Sunday, July 28, 2013

New adventure...

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Friday, January 11, 2013

More drawer inserts at work

Thanks Monica for sharing your organization using drawer inserts from my online store.
These are Recollections brand  drawers from Michaels.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

iPhone lanyard

A couple months ago I got a lanyard at the craft show for my name tag. It's blingy and pretty.
 I gotta say after using the locking iphone clip for the last 6 months I LOVE IT!! No more leaving my phone someplace, sitting on it or tucking it in my bra.   When I bought the locking iphone clip it had a stretch lanyard that I didn't like so I swapped out the jump rings on my new bling lanyard for split rings for more security.  Now I have modified several blingy lanyards to have securejumprings secureing the iphone locking clip to the lanyard for others and have them for sale at A Collective Gathering in Potter.   You can cut off the string if you have no use for it, but I have used it for my readers and occassionally for my car keys so I have left it on.

Email me if you want one, I'll check the colors on hand for you.

 Lanyard with Iphone locking clip
for Apple iPhone 4, iPhone 3G, 3GS, iPhone, iPodAttached to the end of the lanyard is the unique iPhone/iPod locking clip that will attach right into you device charger slot for a secure hold. Squeeze sides  to release locking clips. Don't, drop it or  sit on it or leave your phone ever again!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Dazzling Diamond Resin Rhinestone adhesive Sheets

I got home from the Kansas CKC Scrapbook Show and to my delight there were several boxes to open.

  1. Dazzle Diamond Resin Rhinestone - I did a group buy on the MTC forum and so now before I can play with it I have to ship out the others orders.


  1. Light Buckets - Just too cute! add vinyl and they are awesome!


 Also while  I found Scrapbook Attitudes - new printable film  at CHA, they were also at the Sandy Utah Scrapbook Expo they had more samples... and this weekend I get to play with it at the Scrap All Day Crop in Colorado. I'm excited to try this on.... paper, canvas, wood, plastic.... I got some blanks to make some projects with. Check back to see them.

Happy Crafting ~ Lou Ann

Friday, August 3, 2012

CHA 2012 summer

I demo'd First Choice Products / Best Craft Organizers at Summer CHA in the Gary Burlin booth.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Morning! Just thought I'd share how I organized my stickles (finally)
Lot of crafty gals & guys have figured out that if you store stickles, glitter glue bottles and other mediums tip down the air bubble is less likley to burp on you in the middle of a project.
So I like the Dazzle Caddy for organizing my Stickles for this reason. Also you can store a few Stickles (10 or less) if you just not into Stickles (yes there are a few out there who only use 2 or 3 colors, go figure)!   I like the magnet to the the bottom of a cabinet idea for home, but I like going to crops so that just didn't work for me.

This first photo is of the sample sheet from the Ranger website, then I copy copied the name list to Avery printable 3/4" circle sticklers.

Ok so I bought a few more colors (liquid pearls) and
I have not taken the time to lable them :(
But here is the box almost full.   

options, options options...
I like things with options in how they are used.
 and yes you can buy Dazzle Caddy's now in stock and ready to mail

 Then a customer told me that a Dazle Caddy upside down
is great for Viva Decor, same idea less air bubble

Teresa shared her emboss powders in one as well - Thanks! 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Zing's new home

I re-organizer my tuckaway

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Perfect 365

Review of the PC Version of Perfect 365
(by Cindy Wyckoff)
I have to admit it….I had to see what I could do with my grandson’s photo in Perfect 365. I bet you didn’t think about editing babies in this software. I was able to take an ‘okay’ photo and turn it into a great looking photo in just three little clicks. Love it!!

If your into digial go check out the rest of Cindy's article on this interesting software!

here is the link.... I'm off to download the free one and give it a go!!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Dazzle Caddy it's here! (finally)

Ok so I have been telling you it was coming.
When I got from our family trip (yep warm sands and beautiful Caribbean nights). 
I had several boxes waiting for me! Yea!!!

So now that I have gotten to actually get my hands on the Dazzle Caddy
I wanted to share it with you.

The company  (Best Craft Organizers) hands down does better photo's than I do, but I wanted you to see what they look like at my house, don't you just love my brown living room carpet!

  • Made a label sheet
    using 2700-OPost-it brand
    120 to a sheet  - 3/4" round
    with regular stickle, ice,
    and distress you can see
    I used almost the whole
    sheet with no duplicate item #'s
  • I brought home all the Stickles
    from my store so I could replace
    any empties I had, but the rest
    are going back and I have
    a shopping list!
Printed the
color sheets
from the
Ranger website
(I know but yellow
is what I had on hand,
white would be better)

  • sorted and labled
    what I had in colors
    (found out I don't have
    them all yet!)

  • So your saying...but what does it cost to do this?
     ArtBin - On Sale 40% off (JoANNS)  reg 15.99 = $ 9.36
     DazzleCaddy - 1-3packs (holds 30)  = 20.00
     An easy way to store & take 10-104 = PRICLESS

    The Dazzle Caddy holds 10 bottles - I got 100+4 bottles in the ArtBin and the lid snaps down so they stay very well.  I would use the DC lids if the ArtBid isn't full so I could put other things in there also. But if you have all the colors I would not use the lids on the DC. With the lid on the DazzleCaddy's fits but I liked mine best without the lids on the DazzleCaddy's.

