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Monday, February 28, 2011

Spring Hat's off to Anna!

After participating in the ustream done by Anna Fearer of More Paper Than Shoes http://annafearer.blogspot.com/ I decided to alter a crocheted lace hat I had made almost 20 years ago. Anna makes the most beautiful flowers and has shared a lot of her "secrets" tips and techniques with us! This is what I came up with for the altered Hat project! I am really pleased with the way it turned out. Maybe I will create one using my crocheted flowers, leaves, butterflies and lace ribbon!!!!! hhhmmmm?

This is the hat before I altered it!


This is the finished altered project!

Sorry I haven't posted in a while!

I am so sorry I have been Missing in Action this last week! I am still doing my giveaway and am counting down till Midnight March 2!!!

Just as an update: As some of you know I was injured some time ago in the shoulder and have been trying to get it to heal up with no luck. A torn rotator cuff can and is very difficult to deal with. I have actually been off work now for 6 months and am having some pretty extreme pain. I hate to take pain meds so I have been trying to fight that as well and for the most part crafting and scrapbooking has made it easier to keep my mind off of it. Of course, my sister giving me her personal cricut machine when she got an Expression makes it so much easier than using punches!

I had to have an MRI and some other things lately and will find out next week what my next step is...unfortunately that might include surgery but whatever it takes to fix it so I can get back to my job and my life as I knew it...for now I am kinda in limbo!

My husband and I are still trying to figure out how to set up a way for people to purchase individual or singles of my flowers and butterflies so just hang in there with me and I will get it going sometime soon.

Thanks a bunch and I do appreciate all the support and encouragement I have received!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Lace Butterflies! On Etsy!

Just wanted to let everyone know that my Crocheted Lace Butterflies are in my Etsy store now! http://www.etsy.com/shop/scrappingsuzieqtt Ihave 5 sets of white but they can be glimmer misted and the material holds color and dye really well. I have had alot of questions/suggestions about selling them individually and will be doing that sometime this week. I feel it is best to sell the individual or single flowers, butterflies or other items here on my blog rather than on etsy and hope to have something in place later this week. Thank you all so much for your comments and support it has been greatly appreciated! The words of encouragement are just wonderful!



Friday, February 18, 2011

UPDATE!!! Crocheted flowers

UPDATE! I have items posted in my Etsy store http://www.etsy.com/shop/scrappingsuzieqtt

This is not my original pattern as this pattern has been around for generations but the original idea for these flowers came about because my daughters are both engaged and my youngest wanted me to make her bridal bouquet and other flowers. This is the final rendition of my flowers! I will be making sets of 5 in 5 different sizes starting at 1 1/4" to 2 3/4". They will be up on my Etsy shop sometime early next week! I will be making them in different colors. I will also be making different sizes of leaves that can be purchased for them as well as other items! I have been busy, busy, busy!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Valentines Day Micro Matchbox Mini of Love!

This is the mini I created during KimiBee's ustream class the other night for my hubby! I just love these little mini's and they are so easy to make...but addictive! My son wants one as well so it is a good thing they are quick and easy! LOL! This is the link for this mini on her ustream
Enjoy!

New flower I am working on!

This is a flower I am currently working on. I have been making flowers, butterflies and other crocheted items for many years now but have explored more uses for them. Someone gave me a suggestion not too long ago on how to make them more dimensional and this is what I came up with. I am playing with more of my old patterns (both purchased and original) and will be posting them to my new etsy store. Thank you all who commented and gave me encouragement and sometimes not so gentle push in this directions. lol! It is really appreciated!

They can even be glimmer misted!


Monday, February 14, 2011

I have been blessed!

Okay everyone! I just have to tell you how special my day has been! Normally my husband and I don't do a lot for Valentine's day because I feel like it is Valentines day everyday with him! I had actually been dreading it this year because as most of you know my Mother passed away a year ago today so I was just trying to get through the day and get it over with. Well...I awoke this morning got my son ready so my Husband Mikel could take him to school when he got home from working midnights. This is where the sweetness begins! I go on with my normal routine but when I go to get a glass from the cabinet...I find this cute little Disney Princess Valentine leaned up against a glass. For as long as I can remember I have loved the Disney Princesses. I can remember even in my late teens my sister, Sandy, and I would get the coloring books and the big boxes of 64 crayons and lay in the floor watching TV while coloring. My Mother would just giggle and laugh at us and with us! We had so much fun being silly! I guess we had told this story to my husband so much that this is where he got the idea for the Disney Princess Valentines. As I went from room to room doing my everyday thing...I find more of them stashed around the house...to me...from Mikel!!! In the dishwasher, refridgerator (propped up against a cold pepsi), in my scrapbooking chair, several drawers, in my cricut and even in the mailbox! He gave me the empty box and said I would have to find them...all 32 of them! This is kinda like Easter, Goodness knows I will probably still be finding them when Christmas comes!! I have been grinning like a dork and giggling all day! But how in the world can I top this! Anything I think of pales in comparison...although I did buy him a special handgun that he has wanted for years. He said "Nothing says I love you like a Walther P38 9mm) okay...

