Thursday, December 29, 2011

1st Birthday Card 2012

Thank you for the great ideas on how to get reminders for events! They were very helpful and I went back to my Yahoo calendar to check and they send reminders. So I have something I can use until I get to check out your suggestions. Would never have thought to look if it hadn't been for your comments.

This is my first birthday card for 2012. They start early, Jan. 2nd, and I have quite a few this month. I was trying to design something that would be easy to make and duplicate, making a few changes to make them more personal for each individual. This could be easily changed by using a different border punch, different stamp, different colors, and sentiment.

Quick post today as I am headed to Physical Therapy and then off to  work an 8 hour shift. Not looking forward to the PT but my shoulder is getting better, I have more range of motion but still have a fair amount of pain.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sending Cards a New Year's Resolution

Good Morning,

It's that time of year, reflecting on what happened this last year and how to improve things in the coming year. One of the things I want to improve on is getting the cards I make into the mail. My craft room is full of cards that I have made over the years and that makes me a little sad. Why didn't they make it into the mail? some of them were made for challenges, some were made because I got a new stamp and wanted to try it out, and some because I was trying a new technique.

It seems when birthday time rolls around I want to make a card specifically for that person and it doesn't feel right to choose a card I've already made. Do you feel that way? I want to make it special for that person and by the time I get around to doing that their birthday has come and gone, no card in the mail… So one of my New Year's resolutions is to do better. I want to get those cards made in a timely manner so that they are in the mail and received on that special day.

I think the first thing I need to do is find a way to alert myself to upcoming birthdays. I used to remember everybody's birthday but not so much anymore. Do you have a system for keeping up with birthdays? If you have something that works well I'd love for you to share it with me. Do you know of a computer program that gives alerts in advance?

I think the second thing I need to work on is not trying to make it the most wonderful card they have ever received! LOL! I want to make it special but if I try so hard to make it special that it never gets in the mail, that doesn't accomplish anything.They don't even know I've been thinking about them because their card is in pieces on my craft table. So now they think I've totally forgotten their birthday which isn't the case at all.

January has quite a few birthdays so if you have any ideas that would help me I would appreciate them.

How do you feel about resolutions? Do you make them? Do you keep them? Do you have something special you're going to work on in the upcoming year?

I'm going to spend the day making a list of other things I would like to improve on this year and share some of those with you tomorrow. Hopefully, I will also have a January birthday card to share.

Thanks for stopping by today, your visits are always appreciated.


Friday, December 23, 2011

Adorable Marci

I have a couple of new stamps from LalaLand Stamps and I think they are so adorable. This cutie is called "Marci with rose". She was colored using Copic markers. The frame was created using a new design from the Silhouette online store and the edges were colored on the Silhouette. The rose flourish at the bottom is also from Silhouette. The sentiment is from PTI.

She looks a little "summery" for this time of year but we are experiencing warm weather. It has been in the 70s so it doesn't feel like Christmas at all here. For those of you who are experiencing all the bad winter weather I wish we could share some of this with you. Take care and be safe if you are traveling.

Thanks for visiting! 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Last Minute Christmas card

This Holiday season has been different in many ways and one of those is that my Christmas cards are not all the same. Usually I made them all the same and make a  lot of them.  This year I have made several different designs and I confess I have even sent a few store bought cards. I think this may be my favorite one. It was created entirely using the Silhouette. Now that the design is done they are so quick and easy to make.

I used one design from the online store and just duplicated it over and over. I arranged it to form the wreath, offset it, cut it out and applied it to the card base. I created a few additional holly leaf clusters to add over the wreath to give some dimension and then added Glossy Accents to the berries. The tag was also made on the Silhouette. 

I hope that you are enjoying the Holiday Season and are surrounded with family, friends, peace and joy.

Happy Holidays


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Cheer

This is a letter sized Christmas greeting that I created for my Father-in-Law. He is in his 90s and will be spending the holidays in the hospital so I wanted to make something large enough to add some Christmas cheer to his room.

All of the elements were created on the Silhouette including the font. I did add a little dimension to the holly and Santa image.

We had our stamp club Christmas lunch yesterday and it was so good to see everyone and exchange a few homemade goodies.

I am looking forward to this next year of meetings. I wasn't able to participate as much in the past year but I plan to be right there in the coming year having fun and enjoying all the creativity. So fortunate to know all of these great women.

