Sunday, January 30, 2011

Those days ...

Does everyone have those days when you feel like you don't have a creative bone in your body ... and then there are those other days when things just fall into place without a thought and you just love the outcome!

I've been planning this day for awhile now ... all day in my room, working on projects, no interruptions ... I couldn't wait!

But then I couldn't decide what to work on ... I played with this, and then that ... I finished a couple pages in my last heirloom book ... and made this card ..... made another card.

It was an enjoyable day ... any day I get to spend all day, uninterrupted in my room ... is a great day ... whether I get things done or not!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

CHA is in the air ...

.. a very exciting time of the year for all us crafters, artists, hobbyists.

I've had the pleasure numerous times working at CHA in the Advantus booth, the Ranger booth, and many years ago with Timeless Touches. It's a great experience! Many hours on your feet, talking all day until your tongue has a hard time forming words anymore ... but I wouldn't trade a moment of it. It was fun and exciting to be amongst all the new products and tools and papers and "stuff" ... wishing that I could take it all home NOW!!

I've also had the pleasure of going as a retailer with my good friend, Debbie Bick of Frenzy Stamper .... being on the buying side of the counter. As a retailer you get to wander all day amongst the rows and rows and rows of vendors, doing make and takes, looking at all the new product, collecting brochures, trying to remember which row and aisle that one thing was that you wanted to go back and see!

Lots and lots of fun!

This year I won't be attending, but I was invited to make some samples with the new big caligraphy alphabet set from Ten Seconds Studio

I love this alphabet ... so versatile with so many products and applications. Its a large alphabet, but still so versatile .... check it out on the website

I made some personalized Christmas gifts using the alphabet, which everyone was thrilled with, but I failed to take pictures of .... and made these for the Ten Seconds Studio booth at CHA .... Cheryl has been working like crazy on ideas/samples and been posting some of them on the blog. I can't wait to see what she and the others came up with!

I've been sewing since I was 8 years old, so I feel right at home with a needle and thread in my hands ... that was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw these letters. I made a banner with each letter hand embroidered ...

The letters were stamped on tissue paper, colored with pencils and melted into the candles ....

The letters are perfect for embossing on metal .....

This cross is from one of the new, very cool, molds ...... the letters are a new mold too!

The funky flowers background is another new mold .... so fun, so many things that can be done with it ....

All the new molds and alphabet are on the website and available NOW!! And I'm sure that once the craziness of CHA is over, Cheryl and Megan will be posting lots of great Taco Tuesdays and great ideas!!

Here's to a great CHA!!