So his attempt to keep the day light and fun and loving has worked! The only thing sad is that this is something I would immediately call my Mom to tell her about...and she would giggle...but seriously I can hear her giggle anyway
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Not Quite Fearless

The idea for this layout Title came from a challenge issued during a crop at The (Scrap) Beach sometime last fall. I thought it was an interesting challenge but didn't get to complete it before the challenge deadline. So it became one of those layouts...you know the ones...that you keep in the back of your head or if you are like me written down in a sketch book. But never done.
I have recently joined the site http://www.scrapbookchallenges.ning.com/ in hopes that they would challenge me to finish more 12 X12 layouts. One of their challenges for February was a sketch design that I found easy to work with and very inspiring so I decided to try this particular page on this particular design and I am happy with how it turned out.

This page is about me...after years of wanting to be a HairStylist...finally going back to school. After all these years of working in offices which I loved, I get to do what I have always wanted to do! I worked hard all these years and now I get to still work hard but show a different creative side! Loving it!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

UPDATED: KimiBee is doing a Matchbox Mini Ustream!

UPDATE: I have completed my very first youtube tutorial! I have created a template to make a matchbox to put the Micro Mini in! check it out! Don't forget ustream with Kim tonight! She will be showing us how to make the teeniest tiny micro mini! You won't want to miss this! But I warn you...they are addictive! You probably won't be able to make just one! Enjoy!


Just in time for Valentines Day KimiBee http://uniquescrappiness.blogspot.com/ is doing a ustream on her teeny tiny matchbox mini's! Most of you may remember the Matchbox mini and Ornament I posted in December and so many of you have asked how it was made well now is your chance to see it! You are in for a real treat! She has redone this mini for a Valentines day treat that will blow you away! Without a doubt it is not only the teeniest and tiniest mini but it has got to be the cutest! So be sure to check out her blog for the details by either clicking on her Blinkie to the right of this post under Kimi's Unique Scrappiness and it will take you to her blog and all the details or you can check out her youtube video for more details http://www.youtube.com/user/kimibee09 Enjoy!

Here is a Sneak Peek!



Kimi is in Australia so here is the time conversions:
7:00 p.m. EST
6:00 p.m. CST
5:00 p.m. MST
4:00 p.m. PST

I hope you all attend this class because you will have a blast! We always do when we get together!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Elsa is having another Ustream!

Hey guys just wanted to post that Elsa is having another ustream this evening (Saturday February 12th)! YAY Time for some more fun with Elsa! For details on her ustream just click on her Blinkie to the right called "JUST A FEW DESIGNS" She has all the information you need to prep for this class! I have done this technique before after she posted the video on youtube but I can't wait to do another one with her! Trust me...this is the most creative mini I have ever seen so you don't want to miss it! Lots of pockets and spaces for pictures and journaling.

See you there!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

MatchBox Mini Ustream!

Hi everyone! For all of you who have asked about the matchbox mini that I did as a Christmas ornament this past season I wanted to let you know that a class has been scheduled. I learned how to create this mini by watching one of Kim's ( or KimiBee as some of you know her) ustream classes and she has offered to do another one just in time for Valentine's day! Her blog is http://uniquescrappiness.blogspot.com/

Event: MATCHBOX MINI CLASS
When: Sunday, February 13th
EST - 7:00p.m.
CST - 6:00p.m.
MST - 5:00p.m.
PST - 4:00p.m.
Kim's time is Australia February 14th at 11:00a.m. Check out her ustream channel http://www.ustream.tv/channel/harvest-of-memories and RSVP! Trust me ladies and gentlemen you will not want to miss this one! It is the teeniest tiniest mini I have ever seen (1 1/4" X 1 1/2") They are truly fun and addictive!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Altered Prima Tin

I have participated in numerous flower swaps on the (scrap) Beach and now I am faced with the dilemma of having several bins of flowers to use. My goal is to start using them on my projects and stop hoarding them for the "perfect" project or layout. Every project and layout is special and I will start using them now! This first project is an altered Prima Tin. I think it had some mini flowers or something like that in it. My sister, Sandy had purchased them and gave me the empty tins. The flowers I am using on it are the ones I created for the February swap. I have always tried to make my flowers so all someone has to do is pull them off and put them on a project!

