Sunday, June 8, 2014

Where Have I Been?

Hi Friends.  It's really been a rough year for me.  My mojo was already waning last summer into fall and then in January, my dear mother passed away suddenly.  It was pretty devastating to me as can be imagined and any kind of creative outlet I thought I might have completely left me.  I am still an emotional wreck for the most part, but I am learning to deal with this and try to take care of my heavy work load as well as family.  I just haven't really been taking care of me.  I was home sick from work the other day and whilst laying in bed and bemoaning how I felt, I was watching endless hours of HSN.  They were showing craft supplies and make up products. My 2 favorite things!  I began to feel some little awakenings in my mojo, so here is hoping that will come back full on very soon.  I do confess that I have been a little jealous of some of my crafty friends and their design team projects on Facebook.  I haven't even picked up a copic marker in a year...it's time.  I think it's time.

I did do ONE crafty project though after my HSN marathon.  I ordered a Crystyler.  Have you seen this thing?


You load the crystals into the handy dandy pen and then with a flick of your thumb on the lever, they neatly click out onto your project.  They made it look so easy!

I received mine and decided to bejewel a pair of black flats.  I think my 1st project should have been a nice flat, level surface (like a card) but you know how it is.  I think I can do anything.  For the most part, I think I nailed it.  I was brave enough to wear them to work.  And I did receive some compliments.  One thing though I have to mention is that the flats are made of a soft, thin fabric.  And while they were comfy enough without the crystals they became pretty uncomfortable with the jewels.  I think adding all the solid hard and encrusted surfaces, wreaked havoc on the angled and bony parts of my feet.  Oh well...beauty usually comes with pain!


 
So, what do you think?  I wouldn't mind a little blog comment love.  It's been such a long time! 


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

My Progressive swap Album Completed

It has finally arrived and I am proud to show you all.  I was overwhelmed by the talent and creativity of these ladies and what they put into my album.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I created a video to show it off.  I do want to I will be having a conversation with my son this evening on returning things that get borrowed...but, this is my only day off from work where I felt I could create a video with people being around and interrupting me.  (Basically, what I am trying to say is...the camera is a bit shaky and you may get views of my messy work area or computer keyboard more than I had intended).

Just as a refresher, this is what I sent off on it's merry way and finally made it home to me:


 
And here is what I received back:
 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Progressive Swap Round 6

Here is the last mini album in the progressive swap.  It has been a lot of fun!  I received my album in the mail already and will be sharing that with you all tomorrow.  Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised and overwhelmed how great my album turned out and want to thank all the participants in our group.  It was absolutely lovely.

Today, I want to share Jennifer's album.  Jennifer's album was fun and funky with her Bohemian Graphic 45 papers.  I loved the rich and vibrant papers she choose for us to work with.

I decided to let the papers say it all with the pages I created,  I did add some paper flowers from Graphic 45 though, along with some gems in the background.

On this album I opted for a corner piece where Jennifer can place a photo or she can use it for tags.

I added some Auhentique papers on this flap because I thought the whimsy of the verse worked.


the back page has another corner anchor and a flap for more tags.
It was a joy to get to participate with this great group of ladies and I look forward to sharing the final results of my own album tomorrow.  Please come back!



Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Progressive Swap Round 5

We are getting very close to end of this progressive swap that began in September.  This is page 5, which means, one more after this and I will be getting my own album back and I will be sharing it all with you here at my blog.

This album came from Lisa that lives here in my own state of Idaho.  Lisa's album is filled with lots of colors and patterns.  I think everyone has had a lot of fun working on these albums and the closer you get to the end, the more apparent that is because you get to see the style of everyone involved.  Because I am me, I have to try and make what I produce something that follows the style, but tries to stand out as uniquely me.  It's not always the easiest thing to do.  I decided to keep it more simple and tried to only use 2 to 3 colors and patterns.  Here is what I came up with:

Lisa had built her album with different sort of pages than everyone else, and that was fun because it added a new challenge..  I created a pocket for tags as the 1st page.  I decided to add a fun spinner to a chipboard circle I had because I thought it made it look like a clock.  I also added a tab onto the flap so that it stood out a little more.

