Keeping it Simple!

Aloha, all!

     Right now I'm trying to focus on creating a new eBook that's a set of basic card layouts that even beginners can like. So I'm really having to focus on keeping things simple. One of the masters of keeping things simple in the Stampin' Up! community is Mary Brown. If you follow her at all, you know that she is "Ms. Clean and Simple." Her cards are incredibly beautiful in their simplicity and I study them to see what I can learn from them.


     I CASEd (Copy And Share with Everyone) today's card from a card that Mary made for a Create with Connie and Mary color challenge back in May.  Only the layout is the same.  I used different colors, a different punch, different embossing folder and different stamp.  But the idea was hers and I loved it!

     To begin, I had to select which colors I wanted to use.  When I think of Butterflies, I think of yellow or orange, so I started with the tried and true orange, Pumpkin Pie.  Then I went and started looking through my Color Coach. 

     The way I use the Color Coach may not be the way it was designed to be used.  I don't necessarily go to a color and use one of the combos I find right away.  Only one of the colors on the Pumpkin Pie card interested me for this project – Daffodil Delight.  So then I went looking for Daffodil Delight.  Hmmm.  Still not what I wanted.  But I just happened to see the Crushed Curry Card right next to the Daffodil Delight card, and there was the combo I wanted.  Well, sort of.  The combo I found was Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, and Melon Mambo.  I just swapped the Daffodil Delight for the Crushed Curry, and there were my butterflies.  Color Coach doesn't necessarily give me the answers, but it always leads me to what I want!

     The Bitty Butterfly Punch was perfect for this project – just a nice size to have three of the little critters in the middle of the card.  I cut the card to be 1-1/4" smaller than the width and height of the standard A2 card base and placed the butterflies just above the center of the card.  Then I stamped the Just Because from the A Dozen Thoughts Stamp Set, using Melon Mambo Classic Ink to match one of the butterflies – it was the color I thought would show up best!  I added a Basic Pearl to each butterfly, but didn't do that until the whole card was put together.

     I included a middle layer between the decorated layer and the card base, and ran that through the new Lovely Lace Embossing Folder before cutting it 1/2" shorter than the width and height of the card.  I used SNAIL Adhesive to adhere both layers and then I added the pearls.

     Not only is this simple in design, it's very simple to put together.  Look at any of your smaller punches, and I'll bet you can see lots of ideas for a fun, easy card to make for your next card-sending occasion!

     This won't be one of the samples in my new eBook – but working on some CASEing this week will help get me in the right frame of mind!







Posted on : Jul 08 2014
Posted under Punches, Sizzix, Stamping |

Another Project Life Layout Plan!

Aloha, all!

     If you've at all paid attention to the Project Life pages that I've made since Stampin' Up! first announced this program, you've probably noticed that all of the pockets that I've used so far have been either 4" x 6" or 3" x 4" pockets, either landscape or portrait orientation.  But there is another shaped pocket in the Project Life by Stampin' Up! offerings and that is 4" square!  I wasn't really sure that I'd like the square pockets because most of my photos tend to be rectangular in shape. 

     But this weekend when I was finishing up the pages from my most recent trip to Washington State, I discovered a fun use for this – to hold of photos that have been taken as a panorama!


     The three photos in the middle section were taken from the restaurant atop the Seattle Space Needle as it turned around allowing us to see all of the surrounding Seattle area.  It happened to be the lake on which our hotel was situated, and we'd tried during lunch to find it as we were going around.  Find it we did, and then we were able again to find it in the photos we took.

     It certainly is possible to do this kind of a photo split with the four 3"w  x  4" h pockets in other Project Life sheets.  But there is one fewer line breaking up the panorama, and that really makes a difference.

     Of course, there is other side of this pocket sheet that needed to be filled with memories of the events following this lunch.  But I found that I was able to edit photos to make them square just fine!


     Most of these photos are from the Chihuly Glass and Garden exhibit next door to the Seattle Space needle where we had lunch.  No matter how we took some of these photos, they could easily be trimmed into squares.  The middle pocket in the 4" square row holds a section of the brochure that we received to guide our tour through this exhibit.  Of course that professional photo was quite a bit better than any of ours, so I was glad to include it in this memory book.

