Friday, October 30, 2009

Just stopping in to say hi...I am busy working on projects for of which is an advent calendar for the count down to Christmas. I love this idea and although I say that I am going to list it, I might just sell a few kits. It just looks so cute so far and it's hard to think about parting with it...but who knows?? I am excited, it is only a few days to the card class at the Scrapbook Shop of St.Paul and I can't wait to create the cards with the ladies there. Well I plan on making some really quick cards in the next couple of days to post on here, actually they are some cards for a family member's birthday and so I want to get them done soon. It is so weird that we will be setting a clocks back in just a few days...where did the year go really? But it will be over before we know it.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Card Class Details

Hi family, friends and followers!! It is hard not posting on here but there have been lots of things going on. I don't want to bore you with all the details but I am feeling better again and I am back to work. Well I am getting back slowly. I didn't have any orders to fill last week which gave me a little time to relax and plan the card class and get an idea of what I was going to do.

The first two classes will be on November 5 and 19th and they will start at 6pm. These dates might change depending on interest. I am excited because first of all I am doing one of my favorite themes...Fall/Thanksgiving and also my favorite holiday...Christmas. Yeap you read right,the class has both (actually 4 ) themes.

So you might ask why is this card class different from other card classes and why would you sign up for this's simple, because this class is about learning to use sketches to make any type of card. We all look at card magazines and think the cards are amazing but most of the time we can't figure out how to use that example for another theme. And that is what this class is about. Teaching you how to see a sketch when you look at a card instead of the specific theme the card was made for. I love being able to share this with others and especially at this time of year when so many people are trying to come up with ideas to use for their holiday cards.

So you will get 5 sketches from me that I have created on the computer, and we will make 2 themed cards for that specific season or holiday that is coming up. I also have included a few suggestions of quotes and saying that I have collected for years.

So here is one example of the sketch and the two cards that were created from the sketch.

The above sketch was used to make these two cards. I really hate that no matter how much editing I do sometimes the details just don't show through in pictures...but I am going to add them to my flickr account (which does show alot more details) and my twopeasinabucket gallery. But there maynot be anymore sneak peeks of the cards but I will show anyother work that I do in the meantime.

And just because I forgot to upload one of the final cards that I created for my last order here is that one too...I love making baby cards!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Scrapbooker or Cardmaker?

I love making cards! I truly do and recently I was on my favorite site and there was a thread asking if you are a scrapbooker who makes cards or a cardmaker who scrapbooks? This question is not that easy because I am both. It depends on what I am doing and what I have going on in my life at that time. If I am working on orders for cards, I tend to scrapbook for myself and when I am making premade albums or pages I tend to make cards for myself. But I will say although I love scrapbooking and it is what I started out doing so many many years ago, I do like making cards more. It is more satisfying to sit down and make 5-10 cards in a few hours instead of making one or two pages in a few hours. I scrapbook slowly so a couple of pages could take hours especially considering that I am home with the kids and when they need something I stop scrapbooking and take care of them. That isn't a real issue when making cards because you can stop and start right back up where you were before. Sometimes I loose the mood to do my own pages because of all the interruptions so some pages sit on my desk for weeks before I get them done. But maybe that means that I need to go to a couple of crops every month so I would have uninterrupted time for scrapbooking/card making.

Well I have a card to share with everyone. I love Chatterbox papers (the old ones especially) and I have tons of them but don't use them that often. And I am not sure why because at one point it was the only company that I used products from. But I made a card last night that I thought for a second OMGoodness I want to keep this one for myself. But I am not going to but thought I would share it with you all.

Chatterbox patterned paper, and tag, Martha Stewart transportation stamps (boat). I stamped the boat 4x in the 4 different colors and cut it apart and layered it to make it the colors that I wanted. Ric rack felt-Walmart, Fiskars border punch, Fancy Pants fish pin, Studio G baby stamps (Welcome little one). Glue dots (pop dots used).
Well I am off to get a few hours of sleep and prepare for tomorrow. Goodnight, Smiles Tracy

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Today is much better than yesterday the weather is a lot better, the trees are starting to change color but I am ok with it because it truly looks so pretty. Autumn is beautiful but it just ends so quickly here. I was watching the news and heard that it is supposed to be a light sprinkling of snow this weekend...LOL this weekend, seriously? Oh well snow sees to come sooner and sooner each year.

Well I have a few cards to share with you all...I completed the outside of the baby shower invites that I was working on well almost completed them. The greeting still isn't stamped but it will be so picture them with You are invited on the front...

And here is another baby girl card that I made also.

I have been asked to make some Thanksgiving cards and also a few other cards including an engagement card (secret invitation to family and friends) and also some more wedding invites. I plan on uploading most of these to my blog when I have started to work on them...

Also I am still working out the details on the card class. I have to see what products to order and get it all together. Once that it completely done then I will be sharing all the details.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Well I just had to come and check-in ...I have missed posting on here. Well I am feeling somewhat better and I guess that's ok because I have to get back into the swing of things this week anyway. Unfortunately when there is one real income in a family and with the economy being the way that it is and also having a husband who really doesn't like taking off from work...I felt it was time to see how things would go this week. So I am slowly moving back into things.

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