Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Stamp Storage Suggestions

I am constantly looking for better ways to organize what I have in my craft room.  My friend Carol Held, (www.stampinribbons.blogspot.com) shared a video with me that she found on youtube.  This video is listed under Jennifer McGuire Stamp Storage if you'd like to watch.   I purchased Avery Elle Storage Pockets as she suggested, and I have also purchased Acetate Sheets, .007 mm, I took one of my favorite stamp sets, Stampin' UP!'s Tea Shoppe and I took the labels off the stamp, placed the label on a piece of acetate sheet that I cut down to 5 X 7 and on the backside I placed the stamp. The clear mount stamps stick to the blocks much better without the label, giving this way of storing the stamps an advantage, in my opinion.

I did read a review on Amazon.com that Ellen Hutson had storage bags that are quite a bit sturdier, I did order both to compare and the Ellen Hutson bags are much sturdier.  I plan on using those to store my dies in but for the purpose of storing my stamps I feel that the Avery Elle Storage Bags are quite sufficient.  I did also order Ellen Hutson magnets to store my dies on, I feel these are a bit thin for my
 preference.  I currently purchase magnet sheets at Joann's and while they are more expensive, I like the thickness of the magnets.  I like the extra protection that it gives for storing my dies.  Depending on how you store your dies the thinner magnet sheets may be enough, and they are pre-cut which is really nice.

I have attached several pictures.

Thank you for looking.

Paper Pumpkin

I honestly never thought I would be so in love with Stampin' UP!'s My Paper Pumpkin kits, but I absolutely look forward to these every month.  This was the kit for May.  It took little time to assemble them and the cards match the gift bags.  I encourage anyone wanting a quick and always useful craft project to sign up for My Paper Pumpkin with Stampin' UP!  And please if you do not have a demonstrator, I'd be so happy if you would list my name in the slot as your demonstrator.  Thanks for looking.

Teacher Appreciation

I made these gift card envelopes for Teacher Appreciation.  The envelopes are actually from a retired Simply Sent Kit.  I used stamps from one of my favorite Stampin' UP! sets called Tea Shoppe, and the cute cup attachment that holds the flap down on these envelopes is from Top Dog Dies.  I do love this cup die set, it's actually 2 dies, and I glued the pretty top vanilla layer over the blue.  All card stock I used is from Stampin' UP!  I absolutely love Stampin' UP!'s cardstocks, inks, and their wonderful stamp designs.  I am an independent Stampin' UP! Demonstrator.  I do not have my own Stampin' UP! website, but all one needs to do is type in my name on the Stampin' UP! page under Demonstrator Directory, (the button on the right, you can't find me under the button on the left)  I hope you enjoyed looking.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Conrad Rice Mill Inc Konriko

Conrad Rice Mill makes the best seasonings and coating mixes, and they are gluten free!  We love the Creole Seasoning, Taco Seasoning Mix, and their Chicken Coating, (can be used for pork chops, and more).  It is so nice to not have to mix my own seasonings now.  If you cannot find these products in your local store please ask your store manage to carry them, and you can also visit conradricemill.com   Products are available through www.holgrain.com or www.konriko.com

Spring Tulips

When I saw this Spring Tulips set with matching dies by My Favorite Things it went right into my wish list and I ordered this set soon after.  I created this card with paper from a DCWV stack that I have here, and for the card base I used Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock.  I colored the tulips with Copic Sketch Markers, RV23, RV21, R24, R29, G21, G24, and I had the colorless blender on hand. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the tulips and also the to pop up the background from the card base.  I also lined my envelope.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mixed Media Buy and Hold

A few years ago my husband and I saw a cute home left vacant while on one of our walks.  My husband and I talked about it, and we decided to purchase it,to have a friend of ours gather his crew and come and remodel it for us.  I was so excited when this home was finished, and it turned out much cuter than I imagined.  I wanted to show my appreciation to our friend Ty, so I made my first mixed media.  I used  matte gel, Tim Holtz alcohol reinkers, Tim Holtz stencils, paper from DCWV paper pack, Tim Holtz tape, and a fluer de lis stencil from Stampin' UP!  Thanks for looking.  & thanks Ty!!  You are awesome!

Game Control Card

I saw a card online one day while skimming the internet, it had a gaming controller on it, and I absolutely had to find this die! I searched and found it at My Favorite Things, mftstamps.com.   I have since learned that I love their products!  I hope you enjoy looking at the card and gift tag that I made for my son's birthday. I have been trying to hide these products from him until I could get this card completed and given to him.  I was inspired by Amy, prariepaperandink.typepad.com

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Jake's Trail Mix

Jake's Trail Mix

1 cup roasted unsalted almonds
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup Blue Diamond Chocolate or Butter Toffee Almonds
1/2 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)
2 Tbsp. dried cherries
2 Tbsp Chocolate Chips (sometimes I put in a little more-yum!) - a little more could mean times 2


Use any kind of almonds you like, I sometimes make this with only the Blue Diamond Chocolate and Blue Diamond Butter Toffee almonds.  The sodium count on these almonds is low, but when using plain unsalted almonds there is no sodium in those.

I will use golden raisins in place of Craisins, or a mix of the two.

It's fun to use different kinds of chips, sometimes chocolate, sometimes white chocolate, during Easter we can sometimes find the Springtime Mix of Chocolate Chips.  It's fun to be creative.