Haul / Brutus Monroe Unboxing April 2017

I got a package from Brutus Monroe so I’m sharing the Haul / Brutus Monroe Unboxing April 2017 with you today. So many wonderful goodies came in my box this time. Stamps, Embossing Powder, Stamp cleaner and more.

See the video of the Haul / Brutus Monroe Unboxing April 2017

Want to know where you can get all of these wonderful items? Head over to the Brutus Monroe Store. Some of the items won’t be there until the release week of April 17- the stamps. The rest of the items are already in the shop now.

Haul / Brutus Monroe Unboxing April 2017

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Haul / Brutus Monroe Unboxing April 2017

2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine Texas

On Saturday, April 2nd, I got the opportunity to go to the 2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine Texas. I’m so glad I got to go, and now I want to share a little bit of what I got while at the show.

2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine Texas

Here is a video about the 2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine Texas:

Seeing the Rinea booth filled with lots of people was so wonderful! I was overjoyed to see the make and take table filled. The owners said that it was a good show for them.

It was a pleasure to visit with Rita Barakat who was doing a demo at Craft Fancy. While talking with her I learned more about the TCW colored gesso and Clear Modeling paste. Of course, I had to buy some of the Clear Modeling paste. I also found a very cool die by Memory Box – Large Ringlets. This is a die I’ve been looking forward to finding, so glad I did at this show!

While walking around the show I happened to see a very nice display of 7gypsies Architextures. When I did I walked into the booth and said, High Five for having a display of Architextures. They gave me a strange look but did follow through with the high five, that would have been awkward if they didn’t huh?

What booth was it that I found all the Architextures? The only booth at 2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine Texas? The Crafty Scrapper was the booth and they had a great selection of Architextures to choose from. They also had a piece of my artwork! I was shocked and excited! I asked if it was okay if I took a photo and sent it out on Facebook as quick as I could!

2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine Texas

It was very nice to visit with the owners of The Crafty Scrapper, I hope to be invited to teach a workshop soon. I do plan to make a road trip down to visit their store very soon.

Finding bargains is always awesome. When I found Scrap That! I was excited to find awesome prices on things I use in my projects. I picked up pop dots and foam tape at very low prices. Always good to save money.

Flossie Scrapper had a huge selection of steel dies from a few different vendors. Lawn Fawn was one that they carried and I was blessed to find Stiched Scalloped Borders. This will be a fun die for me to use in the future.

Since I’ve been a stamper for a very long time one of my favorite stamp companies is Rubbernecker. I have several of their stamps and I was thrilled that they have added dies to several of their stamps. So I found a die to match one of the floral stamps that I use a lot and I got a new border stamp that I think I’ll start using a lot.

While walking around I recognized a long time stamping friend Audrey that was working at the Local King Rubber Stamp booth. They had some really cool stamps and it was interesting to see how they were showing how to color the images. Check out their site where they have some tutorials.

2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine Texas

An unusual product I saw was at the Epiphany Crafts. They were selling a punch and stickers to make your own embellishments.  I was interested, but when he cut an image out of thin paper and the edges were not clean I decided that I would do more research. Looks like they have been around for a while and lots of people are complaining that the punch doesn’t work well. So I’m glad I passed on this punch for the time being.

A fun booth I found was Craft Fantastic. There was a free make and take showing how to use their glue and glass domes to make jewelry. The lady giving the demo was fun and made the process enjoyable.

The last booth I visited was Tessler Crafts. This booth had some great stamps and dies to choose from. The gal giving demos showed how the dies could be used to cut aluminum cans I was sold on buying a beautiful butterfly die. This is a die I’m looking forward to using very soon.

Overall, I had a great time at the show, I’m very glad that I got to attend. I’m thankful to my husband for driving and to Rinea for the tickets. Saving every bit of money is important when you live on a budget.

Here is a map of the Vendors that I visited at the 2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine Texas. The ones highlighted in yellow are ones that I visited with or made a purchase from.

2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine Texas

Here is a vendor list for the 2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine Texas.

2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine Texas

If you ever get the chance to go to a show I encourage you to go! Being around like minded people is so much fun!

Plethora of Mother’s Day Cards Made

So yesterday was a busy day. I have a Plethora of Mother’s Day Cards Made. Since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, Sunday, May 14, I thought I should get busy and make a few cards.

For these cards I decided to use some papers I had in my stash. You know the ones, those that got purchased for some reason or another. Or in my case there was a huge stack of papers given to me.

