Thursday, August 18, 2016

Safari Collectors Case- Done!

Good Afternoon Everyone!

It's been CRAZY around here...So much seems to be going on lately and I'ma runnin'!  I am sure everyone else is the same way with getting the kids Back to School goodies ready,  last minute summer vacations or just busy day-to-day things that seem to take so much of our time.  But...It always seems to get done, doesn't it?    All I have to say is Thank God for Centrum Silver!  LOL!

Today I wanted to share my newest project.  I honestly love this project...Let me tell you about it...

The Safari Collectors Case

The Safari Collectors Case is so much fun to make.  It totally reminds me of younger years when I had a GI Joe RV.  It was a compact RV, but you could open it all up and spread it out to have fun.  The collector’s case isn’t far from that. It folds out from a small case to a large fun space to collect your thoughts and memories… You open up the left side to reveal three large drawers for all your keepsakes and treasures.  Open up the right side and it has a journal or a mini for pictures, thoughts, inspiration and memorabilia…I just love this piece, Hope you do too.





Please Note: I am PRE-SELLING this project.  That means I am basically taking orders at the moment as I am waiting for the latch to come in.  I am also taking  these pre-sell orders to see how many paper pads I will need to order. I would surely think this will go out by next Friday, August 27th and the latest Monday, August 29th,

This time around, there are three ways to purchase the project...the Instant Download Tutorial, the Complete Kit with Paper, and the Kit Without Paper.

The Safari Collectors Case Instant Download Tutorial-
Includes:
(1) Instant Download Tutorial

If you would like to order the Instant Download Tutorial please CLICK HERE!

Or follow the link here:
http://thegentlemancrafter.bigcartel.com/product/the-safari-collectors-case-instant-download-tutorial

The Safari Collectors Case Complete Kit-
Kit Contents:
Precut Chipboard Pieces
Graphic 45 Safari Adventures Paper Collection
Sticky Back Canvas
Brads
Idea-ology Ring Binder
(9) 12 x 12 Black and/or Kraft Cardstock
Glossy Accents Glue
Latch for Front
Instant Download Tutorial

If you would like to order this kit please CLICK HERE!

Or follow the link here:
http://thegentlemancrafter.bigcartel.com/product/the-safari-collectors-case-complete-kit-instant-download-tutorial

The Safari Collectors Case No Paper Kit-
Kit Includes:
Precut Chipboard Pieces
Sticky Back Canvas
Brads
Idea-ology Ring Binder
(9) 12 x 12 Black and/or Kraft Cardstock
Glossy Accents Glue
Latch for Front
Instant Download Tutorial

If you would like to order this kit please CLICK HERE!

Or follow the link here:
http://thegentlemancrafter.bigcartel.com/product/the-safari-collectors-case-no-paper-kit-instant-download-tutorial

I hope you give this case a try.  Will be awesome for your summer vacation pictures and memorabilia!

Please enjoys these last HOT days of Summer.  Be safe and have fun!

Thanks for looking!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Honoring My Sister... Kathy Sue Hankins

Hello Everyone!

I wish this could be an uplifting post, but some will find it sad...For me, it's so very bittersweet...It's meant to remember a beautiful, kind and so very sweet person...My Big Sister...Kathy Sue Hankins, who died so very unexpectedly one morning in May 2009 at 49 years of age.  On that unforgettable day, in May, I was the only one who was able to see her laying there on her sofa, in her house, her hand under her head sleeping so peacefully for eternity.  She was so pretty, so at peace...No grimace of pain, just peaceful sleep... What an amazing way to go. She passed away from a massive heart attack while taking a nap.

I wipe the tears that have not been evaporated by the Texas summer air from my eyes as I am out on my studio porch embarrassed of the emotions that seem to pour from me...I feel so guilty that as time has passed I have forgotten her birthday of August 4th.  I tell myself I was so busy and try to justify my forgetfulness...However, I will stand as her messenger, her spokesman if you will... to a life that cannot be forgotten and scribe now of the wonders that was  my big Sister, "Sue Belle".

