Sunday, April 29, 2012

Craft Room Makeover

The time has come. I have been looking at the dated color on the walls of my craft room and it is time for a change. In typical "Debbie" fashion, I have decided that if I have to move everything to paint then I might as well pull up the old carpet and change the flooring. And if the floors and the wall are going to get an update, then I want to update my storage. Below you can see a picture of 2 walls with the color that has to go. Right now it's a cluttered mess.

Please ignore the the clutter as I have been pulling everything out of the closet and have stuff spread everywhere.
I am going to remove the bookcase and the metal potting cart you see at the front of the picture. Larry has already claimed the potting cart for the garage.  I also want to replace all of the plastic storage carts and rearrange everything.

And here is the closet that is all cleaned out. We have removed the wire shelving and are repairing the holes in preparation for painting. It's a fairly large reach in closet and it was packed FULL of stuff. And the next two pictures show all the stuff that came out...and is now residing in the other bedroom.

The cabinets just inside the door are stamp storage and a couple of DMC thread cabinets from a hobby store that went out of business.

 More stuff. Some of this will be donated to a friend for the bazaar at her church.

The plan is to paint,  put the floor down in the closet, build shelves (Larry's job), and move as much as possible into the closet in order to paint and put the floor down in the room. It's going to be lots of work and will take some time but I know it will look better when it's done. Will keep you posted as things progress.

I'm a little overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done but so excited about having a more organized craft room. Maybe it will get those creative juices flowing!!!
Thanks for visiting :)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fanciful Birthday

Happy Wednesday!

My son is visiting this week so just a quick post today. Wanted to share this birthday card that features Penny Black stamps; "Fanciful", "Flower Festival", and "Special Time". The sentiment is stamped on a deckled oval nestability by Spellbinders.

I am also having some internet issues so hopefully those will be resolved soon and I will be able to catch up with what's going on in Blogland. Till then, have a great week and thanks for visiting!!

Thursday, April 19, 2012


Good Morning. I may have a new favorite paper. I found this watercolor paper at Archivers and it is wonderful to stamp on and I like the softness of the color. All the stamps are from Penny Black the background stamp is called "Allover Pattern", the flower is "Dreamy" and the sentiment is from a transparent set "Enjoy".
The embossing folder is "Grace's Frame" from Provocraft. The watercolor panel was embossed first and then I stamped the flower. I masked the center of the panel and stamped the background pattern. Next time, I might chose a background stamp with a smaller pattern.

Thanks so much for visiting!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Pastel Chalks

I don't use chalks very often, but they came to mind when I was trying to decide how to color these flowers.
The floral image from the cling set "Delicate Florals" by Penny Black was stamped and then the chalks were applied using a versamark pen. Colored pencils were used to color the greenery and dragonfly. The butterfly an dragonfly are from the transparent set "Flower Festival", by Penny Black.
I used a Spellbinders nestability to cut out a portion of the card and raise it up using foam dots.

Started my morning with a smile, found out that I won a seat in the OCC, "A Cut Above" on Julie Ebersole's blog, Paper Trufflez. Thank you, Julie!! It's going to be a great class and I'm looking forward to lots of wonderful inspiration and ideas.

Still trying to find the right light bulbs for the lamps around my light box. Found some that were close to what was recommended but they didn't work, so back on the hunt.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting :)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Watercolor Thank You

This card features 2 Penny Black stamps, the flower is a cling stamp called Fanciful and the sentiment is Flourish Thank You. The flower was colored directly using markers, lightly misted and then stamped on watercolor paper.  The sentiment was stamped and cut out with a Spellbinders nestability.

We have a busy, fun week ahead of us. My dad turns 85 on Wednesday, but we are holding the celebration till Saturday, since my son is coming home from Florida to spend some time with us. Thursday the tour of "Bring it On" is coming to North Carolina and we are going to see our very talented granddaughter, Ariana perform. They have been touring the country since December and we are looking forward to seeing the show.

I am so thankful to everyone for the expressions of sympathy that were shown to us last week. They were so much appreciated. It definitely helps to get through those tough times.

Thank you so much for stopping by :)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

My Light Box

I found some instructions online for a light box made out of a card board box. I was unable to find the size box that was used. So my sweet husband offered to make a box out of lightweight wood. The photo above was the first step in the process. The frame is 18" all around.

For the next step we cut a bottom and a back out of foam board.

And then covered the sides and the top with muslin material. All that is left to do, is buy the 3  light bulbs and lamps. I am so happy that I will be able to take pictures any time of day and won't be running around the house looking for a spot with just the right light. Can't wait to try it out.

