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To make this mini mini album, my favorite mini album format of late- I used a variety of supplies recently in my Clique Kits monthly kit and from the store. Most of the cards were from the My Minds Eye Jubilee Journaling Cards Set (Wild Berry) they are on sale 50% off right now. I used washi tape from the November kit and December add ons. The acrylic gem stone is from the December kit and I knew I wanted to use it for something special. The cover is one of the Heidi Swapp watercolor hearts. These are also on sale for 50% off right now and are perfect for adding a mixed media touch to any project using watercolors, mists, or inks. Speaking of mists- the Clique Kits store has several popular colors like Heidi Swapp Color Shine navy, coral, and citron on sale 50% off. The gold striped glittery vellum I used as filler in this mini is from my stash and is positively ancient. There are a couple of items in here that you may not recognize yet from Clique Kits because they have not been released yet! If you subscribe to this blog you never know when you might get a peek at something not yet released ! Like that adorable feather tag with the gold tip and the transparency frames which will be coming soon in the limited edition We Go Together Valentine's Day kit.
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Geometric graphic stamp from Kesi-Art +Brushscript lettering by Hand+ pretty colors= Fast and Easy handmade Desk Calendar Easy Gift Idea!
You can find the stamp here.
What's In My Cyber Basket Wednesday...
It's Christmas Eve and I have to confess I have had to tell Santa about a couple things he needed to send to me through the cyber space chimney. The first one was one I had actually ordered a while back at a Close to My Heart party from the latest catalog. It is one of their new alphabet font stamps, and I thought it was just so cute.
It's called the Handwriting font Alphabet for $29.95 and you get the alphabet in capitals and lower case as well as the numbers and some punctuation. It is a very modern font-this is no comic sans. I sometimes think I should be a consultant for CTMH. But then again, some of my best friends are consultants and ain't nobody got time for that with Clique Kits and a full time job. So, moving on. I'll show you the cards I made with this stamp and the die by American Crafts/Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes from her Open Book Collection which was released in October 2014. There were some in the Clique Kits store which were an add on with the November kit and are now sold out, unfortunately (sorry for the tease.) I also used a really cool die from Kesi-Art, which I think IS still available here. Quality wise, I can tell you unlike some other thin metal dies I have purchased, this thing cuts cardstock like it's butter!
I know it's quite simple- but that is my style this year- clean and simple (and fast LOL). I did add a little bling with some red Stickles after I stamped my sentiment.
This one takes advantage of the bold "Get Happy" paper by Gossamer Blue that was in the Special Add on Clique Kit last month. I wanted to mute it as a background just a teeny bit so that the geometric heart would show up and I loved how it turned out. Again, so simple and fast.
Now, Santa just delivered another little package today all the way from the Europe.
This first stamp is just what I have been looking for to design some patterned backgrounds with fruit graphics. I know it may sound strange, but I have mentioned in one of my trending posts that I have been pinning more and more fruit and once the spring rolls around pineapples especially will be hot! It may not be obvious looking at this stamp everything you can do with it- so I will have to play with it and show you the results in another post.
Not that I needed another Christmas stamp (can you ever have too many really?) but this one I just could pass up. Even if it is already Christmas Eve, I am still way behind on my December album and when the mood strikes I can jump on next years cards and tags.
Last but not least, I am in LOVE with this little coffee mug stamp, and the fact that it comes with its own little acrylic mounting. I just want to give a shout out to Alex the designer and owner of meli-melo. You can find her at www.etsy.com/shop/bymelimelo or www.melimelo.es. She wrote a lovely bio on her blog and her blog is beautiful and heartfelt. Did I mention I love her illustrated stamp designs?
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She says this very tongue in cheek of course…everyone knows Clique Kits is not a corporation. It's barely even a company. It's more like a group of friends who put their heart and souls into coordinating products to bring them to each other and our friends to inspire us to be better crafters who help each other get more done for less money in less time. And in the process, we build up and encourage other women makers and artists who also put their hearts and souls into starting small businesses. So of course when it came time to send the Clique Kits girls a gift for Christmas, it had to be something handmade, right? Of course! No logo water bottles for these hard working business ladies.