To be honest, I'm so afraid that people will forget how wonderful Kathy was.  Maybe quite personally and selfishly it's because I am so afraid that I haven't left any legacy behind and I'm the one who is scared to be forgotten... I have nothing to leave this world, no children, nothing to carry on.  Just like Kathy, we would have loved to have had children, and would have been wonderful parents... but it just wasn't in the cards or seriously...God's will.  In my mind it's a terrible thought to be forgotten, so today, I honor Kathy Sue Hankins as I will every year that I am able...

I was honored to go through her house when she passed and pack away all of her possessions,  It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do.  What would she want me to keep...Was I throwing away something that she thought was valuable... It was a monumental and honestly humbling experience.  She kept everything!  Kathy WAS the family archivist...small things that my nephews and nieces made, things that I had made her that were meant for the trash...she kept...

I came across a huge box of photos of fun times she had with her friends and family and came to the realization that  this was a small part of the legacy she left behind.    I wanted to share  a few of these photos so that we, her family and friends could take a moment to remember Kathy Sue Hankins on her birthday month...
















Kathy Sue Hankins

August 4, 1959 - May 11, 2009

Never Forgotten and Always Loved



Thanks for helping me to remember this remarkable woman...

Jim

The Gentleman Crafter




Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Double Decker Is Now Available!!

Good Morning Everyone!!

Today I thought I would get everything ready for the much requested Double Decker Bus Kit...

Here are my thoughts...I would like to get this out there to you all ASAP...However, I am completely out of the City Scapes 12 x 12 Paper Pads and need to order them.  I would like to go ahead and sell the kits so I can get an idea of how much paper to order. I don't think it will take too long for me to receive the paper and then mail them out.  Probably late next week.

I will, however, sell the Double Decker Bus two ways...One as stated above with the 12 x 12 City Scapes Paper Pad including all precut chipboard pieces and paper cut outs with an all .SVG Files.  The next way will be without the paper pad yet it will have the .SVG Files for you to cut out on a digital cutter that will accept .SVG Files.

Let's take a look at The Double Decker Bus....

The Beautiful city of London comes to the forefront with another iconic project…The famous Double Decker Buses have always been enchanting to me…of course I always clamored to the top for a more majestic view of the city.  In my version of the double decker, you lift up the back piece and pull out a thin but long mini that can be filled with traveling quotes, travel pictures and souvenirs picked up along the way.







Again there are two ways to purchase The Double Decker Bus Kit...

If you would like The Double Decker Kit With Paper:

Kit Includes:
Pre-cut Chipboard Pieces for Project and Mini 
Precut Paper Pieces
Graphic 45 City Scapes 12 x 12 Paper Pad
Hitch Fastener
Magnet Set
Black Cardstock For Mini
Glossy Accents
Instant Tutorial Download
.SVG Files to cut on your digital cutter

Please note...The tutorial and .SVG's are a zipped file.  It is the only way I can group them together to sell as one file as my service uses...Ipads may not be able to open this file.


or follow the link here:


If you would like the Double Decker Kit Without Paper:

Kit Includes:
Pre-cut Chipboard Pieces for Project and Mini 
Hitch Fastener
Magnet Set
Black Cardstock For Mini
Glossy Accents
Instant Tutorial Download
.SVG Files to cut on your digital cutter

Please note...This is a zipped file.  It is the only way I can group them together to sell as one file as my service uses...Ipads may not be able to open this file.


Or follow the link here:


If you have any questions, please feel to email me at TheGentlemanCrafter@gmail.com

Thanks Tons!  I hope you try it out!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter



Monday, July 25, 2016

Castle Card Today on Graphic 45!

Good Afternoon Everyone!

Please join me over on Graphic 45's website to see inspiration from the Ambassador's today...

Yumi Muraeda has done an amazing altered Clock!  Just Gorgeous and I did a Castle Card....So if you get a chance, please stop by Graphic 45 to check the projects out...



you can also follow the link HERE  
or


Thanks so much for coming by!  Happy Monday Everyone!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter

Friday, July 15, 2016

Telephone Booth Adresser Kits Available Now!

