Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Deals of the Week!

And TODAY is the Last Day of Sale-a-Bration!  Eeekk!  I can't believe it's over.  If you missed anything, now is the time to get it while you still can.  :)


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Goodbye My Friend

My friend, Anne, lost her battle with renal disease this morning.  I’m sad to see her go and will miss our monthly crafting dates.  I will remember the fun we had and the wonderful, sweet, person she was. 

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Loved you, my friend.  

More with Gold Foil

On St Patrick’s Day I showed you how I made a beautiful gold shamrock by using my laser printer, some transfer foil, and a thermal laminator.  (If you missed that you can click here to see it!) 

I didn’t stop with St Patrick’s Day.  I love this technique.  I think it looks like it was done by a professional printing service.  This would be a perfect way to make wedding invitations!

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This was my favorite card.  It’s really hard to see, but the frame and the word “Thanks” are done with the gold foil.  So pretty! 

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Then I made some small cards with our last name in gold.

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I also used some silver foil.  It’s shiny, but I don’t like it as well as the gold.  But I think there would be good uses for it.  Maybe a Christmas card with Silver and Gold foil? 

Honestly, the possibilities are endless!  I printed all of these images from Stampin’ Up’s My Digital Studio software, but you could use any image from your computer or the internet. 

And, I first used Therm-o-Web’s Deco Foil.  It was expensive and you only got one small sheet in the package.  Then I found the Heidi Swapp Minc foil on sale 50% off at Jo-Ann’s.  I got a huge roll (10 feet!) for only $5.  While I don’t think it’s quite as nice as the D├ęcor Foil, it’s much less expensive and still works well. 

Happy Stampin’!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

<3 My Craftroom!

**Things are supposed to be added to the Clearance Rack today.  I looked and only saw a couple of Christmas things (stamps, dies, etc.)  If you see something you “need” please use my hostess code VT9SH6BH so I can earn some goodies.**

I shared the before photos of my craft room after I decided to pull everything out of the closet and start over again.  I finally got it straightened up!  I love how it turned out.  I have a very small room and it’s filled with many garage sale finds (my sturdy $20 desk, my $5 microwave cart, etc), so it’s not as “perfect” as many craft spaces, but it works for me. 

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The only downside is that by moving my punches, I lost my Big Shot space.  Now it will have to live in the closet and be pulled out when it’s time to cut.  I’d love to find a longer table that’s tall like my microwave cart so I could have both the paper trimmer and the Big Shot in the same space.  Garage sale season is coming soon, so you never know!

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These are shoe racks stacked on top of each other.  They aren’t very study, but they work for small things.  Since the racks are smaller, that left me space for my rolling scrapbooking tote to go in front of it for storage. 

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It was a lot of work getting to this point.  Fortunately, I had a helper to keep me company. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Deals of the Week!

**UPDATE:  For more good deals be sure to check the Clearance Rack tomorrow (March 25th) at 10AM (MT) because new items will be added!  Also, I'm doing my own workshop order this month.  If you place an order of less than $150, I'd appreciate it if you'd use hostess code VT9SH6BH so I can earn some goodies.**

There was actually a "sneak peek" of these deals over the past few days.  If you've been waiting to get one of these items at a discount, now you can! 

Friday, March 20, 2015

I love this new Vellum.  It's pretty by itself, but I love it colored! 
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Finding Your Own Pot of Gold!

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Actually today’s post is about adding foil (gold or otherwise) to your projects.  Yes, I know you’re thinking that you already have gold embossing powder, so why do you need foil?  Well, it’s a texture thing.  When you add foil to your paper it turns into a beautiful, smooth, shiny image.  (See that 4 leaf clover above?  My camera did not do it justice.  It’s gold and shiny and beautiful!)  Sometimes you might want the“orange peel” texture of the powder over the smooth texture of the foil and vice versa.  Since you already know how to emboss, this post will teach you how to add foil. 
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I used the following items to make my card shine.  First, I used My Digital Studio, which is a software product by Stampin’ Up, to find my St Patrick’s day images.  Then I printed those images onto Whisper White cardstock in my laser printer.  (This won’t work with inkjet printers, so you need a laser print for this technique.  Don’t have one?  You could go to your local office store and get them to print it for you on theirs.  Just be sure to take your own cardstock.)  Then you’ll need a laminator. (Mine is a simple one from Staples.  It doesn’t show me a temperature range, but rather only hot or cold.  I used hot.  lol)  You’ll need a plain piece of printer paper and some foil.  I used Therm-o-Web Deco foil that I found at my local craft store.
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Cut off a piece of the foil and lay it across your image.  I tried to make mine very close to the size of the image because foil is expensive!  Put your image with the foil into a folded piece of printer paper. 
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Run the paper through the laminator.  When it’s finished you will think it didn’t work.  See all the bubbles in the foil?  I was sure that it didn’t work, but it did! 
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When you peel off the foil, it’s like magic!  Your printed image is gold and shiny.  **Note:  Since the foil sticks to the laser toner, you want a really good printed image.  I usually leave my printer on a lower setting to save toner, but in this case I realized I needed to select the “best” printing quality.  I also tried this with a grayscale image and it seemed to work just as well in terms of the foil sticking evenly. 
The options are endless!  You could stamp your images, scan them, print them, and then add the foil.  Or you could look for free clip art images online or create your own art with your own software and print those.  When you go to buy foil, there are many colors available.  I love the gold, but I also got some silver and red to try out.
I hope you’ll enjoy this new technique.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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