Friday, March 6, 2015

Craft In The City Wrap Up

Now that I've shared all the items I helped Michelle out with for her weekend, I thought I'd wrap up the weekend from my end of the room now :)  I'll have my projects coming up in the coming weeks beginning Monday.  They're so fun and cute!  I'm not sure how/if I'll ever be able to part with them!  Back to the weekend.  I arrived early!  I got there before Michelle, but I still had possession of the jars so I wanted to make sure that those were delivered before anyone else arrived so I made a plan to get there early.  The candles were already set out (Michelle had done most of the set up the night before) So I went around and put them in the jars.  There's so many awesome surprises just when you arrive!  Michelle made the awesome skyline and posted our weekend schedule on it.  We also got a cup with our 'apartment number' for the weekend in in, a notebook and some sheets of black and Melon Mambo cardstock to use in our own crafting!  The taxi is our door prize slip.
Once I set out all the jars I went to get my stuff......unpacking was a lot easier and faster than packing.  I brought an extra table this time and boy was I glad I did!!!  It made everything so much easier.  I'll be traveling with my table from now on!
Here's another look at my table all set up.  It really stayed pretty neat the whole weekend.  I think I have my spare table to thank for that :)  Michelle also added the frames (mine is white on the right) when she arrived after I took my arrival picture.  I used the notebook all weekend and sketched my punch creations before I made them.
Here's what I did with that extra table.  I put it off to my right. It held all my ink, my paper cutter, markers and other fun stuff!  I had all my blocks, DSP and embossing powders to my right too.  See that amazing cup holder that hooks onto the table....BEST PURCHASE EVER!  Michelle had a few of them to sell, I quickly grabbed one!  There's also a trash can that attaches to the cup holder.  Seriously the BEST PURCHASE EVER!  I love mine and I'll also add it to the 'never travel without' list :)
Michelle's weekend was themed around the show Sex In The City, so her door prizes were shopping bags and shoe boxes.  I didn't get a picture until they were half gone :/  She also always have lots of retired DSP and cardstock that she sells at these weekends.  You can get a look at one of our snack stations there too. We were not going to go hungry this weekend!  But it's ok because calories don't count at scrapbook weekends ;)
Michelle brings all her punches, dies and bigshots to the weekend.  I love this perk!  I can't image how many bags (and how heavy they would be) if I had to pack my punches.  Plus she has a lot of retired ones that I no longer have and it's so fun to use them again!
Just about every die, framelit and embossing folder that you can a few more!
Plus all those punches......oh the punches....... :)  When our lunch or dinner is delivered the boxes of punches just gets put on the floor while we have our meals then they're put back the table when we're done.  These weekends run so smoothly because Michelle seriously has it all together!
We always have a fun Pajama Party on Saturday night.  It's so much fun, we get in our pajama's, do group photos and fun activities!  It's also fun to get those strange looks from other hotel guests while we walk around the hotel in our PJ's :)  This time Michelle did a live auction!  She had lots of retired stamps and other products in bags that were numbered.  Before the auction started we got a chance to look at all the bags and write down which ones we liked.  We were given $5 of 'Michelle' dollars (dollars with her picture on them!) to start us off.  Anything over $5 we covered.  It was so so so much fun!!!!  Remember those 'apartment numbers' from the first picture, those were our paddles for the auction.  Seriously Michelle covers every single detail!!!!  Michelle's daughter joined us and helped out at the auction.  Here's Nikki bidding on something awesome!!!
There's so much more that I didn't cover of didn't get a picture of.  I need to make a list of things to photograph.  It always happens that when I get home and start creating this post I always think.."Oh I should have gotten a picture of that or that."  Next time though!  This weekend was so much fun!  It snowed on Friday night and we woke to about 9 inches of snow on the ground, being in New Mexico most of it was melted by the afternoon.  There were late nights and laughing, old friends and new friends and so much more that simply can't be captured in a single blog post.  Everyone is making something different, some scrapbook, some make cards, some make jewelry or work on other crafts but we're all creative and the creative energy that flows through that room is evident by the end of the weekend when we're looking through stacks of cards, copying each other ideas or admiring finished scrapbooks.  These weekends are refreshing and rejuvenating on soooo many different levels!  I'm so blessed to know Michelle personally and to know the time and love that she puts into these weekends.  Thanks Michelle!  I know you're reading this somewhere.  You're amazing and you make a difference in my life!!!! 
This time I was smart....I brought an empty bag...well one I knew I'd empty by the end of the weekend.  Thank goodness I did!  Michelle went over and beyond with her giveaways this time!  I normally take my 'after' photograph in my office on my desk, I had to move to the kitchen table because my desk was too small!  Look at all the stuff I brought home!!!!!
There were bags and bags of stuff!!!  There's a lot here, I'm not going to go over each item individually.  The journal was a make and take.  Michelle gave us the journals and we decorated them.  I love mine.  It's so glittery!!!!  The Tiffany bag is another favorite of mine.  I'm going to need some more shelves in my room to display some of this stuff!!! 
My favorite gift of the weekend was the Alphabet Rotary Stamp.  You'll see that as I begin to share my punch art creations over the next couple of weeks.  I'm seriously in love with that rotary stamp and will keep it forever and always smile when I use it because of the fun weekend when I got it!  It will also go onto that list of 'never travel without...' 
Also new this time, Michelle took the time and printed out what products, supplies, who made what, for all the make and takes/give aways.  I can't image how long that took.  Well I know how long it would have taken ME!  But it was so helpful to see what products were used so I could reorder them if I needed.  It was a wonderful weekend and I'm sad it's over....but I'm already looking forward to the next one!!!!  I can't wait!!!!!!               
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

