Vintage Snowman

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I’m on a bit of a snowman/vintage style kick at the moment so I thought it would be a good idea to give the snowman colourint tutorial that Anna Wight shared last week. (you can find the post HERE)  I only have a cheap white craft ink pad but I gave it a shot and it’s not too bad (except the pad is a bit dried up…I’ve had it for almost 5 years).

My colours are a little unusual too…darker, more sombre Christmas tones but sometimes a change is nice…here’s how the card turned out:

I think I like it.  It’s certainly a different combo for me – kind of grey/cranberry/kraft…earthy but somewhat elegant.

The paper is Basic Grey and the stamp is a Recolllections stamp from Michael’s.  I’ve got lots of snowman stamps on the way so this will probably be the year of the snowman.  We shall see.

Tags A Lot!

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I don’t have a lot to show for my afternoon of crafting with Karen but we had a lovely chat, I got to show her a couple of techniques (which I love doing) and we had a good time.  What more could you ask for?

While Karen was here we decided to make some Christmas tags…they seem to be all the rage at the moment.  Karen hasn’t been feeling well so we stuck with something quick to make that wouldn’t bother her neck too much.  Here’s what I came up with while we were playing:

They’re very me…vintage-style with a touch of whimsy.  I used my Cricut to cut the tags and the snowmen.  The tags are from “tags, bags, boxes and more – the scallop tag – and the snowman is from Doodlecharms.  If you have a Cricut and feel like trying it out, my tags are 4 3/4″ and the snowmen are 2 1/2” in size.  I used the “charm” button on the cartridge for the snowman and just cut the loop off the background die cut (you’ll know what that means if you have a Cricut).

The papers are Making Memories and Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses.  The cardstock is kraft with some black and cranberry strips.  The sentiment is from Whipper Snapper’s “Spirit of Christmas” stamp set and it fits perfectly across the front of my tags.

Back tomorrow with a Christmas card.

Lotsa Notepads

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ETA:  The pens in the sets are RSVP pens.  If you’re looking for a Canadian source you can get them at Staples and Walmart.  Staples usually sells a 5 pack with 2 free pens (7 total) and a 12 pack which sometimes has bonus pens with it.  If there are no bonus pens in the 12 pack it’s more economical to buy two of the 5 packs with a bonus…you’re only paying an extra few cents and you get 2 more pens…Walmart carries a 2 pack that sometimes has one bonus pen and I recently saw the 12 packs there (no bonus).  Make sure you do the math before you purchase!

Well, if you’d asked me on Friday what I would be doing with my extra hour this weekend I would have answered making cards or sleeping but that’s not what I did with my extra hour today…Rich and I cleaned the interior of my car.  Not very exciting but I’m very happy to have it done.   It was 16 (or 18, depending on who you ask) degrees (Celcius) in St. John’s today…unseasonably warm!  Lord knows when the weather will be good enough again to do outdoor chores.

Despite using my hour for something practical, I did manage to produce quite a lot of paper crafts so far this weekend…I’ve been making these:

As usual, items wrapped in plastic bags are a bit difficult for me to photograph but hopefully you can see the fruits of my labours.  So far I’ve made 14 of these notepad/pen combos with a matching tag.  They’re all packaged up and ready to go.   I’ll be making some notepads without pens (and using different paper plus stamped images as I only had the one sheet of chipboard MME colorful christmas shapes…they’re all used up now) this week but I’m working on some Christmas tags tomorrow with my friend Karen and I’m hoping to get some Christmas cards started next week as well.  December will be here before you know it.

Must dash…I have to clean up my room for tomorrow…mass production equals mass destruction in my craft room!

Bee Happy

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I love bees!  They do make me happy so when I saw this sentiment in Anna Wight’s “Bee-Lieve in a Cure” stamp set I was giddy. Okay, I don’t really *do* giddy…but it made me smile.

I paired some Basic Grey Urban Prairie patterned paper with some So Saffron cardstock for this card…I think it screams happy:

I stamped the bee and the hive twice and popped them up on the card.  I also added some flower brads with a teeny, tiny rhinestone stuck to the centre as decorations for the hive (there are flowers on the stamp – I just covered them with slightly larger ones).  I was happy to use 3 of the brads from my early crafting days (I have lots…sigh!).

The sewing is very similar to yesterday’s card.  I liked the effect and thought it would make up for the fact that I obliterated the wavy cut I did with the green paper once I stuck the image to the card.  Plus, I need the practice.  I’m getting better at the regular stitching as I get more familiar with my sewing machine so I’m guessing I’ll get better at the swooshes too.

I love this set!

Apple Cider Raccoon

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As mentioned yesterday,  I had a few cards to make that need mailing to the UK and they are not going in packages so they need to be Canada Post friendly.  I can’t believe how difficult it is for me to make a card these days without reaching for my buttons.   If only I’d taken to my Primas as well (if you checked out my room tour the other day you might note that there is a bit of a Prima problem…it was a phase…I’m over it).

Anyway, today’s card is a somewhat post friendly, masculine card.  If you haven’t picked up the Imaginisce Apple Cider release you might want to consider throwing it in your cart next time you shop…the patterns are great for masculine cards.  Case in point:

I should mention that I also used some Basic Grey paper – if you’re ever unsure what to do with the “plain” pages at the back of the pad, use it in place of cardstock for some added “wow”.

I was a bit adventurous with the sewing machine on this card.   My lines are not that smooth but I think I can get the hang of it with some practice.  I love how the swooshy sewing makes the yellow paper look a bit like wood and it was a good way to add some interest without reaching for bulky ribbon.  The only thing that doesn’t make this as post friendly as it should be is that I couldn’t resist using dimensionals to pop up my image and sentiment.  I just can’t leave them flat on the card.  Not gonna happen.

Incidentally, this card should have been in the mail a week ago if I wanted it to get there on time…at least it will be postmarked before the birthday boy’s big day.

Enjoy your Monday…if you can!

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