Tags for Halloween!

I was in a bit of a creative funk last weekend. I had a couple big projects I needed to do but I just couldn’t get started. Has that ever happened to you? So, while the rest of my family watched the Patriots game I holed up in my craft room determined to make SOMETHING! I wanted to play and work on a project that didn’t matter (if I messed it up and turned out hideous) so I sat down with some Halloween supplies that I had lying around and I made tags!

I started by grabbing my trusty Big Shot die cut machine and my scalloped tag die (Ellison) and just started cutting tags from a Halloween mat stack from DCWV I bought at JoAnns last year (I was just in JoAnn Fabrics the other day and they still sell this paper in the 4.5″x6.6″, 8″x8″ and 12″x12″ sizes and it is the coolest Halloween paper I have yet to find and I like the cardstock weight and they usually have it on sale!) Then I trimmed some of the labels from the stack, grabbed some other punched shapes and die cuts and gor to work. Here are some of my favorites:


I used up some of the quilled shapes I made a couple of weeks ago, this ghost was so easy and so cute!

I love the dimension it ads:

I used a button die and strips of paper to make candy corn buttons:

How to make Candy Corn Buttons:

  1. Glue a strip of yellow and orange patterned paper or cardstock to a strip of white, the strip should be only slightly larger than your button die.
  2. Line the strip of paper up with your die and crank it through your machine, I usually crank it backwards to make sure it cuts through all layers.
  3. Ink the edges with brown.

You could use a triangle punch or hand cut the corn too if you do not have a button die, just use a tiny hole punch to punch the holes. The dies I used were to 4 pack button dies from Sizzix.

The last two tags have embossed die cuts that I accented with metallic rub-ons which is a paste that looks like cream eyeshadow and you rub it on with your finger, it is great stuff made by Craf-T products and it lasts forever! It was one of the first paper crafting products I ever bought and I am still using my first sets, great stuff!

What will I do with all of these tags you ask? Well, I think I will clip them on a ribbon and use them for a Halloween decoration then use some of them on my Halloween scrapbook layouts and I’ll probably give the rest to the ladies I scrap with every month 😉 Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


50% off at Lindsay’s, a freebie and new Christmas products!

Howdy folks, I know it is a bit too early to start thinking about Christmas…well, unless, that is, you are selling at craft fairs and in that case you need cute packaging ASAP! And today is the perfect time to grab your needed supplies because it is 50% off today at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff! I was asked by a crafty customer to come up with some printables for her to sell her movie gift kits at craft fairs so I came up with the Holiday Bazzar set. How cute would it be to wrap a few bags of microwaved popcorn, soda bottles and candies and package them in one of those large plastic popcorn boxes from the dollar store, you could throw in a DVD too for a super cute and inexpensive gift!

If you wanted to really spread some holiday cheer you could leave the baskets on a friends doorstep with a note saying “You’ve Been Elfed!”, the 5″x7″ notes in the kit would be perfect for that! You can also used the cards for invitations to a cookie swap and recipe cards!

If you want a cute gag gift for the folks in the office how about some reindeer poop? I found this funny poem online that you can print and slip in the bag:

I woke up with such a scare when I heard Santa call…
“Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!”
I ran to the lawn, and in the snowy white drifts,
those nasty reindeer had left “little gifts”.

I got an old shovel and started to scoop
Neat little piles of “reindeer poop.”
but to throw them away seemed such a waste,
So I saved them, thinking you might like a taste!

As I finished my task, which took quite a while,
Old Santa passed by and he sheepishly smiled.
And I heard him exclaim as he rose to the sky~~~
“Well, they’re not potty trained, but at least they can fly!”


For the kids you might like to send them to school with “Snowman Soup” for their teacher and classmates! I found a poem for this too:

Snowman Soup
Was told you’ve been real good this year.
Always glad to hear it!
With freezing weather drawing near,
You’ll need to warm the spirit.
here’s a little Snowman Soup
Complete with stirring stick.
Add hot water, sip it slow.
It’s sure to do the trick!

Isn’t that cute! Both of the poems I found at The Organized Home.com.

Here is a look at the new printable kit and some other Christmas products you might enjoy, remember they are 50% off today only and two of the below products are freebies!

