Wednesday, November 26, 2014

True Scrap Classes Available

The individual classes from October's True Scrap event are on sale now.

And through November 30, they a great discount at $9.99 each. (regular $14.99)

Classes from Nichol Magourik, Jennifer Gallacher, and many more.  I love the individual classes because I can buy just what I want and watch the class replay whenever I like.

You've got lots of scrapping stuff.  Learn more ways to use it from these talented ladies.

Click here for more info...

Hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving.  And a big thanks from me to those who have purchased my classes and who watch and comment on my videos!

Monday, November 24, 2014

My Everyday Circus (video)

Normally, I never use preprinted title pages.  I'm more of a B side scrapper.  This paper from Fancy Pants has a really pretty red circle pattern B side; however, I couldn't resist the actual title.  It is especially true of a layout about dealing with one of the many invaders of our bird feeder - a small opossum.  The little critter lodged itself in the feeder at night last March and refused to move until daylight.  Finally my husband put wire around the feeder in the late afternoon and removed in the mornings until the opossum got the "no vacancy" message.

So few creatures seem to understand that a bird feeder is for birds.  Don't even get me started on the squirrels.

I trimmed the A side paper down some to save a bit of that red for other projects and used the homey plaid for the background with the middle cut out of course :-)

Some Washi dresses up this tag with a squirrel - I doubt anyone makes a opossum embellishment.

Here's the video at YouTube:  (this has been reloaded to get all the audio)

Thanks for visiting today!  If you are traveling this week for the US Thanksgiving holiday, I hope you will be safe and enjoy your time with family and friends.  Today I am thankful for my kitty Jasper who keeps us entertained - and mouse free!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pre-Thanksgiving Sale!

One thing I am thankful for this week is great television. I've enjoyed all my favorite shows this week. I'm particularly addicted to the Thursday night lineup on ABC. One thing I'm sad about though is that several of my shows are taking a break until after the new year.

With TV slowing down, it is a great time to catch up on on-line classes.  I have a treat for you...

All of my classes are 20% off through Monday at 5:00 p.m. ET!

Check out the class page for info on Creative Cardstock, Two Page Terrific and Scrapbooking with Stencils and to register.

Hope to see you in class!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sale coming! Have you heard?

In the November newsletter that went out yesterday, I announced a pre-Thankgiving sale.  All of my classes will be 20% off!  I'll send out an e-mail in a couple of days to give you the exact sale dates.  Be sure you are signed up for the newsletter or check back here on the blog this weekend.

Also today, I have a little story that expresses a gratitude this month.  See this blue crock?  It originally came from the All Healing Springs hotel.  All Healing Springs was a popular summer resort in the early 20th century here in my area.  The hotel burned decades ago.  I thought it had burned before my parents were old enough to remember but I was wrong.  I was treated this week to a little memory of my mothers from when she was a teenager.  This is very rare and I'm grateful something good came out of the challenges this month.

The day after my uncle died, my mother called and told us her washing machine was leaking. Water was coming out all over the utility room floor and she didn't know how to turn it off. Daddy has been under the weather and couldn't help her.  We raced up there.  Her water controls are behind the washer in such a way that it has to be moved to turn the water off.  Fortunately my husband was home and could move the washer and do this for us.

He spent 2 hours trying to fix the washer and figured out the problem but by then she had decided she would replace it altogether. So later in the day, DH went to see some clients while Mother, Daddy and I shopped for a new washer. On the way home, she asked if I was coming up to help her get everything out of the utility room.  Daddy reminded us the washer was still between the cabinet and the wall making the room impassable. So I said, we would have to wait until my husband could get home, right the machine and move it.

Did my mother listen to that?  Well, she listened, she said she agreed but you can imagine what happened. She was determined to clean up her utility room.  I'd also noticed some precariously leaning shelves when we were out there and told her we needed to secure those to the wall.

About an hour and half after we got home from the appliance store, she called and I couldn't tell if she was laughing or crying. I'm still not sure.  I literally dropped the phone on the floor and raced up there.  The shelves had turned over on her.  She was sitting in the living room unhurt, thankfully.  The same can not be said for the utility room, particularly the carpet. When the shelves came down so did a open gallon of Windex followed by an open box of Tide.  To say it was a mess is an understatement.  So I finally persuaded her to stay outside while I held the shelves with one hand and handed her stuff with the other.

We got everything cleared and over the next few days, new carpet and a new washer were installed.  I brought home a few things she had stored there including this crock that she said was valuable.  Mother isn't a blue person so I really didn't know why she had it at all.

One evening they were here at my house and I asked where the crock came from.  She told me she bought it at the estate sale for a house at All Healing Springs.  She also told me about going to the hotel when she was a teenager for dinners sponsored by political parties.  The Republicans had chicken at their dinners and the Democrats ate fish.  Apparently this was a longstanding tradition.  She talked about the family that owned the hotel and she and Daddy recalled the movie theater the hoteliers owned in town.  She told about going to matinees there during the war. This led to other reminiscing.

I'm grateful for this because my parents seldom talk about their lives as teenagers and young adults.  They married a little older than was the custom at the time so their single years are ones I've always been curious about.

