Wednesday, November 28, 2007

I forgot to tell you about the Auction

I participated in an auction for cancer. It was really great. I was invited as a vendor to participate in the "Relay for Life" Cancer Auction. I have never been to one and wasn't sure what it was all about. It is called a "Quarter Auction". I of course as a vendor pay a fee to help pay for the room that is rented. It wasn't a lot...$15.00. I invited my guest list and friends. I had 19 people go...WooHoo. Anyway there was about 17 vendors which are all home based businesses. They had a variety. The admission to get in was .25 cents. You got a paddle with a number on it and then a matching number that went into the "pot". You could bid on the auctions depending on their retail value. The system was up to $25 you bid one quarter, $25-$50 you bid two quarters, $50-$75 you bid three quarters and anything over $75 you bid four quarters. I had to take 6 things to be auctioned. Five of the things I got the money that came in for those items. All of the money from the 6th auction went for "Relay for Life". I also had to take an item for a Chinese Raffle. I then donated a couple of small handmade items for door prizes. Here is a picture of my auctions:

Boy did I bring home a lot of quarters. $113 to be exact. It paid for the stuff I took to auction. The best thing is I got my name out there to many other people. I also got rid of a few catalogs and hopefully it will bring some business my way.
We had a great time and a lot of my friends and customers want to go back. This even will start up again in January and be the second Tuesday of every month through June. I will participate as long as I can. It is a good cause and lots of fun. If you live in the Greater Cincinnati area and would like to attend email me and I will send you the information.
By the way our table won multiple of times. The way you win is the "auctioneer" holds up an item and give a descripton and tells you how many quarters it is to bid. The runner "ME" has a container to collect the quarters at my table. When you place your quarter in my container you hold up your paddle with your number on it. The "auntioneer" will call numbers until he calls one that has their paddle in the air and they win. If he calls your number and you didn't bid, you say No Bid and he goes on. What fun!!!!
That's about it from me today. I am working on my Christmas cards and will share them shortly. It is another cased idea, which I have been doing a lot lately, but I loved it.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Black Friday

Who was brave and ventured out this morning? I did go to Michael's. I got a few good deals and it wasn't really bad shopping in there. I did wait until about 8:30 to go. I may venture out a little more later; just not sure yet.
I thought I would share some of my creations I did for my craft fair. Some of them were stamplifted and I can't remember where. I should have written it down but I don't want to take credit for some of the ideas.
I have seen this calendars around and decided to do one myself. I loved doing them. I only had two made for the craft show but sold both of them. I have since made some more to give to my grandkids and few of my friends grandkids.
This little card kit is made especially for kids. It is all set with crayons and all they have to do is color the images. It's a great stocking stuffer. I think it was Jen Carter on PaperWings who had some card kits made that gave me the idea.

The above picture shows the different images I put in the card kit. The picture to the right shows how I packaged it.

They were really fun to do. I also did them in 3 x 3 cards too. That's a good way to use up some scraps. Here is a picture of them.

I also made some 3 x 3 gift cards and put them in Christmas tins. I used some of the ideas from a recent swap I was in.

I bought the little gift tins at Michael's for $1.00. They were the perfect size for 3 x 3 cards.

I think they make a great gift to give when someone drops over and you want to give them a little something.
I also made some note cards. I bought a box of DCWV cards with envelopes and stamped them for note cards. I did them very simple and mixed the colors for sets. I have two pictures of these. One is the designs I put on the cards and the other shows them packaged. I put 5 cards in a set with the envelopes.

