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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Spinning ribbon rack storage

A couple of quick pictures on what else you can use the Cropper Hopper spinning ribbon rack for - besides ribbon!
If you use binder clips you can hang little baggies of things like eyelets or buttons. You can also make little boxes and use binder clips to hang them from the rods. (note: the mini ones won't fit the rods but the small binder clips do) The top two tiers will hold 3 x 5 inch boxes. These are 3/4 in on the sides but may accommodate up to 2 inches I think.The bottom is lower and only fits 1 1/2 inch tall boxes (you can see a clear one in the second picture below.)
You could also hang toilet paper rolls from the rods and use them to hold pens and markers. I don't use mine this way but I thought I'd take a picture to show. That tube holds 7 Marvy Le Plume markers.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Hanukkah cards

For this design, I was going with the 'festival of lights' that is Hanukkah so chose a lamp post which I embossed. The card base was misted with silver mist although you can't tell in the picture.
The second card was for someone whose family is interfaith and celebrates both Hanukkah and Christmas. And a holiday greeting stamp worked well, too, with the theme of the cards.
I did not realize I had planned the outside and inside with different orientations. LOL So the front of the card is horizontal while the inside is vertical.

Monday, December 22, 2014

One die, many doilies

With one die, you can stretch it into many doilies of varying designs and sizes. Just a careful snip of the scissors (or slice of a craft knife) will give you many options.
You could come up with even more than these, but here are 10. Starting with the original die cut straight from the die (Lifestyle Crafts).

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kaleidoscope Creations Stamps....

I've got my 4th, and final for this year, sets designed and ready to be sent off to have the samples made.

Come check out all my designs from this year over at:

Monday, July 21, 2014

Getting your Quickutz/Lifestyle Crafts doily die to cut....

I recently bought a very nice doily die from Lifestyle Crafts at Michaels but it did not want to cut in my cuttlebug. I had to really shim it up so that it was almost impossible to crank. And it cut thin paper better than cardstock.
I finally came to the realization that the ejection foam in the die was probably interfering with the ability to cut well. Unlike other wafer dies, these dies are entirely closed so there's no open space or holes to poke out your cuts and the bits and pieces. That's what the foam is for - to push the paper back out after it cuts it.
So I removed the foam from the outside of the cut and from the die cut shape. I left the foam in all the little places that would be the open areas in the die cut shape. I did NOT want to try and pick all those out of the die after!

You will likely have adhesive residue left behind in spots. You'll need to go back and clean that off. Or if you're lazy like me, rub cornstarch all over it and then use and old toothbrush to brush the excess cornstarch away. Worked pretty good for me - yours will depend on how much sticky got left behind.

Then I found that trying to pick the diecut out with a needle and not tearing it could get tricky (and a hassle). So I went back and grabbed a scrap of the foam, stuck it down in one little spot on the edge of the doily, and ran it through the machine to cut the foam inside the edge of the die shape. Throw away the excess and you will have this. A little spot where the edge will pop back up so you can grab it and peel out your diecut!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

My new release (aka round 2)....

Here are my new designs. I just got the samples today and gave them a whirl. Will be putting in my order in a few days. If you're interested, send me an email at in the next couple of days before I place my order. If you buy directly from me, not my Etsy shop, then you save a dollar or two. Once they go in the Etsy shop I have to increase the price by $1 - $2 to help make up the additional fees.  This is the 'direct from me' price.

Recipe Album
$23 plus shipping

This set is 6 x 8 (which is like getting two 4 x 6 sets [wink] ) and contains 59 stamps.
'Wild Game' and 'Slow Cooker' are one stamp each. 'From the' and 'Kitchen of' are also one stamp each. The rest are single stamps that can be individual or combined as you wish.

Home Sweet Home
$13 plus shipping

This set is 4 x 6 and contains 17 stamps.

Magical Vacation
$13 plus shipping
This set is 4 x 6 and contains 20 stamps. ('extra' and 'magical' are separate stamps)

More Magical Vacation
$13 plus shipping
This set is 4 x 6 and contains 21 stamps.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

My new stamp venture....

Some stamps I recently created. I wasn't planning on posting here actually but there's been an issue with some people seeing my images in photobucket. I'll be opening an Etsy shop soon.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Toadstool Twine Holders

I recently came across a picture of some cute little toadstools with twine wrapped around the stem. Apparently the blogger actually bought them on Etsy. They appear to be made from little wood spools and a wooden half ball. I thought these are so cute and I had been thinking of changing up my twine storage. But of course, I always see what I can do with what I have on hand. And it's things like this as to why I save a lot of 'crap'. LOL  Click photos to enlarge.

Here's what I started with. Mini dowels - I have no idea how I ended up with these but I've had a little package of them for quite awhile. Mini Christmas ornaments. These harken all the way back to when I was 14 years old and bought a mini tree and ornaments for my family. I stopped using them for any decorating years ago but held onto them. They're styrofoam so all I had to do was pull the silky thread covering off and cut the in half. I cut the mini dowels in half and inserted the cut end into the flat side of the styrofoam.  I poked the hole first with the dowel, took it back and put some hot glue in the hole before reinserting the dowel. There was a hole on the top of the ball so I filled it in with some hot glue.

