>Quick blog post: What is on your desk…

>I am not sure why I entered this, except I follow Creations with Christina (http://www.creationswithchristina.com/), and I saw this post.   She was asking the question, What is on my desk.   Well, here is my challenge (and just to let you know Christina, I have TWO desk I scrapbook on, my computer and a crafting table):

Picture #1 has a far shot of my crafting desk, Picture #2 has both desk together, and Picture #3 has a close up of my crafting desk.  I have not quite finished cleaning up from an envelope swap I finished doing.   I am still in the middle of making my mom’s cards.

Well that is a quick blog post, and the end of my Challenge.  Good night, and God Bless you.

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New hobby in scrapbooking, an envelope tag swap

Hello, and how are you? I just want to wish everyone a happy June. 20 days before the official swelter season called summer, and frankly, I would rather sit myself in front of the AC than shiver in front of the heater. My ceiling fan is still on from a few days ago, as is gets hot up there. I know, it is not very green. I am working on it.

Anyway, I am in a new swap, hosted by Tracystreasures24, and I had a blast creating these envelope tags. I made five, and it looks like this:

For this project, you will need: One business envelope with a window, scrapbook paper to cover the front, and possibly the back, if you want to. You will also need stamps, ink, and die cuts. I used my Cricut E2 machine for the die cuts. The carts I used were Pagoda, and Cricut eccentials. You will also need a border punch for the edge or a pair of decorative scissors.

The Envelope:

For the envelope, I used the envelope from my bank statement. To prepare the envelope, I made a slit in the envelope on the one of the short ends of the envelope. If you have not open your bills lately (shame on you), but tap the bill to the other side of the envelope, cut the slit and remove contents. Place the contents to a place, so you will not forget to pay them. If you have another envelope, which looks like the first one, you can use it as your template. For the actual envelope, do not remove the vellum. I used the paper, Foo La La (forgot the name of the company), and I traced on the back side of the paper to get the except area the window was at, and cut it out. Next, take your border punch, or decorative scissors, and edge up the short end. Fold to make a border and adhere all but 1 1/2″-2″ of the paper to the envelope to cover it. At this point, you may want to cover the back (I did not for this project). For the inside of the envelope, make a liner, and you only have to adhere the top of the pocket. Before I adhere it, I took a stamp made by Inkedinka Do, and stamped the top. I also stamped the flap of the pocket, because the paper was not double-sided. You can skip stamping the liner and the flap if you have doubled-sided paper. You may also ink the sides of the envelope/pocket if you to hide anything. set that aside.

The Tag:

for the tag, I used K and Co’s Smitten Foil Hearts paper, card stock from The paper Company and CTMH’s kraft paper. That is the front of the tag. I will get to back in a minute. I cut the tag to size,and I cut with the E2 a label from the pre-installed cartridge, Cricut Essentials. I started to just use it as a label, but the more I looked at it, especially after I inked up the edges, it started to look mor like a vase. I drew on some sticks with a sharpie, and it looked too plain. then I had the idea of adding flowers. so I cut some red flowers from the Pagoda cartridge, at 11/2″, and adhere them tothe tag. Some of the flowers, I popped up with dimenisionals to give that 3-d look. time for the other side. (or side B for those of you who remember records.)

Tag (The Backside)

For the back side of the tag, I enlisted the help from som Stampin Up! products. All the inking for tag and the envelope, I did it in Chocolate Chip, as well as all of the stamping. I added the photo mat, which was cut from the George and Basic Shapes Cartridge at the last minute, because I thought the back needed something. So I cut out the photo mat in CTMH kraft paper (the same kind I used for te liner), inked the edges, and adhere it to the tag. Next I took clear stamps from Bliss, which was part of the this year’s Sale-a-bration event last month. I stamped the word “bliss” on top, and stamped a Fleur-de-le (I guess that is how you spell it) at the bottom. That’s it.

