Friday, January 23, 2015

2015 Crafty Goals and a RAK for you!

Every year I think hard and long about my crafty goals! Just like crafty new year's resolutions I am gung-ho about them in the beginning but get lost somewhere around March. Ha ha! Are you with me???? Has it happened to you? Well, this year is SO different. I feel the spark like never before! SO here's my crafty goals. Let me know what you think. Better yet, post your goals and you might just win a Crafty RAK (Random Act of Kindness)! The number of prizes depends on the number of responses I get and you KNOW C'est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC doesn't give out any junk!

drum roll please...........(brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr..... that's my drum roll)

2015 Crafty goals

  1. Catch up on my scrapbooking. ----- I am embarrassed with the number of books that are in my head and the paper packs, embellishments, etc. I hoard to do it with. No more!! I have printed over 1000 pics over the last 10 years and I am going to get those baby books done and each year of the kid's lives. And listen... I am a perfectionist. I want it to be done to the height of style and decoration but ya know what... good enough will have to be good enough. I have a million sketched pinned on Pinterest and I'm going to use them!! I will post all that I make.
  2. Sell my creations ----- I have a scrapbooking store in my house. I bought into a website 2 years ago and I must open it. I could sell on FB. I also have an awesome opportunity that will reveal soon. Point blank, I need to make things to sell and whittle down my stash which leads me to my next goal...
  3. STOP buying every new thing on the market ----- OK, so Peachy keen closing and My Pink Stamper starting to make and sell stamps again and those tantalizing CHA posts and that HSN craft day got me... but I am dedicated to using my stash from now on. I am so addicted to reading blogs, watching YouTube, getting the latest thing. I really want a MISTI but no. If it's not for a client I don't need it. But I am going to get the new Tim Holtz distress ink color in every formulation and then that's it. hehehe
  4. Keep organized - I am forever organizing. I need to find a system that works and know where all my stuff is and be able to access it at the drop of a hat. Keep the tornado out of my craft room. All the kid's papers and artwork and everything lands in my space. No more.
  5. Know that my art is ENOUGH. ---- this year I am not going to procrastinate and get all worked up over creating. This is my sweet spot. My escape. My one thing that no one can take from me. I am a SAHM and wife and the ever looming laundry, workouts, cleaning, errands, etc. can bog a sistah down. I want to walk in and create and know that it's cool. It's great. It's enough. No more anxiety on that Jack!
  6. Do more RAKs - it gives me joy to make others happy with my gifts and talents!
  7. Expand my following ---- Please follow me on social media.

Follow me on blogger or Bloglovin - links on my sidebar.

Ok so I spilled my guts and I'd love to hear you spill yours... GO! TFS!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

My Winner!!!! 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

Thank you for your support during the 12 days of Christmas blog hop! As promised, I'm announcing a winner of some crafty goodies for commenting daily and following C'est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC on social media. But guess what? The support was so awesome, I decided to announce two winners!!!! Yay!!! Drum roll please.....

Lori Apgar and Dawnette Cress congrats!! 
The winners have been contacted and the prizes have been received!!

I asked each winner to give me an idea of something they like or would like to try. My idea was to surprise them with something they would actually use. I hope these goodies help inspire you Lori and Dawnette this new year! Please share what you make.

Dawnette asked for mixed media supplies so I gave her Tim Holtz Distress Stain, Viva Decor 3D Stemple paint and 2 flat canvases. Don't forget to prime these canvases with gesso (and let it dry) before you start your project! Excited to see what you come up with.

Lori is a scrapbooker so I sent her an acrylic scrapbooking frame kit and Tim Holtz Distress ink. This might be a place to display your crafty goals or to scrap a pic of yourself. Can't wait to see what you create.

Again, thanks everyone for your support. Please continue to share my posts and my social media pages. I'm hoping to grow by at least 15% this year in terms of my following.


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Masculine Get Well Card

When I heard one of my online crafty friends DH was hospitalized and in need of some cheering up, I offered to send a handmade card. Get Well cards for men (or any card for men) is not my strong point. So I decided to take the pressure off and create something my style and just to have fun with it.  Here's what I came up with.

The A2 woodgrain base is from The Olde Town Market box of cards by The Paper Studio. I then layered scraps of cardstock from my stash. The script one is by Prima Marketing and the other... I don't remember!

My almost 10-year-old daughter helped me choose the gear stamps. I kept chanting... "I need something....MANLY!" In my best, deep, loud superhero voice and she kept me on track.

I tried to use Pinterest for inspiration but I have not pinned many masculine crafts yet and they all seem to have unrelated images with sayings. Why is that? I kept thinking I need something manly but not cutesy and it SO hard to do both with the right sentiment.

Normally I would use an umbrella image with this sentiment but I didn't feel it was manly enough. I'll be working on getting the manly cards right this year.


  • The Olde Town Market box of cards - The Paper Studio
  • Script cardstock - Prima Marketing
  • Yellow cardstock - stash (DCWV?)
  • We R Memory Keepers - Sweetheart inkers - black
  • Inside sentiment - "On the mend" The Stamps of Life
  • Gear, clock and screw stamps - "Get it in Gear" Technique Tuesday
  • External sentiment - "Umbrella4You" The Stamps of Life
  • Tim Holtz Distress ink - frayed burlap
  • Tsukineko - Versafine: Onxy Black
  • Scotch ATG
  • Ranger Multi-matte medium
  • Woodgrain sequins - studio calico
Inquiring minds want to know! How easy/hard it is for you to make manly cards. I'm also looking for tips/advice on how to keep my cards MANLY!! Hit me with your best tip/trick please? Inquiring minds want to know!

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Top 12 Cards of 2014

Happy New Year! Here's the top 12 cards from 2014 from C'est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC. I craft for hire! 

I hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane!! For more info click on the links.

Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for an even more creative 2015 with CLDU!