Friday, August 22, 2014

Cutting Edge Blog Hop @ Pretty Pink Posh

There's a pretty cool blog hop going on over at Pretty Pink Posh, maker of all things sequins, dies, stamps and general cuteness!  When I saw all the fun going on and the sponsors, I had to jump in.

As luck would have it, I just got this new stamp set from Waffle Flower last week.  It's their brand new "A Homemade Christmas" set.  When I saw that they were a sponsor for the hop I decided to break in my new stamps.

I'd been pondering what to make, and all my crafty thoughts went straight into this gorgeous teal/gold panel card.  One of the requirements is that you use a die, so I went for my Lil Inker Designs Stitched oval mat frame.  The rest of my supply list can be found below.

Follow this link to the Cutting Edge Blog Hop with Pretty Pink Posh and check it out.  Even if you don't enter a project, you might still win a prize.  Be sure you read the rules for the hop entries.  Good luck and I'd love it if you leave me some bloggy love!



Supplies:  Pretty Pink Posh yellow sequins, Waffle Flower A Homemade Christmas stamp set, Lil Inker Designs stitched oval mat frame, Spellbinders Golden Glow ink, Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass distress ink, Inkssentials mini blending tool, Memento Luxe black ink, Stickles yellow glitter glue, My Mind's Eye 6x6 Remarkable paper pad, We R Memory Keepers large enamel dot, Zing aqua embossing powder, Versamark ink, American Cradts adhesive glitter tape, May Arts Ribbon natural twine, pop dots



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Spellbinders Birthday Flower card

I need to make some all occasion cards that can be mass produced but not take an extreme amount of time to create.
 
So I turned to my new Spellbinders Celebra'tions Just Because set.  I had the wonderful opportunity to work with the creator of this collection, Richard Garay himself (eek!), during my recent guest blogger stint at the CHA Paper Arts show in Atlanta.
 
 
The thing I love about this set? Sentiments, shapes and dies, all in one pretty little package!  Perfection!  16 fun pieces to work with that are so versatile.  The sentiments font has a bit of a Celtic look to it which I find very interesting.
 
I started with a gorgeous piece of We R Memory Keepers orange wash designer paper from the Inked Rose pad and embossed it with this embossing folder, then added a strip of orange polka dot washi tape from Queen and Company.  
 
Next, I stamped a bunch of the larger flowers (I'm going to layer these) with Spellbinders Celebra'tions ink using the Odacious Orange, Captivating Coral and Golden Glow.  I cut the images using the dies with my die cutting machine, including cutting several of the larger circles as a raised embellishment on the flower.  Remember, I'm mass producing, so I did a bunch at once to save time. 
 
Lastly, I layered my flowers and painted some Clearsnap Smooch Glitz in Frost for a sparkly, shiny effect, raised the center with pop dots and added a Freckled Fawn neon enamel dot.  This was placed on a piece of vellum embellished with Queen and Company orange bubbles and my stamped sentiment.
 
 
 
Next time, I think I'll try heat embossing that sentiment in white but for mass production, simple stamping was the way to go.
#CHASHOW

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summer card with homemade washi tape

We're having a fun show-n-tell this weekend at Mountain Plains Crafters and the theme is end of summer/back to school.  I hit a bit of a creative block, so I decided to try this tutuorial I had bookmarked awhile back, how to make homemade washi tape, found here.  I used a microporous medical tape as opposed to the thicker kind that has ridges, and veered from the tutorial a bit, using my Ranger Inkssentials mini blending tool instead of baby wipes to blend.  I laid out a couple of wide strips on a large acrylic block, then cut into smaller strips with my Cutterbee retractable craft knife, then inked the tape with my new Spellbinders ink.  (Gifted items from the Spellbinders workshop at the Craft and Hobby Association Paper Arts show.  Love this ink!!)
 
 
 
Next, I picked out a couple of fun Unity Stamps to ink over the colored washi tape with Tim Holtz Brushed Cordoroy distress ink, and let dry overnight.
 
 
The next day, I gently peeled the strips off the block and placed on white cardstock and trimmed.  I could have separated the strips and had a gap inbetween, but I opted not to for this card.  Might try that next time.
 
It looks so much brighter on the white cardstock background!  Love it.  The finishing touches are Doodlebug Design fishes (samples from CHA-thanks Doodlebug!), Queen and Company orange buttons and blue bubbles, orange jute cord, burlap ribbon with a raised bubble sticker, designer paper from Colorbok (green striped) and Woodgrain cardstock from Crate Paper Maggie Holmes, one of my favorite stacks ever!  I am in love with this cute summer card.  Hope you get inspired to try a new technique next time you need to get out of a crafty funk.....
 
I also plan on entering this into the Unity Friends with Flair Challenge this week.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Blogiversary WINNER!!

Well, I was going to wait and announce this on the actual day of my Blogiversary which is Friday August 15th, but I'll be out of town and besides.....I can't hold a secret that long!

Thanks to everyone who helped me celebrate my 1 year anniversary of crafty blogging.  It's been a fabulous year with the start up of Mountain Plains Crafters and my guest blogger stint at the Craft and Hobby Association Paper Arts show in Atlanta recently.....

So, without further ado....via Rafflecopter, the winner is.....

Congratulations Kathy!  I'll shoot you an email and get your prize to you.

Autumn Gold Foil card w/tag

 I am so ready for Fall to get here.  I've never been much of a summer girl, especially where we live in the South.  It's hot, muggy, and all the mosquitos within a 50 mile radius find their way to me.  Nobody else, just me.  I can go to a baseball game and everyone around me is fine.  Me, on the other hand, I'm jumping up and down, scratching, griping about the bug spray that never works.....so yeah, not a summer girl.

