April 21, 2015

Stamp Alternatives

No project to share with you today. I just wanted to pass along some info that might help you stretch your crafting dollars!

The more I browse Pinterest and challenge blogs, the more I see things that I would love to have. However, I've always tried to not run right out and buy everything that I like. I have a lot of crafting supplies, and I don't need everything I see. Stamps always have been my crafting weakness. For the most part, they are relatively inexpensive and have multiple uses.

Because of our recent move, I've been doing some research on the state of Alabama. I found that the state flower is a camellia. It is a beautiful flower, and as soon as I saw it, I looked for a stamp. I came across some that weren't the style I was looking for, and I also came across some that were more than I wanted to pay at the time. My next idea was to look for a digi stamp. I found a beautiful one! But as I was going to pay for it, a question hit me....what is a digital stamp? It's a coloring image. Well, why not look for a printable coloring page.

I did and was surprised with the results. I found a site that has some great images full of detail. You'd never know that they weren't actually digi stamps. So, I thought I'd pass the info along. The site is supercoloringpages.com

Here is the direct link to the camellia that I downloaded. It's on my project list to do. You'll be seeing it soon.

April 3, 2015

Digital Organization??

On one of my Facebook groups the ladies there were talking about their apps for organizing their Copic markers. Farther down the thread, someone said that they'd like to have an app for all of her other supplies. Well, that started me on the hunt!!

After a while of research, I found Memento Database. I really like how easy it is to use. I was able to set up libraries for several different categories of craft items...stamps, digital stamps, embossing folders, brass stencils, & ink...It allows me to attach photos to make thumbnails of my supplies. By adding a field to type in descriptive words, I can search for specifics...wedding, flower, etc. So I can find exactly what I need in a timely manner! Best of all, it's free with NO ADS!

This will really help to make sure that I don't buy what I don't need. Right now, I'm having to go through my stamps every time to make sure that I'm not buying double types of images. Though I love gerbera daisies, I don't need 7 different ones from 6 different companies.

Just wanted to share this with you quickly. I still have a lot to do to get it finished. I have the fields created and some of the info done. Here is as far as I've gotten on my stamps, but hopefully, it will show you how I've set things up.

March 19, 2015

My Crafting Space

With the move to AL, we were able to find a house that fit a lot of our needs. One of those was having a designated crafting space. For the past 10 years, I have things stuffed here and there because I didn't have a proper storage solution. Well, thanks to IKEA, I was able to get all matching furniture and set up a space that I truly love. I'd spend way more time up there, but someone has to do the laundry & dishes! :) The desk, drawers, & cabinet are all from the ALEX series. I can't believe that I got everything in them. In fact, I have a few empty places...just in case! LOL

Last year for Mother's Day, my fabulous husband bought me a new sewing machine (Brother 420PRW) and a Sew Steady Quilter's Wish Table....Love it...I have a story to share with you soon about my quilting adventures.

Here are some pics. Please excuse them. They are from my phone, which normally does a good job. Not sure why these turned out so grainy and off color. The true color of the room is in the middle pic. I didn't repaint this after we moved in. But because of the painted, sloped ceiling, I don't get as much light as I should being that the room is only 9x13. So, a white ceiling is on the to do list. One of the drawer parts was missing  as you can see in the second photo. They've sent me the wrong piece twice. Hoping,third time's the charm. :)

March 16, 2015

Why, Oh Why Did I Do That???

I bought 2 new stamp sets from Technique Tuesday. I love poppies, and I didn't have a stamp. The set is called Budding Poppies The greeting for this card is from the other set, which I will surely show you later!! The great thing about this stamp set is that it has a cut file that I can use with my KNK Groov-e.

I really enjoyed making this. I used the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder to emboss it, leaving a 1 in space to stamp the sentiment. The ruffly ribbon adds another dimension. Clean and simple and quick.

My only conundrum is....I used markers, alcohol markers. Up until yesterday, I was completely convinced that I'd never want to deter from my Prismacolor Pencils with the odorless mineral spirits technique. I have had a pack of Bic Mark-Its for a while. I bought them before we moved, so they've been packed a way for a while. I watched several YouTube videos about using Bic markers as an alternative to Copics. I've not purchased any because of the price.  After some research, I came across Spectrum Noir Markers: refillable, 168 colors, and about 1/5 the price of Copics. I don't want to sound as if I'm anti-Copic. I'm not!!! They have over 300 different colors, they are also refillable, but for MY budget, I just can't do it.  I'll keep you updated on my collecting of Spectrum Noirs. I have to save a bit before I can get them. Trying to decide if I should just wait and get all of them at one time, or get them little by little...Decisions, decisions!

