Sunday, January 30, 2011

CHA Announcements! Very interesting!

Hi, everyone!
Have you been like me and glued to Twitter and Facebook for the latest CHA news??  I've even stalked Terri O on CHA-TV!!  The most exciting new products for me are the new Cricut Expression 2 and the Cricut Craftroom software.  The Expression 2 eliminates the need for keypad overlays and has a color touch screen!  Way cool!!  And it can cut from the Imagine cartridges, as well as the original Cricut cartridges!  It will even have WIFI capabalities with an optional Wifi adapter.This new Cricut will launch on HSN on April 26 and has an MSRP of $399.  I don't know for sure, but HSN usually has the same price, but you get a bundle instead of just the machine for the same price.  The Cricut Craftroom software will be an online design tool and is in beta testing right now!  Cool thing about this??  You can use it anywhere you can connect to the internet and it will be FREE!  Who doesn't love free???

So, what are YOU most excited about that was announced at CHA so far???


Friday, January 28, 2011

So excited!!!

Hello, everyone!
Thanks for stopping by!  I am excited because, as some of you know, I'm a "kitchen table" crafter and have never really had a dedicated place to craft.  While that is still the case, at least I am getting my supplies more organized, thanks to a BUNCH of JetMax cubes that my sweet husband has been assembling for me!  I have a wonderful, heavy duty entertainment system type cabinet that my dad built for me years ago.  It has always held stereo components.  Now that most of those components are no longer used, I got rid of all of that and am converting the cabinet into storage for my craft supplies.  What a big job!!!  But it will be so worth it once it is done and I can find what I'm looking for!!!  I have a long ways to go to be finished, but once I am, I will post a pic for you.  I'm loving these cubes because no matter which one I'm using, it seems to hold things perfectly, size-wise!  I had a hodge-podge of different types of containers for various items before and it's going to be so much nicer to have everything at my fingertips and all in the same type of storage!!

OK, gotta get back to it!!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Well, my crafty friends,
Something I have been worried about has come to pass.  According to the director of consumer sales at CHA, there will be no more consumer Supershows connected to CHA.  The awesome Supershow that my bff, Lacy, and I attended last January in Anaheim was such an awesome experience and something we had planned on and looked forward to doing again.  Initially, when I contacted CHA about a Supershow in LA this January, I was told that they were having difficulty securing a location close to the tradeshow, so there would be no Supershow THIS JANUARY.  I just received word this morning that there will be no more Supershows.  Instead, CHA is partnering with existing craft shows to see if they want to include some of the vendors that would normally participate in the Supershow.  I'm just SOOOO disappointed!  The CHA Supershow in Anaheim last January was an experience of a lifetime.  I met so many wonderful people, including many of my online friends and creative crafters whom I follow online on YouTube and Ustream.  Lacy and I had planned on going again this January.  When we were told there would be no Supershow this year in January, we began making plans to attend in 2012.  This is no small feat since Lacy lives in Wisconsin, I live in California.  We met in person for the first time last year at CHA.

So sad..........................................................................

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Hi, everyone!!
January seems to be a month with TONS of birthdays in my circle of crafty friends!!!  Robyn ( and Karlee ( both have birthdays this month (just to name a couple!) and so do I!!    I believe Karlee's is the 22nd, Robyn's is the 24th, and mine is the 11th!!( BTW, I would love it if you would stop by Robyn and Karlee's blogs and wish them happy birthday!) So, seems like a perfect time for ME to give one of YOU a gift, right??

So, how about a brand spankin' new Sweethearts Cricut Cartridge to prepare you for all those awesome Valentine's projects???

For your chance to win, all you have to do is sign up to follow my blog (if you aren't already a follower) and post a comment on this post telling me that you are a follower, and also what Valentine projects you have planned.

That's it!! Easy Peasy!!

I will pick the winner on Robyn's birthday, January 24th at 9pm PST.  I had planned to pick the winner on MY own birthday, but got this posted too late.  And, as usual with my giveaways, there will be a few surprises thrown in just for fun! Good luck, everyone!!!


Monday, January 24, 2011


Hi, everyone,
First, let me say how much I appreciate each and every one of you who take the time to visit and follow my blog!!  You all mean so much to me and I thank you!!

OK, without further ado, the winner of the Sweethearts cartridge is:

Melissa at

Melissa, please contact me with your address so I can get your prize on its' way to you!!

Thanks, again, everyone, for participating!  I will be doing another give-away SOON!!!

Love and Hugs!

Happy Birthday, Robyn!! (My Pink Stamper)

Hi, everyone!
In honor of Robyn's birthday, I thought I would share a quick video and Robyn and Karlee from one year ago today at CHA!  You can tell by the amount of laughter that we were all having a great time!! And if you haven't already, why not hop on over to her blog and leave some birthday love!

