Friday, December 27, 2013

Vintage Gas Pump- Completed Project

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are having an enjoyable holiday season! I am fortunate to have a little time off from work and I am in NJ at home instead of in San Francisco. I am extremely grateful.
 Back on Black Friday, Kathy Orta-Files, Paper Phenomenon , had a huge sale! I have followed her for years and years, and was really thrilled to be able to purchase a few of the tutorials. I purchased the Vintage Gas Pump tutorial, to create this for my hubby Keith as his last name is Filling. Get it? Filling Station, Gas Pump...(insert cymbal crash here....)

 I purchased the trinket kit from Kathy as well for the findings. I used Tim Holtz's Lost and Found Paper Stash, ( my fav!) and kraft card stock. My distress ink color choice was Vintage Photo. Can you believe after 20 years hubby got me some ink for Christmas? I was so proud of him.... He got me a new Vintage Photo

In the video I talk about a contest, well I was late to the party, submissions had ended by the time I completed this. Kindly ignore the mentions of the contest.

 Here is a video of my completed Vintage Gas Pump:

Here is where you can shop for Kathy's great tutorials and kits and trinkets: Paper Phenomenon Shop

 Thank you, and Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Tealight Christmas Ornaments

Hello Friends,

I had a day to craft and due to some great tutorials on the Snowman from several YouTube Stampin Up Demonstrators, I ran with it. I have made so far 12 Snowmen, 5 Santas, and 6 Reindeer. Love this project because I had all the supplies!

Video is lengthy, but I had fun. Check out your punches and see what you can come up with. This is an easy to do stocking stuffer for a co worker, teacher , or friend. I have also seen a pin back attached to the tea light and then worn as a pin.
I am back on the road soon, so I am trying to get all my crafting completed.

Thanks for stopping by, see you real soon!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Happy Fall... back to crafting...

 Hi Everyone,

Been a really long time since I posted, and I have no excuse other than I had a very busy summer with my job.  I have been back crafting since Labor Day, and I have been having fun with several tutorials from a few favorite folks over on YouTube. You really need to go check out Papercrafter45. Her tutorials are very easy to follow, and the projects are super fun. I have made several of her Skinny Mini's and now I have moved on to the Triple Library Pocket with fold out, which I have turned into a rubber band book or 2 or 3! This can be done with some simple cardstock and a stack as small as 6x6.

I have also been fortunate to participate in a monthly card swap, with the Maryland girls. This week I finished up my cards for the remainder of the year, and made a book described above as a hostess gift. I also took a short road trip to a stamp show down in Westminster , Maryland a few weeks ago. It was so great to see Martha, Nancy Deb and Diane. I also got to enjoy Dar's company on the trip as well. I got lots of inspiration, so stay tuned for some upcoming projects...

In the meantime, here are a few videos I recently posted on Youtube regarding my cards, and recent mini books.

Enjoy! Happy Crafting!


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Secret Sister Box Swap... Round 3!!!

Hello! Ok girls and guys, back by popular demand.... the secret sister box swap. I hope you will join in, and have as much fun as we have in past rounds.

 Here is what you make: Create a box or alter a box in a style your partner will like. It can be any size, just remember you have to mail it. We have had boxes as small as a old school Cricut box or as large as a shoebox, it is up to you. You may alter and existing box, or make your own. The box itself should be decorated in a manner pleasing to your partner. You then fill the box with 50% handmade items, and 50 % stash or store bought. If you want to do all handmade, that is fine. You may not do less than 50% handmade.
Your sister does not have you in the swap. This is a pay it forward type deal. You get one person to make things for. I reserve the right to disqualify sign ups for lack of information disclosure, past swap performance, or general bad behavior. I am trying to give as much time as possible to allow for as many who want to join to do so.
 If you would like to join the swap you have until July 4, 2013 to sign up. I will Distribute sisters by July 9, 2013. You then may set about creating your box, or stalking your sister until August 16, 2013. Remember, this is a SECRET swap. Do not tell your person who you have, or exchange sister details, it ruins the surprise. I will have your personal details and so will your assigned sister. This swap is open to international participants. By joining, you agree to mail your created box internationally if your sister is from abroad. Remember Postage is up to you. I require an e-mail telling me when you posted your box to your sister. International mailing times can take a long time, so please plan ahead.

