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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!

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!


Monday, July 1, 2013

DIY stamp press

I made myself a stamp press by using the acrylic sheet from a stamp positioner and some foam that something had come packed in. A cheap synthetic sponge would probably work as well, one that has some good thickness. Simply cut a few squares and attach with double sided tape.
Any sheet of thick and sturdy clear plastic will do. Perhaps you have a bit of plexiglass lying around. Or maybe an acrylic frame.

Monday, May 13, 2013

DIY easel (presentation) binder

I recently dowloaded a sketch book from Scrapbook Generation and the printout is in landscape form. Someone showed me a presentation binder online which would make it easy to look at my sketches without having to remove them from the binder (or have to turn the binder). So I thought, I bet I can make one myself! And this is what I came up with.

And voila! Here it is! Super simple, you can use a binder you already have. And if you need to move onto a bigger binder or a new one because it's falling apart, you can simply move your 'easel' part to a new one!

All you need is a couple of binder clips and a small piece of ribbon or yarn. Tie it to the binder clips and clip the edges of your binder like this. You simply flip the top of your binder back so it's 'inside out' before you clip both sides.

Or you can dress it up a little bit with some buttons or something.

And then when you need to close the binder, just unclip the back one and clip it onto the cover.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Punching notches for envelope making

We R Memory Keepers came out with a new envelope punch board, which is nice, but if you already have an envelope maker/scoring board it seems like a waste of money to buy another just for the handy punch feature. However, snipping out the notches on your envelope with a pair of scissors isn't very fun. A bit tedious actually.
So.... my little brain thought about how I might be able to punch the notches out. It's just a triangle - but you can't find a right angle triangle punch - and certainly not one that faces the way you need it! However, a square is just 2 right triangles that got married. :) You just have to turn it a bit. A large square will give you enough 'triangle' to punch out your notches. The one I used has sides that are approximately 1 1/2 inches. Smaller squares may not give you enough 'triangle' for punching.

Here's the paper after it's been cut and scored for an envelope.
Now what you want to do is flip over your punch and line up the corner of the punch just outside your score lines. (I should've use pencil so you could see the lines better but I was hurrying to show you! Oops just noticed a scrap of paper still in my punch!)
Go around and punch out all 4 notches.

Voila! Neater and faster! Just fold up your envelope now. You can always use a corner rounder on your corners if you want to. Or a border punch on the flap like in this post.


Thursday, February 28, 2013

Miss Saigon v.2

Another Miss Saigon layout I did from another performance we went to. This time, I didn't have the playbill but I did have the tickets! This time I went with the logo, using MTC and a pen tool in my cutter to draw the helicopter/face. Since that's just an outline I had to go and color it all in.
The papers I had to work with were a bit different in finish so in the picture you can see the transition in the penwork/coloring. Doesn't look too bad in person though.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Miss Saigon

A memorabilia page. Unfortunately, I don't have the tickets. At least, I couldn't find any. So frustratingly I don't know the actual date we went.
This is what the original poster looks like so I was trying to duplicate it in part - but wanted to use a background paper that had a bit of an 'oriental' feel to it. This was the closest I had in the LO below.

I cut the title logo using MTC and since I wanted it to be flat and not layered, I cut it out in both yellow and black and swapped out the appropriate colors. I cut just the 'i' in white for the circle part. I used a circle cutter for the sun and tore the bottom edge then inked it with a stipple brush.