     One other part of both of these pages that I'd like you to notice are the two decorative journaling cards.  Both of these are from the Stampin' Up! Everyday Adventures Project Life Card Collection.  But they didn't come in the box – they're from the Digital Version of the Card Collection.  I was so disappointed when I started getting really low on my Everyday Adventure Cards!  I even decided that I was just going to make up some of my own.  But when I opened up the My Digital Studio Program, there the digital set was waiting for me.  I had totally forgotten that I'd bought it at the same time as I bought all my other Project Life materials.  Wow, did I have a pleasant surprise.

     The best thing about making my own cards was that I could just journal away while I was still in the My Digital Studio program.  I had done some printed journaling on the hard-copy of the cards but running them through my printer just as I would any other 4" x 6" card.  But now I can see this working well with ANY sized card!  And there's so much more about the digital version – there are embellishments and files that can be cut out with an electronic cutter – I can see I'm really going to have to put my my mind to learning how to use that thing!

     So I've definitely been having fun with this way of scrapbooking.  I am almost caught up with 2014.  If I didn't have so much going on with travel and grandkids over the next few months, I'll bet I could even get some of my 2013 stuff scrapped.  Maybe by the end of this year?

     If you'd love to get into some scrapbooking, this is really the way to do it if your objective is to have memories for you and your family to share.  Oh, I love the artistic challenge of standard wonderful scrapbook pages.  But at this point, I think I'd rather have something that we can all share, and take my creative time working on cards!







Posted on : Jul 06 2014
Posted under Project Life |

Happy Independence Day!

Aloha, all!

     It's the 4th of July and here in the United States it's the celebration of our independence as a free nation.  There will be barbecues, parades and fireworks this evening in towns and cities all over the country – even out here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean!

     I don't usually make cards for the 4th of July, but this year I've been working on trying to duplicate some of the projects in the Stampin' Up! 2014-2015 Catalog and I came across a star card on page 135.


     The colors in the Catalog are lovely, but Red, White and Blue seemed to be a perfect choice for copying the card!  It's such fun to make!

     I've written a tutorial for making this card and I included it in this month's Robin's Craft Room Newsletter.  It's free to all my newsletter subscribers.  If you'd like to have it all you have to do is sign up to receive my newsletter.  Just complete the form up to the left and I'll get a copy of the newsletter off to you, along with another tutorial to welcome you to my mailing list.

     Have a fun and safe 4th of July!



Posted on : Jul 04 2014
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping, Tutorial |

Catching Up With Some Project Life Pages!

Aloha, all!

     I think I've finally posted all of the greeting cards that I've made in the past few weeks.  And now it's time to catch up with some of my Project Life projects, recording some memories of the trip that my husband I took to visit family and friends earlier last month.  Project Life makes it so easy to do the recording because all I have to do it make some 4" x 6" or 2" x 3" (well, some 4" square, which I've not yet done) photos, add some Project Life cards for journaling and decoration, and, poof!  I have a memory book page done!

     Our first stop was in Vancouver, Washington, where we visited my grandson and his mother and her fiance.  While Harry and I had lunch with the two adults the noontime after we arrived, it wasn't until the evening that we finally had a chance to catch up with our grandson.


     The restaurant where we went for dinner is Salty's Restaurant on the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon – just across the Columbia from Vancouver, Washington – and it was a fantastic evening.

     We began by walking up to the door while looking at Mt. Hood out in the open for all to see in the distance.  That was certainly a treat for this traveler and I absolutely had to take a photo. The service and the menu were as fantastic as the scenery, and we'll certainly go there again.

     My favorite part of the dinner was discovering how much my grandson LOVED Fish and Chips.  And I've been told that the Fish and Chips in Oregon are among the best in the world.  He certainly seemed to enjoy it, as he did his White Cake dessert – which did not have long to live after it was placed in front of him for dessert.

     All of the Project Life materials I used for this page are from Stampin' Up!'s Happiness Is Project Life Collection.  I also added in a Crab Stamp from the By the Seashore Stamp Set.  You can see the little critter stamped on the bottom left of the top left insert on this page.  I made the insert by using one of the Happiness Is 6" x 4" cards, stamping on the crab, fussing cutting his claws and then inserting a picture from one of the restaurant's brochures so that the crab appears to be holding the picture.

     Some of my journaling for this is done by hand using Stampin' Write Markers and some I printed using my printer on a 4" x 6" photo setting.  But it was all QUICK!