What is your favorite coloring medium? How many times have you changed mediums? This will be my third time. I had some water based markers that I loved the colors, but hated how it pilled my cardstock. Then, the Prismacolor pencils. Next, will be the alcohol markers.

March 14, 2015

A Little Green

Here is my card for this weeks Farm Fresh Friday and Pile It On Challenge...both of which were green. I also used Cas(e) This Sketch #113.

I've had so much fun getting back into stamping. My craft room is a mess. In fact, I had a hard time trying to find a clean spot on the desk to take the pic!

March 12, 2015

Did You Know...

that you can still find lots of the TAC rubber stamps? Pam Upper, a former demonstrator with The Angel Company, purchased the stock after TAC closed and started Red Rubber Designs. She's done a wonderful job of keeping these images available for crafters. Not only do the images now come in red instead of blue rubber, but you have the option to buy them as a cling mount...already mounted, and already cut...ready for use! 
Last week, I placed an order as I was eager to get some of the stamps that I had been wanting for such a long time. She packed and shipped them quickly. Can't wait to use these. Stay tuned. I'll be posting the results! 

Be sure to check out her shop, Red Rubber Designs.

Oh! Before I forget. Some of the older TAC stamps have gone digital. Check out Pam's digi store,  Pickled Potpourri Designs, too. 

March 9, 2015

Where Has Time Gone??

I can't believe that it's been so long since I've been able to do a blog post. Life has had some twists and turns, and though I wanted to keep up with the blog, I just wasn't able to. I can't write a novel, but let me give you some highlights. 

In July of 2012, I found out that we were expecting again. If you recall, during my pregnancies, I get motion sickness, can't watch TV, or use the computer, as these cause eyestrain and nausea. My poor husband gets to live with the most boring woman on the planet for 9 months! :) That was the initial reason for the abrupt break from blogging. In Nov. of 2012, my husband resigned the church he was pastoring, and in April of 2013, we relocated! The craziness of a huge move, house hunting, and homeschooling was compounded by the unexpected passing of  my father-in-law in June. Getting mother-in-law moved nearby and settled was another challenge. Then, another school year starts, and holidays, etc...you know...life.

I'm not going to promise so many blog posts a week or month. I'm just going to get back to doing what I love...making cards & sharing with you. I have some fun, new products to share with you and some more DIYs.

Some of the images are missing from a few of my posts. Not sure what has happened, but I'll try to figure it out!

July 7, 2012

Retro-Fresh Challenge

This is Dressy Ebony. She's also a digi from The Greeting Farm! This month's Retro Fresh Challenge was do something with sunshine and summertime!  Using MTC, I did a print and cut that allowed me to print Ebony on one side and cut the hole for the sun on the other. I printed the sentiment on yellow cardstock and mounted it behind.

Most of my cards go to friends or are mailed to family. When I was making this, my seven year old, loved it! I knew it had to go to her. I am trying to be more aware of making sure the ones who live with me get those special notes, as well. Trying to not miss a birthday or to send a thinking of you card is in the forefront of my mind, but my kiddos won't be small long! Now that my daughter is reading and writing, she loves to find my scribbled notes all over the house. It makes my day that I made her day!

July 6, 2012

Lettering Delights

I'm thrilled to announce that I'm now an affiliate for Lettering Delights. I've been purchasing their fonts for several years, but exciting changes have happened over the past few months. LD has partnered with MTC to bring quality graphics & cutting files right inside the MTC program.

I can't wait to share with you some of the things I make using these great files.

July 5, 2012

Farm Fresh Friday Challenge

This is the first card I've had a chance to make in over a week!! I was going through withdrawal! LOL My husband took a group of teenagers to Ohio for a youth conference last week, and while he was gone, I  redid his office. He loves it. I could NOT have done it myself. I had 3 very kind handymen come pitch in. I'll post their thank you cards soon.

The Greeting Farm challenge this week was to use 4 layers and ribbon and /or button. I  colored  Country Anya  with Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits.

