Thursday, December 27, 2012

New Friday Sentiment Challenge!

Hello Friends!

I hope everyone got what they wanted for Christmas! I had a beautiful day with my family and opened gifts as we watched the Disney Christmas Parade on TV! What's funny is that parts of it were filmed in early November....we know this because we were there to see the filming of it with the Backstreet Boys! It was a warm Sunday (80's) in Anaheim and those poor boys were wearing their winter clothes! The boys ended up doing about 5 takes, the last two had the snow and fireworks!

 It's that time again for Cards by Lady Anne's Friday Sentiment Challenge! This month our Sponsor is QKR Stampede. They have the nicest digis for coloring with just about any medium. Below is a winter card I made using a QKR Stampede digital stamp. I colored the image using Copics and also used Heartfelt Creations Christmas trees for the background. I stamped off the page to get the three dimensional look of the trees and then used two kinds of glitter and broken glass for the snow. For the little girl's hat and dress, I used light blue and white glittered flock over the Copics. I love the texture that it gives and it feels so soft! I hope you enjoy!





Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Hello Friends,

Well, it's Christmas Eve. I don't know about you, but this year flew by faster than any other year. Isn't it funny that the older we get, the faster time flies. I wish everyone a very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year's 2013.

Now that I have mailed out my Christmas cards I can post them here. The picture really does give it justice as they look so much prettier in person.

I used a 6x6 embossing folder (a damask-look design) for the background. I then cut a piece of cardstock 2 inches wide and then by the length of the background paper. Using the Tim Holtz Poinsettia steel rule die, I cut out the three poinsettia flowers and embossed them on the Tim Holtz poinsettia matching embossing folder. On the large flower, I used Distress Ink in Moss Green to do two "leaves". I then used Barn Door Red for the remainder of the petals. Once I embossed, I used Brilliance Dew Drop Ink Pad in Gold to smoothly go over the embossed raised edges of all the petals. I arraganged the leaves and pinned them together with gold-glittered brad and mounted them with 3-D mounting tape. I took different sizes of cream-colored pearls and arranged them in the background. The greeting was done with Peel Off stickers. The petals can be easily bent and folded to your heart's content. A very elegant card for a very special holiday.




We celebrate both Christmas and Hannukah in our household and I had posted some of the Hannukah cards I made for friends but did not post the one I made for family. Why? Because I had forgotten to take a picture of it! My mother-in-law had it on display at her house so I finally was able to take a picture of it! (see below). I used the Blue Shimmer Sheet from Elizabeth Craft Designs and embossed it with a Sizzix snowflake embossing folder. I then used an abrasive file and took as much "shimmer" off the raised design as I possibly could. I used Elizabeth Craft Design Peel Offs around the entire shimmer sheet. I then put some EK Success snowflakes that I had found at my local Michael's. This card can be used for both Hannukah and Christmas with just a small color change. I hope you enjoy both of these designs and look forward to sharing very many more with you in the coming year. Hugs to all!







Friday, December 14, 2012

Cricut Cartridges for Sale!


 Good evening Friends,

Here's hoping all your Holiday preparations are off in full gear! Finally, I was able to mail out most of my Christmas cards today...the other half tomorrow! I feel much better now that I finally got that done. I will post some Christmas/Holiday cards in the next few days.

I am in the process of selling most of my Cricut Cartridges. I decided I had too many and most of them I haven't even used! They are linked to my Gypsy, so I am selling them at rock bottom prices.  I am making a list and checking it twice! Some retired carts at $10 and $20 and all other ones at $15! As soon as the list is done, I will put online. You can pick up locally or Shipping for Priority Mail®  Small Flat Rate Box is $5.00 for one cartridge or $7.50 for two or more. (US Only). See you soon!
 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tuesday Throwdown # 126

Good evening Friends,

I thought I would get an early start to Hannukah this year, but like everything else, it came too quickly. Of course, I had to come down with a nasty cold right in time for our first of two December holidays! Where did the year go? So, all afternoon I spent quality time in my craft room making a few Hannukah cards. I had to make about 7-8 and I had to make them fast, so I gave myself  about 10 minutes per card. I have entered my first card in the Tuesday Throwdown this week. Please go and check out their blog with the link I have provided. Lots of great challenges and beautiful work on display!


