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Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Blog Hop!

You may have just arrived from Kathya's blog. She is such a sweetheart! Please do take a few moments and visit all the stops on this blog hop. We LOVE to hear from you too. I have no way (at least that I know of..) to know how many people are signed up to see my blog. I sometimes think that I am the only one who reads this! 

We were supposed to create something for Spring. I have had this set for ages...well okay, since January, and I have been wanting to use it ever since. This image is from the Mediterranean Moments Stamp set, which is from the Occasions Catalog. There are four images; a sidewalk bistro, an adorable fluffy cat on a chair, a mini motorcycle stopped in front of a house, possibly in Paris, and the darling scene I chose for my card. 

I actually used this card in a very mini class with three special stampers, who signed up for a 3 month club. Each month they were given a free class where we made 2 cards that were not available in any other class. It was a wonderful experience. 

Some stampers call this the spotlight technique, because just part of the image is colored. The die I used left very little of the image uncolored, but you get the idea. 

The image is stamped in black ink on Whisper White cardstock.  The panel is adhered to an Island Indigo card base. I stamped the image again on watercolor paper. It is die cut with the Lots of Labels framelits. I used ink from Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Perfect Plum, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede and Marina Mist to paint the image. It really did not take too long. Possibly 10 minutes. 

I used dimensionals to pop up the panel from the image below it, to give even more depth. 

I am going to San Diego at the end of the week, for the Stampin' Up! convention called On Stage! I am so excited because this year I get to walk ON STAGE because I made it to Silver Elite, thanks to you, my customers, and huge thanks to my team, the Ellie Cats!! I have a small team, but we would make room for YOU!! Please let me know if you are interested in being a hobby demonstrator, where you are your only customer, or making a bit of income as well as getting a discount for yourself! It truly has NEVER been easier!
How about a couple of pictures from the still evolving redo of the craft room?! Ed added 3 small shelves for me, one to hold some tape and the stapler. See the kitty cat tape dispenser?? The other two, for now, hold current cards or swaps! The knobs on the upper cabinets are Mary Engelbreit! 

The Trilogy Quilt show was last weekend and I managed to find a table runner that I HAD to have for the craft room! It has Mary Engelbreit fabric!  I really like to support the locals, and the Trilogy Quilters make projects to give to various causes. Love that! 

Please let me know what you think of my card. The next person on the hop is Nita. She is fairly new to our group. I am looking forward to seeing what she has done, as well as the rest of this talented group! 
Until next time~ 

In case you get lost here are the links to all the hoppers!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Blog Hop!!

Hello and welcome to March! Hopefully you have just seen my friend Kathya's creations. She is amazing! I can hardly wait to hop along with you to see what everyone has made this month!

My projects for this hop includes a 3-D item!! I was not going to get the succulent bundle...NOT! But, as I saw more and more fabulous things being made with it, well... I LOVE it!! First thing I wanted to make were the 3-D and very realistic succulents. What FUN this was to make. I had purchased a low glass dish at Home Goods for 4.00!

The addition of rocks and moss really help to make them look even more real.
Next, I wanted to make a card that looked like a window.
I added moss to the window box and it is popped up from the brick "front" of the house. There is even "glass" in the window, using the window clear acetate!

 I had three ladies that agreed to do a club for Sale A Bration. Each person was the host of their own party one of the months. The other two months they just had to order $50.00. They each got to pick a Sale A Bration item, plus they had a very special private class with me where we made 2 cards at each class. Free! The two cards on this post were the cards for this month! I think they loved them. With only three people in the class, I stepped up the cards, to make it even more special! We have a ball and get to laughing! Only one more month to go. One member is in Florida, so I make her cards for her and mail them to her.  

This is the other card we made. Very elegant. I posted this on Facebook and someone asked if I would make a wedding card for her just like this, but change the verse. I did it, but forgot to take a photo! I may just make some for the rack.

The succulents are colored with the new watercolor pencils and a blender pen. We used a piece of plastic from the folders that our dies come in. I recently put all of my dies on  magnet sheets which I attach to cardboard. I cut all of it to fit our DVD cases. It is much easier to find the dies I am looking for, thanks to the labels made on the label maker!  I could NOT bring myself to throw away the folders. I am so glad I kept them. They make perfect pallets! You can take the pencils and scribble on the plastic. Then you can mix your colors just like on an artists pallet! Works beautifully! Plus you can wash it right off when you are done so it is ready to use next time. I keep a blender pen, pallet piece and my pencils in a DVD case, so I am ready to color anything!! :)
Here are my pencils, blender pen and part of my "pallet" all tucked in a DVD case!

