Sunday, August 26, 2012

Lovin' the new Tule...

Here is a card from our last club that I spaced posting it:

Stamp sets: Rejoicing with You,  Seasons Greetings sentiment is from the Retired set Fireside set.
Paper: Whispher White, Cherry Cobbler

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, New Tule ~ Cherry Cobbler  (love it), Versamark pen/pad and  some non-SU! gold stones.

Stampin' Studio Transformed ~ sort of....

The last couple of weeks have been very hectic, getting new carpet through out the house, laminate flooring in the Stampin' Studio and trying to put everything back together again.  I must say it was quite a hassle having to get all of the stuff out of the way in less than 2 days and then trying to get all back in was an incentive to get organized.

To see what the Studio looked like before check this out from a few years ago look here:

Although, the Studio has been transformed many times as I tried to get more and more organized as I expanded my "hobby" I think I have got it down now. So, here is quick tour of the Studio (it in the bonus room over our garage, the pics give an optical illusion that the walls go higher than they are, they are slanted toward the ceiling) So lets begin a quick tour around, please try to get a peek at the floor through out the pics:

This is my crafting desk. I have organized it so everything is at my finger tips from the ink pads to my basic papers and markers.  I try to work at this desk rather than the tables in the room for clubs, because I get too spread out and make too many trips to the drawers for what I think I need.

This is one corner of the room where I store the current Stampin' Up! sets and in the bottom of the cabinet I store retired and current Holiday sets.   Also, to the right is my punch storage... and let me tell you it is very securely mounted on the wall.  I had a mishap a few months ago when I was putting a punch away and the whole thing fell off the wall.... punches landing on my toes so I backed up into the tall cabinet and at that time I had all my background stamps on top of the cabinet.  Needless, to say I got "beaned" on the head from falling huge wood blocks... had lumps on my head for a week, ouch!   The punches are reflecting on the wall giving it a mirror look.

This next picture is of the other side of the window and is where I store my retired sets that I just can't part with.  You can also see the the second side of my "Shelve of  Fame"  display above the window, it holds a few things given to me by my SIL (who is also a SU! Demo), friends and some of my favorite creations and things.

Oh ya, that flash in the eyes dog,  is my daughter's dog, Louie, one of my Stampin' buddies, I have 2 greyhounds who round out "The 3-dog-a-teers" that keep me company.

Here is a long view across my tables to the Northern corner of the room, with my card rack that I use to hold my SteamPunk cards. 

Another view of the tables and showing off many of the cards I have made and recieved.   Also, a sign welcoming the hostess of our monthly club.

This picture shows the other end of table and card wall.

This picture shows my storage for all my current and retired card stock, retired stamp pads and my music.  No TV in the room to distract me but music to lift me up.

The small door is goes into an attic storage.  I will not show you what is in there as it is far from organized and way scary :)

This what I call "our" business desk to the right is all the paperwork for the Stampin' Up! business and other annual paper work I need to reconcile at the end of the year for taxes. The left hand drawers contain new and retired Designer Paper/ 12x12 card stock.

This desk was my GrandMa's and her favorite place to sit and send letters/cards on almost a weekly basis to those she loved.  The stickers on the light-bridge are the ones she put there years ago.  Sorry for the fuzzy pic.

This picture shows my Big Shot "station" with all my dies, Embossing Folders and accessories in the drawers below.  There is also my favorite cutter, and the drawers below store my other cutter systems,  grid paper, pens, chalks, watercolor crayons, etc.  Another blurry picture, camera battery running out or rushing to get the pics done.

Here is a full length pic of the room, but no matter if I had lights on or off... camera flash on or off, I could not get a good picture they all turned out dark.  I hope you get the gest of all the the transformation of this room... but the best thing for me is easy Glitter, Embossing Powder, dust bunnies and dog fur clean up ~~~ awesome!

Thanks for letting me do some Yappin' about Stampin' with you.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Having fun with Christmas, but haven't for gotten Summer!

This card is another CASE card and once again I don't now who credit for their artistry :(  I must have seen this card on someone's blog or SCS, but don't get a hit when I searched for it....

Although I did some of my personal touches, the essence of this card belongs to someone else. 

Sets: Tiny Tags

Paper: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzelberry, Whispher White

Ink: Melon Mambo, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit,Gumball Green and Pacific Point

Accessories: New Elegant Butterfly Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Watercolor Pen and Sharpie Markers

Monday, August 13, 2012

Oops, one more post.....

I need your help here with this card...

This is a "prototype" card for an associate who has been asked to make some nature Christmas cards (for a fee, good for her) and I told her I would try to come up with some ideas based on what she told me.

I tried several "designs" for a full senery idea (4 to be exact), but thought it would it might be a good idea to make the scene looking for the window of a winter cabin.  Although, I didn't add anything holiday to this card, I thought some "snow" on the windows and some type of holly garland around the window top would more give it more of Christmas feel.

So, what do you think we should do to make this card better?

This are the sets that I used:

Retired - Fishin, Retired -Scenery Set, Lovely as a Tree

Hi Friends....

I am sure it seems that I have, once again, been a slacker poster, but I have been
immersed in work, deep home cleaning and have been getting excited about new carpet throughout the house!

They will also be putting laminate in my STAMPIN' STUDIO..... Yahoo easy glitter clean up, they are installing it tomorrow.

But, let the stress begin.... they will get the laminate done tomorrow, but the next day is the full house carpet installation.... argh.... I never realized how much breakable stuff we have or stuff on the floor in closets, etc. They are going to move furniture for free which I couldn't believe.

My job seemed so simple.... until I looked around and thought "holy crap" how am I going to do all of that in one night even with the help of some family members?

I going to fill my counters, bath tubs, bathroom and laundry room and any other location off the floor I can find to put all that "stuff" where there is no carpet replacement, even while we still have to work all day.....

So with all this blah, blah info I just wanted to let you know that I won't be posting for about another week.  Then I will be sharing what we had done at our next club...

Thanks for letting just keeping yappin' on here about nothing about stampin'!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Love the beach and Sand Castles

A friend of mine who was visting (a few weeks ago) and I looked through Michelle Zindorf's blog/tutorials

When I saw this card I just had to try to make this wonderful card.... So here is my "shameful" attempt to CASE her card and test my brayering skills.

This card for one of my husbands associates who is retiring... I hope she likes it!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

I {heart} Snow Bunnies

Making Christmas cards in 95 degree weather hasn't cooled me down any but it is FUN! 

Sets: Wonderful Winterwonderland, Curly Cute

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Whispher White, Gumball Green, Candelight Christmas DSP

Ink: Cherry Cobbler and Markers - Real Red, Gumball Green, Blush Blossom, Pretty in Pink, More Mustard, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Stazon

Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Sweater Trim, Blender Pens, Tom Bow Glue, Glue Dot, 1/16 hand punch, Adoring Accents Edgelits, Linen Thread