Thursday, August 30, 2012

Susie's Happy Birthday Giveaway!


Happy birthday Susie!!!  Susie, over at Susie Craft Happy is having a birthday in a few days, and to celebrate, she's giving us lucky ducks a chance to win some awesome crafty goodness!!  Just look at what she's offering!

Wild Card 2 Cricut Cartridge
Core'dinations Premium Cardstock Paper Pack
Happy Birthday Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Studio112 Clear Mini Stamp
Studio G Stamp and Ink Set

I wanna win!!!  But just in case I don't, I hope one of you do!  Head on over to Susie's blog now to enter!  And while you're there, say hi and take a peek around.  She does some AMAZING work, AND she's even been published in Cricut Magazine!  She's definitely one of my bloggie heros!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUSIE!!!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cute Little Popcorn The Bear Card!

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Happy Wednesday!  Here's my third and final submission for the Crafter's Companion Friendship Challenge for the month of August.  I chose the Popcorn the Bear stamp set, All Wrapped Up.  Even though it's a little early for Christmas, I've been dying to try this stamp set ever since I got it!  Popcorn and little Souffle the Duck are hanging out, as usual, and are the epitome of friendship.

In case you can't tell from the photographs, I did something a little different with this card.  There's a special glitter and technique you can use to actually color and stamp directly ON the glitter.  I did a tutorial and explained the products to use HERE, in case you missed it.  Hopefully, you can see that the whole stamp is done in glitter in the picture below.


I love the effect, and of course it's even way better in person.  I finished the card off with some cardstock from the DCWV Merry Christmas Stack, and some ribbons and brads from my stash.  I hope you like it!

I would like to also enter this card in the following challenges:
DL ART's  Happy Birthday Linky Party - Anything Goes
Little Scrap Pieces Fun Friday Challenge - Make It Sparkle
Unique Crafter's Challenge - Sparkle and Shine

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday #169

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Happy (almost) Wednesday everybody!!!  Welcome to edition #169 of WOYWW.  It's time for our weekly peek of desks around the world.

So...yesterday, I grabbed a plastic drawer that was brimming to the edges with layouts I haven't finished yet.  I dumped them on my desk and started going through them...there is A LOT of them!  I noticed there were a few that were actually done and just need to find a scrapbook to hop into, but the majority needs journaling and a few finishing touches.  I tend to stop at journaling for some reason.  I don't think it's that I'm at a loss for words (I'm NEVER at a loss for words!!) but more that I'm just too lazy to break the printer out, and size and format everything I want to say.  I know...use my own handwriting...but it kind of sucks!  I like fancy fonts better!

Anyway, since I still owe my son and DIL a wedding scrapbook, (and they've been married for over two years!!)  I guess I better get on with it!  I found this cute little cartoon on a scrappy friend's Facebook page this morning.  I'm sorry but there was no photo credit to go with it, so I'm not sure where it originated from....but I leave you with this...


Oh, and don't forget to hunt for the WOYWW badge/button if that 's what you like to do when you're here! It's hidden...but it's there!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Monday, August 27, 2012

Money-Saving Monday #3

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Happy Monday!  Ready to save some money?  Here's a great tip to help you get a little more life out of your favorite punches.


Tin foil and waxed paper are inexpensive fixes and work great!  If your punches are starting to dull and you're getting frayed edges or cuts that aren't super clean, take a piece of aluminum foil (I fold mine into a few layers) and punch away!  The aluminum sharpens your blades beautifully!

If your punches start to stick or not glide freely (or if you're quasi-dorky like me and punch stuff that's been taped with super sticky tape...oops!) then do the same thing with waxed paper.  Fold it over a few times, and punch punch punch! The wax will lubricate the metal on your punches, and they'll be good as new in no time!

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

And don't forget about my giveaway!  You still have a few more days to enter!  Just click the link at the top of this post to go there!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Saturday Spotlight


Due to having a garage sale this weekend that will probably be the death of me, The Saturday Spotlight is dimmed for today!  Make sure to check back next Saturday...you won't want to miss it!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Thursday, August 23, 2012

You Push, I'll Pull

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There's nothing like a little cooperation when you have a friend helping you out!  This month's challenge at the Crafter's Companion Challenge Blog is all about friendship.  And what cuter pair to demonstrate true friendship than Popcorn the Bear and Souffle the Duck!  This adorable little couple comes from the  Birthday Hugs stamp set.


