Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sweet Sixteen for Sabrina

My oldest granddaughter will be sixteen tomorrow and we have been working for the last few days to finish up work on her party invitations. Since her mom is taking her on a cruise (departing New Years Day) they have opted to have her party the middle of January, so we are not horribly late on finishing & getting them in the mail. 

This has been a laborious and tedious task, but I can't complain since it is for my granddaughter and she helped with a lot of it (last night we recruited her mom to help with a final surge trying to get all the pieces glued & glittered. And, since her party will be at a State Park that charges and admission, her mom was suppose to buy a quantity of the little red ticket for each person to gain access (the little tickets that are used for door prize drawings at a lot of events). However, she asked them about us making tickets that fit the party theme and the State Park agreed, so we had to make tickets to go with the invites.

Here is what we made - Her party theme will be A Winter Wonderland so we made a Winter Wonderland snow-globe. The design was inspired by this Tutorial on Splitcoaststampers website:

This image shows one invite closed beside one invite open and at the base of the easel would be one admission ticket front and another displaying the back.


Here is a close up of the admissions tickets (sorry, blurred some of the information for privacy reasons)

Here is a solo appearance of the invite. Cute, or at least I think it is.

There are so many individual components to this. I'm sure we could have made this a simpler process, but I couldn't figure it out and it's too late now - lol. I used the 3.75 Spellbinders Round to cut out 40 circles each of the background paper, Classic Snowflakes - Blue by the Paper Studio, 40 of clear circles from 3M Transparency Film for Overheads, 40 circles of plain white cardstock (these I cut the cardstock into 4" x 4.5" pieces and folded the .5 over before running it through the Cuttlebug being sure the fold was inside the circle to create the fold for the top of the card) and 40 plain white circles used to cut out he ground under the igloo and animals and the snow caps attached to the front top of each snow-globe.

The uber cute animals are "critters in the snow" from Lawn Fawn. All were colored with Copic and we then sprayed the igloos with Glimmer Mist in pearl and flocked the polar bears with Inkadoo flock in Linen White. The ground on the inside and the snow-cap on the outside are covered in basic white glitter from Jo-Ann's.

The wooden base is made with Wooden Fence paper by the Paper Studio. The blue ribbon is from Ribbon Trends and the snowflake sequins are from Tree House Studios. I can't say who makes the pink crystal in the center of the snowflakes since we threw away the top when we cut open the package.

And the final step was to stamp snowflakes on the inside of the globe using Lawn Fawn "frosties" stamps and Color Box Fluid Chalk in the color Popcorn. 

The admissions tickets are made with generic white & blue cardstock & stamped with the same two sets of Lawn Fawn stamps and lettering using Lawn Fawn "jessie's abcs".

Quick recap - 40 circles of snow, plain, acetate and folded plain; 40 flocked polar bears, 40 igloos, 80 penguins (40 on the invites and 40 on the admissions tickets), 40 admission ticket fronts, 40 admission ticket backs, 40 bases - front, 40 bases - back, 40 glittered ground, 40 glittered snow-caps, 40 3-part snowflake sequin decorations . . . yep, that was a whole lotta pieces and parts spread out all over my craft room for a while there.

Well, there you have it, this project, as well as the Christmas holidays and me being sick for a while is what took up the last month of free time for me (well, I will confess to having read a couple of books in the comfort of my recliner)! Hope everyone had a Very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Birthday Cards

Well, I have been A.W.O.L for a while. I can't really blame any one cause for my absence, but I can see several factors that played into it. One was the World Card-making event's that I participated in several of which used up a lot of my card making energies. Another is, that while I did not post it, I did work on a set of ATC's for an ATC swap. Spent a good bit of time on those since several ideas I played with didn't pan out. One thing I learned is that I don't find myself very fond of ATC's due to the size limitation. None-the-less, I signed up for it and I persevered until I finally managed a finished product I was okay with swapping. Unfortunately I was so stressed and so afraid of missing my deadline that I mailed them off without getting a picture. Oh well. And then the third issue to is a major contributing factor is that I asked my DH for a Kindle for my birthday and he obliged and even let me have it as soon as it arrived rather than make me wait for my birthday. Partly because there is only a 30-day return and it was more than 30 days until my birthday, but also because the warranty started immediately and who wants six weeks of a warranty to expire before you even touch an item? Anyway, I got my Kindle and I LOVE it! I have read no less than 5 Jane Austen classics (okay, one was a short story, but still . . . ) since getting it on the fourth of October. I started a new book last night, a Harry Potter fan fiction - James Potter and the Hall of Elder's Crossing. And I have about 70 other books already downloaded and all of them were FREE offerings from Amazon (except for the three HP fan fictions written by G. Norman Lippert). And so, there are my excuses :)

