November 30, 2016

Birthday Bug

I love this fun paper and look at that vintage bug.. fabulous. Were you expecting some creepy crawly from the post title.. maybe next time ;).

This is for a card for a masculine birthday. I layered the DP, I love all the different patterns. I used my Misti to get a nice dark sensentiment. I finished with some black dots.

Supplies: White and blue card stock, Designer Paper - Authentique, My Favorite Things - Birthday Sentiment, dots.

Thanks for taking the time to visit,

November 29, 2016

Happy Hanukah - Star of David

Good morning all, I hope you are having a wonderful week so far. I have a quick card to share this morning.

I had a request for a couple of Hanukah cards so here is the first one that I created. 

I pulled my Silhouette out and found a couple of cut files on sale for Cyber Monday. I like the elegance of this card. The Star of David is popped up with foam tape to give it a little dimension. I finished the card with some navy half pearls.

Supplies: Cream and navy card stock, Silhouette Studio - cut files, pearls.

Thank you for stopping by,

November 28, 2016

Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge #224

Happy Monday, so glad you stopped by. We have a new Merry Monday for you, Kathy is our hostess this week and her challenge is to Create a masculine Christmas card. I love masculine cards, they usually are quite easy for me to create.

I am loving all the fabulous plaid papers this year, they are my go to right now. I have added a card stock layer for each of the patterns. I stamped the buck and the sentiment then finished with some sequins.

Supplies: White and black card stock, DP - Photoplay, Simon Says - Magical Christmas, sequins, Simon Says - Stitched die cuts.

Check out the Merry Monday Challenge blog, the design team has lots of inspiration to share. We would love for you to play along.


November 25, 2016

Tuesday Morning Sketches #379

Just as I seem to be getting back into the swing of things and get some quality time in my craft room I lose ground and time. It is December next week, how did that happen?

I am so happy that I finally had some fabulous crafty time last evening and I was even able to get some cards created and played along.. gasp.. with a challenge. 

I am playing along with Tuesday Morning Sketches, I have a masculine birthday card to share.

Layers.. lots of them, add a little foam tape and I called it done.

Supplies: White and black card stock, Designer Paper - Kaiser Craft, Hot off the Presses - Birthday Cheer.
Thanks for stopping by,

November 21, 2016

Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge #223

Another week had come and gone and we are back at Monday, welcome to a new challenge of the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge. This week Debbie is our hostess and her challenge is to Create a Christmas card using Light Blue, Dark Blue & Pink.

I started with a pink and dark blue plaid with a navy card stock matte. I used my distress inks to add some colour to my Christmas tree. I also added some snow texture to the tree panel. The tree is topped with some snow glitter.

Supplies: White and blue card stock, Verve - Glad Tidings, DP - Photoplay, Dee's Distinctively - Snow Covered Stacked Tree.

Stop by the Merry Monday blog and see the wonderful cards created by the design team, be sure to play along with us.

See you soon,

November 17, 2016

Little Bird

Another quick post this morning, and another thank you card :). I had the picture of this card in my head for two days before I could venture into the craft room to make it.
I heat embossed this little guy then added colour with Distress inks. Then I did a little fussy cutting and added dimension with some foam tape....On another note I use a ton of foam tape, in the crafty vids on YouTube you see tons of people using those wheels of foam tape and I was feeling a little left out. I ordered one from Amazon and it arrived yesterday, this beast is crazy big. I am going to love seeing how long it takes for me to whittle it down.

Onward... I pulled out my stitched square dies from SSS and created some panels. I will admit to having a bit of an obsession with plaid right now. I added a quick sentiment and some gems and in the mail it went.

Supplies: White card stock, Designer Paper - Lawn Fawn, Woodware - Tweet Birds, Clearly Besotted - Thank you, gems.

Thanks for stopping by,

November 16, 2016

Flowered Thanks

Just a quick post this morning, I am running a little late :)

I trimmed two pieces of DP and added them to a small scrap of gray card stock. The flower is Simon Says Stamps, I coloured them up with Distress Inks. I added some simmer with my Zig and some gloss to the heart with Glossy Accents.

I die cut the sentiment, I should have put it a little higher but it is covering a boo boo ;). I finished with some sequins.

