Happy Holidays!

I wanted to say hello and wish everyone a warm and happy holiday season. I made it to my parent's house, and almost have all my gifts made and wrapped. I did go digital on the holiday card this year and used this paper that Ashley Newell shared as my inspiration. I think I might do some more digital work. Of course, I'll have to figure out how to add the images/documents on my blog.

If I get a new camera tomorrow, you can expect pictures in the new year! Keep your fingers crossed. I am a visual learner and need pictures to go with all these words.

My wish for you this season is contentment in your heart, activities that fulfill you and a daily life filled with creativity.


Busy, busy, busy...

I am working on a million projects at once, Bows and bow holder for my niece, knitted blanket for my nephew and a lap/activity board for my other nephew. Not to mention the restringing of three necklaces for my SIL. Needless to say, I am not making cards. I need to, but I am not. I did take my lunch hour and cruise through the Hero Arts Blog Hop. Great new images and creations. Check it out... Hop away.


Tim Picked ME!

OMG, OMG! I won some goodies from Tim Holtz! I can't wait to see what is in the package when it arrives. Tim is such a creative genuis. He has so many products and so may techniques to share. What a wonderful holiday gift!. THANKS, Tim!

I m having card reader difficulties, so I do not have pictures of bows to share, yet. I have my technical support (a.k.a. student worker) fixing the problem. I made more last night. My niece is going to have all the bows she'll ever need or want. This just in.... Bow pictures are available... How cute are these? So easy to make, too. Google, "How to make hair bows"

Happy almost the weekend!

Blog Candy at Jenn's place...

Guess what, Jenn at Created by JB is giving away this great stash of goodies. How generous! I know I would love the chance to get my hands on that Christmas tree stamp! Head over to her blog and get the details. While you are there, check out all her fantastic creations. I'm off to see Tim's day 4 tag...

Happy Friday!


Interpretation on a Tag

Hello all,

I mentioned Tim's 12 tags yesterday, and today, I am calling out the ladies over at the CLASSroom. Each day they are make their interpretation of Tim's tag and sharing their talents and techniques. So, after stopping by Tim Holtz's site, swing by the CLASSroom.

I also made a few bows for my niece last night. I'll share them as soon as I get pictures to post.

Have a super day!


Tim's 12 Days of Tags

If you have not already heard, Tim Holtz is doing his 12 Tags of Christmas for the third year in a row. Tim is a master of his products and uses the tags to share techniques and creative ideas. As a bonus, Tim gives away goodies each day. You should see the pile of blog candy he posted.

I took a class from Tim in St. Mary's, GA when I first started all this papercrafting and stamping. He is super sweet and a creative guru. Check it out...


Nesties and Hobby Lobby

Is it sad that I made stops at all the Hobby Lobby's on I-10 this past weekend to pick up Nesties at 40% off? Don't answer that question, just let me believe that everyone would do the same thing if they were passing 5 Hobby Lobby's and had coupons. More of my friends should get married in locations that force me to pass Hobby Lobby's. I'd have the whole Nestie collection in not time at all.

I meant to take a picture of the wedding card, but I was too worried about seeing old friends after 10 years to remember. I got myself all worked up about how I have changed in the past ten years and really had nothing to worry about, they have changed, too.

I am getting excited about the upcoming Copic Certification class in Columbia, SC. TO get me really ramped up, the ladies at Copic are having a blog hop. OK, I know it is not just for me. Head on over to Marianne Walker's blog, I like Markers, and get started meeting all the instructors and blog team.


New Cards and birthday balls


Spent the weekend with my family for my nephew's 3rd birthday! Amazing how they grow and change so quickly. Every time I see the kids, they are doing something new and exciting. I love visiting! Plus, at three, my nephew is still content with a bag full of different balls for a present. I threw in a new book or two and some coupons for 10 Wendy's Frosty treats, but the four pack of wuffle balls was what made him light up.

Back to cards, I promised some from my class and here are the first two.

Supplies for Trick or Treat:
White card base
Designer Paper: Heads Will Roll 5x1 1/2 (K&Company)
Stamped Images (Studio G)
Ribbon: Haunted Funky (KI Memories)
Border: Doodlebug Paper Frills
Ink: Spiced Marmalade (Tim Holtz Distress), Charcoal (Colorbox Chalk), Onyx (Autumn Leaves)
Tools: Corner Rounder

Supplies for Mr & Mrs:
Card Stock: Clear Craft Plastic 6x3 (Grafix), Blue 2 7/8x 2 7/8, White 2 3/4x2 3/4
Stickers: Wedding Cakes (Martha Stewart)
Stamps: Borders & Corners Mini (Papertrey Ink (PTI))
Ink: Perfect Match True Black (PTI)

I know the pictures are not the best, hoping Santa will bring me a new camera. I'll get to the other cards later this week. Before, I go, this is a release week at PTI and today's sneak peek was amazing! Go check out Mishie's new set of stamps and what all the Design Team created using the set. LOVE IT!