Take a look at the rest of the photos to get an idea on how this is done. Remember these are just ideas, but you make your envelope tag how you want it to look. I want to give you some more tips:
* This can be a use what you have tag. You do not have to go out to buy all new things for this tag.
* If you have a lot of the same paper, you can make a lot of tags. You can make them with your die cutting machine. I free-handed these, but I usually buy the tags already made, or if you die cutting machine has a tag die, you can

make them from the machine. It does not have to be a Cricut machine.
*Do not make the tags too thick (put too much on them.) You may not be able to pull them in and out with ease.
* if you do not feel too creative, or not creative enough, Jolees has products which you can put on the front (or back) of the tag.
* One more thing…Have fun with it. I always tell folks that scrapbooking is fun, and relaxing. Do not stress yourself to the point of frustation. If you are frustrated, or being pulled away too many times, put it away until tomorrow, or the next time you can get back to the tag. This project does not have to be made with #10 with a window. I can be made small, medium, with or without a window.

Well that is all I have for you today. Here is a last look at all 5 of them:

In the Name of Jesus, I bid you a good night, and God Bless You.

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>New hobby in scrapbooking, an envelope tag swap

>Hello, and how are you?   I just want to wish everyone a happy June.  20 days before the official swelter season called summer, and frankly, I would rather sit myself in front of the AC than shiver in front of the heater.   My ceiling fan is still on from a few days ago, as is gets hot up there.  I know, it is not very green.   I am working on it.

Anyway, I am in a new swap, hosted by Tracystreasures24, and I had a blast creating these envelope tags.  I made five, and it looks like this:

For this project, you will need:   One business envelope with a window, scrapbook paper to cover the front, and possibly the back, if you want to.   You will also need stamps, ink, and die cuts.  I used my Cricut E2 machine for the die cuts.  The carts I used were Pagoda, and Cricut eccentials.   You will also need a border punch for the edge or a pair of decorative scissors.

The Envelope:

For the envelope, I used the envelope from my bank statement.  To prepare the envelope, I made a slit in the envelope on the one of the short ends of the envelope.  If you have not open your bills lately (shame on you), but tap the bill to the other side of the envelope, cut the slit and remove contents. Place the contents to a place, so you will not forget to pay them.   If you have another envelope, which looks like the first one, you can use it as your template.  For the actual envelope, do not remove the vellum. I used the paper, Foo La La (forgot the name of the company), and I traced on the back side of the paper to get the except area the window was at, and cut it out.   Next, take your border punch, or decorative scissors, and edge up the short end.   Fold to make a border and adhere all but 1 1/2″-2″ of the paper to the envelope to cover it.  At this point, you may want to cover the back (I did not for this project). For the inside of the envelope, make a liner, and you only have to adhere the top of the pocket.   Before I adhere it, I took a stamp made by Inkedinka Do, and stamped the top.  I also stamped the flap of the pocket, because the paper was not double-sided.   You can skip stamping the liner and the flap if you have doubled-sided paper. You may also ink the sides of the envelope/pocket if you to hide anything.  set that aside.

The Tag:

for the tag, I used K and Co’s Smitten Foil Hearts paper, card stock from The paper Company and CTMH’s kraft paper.   That is the front of the tag.  I will get to back in a minute.   I cut the tag to size,and I cut with the E2 a label from the pre-installed cartridge, Cricut Essentials.   I started to just use it as a label, but the more I looked at it, especially after I inked up the edges, it started to look mor like a vase.  I drew on some sticks with a sharpie, and it looked too plain.  then I had the idea of adding flowers.   so I cut some red flowers from the Pagoda cartridge, at 11/2″, and adhere them tothe tag.  Some of the flowers, I popped up with dimenisionals to give that 3-d look. time for the other side. (or side B for those of you who remember records.)

Tag (The Backside)

For the back side of the tag, I enlisted the help from som Stampin Up! products.   All the inking for tag and the envelope, I did it in Chocolate Chip, as well as all of the stamping.   I added the photo mat, which was cut from the George and Basic Shapes Cartridge at the last minute, because I thought the back needed something. So I cut out the photo mat in CTMH kraft paper (the same kind I used for te liner), inked the edges, and adhere it to the tag.  Next I took clear stamps from Bliss, which was part of the this year’s Sale-a-bration event last month.   I stamped the word “bliss” on top, and stamped a Fleur-de-le (I guess that is how you spell it) at the bottom.   That’s it.

