Thursday, September 30, 2010

CKU 2005

In 2005 I attended CKU (Creating Keepsakes University) in Minneapolis with some girlfriends. It was a great experience - fantastic classes, great shopping, fun events and contests, and new friends. But the ultimate of the whole experience was when my name was called as the winner of the page contest. Seriously? I was dumbfounded. And then I couldn't stop smiling. It really was awesome. And the big pink box full of prizes was incredible - I'm pretty sure I still have some of the product left there was so much.


I made a mini album of my whole CKU experience but I still had some of these pictures so I threw together this page to include in my All About Me album.

Winner detail

I stamped my journaling lines using the Mini Scrapbook Series: Library Ledger. I took this close-up of the journaling so you could see how it's ever so slight but just enough so that I keep my writing straight. I also used the same stamp set to stamp "Apr 2005" next to my title.

Thanks for stopping by. See you next time.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Love You Molly

I've made a few scrapbook pages recently so I'll be posting those over the next few days. The photo I used here is a couple years old but I really like it. I wish I would have had the patience to wait for processing of a large 8 x 10 but I didn't. I wanted to scrapbook "now" and I didn't want my mojo to leave me so I scrapped with my 4 x 6. Gotta take the energy and inspiration when I can!

Love You Molly

I have no idea where I picked up this little card but I thought it was cute and fun. Especially because there's a private little joke between Molly and me that started when I'd tuck her in at night and I'd say "I love you to the moon and back". Well, one night I forgot and she said it to me but I was already out the door and didn't quite hear her. I thought it sounded like "I love you to the man in the bath." Of course that doesn't make any sense but that's what I heard. So, that's our private little joke now and so I wrote that in on the card so I'd be sure to never forget. It makes me cry a little to think I even could forget something so sweet but I'm old enough now to know what time can do to our memories.

Love You Molly detail 2

You can see I added a few flourishes to some corners of the photo using Fancy Flourishes stamps (PTI). It really added that little something to the page.

Love You Molly detail 1

Thanks for stopping by today! Make it a great one.

Paper and die cuts: MME, Basic Gray
Other: large scalloped die (PTI), heart punch (SU!)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Papertrey September Blog Hop Challenge

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Welcome to the September blog hop for Papertrey Ink. The challenge for this month is:

One of the most fun things about this hobby is the people you meet, whether in person or online, and
the things you can learn from them.  Now is your chance to show off any skills you might have learned
from a fellow stamper, and perhaps even give them a little shout out to thank them for the inspiration
they have provided.  Create a project using one of your favorite learned skills and perhaps after a little
blog hopping, we will ALL learn some new tips and tricks and continue to pass on the love of this hobby!

I was heavily inspired to create this Halloween card and treat bag by two of my favorite PTI design team members - Mish Wooderson and Betsy Veldman.

Mish creates what she calls pretty packets and you can see some in her blog post here. I thought it was ingenious so just had to give it a try. I absolutely adore how it turned out. A brown lunch bag, some patterned paper, stitch it up, add a tag and voila - way cute packaging for a small treat. A medium glassine bag fits in there just right.

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For my card, I took a cue from Betsy by adding a bit of flair above and below my sentiment to create a frame of sorts. See how she added the fancy stamp to the title block of the calendar here on this post? I liked that idea and worked it into my card.

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I will definitely be trying that again - so fun!

I tucked some peppermint patties into the treat bag and sent it off to a friend from the Papertrey forum (hi Barbara!) I hope she liked it! :)

I hope you're enjoying your hop!

Stamps: Halloween Tags 2009, Vintage Labels (PTI)
Ink: Memories Black, Memento Tangelo
Paper: Stampers Select White (PTI), patterend paper from Blackbird collection (MME)
Other: Prima glitter, brad (MME), ribbon from stash, an old, old, old fabric label tags from MAMBI, circle punch, scalloped circle punch, stars from Sizzix die

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Welcome, Baby Girl

One of my girlfriends from college just had her first baby this summer and I couldn't wait to send off baby girl clothes. Oh, how I miss buying little girl clothes. My DD10 is starting to have her own opinion on clothes and while they're still way cuter than boy clothes, they're just not as adorable as those little girl outfits. Boy clothes, while much cheaper, are just no fun at all. I was at Younker's today (local department store) and the only choices for boys' casual wear was all athletic stuff. Not a single "nice" shirt for pictures to be found anywhere. What's up with that? Anyway, enough of my babbling, onto the card...

 Some more argyle...
Baby Girl

Here's a little closer view of the front of the card.

