Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tis the Season

Hi there everyone,

Wow almost a month since I posted. Goodness. Oh well it's that time of year. Just a quick post today. I finally made one of the pretty lighted glass blocks I have been seeing everywhere. 

I just took a quick picture with my phone so it's not the greatest picture and you can see my messy desk too. LOL

I cut the words that I purchased from the Silhouette store from vinyl and added them to the block and put some jingle bells inside add a light and boom done. It came out really cute. 

Thanks for stopping by today.

Have a great day.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Gift Card Cutie

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are having a great day today. I sure am. I am in my studio having a blast taking the Online Card Classes Holiday Card Workshop 2013. I am working on Day 1 because I was not able to work on anything Monday and Tuesday. But I made this cute adorable gift card holder.

The stamp is one that is part of a set by Darcies that I purchased at convention a number of years ago. Long before you could find a lot of Darcie's product in store and online stores. It is a large set and I had never used it before except to catalog it. 

So I broke it out and went with it. This my interpretation of Kristina's card. Change it up a little but not much. I like some have a few washi tapes and never use them. I think this is the second time I have ever used any on a card. I like the way it dressed it up. 

This little guy is colored with my copics and cut out. The little glitter snowflakes are stickers from the Dollar Tree and worked perfect. 
The sentiment is from the same stamp set and embossed with white embossing powder.
Oh and I finally got a hold of a Wink of Stella Clear glitter brush pen and have used it on the heart. It's very hard to see in the photo but gives a pretty shine.

Now I have a ton and I do mean a ton of embossing folders and rarely use them. I broke out the peppermint stripe one by cuttlebug and used it on the front of the card that is done with Kraft cardstock. 

Now this inside. It has a vellum pocket for the gift card. Oh and another one of those glitter snowflakes and yes more washi tape. I am on a roll. LOL

I hope you have enjoy the card today and now I am back to some more of the classes. 
Thanks for stopping by.

I am entering this into the following challenges.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Joyous Holiday

Hi there,

Happy November. Boy is it moving fast already. I am glad I got a jump on making Christmas cards this year.  Here is one I channelled my former DT team mate Dawn. She always made the most beautiful CAS cards. I am using a Sassy Cheryl image. Her snow people are so adorable. 

This cutie is colored with my copics. I have used white linen card stock. I love the texture it gives. The image is so cute I didn't want to clutter it with too much so I just added the sentiment. Oh but I couldn't let it go completely I added just a touch of stickles around the star. A little hard to see but it's there. 

I have made a few of these to send out this year.  

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you have a great rest of the weekend. 

I am entering this into the following challenges

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Trick or Treat

Hi Everyone,

I have a quick picture of a card I did using another cute Sassy Cheryl image ( yes I love her images). Isn't she a cutie? Nothing ugly about her.

She is all ready to head out for some treats. She is a good girl no tricks up her sleeves.
Sorry the lighting is a little bad it is later in the afternoon so no bright sun. 

I have colored her with my copics. Her dress has some pretty stickles on it. The ribbon is glittery. The Trick or Treat stamp is a studio G stamps

I wanted the spider web paper to stand out and the plain orange cardstock was not cutting it. I added some heat and stick powder and used my AIG pumpkin glitter to make it look like glitter paper which I didn't have in orange.

I hope you like the card I have for you today.
Thanks for stopping by.

I am entering this into the following. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Harvest Time

Hello Everyone,

Happy Wednesday! Can you believe that October is half over. Wow, the end of the year will be here before you know it. I just noticed on the calendar that Thanksgiving is pretty late this year. I have seen a black Friday already go up on BFads. Good grief guess better get moving on that Christmas shopping. 

Ok, today my card is not Christmas but just screaming fall. 

This is a Sassy Cheryl image called Max and his prize pumpkin. You can get it here.
I have colored him with my copics. I wanted something a little different for his hat so after I colored the hat I used my colorless blender to make the polkadots.

The background paper is by DCWV that I purchased from Joann's called The Pumpkin Patch.  This paper pad really has some pretty papers in it. 

The little leaves are cut out using a new die I picked up a few weeks ago from Impression Obsession. It was a smaller die than I thought but I like that it is smaller and worked well on this card. 

The verse is one that I made into a print and cut file using my silhouette cameo.

Thanks for stopping by to have a look today and hope you have a great rest of the week.

