Envelope Punch Board | We R Memory Keepers

As you’ve read in my previous post, I talked about my June challenge. This past weekend, I was still feeling unwell from the nasty head cold I had following Memorial Day weekend. I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired or energetic to be able to come up with new projects. However, I really wanted to do something related to my June challenge!

I dug out my never opened Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers (WRMK for short!) and some old patterned paper. I purchased this tool probably a few months into my cardmaking journey. I wanted this tool because of its ability to be able to create envelopes of numerous sizes! Sometimes a plain or solid colored envelope can be underwhelming when you have created an awesome card, so using specialty paper or patterned paper can “up” the cuteness factor. I now know I can stamp and embellish my envelopes but at least this is another alternative too!

WRMK Envelope Punch Board
The unboxing of the Envelope Punch Board: 1) The tool itself 2) A bone folder 3) 2 detailed instruction inserts 

As a disclaimer, the Envelope Punch Board has been in the crafting industry for awhile now and the patterned paper is at least a couple years old. This isn’t a review for the Envelope Punch Board because I only used it once and only for A2-sized envelopes. The Die Cuts with a View (DCWV) Seaside Yacht 12×12 paperpad was released in 2015 so I think it may be out of circulation when I try to Google it online.

The punch board normally retails for $24.99 and includes a scoring tool, instructions, measurement guide and scoring line etched on the tool. It also has a corner rounder that you could use for your envelopes or your cards.

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Measurements and dimensions of possible envelopes you can create. Not pictured is the back with step by step pictures on how to create the envelope

Click here  to see the product description for the tool!

Click here  to see the official WRMK’s YouTube video on how to use it.

2 Step Process
This is my interpretation of the steps. First you take your pre-cut paper and align it with the measurement indicated on the chart. Then you push down the punch and score at the etched score line (to the right of the paper). You rotate the paper (counter clockwise direction, so to your left) and align the score mark as indicated. Repeat the process for all sides. As I’ve mentioned, I got a little lost so I definitely had to use the video!

I took some of my favorite papers from the paperpad and followed the directions and insert from the packaging. Not going to lie, I was briefly confused by the directions as I went along but the video quickly cleared it up for me. In addition to this tool, you’ll need a paper trimmer to cut your paper to the measurements needed for your desired envelope and then a strong adhesive for the seams when constructing it. I used my Tombow adhesive runner but thin double-sided tape should work too!

I’m posting a link to a video  I found helpful to avoid making measurement mistakes! I found that one of the envelopes I made didn’t look quite right. I think there is a bit of a learning curve with this tool to make sure it all aligns correctly. As the linked video mentions, one wrong score or punch can cause the remainder of the card to be inaccurate and misshapen when you try to assemble it.

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What I love about using patterned paper (especially if it’s double sided!) is that when the recipient opens the envelope, there is a pop of color from inside!

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Don’t these envelopes look nice and nautical? I suppose I need to start creating cards to go inside them 😉

 

 

 

Plane and Simple Stamp Set | Lawn Fawn

I finally got to play with some of my Lawn Fawn goodies!

As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I purchased and received my newest Lawn Fawn goodies on the 22nd but only got to play with them this weekend.

Not going to lie, I didn’t have a specific vision or idea for this card. I was winging it and I was only attached to the idea of ink blending and a sky background. First I cut some cloud masks with an older set called Lawn Fawn Spring Showers die (which has a matching stamp set too!).

Side bar: do any of you have the nifty My Favorite Things Cloud stencil? I passed on it first glance when it came out and I totally regret not snagging it when I had the chance! Many places have sold out and are back-ordered.

But back to this card…I placed the cloud masks randomly on my card front. I used an ink blending tool and used three Lawn Fawn inks : Minty Green, Merman, and Mermaid. It wasn’t the look I was envisioning in my mind, so I re-positioned those masks and did another layer of ink blending. I would recommend cutting out several cloud masks because if you are a bit heavy handed like myself, the masks get bent and come up from your card after prolonged blending.

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I wanted to utilize the Lift the Flap dies to reveal the sentiment so I did my best (impatiently) to center the die and ran it through my Big Shot. One thing I’d advise is to use your bone folder to make the crease even, I was getting a bit of bulging originally when I was bending back the flap, so something to be aware of if you don’t use a bone folder tool.

I took another cardstock panel and did similar cloud mask ink blending. Using strong double-sided adhesive tape, I adhered the pieces together.

