CHA Day 1 – UPDATED, this time with photos!

I had a great day!  I got the opportunity to go to CHA this year – only 1 1/2 days (1/2 day today and I get to do a full day on Monday).  I’m not a member, so I couldn’t go to any of the amazing classes, but I did get to walk the floor today.  I wanted to share with you, since hearing others talk about CHA made me want to go…

I got there around 2:30 and was excited to see the banner on the convention center:

Then I walked into the convention hall.  It is HUGE!!!  I started walking from booth to booth.  I’ll be honest, I thought no one would talk to me since I didn’t have a store – but most everyone was very nice to me and it was a great experience…

I tried quilling for the first time (something I’d been afraid to try before) at the Quilled Creations booth – and it was fun! ( 

Saw some great new stamps that will be coming out from Technique Tuesday and Lawn Fawn… (it’s probably good they don’t let you buy)….

I spoke with the the people at the Sillhouette Cameo booth and saw some of the great things the machine can do (did I mention it was delivered – I just can’t open it yet)???  ( I’m pretty excited about it!

I got some great stickers at

I saw some great new products – some cool led lights that my dad will love from dazzu light-craft studio – can’t wait to get a hold of some of them…  (

The people from hot off the press ( showed me some amazing new products – isn’t this an amazing card???

Saw some great man-papers at kite tails designs (a brand spanky new company!) (

And to top it all off, I got to go to Bucca Di Beppo with 14 other crafty ladies that I knew on facebook but not in real life.  It was a blast!!!

It’s a little late – after midnight – so I will write more tomorrow.  We intend to hit the big stuff tomorrow… er today…  like Tim Holtz and Martha Stewart.  I’ll have a helper so hopefully I’ll get to take more photos.  By the way, this post wasn’t an advertisement – I just wanted to share some things I saw that probably won’t be covered too much by others…

I will say – if you ever get the opportunity – you should go… It’s amazing!
Have a great day!

Guest Designer Shawnee Day 3

Hi everyone!
For today’s card I decided to make a masculine card. Now I have to admit these are some of the toughest cards to make as you can’t add bling which I love and ribbon can make it look girlie. So I had some really cute paper that I got on clearance at Michaels. I wasn’t sure where to use it so I decided to try it out on this card.

I used my Cricut E2 for this A2 size card and the Just a Note Cricut Cartridge. I love this cute cartridge. The stamp is from CardzTV Stamps “It’s A Guy Thing” and goes perfectly with this ribbon.   I added a base mat from Cricut Lite Lacey Labels and then some twine and a button. My husband said it was simple and perfect for a guy. Although I’ll admit, I really wanted to add bling. LOL.
This card is perfect to show that guy in your life that you care. I gave it to mine to show him I appreciate him and all that he does for our family.
It has been so much fun joining you this week. I hope you will check out my blog at Blessed On The Bright Side. 


Guest Designer Shawnee Day 2

Hi everyone welcome back. Thanks for joining me for another fun card. Today’s card is from one of my favorite cartridges. I actually have made this card before but this time changed it up a bit but adding Googly eyes and the flower which was my daughter Carleigh’s idea. The monkey and Go Wild is from Create a Critter. Then this beautiful pink leaf cardstock is from an animal fun stack I got at Ross a while back. If you don’t check the Ross scrapbook aisle…do. You can get some of the best paper bargains in those aisles. You’d be amazed at the punches and papers that you’d find. The file to make this card from Cricut Craftroom will be on my blog later today. I made this card for my friend Melanie. This cards bright colors and cheery monkey will make anyone smile.

I will see you tomorrow with another fun card. Thanks for joining me!

Guest Designer Shawnee

Hi everyone, I am Shawnee and I am the guest designer for this week. I am so honored to be joining you this week. I love to make cards to encourage people and make them smile. For today’s card I made a standard A2 size card using Cricut Lite Lacey Labels, my Cricut Imagine, and Je t’adore collection from Making Memories. I cut the Je tádore paper at 5 inches by 4 1/2 inches. Then the dark pink mat is cut at 4 inches followed by a white mat that is cut at 3.5 inches. The word Love is cut from the same cartridge at 2 inches. Finally I accented it with simple heart rhinestones for a little bit of bling. Simple but easy to make over and over if you had to.  I inked around the edges with Chocolate Brown ink which made it stand out a little more. 

See you tomorrow for another wonderful card!


Guest Designer ~Jamie

Hi everyone I am guest designing this week for Jennifer. I wanted to share some of my recent cards with you. With Valentines day around the corner I made so love cards to donate to OWH. I kept the Happy Valentines off so they can be used as love cards anytime.