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So, here we go with the cards I worked on today. I needed to add to my OWH collection, and knowing they need birthday cards I thought I would make a few up. But I was undecided about colors and ended up with a mix and match set up. I still don't know which color configuration I like best and actually think I will run with these and make up four more for a complete set of eight. The cute mouse is a Tina Wenke stamp from Stampavie, the patterned paper is from a DCWV mini stack, the solid green is a Michaels generic from years ago and the Happy Birthday sentiment is a stamp and die set from papertreyink.



Hopefully I will balance out all my interests so that I don't miss so many weeks between cards and posts! :)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Last Weekends Card Making (Just couldn't get this posted sooner)

Well, I have started this post no less than three times this week and seem to keep getting pulled away by other things. This time I intend to get it posted no matter the obstacles!

These three cards are my making, but not my design. On World Cardmaking Day, Saturday last, Oct. 2, 2010, my 15y.o. granddaughter & I went to the LSS and took a Make & Take Class.I really like taking these classes because I learn techniques and find products I had not tried before. I also love that my granddaughter has discovered the fun and pleasure of scrapbooking & card-making and we can spend time together with this craft.

So, for this class we made Christmas cards. Three to be exact. I will highlight them one by one, but we actually worked on all three simultaneously. We started with the first card I will highlight because we needed to color the small circle detail and paint it with a crackle product and then leave it to dry. That circle detail was the first we worked on and the last we worked on because we glued it to the first card after we had finished the others. Well, almost finished the others. Truth be told, there is a rhinestone on the center of card three that did not get attached until we got back to my house, but the crackle circle was the first & last that we handled while at the LSS. :) minutiae

Okay, so here is card number one with the crackle circle detail. Basic red cardstock topped with printed paper by The Girls Paperie that has been edged with pinking shears and aged with a dry ink. And here I should point out that my granddaughter & I used the opposite side of this printed paper than what Christine, our instructor, was directing. Both sides would work but we liked the poinsettia side better. I should also point out that this is not the first time I have been a rebel in one of Christine's classes. I also deviated from the instruction in the first class I took with Christine while making this card: Cute Dragon. Okay, so back to the card. Once the printed paper was attached we used Alene's Tacky Glue to attach a piece of neutral felt and then added another printed paper by The Girls Paperie that has been edged with pinking shears and also aged with dry ink. We then tied a narrow width grosgrain ribbon around the card. The crackled circle detail is attached to a black circle that has been attached to a green printed scalloped circle (the green scallop also got the dry ink edging) and all was then added to the card with foam pop-dots.



Here is card number two.  Basic green, almost a muted apple green, with two different size rectangles of printed paper by The Girls Paperie. We then used the Christmas Nested Frames set from the JustRite 2010 Christmas Collection to stamp the sentiment in red and then we stamped both the small and large frames in a linen color ink twice. We colored the holly leaves of the large frame on one stamped image and the holly leaves of the small frame on the second stamped image with Copic markers. We then trimmed the large uncolored frame off of the mall frame and attached the small frame to the center of the large frame with foam pop-dots. We finished by attaching the sentiment to the small frame with more foam pop dots. On this card both of the printed papers as well as the sentiment were aged with a dry ink.



Okay, and this is card number three. We started with a red square card this time and attached a square of music print paper that was aged with dry ink. We then took a rectangle of the red snowflake print paper and ran a line of tape runner along the bottom edge. To the tape runner we lined up four black circles, staring in the center and leaving a little less than half the circle exposed below the red paper. We then trimmed the excess circle from the ends. We attached that about half way down the music paper and placed a strip of the green print paper across the top, slightly overlapping the red paper. The giant snowflake was cut from a lightweight chipboard. I'm not sure what die was used since that was provided to us already cut, we just added spray adhesive & glitter. This glittery snowflake was attached by spraying the backside with spray adhesive. The center detail is and accordion folded strip of red cardstock. Again, this was cut for us so I'm not positive, but I believe the die was a Tim Holtz. Folding it was easy enough, back & forth like a fan. But it took 2 people to hold it down into a circle and get the ends glued together and then to get some heavy double sided tape attached to one side. To this strip of tape we added the smaller circle detail, This detail is a black circle topped by a white circle that we stamped a JustRite circle on that reads "Let it Snow" over & over. To the white sentiment circle we attached a small black circle with a snowflake stamped in white pigment. The completed accordion and circle detail was attached to the snowflake with another piece of the heavy duty double sided tape. And we finished it off with a small rhinestone in the center of the snowflake.