The flap die I used is the biggest one from the set and could be used to hide/reveal a traditional gift card. The Plane and Simple set is so cute and now I think I’ll add the coordinating dies to my wish list because I tried cutting out that heart smoke trail and I gave up!

I stamped one of the airplane stamps from the set and this is where I regret not getting the coordinating dies! I fussy cut and used a marker on the edges to sharpen the image a little bit. For some added interest, I used the same cloud dies and cut more clouds from vellum and Lawn Fawn’s Watercolor Wishes paper pad. I used foam dots to add some dimension to the clouds and plane.

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On the inside, I chose that sentiment, “The sky’s the limit” and stamped some hearts in Manatee ink. To finish my card, I added some Doodlebugs sequins that matched the inks I’ve used.

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Have you perfected the ink blending sky background? Any tips or suggestions?

Supplies Used

  • Lawn Fawn Plane and Simple stamp set
  • Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes 6×6 paper pad
  • Lawn Fawn mini ink cubes in: Mermaid, Manatee and Merman
  • Lawn Fawn Minty Fresh ink
  • Lawn Fawn Spring Showers die cut
  • Simon Says Stamp masking paper
  • Simon Says Stamp vellum
  • Doodlebugs sequins
  • Neenah Solar White 80lb. cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending tools
  • Foam dots

 

2017 Summer Lawn Fawn Release

You guys…. the newest Lawn Fawn Release came out and I have yet to play with them! The weather is a bit hot, muggy and volatile this Memorial Day weekend, so I am definitely carving out some crafty time!

I wanted to share a quick post of what I’ve purchased starting with the brand new items and then items that are new to me but have been out for quite some time.

I say this each time, but each Lawn Fawn release gets better and better! As a generalization, the crafting industry comes out with products constantly that set the bar higher and higher. Innovative products come out or highly anticipated products come out and we all scramble to purchase them… jokingly I think we all collect and hoard them too!

Anyway, this Lawn Fawn release was packed with such amazing and clever items but I had to narrow it down to the ones I knew would be cost effective for me in the long run. Also, please excuse my photos. When taking these photos, the weather was gray and gross and I just got new lights so still experimenting on how to best take my blog photos.

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Lawn Fawn Extra

PLANE AND SIMPLE

During the sneak peek week, I don’t recall this set being teased out so I was pleasantly surprised seeing it. I really love sky-centered cards and backgrounds so naturally, I was drawn to this set because I imagined the possibilities of ink blending a pretty sky and using those adorable heart-shaped clouds with the optional smiley faces.

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UPON A STAR

I have been interested in astronomy since I was in 6th grade. I think that’s when I realized that our universe is so much bigger than myself and vast enough we may never know all the secrets. A beautiful starry sky is so calming and centering to me. Crafting wise… I love ink blending and I think using this stamp set would challenge me to perfect my galaxy background technique.

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YOU’RE CLAWSOME

How clever and unique is this set?! I also purchased the die set component for this set since this would be awesome for shaker cards and interactive cards! One of the most memorable inspirational projects from the sneak peek week was how one of the lovely Lawn Fawn Design Team members, Audrey, created a scene straight from Pizza Planet from Toy Story!

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PUSH HERE

This cute smaller set takes the guesswork out of interactive cards. I had to pick this up for the elaborate cards I send out from time to time.

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DUN NUH

My favorite animal is the great white shark. I have been collecting shark knick knacks since I was a young teenager and my husband and I have had a sweet tradition of collecting shark-themed items on coastal trips we take. So my rationale for picking out this cute mini set and coordinating die set is a no-brainer.

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LIFT THE FLAP

This is a die set that I think can be used often because of the interactive piece of hiding a secret message OR even hiding a gift card. I think it’d be fun to use on a shaker card.

Lift the Flap

SIMPLE GIFT CARD SLOTS

This is another die set that I can use often when I give cards and gift cards. I know a lot of people who dislike giving gift cards but I fall into the camp where I default to this for gifts (sorry not sorry). Instead of my card slipping and sliding around in the envelope, these can create a nifty notch to hold it in place!

Simple Gift Card Slot

NEW TO ME

MINTY FRESH INK PAD

This color is so pretty! Not going to lie, I didn’t have a clear cut reason of why I purchased this but it came out from the last release and I felt like this was one product that “got away” ha. It has been sold out multiple times from all the storefronts I frequent so I thought might as well!

