Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WOYWW - Dec 17, 2014

In my world, it's all about baby steps. I've lived here just over a year, now, and I find I only unpack a box when I'm looking for something. Well, yesterday I was looking for my S-hooks because I wanted to finally hang up some of my IKEA Bygel storage (photos in a sec), and they were nowhere to be found.

I started in the craft room annex, also known as the third bedroom. I unpacked three large moving boxes of "stuff", some of which is now trash, some will make it to the craft room closet, some will be given away (I think I have every color curling ribbon ever made), and some landed here:


It's time to play What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

Yep, this is my desk right now. It holds things I've found in various boxes and bags, and also some new things like the pretty flowers and ribbon on the right that were a gift, and a stamp I haven't used yet (that miraculously didn't get covered up).  All that stuff is either from a box I unpacked in the annex, or from a bag I cleared out from the corner behind my desk (pic in a sec), or from kits I received last year that I have no idea what to do with since I don't scrapbook. They all eventually need homes, but for now they are here. I can't make another card until I address this ... stuff.

In all fairness, I have a huge empty space in the annex that used to hold the three packing boxes. I also have this:


I finally hung up two of my IKEA Bygel rails (you can find them in the kitchen section). See my Copics on the right? My refills used to sit on top of the cubbies, but I got a few more and ran out of space, so I grabbed the basket you see on the top rail, put all the refills in the center, and put in some button storage boxes to hold them in place. This freed up the top of my cubbies for a tin bucket of miscellaneous bling, and my box of Gelatos.

Here's the top basket up close and personal:


The bottom basket holds all my bling:


In a rare moment, I bought this container because it was pretty, without a thought to what I'd use it for. I had three small baskets of bling, one each for rhinestones, pearls, and enamel dots. Now they all live happily together in here.

This is also the basket for which I needed the S-hooks. Sadly, after I'd emptied the three huge moving boxes, I still hadn't found the hooks.

Then I moved on to the craft room to look for the hooks. One of the things on my list of self-assigned tasks was clearing out the s-crap that was piled up in boxes and bags that filled the space behind where I stand at my desk, and continued all the way to the open closet doors, and behind the doors. I could barely move in there, and I couldn't get to the closet for all the s-crap piled in the way. Some of the stuff now on my desk was in that heap, and now that space looks like this:


I see floor! And the doors actually close! Wheeee!  Standing next to the cabinet are a few SU grid pads I re-discovered, a few stamping pads, and my large MS score board. Also my cache of wet wipes and a few book ends that will make their way to the bookcases in the annex. Once I relocate that black bag (it holds a bunch of Hero Arts card bases), all the standing stuff will live under the cabinet and it will look much neater. I probably won't be able to handle it.

Bobra couldn't figure out what happened to his exploring area. He does not like closed doors. See:


He opened that.

One other thing I did in the craft room was bring in my two wooden CD storage boxes, that now live here:


You can see the closet on the left and my standing desk on the right. Now that the closet doors close, I had room for the wooden boxes on top of my cabinet. I used these boxes in my old place to hold my black inks, my most-used acrylic blocks, etc. I see no reason why they can't be used that way again.

On top of the boxes is an altered letter E. I also have an M and an H (MEH), and these will eventually be hung on one of the walls as ART! I have several other pieces of "other people's" art that will also make it to the walls one day.

Oh, about those S-hooks? The next thing on my list to organize is a stack of boxes under my wooden library card catalog. I looked into one of them and found the S-hooks. I hung up my green basket and called it a day.

Up next: the desk.

Baby steps, people, baby steps.

Rosie's Thinking Of You

As most of you know, I like challenges. Not personal challenges, because heaven knows I've earned the right to live a carefree life at this point. But bloggy card-making challenges? Oh, yeah, baby. It's what keeps me going most days.

One of my pals, Joy, asked me if I was going to play the current Sketch Saturday challenge:



and she thought maybe we could both play. OF COURSE I said YES!  Here's my card:


When I visited my LSS a few weeks ago to check it out, I found she carries Rosie's Road Show. I LOVE Rosie's stamps, and I have a vast collection that hasn't seen the light of day in quite a while. So for this challenge, I dug into my collection and used them!

