Oct 24, 2011

Quote of the Week

Life is short!  Break the rules! 
Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly! 
Love truly,  Laugh uncontrollably
And never regret anything that made you smile!
-Author Unknown

Oct 19, 2011

Clip it Up and Go!!!

Hi Everyone!

I am here today to share a super duper little tip with you involving the Clip it Up Jumbo and the Upper Tier.

I have a Question first....and answer HONESTLY!

How many of you have gone to a crop with friends or even alone, and just not really prepared for it like you should have?
You get there and you don't have the flowers that would go perfectly on a layout, or you don't have your bakers twine to add the final touch to your card...?

Well, I have...MANY times.  I always say that I am going to prepare WAAAAAY in advance, but when it comes down to it...I procrastinate.
I end up grabbing a few things, tossing it in a bag and crossing my fingers that it is stuff that will actually make a layout! LOL

I was recently invited to a crop with my Sister in Law...and OF COURSE...I did not prepare for it.  It was only a few days advance notice, but still, I should have prepared some...right??
Well, I didn't....so guess what I did.... image
I took my ENTIRE Clip it Up unit!  I sure did!  I used my clips, added a few things to it like my cricut mat and  a couple of kits that I hadn't had a chance to use...and I put that WHOLE thing in my suburban!  I did not even take it apart.  I used the handy dandy carrying handle to tote it out, and it stood upright all the way to the crop!  I don't make a habit of driving like Dale Earnhardt or Jeff Gordan, so I had no spills or loose embellies when I arrived. 

Now ladies...Let me tell you...I thought I was going to get laughed at...but I didn't!  EVERYONE LOVED my unit and how it was so easy to transport! I showed them the clips and how I organize my stuff.  One lady asked me about how to store multiple items...I showed her how I used my clips to double up on some of my embellies, and I gave her a few other tips, like using a binder ring to put several items on and hang it on the swing arm.


I talked about how easy it is to assemble and disassemble.
I told them that they all are originally black, but that I had used Krylon spray paint to make mine fit my color needs.
I even told them that I had started out with multiple jumbled boxes of packages and ended up super happy once I got everything transferred to my unit. 

If I were a door to door sales lady, I think I would have sold 10 units on the spot! LOL
Well, I'm not...but I did tell them a few options on how to obtain their own.

Unfortunately, I did not get any scrapping done that night.  I was honestly chit chatting for 3 hours about the fabulous Clip it Up products and how they have helped me in my organizational needs.  I did however, have a project out in my truck that I had been working on that I shared with them, and I will share with you all today.

It is a Homecoming Mum...it is a Texas Tradition...all the boys and girls wear a mum to show school spirit on Homecoming Week.  My son is a Freshman football player, so of course, he chose to partake in this tradition.

This is made entirely of real ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon...satins, grosgrains, sheers...and all were organized on my Ribbon Organizer.  It certainly helps to know what you have on hand if you are going to do a large project like this one.  I was able to know in one glance that I would need a few more blues than I had on hand, and maybe even a couple of whites.  When I gathered up all the ribbons I needed, I set to work to create a very unique arm band for my son.  Well, all the girls loved it and he even ended up with a new girlfriend!

I hope you all have benefitted for my ramblings today!
I love my units, and wouldn't trade them for the world!!!



Oct 17, 2011

Quote of the Week

"Life is short, and it's up to you to make it sweet." - Sadie Delany

Oct 10, 2011

Quote of the Week

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." ~ Anne Frank

Oct 5, 2011

Crazy Love!!!

Hello my fellow crafters!

 Natasha here to share a layout I created with Prima's Jack and Jill collection.  When I saw these cute papers, I knew they would be perfect for a lovey dovey layout LOL.

The photo is of my husband and I a few years ago after he had proposed to me.

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All of the chipboard elements on this layout are manufactured by The Dusty Attic.  Each piece was altered using various mediums- ink, paint, embossing powder, glitter and mists.
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The title letters are Thickers foam stickers that were adhered with foam squares for added dimension.
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I cut apart several different pearl flourishes and positioned them throughout my layout.
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This flower was hand-made using Donna Salazar's Rose Creations dies by Spellbinders.  I simply inked the edges and layered the die-cuts to create this simple flower.
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As always, I like to sneak in a touch of lacing on my work.  :o)

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All of the stitching was done by hand.  The vintage lace was stitched around the border as well.

Before I go, I just wanted to quickly show you how I utilize one of my Clip It Up Wall Mounts.  I have this Wall Mount above my desk where I hang things that I need to keep close by.
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Like my flower die cuts...
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I use Donna Salazar's Antiquities collection very often so I gathered all of my scraps from this paper line and cut out various sizes of flowers.  I organized the die-cuts by size and placed them in small baggies.  I attached the baggies using a binder ring and clipped it onto my Wall Mount.  Now, whenever I need to make a flower for a project I am working on, I do not need to stop to cut flower layers.  I always have them handy and close by.

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Hanging from my Wall Mount, I also have my Glimmer Mist color guide.  I sprayed each mist onto a tag and wrote its name on the back.  This makes it easier for me to coordinate my mists with my projects.  Definitely a time-saver!

Thank you for stopping by and reading my post.  Have a beautiful, crafty day!


Oct 3, 2011

Quote of the Week

"You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens." ~ Ethel Barrymore
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