My Gmom would have been 96 today. Happy Birthday, miss you and love you always. Here we are in 2004 making bracelets at the Sawdust Festival. Now that's a bowl of beads. To honor her and her love for the arts I am creating a new project in her memory. Get ready for the big reveal next month.
My day of NOTHING campaign to fund the upgrade of my studio is LIVE on Indiegogo. Please check it out at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/my-day-of-nothing-you-can-brag-i-funded-nothing
and please share, share, share.
As I reopen my studio I realize how much I need to upgrade before I can start filming Glitter-tastic, my online “how to” crafting show. The building my studio was in was foreclosed and I have moved everything around twice. So, now I need to build out my new space and put in a set for filming. Plus my electronics, oh my electronics, I would love to take a hammer to them and have lots of great pieces for collage. (They would be more useful in that state)
So I am taking to crowd funding to get everything up and running. But, this will not be a traditional campaign. I do enjoy a bit of humor. I mean if a guy on Kickstart can make $50K for making potato salad. You’ve got to love the freaking internet, I know I do.
My Grandmother always told me how amazed she was I could make something from nothing. So, that’s what I’m doing. My Indiegogo campaign is funding NOTHING. I am taking a day off, a day of doing nothing. I’m offering some great perks for donating including the “I Funded Nothing” merchandise and some one of a kind artwork. I will do nothing for a whole day. Something I haven’t done since about 2003.
All the funds I raise over what I will spend on doing nothing will go to making something. I will use them for my studio. So, if you enjoy my work and want to see more or have taken a class from me , which can run between $15 and $75 a class you will be able to see a new class each week online for free, plus tip and technique videos. If you can contribute the links to my campaign will be up Friday. The minimum donation is a $1 and you get a thank you on my website.
If you can’t donate, that’s fine. There are other ways to help out. Share this campaign with your friends, family, the people on social media you think you know, but you’re not really sure, total strangers, the guy you keep running into at the gym, anyone really. Thanks!
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Picture this, someone has put the DVD of Frosty the Snowman in and I'm thinking about having split pea soup for dinner. Meanwhile outside, it’s 105 and the middle of July. This made me think of one of my favorite classes to teach Christmas cards in July. Why not start that family project before the rush of the holidays. So while everyone else is panicking in December, you will be ready to wow your friends!
Making your own Christmas Cards is a wonderful way to celebrate this festive season. Whether you’re a crafting pro or a beginner, fast and easy cards have the greatest chance of making it into the envelope and out to the post office.
This fast and easy card pictured can be created with just a few basic supplies.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Two blank cards 1) A-2 size 4 ¼ X 5 ½ and 1) A-6 size 4 ½ X 6 ¼.
Red, Green and Yellow Dye Based Stamp Pads
Double Stick Tape
First on the front of the larger card randomly stamp holiday stamps in various sizes in dye based ink colors. On smaller card, repeat the same process on front and back of card. Fan fold smaller card. Take card, stamp side up, and fold ends into middle scored line. Use double side tape to adhere ends of smaller folded card to inside of larger card, 1” from end of larger card. For goof proof positioning. Tape down one side of smaller card into larger card. Then tape other side of smaller card, keeping it folded and just close larger card it will stick in the right position. Don’t try to assemble with both cards open. That adds a lot of unnecessary time to the card.
Your friends and family will have as much fun receiving this card as you will making it.
Just remember if the Christmas card thing doesn’t work out, add some confetti and it’s a New Year’s Card. Got heart stickers? Valentine’s. My rule of thumb though is not to let the unfinished cards go more than 2 holidays than planned. Good Luck starting early!!
Alexa Joy Designs is up and running again full time. Thank you for indulging me while I was only accepting commissions and doing behind the scenes consulting.
I have been on an amazing bittersweet journey the last few years. I have dabbled in a variety of genres and feel it is time to return home. Now my focus has changed. It is true I have always loved teaching glitter filled craft projects around wooden tables surrounded by rubber stamps. However at this point I have decided to bring my classes to you via my new YouTube channel that will be up and running soon. I will be teaching tips and techniques as well as fabulous full length projects. From cardmaking to scrapbooking, and glittering anything that will hold still long enough. I am currently looking for sponsors for these videos, so contact me and we can discuss.
Plus for all you craft supply users and collectors, I am reopening the Scrap n Crap online store. Which will be carrying my own stamp line I am currently designing, details on that later. I will also be debuting a brand new collection of paintings and jewelry in my new Esty store.
With the start of all these new and exciting creative endeavors I will be crowdfunding to upgrade my studio and vlogging equipment, more on that campaign soon. So with my glue gun in hand; I invite you to join me on this next adventure.