Saturday, May 6, 2017

You Inspire Me...

Lord have mercy, this Emma stamp (SSS) is just the coolest! So beautiful!

Jennifer Kinney. You Inspire Me_1

I heat embossed it in white, then sponged some Distress ink on top. I hadn't originally intended to sprinkle it with paint splatters but I had an inky "oops" when ink from my finger transferred to the card, so I decided to just make it blend in. Hopefully it's not too noticeable. Unless something is really noticeable I just try to keep going and make my "oopsies" work. 

Jennifer Kinney. You Inspire Me_2

The sentiment is from the Altenew Label Love set.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Playing with ME Party Animals

Oh my gosh! This Party Animals set from Mama Elephant is irrestibly cute! I had no idea how cute until I played with a friend's set, promptly fell in love with it, and quickly ordered my own set.

Jennifer Kinney. ME Party Animals_1

I started by blending some Distress ink on the background and spritzing some water on it. I die cut the cutie patootie bunny and put the cake and present in her hands. I added a little sparkle to the cake frosting and the ribbon on the gift with my Wink of Stella. Can you see it?

Jennifer Kinney. ME Party Animals_2

I'm a total beginner using Copics but this wasn't too bad. I just need to keep practicing. I wish I could remember which stamp set the sentiment came from (maybe SSS?) but I'm afraid I don't recall.

This card is on its way to one of my really good friends. Make it a great day!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Lil' Inker Designs Mini Release Blog Hop

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Today I'm joining some crafty friends in a blog hop for a mini release from Lil' Inker. Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop and leave a comment at each because there are PRIZES! Two winners will each receive a sentiment stamp set and one winner will receive the cover plate and angel pets goodies. The winners will be chosen from the comments on any of the blogs. See the Lil' Inker blog for details.

Below is the set I used. Isn't it great? I have never regretted choosing kindness over anything else.

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The design reminded me of something you might see on a blackboard so I tried to recreate that idea here.

Jennifer Kinney. Lil Inker blog hop_1.

For the sentiment I used some white Nuvo embossing powder on dark gray cardstock. I used my Copic marker to color the heart red right on top of the embossing (thanks to my friend Cheryl for that tip) to give it a little more interest. I used my finger to rub a little white ink in a few select places to resemble chalk dust.

Jennifer Kinney. Lil Inker blog hop_2.

For the frame I first used a woodgrain impression plate on the kraft cardstock and then die cut that panel using a frame die. I used some Distress ink to lightly go over the woodgrain to help make it a little more visible. All of that was then matted onto a kraft card base.

Next in line for the hop is Sarah Jay. You can find the full hop order by visiting the Lil' Inker blog. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your hop!




Saturday, April 29, 2017

Inspired By All the Little Things #54 - Guest Designer



Hello and welcome! I was so excited when my friend Leigh invited me to be a Creative Guest Designer for Inspired by All the Little Things. Here is the inspiration piece.




Isn't that a great photo? So many ways to go, but I kept coming back to the bookshelves, which looked like white and yellow stripes to me, and the overall color combination of yellow, white, and aqua.

Jennifer Kinney. Cheering You On. InspByAllTheLittleThings Challenge - 1

I die cut white cardstock using the Lawn Fawn Dotted Rectangle Stackable die. Then used some Distress ink to paint yellow stripes on it (they are a little hard to see in the photo) and added the flowers from Reverse Confetti's Blooms n Buds. That was then matted on another white panel and then on another panel cut from some Lawn Fawn aqua polka dot paper. The sentiment is Simon Says Stamp Hand Lettered Encouragement.

Jennifer Kinney. Cheering You On. InspByAllTheLittleThings Challenge - 2


I hope you enjoyed my card. Thanks so much for asking me to play, Leigh!



Thursday, April 27, 2017

My New Craft Room! :)

Craft room_wide angle of cabinets

WARNING: very photo heavy post!
If you have any questions just post a comment and I'll get back to you. I'll try to include what I know but I'm sure I'll leave something out.

Over the last 10 years since we moved into our house I've moved my craft space from one room to another and I've also changed the layout at least twice and changed my storage containers. However, we have now finished our basement and I have permanent cabinets. Yea! I'm so excited about it and would love to give you a little tour.


