Friday, June 4, 2010

We are off and running

So its been a whirlwind the last few weeks, months for that matter.
Lorine and I and our good friend Eileen all made the trip to NYC. Lorine and I debuted the DivaSchmivas artwork and product and man did we make a splash!

Looks like our hardwork and perseverence is paying off. We made some wonderful contacts at the show and all I can add is that if everything goes the way we'd like it to we will have a very good year!

More about the show and what we saw coming your way very soon!

Stay tuned,


Monday, May 10, 2010

Bet you guessed who's the list maker!

Well the countdown is on. Lists are being highlighted as we speak!
Artwork done - check
Posters made - check
Tools & such packed - check
Website updated - check
Highlights in hair - check
Wax upper lip - check
Nails done - check
Now the hard part begins - the packing of the clothing!

This is probably harder for me than anything else.
I'm one of those that changes outfits 6 times before I make up my mind.
Then there's the whole shoe, accessory thing.
Change one thing you can throw off the entire lot!
So I thought I'd make it easy on myself this trip. I'm wearing black!
Black and pink, black and peach, black with flowers, black and black.
I may even cut back to only 2 pairs of black shoes!

But seriously, Lorine and I have worked very hard to get to this place. To show what
we can do as artists, as a company, and as good friends. We hope you will all be thinking of us this next weekend as we embark on another Diva adventure. Please tell your friends to follow our blog and stay tuned for more news from New York!


Countdown to Surtex

The countdown has begun and the DivaSchmivas are almost on their way to New York City. After much hard work, a lot of laughter and no less than a few thousand emails flying across the country between Arkansas and Virgina they are getting close. The DivaSchmivas, the heart and the soul of the company will meet at an undisclosed hotel in the great city of New York on Saturday, May 15th, 2010. Let the party begin. But first a quick look at their journey.

The true list maker of the two has had her hands full these last few months, but change is good they say so between the deadline, artwork, jobs and ultimate vision changes to the business model she has managed to maintain a quirky half smile and that is good thing. She has a sense a humor and that gets her through most things. Well that, and the back up plan on becoming a laughter yoga teacher if her day job does not work out.

As for the non-list making partner, she too has had her trials with this partnership thing. Working with a partner that needs to go to bed before the witching hour when she is just getting started is definitely a challenge at times. Never mind the house full of dogs, the yard full of ducks and guinea hens, the day job that pays the bills and of course all those lists that keep coming, she remains somewhat focused and has learned pretty quickly just how to work the list thing to her advantage when needed.

Through all this they remain friends and partners with the knowledge that to be a DivaSchmiva you have to know when to put away the Diva and just relax and let the Schmiva part of your true personality shine.

Get ready New York the DivaSchmivas are about to shake things up .....

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sizzix Blog Hop Entry

What is better than a treasure chest full of pretty pink chocolate candies? Not much, except if the box was created using one of Eileen Hull's Scoreboard dies from Sizzix. A quick little project to send to a fellow designer who is having some health issues. She truly is the "stamping queen" and every queen needs a treasure chest full of goodies.

Supplies you will need:

Scoreboard die cut of rectangle box, Pink wool-blend felt, Steam-a-Seam fusible web, Melissa Francis molded keyhole, Silver metal bookplate with prongs, Microbeads, Screw top brads, Silver acrylic paint, Hole punch, Scissors, Paper glue and an Iron.

The How to:

Cover the die cut with Steam-a-Seam2, following the manufacturers instructions.

Remove the paper backing and cover with Pink wool felt. Press well and trim around the edges of the die cut.

Use the hole punch to punch holes through the felt,adding four additional holes to the front of the box and two to the bottom edge of the box along the back edge.

Fold the box along the scorelines and insert brads into the holes, attaching the lid.

Attach the bookplate inserting the prongs into the top of the box, bending the ends over to the inside of the box lid.

Fill the center of the bookplate with glue, drop microbeads into the glue and let dry.

Glue keyhole to the front edge of the box lid. Let dry. Add silver paint to the front of the keyhole.

Using the point of a pencil dipped into silver paint, add dots of paint to the front flap of the box. Let dry.

Fill up the box with chocolate goodies and present it to the person of your choice.


Check out more fun ways to use Scoreboards diecuts - Adorable designs from the most creative people ever.

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Friday, April 9, 2010


Project Photo: Mother's Crafting - Photo Transfer with TAP
Cool 2 Craft - April 19th 12:00 est

It has gone from Winter straight to Summer here in Viriginia. I cannot believe how warm it has been this last week. I find myself sitting at my computer or at my sewing machine with the fan blowing so hard it moves papers/fabrics and the odd thread spool from my work surface. I believe tomorrow is going to be a little cooler so I will probably get more work done as I will not have to spend time searching for my windblown supplies.

I recently received my order of TAP, Transfer Artist Paper and have being playing around with it. Ever since I saw Lesley Riley demonstrate the product on Cool2Craft, I have been waiting to get my hands on some. My next appearance on Cool2Craft in the segment entitled; Sew far Sew good with Lorine Mason promised Mother's Day Crafting using photo transfer. My initial plan was to use a competitor's product but once I witnessed Lesley, I decided that TAP is the way to go. I will appear on the show on April 19th with a project called; Mother's Day Pockets. My parents are in a Senoir's living apartment building and my uses a walker to get around these days. She loves to personalize her walker and I decided what better way than a pocket that she can tie onto her walker featuring a photo of her and my dad, taken at their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

After my appearance on Cool2Craft, I will be offerring a kit for the project as well as packages of TAP for those of you interested in creating your own designs. The items can be purchased at:http://cool2craft/shop/lorine-mason.htm

I would love for you to tune into the program on April 19th at 12:00 est.
Here is the link: See you there........

Sew far Sew good,