And, to finish out the fun we had at the Make & Take Class - they had a drawing for two door prizes and my granddaughter's name was drawn for one of the prizes! YAY Sabrina! She won a JustRite stamp set.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Post-World Cardmaking Day Weekend

Well, that was a busy & exciting weekend. I was part of a blog hop sponsored by the CardSwap Forum, which is a part of Cardmakermagazine.com. It was my first time to be one of the hops along a blog hop and it was so exciting to see new comments posted throughout the weekend. That is without a doubt the most comments I have ever had, and probably will ever have again until I am a hop along another blog hop in the future. And I enjoyed visiting all the other blogs on this hop as well as the hop along the Imagine-Nation Blog Hop.

I also submitted entries into several challenges (and I was actually the winner of one - yay me. Don't know what I won, but I won - lol). Here is a quick rundown of the challenge cards I made:

KISS - Monochrome (the one my number was drawn in):
 For my monochrome entry I went with green simply because I have tons of green paper - no clue how I managed to accumulate so much green since pink & purple are my favorite colors, but since I do have so much green it just screamed out "USE ME!". I also used a stamp set that my 15y.o. granddaughter won as a door prize at the LSS where we did a card class Make & Take Saturday. (Hope to post those cards tomorrow, maybe the next day)
Sketch.  
It is an A2 of course, since it will go in my OWH stack. The cardstock is a generic paper I bought at Michael's years ago. Same with the pink vellum. The solid green is from a DCWV stack:


Just a Note (had to be a 3x3 note card):
This was interesting because I had a hard time thinking in a 3x3 square. But here is my Just a Note:


Go Digi (use a digi provided by one of the three digi artists on the blog hop):
I went with the apples digi that was provided by Faith Skrdla (her blog) for my digi entry. And I had to redo them a couple of times - once because I over-saturated my cardstock & the red bled out, and it seems no amount of colorless blender will help when you bleed deep color. And another redo because I bought some of the new Copic paper while I was at the LSS Saturday and I had a slight learning curve figuring out how to get the blending I wanted.


Color Scheme (use purple, orange & brown):
It is a pretty simple card, and most of my required color was already done for me because it was printed paper that already had orange, purple and brown. But I was having a hard time thinking this one through and most of my orange was a bright orange, which I just wasn't feelin' that day.


10 Minute Card (set a timer & complete a card in 10 minutes or less):
Okay, I probably cheated on this one because I used a collection pack which has all the matching paper with stickers and adhesive letters (didn't use the letters though), so this one went together in less than 10 minutes. But I swear, if I had not used a collection pack it would take me an hour just to stage components because I pull out paper & stamps and embellishments and then I swap paper, then I swap paper again, then I swap embellishments, then I swap paper again, then I swap stamp, then I swap . . . well, you get the picture - lol. Anyway, here is my 10 minute entry that is now added to my OWH stack:


And a secret challenge that the blog hop co-ordinator posted on her blog and you had to find it to get details on what to create (a Christmas card with gold, but no ribbon:
And here is what I learned with this challenge.
(1) I don't own much gold! I have one package with some gold dots and I have Alcohol Ink in Gold, that's it! Adding that to my shopping list for next week :gold stuff".
(2) I cant use Alcohol Ink to stamp a rubber stamp and get the gold image on a piece of cardstock. It dries too fast and it was too hard to clean off of the rubber stamp when I failed.

I went with the alcohol ink and stamped on it with Memento Black Tuxedo which does not come out very black on the Gold Alcohol Ink, but the end result suited the stamp as well as the paper behind, so I think I like it better than if it had come out a clear sharp black image.

And here is a second shot of the Christmas card since the gold in the first is muted to a point that it looks almost like an aged brown:


There were other challenges posted that I just could not find the time to create a card for. Maybe I will do better managing my time next time.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

CardSwaps World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop!

Hello and Welcome! 

You are on the CardSwaps World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop!
You should have arrived here from Faith Skrdla (Designed 2 Delight) -
http://designed2delight.blogspot.com/2010/09/cardswap-blog-hop.html.
If you got here differently, make sure you start at the beginning and work your way around. 

Comment on every blog by midnight CST, October 3, 2010, to be entered into a drawing for prizes. The full list of prizes are on Lora's blog.