Here is a close up of the silver threads behind the die cut succulents. It helped to tie the whole thing together.

Do take a look at the bundle, on page 20 and 21 in the Occasions catalog. You get the stamps and the dies together for a 10% discount. If you order the bundle and the Designer Series Paper you would earn one free Sale A Bration item!! For this last month, Stampin' Up! has added 3 new goodies. Personally, I love the glimmer paper in THREE new colors!! All the look of glitter without the mess! You can even die cut it!
If you need a catalog or would like to place an order please go to my on line store at
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If you get lost, here is a handy map!!
Ellie you are here!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February Blog Hop!

Hello everyone!
Happy February. We are looking forward to a warming trend, with the temperatures in the mid-seventies, which is perfect bragging weather!

Hopefully, you have just visited my friend, Kathya's blog. I can hardly wait to see all the amazing ideas from my fellow hoppers! Great Valentine's day inspiration!

My card features stamps from two sets in the annual catalog, found on page 46. The verse is from Bloomin' Love and the vine is from First Sight.

I started by making a stencil using the ultra thick cardstock and the largest of the curvier hearts from the Sweet and Sassy heart framelits. I taped it to my card front using removable tape and then with a piece of stamping sponge (I cut each of the rounds into quarter pieces) I sponged the outline of the heart with Pink Pirouette ink. Use a swirling motion to sponge lightly at first, starting on the stencil. This may seem like you are wasting ink, but the look achieved via this method looks so soft and there isn't a big blob of color anywhere.

Once I was happy with my sponging, I stamped the vine with Rose Red ink, directly over the stencil onto the card front. I removed the stencil and stamped the greeting over part of the heart. Sponging the edges makes it even dreamier! I used dimensionals to attach the top piece to a mat of Rose Red which had been attached to the Whisper White card base.

The ribbon is from Sale A Bration and you can get it for FREE with your $50.00 order. This ribbon is, in my opinion, not photographed very well in the Sale A Bration brochure. To me it looks almost like cording. I was very surprised to see how supple it is! Plus, you get one with gold threads woven through an ivory base and the one I used, which has silver threads woven into a white base.
A close up of the ribbon!

This is a very simple technique and one that ANY one can do! Try it!

Here is the card with added Rhinestones. I'm never sure which I like better... I like the sparkle, but maybe I added too many...or not enough!!

Thanks for stopping by~ next stop is Connie's blog! Just click the button below!
Please leave us some love (comments), we eat that stuff up!
Now go create!

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If you need a demonstrator, please let me know! I would be happy to provide you with catalogs! Want to join my team?? Get even more inspiration, fun team "meetings" and, best of all, demonstrators are first to see new products and get the new catalogs! Now is the BEST time, during Sale A Bration!! Stampin' Up! gives you two FREE stamp sets of your choice, up to $104.00 in value, in addition to all the other perks of joining! (you don't have to hold classes or do parties, or sell to anyone! You can be a hobby demonstrator, which means you order just for yourself!) Get the discount!! Only $99.00 for $125.00 in merchandise from any current catalog- your choice, plus the two free sets!! Contact me!! Special gift for anyone who mentions this post and signs up under me before 3/31/17!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The great craft room remodel!!

Hello everyone!
As promised, I will share pictures and tell you how this came about.

When we bought this house we knew that my craft room was going to be my craft room. In our previous home, I had my stuff in a closet in what had been my mom's room. I would carry the stuff out to the kitchen to work. Not exactly user friendly!

With my craft room in this house, it has always been just my craft room. Never combined with the office or a guest bedroom. Yes, I am very lucky. When you purchase a brand new home, there are many expenses that you don't think of, like landscaping, window treatments, 13 ceiling fans (hey, this IS the desert!!) and on and on. Expenses pile up. When we were deciding on the cabinetry for my craft room, Ed talked me out of the drawers I wanted in favor of cheaper cabinets. I have made them work for over 10 years. Now that I have so much more stuff, as well as my business, I knew I needed to fix the storing and organization of my stuff or go crazy!

Then there was the email. I subscribe to many blogs. One blog is by a lady I have long admired, Jennifer McGuire. She recently moved and was showing her new studio on her blog. My friend Pam and I oohed and aahed over it! It was the stuff of dreams!

We were riding together in the car with Pam, and we were talking about it. I showed Ed a photo of Jennifer McGuire's craft palace. Later, he said, we could possibly add drawers. We can go to IKEA and see about it. I am pretty sure we went the very next day!

