Thursday, March 23, 2017

Layer It Up!

So I have been doing lots of researching, video watching and sorting through my supplies, while I have been redoing my studio. I decided the best way to get back into my crafting habit is to try some challenges.  So I went over to Simon Says Stamp, one of my favorite shopping sites and looked at their challenge blogs (they have two).  First stop was the Monday Challenge Blog and this weeks challenge is Layer It Up!

For this challenge I thought I would use one of my favorite stamps and revisit an old design and change things up a bit.  The stamp is from the Safari Animal 2 set by Local King  and I used MFT Hybrid ink Hot Fudge to stamp it.  I colored the images with copic markers (E21, E23, E25, E29, YR23 & Y35) then I put a layer of glossy accents over the eyes.   I edged the image with versa magic jumbo java ink and distressed the edges and layered the image on 3 different layers of card stock.  I embossed the background piece with the "mesh" cuttlebug folder and used a little bit of Tim Holtz vintage photo distress ink to add a bit of an aged look to it.

For the first card I  finished it with some rhinestones and used the paper smooches "happy birthday 2" wise dies to make the greeting.  I cut the greeting out 3 times and stacked them together to make it stand out a bit.
For the second card I just layered the image on 3 layers of card stock to frame it out and centered it on the card with no greeting.  To add a little more detail a put bronze brads in each corner.


I am happy to be back in the crafting groove, I just placed another crafty goodness order from Simon Says Stamp and will post a pic when it arrives.  I can't believe how many great new products and techniques I have been finding lately.  I'm so excited to get going on my crafting again.

I got this order from Simon Says about a month ago.  I needed to get some card stock and adhesives and I couldn't resist adding some new stamps and dies as well!

This order is stuff I picked up last year from One Crazy Stamper,  I love all the matching stamps and dies! Even though I haven't posted any completed projects with these sets I have been working on making projects with these items.
I will endeavor to do another challenge this week, I may even make it to 3 posts in the same month...LOL!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend everyone!
Deanna



Monday, March 13, 2017

Studio Changes!!!

So a couple of years ago I rearranged my studio and I really liked it at the time, however it wasn't working for me.  There just wasn't enough working room on the desk and I always ended up with a huge mess, (as you can see from the picture below) especially after I moved my computer to my studio desk as well. I really wanted a bigger desk and more working area and after some thought and tricky rearranging I came up with this.  I have posted some pictures at the bottom of this post of what it looked like before (I really did like it before it just wasn't practical)

AFTER

 So as you can see it still follows the same wall and fills most of it but I removed part of the second tier on one side.  I used the cubes sideways underneath and was able to extend one half of the desk out another 16"! So now I have a huge work space on one half (that is when the cats actually let me use it...they like to use it as a bed most days).  


I use this half of my desk for the computer, stamping and coloring area.  I have most of my stamps stored on shelf above desk and have just finished reorganizing them all (that took forever!).  I'm still working on labels for all the baskets & boxes!  


I also keep most of my die sets on magnetic sheets on the storage cubes and walls.  I tried storing them in boxes or pages in binders etc. but, I really need them to be out and visible.  It makes life so much easier when I'm trying to decide what to use for a project.  


For the other side of the desk I tried to keep a large working space clear!


I have my Cricut Create and cartridges here (more cartridges in box under cricut).  Two cubes store all my 12x12 cardstock, I leave my small paper trimmer on the desk so I have it close.  


 I also have all my Distress & Memento inks on this desk. The brown basket houses all my containers of current works in progress.


This smaller desk that is on the end wall provides another work station. I store my Big Shot (and embossing folders), Zutter, larger paper trimmers & my sewing machine here.  Sewing machine is under blue cover...girls won't leave it alone when it is isn't covered :)

BEFORE 




Well, it is really late and I have probably messed up this post at some point...no doubt I will have to come back tomorrow and fix it ...LOL!  Thanks for stopping by, I do have some pictures lined up for another post, maybe tomorrow!
Happy Crafting
Deanna

Monday, January 9, 2017

Well it HAS been almost a year.....

I swear, I just don't know where the time goes.  It was a very busy 2016 and I didn't get to craft nearly as much as I wanted to.  As for updating my blog...well that didn't happen. So I'm starting early in 2017 and will try to be a little more active in my posting and crafting!  Here are a few projects from 2016.

However, as I mentioned in previous posts...when I can't craft - I shop.  Here are a couple of pics of some of the goodies I bought last year.  First picture is a bunch of goodies I bought from Simon Says Stamp and the second picture is of Khali checking out the stuff I bought at Michael's.



