Monday, March 11, 2013

Just Because

Over the weekend I went on a few blog hops. One of them was the Connie Can Crop Birthday Blog Hop. I really like the cards that Michelle from Michelle's Craft Room did. I had to scraplift the idea.

Here is my version of Michelle's card.

Until next time ~ VinDeeLoo

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Happy Birthday Hannah!

My niece Hannah turned 13 last week. We had her party on Sunday. Two of nieces are getting to the age that they are becoming hard to buy for (teenagers). I asked Hannah what she would like for her Birthday. She told me she wanted an adult journal. That I could do!

I took my 4 year old niece Henley to Hobby Lobby to pick out paper to alter a journal for Hannah. Henley picked out an orange demask paper. I thought she did a good job. I used this tutorial from Split Coast Stampers to make her journal. The only thing I added was the piece of elastic to keep the journal closed. I cut Hannah's name out with my CriCut and used my I*Rock to bling it up.

On Sarah's "My Christmas Stash is Low Hop! at It's What Keep Me Sane I saw a gift card holder at Michelle's Craft Room. I really like it. She posted this tutorial. This is the gift card I made for iTunes card we also gave her. I heat embossed the Happy Birthday.

It was funny. My sister commented she did not know who our gift was from. When Hannah pulled out the journal Henley yelled, "That's from Aunt Neece!" Henley told me she wants a journal too in green zebra. I need to make her a litle one so she can draw in it. :) Until next time ~ VinDeeLoo

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Falling In Love With Your Xyron Again!

How many of ya'll have a Xyron? I have three different sizes. I have the 1.5" Sticker Maker

the 2.5" Create-a-Sticker
, and
the 5" Creative Station

I loved them when I first got them, but over the years found myself using something different. The adhesive never stuck like I wanted it to. My friend Linda from Nothin' Fancy posted a tip on FaceBook and on her blog (follow the link to see her really cute Flip Flop Cards). It has made me fall in love with my Xyron again.

Linda said after you run your item through the Sticker Maker to then run the sticker through your CutttleBug
What a simple solution! It sure makes the tiny, tiny pieces so much easier to work with. The sandwich I use is Plate A, Plate B, sticker, piece of thick cardstock, Plate C. I run mine through my machine 3 times. I want to make sure the adhesive adhears really well.

I would show you what I have been up to, but I can't until this evening. I have been makeing my 13 year old niece, Hannah's birthday gift. She got a FaceBook account for her birthday and I don't want her to click on my link when my post shows up in here timeline!
Until next time ~ VinDeeLoo

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Unmounting Stamps

I keep saying I don't have any stamps. I guess I can stop saying that now. I had a picture box full of mounted stamps and a plastic shoebox of acrylic and unmounted stamps. A month ago I started putting my acryllic stamps in cd cases. Today I finished them. I still need to stamp all of them on pages so I know what is in each case. Today I unmounted all my rubber stamps and got them in cases. I now have 20+ cases full of stamps. I really didn't know I had that many. :) Guess I have not reason not to get stamping!
Until next time ~ VinDeeLoo

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Things With Wings

I have a rose tattoo on  my ankle. I have had it since I was 30. I want another one. My card for the President's Day VCMP "Things With Wings" Challenge at Penguin Papers is kind of taken from my next tattoo. I want a heart with angel wings and halo and music notes around it. Evidently I really like hearts with angel wings. I have 2 different stamps that were purchased years apart in different states.

Here is my card.
Until next time ~ VinDeeLoo

Texture Omit/Selective Embossing Challenge

I am gonna start by saying this card looks much better in person than it does on the computer. The Sweet Mellon ink is is much brighter in person. 

This card is for the President's Day VCMP Texture Omit/Selective Embossing Challenge at Bunny Scrap. I made my embossing diffuser with my cricut. I did learn not to make the diffuser too complex. Since I was using a cupcake stamp, I decided to do a cupcale diffuser. You can not make out the cupcake after running it through the cuttlebug. The difusser was easy to make and I will use it again, but only using simple shapes. :) 

If there are any photo experts out there, I would appreciate any suggestions to help my pics look better. 
Until next time ~ VinDeeLoo

Hoppy Birthday!

For the OWS Virtual Card Maker Party at Deliteful Gifts the challenge was "All Creatures Great and Small". For this card I used my Four Legged Friends cartridge and cut the frog at 2 inches..

Here is my Hoppy Birthday Card!
Until next time ~ VinDeeLoo

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Operation Write Home

I have decided I want to start making cards for our soldiers. I am gonna start makeing cards for OWH - Operation Write Home. This is taken from OHW's webpage:
"Care packages filled with hundreds of handmade cards are sent to our contacts, restocking every 6-8 weeks, and are sent in time for the long journey back home to loved ones. Each box is packed with great care, alternating styles, colors, and cardmakers from all over the USA, creating “eye candy” for heroes who see only khaki around them. The topper on each box is a plastic bag filled with 20-30 letters from adults and children across the country, letters handed out especially to those in need of a positive word from the homefront."

OHW has challenges to help keep the cardmaker's creative minds flowing. I am joining in on their President's Day Virtual Card Making Party. The first challenge is "Zig Zag Your Cards!"   I made my Chevron stripes with my Gyspy and Cricut.

PS - There is no glitter on my card. The flash from my camera make my zebra stripes look funny. 

Until next time ~ VinDeeLoo

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Copic Storage Help!?!?!

Now that I am building my Copic Marker inventory, I need to find a way to store my markers. Every time I go to Hobby Lobby, I pick up more. Right now I just have them laying on my work table. I want to be able to keep them together by color and easily accessible. I also need it to be inexpensive. 