 If you want to participate, here is what you do. Please cut and paste the questionnaire below into an e-mail, and send it to me: Make your e-mail subject line: Secret Sister Swap Round #3 . I will take sign ups until July 4, 2013.
 Happy Swapping!

 Mailing Address:

 Screen Name:
 Social Networking Links:
You Tube:
 Do you have Children? If so How many, and are they boys or girls?

 Please list your design preferences: Style? Paper line? Favorite Designer?

 Current Crafts? What are you making now?
 Dislikes? Please do not include:

 Message for your Secret Sister:


Friday, February 8, 2013

Featured Artists in February... Day 3

Hello Friends! Well I am on day 6 of this horrible flu. I still am feeling pretty poorly, but there are so many great people to tribute, I wanted to get back to it!

 Todays Featured Artist is.... Anne! xannero1 !!! Many of us, have marveled at Anne's creations on her blog and You Tube channel. She is extremely talented, and has a steam punk influenced style, which she loves, but her designs are so incredible, they have to be seen to be believed. Most recently she did a storage cabinet, out of chipboard and Tim Holtz goodness....

 Amazing! You can find Anna: Blog: You Tube:

 Here is the video where I read Anna's questionnaire:

 Thank you for reading and watching!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

We interrupt this series for the flu....

Hi Everyone!

 Sorry to inform you that I have taken ill with the flu....again.

 This round seems to be really bad, I have not made it out of bed since Sunday afternoon at 4pm. I managed to go to work on Monday , and made it until about 12:30PM. Came home had a nap until my doctor's appointment at 3:30pm, where I received a Z-pack of antibiotics, and some cough medicine, that really makes me sleep.

 I have been in bed, since 5pm on Monday. I hope to be up and about by Thursday, but you never know how these things will sort out. I have no voice, and really feel as though a truck has run me over, backed up and hit me again.

 I so enjoy this series, but it does take some prep, and I am in no shape to record videos.

 I will see you all later in the week, God willing.

Be well my friends.


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Featured Artists in February... Day 2

Hey there Everyone!

 Hope you enjoyed Day 1, I really liked sharing Felicia's great spirit and talent.

 So, to keep it interesting, Some of my Artist's that I feature will be the old tribute style, as in they do not even know.

I would like to tell you about a gal I found on YouTube under the Channel......MySister'sScrapper...Her name is Ginger.
 I found myself glued to her most recent video how to series, for the Vertical Paper Bag mini album. I made one from start to finish tonight, and I was really impressed that she took the time to make 6 video's all of about 15 plus minutes long.

She is a very patient and excellent teacher, so if you are interested in Mini albums with lots of interaction, check out her channel! Ginger is also a designer for Cardz TV with Mary, and makes some great cards. I love her clean style and how she incorporates a lot of elements, such as die cuts and stamps and fancy backgrounds.

 Ginger's blog says she has been scrapbooking for a long time and enjoys making pages of her grandchildren. Her latest obsession is her mini books, and I have to agree, they sure are fun.

 You can find Ginger: You Tube: MySistersScrapper
 I find her creations to be really great! Please be sure to check her out!
 Here is a video of the mini album I made using Ginger's video series:

See you tomorrow!



Featured Artists in February... Day 1

Hello Everyone! Welcome to my Featured Artist Series in February! I hope this video series will introduce you to many new artists, styles, and provide inspiration to pursue your art. Everyone selected has their own wonderful talent in a variety of mediums, from scrapbooking, stamping and paper arts, to art journalers, fine artists, recyclers, you name it and we will explore it. This year, I submitted a nine question survey to all of the artists. Here I will include their answers, and links to their work, as well as the video I made in tribute to them. So let's get started, as I am already a day behind!

 Day 1......Felicia Smith aka Mouse Potato Designs......
 Contact Details:
 YouTube: MyMousePotatoDesigns

  1.How did you get started crafting? I started crafting in 1998 when I learned about paper piecing. Was looking to make some extra income and at the time selling paper pieced items were selling really well on ebay. So I gave it a whirl and became instantly addicted with paper.

 2. What inspires you? Paper inspires me. It never stops amazing me what we can do with a piece of paper. Fold it, cut it, glue it, color it. You name it you can do it with paper. Beautiful things. Beautiful patterns. Beautiful colors. Some paper is just made for using. Some paper is just made to pet and stare at and enjoy. A single piece of paper can simply make a person smile when delivered in a paper envelope. You can store years of memories thanks to paper and have them to enjoy and view. Its really just amazing stuff. So paper inspires me. OK along with youtube, ustream, pintrest and the list goes on lol

 3. What are you hoping to learn more about as your art develops? The was a tough one. I don't really know. I like to tinker. Dabble in this. Poke at that. Its just fun to watch time go by and see what the new "to try" thing is out there. So I don't know what exactly I hope to learn but I sure do hope to keep on learning.  

