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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Confession #9

...so, it's funny how when I first started making cards, I just *HAD* to have a Cricut so that it would bring up the level of my cardmaking and scrapbooking. Once I had discovered the Cricut via the infomercial, I couldn't make anything until I got the Cricut. Anything I tried to make didn't look good but I just knew that once I got the Cricut, everything would look better.

I joined The Board while waiting for my Cricut to arrive and discovered that I was SO far behind in what I "needed" for cardmaking/scrapbooking that I wasn't even part of the race. So I had to quickly catch up so that I had most of those things too by the time my Cricut arrived.

Then I had to make sure I had LOTS of carts. I was CONVINCED I needed all the carts.

The all-day CM crop was April 19 and I haven't even taken my little baby bug out of it's bag that I packed it in. It's been sitting underneath my craft table since that day. What's worse is I got JOTS and SYI from AnnaBlack April 21...and I haven't even taken them out of their plastic packaging. I haven't even taken them out of the box they came in. *whistles*


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Attack of the "skittles"...

...just wanted to let you know that I'm still here! I have been buried under mounds of beads (and no, I am NOT the "Skittles" hoarded everyone on The Board is flaming, thank you very much!). I have managed to pull myself out from the mounds and update as I noticed that it's been quite a while. I had no idea that these little tiny beads would take up so much of my time! But I looooves them!

I've been in and out of The Boards and here, but not TOTALLY monopolized by beads, although they have certainly opened up a lot more options and techniques and ideas! I've met some FABULOUS friends along the way and I'm pretty much just having so much FUN with everything.

Etsy is doing well, but of course, I'm comparing that to no sales at all, so I might have a skewed idea of what doing well means. Whatevs, I wasn't out to take over the world one Skittle at a time, although..........

HAHAHAHA...so I HAVE been creating other things besides the beads, but UNFORTUNATELY, I won't be able to post them until after approximately May 4. *giggles* I am in the middle of sending out my most faaaavourite alcohol ink guru's birthday present and I've been trying VERY hard to keep everything that's in the box a SECRET! For me that's a big deal because I am the WORST secret keeper ever! I hate them, I always have to know what's going to happen in a movie before I go to watch it. I have no idea what's wrong with me...I know...patience is NOT a virtue that I encapsulate!

But the THINGS I made are FABULOUS even if I do say so myself and I can't wait to post pictures of them after Ms. Marti opens her present!

So anywho...last Friday I was off from work (always a PLUS) and my mom and I went to the Creativfestival (a craft expo) an hour out of town. Is anyone else bothered that word Creativ is missing the 'e'? It's killing me I tell you...everytime I looked at my little brochure, it irked me until I took a pen and inserted a little tiny 'e'. Creativeness is NOT an excuse for poor spelling. I'll BET YOU the people who printed them FORGOT the 'e' and just tried to pass it off and were all like, 'oh yeah, we MEANT to do that!' Well, I DON'T BELIEVE YOU!

So when I was writing my quirks down yesterday, I should have said that correct spelling is a quirk for me. I try not to read my past blogs too often because all the little typos I made bug the living daylights out of me. Even my phone texts are spelled properly, $0.10 a message be damned, you will NOT get: c u l8r from me! The absolute worst is when people actually spell the words wrong on PURPOSE! My teenaged cousin always sends me E-Mails talking about boOoOoyz and saying whut and I try VERY hard not to notice. But seriously, honey, it's boys and it's what. Oh well, I don't know what my problem is...I mean, maybe she wants me to know that she's pronouncing what like WHUT because I know I like to spell out my words exactly like I'm actually saying them.

ANYWAYS, I COMPLETELY DIGRESS! I had a large iced coffee with breakfast today and I'm probably caffeine buzzing just a little bit. What was I talking about before I hopped up on my soapbox?

Right, the expo. I had a FABULOUS time and totally glossed over all the knitting and sewing booths, leaving my mother behind. Anything that looked like stamping or scrapbooking, I was there though. I just realized I can't talk too much about the expo as the things that I used and sent to Marti are also in there. HAHAHAHAHA....but I found my most FAVOURITE place to order and buy stamps from (of COURSE except for Studio G stamps) and I'm LOVING the way it makes my work look! Learned some new techniques and also discovered a new product I am LO-O-OVING! Which I also cannot tell you about.

