Sunday, May 27, 2012

A Really Big Job

I knew my craft room make over was going to be lots of work, but, oh my word!! The painting is done and I am much happier with the color, it looks so clean and fresh. The shelves in the closet are done. We are picking out the new floor on Tuesday and as soon as we get it and it's down, I can start putting the room back together. 

Shopping for storage has been interesting. Found some storage chests that I really liked at Ikea and did purchase a couple but the chests that I really liked were not in. We checked stock prognosis prior to making the  500 mile round trip, and then when we got to the store their system said they had 9 in stock. But they couldn't find them and didn't really look very hard. Contacted customer service and they weren't very helpful. Their shipping is really high, more than the cost of the item, hard to justify that.  It was a disappointing experience. So still trying to find something that will make the best use of the space and cut down on all the clutter.

Had hoped that I could continue to create and blog during the process but between work and the makeover I haven't had much time. I am really missing creative and blogging time and seeing all your creations too.

Hope you are having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!!
See you soon!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

One of Those Cards

This was just "one of those cards". You know, when everything seems to go wrong. I won't detail everything that didn't turn out as desired, or had to be redone. It started with the first attempt and ended with being unable to get a photo that reflects the true colors of the card.

I like the "idea" of the card. I started with embossing the inner frame with a nestability. One of the things I learned in the "A Cut Above" online card classes. Then I cut another frame the same size, masked the central image and used distress ink to color the outer edge. Then stamped over the colored area with a Hero Arts background stamp. The flowers are a Penny Black stamp, stamped with distress ink and versarmark ink and embossed with clear powder.
The sentiment was initially stamped directly onto the card with black ink.....that didn't turn out well and a fix was needed  for that too. It just went on and on.

Thanks for visiting and I hope that all your cards turn out perfectly on the very first try!!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Feel Better

This card features the Penny Black wood stamp called "mums the word". It was stamped and embossed using white pigment ink and white detail embossing powder. Colored with SU brush markers and cut out.
The frame was created with a Spellbinders nestability and then embossed with a Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder.
The card base is antique white linen colored with Broken China Distress ink. The sentiment, from PTI, was stamped on a small circle and layered onto a larger circle that was punched after embossing with the same folder used on the frame.

It is utter chaos in my craft room :(. But there have been some accomplishments. The shelves are up in the closet and it has been painted. Next step is to go through everything as it goes back in and let go of the things that have been sitting here for years and not been used. Already donated a large load to a friend's church bazaar. Also, Tanya and I are going to the Ikea store in Charlotte next weekend to shop for craft storage. I have been using plastic bins and they are not holding up well, they are being recycled to the garage for Larry's treasures. Here are my new shelves...

I'm so lucky that Larry likes to build things :). I'm trying to do the room in sections until it's time for the floor so that I can still have a space to craft when taking a break from work.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A Bouquet

Loved attending the "A Cut Above" online card class, it was just packed full of inspiration and techniques and I want to get around to trying everything I learned. For this card I just wanted to try to use a die in a little different way than usual. I took the Spellbinders Nestability and left one edge out of the die when cutting so that there is a straight edge on the left hand side. Then I cut just one edge out of a different color of card stock for a border.
All the stamps are by "Penny Black" and they are; "Fanciful", "Dreamy", and "Gratitude". The card stock has quite a bit of texture so I would like to try it again on a smoother card stock so that the image looks crisper.

Tried a new set of light bulbs and my new light box..still had to use the auto adjust setting on the photo editor to correct the lighting. But I think that is because I am using the auto setting on my camera. Would love to hear from you if you have ideas of camera settings to use when using a light box. Do you have a favorite online site for photography tutorials that might help?

The inspiration for the colors came from this beautiful iris in my yard.

Isn't it a stunner? Years and years ago I paid $10.00 for a single flower and thought that was pretty expensive but this flower has delighted me year after year with its beautiful blooms and has spread and spread. Now I have numerous plants and know that was money well spent.

Craft room update....Painting in empty closet and trying to pick out a floor. Thought cork would be a good idea for a craft room and figured it might be less expensive...not so much.

Have a wonderful day, thanks for spending some of it with me :).