Monday, January 28, 2008

Our anniversary

Today is our 8th anniversary. Seems like time just flies the older we get. I had made that Papertrey card for my husband, but he got a glimpse of it and said "it's pink!" Uh, okay, I'll give him that one for Valentines Day. LOL So, I made this card for my husband for our anniversary. The hearts are embossed in black with red ink sponged over them. It's hard to tell in the photo because the black washes out the color, but the corner dew drops are red and the black and white mats are embossed with the nestabilities.
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink, DCWV
Stamps: Close to My Heart Soul Mates
Ribbon: May Arts
Ink: Palette
Other: eyelets, nestabilities, embossing powder, dew drops (Robin's Nest), waxy flax (CTMH)

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Hanna sketch challenge

The last challenge at the Hanna party was a sketch challenge. I used the tree from the Tis the Season set. I love Hanna and this tree together with her decorating the tree, but the stamps work well alone for other types of cards, too. I colored the tree with copic markers. I added liquid applique and prisma glitter to the snow around the tree and on the tree and then heated to make it puffy, sparkly snow. I added stickles to the snowflakes to make them sparkly. I inked the edges of the papers. I stitched around all the edges except the image, but it is hard to see in the photo on the snowflake paper. The sentiment is from Papertrey.

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Figgy Pudding
Stamps: Tis the Season (Hanna Stamps), Faux Ribbon (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Liquid Applique, Prisma Glitter, CTMH distressing ink, Janome Sewing Machine, Stickles, Copic Markers

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Papertrey Sweet Love

I made this criss cross card for my husband for our anniversary at the end of the month and to enter in the Papertrey Gueststar Stamper contest. Well, I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the honorable mentions! I'm so excited! You can see all the honorable mentions by clicking here. Be sure to vote for your favorite. This is my first criss cross card and my first time sewing on a card. I used the Sweet Love stamp set to make the patterned paper for the front of the card and for the hearts. The sentiment came from the Paper Tray stamp set. The black on the hearts and the sentiment is black embossing and I love the raised look. The little hearts on the patterned paper are clear embossed. Ink is Palette Noir and CTMH Hollyhock. Pink cardstock is CTMH blush.

Monday, January 14, 2008

my new creative space

Welcome to my creative space! We are moving our daughter into her own room so I had to move my stuff out of the spare room. I had no idea how I was going to store my things until my husband decided we should design and build a desk for me to use. So, this desk and shelving is all our design and construction. This is the first wood working thing my husband has built and it turned out amazing! We took my supplies and designed shelves around them. I have shelves of varying heights that work perfect with my stuff. The little light colored table on the left is for my kids to use when they make things with me.

Here is a closer shot of some of my shelves. We designed the bottom shelves with cubbies for my ink pads and various other small things that I use frequently so they are within reach. The second shelves hold my CTMH embellishment things and jars with buttons. The other side holds my stamp cleaners, double scrubbers, adhesives, and nestabilites. The third shelf holds my ribbons on the spools. My husband designed holders for dowels to hold my ribbon. The fourth shelf holds some of my flowers. Miscellaneous things on the fifth shelf and magazines and books on the top shelf. Throughout moving my stuff, I realized I have a thing for ribbon, flowers, and chipboard! lol
Here is a close up of one side of my desk. We designed it so that my Cropper Hopper paper holders would fit. I love having all my patterned paper right there within reach. On the other side, I have my things that I use often in the top cubby, like my Cropper Hopper embellishment box with my brads and other embellishments and my new Janome Sewing machine that I got for Christmas.
I have 4 Crop in Style cubes that I had before we made the desk. They work so nicely for storage. I have chipboard things in the top 3 drawer (yes, I have too much chipboard! lol). The bottom 2 drawer holds my stamps. I have two rows of stamps in each drawer. The drawers work perfect with CTMH stamps in their envelopes and my Papertrey and other stamps in their cd cases. They aren't full so I still have room for more stamps. *wink* I have miscellaneous things in the other 3 drawer cube and the 4 drawer cube is shown in the next photo. The cardstock holder on top of the cubes was something that I found at a yard sale. I paid just a couple dollars for it, painted it white, and it works perfectly.
Here is a photo of the 4 drawer Crop in Style cube. I store my ribbon that is not on spools here on the Cropper Hopper 4x6 ribbon cards. I really like storing them this way because I can see what I have at a glance. I had ribbon jars for awhile and I loved how they look, but I couldn't see what I had. The 4 drawer cubes work great with this storage method because the 4x6 ribbon cards fit perfectly in each drawer. I use 2 drawers for ribbon, one for rub on alphabets, and the other for miscellaneous sewing things.
I'm sure I'll ending up moving things around and finding places that work better for some things, but I'm so ecstatic with how this turned out! My daughter gets her own room and I still have a place for my things. Thanks, Honey!