End of May haul – stamps and stencil and paper, oh my!

Gaaah! What a crazy week. I just need a few minutes of normality. Where I am fully in charge of something and not dependent on anyone that will inevitably either screw up, or let me down.

At least the keyboard follows my commands. Well this one does…for now. I press a key – presto – a letter forms.

So let me share a haul with you. I am in love with our local craft shop. I’ve said it before, but it truly stocks ANYTHING crafty you can think of. You just have to be willing to dig a little deeper. Veronica shares her crafty passion with her patrons; and I still don’t know how she manages to have better prices than some leading online distributors or even big craft suppliers in the city. I wouldn’t blame small businesses in rural areas jacking up their profits for sake of convenience – but Le Mar does not. Or not in a way that I notice.

Back to the haul!

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Don’t you just love this stencil! That’s a full size distress inkpad next to it for scale. (Not the new little pads, the old big ones). I haven’t used it yet though, but I SOO want to. I just have to make time..but ja; like I said, it’s been a crazy week.

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In January I put my name down for #PostCircle. (Who’s taking bets when hashtags will be enabled in blog posts) And honestly, I kinda forgot about it when I didn’t get a reply. Then suddenly – SURPRISE! I’m in a group and we’re mailing shtuff and it’s so exciting and all my team peeps are in UK. {More of #PostCircle in another post} But I saw the cutest pen pal paper at the craft shop! It’s from PinkPaislee’s pen pals collection Had had HAD to get it.

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This stamp set from KaiserCraft’s Captured Moments collection is very ProjectLife. I fell in love with it, had to have IT, and asked the shop to keep it aside for me. Now…I’m not so sure that I want it anymore. It’s cute, yes, but will I use it? I took it anyway – I felt too bad for asking them to keep it for me, only to put it back on the shelf.

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The sheep was a complete impulse buy. I saw them, thought how cure they will look on an envelope, and I can colour them with my spectrum noir markers. See, my in-laws have a sheep farm.

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Ah, the cardmaker’s staple punch: 1” scalloped circle. Or so I’ve heard. I love scalloped edges – and my free hand cutting looks more like blindfolded cutting.

Retail therapy at it’s best. Now someone just lend me a time-turner so I can get my craft on more often.

Miss you card – Mojo Monday #341 prompt

I loved making this card so much!

And I really like following card sketches. I’m already so overwhelmed by the paper options and stamps and embellishments;  then still to fiddle with a layout eeeeep! But these sketches make it SO much easier.

I got a request for a masculine card (I like Guy Card more tho); the young man is moving out of Mom’s house, and she wanted to write him letter of love and wisdom – just needed a card to put it into.

I was a but flustered because I have girly frilly shabby chic papers and haven’t made a specifically guy card yet. Soppy Valentine’s to my hubby doesn’t count.

Imagine my relief when I saw this week’s Mojo Monday sketch!

I could definitely make this a masculine card. Scalloped strip and all.

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I used Kraft card for the base. The papers are from Bo Bunny Prairie Chic 6×6 Paper pad. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches  Sentiment sampler.

 

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Stamps – Mini Haul!

Sometimes I feel that I’ve just got waaaay too many hobbies. And then sometimes not enough.

I’ve really gotten into card making lately – I’ll share a few of my cards in a later post. First I *HAVE* to share my latest stamping haul! The reason why it’s so awesome? It’s cause it’s stamps by Paper Smooches. I’ve been marathon’ing through a crap load of card tutorials and mixed medium tutorials and stamping in all its shapes and forms tutorials; so a few trade names have stuck in my noggin. Then I got a newsletter from Scrap-a-Doodles that they have Paper Smooches cling stamps in stock. I squeeed like a fangirl!

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From left to right, I got: Sentiment sampler,  alphadot, and cyber café .

Some of the stamps look a bit bold; blame my ink. Silly Tracy tested the stamps with Archival ink instead of pigment or dye or whatever – anything else except archival! Point is now some of my stamps look bolder even though they are thoroughly babywiped/clean.

I’m stoked for the alphadot set. My handwriting is atrocious. Also finding Afrikaans sentiments in a font I like is a herculean task. Of course I had to get the coffee themes stamp. There’s even a mini macaroon (bonus!!) and a plate to stack them on. Can you see the pastel shaded cookies already. And of course there’s a coffee stain. The sentiments stamp set was practically a no-brainer. I needed some sentiments, and this set just about covers everything.

Can’t wait to start making some cards with these!