Hope you are enjoying all of the holiday festivities. I am still making cards but haven't put the first one in the mail yet. Hopefully some will be mailed before Christmas.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Crafts

This cute little penguin card was created using another design from the Silhouette store. The purchased design was a set of four that included the penguin shape. I made it into a card by offsetting the penguin design. Copied the offset outline and welded the two shapes together to form the card base.

Then made a few more Christmas treat boxes. Love this adorable little reindeer box design. Then I thought about using the box base with a different design and printing the design onto the box. So I chose this mistletoe design and printed the mistletoe onto the box and cut out the bow that came with it to add for extra dimension. Possibilities are fun!

It's day 1 of vacation and it's going to be a day full of Christmas crafting. Still have lots of cards to make if they are going to get in the mail before the holidays. Have a wonderful day!

Thanks so much for your visit.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gingerbread House

Another Silhouette Christmas design today. I thought this was the cutest little gingerbread house. So festive and bright. The sentiment was also created on the Silhouette. Added a little glitter and a little snow. This was fun to put together but I was covered in glue by the time I was finished. 

Hope you are having a good week. It's a busy one for me, but next week is VACATION!!! I can't wait :).

Have a great day and thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Pocket Card

Back with another Silhouette Christmas card. I used the present card design and added the reindeer design to the base to make patterned wrapping paper. It is a pocket card and this is what it looks like when  you pull out the pocket.

It would be easy to create and  print your sentiment on the white section of the pocket or you could stamp your favorite sentiment.I changed the size of the design so that it would fit in an A6 envelope.

Went to a work related conference on Monday and got home around 830 last night and this morning I am off to work. So just this quick post today and I will see you tomorrow.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Silhouette Christmas Tags and Gift Box

I have a couple of projects from the Silhouette store to share with you today. First is this adorable little gift box. I increased the size to make it as large as I could on the Silhouette SD and it is 3 3/4 inches tall, almost 3 inches wide at the base and 1 3/4 inches deep. Nice little size for candies or small goodies. This project makes me really want the new 12 " Silhouette so that I could increase the size a little more. I bought my SD last year on black Friday and was hoping for a sale as good as that one but I haven't seen anyone match it yet. My next projects are a couple of gift tags.

The holly backgrounds are a fill pattern from the store, the Santa is a print and cut file and the reindeer is a cut file that I colored in and offset before cutting. I cut them separately and glued them to the tags for a little extra dimension.

The designs were on sale this weekend and I stocked up. Fun shopping :)

Leaving this afternoon for a conference so I will see you in a couple of days. Thanks for visiting!!


Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Silhouette Santa

This card is a design from the Silhouette store. I did alter the size so that it would fit an A2 size envelope. All that I had to do was pick out the card stocks that I wanted to use and color Santa's face using a copic marker. The card front lifts at the end of Santa's beard and there is plain white cardstock over the red bottom where you can put your sentiment.

I am just getting started with my cards and haven't started shopping yet. But I do have two weeks of vacation in December so I am trying not to stress too much.

How are your preparations going? Are you done or have you procrastinated like me?

Thanks so much for stopping by I have some more great Christmas designs from the Silhouette store to share with you this week.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving and tell you again that I am so thankful for your visits. Life has been crazy for me the past month and I haven't had time to do much crafty stuff or visit you but I can see daylight now and hope to be posting and visiting again very soon.
I feel so blessed and have so many things to be thankful for and getting to know all of you is on that list! Your visits and comments are very special to me.
Wishing You a wonderful, safe, and Happy Holiday!


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Snow Globe Shaker Card

All the elements from this snow globe card are from the Silhouette gallery.
First I offset the snow globe design and made it into the card base.
Then I went back to the original design and cut it apart between the base and the globe.
I used a fill pattern for the sky and then colored the base and wrote the sentiment over the base. Then grouped the elements back together.
The tree swirl pattern was colored and offset and cut twice.
The Santa and sleigh were a solid design, so I cut them apart and filled the 3 sections with different colors and then grouped them back together. It was offset and cut around the offset, rather than cutting directly around the design.
Then I used the snow globe pattern again and did an internal offset and cut both edges to have the frame for the shaker part of the card.
Placed that frame and the second tree swirl cut out  over a piece of acrylic and cut the acrylic to fit it.
Cut dimensional foam tape to fit behind the offset frame and tree swirl cardstock. Removed the tape backing and sealed 3 sides. Poured some large glitter into it and sealed the last side.
If you decide to make a shaker card make sure that the foam tape covers all edges so that your filler doesn't leak out.