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CARDSTOCK

While Neenah is a tried and true high-quality cardstock, sometimes I feel I need a bit of a different card base for my cards. Real talk, sometimes I hate that my clumsy self can get ink smudges or gunk on my pristine Neenah bases by the end of my crafty session and I feel like darker cardstock could hide some imperfections, amiright?!

I purchased the Storm Cloud and Narwhal cardstock because I love grays and thought it would be a nice neutral.

I also purchased the Rainbow cardstock set, where it has a sample of the original Lawn Fawn colored cardstock. I thought about it the other day that I enjoy a lot of the Lawn Fawn products but never tried their cardstock. Easy fix!

Rainbow Pack

Any products from the release you’ve purchased?

 

Crafty Shout-Outs and Happy Mail

I wanted to write a short and sweet post of all the great HAPPY MAIL I got this week! Not going to lie, the past couple of weeks I was in a funk but the Happy Mail and things falling back into place (was there a full moon or some weird cosmic event the past couple of weeks?!) definitely made this week that much sweeter.

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Just a pile of my Lawn Fawn goodies. Will share more photos in my upcoming haul post! 
  • For those that know the famous Kristina Werner in the cardmaking industry, a lot of her fans (like myself) will research and snag a product she recommends. Recently she recommended a book called Calligraphy Made Easy by Ashley Gardner. What’s awesome is that it can be found on Barnes and Noble and I was able to snag it for less than $10! I’m no calligraphy or lettering expert, but I thought this would be a great book to add to my growing amount of lettering supplies! Click this link to check it out. Another personal fun fact about this book and the author… she lives in a town near Dallas!
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Isn’t the cover of this book so gorgeous?!
  • Giveway from Kari Webster! If you are on Instagram or YouTube, I’d highly recommend following and subscribing to Kari Webster, also known as KwcardDesign. She creates really cool cards and fun tutorials. I was fortunate enough to win some goodies from her during a random giveaway she hosted! I got a new Wink of Stella shimmer pen, Lawn Fawn 6×6 Polka in the Meadow paperpad, and a Technique Tuesday stamp set.

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  • In relation to the Lawn Fawn release, I re-posted a promotional sale for @Doodlebugswa on Instagram. I wasn’t asked or pressured to do this; I did it because I always enjoy my shopping experience from them and there is free shipping after $20! I was given some goodies because of what I promoted. There wasn’t a list of the brands of the items I received but I am so in love with the patterned paper that was gifted to me and the ombre mini envelopes! Click this link to check out this small but mighty Washington state store!

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It’s been a hectic week but my goal is to carve out some time to get a chance to play!

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

 

Crafty Buys and Supplies | Honey Bee Stamps

This past week, I received my happy mail from Honey Bee Stamps! Last week, Honey Bee Stamps celebrated their two year anniversary of officially being in the crafting marketplace. Last week was a bunch of fun going through the blog hop to see some fun inspirational projects and sneak peeks of the new Birthday Bash releases!

If you don’t know much about the history of Honey Bee Stamps, you should check out this page  to learn a little bit more about the company and about the owner, Melissa. I think Honey Bee Stamps will always hold a piece of my heart not only because of the fun products or stellar customer service, but also where they’re located. As you may know, my husband and I have moved from the Pacific Northwest to Dallas a couple months ago. Where we used to live in Washington state was only an hour or so away from the “hometown” of Honey Bee Stamps. It was just super cool to me that a well-known stamp company was close to where I’ve lived. It’s also nice to know I am helping support a small business in one of my favorite places, the PNW.

I just wanted to put out there that I have purchased from this company several times and each of the occurrences was wonderful! The ease of navigating the website, going through the ordering process, and especially the delivery! The packaging is secure and the handwritten note from Melissa or team is the perfect touch! The quality of the products are phenomenal too, so I’ve never had a problem with cleaning them or stamping them.

The new release was so hard to pick and choose from, because I wanted ALL.THE.THINGS. But, I have the summer release for Lawn Fawn to also save up for (May 18th!) , so I had to be intentional of what I would limit myself to for this release 😉

My round-up:

  • Yippee 2×4 stamp set
  • Yippee coordinating dies. There are 3 dies that can be used to create a layered look of the word ‘Yippee’
  • Stick With Me 4×8 stamp set of cacti, succulent, and pottery
  • Prickly Sentiments 4×6 stamp set
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How fun is the shiny gold shipping envelope? To keep your products organized, they come sealed in this beautiful brown patterned bag
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The one thing I’ve enjoyed about “shopping small” from various craft companies… the handwritten notes! 

