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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Good Times with Tea (or Coffee!)

Happy Sunday everyone!


Today's card features next month's Stamp of the Month Tea-riffic and a bit of the Hello Lovely paper pack.  

There's several reasons I'm posting this card before March 1 when the Stamp of the Month is available to purchase.

  • You can get it free this month when you sign up to be a consultant.  Details here.  

Supplies used

Happy Crafting!  Stay warm & well.  




Thursday, February 16, 2017

The most beautiful box

Have you ever wondered "who on earth becomes a consultant?"  

My answer would be regular people who love to craft like YOU and me who love a discount on supplies.  It also never hurts to make a little moolah along the way too!  


Here's how it happened for me.  

Six years ago, there was a sign up special.  It wasn't nearly as good as this one.  The paper and supplies in the kit weren't my thing.  The stamps were awful.  I still have them because nobody will buy them out of my for-sale bin.  But that didn't matter. 

I had fun.  I've made friends from all over the world.  I bought pretty things.  And get tons of beautiful stamps and papers for free every year with Select Product Credit.


This year's kit is amazing.  If you order the full sign up kit as a new consultant, you will get a beautiful starter kit valued over $200 and it comes in the most beautiful turquoise box as shown in the photo.  AND you have a $50 select product credit applied to your account to order your FAVORITE stamps and papers!  

It's $75 plus tax & shipping.  

That's the regular kit that's going to be available until this summer.  In February, you'll also receive the Stamp of the Month for February, March & April with your kit.  No strings attached!  


If you have already been a consultant, it's even better!  Log in with your previous consultant info and you're eligible for a returning consultant no-kit sign up.  
For $50, you'll get the $50 credit and the 3 stamp of the month for free!

The details are HERE.

I don't expect you to sign up today. Nope, I really don't.  This post is to put a spark in your heart.  Think about it and contact me.  Let's talk before the end of the month!

PS.  I'll tell you how I have paid almost nothing for my stamps for the last 4 years.  


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Teacher Gifts: Redbox Movie Night & Popcorn

Last fall, I designed these fun gifts for the teachers in our co-op.  Our co-op is parent led and we couldn't do it without nearly everyone signing up to teach a class.  


I used our now-retired Sunset Orange which was perfect for a fall themed gift.  Other times of the year, I think Cranberry would be just the ticket because it's more of the movie/popcorn container color.  In my case, I had TONS of orange from a long-gone Halloween kit and very little red.  

The THANK YOU is from a new stamp set "All the Thanks" B1536 from Close To My Heart.


There's several important key factors in creating a gift.  Chocolate is at the top of the list.


We included a Redbox movie "Promo code" good for a 1 night rental.  You can buy codes in packs of 5, 10, 25, etc from Redbox.com.  Click "buy promo codes" to order these codes on the Redbox website.  When ordering them, if you list yourself as the recipient, you'll get the codes emailed to you and they can be divvied out individually.  I snagged the graphic from the email and threw it into a MS Publisher file so that I could print several per sheet of paper.  



We put it inside the bag with the popcorn so that it wouldn't get lost before getting home.  ]
The bags & ribbon are from Hobby Lobby.  Isn't the 2 sided ribbon adorable?  It was a bit fussy to tie as it is wired, but they looked great in the end.  


The star is on the same page of the Artistry Handbook as the popcorn box.  It has 2 slots in it already because it's intended to be a little sign.  We used extra thick BBQ skewers.  We cut off the tip and put the cut end down into the package so nobody would get poked.  


This file only uses the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge that has been retired.  😢

I used Design Space to slice the same star into the front of the box 3 times.In the future, I might add stars to all 4 sides of the box.  

I used the attach feature in Design Space to cut 6 stars or 2 boxes per 12x12 paper.  I used my 12x24" mat with 2 12x12 sheets of paper so I could cut 4 boxes per load of my Cricut.  I was cutting 30 boxes and needed as much efficiency as possible.  

Here's the Design Space file.  If you are using this file, it won't be too hard to modify it back to a standard 12x12 mat.  Click detach, delete or hide 2 boxes and their score lines.  Attach the remaining boxes and score lines.  