The hardest part of the whole card was cutting the foam tape small enough so that it wouldn't show.

I am so happy that the time has changed back but today is going to be a long day. I am working today from 3-11, and I am not sure how I managed to schedule myself like that for the first day of time change.

Hope you don't have to work today and are enjoying life!

Thanks for visiting :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Huge Sigh!

Hi Everyone! I am finally back and first of all wanted to share this sweet little card. The stamp is from Stampavie and the frames were made using my wonderful Silhouette. The image was colored with copics.

I have wonderful news to share and that is that I took my IBCLC exam back in July and found out on Friday that I passed. What a HUGE relief!! I didn't realize how stressed I was about the whole thing but when I was able to open the website and see that I had actually passed, I burst into tears.....I was literally shaking I was so relieved. I had recently taken a job at my hospital as a part-time lactation consultant and if I had not passed the test this year....I had to try again next year. The test is not cheap and is only given once a year so thank goodness I don't have to worry about that anymore.

All that pressure....was self inflicted. Isn't that terrible? I have been a Neonatal nurse for 35 years, consider myself blessed to have had that opportunity and I plan to continue working in the NICU prn.  But early last year I started talking with one of our LCs about the need for increased support for our NICU moms and made the decision to pursue this career path. It has been quite the path for the last year. Outside of my regular job hours I worked with her to complete my requirements and did over 100 hours of education in order to be able to apply for the test. I am afraid my poor family has gotten the short end of things during this period, but they have been very supportive.

So huge sigh! and huge smiles!!!! I start my new job next week and am looking forward to it but also have some mixed feelings about not being in the NICU all the time. I'll admit to some tears when I think about what a blessing that opportunity has been. So many families over the years who have touched my life in ways they will never know. Even on the most stressful of days there have been blessings. If you have never seen a premature baby before you might not understand how a baby as tiny as 1 lb can have a personality and be the most precious of miracles, and I consider myself fortunate to have seen that.

So thank you for allowing me to share my news and thoughts with you. Now that some of the stress is gone I hope to be here more consistently and I thank you for your patience.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Penny Black Christmas Ornament

I know, it's not even Halloween yet! But....TANYA came over on Sunday and she had this adorable PENNY BLACK stamp that was new to her collection.  We always show off the new goodies we have gotten and this enabling always leads to shopping. Now I just need this cutie in my collection.

She is colored with copics. Glitter was added to her hat and mittens and I am not sure you can tell in the photo but versamark and clear powder were used to emboss the globe ornament and her wings.

I decided to make her an ornament instead of putting her on a card so I traced around her on a second piece of card stock, cut it out, added a little twine for a hanger and glued the two pieces of card stock together. I used plain card stock  so you could also use this as a tag and put the the writing on the back. Then if they chose they could use it as an ornament.

We had such a good time checking out all our new goodies and playing with Lainey. She is so cute and I can tell she is going to be a crafter. She found my craft room and went straight to the rack with stamps and started to pick out her favorites LOL! Hard to believe she will be 1 soon.

Also hard to believe that my son is 31 today!! Happy Birthday, Jared!

I have so many Christmas stamps that I have collected over the years...and you can't make but so many cards, but wouldn't it be great to make ornaments of them and have a special homemade ornament tree?

Have a great day, Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Silhouette Star Birthday Card

It's Birthday time! Time has just flown by and my son will be celebrating his 31st birthday on Friday. I wonder where the time has gone.... I am always telling the girls at work with young children to cherish every minute because it goes by way too quickly. 

This card was created on the silhouette using 3 different designs and a fill pattern. 

This was the design used for the card base.

This is the fill pattern. I love these because they are so versatile. You can change the size, the direction and the opacity of the patterns.

This sentiment was perfect for the card base. I used the fill pattern for color and offset it with a white border for the cut line.

And the 3 little stars above the sentiment were taken from this frame design.

The white inner part of the star is cut out and I added a piece of green card stock behind the cut out so it would show up more than it did against the white inside of the card and I didn't have to worry about where I placed the sentiment inside the card.

