Ladybug Layouts Weekend Retreat

2011 Retreat Dates

June 3-5 (CANCELLED due to location issues)
October 21-23, December 2-4 (BOTH CANCELLED due to family committments)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

So busy lately....

OMG, such a busy summer and hardly any time to "play" in my room.  We had my sister and her family visiting for two weeks and we had a GREAT time!!!  And yesterday we welcomed baby Zoey to the family!!!!!  Mom, Dad, and Zoey are doing great!!!

Soon I will get back into full craft swing with plenty of projects planned.

Next weekend retreat is November 5, 6, 7 and I will soon be working on that.  Drop me a note to let me know if you're coming and I'll make sure you're on the list!!!!!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

CHA Week - Day 3 (from Moxie Fab World)

CHA Week - Day 3 (from Moxie Fab World)
Lots of fun new stuff including:
  • Basic Gray
  • We R Memory Keepers
  • Crate Paper
  • SEI
  • Melissa Frances
  • Imaginisce
  • Crafty Secrets
  • Tattered Angels
  • KI Memories
  • Graphic 45
  • Hambly Screen Prints
  • Maya Road
  • TaDa Creative Studios
  • Echo Park
  • Love My Tapes
  • Canvas Corp

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Cricut Imagine

Have you heard about it?

Cricut Imagine allows you to print and cut together, so you can add color, imagery, and dimension to your creative projects like never before. And it helps you turn your handcrafted gifts, projects, and decorations into works of art that everyone can appreciate. Cricut Imagine is coming soon. But until then, check back here for videos, updates, and the latest news from your friends at Provo Craft.

What do you think?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

CHA Week - Day 2 (from Moxie Fab World)

CHA Week - Day 1 (from Moxie Fab World)

Lots of fun new stuff including:

  • Ellison
  • Prima
  • My Little Shoebox
  • Unity Stamp Company
  • Nikki Sivils
  • Hero Arts
  • 7 Gypsies
  • Studio Calico
  • Glitz Design
  • The Girls' Paperie
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology
  • Bazzill Basics Paper
  • Making Memories
  • Anna Griffin
  • October Afternoon
  • Sassafras Lass
  • BoBunny
  • My Mind's Eye
  • Webster's Pages
  • Teresa Collins Designs
Ooooooo, all so pretty!!!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Feel like you've lost your marbles? Find them and try this!
(click the link to see photos)

Fried Marbles

Sometimes what you need isn’t a new project, but a new process, something that will spark your own creative juices (Can you spark juice? Hmmm…) For instance, you probably have a dozen different ways to use marbles, both the traditional spheres and the newer flat ones, but have you ever wondered if there were a way to make your marbles look a little different? If they did, how would that change projects you have in mind?

Here’s a way to do just that, and it’s really easy. We’re going to fry them!

To begin, select the marbles you want to use. I just pulled out a pretty random handful for the purposes of demonstration; you might have specific colors in mind. This process will craze the glass, so don’t use marbles that are opaque, because the crazing is all on the inside, and you won’t see it. We’re also going to get the marbles really hot, so the painted ones are probably not going to work, either. You want plain glass, although there’s nothing to say you can’t use the cat’s eye style.

Now put them in a skillet or pan, one that’s large enough to lay them all out flat. We’re not literally frying them, so don’t put in any oil! (This is the method for flat marbles; I’ll get to the round ones in a bit.) Turn the burner on under the pan and pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, and relax for ten minutes or so while the marbles get really hot. Don’t go too far away; you wouldn’t want to melt the pan!

When the marbles are good and hot, fill a bowl with ice water, and then gently slide the marbles in. You’ll hear them sizzling and popping in the water. Don’t worry; that’s what they’re supposed to do.

When they’ve cooled to the touch, take them out of the water. You’re done!

As you can see, they have a nice internal pattern now, which you can’t feel, and they’re not quite so see-through, which may be helpful if you want to obscure a flaw or graphic on the item they’ll be applied to.

Now, as mentioned, you’ll use a slightly different method for the spherical marbles, since they really touch the surface of a pan at just a single point and are too hard to heat that way. Put them in an oven-proof dish or pan, and slip them into an oven preheated to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake 20 minutes, and then slide them into ice water, just the way you did the others. Same sizzle, same crackle!

Are you getting ideas yet? Here’s one more: You can do this with those big glass telephone pole resisters. We used to do that and turn them into quite elegant candlesticks!

Monday, August 9, 2010

CHA Week - Day 1 (from Moxie Fab World)

Lots of fun new stuff including:
  • Die Cuts With a View
  • Kaisercraft
  • Cosmo Cricket
  • Jillibean Soup
  • Lily Bee Design
  • Jenni Bowlin Design
  • Impression Obsession
  • Ranger
  • Art C
  • Little Yellow Bicycle
  • EK Success
  • American Crafts
  • Fancy Pants Designs
  • Pink Paislee
  • Bella Blvd and,
  • Doodlebug Design
WOW, Gorgeous stuff coming out way!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

New Product from the CHA Website -

The Gazelle will cut 12" media. It's software is easy to use and designed especially for the scrapbooker with the features that all the crafters want. 500 g of pressure. Cuts cardstock, glitter paper, chipboard, balsa wood, foam, Grafix plastic sheets, metallic papers, vinyl and other media.

Make decorative borders with the scissor tool or create a design with the embroidery tool.
What do you think?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Light The Night Walk

Feel free to join, or sponsor me and my team, Knight To Remember, in the Light The Night walk on October 2.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk is the North America's night to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer. Walks take place in communities throughout Canada, typically in the fall. On these special nights, thousands of participants carry illuminated balloons and raise funds for vital, lifesaving research and patient services.

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