Tuesday, December 29, 2009
On another note, I have slowly been back in my space. My hand still hurts really bad and I really can't do anything about it...well not for a couple of weeks. But it is hopefully going to get better. I can't really type that great either...I am pecking lol lol and I type well over 60 wpm (I used to an Administrative Assistant so many yrs ago and that is how I know my typing speed.) But back to my space...it was a mess! I hate cropping outside of my house because I always take too much and never have exactly what I need when I am working on something specific. But that is one of the hardest parts about classes too...because no matter what I have planned I never have everything although I pack everything. The best part is that it isn't something that I have to worry about for a while. So I unpacked my XXXL bag and started sorting and organizing. At first it looked great because I had cleaned my desk and then I actually unloaded the bag and it once again looked like a storm had come through the space. But it is much better now.
I am working on starting Nya's album since I hadn't even started it. I have been working on pictures in Adobe and I have printed several. But I can't wait to actually sit down and work on her book. I have been keeping a date book with all sorts of info on her and the other kids so it will be nice to get it all together and on their pages. So I am hoping to get a few pages done the next couple of weekends. But until then here is my son's 13th birthday card...
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I have only listed some of the cards but I plan on listing more in the next couple of weeks. So far I have the penguin birthday, the golf card,what's cooking, cherry hello, baby boy-sailor card, and the baby girl butterfly cards listed. These are all on my blog in several posts and you can check out my flickr account to see better close-ups.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Which touches another topic. I just emailed a family member(s) and hope that they understand what I am saying. I just hope that my message is clear. And the same goes for the message that I left on facebook for other family members. I just really feel like sometimes family seems to be so distant from each other for no reason whatsoever. In 2008 I said that I would stay in contact with family just because we are all getting older and our children are all growing up so fast. But that has been one of the hardest challenges, people always seem to be so busy. I will admit that I am always busy but I do call, send cards, and an email is only sent if I can't get through...I hate emailing people greetings. But I do it only in the case of an emergency. But I am hoping for the best from this email.
Well today I have a long day of cleaning planned a long long day (I started at 6:15 this morning). I want to do somehow cleaning, washing,cooking and maybe change my hairstyle all before Wednesday. Maybe it's a bit much, maybe not. I just hope that I can get it all done. The cleaning shouldn't be too hard, the house really isn't messy. I do have scrapbooking stuff all over (the kitchen, living and my bedroom) but that is an easy fix. I have actually started getting my bedroom cleaned out. And I started organizing what I am cooking first and so on. I just have to narrow the desserts I don't think that we need 3 types of pies, 1 cake, a peach cobbler and cookies...or maybe we do? LOL
Have a great day and if by chance that I don't post again soon have a Wonderful Thanksgiving! Hug all the family you can and be blessed! Smiles, Tracy
Friday, November 20, 2009
So I will be posting pictures of the cards from the crop so that everyone else can what the cards looked like. I took a pictures but don't like them and since my camera batteries weren't charged completely I couldn't get the right shot! (Note to self it is time to get new rechargeable batteries these have exceeded their effective use stage.)
And there were questions about future card classes, one of the most common questions that I continue to be asked is about diecutting and dies...so I am going to work with Rhonda and see if I will offer some kind of die-cutting class. It would most likely be with the Big Kick/ Big Shot and I would show you how to use dies to make cards using everything from Spellbinder dies to Sizzix and everything in between. I make cards often and many of them, and I can tell you that I use dies for alot of them and they never look the same (unless they have to ;0) ) But I am thinking it would be great to teach tons of other tools too!
So there will be another chance to take the sketch card class again in December and then January's class/classes will be all new cards & sketches and maybe some diecutting as well...so stay turned for more details on that...
On to the family updating now...
Nya is attempting to crawl...well she has had some kind of ear infection/sickness and we will have to make a return trip to the Dr. I don't know why she is sick but I know that she generally isn't happy and isn't sleeping good. The night before my class I had every bit of 30 minutes of sleep seriously I dosed off holding her upright because she doesn't want to lay down and I woke up thinking I had gotten several hours of sleep. That was the first time ever that I had gotten only 30 minutes of sleep and I was praying that I didn't run into something as I drove to and from my class. But I wasn't sleepy at all behind the wheel but I did fall straight to sleep last night and thankfully Nya did too. LeiLani is starting to recognize colors. Well she has been doing that for a few weeks now. We play tell me what color and shape it is game now. I also like that she can look for shirts that match the color of her pants.
