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!

Deals of the Week:

Saturday, March 14, 2015

A Snag in the Spring Cleaning…

I have a plan to fix my closet and room, but it involves buying a storage shelving unit.  I found one at Costco.com and decided it would be perfect, so I went to Costco to get it.  Unfortunately they don’t sell that particular one in store.  The one they do have is too tall to fit inside the closet, so I had to order it online.  That means all work in the craft room is stalled until the new shelf arrives.  Meanwhile I had to find the kitchen, so I did have to work through the things on the counter.  Many things went to the trash and others, well, they returned to the craft room floor temporarily.  By this time next week it should be back to normal so I can craft again! 

Meanwhile I thought I’d share some of the cards I saw at Leadership.  I love the pretty butterfly dies and the cards made with them.  They make me ready for Spring (which, by the way, arrives in a week!)  Enjoy!

PS – I have no idea who made this cards so I cannot give credit.  If it’s yours let me know and I’ll add your name!

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spring Cleaning

My craft room was a mess.  It was hard to even walk into the room because I had so much stuff on the floor.  I decided it was time to fix it up and do some cleaning.

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So I’ve been working on it for 2 days.  And here it is now….IMG_2834

Yes, I know.  It’s even worse now than before!  After I started I decided part of my messy problem was that I couldn’t put many things away because the closet was so messy too.  So, I pulled everything out of the closet to start over.  (Right now you’re thinking, “That’s not so bad since everything is out of the closet.”)  This is just the craft room.  Unfortunately the mess has spread to the kitchen, dining room, and hallway.  (I love how instead of putting the skillet away, I just crammed more crafting things all around it!  lol)   

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So, I’m not going to do anything else until it’s done.  I was planning on scrapbooking with friends tomorrow, but now that’s out.  I also need to make my mother a birthday card (her birthday is next week!) and I can’t even get to my desk to do it.  This is serious folks.  Sending a store-bought card isn’t an option!  Wish me luck that I can get the craft room organized and reclaim my kitchen and dining room before the weekend ends.     

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Why do we need to make cards?

When I attended Leadership in Florida, I really enjoyed the Keynote Speaker, Jason Wright.  I knew I enjoyed making cards and I hoped people enjoyed receiving them.  After hearing his story, however, I realized it was much more than that.  Sending real mail (letters and cards) touches lives.  I needed a tissue by the time the presentation ended, but it make me realize that what I do makes a difference in the lives of others.  Do you know the impact you have on others when you send a card?  Do you know you're changing lives? 

This is a long (about an hour) video, but I think you'll enjoy it.  :)