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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Pass The Love Around Valentine Sucker Cover Kit

Hi Everyone! Hope you are all enjoying the weekend and the last few days of January. I know I can't wait for spring - as I keep on mentioning! But in the mean time, I am certainly enjoying making some fun Valentine kits! The one I am showing you right now is one that I sold to a girl I used to work with :). Thanks Nikki!

As I am typing this, I am watching The Lost Valentine with Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt! I haven't watched one of these specials since I was a kid! But I couldn't resist tonight for some reason :). And it's cheesy goodness for sure. I am totally loving it! And I am totally loving the Hallmark commercials too.. He he he. What can I say, I love cheese!

And now for some of my own cheesy goodness!

Here is the kit...

I used the Slot Punch - now retired from Stampin' Up! - to punch through the cardstock and to wrap the ribbon around and hold the sucker in place.

Here is everything that comes in the kit. You get everything needed to make 9 more covers plus the suckers. All that you need is a glue stick and liquid adhesive.
And here everything is all all packaged up all pretty :-). This is side one.

 Here is side two. Sorry for the glare on the picture.

And here is the header for the packaging. The price for all of it was $13.

I plan to make at least one more similar kit this week, so if anyone is interested let me know :). As I mentioned above, only a glue stick and liquid glue is needed to put everything together. All the punching stamping, inking is already completed. So putting together the items is super fast.

Here are the items I used...

Cardstock - Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper - Love by American Crafts
Glitter Cardstock - American Crafts
Stamps - One and Only by American Crafts
Punches - Butterfly, Lace Trim border Martha Stewart; Slot {retired}, Itty Bitty 4 petal flower and Scallop border, Scallop Circle and Large Scallop Circle {on packaging only}
Ribbon - Brown polka-dot grosgrain May Arts; Love Turquoise American Crafts
Pearlies - Stampin' Up!
Liquid Glitter - Garnet Martha Stewart {I love the fine point tip on this liquid glitter! It is AWESOME!}
Adhesive - glue stick 3M; foam Dimensionals and liquid Crystal Effects from Stampin' Up!

And there you have it! Enjoy the last day of January! Spring is just around the corner!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I'm Back! And I've Been Busy!

Hello. My name is Leana and I am a crafting supply hoarder. {admitting feels good! :-)}

There, I said it! Well, not only do I hoard crafting supplies, but I am just a cluttery person in general. Sigh.... Well, my husband has been really wonderful and is helping me get out of my rut! It started with turning the weekend of Martin Luther King Day into a three day holiday of cleaning my craft room - I started the weekend before really, but kept it going. Now I am loving my room all over again! I still have a lot of work to do on it, but it is at least getting manageable.

But wait, there's more....

I also cleaned out my bedroom closet this week! I had about 6 bags of clothes that went to the D.I. - for those that don't know what that is, think Good Will - and found a bunch of clothes that fit me again :-)! I was able to put some pants and other clothes that are too big away, and get out clothes that I haven't been able to wear in like 5 years! I haven't actually typed it down here on my blog, but I can tell you all that I have lost 30 pounds :). I am starting to feel like my old self again. I still have a lot of work to do and I am not down to my goal. But I actually feel like it's achievable now. I have been basically working with the old Weight Watchers point program, but didn't follow it strictly. I have worked hard though with portion control and trying to eat healthy - though it doesn't always work.

Because of all the cleaning that I mentioned before, I was able to go through my stamps and get rid of a lot that I don't use anymore. I have them listed on Etsy for purchase. I have them listed pretty cheap, if you all want to hop on over and check them out. :-)

Aside from all this other news though, I have been trying to craft when I could sneak in some time. This evening I finally finished two things to list on Etsy. They are both card kits. One comes completely assembled with the cutest little envelopes to fit the cards. The other comes with 1 finished card and then everything needed to make 5 more cards to match.

I'll show the assembled kit first...

Don't you love that chair! It's one of my favorite stamps from the current Stampin' Up set. And it's one of my most recent purchases.

This little envelope is a Big Shot die from Stampin' Up! Isn't it so cute!
 As you all know, I love to make smaller cards. It's just my thing lately! I am doing a swap with some friends, and I was specifically told that I had to make my cards 4x5! Ha! Funny hu! Oh, well.