All the images are Bugaboo and colored with Copics. The paper was bought in single sheets and scraps from my large collection of left overs.

Hope you all enjoyed my cards and stop by my blog sometime.
Jamie @

history in my lifetime

Hi!  Welcome to the history in my lifetime blog hop!  I signed up for the all about me scrapbook group, and this is part of that book.

I chose the iPhone/iPad as the historical event that affected my life. I know that sounds dumb, but it has had a significant impact on my life.
Here’s my two page spread, in my smashbook!
Here’s a close up of the pages:

And the other page

Thanks so much for visiting!

If you’re new to my blog, be sure to become a follower. Please help me get to 800!

Crafty Card Gallery is an iPhone app (works on iPad and iPod Touch) that is now available for Android Phones. It is a card gallery for handmade cards. You can follow great designers, and look for ideas. It’s updated monthly so there’s always new great content for you…  

You can get it in the iTunes app store and the android marketplace

Now what you’ve all been waiting for – my 750 follower giveaway…..
I will be having fabulous guest designers in January & February…  So what I’m going to do (to make sure they get some appreciation too)….. I will give away 3 prizes – 1) a cricut cartridge (I will post which one after I buy it), 2) a bite size body guide diet & fitness journal and some stickers & clear stamps and 3) some cuttlebug dies, stickers, embellishments & clear stamps.
All 3 winners will get a free copy of the soon to be released new iPhone app…..
How will I get my winners????
I’ll take all comments from 12/28 through 2/26 (more incentive for you to comment on multiple posts) and I’ll randomly select 3 winners from all posts  during that time. If I somehow make it to 800 followers during that time, I’ll add a few more prizes…. 🙂
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if you’d like to read the full text of my page:

History in My Lifetime

It’s hard to think something as simple as a phone would have a big impact on my life, but it has..
A few years ago, at work, they allowed supervisors to get cell phones & connect to their work email & calendar.  Being a gadget girl (who no longer had my palm pilot) who went to a lot of meetings, this seemed like a great idea!  I quickly signed up & bought a Blackberry Curve.  I even stayed with AT&T because Verizon didn’t have any good phones.  I loved my Blackberry – I even got “blackberry thumb” from using it so much…
So when my contract was up, i was contemplating either an iPhone or an android (which was new technology at the time).  I chose the iphone, and was super excited about it!  I even posted on facebook from the apple store with my new phone!!
I showed it to my dad – he had technology envy (I finally learned where I got it from)…  So I bought him an iphone too!
So how did the iphone change my life?  I got the phone in February 2010….  by September 2010, I was so happy with my phone that I took a giant leap and bought a MacBook Pro laptop.. (Prior to the iPhone I couldn’t understand why anyone would buy a Mac!)  Why did I buy a Mac?  Because I wanted to learn to program…  
I wanted to make an app…  It was like the movie Inception… the idea was in the back of my head…  I HAD to get it out…  I had to make the app.  I didn’t learn to program – I found another way to create my app.  And by October 2010, I had developed my iphone app – Crafty Card Gallery, and created a blog and a Facebook page for the app… 
in March, the ipad2 came out; and my awesome hubby Mark pre-ordered one for me for my birthday… I was so excited when they called that it had come it – I actually left work early, in the rain (and my boss let me) to go out to Folsom to pick up the iPad with him!)
I LOVE my ipad!
I celebrated my one year blogaversary in October 2011… It has been so rewarding meeting all of the people I’ve met (mainly online) and interacting with so many people that are so creative!  I actually got to meet some of the people that are local in real life at the scrapbook expo!  
I have fully embraced all things apple….
I have definitely improved in my crafting ability and have had a great time with the app!  I have another app in the works… and some other ideas in mind….None of which would have happened without the iPhone and iPad…
So I signed up for the all about me scrapbook group & signed up for the history in my lifetime – and I chose the iphone as my history… Shortly thereafter Steve Jobs passed away…  I have to admit, although I never met him or followed his life much – it saddened me that he had died… he was such a creative man; it seems like such a big loss.  
I have to say, I would never think I’d be writing about how much a phone changed my life!  Clearly it’s not the “phone” part of the iphone that’s changed my life… it’s the ability to do “more” with the device… as they say… you want to do that?  There’s an app for that!  I love having apps to do anything and everything I can think of… 
What types of things do I use my iphone/ipad for?
Blogging, note taking, to do lists, email, texting, weight watchers, crafty card gallery, pinterest, pop sugar, facebook, words with friends, hanging with friends, photos, shopping, banking, depositing checks, blog reading, and much,much more… 🙂
Here’s the complete line up in case you get lost…

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