FTHS I’ll Be There For You

Hi all!  I’m back again this week with a card featuring the current sketch challenge at From the Heart Stamps.

FTHS165 There For You

I used the Rainy Day Birdbrains and went with a fun green & blue color combo.  I colored them up with Copics and cut them out with a Stitched Circle STAX die.  I wanted to keep this simple, so I only added Glossy Accents to the rain drops and their eyes.  The paper is from Kaisercraft Chapter One and it is on a base of Smokey Shadow from PTI.  Inside I added a panel of Ocean Tides, also from PTI.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!



FTHS – From One Hot Chick…

Hi all!  Happy Wednesday!  Have you seen the freebies Faith has been providing at From the Heart Stamps recently?  They are fantastic!  Two weeks ago, she had the Hot Chick Flamingo and she’s just hilarious!

FTHS154 Hot Chick

I used the current i {heart} sketches with a tWist and did a very CAS card.  I lined up one of the sentiments from the set next to Flossie (I have no idea why, but I feel she needs a name.  So I’m naming her Flossie the Flamingo.)  My panel is cut with Blueprints 13 and she’s colored with Copics.  I then cut two Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX — the pink is actually a silk paper, which is just gorgeous!  I contemplated adding some rhinestones or bling to her feathers, but opted to keep it perfectly CAS.  Inside I added another panel with Happy Bird-day.


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!


Challenge Submissions

City Crafter Challenge — Feathers

Deep Ocean Challenge Blog — Our Furry/Feathered Friends

No Booster Needed!

Hi all!  I have the tutorial today over at Catch the Bug and have done a very brief video on my new fave way to refill my Copics.  You can view the video below.

Photo SharingVideo SharingPhoto Printing

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A Tour of my Pink Room

Happy Friday all!  My surgery went very well and I’m recovering at home.  Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be seeing a lot of my pink room for quite some time.  Having a bilateral mastectomy causes a lot of trauma to your arms that you might not expect.  If you bend your arm at your elbow and go from there to your armpit, that area is pretty much sore.  I’m sleeping in a glider as I can’t lie down.  Typing on the laptop even has to be kept to a minimum.  But, each day is a teeny tiny bit better, so hopefully I’ll be back in the swing of things soon!  And my own bed!

Anyway, two weeks ago, I started to feel more like myself, post-chemo.  I took advantage of it and cleaned & organized my craft room.  It was desperately in need for a good cleaning.  While it was clean and before it became messy again, I thought I would give you a tour.  I attempted a video, but about 10 tries later, I gave up.  LOL!  Instead you get a photo tour.  I had started this post prior to my surgery, but hadn’t finished it.  So settle in with your beverage of choice and sit back for a tour!

My room is one of our bedrooms, but as it leads out to our three season room, it makes the perfect crafting room instead.

This is the front of my room.  My walls are Benjamin Moore Razzle Dazzle.  I love this color!  On this wall I have my chandelier (vinyl wall cling from Target) complete with bling, a Pottery Barn speaker shelf , my TV and crafting supplies for my kids.  The IRIS cart there was my first storage when I started scrapbooking.  Amazingly, all of my supplies fit in that cart!

This is my primary work space.  It is a knock off of The Pottery Barn desk that was all the rave a few years ago.  The legs are two Closetmaid 9 cube organizers.  The top is shelving we purchased at Lowes.  It is 36″ wide — my husband nailed it down to the Closetmaid pieces and then trimmed it out to make it look a bit more complete.  The awesome thing with this shelving is there was no need to paint or prime as it was already white.

As I share my space with my kids from time to time, I wanted to add more space to the desk space.  Again, my husband bought a piece of shelving from Lowes.  He cut “legs” by adding hinges to them and a brace in the middle for extra support.  This allows me to display some personal items on the top and have necessary items right within my reach underneath.