 Take a look at the rest of the photos to get an idea on how this is done.  Remember these are just ideas, but you make your envelope tag how you want it to look.  I want to give you some more tips:
*  This can be a use what you have tag.   You do not have to go out to buy all new things for this tag.
*  If you have a lot of the same paper, you can make a lot of tags.  You can make them with your die cutting machine.  I free-handed these, but I usually buy the tags already made, or if  you die cutting machine has a tag die, you can

make them from the machine.  It does not have to be a Cricut machine.
*Do not make the tags too thick (put too much on them.)  You may not be able to pull them in and out with ease.
* if you do not feel too creative, or not creative enough, Jolees has products which you can put on the front (or back) of the tag.
* One more thing…Have fun with it.  I always tell folks that scrapbooking is fun, and relaxing.  Do not stress yourself to the point of frustation.  If you are frustrated, or being pulled away too many times, put it away until tomorrow, or the next time you can get back to the tag.  This project does not have to be made with #10 with a window.  I can be made small, medium, with or without a window.

Well that is all I have for you today.   Here is a last look at all 5 of them:

In the Name of Jesus, I bid you a good night, and God Bless You.

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>Moving blog at the end of the week

>It has been a pleasure to have this particular blog on Blogger.   I read some shocking news.   It was an article that dated back sometime in the middle of 2010, and the person stated that If you like blogging, you probably better move your blog to a platform like WordPress.   Why?  Because Goggle has spam bots looking for blogs that are a threat to spam people.   Now, I trust myself, but I do not trust Google.  They already have me questioning my adsense and adword accounts.  These “bots” look for words like “free”, and “sale”.   According to them, it is ok to have these words every once in a while, but if your blog has a lot of these two words in them, then Google has the right to lock up or even delete your blog without giving you a warning.

Now I am not against Google at all.  They are just a mini Microsoft or Apple, that’s all.   The point is you either work with them, work around them, or work against them.  For Tricia’s Baskets, which is an extension of me being an Indep. Longaberger Home Consultant, I have choose to work against them, and I AM shutting the blog down, before they can send their minions to shut it down.

With that being said, I have already setup a back up blog, in case what happened a few weeks ago with the whole site being down for a few days.   Does that mean I trust WordPress more?  Not really, they can change in the heartbeat too, but they are also not Google.   My other blog, MDN Creates, will not change at this time.   I mostly show my scrapbooking work, and not in threat of being shut down.  But, I am keeping an eye on it as well.   I am shutting it down at the end of the week, because I have my Facebook page attached to it, and I need to change the address to reflect that.   I need to notify Networkedblogs, you say too, google, and Blogupp!!  I have five fans on this blog, so I need to notify them too.   I hope with this move, I will get more.
Well I will let everyone know later on in the week.  The best thing about this move is I actually get to have some pages on the blog.   I get to do more things, and will be able to turn this into a website, even though I will still have my company website, www.longaberger.com/patricialogan.   That site stays with me until I leave the company, and at this point, I do not feel like leaving.   I am having too much fun on this part of my journey through life.

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Reprint of a post

From time to time, I will repost something from the parent blog, MDN Creates (www.triciatreasure.blogspot.com).   This one is sort of special, because this is the day that I reaceived word that I was going to get my Cricut Expression 2, 5th Anniversary Edition, or as I and many Cricut users call it, E2.  So far, I have enjoyed using it.  The personal cutter I once owned ( the Original Cricut Version 1 Electronic Cutter) I sold a couple days ago.  I hope that the person enjoys the machine just as I did.   It was bittersweet to get rid of it.   Here is the post.

It’s
Here!!!!!

