Monday, December 31, 2012

Money-Saving Monday #17

Happy New Year's Eve!  I can't believe this is the end of 2012...I just can't figure out where it went so fast.  So who has big plans for tonight?  Since I've been fighting a cough and fever the past week, and I have a fear that hubby might be coming down with the same, I don't anticipate us doing much this evening.  If we make it to see the ball drop on TV, I will call it a successful evening!

With all of the Christmas preparations in the month of December, I've fallen behind on the Money-Saving Monday posts. Since (according to the stats) it seems like this is one of the more popular posts each week, I'll work hard to get back on track.

So, on Christmas Eve, my daughter and I were working on some cards in my craft room, when she sat back and looked around for a few minutes.  Hubby had recently put up some new shelving, since my desk was being over-taken by stuff, and was getting hard to work on.  My daughter decided she was going to proclaim me a crafting hoarder, and thought that I might need an intervention!   I explained to her (again) that I rarely bought anything for myself...people just know how much I appreciate crafty goodies when gift giving times come around, and I'm also pretty lucky about winning things.  I pointed 10 things out right off the top of my head that I had won.  She rolled her eyes, and that was the end of that conversation!

Later, I REALLY took stock of how much paper I have, and I have to admit, I may have just blushed a little.  Its getting pretty bad!  And it got SO MUCH WORSE after I went to the Quick Quotes warehouse sale (twice!) a few weeks ago.  I got hundreds of 12 x 12 sheets of double-sided cardstock, and several cases of photo mats, strips and borders...yes, CASES.  I have myself convinced that I have everything displayed so that I can basically see what there is, but I think I'm in denial...I'm starting to find stuff that I forgot I had!

So...this is going to be a two-part Money-Saving Monday.  I've decided to start working on making page kits for myself. I'll explain a little today about what I'm going to do, and then take pics and show you the fruits of my labor next week. I'm also going to be scouring the internet for tutes or videos to help give me some inspiration in putting these together, so if you know where to find any great ones, I would love to hear about them.

For now, I'm going to focus primarily on my patterned paper.  Those are the sheets that are in stacks that I can't readily see, so that's where I want to start.  I'm planning to focus on double layouts, so I plan on finding two matching (or really close to matching) sheets of patterned cardstock for my base pages, and then 2 - 4 sheets of coordinating paper for photo mats, die cuts, and layers.  I'm going to go through my jar of ribbon scraps and ends (that I always forget about) to try to match up ribbon for each kit, and then also look for matching brads.  I also keep my flat embellishments (bling, extra die cuts, etc) in page protectors inside of three ring binders, so I plan to go through those as well.  If I have any specific photos in mind for a particular page kit, I will toss those in the pile as well.

When I'm done, I hope to have a series of packaged page kits that I can thumb through, choose one, and then whip out a layout in no time.  If there's leftovers in the kit, I'm guessing I will even be able to throw a card or two together since everything is already color coordinated!

Now, I'm obviously not going to be able to to this with ALL my paper (unless I'm planning to build a storage shed out back, haha!) but I'm setting a goal for 5 - 10 kits on my first go-round, so we'll see how that works out.  Keep your fingers crossed, wish me luck, and next Monday, I'll let you know how things are going and be ready with some helpful tips so that you can make your own page kits too.

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Friday, December 28, 2012

A Quick Catch-Up and a Blitsy Sale

Happy Christmas/New years limbo week!  I hope the holiday season has been spectacular for you so far.  Santa was extraordinarily good to me.  My daughter and her boyfriend got me a premium subscription to the Silhouette Store, so I'll have access to TONS of patterns over the next 12 months...yippee!!  I can't wait to get in my craft room and play!  I went to bed with a cough and a 101.8 fever last night though, so it might not be today :(

EDIT:  I forgot to mention that if any of you are interested in getting a Silhouette Store subscription, you can use the code SILHOUETTE until 12/31/12 to purchase your subscription at a 20% discount.  That means that for $16 a month, you can get $150 credit EACH MONTH towards the purchase of patterns in the Silhouette Store!!!!