I used Bic Mark-Its for the bear and the duckie, and watercolor pencils for the rest of the picture.  I used paper and card stock scraps for the card.  I love using up scraps!!  I fussy cut three additional little presents and popped them up with foam squares.


On the inside of the card, I folded over the rest of the green piece of paper from the front, just for a little something different and then finished it off with a fussy cut bow.  I decided against a sentiment, since I want to use the space to write a short letter to the card's recipient, but I may change my mind before mailing it.

I'm entering this card in the Crafter's Companion Challenge Blog's Friendship challenge.

I would also like to enter this card into DL Art's Happy Birthday - linky party.

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Stickles!

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Blitsy is at it again!  This must be glitter week because they're having a great sale on Stickles!  This week, through 8/27/12, Stickles are only $1.49 each!  Hurry though...a few colors have already sold out.  Above, is a pic I took the first time they had Stickles on sale...yup, I'm a glitter girl.  Art Glitter and Art Glitter Adhesive are also on sale this week



Blitsy also has some good prices on Spellbinders dies this week!

If you haven't signed up for your free Blitsy membership, but would like to, click HERE.

Happy shopping and
Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday? #168

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Happy Wednesday WOYWWers!!!  (Even though it's still Tuesday afternoon in the US!)  Welcome to edition #168 of What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday.  It's time for a peek!

As usual, I have a messy fun space here.  I have a card I'm STILL working on for a challenge.  Other than that, I have lots of new fun craft stuff laying on my desk begging to be used!  I went to a crafty friend's garage sale last weekend and picked up a new set of Bic Mark-Its, (with a larger tip than the set I already have) a Fastenater and a bunch of fasteners, a super cute stamp set perfect for journaling in my Smash*book, some chipboard tags, and TONS of metallic alphas in all sorts on fonts.  I also got three more Elizabeth Crafts sticker sets so I can make even more cards like this. On the same day, my order from Joann's came so I have three more Distress Ink colors to add to my new collection, and two more TOTALLY ADORABLE Popcorn the Bear stamps sets.

TIME TO PLAY!!!!!

Oh, for those of you looking, the WOYWW badge/button is hidden on the desk.  I took it easy on you guys this week :)

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Monday, August 20, 2012

Money Saving Monday #2

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Howdy dooo!  Welcome to week 2 of Money-Saving Monday, the weekly tips and tricks post to help us save on our crafting supplies, so we have money to buy more!!


This week's money-saving tip is for extending the life of our Cricut cutting mats.  As the mats lose their "sticky," it's because tiny paper fibers get caught in the mat's adhesive when you cut.  Using a baby wipe to clean the mat will prolong it's life significantly.  The first time I tried this, I wasn't impressed, until I figured out how to do it properly.  It usually takes me 10 - 15 minutes to work on each mat.  I work on one 6x6 inch section of the mat at a time, using  a small part of the baby wipe, until that part of the wipe has gotten covered with dirt/paper fibers.  Then I use a clean part of the wipe, and keep going.  I usually use 1-2 wipes per mat, depending on how bad I allowed the mat to get in the first place!  Allow the mat to dry overnight UNCOVERED, and it should be good and sticky again the next morning.

If your mats eventually get to the point where this technique no longer works for you, you can always use Zig 2-Way Glue to "re-sticky" your mats. I've only had to do this twice (on daily-use 2 year old mats.)   MAKE SURE to clean the mat with a baby wipe before applying the glue.  I use the large chisel tip applicator since there's such a large area to cover.  Make sure to only apply glue to the white (cutting) area of your mat.  If it goes to the edges, you'll gum up your rollers in your machine, and that's just not going to be any fun at all!  Once again, allow your mats to sit, uncovered, overnight to cure.  That way, the glue has plenty of time to dry, and becomes repositionable.

If your mat is no longer sticky from the Zig glue, you can always wipe it down with baby wipes and rubbing alcohol. This gives you a clean surface to start all over with the glue again!