For my part in the Blog Hop I was assigned an Individual Challenge. The Individual Challenge I was assigned is: Recipe Challenge - Create a card using the following items: 4 brads, 3 flowers, 2 patterned papers, 1 image. (Okay, I'm going to give everyone a good chuckle here. Being relatively new to cardmaking and challenges I had to ask Lora what the "recipe" part of my challenge meant. Did it mean I had to actually put a recipe on or in the card? Eek, do I have a recipe that will fit on a greeting card? Well, she apologized for having a laugh at my question, but I have to admit, once I read her reply I had a good giggle too! Those who understood the "recipe", go ahead & giggle, but for those who may not have - it simply meant I was given the specific ingredients, the "recipe" to use (i.e. the specifics of: 4 brads, 3 flowers, 2 patterned papers, 1 image). Now you know why I had a laugh at my own self too!

And, here is my completed challenge card. This is the front view of the card while 
it is closed. The four flowers in the corners are the four brads of my recipe. These 
are not the 3 flowers the recipe required, but because I had no luck in my search 
for bumblebee brads I had to settle for flower brads.

Front View - Closed Card
And when the card opens it opens almost in an accordion manner. Here is the front view as it is being opened. In this view you see the 1 stamped image and the 2 printed paper the recipe called for.

Front View - Opened Card

And this is the inside of the card as it is being opened. Here you see the 3 flowers the recipe said use. They are a little surprise waiting for you to find them when you open the card.
Inside View - Opened card
For this project I used:   AC Textured White cardstock, Making Memories Pastel Mini Flower Brads, Copic markers, Creative Memories "Delight" patterned paper, Fresh Print Clothesline "Purple Pansy" patterned paper,Color Me Crazy flowers from Petaloo and the image is "End of Summer" by Mo Manning of Stampavie.

This techniques is one I found in "Fast and Fun Folded Cards by  Annie's Attic. page 22 on a card titled Welcome Neighbor. The directions say to make this card you cut a 6 -1/4 x 5-1/2 piece of cardstock. Score according to the dotted lines and cut according to the solid lines of the template provided in the back of the book (shown below), but I modified the dimension a little to be sure my finished card fit an A2 envelope so that I could include it in my Operation Write Home shipment. You then cut printed paper to attach to the front sections as it is laid flat and attach the image you want on the inside of the finished card. Then turn the card over to attach the image that will appear on the front when the card is closed.

Template from Fast and Fun Folded Cards by Annie's Attic

I have only been making cards for a few months, but I have really enjoyed it. My cardmaking started with an interest in Copic markers. Well, actually, it started with scrapbooking, something I dabbled in several years ago but had pushed aside because of the time my job required of me. I had the opportunity to retire about a year & a half ago and slowly started pulling my scrapbooking stuff back out. Because I had not worked on it for several years I felt I needed to visit my LSS and see what was new. What I found was handmade cards that had stamped images colored with Copic markers. I admired the different cards and Copic colored images for several visits to that LSS and when I saw a Beginners Copic class scheduled to be taught there, I signed myself up. The class was taught by Christine Ousley, and she did a wonderful job. I was hooked. Hooked on coloring stamped images with Copic that is. But I couldn't just color those images and stuff them in a drawer! I like them too much to do that to them. And so, the only logical choice was to make cards to put them on. Since then I have discovered I really enjoy making cards, with or without a Copic colored stamped image.

Initially I made a handful of cards for some birthdays and such, but more recently I found a very worthwhile avenue for my cardmaking. I have adopted a project that allows me to make and make and make cards. I am now in the process of making cards for Operation Write Home (OWH). Operation Write Home's Mission is to support our nation’s armed forces by sending blank greeting cards to deployed troops for them to write home on, as well as sending cards of gratitude to encourage the troops. My part is simple, I make A2 size cards and send them to a shipper who will process them and ship them out to the troops. For me, this is a heart-warming & rewarding project to be part of.

Okay, enough about me, back to the Blog Hop stuff.

You have until midnight, CST, October 3, 2010, to post your comment on each blog on the hop. Everyone that comments on each blog will be entered into the drawings for blog hop prizes. In addition, if you want to participate in the challenges for the mini crop at Card Swaps, go check it out after the blog hop and upload your completed project by midnight CST, October 3, 2010,  in order to get in the drawings for prizes!

That said, your next stop on this Blog Hop is: 


The following is a full list of the blogs on this blog hop:
Redonna: http://perpetual-playtime.blogspot.com/2010/09/cardswaps-world-cardmaking-day-blog-hop.html <<< YOU ARE HERE

Thursday, September 30, 2010

My Craft Room

Well, I am finally going to post some pictures of my Craft Room. Mostly so my little sister can see the minor changes made since her visit here a few weeks back. It's not the "magazine" craft room I have seen others post, but it is mine and it makes me happy and that's what really counts. 

