Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Have a Great Christmas Eve

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Eve.

I'm going to keep this short becasue well it's almost Christmas.

I did want to give a quick update.  I was waiting until Susy said I could get it, but I can now tell you what I'm getting her for Christmas.

I'm going to buy Susy the Cutterpillar Pro Version 3.  I know these are back ordered so I'm hoping we can get one in a timely fashion.  I already wrote Oh My Crafts to ask them when they expect the next shipment to be sent out.  Their website currently gives 2 different dates :(

I also decided what I want Susy to get me; copic markers.  Finally, I will have more than skin tones and blue.  I'm having her pick out the colors.

I know we should have already purchased these gifts, but life has been so Crazy Busy that we never found the time.  We already got gifts for everyone else.

We may not have a gift under the tree for each other (besides a bag a candy that we each got the other a few days ago), but I don't think either of us cares to much.

Have a wonderful Christmas Eve and Happy Scrapbooking!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Handmade Christmas Card and Gift Card Holder

Handmade Christmas Card
Handmade Christmas Card and Gift Card Holder
I made this card to give to my wife this Christmas.

I used a Prima Doll Stamp for the girl.  I cut her dress into layers and used pop dots to give it dimension.

The presents lid pulls up to reveal a hidden gift card.  In the case of this card I am simply going to write her gift on it.   

I know what I want to get her, but she keeps saying it cost to much.  I've given her until Christmas to give me a different idea :) If I do get her what I want it will be an online purchase so I won't have it for her to unwrap on Christmas Day.

I hope you like the pictures and have a wonderful Christmas.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Christmas Card
Inside of Christmas Card

Prima Doll Misses Claus
Dress Layers
Gift card holder/card
Gift Card

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Free USPS Truck Digi Stamp That Wasn't Meant to Be

I just spent many hours making what I consider by far my best digi ever.

It was of a USPS truck.  In the past, I had searched the web high and low for this very digi and not been able to find it.

I was about to post this shinny new digi when I asked myself, "what if there is a reason no one has it".  A quick search of the usps website that I should have made before spending many hours making this digi revealed what looked like a $25 charge to even ask for use of their logo.

I can't justify spending that just so I can share a digi so I'm afraid it will remain a beautiful masterpiece that no one will ever see and a USPS truck without the logo just isn't the same.  Besides if they are that uptight about their logo I kind of fear putting a digi that look so much like a post office truck even without the logo.

It hurts not to share this one :(

Anyway what's lost is lost I guess.

Earlier today I went on a walk a looking at nature for insperation.  Luckly nature isn't copyrighted :)

Here are a few fun pictures I took on my walk.

squirrel on tree
Just Hanging Out

duck in grass
Relaxing in the Sun

frightened squirrel
Who's that

sidewalk with shadows
The walk home

Looking up at the trees
Looking up at the trees

I also took a few that will be turned into digi stamps that I'll save to show you later.

Have a great day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Free Candlelit Sconce Digi Stamp

I hope you like my latest free digi stamp.  This is the hardest one I have ever made to date.

free candlelit sconce digi stamp
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Here is an example I colored.

candlelit sconce
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If you do use this or any of my digi stamps and put your creation online tell people you got the digi from this blog.  Do not post the uncolored digi.  Thanks for understanding.  I spend hours to make these digi stamps to share on our blog.

 Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

How to make a Envelope with the Martha Stewart Circle Cutter

How to make a Envelope
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I made this Envelope 5 x 5 1/2 envelope using The Martha Stewart Circle Cutter and the Martha Stewart
Score Board.
Martha Stewart Score Board
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First, I scored the paper to create a rectangle in the center of paper that would be the size of the finial envelope.

Martha Stewart Circle Cutter
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Next, I used my Martha Stewart Circle Cutter.  I put the center x on the score line and lined up the blade with the intersection of the scores at the number matching that lines length.  For example for the 5 inch side I would put the blade in the 5 slot and the x on the score line.  Then simply do a half circle until I reach the next intersection.  Repeat 3 more times.  I hope that's clear, I'm sure the photos will help.
making a envelope
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How to use the Martha Stewart Circle Cutter
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Martha Stewart Circle Cutter Envelope
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Then I cut a paper and added it to the inside of the card for a finished look.
how to make a envelope
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I made this envelope to go with a Mothers Day card for my mom.

handmade envelope
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Hand Made Mother's Day Card
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Mother's Day Card
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Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

How to use the Martha Stewart Circle Cutter

If you have never used the Martha Stewart Circle Cutter or if yours doesn't seem to work this how to will be helpful.