So, first things first. I started by finding these adorable not handmade little Christmas stockings in the Clique kits color...
The fact that the Clique Kits logo is circular made it pretty easy to adapt to a traditional Christmas ball ornament. I wanted it to really sparkle on the tree, so I used some liquid glue to line the inside of a plain clear plastic Christmas ball and then filled it with glitter, shaking it to coat the inside wall of the ball, and then dumped the excess glitter out. After it dried, I used a deco-pen in white to write Clique Kits on the outside. Tied with a complementary bow, here is how it turned out:
Next, I wanted to make the Clique Kits girls a charm bookmark/key fob/bracelet all-in-one with the Clique Kits logo that would also give me a chance to use some of the Close to My Heart Base & Bling charms that my friend Cassandra (yep she's in the Clique-she had to take a little sabbatical-but I'm sure she'll be back) gifted to me as a surprise bonus gift the last time she had a party and I placed and order. These little charm sets included little cameras, scissors, and bows and are just adorbs. I love Close to My Heart Stamps and used one of them on a Christmas card which I will show you in another post.
I am all about cute packaging, so I decided to make some little hand stamped bags to hold my charm thingies. Starting with some plain natural cotton drawstring pouches, I used some gesso to prepare a stamping surface. Then I stamped the sentiment, "Do more of what makes you happy." And finally I embellished a little, each one different.
I threw some other scrappy supplies in there too, like some purple pens and sharpies, and some purple and white Baker's twine. I figure, you can never have enough Clique Kits colors around.
Apparently, Lacey agrees with me about not being able to get too much of Clique Kits purple! I received this for Christmas from Lacey ! Swoon! You should definitely check out the wonderful Christmas cards on her blog-there are more like the one you see here handmade by Lacey.
And that is how the Clique Kits girls love on each other at Christmas (and all year long.)
Hello! Welcome! This is your first stop coming from the Clique Kits Blog and feel free to head back there at any time if you lose your way for the complete blog directory. The challenge this month is to be inspired by this quote:
I know everybody has a lot going on over the holidays, and I am not one to whine. But as one of the Clique founders this month came very close to being the very first time since we started these blog shares that I may have actually not had a project done or photographed in time to participate. Oh tragedy! Even if it was all good- shopping for Toys for Tots and getting ready for reveal of the January kit (starting tomorrow! Yay!) and planning our BIG HUGE buying trip to CHA in January, and so much more! I was still having a very hard time letting a Pep Rally go by without me. So I did manage to do the following.
So that was my stress reducing, time saving, solution generating how I brought my scrapbooking to the office with me and got my layout done on my lunch break in less than an hour lightbulb idea way to reduce my stress and still get to be in the Pep Rally !
Even though it is a very simple layout, I used a really eclectic mix of products. There is Heidi Swapp in there, Kaitlin Sheaffer Creative Agenda, Kesi Art (love that stamp and that die) Evalicious, Pink Paislee, and Danielle Young Designs. And I apologize for the lousy pics- the weather was not cooperating with me! Your next stop is Jody's blog! Have fun!
By now I am sure you are familiar with the newest craze for lovers of all things made of (mostly) paper. The planner trend is increasing exponentially in popularity. I am waiting ever so patiently for my new planner to ship (I ordered the light teal-you could probably have guessed that) which I am going to start using in 2015. In the mean time, I have been practicing my take on this new trend in one of my 2014 planners. I wear so many different hats so I actually need to keep several different planners. But I have never thought about having time to decorate them. I usually just scribble in them and am good to go. But I can see that like everything else, being organized can actually save MORE time, and that means more scrapbooking and making stuff for me. So that's the PLAN!
