Saturday, December 31, 2016

Favorites from 2016

Just for fun, I looked back through this year's posts to see which cards I liked the best, and to see if there was a theme that seemed to be repeated. Here are some of my faves.

Well, the only recurring theme I noticed was that I like flowers and nature a lot! Oh, and coloring, LOL.

And now, it's time to watch the countdown clock ring in the new year. I wish you all a safe New Year's celebration, and a happy, healthy, and CREATIVE 2017! I'm taking tomorrow off, so I'll see you back here on Monday.

Smiley from Millan.Net

Friday, December 30, 2016

Making Progress (and a Card!)

The craft room organization is coming along, slowly but surely. Today was spent labeling embossing folders and filing them in their organizer bin. These bins are the perfect size for the regular embossing folders and regular size Framelits/Thinlits in their plastic sleeves!

I take the embossing folders out of the package they come in (unless there's more than one in the pack), label them with their name, and file alphabetically. The Framelits and Thinlits get peeled off that gawdawful tape they are stuck on and an adhesive magnetic sheet* is added over the tape side of the tagboard insert. Then the whole thing is put back in the plastic sleeve, with the Framelits showing.

* I cut the 8.5" x 11" sheets into quarters for the regular size inserts. For the larger die sets in the big envelopes, I can get two 5-1/2" x 6" per sheet, and the leftover strip can be cut in half and used, too.

Since Stampin' Up! has the name of the dies on the envelope flap, I just file them "backward" so the name shows, along with the actual dies. It sure helps to see them when I can't remember if it was the Labels Framelits or Lots of Labels Framelits I was going to use!

When a new catalog comes out, and I have new goodies, I keep them at the front of the bin for easy access, with a little chipboard separator. Once they aren't so new anymore, they get moved back into alphabetical order.

And now, here's a quick card, using the upcoming Sale-A-Bration set called Tasty Truck. This one is really fun to color with the new Watercolor Pencils and blender pens!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Happy New Year

Another quick post for today, as I am up to my ears in trying to get organized for the new year. Which, of course, leads me right into this card! I'm sorry to see the Frosted Medallions stamp set retire, because I really liked the versatility of the medallions. Plus, it has this great Happy New Year greeting. It is still available until January 3rd, as long as supplies last.

No time for a "How To", but the medallion is heat embossed on Basic Black 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" and the copper foil mat is 3-3/4" x 3-3/4". I gotta tell you, the copper on black looks really snazzy in real life!

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Special Reason Occasions Sneak Peek

We had a wonderful Christmas; now it's time to get my Thank You cards sent! This week is going to be spent cleaning and organizing my craft room and, hopefully, getting a camera stand set up for taking pics of projects in progress (photo tutorials!), and maybe....just maybe, videos as well. IF I can get over my nervousness about that, and IF I can get past disliking the sound of my own voice, and IF I can keep Pumpkin out of the middle of it. Pretty tall order, right?

So anyway, here is a quick Thank You card that uses our awesome note cards. Did you know you can get 20 pre-scored cards and 20 envelopes for just six bucks?! And the cards a bit heavier weight than the regular Whisper White cardstock, too. They are available in Crumb Cake, as well.

Here's the "How To"
 Die-cut flower panel: Whisper White 3" x 3-1/8"
 Mat: Bermuda Bay 3-1/8" x 3-1/4"
 Leaves: Pear Pizzazz scraps
 Card base: Note card
  1. Die cut the largest blossom from Stylish Stems Framelits in the Whisper White. Wrap baker's twine around bottom and tie in a bow toward the left side.
  2. Attach to the Bermuda Bay mat with Stampin' Dimensionals, and then adhere to card base 3/8" from top.
  3. Stamp smaller leaf veins from Special Reason stamp set in Old Olive ink on Pear Pizzazz scraps. Die cut with smallest leaf outline, and sponge more Old Olive ink around edges. Adhere to blossom panel with liquid glue.
  4. Stamp greeting (this one is from the new Thankful Life Hostess set) in Bermuda Bay ink below blossom.
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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Computer Woes

Yesterday, a day when there would normally be a new blog post, was spent trying to save my laptop. Thank heavens for my resident computer "expert" (aka husband), who spent all day trying to figure out why it wouldn't wake up from hibernation, and then backing up all my data when he finally did get it to wake up.

Smiley from Millan.Net

I had pictures on my camera I needed to upload, and no way to do it. My iPad is great for checking email and general Internet surfing, but I can't do anything on my blog with it, and can't use it for uploading and editing photos from the Sony camera.

All this (too much) info just to say, Merry Christmas Eve, and here is a quick picture of the goody boxes sent out Thursday. The box is a retired Stampin' Up! large gift box, but it was the perfect size for bags of homemade sweets to be sent to loved ones!

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