Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy Last Day of 2010 !

Hi, well as promised I am posting the pictures of all the goodies I received from Heartstring Designers.  No matter what, these two are stand up people and I cannot imagine not doing business with them. They are kind and believe in the Golden Rule and these days, that is saying a whole lot, believe me.

Two Months of Housecalls

Two months worth of Housecalls

One month of Housecalls Left of blank space

One Month of Housecalls

One Month of Housecalls (Center of picture)

One month of Housecalls

Here goes.  There are six pictures and I tried not to overlap them at all.  Unfortunately, I have misplaced my good camera so all I had was my video and I do not get the best pics from them.  Whats important is to read caption and it will give you the volume of what I received. 

Now, what to start with.  I'll be playing for the next few days so will see what I come up with.  I don't like to use anything but one kit at a time.  So while I file everything away so I can locate what I want to use, I keep their directions so I know I'm using the accoutrement's for the appropriate month.

So, Next year I start out with a new format!  My first post for the New Year will be that of a guest designer.  I think she is fabulous and have asked her to do a Home Dec idea.  She's 18 years old and hales from Florida; so she has a great project for your teens to hang on their bedroom door! I love the idea and I am sure your teen will love it too!  See you tomorrow. 

Craft Yourself Away                 NayNay

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Please Meet Jessica and Todd. They need our help.

Hi, I realize that I've not been on line for a while; mainly because of the Holiday and also; I have been taking so many classes on Blogging and I'm learning a lot.  The tough part is putting it all together and setting up a system that flows and is not about ME.  I love that because I'm a typical girl; I sometimes think things are about me.  I heard the best blogs are those who do not bore people with information about ourselves.  Therefore, my new format starts today (writing format that is) I will be changing the aesthetics of the Blog also.  Things are not flowing in that area just yet. 

Here goes, this week I'm presenting a friend from FaceBook.  You all may know her as Coco Hopo or maybe you know her as Jessica and Todd LaRue.  She will be my guest designer in a few weeks but right now, I feel it more important for me to help her and her family to be with Baby Draikaiden for the Holidays.  Please check out this link.  It's difficult to read and then hop back and I'll tell you why I am asking for help.

If this isn't bad enough friends, her and hubby were robbed last week.  I cannot even believe this.  Then to add insult to injury; they call their bank and turn the cards in as stolen and after that they allow all the money to be sucked out of the account.  How aggravating.  There are just not enough expletive typing forms I can use to explain how angry all this makes me. 

So here is what I am asking you.  Please, please join me in giving them any amount of money you can afford.  The amount does not matter, it's the thought that counts.  I really like this girl and she is very talented and I cannot imagine being without my child at Christmas and not even being able to be their because of an idiot who decided what was theirs would now be his.  How Rude...I'm just sayin!

To donate please utilize your PayPal Account to "gift" them "personal" money.  Their account is  This is on the up and up.  I am also going to contact the local news station to see if I can get them involved.  Here in Oregon our news people love human interest stories.  At that point if there is a financial institution named, I will let you all know. 

I just decided if I get more than 100 comments telling me that you've donated to this cause; I will have a drawing for a gift worth up to $25 and if there is 200 or more comments; the drawing will be for an Ultimate Crafters Companion.  Wow, what a great gift.  Here's the link for it.

Check it out.  It is worth a lot.  You can make every size of envelope imaginable.  Enveloboxes, emboss anything, measure, cut, etc.  There is also a DVD.  I have one and accidentally bought another one.  I  will allow multiple comments if you've referred people; just let me know who they are and don't forget to tell them to comment that they gave to the cause.  I do not want to know how much anyone gives; I just want to know they did. 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Questions Answered...

I cannot tell you how embarrassed I am at having not posted this earlier.  Chris please forgive me.  I wrote this up right when you asked and then I did this.  I think it's because it was my Grandson Cristian's birthday that  day and I was trying to do too many things at once.  I am sincerely sorry for forgetting this; bad, bad NayNay.  See below

This was my question from a fellow blogger:
"I would love to know where to by the clear sleeves for greeting cards. Thanks for you help. I did not sign into my blog yesterday been under the weather. I hope you are doing the card challenge with us. Please tell your friends too,. hugs Chris Wooten"
This is a great question and those of us in Oregon had a difficult time finding the clear sleeves until one day; there it was a place right on the Internet. I love anything that I do not have to go out to get! Here's the information:

This is just one of the internet options. Also, there is a company named DiNami Design out of Kent, WA and last but not least; 7 gypsies.  They are my absolute favorite.  I love the quality of all of their items.  Plus (note: I didn't check their site today, usually a lot of great sales.).  Remember, I didn't check the site today!