Autumn is my favorite time of year.  Always has been.  I love the chill in the air, the leaves changing, and pumpkins on every corner. 

With that in mind, I picked up this gorgeous S.E.I. paper pad from the Scrapbook Expo last month.  It has the most luscious kraft and foil papers in colors ranging from gold, silver, purple and blue.  I'd been looking for foil papers to do some embossing so this girl snatched it right up.  Isn't it beautiful?




I embossed the gold foil paper with my leaf folder and Cuttlebug.  Who knew it would be so difficult to take a picture of gold foil??  It kept picking up the blue shirt I was wearing in the background.  But it is so pretty in person.  Next, I made a tag with another piece of paper from the same pack, a chevron gold and kraft design.  This was embossed and cut with Spellbinders new Celebra'tions Pierced Rectangles dies.  I created a mini tag with the words Happy Fall (Unity Stamp Co) embossed in white Ranger embossing powder and cut with Lil Inkers Design stitched tag die. 

For the leaves, I have another Unity stamp that I used by stamping with glue onto textured cardstock, then sprinkling fine gold glitter and setting slightly with a heat tool.  Be sure you've got some heavy duty wipes to clean off any excess glue if you try this.  I used Crafter's Essential hand wipes for my hands and stamps.  It cleans stamps like a dream!  The finishing touches were some May Arts Ribbon natural twine and Queen and Company orange bubbles and buttons.  Hurry up Fall, and get here!



I plan on entering this project into the SEI Lifestyle challenge and the Unity Friends with Flair challenge this week.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Graphic 45 gift box - Raining cats & dogs

I made this cool little gift box out of a make-n-take kit that I got from the Craft and Hobby Association Paper Arts show. 

This guest blogger was madly taking photos and tweeting on the last day.  The lovely Joanna, from Graphic 45, allowed me a photo op from the project done earlier that morning, then gave me the goods to make one at home.

I took a picture of the sample.  Did I look at the sample or project sheet while working on my own?  No.  Should I have?  Probably.....ok, yes!   You know how sometimes you just want to put something together without reading the directions??  Haha, oh well.  I don't think I strayed too far from the original.

Here's the sample from the show:



And here's my front, side and back shot.  I think it turned out ok.  
What do you think?







Supplies:  Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs stickers and paper trim, kraft cardstock base/tag, ribbon, Yellow Bicycle burlap flower sticker, May Arts Ribbon 2mm black twine

(The Graphic 45 sample photo is posted with express permission of the Craft and Hobby Association.  Please do not copy)  #CHASHOW

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Halloween card....Enter if you dare!

I recently had a visit with my cousin who is all about Halloween.  This girl goes all out.  I've seen it and yes, it is quite the spectacle.

With Fall just around the corner, I was totally in the mood to ink up some Unity stamps that I've had for awhile, and after getting all pumped up from my cousin on Halloween, that's the direction I went.  I actually won this set last year in a blog hop.  It's called Halloween Chatter.

I plan on entering this in a couple challenges this week:  Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge and Unity Friends with Flair.  Scroll down if you'd like to see how I made this.




First, I started out with a metallic silver embossed card, then cut several frames with nesting dies and my Cuttlebug.  Next, I inked up the smaller frame (which was cut on watercolor paper) using Spellbinders Celebra'tions Pretty Plum ink (this ink is luscious & juicy!), an orange distress marker and the Unity sentiment.  Once stamped, I touched up with water and a paintbrush to add some fading around the lettering.  Need some spooky, right?
I splattered some October Afternoon Jack O'lantern Sprinklers around the sentiment for more creepy fun.  I usually unscrew the spray nozzle and tap lightly for better control. 
The orange fuzzy ribbon was cut in strips and secured with rolled up mini glue dots.  I added some sparkly orange Queen & Company bubbles, fussy cut the spider and black cat, and adhered with pop dots.  Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ballet Celebrate card

Isn't this a sweet card for a little ballerina?  I'm making some birthday cards and was looking to use some of the FabScraps goodies that I brought back from CHA.
FabScraps came over all the way from South Africa to the Atlanta trade show.  Those ladies had the most delightful accent, and no, I did not point that out. 

I actually used 3 products on this card from CHA.  FabScraps had a booth at Open Market that completely SOLD OUT!  If you didn't make it to their table in time, you were out of luck.  I was a smart girl, heading to their table first.  I picked out this pack of pink ballet designed paper called "Victoria's Shoes" and the coordinating sticker pack.  Look closely and you'll see that I distressed the paper.



I also created a Celebrate sentiment using the Spellbinders Celebra'tions Tape It stamp set.  I stamped it in a blush ink so it doesn't show up as well in this photograph but it's so pretty in person. 

The 3rd CHA product I used was from Pinkfresh Studio.  I fell in love with Kinnari Zaveri's super trendy products.  I snagged this washi tape from Open Market also.  The colors were perfect for this card.

Lastly, I scattered some pretty green gemstones and added these gorgeous Queen & Co clear bubbles that I picked up on my recent trip to the Scrapbook Expo in Duluth, GA. 



I also recently had the opportunity to meet one of my design team members in person from Mountain Plains Crafters.  MariLynn was traveling on vacation to the South and we worked out our schedules to meet up.  She made the beautiful quilled flowers!  She's so sweet.  July was a fun month for me, no doubt! 
#CHASHOW

Sunday, August 3, 2014

My time as guest blogger with CHA Paper Arts

Ah, what a time I had in Atlanta last week.  But as they say, all good things must come to an end.