Although I haven't tried this with mats from any other cutting machines, the assumption would be that it would work on them all.  I would just suggest trying it on a tiny corner of the mat first, to be sure.

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

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Sunday, August 19, 2012

An Update On The "Help Make Me A Grandma" Campaign


Happy Sunday!!  Well, it's late but technically it's still Sunday!  Some of you have been asking for an update on the post I wrote a few weeks ago about the "HELP MAKE ME A GRANDMA" campaign.  If you're new to the blog, welcome!!! and you can read all about it HERE.

Donations, help, odd jobs, and prayers have been POURING in for Chris and Erin since they were accepted at the adoption agency the chose to work with.  Friends have been donating their change jars:


And lots of other goodies.   People locally have been donating furniture and other odds and ends items for them to sell on Craigslist.  Strangers have anonymously been hitting the DONATE button on Erin's Blog.  There's a bakery that's local to them in Texas who are donating to their adoption fund if you mention their names when placing your order.  The support is simply overwhelming.

Now, another friend of theirs who is a Scentsy representative is GENEROUSLY donating 25% of all her sales between now and August 27th, if you buy using the "Slay Adoption Fund link.  Here's what they had to say about it in their event invitation on Facebook:

As most of you are aware, Chris and I are in the process of adopting a baby!

A friend of ours is a Scentsy sales consultant and has GENEROUSLY offered to give 25% of sales from this fundraiser to our purpose. That's right-- every burner, every scent brick, everything you buy will get us 25% back for our adoption fund, if purchased by August 27th.

https://
starfish.scentsy.us/Scentsy/Buy?partyId=98940487

When you click that link, you should be taken to a Scentsy page that says "Slay Adoption Fundraiser" near the top. From there, shop til you drop!

If you haven't owned Scentsy before, I can verify that it's a great product. I love to have one on in the living room so that when friends come over, it's the first thing they notice. It's a subtle enough product that it's not overwhelming or too perfume-y. I love my Scentsy!

Please feel free to share the link with anyone you think might be interested-- the more sales, the better! It's not just a great product for you, it's a wonderful purpose as well :-)

https://
starfish.scentsy.us/Scentsy/Buy?partyId=98940487

I realize that a lot of people already have a Scentsy representative, but I'm hoping that if you're in the need for a few items, you may consider buying from this link, just for this time.   The fundraiser is good through August 27th.  It will make them smile :)


Thank you all again, for your kindness, generosity and overwhelming support.  I can't even begin to tell you how much it means to them...and to me.  I REALLY want to be a Grandma!!!!!


Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Saturday Spotlight: Susie Craft Happy

If you're looking for the How Does Your Garden Grow Blog Hop, please click HERE but ONLY AFTER you have read about the phenomenal blogger featured this week!


Happy Saturday!  Welcome to the weekly edition of The Saturday Spotlight.  Today, we're shining the spotlight on Susie from Susie Craft Happy.  I actually met Susie when I won a blog candy she sponsored on one of the design teams she used to be on.  She sent me the prize I won, a Joann's gift card (ah, a girl after my own heart!) and I went to her blog to thank her.  I fell in love with her work, and made a new friend in the process.  You see, Susie is the greatest kind of AWESOME!




I grabbed a few quotes from Susie during a chat.  All of Susie's words are in blue.

"I’ve been blogging for about 6 months.  A fellow crafter has a blog and I would show her pictures of my cards and projects on my phone and she said, 'you should start a blog'…so I did.  Blogging has been both challenging and rewarding at the same time.  I don’t think I knew what to expect from blogging or what I would get out of it, but I knew I wanted to share my creations and more than that,  keep a record of my progress."

Susie started paper crafting only 16 months ago.  A co-worker shared a picture of a center piece she’d made for her son’s football team.   She used the cartridge, Twinkle Toes to make these cute little cheerleader girls and the girls were all shades and Susie just loved that.  She's been hooked ever since.  Susie used some gift cards that had been given to her, to purchase her first Cricut.  She was enamored and wound up with three more Cricuts in a six month period!  On a whim she submitted a card to Northridge Publishing.

In Susie's words,  "It was the first and only thing I’d ever submitted for publication and it was picked up by them.  I couldn't believe it.  I couldn't believe it!  The card I submitted is in the current (September 2012) issue of Cricut Magazine."  