Since the cabinets that were in the craft room were from IKEA, Ed believed that they would be easy to retro-fit. I believe that we bought two base drawer units that day.

The next day Ed put the drawer units together in the garage and went to install them after he was done. I had moved out of the craft room and into the kitchen breakfast nook. I heard much noise; tools whirring and a few phrases like "Son of a Bluebird" and "Mother Finches"! (language has been changed to protect the innocent!)
Turns out, two years ago IKEA switched to American made products in this country and went from metric to our standard. Everything was off by and eighth of an inch or more... whatever metric is off by. We did not know this at the time, Ed just believed that he got one cabinet that was off. So, my sweet Ed was going to re-drill the holes, but then found that the other cabinet was off as well. Back to IKEA he went. This time he got a salesperson who understood what retro-fit meant and the guy said, "oh man, how long ago did you buy the cabinets??". That was when Ed learned that they had changed! I'm glad that the products are American made. I just wish the first kid that helped us would have known what the word retro-fit meant and he could have saved us a bit of pain. This meant that we could NOT retro-fit anything, but instead had to redo everything! YIKES! What we thought was going to be a weekend project, has turned into a week long (or more) and much more expensive project. However now I have the craft room of my dreams!

And, if you have stayed with me this long, you now get to see the photos!! :) First some before photos for those of you who never saw the room before!
 Things were starting to get messy...and I realized that I didn't have any before pictures!
Here you can see one of the base cabinets going in...another snag, they didn't have the color we had before, so we were going to have to change that too. I picked white.

I had a key hole for a sewing machine, that I never used, which you can see next to the new drawers. It was my mom's sewing machine, and it is from the eighties. It is mostly made from metal, and they just don't make them like that anymore. I have kept it, but I hate sewing. Kinda silly for it to use up so much valuable real estate. I do have another sewing machine that I bought two years ago, that I have never used either....seems to be a trend. Someday, I just know I will use it on a card!!
Here is a shot of the office. Stuff from the craft room was all over the house! The wood crates were my brother's. He had them in Illinois. He stored his record albums in them. They are actually from a farm in Arizona! He passed away, in 1978, before we moved to Arizona in 1980.

Removing the doors, ready to install drawers in the retro-fit stage.
This is when he realized that he would have to drill 8 new holes per cabinet for the new doors to work! ALL of the old cabinets came out and went into the garage.
 New upper cabinets were installed first. Many trips to IKEA were made! It is about 23 miles one way.
 Here you can see the hang rail for the bases has been added.
 Base drawers installed! Product in some already! LED spot lights added to the underside of the upper cabinets. One is hanging, waiting to be installed.
Upper and lower is coming together!

Filled drawers waiting to be installed!

 All of the base drawers in place!
 So many drawers!

Are you ready to see the finished room??!!
 I had one DVD tower to hold my stamps. Now I have three of them with room for two more!! Behind the door are paper punches.
 See the cabinet on the bottom right?? That one has my TWO sewing machines, foot pedals and all of my sewing ONE place!! This makes my organized heart very happy.
 I have always been a fan of Mary Engelbreit. I used to sell many of her products in my shop. I have some very precious things from those days. The welcome rug above the top cabinets is from my dear cousin. And all the knobs are ME too!
 The Mary Engelbreit print above the cabinets is signed.
 Here is my adhesive drawer!
 These acrylic blocks are used to hold unmounted stamps when we use them. The cases are filled too. I need so many because of the classes I teach. Most classes I have 8 to12 people in one class. We use multiple stamps!
 This is one drawer of Sizzix brand products. Whenever I have a precise die cut on a card, chances are that these machines have been used to create it. These are the old style dies (red, green and yellow colored pieces) I just can't get rid of them!
This is another Sizzix drawer.

This bookcase was added to hold more DVD stamp sets, but it is deeper than the DVD towers and therefore wasted space. Instead I put my cut cardstock in it, by color family. The company I work for, Stampin' Up!, has always had color families; regals, subtles, brights, neutrals, and what they call in colors, which change yearly.

I had the storage cabinet beside the new bookcase. Actually I have two of them. The other set is in the closet. They are drawer cabinets stacked one on top of the other. There are wheels on the cabinets, but the top cabinet does not have the wheels. Once filled, these do not move easily, because they are not meant to be stacked like this. These hold wood mounted stamps. They are divided by category. The boxes on top are for an upcoming class!   

