Tuesday, February 23, 2010

YAY! Inspiration!

My buddy Erin recently posted two very
fabulous hair clip organizers
and I fell in LOVE with her idea.
Of course that means I made my own!!

I did just like Erin and used a canvas.
Wrapped tulle around the canvas making it
alittle bunched to a more interesting effect.
Then wrapped it with twine.
I used decorative brads on most areas
where the twine crossed its self.
Then decorated it using ribbon flowers and a
misted flower from the Jan Kit from Juju Bee's!
I added hooks to the bottom just like Erin's.

Once the misted flower completely dries
I'll be putting it in the master bathroom
to hold the many clips I've gathered.

Since I bought tulle for the canvas I bought
quite a few other colors to make flowers!
Most of the ones below have the bar
pins in the back, to wear on clothing.
The two on the bottom right corner are mine!
I've made them into hair clips.

Why the fascination with hair clips?
I recently cut my hair very short!
It's above my shoulders something that hasn't
happened since I was in high school!
It's too short for my normal but I do like it.
It's looks super cute
and it's super easy to style.
Since it's so short I can't put a pony tail
so to dress it up a little I've
been buying cute little hair clips.

Most recently for Joe's
graduation I bought a flower one.
It was very pricey!
$5.00 for one little hair clip.
So I'll be making me a ton in every
color since tulle is only $.97 a yard.
And I have plenty to make mom
a few pins for her jackets.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Everyday Scrapper

The Everyday Scrapper
is having a BLOG HOP!

This site is full of wonderful ideas,
tutorial and drool worthy projects!
Blog Hop Ends Feb 24th!
And of Course there are a
few prizes along the way.

New Blinkie
Check them out!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Craftastic Challenge #11 *RAK* 2/16-3/15

Here's the details:

Below you'll find 4 challenges.
2 LO Challenges, 1 Card Challenge and 1 Altered Item Challenge.
You are not being asked to do all challenges, though.

For each Challenge you submit to me your name will be
entered into a "raffle" for the monthly RAK.
So if you do one challenge you will be entered once, do 4
then you'll be entered 4 times.
This is just a way to Challenge you and give you the chance
to try new techniques.
If you have suggestions on RAKs or Challenges let me know
and I'll be more than happy to try to incorporate them.

Layout Sketch
For this one just follow the sketch and make it your own at the same time.
This is brought to you by Page Maps :).
This a Jan 2010 from Becky Fleck, she amazes me everytime!

Layout Shopping List
Use at least 3 of the following items in a LO.
~ Bird
~ Large Monogram
~ 3+ Buttons
~ 2+ Eyelets
~ Cardstock Background
~ 2+ Brads
~ Lace
~ Yellow
~ White Ink or Paint
~ Arrow
~ 2+ Photos
~ Black & White Photo(s)

(If you combine LO Challenges 1 & 2 your name will be entered an extra time, so instead of 2 chance to win the RAK it'll be 3.)

Card Sketch
Follow the sketch and make it your own at the same time.
This is brought to you by Page Maps :).

Outta the Box
It's nearly Spring!
It's time to clean out the
old to make room for the new.
Take time out to clean up your scrap space.
Take a before photo and after
of your space as your entry :).

Submitting your work is easy,
either post a comment here with the
link or email me a photo @ craftasticlife@hotmail.com.
Just make sure to put in the Subject Line
"Craftastic Challenge #10"
and the Title(s) of your project(s).
Challenge ends March 15, 2010.

Now for goodies!!

Would you like an extra chance or chances to win?
This round if you invite your friends let them
know to mention your name when they enter their project.
For every five friends that you have mention your
name not only do you get an 5 extra chances
to win but I'll throw in one more!!
How Awesome is that?

As always if we have more than 10
participants a second RAK will be given!!

Have fun ladies and I can't
wait to see what you create!!

Craftastic Challenge #10 Winner!

Well we had a fantastic turn out
for this month's Craftastic Challenge!!
I'm so happy!!

The project submitted were out of this world.
I hope you all had a chance to look them over,
if not you can find the links below!

So are you ready to find out
who won this month's prize?

Drum Roll Please!!!


wrightaud submitted {8}months

Thank you all for playing along in
this month's Challenge and hope to see
you all play along in the next one!

Craftastic Challenge #10 Entries
Blog Challenge #10

Layout Sketch
My Snow Men by Irit
Music by Tonya
Tattoo Highway By Tammy
{8}months by wrightaud
Precious by Karee Sue

Layout Shopping List
F is for Freedom - Irit Shalom
My Snow Men by Irit
Music by Tonya
{8}months by wrightaud
Precious by Karee Sue
Angel Smile by Irit
Your Love World by Irit

Card Sketch
Love by wrightaud
Thinking of you by Karee Sue
Love Bug by Tammy

Monday, February 15, 2010

Clean Sweep Challenge #3 - Tools

Tool Organization

Having your tool ready for use is very important if your at home or going to a crop.
Below are a few ideas to get your tool Organized.

