Thursday, August 7, 2014

Throw Back Thursday- Stampin' Up Keepsake Ornaments stamps and Framelits! So easy a Kid can do it!!!!

TBT POST!!!  Time when I revist a post or project.  I have made no secret that I love the Stampin' Up Keepsake Ornaments stamp set with matching framelits.  They are surprisingly still available this year!  If you don't have this set in your collection- I believe it is a must have item!  I have made Christmas ornaments, a 4th of July ornament, a Halloween ornament (2 actually!) all with this set!!  I can't see me ever getting rid of this set!  So if you don't have it need to snag it before they retire it!!!!  It is so easy....yes, even a kid can make these!  Enjoy the post from a couple of years ago....this is Kyle now:

I can't believe he is in driving school this week!!!  YIKES!!!!! 
Enjoy the TBT post!!!  

Let me introduce my oldest son, Kyle!

Isn't  he handsome??!!!!! HI KYLE!!!!!  LOVE him!!!!! 
Okay, why do I post pictures of my 12 year old on a crafting blog???  As you know I have made several "ornaments" using the new Stampin' Up Ornament Bundle .  There are many people asking for directions on how to make this.  It is SERIOUSLY easy!!!  I have tried to show step by step pictures, why?  Because I am a visual person!!!  Give me a menu that has a PICTURE of the item I might order....chances are I will order it over one with just a description!  If I can see it, I can make it.  I think I overthink...heehee....things to much, especially when I am writing.  Hence, I think this is why I am not a writer!!!!  :)  Anyways...just to prove to you that making the ornament is is my TWELVE YEAR OLD's ornament that he made.....keep in mind, he picked the papers, he picked the ribbon and he picked the image to emboss.  He is a big hunter and has a wildlife Christmas tree, he wants to put this on his Christmas tree!!!

He did this all on his own!!!!  Yes, YOU can make this!!!! 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Have you tried Perforated Paper or Mill Hill Kits? Review of the first in the Winter Holiday: Nutcaker Ballet series- Prince

I enjoy doing small cross stitch projects.  I recently found the Mill Hill kits and was interested.  They have beads and perforated paper....weird!!!  But wait!!!  Don't pass them up!!!  They are tons of fun!!! 
Since all this was new to me, I decided to start with an ornament- something small to try out. 

This shows the front of the kit- if you use it as an ornament. 

This shows the perforated paper.  I found it easy to work on and held in my hand.  I was nervous if it bent but it didn't and seems quite sturdy.  It is not just paper, it does have a light coating on it to make it more rigid than normal paper.  Can you tear it?  Sure, but I would think you really would need to be rough, pulling really hard on your stitches, maybe it would be risky if you pulling out error stitches.  I would use caution when doing that.  Otherwise, I found it quite durable.  It does come in many colors.  This is a 14ct perforated paper.  Any chart could be done on this paper.  It's fun and something different.  The great thing about this paper is that my project doesn't need to be washed and stretched and lightly ironed and then use Stop Fray on the edges.  This is really a cut and go paper! 

I didn't use the beading but still got enough variation on my project!

This shows the chart for your colors- see how the red is the = and the red with the bead is the circle with the dot symbol- I did these both as full stitches with the 498 dmc thread for my project.
Each kit includes everything you need to make the project! My kit came with perforated paper- two pieces that you connect to make the pattern.  I wasn't sure if I will cut these as ornaments or for my cross stitch board (shown previously) so I used a larger sheet of perforated paper by Mill Hill.  I can still cut these into ornaments if I choose but I can now put them in a frame for my board if I want to as well.  I'll keep the smaller paper for another project in the future.  The kits come with an instruction page with your chart and also beads with a beading needle.  I have never done beads on any of my cross stitching before.  If I use them in my frames, the beads don't fit well with glass so I left them off.  If you use this method, the kits can be cross stitched as normal.  Keep in mind though, the kit instructs you to do all cross stitch first then the beading where indicated after and on top of the stitches. (hope that makes sense)   If you don't use the beads, you will need to remember that some colors will have two symbols- one for the solid color stitch and one for the color stitch WITH a bead.  I would imagine that could be confusing on a big project but it wasn't for this one. 
This kit also came with dmc thread....but I used it for the project before I thought to take a picture!!  I do like that they use dmc threads so if I run out, the color and number is right there!  Some kits use other threads and I have found them to be not as nice as dmc threads.  I like that I can find more thread without contacting Mill Hill to order more, I can just use my stash or get the color at my local store.  I had plenty of thread for this project and even had extra, that I added to my stash!!!

I am still trying to decide what to do with my beads.  I have heard people like using beads instead of French knots on their projects.  I can see this would be a great use of them.  If these were going on a Christmas tree as ornaments, I would think the beads would give the project a nice glimmer under the lights. 

I really had fun stitching this project.  The kits are really cute.  There are TONS of kits from Mill Hill out there and they are ALL beautiful!!!  I definitely see myself doing more of these!  And I might even try the beading part!!!! 
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Leave me a comment!  Have you ever done the Mill Hill kits?  Love them like I do??

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Making Stamping Gifts for a New Baby!!

I love a quick and easy gift!  I always keep a baby stamp set on my shelf.  My kids are older and I have safety scrapped all our baby pictures BUT.....I always know someone having a baby!  I keep several good baby stamp sets in my collection to make gifts or cards with.  This idea was in the Annual Catalog a couple of years ago.  It is so simple using two step stamping.  You can use any colors that you like for boy or girl!  When this stamp set came out, I knew this was a keeper!

