Thursday, October 12, 2017

Snowman gift card holder

Hi!  I was planning to post this last night but I was just too tired to write or think of complete sentences.  It's been a busy week with the boys on Fall break and still trying to finish up a bunch of crafts.  I have been trying to make some crocheted crafts to put in my Etsy shop and finally I'm done with one.  It's a crocheted snowman that can hold a gift card or anything actually that is small enough to fit in the pouch.  The pattern is designed by ChiWei Ranck of One Dog Woof and can be found HERE.

Here's the little snowman with his arms folded over in the front to look like he is hugging the card. 

I added this fun card that I stamped.  You can definitely add in a gift card too behind this card.

The gift card reaches under his nose.

This is how the little opening of the pouch looks.  I hope I can make more of these little guys.  These would be so cute for teachers and I think it would be easy to put a little wire through the hat and then use it as an ornament on the tree.

That is it for today.  Oh, I forgot something.  A comment on my previous post about the reindeer coloring.  Yes, I used Copics and I think I used E33, 35, 57 for his body and E35, 57, 59 for antlers and E57, 59 for the hooves.  I can't be 100% cause I already forget but those are my go to colors for brown animals!  And then also a light blue tracing around the polar bear with just a light colored blue Copic like B00 or something.  And rub on pink chalk for the cheeks.  Hope that helps.

Thanks for stopping by!



Saturday, October 7, 2017

lots and lots of tags!

Hi!  I've been making a lot of tags lately trying to get ready for Christmas and I am finally done.

These were made with Lawn Fawn stamps and dies.  I love this set.  It is so cute and funny!

Here is the back of the tags.  I think these would be so fun to put on gifts for children.  They would think the tags are so funny!

Here are the polar bear tags.  I love this polar bear.  His expression is so cute!

This is the back of the polar bears.

I also made more of the tags I had made last year.  So these are all listed in my shop now.  I tried to make a lot at one time because I'm not sure if I'll be making more of these designs this year.  I want to make some newer ones with some of my dies that I have not used yet!  Trying so hard to not buy more than I can use.  Although sometimes that is so difficult!  I was really good in September and did not buy any new Mama Elephant or the cute Bitty Bears from Birdie Brown.  I had such restraint but who knows how long that will last this month! 

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

batty for you

Hello!  I just finished up this cute baby bat amigurumi.  I made it following a pattern I purchased HERE.  My bat turned out a bit smaller because I used a smaller crochet hook and my yarn is a bit thinner.

Isn't he adorable?!  His wings can open and close too.

Here he is hanging on my finger.  My finger looks really short here.  I guess I really do have short little fingers.  He is a cute project to make for Halloween.

Lately I have been multicrafting (like multitasking but just for craft projects).  Can I trademark that term, multicrafting?  No one steal that, please.  I think it has helped me get more done.  I have set up different areas for different tasks.  I have a stamping/coloring area, diecutting area and crocheting area.  I used to try to finish one project at a time but I realized my attention is too short, and I would get bored or tired of my current project but couldn't go on to another one cause I felt I had to finish what was in front of me first.  So usually I would just let that project sit on my craft table forever.  Now I can move from one project to another and not pressure myself to finish before starting another project.

Today, I plan to finish up more Christmas tags and start on another crochet project.

Thank so much for stopping by!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

You Can Always Lean On Me


Hi!  Well I know I said I'd only be entering one time but I did end up making one more card for the Innovation category of MFT's Challenge.  I had wanted to do something with magnets because my kids have these tiny magnets in their bead box.  I think they are for making bracelets so I grabbed couple of them.  I wasn't sure what I was making but then thought of something the other night.  These magnets are oval in shape and they have a hole in the middle to thread string, I think.

This is the card I made featuring Birdie Brown's Happy Hedgehogs.  Love, love, love Birdie Brown's images and cards!  I did some masking with the larger hedgehog to sit on the log which I also lengthened.  I used the stitched border background again from Blueprints 25.  The yellow sun is cut from the Stitched Arched dies and I blended with distress oxide.