Below are 2 cards I made using the same stamp from Kraftin kimmie Stamps ,  I will repost these later with more details about other supplies I used for these.



Went to see Batman vs Superman and got inspired to work on some projects featuring Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.  For the Batman &
Superman items I used the cricut cartridges Batman:The Brave & the Bold & Superman.  The Wonder Woman picture is the coloring book cover that was on the Wonder Woman #48 comic.  I will post some pictures of the comic in another post.


Every now and then we find comics on the shelves that have been damaged and won't sell.  Instead of throwing them out, I have been using them for craft projects.  These I have cut up and made into magnets.  I adhere them to self adhesive magnetic sheets then I add fun details and inks and seal with mod podge.


This is a book mark I made for a book guild I am in.  I will also post this one later with more details on what I used to make it.

That's it for now!  Have a great night everyone and thanks for stopping by.
Happy Crafting & Happy New Year!
Deanna

Monday, March 21, 2016

Since it has been almost a year...

...I guess it is time to update my blog!  It is hard to believe that time passes so quickly, it seems you blink and a couple of months have zipped by.  I have been doing some crafting, but not nearly as much as I would like.

My most recent project is in the picture below.  I bought some craft eggs and some clay and decided to make some dragon eggs (since it is almost Easter and the Easter Dragon will be arriving soon :) ).

For this project I started with crafting eggs that I picked up at Michael's and covered them with Fimo Basic Clay, then I used some embossing folders to add the texture (rolled the egg over the inside of the folder) and let them dry over night.  If you want the gems to be inset, just press them into the clay before it dries.  Once they were dry I used a variety of paints and dyes to them for the finishes (Folk Art metallic paint, Tim Holtz dimensional pearls paint & distress paint, Adirondack alcohol inks, & twinkling H2O's).  After the paint dried I used Diamond Glaze to adhere the rhinestones and colored them with copic markers.

Spring has arrived early this year and I have been out walking & taking some pictures.  Here are a couple of shots from last week.

Our two girls also keep me quite busy. They think attacking markers & sitting on projects is helpful.  They can be adorable though.  When they are asleep they are so cute, this is usually the only time I can get a decent picture.



Hopefully it won't be almost a year before I post again.  I do have a few other projects to share.  Have a great week and Happy Easter.
Thanks for stopping by,
Deanna

Saturday, May 30, 2015

A couple of projects

Hello everyone

I hope you have all had a great week, and are having an even better weekend.  I am working all weekend so I won't be getting much crafting done.  I did finish working on the main part of my studio earlier this week and I am quite happy with how it turned out.

The first picture shows my main craft desk wall, it basically takes up one whole wall in the studio and is from floor to ceiling.  The other side of the room has storage and my sewing desk (which does not get used much....however, I do plan to use it more).
The second picture is of my main work area.  This is where I keep most of my inks, markers stamps and tools.  If you are wondering, that is magnetic sheets up on the wall to hold all spellbinders & other dies from various companies.  It is the easiest storage method and I love not having to go search for them.  All my unmounted stamps are on the first shelf above my desk, they are filed in magazine boxes that I have flipped over and sorted by company.  I will post some pictures of how I have done this later.  I have other inks, dyes and refills in drawers below.
The last picture shows the other side of the work area.  This is where I have my cricut create machine, cartridges, papers, stencils & misc supplies.  Also there is a small stand in front of this area that has my Big Shot & Zutter bind-it-all machine.  Of course my Cricut Mini is at another desk attached to my computer.

Here are a couple of cards I made last year.  I can't remember what color copics I used for them.  Not a ton on the black and white one as it was mostly paper piecing and grey tones.   I think I probably used N0, 1, 3, 5 & 7 on her dress & hair and E000, 01 & 02 for the flesh tones.  The patterned paper is from an older do crafts black & white paper pack. The main image is a Stamping Bella Stamp Uptown Girl "Posh has a Present".

I used a sakura star dust pen on the presents and for the black ribbon & bow I used a wink of Stella black glitter pen.

The second card is also using a Stamping Bella stamp Uptown Girl "Ava loves to celebrate".  The patterned papers on this one are from the basic Grey "Porcelain" collection.  I'm really not sure what copic colors I used on this project.  I did paper piece the dress and used the "out of the box technique" to cut it out.  For the oval shapes I used spellbinders large & small petite ovals.
 I also added some bling with rhinestones, a sakura stardust pen and some diamond stickles.

That's it for tonight, it is getting late and I do have to work in the morning.  Have a great week everyone and thanks for stopping by.