Thanks so much for visiting!!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

A Lifetime of Happiness

This is my entry for the challenge posted on the Penny Black blog yesterday. The winner gets to be a guest on the blog and wins some PB stamps. Isn't that awesome? 
All the stamps on this card are from Penny Black. They are Happiness, To You, Flower Gallery, and Majestic Composition. The flowers and the butterflies were colored with Copic markers and a Faber Castel white pastel pencil.

My son has been home this weekend and I have enjoyed every minute. We've had a good time visiting with family and friends.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy World Card Making Day!

I am having a wonderful week and I hope you are too. My son is home for a visit and we are going to spend today visiting family and friends. So just a quick post to say HWCMD!

The stamp featured is from Magenta and it was colored with copics and then a clear versamark pen and embossed with clear powder. The edges were distress with antique linen distress ink and then picket fence distress stain was added to the entire image.

The background panels were created using a Martha Stewart border punch.

The weather is perfect here. Our first day of fall weather, highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s. I am not sorry at all to say farewell to the heat and humidity.

Have a great day and hope you have time for some stamping fun!

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Smallest Things Make Me Happy

Happy Tuesday!

I have been trying to figure out how to print script around my card on the Silhouette and I was finally able to figure it out so I thought I would share that with you. I drew a box the size of my central design and selected a font and font size. I used the Elegant Script font for this card. I started typing the words at the upper left corner of the block. When I got to the edge of that line I grouped the box and that line of words together, flipped the design and continued to type across the next line. I continued to do that until the words wrapped completely around the box.

Then I ungrouped it and removed the box from the design. I didn't want it to cut, just print so I chose the "no-cut" option and chose a color for the font. I moved the design on the field so that it would print on the right side of the paper. Printed it, folded and cut the card stock to an A2 size card.

Next time I will either pick a central design without script or chose a font for the borders that is closer to the font on the stamp.

The Penny Black stamp was embossed with white embossing powder on the purple card stock. I used a white colored pencil to color the inside of the design and then colored over that using a combination of copics and colored pencils. I tried to be careful with the copics so that the white embossing was not colored.
The color of the flower didn't turn out very well so I stamped and embossed it again on the yellow card stock and distressed it with tea dye distress ink. Cut it out and layered it over the original one. Then applied some picket fence distress stain to the panel.

Has something put a smile on your face today? I would love to hear about it.

Thanks for visiting :)

Monday, September 26, 2011


Happy Monday!  Hope your week is off to a good start. I woke up early and finished up this card featuring a couple of Penny Black stamps.

The background was created by stamping Majestic Composition in Memento brown dye ink and coloring with Distress inks: Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed and Vintage Photo. Picket Fence Distress stain was used lightly in a few area around the edges.
The punch on the left side is a Lattice Chain large edger punch by EK tools that has been cut in half.
The Poppy Poem stamp is also stamped with memento brown dye ink and colored using Prismacolor colored pencils.
Had a few scraps of paper with distress inks on them and used those to punch out the butterflies.
The sentiment was created on the Silhouette. It's so nice to be able to create any sentiment you want in any size you need!

Thanks for visiting today :)


Friday, September 23, 2011

A Pumpkin Pie obsession

It's officially Fall and my thoughts have turned to pumpkin pie. It has been a stressful week and I found myself craving this comfort food and I gathered my ingredients and made myself a little treat. Turns out my hubby was cooking spaghetti for supper so we had the unusual combination of spaghetti and pumpkin pie lol!
I don't think I will be repeating that particular combination of foods but both were tasty.

This pumpkin card was created on the Silhouette and I thought the sentiment went along with my mood for the week.

Hope your week has been stress free and if not try making yourself a pumpkin pie, it just might help :)

Thanks for visiting!


Sunday, September 18, 2011

A New Silhouette Skill

Don't you love it when you learn something new? It gives me a sense of accomplishment and it just goes against that old saying "Old dogs can't learn new tricks". I am calling myself the "old dog". lol! Today I learned a new trick and wanted to share it with you.
I'm a little embarrased to tell you that until today I hadn't been able to figure out the advanced color gradient fill option. But I finally got it!! Yippeee!
This is the design used to create the colored panel on the front of the card.

I copied and pasted this border to make 4 panels and flipped two of the panels to create the front of the card as shown on the finished card. Before they were grouped together they were colored using the Advanced color option.

After coloring the panels they were grouped together to form a single design. Then I chose a card design and placed the butterfly border panel on the front of the card between the loops.

I made my sentiment using the Adorable font and colored it using the same advanced option.

