Sunday, December 27, 2009
I didn't really make Christmas cards this year. I was exhausted when I was done with school and work both. I did make 13 cards for work, assembly line style, very simple for my co-workers. Now I'm doing a few New Year's cards to try out some new techniques to take with me up to my dad's for New Year's. One for my dad and Sue, one for Aunt Kathy and Uncle Rick, one for Aunt Karen and Uncle Mike and one for Grandpa and Grandma...hope they all can make it.
I haven't had time or energy to just be creative. These four little cards I'm making for New Year's are really for me. I mean I'm giving them away, but they are for me to be able to play a bit. I've fallen in LOVE with one of my Ranger embossing powders. It's a clear embossing powder that has GLITTER in it. It looks amazing to make snowflakes with...subtle but elegant (kind of .)
I also just got the latest stamps by Michael Strong...AMAZING of course!! They are paisley and I can't wait to use them!! I'm thinking maybe a birthday card soon.
Oh, and as I'm wrapping this brief little entry, I have to tell you that while I'm not a big TV watcher, I'm in LOVE...L-O-V-E with Glee!! I'm a total Gleek, have downloaded both season 1 CDs to my Ipod, have downloaded all season 1 episodes to my Itunes account as well...watching them on demand....love them!! It is totally my "happy" show. Every episode makes me smile!!
Got to run now, time for the kids to call their Grandma and say thank you for the books she sent them!!
Monday, November 23, 2009
My photography class, of course, is my favorite. Rocky is so encouraging and really enjoys teaching us how to take pictures and get the most out of our cameras. No matter what I do when I graduate, what I will have learned from him will be priceless.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
We are still having the crop (Crop Out Autism Franklin) on September 26th (that's a Saturday.) Things are moving right along and we're looking at it to be a blast!!
http://cropoutautismfranklin.blogspot.com/ There is the link to the blog, check out the details!!
Now in Snips of Time world, I have the crop of course, but I've always taken the plunge and went back to school. It's been about 17 years since I graduated from college!!! Yes, my brain cell still work and this old dog is learning new tricks. I'm attending the Art Institute of Indianapolis to get a bachelors in Photography. This coming quarter will be filled with Fundamentals of Design, Color Theory, Computer Applications and Principles of Photography! I'm totally excited!
Other than going back to school, work, the kids and just life in general keeps me busy. I haven't been crafting much at all lately, but that's mainly because I've been focusing on my school work!
Speaking of school work, I better get off of here and start working on my next assignment.
God Bless and happy crafting!!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The website for Crop Out Autism Franklin is up and ready to take your registration info
http://www.scrapbookroyalty.com/crop_out_autism.html. So GO THERE and register for the best crop EVER!!
We have three, count them THREE amazing people coming to teach us fantastic techniques. Ana Cabrera, Michael Strong and Tricia Morris. I'm as giggly as a school girl I'm so excited!! Please register soon, we only have 30 spots total for the event, so seats are limited.
Elena from Scrapbook Royalty is just as excited as I am and we can't wait for the special Saturday to get here so we can have fun with all of you.
Check my blog Crop Out Autism Franklin to see other details.
God Bless and make something!!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I did have an order of 40 wedding invitations. I got those done and in the customer's hand on Monday. They turned out really cute. She is having a simple wedding so they weren't "elegant" but they did turn out pretty and Danielle (my friend and customer) was happy with them...that was the most important thing to me.
I am "attempting" to get more organizing (no laughing please) because there are some things I really want to accomplish. I want to be able to get some inventory created so that I can stuff on handmade.com and maybe on some other sites. We'll see.
Monday, May 11, 2009
It's about a charity event my friend Lisa and I are planning for September 26th, 2009. It's called Crop Out Autism Franklin and it's a Scrapbook Royalty affliated event. Check out the blog I've dedicated to it and become a follower of the blog so that you can stay up to day on all the info!!
