I have recently discovered the greatness of Queen & Company shaker kits. I loved making shakers when I first started scrapbooking and making cards, way back in the day, lol. These kits have helped me to rediscover my love of all things shakers. So, a couple of weeks ago, Queen & Co. ran a sale which provided a free Toilet Paper shaker card kit when you placed an order. It came with all the dies you need to cut the front, back, and accent pieces, as well as a small sentiment stamp set, and the pre-cut craft foam; basically everything you need to make the shaker.
In my family, we do everything with humor. So with the current COVID-19 pandemic and the odd run on Toilet Paper we saw a couple of months ago, I KNEW I needed to use this shaker kit to make my mother's day cards. I had a lot of fun, and make six cards, some of which I can use for other things. This "Like Toilet Paper You're A Necessity" sentiment can be used for a thank you card, or just to tell someone that they are important to you. I know that you are not able to purchase this set at the moment, but believe that they will be adding it to their website for purchase at some point in the near future.
I loved the last Queen & Co. kit that I dug out so much, that I wanted o play with another one. I ordered the Special Delivery kit and Oh My Gosh, this kit is so cute and fun to play with. It features a classic truck die set with a side view and a back view, some fun dies to cut out and put in the bed of the truck (Christmas tree, pumpkin, gift w/bow, sunflower, snowflake, and an apple), a 6 x 6 paper pad, and a sentiment stamp set. The best part is that it is a shaker kit, and also comes with pre-cut foam shapes and toppings (hearts in red, teal, yellow, & orange, small gits topped with a bow, pumpkins, and sunflowers). You can view their idea gallery on the Queen & Co. website.
I started out just wanting to cut out the truck dies and thought I would make a couple of cards, well 9 cards later, I finally cleaned up my mess. The best part is that I still have plenty of supplies to make more cards whenever I am ready to create with this kit again.
To make my cards, I used the items provided in the kit along with a banner sentiment die, oval, circle, and large banner die, tuxedo black ink, and cardstock for my card bases and die cuts. Enjoy my cards. I can't wait to send these gems out to some friends.
I recently ordered my very first Queen & Co. kit and let me tell you, I am in love it with. The Love Monster kit initially came out for Valentine's Day, but I did not get around to using it until this week. I mean, look at how cute this little monster is. The kit comes with a variety of dies to create little pom pom monsters; two different body shapes, horns, wings, legs, smiles, arms, a bow to be used as a hair bow or a bowtie, a heart balloon, and a heart for your monster to hold. I first cute out a bunch of the different parts and spent an hour just creating little monsters. It was so much fun.
The kit also comes with pop poms, Gloobers (to glue the poms to the body base), enamel eyes, wiggle eyes, a stamp set of sentiments, and a 6X6 paper pad. I also bought a package of extra pom poms, which is nice because it came with additional colors and sizes.
I made 6 cards in a little over two hours, and had a wonderful time creating. You can view the Queen & Co. Love Monster Idea Gallery on their website.
I also used some circle & oval dies as well as the Big Thanks die from My Favoriate Things, and the Monster Mash Stamp set and Big Scripty Words die set both from Lawn Fawn.
Enjoy my creations!
We are living in a unique time, one in which a pandemic (COVID-19) has restricted us all to our homes. We have all worked to find ways to fill our days. I personally, have trouble sitting still. I need to feel productive in some way. I have spent my time working (I am a teacher who has moved my High School Government classes online), catching up and am now ahead in my Graduate School studies (I am working on a masters from the University of North Texas), helping my son with his schoolwork and teaching him organization skills and homemaking skills along the way, and I have been crafting. This came at a time where I was behind on my scrapbooks. It's April 2020 and I have just started my 2019 scrapbook, but the good news is that I have had time to work on it.
I have also spent some time rebuilding my homemade card stash. I have so many kits from different companies that I haven't had a chance to use yet. I have kits from Simon Says Stamp, Crafter's Companion, Paper Pumpkin, Queen & Company, Hero Arts, and Brutus Monroe. So, I have decided that every couple of days, I am going to pull one out and craft.
The first kit I picked out was the Window Frames kit (February 2021 kit) from Simon Says Stamp. See the Simon Kit Reveal and their Gallery Here. Simon produces one of my favorite kids because they send things that can be used in the kit, but can also be use for other things, like scrapbooking. They include things like: stamps, dies, ink, beautiful papers, and embellishments.
I always start by looking at the inspiration guide that comes with the kit. This helps me to get started. Usually, once I finish one that I have copied from one of the designer's, I have so many ideas, that I finish out the kit on my own. Here is what I came up with.
It's that time of the year, no not Halloween. It's time to start making my Christmas Cards. I have a huge family and it takes me a while to make enough to be able to give one to each part of my family and still have enough left over to give out to friends as well. On average, I make 60 Christmas cards each year, so I typically start in September or October to give myself time to get them all finished.
This year, I was having trouble finding inspiration and didn't like any of the 1st cards that I made, then I remembered that I had the Simon Says Stamp Merry and Bright (December 2016 release) card kit, which I received last year after I had finished making all my cards. This was a great opportunity to use it, so I got it out and immediately got to work. I love that Simon includes a page of examples and inspiration. I was drawn to 2 of the cards right away and decided to scraplift them. Once I made a few cards, I couldn't stop. I made 13 cards from this kit, and still have material leftover to make more.
I am always looking for new ways to use the products that I already own, so I watch a lot of videos and visit a lot of blogs to soak in as many new techniques and new ideas as possible. Every once in a while, I come across something that just wows me, and this technique did. I love it!!! As soon as I was finished watching the video, I pulled out my supplies and made these Thank You cards. My mind is full of other ways to use this technique and the supplies, that I already have, that I can use to make them.
I believe in giving credit to those I learn from. I found this video: Faux Textured Metal Paper on the Jennifer McGuire Ink blog (the link will take you to this specific video). She has some great stuff, so check it out.
The general steps to make these cards are:
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, and Blueprint Sketch
Perfect Pearls: Forever Blue
Stamps of Life: "Thank You" die, silver twine, silver sequins
My Favorite Things: Stitched Stackable Circles
Pause Dream Enjoy
Glitter 'N' Sparkle
Come and Get It
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends
Pile it On
Crafting by Designs
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie
My name is JoNeita Kelly and I have been crafting for at least the last 20 years. I live in Forney, Texas with my son, Dallas. I am a High School teacher and Cheerleading Coach. I love to craft and to continue to improve my photography and editing skills whenever I have free time. What I love most is telling our story using pictures, it is the most important gift I can leave my family.
Former Design Team Member for Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog