Save Some Moolah – Tip #4

I definitely recommend looking for deals in clearance aisles and at discount stores, but I also wanted to offer a tip/warning about being a smart shopper that I learned from experience: do not pick up that “great deal” if it’s not your style or won’t mesh with your current stash of supplies!  For example, if you have a collection of only cutesy image stamps and paper, it doesn’t make much sense to buy elegant sentiment stamps (even at sale price).  With mismatched items, you may not end up using them because they don’t go with what you already have or  you will make cards and wonder why they don’t look “right.”

Just like shopping for your wardrobe, if you find a craft supply that goes with other supplies you already have, you’ll get more use out of it.  If you find something on super sale, but then have to make other purchases in order to use it, you probably aren’t saving much money.  I have made this mistake before, so I just wanted to share a reminder about evaluating if a deal is really a good deal for YOU so that you can avoid the frustration of having mismatched craft supply collections

Also, to get a better idea of what meshes and matches, you can learn more about distinct styles from this free download of the Card Design Handbook Glossary of Design(from Paper Crafts Magazine).

Specifically, look at page 4 to learn or review the differences between these styles: Fun & Cute, Classy & Elegant, Clean & Graphic, and Shabby Chic & Vintage.

As you grow your collection, it’s fine to try new styles, products, and techniques, but just remember to be a savvy craft shopper and think about what you would like to create before you make that purchase so you get more bang for your buck:)


October 26, 2012. Tags: , . Tip. 1 comment.

Phone-Themed Birthday Wishes Card

Operation Write Home offers a weekly sketch to inspire crafters to make cards for deployed servicemen and women to send home to family and friends.  Here is this week’s sketch:

Operation Write Home Sketch 143

And here’s my take on it:

“just calling to say birthday wishes today” rubber sentiment stamp (gina k. designs) Patterned Paper (Jillibean Soup – Neapolitan Bean Bisque 6x6 mini pad),1 ½ inch Circle Punch (EK Success)

I varied my strip measurements slightly from the sketch so that the cute number buttons on my patterned paper would show up better.  It took me awhile to decide what patterns and colors I wanted to use – the jillybean soup paper pad I was using has a bunch of cute calling-theme papers – including the buttons and phone image on this card.  And the papers matched the “calling” sentiment well, even though I got them at different times (I bought the paper first and then received the stamp as a prize, so it was fun to combine them on this card:)

Thanks for taking a look at my blog!

Stamp: “just calling to say birthday wishes today” rubber sentiment stamp (gina k. designs)

Other: Patterned Paper (Jillibean Soup – Neapolitan Bean Bisque 6×6 mini pad), Solid Color Layering Paper (Recollections), Textured Card (DCWV),  Memento Ink (Tsukineko), 1 ½ inch Circle Punch (EK Success), Circle Tool (EK Success), Detail Scissors (X-acto), Advanced Tape Glider (ATG) and Adhesive (Scotch), Paper Trimmer (X-acto)

October 24, 2012. Tags: . Card. 3 comments.

Sending Smiles Across the Miles . . .and Around the World Card

This week Operation Write Home‘s Midweek Throw Down challenge was to make a card with black, white and either a pop of red or green for a hero to send to a friend or family member.

Since the last card I made was a black, white, and red “Love You” Card, I ended up doing something different for this challenge by using a black, white, and green color scheme  – especially since I had just received this “space”-y looking green and black memory box patterned cardstock in a prize box.  Since the pattern of the cardstock was so busy, I just kept the design of the card simple and also added some layers to make sure my sentiment and world image popped.

Map and Globe stamp from Avocado Arts “Zip n By to Say Hi” set, "sending smiles across the miles" sentiment (Avocado Arts’ “Hello Friend” clear stamp set), Memory Box Cardstock

Stamps: Globe and World Map Stamps (Avocado Arts’ “Zip n By to Say Hi” clear stamp set), “sending smiles across the miles” sentiment (Avocado Arts’ “Hello Friend” clear stamp set)

Other:  Patterned Cardstock (memory box, from pack of 4×6 assorted patterns – 30 sheets),  Tuxedo Black Memento Ink (Tsukineko), 1 ½ inch Circle Punch (EK Success), Advanced Tape Glider (ATG) and Adhesive (Scotch), Circle Tool (EK Success), Paper Trimmer (Xacto)

October 23, 2012. Tags: . Card. 1 comment.

XOXO Hearts, Circles, and Love You Card

The October Operation Write Home Our Daily Bread Designs challenge is to make a card with circles.

I decided to make another love card and I just kept the card design and colors simple in the hopes that it wouldn’t be too feminine.  I paper pieced the little hearts in the “Love you” sentiment to add a little more color.