I filled the tin with my mixture of lip balm...this is the recipe
1/4 cup of cocoa butter
1 tbls vitamin E oil ( I add more in the winter time)
1 tbls glycerin

melt these in a glass measuring cup and pour into containers of your choice.


A Love Story Mini

This is a mini album that I created for my Mother and Father. As most of you know my Mother passed away Valentines Day 2010 so this time of year is more than a little difficult. I was planning on a valentine heart box with a mini for my Mother in celebration of her life but just wasn't able to get into doing it. I had an old family friend send us a pic via Facebook of my parents in 1947 and I knew I needed to do one about BOTH of them first. Once I saw this mini technique from Elsa with http://www.justafewdesigns.blogspot.com/ I knew this was the mini i wanted to do now! I began it one day and finished it the next. Now I say finished...but I have not put the pics and journaling in yet. I will be printing them sometime on Monday or Tuesday or sending them to Walmart through their online site to store ordering. I love it!
Enjoy!

Stylist Blogger Award!



To my surprise! I read my comments this weekend and I am the recipient of this award from 2 different fellow crafters! I am really honored that they thought of me because I find their work to always be stunning and original.
The first one is from Paula at http://cropnotesandcrafts.blogspot.com/ , she is also one of the Glitzyglamourgals http://www.gggals.blogspot.com/ I met Paula, Tammy, Maria and Kim at their ustream Christmas Crop in December and I have never had such a wonderful time! They were welcoming and fun with lots of projects and prizes! After meeting them on ustream I looked up their youtube channels and found that Paula was one person on youtube that i had been watching her videos! I particularly love her videos on How to make charms and paper clips! Check out all her videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/laughingstamper#p/u Thank you so much for thinking of me Paula! You are Awesome!

There is another crafty and talented lady on youtube and on the blogs...and her name is Elsa! She is one person that I would definitely send this Blogger Award to ...but she beat me to it! Elsa does a lot of beautiful minis but she also does some wonderful Art pieces! I know you all have seen my numerous blogs about her ...I really do like her work! She is the Folding Queen! I have actually just completed a mini album using her wraparound technique and I am so happy with how it turned out! I will post that item another time.lol Check out her blog at http://justafewdesigns.blogspot.com/ and her youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/JustafewDesigns

Now to pay it forward! I am to tell you 8 things about myself and then list 8 talented ladies and fellow bloggers!

1. After 17 years of secretarial/medical I decided to go back to school to become a HairStylist...at the age of 43! And I do not regret it and love it!

2. I am always late! Well except for the times my sister or children have had to have anything medical related. The "joke" in my family is that I will be late for my own funeral! I have made arrangements with my husband to have the last laugh...When I "pass" many many many years from now, he is to wait until everyone is seated for my funeral and then they can wheel me in!

3. I am the Queen of lists! I make lists for everything. Probably comes from my years of being an Executive Assistant to a CEO. Sometimes this is a good thing and other times it just drives my family crazy! As long as there are post its or notebooks I will be a happy camper!

4. I can't draw a straight line but I love to craft! That is why all those wonderful tools are created to do it for me!

5. I love to watch Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers and Whale Wars. I have no political stance on these shows I just like to watch them. Oh, and I can't forget Hoarders! Oh my goodness! I watch that show and immediately go clean out a closet and throw away/giveaway a bag of stuff! Motivates me I guess! lol

6. Both of my daughters Cassandra and Amanda are now engaged! One will be getting married in Vegas by an Alice Cooper Impersonator and the other will do a traditional wedding! I get the best of both worlds! lol

7. I have a fear of death but am facinated by Cemetery's. My Husband's birthday is October 31 and we live across the road from a Cemetery...hhmmm

8. I lost my Mother Valentines Day 2010 but am determined to celebrate Valentines Day. It is what my mother always wanted me to do and would still want me to do. I never celebrated it much before because everyday is Valentines Day with my husband Mikel. I know that sounds corny but it is so true!

