Finally…some HAPPY MAIL!

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I would have posted sooner today but I had to make 8 of you (are there 8 of you out there?!) some little cards to go with your Happy Mail.

I’m doing this a little differently this time around.  Last time I didn’t limit the number of people who could “win” happy mail so the scraps got divided into the appropriate number of piles AFTER you all weighed in.  This time around I sorted the piles out and decided that I had enough scraps to make 8 decent-sized envelopes of happy mail so you get more to play with. 

As mentioned, I also stamped out a Whipper Snapper image – one of my favourites.  You get that too…plus a limited edition Kelly Bee “bookmark” (or whatever you want to do with it – it’s about 4.5X2.25″).

Here are pictures depicting the contents of three of the envelopes I’m sending out so you can get an idea of what you’re asking for:

1.  Basic Grey featuring Lemonade and some Prima flowers that I ‘experimented’ on with some homemade Glimmer Mist:

2.  I’m calling this envelope “mainly masculine”.  Jillibean Soup, Cosmo Cricket, Basic Grey, Three Bugs in a Rug and a piece of ribbon:

3.  Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety – mostly leftovers from my PaperCard Kit from PWCO

There’s another Basic Grey envelope with Kioshi and Green at Heart scraps, a second Garden Variety, a Three Bugs in a Rug envie, etc.

Before I tell you what you’ve got to do to get on the Happy Mail mailing list…here’s a HUGE close up of my bee (glitter AND fun flock):

I know you only want to be on the mailing list so you can get your inky fingers on my adorable ‘bookmark’  but I’ll throw in the stamped image and the scraps too.

Wondering how to make the list?

LEAVE  A COMMENT and make sure I get your email address so I can contact you for your snail mail address.

The first eight (8) people to comment make the list.  The envelopes will be sent out randomly – you don’t get to pick (sorry) but I’m sure you’ll enjoy your freebies all the same.

If you do make a creation using the bits and bobs I’m sending you I’d love for you to send me a picture so I can share it on my blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

It’s a Party!

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These little guys are going out in the mail ASAP.

One of my brothers and his wife are “coming home” for a visit in two weeks and we are going to have a family barbeque while they are here.  DH and I are hosting so I thought it would be fun to make invitations to mail out.

I used some older K&Co paper and a Michael’s stamp (it’s the only bbq I have in stamp form) for the invitations.  I didn’t think my family would notice/know/care if I used the latest papers on the cards I made (I was debating DeLovely but I’ve got other plans for that)

These whipped up pretty quickly as I used punches instead of nesties to cut out the circles and the scallops.  I used my (new!) Kemore 1/2 Size sewing machine for the dainty zig zag (I never liked how huge the zig zag was on the Pixie) at the bottom and spritzed some grey ink here and there because I just didn’t like all that empty yellow space at the top of the card.   If you’re in Canada and you were looking at a small sewing machine I can tell you I’m liking this so far even though the bobbin is a bit more complicated than other machines I’ve used.  It’s a sturdy little thing!

I should be back tomorrow with a Happy Mail offering …you don’t want to miss that.  I’ve got a mishmash of scraps all ready to go.  I’m throwing in a Whipper Snapper image for you to colour too so check back.

Separated at Birth?

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I should seriously buy stock in Sears before posting this but here goes…

As you know, my sewing machine broke last week (bad Pixie) but what you might not know is that Singer didn’t even bother to respond to my email asking for assistance on reseating the bobbin so Singer is now dead to me.

My husband picked up the Kenmore 1/2 size sewing machine at Sears for me last night (on sale until August 2 for $59.99 – save $20) and I just took it out of the box…OMG, I think it’s a Janome Sew Mini.  Here’s my evidence:

The Janome Sew Mini:

The Kenmore 1/2 size:

The only difference is the brand name and the way they outline the stitch patterns (so, the only difference is the decals.)

As further proof, I found this on Overstock.com when looking for a shot of the Sew Mini:

http://www.overstock.com/Crafts-Sewing/Janome-Sew-Mini-Sewing-Machine/3654717/product.html

(it’s a picture of the Kenmore but there’s no Janome or Kenmore logo in the picture)

So, Canadians, I think you CAN get a Janome Sew Mini in Canada…that’s pretty cool.  I must go post this on SCS!