My husband & I built the room twenty-something years ago in our basement. Twenty-something years ago when I liked to sew and make clothes. When we bought our house the entire basement was unfinished. Before long we started sectioning it off and building spaces. One end is now his den. Originally the opposite end was walled off and he had his workshop in there. But as time went on he outgrew the space and we had a detached shop built out back. Once that was complete we walled off half of what was his shop and turned that half into my sewing room. The other half remained a small garage area, and by small I do mean small. The only car that will fit is a very compact compact. When my husband went through his mid-life crisis he felt the need to buy a Miata convertible and he kept it in the garage, and it was a tight fit. Now that space is storage for ice chests and grand-kids battery operated jeeps and such.

When we turned my half into a sewing room we put up luan plywood and laid a linoleum floor. It is the only living space in the basement that has a linoleum floor. And with good reason - linoleum is not that easy to lay if you can't afford to rent the right equipment. And back then we were still raising kids and really couldn't spare that extra so we had to roll the ridges and lumps out by hand. We also installed stock cabinets bought from a home improvement store as well as stock laminate counter top. Once I started setting up my sewing room I realized I needed more storage & work surface but because of the cost of more cabinets we opted to build a frame for the counter top and slid some metal file cabinets under those. And it all works fine. 

But time passes and people change, things change, jobs change, children grow up . . . in general, life happens. And over the years I fell out of love with sewing. I will mend something from time to time, but I have no interest at all in making a garment from scratch like I did so many years ago. I started sewing clothes as a teenager because, being from a family with seven kids there wasn't always money for the latest trends so I figured out how to make my own tops and alter jeans to make them match my tops so that they would/could be considered "pantsuits" since that was the only way girls were allowed to wear pants to school. When I was pregnant I made almost all my maternity clothes and when my children were pre-school I made almost all of their clothes. I could buy a yard of fabric from a remnant table and make a pair of snap-crotch short leg overalls for little more than a dollar. Catch a sale on Health-Tex shirts and my children were always dressed cute. But somewhere over the last twenty-something years I fell out of love with sewing and slowly my sewing room accumulated a lot of stuff that didn't really have a home anywhere else in the house. 

Fast forward to Dec. 2008 - I am fortunate to be in a position where I can take an early retirement. One of the first things I decide to do in my retirement is pull out my scrapbooking materials that had all been packed in a closet for about 10 years. I started scrapbooking back when Creative Memories was all the rage and everyone was having CM parties and crop parties. I really enjoyed scrapbooking, but it got pushed aside after I took a promotion to management in 1997. With the promotion came job requirements that ate into my free time and left me so mentally drained at the end of every day. I also had to make business trips several times a year. Usually the better part of a week, but some trips were for 2 weeks at a time. I was too busy to even think about pulling out my scrapbooking stuff just to have to pack it all away again. 

Now that I was retired I wanted to get going with it again. But again, life interrupts. Six months after my retirement my father-in-law passed away and my new job became P.A. to my mother-in-law. She was so lost and at times she seemed so confused about life and what she should or could do. Just about the time I think we have all the business handled she starts having health issues. And, as much as we have encouraged her to consider assisted living, she will have nothing to do with it. Fortunately though, things have settled down into a regular routine for us now. 

So scrapbooking was back on the front burner. I set up a folding table in my den and started trying to organize half of my small den into my scrapbook space. Oh, I forgot to mention my den, didn't I? Yes, well . . . my den is the room that was my son's bedroom as he was growing up. So we are talking about a room that is basically 11'x12'. A small room that already held a 3 section entertainment unit with TV & stereo, a computer armoire with high back desk chair, a 32" three drawer chest, 2 small bookcases, a wooden file cabinet that doubles as an end table and a love seat. The entire perimeter of the room was covered and then I go and add a 6' folding table and two Sterlite 7-drawer organizers. All that was just making me feel so claustrophobic I was quickly losing interest again. But knowing how much I once enjoyed scrapbooking I knew I needed to do what I dreaded - clean up the sewing room and move my scrapbooking downstairs.
Easier said than done, but finally I managed it, after several weeks of work with no less than three pick-up truckloads to the dump and about six truckloads to the local non-profit. I also spent one entire day scrubbing the linoleum back into a decent condition and two days repainting. It was already painted white, and even though the paint was not damaged, it had yellowed with age. I painted it white again. I thought about painting it pink, or lavender or some of both, but in the end white won out just because, to me, it makes the room much brighter. So, after reading all that you are now entitled to see the images, but don't expect the sounds of awe or angels trumpets since it is really just a basic craft room. But it is mine and I am thrilled to have it! :)