4. Please name the top 5 tools/products you cannot live without:Only 5! *gasp* ok lets see.. My computer. Nothing happens with out my computer. Its where my inspiration is found, my artsy friends are found, my supplies are found, my ideas are kept, its probably my main crafting tool as all my creative ideas start there.
 My second must have project is Kraft Card Stock. It is the basis of 99% of all I do. Remember when it used to be white cardstock! LOL But no I have it in bulk. I use it for everything. Cards, books, art. Everything.
 Quilling Needle. I use this for EVERYTHING. You can move things around with it. Poke holes with it. Get the glossy accents flowing with it. Just couldn't be with out it.
 A clear .25 kids ruler from Walmart. I have TONS of different rulers. Some very expensive but my little kids cheapie one is the one I reach to for every single project.
 Martha Stewart Score Board. No fold shall cross my desk with out it. I use it for scoring, measuring just lots of stuff.
 My Cutterpillar paper trimmer. I have gotten to the point I cant trim paper with out the led light bar now so I have to count it lol But a paper trimmer of any kind really. I cant cut a straight line to save my soul so a paper trimmer is a must.
 Scrappy Tape. LOVE THIS TAPE! I do love my ATG gun to but have to say if I could only pick one I would go with scrappy tape. versatile. STICKY. Just plain works.
 OK that was hard and that was 6 but the computer probably doesn't technically count! LOLOL
 5. What are your goals for your art? Is it sad to say I don't really have any in stone goals? Crafting is just my fun. It gives me a place to relax and enjoy. Its my hobby. It gives me a reason to shop, collect, share and enjoy pretty things. Kind of just happy with that. Sorry not so exciting there lol  
6. Who or what has been the biggest influence on your art/craft? oh my goodness so many. Art: Rachel for sure. Everything she does makes me want to try it. I have spent more money trying to do the things she does lol shes a terrible enabler. I just like her style and if I could ever "art" I would want to art like that. Cards: Darlene DeVries , Kristina Werner and Vicky Papaioannou. I love simple and clean cards so they would be my favorite. Scrapbooking/Album Making: Kathy Orta of course she rocks! but if I could "scrap just like her" I would have to say Manou at her style is amazing. So clean and I love her color combos.
 7. What has been your most recent craft obsession? EVERYTHING! Ok probably not the answer you were looking for. Journaling our life. Think Project Life with out all the cool products lol. Its been a lot of fun just using up all my bits and pieces, PRINTING the photos. Getting them on to a page with a bit of info about what was happening that day. SO much I think we get caught up in all the "how it should be done's" that we for get WHY we are doing it in the first place. Memories! Kindnesses and friendships. So my latest thing has just be journaling about life as its happening.
8. What is one thing that most people don't know about you? That I used to do a lot of web designing and pixel art. I spent years as a pixel artist and did quite well back in the day when it was "the thing". Used to HTML before HTML was cool lol. OH and I showed Quarter Horses professionally for years and years. Even went to college for Equine Studies and Automotive Tech. Yup I can train your horse AND fix your car! =0)
 9. Anything you would like others to know? Wow I don't know. Not really I guess. Stats: Happily married, homeschooling mom of 1 boy lol OO the excitement! Life is ever changing. We never know whats coming so send a thank you today, a smile tomorrow and always keep a howdee doo in your pocket for that just in case time when someone you walk by is frowning. In other words LOL nah that's about it. OH my favorite color is browns and neutrals? Will that work? HAHAHA

 I hope you can see how wonderful Felicia is, truly a joyful person, and very encouraging and uplifting. Here is the video where I read her questionnaire answers, and show the little something I made for her.

Thanks for stopping by! See you tomorrow!


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Giveaway Time......

Hello Everyone!

 I have been teasing you with a giveaway...and here it is! Instead of typing a whole lot.... here is the video that goes over all of the prize and the rules.

  Thanks so much for your support! Giveaway closes 1/29/13 at 6pm!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Valentine Candy Boxes.. with a crafty treat inside

Hi Everyone!

