Do You Craft? Do You Have ROKU?

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Disclaimer:  I have not been reimbursed by any company for any product that I use in my crafting. I craft for the sheer joy of it, and I believe in sharing.

If you are a crafter who has been lamenting the fact that HSN is the only TV Shopping Channel that sells crafts, well check out Create and Craft USA. This is a 24/7 online shopping channel (www.createandcraft.com) that airs on your Roku, and part of the day on Dish Network and Direct TV.  If you don’t have Roku, Dish Network or Direct TV, you can stream the shows on your computer. The difference with this channel is that they take their time to show the products and usually have 2-3 craft demos during each hour. The pace is much more relaxed and I watch the shows for inspiration. It’s great to have on while you are crafting.

This is the American version of the UK channel that has been airing for around 15 years. They launched in the US just over a year ago, so you may not have heard of it.  The show is broadcast from the UK, but the products are usually shipped from the US (there are a couple of exceptions).  About 80% of the products that they sell are paper crafting products, but they are slowly expanding the line of products they sell. Just recently they started selling Lion Brand Yarn. One of the best things is that they have $7.95 flat rate shipping, you can buy a sewing machine and you would only pay $7.95. How crazy is that? And that is shipping per order, not per item.

Create and Craft USA airs live programming from 11:00 am to 5: 00 pm Eastern Standard Time. I live in the Southwest and the shows air in the mornings. I watch Create and Craft by streaming through Roku, and watch the shows while I am doing housework or crafting. During the live hours, the viewing audience is encouraged to respond via email with any questions, and they also have a chance to win one of the projects demonstrated on the air during each hourly program.

If you are a Heartfelt Creations fan, you will be thrilled to know that they launch new products about once a month on this channel, and there are some products that are exclusive only to Create and Craft.  Many of the products they sell are manufactured in the UK and are not generally available in the US. Hunkydory Crafts, maker of the some of the best paper crafting products I have ever used, started selling their products a few months ago on Create and Craft USA. If you have never seen Hunkydory Products, you are in for a treat.

Check out this new channel or browse the website. Who knows, some of your favorite products are available.

http://www.createandcraft.com

A Gift of Inspiration

cover for inspirational minibook

What do you give someone who is going through bad times? I made this inspirational mini-book for my sister who was just diagnosed with breast cancer. Her prognosis is pretty good since she was diagnosed very early, but still, this is a hard thing to go through. It is hard for me because I live in a different state and I am not able to be there to help and support her. Thank goodness she has a wonderful, supportive husband who has been keeping her spirits up.

I searched the internet for ideas on what to do for someone who has breast cancer. Most of the suggestions were for things that you actually need to be in the area: such as doing the grocery shopping, cooking, housecleaning, laundry, and taking them for their appointments and treatments. Some wonderful ideas also included compiling music either via downloading to a playlist or CDs. One thing that I saw a lot of was pink. Pink everywhere! While I have no objection to the color pink, it is a bit too much for my sister who said “after a while it gets a little too much Pepto Bismol.”  Another idea was to give them a journal that they could use to write their thoughts and feelings, appointments, doctor’s instructions and treatment information, and anything that they would be likely to forget due to side-effects from medication and treatments.

I decided to make my sister an inspirational mini-book. I wanted to find words and sayings that would inspire and cheer her up while she was going through some very tough days.  I wanted to give her something that she could add her own inspirational messages and photos.  The mini-book needed to have color, texture and beautiful images.  And I asked her to let me know if this was something that would be worth sharing on my blog as something to make for anyone going through breast cancer or who is having a particularly difficult time.  My sister thought that this was a very good idea and her words were “this is a good thing to look at and try to cheer yourself up and be more inspired.”

soul sister minibook pageIf you are a crafty person like me, this might be the kind of project that you could do for someone you know who is going through a serious illness or just a really hard time. This is a project that can be personalized, with phrases and song lyrics that have a special meaning for both of you. You could also make a mini-scrapbook with some special photographs.