So, like last year, I had planned to spring on here the day after Christmas and start showing all the presents I had made for my kids and a few others.  I got home on Christmas night, and realized I hadn't taken one single photograph...of ANYTHING!  I made a set of cards for our Christmas dinner hostess, a wall hanging for my daughter, and a really cool Smash* baby book for my son and daughter-in-law.  And I have NOTHING to show you.  I was SO BUMMED :(  So anyway, I guess that's a good excuse to get to work again and make even more goodies!

Shifting gears:  In case you have some Christmas $$$ burning a hole in your pocket,  Blitsy is having a great sale this week that started on Wednesday.  They're calling it their Black Friday II and Cyber Monday II sale.  On Wednesday, they gave us the Tim Holtz Distress Markers again for only $69.95 for the whole entire set!!  There are still some available, but they will probably go pretty fast at that price!  They also have fabulous prices on most of the Distress Inks line, Action Wobbles, Scor-Tape (GREAT prices on that!) and Zentangle books, just to name a few items!  All of these items will be listed on the site until next Wednesday 1/2/13.

Also, just added today are awesome prices on Spellbinders dies, the new purple ATG guns and refills, Distress blending tools, Tonic tools, and LOTS more!  If you haven't already signed up for Blitsy, you can get your free membership by clicking right HERE.  Happy Shopping!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all the happiest and healthiest of holiday seasons.  Have a WONDERFUL day!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Friday, December 21, 2012

Welcome Winter Blog Hop

Since the world hasn't come to an end today (sorry, I can't help myself!) I would like to welcome you to the Welcome Winter Blog Hop!  I'm thrilled to be a part of such a talented group of crafters for the day.  If you've come from Sandy's blog then so far, so good!  If you would like to start from the beginning you can go say hi to Ashley, our sweet and talented host.

I decided to do something a little different for me...I went the clean and simple route.  This was VERY out of my comfort zone, but I figured it was a good way to expand my horizons.

I started with white cardstock and a cut from the Silhouette store.  I spritzed a piece of purple cardstock with Radiant Rain shimmering mist in Blue Flame and used it as a background inside the card, behind the snowflake cuts.  Although it doesn't show up in the photo well, the snowflakes are very shimmery and icy looking.

For the second card, I used light blue cardstock and completely covered a piece of white cardstock in the same blue shimmer mist.  I wrapped this card with a little Doodlebug Design Doodle Twine.  The color is Boy.

Here's a photo of my two cards together, where you can get a better idea of the colors.  These might just end up being my Christmas cards for next year!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I plan on taking the rest of the week off to get ready for Christmas.  I can't believe it's only a few more days away!  I will be back bright and early on Wednesday though, so hold on to your hats!!

Your next stop on our wintery hop is Miss sweet and generous herself, Christine!  Wait til you see what she has for everyone!!  I've included the lineup below if you need it!

Ashley -
Melissa -
Michele -
Gabrielle -
Tabetha -
Amy E -
Christine -
Crystal - Http://

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Saturday, December 15, 2012

I Love Snow Blog Hop

Happy Saturday peeps.  Wecome to the middle of December!  I hope you're ready for what's coming in the next few weeks!  I also want to welcome you to the I Love Snow Blog Hop!  I really do love snow as long as it's only once or twice a year!  But I love snowflakes and snowmen made out of paper year-round!

If you're hopping along with us today, you should have come from Vanessa's blog.  If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop, please go to Lisa's blog.

A few years ago both of my (adult) kids were home at the same time.  We had a crazy snowstorm shortly before Christmas that dumped about a foot of the white stuff in our front yard.  The kids went out to play in it, an epic snowball fight ensued, and son ended up crushing a huge pile of snow onto the top of unsuspecting daughter's head.  The pic on the bottom of the layout is of her snow-covered head, and her, "I WILL have revenge!" look.  Ahhh kids...ya gotta love 'em!  And did I mention they were both adults?  Yeah, I think I did!  I have to remind myself of that every once in a while when they start running around the front yard in the snow, screaming at the top of their lungs!!

