Thursday, January 31, 2008

Staples gone awry!

The challenge over at splitcoast today was to make a card and incorporate staples or fasteners somewhere on it. I thought that this was going to be a very simple challenge. After all, I have a fastener that I've only used a few times. After I finished the card (before I put the sentiment on) I used a fastener in the corner by the flowers. It just didn't look right. So I took it out and made the sentiment to cover the holes that were left. Then I tried to staple on just the ends of the sentiment. After missing a few times I just ripped off the sentiment and made a new one. Tried again to just staple the edge and finally just gave up and started stapling. I was not a happy camper......

New and improved

On Sunday I got two cute black shelves at walmart because they were on sale. I spent ALL of Monday going through all of my craft supplies and cleaning out things and reorganising everything. I had this tall cheap shelf that has been falling apart for months now and was really a danger to the girls if they were to pull on it at all. Well, while I was pulling it out of the corner it was stationed in (after I had removed all of the stuff on it of course!) the bottom part of the shelf completely broke and folded in on itself! I am so glad that I finally got that taken care of. The top part of the shelf was structurally fine so I kept that part and put it back in the corner and reorganised the stuff that goes on it.

Of course the only decent picture that I have of the craft room before is the one that I took after VSN. My craft room NEVER looks like this I swear lol! I usually always put everything away as soon as I finish a project. I gave up on that about halfway through VSN though.....

This is what it looks like now. The shelf is a lot sturdier now that I'm only using the top half. This side of the room drives me crazy because nothing matches. I can't wait until I can make it look a little nicer.

I keep all of my ribbons (wound up on clothes pins) and my flowers in these bins. I have tons of colored flowers that I "inherited" from my gramma this summer. Now I just need to start using them.

This is my crafting table with all of the supplies that I use regularly within my reach. DH drilled some large holes in the back to fit some plastic cups that I picked up at the dollar store. I keep all of my pens, scissors, gelly roll pens, glitter and stuff like that in them. In the white bins on the side is where I keep my rulers, adhesives, the two acrylic blocks that I use regularly, stamp cleaner, etc. I also have my sewing machine on this table. This is the first table that DH and I bought for our first apartment. We got it on sale at K-mart and it has been holding up pretty well for the last 6+ years!

Here are my two new shelves. I used one of the shelf boards to make an extra "shelf" above my file cabinet where I keep all of my scraps color coordinated.

On the shelf on the left is where I keep my SU cardstock, albums, magazines, a few scrapbook kits, and binders where I keep my ATC's, some cards, stickers, and inspiration ideas.

Here are my ink pads and embellishments. In the small basket on the left is where I keep a few mini albums that I have made in the last couple of months.On the right in the CD cases is about a third of my stamp collection. The rest of my stamps are in the plastic storage bins on the other side of my craft room.

On these two bottom shelves is where I put out the things that I want to alter and embellishments that I want to use by Valentine's day. I actually have about half of the things altered so far. I really need to work on those mailboxes though!

This plastic bin is filled with all of the alterable things that I have been collecting. I am not buying any more stuff to alter until I make a big dent in this! What the heck was I thinking??

Thanks for taking a tour of my craft room!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Sketch Challenge

I just loved the sketch challenge over on Splitcoast today and couldn't wait to try it out.

I have had this paper by Basic Grey for months now and finally found a reason to use it. I think that it looks great with the ginger blossom from the set Embrace Life.

Supplies: Stamps- Embrace Life by SU, Crackle Background by TAC. Ink- Black stazon, Versamark, Blush blossom, Rose red. Paper- Lollipop Shoppe by Basic Grey, Black, White, Blush Blossom, Certainly celery. Accessories- Scallop punch, compass,
rhinestones, stardust pen, black embossing powder.

If you guys are anything like me, you probably have tons of designer papers that you "hoard". Lately I've been thinking about this. Why do we do this? What is the point in hoarding it?? Don't we buy these things with the intention of using them? My new self challenge is to use all of the things that have been just sitting in my craft room waiting to be used. There are always new "must have" products coming out, and I don't want these things to just sit on a shelf or in a box. I want to use them!

So tell me.... what kind of things do you buy and hoard? What is your reason for not using the beautiful things that surround you?

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Color challenge

Today's color challenge was really out of my cofort zone! The colors to use were Going Grey, Basic Grey and Yoyo Yellow. I didn't have and Going Grey ink or paper I subbed Sahara Sand since it was the closest color I had.

Supplies: Stamps- Bodacious Boquet. Paper- Basic Grey, Non SU white. Ink- Basic
Grey, YoYo Yellow, Sahara Sand. Accessories- Corner punch, rhinestones, ribbon,
glitter glue

Dahlia Fold

Today's technique lovers challenge was to make a card featuring a flower using the Dahlia fold. Dahlia's happen to be my absolute favorite flower and this card is so simple and so elegant to make!

Supplies- Double sided paper
Circle punch

Step 1- punch out 8 circles with your punch. (I used a 1.25 in. circle punch)

Step 2- Fold circle in half horizontally and vertically. Unfold.

Step 3- Using your previous fold lines as guides fold up the bottom corners. Your circle should now look like this.

Step 4- Flip the circle over and fold the left and right edges in toward the center.

This is what the circle will look like when you are finished folding. Follow steps 1-4 on the other 7 circles and arrange them into a medallion and glue on your card.

Here is my finished card.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Very first post!

Well you guys finally did it.... sucked me into the blogging world! I'm hoping that by having a blog I will be more apt to stamp everyday and to become better as an "artist". I have been going through a major slump lately and it has been so frustrating! I blame it all on Christmas and those pesky gifts that I just "had" to finish on time. Now that I have more time to just stamp for fun, it's hard for me to come up with results that I'm pleased with.

My first card is from Saturday's Splitcoast inspiration challenge. Here is the inspiration piece-

Inspiration challenges can sometimes be difficult for me because I tend to take them literally. I'm sure you can tell my the card that I made ;).

Supplies used on this card: Stamps- (SU) Happy everything, Seeing Spots, Gorgeous Grapevine, Watercolor Minis, (TAC) Deco Designs, (STUDIO G) Clear. Ink- Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Always Artichoke, Sage Shadow, Certainly Celery, Mellow Moss, Black Stazon. Accessories- (SU markers) Not quite Navy, Mellow Moss, More Mustard, Corner Punch, Rhinestones, Sponge, Q-tip Paper-True Thyme, Non SU White

This second card was for today's Featured Stamper challenge. The featured stamper was the talented Stamping Pam. She has a beautiful gallery and it was difficult to find just one to case. The one that I chose is this adorable fish card-

And here is my card-

Supplies used on this card- Stamps- (SU) Embrace Life. Ink- Ruby Red, Versamark. Accessories- Sewing machine, scallop punch, rhinestones, ribbon, circle punches, white embossing powder, dimentionals, stardust pen. Paper- Old Olive, Ruby Red, Ginger Blossom DP, Wintergreen DP