Thanks for looking!!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
First I'll sing praises to a podcast I think I've sung praises to before...but sometimes I can't help myself. You HAVE to check out Diva Craft Lounge. Diva Danielle and Rayme the Duke of Crafts are FANTASTIC!! I try to listen to them live on Wednesdays when I'm off, otherwise each and EVERY podcast is saved in my Itunes and my favorites are on my Ipod. They interview the BEST guests and they always inspire me to keep creating. PLEASE check them out and let me know what you think. Let them know what they think as well...they have a blog too
Now on to magazines. Now, I'll admit I subscribe to EVERY scrapbook magazine on the market (I think) but I do have a favorite or two. Scrapbook Ect is my favorite. To me it's a middle of the road scrapbooking magazine and would work well for the beginner or the advanced scrapbooker.
Check out their web page and all that they have on there. It's almost as good as the "paper" edition http://www.scrapbooksetc.com/ call me old fashioned...I still like paper and books. However their website has TONS of information on it and there are paper piecing templates galore on it as well as all kinds of tips.
Now on to product. Right now I'm totally into bling. So, when I'm speaking of favorites I'm not even talking name brands here, I'm just talking what I like. I ordered some awesome adhesive mini pearls from Paper Wishes (I'll talk more about Paper Wishes in a bit) that I love and I have all these little adhesive rhinestones that I think are from Doodlebug Designs. I know I dropped a name there, but with a name like Doodlebug, how can you NOT like them? Anyway, I've been buying little "jewels" here and there. I have some rhinestones from Heidi Swap too that I can't wait to use. Part of my whole favorite thing right now is bright and cheery as well. Can't tell I'm over winter can you?!! After all the gray days we've been having, I've had to do layouts like the ones I posted in my last blog. It goes back to the happy vibe thing...who doesn't need a happy vibe?!
Now I really believe in shopping at your local scrapbook store. I don't mean the "box" stores either, though they are nice. I mean your local small business scrapbook stores. However, they are closing left and right. Here in Franklin, we don't have any and the ones that are a reasonable drive away are closing faster than I can get to them. Even my very most favorite store in the whole world Scrap N Nook that was in New Berlin, WI has closed...that one brought me to tears!! Anyway, without those stores to go to I've had to find alternative ways to find my favorite products. I tend to turn to the Internet, as with gas prices and time it's much more convenient, if you know what you want, to click a button and buy it. So, my FAVORITE online store is Paper Wishes. Check them out at http://www.paperwishes.com/ . There's a lot of reasons I'm really impressed with them. For one, they carry an amazing selection of product AND my favorite part is that they do weekly webisodes showing you how to USE the amazing products. How can you not love that?! Their customer service is bar none and if you email Sara Naumann she will email you back!! After you watch a couple of webisodes you feel like friends and they really teach you some awesome things. I highly recommend you check out their templates!! I've never seen anything like them anywhere else and I own ALL of them!!
I have many more favorites, but I think I've babbled enough and given you enough web addresses to check out. I do intend, at some point to actually write a blog that gives you all the web addresses I have for videos, and so on so that you can bookmark them and check them all out.
I have so many things that inspire my creativity that I want to share with you. I think we have so much to share with each other. So make sure you share back!!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
This part is actually the right hand side of the layout. I love the paper...and if you ask me who it's by, I've already forgotten...I'm so not a "name brand" person. SORRY!! But I do know it came in my Memory Works Express box!! Hope that helps. :) Anyway, I was just enjoying the colors and the "happy" feelings from the paper and the picture and I HAD to use this cool acrylic word from My Acrylic Albums. I colored it with Ranger Alcohol Inks (meadow.) I thought it just look cool together. And look at this picture...look at the smiles...doesn't it just make you feel good?! It does me. We need more of this in our lives...happy pictures...happy feelings...happy thoughts!!
And look at these smiling faces!! This whole layout is just happy, smiley people!! Sorry, that's the lyrics from an REM song...but that's how it makes me feel!! So I hope you look at this layout and feel the same way!! Smiley and HAPPY!!!
So, go have some fun, go smile at someone and be HAPPY!!
Don't forget to be creative!!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I hope that I've inspired you to make something. Go be creative!!
God bless and show me your creativity!!
This is the right hand page. The plain black square is for my friend to put her journaling in. I can't give you a "great" reason for the buttons, except that I wanted some color and something to put a little division on the page. Some fun and funky I guess!!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Here is the second two page layout of Bar Harbour.
