Wednesday, February 13, 2013

My Valentine Swap and Vintage Valentine Goodie Bag

I participated in a Valentine stick pin swap hosted by One Happy Crafty Chick.
Each participant was to make 5 stick pins and a card.
My card turned out so pretty, if I do say so myself!
 I used some of my stash to make this card.
(My Minds Eye and valentine emphemera from Michaels craft store.)
I made a easel card to hold the stick pins for a beautiful presentation.

Lots of embellishments were added in the corner and I also tucked in a stick pin.

I've become obsessed with stick pins lately and they are so easy to do and not too expensive.

Once the card is completely opened, there are more embellishments inside.

Probably the hardest part in making stick pins, was finding the pins.
The best length for the pins is 2 1/2 to 3 inches and I couldn't find any at my local WalMart
but I was able to find them at Joanns and Hobby Lobby.

Wal Mart carries a huge selection of beads so that helped keep the cost down.

It was so much fun adding different beads and seeing how it came together.
Now let me show you what my Valentine Swap partner sent me.
Kim doesn't have a blog or YT channel but is a lover of scrapbooking YT videos like I am.
Love this angel cat card and the stick pins are adorable. Love the angel stick pin!!
One of the fun things with swaps is that typically you include scrapbooking supplies, she
was kind enough to include several cute stamps!
And she also included some different trims and made me a pin cushion.
I've been thinking I needed a pin cushion, just hadn't gotten around to making one.
so this was an excellant gift!
As I think I've said before, I spend a LOT of time on YT and
am seriously considering moving to YT, just need to figure out
how it all works.
I've got several projects in process, one being a recipe mini album, alphabet mini album,
layouts from Macie's first birthday and 2012 Christmas.
Before I end, let me share what I recently won from It's Only A Dream.
Dawn made this vintage inspired Valentine bag with so many extras - tags, card, candy and all the pretty embellishments!

And she even tucked in a stick pin and isn't that cupid so cute?

Loving the vintage looking tags, all free printables on her blog.
Also include in the valentine bag is a mini bag of M & M's.
Such a cute idea and I'm so happy with all of this!
Wishing you all a wonderful Valentine's Day!
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Selling Magazines On Facebook?

Awhile ago I joined a Facebook group named The Scrap Yard.
It's a wonderful group of papercrafters that buy, sell or trade unwanted stamping, crafting or scrapbooking supplies.
I have bought many things from this group and decided to try to sell some of my things on this page. 

In my attempt to reorganize my craft space, I had a LOT of scrapbook magazines
that I never looked at but couldn't throw in the trash. I decided to see
if anyone on The Scrap Yard FB page would be interested in buying them.
The response was an overwhelming YES!

This is maybe half of the scrapbooking magazines that I put up for sale.
Many of the magazines were bought off ebay several years ago.

And then there's the magazines that I had subscribed too.

And more magazines..

I counted how many I had put up for sale.
106 magazines!
I sold 103 of them!
Wow, I was suprised that I had that many magazines,
and really happy because I made a little over $200!
Crazy huh?
This was a huge project, listing, taking pictures, mailing out the magazines,
but so worth it!
So if you're hoarding magazines like me,
think about selling them,
you'd be surprised how freeing it is!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

77 Butterfly Luv Challenge

Over on You Tube, Vanessa from 77ButterflyLuv is celebrating her one year anniversary on
You Tube as well as having 777+ subscribers.

Congrats Vanessa!
The challenge is as follows:
Make a card or layout
Use something metallic
Use 7 of something
Use a pattern
Must use a flair button or wood veneer
Must use thickers
And finally do a video response or blog about what was made.
The prize:
$77 store credit to Vanessa's Facebook Store, Butterfly Reflections Ink.

Deadline for this project: Feb 7, 2013.

Let me show you the layout I made.

I used seven different patterns on this layout and the title is metallic thickers.
There are several wood veneers on the layout.

I used several different brands of embellishments:
Bella Blvd, October Afternoon, American Crafts and Echo Park.

There's still time to enter Vanessa's challenge.
Click here for the all the details.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, February 4, 2013

What Began as Downton Abbey

I orginally was going to share my latest found love, Downton Abbey.
Have you been watching this series on PBS?
The series takes place in the early 1900's, right after the Titanic sank.
The wealthy Crawley family live in the massive castle with three beautiful daughters each full of passion while with the servants equally add to the storyline.
I only recently started watching the series while Season 3 is now airing on TV.
I clicked over to Netflix and began watching Season 1, which was the only season available.
Good grief, I was not happy at all!!

bingo cards

Thankfully someone commented on Facebook about a site,  Simply June, that has each show available for free!! I, of course, clicked over and began watching the series. 

Now to the part of how this post changed, it's actually a money saving tip.

We've been long time Netflix subscribers and many times disappointed by
what is available for viewing. I also discovered that Netflix will lose the ability to show Downton Abbey in June, at that time, all Downton Abbey shows will be removed from their site not to mention, it takes forever for new releases to become available on Netflix.

I checked on Amazon Prime, which has the same concept as Netflix
and the selection is AWESOME, it's CHEAPER and new releases are available right away!

Currently the hubby and I are watching a series I never thought I would like, Breaking Bad.
It's about a family and the dad is a chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with lung cancer.
To help pay for the medical expenses, he begins to make and distribute meth.

As I said, I am so surprised that I like this show.
Are you a Netflix or Amazon viewer?
What show are you watching?

Thanks for stopping by today!
Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

A Little Late - Winner Announced!

Sorry for the late announcement regarding the winner of the giveaway sponsored by:
Thank you to all who took the time to leave a comment.
And also a huge thank you to Barbara for sponsoring this wonderful towel set!
 The winner for this kitchen towel set is none other than.....
Tina from Ruffles and Relics.
Tina please email me at
with your mailing address so we can get this sent out to you right away!
Thanks everyone!
Wishing you all a wonderful rest of the weekend!


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