Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Savings: Get Advice and Follow Directions

Cringe when I think about how much I've wasted because I didn't know how to use something properly and didn't take the time to find out.  This card provides two examples -- Ranger Glossy Accents and the Cameo/Silhouette.

Ranger's Glossy Accents  How many bottles have I tossed?  Love this stuff, but the tip clogged every single time.  I'd stick pins in the top, trim the top, run the bottle under warm water, etc.  Nothing worked and I'd ruin the bottle.  I would buy more thinking that somehow a new bottle would be better.

No, I was the problem, not the product.

Finally, asked on Facebook for advice and someone pointed out that Jennifer McGuire has posted that the way to avoid a clogged tip, is to use it, and then tap the bottle until the glossy accents recede out of the tip into the bottle.  If any remain in the tip, push out, tap and repeat until the tip is clear.   

See that glossy joy above?  Sometimes it takes a little patience, but so far I've used my one bottle repeatedly and have had no reason to toss it off the terrace. 

Cameo/Silhouette -- So frustrated over the years with jagged cuts.  Finally slowed down, got out a new blade, followed the prompts on the screen, and got a clean cut on this fairly intricate design (the "o" in joy is tiny).  This cardstock is 100# -- this was the first time I got a clean cut using cardstock this thick.  I've wasted a lot of paper just moving too fast...

Although this tip is obvious, we can save money slowing down, reading directions, and getting (and following) advice!  

And the card --


Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen Bokeh Dots 
Ink:  3 varieties of green (two Hero Arts and One Versamagic) -- just use three shades for depth
Paper:  Michaels Recollections White, SU vellum, Simon Says Stamp Cotton Candy, Cosmo Cricket Self Adhesive Glitter Sheets
Other:  Simon Says Stamp star dies, dimensionals, Glossy Accents, Silhouette (to cut out the word Joy)

HUSBAND'S COMMENT:  Oh, pink.  For Christmas. That's different.

Edited to add:  At Taheera's suggestion, I'm entering this into the Cure for the Monday Blues challenge that she hosts every week.  You can find it here.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

SU Holiday Home, With a Pop of Green

Devil of a time photographing this card....but lots of fun making it...

Used Stampin Up's Holiday Home to create a white, gray, and bright green card.  The strip of white on the side, the trees, snowflakes, and wreath are painted with Wink of Stella clear brush pen (love that stuff).

HUSBAND'S COMMENT = "I like the green." 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Ocean

We went to the ocean.  I did not want to return, but good human that I am, I did.

MOOD WHEN DONE = Serene  (let's see how long that lasts!!)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hello, Autumn Style

Used the tiny set of four leaves in Stampin Up Holiday Home to make a background to peek out from the die cut heart.

MOOD WHEN DONE = Happy for Autumn


Stamps:  Stampin Up Holiday Home; Mama Elephant Basic Borders and Hero Arts Everyday Sayings
Paper:  Michael's Recollections Cream
Ink:  All markers (various)
Other:  Twine colored with Copic marker, Paper Source Envelope, Clear and Simple Stamps Heart Die, dimensionals


I know I am way behind on ReDesign on a Dime and Sunday Savings posts.  They'll be back when time permits.  In the meantime, I hope to post a few cards here and there.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Letting the Background Do the Work

I Make I Talk Joan Bardee using AHA Arts

This pattern, which I made with a new to me company called AHA Arts Stamps (purchased at Paper Source), reminds me of Marimekko, which was so popular before many of you were born!  I LOVE Marimekko! 

Those bold colorful patterns make me happy.  The background is so bold and bright that I only needed white cardstock, ink, and a sentiment. 

Speaking of the sentiment, it is from Altenew's Quilled Elegance, which I won, along with a ridiculous amount of other stamps and items.  Jennifer Rzasa held a quick contest on Facebook and I guessed the right answer first.   Score!



I was able to get even coverage even with dye ink by stamping with a new product called MISTI.  It is like a plastic book/stamp positioner that allows you to stamp in the exact spot over and over.   At the moment, they are out of stock and the price just went up to $50, which is a lot of money.   But this thing is worth it as you'll save $$ on paper.  Shari Carroll did a video on how to use it here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Waltzingmouse Pajama Party/Wedding Card

I'm playing along with the WMS Pajama Party this month.  One of the challenges was to use an older WMS Christmas set.  I misread the challenge and am using an older set period.  But I'm declaring that Christmas involves love and therefore, that I am using an Older Christmas Set. 

The heart and sentiment is from My Heart.  The flourish is from Funky Feathers.  Since I need a wedding card, I thought this would be perfect.

The card has 3 layers -- white A2 card, a smaller vellum layer and then the top layer is the white trimmed to that the vellum peeks out around the edge.



Stamps:  WMS My Heart and Funky Flowers
Paper:  Recollections White, SU Vellum
Ink:  Versamagic Pixie Dust and Grapefruit Pink, and Versamark
Other:  Gold Embossing Powder, embossing buddy, pearl, dimensionals

Hope your Monday is a good one!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Savings: Cleaning Stamps

Today's tip is saving money cleaning stamps.  Boring, but a dime is a dime, right?

I’ve used specialty cleaners and a scrubber, but hated buying the cleaner and the scrubber sometimes left little pieces on my stamps.  I switched to baby wipes, but they are pricey and not environmentally friendly.

I kept reading about the Absorber and thought I'd give it a try.  I think it was made to dry off cars, but the chances of me ever washing or drying a car is zero.  

Bottom line, it's great!  Since I couldn't figure out what to do with it (brain cell issues), I thought I'd share how to use it.

I got the mini version -- it's less than $10 for a very large piece (17" x 13").  I cut a smaller piece and put away the rest, where I suspect it will outlive all of us.

It comes in a plastic tube, and out of the container is soft and pliable.  I soon learned that if it sits out in the air, it dries and becomes hard, like cardboard.  (I thought I had killed it.)   

Also, I kept trying to clean the stamps with the absorber and nothing else.  It didn't absorb a thing and I wondered what was wrong.  Finally, it occurred to me to wet it.  It's a miracle!!  The water and ink and alcohol all just get "absorbed." I have no idea where they go. 

If water doesn’t clean my stamp, I put a little cheap rubbing alcohol on the absorber and that does the trick -- this works really well for metallic inks.  And, no, it doesn't harm my stamps.

Before I start stamping, I see if it's too dry and if so, spritz with water and it's fine.  If I keep it out for a few hours, I spritz again. 

Here's mine, in its container .... 

Lovely, isn't it?  I've used it for a few months without washing it.  Guess it's time to throw in the washer (but not the dryer)!  Love this thing...

Now they need to make a synthetic cook (The Cookster) and I'll be all set.