Mid-Week Pick me up

I hope you find yourself well. Since this post is a mid-week pick me up, it will be a shorter version of what you have to look forward to at the end of your week. Let’s slim it down.

Slim line cards are getting attention in the card making world. Just like the A2 card bases I have discussed (if you haven’t seen my previous posts go check them out), a slim line card needs to be sturdy so I choose at least a 100 lb card stock in a color of your choice (Joann’s has great card stock for a base). The fun thing about creating a slim line card is that they fit in a standard #10 business sized envelope and require NO additional postage.

Start out with an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of card stock, trim it down to 8 1/2 x 7. Now it’s time to get out your score board and bone folder. There are several brands and it’s all about personal preference. I use an EK Tools board, which comes with a bone folder. I got this at Hobby Lobby (use your coupon!) I prefer my Amazon.com bone folder as it is softer, so there is less risk of cutting my paper (always score at an angle). OK, let’s score this!

Lay the trimmed paper on your score board with the 7″ side at the top, score it at 3.5″, fold on the score line and you’ve got your slim line card base. It’s that easy! My tip for you is: leave some space between your paper and the top of your score board because you will stay within the groove of your scoring measurement.

Slim line card base

I hope you enjoyed this quick mid-week pick me up. Come back Sunday so we can create a front for this slim line card base.

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Summer Pasta

Thanks for joining me again! Today I have a delicious summer pasta dish to share. It can be a meal or a side dish. It’s perfect for a get together or as an alternative summer meal. Prepare ahead of time and keep refrigerated or make and serve, it’s versatile. Let’s get started!

The summer months in Southern California can be long and hot so its nice to take a break from traditional cooking. Let’s start with the ingredients I use. First, I start with a rainbow rotini pasta but tortellini works great too! Next up I use fresh from the garden cucumber and tomato (cherry is a favorite but not required) if you’re not a gardener the stores are plentiful during the summer months. Don’t forget the onion and garlic if desired. Depending on who I’m serving. I may add some sliced black olives. I also use an Italian dressing (wish bone robusto or olive garden Italian is a win for me). If you’d like to make a complete meal out of this dish, you can add some protein such as chopped ham or chicken. Let’s prepare!

Boil the pasta in lightly salted water until soft but not too much, al dente is perfect. Drain and set aside. Now it’s time to chop the veggies and dice the onion and garlic.

Transfer the pasta to a large bowl. Add the veggies and lightly toss. Next up is the dressing. I add 1TB of dressing at a time, lightly tossing in-between until my desired amount is added. Cover and refrigerate or serve immediately. Top with shredded parmesan or chopped parsley as desired. TADA! You’re done. Quick, easy, filling, and refreshing!

Comment below what your favorite summer dish is. If you make this family favorite don’t forget to comment and tag #sewmuchglitter on your social media. Check out my other creative ideas@sewmuchglitter on Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest. I can’t wait to see how this dish inspires you.

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Blending Tools

Welcome back! In my last post I said I’d be back soon with my favorite blending tools, so let’s get started!

First off, there is no right or wrong blending tool. There is a better technique but tools are a personal preference. Use what you’re comfortable with and use what gets you your most desired results. The market is overwhelmed with crafting products and I admit that I also fall prey to buying the latest and greatest.

My most preferred blending tool is a blending brush. As you can see, mine are color coordinating. Using similar colors on brushes helps with ease of use and cleaning (or lack of cleaning). The brushes give me the smoothest blends and can fade as desired. These bristles hold color well and clean off well. Their soft providing a smooth blend. I got mine on Amazon.com and they were inexpensive (under $15), not bad for repetitive use.

Next up there’s a blending tool with foam Velcro (on the back) heads. I have a flat attachment and a rounded attachment. Both are for the same purpose but from different companies expecting different results. I find the flat head to leave a harsher line but I’ll discuss techniques later. These are foam and need more ink to get a fuller blend. They do serve a great purpose on smaller projects. The rounded attachment is also a foam but not as porous as they seem to have a slicker surface. These blend over my papers more smoothly than the flat heads. I still find myself reaching for more ink mid project and I DO NOT with the brushes mentioned above. I still use these in color families. The blending handles can be purchased at any major crafting store or my personal favorite, Scrapbook.com. The flat foam attachments can be purchased with multiples in a pack at your local craft store or the rounded attachments at Scrapbook.com as they are a Scrapbook.com exclusive. Both have great price points and both clean well. Let’s talk technique!

