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Prima Art Venture 2015 – Edmonton!

Well, I attended my second Prima Art Venture this year!  This time I took my new little mascot with me…Zeb the Zebra.

It started off with a bit of a problem…I went to pre-register on the Friday night (the night before the Art Venture).  I was told that they didn’t have the goody bags yet, and they are starting the continental breakfast at 11:30 am with classes starting at 1 pm instead of classes starting at 8:30 am.  The reason was that all the boxes were stuck at customs!  What???!!!  Whoah!

Ok…so I arrived the next morning for the continental breakfast, and we started at 1 pm.

Then half way through the class we had to stop because they only had enough supplies to start the class.  The boxes hadn’t arrived still.  So we were told to come back at 4 pm.  We came back, and had to leave til 6:30 pm.  Came back then and had to come back again at 7:30 pm.  The boxes finally arrived!

By then, many people were angry.  I just thought to myself…oh well, shit happens, right?  One lady left after the first class, and got a refund for the rest.  Oh well, to each his own.  So we finished the first class, and went on to the next class.  During that class, Denny (the event coordinator) came in and gave each of us a choice…either we can get $300 in Prima product shipped to us at no charge, or we can go to Prima Art Venture in Anaheim in January for free.  Wow!  That was sooooo unbelievably generous!  I never expected that!  I was saying to someone earlier that if they just give us a Kit-of-the-month box I would be happy.  So this deal was amazing!

I just have to say that Prima Marketing is the best company ever!  They went above and beyond for us attendees!  Denny said that they (him and Prima) just wanted us to be happy.  Was I ever happy!  I had the best time!


To Be Continued…to find out about the classes I took at Prima Art Venture, check out my next post!

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I’m on the CSI’s Most Wanted! (Color Stories Inspiration…that is)

OMG!  I am over-the-moon excited!  My layout is in the Featured Photos section of the gallery, and I have been selected as one of the five “Most Wanted” for my layout titled “Invent” for case file #164.

And you’re probably wondering what the !@#$ is CSI?  It is Color, Stories, Inspiration!  You can find them at:

http://csicolorstoriesinspiration.ning.com/

The have many challenges going on each month, with many amazing sponsored prizes!  Everything is set up like a precinct with detectives, and case files, star witnesses, etc.  It’s a lot of fun!  If you have never tried it before, you definitely should!

This is the layout that has been Featured and picked as Most Wanted…

We had to use all the colors in the “Scheme”, choose 2 clues from the Evidence to use, and 1 clue from the Testimony to use.  This was a lot of fun!

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Some Technical Difficulties…

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If you have been trying to follow my Blog through Bloglovin’, you might have run in to some problems.  I used to have my blog through WordPress, but decided to go back to Blogger because WordPress was just too complicated.  So if you are still having trouble, please let me know.  I am trying my best to correct any problems.  Thanks for your patience!  🙂

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Create Craft Share Youtube Hop – March 2015 (Altered Items)

Wow!  Another month has gone by, and it’s time again for another Create Craft Share Youtube hop!  Create*Craft*Share is hosted by Scrappin Madge (Madge Gillen).  The theme this month is:

Altered Items
You should be coming to this post from my previous fellow designer Jody from Spiegel Mom Scraps.  So if you missed her, please follow the hop links below, then come back to me (in order)!  
 March 2015 Line- Up
THEME: Alter an item of your choice… or alter something and make it “New” again
LINE UP:
Here’s some photos of my project (up close):

I hope you enjoyed my project!  I’d love to hear your comments, too!  
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Well, can you guess?  It’s the August Create Craft Share Youtube Hop!  Yes, a month has gone by already!  Can you believe it?
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Join Scrappin Madge, me, and a whole list of talented crafters showcasing this month’s theme….Pinterest Inspired.  I will be posting the links to the videos, and where to begin, in my next post.  So see you all tomorrow for a great hop!
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Las Vegas Trip!

So, last month hubby and I took a bit of a vacation.  We, of course, went to our favorite place….Vegas!  We drove–much cheaper than flying.  We stopped half-way at a really nice hotel that had a great river view!  I opened the door to the balcony, and this is what I saw:

Lots of birds!  I love birds!  I guess it is fair to say that I am a dog person and a bird person.  Actually I think I’m an animal person!
Once we got to Vegas, we stayed our first couple of nights at the Golden Gate downtown.  It was quite strange….when we pulled up to the valet, he asked us if we were sure we were staying at the Golden Gate.  Ok…what was that about?  The Golden Gate is a very old hotel that has not had much by way of renovations.  The bathroom was 30s style, and the faucets looked like they were original to the 1906 hotel.  It had a musty smell, but the room was clean, and the bed and furniture had been updated.  We stayed there in hopes of maybe spying some ghosts….but no such luck.  Oh well, we tried.
We went to Bike Fest while we were in Vegas.  It was quite awesome!  And we even got a free t-shirt with admission.  There were a lot of amazing motorcycles!

