today.
Here's the first:
I die-cut the cross (Spellbinders) and the "blessed" dies (Simon Says Stamp) out of two different shades of gold cardstock. I ink blended the background with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. The grassy hill is from an old stamp I had from Posh Impressions by Dee Gruenig. It was one of the first stamps I ever bought for crafting *Ü* I did first and second generation stamping to get a couple shades of green.

I adhered just the "b" and "d" so that the rest of the letters would be floating over the cross & that gave it some cool dimension.

Here's the simple innies:
 That is another old stamp from Hero Arts.

Here's card #2: (this one is going to my Grammy *Ü*)
I used the Easter Lilies Stamp (Heartfelt Creations) and stamped it twice to create a wreath of lilies. I used hot press watercolor paper and heat embossed the image in Liquid Platinum embossing powder (Ranger). I colored the images with the ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers using water and a paintbrush. I used the clear Wink of Stella Brush to give the Lilies some shimmer.

Here's a closer peek at that shimmer:
I heat embossed the greeting on vellum using the liquid platinum powder and scattered some sparkling clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh).

Here's the innie:
 The crosses are also from the same set.

To complete the trio, here's card #3:
I used hot pressed watercolor paper again to stamp the cross image from the Cross and Lilies set (Heartfelt Creations). I colored these the same as the previous card with ZIG CCRB and WoStella, except I used gold embossing powder (Ranger). I stamped the Stained Glass Background (Heartfelt Creations) in versamark ink and heat embossed it in gold embossing powder. I die-cut the Decorative Oval Window Die (Heartfelt Creations) out of gold cardstock. Then I stacked everything with foam tape for lots of dimension and layers *Ü*

Here's another peek:
 Capturing the shimmer of the Wink of Stella on camera is like capturing Bigfoot... :(

Here's the simple innies:
 I used Vintage Cream cardstock (PTI) for this card.

Thanks so much for peeking today! I have some Spring cards to share soon.
Hope you have a Sunday Funday *Ü*

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Happy Birthday, Jordan!

Hello friends,
Every year, March 21st brings about Spring. And with babies...and I was no exception. 16 years ago, Spring brought me my little bunny named Jordan. I knew he would be my last baby so I really enjoyed every moment of him as a little boy. tear...tear...
Today, I have the card that I made for him.
Here it is:
 Like many teenagers, he enjoys playing video games. So when I saw the Game Controller Dienamics (My Favorite Things) I knew I could make lots of boy cards with it. I used the Herringbone embossing folder (Cuttlebug) in the background, popped up some of the buttons on the controller and coated them with Glossy Accents.

Here's the innies:
I will be putting in a gift card to Game Stop because I know that's where he'd want to spend his money! *Ü* The sentiment is from Gift Card Greetings II (MFT).

I used this week's MFT Sketch #272.  The simplicity of it was perfect for my son's card.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

This is how I Rolo

Hi ya friends,
I'm popping in to share a super quick & easy idea for a St. Patty's day treat *Ü*
Here it is:
It's hard to see with the wrapper, so below it is what it looks like inside. I originally pinned something similar on Pinterest, but they had used different colored licorice to create the rainbow (still awesome :). 
 I wanted to make a little something for my boys, and when I saw these sour heads candy at the store, I knew they would much rather have them than licorice and the rainbow design was just *perfect* for the rainbow!!! I might have been a little generous with the "Gold coins", but as a mama, that's how I rol-o... I die-cut the shamrock from green cardstock & adhered the "lucky" diecut on top. It reads, "One LUCKY Mom." and I sure am. I am blessed to have really wonderful sons *Ü*

Even though they're not little boys anymore (almost 16 & 22 yrs old!), they're never too old for something yummy!

Have a golden rest of the week!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Belated Birthdays

Hello there friends,
I am back sharing a couple of belated birthday cards. Question? When is belated too belated??? Is there a length of time you should let the card go and try again the next year? Hmmm...just wondering *Ü*

Here's the first card:
 Yes, that's January---but the END of January in my defense *Ü* I totally missed a friend's birthday in part because she retired 3 years ago so I don't see her as often. Anyhoo, on to the deets... I used the Garden Variety II stamp set and the seed packet die (Papertrey Ink.) The carnations were stamped and colored with Copics (Year of Flowers Collection stamp set-PTI). I masked the Wonky Stitches panel (Avery Elle) & stamped the Canvas Background stamp (SU) in Crumb cake ink (SU). I added a seam binding bow to complete my card.

Here's a closer peek:
 I'm not sure you can tell they got a coat of clear Wink of Stella. I scattered sequins (Pretty Pink Posh) so they'd look like scattered seeds. The little seed packet can hold a gift card or money. I will be putting a gift card in there :)

Here's the innie:
Quick and simple.

I used this week's MFT #270 sketch for my card.
Here's card #2

Lots of layers on this card---which you know is my happy place *Ü* I used the same Year of Flowers Collection stamp set (PTI). I colored the violets in Copics again. I added a flourish die cut (MFT) to tie in the green. This time instead of placing the seed packet label on the front of the packet, I stamped it to a Postage Stamp die cut (MFT).

Here's a closer peek:

And the simple innie:
 The birthday sentiments on both cards come from the Inside & Outside Birthday stamp set (PTI).

Thanks so much for peeking today!
Have a fantastic week!
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