Deanna

Monday, May 25, 2015

When I can't craft....

...I shop,  with great plans of what I will make when I have the time, LOL!!!  Here are a few pictures of things I picked up over the last year.  My local Scrapbook store closed so I have been buying on line from and when I'm at Comic Conventions (there are almost  always art supplies available at the big conventions).

This is a bunch of goodies I got in spring 2014 from One Crazy Stamper.  You can see a couple of these stamps in some samples I will be putting up soon.


This is a bunch of goodies I got last fall from One Crazy Stamper.  Some new papers and stamps and inks.  Really haven't had a chance to try out much of this stuff yet.


This is what I got from the Copic booth last year at ECCC 2014!

This is what I got at FanExpo Vancouver 2014

 This is my haul from the Copic booth ECCC 2015!

I have also been working on reorganizing my craft studio yet again.  Had to make room for 2 kitties who also like to share that room.  Here is a peak at part of my desk so far... I will post more pics later.

I will post some pictures of projects from the past several months tomorrow.  I will try to add as many details as I can but I probably won't remember what color markers I used on the images.  Well, I'm off to do more work on my studio.  Have a great evening everyone and thanks for stopping by.

Dee

Sunday, May 24, 2015

It has been a very long while

I know it has been over a year since I updated this blog, but it has been an absolutely crazy year! For a very long time I just wasn't able to spend much time in my studio.  I also lost my crafting assistant last year and didn't like spending time in the studio with out her.

After several months my DH and I decided to adopt a couple of rescue cats.  It took a while to get them situated and used to us and then we had to move our business again.  Once that was done we were into the Christmas season, then inventory and then Comic Convention season.

So now that things are some what back to normal, I have been getting my studio reorganized and hope to spend a little more time in there.  I will try to post every week or so and get back to doing some challenges.  I do have some pictures of projects that I did have time to do, but never got a chance to post.  I think I even managed to get a Christmas card made in December LOL!

I will have a page dedicated to each cat (if I can ever figure out how to get them to show up across the top bar again)  I made them and published them but they don't seem to show up.  For now here a few pics of our new girls.


Khali - short for Khaleesi


Smidgen - AKA the Smidgenator
she likes to destroy things :)

Well I guess that is enough for tonight and I will be back in a couple of days with a few more pictures!

Thanks for visiting my blog!
Dee

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Happy Spring!!!

What a beautiful day it was here today...I actually had the patio doors open all afternoon while I worked at my computer.  I have had a very busy month and haven't spent much time making cards.  I have started a few new projects.  I am working on a sewing pattern and I finally got it all cut out and now have to start the sewing portion....deep breath...hope it turns out.  While I was digging for some supplies for that I came across my tote full of cross stitch supplies and decided to work on a kit.  I have also been working on a couple of sculpey projects for some cosplay accessories.  When I get them finished I will post them.  All that and I also started work on an altered book, so with that and work I really haven't had time to work on cards .... but I really wanted to make one today.

I haven't done a challenge in a while and I didn't even know where to begin.  So I checked out some of my favorite sites for inspiration and this is what I found.   Prairie Paper & Ink is one of my favorite sites to visit for inspiration and info.  She always makes the cutest cards and has some fabulous video how to's.  This card she put up the other day was so great I just had to CASE it.  I used to do this technique all the time and was glad she posted it.  Here are a couple of cards I used this technique for over the last few years...I love making patterned paper to suit my needs and colors.


 However, I do have a ton of patterned paper I need to put to use.  Well, I'll get to that eventually...LOL!

Anyhow on to today's card...I wanted to take part in the Simon Says Wednesday challenge...Glitter it.  I used the same colors that were in Amy's card but I did not die cut my greeting.  Instead I chose a greeting I wanted and simply stamped it on the card when I was finished stamping out the background.  Greeting is from the Kraftin Kimmie "Wonderland Greetings" stamp set and I used versa fine onyx black ink.
I used memento inks for all the background stamps (pear tart, dandelion, rose bud & tangelo).  I pulled the stamps from several different sets.
Leaves (pear tart) - Ranger Dylusions - doodle parts
Large flower & dot circles (rose bud) - Stampin Up - seeing spots
Small flower (dandelion) - Bo Bunny - Ambrosia
Solid dots (tangelo) - Technique Tuesday - talking in circles

Then to add some glitter for the challenge I randomly added diamond stickles to flowers and dots.  It is hard to tell in the picture but it is there.

Well that was kind of a long ramble...but I did get a card made and posted.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend everyone!!!
Dee