While we were in Vegas, I of course went scrapbooking supply shopping!  I went to Joann’s, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and a wonderful store called The Crafting Place!  I have a lovely new friend that works there!  I tried last time we went to Vegas, in May, to go to The Crafting Place but it didn’t work out.  So I’m glad I could go this time.  I even attended a crafting class there!  It was so much fun!
I met some wonderful new crafty ladies at The Crafting Place.  They made me feel right at home!  My friend, Mary, even made me a little goody basket!  I felt so welcomed!  In the craft class we made fabric pumpkins!  They were adorable, and so easy to make.

What do you think?  I had so much fun decorating them!  Here’s a close-up of each of them:

And to see even more detail, check out my video:

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Scrapbook Carnival 2013!

It is that time of year again….I went to the Scrapbook Carnival put on by Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine!  It was fantastic!  Each year I go, I get to know more and more people! 
This year I went with my friend, Cathy.  She is a quilter, so she enjoyed the other half of the convention which was geared towards quilting, sewing, and other crafts.  We left after work on the way to Calgary.  Stopped and had some yummy supper at Dairy Queen (I know…big spenders).  Anyway, my hubby booked us at a very nice hotel.  It was the same one I stayed at two years prior.  It was late when we got to the hotel, but we still had a few glasses of wine before falling asleep.  😉
Well, in the morning we were all ready to hit the road and get to the most amazing Carnival ever!
When we got there I headed to the Crop area to pick up my goody bag!  Jackie (from the magazine) said that she didn’t have it.  I said it was probably at her house!  LOL!  I did eventually get my bag.  She wouldn’t dare not give me my goody bag—after all, I would punch her eyelets out if she didn’t!  LOL!!!
If you want to see all the goodies I got in my bag, check out my video…
Doesn’t the crop area look lovely?  You get such a big welcome from all the gals at Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine, and I also saw a lot of ladies that I was on the Hawaiian scrapbooking cruise with.  It was so wonderful to see them!  

It’s such a friendly atmosphere!  It’s like you stepped into a family reunion!  Each year I seem to know more and more people!  

People were already shopping at the booths when I got there.  So I unpacked a few of my things….
The theme for this year’s carnival was “Western Cowboy”.  And since I love zebra…..I brought my new zebra cowboy hat!  Gee, how did I know this would come in handy?  Anyway, after settling in, I went off to do some preliminary shopping.  That means I went to scout out what I wanted before buying.  There are so many booths there, it’s so hard to decide!

And here’s a picture of one of the lovely hostesses, Allison!  She was drawing for door prizes during the day.  Hey, where’s my door prize, Allison?  Why didn’t I get one?  Whaaaaahhhhh!  Just kidding…  😉

So, it was my birthday a couple of days before and my good friend Lynne made me such a wonderful Prima doll tag!  I just love it!  She wrote a personal message on the back, too.  I almost cried!  That was so very thoughtful….

And speaking of Lynne….what are you up to here, girlie?  
I should have guessed…she’s playing with the Prima doll stamps again.  This was a Make-and-Take.  Lynne was so absorbed in what she was creating, I don’t think she had any idea I took these photos!  
I did take one class at the Carnival.  I though this year I wouldn’t tie myself down with too many classes, and not enough creating and shopping time.  But I’m so glad I took this one class!  It was taught by Emma Lou from Heartfelt Creations.  She is an amazing teacher!  I so hope she teaches again next year.  And their products are so awesome!  If you haven’t checked them out, you must!  

 And of course while I was shopping, I stopped by The Scrapmobile!  Christy Riopel was demo-ing some Art Anthology Dimensional Crystal glaze.  This stuff is quite amazing!  And yes, I broke down and bought a few.  Christy is such a good enabler!  LOL!

And here we have the wonderful Cathy Allen!  She can make any white piece of cardstock into a fun, beautiful, and amazing colorful playground of scrappy goodness!  If you haven’t taken any classes from her, make sure you do!

And here’s the wonderfully sweet and talented Emma Lou from Heartfelt Creations (and me of course)!  

