Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Absolutely in love with MISTI!!!!!

I don't know how many times I have bought a tool and then it ends up in the tool graveyard....waste of time and money!!!! 
Well, I want to tell you about THE BEST tool I purchased.  It's called the MISTI (Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented).  Truly, it lives up to its name.
I can't tell you how much time and supplies this little tool has saved me.  My sister recruited me to make her Christmas cards.  I had to make over 100 cards in less than a week!!!!  Yep, she waited until the very last minute. LOL!!!

 What I love about the MISTI:
  • You can use both cling mount stamps and clear stamps (does not work with wood mounted stamps)
  • If you didn't stamp the image evenly, all you have to do is reink and stamp over the image again - the stamp hits the paper in the exact spot it did the first time (saves SO much cardstock and time!!!!)
  • You can use it to line up die cuts and stamps (again, saves SO much cardstock and time!!!!)
  • It's flat and doesn't take up a lot of space
  • It's portable (almost the size of a tablet)
  • You can reorder the grid paper pad or you can download the free template and print them yourself
  • The grid on the lid perfect is for cardmakers
I'm sure I'll come up with more reasons why I love the MISTI as I use it more.
Here's how I used the MISTI.
I wanted to use My Favorite Things Die-namics Horizontal Stitched Strips for my sentiment layer.  I die cut a strip on just a piece of scrap cardstock

I lined up the sentiment to center perfectly on the die cut piece and then shut the lid.  The stamp clings to the lid, just where you placed the stamp (as shown below). 

I stamped the sentiment on the die cut (white cardstock)...because I have the template (red cardstock), it was super fast to just lay the next die cut in place and stamp the sentiment.  

Here's a video from Iliana (owner) introducing the MISTI:
You can see more videos on My Sweet Petunia's YouTube Channel.

You can read more about what people are saying about the MISTI on Splitcoaststamper's Forum

Here's the link to My Sweet Petunia.

You can order the MISTI on My Sweet Petunia's webstore.  Be sure to order the recommended cleaner and the strong magnet.

I am not affiliated to My Sweet Petunia.  I just love this product so much that I wanted to share it with you all.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Organizing Bling (gems, pearls, rhinestones)

I don't know how, but I've accumulated so much bling!  I love, love, love bling!! :)
They were overflowing the box I stored them in, so I decided to take some time to organize them.
I found a couple of these photo storage boxes at a garage sale about 3 years ago.  At $5 each, I couldn't pass on buying them...but, I never figured out what to use it for....until now! :)

 I used the pockets to organize them by color.

 I adhered a "sample" bling on the spine of the pocket so that I can easily see what is in each pocket.

Amazingly, I am actually using more bling now that they are organized and I can easily pick out a color/style.



Monday, December 15, 2014

a|s Creative Consultant Gift Card Swap

It's amazing how busy this time of year can get.  I just can't believe Christmas is less than 2 weeks away!!! YIKES!!!
I wanted to share pictures of the gift cards I received from a swap I participated in.  They were all so cute!!
These are the ones I submitted, which I posted the tutorials HERE and HERE:

Great job, ladies!!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Another Gift Card Holder and Tutorial

I'm back with another gift card holder and tutorial.  

I used to be a total clean freak.  My work space had to be perfectly clean, but as I got older I learned to deal with the messes. LOL!!!  Here's a picture of my messy work space!!  

For the front of the gift card holder, I used the A Muse Studio Cozy Back and Bottle Brush Forest stamp sets.


Starting out with Sugar Cardstock for the base of the card, I layered it with Sky Cardstock.

I hand-cut the snowy hill from a|s Sugar Cardstock.  I stamped a few of the trees from the Bottle Brush Forest stamp set using Sage Ink and cut them out.  The adorable snowman was colored using Copics.  He was then adhered with foam tape.  Finally, added some sequins as snowflakes.

The inside of the card was layered with patterned paper from the Christmas Sweater paper pack.  The sentiment from the Cozy Back set was stamped on Sky Cardstock cut using the Labels 8 Nestabilities.