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Stick With Me
Stick With Me stamp set
Prickly Sentiments
Prickly Sentiments stamp set. The one sentiment I am SO excited to create with is this encouraging and inspiring “Bloom where you are planted” 

 

As part of this release, the company also gave free shipping for a purchase over $50, a free stencil and a ‘Free Bee’ stamp.

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The free honeycomb stencil and Free Bee stamp as part of this release

There are some other fantastic products from this release that I didn’t place in my cart but really wished I could have! Click here  to be taken to the featured page showing you the other products!

You’re A-Maze-ing Card Kit & Small Haul |MFT Stamps

This is my second My Favorite Things (MFT) card kit. When I saw sneak peeks of it prior to the release, I knew I had to purchase it! It’s innovative and I knew it would make such fun and unique cards.

The A-maze-ing kit includes so many goodies for the price of $47.99. Unfortunately, the kit sold out the first day but the stamps and die-namics will be released in about 6 weeks. Many of the elements found in the card kit (minus the stamp and die set) are already on the MFT website.

  • This kit included the following:
  • You’re A-maze-ing 4”x6” stamp set
  • Circle shaker window and frame die-namics
  • 10 white maze shapes
  • 10 2” circle shaker pouches
  • Maze spheres
  • 5 A2-sized clear card boxes
  • 12 sheets of Cardstock: (5) Smooth White, Berrylicious, Grape Jelly, Gumpdrop Green, Lemon Drop, Orange Fizz, Razzle Berry, and Wild Cherry
  • 14 envelopes: 2 of each color: Berrylicious, Grape Jelly, Gumdrop Green, Lemon Drop, Orange Fizz, Razzle Berry, and Wild Cherry

All the card kit contents are sealed securely in a large plastic container, complete with a Thank You note and yummy sweet mint. Included is a sheet of inspiration and the list of the contents.

MFT Card Kit Packaging
The card kits always come secured in a large and sturdy re-sealable bag and always includes a yummy sweet mint! 
amazeing stamp
How clever is this stamp set?!
Amazeing components
Envelopes and the maze components such as the die set and maze spheres
MFT card kit cardstock
The beautiful and high quality cardstock. I’d highly recommend building up your stash!
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The maze component. It’s also available in black on the MFT website!
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Always included in the MFT card kits are a pdf and link to more inspirational projects!

In addition to the card kit, I also picked up some other fun MFT goodies. I got Set 16 of the Premium Dye Ink Cubes. Since purchasing my first card kit, I fell in love with MFT inks and slowly building up my collection. I purchased the Die-namics Home Sweet Home and stamp set, No Place Like Home. I purchased shaker pouches too as I really want to make more shaker cards in the future. Since my order was more than $60 (so easy these days with all the fun and high quality crafting supplies, right?!), I was eligible to get the “Free with $60”, which this month were 3 free word dies.

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Set 16 of mini ink cubes. The MFT stamps are really vivid and help the stamped image come out smooth and crisp
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From a previous MFT release. Not pictured are some misc. supplies such as the shaker pouches
april free with sixty
Since I spent more than $60 on the MFT website, my “Free with $60” present were these three word dies!

Just wanted to share the contents of this MFT card kit and haul. Can’t wait to spend some time creating some fun, a-maze-ing cards!

15 for $15 and a Card | Studio Calico

Sorry it’s been a couple weeks! Things have been hectic in our household and on the work front. I’ve been buying (I went 2.5 weeks on a no-spend earlier this month!) some crafty goodness, and now working on uploading and sharing on the blog!

Earlier in the month, I was able to snag a pretty good deal from Studio Calico, which they’ve called 15 Items for $15. By no means is this a new company, Studio Calico is an established craft supply company- it’s just new to me. In the past, I’ve been tempted to snag their monthly subscription kits (learn more here ). What’s stopped me? There are too many categories I would be interested in! They have ones for memory keepers, planners and card makers to name a few!

Anyway, if you are a Studio Calico fan or are curious to try out some of their goodies, check in on their social media often, because I think they hold these type of sales frequently on select items!

For my 15 items, I ended up getting a mini stamp set (I think it’s been discontinued though), Color Theory mini mists, Color Theory acrylic paints, and scratch-off stickers for hidden stamped sentiments!

