Monday, April 25, 2011

Hooray We're Finally Moving... *Ü*

I pray everyone had a very blessed Easter Sunday... †

This year our ♥ 18th. Wedding Anniversary ♥ was on Easter... so we had two very special reasons to celebrate... *Ü*.

We will begin moving this week... there's lots of last minute things to be done. I will miss you all while I'm busy getting my family organized into our new home.

However, when I'm back... there will be lost of exciting things taking place. Such as give-aways, new videos, lots of inspiration, and so much more... *Ü*!!

I look forward to seeing all the wonderful creativity when I return.

Have a fabulous week!!

**Lots of BIG Hugs**

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mystery Revealed... Easy Earring Cards... *Ü*

Now for the Mystery Challenge to be revealed... There was no "re-purposing" or any "tricks"... hee-hee!! As for a "Doo Hickey" or "Doomsahickies"... Yep, they could be *Ü*. They're Earring Card Punches!! Yes, you can now create your own Earring Card Holders... isn't that awesome?!! When I was first introduced to these fabulous punches I was so excited I couldn't stop talking about them! I couldn't wait to get them and begin creating my own design of earring cards.

My excitement is because someone so clever created a design punch that would help you to create perfectly straight earring holes every time. There are many who make their own cards, but have struggled to get the holes to line up perfectly... let alone evenly spaced apart. Now you can with these amazing earring card punches... *Ü*!! The guess work has been done for you and now you can spend all your valuable time creating beautiful cards that will display your wonderful designs.

I have put together some examples... *Ü*.

If I had ribbon and embellishments I would make these earring cards so pretty. The things one can do with their imagination and creativity... *Ü*. The bottom portion of the card was kept white to stamp or write a message.

Here are some examples of simple black 2 x 2 and 2.5 x 2.5 earring cards I made with some earrings attached (I will be using my embossing powder in both silver and gold to add my Scrappy Beads Logo to my cards...).

I used both the Leverback (top photo) and the Double-Post Punches (lower photo). With the Double-Post Earring Card I simply used a corner punch to change the look of it a little (there's unlimited possibilities of how one can create unique earring cards when they have their scrapbooking room available to them... hee-hee... *Ü*).

With the two photos below I show you how you can use the earring cards for other types of jewelry... such as a necklace... or a jeweled barrett... *Ü*. For the necklace I took my Martha Stewart Craft Knife and cut a diagonal line from the center of the hole (using the Double-Post Punch) to the outer edge of the card on each side. The barretts were placed in the holes of the Leverback Punch card which now display these heart barretts wonderfully... *Ü*.

When you purchase the Leverback and Double-Post Punches you will also receive 25 Butterfly Earring Card Blanks... the styles shown below are available for purchase.

Before telling you where you can find these clever punches I want to share with you a few lil' tips I have learned along the way. When using the Leverback cards I always pop out the flap from behind the card (this prevents the flaps from having a crease on the front). Stamping or the use of an embossing powder effect really turns an ordinary card into an extraordinary card... *Ü*. It's all about the presentation of an item or product that's first noticed by the consumer. With the many types of punches out there we can change the looks of our earring cards at any given time... think of how beautiful your cards could look at a boutique... *Ü*. Finally, mix and match colors to create a beautiful presentation of your jewelry. You're no longer limited to the basic black, white, silver earring cards available to you today.

Oh... one more thing... you can create unique earring cards to sell as well... how fabulous is that... *Ü*?!! Below I have created 3 simple cards that some find perfect for what they need... I say... let's give them what they want.

The brilliant creator "Dee" and these fabulous Easy Earring Card Punches can be found at Easy Earring Cards. Below are what the punches look like.

I really wanted to display these Easy Earring Cards in such a way that would really emphasize just how wonderful they are, but with limited access to my supplies it was hard to accomplish what I have visioned in my mind. I will present these punches in their glory when I'm settled into our new home. I have a list of ways to create and display your cards that I'm looking forward to sharing with you... *Ü*.

Okay my fabulous friends... I'm off to spend the rest of the night with my family. It's our sons birthday today and we are getting ready for some yummy cake (red velvet) and ice cream... oh my... *Ü*. For dinner he wanted mom's homemade egg, hashbrowns, and cheese burritos... it's the simple things in life I just ♥!!!