So this isn't at all surprising to me.  When Susie decides she wants to accomplish something, nothing stops her.  Her story truly inspired me...especially at my age...gah!

"After  finishing college at 41 and having older children, I found myself with a good bit of down time so I set out to get healthy and realized I liked food…really good food.  So instead of dieting, I went the other route and starting running.  That allowed me to continue to eat like a 16 year old and stay healthy.  I started with a couch to 5k program on my iPod and in less than a year I ran my first half marathon in under 3 hours.  It was an exciting time for me because I was never really a runner.  The time I trained included the loss of a month due to a knee injury.  I’ve run a number of 5ks and 10ks and fun runs too and although I still run today, it's not nearly as much as I used to.
I really enjoy this crafty world. The people I have met personally and virtually are so dear to me.  I really feel I could do this forever.  My aspiration is to open a small gift and cards store someday.  Oh, and to all my midnight crafters…yes, I’ll sell coffee!"



Here's some links to a few of Susie's favorite projects:

Notes of Thanks


Feliz Cinco de Mayo!!


Made especially For You Weekly Challenge


Valentine's Day Goodies

On a personal note, Susie has been such an inspiration to me.  In just a short time crafting and blogging, she's already been published and made it on to TWO major design teams.  She's so humble about it and even a little bit shy, claiming that it must be a fluke.  I don't think it's a fluke...I think she's found her calling.  Go take a peek for yourself and let me know what you think.  Better yet...leave her some love and let HER know what you think!

Until next week...

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Friday, August 17, 2012

How Does Your Garden Grow? Blog Hop And GIVEAWAY!


Happy Saturday!  Welcome to the How Does Your Garden Grow? Blog Hop...a celebration of all things gardeny and flowery!  (is gardeny a word?)  If you've come from Julie's blog, extra brownie points for you!! If you just came to hang out (thank you if you did!) then you might want to start at the beginning.

My garden inspired project is a sweet little book mark using products and techniques that allow your to color on glitter. I posted a tutorial on it HERE if you would like to learn more.



Here's a better shot of some of the sparkle and shine.



Aaaand another!  I love the way these flowers turned out!



Ready for some blog candy?  How about a To The Cabin Cricut Cartridge?  You can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below




a Rafflecopter giveaway

Your next stop on our journey is at Erica's Projects.  Have a great hop!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Thursday, August 16, 2012

How to Make a Cute Sparkley Birthday Card!



...Or, how to use Elizabeth Crafts Designs Glitter Ritz Highlight Glitter.  Hi friends!  Here's a tutorial on how to make this pink polka dot birthday card using the layering method I mentioned last week, and this special glitter that is made so that you can actually color on it!  


I started with 2-inch-wide Scor-Tape I got from Blitsy a few weeks ago. Elizabeth Crafts also sells this same item under the name, Be Creative Tape.  This is a double-sided tape that seems to work wonders with the Glitter Ritz.  I measured a 4 inch piece since I knew that would be the dimensions of my top layer...2x4 inches.


Then I decided it was too messy to cut like that, so I stuck the sticky side directly to my white card stock that was already measured and cut, and then trimmed the tape off the roll.


Next, I peeled off the backing to the second sticky side of tape


Time for the Glitter Ritz!  I applied this liberally and then smooshed it down really well with my fingers before shaking and tapping off the excess.


Okay...this part is important.  After all the excess glitter is removed, you MUST burnish the glitter into the tape and card stock with your fingers.  I hold the card stock at one end and push away from me.  I've noticed if I burnish towards me, the card stock tends to buckle and fold or crinkle.  As the glitter gets pushed down into the tape, it starts to get super shiny!  It's a little hard to see, but the pic above shows the right half of the card stock already burnished, and you can see how much more glittery it looks.  The more you burnish, the shinier it becomes.  Plus you will have virtually no glitter flaking off or getting on your markers later.


Next, I used some Elizabeth Crafts Designs Peel Off Stickers.  These come in tons of different designs, and are super thin, so they make a nice outline to your coloring.  Here you'll see me using my fingers, but officially, you're supposed to use tweezers.  I just have a tough time with them personally!


