Sunday, May 22, 2016

May stuff!

It's been awhile, a lot has happened here at the Metzger Ranch. Hubs had surgery, chemo and complications from the chemo. Everything gets put on the back burner for sure when one is sitting in the chemo room all day and hospital rooms. Now, he is recovering slowly but able to do things. We are more than grateful for his recovery! Let God be praised for His wonderful mercies in our behalf.

The month of May is here and with the rain and cold the first of the month I decided to redo the old cubboard in the kitchen we have had for 20 or more years. I chalk painted it and waxed it after we sanded it and Hubs cut the end off to shorten it. Making room for a new refrigerator.

This month is also the month all scrappers look forward to. National Scrapbooking Month and along with that Close To My Heart offers another beautiful paper pack that is not in the catalogs and exclusive for the month of May only. For only a purchase of $60 in product you can get this paper pack for FREE! They also offer a unique and exclusive stamp set to go with it for $17.95. Check it out here~ Happy Times. If you choose the Happy Times Paper Pack, I will send you the Workshops offered for cards and scrapbook layouts if you want them. I will also offer a FREE workshop to do both. 

You can also purchase an album at a discount of 25% off!

Have a nice day!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

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Monday, April 4, 2016

I am so excited!!!! I figured out how to organise my stamp sets in Evernote. First, it is easier to go to the website set up your account and download it to your computer, then, you should be able to sync it to your phone and other techno equipment you may own. 

Here is the video I watched. One thing I learned or can't figure out how to do is put them in chronological order but, then, I realized they don't have to be because of the way you set them up you put in key words and the stamp sets will show up. I will be putting them in chronological order in the box. Also, another thing I am adding to the information in Evernote is the number of the box they are in and numbering the boxes accordingly and I am putting each letter in seperate Notebooks (ex. A stamp sets together, B stamp sets together). 

I will be using these boxes to organise my stamp sets. These are the large sizes but you may not need that big of a box. Here are smaller ones for stamp sets. Both boxes will also work for Embossing Folders. 

My Acrylix® Organizer

Large Organizer


I took photos of my stamp sets and added them into the note area for that paticular stamp set. Be sure and resize your photo. I put them on pixels and changed to 400x300. Nice and small but still able to see them. 

I am also excited about getting ready to go to a Scrapbook Retreat in Sturgis, MI! Beautiful place on a lake. Hope to get alot done.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, March 21, 2016

March's Stampaganza is here!

Wow, Spring is gotta be here somewhere! Still using our wood stove to keep warm here, how about you? I have been having a blast putting together the Workshops Your Way in the Seasonal Expressions 1. 

This month's spotlight is on the beautiful Penelope! I can't begin to tell you how gorjus this paper is and how wonderful the Scrapbook layouts are and the adorable cards.


                        Workshops Your Way™ Penelope Scrapbooking Kit

                                                       Item Number: G1106
The pictures don't even do this paper justice. Check out this cute stamp set that works great with this paper. And it even has a Thin Cuts Dies to make cutting these cute critters out. You will need this Memento Stamp Pad to stamp the outlines with.

Black Memento™ Ink Pad

Item Number: Z899

                        Spring Critters

                         Item Number: C1638

           Spring Critters Thin Cuts

                  Item Number: Z3207
 I stamped the critters on our very, very white and smooth Watercolor Paper.

                Watercolor Paper

                 Item Number: Z3146

Then, I added colors with the Watercolor Paints and brushes.

                  Watercolor Paints

                     Item Number: Z3132

                Paintbrush Set

               Item Number: Z3188

  Sorry, its not real clear, but, here is some of my cards I made and the critters I haven't used yet. I used the instructions for the Free Workshop outline you can download but, for some reason, I didn't cut things right so some of my cards are not exact and I made some mistakes on the layouts too. I guess that's what happens when I try to cut and work on this and try to talk at the same time. But, there again, who says they have to look exactly like the instructions. I have to do some tweaking on my pages anyway to fit my photos on. 

 Watch the video below to see how to paint and put the cards together. There are 3 more videos that show you step by step how to cut and assemble the whole workshop.
How To Make the Cards.

Remember, this month's campaign is Buy Two Stamp sets and get One FREE

The Seasonal Expressions will be done at the end of April and all of the stamp sets in that catalog will be retired. In fact, the stamp set featured above is about to be all sold out by the end of this month so hurry and get yours today!!!!!!

The Annual Inspirations is finished by the end of August and most of those stamp sets will be retiring also. 

