Friday, November 30, 2012

Ooh so cute Rudy

Hope everyone had a great week and now let's welcome the weekend to come!  Here in AZ, the weather could not be better.  It is so nice we only wish it would stay this way year around.  *yea in our dreams*
Here's a card I made for two challenges.  I took the layout from the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge  #4.

Then I took the color scheme from The Play Date Cafe challenge #159.
Look, how could I pass up the perfect Christmas colors?

Rudy I found at Michaels.  I was surprised it is one of their own made by Recollections. 
I hope everyone has a great weekend and be safe.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Day 3 - Card #3

Man I am on a roll!.  Maybe I'll be done with my Christmas cards before the month starts.  That would be amazing.  Now I just have to remember to mail them.  Every year I make all these Christmas cards and somehow the month gets away from me and before I know it, it's to late to mail them.  I already bought my stamps so this year I know I'm going to do it.

This card is for 3 challenges that I love.  The colors I got from the ColourQ Challenge #165.  I got so excited when I saw their inspiration photo.  Look at these fun colors. 

Isn't that the cutes apron you have ever seen.  It was found on etsy so if your interested get on over there.   

The idea of the card came from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #172.  This is a great sketch , the ideas were limitless with those four little squares.

As you will see I did take liberties on the sentiment.

Those are the dies I used for the card.  Look at how old those are!  Yes they are the original Cuttlebug dies that were with it when it was bought.  As soon as I heard about this coming out I started saving for it and had to be one of the first to get it.   

I choose a new paper I just bought for the background from Carta Bella - Merry & Bright collection.  The paper is called Merry Ornaments.  I used the reverse side for the Christmas Ball.  The pink and red floss is from Bazzill. I think I have almost every color they have.  It's the greatest most versatile string for any project.

Sorry about such a crappy dark picture but I wanted to show you a close up of the sentiment.  I made a little tag and tied it to the bow.

One last challenge for this card is this weeks Simon Says - Anything goes!
Maybe I'll take a day off from my cards and work on my projects.  I have about three different ones going all at the same time.  When will I ever learn???? 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Lawnscaping tag

Sharing a tag I whipped up last night for the Lawnscaping Challenge #46 TAGS!.

Isn't he cute? 
The little penguin is from a old Recollections set I have.  I put a little Sparkly Fluff from Our Craft Lounge on his hat.  
The doily is a die I have from Sizzix and what do you think about me using Washi tape as a background?  I think it work out great.   It's one of my first times really using it as part of a project. 
Last but defiantly not least is my Merry Christmas by Lawn Fawn.  I love the script and how great this set of words are.  It's from the set Happy Everything.  It does have everything you'll ever need for any occasion.

Well on to the next challenge. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Winter Wonderland

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  Mine was nice and small with the family that is still here in town.  My mom still makes the whole dinner and doesn’t let anyone help, so of course it is all perfect. 

I want to show you a card I made for the Authentique Paper November Inspiration Color ChallengeThis is their inspiration photo. 

This took me a little bit since these colors really aren’t your normal Christmas colors and that’s what I’m making right now are my Christmas cards.

I came up with a cute little Winter Wonderland with my Hero Arts snowman.   I pulled out my 6 x 6 Authentique – Essentials Collection pad.  I had that adorable blue design that I thought looked great as the background. 
I hope everyone has a great week and keep on crafting.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thankful Banner

Is everyone’s turkey in the countdown phase of defrosting, stuffing and ready to turn the heat up on it? 
Today I wanted to share a banner I made to display for our Thanksgiving meal. 

The banner base is hard chipboard that I bought from Hobby Lobby.  A blank slate.  I picked some great paper at my local scrapbook store by My Mind's Eye - On The Bright Side Collection – Orange Barn.

I Mod Podge’d the base of the  unfinished chipboard with the “barn paper”.   While I was looking for the perfect base paper I ran into a sheet of these adorable “bingo” fall cards.  They are by:  Simple Stories - Harvest Lane Collection    I fell in love with them and had to find a way to use them.  Each banner got their own different bingo card.  Cut my rosette and then glued a letter on each one to spell THANKFUL.  After it was done it was just a little to plain so I made my own leaves with a punch, crinkling them up and then distressing them a little.

