Tuesday, February 28, 2012

WOYWW143 and thoughts of spring...

This is just crazy. I could have sworn that I was just typing up last week's What's on Your Workspace Wednesday blog post. Time flies. Which reminds me of a cute quote I read once. "Time flies like the wind. Fruit flies like bananas." Pardon silly me.

Anyway, I'm working on a card sample for a friend who is hosting one of the challenges for an upcoming Splitcoast Stampers Virtual Stamp Night (VSN). I believe this particular one goes live on Friday, March 9th. I've got all the supplies out on my desk, including the adorable Paper Smooches set called Spring Fling.

I can't show you the card until the 9th but suffice it to say that if you come visiting that day, you'll find a cute one. That day I'll also give you the link to the VSN so that you can check out. It consists of different challenges every hour and there are always prizes.

I'm also giving you a close-up of my method of storing my Cuttlebug platform and acrylic plates, now that I want them on the desk. I'm using an inexpensive plastic divided letter holder. And that container for my Copics? I found it at a Five Below store for $2. I love a good score.... Lol.

Well, thanks for dropping by. I need to work on another baby book soon. Maybe telling you that will motivate me to start on it. Lol.

Have a great day and if you'd like to see some other fun desks from around the world, check out Julia's WOYWW blog today! *smile*

Monday, February 27, 2012

Put on Your Party Shirt

A cousin's birthday is coming up so I went back to the hanging circle design for his card in order to make it quick. The last time I made one, I used circle punches in two sizes. This time I used Spellbinders Nestabilties instead.

First I found two sizes that I liked and noted how I wanted them placed on the card. I did this so that I'd have enough room for the outer circle when it came time for cutting.

I sent the card with the background paper attached through the Cuttlebug with the smaller circle first. Then I ran it through again with the larger circle so that I'd now have a nice area open for the hanging circle to swing in.

I'm submitting this to Ippity's blog hop today. I stamped the shirt from The Man onto one patterned paper and the sentiment from How You Doin' on another. I noticed that the number 56 was in prime position (my cousin's new age) so I thought that it'd be fun to have an arrow pointing at the number on the card. I combed through my little punches and found a dreidel punch so I used that and just cut off the top to make a simple arrow. The label punch is by Stampin Up. Inside I have another circle where I'll write: "Put on your party shirt."

Thanks for dropping by. I have to start working on a card sample for an upcoming mini Virtual Stamp Night (VSN) over at Splitcoast Stampers so maybe I'll show you that process on my desk for the What's on Your Workspace Wednesday blog hop. (The card I'll have to save til next week, though!)

Til we meet again... *smile*

Saturday, February 25, 2012

It helps if you read the directions....

SUPPLIES: Car stamp (Authentic Man by Ippity), DP (Road Map by October Afternoon), rub-on letters (Creating Keepsakes), heart punch (Emaginations), notebook punch (Stampin Up), Tuxedo Black ink (Memento), Copic markers

So, I came across Unity's Sketch Challenge and the card I made today was born from that idea. I needed to make a card for my 88 year old in-laws to celebrate the new car they bought! They are quite a pair. Still active and enjoying life... and now in a new car. Lol.

Anyway, I finished the card and went to go link it up and found out that it has to use a stamp from the Kit of the Month. Oh well. So I saw that they are also hosting another challenge using hearts.... hearts that are anything but red or pink. Oh well. Finally, I found out that there's a current Ippity challenge to make a CAS (clean and simple) card. I did use a car stamp from Ippity's Authentic Man set and I did keep it somewhat simple. So it's decided.

Next time, I'll read the challenge directions a little more closely. Lol.

Have a great day.... *smile*

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WOYWW #142 and a wonky birthday card

It's What's on Your Workspace Wednesday again and I have not one but two desks to show you. One is located in the post below this one. It shows you what my real studio looks like. Up to now, I've only shown you the satellite space that is actually my sitting room, but no more. I'm taking the bull by the horns and I'm determined to start cleaning up the real space enough so that I can craft in here.

Today is just a close-up of the cleaned up desk and I have to say, I'm starting to put things that I use often on here and it's been pleasant making today's card. A friend's birthday is tomorrow and, ahem, I quickly put a card together so that it wouldn't be too late. Lol. I used the same idea as a recent Valentine card. This time I used some Wonky Square Nestabilities to create the opening for the floating piece. I stretched myself a little with the design. I wanted to make another card for the...