     As I noted in one of my recent newsletters, I've been using the FREE online program, PicMonkey, to print my 3" x 4" photos.  If you'd like some more information about the program, just let me know and I'll help you get signed up for my newsletter and I'll get that issue off to you.  The best thing about the program – besides that it's simple to use! – is that I save lots of 4" x 6" photo paper!

     The next night we went to a musical version of Alice in Wonderland, which is the reason we traveled all the way to the U. S. Mainland.  Our grandson was in the play, of course!  I'll share the page I made of the night of the play next time!





Posted on : Jul 03 2014
Posted under Project Life, Stamping |

Fun with Punches – Punch Art!

Aloha, all!

     Today is the 100th Challenge for the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge blog!  That's definitely a "Hooray" for what has been a great group of people over the past several years!

     To celebrate this occasion, SUO Challenges has challenged its readers to create a project using one of the group's first 99 challenges.  As I looked over the list (included as a link in the SUO Challenge Blog), I saw the Punch Art challenge in November 2010.  And here I am in the midst of creating several blog posts that feature Stampin' Up! Punches!  Perfect!

Fabulous Cats

     A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel to Honolulu, Hawaii, and one of the stops I made was at the Honolulu Museum of Art.  My friend and I had lunch at the Museum Cafe, and went through several of the galleries before we stopped – inevitably! – at the Museum Shop.  While I didn't buy anything, I did look through all the greeting cards.  After all, I make greeting cards and I was hoping that I'd get an idea or two for my own creations.  One card had several small cat portraits on the front of it, and it stuck in my mind until I could get this card made.  Oh it looks nothing like the original, but I did have fun figuring out how to get the idea onto a Stampin' Up! card!

     After trying out several color scheme, I decided to use the colors in the Stampin' Up! Neutrals Collection of colors for the little cat faces.  Once that was done, I made up the little cat faces before deciding on a card size and shape.  For each cat:

  1. Punch half a circle with the 1-1/4" Circle Punch.
  2. Punch two points with the smooth pennant in the Petite Pennants Builder Punch.
  3. Adhere the small points (the ears) to either side of the half circle with Multipurpose Glue.  Arrange the outside edge of the ears perpendicular to the straight edge of the half circle.
  4. Turn the cat face over and trim the small parts of the ears that peek out from the face.


     For the cat eyes, I used a variety of colors – Pear Pizzazz, Marine Mist and Old Olive.  I punched all of these using the 1/8" Circle Handheld Punch.  A neat feature of these handheld punches is that there is a reservoir at the bottom of the punch that holds all kinds of little circles when you punch them.  So I just punched away on the three pieces of cardstock and then dumped all the little circles out onto my work surface.  Then I chose which ones I wanted for which cats.  I hand drew a little smile on each of the cats except for the black cat (no, the White Gel Pen didn't work – too thick for this little critter!).

     For the card layout, I decided on a tall card.  I cut a piece of Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock 8-1/2" x 4-1/4" for starters.  I used a ruller to help me line the cats up and adhered them with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Then I trimmed the cardstock so that it ended up being 3-3/4" w  x 7-1/4" h.  I stamped the sentiment from the Million and One Stamp Set.  I had no problem figuring out which stamp I was going to use because I personally think that ALL cats are Fabulous!

     Finally I tied this layer together with some Marina Mist and Pear Pizzazz 1/4" Cotton Ribbon.  Such great ribbon to use for cards – it lays nicely and ties beautifully into knots and bows!

     I added a mat of Marina Mist Cardstock and mounted it all onto a card 4-1/8" w x 8" h.  It's so much fun to be able to make a card any size I want without worrying what I'll use for an Envelope!  The Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board makes this so easy!  While there's not an envelope for a card of this exact measurement, there's one that's pretty close and it looks like it was made to go with this card.  Love it!

     So – now your challenge is to go to the SUO Challenge Blog, pick a theme from the last 3-1/2 years and make a card to enter into this challenge.  Have fun with it!



Posted on : Jun 30 2014
Posted under Announcement, Challenges, Punches, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

Get Well Wishes for my Sister!

Aloha, all!

     As I write this, I just about an hour ago received word that my younger sister had fallen and fractured a hip.  She has a hard enough time of things without having this happen to her.  She's nearly 6,000 miles away, so there's no way I can even jump on a plane and be there tonight to be with her.  It's easily a 2-day trip for me (at my age I do not try to fly 6 time zones in one fell swoop!) and I'm not even sure that I could be of much help to her.  The best thing is that one of my brothers lives just a couple of hours from her and it's been such a blessing to have had him to help her out when she's needed it.

