Wanted to show you all what I have been busy working on for the past week! I have been working on re-organizing my dies every moment I could. A task I have been avoiding because I was not sure what to do, but after much thought, I got a plan.
I used Avery Elle Stamp & Die Storage 5 5/8" x 7 3/8" Pockets. I cut a piece of cardstock to fit inside the envelope and glued a magnet on it. The magnet size all depended on how many dies or how big the die was. The magnets I used were the big sheets I got from Home Depot...made to cover the front of an air vent. Worked perfect and much cheaper. I used my Dymo to make the labels.
I was able to go from this........(4 shelves worth of cases and containers, bags, envelopes etc)....
to this.....(1/2 shelf).....
I have 2 envelopes left over so I just made it. I was able to put 98 different sets of dies from many different companies into 60 envelopes and those all fit in one 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" container!
Here is the side view...
A couple of them have something a small magnet on the back if the dies did not all fit on the front but 98% of them are just on the front. I wanted to make sure I had more supplies for future so I tried to order more today at Amazon but they are discontinued. Avery came out with an envelope slightly larger than what I have which disappointed me because I like to keep everything the same. After much searching I found another company that had the exact size and according to the write-ups, the envelopes are pretty close except the cost. Much cheaper!
I went to Michael's and found the perfect containers I wanted to store them in. They were on sale this week for only $4 and used to put a plant in. The sides are straight and not slanted like most baskets and such. They hold 60 envelopes in each. There was only 3 available so I snatched all 3.
All the dies are now in my book
Manetta's Organized "A" to "Z" Book and Everything Between
so now I know exactly what I have for Dies and they are easy to find!
It feels good to get more organized in my room. Some day I will be done...right?
Brenda is crazy in love with chickens. She has those fancy ones with tuffs of feathers off the head...ones that lay eggs bluer than a robin...ones in many colors. When I saw this set of stamps from Stampin Up called Hey Chick ...I just had to have them to make her a birthday card! She loved it.
I learned in a Stampin Up class how to make the chicken wire. We used an embossing folder called "hexagon dynamic textured impressions folder". Before we ran it through the Big shot, we inked it carefully with black ink. It really does look like the chicken wire my sister uses around her chicken coops! I used a sponge to lightly color in the sky to give it some color.
Do you keep a stash of cards and when you need one, you just pick one out....or are you like me? I do not have a stash of cards and make them as I need them. I try to think about the person as I make their card.
Someone I know had a birthday on Valentines day but I didn't want to make a card that had a Valentine theme. I wanted something totally different. She has a Yorkshire Terrier named Gracie, so I found a free image online and colored it with Twin Markers. I used a picture from her FB page to use as a guide to color her with. I used rectangles to cut the image so I could layer it up.
The background took a bit between the layers and drying. I cut a piece of black cardstock in the size I wanted. I brushed a layer Lumiere Metallic Bronze all over the cardstock. I was not fussy and some of the brush strokes left black showing through. After I was done, I tilted the cardstock up over the trash can and sprayed Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in colors blues, greens, peach, lemon and candy red. I just kept spraying the colors to let them run down mixing in some areas. After I was happy with those colors my final coat was Heidi Swapp white color shine which I just sprayed over it in different areas. I linked what each product was in Amazon in case someone wanted to see what they looked like. I ran it through the Sizzix with an embossing folder while it was still a little bit damp.
I popped it into the mail to her and had to wait to post the card here so she would not see it ahead of time. she has received the card so I was safe to post it!
I had fun this morning coloring the free digital image from Mo's Digital Pencil called Spot. I needed two get-well cards and this image was perfect!
Thank you Mo's for the image!
Microsoft Word was used to print out the image. I used Twin Touch Markers on the brown Spot and used Dick Blick Markers to color the grey Spot. You cannot see the background very well on the brown spot card but I used the old Stamping Up Watercoloring crayons on both cards. Thank you for stopping by. I am now off to go make my cards I need in March. Manetta
I used Tim Holtz Window and Window Box Sizzix to cut the window out. The cardstock was all scraps from my scrap paper pile. The candles were punched from a Stamping Up punch. The image...of course...is from https://www.bloobel.com. Love Lisa Bloobel's digital stamps and have several.
If you are looking for something different for your cards, check out her store! Lisa is also offering a progressive challenge (check out her blog where each month you get a free image emailed. The requirement you must post your creation before the end of the month to be "in" on the next month. If you want to join...just purchase the digital stamp and get creating!
This year I bought 4 digitals images from Mo's Digital and right now there is a great sale going on for the Valentine images.
Spent Sunday coloring while waiting for the big game to begin. On Monday morning, all 4 were mailed off! I wish you could see the sparkle on each card but I still struggle with trying to get the glitter to show up when I take a photo. I used the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter Brush Pens on each card and they look super cute. The images were colored with a mix of Copic and Spectrum Noir markers.