Baby Girl close-up

And I decided to dress up the inside a bit...
Baby Girl inside

Stamps: A Little Argyle, Signature Greetings, Inside and Out: Baby (PTI)
Paper: Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Sweet Blush and Raspberry Fizz (PTI), Creamy Brown, Colorbox, Van Dyke Brown (Nick Bantok)
Other: Nesties Label 13, Spring Moss grosgrain ribbon, Sweet Blush button, Rustic Twine (PTI)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Girl Scout Thank You

My Girl Scout troop had a sleepover at another family's home. I was so grateful to them for hosting the party and so grateful that it wasn't at my home! I made this quick little card to follow up with all my verbal thank-yous that I told them at the party. I needed it to be rather flat and mail-able. So, just a center sentiment set on an oval nestie with pop-dots.
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A Little Argyle worked perfectly on the bottom. My SU! Kiwi Kiss never gives me good impressions with my clear stamps and I was about to throw this in the rubbish bin until I decided I kind of liked the distressed look and I went with it.

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I used Rustic White or Rustic Cream for the card base (sorry, I forget which one), some brown ribbon from my stash, A Little Argyle (PTI), Signature Greetings (PTI), Turning a New Leaf (PTI), and the berries are from Out On A Limb (PTI). Kiwi Kiss ink (SU!), Creamy Brown ink (Colorbox).

Okay, lots more editing to do on photos so going to make this a short one. Night all! :)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Birthday card for Mom

My mom, my grandma (may she rest in peace) and I (along with a host of aunts and cousins) all have September birthdays. I've always loved my September birthday and it is just that much more special because I share this month with my mom and her mom.

Mom's bday card

Don't you just love these colors! I do!! So fall-ish and feminine. The layout for this card was CASE'd from one I saw in a recent Paper Crafts magazine. I love it when I can start with a "recipe" and then just add my own "ingredients" and "spice". lol

The ribbon really is gray and matches quite well with the paper, even though it doesn't look like it here in this photograph. I cut a tiny felt flower from PTI's Beautiful Blooms die and topped it with a brad from My Mind's Eye (Blackbird collection). I could have (and probably should have) purchased every single item in this MME collection but I showed some restraint especially since I remembered all the other items at home in my craft room that I thought I absolutely had to have. Must use those first with just a sprinkling of some newer stuff. Right?

Here's the inside of the card. I combine some sentiments from Big and Bold Wishes along with Birthday Basics. It makes it so easy when I can place all the sentiments on one big block and stamp them all together. Much less messing up!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Birthday Basics, Big and Bold Wishes, Mixed Messages (PTI)
Paper: Terracotta Tile (PTI), patterned paper (Basic Grey)
Other: felt flower created with Beautiful Bloom die (PTI); cuttlebug Tiny Tags, ribbon, lace (American Crafts)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Clearly, a winner

I'm really not all that witty, but since I have a card made with clear acrylic "paper" today, I thought my post title was fitting. LOL :)

Card front 1
I've been admiring all those lovely cards and such made with clear acrylic sheets. I've really wanted to try it so while at CHA last month I picked up a pack of PTI's clear cardstock. A few things I learned are to pay attention to your design and how your adhesive will be adhered and two, take the time to slowly score your card. A lot. And then some more. It took me a while to get a good score so that I could get an even fold on the card. But maybe that's just me.

Card front 2
I think I'll definitely try the acrlyic card thing again. It gives it such a different look. Very cool. For this card, I used the SU! Top Note die and stamps from PTI. Patterned paper is various old stuff - Heidi Swapp and MME. If I had thought the card through before I started running things through my Big Shot, I would have realized I had only one tiny sliver of Heidi Swapp paper left (the large pink polka dots on the front). I then could have used the same thing outside and inside. This way, I used two different pp. Not terrible. Just musings after the fact. Do you ever do that or is it just me?

Card inside
Here's the inside of the card. Please forgive the glare off the clear sheet. I didn't know how to avoid that. Anyway, back to the card. I made a small pocket that would allow cash or a gift card to be tucked into. This one happens to be going to my niece, who is now 12!

Stamps used: Cupcake Collection, Birthday Basics, and Fancy Flourishes, all from Papertrey Ink.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 30, 2010

In appreciation of PTI!

Hey everyone! It's a blog hop dedicated to Nichole Heady and the rest of the Papertrey Ink team. It's to let them know how much they are appreciated and that there are many friends (fans!) who will walk beside them as they continue to grow Papertrey Ink, through the small bumps and all.  I found PTI just last summer and it's the reason my creativity has soared and my crafting has moved to another level. I see things so differently now and their products and ideas make me look like a superstar to my friends and family! lol :) How can you not love that!