     Of course the one thing that I, as a greeting card maker, could do is make a get well card for her and get it off into the mail so she'll get it quickly.  Let me tell you, I was drawing such a blank that I didn't even know where to start.  In a case like this, I go for a challenge.  Thank heavens for this week's Create with Connie and Mary challenge.  I went over there to see what they had, and I had my design in no time at all. 

Get Well Andrea

     I had already been planning to work with some flowers and the new Stampin' Up! Blendabilities this past weekend.  This set of flowers from the Blooming with Hope Hostess Stamp Set doesn't really show the blendabilities off to their full beauty.  But I used them still, and like the extra bit of shading they provide.  I used the Daffodil Delight and Old Olive set for this card – sets you'll be able to buy beginning tomorrow, July 1, 2014!

     To create a shape as called for in the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge, I used one of the Deco Labels Framelits.  That size already was big enough to fill the center of the card, so I didn't want to use another larger framelit to mat the flower image.  I just cut the same framelit shape using Daffodil Delight Cardstock and snipped into the notched corners to cut an "X" out of the shape.  Then I placed all four sides of the mat cardstock so that they peeked out just a teensie bit from the stamped layer. 

     For the background layer, I used a sheet from the Confetti Celebration Designer Series Paper Set, which I matted with a slightly larger piece of Old Olive Cardstock.  I adhered that to the standard A2 sized card base, folded at the left, and then added the background notched strip using some Old Olive Paper from the Brights Collection Designer Series Paper Stack.

     Before adhering the stamped layer/mat to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals, I tied a piece of Daffodil Delight 1/4" Cotton Ribbon around the bottom of itFinally, I stamped "Get Well Wishes" from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set with Old Olive Classic Ink, punched it with a Word Window Punch, and tucked it under the bow.

     As you read this, the card should have reached its intended recipient and, hopefully, my sister should be doing just fine – well as fine as someone recovering from a broken hip can be!




Posted on : Jun 30 2014
Posted under Challenges, Create with Connie and Mary, Family and Garden, Sizzix, Stamping |

Fun With My Punches – Take 2!

Aloha, all!

     Today is one of those days on which I meeded to have a blog post that featured something fun with my Stampin' Up! punches.  This is the weekend for the June Blog Hop of one of my online Stampin' Up! groups, "VC Rocks," and the theme for this month's Blog Hop is "Rock your Creativity with Stampin’ Up! Punches or Stampin’ Up! Sizzix Dies."   I chose to play with my punches AND some Sizzix Framelits for my project.


Hearts and Circles Punches_edited-1

     The layout for this card is NOT my original idea.  I was browsing through some online magazines and found not only the sketch but also the idea for making a card with the sketch from the Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking July 2014 issue.  So this is a CASE – Copy And Share with Everyone -  using Stampin' Up! products for this month's VC Rocks Blog Hop!

     I think it's so much fun to see what other paper crafting groups do with products that they have available to them.  Of course there's no rule that says I can't have the same products available to me.  But I like Stampin' Up! products so much that I usually can follow most sketch or color challenges – no matter where they originate – with Stampin' Up! products!

     First let me tell you what Designer Series Papers I used for this project.  All the prints are from the Flowerpot Designer Series Paper set.  I wasn't sure I liked this set until I bought it and started using it.  I personally find it difficult to tell what all 12 of the designs of a set are like with the way that the papers are rolled up for their photographs in the new Stampin' Up! Catalog. But now that I know what this paper looks like, i'll definitely be buying some more!

     Now for the punch/die part of this project.  For the hearts I used the brand new Stampin' Up! Sweetheart Punch.  Oooh, I like this so much better than the old Full Heart Punch.  That was certainly a nice punch.  But I really like the curved sides of this heart that end up in the nice curved point at the bottom. 

     For the circles behind the hearts I could have used either some punches OR a Sizzix Die.  Here are how my choices ended up with my using the die rather than the punches.

FirstPunchSmall     To make the circles with punches that fit well with this heart, I would have chosen to use the 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" Circle Punches. The way to do this is first to punch the smaller circle in the paper you're going to use for the circle.  (You'll need a larger piece of paper than I show here – I just need to conserve display space here!

