Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Free Scrapinar Today (and other free gifts!)

Valentine's Day will be here in just a couple of weeks - have you been making cards?  I love the combination of crisp red and white.  I designed this lacy lattice card and I'll be sharing the SVG file with my subscribers this week.

Since I have been out of the routine of posting daily, I just realized that  I haven't shared the information for the FREE Scrapinar for January.  These sessions are presented by Lain Ehmann of Layout a Day and I try to attend each month to learn something new and interesting.

The topic this month is Using 3-D Stamp Paints on Your Papercrafting Projects.  Bobbi Lemanksi of Raisin Boat will share her techniques and tricks for creating eye-catching dimension on your projects.

This is very short notice (sorry about that!) but you can still register for the session by clicking HERE.  The Scrapinar is at 1 p.m. Eastern time on January 28th - Wednesday - today!  If you can't make this time, there will be a recording available for a short time, however,  you must register in order to receive the email with a link for the recording.

A new kit from SVG Cuts

These amazing Valentine box cards were designed by Mary at SVG Cuts.  They are available as a free gift with a purchase of $9.98 or more from the SVG Cuts store until February 4th.  Just shop for some other items (there are so many great choices!) and then add the Hearts Aflame SVG Kit to your cart.  When you check out type FREEGIFT in the coupon field and the price of the kit will be deducted from your total.  I can't decide which one to make first!  Click HERE to go to the site and start shopping.  (This is an affiliate link - thanks for your support!)

An update on the storm...

We have survived the blizzard and today is supposed to be sunny - let the melting begin!

It took a while but the path to the front door is cleared.

 It is a bit tunnel-like but we are ready for any visitors (or packages) that arrive.

My husband worked hard to get our driveway cleared.  Nothing like shoveling and snow-blowing to give you rosy cheeks!  You can see how high the bank is - our snow sticks to mark the edges of the driveway are nearly buried.

We were so lucky that the power stayed on - it's not too bad to be snowed in when you have heat and all of the comforts of home.

A freebie from me

If you are receiving this blog post by email through the subscription, keep an eye out for an extra email on Friday.  I will be sending everyone on the list the SVG file that I designed for this pretty card.  It can be used for a Valentine or another occasion.  To use this file, you will need the Cricut Explore or another machine and software that will cut SVG files.

If you aren't on the email subscription list and you would like the file, be sure to sign up before Friday.  The subscription form is at the top right of the blog, just below my photo, or you can click HERE to go to a page with the subscription form.

If the card with the pearls is too subtle for you - you could try this red foil and full bling variation!

Finally, I want to wish a very Happy "significant number" Birthday to our daughter-in-law Kelly.  Have a wonderful day!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow Day (and an update)

How is your January going?  As you may have guessed by the lack of posts on the blog, ours has been more than usually busy.  Thanks to those of you who have let me know that you are missing my posts and emails.  I want to share some photos of the "epic" blizzard Juno from our house in Concord, MA.  I hope that you are safe and warm and still have power if you are also in the path of this storm.

We actually had quite a bit of snow over the past weekend - about 7 inches - but we managed to get most of that cleared away and the roof raked before "the big one" came to town.  This is the view out our front door around 1 pm on Monday.

The snow started falling lightly around Monday afternoon and by dinner time there was just a light coating.

 For some reason, this one brick in our front walk was rejecting the snow!

There was a good coat of snow at our neighbor's house across the street at 6 p.m. Monday.

Here is the same view today at around 11:30 a.m. - their front steps and most of the wall in front of the house have disappeared!

There was some snow on our back deck on Saturday, but the area under the overhanging roof was totally clear.

Around 6 p.m. Monday, snow was falling lightly and you could still see the bottom of the railings.

In the middle of the night (very early Tuesday a.m.) the snow was piling up.

By mid-day Tuesday, things had changed.  There is too much snow for me to get out on to the deck to take more photos.

The temperature isn't terribly low - but low enough.  This is actually a good thing since it means that the snow is light and fluffy instead of heavy and wet.  However, when the temperatures are colder, the light snow means that there are many more inches of accumulation.

I don't think we'll be doing any grilling tonight!

