Thursday, March 13, 2014

Kiwi Lane Designs

Back again this time to share my thoughts on the Kiwi Lane Designs I got at the scrapbook show. I finally got a chance to use them, and I have to say really do like them. The scrapbook show was the first time I had ever seen these. And if it had not been for a friends friend I probably would not have noticed them. It come in conversation about what she had bought and she had said she bought a whole kit from Kiwi Lane Designs. And I wont say how much she spent but it was a lot! LOL I had never heard of them so she took me over to see the booth and I just loved the idea. Its templates you can use to layer and design then you trace and cut then put it back together. I just loved the idea being I am very much a visual person.
The price point is not bad, sets I got was 10.00 and 12.00 would I buy a whole kit which has everything they make? No. First don't have that kind of money and second some of the cuts are rather basic. For example a (basic picture size pack) yes can see through them and mark where you want to cut your photo down. Also use them to figure out how you want your LO. But just don't know if I would buy them, you could make them yourself. These that I got were for use in card making. These are the small sets the brackets set was a accessory set and the other set is a card boarder set. I kinda wish I had got the bigger mini boarders. Think they had 8 inch long boarders, but hey next time will know what to look for.

They come with a ring to keep them together which I love, for those of us who like to try to keep our stuff together..lol They are also labeled so you know what set it is and what size it is, love that. Now because these are trace and cut if you are not good with cutting stuff out this might not be for you. I will say I am not the best at cutting stuff out and I did not have any trouble. These templates are rather basic cuts. It wont compete with a die cutter for detailed cuts of course. Now I am sure your thinking well if you have a die cutter why would you need these. Well sometimes I am just plain lazy and I dont want to have to deal with getting the stuff together to cut or even get on my computer to make cuts. If its something detailed yes but for a basic cut I dont want to have go to that much trouble. And I love my cricut I really do, just sometimes not in the mood to deal with the hassle for a simple cut. Sure I am not the only one that feels this way...lol Anyways I wanted to make something with these sets I got. Seen such cute owl cards at the booth ( photos in last post) and loved the owl brown lunch bag. So what I did was kinda meld the two ideas together. So this card LO is not my idea. But just thought the projects they had was so cute.

For my owls eyes I cut two white die circles and then cut two more in a light brown tone and cut those to shape eyelids. And took black ink and inked where there would be lashes also used light glimmer mist to make the lids pop. Then cut small stripes of black and made lashes. I used buttons for the eyes its all I had on hand so they had to be pink...lol I pop doted the lids as well. The face was from the bracket set size 4T and the body (Feathers) was made with the Adorn set and used size 3B.

I have to say I did not use a single piece of new card stock or paper, used all scraps for this card. These are a awesome why to get rid of some of those scraps we hoard. Cause sometimes I cant use those for my cricut, with these I can use those hard to use pieces of papers. Cant wait to do more now and use up all these scraps...lol Well thanks for stopping by and hope you check their site out, really a neat idea. :)
By the way I am sorry about my blog background and header I am working on getting it back!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine, Texas.

Yes its me posting, cant believe I have not posted since Oct. Really no excuse I am sorry. I have been crafting some, took a break to focus on my home and personal life. But now I am really itching to get back on track with my blog. And after going to this years scrapbook expo in Grapevine, Tx.It really made me want to get back to crafting more.

I have not been to a scrapbook expo in a very long time and never one in Grapevine at the Gaylord Texan. The Gaylord Texan really is a beautiful resort hotel, we have been there many times before. But still never gets old to go visit. Its like a mini San Antonio inside with a river walk and Alamo exterior. Picturesque walk ways, bridges and water features. They also have shopping and restaurants inside to enjoy. You dont have to stay there to enjoy the sites but however be aware they do charge for parking. I did not know they had started charging for parking until this trip. But anyways its still a great place to visit if you get the chance. Here is a picture of a section of the river area.
 >>>>warning lots of pictures below<<<<<...lol
So on with what you really want to know about the Expo...lol Its was really good lots of vendors and product. But I attended on Sat and they had opened on Friday. I had a budget of course so I could not go crazy. Was mainly after things I could not find at my local stores or just really good deals. They always have some booths selling 1.00 items. Seen 2.00 stamp sets and we are talking a really nice full size stamp sets not the Micheal's 1.00 stamp sets. And seen alot of new products I have never seen. Like glitter paper that you could use copic on, how ever was sold out by time I decided to get it. Good lesson if you are at a expo and see something you really want buy it right then don't wait...lol Also seen a demo of (Scrap Happy Sheer Glue) from The Rubber Cafe. After seeing it had to get a bottle to try, you can use it to stamp instead of glue glitter pads. So here is what I got from the expo, its not a lot but like I said was on a very tight budget. The spectrum pen and glue sticks was free with entry fee. Got two since DH went with...lol
More than anything I really enjoyed seeing all the ideas. Wow they so many pretty booths and great ideas. When your in craft mental mind block this will help for sure...lol This booth was prob my fav thanks to someone showing this booth to me. I really loved the product. Kiwi Lane Designs its templates made if like stencil material. You can use these on LO's or card making and build your design and them trace and cut them out. I will be doing a post with these I promise, because I love these so much. Just a really neat idea. Here is some of the ideas using these templates.
Loved this Owl Bag
 This next booth was the Glitter Paper you could use Copic on.
Really cute box for storage.
And guess who was there Heidi Swapp! Did not get a picture with her because I am painfully shy...lol But snapped this one, she is kinda short I thought she be taller...lol But she seemed really nice was chatting with everyone she took pictures with.
Anyways that was the Expo I did not get as many pictures as I wanted but we got there late and was kinda rushing to make it around the Expo. There is one coming up in Arlington, tx soon, I am going to try to make it to that one as well. Well thanks for looking, and again I am getting back to my crafting so you will see more post soon.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Pink Camo paper!

