Wednesday, July 20, 2016

As you probably know, I'm moving soon, so if you're going to be sending me anything, please email me so I can get you a correct address.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Birthday flip book

My penpal’s birthday is on the 15th, so I made her a flip book. 
The papers are out of a 6x6 paper pack I got in a swap years ago. The pink plaid tape is from the Dollar Tree. I didn’t like how the letters looked by themselves, they blended into the background, so I outlined them with ink. I also didn’t have any cake stickers or ephemera, so I printed some offline.  I apparently got a smudge on the top of the paper when I was outlining the letters, so I added the flower sticker to cover it up.
 After you flip the front to the left:
 I had received some We R Memories pocket pages for my birthday, I believe they were a birthday pack. The green dot washi is Tape Works from JoAnn’s. The cupcake ribbon is also from JoAnn’s.
The birthday girl piece was something I found in my stash.
 When you flip the first page up:
 This card I got at a garage sale, I added a few rose stickers to it.
Again, flipping the card up:
 The sweet sticker is from the Dollar Tree.
Flipping the next card up:
 The flower envelope I received in a pocket letter, it has stamped tags in it. The card on the bottom has some bling I got in a swap.
And when you flip that one up:
 These sticky notes came in my package on Friday. I also added this rose sticker to the bottom, it was in the same pack at the stickers on the back of the first flip.
The right page:
 These are Project Life cards I got at Hobby Lobby. The washi is Scotch brand from Target. The pink gems are from Hobby Lobby. The striped gold washi is from the dollar spot at Target. The polka dot ribbon I got in a swap.
When you flip the first card:
 These I got in swaps. I don’t use glitter or sequins, I know my penpal was looking for sequins. The striped washi is from the dollar spot at Target
When you flip the next card:
 I lined it with some washi from the dollar spot at Target. This card was a postcard.
When you flip the next card:
 Another flowered envelope from the same pocket letter. There are a couple of my ATCs in it, she had asked if I would send her some ATCs. I also added a puffy cupcake sticker to the right card.
When you flip this card to the right:
 Close-up of the middle:
 This sticker is from a set of chipboard stickers I got at a garage sale. It was too bulky, so I took off most of the chipboard to thin it out. I think this page is a little flat, but seeing as how the others are not flat, I think it’s ok.
The right page:
 These cards are from the Project Life starter kit I picked up at Hobby Lobby. These gems are from the same pack as the ones on the other side of this page. The washi here is from the dollar spot in Target.
When you flip this one open:
 I added some black lace washi to the top to cover up something and then added her name on top of that. I added a whole bunch of cake stickers to this. The large cupcake is from Hobby Lobby, the rest are Susan Branch stickers. On the right side, I added a few paper bags I got in a pocket letter with a mini clothespin I got in my birthday haul. The fairy sticker I picked up a few years ago in Decorah, IA.
When you flip this:
 This piece I got in a pocket letter. I created a pocket on the other side with half a project life card I picked up at a garage sale. There are some frame stickers and thought bubble stickers in it.
When you flip it:
 These sticky notes I got in a pocket letter. The stickers are from an activity book I picked up at the Dollar Tree. The washi is from the package I received on Friday.
I had a sticker with this quote on it, but it didn't go with the book at all, so I just used some alphas to recreate the quote. I stamped the handmade with love, the stamp was from the Dollar Tree.
Go here to see Linda's reaction to it, and what else I sent her.

While I was making this, I noticed how some washi is stickier than others. I’ve also learned which I like better. I didn’t realize the Dollar Tree washi is a thicker paper tape, I’m not sure I really like it. I don’t know if it will hold on the front page.
I love the variety of washi that Target puts in it’s dollar spot, but I don’t like that it’s not very sticky. I had to add some glue dots to hold one of the last flips down.
I like Hobby Lobby washi, I didn’t use any of that here. JoAnn’s washi is really sticky. I have a roll of light pink, that leaves some of it’s stickiness behind when it’s peeled off the roll. I didn’t have that issue with the green dot tape.
I also love the Scotch tape I picked up, I picked it up on clearance in Target one day. I would look into buying more of that. I also have quite a few rolls from a small art store in a town close to here. I don’t know where the owner gets it, but it holds really well. I used to think that the tape at Hobby Lobby was expensive, then I realized that I usually pay $3.99 (about, I’m not sure, I haven’t bought washi there for awhile) at this store or 4 for $10. At Hobby Lobby they are usually $3.99 or $4.99 for two rolls.
I really need more solid color washi. There were a couple places I wished I had a solid black and had to improvise with what I did have.

