Friday, April 22, 2016

Using My New Stamps of Life Stamps and Dies

Still using my newly purchased stamps and dies from CKC and having a blast!

This card uses several sets, including bicycle2stamp, bicycle club die set, Sizzix Thinking of You 3D Drop Ins, Sizzix 3D Drop In Scallop, Stitched Rectangles and finally Mini Flower Dies.  Now, I already owned the 3D Scallop and Thinking of You Drop Ins.  Really love the Mini Flower Dies because there are just soooooo many and I do love using up scraps with tiny dies to have ready to go!

Here's the card,

You can't tell from the picture, but the white and lavender layers are raised with pop dots, including the sentiment.  The twine I used is pretty thick and this was the best way to keep it contained on the card.  Inside the card had a row of those Mini Flower Dies with a bit of Stickles in the center.  The bicycle has Glossy Accents on the frame and finally the flowers stamped on lavender was using Pixie Ink from The Stamps of Life

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

My First Lawn Fawn Stamp Set - Loads of Love

I've been checking out pinterest a lot lately and fell in love with this set.  The base is actually from Sizzix and is called Cute As A Bug Step UpI purchased both of these at CKC (including a whole lot more).  The images were colored with Copics and the sentiment was highlighted with a Quickie Glue pen and ultrafine crystal glitter.  I also added Glossy Accents to the knobs on the machine.The pattern paper is from Nana's Nursery Stack from Hobby Lobby.

I was surprised by the cost of this stamp set.  I don't buy anything without a coupon!  Only one booth at the CKC had Lawn Fawn products 20% off, believe me, I looked!  Once I played with them, I realized why.  They are very similar to Technique Tuesday stamps, very substantial, thick in depth and makes a detailed impression.  My selection of stamps is based purely on design but it's nice to appreciate the quality of different manufacturers.

Have a great day!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Creating Keepsakes Convention - Had a Blast!

My bestest buddy (Becky) and I have been going to the CKC for many years!  So many years that we drove to Nashville TN before they started coming to St Louis MO - Now that's devotion!

We have noticed that the number of Vendors has diminished over the years.  We were very sad when Embellish It and Technique Tuesday stopped because we always looked forward to their classes. Boooo 

This year we took 4 classes and all but one was new for us.  The Thursday night Technique Class always offers a "Head Start" on all the newest products/techniques offered.  It's a three hour class and this year we made 6 items.  One jewelry item from Craft Fantastic, one card from Queen and Company and the rest were layouts from: SEI, Lickety Split Scrapbooks, The Paper Loft, Kellers Creations and Creating Keepsakes.  Now we don't actually complete all those items, but we get the skinny on the technique/product and move on.  This one is by Likety Split Scrapbooks.

Friday we took a Creating Keepsakes Class called the Newest and Coolest for 2016.  This is a lecture class along with a bag full of product - $130 worth, and the cost of the class was in the low $50 range.  Seems like 52, 54?   Here are some of the goodies.

Now we always choose more classes on Saturday because we shop on Friday.  This year we took The Stamps of Life Class on Cards.  I highly recommend this class and or any class by Stephanie Barnard.  She's a great teacher, her products are awesome and below is one of the cards.  We also made a Box Card and Pop Up Card.  For some reason my computer is being stubborn because the edits I did in Microsoft Office are not working properly and I hate to turn my head sideways to see the silly picture.

Next we took Stamplistic Class, Stacked and Gorgeous.  These were very beautiful, expensive and time comsuming cards that have real Swarovski Crystals on them.  And here are the two cards we made.

So, my advise:  If you have an opportunity to attend a Creating Keepsakes Convention, plan ahead, go online and select and purchase classes.  If you pick three classes you gain free admission both days of the Vendor Fair and gain early access pass.  Take your best buddy and have a ball!!!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Pop Up Birthday Card - Surprise!

I just love playing with Scrappy Stuff!  A while ago I was at Michaels and they had bags of merchandise for $2.00.  Full bags!  I bought three of them and they were loaded with all kinds of goodies: flowers, scrappy stuff, doilies, stamps, cardboard albums (to decorate).  Now, why am I telling you about this now?  The doily is from one of those bags.

The background paper is from Nana's Nursery Baby Boy Stack that I purchased at Hobby Lobby a long time ago.  I made a bow using seam binding and the sentiment is one I printed off and cut to have handy.  A little washi tape, button and little Scrapper Spools twine made this card come together.  Now for the inside... I used The Stamps of Life 3D Drop Ins Scallop Gifts, and their sizzix adhesive before I cut the sentiment again in white.  Made it super easy to adhere.  Love that stuff!

Have a great day and keep on creating!