Tuesday, May 31, 2011

memorial day shopping

i hope everyone had a wonderful memorial day weekend. i sure did.
michael's was having a sale, and they had a coupon on their website for 25% off of your entire purchase INCLUDING sale items. which made me so excited, because i love those craft storage cubes that you can buy at michaels, but they're really expensive, and the most i've ever seen them on sale for is 40% off, and with this coupon i knew it would give me a 65% discount!
so that was my motivation for going to michael's and as you'll see in my haul video i also found tons of other stuff that was on sale that i couldn't resist buying!

thanks for watching. i'll be back soon with some more project posts. i got some crafting done this weekend and i'm looking forward to sharing it with you guys. i started my very first altered tag, as you saw in the video i purchased those manila tags, and had a lot of fun with that.

ALSO, i'm keeping an eye out for swaps that are going on, i had so much fun doing the vintage purse swap that i'd love to participate in another swap for tags, cards, or mini albums, etc. so if you hear of anything like that let me know in the comments.

vlog ya later,

Sunday, May 22, 2011

what's in your vintage purse swap

hi crafters!
ok, so a few posts ago i gave you a sneak peak at the recent project that's made my craft desk a collosal mess. i participated in a swap hosted by bona, who is livelovescrap on youtube.

the wait is officially over, check out my video below. . .

thanks so much for watching. i worked really hard learning the vintage shabby chic theme, and i hope that my swap partner really loves her purse.

i also sent some bonus goodies with her purse that i didn't include in my video, so when she posts her video i'll be sure to link, in case you want to see what she got in her RAK. and if you don't know what a RAK is-well, first you're not watching enough youtube, and second it's a Random Act of Kindness :)

vlog ya later,
shawnte, the avgscrapgirl

Friday, May 13, 2011

bridal shower card

one of my best friends will be getting married this june, and i created this card for her bridal shower is this weekend.

i used k&co's julienne collection, which is so lovely and just perfect for a wedding themed card.

supplies used:

k&company's julienne 6x6 specialty paper

cristal sticker pearls

spellbinders nestabilities label's one

recollections dimensional sticker (wedding dress & veil)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

to decorate a craft room

i'm pretty easily excited when it comes to scrapbook shopping, but when i saw this on Jennifer McGuire's blog I had one thought: i want, I WANT, i want!!!
my husband and i moved to a bigger apartment this year and now i have my very own office as my craft room. i'm not really good at decorating, and this book seems perfect for giving me some ideas on how to design my craft space. i'm entering the giveaway, and even if i don't win i'm going to have to pick up this magazine, i need it!
blog ya later,

Saturday, May 7, 2011

happy NSD & a sneak peak

happy national scrapbooking day!
i spent my day working on my vintage shabby chic purse for Bona's purse swap. it was a perfect craft day. i have just a bit more work to do and i'll be finished.
i made the purse using graphic 45's curtain call collection. here's hoping i nailed the vintage shabby chic theme! i should have a video posted next week. until then. . .
here's a sneak peak. . .

hope you're having a great NSD!
blog ya later,
shawnte, the avgscrapgirl

Friday, May 6, 2011

a shabby chic education

hello crafters,
i'm an avid youtube watcher. i love finding great craft channels to subscribe to. one of my favorites is livelovescrap, which is Bona's channel. i fell in love with the beautiful page swaps and tag swaps and mini album swaps she would host and feature on her channel. and i thought one day, i'm going to participate in one of her swaps.

now i have to pause and say-i don't like doing multiples. i loathe making the exact same thing, the exact same way more than once. i did invitations for my cousins birthday party once and it was torture-i don't know why i'm like that i just am. . . anyway back to the point. . .
given my despise of making multiples i jumped at the opportunity, when i saw that she was having a what's in your vintage purse swap. i only had to make one purse and ten unique items to go inside. PERFECT! i was so in.

side note. . . i have a tendency to jump into things without always thinking them all the way through. LOL! so what hit me like a ton of bricks after i'd signed up is that, the theme of the purse is vintage shabby chic. . . which is gorgeous, and beautiful, and so NOT my style.

so i had-not a problem, but an opportunity. to learn vintage shabby chic, and that's what i've been doing all week: studying.

here's what i found out so far. . .
-lace is a BIG deal. these shabby chic-er's love their lace, and it truly does make their projects look delicate, beautiful and romantic.
-vintage trinkets: keys, bookplates, buttons, cameos-all vitally important
-pearls-oh the beautiful pearls :)
-doilies-which are pretty trendy right now, even if you're not a shabby chic-er.
-flowers, flowers, and more flowers. and don't forget to adorn them with sprays and swirling rhinestones, and to coated with glimmer mist so they have just the right shimmer.
-certain companies are perfect for vintage shabby chic: graphic 45, prima, webster's pages to name a few.

so what am i going to do with all this information?
hopefully make a really cute vintage shabby chic purse! i'm going to spend all day tomorrow working on it. and i'll be back with a video to show you how i did.
wish me luck!
shawnte, the avgscrapgirl

Thursday, May 5, 2011

cosmo cricket everafter altered box and mini album

hello crafters,
today i'd like to share the very first altered box and mini album i've ever created. i made this box back in february, but because of technical difficulties i'm just now uploading it to youtube.

i owe a big thank you to bona at livelovescrap and arlene at mybutterflykisses12. i'd never thought of altering anything until i happened across their youtube channels. these two ladies are so talented, and i've really been inspired by their hard work.

as you'll see in the video i did give them a "shout out" LOL! :) however, since making this video bona is now following my blog! and my youtube page!! and i'm participating in her what's in your vintage purse swap!!! (if you can't tell i'm so super EXCITED)

i hope you enjoy the project

thanks for watching!
vlog ya later
shawnte, the avgscrapgirl

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

and the winner is. . .

the winner of my gift card giveaway is . . .

2Peas in a Bucket Giveaway

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i numbered each new subscriber/follower from 1 to 41, i began counting with my youtube subscribers and then twitter lumping into one big batch and then had the random number selector select a number.

and number 8 is. . . youtuber: CreateMePink
she has an great youtube page so check out her videos!

thank you so much to everyone who followed/subscribed, i really appreciated it. i will be having more giveaway's in the future, so if you didn't win this one hang in there for future opportunities.

i've got some great video posts coming up including my first baby steps into altered projects. i'm really looking forward to sharing it with you all.
blog ya later!
shawnte, the avgscrapgirl