Thursday, March 7, 2013

I'm moving.

Not only did I move to a new house, I have moved to a new website.  Visit me here:   Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter while you are there.  Come join me at my new website with my inky fingers and simple pleasures.


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Demonstrator Meeting Swap

I went to a local demonstrator meeting and we all participated in a swap using materials and stamps from the Sale-a-bration catalog or Spring catalog.

I used two stamp sets.  I just love the antique look to these stamps.  26 cards in all.  I will try to post the cards I received in exchange.

Until next time,


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Punches And Peacocks

I have just a quick post today.  I am in the process of learning/practicing making You Tube videos and some other behind the scene items. I am also trying to redesign my craft space.  I used to have an entire bedroom.  Now I have a space that was meant for an oil tank in the basement....The size difference is a major difference!


I'm always telling my friends and customers if it doesn't move, eventually I will stamp it.  I think they thought I was joking.  Maybe not so much.  While organizing my punches, I thought I should write my name on them so if I am ever someplace where my friends brought their punches as well.  Why bother when you can stamp it?  I stamped my name on all my punches with Stazon ink.  I am sure it will rub off with time and use, but until then I will not have to ask "Is this punch yours or mine?" when I am out and about.

I have managed to do some stamping while learning all this computer stuff.
Here is a card I made using one of the jumbo wheels.  A neat trick I learned last year at the Rhode Island Regionals was if you have a large empty ink cartridge, use three colors of ink for a rainbow effect.  A red on one end, a yellow in the middle, and a blue on the other end.  Give the ink time to blend together.  I let it set over night.  When you run your jumbo wheel on white card stock you will have a rainbow.  Red, orange, yellow, green and blue.  Click on the photo to the left to enlarge it and you will see the multiple colors.  It looked better after being used even more by my customers.  (I never think to take photos of them and their projects).  I love the bright colors with this peacock stamp, because the males are always showing off their bright colors.

Until next time,


Thursday, January 31, 2013

New Family Member

A couple weeks before Christmas, my daughter received an early Christmas present.  Here is Auzzie, the newest member of our family.  My daughter absolutely LOVES him.  She hardly ever lets him walk by himself!  Has anyone ever seen/hear Bill Engvall's skit about his daughter and their weiner dog? "Just kill me Bill! I'm wearing Barbie Jeans!"  That's how we feel about this poor dog...we have to tell our daughter "put the dog down and let him walk!"

It's also fun to watch Auzzie with our two cats Spaz (12lb Maine Coon) and JJ (10lb Siamese mix).  Auzzie is a Toy Rat Terrier.  When he is full grown he will weigh between 5 and 6 pounds.  I have yet to decide what is funnier, this mini puppy chasing the cats or when the cats are fed up and chase him.

He is different from owning a grayhound in several ways.  One is his size.  With our greyhound, we had to get an extra large dog kennel.  Auzzie's "dog kennel" is really a cat carry LOL.  Our greyhound ate 6 cups of food a day, this one eats half a cup plus a little cat food too.
He was given the tiniest Milk Bones I have ever seen.  I actually had to look for them-even though come to find out Milk Bone Minis are sold at Walmart. 

Come to find out, Auzzie's birthday is two days after my daughters.  She wants to have a party for both of them.  What do you get a one year old dog & 8 year old girl? Maybe Scooby Snack crackers? I am sure she will give me a wish list a mile long for both of them.  

Until next time,


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pay-It-Forward Gift

At the beginning of the year Facebook had Creative Pay-It-Forward posts going around.  I had a few people respond to my post.  Here is one of the projects I made.  I got the basic idea from a Pinterest post that had a little wooden box for storing embossing folders.

I didn't have a wooden box but I still had some metal lunch boxes. embossing folders fit in them?  YES!!!  One is for my mother in law and one is for one of my oldest and dearest friends.
I got to make some really adorable and useful gifts, use retired products, and give a little happiness for a "just because" reason.

Until next time,


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Boxbag & Tag

I know it is after Christmas but I wanted to show you what I made with one of the scrapbooking kits.  I actually learned to make these a few years ago for an Easter project. They can work for almost any holiday, depending upon the colors.

An adorable little boxbag.  A silly name but it starts with the base of a box.  The base is 4 1/2"x 4 1/2" square of card stock, scored 1" all the way around to make the box base.  The designer series paper is 5 1/2" x 11".  I used the decorative label punch for the handle, folded in half.  Any symmetrical punch would do.  To reinforce the base of the container I used a border sticker.  If you were not using a scrapbooking kit, you could cut a piece of cardstock 1"-1 1/2" x 11", or you could use the Tasteful Trims Bigz die.

Did you notice that cute little Santa tag.  I found it on Pinterest and here is the link to the directions.  I didn't follow it exactly but enough so you can tell it is Santa.  I think he could be made into a Leprechaun if his hat was green.

I hope this inspires you to make your own gift packaging.

Until next time,


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sale-A-Bration Starts Today

Saleabration starts today.  Check out all the items you can earn free with every $50 purchase!  Contact me today to place an order or to book a private class or workshop.  I only have one weekend in Feb available and a few in March.  Contact me right away.

Until next time,


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