This view is what is on the left-hand side as you enter the room. Shelves for a lot of my supplies. The two purple boxes on the top shelves hold wood mounted stamps (one day I plan to remove them from the wood blocks) and spare supplies such as tape and Xyron adhesive and such. The middle left shelf has two clear boxes. One full of ribbon and the other full of assorted embellishments. The middle right shelf has 4 smaller storage containers with stickles, alcohol ink, metal brads and embellishments and my Just-Right stamp sets. Bottom left green container holds Tattered Angels Glimmer mist. Next to that are five plastic storage binders for my stamps. I also have a square box with odds & ends, my Croc-a-Dile and my picture guillotine there. The bottom right shelf has jars with buttons and my ink pads. This is also where I drop quick items such as my regularly used "Thinking of You" and "Miss You" stamps that I use for my Operation Write Home cards. And then we get down to the counter-top where you find three magazine storage files, my shoebox I use for stacking my OWH cards as I make them, the Xyron, Cuttlebug, baby-wipes (I use these to clean ink off my stamps mostly, but also for wiping the counter off or anything else that needs a wipe), my scissor storage and a mesh basket catch-all.  And on the right hand side of the shelves is my bulletin board. I used the peg board that was already there and covered it with eBay material and eBay ribbon. Good place to show off a few cards. Oh, don't look under the counter. That's just storage of some miscellaneous craft items, my old storage/tote that once held my scrapbook paper and a large storage box full of picture that really need to be sorted.





This is the view taken from standing in the door. You see on the left edge the bulletin board mentioned in the first photo. Next to that are three more shelves - mostly storage. Top shelf had two storage boxes full of picture. Middle shelf left side is my embossing materials. Middle shelf right side is gift wrap tissue and ribbon. Bottom shelf holds two open baskets - one holds a spare roll of paper towels and the other holds painters tape, a bottle of rubbing alcohol and a can of bug spray (it is a basement so creepy crawlies like to visit from time to time and they get greeted with enough spray that they can swim home). Below the shelves is a utility sink. Moving to the center you see my Pink Cricut and on the "Flying Nun" shelves above my Cricut are my carts and Cricut tools. Next is a stack of scrapbooks that are all "in progress" and my Cricut mats hang on a nail above them. Far right is a PC, I don't like it because it is slow as molasses, but since it is all I have available it will do. In this picture you can also see my sewing machine.



Here we see the third wall of my room. Picking back up with the sewing machine you can see beside it a pink tote that holds my Copic marker collection. Next is the table I sit at to color stamped images. On the table are the two Sterlite 7-drawer storage units, which if you count them, are now 6-drawer storage units. I had to remove one drawer to make them fit below the paper storage. But waste not, want not - I stacked those two drawers and my hubby cut a top for them and they are also on the table with all my paper stacks stacked on top. I keep the mini stacks in those two drawers. And I love my new paper storage. I had to wait about six weeks for those paper racks to get here from back-order, but I do love them. And the closet unit in the corner holds stuff, just stuff, like beach towels, a couple of boxes of stuff I brought home from my office when I retired and my nursery ensemble (which isn't in there right now because it is loaned out to my daughter to use for her new grand-baby for when he comes to visit her at her house.



There is no picture of the fourth wall because all it would show is the opening into the rest of the basement, the edge of a mirror my hubby is going to hang over my sewing machine one day soon, the end of my ironing board and my laundry space. Nope, no picture of all that - lol. So, there you have it. My Craft Room. I hope you enjoyed that little tour.

Footnote: I call it my Craft Room because I seem to do more cardmaking than scrapbooking these days so I really can't call it My Scrap Room. :D 
Oh, and here is a small peek at where I was trying to work:
(NOTE: This is not the 6' table I had in here to start with. My MIL needed my 6' table so DH bought a flimsy 4' from Wally World for about $20 - you get what you pay for as they say. Just made me more determined to finish my craft room - LOL.)
Kinda sad, I know.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

SRM Stickers Challenge Card

SRM Stickers is also sponsoring a challenge featuring Operation Write Home (OWH).

