Sincerely

Just coming off CHA this week. For those of you who may not be aware, this is one of our major trade shows for the Craft and Hobby Association. There are two shows each year; the first in January. It’s a show where the manufacturers display their wares for store owners and designers. It’s a great place to spot new trends and see which timeless classics are still around. It’s very exciting to have an opportunity to attend and I had the double pleasure of also being able to share my love for some of my favorite products from Globecraft Memories. It was a great time but I’m home again and it’s time to get that craft room (aka Studio) cleaned up and organized again so I can get back to work!

This month I completed a cd mini book  for our partnership with Xyron and Trinity Paper Arts using the “Sincerely” packet I received. I used 5 cds which gave me 10 pages to play with – lots of room to add photos of my daughter, Rachel, and her boyfriend, Kyle. I still own a Coluzzle and love the circle template because it’s the perfect size to fit the cds. I use nothing but my Xyron machines to coat the paper with adhesive. It holds really well to the plastic cd and I’ve never experienced the papers or photos lifting – even after several years of use and abuse. For the cds, which are about 5 1/2 inches in diameter, either the 9″ Creative Station or the Creatopia work great!

I also used Spellbinder die Mix’d Media Elements for the first time and was so impressed as to how it embossed! I’ve started using Spellbinder dies and can understand how people get hooked. Notice the two embossed hearts on the cover flower. The bird and frames/mats are all die cuts from the same Spellbinder die too.

The flower is cut from Tim Holtz’ Tattered Florals die and the ornate plate is chipboard cut from Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplates which is painted with the Adirondack Snow Cap Paint Dabber then coated with Glossy Accents on the inner rim and Crackle Accents on the outer rim. That’s a sticker in the middle from Trinity Paper Arts.

       

The photos were edged with Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger), heat set, then run through my Xyron 9″ Creative Station. I decorated several cd pages prior to using the Xyron.

   

And this is how the rest of the book turned out! Check out the rest of the Design Team’s projects using Xyron and Trinity Paper Arts by visiting http://aintshecrafty.blogspot.com/

    

  

   

Aren’t they the cutest couple!

Organizing with Billy …

Where do I start? It’s been crazy busy and I’m lovin’ every minute of it! Learning a lot as I go; so thankful for everyone’s patience. I never imagined I’d be on one design team, let alone three at the same time. Not sure what I was thinking when I applied for them all but I really am enjoying the challenges.

It was so wonderful to see all the familiar faces at Mega Meet! Thank you to each and every one of you who stopped by the Globecraft Memories booth to say ‘hi.’ Felt like old times!

One good thing that has happened is I really had to organize my supplies so I could keep all the product separated for each team once it started arriving. Made two trips to Ikea for three Billy Bookcases. They’ve worked out great! I’m a visual person and need to see my supplies – I envy those who keep everything tucked behind little doors and in pretty boxes. I’ve tried it and it doesn’t work for me. With the shelves I can quickly scan for product and it is so much easier to put away. Here’s what they look like. There’s even some space I haven’t filled yet but I’m sure as I finish organizing it will slowly disappear.

And, look at the desk! I actually found it! See those clothespins and binder clips on the lamp shade? They’re really handy when gluing stuff together; sometimes you just need a third hand!

It was so nice to sit in here to work. I am using cd storage racks for my dies (Sizzix, Tim Holtz, etc) and so far it’s a good fit. Got an idea for the magnetic dies I’m going to try with my Xyron. I’ll show it to you if it works.

Spent yesterday helping our daughter Rachel with some home and yard chores. Her birthday is today; she’s 29. Happy birthday Rachel! I’m working on a cd book I’ve decided will be for her titled ‘Untie your Wings.’ I feel the title is appropriate considering she has a new wonderful man in her life and they’re making plans for the future. I’d love to show you a sneak peek but opted to show you the happy couple instead!

In case you’ve missed any design team posts you can visit them here at Art Glitter and here at Globecraft Memories. While there take time to check out the other design team members and leave a comment or two. You’ll find some very talented people!

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or you can check it out right here on the blog. Classes are coming up and will be listed on the calendar by the end of the week. Hope to see or hear from you soon – enjoy the beautiful weather this week!