I used lots of papers and goodies from my stash and the Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut cartridge.  The little Peachy Keen faces were just the perfect expressions for both my little paper doll kids!

Your next stop on this snowy hop is the uber talented Miss Beth.  Thanks for stopping by today, and remember, only 10 more days til Christmas!!

Lisa -
Ashley -
Elecia -

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Awesome Sale and Some Happy Mail!

Hey I made a rhyme!  Yay!  Happy Friday to all!  I just wanted to let those of you who live near a Michaels Crafts know about a great one day sale that's going on today (Friday December 14th.)  For today only, they have all their Martha Stewart Christmas Paper crafting goodies on sale for 70% off!!  Their ad reads:  "70% off Martha Stewart Crafts Christmas Paper Crafting & Celebrations...Excludes craft paint & craft accessories.  While supplies last, no rain checks."

It may be worth a trip to see what your local store has!

Also, I just HAD to post a pic of my happy mail that came the other day! I got the last 16 colors I needed to complete my collection of Tim Holtz Distress Inks!  Now I have all of the core colors and most of the seasonal ones!  Yay!  My little foam core ink shelf I made is almost full now!  I ordered them during Blitsy's Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale.  I love Blitsy!!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Comic Book Cards

YIKES!  I completely forgot to post the cards I made for my friends who opened their comic book store last month.  I took photos of 6 different cards, although there were some other variations.  For all of them, I used my Silhouette Cameo.  I made a Seattle skyline cut using the Cameo's trace feature.  The characters are all Cut and Print files from the Silhouette store.  Please excuse the glare on some of the photos, as some of the cards were already in cellophane bags before I remembered to take pics of them!

Hope you like them!  They were super fun to make!!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Monday, December 10, 2012

Money-Saving Monday #16

Happy Monday!!  I can't believe it's here again already!  Ready for another money-saving tip?  When I need to buy any kind of brads, buttons, or other embellishment, I consciously try to buy them in white whenever possible.  Why?  Two words...alcohol inks!!

I had some super cute silver snowflake brads I wanted to use on a page in my son's and DIL's calendar that I made for them last year.  The silver just didn't look right with the rest of the page.  So I broke out my alcohol inks, did a little dabbing, and instantly had snowflakes in just the perfect shade of blue!

In the pic above, the snowflake looks like it's not covered in color all the way, but that's actually the flash from taking the picture.  The ink actually covered the metal snowflake perfectly!

Keep in mind that you can also use any type of permanent markers to do the job as well...Copics, Bic Mark-It's and Sharpies should all do the trick beautifully.

Happy coloring!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cookies Make Everything Better Blog Hop

Happy Thursday!  Welcome to the Cookies Make Everything Better Blog Hop...a celebration of everything COOKIE! December is cookie time in our house.  Nothing screams "IT'S THE HOLIDAYS" to me like the smell of freshly baked cookies in our home...and not just one kind of cookie...LOTS of them!

I made a "sweet" little layout using my Silhouette Cameo and mixing and matching a bunch of cut files.  The cute little bears came from the file, Latte Bears by Designs On Cloud 9 and were cut from Kraft paper.  I inked the edges of pretty much everything with coordinating colors of Distress Inks, and added a few highlights with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen.    I added one of our favorite cookie recipes too!  The recipe is below...SO YUMMY!

This is the Cherry Chip mix rolled in red sugar

Cake Mix Cookies

1 box cake mix, any flavor
½ an 8 oz tub of cool whip
1 egg

Mix all ingredients well.  Dough will be very stiff and sticky.  Roll into balls, any size you want.  Then roll the balls into your choice of powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, nuts, sprinkles, etc.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes.  If making peppermint kiss cookies, now is the time to press the peppermint kiss down onto the top of the cookie.  Cool completely.

Possible combos:
Lemon cake and powdered sugar
Spice cake and cinnamon sugar
Cherry chip cake and red granulated sugar
Milk chocolate cake and powdered sugar, topped with peppermint kisses.
Chocolate cake rolled in crushed candy canes
Chocolate cake and chocolate sprinkles
The possibilities are endless!