**Lots of BIG Hugs**

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mystery Challenge Update... and Courtroom Experience

I'm so sorry to say that I was unable to get everything done to share the Mystery Challenge with you today... :(. Tomorrow I will have everything finished... *Ü*.

With packing... homeschool... and getting this house in order I'm simply exhausted! Although, my husband and children have been a huge help as they always are... being a woman and all that comes with that we simply just have to do more than everybody else... why I wonder... hee-hee...?!

Our homeschool lesson for today was a field trip to an actual courtroom. A mock courtroom setting was also set up for those that wanted to participate (our children were chosen to be jurors).

Our children witnessed traffic ticket violation cases and an assault trial... which was so cool to them... *Ü*. They spoke with the judge (in his "judge chamber" with so many intersting items to look at... it was amazing) who shared his experiences on the bench. The famous people he has met... Presidents... Nixon, Ford, Clinton, Bush (both Sr. & Jr.). He has also met the Pope and Mohammad Ali. Then, our children spoke with an officer that's near his retirement and shared a story of being shot in the foot. Finally, they were shown the holding cells of the prisoners... it was cool and yet not so cool they expressed a couple of times... I couldn't agree more *Ü*.

As for the mock courtroom setting it was a theft case. It ended in a hung jury due to two jurors felt he was not guilty. Our children indeed felt he was and they were frustrated that he was not found as such... *Ü*.

What a blessing this courtroom field trip experience was for our family. They couldn't stop talking about it on the way home. For a moment there I thought we were going to have 3 lawyers in our family... hee-hee.

I hope you will forgive me for wanting to take the rest of the day and "try" to relax a little... oh and make dinner... *Ü*.

I hope your day was eventful and exciting too...

**Lots of BIG Hugs**

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Blog Awards... *Ü*

I'm blessed to have received some Blog Awards from some very special friends... Thank you so much Laurie "Lu", Judy, and Kelly... *Ü*.

Laura *Lu"... from sent me the BFB "Best Friends Blogger Award"... *Ü*. Please visit Lu's Blog to see her fabulous creativity!!

The rules for the BFB "Best Friend Blogger Award" are to post about the award with a link back to the sender, and pass it on to those who visit your blog and leave comments regularly. I'm so grateful for each and every comment I receive... thank you so much... *Ü*.

I would like to honor the BFB Award to...
Celeste... and

Judy... and Kelly... me the Stylish & Versatile Blogger Awards... *Ü*. Please visit both Judy and Kelly's Blogs for lots of wonderful inspiration!!

The rules for the Stylish Blogger Award are to share 8 things about yourself and honor 8 bloggers with the award. The rules for the Versatile Blogger Award are to tell 7 things about yourself... and honor 15 bloggers with the award... *Ü*. I thoughts I would just combine both award rules... to keep this post a lil' less lengthy... *Ü*.

8 Things About... Me

1. I ♥ LOVE ♥ the LORD

2. I'm married to the most wonderful man in the world... Thank You Jesus!

3. I have 3 beautifully made children a woman could ever ask for... Thank You Jesus!

4. I hope to have my own scrapbooking store one day... *Ü*

5. When my husband retires we are going to travel the world in our luxury motorhome... oh yes I LOVE to dream BIG... *Ü*.

6. People say I was born to be a computer programmer... I love a good challenge!!

7. I truly believe that "laughter" is the best medicine... *Ü*.

8. I adore meeting new bloggers... they brighten my day and make me smile... *Ü*.

Now for the 15 fabulous bloggers... Please note these are in no particular order... I ♥ all of your Blogs... *Ü*!!


Whew.... this took quite a while to gather up... *Ü*. Please visit the Blogs above and say "Hello".

Have a wonderful night,

**Lots of BIG Hugs**

Here's a Mystery Challenge...

Can anyone guess what these are...? I can't even give you the slightest hint... but I want to so badly... *Ü*!!

I'm beyond excited to share this amazing "thing"... or "things" with you all. However, I won't be able to do a video until our move. That will not stop me from making some great "things" with these "things" to share with you until then.

Today in between homeschool and packing (yes still packing left to do... I know it will be done one day...) I will demonstrate the best I can what I have discovered. I will then post the photos tomorrow of this amazing product and what it can do. It's something so fabulous and so clever I wish I had known of these long ago.