The last thing I did on the Silhouette was offset the front panel of the card and cut it out in yellow card stock to highlight those white loops on the side.

Adhere the sentiment panel with pop dots, used some twine to tie and bow and added a Hero Arts pop dot for the center.

Thanks for stopping by but I'm glad you really can't see me because I'm still in my pjs :)  Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fall is in the Air

We've had a big weather change and there is a delightful coolness in the air. In celebration of the upcoming change of seasons I made this card.
This was created on the Silhouette and the die is "leafy fall frame C00332". I used the design twice in different sizes and used an advanced design fill color feature to color the leaves.  Both frames were offset to add the cream edge around the leaves. Then the larger frame was offset to create the base card shape.
Antique paper distress ink and Glimmer mist were added to give some depth to the color. I created the sentiment using the text feature.
The weather is quite different from Thursday when I ate lunch at the beach..what a contrast.

Thanks for visiting!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Beautiful Beach Day

Went out to lunch with a dear friend today. We went to Wrightsville Beach and ate at the Oceanic and the food was wonderful. I had a delicious Lump Crab Cake, my absolutely favorite food, it was so yummy! And this was the wonderful view we enjoyed  during lunch. Wish you could have been there :)

See you tomorrow with something crafty.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

So Sweet of you

 September was my month to lead our stamp club and this is one of the cards we made. The card base and white panel were made on the Silhouette. The flower is from Penny Black and was colored with distress inks and copic markers, a white colored pencil and uniball gel pen. The sentiment is from PTI. 

This is card number two and it also features Penny Black stamps  and a new EK Success punch that I just could not resist.
Just some simple stamping with a few embellishments. 

I will show card number 3 soon. Its a cute little pumpkin card from the Silhouette stores, and I haven't taken a photo of it yet.

We have a great stamp club with about 9 members. We started meeting when we had a local stamp store and continued to meet after the store closed. We meet once a month and a different member leads the group each month. 
I so enjoy visiting your blogs and seeing your beautiful creations in the flickr groups, it is like a huge internet stamp club and I feel like I have friends all over the world :). And as Martha would say "It's a good thing"!!

Thanks for visiting!


Friday, September 9, 2011


I could have slept in today but my eyes popped open around 5am. Hate it when that happens LOL! Had this Northwoods image that I had stamped a few days ago, so in order to pass some early morning time, I did some coloring. This time I used Copic markers to color the butterflies and the background.
Added a little dimension by stamping the orange butterfly and again, cutting it out and layering over the base image with a pop dot. I used a craft knife to cut around the edges of the butterfly wings and placed pop dots under them. You can't see it as well on the photograph but on the card they look like they are flying right off the image.

So now that it's time to be up, I am feeling a little sleepy......Just might take a nap.

Have a great day!


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Butterfly Garden

Just a quick post to share this Northwoods stamp image colored with Prismacolor pencils. The white frame around the image was created on the Silhouette. 
Getting up very early in the morning to head out for a 12 hour shift. Hope you have a fun day planned and thanks for stopping by!



Good Morning :)

Have another card to share featuring distress inks and a Penny Black stamp.

I inked the Songbird stamp first with Versamark frost ink and then applied two colors of distress ink over the versamark. Embossed the stamped image with clear detail embossing powder. Then covered the white areas of the image with a versamark pen and embossed those again with clear powder
The background was created with distress inks, shades of blues and yellows and then a layered of antique linen was added. I just dabbed the antique linen over the background and did that also on the white card stock used for the lattice punch and the card base.
Even though the bird and branch were embossed, they were fading into the background so I did a little distressing with white pigment ink and added a little white pastel pencil next to the embossed image. The last step was to mist with water.

The punch is from Martha Stewart and  is scalloped on both sides but I trimmed the left side off to fit the card.

My husband thinks I spend entirely too much time on the he may not be happy that my friends Tanya and Jackie have introduced me to Pinterest. I resisted for a while but succumbed to temptation yesterday. It's going to be fun! Don't worry Larry, I'll wave at  you as I go from computer to craft room. LOL!

Thanks for visiting!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Penny Black-Simple Card Set

The Penny Black Blog featured a tutorial by Jill Foster on Simple stamping. I love simple stamping!! So I watched Jill's video, then off to my craft room for some fun. Picked some bright colorful leftover pieces of card stock for the front panels. The stamps are all by Penny Black. I wanted these images to really pop so I used a pigment ink for stamping. This ink is Chocolate Chip by SU. I used a heat tool to dry it so I could put the cards together quickly. All 5 of these cards were done in no time at all. I did use a touch of a white pastel pencil on a couple of the images but that is all. Just stamped and assembled the layers. Makes me want to get started on Christmas gifts. I am posting a close up of each card below.

