Thursday, April 27, 2017

Blue Water Bloggers Blog Hop Last Chance

Stampin' Up! So In Love

I am so excited to get to share with you a sneak peek of my wedding invitations!

When I saw the So In Love suite in the Stampin' Up Spring Occasions catalog, I was a smitten kitten.  From the delicate lace details, to the smooth satin vanilla ribbon... it was just lovely.  So it was with excellent timing that my fiancĂ© popped the question in January and I was able use this suite for my wedding invitations!

Please note - many of the supplies I used in my invitations are available only while supplies last!  This means you should definitely grab them up immediately if you want to add them to your stash to recreate this project.

I'm blog-hopping with some awesome demonstrators to show off projects featuring items from the retiring list from Stampin' Up.  It's always hard to say goodbye to favorite products... but we have to make way for new, exciting things that will be available with the new catalog in June!

Please continue the fun and check out the works of my friends.  We love it when you leave comments for us!

All of the supplies used on this project are listed below.  You can purchase them in my online store by clicking on the image.

Please make sure to use the current host code to get 3 free handmade cards in the mail from me ready for you to copy or send!

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Last Chance for Awesome Freebies!

It's been a wonderful three months filled with extra goodness with every $50 order from Stampin' Up!  Alas, all good things must come to an end...

The good news is that you still have a chance to place an order and pick out a free gift and I'm going to sweeten the deal!  Place an order of $50 or more using hostess code, BH9ANZZT, and I'll send you 5 FREE homemade cards!

To get your 5 free cards, your order must be submitted by midnight on Thursday, March 30.  You also get to pick out one of these awesome freebies!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sneak Peek of Cards for Saturday's Card Buffet!

Card & Pizza Buffet

Saturday, March 18
Make 8 cards of your choice for $16.  Class fee is waived with a minimum order at class.

I’m collaborating with my talented friend, Kurstan, to bring you 8 different cards to make!  The best part is you get to pick your assortment, make one of each or 2 or four or whatever combination appeals to you!

This will be our 2nd month at Mountain Mike’s Pizza - it looks like this is going to work out really well!  We have enough space to spread out a bit and do more projects than we could in my house.

Please plan on eating lunch at Mountain Mike’s as they kindly let us use their party room for class

- Scissors
- Adhesive Runner
- Glue Dots
- Dimensionals
- Tombow Monoadhesive Glue

*We will have adhesives available for purchase if you run out or forget anything.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Pop Up Maker Sale This Weekend!

Come join us this Saturday for my first ever Maker Sale!  I have so many talented friends and I wanted to try out bringing them together in my neighborhood for a Pop Up Sale.  If you know of anyone within driving distance of Newark, CA, tell them to come check us out!  

I promise that if nothing else, it's going to be an interesting experiment!  We'd love to have you come support us and see what we are up to!

I'd love to hear from folks that have tried something similar!  Have you ever been to garage-sale-turned-maker-fair as a buyer or seller?  Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Craft Room & Office Redo - Part 1

We moved into our lovely house in February and I L-O-V-E, love it.  The house was in great shape when we moved in and we were able to just bring our stuff in, plunk it down and start living.  And that's what we did.  We've been making the best of our old furniture in our new space, and for the most part it's working, but there's one place where it is definitely not working: the office/creative room.

You would think with a larger dedicated craft space/office than I've ever had before, that I'd be able to keep it tidy and useful... Ha!  Part of this is just me.  I need to create better habits of putting stuff away when I'm done with it.  The Boyfriend likes to say that I'm the Queen of 90%.  I'm full of ideas... I'm great at starting things... I'm not so great at the last 10% of the project, which often results in clutter.

I know that for me to put stuff away - I need it to be easy.  Like, ridiculously easy.  The less steps between me and "away," the better and some of the things in the space were just not working.  Like this beautiful armoire:

I got this a couple of years ago and thought it would be a great way to "contain" my craft mess.  Ha!  It kind of worked... in that I could close the doors to the mess if I wanted to.  But I like things open and available when I'm creating and in keeping with my personality, those doors never got closed.  I don't have a pic of it fully in action, but here's a shot of it partially cleared out in my craft space....

Trust me, I wanted this thing to work.  I painted it my favorite color ever, Coastal Cabana (now retired), and tried several different configurations.  In the end though, it was just too deep for most of my crafting stuff.  It was good for holding/hiding my printer, but if/when it jammed, it was a pain in the tukhus to get into the back of the printer.  So in the end (and after having moved this incredibly heavy piece of furniture twice....) I decided it was time to go.

It turns out getting rid of it was not as easy as expected.  

On both of my last two moves I hired movers (Best Decision Ever).  Professional movers have an amazing ability to make heavy stuff look relatively easy to move.  The Boyfriend and I tried to lift it, but I was abysmally miserable at holding up my half.  Luckily, my neighbor was home and willing to help.  The two men worked at it for waaaaay longer than we expected.   They tried it vertically, right side up and upside down.  The tried it horizontally.  They tried taking off the door to the office.  They tried removing the little feet.  Nothing.  (Well, I shouldn't say nothing, they did manage to ding up the armoire, door frame, floor and wall...)  This thing was Not Coming Out.  

Finally they tried it tipped at about a 30 degree angle and it was out.  Whew!  Now it's sitting in the garage waiting to hear about it's final destination.  I'm thinking it will work as a nice display area for my Pop Up Sale this weekend (I really need to write a post about that as well).


We definitely didn't make as much progress on the redo as I had hoped over the weekend, but it's a start.  We got that beast of an armoire out and that's no small feat, we made a trip to Ikea and we got The Boyfriend's new desk set up and moved.  More to come on all that later!  

In the meanwhile, here are some more pics of the "before"