May, 2014

now browsing by month VS

Hello All,

Yes, I am doing a recap on this from February 13, 2013. I wanted to do a pro and con list for each of these stores:

 Etsy – Con

  • Fees/Cost – for each item you post and quantity, anything you sell Etsy gets a cut, and shipping
  • No Self-Promoting (this can be good or bad on how you want to be promoted)
  • Break down of Fees from Etsy –

 Etsy – Pro

  • Nice Website
  • Promoted Well
  • Easy Navigation
  • Blog Tutorials
  • Community Groups

Now looking at the list the Pros do out wait the Cons but as I said in the video you get what you pay for.

Storenvy – Con

  • No Promoting
  • All Self-Promoting (this can be good or bad on how you want to be promoted)
  • Your Store Website you get for free not the best. If you know HTML, you will know how to make it look the way you want. But for a novice like me, it doesn’t work.
  • After I close my shop I am still getting follower add to my shop. (Which is very suspicious, because I close my store in February… why do I still have followers clicking to be added if there are no products? Just checked my account I have 11 people just added to my site… Why?)

 Storenvy – Pro

  • It’s free – unlimited amount of product you want to post, no fee for shipping, or storenvy will not get a cut of what you sell… if you sell.
  • Self-Promoting (this can be good or bad on how you want to be promoted)
  • If you know HTML, you will know how to make your store front look the way you want.

Okay Storenvy is 50/50, if you do a lot of YouTube, Pinterest, or any other social media and have a somewhat large fan base you could be successful. Really it’s all comes to you and how much efforts you put in to your business.

Birthday Balloon Card

Happy Memorial Day All,

I was able to make a video! I know crazy business right? Who knew I would be able to do that! Okay, okay back to the craft at hand. As I stated in this video I made this on the silhouette, I used the balloon technique which I did in this video:

Forgive me I don’t know why I keep saying Triangle when I mean Rectangle. Darn angles have me all twiterpated but I do know the difference between these two angles I really do!

Measurements Made on the Silhouette:

  • Card 4 ¼ x 5 ½
  • White Cardstock with Balloon and Banner cutout 5 x 3 5/8 (5 x 3.6250)
  • Rounded Rectangle window 3 3/8 x 3 3/16 (3.375 x 3.1875)
  • 3 Balloons 1 5/8 x 1 1/8 (1.625 x 1.125)
  • Banner 1 ¾ x 5/8 (1.750 x 0.6250)
  • Optional – Accenting background 5 x 3 5/8 (5 x 3.6250)

Inside Card Measurements

  • 5 x 3 5/8 (5 x 3.6250)

Charlie Chaplin Necklaces

Hey All,

I haven’t posted to YouTube for a bit since it’s a little hectic with the kids. But I am still creating away. Last week I created necklaces inspired by Charlie Chaplin. I saw these photos in a vintage magazine I had and I thought it was high time I put my stuff to good use.


Here are the materials I used:

  • Dollar Tree Glass Floral Stones
  • E-6000 Glue
  • Inksesstials Crackle Accents medium
  • Bails
  • Matte Paper Mod Podge
  • Small Brush
  • Scotch Sliver Duct Insolating Tape
  • Wet & Wild – Wild Shine Clear Nail Protector 401A
  • Scissors
  • Vintage Pictures
  • Pen or Pencil
  1.  With all glasses stone necklaces you first need to place the glass stone over your picture.
  2. Measure it out and trace around it with you pen or pencil.
  3. Once it’s traced, use your scissors and cut around it.
  4. Open your Matte Paper Mod Podge and dip your brush in to the jar and get a small amount. Brush it on to your picture and let it dry. Follow the drying times on your Mod Podge.
  5. Flip the picture over and put a good coat of Mod Podge on the back, let dry.
  6. Once both sides have been coated put a little more Mod Podge on the back of the stone and adhere the picture to it. Make sure your picture is facing the correct way as it was originally traced.
  7. Let the Mod Podge dry again.
  8. Grab a small amount of the Scotch Sliver Duck Insolating Tape and trace the stone around it, then cut. Peal the backing and adhere it to the stone smoothing the edges.
  9. Grab your E-6000 Glue and put a small dab on your bail and adhere it to the back of the stone.
  10. Almost done! Now to seal the edges of the duct tape, grab your Inksesstials Crackle Accents medium and go over the edge and the whole surface of the duct tape. Let it dry for 1 to 4 hours. When you come back to it the crackle will make some cool lines on it.