Thumbing through the papers I found a couple of scrapbook papers that I thought would be beautiful backgrounds.

Once the background papers were selected I think started looking through the other papers and bits. I have 12 in. x 12 in. scrapbook folders that hold scraps of paper. Having these folders helped in the making of all of these cards.

One of my friends came over to craft with me and she let me borrow a really pretty die set. I’m so glad that she came over. I’ve been using these dies like crazy. lol

Here are the Plethora of Mother’s Day Cards Made in this card making session.

The first card features Brutus Monroe – Bunny Kisses set. This was stamped with Brutus Monroe Detail Ink – Raven. I also used embroidery floss to tie to the card. A little sparkle was added using Tulip Glitter Glue. The flowers are from Prima.

Plethora of Mother's Day Cards Made

The first card I used the sketch from Paper Play Sketches #38

Current Sketch:

It was fun to have a challenge while making this card. It gave me ideas on how to use up small bits of paper I have had for a while now. I was also able to use a couple of embossing folders to get added texture to this card.
Since I got the card finished I do plan to enter it in the challenge. Who knows maybe someone will like seeing it and be inspired.
The other card designs I didn’t use a sketch I just decided to make what felt good to me. Another friend gave me a large stack of white paper doilies. So I’ve been trying to use these when possible.
Plethora of Mother's Day Cards Made
Love the background paper from K&Co. I think this one turned out so pretty.
This butterfly card I thought was perfect for the Color Challenge at Paper Play Sketches and Color Challenges.

This week’s Color Challenge

Plethora of Mother's Day Cards Made
When I saw this butterfly paper I knew I had to use the butterfly die on the card too.
Here is the Plethora of Mother’s Day Cards Made all spread out on my table.
Plethora of Mother's Day Cards Made
 A closer look at all of the cards
Plethora of Mother's Day Cards Made

Interested in purchasing the finished cards I make? I offer many of my cards in my store. The cards a usually blank inside and come with a matching envelope. The cards I make are A2 size or 4.25 in. x 5.5 in. in size. If you are wanting a greeting on the inside feel free to email me to discuss details or to connect with me via my Facebook page.

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Artist Trading Card One on One Swaps Feb 2017

Sharing the Artist Trading Card One on One Swaps Feb 2017 from a few members of the ATC Artist Trading Cards Facebook Group. This group is full of wonderful artists willing to share.

Artist Trading Card One on One Swaps Feb 2017

I joined the group and posted a photo of St Patrick Ladies Artist Trading Cards (see the how-to video here.) Quickly I had a ton of notifications that many of the members wanted a card. It was exciting to chat with the members.

Once all of the address exchanges were made I packaged up the ATC’s and dropped them off in the mail. The video today shows three of the cards I’ve received so far.

It has been a long time since I’ve done ATC swaps. So much fun to get these in the mail. I love the creativity from each person I swapped with for these cards.

Each person has their own unique style and I love what they created.

If you love making Artist Trading card come on and join the ATC Artist Trading Cards Facebook Group. We would love to have you.

Video of my opening the Artist Trading Card One on One Swaps Feb 2017 mail.

Here are a few photos of the cards too.

First in the Artist Trading Card One on One Swaps Feb 2017 is from Tonya Browing. She used a beautiful Butterfly Sticker and text on a beautiful tag ATC.

Artist Trading Card One on One Swaps Feb 2017

ATC on the left made by Tonya Browing

Second in the Artist Trading Card One on One Swaps Feb 2017 is from Lisa Hathorn. She used stamps to create the pants and phrase and made a beautiful mixed media background. Love the texture in this ATC.

Artist Trading Card One on One Swaps Feb 2017

ATC on the right made by Lisa Hathorn

Last, in the Artist Trading Card One on One Swaps Feb 2017 is from Nikki P. Her ATC is hand drawn in pencil. I love what she created it is so pretty. I am always in awe of other peoples drawing skills. Great job on this one.

Artist Trading Card One on One Swaps Feb 2017

ATC in the middle made by Nikki P

I hope you enjoyed seeing the Happy Mail I received. Do you join swaps? What kind of swaps do you like to join? Maybe I’ll see you in one of the Facebook Groups, say hi or that you joined because I told you about the group. 🙂

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Artist Trading Card One on One Swaps Feb 2017

Jewelry in Candles Purple Ring Reveal, Give Away

Hello everyone, I have a Jewelry in Candles Purple Ring Reveal, Give Away for you today. The video below shows me opening up or revealing the purple Jewelry in Candles size 9 ring.