I found this frame at Hobby Lobby.  I loved that the flower was rugged and metal- perfect for a baby boy gift.  
I matched my inks to match the frame to make this project come together quickly!  

What stamp set do you keep in your collection for years to use and why? 
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Barkbox Monthly Subscription- July box and my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Hello four legged lover friends!!!  I have been wanting to try the BarkBox monthly subscription for sometime now.  Finally signed up for a six month subscription (you can chose which option you want)!  We LOVE it!!!!  The box comes nicely put together:
Each box comes with a card to tell you about the items in your box and how much they retail for.  (we definitely got our value in this box!!!!).  This is also handy is you would like to reorder an item that is your favorite!
Most boxes include treats- with two dogs, we will use these up!!

For our box, we opted for the extra toy- I think the fish is the extra one with month.  I love that the whole box has a beach theme even the toys!  Levi loves them all but keeps the crab close by himself!!!

There is even a frozen treat for Levi- I have it in the freezer and will treat him later this week!!!  He loves a fallen ice cube so I bet he will love this!

Levi and his crab!  He carries it around by the floppy legs!  So cute!!! 
If you are interested in receiving a Barkbox-  .  This is my link and I get credit. 
Overall, I think the Barkbox is a HIT for us!!!  Can't wait to see what comes next month!!!
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Making a Recipe Book in Project Life Style

As many of you know, I love Project Life albums!  I love the ease of scrapping with Project Life, even if your not a scrapbooker normally, Project Life is really simple and can turn ANYONE into a GREAT scrapbooker!!!  The key to Project Life is the pictures (no brainer there right?) and the journaling!  Tell us about the pictures!  What's going on?  Who? What? When? Where?  Or maybe you want to journal about why you like these pictures.  One of my favorite ways to journal is to write a mini letter to my boys.  In years to come, my boys can pick up those books and read my message to them, encouraging words or a fun memory I have of them.  Priceless!!!! 
What other memories can be priceless in years to come?  A cookbook!  Now maybe you are scratching your head at this one but let me explain........
My grandmother was a wonderful baker )and a pretty good cook too!).  Yes, there are cooks, and there are bakers.  Anyone that thinks baking is totally easy, has never truly baked before.  There is an art to it.  Especially for the ones that don't use recipes, they use " a pinch of this", "a dab of that"...."yeah that looks good"- and their results are amazing!  That was my grandmother.  I'm not sure if she had a cookbook.  Maybe?  But she always made the best cakes, pies, cookies, and breads.  Unfortunately, as I got older and took an interest in baking, I have not been able to track down any of her recipes.  I'm not sure if they are lost or never written down in the first place.  THAT is what I am taking about!  Don't let this happen to you!  One of the best gifts you can give your own child, is your cookbook!!!  Include their favorite recipes, special holiday meals, even the things we think are easy, they might not be for a non-cooker!  (is that a word??)  One of the easiest ways to do this is making your own homemade cookbook!!!  Project Life fits this bill so well!!!  Project Life offers smaller sized page protectors that are perfect for cookbooks! 
Using the Project Life framelits- it is easy to cut any Designer Series Paper to decorate your pages and you can use the journal grid papers to write out your recipes!  Organize them by category by color!  Blue- meals, reds- sides, greens- desserts!  Include a quick picture of your finished product!  And always include a journal about the dish, who liked it best, any tips and tricks in making the dish!  Have fun with it!  This can be a wonderful gift for a new bride and groom in your family! 
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I am starting this project for my boys!  Look for future posts!!!! 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Stampin' Up Work of Art stamp set - EASY quick cards!

There is nothing like a great stamp set that makes a card quick and easy!  This is the new stamp set from Stampin' Up called Work of Art, it will be available June 1st in the new catalog.
I received this stamp set free when I attended the Demonstration Catalog Premiere Event.  I am not sure if I would have bought this one on my own, but after seeing all the ideas done with this stamp set,  has some GREAT elements in it!!!  (Isn't that always the way, you don't think you NEED a stamp, and then you see all the fantastic possibilities with it, and it is on your list!!!)  The brush strokes was the first element I loved about this set!  So simple but fabulous!  I look at this set much like Gorgeous Grunge, a great element stamp that will add a WOW to any project!  The brush strokes look amazing using a aqua painter on watercolor paper!  Very pretty! (that was one of the examples they showed at the event- and I was HOOKED!!)

For these cards, I used the new 2014-2016 In Colors for the card bases and for the ink as well.  To make the ink colors a little lighter, I inked up my stamp and then stamped off once on a scrap piece of paper.  I did this so that the sentiment stamp would stand out more.    I love the new in colors!  They are definitely colors I will use a lot!  I used the Decorative Dots embossing folder to emboss the front of my cards.  
For the inside of the cards, I used a photo polymer stamp set.  I love this big Thank you.  The great news is that there are going to be more photo polymer stamps coming out in the new catalog!  All the Stampin' Up alphabets are now going to be photo polymer which offers great placement!!!  I am very excited about this!  
These cards are going to be the end of the year teachers' cards.  I had my son sign them- yeah, just his name....yup, that's boy for ya!!!

This is a great personalized stamp from Stampin' Up.  It is the first personalized photo polymer stamp that Stampin' Up has offered.  I LOVE this stamp!  There are so many possibilities you can use this stamp for!  You can customized it for so many different ways.  I have this stamp. I also did another stamp with our family name McGraw in the middle with the big M and around the edges are all our names: five of them fit perfectly!  This is a great way to stamp our Christmas cards!  Have an etsy store?  Great way to stamp your store name on each order.  How about a upcoming wedding or birth??!  GREAT idea for a gift for a new couple or new mom and dad!!

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