Before I get to the how to let me explain what led to this blog post.  Last night Susy (my wife who also scrapbooks) told me she was going to toss this tool because it didn't work.  She asked if before she tossed it I wanted it.

I took it from her and after only a few minutes was able to make it work.  I offered to give it back, but she said I could keep it.  I know all this might seem silly she's my wife and all so I could really use her tools whenever I want.  The thing is Susy is very particular about how "her" things are put away and cared for.  Now that it's "mine" that's less stress for me.  Anyway back to the subject why had it never worked for her?

Susy had always tried to use it on her self healing scrapbook mat.  The blade would dig into the mat and stop spinning.  I fixed this problem by using a glass cutting mat.  Do not buy this tool if you don't have a glass mat because it will not work.

Step by step how to make a circle:

1) Gather your Martha Stewart Circle Cutter, a glass cutting mat, and a paper

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2) Remove a blade from the top of the spinner circle and put it in but pressing into the bottom of the tool and carefully removing the plastic cover for the blade.

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3) Select the size circle you want and line up the tools blade with the slots on the spinner.  Hold the spinner and cutting tool firmly down and take the blade on a trip around the spinner.
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Note that for me the sizes smaller than 1 3/8 diameter would not work.  The smaller your circle the harder the tool will be to use.

4) After cutting out your circles carefully put the cutting blade away.

I made this just for fun I'm not sure what I'll use it on someday.

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Note that when you look at the circles I actually cut out they aren't completely perfect.  I suspect that with more practice I would get better.
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In the end, would I call the Martha Stewart Circle Cutter the perfect tool?  No, but it is helpful to be able to cut almost any circle between 1 3/8 and 5 1/2 anywhere on a project.  I actually already had a project in mind for tomorrows post using this tool.

I hope if like Susy you have this tool sitting in a drawer for a long time and never been able to use it this post helps you.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Handmade Christmas Gift Bag

Christmas Gift Bag
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Susy made this gift bag for to hold a gift card for her brother Machi.

We had a small early Christmas this past weekend with him because he was not going to be able to come down for Christmas.

Everyone loved the gift bag.  Her mom actually kept it because she's going to reuse it.

A gift bag might be slightly unusual packaging for a gift card, but personally I like unusual packaging becasue it makes the present more of a surprise.

Susy still talks about a secret Santa years ago at her work.  The person had put a gift card inside a giant box and attacked it to several helium balloons.  Unusual packaging can add that little something extra to a gift IMO.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Day Away from Scrapbooking

Not to long ago my mom asked what I wanted for Christmas.  This is always a hard question for me because there are very few things I want.  After she asked me for a few weeks I told her I would like a Meyer Lemon tree, but knew that was a hard gift to get (because of shipping cost and laws about shipping citrus).

Solving the problem she sent me a card with $100 and told me to go get my tree.

I did just that this past weekend

key lime tree, meyer lemon tree
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I got myself a Meyer Lemon and a Key Lime Tree.  The tall one in the back is the Key Lime.

Both of them had flowers and the Key Lime even has fruit

Key Lime flower buds
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meyer lemon flowers
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baby meyer lemons
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My little porch garden is actually doing well for it's self this year

I have 3 orchids in bloom

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I also have tomatoes growing.  I even already picked 1.

I would have loved to show you all my plants.   Unfortunately Blogger isn't letting me add more photos, I'm not sure why.

Sorry for the non scrappy post.  I just love my garden and wanted to share it.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Free Flower Digi Stamp

I hope you enjoy this free flower digi stamp.

Free Flower Digi Stamp
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I colored an example of it so you could see how it looks colored.

flower stamp
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Last, but not least here is the photo that I took and used for inspiration.  It actually isn't a flower at all.  It's a cactus that I'm growing in my garden.

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I hope you like my newest free digi creation.  I would be happy and honored if you choice to use it to make your own creation.  Simply click on the digi image to enlarge it and than save it to your computer.