write your own story minibook page

I went through my stash of cardstock and paper and then bought more things to create a six-by-six inch mini-book. Well, the cover is actually a little bit bigger, it is a 6 ½ by 6 ¼ inches, so it is slightly larger than the 6×6 inch pages. If you read some of my previous blogs about multi-media techniques, I wanted to use these techniques for some of the pages in this mini-book. I punched holes in the paper and used two small binder rings to keep the pages together.

feathers minibook page

minibook page

Materials Used in Construction

  • Heavyweight cardstock for the cover and main pages: I used 110 lb. cardstock from Michaels Craft Store and Adorable Scorable from Hunkydory Crafts.
  • Inspirational quotes: I used stamps, and printed out saying from Hot Off the Press’s CD of Card Quotes.
  • Decorative Scrapbook paper: I used 6×6 sheets of various papers from various manufacturers and I purchased a pack of 12×12 Artful Watercolor paper from Hot Off the Press.
  • Paper Tole from Hot Off the Press
  • Specialty papers: foiled, suede and parchment
  • Dazzle Stickers from Hot Off the Press: Feathers and birds
  • Die-cuts from Hunkydory Crafts and Hot Off the Press
  • Embossing Paste and Clear Glass Bead gel and feather and swirls stencils

pocket minibook page

Revisiting my most viewed blog

I just read my WordPress blog statistics for 2014, and the interesting fact is that one of the first blogs I wrote, in 2013,  was my most viewed blog. This is a blog about making a Hunkydory Crafts Dreams of Spring Rocking Card. This card kit is still available from http://www.paperwishes.com. This is not, however, a tutorial for making an original rocking card. This is a big card, that came in an even bigger cardmaking kit. This was my introduction to Hunkydory.

Pink Rocker Card

Pink Rocker Card

The card kit comes with cards in pink, green, peach and lavender. If you want to view my original blog, here is the link: https://prettycolorful.wordpress.com/2013/07/13/following-directions-to-make-a-rocking-card-2/

Here are some links to some rocker card tutorial sites:

If you want to buy this Hunkydory Dreams of Spring rocking card kit, here is a link: http://www.paperwishes.com/products/4006337

I love Paper Wishes Week of Webisodes!

Woman with Red UmbrellaI am a big fan of getting creative ideas anywhere I can get them. If you are a papercrafter, be it cards or scrapbooking, one of the best resources is http://www.paperwishes.com/. Every Wednesday they post a new webisode that not only showcases new products, but they give you tips, tricks and examples. The webisodes are between 15 minutes to a half-hour in length. Plus, they archive every webisode that they do. In addition, they also have a link to a blog Simply Ann that also is new every Wednesday. Ann Barba is the blogger and she posts a video demonstration of a project, usually a card.
This week, November 3-7, 2014 there is a Week of Webisodes. They are showcasing Christmas kits from Hunkydory Crafts. I have noticed a few people searching for tutorials on Hunkydory’s Warmist Wishes/Windows to the Heart Christmas kit in the statistics section of my blog. I bought a Hunkydory Christmas kit a little over a month ago and have posted a couple of cards that I have made. I’m pretty sure that there will be a webisode for the Contemporary Christmas card kit. I am sharing images of a couple of cards that I have made from this kit. I am selling them in my Etsy shop (prettycolorful). You may wonder why I don’t post a link, it’s because my WordPress account doesn’t allow me to post links to sites where I sell stuff.
Here’s a link to the webisodes: http://www.paperwishes.com/webisodes/index.php?page=choose&WT.hotp_ct=home-webisode-boxHappy Holidays Red Shoes
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Christmas Ruby Shoes!

Well, I have been plugging away at more Christmas cards this week, and I thought that I would continue with the stylish and fashionable theme. I bought the Contemporary Christmas card kit by Hunkydory Crafts and it has some gorgeous red shoe die-cuts. They were just calling out to me to make next. I made three cards from the little sub-set, but I am only going to share one card with you. The red shoes reminded me of the ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz, so I did a spin on that theme. The shoe die-cuts are absolutely gorgeous and have gold foil accents.
Christmas shoe easel card.I made a base card that is 5 ¼ inches wide by 5 ½ inches tall finished size. I have some olive green Stampin’ Up cardstock from about 2005. It has a good weight for a base card. I thought that I would make an easel card using one of the red shoe die-cuts. I created a rectangular box on my computer that says “Click your heels together three times and say “There’s no day like Christmas, there’s no day like Christmas, there’s no day like Christmas.” I used this as the “stopper” for the easel card.