So the little blue crock is at my house.  I don't know anything about its history but because of it, I know a bit more about my parents.

Don't forget to check back this weekend for more info on the pre-Thanksgiving sale!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Golden Age

Gold and lots of it are part of this page.  This is the third and final page using this sketch:

This time I did some flipping and photo size changing.  Most of the embellishments are with the circle element which is a stenciled design in gel medium tinted with Perfect Pearls in heirloom gold. For more on using stencils, check out the Scrapbooking with Stencils class where we use all kinds of mediums and techniques on our pages.

I'm having a lot of fun with flowers lately both on canvases and on scrapbook pages.  These are from Wild Orchid Crafts shipped from England. The quality, price, and customer service are great.

Here is the process video at YouTube:

If you aren't already a newsletter subscriber, sign up on the sidebar. The free newsletter goes out Wednesday or Thursday of this week and contains an exclusive video and a little special holiday cheer :-)

My gratitude for today is my aunt Betty, my godmother.  We had a nice chat on the phone last night about caring for parents and it helped.

Hope you have a great day!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Announcing Lovely Layers Art...

my new Etsy shop.

I've shared some of my mixed media canvases on the blog but not nearly all of them.  I have several for sale on my new Etsy shop called Lovely Layers Art.  I hope you will stop by for a visit.

All of my canvases like my scrapbook pages  are built in layers.  On the canvases, I love adding layers of book paper, designer paper, paint, modeling paste, lace, buttons, flowers and whatever else works to create the design.

The layers give the canvases dimension.  You see more each time you look at them. It is a lot like people and life. We are made up of all the things that have happened to us, the decisions we made, and all the people who have influenced us.  We are all layered and it is in exploring those layers that make people especially interesting.

Some of the canvases have photo frames where you can add your own photos to capture a favorite memory in a beautiful space.  These make great gifts.

Some canvases like 'the Four Seasons' below are purely decorative.  Others like the one on top have an inspiring quote.

I hope you will find exploring the layers of my art pieces at Lovely Layers Art interesting as well.

Thanks for stopping by.  Oh, and the November newsletter will be coming out this week so be sure to sign up on the side bar if you haven't already.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Turf War - process video

Continuing on using this sketch, I have a story about my cat and a bird.  Depending on whether you are a cat person or a birder, this story may be one of triumph or tragedy.

Jasper is a ground kitty.  Mice and baby bunnies are in fear of him and as well they should be.  However, he does not like heights.  The most he will climb is onto a table in front of the kitchen window to signal to us he wants to be fed - cat food only, no table food.  I've never even seen him on the porch railings.  He hangs out on the floor mostly.

Most summers I have a bird that wants to build a nest in my hanging baskets.  This hasn't been a problem - not for the cat.  I find it annoying, but the cat is definitely not going to get anywhere near a hanging basket so no issue.  This year though we had a bird that wanted something else.  We are not sure what.  He or she didn't seem interested in any of the plants.  The bird kept picking at the cat, flying in as close as possible.  Jasper ignored it. Eventually it dive bombed him, zooming in to pluck at the cat's fur.  That was just too far.

We knew how this was going to end.  Sooner or later that bird just would not be fast enough.  Sure enough, one evening I walked up on the porch and there was a patch of blood and a gray and white feather sticking to it.

We never saw another bird on the porch all summer.

The photos are one of him chattering at the bird and one of the bird squawking though he is hard to see.

For the page, I did some flipping to get the sketch to work with the way I needed to orient my photos.  I also extended the journaling block to add a little subtitle.

Here is the video at YouTube:

If you have an outdoor kitty, I'm sure you have been through this before.  It can be a cruel world in the animal kingdom but mostly they live in peace.  As a coincidence, I repainted my feeder yesterday and filled it for the first time this season this morning.  The birds found it within the hour.  As long as they stay off the porch, we have no worries.

To catch up with my gratitudes...yesterday I was thankful for the walk we got to take on the last warm day for a long while.  Today I'm thankful for the technology we enjoy every day.

Check back next week for the last of the layouts using this sketch.  If you like using sketches multiple ways, check out the Scrapinar available on the blog's sidebar - Sketchbook Secrets.  Lots of new layouts and ideas.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Easy Holiday Card (Video)

I completed all of my holiday cards last month, or so I thought.

Then I signed up for a card swap with a group of wonderful ladies so I figured I'd better get busy making some more cards.  This is a low pressure swap.  You can even use store bought cards.  I have so many supplies, I can certainly make some more.  So I'm reaching back into older stamp sets to see what I can do with them.

This card is similar to others I've made and meets one of my main objectives this season - only one postage stamp per mailing.  I was shocked when I bought my last book of stamps and it was nearly $10!  I knew they had gone up but it still surprised me. Anyway, these with just one layer of cardstock and no trim shouldn't take any extra postage.

The card uses Stampin' Up's Lovely as a Tree set.  You could use any single tree stamp.  The green ink must be permanent though so the white puffy fabric paint won't mix with the ink and give you green snow - ick.

Here's the process video:

Thanks for stopping by today.  I'm grateful to all of you who read my blog and comment on my videos!
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