Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Day Off!

I finally had a day off work and actually have time to update my blog (and clean house & do laundry LOL!).  The Simon Says Challenge this week worked out well for me.  Make a masculine/Father's Day card,  and I needed to make a card for my nephew's birthday this week.  I had a couple of hours to sit down Sunday night and make the card and this is what I came up with.

Since my nephew is saving his money to buy a motorbike I thought this image would be perfect.  The stamp is from Hot of the Press and I stamped it with ranger archival ink.  I shaded much of the image with watercolour pencils (ivory black, blue grey, gunmetal & french grey.  I edged the paper with versa magic wheat chalk ink and then distressed it and all the patterned papers with Tim Holtz walnut stain ink. The patterned papers are from Prima engraver pack & Simple Stories Awesome pack.  I coloured some amber rhinestones with prisma marker (cocoa bean) to add a little more dimension.  The greeting is from the Flourishes tag line stamp set and stamped with ranger archival ink.  

Move update...we finally got the new store open last Friday.  We are still in the process of bringing over some stock from the old store and will have both stores open for a couple more weeks.  Once the old store is closed I may actually have a little more time for crafting and updating my blog.  I am going to try and get a few Father's Day cards made this week.  I will post them ASAP.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week everyone!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Anything Goes!

Once my craft studio was all organized I wanted to get in there and make something.  I had a request for a coffee themed birthday card, so I decided to see what I could come up with.  I went searching through all my stamps (of which there are tons) and I only had one coffee themed set.  I was really surprised by this, I really thought I had more....must add that to my shopping list.  I also decided to look and see what challenges I could combine with this card.  I popped over to Simon Says and the challenge this week is anything goes!!!  So here is the card I came up with.

For this card I used the stamp set mini sparkle coffee stamp set by Hero Arts and the Happy Birthday is from the Flourishes "tag line" stamp set.  I stamped the greetings and the image with memento espresso truffle and edged the papers with memento toffee crunch and rich cocoa.  I coloured the image with copics (W1, W2, W0, & sepia multi liner) I also added a little copper metallic gel pen.  The patterned paper is from the Do Crafts Paper Mania Lincoln Linen paper pack.  I cut out the tabs with die-namics Mini Tabs die set.  I used prisma marker (cocoa bean) to colour the rhinestones to match the paper.

That's it for tonight or morning actually.  I think I better get some sleep.  Have a great day everyone and thanks for stopping by.


Catching Up!

Well at least it hasn't been a month between posts this time!!! We are still crazy busy moving the store to its new location.  We are planning to have it ready to open by Friday (fingers crossed).  I haven't had a whole lot of time for crafting but I have managed to get a couple of cards made.  I also managed to finally finish redoing my craft studio and have a few pictures as promised.

The first picture is from the entryway to my craft studio/Kit's Room.  She has 3 chairs/beds and condo in this room.  She can usually be found sleeping on my chair, the back of the big green armchair or her rocking chair.  Unless of course I am working in there, then she can be found on the paper trimmer or whatever project I am working on LOL.  The desk runs along the length on the wall and I made it out of those storage units from Michael's and some table tops from IKEA.
 My main work space is about half the desk and I still manage to run out of space when I'm working.  I have two copic marker storage units.  One for all my copics and I use the other one for my prisma markers, water colour pencils and some other random pens.  I keep most of my inks stored right above the markers.  I also bought a couple of pieces of magnetic sheet that I have on the wall for many of the dies I like to use.  If you look right above the copics under the memento inks I have some CD tins there with most of my spellbinders stored in them.  I have the rest of my dies, embossing folders, bigshot and most of my clear stamps stored on the shelf right above the desk.  The towers on the other side of my desk house most of my patterned papers and some card stock.  Most of my card stock is in a filing cabinet under my desk.  I have a cricut create in my studio and a Cricut Mini at my computer desk.  There are quite a few drawers in the base of my desk that house all the other essentials (brads, rhinestones, embellishments, glitter, embossing powders, etc...)
 The major problem I had in my craft room is that my desk wasn't big enough to house all my crafting supplies. So I had a bunch of stuff housed in the closet...out of sight, out of mind.  So I bought this storage unit from Ikea.  The top shelves house a lot of my books and some of my favourite items.  I have my easel and yet another cricut machine on top of the unit.  The bottom 3 rows house baskets with most of my other craft items & Albums.  I have baskets for wood & plaster items to paint or alter, beads & jewellery making, cross stitch and fabric.
I moved my old computer desk into my studio and decided to use it for my sewing machine (which has also been buried in the closet for about 5 years).  Now that I can actually get to it, I might actually use it.  The tote under the desk is filled with all my yarn and knitting needles.  You can see Kit's rocking chair is right is right in front of the desk with a couple of her babies she likes to snuggle up with.  
Well I guess that's about all of it.  If I think of any other details I will add them later.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great week everyone.