Make sure you check back after 9pm PST tonight when I will post the winner of the Sweethearts cartridge!!


Monday, January 17, 2011

Hubby is happy!

Hello, everyone!
Thanks for stopping by.  I intended to post earlier today, but we spent the day at our friends' car dealership.  Hubby is very happy to have a new-to-him truck to tow our fifth wheel with.  His truck was 16 years old, so he's happy to have something quite a bit newer!  I'm exhausted tonight.  Who knew spending all that money could take a whole day and make you so tired???  I've been trying to work on my challenge project for SSPT for February!  Maybe tomorrow!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Congratulations, Monique!!!

Just had to post a note of congratulations for the lovely Monique Griffith who just finished her treatment for breast cancer TODAY!!!  WOOHOO!!!!  This is so awesome, and I am overcome with emotion!!!  If you would like to leave a note of congratulations for yourself, you can visit her blog at:


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Here's what I've been doing today!

Hi, everyone!
Hope you are all having a blessed Sunday!!  It's so cold and dreary here that I really got into a creative mood, so I decided to dye some rayon seam binding.  I've been seeing this all over the internet and couldn't wait to try my hand at it.  It is so easy and I love the look!!!  Have you tried it yet???  Here's a tip for ya:  WEAR GLOVES!! haha  Ask me how I know!!!


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Another tool caddy!

Hi, everyone, and thanks for stopping by.  Well, sometimes I just hit at something that's fun and useful.  After altering the coffee can for the SSPT January challenge, I started looking around for other useful items that could work to hold my ever-expanding supply of necessary crafting tools.  So, I found this Cascade dishwasher detergent tub and decided to decorate it with coordinating papers.  I love the look, but, as you can see, I need MORE!!!  So, I'm on another search for items to alter for tool caddies!!!

Thanks for visiting my blog!


Sunday, January 2, 2011

SSPT Challenge update pics

OK, I couldn't leave well enough alone!! haha  After I posted the first set of pictures, I remembered my Viva Decor Pearl Pen and thought some pearl dots would add to the dimension.  The pictures aren't great, but I think you can tell a difference.  I think the pearl pen gave this project a more finished look and added some dimension to the design.  What do you think??


Sugar Sweet Paper Treats Challenge Project

Hi, everyone!
This is my project for the January challenge at Sugar Sweet Paper Treats.  The challenge was to alter something.  This is a simple coffee can.  I covered it with paper, then fussy cut the border and added that to the can, then used TONS of Stickles to make the flowers all shimmery!  I even used my Imagine.  I discovered that the color pallete of Lori's Garden matched my papers perfectly, so the back is decorated with cuts from that Imagine cartridge and also lots of Stickles.  The "ribbon" actually isn't ribbon at all.  It is rayon seam binding that I colored using alcohol inks, then scrunched and dried with my heat gun.  This project was simple and will serve as a tool caddy since I have filled up every available container with scrapping tools!! haha

I love comments, so let me know what ya think!

Blessings and hugs!

Here's a close up of the front showing more of the shimmer

Here's the back:

I photographed this project before all the glue was completely dry which is why the edges appear to be sticking up.  As the glue dried, they are now flush with the paper, but I just couldn't wait to share the pictures!! haha

Saturday, January 1, 2011

My Pink Stamper Design Team Challenge Project

Ok, let me just say right off that I by no means feel qualified by any stretch of the imagination to be chosen for Robyn's awesome design team, but it was a rainy day here in California and I was bored, so this card was born!  My focal image was cut at 2 3/4" from the Elegant Cake cartridge.  It is called Accent 8 and is on page 37 of the handbook.  I first cut the base in a soft sage green, then cut the layer in a pale pink.  I then inked the green layer with Forest Moss Distress Ink and inked the pink layer with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.  I was really happy with the result, although it is difficult to photograph.  Then I cut the brown layer from Chocolate Stardream cardstock.  I LOVE this cardstock!  It is so shimmery and beautiful and is awesome to work with.  The brown layer is 7" X 3 1/2 ".  The card base is also Stardream cardstock in Opal, which is a beautiful shimmery off-white. The card base is large-- 12" X 8 1/2", folded in half, making the card front 6" X 8 1/2". The brown mulberry flower is from  I love their flowers.  This one is the 2" gardenia in brown.  Now for the ribbon.  It actually isn't ribbon at all.  It is rayon seam binding that was white.  I put it in a zip bag and added alcohol ink in Mountain Rose and Hazelnut, dried it with my heat gun as I scrumched it so it would look wrinkly, then misted it with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist and tied it on my card!  So, that's it.  Hope you like it!

Happy New Year!!!!

Happy New Year, bloggers!!!  My prayer for you all is that 2011 is your happiest and healthiest ever!!!