Jewelry in Candles Purple Ring Reveal, Give Away

It is a beautiful ring but alas it is too large for my finger. So if you would like a chance at winning this ring then watch the video and then leave a comment. That’s all you have to do! Easy huh?

Video for Jewelry in Candles Purple Ring Reveal, Give Away

When the winner is selected by a random drawing I’ll reply to your message asking you to email your address so I can mail the ring to you. So make sure that you keep up with your YouTube notifications and check the video often to see who the winner will be for the ring. Only one entry is needed. Feel free to share with your friends. I will be having other drawings so subscribe to my YouTube and follow my blog for more information.

Jewelry in Candles Purple Ring Reveal, Give Away

Feel free to share with your friends. I will be having other drawings so subscribe to my YouTube and follow my blog for more information.

In the meantime feel free to check out my Jewelry In Candles store. There are a lot of wonderful items offered. So many to choose from that there are awesome gifts for everyone.

Jewelry in Candles Purple Ring Reveal, Give Away

Interested in getting products for free? Contact me about having a show, this can be done in person if you live in the greater Oklahoma City area or it can be done online.

If you would like to be able to make a few extra dollars a month check out being a representative with JIC. You can contact me or you can go to the JIC store Click on Become a Rep. Then choose the sign up for $99.00 – or there may be a special that is even less.

The $99.00 kit comes with over $250 in retail items. So even if you have never tried JIC products you can get a wide selection all at one time. Easy huh?

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Planner Clip Swap with Vanessa Garcia of Savvy Planners

Sharing the Planner Clip Swap with Vanessa Garcia of Savvy Planners group on Facebook. She organized a planner clip swap and I’m sharing what I got from her. She made lots of cute planner clips!

Planner Clip Swap with Vanessa Garcia of Savvy Planners

These clips don’t have to be used in a planner, these can be used as bookmarks or to hold papers together. This time these were made for Planners. 🙂

Here is a video of my opening up the Planner Clip Swap with Vanessa Garcia of Savvy Planners.

Didn’t she do an awesome job on these little planner clips? I think these are super cute and I’m glad I got to swap with her.

Since we were swapping I did make videos of a few of the clips I sent to her.

This is the Happy Mail & Poodles of Fun Altered Paperclip I made featuring a Poodle! I think this turned out super cute!

The Altered Paper clip with Lawn Fawn Unicorn will publish on March 19th so be on the look out for my post featuring this clip.

How to make an Altered Paper clip with Lawn Fawn Unicorn Stamp

Another Planner clip I made is with Brutus Monroe stamps and Chameleon Pens, You are Sharp Altered Paperclip.

There will also be a video for a Sugar Skull Planner clip featuring stamps from Fleurette Bloom Designs and Chameleon Pens.

Making these planner clips was super fun and easy. I like how small these are and can be added to a greeting card.

Do you love planners? Then head over to the Savvy Planners Facebook group and join in the fun. So many creative ladies there that love to share.

What kind of planner clips would you make? Do you have a favorite design that you like? I love the little Leprechaun clip He has so much character! Then I think the second favorite would be the glitter coffee cup! Because I love glitter! The bow is super cute and I think I want to make some of those.

Planner Clip Swap with Vanessa Garcia of Savvy Planners

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Pizza Box Swap with Miss Rachel B

Hello friends, today I’m sharing the Pizza Box Swap with Miss Rachel B. The swap was held in the Girls Gone PaperCrafters Facebook group. The box she sent is so pretty!

Pizza Box Swap with Miss Rachel B

I made a video of opening up the happy mail. Pizza Box Swap with Miss Rachel B.

So many goodies in that box! Isn’t it super cute! I love all the little things she made and added to the box. When I was filming there were so many goodies I almost didn’t see the little card she made.

This was so much fun to open!

She even made a card that said: Linda Crazy. lol My husband would agree with her on that! LOL

Pizza Box Swap with Miss Rachel B

She made a video too. You can see the video of her opening up the pizza box I sent to her below. Make sure to follow her to see lots of pretty things she makes.

This was a fun swap to part take. I loved opening up the package to see what she made and all the wonderful goodies she packed into that little box! It’s amazing what will fit inside!

Do you love paper crafting? Come join the Facebook group Girls Gone PaperCrafters ! There are lots of wonderful friendly people willing to share their art with others. I really enjoy being a part of this little group.

Do you part take in swaps? What kind of items do you like to swap? I’ve also participated in ATC swaps. Doing an ATC swap is fun as those can be mailed one on one and don’t require a lot of postage.

