Thursday, July 29, 2010

Texas Style Howdy

My very dear friend Linnell is one of the most genuine, supportive, encouraging people I know. I just met her this year as I began my teaching career here in Houston. He's been a teacher for probably as long as I've been alive and she is so well respected in our school community that if I could be half the teacher she is I know I will have done a good job.

Not only is Linnell supportive of my teaching career she is also very supportive of my crafting. I've made a few things for her including this wedding present. Click here for the original post.



She had the awesome idea of using wedding invitations and save the date cards to make a commemorative wedding present for the bride and groom. How awesome is that idea. And I had loads of inspiration from the save the date cards since they had a layout already on them.

Linnell is also a facebook friend of mine and she contacted me last week about making a card for her. She wanted a Texas themed card, so instantly I thought of vintage, brown, and metal. After talking about it a couple more times she said she wanted cowboy boots on the card. Now this posed a problem in that I don't have any cowboy boot stamps or images on hand, so off I went to google and found a great pair of vintage distressed boots that I simply printed on white cardstock. Well after I had the image I realized that i needed to color the image. I don't have very many markers or colored pencils for that matter so I decided to sponge the boots with Distress Ink. Here's what I came up with.



You can't really tell from the picture but the cardstock behind the brown scallop is embossed with antique gold embossing powder and looks super awesome in person. This was a pretty difficult card for  me to come up with. I made about 3 others before I came up with this one and I think I'm going to reprint the boots and color them again to smooth out the blending.

Supplies:

Tim Holtz: Distress ink - Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy, Scattered Straw. Stampabilities: Embossing Powder in Antique Gold, PaperTreyInk - Rustic Twine, Misc. - Cream cardstock, eyelet, tag.

That's all for now.

Hugs.

Angee Lee

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Internet Finds: Necklush

I spend lots of time on the internet and I frequently come across awesome things online. They can be just from searching Google and clicking on a advertisements in the sidebar, or it may be something my favorite Youtuber mentioned, or it can even be a misspelled website that I happened to click on. If you come across any links that you think I would be interested in, just leave me a comment or email me at angee {at} angeeleebutler {dot} com. On to the internet finds.

Today I came across a great website called Necklush. If the name wasn't enough to entice you to click then the fact that they make awesome scarves definitely will.

Necklush

These are not necklaces and not really a scarf but sort of a hybrid between the two. Being a crafter I just love the endless possibilities of the accessory. I can imagine wearing it all year long, with dresses, skirts, suits, and the like. Whether you put a broach on it, twist it up, or leave it long, you will love the versatility of the necklush.


Here is a few of the hundreds of different ways you can wear the necklush.





And here is an instructional video for you.






I'm so super excited about this, Necklush. I can't wait to get mine in the mail and accessorize it all up. This is a quick way to add some color when your in a hurry and still want to be the creative DIVA, or Cool Dad, that you are.



Hugs,


Angee Lee


Monday, July 26, 2010

Angee Lee's Deal Pick of the Day

Deal-a-Day sites are the one of my well kept scrapbooking secrets, well until today. I find alot of my supplies and tools on these sites. They offer one deal that is only available that day or while supplies last. The best part about this is that the deals are deeply discounted scrapbooking supplies. Most of them are very current and up to date so you are not getting outdated deals.

The best part for me is waking up and getting to the computer or if I'm very busy that day checking my iPhone to see if any of the deals that day are something I MUST have. It's so much fun. Plus I'm a bit of a supply lover so that is definitely an enabler. :-D

The very first deal-a-day site that I was turned onto was PeachyCheap.com. I've gotten punches, paper flowers, thickers, and patterned paper collections from them and I've never been disappointed with an order.

Another deal-a-day site that I love is Craftysteals.com. The first thing I ordered from them and still order from time to time was a Scrapbooking Trends & Cards Magazine bundle. I saw it  one day on the site but didn't order  it and regretted it immediately so I had to wait until the next time it came up on the site.  They regularly offer the current volume of Scrapbooking Trends & Cards Magazines in  a bundle for $15.99. That is a great deal seeing both those subscriptions are over  $50 per year each. I don't purchase this deal every month but a few times a year I treat myself to the loads of inspiration they have to offer. This is one of the best items I've found on these types of sites.

Sometimes I pass on things like patterned paper, chipboard elements, or rubons. However, I love the days when the deals are Martha Stewart punches, new release collections, or popular scrapbooking magazines.

Here are a few of my favorite deal-a-day sites. I've ordered from every one of these sites without a hitch so I have no qualms about recommending each of these for your shopping pleasure. =)

  • craftysteals.com

  • flowerstoflourishes.com

  • peachycheap.com

  • cropchocolate.com


Angee Lee's Deal Pick of the Day:


From FlowerstoFlourshes.com


Tim Holtz new 2010 Distress Inks: 6 ink pads for $15.99 +$4.99 for shipping = $20.98 Total


Colors: Barn Door, Bundled Sage, Chipped Sapphire, Crushed Olive, Forest Moss, Pumice Stone








I've already submitted my order for this great deal. I'm working my way up to owning all of the distress inks by Tim Holtz. I just love how versatile they are and they open so many creative opportunities.

