Monday, November 26, 2012

A Tip for You

Hi Everybody.

It has been so long since I posted last.  I am so tired of renovating and packing and moving.  But the end is in sight.  Only have the kitchen floor to finish and that will be done this week.  The big stuff will go on the weekend and then I will be in my little house.

Most of my crafting stuff is already moved, but I wanted to do something creative so I thought I would print out some pics of my beautiful new granddaughter to pop inside a clear Christmas ball and make a "Baby's first Christmas" ornament.  Well, guess what.  The picture I printed turned out horrible.  There was no yellow ink left in the cartridge.  I was not sure if it had dried up or was empty.  So I checked the cartridge by setting it on a moist paper towel for a few minutes.  Yep, it was empty.  No yellow at all.

So here is my tip for you...

If you have a tricolor ink cartridge and one of the colors is used up, you can still get use out of the cartridge.
I have a lot of background images saved on my computer.  I went to the background file and found images that were pink or blue and printed them out on light weight, white cs.
Here is a pic of some of the papers that I printed. 

This cost me next to nothing because I have an endless supply of cardstock that I bought a few years ago when the store that I worked for went out of the printing business.  Worked out to less than 1 cent  per sheet.  And I used up the ink that was otherwise useless.  
Even if you had to buy cs at reg prices, you can get a ream of lightweight cs at Walmart or Staples very reasonably.  Or you could use 24lb or 28lb text paper and still get the same results.
I got about 40 sheets of background paper out of the ink that was left in the cartridge.
The pic just shows some of the papers.  I did duplicates of the ones I really liked.  My favorite is the denim and that was hidden in the pic.  I have the retired Stampin Up pocket and use the denim paper for that all the time.

 I just kept printing paper until the image came out grey.  So, now my cartridge is completely empty and I did not waste any of the ink.

Here is one of the pics that I wanted to print.  Isn't she adorable?

That is about it for today.  Once I have moved I hope to have time to post regularly.  I have so many cards that I have made and super tips for all of you.

Happy Day to you all. 

Theresa in Kitimat

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Just checking in

Hi Everybody.
I am so tired of sorting and packing and all that stuff.  And it will still be a while before my little house is ready to move into.  The fellow who is doing the mudding on the gyprock has been dragging his heels.  What was supposed to take a week and a half is now a month and a half.  I am not a happy camper.  And then we have to paint and do the floors and install the bathroom fixtures.  It just goes on and on.
Oh well.
I decided to take some time this morning and make a quick card (before I pack up the stamping room).  I think I may have seen a card similar to this somewhere during my web surfing, but can not remember where.  If I cased this from anyone you know, please let me know so I can give credit.
I had a bunch of circles left over from a previous project and this card emerged from that.  Pretty simple and straight foreward.
I embossed some of the circles with my CB folders.  The white background is embossed with a Sizzix folder(maybe Tim Holtz).  The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch and the sentiment is from Stampin Up.
It did take a little while to get the circles just in the right place.
That is it for my post today.  Hope you are having a great hump day and the rest of the week goes by smoothly.
Theresa in Kitimat
Mom and Baby are doing great.  Little Ava has gained over a pound and she no longer has that "little pointed head".  Her Daddy's "little pointed head" was so pronounced when he was born that it scared me. :-) 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

No card-jsut exciting news-for me

Hi Everybody,

Ok, with all the things that are going on in my life, we have just added another very special extra thing.
My youngest son and his wife had a beautiful baby girl yesterday.
Welcome to the world, Baby Ava.  She is gorgeous and looks almost exactly like her daddy, when he was born.  How great is that.
Here are a couple pics.


Daddy seems to have fit his role quite easily.  It is amazing for me to see my baby being a Daddy to his own baby.  Gotta love it.

Here is the banner that I taped to their house this morning.   They came home and were very pleased that I did that.

