Monday, March 26, 2018

Good Morning from San Antonio Texas

There are only Six more days left to the Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration!
Do Not Miss Out On Some Fabulous Items
There are some great things in this catalog, some will be carrying over to the new Annual catalog in June but most will not.
Don't take the chance that the one you want will not be there!

And while you are shopping from Occasions remember that for EVERY $50 you spend you earn a free item from the
Sale-A-Braton catalog!
What is not to love? Great Stampin' Up! stuff and FREE stuff too. 
it is a win/win

head over to my previous 
post about sharing a Paper Pumpkin kit and leave me a message!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Someone is getting a little sister soon....

This is my Grandson,
He is one of 5, soon to be 6 of the Grandchildren my husband and I have. 
Out of the 6 he is the only boy. 
But I know he is going to be the best big brother. 

So I needed to make a very special card for the "Sprinkle" I cased and tweaked a card I wanted to share with you. I cased the card from Stamping In Maine and if you don't know CASE means Copy And Share Everything. 
Here is my card:
Don't you just love those little raindrop accents? They are one of my favorite things from the Occasions catalog. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Help me share some Paper Pumpkin!

I was able to get an extra Paper Pumpkin kit from know the Anniversary one with the FREE GIFT.  
So I thought, how can I share this.........

Here is my idea... 
Do you know someone you think might enjoy trying out a Paper Pumpkin kit?  
Well here is your chance to help me and surprise a friend or relative with the gift of some crafting!  
At the end of this post go to the comments and leave one 
telling me who you would like to receive this kit and why. 
From those entries I will pick a winner. 
*I will take entries from now until Friday March 30, 2018
**Remember, these kits are all inclusive. You get everything you need to make it in the box, I also include an acrylic block for you to put the stamps on as my gift. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Sale-A-Bration part two!

New items added to the Sale-A-Bration Event 
Starting on Friday March 16, 2018
Check out all the new goodies ....
and the ones previously released too 

Love the background stamps in this set!

These papers are so pretty and you can add color to them!

I used this set Wednesday! It is so much fun and has endless color possibilities!

I really LOVE all these stamp sets!

If you have any questions, 
shoot me an email 
or a text 410.991.4396 
I am glad to help you in any way I can. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Craft Fair Alert!!

I have been very busy the last couple of weeks..
 making Easter Goodies 
next weekend I will be at TWO Craft Fairs!
Saturday  at
Glen Burnie High School
Sunday at
North County High School
I will be doing a Door Prize at each one!
March's Paper Pumpkin Kit! 
including the special gift from Stampin' Up!
Hop on over the Easter Goodie album for a sneak peek of what I will have for sale.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

So today is the 11th........
If you didn't sign up for Paper Pumpkin by yesterday 
You missed the FREE gift.

   But WAIT! 

If you are a new subscriber and sign up by April 10
 you will receive 
April AND May at a 50% discount!  


Friday, March 9, 2018

Some cool info about preserving Dorothy's Ruby Slippers!

   My Sister Eileen, and I LOVE The Wizard of Oz. We often trade Oz themed gifts, gifs, emails and FB posts. So last year when Kickstarter was looking for donations to help fund the restoration of Dorothy's slippers I was ALL in! Here is an update I received this week. What goes into it is just so cool, I wanted to share it with you!  Thanks for indulging my Ozness :)
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In the Pink: How Does Pink Dye Make the Slippers Ruby?
Posted by Smithsonian Institution (Creator)
Backer3x For backers only
One of the Ruby Slippers seen with a range of ruby-colored paint chips as a quick color match
One of the Ruby Slippers seen with a range of ruby-colored paint chips as a quick color match

Hi, Team #KeepThemRuby!
We're sure you've all been hanging by a (ruby) thread to hear what's next in the conservation story of the Ruby Slippers!
In August, we told you that the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute team had identified the dye color Rhodamine B as the main colorant in the sequins, thanks to collaboration with research scientist Chika Mori from the Smithsonian’s Freer & Sackler Galleries. Identifying the dye is important because it will help the team choose the appropriate lighting to display the Ruby Slippers so they look their best to millions of visitors and also remain in their optimal condition for years to come!
Mary Ballard, Senior Textiles Conservator, observed something strange when comparing the color of Rhodamine B to the color of the slippers: Rhodamine B is a bright, somewhat flashy, purple-pink dye.
Swatches of Rhodamine B on wool at various concentrations of dye by weight of fabric
Swatches of Rhodamine B on wool at various concentrations of dye by weight of fabric

If the Ruby Slippers' sequins really were dyed with Rhodamine B, how did they change color? What happened during their nearly eighty years of existence? Does exposure to light deepen instead of fade the color? Did the Ruby Slippers start out as pink!? 
Mary set out to find answers to these questions.