I know its nothing fancy or beautiful, but I am just trying to figure out what inspires me in planner supplies. This planner lets you choose what time frame and dates you want to cover. As you can see in the upper right corner, there is a box where you circle the month and dates you are covering. I used some patterned paper from a 6 x 6 My Mind's Eye pad from the Clique Kits Store (Jubilee Wild Berry) and I used the vibrant strokes of color as my divisions for the days of the week and different phone calls I have to make. I embellished a little with stickers from my stash such as this one from Prima, also from the Clique Kits store. It's called Prima Love Insta-Scrap and it is such a useful and versatile set-I highly recommend it! Take a closer look!
Last but not least, I used a stamped inspirational "quote of the day" in the lower left corner for a little extra motivation this week. This one is from a Kesi Art stamp set from (guess where;)) I adore Kesi Art stamps-Clique Kits will probably be carrying every stamp set they make in English. (not that there's anything wrong with speaking FRENCH on your projects LOL)
This is just a little tease of what Clique Kits has in store for 2015! We plan to add a store section just for products oriented towards planner use. There will likely be some limited edition kits as well that will be available as add ons for subscribers first with any remaining made available to the public in the store. Clique Agenda will definitely be a work in progress for us since many of us are just getting our feet wet in this twist on documenting and organizing. So stay tuned!
I don't know what got into me, but I was just not feeling our old cheap-o felt store-bought Christmas Stockings this year. I searched everywhere online and in stores like Target (how could good old Target dissapoint ?) and local small businesses for some new ones. Target had some cute ones with monograms made from sweater material I liked, but sadly they were out of J's and we have four "J" names in the family. One local shop had really cute burlap ones with pretty appliqués on them and little beach theme accents but get this- the price tag was $48 for one stocking. I'm like oh pleeeeeeez. So, I decided to go through the bags of old clothes still in the trunk of my car waiting to be dropped off at Good Will and grabbed some well worn old shirts to up-cycle into new stockings. I wasn't exactly sure how I was going to go about it- but I just started cutting and sewing and before I knew it I had these:
Here they are dangling from my craft desk. They are not the most photogenic stockings because they are a little droopy but by the time Santa gets done with them they will be pretty lumpy anyway.
My favorite one is the feather pattern one. The candy cane stripe ones came out the best shape wise. The other ones were made from surfing and skateboarding style logo shirts.
To make these:
1. Cut the t shirt to open it up to a flat piece of material.
2. Lay out a simple stocking shape pattern (front and back) on top of the material, pin it down, and cut, making sure the patterns are facing the right way, if there are any.
3. Pin the front and back pieces together with the outsides facing each other and machine stitch around all sides except the top opening.
4. Turn inside out and attach a loop of twill ribbon for hanging with a quick zip through the machine.
Done! Add some embellishments if you like.
I really enjoy green crafting. I let the kids "help" me do some of the cutting which led to a couple of them coming out a little wonky. But that makes them even more lovable.
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The Clique Kits Clique Cards Holiday Edition was a huge hit this year! It is still available in very limited quantities, and there is a coupon code for this month's special on the Clique Kits website for 40% off any holiday kit! (Use code CKSANTAHOLIDAYS) I think that what makes this kit perfect is that all of the elements in the kit work so harmoniously together. For starters, the Fancy Pants Designs Oh Deer collection is just so much fun. I haven't even started making cards this year, but I did take about 15 minutes to whip up this cute mantle decoration for my #deckedouthalls photo prompt.
Since I live in Hawaii and don't actually have a fireplace or mantle sadly, we use our piano for this purpose when we deck the halls at my house. Here is my little decoration in its natural setting.
To make this decoration I used 3 wood blocks from my stash of altered art supplies and papers from the kit (Fancy Pants Designs Oh Deer! 6 x 6 pad). You will also need some bottle brush trees. (Mine are from Tim Holtz and have been squished in a box for far too long!) I used some metallic gold acrylic paint to add some gold to the upper third of the trees and used E6000 glue to affix them. I found a tiny reindeer toy in my jars of found objects and also painted him with a coat of gold. I also affixed him with E6000 glue. After spelling out the word "Joy" in large glittery letters, the finishing touch was an enamel shape sticker from My Mind's Eye. The My Minds Eye Jubilee collection enamel shape stickers are too flipping' cute and you can find them for sale here.
