S-H-O-P-P-I-N-G

Children, I’m not sure what to say in my defense. It seems as if the Spring Fever is spreading and along with the lovely pollen (not) and I’ve apparently succumbed to a major shopping bug! Okay, I know. I had to try and pretend that it was something out of the ordinary for me, but alas… He breathes. He shops.

I’ve just received an order of about (13) fantabulous sets of Stampin’ Up! rubber stamps. I completed my three color families of Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Pads (Bold Brights, Earth Elements, and Rich Regals), as well as the coordinating re-inkers. I have a couple of inks from the Soft Subtles family (and I’m sure eventually I’ll get them all), but somehow there’s just not much about me (or my crafting) that is soft or subtle.

I also caved in and placed my first order with Papertrey Ink. Which raises the imponderable question: Exactly how many stamps, inks, and papers does one man need to fully function in society? (Don’t answer that! My shrink and I are currently hashing that one out, lol.)

Another little excursion saw me picking up the new 7 Gypsies Binderie Punch, and while I haven’t had a lot of time to play with it as of yet–what I have done with it is very promising. It’s a great little portable tool for those of you that like to make your own chipboard books, word books, and mini-albums. I’ll hopefully have a feature next week using it.

I also bit the bullet on the ProvoCraft cartridge offer for Home Decor and Jubilee. Of course, I had to get in on the one payment option to get the Cricut Jukebox. It’s something I’ve considered in the past but never decided that I “needed” it. This deal was just too good to pass up.

On a completely non-craft related purchase, I’ve discovered Scentsy and my wallet may never forgive me.

I’ve worked for the past two days on a set of cards for one of my Cricut Message Board Card Swaps–and I’m really pleased with the end results. I have another set of card fronts to work on this weekend and hopefully I’ll share pictures of those two projects with you next week as well.

Whatever your plans for the upcoming weekend, I hope you find some time to shop, craft and spend a little quality time with yourself. Have a great weekend and Keep Crafting!

P.S. I would like to send a very special cyber shout-out to The Pink Stamper on the momentous occasion of her 100th video tutorial. ROBYN, you ROCK girlfriend and your provide so much information and assistance to crafters everywhere (and I for one, never miss an episode)! Big Hug!

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Apologies & Drippy Goo

Hello dear crafters! If it seems I’ve done a disappearing act, I must apologize. It’s been a long time (too long) since my last entry. There are many reasons for that, but suffice to say that I’ve been busy crafting in my absence. I have to–it helps to keep me sane!

I’ve been busy working on many different swaps that I’ve signed up for via the Cricut Message Board. I’ve been making ATC cards, greeting cards and layouts (yes, you’ve read correctly) for various groups I joined. I have to say that I really enjoy working on these themed based projects. For one thing, it forces you to keep crafting and to come up with (hopefully) new and original ideas. I cautiously started in one or two swaps–and now I’m in so many I have to keep a written schedule of when things are due and who they are due to. Yes, like many other things, swaps are highly addictive.

I do have to comment on one swap in particular. For the first time, I signed up for a recipe swap. I actually do like to cook. It’s the clean-up I have a problem with. But nonetheless, this particular swap was a major challenge for me. It required a dip recipe layout in 8″x8″ size for fifteen participants. I can’t even remember what the last layout I did was. I’ve been so consumed with cardmaking and other papercrafting avenues, I really haven’t done a “real” scrapbook layout in some time. So this was a challenging–and in many ways daunting–task for me. I have to say I think the end product came out well (and I will share some photos of it after my swap deadline passes). It was just an amazing amount of work. I used my Cricut for my page titles. But, the finished project involved some hand-cut embellishment pieces, stamping, construction and a lot of journaling. I have to admit, I was a bit rusty getting started. After about eight or nine layouts, the groove started returning. I just didn’t realize it would be so much work to do fifteen of the same layout. Not that I’m complaining mind you. I had a lot of fun doing them and it was a good refresher–just very time consuming.

Anyhow, I felt I should drop in and update my blog and apologize for my MIA status. I hope to be more consistent in the future about posting on a frequent basis. Please hang in there with me.

Recently, I added the Martha Stewart Crafts “Drippy Goo” punch to my ever growing collection of her delightful tools. I have to say that this one is quite addictive. Obviously, it was designed for the Halloween season–but its uses are really only limited by your imagination. It’s terrific for stylized grass, rain splatter, fringes–and so many other things.

Here are a couple of recent Halloween cardmaking projects that use the Drippy Goo punch. I think it’s very eye-catching.

Create–and keep crafting!