Saturday, November 22, 2014

Have a bright and merry!

I have been a terrible blog friend for quite some time.  I haven't been keeping up on blogs like I used to and I hate that.  I know there are so many fun things going on out there and I am missing out.  I do however see some cards here and there in my Flickr feed.  I was scrolling this morning and saw 2 cards using these Dual Stitched Dies from Lil Inkers and I felt inspired!  Laura Bassen had one with the coolest background of little polkas and Amy Kolling had a gorgeous one with embossed snowflakes.  So I pulled out my dies....


I used the Dual Stitched circles from Lil Inker on the base of my card.  I added in some Pure Poppy patterned paper underneath.  I stamped this adorable Christmas Tree from SSS and added in a scrap of card stock that I colored with a brown Copic.  I popped the tree up on foam tape and layered it on the front.  Next, I used a little star die and some gold card stock to decorate the top of the tree and a little strip along the bottom.  


So that is it for today!  So happy to be inspired this morning.  I am looking daily for the lost mojo and this makes me happy.  I am however having TONS of fun with some DIY crafting.  I recently hosted a Christmas craft day at my house and we made several things.  Here is picture of everything grouped together.


We made the burlap banner on the wall.  I used the most amazing Lawn Fawn banner dies for that and then we painted the letters on with stencils I made using my cameo.  We painted the NOEL letters with a gorgeous red and brown wash.  We painted and distressed the mason jar salt and pepper shakers and then we decorated the wine bottle/candle holders on the tray.  The tray is all decorated up and currently sitting on my table.  I love it!  I have 2 big distressed signs in the works, so I will have to come back and share soon!

Hope you are all doing well!  Thanks for coming by today!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Washi Caddy Giveaway!

Hey there!  Another long time no see.  It's been crazy around here with zero crafting, sick kiddos and lots of the usual fun busyness.  I am SO excited that Christmas is in the air.  The tree is going up and the decorations are coming out and I know.  It's early.  But I don't care.  I love Christmas and I need it to last for awhile so I'm starting now!  

So I am here today with a fun little organizer from Organize More.  It's a Washi Caddy.  Or in my case a Washi/Sequin organizer.  :)

Check it out....

Washi caddy

Here are the details straight from the Organize More site...

This Washi Tape and More Caddy is the perfect way to keep your washi tape organized and ready to use. The 12 cubbies each neatly holds groups of tape So, you can arrange them with like colors. With the premium grade wood inserts, the cabinet grade birch casing, and markerboard bottom, this unit is extremely durable. The casing is painted white for a nice, finished look and feel. It fits right on your desktop or shelf and can easily be carried from place to place. Part of our new Desktop collection of organizers. Only from OrganizeMore!
  • 12 cubbies- 4.12"w x 1.87"d x 1.5"h
  • indented handles on each end
  • overall dimensions: 13.75"w x 9"d x 1.87"h

This is the same bright white paint used on the ink organizers I have reviewed (and use and LOVE) in the past.  The build is very sturdy but still light enough to move around your workspace or in a drawer.  

Washi Caddy from Organize More

I use mine for both my washi and sequins.  You can see the corners are well put together, sanded nicely and just a great quality product.  The frame is made with pine and the inside dividers are a lighter wood.

Washi Caddy from Organize More

There is a nice handle that I think makes this looks so finished.

Washi Caddy from Organize More

Here is another shot showing all the compartments.  You can see the larger rolls of fabric tape fit just find but at another angle.  I have the little bad of washi lined up, too.

Washi Caddy from Organize More

The long dividers do slide out if you want to make the compartments bigger.

Washi Caddy from Organize More

This caddy fits perfectly in my Alex drawer....

Washi Caddy from Organize More

There is room to spare, so I can fit larger embellishments or tools on  the side, too!

Washi Caddy from Organize More

Do you want one of your own?  I know you do! Keep reading!

Washi Caddy from Organize More

 Organize More is going to give one caddy (washi not included) to a lucky commenter here on this post.

Leave a comment with your favorite use for Washi. 

 I will close the comments on Wednesday, November 26th at midnight CST.

They have also been generous enough to give out a 10% code for your purchases.  Just use "SOAPBOXNOV14" for 10% off before shipping.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a great day!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

PTI Release in Review...

I have lots of fun stuff to share today!  November's release over at Papertrey Ink has definitley been a fun one so please hang in there with me through all these photos!  :)

First let me show you how I used the Mat Stack 7 Basics stamp set and die.  I made a set of place cards for Thanksgiving!


I took the largest Mat Stack 7 die and scored it right down the middle.  I added in a little image from the stamp set, popped up on foam tape, then I stamped out the names using the Fresh alphabet ever!!


These dies work AMAZING for place cards and have that great finished look.  AND they are SUPER easy!


Stamps: Mat Stack 7 Basics, Fresh Alphabet
Paper: Rustic Cream
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Canyon Clay, Dark Chocolate
Misc: Mat Stack 7 Die



When I saw the newest Monthly Moments die, I saw a tag.  I ran it through again with gold card stock so I could have some gold triangles.  I put a piece of washi behind the die and added in the gold triangles in place.  I misted the front of the tag with black Copic and then added in a strip of Gold Striped Washi.  I punched a hole in the top corner and used some black twine for the tag.  I think this will look adorable on a bottle of wine.