SecondPunch     Then place the paper with the 1-1/4" circle punched in it into the 1-3/8" Circle Punch.  Skootch (technical papercrafting term!) the paper around a bit so that the already-punched circle sits evenly inside the larger punch.  It still isn't quite centered all around in this picture, but it's hard holding onto a punch AND a camera at the same time!

 Framelits    But when all was said and done, for this project I liked the circle I could make using two of the Sizzix Circle Framelit Collection – the second and third smallest of the framelits in the collection.  I placed them both on the paper together and quickly had the three background circles done. 

     These are the steps I took in making this card:

  1. Cut Whisper White Cardstock 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" and fold to make a 4-1/4" w x 5-1/2" high card base.
  2. Cut Flowerpot Designer Series Paper 2-1/8" w x 5-1/2" high and adhere to the center of the card front using SNAIL Adhesive..
  3. Stamp "thank you" from the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set onto the bottom of the Designer Series Paper strip using Jet Black Stazon Ink.
  4. Cut all three circles from the Designer Series Paper and adhere them to the strip as shown using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
  5. Punch three hearts using the Sweetheart Punch from three different floral prints in the Designer Series Paper set.
  6. Adhere the three hearts over each of the three circles using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  7. Add a medium size Rhinestone Basic Jewel to each of the hearts.
  8. Done!

Now more about our VC Rocks Blog Hop!  The "VC" stands for "Virtual Convention," and most of us in the group can't make it to the annual Stampin' Up! Convention in July, so we're having our own fun with classes, creativity and conviviality.  If you didn't come here from the VC Rocks Blog, you can go there by clicking here.  You'll see links to all of the blogs that are in this blog hop – and it's definitely worth checking them all out!






Posted on : Jun 27 2014
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping |

Making Use of My Stampin’ Up! Punches – Take 1!

Aloha, all!

     During the next week, I have two blog posts that I'll be writing that are part of some fun online Stampin' Up! programs, and I decided that I wanted both to feature punches.  But what punches and what do I want to do with them?  Today's card is not one of those, but I had a few ideas I wanted to try out and this was the first of those..

     This one was really pretty easy to figure out because I wanted to send a Congratulations card to my oldest grandson who just finished middle school with a slew of honors.  The honors weren't just academic – he excelled in attendance and in volunteer work as well!  And he just put the finishing touches on his year with his performing arts academy by nailing an absolutely stellar performance as the Mad Hatter in his academy's production of Alice in Wonderland.  He really is a cool kid, and I wanted a really cool kid kind of Congratulations card for him.


     As you can see, I picked the brand new Stampin' Up! What's Up Punch.  There are TWO shapes in this punch and I thought they go perfectly with a card stamped with the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set.  Honestly, I think this is the perfect stamp set to use for a teenager's card!  There are 5 stamps in this set, and I used every one of them for this card.  And what fun that was! 

     After I decided on Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Crushed Curry for my colors, I just started inking up stamps and stamping them!  I should probably tell you how I decided on the colors.  My Cherry Cobbler stamp pad is on the top of the closest column of stamp pads in my stamp pad storage unit.  Fine – pick that.  Then I looked down the rest of the Stampin' Up! Regals Collection in that column and picked the Garden Green (green and red – good combo).  Another scan of the Regals Collection and I snatched the Crushed Curry pad.  So there were my colors!

     I stamped a 4-1/4" by 5-1/2" piece of Very Vanilla CardstockOnce I was finished, I trimmed the cardstock down to 4" by 5-1/4" trying to get at least some of the straight stamps parallel to the edge of the cardstock.  I think it's just chance that it worked out so well.  Then I had to decide whether I wanted the card to be portrait or landscape orientation – landscape won as I really wanted to use the Congratulations sentiment from the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set.

     After all the stamping, I was ready for the punching.  I punched the same color cardstock as the colors I used in the stamping and then started arranging arrows pointing to the sentiment.  I decided on just one of the wide arrows, and also that it was just too big not to have some texture to it.  So I pulled out my Argyle Embossing Folder and embossed away!  Note that I didn't just slap the arrow into the embossing folder.  I arranged it so that the texture on the arrow was pretty symmetrical – I know it's supposed to look like a thrown-together card, but sometimes I just have to be a bit picky.

     My final touch for the card front were some of the sequins from the 2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment.  I know they're not the colors I used.  But once light starts hitting those sequins, they're basically red, green and gold.  So they go with everything!