If you're new to my blog, let me quickly fill you in.  This crafty girl found out that the Craft and Hobby Association would be holding an Inaugural Paper Arts trade show in Atlanta.  Over a month ago, I began an online quest to get into this event.  The powers-that-be got wind of my quest, called me, and asked me to be their guest blogger and show photographer.  You can read about my quest in the July 2014 archives here on my blog.




The time I spent at the show exceeded my expectations and then some.  Let me tell you, it was HARD work;  harder than I thought.  Had it not been for major technical difficulties on day one, dropped internet connections, password not working, re-writing my first post 3 times due to said problems, required apps draining the life of my phone....haha.  I can laugh now but I wasn't laughing then!  Luckily, I had a back-up plan.  If I've learned anything in life, it's always have a back-up plan.   





Day one was filled with workshops and seminars.  I learned so much!  Day two was the opening of the exhibit hall and more seminars.  The exhibit hall was filled with vendor booths who showcased their new holiday products and current releases.  So many cool things, enamel dots in every color of the rainbow, crochet doilies, kraft products, thousands of items!    Total sensory overload, and this was a smaller show! 

People somehow knew who I was, as they would come up to me and say, "oh, hey, you're Terri".  I found out later that CHA had put out a little blurb about me a few days prior to the show.  


I'm so glad I did my research.  I tried to touch base with every vendor via Facebook or Twitter, prior to the show, to familiarize myself with the companies, their designers, etc.  Of course, many I was well familiar with and many I was not.  So research was a very good thing.

I loved meeting so many people I've admired from afar.  I tried not to be a crafty geek and fawn over some of these people, but in a couple instances, I failed miserably!  All in all, I think I kept it together pretty much.  ;) 

When I wasn't blogging, attending workshops, taking notes in seminars, tweeting like a mad woman or photographing everything in sight, I was spending time with different companies, learning new tricks, partaking in only two or three make-n-takes as that's all I had time for.  Lunch?  Forget about it.  No time.  I actually lost weight when I got home.  All that walking and no time for meals.  I'm not complaining.  I'd rather talk to the folks that came all the way from South Africa, Australia, Nepal and China. 




Would I do it again?  In a heartbeat!  So much happened in those 3 days.  I'm sure I'll be reflecting on this for a long time to come.  Here I am, 3 days after the event and I'm continuing to get tweet responses and good feedback.  I hope the folks at CHA were happy with how it went, minus a few bumps in the road.




I was hoping to blog on my own site while I was there, but as you can see, there was no time.  I'm listing the links below, if you wish to read my blog posts.  The first is the blurb about me, from CHA.  The rest are from me.  Happy reading!



(The above photos were posted with the express permission from the Craft and Hobby Association.  Please do not copy without permission.)  #CHASHOW

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Want to win ribbon? May Arts Ribbon Rainbow Challenge

I got picked to be in the May Arts Ribbon Rainbow challenge!  If you will, please visit the link below and comment which is your favorite.  I'd like it if mine is your favorite, but if it's not, I'm ok with sharing the crafty love! 

I'll tell you a bit about my project.  I watercolored a sky and rainbow, then created a window frame, curtains, blinds,  and flower box.  If you look close, you'll see glitter and sequins on the rainbow.  I used 6 different May Arts Ribbons, but only four were required:

The flowers, the leaves made with green chevron ribbon, the mini raffia bow ribbon, the red curled ribbon, the kraft twine, and a strip of sequin ribbon on the rainbow.  Oh and the butterflies were cut from May Arts Ribbon too.  So it's 7 MAR products! 


VOTE FOR ME HERE:  May Arts Ribbon challenge




OTHER SUPPLIES:
Unity Stamp Co Jillibean Blossom Soup butterfly, Pretty Pink Posh yellow sequins, Twinkling H29's shimmer paints, Tim Holtz distress markers, Prima shaped enamel dots

Butterfly inspiration from MPC

I arrived home yesterday from my stint as the guest blogger at the Craft and Hobby Association 2014 Paper Arts Show.  I'll tell you all about it this weekend and give you some links....but first....

When I checked in with Mountain Plains Crafters, the girls decided we should all post a butterfly card tomorrow just for fun.

As I began working, I thought how cool would it be to incorporate as many products as I could from the goodies I brought back from CHA?
So here goes:  the paper is from Anna Griffin's Pretty Paper Collection.  I used the Spellbinders' Celebra'tions Many Words stamp sentiment, Pierced Squares and Golden Glow ink, the Mod Podge Woodgrain stencil and FolkArt metallic acrylic paint in Bright Gold (both are Plaid products), the Stampendous glitter embossed leaf I made in the exhibit hall, elements from Graphic 45's Raining Cats and Dogs stickers (thanks Joanna!), the Crafters Essentials hand wipes to clean my hands and stamps, The Sizzix Stampers Secret Weapon Pad by Stephanie Barnard. 

Wowza!  That's 10 different items.  In addition, I also used vintage butterflies I made with Paper Smooches dies, Lil Inkers Design tag die, Tim Holtz brushed corduroy distressed ink, Queen & Co yellow bubbles, and.......I think that's it.  Whew! 

Go check out the rest of the design teams pretty butterfly cards here:  Butterfly beauties





#CHASHOW

Monday, July 28, 2014

Countdown to CHA, Day 2 ...Butterflies!

(To follow the entire saga, view my blog archives...this is my Quest to get into the Craft and Hobby association trade show in Atlanta......and I'm going!)

This is it.  The day before.  Butterflies are hitting hard so what better way to channel my energy than to get crafty and make, you guessed it,  butterflies.

