so much sparkly, so little time!

My friend Angie’s Super Powers !

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My friend Angie and I have been scrapping together for awhile.  In fact, she got me into modern scrapbooking (now THERE’S a story).  Angie amazes me with her creativity and never ending energy and enthusiasm.  Please check out her blog.  She used the Close to my Heart Super Powers Stamp set and some Tim Holtz embossing folders and stazon inks. 

Here’s a peek at the inside of the card:

If you want to see the outside, check it out here: http://arukeeper23.blogspot.com/2012/11/dads-bday-card-dumb-excuses.html

If you decide you need this stamp too (especially the city scape, which Angie has used three times, adjusting the levels and selectively trimming each piece), you can get that here:  http://overhobbied.ctmh.com/Retail/Search.aspx?SearchValue=super+powers


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CTMH Florentine Fall Mini Album and Layout

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CTMH Florentine Fall Mini Album and Layout Kit


Looking back at my more recent posts, I realized scrapbooking has been overlooked for awhile.  So I would like to introduce my newest (okay…first) Close to My Heart Layout Kit.  I used the Florentine paper pack kit (http://overhobbied.ctmh.com/Retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=6523&CatalogID=1751) and 6” x 6” Flip Flaps ( http://overhobbied.ctmh.com/Retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=6585&CatalogID=35 ) to create an autumn mini album on a layout.  You can use the album to journal about menus, friends, special moments, gratitudes or have your Thanksgiving Day guests put their own thoughts down. 

Color you mini album as you prefer.  It comes to you pre-cut, pre-stamped in Chocolate Ink.  The entire kit (with the two layout pages) is $16 with free shipping. Message me here: sc_container@yahoo.com if you would like one.  Local pick-up is definitely an option.  I’ll also be hosting a gathering to create this album, cost will be $6 if you attend the gathering.  This will not include the Flip Flap for your mini album unless you place your request with me by November 4th.  Otherwise, they can be ordered at the gathering.  Can’t wait to see how everyone personalizes it!


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Pam Junk Pumpkin House treasure

Halloween is HUGE at my house.  And I wanted a special centerpiece.  While attending the NAME 2012 National Yard Sale, I found this pumpkin house, already put together with windows, door and yard.  It even had directions included (dated 1991) and is apparently a prototype of a Pam Junk ( http://home.comcast.net/~junksminis/quarter/quarter.html  ) project from many years ago.  It inpsired me! 

I, of course, did NOT follow the directions but went off on my own, using various “found” treasures from my crafting closet.  The jack-o’latern, black cat, frog and purple monster (in another photo) were all painted by me in 1994…go figure…they finally have a home.   I bought the ribbon around the base years ago too just knowing it had a purpose in all my Halloween decor!

Inside I built my own table from a piece of slate and beads.  This made the perfect spot for Janet Smith’s (Desert Minis, Inc. http://desert-minis.com ) spider cake round table kit.  I also included a bed from friend Peggy Fowler (Fowler Creations http://s227.photobucket.com/albums/dd3/PLJRFOWLER/ ) and a chair from Debbie Young (Young at Heart Miniatures http://www.youngatheartminiatures.com/ ), which I covered in black flock and paint for a very shabby chair!  I kitbashed the round table kits byLeanne Kirsch ( http:leannesminiatures.weebly.com ).  My husband drilled the center of the lampshade and I ran a nano light from Evan Designs ( http://www.modeltrainsoftware.com/ledlights1.html ) into it, wrapping the wire and painting the whole thing black with a sharpie marker.  I also used the very cute pumpkin shelf round table from Babette-Overman.

This is the back view.  I used the nice stump (from the 70’s…remember they came with little plastic animals or something).  I repainted it a bit, and stuck my battery pack in there.  The mouse came from a Christmas shop also many years ago and is waxed into place so that I can replace the battery at some point if needed.

Thank you everyone again for such a wonderful National Convention in 2012, I SOOO wish I could make it to Tuscon in 2013…Night Time In the Museum…that is going to be sooo much fun!!!