Supplies: White and gray card stock, Designer Paper - Simple Stories, Simon Says Stamps - Sketch Ranunculus and Thanks die, sequins.

Have a fabulous day,

November 14, 2016

Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge #222

Hello out there and welcome to a new Merry Monday, Deanne is our hostess this week and her challenge is to Create a Christmas card using gray, white and red.

This inspiration image is adorable.

I started my card with grey patterned background with a dark gray matte. I added a strip of red stripes then a layered snowflake made with patterned papers, vellum and dark gray card stock.

Supplies: White and gray cardstock, Designer Paper - Photoplay, Verve - Lawn Fawn Stictched Snowflakes, gems.

Don't forget to take a look at all the inspiration provided by the design team over at the Merry Monday blog.

Thanks for visiting,

November 11, 2016

Wednesday Challenge - Thank you

I am way over due for some thank you cards to be popped in the mail. When I saw the Wednesday challenge over at the Simon Says blog and I though it was perfect.

I have not pulled out my new You Matter background or stamp set and this challenge prompted me to do that.

I heat embossed the background with clear embossing powder then add some colour with distress inks. I die cut the sentiment and embossed the thank in white. I used brown ink to stamp the daisies.

Supplies: white, brown and craft cardstock, SSS - You matter, Hero Arts - Hello Sunshine Daisies.

Thanks for visiting,

Rememberance Day 2016

"A Day of Remembrance"

Image by Dalicar, In Flanders Fields - By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918

November 7, 2016

Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge #221

Happy Monday, so glad you could stop by. We have a new Merry Monday for you, Colleen is our hostess this week and her challenge is to Create a Christmas card with a winter activity on it.

Mittens, warm mugs full of yummy goodness, sleighs and adorable little penguins and snowmen... yes I cheated :). How could I not though this paper is super cute in my eyes.

The sentiment is heat embossed and popped up with foam tape. I finished with some twine.

Supplies: White and red cardstock, Designer Paper - Echo Park, Clearly Besotted - Many Mini Messages, twine.

Check out the Merry Monday Challenge blog, the design team has lots of inspiration to share. We would love you to play along.


November 3, 2016

Let's do the Flamingo

I created this card a couple of months ago and had a blog post half created.. stuff just got in the way.

I wanted to try my hand a spin card, I had created one before but it was a pretty simple one. This was a one of a two set that I created as a request. This was the winner but with the spin portion taking up so much card front they did not want the long winded birthday greeting they planned to show through when the card was closed :).

I have two separate greetings with this card so if someone wants it they get a choice of sentiments. I used ovals created from cardstock and vellum to background this cute flamingo. I had this fun summer Carta Bella paper in my stash so I used both sides of a page.

This is the last of the last for my room, this is corner to the left of my second desk. I have two older pieces of stackable storage from Michaels. The bottom holds 12 x 12 papers, Christmas, glitter and specialty.

The top holds, some scraps in bag (Neuters), spare cutting mats, watercolour paper and misc items. I have my pad of grid paper and my Scorpal hiding in between these and the desk (not shown). I have keep my Cuttlebugs on top, the magical gold one is the what hubby brought me when 'Bug" gave up the goose. At the last used paper craft sale a lady was selling her bug and a bunch of accessories, I offered $20 and voila, backup "Bug".

Alex has from the bottom up, punches, more punches, my Silhoette, Cricut stuff, stickers and rub-ons, ribbon.

This is my computer desk, it is "the office" and no crafty shenanigans shall grace its top.

Supplies: White and green cardstock, Designer Paper - Carta Bella, SSS stamps and diecuts, La Petites - Flamingo.
Thanks for visiting,

November 2, 2016

Birthday Cupcakes

Good Day, and hello November... where oh where has this year flown the coup too. 

I am not loving my card, I keep looking at it and I think it is the raspberry coloured card stock. I don't use coloured card stock very often, preferring neutrals like brown, grey and black. The card is for a pink loving little lady so I am sure she won't judge.

I pulled out my Stickles, they blinked their little glittery peepers at the bright light as I dug them from the bowels of the drawer I had them hiding in. I stamped these cute little cupcakes and added the Stickles so I could put them aside to dry. I used a couple of pieces of DP from the same paper pad to create the background.

