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Sketch Sunday Series – Video 1

Hi everyone! Here’s a video that is going to part of a new series that I am doing called Sketch Sundays. I found a sketch online and used it to make a card.

Supplies:
Hero Arts Shadow Ink Mid Tone Pool
Hero Arts Shadow Ink Mid Tone Raspberry Jam
Recollections Designer Paper Red and Blue Stripes
Simon Says Stamp Happy Every Day Stamps
Simon Says Stamp Envelope Sentiments
Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles (LG) – 3rd smallest circle
Recollections Red Cardstock Value Pack
Recollections Ivory Cardstock Value Pack
Paper Studio Script Embossing Folder

The dimensions for the card stock are as follows:
Blue (bottom layer) – 3 3/4″ x 5 1/4″
Red and blue stripe (middle layer) – 3 1/2″ x 5″
Ivory (top layer) – 3″ x 4 1/2″
Blue strip – 1/4″ x 4 1/2″

Let me know if you like the concept of this series. If you have a design you’d like to see made into a card, send me the link and I will add it to my pile of sketches to choose from!
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Wine Themed Bridal Card

Hi everyone! I am trying this adding a video instead of just a post to wordpress. Hopefully this works! This video shows how to use a Tim Holtz diffuser with an embossing folder to create an unembossed area on a card front. I also talk about using a Versamark pen instead of a Versamark ink pad so that you can color in an image with different color embossing powders. It was actually really easy to do and gives a cool effect!

The card measures 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. The white embossed mat is 4″ x 5 1/4″ and the red mat that is behind it is an 1/8th of an inch larger than the embossed piece. The red mat on the inside is the same as the mat on the front.

Supplies used are:
110 lb Recollections white card stock
Recollections red card stock (from open card stock section at Michael’s)
Fiskars wine and cheese stamp set
Cricut Hugs and Kisses embossing folder
Tim Holtz diffuser (comes in a set of 3 )
Versamark pen
Stazon Jet Black ink
Studio G black marker
Recollections embossing powder in Raspberry and Pesto
Hero Arts Shadow ink Raspberry Jam
Stampabilities stamp – And the story begins

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Re-energized!

That I am! I just got back from a week in Aruba with my whole family. It was just what I needed to recharge my batteries and refocus on what I need to do. I had a lot of time to think while I was away and I think that I made some major life decisions. Change is something that is very scary to me and I am not good with it.  Toying with the possibility of changing everything that you have known for the past (almost) eleven years is scary.

Some of my family and I talked about careers during the vacation. It’s strange because I feel like the complete black sheep. Everyone I spoke with seems to revel in their chosen career when I feel like I am just treading water. Thanks to some of you in my one post I know I am not alone, which makes me feel better.

Today is all about weighing the pros and cons of making the leap. There are so many things to think about, but I hope that I don’t get caught in that analysis paralysis loop! I am excited for the future and the possibilities that lie ahead.

Here’s a picture of all of us from vacation. Wish I was back there!

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Finishing Projects

So I have difficulty with this. I start a lot of projects and get about 75% of the way done and then I either can’t figure out how to finish it or I just don’t get around to finishing it. One of my YouTube channel, a viewer commented and asked if I ever finished a project on there. I realized that I never did and I have to get around to it!

I have a pile of projects in my craft room that need to be worked on. Lots of them are scrapbook albums that I need to complete. But I do have some mini albums that need help! The one the viewer asked about was my baby girl paper mini album. I created it using the Cricut cartridge Mini Books. It was really easy and fun to make. However, I never decorated it. I have so many things that I can add to it that I tend to get overwhelmed with ideas. 

From now on when I do a project like a mini book or a baby album, I think I am going to sketch out a plan ahead of time. I know that I will change my mind with some of the designs, but at least I have a general idea of what I want the project to come out looking like. Tonight my plan is to work on designs for the baby girl mini. 

Hopefully I will have some progress on this project in the next two weeks. If you want to see the album as it is now, here’s the linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZwkIyoMYQU&feature=gp-n-y. I will post an update as soon as I get more complete!

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Distress Inks

I was over my friend’s house the other day and we went into her (incredibly organized) craft room. I saw that she had a distress ink pad along with her other ink pads and asked her about it. She said she bought it when she was making something for her best friend’s wedding shower but she wasn’t sure how to use it. Well, of course I had to try and tell her all about it. There’s so much that they can do, so I told her to YouTube it. There are so many technique videos out there. It seems I learn more each day about what I can do with them. 

I am going to make a technique video, but I wanted to list some of the cool ways that you can use them. I am pretty sure I have done some posts on here showing what I have made using them. This is by no means the only ways you can use them – there are so versatile. It’s just one of the reasons I love using them. If you are on a limited budget, I would highly recommend them!