Monday I will be starting a new format and being more active on my blog.  Unfortunately no one participated in my last challenge, so...not much to do.  I promise I have a lot of fun items planned and have been taking classes on blogging and other things that will keep you interested. 

God Bless Everyone!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Achy, Achy, although not breaky...sorry Billy Ray

Hi, I was going to post a couple of pics on my blog today, however, I have come down with the flu.  I hate to be sick so knowing me I'll be up and around tomorrow.  Talk to you soon and if you land here; go to Echo Park Papers and on their status comment that I sent you.  Thank you so much.  Just remember, if you ever need help from me on a contest; I will do whatever I can to help you!  Have a fabulous Sunday!
                                                                                Keep Crafting

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Finding a project to finish.

I realize that a lot of us are busseling to get our Christmas projects completed.  I myself am donating some cards to Chris Wootens Charity  That is to make all types of cards (birthday, thank you, etc.) and send to the address she notes on her blog.  After that, I have a charity project also, the only difference is I have been supplying cards alone till now.  And God Bless Chris for posting her challenge as I was feeling the pressure getting all of mine done and giving shouldn't be stressful.  Please look for that challenge in January, 2011!

Here's a great project to accomplish.  Between now and the Fifth (5) of December, 2010, find one project that you have set aside {you know, so you can do it later and make it better}.  Below I will break it down step by step.  Please, please participate as I will be drawing a name from those that comment and enter daily and that crafter will earn a fabulous prize on December 6th.   I will upload a picture of my project in an amendment made later tomarrow; but for yours; if you can please do the following:

1.  Upload a .jpg file of your unfinished file and load it into your comment. 
2.  Comment daily as to what your plan is to finish and what you've done.
3.  When finished (if you can't post the file into your comment let me know in the comment and I will contact you with my email and have you send the .jpg to me and I will post your picture and post anything you'd like to say about your completed project. 

I love this idea!   I have actually done this in a class I taught a few years back and everyone loved it. - 141k

The Cricut Page posted a picture and question on my FB page so I thought I would answer it there.  I've been making beads using the Cricut cart George.  That cart has all the shapes you would ever want.  I have so many items.  Like my favorite (which my bff made for me a couple of years ago).  They were leaves, iridescent painted and hung on a jump ring and attached to an earring wire.

Anyway, here is what I do when I make necklaces like you show in your picture.  I cut out a moon that is the same size of what I need then paint a coat of Jesso over the top.  On the back I cut the same size moon shape to place on the back of the "bib" so not to scratch any ones breast bone.  Then I cut several long shapes and layout on a table, glue a small amoun) of glue (glue Crafter's Pick, the Ultimate--this glue will glue metals, plastics, glass & more).

This glue is awaesome because when it dries its moveable.  Meaning the flowers can be crushed and they'll bounce back without getting crushed. 

 rolling with someone else is easier.  Then I distress the tops of the flowers where I may see one or two place which need a little somthing extra.  I will start embossing using Yvonne Albritton Extra .  This has to stay wet while building up your design.  At this point I add charms and whatnot.  Also, if you don't want that look; another great look is Heritage Handcrafts Dimensonional Paint. ;  
This paint does a lot of cool and different looks after "setting up".  If you're not sure, use a small stencil of a pattern you like out of the clear acetate that came on top of our Cricut Expression cutting pad. (Don't waste anything!). 

Then I use JudiKins Glass Beads using the same glue).  They come in many different colors so get them all, you will use them quickly!  I'll make another necklace as soon as I can.  If you complete your project first,  I will post on my blog and praise you highly!  That was a great question!

Now I'll have to get one more problem; to start another piece of jewelry from out Cricut Cartridges.  Hope to hear from you soon.
                                                                          Keep Crafting      NayNay

Tip for the day:  I just learned that we can use a ball point glitter pen in our cricut expression.  My pen for too thin so I put on a rubber finder.  It opens up a who new world of creativity on our parts.

I was so antsy because alll I wanted was to bring to DVR into my room and sit up in bed; but he said NO and it was infatic, so I want to get into my stud

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I really have a difficult time saying who I am, so this is from a good friend: I am a 54 year old mother or two, grandmother of three and an artist. I've been iduldging in my art for over 30 years now. Painting is my first love, but really gave me the background to understand the theory behind other art forms. I mainly concentrate on making cards and scrapbooking and donate a lot of cards to various community agencies to assist them on providing the appropriate thank you needed to keep their volunteer program intact. I've learned a lot in these years and would just love to help you find answers you may need. I tend to love research too. Which is how I put the two loves together.