Supplies: White and raspberry card stock, Designer Paper - Echo Park, Lawn Fawn - You are all I knead, Stickles.

I have a few more pictures to share as well, these are two of my embellishment centers, 

This is my second craft desk, it is sadly under utilized as a desk per say. I tend to using it for my Cuttlebug/die cutting and laying out supplies as I create something. Most of the drawers on the right side are full of embellishments. The top holds my Misti's and some other tools, but I I move down the drawer I have a drawer for gems, another for sequins and so on.

The drawers on the left side hold stamp blocks and inks, pre-cut and folded card bases, embossing folders, die cuts and Cuttlebug accessories.

There is a stack of 12 x 12 bins at the side of the desk as well. They hold indivigual papers as well as my 12 x 12 pads I still have. 

Just to the right of this desk and on the wall is one of my embellishment stations I picked up from Micheal's years ago. I as I was organizing my craft space I purged a ton of ribbon, this is what is left of my spools. I have most of my buttons here as well.

The embellishment centers have always been pretty neat and tidy but with those zones I keep mentioning I wanted to shift some stuff around.


Over on the wall left of the desk and near the door I have an Alex a Raskog cart and my second embellishment station. This Alex unit hold a lot of misc items, tools, adhesives, and card sleeves.

It is topped with 6x6 paper pads, these are my Christmas paper pads. Being on the Merry Monday DT it is creative Christmas all year round in my craft space so these inspire me being on display.
I wanted a Raskog so badly and I have not even put more that a few item in the top self :(.

I removed all the ribbon and the spindles from this second station, with the downsized ribbon cache I did not need them any more and instead put a few of my wooden stamps on display. I have all my twine and washi tape here as well.

That it for today,

November 1, 2016

Awesome Birthday and the tour continues..

We had a good number of trick or treaters last night, I love seeing all the costumes. We left picking up a pumpkin till the very last moment.. We are usually much better at planning. We ended up with these itty bitty little pumpkins that fit in the palm of my hand, I lined them up along the railing and no one seemed to care that we did not carve one.

In between knocks and the doorbell I actually made a card. My Saturday was suppose to be this wonderful creative day, instead I spent hrs sorting my scraps. I found some great DP bits and I figured out I have tons of neutral coloured pieces of cardstock which are now in separate storage so I can take advantage. So this card is made from the scrap bins.

I love layers, it makes for easy cards. This DP is double-sided so that adds to the easy. I heat embossed the sentiment and added foam tape between each layer. I found this cool ribbon in the scrap bin too and it matched so I used it :). I finished with sequins.

Supplies: White and black card stock, Designer Paper Best Creation Inc, Hot off the Press - Birthday Cheer, sequins.

Now onto the tour - this is my fabulous primary desk, I had planned to get one made with all cabinets/drawers under it. When we were at Ikea (a sip of coffee or wine for every mention of Ikea over my last few posts :)) anyhow.. Husband spotted this desk, I prefer to stand when I craft so this Skarsta sit/stand desk is perfect. I am taller and this desk lifts high enough to accommodate my long legs.

I found the Micke drawer set that fits under it nicely, even if I was to lower the desk. I also found this very cool Janinge stool that allows me to sit at my desk should I want to, it will lower or raise up a good span. The Micke and Janinge fit under the desk so they are not in the way. I hide my trimmer and paper cutter on top of the draw set, which is super easy to reach.

I ordered this high quality architects lamp which adds direct light to what I am working on. I have the same bulb in both the ceiling fixture and the lamp for consistency.
On my desk I have my Boon, wire letter holder, scrap bin and self healing mat.

I found these Projs desk pads at the same time I found the desk and they work fabulously under my self healing mats to give a little extra protection to the desks.

A little high level view of a clean work space, and although I usually have a couple of extra items on my desk I typically have it pretty clean between projects. I used Stampin' Up! grid paper over my mats, it cleans up easy and I just fold them up and pop in the recycle bin. The lamp is hiding it but I have small square glass bowl that I store my Absorber in, best clean up item ever.

My new desk is so much more spacious than before, this was my work surface on the old desk, cramped and not a lot of leg room.

That is the card and tour for today,