Anyway, I have had this envelope die since I got my Big Shot and never used it. I have used my upline, Cindy's, at her house for our monthly club projects, but I have never done anything with mine on my own. I knew though that I wanted to make a small set of cards that had envelopes to go with them. And then it hit me - du! I have envelopes that I can make and then make the cards to fit them! Gotta love the light bulb moments! So I took my favorite chair stamp and some My Mind's Eye patterned cardstock and this cute little set was born. I made 6 cards and 6 envelopes to sell at my Etsy store craftydork.

 Here is the kit all packaged up and ready for Etsy :-) ....

This is what I used to make them:

Cardstock - Pretty In Pink, Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Very Vanilla and Naturals Ivory Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper - My Mind's Eye
Die - Scallop Envelope Big Shot for Stampin' Up!
Punches - Itty Bitty 4 petal flower, Designer Label, Scallop Trim border, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border, Large Scallop Circle, 1/16" hole Stampin' Up!
Stamps - Stampin' Up!
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Pretty In Pink Stampin' Up!
Ribbon - Old Olive grosgrain Stampin' Up!
Pearls - Stampin' Up!
Adhesive - glue stick 3 M; liquid glue Crystal Effects from Stampin' Up!

A few things to note: I stamped the envelope flowers in Soft Suede on 3 envelopes, and then Chocolate Chip on the other 3. Also, for some reason, even though all the chairs are in Soft Suede, a few of them came out darker than the others. Not really sure why, or how I did that! And the last thing is, the envelopes don't seal. I think they would be cute with a bit of ribbon tied around them, or just a tiny dab of Crystal Effects to hold it closed would work too.

And there you have it folks. I think these would be adorable on a present! What do you all think?

So my next kit features one of my most favorite paper brands, American Crafts! But more specifically, their Dear Lizzy line! I've said it before, but Elizabeth Kartchner is such a cutie! And her stuff is to die for! And her Enchanted papers are so cute! I love the big florals and bright colors.

This card just makes me happy....

Isn't the paper so pretty! :)

Stampin' Up!'s spring mini catalog is full of gorgeous stamps, paper and accessories. The dress form stamp is from the Oh Sew Suite line and it is one of my favorites! The button is also from Stampin' Up! but it is in the main catalog.

Here is a breakdown of the supplies:

Cardstock - Daffodil Delight, Whisper White Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper - Enchanted Dear Lizzy for American Crafts {the solid paper, besides the white, is the reverse side of the patterned paper}
Stamps - Sew Suite {dress form} Stampin' Up!; frame and "my favorite" sentiment Dear Lizzy from American Crafts
Inks - Perfect Plum, Baja Blue, Early Espresso Stampin' Up!
Punches - Small Scallop Circle, 1/16" hole, Scallop border, 1 3/8" Circle Stampin' Up!
Bling - half pearls Stampin' Up!; orange jewels Doodle Bug; pink metal flowers with rhinestones Making Memories {aren't these so cute!!!!!!}
Ribbon - blue and brown scallop American Crafts; baker's twine my stash
Button - Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Up!
Adhesive - glue stick 3M; ribbon line Pop Dots;

Here is the kit all packaged up...

The only things you need to assemble the kit together is a glue stick and a little bit of liquid glue! The liquid glue was used to adhere the orange jewels and then just a dab behind the bottom of the stand on the dress form. Everything that needs to be inked, cut, punched, tied or scored is already done for you.

As I mentioned, this card just makes me happy. :-) The colors and patterns are all about spring. And I am so anxious for it to just be here already! How about you all?

And lastly, I have some fun Valentine cards I made. Originally I had made these to go on Etsy too. I am working on a set of 10. But I had the owner of the company I work for, purchase them already :).

Here are the 3 I have finished so far...

The patterned paper is absolutely adorable, don't you think! It's all Fancy Pants brand, except the red glitter paper. The cards - in Sahara Sand - are from Stampin' Up! about 4 years ago.  They have envelopes that fit them. The patterned paper is actually to make little Valentines. They have a label on the other side so you can put to and from. But I decided I would just convert them into cards - at least for the set of 10. I bought another sheet of the paper though, so I may make some to go along with some candy as just regular Valentines.

