The One Where Everything Goes Wrong - Watch Me Work

I asked on Facebook yesterday what you'd like me to film, and a couple of people commented a birthday card. One commented suggesting a purple birthday card, so that's what I went with. This card uses purple and aqua, which I think is such a lovely combo.

Note: I use a lot of Stampin' Up! products in this video but I am not a SU demonstrator.


I filmed this card, which you can watch below.



As you'll see from watching the video, things just didn't go smoothly. The Stampin' Up! markers...I hated. They bled with the Memento Tuxedo Black that I always use with my Copics and Spectrum Noir markers. Am I using the wrong ink? I'll consult Google soon. I also later cut something wonky. I notice a Stampin' Up! watermark on my patterned paper after attaching it to my card. And my mat gets offset on the video so the last few minutes are filmed with a crooked mat. All in all, not my best day. But I left all those mistakes/issues in for you to see that what may look like a nice card in the photos, doesn't always get made perfectly the first time. :)


Supplies used:

Stampin' Up! Highland Heather ink
Stampin' Up! Highland Heather card stock
Stampin' Up! Sycamore Street DSP
Stampin' Up! Birthday Wishes For You
Copic marker BG23
Stampin' Up! Pool Party Blends Markers combo pack
Stampin' Up! Candy Dots
Mini Glue Dots
Memento Tuxedo Black
Scotch ATG

Floral Earrings

This weekend I spent time making several pairs of new floral earrings. They just went live in my shop! Come check them out at vegasgirldesigns.com!


I love how these turned out - I need more colors of the floral fabric for sure!

Vegas Girl Designs New Website

It's been a bit since I posted but I've been sick for about a week now and pretty much being a slug at home. Stupid summertime cold which I suspect I caught on a train last week. I haven't been sleeping well and I have had a splitting headache for two days. Hoping I can feel better tomorrow so I can take Austin out to do something. He's been very sweet though, bringing me water because I had said my head hurt. He's a thoughtful little guy.

I did do something I am pretty excited about during this downtime. I wanted to create a standalone website for my online shop. I'm still on Etsy as I like how easy it is to use and I like the community aspect of it. But I wanted to be able to have a direct site to have customers be able to see my entire product line. Some things I can't really put on Etsy. Some things also don't make sense to continue putting on Etsy (older digital products, for example, as I price those very low and it isn't beneficial to me to continue paying Etsy fees on listing them).

I spent a few days researching what option I should go with. Did I want to build a site from scratch such as with WordPress and WooCommerce? Did I want to try Shopify which has all the bells and whistles ready to go for me? Or did I need something simpler. In the end, for now, I have decided on Pattern by Etsy. But boy, was it hard for me to get opinions on this platform. A lot of the articles I read were outdated, as Pattern has updated features and theming since it's launch. It is limited in the theme options, but I do like that everything is done through Etsy's checkout - which to me, means my customers can trust it.

Shopify was too expensive, in my opinion, for where I'm at in my business right now. But I am open to switching in the future should I need a more robust site. I've ruled out WordPress and WooCommerce even though it has very high reviews as I am just not ready to spend a ton of time designing a site. As my husband put it best, do I want to spend all my time setting up a website, or creating?

So here is what my new site looks like. I like that it is a clean design and organized. It's simple, but has what I need. You can check it out at vegasgirldesigns.com if you want to see more than this screenshot below :) (Pretty please go take a look?).


Even though I've decided to stick with Pattern by Etsy for now, I'd love for anyone with experience with Shopify or other websites to leave a comment and let me know what they like or don't like. I did check out Indiemade and that one also looks like a really great option. When I'm ready to take on something a little more complex, I want to be prepared before I start!

I know I've been neglecting my YouTube channel as well for a bit. With Austin home during the summer, being sick, working on earrings, and having random stuff going on, I just haven't been able to make it work. I definitely don't want to record when my voice sounds so terrible either. But it's not dead, I haven't abandoned it, and I'll be back soon.