Art of Cardmaking class was a success!

Quick up date...
My class went very well. I had 5 participants, and they each made 5 cards. Seemed like everyone had a good time and liked my designs. I'll try and post a card or two from the class tomorrow. Wished I had more time now, but my dog is ready to go to the dog park and see his buddies.


Copic Markers

I am so excited, I just submitted my application for Copic Certification. These are all the rage in paper crafting, and I really think I will love using them more in my creating. The class is a day-long intensive course. This has been on my To Do list for a while and Cambria suggested I look into it at CHA. Her comment encouraged me to start moving it from To DO to DONE! Now, if I can just move a few other things to the DONE column.


The wins keep on coming

Maybe this not creating is the way to go. I won, again! I was the Day One winner for this months PTI release. In 2-6 weeks, a box of goodies will come for me containing the new set Peaceful Poinsettia, an old favorite, Holiday Wishes, clear rhinestones, and clear epoxy dome stickers! How cool is that?!
Actually, I have made a card this week. Still no pictures to share, but they are coming. I am working on all the samples for my class. The first one looks great! Not to mention Micheal's keeps giving me 50% off coupons and I feel like I have to shop with that big a discount. So each time, I go, I have some great new idea for a card and usually by the time I get back home, I have forgotten the idea, but I have some cool new craft supplies. I know something is weighing on my mind, becasue I am hording craft supplies. I'll be gald when I figure out the issue. At this rate, I'll be broke soon and then that will be weighing on my mind.
I'll charge the camera and take some pics of the new cards this weekend and hope to share the samples next week. Until then, check out the new releases at PTI.



SOMETHING NEW TO INSPIRE YOU! If you haven't heard, Ashley Cannon Newell is bringing a new publication, Embellish Magazine, to those of us addicted to paper crafting and challenges. I may be a slacker crafter, meaning I really just collect products and never actually create, but that does not mean I am out of the loop on the "whos its and whats its" of paper craft. I subscribe to the "right" blogs!

This looks like it might get me motivated to create. Well, the fact that I have a class to teach in October might also be the reason I actually create, but Embellish Magazine will certainly provide some inspiration for the card designs I use in that class. This just in...

I won for the drawing for Ashley's blog! Oh, how exciting! Here I was typing another new adventure and did not even know I won.

Thanks for sharing, Ashley. At least the four people who read my blog know about your new publication.


CHA was a BLAST!

Oh my, I really enjoyed CHA! The fun, the people, the make and takes, the stamps, the paper, the products... I could go on and on. Then there are my crafting heroes, Nichole and the Papertrey Ink DT members. The crew from SCS. I am never speechless, and the first sighting of Nichole and Dawn McVey left me unable to form words. Needless to say, I got over it and feel pretty confident they might have considered me a stalker by the end of the show. I really appreciated the opportunity to chat with Cambria Turnbow at SCS as well as Jeanne and all the ladies helping with booth. The cupcakes really hit the spot! My back seat is filled with new craft stuff. When I get back from all my student retreats, I am going to go crazy unpacking and organizing! Once I get the camera batteries charged, I'll share all the good stuff and a few more stories from the show. If you were lucky enough to attend, I hope you had a BLAST, too.


Exciting news from Hero Arts and the Heat is killing me

Check out the new blink on my page, Hero Arts is making some changes. They are keeping the specifics under wraps, but I am helping pique interest.
Not much else to do because it is SOOOOO dang hot. I try not to move much. Not sure what I was thinking when I said, " Hey, I could live in Savannah." Sure, 9 out of the 12 months it is a great place to live, but these next couple of months my be the death of me. Monday night I went to bed at 11:30 and the thermostat read 90 degrees! My poor AC just can't keep up with the high heat and high humidity. The AC guy laughed at me when I called to say the system must be broken. His response was, "Well, this is as hot as it is going to get." Not very comforting!
On a cooler note, I am teaching a card making class this fall for continuing education at a local college. I need to get my samples created and develop a supply list, etc. If the one night experience goes well, I hope to keep teaching on a regular basis. I'll post the samples as I make them.
My poor neglected blog. I hope to be a better blogger in the coming months. Have a super day!


Happy Birthday to the Hero Arts Blog! Go on over and check out the fun!


Not gone forever...

I am so sorry for my lapse in posting, but life is really in the way at this point. I still am trying to figure out my living arrangements in Savannah. A recent break in and other issues with the neighborhood are leading me to rethink my current place of residence. Best place I have lived in Savannah is the La Quinta my first week down here. Of course, that may have something to do with the maid service and free shampoo.

I am posting today because I wanted to make sure everyone was following the Papertrey Ink (PTI) 2nd Anniversary party going on now over at Nicole's Blog. GIVE AWAYS, Inspiration, new faces, just plan excitment and fun!