I am heading in to town as soon as the casseroles that I made are ready.  Mom needs a little time to get back to normal before she has to start cooking.  Hope they like them.

That is it for this post.  Hope you are all having a great day.  I am.

Theresa in Kitimat

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Christmas Challenges.

Hi Everybody,

Well, I have finally found a few minutes to blog.  Things are moving along, slowly.  Renos will be done in a couple weeks, hopefully.  I have a fellow in doing the mudding on the gyprock and he should be finished in a week or so.  Then painting, new flooring and then the bathrooms.  OK, maybe it will be more than a couple weeks :-).  I have been taking boxes in to town with me nearly every trip and storing them in the Big Room (my name for the partially finished part of the basement).

The garage sale went well.  Made close to $500 when all was said and done.  Now I am gearing up for the next one.  This one will have fishing gear and tools.  I am also selling on our local Face Book buy and sell.  Some of the bigger ticket items.

Anyway, enough of my life.
On to the card I made for a couple Christmas challenges.  This card was so much fun to create and I really like how it turned out.  This is the first shaker card I have ever made.  I go through an amazing amount of double sided tape from the Dollar Store.  And I have been saving the blister packs that it  comes in.  Perfect size for this card.  The image is my all time favorite Christmas stamp from Penny Black.  It was one of the first stamps I ever bought.  The white layer is embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.  I used my fiskars circle cutter to cut the circle, 'cause I did not buy the Spellbinders circle die.  I am still trying to use up all the turquoise ribbon left over from my daughter's wedding so I used turquoise for the base card.  And the bling is from a package that my little granddaughter bought (with her own money) for my birthday because we both love Shiny Stuff.  I used a lot of double sided tape to assemble everything.
BTW, the inside of the card says "Friends make Christmas Special".  It is part of a House Mouse stamp that I only inked up the sentiment.

These are the challenges that I am entering.

Christmas Card Challenge-  use somethin new. 
 I may be stretching it but the new thing I used was the technique.  Oh and the bling.  I have had it for a while but this is the first time I have used any.  My granddaughter on the other hand,  who loves to play in my rubber room and like her grandma, loves anything sparkly, has used quite a bit.  Gotta love it.

Crafty Hazel Nut- use your favorite color.
My absolute favorite color is blue, any shade.

Unique Crafters-use sparkle on the card.
That is a given.

CCAYR-Make a card for a kid.
I think the image on this card is very Kid-worthy.

So that is about it for me today.  Back to cleaning and sorting and packing.

Hope you all have a great week.

Theresa in Kitimat

Friday, July 6, 2012

Life Changes

Hi Everybody,

It has been forever since I posted last and I appologize for that.  I have been very busy and have had little time for anything let alone computering or crafting for that matter.  I did manage to make a bunch of thank you cards a few weeks ago and if you want to skip the story of what is happening in my life, you can scroll down to see the cards.

I have decided to downsize.  I live a large 2600 sq. ft. (plus basement) house on an acre of land.  This is far too big for just one person.  Guilt and expenses have gotten the best of me so I have decided to sell this home and move into my small rental house.  It is about half the size.  It will be hard to move and leave my home that we designed and built over 25 years ago.  I love the quiet and privacy that I have here.  On the up side, my daughter and son in law are buying the house.  I do not know if I could do it if it was not staying in the family.  There are so many memories here and trees planted for special happenings in our family and memorial trees.

So now, I am in the process of getting rid of 40 years of accumulated "stuff".  And I really mean 40 years.  While cleaning the crawl space part of the basement,  I have found a couple wedding presents that were still in their original unopened boxes and boxes that were moved from our last house to this one.  I don't need that stuff.   Having a large storage area sometimes is not a good thing.  I have always been a bit of a hoarder (not TV hoarder, but I have kept stuff that I might use sometime) and my late husband was the same.  He had started collecting tools for when he retired.  Many are brand new and still in their boxes.

