Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A site to share!

Well the search continues or should I say I continue to apply for DTs with different sites. UGH sometimes I wonder if it is a waste of time. There is sooo much talent out there and I am still such a beginner compared to the majority of the women I know/watch. Eventually someone will be willing to take a chance on me, I hope. :D In the mean time I will continue to create and share my talent with you as well as the great finds and stupid buys I make LOL.

One of the Ladies I know from www.scrapbook.com was on a DT with Scraputante. They are having a 12x12 DT call, which she let me know about before it was issued. LOVE my friends for enabling me. Well this site carries paper and embellishments I don't have nor that I have access too. I went to their site www.shop.scraputante.com to put in a order. Well I choose some things from their clearance section because I have never ordered from them before and in was just before Christmas so a little short on funds. I ordered with grab bags, Anna Griffin, Bella Blvd and Basic Grey.
Here is the Basic Grey package, there are 2 of every piece of paper you see here as well as the package of die cuts and cs alpha stickers. The value is $20+ but only cost $10. Great deal.
This one is Bella Blvd, again 2 pieces of each paper plus 2 sheets of cs stickers, set of acrylic stamps and fabric flowers. Again $20 value+ value for $10.
And finally the Anna Griffin package. I have never seen her product before and was thrilled with the quality of the paper. Several pieces have raised velvet designs on it, one has gold foil and there are 2 sets of die cut 12x12 sheets not to mention the package of photo mats and 3D flower stickers.

So not only was the value and price amazing but the shipping costs I was charge was mind blowing. I was charged $2.40 flat rate shipping yet when the package arrived it cost her $12.50 to mail. That is incredible customer service and encourages me not only to shop there again but to encourage all of you to do the same! Oh and one last thing at no charge she threw in a package of Pop its squares. I am hoping to soon have a blog badge from them on my blog so you can link direct to them :D

Alright now to go and start crafting so I can hopefully submit to their DT unless I missed the deadline which is always possible LOL.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

New Advent Calendar

Sorry I missed posting on Friday but I was trying to finish the new Advent Calendar I started before Christmas. All that remains for me to do is the boxes so I took pictures of it and are going to share them with you. Yes I know its January but I figured if I finished this project and shared it I was one step closer to being finished my Christmas crafts for 2013 :D
Here is my new Advent Calendar, this is made using Kaisers Crafts Advent Calendar kit. People are always asking me if I have a theme colour for my tree and the answer is no. My children decorate the Christmas Tree so its their creation. On the other hand I am working on a theme with all my other Christmas decorations. I LOVE snowflakes. Plus if you looked at my large picture Advent Calendar then you will notice I used Blue colours and Snowflakes on that one as well. First I painted all the pieces blue, I tried a sparkly blue but it was more a stain then a colour and I wanted colour. I then assembled all the parts and flipped it over to glue it all together. I used Arlene's tacky glue. Before I assembled the pieces I did adhere card stock to the back board. I used several different embellishments here and I will try to list them all. Of course there is Prima Say it with Crystals, snowflakes, Snowflake buttons by Reflections, Snowflake on silver ribbon trim from the Dollar Store, white flowers from www.iamroses.com , incredible ribbon roses wrapped with pearls trim from my wonderful pal Lorna Lee and I believe that Butterfly is Prima winter collection.
Here is a close up of the corner, the Mod Pod is still drying on the Crystals. There are a mixture of paper and fabric flowers here as well as the fact I added Icicle Stickles to the flowers to add glitter. The white Pointsettas are from Prima, up the inside you can see Snowflake stickers these are Jolene.
And a close up of the Bow that I made. Again the ribbon is blue with white sparkly snowflakes on it. There is so much you could do with these kits and a friend of mine makes them and sells them on etsay. She does amazing work and sent me this one for me to make. I love my colours I chose and the simple style I used to make it. Now all I need to do is finish the boxes, put it away until next year and start on the next project.