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I love the countdowns and release time and do not for one minute forget how much effort that must take for everyone. I appreciate absolutely everything that PTI does to make itself a successful company, from the tutorials, to the blog posts, to the bright and clear photography used on the blog pictures, to the outstanding design team, to the packaging, to the pleasant atmosphere created on the forum, to the customer service, to the late nights and tough decisions. My wallet hasn't been the same in over a year and I wouldn't have it any other way. I think I really would cry if PTI ceased to exist.

Nichole, Jane, and Julie, your company has given me so much joy and happiness. Thank you, truly, from the bottom of my heart and I wish you much continued success. Blessings to you all, Jennifer.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

A tour of my craft room

Craft room
I showed you my Best Scrapbook Shelf in this post I did the other day but I thought I'd show you the rest of my craft room. One of the rooms in our basement is mostly finished and it has our "office" and the craft room in it. The kids have their craft space in here as well.

Let's start on the left. You can see my sewing machine and notions drawers. The notions drawers are from an antique sewing machine. I love to combine the old with the new throughout my home!

{B} Punch drawer

Let's take a look in the cabinets along the wall, shall we? DH and I were shopping in Home Depot one day and these cabinets were in the middle of the floor at a deep discount. We just couldn't pass it up. They work beautifully in the space. In the top drawer is my punches. There's not too many there, is there? ;)

The next drawer down is my extra adhesives and those that I use less frequently. My most used adhesives are in the MM carousel on my table. Also in this drawer are my envelopes, and glassine and cello bags.

In the bottom drawer are things I reach for less frequently...crimper, heat gun, label maker, glue gun, kids' crafts, mini albums etc.

The opening in this next cabinet was supposed to be for a microwave. But here it works great to hold my drawers of pictures. I did Stacy Julian's class a few years ago (Library of Memories) on organizing pictures to better scrapbook them. The premise is to store your pictures by "Things you do", "Places you go", "People you love", and "All about us". This system works really well for me and how I scrapbook. In this space you can also see my binders "B" and "M" that hold memorabilia for my kids, and some other pockets holding ongoing scrapbook projects. Sigh. Someday I'll get these done. On top of my photo drawers is a bunch of page protectors held together by rings. In each page protector is a sheet of letter stickers.

In the bottom drawer is my Big Shot and all my dies, nestabilities, impression plates, and embossing folders. I love that the drawers in these cabinets are so deep for these sorts of things.

{G} Antique drawer holding stamps, ribbons, and special cards.

Hanging on the wall above my cabinets is my antique drawer turned on its side. It holds my wood stamps and PTI ribbon. My Papertrey Ink stamps are in the red leather box you can just barely see on the bottom left of the picture. You can see my new way of storing my PTI sets here.

Sitting on the counter top is three trifle bowls that I purchased at Target. One bowl holds small ribbon bits. Another bowl holds flowers. And the third bowl holds buttons. Ideally, these bowls would be on a shelf but I've yet to find one that I like and that DH will agree to hang. We're at a bit of an impasse right now. lol Also sitting on the counter is this multi drawer cabinet I bought at a local farm store and spray painted white. I holds my 3D alphas - chipboard, Heidi Swapp clear, metals etc.

Above my Best Scrapbook Shelf is my Clip It Up by Simply Renee and a Making Memories filing thingy. Both of these items hold misc flat embellishments e.g. stickers, punch out die cuts, rub-ons etc.

To the right of my Best Scrapbook Shelf is my main work area. When I stand here, I can see the TV in the next room or watch the kids play in the rec room. My Genesis trimmer sits to my left on the table. I also have an Ott light that helps me see what I'm doing. You can never have too much light! The Cropper Hopper cubes hold miscellaneous stuff - albums, Cropper Hopper folders/pockets, album refill pages, cork sheets, etc. My PTI paper is sitting in a wooden box on the floor right now. Eventually, I'd like to find a better solutions - perhaps another Cropper Hopper box? I'll have to find something soon because my wooden box isn't going to hold much more. :)

Just a quick shot of my Making Memories tool carousel. I keep my most used tools and supplies here in the carousel right on my desk for easy access: hand punches, scissors, adhesive, bone folder, ruler, Corner Chomper...

A close-up shot of my very full wooden box that holds my PTI cardstock and patterned paper. It also holds a few other 6x6 paper pads.

Just to my left, on top of my Best Scrapbook Shelf, is my pens and pencils, notepads, and a little cheat sheet of sorts that I made to help me remember how my knots will look. Heather Nichols had a little video on her blog several months back and it helped me tremendously so I went ahead and made this so I'd not forget!