Also used the mini cloud stencil to blend in the background using distress oxide.  Under the log I used the skinniest fishtail flag die to create an opening.  I wanted to create some movement but not show all the openings.

Here's a close up of them sitting apart.  You might notice something sticking out from under the yellow sun.

When you pull on the tab, the smaller hedgehog slides over and clicks to the larger one because I used the magnets underneath them.  The magnet under the large hedgehog is stationary and I tied some thin fishing line to the other magnet under the smaller hedgehog through the hole that it had.  The sentiment is also stamped onto the tag which is from MFT as well.  The tiny diecut on the tag is from Tag Builders Blueprints 5.

They're so cute together!  You can slide the tag back under and slide the smaller guy back to the right.

This is under all the cute stuff!  Three layers of dimensional tape! 

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I made a short little video using my phone.  I had to hold my phone in one hand and pull the tab.   

That is definitely it for me.  Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Welcome, Little One

Hello!  So I probably do this often.  Like think about joining in on a challenge but actually not do anything until the last minute.  I spent almost the whole day yesterday coloring up the images and thinking about the layout for a Clean and Simple Card.  What a misnomer!  CAS cards are sometimes not that simple and if you saw my crafting area, it's not very clean either.  But finally done today to enter my card into My Favorite Things Card Design Challenge

I made a baby girl card using MFT's Cuddly Koalas.  I stamped the koala image, colored with Copics and fussy cut them out.  Now that I have old eyes, it's hard to color in the tiny details and even cutting is getting difficult.  Why do our eyes have to get old too?

I used MFT's Blueprints 25 for the stitched background which is the perfect size of an A2 card.  Love it! I used watercolor cardstock for the background because I love how the texture looks when blending.  I stamped the tree image right onto the watercolor cardstock and colored with Copics and after used some colored pencils for more details.  I had a difficult time deciding if I wanted to curve the sentiment on this card or use it straight.  But decided I wanted a different look so went with the curve.  I used distress oxide in worn lipstick for the background and sentiment. 

Here's a close up of the image.  I did also fussy cut that branch (in mama koala's hand) out and the small leaves that are falling down!  I masked the larger branch when I blended the pink background but there was no way I was gonna do that for all the leaves!  So pretty much I just lightly blended over the colored green leaves and some of the thinner branches.  Still looks okay to me!

Maybe next year I'll be on it and enter more than one category but I think that's it for me this year.  Thanks so much for reading and visiting today! 


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Hi, I'm not even gonna say it ...

Just ignore that I haven't posted anything in a while.  Not gonna even dwell on it.

Anyway, in case there are some people that still read my blog, Hello!  Thought I'd pop in and see what blogland is up to these days and quickly share something that I finished making a few weeks ago.

I found this wonderful crochet pattern of Snorlax HERE.  Snorlax is a Pokemon in case you were in doubt or wondering.  It's probably one of the best patterns I've found of Snorlax so I had to try to make it since my boys love Pokemon.

I made mine a little bit differently by using felt for the stomach instead of crocheting that.  I used 2 layers of felt because I could actually see through it a bit when I used one.  I placed the felt on his body and kind of guessed the size and shape and cut it out.  Then I sewed both layers of felt onto his body.  His teeth are also small pieces of felt that I had glued.   And his arms stick out forward a bit instead of downwards.

Here's another view of him.  He is laying down with a donut that I sewed from felt.  I sewed his arms on more forward so the donut could hang on his arm.

I have been crocheting a bit more these days.  It's hard though to play with yarn when the weather is so humid.  Ugh. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading about my Snorlax.



Monday, April 24, 2017

I love you this much

Hi!  I have another box card to share today. 

This one also features one of the cute hedgehogs from Birdie Brown (MFT).  I love that his arms (legs) are stretched wide and the sentiment fits it well.

Here is the box card folded. 

I am working on some teacher cards next so hopefully I'll have some more cards to share soon.

Thanks for dropping by!