Thank you Penny Black and Jill for the reminder that Simple Stamping is  a wonderful option!


Penny Black
2004 2827K Songbird
2006 3360K Curlicue
2008 30-024 Enjoy
SU Chocolate chip pigment ink

And thanks to you for visiting :) 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Colored Pencils, Debossing, and Masking

Happy Labor Day!

More coloring with Prismacolor Pencils on the Penny Black stamp. The flowers were stamped on Tiara white cardstock with Memento black dye ink. Used pencils to color the flowers, leaves, and stems. I stamped the image again to create a mask, then stamped over the masked flowers with the script stamp, also from Penny Black. Cut out the shape with a Spellbinders Nestability. Then masked the flowers again and sprayed the panel with Glimmer Mist. The gray panel was also cut out with a Spellbinders die. I placed the floral panel on a soft surface and traced around the edge of the flower with a dry emboss stylus. Here's a little closer view of the embossing. It just adds a little extra dimension to the flowers.

The card base was made on the Silhouette SD using white paper and that was also sprayed with Glimmer Mist.
 Woke up at 3am and couldn't go back to sleep, so I made good use of my time in my craft room.  I'm almost finished with the card for tomorrows post. More Penny Black, some distress inks, and pastel pencils....

Have a great day, your visits are always appreciated :)

Saturday, September 3, 2011


Jill Foster did an awesome video on the I Love Mementos site using Prismacolor pencils and  a Northwoods stamp. Her coloring skills are fantastic whatever medium she uses. So I broke out my Prismacolor pencils to give it a try.

The white and gray panel shapes were made on the Cuttlebug using Spellbinders Nestabilities. I cut the front of the card more narrow than the back and added the two border to that edge. On the back inner edge I added a strip of the ribbon used to tie the bow. When the card is closed you can see just a tiny border of the ribbon.

Both stamps used on this card are from LaBlanche. The flourish stamp was inked with Distress ink and was stamped once before actually stamping on the white panel.

The colored pencils were fun and very forgiving. If there was an area I wasn't happy with, I just erased it using a white eraser and started over. Can't be much easier than that. Now if I could just do it like Jill does, I can dream, can't I?

Thanks for sharing a little of your weekend with me :)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Autumn Bouquet

Good Morning! I've been doing a lot of running this past week so I have been making this card in bits and pieces of time. I live 45 miles from work and around 40 miles from my dad so I spend a lot of time on the road. Today, I get to stay home. Nothing on my agenda but crafting and some Friday night football this evening. Happy Day :)

The bouquet and script background are  Penny Black Stamps, the sentiment is from PTI. The green border on the side is a Martha Stewart border punch. The yellow vine was created on the Silhouette. The coloring was done with a combination of copics and distress inks.

I am leading my stamp club next week so I'm off to try and figure out what our project will be.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Organizational Idea

We were very fortunate and got through the Hurricane without any major damage. We had a short period of time with no electricity, but it was productive time. Didn't really have enough light to do much crafting but I was able to see to clean up my craft room and that was time well spent. It was a mess! LOL! While I was trying to organize a few things I came up with an idea for the foam applicators for distress inks.
I had been storing them in an acrylic box and they were all jumbled together. It would be wonderful to have each applicator with its own labeled wooden handle but requires more storage room and a substantial investment.
So this is what I came up with.


It started with a plastic palette for acrylic paints and a box of Scotch multipurpose fasteners. This comes in two large rolls and I cut a square to mount on the palette and placed the foam applicator over each square. There is adhesive on the back of the square, that made it super easy. This is a close up picture:
I typed the names of the Distress Inks printed and cut them out and laminated them. Adhered those to the palette using Glossy Accents. Now each foam applicator has its own special place. It was a happy coincidence that the palette size was just right for the number of inks I had. If and when I add to my collection I can just turn it over and add to the backside. The dimensions of the palette are 14.5" by 10", and it is lightweight so it will be easy to take wherever I need it. Now I'm trying to think of a way to add a nib for each color. Any ideas?

Now that things are back to normal I hope to get some crafting time in :) Thanks for stopping by!