Welcome to my Creative Blog. I'm now a "Retired" file designer.

I hope you find inspiration and lots of creative ideas when you visit my blog. Smokey is my sweet lil cat who LOVES to get into my scrap room and play with all my stuff!

I only ask that you do not trace my pictures or files. All content of this blog is protected by myfreecopyright.


Thanks for stopping by
Sharon (and Smokey too!)


Thursday, September 11, 2014

New Blog and Facebook Page

Yes, Im keeping this blog but!

My friend and I have started a new blog and facebook page so we can post all our creations and many will be up for sale.

Now that I have time to play every week. I plan to start making cards and projects again. I really miss being in my craft room.

Blog is new so post will be coming soon!  Please go visit and like our facebook page and share with your friends as well.

New Blog!                  Handmade with Class.


Thanks for stopping by! 
Sharon 




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Friday, August 15, 2014

Look at this Scrap Stash!

I spent all day Wednesday getting my Craftroom back in order and its now all cleaned. And now its ready for me to get busy.


 I still have this "Wire Cube" wall for my storage. It's worked pretty good for the past 8 years. But I would really love to have some Ikea Kallax Shelves.  I want to put 4 sets of the 8 cubes in here. Stand them up. I already measured and 4 will fit here and they will be as tall as the shelf on the right side with the 3 drawer storage's on them.  One day I will have them.  As you can see. I recently added one more set of cubes so I could get some stuff out of the walk in closet. I need to turn another sheet into a curtain.


This is the other two walls. From left to right. Printer. Window with my cutter stations. The sizzix eclips1 is under the orange and green cover I made (originally for my old KNK groove I sold) so its a little big but works. Next station is where I do most of my crafting. Next is my sewing station for sewing cards, layout or just plain old sewing projects. Like one I just did for a friend for a Christmas Present for her son.  This also gives me 3 stations for friends to come and scrap.   Now you might notices from my old pictures.  The table (Island) I had in the middle was my station for all my rolls of vinyl and my paper cutters were there instead of on the counter.  But its no longer there. When we had family move in. We took that old desk which I didnt like anyway but it worked. We took it apart and got rid of it to make enough room to fill this up with furniture and boxes.  So I am looking for a new table to put there.


And this is my old black DVD shelf that I painted and moved shelves and added shelves to turn it in to a ribbon storage. I just love seeing on those pretty colors great me when I walk in the door.  But as you can see on the bottom two shelves. One shelf, Left to right, is Spellbinder dies in DVD cases then all my See D's unmounted stamp sets. And bottom shelf is all unmounted stamps sets from Inkadinkado and a few other company's.

So now seeing this shelf in this picture and seeing its full.  I have no clue where I will put the other 30 sets I have in that big old bag that has been sitting in my closet for 2 years.  Okay, let's move on to that bag. Are you READY?


 This is a huge bag from Sams Club. These bags are great for the beach and we use them when we go camping and to hold all the scrap stuff I buy until I can catalog it and organize it.


 Here it is from the top. There is a lot of stuff in here. Its pretty heavy. And I have NOT bought anything scrap related in 2 years. So this is like Christmas! LOL!


Okay, here it is all poured out on my nice clean floor.  See why I had to clean the room before I started on this. LOL!  Are you ready for a list of what was in there?

30 Studio G and Inkadinkado small sets
30 Unmounted big stamp sets
18 Sheets of Stickers and Diecuts

2 Sets of spellbinder dies
8 Cuttle bug dies
3 Cuttle bug folders
1 Hand punch 1 inch circle for bottle caps
29 packs of brads
52 Wood Mounted stamps.

 I managed to get the 2 sets of Spell Binders on my excel sheet, printed the label and they are now in DVD cases.  And I got 3 sets of stamps, stamped on a paper and cataloged in my Stamp Book.  You can find how I do this in the links on the left. Stamp Organization. 


I will be working on this for a while.  So will be back with update in a few days. 

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Crafting!
Sharon 

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I Really Miss Crafting! I Will Be Back Soon!

Hello Friends,

Wow, its been 7 months since I have posted.  Life has been really crazy around here. But think its finally settling down.

You all know I used to watch my little grandson (Little P) 5 days a week. And then his little sister (Little E) came and I was watching both. Then Little P went to daycare 3 days a week while I had Little E. And now Little E is older and now both go to daycare 3 days a week and MeMaw still gets to see them 2 days a week.  These too are my life and keep me going. Such a joy to get to have them running though the house. Reminds me of their momma running though the house when she was just a little girl. Hard to believe that they are now 3 1/2 and 1 1/2.  Man they grow so fast.

Then we had some family members move in. To help them get back on their feet and start a new life. So my craft-room became the storage room for every thing. It was full, I couldn't even get in there. But as of last week. Our house is now quiet and getting back to normal.  And getting my craft-room back in order is number one on my to do list.

Last week, I was able to go in and clean off a space on the end of my craft counter where my sewing machine is.  So I could do a sewing project for a friend.