So my questions to ya'll is: Do you have any suggestions? How do you store your markers? Do you have a pic of what you use? HELP!?!?!?!?! Please! 

Thanks, :)
Until next time ~ VinDeeLoo

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Challenge Entry

I decided to enter one of my cards into a challenge. I am entering this card into Lexi's Creations Challenge 83 Valentine's/Love Challenge.

I went with a non-traditional Valentine's Card. I am around high school and middle school kids that are really into fishing and hunting. I don't see them being into the lovey dovey Valentine's stuff.

This is another fish stamp from Inkadinado's Inkadinkaclings fish stamps.
I used Copics R27, YR68 and YR61 to color my fish.
The hook was made with a paperclip. I din't want anyone to be injured by using a real hook.
The background is embossed with the Cuttlebug Spots and Dots embossing folder.
I used Studio G turquoise inkpad directly on the raised portion of the background.
The sentiment is one I made on my computer.

I hope you enjoyed my take of a Valentine's Card!
Until next time ~ VinDeeLoo

Monday, February 4, 2013

A Couple More New Cards!

During my Hobby Lobby shopping trip Friday I found some cute fish stamps. Why I fell in love with them is beyond me. I don't fish, I don't eat fish, I just am not a fishy person. These stamps were the cutest thing though, so I got them. With them, I made this cute card.
I used my Copics markers to color the fish. I searched for a cute sentiment and found this one at Tiddly Inks. I don't remember which Cricut cartridge I found the heart on. Again this is made from my scraps container. The blue background is embossed with Cuttlebug Spots & Dots folder.

On Pinterest I saw a card I fell in love with and used it as my inspiration. This card was my inspiration. This is my take on it.
The background paper is Texture Brown from Paper Studio. The gifts are Fall Vertical Stripes from Paper Studio.  I used a brown cardstock as my base. I used some paper called Brown Paper Bag for the inside of the card and for the shadow of the bows. My gifts are 2 inch squares with the shadow just a bit bigger. I just used a scrap for that. I also used some brown paper to make the "+" on the gifts. The bows were cut from, I believe, Home Decor. They are 1.5 inches and come already with the shadow. I used a cream cardstock for the bows and then mixed my Recollections Pumpkin glitter with some glue and painted them. After they dried, I used Studio Glitter Glue from the dollar bin at Michael's. It is a bronzey color.

I also did some etching on glass blocks over the weekend, but I can't show those yet. They are gifts.

Until next time ~ VinDeeLoo

Friday, February 1, 2013

Thank You and Happy Birthday

I needed another Thank You card. This card is for the Choir Director at the church I work for. I decided to change her card a little. I was as Hobby Lobby and saw the Sizzix Sheet Music embossing folder and just had to have it. I also purchased my first set of Copics. Boy do they make a difference. I bought some other markers tonight, but I am returning them tomorrow for another Copics set. All I can say is WOW!

I used the same design stamp as before, but used Lilac and Violet Copics to color. I used the Sizzix Sheet Music embossing folder and the thank you is from Stampabilities. I also used my I*Rock to bling up the card. 

I have been on pinterest quite a bit lately. I am trying to get some card ideas. I found one I liked here. This is my version of it.
Everything used was from my scraps pile except the bottom map. It is from my safari stack. The stars were cut on my cricut from Home Decor at 1.5 inches and then I used the polka dot embossing folder to emboss them. The ribbon came from Hobby Lobby. The stamp is from a set from Hobby Lobby.

I hope to get to spend some time in my craft room on Sunday. I have some blocks I need to start etching!
Until next time ~ VinDeeLoo

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Man Has It Been A Long Time!

Wow, I know it has been a while since I have been here. A lot has happened since my last post. I got a job as a church secretary. I like it, but would really like back in a classroom.  My niece Holly tore her ACL in the first basketball game of the year last year and was out all season. I still went to the games. We made it to State last year for the first time ever in school history for girl's basketball. My folks moved from Blackwell to Tonkawa. We moved from Blackwell to Tonkawa. And so much more.

It has taken some time to get back in the swing of things. I have finally started crafting again. I have a nice big craftroom. I more storage than I have stuff right now. We are gonna have to do something about that! :)

The first thing I made is some thank you cards. I don't have many stamps. I don't have good markers. I really haven't made many before. I even had to look up online how to sandwich my Cuttle Bug folders. 

Well, these are my cards. I used my polka dot cuttle bug folder. The stamp is one i got at Michael's in the $1.00 bin. I used my I*Rock to add some bling. I don't have any special markers. They are just something cheap that I picked up Michael's. I would really like to get some ProMarkers or Copic Markers but that will be for when ever I can afford some or if I get lucky and win some. The sentiment is from some stamps I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I inked around the sentimnent with Quick Quotes Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Pink Cheeks and Green with Envy.

Well, I said the first thing I did was make cards, but I guess that was a lie. The first thing I did, with the help of my husband, was build a work table. 
I absolutely LOVE IT!!!!!! The area underneath makes a good playhouse for my niece. 
Uncle Vince is laying under the table watching TV while Henley is having a tea party.

The sewing machine cabinet is all the workspace I had at my old house for crafting. I am in hog heaven right now. 
The rolling carts under the table that holds my machines the 2 bookcases at the far end, and the paper tower is all the storage I had at the old place.
This is the built in storage in the new place. 
Just more work/storage area.

Needless to say, I am loving my new space. Hopefully I will be posting tons of creative things in the near future. Wouldn't it be nice if an organized friend of mine could come help me organize?

Until next time ~ VinDeeLoo