Monthly Archives: December 2008

WHEW! More organizing of craftie space…

What a great day this has been. My craftie space is in my basement and while one half of the basement looks like the pile that time forgot, the craftie space is looking better.

I’m afraid that things might be growing under the pile of stuff I’m hording so I started cleaning up the “storage” side of the basement tonight. I got through a lot and I found some things that I needed (and now I don’t have to buy them!): an extra set of measuring cups, empty CD cases (for storing clear acrylic stamps), and 2 notebooks.

A little while later some friends joined me for my regular Sunday craftie night…after attempting to make a layout based on a sketch–that really does not work for me at all by the way–I ended up sorting through a pile of miscellaneous stuff that has been stacked up.

As I sorted my things I pulled out things that remind me of people…a note from my sister, a drawing from my brother. I’m hoping to incorporate them into a scrapbook page for each sibling about our relationship and what they mean to me. I’m saving it for their birthday.

Oh, and I played with MY NEW CRICUT!!!!


Mini Clear Album Mania!

What a great weekend…it snowed all day on Saturday so we took a “snow day” and spent the day inside just watching TV!

Tonight, however, the crafties were IN and my regular Sunday night scrap time resulted in this cute little clear mini album. 

Some history…my husband brought home 3 clear CD separators, like you would get in a case of CDs.  His secretary gave them to him and said, “Here, I know that something can be made with these, but I just don’t know what.  I know that your wife can come up with something.”

I know how much she loves her grandkids so I made this for her!


The only trick for these albums is to be sure that you cover up any adhesive that shows on the other side.

My Must-have-got-to-have-it-if-you’re-a-craftie-you-need-it item

XYRON – The Sticker Maker

Any size for any shape.  It will turn anything into a sticker so that edges stick nice and smooth to pages and making it easy to stick small things to paper piecing projects.  They are great for crafting with kids…no glue and no messy or complicated adhesives!

I’m amazed that people still haven’t heard of the Xyron, let alone don’t own one!

I showed it off to a group of ladies during a tag making demonstration.  I highly recommend the Xyron 150. It is small enough that it can travel with you for a crop and large enough that it can handle almost any die cut letters.

You can visit the Xyron site and see what they have to offer here:

More Christmas Tags!

Can it be the 4th already? December is such a tough month because there are so many wonderful things to make with new ideas on the cover of EVERY magazine!

I try to get focused on just a few things…or one thing…to save myself from scrappy stress disorder* (If you suffer from the same illness I do, DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT, browse Martha Stewart’s website for her latest homemade ornament ideas!)

Instead you should get your Martha fix by making something like this:

Christmas Tag 2\

Supplies needed: Die Cuts with a View Holiday Stack (buy the whole thing and use it to make fantastic tags!), acrylic block for clear stamps, Martha Stewart stamps, red, green, & brown ink pads, black pen, adhesive.

The stamps are part of her collection at Michael’s and I absolutely LOVE what you can do with them.  Included in this collection are also gingerbread houses (too cute!) and gingerbread men!!!  These make awesome tags for homemade baked goods.

A whole set of these also makes a nice hostess gift.  I got a sweet note from my aunt last year when I gave everyone tags before the holidays.  I have like 15 aunts, okay…so I needed something I could make a lot of fast and cheaply!

*not a serious condition, no known cure, common in crafters. Hoarding of craft supplies, fingers covered in ink, and glitter in the hair are common symptoms.