Saturday, August 1, 2015

Paper Sweeties Is Turning Three!

Happy Saturday! August is a very special month. It's Paper Sweeties' Third Birthday! Debbie has graciously asked me to join in for this month's Paper Sweeties challenge and birthday celebration!
This month's challenge inspiration board is just the cutest! Here's a peek:

I have two cards to share with you today; I couldn't stop at just one!

First up is a very cute birthday card. The cute little cupcake is from one of my all-time favorite Paper Sweeties stamp sets, Sending Sweet Thoughts. The sentiment is from the Happy set. The die cut word is from the Happy Sweet Cuts die set. I've also added some seam binding in Mint and  Sugar Sprinkles for a sweet shabby chic look.

My second  is a birthday card made with them same papers and the Happy stamp set and Sweet Cuts die set. I've stamped and die cut some cute roses and leaves using the Party Time stamps and coordinating Sweet Cuts die sets. I stamped the flowers onto the patterned papers used in the rest of the card for a soft look.  This card is a bit fancier than the first with the addition of a little lace trim along the left side and lots of pearls!.

To Join in on the fun, all you have to do is CREATE a NEW project based on the current inspiration board using any of your favorite crafty supplies — receive an EXTRA VOTE if you use something from Paper Sweeties such as a stamp, die or embellishment!  If you don’t have any stamps from Paper Sweeties yet, we have some complimentary digital images for you to try out!  Use this month’s board as a starting point for your project — be inspired by one or more of the colors, shapes, theme — anything goes!
Our challenge will run for the entire month. You can play along as many times as you wish — the more times you play, the more chances you have to win! The challenges will end at 12 pm EST on the last day of each month.

I hope you'll join us for this month's challenge and keep checking back at Paper Sweeties during the month of August for more birthday fun. See you there!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cottage Rose Birthday Card

Happy Wednesday, Friends! I have a card to share with you today. I made this for my dear Mother In Law for her birthday last week. She's like me, she loves pink and lots of flowers!


The photo is not as good as it could have been, I was in a hurry to photograph it and my camera settings were incorrect.  This is the kind of card I love making, lush with flowers and die cuts! Pink and green is one of my all time favorite card color combinations. How about those lovely patterned papers? They are so yummy and shabby chic. By the way, my MIL was thrilled with this one!  If you want to know the particular items I used, scroll down for a complete supply list. Here's a close up:



 Supplies used~
  • Card stock-  Micheal's (ivory), Papertrey  Ink (pink)
  • Patterned papers- Anna Griffin (french paper pack- similar product available here)
  • Die,border punch- Anna Griffin
  • Sentiment sticker,flower sticker- Anna Griffin (available here)
  • Silk ribbon-May Arts
  • Pearl heart- Joann
Thanks for stopping over for a visit! I'll be back on Saturday to help celebrate Paper Sweeties' third birthday! See the graphic in the right sidebar for all the details. Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

My Sheri Crafts Challenge- "Country Strong"

Happy Saturday! I hope you are doing well! It's time once again for a new challenge over at My Sheri Crafts. This time our theme is  "Country Strong". Your project must have a country or farm theme.

I used my Farm Girl collection by October Afternoon. This is a collection I've had for a while and never really used very much.It has a farm/farmer's market theme that is just so darned cute! Everything on this card minus the ribbon and fibers are from the kit. I just love the image of the little girl collecting eggs!


The challenges over at My Sheri Crafts run for two whole weeks, so there is plenty of time for you play. I hope you'll join us! Take care and have a beautiful weekend!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Some Anna Griffin Kit Cards To Share With You

Good morning! I hope you're doing well as we wind down the work week!  Summer is in full swing here in Georgia and it is HOT! The only thing that cools down this horrible heat is an occasional thunderstorm and we've been short on those. I hope we get a little relief soon!
Back in March I purchased the Pretty Paintings card kit by Anna Griffin. I made a few cards from it that I'm sharing with you today.

Starting with my favorite! This kit is designed to have an almost hand painted look to it. The papers in this kit do remind me of vintage illustrations from maybe the 1920's.  I've also included some gold die cuts from the All About Her die cut pack. Despite it's multi layered look, this card can fit inside a regular A7 envelope. I would use an extra stamp on it when mailing just in case..

I love this one, too! Everything you see here is from the kit except the butterfly that is also from the All About Her die cut pack. The gold swirl is a part of the one in the previous card. Didn't want to waste a thing!

This one is a bit unusual with it's green and purple color palette. The cachepot die cut is from another die cut set called Flower Pot Decoupage Die cut kit. It's still available on HSN here. I've made some cards from this set that I'll share with you soon.

I had so much fun putting these cards together! I really like these kits as they are wonderful when time is of the essence as they go together quickly, all you have to do is design and adhere. As always, thank you for stopping by, I am so happy that you spent a little of your busy day with me!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Where Bloggers Create 2015- A Tour Of My Craft Room

Hi and welcome! I'm very happy to be able to participate in this year's Where Bloggers Create link party! Every year for the past six or seven years, Karen Valentine from My Desert Cottage hosts a blog hop where artists and makers of all kinds show you their work spaces. I participated back in 2013, and my room has had several changes since then. I don't know about you, but I love looking at different crafting spaces!

If you've never visited before, please allow me to introduce myself. I'm Kristi, I live in the United States with my husband of almost 21 years and teenage daughter. We share our home with one dog and two cats. I am primarily a card maker and it is what I mostly share here. I also scrapbook and dabbled in mixed media and altered art in my pre-blogging days. This post is picture heavy, so grab a cuppa and enjoy!