City Jars

Finally the last project that I made for Michelle's weekend.  These were super cute.  I'm so pleased with how they came out!  I used baby food jars and dyed some Modge Podge Melon Mambo with some reinkers.  Then I painted the inside with the beautiful pink mixture!  Once that was dry I added some city skyscapes.  It's from a die that I found on ebay.  While super cute, they took a LONG time to cut.  I could only do one at a time and I needed about 1 1/2 per jar x 25 jars......long time.  But I really didn't mind :)  I used Modge Podge, this time in clear to put the cities on the outside.
Finally I added glitter, lots of Dazzling Diamonds around the top of each jar.  So so so sparkly!!!  I love it!!!  I did end up with glitter all over the table I was working on but that's ok, it's just some extra sparkle!!!!  Dan was not so pleased :)  At the weekend Michelle put a battery operated tea light candle in it.  So cute!!!!  Tomorrow I'll have a full recap of the weekend, and beginning Monday I'll be sharing all the projects I made :) 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Window Sheet Take Out

As promised I have the second take out box I made for Michelle.  These were much smaller only about 3x3.  I was able to cut the entire box out of one 12x12 sheet of this patterned window sheet.  These window sheets came in DSP pack I think in the last catalog....maybe it was 2 catalogs ago.  The pattern is so cute and made the cutest little take out boxes!  Like the larger boxes I did these assembly style too.  These held some washi tape for a gift.  So cute!!!!
Now I did have a little help, paid help. Logan helped me out a lot with these projects I've shared over the last 3 days.  He was happy to help with the big shot :)  He cut all the circles for me for the fortune cookies.
Of course he didn't do it without asking for some payment in return :)  Funny boy!  I have a full recap of the weekend up tomorrow! If you follow me on Facebook you've already seen most of it but you'll still want to check out the post tomorrow :)
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Giant Take Out

Chinese take out is pretty big in the show Sex in the City that Craft in the City was modeled after so Michelle wanted some take out boxes for some gifts.  I made 2 sizes for her, I'll share one today and one tomorrow.  To make the take out boxes I searched Pintrest for some patterns. I found this site that had 3 different sizes.  I used the 'medium' size for the box tomorrow and the large size for this one.  The large was still a little too small so I enlarged it on a copy machine by 129% and that made it big enough.  This one was HUGE!  Massive!!! The finished box is 7x7! 

