Friday, February 5, 2016

It Was Mint SASL DT Project

Happy February Krafters!

It is my day over at She's A Sassy Lady! Come on over and join the fun!

Anyone who has been following me for a while knows I love to play on words; especially on cards. Sometimes printing out a sentiment is not what I want to do. I just want to stamp it out! I have been so excited since Silhouette gave us a teaser back in the late spring of 2015 of the new Mint Stamp Maker! I had a stamp maker some years ago but I could never get the transparencies to print dark enough to make the clear stamps. I had a lot of wasted emulsion pads...so frustrated! I am still hopeful for custom clear stamps one day, but I tell you, I am so happy with this little machine! Easy to use and no waste...unless it is user error!


I purchased it a few months ago and figured it was time to show case her! The software allows just about any image be turned into a stamp. The kit come with the software, cables, Mint, 2 stamp blocks (15mx30 & 30mx30), stamp sheets to fit the blocks, labels, ink, and case to cover the stamp. Once you have a block, you do not have to purchase another one unless you want. You can change the pad and use accordingly.  I will admit, the replacements are a bit costly, but the sheets come with two stamps…and to be able to make a stamp on the fly and not wait for shipping…it’s worth it to me!

So here is how it works:

Open up Mint Studio-click design

Choose your stamp size

Open up your image. In my case, I used my logo….been wanting a stamp for LONG time!!


Resize the image to fit the stamp size

Add any text or images- can curve or customize the text


*Please note, if your image has different colors (mine has magenta), I suggest changing it to a full black and white image because it will not be on the final product as you will see at the end….
Once you are satisfied with your image, the software will automatically flip the image (not pictured)

Insert the stamp blank in the machine wait about a minute or so take off the access cardboard and plastic. Mount on the block, and ink with desired colors. Let the ink soak for a few moments, stamp off a few times until the image stamps clearly. Stamp as desired…replace cap to preserve the ink/stamp! 



That’s it!! Can you image all of the stamps that can be made?? Valentine's Day is coming up...just saying! I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Remember to stop by and check out She's A Sassy Lady…new projects are added all the time! Krafthead~

Friday, January 1, 2016

Memory Jar SASL DT Project

Happy 2016 Krafty People!!

Today I get to jump start the year over at She's A Sassy Lady! I am honored to be the first person from the talented She's A Sassy Lady team to wish you all a Happy New Year! May it be a year of creativity, joy, peace, love, prosperity, and favor. I know the team has some exciting projects to share. I suggest you check over there often to be inspired!

I have to admit, 2015 was a very challenging year. I personally am happy to see it come to an end and I am excited to see what 2016 brings! I most certainly believe the latter will be greater than the last!

Today’s project was inspired by a Facebook post I saw. It suggested writing down different events and placing them in a jar. At the end of the year, the participant will read them as a way to reflect on the year. As mentioned, 2015 was a trying year. I am guilty of not always seeing the silver lining during those difficult times. I am sure I am not the only one. Instead of waiting to the end of the year, whenever I forget to see how blessed I am or how many prayers has been answered, I think it would be good for me to go in the jar and read them. There is nothing wrong with having a reminder right?

For this project, you can use whatever you have on hand. I used a mason jar from the Dollar Store, but you can use an old box, create a box or an old piggy bank. You can dress it up, leave it plain…whatever you want. The point of this is to reflect! There is nothing like starting the year off the right way!!

I took out the inner lid and dressed up the outer lid with trim. I also added trim to the bottom of the jar. I had some sticky notes. To make this easier, I punched a hole and placed it on the jar with a pen attached. On the note, it is important to notate the date and the event. I also would like to take this a step further and add those special answered prayers, testimonies, and blessings in a separate book. Stay tuned for that (wink, wink)!



I really do hope this inspired you to do something similar. As I said, sometimes it is hard to see the blessings when you go through. This is a good way to be reminded just how blessed we are…my first note will be WE MADE IT TO SEE 2016!! Krafthead~

Friday, December 4, 2015

Christmas Countdown

Happy December Krafters!

