Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Why I Make Cards

It may seem silly, in the age of e-mails, Facebook, and Twitter, to spend a couple of hours making a card that may end up in the trash in the near future.  So why do I do it?  Because when I make a card, I almost always make it with a specific person and a specific purpose in mind.  Card making is meditative for me.  I think about and pray for the person receiving the card.  I think about the design and colors that will speak to them most.  I hope that when they open that envelope, they are reminded that someone loves them and appreciates them.  That's why I make cards.

Here are two cards I made this week.

A birthday card for a card shower a church member organized to uplift a neighbor who has been struggling with health issues:

Stamps: Stampin' Up!
Patterned paper: Basic Grey - Mint Julep
Cardstock: Bazzill (yellow); Core'dinations (blue); Gina K Designs (ivory)
Markers: Copic Sketch
Ink: Memento - Rich Cocoa; Stampin' Up! - Night of Navy; Ranger Distress Ink - Tea Dye

A thank you card for the guy who lets my hubby hunt on his property:

Stamps: Stampin' Up!
Patterned paper: Teresa Collins
Cardstock: Core'dinations (brown); Gina K Designs (ivory)
Markers: Copic Sketch
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; Ranger Distress Ink - Antique Linen

Hope is all is well with you in your little part of the world!


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Drive-by Crafting

Because of my crazy work & volunteer schedules, I've been doing a lot of drive-by crafting lately.  A little bit of stamping & coloring here and some assembling & embellishing there.  Not exactly the ideal crafting situation for me, but I am grateful that I've still been able to squeeze in a little creative time.

After church on Sunday we had a Craft Day, and it was such a luxury to be able to sit down and craft and fellowship with some good friends.  I was able to "stick down" about seven 12 x 12 scrapbook layouts, and now I just need to add journaling, titles, and embellishments, and they'll be ready to share.

In the meantime, here are the Valentine's Day cards I made for my kids' teachers. 


Stamps: Stampin' Up - Favorite Bear; Anna Griffin - sentiment
Ink: Memento - Rich Cocoa; Ranger Distress Ink - Tea Dye
Markers: Copic Sketch
Cardstock: Core'dinations, Gina K Designs, & Bazzill
Patterned paper: Basic Grey - Hey Girl
Ribbon: Stampin' Up!
Distressing tool: Tim Holtz - Tonic


Stamps: Stampin' Up - Furry Folk (hedgehog); Crafty Secrets (sentiment)
Cricut cartridge: Straight from the Nest (tree)
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Patterned paper: Basic Grey - Hey Girl
Heart gems: Imaginisce
Markers: Copic Sketch
Twill ribbon: Stampin' Up
Ink: Memento - Rich Cocoa; Bamboo Leaves
Fringe scissors: Martha Stewart

Thanks for stopping by today!


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Folk Art Festival Birthday Card

In the quiet that follows Christmas break, I love the more leisurely pace of post-holiday crafting.  My family gave me so many lovely crafting goodies this year.  My mum gave me the Folk Art Festival Cricut cartridge, so it was only fitting that I used it to create her birthday card, along with some new Crate Paper and my new Imaginisce I-Rock gem setting tool.

Folk Art Festival Birthday Card:


Die Cut Fox - Folk Art Festival Cricut Cartridge
Die Cut Labels - Lacy Labels Cricut Cartridge
Sentiment Stamp - Crafty Secrets - Birds of Happiness set
Ink - Memento - Potter's Clay; Ranger Distress Ink - Tea Dye
Patterned paper - Crate Paper
Cardstock - Core'dinations
Gems - Imaginisce
Ribbon - Offray

Hope you are staying warm & enjoying your post-holiday quiet too.


Saturday, December 21, 2013

2013 Christmas Ornaments

Yesterday we had class Christmas parties at the kids' school.  In my daughter's fifth-grade class, along with enjoying yummy treats, playing some silly games, and watching a short video on the giant squid (per the kids' request!), we made Christmas ornaments.  The kids were enthusiastic about making their ornaments, and they were especially fascinated by the heat embossing process. 

