Sunday, November 30, 2014

May your holidays be JOLLY - {SSSC247}

 Hi there friends!  I hope those who celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful holiday with loved ones.  Today it's Sunday and time for this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.
For my card, I used the cute new Mama Elephant stamp sets Arctic Penguins and Jolly and Merry to create a Christmas card.  I started out with a white card base, then added a snowflake embossed black panel and a raspberry fizz banner.  On top of the banner, I added a piece of black and white polka dot paper and my tilted main panel with penguins.  A few details: each penguin has a little bit of Copic marker coloring to them and the trim on their hats is glittered.  The jolly sentiment was shadowed with a silver glitter pen and a rhinestone was added to the dot for the "j".  This was a super fun card to make, I love these little penguins!
Be sure to check out what the rest of the Sweet Sunday Sketch Stampers have created:

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Season's Greetings - {TYIC#11}

Hi there friends!  Today I have another fun tag that I created for the latest Tag You're It! Challenge.  The inspiration for challenge #11 is Maureen's gorgeous card with rose tag.
For my tag I pulled inspiration from Maureen's double tag layout and her chevron background.  I added a touch of chevron using some Doodlebug designer paper along the bottom of my tag and kept to a similar layout with my image and sentiment (even though I went the cute route instead of a more formal).  I used the Paper Smooches stamp set Swanky Snowdudes (love this set) and stamped, colored with Copics and glittered up one of the snowmen from the set.
Thanks for popping in and I hope you'll take the time to play along with the Tag You're It Challenge!
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Merry Christmas - {SSSC246}

 Hi there!  It's time for this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.
For my card I used the Papertrey Ink stamp sets Shape Up Snowman and Wonderful Words: Holiday to create a Christmas card.
Supplies: Shape Up Snowman, Wonderful Words Holiday, Holly Jolly dies, Snowflake embossing folder, Corner rounder, Taylored Expressions snowflake die, Button, bakers twine, Doodlebug paper, Copics, Glitter, Rhinestones, Foam tape.  Colors: New Leaf, Real Red.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Sending Holiday Cheer - {25 Days of Christmas Tags/TYIC#11}

Hello crafty friends!  Today the Tag You're It! design team has posted a new challenge and along with the new challenge, the team is also joining in the 25 Days of Christmas Tags blog hop hosted by the talented Tracey McNeeley.
We were asked to create a Christmas tag using the latest Tag You're It! Challenge as our inspiration.
For my card I used the Hero Arts stamp set Sending Holiday Cheer.  I started out with a white card base, then a snowflake embossed panel and then my tag which I matted using a piece of My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland designer paper.  The house was colored using Copic markers and to finish off my card I tied on some silver cording and added some glitter to my image.
Leave a comment here on this post by November 27th for a chance to win a prize from the following companies listed below.  And make sure to check out Tracey's blog each day for more 25 Days of Christmas Tags and chances to win.

Good luck and thanks for stopping by!
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Season's Greetings - {Paper Smooches/CASology}

 Hello everyone!  I've got another Paper Smooches card showcasing the fun stamp set Swanky Snowdudes.  This stamp set is so fun to work with.  I'm entering this card in the Paper Smooches Anything Goes Challenge and also the CASology Challenge which is to use or incorporate a flag in your project.  After seeing the wonderful inspiration from their design team and looking at Kimberly's adorable penguin north pole card, I shamelessly cased her "north pole flag idea" for my own card.
For my card I started out with a white card base, then added a panel of white card stock with a smaller piece of Doodlebug Designer paper at the bottom.  I then stamped my snowman, north pole and bird onto a 2 1/2"x4 1/4" piece of white card stock and colored the images with Copic markers.  I added a white snow hill, sentiment flags and stamped three soft grey snowflakes.  The holly for the snowman's hat was stamped on scrap card stock, colored and attached then I added some glossy accents to the berries.  I also added some glitter to the snowman's scarf, the snowflakes and the little birds Santa hat.  The banners with button accent were added to the upper left corner of the card to finish it off.
Only 36 days until Christmas!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Let's Chill - {Fusion/Paper Smooches}