I’m also really bad at not using my washi and hoarding it. But, from what I’ve seen around the internet, I’m not the only one.

If you've noticed I've used a lot of Project Life cards for flip books, sometimes for the smaller ones, here, here and here.
I think my favorites are using them as flips in the larger size flip books. I think I really like the 6x6 size flip books the best too. I also really like creating the flip book, not filling it with goodies. I send along goodies, I just don't really like to put them in the flip book. I will admit, I put so many flips in this one, I had a hard time figuring out how to decorate them all.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Project Life Birthday Flip Book

 Friday, was one of my supervisor's birthday, I guess I've been a little wrapped up in my life to pay attention to the birthday sheet. She was saying she loved these little Project Life flipbooks, so I made her one.
I could not sleep last night, most likely because I drank a Mountain Dew about 10pm, plus there was a concert going on a few blocks away. So, instead of staring at the ceiling, I decided to create.
Here's the front:
This is actually a pocket page I got in my birthday haul, go here to see that. The binding washi is from stuff I bought Friday, check that out here. The pink polka dot washi is also from a Friday haul.
I feel I need to add a little something 3D to this. I added some lace to the bottom
When you flip it up:
The butterfly was from my birthday haul. On the trip from my craft closet to my kitchen to take a picture, I lost a sticker that says wonderful, it goes right underneath the butterfly. I'm still not sold on this one, but I left it as is
The bottom is a PL card, I did add a strip of the pink polka dot washi to the top.
When you flip the bottom down:
 The sticker on the middle card is from the Dollar Tree, I added a darker pink piece of paper underneath the roses. The bottom card has a birthday sticker and some cupcake washi that I layered on some white cardstock to help them pop out.
When you flip the middle to the left:
 I changed the pink polka dot washi to a darker pink polka dot washi, it was a thicker washi, so I cut it in half and put the other half on the card to the right. I had a chipboard sticker for the cupcake, but it would not stay stuck down, so I switched to this one, it's from Hobby Lobby. The washi says It's your birthday, it's from Dollar tree.
When you flip the middle to the right:
 I love that right card. The doily came from a kit I bought on Friday. The sticker is a mason jar with flowers that says Live Simply. I love how it came together. The middle card, I added a Dollar Tree sticker to it.
I've been getting double use out of my layered stickers. Most off them are the same pieces just layered on each other with foam tape, so I just peel off the top layer and the foam tape and get extra pieces out of them. I actually got the idea from coupontoprovide on YouTube.
Here's the back:
I need a nice label to add to my backs so I can stamp the handmade with love on them. That stamp is from the Dollar Tree.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What I've sent out

Here's a few things I've been working on (and a few stamp pictures)
 I'd seen people using 'hello' on their PLs and really wanted a stamp that said that, and then found these two in my stamps.
This is my embellished tag:
 This is actually a tag left over from when I made valentines a few years ago. It's a cardstock tag layered with dictionary paper, there was a heart ripped out of it, but I didn't like the look, so I added a Project Life card on the tag. I also added some watercolor looking flowers to the side and stamped 'hello' in the heart. I made the banner embellishment at the bottom and added a puffy cupcake sticker.
I also added some fun fiber to the top. This tag was created for Kim
This is a 4th of July PL for Susie
 I'm not really that great at doing holiday art. I don't like stuff that's for one thing specifically, I did pick up some 12x12 paper that had neat papers for the whole year awhile back at Hobby Lobby, so I used some of that in the top and bottom rows of this PL.
I added a banner sticker from the Target Dollar Spot and spelled out Happy Birthday America to the top row and added some star stickers. I also added a Statue of Liberty sticker and spelled out Liberty at the bottom of it.
Middle row: I used some stamped images. The first card has an eagle against a flag with stars in a circle and Freedom spelled out. The middle card has a Target Spot rosette on the outside of the pocket, with a stamp saying 'Proud to be American' on the bottom. The last card has the flag and stickers saying 'Old Glory'
Last row: I used another page from that 12x12 stack and layered some of the fireworks with foam tape on top of the sleeve. I also added 'fireworks!' to the bottom