Holiday Bazzar Craft KitChristmas Follies Clips & CuttingPretty Packaging SVGFun Favors SVGWinter Wear SVG freebieNifty Gifties SVGGingerbread House SVGHoliday Sweets Party PrintablesVintage Christmas LabelsWee AlbumsHomemade Holidays Paper PackChic Calendar Scrapbook kitBox Bonanza!Envelope Bonanza!Recipe Cards & Folio SVG3-D Advent Calendar and Favor KitChristmas Cookies Freebie

It’s been a while since I had a freebie so here are 2 sheets of tags you can use for your holiday gifts and packaging:

click the preview to download;)

While you are on the topic of holidays Halloween is right around the corner. Check out these spooky sets also 50% off today:

Halloween Odds 'n Ends Digital Stamp FreebieMasquerade Mask SVGHalloween Favors SVGVintage Halloween LabelsStampunk SVG TemplatesBold Black & White PapersHalloween Doodles StampsClassic Fall Clips & Cutting

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Review: Easy Canvas Prints

Howdy folks! Every year I try to start my holiday shopping in October. I know it sounds crazy but I like to have all my Christmas cards made and my shopping done before Thanksgiving so I can sit back and relax and actually enjoy the month of December. When I was asked to review the photos to canvas products from EasyCanvasPrints.com I immediately thought of Christmas gift giving for those hard to buy for grandparents. Especially while I went through the ordering process and saw the deals that popped up if you bought more than one. I decided, though, for the purpose of this review to use a photo I just took at my twins’ birthday party, it is one of my favorite candid shots:

There the finished canvas is hanging in my daughters’ room. I edited my photo before uploading it to the Easy Canvas Prints website but they did offer an upgrade that would make your photo sepia or black and white, that cost extra, but I wanted a soft vintage color so I had done that in photo editing software before hand. I ordered an 11×14 canvas print and the quality was superb. When you upload your photo it will tell you if the photo is high quality enough to print, my digital camera pic was just fine for 11″x14″.   The upload order process only took 5 minutes and you can choose the treatment around the edges of the canvas. I went with the photo wraparound where the mirror the edges of the artwork to print on the fabric that wraps around the edges of the stretcher bars so there is no need to frame it. It came with sawtooth hanging hardware on the back so it was easy to hang.

A special deal for my blog readers! 50% off and FREE SHIPPING!

If you visit the Easy Canvas Prints Facebook page and become a fan (just click the “like” button) you will get a coupon for 50% off and free shipping on your next order. Why not order a few for Christmas gifts and you too can be relaxing come December with your holiday shopping done!

Bottom Line: The quality is great (remember to use a great photo!) and the website is quick and easy to use. The photo canvas is a bit pricey at regular cost but with the facebook coupon and the frequent email deals they offer it brings the price down so it is very affordable. Try Easy Canvas Prints with a coupon and you will be pleasantly surprised and you will have the perfect gift for yourself or those folks who have everything.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Give a little, get a little…

Happy Columbus day to all my friends in the US! It is a holiday so the kids were off school today so my sister and I took our kids to the children’s museum and had a great day! I want to share a project I did for a mingle (it is like a swap but you send your creations to one person and you get someone else’s work in return) and also I want to share what I received. The artwork was done for the Oriental Stamp Art Faux Postage Swap. The requirement was that you make 10 fake postage stamps and you get 10 in return as you can see we both had so much fun we could not stop at 10 stamps 🙂 Here are the stamps I sent out to Linda in Canada:


And here are the stamps I received from Kim McKinney:


These will be so fun to use on my cards as embellishments because her style is so different than mine and I don’t know if you can tell from the photo but they are so rich and sparkly! I also made a card for the lady I sent my stamps too, she has gotten it in the mail so I want to share that with you too:


I simply stamped a plain card base with postage stamp style stamps and layered paper on top. To to the multi toned stamping on the ginkgo leaves I just sprayed my stamp with water and colored the rubber with watercolor crayons and stamped, misted it again and stamped again then I chose the version I liked best. After the card was assembled I stamped the chinese postmark over the layers. 90% of the stamps I used are from about Art Accents/Art Neko.

I hope you are inspired to try a mingle or swap yourself. If you don’t know where to sign up for you can find many stamping groups through Yahoo groups or try Splitcoast Stampers or the Stamp Shack. Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Easy Gratitude Card

Need a 10 minute thank you card? How about this?

