Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas 2011

Missy...  is so happy it's Christmas.

So is Jennica...

And Aaron...

Move over Tony Hawk...  The world is not big enough...

...And some of us are just a little more dedicated.

Noah's new non-toy toy.

And sister.

And the damaged bumper from my new car...

...A little more damaged.

Idaho Christmas day sunsets

The husband.

My brother Al and his cute, freezing, wife Chey.

Yours truly...  SOMEONE knew exactly what to get me for Christmas...

...And that someone was me.


Monday, December 12, 2011

Bringing back 2007's Christmas Village

I am seriously considering recreating my 2007 Christmas Village Album set.  The first set I made as a revenue generating project because we really needed the money... but I regret selling it ever since.  I design these albums from conceptualizing the shape of the album, down to every fine detail. 

They are truly one of a kind...  well, with the exception of my Gingerbread house, as a well known company with extremely poor ethics stole my design a month after I went public with the design.  (Grrrr....)

The Gingerbread House

Loser, unethical, unlicensed mass reproduction below
(Yes, I am still bitter about it, thanks for asking.)
(No, I don't intend to get over it anytime soon..)

Bed and Breakfast
(Yes, there really is a Frozen Dog Diggs Bed and Breakfast in Emmett, Idaho... located on Frozen Dog Road.)

 Town Hall
(I destroyed a commemorative clock I received as a symbol of appreciation from eBay for this album.  Low and behold, and unknown to me at the time..  you can buy clock faces at the craft store.  Thanks for telling me.)

Jones General Store
(Named after my grandpa of course, who coincidentally (or maybe not) did NOT own, run, manager, or work in a general store, but was a poor eastern Idaho farmer.)

Fire House No. 9
(My favorite album of all time)

So anyway, I was thinking... 

When cutting acrylic it's always easier to cut through 6 sheets of acrylic stacked together rather than cutting a single sheet.  Which means I'll have 5 extra complete albums of each set. 

Anyone wanna make one with me?  See detailed pictures of the albums here.  The finished product won't be quite the same..  because, um, I've learned HEAPS of new techniques since 2007...  :)


Thursday, December 1, 2011

My Mantra:

The word mantra is said to come from a root meaning that which protects the mind...

Vola con le proprie ali

(She flies with her own wings)

xoxo Cam

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Tooled Leather Flower Necklace. Do you want it?

It's time for the Second Annual Charity Wings Seaside Soiree.  December 3-5 in Oceanside California. 

Great classes, great friends, great food, great cause.  Can't beat it. 

Oh, and did I mention it's in Oceanside. CA?   :)

What is Charity Wings? 

Charity wings is a volunteer run organization that serves as a resource for crafters and artists that want to fund raise for their favorite causes. Their mission is to raise money and awareness for noble causes through unique creativity based events and online fundraisers.

Charity Wings has grown each year from two events the first year (2006) to hosting and or sponsoring 37 events, raffles and silent auctions last year that benefit 27 different charities.

At last update:

Charity Wings a.k.a. Scrapbook Royalty has raised over $347,665.41 for noble causes.

What is Seaside Soiree?

Seaside Soiree is a fundraising event designed to cover the operating costs of Charity Wings.  Through events like Seaside Soiree, Charity Wings can often donate 100% of proceeds raised to the causes they are intended.  And that's why I'm such a big fan.

And now... without further delay...

Here is my contribution for the Saturday Night Silent Auction:

Not me.... just the necklace... or shall I say Cam-lace.

This necklace is the first of it's kind, handmade, stamped and sculpted leather made by your's truely.  The pictures don't do justice...  It's honestly GORGEOUS.

Here's a little about how I made it:

 Two inch squares, with a half inch slit cut at the center of each side.  Round the edges.  Make two, one for the petals and one for the leaves. 





Next, I made pansies out of a couple leather apple die cuts.

Trim the stem off, use a daisy stamp to form the center.  The rest I formed using hand tools and my fingers.

And so on and so forth....

Did I mention I found the best deal on leather buying a large bag of assorted leather die cuts.  Who knew frog legs could pass as foliage?

I formed the leaf veins with my fingernail, then painted and sealed.

Next, I planned out my layout.  I added sparkly buttons and beads to add texture and depth.