It's been a little while between posts..
My husband, Larry, lost his dad on Good Friday. Tom would have been 92 in June. He served honorably in World War II. After his military service he earned his living and provided for his family by farming. He has been in poor health for the past year, so we are thankful that he is no longer suffering and has been laid to rest on the farm with his first wife, Grace, Larry's mother.

Thanks for visiting :)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Silhouette Butterfly Card

This card features a design from the Silhouette online store by Samantha Walter called, Card butterflies C01566 and  a Penny Black stamp  from the clear set, Flower Festival 30-095. The card was cut and then embossed using an embossing folder and the Cuttlebug. The white strip was created using a Martha Stewart border punch and punching both sides of a strip of card stock. Adding a few pearls was the finishing touch.

Larry is building me a light box. I found some instructions online that used a white cardboard box measuring 18x18x18.  Well, I couldn't find a  cardboard box that size and was having issues finding a white box so he is building the frame out of lightweight wood. It is painted and drying and I have the muslin fabric and the poster board for the sides and bottom. Just need to get the 3 lights and it will be set. Will post pictures as soon as it is complete. It's going to be great to be able to take pictures at night and not have to run around the house during the day looking for the spot where the light is right.

Thanks for visiting and hope you have plans for a delightful and blessed Easter Weekend.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Chasing Butterflies

This card was totally inspired by Jackie at "Just Stamp It". She did some wonderful cards yesterday using kraft card stock and white. I chose this gorgeous new stamp from Penny Black for my card. I tried embossing it in white but anything I used to color the flowers, also colored the white embossing. I didn't even try copics because I knew they would color the embossing but it also happened when I was using my Prismacolor pencils. So on to something different.

The stamp was inked with versamark ink and then black dye ink, stamped and embossed with clear detail embossing powder. I found the lines of the image were cleaner and more delicate than using the white embossing ink used on the first attempt.

All the coloring was done with Prismacolor pencils. The white pencil almost acted like a blending tool when added to the colored images.

Our Azaleas are blooming and the butterflies and bees are all over them. Took a few pictures yesterday, and I can tell you that butterflies don't sit still for very long. Bet I looked pretty funny chasing them around the bushes :)  Hope the neighbors weren't looking. But here are a couple of my favorites.

Maybe you can add a little fun to your day by chasing some butterflies. I highly recommend it!
Thanks for visiting :)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Feel Better

This is a card for a co-worker who recently had surgery. The flower is a combination of a SU stamp and a Penny Black stamp. I used the Hero Arts envelope pattern stamp to add some color to the raised portions of the embossed design. I hope it will bring a little cheer to her day.

 Supply list:
Envelope pattern Stamp by Hero Arts
Flower-SU mixed bunch
Stem-PB 4160K Cheerful
Embossing folder-Cuttlebug
SU paper-Pretty in Pink
SU pigment ink-Pretty in Pink
Colorbox white pigment ink
white detail embossing powder 

As I mentioned in my earlier post, I was given the Leibster Award and I just wanted to pass it along to a few favorite bloggers and I hope you will check out their great blogs. They are......

Tanya from Scattered Stamper
Jackie from Just Stamp it
Nancy from Summers on 49th Street
Gail from Aging with Grace and strong Will this is not a craft blog but she is a photographer who takes the most beautiful pictures and has such a wonderful way with words. I am sure you would enjoy visiting.
(not sure if she fits the award criteria because I am not sure of how many followers she has, but still passing it along).'

Hope you are having a wonderful spring day!

It's all Good!

I had a lovely surprise yesterday when I found out that sweet Greta from GG Creations had chosen me for a Leibster Blog award. I have also been given the award by Sheila from Color Me Happy. Thanks for both of you for thinking of me. Leibster, is a German word meaning "beloved, dearest or favorite" and this award is shared only among up-and-coming bloggers who inspire you and have less than 200 followers. Once nominated, you then: 

  • Acknowledge the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
  • Give the award to 5 other bloggers, who have less than 200 followers and let them know through a comment on their blog.
  • Post the award on your blog.

Have some people in mind for the award but I am headed out to see who qualifies in the number of followers category and will be posting later today.

I was a lean, mean cleaning machine yesterday (okay maybe the lean part is a stretch LOL). I spent the day in my craft room. Moved a huge bookcase that was loaded with hubby's books. Did some weeding out of supplies that I haven't used in years. So I plan to get in there today, in my almost clutter free space and make some cards. I did get some ideas for cards using techniques I haven't done in a long time. And my other plan for the day is to catch up with some of my favorite bloggers that I didn't have time to visit last week. So I am headed your way, can't wait to see what you have been up to.