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This is my entry in the SRM Stickers Challenge. The cardstock is AC Textured White and the printed paper is from the Pink Paislee Bayberry Cottage 6X6 mini stack. I added some of that generic grosgrain ribbon that I got on eBay (no name brand to share on that), and the small red square is part of some generic cardstock I bought from Michaels Craft Store years ago.The Hello stamp, gee I don't really know for sure.



A very simple card. And easy to put together, the hardest part was probably the bow, but even that was easy enough - I used the "Fork Bow" method. I found this on several blogs and forums, but I originally found it on Diana Gibbs blog, Stampin with Di & everyday this 'n that

And, Here is the sketch provided for this challenge:


I rather enjoy doing challenges that also offer me the opportunity to add to my OWH collection.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

OWH (Operation Write Home) Stars & Stamps Sketch Challenge #36



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This card is made on an ecru cardstock. I'm sure to many it would seem this card would have been better with white cardstock & white for the circle & sentiment, but this is what happens when I start out with different paper in the beginning & the card slowly migrates to something different. It is what it is - lol.

Both designs of the printed paper are from the Bayberry Cottage 6X6 paper stack by Pink Paislee. The right side is a smaller image of the Picket Fence print and the left side is a smaller version of the Gazebo print. The grosgrain ribbon is some generic ribbon I got off eBay.  The flower stamped image is from Hero Art and I believe the sentiment is from an Inkadinkado set, but I can't say absolutely. I have to confess I was not very cognizant of the need to note who a specific stamp set was by when I first started collecting my stamps.


Here is the sketch provided for this challenge:



And my collection of OWH cards grows a little more. :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Dutch Dare Card Challenge


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In featuring OWH, Dutch Dare put out a challenge that simply required the card meet OWH criteria and have a Birthday theme. Well, they said any theme would be accepted, but since it is a Birthday Party they were hoping for a Birthday card. So I made a Birthday card.


It's a very simple card, but I was kinda pushed for time since I was not able to get any card making done over the weekend most of my Monday was taken up with things that needed to be done. Not the least of which was to get a very large box out of the middle of my scrap room floor. The card base cardstock is generic cardstock I bought from Michaels years ago. The Pretty blue flowery inset is from a Nana's Nursery Baby Boy mini stack by DCWV that my little sister brought me a few weeks ago on her way back home from a trip. It has shiny little blue flowers, to add a little glitz. And the sweet little kitty is from my Cricut Create-a-Critter cart.

Oh, the the font, bet everyone could tell at a glance that was hand-written by me. But I needed to use the word "purrfect" from the Cricut cart and none of my sentiment stamps would work with it.  

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Two Challenge Card Entries in this Post

Today I have two cards I made for challenge entries.

Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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The challenge for this week is a technique challenge. We had to make an easel card. Now, I had made an easel card once before, but I didn't have the size constraints of making it fit the A2 size. This time I needed to make it fit the A2 size (the recommended, but not mandatory OWH size). And, as always happens I could not find the tut I used the first time, which to me was easier to follow than the one OWH linked us to. Since I was negligent in saving the first tut, I did save this one, and if I ever find that first one again, you can be sure I will save it!  (edit to add - Julie posted a link to an easel card tut that is on the OWH site and to me it made better sense in regard to the direction of the folds. For anyone interested, I have saved both tuts on my "Saved Tuts" page.)

Okay, so, for this card I decided to try my Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks and make my own background. A bit of a masculine color scheme too. I used Willow, Sandal, Cloudy Blue and Copper. Just random stamping on Inkssentials Glossy paper by Ranger. The leaf strandis an Inkadinkado stamp, stamped with Cocoa Brown Memento ink and colored with Copic. I then trimmed around it and used foam tape to attach it. Near the bottom front I attached some adhesive back glossy front lace look tape from Cutetape.com. The sentiment is from Close To My Heart and is also stamped in Cocoa Brown Memento ink.



And, here is an angled view to see the easle. You can see that I attached a sheet of plain white paper to the inside to be sure the troop using this card has a white surface to write to their loved one on.




CardSwap Weekly Sketch Challenge 9-22-10 TO 9-28-10

The second challenge card  I made is for CardSwap's Sketch Challenge. This card was super quick & super easy since it was mostly a paper project. I was feeling fallish since the it is now officially fall here in the Northern Hemisphere.

For this card I used a generic brown cardstock that I bought at Michaels several years back and the printed paper is from g.c.d Studios Autumn Afternoon stack. I used the back of one sheet to get the blue sentiment tag and both the blue & brown sentimane tags were cut with Spellbinders on my Cuttlebug. The blue ribbon is a generic grosgrain ribbon bought on eBay (I love eBay, and based on how much I have bough through them, I bet they love me too!).