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For this card I’ll be sharing, the main products used were the Color Theory mini mists. I have scoured the website and on Google to see exactly what the ink formulation is as well as recommendations on what these inks can be used for. So if you are a seasoned crafter with tips and tricks on the mists, please enlighten me 😉

I made 2 cards for Matt’s grandparents. They are always so good on sending us cards for all the holidays, birthdays, and our anniversary. We didn’t have much time to spend time with them or talk to them since moving, so I wanted to send some cards with an update letter, filling them in on the details of our lives.

I cut two A2-sized cards from Neenah Solar White cardstock.

For the card backgrounds, I placed each one in a makeshift “splatter cubby” (aka a shallow cardboard box). I used all the Color Theory mists I’ve purchased which I will list at the end of this post. To get the variation of the splatters, I experimented with the intensity of how hard I pushed down on the nozzle to get the varied sizes and coverage of the colors. Words of advice… do not fully push down on the spray nozzle as you will get a full-blown mist and a couple big droplets. Spray further away from your project to get subtle splatters. Lastly, you can get another splattered look by unscrewing the top of the bottle and tapping lightly above your project. While I was experimenting of how much to apply, I’ve experienced that while the mist is watery, spraying too much can cause your project to become too saturated and take a long time to dry.

On some Canson watercolor paper, I sprayed the mists with more intensity to be able to create the speckled look. I then used the Sizzix heart die to cut out 12 hearts to be able to glue to the first card.

For the second card, I used Simon Says Stamp masking paper to cut out four heart masks. I then sprayed the mists over the masked areas, careful to not saturate the cardstock too much, otherwise the masks are difficult to take off. I let the cardstock dry before using a Sizzix scalloped circle die to cut four of them to glue to the second card.

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These mists were fun to experiment with and I’d love to create more cards with the splattered backgrounds. Have you tried any Studio Calico products or subscriptions? Let me know!

Supplies Used:
Sizzix dies (unsure of exact names, came with my Sizzix Big Shot kit)
Studio Calico Color Theory mini mists: 08 Mint Hint, 02 Blush Crush, 05 Sunny Day, 01 Well Red, 03 Coral Bay, 16 Lime Light, 24 Inky Black, 15 Lemon Zest, 19 Clear Blue, and 18 Glass Slippers

 

Crafty Buys and Supplies #2 | Lawn Fawn Spring 2017 Release

Lawn Fawn is one of my favorite brands in cardmaking. When I started cardmaking back in early 2016, I placed a couple Lawn Fawn products into my shopping cart at Craft Warehouse and never looked back. I love the quirky, whimsical, and versatility of Lawn Fawn products for all my cardmaking occasions.

I haven’t had a big crafty shopping spree or order since January because of the move. I caved and purchased a lot of fun new goodies from their Spring 2017 release! I am not affiliated with Lawn Fawn, but I just love their products so much I love sharing my enthusiasm for them with others!

If you haven’t checked out Lawn Fawn, you totally should and snag up some of their fun products. Like I said previously, the style is a little more quirky and whimsical (in my opinion), but I think with the wide range of products, I would imagine there is something for every crafter. When you specifically purchase from the Lawn Fawn website, it opens it up to a pretty nice and warm shopping experience! My orders have been processed fairly quickly (1-2 business days) and shipped out USPS priority, getting to me within the week of when I’ve purchased. The presentation of your order is also wonderful- usually bundled together with their colorful blue and green twine and a handwritten thank you note and bonus stamp! Sometimes I also receive some samplers of cardstock, which is always a pleasant surprise.

Click here  if you want to peruse the Spring 2017 release. Maybe you have more self-control, but be warned you may not click away empty handed 😉

New to Me Inks

I haven’t purchased nor tried Lawn Fawn inks so when I found out many of their existing inks would be available in cubes… you bet I would be snatching these packs up! They have released four packs of inks and I think it offers a good variety for those wanting to try out the inks. The sets are named: Tropical Island, Gazebo, Tea Party, and Candy Store cube packs.

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Anybody else seem to subconsciously collect paper pads? I bought the Watercolor Wishes and Perfectly Plaid Rainbow 6×6 paper pad. That’s 72 sheets of gorgeous prints!

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It was a little agonizing picking out which Lawn Fawn items I felt I needed more than the others. I ended up purchasing the little stamp sets and their coordinating dies. I picked up the Year Seven (a cute piñata!), Bun in the Oven, and Hang in There (sloths make me chuckle so I had to pick this out).

