Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Looking back . . . and FORWARD

I was sitting here thinking about how long it has been since I crafted.  I cannot even REMEMBER the last time I was creating something!  So I started to look back at my blog . . . on May 25th I posted about the fact that my family was getting ready to move, and I had to pack up my entire craft room so that the room was an extra bedroom for showing the house.  Here is that post.  Here is the post later that day showing my progress in cleaning up and packing.  So, since today is September 23rd, that means it has been almost 4 MONTHS since I have had my craft room!

It was supposed to be a short process . . . pack up the room, put the house on the market, sell the house, move and have the new craft room all set up before school started.  Well, here is how things REALLY went . . .

I packed everything up, and a couple of days before we were due to go on the market someone wanted to have a pre-market showing.  They made an offer, which we accepted and things were moving forward.  We found a house we really liked, and we made an offer . . . it was looking like we were going to move July 17th.  YEAH!!!!  Well, not so fast!

Then the rain storms of June 2014 came along.  We got a TON of rain in a matter of 3 days.  Houses that never had a flooding issue were getting water in the basement.  We also got water . . . LOTS of water.  There was not a dry floor surface in the basement.

After going back and forth with us, the buyer decided to back out of the offer.  We then had to repair the basement, including installing drain tile and a sump pump and get it ready for a NEW buyer.  Oh, and we had to talk the seller of the house we wanted to buy into waiting for us to sell our house again.
So fast forward to today . . . repairs are done, house is sold, we are in the new house.  An extra "perk" is that the owner of our old house is a Disney fan.  She said she was sad to see that I took down the Mickey Mouse saying from the room that used to be my craft room.  I told her I could make her a new one.  :)

And now, I have to start to make plans for MY new craft room.  Don't worry . . . I will post photos when I have them.  I am also getting ready for a blog hop in November.  I will be a part of the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop.  I cannot wait to show you what I have planned for this!

Then, after that it will be time to get ready for CHA 2015!  
I will be at The Buckle Boutique Booth - # 2535

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Blogging Tips - Watermarks

I watermark all of my photos.  I know a lot of people don't believe in this, but after having my work showcased on other sites and then sometimes seeing credit given to another crafter I will always believe in watermarking my photos.

So how do you get a pretty watermark?

I purchased mine for $2 from http://stampinbygenny.com/watermarks/
Yes, there are tutorials online on how to make your own, and I did that at first too . . . but then I saw these for $2 and thought they looked so much nicer than the one I had made.

She even includes directions on how to add them to your photos!

Tell her Shawn from Crafty Chics sent you!

Friday, July 18, 2014

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Adding a Rhinestone Slide to an Invitation

I was looking at a website the other day that does invitation just for some ideas.  I wanted to use the rhinestone slides from The Buckle Boutique to add some sparkle to a simple invitation.

I ordered a sample of a simple invitation, then I cut a piece of teal cardstock just slightly larger than the invitation.

I used some ribbon from 3 Girl Jam and put it through the rhinestone slide.  I tacked down the ends of the ribbon on the back of the invitation.

Then I attached the invitation to the cardstock.  Now the ends of the ribbon are sandwiched between the invitation and the cardstock, making them even more secure.

Simple, but it adds a pop of color and some extra sparkle to the invitation.

If you would like to see the full line of slides from The Buckle Boutique, you can see them HERE

Monday, July 7, 2014

Blogging Tips - inserting HTML

Last week we talked about HTML code . . . what is it and why, as a blogger, do I even need to know about it?  If you missed that post you can click HERE to read it.

So let me give you the real life example of what "inspired" this blog post in the first place . . . I organize a Disney Pixar Blog Hop.  I do what is called a "Write Up" for everyone to use . . . I will have to do a blog post about "Write Ups" too.  Simply, the "write up" contains all of the information I feel is important for each participant in the blog hop to have in their post . . . welcome people to the hop, a button image for the event, a list of who the sponsors are with links to their sites.  Since I want to make sure that all of those links are right and names are spelled correctly, if I do the write up and have everyone use the same info then I know it is right . . . or if it is wrong the ONLY person I can blame is myself.

So, I told everyone in the hop to copy and paste the HTML code I provided them into their blog post . . . but if you are new to blogging, how do you actually DO THAT?

Here we go . . . (again, my examples will be in Blogger)

In your blog, start a new blog post
Look at the upper left corner and you will see that you are in the Compose View

Now click on the HTML button to the right of the Compose button . . .

Now copy and paste the code that you were given into the while space (where you would type your post)

Next, click on the Compose button again, and this will bring you back so that you can see the blog post.

In my blog hop "write up" example I have a portion in the beginning that says

If you came here from {insert person before you here}

So I tell people to remove the text between the { } and insert the name of the person who is before you in the line up and make their name a clickable link to their blog

Then, when people go down to the middle of the post and I have a line that says

{insert your project here}

and I tell them to delete the {insert project here} and then they can create their post like they normally would . . . inserting pictures, typing, formatting . . . all in the Compose view.

LAST, in the send off paragraph for the post I have a portion that says

{insert the person you are sending to here}

This is where I ask people to insert the name of the person that is after them in the blog hop and make their name a clickable link to that person's blog.

This whole system helps to keep a consistent look and feel to the posts by all of the bloggers, and helps to ensure that links are working correctly.  Remember . . . all of the {stuff that I do between the brackets} is just my way of doing things.  Each person running a hop may have different ways of addressing how to deal with incoming and outgoing links, so AFTER you insert the HTML code I ALWAYS recommend that you go back to the Compose view and READ the post . . . and read it like you are visiting the blog for the first time to make sure that everything makes sense.

So, that shows you HOW to insert HTML code into a blog post.  Pretty easy.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Blogging Tips - HTML code basics

Recently I was helping another blogger with HTML code, and she said that I should do a Blogging Basics type post about the topic.  Okay . . . here it is.

First off, what is HTML code?

HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language.  This is basically the language that is used to create websites, web pages and elements on the pages.  There are lots of different tags and elements that when they are combined make websites do what they do like making text BOLD, or different COLORS, or even a clickable link to another portion of the website.

So that is what the code IS . . . now how do I use it as a basic blogger?

First off, I am NOT going to try and pretend I know a LOT about code.  That is why this post is called BASICS.  I want to show YOU that you DON'T have to know a LOT about code to have a blog and USE HTML codes.

All of my examples are going to be for Blogger because, well, that is what I use.  :)

In your blog, start a new blog post

Look at the upper left corner and you will see that you are in the Compose View

You can also see from the image above that everything looks pretty much like typing an email.  You see line returns, if items were in BOLD you would see that too.

Now click on the HTML button to the right of the Compose button . . .

Now you are going to see the computer code language of the blog.  I have circled some of the coding in this next image, like the code that is telling the blog to make text bold or change it's color.

So that covers some basics of what code IS . . . now, why is that important to a new blogger or how will you even USE IT.  Why can't you just type up all of your blog post in the Compose view and be done with it?

Well . . . you can.  But what if you get involved in an event, like a blog hop, and they want you to insert some HTML code into your post.  How do you do that?  It is really not as hard or scary as it may sound.  We will answer that question with next week's tip.