As promised, E2 (Cricut Expression 2) has arrived. The stalking of the tracking
number on www.ups.com is over. OK, for those of you who are expecting one from HSN.com, I want to give you a few pointers:
1)      Do not tackle the UPS person.   They have a job to do, and they have done their job well (that is delivering your new toy (or baby if you have no children) in one piece.
2)      It is a heavy box.  Muscles is key.
3)      The company really taped the box, the secondary box and the machine.   Do not panic, this is a safety measure.
4)      You get with your machine the following:
  • a.       One mat
  • b.      Power cord
  • c.       Manual
  • d.      Certificate of authenticity.  Great for scrapbooking.
  • e.      UBS cord
  • f.       Four books for the 4 carts already installed
  • g.      Blade housing.  Note: be very careful when you open the plastic for the blade housing.  Me and E2 had our first fight.  When I got my expression and baby bug, the blade was separate from the housing.  With the E2, the blade is already in the housing.  Not thinking, I stabbed my finger, and drew blood.   My finger is fine, but do be careful.
  • h.    Stylus.   Note:  the stylus is located in the cover.   Got the tip from Robyn the Pink Stamper.
5)      Once you plug up E2, turn it on, and it will guide you to the calibration screen.   Take your stylus, and tap your screen on the “x’s” that appear.
6)      Register your machine, by going to www.cricut.com.   I have not seen the cartridges to register as of yet, so I assume that once you register the machine, they are registered as well.
7)      Have fun
Well, I am going to play now, so I will show you what I made when I get finished.
God Bless.
Update:   I have been playing with E2, and I must say that it is living up to my expectations.   I have been cutting stuff that I have no use for it now, and stuff for projects.  I was working on some cards for my mom today, and I actually had both E1 (original Expression) and E2 going at the same time.  I did have fun.   Now I am thinking about the Cricut Imagine, which not only cuts, but also prints.

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>finally I crafted

>Hello, this is a quick post, as I finally crafted something.   Let’s get to it…

It’s the little things…

I made this card for my friend, Selena, who is moving back to North Carolina this week.   I will miss her and her husband, Lionel.   Anyway, the card is supposed to be  4×4, but I did a little boo-boo, and scored it wrong, so the back is off by an inch. (more room to write my note to her-SCORE!)  The papers are DCWV, the solid paper pack, and paper that are from The Paper Company (I think it is now discontinued), which is torn, not cut.  The flower is from Prima, popped on a pop dot. I started to color it with my copics, but decided at the last minute to leave it natural.  The sentiment is from Stamping UP! stamp set called You are a gem.  I stamp the saying in SU! Chocolate Chip ink.  The only thing that I cut out that was cricut, was a circle to put behind the flower.
Happy Birthday, Deonte!
I made my middle nephew a birthday card, because this week is his birthday.  he will be 4 years old.   One more year, and this kid is Kindergarten bound.   I did a two sheet card.   I cut a truck in red using the Mickey and Friends cartridge at 4.25″, the bed of the truck  in blue.   The paper I used was Bazzill.  I folded the blank card at 6 x 5 3/4, which the truck barely makes it.   I wrote in a sharpey Happy birthday, Deonte!!!   for the inside, I cut a number 4 at 4″ with the preinstalled cartridge in the E2 called Cricut American Alphabet.  I wrote a little message inside the number for my sister to read to him.  Sorry I did not take a picture of the inside of the card.
I have more work to be done this week for this shop.   I am also trying to get sales for my Longaberger business as well. $141.00 left to go for this month.

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>New Backup blog

>In the wake of what happened to Blogger and my blogs this week, I decided to make a back-up blog for me to post on.  I hope that this will never happen again, but I do not know technology.   so with that being said the new address for the backup of this blog is https://mdncreates.wordpress.com/.   Yes it is on WordPress, and no, I do not have any plans at the moment to move http://www.triciatreasure.blogspot.com/.  At least in the immediate future.   I want to make sure I can still blog, and I will actually copy posts from here onto that blog, and visa versa.   I have done the same thing to my Tricia’s Baskets blog.   so now I offically have 6 blogs to write on, plus some article writing sites:  Hubpages, Helium, Associate Content.  On top of posting on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and three Ning networks, it is a wonder if I ever get any work done around here.

Finally made something:

These cards (which is currently on my Etsy site) were made using both of my Cricut machines.   I cut the card at 3″ using my E1 machine and the Pagoda cartridge, and I cut a square, using E2 and the Cricut Essentials Cartridge, pre-installed on the machine.  The paper is from DCWV paper stack (mustard yellow and orange-red).  The sentiment is stamped with the word friend, and that stamp is from Stampin!Up called You’re A Gem in Real Red ink.  I did not do my normal distressing, because I wanted sort of a tone on tone look about it, and I did not have a color that closely matched the paper, but it naturally distress along the folding edge of some of the cards.  I made envelopes for the the cards, cutting them at 31/4″ using E1 and the wild cards cartridge.   As you see here I did a different shades of the colors Yellow and Orange.  I intended to do it that way.  The paper for the envelopes are from the same company.
I am having fun working two cricuts.  Now if I can only get rid of the baby bug.

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