Then I painted the underside and stems a cream color and the tops different colors for my twine. I didn't worry about an exact match though some are pretty close. Wrapped the twine around the stem leaving a bit of space at the bottom.

Then I found this old piece of wood in the shed. I cut it to length and drilled holes for my stems. The spacing was measured first and since I was covering it, it didn't matter about any pencil lines or marks and I didn't concern myself with sanding it.

 I covered it with pretty paper, trimmed the side out with wide ribbon that wrapped under the bottom edge, and glued a piece of watercolor paper over the bottom. (I didn't have a large enough piece of chipboard.)

Voila! A cute little twin holder and some repurposed memorabilia!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Special ordering products at JoAnn....

Recently there was a DCWV stack that I really wanted but it turns out my local JoAnn wasn't going to be carrying it. It had been several years since the last time I had asked and based on what I saw people post on the internet (whether or not there's a shipping charge), I wasn't sure how it worked anymore. So I asked the manager about how special ordering.

There is NO charge if the item comes from the warehouse. They will be able to tell you this but also here's a tip if you see a shelf tag. There are 2  letters on the bottom right side of the shelf tag. The letters DC means it comes from the warehouse (Distribution Center) and there is NO shipping charge for a special order. If it says DS, that means it comes straight from the vendor and a shipping charge would apply.

Now, I thought I'd share that tip with other people about special ordering and emailed with Erin at DCWV to let other customers know how they can get the stacks their stores may not have been selected to carry.
Erin recently posted a video on youtube about how to order the stacks at JoAnn and I thought I'd take the credit I deserve ;)  and say I gave her that tip. (She never mentioned that someone had emailed her about this problem and shared how to solve it.) Here's the video:

How to special order [stacks] at JoAnn

While I didn't save the full email, I do have her response since I shared it with some other people on March 4.

Hi Tammy,
Thank you, thank you for your email! I have spent some of today looking into this. I had no idea that this was an issue! I found out that yes, not every single store will get the releases. We will try and do a better job and relaying the information on which kind of stores will receive the stacks, but sometimes we don't know either! We are working hard on getting our products up on the website so people can order online too! So sorry for the inconvenience!

I believe in giving credit (in some form at least) where credit is due and so I'm claiming mine. LOL

Monday, January 27, 2014

DIY die positioner

When I saw that Little B was coming out with a positioner for wafer thin dies for manual cutting machines I thought, hey, that's easy enough to make! Also, no price had been stated at that point (I have since found out it's $4) and I was pretty sure it could be done cheaper. It's just an adhesive mat with a grid (and additional markings).

You can find gridded quilting templates in stores such as JoAnn (where I got mine) that sells a lot of quilting supplies. This is what I picked up - with a 50% off coupon it was $2.14. It's very thin and easy to cut. It's probably about the thickness of lightweight cardstock.
The mat made by Little B is 6 x 12 inches. This template material is 12 x 18 inches. This will give you enough material for four smaller mats (such as Cuttlebug sized) or three 6 x 12 mats if you so desire that many!

For the cuttlebug, cutting mat C is what you'll be using. It's the adapter plate for wafer thin dies. You will cut the mat 7 5/8 in length (longest side) and 5 7/8 in width.  Do NOT rely on the measurements on your trimmer. Follow the markings on the template. (Sorry, I should've gotten a full pic - both the template and cutting mat are positioned in the landscape orientation. This is how you'll be able to cut 4 pieces if you want to.)

As you can see here after I cut the material the edge of the template goes slightly over the edge of the cutting mat and beyond the rounded corner.

You are going to trim this to the edge of the outside marking.

Next, you can round the corners. I found that the green paper shapers corner rounder (EK Success) was pretty much the right size. Here's the mat all trimmed and rounded.

Now you're going to cover it with repositionable adhesive.  I actually applied it to my cutting plate and one side of the template but you can apply it to both sides of the template. Don't get heavy with it - particularly on the side the dies are going to be stuck to! Your paper will also stick when it's rolled through and you'll want to be able to pull it off.


Here's an example where I used it to make a Polaroid frame. (I didn't have the right size rectangle but it was easy enough to trim the bottom after.) You will notice in the second pic my mat was a bit too sticky in one spot and my paper got left behind a bit.  

I just used a damp cloth and gently rubbed the paper off. No problem and didn't take all the tack off either.

One last thing.... it's hard to determine which side is the printed side with the grid! If you find out after the fact like I did - I had a small spot where the paper had stuck and lifted the adhesive and print off in the center - simply remove the grid and flip it over. (Apply adhesive if necessary - since I had applied it to my plate the first time, I had to put some on again when I had to flip the template.)
And be sure you use this with the die's cutting side up. If you put your die face down on the grid you will be cutting yourself some masks/stencils!