Friday, July 22, 2016

Christmas Gifts 2015

I gave each of my daughters-in-law a lost sock sign. I adapted the idea from Pinterest. I started with a plain board from a craft store, nailed on clothes pins, painted it, then sealed it so the vinyl would stick. I used a Silhouette Design Store file and added the phrase I wanted.  I want to make one for me, too, eventually.

What I gave the guys were Star Wars Root Beer Mugs. I found clip art on the internet, turned it into a stencil, and use Armour Etch.  I molded the Millenium Falcon chocolate in a Star Wars chocolate mold. I also added a Death Star ice cube mold to go with it.  It was a huge hit among the guys!


I bought fake snowballs on Amazon and made snowball fight kits for each of the grandkids. No pain when they hit, they make the sound of packed snow when you scrunch them, and they are definitely lots and lots of fun!

Although all of my gifts were at least partly homemade, I am pretty happy with how they turned out. I also felt that there was more to the gift than just the usual "shop, wrap it, give it" that it has been in the past.  There was a part of me in each gift, and I was really excited to give my gifts and see how the recipients liked them.

It would be hard to find something else as cool to make, though, so I think this was the only homemade Christmas. Besides which, it took a ton of time.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Yes, I do still scrap, stamp, and craft.

This is a note of explanation to the few who have followed my papercrafting blog, in case there are any of you left.

I have made new projects over the last several months, but taking the time to get a picture and upload it has not exactly been a high priority because of everything that has been going on with my family.  We have taken more trips this past year than any other year of our marriage, but there is a reason.  Notice I say "trips" and not "vacations."  The trips were fun and wonderful, but they all had a purpose.  This past year's travel has been leading up to a major change in our lives.

In addition to the trips, we have been working a lot more seriously on getting our home dejunked and ready to sell.  Since we have been in this house for 32 years, it's a bigger undertaking than I had expected.  Everything seems to take longer than it should, including sorting through everything to decide what to take with us.

We are moving halfway across the country, so this is a really, really BIG move and change for us.  If all goes well, I will have an actual scrapbook room in our new home, where I can craft my little heart out, so eventually I will have lots of new projects to share.  In the meantime, I will still try to get some of my projects from the last six or seven months uploaded, too.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Get Well Card

Right now my favorite stamp company is Heartfelt Creations.  I love their stamps with matching dies.  At the Scrapbook Expo, I bought their Blazing Poppy set, and this is a card I made with the Blazing Poppy flowers.

The leafy flourishes were done with Spellbinder dies.  The lattice with labels behind are a Silhouette Store cutting file.

The only problem is the flowers are too thick to put into an envelope for mailing. I had to make a box to send the card, which I gave to my brother to hand carry to my sister.

Stamp Positioner Tool Hack

After reading a message thread on the Two Peas Refugees Stamping board, I really wanted one of the nice stamp positioners available for sale.  The only problem was that there were reports of cracking with the tool I had intended to buy.  There were suggestions for how to do a basic hack to create your own tool.  I adapted those suggestions slightly.

I bought two 8x10 sheets of polycarbonate at Home Depot, one 8x10 photo frame from WalMart, printed off a one inch graph sheet that was divided by quarter inches (from, and grabbed a roll of Gorilla Tape that I had on hand.

I replaced the glass in the photo frame with one of the sheets of polycarbonate.  I put the graph sheet behind the polycarbonate, then put the fiber board back of the frame back on.  However, first I ripped off the hinged stand from the back of the board back of the frame.  I needed it to be flat.  I filled in the rest of the cavity of the back of the frame with cardstock and chipboard from my stash, until the back was level. I taped the chipboard/cardstock layer in place with Gorilla Tape.

I added the other sheet of polycarbonate to the front of the frame.  It overlaps all the edges.  Once I had it straight, I taped it down one of the long sides with a long piece of Gorilla Tape for my hinge.

It took about 10 to 15 minutes or so, and it works.  I stamped one of the Blazing Poppy flower stamps, but I wasn't happy with the washed out color, so I stamped it again.  It gave me perfect placement on top of the first stamping, and it deepened the color which made me a lot happier.  I have tried it several times, and so far, the Gorilla Tape "hinge" works fine. If I need to replace my "hinge" at some point, it will be easy.