~Tool Bags Great for Crops, or at home. ( Also my method)
When picking a bag, make sure that there are plenty of pockets big and small to accomedate your variety of tools, from Trimmers to tweezers.

Tote-Ally-Cool Tool Totes:

Making Memories offers these desk items to keep your crafty tools tidy:

Alvin Spin-O-Tray Rotating Desktop Organizers

To Enter this week's challenge
check out the thread on
Juju Bee's Forum

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Craftastic Challenge #10 Reminder

Challenge ends Monday night!

Please be sure to check that the projects
you've entered are infact linked on the side bar.

If for some reason they are not please
let me know so I can correct it.

Thanks & Happy Scrappin'!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Navy Graduation, Jelly Belly & More

My schedule is still a little crazy,
but it seems to be calming down.

We just came home from our biggest event!
Joseph's Navy Boot Camp Graduation in Chicago, IL.
It was cold, it was snowy and it was FUN!
I'd never been to Chicago before!
I'd never even seen REAL snow before!
I even got to go to the largest
science museum under one building.
And of course we didn't leave with
out having a Chicago style hot dog!

It was a long and eventful weekend.

Joe's Graduation:

Hanging out with Joe before
he signed into his next sea school:

We went to the Jelly Belly Factory!

Oh RARE MOMENT! Joe's smiling!

Museum of Science and Industry:

Chicago City Skyline in LEGOS!

My Momma!
She was snapping pictures like crazy!

Being silly and taking my own photo :).
FYI, I stomped in the snow every chance I got! hehehe

So that's the lastest and greatest from me.

I hope to get to play within the next week or so.
My Scrappy stuff is calling me, "Play, Play...."
Until next time Happy Scrappin'!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Clean Sweep Challenge #2 - Stickers

It’s time for our
Stickiest area, our stickers.

Article from:

How to Organize Scrapbook Stickers
Deciding how to organize scrapbook stickers doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Whether you’re just getting started in the hobby or an enthusiastic crafter, there are a number of strategies you can use to make sure your sticker collection is both easily accessible and protected from damage.

Factors to Consider When Choosing an Organizational System

Before you can begin to organize your stickers, you’ll need to spend some time thinking about what type of system best fits your crafting profile. Ask yourself these questions:

How many stickers do I have? Your organizational system won’t work unless it is large enough to accommodate your entire collection.

How large do I expect my collection to get? Scrapbookers who only buy new stickers when they are needed for a specific project will need much less storage space than those who prefer to buy whatever catches their eye.

Do I like to attend crops? Scrapbookers who need to transport their supplies to crops or classes will need to consider the portability of their organizational system.

How much can I afford to spend? It’s not necessary to spend a small fortune to organize your stickers, but it is a good idea to consider your budget before purchasing any organizational tools.

How to Organize Scrapbook Stickers
Contrary to popular belief, there is no “right” way to organize your scrapbook supplies. When deciding how to organize scrapbook stickers, you have a number of options. For example:

Theme: Scrapbookers who frequently complete pages with travel, baby, or holiday themes may find this method of organization most logical.

Style: If you don’t scrapbook thematic pages, you can try organizing your stickers into general style categories such as vintage, grunge, contemporary, or ethnic-inspired.

Color: If most of your stickers are general-purpose embellishments, sorting by dominant color is a simple yet highly effective organizational strategy.

Purpose: Separating your stickers into categories such as alphabets, titles, borders, tags, and general embellishments is a simple way to organize smaller supply collections.

Product Manufacturer: If you love Basic Grey, Chatterbox, KI Memories, or other coordinating product lines, sorting your supplies by manufacturer will make it easy to quickly pull together a finished layout.

If you have a relatively small amount of stickers, you may want to include your die cuts and rub-ons in the same file categories. Since all of these supplies serve the same general purpose, this is an easy way to minimize the amount of time you spend searching for embellishments.

Popular Organizational Tools
Organizational tools to consider when storing your scrapbook stickers include:
Binders: A large binder filled with plastic page protectors makes it easy to flip through all of your stickers at a glance. If you have a number of smaller stickers, the pages commonly used to store baseball cards will be quite useful.
Cropper Hopper offers Sticker Binders:

Plastic Storage Drawers: Drawers help protect your stickers from damage while accommodating very large collections.
Drawers come in all sizes from 81/2 x 11 to 15x15. You can find the type that fits your needs.

Boxes: If you’re looking for a storage system that is both functional and attractive, pick up a number of decorative boxes and label each box with the appropriate category.
Use Plastic clear bins of for a more stream line look try using photo boxes.

Bulletin Board: If you like to be able to see all of your stickers, place them in plastic storage bags and tack them to a large bulletin board.
Bulletin Board is nice because you can rearrange them as often as you need to.

Another Fantastic Option is the “Clip it Up” http://www.clipitup.com/store/:

For my stickers I organized them by theme from a-z in hanging folders in a filing bin. So far this is my favorite way.

