Friday, January 30, 2015

A Personalized Stationery Gift Set

Hello and happy Friday :) It has been a very busy day here today, my boys have had a PA day today and we have a friend over all day.

Tonight we are visiting with a very good friend Becky, my sister Ruth, niece and nephew. Becky's birthday is January 1st and today is the first time I am seeing her since her birthday. I wanted to make something special for her so I decided to make her some personalized stationery.

This the note card that I made, it is a set of 6 cards with co-coordinating envelopes:

Here is a video that I made for my YouTube channel thecraftnut32 with a quick explanation of how I made this sweet stationery set:

I hope that you have had a great day and will have a great weekend too!!!
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Getting Organized!!

Over the past couple of weeks I have been working on getting some messy/crowded parts of our home organized. Today I was putting some of that organizing energy into my craft room.

Today's focus was on getting my paper all organized and put away. Most of my coloured card stock is 8 1/2 by 11 Recollections paper. I have always brought it home, put it on the shelf in the bag it comes in and that's how it has stayed. I open the bag and just pull out the pieces that I am going to use.
I have tried to put the bags that are close in colour next to each other but it's hard to keep the colours together when the packs have a lot of different colour combinations in them.

I have seen a couple of videos on YouTube lately of 8 1/2 by 11 paper storage and it inspired me to do something similar.
Today I went to Staples to see what kind of magazine, paper storage bins they had. I was not that impressed but only because the bins that  I was looking only came in
I went to a few other stores and the selection there was minimal and expensive!! I did not want to order anything on line, I did not want to pay the shipping and I really really wanted to complete this project today!  
I wound up going back to Staples and got some magazine bins to find out that they were on sale :). I got 8 bins in all and was able to organize all my 81/2 by 11 organized and grouped into colour families.

Here is how it all turned out:

and here are all of the bags and labels...

I wish I had of taken a picture of the before but I was to excited to get  I am really happy with how it turned out and I am really looking forward to crafting with all of my organized paper :)

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Some Nice Bright Flowers

Today was a very productive day for me!!! I was able to get almost everything done on my "to do" list and still have time to make a video for my YouTube channel.
For some reason I cannot get the video to load for this post but if you would like to watch the video here is a link to my YouTube Channel: thecraftnut32

A couple of day ago I made a card for a friends birthday. When I was done making it I didn't like it, I had pictured it quite differently than how it actually turned out but when I came back the next day to look at it I loved it.
Originally I wanted to put a Happy Birthday sentiment on the front of the card but when I was going through my stamps I could not find anything thing that would go. Now that it is done I love the fact that it does not have a sentiment. I can grab it on any occasion and fill it out on the inside for what I am going to use it for!!

Here are the supplies I used to create this card:

I used a rubber stamp that I bought at Michael's for the flowers and stamped it with black Simon Says Stamp Ink. I used My Inktense pencils and some Distress markers for the flowers and the background. I embossed and cut it with a Spellbinder die and then popped it up on a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 card. The card base was stamped with a MFT wood-grain background stamp with some dark chocolate Simon Says Ink. I used a white gel pen to add some dash lines around  the edge to finish it off.
I love how bright this card is and I am having a lot of fun with my new background stamp :)

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

In My Cozy Craft Room

Today was such a cold day outside, so I spent this morning nice and cozy in my craft room!!
My craft room is not really a room but a corner in our basement. It's nice not having a room because I can still see what our boys are up to when they are home and I feel like crafting and also because we have a fire place down there too! So this morning I turned on some music, started the fireplace (and some and had a nice morning crafting :)

Today was another productive day of Yesterday I finished my cousins Christmas mini album and today I decorated the cover. It is nothing elaborate but I am really happy with how it turned out. It is something that I had mapped out in my head forever, so now that it is done and looks good I feel pleased. It looks as good in person as it did in my

Here is it is :

I used my Silhouette and some glitter paper from Michael's to cut out the 2014 and a Papertrey Ink die for the little snowflakes. In the center of the snowflake I added some little bling to add some extra sparkle :)

Once I was done with the Christmas mini I started on some of my Valentine's for this year. I used the Papertrey Ink Shakers dies to create and fill these really cute shaker hearts...

I am going to make some cards with these shakers hopefully sometime this week, so stay tuned for

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Happy Monday :)

Today was a quiet day for me, a nice way to ease into the My oldest son Matthew was home sick today so we spent some time together this morning. I had my wisdom teeth out on Friday so having a slow start to the week suited me just fine :)
This afternoon I finally finished up my cousins Christmas mini album...Yay!!! All I have left is to decorate the cover and then pop it into the mail. 

I love this style of mini album. It is very simple but it can hold a ton of 4x6 pictures and it also has a lot of places for journaling too!!
This is a top loading pocket page that can hold a double 4x6 mat that folds over the top and hangs over the page. 
It was pretty straight forward to put together because all 6 pages are the same. I thought this would be nice because it will hold up to if not more than 24 pictures!! 

Well I hope you have a good Monday too :)
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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy 2015

Hello and happy 2015!!!
Today is one of the saddest days of the year in my The Christmas tree is down, the decorations are all put away and there is only one day left of vacation :( Only one more day until we are all back to our regular routines and to top it all off we are getting a major snow storm outside!!!

My sweet husband surprized me this Christmas with a new Silhouette Cameo!! I have been so excited to pull it out of the box and use it and today was that day!!! Throughout the week I got the software all set up so today I thought that I would make a Birthday card for a friend!
I was looking through the design store and I found a really cute cupcake card so I chose it for my first project!!

I added some Wink of Stella to the top floral layer and to the flame! It is so cute, I just love it!!
This card did take a while for me to make but this was my first project and using the Silhouette. I was trying out a lot of the software features and experimenting a lot. I am so excited to have the Silhouette, I have so many projects in mind that I cannot wait to try out... so stay

Well it is getting late and I'm feeling really tired so I'm off to bed...
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