Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fall is here.....

and yes, I'm still here too!  I believe this is the longest that I have left my blog "postless" since I started blogging!   So what is up with me?  Life.... it snuck up on me and started interfering with my fun time!  I've been doing what I need to get done for my classes but have had little time left for anything fun.  

My husband and I have been working on trying to get his mom moved closer to us (she lives 3 hours away).   This has proven to be a difficult task.   She has lived in her home for over 20 years and as you know..... we ALL accumulate stuff in that time frame.   And, when you live in a large home you might find LOTS of places to store stuff that you no longer need rather than actually getting rid of it.  My Mother In Law was a AVID crafter several years ago.... she loved trying every kind of craft you could imagine. She has all the tools and supplies one would ever need - from quilting, scrapbooking, book binding, painting, embroidery, smocking, french hand sewing.... you name it and I guarantee she has tried it at least once!   My girls loved to go visit her because they knew they would be doing something fun!  But her crafting time went by the wayside when my Father-In-Law was diagnosed with Parkinson's.  As the years went on his condition deteriorated and so did her desire to craft.   My father-in-law passed away a few years ago and she has finally decided that she is ready to move to be closer to us.  But even though she is ready to move, she is not ready to part with many of her things. This is a long slow process.  My husband and I have been traveling to her home over the the last several weekends to clean, sort, clear and get things ready to sell.  (I have spent the last two weekends just trying to sort through her craft room!)    In the midst of that we also working with a Realtor here to find her a nice small home that will be near us.  

This weekend we brought back one of her big crafting tables that she said I could have.  As happy as I was to bring it home, I knew that I must clean and re-organize my OWN craft room to get it in!  So, after working in her craft room all weekend, I came home and worked in mine.  After about 3 hours of moving things around I finally got things situated.  I'm anxious to get back at it!

Here are some pictures of my 'new to me' table.  I used to use a 5 ft folding table to craft on so this is so much better!  The sides can fold up or down (I'll be leaving them up).   I moved my white cubes to the front side and I really have just enough room to get an additional cube set which I think will make it much neater looking.    The wooden shelf on the left side is one my husband built that used to be along a wall.  

I apologize for the messy table but as soon as I got everything in place I began cutting and prepping for this Friday's Girl's Night Out event!

Check out my REAL Dental Assistant's chair!  It is a leftover from my Father In Law's Dental practice.   It's just the right height and its comfortable!  And when I don't want to sit, the table is the right height for standing which I chose to do when I was cutting for my event! AND I have plenty of space to lay things out (obviously by my mess!)

I love the drawer in the middle!  I've put my blocks and my remotes in there!  I used to spend at least 15 minutes looking for the darn thing! Now I'll know right where it is!   Also I now have a shelf to put my ATG on and another one to slide my paper trimer on when I'm not using them rather than throwing them on the floor!  

I hope you enjoyed my pictures!  It was the ONE highlight of my stressful weekend.  Hopefully I'll have a chance to do something fun in my 'new' room this week!   If I do, I'll be sure to share!

Monday, October 6, 2014

ShinHan Touch Twin Marker Blog Hop

Welcome to our ShinHan Touch Twin Marker Blog Hop!  This hop is featuring artwork created with the brand new ShinHan Touch Twin  markers from Close To My Heart.   If you have come here from Michelle Loncar's Blog you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way, you'll find the complete list of participating consultant's HERE.

I used one of my favorite stamp sets for this blog hop - Rainy Day (Z1597) .  I'm certainly not a coloring expert but I have to say, that coloring with the new ShinHan Touch Twin markers is so easy! I only used 2 colors on this card - Cerulean Blue Light Marker (Z2449) and Pastel Green (Z2459).

I used the Sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping for my card.

Now it is time to hop on over to Heather Schmuckal's blog and see what she has to share!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October Stamp of the Month - Home for the Holidays

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Home For The Holidays, a set of 7 stamps.  This stamps coordinates with images on the Art Philosophy cricut Cartridge.  If you have come here from Dawn Ross's Blog you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way, you'll find the complete list of participating consultant's HERE.

I was immediately drawn to the bear postage stamp when I first saw this set.  I knew right away what I wanted to do this one stamp but it took me a bit longer to design the card around the stamp!  I like to incorporate each Stamp of the Month with my Technique Tuesday class so I finally decided on a Gate Close Card.  This is an easy fold card to do and for this stamp, it turned out to be quite fun.

I stamped the postage image with black ink onto the same shape cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I stamped the same image two more times - once in Glacier ink, and again with Cranberry.
I trimmed off the postage edge on the Glacier piece and added it to the top of the image stamped in black.   Next I trimmed out only the Cranberry scarf and used our new THIN 3D Foam tape to add it on top of the Glacier Image.   (This is the piece I had sitting on my table forever waiting for inspiration to come to me for the rest of the card!).

I used the Snowhaven Paper Pack for this card adding Black Shimmer Trim and White Epoxy stars.  

Here is a look at the inside of the card:

Here I stamped the image first with Cranberry ink directly onto the card.   I stamped the same image again with Glacier Ink and trimmed it just inside the outline.  I adhered it to the top of the cranberry image.

Remember, you can get this stamp for $5 when you purchase $50 in products!  Shop from your favorite consultant or if you don't have one, shop from my website.  
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Now it is time to hop on over to Jen Rubio's blog and see what she has to share!

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