Laser Tag

Yeah, that’s the title of my post.  The boys and I went to a fun thing yesterday.  The local bowling alley/arcade had a deal where you went from 9am-5pm (well, any time during those hours) and for $22 a person, this is what you got: unlimited bowling, unlimited putt-putt, unlimited laser tag, a hot dog, a drink, and a $10 game card.  So we tried it out!  We never made it to putt-putt, let’s face it – it’s way too hot in the summer here for outdoor mini-golf.  But we did bowl a little, played games, and did a TON of laser tag.  Which was super fun!  I’ve never played before, turns out I am rather awesome!  Anyway, I told the boys we may just have to do that again the last week of summer vacation as an end of summer treat.  I’d way rather do this than go to Six Flags or something outside!

However I did discover that I am too old to run around like that without taking some ibuprofen first!  Oh well, lesson learned!  I am just rather sore today – although I suspect that is from the bowling and skeeball I played.  My Dad and nephew came as well, so we had a good group for playing.  Definitely a ton of fun.  We ended up staying from 10am – 4pm, so I think we got our money’s worth!

Last night Gina K had her release party – which was a lot of fun!  SCS was posting all kinds of crazy – the messages were out of order, it locked up, etc.  But it was still a lot of fun!  I shared a few new cards with the new sets and I will share them here over the next week or so.  But first – I thought I’d show you my new papers available at Gina K Designs.  These coordinate with Theresa Momber’s Timeless Treasures stamp set which you can find {HERE}.

Timeless Treasures Digital Paper Pack

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I also made up a little FREE paper pack of some distressed solids that coordinate with the Timeless Treasures pack.  You can find them {HERE}!

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I also thought I would share another of the cards I made for this release.   This was another card made using the images from the newest StampTV kit – Signs of Autumn.  I CASE’d this layout from Cat – I loved her card earlier this week!

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supplies: Signs of Autumn StampTV kit by Gina K Designs; Pure Luxury layering weight white cardstock; so saffron and purely pomegranate cardstock; Memento Rich Cocoa ink; heat gun;Copic Ciao Markers:  YG00, YG23, E47, E35, E57, Sketch YG25; white poly-twill from previous StampTV kit; BasicGrey Lemonade patterned paper; Classic Circle nestabilities; Circle Piercing template; paper piercer; and dimensionals.

And in case you were curious – I made the pierced circle by taping one of Gina’s piercing templates down with Eclipse tape.  Here’s a pictures so you can see what I mean:

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I have some more fun stuff to share tomorrow:  I will share another of my digital products for you to download, a card I found on the card from my camera from months ago, and a new coupon code for Scrapbookpal!

Enjoy!

PSA: Cooking

This is my cooking PSA:

ALWAYS check the # of eggs you have and compare to what you will need for whatever you are making BEFORE you dump all the ingredients in a bowl.

Nothing is worse than dumping everything for pancakes in a bowl and realizing you have 1 of the 4 eggs you need.   Darn it!

PSA: Sewing and a card

I have a quick little Public Service Announcement for you all.   If you care to see my other PSA’s (so you can learn from my mistakes!) you can find them all {HERE}.

PSA: ALWAYS put the foot lever thingie DOWN before you start to sew!

So the other day after I finally got my sewing machine up and running….I decided to test out my skillz (or lack thereof) on some scraps of paper.  I got everything in place and chose my stitch and went to town!  This is what came out….

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Wow!  Isn’t that special??  I showed the boys – they had really kind comments like “Mommy, I think you need some more skills (I think he meant practice) at sewing” and “Is it supposed to look like that?” – this was accompanied by a classic Andy *wha?!?!* look….

I just figured I needed a lot of practice – I mean, I haven’t used a sewing machine since I made a pillow in Home Ec in 7th or 8th grade!

The next day I sat down to try it again….and I realized that I had not put the foot lever down!  OOPS!  Big mistake!  I was thinking there was no way I’d ever be able to sew remotely straight – well, sheesh!  That’s why, huh?  It was a TON easier with the foot down….I mean, I still can’t sew straight – but really, isn’t that over rated anyway?

So just remember – before you start sewing, PUT THE FOOT DOWN!!!

And now a quick one-layer card we did at that Birthday Stamp a Stack:

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supplies: Father Knows Best by PTI; vintage cream cardstock; May Arts ribbon; dark chocolate palette ink; kiwi kiss ink.