I say blame it all on Marti.


Monday, April 28, 2008

Tagged #1

...well, well, well...it looks like I've been tagged! My very first one and by Tania at The Scrapbook House! I'm so excited...here we go!

  • These are the rules:

    Link the person who tagged you - Tania (two links! Her blog is fabulous!)
  • Mention the rules on your blog
  • Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours
  • Tag 6 fellow bloggers by linking them
  • Leave a comment on each of the tagged bloggers blogs letting them know they have been tagged.

Hmmm...six quirks? This is a lot harder than I thought! I am ONE BIG quirk, I think...

  1. I can watch a movie over and over again...same goes with books. I have read my Harry Potter books so much that some of the pages are falling out.
  2. I hate drinking hot drinks - any kind, coffee, tea, cappuccino - whatever, but I can drink those same drinks cold. I think I'm too impatient to wait for the hot drink to cool down enough for me to drink. I'm not that patient.

    I've been trying to write some kind of book for the longest time, but everytime I start, I wonder who will want to read it so I lose interest.

    I looooove having TV DVD marathons - CSI, CSI: Miami, Buffy, Angel, FRIENDS, I don't really watch series on TV anymore, just wait for them to come out on DVD and watch them all at once - it's that whole impatience thing...

    I always seem to be running late - no matter what. Especially when I wake up early to be early on time for something, I feel like I have more time, so I dilly-dally and voila! I'm late again!

    I love Buckleys.

Now I tag…







Thanks everyone!


Thursday, April 24, 2008

True colours...

...I see your true colours shining through..they're beautiful...like a rainbow...

So I'm sure you're reaching the end of your limit staring at the beads I keep posting, but I LOVES them so you're gonna look at a couple more.

Besides, The Mister went and did something spectacular, I have to write about it! When I woke up this morning there was a plastic bag on his pillow and to be honest, I really didn't even notice it - not the BEST morning person EVER, let me tell you. So he comes in while I'm about to haul the laptop up onto the bed and he's like, did you see your present? And I look up all bleary-eyed and was like, 'wha?' and he points at the bag and only then does the red lettering on the plastic bag register and I'm like, I KNOW THAT BAG! So I tear it open and there staring up at me are the pretty little faces of Perfect Pearls and a pack of alcohol inks. For me. JUST for MEEEE!

I had recently placed two orders for Perfect Pearls and alcohol inks at http://www.pezadoodle.com/, but I didn't think that moment was the BEST time to tell him that (and also that they were a LOT cheaper there) but I taught The Mister well, he knew to ask for a 40% off coupon and everything! So he said that since he was with me the last time and I had stood in that aisle and stared at all the inks and powders and debated on which one I would get, he thought I would have more fun and be able to make more variety if he got me the other package. SWEET MAN!

So he came into the scraproom with me (I'm wide awake by now, of course) and I showed him how I was using his wonderful presents!

Heads up though, there's quite a few pictures. Ta-daaaaa:

Under the Sea

Sands of Time

Blue Lagoon

Shamrock Central

Lavender Dreams

Pucker Up Pink


Ooooo-wee!!! I LOVE THEM ALL!!!

Eventually, they'll be going up on my Etsy but first I need input from my Alcoholic Ink Yoda...hope you're not TOO wrinkly-faced!


Sunday, April 20, 2008


...mad scientist at work in the Skittles lab - proceed at your own risk!


Jade Dragon

Tom Thumb's Plums

Blueberry Bubbas

Red Hot Tamales


Princess Pixie Pink

Princess Yolanda Yellow

Princess Penelope Purple

Princess Tammy Teal

Princess Brigitte Blue

Princess Pansy Pink

Princess Geneveive Green

Princess Nala Navy


Saturday, April 19, 2008


...all day I dream about scrapping! But today, I DID it!

It's funny how it has to be an ALL-DAY crop event to get me to focus and get some LOs done. I don't know why I have such a hard time doing them on my own. There always seems to be more interesting popping up than thinking up a LO to do.