I hope you enjoy looking at all the projects I have posted. I plan on working on stuff this weekend and will be sure to share more.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

I just wanted to take time to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I have started preparing my meal for tomorrow. My kids and grandkids are coming over. It will be a nice time to have everyone around the table. Be sure to remember the things that have happened to you this past year and what you are thankful for.
I also wanted to ask for prayers for a very dear friend of mine. She is from Florida and we met through a yahoogroup many years ago. We have become very close friends and have visited each other numerous times. Anyway she has fallen and broken her leg in two places. She broke the femur bone right below her hip and she also broke right above the ankle on the same leg. She is a disabled woman who is amazing and she fell going to the restroom. She is confined to a wheelchair and this is going to be really hard on her. If anyone would like to send her a card please let me know. I will have the cards sent to me and I will send them to her.
Thanks so much!
I have plenty to share about my past week and will do that very soon.
Have a wonderful holiday!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

A Good Weekend!!

I have been so busy lately. I was actually getting ready for a craft show. That was this past weekend. It went fairly well. I am so used to selling big items from the "Old" days of craft shows when I did tole painting. The ticket items were more expensive so it was easier to make big money. I did really well for the items I had. I also got a new customer who ordered and also sold 3 catalogs. Here is a picture of my table. I had nothing fancy but then again we were in a little farm town in Indiana. They sure come out for the craft show. It was a beautiful day and I had a good time.

I didn't have time to clean off my craft table before I left so I took a picture of it when I got home. What a mess it was.
Surely you agree...LOL!

As you can see I barely had any place to work. Maybe that is why I didn't get more done. Not really....I ran out of time. Now here is a picture of my table once I got it cleaned up. It won't stay that way long. As soon as I start stamping again I will have a mess. I can't seem to stamp on a clean table.

I have been invited to participate in an auction Tuesday. It is called a "Quarter Auction". All the proceeds go to cancer. I have to take two things to be auctioined for the caner program and then I take five things to auction and I get to keep the money from them. I also can have a cash and carry table where I can have my catalogs and items for sale. I am hoping to get some new customers out of this. We were aloud to invite all of our customers, friends and family. I have about 20 people going. I will have my own talbes so we can sit together. The way the auction works is you bid on the items you like. The bidding is based on the retail price of the items being auctioned. Here is the guide to bidding. Anything up to $25 in retail you bid one quarter. $25 to $50 is two quarters, $50 to $75 is three quarters and over $75 is four quarters. They have over 100 people that attend usually. It will be fun. I can't wait to see how it turns out. Here is a picture of the stuff I am going to auction.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

It's Sunday Already

I can't believe it. My hubby was gone for the week and it sure went fast. I know a lot of people say they can't sleep with their hubby is away. Let me tell you I love having the WHOLE bed when he is gone. I have shared that bed for 35 years with him and I just love to spread out sometimes. I guess it is because I know he will be back. LOL I feel like I have accomplished a lot this week. Not only have I been stamping for my craft fair but also getting my house in order and doing some shopping.

Since hubby will be home this afternoon sometime I need to think about fixing some kind of dinner. He has been with a bunch of guys and he said they have eaten hot dogs and hamburgers all week. I asked him if he wanted a hamburger today and he said "%^&* NO!" I thought that might be the answer. LOL

Now for some sharing time. I was in Avis Anderson's holiday bag swap and got the cutest bag back. I am making them for my craft fair and also to do in my Holiday Gift Class. Here is a picture:

I used a brown lunch bag and typed the poem on my computer. I then stamped the Merry Christmas and the trees. I used paper from Hobby Lobby as I am out of our Christmas paper and since both are being discontinued I just used something else for now. I put a cookie mix in the bag and tied it shut and added a small cookie cutter for an embellishment.

Here is the little poem that is on the bag:

We made a batch of cookies
and ate just one or two.
We started feeling guilty
because they were for you.
We went into a panic
and ran right to the store.
We bought a brand new
cookie mix so you
could make some more!

Hope you enjoy this little project today. I thought it was fun and so cute. I have made some different images and used some different paper. I will try to take a picture of them sometime today and share them as well.
Have a great and blessed Sunday!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Good Morning

At least it is here right now. My grandbaby is asleep and I am checking on mail and catching up on some computer stuff. In about an hour I go and get a haircut. If I don't I will be named the new "Shaggy Dog". I can't wait.

