Friday, October 21, 2016

Bwha Ha Ha

Not sure why I titled it that...it sounded good. This is not a new card, but it is one that I really enjoyed making several years ago. I'm sort of dabbling a bit more in my craft room than I have over the last few years. I think it has to do with the fact that POOF all of the sudden my kidlets turned into teenagers and understandably so, they are spending their fun time with their friends. That leaves me a little empty nested....even though I'm not...when they were little, I was crafting up a storm....then...sports got involved, and there was stress and never enough time. Sports are still involved, but I'm not being the taxi driver to practices anymore....so....I ventured into a neglected craft room (store practically) stocked FULL of supplies. I'm not ready to ebay or sell online, but if I ever do...there are some really good treasures.....

This card, as I said was one of my favorites....and I thought I'd share since tis the season of spooky....



Looking at it...I see possibilities for Thanksgiving and Christmas, casing my own design....I imagine a turkey in the middle of this...

I'm 99.9% sure the skull and crossbones is a SU set, and the text on the front and the inside (along with the bats) are a Crafty Secrets set....If you look close....you will see doodle swirlies on the black and green circles/scallop....that too, is a SU set....I distressed the skull lightly with some background stamp....looks like "Weathered"..all the green is background stamped with my favorite: LINEN background stamp ... and the scallop background is stamped with a French Script background as well....it appears the inner circle is actually designer paper, but I'm seeing LINEN on it...so, it appears I LINENED until my love of the Linen background was used as much as possible!

Oh My!!!!! Just typing out the details, and even leaving out a few (like the crytal effects on the eyes, the lace bow, rhinestones,velvet ribbon, brads and the final: glittery glue highlights....) What a lot of labor! That being said...that's 100% me....and I really don't remember anything dragging out about this card....I remember it all being fun!

I'm finishing up a non-seasonal project that I will share with you next week or so! I started it last Spring...geesh...

Toodles

Trudi


Monday, June 20, 2016

Weight Loss Journey Journal

Hello!

Awhile ago, I promised an update...and never followed through. I wanted to overthink the completion of my journal book...and was hoping to share a book full of bling bling! I'm satisfied with the front of the book, but only lined the inside of the book with matching designer paper....one little pocket in the back to put my weight watchers membership thingy....and my tracking of weight loss.

I made this for Jan 1 start date...and since then, I've stopped and started my "journey" over and over and over again....

Today I hope to have started for the last time....I very much entered something in my journal for 6 weeks or so...I see my last entry was February 19....so, here on June 20...I start again...

My book looks a little "loved"...the prima flowers sort of curled, next time, I will only use c/s for that kind of embellishment...

That being said...this book is supposed to be "loved"....and "used"....



I had fun making the embellishments.....of course I scoured my cricut cartridges for my hot air balloon and bicycle. My gypsy battery needs recharging and I haven't synced it forever...I don't do the online stuff...I'm intimidated with all that, but sure love going through my little books that come with the cartridges. I have about 75 cartridges or more, so....it's a process!


The designer paper was on clearance from our local craft store...an entire wall of TONS of dp for $ .25 each....I'm not sure whose / in the trend or what...but I knew I liked this. You need 4 sheets of dp to make a journal book....for front and back cover and then for the insides to line....I really don't remember if I bought 4 of the same or not, I do know these were reversable, so I might have....

The WHO/WHAT/WHEN/WHERE/WHY pocket came from one of those kinds of dp, the inside back cover has one too...tracking my weekly weight....I'm too shy to take a picture of that to share with the world my weight...so, that's up to the readers imagination! :) One of the papers I purchase had rulers...I had fun making "pounds lost meters..." Originally, I did lost about 12 pounds...thus the "line"...it's all gained back, to what I started at....so, I'll take a dark sharpie on my my next round of measurements! It was sort of fun...


So...write ... doodle ... mark up and journal ... this was so fun to make...when it's all filled up, I'll make another! (I bought designer paper for that too!) I was finding a quote a day, and started again today.....


Thanks for stopping by! Somewhere I have all the cutting dimensions of the designer paper written down that works best for the journal...I'll find it and share if anyone is interested! Leave me a note ... and I'll find it somewhere in my craft studio!

Thanks for stopping by!

Trudi

Thursday, February 11, 2016

I promise, I have things to share!

Long time no post...that being said...I HAVE dabbled in my craft studio...so much that I finished my Halloween cards over Christmas and am starting my Valentines card NOW....fully knowing I won't be home over the Valentine weekend. I love this no pressure crafting thing, and like the industry I work in on a day to day basis...I'm going to craft that way too....I'm at LEAST 6 months out prior to the holiday. Believe it or not...the previous post of the BC Awareness gifts?!....I'm securing October orders for right now....

That being said....I have something very personal and near and dear to share....

I have decided to get back into the size 9(ish) that I was in once upon a time.....I'm 5'10(ish), so I can sway on that goal, but...mainly, somewhere in my hectic life...and hard stuff...I managed to once again, get at an unhealthy size....


so.....


I am approaching my weight loss like a game...and sometimes there is a side of me who is going to TRY to beat me...but....I have plans to not let that happen....I may stumble and fall...but...I will win in the end...

I made myself a MY JOURNEY journal book....

and...although it is 60% finished (designer paper on / most embellishments on / binder painted and stamped and set ...