Two days in a row? I must have a fever?  Well, a crafting one....Just enjoying a little R & R and thought I would share today's project.

I was checking out some YouTube video's and a gal I follow: TheRobNLaura  showed a haul video and also showed a valentine candy box she decorated. I thought it was adorable, and I happened to have a few boxes on voila! I made 4 of know me, got to wear out a

Anyway thanks to Laura, and enjoy!


Rubber Band Books....

Hi Everyone!

I managed a week's vacation, and I have been doing some Art!!! Yippee!!!!

I went a little crazy and made a bunch of Rubber Band Books , that I learned from Dede, Inkwell on Ustream. It is such a great idea, and easy to do. I used either boxes from Microwave Popcorn, or cat food or a corrugated box flap.

I have made them for a card kit, or to house my vintage Atlantic City Postcard collection, and even to store my bling! You can knock one out in about an hour.....

I was asked to share my measurements for the card file style , and I will preface this by saying this is all dependent on the size of box you choose. My card file books are made from a Whiska's cat food box which measure 5inches tall by 7 inches wide.

For the pocket pages:
I used 12 x 12 scrapbook paper and cut it to 9 3/4 x 12.
On the short side I scored at 4 7/8
I turned the paper to the long side and scored at 5 and at 1
 I folded the paper in half on the short side, folded up the pocket on the 5 inch score and made  a little flap on the one inch score.

I attached brads to close the pockets on the outside edges.

To cover the book:

I used 2 pieces of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper.

I cut them both in half vertically. I then inserted one 6 inch panel in the center of the other two, using a 1 inch lap over on either side. If you use the same pattern, you can match the pattern back so it looks like one continuous piece of paper. I covered my seams with bling mesh or trim. The remaining 6 inch panel, is your liner for the book interior.  I mitered all my corners and I cut out some of the bulk into miters as well on the top and bottom of the spine.
I also tied on a ton of lace, ribbon, and tulle to my spine on the rubber bands. It makes it look really pretty and it is fun.  Below is a video of a few of my books. Thanks so much Dede!! I love this!

Happy Crafting!


Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy 2013!

Happy New Year!

 Long time no see! I know, I know!!! It is just awful how out of touch I have been. A thousand apologies, and few excuses. Although I have a few really good ones.... Like... Hurricane Sandy, for one.

 Yes it lined up right for us, took out a bunch of trees, and our power for a week. We are all fine, many in our community or nearby are not. If you want to help Red Cross is the way to go.

 I digress. Anyway, I wanted to turn the page into the new year and make a few resolutions. I for one am really happy that 2012 is behind me. I did not accomplish what I had hoped, and have found myself in a bad place spiritually, and mentally and perhaps a little physically. I worked too hard, took on too much, and have found myself very unhappy.

 resolution #1- Get Happy. No matter what it takes. Find some fun, some smiles, and relieve myself of all people and things that apply pressure of any kind to my life.

 resolution #2- Tell people what I think instead of bottling it up and suffering the consequences. I really stuffed down my feelings last year.

 resolution #3- Get Healthy. Lose a few pounds, become more active, take care of my back, and keep the shingles at bay. Eat better, and generally try and feel better, through better sleep and positivity.

 resolution #4- Find my patience. I used to be very patient with people and things. Not lately! I need to find that centered person I used to be.

 resolution #5- Do not bite off more than I can chew. I am a chronic over planner, over participater, over scheduler. I have to knock it off. I need the rest. I also do not need the stress.

 resolution #6- Clean my craft room- once and for all, already! Yeesh! I hate the mess, I hate being unorganized, I hate the whole thing. Yet I am so lazy to deal with it I can't stand myself.

 resolution #7- Have fun while creating- Remember when I used to have fun making things? and I made videos and everything? Somewhere along the way, it stopped being fun, so I stopped doing it. I need to enjoy it again. I really liked all the fun of making things.

resolution #8- Keep up this blog- I used to enjoy writing this blog, but life intervened, and there you go. I need to make some challenges this year to keep it going.

 resolution #9- Live each day to it's fullest- I have developed a bit of a lazy bone recently coming through my back pain, and the shingles. I have not felt good enough to get up and go and do much, so I don't. I need to push myself to live every minute.

 resolution #10- Cherish the people in my life- I need to show my family and close friends how important they are to me.

 So, it's a start! I have so many things to accomplish this year, and I can guess I will add to the list.

Have you made any resolutions?