Techniques. Start off the project 1st to avoid harsh lines. Remember I prefer a glass mat or a craft mat for easy cleaning. Next, I start small. DO NOT BLEND LARGE AREAS AT ONE TIME. You’ll never get the results you want. Once you get a smaller blend, move out to larger areas. Before you know it, you’ll have a fully blended project! I learned this the hard way and gathered my inspiration from Tim Holtz and experience. Don’t stop here, there’s more!

Color coordinating. As I stated in a previous blog post, I use Distress Oxide and Distress Inks. I stated the formula difference in simple terms. Go check out my blending post. I use Distress Oxide and my other inks aka. Other brands, with the same tools. Clean in-between by simply rubbing on a paper towel or baby wipe. TA-DA cleaned! May be stained but won’t contaminant each other. Remember Oxide is a hybrid. Now, my Distress inks are a little different. I only use specific tools on that formula (not hybrid) they can get contaminated. For the purpose of cost, I use my Velcro heads for this. I’ll show you how I store them in another storage post coming up. Subscribe so you don’t miss that!

I hope this helped inspire you and answered any follow-up questions you may have had since my last post. DON’T FORGET to check out my other forms of social media: Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest @sewmuchglitter Let me know you were there and what you would like to see more of. If you are inspired by any of my projects or techniques please tag me on your social media #sewmuchglitter

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Part of the Journey

Welcome Back to my blog. I hope everyone enjoyed the paper flower tutorial from last week. If you missed it, check it out and let me know how you enjoy using your creations. Look on Instagram @sewmuchglitter for my favorite uses.

This past week was a perfect example of how simple projects, activities and everyday moments can help teach us about ourselves.

While I am eager to move far away from my injury and dive into the next chapter, my body reminds me…..NOT YET. I stepped into this week with vigor by enhancing my exercise routine. I added stationary bike time and some walks. I have been enjoying the practice of yoga this past year as it helps physically and I have found that it lifts my spirits too. I strongly suggest Julia Marie Yoga on Amazon Prime! While the stationary bike doesn’t put extra pressure on my darn foot, the walks do and I do not realize how much until days later. So, I am finishing out the week with an Epsom salt bath and Disney+.

Then there was Valentine’s Day. A day full of sweet treats and small reminders for those close to us. I had a lot of fun prepping for gift making and card creating. The final products are on my Instagram: sewmuchglitter I would love to share with you how I made my candy bouquets. While Pinterest has great ideas, I don’t always find the “how to.” Since it’s senior year in our household, the candy bouquets made me think that these fun gifts can be used for any occasion, themes included. I have enjoyed using the Dollar Tree as my “go to” for candy this week, especially since they amped up their variety for the holiday.

While your busy checking out my Valentine’s creations on Instagram don’t forget to hop on to view my story as I like to update it with ideas and inspirations. After you have done that come back here to my blog because my next post will be a fun and simple candy bouquet tutorial. HAVE A GREAT WEEK and let me know how you learned something about yourself this week.

Hello

I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Carrie as you may have already guessed based on the blog name. My passion is creating and has been since I was young when I would hand sew pillows with my grandma and aunt, as well as partially finish latch hook designs. Yes, I’m an 80s baby and 90s girl (I couldn’t resist saying it)

I’ve always had a desire to learn new things because the process is rewarding but not always easy. I am new to the blogging world and decided to dive in because friends, family and beyond are frequently asking me why I find joy in my crafting and “how did you make that?” I am hoping this platform can help others on their creative journeys as well as give some sort of positive inspiration, because I feel we lack that in today’s world.

I have two children, two grandchildren and a husband of 19 years. We are partial empty nesters. I am originally from Washington State and relocated to Southern California 21 years ago. While California has been great to us, we are looking to relocate to a more affordable option sometime in the near future. I am in between careers right now due to an injury a few years back. As I said above, I have always had a passion for creating but as life got busy, I didn’t always set time aside for myself. This time has allowed me to rediscover what I love to do and has taught me more about myself. I look forward in getting to know you and sharing my creations as well as my creative process.

Leave a comment below introducing yourself and I will be back soon to share a few of my favorite crafty things. In the meantime please find me on Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest: @sewmuchglitter

Have a great week!

Crafting with Carrie