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Not going to lie, my Sunday is a little busy with some mundane but NEED to do tasks. I’m really hoping I will be able to zip through my tasks so I can PLAY today! If not, I’ll have to postpone this until next weekend.

Hope you guys have a lovely and crafty week ahead!

Crafty Buys & Supplies #1 | Simon Says Stamp

To be honest, I didn’t really use YouTube for anything in my personal life until card making became a hobby. When I started binging through crafty videos, a type of video I’ve gotten into are “hauls”. I don’t know how the term came about but essentially it’s a view of the items bought during some shopping trip or maybe a buying streak online or in person.

I primarily love watching crafty hauls because it helps inspire me or helps me get a “real life” look at a product or brand that isn’t the curated or photo-shopped persona that the online marketing world portrays to the public.

I’ve mentioned in a previous post some of the blog post ideas I’m going to try in 2017 and one of the ideas was to do blog posts on my crafty purchases.

So this is my first post and I think the future heading I’ll use for these types of posts will be “Crafty Buys and Supplies”. For this first blog post, I’ve purchased the following goodies from Simon Says Stamp. The Simon Says Stamp brand items from this post are from a specific release called Hey Love. Simon Says Stamp carries almost all of the Lawn Fawn goodies but if you wanted to visit Lawn Fawn’s specific site, just click here. Quick info, as of now, Simon Says Stamp doesn’t offer free or reduced shipping. Check in from time to time for specials, sales, discounts, and sometimes they have $5 off coupon codes mailed with your order OR listed on-line! I’ve purchased these items with my own money and I wasn’t asked to feature these items, I’ve just purchased from these brands before and loved them 🙂

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Lawn Fawn Lawn Fawndamentals in Jet Black

I’m adding this new ink to my collection because it’s designed to work with alcohol based markers (no smudging!) and is supposed to be waterproof. I have a few black ink pads from different brands that state they have the above properties but I’m trying to figure out which one is my go-to ink.

 

Lawn Fawn Octopi My Heart Stamp and Coordinating Die

This is one of the Valentine’s Day releases from Lawn Fawn. Lawn Fawn holds a special place in my heart because it was the first brand I’ve stamped with and is currently the brand in my craft stash that I have the most products in. I think Lawn Fawn is one of those brands that can help you stretch your supplies because a lot of their sets complement one another so I think I can use this with other releases that have an underwater theme to them. I’m a sucker for puns and cute, whimsical images. Ideas for this are watercolor techniques, emboss resist and then watercoloring or ink blending, and of course making love cards.

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Hero Arts Cocktail Party Stamp & Cut

I’m slowly starting to build up my Hero Arts collection and what made me purchase this card was the theme. It’s a stamp set that can be used for more “adult” cards such as celebrating with drinks or invitations for happy hour get togethers. I don’t have a stamp set like this in my collection, so I thought it could be versatile when I felt like adding some “fizz” to my projects. I’m actually thinking after 2017 gets into full swing, I may want to create mini invitations to do a get together with friends out somewhere, or to create a set for a great friend who is known as a fun hostess.

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Simon Says Stamp Laura’s Love Set

This was on the pricier side because the set comes with three components. The first is the beautiful cling background stamp that speaks for itself. The second component is the stamp set titled All My Love which was created by Laura Bassen, one of my favorite crafters. Finally, the third component is a coordinating die for one of the love stamps. Interesting, there are two stamp images of the word “Love” but only one coordinating die. This set perfect for Valentine’s Day cards but I primarily purchased this for year-round occasions! There are plenty of “builder” sentiments you can coordinate to give an extra special message to your recipient.

Simon Says Stamp Kristina’s Love Set

In the same vein as the previous product, this set was slightly less expensive and comes with two components. The first is the stamp set Love which was designed by another favorite crafter of mine, Kristina Werner. Like the All My Love set, it has many wonderful sentiments that can be coordinated with one another and you have two different love stamp images in script font to use as well. The second component is coordinating die for both of the love stamp images.

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I can’t wait to play and share the projects I’ve made with these new and old supplies. I’d love to make a couple love cards for my husband to give in January and in February just because. We are going through some big planning and changes on the homefront and he has taken all of it in stride.

Simon Says Stamp just released a new “Work It Wednesday” challenge and I’d love to start participating more in the cardmaking community. I’ll share the card that I’ve decided to create for the challenge after I get around to it. Click here if you’re interested in looking at the challenge!

Any fun buys you’ve gotten recently? Entered any fun challenges lately? Until next time, crafty friends!