Lastly I had a roll of old hemp twine that I thought would be perfect to string the banner with.  I think it turned out fabulous!  Each banner I make is getting better and better… Can’t wait to start my Christmas one.
I’m going to enter my Fall Thankful banner in the Ribbon Carousel Blog’s Monthly challenge  RCC74.  

Sunday, November 18, 2012

First Christmas card for 2012

Here’s my first Christmas card for the 2012 season.  I hate that I skipped right over Thanksgiving cards.  I hate that the stores also skip right over it also.  Each holiday needs it’s own time.  I guess I fell into the mechanizing trap also and started right into getting my Christmas supplies.
I made this card especially for CAS-ual Fridays CFC79 challenge.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Roadside Find

Everyone getting ready for the big turkey day!  It will be a small one for us this year but still thankful that all my family is still close to my heart and we are all alive and safe.  My girls won’t be coming home for Thanksgiving but I understand, I will see them for Christmas. 

Today I want to show you a treasure that I and my bestie found along the road one day.  I can’t believe someone would throw out such a great piece of furniture. 

I got so excited about redoing this cabinet that I took the handles off before I remembered to take pictures.  Along side, next to it, it had a matching hutch that sat on top of it.  We just didn’t have the room to take that and it probably was just to much for me anyway.  

This was in such great condition that I didn’t really need to sand it anywhere.  I got my trusted Valspar paint & primer in one spray paint and started spraying.  It took about 4 cans but I made sure it had a pretty thick coat.  Of course, let it dry completely between coats to get the best finish possible.
What do you think of the finished product?

It’s a perfect piece to my new craft room.  I love it! 

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and remember those with you, away from you, and gone forever.  Give each and everyone of them a silent thanks that you have them or had time with them.  Family and friends are the best thing anyone can have.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Craft Room Tour

Well it’s finally done, at least 90% of it.  It’s all painted and everything is moved in.  Let me take you on a little tour.  

As you come in and on the left is my Painting and Project cabinet.

Next is my paper cabinet.  On the left is my solid color cardstock and on the right are my pattern paper.   I also keep my DCWV Stacks in the top space above the pattern paper.  No shortage of paper here.  I love all kinds of paper.   What do you think about my little suitcases on the left of my TV?  Aren’t they so adorable?  Those were a major find while out Goodwill Hunting.  The lamp on the top is my “Character Lamp” that I made. 
The drawers in the middle of my paper cabinet are for punches.  The top drawer has all my SU or EK punches and the bottom are Marvey.
Next is my Sewing Center.  Well at least it’s where I keep my sewing machine and scraps of fabric in the basket.  All the trays under are just more storage like all my decorative scissors, embellishments, ribbons, floss, threads… etc.
One of my favorite parts of the room is what I call my little display area.   I haven’t put the blinds back up yet but that’s next .. and there’s my babies bed and snacks on the bottom.  I keep my SU catalogs and Paper Craft magazines there on the right.
Finally is my pride and joy of my room.  This is because I found this credenza on the side of the road and refinished it.  I’ll be showing you that soon.  Just more storage area under and on top are my 6x6 pads, my large Sizzix dies and SU stamps.  The cart next to it stores all my dies and embossing folders, also my cleaning supplies for my stamps.  There are three drawers that have more punches.  I love me my punches!
Now for my desk!  I created by stacking up my cubes and for now put a board I got from ikea across the top.  I plan on getting a board cut to the extract dimensions later on.   Everything I need and use for every project is at arms length.  I also display some of my favorite wood stamps right where I can see them, on top of my copics.
Right next to my desk I put a little night stand and my printer is on the top of that but look at what’s stored in the drawers.  All my Martha Stewart punches.
Well, that’s my little slice of heaven I get to come to everyday.  I only need to decorate the walls and as I come across things or finish the projects I have ideas for I will be adding them to the walls. 
This now concludes the tour.  I hope you enjoyed yourselves and please tell all your friends…