I had my blue card base already cut out, so I took some paper I had in my stash from a few years ago and trimmed it about 2 inches wide and taped it to the middle of my blue cardstock (Coredinations). I love working with Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel Offs, so I used that to cover the edges of the paper; the embellishements I bought at Michael's and are from EK Success.  Both the top and middle card were made about the same, but with different papers and peel offs.

 The card presented below was made with the scrap of paper used on my first card above. I then used the peel offs around the entire scrap and mounted it centered on the cardstock. The same snowflakes were used (all from the same package too!). I hope these cards have given you ideas for your own holiday cards. They do not have to be complicated or hard. You do not have to buy new items for your cards. See what you have, draw your sketch and give yourself an allotment of time to finish your cards. Our household celebrates both Hannukah and Christmas...it's nice when they are spaced out because I can give both holidays equal amount of time!



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

SMS Warehouse Sale and New Challenge

Good morning friends,

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I gave thanks to still having my parents with me (93 and 95 and still going pretty strong!). I don't cook big meals so our annual Thanksgiving feast is always celebrated at Mimi's. They put out a gorgeous Thanksgiving spread and their stuffing is to die for! Needless to say, it was a perfect day.

On Black Friday, I went out and bought an Ott floor lamp. If you don't have one, I suggest you grab one at Joann's (they are now 50%). The difference it makes while scrapbooking at night (or any time of day) is amazing. I got the floor lamp and the desk lamp for $65...the best Black Friday deal I've had in a long, long time!! The rest of the day I spent at my LSS, Scrapbooking Made Simple (shout-out to Stacey!) where they had a fabulous Black Friday Sale. If you have never gone to SMS's website or to the store itself, do so now as a Warehouse Sale featuring Spellbinders will be happening on December 8th! Also, Stacey has the best You Tube videos out there. Sign up for the store's email and be part of the fun!

New Challenge starts today at Cards by Lady Anne's! Click on Challenges on the top of Lady Anne's page, then click Sentimental Friday Anything Goes also on the top. There you will see the monthly challenges. My card is Patch Mouse Getting Ready for Christmas (below). I love this little mouse. I looked for a Santa hat online and sized it to his head. I then took dimmensional glue and covered it with red glitter (Martha Stewart). For the brim and ball of the hat, I covered it with iridescent tinsel glitter which looks real upclose! I colored Patch Mouse with Copics using (C00, C1, C3, and C5). For the ears I used R00, and R20 very lightly. The background was done with tape and Elizabeth Craft Design Glitter Ritz (Warm highlight and Topaz) along with Elizabeth Craft Designs peel off stickers. I very much enjoyed making this card as it has more than one technique to follow.


This month's challenge is sponsored by:
LilyPinkscrapshttp://www.etsy.com/shop/LilyPinkscraps
$10 Gift certificate to winner   


 I love comments, so please leave your thoughts on the comments form. My Hannukah card should be up next week.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Giving Thanks



Hello Friends...

I've come to my PC so many times to write my blog this week and life gets in the way...so much has been going on!

My husband spent the night in the ER last weekend because of a kidney stone. To most people, this may seem like a painful but temporary set-back, but to Bill it has major consequences. He was born with one kidney, so when the plumbing backs up, the ER is the place to go. I am happy to report that he went home last Sunday and all is well. My father (95 years young), had a contagious UTI for the last 27 days. He was finally cleared yesterday to spend the day with us for Thanksgiving. Our dog has been diagnosed with Lymphoma and lost the ability to use his hind leg. He has been my constant companion for 16 years and when the vet gave me the news, I became very sad. With his anti-inflammatory prescribed medication, he has regained the use of his hind leg, however, he is still wobbly and falls down quite a bit.