I need to take pictures of the kids seriously I haven't in sooo long...even my oldest reminded me that we didn't take our annual end of summer photo.
And the boys are doing great also. My oldest will be turning 13!!! in just a few weeks. I can't believe that I am going to be a mom of a teenager! It is scary but at the same time so ok. I am ready to take that step especially because he has started with some of the teenager attitude already, I think I can easily move into my new role as the enforcer lol lol no not really.
And the youngest son is doing great too. We are still sticking in there with homeschooling. It actually has gotten a lot better. We now understand that we have a set schedule but that doesn't mean that we have to do books all day. We watched a few animal planet shows the other day and I had him then look up details about big cats in the Encyclopedia Britannica he loved that idea. I don't know kids now-a-days use encyclopedias but I can remember looking at them at my Grandma's house when I was really little and I want the kids to have the same experience. We do use the web alot too but it's nice to use books too. Kentrel has been using them for years so it was nice to introduce the idea to LaTrele. He then pulled a few off the bookshelf and sat down. So the last couple of days I have been hearing mom did you know....
Christmas cards this year will be right on time (smiles to the family members that reminded me last year that they got them late lol lol) but I am no longer sending the newsletter. Instead there will be a photo of us and cards. I think the idea of a newsletter is going to be a bit much because I have got to make my hubby's Christmas post cards, his co-worker wants some of them as well, I am doing my card classes and I have a few other orders here and there. I haven't done all my Christmas cards. But I think I only have about 10 more or so to do so they will be hitting the mail the day after Thanksgiving.
I have to take some time this weekend and call Grandma. I haven't really talked to her in about a week. She and I usually talk everyday but she said she would give me some time because I was doing so much. I didn't ask her to but she insisted. I so miss her! I know I am a big baby lol but I love talking to my Grandma and even Ani said she wanted to talk to Grandma. I have plans to talk to her today. Hopefully she answers the phone but if not I will surely call her tonight. Well everyone have a blessed & fun Friday...I am going to take a mini break this weekend and take the kids to a movie this weekend (nothing different) but I am going to try to relax and no notebooks for note taking and order sketching or anything and focus on them...after all they are the reason I do what I do most days. lol
Sunday, November 8, 2009
But I plan on uploading some pictures of the new planner that I completed this week or have almost completed. I have always carried a personal planner (Franklin Covey was my favorite ones) and so when I got the bind it all I decided that I just had to try to make my own versions when I got the chance.
Well I made my own last year. And I have now made one that I am going to list on ebay. I ended up using an actual tabbed journal from Creative cafe (not the planner but the journal) and I love it. And yes I was working on the December daily planner (which I put on hold) but I am loving this one. And I will be taking pictures of it and listing it this weekend or by Tuesday at the latest. I just want some natural light for the pictures and the last couple of days have been so busy I haven't gotten around to the photos. But be on the look out this week.
I am excited, my card class is coming up this week and I have lots of cutting and prep to do for it...but if you are interested in signing up for the class you can do so by contacting the Scrapbook Shop of St. Paul. Here is a link to that site http://scrapbookshopofstpaul.com/.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
I don't know how I will be without taking any pain meds all day long but I am going to give it a try since I have to drive my kids around town. Speaking of driving...I was so upset this last weekend because on Friday we went to turn the van on and it didn't do anything...all the lights and the clock came on but it wouldn't start. So my hubby pulled out the van's manual and started to read some things, got on the internet and looked up some thing or any other. And for a few hours on Saturday he removed the starter and then on Sunday he put it in a new one, gave the van a tune-up and changed the oil and filters...and we are up and running again...and the van sounds amazing! I love it when he does stuff like that. I will say that he is my hero! I encouraged him to try to fix it and he completely did it. He does that a lot, the fixing things after I encourage him...and I love that in him. We both were surprised by this one (well he was more than I was) but now I have a van to drive again. I have to find something to do with the kids to get fall pictures because we missed that this weekend.