Our front door sits inside a sheltered entryway.  Usually this gives us a place to stand and look out at the snow but the winds have blown snow in to fill up the steps and the entry.

 Snow is clinging to the door handle.

There are mini snow drifts in the top window of the garage door.

 When I opened the door to the garage I saw a wall of snow and drifts against the house.

The snow is clinging to the door.

The shape of the door is molded into the snow!

These plant pots look like frosted cupcakes.

Our Adirondack chairs in the back yard are almost covered,  The little bit of green behind them is a rhododendron shrub that is nearly buried.  This photo was taken a few hours ago and the shrub is no longer visible!

My mother-in-law shared this photo of their outdoor table.  They are very happy to be living in their condo now and to have someone else responsible for clearing the walks and driveway!  After 35 years in the same house it was a big change, but a good one.

One of the reasons I haven't been blogging (I have made lots of things but just haven't had  the time to edit photos and write up directions!) is that we are also in the middle of a relocation.  Most people move away from the snow, but we are headed North.  My husband changed jobs last year and is working in New Hampshire and we have purchased a home that is just a short distance from his office. 

We are getting our Concord house ready to sell and this is a big job!  After almost 15 years here, the task of sorting and choosing what to take and what to give away is massive.  Of course, there is also a lot of "sprucing up" to do.  Isn't it funny how your house always looks best when you are ready to leave it?

I'll be sharing photos and more details about the move as we get things sorted out.  Here is a "sneak peek" at my future craftroom.  I am very excited about planning and organizing this space which was used as a work shop by the prior owners.  There are lots of windows at the far end of the room and even though this is part of the walk out lower level, the ceilings are 9 feet high.  I predict there will be some stacked Expedit/Kallax units from IKEA used here.  I am also very happy to have a sink in my new space - it will be easier to do some of the "messy" projects I have in mind.

Well - it's time to start clearing out.  This is what we saw when we opened the big garage door.

Our neighbors are out with their snowblower - I hope these machines can take on this mass of snow.

If you can't read the measure - there are 26 inches in our driveway (which was clear to the blacktop yesterday). 

And it is still snowing...

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  I hope that you had a wonderful December and a lovely holiday season!  You may have noticed that I took some time away from the blog last month.  I was still crafting but we had so many family things going on that I needed to take a break from blogging.  I will be sharing some of the projects, quite a few photos from our celebrations and news about some big changes for our family in the next few days.

I wish you all a most happy, healthy, creative and prosperous 2015!

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Free Scrapinar for December

There are just 17 days left until Christmas - every year December seems to go faster and faster.  With the rain and some of our other plans this weekend, I still have not had a chance to put lights up on the outside of the house.  We always put the candles in the windows on the Sunday after Thanksgiving so at least it looks a bit festive!.

I love to see the lights around our area and this decorated tree house is one of my favorite places.  Usually I am driving and I can't take a photo but we stopped on a side street and I tried snapping a few photos in the rain so I would be able to remember how sweet this looks.  Wouldn't you love to climb up there with some hot chocolate or cider?

The free Scrapinar presented by Lain Ehmann this month is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, December 9th.  Layle Koncar of Simple Stories will show how a planner can help to streamline both your schedule and your memory keeping.

Layle will show some of the latest trends in customizable planners and explain how you can combine your stories with your daily planner.  Layle's style is bold and colorful.  You will learn about the newest planners (doesn't it seem like everyone is offering a custom planner these days?) and also find out how you can make your planner do double duty as a memory-keeping aid.

Layle will be working with the new “Life… Documented” planner line from Simple Stories.  However, if you don't have this planner you will still learn a lot from this Scrapinar because Layle will also share ideas that can work with just about any planner or product line. You can use products you already own to customize your planner and pocket pages.  She will also share some time saving tips for using a planner.

There will be time for questions in this live, interactive session.  If the time does not work for you to attend the live session, you will be able to watch a recording of the scrapinar for a limited time after the event.  However, you must register HERE to receive an email with the link to watch the replay.

This scrapinar will help you get off to a good start in the new year so be sure to register right away (click HERE) so you won't miss out on tomorrow's session.

