Merry Kissmoose!

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Whew!  I had a few days of missing mojo there and I was starting to panic!  I think I’m experiencing sensory overload with all my Christmas stamps and papers set out on my worktop.

I coloured and fussy cut some Moose images on Sunday and then had a devil of a time deciding what layout to use with them.  I am loving the clean and simple card designs that are so popular right now but I want to use LOTS of patterned paper when making my Christmas cards so the layouts that are inspiring me don’t work with my plans.

However, tonight, I managed to step back and think about some basic layouts that have always worked for me and I made 4 cards with the images I’d already prepared – 2 green and 2 red:

Here’s the green one (rhinestone embellishment):

…and here’s the red (pearl embellishment):

 …and now I have 4 Christmas cards in my stash!  It’s a start!

Little Gifts

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I’ve been working on some Christmas gifts lately – making lists, gathering the supplies I need for the handmade items that I’ll be giving and just generally trying to ensure I’ve got the logistics worked out in plenty of time to make this year a little easier.

One of the items I’ve been making is crocheted dishcloths.  It might not sound very exciting but if you’ve used a knitted or crocheted cotton dishcloth you know they are way nicer than those thin, store-bought cloths.

My aunt is getting a set of 4 in colours that match her kitchen but I’ve made a few extras for people that I just need a “little something” for.

Christmas aside, a co-worker just showed me pictures of her newly painted kitchen and some of the cloths I’ve made match the paint colour pretty closely so I decided to give her one “just because”.

I wanted to wrap it up somehow for presentation but wasn’t sure what to do so I went into my craft room last night to see what I could come up with.  I remembered that I’d bought some little gable boxes on clearance a couple of years ago at Michael’s thinking they’d be great for something or other but they’re pink which doesn’t really speak to me creatively.

Luckily, my co-worker loves pink and even luckier still, a dishcloth fits perfectly inside the box!

 I made a quick matching tag and I think this will really brighten her day when she sees it on her desk in the morning!  I know it’s only a dishcloth but who doesn’t like a surprise?

The tag was made using a PTI tag that I cut the bottom inch off of as it was not the right scale for the box.  I added a scalloped scrap of patterned paper, the word “friend” from my new Paper Smooches sentiment set (love ’em!) and a die cut heart.  A girly bow with a button is adhered to the top of the box with a glue dot.  Simple, cute, fun.  And now I know how I’ll be packaging my other dishcloths come Christmas time!

Pastel Balloons

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Arrrgh!  Technology is not my friend today.

I had to upgrade the software I use to write my blog posts and it’s buggy as H-E-double hockey sticks!  Also, today’s card was really difficult to photograph for some reason.  You can’t tell the banners are popped up and the colours are not true to life no matter what I try to do. 

Anyway, MIL’s birthday is just a few days after FIL’s.  Both cards have to travel across the pond (along with a pair of gloves MIL left here when they visited earlier this year) so I have to send it a little early in order for both (hopefully) to arrive in time for their respective big days.

I was trying to use some of my scraps of patterned paper to make the card and managed to find 3 pieces that coordinated in tones that she would like.

I saw a cute card on SCS that was created by Teri Anderson (PaperCrafts Go-To Gal) and I decided to CASE it using a PTI balloon die that I recently purchased. 

As with all good CASEd cards, I did change some of the elements. (e.g I changed the orientation of the baker’s twine, left off some of the extra stamping on the bottom of the card, whacked an extra staple in my banners ’cause the first one looked lonely and changed out the stamps and papers that were used – CASEing is not copying!)

Hopefully, MIL will enjoy the card and I am grateful for the inspiration and glad to have used a few of my scraps.

Choo-Choo-Choosing a Layout

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So, today, the weather was beautiful.  21 degrees (Celcius, people!) and sunny…and not at all windy – which is amazing in St. John’s.

I was *supposed* to do a bunch of housework and clean up/organize my craft room but I only got about 1/2 the housework done and the craft room still looks like a scrapbooking store threw up in it.

However, I did get some outdoor projects done and a couple of loads of laundry washed and hung on the line.  A productive day even though it wasn’t the goals I’d originally set.

I didn’t get in to my craft room until after 10:30 last night and I only bothered at that point as DH was playing a video game so vegging next to the tv was not an option. (well, I could have if I’d asked but he just got a new toy for his PS3 which is probably just as exciting as getting new card making supplies so I decided to be nice!)

I wanted to make a birthday card for my FIL as his is next on the list and he’s a train lover so “Little Hot Rod” (PTI) was my planned stamp set.  Boy, did I have trouble coming up with a layout for this card!  Before I get into the process, here it is:

I don’t have anything in the way of a train track stamp and I wanted to have rolling hills on the card but that meant there wouldn’t be room for patterned paper (other than green for the hills) so I decided to use a “non traditional” colour for my hills that would allow me to add a lot of colour to the card.

In lieu of train tracks I repeatedly stamped the “choo choo” sentiment from the set onto the card following the curve of my hill.

The train is popped up on dimensionals (as are the smoke and clouds) and I joined the train with some baker’s twine.

Amazing how difficult it can be to plan a simple card!

Enjoy your Sunday.  I have to finish my chores!

