Black Cats

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So, I was playing around with some dollar store finds tonight…I bought a package of wooden black cats in the Halloween section of Dollarama that had the bonus of looking like “chalkboard art”.  For a buck I figured I couldn’t go wrong.

I also wanted to see if I could put any of “last season’s” Halloween paper to good use since I only purchased one itty bitty package of 6″X6″ paper this year (and I’m trying to resist buying more…).  Since most Halloween themed crafting supplies use the same colours I figured I could meld some of 2013’s trends with last year…and the year before…and the year before that:

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The cat paper is Bazzill that I picked up at Winners last year (and used to make the treats I handed out at the door for the neighbourhood children).  The green paper is from a Recollections pad that I can honestly say was a waste of money.  Don’t like the quality or the patterns.  This pad has to go in the give away pile.  I added some Washi tape (the dots are from Doodlebug’s Happy Haunting line that just came out and the paw prints were picked up at my LSS – don’t know the brand).  I also sprinkled on some enamel dots that are also from the Happy Haunting Doodlebug line.

Not too bad for a first attempt – very little stamping so these were a snap to make.  Not sure what I’m doing with them but I think I can put them to use.  Probably best to stick with making treats and packaging with my Halloween supplies…

Cosmo Bella!

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Made a few more quick Christmas notebooks yesterday using some Bella Blvd paper I purchased.  I’m planning on using this paper for my longer notebook and pen sets but thought it would be cute to make a few smaller books too.

I was going to stamp some images to decorate the fronts but realized that the Cosmo Cricket Jolly Days images I already had cut out did go well with the Bella Blvd paper.

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The colours are a little off making the images look really yellow in the above shot but they actually work quite well with the more colourful background papers.

It’s almost time to go back to Halloween projects…I have to make up some treats for a few events in October and the sooner I start, the more likely I’ll get them done in time!

Peaceful Scene

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Last Christmas I saw a beautiful CAS card that LimeDoodle made.  I wanted to immediately order the die but knew I wouldn’t have it in time to put it to any use last season but I did remember to order it for this year’s cards.

Yesterday, I finally took it out of it’s packaging and started playing with it.  I couldn’t help but emulate the coloured houses and trees that the inspiration card featured.  I copied that part right down to the stickles!

I did change my card up a bit – different “sky”, different sentiment, my scene is slightly wider and, instead of the plain white background (which is lovely – showcases her clever use of the die), I used some rich Basic Grey patterned papers that are the same colour as the trees.

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I had a little trouble getting a good picture – the card on the left is not cooperating and comes out really dark on every picture I’ve taken.

Here’s a close-up of the stickles on the trees and houses:

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These cards are so cute IRL.  I can’t wait to send ’em out!

Snowman Soup

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I know it’s only September and I know I’m too early for Christmas stuff but with all the new Christmas products I’ve purchased lately it’s all I can think about using when I go into my craft room (but I have to stop buying stuff because there’s nowhere to put everything!)

Today is extremely humid here due to the effects that a tropical storm is having on Newfoundland.  We were supposed to get lots of rain but instead it’s very sticky outside.  I’ve got a fan blowing the backings of dimensional foam squares all over my craft room (my room and a fan are not a good combination – it almost looks like it’s snowing in here!)

Anyway, it’s too warm to do any serious crafting but it’s a good day to put together some simple Christmas goodies.

Enter “Snowman Soup”:

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These are not complicated – there’s no poem or über-fancy packaging going on here.  I put a packet of Carnation Hot Chocolate with marshmallows (that’s the snowman part) in a glassine bag with a strawberry and cream candy stick (’cause that’s the least vile flavour of the Christmas-coloured candy sticks at my local bulk barn – candy canes are not in season).  I then made a big tag for the front using a Michael’s $1 stamp and the snowman from PTI’s snow globe set.  I just had to trim down the fat little snowman’s body to fit him behind the mug.

The tag is attached to the glassine bag with some baker’s twine.  My bows are a little sloppy at the moment but it’s too warm to fuss with them.

Must go drink some water!

Put to Good Use

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If you follow Anna Wight’s blog, you may have seen a “haul” video that she did at the end of August showing her followers (that sounds cultish but you know what I mean) the crafting goodies she scored on a shopping trip.

