Saturday, August 30, 2014

Magazine Monday at PaperCrafter's Corner--Week 65

Graduation Card 4 Daughter
Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 65 Inspiration Piece (image)
PCC Inspiration
     Our daughter finished her Master's degree last week (with a 98.5% average!!)  I had already planned to make a card and tuck in a gift card.  When I saw the inspiration piece at PCC this week, I knew what I would do:  a list, a brightly colored list! 
     I got the "funky word art" as a free download from U Printables by RebeccaB.  I added Glossy Accents to the vowels, (Why just the vowels?) and sprinkled on some star confetti when it was too plain.  I think I'm in a blingy mode these days.  :o)  (BTW:  She started on a second Master's Degree this week!)  (I think I'm also in a parentheses mode these days!)

Monday, August 25, 2014

DCWV Stack-a-holic Card Sketch challenge!

     I'm having so much fun working in my relocated and almost completely organized craftroom!  I had a chance to play again yesterday after church and took the challenge at DCWV
     I used DCWV Latte Cardstock stack and dry embossed it.  The peek of green is from the Spring Cardstock Matstack.  I made the leaves and tags by putting scraps of white cardstock on a work mat covered with distress inks and water, a first for me, and I liked it!  :o)  After gluing and sewing it all together, I spritzed the card with Perfect Pearls in alcohol. 
     Falling leaves reminds me of the passing time and friends I've missed.  This will go to one of those.
Inspiration sketch

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Craft Room Redo, Part II

I told you it was many steps!
I won this wall decor by filling out a survey for DCWV.  I think it's perfect for my craft room door!  And it looks pretty cool from the other end of the hall!
      My main purchases for this room were the shelves from Home Depot, two work tables from Walmart and THREE Ott lites from  (But they were 60% off!)  Bedroom overhead lighting just wasn't going to cut it. 
     There are two work stations.  DGD has already claimed one, as was my intention, but she will share--like it or not!
     All my stamps, except the background stamps are unmounted and in binders on EZ mount.  Love this system.  Two or more stamp sets will fit on each side of a double-sided page.  
     With the help of a small step stool, everything is in reach--and visible, because "out of sight, out of mind!" 

     Finder's keepers!  My daughter left this apothecary CD cabinet behind in our garage. The many drawers are perfect for holding glitter, embossing powders, Stickles, paint brushes, and a million other things.  It sits in front of, but out from, the storage area created by removing the closet doors.  The built in desk in the corner is perfect for my sewing machine.

Ikea towel racks on plywood hold lots of punches.  This was blocking the fireplace in the family room.  :o(  Works better in here!

     I've had these bins for a long time, but actually broke the rack moving it and had to replace it.  The bins hold stamping tools, background stamps, small paper pads, and all my dies.  I love this thing.  And, of course, I have my rain gutters attached to the from for spools of ribbon.  I do have a lot of ribbon, but, you know, how cheap those are when Michaels has sales! 

     This is the wall behind the door.  I have my Fiskars border punches in Ikea baskets hung from Ikea towel racks. 
     My stamp pads are above that in a Napa Valley cassette holder.  The few that don't fit in the slots sit nicely on top.
     The drawers hold a kajillion small punches, including corner punches. 
     On top of that are all my embellishments, i.e., buttons, brads, etc., with a container for each color.  The small containers fit into the larger box-like container.

     Next to this, on a wooden cabinet under the window, sits my beloved Fiskars Fuse.  I can't believe I forgot to take a picture of it!
     The room will never be this neat again, but there will always be room for anyone who wants to play at my house!

Craft Room Redo! Part I

     When I say I relocated my craftroom from one end of the house to the other, I'm talking many steps!  And for someone who was on supplemental oxygen 24/7 until just recently, it was a huge accomplishment, at least so it seems to me!  :o)    
     I had taken over the family room, far left, and now am in bedroom #4, bottom right.  No easy feat.  SIL's furniture from bedroom #4 had to be removed:  hospital bed donated, recliner to family room, dresser and chest to bedroom #3.  To do that, furniture from bedroom #3 had to be removed, and family room had to be emptied.  The dining room became the parking spot for much of this while I made the switches!     
     When you accumulate crafting items one Michaels bag or one UPS box from at a time, it's easy to find places for things.  Not so easy when all that has to be done in a two week window.  :o)
     The family room is once again just that, with all the toys there instead of the living room.  
Family room/Craft room

Same room.  Family/Play room.  No toys in living room now!

PaperCrafter's Corner Magazine Monday!
PCC Inspiration
     It's Week 64 at PaperCrafter's Corner, and this one didn't require much thought.  It was a bus!  My hubby loves buses, especially red double-decker buses.  Our 45th anniversary is coming up, and we had hopes of returning to London, our favorite vacation place.  It's not going to work out right now, but I knew I could make him the perfect anniversary card. 
     I found the free graphic on the internet.  I printed it, fussy cut it and popped it up.  DH will love it.  :o)  And I love him.  
     Next up:  My craftroom re-do!

Happy 45th Anniversary, Honey!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

PaperCrafter's Corner and DCVW Challenges! WooHoo!

     I was going through paper withdrawals!  I moved my craftroom from one end of the house to the other, which also meant clearing a bedroom, redressing the family room and another bedroom, a major furniture shuffle!  It took every bit of two weeks.  During that time there was no papercrafting!  Oh, the horrors, I know!  So, alas, everything has a place and everyplace is filled, not necessarily with the things that go there, but close enough!  So. . .
Another page in DGD's Page-a Month (not necessarily in order)!
Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 63 Inspiration Piece (image)
Magazine Monday Week 63
      PaperCrafter's Corner had a one day extension on the Magazine Monday challenge!  Did I need that! I tried to stay with the color palette of the inspiration, the costumey look of the character and the decorated face!  LOL!  DGD's is chocolate, of course.
    I also decided to use the sketch from the DCWV Stack-a-holic challenge.  I stamped and embossed the background in order to stay with the colors from PaperCrafter's Corner.  Then I had fun layering textures.  I used the Spring Cardstock stack for the 12 x 12 and added from the Corrugated Stack, the Printed Craft Stack and a very old Mulberry Matstack.  I cut each in half to give the impression they were longer than they are.  :o)
DCVW August Stack-a-holic Challenge

It sure felt good to be playing with paper again!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

PaperCrafter's Corner's Magazine Monday #61

     I love trying new techniques.  Since I only tried this once before, it's still new to me.  Perfect for Paper Crafter's Corner's weekly challenge.  My card involved using UTEE Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, in multiple layers to get a glassy tile look.  I used clipart from a cd called Honeyville, cut it apart, inked the edges, then heat embossed them with the UTEE three times, building up a nice thick layer.  I hope I have captured the shine.  It doesn't look like paper at all.  I love techniques that do that.
Magazine Monday Week 61
     I picked up on the colors and landscape of  the inspiration piece. Such fun!
     Now I will get back to moving my craftroom.  I hope I can get it all organized again in time for next week's challenge!