I don't know how often I will post my picks, but know that if it's a great deal I will have it up for you. As a scrap newbie I bought loads of stuff that I had no idea how to use or how to make it work for me. Now that I've gotten better and acquired more techniques to use I know whether or not the products you find on the site are actually things that I will use in my crafts. So that would be my only advice: make sure you purchase something you will actually use and don't just buy it because it's a good deal. It's only a good deal if you will use it.

Hugs,

Angee

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Please forgive the excessive tweets.

I'm still working out all the plugins and connections that I have out there in the vast social network. If you are a twitter follower, please excuse the double, triple, and quadruple tweeting.

I think I have it all worked out now.

Thanks.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

YT Find: Pomplamoose Music

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Hi all,

I am a huge Youtube fan, so much so that I watch more youtube vids than I watch an actual television. My favorite things to watch are scrapbooking vids, makeup tutorials, and music videos.

The best thing about youtube is the raw, unfettered, non-commercialized talent who post their incredible music, and Jack Conte & Nataly Dawn of Pomplamoose Music are just two of the many groups that I've come to follow.

If you are a music lover like I am then you will definitely love this band/group/duo. Whatever you want to call it I think they are simply awesome. The first song I ever heard from them was this one:



How awesome is that? The musicality and creativity of this just makes he sooo happy.

So after hearing this on Facebook I happened to browse their channel and came across this.



What!!!!! What!!! Now that was freakin' fantastic. But that's not all. How cute it is??



Ok that's enough for now. Go visit their channel and see for yourself.

Oh and they also have an album on iTunes. So click here to check that out. I have it and I think you should too.

More crafty goodness coming later this week.

Hugs,

Angee Lee

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Who is Angee Lee Butler?

My legal name is Angela Butler. So who is this Angee Lee person, you ask?

Angee Lee is  a mixture of my nickname (Angee) and my grandmother's middle name (Lee). I decided to name my blog this because my grandmother has been such a huge influence in my life not only personally but also in my creative process.

Being a southern woman, I was raised with a keen since of appropriateness, etiquette, and expectation. What I mean by that is this:

I know how to set a table for a seven course meal even though I've never in my entire life eaten one.  I learned at a very young age that you do not cross your legs at the knee, only at the ankle, especially around men. I learned to always say Please, Thank You, Yes Ma'am/Sir, and No Ma'am/Sir. Among other things, I also learned a gentleman is to walk on the outside if walking on the sidewalk with a lady.

That being said, my grandmother adhered to all those expectations, and more,  placed upon her by others with a smile and never a harsh word, while never losing her love of God, nor her family. She was a servant of others all her life, as is my mother. As I, too, hope to be.

However, growing up in the modernity of today society I've also grown into a knowledge of my self that I can express in ways that my grandmother and mother could/can not, and I thank both of these phenomenal ladies for giving me the tools, support, and motivation to be who I am know, who I want to be, and someone that I know they are proud to call Daughter and Granddaughter.

So Angee is truly me, and Lee is the legacy of women who made me who I am today.

Angee Lee Butler

Funny quotes I came across online today:

"The most well-bred person in a room is the one who makes the fewest other people uncomfortable." - Lord Chesterfield




"I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little, if only out of politeness. And then you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny, and its best to be as pretty as possible for destiny." ~CoCo Chanel




I find these highly amusing. =)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

CHA Summer 2010.....Oh my!

Have you seen all the wonderful, fabulous products that have been sneak peaking for the last few weeks??? Oh My Word. I can hardly keep everything straight. Thanks to Scrapbook Update I don't have to. They have a list of all the sneak peaks that have been revealed or even mentioned.

Dont even mention Prima, and My Mind's Eye, and Graphic 45, and so many more than I can name. (October Afternoon, Crate Paper, Webster's Pages, Stampers Anonymous, Glitz, Pink Paislee, Sassafras, Cosmo Cricket)....I think you get the picture. Can you imagine the damage to my pocketbook when I start hauling all this. I'm really going to have to sit down and make a list of everything I want to get now, and then things I want to get later.

Have you heard the latest from Teresa Collins and her Stampmaker?

Have a passion for stamping? Want to make your own stamps at home? Well then take a look at this.



It's the Teresa Collins Stampmaker Machine. Click on the pic for details. It's going to retail for $169.99. Now you and I can make our very own stamps at home. Straight from my imagination, into my hands, into my ink, and on paper. How awesome is that?

There are so much more out there that I hadn't come across. Hop on over to Scrapbook Update for all the details.

Hugs.

Angee Lee

Monday, July 19, 2010

New Prima Layout: Rock Out

Hi all. 

Since coming back from my vacation I've developed this uncanny love of scrapbooking. I've never been much of a layout girl. I started in card making and I truly love making cards, however lately my love of photography has spilled out into a love of traditional scrapbooking so here's my latest try. 