If you do use this or any of my digi stamps and put your creation online tell people you got the digi from this blog.  Do not post the uncolored digi on your blog.  Thanks for understanding.  I spend hours to make these digi stamps to share on our blog.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Free Orchid Digi Stamp

This is my 2nd digi stamp to make.  I like how it turned out.  I've developed a new process for making my digi stamps that I'll share later in the post.  However, before I go on and on here is the free digi.

orchid digi stamp
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I colored an example of the digi to share with you.

colored digi stamp
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For those of you who want to know how my digi making has improved so much since my last digi that was was cute, but IMO not very good.  Keep reading.

bee digi stamp
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OK so how did I do it?

I started by going outside and taking some photos.  I picked a photo of one of my orchids for this digi.

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Next I ran the photo thru a coloring book program and got this back.

coloring book style orchid
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This is actually a pretty image IMO, but has to much going on and all those little dots wouldn't look good when you colored it. I used my computer to erase many of the dots and then printed out the picture.

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Next I took my printed photo and got out my ink pen.  I outlined all the orchids filling in lines that were missing.

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Finally I was starting to get close to finishing.  I re-uploaded the photo to the computer and finished removing the dots.  Looking at the image I didn't like the flower on the left.  I used the computer to change it.  I also added a branch coming off the right flower and moved the branch going to the left flower.  Last, but not least I used the computer to turn this image into a transparency.  By doing this I was able to give the image a pure white background that I was not able to achieve in any other way.   Note that my bee digi isn't on a pure white background.

free orchid digi stamp
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I hope you like my new digi.  It wasn't easy to make, but I loved getting to make something of value to share with my scrappy friends.  If I receive positive comments I make many more free digi stamps.  If you have a digi stamp request let me know and I will do my best to take a photo of that item and turn it into a digi.

You are welcome to make any creation you want with this digi.  Please give credit to this blog and don't share the raw digi image if you use this digi in a post.  I work hard on my free digi stamps and hope they bring traffic to the blog.  Thanks for understanding.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Embellishment Storage Bag

All scrapbookers eventually run into the same problem.


Over the years Susy and I have tried many different storage methods.  Some have worked great and others have been less successful.   However, recently we faced a new storage problem.  Susy wanted a place to keep her large scrapbooking embellishments that she uses often on the desk.  Previously these embellishments were in a messy pile.

Her solution was easy.  She took a brown paper bag decorated it. 

Now all those must have embellishments are on the desk, but don't take up lots of space and finally look pretty.

Have a Great Day and happy Scrapbooking!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

New Look at Our Store

If you visit our store you will see a new banner at the top of our homepage.

New Scrapbook Banner
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I'm not a computer expert, so this actually took me several days to make.  I started by making the picture.  I simply drew and cut out all the parts.  Next, I took a ink pen and drew in all the sew lines.

The project was too large to scan at 12x24 inches so I had to take a photo.  Sadly, my stitches did not show well up in the photo.  Not discourage I went back in with my computer and added all those little stitches by tracing over my original stitch lines.

When I showed it to Susy she liked it, but wanted clouds.  I went back in with the computer and added clouds to the image. Then it was a "simple" matter of adding the text to our new banner.

Last, but not least I added links to it.  The house links to your account, the truck tells you when your package will arrive, our store tells you more about Susy and I, and the 3 stitched words tell you about our price match guarantee, free shipping and easy returns.

 There are a few changes I may still make to it, but at least our temporary banner is finally gone.  I was never happy with it, but could never find one to replace it.  I hope you like our new banner more than the old one.
old scrapbook banner
Old temporary banner

In other news, we are now using Amazon to  host our new banner image and will be moving other images to Amazon shortly.  This should not only speed up the load time of our store, but will also save us money so we can keep our prices the best online.

Sorry that I've been away from the blog a few days.  I promise to have a new fun post tomorrow.

Until then have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Handmade Birthday Card

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I made this birthday card for my mom.

I feel like everytime I make a new card I get a little better.  I'm very happy with how this one turned out.

You might recognize the stamped Prima doll from a previous post on November 24.  Susy actually gets credit for coloring the doll.

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I stamped and colored the birthday present.  I found blending in the streamers very hard, but I think it turned out well.  The hardest part of this stamp was figuring out how to cut it out.  Many parts of the stamp were not connected to the main image.  I cut out the image leaving small areas that were not stamped to connect all the stamped areas.

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On the inside of the card I added a large white area that I could write a long note to my mom in.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!