Sunday, February 28, 2010

Prima goodies!!!

Hello to all my growing number of followers! I just wanted to let you all know that Prima has some BIG news to give, but aren't spilling the beans yet! Go here to check out what you can win! You gotta enter tonight to be eligible! The winners will be drawn on Monday March 1st!!!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Birthday Card for my Mother in Law

I am really happy with how this card turned out!

For this card I used divine swirls as the embossed background. I chalked the edges of the sentiment with Purple Hydrangea and chalked the edge of the card with Aegean Blue. I went with alot of purple because this is her favorite color. I used the blue to kind of bring it all back in. I used 3 of my own dyed skittles. I used Frosted Lace Stickles on the cupcake edge for the frosted look. I used my opaque white Sakura Gelly Roll pen to put some dots on the "chocolate" color of the cupcake, and on the heart.
Comments are greatly appreciated!!!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Birthday Card for my Sister in Law

I know it's not one of my best, but I do like how it turned out.
The cupcake cut is from Gypsy Wanderings, and the background is embossed with swiss dots. I used stickles and JoAnn's Craft Essentials Crystal Glitter. I used Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive to apply the glitter. I used Timber Brown StazOn ink for the sentiment. I used VersaMagic chalk ink to chalk the edges of the sentiment and the edges of the card with Perfect Plumeria and Purple Hydrangea. I also used Eucalyptus colored Stickles on the lines of the cupcake. I then colored in the flower using the gamsol technique with Prismacolor Pencils. I then added little white dots with my sakura Gelly Roll opaque white pen to the flower and the edge of the sentiment. I also used pop dots to raise the cupcake for that 3-D effect.
Please leave comments and let me know your thoughts!!!
Thank you, and HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Embellishment storage

Here are some more organizing techniques I use...

Those of you who are avid scrappers and crafters need somewhere to put your brads, skittles, and stickles! I have a craftmates holder with the small compartments for my brads and skittles. They are organized by color.

Then, I have a scrapcessories bottle caddy for my stickles! They have alot of wonderful storage solutions! You should check out their site!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Jetmax Cubes

If you are a scrapper, you know that Jetmax cubes are "the thing" to have for your storage solution! Here's how I have mine set up. I like the large drawer on the bottom for organizing many different things like adhesives, reinkers, ink pads, glitter, embossing powders, etc...

I like the smaller shelves for storage of my stickles (will show how I hold them in my next post!), skittles, paper trimmers, and brads.

Some day my craft room will consist of all jetmax cubes- although I'd really like some pegboard to store all of my tools and unopened items so they all sit in front of me! You know that saying "out of sight, out of mind." Well, I sure do forget what I have sometimes, so it would be nice to have it all out in the open!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ribbon Storage Solution

Hello to all of my followers! I am very happy to see my count go up! Thanks for following me! I hope to inspire all of you!

Lately I've been in spring cleaning mode. A friend of mine showed me this blog that has an awesome storage solution! I currently own the Making Memories Embellisment Center, and loved the idea of the ribbon holders... until I emptied a spool of ribbon... Then it was PAIN!!! You had to remove the rod that the spools were on just to get that one empty spool off!

So, here's my solution:

I used the cardboard off of the back of 12x12 paper packs and cut them in 2x2.75.

I purchased my three drawer unit to hold 8 1/2 x 11 paper from Big Lots for $6.50! I thought that was a steal!

I used up the rubber bands I had left from making my sister in laws diaper cake!

So, overall, I only paid $6.50 to do this solution! This week my focus will be on storage options for your craft room... I hope to help everyone find something suitable for them!

Have a Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Thinking of you Card

Below are pictures of the Thinking of you card that I made for a friend of mine's mom. She has been battling cancer, and I made a New Years resolution to send her one card a month, so this is the one for February!!! Please post comments and let me know what you think!

I used the Sizzix Big Kick Flower Layers #3, chalked the edges with Dark Brown Cats Eye Chalk Ink, Green Stickles with Crystal JoAnn's Glitter. I really like the effect it has on the brad I covered.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Sneek Peek Project

I have a sneek peek at what I am currently making right now. I'd tell you all what it is, but then my partner in a swap I am in will know what it is, and I really want it to be a surprise! I did a few close-ups and I am really happy with how things are working out on this!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I dyed my own skittles!

