Friday, August 28, 2015

The family that's scrapped together...

Whoo-ee crafters, I've been busy busy busy this month! What with making all the pages and the cards featured in this new video, spending more time than ever with my loved ones, and creating a storm of cards to sweep through the latest Key Peninsula Barter Fair, I've hardly known where to hang my hat! Or, I guess it should be a place to hang my scissors. Or the washi! (Oh, the waaashiii)
I counted making something like 20 cards this month... not bad, huh? That's a little more than a card a day. UNLESS you're like me, and postpone somehow the inevetible and then crank out 9 in a single sit down! Okay, I realize you may not have that kind of time, motivation, or inclination. One of the reasons I never sold cards regularly was because it does indeed take a certain amount of discipline. Not a word I tend to accompany with my craft habits lol.
I've found myself in the conundrum of wanting to make, having reasons to make, and yet, not being willing to part from participating with my family to do so... good thing I've raised the girls to make right along side me! But, supervision is often times necessary, and not always easy to give when the desire to create for me is in the way. I suppose being aware of the problem is half the problem itself, and I think with a little thought towards scheduling some paper time, I can get a good little cushion of ready to sell's amassed yet again.
The holidays are coming- no, I know they are not just around the corner- but friend, they are! Lucky for me, my creations didn't sell quite as quickly last year and I have a box of fall through the end of the year beauties to re-release next month. For now, I'm going to turn my attention back to the family, and mentally compose some late summer, early fall colored patterned paper themes, harvesting good times inside and out :-)
As always, hope you enjoy the video, and thanks for reading!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Barter Fair Fare

This weekend's plans include participation in the end of summer Key Peninsula Barter Fair. This season our group is joining forces with the Barterers of Tacoma, so surely there will be amazing hand/homemade items galore to exchange for the goodies I've been making.
Not only will I have handmade greeting cards, but I even painted and adorned some nice pieces of wood collected from "out back." Looking for wood, who knew that simple act could make taking care of our turkeys so exciting lol

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Simple Stories Scrapbooked & a New Video!

It's time for a new Scrapbooking Tutorial, featuring this kit: Once I lined up the photos I wanted to accompany the two, double page layout designs featured on the full color example, it was a snap to create gorgeous layouts. The Simple Stories papers have always been a few of my favorites. I actually used some of these same embellishments earlier this year to make a darling card.

I find it easier to select place my die cuts when I put all of the ones I may want to use right by my workspace. Then it's playtime! Layering with pop dots adds dimension and inking the edges adds texture. In the video below, you'll see both those techniques. Thanks for stopping by- I'm only three subscribers away from a contest give away, so click on the link below and subscribe today if you're not already :-) Enjoy!