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All of these papers are from the Prima Marketing Rock Out on Love collection. I don't know how old this collection is but I got this paper pack on clearance at Michaels last year sometime. This is from the girl collection, but I also have the boy collection and I love them both equally. Lol. 


Journaling: 

It took a long time for me to love her.

 To even think she's worthy to be loved at all, 

And all the times she's let her heart be broken, 

Made me realize that I am HER. 

Beautiful in my own eyes,

 And it took me too DAMN long to get to this point. 

And some days I'm not there; I don't believe it, I can't believe it.

 BUt now at the age of 27 almost 28, 

There are more days that I do believe it than there are days that I don't. 

And I've finally come in to my own as a woman,

 Believing that I can do what I want to do and not taking in everybody else's opinion about it. 



Supplies: 

Prima Marketing: Rock Out on Love - Girl collection, PTI - Black & Kraft cardstock, button, Imaginiesce - i-Top tool, Martha Stewart - Butterfly Punch, Stampin' Up! - Heart to Heart punch (119881) , Misc - Ribbon from my stash, Janome Sew Mini - sewing machine

 Hugs, 

A

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Vacation, Cards, and more.

Hi all, 

I've been super busy as always but I have been crafting. I've been working on invitations for a dear friend of mine, Danielle, for her son (my godson)'s birthday. I wanted to keep them pretty simple and let the image stand for itself. This is just a stock image of the yellow-one I printed from google images. Easy peasy. 


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I order a boat load of tags (let say I have 1,000 tags now. Anyone want some?? Just email me.) from amazon (because they were so cheap) and I've been using them on everything. Some are small, some are large, and all of them are awesome. Why do us crafters love tags so much?


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Sometimes I have a tendency to get too caught up in all the details I can possibly add to a card and I can get a bit carried away. Lol. But for this card I wanted to keep it fairly simple and use items that I already have on hand. The only new purchase used on this card is the tag. This was a traditional manila tag but I colored it using Tim Holtz distress ink Worn Lipstick, and Tattered Rose. Hope you like. 

Supplies: 

Stampin' Up! - Welcome Neighbor DS paper pack (118401), Mat Stack, Paper Piercer, Whimsical Words Stamp set

PTI - Dark Chocolate Cardstock, Polka Dot Basics II stamp set, Rustic Jute Twine

WeRMemory Keepers - Corner Chomper

If you follow me on twitter or facebook then you know I just got back from a cruise vacation to the bahamas. Now I'm not a fan of being photographed but as my friends have been posting their pics of me on facebook I'm come to like a few of them. Just a few. 


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Here you can see me, Jess, and Ilene all laughing at the people on stage singing karaoke. Now I must admit that all my life (all 27 years of it) I've been a bit of a work-a-holic, and this was my FIRST EVER vacation. Yes, first ever, and thanks to the girls I had a total blast and can't wait to go on my next one. 

Hugs, 

A

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

“All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was na├»ve. I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: that I am nobody but myself.”
— ~Ralph Ellison, “Battle Royal

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Furniture shopping: Help me make WHITE work!!!

Hi all, 

I back with a quick update and am in need of some advice. I'm planning to redo my bedroom soon and I'm buying white furniture. Well I'm not a particular fan of white furniture. Ok well that's not 100% true I love white furniture in other peoples homes but I can't seem for figure out how to make white furniture work, and look sophisticated and classy. So I got this dresser on hold at my favorite furniture place in town and I'm not quite sure how to make it classy/vintage which is my style. So i'm in need of some inspiration photos, links, etc. 

How to I make this furniture work?? Took this pic on my iPhone so excuse the quality. 


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I got the dresser. Not sure about the mirror though. I don't really want matchy matchy. I think I may look into getting a mirror like this.

 (just hopefully not at this price :-/).  Or maybe a vintage gold mirror like this. And I'm also going to change the hardware out to crystal knobs to class it up a bit. I kinda feel like white furniture tends to look a bit country and that is definitely not my style. I love shabby chic with a vintage twist though so that would be a good mix for me. As you can see I'm not quite sure which way I'm going to take this. What about beach chic?? Lol.

I'm also thinking of adding mirrored bedside tables with this to class it up a bit. 

I love these but the price hurts my feelings. They are antique and $2,476.15. OMG. 

Stunning Pair Art Deco Mirrored Bedside Tables Cabinets

And these are super cute, but over $2k too. 

Stunning Pair Art Deco Mirrored Bedside Tables Chests

Potterybarn has these for $399

Park Bedside Table

What do you think?

Hugs, 

A

Update: I found some inspiration pics on hgtv.com. Help me do something like this. 

Dennis guest bedroom

Friday, July 2, 2010

Take a Look: 2010-2011 Stampin' up Catalog

If you didn't know, I love Stampin' Up! and it's an exciting time because Stampin' Up! just released their new catalog yesterday. If you haven't seen it here it is in all it's glory. Oh and if you'd like to order,click here, then click shop now in the top right hand corner. 


Enjoy. 



2010-2011 Stampin' Up Catalog