FIrst is just stamping with distress ink. It gives you a cool distress look (hence the name), so if you are looking for a solid stamped image, this isn’t the ink you want. However, if you want to do an ombre look, this is definitely the ink for you. Since the colors blend so well together and as long as you go from lightest to darkest, you won’t cross contaminate the ink pads, it gives a really cool ombre look. 

Second is their ability to blend. This is especially great for backgrounds. Using the ink blending tool, you apply the colors to the paper and overlap them. You can even take the lightest color and go back in and blend them. For example, I blend blues (Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire – colors from lightest to darkest) and then if they haven’t sufficiently blended, I go back in lightly with Tumbled Glass to help them blend. And the great part is that you don’t have to keep it in the same color family. I have done a cool sunset background with yellow, orange, red and even blue! Just make sure that the colors that you blend together won’t make brown. (Lesson learned – I tried to use red and green for Christmas. NOT a good look!!)

Third is their ability to react with water. Throw some color onto a piece of watercolor paper and add water and see what happens! The water helps the colors blend but also can give a paint splattered look if you flick on water droplets. I’ve even manage to get a suede look by inking up a piece of regular card stock and then spraying it with a small amount of water from a mini mister. It gave it a soft, suede-like look.

Fourth is the ability to give a soft highlighting around the edges of paper, die cuts, photos, etc. Using an ink bleeding tool, a small amount of ink and a light hand, you can give definition to an edge, hide a white core of some scrapbook paper or give an object an aged look with distress ink. I use Vintage Photo around the edges of the lighter parts of the bears I cut out from Teddy Bear Parade. 

Fifth is using distress inks with embossing folders. Once you emboss a piece of paper, you then take some distress ink on a ink blending tool and go over the raised parts. This helps highlight them and gives the piece some dimension without adding bulk. 

These are just some of the fun things you can do with distress inks! If you enter distress ink in YouTube you can see so many projects and techniques. There’s always something new to learn. What is your favorite technique? 

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Adding videos to Pinterest

I was sitting here today, trying to figure out how to drive more traffic to my Etsy shop, blog and my YouTube channel. I do get some good traffic to my Pinterest account. So, I am really not sure why I didn’t think of this until now!

I went to my YouTube channel and wanted to see if I could actually pin them. And I could! So, I started to pin as many instructional videos as possible. A lot of my videos are a hodge – podge of information, hauls and actual projects. I tried to pin only ones that I thought people might find useful. I hope that this drives more traffic to my shop and even to my blog. 

Do you guys pin your YouTube videos to Pinterest? Have you gotten much success? What are your tips?

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The Perfect Job

What do you want to be when you grow up? I don’t feel grown up, so I’m not sure if I can answer that question. Or is it that because I can’t answer that question I am not grown up? Either way, I am not sure what I want to do for the next fifty or so years of my life. (And when I put it that way, it sounds even sadder and longer!)

The other night I was out to dinner with some friends and we were talking about this exact topic. Somehow we ended up on the topic of Jimmy Fallon and my friend Lisa (from the very well written blog http://rooftopcreations.wordpress.com) said, talk about getting your dream job! We both agree that he’s great at what he does and he loves it. Maybe it’s because he loves it that he’s great at it. We also started talking about Seth Rogen which segued into the Seth Rogen – James Franco magazine cover and video spoof. A couple of my friends had never seen either of them so we started googling and found both the video and the magazine cover. 

That lead into more talk about people getting their dream jobs. Jason Segel was brought up. We started talking about Freaks and Geeks (which starred Seth, Jason and James) and then movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall. These guys worked hard, but now they can write their own tickets! They make movies together and they seem like they have so much fun doing it. Movies like the recent This is the End, featured all three of them and what seemed like a cast of all their friends. While I wouldn’t say it was a great movie, it’s one of those that you lost have to watch because of the cast. You know that other actors and actresses really respect them and want to work with them just by some of the cameos. 

This is what I am looking for. A job where I get up every day and am excited about it. Where I can work with my friends and do fun things together. Now I know that not every day is a great one, no matter what your job is. There is hard work involved and things you don’t want to do. That’s life! However, if I have to work for the next fifty years or so, I want to be able to enjoy my time and do something that I can really put my heart into.

That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy my day job some days and not that I don’t have friends at work because I do. The tough part about my job is that you see your co-workers three to four times a year which makes it extremely tough to foster relationships. I like the flexibility of my job – it’s one of the perks. However, there are parts to my job that I did not sign up for ten years ago when I started. I get that times change and job responsibilities will shift, but not like this. I don’t think I would’ve taken the job if it was like this at the beginning. 

So, I think I have some tough decisions to make. Is this what I want to do with the rest of my career? Most people don’t stay at one place their entire career anymore – and that’s not a bad thing! Is this even the right career for me? I know that I’m good at sales, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the best place for me to be. Does anyone really know what they want to be when they grow up?

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