Oh my... okay... I need to pull my excited self together and calm down... there's much to be done today!!

Please leave me a comment letting me know what these "things" are... *Ü*.

Have a beautiful day my fabulous friends...

**Lots of BIG Hugs**

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Thank You so Much...

I just wanted to say how touched I am with the amount of new followers... *Ü*. You're all my friends really... that I feel very blessed to have met over these past two days. Yes, I did visit with each and every blog that Momo has listed... that would be 397 blogs. Well... not every one... I didn't visit with myself... hee-hee... *Ü*!

I'm so inspired with all the creativity that I can honestly say I don't want to do anything, but admire your ideas and talents. To even think about doing a lil' packing for our upcoming move is silly... my mind will not even go there... *Ü*!!

I have SO much in store to share with you when we are settled into our new home. Polymer clay, jewelry, scrapbooking, cardmaking, decorating, and so much more. I'm being lead to doing Ustream for fun lil' classes I want to teach and for you to participate along with me. For example doing a class on Polymer Clay Critters. I want to teach you that Polymer Clay is not intimidating... it's just like playdough in a sense that you can sculpt to your hearts desire (without it drying out or cracking in the process...)... *Ü*. Yes, I have all the fancy tools and such... but you surely don't need them... you can simply use items around your house. I look forward to sharing everything I have learned along the way with you.

Until then... please be a little patient as packing... homeschooling... and moving can take a lot out of your day. I pray you will all be inspired each time you visit with me.

Have a beautiful evening,

**Lots of BIG Grateful Hugs**

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Recycled Masterpieces

Today I wanted to share a lil' tip with you...

I ♥♥♥♥ to create new things out of my recycled boxes, containers, etc. Here are my good ol' boxes full of goodies to recycle and make "pretty".

We have used Mod Podge and patterned paper on the empty containers to use for fun storage or simply for a pretty display. Oh my goodness... there's so many different things you can do with recycled items. I just adore challenging myself with ideas... *Ü*!!

The boxes are wonderful for using with your paper piecings. Rather than going out and spending $$ on chipboard... you can layer the box pieces to create any depth you desire for your pieces. I ♥ to use the boxes for my albums too... *Ü*.

If you haven't thought of using your empty boxes (cereal, cracker, pasta, soda, etc...) or empty containers.. I challenge you to. I would ♥ to see what you make with your recyclables. The ideas are endless... and I would bet you would be surprised at just how much fun it is to turn something that you would normally recycle into a creation your sure to be proud of... *Ü*.

Have a scrap-a-licious day...

**Lots of BIG Hugs**

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Just Wanted to Share...

Now I wanted to share something with you that my wonderful husband snickers about... because... well you'll see why... *Ü*!!

First, let me say this... my husband is the type of man that will put something together "temporarily" for me until he can get the supplies needed to do it "right". That's one of the reasons why I ♥ the man SO much!!

This was the prototype (the garage is FULL of "his" supplies... sort of like my scrapbooking room has all of my goodies... that he can find just about anything he may need...) of the "something" I asked him to make. My exact words were... "I need something that will help me to hold my lil' balls I use to chalk with...". I was using my eyebrow plucker's and getting frustrated!! Yes, he looked at me a lil' confused and simply smiled. When he came into my scrapbooking room a short time later with this "tool"... I just couldn't get the smile off of my face... and the giggle out of my body. Inside I was thinkin' the wisdom of my husband is so fabulous... *Ü*!!

Then he came to me with the new tool he made a couple of days later... and I simply added paper to make it look more like a scrapbooking tool... I honestly think I add paper to just about anything I can *Ü*!

I have seen other designs that are similar since I've had mine made for me by my honey and so I'm going to change the design of my tool just a lil' to try and keep it a little more unique. I'm going to begin making mine with Polymer Clay... *Ü*!! I can't wait to begin designing them. I will still have the larger and smaller clips on each side, but the handle will be much sturdier and will last a lifetime of uses... *Ü*!! I ♥♥♥♥ working with Polymer Clay and this will simply be another fun idea to work into my creativity... fun... fun... fun... *Ü*!! I'm working on designs and colors as we speak... *Ü*.

Please stay tuned for these pretty tools... as I will be selling them very soon... *Ü*!

**Lots of BIG Hugs**