I am entering this into the following challenges

Sassy Cheryl's
Fresh Brewed
Inspire Creationz
The Creative Challenge Blog
Mema's Crafts
One Crazy Stamper
Crafters Cafe Blog Challenge
Paper Sweeties

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Skate for the Cause

Hi everyone,

Hope your week has started off to be a good one. Today I have a card that I made with one of Sassy Cheryl's recent additions to her shop. Isn't she a cutie? I thought I would make it a little different rather than a winter or Christmas card. It's October and that it breast cancer awareness month so I went in that direction. I created the verse/tag with my cameo making a print file out of the ice skates cut file. This just give you double use of your cut files. 

Now I support the cause when ever I can I am not sure I would do so well with this well unless skating can be done on your butt because that would be more than likely where I would end up. LOL But I would give it a try. ( I think) might have to think about it, the older you get the bones don't heal well if broken. Hummm. Ok I would donate.:-)

I have colored her with my copics. The paper is some I have had in my stash it has a design with glitter all over it. The soft pink ribbon I thought went well with it. 

I few pink pearls and an awareness ribbon charm. Kept it a little simple. 

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you will consider helping in the fight. 

I am entering this into the following challenges. 

Outlawz Copic Challenge

Saturday, October 5, 2013

I Love Fall

Hi there,

I have been having fun for the past couple of days making cards. I thought I would share one that I think came out really cute. 

The image is by Sassy Cheryl. I thought she was just adorable hugging her pumpkin she picked. She is called Maddie and her prize pumpkin and is available here. I have colored her with my copics. She has also been cut out using my cameo.
The I love Fall was also cut using my cameo. 

The ribbons are some scraps of seam binding that I colored using distress stains. I was trying out the new colors and I just thought they were so pretty together and screamed FALL that I had to try and use the scraps somewhere they just fit this card. 
The little leaves are brads and the leaf in the middle of the ribbon is a wood piece by recollections. 

The background paper is by DCWV that I purchased from Joann's called The Pumpkin Patch. How perfect is that for this image. 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great rest of the weekend.

I am entering this into the following challenges. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Some more organizing

Hi Everyone,

Here are a few more organizing ideas and a video tour of my studio that I have put to use .

These are jewerly/sock organizer I purchased from
They have pockets on both the front and back. I am using them to store my stickles and liquid pearls.

I have cut tags much like the ones I used to catalog my embossing folder but smaller to put a sample of my stickles and liquid pearls on. This way I just grab the ring to see what color would look best. 

This is the liquid pearls side. I also have these same organizers to organize a lot of much embellishment like my pearls and such. Works great. 

These are over the door shoe organizers. I am using them to organizer a lot of different small things as well as my ribbons. I have my ribbon seperated by color in zip bags and have two colors in each slot. 
These had metal hangers but just didn't like they way they mark the door up so I put the 3M hooks up and used ribbon to hang mine and it works perfect. 

This one holds my brad, eyelets etc. I purchased days of the week pill boxes from the Dollar Tree and have put all my brads in these. Work just perfect. Mine were a mess before. 

This is a little closer picture that includes my charms and some laser wood cuts.

Here is an updated video tour I have done of my room.

Embossing Folder Post
Unmounting lots of Stamps Post

Just some more idea of the new organizing I have done over the summer. It really is working out very well for me. Hope you enjoyed. Thanks for stopping by. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Flashback 50's

Hi Everyone,

Hope your week is going well. Been very busy this last week. I have a really fun card for you today. A flashback to the 50's.

This is an digi image by Simply Betty. Isn't she adorable. I thought the pink and gray would be perfect for the "50's" look. Is that poodle not too cute. I added some puff paint on him.

I have colored her with my Copics. I added some black and pink glitter pearls around the cards along with some pretty pink ribbon and a pink flourish. The papers are some that I had in my stash. With most of this card I think it is perfect for Breast Cancer Awareness this month. 
Don't forget to schedule those Mammograms. Mine is all set up. 

I had fun making this card. I wan't around in the 50's but I do remember in the later 70's that a big fad was the 50's style because of Happy Day's. We had 50's days in Jr High that everyone dress up like this. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my card today.

I am entering this into the following challenges.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Embossing Folders

I am back again. Hope no one fell of their chair because I am posting two days in a row. LOL

Today I have for you how I organized my embossing folders so that I will use them. Yes, I seem to collect them too. But I have to say now that I have organized them I am pulling them out more.

