Friday, January 30, 2009

Luv Bug Weekend - Blog Hop

Sweets for my Sweet!

Hello Hoppers! Welcome to my blog!

I have a special treat for you today...take a close look...that's right, I have recycled my clam shell packaging from a used roll of tacky tape. Clam shell packaging is food-safe and makes great little treats or party favors! Try making some for yourself!

Here is the word you all came for...thread...now off to the next blog it is Amber's at http://thecountryscrapper.blogspot.com/

Happy Hopping Blogger's!

Be sure to stay tuned to the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog at http://www.cuttlebugchallengeblog.blogspot.com/ for some awesome projects and tutorials! A whole 3 day weekend of creativity is waiting for you! Enjoy!!

Stay true to your passion -- Keep Creating!

Tracy :)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Home Sweet Home...

Back home now...got in a little after midnight last night. Our trip was amazing and it was so inspiring for me! New projects and ideas are just bouncing around in my head like crazy. If you haven't seen the daily CHA posts...just scroll down thru the blog and enjoy... I just posted a small sampling of our pic's...have about 800 or so between all of us..ha!

Have a creative and joyful day! ... I'm off to unpack...

Tracy :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

CHA Day #3

What a day! Sorry to be posting so late...been busy finalizing orders all evening along with balancing the checkbook...ugh! So many awesome products, lotions, and potions this year! and of course, I WANT IT ALL!! You gals are going to be jumping for joy when these orders start rolling in...goodies will be cming in from more companies than I care to type at the moment...it is currently 2:30am (TX time) right now...yawn...

Lucky for us we got to see Donna Downey and Heidi Swapp today! They are both so down to earth and friendly! Heidi has an incredible new product line this year called Invisibles...can't wait to share her techniques with you...truly amazing! Also, ordered Donna's new products that she is launching with Prima...did anyone say Scrapbook in a Day??...get ready!!!

Heard about the icy weather...yall be careful and stay warm!

Well girlz, I'm starting to see double...heading off to bed...night night!
Tracy :) enjoy the pic's
We were thrilled to meet the one & only...Mr. Cricut himself today! Pretty handsome fella don't ya think...got watch his roaming hands though!!
Check out Ranger's new alcohol inks...new additions BRIGHTS! love, love, love them! also love the new refillable pen!
Look at this fabulous messenger bag that Tim has created!! stitched grungeboard...
what will he put grungeboard on next??!!??


Gotta love Heidi!! She is so sweet and has come up with an ingenius new product line...hard to talk to you about this one...need to show you...you will be so amazed!



Here's a quick pic of Donna Downey...she was quick and on the go...couldn't get a better shot. There is a funny video of her and Tim that I will post later...

Me taking a quick trip to the Chocolate Fountain in the Rusty Pickle booth...Marylee just happened to capture me once again with my big mouth open...ha!

This was so much fun!! Jac and I are in the Prima booth and we were given 10 seconds to fill a bag with as many flowers as we possibly could!!! can you say...ready, set, go!!!


Oh how I love my Prima flowers...
I was still so excited about our bag of flowers that I couldn't help myself...I scattered them all over the bed in our hotel room and my heart was overflowing once again with JOY!! when I saw this pic...I soon realized that the scrapping lunatic in me had come out to play...tee hee!







Monday, January 26, 2009

CHA Day #2



Hello Scrappy Friends!!

Here we are all raring to get inside the Showroom at 8am this morning only to find out that we weren't allowed to enter until 9am...ugh!! So we patiently sat on the floor right outside the main doors watching the clock...we wanted to be first in line for some of the AMAZING make & takes!


Today was like a crazy whirlwind of a day! We were all on major creative overload! We saw such awesome products and fabulous demos...can't wait to share everything we have learned with you!! The show has been packed...and we are placing orders right and left! I have posted a few pic's of us, samples, and a few celeb photos. Hope you enjoy them and I wish YOU were ALL here with us!


Jac & Susan creating away at M&T counters...




Soaking our swollen feet after day #2...



Come and take a little walk with me thru some show floor pic's...






















































Celebrity Sightings... Tim's awesome demo...


Wendy Vecci


Claudine Hellmuth


Kristi from Daisy Bucket

Cheryl & Megan
Ten Seconds Studio

My hero...Tim!
Unfortunately...no Heidi Swapp or Elsie this year...

Sunday, January 25, 2009

CHA Day #1

Hi girlz!
Well, the Create Joy team has arrived in sunny California...only took us 3 planes and more peanuts than we care to count..ha! (we flew Southwest-Non Rev) ...We arrived around 1pm or so and quickly hit the hotel, dropped our bags, and made a bee-line to the convention center. We are seeing so much Fab stuff! I can't wait to go back tomorrow and hit every aisle. We will post some celeb and product photos tomorrow so be sure to check back soon! Here are a few pic's from Day #1...hope u enjoy them!
Overflowing with JOY,
Tracy, Jaclyn, Susan, Marylee

CHA...here we come!

