Sunday, April 30, 2017
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.
The design reminded me of something you might see on a blackboard so I tried to recreate that idea here.
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.
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
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.
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.
I hope you enjoyed my card. Thanks so much for asking me to play, Leigh!
Thursday, April 27, 2017
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.
And here's the view peeking in.
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).
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.
Pantry unit on the left:
Upper cabinet on the left:
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.
Envelopes, mailing supplies, finished cards.
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.
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.
Embossing supplies - heat gun, powders etc.
Misc wood mount stamps, rub-on alphas, reinkers.
Watercolors, brushes, Stickles, embossing paste, glitter.
Sequins, gems, washi tape, eyelets, brads, misc embellishments.
Ribbon drawer 1.
Ribbon drawer 2. I don't think I'll run out of ribbon any time soon...
Colored pencils, markers, pens, notepads.
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).
Leftover die cuts.
Fabric, yarn, stuffing.
Junk drawer. Every room has one.
Kids' craft supplies. My kids are older now and rarely use this but I haven't thrown it out yet "just in case."
Big Shot and other die cut supplies.
Upper cabinet on the right has magazines, idea books, and a cardboard storage container that holds some flat scrapbook embellishments.
Pantry unit on the right holds scrapbook supplies and 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.
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.
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!
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Today I'm playing along with the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge. Here was the sketch for this week.
I made a graduation card since it's that season and my stock was getting low.
I used a dry brush to brush on some Distress ink feathering it heavy to light as you move down the card. Once that was dry I used the graduation cap from Papertrey Ink's For The Graduate set. The sentiment is from PTI's Blue Skies set. The pattern paper is from PTI's Party Pops kit.