Christmas & More at Newman Shopping Extravaganza - Nov 21-22, 2014

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I will be out at The Purple Rose Boutique 
Shopping Extravaganza with goodies galore!!  
1135 Main Street Newman, CA
Friday Noon-4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
I'll be inside on the first floor -  Come By and Say Hi!!
(Tempting Photos Below)

Get started with some Christmas Stocking Stuffers, Teachers Gifts, and Coworker Gifts! I have several Christmas Wreaths and some Christmas Banners. Thanksgiving treats - table favors or hostess gifts?

I'll also have special Extravaganza special offers with purchase of any of the Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscriptions! A great gift for friends, family - yourself! Find out more about Paper Pumpkin HERE!

Here are photos to tempt you :-)

Gift Card Holder

Santa Gift Card Holder

Hot Chocolate Mugs - can also hold a gift card!

Book Marks

Candy Treat Boxes (includes candy!) Folded Christmas Tree
Clothespin Wreath - Joy Ornaments

Clothespin Wreath - Merry Ornaments Gold

Clothespin Wreath - Noel Snowflakes Vertical Banner

Thanksgiving Jars - look great lighted or just out on your table

Clothespin Wreath - Give Thanks / Fall / Thanksgiving
Hope to See You There!
1135 Main Street Newman, CA
Friday Noon-4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

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Feel Goods Daydream Medallions

Daydream Medallions and Feel Goods
Clean And Simple, again, today. I'm finishing up preparations for a two day Shopping Extravaganza in Newman. (Come By & Say Hi!) I do think I will embellish these, but I think I have to decide which basic version I prefer before I step it up!

Which do you like best?

Daydream Medallions done from dark to light from outer edge
The first card I thought I'd coordinate the outer edge of the medallion with the Hello Honey colors in the frame layer and sentiment (from the Feel Goods set). I used Hello Honey, So Saffron, and Daffodil Delight for an ombre effect. I was going for a "sun" image, but I thought it was a little too dark, and separated the medallion from the sentiment too much. Not terrible, but not quite what I was going for.

Medallion done from lighter to a dark center
The second card I used the Daffodil Delight on the outer layer, using Daffodil then So Saffron, Daffodil again, and only using Hello Honey on the innermost ring. I think it coordinates the card a little better. I also like that I could bring it all the way out to the sentiment, giving a little more of a sun shape to the image, and that it links to the sentiment and makes the card feel more balanced overall.

And this concludes today's presentation... Sorry, I also use these posts as notes to myself to remind me what was going on with these cards, I have a terrible memory!!

Anyhow, perhaps a followup post on the stepped up version of this. A little bling would add some sparkle to the sunshine theme. But that will most definitely be on another day, projects abound!!

If you're interested in the beautiful Daydream Medallions or the Feel Goods stamp sets, I have linked them below. Click the image for more information and to purchase. Great sets, the medallion has a fantastic framelits bundle that makes gorgeous flowers for gift decor, layered cards, and memory keeping embellishments and frames. ;-) Just Sayin'!

Happy Crafting, 
Angela Bodas Midnight Crafter

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Perfect Blend Choose Happiness

Perfect Blend stamp set with a sentiment from Choose Happiness

The Perfect Blend stamp set is one of those ones that I have stereotyped. I admit it. I'll need to look into alternate uses, because when I see a friendship sentiment I automatically think of Perfect Blend!! Today's card is no different, though, poor typecast coffee stamp! I saw the cute saying in the Choose Happiness set and thought how perfect it would be to go with Perfect Blend. And here we are again. My friendship coffee cups. I love getting coffee with friends, its just pretty near perfect in my book.

This first card, I just couldn't get over the optical effect the Chevron Chocolate Chip Ribbon creates in this layout. The base is Chocolate Chip, and it goes well with the Very Vanilla layer, but with the banner and the Tiny Triangles Embossing folder on the 'coffee sleeves', it makes my eyes go wonky. :-) 'Scuse me for being all technical. :-) See, It even made me do some weird placement on the coffee cups: more of a 'left behind after the meeting' feel, than the intended 'I am sitting with my BFF, and all is right in the world' feeling.

Perfect Blend Hand Made Card Stampin Up Midnight Crafting
Chocolate Chip & Very Vanilla; Perfect Blend and Choose Happiness

So on the second card, I totally steered away from overpowering optical prints, ahhhnd then came right back again with this polka dot Background Designer Series Paper. I did a better job I think of creating the focal point and the friendlier feel for the coffee cups. I used Vellum for the background strips, and cut them to size for the coffee sleeves. I used my blender pen and some Chocolate Chip and Crumb Cake inks to give the sleeves a little more definition, and then layered the vellum over the top. There is a Very Vanilla layer between the cups and the vellum strips, and I split the sentiment up a little to fit the scale of the card.
Much happier with Version 2.0 today! 
Stampin Up Handmade Card MidnightCrafting Perfect Blend Coffee Friendship
Perfect Blend and Choose Happiness, Chocolate Chip and Vellum
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Angela Bodas Midnight Crafter

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Bright and Beautiful Christmas Bliss

Stampin' Up! Bright and Beautiful with Christmas Bliss Stamp Sets
Its almost here! C H R I S T M A S!! Have you got your Holiday card picked out? Are you doing it yourself, or sticking with the Photo Cards? I love the photo cards, but this year we did not make it to a family photo session... I'll admit I am kind of bummed. But! I am making a bunch of Holiday cards, and maybe I will just tuck some photos inside.

