Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wednesday Websitz

Paper Pumpkin Ideas

For more ideas on how to use the July Paper Pumpkin Kit
from Stampin'Up!, visit the SU website and scroll down,
click on the word VIEW in the Paper Pumpkin from the blog box. 

 click here:
Stampin Up

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tuesday Tipz

Adhering window sheets and vellum:
(So the adhesive doesn't show through.)

Patt gets credit for this great tip:
To keep adhesive from showing through window sheets or vellum,
run the embellishment through a Xyron Sticker Maker.
The adhesive will 'disappear'  when attached to the paper.

The jar is made from a printed window sheet, then run through a Xyron Sticker Maker.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Make Itz

Creating Keepsakes Convention Idea/Memory Book

This year the preview crop included an 8x8 album.
Vendors taught us how to use their products as we made 8x8 pages to fill the album.
I used the empty pages for class and convention info.
I will use this as a resource as I plan for the 2014 convention.

Plain 8x8 album, I plan to add a title to the cover.

Simple shapes can make for a fun layout.

Lots of bling.

Another simple but fun page.

The glassine envelope was embossed and sprayed with glimmer mist.

The flower was made with crepe paper and a giant glue dot. 

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday Freebeez


Check to see if your favorite magazines have free tablet downloads.
Even though I still love to hold a real paper magazine and use it for crafting projects,
it is convenient to have my favs downloaded onto my tablet--I don't have to carry all of
the different magazines to read away from home.
Two magazines that I enjoy that have free downloads with paper subscriptions
are ALL YOU and Creating Keepsakes.
One that is completely free to download is Everyday Food.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wednesday Websitz

Here are websites from companies at the Creating Keepsakes Convention:
 the following are 100% made in the USA

Keller's Creations

Paper Loft

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tuesday Tipz

I would like to share the class projects from the CKC workshops. 

One of my favorite classes was making cards from leftover patterned paper
along with a minimal amount of 12x12 cardstock sheets. This was taught by The Paper Loft.
Below is a display of all the cards that can be made from cutting 2 sheets of 12x12 cardstock to use as the embellishment pattern on 15 cards!
It's also called the "One Sheet Wonder" template. 

One Sheet Wonder Cards

 I make and send lots of cards so the above template and the ideas below will come in handy. It is especially nice to have some card ideas for the males!

Cards made with leftovers--the bottom two were made with Washi Tape.

Another fun workshop showed us how to make our own background paper
by Nicole Petersen Designs. This is very popular with mixed media crafters.
It was fun learning to use stamp pads and inks in new ways.

The Vendor Workshop is also another popular class. We made an 8x8 album of pages given to us by the different companies from the Vendor Fair. We also made a necklace! I use this album as a Memory Book of the Convention including all of the information.  This is a tool for planning for next year's CKC. I will share the finished product in a future post.
Patt won a roll of Wired Ribbon, and we were shown how to make a flower from an 18 inch length of ribbon. Patt perfected the flower and gave us a tutorial.

Patt's flower made from wired ribbon. This is a great embellishment or hair bow. 

Neon is trending again, so I had to relive my high school days! This will be used to make fun cards.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Make Itz

Greetings Crafters!
I'm back from another successful Creating Keepsakes Convention.
It's inspiring to be with other paper crafters, attend classes, and browse the vendor fair.
There are always new tips and techniques to learn.

I will post pix of my class projects tomorrow.

Class descriptions and samples.
Excellent Venue!
Great place for a convention! Big rooms, good food, and FREE PARKING!
Beautiful Middle Tennessee

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wednesday Websitz

Creating Keepsakes Conventions
click on the above link to see all the fun activities at a CKC near you
I will be attending the Murfreesboro CKC to see what is new in the world of
Paper crafting as well as work on projects and learn new techniques.
Craftin' with Suz will return next week inspired with new ideas.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tuesday Tipz

Monday Make Itz Updatz Tipz

I added a cutout of the die set to the DVD cases.
I can see at a glance what set I want to use.
I also added stronger magnet strips to the large magnet for extra hold.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday Make Itz

Organizing Stamp Sets and Stamp Pads

I have been on a mission to find the best way to organize many stamp sets so
I will know what I have since--if you see it you will use it!
I tried boxes, totes, and shelves.
None of these worked since I had to shift through all of the sets to
find the ones that I wanted.

