Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Big Reveal - New Craft Studio

I've been talking about this on facebook a bunch.  We decided to exchange my craftroom for the family room and turn my old craft room in a movie room with 'stadium seating'.  So last Sunday we began this process with some good friends helping us move all my cra.... I mean crafty stuff into the family room.  It took about 4 hours but finally most of it was moved and a few shelves were hung. 

My husband is still trying to figure out how I had all this stuff in the smaller room.  The new space allows me to have tables up all the time for classes.  It's really nice.  Plus it's in the daylight basement so for our crop today it stayed fairly cool even though it was 90 outside.

I still have plenty of stuff to go through, organize, and get rid of.  However, this is way better than what it was.

Let me know what you think.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Fall / Winter Swaps are here!

Every new catalog my CTMH Director, Julie Reynolds, holds a swap.  She emails out a list of projects for each new paper pack and we email back our selections.  Then we make 41 of the same thing to send back.  In return we get back 1 of each item for a total of 40.  For all her time and trouble Julie keeps one of each for her display boards.

Here are the pictures of what I received.

Everyone did amazing work as always.  I hope you like it as much as I do.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A great article to read...

I was checking out the CTMH bulletin boards when I ran across a great article by a fellow consultant Kristen.  I was nodding to myself - yes I do that and oh I should do that.  So I decided to put a link to it.

If you're looking for good ways to back up your photos and keep from having them trapped on your computer where no one can see them, then check out this article by Kristen, here.

Thanks to Kristen for pointing out all the problems my little name change created on my blog too!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Is it a journaling spot or a bithday card?

Here I am as usual scrambling for an idea for a birthday card. Harrison, my 9 year old son, is attending a birthday party today and I'm drawing a blank for a card. So I as I'm sitting here on facebook chatting with Kim, I'm also checking out the rest of the Fabulously Artsy blog hop.
And Voila, there's my idea. It takes care of gift and card all in one! Right there on Elizabeth's Broken Treasure's blog! She's turned the Decor Journaling spots (X1461 $5.95 for 12) into fabulous gift tags for Christmas.
So I 'scraplifted' her idea and made this cute little birthday card for the party today. I'm off to Target to add a gift card to it now. I used the cupcake from the new Art Philosophy cricut cartridge and scraps from my bins. I added one of the bling buttons from Bling Assortment (Z1466 $4.95 for 18 pcs) and some bitty sparkles (Z1263 $2.95 for 100).
Thanks to Elizabeth for her great idea and to Tresa ( for having the blog hop!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Having fun with Roxie and Sophia

As some of you may have heard Macie and Raina are fund raising for their trip to Washington DC. We've made a ton of clipboards, notebooks, and I've supplied a large pile of cards thanks to the many swaps I have participated in over the years.
Well last week we had a Mary Kay consultant stop by our table. She loved the clip boards but instead of using them for pictures she wanted lap boards to hold order forms for her parties. Lucky for me Mary Kay has this big thing with roses, bees and zebras. Roxie fit the bill perfectly. I added the little bee from a retired stampset I had and got creative.
So here is the sample board I made up for her approval. If she approves I'll be making 11 more of these.
She also asked for a matching 3-ring binder for her to keep her business organized. Of course thanks to the CTMH bulletin boards and Dana's post about her binder I knew exactly what she was after. I'll be making that after I get approval for her boards.
The next gal that stopped by liked our small boards but wanted something more durable for her small daughter and it needed to be pink, pink, pink, princess, and pink. Did I mention it had to be pink?
So I took off the 4th of July paper from a board we hadn't been able to sell (the small boards just aren't that popular), put on some Sophia, cut out her name using the new Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and made this very pink board. In fact that was the first thing Kathy (my twin sister) said, "It's sooo pink."
A little mod podge and voila a very pink, princess board to entertain a little princess while in the back seat of the car.
By the way, these are the first things I have ever mod podged. It was totally fun. So I don't know which is worse, my new cricut cartridge or mod podge. I'm having way too much fun with all of it!