The design team at Mountain Plains Crafters have all decided we should have a scrap swap amongst ourselves.  Any good crafter knows good and well that you save every little scrap.  Nothing goes to waste.  So I took some of my scraps and made butterflies with my Paper Smooches dies.  I especially love to make vintage or wordy butterflies.  I think the girls will love 'em.

With one day left, I piddled around with those apps some more and re-read all the instructions for photo ops and workshop supplies that I need to bring.  I spent some quality time at Starbucks yesterday on wifi, experimenting with the apps and my Kindle Fire HD.  Looks like I've got all my bases covered.  

I'm looking forward to Day 1; workshop day.  Right up my alley too.  What's that you say?  You want me to go to workshops and make stuff?  Crafty, awesome, super cool stuff with tools that look like dental instruments and hob nobbin' with Graphic 45, Sizzix and Spellbinders and Stephanie Barnard? Ok, can do, no need to twist my arm, particularly the left....kind of have a bum shoulder.


(Today, my Blogiversary giveaway goes live.  Be sure and enter here.  Ends 8/12/14.)

Blogiversary Giveaway! Let's Party!

A lot has happened in a year and just this week, I'm celebrating several milestones with Waving My Wand; 10,000 page views and 200 posts.  Plus my 1 year anniversary is coming up in a couple weeks, so it's time to give away a prize!

In the past year, not only have I grown as a crafter, but I joined a couple of cool chics and formed Mountain Plains Crafters, a fun place to hang out, enter challenges and win prizes.  If you told me a year ago that I would be the guest blogger at the Craft and Hobby Association's Inaugural Papercrafters trade show in Atlanta, (coming up July 29-31st) I'd say you were out of your mind.  To say this has been a great year, is putting it mildly.

I'm giving a prize pack of some of my favorite things:  Unity stamps, Prima enamel dots, My Minds Eye Flair 6 x 6 paper pad, American Craft ric rac ribbon and the newest issue of Papercraft and Scrapbook Magazine's Creative Spaces issue, jam packed with ways to inspire you in creating your crafty domain.  This prize pack retails for $40.00.




Click the Rafflecoptor link below to enter.  Contest ends 8/12/14.  Winner announced on 8/15/14.






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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Countdown to CHA, the WEEKEND edition!

(To follow the entire saga, view my blog archives...this is my Quest to get into the Craft and Hobby association trade show in Atlanta......and I'm going!)

Stress.  I hate it.  Although, I must say, I usually handle it pretty well.  It takes a lot for me to buckle under pressure and even then, I don't buckle.

The reason I mention it is that several things have happened, all at once.  Isn't that the way of it?  Everything in life comes in three's, it seems.  I'm juggling an unusually increased work load and trying to stay caught up in anticipation of my leave taking for CHA.  At the same time, my phone has suddenly decided to have spasms and is draining at about the same speed as my bathtub when the plug has been pulled.  And, for the icing on the cake, I have two required apps to learn which will assist my blogging prowess and photo capturing finesse, courtesy of the lovely people at CHA headquarters. 

Now before my buddy Jason up at CHA headquarters blows a gasket, he has been ever so gracious in assisting me every step of the way, including options to work around those lovely apps.  What he doesn't know, is this chic don't quit!  So I've been up late at night, creating drafts, trying to figure out the phone drain, looking up online fix it solutions.....and what have I learned?

1.  One of the apps wants to load every picture on my phone, all 800+ photos into it's little happy box.  The fix?  Turn off camera upload for now so it won't keep cycling in the background.
2.  The other app is telling me I don't have certain permissions.  Somebody, give me permission. 
3.  Remove the child's silly games and any other unnecessary programs running in the background.  Done.  Phone is already back to its normal, productive self.  Hallelujah!

With all this unexpected stress, you should know that I did have a minor meltdown that was extremely cathartic.  Now I can go back to business as usual.  

On the up side, I've got excited vendors contacting me to tell me what booth they'll be at and a stunning compliment from the hubs who has been apparently reading my blog in full, each and every day.  He said, and  I quote, (because I had to ask him to repeat himself out of stunned disbelief) that I impressed him with my literary expertise and the ability to get my point across and, at the same time, surround it with my witty humor, both captivating and informative. 

Well alrighty then.  I'll take that compliment. With a side of chocolate, please.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mountain Plains Crafters Christmas in July Blog Hop

Welcome to our Christmas in July blog hop with Mountain Plains Crafters!  So, excited that you could join us.  This is a 2 day hop so there's time to share with your friends.

If you arrived from Pam's blog, you are in the right place.  Please take a moment to thank our sponsor and go like the Clearsnap Facebook page.  Tell them Mountain Plains Crafters sent you!  Also, thanks to Hydrangea Hippo for sending us the products to test and giveaway!  @Clearsnap #Clearsnap

We are giving away an awesome prize bundle from Clearsnap:  Smooch in Spruce, Smooch Spritz in Cashmere and Colorbox archival ink in Saddle.


Leave a comment below and then hop on over to Sheryl's Creative Corner for the next stop. If you get lost, here's the other links:


P.S.  Bookmark my blog 'cause starting Monday 7/28/14, I'm having a Blogiversary Giveaway.  Don't miss it!

For my project, I masked my card with a center squared piece of cardstock and sprayed Smooch Spritz all around.  This stuff shimmers and shines! 

Next, I inked up this sweet bird (and sentiment) from the Unity Stamp Co. October 2013 Kit of the month, with the Colorbox Saddle ink.  I am in love with this ink!  It stamps so clean and crisp and is so full of color.  I think this will be my new go-to ink for vintage projects and Woodgrain or nature stamps.  Lastly, I heat embossed a mistletoe stamped image with white Ranger embossing powder, then painted on the Spruce Smooch and fussy cut after it was dry.  I also painted over a few white Basic Grey enamel dots with the Spruce.


