Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Jan. 9 - Small Craft Haul

I haven't bought too many craft things lately.  I was waiting to see what Santa might bring, and then waiting to see what year end sales there might be.  I wasn't in the mood for crafting for a while anyway, and there is also the whole 'gotta save money to pay off the barn debt thing.'  BUT!  I'm starting to get a crafty itch again, and I did get a few little things, so I thought I'd share.

Lawn Fawn started a new thing towards the end of 2017 where you can get a free mini stamp/die set and 10% off your order in your birthday month.  Each month features a different set.  Since my birthday was in December, I made sure to grab that deal.  The set for December was this cute little panda.

They also had a Valentine's themed release around Christmas but nothing about it really called to me except these two new ink pad colors.  The lighting was horrible the day I took this pic, so the colors look quite off compared to real life.  Bad blogger, I know!  They are actually a really nice, soft peachy-orange, and a much softer yellow that what it looks like here.  I have ALL of the other Lawn Fawn colors so it was just a no-brainer to add these to the collection.

The only other thing I grabbed was this pack of Vanilla Malt.  It's just a basic, off-white color.  They had several new cardstock colors in this release that will be perfect for when fall rolls around again, but for now I'm just starting with this one.

And then of course there are the samples you get when you order directly from the Lawn Fawn site.  My stamp this time says Happy Birthday since it was my birthday month order.  Yay!

And then I grabbed just a couple things from the Simon Says Stamp site.  I'd seen a YouTuber use this kit for colored pencil coloring and was so intrigued I had to have it.  You get the end of the white blender stick wet with the Gamsol (mineral spirits) solution and then go over areas you've used colored pencil on.  It breaks down the waxy-ness of the pencil and makes the color more even and moveable to give it an almost marker-like effect.  The brown/blue thing in the middle is a small tablet of sandpapers to sharpen the tips of the blender sticks.  Anyway, of the cards that *I* do, colored pencil is my favorite look but it also takes the longest to do.  I'd love to someday own and master the art of Copic markers but for now I'm still learning with the cheaper mediums that I have on hand.  If this can make the colored pencil coloring process move along faster, well heck yeah!  I have not tried it yet, but am anxious to!

I also saw this gnome set and just had to get it.  Not only is hubby big on gnomes, but it seems Julie has become gnomish herself these days.  And hey, gnomes are quite popular.  I'm sure all kinds of cards can be made with this guy and his super cute house.  That fairy in the set is cute too but I totally got it for Mr. Gnomey.

I'd had that Gamsol kit in my cart for a couple days and then got an email saying I had a free gift waiting.  What?  Well alrighty!  Order placed!  My free gift included that colorful pillow box container on the left, a sheet of washi stickers, and the Friend Balloon die set on the right.  They must have just been clearing out random, leftover inventory at the end of the year because I don't see the Friend Balloon dies on the site and can't find any stamp set to go with it either.  Not sure what I'll do with it.  Maybe offer it up for grabs to whoever has the stamp set?

That's all I've bought recently.  Newton's Nook had a decent sale at the end of the year but I know they're having a new release the third week of January so I took a chance, passed up the sale, and am waiting to see what goodies might need to be snatched up next week.  Fingers crossed it's all super cute and inspiring!

Are you into gnomes?
Do you have any crafting spark in this new year?


  1. LOVE LOVE GNOMES! Recently picked up over the last few months but they are quickly a favorite. Have you seen the Gnome movie?
    I do plan to paint more this year. Husband must have had the same thoughts and plans as he bought me canvases and an art quote inspiration book.

    1. We have the Gnomeo & Juliet movie on dvd but I've never watched it. Hubby likes it, of course. That's the only gnome movie I know of.

      Will you paint some gnomes?! :)

      I was thinking I need some inspirational, motivational quote things to keep displayed here on my desk. I've never really been into them before but suddenly I think I could use some.