I did have them sorted by themes and had the cards that you see sticking up with names on them. I just left those in there but I have numbered all of the folder with a sharpie. They are stored in a decorative box I purchased from AC Moore it has nice handles on it so it's easy to pick up. I is a bit bigger than a regular photo box. The little border one are in a pouch that was part of the cuttlebug tote that I out grew :-) but works perfect for the border ones. 

Now what I did was cut out tags on my Silhouette cameo you could just cut down cardstock to the size you like and punch a hole. I have numbered each one of the tags to match the folder and have embossed that folder on the tag and they are all on a ring. Now I can just pull the ring out pick the folder I want and grab it out of the box. I do put on the tag if it is an A2 folder or 5x7 just so I will know. 

Here is a little closer shot of the tags. Hope this might inspire you to do this. It has really helped me. I got the idea off of a Facebook group for organizing. 

Thanks for stopping by today. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Unmounting lots of stamps. OH MY!

Hi Everyone,

Long time no see. I have been doing lots of things just not posting to my blog only once in a great while because I have been busy with getting organized. Just about a year ago I moved from our finished basement where I had a very large space to an upstairs spare bedroom. I have some pictures on the blog with that going on. I also went through a lot of my craft supplies and sold a ton of stuff that was just sitting around not being used and more than likely wouldn't be used so out they went. I still have a couple of boxes of stuff to sell. I may list it on the blog later. Most of what I have are wood mounted stamps and books. 

Well enough of that. I got around to taking some pictures of some of the stuff that I organized WARNING post is very picture heavy. This first post is what has taken me the longest to complete. My goal was to have it completed by September and I did it. Woo Hoo. So here it goes. The first set of pictures"before" from when I was in the basement. This pictures show the mounted stamps and how I was indexing my unmounteds. Yes I have a lot of stamps. I have been into stamping since 1994 so almost 20 years. You don't even what to know how much money I have in it cause I don't know but believe me I saw some of the price stickers on the stamps as I unmounted and cringed. 

BEFORE ( in old area)

I had 4 big custom stamp shelves over filled with stamps. Oh those shelves don't have any Christmas or Fall stamps on them. You will see what I did with those.

I still have the stamps in cd and dvd cases but I am no longer putting index cards of the images in there. Don't cringe I have a better solution. 

AFTER (in new room)

 Believe it or not this is about 98% of my stamps now. Amazing how much room mounted stamps take up. 
I am loving this. 

A little hard to see but each case is labeled with a category and a number.

Now this is all my Christmas and Fall stamps. Yes I know I have issues. LOL and I just bought another Christmas set yesterday. Oh boy. 12 step program here I come. LOL

Each case is number Christmas or Fall Box 1,2,3 etc. I would say some of these boxes have 30-50 stamps in them.

I don't own a lot of clear stamps but this is what I have and I purchased some of the Avery Elle pockets for stamps and dies. 
Of course they are all labeled

Now this hasn't changed this is my storage for my Studio G stamps. Baseball card pockets. LOVE IT. The stamps above are my wheel stamps I have umounted. I have an acrylic that fits them perfect but I did keep a couple of the empty wheels if for any reason I may need to put one back on it to use. 

Now I did have some wood mounted stamps that for different reasons I didn't unmount and I have them in a box but it's not very many. 

And now how to I find all the stamps?

Ok on to what I am guessing some are say well how do you know what you have? Yes, this took a lot of time but boy I am so very very please with it and have used it a good number of times already. I decided on what category's worked best for me. The I would stamp out that group on copy paper and put into page protectors (front and back) then the container (box,cd,dvd) would be labeled example Shy Bears DVD 1 and so on. Then on the sheet I would also label it the same so I just look in the catalog see what stamp I want to use then look at the label grab that case or box. I can tell the size or see the detail without have to pull out the case to look for the one I am looking for. So much time was wasted before doing that. 

These binders are I think 3 1/2 binders as you can see I needed two of them. But putting the sheets in the page protectors will really make this last a long time. 

To conclude. My hands were so tired of stamping and my nails were so ink stained it took weeks for me to get them back to normal. Would I want to do it all over again? Hell NO. Was it worth it? Oh very much so. 

I will have a couple more organizing posts in the coming days. I can say I have been stamping again and started making my holiday cards and loving it. 

Thanks so much for sticking with me. If you have any questions about what I did feel free to leave me a comment. Thanks for stopping by.