Good Morning Everyone!

Hope everyone is having a GREAT Friday so far!  It's so HOT in my area of Texas that I literally stay inside all day and only make appearances to the outside in the early morning or late at night.  It's that time of year when you try to keep everything you have worked so hard to grow alive...Just alive for a few more months so that it will come back out and flourish for the Fall.  But like I say, Thank God for Air Conditioning!

I've said in previous posts that it's time to start selling the kits that have been available to classes.  Today's is one of my very favorites.  The Telephone Booth Addresser.  We have had so much fun making this project and have even turned it into a Tardis for Dr. Who Fans!


The Telephone Booth Addresser








This British icon sits attractively on your desk and has a place to hold an address book or mini that you create with the tutorial.  Has a little drawer that holds stamps, paperclips and more...Fun Project to Make!

I'm selling The Telephone Booth Addresser two ways.  One, with the Graphic 45 Deluxe Collectors Edition 12 x 12 Paper Pad and the other with NO paper to cover it the way you would like.

The Telephone Addresser with Graphic 45 DCE Communique Paper Kit-

Kit Includes:
Graphic 45 Deluxe Collector’s Edition 12 x 12 Communique Paper 
Pre-cut Chipboard Pieces for Project 
(1) Set Metal Hinges
(1) Hitch Fastener
(1) 12 x 12 Heavy Black Cardstock
(1) Mini Glossy Accents
Instant Download Tutorial

You can purchase this by clicking HERE!

or by the link below:


The Telephone Addresser with NO Paper Kit-

Kit Includes:
Pre-cut Chipboard Pieces for Project 
(1) Set Metal Hinges
(1) Hitch Fastener
(1) 12 x 12 Heavy Black Cardstock
(1) Mini Glossy Accents
Instant Download Tutorial

You can purchase this by clicking HERE!

or by the link below:


Hope you give it a go...Have an awesome weekend and stay COOL!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Vacation Contest Winner Announced!

Good Afternoon Everyone!

Just a word of thanks for allowing me to post pictures of our vacation and share them with you!  We had so much fun and it's one of those things where I truly wished everyone were there to experience the sights and sounds of all the different countries.

As a way of showing my appreciation to you for following us along our journey, I decided to do a giveaway contest...The answers were due by 2:00 p.m. today.

I have received a ton of emails and want to thank each and everyone for your kind words and answers...I have counted the emails that were correctly answered and then ran a random number generator on the total amount of said emails...

The number picked was 14...

Here are the questions and answers for the giveaway:

1.  How many countries did we visit since we left Texas?

Answer:  Seven

2.  What were the names of the countries?

Answer:  England, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Belgium.

3.  What did I find in my bed in the hotel in London?

Answer:  A Waterbug (Spider or what we call them in Texas....A Roach!)

4.  What country did I expressly say I loved and wanted to put on my bucket list to go back to?

Answer:  Bruges. 

5.  Where were we or to make it a bit simpler, what city were we in that there so many people that we couldn't enjoy the venue we were visiting?

Answer:  The Hermitage or St. Petersburg, Russia 

And Number 14 is........BRENDA PRICE

CONGRATULATIONS BRENDA!  YOU WON!!! I will contact you via the email you sent me.  If you would please respond with the address you would like me to send your prizes to, I would be grateful....Congratulations Again!  

Again everyone, I so wish I could give you all a little something for following us along and playing in the contest...Just know how much I appreciate you all!  Thanks so much for playing!
Thanks to the Graphic 45 Team and to Xyron for your generous donations for the giveaway!  I'm so appreciative!  Two GREAT companies!  I am blessed and honored!

Have an awesome day!  You Rock!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Back Home and Time For the GIVEAWAY Quiz!

God Morning!

