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