Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Create Craft Share YouTube Hop January

Hello friends!!! I am super excited to bring to you the Create*Craft*Share*YouTube Hop for January!!  I am not able to participate this month to kick off the 2015 year! However we have an amazing line-up for you! Whoop Whoop!!! Be sure to check out what the designers have made for you this month!! The Theme is "Something New" And if you are like me we are always wanting to learn something new, Right?? Now let's get right to it!! Here is the line-up for this months Hop!!!

I just know that you are going to love each and every project!!! I can't wait to hop, can you??? Oh be sure to follow us on Facebook!! 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

My Crazy Adventures at CHA 2015 Part 1

CHA.... what to say about this awesome Craft Show? It is the biggest Craft show in the world in my eyes! This was my 5th time attending CHA, and each year I find so many different and fun and innovative things at the show.  What are the latest and greatest? What companies were on my top list of fab this year? Let me walk you through them.

I had the opportunity to meet Tim Holtz again this year.

His booth is always fabulous. Filled with so many fun vintage finds. Dress forms, old suitcases, telephones, bottles, old toys and so much more.  You could honestly spend hours in his booth just looking at all of the antique finds! American Pickers would have a hay-day in this booth! (snicker, snicker)

The buzz at this booth was his new collection. Pistachio. Check it out! I already have mine on pre-order.

When attending CHA, there are so many different opportunities to meet so many amazing people! I was able to meet the super talented and writer of The Big Ass Book of ___ ! Yup, you guessed it Mark Montano! I already had The Big Ass Book Of Crafts, so I decided that I would love to have "The Big Ass Book of Home Decor". Mark, even signed it for me! Whoop Whoop!

I started to see such a fun trend while at CHA, if you have not yet noticed Gold is the new black! LOL I say this because gold is everywhere!!! In Every booth, and on everything!
EEK... I am so excited! I really do love Gold! It makes me happy, oh yes.... especially paired with pink!

In my opinion, the amazingly wonderful lady that brought gold back was the crazy talented and superstar Teresa Collins! I have been watching the trends over the years and she, my friends is always one step ahead! Speaking of Teresa Collins, did you know that I was able to watch her and the fabulous Jinger Adams on Create and Craft US Live while at the show? Check it out!!

This pic was just minutes before they went live! Teresa Collins was live with her punches, cutter, scissors and more! Did you know that you can find all of Teresa's fabulous gold items at Joanne?

To conclude part one of my adventures at CHA 2015 I would like to share the Say Cheese II Collection by Simple Stories!! Oh my stars if you loved Say Cheese the original than you will eat up Say Cheese II!!! Yes, there is gold in this collection and it is FABULOUS!!! Check it out and see for yourself!!
I just love that Simple Stories continues to stay true to their style and vision.  Their latest campaign was "I am...." they had buttons and papers that you could write on at their booth.  Check out Scrapbook.com's video  showcasing the  "I am...." line.

Come back tomorrow for part II of my crazy adventures at CHA.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Top Ten Crafters January 2015.....

I am excited to bring a fun new blog post each and every month.  I will be featuring my top 10 crafters for the month! I am super stoked to be bringing this to The Scrappin Lounge each and every month.  What does it mean to be a "Top 10 Crafter 2015" I will send you a small badge (If you would like one) that you can put on the side of your blog and I will send fabulous crafters to your blog to show off everything I love about your awesome blogs.  I am excited to be making this a monthly post. I bring to you January's Top Ten crafters.... (Big round of applause) XXXXXXXXX

  1. Bev Code- I have to say that Bev is awesome! She always has different fun and unique projects on her blog. I enjoy going to her blog each and every time. She never disappoints. Be sure to check out Bev here- http://beeceecreativity.blogspot.com/
  2. Laura Kelly Walters- Oh my stars where do I begin..... Laura is one of a kind and has so many different talents. I love coming to her blog and checking out everything that she has to offer. She always has something fun going on! Be sure to check out Laura Kelly Walters- http://www.laurakellydesigns.com/
  3. A Little Craft In Your Day- Courtney and Tanner have it going on!!! This crazy duo is always coming up with super fun tutorials, kid crafts and more!! Check out these two fun crafters here-http://alittlecraftinyourday.com/
  4. Tator Tots and Jello- This blog is one of a kind! I find so many fun different ideas and project creations here! If you have not been to this blog be sure to stop on by here-http://tatertotsandjello.com/
  5. Rhonda Emery- Ok this lady is the QUEEN of 3-D projects!!!! Oh buddy she not only creates 3-D cards but she makes motorcycles, mailboxes, mini albums and more!!! Be sure to check out all of her awesome goodies here - http://www.scraphappenswithrhonda.blogspot.com/
  6. Holly Gagnon- This crazy crafter is AMAZING!!! She is super creative and for sure one of my favorites! Always having fun and fresh ideas on her blog and bringing us the latest creations from some big companies. Yes, she is one of my Create and Craft US DT sistas and she is uber talented!!! Be sure to check out her fab blog here- http://www.ribbonsandglue.com/
  7. Donna Baes- Whoop Whoop let's here it for this crazy crafter!! She has been on several design teams with me and is truly unique! I love her style and her vision in crafting!!! If you have yet to check Donna out what are you waiting for? The time is now click here- http://createdbydonnak.blogspot.com/
  8. Monica Downing- What a true artist! She is always inspiring me with her work. Her style is unique and one of a kind! Loving everything that she does, I have learned alot from Monica. Her talent for sure shines though follow her here- http://monicadowningdesigns.blogspot.com/
  9. Rhonda Ratliff- This creative vintage diva is a sweetheart!!! She is genuine and such a talented crafter! Her tutorials are simply amazing and she loves what she does! Be sure to find Rhonda here- http://www.flowersbyrhonda.blogspot.com/
  10. Jody Lynn- Ok.... Let's talk about the mini album crafting chick!! She owns her own etsy shop, is a co-ower of Clique Kits and always continues to make time doing what she loves!!! You will always learn something new over on her blog!! Be sure to check her out here- http://www.spiegelmomscraps.com/