Do you use a paper planner or have you switched to using a device like your phone or tablet to keep your schedule?  I think it is often easier to work with the "old-fashioned" style with pen and paper - especially if I have a lot of things to do.  I love to check things off a list as I get them done!

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sparkle and Shine Christmas Tree Card


This card is full of sparkle and texture with shimmer, glitter and foil cardstocks, Stickles and gold metallic heat embossing for the sentiment.  I love sparkly things at any time of year and for Christmas it seems like you can never have too much sparkle and shine!

The Christmas tree I chose is from the Anna Griffin Winter Wonderland Cricut cartridge.  I made it slightly wider than the original sizing to fill the front of the card.

I wanted to use more traditional colors so I changed the tree to green, the garlands and candles to red and the base and star to gold.  I also eliminated the background layer so the open design of the branches would be featured.

Changing a Cricut image in Design Space

Here you can see the image as it appears from the cartridge on the left and my altered version on the right.  I used the iPad app for the Cricut Explore (I am one of the people previewing the app which is expected to be available in January).  It was very quick and easy to make these changes and I love the convenience of using the iPad with the wireless adapter instead of carrying my laptop up and down the stairs.

Here is the assembled tree.  I cut the base, star and tree from Core'dinations Core Couture glitter cardstock.  The candles and garland are cut from American Crafts foil cardstock.  You may notice that my candles have green "flames" since they are part of the base tree cut.

I added yellow Stickles glitter glue to each candle flame.  After letting it dry, I thought that one coat was not completely covering the green so I put on a second layer of yellow for the final card.

Here are all of the pieces for the card.  The card base is a gold shimmer A2 card from the David Tutera collection.

These card and envelope sets were recently on clearance at Consumer Crafts and I stocked up on them.  I like the lovely gold shimmer and the cards are white inside which saves the step of adding a liner to the card for your message.

I found the perfect sentiment on this stamp set from Close to My Heart called "Yuletide Greetings."  The number for this set is D1553 and you can find it on my friend Joy Tracey's CTMH site HERE.  There are lots of lovely images in this set that can be hand colored - or stamped in a single color if you prefer.

I made the sentiment strip 3 3/4 inches x 3/4 of an inch and attached it at the very bottom of the embossed white layer.

The white layer is embossed with this "Snowfall" Anna Griffin Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I got this as part of the Autoship package when I purchased Anna Griffin Dies and Folders earlier this year.  The folder is part of the Christmas Folders and Dies set which is available individually on the HSN site HERE.

The white layer is cut at 3 3/4 x 5 inches and the dark green layer below is cut at 4 x 5 1/4 inches.  When embossing the white layer I was careful to center the design on the piece of cardstock.  This card just needs to be symmetrical!

The stamped sentiment has very thin and small letters but I was able to emboss it.  After I finished I remembered that I have some fine detail embossing powder and I might try that the next time I emboss with this stamp.

Here are the yellow Stickles and Zing gold metallic embossing powder that I used for this card.  I store my Stickles bottles upside down so they are always ready to apply and the tip does not dry out (that's why the contents are all at the top of the bottle).

I like the effect of the dark border with the sentiment at the bottom of the layered card.  In this case, it created a sort of "floor" for the tree to stand on.

The tree is very thin so I used 1/8 inch ScorTape on the trunk of the tree and some liquid adhesive on the branches and tips of the tree.

Here is a closer view of the candles after the second layer of Stickles was dry.

I was very pleased with the clean cut through the glitter cardstock - The images were perfect on the first try. 

There are so many lovely and elegant images on the Anna Griffin Winter Wonderland cartridge - it is definitely one of my favorites.  Click HERE to see more about the cartridge (affiliate links).

I used a couple of the images to make this banner panel last year - you can read about the project HERE.  This cartridge is not included in the Image Library Subscription so you might want to think about adding it to your collection! 

The weather hasn't been very nice so far this weekend - it was cold and rainy here today.  We are getting a lot of projects done around the house, including some painting that we want to finish before everyone arrives home for the holidays.  I hope it all gets done!  Do you start big projects on short deadlines?  I should know better!

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