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

    Dazzel Caddy

    Dazzle Caddy  It will be here and ready to ship next week! YEA!!
    Made from High Density - Injection Molded Plastic
    White Base with a transparent, removable lid
    Unit Dimensions - 11½"l x 1½"w x 3"h
    Base - 11½"l x 1½"w x 2"h
    Lid - 11½"l x 1½"w x 1¾"h

    Stores up to 10 - 0.5oz (18ml) Stickles©, Liquid Pearl®, Stampin Up® ink pad refill, Claudine Helmuth Studio® Mini Acrylic Paint, Mini Art, Tim Holtz® Adirondack Alcohol Ink

    Shown with 10 Glitter Glue Bottles - Not included

    Tuesday, December 6, 2011

    Photo Ornaments How To

    Ok so here is HOW I make the photo ornaments now with the  MTC .

    If you want the PSE10 template or the MTC cut file just email me.
    If you want to order finished photo ornaments for this christmas, keep in mind....
    3-4 processing, 3-10 USPS

    Cost to do it yourself....
    $1.29 Michaels ornament (of course if you have a 40% off 1 item coupon - score)
    $1.60 per sheet - 8.5 x 11 printable transparency
    cutting machine (Cricut, Zing, Pazzell, Silhouette)
    Makes the Cut Software
    PhotoShopElements (any version but 9 or 10 are best)
    Start to finish half hour to all day depending on image and computer problems.

    Ease of just having me do it and not having to figure it all out
    .....$8 for the ornament worth every penny!

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011

    Christmas with Mr. Clause 1” Magnets

    Christmas with Mr. Clause 1” Magnets or (Pins or Lanyards)

    These are printed on a photo quality paper for crisp graphics.
    You can use the magnets on a magnet board, chore chart, refrigerator or any metal surface.

    BUT my favorite is to use them in my Magnabilities™ Pendant or Bracelet.

    Fayette has been a long time favorite designer of mine and I always get excited when new designs come out. Be sure to check out her blog at and of course it has links to her store and Facebook.

    My handmade 1” magnets fit Pendants!
    This items has a limited creation so don’t wait or they will be gone.
    Christmas Flairs graphics designed by Fayette Terlouw / Fayette Designs

    selling my cricut cartridges

    Ok friends... here they go!
    I am upgrading to a KNK Zing cutter, however I will keep my
    expression until it dies since I use Makes-the-Cut anyway.

    check out Ebay seller lafrei

    Sunday, November 20, 2011

    Christmas Ornaments 2011

    Well the scrapbook shows are over for the year and I'm in the mood to create photo ornaments along with playing with photo magnets and photo magnabilities inserts for the Magnabilities necklaces.
    Here is a sampling of  2010 ornaments.
     This collage of 2010 has photo ornaments and glitter ornaments.  The glitter ornaments for this year are in the FleaMarket in Potter if you are interested in them.

    If you would like a Photo Ornament,
    just email or share it with me on FB.

    These are printed on transparentcy and inserted in plastic ornaments with vinyl name, year or saying aded to the outside of the ornament.

    $5.00 per ornament + shipping
    Save by ordering with a friend.

    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    Storage for Magnetic Inserts

    These just turned out so darn cute!

    Metal Storage Tin
    for magnetic inserts
    and even a necklace or 2!

    4.75" x 5/8" x 1/4"

    5.25 x 4.8 x .1/4"

    Sunday, October 16, 2011

    Name this new product contest

    hey all there is a "name this New Product" contest go to and enter you name suggestions.
    I will have this cool new organizer in my store and online as soon as available so if you have 2oz bottles like glitter glue stickles that new organized check back with me.

    Hum... On iPad I can't add the picture... I will be back to post image I hope, or just check out the best website ;)

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

    New tool for me!

    I saw these at a show in Duluth GA and was hooked.
    Thanks to Joyce from The Postcard Emporium
    for answering my questions and getting started with my Button machine.

    A single Best mini organizer holds my workins in progress!
    the bottom 3" drawer even holds the machine and punch!

    Tuesday, September 20, 2011

    Flip Pal Mobile Scanner

    Last month for my birthday my wonderful sister gave me a Flip Pal. She knows how much of a tools and gadget gal I am.  Matt at Crafters Nook had them in his booth at the CKC scrapbook show we were at.

    This is a great little addition to my digital supplies. I love that I can take off the cover and scan bulky or 3D things. The only thing I didn't like was the USB adapter cap is like so many I have lost in the past.
    BUT I fixed it!  I have made USB cap lanyards for several years SO here is the lanyard I made for my FlipPal. (ButtonCharms are another NEW fun thing I am doing, but check back later for more about them!)

    Next .... I want to make my own Skin using printable vinyl to protect the top, no really just to fancy it up!
    Next trip to a craft store and I'll have some to try out.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Lou Ann

    about the Flip Pal..
    Preserve and protect memories…share them with loved ones
     Memories and stories bind families together. How will you preserve and share yours? With the Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner, no longer will your precious photos, documents and other memories be scattered, lost or hidden. Have fun and enhance your creativity, then share your memories with family and friends. And save time in the process. Take advantage of the patented flip-and-scan technology to scan photos safely while they are still in the album or frame.

    Keep your Memories Safe -
    Scan Photos in Place
    Patented flip-and-scan technology: remove the lid, flip the scanner over and place it on the original
    See-through window for framing the original
    Safeguard important documents and images and store in a safe location

    Mobile – Scan Images
    Anytime, Anywhere
    Compact, lightweight, durable
    Cordless, not attached to a computer
    Battery powered
    Stores scans on a memory card (like the one in your digital camera)
    Accurate – High Quality Digital Image
    High resolution retains the detail
    Color true to original 600 and 300 dpi  resolution settings

    Versatile – Scan Small to Large Originals
    Photos, drawings, quilts, even small objects like coins or jewelry,  Newspapers, bound books, albums and
    Stitching software for larger originals