Living Empowered

I am really looking forward to the Leadership retreat this weekend. I get to see my beautiful friend Laura who I lovingly call QueenieMac because she calls me BunnyMac. 🙂 I feel called to serve as a leader in my community. My heart is rushing into it faster than I am really prepared. I am fighting to give complete control to God and TRUST that God will empower me with what ever I need to live my role in His kingdom. I’ll have pictures from this weekend next week. This leadership weekend will be added to my growing list of scrapbook pages or mini albums to do. I have the Women’s Retreat and my trip to California to do still. Why is there never enough time in the day to do the fun stuff. 🙂

Clear Stamp Storage Tip

I found my stash of baseball card sheets and had a crafty idea. I have fabric swatches stored in these sheets and thought it would be a good way to store my mini clear stamps. I have a few sheets of stamps that I cut apart and stored in these sheets also. To keep the stamps from falling out of the slick plastic sheets I included the back packaging from the mini stamps and cut 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pieces of cardstock for the stamps I cut from the larger set sheets. I was left with only 4 sets of clear stamps that I could not store this way. I hope this tip can come in handy for other stampers. Happy Crafting!

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Stamp-a-ma-jig Tip

One of my favorite tools that I don’t use often enough is my Stamp-a-ma-jig. One of the main reasons I don’t use it is I find it messy using the plastic sheet the Stamp-a-ma-jig comes with. I often find myself smudging the ink from the plastic sheet on to my card or layout. I also think it’s a waste of my ink. I’ve been using my transparency film more often and had a light bulb moment today. I decided to make permanent Stamp-a-ma-jig sheets using the acetate sheet. They store easily in the stamp storage box. I use ink jet transparency film that has a special coating that locks the ink in place. No smudging! If you do not have coated transparency film or if write-on film smudges, you can either use Staz-On ink or velum for the same effect. I look forward to using my Stamp-a-ma-jig more often.

Happy Crafting!

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Template Tutorial

When I make cards, I sometimes find it a challenge locating the correct punch or die to coordinate with my stamps. Some of my friends catalog their stamps by keeping a binder with image sheets of all their stamps (which is on my to do list). I thought it would be nice to have a template catalog of my punches, texture folders and dies. (I didnt find it necessary to include all of my dies & punches. Just the ones I use to coordinate with my stamps)

I created the tutorial below using Photobucket. The site did not offer the option to adjust the speed. To view all the images, hover your cursor over the slideshow to activate the navigation menu, click stop and you can manually navigate through the slides.

I hope you find this tutorial helpful. Happy Crafting!

Two items not included in the supply list are your die cutting machine (Big Shot/Kick, Cuttlebug, etc.) and a paper trimmer. I was not able to edit the slide. Sorry. ~Amy

Craft Night

I had a wonderful time with my friend, Dian. She came over for dinner and crafts. It made me so happy when she got excited about making a few cards. Not only did she make the 3 cards I had for her to copy, but she got inspired and created a few cards of her own. It was refreshing to spend time with someone so excited to make cards. I showed her my addiction to craft supplies. LOL Maybe I can lure her over here more often with promises of more craft sessions.

While Dian worked hard on her crafty goodness, I spent the evening making a gift for another friend. I was inspired by Nicole Heady‘s personalized stationary kit. I personalized 24 notecards and 12 envelopes. Using Kraft cardstock, Amy Butler Designer Series Paper and green scraps (SU I think) I created a darling stationary keeper. I used my SU! Kiwi Kiss and Soft Suede to personalize the Single Note cards with SU! Seeing Spots and Martha Stewart Letters. I stamped all the envelopes. I am really pleased how it turned out.

We spent so much time gabbing and crafting, I totally forgot to take pictures. Dian made several cute cards. She made these hearts with the SU! designer label on top that made the heart look like little angels. I hope to have her over again soon for more carfts and conversation. I can’t wait to give this gift away.