Clear Stamps by Doodlebug Design Inc. / Hampton Art, Masculine or Unisex Love You Card

And thanks to Our Daily Bread Designs for supporting OWH by donating shipping costs through their monthly challenge!


XOXO Heart and “Love You” (Clear Stamps by Doodlebug Design Inc. / Hampton Art)


Tuxedo Black Ink (Memento, Tsukineko), 1 ½ inch Circle Punch (EK Success), Detail Scissors (Exacto), Advanced Tape Glider (ATG) and Adhesive (Scotch), Glue (Tombow), Paper Trimmer (Exacto)

October 16, 2012. Tags: . Card. 1 comment.

Sending Some Love Your Way . . . with Parachutes! Card

This card idea had been floating around in my head, and then floating around as a sketch on a post-it note, and finally I sat down and stamped it out!

Avocado Arts Stamped Card using "Zip n By to Say Hi" "Hello Friend" "Perfectly Perfect Day"
I had fun playing with some Avocado Arts stamp sets that I purchased at a recent scrapbooking convention and I combined stamps from different sets.  Also, the stamps are reversible, so I stamped the solid green parachutes first and then flipped the stamp over and stamped the parachute outlines.  (I also flipped the cloud stamp to get solid and outlined clouds, but I stamped those last).

Also, to help with the alignment of the hearts and strings, I made a template, stamped the hearts, removed the template and stamped the connecting strings last.  I also used some post-it note masks when stamping the middle, shortest string and with the lowest parachute when stamping the nearby cloud.

And on the theme of parachutes – did anyone else watch the video of the recent record-breaking skydive? Crazy!

But back to cards, these finished ones will go in my pile for OWH🙂

Avocado Arts - combining stamp sets example


The “parachute” is a highway sign turned upside down from Avocado Arts’ “Zip n By to Say Hi” stamp set.

The dotted “string”  is a spider’s silk from Avocado Arts’ “Thankful for You” stamp set.

The heart and “sending some love your way” sentiment are from Avocado Arts’ “Hello Friend” stamp set.

The cloud is from Avocado Arts’ “August 2012: Perfectly Perfect Day” stamp set.


Memento Ink (Tsukineko)

October 16, 2012. Tags: . Card. Leave a comment.

Tis the Season Kraft Card

Recollections Winter Wonderland stamp card, Making Memories Paper

This was the last card that I added to my OWH box that I mailed off today.  Hope it will brighten the final recipient’s day in a few months!

And thanks for taking a look at my blog

-Mindy 🙂

P.S. Please check out Operation Write Home’s Welcome Page to find out how to get involved in sending homemade cards to deployed service members so they can keep in touch with family and friends and notes of encouragement to the service members themselves.

Partial Supply List:

Stamp: “Tis the Season” (Clear Stamp from Recollections’ Winter Wonderland)

Other: Tree Diecuts (from a Cricut cartridge – I used someone else’s Cricut at a crop night), Polka Dot Paper (Making Memories neutral embellishment paper), Dark Green Paper (Recollections), Kraft Cardstock (The Paper Studio), Heart Buttons (unknown brand, but they were not too fat)

October 3, 2012. Tags: , . Card. 3 comments.

Purple and Green Christmas Card with Isaiah 9:6 Verse

Religious Handmade Christmas Card

This was one of the last Christmas cards that I added to my OWH box before I mailed it off.  I enjoyed the twist of using non-traditional colors (green, purple, and lavender) for a Christmas card.

Partial Supply List:

Stamps: Nativity Image and Isaiah 9:6 Verse (Inkadinkado – Holy Night Clear Stamp Set)

Other: Lavender and Purple Paper (Recollections Cardstock Paper), Grape Jelly and Cottage Ivy Ink (Memento/Tsukineko)

October 3, 2012. Tags: , . Card. 1 comment.

Card using Square Noel Stamp

Stampabilities Noel Stamp, Circle Punch

I had a bunch of these Noel sentiments in my stash that were already stamped and cut out, so I arranged them in this playful design to mimic a wrapped present for an easy card.  I used the heart and circle in place of a bow to be a bit different and to make sure that the card wouldn’t be too fat in the mail.

I did a couple other variations on this card – one was a color variation with a brighter red and green on black and different embellishments – and put all three cards in my box for OWH 🙂

Partial Supply List:

Stamp: Square Noel Wooden Rubber Stamp (Stampabilities)

Other: Kraft Cardstock (The Paper Studio), Red/Green/Green Polka-Dot Embellishment Paper (Making Memories – holiday pack), Ribbon, Circle Punch – Large and Small, Heart Punch (McGill)

October 3, 2012. Tags: . Card. Leave a comment.