Everything then gets mounted with adhesive or wire to a fabric backing.  I added multiple strands of chain, leather and beads to create the necklace, and..... done. 

I don't know if Charity Wings will accept silent auction bids from outside bidders or if you need to attend in person..  but I'd give it a shot.... And of course, I'll keep you posted.

But only because I love you...


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Lets Get Rowdy.... Rocker Style...

I am DESPERATE to reclaim my garage...  so I am liquidating the remaining inventory of
Rowdy Rocker Bags.

My company took on liquidation of these bags for the Rowdy corporation as manufacture seconds.  Each bag started with minor flaws, which have been either corrected or noted to the buyer prior to purchase.  Most of the bags are in perfect condition, but are still sold at "second" prices.

Retail Price:  $109.00
Your price: $25.00.... till they are gone.  Imperfect bags will be further reduced.

Here's what I have left: 

Green Rocker:

 Copper Rocker:
 Baby changing pads - These are NOT seconds, but overstock
(Khaki not available, I have brown, pink and green.)

Retail:  $31.99
Your Price: $10.00 Extremely limited quantities...

That's it.  Give me my garage back.  .

Come on... you know you wanna....

To Purchase, email me at:

for product availability and shipping costs.


Monday, November 7, 2011

What You Don't Know Might Not Hurt You, But....



Conditional love...

So much fun, right?? 

Or how about this one...

"We're not gossiping.  We're SO concerned."

...Um, no you're not, you're using the guise of religion, women's organizations, and family as an opportunity to pass judgement and spread rumors without the guilt. 

It's called justification.

In situations where assumptions are made, hearsay occurs, or judgement is passed irreversible damage results.  Spreading rumors has been described as opening a feather pillow into the wind, but I don't think that's very accurate.  You can see the feathers as they drift away, but it's impossible to see the far reaching effects of whispers.   Plus, feathers drifting away in the wind looks pretty, publicly destroying another persons image does not.

A more accurate description of spreading rumors:  Head lice.  You've got it.

You don't see it spreading.
You have no idea of the far reaching effects.
It's impossible to "collect."
Even if you say your sorry, there is still am immense amount of work to correct the situation.
Finally, most of the time no one knows where it started, but everyone knows about it regardless.

The only part that does not apply is that the head lice is always head lice.  If head lice was really like rumors than the head lice would turn into a lovely cockroach infestations, and termites, and ring worm, and all sorts of other parasites.

I know... this ALL still sounds like such a good time....

I have decided it's not worth my time to attempt to correct judgements, rumors and assumptions about me.  I hope you are strong enough to decide the same.  It does no good to try and chase down rumors.  Actions speak louder than words, so just be who you are.  Eventually people will figure it out on their own.   I have so many more worthwhile things to do with my time than to spend it trying to correct blissful ignorance.

Because, guess what? 

When you listen to gossip and pass it along you're completely ignorant to the truth.

I've been there.  On both sides.  I'm guilty as hell of gossiping and judging others.  I wish I could say it will never ever ever ever happen again, but I know that's not reasonable.  I am much more aware, but I would be lying if I said I honestly believed I would never ever be guilty of gossiping again.  I get it that sometimes it does not feel like you're doing anything wrong...  OR... and this is my favorite:

What that person did was SO BAD that they deserve it. 
Or what they did was so public that it's not like they were trying to hide it, why should I?
OR Everyone knows about it... it's not like if I don't say anything people aren't going to hear about it anyway...

When you intentionally go about trashing someones integrity, and tearing down their name in public don't ask, "Are we okay?" 

"Yeah um, I totally feel guilty because when your life was $%!#, and you were going through a whole lot of things that no one could possibly understand, least of all me, I felt like I was justified to talk to my friends about it, and um... there was a lot about it I didn't understand so I just left those bits about your behavior and integrity open for interpretation... and, well...  this is kind of embarrassing for me but as it turns out my friends told a few people, who told a few people, who told a few people, who told a few people, who told a few people, who told a few people, who told a few people, who told a few people, who told a few people, who told a few people... and each time the story got better and better..  well not better for you of course  :) ... but anyway, I'm feeling really guilty now so I wanted to let you know that I'm sorry... so that I can feel better.  So, um, are we okay now?  Forgive me?  :)" 

Yeah, no we're not okay.  I'll never trust you unconditionally again.  I feel like a fool for ever thinking I could.