So in case you just stumbled upon this post, you can find the blog hop list below.  Your next stop is sweet Haidee.   Just wait til you see what she's created...sooo cute!!

Have fun on your journey of cookie inspiration and then have fun baking!  Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Monday, December 3, 2012

Money-Saving Monday #15

Happy Monday my friends, and welcome to another Christmas money-saving tip.  Last week I decided to infuse Money-Saving Monday with a little holiday cheer for the next few weeks.  We looked at making gift boxes with our unused cardstock.  If you missed it, you can view that post HERE.   This week we'll look at a way to use up some of those smaller scraps.

Christmas gift tags!  Now I will be the first to say that Tim Holtz, I am not...nor would I ever even try to be!  His tags are extraordinary and WAY out of my league!  I kept my tags simple and quick to make, since I needed a bunch of them.

I found free cut files in the Silhouette store for the tags, trees, snowmen, and gingerbread house.  Of course these could also easily be done with punches or cute pics on numerous Cricut cartridges.  The idea is to use what you have.

I inked the edges of the top layers of all my tags with Distress Ink and added a little bling to the snowmen and Christmas trees by adding different colors of Stickles.  I also used plain old Sharpies to color the hats, gloves, and boots on the snowmen.  I opted for different colors for each little guy.  No shading or anything fancy...just quick and simple.

And now with just a few hours work and no money out of pocket (since I used what I already had) I have a plethora of tags just waiting to adorn my Christmas presents!  I'll leave the fronts the way they are, and write the "to and from" on the backs.  I may even have a stamp for that....!

If you have any money-saving tips or tricks you would like to share, please email me using my contact page.  Your tip and blog may be featured on a future edition of Money-Saving Monday!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

WOYWW #182

Please click HERE for the All About Me blog hop!

Happy Tuesday/Wednesday!  Welcome to What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday!  Time to take a snoop   peek at craft desks around the world!

My desk is a little sparse this week after all the flurry surrounding the opening of my friend's comic book store the past few weeks.  I posted pics of some of the things I made for them HERE.  Then, after I took the pics and posted for WOYWW last week, I made some superhero cards for my friends' shop...30 of them...IN ONE DAY!  I thought I was gonna die! I've never spit out cards (or anything else for that matter) that fast!  I really should have taken a picture of my desk AFTER that was BAD!   I'll post all the cards later this week, if you're interested in seeing them. Although I'm not a big comic book buff, I think they turned out really cute.

One thing I realized when I was in a flurry of cardstock and adhesive is that I was starting to run out of room on my desk...and I have a big desk, so that's not easy to do!!  So sweet husband put some more shelves up for me on a wall that was previously empty...the last empty space in my room!

I was able to get my Cricut machines and some ink shelves off my desk, to give me more room on it.  I just realized his hammer and other work tools are still in this pic!  Oops!

Don't forget to hunt for the WOYWW badge/button this week, if that's your thing.  I made it easy for those of you who are still in a Thanksgiving turkey coma!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

All About Me Blog Hop

Happy Tuesday!  Welcome to the All About Me blog hop!   If you're hopping with us, you should have arrived here from Robin's blog.  If not, but decide you want to join in, you're welcome to start at Shelley's blog.  Go check it out...she has some great blog candy!!

So, right up front, I must tell you that making a layout about myself is always a challenge for me, like it probably is for most of you.  We wrap ourselves up in our families and especially in our children, and sometimes forget our own identity in the process.   Although making a page about yourself, or doing a little journaling, isn't always easy, it does always make us stop and examine things about us just a little.  Who am I?  What do I like?  What identifies me?  Not always comfortable questions to answer but certainly therapeutic in the long run!

For my project, I decided to a two-page layout in my Smash*book.  I love Smashing and have several books.  I've decided to devote one entire book to being just about me.  I figured that one of these days, when I'm long gone, it will be a priceless memento for my kids.  My mother left a journal when she passed, and we wouldn't trade it for anything.