And below you can see the shell embellishment I made using a Micheal Strong stamp with stazon ink on shrink plastic. I just stamped it and shrank it and there you have it. I did two and they are on the first layout above. I think they turned out pretty well.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I love all the natural light, when I open the front door it's even better. I really do have everything almost at my finger tips and it's more efficient. Even my husband is a little happier with it. It seemed to open the living room up a bit more.
There's all my ribbon and paper. The ribbon is just on a cheapy curtain rod attached to the shelf. I highly recommend those paper keepers from Cropper Hopper.
My homemade "clip it up" is just another cheapy curtain rod that I used cup hooks to attach to the shelf and then used cheapy shower curtain hooks to hook up the embellishments. I LOVE it. I put the stuff I use most on there and basically anything that had a hook on it. In the other picture you can see I have clear shoe boxes with other embellishments in them. I like that as I can kind of see what I have in there.
I have also labeled the "crap" out of everything. That way all I have to do is look at the spine of the book or binder and I know immediately what's in it. I love it!!! I have all my Micheal Strong stamps in one binder, and so on.
Well enough about all that. I'm off to finish my 34 pages by the 6th. I better get on it!!
and PLEASE go do something creative!!
That's it, no more groveling LOL!! Have a great weekend.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
For those of you that have been following my life a little more closely than this blog really talks about...those 17 pages and the time with a dear friend was better than any therapy could have been. I THINK and HOPE and PRAY I've come around the corner back toward my happier self. I'm inspired again (I thought I had lost my creativity during that black period) and am ready to dig into those pages!!
I have NOT forgotten about the address book project for my friend Christina and all supplies have been purchased and as soon as I'm done with this scrapbook it's all about her!!
It feels good to have creative goals again and to be able to lose myself in the process. It was so hard for a while...now I really think I'm back!!
I don't have any pictures of the first 17 pages, but should have pictures of the rest. I'm starting on them right now, as soon as I'm done writing this, and I'll do my best to take pictures along the way!!
God Bless, thank you for prayers and thoughts and
GO MAKE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL!!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I am excited about this project and I also have another project (an address book) for a dear friend that I REALLY need to get working on as well. My only excuse for that one is that I just recently got the supplies needed to put it together. For what it's worth, I did go to Archiver's today and pick up some bling and flowers and adhesive I needed/wanted for the project as well. So I have NOT forgotten about you Christina!!
I'm not going to spend anymore time on here as there is a lot of stuff for me to get done and I'm not getting it done writing this. So, hopefully the next post will at least have a post of the "uber organized scrapbooking area!!!"
God bless, and thanks for reading!!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
So hopefully, my next post will have pictures of something I made!!
Friday, February 20, 2009
And here is a picture of all the cards from everyone. Thank you so much to all of you for all the cards you sent and all the well wishes and prayer. I know that it made a big difference to him and I know to how he felt. I cannot say thank you enough. There really aren't words to express it. He was absolutely amazed at the work that went into the handmade cards and the fact that all these people who don't know him would bother to send him a card...and some from overseas!!!
I don't know if I will say my life will be back to "normal" shortly...I hesitate to call my life normal at ANY time, but I should be back in my more creative mode if nothing else. I am really ready to get back at my desk and CREATE something...get my hands dirty with some ink and some glue...just get back to it. I have missed my creative "mojo" and I hope at least that is back soon.
So to all that missed me, I'm back. I should be back more regularly too. Still looking for comments!! Let me hear from you ALWAYS!!
Now go be creative!!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
First and foremost my stepfather fell and broke his hip (he's 85) and it was very stressful as they live in GA and he's on blood thinners so he had to lay flat on his back for 5 days before they could do surgery. To add to that, he developed a phenomenon called "hospital psychosis" which is apparently common in elderly patients. Common or not, it didn't make things easier to deal with!! He has since made it through surgery with flying colors and is now currently in rehab and doing well. It'll be a long road for him and my mother, but but they will get through it. I will be going to GA as soon as he's discharged from rehab to help my mother help him to adjust to being at home.
The other "happening" was the "death" of our laptop. Well, it's not really dead, but definitely in intensive care!! My husband is really hard on things and had dropped it a few times and after breaking the screen finally broke the port that you plug in an external monitor. I got fed up with all the problems with it and went and bought myself a new laptop with our tax return money. I think he's a little frustrated with me...I have it password protected so he can't use it without me know it and signing him in. Well, if you know him and computers, you'd understand why. We are getting the other one fixed, but until then he just has to suck it up.
