Chocolate Covered Thank You Card

I started a new job yesterday and was greatly assisted in the pursuit of said job by a friend already employeed at my desired company. Last night, in total exhaustion following day one of the new job (exhausting based on lack of sleep, not difficulty of duties) I decided to keep myself awake by making a thank you card for my friend. Based on the Indie Art Strawberry cuts posted at Bitten by the Bug, I make a chocolate covered stawberry card, accented with stickles.

Home from the CKC Convention in Charlotte

Four very tired women rolled into Aiken around 8:30 Saturday night, following three packed-full fun days in Charlotte at the CKC Scrapbooking Convention. I took five classes, volunteered in three classes, and shopped, shopped, and shopped!

This was my third year attending the convention, and it did not disappoint. All five of my classes were wonderful! I learned new techniques and sampled new products, I witnessed scrapbooking at it's best and scrapbookers at their collective best! The spirit of helpfulness and bonding through mutual interest was awesome.
I was more organized in my shopping ventures this year. The vendor faire had 148 vendors. Sadly, organization did not save $$$. I spent more than ever before. Ouch. I am taking my friend Suzanne's suggestion and creating a special convention fund for next year. I purchased new, exciting papers, an adhesive gun, lots and lots of Prima florals and Prima "Say it with Crystals", lots of glue dots (at a great price), stickles, brads, buttons, and bling, and several kits. I also signed up for the Scraptique monthly club kit. All in all, I made quite the haul!!

I spread my loot out on my L shaped desk and photographed it for posterity, then spent most of the afternoon sorting and organizing and putting away.

I learned a lot of new embossing techniques at the Powder Keg. This evening I played with my new products and can tell this is going to become addictive. I also finished two class projects.

Framed Vinyl

I created a framed vinyl quote to enhance my quite naked guest room wall. The frame is 36" x 12". I used black wall pops to cut my letters and shapes. The entire cut took 2.5 sheet of wall pops, though I may have been able to fit my embellishments a bit tighter.
I used Accents Essentials, Base Camp, George, Mini Monograms, Plantin Schoolbook, Opposites Attract and Tear Drop to create the letters and shapes.

I am asked a lot what setting I use to cut the vinyl. Really, I use no special settings, other than the blade depth is on 5. The real trick, is use a new, or newly resurfaced, mat. Other than that suggestion, I find vinyl very user friendly.

Vinyl in my scrap room!!!

I decided to play with Graphically Speaking this afternoon and made a couple of vinyl cuts to embellish my scrap room. The first is for an odd little angled corner wall, about 12 inches wide. The second is for my very first scrap organizer, the good ol' cropper hopper hanging file organizer. This organizer is so old that it "sways" when I roll it in & out, but it's like a first love and I just cannot kick it to the curb for a replacement.
I liked the butterfly cut so much I made another, with additional decorations to go on the back window of my minivan opposite my cricut logo. Other scrappers on the freeway on the way to the CKC Scrapbooking Convention will be able to recognize our group as sisters of scrap!

Scrap Room Growth

Yesterday was the milestone moment where my daughter moved back to college for her junior year, and completely moved out of the house! She was moving into a house in Charleston, SC, and that left me with an empty bedroom. OR did it?

I looked at dh Thursday night and said, would you have any problem with me putting twin beds in the room formerly known as "Bethany's room"? He gave me a funny look and assured me that was fine. After a moment he told me that he was much more concerned with what I was going to do in the scrap/guest room. I laughed..... Smart man!

My smallest bedroom had a twin bed and my L shaped scrapbooking desk, and all of my assorted scrap stuff, very tightly organized. By moving the twin bed to the other room, and adding the matching bed that was stored in the house, I created a decent guest area.... and a great scrap space.

I used to have the computer and cricut on a desk in my bedroom because it wouldn't fit in the scrap room. Now I have my own little scrap haven!!! I am so excited.... I must get some work done soon.


It was pointed out to me yesterday that I have been MIA on the blogspot. And of course, the observer was right! I have not been busy with the cricky for the last week or so, due to life. Don't you just hate that? When life gets in the way of your cricking and your fun? It happens to us all.

My older ds, who graduated from college in May, took a permanent job and moved to a rather nice town about 3.5 hours away. Not to be out done, dd is getting ready to return to college, moving into a house so that more furniture and such will be required this year. And finally, football started at the local high school and that has me running back and forth for two-a-day practices with my younger ds. It has been a busy couple of weeks.

I did have a friend over yesterday, my scrapping buddy Kathy. We shared cut files and did a bit of scrapping. I have a neighbor who is very into stamping so she dropped by for a while to check out the cricut and see what we were up to (and my honey, dh, did the mid morning football pick up so I did not have to run out!).

Next week is the CK scrapbook convention in Charlotte. Four of us from Aiken will be caravaning up on Thursday. We each have a Thursday night class, shopping Friday morning at the vendor faire, Friday afternoon classes, and Friday evening two of us will be teaching assistants. I will begin Saturday shopping until noonish, then I have two more classes before we head home. My friend Kathy and I have gone for the last three years, and barring any HUGE emergency, we would not miss the convention!!

And finally, I go back to work on the 18th. It was so nice having the summer off, getting lots of scrapping and reading done.... But now, once again, life will get in the way.... Big sigh.