Honorable NEW CRAFTER!!!!! 
Jeanne Rodriguez- Now if you check out her blog you will not believe that this crafter is new to the crafting world!! She is crazy talented and inspires me with her work!! Be sure to reach out to her and follow her blog! Show her how awesome the crafting community is!!! check her out here- http://www.jeannieinbottle.blogspot.com/

I would love it if you could go give these fabulous 11 Crafters some love!!! Be sure to tell them who sent you!! Whoop Whoop!!!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Creative Goals and Word for 2015

Hello friends! This year I decided to make a collage of crafty goals.  I have not done this in the years past however I do feel that this is something that might help me stay focused on my crafty journey for the 2015 year!
Do you create crafty goals? Do you display your goals somewhere in your craft room? Do you doodle your goals on a notebook? Write them in your planner? Create a craft board? I would love to hear how you document your crafty goals.

I created my crafty goals in PicMonkey. I love this free photo editing software. If you are not familiar with this website you should check it out! Easy to use and fun to play with.

Here is my collage of my goals....

I also have a new word for 2015!!! Making a word for the year is something that I stared for myself last year and I love that I did. My word for last year was believe! Believe in Myself, Believe in my hopes and dreams, Believe in everything that I do. Believe in family and friends. This my fellow crafters did wonders to my creating process.  I just needed to think about my word and never doubted myself when I was crafting. It was fabulous.  For this years word I chose the word Time!!

Make time for crafting* Make time for my friends* Make time for my family* Make time for the little things* Make time for myself *Make time to blog *Make time to create*

I would love to read what your crafty goals are and your word for the year and what they mean to you. Be sure to leave the link in your comments so I can come on over to your blogs and read what you have chosen to make 2015 the best year yet!!!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

January Close To My Heart Specials......

Ring in the New Year with the Fabulous Close To My Heart Rolling Tote! This Tote is perfect to store all of your new scrapbooking and crafting goodies in!! Check it out!! 
(These totes are currently SOLD OUT) If you would like to get on the waiting list and I can notify you when they come back in please email me... madge@thescrappinlounge.com

What other wonderful January Specials are there you ask???? 
Well Here they are are you ready to hold on to your party hat?? These specials are one of a kind.....

Let's start with the Stamp of the Month
"This Moment" Item Number: S1501
Get it HERE

How do you get this stamp for $5.00?? Well, that is easy spend $50.00 or more on Close to my Heart goodies and you can pick up this fantabulous stamp for just $5 bucks!!! Yup..... FIVE DOLLARS want to go shopping Click 

How about this sweet Deal??

National Papercrafting Month—Year >> Noted Paper Kit
January Constant Campaign
In celebration of National Papercrafting Month, Close To My Heart invites you to reflect on the things that make you who you are and on what you want to accomplish in the coming months. Then, with the help of the Year >> Noted paper kit, record your experiences and goals! During the month of January, with a qualifying purchase of $50, you are eligible to purchase the exclusive Year >> Noted paper kit (which has a retail value of over $24 USD / $27 CAD) for only $5—that’s over 80% off retail! Or, for an additional $5, you can order the Year >> Noted paper kit with an accompanying My Creations™ kraft mini book. The paper kit for both options includes a C-size stamp set, stickers, cardstocks, and B&T Duos™ papers, all specially designed to coordinate with the My Creations™ kraft mini book so you can have a yearlong scrapbooking experience. This means you will receive over $34 USD / $37 CAD worth of product for only $10 if you purchase the kit with the accompanying mini book! But the fun doesn’t end there—included on the sticker sheet, you will find a large golden seal. Once the year is done and all the pages are filled, seal up your book and create a mini time capsule that you can open years from now. Remember, this deal is only available for January, so make sure to get your own Year >> Noted paper kit today for the perfect start to a crafty year!
Dates: Offer valid January 1, 2015–January 31, 2015.