And let me tell you.  It felt so GOOD!  To be in my craft-room, just me with the radio on and the sewing machine humming.  The project turned out great.  Sorry, cant share, its a Christmas present so cant post it yet.

With now watching grand babies on Monday and Tuesday.  I now have 3 full days to get back to my crafting. Can you believe I'm now 3 years behind on those kids pages. Jeez! I better get busy.

I went and met up with my good friend Jill last week. And she misses crafting as well. So we are planing a weekly play date.  And will be working on a new project and will have news to share in the next few weeks.  So keep checking in.


On today's to do list:
Finish cleaning craft-room and dust off the Sizzix Eclips!

Go though and organize a huge bag of brand new stuff I stuck in the closet 2 years ago and never opened or put away.  I know I have a bought 30 new stamp sets in there that need to be cataloged and put in DVD cases and added to my storage system.  If you think I'm kidding,  I'm not!  I will take a picture and show you all the stuff in this bag. LOL!

So that should keep me busy the rest of this week.

Until next time, Thanks for stopping by!
Sharon

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Calling All "Sizzix Eclips" and / or "Ecal" Users!

Do you own a Sizzix Eclips? Or maybe thinking about getting a Sizzix Eclips! Do you use Ecal with your machine?  Are you looking for more info, tutorials or just plain looking to connect with others that have this machine and love it as much as I do!  Then you need to read this post!

I have been thinking about this for a while now and just don't understand why there isn't a whole lot of  "ACTIVE"  blogs or forums or yahoo groups out there. I have been chatting with Becki over at Happy Card Factory and she loves her machine as much as I do and feels the same way about there being a lack of active or hard to find blogs or groups out there that love their machine.  Okay, I know Craft Edge has a small section for Ecal users with a little bit of talk on the Eclps but it is not very active.  And a little bit of talk on it on the Make the cut forum.  But I want a "Dedicated" place to go chat with others on this machine and post our creations and help others.

I mean, the Cricut came out and there was so much about the machine, all the cartridges , things made with each cartridge and so on with that machine. Why inst there any thing like that for the Sizzix Eclips.

 I love their cartridges. There is so much you can do with them. Did you know that if your looking to buy one of their cartridges and your looking at the back on the box, it only shows a really simple "Diecut". But really, when you open the book, it shows you, you can do so much with that one image, like turn it in to a

*Picture in Picture (That image cut out of a shape like a Heart or Circle)

*Charm or Tag  (with a hole to attach with a brad)

*Border ( You can turn that image in to a boarder and select the size you want it to cut 6", 12", 18" or 24      inches and it will automatically add the number of connected images to make that length.)

*Scoring (you need to update to 2.0 to use scoring but really you should update your handheld to the newest update of 3.0/3.1 you can do that here! Eclips Update

*Mirror (turn your image from facing left to facing right)

You also have "Original, Outline, Shadow, Solid, Embellishment and Pieces!" and you can resize any of these to your needs.  Here is a pdf you can open and have a look at. "Sweetalicious and Sweet Tooth" Scroll down and check out the pages for the shapes around page 66.  Okay really! You have pieces for the Cupcake Wrappers! How cool is that!

I mean, you would never know you could do all this by just looking at the image on the back of the box. What I do is go to Sizzix.com Cartridges and check out the pdf of each cartridge to see what all that cartridge will do before I buy it.

So I thought I would throw this out there and see how many feel the same way.  And see you would feel about some of us starting a Yahoo group, Facebook group or some thing for all of us that love the Sizzix Eclips!

Did you hear today at CHA 2014 that they are releasing a brand new Sizzix Eclips 2 in March.  Yes, they are. So I'm sure, there will be more people out there looking for information and tutorials on these machines.

I have a tab above "Sizzix Eclips and Ecal" with a few links to info and tutorials and videos on the Sizzix Eclips and on the left side of my blog I have "Labels" for my Sizzix tutorials for things I make using the cartridges like the last thing I made was a Christmas banner using the Albums, Bags and Boxes 2 cartridge with a tutorial on how to turn Album parts in to Banner Tags and get different sizes to mat your image.


So if you have a Sizzix Eclips and or use Ecal, Thinking about getting a Sizzix Eclips or would love to have a "Active" group of some kind. Leave me a comment and let me know what you would like.

Or if you have the machine and are a active user please post a comment below leaving your blog for others to be able to find you. ( I have moderation on, so I will check all links before I approve to make sure no spam get posted)

Update!  Sorry yall, I was away from my blog the past several months with family issues. And have gotten emails about starting up a group. I havent had time to do anything scrapping in the past several months but as of last week, things are back to normal and Im working on getting back in to the grove. 

I haven't started a group yet, but in the mean time, there is a facebook group out that is very helpful. Im on there already.  So go join, they are very helpful. See ya there.  Sizzix Eclips and Ecal Users



Can't wait to hear for y'all!
Thanks for stopping by,
Sharon

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