Monday, April 14, 2014

Pinch Me! Pinch Me!

Hello friends!

As you know, I am without computer hook-up until we get our office/studio set up (should be up and running by early May), and I don't type well on my phone, but I had to make a trip to the library to share this news!

I had a day of classes taught by none other than that super-talented, high-energy, always inspiring, Paper Trufflez, Hello Monday, gal with the contagious laugh, favorite of mine - Julie Ebersole! I was so excited that I couldn't sleep the night before. It was like Christmas Eve, my 16th birthday and the Fourth of July all rolled into one! Yes, she is even MORE amazing in person.

Her classes were taught in the over-top-perfect paper store in nearby (about 30 minutes) Sacramento called The Paper Garden. Too cute - not just great stamps, wonderful paper, inspiring samples, but also really unique little gifts (the hand-made soaps look good enough to eat!). The owner, Stephanie, is so sweet - she gave me such a warm welcome. Her customers love her and she gives excelent personal service. I am so happy to have found her and her lovely store.

I took 2 two-hour classes from Julie. One was called "Die-Namite Designs" with some great die-cutting techniques. Some were much more tricky than others, but they were all super-neat and new to me. The second class was "All A Sparkle" (doesn't that just sound like Julie?) with some great glittery and glistening gems. I didn't even wear home as much glitter as I usually do. And, there was a bonus card! We made a total of 15 cards during this knock-out day!

It was so special, so fun and so inspiring. The other ladies in the class were super-nice and friendly. I plan to return to the store for more classes and supplies. In the meantime, here a few shots of some of my favorite cards (sorry, I haven't found the ideal photo spot in the new house).

Thanks, Julie and Stephanie! You inspired me and made me feel so welcome. Now I'm not home-sick any more!





Thursday, February 20, 2014

Feeling Boxed In!

Hello, dear blog pals! I thought I'd drop in with a quick update now that we have an internet connection.

Our move is complete (sort of). We bought a wonderful new home in a lovely and vibrant community, readied and sold our old house and we are now settling in. So much to learn in a new area (we are no longer in the San Francisco Bay area - we moved north about 150 miles near Sacramento, the state capitol) and so much to organize, even though the new house is about twice the size of the old. Aren't we supposed to downsize as we age?!

This is the room that will be our office/studio. Yes, those are some of my craft supplies in the boxes. We have a temporary set up with folding tables because we will design and install a system of built-ins for our work space. The carpeting will go, for sure! We made a great setup in our old home and we will do it again.

There will be no crafting for a couple more months! But at least now I can check in with you and continue to be inspired.

I hope you are all happy and healthy and ready for some Spring! Thanks for the visit.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year

Wishing all of my blogging buddies a very happy and healthy new year. I hope you all enjoyed the holidays.

I will be pulling the plug here again, I'm afraid. We have a big move in our near future. In fact, many of my crafts supplies are already packed. Our current house will soon be listed for sale. We have purchased a new home in which we will need to set up and build in a new office/studio, so I will not have my goodies for several months.

I plan to still check in on your wonderful blogs when I can, as I hate to miss any of your wonderful creations.

Thanks for all of your amazing support!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Unplugging

Hello, my friends!

Every year I make lots of tags for friends and family. My fingers have been busy! This year I made four different styles plus some unique ones for certain special folks. I am sharing one design today - a modified origami style. After making twelve of these my fingers were crazy sore the next day.

The technique is a fun one that I learned recently in a wonderful class. The perfect sentiment is Hero Arts CL465 and the label is Spellbinders Labels 14. The background is a Cuttlebug embossing folder and the paper is one I had in my stash.

I am going to be unplugging and walking away from the computer for the Christmas season. I hope to spend more time with friends and family, do some traveling and relaxing, and take time to work on some other crafts.

I promise to sneak in once in awhile to check in on what you are all up to - wonderful stuff, I know!

Wishing you and yours a most joyful Christmas and great happiness for the New Year.

I hope you won't forget me! I'll see you next year. Thanks for the visit.



Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

to all my USA friends. What a blessed time of year! I wish everyone safety, warmth and
lots of happiness.

Today I am sharing table favors that I made for our family gathering. We will be enjoying family and friends for a few days and then, this weekend, our house will become a (modified) winter wonderland.

I don't like mass production, but we needed 15 of these, so I kept them simple with the box die from Sizzix and Tim Holtz, Spellbinders Labels  and a greeting from an old CHF set by Kim Hughes.





Have a happy holiday and a great weekend!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Chalky Fingers

As you know, I am always last to try out a new trend. The JustRite stamp (Autumn Labels Twenty-two) that I used in my last post just seemed to cry out for the hot "chalkboard technique", so I gave it a try. It sure results in an entirely different look. I used Tim's Holtz's version of using actual chalk to distress the background.

That's a Lawn Fawn die cut pumpkin. Other supplies are from my extensive stash.

Have a wonderful weekend! We have had lots of much-needed rain, but there promises to be sunshine ahead.

Take good care and thanks for the visit!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Count Your Blessings

Happy Monday, dear friends!

A quick post today to share another card that I made with the JustRite Autumn stamp set that coordinates with Spellbinders Labels Twenty-two. This has an entirely different look.

I added a sentiment from an old Crafty Secrets set which was stamped on a Hero Arts Frame Cuts tag. Dressed it up with some burlap, ribbon and a vintage button from my stash. These were pretty quick to make, so I made a few. I never have enough Thanksgiving cards! This is going into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday blog challenge.

The weather here is finally changing and there is rain on the way - Yay! So sorry about all the devastation the weather recently caused in the the country and the world - my thoughts and prayers are with you who are affected.

Have a good week!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Giving Thanks

I was just delighted when I learned that some JustRite Stamps coordinate with Spellbinders dies. For this card I used the "Autumn Labels Twenty-two" stamp set. It goes with the Labels Twenty-two Spellbinders Dies. Cool?













I wish you could see the layering - the dies make it so easy. It was fun to color, too.  This will be going in the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge "Thanks/Thanksgiving". So, for all my pals who are well on their way with Christmas cards, it is going to be awhile for me........

Have a great weekend!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Thanks, Vets!

Today is Veteran's Day here in the US. I protested the war in Vietnam and I am still very opposed to war, but I sincerely support our troops and appreciate their service to our great country. A million thanks to the service men and women and to their families.

This beautiful rock was painted by a dear friend's super-talented daughter - I love it!

The card is made with Paper Smooches and Lifestyle Crafts dies.

Have a banner day!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

A Moxie Fab Adieu

My French teacher used to always say not to say "goodbye", say "adieu" because it has less finality -  "until we meet again" or "the door remains open for a continued relationship".

This week we say "adieu" to the amazing Cath Edvalson of Moxie Fab World. You can read her eloquent post about leaving here.

To say that Cath has been a brilliant light in my crafting world is an understatement. She has taught me so much about seeing and using colors and textures, crafting trends, appreciating beauty, overcoming trials and having lots of fun! Her love of life and her brilliant insights have colored my world for so long. She has had a tremendous impact on so many of us.

I know we haven't seen the last of her and I wish her nothing but sunshine in her future endeavors. Bless your moxie fabulous heart, Cath, and thanks ever so much. 

As for this card, it was inspired by the current Paper Smooches SPARKS picture perfect challenge. I broke out my new stencils (Stampers Anonymous Polky Dots) and paste for the background and used PS "Loopy Leaf" and "Thanks" dies.

Have a wonderful Moxie Fab week!

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