Black Friday Spree

So I’ve been a bit of a bad girl and went a little crazy on craft shopping this Thanksgiving/Black Friday. I told myself I wouldn’t spend, but who can resist those unbelievable holiday sales?! My family doesn’t do anything for Thanksgiving, so I was out the door waiting in line Thanksgiving evening with no regrets about missing the big family dinner like so many people do.

I ended up buying FOUR Cricut Cartridges from Joann. They were $20 each and we all know that is a decent price for these products nowadays. I got Type Candy Font, Winter Wonderland, Picturesque, and Elegant Edges. So far I have only explored a bit with Winter Wonderland. This cartridge requires the universal overlay to us, unless you have a Cricut Expression 2. Also, it appears that newly released cartridges do not contain the rewards certificate in them. I did not receive it in my Winter Wonderland box and have learned that Cricut forgot to include them when they sent the cartridges out. I have emailed them about this and am still waiting for a reply. If you did not get your rewards, calling or doing a live chat might be a faster approach than emailing them.

I also ordered two Sizzix die sets (Circles and Scalloped Circles), and a few other things from Joann. I’m still waiting for them to arrive. I also bought adhesive refills from Michaels – Buy one, Get one free, PLUS 30% off coupon. I wished I had gotten more refills when I went the first time because when I went back to get more, they were all gone.

Moreover, Staples had a sale on the Fellowes SATURN 2 95 9.5″ Thermal & Cold Laminator ($160) for $30! My order hasn’t come in yet, so I haven’t been able to play with it, but reviews on it have been positive. Fingers crossed that it doesn’t come damaged or I end up breaking it.

I finally bought a label maker as well. I’ve been putting it off because it is a rather expensive tool to have (thanks to those darn refill tape!). Alas, I decided it was time to get one…for no other apparent reason than wanting one. Best reason to get stuff, right?!  I decided to get the Brother PT-D200MA Label Maker ($40, on sale for $10) at OfficeMax. I’ve only printed one thing off and it worked splendidly. I ordered an adapter for it on Amazon a few days ago and got it today. Now, I can use my label maker without worrying about using a ton of batteries (it requires 6 AAA!).

Now, that the shopping spree period is over (for now) I can now go hide in my room and agonize over how much money I spent and wonder how I can stop myself from spending more money for Christmas.

Thanks for reading,

(Sincerely Poor)

Hally

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Christmas Cardmaking Time!

So, I’ve been busy making a lot of Christmas cards and here are images of the cards I have done so far. Click on image to enlarge.

I recently purchased the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Collection On the Edge Die – File Tabs at Tuesday Morning a few weeks ago and decided to make a Christmas card with it. I decided to make a square card using the inch Christmas stamps I’ve had for a while but never got to use. I punched them out using a 1.5″ square punch. In addition, I used a white Sakura Glaze pen to write the sentiment on the tab. Also, in this image, I stamped the center square with white ink; however, for the rest of my set, I ended up embossing the center square with white embossing powder to make it stand out more.

Christmas Tab card

I then saw a video on Pinterest on how to do a folded corner card and told myself that I had to try it! I decided to make a patriotic-themed Christmas card using two stamp sets. One is a Christmas-themed stamp set (inside the card, it says “Merry Christmas”) and the other is the Hero Arts – Year Round Sentiments set. I’ve posted the video I saw for this type of card below.

Patriotic Christmas 2

Next, I decided to change it up a bit by doing a telescope card. I used my Cricut Expression 2 to cut out the scalloped circles and regular circles. After stamping some snowflakes stamps with Versamark on the edge of the green scallops, I embossed them using white embossing powder. The reindeer is embossed in red tinsel embossing powder. Moreover, I stamped the wreath in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored it with Copic sketch markers. For the wreath’s bow, I stamped a few of them on white cardstock, colored them in, cut them out and then adhered them. I just love the subtle pop it gives.

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Video:

I hope after seeing this you’re inspired to go do some holiday crafts!

Thanks for reading!

-Hally

Fun with Dylusions!

Guess what?! I visited Hobby Lobby last weekend and to my delightful surprise they had 2 sets of Dylusion ink sprays that Joann’s didn’t have! Of course, I immediately had to buy them, so now I have 12 of 18. Almost there!

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I haven’t had much time to use all the colors, but I did manage to experiment a bit with some of them.

