Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Creative credit to Jen Mahan

Happy Thanksgiving! I will be eating more than I should today but I will also be counting my blessings, and friends, family and loyal blog readers are counted as blessings. May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

PS If you watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, watch for the American Fork High School Marching Band. My daughter is in the color guard!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Memory Keeping as an Expression of Gratitude

It's that time of year that we all remember to be grateful, and not just grateful but to say "thank you." A friend of mine who I aspire to be when I grow up because she is so kind and wise said on Sunday that thanksgiving is the expression of our gratitude!

And how does that tie into my crafting blog? Because I believe memory keeping is a form of expression for gratitude. Yes, we sometimes may tell of experiences that aren't so fun and happy, but even then, we end up saying thank you for the experience and what was learned, yes?

At the most recent Artistic U, the lovely Tricia Goff shared her insight on why she scrapbooks. And I thought it was so heartfelt that I asked her to say it again so I could video her and share it here (with her permission of course).



Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

November Stamp of the Month: It's the Little Things

Time to share a little love with the November Stamp of the Month, "It's the Little Things". Inspired by a card that Sheri Rottler made with another stamp set, I made this one with the November Stamp of the Month. Always wonderful to be inspired by others.


Remember, this stamp set is only available in November. Check it out here for all the details and to order.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fall 2014 Artistic U Recap


Part of my crazy past two weeks was getting ready for and participating in the Artistic U scrapbook retreat. With my partners, Diana and Jen, we offer this fabulous scrapbook/craft retreat twice a year in the beautiful town of Heber, UT.

As always, we were in a beautiful setting with lots of fabulous people. It's amazing how creativity flows when you get several talented, like-minded people in the same room.



The food was delicious. Diana, with her fabulous helper Callie, is amazing! Here they are making homemade rolls! No cold cuts or frozen dinners here.


Aren't those turkey cupcake toppers made by Jen the cutest things ever?! (Secret--two Cricut flowers layered make the tail feathers--brilliant and fast). 


This year we featured a jewelry buffet. Everyone got to create their own necklace and then do any additional necklaces or add ons as they liked.


The necklaces were packaged so adorably in these.  


We played with mod podge!


As always we had some scrapbook layouts. This was my contribution.


Our snowman contest was so much fun! I mentioned that these are some very creative people!
 

There were two masseuses and we did a little yoga! We truly wanted our guests to be relaxed.


Diana, the fabulous Cricut expert, taught a class on our new Artfully Sent cartridge and Jen did one on one Cricut classes as needed.


And there was time for the hot tub, movies, laughter and much more.

If you came, we hope you had a fabulous time and will join us again. If you missed it, our next one is May 7-9th, 2015. Registration is already up on Artisticu.net. We filled up this year and had to turn people away so register early. You can even take advantage of payment plans if you register now!

Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Document December


I admit, I have been missing in action. It has been a very busy past two weeks. There are more than a few blog posts coming to catch you up on all that has been going on. But in the meantime, I just wanted to get this post out about my Document December workshop.


Every year I want to document Christmas, or Christmases past. And every year my best intentions get waylaid by everything else going on. Well, this year, I want to help you and me achieve that goal!




Join me on for a Christmas Remembered Workshop. You will create this fabulous album using the Holiday Happenings My Crush Book and the assortment and a few additional accessories. With the book completed, all you have to do is slide in photos and memorabilia of Christmas as it happens or as it is remembered from years past and you are done! A Christmas keepsake to be cherished!





I had originally advertised this in the newsletter for Thursday, November 20th at 7:00 pm. However, as I am slow on getting this on the blog, I am offering an alternate night, Thursday, December 4th. Please RSVP by Saturday, November 29th to secure a spot. Cost is $28.00.


Can't make the workshop? You can still purchase a kit. Photos of all pages will be included to allow you to assemble at home. Cost of at home kit is $30.00.


I hope you'll join me!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Nevermore...


In celebration of Halloween, Edgar Allan Poe, and a lot of spooky fun, I wish you all a Happy and a Safe Halloween!

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Witch's Hat

Remember the poem, "I'm a mean old witch with my hat..."? Well, in the Close to My Heart (CTMH) catalog, there is the cutest witch's hat. Fortunately, for all of us that wanted to make one, CTMH kindly published the instructions here.


However, as with many projects, sometimes what looks simple enough really isn't. That was my experience with this hat. My challenge was the CONE!

I followed the instructions. I glued two sheets of patterned paper to two sheets of cardstock. I taped them together. I started to roll from the corner. And my cone was hideous and I couldn't figure out how to even off the bottom and I had a little kindergarten meltdown. Sooooo, I went to bed.

The next day, I watched a couple of YouTube videos on making cones and after work, I tried the cone again, this time with a little help from my very patient husband. We ditched the two sheets of patterned paper and went down to just one sheet of patterned paper adhered to a sheet of cardstock. Rather than just winging it, we created our own even pattern using a pencil and string. Tie the string to your pencil, hold one end of the string tightly at the corner of the paper and draw from the top corner to the other, keeping the string tight. Here is a little video clip of my husband drawing it out.




Once we had the pattern, I cut it out and rolled it into a perfect cone. And then, the rest all came together. The cricut cuts as seen here are still the correct size, I just used three cupcake liners instead of four.

Because I will be making these with my stamp club tonight, I needed to mass produce enough for ten so I simplified a bit and improvised on some of the products. I used black, thistle and slate cardstock, the Scaredy Cat paper packet, Geometric Backgrounds (but any background stamp would work), and black ink.






Rather than using patterned paper for the banners, I used thistle cardstock and then stamped it and sponged the edges.


All in all, I think it turned out pretty great. We'll see if the lovely ladies coming to my stamp club tonight to make their own will agree. And hopefully, if you want to make one of your own, I've saved you a cone meltdown as well.


Halloween is only a week away! Happy Halloween!