I have a wonderful team of ladies who join me to assemble these boxes.  We assembled and filled 30 boxes in less than 90 minutes.  They're awesome.   

If you use my file, I'd love to see a pic of what you create.  Please post it on my CraftyLalia Facebook Page

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This calls for a celebration!


As I gear up for next week's card workshop, I'm going to give you a sneak peek!  
This blog entry also serves as the instruction guide for anyone who orders my virtual workshop kit.  

I used the new Sugar Rush paper pack with Sea Glass & Pomegranate cardstock and a Sugar Rush (glitter) Dot.  



This card was designed by Rachel Gonsalves and Naomi Smith.  They come up with some amazing cards!  

It's a very simple card and goes together quickly. Just glue the two telephone pieces together with Bonding Memories and attach to the card with 3D Foam Tape.  

The telephone is from the Artfully Sent Cartridge and is 1.75".  I isolated the shape, hid the contours so I could have a solid white background and cut away in Design Space.  Here's the file.  

One of my besties loves this card.  She's planning on giving it to her boss who is planning on retiring from our local telephone company.  How great is that?  I was simply thinking of it as a birthday card. 😀

PS.  It's not too late to register for my January card workshops.  You can order a pre-stamped kit to be mailed to you or attend Thursday at 1 pm, January 27th or Friday at 6:30 (or 7) January 28th.

Kindly RSVP or request your kit no later than Tuesday 1/24.

Have a great day!  
💖



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Celebrate Coffee with a Sampler!

Who loves coffee?  And donuts!  


The other day my girlfriend confessed to me that a piece on her Snowhaven sampler was lost.  "Want a snowflake to replace the missing snowflake?"  "How about a coffee cup instead?"  Done!

But I wasn't really done.  I've had a coffee themed sampler kicking around in the back of my mind for almost 2 years.  I decided to find my Cricut Design Space Files and give it another go.  
Now with the new Sugar Rush paper pack that's in the Jan - April Seasonal Expressions, I thought that coffee and donuts would be a sweet combo and it was!  


I used the January 2017 Stamp of the month "Adore You."  The heart and the phrase "you make me happy" were perfect for coffee.  Until I've had my coffee, I'm not ready to deal with the world with a happy mood.  


Some of the background squares are debossed with swirls.  Debossing is the same as embossing but you flip the piece over so most of the paper is raised and the design is lower in the paper.  I sanded it with our distressing kit to tone down the brightness and bring out the swirls.



Here's the words I've created for the sampler.  You can use any combination. 


To make this sampler on your own you need the following
3D Foam Tape
Clear Shimmer Brush (for steam and whipped cream)

This sampler uses the CTMH Artistry Cricut Bundle and Cricut Alphabet (free in Design Space).  My sampler shows a flower from Create A Critter but I've replaced it with one from Artistry in the file.  

If you want to completely DIY this project or there's two ways to get the kit instructions & Design Space File

Purchase $15 from my website (The paper pack & Shimmer brush are a perfect order!)
 or $7 via PayPal 


Consultant Instructions & Design Space File

With that you'll get full color photos emailed, the Design Space File and tips & tricks for cutting and assembly.  

To order a pre-cut ready-to-assemble kit to assemble on your own
Kits are $10 $12 and include all of the pre-cut pieces and twine.  

You can send me a check or use the PayPal link below.  

Coffee sampler kit -- Non-Workshop Option


I can mail you the pre-cut pieces & twine (Without the 12x12 background paper) for just $2.50 additional.  (That's $12.50)  If you need the White Daisy Cardstock for the background, please contact me with your zip code for a shipping quote.


Come & assemble this kit with friends!  I'm having an open workshop to work on this kit or the Welcome Home wreath kit on Saturday, February 4th at 6pm.  Please order this kit no later than January 24 if you are attending the workshop.

Fuss Free Workshop  $12 and will include use of adhesives & tools.


Coffee sampler kit -- Workshop option

I'll have another workshop day later in the spring for this kit as well.  

If you've made it down through all the details of my blog post, let me know by sharing which is your favorite coffee cup on the sampler.  💗