Unplanned Michaels haul.. WHAT A DEAL !

We went out for dinner and I decided to swing by Michaels just to grab a  frame and check out clearance..and OMG I am so glad I did.  I almost changed my mind.

I just had one of the best hauls ever…..

For the first time Michaels have started doing Grab Bags at the local store.. at least it’s the first time I have ever seen it.  I have seen small ones at Joann before, mostly stickers and embellishments.. but I am talking SWAG BAG grab bags .. lol.. these are their large bags.

I wasn’t going to grab one because I had the lil guy with me and  people had pretty much ripped them all open to see what was inside..and it would have been hard to grab one without dropping everything and keeping an eye on lil man. But while I was at the register I went ahead and grabbed one since they were right next to it and the cashier was someone I know well enough ( yes I shop there too often LOL ) to trust him to keep an eye on my kid for 2 seconds !

Now I confess I picked up this particular one because I saw something it it I had wanted to try..and that alone was  worth the price of the grab bag LOL.  Mambi paper, I had seen it on Christmas clearance but wasn’t ready to grab something I hadn’t used before and wasn’t sure of, when I had plenty of other things to spend on.  But this bag was ripped open and it had 4 packs of it on show.. so heh… what am I ..a saint?? that was at least $40 worth of paper.

so here is my $4 grab bag from Michaels..

4 packs of 9×13 (24 sheet) Mambi Paper
22… yes 22 pocket/purse calendars for 2017 which will be great for Abandoned Art  projects with some quick fun decoration.
27…TWENTY SEVEN canisters of Scentsicles… lol not sure what to do with all those.. but heh.. I am sure I will think of something.  the containers might be useful for decorating  if nothing else.
A pair of knitting needles
2 black pom poms which I forgot to add to the picture.
a pack of rhinestone letters and a metal sentiment
2 silver block letters ..about 4-5 inches high

so at least $100 worth of goodies at original prices.. for  FOUR DOLLARS !!!

Then… we move on to bag #2 this was the stuff I actually picked up myself..

12×12 undecorated wood frame
2 packs of Chipboard albums ( big and small album in each pack )
clearance wood stamp
clearance cling stamps X8….8 Hampton Arts cling stamp sets
4  undecorated frames for the lil man.

Would you believe both bags… cost me just under $33 and contained at least $200 worth of goodies at original pricing. Between the grab bag, the clearance pricing and the coupons… THIRTY THREE DOLLARS !!!

I have to say I am thrilled to see Michaels doing the grab bags instead of dumping all the left over Christmas stuff that didn’t clear. Not just because it is such a fab deal for people like us who do multi crafts and who do abandoned art and kids art… but because I HATE WASTE.  So good on Michaels for trying to find a better way to dispose of their unsold holiday stuff!!! and give customers a great deal… some of us really appreciate it. ME ME ME ME ME ME ME

Anywho.. one very happy camper… just a shame that hubby works a double tomorrow.  I think if he was single shift, I’d go back for another grab bag. I am not sure if this is a storewide thing, I know it is being done in another store near by… but I would definitely check and see if your local store is doing them if you are running by one.

If you swing by and find a grab bag, be sure to share your haul ..I would love to know what everyone else got 🙂

Humorous 3 Column Stepper card

Oh what fun I had with this one…. another one of the fun cut files I picked up with my CraftsUPrint winnings  🙂

This card design has so many possibilities; I kept this one pretty “PC”  but the potential for sarcastic humor …. limited only by your own imagination.  The base card itself is so versatile for any occasions… cute, sweet, sassy and downright naughty…. and suitable for any occasion.  I can see me using this design in future projects.

The images, as I am sure most of you are already aware of ….Bugaboo Stamps.  How could I not include good ol’ Stella in a card like this.  These were colored with Zig Kurecolor and Chameleon markers and a touch of Marvy detailer & Wink of Stella.  I then scanned and reprinted them with the border at the size I needed for the columns. I left the space below the images blank specifically for  adding in other  less PC humor,  but of course that is entirely optional.

The CraftsUPrint cut file  by Rae Carr was cut on the Cricut Explore, on an 11×17 sheet of Neenah 110lb card stock to create an oversized card.

The title was designed in PSP and printed  then layered on.

The speedometer features a moving needle for that personal touch..with a cute inlaid pearl heart brad .. to soften the blow LOL.

More details and supply links below.
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Card Stock:   Neenah 11×17  bought on Ebay

Card Base:
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“A pair of step cards”  by Rae Carr

 

 

 

 

 

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Colored with: Chameleon  Markers, Zig Kurecolor, Maryv Detailer and Wink of Stella

Miscellaneous: 

Heart shaped Recollections brad with inlaid pearl hear from Michaels
Zig Photo Tape

 

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Oversized humorous Christmas Card for Tea Drinkers

More fun oversized cards… this one features “Mad Hatter” by Cute As A Button.  I have had my eye on coloring this digi since the first time I browsed the store.  Such a fun image  and a lot of fun to color…who doesn’t love the Alice in Wonderland’s Hatter?