Well I will be updating later today or tomorrow with pictures of the cards that I am working on as well as some info on what I plan on doing for the Scrapbook shop in the next coming months. I haven't gotten all the details together but I am thinking cards. Maybe holiday cards and providing sketches for creating even more...and a couple other ideas that I have but I have to work out the details. I love creating new things to do for classes and can't wait to share.
I hope you all have a great Monday morning, afternoon and evening...smiles, Tracy
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
There are some things that aren't pictured like the apple diecuts that I made for the kits. There are two of those in the kit as well.
If you are interested in a kit, I do have about 5 more available. And will be shipping them within 48 hrs of confirmed payment through paypal. You can email me directly at email@example.com...
Well I felt well enough to go into my space tonight, and let me tell you it is a mess down there. And I can't seem to figure out where or how to store the kits for upcoming classes and also still have my space organized. I think I need a bookshelf or something. But I was down there with a purpose and I actually did get something accomplished. I am glad that there is actually a couch in the basement because for a little while I had to sit and talk myself into finishing cleaning and creating. I hate being sick. I really do and when I get sick I try my best to stay active so I can forget that I am sick. But here is what I made, it is another card for my current order. I have to create 4 more cards and I am determined to create a card that I haven't done before. Which is hard because I have been making cards forever and there isn't much I haven't done.
Supplies used are bazzill cardstock, Basic Grey's urban prairie patterned paper, 7 Gypsies yellow dot pp, DCWV rub on stitching, MM baby chipboard letters (baby boy collection), AC rub on greetings, ribbon from Walmart, felt butterflies from Heidi Swap, colored jewels/pearls are from Basic Grey also.
And I wanted to finish my post for today with photos of the family at the charity event from this weekend...we had so much fun. I know that if we are still living in MN next year, I plan on really getting together more donations and making shirts and all that...I just can't wait!
I have a few more to share, but just gotta get in the bed...Goodnight everyone. Smiles Tracy
Friday, September 18, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Just uploading a quick card I completed for an order today. And to answer a few questions about kits from my class..
QK's pumpkin die KS-0385 and also the exclusive (no longer available) Archiver's hippo die to create the trunk for the elephant...
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Paper: October Afternoon apples cut from the Detours fruit stand, and Cherry Hill's cookie jar strip. Cosmo Cricket's Girl Friday Wednesday graph paper and also the green lined sheet from early bird? unsure of the name.
Friday, September 4, 2009
My oldest wanted a school planner and so he wanted me to make one for him. It would have been so much easier to go to Walmart to buy one but it was something that he wanted us to do together. I do have to say that he has tons of notebooks, story books he's made and even a new day runner he found at a local thrift store (yes, he wanted a planner with the money that he got to spend there). He loves to write, and he does great stories but he isn't organized at all. So this is my one millionth attempt to help him in that area.
It was easy to create in MS word (using a table) and then I asked him if he liked it, he gave me some feedback and then headed to bed. Now that is what I should have done too...but instead I headed to the scrap space and picked out stickers, rub-ons, calendar stamps, images and tons more that he could use to create a planner he loved.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
I have also began cutting pages for the mini album class. It is something that I said that I would wait to do (because I don't know how many people will sign up) but I want to be prepared.
I even cleaned up my room today. I would take a picture of it but when I look at it although it is cleaner than it was, it is still a little messy so I won't be sharing that picture of my space just yet. Well not until I have done the class and put up all the stuff that I pulled out for it.
Well I am off to bed...I have an early morning tomorrow. And that includes a 7:30am appt to the dentist.