First I sponged the sky and grass background. Then I stamped the tree and sentiment. The tree doesn't have leaves, so I drew them with a multiliner and colored them with a Copic. It helps that the tree is funky, since my leaves are very, um, free-form. Yeah, that's it.

I stamped the duck on a separate piece of card stock, colored him outside the lines, fussy-cut him, and glued him on under the tree. I added a sun stamped in Memento Luxe Dandelion and clear-embossed, and drew in some birds.

I hacked a Hero Arts green card base to cut the panel for under the sponged white layer.

The heart was another one left over from one strip I die-cut with the Memory Box Heartfelt Delights die way back at the beginning of my crafty weekend. I still have a few hearts left, even 10 days later.

For the banners, I originally tried many, many different washi tapes, but I amazingly don't have one that works. I finally used a tiny piece of paper from my Basic Grey Out Of Print 6x6 pack and cut some banners.They're more subtle than the washi tapes I tried, which is why I think they work better. This way the little scene is what catches your eye, not the washi tape.

Why not stop over at Joy's blog and check out her creation

So, will we keep up this dueling challenges thing? Who knows. But I think it's fun to play once in a while.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stuff I used: Basic Grey Out of Print 6x6 paper pack, Rosie's Roadshow Booker (duck), SunLeif (tree), Sitting Here sentiment, and the following:



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SOS #181: Red Alert

It's Tuesday, and time for a new challenge at Shopping Our Stash. This week's theme is Red Alert, and we'd like you to use red as the primary color on your project.

Here's what I've made:


Granted, I have more white than red, but white isn't technically a color, so red is the primary color. :)

I followed the sketch from the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #8:


The red panel is Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red, and I need to get a whole pack of that stuff. It's a great red!  I cut the banner using the MFT Pierced Fishtail Banners, wrapped a piece of washi tape around it (I needed a horizontal element, plus it grounds the sentiment), and stamped the sentiment.

I wanted to make the circle element a heart, but the paper airplane looked better in a circle. I cut the red circle using my new Simon Says Stamped Stitched Circles dies. I didn't even bother cutting them apart, so I cut ALL the circles. Since I was still too lazy to cut the dies apart, I used a circle from my Lil' Inkers Stitched Mats: Circles die set to cut the white circle.

The airplane and sentiment are from the new Simon Says Stamp Quite The Pear set. I stamped it several times on white, and colored one of them with several greys, then about five layers of Wink of Stella. I cut out all the airplanes, glued them together, and stuck the colored one on top. I think the thickness and the glitter make it pop, and that's what I was going for.

For the vertical element down the red panel, I went with a piece of silver foil washi tape. I've found I need to really burnish that stuff to make it stick, but once it's stuck, it stays put. It also ties in with the grey, glittery paper airplane.

I tucked some foam tape under the right side of the circle to hold it up, then put the white panel onto a white base.

I really, really wanted to make the airplane teal, and I did color a teal one, but in the end I went with grey. I must. be. strong.  *bites nails*

So, how about you play along with us? If you're sick of making Christmas cards, why not start on Valentine's Day, hmmm?

Thanks for stopping by!

Stuff I've used: Recollections heart washi tape, and the following:



Monday, December 15, 2014

Meow

Here's another card I made while visiting a friend and her craft room two weekends ago:


She had the new Simon Says Stamp Woodland Rectangular Frame die that I wanted to try, and I had my new Mama Elephant Purrfect Pair stamp set and dies, and this is what came out. I had my trusty wood-patterned paper pack with me, and I thought it tempered the frame a bit. I wanted the kitties to be the stars here. :)

I was also following the now-expired Nacho Average Challenge to use these colors:


I used the blue and green for the kitties' background, and the wood background paper stands in for the slate.

The heart was left over from one strip I die-cut with the Memory Box Heartfelt Delights die way back at the beginning of my crafty weekend. I used them all weekend long, and I might still have a few hearts left 10 days later. 

One thing I've found with these frame dies: it's way easier to adhere the inner rectangle first, then fit the frame around it. With some of the larger frame dies, I use the negative as my guide for placement. Either way, you want a solid, non-flexible piece to use as your guide. It's the only way I've found to get it remotely straight.

In other news, today I mailed all my holiday cards, and now I plan to CRAFT. I hope to be back later this week with a few more challenge cards.

Thanks for stopping by!