Supplies:

• Easel card base: 5 ¼ x 10 inch piece of at least 80# cardstock, you need some weight to support the die-cuts.
• Foam squares for the shoe die-cut and the inside “Click your heels” sentiment.
• 5 ¼ x 5 ½ inch piece of red cardstock.
• 5 x 5 ¼ inch piece of black cardstock.
• 2 ½ x 5 inch piece of gold foil or holographic paper to back the text. http://www.paperwishes.com/products/4110459
• 5 ¼ x 5 ½ inch piece of printed paper to coordinate with the die-cut. I used a red swirly snowflake print from Hot Off the Press’s Christmas Sweets paper pack. ttp://www.paperwishes.com/products/4104214
• Hunkydory Crafts Contemporary Christmas card kit: Red shoes die-cut topper sheet. I used the larger of the two shoe die-cuts; the one with the black background and the holly frame. http://www.paperwishes.com/products/4002534
• Computer journal a rectangular text box about 4 ¼ inches wide by 1 7/8 inches tall: Click your heels together three times and say “There’s no day like Christmas, there’s no day like Christmas, there’s no day like Christmas.”
• Thin ribbon or gold sticker for the inside. I used one thin gold border Dazzle. http://www.paperwishes.com/products/4102404
• (4) Identical small embellishments for the four corners of the front of the card. I used gold snowflake Dazzles from a previous year that I could not find a listing, and put a tiny red jewel Dazzle in the center. You could use rhinestones or brads. Red jewel dazzles: http://www.paperwishes.com/products/4101557

red shoe Christmas cardDirections:

Step 1: Cut a 5 ¼ x 11 inch strip from cardstock (the sheet I used was 8 ½ x 11). Score it at 5 ½ inches, and then score one 5 ½ section in half. This forms the easel. Layer the 5 x 5 ½ inch piece of black cardstock on the 5 ¼ x 5 ½ inch piece of red cardstock so you get about a 1/8 inch red border.
Step 2: Separate the shoe and frame die-cuts. I did not use the thin gold frame: I only used the shoes and the holly border frame. Center the holly frame border on the layered black and red cardstock and glue it down. Place foam squares evenly on the back of the shoe die-cut and place it in the center of the holly frame.
Step 3: Use a small embellishment (such as the gold snowflake Dazzles) on each of the four corners of the card top.
Step 4: Glue only the bottom scored portion of the card base to the bottom of the card top. This creates the easel mechanism.inside of easel Christmas card.
Step 5: Glue the 5 ¼ x 5 ½ inch piece of printed paper to the inside bottom of the card. Glue the “Click your heels” sentiment to the gold holographic (or whatever gold cardstock that you have) and leave about ¼ inch border of the gold. It is a really good idea to have a shiny gold paper to complement the gold foiling of the die-cut. Place foam squares on the back of the sentiment. Flip the front of the “easel” portion of the card down to determine the position of the “stopper”; I placed mine about 2 7/8 inches from the bottom. I applied a thin gold border Dazzle about ¼ inches from the bottom border of the card.

I purchased most of my supplies from http://www.paperwishes.com. Paper Wishes is the largest resource for Hunkydory Crafts card kits in the US; however, if you are one of my international visitors, you most likely have local resources to purchase kits.

If you are a scrapbooker, and interested in some free classes, check out Paper Wishes Scrapbook Week of Webisodes September 22-26, 2014. http://www.paperwishes.com/webisodes/index.php?page=choose&WT.hotp_ct=home-webisode-box. Paper Wishes Webisodes are some of the best classes for crafting. They do a great job in demonstrating techniques and bringing new products. Best of all, the classes are FREE!

Easel Red Shoe Christmas CardThank you for visiting my blog.