On the flap I fussy cut a couple butterflies (or moths) and added them as embellishments to go along with the Teresa Collins chipboard verse from my stash.


I applied some ribbon lace along the next page as a place to slip in tags.  Another circle spinner and I spelled out "friendship" in my favorite Websters Pages stickers.

The last flap was perfect for a little paper pocket and tag.  I added some fun flower dimensional stickers from my stash.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Progressive Swap Round 4

I have another fun mini album swap to share with you today. This one was created by Dona from Rhode Island.  Dona's album (and I neglected to take a photo of the front cover) had a theme of muted colors and some fun distressed elements.  I decided to add some Tim Holtz papers and embellishments from my stash and had fun with it.

I used this clock paper from my stash and added a wooden clock face with spinning hands.  The chip board embellishment was from Teresa Collins


Following that same theme, I created a photo page with corners as well as a decorative flap that had another chipboard clock and verse.
A friend sent me this doily die cut and I thought it would go well with what I already had happening.
At the end, another photo page and a pocket for some tags.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Another Fun Mini Album Swap to Share

I have been lazy about giving proper updates on the progress of the mini album swap I am in, but luckily I took some pictures before I sent them on their merry way, so here is one to share.

This album belongs to Geney, in California.  Geney created an adorable Halloween themed book, and though I was a little late publishing what I did with her book here, I did create this before October 31st, so that made it even more fun.

This is the cover that Geney created for her mini album


For the first page flap, I used this awesome candelabra and distressed it with some ink and stitching.  Geney included a lot of embellishment stickers for me to use to adorn it here and there.
I created a photo page with corner tabs to hold the photo in place, and then a pocket for some tags.

Another photo page and another tag pocket

to finish it all up I spooked this flap with more embellishments and letters to go along with the raven on her book cover.

 
 This was a fun album to create.  I have 2 more to share with you this week, so look out tomorrow for another mini album from our progressive swap.  At the end of the swap and when I receive mine back, I will create a video to share with you all on the fun of seeing it for the first time!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Progressive Mini Album Swap- Round two

I received the next album in our progressive swap (albeit ahead of schedule) and I decided to go ahead and do my pages since I was feeling in a crafty mood.  This one isn't scheduled to go out for a couple weeks but now it is all ready to when the time comes.

This album was created by Jenise from Chicago, Illinois.  I felt it had the flower/butterfly going on with Jenise's use of embellishments and papers.  Here is her album:



There are many similarities to the previous album I worked on and this may well be a familiar theme with all of them because I like the layout and the way it works for this album.  Once again I did machine stitching and ink distressing on the paper, as well as distressing on the edges to give it that vintage look I like.  The sticker lettering is from my coveted stash of Webster's Pages.  The flowers are mainly from Prima flowers except for the top one, a friend made for me out of Authentique papers.

When the flap is turned I made a verse page.  The verse is acetate, but I backed it with layered papers and more machine stitching.  Another Prima flower worked here really well.  I included 2 photo cornered matte pages in the pages.

 
I created a little pocket for 2 tags I created that Jenise can use for her journaling.

The back flap I decided to make more visual than useful.  I fancy cut a butterfly from some Tim Holtz paper, lightly colored it and stickled the heck out of it for effect.  The lace was from Webster's Pages and I added some pearl embellishments.

 
I decided to be careful not to showcase the other crafters work in my pages so as not to give away any of the element of surprise for the owners of each book.  But, when my book arrives back home to me...I will share all the pages they created for me.  This is such a great idea...I recommend it for other crafting groups out there and am looking forward to doing my own group swap with some of my friends.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Where has the time gone?

