Saturday, May 24, 2014

Mother's Day Video #4

This is the last video in a series for my Mom with the products that we purchased for her. I am reviewing dimensional glue, comparing Glossy Accents, 3D Craystal Laquer, and Dimensional Magic. These are several tips, tricks, and projects that I love to use with these glues, enjoy!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Mother's Day Gift Video Part 3

We are continuing on with our video series this weekend. This week I am showing a few cool things you can make with the Fiskars extra large heart punch. I know this particular item was a bit of a mystery to my Mom when she opened her gifts, so enjoy the ideas! Again, I encourage all you mom crafters out there to make some time for yourself to play and I hope this can provide some inspiration for you.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Special Birthday Card for my Uncle

A month ago my Uncle Mark had a special birthday. I squeezed out some time to make him this card. I sent it off ensuring it would arrive on his birthday. I wasn't sure I could pull it off, it was the week my son was home for spring break and we had done spring cleaning. I was also prepping for my mom's arrival for Scrapbook Expo, but I got it done anyway! Uncle Mark had great plans for his birthday, and I knew he would be out of town so I wasn't surprised when I didn't get a call in the days after he arrived back home. Then I got sidetracked with my last migraine procedure. Next thing I knew 4 weeks had passed and I hadn't heard from him. I texted him to check to make sure his address hadn't changed and that's when we realized he never got it. Not sure where it ended up, because it still hasn't come back to me either. So at least I took pictures and you get to see it Uncle Mark! Happy Birthday, I love you.
I created this card using random washi tape from my stash. The black candles are done in Sparkle N Sprinkle black velvet MF glitter. I hand cut the silver candle flames. The embossing is done on silver vellum with the Darice Dot folder. The title was printed from my computer then cut and embossed with the Spellbinders Labels 22. I used a glue pen to trace the 55 and highlighted it with more Velvet Black MF glitter. The vellum was edged in Tim Holtz Black Soot. Thanks for checking this out. Have an inspired day!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Review- BEWARE!

I have never before purchased from They are an online scrapbook company that advertises "amazing" deals on scrapbooking and craft supplies. The problem is they have really high shipping rates in my opinion. So over a year ago I added myself to their mailing list hoping for a free shipping deal, or some sort of coupon that would make shopping there worth my time and money; never saw one. After my birthday and all my shopping at Scrapbook Expo I had money left to spend, and I have really been wanting stencils from The Crafters Workshop. Even though their shipping prices are high, I was prepared to order enough quantity that even including shipping I would be saving $0.65 each compared to my favorite local craft store, and the online store boasted a much larger selection so I ordered 14 stencils. I was super thrilled and awaited my package. 

When it arrived I was excited to open them and see them all in person! I flipped through all of them, elated at how perfect my choices were for projects I have in mind. Until I realized one was missing, I was disappointed to see that one of the 12x12 stencils had been scratched off my invoice. So I called the California number for customer service to find out what the deal was, the woman apologized and told me it was out of stock. I asked if that meant they would be shipping it separately when they got the item in stock. I was told, "No, we don't do that. Your account has been credited for the amount of the missing item. We sent you an email regarding this." I told her, "Well, that doesn't do me much good. I wanted that item, or would have liked a chance to choose another stencil in it's place so that I wouldn't have to pay double shipping." I was told again they don't do that. So I asked, "Well, do you offer a free shipping coupon for the inconvenience? I want to order another stencil in its place, but not if I have to pay almost $7 in shipping again" and I was again told, "No, we don't do that we are an internet company." So I said, "Well, I won't be ordering from you again then" and I hung up. Maybe I am spoiled, I don't know. I am used to shopping at my local stores where they are huge on customer service and being helpful. I bet if I had gone into my local store, The Scrapbook Store & More, with a list of what I wanted she would have gotten it for me! Since I only got 13 stencils instead of 14 I only ended up saving $0.50 cents each which I realize is not a big difference. 
After this experience I would much rather spend the extra fifty cents each and buy them from a store that cares about its customers more! Now, not all online store are like this. I have had EXCELLENT customer service from many online stores including; Eyelet Outlet, Mon Ami Gabby, Sparkle and Sprinkle,, and Simply Special Crafts to name a few. This experience with Scrapbooking-Warehouse just left a bad taste in my mouth for this company, and reminded me why buying from small businesses or local businesses who care about customer service is the better way to go. In the end I am still thrilled about the stencils I did get, and am excited to play with them! If you have had excellent customer service from a scrapbook company be it local or online, I would love to hear about it!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mother's Day Gift Video Part 2