This is the view as you enter. This was previously my now grown son's room that I made into a guest room.The bed remains but hopefully will be gone one day soon. I kept it for my daughter who liked to have frequent slumber parties and they usually spilled over into this room. She's older now and doesn't have sleepovers anymore. I admit sometimes I do have a quick nap here! The walls were previously painted apple green and I used black and white accents. I decided to change it to a softer palette of sand,blue and green. I still kept black as an accent since it is so many of my storage pieces. Next, I'll show you my desk area.

This is the left wall as you walk into the room. I switched out my home made desk for a new one made from Ikea Alex drawer units and matching desktop. I absolutely love my desk! This is my primary work space.
In the middle of my desk is a self healing cutting mat. I keep my most often used tools and supplies nearby as well as plenty of Ott Light lamps!
My card stock is resting in office trays I bought at a local office supply store. My calendar and a magnetic burlap bulletin board help keep me organized. Clear stamping blocks are in the little burlap caddy and my most used scissors,tools and pens stay in the white caddy. I just made the vintage looking tag recently.

 The embellishment shelf right above my desk holds other needed supplies close at hand. The wood mounted stamps are here to remind me to use them. My favorite Walking Dead character Rick hangs from a key chain and keeps an eye out for any walkers that may sneak up behind me:)
The shelves above my desk hold lots of supplies and a few collections. The top shelf has a favorite paper mache bunny and some altered and mixed media projects. The small canvas on the right is a pink heart my daughter painted for me when she was very young. It is one of my prized pieces!
My collection of Ks and  a look at my Copic markers, Distress markers and colored pencils.
Here are my Spectrum Noir markers and some really cool jute trims my daughter gave me. I also keep my watercolors in the tan box as well as envelopes for my finished cards in the wood crate beside it.See my pink Marie Antoinette wall hanging?
                          To the right of my desk I have two ink pad and ribbon holders.

Underneath my desk I store my waste basket, my scrap card stock and two big boxes filled with my JustRite stamps. Here are a few shots of the inside of the desk drawers:
                                                                  Assorted adhesives

                                                           Scissors and baby wipes

                                                          paper cutters and ATG

                 Ribbons that do not have rolls are wound on ribbon cards and sorted by color.

                             Ribbons purchased on cards and assorted scraps are in this drawer.

                                                            Most used ink pads.

Embellishments stored in clear compartment boxes. They make it so easy to locate what I'm looking for!

As you go to the right, the next wall has two Alex drawer units and shelves above them. This is where I store my die collection and the bottom two shelves have my favorite stamps.
My die collection is sorted by shape and type. They consist mostly of Spellbinders brand, but I have others as well. They are stored on magnetic sheets from Crafter's Companion and labeled by name.

                           I love being able to flip through them quickly to find the one I want.

                                                 My beloved Cut'n'Boss! No more hand cranking!

                                                    Here is a peek inside the drawers:

                                                          Chipboard and stickers.
                                                             Martha Stewart punches.
                                                                     Fabric flowers.
                                                                         Bling, baby!
                                                            My Anna Griffin products.
                                            Embellishments in more crystal clear boxes
                                                                       Flowers!!!
                                                                     More flowers!

Here's a closeup of what is kept on the shelves above:
                                   My favorite stamps are stored in binders sorted by manufacturer.


             The top two shelves store finished cards sorted by occasion in acid free photo boxes and Anna Griffin Card Kits.


In front of the windows I have a table from Ikea. It's meant to be a dining table but thought it would go great in here. I store and use my Silhouette Portrait die cutting machine here as well as my Anna Griffin Minc.  My laptop and laser printer lives here as well. I use this space mainly for  pocket scrapbooking and project overflow space. Right next to the table in the corner is my stamp tower. I store all of my wood mounted stamps sorted by type.

Right next to the stamp tower is the closet. I finally got it organized enough to be camera ready!
I store my least used things here as well as duplicate items. My little calico cat, Callie, is seeing what she can get into! To the right of the closet is my cube cubby.


I purchased this cubby  organizer from my local Target store. I originally wanted the Kallax from Ikea, but none of them  fit in the space. This unit was made from one nine cubby unit and one six cubby unit. I attached them together with metal brackets on the back and it is secured to a stud in the wall for safety. All of my 6x6 inch paper pads are organized by manufacturer (more or less;) and various supplies are stored in the fabric bins below.
                                                                            Ribbon.
                                                              Misc tags and cards.
                                            Glues, Mod Podge,tape,etc>and my kitty, Callie!

The top of this unit is used mainly for  the display of some of my prettier supplies.

I have my mists and other inks in this spice rack I bought at TJ Maxx. I can bring it over to my desk when I need them. I have some of my prettiest ribbons displayed here on wooden spools. My neighbor made the embellished letter 'K' you see just beyond my dress form pincushion. Isn't it pretty?♥ Here are a few closeups of the top row of cubbies.
 I have washi tape stored in a glass jar along with some colorful paper straws. The little bird tassel is perched in a milk glass sherbet bowl. Scraps of ribbon are store in the next cubby.
A few years ago, My mother in law crocheted all of these pretty flowers. I have them stored here just waiting to be used on my next project.


 Okay, I've shown you my room all tidied up, but here's a look at it in action:
No matter how big my work area is, it always seems to be whittled down to about an 8 inch square of usable space!

I've had so much fun being able to show you my crafting space! I feel incredibly fortunate to have such a place all to myself. I'd also like to thank Karen Valentine for the wonderful opportunity to show you my space. Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

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