Saturday, May 14, 2011

My crafty place

Hi scrappers. Today's blog post is a little different than usual, I'm posting a picture of me in my craft space. There is a challenge going on at the Cricut Circle blog and they are asking us to take a picture of our scrap place AND they want us in the picture as well. Yikes.

Alrighty, here I am at my desk. In front of me is my new Expression 2, love it! The binders to my right hold some of my acrylic stamps, like Peachy Keen. Most of my stamp sets are in CD cases, but some are still stored in my binder. To my left are two storage containers that hold all my 8 1/2 by 11-inch cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

To the left of my desk I have all of my pattern paper, which is primarily My Mind's Eye. The rest of it is Bazzil, Anna Griffin, Fancy Pants, and 2 packs of DCWV. I love paper! I have to admit, when I get new paper I look at it over and over and over! Is that strange? On top of my paper storage I have a Making Memories spinning tool organizer. I keep my adhesives and other tools in there. It's really easy to grab what I'm looking for. You might notice that I have about 5 Copic markers...well, I'm excited to say that I just placed an order for quite a few more, so keep an eye out for some "colored" images.

I found this little stand at Ikea for about $15. It fits perfectly under my desk and it's very slim so it doesn't take up much space. On top, I have my Scrap'n Easel and my Scor-Pal. The three drawers hold a lot of my most used items: pens, scissors, tweezers, stamp blocks, twine, chalk, etc.

My Imagine stand is from Ikea as well. This is a fabulous storage system. The drawers are really wide and can store a lot of scrapping goodies. It's also very sturdy.

This is what one of the drawers looks like. I have all of my ribbon spools in one place and looking pretty. In case you were wondering, it's pretty much all Papertrey Ink ribbon. The rest of the drawers have 6 x 6 and 8 x 8 paper pads, Tonic and Martha Stewart paper trimmers, buttons, bling, eyelets and Imagine supplies.

This bookshelf holds my Cuttlebug, extra adhesive, embossing folder, cartridge handbooks, ink pads, Janome Sew Mini, seasonal carts and my Imagine cartridges.

This is a side view of my scrapping area. Like I said, pretty small. I hope to have more room to expand one day...soon! I hope you enjoyed this little peak into my world. I'll see you back here soon.

Monday, May 9, 2011

For A Guy

Hey scrappers! I want to apologize for my shortage of posts lately, I guess I lost my crafty mojo for a little while. I'm sure most of you know what that's like. I want to share a banner and card that I made for my brother. He just graduated with his Master's Degree, so of course we had to party! I made a banner and matching card. I know a lot of people struggle with making masculine cards or projects so I thought I'd share these with you, and maybe it will inspire you a little.

There are a couple of things that I think are important when making a card for a guy: keep it simple and choose masculine colors and patterns. Now I will admit I've used flourishes and damask prints for boy pages, which is fine, I think it's important to keep the guy in mind. So for this card and banner I used a new paper stack from Papertrey Ink called "Argyle Socks". It has blues and greens in it and the prints include diamonds and of course, argyle. The solid cardstock is also Papertrey Ink, Enchanted Evening, Kraft and Smokey Shadow.

The banner pieces, layer and shadow, are from the Birthday Bash cartridge. The banner was cut at 6-inches. The font, both layer and shadow are from the same cartridge and were cut at 3-inches.

I attached eyelets with my crop-a-dile and used black grosgrain ribbon from Stampin' Up. As you can see from the pictures I didn't add any "extras", no stitching, bling, etc. This banner went over really well, in fact my brother took it home with him. Although I think it was more of a reminder to everyone who enters his house to continue to congratulate him and pat him on the back, so to speak. You know those youngest children are always looking for attention, lol!

The card is a standard A2 size, cut portrait style. I used the same paper stack and solid cardstock. The mat that I stamped my sentiment on is from the the Cricut Essentials cartridge that came with the E2. It's label number 2. I cut both the layer and the shadow, can't remember the size. To finish the card I added satin ribbon. I could have chosen to use the grosgrain again, but it's kind of a sophisticated card and I liked the look of the satin better.

And finally...a picture of the grad and his wife. I'm so proud of you Dudley and I love you very much!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see you back here soon. Thank you for your comments and support!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Floral Embellished Picture Frame

Hey Scrappers, another wonderful day at She's A Sassy Lady! This is Kate from Sassy and Scrappy with a fun gift or home decor item. I decided to alter a picture frame for my post today. Since Spring has arrived and we're nearing Mother's Day it seemed like a great time to once again pull out the Mother's Day Bouquet Cricut cartridge. I absolutely love this cartridge and have found many uses for it. If you're interested you can find some of my other projects with this cartridge here and here.

This is the patterned cardstock that I picked for this project. Isn't is great? It's not typical Spring colors, but the oranges remind me of the sun and the plaid is just fun, while the damask brings a sense of elegance.

This is a frame I picked up from Joann's. I think their frames are always on sale, or at least there are coupons available, which is nice. An 8 by 10-inch photo will fit inside.

I used my Lori's Garden cartridge and my Imagine to print the text script on a couple pieces of cardstock. I'm in love with this feature.

I cut out 4 different styles of flowers on my 4 pieces of cardstock. Here they are before being layered and embellished.

I used two different kinds of glue on this project, a liquid glue and my glue gun. I used the glue gun to adhere the flowers to the picture frame. I figured it would give me a little more time to put the flowers where I wanted them and would allow me to move the flower if needed. I also used black, white and yellow buttons, as well and white and black pearls.

To add dimension to my flowers and each layer I used a paintbrush to curl each layer. It adds to the 3-D effect of each project and brings it to life.

A close-up of the top right side of the frame.

Although I twisted the frame around for the picture, this is actually the bottom left.

Another view of the frame on my shelf. Yes, this is me and a sweet little family friend.

  • Pattern Paper-My Mind's Eye "Ooh La La" Collection
  • Mother's Day Bouquet Cricut Cartridge-flowers cut at 2, 1 1/2 and 1-inches
  • Lori's Garden
  • Buttons-Papertrey Ink
  • Pearls-Recollections
I found completing this project much quicker than I expected. It didn't require a lot of tools and other than the frame, everything used in this project I already owned. I hope this frame will inspire you to create something for yourself or for someone special in your life...perhaps a Mom or Mother-In-Law. I always love to hear your comments and please come visit me at Sassy and Scrappy. Have a great day!