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Leah, Jack, and Scarlet woke me up at 4 am to go Black Friday Shopping in our pajamas. Some people are a little silly on so little sleep (LOL)
Kalama Beach Club in Kailua hosted their annual Holiday Craft Fair. The kids and I walked there with Grandma and Grandpa and they got to spend their allowance buying gifts. Gramps treated everybody to gelato.
Every year I make an advent calendar. This year I tried a washi tape and glassine bag wall tree. I used glassine bags from my friend Jody's Etsy store. I also used Jody's gold doilies and some letterpress deer I made and had in my journaling card stash. I had odds and ends from my #Clique Kits #CliqueintotheHolidays kits and embellished away! I haven't filled the pockets yet but I will with a Playmobil Advent Calendar which comes with pieces for each day to complete a play set by Christmas. There are multiple sets so they can expand their play set from year to year. My youngest kids are finally old enough where I do not worry about choking hazards so Playmobil toys are perfect!
Here are some more pictures:
I adore the crocheted hearts that my friend Lacey gave me for my birthday! Clique Kits has been keeping her super busy designing exclusive embellishments and products for our kits.
December 2 and 3
1. Kailua kayaks next to the canal. 2. Portable Half Pipe set up at Bob's Pizzeria where we were eating. 3. Leah and Jack looking at their phones at Kuhio Park 4. Nik at the beach. 5. My photographer husband doing his thing and 6. Daddy burying Gigi in the sand.
Now if I could just overcome my fear of learning new technology and open the box holding my new Selphy printer (well it was new in August- still haven't tried it!) I could get this week's photos into my December Daily album which is all ready to go!
You can check it out in this video:
If you would like to use the Clique Kits December Photo prompts to help guide your advent journey for documenting December this year here it is:
What have you been up to this week? I love to read your comments!
In case it isn't obvious, I love being in a kit club. Perhaps this Top Ten list says it best! #1 especially!
Feel free to share this Kit Club manifesto on Pinterest or other social media. It doesn't just apply to the Clique, but we do think Clique Kits is the BEST kit club out there. If you have been considering a kit club, we would love to have you join us!
It's also time for me to clear out my Etsy shop The Painted Crane (on Etsy) which you can find here.
I should probably dump all my extra stash in "grab bag" boxes (which I have done before) but I seem to have a bad habit of wanting everything to coordinate and ensure that recipients of these re-cycled products can get the most enjoyment from them! That's how my Etsy store started. I recently re-organized all of my kits into new categories by theme for easier shopping. If you are like me and love to give handmade gifts for the holidays, these kits are already dirt cheap for what you get inside, and are perfect for making projects to gift like mini albums, calendars for grandparents, memory books of special trips or milestones your loved ones and friends may have experienced this year. I figure making gifts should save you money, not cost you a fortune in supplies. It's the time you spend and the thought that counts and that people do appreciate so much (at any age-even kids!) Here are some great handmade home decor and gift ideas that you can use paper crafting products to make:
1. Year in review memory album for family far away.
2. Scrapbook calendar with photo layouts to go with every month.
3. Hand decorated frames with family photos inside.
4. Gifts for milestones like having a new baby (make a Brag Book album for boy or girl).
5. Hand-embellished bookmarks (even kids can make these).
6. Decoupaged journals (for example a composition notebook can be made pretty with paper and embellishments and even washi tape.)
7. Packs of handmade cards to gift to others to use throughout the year.
8. Personalized wall/canvas art
9. Decorate boxes to fill will homemade baked goods for the holidays that the recipient can then use throughout the year for treasures, jewelry, and more. (Recycle plain boxes or purchase sturdier paper mache or wood boxes from your local craft shop or Wal-mart)
10. Make wreaths, banners, or inspirational signs for year-round decor.
Here are some handmade items I have gifted this past year!
I hope you feel inspired to go make some handmade gifts today!