Good Morning everyone! I am proud of two things today- #1- I figured out how the macro function works on my camera, and number 2- I have dyed my own skittles! I am gonna try my best to post pics in the appropriate order on how I made them, so you all can do the same!

First- you will need:

Clear Skittles/ glass or plastic pebbles (you can find them at Michaels)

Alcohol Inks (I used Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink)

baggies or a glass bowl you don't mind getting stained

Wax Paper

optional: Perfect Pearls or Pearl Ex ( I used Ranger Perfect Pearls)

First- Take a small handful of clear skittles and put in a baggie. Then take your choice of alcohol ink and put a few drops ( I used 5 or 6). You can mix colors if you so choose. If you'd like them pearlized, then add some perfect pearls to the baggie as well.

Second- Close the baggie and shake or use your fingers to get all the alcohol ink and Perfect Pearls mixed really well.

Third- Dump out the skittles onto wax paper. Make sure they are one layer and not piled on top of eachother, because they will stick.

Last- Let them dry for about 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Below are my results! I really like how they turned out. My first batch with perfect pearls didn't have enough of the perfect pearls, so the second batch I made I added a bit more. I like how they turned out. There are some examples below on how I used my skittles as well.

Done with Meadow colored Alcohol Ink

Done with Currant

Done with Wild Plum

Done with Stream

Done with Butterscotch and Perfect Pearls

done with the color Meadow and a small amount of Perfect Pearls

Projects used with skittles:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snowed in...

Well, the storm has finally passed... on the weather that is... I tell ya, when it rains it pours! Just after Thanksgiving I got into a car accident, and then 2 days after Christmas my husband got into a car accident, well NOW the axle broke on our plow truck! I TELL YA, WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS!

We had high winds and lots of drifting snow today. We have about 12 inches of snow. I have to admit I am glad to not be on the east coast right now! They sure have been getting the brunt of the snow this year! I just wanted to peek in and let you all know that I am still here, and have had a lack of crafting due to lots going on in my neck of the woods.

Please be patient, and I hope to have something done tomorrow!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Trying out for Design Team

Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a great week! I just want to let you all know that I have applied to be on Above Rubies Studio Design Team! They are accepting applications until February 25th, so it will be a while before I know if I make it or not! I hope I do... I am a little unsure of myself, but always have been... Please wish me luck and pray for my chance at doing something I absolutely love! If you'd like to check out Above Rubies Studio- please click on the blinkie on the right side of my blog! She really has a great site and blog!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Altered Oatmeal box

I gave this to my partner in a Girls I'm Broke Box Swap! I really like how it turned out! The tags hanging are made out of paper bags! I stuffed it with little gifts and goodies! I sprayed it with a high gloss spray. I used K &Co. paper to cover it.

A few Christmas cards I made...

Here are a few of the Christmas cards I made for my family! I hope you all enjoy! I really like how most of them turned out!
I have a tilda image throwing a snowball... I colored her with prismacolor pencils using the gamsol technique... Gosh I sure do love coloring now! Ha ha!
snowflakes were cut out of the cricut, and the dotted backgrounds on all three have swiss dots with the cuttlebug...
The other two had a stamp that I bought at a garage sale! Gotta love great finds!
They all have ribbons on, the green ribbon is Stampin Up grossgrain ribbon... I love this type of ribbon!
Please feel free to comment!

My son turned two!

Well, my one and only son, Alex, turned two on January 2nd! I am almost a month behind updating that! WOW! Please forgive me! I will do my best to update my blog more often! It's alot harder with 3 little ones in the house! I'm gonna post some pics of his bday party and the cake I made. It's not the best, had to run to the store 3 times to get good frosting, no time to make the homemade stuff... enjoy!

Congrats Josh and Aly!

Okay, so I put this book together in 2 days! I really like how it turned out!

Josh and Aly got married on December 5, 2009. They are great friends of ours and are now expecting their first child! I am happy to see them so happy! Congrats you guys!

Please feel free to share your thoughts!