I used a cute little house stamp set I got a few years ago as a Sale-a-bration freebie from Stampin Up! but never used it until I put all of my tiny stamps out in the open (yes I took those wood SU! stamps right out of their package!) and put them in printers trays. This card went together in minutes. I used some homemade seam binding, an embossing folder, die cut and a bit of cardstock, nothing fancy. Did you notice I actually used a stamp wheel? I love having all of my stamps out in the open now because I USE them, you can see my stamp storage re-do on this post.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s hear it for the BUOYS!

Oh, I do love a good pun;) I was commissioned (well, la-dee-da don’t  I sound all artsy-fartsy!) to paint some lobster buoys this summer by a friend. She wanted me to paint a Santa on one and on the other some wording.

I used my die cutter and SCAL software to cut the letters out of gold vinyl after painting the buoy red. For Santa I drew an oval for the face and painted it peach and painted the rest of the buoy red (two coats) then I painted the black belt and white beard. Details on the face were added after the beard and hat fluff had dried. I used acrylic paint for this project and real lobster buoys. The buoys are made out of foam and really easy to paint on-no prep required!

So, if you are looking for an inexpensive Christmas gift of a craft fair item to make and sell why not paint a buoy? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp Wheel Storage!

I am a collector of stamp wheels…you know like the Rollagraph and Stampin’ Around Wheels. I am lured into buying them imagining all of the lovely borders and backgrounds I will make and of course all the handmade wrapping paper I will stamp. Yeah right! I had all of my wheel stamps in a drawer and, well, out of sight-out of mind. So, now I am going from “Stamp Wheel Collector” to “Stamp Wheel User!” with this nifty {and thrifty} stamp wheel holder:

I got my inspiration for a sewing spool holder I saw in Martha Stewart’s Good Things for Organizing book. It was basically a board with dowels drilled into it and it looked fairly simple to make. Hubby said he would make it for me. Then I got looking at this old calendar holder (it is basically like a wooden frame with a Maronite backing board made to stick calendars in) and I started laying out my wheels on it. I showed my honey the frame and he screwed a piece of 3/4″  thick plywood to the backing board and pounded nails in from the back, we got 9 rows of 5 so that is storage for 45 stamp wheels! OR I can consolidate and put 3 builder wheels to a nail. I think I will make sure I actually use these a few dozen times before I let myself buy any more though!  😉

The best thing is that the frame was FREE! my MIL did not want it and we put it in our yard sale and it did not sell (priced at $1) and I kept it…I sent all the other leftovers to goodwill so how lucky is that!?!

I have been on an organizing kick lately…Saturday morning I wandered into my craftroom bound and determined to squeeze a little more storage into my stamp wall. I got this fab shelf at a yard sale for $5 (no kidding and the lady had quite a few of these shelves, I kick myself every day that I did not buy another one) and it held about 300 stamps. It is roughly 4′ wide x 6′ high. I had a shelf full of SU! stamps in their clamshell boxes that I was (Surprise!!!) not using because I could not see them. So I raided hubby’s scrap wood bin, my son’s box of building blocks and a box in the garage full of leftover ballasts from out new porch project this summer that were headed for the dump. Score one for planet Earth! And I used the mish-mash of 1″x1″ ballasts, blocks and wood scraps to make risers on some of the shelves literally doubling my storage for smaller stamps. Notice the arrow on the top of the pic, this shelf is so  skinny I had to tie it to the ceiling beam t be sure it would not fall over if one of my kids ran into it on a scooter (it’s happened.)

I even got all of my Christmas wood mounted stamps on the shelves. I put them on the bottom shelves because I don’t use them everyday. I loosely organized my stamps ont he shelf by theme: Occasion, nature, vintage, background, Christmas etc. I still have some room to grow too but I do not buy many wood mount stamps these days. I usually prefer unmounted rubber and I store them mainly in 3-ring binders. I have about 15 binders that sit on a shelf over my workbench and on the shelf above my binders is this:

Remember the printer’s tray I found at a yard sale last month in my “Jenga block stamp mount” post? Well, I found two more trays just like them and I put all (well almost all) of my alphabet and sentiment stamps in there. Then I cut some of the Jenga blocks in thirds and mounted some tiny postage and postmark stamps that I gout years ago and never used (cuz I couldn’t see them!) and popped them in the trays as well. There are a few miscellaneous small stamps in there that I was afraid would get lost on the big shelf. Here is a close up.

Sorry the pictures are not the best, I had to use a flash but you get the idea. Now that I feel properly organized I feel ready to stamp up  a storm! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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