If you do decide to purchase this month's featured Workshop Your Way (Penelope) and want help with anything, let me know and we can get together and do this. Or plan to come to the next Workshop/Club/Crop Day listed above under events.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

February Overview

Its only been 2 months since Christmas and New Years but a lot has happened for us around here. Sickness, surgery, chemo. Events I had never thought could happen to either of us; but has. 

So, with that said, I am a bit behind so, what I want to share on here first is the projects I did with the February Workshop Your Way of the month~Charlotte.

I used watercolors on the flower and leaves and some on the background. I used various stamp sets for the background along with some water colors. A couple of the Charlotte Complements and the dots are Liquid Applique. I
have been asked for a tutorial on how I did the back ground. 

I attempted to copy this tutorial (thanks to Pete Hughs of Sizzix) using Close To My Heart Stamp Pads- Sorbet, Slate and Whisper. I didn't get quite the same effect, maybe because our stamp pads are different from Tim Holtz. And I didn't use the Water Color paper just regular white card stock.

 I then just stamped with various CTMH stamp sets-
D1544- Distressed Background-(retired)

Before I start, I want to say that using Water Color Paper works better than regular card stock. It holds up to the water you will be putting on it. So, needing to do another example to show you how I did the background I tried the above directions again on the sample on the left......

and watercolors on the right using Water Color Paper. On the left one I used the sponge shown and with a circular motion added the colors Sorbet and Slate. Sprayed it with a lot of water and still didn't get the results so I just left it like you see adding the different background stamps with Cashmere, Cocoa and Slate. I also used the sponge and put more color on where I thought it needed it and because there was water on it I was able to smooth out the edges of the ink. 

Using the Cashmere and the sponge shown I distressed the edges all the way around. Below is the other attempt with the watercolors. Lots of water is the key and I held it upright to let the colors drip down. I tried to match the sorbet and the slate. You can either let it air dry or dry it quicker with a heat gun.

You can also go back and add more color if you want it darker and even let the lighter color show in places, gives it a different look. The thing about water colors is, you can't make mistakes the sloppier the better. Once its dry, add the background stamping in the Cashmere, Slate and Cocoa. Distress the edges with the Cashmere like it shows above.

The stamp was too long for what I wanted to do with it so I wrapped it around the end of the block and stamped with Cocoa. 

I added the Doodled circle with the Cashmere. This is the left sample with the stamp pad inks. And below is the water colored sample.

I used this stamp set for the flowers and leaves. It has die cuts (below) to make cutting them super easy!

   It is recommended to use Black Memento Stamp Pad or anything equivalent that is water resistant or permanent ink. Let it dry well. I start with a wash of watercolor and water. Its better to have less than more at the start because you can always add more and build up. If you add too much the paint tends to feel chalky so keep it thin if you can. 

 I hope this helps. You can send me questions by messaging me on FB. Have fun with this and play with the paints. Another idea if you don't have the paints is to use the ink in the lid of your stamp pad. Just squish the lid into the pad before you open it and use the residue left in there in the same way you would the watercolor paints~lots of water.

And now, here are the rest of the cards and the 3 scrapbook pages I made with the Charlotte Workshop Your Way.

 With the Workshop Your Way you can make 3 two page layouts......

The colors worked wonderful with our Son's wedding pictures.

And these 3 cards below. There is enough paper to make 3 each of each design.

And there is a few scraps left to make a few more cards. I hope these are inspiring for you. Happy crafting!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


The Charlotte Paper Pack is the focus for the month of February. You will be able to see how the new Workshop Your Way works for all papercrafting~ cardmakers, 3-D and decor, and scrapbooking. I have had a lot of complements on this paper color and theme. I don't think you will be disappointed.

Workshops Your Way™ Charlotte Scrapbooking Kit

Item Number: G1104


Workshops Your Way™ Charlotte Scrapbooking Kit Contents:
1 – Charlotte Paper Packet (X7205B)
1 – Charlotte Complements (X7205C)
3 – Cardstock Sheets (1 Black, 2 Whisper)
1 – Black & Gold Ribbon (Z3197)
1 – Treasured Puffies (Z3203)
Featured Colors: Black, Champagne, Slate, Sorbet, Whisper, White Daisy
Use the materials and the online guide to create three traditional layouts and one Picture My Life™ layout.

One of the stamp sets that coordinate with the paper pack.

Springtime Wishes

Item Number: C1641

And easy cutting of the pieces above with the all new Thin Cuts!

Springtime Wishes Thin Cuts

Item Number: Z3201

You can purchase these and more from my website. Check back for more ideas throughout the month using this versatile paper pack.

Charlotte Workshops Your Way™ PML Guide Video 4 of 4

Charlotte Workshops Your Way™ Cardmaking Assembly Video 3 of 4

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