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that's about to end so I had to think of a way to make a birthday cake from the PS stamps I own. (I also used a paper with hearts as that was my inspiration.) I settled on an image that is supposed to be the decoration on an Easter egg. Then the candles were made using a paintbrush in the same set, Spring Fling. (The HB greeting comes from Party Posse.)To hang the image I used the brown twine that Kim ties around the stamp sets in your order. Crafty frugal, huh? Lol.

The inside is meant to make my old friend feel better.... it says: The more the candles, the more the wishes.

Do check out Julia's WOYWW blog for lots of fun desks to visit this week!


Monday, February 20, 2012

What's On Tap Tuesday and hello again!

Sorry about the hiatus. It was a whirlwind week of preparing for and then going on a Mid-Atlantic college road trip. Ds#2 is starting to think about prospective schools, so we went off to check out a few. I've come back wishing I could go through college again myself. So much to learn!

Therefore this post is of my desk last week when I thought I'd have time to share it with you. Better late than never. Up to now, I've usually shared my satellite desk in all its chaotic glory but since I cleared out of the sitting room, I'm back to facing the real studio. And this picture doesn't even capture it all. Believe it or not, this is after I cleared a work area on the desk. I'm determined to cull through the mess soon.

On the desk are a bunch of acrylic blocks I picked up in the dollar bin because I had a brainstorm idea about how I'd like to have my Paper Smooches Alphadot stamps more readily available for custom sentiment making. I put the clear stamps in the four corners of each block and will store them that way in a little plastic box on the desk. I wish I could say it worked well but I'm not sure yet. It's kinda cumbersome to just ink up the little corner of each letter when I'm creating a sentiment, but I'll keep trying it out.

I used this method when I made my hubby's birthday card. The flaps use embossed heart punches as handles for opening. The double-sided paper works well with this design.

I used Paper Smooches Party Posse and Chubby Chum Pals for the cat and bear images and I'll be submitting it to the latest Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge. Oh! Did I tell you that my last card won the  last SPARKS challenge? Woo hoo!

Thanks for coming by. I hope to get back to creating now that our trip is over. Have a great Tuesday!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Paper Smooches and a challenge....

*** For WOYWW post, see below ***

Time just slipped away from me and I forgot that Paper Smooches latest SPARKS challenge was ending today, so instead of attacking my mountain of paperwork, I took a little time out to create a card. The inspiration photo was a pretty mix of teal and mint which brought to mind a K&Co pad I have called Lotus by Amy Butler. And when I was recently browsing my local discount store, I found a set of accompanying buttons for that same line. Serendipity....

I used four Paper Smooches sets on this card: Party Posse (ewe), Boob Tubes (TV & heart), Vogue Abode (vase) and Alphadot (to create my loopy sentiment). The fern came from a Stampin Up punch.

Hope this made you smile! Have a great day....

What's on Your Workspace Weds (WOYWW) #140

First, the location of my workspace moved... this is what the satellite studio looks like when it needs to be cleaned up for a Superbowl party... *smile*

Second, wanting to let DH enjoy the look of a clean sitting room a little longer, I used the kitchen counter when I wanted to start cutting scraps into more feasible sizes to fit in a 5x7 box. (Saw a post where the woman cut them into 6x6 squares but that's too extreme a limitation for this scrapcollector. Lol.)

Third, I woke up inspired this morning. I decided to make a nice hot omelet for DS before he drove himself off to school at the crack of dawn so while he was enjoying it, I did a little blog hopping and found a cute valentine card on Wanda's blog today. I had to try my hand at it immediately, so as soon as DS left, I dug up some supplies and played around with circles and papers. (The paper is red, not orange, Leslie... Lol.) What you don't see are the stamps sets I used: Chubby Chum Pals and Party Posse by Paper Smooches.

Finally, I got a result that pleased me. Instead of jump rings (too labor intensive for this early in the morning), I used twine. I tried a new banner look, too. You know that you can make the tail just by cutting a slit in the middle of the strip then cutting the angles in from the side, right? Love that. With a little inking and double scoring I was able to pop it off the base. Love that, too.

The image is on the back and front of the circle so it can be enjoyed inside the card as it swings. Here's the inside:

Hope you enjoyed this installment of What's on Your Workspace Weds. For more fun, check out Julia's blog today.