Back
 I have hoarded a few USA/military/police papers. I've never used them, I had an idea once upon a time, but I've never done anything. I used one of them on the back of this PL. I don't have a picture of goodies I sent, but I sent some of my stamped images, some of the fireworks paper, scraps from the back paper, some stickers

I signed up for a July PL swap that was to be mailed out on the 28th. I had already started a base shortly after I signed up
 The side has some glitter tape from the Dollar Tree, I'm not a fan of that, the glitter really comes off. The backgrounds are mostly Project Life cards that I trimmed down.
First row: first card: Project Life card with a few bling pieces in the corners, second card: Project Life card, cupcake sticker from Hobby Lobby, 'Happy Birthday' sticker from Hobby Lobby, I also added a cherry sticker from a sheet I got in a swap. Third card: Project Life card with a sticker that has a To Do list. I wrote on the list, celebrate my birthday, eat cake, open presents, tell the whole world it's my birthday.
Second row, First card: Project Life card that already had the cupcake on it. Second card: I just put a piece of clip art on the outside of the sleeve. Third card: this was cut from the back of a Hallmark card, has a Project Life card scrap on top, a pink square from a baby kit with a cupcake on it.
Last row, First card: pink ATC card with a birthday tag cut down to fit card. Second card: some of that 12x12 paper with Make a Wish on the outside of the sleeve. Last card: I created the banner embellishment in the corner, it has stickers saying cheers on it. I also put some flat back pearls on it.
back
 This is a sheet from that 12x12 paper pad
On someone's shopping haul I saw this stamp from Tuesday Morning and I was thinking that might be a nice stamp to have.
The other day, I found it in a box.

What I've received

Wow! I didn't realize I was so behind here. Let's start with stuff I've received since my last post, the next post will be stuff I've been working on.
Through one of my FB groups, I swapped some washi tape. These are from Charlene
 sprinkle, solid purple, balloons, gold roses, black and white foilage.
 She also included some stickers.
I also sent out some brads and eyelets for some other stuff. These are from Kim
 stamped images

 paperclips, punched hearts

 Handmade embellishment hearts

 more handmade embellishments

This swap was for some brads, these are from Rachel
 egg stickers, chick stickers, trim
 The eggs are really puffy and the chicks are fuzzy, I didn't realize the chicks were fuzzy until I received them
These were for some chalk from Deborah
 stickers, bling, diecuts and handmade embellishments
 The alphas are sparkly, the cupcakes are puffy, the bling are stickers. There are a few mason jar diecuts and some handmade embellishments.
 a bag of fun
 This bag was a lot of little extras, maybe for shakers, I'm not really sure.
I also received a PL from Kimberly
 back:
I was very disappointed in this one, I had to wait awhile for it, and I don't know if you can see in the picture of the front, but it's all glued down with hot glue, rather sloppily. I feel that she just put it together really quickly, and as you can see, she barely put anything in it. When I put a lot of effort and goodies in my PL's it's a little disappointing when someone doesn't reciprocate.
Another swap through my FB group, I signed up to do a goody bag swap, where we sent a ziploc baggie full of embellishments to a partner. I signed up for 4 partners.
This is from Ileana
Sadly, I only received 3 bags back.
 This is another washi swap from Lyamar
 mason jars, grass
 I saw the mason jar washi on someone's youtube channel not so long ago, and it was from Walmart, I'm almost tempted to go to Walmart and see if they have any.
This is another PL I received, this is from Pattie
 all the goodies:
She told me she made everything she used for the PL, plus all the goodies she sent me. I love it all.
These were for some grungeboard from Maria
 paper flowers

I also signed up for an embellished tag swap, this is from Deborah
 She had used some kind of paste to make the spots at the top pop out. I love the whole thing.
This is an ice cream PL from Rachel
 goodies:
 I love that she sent me the grill and watermelon plus the punches to create my own.
Last Saturday, I received this PL from my penpal, Linda
 goodies
 and more
 She packed this PL so full.
This is a PL, 4th of July theme I received today, from Susie:
 Goodies
On Crafty Lori's wishing video the past few weeks, I've wished for people to send me happy mail for my birthday. This is what I've received so far.
It's really testing my patience not to open them until Saturday.