Pink or Ruby?

The sequins that make up our beloved Ruby Slippers are made of several layers of material: a nitrocellulose layer (similar to nail polish or varnish) on top of a gelatin core, with a layer of silver between.
The layers that make up the Ruby Slippers sequins
The layers that make up the Ruby Slippers sequins

The Rhodamine B dye is contained in the nitrocellulose layer. When dyes are dispersed in resins or varnishes such as this, they are more resistant to fading because they aren't as exposed to oxygen, an element that causes color to fade.
Mary’s experimental work mixing Rhodamine B with a nitrocellulose lacquer in a film produced a darkening effect. Higher concentrations of the dye mixed into the film achieve a darker color. Additionally, the nitrocellulose layer causes the Rhodamine B to clump or cluster, which contributes to the richer color. Like magic, the pink dye then appears ruby!
Films of Rhodamine B in nitrocellulose lacquer. From left to right: 2%, 8% and 80% concentration of dye.
Films of Rhodamine B in nitrocellulose lacquer. From left to right: 2%, 8% and 80% concentration of dye.

Lights, Camera, Sunglasses!

“Light fastness” is a term used to indicate how resistant to fading a substance is when exposed to light. Determining the light fastness of the Ruby Slippers is a critical part of Mary's research.
When a director shouted “Lights, camera, action!” on early movie sets, carbon arc lamps lit up the set. These lamps were so powerful they caused movie stars to wear dark glasses to protect their eyesight when the cameras weren’t rolling.
Mary concluded that the coloration in the Ruby Slippers appears to have survived intact, despite the hardship of the movie set’s lighting system and subsequent long-term low-level light display at the museum.
Good news for the Ruby Slippers and for all of us who love them!

Meet Mary Ballard, One of the Ruby Slippers Conservators

Mary Ballard, Senior Textiles Conservator
Mary Ballard, Senior Textiles Conservator
Mary Ballard, Senior Textiles Conservator at the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute, finds that the work there is never boring – there’s always an exciting and often unexpected new question to find answers to – and answers always lead to more questions.
Mary has always had an interest in fibers and color. She did some preliminary conservation work on one of the nation’s most treasured icons, the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired our national anthem and is currently on display at the National Museum of American History.
In addition to the Ruby Slippers, Mary is currently doing work for the National Air and Space Museum cleaning American aviator Wiley Post’s flight suit and remounting a fragment from a Civil War reconnaissance balloon.
You can find Mary wearing layers of clothing in the textile lab because it’s always kept at a cool temperature to preserve the materials they’re working with. However, these clothes can't ever be wool or other animal fibers, in order to safeguard against wool eating insects – which do indeed live in the Washington, DC area!
"There's No Place Like Home"
While at a silk conference in Hong Kong, Mary got some unexpected help on her Ruby Slippers research on the Rhodamine B dye. A senior scientist from the National Gallery in London referred her to a 1959 lecture on light fastness that just happened to be in the Smithsonian Libraries! In a way, Mary is just like Dorothy, whose journey to a faraway land led her to discover a power she’d always had back home.
Mary Ballard and intern Regina Baglia in the Textiles Lab
Mary Ballard and intern Regina Baglia in the Textiles Lab
Thank you, #KeepThemRuby backers, for being a part of this project and helping Mary do the important research needed to conserve this beloved American icon! We couldn't do it without you!  
All images courtesy of the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Brother Scan N Cut.....

   There has been a LOT of talk about the Brother Scan N Cut. Some Demos feel we should not promote that we use this product because it takes away from our Framelits/Thinlits. But, I think it does have added features. I love my framelits but lets be honest, there are things we have that we want to fussy cut! That is where I love the Scan N Cut. SO.... I do think there is room for both! 
   Last weekend Susan and I had the chance to have a Video chat class with the The Papered Chef. She was so helpful and informative!  I wholly recommend that you go over to YouTube and check out her videos
    Myself and Susan and our Scan N Cuts having or class with Kim of The Papered Chef

Friday, March 2, 2018

Four Days of "Fun With Friends"!

  Last Thursday, Friday, Saturday, a quick visit Sunday and a class at The Queens Ink this past Tuesday! I have been so lucky to spend those days with my friend and Upline, Susan and my friend and fellow Demo Ramsey. 

 Ramsey and Susan 


  Supplies everywhere