Friday, July 31, 2009

Early Rockhopper!

I woke up early this morning and actually spend some quality "me" time... I recently signed up for a Penguin ATC swap... and even tho I need 9 total, I made just one so far.
I may decide to make them all part of a series or all one of a kind.
Anyway, here's the one from this morning!

Oh and my "monkey mood" for today...
Well I'm off to the Muse in a few to drop off my show things!
-See you soon!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Look how cute!

Look what my dear hubby gave me? They are so cute! Monkeys... to make me smile! Actually there are a few more poses, but these best represent how I feel today! Maybe tomorrow I will post another~ I'm ready for the MUSE trunk show! I hope~... fingers are crossed.
See you soon!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

July's ATCs - Altered Photos

I FORGOT... to take pictures of the whole lot... (sorry...).
But I did get a pic of the ones I ended up with.
This month was so much fun. A little out of the ordinary - Altered Photos.
Each swapper made 3 One Of A Kind atcs and you got 3 in exchange. (none of your own).

I'm excited for next month - PETS/ANIMALS! We have MANY new players! So if you are interested in swapping with us, please comment... or check out this link with info! you can sign up here, or there... or just email. In any case, I will reply to you by email with info!

have a great night!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Ready for the MUSE!

I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. For the last two weeks I have been non-stop creating. It's been a real test of patience and endurance.
But it's really getting there! -YEA!

I will be setting up at the Muse on fri and then doing last min prep all day. If you are local to Frederick, MD you are in for a fun FIRST SATURDAY Downtown! I will be at the Muse for my first MUSE TRUNK SHOW (SAT AUG 1 4:30-closing)! I am so excited and can't wait for the fun night out! Come and visit me if you can...
Click here to view the FIRST SATURDAY BROCHURE for Aug 1. On it you will be able to see a map and all the participating business for the DOG DAYS OF SUMMER!

So that's where I am today. I am also preparing for next week's Reuse, Recycle and Re-CREATE craft camp for kids. Those will prove to be 3 fun days of making trash into treasure!
A special thank you to Rene' and Stacie for collecting items for the camp all summer long. It really does take a while to go thru tissue boxes and jars of food!
Also THANK YOU to BREWER'S ALLEY in Downtown Frederick for donating our large pizza boxes for our solar cookers! Check them out next time you are downtown!

Hope you are having a great week. Off for some fun with the girls in the am and then back to work...

Friday, July 24, 2009

Got some more pics! Button pages!

Just a few more pics of the button pages i mentioned a couple days ago...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Where is the time going?!?!

I was just talking with my friend about how fast this summer is whizzing by. Before we know it August will be here.

I was finally able to finish and bind several calendars... and I think I'll be able to finish up tomorrow. (*fingers are crossed!)
Here's some views of the finished product~
I'm really happy with the results. I have some cute button pages that I will take pictures of for the next posting...
Next week I will concentrate on making card sets and dog cards!

Well. That's where I am today. Hope you had a great day!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Already JULY?!?!

So how has your summer been going? I can't believe that my slow, relaxing summer has taken on this hectic pace! I expected lots of days just spending quality time with the girls... only to find us scrambling to catch up with time...

I finally buckled down to work this and last week. After spending some time on the farm, selling eggs at the farmer's market, taking the girls down to the lake, having a few small hiccups... i realized that August 1 is FAST approaching!

I will be at the MUSE in downtown Frederick on August 1 for my very first MUSE Trunk Show! From 4:30-9pm, Whitney is gracious enough to have me in her store sharing the "paper" i love! I will have some handmade journals (including hand sewn pages and pieced fabric hardcovers), cards (of course) and some calendars.

These are just views of pages I am working on now. each page is sewn, painted and then decorated. I am excited this year because while painting these pages I could start to envision what I want each color to represent and what difference images would work! These calendars are very time and labor intensive. each one can take up to 15 hours of work. But I love how they turn out and the project allows me to incorporate so many different textures and artforms I love... that I normally do not include with my greeting cards.

Also, on a different note, I really wanted to share this ATC i received in the mail from Diane. I mentioned a few times before, she and I have been trading cards in the mail, 1-for-1, for a while now. She sent me this beautiful card, complete with mini easel and friendly note, and I just had to share. Diane's atcs are so complex. She pays attention to every layer of her card... and there are MANY. I really appreciate her perfection when she creates her cards for me. I can really sense her "heart" on each one she sends.
Thank you very much Diane. My next card will be arriving to you soon!

Well I hope you have a great day. see you again soon!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

June ATCs are finally ready! And Catties R Here!

Well .after a long delay... here are the atcs we have for June! Thank you to all the players this month.
The theme was PLACES and there were certainly lots of different places!

Next month we are trying something new. You make only 3 - one of a kind cards with the theme - ALTERED PHOTOS. You send in those 3 and you get 3 entirely different cards back. You can alter them as you please. With paint, ink, distressing, stamp on them, use gesso... anything you would like! Please post a comment or contact me for for more info.

There are lots of books you can check out at the libraries and browse at book stores. Also, if you try to enter ALTERED PHOTO TECHNIQUES in an online search, you are bound to come up with tons of ideas!
HAVE FUN! And sign up by posting here or on my other site! I will email you my mailing address. There is no limit to number of places. Only that you need to sign up before JULY 15th - since swaps are due by JULY 2oth.

One other note! THE CATTIES have ARRIVED! IT is GREAT! I have already read thru it several times and have dogearred page after page of new and very cool items!

If you preordered one from me, I have contacted you already by email. Some have not picked up your copy yet. Also... I do have a couple catties left over for thet $5 price. If you are interested, email me - There is very limited supply left! So contact me QUICK! You won't want to miss this incredible price! It more than half off the regular list price!

ONE MORE THING: Stampin up is offering a DEAL OF THE WEEK for the month of JULY. If you want to check out the new deal every week, please visit my SU Demo site at!

That's it for now!
HAVE A HAPPY 4th of JULY! Stay safe and have FUN FUN FUN!!!