Here's the tutorial on how to make the gift card holder.

Start out with a piece of 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Sugar Cardstock. Score at every 1 inch mark (the last piece will be 1/2" wide).  Because it's hard to see the score marks on white cardstock, I drew lines where the scores were made.

The places marked with an "x" are where you are going to put the double sided tape.

Next, add layers of the patterned paper to the panels as seen here:

Layer the inside of the card with the patterned paper.

Take the scored piece and adhere the 5th panel to the 4th panel:

Starting with the 1 inch end of the scored piece, adhere it to the bottom part of the top of the inside panel, like so:

Fold over the panels to make the first "box" of the holder.

Adhere the piece that will make the slot for the gift card holder.

Then, fold over the next "box" and adhere to the base of the card.

That's it....super easy, super cute!!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

If you want to order any of the products used in my card today, you can purchase them HERE

Remember, if your order is more than $150, you need to order through me (not on the webstore) to get the hostess benefits.  Contact me at bjlee717"at"comcast"dot"net.


Gingerbread Gift Card Holder Tutorial

As I promised from my post on Sunday, here is the tutorial for the Gingerbread House Gift Card Holder.

Start out with a piece of 7" x 4" cardstock for the base of the house.  I used the a|s French Roast cardstock.  Score at 1-3/4" on both sides of the cardstock to make the doors.

Cut about 1/4" off the top of each door.

For the roof, cut a 4" x 3-3/4" piece of cardstock and cut a notch out from 2 corners.  

(NOTE:  it looks like there's a score line towards the bottom of the cardstock...it's not....it's just a shadow as I was taking picture)

Turn over the cardstock and use a pencil to mark a spot at 2" on the opposite side of the "notched" side (half the length of the cardstock).  See the tiny mark I made on the right side of this picture?

Then, take the piece and angle it on your cutter to make a triangle shape.  You can see in the pictures that I lined up the edge of the notched side to the 2" mark.

You should have a piece that looks like this:

For the gift card insert piece, I used a 3-3/8" x 3" piece of cardstock and used a circle punch at the top.

I used the Scallop Borders Die Set to make the "icing" for the house.

I started out adhering the smallest scalloped border to the edges of the roof, trimming off the excess.

I used the Corner Chomper (1/2" side) to round off the roof.

To make the house, adhere the roof to the base lining up the edges where the notches were cut.

Adhere the gift card insert.

For the icing on the doors, I used the medium and large scalloped borders.  Adhering them and then cutting off the excess.  Here' a tip:  When adhering the scalloped borders, line up from the inside of the door out...so that the scallops line up.

I made the wreath out of a piece of Sugar cardstock that was punched out with a circle punch.  I used of the the tiny leaves cluster stamp from the 2014 Holiday Hoopla Hostess Incentive Stamp set to stamp the wreath using Sage Ink.

I finished it off by adding some Cranberry Pearl Stickers for the berries.

I used foam adhesive on the wreath to adhere it to the roof.

I used the following Copics to add some color to the roof:  R29 Lipstick Red, B02 Robin's Egg Blue, Y08 Acid Yellow and YG25 Celedon Green.

For the inside of the house, I used one of the patterned papers from the Christmas Sweater paper pack on the doors (panels are 1-5/8" x 3 5/8".  

Then, I colored the cute reindeer from the Not A Creature Was Stirring set (with matching die set).

I used the following Copics:  
R35 Coral for the nose
E59 Walnut and E57 Light Walnut for the antlers
E51 Milky White and E53 Raw Silk for the body

I used the sentiment from Bottle Brush Forest stamp set.  I just loved the font.  The sentiment was stamped with Berry Ink onto a piece of Sugar cardstock cut using one of the dies from the Word Windows Die Set. 


To finish it off, I punched a couple holes on the doors to thread the ribbon through.  I used the Cherry Organdy Sheer Ribbon.

I hope this tutorial was easy enough to follow.  

Until next time....