(click on each photo to enlarge)
I am not a huge lover of Valentine's Day. I try to get my husband to stop buying me something. He normally buys me a fruit bouquet which I share with everyone at the office. I think it is a day for companies to make money. I believe we should be showing love 365 days a year in many small ways each day.
With that said.....kids do not understand it all. They think of it as a nice party day at school! Being one who loves to make cards, I can't pass up making my 4 Grandkids a Valentine card but they are the only Valentine's Day cards I make.
Tonight I whipped up this card as I just HAD to try out my new tool...the Big Shot Plus! My Big Shot died on me yesterday and that was a huge disappointment! My biggest card making season and no way to use my Christmas dies and folders. I headed straight to Amazon and was so lucky as it was on sale. Talk about perfect timing. Ordered it late yesterday and I received this morning! The Big Shot plus is the same as the Big Shot but just wider. An 8 1/2 wide sheet of paper fits in it with room to spare. I am in heaven.
The dies I used came from Stampin Up Big Shot set called Pretty Pines Thinlits and Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles. The verse came from Hero Arts Merry Christmas Messages. The cardstock was leftovers.
On Friday, Lisa Reber had one last Stampin Up Stamp Camp until the new year. It was so much fun seeing everyone! These are the cards we did. There was also a goodie box and a bag topper which I did not get done.
Makes me happy as I have 4 more cards to add to my Christmas stash!
Cooler weather is upon us, even for us in Florida.
Today I cracked open my Derwent Inktense Water Pencils. I thought the Christmas Chapel rubber stamp would be perfect to color. I have seen many stamps colored in one color before and gave it a try. I think most colors would be pretty. What you can't see...once again...is the hint of sparkle on the snow that was colored with the signo white pen. I enjoyed the look so much I did it with a brown pencil. Both the tag and bow was cut from Stampin Up dies.
The cards were stamped inside with a simple word..Peace.
Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy the cooler weather!
Hope all of you are having a wonderful weekend! Mine has been great. Celebrated my 12th Anniversary, the sun is shining and there is a nice breeze blowing.
I have been busy crafting today and decided to stop a moment to blog. I wanted to show you a Christmas card I made this morning using a Tattered Lace Snowflake die and Spellbinders Oval Regalia die.
The cardstock came from a DCWV Latte Matstack. White is glittered and the grey is textured. Hard to see both in the photo. The red glitter is Xmas Red Stickles. The inside was decorated to match the outside.
It's was the first time these dies met up with cardstock so I was happy to show these neglected dies some love.
I am off now to craft some more. Enjoy your day and thank you for stopping by!
One of my favorite stamps from Impression Obsession is called Trees and Lake. I have used it for birthday cards before and this time it is a sympathy card. The tree stamp was inked with Stampin Up Basic Black. I used distress inks and sponges to create the sunset.
These two cards were easy but one of them was also the hardest. One of the cards will go to a very close family friend, Jeff. Jeff lost one of his sons a couple of years ago and on Friday, he lost his last remaining son to a car crash. Both sons were very young and both were lost suddenly. To top it all off, on Saturday his wife had a heart attack and is in the hospital. I can't imagine the stress and what they are going through right now. My heart goes out to them both.
This fold is called Stair Step Fold. I made a band to hold it closed for mailing. The back is the size of an A2 card so it fits perfectly into the A2 envelope. The embellishments came from Stampin Up Pretty Pines thinlits and Martha Stewart pine punch. I discovered recently how nice white flock works for fur so I used it again on the hat. The image was colored with a mix of Spectrum Noir markers and Twin Touch markers. Check out the different views below.
It's been a long time since I have been able to print something from my computer. I never realized how much I use a printer for crafting until I did not have one available. I had a wireless printer for a long time when all of a sudden, after updating the software, we ran into trouble. If I fixed my computer to start printing from it, it knocked my husband off. When he fixed his computer to be able to print on it, I got knocked off. I finally left it alone and stopped fixing mine as my husband uses it to print off billing receipts. The last time it took him over a day to get his computer printing again. Ouch!!
He finally decided I needed to get my own wireless in my craft room. His decision could have come from the fact that I was whining all the time...LOL. After lots of searching and studying what is available, I decided on a Canon. I am once again a happy crafter because I can start using some of my diggies collection.
I found some free and cute Winter/Christmas bird diggies at Kajsans Scrap Blog a long time ago and decided to finally print them out and play with them. I was experimenting with sparkle pens and Inktense watercolor pencils. Some of my experiments did not look so great but I finally have a couple I am happy with!
For the snow on top of the hats and branch, I used Tulip Puffy White paint. The fur on the hat was painted with Wink Of Stella clear and covered with Stampin Up Crystal Effects to give it some dimension.
The birds have a nice sparkle on them which I was able to show you by holding the card closer to a lamp to take the photo with.
Only 10 more weeks to Christmas. I still have more cards to make so I better step up my game!!