Total cost: a little over $12 with tax.

Now for the pictures of my tool hack.

My completed stamp positioner hack on the left. Yes, that is a Cuttlebug A Plate next to it. It comes in handy.

The Cuttlebug A Plate gives stability under the polycarbonate sheet when I ink the stamp.

I didn't get a dark enough color when I stamped the first time. So I inked it again and re-stamped. It stamped in exactly the same spot, which is what I wanted a good stamp positioner tool for.  This makes it SO easy!

The above photo shows the back of the photo frame. Normally a photo frame has a cavity. By adding additional cardstock and chipboard behind the polycarbonate sheet and fiber board back, it had a firm surface for stamping on.

I still need to cut some fun foam to use for inserts for using this with clear stamps. I don't have time to do that right now, but I am mainly using it with cling stamps at the moment, anyway.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine Box Card

I have purchased some of the SVG Cuts Box Card sets, and I get excited every time I see a new set released by them.  Unfortunately, I was disappointed with their 2014 Christmas box card set, and I liked only one of the 2015 Valentine set.  If they sold designs individually, I would have bought their Valentine mailbox box card design in a heartbeat (pun intended), but I couldn't bring myself to spend $7 for just one design.  (See the Halloween Box Card entry--this was recent history repeating itself.)  The Valentine mailbox box card looked fairly easy to make.  I figured I could just use some designs from the Silhouette store for the embellishment, which is what I did.

It took me two days to make it.  It took longer than I expected to create the actual mailbox design, and longer than it should have to find shapes to use, cut them, and assemble everything.  Seriously, I need to just buy the SVG Cuts set next time, even if there is only one design I like.  This is the second time I have created my own version strongly inspired by an SVG Cuts design.  I am obviously a slow learner.  My time is worth more than the cost of the set.

I was pleased with how it turned out, though, even if it did take a ridiculously long time to make.  I made it for my husband for Valentine's Day.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Stair Cards

I love unusual cards, and these are the kind I have been making lately.  I got the cutting file for the card from the Silhouette online store, but I am guessing the instructions can probably be found on SplitcoastStampers.  I did split the right panel of the cutting file, instead of it being one piece.  For this first one, I just used older scraps and have no idea who the manufacturers are.  I will have to look up the stamp manufacturers, but don't expect it to happen unless someone is dying to know.  The stamps are both a couple of years old, though, so they probably aren't around any more.  I used a Technique Tuesday stamp from several years ago for "Let it" and cut the stamp into two separate words so I could place them the way I wanted to.

This second one I used Graphic 45 papers from last year's 12 Days of Christmas collection.  It's not obvious, but I did some fussy cutting and popped pieces.  The letters used for SNOW and PEACE were cut with a Sizzlit Tim Holtz alphabet die.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Halloween Box Card

I love a lot of the designs created by SVG Cuts (, and have bought a bunch of them.  However, although I liked their Halloween box card with spiderweb side flaps, I did not think I would use any of their other designs in that particular set, and $6.99 would be a lot to pay for one box card cutting file.

So I spent the better part of a day and made my own version, using several files which I had bought with my subscription from the Silhouette Online Store. My box card is definitely very similar to the SVG Cuts box, and inspired by theirs about 80%.

Both have the spiderweb flaps, a fence (their fence was wrought iron), trees, and a haunted house.  Their design had gravestones and Jack-o-Lanterns.  Instead, I used a cat and lamp post, as well as a back panel with a moon and bats.  The SVG Cuts had patterned papers on the front and side panels, which I did not do.  Theirs was very cool.  If I had thought I would use at least one or two of the other designs in the set, I would have just bought their Fright Night collection, just as I have bought other sets from them.  Unfortunately, they don't sell files individually.

First, the front view of mine:

Here is a side view, so you can sort of see the bats flying across the moon.

And just in case anyone wonders, no, I can't share or sell the cutting file for my version.  It wouldn't be legal.  However, SVG Cuts does offer some absolutely awesome files, and here is a link to their Halloween set with their box card (it's a little hard to spot in the photo, but it's there), so you can purchase theirs.

I have bought all of their box card sets, and a few other sets they sell. If you haven't looked at what they offer, you should. They have great designs!