(I’ll try to come back later with a real project…if I can get the sewing machine set up – I actually stopped the card making to post this news.)

Doggone It!

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I’m finally getting to cut into my newest pad of Basic Grey paper.  Max and Whiskers.  It’s adorable and you NEED it.

I desperately wanted to machine stitch on my card but I broke my purple Pixie a couple of days ago (I think I tried to use thread that was too thick…the bobbin case came out of it’s race (that rhymes!) and I can’t figure out how to make it work again.  Disappointingly, Singer never did reply to my email asking if they could send me a diagram of how it should be placed.  My next sewing machine will NOT be a Singer even though I thought the Pixie was a great little machine for the money)

Anyway, I’m trying to move on from the loss of the world’s ugliest sewing machine but managed to sneak in a little of the sewing theme using a cuttlebug embossing folder along the bottom of my card.  Take a peek:

I love cards that use bits and pieces of patterned paper.  It’s a great way to use scraps.  Unfortunately I cut into 4 fresh pieces of paper to make this little guy.  But still…

Speaking of paper scraps, I’m going to be doing another “Happy Mail” giveaway as soon as I get my room tidied up.  Lots of new product kicking around so if you’re interested in some scraps, keep an eye out for my post!

Neigh-bird Hood

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I had a vision for a welcome to the neighbourhood type card when I was working with my Cricut last weekend.  I have to admit that the card didn’t turn out quite the way I planned but there is definitely potential to give it another go when time is on my side.

I think I got too ambitious with the tree in the background – plus I was working with a different sized card – I knew it would have to be a long card to get the row of houses that I’d envisioned to fit on the card…I went with 4 X 9 1/4″ as my card size as it would fit in a standard “business size” envelope…the result…well, you tell me:

To make myself feel better  I made a more traditional card using a stamped image and my regular size for the card base…but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see that one.

I hope you all had a good weekend.  I’m off to make some dishcloths as our old ones need replacing.

Snail Mail

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I’ve been soooo busy this week that I haven’t had any time in my craft room.  I sometimes think about shutting down my blog over the summer but I just have to learn that nothing bad is going to happen if I skip a few days or a week…well, some of you might get bored and stop visiting but this is a HOBBY so I don’t want to start stressing…

I’m STILL working my way through all the materials in the July papercard kit at PWCO – it’s the only reason I have something to share with you this weekend (however, I NEED a card for tomorrow so I should get that on the blog soon.

Today’s post has a zillion pictures so hang in there, okay?

Cute?!  I think so!   But wait, there’s a surprise…

I was especiallly pleased with my stamp holder…it came out exactly as I’d pictured in my mind.  I used two different fonts in Word to create the snail mail sentiment.   A lot of stamp companies are combining fonts for their sentiments these days (we all know which company started it but many others are following their lead).  While I do love all those sentiment stamps and I think it would sometimes be easier to use a stamp (just because it’s harder to print on smaller paper and I don’t want to run a full sheet through my printer) using the computer gives you complete versatility and is practically free…how much ink does printing a word or two use?  Here’s what the stamp holder card looks like when it’s removed from the tote:

The tote was made using basic techniques.  I just calculated the size I needed to fit my envelopes (they’re a bit bigger than the cards so you should use your envie dimensions to work out the size of box you’ll need or you won’t have enough space.)  I believe the cardstock size I used was 10 1/4″ X 7 3/8″.  I used a 1″ strip of patterned paper to decorate the rim of the tote and adhered ribbon (from the papercard kit) to the inside of the box to make handles.  You’ll want two separate handles for a card holder as a central handle would make it difficult to remove the cards from the tote.

I made 4 cards and 4 lined envelopes to tuck inside the tote.  Because I knew ahead of time that I was making 4 cards with the same layout I assembled all my elements first and then put the cards together. 

…and here’s what I did with all this:

A quick shot to show what the liners look like:

and there you have it!

I used my Cricut to create the little guys on the cards.  I’m going to try to use it a little bit more though I’d rather be working on my colouring skills…

Enjoy your weekend and peek back tomorrow to see if I managed to blog my other card.

