Sunday, February 26, 2012

Smash Sunday

It's Smash Sunday again, and today I am sharing some pocket pages I made to hold more books I want to read. While the page I shared last week has a ton of books I want to read, there was still a whole bunch more. I decided to make some pocket pages that were just pretty and could hold anything, not just books I want to read but maybe places I want to go or things I want to do, Leap List stuff. I can just slide anything in the pockets and change it up as I go along.

Saw this art work over on Kellie Winnell's page and had to CAS it. It is pink and matches my pages! Thanks Kellie for inspiring me to Smash! There is a great Facebook group where everyone shares their journals here.

I used some Inkadinkado clear stamps from a set called Thoughts For The Day. I colored them in with Copic RV34 and some stickles. I added some Paper Layers and stickers from the Glitz Pretty In Pink kit. Finally I added in some Smash tape and SmashPad pages and topped it all off with an tin butterfly ornament I got from the dollar fifty bin at Michael's.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Happiest Birthday

This is a birthday card for my grandmother's birthday next Monday. I think I should be ok and if I mail it tomorrow it will get there by then. I hope the cool handmade rose doesn't get damaged in the mail. I will put extra postage on it just in case.


Stamp- Apothecary Art by Stampin Up!

Ink- Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper- Papertrey Ink Cardstock, Boise HD Color Copy Cover, Kaisercraft Chanteuse

Accessories- Want to Scrap Pearls, SU! Dimensionals

Copics- R85 RV34 RV52 G40 G43 G46

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Smashing Sunday

I have been bitten by the Smash bug. I got my first Smash Journal on Friday. I had fun breaking it in. I decided to do a layout about reading since that is my other obsessive pastime. Plus it was a perfect excuse to use this new Bedhead stamp from Saturated Canary. Looks just like me! I just finished reading Great Hexpectations by H.P. Mallory this morning.

The very first page I made was about books I wanted to read. Of course I ran out of room because there are a lot of books on my reading wishlist. I covered over the first page in the Red Doodle Smash Journal completely. It was orange. I hate orange.

I decided to cover over the left inside page also to include more books. I still have a bunch more but these are the ones I want to read first.

Here are all the cool Smash goodies I picked up to get me started. I got the Like This Smash Tape, the Entertainment Smash Pad, Red and Blue Smash Stickies plus some cool finds from the Michael's $1.50 bin. I got some Shabby Chic Clothes Pins and a cool vintagey lined Paper Pad.


Stamp: BedHead digi by Saturated Canary

Paper: Glitz Happy Travels paper, Boise HD Color Copy Cover, PaperTreyInk Cardstock

Accessories: Smash Pen, Nestabilites Circle and Lacey Scalloped Circle, Smash Tape, Smash Stickies, Red Doodle Smash Journal

Copics: E21-29, E15 R35 R37 C00 C1 C3 Y0000 Y15 W1 W3 BG000 BG53 BG57 R43

Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

This card was inspired by the PTI sketch challenge sketch #5. I played with some of my new goodies for this card. I used the Sizzix 3D Flower die, Stampin' Up! Framelits Label Collection die, and my new low temp Ad Tech glue gun. I find that none of the adhesives I have really keep those 3D embellishments on my cards over time so I figured the glue gun was a better way to go. It worked really well to hold the flowers together as well as adhere them to the card.

Stamps- Stampin' Up! Apothecary Art, sentiment by Scrapsmart

Paper- PTI cardstock, Boise HD Color Copy Cover, Kaisercraft Chanteuse Collection

Ink- Antique Linen Distress Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories- Sizzix 3D Flower die, Stampin' Up! Framelits Label Collection, Recollections pearls, Dimensionals

Copics- RV52 RV34 RV85 R56 E81 E84 E87 E89 G40 G43 G46

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Reclaiming my craft space

It always happens. You organize your crafting space and it looks beautiful, and then reality sets in and it gets MESSY! Well the above picture is the labor of the last 3 weeks of planning, cleaning, purging, and re-organizing. Finally, I have reclaimed my craft area and made it "live able" again. I say "live able" because I don't have a craft room, this is just a section of my bedroom. We have all heard the studies about how chaos in your bedroom makes it hard to sleep. Well I think that is really true. It made me so anxious to have everything in my room all messy. Below is what had become of the desk I made out of Jetmax cubes. This was after cleaning it up. I couldn't bear to take a picture of the real mess. It got to the point where I didn't want to stamp, scrap, nothing!