Well hello long time no see. Sorry about the lack of post, I have been crafting just had to handle some other things as well. You know how it is sometimes you have to put home first. But the good news I am so much better since my last post. Amazing how behind you can get when you cant get up and do stuff like you normally would.
Anywho since I have been getting caught up I thought I pop in and share another Anniversary card. Both my brothers have the same wedding anniversary just different years. Its funny they did not plan that just happened. Youngest brother and SIL celebrated 20 years and the oldest brother and his wife 13 years. This card I made was for my oldest brother & SIL.

Yes its pink camo! LOL But thought it make for a cute county looking card. We sat on hay bails at there wedding, was a true country wedding. I am sure if pink camo was big back then it would have been touches of it...lol But really it was a great wedding and we all had fun. And of course there was kegs, not a country wedding without it...lol Anyways Thanks for looking and have more cards to share soon. Just been busy with the house and to I have got back into couponing full force. Here a few deals I got one day.

Gatorade recover .59 each after 1.00 target coupon, Advil I got paid to buy after 5.00 target gift card back when you bought two, Yes to was only 1.30 per pack after coupons plus 5.00 target gift card back. Smuckers topping free after reg coupon plus target coupons. Glade air fresher free after coupon. Dial 1.00 each after coupon. Revlon hair color free after coupons CVS. Its a pain couponing but when I check out and its only a few bucks it was all worth it. :)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Anniversary card



Hello everyone! Once again its a late blog post. I had this post ready 10 days ago and then I come down with a medical issue. They think they know what it is and got meds that I hope will resolve my issues lest I hope and pray. So frustrating when I think its getting back to normal, boom! So anyway here is the post I had ready, gonna post it no matter what dang it!
Happy anniversary card. I will warn you this card is a lot of layers. So this card is not a regular mail card, I am going to have to mail this in a bubble package more than likely. But totally worth it! Now to give credit where credit is due I kinda took this idea from a cricut magazine, the May 2012 edition. Its in the tag section page 123 and the person who did the tag is Roree Rumph. Really pretty tag! And I am finding these mags come in handy for getting ideas. Roree used flower shoppe, many layers and all the cut sizes are on the page. Because this was going on a card I made it bigger but yet not as thick. Here is her tag.

How I did mine was I cut two flowers of each size. Starting from the biggest I cut two then dropped down a size and then cut two and so on. Until I got the the outer flower I desired. By the way sorry forgot to add I used the flower shoppe MUM 4. The center is cut stack4 off flower shoppe, however I did cut 3 of these. Leaves is off flower shoppe as well and its the mum leaf. Then once I had them all cut I curled the petals forward, embossed the leafs with swiss dots. I thought the flower turned out pretty full with out the extra bulk. Its fairly simple card once you get the cuts done. I made a small envelope and added it to a tag. The note coming out of it is just scrap paper I used part of a word stamp to stamp it. The hearts were in my scrap cuts bin added glassy accents to the hearts. All supplies will be listed below. Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)


Supplies
Recollections (hotpink distressed damask)
recollection cardstock
Studio G chipboard punch outs
embossing folders cuttle bug (swiss dots) (D'vine swirl)
Cricut cart (flower shoppe)
Celebrate it ribbon (black)
Fastenaters (barcelona copper)
Recollections faux pearls
Hero arst poly clear stamp (everyday saying)
Tim holtz distress ink (peeled Paint)


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Birthday Card

Hello as promised I am back. Since the weather is so so hot here I have been even crafting more this week. Normally I enjoy my bike rides everyday but at 104 outside today don't think I will be doing it...lol. I went yesterday for short ride super late it was 8 pm just before dark, was still pretty hot. Tomorrow is going to be 106, gosh I dread it! Ready for fall already dang it....lol Anyway other than crafting I have just been doing stuff around the house and bills blah blah same old same old. Last night as I was working in my craft room I decided the craft room needs a over haul. Going to start working on that soon. Just need to reorganize some areas. Some things don't need as much storage anymore and others items have out grown there homes. When crafting I have found I work best in a nice organized room. So probably share that with you guys when I do it. Will take before and after and maybe do a more detailed look inside the storage. Well thought I would share this birthday card with you all. I hope everyone's week has been going good so far. Thanks for looking and supplies will be listed below as always.
Supplies used
Paper-basic gray (Infuse / inspire)
Scrap card stock
Studio 112 brights die cut boarders
Studio 112- flower and butterfly dimensional stickers
Studio 112-Elegant notions card stock die cuts
Recollections washi tape
Tim Holtz dot matrix embossing folder
Hero arts stamp set-birthday message

