Thursday, January 12, 2017

Saving Big when you own BOTH a Big Shot and Silhouette

So yes, I love all things paper!  Especially those lovely machines!  My craft area has a place for two Sizzix machines (remember that red one that you had to press down instead of crank), two Cricut Machines (the small and the large) and finally a Silhouette Cameo. 

There are loads and loads of techniques out there to get the best bang for your buck.  There are lots of people I follow and one of my favorite is Jennifer McGuire Ink.  She makes wonderful videos that showcases new products as well as techniques for products you may already own.

It was this Jennifer McGuire Ink video that I fell in love with a layering die from Birch Press called Dazzle.  It's actually a set of three A2 plates that have a hefty price of $69.  So, I asked Santa and all his elves for Gift Cards to Simon Says Stamps for Christmas.  Yes, I was prepared to pay that.

I was playing with my Silhouette software, looked at the online store for images and be still my heart...there was a VERY close design by Lori Whitlock called A2 Stacking Card Base Burst for $.99  - That's a $68.00 savings!!!!!!!  Now don't you worry about those Simon Says Stamps gift cards...I have a huge wish list there, so it won't go to waste.

If you are toying with the idea of Silhouette, you can visit or for crazy good tutorials and projects -  Silhouette School Blog.

Here's the card I made for my parents 59th wedding anniversary using that Silhouette Design, Tim Holtz dies and The Stamps of Life die.

You have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Hero Arts Kit Card

So I recently found out Hero Arts offers a Monthly Card Kit and was tickled as can be!  Was really bummed out when I missed the September Card kit because it was really nice.  I jumped on board with the October Card kit and here's the card I made.

It is my very first shaker card and I'll admit to watching a few youtube videos to find out the tips and techniques.  I'm thinking a few more videos might help!  When I make this card again, I'll put the snowdrift more forward and put foam tape to keep the sprinkles from falling down into the bottom.  I have loads and loads of the goodies left to make more!
Have a great day and keep on crafting.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Pretty Flowers and I Love You Card

Last month was Stamptember at Simon Says Stamps and they had exclusive stamps and dies.  I don't know about you but I love watching Youtube.  Watching videos on their new releases and how different artists use them is always interesting to me.  When I say these Hydranga Bloom Stamps and Dies, I knew they were for me! For the flowers I used Stampin' Up's Bashful Blue, Memento's Summer Sky and for the leaves, Stamps of Life Kiwi. 
Our 36th Wedding Anniversary was this week and I made this card for my sweet Hubby.

The Sentiment is from Lawn Fawn and is in Loads of Fun stamp set.  Gold Embossing really made this pop.  Sorry my pic isn't better, battery died in DSLR so I took this with my phone.  Wink of Stella clear was put all over the flowers and the centers were highlighted with a Gelly Roll Stardust Pen.  If you don't have one of these - YOU NEED ONE.  It goes with every color, even black.

Here's my card.

Hope you like it!  Have a crafty day!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Plaid Background Technique, my first try

One of the cool things about Stamp shows or Scrapbooking shows is watching all the vendors reveal their techniques.  Of course watching these are mesmerizing and some how, some way, money that I wasn't planning on spending willingly springs out of my wallet!  That ever happen to you?  Now I'm not lacking for supplies, although, she who dies with the most, wins - I bought a lot from the Stampland booth.  Darlene and William are two wonderful people who are in the process of moving and not traveling with these shows any longer.  They are, however, updating their blog with videos and shopping and links and everything stamp related.  Their site is supposed to be up sometime in October.  My best buddy Becky and I watched Darlene work her magic.  Here is my try:

I used a stamp and die from The Stamps of Life, bicycle2stamp.  First time I made a mask from this wonderful product, Art Masking Tape and once I used it, it went in the stamp packaging for the next time I need it.  Several colors of blue were brushed to get this effect.  Doodling, clear bling that I colored with copics and a touch of ribbon finish this one.

Have a great day and keep on crafting.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Congrats Cards

Here I am again using The Stamps of Life products.  Seems that's all I'm reaching for these days.  Anyways...I made two cards and embellished basically the same except... one I used ink to "chalk" inside the die to highlight the sentiment, and the other I used a micron pen and doodled inside the sentiment.  You be the judge, which one do you like better?

The papers were all scraps, mostly Recollection Cardstock from Michaels, scraps of ribbon and the Congrats Die from The Stamps of Life.

Hope you have a great day and keep on crafting!

Monday, August 15, 2016

You're the Apple of my eye

I'm a member of The Stamps of Life Die Hard Club which means every month I receive The Stamp and Die of the Month set before the public can buy it.  I really love this month's set apple2stamp.  Most months there are coordinating stamps to add patterns and additional sentiments.  Big Plus if you join one of the three available clubs you get an additional 15% off other products! AND if that's not enough to make you want to join, one the first of the month they release a new item and have a FLASH Sale for 40% off for 24 hours only - plus club members get the 15% off that also! 

Ok, enough about club stuff, todays card came together super fast using apple2stamp, dies and scraps!  It seems that most cards I make these days have stitched rectangles on them.  Kraft paper is the base and the rectangle is inked with Amaretto Powder Puff from Quick Quotes.  The white sentiment is not going anywhere because I used Sizzix Adhesive Sheets before die cutting.  A bit of The Ribbon Boutique sheer black dotted ribbon from Michaels and we're done.

Have a great day and keep crafting!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

You're so Sweet

I just love those tiny hearts and the tiny sentiment of this card!  The stamped images are from The Stamps of Life hearts2love.  All of the dies are from The Stamps of Life also, Birdcage Club Die Set,  that teeny pink flower is from Sizzix Flowers and Fence Dies and Stamps and finally Stitched Rectangles.  A bit of ribbon and a black rivet finish this card.

Have a great day and keep on crafting!