Friday, April 18, 2014

Birthday Card Challenge at Cut It Up

We are creating birthday cards this fortnight at Cut It Up challenge blog.  I chose to use store-bought die cuts for my card (manual and machine cuts are also allowed at Cut It Up.)  The journaling shape and the five balloons are both Kaisercraft dies; the cloud papers and paper strips are also by Kaisercraft.  These are all from the "Save the Date" collection from 2012.  I added some white floss for the balloon strings and cut words from one of the papers in the collection for the journaling block.
There are two sponsors for this challenge; 
enter for a chance to win:

May Arts Ribbon trio from Sparkly Sweet Craft Notions by Beckie

and

a $15 store credit at ScrappyDew
You have until April 30, 2014 to link up your birthday cards.  See you at Cut It Up...

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Making Memories cards

   Two weeks ago I posted pictures of my craft room and a couple of my problem areas that accumulate piles.  I anticipated that I could re-organize that stash on the floor in that back corner in 30 minutes or less.  It ended up taking all of my spare time both Thursday and Friday that week because it spurred me to also re-organize a couple of other areas too.  The back corner stash is 20% of what was there, so I am calling that a WIN!  My goal is to have nothing there, but I am content with the progress.  The most time-consuming part was breaking up my beloved Artful Delight kits and sorting the embellishments to other storage containers in my craft room (baker's twine, seam binding, primas,  etc. where they are already stored elsewhere.)

  Another success from that clean up was the discovery of an old scrapbook kit from when I taught classes at a local scrapbook store.  I had partially made the Easter layout quite a while ago, but I was able to complete it with pictures for the current challenge at Cut It Up!  The final discovery was these checkerboard papers, ribbons, colored card stock pieces, and text on white card stock to create a photo mat for a layout.  I think this was actually from the first scrapbook kit I ever purchased (June 2003!)  I created these three cards from those scraps...another WIN!  The card above is a birthday card for my friend Kaye, who was with me the day I purchased that kit.  I think she will get a kick out of the really old stash (the 3 felt gem flowers are newer...from those Artful Delight kits that I broke up.)  The papers are all Making Memories except for the green Bazzill card stock.  The sentiment are also Making Memories alpha stickers that I purchased in 2003.
  The inspiration for this bunny card came from the lovely and talented Amy Tsuruta.  See Amy's bunny card here.  I am sending this Easter card to my friend Tracy, who taught classes and worked at that local scrapbook store also.  I know she will also get a kick out of these relics :)

  My bunny is a Cricut cut from "Create A Critter 2" p.40.

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, April 4, 2014

A new challenge blog: The SRM Challenge!



   SRM Stickers now has a monthly challenge blog:  The SRM Challenge.  The challenges will be announced the first Friday of the month and you can create anything you desire as long as you use at least one SRM product and follow the monthly challenge theme.  The first challenge theme is:
  I went with an anniversary theme (or Valentine's Day), but you can choose any celebration:  birthday, Easter, graduation, Mother's Day, Father's Day, patriotic, etc.  Just remember to use at least one SRM product on your project.  Don't have any SRM goodies in your stash yet?  You can go to the SRM store and choose "Postage stamp" option for shipping...just $2.50 for certain items!

  Enter the Celebrations challenge and you could win this prize package of SRM goodies:

The square "LOVE" label sticker I used is SRM Stickers Labels by the Dozen "Valentine."

Happy Friday!

Easter challenge at Cut It Up!

It's time for another challenge at Cut It Up and this fortnight we are focussing on Easter.  
This was the perfect opportunity for me to  finish up this layout; all I needed was a die cut.  I cut the 10 eggs using my Cricut "Doodlecharms" cartridge (p.89 cut @ 3 3/4" real dial size.)  All of the papers are by Rusty Pickle.  The pictures are from Easter 2006.  Here is a closer look:
My sweet Julia

and my sweet Kathryn (and me!)

I hope you are inspired to create an Easter card, layout, or project.  Don't forget to use a die cut somewhere on your Easter project.  Perhaps you will create a new project or finish up an old one like me.  There are two prizes up for grabs:
 a $10 gift card to Lovebug Creations
and
 a $20 coupon code to Cute as a Button

I hope you will join in the fun!  The Easter challenge runs from April 4th-16th.
Happy Friday!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

There's a new challenge coming soon! The SRM Challenge

  The SRM Challenge is starting Friday, April 4, and I am pleased to announce that I was invited to be a part of this design team!  Each day this week members of the design team are being announced.  So far this week Danielle Robeson, Angi Barrs, Tori Holman, and Tenia Nelson have been introduced. Click over to The SRM Challenge to see who else will be announced today and tomorrow.

I created my little card from two different SRM Stickers collections:  Stickers by the Dozen "Thank You" (daisies) and We've Got Your Border "Bright" (sentiment and red stripe scallop border.)  These are two of my favorite SRM Stickers collections...in fact I only have four daisies left on my "Thank You" sheet!  I have already used all of the sentiments and eight daisies on these other projects:
Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My Craft Room

 We moved to our new home nearly two years ago, and despite my best intentions, I have not taken pictures and posted.  I am sharing it now, trouble spots and all!
 (left wall: card table for sewing machine and Cricut Imagine on the floor; back wall dresser full of crafty supplies...left side has cross-stitch supplies and the right side is all Cricut cartridges!  My desk.)
 (back wall continued:  re-painted bulletin board to hold cards from blog friends; *note the stuff on the floor in the back corner...trouble spot!*  Right wall are my cubes from Michaels.  On top are my Cricut Expression and my light box.)
 Far left corner on left wall before the window; opposite wall from the cubes:  My 8 1/2x11 card stock towers and two lower shelf units for my Bazzill card stock, BasicGrey 12x12 and LOs in progress.  The basket holds half of my 6x6 pads....the others are in a different container in the cubes shown above.)
Yes, I have a lot of stuff that I can't seem to part with, no matter how old.  And this does not include the coat closet that I commandeered which is directly across from my craft room. The coat closet holds my Xyron machines, Stampin' Up products, my punches, inks, etc.

And then there is all of my wood mounted stamps in four carts in the basement and really old scrapbooking stash...I won't post those pictures today. (You're welcome.)


  I like routine.  I have lots of energy and I am happiest when I am at maintenance level in all areas of my life...running our household  like a well-oiled machine and keeping up with crafty blog friends. Crafting feeds my soul and keeps me sane...okay, maybe not completely sane.  A little crazy can be a good thing.  The past few months I feel like I am not able to keep up.  And I am not feeling crafty.  I need a plan...

Today I think I will start by working on that trouble spot corner.  Some of it are recent Artful Delight kits, new Hazel and Ruby 12x12 collections, and new Doodlebug 12x12.  I am going to try to find a home for most of that stash.  Who knows?  Maybe it will even inspire me to create too.

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Anything Goes Challenge - Cut It Up #41

Happy National Craft Month!  In honor of this happy occasion, the Cut It Up challenge this fortnight is Anything Goes...just remember to use a die cut somewhere on your project.
 We have TWO prizes and sponsors again for this challenge:
Prize:  Candy Speaks stamp set

and 
Prize:  A $15 gift card

For my trio of cards I used various Spellbinders die cuts behind each of my chipboard sentiments:


Supplies:
dies cuts:  Spellbinders
paper:  Bazzill card stock; Hazel and Ruby "Chalk It Up"
chipboard pieces and sentiment stickers:  Bazzill
ribbon:  Close To My Heart organdy "Winter Cozy"

I hope you will create...remember to use a die cut...anything goes... and link up at Cut It Up!

Happy Friday!