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Trying to get back to normal

Hello everyone! I am so so sorry I have been away so long. Its been so long since I posted, there has been so much going on. As I had shared before we had a death in the family, my father in law passed away while on vacation here. The first two months really was just processing what had happened. Life was getting kinda back to normal then life decided to keep giving us more challenges. I wont share every single one cause its just depressing to think about. And the worst of it all is finding out a family member has cancer. Its just so much that I have not even wanted to blog or really craft. I always said crafting was my therapy but I don't think I could craft enough to deal with all going on in our lives. We have so much land on our shoulders this past few months when it seems like there is a light at the end of the tunnel then the other shoe drops. But we are trying to keep positive its really all we can do, right? We have no other choice but to ride the tide and pray for the best, trust things will get better. So with that said I am going to try to get in a better mood here and thought I needed to get back into what I enjoy. Was out of my room for a little over two months, did finally get the room dealt with and have even crafted some. I wanted to share this card with you its the first one I have made in months. I used the new Anna Griffin embossing folder which I LOVE! Used versa mark on one side of the folder to get a darker look in the background. It was a little darker in some spot than others but I liked the look it gave. Pretty simple card, just wanted something easy to ease back into it. I promise the blog is going to get back to normal, and I thank you for those who stuck by me through this time away. I have missed my blog so much but yet it had to be the last on the list during our personal trails. Anyway I hope you enjoy the card and thanks for stopping to read the blog.
Supplies used
Recollection card stocks
Washi tape
Studio 112 die cuts (Elegant Notions)
Studio 112 Dimensional Stickers (Thank you)
Cricut cuttlebug embossing folder ( Anna Griffin- Rosa)\
Fiskars Scallop Punch

Monday, April 29, 2013

Update on death in family

Hi everyone just wanted to pop in with a update. In the last post I had said their had been a death in the family. Well last Saturday was two weeks since my father in law passed here at our home. The day I posted I was still in shock, we all were in shock. Was not in any shape to share or write what had happened. Really felt like we was in a bad dream we was going to wake from. The first couple days was the worst, making plans and getting dh's grandmother here. She does not live in Tx so she had to travel by plane to get here. Bless her heart at 87 she got on a plane and we went to get her from the airport, she was going to get here to say goodbye to her son. We had a house full, the house was full with grief and heart break.
DH's mom and dad had been here almost a week when he died. But the one thing we are grateful for is he passed peacefully and he was in Texas with his family. He got to spend time with his sons that week, and he was not driving on the road and something happen, then we might have been dealing with the loss of both his parents. Have been having a very hard time with his death and more so since he passed here. But a friend said something to me that made me think. She said when she is around us she feels so calm and peaceful,our home is normally drama free. Always tried my best to make sure their stay was a good stay knowing how much stress they were going through. Was it perfect every time? Heck no. But many times he made it well know he was most calm when he was at our house. So when he passed I am glad he passed in a place he could find peace and quite. I hate that he had to leave us at all, I wish he was still here cutting up laughing and talking about how messed up our gov is. He and I would disagree from time to time, some of his views I did not agree with but when it come down to it he knew I was open minded I could see both sides. When he was mad he knew he could vent and get it off his chest, I would listen cause I knew how it was we all need to be heard. He told me how proud he was of his son (my hubby) the fact we got our house and was doing great making it on our own and had our own lives.
I know this is really going to be a true test of our strength the first day we just made it through the day hour by hour. Then just day by day. Its even hard to believe its been two weeks already. But yet the week of the service it was the longest week ever. We had his service on a friday and the prior friday (day before he died) he chatted with the people next door  then he had went to get a hair cut and they did a little shopping. Then later at our house we had dinner and they all watched a movie. Its crazy how much life can change in just one week.
Enjoy ever moment you get with those you love you never know if its the last. Tell them you love them and how much they mean to you. And yes every person will not always get along but try to make great times and good memories as much as you can. For every bad time let there be three great moments. Wish I could take the hurt away from my DH. At first he was strong now I see those moments of sadness and it hurts me to see him hurt or worried. I am so thankful for great friends who have helped him the last week getting him out to get his mind off things. Friends and neighbors have been so great to us helping with what they can. We are blessed with great people around us. Going to end this with something I said for years and the preacher said it at the funeral and I never said anything to him about this. When he said it I just thought how funny he said that, had told his dad this from time to time when he talked about being away from home.
BLOOM WHERE YOUR PLANTED

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