God Bless until next time :D

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2013 Scrap Area

In the eternal search for the perfect place to scrap I moved my room out of the little cubby area and in to my Laundry room. I tripled my space but am more spread out.
I am more spread out now due to all the space, I share it with my freezer as well as the washer and dryer. Laundry is now getting done more regularly otherwise I can not make it to my work desk. I have added a couple of new storage/counter areas. We put both our little girls in the same bedroom so there was an extra desk. You can see I used it for my Cricut cutting area. On the cupboard side I placed my CTMH stamp organizer. The top drawer holds all my Carts, which will soon have 4 more there. Friend of mine was cleaning out her scrap room and wanted to get rid of a few which are no longer available so I bought them. The second drawer I placed all my cutting mats. In the cupboard I have stored all my CTMH embellishments and stamp sets. The other piece I added you can see is the rolling kitchen rack. Again picked up second hand from a friend at no charge. The top is not cleaned off in this picture but it holds my large cutter which I seriously need to order replacement blades for. The baskets are great for all kinds of things, I believe I have my scor-pal on there and my iTop container as well as the container that holds all my twine for sewing on projects. Plus there are 2 Clip-it Up ribbon holders. Finally have all my ribbon out of containers. Hope that will encourage me to use it more often on cards and LOs. Of course you can see my wall and shelve that is covered in projects that were made for me, unfortunately you can not see the area where I hung all the wonderful ornaments that others made as well, the lamp is in the way.
Under the stairs is a little area that originally we used for storage but when our landlady finally moved everything out of the garage we were able to move it there instead. That white book case is full of magazines for both scrap booking and Cross Stitch. I fully intend to get rid of them all this year. I plan to go through the cross stitch ones and remove any of the patterns I want then into recycling it goes. Here is my large wall unit that holds so much paper and other tools. Plus of course a huge paper rack which is nearly full. The tubs on top of the wall unit hold all my embellishments organized by season and Holiday. There is just enough room there for me to be able to sit down and look at all the paper while choosing the design/style I want in a LO or card.
Here is a picture looking from my dryer. The small desk up against the wall holds my Grand Calibur and Big Shot. In the Shelves are their dies or I should say all my Spellbinder Dies as I don't really use anyone elses. Plus I have my idea books from CTMH there as well. On top of the shelve are mini albums that pals have sent me as well as the one and only one I ever made. Its the red and black one :D The mesh cube unit holds all my CTMH pps right now as well as my trinkets and flowers collections. Its still a work in progress and is by no means going to stay like this or here. But for the next couple of years, unless we move, this will be my crafty home. I look forward to the day one or both my teens move out and I can take over one of their rooms. Then I will have natural light and SPACE. I hope we can purchase this home when that happens because I want to make some major changes to the room I use as a scrap room.

Have a productive, creative day and God Bless!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Ah 2013

Good morning my crafty friends, Thank you so much for sticking with me during the Holidays when things were just a wee bit crazier then normal and I did not get my post done.

With the New Year we all tend to make resolutions, I have chosen this year to set goals and check back on them every 3 months to see how I am doing. I figure that way I will stay more on top of things. My goals include both craft ones and personal ones.

1. Do at least one LO a week, I am in a challenge on scrapbook.com so this is a must.
2. Use my CTMH stamps on more then just their projects.
3. Exercise daily, again this is a must, I am not happy with my body size and figure a lot of my issue I am having are weight related.
4. Spend more quality time with my family, put them FIRST.
5. Be more like Christ in my life, study his teachings and teach them to my children.

For me the last 2 are extremely important, with the horrible things ppl are doing to each other in this world, and the atrocities we are seeing committed to the innocence I feel the need to do more to strength my family and our belief in Christ. The world has change so much since I was a child and the biggest one that seems to hurt us as a society most is the fact we have taken God out of our schools. Our children are growing up with no moral ideas, no understand of right and wrong. Now as parents are we at fault too, of course we are. But at least when we missed teaching something to our children the schools were there to give our children those lessons. Alright I am now done with my non-scrappy chat.

I always make a wish list each year and review how I did on my previous year's one. I did really well in 2012 on my wish list as well as a couple of extras just like I do every year. Plus in a later post you will see I have a new tool review for you. So first I wanted to get the Raspberry Plate for my Grand Calibur which I did receive and works great. I had to order it from Spellbinders directly but that was ok. I love my Grand Calibur but it did gather some dust this year :D Next was Spellbinder dies, well I did get more of these including some of the cut and fold ones and their new embossing folders. Very excited and must make it a priority to use these at least once a month. On to the Martha Stewart Punches, I did pick up a couple and received a couple in different swaps. I continue to love these and use them randomly. I still have not picked up a digital camera, really haven't even researched them yet, but I did get a NEW COMPUTER!! And what a beaut it is, way more power then I need at this time but I should not need to upgrade for at least 5 years+ depending on what components I can switch out as needed. Also became a Close To My Heart Consultant so traded my personal Cricut for a E2, and so glad I did. I used it more since August then I did my personal Cricut which I had for 5 years. I also picked up a Big Shot. Now I bought that before the E2 so I could cut the thicker dies that are used for boxes which now that I have the E2 I don't need LOL. Not sure at this time if I will sell the Big Shot or keep it. Only time will tell.

So now I need a Wish list for 2013

1. Digital Camera
2. This will be here for sometime, a scrap room.
3. Small table and chairs, this is for my little girls to join me in my crafting
4. Design Team, I so want to be on one and play with new products and share my talents with others.

Small list for this year but I have been so blessed last year to get a lot of the things I want. This year will be more about personal and crafting growth then getting supplies. Also my LSS closed so a lot of what I get is from the States and that has slowed down now that I am a Consultant. I tend to spend my extra cash there or on Pal swaps. This year I need to use more of my stash then accumulate :D I am sure that is true for most of us but I am making it a goal for me.

Well thanks for reading this post and sticking it out this long. No pictures but the link was not letting me do what I wanted. I could not download pictures from my computer which is weird and I hope a glitch this morning. Hope to have my next post for you in 2 days with a LO including Pictures LOL.
God Bless you all and have a wonderful day.