Friday, November 6, 2015

SSS: Thanks

Sharing a card for the Simon Says Stamp Thank You challenge.
The zig zag was made with a stencil with colored texture paste.
The "Thanks" stamp is by Winnie and Walter.
The flower stamp (hero Arts) was stamped, colored and cut out.

close up view:

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Best Pencil Sharpener Review and Gift Idea

Gift idea (scroll down)

Wanted to share a product discovery with my followers.
A teacher in my building ordered these pencil sharpeners and they are FANTASTIC!
I have been so frustrated with the lead in mechanical pencils snapping off constantly and regular pencils being eaten by manual sharpeners. I used it in a friend's classroom and got a sharpener to do an objective review from the company, ClassroomFriendlySupplies..

Overall, I found the sharpener is easy to use, sturdy for classroom use, and certainly effective.  I have never had a manual sharpener give the point that this sharpener provided.  I sharpened Ticonderogas as well as "cheap" pencils with equal success.  The cheap pencils weren't chewed down to the nub!!!
I do not recommend sharpening colored pencils in it.  I think the lead is too soft.  I tried a few Crayola colored pencils and had success with a few and then one tip broke off. BUT, watching THIS video, I was able to remove the blade, poke out the white pencil lead and had it working perfectly in under a minute. 

 There's a video HERE showing the company's website
as well as how to use the sharpener.

PULL out silver part

PINCH Black tabs. INSERT pencil, release tabs

TURN handle. It come with a surface clamp (not shown).

PINCH Tabs to release

These will be adorable and practical Christmas gifts for the boys' teachers this year. 
I fired up my Silhouette and cut the owl and letter out of black vinyl.
(The recipient, Mrs. P,  loves owls). 
I used the same download and cut a bigger owl for the matching gift bag.

These retail for $24.99, but if you buy three, they are $17.99 each.
I am going to get these for the boys' teachers for Christmas and take advantage of the bundle pricing.  Also, if you are in PTA, you could take advantage of even better pricing with larger bundles.  There are SIX colors to choose from to match school colors, the classroom d├ęcor or just go neutral with the black. 

As a teacher myself, I think these are AWESOME gifts.
They can be given "as is" or decorated up and personalized.
I am entering this decorated project into the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge
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I was not paid for this review and I do not receive compensation for the review. 
I was given a free sharpener to review and share my honest opinion.


Friday, October 23, 2015

SSS: Wrap It Up

Quick post to share a card I made using the Simon Says Stamp :Wrap It Up Challenge for my inspiration. I went to Hobby Lobby today to get some birthday paper and the light bulb went off.  I could literally wrap it up with the birthday paper.
The top panel is b-day paper over a piece of self-adhesive cork for dimension and ease.
I added ribbon  and a handmade tag to complete the gift look.

Quick, easy and coordinates with the gift!

This would be cute with holiday paper too!
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Monday, October 19, 2015

CTS145: Super Hero Power

Inspired by the CAS(E) Sketch #145 this weekend.
I used the idea of the stacked sentiments with the main element to the right.

Here's my take on the sketch.
Mama Elephant Tiny Heroes set with a Fiskars set.
The hero was stamped, cut out and colored and placed on a white embossed stamped image and adhered with a wobble spring!
FUN!  Check out the wobble action on my Instagram account @kelbertram

I colored the letter with Copics. 
I added Glossy Accents to the hero's accessories.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Fintastic Any Occasion Card

Happy Fall.
Sharing a card I made using the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge #144
This also features the sentiment on the card for
Here's the sketch:

Here's my take on the sketch using Lawn Fawn's "Fintastic Friends" stamp and die sets.
The background was misted with blue Shimmerz spray and
then I flicked distress ink/water combo.

The sentiment was stamped and embossed with black powder:
 I don't "watercolor" and mist much at all.
Nice to use that watercolor paper I bought MONTHS ago.
Very happy how this one turned out. 
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

SSS: CAS Christmas Card Challenge

Hi there.
Sharing CAS Christmas card I created for the Caring Hearts Card Drive.
These are holiday cards collected to give to various nursing homes during the holidays.
Check out the guidelines HERE!
I am entering this card in the

stamps:  Melania Deasy
Glossy accents, texture paste with Martha Stewart glitter
HA ink

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

SSS: anything goes using CAS-ual Fridays

Sharing a card I made for a co-worker a while ago.
This one features patterned chevron paper, polka dot washi tape and a fun birthday stamp set by CAS-ual Fridays called "Shenanigans".

I stamped the sentiment in black Versamark ink and
embossed it with Ranger black sparkle powder:

I am entering this into the Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes Challenge.
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