Monday, January 25, 2016

Ladies Night Out at The Crafty Scrapper

Hey you guys, so much has been going on with me, some sad but mostly good.  I'm getting back to my old self again and it really feels good.  I decided to visit my local craft store the Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, TX and I lucked up on Ladies Night Out.  I rarely do card classes or any other crafting class for that matter (a little too much togetherness for me sometimes).  But this night they were doing a cute little card using Tim Holtz's new "Crazy Cat" stamps.  The stamps are a take off of his Bird stamps.  We used water colored brush ink pens from Zig to color our images.  The pens are nice, they have some really cool features, that may be a step up from the regular water colored pen.  What is even nicer about ladies night out is: It was free to make the card,  they serve deserts and beverages, and we also got a 40 percent discount off of one item.  I definitely plan to attend another one.  Below, I am showing a picture of the card inspiration that Carolyn (the store owner) made and the second card is my take on the card.  The stamps if not already, will be in the store soon. She just returned from CHA and she didn't even want to see her bill, so you know she got the goods!!! You can also order from her on-line store.  Not only does she have a large selection of Tim Holtz but she also carries many other artists and manufactures such as Wendy Vecchi, Maya Road, Bo Bunny, Prima, Kaiser Craft, 7 Gypsies, Fab Scraps, Authentique, Petaloo, Bazzill, and a whole lot more.  She has everything in the store that will take you from inspiration to a completed project.  If you live in Texas or even if you are just visiting, the store is definitely worth the trip! The prices are reasonable, the staff is most accommodating, very friendly, knowledgeable, and all inspiring with their incredible talents. 
The Crafty Scrapper
108 South Rogers Street
Waxahachie TX 75165
Monday-Thursday 10-6pm
Friday 10-midnight
Saturday 10-5pm
Closed Sunday

Thank you ladies for a great evening, see y'all soon; Hugz from me...Joyce Ann

Friday, January 22, 2016

Happy Paper Crafting New Year!

Hello everybody,
     Well (big sigh)...It's a new year. Another year we are blessed beyond measure to be able to create and share new and incredible paper goodies.  I was just thinking, the first month is almost gone and I haven't blogged a thing! Oh my! I decided I'd better get going, if I planned to meet my goal of blogging at least once or twice a month. Though I haven't blogged since November 2015, I have been a busy lil' bee.  If it's not my actual job of being a medical review nurse, then I've been busy in my crafting studio (yes, I've changed from calling it a lab to a studio...sounds more chic-lol).   Hmmm (tapping my chin)...let's see... I've made several cards using dies from my favorite folks Spellbinders, I've watched a lot of Becca from Amazing Paper Grace video's and made some of her cards, I finished one of at least five mini-albums to scrap my European vacation memories, I've played with my Minc Machine (thank you to my Scrappin BFF Lesia from Mema's Crafts), and today I finished a folio album tutorial by Ginger Ropp of My Sister Scrapper...whew!   So, the folio is actually my first project started and completed for 2016.  I'll show you the cards that I worked on first and then I'll do later a post for the folio.

The first card I cased from Becca Feeken, it uses her Lacey Tiers die, Spellbinders Times Rectangles, Foundations Victorian Iris (color) card stock, Recollections Cream 110# card stock, Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennants, Recollections gems stones/brads, Wild Orchid Flowers, cream seam binding, greeting is from JustRite Stampers "Ever After Antique Labels One", sentiment is from Stampin' Up stamp set "God's Blessings" (this one may be retired), foam tape, and ink is by Stampin Up Bordering Blue (retired).

This card was inspired by Lesia from Mema's Crafts.  Unfortunately, I'm not sure where she got the idea or layout from. In this card I used Spellbinders Heirloom Legacy die, Heartfelt Creations "Burst of Splendor" 12 x 12 paper pad, Recollection cream cardstock (110#), greeting is JustRite Stampers' Large Fancy Sentiment, the sentiment from Ki Hampton Art, no name but the catalog number is SC0585,the ink is Stampin Up's Mossy Meadow (new color) #133645, and some foam tape. 

Card #3 was inspired by Marisa, who also used Becca Feeken's Lacey Tiers.  Additional products I used for this card are: Want-2-Scrap pearls, Stampin Up Very Vanilla satin 5/8" ribbon (retired), Wild Orchid Craft Ivory Cherry Blossoms, Textured Green card stock from JoAnn's, Recollection cream card stock (110#),  Prima patterned papers from an old 12 x 12 pack called "Fairy Flora", the greeting and sentiment are from Crafty Secrets "Card Sentiments Large", foam tape, and the ink from Stampin Up Mossy Meadow  #133645.

Moving right along, I have another inspired card.  This card was done as a shape card on Pinterest.  I'm not big on shaped cards; although, I will do one every now and then. I didn't like it as a shaped card, so I decided to add a rectangle base.  I also wanted my inside finished.   I used Spellbinder's Radiant Rectangles, baby pink textured card stock from Recollections, White 110# card stock from Recollections, Stampin Up Blushing Bride/Pretty in Pink inks, Wild Orchid Craft flowers rose buds, foam tape, and JustRite Stampers "Ever After Antique Labels One" clear stamps. 

Okay, well that's it for now.  I hope you enjoy the cards, Til' next time,
Hugz from me!
(Joyce Ann)

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