Weight Loss Update and Small Rant

Just a quick one today - as for weight loss, now down 12 pounds. All without exercise, done just by reducing the calories I'm consuming. I eat what I want, but I eat less of it. I don't deny myself something. We've gone out for ice cream, ate what we wanted for the fourth of July, and I'm still losing. It kind of makes me sad when I think about how much I must have been consuming before.

Speaking of the 4th...I went out that morning and got my kiddo a $20 blow up pool from Big Lots and it is all he can talk about still. He LOVED IT. This photo was taken during hour...three, maybe? The water was nice and clear when we started but he spent a solid four hours running across the back yard to jump into the pool. Then he wondered why it got so filled with grass and dirt. Gee? I wonder?


As for my small rant...it's more of a "this is getting creepy now ok please stop thank you." I've had this happen a few times, but for example, a few weeks ago, I merely spoke to Brad about a new liquor store I noticed nearby in town, and a few days later, an ad popped up for it on Instagram. First ever local ad I've had. I never searched for the store or typed it or texted it or anything. But I suddenly get an ad? THE PHONE IS LISTENING.

Yesterday I ordered a couple of bathing suits from Torrid from my computer. I never searched on my phone, but I did Snapchat pictures and a few remarks to Shannon. Today, the top three ads on my Instagram feed are bathing suit ads.

IT'S CREEPY AND I WANT IT TO STOP.

How do you avoid this? I mean, Snapchat?! I know you can browse in private mode, but when your phone is picking up your Snaps, or your texts, or YOUR FREAKIN' VOICE and targeting you for ads...that's messed up. I hate it and it makes me feel like I'm constantly being watched. (Which, let's face it, I'm sure we are, in some way).

Rant over.

Card Making Challenge - Paper Crafting Alphabet - Add A Touch Of Gold


I have a card today! Yay! :)

This card is the next in the card making challenge I've been working on. I wanted to make a congratulations card for a friend who reached a huge milestone, and I just love the Lawn Fawn Upon A Star stamp set a friend recently gave me. I thought the set would be perfect for this card.



The stamp set comes with little constellations you can stamp but I opted to use a background paper from one of my 12x12 paper stacks from Heidi Swapp, the September Skies pack.

I stamped the fox and bunny with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored them in with some of my Copic markers. Then I used the matching dies for the Upon A Star stamp set and cut them out. I used the My Favorite Things Stitched Snowdrifts die set to make the hillside on the bottom of the card.

For the sentiment and part of my "touch of gold" in the challenge, I stamped 'You're A Star' with Versamark and then used Stampin' Up! gold embossing powder. I used a white Gelly Roll pen to outline the 'star' for a little something extra.


I popped up the critters with foam adhesive, and to finish off the card, I added some gold star sequins I have in my stash. That makes me happy because I have SO many sequins, so any opportunity to use some is a big bonus in my book.


I love how this card turned out and I hope my friend does too! :)


Weight Loss Check In #6, New Earrings, Random Life Update

Happy Tuesday! I didn't check in last week, but I am down another 2 pounds since my last check in, which makes 9 total, completely without any exercise. I am still struggling to actually find time and desire to hop on that treadmill. I mean...I don't have an excuse not to exercise. It's me being lazy and not making the time or effort. I need to kick my own butt.

Austin finished up first grade last week! He's spending a couple of days with his Grammy and then we have a nice long summer break together. I'm looking forward to doing lots of fun day trips with him and just spending time together. Brad and I took yesterday and headed to the casinos for the day...except that didn't go so well and we came home early and instead got some Chipotle and played Diablo 3 on Xbox for the rest of the night, which was wonderful.

I've been swamped with my Etsy shop lately, which is so exciting. I made a set of glittery earrings for my Etsy shop a couple of weeks ago and those took off like wildfire, which I am so thankful for. Today I added two new colors to the original group as well as three new color combos! I've got a bunch of other colors and patterns of the faux leather and the glitter that I'm working on making some other styles of earrings besides just the marquise as well. I'm feeling my crafty mojo really kick into gear with making these earrings and it feels so nice!