To Enter this week's Clean Sweep Challenge go
to Juju Bee's.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Juju Bee's Feb Kit Full Reveal

Hello everyone!
I'm so excited to how off the
lastest Kit from Juju Bee's.
Remember I told you it was
packed with yummy goodies?
Well now you can see for yourself.

Featured Paper is Pink Paislee's Cupid.


1 - Pink Paislee Cupid Eternal Love (Die-Cut)
2 - Pink Paislee Cupid Postcards
2 - Pink Paislee Cupid Bow & Arrow
2 - Pink Paislee Cupid Hearts Bloom
1 - Pink Paislee Cupid Love Potion
1 - Pink Paislee Cupid Bullseye
1 - Basic Grey Bittersweet Truffle
2 - Fancy Pants Vintage Valentine My Heart's Desire
1 - Making Memories Love Notes Red Glitter
3 - American Crafts Cardstock

1 - Fancy Pants My Valentines Transparency
1 - Fancy Pants Package of Clearly Bigger Die-Cuts (3 12x12 Sheets)
1 - Pink Paislee Enchanting Chipboard Alpha
1 - American Crafts Thickers LAX in Powder
1 - Fancy Pants Rub-Ons Mulberry Road
1 - Pink Paislee Press-Ons Sweet Cakes
1 - Prima Say It In Pearls Swirls Blue/Pink
1 - Prima Say It In Pearls Ivy Green
1 - Maya Road Trinkets Flowers Buttons (24 pieces)
1 - Maya Road Trinkets Suede Stitched Blossoms Pink & Cream
1 - Maya Road Trinket Pins Hearts (6 pieces - 3 red & 3 pink)
1 - Making Memories Love Notes Felt Clips (8 pieces)
1 - Making Memories Love Notes Shimmer Brads (24 pieces)
1 - Making Memories Noteworthy Ava Embellishment Jar (160 pieces)
4 - Yards of 4 different Ribbon/Trim

This kit is SO BIG!
I was able to complete 11, yes 11
projects and still have plenty
left over to do more. I LOVE it!
Check them out below!

Check out the Juju Bee's Store for
this kit and many more scrappy items!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Juju Bee's Feb Sneak Peek!

Juju Bee's February Kit is so
yummy you won't want miss out on
getting your hands on one!

The Kit is PACKED and I mean
PACKED with tons of goodies.
Here's a Sneak Peek

Kit will be available for purchase
with in the next week or so!

Kits as always are $35.95 for one time fee.
Or $32.95 if you are enrolled in the 6 month subscription.
Price does include Shipping so it is a major steal!
Check out the Juju Bee's Store for more information.

Furbabies Pet Bakery

Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE
my 3 dogs like real babies.
So this means of course they
are very very Spoiled :).

Treats are no exception and in
2007 I met a wonderful woman Carmen
who makes Holistic Pet Treats.

These treats are healthy for your pets
(dogs, cat, horses, ect) and
are made with human ingredients.
Safe for even you to eat :).

Now Carmen has her own site where everyone
all around the country can purchase
the healthy treats for their own pets.

Furbabies Pet Bakery
is Located in Sierra Vista, AZ.
Check out the Site for more information and
treat flavors for you furbaby.

Clean Sweep Challenge #1

Feb 1st, 2010/ Feb 8, 2010 – Ribbon
Juju Bee's Forum Thread.
This week your challenge is to organize your ribbon stash.
Below are a few ideas to get you started.
Remember to post a before and after photo.

Juju Bee’s Store offers the
following solutions from Making Memories:

A blog post on Little Birdie Secrets offered these solutions:

EllaBella Designs had a wonderful post with the following options.

I currently keep my ribbon pinned or in little baggies in clear drawers. I like this method because I usually think of a color I’d like for my project, go to that drawer and I can easily look through my ribbon. Small scraps or thin ribbon is put into small baggies you can find in the craft department at Wal-mart.

I use ribbon a lot and it became an issue when it was time to pack for crops.
I’ve been seeing these wonderful bags by Pull-EZ which retail for over $18.00.

These are wonderful, but I didn’t need a bag that big, nor could I find one locally. So one day while strolling through the make-up isle I saw small clear bags. The plastic is thick and it’s easy to take a Crop-a-dile and punch holes where you wish.

I need to warn you, I made the one below with too many holes and put in way too much ribbon. I put in about 2ft – 3ft of each ribbon. That exceeded the limits of the bag.

So I’ve redone the bag with less holes spaced about 1 ½ inches apart from each other in every direction. There are holes in both sides of course. This will help insure the ribbon will pull easily and not become stuck.

These would be awesome to make one for each color in your stash and they are a steal at only $2.00 a bag.

Okay Ladies, now that you have a few ideas I can’t wait to see what you come up with for your storage solution.

Remember your photos for this challenge need be posted under this thread.
Challenge photos are due Next Monday Feb 8th, 2010.