Monday, 30 November 2015

Fabscraps High Tea Chipboard Mini Album - update

I made the decision to put my mini on ebay after all. I thought I would share the pictures that I took of it before I let it go.

If you missed my youtube walkthrough of this album here you go:

Friday, 27 November 2015

Nothing but Excitement

Hello Guys.
Once again I have neglected you. I apologise. I was trying to do a haul video on Wednesday but I just could not get it to load. I am not sure if it is because I live in a rural area, or if it is from all the people jamming the internet to see if they can find sneak peek Black Friday deals.

One amazingly exciting thing that happened on Monday was that Picket Fences Country Rock Band members Joe and Pam VanCoughnett stopped by and asked me to be their band manager. If you can imagine, I will be going out to some outside of my house. I am over the moon excited to have the opportunity to work with such a wonderful group of people. So if you require the services of a totally awesome party band, I know one!

As if that is not enough to send me spinning, I checked my email before going to bed and read this:

Congratulations you have been invited to join the Canvas Corp Brands 2016 Creative Crew. 

What, NO WAY!!!!!! I followed the link to the website and low and behold


     NOVEMBER 20, 2015

    We are so excited to announce the newest members of the Canvas Corp Brands Creative Crew, they join an amazing group of designers that inspire our world everyday.  The 2016 Crew will come together to bring amazing projects, inspiration and new ideas that will take us to new creative places.   We are so thankful to everyone who applied and we so wished we could have taken everyone.
    Martha Lucia Gomez      Rebekka Hay        Jennifer Hottinger-Sloan       Cherry Nelson       Alison Osborn      Marta Piekarczyk        Virag Reti       Marie Sheil      Betsy Skagen        Pamella Johnson     Ann Tatum       Nancy Wethington      Trish Cortez        Teresa Abajo        Zinia Amoiridou         Jarrier Angelique       Elizabeth Brown       Shel Cochran       Kim Escalera       Lynn Good       Shannon Green        Connie Hall        Marie Nicole Heiderscheit        Lena Holmstrom          Barbara Housner          Heather Kindt          Heather Kraafter        Patricia Lane       Jean Marmo        Lori McCausland         Lindsay Rickett         Susan Salyer       Patti Senter        Peggy Terrell    Beth Watson      Larissa Pittman      Tracy Sagriff       Tracy Evans          Michelle Mitchell        Ricki Treleaven           Evelyn Walter         Maggie Armstrong        Trista Ree          Suzanne Czosek          Laura Denison         Marta Grochocka           Nancy Hawes          Mandy Leever          Danielle Mack     Sherry Mendoza        Yana Novykova          Jennifer Rizzo         Vicki Ross         Tina Rutledge         Nicoletta Zanella        Jorunn Langas Andreassen         Marfisa Bradford        Teresa Castaneda          Patter Cross       Nancy Gains
    There is even a cool little animation there if you want to check it out. 2016 Canvas Crew Announcement
    So now I am also an official design team member with Canvas Corp (7Gypsies and Tattered Angels).
    Then on Tuesday I received a voicemail message from the manager of an author that wrote a book about using scripture to heal anxiety and depression....hello...and they want to talk to me about doing some social media promotion for them.  2016 looks like its shaping up to be a pretty incredible year. Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter because there will be lots of new exciting things happening here too.

    Monday, 23 November 2015

    Colouring For Adults

    This year has brought about some interesting trends in the papercrafting industry. People have moved on from Smash Books and Project Life to simpler forms of expression like adult colouring and paper doll making. Its incredible the amount of interest that these new colouring books have stirred up. I was at a show on Friday and all the vendors were discussing this new fad.  Its really not a new fad though when you think about it. Stamping and scrapbooking have allowed people the guilt free opportunity to colour for a very long time. Why now are the colouring books specific to adults flying off the shelves? Its actually quite simple. We are all stressed. Not necessarily the depression, anxiety invoking type, sometimes its just our daily pace that causes our body or more importantly our brain to feel overworked. When we colour our mind is forced to focus on the small decisions required to complete the picture. The selection of colours, the type of medium to use, which picture to colour, all of these small decisions relieve our brain of having to tackle the larger issues in our life. Its like a mini vacation for our mind. Adult colouring books are being recommended by art therapists because of the therapeutic value they provide.People that were ruminating over health issues or personal problems felt immediate relief from just sitting down and colouring. It certainly does not have to be any particular book. Choose a book or even print off a free page that is the most detailed that you are feeling confident in tackling. For me, colouring the Prima Doll stamps provides me with the same calming effect as colouring the more detailed books. Find something that is of interest to you and give it a try. They are also great gifts for just about everyone on your Christmas list.

