Thursday, March 31, 2011

90% of Real Crafters make Real Messes!

Kristina Werner just shared her messy craft table and challenged us to do the same. I have to admit that I don't care how messy my craft room is, as long as I know where I can find everything. Usually when I do start to clean my space up, I start getting new ideas and will start crafting in the middle of my cleaning time, thus, it never really gets clean. Last night I moved my Big Shot and some new dies from Papertry Ink into the living so I could crank some crafts out while I watched American Idol :)

So here it is in all its glory! This is currently what my craft space looks like, no cleaning up at all.

This is the table I usually use to craft on, but my supplies have overtaken any valuable space. This is actually a card table, so the soft, cushion-y top isn't the best to work on anyway.

This is my desk, where I usually stamp or use my Cricut. I like this space because it's close to the window where I can get lots of light and I have easy access to my clear stamp collection! Underneath I have stashed my kids are in boxes until I can get a good storage unit to keep all their work. I finally learned how to make those accordian paper circles/flowers/pinwheels, whatever you call them. So I have those unfinished scored pieces of paper everywhere!

Unfortunately this is a good chunk of the floor. I have to make a couple cards for birthdays, new baby boy, and a going away card for work. I spent forever looking for the right paper. I also had to pull out of colored cardstock because I could not find one single piece of red cardstock. I was frustrated and left the mess, lol. I was also looking for letters and rub-ons to use, thats why the drawers are scattered about.

In addition to papercrafting, my first love was jewelry making. I recently received an order from Fire Mountain Gems so I have been making some bracelets the last few days as well as making cards and such. So my beads are mixed in among all my papercrafting supplies! This is my bead storage. I keep all my beads, jewelry findings, and tools inside a closed cabinet storage to keep them away from light. I've had lots of these beads for about 10 years now and they are still in perfect condition!

So thats it, my messy piece of heaven. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Paper Variety: Tic Tac Toe

Good morning fellow bloggers! How is your week going so far? Mine is going okay, went back to work this week; I had the entire week of spring break off to spend with my family, it was great! Definitely wish I could just do that every week! I did get a chance to do a ton of stamping and crafting (and spending way too much money on Stampin' up and Papertrey ink!) I also got a chance to clean up and organize the craft room a bit, can't wait to share some pictures!

This week over at the Paper Variety is Tic Tac toe week! The challenge is to use 3 in a row to create your project!

A friend of mine is going to have a baby boy next week, she already has 2 girls, so it has been exciting shopping and creating things for a boy! In my family, there are 10 nieces and 1 nephew, but my nephew lives in CA so I don't get to see him often and haven't really made anything boy-related in a long time!

So for this challenge, I have chosen "Have a Baby Theme, Use spring colors, and Make a card"! Here is my submission:

It is a standard A2 size card, I used the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and the Welcome Baby stamp from the Stampin' Up Punch Bunch stamp set. I stamped the image 3 times using Stampin' Up classic colors. I don't have the coordinating punches that go with this stamp set, so I cut the image out by hand and adhered them using dimensionals. If this card looks familiar to you, I got the idea from the lovely Kerry over at Kerry's Paper Crafts, she made this card here. I loved it and had to use the same colors and idea and add my own touch to it.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your week!

Friday, March 18, 2011

For Japan with Love

My grandmother is japanese, so although I have never met a lot of the family on my mom's side, I do still have a lot of family living in Japan right now, and my heart and prayers goes out to everyone affected by this terrible trajedy.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Happy Fat Tuesday!

It is Fat Tuesday right? Or am I just making up days now? Oh who knows. I hope everyone is doing well and had a great start to their week! My Mikayla came down with a bug that seems to be catching on to all the kids here in the city, had to keep her home yesterday and as a result I ended up having to call in to work. Monday's at the pharmacy are the busiest, craziest days of the week and I know they are prolly mad at me for calling in but hey, my kids are more important, sorry!

So the last few days I have been able to craft a little, I missed it for a couple weeks after Valentines and I finally got my craft mood back! So I wanted to share with you this project I am working on that I absolutely love!

Using the Bigs L Candy Wrapper die from Stampin' Up! and the Tiny Treats: Birthday stamp set from Papertry ink, I put together these Birthday Candy favor Boxes! Aren't they so cute?! I love this new stamp set, it came out last month, and is now th 4th Tiny Treat stamp set that Papertrey ink offers! I am wishing and hoping and praying that Nicole Heady or one of the other ladies on the PTI Design Team come up with a Tiny Treats: Baby stamp set next! I would love to have something like that for Baby shower favors and cards! Ahhh, I am babbling and getting ahead of myself, on to the project!

Using the big shot, I die cut the candy wrapper 50 times on primary color cardstock. I am making 5 sets of 10 favors here. I have 2 colors each of yellow, red, blue, green, and orange in each set. Using the 2" circle punch and the Tiny Treats: Birthday stamp set, I used 10 different images and stamped them onto the punched circles. I colored each image in using my Prismacolor markers. I also stamped a Star/Confetti pattern using coordinating colors onto each wrapper using Inkadinkadoo's Birthday Fun Stamp set. To close the candy wrappers, I used my glue gun. However, I quickly figured out that when it comes to scoring all the lines and putting the candy wrappers together, the glue does not bend well with the score lines. So my next set I am definitely going to stick with red line sticky tape!

I love that you can fill each box with candy, these are the cutest favors I have ever made, I absolutely love this Bigz Die, its a bit pricey, but its worth it, so much fun to work with!!!!

Going to get lunch and dinner started and get ready for work! Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your week!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Paper Variety Challenge 22!

Wow! Do you see how many entries went to this weeks' challenge over at the Paper Variety?! I can't believe how many people have submitted projects, they all are fantastic! This week, the challenge is:

So for my submission this week, I am sharing a 2 page layout I did of my 2nd daughter's first day in this world! I used a lot of scraps for this layout. I used kraft cardstock for the base and added some patterned papers that I am sad to say I have no idea where they are from! They were scraps that I've had for a while! I don't even remember where the 3D stickers are from either, they weren't in a package, just lying around! The stamp sets are from Basic Grey, I used a scallop punch for the edges and a white gel pen for the journaling. I added stitching with my Pixie Sewing Machine at the top and bottom of each page, hope you can see it!

I also wanted to share with you the goodie bag/boxes the girls and I made for their classes for Valentines Day! We used the Plantin' Schoolbook Cricut Cartridge and cut out the bag on page 80 at 5¾" each and the hearts at 3" each. I used a glue gun to adhere all the sides together inside of sticky tape, I didn't want them to fall apart on a bunch of kindergarten and 1st graders!

I used the Valentine's Paper from the Target Dollar Spot again for the front of each box and we used the Tiny Treat Valentine Set again from Papertrey ink. We added heart confetti, Sweetheart Box Candy, Lollipops, Valentines Mints, activity books, erasers, and pencils to each box. We closed off each box with curling ribbon. I am so glad the kids and teachers liked them, they took a while to make! This is the last of this years Valentine's Projects, I can't wait to do it all again next year!

Happy first day of March! Until next time, have a great week, thanks for stopping by!