I was going through some stuff and decided to share the project I did for my retreat for their name places. I saw something similiar when I was visiting Avis Anderson this past summer. Of course I had to do my own take on it and decided they would make cute place cards. It is a "Fibercino". Check out the picture. My nephew works at McDonalds and they sold me a sleeve of the Sundae cups and lids. I made an "X" in the lid with an x-acto knife to pull the fiber through. I made the place cards on my computer and punched them out with the Mega and Giga oval punches. There were a big hit. Hope you enjoy them. Feel free to take the idea and run with it for any event you may be having.

I am going to go and take advantage of a sleeping baby and get a few more things done before the haircut. I sure hope he wakes up on his own and I don't have to wake him to take him with me. I don't like grumpy babies...LOL

Have a great and creative day!!!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Boy Have I Been Busy!!!!

I had a busy weekend. My house was screaming that it needed some cleaning so I listened and did just that. I also had a Team Meeting for my team, Designing Angels. I had a very good turnout and we had a good time. I also had two demonstrators that aren't in my team but I have adopted since there upline is military and her family is out of the country right now. I got all of them to agree to help me host my first Angel Gathering which will take place in February 2008. It will be held in Petersburg, KY which is right on the Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky border. If you are interested shoot me an email and let me know.
I have also been busy getting ready for classes and trying to work on stuff for a Craft Fair I am in November 17th. I need more hours in the day!!

I haven't taken pictures or scanned anything but I will share an older card that I made for a class of Simple Cards.

This card is done with the Simply Divine Stamp set. What a cool set! I just love it. I stamped the flourish image in the Palette Noir ink. I made a frame by using a Mega and Giga Circle punch. To do this you punch out the smaller circle first and then center that into the bigger punch and punch that out and it will be a frame. Really easy way to make a frame. Anyway I made the frame and glued it to the front of the card. I then stamped the flower out of the Simply Divine set in the Palette La'Amore Red ink and then rolled the edges of the inked stamp into the Noir pad then stamped in the center of the frame. I stamped the Happy Birthday! from the Wishing You set in La'Amore Red. Card is done and didn't take a lot of time! Try will like it. I have done them in several different colors and they all turned out really well.
That's about it from me tonight. I am going to see if I can get some Creative juices flowing right after Dancing with the Stars goes off. See ya later!!!!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

My Little Book of Recipes

This was a class I did last month and I thought I would share it here. The book is made with the 3" x 3" Chipboard Book tht we carry in the TAC catalog. All papers, cardstocks, ribbons and hardware are from the Hemingway Collection on the catalog. We went ahead and made decorated a small gift bag and made a small gift card to go with the book. It makes a really nice gift for almost any occasion. Here are the pictures of the book and each set of pages. The last picture is all three items completed:

Here is the instructions if you would like to duplicate this little book. I'm sure you have recipes you can use but if you would like a copy of mine please email me and I will send them to you.

My Little Recipe Book

All pages have the corners rounded with a corner rounder. They are also glued with Fabri-Tac glue but you can use your favorite adhesive. The following is a list of supplies and the sizes I cut the papers for each page. All papers, cardstock, ribbon and hardware are the Hemingway Collection by TAC™. I also used mini brads, Crop s dile tool, Sizzix photo corner die cut, and flower punches. I used a Sahara Sand Versamagic stamp pad and distressed all the edges of the recipes and the computer saying for the front of the book.
Front and Back cover:
1 Gold print 2 ¾” x 2 15/16”
1 Gold plain 2 ¾” x 2 15/16”
1 Brown cardstock 2” x 2 15/16”
Round the outside two corners of each pieces of gold paper. Adhere to book. Mold the piece of brown cardstock over the spine of the book. Adhere to the spine after you have your creases in the cardstock. Add the words to the front of the book and use brown and beige ribbon for accents.

In all of the following pages you will fold the bigger piece of cardstock in half. Round all the corners and then adhere to the book making sure to get the fold of the cardstock into the fold of the book. Add the recipes to the pages when they are completed. .

