Sunday, May 30, 2010

Shoe/purse of the month club

Not a craft post for once! If any of you love shoes and purses, you should check out They are a shoe/purse of the month club. Basically on the 1st of the month, they email you 6 shoes and 6 purses that they think you will like based on a style survey you do when you sign up. From there, you can rate the choices and if you don't love any of them, you can request alternate selections. When you ask for more, you have questions about what you are looking for.

The cost is $39.95 per item. You don't have to buy anything each month, if you want to skip a month, you just have to sign in to your acct and clip skip before the the 5th of the month. Also, you aren't ever charged until you make your first purchase so you can be a member for as long as you want with no charges until you buy. They also have a rewards program where after 5 purchases, you get a free credit for a purse or shoes.

Shipping and returns are free which is nice since sometimes things look different online or if the shoes don't fit. If you are interested in signing up, please use this referral link. That way if you decide to purchase, I will get credits towards a free item. I joined earlier this month and I love them so far. Their customer service is amazing! When I wanted a purse that wasn't in my selections, I wasn't able to call during their office hours, so they went above and beyond and called me after hours to get my purse ordered for me. (You only have to call to order if the item isn't in your choices).

Here's some pics of my new purse. This is the mustard "Rockstar". I absolutely love it. The color is bright and summery. There's TONS of space. And it's really well made. Great deal at only $40 especially since it's not like a ton of people will have the same purse as me. Let me know if you have any questions about how it works. And please don't forget to use my referral link if you are considering signing up. Remember, there's no charge to sign up. Happy shopping!!!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

MPS Father's Day Challenge

I'm sure most of you follow Robyn's blog at Well, right now she is doing a challenge to be entered to win a Cricut Expression. It's chosen at random if you submit a qualifying project. Check her blog for details!

The challenge was to make a Father's Day project. I don't really do Father's day things because I don't talk to my dad, but the chance to win a Cricut made me make one just because. If you are like me, making a masculine card is not that easy! It's so hard to not add bows, sparkles, pink, and flowers! But, I managed.

I decided to make something that I thought my husband would like. Maybe I'll save it for a few years til we have kids. lol The motorcycle image is from Cricut "Going Places" I cut it at 2.5 inches and used the shadow feature as well. I ran the green paper through my Cuttlebug using the "Diamond Plate" embossing folder. I needed some sort of pattern in there, so I used the Stampin up skull paper since it's still manly. After embossing, I realized I couldn't really stamp the sentiment on the base, so luckily I had a Father's Day stamp that ended up fitting perfectly on the motorcycle. It's from Stampin Up "Well Scripted".

I still needed ribbon somewhere since I don't feel like I completed a card w/o it for some reason. But I didn't want a bow, so I decided to use a criss cross pattern with black ribbon. Took a little longer, but I like how it turned out. Then to add some dimension, I put buttons for the wheels.

Mermaid card

During pole class the other day, we learned a new trick that had no name. Someone said it looked like a mermaid and it reminded me of the Mermaid Treasure stamp set I got from Bombshell stamps that I haven't even used yet. So, decided to finally use it.

I had a white top note already cut and the mermaid stamp just happened to fit perfectly. I stamped the image and colored it using my Stampin Write markers. Then I decided I didn't want to have a white background or a border around the image. So, I stamped the same image on another page and cut it out to use as a mask. You can't tell, but I ended up using about 4 different blue inks so stamp the water because I kept deciding to go darker. I used the mask again so that I could add the plants in the water. Then threw a bunch of fish around her.

I then used a shimmery white for that layer, but it seemed to stark so I added some blue sponging to that as well and then added the treasure chest and the "Check out the booty". All of the stamps used on this card are included in the Mermaid Treasure set.

Of course then I decided, gotta add some bling. I stickled the mermaid fin and added some gold stickles in the treasure chest too. The green sequins are stringed together. My mom sent them to me awhile ago and I'm glad she did since it's not something I would normally think to add to a card, but I love the way they went with it.

Friday, May 28, 2010

So You Think You Can Dance

Are any of you SYTYCD fans?! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this show. So excited it's back. I made a list of some of my fave dances on my FB page if anyone wants to go rewatch some of the best routines.!/notes/crystal-mincher/so-you-think-you-can-dance/426225183922

If you are a fan, what are some of your faves?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Stamp club scrapbook pages

So this month in stamp club, our Stampin Up demonstrator mixed it up a bit. Rather than having 3 cards ready for us to make, we were given free reign! I was a little worried since it's hard to think up stuff and be creative on the spot sometimes so I wasn't sure I'd come up with anything cute.

So to start, we all got 1 piece of 12 x 12 plain paper to do what we wanted with (cards, scrapbook page, etc). Then there was accent paper, punches, stickers, and brads set out. I decided since I have plenty of cards and 1 scrapbook page didn't make sense, so I decided to fourth the paper and make 4 6 x 6 pages.

Here's a pic of all 4 completed pages. The papers and stickers are all from the Sunny Day Simply Scrappin Kit. I LOVE the colors in this set and may have to buy it to make a whole scrapbook out of. It comes with printed cardstock with matching solid colored cardstock. It also comes with 6 pages of stickers/borders.

When I do scrapbook pages, I like to make the 2 pages match, but typically flip them so that they aren't identical. Here I cut the trim paper at 2 x 12 and then cut that in half. I used the scallop edge punch on all of the trim pieces. I adhered that about 1/2 in above the bottom so that I could add the strip underneath it. The pink strip (and green on the other 2 pages) is a sticker from the kit.

The circles and flowers are both punches from Stampin up and I just added stickers from the kit to the center. I used a brad for the bird's eye on this one. (The bird's eye on the other page is just put over a dot on the paper). The photo mats are cut at 3 x 4. I used dimensionals on all the punched out pieces.

I think they turned out super cute and I adore this bright, summery kit. Now I just have to decide if I want to buy the set. I think for these 4 pages, I might just punch a hole in the top to make it a mini album and use a connector with ribbon.

Bombshell art #2

So, I loved this project so much that I had to make another one. I made this one for the owner of the place I take my pole classes on. Since I have SCAL now, I was able to make a super cute cherry printed dress for my Bombshell Angel stamp to coordinate with the background papers. I also used SCAL, to make a pole! How cool is that?! It's not like you can get a pole on the Cricut or in any stamp set!

To switch it up a little bit, I used black lettering and black and white ribbon instead of brown. I also cut around the stamp rather than sponging the area. Not a lot of changes, but I didn't want it to be identical.

Here's a close up of the pole and the dress. The paper is all Stampin Up, even for the dress. I used just a plain grey paper for the pole and then used stickles to give it a shiny, metal look. This is the same dress I used on one of the other projects, but it's so easy and I love it! The cherry print is adorable and I want a dress in real life that looks like that!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Possible new house

I know I've been MIA again lately. After over a year of trying to buy a short sale home, we *might* finally have one. I've been busying dealing with all the paperwork type stuff that goes along with that, so crafting has been the last thing on my mind. Hopefully, this one will go through and we can finally be done looking and living in limbo, not knowing if we are staying or going. Please send good vibes, pray, cross your fingers, and anything else that this goes through.
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