Extra! Extra! Hostess Rewards
January Hostess Promo
During the month of January, all Gatherings that reach $350 or higher will be eligible to receive up to 50% more Hostess Rewards! This means an additional $30, giving you the opportunity to earn up to $230 or more in select free products. This offer is only available during January and is the ideal pairing for your National Papercrafting Month Gatherings, so join in the celebration and watch your earnings grow!
Dates: Offer valid January 1, 2015–January 31, 2015.
    If you Join my TEAM anytime this month I am giving ALL NEW consultants a FREE Yuletide Carol Paper Pack!!!! And if you are in the first 5 to join my team you will also get a FREE STAMP SET from me!!! So lets go over this.... For $99.00 plus shipping and handling you will get your choice of the Card Consultant Kit or the Scrapbooker Consultant kit AND a FREE  paper pack AND if you are one of the first 5 to Join you will also get a FREE STAMP SET!!! WOWZA!!! 

    Who is ready to Join my team???? Join just to be a hobbiest and get discounts on your own personal goodies.... Join to share with your family and friends... Join and make this your business! Whatever the reason I want you on my Team!!! 

    Tuesday, December 30, 2014

    Create Craft Share December YouTube Hop

    Hello..... and welcome to the Create Craft Share YouTube Hop!!! This months theme is anything holiday- Christmas, New Years you name it we've made it!! I am super excited because this month I have created some super fun DIY New Years Party Hats!!! Make these with your kids, make these fun hats for your New Years Party!!!!
    Here are a couple of pictures to show you what I created today for the hop!!
     I used the Glitter paper from Close to my Heart http://scrappinmadge.ctmh.com/Retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=7983get yours here.
    I also used a circle punch to punch out the center glitter circles to customize the rosettes!
     Taking some yummy paper ribbon I adhered it around the bottom with some hot glue. These are just some of the fun goodies I had in my stash!

    I had these rosettes in my stash made by Making Memories. I bought these dirt cheap at one of the Scrapbook USA Expo shows. And I love how just punching out a circle and adding American Crafts Thickers changes the whole look of them.
    I hope that you like my fun DIY New Years Party Hats!!! Be sure to hop through the line-up!! Oh Wait Before I forget be sure to watch the tutorial and leave a comment and thumbs up, one lucky winner will get a CTMH Stamp set!! Whoop Whoop!!!

    Here is the line up for the hop!!
    Madge: http://youtu.be/beWXd4GSDVY
    Rhonda: https://www.youtube.com/user/rrandrr94
    Jody- https://m.youtube.com/user/SpiegelMomScraps
    Tammy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5zKGgd8kRs

    Saturday, December 20, 2014

    DIY Shabby Chic Christmas Ornaments.....

    Hello friends! Today I have a couple of fun Christmas Ornaments that I would like to share with you today! I used some amazing Timeless Twine!!! You are going to want to get your twine today!!!Be sure to check out Timeless Twine HERE!!!  And check out the blog HERE!!

    Let's get right down to business. I bought these fun ornaments at Wal-Mart for $0.49 each. They are foam balls. I bought two little guys and one big one.  I knew immediately how I was going to make them.  Let me show you the ornaments first and then I will tell you how I made these sweet little shabby chic Christmas Ornaments.

    Here are the products that I used to create these fun ornaments:

    • Washi Tape four different kinds
    • Robin's Egg Paint from Poppy Seed Projects
    • Tim Holtz Distress Ink Walnut
    • Tim Holtz Blending Tool
    • Gold Glitter
    • Mod Podge
    • Fabric Flowers
    • Straight Pins
    • Metal Embellishments
    • Twine from Timeless Twine
    • Metal Charms
    • Lace

    Here is a quick tutorial for you to make your own Washi Tape and Twine Christmas Ornaments

    1. Take the Foam Ornaments and wrap the ball with Washi. (I did a different type of technique on each ornament) On one I wrapped the ornament with all of the same Washi. The next one I tore bits and pieces covering the ball with 4 different types of washi, and the last ball I use two different types of washi. Giving each of them their own unique look but still making them look the same.
    2. Press the washi so it is down flat.
    3. Take the distress ink and ink the washi 
    4. Pain the ornaments lightly with a Robin's Egg color paint
    5. Allow to dry
    6. Add Embellishments
    7. Use Mod Podge and add Glitter.
    8. Take Twine and tie small bows on each of the ornaments
    9. Using another color of twine take the charms and tie them onto the ornaments giving them more delicious shabby chicness!! 
    10. Add Straight Pins 
    11. And your Ornaments are complete

    I hope that you liked my ornaments that I made today using the fabulous Timeless Twine!!! Be sure to check out their blog and Store to get your fabulous Timeless Twine Goodies!!!

    **My Shabby Chic embellishments came from Creating with Details

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