Pages 1 & 2:
1 Dk. Aqua cardstock 5 7/8” x 2 15/16”
1 Aqua print 4” x 1”
2 ivory eyelets
Fold the aqua print in half. Adhere the eyelets to the aqua print paper. Adhere to the book with the center of the aqua print placed into the center of the book towards the bottom of the page.
Pages 3 & 4:
1 Lt. Yellow cardstock 5 7/8” x 2 15/16”
1 3” x 3” gold print cut at a diagonal so you have two pieces
Place the diagonal pieces opposite each other on the two pages. Punch two 1/8” holes in the side towards the bottom of page 3. Lace a piece of ivory ribbon through the holes so you can tie a knoy with the ends onto page two. Run a piece of blue ribbon through the ivory ribbon on page three and tie a knot. Add two flat brads onto the right side of page 4.
Pages 5 & 6:
1 Dark Brown cardstock 5 7/8” x 2 15/16”
2 ½” x 2” Aqua print
2 ½” x 2” Aqua plain
Scraps of gold print ad aqua plain to punch flowers.
Adhere one each of the aqua papers to the outside sides of the pages staggering one higher than the other. Adhere your recipes and then add punched flowers by putting a mini brad through the flowers to hold them together. Use foam tape on the back of the flowers to make them stand out.
Pages 7 & 8
1 Lt. Aqua cardstock 5 7/8” x 2 15/16”
4 Dk. Brown Photo corners cut from the Sizzix die cut.
2 2” x 2” gold print
Place two photo corners on the outside corners of each page. Adhere the gold print paper onto each page. Add recipe on top of the gold print paper.
Gift Bag:
1 Lt. Aqua 3” x 4”
1 Gold print 2 ½” x 3 ½”
1 4´piece of Ivory ribbon
1 Spiral Paper Clip
Stamp Set: Tag TidBits and Versamagic Jumbo Java ink Pad
Tap the ivory ribbon to the back of the gold print paper. Layer onto of the Lt. Aqua cardstock. Add paper clip to ribbon and stamp “For You” on the ribbon with the Jumbo Java ink pad.
3” x 3” Gift Card:
1 Dk. Brown cardstock 3” x 6” folded in half
1 Gold plain paper ¾” x 2 ¾”
1 Aqua print ½” x 2” and cut in half
1 Brown Flower from the Bitty Blooms Collection
1 Mini brad from the Pewter Mini Brads
Stamp Set: More Abundance and Jumbo Java Versmagic Ink Pad
Mount the gold paper onto the folded edge side of the card vertically. Stamp the words “{Abundance} is” onto the gold paper. Trim the ends of the Aqua print paper at a slant and adhere to the brown cardstock to resemble leaves. Put the mini brad through the flower and open. Adhere the flower to the cardstock letting the Aqua paper show. Stamp the words “Beyond grateful” on the bottom right of the card.

Friday, November 2, 2007

TAC Rocks!!!!!

That's right! TAC is really rockin' this month. They have extended our Celebration Promotion. What does that mean? Our hostess and customer rewards are doubled. Please email if I can help you with an order or FUNshop so you can earn these extra rewards.

TAC has also put out a Final Farewell List. This is a list of stamps in the current catalog that will NOT be in the new catalog in January. Hurry up and order to get those stamps you have been putting off. These stamps will be available until the end of December.
We also have some Papers that are going to be discontinued. They are now half price. Hurry Up! Once there gone there will be no more. Check out the designs below:

Kaleidascope Brites and Bella Flor
Both paper sets are regularly $19.95 and now are $10.00

Here are a few of the 8" x 8" paper packs that are one sale too! The are now $3.50 each:

Designer Collections: :
Lap of Luxury
Finger Pains
Country Cottage
Wing It Collection:
Whimsy Blossoms
Simply Spooky
Surf Shoppe
I hope you enjoy all of these specials as much as I do. Thanks for taking a look!