This is my side of the desk.  I keep my Martha Stewart scoring board and Scor-Pal mat, a dessert tray I picked up on clearance from Target (which holds ink pads and random items) and a trio of bowls, also from Target, that hold my adhesives, oft used tools and dies waiting to be put away within my reach.  My director’s chair is from Home Decorator’s.  I wanted something more comfortable than a bar stool.

On top of my shelf are two lunch box tins.  They hold my dies — I saw this idea on 2 Peas and it works really well.  One is for Spellbinders dies and the other holds PTI and MFT dies.

To store the dies, I used the dividers that come with the Cropper Hopper paper organizers.  I use the holders for my papers, but not the dividers.  I cut them down and glued two together to create a sturdier base.  Then I added magnetic sheets — cut from magnetic vent covers I purchased from Home Depot.  Each divider is labeled with the die set name.

Behind my chair are my Michaels cubes, Making Memories shelving unit and some IKEA storage options.

Here are two of my drawers — one holds my Copic refills, Stickles and Liquid Pearls. The other holds glitters, embossing powders, Smooch paints and Viva Decor embellishments.  Other drawers hold PTI stamps, DCWV paper stacks, envelopes and other random embellishments.

Below the drawers is my cardstock and 12×12 paper storage.  I really like my paper storage.  I separate my cardstock by color family.  Each color is stored in a Uline plastic bag — I got this idea when I purchased my first Gina K cardstock.  The bags are slightly smaller and stiffer than the bag her paper comes in, but it works nicely.  The color families are stored in the Cropper Hopper paper holder.  I use the paper pouches that come with the holders to store my 12×12 papers, each pouch is labeled with the name of the paper collection.

I store all of my 6×6 paper in these cubes.  I repurpose my PTI stamp boxes and put my 6×6 paper packs in them once I start using them.  This way I can keep my scraps with the rest of the papers.  Underneath are magnetic strips from IKEA with mud pans that hold my scissors and other miscellaneous items.  Above these cubes is a tri-level spice rack and on the front step are canning jars that hold ribbon.

The IKEA spice jars are perfect for button storage.  I have two spice racks to hold the jars.  Where would we be without IKEA for crafting storage? LOL!

My other main storage is two Expedit units from IKEA — one is 16 cubes and the other is 8.  I love that they can be stacked on top of each other. The top unit holds many of the items I don’t need on a daily basis and household office items.  In the bottom unit, I have two of the drawer inserts, which hold my punches.

 I was able to get almost all of my Martha Stewart punches in one drawer.  The other two drawers hold my SU punches.

In the other cubes, I have my spooled ribbon storage in trays from Target.  Many of my clear stamp sets are stored in binder boxes.  There are also many boxes (striped black boxes) of cards that need to be sent or sold!  The plain black boxes have seasonal ribbons and the larger striped boxes hold more alterables, etc.

Finally, I have my FABULOUS Copic storage.  I first started with a smaller version of this basket, purchased at Target.  I outgrew the smaller version and moved up to the medium size.  However, I didn’t have enough markers to fill the basket.  I asked my wonderful husband for help and how he worked it out is just brilliant!  Given that my storage space was larger than the number of markers, I wanted to put dividers in to hold up the markers.

My husband purchased dowels and cut them down to create dividers.  He created 15 “bins” for the markers.  In order to prevent the dowels from falling in, he nailed a stopper onto each side — you can see these on the first picture.  The basket is great — it’s mobile, has room to grow and completely suits my needs.

So that is my room!  I hope you enjoyed the tour!  I’ll leave you with one last picture — a little woodcarving my aunt sent to me.

A little motivation and reminder any time I’m in my room.  I send this out to anyone who is also kickin’ cancer’s ass!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a fabulous weekend!

Witch Stitch in Time

Good Morning! Before I get to our challenge post for today, I just want to take a moment to reflect on today and remind you to give your loved ones a hug.

Today we bring you a brand new challenge at Catch the Bug. Our challenge this week is A Stitch in Time — use stitching (real or faux), buttons, pins, sewing notions, etc. on your card along with fall colors. Now, I don’t sew on cards — I don’t sew period. I can’t say that I am good at faux stitching either. You can rule out finding those on my card — now can you find my sewing part?