My favorite color is purple, and I love purples and blues together, so that's the predominant colors I chose to work with. Since I'm a musician, I chose to use the music quotes and the guitar stamp.  I was married in the winter, thus the cute snowman cutout.  The butterflies?  I just thought they were pretty!

This was a built-in question page in the Smash*book, so I just filled in the answers...easy as pie!

I found a few stickers with descriptive "me" words and added them to the mix.

I hope you liked this little piece of me!  Miranda is next.  I've included the whole line up below, just in case you need it!

1. Shelley -
2. Judy -
3. Sandy -
4. Shelley -
5. Melissa -
6. Janet -
7. Roberta -
8. Claire -
9. Sarah -
10. Cathy -
11. Nadja -
12. Tess -
13. Robin  -
14. Amy E -
15. Miranda-
16. Kim -

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Monday, November 26, 2012

Happy Cyber Monday!!

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Happy Cyber Monday to all you bargain shoppers out there!  I thought I would throw a few great deals your way!

As always, one of my favorite deal sites, Blitsy,  has some AWESOME bargains today!   Some of these are leftovers from Black friday, but certainly worth taking a peek!

Probably their most incredible deal is the whole collection of Tim Holtz Distress Markers for only $74.95  I don't think I've seen them that cheap before!!!  Also worth noting:

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads $2.99 each ($3.99 for some of the seasonal colors)
Tim Holtz Distress Stains $2.99 each
Tim Holtz Distress Reinkers $2.49 each ($2.99 for some of the seasonal colors)
Ranger Ink Blending Tool and refills - $2.99 each
Spellbinders Die D-Lites - $9.95 each
Spellbinders Shapeabilities (including the new Cut, Fold & Tuck dies!) -  $14.99 - $18.95 each
American Crafts Ribbon, 24 spool set (including Dear Lizzy and Amy Tangerine!)- $12.95 each

There's also TH Grungeboard, Distress Embossing Powders, Waterpens and Palettes  Color Washes, Scor-Tape, Tonic Tools, Copic Wallets, Xyron Mega Runners, Zots, and so much more!!

You can check out Blitsy and sign up for a FREE membership HERE.

Joann's has a few great deals going on today as well.  You can get free shipping on any order using the code FSNM327.  The free shipping code is good through today only.  A few of their online deals include:

Entire stock of Martha Stewart Crafts (including punches!) 50% off
Grand Calibur bundle including three sets of dies and a carrying bag - $129.99
Papercrafting Coordinates - 50% off
Stamps and stamping accessories - They're advertising 40% off but their prices are still reflecting 50% off, which is AWESOME since you can order Peachy Keen, Unity, Crafter's Companion, and TONS of other stamps through them. Just check the prices before you order.

Crafter's Companion

Crafter's Companion also has some pretty gnarly deals going on today on Spectrum Noir pens,  pen storage, and inks. You can check them out HERE

Pink By Design

has a great deal going on today and tomorrow.  You can get any of their retired stamps for 60% off and 35% off everything else!  You can find them HERE.

Silhouette Store

The Silhouette store shocked a bunch of people with their Black Friday specials, which continue through November 30, 2012.  Many bloggers are able to offer the Silhouette Cameo WITH a copy of the Silhouette Studio Designer's Edition software for only $229.99!!!!!!  I really wish I would have known about that deal when I bought my machine last month! You can also get the new Portrait machine for only $179.99.

Silhouette is also offering 40% off most other things in their store (some exclusions apply.)  That means you could get the Designer software for $30 or a 10 foot roll of vinyl for $6!!!!  What?!?!

You need a special code for the discount, and as I mentioned, there are several bloggers who were offered the promotion.  The one I regularly follow is Simply Kierste and you can go to her blog RIGHT HERE to find instructions and links for the special pricing.

EK Success Brands

which include K & Company, Martha Stewart Crafts, and MANY more, are offering 50% off of any one item with code CYBER50 or 25% off your entire purchase with code CYBER25 along with free shipping on any order over $45.  You can find their main page to all their brands HERE.