I commented on the video and mentioned I was particularly envious of a package of Cosmo Cricket paper/embellishments that she picked up.

God love Anna – the next time she was at that store, they had another package of the same paper there and she contacted me to see if I was interested in it.  I sure was!

The paper arrived yesterday – which is super-fast from her neck of the woods to mine.  I was initially going to make some post-it note holders (and still will) but last night this is what I made from that adorable paper:

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They turned out super-cute (IMO) and the paper is so sturdy that it makes these mini composition books (you can find them at Staples, Dollarama and even at Canadian Wal-Marts from time to time) look like a million bucks.  These are the same books I used on my Halloween project a few days ago.

As a little tip of the hat to Anna, I had to use her signature tracing wheel technique on the images.

Anna, thanks so much for the time and effort of procuring and shipping the paper to me (and thanks for the super-cute card too – I enjoyed that almost as much as the crafting goodies!).  You’re a sweetheart!

Wish Big Birthday Card

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Today is my Aunt’s birthday (the aunt that you hear about from time to time – one of those people you actually enjoy making things for because they are wonderfully enthusiastic and appreciative of your efforts – if you don’t have such a person in your life, I highly recommend you get one!)

I made her a stack of “vintage” Christmas cards and some gift card holders a couple of weeks ago and also picked her up a couple of luxury bath products for her gift this year.  I don’t want to gush (and usually I don’t!!!) but buying or making a gift for my Aunt is the best experience for me.  I enjoy finding something that I think she’ll like and can’t wait to give it to her.

Anyway, I needed to make a card to go with her gifts and had quite a bit of left-over paper from my notepad project on Saturday.  She does like these colours so I used the larger pieces to make a card (which is CASEd).

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The stamp is one I just purchased in the same order that the Doodlebug paper was in.  I got it half price and it was a set I have been thinking about getting for a while.

Because the bow is so large, I made a custom envelope to go with it.  I don’t have any 12X12 papers from this line (and rarely purchase papers that size anyway) so I used some old paper that I had from when I first started card making.  At least the theme and the colors match!

Going back to the stack of cards and gift card holders, here’s how I packaged them up for giving:

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The cards are in a large glassine bag and the gift card holders are in a small glassine bag that is fastened to the larger bag with some washi tape.

Happy Birthday, Aunt G!


Switching it up Again!

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In the last two weeks I’ve switched from Christmas to Fall to Halloween!  I’m all over the place! (it’s actually to the influx of new Fall/Halloween supplies I just received – amazing how a couple of pads of patterned paper can bring on the mojo!

Last night I altered a batch of mini composition books to make some Halloween Goodie Bags for the caregivers at my mother’s nursing home. (Gotta start early if I’m going to do all the things I plan to do!)

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The papers were the new Doodlebug line – this stuff is BETTER than Halloween candy!  I don’t have my matching sprinkles/rhinestones yet so I created my focal point using some rhinestones and flat backed pearls I had in my stash along with some stickers I had left over from last year (it’s still a bit early to find good Halloween stuff in town so I’m recycling some of last year’s mojo).   I also included a coordinating pencil (regular sized pencil cut down by DH and sharpened a few times until I got the desired size) and a swirled lollipop in Halloween colours to put in ziploc bags from the dollar store:

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The scraps left from covering the books were big enough to create tags to dress up the packaging.  You could easily customize these by adding a child’s name to the tag to make it an extra-special Halloween treat (which I’ll probably do for the children on my street this Halloween – they’ll probably get a bar instead of a lollipop though and I’ll probably use glassine bags ’cause they’re so awesome…)

I did the books last night and the packaging this morning.  NOTE: I had to measure each composition book individually (front and back) before cutting the paper as they were very inconsistent in size.  If you plan on making some, please follow this tip or you’ll waste some of that adorable patterned paper.

A More Seasonal Note

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For some of you, Summer might still be well underway but here in St. John’s it’s certainly cooled off this past week or so.  Some days have been overcast and muggy but the chill of Autumn can be felt in the wind that sweeps in from the Atlantic Ocean (which surrounds my city on 3 sides – brrrrrrr!)

