I Love My Job!

I love my job because I can be as flexible as I need to be

Yesterday a friend called in a panic, she was moving and the rental company messed up her order

Now she didn’t have a truck to move her big stuff and she had to be out that day

Because my job is flexible and I have a truck I was able to help her

Everyone else had to work a non flexible job

She lives an hour and a half away so the move took my entire day

I felt lucky though to have a job where I could drop what I was doing to help a friend

Luckily too, Mojo Monday goes on all week

I will get my take on Mojo Monday posted before the Sunday deadline

I am also gearing up for the Summer Splash Craft Fair, here in Imperial, NE on Saturday June 22nd

I have been super busy making things I can sell

Pictures will be coming as soon as I am done

I will also be posting a recap of the event after the show is over

I hope you stay tuned, there will be lots to see in a few days

I am blessed to have a friend and fellow Demonstrator coming to help me

I think I would be even more behind without her help

I also feel sorry for my poor house, it has been so neglected with all the crafting I have been doing

No matter I am doing what I love Crafting!!!

Hey, if you have any tips for making craft shows better please let me know

you can comment below or contact me directly

Thank you for hanging with me

Have a Stamping Great Day!

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Two Cards, One Stamp

I made two cards for Father’s day

One for my Dad and one for my Father in law

I used the only sorta masculine stamp set I own, Lovely as a Tree

Incidentally Lovely as a Tree has been in the annual catalog since 2001, I believe it is the only stamp set to stay around that long

My Father in law's Card

My Father in law’s Card

My Dad's card

My Dad’s card

I will say the circle punch on my Dad’s card is cheesy but my dad will get it

The first card used chocolate chip for the color

I stamped Lovely as a Tree clear mount # 127793 wood mount #128655

I used black Stazon Ink # 101406

The image was stamped onto vellum card stock #101856

On the back of the vellum I used my water color pencils and a brush to get the background effect

The chocolate chip card stock was die cut using the Labels collection framelits # 125598

In both cards I stamped the image twice, the second higher up image was done without re-inking to give it a more faded look thus more dimension

The second card used Night of Navy and Old Olive for the colors

The background was sponged using my ink pads and sponges

The image was stamped with basic black dye ink

I hope they enjoy their cards as much as I enjoyed making them

Happy Father’s Day to everyone!

Leave me a comment below and tell me what you think, I love hearing from you!!!

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64 Blog Posts and One Late Post

I realized or rather a close friend pointed out that none of my links on my blog posts were working right

I spent basically the last 24 hours working to fix every single link on my blog

I really appreciate her pointing the broken links out to me

I would not have wanted to see what it would be like if I had years of posts to correct

So since I missed posting on Thursday (which I actually had a topic for, lol) I am posting it today

I try to give myself themes for the days of the week to help me come up with projects and posts

I thought about Thursday, I really was at a loss then I thought how about “That’s Cool Thursday”

So, what does that mean to me?

It means I will find something I find cool and share it with you

Hopefully if you think its cool too you will leave me a comment and tell me(I like to hear these things ☺)

As some of you know I have limited space (480 sq.Ft.) to live in so my crafting zone is tiny and spread out

I have this plastic shoe box with all kinds of colored pencils, watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons, etc.

Since I have been building up my reference book I decided this Thursday I would compare the stuff in that box

I wanted to know how they all stacked up.

I tested five different products:

  1. Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Retired)
  2. Sanford Prismacolor Colored Pencils
  3. Rexel Derwent Watercolor Pencils
  4. Pentel Metallic Automatic Pencils
  5. Koh-i-Noor Woodless Colored Pencils

As you will see I made a small card for each one

I did a blending test with the colors themselves, a blending stump and, water

I made notes directly on the cards for future reference

SU Watercolor Crayons Sanford Prismacolor colored pencils Rexel Derwent watercolor pencils Pentel Metallic Auto pencils Koh-l-noor Woodless Color pencils

I hope this post was helpful to you, I know it will be to me.

Please let me know what you think would be cool for Thursday’s

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12 Ways to Save 15%…

Today I want to talk about bundles

Bundles save you 15% off the individual pieces

They are perfectly paired to get you creating instantly

and

Well I haven’t seen a bundle I didn’t like

I will be honest, when I placed my last order I messed up

I ordered two items that were in a bundle but because I was not paying attention I missed out on the 15% savings

To get the savings you have to use the bundle code not the individual codes

SO I am posting all of the bundles in the new Annual Catalog here

That way you have the right codes so you don’t miss out on 15% savings!!!

