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I made these cute little notebooks last night – I couldn’t stand to spend longer than 45 minutes in my craft room due to the humid weather but I was determined to make these while the inspiration/idea was in my head.

Pawesome dog:

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…and pawesome cat:

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These were pretty quick to make as I already had some 4X4″ paper cut (but I had to round the corners – I just have a standard corner punch – perhaps a “corner chomper” would be a good investment…).  I just coloured the two images, die cut them, cut some patterned paper and adhered it to some coasters.  Then the Rubicoil came out to play.  It’s been a while since I’ve used it.

Last day of July…I don’t know where the months are going.  Enjoy your day!

Hot Hot Hot!

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Oh my is it ever warm here in St. John’s!  With the humidex (and it’s super humid here!) it is 38.7 degrees (that’s over 101 for you Fahrenheit people).  I know there are plenty of places south of the border that get hotter than that all the time during the summer months but I live in a very mild climate where the temperatures rarely go above 24 in the summer (75 F) and my poor body doesn’t know what to do with this weather.

Needless to say, not much paper crafting going on at the moment.

I did colour up a Whipper Snapper stamp last week and made a card with it that I can share today (and I have a few other projects to share if the weather breaks).

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This guy is really fun to colour (as are most Whipper Snapper stamps) and I was inspired by the patterned paper when choosing my colour combination.

I wish I could spend more time working on projects – I recently purchased some fun stamps, dies and papers from Simon Says Stamp PLUS my card kit of the month arrived today so I’m anxious to play with my new toys.

I WILL be back tomorrow with a quick project I did tonight.

Foam Board Display

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This is going to be the strangest thing to say considering my geographic location but it’s simply been too HOT to do any paper crafting lately.

The temperatures have been really warm for St. Johns over the last couple of weeks (25 to 29 C – which is only about 77 to 85 F but it’s way too warm for what I’m used to).   It doesn’t help that it’s really humid here which makes it quite uncomfortable.  Most homes – including mine – don’t have air conditioning either (though a lot of newer homes are getting heat pumps installed and I understand they can be used to cool the house as well as heat it) and my car doesn’t so that’s not a pleasant drive home some days.

However, yesterday the temperatures cooled down a bit so I got some housework done and managed to spend a little time in my craft room tidying up and making a couple of cards.  I also got my foam board display finished off – I made the display when I took a week’s holidays a couple of weeks ago but still had to make the banner.

I had to cut out my “handmade by kellybee” lettering (using my silhouette which I still haven’t mastered – I find the mat too sticky so everything comes out curled up which tries my patience!) and I was initially going to use the same bee as my logo but the bee is a bit too intricate – until I have more success with the silhouette I won’t be cutting anything too delicate. (and I have removed a lot of the sticky from the mat – give me more time and I’ll be sharing cut files etc. if I ever get the hang of it – LOTS of ideas!)

Instead of my bee logo, I used a free Paper Smooches digi stamp to decorate my display.  Once I added the lettering and bees to the display,  I filled it with some projects I’ve made over the last few weeks:

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I don’t sell my stuff at craft fairs (though, if I did, I’d definitely be making more displays for the table!) but I do sell a few things at work and wanted to make the display more for “seasonal” offerings like Christmas and Valentine’s Day – it’s mainly for tags, ornaments, and notepad/pen sets.  While it’s not really for cards (my cards are generally “made to order”) I did make sure the measurements were appropriate to display cards if I want to – and I placed some cards in it to show you that they do fit nicely – this also demonstrates that my foam shelves are not the most level.  I might add a few shims later to level things out but it’s not bad for a first attempt.

This display will be placed on my desk at work and will (hopefully!) draw attention to any new “products” I have to offer and remind my coworkers that I’m a source for little gift ideas.

I don’t have measurements or instructions for the display (though I can tell you the shelves are 15″ wide and 2″ deep and I used about 1.5 sheets of foam core board that I purchased at Dollarama – they were either $1.25 or $1.50 each – I forget!).  I just  sat down one day and gave this project a go.  If I make one in the future, I’ll try to be more diligent about documenting the process.

Just My Type (of craft)

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Made 3 sets of post-it note holders with pens for the foam board display I’m working on.  These are super fun to make and I could make loads of them if I had a market for them.  They’re simply packaged in resealable bags to keep them in tip top condition.

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I used some older MME patterned paper (Lime Twist) but it’s fresh and summer-like so I thought it would be perfect for my display.  I’m going to use the paper from this pad for all the projects I’m displaying on my nearly completed shelf.

Speaking of the shelf, I did find it hard to cut the foam board so the cuts were straight and not “undercut”.  If I make a second display I’ll have to research tips on how to cut the foam board more neatly.  Thankfully, grosgrain ribbon hides a multitude of sins!

A bit of this, a bit of that…

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No banner today – just capturing a few random projects…

1.  A custom anniversary card – the picture was a requirement and there was no opportunity to have DH work some photoshop magic – client didn’t care as long as the photo they provided was used.   This is a larger 6.5X5 card and I had to make a gusset envelope so the card would fit. (weighed a tonne too!)

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2.  A little gift package – notebook, pen, a mini card and envelope (packaged up in a glassine bag but no photo of packaging)  A just because craft…made 2 of these for the sake of playing with some new doodlebug paper.

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Back tomorrow with a fun project!

 

Sk8er Boi

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Masculine cards – lots of people find it hard to make them.  I like plainer layouts so it’s not too bad for me ESPECIALLY with the advent of veneer shapes and enamel dots.  Perfect masculine embellishments as long as you choose the right colours and shapes!

I dusted off a Greeting Farm stamp for this card and used some of the Basic Grey patterned paper I recently won from my LSS.  It’s a pretty versatile paper pad!

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You might not be able to tell on the card but the star on the t-shirt is a wood veneer shape that I coloured with a Copic marker.  The hash tag is also wood veneer.  I made another card using exactly the same layout which I’ll share another day for the sake of having something to blog about!

I’m currently working on a foam board display “case” for the seasonal crafts I sell at work.  If the prototype works out I’ll start designing for my Christmas crafts so they can easily be seen at my desk.  I’m also making a few coordinated items to fill the display for a test run.  I have to say I’m not finding it easy to come up with crafts without having a holiday like Christmas to work with.  I’ve gone kind of “office” stuff for now.  I hope to share that in the next couple of days.

Vacation

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Hi there.

I’ve been taking a couple of weeks off from the blog (and from crafting time) so that the Summer weather that FINALLY arrived in NL doesn’t pass me by.  It was a long Winter and a non-existent Spring so I’ll be darned if I spend the couple of decent weather months we get here in the basement of my house.

Having said that, it’s a bit too warm upstairs this afternoon (26 degrees – quite warm for St. John’s) and poor Jack gets jumpy when the windows are open – the noise and anything blowing around makes him quite anxious – so I’m spending an hour in my much cooler craft room to tidy it up and blog a few projects I did a couple of weeks ago.

Today I’m sharing a wedding card I made – didn’t know the colours of the bridal party but wanted to do something different than pink so I chose yellow.  I’m really happy with how this turned out.  Simple is good.

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Of course, white is a nightmare to photograph if you aren’t a photographer (and probably if you are!) but you get the idea.

I used textured Bazzill cardstock to give the card a little more elegance.

Back soon!



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