Custom Cards

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One of the best things about making cards is that you can customize them just about ANY way you want.  When I first started making cards I didn’t use any stamps at all and relied on handmade embellishments to create my greeting cards.

I was in need of a very special card today and am glad I had my old skills to fall back on because – oddly enough – I simply did NOT have a stamp that was right for the occasion.  I think it’s self-explanatory so I’ll just show you the card:

NOTE:  I have no idea why my ribbon looks red in this picture…it’s more of a plum colour in real life and matches the bow tie accents much more closely than it would appear!  In fact, I used red on the bow ties on my first try but couldn’t find any wide ribbon that was red enough in my stash!

October Afternoon Thrift Shop is my go to paper for weddings this year.  It’s got a little bit of everything and is elegant yet fun.

A few details:

I cut out 2 black hearts and two white hearts, snipped the black ones about 2/3rd of the way down the centre and scored each side to make lapels.  I then glued them to the white hearts and added a couple of pearls for buttons, bow ties (with heart centres), a black brad for the button on the tux and I squished up a few little prima flowers to make boutonnières.  They turned out quite cute!  I used dimensionals on the rectangle and on each heart so there’s some depth in real life.

I nixed sewing on the card as I still want it to look masculine but wedding-ish.  In retrospect I wish I’d done the stitching but it’s too late now!  In any case, I’m sure the grooms will enjoy their card.  It’s been my experience that my husband and husband cards go over quite well.  You can’t go wrong with a personal touch on a wedding day.

Swinging By…

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…with a PaperWorks Blog Hop.

Welcome to the July PaperWorks Blog Hop.  Today PWCO is launching their latest Rachelle Anne Miller stamp line and boy is it cute! (and RAM’s blog is worth scoping out too…check out her Etsy shop while you’re there – her illustrations are to die for.   There’s an adorable elephant I’d LOVE to have some day!  I {heart} elephants!)

If you are participating in the blog hop (and you should because there are PRIZES!) and you came from Cabio’s Blog then you are on the right track.   If you just started on this hop please start at the PWCO main blog.  I’ve got the listing of all participants a bit further down in today’s post.

I have LOTS to tell you/share with you today so sit back, relax and enjoy the ride…and don’t forget to leave a comment if you’d like a chance at winning the stamps featured during today’s hop.

I’m working with a sweet stamp called Side By Side.  First we’ll start with a picture of the stamp image:

Adorable, isn’t it?  I didn’t colour mine quite as nice as this (still working on the copic skills and need to add to my collection a little more) but I did use my copics and I also had a little fun altering the image.   The sentiment that comes with the stamp was the starting point for my card idea today.  It reads: 

Side by side or miles apart
dear friends are always close to the heart

Here’s the front panel of my card:

This is an accordion card and it has 5 panels in total.  It was a little hard to take a picture of the whole card so I’ve got some extra pictures to share today…next we have a little close up of the front plus some details on the supplies I used:

Basic Grey patterned paper, prism cardstock, copics, nesties, the flower was created from paper that I stamped and distressed and the ribbon rosette was made from wrinkle ribbon that I dyed a couple of weeks ago.  I used the same stamped paper to create the ruffled awning at the top of the card too.   (The ribbon ruffle on top and the ribbon that holds the card closed is wrinkle ribbon – you should try this technique!)   I used a stick pin to further embellish the flower and ran the sewing machine around the edges of the patterned paper before matting it with some green cardstock.

Panel 2 and 3:

I used the words “or miles apart” for this idea.  You’ll need your stamp-a-ma-jig for this and it’s a little tricky because the top of the swing set is not in a straight line…you can make your swing set as long as you’d like it to be…(get it?  my little guys are now spaced miles apart…well about 3 1/2 inches but you get the idea!)

The “extra” flower and grass was doodled by me.  More Basic Grey paper and some sponging give these panels a decorative touch (you don’t want to use anything too bulky as this card needs to fold up and these panels are on the inside).