I had SO much fun at today's CM National Scrapbooking Day crop. There was a good amount of ladies in the banquet hall that was rented out and as I had told my CM consultant that I would be bringing my little baby, she sat me right beside an outlet! Lovely lady, I didn't even need to bring the HUGE, NOTICEABLE orange extension cord that The Mister packed up for me.

The food was DELISH, which was kind of bad because I didn't eat breakfast (NO TIME, I wanted to get SCRAPPING) so I stuffed my face and after lunch I was nodding off into my piles of paper. Honestly, if there was a prize for the MESSIEST scrapper, I would have won by a landslide! Meh, the magic happens within the mess, I'd like to think...

So 'nuff talk, here are my LOs! I think there's five here, but I did six, I don't know what happened to the other one...

I'm also thinking that this might be the first time I'm posting my face on my blog. LOL...Soft from The Board was happy she could finally put a face to all my silly posts...



Friday, April 18, 2008

Example overkill...

...I was having an off night tonight. I sat down at my desk in my scraproom and nothing was happening for me. I had a few new ideas swirling in my head, but they just weren't coming together IRL. So, I figure I'm going to take a little break from the altering of the beads and I'd better try making something with them instead.

It was also slow-going there too, let me tell you. Nothing was coming to me! I finally took the plunge and grabbed my beautiful, not-so-new-but-never-been-used DCWV Old World stack and ripped out a page *gasp* Yes I know. So I've realized that I'm definitely an embellishment person. I have to start with the embellishments and then build up from there. So I had chosen the paper based on the antique Primas I wanted to use.

So I laid them all out there on my paper, but it still looked...meh. I was deeefinitely not getting any further brainstorms, so I grabbed the extra paper left over from making my cut and I ripped it. *gasp* YES, I said it. I RIPPED IT TWICE!

Stuck that on, put my embellishment on and called it a day. Or at least I thought it was. Last minute, I decided to put a couple more gold SwirlyPops on the edges, just as added extras - went for the overkill on using too many beads on one single project.

And then as a last-second kind of thing, I noticed that I had spilled (AGAIN) more Perfect Pearl powder (the sparkly purple one) and so to clean it up, I grabbed the fluffy brush it came with and swiped the powder up with it, and then just decided to swirl it only my textured cardstock on the card. Swirly, swirl, swirl and now when you pull the card out of the envelope, it just has that little extra oomph! A little something for your viewing pleasure:


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Confession #8

...these beads are taking over my life. I feel like they're following me everywhere out of the scraproom. Our house is a total mess now. I've been making the beads in the scraproom, I've been packaging them in the dining room and I ran out of room so I have the other laptop and printer set up on the kitchen counter. Earlier this morning on my way out the door for work, I was wondering what the heck was in my shoe and lo and behold, a JewelPop. I get home and I'm getting dinner ready and I'm stepping on a SwirlyPop.

Just a few seconds ago while getting ready for bed, I'm changing and I hear two little beads fall to the floor and I have to start laughing as I have no idea how they got into my bra. I swear I'm not eating them!


Isn't it ironic...

...dontcha think? A little tooooo ironic, yeah I really do think.

Well goodmorning, à la Alanis Morrissette, to you! I woke up a bit groggy, but not to worry, I made it online just fine and I'm not late (just yet) because I woke up extra early to get some things done. Really can't be late today...because that would probably make it almost every day this week. Honestly, I have no idea what kind of picture I'm painting of myself to you all out there, but I SWEAR I'm a good worker. Really...I'd hire me... ......

Sooooo...YO from The Boards was talking about how it was all thanks to our little man, The Bug, that brought the peeps (I keep wanting to say ladies, but then I remember Jason, so they'll all just be my peeps instead) from The Board together. If it wasn't for us having an obsession (hey who put that!) I mean, LOVE for all things scrappy, none of us would have met. And to me, the irony is that we all met because of The Bug and I haven't been using mine as much as I thought I would when I first ordered it. I mean, who has the TIME when I'm BUYING everything I read about and making some FABULOUS friends along the way?