Okay...that's enough food for thought and action for your wallet for now!  If I keep adding to this list, I'll NEVER get it posted, and Cyber Monday will be over!!  I hope you have a blast shopping today!!  Please feel free to leave any additional deals I may have missed in the comments!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Money-Saving Monday #14

Happy Monday morning to you and welcome to another edition of Money-Saving Monday!  Since the holiday shopping season has begun for many of us, I thought I would try to incorporate it into this week's tip.  I did my share of Black Friday shopping last week and picked up a few presents.  Several of the items were relatively small and odd-shaped, and needed a box.  What to do?  Turn to your scrap supplies, of course!

I have some DCWV Christmas and Winter stacks I bought last year and decided to use some of the cardstock in them to make some boxes to fit my presents.  Above, you'll see two green boxes, and two blue ones.  I used plain black cardstock for the bottoms of each box.

I used my Crafter's Companion Ultimate Tool to make the box tops and bottoms, although you could use any scoreboard or even do it by hand.  I plan on wrapping a ribbon around these little cuties, finishing off with a bow, and voila...done!

Now, I realize you can go to most any discount store and buy boxes, but just think of it this way; I'm using cardstock I may not otherwise use for a layout or card,  and I'm saving money by not buying boxes.  Saving money on gift boxes = more $$$ for scrapbooking supplies!!  It's a win/win all the way around!!

If you have any money-saving tips or tricks you would like to share, please email me using my contact page.  Your tip and blog may be featured on a future edition of Money-Saving Monday!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Superhero Scrapbooker Saves The Day!

Happy Sunday evening to you!  I hope you all had a great weekend, and all of you in the US had a fabulous Thanksgiving!  I think I've fixed my Blogger/Picasa/pictures issue for now...or at least put a band-aid on it.  (See the post below this one if you have no idea what I'm talking about.)  It's probably going to take me a month or more to fix it the way it needs to be least the way I figured out how to do it.  I'm manually re-sizing each picture I EVER posted on Blogger, and then taking off the old larger pics and replacing each with the smaller  I think I currently have 252 posts to do that with.  I'm going to be a busy girl.  The moral of this story?  Make your photos small before you publish them to Blogger.

Okay, as I've been blathering on about for weeks, some friends of mine opened a comic book store in our local mall. These are all people the same age as my "kids" so I'm incredibly proud of them in a very motherly way!!  I wanted to do something nice for them, so I made them a card and a grand opening banner.  In the pic above, you'll see what the mall entrance to their store looks like.  Can you spot Spiderman being sneaky???  I made the banner that's hanging below the words, "comics & coffee."

Below is a closer view of the banner.  It was a little longer than it should have been, so we cinched it up in the middle. Although it's hard to see from this view, the banner is made from a bunch of little Superman capes strung together.   Each cape has the little "S" logo and a letter done in the same font as their store sign and logo.

Next is a Superman card I made congratulating them on their opening.

I asked if there was any vinyl for the walls or anything like that I could help with, and they told me they needed signage for the shelves, showing where each type of comic is.  This is where I REALLY must tell you how much I completely ADORE my new Silhouette Cameo!!  I had SO MUCH FUN playing around with it and making all the signs you see below.  I was able to import and use my own fonts for the lettering, and I bought one image (the "pow bubble" behind the letters) for 99 cents at the Silhouette store and used it over and over in different colors.  I LOVE that machine!  It cuts like a dream!!

Here are the front and back sides of the DC Comics sign.  I used the same 5 colors, but just moved them around

I did the same thing with the sign for their independent comic book shelf.

Marvel only had one side since it is hanging on the wall, and Vertigo was the same on both sides since I was emulating (loosely!) their logo.

Here's a view from the back of the grand opening sign as you're walking out the store.  It says, "See Ya Soon!"  The two little green things on the end are supposed to be Kryptonite, but once they were hung up, I thought they looked more like pics of marijuana leaves!!!  They crew loved them though and totally got that they were Kryptonite!!

I hope you enjoyed your tour around Great Escape Coffee & Comics!  If you're local, be sure to stop by the Kitsap Mall for a coffee, and a friendly hello!!  I'll be back later in the week with some more superhero cards I made for them,

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E