The brown bubbles on the card and mistletoe are from Queen & Co.  Adorable, right?
*Note: the enamel dots were still a little wet the next morning, so I'd allow at least 24 hours to dry.

Supplies: Queen & Co brown bubbles, Basic Grey candy buttons, Unity Stamp Co. October 2013 Kit of the Month, Clearnap Smooch in Spruce, Clearsnap Smooch Spritz in Cashmere, Clearsnap Colorbox Archival Ink in Saddle, Ranger white embossing powder, Versamark clear ink, heat tool, embossing buddy

Countdown to CHA, Day 5.....Distractions

(To follow the entire saga, view my blog archives...this is my Quest to get into the Craft and Hobby association trade show in Atlanta......and I'm going!)

I'm having one of those days.  You know, the day that never ends?  It started with a cup of french press coffee brewed at home.  By the 10 o'clock hour, I was begging my co-worker for a cup from her Keurig.  I rarely beg. 
 
I'm usually able to check my personal e-mail a couple times throughout the day but today was so busy, I didn't check it until 7:30 pm.  Wouldn't you know, there was an expected e-mail from CHA that needed addressing.  Trying to do anything at 7:30 in the evening, with a 12 year old male wannabe comic, is nigh to impossible. 
 
The boy is currently going through his Adam Sandler/Jim Carrey/Chris Farley routine.  I told him he needed some new material and he quickly pulled off a spot on impression straight out of Ace Ventura Pet Detective that would have done Jim Carrey proud.  He's obsessed with comic impressionists, Jim Meskimen and Frank Caliendo, watching their You tube videos and copying their sketches.  This boy, who once wanted to be a chemist, then a wrestler or NBA basketball player is now instead honing his comic skills.  Seriously?  He's working on DeNiro, Pacino, and just gave me a dose of Gilbert Godfreid.  Unbelievable.  Recently, he made me put one of his impressions on You tube.  I had to do the wording EXACTLY like he said.  Title?  "Kid does Adam Sandler".  The description?  "This kid is amazing!"  I am not kidding.
 
So, not much happening today on the quest.  I did peek at some tweets and download a required app at the request of CHA a.k.a Jason (hi Jason!) that I'll be utilizing at the show.  And I looked around at said app to get comfy with it.  Meanwhile, Last Comic Standing is on tv and the boy is mesmerized. 
Oh and that Ace Ventura impression I mentioned?  He fixed his hair to match.  I'm thinking another video will soon be in the making.


 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Countdown to CHA, Day 6.....what to wear??

Yes, I already know what to wear.  Sort of.  A friend asked me a couple of weeks ago if I'd given any thought to it.  Do men get asked these same questions?  "Hey, Bill, whatcha wearin' to the trade show?"  Somehow, I think not.  According to what I read at the Craft and Hobby Association's illustrious website, it's business casual for the trade show.

Do you know how long it's been since I've bought new clothes?   Let's see, the number one hit was Barry Manilow's "Mandy" and gas was what, $1.09 a gallon?  Ok, so it hasn't really been that long, but it has been awhile. I actually do have a couple go-to outfits for business conferences, but to hear my mother tell it, she thinks I can't dress myself. Yes, you heard it here folks; my 72 year old mother is trying to give me fashion advice.

I'll admit, I'm not real happy with my mother trying to tell me what to wear.  I'm a big girl now and I've been dressing myself for a long time.  However, you do need to know that my mother matches everything.  EVERYTHING!  The purple outfit has to match with the purple shoes and oh, wait, let me go switch to my matching handbag....but which one?  The purple patterned bag or the solid?  Then, there's the jewelry.  "Wait, we can't leave the house until I find my purple watch!"  Are you still with me?

Listen, I'm a simple girl with simple taste and I don't have a bank account that allows for mix and match handbags, shoes and watches.  So thank you very much mother for your heartfelt concern, but if I hear one more word from you......that's right; Santa won't be visiting your house this year.  Plus, I don't think you want me airing anymore dirty laundry.  Oh, wait....now I remember where that sequined shirt is......





Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Deer Birthday card

Why is it that I'm always in a hurry these days?  The great thing about stamping is, you can go as simple or as elaborate as you want.  I could have spent some quality time with distress markers (actually, I did use some on the heart....) or stamping on patterned paper and fussy cutting these images, but sometimes, simple is just right.
 
When it's late at night and you remember that it's the hubs birthday?  Yup.  You go simple; a sweet card for my son to give his dad.  I used my new Queen & Co washi tape and bubbles that I purchased from the Scrapbook Expo last week.  Not too girly, and I think all the brown gives it just the right touch for a guy, especially with that natural twine from May Arts Ribbon.  Those stamps?  From one of my favorite stamp companies of course, Unity Stamp Co!  Happy Birthday Dad!  **Scroll to the bottom for giveaway details***
 
 
Supplies: Queen & Co. polka dot washi tape and brown bubbles, Colorbox Saddle ink, Unity Stamp Co Deer to Me kit, May Arts Ribbon natural twine, Tim Holtz distress markers, white gel pen
 
 
I'm just about to reach a milestone on my blog and will be having a giveaway any day now...also, we are having a Christmas in July Blog Hop on Friday and Saturday, July 25-26th.  Check in with my other crafty blog, Mountain Plains Crafters and hop along for a nice prize!  All you have to do is comment at each blog.  Some of the girls will be offering additional prizes as well.  Fun!

