Sunday, December 20, 2015

Heartfelt Thanks

Hey there, and thanks for stopping by. :)

Just a quick card I created. I don't often make square cards, and the reason for that is that it takes more postage to mail them. I do like the looks of them, so I may attempt to make more of them. I can also make smaller square cards and place them in regularly shaped envelopes.

Here's the card:

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Well, that's it. :)

I found the hardest challenge was placing the smaller inlaid "pieces" of the butterfly inside the cut-out and then removing the cut-out without disturbing the pieces I just glued in.

Clear as mud? ;)

Have a great day!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Thanks Bee to Thee

Hello all,

Well, so I'm done with Parent-Teacher Conferences at my new school, and needless to say I'm feeling rather accomplished. :)

Last weekend I tried to make a few cards and I did! (Strike that to more accomplished!)

Here's a card I made. Granted, I've never, nor will I probably ever say, "Thanks be to thee!", but I liked the idea of incorporating honey and bees in my project. :)

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Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog! I apologize for not posting more regularly. :)

Maybe next summer?  ;)

God bless!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Celebrate Autumn

Hello all,

Celebrate Autumn. Oh, how I wish I could! Summer's end is rearing its ugly head as it is granting those of us in the South Bay 96-degree weather! Woot.  :)

I used this last Labor Day weekend to make some cards. One, of which, I'm quite proud!

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Can you dig that background?! How cool is that! :) I made it with a die of all things! It was like piecing a puzzle together, and it took some time, but surprisingly therapeutic.  ;)

Here's a look at the background without the sentiment:

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Do you like the three color-coordinated bottles in the background? Yeah, I planned that ------NOT! I just happened to have them and realized that they match the paper I chose. :)

Here is the die (purchased at

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You're welcome.  :)

Ok, a bit of explanation. I had to use the die FOUR (4) times. One for the background/frame (black). I then cut it three more times - once for each color of the patterned paper.

Tip: Make sure you keep the pieces separate from each other. You'll thank me later.  ;)

What's really great about this - you'll have enough "pieces" to make THREE cards. They'll each look differently, of course. :)

I like that the black frame is cardstock and the pieces are regular paper. It gives the black a "raised" feel...almost like stained glass - my next project!

Thanks very much for checking this out.


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Praying for you.

Hello all,

I recently saw a tutorial on Heather Nichols' blog about how to make simulated batik paper. Find the tutorial here.

I liked her version on kraft paper, so I gave it a shot. :)

I like how it turned out, but I think I would work on wrinkling the paper more. I just basically kept folding the paper in every which way to get the desired wrinkles, etc.  :)

Thank you for looking and thank you, Heather, for the technique! :)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Thank you berry much!

Hello all!

Well, it's been a while since I've posted. School has started, and it's always a crazy time of year for me.

That's the story with which I'll be sticking! :)

Yesterday, I created a thank you card, as I'm running in short supply of them.

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Thanks for looking! :)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Wishing you God's Blessing

Whoa! What's this? Another post by Ted within a week?!

Yes.  :)

I learned about these dies (sold by Winnie & Walter) from Kathleen (on a Facebook group) and they looked so intriguing I had to get them!

So I did.

And I finally got around to using them, and I have to tell you... they were challenging for me. The die cutting wasn't too challenging (It's good to run it through a few times). I found gluing it down the most challenging for me. Yes, I used "challenging" four times in this paragraph!   ;)

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And some close-ups:

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With that last picture, it's not blurry. I double-stamped with two different colors. :)

Thanks very much for looking!


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

My Stamp Organization

Hello all,

Well, I thought I would start the blog (v 2.0) with a brief (yeah, right!) post on how I organize my stamps.

Disclaimer: This is after many different attempts at many different systems. It may not work for everybody, but it works for me. :)

Second Disclaimer: MANY photos. Sorry! :)

In my Craft Cave, I have taken out some closet doors to give me some more room. Within that closet area, I have the following configuration of cubes (which I purchased at Michaels store):

Here's a close-up of one of the drawers:

And even closer still:

Opening up one of these drawers, and you'll see it filled with CD cases:

Want to see a closer shot? You got it!

I'm often asked how many CDs would fit in one of the drawers. I believe it's approximately 25 comfortably.

Now. That's where all of my physical stamps are (via clinging to the sides of the  CD cases). What about how I find any given stamp set? Yeah...not an easy to task to be certain!

I have many binders. Many. I have the stamp sets in alphabetical binders (located to the left of the stamp drawers):

When you open up one of the binders, you'll see that there are alphabetical tabs. The following photos are from the "A to F" binder you see in the above photo:

Purchased at Office Depot

I use these binders to either find a specific stamp set, or just browse (as if I'm browsing through a catalog):

In this case, I was looking for "Beautiful Blessings" (from Papertrey Ink). How do I get those printed out sheets? Most of the time, I just download the picture from the store website and print it out. :)

Now what if I want to find a certain stamp set by either sentiment, or topic? I have a way to do just that!

Here's a page from my "Sentiment Binder". Notice the tabs on the right side:

How did I get all those sentiments in there? Yes, I had to actually stamp them! Once I caught up, I would then just see if there was any given sentiment from a newly purchased stamp set and stamp it in the appropriate section.

If I have a topic, for example "Birthdays" and I want to see all the sets that pertain to that? I have this system here:

Then, as I get new stamp sets, I just list them on the pages I created (using MS Word).

I also wanted to coddle my OCD self and create a couple of large binders that would have topics and contain the stamp sets themselves! (Yeah, it's the teacher in me! :P)

And between the tabs:

Hey Ted! How do you store the stamp sets that don't fit in the CD cases?! Glad you asked.

So, there you have my crazy system. As I said, it works for me. :)

How do you store and organize your stamps? Please do leave a comment and share. Also, if possible, provide a link so I can come and check out your blog!

Thanks for reading!

HEC - A Reboot

Hello all,

Well, it seems that I'm going to give this blog thing another try. I see all of these bloggers and truly admire their tenacity of sticking with it. For a good while, I was one of them and enjoyed it. Then, with no excuse, I just steered away from blogging.

I thought I'd attempt a blog with a different name, Inkterior Designs and, while it was pretty catchy, if I do say so myself, it didn't have the pizzaz that Happily Ever Crafter has. That's my baby.

This isn't to say I'll stick with this for any given amount of time... but I figure, nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

So without further ado... I present a Happily Ever Crafter sequel.

Hmm... Son of Happily Ever Crafter? Naaahhhh....