     I layered the card up with 4-1/8" by 5-3/8" Cherry Cobbler Cardstock and adhered it to a standard A2 card base and off it went (with a little bit more green and a note inside!) to my grandson.  He should have it by the time you read this!

     Congratulations, Quin!








Posted on : Jun 25 2014
Posted under Punches, Stamping |

My Craft Room is Almost Done!

Aloha, all!

     I've mentioned a couple of times that I've been working this year on finally getting my craft room in the shape that I want it to be to allow me to be a lot more efficient in my paper crafting.  What a bummer it is when I decide to make a particular project and (1) I can't find something that I KNOW that I have or (2) I have to keep walking from one place to the other to get what I want.  Given that we've decided we can't make permanent changes to the basic structure of my craft room – no built ins outside of the closet – I may not be able to fix #2 completely. But #1 is under control and #2 is now no longer really that bad!

     There are two main walls and a closet in my craft room that have work space.  A third small wall just has a bookcase with scrapbook albums and magazines, and the 4th is pretty much taken up with sliding glass doors out onto our lanai.

     Today I'd like to share the first completed work area – my work table.  OK – I got a bit wordy with all the descriptions that follow. But I'm so psyched about getting this far in my work area!


StampPads     This takes up all of one wall in my craft room.  All of the wood storage are units that I bought from the Stamp-n-storage company.  I now have five of their units and I think I'm probably good with what I have.  Over to the left by the closet door are two units.  On the bottom is one that holds all my stamp pads as well as the Stampin' Write Markers and reinkers that go with each of them.  On top of that is a ribbon rack.  The ribbons just sit on the shelves in the rack, and have a slide that keeps them from falling over (not that I'd ever have enough room for MY ribbons to be falling over!)  If I decided to buy all the Stampin' Up! ribbons, I'd need a larger unit.  But this year I decided that I would have samples of all the ribbon styles, but just have all of the colors in the kinds of ribbon that I typically use.  I have enough room to handle any ribbons from the Holiday Catalog (how can there not be a Holiday Catalog without ribbon!), but that's about it.

PunchStorage     Over to the right, on the bottom I have a large punch storage unit.  Up until this week I made do with the smaller storage unit.  But I finally decided that stacking up the larger punches off to the side was just not working.  Boy do I love this new unit!  Even the wide punches fit, and the unit comes with small pieces of wood that I can put in the back of the slots in which I'm storing small punches.  On top of that towards the left is a standard shelf unit. I have some items on my computer desk (the other side of the room) that I'm going to move to this unit.  But that hasn't happened yet – soon, though!  Finally, over to the right at the end of the photo is a unit that holds my Blendabilities Markers.  I haven't talked about these much as they're not yet ready for purchase.  But I've been using them to practice up for when I'll be sharing projects, and the way they're organized work wonderfully for me.  If you look closely over to the far right, you'll see my Stack & Store Caddy.

     My work table is a folding table that I have at standing height.  I love to work on my craft projects while standing, and this table is perfect for that – just the right height!  Under that I have some plastic drawer units that I've had forever, and they have always been just right for how I use them.  That first drawer over to the right has all kinds of things such as Blender Pens, Aqua Painters, Paper Piercing Tools – that sort of thing.  I can reach down, open that drawer and almost be able to pick up what I want without even looking.  OK, with the paper piercing tool in there, I look – that thing's sharp!

     The larger drawer units have all of my 12" square papers and cardstock in them.  Each drawer is labeled, though by now I don't have to look at the labels to get what I want pretty quickly.

FlatStorage     On top of the drawer units, I have things that lie flat but that I don't want up on my work surface.  Some are stacked on each other.  But it's been this way for so long that I know where each items in almost without looking.  These are items such as the Simply Scores and its accessories; the Paper Trimmer; my acrylic blocks in the storage unit that's opened; the Stampin' Scrub; and Stampin' Pierce Mats.

ProjectLifeDrawer     The basket storage units over to the right have products that are in boxes or other containers.  You might be able to see that the very top one closest to my work area is where I am storing my Project Life materials.  I am SO loving the Project Life products!

Carousel     One last "storage" area is up on the top of my desk to the left of the punch storage unit.  This is a Pampered Chef carousel tool holder.  All of my scissors of all sizes and shapes, rulers, bone folders, paint brushes and generally anything that stands up like that fit in there.  To the left of that is a desk organizer that has my adhesives, and some miscellaneous markers, pens and pencils.  All right at my finger tips. 