Enter the Jetmax cube with drawer. I decided the only option was to go vertical. I added another cube, removed a few of the shelves on the right and got a Sterilite 3 drawer cart to catch the overflow from the desk and to house my BigShot and dies.AFTER!
This is my TV tray where I make my cards. It has all my everyday tools. It sits next to my nightstand where my Copics are right at hand. It is a good spot because of the natural light from the sliding glass doors. The basket under the desk is balanced on my binders (sketches and Copic info) holds products I am using at the moment and scraps so they stay off the workspace. The basket on top of the desk has stamps that need to be cleaned or have just been cleaned and need to be put away.

I love that all my punches fit in the Jetmax cube with drawer and they are put away so I don't have to worry about dusting them. My Martha Stewart Score Board even fits in the cubby at the top with all of my
Martha punches. Storing cardstock and 12x12 papers upright left me so much extra room, I was able to stack my 6x6 paper pads and unmounted stamps. Baskets with extra ribbon and adhesive sit on top of a locker rack under the desk.

My BigShot now has a permanent home on top of this cart and the regular size dies fit in one of the drawers. I no longer have to take it down to use it. I keep inkpads and stickles, and adhesives in the top drawer. The bottom drawer has embossing supplies. The Isis cases are so easy and hold embellishments: trim, ribbon, flowers, buttons, etc. I also have travel organizer next to the desk to hold pearls, rhinestones, cotton swabs and balls and other small items that tend to get lost in the shuffle. It fits neatly in the 1 inch space between the desk and my bureau. Finally I have wood mounted stamps in the big bin on the bottom.

I love my new re-organized is so functional now. Hope you like it! Now if I can just clean up the rest of the house.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Love Letters

This is my submission for the Saturated Canary Challenge Blog Challenge # 10 - Red Pink & White.

Wow it has been a while since I participated in any challenges. My goodness, getting this picture uploaded was a project. When I took the picture with my iPhone, no matter what I did when I edited it, it would always post sideways. I tried it 4 different ways and no matter what it wouldn't come out right. Finally I broke down and just scanned it.

I got to use that lovely pleated ribbon from Stampin' Up! and my LaRue Heart die from Memory Box. That die cuts like a butta! The little pieces pop out so easy, no torn edges. Dave Brethauer has such a cool video on using that die with make me want to bust out my glitters and give it a try....even though glitter frightens me. It always seems to get every where and then linger around for months. I show up a work the next week and everyone asks...why is there glitter in your hair? My usual answer is "Because I like SPARKLES!!!"


Stamp- Saturated Canary Love Letters Digi Stamp

Paper- Glitz Happy Travels patterned paper, Stampin' Up! Card Stock, Boise HD Color Copy Cover

Accessories- Memory Box LaRue Heart die, Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride pleated ribbon, Blushing Bride Buttons, Stampin' Up! Rub Ons

Copics- Skin: E000 E00 E21 E04 R20 Hair: YR20 Yr21 YR24 Y28 Eyes: BG02 Clothes: R46 R56 R59 B91 B93 B95

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Making Valentines

This card includes a couple of firsts for me. My first Memory Box die and my first Saturated Canary Digi Stamp! I received my very first Memory Box dies last week. I ordered the Cherish Border and the LaRue Heart die. I love the Memory Box dies because the images are so delicate. The LaRue Heart die cut so easily and all the little peices popped right out with my fingers, no tool required. I was so excited. When I got to the Cherish Border, my results were a little less than successful. I tried it with shims, wax paper, multiple different weights of cardstock and could not get the center of the border to cut all the way through. I finally tried it with Post It Adhesive Craft Paper and had good results. After doing a little research I finally figured out, that it was not the die that had an issue or my BigShot, it was me. Duh, you need to place the die on top with the cutting surface face down when you run it through the BigShot. I had mine face up. Total user error!!! Lol, chalk that up to a learning experience.