So with all that being said, the next "slow me down" issue was moving my scrap area around. It's still in the living room, but I wanted to move it to facilitate room for a couch. We now have the couch, but my area is far from done. I figure a few more days though and it should be okay. It just creates such a mess to clean stuff up...know what I mean?!!
Now on to HAPPY NEWS. I have been in touch with Elena from Scrapbook Royalty and she is going to help my friend Lisa and I get our crop fundraiser for the Johnson County Autism
Support group rolling. I'm VERY excited about this. We have a teleconference with her this Tuesday night. Scrapbook Royalty helps plan fundraising events for scrapbookers and I'm SO excited to be working with them to get this moving. Our hopes are to have our fundraiser here in IN the same day they have the Autism Speaks crop in CA. I figure we can do a live web feed back and forth and have a blast with it!! So, we're looking at September for the time frame I'm hoping Elena can give me lots of good ideas to go with and how to get the ball rolling!!
Other than that, I haven't really been creating much. My desk has been a shambles as I've been moving everything AND babysitting for my friend with a 22 month old. I can't wait to get my desk back in order so I can start pumping out the Valentine goodies. Pink is my favorite color so these are some of my FAVORITE things to make. I'm also kind of stoked about reorganizing my paper into vertical storage and hoping that helps me use up more of my stash.
I DO have to tell you that I've made my first project out of Designing with the Divas and it turned out fantastic!! I emailed a few pictures to Diva Danielle and she really like it. I'm sure once they figure out how to post pictures to their blog you'll get to see it there. I would love to post a picture of it here, but the pictures I took of it are saved on the other laptop which is in ICU, so they will have to wait :) I plan to make many other projects from the book and they are all completely doable. I'm telling you people....pick up your copy today, it's an amazing book!!
OH and I had my 15 minutes of fame!! I called into the Diva Craft Lounge and can be heard talking to Diva Danielle and Rayme the Duke of Crafts. If I was really with it I would tell you what episode, but to be honest, I'm too tired to look it up right now (I have had a long day and have to be up at 3:00am for work) so I can't remember it. But it was incredible talking to them in person and they can be assured they WILL hear from me again!! They are terrific people and so genuine.
The other thing that I'm so touched by is that there are so many giving crafters out there. My stepfather has received a minimum of 10 handmade cards from around the world all wishing him well and a speedy recovery. He is tickled pink to get them and is amazed at the workmanship/creativity of each as well as the fact that these "strangers" care enough to send him a card. So if you are one of the many that have been sending him cards....thank you so much...it's meant the world to him!!
I think that's about it. I can't think of anything else "exciting" to share with you. Please feel free to comment (as always) and please don't hesitate to share this blog with others. I would love to have a lot of readers!!
I do intend to post pictures of my finished scrap area (I even found out how to hide those rough edges of the shelves when you cut them) and will be looking forward to hearing what you think. By the way, I'll tell you the secret of hiding those rough edges after I post the pictures:)
That's enough for this evening. It's only 8:30pm but I know I have to be up early tomorrow morning and I need to start winding down to so I can go to sleep. Hope all of you are crafting and having a wonderful day/evening.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
It's kind of hard to know where to begin :)
I'm a Fiskateer now. Please check out www.fiskars.com to find our more about that;) Actually, I'll explain it to the best of my ability. Basically what a Fiskateer is, is someone who is a crafting ambassador for Fiskars. No, it's not a PAID position, but aren't the best things free;) So I'll just get to keep doing what I'm doing and that's telling people that I like Fiskar products and whatnot. "Sharing the Fiskars Love" as we say.
The other big news is that I'm starting a chapter of Delta Phi Scrappa here in Indiana. Check out their website at www.deltaphiscrappa.com to see what we're all about. It's really about fun! It's a sorority for scrapbookers. How cool is that?
I'm still busy making cards and I'm about to start on a scrapbook page that is about my family's latest "addiction," Itunes!!
I'll be sure to update you more soon. Right now I need to act on that creativity bug and I'll post some of what I come up with:)
Have a crafty day!