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National NAME Day (National Association of Miniature Enthusiast)

NAME Day Alcoves

What wonderful projects did you complete this weekend?  I am just finishing my beautiful 1″ alcove project from NAME day yesterday.  Many of you may not know about NAME stands for the National Association of Miniature Enthusiast.  NAME’s purpose is as follows:

“The National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts (NAME) is a non-profit, educational organization whose purpose is to promote miniatures as a distinct art form, to provide education forums on their construction, historical significance and intrinsic value, to preserve unique collections in a miniature museum open to the public (located in Carmel, IN),  and  to maintain a mutually beneficial network of collectors, crafters, and artisans.” 

You can find out more about NAME at: miniatures.org

NAME day evolved from our desire to share with members everywhere, a special project and a special gathering.  And special it is!  This is the third year of celebrating NAME day.  The first year we built a hutch.  Last year we built a butcher block work table.  This year we buult an alcove…and I shopped…we ate lunch…and I shopped some more… I also built another alcove.  I signed up for all 3 kits offered in Greenwood, SC. I was able to build the 1/2″ and the 1/4″ while I was there (even with all the talking, eating and shopping…actually, I think it was all the sugar that prompted all the shopping, that and this beautiful little house:

Another Project to Finish!

Happy Halloween – Cricut Style Vinyl!

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Here’s a hint: The eyes have been swapped out for scarier ones!

I just love my Cricut Expression Machine…for one thing, even my husband likes it…and with my Gypsy, creating is all the more uniquely me!  Here are some of my most recent creations.  I do not have a halloween cartridge, so it took a while to find the images I needed for Halloween…can you tell me which cartridges I used?

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From the NAME Garage Sale – Treasures!

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I have so much to share with you!!! 

What a great time I’ve had this past month, attending both the NAME Miniature Convention and the Creating Keepsakes Scrapbooking Convention, both in Charlotte, just a short jaunt from my house!  It’s taken awhile to sort through things and get projects in order.  The first thing I want to share with you is my favorite garage sale items I found at NAME:

 The first one cost $1 and I admit, I bought it for the windows and doors alone, but when I got to my room, the better lighting revealed an entire bakery with office and restroom above…how delightful!  Now, I ask you, HOW can I disassemble this little shop?  And what spurred this inspired bakery inside a jiffy muffin box? Later, as I was browsing some of the older magazines from the same yard sale, I noticed an advertisement for Grandt Line Marketville, USA kits, apparently in 2000 kits were available to create not only bakeries from Jiffy Muffin Mix boxes but also fire stations in Matchboxes, Pet Shops in Dog Biscuit boxes, etc…so sad to miss out on this collection!

 While these kits are no longer available, new kits are available and I found the link here:


 My second favorite find from the garage sale is a pumpkin house prototype developed by Pam Junk for her “Big Sis Vi” to review and finish.  Included with the scene is a letter from Pam to her “Big Sis Vi” along with pictures of her own prototype, dated 1991.  How exciting!  Halloween is a big deal at my house, in my neighborhood…so I look forward to finishing this in time for my cousins to see!!

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My first canvases!

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When you have a few spare moments, what’s your favorite passtime?  I like scrapbooking…something about preserving memories and sharing them just makes the heart glow…it’s also a great opportunity to become a hoarder with all the beautiful swirly stamps and all the SPARKLY papers out there! To put this extra goodness to work for me, I’ve started making canvases, thanks to a class I took from Quick Quotes.

The biggest obstacle to making canvases is finding a flexible glue that gives with the canvas without letting go.  The glue we used in this class was Beacon 3 in 1 glue.  Since taking this class, I have also used this glue to repair book bindings, so it would probably work for making real binded books…another project!

My first take on the canvas on my own was inspired by a wooden tree I bought at CKC and the swirly leaves of autumn.   The base is bright blue acrylic paint in a swirly pattern (of course!).  Then I used paper from SEI’s Monrovia collection and my sizzix machine.  Once I diecut the leaves, I embossed both sides with extra thick embossing powder (clear).  I pulled the front off of corrugated cardboard to make the “planted” hills.  Punched out lots of little flowers from homemade paper (not mine…haven’t tried that yet either…look another project!!!), added copper colored metal beads and seed beads for centers, then braided tri-colored rafia for inserts into the hills.  I cut several layers of fabric for the sun (or moon) and typed up a poem written by me (told you I’m all over the place), printed it on homemade papers (there’s that project again) and placed it along with the flying leaves, securing it with 3 in 1 glue and covering the glue with fiber and leaf brads…and there you go…a canvas…can’t wait to go to CKC this weekend to find MORE inspiration!

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