 Hello!  I hope you're having a good day.  The card I have for today is perfect for our weather here in Michigan with it's light snow, strong winds and freezing temps.
I used the fun Paper Smooches stamp set Swanky Snowdudes along with the sketch and inspiration from this week's Fusion Challenge.  I'm also entering this card in the Paper Smooches Anything Goes Challenge.  I started out with a white card base, then added a panel of hawaiian shores cardstock with a white embossed panel on top of that.  Next I cut a piece of white cardstock, stamped my sentiment in black ink, then used three different colored inks for an ombre look, inked up one side of my snowflake embossing folder and ran it through.  I colored my cute little snowdude using Copic markers and glittered him up, added some glittery buttons and a snowflake and I was finished.
If you live in a wintery state, I hope you stay warm.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Craft Studio 2014

 Hi there crafty friends!  It's been a few years since I've shared some pictures of my craft studio and since I saw over at the Moxie Fab World that they're having a "Let's See Your Workspace" challenge, I decided to snap some pictures and jump in.
The first picture above (you're pre-warned, there are a lot of pictures in this post) is what you see when you walk in the door to my small basement studio.
This picture is a straight on view of the shelves above my work space which holds mostly embellishments like flowers, buttons and other small bits in plastic storage cases.  It also shows the plastic rain gutter that holds my ribbons and underneath that on the counter, is a white shelf I found a thrift store which I flipped upside down and put my colored pencils and watercolor pencils in jars with tins pails of bakers twine on the bottom shelf.
 The above picture is Command Central, this is where I get craft or try to on some days.  I like having everything within reach, it keeps things flowing.  From left to right I have my cutters, inks, glitter pens, Copic markers, tool caddy, an organizer that holds white cardstock, envelopes, black ink, pop dots and glue dots and a sketchbook.  Next to that I have an orange owl mug filled with clear blocks and some basic tools and to the right of that a small chalkboard/wipe off board that I use for drawing card sketches I'm creating with.  Above my tool caddy you'll see a mobile I created to add some color and whimsy to that corner, I saw on Pinterest about a year ago how someone took an old lamp shade and created a mobile so I gave it a whirl.  It's wrapped with ribbons and has flowers and birds hanging from it.
 The drawers under my ink pads store things like extra adhesive, stamp cleaner and extra ink pads.  The drawer below holds embossing powders, blending sponges, re-inkers and glitter.
 In the bottom drawer is a basket full of 6x6 paper pads.  On the left side of the basket the paper is divided by color and on the right by manufacture. I also have bags in this drawer (yes I'm a bag lady), small gift bags, plastic bags, paper bags.
 To the right of Command Central are drawers full of punches as you can see in the pictures above and below.
Further down my workspace are pull out drawers which hold my solid 8 1/2x11 cardstock.
And at the opposite end of the room I have an Ikea expedit bookcase that holds albums, books, magazines, stamps and on top my 12x12 paper.
 In the above picture you can see the closet that guessed it more stamps and scrapbooks.
The opposite wall from the closet, I have my Ikea raskog cart which hold my scrapbooking tools.
The picture above shows another cart I like using when I'm crafting, this cart was another thrift store find and I love it.  It holds my stamps, dies, embossing folders and more and I can tuck it against the wall out of the way when I'm not using it.
 Above is my basket of dies, the dies are on magnetic sheeting and fit into plastic sleeves.  Below I reorganized all of my clear stamps from plastic jewel cases and put them into Avery Elle stamp storage pockets after seeing how Jennifer Mcguire organized her stamps.  It took me quit a long time to accomplish this transfer but I'm glad I did it, I really like having my stamps this way. 
Another basket I keep on this cart is filled with embossing folders/impression plates and a few dies.
The bottom basket on the cart is filled with 8 1/2x11 designer paper and extra white cardstock.
And finally on the opposite wall from my work space is my computer desk.  On the boards above my computer and to the left of my desk, I pin up a mix of cards I've received, cards I've created, pictures of my kids, ideas and little crafts/pictures my 8 year old son has created for me.

Thank you for your visit!
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