I do have a bit more to go, crafting wise....(I know this will be a 2 journal process, I have plans on my 2nd journal already)

I planned on posting it here .... 60% finished....BUT....I'm on a jet plane to Vegas (tomorrow), so it will have to wait until I get back ...

and for the record...

I weigh in tomorrow....3 weeks down, 7 pounds down...I feel optimistic, I just MAY hit that 10 pound mark tomorrow.

Come back to see what fun stuff I have stored in my lil book....I take it with me (for the most part) where ever I go~!)

In the meantime, I'm posting a pic from the past. My daughter has been dealing with some stuff, where a girlfriend and coffee is a must...in my day...it was coffee at maybe a trendy yuppie place, Starbucks wasn't yet "invented", although it was coming...now days...it's all Dutch Brothers....if you are on the West Coast...you probably know what I'm talking about....if not....well, it's on it's way to you...it's a phenom right now, especially with the high school crowd! :)


Toodles and ChaChing for Vegas!!!!

Trudi

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Think Pink!

Hello friends! The good thing about taking a crafting break, is that when you start back up....projects left undone don't seem as impossible to finish as they did from the beginning....

I started these treat bags about 4 years ago, and during that time, I collected crafting ideas on how to finish these up...I just never found the time. Well, this year, I really wanted to tackle these to the end and get several sent full of treats to my dearest customers and friends. In my chocolate world, we manufacture everything you see in the contents picture, except the cocoa. I didn't design and send these out in mind as a promotional item, as many of our customers order for that very purpose....

I sent these out because I wanted to remind some of my nearest and dearest customers and friends...that no matter how busy we are in our business lives (and yes we are smack dab in the middle of 4th quarter my friends....)...it's important to take care of ourselves too....





October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month....remember to schedule your yearly checkups!

Take care!

Trudi

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Skies The Limit ....

Hello!

It has been a LOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGG time since I have felt the crafting energy ... I've *tried* *sigh* for a couple of years to get back in the groove...and then I really don't know WHAT sparked it ... but I finally found what I lost. Unfortunately, I refused to start one more project without finishing a few ... and boy oh boy ... I am REALLY enjoying finishing my projects. I really wish I hadn't lost my interest back when I started these projects ...

So, this is the result of one of the projects ....

I think I secretly know what made me want to finish ... First, the intended recipient of this card has now been long graduated from high school...going on 3? years...so, it's been awhile since I started these! This year, we were invited to a graduation picnic for the brother of my daughter's bff. And...I decided it was time to finish...What a remarkable young man this graduate has become. Very politely, he opened each gift and spent personal time with each one, thanking the person who gave him the gift. Since this was mostly family, I truly didn't expect such kind words when it came our turn. When he read the card ... he commented how true/how "deep" the sentiment was, and held tightly to the card....

I KNEW once I saw this stamp set, that it would be perfect for graduations, and how special it meant to hear this coming from an 18 year old graduate.

Thus... I got my spark back....

What I really liked about this card is that I used some very old supplies...some that many either don't have anymore, or you can find at a yard sale....

My SIZZIX!!! and Star Die
VERSAMARK PEN (I bought this about 16 years ago, and it still worked!)
STICKERS!!!

I plan on not buying much in the future...but truly enjoying what I have...I can create for the next umpteen years...I may need to buy some adhesive every now and then...lol..oh...and add to my never ending supply of designer paper! (Which these cards did not use!) LOL!

Stand By....Project Number 2: is almost finished :) Just needing to add the final touch! It may be a few weeks before I post the final outcome though. I'm sending these out as gifts, it's for an October promo that I'm doing sending to a few of my special customers in my chocolate biz. Not that anyone will ever see them here on this blog...but, I'm funny about that!

Toodles!

Trudi

Thursday, May 28, 2015

I REMEMBERED!!!

I didn't think I remembered my password to my blog....I have been on a crafting vacation for probably 2 years now, and I have a notion to finish a ton of craft projects on my desk! I have graduation cards sitting there that were intended for a graduate who will be a junior in college next year! I also have my breast cancer awareness projects, maybe a Christmas card project or 2....geesh...

Well, I do have a graduation party (or 2) to go to in the next week....I think I'll head down to the dungeon, clean off the cobwebs and finish...I may have to "accept" and not overthink...that is what caused me to quit in the first place!

STAND BY FOR A PICTURE ... I'M ON A MISSION NOW

Will go assess the project before I head off to the chocolate mines, my day job! :)

Toodles,

Trudi

Saturday, November 29, 2014

I'm back????!!??

Just for grins, I wondered if I even remembered my password and id name...which I surprisingly did! Is this a sign? A signal that I should start up posting designs again? Hmmmmm....

I won't go that far as I've been totally consumed by my kids, their sports, their lives, etc....and seeing it go by too fast. I decided not to be behind the camera for "that day" when I finally get caught up on scrapping it all...but actually enjoying and living each moment, scrapbooking it in my mind...

I will, one day, document what I remember, and I do keep things to keep me on target....but that's for future generations to enjoy, I'm in the moment....

I guess, life, taught me that...

That being said...that project I started 1-1/2 years ago, is getting finished right now...and I really do want to do some cards for Christmas!!! So, now that I remember my password/id name...I'll come back...you never know, I might really enjoy getting back at creating.....

Toodles!

Check back soon!

Trudi