Countdown to CHA, Day 7...Randomness

(To follow the entire saga, view my blog archives...this is my Quest to get into the Craft and Hobby association trade show in Atlanta......and I'm going!)

I'm trying to stay ahead of the game with knowledge.  Today, I took a look at the vendor list and decided to pick a random company that I wasn't familiar with.  So, I reverted to a child-like state and played a little game we all know and love; eenie meenie miney moe.  Moe landed smack dab on Creativebug.  I've never heard of this company and the title alone gave me no clue as to what it represented other than creativeness of some form.


I found the website and it was evident that I was way off base with my imaginings.  Actually, this would be the hot spot for learning.  They offer video workshops for a small fee, and two different plan options.  Whether you want to learn knitting, sewing, painting, etc.  Once you purchase a class, it's yours forever.  It stays in your file to view again and again, should you need to go back and review a tip or technique.  Pretty cool, huh?  I took a look at the staff and their job descriptions also. They look pretty smart to me, with the exception of the Power Ranger....(just kidding).

 A few topics caught my eye; stamping and mixed media, both offering interesting tutorials such as how to carve rubber stamps or paint a silhouette.  I took a peek at Glue 101 under the mixed media section.  It was an almost 20 minute chapter that you can view for free.  I've got to say, it was very well done and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

If you're not a crafter, a.k.a my sister, and you're reading this, then you can stop rolling your eyes.  The rest of you know exactly what I mean.  Kind of glad I went all random today. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Countdown to CHA, Day 8...Glorious paper

(To follow the entire saga, view my blog archives...this is my Quest to get into the Craft and Hobby association trade show in Atlanta...and yes. I'm going!)

Here we are with 8 days left until the big show.  I'm continuing to get feedback from sponsors who've responded to my tweets and Facebook posts.   My biggest concern?  Getting to the event on time! 

I know how bad Atlanta traffic is so I'm driving in the night before to spend the night at my cousin's house (hi, Tracy!), who lives 30 minutes or so from downtown ATL, all to cut my drive time Tuesday morning.  I'm hoping if I leave Marietta at 6:30 am, I'll arrive in an hour at the latest, and have 30 minutes to find where I need to be and get ready for the 8:00 workshop.  Whew!  Crunch time! 

No extra funds in my budget for a hotel room so you work with what you've got, right? 

Back to the show.  One of the workshops I'll be attending is sponsored by the ever fabulous Graphic 45.  If you love paper, especially vintage style, then you know who G45 is.  Oh my goodness, I adore and drool over ev-er-y thing they make!   Here's an Easter card I made awhile back with the Sweet Sentiments paper.   



One of the tools I need to bring to that workshop is a crop-a-dile.  As my husband succinctly put it, "that thing looks like a tooth extractor!"  Do I own one of these tooth extractors?  No, I do not.  So, I put out an all-call on Facebook and before the day was through, I had several crafty friends come to the rescue.  I drove over to my friend Deb's house to pick up one rather large dental instrument and got to meet sweet Gracie.  Isn't she adorable? 


Deb gave me a quick lesson on the features and use of this pretty awesome tool and I gained a new respect for one of We R Memory Keepers most popular products.  Deb, you are a lifesaver AND the master of heat embossing.  Hey, she taught me everything I know.
 
Keep checking in and travel with me on this extraordinary journey into the inner workings of what goes on at the Craft and Hobby Association trade shows.  It all starts July 29, 2014.  And I'll be there.    (Ok, that sounds so "Walter Cronkite")

** Check out my blog daily I'm about to celebrate some major milestones; 200 posts, 10,000 pageviews and coming up in August, my 1 year Blog-iversary!  I'll be having a giveaway any day now...and while you're at it...go visit my other blog, Mountain Plains Crafters.  We're having a Christmas in July blog hop on Friday, July 25th that you don't want to miss with a bundle prize from Clearsnap.  Can we say Smooch? 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Countdown to CHA ATL 2014, Day 9

(To follow the entire saga, view my blog archives...this is my Quest to get into the Craft and Hobby association trade show in Atlanta...and yes. I'm going!)

Saturday, I attended the Scrapbook Expo in Duluth, GA.  My scrappy friend Nancy asked me to go and I had to think long and hard about it.  NOT! 

This was the perfect opportunity to do a little networking.  I knew Spellbinders was going to be there and so was Richard Garay, who I'd been tweeting with recently.  I stalked that booth like a Mountain lion ready to pounce it's prey, until the ever fabulous Mr. Garay made an appearance.  When I finally spotted him,  I parted the crowd, shoving old ladies and their tennis ball enhanced walkers out of my way, running in slo-mo with my bags flapping in the wind. 

The less dramatic version??  Ok, ok, yes, I did perform a bit of Crafter-azzi, with minor lurking, but no old ladies were harmed during the impending meeting with Mr. Garay.  A short but professional conversation ensued with parting comments about the upcoming CHA show.

Guess who else I met?  Wendy, the illustrious owner of Queen and Company!!  Many months ago, while searching for sponsors for Mountain Plains Crafters, I had emailed Queen & Co a couple of times, but never got a response.  I am well aware that there are only so many crafty blogs you can donate to or sponsor, so I left it alone.  While chatting up a gentleman working that booth, I thought I'd make a final inquiry and stab at sponsorship, when this sweet lady turns around and hands me a piece of paper with her email written down.  It was Wendy!  I knew she looked familiar.  Good grief, I've been to their company website so many times, follow them on Facebook, have posted my own projects to their site....but never expected to see Wendy herself.  Can I say she was lovely, sweet and funny with this Crafter-azzi?  I love her!  My design team went nuts when I told them.  Of course, I stocked up on bubbles and polka dot washi tape.  I seriously wanted to scream to all the shoppers nearby, "hel-lo people!! Do you know who this is??!!" 