Place your sticker where you would like it to be, and then gently press it into the glitter.  At this point, I turn my card stock over and rub it really good to get a firm stick.  I've noticed that doing this prevents the markers from bleeding under the lines of the sticker.


For coloring, I used Bic Mark-It's.  I hear Copics or any other alcohol markers will work too.  I've even used water-based markers with good results.  The only thing I've tried that I don't recommend is paint markers.  The paint tends to cover the glitter rather than seep into it, so you lose a lot of shine.


Now, for the rest of the card.  Here's a great link for the dimensions and a tutorial on the style of card I made.  I ran into some logistics at this point.  I needed the outside edges of my card stock to be taped and glittered, but didn't want to waste all that it would take to cover the pieces, since you would only be seeing the outside 1/2 inch of each piece of card.  What I finally did is place the two larger pieces of card stock together, and then center the 2 inch wide tape over them and stick down.


I did this on all four sides...


cutting each side apart as I went.  The tape is so sticky, it would have been hard to cut it before it was attached to something.


More glitter, more burnishing, and then glittery fingers!


Following the directions of the tutorial linked above, I temporarily attached my three pieces of white card stock together, centered inside each other, and then went to town stamping polka dots!   I've never seen the Glitter Ritz be stamped on before, but I figured if it would accept ink from a pen, why not from a stamp pad. It worked!  I used Quick Quotes Powder Puff Chalking Inks to do the deed.  I STRONGLY suggest you try this on a glittered scrap first.


After I had stamped to my heart's content, I peeled the three glittered layers apart, and then attached each to it's own pretty pink mat.


Here's what they looked like before they were attached all together.



Here's a close-up with the flash on to give you an idea of the glitter and sparkle.  I wish you could see it in person!  A little happy birthday sentiment at the top from the Birthday Wishes collection by JME Creations ...


...and my card is complete!!!  I hope you enjoyed the tute.  I know it's bright, but this turned out to be one of my favorite cards EVER!

I'm linking my card to DL Art's Happy Birthday Linky Party.  Happy Birthday Diana!
And also to the Unique Crafter's Challenge - Sparkle and Shine

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday #167


Happy Wednesday WOYWWers!  Welcome to edition # 167 of What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday, our weekly snoop of desks all over the world.  Today, finds my desk messy creatively cluttered, as usual.  I'm working on a tutorial that involves coloring on glitter with alcohol markers. I'm using Bic Mark-Its for that.  The design of the card is something that's a little different for me, so I hope it turns out good!  Stay tuned for the tutorial later this week.

As always, I have the WOYWW badge/button hidden among the disaster!  Have fun hunting!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Monday, August 13, 2012

New Weekly Feature: Money Saving Monday #1


Hi Gang!  Welcome to the first-ever edition of Money-Saving Monday. I'm starting this new weekly feature as an additional way to help us all save money on our crafting addiction supplies.  Some weeks, it may be a great sale, and other weeks, it might just be a great tip or idea.  It may be something that will save you tons of cash, or maybe just a few pennies, but even a few pennies adds up over time!


So, today's tip?  Baby food jars!  That's right...these little gems have become a staple in my craft room organization.  I begged and pleaded with some of my friends who had babies, for their leftover food jars, and wound up with lots of them.  I washed them, removed the labels and gooey adhesive with Goof Off, and then painted the lids with two coats of 97 cent-a-can silver spray paint from Wal-Mart.  Viola!  A perfect storage jar for buttons, embellishments, paper clips...you name it! I've seen jars very similar at Michaels,  Ikea, and other places, and they usually want several dollars per jar...which REALLY adds up when you have over 75 a bunch of them like I do!  I've made something very similar and just as functional,  for only pennies (when you include the cost of the Goof Off and spray paint.)

Don't have any friends with babies?  You could actually STILL save significant moola by buying the baby food when it's on sale, using it in your cooking, (veggies go great in spaghetti sauce and give you an extra boost of nutrition...and really, after all, they're just unseasoned vegetables.) and then using the jars as described above!

Do you have a money-saving tip or trick in your crafting arsenal?  I would love to hear about it!  Please use the contact page to email me, and maybe I can feature your blog and tip on a future Money-Saving Monday post!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E