These are listed in the order you will find them in the catalog

All page references are for the new Annual Catalog (Link on the right)

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Chalk Talk Bundle Page 12

Wood Mount #132731

Clear Mount #132730

Chalk Talk 132731L

Label Love Page 32

Wood Mount #132723

Clear Mount #132722

Label Love 132723L

Backyard Basics Page 79

Wood Mount #132729

Clear Mount #132728

Backyard Basics 132729L

Wildflower Meadow Page 79

Wood Mount #132735

Clear Mount #132985Wildflower Meadow 132735L

Flower Shop Page 95

Wood Mount #132727

Clear Mount #132726

Flower shop 132727L

Beautiful Baroque Page 113

Wood Mount (only) #132732

Beautiful Baroque132732L

Mosaic Madness Page 123

Wood Mount #132734

Clear Mount #132733Mosaic Madness 132734L

Six Sided Sampler Page 125

Wood Mount #132725

Clear Mount #132724Six Sided Sampler 132725L

Tag a Box Page 159

Item # 131372

Tag a Box 131372L

Tag a Bag Page 159

Item # 131371Tag a Bag 131371L

Clear Block Starter Set Page 196

Item # 129851

Clear Block Starter set 129851L

Complete Clear Block Set Page 196

Item # 118491

All the Clear Blocks 118491LClick on any link above to be taken directly to my store for ordering

Those of you that are not comfortable ordering online can contact me directly to order ~Order with Me~

I hope this helps you find the bundles you are dieing to have!

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Take Two Tuesday

Everyone does a technique Tuesday so I decided to mix it up

I am starting a Take Two Tuesday

Every Tuesday I will try to post one stamp, technique or, tool

and

I will show you two ways to use it

This Tuesday I am going to show you Faux silk done two ways

The technique is really quick and simple and leaves a beautiful unique finish

The technique only requires the addition of tissue paper and a glue stick

This technique can give you a matted faux silk look or a glossy faux silk look

Okay lets get started:

First you will need a few things

Cardstock

Tissue paper (old wrinkled tissue paper is fine)

Stamp pads and a stamp set

I used Bloomin Marvelous (retired)

A glue stick, I recommend  the Anywhere Glue Stick #104045 it is rectangle in shape and will get to the corners of your cards

Crystal Effects # 101055  (For the Glossy version) and a paint brush

Sponges if you want to sponge the edges

First stamp your images onto your piece that is to become faux silk

The Stamped Image on Whisper White Cardstock

The Stamped Image on Whisper White Cardstock

Next cut a piece of tissue paper a little larger than the stamped piece

    Tissue cutting

Next crumple the tissue paper up into a ball

When you open it don’t smooth all the wrinkles out just enough to cover the stamped piece

100_1060 Open tissue

Next apply the glue stick to the entire surface of the stamped piece and pat the tissue onto it without smoothing

We want the wrinkles to show through they are part of the look

Next turn over your piece and glue down any overhang

Tissue glued to front Backside

This is the Matte version of Faux Silk you can leave it this way and use it as is or take it one step further

Matted Faux silk

Glossy Faux Silk

Finished Piece

To do this you need a paint brush and Crystal Effects # 101055

Getting ready for crystal effects

I lay my piece on a piece of wax paper before painting the crystal effects over it

This way when it is dry it will remove without tearing and any adhesive on the edges can be trimmed away with scissors

So go ahead and paint an even layer of crystal effects over the entire surface of your piece and let it dry

Crystal effects added but still wet

Crystal effects added but still wet

Layer this onto card stock when it is dry and you are done

The longest part of this is waiting for the crystal effects to dry

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial on take two “Faux Silk”

Please leave me a comment below and share with your friends!

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I love Mojo Monday

I am actually posting My take on Mojo Monday’s sketch on Monday!

Every Monday www.mojomonday.blogspot.com puts up a sketch

Here is the sketch:

Mojo297SketchThis challenge came fairly easily for me

However I always seem to struggle with getting all the elements in and keeping the card a standard size

I know I can go outside the norm and make the card any size I want, I just like to keep it that way to give myself more of a challenge

Anyway you look at it the point remains the same it is a challenge and that is what I love about Mojo Monday

So, here is my take:

Mojo Monday 297 WM

The colors I used are Wild Wasabi and Regal Rose

The Wild Wasabi Layer was dry embossed using the Textured Impressions Embossing Folder “Lacy Brocade” # 127819

I also used the distress Tool on the edges of the Wild Wasabi layer #127562

The Regal Rose layer was corner punched with an old punch from I don’t know who, lol

Next up is a layer of Wild Wasabi and Very Vanilla which I stamped in the same color inks

The stamp set is Bloomin Marvelous (Retired)

I used a sharpie Pen on the Large Pearl Basic Jewels # 125577

The little flower was cut out using the Floral Frames Framelits # 127012

I stamped the flower with Bloomin Marvelous using my markers to give it a graduated effect

I also covered the cut out flower with Crystal Effects # 101055 to give it a high shine

The little Banner was cut from Silver Glimmer Paper # 124005

I sponged on Wild Wasabi ink to the raised area of the embossed layer and to all the edges except the Regal Rose layer

Please leave a comment below and tell me what you think, I really love hearing everyone’s opinion!

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7 Days left…

Only seven days left to take advantage of the big MDS Sale!

B1_MDSsale_demo_May0113_NAThis sale ends June 15, 2013

Get 25 percent off select My Digital Studio content and print products.

Digital content includes: ALL ensemble, calendar, photobook, and swatchbook digital content. See it here.

Print products include: ALL photobooks, swatchbooks, cards, tags, individual pages, and calendars. See it here.

This is a really good sale and I have not seen one like it all year!

As always if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask!

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