There you have it!


Friday Highlights moved to Saturday and Burton Avenue

Happy Saturday!

I guess I can officially call it….. It’s now Saturday Highlights.  Who am I kidding, I may get “me time” on Friday night but by the time everything is said and done it’s already Saturday.

Anyway today highlight is Burton Avenue.  The site is run by Angie a mother of seven. A hard working mom if I ever did read about.  Every Friday she submits free downloaded SVG files that are compressed in a zip file.  You can check her out at

This week’s SVG is a cute diner theme homage to Moms which is fitting since this Sunday is Mother’s Day! I love how she transferred it on to an apron which adds to the theme even more. So thank you Angie for providing the many images posted on a weekly bases. And with such a large family I give you major kudos for putting out on time every week.

I was inspired by her work so I made this simple Mother’s Day Card. I wanted to keep it almost drive thru kind of look.


Using My Scraps

Happy Saturday Everyone,

As much as I try I can’t seem to get a post in before Friday. It is now 1:52am Saturday morning and I am still trying to hash out what am I going to post today.  What I wanted to talk about is SCRAPS; I mean every crafter has a bundle of leftovers that we just don’t toss. But specifically I wanted to talk about paper scraps. I looked at my bags/box of paper scraps and I said to myself  “I got to put this stuff to good use other wise its just collecting dust”. So I ruffled through it and picked some parts that might color coordinate.

what I did next is get two stamps I didn’t want to spend hours making 10 different designs from 16 different stamps. Because we all do it we pull out all our stamps and by the end of it you have more stamps than scraps.

So I kept it to the following materials to make two projects:

  •  Inks – Scarlet & Lime from Color Box, Black Little Inkers from Hero Arts
  • Studio G – Yellow Glitter Glue
  • Stamps – Hot Air Balloon & Thank You very Much from Studio G
  • Paper Scraps
  • Bone Folder
  • Pen or pencil (just something you can mark with)
  • Single Hole Punch
  • Avery 560 Reinforcement Labels
  • Friskers 6’ Cutting Protector

The first project I made was a small “Thank You Card”. I mean when do you not need a thank you card?  Anyway, I used my white scrap paper and started stamping yellow and scarlet pattern of the hot air balloon stamp. Since the hot air balloon  is not clear cling stamp I had a bit of trouble keeping it straight. But it really didn’t matter since I was going to trim what I didn’t want. But a good tip is using a ruler or a thing-a-magi which I didn’t have on hand. I just kind of wing it.

Once I was satisfied I chose a pattern that didn’t have the as many mistakes and cut it into a 3 x 3 card stock. Then I found a larger enough scrap and eye balled it, it roughly came out to be 3 ½ x 3 ½ card stock.  I grabbed my color box inks and hit the edges with a bit of the scarlet  on the edges to make the edges pop a little bit. The next step was a little harder since I didn’t have a lot of white I grabbed a coordinating yellow that matched the flower pattern and the yellow stamping.  Overall I was able to muster up an 8 x 4 ½ card to place the pattern paper and the stamped image.

Now originally I was going to leave the front blank but after I did a test strip of the greeting over the hot air balloon I really liked the outcome.  I inked the greeting with my Hero Arts – Black and went to town.  I then grabbed my black pen and did some foe stitching and stood back, thinking I was done I set it aside when I noticed out of the corner of my eye the glitter. How could I say no to the glitter! I started dabbing like a mad woman on each of the flower then I put a dab on the actual stamp. I just wanted to highlight some of the key points.

I double checked my scraps to see if I could do more cards but sadly I only had enough to make a tag. Which was kind of a bummer but I was determined to still make something else similar with what I had. What I came up with was a 5 x 3 tag that would still make a great thank you card.