     With this work area, just about everything is at my finger tips.  Yay!  I have to take a few steps for my standard sized card stock and my stamps.  But everything else is RIGHT THERE!

     Do you know what the best thing about this is?  Because everything definitely has its own place, it's SOOOO easy to clean up after finishing a project!  I am just in crafters heaven with this!

     Once I get the other wall of my craft room done I'll share that with you, too.  I'll even share the repurposed small punch storage unit that I replaced with the large one just last weekend! 

     Hey, I should get going with some crafting!!


Posted on : Jun 24 2014
Posted under Announcement |

Happy Birthday, Marie!

Aloha, all!

     Today is the birthday of my good friend and neighbor, Marie.  Of course I had to take the time to make a card especially for her.  I'm still a bit limited in my stash of Designer Series Papers (saving that for a Stampin' Up! special in July!).  But I do have a couple of packs of the delightful new Designer Series Paper Stacks.  I've shared several projects that I've made with the Moonlight set.  So today, I decided that I should tryout out the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack and for sure I'll have something really new for Marie's birthday card.  I also wanted to try out one of my new stamp sets and found one that went beautifully with one of the papers from the Paper Stack!

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     In fact, except for the Whisper White Cardstock and those Daffodil Delight Candy Dots, everything about this card is brand new!

     The stamp set is a photopolymer set, Age Awareness.  There are SO many cute birthday greetings in this set and I have lots of birthdays coming up for which I can use many of them.  But today the simple stamps, Happy and Birthday were just right.  These are two separate stamps so you can place them just as you'd like them – stack them, set them side-by-side, place them in totally different places on your card front.  I just love these photopolymer sets!

     Once I chose the Happy Birthday greeting, I found the balloon stamp with a little curlicue string that looked like it would be perfect hooked into the curly letters at the left and right top of the "Happy" stamp.  So that got me started on my layout.  I stamped Happy Birthday on Whisper White Cardstock using Strawberry Slush and Mossy Meadow Classic Ink.  They I laid the rectangle with the greeting on it on top of the Designer Series Paper and stamped the balloon twice using the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad, so the stamps overlapped both the Whisper White and the Designer Series Paper.  I matted the greeting layer with both Strawberry Slush and Mossy Meadow Cardstock and adhered it to the Designer Series Paper. 

BalloonString     Finally, to complete the attachment of the balloons to the letters, I hand-drew in the missing part of the balloon string using my Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker

     Of course I had to use some new ribbons for this card!  First I wrapped a length of Daffodil Delight 1/4" Cotton Ribbon around the bottom of the paper.  Next I wrapped a piece of Strawberry Slush Thick Baker's Twine around and on top of the Daffodil Delight Ribbon and tied the Baker's Twine into a bow.  Finally I tied on a small piece of the Daffodil Delight Ribbon and tied it in a knot over the Baker's Twine Bow.  I think that looks kind of cute!

     To finish off the card front, I stamped two of the balloons using Daffodil Delight and Strawberry Slush Classic Ink, cut them out, and adhered them over the black stamped balloons using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Then I matted the card front with some Strawberry Slush Cardstock and mounted it all onto a card base of Whisper White Cardstock.

     You may be wondering about the size of this card?  It's a bit out of the ordinary.  Once I got the card front layout figured out, and before I tied the Ribbon and Baker's Twine, I trimmed the Designer Series Paper to 4-1/2" wide by 5-3/4" highI certainly could have made it a standard sized card, but I thought it looked so much nicer as a larger card.  Once I matted the card front and adhered it to the card base, I ended up with a card that's 5" wide by 6-1/4" high.  So out came the Envelope Punch Board to make a custom envelope!

     There's no directions specifically for this size card on the Envelope Punch Board directions. So, as I didn't feel like taking the time to get this measurement perfectly sized to fit the card, I used the envelope measurements for the 5" x 6-1/2" card. That turned out to be just fine for this card.  A larger envelope also gives me more room to stamp something fun onto the envelope, in this case the same balloon that I used on the card, along with another piece of "string" that's in the same stamp set.  Fun!

InsideCard     With the left over piece of Designer Series Paper and one of the cute sayings from the stamp set ("any excuse to eat cake, right?" I decorated the inside of the card, leaving plenty of room for a note and signature.  I'm sure Marie's going to love her one-of-a-kind card!





Posted on : Jun 23 2014
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