But first, here are some tags I did with Tim Holtz Distress ink pads. In the first picture, I was focused on stamping, distressing, and collaging. In the second picture, I had some ink leftover on my work surface, and unable to waste them, took some more tags, sprayed more water on the ink and placed the tags right on them. I love the cool marble-like effect that was created! In the third picture, I went further by stamping with Versamark and embossing with white embossing powder. The last picture shows how I have kept my tags together. I bought the ring in a set of various sizes at Walmart for about $2, I believe.

TagsTags 1

Tags 2  Tags 3 Tags Ring

Here are some examples of me using the Crushed Grape and Vibrant Turquoise Dylusion ink sprays on some kind of cotton-like material that I found from work. I embossed some of them first then sprayed a bit of color on them, then sprayed water to dilute the color and make it spread around. The bottom two in the picture on the right were simply “dyed” by putting them in the diluted, excess ink I had on my work surface, no embossing. Overall, this was really fun to do because it felt like I was spraying on a t-shirt.

Dylusion Experiment Dylusion Experiment 1

So here are the colored versions of the butterflies from the Antique Flowers And Butterflies stamp-and-die combo set by Hero Arts and Sizzix. My favorite to color was the large one. I found the medium and little butterflies to be a bit of a struggle to color because there isn’t much room for color variation on their wings. I used sharpie pens and colored pencils.

Butteflies

Below are some examples of me spraying some of my Dylusion inks on watercolor paper. waiting till it dried, stamping on the paper with my butterfly stamps, and then die cutting them. Don’t they look cool?! If you’re ever too lazy to color them by hand, you could always try this method of spray and die cut. Simple and quick.

Big Butterflies Butterflies

Here’s a card I made using some of the butterflies. The brown paper is thin (but pretty sturdy) chipboard that I got from work (LOVE it!).  It is thin enough to emboss and it doesn’t crackle! You can also use your dies on it (mine came out wonderfully). I so enjoy recycling materials from work.

Have a great day copy

Thanks for reading!

-Hally

Father’s Day Card Challenge

Finally, another card challenge! I know it’s long overdue, but I recently got a job so most of my time has been preoccupied with working. Therefore, I haven’t had time to do any crafting or blogging. Hopefully, as I grow accustomed to my new schedule, I’ll find the time to craft and blog more regularly.

Anyway, this card challenge was for (belated) Father’s Day. The colors were brown, green, yellow/beige, and blue (optional). The base was regular open-and-close. The stamp set was “Dude” by Kelly Purkey.

Kelly Purkey Dude

Here are the cards (Click to enlarge):

Card #1: Front and Inside

(2nd picture may be easier to see)

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Father's Day Card Inside

Card #2: Front

Father's Day Card

Please vote for your favorite and if possible, explain why!

Voting ends June 30 at 7PM

The theme for the next card challenge will be 4th of July!

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The winner for the previous “Friend” card challenge was Nelly:

Friends Card Challenge

The strongest factor in this card was the colors. Some people stated that my card had a stronger design and more symmetry/balance, but that the colors were not as eye-catching as this one.

This shows that sometimes color is the most important thing to consider, since colors are typically what people take note of first. They often influence our emotions, and therefore, they often influence our preferences.

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So I went shopping at Joann’s yesterday and I bought more Dylusion ink sprays! They regularly cost $9.99, but are 40% off this week. I bought the purple and turquoise sprays a few months ago for art journaling, and they were so much fun to use. I knew I had to buy the other sets! There are 18 colors in all, so I’m almost halfway there! Sadly, Joann’s only sells these colors, so I’m probably going to have to look online for the rest.

Dylusion Inks

Another thing that I bought was the Antique Flowers And Butterflies stamp-and-die combo set by Hero Arts and Sizzix. I absolutely love that they teamed up to do this! I’ve been wanting a butterfly stamp set with a corresponding die/punch for a while now. When my friend showed me a card where she used the set and said she got it at Joann’s, I knew I had to get my hands on one as soon as possible. I was considering buying the butterfly stamp set and corresponding butterfly punch from Stampin’ Up, but they’re way too pricey. This is a great alternative. Regularly $24.99, I got it 40% off.

Antique Flowers And Butterflies picture

Here are some die cuts of the largest butterfly that I did. Aren’t they adorable?!! I literally squealed in delight when I ran the die through the Cuttlebug and saw the result. I am in LOVE with this set. I’m so excited to begin using them on a card!

These are not yet colored because I was playing with them around midnight and decided it was too late to start coloring them. I’ll try to color them as soon as I can and post a picture up for you guys to look at. I’ll also try to post up some pictures of some of the experimentations I did with the dylusion ink sprays, tags, some materials I found at work to use in crafting, and art journaling.

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Thanks for reading!

-Hally