Before we get to my list...The first person I would have chosen is Sandy Reeves, my sister! She started me scrapbooking and has created a monster! lol She has made shelves full of scrapbooks and has recently been converted to do minis and cards as well! Check out her blog and show her some love! http://sandyreeves.blogspot.com/ She asked that I not include her in the 8 ladies because she has not been up to doing a lot of blogging so I figured I would at least do a mention! Both Sandy and our older Sister Donna are very talented and wonderful crafters and have been for years!

Now for the 8 ladies
1 Kathryn from The (Scrap) Beach http://www.thescrapbeach.blogspot.com/
Kathryn was actually the first person that I started following on youtube, check it out http://www.youtube.com/user/desdichaedo ! Her mini albums and layouts are stunning! She does paperbag minis, gatefolds, tag minis and altered art. Her Prima Pastiche album on youtube has had over 35,ooo views! She never ceases to amaze me with her creativity and talent. She is also the creator of The (Scrap) Beach ning site! It is a phenomenal pla ce to be! http://www.thescrapbeach.ning.com/ !

2 Anna Fearer http://annafearer.blogspot.com/ OMG! This girl is totally out of this world with Talent! She has so much enthusiasm and her flowers are just gorgeous! I could see them at weddings, formal parties as well as simply decorating your home, scrapbooks and projects!


3 Zeffy http://zeffysblog.blogspot.com/ Is my new friend from Athens Greece! She has been doing ustreams for her friends in Greek language and has now started a ustream for us English speaking gals! I used to go to her ustreams and just watch...even though i couldn't understand what she was saying I loved her work!

4 Rita Hutcheson Cobbs http://www.ritahutchesoncobbs.blogspot.com/ Rita is probably one of the first persons I met on the (scrap) Beach! She supports me on my blog and continues to inspire me with her projects, layouts and creativity! She is one Awesome lady!

5 Jolanda Simons http://www.jolandascrapsels.blogspot.com/ is from the Netherlands and I have just found her on the http://www.scrapbookchallenges.ning.com/ Her blog teaches me that scrapbooking is universal and outreaches language barriers. She has some truly stunning layouts!

6 Sherry from Alberta Canada! http://www.canadiancandy.blogspot.com/ This is actually a newly found blog that I was just blown away by! She makes the most incredible flowers, ornaments and tags as well! check her out!

7 PeggyAnne from the (Scrap) Beach. I met Peg during a flower swap with Lyla New at the beach. Every time I get place in Pegs group as a recipient of her flowers I do the "Happy Dance" her flowers are unique and so beautiful! She also does great minis!
http://peggyannessecretgarden.blogspot.com/

Design team member for Sugar creek Hollow, Pricillastyles and Midnight madness and has major talent for not only cards, layouts but her minis are totally awesome!


It has been so difficult to choose just 8...and a lot of people do not have blogs but I so enjoy my scrapbooking communities. I have recently joined http://www.scrapbookchallenges.ning.com/ to help me stay motivated to complete more page layouts! That is my goal for 2011!

Thank you all so much!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

My Blog and Blog Candy giveaway!

I have been playing with the idea of doing a blog giveaway and have decided that now is the time to prepare for it. I have had a blog since July 2008 and have not actively sought out followers because I originally was just using it for myself and my family. It was a good way to exchange ideas, info and pictures with each other.

Now I am at a point where I would like to take it up a notch or two and for that I need your help. From now until March 1st you can sign up on my blog, post a link on your blog and leave a comment on this post. At 12:01 March 2nd I will use randomizer to select someone to receive my giveaway.

Now...my giveaway will be a packet of Crocheted lace goodies: butterflies, flowers, lace edgings and some other vintage lace surprises I am working on. I will post pictures of some items later this week but you can sign up starting NOW.

All you have to do is follow my blog, post a link for my blog on your blog...you can even post to a ning site blog posting if you do not have an independent blog. Leave a comment on this POST because this is where I will be pulling the names from. If you already follow my blog then just post the link and leave a comment here.
Thanks for playing
Sue

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Flowers for February swap with Lyla at the Beach

Lyla New at the (Scrap) Beach http://thescrapbeach.ning.com/ issued her challenge for her February flower swap! To use the colors of Cherry Chocolate cordials...ooooohhh! We needed to make 3 flowers for each person in our group using Chocolate, cherry and vanilla! I immediately thought of those empty chocolate candy cups! So this is what I came up with! Lyla's swaps are always so much fun! Enjoy!