Alright – I have to finish cutting cardstock for class tonight!

Stamping Space: New Toys!

So I’ve gotten a few new toys of late – and just didn’t have any place to put them!  I finally managed to convince Matthew that the computer needed to be relocated to a new room – woohoo!  So now the entire *study* is officially mine!

Here is how it used to look on that side of the room:

And now it looks like this!

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Sweet, huh?  I finally got my sewing machine out!  It’s been in a box since I got it back in April (a birthday present)!  I am thrilled to have it out and useable….now for those lessons – Oh Jenn!!!    And next to it is my Cricut Expressions!  I picked up some of the black vinyl for the walls the other day and I play to do some words to put around the room – you know – some inspirational ones or something.  I am so excited to have space for these and now that they are out, I am sure I’ll use them more!

It’s still a little rough in there – but it’s coming along nicely!  However, that’s why I haven’t been up to much crafting lately – it’s been in upheaval for a while.  I am really looking forward to sewing on cards though – I’ve been dying to do that for years, lol!

And did you notice the special thing in that photo?  Here’s a better shot:

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 Lookee what I found at Target in the $1 spot!  Yep, mailboxes!  In NEW colors!  They had some of the solid white, red and pink – but they had new metal ones and metallic pink ones (with a Strawberry Shortcake tag?)!  So you might want to check your Targets if you want some for this year!  I got mine the day after Christmas here – and yes, I left some at the Mansfield Target – I promise I did not buy them all!

You can find my Mail Box tutorial {HERE}!

All my Tutorials can be found {HERE}!

And all the organization and such for my Stamping Space {HERE}!

Now I am off to prepare for the boys’ NYE sleepover – 6 boys age 8 and under – SERENITY NOW!

Quick Monogram Stamp Buying Guide

Ok – I have been asked several times what Monogram stamps I recommend starting with, so I just figured I’d write a post about it!  I guess this also qualifies as *Stuff I Like* because I love these suckers! (All product names and photos are linked for you to find the items easily online.)

For Multiple Cards with the same letter, etc:

Monogram Stamper Kit

Product Details:

  • Times New Roman Font (95 pt and 50 pt)
  • Four interchangeable designer borders and centers
  • Reversible ink pad (one side pre-inked with black ink)
  • Works with Curlz, Damask and Special Occasions Kits

I like this stamper if you are going to do multiple cards with the same letters, borders, and ink color.  If you were working on wedding things or something – this is perfect.  Because it’s self-inking – you can stamp a lot easily.

For small card sets:

DIY Monogram Stamper Kits (1 5/8):  these come in several fonts – and it’s really your preference which you like.  I’ll link to them all – they have an older version, not much of a difference in them, just packaging and the way the alpha is stored.  The newer versions also come with a few more centers with sentiments, not just letters to use.  I’ll show both options….although some no longer come in the old version.

Curlz Font: New Version 

Special Occasions Font: New Version and Old Version

  

Damask Borders (These are specifically for making one letter monogram cards): New Version and Old Version


I also highly recommend the tiny alpha – it’s fabulous for writing whatever you’d like around the border area of the round stamper – so so fun!

Small Letter Set

So to start out – I’d choose a font and buy one of the DIY kits (or the larger automatic stamper if you want it for mass production) and the small letter set to get started.  I hope this helps!

You can find all these product at The Stamp Castle – and there is a tutorial on SCS on  how to treat them if you have trouble getting clean images.

PSA: Charge your battery!

This is a Public Service Announcement:

Make sure that if you are planning a photo shoot – you charge your battery the night before!!

I planned to take photos of the boys so we could get crackin on our Christmas card photo…..and didn’t charge my camera battery.  Of course I only have one.  And 2/3 of the way through – it died.  DUDE!  Totally stinks.  I think I got some ok ones, but not what I wanted….you know – saving the ‘fall back’ pose for last and all….oh well!  These will just have to do!  Here’s their first shot – I thought I’d share one with ya!  (I used one of my Worn Photo Masks on it just for fun…)

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Easy Monograms – the Perfect Christmas Gift

By now, y’all know how much I love monogrammed cards.  I think a monogrammed gift set of cards is useful, elegant, and personal.  But on the giving side – they are inexpensive, simple and easy to coordinate colors.  So all around a great gift!  Here are some I made last week – these are teacher Christmas gifts, can you believe I am starting already?!?  I sure can’t!  We’ll see if I get any more done before the day I have to give them….honestly I’d be shocked to not be up until 2am working on them the night before!