Even though these events have happened to our family these past weeks, I am reminded to be thankful for all that life has given me. I have a wonderful husband of 28 years who I adore and who gave me my two beautiful grown children. I am lucky to still have both my mom and dad in my life and be able to speak with them everyday. And I am grateful for the unconditional love of my beautiful dog for the past 16 years. To top things off,  I have the most wonderful family and friends a girl could ask for. For all of the above I am thankful.

When sitting down at the dinner table on Thanksgiving, make sure you take inventory of the important things in your life and be grateful for all the big and little things that have shaped you for who you are today. Happy Thanksgiving!

I want to share a card I made for the Thanksgiving holiday. The stamps used are by Close to My Heart, paper by DCWV, Martha Stewart and SU punches, clear embossing powder over Tsuneiko Brilliance and Tim Holtz Distress ink pads. Hope you all enjoy!







Thursday, November 1, 2012

Let's Help Provide Relief to the East Coast



We had a fabulous time on our 14-day Hawaiian cruise onboard Golden Princess. I am still recovering from the experience and will post pictures very soon. I will say the cruise was very relaxing and I hope to do this cruise again.

What is on my mind right now is the devastation that Hurricane Sandy has done to New Jersey, New York and surrounding areas. I have never been to the East Coast, to places like New York or the Jersey Shore. When I do go, it will be a different place from the pictures I have seen and reality shows I have watched. My thoughts go out to those affected by this terrible disaster and hope you and your families are safe. Material things can be replaced, but life cannot. Wishing you all the best.

Close To My Heart, the company I represent, is giving back to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. We can all participate and give back....and at the same time, get something for our efforts.

When you place an order of $50 or more in retail products and purchase the November Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date, for just $5, you can receive a stamp set of your choice (size A–E or M) for 50% off! To help with relief efforts, Close To My Heart will donate $1 to the American Red Cross for each November Stamp of the Month set that is sold in conjunction with this campaign. Help us provide relief to those affected by Hurricane Sandy by promoting this campaign and relief effort. Just go to my tab above that says CLOSE TO MY HEART and you will be directed to my CTMH website where you can order. You can also go to www.marieross.ctmh.com . Thank  you for your support.
  

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Believe

Good morning Friends!

Have you ever wanted a card ASAP but didn't have one handy? Or have you ever wanted to make a card really fast but didn't want to cut a million pieces for mats, framing, whatever? This is where paper cut to card size comes in. People ask me why I buy 6x6 or to 8x8 paper. Not only is it the size you need, the graphics are also smaller so using the paper on cards and smaller scrapbooks is ideal. There are times when less is better.

I love DCWV papers. I go to Joanns and buy them in multiple packs. I fell in love with the Mariposa DCWV papers and I bought the 6.5" and 12x12 paper pack. The design was already "built-in" to the paper...all I had to do was add the embellishments. The design on this paper feels like a textured embossed pattern and is slick and glossy. The aqua leaves are also embossed but with glitter. The picture does not do this paper justice. I used Martha Stewart punches and SU punches. Also used was chalk ink pads to add color around the borders. The phrase "Believe" is embossed and is from Emma at Creative Time . I added butterflies I had in my stash. The ribbon was white but I used a Copic marker (the broad end) and colored it. That's what I love about Copics and Spectrum Noir pens...all you ever need is white ribbon and you can color it to whatever color you desire. At the bottom I used 7ml Sookwang double-stick tape and added Elizabeth Craft Glitter Ritz in copper.


I took the same basic image but changed the punch design on the bottom and took away the ribbon and glitter. Sometimes the look of clean and simple is best. These cards took less than 10 minutes each to make. Make a whole bunch of this type of card so when you need something quick, just pull out the oval pattern and write your sentiment for any occasion.

Today's lesson: Look close at the paper or cardstock you are going to be using. If there is a pattern on it (even if your paper is 12x12), turn your paper in all directions and find the design you would like to use and use it as your focal point or as a background design. There are times you can cut out the design from the paper to make it happen for you. So many ways to scrapbook and make cards....so little time!!