Coffee Notes

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I’ve bought a lot of new craft supplies lately and still haven’t properly organized them in my room so making cards is a bit daunting at the moment.  I’ll be spending this weekend sorting, organizing and culling some of my supplies.  The culling is the hardest part for me (and most collectors of papercrafting supplies!) but something has to go.

In the meantime, I had a request for a notebook from one of my co-workers (in a different department so not a regular recipient of the stuff I make for work) and whipped this up in no time at last night:

I was inspired by a card that was linked up on the Paper Smooches website (card by Val Stangle) and I know I’ll be using this layout again.  I simplified it a little (as is my usual MO – I usuallly drop a few of the layers/embellishments on cards that I CASE) though her card is wonderful.  I just didn’t want a bulky bow interferring with the opening and closing of the notebook.  It was nice to use one of my shaped paperclips and a few rhinestones from my stash. 

The paper is My Mind’s Eye (except the light pink – that’s Basic Grey – if you ever wonder what to do with all the plain patterned paper in the back of the Basic Grey pads, this is one way to go) and the stamp/die are from PaperTreyInc.

Enjoy the rest of your day.  One more day until the weekend and I’m REALLY looking forward to it!

Happy Trees

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A really quick one today.

I needed more 3X3″ cards for my stash at work and came up with this design yesterday.  I only made two like this but I’ll need way more than that (plus some handmade envelopes as the 3X3″ envies are expensive and these cards barely fit when I use dimensionals so custom it will be):

The stamps are from PTI and the paper is Imaginesce Apple Cider – nice patterns but the paper is thinner than I usually like.   For some reason, the picture is not doing these justice tonight.  They’ve got a lot more pop IRL.

Stuffed Pumpkins

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Okay, this is really, really the last Halloween project.  I’m packing away the last of the Halloween supplies today so I can move on…

It’s been a while since I made a little treat for the people who work at the coffee shop that I frequent.  In fact, half the staff has probably changed since I last dropped off a little “I appreciate you” gift for them.

I was at the Dollar store (looking for Pixy Stix) and couldn’t resist picking up some peanut butter cups, pumpkin bags and a package of cute ghost stickers while I was there.   I also rounded up any Halloween patterned paper scraps I had left from other projects vowing to use them rather than cutting into any whole sheets of paper (I was successful, btw!):

I made some notebooks using my Rubicoil coil binding machine and some good quality A4 paper that I inherited from my office.  I cut the papers into 3″x4″ pieces using 20 per notebook and then cut some cardstock for the front and back.  The patterned papers were then strategically cut to cover the fronts and I made some simple embellishments using my scallop punch, a 1.5″ circle punch and the ghost stickers. 

After that, it was time to “cute up” the gel pens that I was putting in the treatbags.  They started out looking like this…

…and once I was done, the goodies for the bags looked like this:

I was going to decorate the peanut butter cups but decided that since they are a perfect Halloween colour, I’d leave them alone.  Besides, I’ve only got one sheet of Pumkin Pie cardstock left to my name!  Not sure if I’ll order more.  I do have an almost full pack of PTI Orange Zest…decisions!

Anyway, here’s a shot of the contents of a bag (if I’d been clever, I’d have used one of the green or orange beaded pens to make the set look more coordinated) :

I’ve noticed I’ve got more “Canadian” traffic on the blog lately so I’ll mention that, except for my binding machine and the micro beads, all the materials used were from Canadian sources and the 12 bags I made cost roughly $15 (I used almost a full sheet of terrifically tacky tape so that jacked the cost up a little).

The pens are mini gel pens from Staples and are $3.99 per pack.  They do go on sale in September for $1.99 usually so if you’re thinking about buying some for a future project, keep that in mind as planning ahead can get you a 50% savings.

If you do buy the mini gel pens and want the dimensions for the paper/tape, I use a piece of patterned paper that is 1 7/8″ X 1 5/8″ and a piece of tacky tape that is 1 7/8″ X 1 1/2″ to bead the pens.  I keep these measurements (along with the measurements for the larger RSVP pes) on a small sheet of paper that is inserted in the package with my tacky tape.

Pixy Stix Pouches

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I specifically wanted to use Pixy Stix candy for a Halloween project this year but had a devil of a time finding them.  I tried various department stores with no success.  I even checked the SCS Forms, Googled, etc. to find a good Canadian source.

Plenty of (American) posters suggested Dollar Tree which is a large dollar store chain in the US – not an option for those of us living on an island off the East Coast of Canada!

As a last attempt, I braved Dollarama (a Canadian dollar store) and BINGO!   I picked up a couple of packages for Halloween/Christmas projects.

I wanted Pixy Stix (that’s how it’s spelled, folks!) to use in pencil holder pouches.  I’ve made the pencil pouches but they get expensive when you’re putting 4 pencils in a sleeve as a gift and you want to make multiples of them.

I whipped up a batch of 8 pouches using some cute Recollections Halloween stickers I bought on clearance last year and some Cosmo Cricket patterned paper that I *had* to have 2 years ago and only used a few sheets of.

I’m not sure the picture does these justice.  They’re “frightfully” cute IRL.

On a separate note, I was tickled to discover that THIS card was featured on Whipper Snapper Designs Facebook page today.

Enjoy your weekend.  It’s a long weekend here in Canada!

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