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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: http://kaleidoscopecreationsstamps.blogspot.com/

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 kaleidoscope.creations.shop@gmail.com 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 joann.com website so people can order online too! So sorry for the inconvenience!
E

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!




Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Friendship calendar...

I didn't take detail pics of the parts on pop dots but here it is.
I made this calendar for my sweet friend who's my 'virtual mom'. She sends cookies to me clear across the country! It was just my little way of showing her how much I appreciate her kindness and generosity.

In case you can't read the quotes very well I'm posting them with each picture and a few notes on some of the embellishments. Some of the papers have glitter which the camera doesn't capture.

We can do no great things - only small things with great love.   (this was from an old desk calendar)


 Strangers are friends waiting to happen. (fur trim and bear are flocked)


A friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart. (heart is popdotted, butterfly is from barrettes sold at the dollar store)



A good friend is like a four leaf clover. Hard to find and lucky to have. 


A true friend is one who thinks you're a good egg even if you are half cracked. (chick is flocked)


A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it back to me when memory fails. (pop dotted the bird and leaves)


Friendship isn't a big thing, it's a million little things. (ladybug popdotted)


There are big ships and small ships but the best ship of all is friendship.


We are captains of our own ships sailing the sea of life, but in times of a stormy weather you will discover true friends when they don't hesitate to be a lighthouse.


A friend accepts as we are yet helps us to be as we should. ( butterfly is pop dotted)


Friendship is a sheltering tree. (tree stamp is watercolored)


Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. (flowers are handmade from layering punches/dies for 3d effect)



Friends are kisses blown to us by angels. (angel is heat embossed w/red powder)



The calendar was made with the cuttlebug calendar embossing folder set and inked. Numbers stamped with clear stamp calendar sets.

Thank you for stopping by and looking. I'm quite proud and happy about this project. :)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

dies with matching stamps....

Using your die to cut craft foam is a great way to make matching stamps. These were cut from a sizzlits set. I used a craft knife to cut out the windows fully so they won't get inked.
Using a stamp press helps to align the stamp with the diecut almost perfectly!




Monday, December 16, 2013

Making little gift bags with a score board....

WRMK has come out with some convenient punch boards for different projects including gift bags. But why spend money on them if you already own a score board? And different boards for different purposes take up more space. Making gift bags is pretty simple. I have also marked the score lines with a pencil so they'd be easier to see in the pictures (you don't need to draw the score lines yourself!)
Hopefully my directions are fairly easy to understand. Sorry, I don't do videos. LOL

First, you will have to do a little math. Decide how wide you want the sides of your bag to be and how wide the front/back will be. Add the measurements together and add 1/2 inch for the tab. Your paper will need to be this wide. My bag is 3 inches front/back with 1 1/2 inch sides.
 3 + 3 + 1.5 + 1.5 + 0.5 = 9.5

Now you need to determine the height. How tall do you want your bag to be? To this you will add the next measurement (the bottom of the bag).  Mine is 6 inches.
The bottom of your bag will be the same as the width of the side. Subtract 1/4 inch from this measurement. My bag is 1 1/2 inches wide on the side. 1.5 - 0.25 = 1.25
6 + 1.25 = 7.25

My paper needs to be 9 1/2 inches wide by 7 1/4 inches high.

Begin by scoring your paper for your width measurements. Side (1.5), front (3), side (1.5), back (3). Your 1/2 inch tab will bet the remainder on the right.


Turn paper and score your bottom measurement. (1.25)


 Turn paper upright again and draw a tick mark 1/4 inch from edge. Make tick marks 1/4 inch from each vertical score line.


Fold/crease all scored lines.


Trim off section on the bottom right. This will begin your tab.


Trim off a corner at the top and bottom of the tab from the score line to the outer edge.


Make your bottom flaps by cutting on a diagonal from your tick mark to the bottom (horizontal) score line.


You now have your 4 bottom flaps.


Add adhesive to the front side of your tab and fold bag so your left side overlaps your tab.


Add adhesive to one of your larger flaps. Fold in side flaps first, then the one with adhesive and fold over last flap.
 

Tuck sides in and pinch top. If you want, pinch top together and cut with decorative edge scissors.


Punch holes in top and thread with ribbon.



I hope you found this simple enough to follow. You can make various size bags simply by doing the math!

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