Stamps: Keep it Simple: Happy New Year
Paper: Stampers Select White, Gold Cardstock
Ink: Versafine Black Onyx
Misc: Gold Striped Washi, Banner Journal Card, Black Twine, Black Copic Mist



For this next card, I cut out the Journal Card 6 and stamped an image from Fair Isle Motifs until I had the tag covered except for just a small section of the bottom.  I added in a strip of gold yardstick at the bottom and then a snowflake from Fancy Flakes on top. The little gold star I added in with foam tape.  I popped up the whole tag on the card base and then cut the top off of the tag.  Last, I stamped the sentiment in black under the tag.


Stamps: Fair Isle Motifs and Holiday Thanks
Paper: Stampers Select White, Kraft, Gold Cardstock
Ink: Fresh Snow, Versafine Black Onyx
Misc: Journal Card 6, Fancy Flakes



I used several sentiments in the Happy New Year set and stamped out a colorful background.  I layered a pice of Hawaiian Shore cardstock and black washi.  The cutest most fun little number stamps are available this month and I love this so much!  I stamped and die cut 2015 on a sheet of labels and added them in.  Last, I heat embossed the clock image on the star die (from the Star Shaker dies) and sewed a few stitches on top to hold it in place.  


Here is a close up of Type Strip Numbers....


Stamps: Happy New Year, Type Strips Numbers
Paper: Stampers Select White, Hawaiian Shores
Ink: Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores, Lemon Tart, Simply Chartreuse, Summer Sunrise, Versafine Black Onyx, Versamark
Misc: Star Ornament Die, Filigree White Embossing powder, Black Striped Washi, Type Strips Die



I made a tag with Pom Pom Pals.  I stamped the image and colored it in and then added it onto the Tag Sale #4 die.  I stamped the To: and From: on the back, after adding in some black and white twine.


Stamps: Pom Pom Pals
Paper: Pure Poppy, Stampers Select White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo
Misc: Tag Die, Black Twine



I used the new Cover Plate: Peony for this card.  I cut out the plate onto a white adhesive sheet and the attached the cut out to the card base.  It made a great mask.  Then I used a Copic Airbrush to lightly mist over the mast.  I stamped the verse from A Cheerful Heart and then added in a few sequin.


Stamps: A Cheerful Heart
Paper: Stampers Select White
Ink: Versafine Black Onyx
Misc: Copic Airbrush, Copics, Sequin, Cover Plate: Peony



Have you seen these picture frames from Ikea? They are just so fun because you can slide a picture in or even a handmade creation.  I use the newest Phrase Play #10 to make this little framed piece.


Stamps: Phrase Play #10
Paper: Soft Stone and Soft Stone Patterned Paper, Stampers Select White
Ink: Versamark
Misc: Phrase Play #10 Die, Ikea Frame, Filigree Embossing Powder



You may have already seen this card HERE, but wanted to share it again. I love the Floral Flaps die.  It has so many possibilities!


Stamps: Mat Stack Basics 7
Paper: Stampers Select White, Soft Stone Patterned Paper, Linen Vellum
Die: Floral Flaps
Misc: Filigree White Embossing Powder

Thanks so much for coming by again today!  I hope you have enjoyed all my cards for this month's release.  The other girls have lots to share too.  Here is a list of their links to visit....

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Heather Nichols
Dawn McVey
Melissa Phillips
Erin Lincoln
Laura Bassen
Danielle Flanders
Ashley Cannon Newell

Thanks so much for stopping in today! 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Introducing Cuppa Love

Welcome to another day of the Papertrey Ink Countdown.  Today we have a fun new set and die to share.  I have 2 different cards to share so lets get started...


First, I stamped Background Basics: Super Stripes in Versamark ink, on a Aqua Mist card base.  I die the white cup and then stamped the images on the cup.   I used a sentiment from Keep it Simple: Get Well Soon on the cup as well.  I added a little steam image from Warm Wishes in Fresh Snow ink.  I attached the cup to the card base and then cut off the bottom of the cup.  For a little decoration, I added a black pearl to the center of the cup.  


I made a card using the cup die, but placing the card stock down from the top of the die, just a tad, so I could get a fold at the top.  


I stamped the same images and colors on the front of this cup card.  At the top of the card, I punched a little hole and threaded some twine through so I could staple a tea bag on the inside.  I added the little tag to the other end of the twine.  


I hope you like today's cards.  Stop back by tomorrow for the rest of this month's release!

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Heather Nichols
Dawn McVey
Melissa Phillips
Erin Lincoln
Laura Bassen
Danielle Flanders
Ashley Cannon Newell

Have a great day!


Stamps: Cuppa, Keep it Simple: Get Well Soon, Background Basics: Super Stripes 
Paper: Stampers Select White, Aqua Mist
Ink: Versamark, Versafine Black Onyx, Melon Berry, Aqua Mist
Misc: Cuppa Dies