Ah the holiday season is upon us and today I am sharing over at She's a Sassy Lady. Thanksgiving was last week (which was awesome to spend with the family sharing stories and eating great meals) and by the time this posts, Christmas will be 22 days away! Eeeek! I started Christmas shopping, the tree is trimmed, stockings are hung, but something was missing! I decided to make a countdown calendar. I add little treats or notes each day until Christmas! Side note, the song "Final Countdown" is in my head...thanks Europe and thanks Geiko!
Anywho, I purchased the file (3D Countdown Box Calendar) a couple of years ago from the Silhouette store. Lori Whitlow, the creator of the file, has a wonderful tutorial on how to assemble it. I made this before, so I was able to do it easily by memory. For this project, you will need:

1: 4 12x12 sheets of cardstock or pattern paper for the base 
2: 9 12x12 sheets of cardstock for the boxes
3: 1 12x12 sheet of pattern paper as the decorative parts for the boxes (I used Winter Combo)
4: 1 sheet (scrap piece works fine) for the numbers
5: embellishments to decorate the calendar (optional)


It took me approximately 1.5 hours from start to complete the project. I recommend starting with the frame first so it can have time to dry (liquid glue is best) as the boxes cut and are assembled. 

I was able to get three boxes on one sheet to cut. 
As the sets cut, assemble the boxes and add them to the frame. 
Once all of them are assembled, add the decorative front to the boxes and numbers. 
I decided to just add the penguin (Lawn Fawn) to the 25th and a sentiment to keep it very simple (since the children will be handling this). However, this box can be as dressed up as your imagination allows. 



Well I hope you enjoy today’s project and that you will give it a try! Until next time….sing your favorite holiday songs and be creative! Krafthead~

Friday, November 6, 2015

Thankful SASL DT Project

Happy November Krafters!

Today is my day over at She's a Sassy Lady...make sure to stop by and show the team some support!

The holiday season is upon us and I am super excited! This is my favorite time of the year! During the month of November, I like to take time to reflect on the year and show my thanks for the blessings that has been experienced through this year. While today’s project is not a traditional Thanksgiving or harvest craft, it still reflects thanksgiving and praise.

My mom asked me to make a card to give to her spiritual mentor and mother. The image is of a woman in praise and worship! Is that not being in the spirit of thanksgiving? I purchased the digital image from Robert Jackson and colored it using Copic markers. With using Copics, I do recommend purchasing the Hex Chart by Sandy Allnock. It has been a tremendous help blending color groups you may not think goes well together. 


Anywho, I used the Top Note die by Spellbinders and a Cuttlebug embossing folder (the name escapes my memory). The flowers are I Am Roses and the sentiment is from a set by Inkadinkado (Praise). Finally, I used shear ribbon from my stash. 


What are you thankful for? I am thankful to Sheila for allowing me to be apart of this talented DT as well as for each of you who take time to visit the blog and show love! Until next time, count your blessings….I am sure the number is high! Krafthead~

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

One Sheet Mini Flip Book SASL DT Project

Hello Krafters!!

Did y'all miss me?? I know it has been a few weeks since I shared anything. For that, I apologize. It has been crazy busy lately, but I think I have finally found my groove. I am sharing a project for She's A Sassy Lady today!

Do you have a lot of pattern papers laying around and you want to use them up? Are you limited on time? Need a few ideas for the upcoming holiday season? Then this idea is for you! I revisited a project I did for a teacher years ago. It is simple to put together and you can use what you have in your stash. This mini brag book or mini album can be used for almost anything you want it to be and you can decorate the outside as much as you would like as well! This particular project will be used as a memory book for a new baby. 

  1. Take one sheet of 12x12 cardstock (any color) *use thick and sturdy (Bazzill, Stampin’ Up, etc) 
  2. Cut the cardstock at the 6.25” mark. This will be your cover and the 5.75” will be the inside pages 
  3. The larger portion, score ate 3”, 3.25”, 8” and 8.25” (or score where you want! depending on how you want your book to close)
  4. The inside pages, score at .25”, 4.25”, and 8.5” and fold accordion style. 
  5. Assemble the book! Add adhesive to the .25" and place nudged to the second score line on the cover. This will allow the photos to be accessed on the front and back of the pages. 
  6. Cover the pages and decorate as you wish! I used the Nana Kids and Sweet Stack by DCWV (VERY old collections I had in my stash) 
  7. I used the Art Philosophy (photo corners), Nursery Tails (baby info-Imagine cartridge), and Nursery Rhymes (back cover) Cricut cartridges. 
  8. “Beautiful Journey” was cut with the Sizzix thinlits dies (I believe it is named Explore)
  9. I wanted to keep this simple so I just added a Martha Stewart punched butterfly from left over pp I had to the front and back of the book)