To make them I traced each piece on the pattern on a piece of poster board.  Then I hand cut all of them out.  They were easy to cut, they're all straight lines so it went quickly, well as quickly as 25 of them can go, but they were all cut out in a couple of afternoons.
Here's a better look of their size, compared to a tower of Washi Tape :)  I used Sticky Strip to put all the boxes together.  Because I needed 25 of them I did each step assembly style.  So I traced them all, then I cut them all out.  Then I added sticky strip to all of them, then finally I assembled them all.  Assembly style is really the best and quickest way to go when you're making lots of something.
Once 25 of them were assembled, storage then became an issue.  I needed to get them to Michelle and she needed a way to conceal them from her guests until it was time to give them out.  Lucky for me I was able to get some paper towel boxes from my church that fit 6 boxes per box perfectly.  Plus since there was only 1 large take out box in the last paper towel box I was also able to fit the smaller take out boxes (you'll see those tomorrow) and the purses.  Perfect!!!  Don't let this picture fool you, this stack of boxes is almost as tall as me, just a few inches shorter, by the way I'm 5 foot 6 inches tall :)
So what went in these boxes.  Everyone at the weekend was given the Alphabet Rotary Stamp.  AMAZING!! I'm so excited to have it and more excited that I was able to help Michelle out on this HUGE project!
Also in the boxes were these fortune cookies.  Michelle added the fortune and I made the cookies.  They're super easy to do with any size circle, I used the largest in the Circle Framelits.  You can search on Pintrest on how to make paper fortune cookies.  There's a ton of patterns out there.
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Pink Purses

This past weekend was the AWESOME Craft in the City Weekend (she used the Sex in the City show for the inspiration for the weekend so there was lots of fun NYC things to play off of!)!!!  I'll have a full update on my blog on Thursday, it was so much fun and I have soooooooooo much to share!!!  Before we get to all of that though, Michelle asked me to help her out and make some of the boxes for her gifts.  Of course I happily said yes!  This purse is probably my favorite.  It's so cute!!!  We saw this purse here and used that for our inspiration.
I made 25 of these purses.  They actually went together really quickly.  With the purse die it was easy!  I cut one out of the Pink DSP (retired sorry!) then another out of black cardstock.  I cut off the top of the purse on the black then assembled them together.  Really cute! 
The weaved ribbon adds a really cute touch to the card!  And these purses are pretty small that it doesn't take much ribbon.  I tied all the bows individually and attached them after the ribbon was added on the purse.  It was much easier than trying to tie bows on the purse.  I have lots more to share keep checking back!
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Washi Storage And Some News!

I've been in the process of trying to re organize my stamp room.  I do this 1-2 times a year.  Usually about this time of year it gets a deep clean.  It's good to clear out things that aren't used anymore or fix things that aren't really functioning well.  I saw this idea on Pintrest and it was one of those "DUH!" moments where you're like "why didn't I think of that!?"  I used an old wax paper box and covered it with some DSP.  I made a super simple belly band with some white cardstock.  This is really only to keep the box closed.  But in the box......
....all my Washi tape rolls, lined up so I can see them.  Previously they were stored in a basket where I couldn't see them all and it was a mess to dump them all out and dig through them.  Really not ideal.  This is perfect!!  I didn't include the cardboard roll that the wax paper was on because this way if I need to take a roll out to use it I don't have to worry about it being on the roll and I can take out just the roll I need.  Love that!!!  If I don't need to take the roll out I can use it in the box.  Perfect!!!!! 
Now to the news....not to worry it's happy news :) 
1)  Today I leave for another sure to be amazing scrapbook weekend this time the theme is Craft In The City.  I'm so stinkin' excited.  I'm not entirely sure what I'll be working on.  This is the first time I'm going without a detailed list of projects I want to get done.  I just know that I'm going to be stamping, trying new techniques and having fun!  Maybe I'll catch up on some sleep ;)  If you're on Facebook make sure to follow me here.  I post LOTS and LOTS at these weekends.  If you want to see what I'm working on, and all the fun we're having make sure to like me.  Plus there might just be some fun giveaways through out the weekend........
2)  Stampin' Up! is releasing 4 new Sale a Bration items.  You can see them here, you'll be able to start earning them on your orders on March 1st.  They're so fun!!!!  Because it's Sale-a-Bration, because I'm having fun at Craft In The City I'm doing a double punch weekend.  If you have a punch card from me all orders through Tuesday March 3rd will get double punches.  Normally you get a punch for every $35 you spend, this weekend only you'll get 2, order $70 and get 4 punches, etc.  You can order online here or you can email me your order (I will respond to all emails on Monday).  Use this hostess code TS9W9YDG and you could win even more prizes!!! 
3)  Finally I'll have a huge recap of Craft In The City next week on my blog! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Paper Pumpkin, February