After MANY technical difficulties I have finally gotten this video online in time for my Mom to explore another part of her gift! I am showing some basic, fun techniques for Gelatos by Faber-Castell. If you do not have Gelatos, I hope these fun techniques inspire you to get some to play with. Reguardless, take this Mother's Day weekend to get something out of your craft stash you purchased but have yet to use. Play with it, find a how-to video for it and have some fun. We all deserve time to let our creative juices flow. Happy Mother's Day all!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Scrapbook Expo Haul and Review

Once again Scrapbook Expo has come and gone in Milwaukee. I just love my time spent at the show. The staff there, especially Lorraine at the free Creativity Center make the experience so much fun! This year was extra special for a few reasons. I was celebrating my 30th birthday, so my mom Donna came out to enjoy the show with me. I was extremely excited to explore the show with the talented woman who taught me the love of crafting and scrapbooking. This is a picture of us at the will call table. 

 This year was also special because my son Tyler got to come up to check it out and shop with the money he saved, with a little boost from Grandma of course! My husband brought him up after his baseball game, and Tyler was just bouncing with excitement.He loved making this card with Grandma (of course I had to catch her talking) at the free Creativity Center! He felt so special sitting up there and making that card from Heartfelt Creations with all the crafters. He ended up sending it to his Nana for Mother's Day.

I did pretty good this year, I am really excited about the items I purchased! This is a photo of all the items I bought. I will do another blog post with close ups of what I bought where, and any cool tips I picked up about them.

So once again, it was a great year at Scrapbook Expo. Mom and I each took two classes, which I will review in another blog post, and shopped to our hearts content. We didn't win any of the door prizes, square game, or golden ticket prizes but we still had a blast and got very inspired!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

May is Mother's Day...

We all know May 11th is Mother's Day, but this year we are celebrating Mother's Day all month long in our family (along with National Scrapbooking month of course). My mom is an amazing person. She is our cheerleader, sounding board, motivational coach, friend, and so much more. So my dad, sister, and I put our heads together to come up with a gift idea that would be as amazing (I hope) as she is. I searched for some craft and scrapbooking supplies that I know she would love, but doesn't have. I have made videos with basic tips and tricks to introduce her to each product. Each video will be published on Saturday so that she may view them and play with the products. I hope this not only inspires her to take some time for herself, but that it may inspire some of you moms reading this to do the same. Happy Mother's Day month to all the fantastic crafty moms out there!

This week we are showing how to dry emboss without an embossing machine, with the assistance of my son.

Friday, May 2, 2014

May Pixels and Paper Challenge is Up!

Welcome to May ...

This month we have a delightful photograph I think you will all enjoy - a little mystery, a little whimsy, a lot of light and air and pretty ladies. What inspires you from this picture?  Is it the white dresses reminding you of weddings or debutant's?  Perhaps its the field and grass recalling days of family picnics and outdoor fun.  Maybe the maypole itself brings back memories of dances and school or threading daisies on a chain.  It might even be the goat! Whatever the inspiration, we would love to see your work and please don't forget to let us know what it was that prompted the creative process for you.

Here is what I created:

I loved this months photo. The grace and beauty of the women dancing around the maypole in the meadow is so beautiful. But I don't have any graceful pictures in a meadow like that to use, I guess that's why we call it an inspiration photo. I did however have the funniest experience with my mom and son the first time we introduced him to grass. As you can see from the picture he was disgusted with the feel of it, my mom even had to pull his legs down to try to get him to adjust to it- but he wasn't having any of it! 

Long ago I found this page filled with grass blades and bought it vowing it would be for this picture. I brought out the grass blades with glitter, and created the die cut grass piece to mimic the meadow grass from the inspiration photo.

I always add in a hand written touch on every layout, and so created my title with stickles and accented it with the adorable little frogs I had just bought. Thank you for joining us this month, we look forward to seeing what you will create!