That’s it!! This would be easy to make for teachers as gifts or even a fun craft to do with the kiddos on a cold or rainy day. I plan to do this with mine to document their summer! It can hold a lot of photos too!


I hope you enjoyed today’s project! Don’t forget to stop by She's A Sassy Lady blog…so much talent and so many ideas shared. Until next time, Krafthead~

Monday, October 5, 2015

Store It Mondays-Ribbon and Trim

Happy Monday Krafters!

I will be wrapping up Store It Mondays soon. I have a few more storing solutions to share. I hope you have enjoyed and were inspired by what I have shared thus far. Today I am sharing how I store ribbon and trim. A few years ago on scrapbook.com, I purchased a Simply Renee Ribbon Organizer for $12 during their 12 days of Christmas. It holds a ton of ribbon/trim. The organizer usually costs around $80. It was a steal. I wish I would have purchased two of them. There is storage in the tray area and the ribbon sticks out for easy access. Then there is more storage using clips for ribbon that is not on a spool but in bags or loose. I have purchased ribbon from Etsy and Hobby Lobby that does not come on a spool. This is perfect. I am not sure if scrapbook.com still sells this item. However, I am sure Amazon or Ebay has them if you were looking to reorganize your ribbon and trim. 


Prior to the Simply Renee, I used a peg board and cheap curtain rods to hold spools of ribbon and trim. This system can be customized as needed. I can extend the rods as I purchase more ribbon. I really do like this system too because again, it has the potential to hold a lot ribbons! This system can work well for small punches as well. 


I also have an iron dress form with trim on it. (You can see it in the picture above with the Simply Renee). I purchased that item from a catalog for about $19 (I don't remember the name of the place). I have the rose trim wrapped around to look like a dress. Instead of hoarding the trim, I really need to use more of it! LOL 


That’s it! I hope you were inspired today. Thanks for stopping by, Krafthead~

Friday, October 2, 2015

Sweet Birthday SASL DT Project

Happy October Krafters!!

Can you believe there are only three months left in the year? In the month of October, there are a lot of birthdays in my family. My mother-in-law’s birthday is today and my son’s is tomorrow. I have an uncle, cousin, and a few friends who will be celebrating birthdays this month. So I am going to share a birthday card!

Let me tell you; this card is completely different than what I intended. When I first started off, I was just going to do a simple watercolor background using distress inks add happy birthday with a few sequins and call it an evening. However, the markers (Chameleon) were calling my name and the stamps (Lawn Fawn’s Baked With Love) said, “Play with us Kenya, play with us!” Before I knew it, I was coloring and masking off stamped images to give a layered look. 


Chameleon markers are fairly new on the market. I have had them for about three months and colored with them just a hand full of times. There is a learning curve, but I really do like them. I used this card to further play with color layering and how to fuse the colors correctly. I can sit here and cry about all of the mistakes, but I would rather focus on what I do like. I like being able to have one marker make smooth transitions between colors. But again, this can be tricky. I really like how the bowl turned out as well as the butter and eggs. 


After I finished coloring the image, I used Avery Elle’s Wonky Rectangles to cut out my watercolor layer as well as the colored layer. I was going to put the sentiment on the inside with the piping bag, but decided at the last minute to put it on the outside instead. The sentiment is up a little higher than I would like, but overall, I think it still turned out ok! 
To add a little more shimmer, I added Wink of Stella Clear Pen to the bowl, and hearts (stamped with LF’s Lobster ink). 



That’s it! I hope you were inspired by this project…imperfections and all. That is all apart of the crafting process! Remember to stop by She's A Sassy Lady Blog to check out the talented DT. Have a great weekend, Krafthead~