Arrived Home Last Night Yahoo!.  After clearing customs, grabbing the luggage and driving home,  we got in around 6:15ish!  I can honesty say I was a bit woozy from my airplane drugs.   I think I literally went through a panic attack 3 hours from home...i wanted OFFFFFF   THE PLANEEEE!  10 and 1/2 hours in economy slammed in between two other people on the row, I wanted OUT!  LOL!  I finally got up and went to the back of the plane just to stand in my own space..Speaking of own space, it was so good to get home!

There truly is nothing like room..Room to sleep, room to create, room to walk and look at your garden, room to just turn around in your bathroom without knocking everything down.  When traveling, I come back home thinking about how blessed I have for the room to grow and stretch in the country!  I LOVE IT!

Last night, I passed out around 9:00 p.m.  I was so trying to stay up for a bit longer, but honestly, I cannot remember anything from last night...I called my sister and my mom ate REAL MEXICAN FOOD and then I was gone! Like OUT!  This morning, I woke at 5:45 a.m., had a cup of coffee, caught up on some of my favorite YouTubers, Zoe and Alfie and had another cup of coffee...Zoe had cleaned out her closet and was talking about how freeing it was...Well folks, I brewed a second cup and tore into my closet!  Four 30 gallon trash bags and one other full of trash, old socks, undies and ties for goodness sake!  They are all off to Goodwill and done!  How's that for a first day back at home!

There are only a couple of other pressing issues for the day before I can start back in the studio...One, I need to call about my broken phone!  I've been totally lost without it, but am soon grateful to Cesar for him allowing me to share his phone!  NEED ONE NOW!!!  The second is The GIVEAWAY!  Time for a few question...Are you ready?  Let me refresh you on some of the details before I start....

Here's a few details...Today, I will do a post on this site with questions of things that I have mentioned  or  have shown pictures of on Facebook and/or my website of our travel adventures.  If you answer them all correctly, you will be put in with a group of others that have also answered the questions correctly and a random number draw will be generated and a winner chosen on July 5th by 2:00 p.m. CST.  There will be just one winner chosen and I will notify that person via email on July 5th.  Please Note: Those taking the trip with us will be ineligible for the giveaway.

What's up for grabs?  Well, let me tell you it's going to be a nice HAUL!...

Graphic 45 has generously donated these goodies which include (1 of each) 8 X 8 pads in Children's Hour Paper Collection and the Children's Hour Calendar pad.  (2) Metal sets of Brads, (1) Washi Tape Set, a Children's Hour Chipboard Die Cut and a Red Numbers Square Tag and Pocket Album in the 5.5 x 5.5 size...Thank You so much Graphic 45!


Xyron was so kind to donate a Creative Station Light that comes preloaded with the adhesive and a 3-inch refill to go along...Did y'all know that the Creative Station's can take dual sizes of their films?  That is so cool!  Thank you so MUCH Xyron!  You Guys Rock!

And... I wanted to give away some of my favorite things to add to the mix...

(1) Graphic 45 12 x 12 Pad of Botanicabella, (1) Graphic 45 12 x 12 Pad of Cityscapes, (1) Graphic 45 12 x 12 Pad of By The Sea, (1) Tele-Photo Kit, (3) of my Just Bits and a Zutter Spinner Album Kit...


The Questions:

1.  How many countries did we visit since we left Texas?
2.  What were the names of the countries?
3.  What did I find in my bed in the hotel in London?
4.  What country did I expressly say I loved and wanted to put on my bucket list to go back to?
5.  Where were we or to make it a bit simpler, what city were we in that there so many people that we couldn't enjoy the venue we were visiting?

OK!  Please, Please answer your questions by emailing me at this address ONLY:

thegentlemancraftercontest@gmail.com

DO NOT EMAIL TO THE ADDRESSES BELOW

If you email your answers to mailit2jim@gmail.com   or   TheGentlemanCrafter.com 
they will not be counted...

That's it!  Good Luck Everyone!  See you back here on the 5th!  Hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!  Be safe and pop some fireworks!

Thanks Tons!

Jim
TheGentleman Crafter