Creatively yours -- Spotlight Sunday!

Check out the Cuttlebug Challenge blog todayat www.cuttlebugchallengeblog.blogspot.com
...it's my turn for the spotlight! Please feel free to post your comments here... Off to catch a plane for CHA..woo hoo! Follow my blog for lots of CHA pic's and postings over the next few days...

More to follow....
Tracy :)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

CHA samples for Ten Seconds Studio...

Well, it has been a very busy week around here. We had a great week of classes , a fabulous crop night, and I was busy creating some sample lo's for Ten Seconds Studio for their booth at CHA. They have created new molds called Kabukas. They are the same size as the large background molds and have a different design on each side. They are fabulous! Take a look at my lo's...hope they inspire you!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Cuttlebug Be Inspired Challenge #15



This week the Cuttlebug Design Team was issued a challenge to recreate a card inspired by one of Becky Fleck's (of Page Maps) sketches. Here is the card that I created. I love the look of clear cards! This card is created out of clear plastic. These plastic sheets can be cut easily by hand or die cut...best of all, it scores easily and embosses beautifully in the Cuttlebug! I used the nested heart Cuttlebug dies to create the various hearts out of the plastic and some fun papers by Fancy Pants. I embossed the larger heart with the Script EF and the smaller heart with the Swiss Dot EF. Some of the hearts, buttons, and flowers are adhered to the front of the card, while others are adhered inside the card. This creates a great layered, dimensional look because the card is clear and you see all of the elements through the front of the card. It's "clearly" a fun way to create! Follow these simple step-by-step instructions and make your own "clear" card today!
1. Cut your plastic sheet to desired dimensions (sample card is 8x4)
2. Score and fold
3. Cut a 3x7 piece of red cardstock and create scalloped edges using a scollop border punch
4. Center and adhere to the inside of the card
(use a clear adhesive runner or a clear liquid adhesive)
5. Die cut various hearts out of printed papers and scraps of plastic
6. Emboss the plastic hearts in the Cuttlebug embossing folders (I used the Script EF and the Swiss Dot EF on my card)
7. Ink the edges of the various paper hearts in coordinating colors
8. Now the fun part...arrange the plastic and paper hearts in desired postions and adhere. Start with the inside of the card then close card and arrange additional hearts on the front of the card. This will create a layered, dimensional look. (use a clear adhesive...my favorite is zip dry)
9. Stamp the front of the card with special sentiment (you must use StazOn Ink on plastic)
10. Embellish the card with punched paper circles, buttons, and flowers. (I used some black floss in the buttons and I applied Pink Stickles in the centers of the flowers)
11. Punch a hole through the closed card using a Cropadile and secure with a ribbon.
If you do not have plastic sheets available in your local area, you can purchase them online at http://www.cre8joyworkshops.com/. They are manufactured by Accucut and come in 12x12 sheets. Click on the "Shop for Joy!" link on the website and then go to Scrappin' Basics to check them out. Hope you enjoyed this week's challenge!
Keep Creating,
Tracy :)


Sunday, January 18, 2009

CHA baby!

I'm getting so excited...CHA is only days away! I can't wait to see what the vendors have in store for us this year. I'm seeing some pretty awesome sneak peeks!

We are currently updating the Create Joy website and will be pushing out the Club Joy February kit and featured products early since I will be out of town next week (CHA baby...Woo Hoo!). Jaclyn and I are also constructing a Create Joy Design Team blog and I will be posting pic's to the blog while we are there so you can feel like you are right there with us! As soon as the blog is ready, I will send out the link.

Keep it joyful,
Tracy :)

Happy Birthday Hayden!

I'm a little late posting this but I just wanted to share a pic of Hayden on his 12th birthday which was earlier this week. I told Hayden to make his 12th year a good one and a slow one...I'm not ready for a another teenager in the house..yikes! We celebrated Hayden's birthday with family and a few of his closest buds at Incredible Pizza. His favorite present was Rock Band II and if I was a little smarter...I would've purchased some ear plugs too! ha ha ... just kidding! Happy Birthday Hayden! You are one awesome kid!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

January Stasher's Project...


Hello All!
I had such a fun time at our Scrapstasher's meetings today! For those of you who missed... Here is a pic of the project that we created using our scraps...it is an altered monthly planner.
I'm so proud of the gals that came today! It was great to see everyone and your projects were fabulous! It was so fun to see all the different colors and styles...each one was so unique!
Stay true to your passion -- Keep Creating!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Want to get more organized?


I was asked to contribute to an organizational article on the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog this past week. So I decided to create a Swatch Book out of die cut tags that are embossed with my Cuttlebug folders. It is a great way to see all the designs I own at a glance...plus I can see the positive and the negative design by looking at the front and back side of each tag. Here is a picture...to check out the entire article and other great organizational ideas from the DT...click on the Cuttlebug Challenge Blingee on the right hand of your screen or go to http://www.cuttlebugchallengeblog.blogspot.com/. Hope you enjoy it and it inspires you to get organized for the New Year!