Now, off to the moon with you. 

When you trash my house, you don't get invited back.  It's going to take me some time to forgive, but I will.  I'll still love, but I'll love from a distance. 


Thursday, November 3, 2011

The How to's of Stamped Leather Cuff Wristbands

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What do ya think??

I've updated my blog design!  Yikes, right??

I'm stressing over if you all will like it...  is the new tag a little to weird?? 

I started with an image of ...  yours truly... and added wings..  cause I have this sort-of love affair with wings right now..

It had silhouettes in the background flying kites...  but I showed it to my friend while it was a work in progress and she said...

"What's with the zombies??"


Well that's not going to work..

I tried a couple with different back grounds...  But they were honestly a little too colorful for me..

Yeah I know... zombies are still there..

So what do you think?? 

As a reminder here's the old tag...  designed by the FABULOUS  Jeri Lynn of Jurra Does Announcements.   Love her.  xoxo

In nervous anticipation,


Friday, October 14, 2011

What's this "Brave Girls Club" all about??

I've recieved the honor of guest blogging on the Brave Girls blog about my time and experience with Brave Girls Club and what it has meant to me. 

Check it out here:


Love you all. 


Ps. Go forth and conquer.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Birthdays Suck.

I hate my birthday.  Hate it.  Dread it.  Cry through it. Want to run away. Pretend like it's not happening.  Find the time/space continuum so I can skip it..  HATE IT.

I mean...  woohoo!  Way for me for being born. I didn't actually do anything to accomplish this momentous occasion... except grow, but I want you to honor me and celebrate me every year for it none the less.  What in the heck??  Birthdays are kind of retarded. 

The attention makes me uncomfortable... really uncomfortable. It's awkward. My birthdays should no longer be acknowledged after the age of 21.  All of the important things have happened... after 21 I should be mature enough that I don't need to expect my friends to run around chanting my name with "hip-hip-hoorays" once a year.

I thought I was alone with this, but I googled it.  :)
and so on... and so forth...

94% of the populations of people (who are obsessed with their normalcy) are on my side!  I didn't write the posts, but I SO totally could have. 

On my birthday, I hate when people turn all this special attention on me...  it's so unbelievably uncomfortable... but at the same time, when people know it's my birthday and don't say anything then I'll just thinking to myself, "WTH!!"  It's a catch 22.  I just want to run away somewhere I can't be reached.  Because then... no one is saying Happy Birthday and making a big deal... and I'm not feeling discarded because someone forgot.  I feel stupid and selfish for caring if people forget when I don't want them to do anything either.

The weeks leading up to my birthday I just get more and more anxious until bammm... the big day hits.  I usually start "celebrating" a day or two before by feeling super depressed, randomly crying, and desperately looking for an escape... some way to avoid the day. I seriously consider shutting down my facebook account to avoid all the birthday comments, BUT I also know, come the "big" day, I'm selfishly going to need those comments or I'll feel super depressed.  It just gets worse and more intense the closer it gets.  And I always ride out the depression for a week or two post birthday. 

My birthday occurred recently and I had to wait an adequate amount of time before I was even capable of blogging about it.

What is wrong with me?  I really don't understand why I can't just let it go, and blow it off... but every year it gets to me.  I'm pretty emotionally shut off, and I can generally control my emotions in just about ANY situation...  but I can't freaking get a handle on it when it comes to my birthday.  Believe me I try..  I try so hard...

I don't know why I can't be one of those people who thinks their birthday should be a national holiday and should be celebrated for a month... and then that's exactly what they do.   It sure looks like they are having fun. 

My opinion?  I think society puts this image out there that birthdays are suppose to be this huge happy amazing day where we feel on top of the world, and so then if we don't... if we wake on our birthday and it feels (gulp) like a normal day...  then we feel like crap.  Maybe it's just me (and my 94%).

I should mention that I really want to celebrate my friends birthdays. :)  Love it.  Just please.. on mine...  say happy birthday so I know I'm not forgotten, but maybe don't make eye contact. 

Am I alone here?

xoxo Cam