Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Time To Look Back

So now I find myself in somewhat of a crossroad.  I had wanted to use this blog as a diary of craft projects. The treat favors that I make throughout the year.  The Halloween treats, the Easter treats, Christmas and Valentine's as well.  I think I mostly wanted to catalog the things that I have made so that family and friends could see what I was doing at any given moment in time.  I had no intention to be a business or even make vids of techniques.  I simply needed a digital format to post what I was doing at any given moment.  So as I was stumbling through the internet I came across a familiar name in the crafting industry.  Understand this is not someone I have ever met but a someone I have enjoyed watching and have learned tips and tricks from over the years.  Her name is Sandi Genovese.  I will so put her in a class with Carol Duvall and believe me she is in good company.  Back in the day when I was a stay at home Mom these were my crafty gurus that really made me not just a happy crafter but a super crafty PTA Mom.  I shared everything I learned from these gals. I am not just a better crafter but a fuller more experienced person because of what I have learned from them. Please know these are just two names in the industry that have taught me and brought me to where I am today.  OK enough of the mushy stuff. Sandi has a new internet show and it is fab.  Here is the link www.scrapbookshowgram.com
So while watching her technique vids I come across this rolodex project.  It was love at first sight.  Sandi was using a address rolodex to catalog a year.  I so fell in love with this project of hers that I was laying in bed at night thinking how I could put my own personal spin on this cool project.  Really it was pure inspiration. You all should go check out what this artist did with a rolodex.  OK, back to me. So here is the thing. I am a Nonna, yes the Grandmother. So somehow in the past seven years I have taken 4 yes 4 thousand pictures of my granddaughter. Oh my that's 4,000!!! YES I have printed many, they are pretty much everywhere!  In the house, at the job, wallet, car, nightstand, etc.  you know they are everywhere. but now I want some form of a quick reference of my favs.  Enter Sandi's great idea.  So I spent about 3 weeks looking for a vintage rolodex file and came up with the "Rolodex V file"  I began by cutting the dividers and labeling them by year with vinyl writing that I cut with my cricut using MTC.  I haven't stopped talking about this project at work and I even left  message for Sandi on her blog telling her how excited and inspired I was.  So this week I really got started and I am loving the journey of selecting and printing all these great pics of Rory.  Jumping from 2003 to present, viewing, picking and choosing all the great pictures and watching her grow from birth to present day has been awesome.  I tell you this because I am so into this project that I just may be blowing off a lot of my normal crafting and I will probably be posting some pics here and there as well.  Did I mention that I bought the Stampin Up Sizzix die so that cutting the pics has been a breeze.  I am using Digital Scrapbook Artist 2 to make the mini digi scrapbook cards.  I hope you all follow as I dive feet first into this awesome project that will most likely take me a year to complete.  Here are my first pics.  Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

2011 Valentine Treats

Avon had lip balms for Valentine's day on sale so I bought 2 dozen of them.  I made enough of these so that I could have treats for the girls at my job and Samantha could have enough for the girls at her job. Each little fold over has a lip balm and 2 pieces of  Dove chocolate inside. I liked this quick and easy treat fold over.  I used bazzill textured cardstock as the foundation and the patterned paper is from Targets dollar bin.  I used Sure Cuts Alot to cut these so I made them all in just a couple of hours.  I bought a digi Valentine stamp set from Stampin Up  and used Digital Scapbook Artist to print them. I cut them out with a Nestabilities die.  Super quick and easy and I can't wait to hand them out tomorrow.  Enjoy the rest of the week-end, Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Look At What Rory and I Made Today!

Valentine's Day is Monday so today was the day for Rory and I to finish her Valentine's for school.  Let's just hope that it does not snow on Sunday night so that there will be school on Monday!  We did a great job with these Valentine's.  This year we used pencils and this project came together quickly,  We used paper from the dollar bin at Target and modified a Cricut Hello Kitty file.  So sorry Provocraft, I love you guys but sometimes you just need to change up a file.  We also got the pencils at Target.  We had a great time making these and Rory is so excited to hand them out to her friends.  Tomorrow I will post my Valentine's that I will be bringing to work.  Thanks for visiting!

Monday, February 7, 2011

February, Already!!

Oh my,
I am simply lost in this winter.  There is so much snow here in Jersey this year and I am just a summer girl.  I come home from work each day sit at the computer and just zone.  I tell myself I will work on Valentines, I will work on Valentines and lo and behold after three weeks of chanting it to myself I really did make them.  So to start off here is a pic from 2009.  I hope to post last year and this year over the next couple of days.  I hope you all did something crafty for the ones you hold close.
Thanks for visiting,