And who could forget the totally awesome ice cream float bar!  What a perfect idea!  Thanks Jackie!  Especially for letting me go back for seconds (and thirds)!  😉

And so another annual carnival ends….but there is always next year!  🙂

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Scrap Room Reincarnation – Post #3

I just realized that in my last post, I forgot to include a picture of my room plan before I started everything!  Here it is:

The big blue square is the rug–to see if it would fit in the room.  If you are planning to re-do your entire scrap room, I really recommend doing a floor plan.  It’s so much easier than moving things and finding they don’t fit, and having to move them back.  Just a little tip for ya!

I got this wonderful idea from a friend of mine (Michaelea)!  I love this!  For my washi tapes….I keep them on a large binder ring.  I have my Tim Holtz tissue tapes on another ring.  Perfect for keeping them together and in one place.  Also great for just grabbing and putting in your bag for a scrapbooking crop!  Give it a try!

And here’s a little sneaky peek of my new cabinet for my Cricut Machines!  It is so awesome!  But let me tell you….I don’t want to put together another one of these.  Talk about lots of pieces!  Holy mother of scrap supplies Batman!  Geesh!  You’ll get a better picture of it in a later post.

And of course here is a sneaky peek of my new craft desk.  Yes, just a little peek.  You’ll have to wait for a later post to see the entire desk!  Gotta keep you checking back.

Really?  Instructions for putting together a magazine holder?  Really?  Ok Ikea.

Don’t you love how it turned out?  Uhmmm….that doesn’t look quite right…..JUST KIDDING!  This was one of them I replaced.  Bleck!  Here’s the new one:

Love it!  I wanted more black and white in my room, so I replaced the old magazine holders and got these.
Well, I decided to retire my old cardstock holder.  It was falling apart because of the weight of all the cardstock.  So bye, bye old paper holder….

Hello new cardstock holder!  I think this works great seeing that it is right across from my Cricut cabinet.  The only problem when I bought it was that it only came with 4 12 x 12 folders!  Only 4!  Really?  Do they really think I only have a little bit of paper?  So I bought a half dozen more from a scrap friend of mine (Maureen).  Now I might have enough.

Ok, better grab a coffee….this is going to be quite a story!  I spilled the pieces out for this 3 drawer cube.  I thought it looked odd.  I then realized that it was a half-height 3 drawer cube, not the full cube height.  Drat!  I already ripped the box open.  And I do mean ripped!  They must have glued the box together with crazy glue!  Seriously!    

So I decided to keep it.  I would just go back to Michaels to get another one–the correct 3 drawer cube.  So off to Michaels I went!

When I got back, I sat down to put together the half-height cube (since it was all over the floor already).  Started pouring out the screws and such needed to put it together.  And this is what I found…

Yes, this screw looks like a frickin’ Arbys curly fry!!!  OMG!  Yeah, how am I going to put the cube together with this?  And they never supply you with extras!  **loud scream**  My brain is starting to bubble!  And off I went to Michaels yet again!

I showed, and told, the cashier about my dilemma.  She had me show her which cube it was, and brought another one to the counter.  She tried opening the box….hahaha….now she knows what I meant by gluing the box together with crazy glue!  She agreed!  WTF!  Anyhoo….back home with my “straight” bag of screws….
I was all set to put the cube together now, but guess what….my cordless screwdriver battery was dead.  OMG!  So I plugged it in to recharge, and decided to move on to something else while it was recharging.  Ok, I think I will drill some holes so I can move a shelf on my bookcase up.  Went and got my son’s cordless drill.  The battery was dead!  OMG!  Really?  Alright, I will recharge that battery….can’t get the battery off.  OMG!  Brain is now on fire!  I remembered my son had a corded drill hidden away.  I found that, and when I tried to put the bit in…..I couldn’t open the drill end!  OMG!  Ok….finally got it to open so I could put the bit in.  Went to drill the holes.  Got them drilled.  Now I’ve lost one of the four shelf pegs!  OMG!  #$%*….really?  Brain is on hyper destruct mode now!  Decided to go upstairs for a bit to cool off.  Definitely needed a break!
After a much-deserved-and-needed break….I found that missing peg.  Everything was going good now.  Well, at least till I got the half-cube put together.  The drawer handles were offset, so now the drawer pulls get in the way and drawers won’t open or close right.  Grrrrr!!!  I’ll fix those later.  I’ll drill new holes.  I told you it was a long story….now back to other storage…..
Here’s how I decided to store my Vagabond and Grand Calibur….

It works pretty good, I think!  Here’s the 3 drawer unit I “meant” to get instead of that dreadful half-cube…

And here’s another couple of cubes I purchased:

Yes, as you can tell I love those white storage cubes!  

Stay tuned for the next installment of my scrap room reincarnation…

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