Here's just one last shot of my main work area. I try to clean up after every project but that doesn't always happen.

Thanks for coming along on my tour. I love to look at others' craft rooms so thought it only fair that I show mine.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Vintage-y & glittery "thank you"

Thank You to Sarah
Hi everyone! Are you enjoying your Saturday? I had a Girl Scout camp out last night and I'm so tired. I've already taken a nap but I'm sure I'll feel better tomorrow after a good night's sleep in my own bed (and not on the very hard ground!)

So here's a card I made a couple months for my sister. I don't think I've shared it yet. It's a little shorter than an A2 but not quite a square. The green patterned paper is some My Mind's Eye that I absolutely adore and will be so sad when I've used my last scrap. Card base is Rustic Cream and there's also some Dotty Biscotti, vintage book paper, and the small scalloped border is Plum Pudding topped off with a little glitter. I'm really starting to like using glitter! :)

Stamp sets used include PTI's Get To The Point and Cupcake Collection. Ribbon is Hibiscus Burst satin.

Hope you enjoyed the card and enjoy the rest of your weekend. :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Best Scrapbook Shelf

1. Front view of Best Scrapbook Shelf.

**Warning** This is a really long post! :) Sit back and relax a spell...

I love, love, love my Best Scrapbook Shelf. I had lots of Sterilite drawer units for the longest time and discovered that I really like things in drawers. I like having all similar items together and the easy access but I also like the neat & clean look that drawers provide. I researched my options and after considering my space and dollars available I decided that the BSS Triple Large unit was going to be the best solution for me. Now, granted, this unit is not cheap. But I saved and saved and saved - well over a year and a half - to get the unit and the drawers. And I love it. It's perfect! It's a very efficient use of space and the quality is wonderful. I opted to buy the cabinet separately from the drawers, that is, I did NOT buy a kit because I wanted to customize the drawers for my use. There was no price break to buy the kit so I didn't lose any money doing it this way.

You can just see my Ribbon Ring hanging there on the right side of my cabinet. This is where all my non-PTI ribbon goes. I have several rings that are hanging on some 3M removable hangers.

12x12 cardstock.
The entire left side is filled with paper shelves to hold my 12 x 12 cardstock and some patterned paper. It's organized by ROYGBIV. Most colors have two shelves - the top one holds misc patterned paper that is generally all one color and not part of a specific mfr. and then the second shelf holds the cardstock. For mfr where I have a lot of their patterned paper - My Minds Eye, for example - I have those filed on the bottom of the middle section. For some reason I have lots, and I mean lots, of blue cardstock. I think it takes up at least three shelves.

All drawers are labeled.
All the drawers are labeled with my handy, dandy label maker. Gosh, I love that thing. I label my drawers for several reasons: 1) so my kids know where everything is and more importantly know where to put things back; 2) so I know where everything is and know where to put it back; and 3) because I'm an organization freak and like to label things.

Do you want to see what's in all my drawers? Alright, I'll show you. But only because you asked so nicely. :)

Dwr 1: PTI inks + my favorite brown ink by Nick Bantok
Let's start with the middle section - it essentially holds all my "colorants." Here's the top drawer. It's a 1" drawer and it holds my PTI inks and my mostest favorite brown ink in the whole world - Van Dyke Brown by Nick Bantok. Did you see how I punched a small circle of coordinating cardstock and adhered it to the lid of the ink cube? Makes it much easier to tell some of the colors apart.

Dwr 2: misc brands of dye ink.
The second drawer has my misc dye inks - Ranger Distress, some SU!, Memento, Adirondack, and Memories.

Dwr 3: misc brands of pigment & chalk inks.
Drawer 3 (another 1" drawer) holds misc pigment and chalk inks.

Dwr 4: misc ink stuff.
A few more misc inks and stamping stuff.

Dwr 5: ink refills, glitter, Stickles, embossing stuff.
Drawer 5 is a 3" drawer and I used this tall size so that I could put my refills and Stickles in here standing upside down. Works beautifully. Do you see that white container that is holding the refills and the Stickles? I forget what that is called but I bought it at my LSS and it's wonderful. I could almost use one more. It was just a tad too tall but my handy DH filed it down for me. This drawer also holds my Versamark and my embossing powders. See those plastic boxes in the back of the drawer? Those are called Lock & Lock multi-use storage containers. They are 2.5 cup size and about 6" square and I can stack two together. I use one for clear embossing powder and one for white - my two most used colors. I keep a plastic spoon in each container and then just pour the powder on to my project right over the container - really reduces the mess factor!

Dwr 6: paints.
Next up is my paint. This is a 2" tall drawer and there are 27 bottles in here.