Are you a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber???  If you're not you should be!  The kits are amazing, I have LOVED the last few months and they keep getting better!!!  This month was no exception.  I love these boxes with the extra long thank you card!  So cute!!!!  Plus it comes right to your door with everything you need!  What could be better!!!??!
The 'thanks' is so adorable in the Tangerine Tango felt letters.  They're super sticky too so you don't have to worry about them falling off.  The backgrounds in this stamp set are soooo fun too!!!  Because the stamps are clear you can easily line them up for perfect placement.
The kits come with ink, this one came with Pool Party and Daffodil Delight.  I wanted to add a little Tangerine Tango so I pulled out that ink too. 
Still have some questions about Paper Pumpkin?  Why not gather some friends and have a fun trial evening with me!  I'll bring some complete kits so you can see what all the fun is about.  Ready to sign up for your own subscription sign up here.  You can get a 3 month, 6 month or 12 month subscription (you save a little with the 6 and 12 month subscriptions!) PLUS you can earn Sale a Bration products with the 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions.  Contact me for more info!!!
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bunny Boxes

How A-DOR-ABLE are these little bunnies!!!????!!  I came across them on Pintrest the other day and had to make them instantly!  I made them for my guests at my class over the weekend.  I know you want to know how to make them.  Here's the directions, dimensions and everything you want to know!  They are so cute!!!!
They're a great size too.  You could fill it with lots of little candy or one big one (like I did!).  I did try and you can also fit one of those travel packages of tissues perfectly!  That would make one fun get well gift!!
These boxes were super cute, and so easy to make!  I made 10 in one evening.  You could also add a tail to the back if you wanted an extra dose of cuteness!!  I didn't think of that until later but I'll probably make some more of these for some fun Easter basket stuff-ers :)
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

More Masculine Cards

I think this cute balloon card from my Masculine Card class is my favorite.  It's simple but bright and fun.  I love that the string ties the balloon and greeting together (haaahaa!!)  It's really a fun card and you could easily mass produce this one and make it in ANY color and it would work!!!
Finally the last card from my class is this one.  I love Black and Cherry Cobbler together!  Such a fun color combo!  I love that the DSP is crooked on purpose, it a fun card to make!!  I will admit this picture was taken before my class.  This is the card that my customers were supposed to make but due to a cutting error on my part they made a modified version.  I forgot to cut an extra piece of Cherry Cobbler Cardstock to put under the stamped Vanilla piece.  The cards made at my class were still stinkin' cute just without the extra red piece. 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Masculine Card Class

Over the weekend I held a Masculine Card Class.  I know I stuggle with masculine cards, I know I'm not the only one.  I found some inspiration for a couple of my cards on Pintrest.  This first card has been on my list to make for a while and I've always thought it would work perfect on for a masculine card.  I was inspired by this card by Teneale Williams.  She's a fantasic demonstrator in Australia, I'm always in awe of her work.  I kept mine a little more simple.  The bikes are embossed in clear embossing powder and I added some banners on the top of the card. Super cute!!  I love it!!! 
The next card was a fun one, but really simple!!  I love the shine from the silver metallic paper (you could also use glitter paper and send it to a girl!) :)  Obviously the 'star' of this card is the star framelits.  I love these colors together too, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky and Island Indigo.  So fun!!!  I'll share the other two cards tomorrow!
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!