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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Making Lots Of Kits!

Hi Everyone! I hope that your week has been good! We had a great work here in freezing Utah! The snow has been brutal and the wind has been worse. I try to stay positive because we can always use the water, but it sure makes the roads hard to deal with!

Thanksgiving this year was awesome as usual! It was up at Thong's cousin, Bobby's house in Ogden. So his family that is here in Utah was there, including his mom and dad and brother. And then of course Bobby's husband, cute brand new baby, her sisters Set and Thia, parents and cousin Tyler and his dad too. We always have a lot of fun. This year we crafted a little, played some board games - I found a fun new game thanks to Bobby called In a Pickle! Thong hated it, but the rest of us loved it! I had to buy it cause I loved it so much - and I went with Bobby to Toy's R Us at 10 pm with flip flops on because I didn't think we would be standing out in the cold for 2 hours! Her husband had to bring the car closer to where we were in line so that I could go warm up after about 45 minutes of being outside in 13 degree weather. Not my brightest moment! It was fun though going shopping then. I haven't really ever done the whole Black Friday thing before. I have gone shopping that weekend of course, but I usually have had to work that day and so I skipped the shopping thing early in the morning. I was all excited this time but was completely naive about what to expect and didn't think twice that I would be standing out in the cold for 2 hours just trying to get into the store. It was Thursday night so I figured that not that many people would be there. Boy, I was wrong! But it was totally fun and I of course got some good deals!

I also got my Christmas decorations out on Friday! Peyton helped of course, and we had a lot of fun. Two weeks a head of last year!!! Woot! Unfortunately, I didn't get anything else done on my countdown calendar. I haven't counted it out. I just can't do it all. I would love to be able to, but I just can't get all the crafting done that I want to. That is quite the opposite of where I was about a month ago where I just couldn't get inspired to craft anything, So I am glad to finally get moving in the right direction. Now, I am just wanting to do everything!!!!!!!!!!!! I will find a balance some day, right? :)

So besides the turkey, all the shopping, and not doing my advent calendar, I did get some crafting done!  Not as much as I would really have liked to. But I did get some done, nonetheless. I got a few kits together to go on my Etsy store finally. I keep talking about it, but I am finally almost ready to get them listed in my store. I still have to make labels for everything, but you get the idea in the mean time. They were a lot of fun to make though! I hope you guys like the results.
Here are the pics of Kit 1:

Here are the supplies used for this first one:

Cardstock - Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Kiwi Kiss {retired} Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper - Tinsel and Twig The Girls Paperie
Inks - Real Red, Chocolate Chip from Stampin' Up!
Stamp - Stampin' Up!
Ribbon - Michael's Crafts
Punches - Large Scallop Circle, Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" Circle, Word Window, Scallop Ribbon border Stampin' Up!
Glitter - Silver glass Stampin' Up!

Finished Card size is 3"x3" - no surprise that I made it small!!! :)

Here is the next one:

This is my favorite out of the 3 cards! And it was the one I struggled with the most!! With the size being so small, I couldn't get the placement of the ornaments and the tag to look right. Finally I came up with the above layout. As you can see this kit comes with 2 different tag versions. I ran out of the ticket punch vanilla hardware, so I had to replace it with the circle one :(. But I think either tag looks cute, and I thought it was fun to have more than one option for the same card.

Here are the supplies:

Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Kiwi Kiss Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper - Red and Cream Snowflake are Tinsel and Twig from The Girls Paperie; blue and red polka dot are Dear Santa from My Mind's Eye
Inks - Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Soft Sky {retired} Stampin' Up!
Stamps - Tree Trimmings {ornaments}, Celebrate sentiment Stampin' Up! {retired}
Ribbon and Twine - Green silk May Arts; Natural twine Stampin' Up!; Brown and White baker's twine my stash
Punches - Scallop border, Ticket Label Stampin' Up!
Metal - Very Vanilla hardware {tag frame and brads} Stampin' Up!
Adhesives - foam Stampin' Up!; Continuous Line Glue Dots

Finished Cards Size: 3"x3"

And here is the last card:

The supplies used:

Cardstock - Very Vanilla Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper - Dear Santa and Holly Jolly from My Mind's Eye
Ink - Ridinghood Red Stampin' Up!
Punches - Scallop Oval, Large Oval, Scallop Trim border, 1 1/8" Circle, Small Star {retired}, Itty Bitty flower Stampin' Up!; Lace Trim Martha Stewart
Ribbon - Martha Stewart
Stamps - Be Merry sentiment Stampin' Up! {retired}; Cardinal My Mind's Eye
Bling - Rhinestone Stampin' Up!
Epoxy Finish - Crystal Effects Stampin' Up!
Adhesives - foam Stampin' Up!; Continuous Line Glue Dots; my own glue gun.

Finished Dimensions: 3"x3"

So yes, as you can see, I still love making little cards! I can't help it, they make me happy :).

Did you notice all the pictures have the ribbon wrapped on the cute little spools! I purchased those from a local craft store here called Robert's Arts and Crafts. They were in a package of about 12 or so. They should be available pretty much at any craft store. I can't remember the brand off the top of my head. But I have seen similar products at Hobby Lobby, Michael's and Joanne's, if anyone is interested.

So what I wanted to do with each kit is try to take the boring stuff out of the cards. Although I love simple styles of others that I see, it just isn't my style. But because of that, sometimes projects that I make are too complicated for a beginner or someone who likes to papercraft but maybe doesn't LOVE it like someone else I know :)....  I just wanted to make some kits that would still produce cute cards, but that would make the process a lot simpler than what I have been known to make for some of my classes :).

When Thong and I moved from our old house and into our current one, his mom gave me this small machine that is used to seal plastic. I recognized it from one of the bead stores here in Salt Lake that I used to frequent regularly - that I still absolutely love!!! - called String Beads. When I decided to make these kits, I knew that I had to finally bust it out and start using it! So I was so excited to get everything all packaged! Almost as excited about it as the cards themselves. I know, I am a total dork! Once I started to get everything all packaged, I noticed that the kits were reminding me of the Jolee's stickers that you see everywhere! And I really can't help myself! I love things that I packaged all pretty! I am still learning how to use the machine to seal the best. Sometimes it would get the plastic bag stuck a little and part of it would burn and rip. Or sometimes, I would get too much plastic into a section and it would cause creases. Or sometimes I would flat out forget pieces!!! So I did have to repackage some of the kits a few extra times! But I can't wait to get the tops of the packages on and get them listed on Etsy! I will post again once I do. So hopefully tomorrow {Wednesday} or Thursday this week!!!!

Remember those tag sets I made a few weeks ago? I decided to sell them in a kit of just the 2 that I had come up with, instead of a kit of 4 different ones. So those are almost ready to be listed too. I really am giddy over these kits. What can I say, I am a cheese!!!

I really hope you all like them too. And if they aren't for you, tell a friend please, maybe they will like them for themselves :).

I hope you all are good! I am about 3/4 of the way ready for Christmas! Yay! That is not normal for me :).

Have a Crafty Day!