I am hoping to be back next week with some new cards as I have a few new stamps and inks I want to try out. I need to spend the next couple of days getting some cleaning done around the house. I need to grocery shop as it's been over 2 weeks and we're like, out of food. And I want to get Austin ready for summer break activities and keeping him busy at home with his summer math and reading, as well as some games and things he can play with while I'm working too. Just "housekeeping" stuff. 

Disney Vlog

While I still need to process my pictures from Disney (which, knowing my track record, will take me 3 years to do), I did manage to FINALLY get that Disney vlog up I had been wanting to post.


Funny Father's Day Card, Craft Shows (?) and Glitter Earrings

So this card isn't really blog worthy, but it's fun, so I wanted to share. I made this for my dad for Father's Day. I wanted to hand make a card but he's more of a "funny card" kind of guy. And he farts a lot. So, this is what I came up with:


I used the outline4letters alphabet stamp from The Stamps of Life for the 'Father,' and colored them with my Copic markers. The smaller letters are the miniabc2stamp set. And I just put the card panel on a base of Neenah Desert Storm card stock.

In other crafty news, I applied for two craft fairs this fall. I'm currently waiting to be accepted. They weren't cheap - the two together are costing me $175 to sign up for. And I'm really hoping they'll approve both handmade greeting cards and earrings, but I know jewelry tends to fill up fast, and I'm nervous they won't. But I can't get myself out there unless I try, so here's hoping! I haven't done a craft fair since before Austin was born, I don't think. I might have done a couple here and there but I don't remember consistently doing them since then.

And finally, I made up some new earrings last night with GLITTER! Glitter is my favorite and I've found this thick glitter canvas with chunky glitter that is just gorgeous. The glitter doesn't shed off and it looks great against the faux leather I paired it with. I'll also be pairing some with genuine leather in the future. Check them out here in my Etsy shop.



I have more of this canvas on the way in more colors and I am just SO excited to be making these. They're new, and fun, and I love that it's a bit of a mix between my jewelry making I used to do and my paper crafting I do now. :)

New Earrings This Week

Sharing my new Etsy shop additions this week! I am especially in love with my layered feathers!








Weight Loss Check In #5 and New Deck!

Happy Monday! Last week was, once again, filled with zero exercise. I'm so lazy! I have no excuses other than I just.dont.wanna. But I lost 1.5 pounds anyway, which makes it 7 pounds total. Which I totally don't feel I deserve since I didn't exercise. However I'm still being really good with calories every single day. I'm eating so much less than I used to, so I am at least doing something. But yeah, I know. I need to exercise.

In other news, this project has been going on for 3 weeks at home. Still not finished but we now have a functioning deck again. Next weekend, Brad is going to put the white fascia boards on the base of the deck, and he's going to start building steps on the gate side over the concrete, and on the side where Sadie's new "bathroom" is. Then he's got some grand plans to build a patio (not likely), and hopefully we can get some grass growing and make our backyard less embarrassing.

Here's the before photo. The stain is all peeled up and the boards all wonky. The yard in front of the deck is dead because Sadie used it as her bathroom for so long.


And here is what it now looks like (sorry I don't have the same angle as the before shot yet...will post when we get the steps and fascia boards done). We put a gate along the back to prevent Sadie from going out there. And we've build a fenced in run for her on the right hand side, so we can let her out the door into the run.






We always had to clip Sadie to a chain/run because if left alone in the backyard she will dig and it's impossible to get her back in the house (she'll run when you try to catch her because she thinks it's a game). So now she's got this area she can go potty in and she won't have access to the rest of the yard unless we are out there playing with her.

So that's the update for this week! I have some cards to post and I've been adding more earrings to my Etsy shop...busy busy! :) Have a great week!