Can I get a little after-school special here? I just wanted to take the time to mention that I LOVE The Board. It's capitalized for a reason. Whatever is on that board is 100% me. I mean, IRL, I'm pretty much exactly the same way, but that takes awhile for me when I'm meeting new people. For some reason, I get all wallflowery around new people, so I have a hard time making new friends. Oh and also because I don't really want to. All through highschool and university, I was pretty much a one or two REAAAALLY close friends instead of having like a million friends (who probably talk about me behind my back) kind of person. It's simpler...but on The Boards, I've met so many fantastic people and like IRL, I've met some REALLY good people that are turning into REALLY good friends.

So there it is. I'm very happy to have 'met' you all and I have been having the most FABULOUS time with everyone and of course, buying everything. *big fuzzy hugs*

.....and cut. That's a wrap folks...

Here's some up-coming new releases to be made for sale on my Etsy!

I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Leaves and Berries

These babies were done up using alcohol ink (can I say that everytime I try to write alcohol, it always comes out as alcoholic first for some reason. Then when I'm reading back, I'm like....how come the ink is alcoholic? Is it down and out? Is it battling depression? )

Please let it be known that I am a NEW number one fan of alcohol inks and Perfect Pearls! They are OH SO PRETTY and if judunno what I'm talking about, then you need to get you some ASAP. Marti's got lots, go over there and tell her I sent you and nothing will happen except for the fact that she'll just think you're name-dropping. HAHAHAHAAA, sorry, I know peeps, but I don't have those kinds of connections. Besides, her Perfect Pearls and alcholics (LOL - I'm not even going to bother changing that one) are cheaper than you can get at M's any day PLUS way more colours! My eyes got all wide and starry when I said WAY more colours because there's a lot and by a lot that means you can mix and match until the next blue moon!

P.S. PLEASE do be careful...this is INKS we're talking about here...and my left hand....well, it's pretty much inked for the next little while...

I love how Photobucket has finally gotten down with their bad selves and updated the way we can upload pictures. NICE!

So that'll be all from me for now, I DID say I wasn't going to be late today...LOL. Hope everyone has a nice day today too, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping - and probably dropping their little bits onto my car - but things are coming up all sunshine and daisies. Feeling a little low? Do yourself (and someone else) a favour and do a little RAK, you'll like yourself more after :)

P.S. If you read the new names for my beads...who's got I Heard it Through the Grapevine stuck in their head now? And for those who didn't have it before...do you have it now? Teehee...


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

It's now or never...

...well, I guess I can't procrastinate any longer. I've been a little nervous about doing this, but like the title says, it's now or never!

I opened my Etsy shop and there are some items now posted.

My very first GRAND OPENING! Yay ME!


Monday, April 14, 2008

So exhausted...

...I was very good today! Monday's are usually my gym days and that usually means from the moment I wake up, I'm trying to think of all the excuses for me NOT to go, that would fly with my Tammy, coworker. (We have a buddy system going and since she's really into going to the gym, I demanded that she MAKE me go with her - which she REALLY does and I usually have to be veeery creative in the excuses I come up with). Anyways, Tammy wasn't able to go to the gym tonight and I was like, 'Yes! Free evening for meeee!' But you know what? I went anyways! So good for me...I feel skinny already...

Now onto the point, I got home and went straight into the scraproom to get going with my new little babies! Can I tell you that The Mister got home from class and found me in my room with my jacket and my running shoes still on?! HAHAHAHA, three and a half hours after I got home, I was so focused I didn't bother doing anything else. The Mister leans against the door and he's all like, 'Gonna stay awhile, or are you heading back out?' Meh, what does he know...

I want to talk about my little creations some more, but I'm completely wiped from staring so intently at them...I had to get down really close and I think I'm almost going cross eyed from looking at the little pieces for so long...LOL. So here you are, if you're like my you're just loco for photos anyways...

Lucy in the Sky So Blue

Big Purple Dinosaur

Teal My Heart Away

Vivacious Violet

Rose of Sharon

Vivacious Violet

Lovely Lavender

Just Peachy

Seafoam Bridesmaids

Black Humbugs

Blue Bayou

Mellow Yellow

Candy Floss Pink

Galactic Grape

...and I hate to do it, but I guess I will also mention that for the most part, as far as I know, the names (JewelPops, SugarPops, etc. and the packaging) are copyrighted to me.

Sorry I'm not posting more talk...just very tired and I've been promising The Mister I'd come to bed in like, five minutes - and that was an hour ago...