It's been a really long time since I updated my craft blog.  If you have been a follower and were wondering where I had disappeared to...it was just a series of events.  Mainly, I had been on 3 pretty specials design teams and I put a lot of myself into them and when they closed their doors because of stopping their business, the wind went out of my sails.  Really though, the timing was where it needed to be for me because I hadn't felt my mojo in quite some time.
I was looking over at Laura Denison's webpage a couple weeks ago and she was writing about a mini-album swap.  The more I thought about it...the more I liked the idea and so I signed up.  I am in a group with 6 other ladies from across the country.  We each had to build our own mini-album and leave it blank inside, and we will be shipping to each other so that everyone gets to create their own special page.  Here is my album before I shipped it off:

I left the inside all blank so that it can be designed however they like
I included some papers that fit the theme I was going for but also encourage them to create their page however they like. 
I received the 1st album from Linda in North Carolina.  Since I get her album first, I waned to make sure her first page had all the elements that I thought were lovely about the papers she had chosen.  Butterflies are the main theme with some pretty papers she included from Bo Bunny "Country Garden".  Of course I had to ink it all up and put that "Shelley" stamp on it.  Here is what I created for her 1st page:
 
The Cover that Linda created
I did some machine stitching, ink distressing and cut a butterfly out of the paper she provided.

When the flap is lifted, there is photo mat with photo corners and a butterfly verse.

When I turn the page, there is another flap to embellish.  I kept this one simple (and signed it per her request)

When this flap is turned over, I created a little pocket and made 2 small tags.  I left these blank for journaling.  On the opposite side is another photo mat with photo corners.

Inside the page is a pocket to store a large tag.  I wasn't really sure what Linda intended to use the large tag for, so just did some light embossing with perfect pearls.  She may want to add a photo in the center or on the back.
 
I had a lot of fun creating the 1st page of Linda's journal and will be shipping it out to the next person in line to do page 2.  I am extremely excited to see mine when it makes it's way back home to me in November!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Birthday Surprises

February 21st was my birthday!  It was a nice day too.  Actually, it's been a nice week.  For my birthday I received the Project Life set and it is so fun.  I have been messing around with photoshop, learning how to add journaling to my cards and getting it all put together.  I really love the idea and will share some of this on a later post.

I have felt very blessed because of the overwhelming show of love and acknowledgement from friends and family.  A few days before my birthday I received a fun and crafty surprise from my good friend Anne.  Look what she made me!
And look what was stuffed inside??  Yay!  Craft supplies!
 
I took the day off on my birthday and enjoyed some me time.  My oldest son took me to lunch and then I spent the afternoon working on some project life stuff.  The next day when I went back to work, my team presented me with this lovely bouquet.  They smell divine!
Today, my husband is back in town and we will go to one of our favorite places to eat for dinner and my new furniture arrives too!
It's been a good week!!


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

It's been awhile since I posted here, but I wanted to share my Valentine's Day box with you.  On top of all my other duties as a lead at work, I have also been assigned the task of Activities Director there.  It's a huge undertaking for 180+ people, but I will give it a whirl!  Our first activity this year was to design our own Valentine's Day box to share Valentine's cards in.  You know, like back at school.  No biggee.  YES it is!!
But not to be outdone, I put on my thinking cap and came up with this:








 
It's kind of fun!  Hot glue and a whole lot of conversation hearts!  I started with an old round wooden box I picked up at a garage sale for a quarter.  I cut a slot in the top and covered it in pink paper.  I used some washi tape around the slot edges.  Then I glued on hearts.  It really wasn't that hard of a project.  And it looks adorable, I think.  To finish it off, I sprayed the box with a sealant so that the hearts wouldn't crumble away (or no one would start licking on it).
 
With all the activities for Valentines Day going on at work I used my cricut to cut out a bunch of hearts.  I had all these sheets laying around my craft room, and look what my sweet husband did!
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!