Dwr 7: misc paint & ink stuff.
A catch-all drawer for those things that didn't fit elsewhere and are seldom used. This is another 2" drawer.

Dwr 8-15: Paper scraps
Paper scraps. It seems everyone is always on a neverending quest for the best way to store (and remember to use!) their paper scraps. This is what works for me. I have eight of the 1" drawers for my scraps and they are divided out like this: Red/Pink, Orange/Yellow, Green, Blue/Purple, White, Brown/Gray/Black, Misc Patterns, PTI.

Patterned paper by mfr
And on the very bottom of the middle section is where I have my patterned paper by manufacturer -
American Crafts, Basic Grey, Chatterbox (old stuff), Cosmo Cricket etc. Each mfr is separated by a Cropper Hopper divider. Here I also have just a few Cropper Hopper pockets that are separated by type of paper i.e. Christmas/Winter, Fall/Halloween, Birthday, School. I think there is only about five of these packets. The paper is so specific to that holiday that it made sense to keep them together.

Okay, how about the third column of the cabinet - the one on the right? Still want to see what's in those drawers? Be forewarned that I've been at this crafting business a long time and have lots of old stuff in there. You never know what you might find in there...

{3} Dwr 01: Brads
Brads separated by color. I used a plastic drawer insert, purchased from BSS.

{3} Dwr 02: Eyelets
Eyelets separated by color and by size. Does anyone else remember when eyelets were all the rage? I was involved in several swaps 8-10 years ago and I still have some of those eyelets! I use so few of them nowadays. I thought about using a drawer insert for the eyelets like I did for the brads but I already had these pill box type containers and I've picked up spilled eyelets one too many times.

{3} Dwr 03: Metals
Metals and lots of it. Lots that I rarely use. But it's there "just in case". Again, I purchased a drawer insert for this drawer.

{3} Dwr 04: Embellishments
Embellishments. Lots of odds and ends, bits and baubles. In this drawer is the other type of drawer insert - it's longer and deeper.

{3} Dwr 05: More Embellishments
Another drawer of embellishments. Hmmm...maybe I should start using this stuff up? The thing is, I've used at least one or two of each of these items but the rest of the package just sits here waiting.

{3} Dwr 06: Bling
Bling and some smaller odds and ends.

{3} Dwr 07: Tags
Tags. Remember when tags were all the rage? See those Rebecca Sower pre-made tags there in the back underneath the other stuff? I told you I've been at this for quite a while...

{3} Dwr 08: Coluzzle
My Coluzzle. This is the best tool, IMO, for creating larger circles. So easy to use and takes up such little room. It's made by Provo Craft and I don't even know if they still make it.

{3} Dwr 09: MM Rub-on alphas
Making Memories alpha rub-ons. Got quite a few to choose from...

{3} Dwr 10: Wood mounted stamps
Most of my wood mounted, red rubber stamps. I culled most of my stamps this spring and gave a whole bag full to my kids' school. The counselor there does scrapbooking and cardmaking with the kids and she was so appreciative. And so was I that someone would take them off my hands! Along with some larger background stamps that are on another shelf, this is all I have left.

{3} Dwr 11: More wood mounted stamps
Just a few more stamps. The blue boxes you see are ammunition boxes and they hold the (very old) PSX alpha stamps. They fit perfectly!

{3} Dwr 12: Chalks etc.
Chalk and watercolor pencils some other colorant stuff that I rarely, rarely use. Truth be told, I almost put this in the "give away" box. Just couldn't pull the trigger yet.

{3} Dwr 13: Pens & Markers
Zig markers, Prismas colored pencils, and misc pens. In the back of this drawer is my very small stash of Copics. I have four of them and am resisting buying more until I know how to make them work.

{3} Dwr 14: PTI felt
PTI felt! Look at all those yummy colors.

{3} Dwr 15: Big Bite
And in the very bottom drawer is my Big Bite. See that book to the left of the Big Bite? It's called "The Sun Shines Bright" and that's what I use for my vintage text. Fun little book.

I have two 2" drawers and one 1" drawer that are empty. Also, there is space below the bottom drawer (where my Big Bite is) that could house one 3" drawer. Right now that empty space holds two binders - an idea binder and a binder showing each of the stamp sets I own. I kind of like having the binders here so I may not order a 3" drawer to go in there. We'll see. ;)

Whew! What a long post. Thanks for reading all the way to the end. I couldn't be more pleased with how my Best Scrapbook Shelf functions in my room and I'm not shilling for them but I hope that if you're seeking a more organized craft space that you'll consider the Best Scrapbook Shelf.