Shannon's Wonderful Blessing Ornament:

Stamp - Stampin' Up! - Wonderful Blessing
Cardstock - American Crafts
Embossing ink - Ranger - Emboss It
Embossing powder - Ranger - Seafoam White
Ribbon - Offray
Self-adhesive half pearls - Jolee's Boutique

Wishing you peace this Christmas!


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sweater Weather Tea Bag Dispenser Box

Yesterday I decided to try something new and remembered seeing the new tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers by Heidi Baks for a Tea Bag Dispenser Box.  I just received the Sweater Weather designer series paper and thought it would be perfect for this project. 

The measurements were a little fussy, but now that I know what I'm doing, I think the next one will go a bit easier.  I really like how it turned out:

Patterned paper: Stampin' Up! - Sweater Weather
Cardstock: Core'dinations (rust); Stampin' Up (ivory)
Scalloped die: Nestabilities
Stamps: See D's
Ink: Ranger's Adirondack Ink -Espresso
Markers: Copic Sketch
Ribbon: Stampin' Up!

Stay warm my friends, & thanks for stopping by today!


Friday, October 25, 2013

With Appreciation

With the exception of Christmas cards, I think I make Thank You cards more than any other kind.  That fact is a testimony to how many wonderful people there are at work, at school, at church, who use their time & talents to help out.  I love that about our community!

Here are two thank you cards that I made for teachers, who helped make a recent event at the school even more special:

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Happy Blessings
Ink: Memento - Espresso
Cardstock: Gina K Designs (ivory); Core'dinations
Patterned paper: DCWV - My Sunshine Stack
Markers - Copic Sketch

Stamps: Crafty Secrets - Mouse Party; Altered Art; Snowbunnies
Ink: Memento - Rich Cocoa; Ranger Distress Ink - Antique Linen
Cardstock: Gina K Designs (ivory); Core'dinations
Patterned paper: K&Company

Thank YOU for stopping by today!  Hope you have a wonderful fall weekend in store!


Monday, October 21, 2013

Our New Craft Room - A Photo Tour

We still have some work to do on our new family craft room, but it's now presentable enough to share it with you.  This new room is on our third floor.  Our house is more than 100 years old, and the plaster was very rough.  We didn't have the time or money to gut it, so my hubby did patch plastering, sanded, skim coated, and sanded it again.  We used heavy-duty primer and gave the whole room a couple coats of semi-gloss paint.  (The paint is "Wind Blown" from Ace Hardware's Premier Paint collection.)

The Main Scrapping Area:

I've gotten a lot of mileage out of the yellow desk & the old dinette set over the years. 

 Another View of the Scrapping Table with My Counter in the Background:

Since most of the walls are sloped in this room, I don't have the wall space I had in my old room.  I had to re-think some of my storage.

New Expedit Shelf & (not so new) Sewing Cabinet:

The Expedit shelf is one of the few new things we purchased for the room.  My mum got me the two-drawer card catalog and the Standard stamp holder at a local antique shop.  I'm keeping finished cards in one drawer and mat stacks in the other.  It's perfect!

My Counter:

My husband built the wall behind the counter.  This area was all open before.  He made an 8' x 10' foot storage room with built-in shelves and walled it in.  The door to the right of the counter leads to the storage room, where we keep all of our seasonal items.  We still need to paint the door, and when it's done, I'll hang my Cricut cartridge storage on it. 

Paper Tower:

The only annoying feature in this room is the huge chimney in the middle of it.  I'm sure I'll get used to it soon, though. Eventually we are going to carpet the room.  I'm considering carpet tiles, so an area easily can be replaced if it gets damaged.

Additional Shelving:

I keep photo storage boxes and my crafting "go bag" here.  The door to the right of the shelving leads to our walk-in cedar closet.

Kids' Drawing Table:

It didn't take long for the kids to get settled in to their own spaces.

Kids' Nook:

Shannon quickly claimed this dormer area as her own.  These windows are original to the house and are very drafty.  We're hoping to replace them before winter arrives.

Thanks for stopping by my new craft room today!