I also made this card A2 size so that I can include it in my OWH shipment.

And, here is the sketch provided for this challenge:


Wow, four images in one post! I think that may be a record for me - lol.

Hope everyone has a wonderful & blessed day!

(EDIT - after I posted this I realized I forgot to crop my images for a closer view. I may (or may not) go back & do that later & re-upload them.)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

OWH (Operation Write Home) Stars & Stamps Sketch Challenge #35

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Here is another card I made for the OWH (Operation Write Home) Stars & Stamps Sketch Challenge. The solid cardstock is some generic paper that I got from Michaels several years ago and the print paper with the bats I recently purchased from Oriental Trading. I believe the cute little trick-or-treaters and the small bat at the top (on the purple stripe) are Inkadinkado stamps. The small "boo!" is from a Lawn fawn stamp set. And I added some black three  dimensional dots using Pearl paint from Viva. 



And here is the sketch provided for this weeks challenge:



I will send this card to the OWH project, but since the majority of Halloween themed cards have already been processed I will hold this one and work on adding to the Halloween theme for next year. I could have, and maybe should have made a more generic "Thinking of You" or "Miss You", but I had Halloween papers out for another cards and was on a roll.



Tuesday, September 21, 2010

CardSwap Weekly Sketch Challenge 9/15-9/21

I found a new forum this week and this card is for their Weekly Sketch Challenge 9/15-9/2 . I think I like sketch challenges. I'm not sure what the limitations are for modifying a sketch, but so far I have tried to stay as close to possible with the two I have made.

So, here is my entry for the CardSwap Weekly Sketch Chhallenge.
I made Halloween Card with some cute bats and a spider from my Fawn Lawn stamps and I cut the tree from my Cricut Happy Hauntings cart. The cardstock is all generic that I bought many years ago.



And here is the sketch:



Eeeek! Happy Hauntings!

Monday, September 13, 2010

OWH Stars & Stamps Sketch Challenge

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I made this card for the OWH (Operation Write Home) Stars & Stamps Sketch Challenge. It was quick and easy. They provided the sketch, the color scheme and the theme. I used a variety of paper - the solid pink, solid green and large polka dot paper are from DCWV stacks. The tiny polka dot ribbon is from Creative Memories and the cake is from the Cricut Stretch Your Imagination cart.



I am also making a bunch of rather generic cards for the OWH project, but I don't have enough of those to take a group shot, and since I plan to make several dozen I'm not sure I want to post all of them one by one. But I will post something about them when I get far enough along with that project.


09/21/10 - adding the image of the sketch:

Sunday, September 5, 2010

A Mini Card Challenge

I bought a pre-assembled card kit from my local favorite scrapbook store, Scrapbook Mania, and used this as a mini card challenge for my granddaughter and I. The kit contains the materials to make two identical cards as well as the instructions and an image of the card the creator, Christine Ousley, made. When I saw the kit I thought it would be a lot of fun to see if my granddaughter wanted to do a mini challenge, and she did (YAY!). I thought it would be interesting to see how far apart we were in style and character. Of course I also wanted the Sarah Kay stamp to add to my collection.

First we had to decide on three elements from the kit that were required components and the rest were optional. No other rules. In this kit we decided the three required elements would be the Sarah Kay stamp, the pre-stamped tag that reads "Friends Forever" and the small length of bakers twine.  

We divided our materials up and since she was anxious to get working on hers I gave her a manila envelope to put it in once she was finished assembling it. Once she finished I worked on mine. Since I have to do the "grandmother" things, like cook and do dishes and such, I assembled mine in parts, some yesterday and the rest this morning. 

Since she went first and hers was finished I let her see mine as it was in progress. But I was sure anxious to see what she had made. Here are the cards:

The full size page in the back is the insert from the Card Kit with the image of the card made by the creator. The card on the left is mine and the card on the right is Sabrina's. 



This is Sabrina's card close up:
She used my Croc-a-Dial to put grommets through the front and back panels and has the card tied shut with the red ribbon with two charms dangling from the front.

And this is my card close up:
I didn't do too much with the embellishments, just some self-adhesive cream color pearls down the right side (and a BIG thank you to my little sister Lisa for bringing me a handy dandy tool this past Friday - a QuicKutz QuickStik. It sure helped pick those little pearls up! :)

And I must say, I think I like Sabrina's colored image a lot more than I like my own.

This was fun, I think I may keep an eye out for more card kits that I think we can have fun doing more mini-challenges with!