    Try Adult Colouring with some of these free printable pages. Follow my board as I will be pinning new pages as I find them. Follow My Grandma's Teacups's board Colouring For Adults on Pinterest. Or purchase from Amazon

    Tuesday, 17 November 2015

    The Best Part About Blogging

    There are so many aspects to blogging that I just love. Having the opportunity to share your ideas and projects with your community of fellow crafters is such an inspiration. It makes me more accountable to create....or more accurately, finish my art projects so that I am able to share them with all my subscribers.

    It also affords a wonderful time capsule for me so that I can look back at my year and say hey I did all that....or whooo I better get my rear moving. I decided to put some of the posts  from the last year on Pinterest on just one board so that it is easy for me to showcase all my posts.

    I hope you enjoy this more visual account of the past year on my blog. Your comments and support have made me a better crafter. I hope some of my ideas have inspired you too.

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    Monday, 16 November 2015

    Sparkling Poinsettia Mixed Media Canvas

    Its time for Christmas gift projects at the library already. Whoosh where did the time go? This year I really wanted to do some type of mixed media project but as we are limited to 2 hours for the class I was a bit stumped. Luckily I spoke to Vicki Gee at a crop last month and she helped me work the details out in my head.

    This is the project we will be creating December 3rd at the Tyendinaga Public Library.

    Materials Used:

    • blank canvas
    • Heartfelt Creation Sparkling Poinsettia Dies and Stamps
    • Tattered Rose and Ground Espresso Distress Ink
    • Sharpie (gold)
    • Just Believe Paper 
    • Glitter Washi
    • Lots and Lots of Mod Podge (matte)

    Friday, 13 November 2015

    Women Empowering Women

    Women Empowering Women. That is the name of the local networking group run by Karen Tweedy Independent Director at Thirty-One Gifts. I love the name but I love the experience even more. Karen and I share a common passion for helping other Women achieve their dreams. Sometimes that means dragging them through countless social media tasks, sometimes it means celebrating their achievements over hot chocolate at Panera. The reason that this group is so effective is that we not only openly share our best marketing and sales ideas, we boost each other's confidence and gently nudge them closer to their goals. The group keeps us motivated, and accountable. That is something that is lacking when you are a one woman shop. I just want to thank all the members of the group for their ideas and support. I encourage all of our Independent Business women to find a tribe of women and start empowering one another.

    Another great woman that is devoted to lifting other business women up is my friend Lynsey Jones. She owns a company called Party Plan Divas. Lynsey has devoted so much time to creating wonderful videos with tips and tricks to help people build their business. Lynsey has chapters of her Divas all over and she is heavily involved in assisting each chapter reach their goals. Lynsey is busy with promoting all her Divas in the Christmas Gift Guide right now but she is going to be joining us on the blog to discuss issues affecting women entrepreneurs in the near future. In the meantime, Lynsey will be sponsoring a giveaway of one of her amazing Party Plan Diva Agenda's. All you have to do to enter is sign up for her daily party plan tips email. (I have been receiving them for years and she has brilliant tips) as well as signing up for my monthly email list. Pretty easy right.

    This is an older video that explains the planner. It was the first planner designed specifically for Party Planners. (Direct Sales).

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    Thursday, 12 November 2015

    Heartfelt Creations Haul and Scrapbook Club Project

    Don't you just hate it when technology issues mess with your plans. For whatever reason blogger would not publish yesterday. I tried well into the night and no luck. I decided that the best thing to do is combine the two posts (yesterday's video and today's project.) So it will be like getting to watch a whole season of your favourite show on Netflix. Ha. Well close enough.

    This is the video showing the Heartfelt Creations Stamps and Dies that arrived yesterday.

    This is the project we are working on tonight in our scrapbook club. 

    Supplies Used:

    • Twig & berry Paper Collection (Kaisercraft)
    • Twig & Berry Diecut Pack
    • Heartfelt Creations Sparking Poinsettia Stamps
    • Heartfelt Creations Sparkling Poinsettia Dies
    • Ruby Rock It Christmas Ribbon 
    • Close to My Heart Ruby, Barn Red, English Ivy, Ponderosa Pine and Honey Inks
    • Ground Espresso Distress Ink
    • Flat back gems from Ebay (I paid 24 cents and it was free shipping)
    • Craft Medley Clear Glue

    Tuesday, 10 November 2015

    Bell Campaign: Lest We Forget

    What does a poppy mean to you? Please take a moment to watch a video that pays tribute to the Canadian Armed Forces members and all those who have served our country in war and peace.