So here’s what you need to do these….

Monogram stamps – I get mine {HERE}…there are tons of styles and they are simple and easy to use.

12×12 patterned paper – either double sided with coordinating patterns/solids or two sheets that will work together.

some type of ribbon – I prefer 3/4 in satin ribbon myself.

Nestabilities or punches – I prefer the  classic circle nestabilities, but you can use anything for this part.

 

How I cut the cardstock:

I choose the paper I want for the bottom half of the card and cut a 12 x 3 1/4.  Then cut that into 3 1/4 x 4 in pieces.  This will get you 3 ‘bottoms’ from one strip.  (On the cards I’m showing here, I cut them into 3 x 4 in pieces…but I prefer the bigger ‘bottom’ card.)

For the tip portion of the card I cut a 12 x 2 in strip.  Then cut that into 2 x 4 in pieces.  You’ll get 3 ‘tops’ from one strip.  (Again, on the cards I’m showing here, I cut them into 2 1/4 x 4 in pieces…)

And here’s what they look like…..

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supplies: Brayton Complete Font Set; DIY Monogram Stamper Special Occasions font kit; Classic and Petite Circle Nestabilities; white satin ribbon from Michaels; Pure Luxury white cardstock from Gina K Designs; Spring Moss and Aqua Mist palette ink from PTI; Spring Moss and Aqua Mist cardstock from PTI; and patterned paper from PTI.

And then just for a change of pace – and an excuse to use my bracket dies! – here’s another option!

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supplies: Brayton Complete Font Set;  block from DIY Monogram Stamper Special Occasions font kit; Baja breeze cardstock and ink; sponge; Pure Luxury white cardstock from Gina K Designs; Label 1 nestability die; white satin ribbon from Michaels; dimensionals; and Baja Breeze patterend paper from SU.

Totally easy!  And you can package them with a ribbon around them or my personal favorite – in a clear card box!

Here are a few others I’ve done in the past:

Lime Green,  Guava set 1; Guava set 2; Damask; Floral; Pink/Brown; and Mixed.

Enjoy!

Cute, easy baby gifts!

So I know this doesn’t really have much to do with Thanksgiving, but I do have a reason behind posting this now.  I have a friend that has been coming to my Classes for  – well, forever!  She came to them when my sister Kimberly taught them and she’s come to mine since I took over for Kimberly a few years ago.  My friend has been in the process of adopting a baby for the last few years.  And of course we all ask about it when we get together for class – I have a pretty regular group that comes.  Anyway, I am just so thankful that they are with their baby boy right now.

When I was putting together a baby shower gift for her I thought about stamping on some onesies.  I dug around my stamp room and found all the ones that I thought would work on a baby onesie.  I really wanted to do something related to adoption and I got the idea to stamp a strawberry on it and then stamp the words “hand picked” underneath.  I used my JustRite alphas to spell it out – I think next time I’ll stamp the words first and then the strawberry…but overall I think it turned out pretty cute!

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supplies:  DIY Monogram Stamper Special Occasions font kit; Just Rite Small Letter Set; Honey Bee by PTI; Bitty Baby Blessings by PTI; lemon tart, noir black, spring rain, spring moss, dark chocolate and pure poppy palette ink from PTI; heat gun; and gerber onesies.

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supplies: Little Dude by Kim Hughes for Cornish Heritage Farms; Green Thumb by PTI; ripe avocado, spring moss, and noir black palette inks; heat gun and gerber onesies.

After stamping them and using the heat gun to heat set the ink, I rolled them up and tied a ribbon around them.

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How easy and adorable is that?!?  I think the cuteasaurus is my favorite!  I did learn a few things while doing this though…..

1.  Do NOT overheat your image while heat setting it.  It is possible to scorch the fabric!  If it starts to yellow a bit – you’ve done too much!

2. Do NOT use too light of an ink color.  I used the Spring Rain blue from PTI and it did not show up very well at all.  I had to go over it with a blue copic marker (yes, those can wash too and not come off) to make it show up, but that feathered a bit too much and now it’s just hard to read.