Me and Wendy 


Me and Jenny

Another crafty guru that was there?  Jenny Bowlin!  Wow, I never expected to meet so many crafting designers that I love, follow and adore.  I got to meet her super sweet family too.  They are precious folks.   While making my puchase, the power in the entire building went out.  Complete and utter darkness fell. You could hear nervous giggling, oohs and ahs from every direction.  What to do?  Whip out the cell and turn on the  flashlight app so Mr. Bowlin can complete my purchase.  Yeah......we bonded.

 Being at the Expo was the perfect time to practice my reporting skills on a few store owners, and they were gracious enough to consent.  I learned a lot about the economy and the blow that small store owners have taken;  the merging of companies, the lack of supply in some products...and so on.  A busy, fun-filled, interesting day.

One final shoutout to my sweet niece who whipped out matching t-shirts and a tote bag for me and my friend to advertise my blog.  They definitely garnered a lot of interest.  Thanks Anna at Little Mann's!                                                         

Friday, July 18, 2014

Quest for CHA, Part 10.

(To follow the entire saga, view my blog archives...this is my Quest to get into the Craft and Hobby association trade show in Atlanta!)

By the time I arrive at the Craft and Hobby Association's Inaugural Papercrafting Trade show (gosh, I really like how that rolls off my tongue), it will have been almost a month since my quest began.

You may not know this, but I was working angles, planning strategies and trying to  pull strings before this quest went public.  I'm still amazed how quickly everything fell into place. 

I've got about four different things I'm juggling at the moment, not including family.  Actually, I probably need to revise that number because I know it's more than four, but I dare not take the time to calculate the true number, hence becoming overwhelmed at the sheer number of tasks placed before me, which would then lead to me crawling into a dark corner somewhere, curling up into the fetal position and begin sucking my thumb!  Seriously?  It's not that bad.  Plus, I'm a really good juggler; just don't throw extra plates or balls at me.

Today I'm continuing to connect with CHA vendors.  I've looked at follow-up responses to my tweets and now I'm trying to familiarize myself with products.  Many of the vendors I know well (their products).  I know what kind of products they market, signature styles and lines,  who's vintage and who's not.  There are however, quite a few companies I'm NOT familiar with.  I'm enjoying spending time going to their websites and being introduced to new products.  I'm also discovering that there's a lot of emphasis on Christmas in July!  Wow, I never realized how much.  Hey, that's not a bad thing either.  I saw somewhere recently that Christmas is something like 23 weeks away?  Say it ain't so!  According to my CHA schedule, the holidays are a big emphasis at this event.  It's all about new products coming out and marketing strategies for Christmas...well not ALL, but I gather from my research that there will be a whole host of holiday unvealings.  Yours truly gets to be right smack in the middle of all that.  Yeah!  Don't think this is all being handed to me on a silver platter though.  I put some hard work into it, let me tell you.   It's not going to be a big party for me.  I'll be working my tush off, making sure I keep up my end of the bargain.  At the same time it WILL be fun!  Every day I do a little happy dance.  Kind of like Steve Carrell in Evan Almighty.  You need to see that movie, if only for the happy dance.  And the outtakes.  Oh my, the outtakes are hilarious!!  The hammer and the thumb??  You remember, right?! 

The Quest might take a break for the weekend and come back full throttle Monday with a weekend update.  I'm thinking...do we need to change the story from quest to countdown?  Tell me what you think?  Have a great weekend and dream a little dream.  Then go make it happen!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Quest for CHA, Part 9....Tweetin' at the midnight hour!

(To follow the entire saga, view my blog archives...this is my Quest to get into the Craft and Hobby association trade show in Atlanta...and yes.  I'm going!)

I've got 11 more days before the big event.  Just 11.  Eeeeek!  I've been tweeting like a mad man, up til midnight last night, and leaving Facebook posts on vendor pages.  I think I've made contact with all but a few who I couldn't find on social media;  just leaving a one-liner, telling them who I am and that I'm looking forward to meeting them.  Anna Griffin said she can't wait to meet me.  And so did Sizzix.  My life is now complete. 
Who am I kidding?!  We all know,  Anna Griffin has better things to do with her time.  Like drawing up fabulous new paper designs and fabulous new embossing folders in which to place said fabulous new papers.......all of which I can't wait to get a peek of.  New goodies!
Earlier, I was having a quick chat with my design team from Mountain Plains Crafters and we had a furious selfie exchange as I am attending CHA and they are not.  Sarcastic jabs with matching photos were going back and forth in our chat room.  The final entry was this heart photo from me, and a caption that I wish I could take them with me. 
These are wonderful, caring, giving women from the age of 28 to 50 something (I dare not reveal THAT number).  Most are working full time jobs, then come home to their families and complete the endless list of tasks at hand, and like me, saunter off to their crafty domain to spend more hours doing what they love and giving of their talents not only to MPC, but to other crafty blogs and companies as well.  So let me give a shout out to my two co-founders of MPC, Pam Stang, Sheryl Kemper and our fabulous design team:  MariLyn DeGroot, Jennifer Loftfield, Christina Ramon, Paula McClane and Deb Davison.  You guys ARE the best! 
P.S.  Look out, 'cause I might have a trick or two up my sleeve at CHA!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Quest for Cha, Part 8....Welcome to Oz!