    Posted by Bell Canada on Sunday, November 1, 2015

    Monday, 9 November 2015

    Heartfelt Creations Sparkling Poinsettia

    We don't have satelite or cable at our house because I felt it influenced the children too much and put them into the whole commercialization loop. Somehow though I don't seem to apply the same principle to my own viewing habits. I watched a video from Heartfelt Creations the other day and ended up ordering all the supplies that they they used. I could not help myself, I had to have it.

    Here is my shopping list from the other day:

    Thats right, I purchased both sets of dies, the coordinating stamps, the background stamp and the paper collection. Now I am stalking the UPS guy because I can't wait to get my hands on my new toys.

    This is the video that did me in.

    I am hoping that the delivery will arrive before Thursday so that I can incorporate these beautiful flowers into our club layout this week. We will be working with the "Twig and Berry" collection from Kaisercraft.

    Friday, 6 November 2015

    Rolling with it

    Hey guys, I am so sorry that I have been neglecting the blog this week, although those reborn dolls were incredible weren't they. My mind has been focused this week on getting my store all packed up again to take to the Melrose Craft Sale. It is my favourite sale of the year. I never sell much but I enjoy sitting and chatting with all the people from my area that stop in. There is a comradery at that sale that I have not seen anywhere else. Many of the vendors have been there for over 20 years. They know each other's kids, grandkids and great grandkids in some cases. That is a pretty special environment to get the privilege to be apart of.

    Do you ever just get wrapped up in the nostalgia. I love hearing all of their stories. In case you are feeling reminiscent while I am away, check out my vintage elements board to get inspired to create something vintage.

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    I promise I will try to take some pictures in case you can't stop by. If you get a chance though you should come down and enjoy the show for yourself. There are such talented artists and crafters there.

    Wish me luck. I have to drive my daughter to Kingston in the morning as she broke her knee yesterday and she needs to see a specialist. Then I have to rush back home and get ready to set up the show before 3. Last year I did not get there until 3:30 as my little guy got kicked out of school that day and the principal wanted to discuss the behaviour. Everyone better behave this time or they will be grounded forever.

    Have a wonderful weekend and I will post more often next week I promise.

    Take care.

    Tuesday, 3 November 2015

    Guest Blogger Exposed: Denise Marchetti

    Last week we were fortunate enough to have the talented Denise Marchetti share her beautiful Prima Doll Calendar with us. I was so impressed with Denise's talent that I decided to delve deeper to learn more about this creative mind.

    You will not believe what Denise really does with all that talent. REBORN BABIES! Have you heard of these. I only learned of them about a year ago when someone posted on facebook about having adopting a doll. I am a child of the eighties so I was an adoption certificate carrying Cabbage Patch Mom. I followed up on the link to see what the fuss was about. Honey, these aren't our Cabbage Patch kids. 

    Check out some of Denise's Work:

    Denise does not have any reborn babies waiting to be adopted at this time, but if you want to be placed on her adoption list follow this link Hand"D"Creations. There is also an amazing look into the hours it takes to go through the process of creating these sweet dolls.

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    Monday, 2 November 2015

    Prima Doll Mixed Media Mini Canvas: Always be your own kind of wonderful

    Late last night I was inspired when a mini canvas fell off my bench and onto my toe. Hey some people are inspired by apples hitting their head...for me a good swift knock on the toe does just fine. I made the decision that I have too many half finished projects lurking in my studio. One would think that I would have come to that conclusion before hurting myself, but potato p-a-t-a-t-o. 

    I got out my Prima Doll stamps and an old pad of DCWV paper, a few Prima flowers and flourishes and some Basic Grey Rub Ons and mini canvas masterpiece was born.

    Here is what I did:

    1. I had previously painted the canvas a blotchy mix of pink and white acrylic paint. 
    2. I sanded down some of the areas of the canvas so that the texture showed through.
    3. I used the white rub ons and my bone folder to put the flourishes in the upper centre to right side of the canvas, trying to have as much show through were I intended to place my doll.
    4. Using a plain white paper doily cut in half I created a half moon on the right centre of the canvas.
    5. I had some Prima Say It With Crystals flourishes in the studio so I used one in the top left .
    6. I had some left over scraps of a crocheted doily from our club layout from a few weeks ago so I used it to create a sort of base to ground all the elements at the bottom of the canvas.
    7. Silver filigree and some pretty Prima flowers were added to the crocheted doily pieces.
    8. Using the "Always be your own kind of wonderful" stamp from Close To My Heart, I stamped my sentiment with black Memento Ink  and then coloured it with cotton candy ink (which I applies using a makeup sponge).
    9. I popped the sentiment up on foam squares and then finally adhered my pretty Prima Doll. She is inked using Tattered Rose Distress ink.

    Thats It. As my little guy would say "easy peasy, lemon squeezy".