Today's cards are a layout I loved from a sympathy card. I thought it might work well for a Christmas card. I think it does, what do you think?
The base of the card is Daffodil Delight, layered with Night of Navy. It is dark, but not black. The stars and other elements of the Bright and Beautiful stamp set are randomly stamped in Night of Navy onto a Whisper White layer, then I added another set of navy & white layers with a single star stamp. The sentiment is from the Christmas Bliss stamp set. I could scale this card up (is A2 4.25x5.5") and use the sentiment in the Bright and Beautiful set, but I don't usually do cards that large. ;-)

Blender Pen added some Daffodil Delight accents to the center star.
Gold 1/8" Ribbon casually tied
Used the Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Marker to add color,
then used Blender Pen to wash the color outwards. Simple ribbon accent.
Someone asked me why I always seem to do two cards. I figure I'm cutting the card stock anyway, and I can always play around with the layout. Sometimes that first card is just not what I was going for, so having a second ready to stamp lets me stay in the 'creative zone' instead of falling back into the 'prep zone'. For me, I think I dwell too much in possibility sometimes, and multiples allow me to play around with an idea. And/Or I may make some mistakes, ahem... embellishment opportunities now and then, so a second card comes in handy. LOL

Happy Crafting!

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Bookmarks and Butterflies - DIY Punch Art Christmas Gifts

Bookmarks for the Kiddos
I've been getting ready for the craft fairs, and I've been making beautiful bookmarks from the Blossom Punch, thanks to April's tutorial shared over at They have been really good sellers, and I love that I can use up my scrap DSP and ribbons...

But. I get the comment "Do you have anything more boy-ish?"And no, I didn't. Masculine colors and DSP are still fairly Girly when used in a flower bookmark! I wandered around Pinterest... but didn't find what I was looking for. Then, my son asked if I could make a Creeper bookmark, since I was making all these bookmarks. Aha!! So I managed to craft a Minecraft bookmark. What else was boyish though?? I asked my favorite consultant, Kristin, and she suggested the Owl Builder Punch for some cute monsters! Very cute idea, and totally boy and girl friendly! But, My daughter came along and wanted an Elsa bookmark, since I made her brother the creeper one. SO...sidetracked into girly territory again!

I thought these came out darling, and I wanted to share them to add them to your bookmark collection! I'm sure there are many more detailed (and copyright infringing lol) ways to create Frozen bookmarks, but I thought these were the essence of Elsa and Anna, without being over the top. I also figure, they are pretty enough on their own, that even the NON-Frozen-Fan-Club people would enjoy them! :-)

The basic principal is from Aprils tutorial, but I modified the layers to fit the look I was going for..
For 'Anna' I used the Owl Builder Punch and the Elegant Butterfly Punch, circle and heart punches. For 'Elsa" I used the Festive Flurry stamp set and coordinating framelits (Retired bundle). The Snowman is obviously Circle punches, & the Creeper is Squares.

Starting with 'Elsa':
The very back layer is a 2" Pacific Point Circle Punch. The middle layer is a 1 3/4" Elegant Eggplant Circle Punch. The top layer is made from the Owl Builder and the Elegant Butterfly Punches, in Garden Green and Rose Red. I also used the little heart from the Owl Builder, and a Wisteria Wonder heart from the Itty Bitty Accents set of punches. The builder center layers are the 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch (retired, substitute the 1" Circle Punch). Layer the back layer with a Stampin' Dimensional, then the builder layer, then another dimensional. Next, place the middle layer, adding the little heart to the edge, with the point facing the outer edge. Layer another builder layer/dimensional sandwich. Then to create the top layer, the Tulip of the design, you'll trim the little feet off the owl shape (awww!) and place the butterfly at the bottom edge to form the flower base, attach with some Sticky Strip. Flip over the shapes, and trim around the bottom edge even with the bottom of the owl,
Beginnings of the Tulip / Anna Bookmark

Finished layers, adding the bookmark tail
Once you've attached all the layers, it should look as in the photo above. For the back, to add the bookmark tail, you'll want a circle punch and ribbon. Use a good dab of Hot Glue to attach these. They'll get the most "tug" so make sure they are adhered well!

Tulip / Anna Bookmark
Finished, this will sit on the pages of your novels quite nicely!

For the Snowflake / Elsa bookmark, follow the same steps, but use the layers of the Festive Flurry snowflake set. This is a retired set, sadly, but I love it! Snowflakes are my favorite! You CAN still get this set as a Digital Download, which includes SVG files that would work with most e-cutters!
The colors I used were Pacific Point (to tie in with 'Anna's bookmark), Pool Party, and Soft Sky. I stamped the 2nd smallest snowflake of the set twice, once in Pool Party on the Soft Sky layer, and once in Island Indigo on the Pool Party cardstock. The center of the snowflake is punched from that darker stamp with the 7/8' Scallop Circle Punch, sigh... retired also, but you could use the 1" circle Punch. I liked the ruffly edge of the scallop.
Layers of the Snowflake / Elsa Bookmark
Snowflake Bookmark
Layered, you can add some bling. The back attachment of the ribbon is similar, but because the snowflake has such delicate edges, I used the 2" circles again to help add stability to the bookmark. The ribbon is Island Indigo Chevron, I know, but It really does match the Pacific Point well and I added the dash of Island Indigo to the front for color credibility! ;-) lol

I'm pretty sure that's a long enough post!! But, should you have any questions drop me a note, its possible I skipped over something as I am battling a cold while writing this from under the blanket on my couch...

Hope you have a great weekend! Supplies used in this project are listed below, just click on the link to view the item in my online store for more information or to order.

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