***Please excuse the droopy button. I had to fix it with another glue dot!!***

June 23, 2012

DIY Textured Cardstock

I had to run to get some cardstock the other day. I picked up a large package & afterwards realized it wasn't textured. I guess, the price should have been a clue, as textured cardstock is usually a few dollars more.

On my way home, I had a light bulb moment! I remembered a purchase that I had made long ago, a Dreamweaver Stencils "Faux Cross Stitch". I remember opening it and realizing it was just a piece of screen. Luckily, it was cheap. If I embossed the screen onto regular cardstock, would it look like textured cardstock?

I dug out my stencils, found the screen, and added my other hardware store treasure, plumbers gasket, to the mix to get a very good impression. This is how my "sandwich" went in my Cuttlebug: A plate, B plate, plumbers gasket, cardstock, screen, B plate.

If you've not heard about the plumbers gasket, you are going to be very excited to hear about all it will do for you. It can be purchased from Lowe's for about $1.50. (I'm sure most hardware stores will carry it if you don't happen to have a hardware store near you!) This red rubber adds additional tension to your machine allowing tiny details "pop". I've even run some lacy ribbon through, and the pressure from the gasket transferred the lace pattern to the cardstock.

Here is the finished product:

I hope you can see the details. I left a small border on the left side, so you can compare the results. Is it "EXACTLY" like textured cardstock? No, but it is close, & for the savings (granted, it's only a few dollars difference, but that's a new digi stamp...LOL) I'm good with that.

June 20, 2012

Easel Card

I like different fold cards, though, I usually make mine plain and simple. This stamp set (Majestic Mountain, TAC) was what I wanted to use to make my father in law's Father's Day card. This is the perfect kind of stamp for an easel card, as the stamp is a work of art. I really enjoyed making this, and he loved it!! 

As you can see, I'm really liking the Kraft cardstock!! =)

I found the tutorial to make this card on Splitcoast Stampers. They have both a written & video tutorial. 

June 19, 2012

Schedule Mini Album

My love for crafting can sometimes get me into trouble!! Things that should only take a few minutes end up taking way longer than anticipated, and the laundry piles get higher and higher!! I know that never happens to any of you! A few years ago, I was able to go to a Fly Lady  Convention. I was excited, and I got many things done and clutter sorted. A few weeks ago, my kind hubby asked if I was ever going to "Fly" again. He insists I need a schedule (I pretend I don't, only because I can't bring myself to confess it!! LOL) Well, I told him I'd make my schedule, but it had to look pretty!

Here is what I came up with:

I think this turned out cute. There wasn't a whole lot of room for decorations, but the patterned paper adds enough decoration for me! 

My favorite part is the back. Every night, my husband will ask me "What was your favorite part of the day?" Now, I have a little place where I can keep those moments.

Feel free to download the MTC file or SVG file for this album. This is my first time uploading a downloadable link. If you have problems with the download, please let me know. Have fun making it your own!

June 13, 2012

Country Bumpkin

I am truly enjoying my Summer! I've had more crafting time over the past few weeks than I've had in months! My craft room is a wreck, but  I'm  having so much fun!! Today's card is based on the Deconstructed Sketch by Deconstructing Jen.

Many scrappers and card makers have been using kraft cardstock for years. I'm slow to the party, but I'm hooked!! This is definitely going to be a permanent part of my paper stash!!

Country Anya is available through The Greeting Farm. The ribbons were a bright lime green, and to tone them down to match the paper, I just used my Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and a stipple brush. The sentiment was typed and printed using the Roselyn font.

I posted some Prismacolor tutorial links a few days ago. I found another great resource also on Deconstructing Jen. This is a guide book on what different hair/skin combinations can look like. Goofy me! I tried to copy her colors, but I picked up the wrong shade of yellow...She still turned out cute, but not anywhere close to what I had envisioned!!

June 12, 2012

Kissy Kissy

Kissy Kissy was my first digi stamp purchase. It's another great image from The Greeting Farm. I had a few wedding cards to make, and out of all my hundreds of stamps (ooohhh, did I just say hundreds??? yes, I'm addicted to stamps!) I didn't have any wedding ones! Bugs, flowers, boats, cars, cute animals, but no wedding images. So, I HAD to buy one...

I must confess, I love red heads!!! In fact, as a kid I always wished I had red hair. Probably because Anne of Green Gables! So I was thrilled to get to do a red haired bride!!


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