Thursday, April 30, 2015

My Very First Tutorial!

Doodled Note Card & My First Video Tutorial!

I have ventured into video tutorials!  This is my very first unedited version.  Please keep this in mind and be gentle with your comments.  Hope this inspires you.  Click here to view it!
It is getting to be the end of the school year here in TN.  So that means teachers gifts.  I am working on note cards for my son's teacher!  I find it easy to create a large quantity and my handmade cards were a hit over the holidays.  The most common comment is that they don't want to send them because each is so special.  A great comment but keeping this in mind I hope the note cards are a hit!

Let me know what you think.  If you would like to purchase the items to create the note cards please contact me and I will put a kit together for you!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Retired List is here!!!

If you have been eyeing a set or accessory and just weren't sure now is the time to purchase!  The retired list has been published listing those stamps and accessories from Stampin' Up that won't be available for long (June 2nd).

But wait . . .What?!?!  Don't panic, this means its time for the new catalog to come out to.  A little cleansing is always good.  

The retired list can be found online.  Better yet come to one of my upcoming classes and you can look through my copy of the current catalog in which I have noted all the retired items with their prices.  I can't guarantee that all items will be available however if you know of a specific set simply go online here or contact me and I can help! Check out my Facebook page for to be updated on upcoming classes/workshops!

I will also be hosting a open house to welcome the new catalog on a Sunday to be announced so check back!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Make & Take Event!

Please join me on Sunday 26th from 3:30 - 5:30 at the Brentwood Library!
Make sure your RSVP as space is limited!  

This will be a fun event for you and your young crafter!  Have your son/daughter join us (age 10 and up please), we will be creating one father's day card and one mother's day card per participant.  Plus you will take home two "3d" projects using the Big Shot Die cut machine (supplied by me).
I'll show you the how then you put your own artistic spin on it.  The cost is $10 per participant!  Plus there will be an extra special something for each crafter and some yummy treats!  If you place an order of $25 or more your event fee will be reduced to $5.

Here is a sneak peak at the father's day card!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Give me some space please!
Dreaded words usually spoken when dealing with people however when working with paper sometimes it's the best move you can make!

When Making the below card I completed a study of white space, unknowingly!

Originally I had created the main part to look like this:

I played with it on my card and quickly realized something was wrong, it just wasn't working.  It was a great lesson in giving your work a little space around it. So I tried again and it still wasn't enough space.

I finally settled on . . . . . .

This ended up what I went with, just the right amount of space but not enough to make the tree feel like it's floating and nothing grounding it.  In addition I like the element of three which usually is a good rule of thumb when designing anything visual.  The treetop, the swing and then the saying.  If you examine it closer you notice your eye goes in a circle which is why the saying works better at an angle to carry your eye around the front of the card.
The below picture illustrates the differences well.

So the next time you are stamping and planning, play around with the space surrounding your work.  You may just find that you need to give it some space!

Hope this gives you food for thought for your next project!


Sunday, March 29, 2015

There is still time left to take advantage of Sale-A-Bration!!! 
Remember for every $50 (pre-tax) you spend you can choose from a selection in the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  For more information just click here.
Its easy to stock up on some staples like paper and adhesives or get a stamp set that compliments your current collection.  If you have questions please email me your contact information and I can walk you through purchasing step by step!  If your ready to order just click the link to my store on the right and its really easy to order online!

There are also some great additions that weren't in the original flyer for Sale-A-Bration.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Giving Tree!

This stamp set should have been named the Giving Tree!

I am so in love the with the Stampin’ Up Sheltering Treestamp set.  Not only do I love the actual tree and it’s accessories but the sayings that come with it too.  Being the frugal person I am I love to stretch my dollar.  This stamp set fits the bill.
An example of the different cards I have created with the set are below.  

In April I am planning a class to create three different cards using this one stamp set.  We will be making 5 of each which totals 15 cards. 

In addition to making the 15 cards I will show you how to package it all up for a wonderful handmade gift.  This is by far my favorite teacher gift to give.  First it doesn't cost me much but my time and second I know they won't receive another just like it!

After the class I will be offering kits with instructions to make the cards.  So even if you are far away from Nashville you can quickly and easily create these unique handmade items.

I am always available for questions so feel free to drop me a note whenever you want!

Also don't forget the give away that you and a friend can pick three handmade cards from my Etsy Shop!  Go here for the give away and to enter.

Saturday, March 21, 2015


I feel like I am doing a lot of apologizing lately.  I was under the weather, and by that I mean I don't remember two full days.  I am very thankful that I don't get fevers that often as a 103 fever is not in the realm of being fun!  Plus as a Mom and crafter so many things pile up, quickly!

Thankfully I am among the healthy now and am just nursing my hubby back from the same yuckiness!

With that being said, I promised a give away and here it is!

The winner and a friend will get to choose three cards each from my Etsy store! To enter you need a friend, doesn't have to be a good friend just someone who has a love of the handmade too.  Now do the two things below:

  1. Have your friend comment on this blog post using your name. (That will link the two of you together.)
  2. Both select to follow my blog
Bonus points if you start following me on Pinterest (make sure you let me know in your comments).
I will announce the winners on Sunday evening March 29th at 8pm.  The winner will be randomly selected (I won't play favorites).

I was working on a fun little spring card that I will be adding to my store so watch for that in the next couple of days.  If you are in the Nashville area, I am planning (or have on the books) two classes.  One centered around the Sheltering Trees Stamp set, my favorite set which I recommend to everyone!

We will be making three different cards, five of each card.  These can be used as a wonderful gift set or as the school year draws near a great teacher's gift.  I'll show you some fun creative ways to package them up!  I also plan on offering kits to make the cards on my store after the class so don't panic if you can't get to it.

The second class with be a Mother's Day/Father's Day card making class.  This will be focused on just two cards which you can make several of each but more about some fun techniques!

Follow along with me in my red truck as we have fun with paper crafting!
Hope everyone stays healthy and doesn't let the spring allergies overwhelm them!