Just a head's up....next Friday is our Lady Anne's Friday Sentiment Challenge! Please do not forget and enter to win a fabulous prize! Good luck everyone!


I will be on a two week cruise to the islands of Hawaii starting tomorrow (I know, how sad this is.. :)  as I try to recuperate from the ongoing ankle/foot surgery. I hope the Hawaiian sunsets and beautiful beaches can clear my head and give me a more positive attitude. I don't know if I have the time to post, however, when I get home I will be putting up some of my better photographs. You know I will be very busy scrapbooking my trip!








Thursday, September 27, 2012

Friday Sentiment Challenge


Hello Friends!


I've been working on a few cards lately for our challenges at Lady Anne's. Our theme for this challenge is Halloween and the twist is a die cut. I had fun making this card. I used Tim Holtz tree in the background and Graphic 45 paper. The little girls is from La La Land Crafts and is colored with Spectrum Noir markers. I must say I very much enjoyed using these markers. They are more colorful than Copics and to me seemed easier to use. I always make three copies of the image I am going to color. I practice on the first one getting my color blends right. I then color the second one and that's usually the one I pick. The third on is there in case I screw up the first two. That's the way I've always done it. Thank you, Jennie Black for teaching me to do that! I also used a Sizzix fence die used with Spellbinders foil. The fence was then embossed with an embossng folder and sponged with StazOn black ink pad. I hope you enjoy.
So hop on over to Lady Anne's Friday Sentiment Challenge and create your Halloween card. The winner gets 4 digital images from Sandi Samples. Remember you must have a sentiment on the front of your card to be eligible to win!




Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Wedding Card

Here is another wedding card that I made. I used DCWV papers  that matched the wedding colors the couple used for their wedding for the card base and Elizabeth Craft Designs butterfly and border peel off stickers. I used both the "outie" and the "innie" part of the peel-offs which makes the design interesting. The inside of the butterflies were made with watercolor paper and gel pens by Sakura. I used the Metallic Sakura's. It gave the butterflies and nice sheen. I also used two SU oval and round punches and mounting tape. I also embossed the "Love". When I make a card, I always finish the inside. I don't feel a card is complete unless you finish the whole thing. It was another easy project and the bride and groom were thrilled. I hope you like this. This one is in my top five favorite cards I made. I love Elizabeth Craft Design Peel-offs. You should try her Shimmer Sheetz! I'll make something with Shimmer Sheetz in the next few blog posts. Stay tuned!

Outside of the card:



Inside of card:


Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Importance of Watermarking your Designs

In talking with a friend today, she made me realize how important it is to put a "watermark" on all our finished designs. I really had no idea that people are stealing images from Pinterest (especially Pinterest) and other places on the Internet and using them as their own. We, as card makers and scrapbook artists, put our watermark signatures on the bottom of our designs. This is not necessarily a good place to put them.

I am fairly new at blogging and would hate for someone to take my beautiful work of art and re-distribute as their own. We need to make it harder for those that do this terrible thing. I spoke to my son this evening and asked him what we should be doing. He said that if someone is bent on stealing your design...they will. What he suggested is for us to display it as we always have....nice and pretty at the middle or to the left or right of our design....but not completely out of our design. Make sure it is strategically placed where it covers some of our design which will make it harder for them to remove with digital software. Another thing he suggested was to put the same watermark, but larger, diagonally across the designed image at a lighter opacity. Play around with your watermark and see if a 20% greater or less opacity works for your particular image. This is what I will try to do next time I post one of my creations.

There is a product called Digimark that will protect your images online. It will actually track your images if stolen and will tell you exactly where they are on the web. It's a bit expensive, but for those that are designers or photographers it may be the way to go these days. Prices start at $49.99 annually for 1,000 or less images. Click the link above to go to their website. I found this website through my Photoshop Elements program that can read and/or insert your "Digimark".

