Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Just wanted to wish all of the Moms out there a wonderful day. I was blessed to have the BEST mom  in the world (I know you all think that your mom is the best, but mine actually IS the best :-)). And the BEST mother-in-law in the whole world. I am extremely grateful for them both.

I hope that you are all able to look back at your day and be thankful for the blessings that you have no matter how big or small they may be. The things that we take for granted someone else is praying for.

Here is my Mother's Day card...

{Nothing fancy, just to the point}

Card Maker Suggestion of the day..... Paper cutting

Hello. I am not one to post tips and suggestions on my blog, but I have one today that I really kind of like and thought would be helpful to all the paper hoarders out there that are card makers. This wouldn't work for Scrapbookers. 

I am a sucker for the 12x12 pads. Especially when ACMoore and Michaels have them for 5$-7$. I have been known to buy them for 10$ too. And as many of you much of that pad are you going to use? When I sat down to try to use up a 12x12 pad, I was half way through a 36 page pad and had over 60 cards. (this was at christmas time and I challenged myself to use the whole pad...I never finished it) 

Anyway, back to the suggestion....ACMoore had a bunch of 12 x 12 American Crafts pads on sale for $6.88 and they had a coupon for 25% off even sale items. ($5.50 with tax)

{Stack 1}

{Stack 2}

So I bought a few of the pads and took them over to STAPLES. As you can see in the second stack, I have two Stampin' Up! 8 1/2 x 11 packs too. These were the white and natural confetti and I never used them (had them for years) 

Now to the GOOD part...Staples has this neat machine that cuts paper. I am sure other office supply stores have it too, but what I did was I asked them to cut each 12x12 pad in 4" intervals (giving me 3 pads measuring 12" x 4" each) I asked them to cut the SU paper packs in half giving me two stacks of 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" paper. Each cut was 2$ BUT they can put a few pads on top of each other per cut and if you have a rewards card, it is less. So at the end of the day, 11 of the 12 x 12 pads and two packs of 8 1/2x 11 cost me $16.88 to cut to the sizes I asked for. I would have spent that in cutting blades if I cut all of that paper (Not to mention the TIME that it would take me).

 The best part is, now I have 3 pads that I can swap with friends if they did the same thing, or just give as a gift to a friend when I go to stamp at their home. It is easier to take more paper on an all day crop because you only need 1 of those pads to make so many cards. So this is what I had when they were done cutting them:

I hope that someone will like my post out there and it will help people share their paper so we can cut down on all of that paper in our craft bedrooms...he he he.   Who am I kidding, I am a paper addict. Nothing will help me cut down.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Bar Mitzvah Step Card

My son is going to another Bar Mitzvah and I wanted to try something different from the last Bar Mitzvah card that I made. I really like the way this came out. I used the Tranquility Trilogy and die set from Papertrey Ink on Gold card stock and embossed it with Gold embossing powder. I liked how Nichole Heady used the triangles to make a Star of David and I used that idea for this card.  The DSP that I used was from {but I picked it up at my LSS}.

I hope that you like it!

Skullies for Your Birthday

A while back I found this really pretty skull stamp....I know {pretty and skull} in the same sentence???? Let me explain... My niece really likes skulls and roses. When I found this particular stamp, I felt Okay as an aunt sending a birthday card with a skull on it to my Niece. The set came with another skull with a Koi on it,  a small butterfly and small lamp that could go into the eyes if you wanted to do that. 

So I pulled out my Prima Something Blue paper (I love the english roses on that paper),  my Skullies in the Closet by Susans Custom Arts, and my Unity stamp co. Empowered Words Stamp set and set out to work. I used Copics R01, R02, R05, and R08 for the roses...G40, G43 and G46 for the leaves and C0-C5 for the eyes, nose, teeth and shadow. 

The inside the card it reads:
always believe something wonderful is about to happen Happy Birthday {that stamp is from unity}

Hope you like it!!! (I hope she likes it!)