I have placed a few craft supply orders online lately (and am planning on heading to my LSS very soon) and my Ontario order got here fastest (the rest are coming from the US so it could be a few weeks yet!).  In among my purchases was a 6X6 pad of Doodlebug patterned paper – Happy Harvest.

This paper is beyond cute if you like earthy colours and all things Autumnal.  I tried to buy some coordinating stickers and gems but the stickers were sold out and I did manage to order one package of gems but they’re in a US order so it will be a little while before I can add them to my projects.

The stickers I wanted most were the cutest owls. (you can see the whole collection HERE).  Since I couldn’t get them I decided to dust off my Cricut and see if I could make something similar.  I did find an owl that worked for my purposes and whipped up a half-dozen notepads (matching beaded pens will be made later):

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It was a nice start to some Fall projects.   However, now I have to clear off some space on my worktop as there are Fall, Halloween and Christmas items EVERYWHERE!  So hard to focus when new toys arrive!

Christmas Card Packaging

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Today I’m going to briefly describe how I packaged some Christmas cards for giving/selling.

The first set is the “Santa  Sack” – here’s a quick reminder of what the two Santa cards look like:

Santa Sack

The second set is the “Snowman Sack” (aren’t I creative with the naming of these sets?!):

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I used some glassine sacks to package these (because everything looks WAY cooler in a glassine sack) and decorated them very simply by adding some washi tape to the bottom of each sack.  I then closed the sack by punching two holes in the folded top and threading some baker’s twine (which makes packaging look way cooler too!) through the holes.  A super-quick tag was made with some kraft cardstock and a couple of tiny stamped images.  I could have done them on white and coloured the images but using kraft helps one get away with an outline image and cuts down on wasted time.

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I do print sentiments on the inside of my cards – well, I print them on white cardstock and adhere them to the inside of the card – so I added a slip of paper to the back of the packaging indicating the verses on each card:

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(the slip of paper is adhered with some ATG tape – it’s kind of like a tag on the back of your shirt and it looks quite cute IRL)

So, that’s it for my Labour Day labours…I’m hoping to have a little more crafting time this weekend.  I’ve been on quite the roll lately.

Fun in the Snow

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I had a lot of fun making today’s card.  I love the more playful, “scrappy” cards that give me a chance to use a few trendy techniques or embellishments without a lot of effort on my part (yes, I’m kind of a lazy crafter but, mostly, I try to keep my paper crafting hobby fun instead of it becoming a chore – took me years to understand my crafting style and to stick with the trends/techniques that I enjoy and am comfortable with).

A couple of years ago I bought a pad of Crate Paper patterned paper that I just HAD to have because I saw a cute card or two in the SCS gallery.  Due to the small population and isolation of where I live, almost all of my craft supplies are purchased online so I never see the papers “in person” when I buy them.

I have to admit that there wasn’t much in this paper pad that appealed to me on receipt so, other than a sheet of two, this pad sat, unloved, in my stash for a couple of years.

Luckily, I looked at this paper with fresh eyes over the weekend and found a combination or two that I liked.  There are 4 sheets of each paper in this pad instead of the usual 2 or 3 so all three cards I made using this paper are pretty much identical:

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The paper is double-sided so I found a plain, neutral colour for the background and then cut a busy snowman-laden page into quarters to use as my accent piece.  I strategically placed the papers so very little of the purple was showing.

If I had my time back, I’d stamp the base of the snow-globe in a different colour so it would contrast more with the cardstock strip but I wasn’t thinking about placement when I stamped it and deliberately chose green to go with the cardstock!

For the trendy factor, I used a speech-balloon die (SimonSaysStamp) and a cute sentiment from Paper Smooches.  Kim’s font is the cutest thing in the world.  I also used a little bit of Mr. Huey paint and added a few flat-backed pearls.

The stamps and globe/snowman dies are from Papertrey Ink.  I got them last year and used them a couple of times but need a little more practice lining up the base with the circle stamp (I did a better job this time around – last year it looked like I stamped the blindfolded!)

That’s the last of the cards for my Labour Day weekend project.  I’ll show you the packaging tomorrow.

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