Here are all the supplies used:

Patterned Paper - Fancy Pants
Cardstock - Whisper White, Early Espresso Stampin' Up!
Glitter Cardstock - American Crafts
Stamp - Love American Crafts
Ink - Early Espresso, Ridinghood Red markers Stampin' Up!
Punches - Scallop border, Itty Bitty 4 petal flower, Itty Bitty flower, Scallop Trim border, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border Stampin' Up!; Lace border Martha Stewart
Button - BasicGrey
Bling - pearls, rhinestones Stampin' Up!
Glitter Glue - red Studio G {used on the Happy Valentine's Day card. I used it on the heart shaped balloon}
Ribbon - Brown and white polka-dot grosgrain May Arts; Red grosgrain Making Memories; Baker's Twine my stash
Adhesive - glue stick 3m; foam adhesive Dimensionals from Stampin' Up!; Glue Line Pop Dots; liquid glue Crystal Effects from Stampin' Up!

So for the Everything Grows Better With Love card, the hearts are cut out from one of the patterned papers. On the From My Heart to Yours With Love card, those pink hearts were just  hand cut out. Stampin' Up! has a heart punch that I so want, but I just haven't bought it yet.

And there you have it. As soon as I get more of the Valentines cards finished, I'll post those. And check out my Etsy store if you are interested in the card kits. Oh and as soon as my room is finished, I will post updated pics of it here too.

Last thing before I am off... I decided to try out for the Stampin' Up! Artisian Award this year. I don't know what my chances are, but here's hoping! I have a few things completed already. But I will share them at a later date :)

Hope you are all good and staying crafty!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Used Stamp Sets For Sale On Etsy

Hi Everyone! Hope you are all well and staying crafty! I am taking the week off of crafting and concentrating on getting my craftroom organized and cleaned up. It really needs it. And I am excited to get it into shape.

In the mean time, I am listing stamp sets and maybe a few other things that I am liquidating. I am out of room and am getting rid of stamp sets I don't use anymore.

Head over to my Etsy store, craftydork, to check out all the cute sets listed! While you are there, pick up some for yourself! :). I have them listed extremely inexpensive. Some of them I have never even used before. So head over, check them out and send me a convo if you are interested in purchasing more than one set so I can combine shipping! :)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

I Love Birdies!

Hi everyone! Look, 3 posts in 2 days! It's got to be a record for me :). A great way to start off the new year!

I have all my Christmas stuff put away, and am totally feeling spring! Forget the fact that the low for the last couple of days has been 5 degrees! I am more than ready for spring to get here and winter to be gone!

And because I am feeling all about spring, it's showing in my cards! As I have mentioned before, I love birdies! I love bird cages and bird houses! I can't help myself :). One of my favorite new sets from Stampin' Up! this year is a set called Aviary. It's bird cages and birdies - one of the birdies is even a cute owl! So I have been pairing up my various birdie stamps along with some fun paper and am totally loving the results.

Here is card number 1:

This bird and bird cage are from Studio G. I can't say enough good things about this brand! I love how economical their products are without sacrificing quality!
Here is card number 2:
Isn't this owl just the cutest! This owl and cage are from the Aviary set from Stampin' Up!

Who ever thought so much brown would scream spring! :) Recognize the card in the background in the top right. It was one I made a few weeks back. That birdie and cage are Studio G.

Here are the supplies I used for the Splendid card:

Cardstock - Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper - Stampin' Up!
Stamps - flowers {stamped on the blue circle} Stqampin' Up!; Splendid sentiment Dear Lizzy for American Crafts
Inks - Daffodil Delight, Purely Pomegranate, Old Olive Stampin' Up!
Bling - Rhinestone, Pearl Stampin' Up!
Punches - Dotted Ribbon border, Large Scallop Circle, Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" circle, Itty Bitty Flower Stampin' Up!
Ribbon - Pumpkin grosgrain Stampin' Up!; Baker's Twine my stash

Here are the supplies for the "Birdie" card:

Cardstock - Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper Stampin' Up!
Stamps - Aviary Stampin' Up!; "birdie" sentiment Studio G
Punches - Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" circle, Scallop Trim border Stampin' Up!
Ribbon - Artichoke grosgrain Stampin' Up!; Baker's Twine my stash

On both cards I cut out the birds and cages by hand once they were stamped onto the cardstock. Also, notice that I cut both words out by hand just around the letters. Not sure where that urge came from :). I laugh at my self with some of the things I am drawn to do!

So even though spring is a way away, it seems to be right around the corner here! Ok, not really, but I can dream, can't I!