I've learned a lot today. I hope so have you. Please take the time and make a good watermark and apply it consistently on your beautiful works of art. Make it large enough for it to be seen when your image is opened or displayed. Make a larger one to go diagonally across your entire image and lighten the opacity according to your photographed image colors used. We spend a lot of time making beautiful things for others to see and appreciate. Let's make people think before they "steal" and maybe they can come up with intelligent designs that are their own.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Good morning Friends,

Today is Friday, which means we have a new challenge at Lady Anne's. Today's challenge is Sports with a twist...brads. Our challenge this week is sponsored by Sandi Samples  and four digital images will be given to the winner! I made a cute baby boy baseball card. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder and distressed Coredinations paper and used Technique Tuesday's "Boy" stamp. I just love these alphabet stamps as they can go practically anywhere on the card and gives it an elegant look. I put four little brads that I had in my stash for each of the bases on the baseball diamond. This was a very easy card to create and is great for a baby shower, birthday, anything boy related!  Jump over to Lady Anne's and play with us! I'd love to see what you can create!


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Wedding Card #2

My daughter had a wedding to attend last May and she wanted me to make a card for the bride and groom. Have you ever had those days where you have no clue what to make or how to make it? Well, I sat down and thought really hard. I had friends scrapping at the house that day and my friend had the die from Heartfelt Creations that looked so pretty. I took that die as my inspiration and came up with this card. I also used the dotty embossing folder from Provo Craft and Elizabeth Craft Designs Shimmer Sheet (I distressed it as well). I used my Cricut Storybook cartridge to do the initials of the bride and groom. A very easy card to do and looks so elegant. I hope you enjoy!





Sunday, September 2, 2012

Patience and Perseverance - Post Signature Line


Hello friends,
Well, I am progressing.....I made my own post signature line today. As you all know my love for Disney, I used the Waltograph font to do this. The little bunny is from Lori Davidson's beautiful  artwork called "Love Stories from the Red Flower Shop" and can be found here. Karen Valentine from Valentine Design in assisting me in re-vamping my blog and giving it a "Disneyesque" feel to it. I think we are on  a roll! I even wrote in the book and flipped the letters to make it look like the bunny is writing a story! The teeny tiny letters say "Once upon a time, there was a princess named Marie". I love fairy tales and the bunny with the feathers made me start writing the beginning of every fairy tale..........it's all so great! I cannot believe I've actually done two things I never thought I could do.

Lesson for today...If you want to do something bad enough, go for it. Practice makes perfect. My two favorite words......patience and perseverance. Without these words in your vocabulary, you won't get too far.


Saturday, September 1, 2012

My Own Blinkie

Hello Friends,

Happy Labor Day weekend, America!

Most of you know that I am slowly recovering from yet again another ankle surgery. I felt something not right yesterday afternoon and had my son drive me to my doctor. Just what I had suspected, a stitch popped out. They were able to steri-strip the entire scar (about 5") and hopefully will hold until my doctor gets back on Tuesday, when all my stitches come out. Until then, I am resting as much as possible and not moving my foot/ankle too much. Needless to say, I got depressed because things have not been going well for me lately. I decided to keep my mind off stuff that gets me in trouble and decided it was time to play with something totally foreign to me......html and designing for the web.

I must be gaining more and more confidence while playing around with Photoshop. I used to be very good at Photoshop Elements and actually did my entire wedding album digitally (I wil share one day). Having said that, I've never actually designed anything before (dealing with html and web stuff, that is). I got the mother of all Photoshops last night.... Photoshop CS6 and decided for my first project I wanted to make my own blinkie. I spent most of the afternoon and evening playing.... deleting this, adding that, beveling, shading....and voila! A blinkie was born! What fun this was! I did forget to adjust the green color to a more soothing paler color...oh well, this is how you learn. I'll make another one with a paler green tomorrow. Soon I will be getting a revamped blog ( a really, really pretty one too!) from Valentine Designs and I thought I wanted to make a blinkie to go with my new blog. The color will change, but it's so rewarding for me that I came up with this. I would like to make these for other blogs (for a modest fee, of course!)...let me practice a bit more first! My next thing is designing my own watermark for the cards I download. I will post whenever that project is done.