The quilt, that you see just a part of, was done by my very dear friend Susan. She had it in her craft room for several years and decided to change the look of her room and asked me if I would like it! I LOVE it and am extremely proud to have it hanging in my room! It features 9 panels of cats!!
A close up! Isn't it darling??!! I really do love it. How can you not be happy looking at it?? Such vibrant colors.

Envelope and paper cabinet!
Ribbon drawer!!!! (swoon!)
I will have more photos as I get better organized. This blog is way too long already! Thanks for sticking with me!!
Take good care~

Sunday, January 1, 2017

January Blog Hop!!!

Hello everyone! Happy New Year!
You may have arrived here from my friend Kathya's blog. I can hardly wait to see what everyone has done. Please do hop to all the blogs on here...and if you can leave us a comment- we thrive on that kind of stuff!!

My card uses the Beautiful You stamp set. This is THE one set I really wanted to get just as soon as I possibly could from the Occasions catalog! I love everything about this set. The font used for the verses and the drama of the ladies, well, just perfect! My card uses the lady with the umbrella. There are 3 ladies in the set plus 8 verses, and two shadow like stamps.

I used silver embossing powder, with our fine tip glue! I didn't know that would work, but it did! I used one of my favorite techniques for the background. Taking one of the larger acrylic blocks, (block E) I filled it with ink direct from these stamp pads; Pool Party, Mint Macaron, and Island Indigo ink. One piece of advice when doing this technique is to be sure to start with your lightest ink. I put the Pool Party ink on the block first, then the Mint Macaron and finally the Island Indigo. This way your light colors don't get "muddied" from the darker inks. And the darker ink pads just absorb the lighter ink. Although you can take a paper towel and wipe off the extra ink from the pad. Just be sure to re-ink the area that you wiped!

Once the ink is on the block, all you have to do is mist the block with decide how much or little you want to use. Then you "stamp" it! Easy!!

After it had dried a bit, I stamped the figure in Basic Black ink.  I added glue from our fine tip glue on top of the umbrella, as well as the rain drops coming off of the umbrella. Plus I added glue to the shadow at her feet. Then I hit the image with the silver embossing powder. Because I used watercolor paper, the black ink had not dried! So it held on to the embossing powder too. I got the heat gun hot and then focused on the embossing powder. The glue reacted to the heat and it puffed up! Fun side benefit!!

I added the sentiment, after all that excitement, in black. Adhered my panel on to an Island Indigo card base. Done!! I do like the way it turned out. And it proves that you don't always need to color the image...she looks perfect just the way she is!!
Thanks for stopping by, please use the button below to head to Mary's blog to see what she has done.

May God bless your New Year with health and happiness.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Nearly a New Year!

I have been away far too long. I have decided that I must make this blog more of a priority next year. I thank you for sticking with me. I have found that it is easier to just post my pictures on Facebook, so that is what I have been doing. But, I know that my post on Facebook can get lost in the "crowd" and it is far easier for people to find it in their in box rather than surf Facebook!

I wanted to show you a card that had been in my head ever since I saw the new mini catalog, which we call Occasions, last month. If you need a copy of the new catalog, which starts January 4th and lasts until May 31, 2017, please let me know! The card features the Up & Away Thinlits, specifically the large balloon and three of the different cloud dies. I cut the clouds from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper. The DSP, or Designer Series Paper, is one of the items that you can get for free with a $50.00 order, during Sale A Bration! (which also starts January 4th, and lasts until March 31, 2017) The whole package is perfect for the balloon dies as well as the stamp set, called Lift Me Up. You get 12 sheets of 12 x 12 paper in the free package, 2 each of 6 double sided designs. The dies and stamps can be purchased bundled together which saves you 10%!

 This is the front of the card. The verse is from the stamp set (Lift Me Up) and it is stamped on Whisper White and die cut using the Project Life dies. The clouds are popped up on dimensionals.

Here is the inside of the card. The balloon is a 3-D piece that uses 3 die cuts. I  scored the balloons first and made sure that they would fold correctly.  I carefully glued together two pieces and held them in place with paper clips until I felt that the glue had set. Then I glued the third balloon die cut in place and kept them clipped together for about 20 minutes.  There are three glimmer clouds on the inside. 

Here is a better look at the balloon. You can see how it folds flat so that the card can be mailed in a regular envelope. When the card is opened, the balloon pops up! I love how the two sentiments work so well together. I definitely think this would brighten someone's day, don't you?

Thanks for stopping by today. I wish you Peace and good health in the New Year!