Stay crafty! Hope your new year is going well thus far.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Purchase & Exchange Card

Hi Crafty Friends! So as I have mentioned before, Amber, Marci and I go once a month to a crafty night at my upline, Cindy Petersen's house. We make projects and order supplies and are obnoxious - ok, mostly I am obnoxious! - and get to have a nice girls night out. But we always have fun. We started a while back doing our purchase and exchange swap so that we always are trying to use the products we purchase. It has been a lot of fun and we have had some great results.

Here is the card that I made for this months:

Ok, don't you just love the chair stamp!

The supplies I ordered from Stampin' Up! were the stamp set with the chair, the pearls, and the lace ribbon. I didn't have any Stampin' Up! patterned paper that would fit the mood that I wanted to create, so I went with some My Mind's Eye paper. Then I couldn't decide what side I wanted to use the most, so I decided to do some of each instead :).

Here are the supplies used:

Cardstock - Chocolate Chip, Marina Mist, Very Vanilla Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper - My Mind's Eye
Stamps - Stampin' Up!
Inks - Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight {my favorite new color!}, Wild Wasabi Stampin' Up!
Punches - Designer Label, Itty Bitty Flower, Scallop border, Large Oval, Scallop Oval Stampin' Up!; Small Corner Rounder EK Success
Ribbon - Lace Ribbon Stampin' Up!
Half Pearls - Stampin' Up!

These cards totally make me want a nice cup of tea! I wanted to write on the inside of them: Happiness is reading a good book on your favorite chair! Ok, so at least that is my happiness! :)

Cindy announced this last time at our crafty night that she is having her clubs start to do the Purchase and Exchange swap with each other! So look at what we started :). And we have been making Cindy our projects in the mean time too!

I am off to some friends for a birthday party! Maybe I will get my glass of wine after all! Hope you all are good and staying crafty!

Happy New Year!

Neighbor Gifts

Hi Crafty Friends! I was going through my pictures on my camera and realized I totally forgot to share some projects with you all! Oh the shame :). Well fear not, because here they are :).

Thong and I live in a town home community. We know only a small handful of our neighbors. But for the first time ever, I decided to make some neighbor presents! I just got some bags of candy, some clear bags, my sealer, and made little toppers for the candy. And wallah! I thought the results were super cute! 

These were super easy to make! I think I may try to make a variation of them every year now! The stamp
for the top of the packages was on clearance at Michael's. I loved it and my mom ended up getting it for me :). It's Tim Holtz. I know it's hard to tell in the pictures, but just behind the ornaments is a Santa Clause. Then I added Crystal Effects to the pine tree and added glitter onto it. There are so many fun elements to the image! I can use it over and over and come up with different results each time! Isn't Tim Holtz amazing! Before I got really into Stampin' Up!, Tim Holtz was my first introduction to stamping. He has great products. I am really wanting to get my hands on some of his Big Shot dies!

Here are the products used:

Cardstock - Real Red, Very Vanilla Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper - Figgy Pudding from BasicGrey
Stamps - Tim Holtz; Ornaments Stampin' Up!
Punches - Itty Bitty Flower, Scallop Trim border, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border Stampin' Up!
Inks - Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Old Olive Stampin' Up!
Adhesives - foam, Crystal Effects Stampin' Up!
Ribbon - Soft Suede Polka-Dot grosgrain, Linen Thread Stampin' Up!; Red Organdy May Arts
Glitter and Bling - Rhinestone, Green Glitter Stampin' Up!

I also made little packages for people I work with of Swedish Fishes. My mom purchased 5 of the big bags from Costco, so we were able to make over 50 packages! And they turned out pretty cute, I think. So my mom, sister and sister-in-law all ended up with some too.

Here they are:

Do you like how you can see my little tree in the top right corner. I made these packages the same day I made the tree and ornament.

We kept them pretty simple. My mom and sister and I made them and it took about 2 hours to make them all once we got going. We added the little flower, pearl and glitter on the star after we had some already finished. They made it just a little more festive.

Here are the supplies:

Cardstock - Real Red Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper - Figgy Pudding from Stampin' Up!
Stamp - Stampin' Up!
Punches - Itty Bitty Flower, Designer Label Stampin' Up!
Glitter - yellow Stickles
Half Pearl - Stampin' Up!

Hope you all are staying crafty in this freezing weather! {a low of 2 degrees today! Brr! I so don't like the cold :(}

Have a good new year!

Oh, P.S. I fell asleep last night at 10:30! I haven't missed a New Year's since I was a little kid! I was pretty exhausted though. I didn't even get my glass of wine :). Maybe next year!