So, let's start with the outside of the room. My craft space shares a room with our office in the basement. It is behind these barn doors, which we salvaged from an old house that was being torn down.
Craft room_barn doors


And here's the view peeking in.
Craft room_look inside


I *love* having a fireplace in here. It definitely keeps the chill out, especially on those cold winter days. I still need to get a rug and do a little more decorating around the chaise but I like relaxing here (as do the kids). (The morning sun gets a little bright in here - I love it but it does make for tricky photos).
Craft room_east wall2


Wall color: Revere Pewter (Benjamin Moore) @ 25%
Ceiling: Palladian Blue (Benjamin Moore) @ 75%
Flooring: Adura luxury vinyl plank by Mannington in Iron Hill Coal (installed by me!)
Cabinets: IKEA Sektion, Haggeby style
Counter: a steal of a deal from Lowe's. It's laminate but I don't know what color it is. It is a mottled light gray.
Fireplace: Continental from Menard's
Chaise: Home Goods
Rug: Albina Triange Mosaic from RugsUSA
Banners: the one with the larger pennants against the wall was made by me; the one with the smaller pennants draping across the whole room was purchased from the Whatever Craft House.

I have three Alex cabinets in the middle on the bottom and then regular cabinets surrounding those. The small drawers work so well for craft supplies and they are also a little easier on the wallet (win, win!).

Here's what I have in each cabinet or drawer. I'll save the detailed storage and organization for another post but this will give you a general idea of what's in each drawer.
Craft room_whats in the drawers text

Craft room_Alex drawers text


Pantry unit on the left:
Craft room_L pantry upper
Craft room_L pantry lower


Upper cabinet on the left:
Craft room_L upper


Lower cabinets (the photos will be the drawers as you move top to bottom, left to right):
Inks. My most used ink are in a storage unit (by Organize More) on my desk. The ones in the drawers are used less frequently. The pigment ink is used even less frequently so it's in the back bin. The front bin contains the red/pink/orange/yellow inks and the middle bin contains green/aqua/blue/purple ink.
Craft room_inks


Adhesives.
Craft room_adhesives


Envelopes, mailing supplies, finished cards.
Craft room_env_cards


Distress inks.
Craft room_distress inks


Craft mat, acrylic blocks, and Boon Organizer. When I'm working I'll leave the Boon organizer and the blocks on my desktop but I love being able to put them in a drawer when I clean up so I have an empty desk top.
Craft room_Boon and blocks


And then below that is an empty drawer. I'll spare you a photo of an empty drawer. :) Guess I need to buy more goodies to fill it up.


Alex units:
Embossing supplies - heat gun, powders etc.
Craft room_embossing


Misc wood mount stamps, rub-on alphas, reinkers.
Craft room_misc stamps


Watercolors, brushes, Stickles, embossing paste, glitter.
Craft room_watercolors


Paint.
Craft room_paint


Misc tools.
Craft room_misc tools


Sequins, gems, washi tape, eyelets, brads, misc embellishments.
Craft room_sequins


Felt, tags.
Craft room_felt


Ribbon drawer 1.
Craft room_ribbon


Ribbon drawer 2. I don't think I'll run out of ribbon any time soon...
Craft room_ribbon2


Colored pencils, markers, pens, notepads.
Craft room_pens


Clean up.
Craft room_clean up


Pre-cut card fronts and card bases. I also store those card fronts that I've started but not finished (like I did some watercoloring or ink blending or something).
Craft room_card bases


Leftover die cuts.
Craft room_die cuts


Punches.
Craft room_punches


Sewing notions.
Craft room_notions


Fabric, yarn, stuffing.
Craft room_fabric


Sewing machine.
Craft room_sewing machine


Junk drawer. Every room has one.
Craft room_junk drawer


Kids' craft supplies. My kids are older now and rarely use this but I haven't thrown it out yet "just in case."
Craft room_kid crafts


Big Shot and other die cut supplies.
Craft room_Big Shot


Upper cabinet on the right has magazines, idea books, and a cardboard storage container that holds some flat scrapbook embellishments.
Craft room_R upper


Pantry unit on the right holds scrapbook supplies and photos.
Craft room_scrapbook stuff

Craft room_photos


Open shelf. I have my MISTI and Score Pal in easy reach. I also found this nifty container at Home Goods and it's perfect to store my Zigs and Copics. I also have lots of colorful knick-knacks up here. You might be wondering what the big "stick" is behind my Score Pal and MISTI and that is a (very) large pencil I found in an antique store years ago.
Craft room_shelf2


One thing I really, really wanted was better lighting. My husband installed this extra thin under cabinet lighting and it's great. It's so hard to work when you don't have proper lighting. I also want to get a different overhead light that is a little snazzier but I haven't found anything that is quite right yet.
Craft room_counter view


WHEW! Are you still with me? What did you think? I love, love, love it. I did a lot (a lot!) of planning and my husband did an awesome job installing it for me.

Thanks so much for stopping in today!