Family....I will be adding pictures of the kids to the blog again. I guess I never realized (until I was told on facebook) that I don't have any recent pics of the new little one. She is so chubby now. I mean she is no longer that 4lb baby I brought home from the hospital. She was 11 lbs at her last appt (a few weeks ago) so I know she is now at least 13 or more. And she has the chubbest little arms and legs. I think she is so cute. And I have no clue anymore who she looks like? I mean she did look like my hubby's mom and now she looks so different. But be on the lookout for new pictures this week. I will make sure to put all the kids on here so everyone can see them all. Smiles, Tracy
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The photos won't be upload here for a few days but the newsletter for the store will show some of the first pages. I have to say that I packed this album full of all kinds of things that I loved and even things that I had been wanting to use but never did. I also have to say that I pretty much blew my budget on the class two times over! I mean who could decide between one line of papers or any other. Especially when you drive over 50 miles to get them. But its all worth it! I mean this is how I scrapbook and so I have to get the best items even if it means I have to go outta my way to get them.
Let's see what else is going on? Well I have decided that my oldest is going to attend an online school and he is excited about that. More so than being home schooled by me alone. Don't get me wrong he was excited about being at home and being home schooled but we went and checked it out and knew immediately that it might be better for him. He'll still be home but the best thing is he does all of his work on the computer.
But I picked up some homeschooling items for my younger son and he is excited. I just have to do some research and price checking on getting him into some kind of activity in the day. I don't really know what but something fun. And exhausting...he really needs to burn off some energy!
I just wanted to say something also about a great man who passed away this last week. He was my hubby's uncle. And he was amazing! Honestly. He and I never met in person but he rocked with a capital R! I wish I would have gotten to meet him before he passed away. I am not sure of all the details but I know that he had a long battle with cancer and he passed away when he seemed to be getting better. I can remember one of the first conversations that I had with him and he told me that whatever I was doing to keep it up because he could see that Vele was happy. I can also remember thinking wow he is so down to earth and that he seemed so fun, educated, and silly all in one. I think it's because of the relationship that Vele had with him that I was able to love Vele so easily. Ray was Vele's role model. And there were times when Vele didn't know what to do about a situation and he would pick up the phone and call his Uncle in CA. I cried when telling Vele that he had passed on. He was just a truly amazing person. And Vele truly has been changed by his passing but we know he is in a better place. But Uncle Ray will be missed...Surf on Uncle Ray.... Surf on!!
Friday, August 14, 2009
So here is one little detail that I can share with you... this is a mini tag that will be just before the front cover (I think?? I might do some acrylic there also??) but the front cover will be the bracket shape (the pages will be a few different shapes). But the circle chipboard tag show is embossed and inked which both will be done in the class. And I can't wait until some of the supplies that I need come in so that I can get it all together.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Well here are the pictures of it...I am so excited about the album but at the same time I am going to hate to see it go. It has tons of my favorite papers and embellishments on it but it needs a home where it can be loved and used! I am thinking that with all the stuff that I have left over I could surely make another two of these, but I don't know?
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
I am going to start showing pics of the album later this week. I don't want to give the entire book away before I completely finish it (like I do with so many other projects). But I could share some of the names of the products that I am using on it...so far I have used Basic Grey's lime rickey papers and buttons, Chatterbox, Fancy Pants, Making Memories, Cosmo Cricket (the kitchen line...love it!), WRMK, and Creative Cafe. And tons of Quickutz, Bosskut, Spellbinders and Sizzix dies which I backed most of them with chipboard.
But I am hoping to finish it up by Wednesday and have it listed on Thursday. But if you have been following my work, I always seem to find a way to make products that I am creating just to list more complicated. I never can walk away from it when I say that it is done. This isn' t an issue when creating custom work for a specific customer because I have pictures or themes set, but that isn't the case for this mini album. It takes more time to make something that anyone could use instead of something specifically for a person. So far I have been working on this mini album for about 17hours (or a period of 2.5days) and I am a little over half way done.
But be on the look out for pictures of the mini album...I am off to get some dinner!
Friday, July 24, 2009
The only difference between the first and second card supplies is that I inked the MVP with Chestnut Roan chalk ink, added pop dots, distress the yellow mat with Heidi Swap's distress tool and added white paint mixed with Chestnut Roan ink to the red mat....(oops I used the same paint combination on both cards. )
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
And early in the week was my most awesome person in the world's birthday...my hubs! He turned 33 and it was nice but he worked that day (so he could have his floating holiday be Friday and have a 4 day weekend)...But here is the card that I made for him.