(To follow the entire saga, view my blog archives...this is my Quest to get into the Craft and Hobby association trade show in Atlanta)

Today, boys and girls, I have in my hot little hands, the vendor list for CHA.  I also have the floor plans.  According to this map, I will either be sandwiched inbetween Anna Griffin and Petaloo International....or by the exit door.  Me thinks it will most likely be the exit door, ha ha.  I really don't care where they park me.  I liken this chapter of my life to Dorothy being plucked right out of Kansas, to a whirlwind ride landing her smack in the middle of Oz.  Munchkinland.  Emerald City. 

Another thing you don't know about me; I'm a huge Wizard of Oz fan.  I've got the dolls, the trinket toys, the Special Anniversary DVD collection (75th to be exact).  Even my baby shower was Oz themed with my little niece and nephews dressed as Dorothy and the Lollipop Guild.  A friend even made blue/plaid curtains for my son's nursery.  Ok, maybe that was taking it a bit far....but I did love the curtains!!


 

For my birthday one year or maybe it was Christmas, my darling sister Judi (who is always trying to one-up me on gift giving) traveled two and a half hours to Atlanta to meet actor Mickey Carroll who was on an Oz tour  (he played the munchkin town crier and fiddler).  She had him autograph this huge poster for me, dedicating it to me and my son, then had it framed.  Yup, she held the title, "Reigning Queen of Gift Giving",  for a long time after that.  I took the crown back a few years later though.

So back to CHA.  Because that's what it's really all about.  Sure this is my Quest, but I'm sharing it with a wonderful organization that decided to take a chance on me and swim in uncharted waters too.   I hope this will be a wonderful experience for both of us.  Looking at my calendar, I've got just 12 days to finalize my plans.  I've been doing the research, visiting sponsor blogs, familiarizing myself with some of the vendor attendees, realizing that "oh, I've been following her for years" or "I know that name!"  It's definitely a fun process, doing all this prep work.  I wouldn't even call it work!  I've already discovered via research that yes...I DO need that Stamper's Secret Weapon Pad!  Check out the video here 'cause you're going to want one too:  Sizzix and Stephanie Barnard Stamper's Secret Weapon.

I hope you'll continue to check in every day on my journey.  Do me a favor will you?  Would you share this with your friends on Facebook?  Ask them to view my blog post?  I'm about to reach a milestone with my blog and when I do, I'm having a giveaway!  Somebody is going to win a prize.  It might be you!  Until then.....see you in Oz!
 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Manly birthday card

Sunday was my dads birthday.  It was late Saturday when I remembered.  Did I have an appropriate card in my stash?  Unfortunately for me, that was a big N-O. 
 
Tired as I was, I decided to whip something up with paper and stickers.  I'll be the first to tell you, I am NOT a sticker snob.  I know as we grow and develop as crafters and move on to other, more advanced techniques, sometimes we leave behind our first loves; stickers.
 
I've got quite the stash.  In fact, the accordion binder that holds my stickers is literally bursting at the seams.  Even now, if I see a cute set or set of words I like, I'll grab it.  Especially if it's on clearance! 
This card took me 2 minutes to make.  Yes, 2 minutes.  I used a Grandfather set from Me and My Big Ideas that had a brown crushed velvet type material and paired it with some scrap designer paper.  I had previously made that twine bow (May Arts Ribbon) and it was perfect for this card. 

And Pop was all a grin when my child gave it to him.
 
Lesson here?  Don't be a sticker snob.  They might just save the day. 
 
 
 
 
Visit our challenge blog where  currently you can upload your beach or nautical themed card for a chance to win a prize from one of our sponsors.  Hurry, ends 7/18/14!  Follow this link:
 
Please visit May Arts to see all the lovely colors of  2mm bakers twine, including the kraft color above.  They have a HUGE selection of twine and ribbon choices.   Love this stuff! 

The Quest for CHA, Part 7

(To view the entire saga, view my blog archives...this is my Quest to get into the Craft and Hobby association trade show in Atlanta)
 
If you are reading about this quest for the first time, yesterday I got word from CHA that they want me to be a guest blogger.  I think it's kind of cool that this is an inaugural event, not only the fact that its papercrafter oriented but that it's also the first time to have a guest blogger.  I'm not sure if they've had guest bloggers before that were industry people, but for sure, never someone like you and me; end users of the products.  So it's a duo-inaugural event! 
 
Yesterday, as you can imagine, I was pretty jacked up on adrenaline and coffee.  By late evening, I had so many thoughts going through my mind that I called my mom and chewed her ear for almost an hour and a half.   By 11:20 pm, she pointed out the fact that I had chewed her ear for almost an hour and a half and promptly went to bed.
 
So, here's a few of the rambling thoughts that set up residence in my head:
 
  • Have I bitten off more than I can chew? 
When I visualize the task ahead it does seem a daunting task indeed.  This is a first for CHA, but it's also a first for me.  There's a lot of what ifs but regardless of the occasional niggling doubt, deep down, I am up for the challenge and ready to go!
 
  • Which Terri do they want?  Professional Terri or Jim Carrey on estrogen?                       

 
How about a nice mix? Even though, I do lean more towards Jim Carrey as my friends and family will attest.....(Seriously? He stole a lot of my material!)  I've got to be me, right? I will do my best to keep it in check. 

Any advice for me? I would love it if you share your advice and maybe even some questions you'd like answered. Is there something you would like me to ask some of these wonderful companies or anything specific you want to know? Comment here if you do.
 
Now for a shameless plug: we're having a challenge giveaway at Mountain Plains Crafters this week. Come and link up for a chance at a prize! Submit your beach/ nautical themed project. Hurry, ends 7/18/14.