If you haven’t tried swapping with someone join the group and join a swap. You will meet people all around the world.

Pizza Box Swap with Miss Rachel B

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Shopping Haul Video Featuring Tuesday Morning, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby

Sharing a Shopping Haul Video Featuring Tuesday Morning, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby. It’s one of those things that I needed to share. Husband doesn’t understand my wanting to chat with someone all the things I purchased. But I know my internet friends understand.

Shopping Haul Video Featuring Tuesday Morning, Michael's, and Hobby Lobby

Don’t you have fun when you go shopping for art and craft supplies? I try not to do it to often. My goal this year is to reduce the amount of items in my studio, not add to it daily. lol But sometimes you have to go out and get a few things.

Here is a video of all the goodies I got. Enjoy

Shopping Haul Video Featuring Tuesday Morning, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby

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How to make Bottle Cap Magnets

How to make Bottle Cap Magnets using Calico Collage Whimsey Digital Images and Paper Studio Bottle Caps. These are super easy and fast to make. Would make great gifts.

How to make Bottle Cap Magnets

The Calico Collage images are so beautiful and easy to use. The download is fast and once you see the images you know you have something good to work with on your art projects. The sheet has so many images to choose from, it will be hard to only choose a few. So make sure you get a large package or two of the bottle caps as these are addicting to make!

Items Used:
Calico Collage Whimsey Digital Images
Fiskars one inch punch – on Amazon
Spare Parts – Bottle Caps Or on Amazon
Spare parts – Clear Epoxy Stickers or on Amazon
3/4″ Round Ceramic Magnets Value Pack or on Amazon
Brutus Monroe Detail ink – Raven
Judikins Diamond Glaze – on Amazon
Omni- Stick Glue – on Amazon

These are super simple to make.

How to make Bottle Cap Magnets

Download the Collage Whimsey Digital Images, print. I decided to send mine to Staples so that I got crisp laser images.

Use a circle punch on the images you want to use. A paper trimmer is handy as you can trim down the rows of circles so that you can punch easier.

Go around the edges of the image with Brutus Monroe Detail ink – Raven. Using a permanent ink will be important so that the ink won’t run or fade.

Select a bottle cap and place a drop of Judikins Diamond Glaze in the center. Place the image you want on top.

Add a “Spare Parts” clear epoxy sticker on top of the image.

Adhere magnet with Omni-Stick glue.

Admire your creativity.

A video of the whole process is here:

Making these little bottle cap magnets would be great gifts. Great for Teachers. Could also be a great craft fair item to sell.

I placed a few on my magnet cabinet in my studio. These will hold important notes and art.

How to make Bottle Cap Magnets

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Happy Mail & Poodles of Fun Altered Paperclip

It’s Happy Mail & Poodles of Fun Altered Paperclip time. I’m a little behind on sharing my Happy Mail. But I got these awesome pens from Chameleon and I love them! I also got some stamps from Fleurette Bloom.

Happy Mail & Poodles of Fun Altered Paperclip

My husband surprised me for Valentines Day and ordered the Chameleon Pens. He got the 52 pen set. So far I’m loving these pens. I still have a lot to learn about them. Be on the look out for lots of projects where I use these Chameleon pens. Found the downloadable documents and these are so very handy. Check these out here.

The other things I got were Stamps and sequins from Fleurette Bloom. I won a drawing on their Facebook page! That was exciting! They gave me $10 to use in their store. It was hard to choose only a couple of things. But I did manage to find a few things I loved. Picked up the Poodles of Fun set and the Sugar Skulls set. Also got some pretty Rainbow Bliss Delight sequins.

Since I got all these fun goodies I decided I should make something! An altered paperclip for my Happy Planner.

Happy Mail & Poodles of Fun Altered Paperclip

Supplies used to make Poodles of Fun Altered Paperclip:
Poodles of Fun Stamp set
Brutus Monroe Detail Ink – Raven
Chameleon Pens
Tulip Glitter paint
Stampin Up scallop circle punch
McGill Label Punch
Pink ribbon
Paper Studio Rhinestones
Jumbo Paperclips

These were very simple to make. Here is a video showing all the goodies and how to make the paperclips.

What do you think of these Poodles of Fun Altered Paperclips? I think these are super cute. These will be something I make again. One will live in my Happy Planner.

Do you like to color? These markers are perfect for you. Go check then out.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you loved seeing the Happy Mail & Poodles of Fun Altered Paperclip. Be sure to follow me on all my social media so you will get an insight of what I’m doing daily.

Happy Mail & Poodles of Fun Altered Paperclip