I’m British and a total tea monster, I would be attached to my teapot intravenously if possible. I discovered pretty quickly after moving to the US that Electric Kettles were not the norm…and I had to find a solution to that problem REALLY quick.  I discovered that 12 cup coffee pots work perfectly for people like me lol.  I just throw in 2 Tea bags and off it goes…. stays hot without getting that nasty film on it like a traditional teapot too 🙂 Finding a coffee pot without a 2 hour cut off can be a challenge though lol.

I have to admit I have relegated a fair few coffee pots to the coffee maker in the sky over the last few years lol.  I’m a bit tough on coffee pots *sigh

So when I  went searching for a fun sentiment/quote for this image… I did a search for “tea” and up this one popped… PERFECT !!!  It is absolutely me.

I am not a huge fan of the whole big family celebration thing…. much to my IL’s disgust lol. I prefer to spend my holidays, specially Christmas just me and my hubby and son.  He is a lot like me and 18 adults all yapping at each other isn’t much fun for a little guy..or his mommy lol.

So when I saw this quote… well hell…. there it was ..  I had to do my oversized Christmas card.  I had just ordered some cool new dies that would go perfectly with it.  I must admit, personal preference…I think next time I would stamp the background in black, not white… but it still looks cool.
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  • Card Base Craft Smith Solid color 12×12 Pad
  • Background Stamps were a mix of Teacups  which I got free on a magazine last year, a pocket watch which I picked up in Michaels and  a harlequin stamp that I got  in a mix bag on Ebay.. and some hearts from a  valentines collection…stamped with white Momento Ink.
  • Image  Cute As A Button Mad Hatter, printed on Canson Mix Media and colored with Chameleon Pens, Zig KureColor Pens, Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Pens and some CraZart pencils and a home made blender pen.  Mounted on Darice Foam pad with Zig Photo Tape
  • Flourish  is made up of 3 Gina Marie Designs Die Sets  and some  berries from a Michaels Christmas Garland.  Die cuts were made on Recollections Card Stock in various shades of green & brown on Sizzix Big Shot
  • Quote by Robert Godden –  Goodreads.com

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Happy Mail Time – New Gina Marie Design Dies

I just got some happy mail…  I ordered a  few new dies, something I am sorely lacking in.  I love the Gina Marie Designs dies, lots of variety and fab prices.  Shipping is very reasonable too

I picked up these 3 new nature dies, perfect for  the over-sized Christmas cards I have on my to do list  🙂  Can’t wait to try these out properly.

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I just did a quick test cut with these. I double up the card to get some clean cuts and some embossed effects and  layers.. these pine cone dies are very cool.  I inked up the left hand one to show what  it’s like with the two layers together. Center ones are more embossed, not cut through and the one on the right is like a negative of the left hand cone.  It had the top frame removed and only the off cuts remained for a textured cone. .. pretty dang cool.

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Here are the links for anyone interested … and I’ll have projects coming up this month using these too.

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FaveCrafts – Cleaning out the closet giveaway ends 1/31

OMG.. have you seen this…. I wish I had this much stuff in my craft closet to clean out …

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Books:
Simply Soft Baby Brites, My Very First Layette,Q-Hook Afghans for the Family, The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft and Design, Quilting Happiness, Sock-Yarn Shawls 2, Finger Knitting Fun

Yarn:
1 skein each: Red Heart Super Saver in Butterfly, Darn Good Yarn Silky Smooth, Darn Good Yarn Stitched Up, 1 package of Lion Brand Bonbons, 2 Lion Brand Pompoms, 2 skeins of Aunt Lydias Crochet Thread in Purple, 4 skeins of Yorganza in Snake Skin, Tan Animal Print, Blue Animal Print, Buff Animal Print, 2 skeins Red Heart Team Spirit, 101 stitches to crochet cards,

Notions:
Size 6 Clover Bamboo Knitting Needles, 1 package Kreinik Metallic Thread, 5 packs of Darice Dream Sequins

Embossing and Dies:
2 packs Darice Embossing Folders,1 pack Sizzix Die Cut, 1 pack Sizzix Embossing Folders, Little B Punch, Little B Party Cutting Dies, Little B Kraft/White Chipboard Pack

Paper Crafts:
3 packs Little B Labels, 1 pack Little B Tabs, 1 Roll Little B Tape

General Crafts:
1 2-Pack Aleene’s Tack Glue, 1 pack Tulip Jewels Fashion Glitter, 1 pack Tulip Glitter Beads in a Bottle, 1 pack Tulip Neon Dimensional Fabric Paint, 1 Pack Aleene’s Permanent Fabric Adhesive Sheets, 1 Pack Aleene’s Permanent Fabric Tape, Variety of Plaid Mod Podge Items (Foam Brush Set, Mod Podge Mat and Gloss, Photo Transfer Medium, Podgeable Shapes, Podgeable Papers, High Temp Mini Mod Melts, Mod Molds), FolkArt Paints and Stencils, Plaid Tote Bag, Rit Dye, Little B Pull Flowers, Stencil 1 Notepad, Sculpey Clay and Clay Tool Starter Set

 

The deadline to enter is January 31, 2016 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time.