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

thank you for always being there

Hi!  I finally made another box card!  I've come to realize that I only have a couple hours a day if I'm lucky to craft or work on my Etsy shop.  And sometimes I procrastinate so those 2 hours probably decrease down a lot! 

So this box card features the cute hedgehogs from Birdie Brown at MFT.  The sentiment is a combination from Lawn Fawn and Mama Elephant.  While I think these box cards are cute and fun, sometimes it takes a bit of time to align correctly so that it will fold nicely.  The first 2 I made came out really easy but for some reason I think I wasn't liking these up nicely and so it would lay flat one way but not really the other.

But I think I got it now.  In any case, I need to take the time to align the sides carefully.  My plan is to make 3 more of these box cards.  Haha, I always have plans but they don't always happen. 

By the way, I restocked the snowflakes and maple leaves in my shop.  In case you want to start prepping for Christmas.  Is it too early?  I've already bought 2018 calendars from Taylored Expressions.  Wish me luck that I'll make calendars early this year. 

Thanks for visiting!




Monday, April 10, 2017

graduation cards

Hi all!  I made a bunch of graduation cards in different colors.  These took me a while to finish in between packing confetti!  I love to make all sorts of things but it's getting harder to find the time.  And sometimes I'm just too tired!

I made these graduation cards before.  This image is from Sister Stamps.  Do you guys miss them?  They put out a lot of great images like this one. 

I colored them up differently in black, blue, red and green.  Are those the most popular school colors? 

Here is a slightly different design using the year instead of congrats.

Here's the green version.

That's it for now.  My plan is to make more box cards today (and pack more confetti).  Hopefully it'll be a productive day.

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, March 31, 2017

new pretty star confetti

Hi everyone!  Just popping in quick to share some pretty stars I listed in the shop.  These are the regular, more chunky/thicker cut confetti/glitter.  Good for those shaker cards when you want a bit more weight to shake around.  But I like the thinner ones for shakers too just cause they are less bulky.  Sometimes I put the thinner cut confetti in those clear plastic bags and use those instead of using the dimensional tape all under the card.  So then my shaker cards end up kind of thin.  Maybe it's hard to visual and some day I'll share some photos.





 So just real quick I now have blue, pink, purple, white and yellow in the 3mm size.

And I also added this really nice gold hollow stars and stars mix.  I love these!  So happy at the quality of these.

Okay, thanks for stopping by!




Wednesday, March 29, 2017

you're one smart cookie!

Hello!  So recently I sold a card that I made last year.  It was the little MFT flying pig with reach for the stars sentiment.  I loved that card!  And even though it took a bit of a while to sell, probably cause I listed during Christmas season instead of graduation season, I didn't mind since I loved looking at it.  When it did sell, I was kind of sad to see it go.  Hopefully the buyer enjoys it too.

Today, I have another graduation card, two cards actually but they are variations of each other so basically almost the same.

It features the cute and smart cookie from Lawn Fawn's Smart Cookie set.  I think this would be nice for preschool or kindergarten graduations but still pretty fun for the bigger kids too.  The congratulations sentiment is made from an MFT die.  It's kind of funny that I didn't really know what color I wanted to make the congratulations.  I went back and forth from black to red and when I got to my table, I saw the leftover gray cardstock and used that instead. 

Here's the second one.  The glasses and eyes on the cookies are different.  I stamped the red sentiment using my Precision Press!  I like it a lot. 

I also used my Xyron sticker maker to make it easier to adhere the gray sentiment onto my card.  I don't necessarily use the sticker maker to make stickers out of pieces that are already cut because like other people (reviewers) have mentioned, there is always some adhesive that sticks to the outside.  And then I spend a lot of time trying to get the stickiness off.  Usually I use some temporary tape to get that off.  But the sticker maker is really great for intricate dies.  I run my cardstock that I want to cut the die from and so the whole piece has adhesive and then I take my die and cut the cardstock.  There's really no mess or extra adhesive on the side when cutting like this.  And it saves me so much time instead of trying to place little dots of glue.  So for the cards above, the gray sentiment was just a big sticker and so easy to apply.

Thanks so much for stopping by!