Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Fun with Christmas Tags....

Sheldon can have his fun with flags, so I'm going to have my fun with Christmas tags... I made another YouTube video tonight.... there's going to be a lot more once the season is over with a lot of DIY holiday crafts. I'm really excited, I don't know about you!!! So spread the word through FB, Twitter, whatever social media you use.... If you like what you see, let me know, and also follow my other social media feeds (you'll find the buttons on the side panel of the blog ).  Altered Whimseys will be growing by leaps and bounds next year, and you WANT TO BE A PART OF IT!!!


Friday, October 28, 2016

Yes....I am one of THOSE people....

This weekend I really plan on hunkering down and getting a lot of Christmas cards done, but before I sally forth, I wanted to get Altered Whimseys blog decorated for Christmas! Also, look for the That Christmas Channel link in the side bar for your listening pleasure as you peruse my blog for Christmas craft ideas and other fun stuff, or click on the link and enjoy the music as you do your own Christmas crafts.  Last year I missed Christmas... I was in ICU with heart related issues. Actually the whole month was a bust... but lets focus on the positive! This year I am going ALL OUT!!! New wreath for the door, some DIY tree decor and so much more... 



Thursday, October 27, 2016

I shiver with antici.........(SAY IT!!!)......pation....

Yes... this weekend will not only bring ghosts and goblins, but new planner goodies and Heidi Swapp pretties to local Michael's and JoAnn Stores in my area. Some stores have already put a few items out to tease. Tonight I ventured to the Rancho Cordova Michael's to see if they had filled the empty spaces of their 'island' of planner goodness... not yet. Folsom has most of it's stuff out, so I'm going up there tomorrow to see if they add anything, or maybe not... the rain has begun.... and trust me when I say this, we have needed it. Ok, I'm deviating from my focus here which is new product. Earlier today I saw the preview of all of Heidi Swapp's new Instax goodies. I've been in the fence about getting one of them, and after watching her YouTube preview I must say, I am becoming more and more intrigued. I'm not really a 'pinky' girly girl, but her new rose gold and metallic rose accent Instax accessories are amazing. Here is the video....



So are you in love now!!!??? Oh yes! They are coming to Michael's... just don't know when, but Kim Jeffress and Jennifer Evans have hinted at post Halloween releases... the M's and J's in my area (Sacramento Valley) are sometimes a bit 'off' in their timing as well has having store members having NO CLUE who Heidi Swapp is and looking at me like I have a third eye when I say Happy Planner... Ugh, don't get me started on the lack of product education these stores have. It's ridiculous. I so miss my LSS when I knew and had faith in the store owners and they would POST the dates of new incoming product. I have found a LSS, but not so local for me, it's an hour and a half drive round trip, but it's so well worth it because Andrea and the staff at It's All About the Scrapbook (see link on right) KNOW WHO AND WHAT they're talking about. They know the biz, they know CHA, they know Pinner's Conference. Sigh... Well, I'll get off my soapbox and head to bed. I have a fun day of laundry and unpacking my winter clothes and packing away summer and getting rid of my clothes that are now too big for me...

Love you all....

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Cards, cards and more cards....

I have been a card machine today! Got started and made a card for my cousins as they welcomed a new baby girl to their family yesterday. Then after a late lunch I went upstairs and got to designing some cards to go in my Etsy store and some to donate to the UMC of Rancho Cordova Holiday Faire (10-2 Saturday, November 5th in Rancho Cordova, CA , 2101 Zinfandel Drive... if you're in the area, drop on by!).  


This set is going to UMC Holiday Faire

Also going to Holiday Faire

and this card is on it's way to Florida...

It's all about the FRIDAY FROLIC!!!


Yesterday I spent the late morning among the beauty of Prima, the fun and faithful Illustrated Faith, and the classic lines of BoBunny.... I was at It's All About the Scrapbook in Dixon, CA. This whimsical and wonderful scrapbooking and paper arts store is nestled off of N. Lincoln Road and is really easy to get to from both I-80 and HWY 50 if you live in the Sacramento Valley.  What can I say...? Well I LOVED LOVED LOVED IT! The owner, Andrea, was such a delight, and so was Yvonne, a local crafter who shared her AMAZING hand bound mini books with me. I got to shoot some video before my phone had other ideas. It had been a while since I've done a video for Friday Frolic so I was a bit out of practice.  The selection is amazing and Andrea has told me that she has some Reset Girl product coming soon.... check out her blog for more info.... It's All About the Scrapbook.  They also have a great Facebook Page!  I must say I am sad that the video I took, which showed all their great and amazing things, I somehow couldn't import from Facebook to my blogging program.... So do the only logical thing.... GO TO THE STORE!!! (If you're local that is... if not, put it on your 'to-do' list when you are in town).




Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Ahhhhhh Falllllllll and DIY Halloween Decor

While the leaves have not turned yet, I have donned the green flannel and have a warm bowl of mac and cheese... Fall has arrived in my little nook and cranny of the world here in Northern CA. That means I had better get working on my Christmas cards. All things crafty have arrived here at my house and both my husband and I have embraced it whole heartedly. I have even ventured into the realm of creating my own Halloween decorations. I usually don't decorate for Halloween, except for the Jack-O-Lantern on All Hallows Eve. Last year was such a rough year I really want to go all out for the holidays for this year, starting with Halloween. Going all out for me means decorating our huge bay window and our door.  Today I did the prep work, I went to Target and acquired the orange lights needed for the window, and did the Cricut cut outs that I will hang from light strings. Tomorrow I plan on cleaning the living room.... scary thought (haha). Seriously... my life has been on hold since July of last year and it has been non stop. Last year no Christmas cards got made or sent out. In fact I spent Christmas in the ICU, I don't remember much of December. This Fall I have a lot to look forward to..... stocking my Etsy store, making gifts for my family, going to Idaho for Thanksgiving, decorating for Christmas, Live Nativity Scene.... sigh.... ok, I'm getting ahead of myself....annnnd I'm rambling.

The 'cut outs'