Today I water colored using an acrylic block and distressed ink. I have never used this technique before where you stamp the distressed ink on the block, spritz it with a little bit of water and paint with a brush. I really did not know how I would color this image so it was stamped on regular white cardstock. The plan to use watercolor came after so I had to be careful not to over soak the paper.
I cleaned up and decided to put my white tulip fabric paint away someplace new last weekend. I normally use it to do snow or white fur. I have looked under, in and around everywhere...for the life of me cannot find it! It never pays to clean up. lol A disorganized mess works better for me I guess. I really wanted to make the fur part stand out on the card so I had to come up with another plan. After digging around I came across some flock I have had for years and rarely use. I actually like the results!
What is Christmas without some sparkle right? I covered the hat and bear with ripped towel paper and sprayed Heidi Swapp White Color Shine to give it a hint of sparkling sheen to the sky. For the finishing touches after the card dried, I used my all time favorite Signo white pen to put a hint of snow falling in the sky.
Yesterday was World Card Making day....the day that kick starts making holiday cards for the season. I do not have anything to show for that day however I did craft. I was trying to learn a new technique.
I hope you have started making your Holiday cards as it is only 8-9 weeks before everyone starts mailing them!
My big brother retired this week so I wanted to send him a Retirement card. I had no idea what to make so I started searching the internet for retirement...looking for inspiration. A Retirement clock popped into my search and I knew I could change that into a card easily enough. I cut the hands out and glued them all down. The numbers were stamped using a set from a company called See-D's. My set is about 8 years old. Not sure if they are still around or not.
My brother received his card today so it was safe to post it on my blog.
My brothers comment was
"Thank you Manetta - I am exhausted at the end of the day."
One of my Uncles is turning 70 years old this weekend and for the first time in his life he will have a birthday party that will be a surprise! (sssshhhhhh don't tell him! *S*)
I can't be there so I made him a Wildlife birthday card and mailed it to him. This is a tri-shutter fold...a little different when you open, so he might need help when he receives it!
The stamps are all from Stampin Up except the sentiment. That one came from Fiskars Make a Wish Quote Set. To make the moose stand out a bit more, I covered him in Stampin Up Crystal effects. Everything was stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia. This fold allows the A2 card to fold flat for mailing.
Back home in NH, it is fall so that is the color theme I went with. I know he will enjoy the card since he use to hunt all the time.
About a week ago I got the Stampin Up Christmas Pines stamp set and Pretty Pines die set. I have been patiently waiting until I had time to sit and play with them. Tonight I finally got that chance!
In my Junk Box I found a card that had Gold Vellum already glued down onto a Cranberry Red card. Also found in my scraps some off white cardstock, piece of Cranberry Red cardstock and a small piece of Gold Vellum.
The only stamping was the sentiment stamped on the front came from the Christmas Pines set. Card came together easy.
Another down on my Christmas Cards!
How are you doing on your cards?
I am submitting this into Week 38 Only Christmas Card Challenge.
Even though I have not shared a great deal, I have been making Christmas Cards all year. On the off days I do not craft I will start posting some of them, especially since making Christmas Card season is upon many of you.
This is a card I believe I made back in July. I had many of the pieces left over from 2015 season so decided to use them up. Here is a post where the extra pieces came from Magical Christmas. The window scene was recreated but the A2 card itself is different.
How are you doing on your Christmas Cards? Have you begun yet? *S*
I have these leave stamps and 3 color combos of ink that has not been pulled out in over a year so I decided to play with them. It was time to make more sympathy anyway. While I was at it, I made additional birthday card.
The inks I used was Kaleidacolor Denim, Blue Breeze and Autumn Leaves. I was quite sure they would be dried up by now and was shocked to see they were still nice and juicy! They are made to slide apart so you can re-ink them without bleeding into the other colors.
The leaves are from a very old set from Close to my Heart called Skeleton Leaves. It is a nice set of 4 different shapes clear stamps. Not sure why but I have rarely used it. The ink worked well on the leaves. Reminds me of fall the way one leaf can have different colors. Could be used for masculine cards easily enough.
These are very hard for me to do......one layer but I pulled it off.
I saved the best for last! This card was my favorite card we made that day. It is a Halloween shaker card.
To make the circle area that holds the halloween shaker pieces, we used a product I had no idea that was out there! Normally I would use tiny pieces of pop dots placed very close together around the open area. We used a pop dot product but they are in long thin strips. I searched online to find where I could buy them and found some at Amazon. Unfortunately they are out of stock. The ones I found come in a package of 132 pieces that are 1/8 inch x 4 3/8 inch long. Definitely be on the lookout where to get some either online or in stores. The one important thing to remember when you make a shaker card, is that you glue the acetate piece behind the circle cut out area before you start putting the whole card together.
I did not buy the tree die but the more I think about it, the more I want it. I can see it being something easily used even for Christmas cards.
Thank you for checking in today. Have a great day and hope you get some crafting in!