Anyway, I am having a garage sale and this is what my dining room and living room look like right now.   And this is only the start and doesn't include the bigger items.

Look at all those canning jars.  I used to can a lot and found 40 dozen jars.  When I had a batch or fish or relish to can, I guess it was easier to go out and buy new jars than to go into the crawl space and find the ones that got put there.  What was I thinking?

This is a slow process.  Like the TV hoarders, I have to go through everything.  Unlike them, I can easily junk stuff that is no longer useful to me.  We have made many, many trips to the dump.  Nobody has a use for old outdated polyester double knit clothes :-).

I have promised myself that things will be different after the move.  My storage area there is smaller and is in a full height, bright area.  I already have set up shelving units so that I can see what is stored there easily.

So, while all this was going on, I attended a baby shower.  Both my daughter in law and her sister are expecting within a couple weeks of each other, so there was a joint shower.  We are having a girl and the sister is having a boy.  Part of my shower gift for them was to make some thank you cards.  I made 20 for each of them.  They had to be different for each because they both were sending them to the same people.  This is what I came up with. I made 5 different designs.  I copied the fish card directly from Beth Prout.  You can see her card here.  And I saw a similar  onesie card somewhere on the net but can't find it now.  The other cards were my ideas.  They are all pretty straight forward.  Some are Stampin Up.  And the middle one is a digi stamp made by Pink Gem. Sorry for the odd angle, but I wanted to get them all picture at once.

That is about it for today.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Theresa in Kitimat

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Christmas cards all year round challenge

Hi everybody,

I have been so MIA and I appologize for that. 
 Couple reasons.  I am selling my home and downsizing.  I will be moving into my little house in the next couple months and am busy purging stuff and slowly moving things I want to keep.
Second reason is that as much as I plan on  taking  part in challenges, and posting what I make, I never seem to get the cards done on time and so just do not post them.  Hopefully that will change after I move and have more time to devote to crafting.  That is why I like monthly challenges.  It gives me enough time to get something posted.

Anyway, this is a card for CCAYR challenge which is- to be inspired by a Christmas song.  My song is
"Christmas Star".  It was featured in the movie "Home Alone"

This is such a CAS card and I love it.  I had such fun making the stars.  I cut them out of chip board and then just kept adding shiny stuff with UTEE.  There are micro beedz, glitter, gold leaf, pearl seed beads, and anything else I had that was blingy.
I used pop dots to add this to an embossed panel that I made using a sheet of dimentional star stickers.  I used my tan sheet for this.  I used a retired SU image for the sentiment and embossed that with Gold tinsel ep.  I sponged the edges with gold and glued everything together and I was done.

I was having so much fun making the stars, I did not stop at 5, but made 10 of them, so I now have 10 cards to add to my stash.

Only problem with these cards is that they are too thick to go through the "slot", so they will be for my intown friends.

I hope you like the card I made.  If you have any questions, please email.

Happy day to you all.

Theresa in Kitimat

Monday, March 26, 2012

challenge card

Hi everybody.   I have a quick post today to show you a card I made and want to enter into a couple challenges.

This is a very simple card that is folded at the 5 1/2 inch mark.  The image is one that I won from Teri at Delicious Doodles.  Don't you just love it?  She has the most amazing digi images for sale.  You should check out her site.

I printed the digi on white cs and colored with Prismacolor pencils.  I added the two layers of white punched (Martha Stewart) paper and glued that to the blue cs.  Added the sentiment using a Dollar Giant set of baby stamps.  I inked the edges with the same blue ink and added the bling.
And I was done.  How easy is that.

The challenges I am entering are:

Delicious Doodles Challenge blog -The Woner of Life (you do not have to use her digis to enter)

Unique Crafters Challenge Blog - Anything goes (new blog with a great prize)

Pattie's Creations - Anything goes (must use image digi or stamped)

That is about it for today.  Hope you are all having a good one.

Theresa in Kitimat