Let me know how you like my new digital creation!

Until we meet again,
Marie

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Encouraging Words

Hello Friends,

Today is the start of our challenge at Lady Anne's Paper Crafts . Click on the link and take the challenge. This month we are sponsored by Sweetly Scrapped and Emily is offering the winner $5 from her Etsy Shop.

My card is a sympathy card that I made for a friend of mine. I wanted to do a simple and clean design and with the help of Just Rite Stamps and Dies it turned out just the way I wanted it to.



For this card, I used white and black cardstock. Stamp set used is  Just Rite Sympathy Clear Stamps (CR-03570) , for the phrase and art deco medallion. I first stamped the medallion and then the phrase inside.  I then took the Nested Oval Medallion Labels Die and subtly colored it with chalk. It was then mounted on top of the one I had stamped to give it more of a 3D look. Also used are Elizabeth Craft Designs Glitter Elegant Swirls in transparent silver around the medallion. Ink pads used were Memento Ink in Platinum Silver and Tuxedo Black .

I learned that we all need to have words of encouragement in our craft tool box for not so happy occasions. Giving your friends or family a hand made card at their time of sorrow is always a good uplift for them and makes you feel good too. Hope you enjoyed my creation.

Until next time,
Marie

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Surgery Recovery Mode

Hi all, it's been a while since I've posted. I've been going through some rough times with my ankle, fibro flares and arthitis. They come and they go....and they seem to stay longer. The doctors tell me it's stress.  It's been a week since my second ankle surgery. Doctor says I'm recovering well, but the nerves on the left side of the foot are so sensitive. It's like putting my foot in an electric socket. Hopefully, this will pass.

The good news is I've been asked to be a member of Lady Anne's Paper Crafts Design Team. I am thrilled to be on the team. Hopefully, this will open doors for me and challenge me to the fullest.Being on the design team will hopefully de-stress me by taking my mind off things I should not be thinking of and putting my energy and resources where I like to be.....in my new craft room. There are pictures of it on an earlier post....I keep re-arranging things until I am satisfied with the results. It's the way I craft. It sometimes takes me days to finish a card. Is anyone else like me? I am too much of a perfectionist and think too much. Well, let's see what I come up with on Lady Anne's Paper Crafts. The link to this website is here: Lady Anne's Paper Crafts . I hope you join and come play with us. Great challenges and prizes.

As I am writing this, please do not forget the people of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi who are in the middle of  hurricane Issac. As you may know, today is also the 7th anniversary of hurricane Katrina...what an irony. I was born in Cuba and lived a few years in Florida. I am very familiar with hurricanes. Having said that, I have never experienced a hurricane that has lasted as long as this one....at least I can't remember. It is one the scariest moments when you hear that wind and pounding rain that lasts for hours. I can't imagine something like this lasting for days. Let's hope everyone is OK. Homes you can rebuild, lives you can't.

Until We Meet Again,

Marie

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cruise Anyone?

Hello Friends,

I just want to put some "feelers" out there and see how many of you would like to take a "scrapping" cruise? This would be round trip Los Angeles hopefully on a Princess Cruise! I'd like to know what destination would you be willing to go to? Mexico or California Coastal? I am trying to recruit excellent educators (you know them very well!)  to come on this cruise with us so we can learn new techniques on our at sea days and play when we get to our ports. If you are interested, please let me know.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Happy Mother's Day - Card #1

For you all you wonderful moms out there...Happy Mother's Day!

This Mother's Day card is for my beautiful mom. I went to a Copics class at my LSS, Scrapbooking Made Simple and learned to make "borderless" cards. The daisy stamp is from Peddler's Pack. I loved the technique, but it's very hard to see the design when you are trying to use your markers! I finished it at home three days later. LOL! Jennie Black is a great teacher and I learn so much every time I go to class. Love them Copics! I can't wait to go to Copic Certification next month!


