Thursday, February 9, 2017

Cardstock Cutting Formula = Quicker Card Making

Hello there my fellow crafters!

I have come up with something to save the bug some money. I have been struggling with paper scraps for many, MANY, years now.  So while I was on a short getaway with the hubs, I came up with a plan of action to lower my scrap inventory.

This idea had been on my mind for a long time, I just didn’t know it. I knew I wanted something to help me, but the idea would not reveal itself until I was on a mini-break away from home.  I didn’t let a little ole thing like going out of town stop me from putting it down on paper.  So this is what I came up with…..ready for it?!?!

BAM!!! A Cardstock Cutting Formula!!!!!

Ok maybe not bam, but wow….as I have decided this is going to save me some money and stress in the future.  A friend of mine from Down Under (insert Rose’s blog), gently suggested to me that we need to work smarter and not harder.  And I agree, now I just need to make it so and not leave it in the air floating around.

What you have here, is the 5 most popular mat sizes, cut and ready to use…and less waste!!!! Now I realize this is super close to Connie Stewarts Flash Cards (including 2.0), which are fab!! I just wanted something a little larger, and a few more choices.

What I have done is cut up an 8 ½ x 11 piece of cardstock to create 5 mats, plus other pieces to use for matts, punching, die cutting, or stamping.  I don’t have a catchy name like Connie, sadly…but I hope to show in future posts, how to use these cuts on cards, scrapbooks, and other papercrafts.

Cutting Formula for 8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock

Check out my You Tube Video on how I cut the cardstock.




Thanks for stopping by, and remember to create simply while having fun!

Don’t forget that the annual Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration is going on.  For every $50 purchase from the Annual or Occasions catalog, you will receive a free Sale-a-Bration item. 

DON'T FORGET TO USE THE FEBRUARY 2017 HOSTESS CODE - WRCUFK77

FYI...also, every $50 you spend earns a Ladybug.  Once you reach 10, redeem for a free stamp or die set from me!! (up to $25 value)


Hugs,
Denise


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Kettle Corn Bag Topper

Hello there, do you love Kettle Corn?!  My family loves it, so whenever I can get it fresh and handmade, I do!  I decided this time to break two HUGE bags into several bags for each of them with a little tag.  I love to make cards, but bag toppers not so much.  I wanted something simple, as they were going to rip it off quickly to get to the yumminess. 



First, let me explain exactly what is Kettle Corn.  It’s a sweet-and-salty variety of popcorn that is typically mixed or seasoned with a light-colored refined sugar, salt, and oil. It was traditionally made in cast iron kettles, hence the name, but in modern times other types of pots and pans are used.  Doesn’t that just sound yummy?!  Check out my huge bag, and I got TOW of them.

I accepted my own challenge of creating a bag topper for each bag, as stated above I am not that crafty at them. I knew I wanted it to look like a popcorn box, you know the old ones not the bags they have now.  Red and White Stripes with the word POPCORN!!!  Yes, I am showing my age now, but I digress.

Below are the measurements and Stampin’ Up! supplies I used to create my quick bag topper, and please check out the video for the how to.


1 – 6 ¼ x 4 ½ Real Red Cardstock
1 – 5 ¾ x 1 ¾ Whisper White Cardstock
5 – 1 ¾ x ¾ Real Red Cardstock Strips
Scrap of Whisper White and Real Red for stamping and die cutting
Layering Ovals Framelits, the 2” Oval & 2 1/8” Oval Scalloped
Popcorn Thinlet Die – for the kernels
Ready to Pop Stamp Set
Real Red and Daffodil Yellow Stampin’ Up! Ink Pads
6” x 17” Gusseted Cellophane Bag
Silicone Craft Sheet – Stampin’ Up!
Snail Adhesive
Dimensionals
Masking Tape


Thanks for stopping by, and remember to create simply while having fun!

Don’t forget that the annual Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration is going on.  For every $50 purchase from the Annual or Occasions catalog, you will receive a free Sale-a-Bration item. 

DON'T FORGET TO USE THE FEBRUARY 2017 HOSTESS CODE - WRCUFK77

FYI...also, every $50 you spend earns a Ladybug.  Once you reach 10, redeem for a free stamp or die set from me!! (up to $25 value)


Hugs,
Denise