Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Some questions...

I've had some questions asked about some of the craft items I make for sale. So, I'll just answer them here!

What kind of adhesive do you use to adhere paper to the composition book?
When adhering paper to composition books I use my ATG and red liner tape. I find that you need to use a very sticky adhesive that will keep the paper securely stuck to the composition book. I've tried Mod Podge in the past and was not especially happy with the outcome. It takes too long to dry and it also bubbles sometimes (meaning the paper doesn't lie flat after the Mod Podge dries).

In regards to getting the ATG & red liner tape....you can find these at a number of places. The link I listed for the ATG is the best price I've found online for one. I don't see these in stores often & when I do they are significantly higher in price. The red liner tape can be found at a number of different stores. Even Michael's carries it. If you're price shopping, the link I listed has a very good price for the amount you are getting.

I love your tin can ideas, too. Where did you find the lunch tins?
Thanks for expressing your like of my lunch tins. *smiles* I ordered the lunch tins online from Creative Express This site carries the tin I've used as well as a number of other tin types that would be very cute altered. When I've ordered from them, I try and wait until they go on sale and get them at a sale price. I've also seen these same tins at Joann's recently. In the stores around here they have been on an endcap. I think they were around $4.99 each.

I'm happy to answer any questions you may have!

Elisabeth...I had no way to reply back to your comment, so I've answered here. If you haven't heard about Splitcoast Stampers, I highly reccomend you go and check it out. The gallery has a ton of ideas that will help you get inspiration for you craft show. If I can be of any more help, let me know!

A little more about Julie's class...

Let's see...what can I share about Julie's Card Design class without giving away everything she goes over? *hehehe*

This class covers a number of different design topics as they relate to card design. It's not so much "here's a sketch and why it works, so use it" but digging deeper into why you do what you do when making cards. Since taking this class I've been able to put a name to some of the things I've been doing, or realizing that "hey, I was doing that! but didn't realize I was." I can even say that I'm able to see where the topics Julie talks about will reach far further than just my card design. I can use the foundational elements in all of my papercrafting projects, scrapbooking, etc.

This particular class was 5 weeks in length. The nice thing about this class being online is that you are able to view the class whenever your little heart desires. There is no time restriction on when you view each class. And you can sit in front of the computer in your jammies! How many real classrooms can you do that in? LOL.

The class has a discussion forum where we can talk about each weeks lessons, ask questions, post our "homework" and just have a good time. Participation is entirely up to the student. Be as active as you wish. Julie is such an amazing teacher and makes this topic very fun and she also puts a lot of thought into the lessons. I have not been disappointed!

I would definitely take the class again in a heartbeat. I feel that this has helped me to grow as a papercrafter and cardmaker. Thanks Julie!

ETA: Here is a direct link to the description page of Julie's second offering of her Simply Great Card Design class. It looks like the class will start on April 16th, with enrollment open until April 15th.

**I don't feel like I can tell you specifically all the topics we cover each week due to this being a class you pay for. And besides, if I were to list all the topics it would not do any justice to the great information that is presented by Julie.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

If you missed out the first time...

Julie's offering her Simply Great Card Design class again!!! This class is offered online through My Creative Classroom.

Let me tell you, this class has been wonderful! Not only is Julie a fantabulous gal, she is super talented and has passed her wonderful teachings on to us through this class!

Run and sign up today for it! I have loved this class and it has definitely benefitted my card making and papercrafting skills. I only wish it had lasted longer...*sigh*

Check out the details here

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Baby Card & Life...

Wow! It seems like forever since I've posted! SO much has been going on my life right now....crazy and stressed have been the feelings of the past couple weeks. Their is SO much to say that I feel like it would take weeks to tell you all about it!

So, I'll give you the quick *as much as I can make it* recap. The craziness all started with plumbing woes. And I am not kidding...it's been insane. Jeff and I found raw sewage in our yard a couple weeks ago!!!! EWW!!! Let me tell you it stunk! So I'm off to find the number for our local water district and got in touch with the on-call guy...of course this happens on a weekend, so no ones in the office. Well the guy comes out and tells us that it's sewage and it's our problem. The main sewer line is working great. So....that means it's up to us to fix it and pay for it! A call to the plumber is in order.

Well, before our raw sewage leak we had our kitchen sink backed up! So we had to call the plumber to come and unplug it since our attempts and numerous bottle of Drano were not working! That was plumber visit number one. The sewage was visit number 2.

Since the plumbing guys were out fixing our sewage issue, Jeff mentioned that our sump pump needed to be fixed. It was one of those "it's broken, but not in need of immediate repair, but has to be fixed" things. Well, they were there, so why not fix it now? Ok, the plumbers say they can take care of that while they're here. Well that fix and the sewage took 2 days to fix.

A couple days later, I'm downstairs to let the dogs out and I notice we've got water on the floor. Our basement had FLOODED!!!!!!!!!! What now! The sump pump that they had fixed has erupted and flooded water all over our utility room and more. UGH! Another call to the plumbers. Well....it gets better, trust me...while they're out fixing the sump pump this time...our kitchen sink backs up again! You've got to be kidding me! So, they fix that too!

I was starting to wonder when our plumbing woes would end! Sheesh!

And then after our plumbing gets fixed, my dog gets sick. And I mean sick, we thought we were going to lose him. Atilla is the first dog I've had and it was a really hard week. I'm happy to report that he is doing INCREDIBLE!!! He seems back to himself...as much as that is for a 15 1/2 year old dog! The only difference is that he has declared himself spoiled and wants to eat the best he can...ground beef, chicken, green beans...no dog food for him! I think I've cooked more ground beef in the last week than I have in months!

Thanks for bearing with my outpouring of life issues!

Now, onto some fun papercrafting goodness! I went to a baby shower last weekend and made this for my friend. She is having her second baby and it's a boy! We don't know the name yet as they're keeping it a secret.

I got this cute ark stamp from Amuse and knew it would make the cutest baby cards! This was my first time playing with this stamp. I used some of my Copics to color in the ark and animals. I SO like Copics...they are my favorite coloring medium yet! I'm really impressed with the vibrancy they give.

The patterned paper is from my stash, I've had it forever!!!

stamps-Amuse Ark, SU sentiment
ink-Brilliance black
paper-SU ballet blue, white, pp
other-white brads, oval punch, scalloped oval punch

Sunday, March 2, 2008


Ok...I got my first spam comment...YUCK! So, I'm enabling word verification for comments again. I know, it's a pain, but I don't want to have these type of comments pop up here.