Paper- PTI, Stampin' Up, Boise HD Color Copy Cover, Love Struck by We R Memory Keepers
, Post It Lipstick Craft Paper

Accessories- Labels Collection Framelits by Stampin' Up, Memory Box Cherish die, Me & My Big Ideas Rhinestones, Glitzy Pretty In Pink Epoxy Sticker Sentiment

Copics- Skin: E000 E00 E01 E04 E21 R20, Hair: E13 YR20 E23, Clothes and Everything Else: B91 B93 B95 B00 B01 B02 RV52 RV55 RV66

Friday, February 3, 2012

Winter CHA 2012

So what new products have you seen debuted at CHA that you simply must have? Here are some of the things I am adding to my wishlist:

New ink colors from Memento!!!! You know I have to have my Copic safe inks!
I really love Morroco and Teal Zeal!


(Updated 2/6/12: There are some amazing detailed pictures of the new Basic Grey lines posted by Melissa Stinson on !!!)


With the matching Hero's Arts Away stamp set because I still don't have a hot air balloon stamp.I really like IMAGINISCE's iMagicut ribbon cutter/ more frayed edges

(I also like the Hybrid Petal Roller as reported by Freda Thomas on the Craft Critique Blog)
KAISERCRAFT's Charlotte's Dream Collection as reported on the blog

KAISERCRAFT's Fine & Sunny Collection: Because clouds and rainbows are just cool!I'm loving some of the new Stacks from Die Cuts With A View as reported on's blog:

Adhesive Fabric Paper

The Coral Couture Stack

The Chateau Lavender Stack

The Glam Gal Stack

So what new products are you hoping to get your hands on?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Hope-y Birthday

It has been a crazy few days for me. I went to my best friend's daughter's 2nd Birthday party over the weekend. Ava is so adorable. That baby can read! She is just so smart. Here is the birthday card that I made for her.

I have also been working on reorganizing my crafting space. My real craft area was in the basement but it got flooded so most of my supplies got ruined or have that yucky mildewy smell. I have been concentrating on reorganizing my craft desk in my bedroom that I made out of Jetmax cubes. I got a new cube over the weekend. This one has the cubby space at the top and then a drawer with divider sections inside. I put all of my old style punches inside. They fit perfect and stand up. Then I put a leather basket with all my Martha Punches and any of the little tiny punches in the cubby space at the top.

I just got my Sale-A- Bration order from Stampin' Up. I didn't get too much. Just some of the SAB stamp sets, some cardstock, and a bunch of ribbon, plus some things for my BigShot. Can't wait to start playing with all of that.


Paper- Boise HD Color Copy Cover, PTI Cardstock, Glitzy Happy Travels Patterned Paper, DCWV Glitter Cardstock, Ink- Memento Tuxedo Black and Tangelo dew drop ink pads, Antique Linen Distress Ink

Accessories- Tim Holtz die, Butterfly Circles Decorative Elements Nestabilities, Taylored Expressions Layering Doily Die, Zva Creative pearl flourish, Buttermilk Spica Pen, Stickles, Glitzy Pretty in Pink trim

Hair- YR23 E17 E35 Skin- E21 E00 E000 R20 Wood- E31 E35 E37 Clothes- R05 R02 R01 R000 BG72 BG15 BG02 Wings- BG0000 Bunny- W00 W01, Leaves- YG11

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