Panel 4 and 5:

The next line in the sentiment reads “dear friends are always close to the heart”.  You can see that I altered the length of the image again – just join the end of the swing closer to the first seat and you’ve got a swing for one.  I cut out the bird and put it on a dimensional so my two little cuties are sharing a seat – can’t get much closer than that!  I drew in the bird’s legs.  Don’t look too closely unless you’re looking for a laugh!  I used a few pearls and some faux stitching on the last panel to give it some interest…again, you don’t want to use flowers (well, you do WANT to use them) or anything that will prevent the card from staying closed.

A little close up of my alteration (check out those  bird legs!):

Here’s the full card when it’s open (sorry – it was really hard to get it all in one shot):

Even after all that marathon creating, I couldn’t stop there.  I decided to make a little gift to go with the card and to make some matching packaging (by now you must know that I like my gifts coordinated!).  The illustration on the stamp inspired me to make the first (to the best of my knowledge) unofficial Rachelle Anne Miller (RAM) stuffed toys! (P.S.  I can’t sew…please don’t laugh at my wonky seams – unless you’re in need of a laugh…if so, go ahead, I won’t hear you anyway!)

The two sheets of Basic Grey patterned paper I used for this project were more than enough to make the card (with decorated panels) and the gift bag.  I’ve even got enough left to make a card or two!  There are lots of tutorials on making bags from paper.  This one didn’t come from a tutorial – I used the box in a bag template from SCS to make some wedding favours last year so I’ve got lots of practice – I just used the basic construction concept from that and added some fun details to make my bag a little more purse -like. (my sewing machine got quite the workout this week.)

The stuffed toys were made from felt.  I used a little more wrinkle ribbon for the bow just because it’s nice to match things up if you can.  The freckles are french knots and the nose and the mouth are just stitched with embroidery floss…I was copying the face on the stamped image – he’s kind of looking off to the side.  Oh, and the eyes are brads!

Here’s the card next to the gift bag (a little tissue paper would have looked good…):

If you’re still with me, just a few housekeeping items and you’ll be on your way.

To enter for a chance to win one of these new stamps, just leave a comment.  8 winners will be randomly chosen – visit each blog for more chances to win.  Here’s a complete list of the participants in today’s blog hop:

PWCO BLOG

Steph S

Cabio

Kelly <———————————– you are here!

Lisa

Silvia

Jenny

Steph J

Karen Lynn

Bella

Danielle

Sunghee

PWCO BLOG

Peggy at PWCO is offering a special this weekend:

10% off on ALL PWCO STAMPS.  Code in “PWCO stamps” on the discount section when you checkout.   Offer is good till Monday night (July 19th)

After you leave a comment, please go to Lisa’s blog to continue the blog hop.

Gone Fishing…

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It’s too humid to make cards lately so apologies for my lapse in blogging.  We’re just trying to keep cool.  

I do have a cute project to show you on Saturday (please drop back on Saturday…we’re having a blog hop at PaperWorks Co to celebrate a new stamp release and there are PRIZES!!!)

Stay hydrated!

Garden Gifts

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I made this little set for my weekly PaperWorks Co DT blog post.  This month I’m working with Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety paper and coordinating embellishments as featured in the July Papercard Kit.

Except for the apple bushel I made, this project whipped up incredibly quickly and I didn’t use quite 2 6X6 sheets of patterned paper.  Pretty impressive!

Here’s my apron card (that thing in the pocket is supposed to be a seed packet – it kind of popped up while I was taking the picture and I didn’t notice…I’m going to pretend I popped it up on purpose so you could get a better look at it):

(yes, it’s really a card…the fold is on the top)  Not only did this turn out almost as I’d envisioned, I got to dust off my Cricut machine which hadn’t made it to my new craft room until this week (I don’t have a good spot to set it up in…I think I need to get DH to install a shelf for my printer so I can set the Cricut down on my countertop).  Now that the Cricut is in my craft room I might get some use out of it.

After I made the card, I made a little gardening journal and decorated a few items to go with it:

I made some journal pages in MS word and cut them down to size for the inside of the journal:

Then I packaged it all up in my handmade apple bushel (and I stamped some tissue paper with fruit and vegetable stamps to coordinate with my set):

Cute?  It only cost me about 2 bucks for the whole thing!   Now I just need to find a gardener to give it to!

Weekend starts at 5 pm…can’t wait!



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