Give up? Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret — I was so focused on getting my fall colors in, that I forgot the sewing theme. Fortunately for me, I had added Glitter Dots on top of buttons. LOL! Anyway, the image is from the JJ Calendar Months collection and is October. JJ is colored in a great fall assortment of browns and oranges.  I really love how sophisticated she looks — broom and all!  The papers are Chocolate Chip and Summer Sunrise, paired with patterned paper from Debbie Mumm Harvest & Holidays.  I added in some grosgrain and the Glitter Dot buttons.  The layout is this week’s A Crafty Little Place’s sketch challenge. 

Challenge Submissions
A Crafty Little Place – #55 Sketch

Witch Stitch in Time
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps JJ Calendar Months October
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Harvest Gold, Select White, Debbie Mumm Harvest & Holiday
Ink: Memento Tangelo
Copics: B02, B000, E00, E000, C7, C5, YR21, C1, E18, E13, E34, R27, E17, YR18
Other Stuff: Nesties, Chocolate Chip grosgrain, buttons, Glitter Dots

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Make sure you check the Catch the Bug blog to see the other fantastic design team projects.  Then, get busy on your own fabulous projects and link it up to the blog — new projects only, please. 

Halloween Blocks Card Set

Good Morning! It’s Friday, which means freebie day at Bugaboo Stamps. Jodie has a fantastic Halloween image for you this week and the accompanying images are equally fantastic. Usually, we do not see the entire collection on freebie or new release days, but this time Jodie spoiled us.

Isn’t that a great collection of images? Your freebie this week is the witch’s shoes. I decided to make up a set of 4.25 square cards, using each of the images. All of the cards have a base of Basic Grey. I pulled out papers from the Recollections Halloween paper stack and Debbie Mumm Harvest & Holidays pack to match up with Only Orange, Simply Chartreuse and Lavender Lace.  The spider is the odd man out and I used Pure Poppy.  Each has ribbon, Glitter Dots and glitter for embellies.

Halloween Blocks Card Set
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps Halloween Blocks

Paper: Basic Grey, Only Orange, Lavender Lace, Simply Chartreuse, Select White, Recollections Halloween, Debbie Mumm Harvest & Holiday
Copics: C3, C5, V04, YR68, C7, YG95, YG97, Y38, RV11, B000, YG03, R24
Other Stuff: Onyx Martha Stewart glitter, ribbon, glitter dots, Nesties

Thanks so much for stopping by today!Make sure you stop by the store today to pick up your freebie or even the entire collection!

Good Luck!

Good Morning! It’s Thursday, which means we roll out the “oldie but goodies” at Bugaboo. This week I have a card I made for my daughter’s teacher.  She’s new to the school (not the district) and this is her first year teaching Kindergarten.  I figured some good luck was in order!

JJ (from the calendar collection) is so glamorous! Having been a teacher straight out of college and having taught high school students (I do NOT recommend this!), I don’t think I was ever as glamorous as JJ. LOL! Anyway, I colored her with Copics and cut her out with a rectangle Nestie. I sponged Memento Summer Sky around it before taking off the die. The layout is this week’s CardPatterns Sketch #80. I pulled papers from DCWV’s Grade School pack and matched them with Spring Rain and Summer Sunrise. A nice big bow of May Arts satin ribbon and some Spring Rain buttons finished it off nicely.
Challenge Submissions
CardPatterns Sketch – #80
Good Luck
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps JJ Calendar Months September, PaperTrey Ink Mega Mixed Messages
Paper: Spring Rain, Summer Sunrise, Select White, DCWV Grade School
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Summer Sky
Copics: E00, E000, R27, B02, B21, R24, B000, RV11, C5, E18, YG25
Other Stuff: May Arts satin ribbon, Nesties, Spring Rain buttons

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Make sure you stop by Catch the Bug to see the other fabulous OBG creations!