Supplied used are below (L-R): Zutter corner rounder 1/2", Martha Stewart bone folder, Ink pads: Close to My Heart in Chocolate, Tim Holtz Distress Pad in Tumbled Glass, small rhinestones, Tim  Holtz non-stick scissors. Oops, forgot to add Memento London Fog for stamping the design and Martha Steward Vintage Doily punch!


Copic Markers used: Y11, Y13, Y17 for daisies; E30, E44,E47, E49 for inside of daisies; G01,G17, G82 for stems (not in picture below); B00, B01 for background.


Have a wonderful Mother's Day.......until next time!
Marie

Monday, May 7, 2012

My New Craft Room



My Cricut Station and my working studio all from Ikea.

My Reflections modular furniture from Michaels.
Finally I am able to post pictures of my craft studio. I used to have it in the dining room when my parents were here. When my parents had to be moved into a nursing home, I was able to return. I picked out new flooring, went to Ikea and bought my furniture and all accessories. My son Steven brought up all my craft furniture I bought at Michaels and slowly but surely put everything in its place (Thank you Steven....your work is very appreciated)! Not only that, he built every piece of furniture that is in this room....all the Michaels and Ikea stuff. Wow!

 It took a long while as I have to do everything sitting down, but it turned out great. Now all I have to do is label everything as I don't know where things are! The first picture above is my computer desk that we got at Ikea.The "M" is from Stampin Up. Very easy to put up! I have a laptop attached to my 23" monitor. My son is also my IT man, so he did that. It turned out better than I expected. I used to dream about a room like this, and now it's a reality. I sometimes just go in there and stare. It's a wonderful feeling to be able to escape to your own little world and "just whistle while you scrap". That is why my blog is named this way!

Later on this afternoon I will post my first card made in this room. It was fantastic to be able to create in my own design studio. Hopefully, I can now use it more and post more often!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Happy National Scrapbook Month!

I know I haven't posted in forever, but I've had a few family issues I've had to take care of. It's very hard to let go of your parents when they can no longer live in your home. That's what I've had to do since the beginning of the year, along with taking care of myself and my ankle surgery. Not an easy journey for an only child. Trust me, it has been an eye-opener.

Now that some things are somewhat winding down (not for me...I need another surgery in August), I have a little more time to scrap and make cards. After much anticipation, my son Steven was able to move my scrapbook room I had downstairs in the dining room to its permanent location upstairs. I now have a dedicated scrapbook room and I cannot wait to show you! I can't believe it finally happened! I can now design, scrap and do whatever I want in the comfort of my beautiful new craftroom! Pictures to follow very soon!

Today, I filled out my application to Copic to take their beginner Certification Course this June in Los Angeles. I hope I get picked because I really enjoy working with Copics. I am hoping this is the turn for the better that I've been looking for. Since I own over 200 markers (and growing!) I thought it best to take the course and become more familiar with "Copicography." I'll let you all know what Copic decides. I will post some of my Copic class cards, hopefully, between today and tomorrow. I have learned so much from my Copic Classes with Jenny Black (http://jenniebstampin.blogspot.com/) ...she has been a true inspiration. Thank you Jennie!
Until We Meet Again,
Marie

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Happy New Year

So, it's January. Christmas has come and gone...Happy New Year friends. I was able to make a few things for my daughter's friends and I wanted to share them with you. I made some journals for Christmas gifts. These were made with regular black and white compositions books bought for about .50 cents at Walmart. I covered the front and back with Die Cuts with a View cardstock. The pictures below show the front covers as well as the front inside covers.  I made a pocket and tag with some Sizzix dies and rubber stamped a sentiment. I added some ribbon, some bling and Tim Holtz metal corners and they turned out really pretty. I like to make things that are elegant and classy; I thought these turned out well.
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Papers used: DCWV All Dressed Up and Safari Chic 12x12 paper packs. I hope you enjoy these as much I enjoyed making them.