I slipped some cardboard inside the onesie before I stamped just in case the ink bled through.  I used Palette hybrid inks so that they are entirely washable.  And I love that with the alphas from JustRite, you can customize it so easily!  Totally adorable and personalized!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving – be sure to gorge yourselves on yummy foods!  I’ll be back to post more pretty things later today.  And just a reminder on the coupon codes I shared earlier – they expire soon!

Get a FREE 2 way glue pen!  You can use this for putting on glitter, etc!  They are wonderful!

Go to Scrapbookpal.com.

Purchase *anything*! (This coupon expires 11/30/08)

Add the coupon code 2WAYGLUE on the view cart page (Just type 2WAYGLUE into the box for coupons and click *add to cart* and the free glue will appear! You do not need to add it to your card first!)

That’s it! And in case you need help finding something to purchase – they have a great selection of all kinds of chipboard things and the Nestabilities!   THey have also added a great selection of Cuttlebug and Cricut items – and at great prices too!

And these codes for The Stamp Castle are still good too!

The Stamp Castle coupon – expires after Thanksgiving:

free shipping on orders $50 or over
-code: MERRYXMAS
-have to select regular Priority shipping
-valid on orders shipping to continental U.S. states only (excludes Hawaii and Alaska)

To shop at The Stamp Castle, click {here}. Enjoy!

And for a limited time (until Thanksgiving) you can get 10% off the Christmas Stamp Ensemble (item JB-08150)!  No coupon code necessary!

Stuff I Like: Spica Glitter Pens

Ok, let’s try this again!  I have no idea what just happened to the entire review I just wrote up!

Welcome to another Sunday (or Monday) edition of “Stuff I Like”.  You can find all the previous editions {here}.  Today I want to talk about Spica Atyou Glitter Pens by Copic.  They are fun, easy to use, quick drying and sparkly!

Spica atyou Glitter Pens by Copic

I love these!  They are really great for adding just a touch of sparkle to whatever you are working on.  They come in a variety of colors.  I prefer the 12 pack as it comes in a clear *wallet* to keep them contained.  I’m all about containment!  When you write with these, they do have a bit of colored ink as well as glitter.  So you could use them alone or on top of anything you have just stamped or written.  They also dry very quickly.

I prefer these to glitter because I do not like messy things.  I hate having gritty embossing powder or bits of glitter all over after I complete a project.  (Not that you’d know this by looking at my terribly messy stamp room!)  I didn’t bother trying to get a picture of these in use…..while it would show the colors, it’s just too hard to photograph glitter and sparkle!  These are more subtle than actual glitter, but trust me – in person they have a lot of sparkle!  What girl doesn’t like sparkle?!?  Especially sparkle that isn’t messy!

Where to get them:

I got mine at Gina K Designs – I prefer them in the set with the wallet as she sells them because they are less likely to get misplaced that way!

**I aplogize for the lack of description and such with this – I’m just irritated about having to rewrite the entire post!**

What NOT to do when you get a new computer…

Yes – I did something bad.  Ugh.

So when I got my new laptop in September, I moved all the files and programs I wanted to keep on to my EHD.  I loaded them on my new laptop….made sure they were all fine…..then erased my old laptop.

Or so I thought….

Um…ALWAYS ALWAYS make sure you load ALL your programs before you erase them off the old computer.  I forgot to load Adobe Lightroom before I erased it.  Ok, not a problem – I had the files and it’s loaded and fine.

But I forgot to get my presets file from my old computer!   ARGH!

For those that don’t know – Lightroom is a fabulous program for Adobe that edits photos.  Presets are one-click (but still adjustable) settings that get cool effects for your photos.  I’ll try to find a few for you to show what I mean.

This is the orginal photo I took last August:

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And these are with Lightroom Presets:

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*That first preset is the one I used in one of my most favorite scrap pages ever*

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Anyway, I found some of them…but my favorites were from a girl on one of the digital boards….and now her blog is password protected so I can’t get them anymore!  I am so bummed.  She had even created a set of presets specifically for red-heads – even used my photo for previews….ugh.

*While I was looking for the presets I am missing (most of the ones I had were free), I did locate this cool site that has a bunch of them!  I picked them all up – but I haven’t played yet so I have no idea if they are good….but free is good, right?  Find them {HERE}.*

**PSA: ALWAYS always always make sure everything is loaded before you erase an old hard drive.**

***PSA#2: When you load your presets, copy and paste them into the folders in Lightroom (or whatever program).  Do not just drag and drop – then your original files aren’t complete if you move them later on.***