I finally decided to try pull out drawer sets.
I found inexpensive 10 drawer sets on rollers at Sam's,
but Walmart and other big box stores probably have the same thing.
This is a great time of year to find organizing supplies
with school and college products displayed.

I dumped all of my sets onto the floor of the craft room
and sorted, sorted, sorted.  I put all of like sets together such as
Birthday, Holiday, Thankyou, Flower, etc.
I then decided to break apart sets to put like stamps together.
I now have one drawer of all "Happy Birthday" and "Thank You" stamps. 
Just open the drawer and decide which stamp to use!
CAUTION--wood stamps can be heavy, so be careful not to overfill the drawers--it can break down the wheels and the drawers. I don't plan to move mine around, so it won't stress the wheels.

I also kept a few sets together that are only used once a year such
as Graduation sets. I put those on a shelf, along with the clear sets that are
stored in DVD cases. 
I liked how this turned out so much that I got a set of drawers for stamp pads and
adhesive supplies.
Share how you organize your stamp sets and supplies!

Ten drawer sets from the Big Box Store.

Like stamps organized into same drawer.

Second set of drawers for stamping/crafting supplies.

Stamp sets that aren't used as often stored in cases on shelves.

Cling sets stored on shelf.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Thursday Treatz


Need a Pasta Salad for your next picnic or Potluck dinner?
Here is a great way to make your own salad:
just pick an ingredient from each step. Easy to use what is in on hand!


 Use Your Noodle: 5 Steps for the Perfect Pasta Salad from Parade Magazine

click here  for recipe

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wednesday Websitz

 "Best Ever Summer Bucket List"

Need some inspiration?
This website has a 'bucket' list of fun summer ideas.

click here  for more ideas like the one below

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tuesday Tipz


Monday was a wasted crafting day due to an anonymous pen finding
its way into a load of laundry. Ink ended up inside both the washer and dryer drums.
Thankfully I knew exactly how to clean it.
Keep this info handy, you may need it one day.

Dryer: Throw in an old rag and run for about a minute. Open door and rub Solid Stain Stick onto the ink areas. Let the stain stick set for a few, the ink will begin to dissolve. Then rub with an eraser type sponge. Some spots may require going over more than once along with some 'elbow grease.' When all ink spots are gone, wipe down the inside to remove all stain stick product.

Washer-same as above, but don't run it first.
Keep these products handy.

The first load after this happens, I run old towels or rags to make sure all the ink is gone
before running a load of dress clothes.


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Monday, July 8, 2013

Monday Make Itz

Organizing Thin Cutting Dies

A big part of papercrafting is organizing tools and supplies.
I have found that if I can 'see' my supplies and easily
get to my crafting tools, then I will use them.
Creativity is zapped if time and/or energy is spent on
looking for project supplies.

I needed a better way to organize thin cutting dies--
Stampin UP Framelits and Spellbinders dies.
I was surfing the web for stamp storage ideas and came
across the following idea. I can't remember what website I need
to credit, but we thank you very much for the idea.
This idea is also very portable and packable. 

DVD cases from Stampin UP or leftovers from lost DVDs.
Self Adhesive Magnet Sheets, I found a supply at Walmart, perfect size after
cutting an inch from short edge. Attach to each side of case.
Place the instructions into the front and back pockets.
Stampin UP perfect fit, Spellbinders needs to be trimmed a bit.

IMPORTANT--These magnets will hold Stampin UP Framelits,
but stronger magnets or two sheets are needed for Spellbinders.
The Spellbinders seem to be made of a heavier metal
and will fall off when case is closed if the magnet isn't strong enough. 
Also, be sure to open and close on the edges. If you push on the middle of
the case, it will pop the die off of the magnet.

DVD/Stamp set case

Self Stick Magnetic Sheets-2 to package

Spellbinders are heavier, use two sheets or a stronger magnet

Stampin UP Framelets stick just fine to these magnet sheets.

Place the instructions into the front cover pocket. Each case holds two sets.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Friday Freebeez

Hope all had a safe and fun July 4th!

Middle Tennessee must be in monsoon season--
lots of rain forced outside activities to be cancelled. Many local firework displays
had to be postponed. Of course we had a 4 day weekend with plans to work
on the landscaping around Wee Acres.
So, Plan B: to continue to work on indoor organization.

Check out the free downloads at:

Click on downloads,find the following fun set of Travel Sentiments
to download, print on cardstock and cutout!

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