Saturday, November 29, 2014

Pocket Calendars -- Mama Elephant and Sister Stamps

Hi everyone!  Hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday!  I am just getting over my turkey coma so I thought I'd post a little something today.

I finished up all my 2 year pocket calendars.  I think I take a long time to finish projects sometimes because I think I have to make each one look different.

These are the three that I shared previously using Sister Stamps.

Here are three new ones with more Sister Stamps.

These calendars feature Mama Elephant stamps.  Love these cute animals and the fun sentiments.

Here is a close up of the bunnies.  Love the bunnies!  I think they are my favorite.

Here are the bears.  So I kept the Mama Elephant ones fairly simple by using the same Copic colors and sentiments.  Trying to do things a little bit faster.

Here is a sample page of a month.

All of these are for sale too.  US orders and PayPal only.  Feel free to email me if you have any questions craftingthisandthat@gmail.com.

I'll be sharing some Hello Kitty montly planners tomorrow!  Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, November 24, 2014

two thousand fifteen

Hi everyone!  Sometimes I think I am so crazy for making the things that I make.  I'm sure my kids and the hubby too wonder why I do the things I do.  I think this was one of those projects that I was just about to give up on.  So time consuming because I didn't just make 1, I made 6 sets!  Oh boy, I need to give my fingers some time to rest.

If you are one of my FB friends, you might have seen this photo that I posted using Taylored Expressions new 3x4 calendars and a whole bunch of Sister Stamps images (the little pumpkin is from PTI).  I guess the purpose of these calendars is to use in pocket scrapbooking but I wanted them to be a bit more functional as well so I came up with a desk top calendar idea.  Once the month is done, you can add it to your scrapbook too.

Excuse my poor cropping here but I didn't want to rearrange the cards again to take a better photo.  I know, I am lazy.  I attached each month to kraft cardstock and added the holes with my Cinch.  By the way, I do like my Cinch but it is the older version.  I think now you can use smaller rings with the newer version?  I know they have a square hole version too, but I personally like the round holes better.

This is the front and I added the sheep from Sister Stamps too.  I used Lawn Fawn's alphabet stamps to spell out the year.  I don't know if you can see the stitched detailing on there but I added that with Lil Inkers rectangle stitched dies.  I think it adds a nice detail.  I added that to all the pages actually so there was quite a lot of die cutting going on.  Seventy eight pages of stitched rectangles to be exact! 

I had to figure out a way for it to stand so I added that little easel part in the back with some lightweight chipboard.

Here's another view of the calendars.

Oh and it never fails that one would get messed up right?  Somehow this card got glued to another and when I took them apart the TH came off too!  I tried writing it back in nicely but I think my hand was all cramped and tired so the letters are all messy.

I'd like to sell these (except the messed up one).  I'll be putting up a page soon of the things I plan to sell on anther tab on my blog.  But you can always email me if you're interested in something at craftingthisandthat@gmail.com.

Edit December 5, 2014:  Thank you everyone for your comments and inquiries about these calendars.  They are all now sold.  Maybe I'll make more for 2016?

My next projects will be way less involved.  Maybe not as much coloring.  I have to give my Copics a little break!

Thanks so much for stopping by!




Monday, November 10, 2014

Yuki ornament

Hello!  I feel sometimes scattered wanting to do so many different crafts.  I wish I had this huge crafty room where I had lots of large tables and each table would be designated for a specific craft.  Like sewing, coloring, paper crafting.  Then I wouldn't have to clean up everything to start another project.  Sewing definitely takes up a lot of space with the cutting of fabric, space for the sewing machine and even ironing.  That is the only ironing I am willing to do! 

Anyway, I finished this cute ornament yesterday.  You've probably seen them around blogland ever since PTI introduced their latest kit with the clear domes.  PTI's kits are so enticing with all the fun stuff included in them but they are just too expensive for me especially if I'm not sure I'd be using them often.  But I had seen the clear domes before at my local Ben Franklin store so I knew I could make those ornaments/tags without spending so much money.  Plus the domes come in all different sizes and pretty affordable. 

I colored up Sister Stamps Yuki.  She is one of my favorites!   I used maybe one of the largest ornament domes at the store.  I wanted to be sure that the image would fit nicely.  For the back, I used one of the largest stitched circle dies from Lil Inkers.  I even bought the fake snow from Ben Franklin's too.  These domes come in pairs cause they're supposed to fit together to make a round ornament.  So I have another one that I can play around with.

Here is a side view.  I used Glossy Accents to glue the dome onto the cardstock backing.  Then I added that ribbon all around.  This was a fun and quick craft.  My kids are gonna be making some of these for our annual ornament making tradition.  I bought them smaller ones and they are excited about what they can include in their little dome.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sister Stamps Release #26 is today!

Hi again!  Today is release day!  Thought I would pop in to share my latest 2 year pocket calendars featuring Sister Stamps Ai and Mitsuyo. 

First up is Ai, the girl Taiko drummer.  I printed up some of these sentiments that I first saw with an Uptown Girl stamp.  I loved the sentiment and wanted to buy the stamp cause of it but I thought twice and saved some money by just printing the sentiments myself.  As usual, I used washi paper to cover the calendars.

Here is Mitsuyo.  I love the color combo of this one.  So pretty!  And the same sentiment.

Here they are in their vinyl covers.  I love the practicality of these calendars.  I mean, you get 2 years worth!  But I notice the calendars aren't cut exactly straight.  So that makes me have to fiddle a bit with the washi paper to cover everything up nicely.  Not sure if it's just my order that was cut crooked but I think these are still cute and worth the bit of fiddling.

Really, I thought maybe this year I could try out a craft fair but I think I'm still not ready!  But I am willing to sell my calendars through my blog if anyone is interested.  Just send me an email and we can work something out. 

Thanks all!  Hope you got some yummy chocolates from Halloween!  That is one of the perks of having 3 children.  I can rummage through 3 bags for my favorite chocolates!