Wednesday, April 25

Good One

A good one sure is hard to find.  A good of anything.  A good of anyone.  Just a few months ago, I met a good boss.  And as our current relationship draws to a close, I know that a new one will blossom.  I think this new one is going to be a lot better.  I made this card for the rest of my co-workers to sign and give to our good boss.


The embossed pieces on my card front are leftovers from my Ghirardelli Easter project.  I'm so glad I kept them because they are perfect for this card.


The background was achieved by a mix of Glimmer Mist (Coffe Shop and Robin's Egg Blue) and Smooch Spritz (Log Cabin) spray paints, then touched up with Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Barn Door, Tea Dye, Faded Jeans).


I also got to play with my latest acquisition:  EK Success Scroll Pattern Large edge punch.


Materials used:
cardstock:  Stampin' Up, Wassau
image/sentiment:  Stampin' Up
ink:  Ranger, Tattered Angels, Smooch Spritz
tools:  EK Success, Spellbinders
embellishments:  Bazzil flowers, USArt Quest Prills
adhesive:  Scotch, USArt Quest, Glue Dots, Sailor, mounting tape

I really enjoyed making this card.  My fingers are dirty... but I'm glad.  It's been a while.

'Til next blog!

Saturday, April 21

Free Stamps From Inkadinkado

Free Stamps from Inkadinkado They arrived today!  Woot!!!


I was actually wondering where the padded envelope was from.  And when I opened it, there were three wonderful stamps.  What's so amazing is that I received an email from Inkadinkado saying that they have received my cards and that my free stamps are in the mail.  And just a few days after that, I got my free stamps.  Thank you Inkadinkado for such wonderful gifts!  I can't wait to see my cards in your Project Gallery
 
Check out the Inkadinkado cards I created here.  
 

Friday, April 20

Clean and Proud

Hello crafty friends!  I made a promise not to make any new posts until my planet is clean and better.  Guess what?  It is now.  That was my goal today, and I'm proud to say that I have achieved it. 


I'm so happy to see the carpet now.  And my craft desk is clutter free. 


You may find this funny, but the vacuum marks on the carpet really make me smile.


I'm going to have to enjoy this state for quite some time.  But I can't wait - the playing starts tomorrow.

'Til next blog!

Tuesday, April 17

Tuesday

I can't believe how long it took to redesign and reassign stuff in just that one spot of my craft room.  And I'm only talking about the metal peg board where my Martha Stewart punches are (click here to see how it looked before).  I'm not 100% happy about its latest look, but it will do for now. 


Basically, I added longer strips of metal pegs between the racks.  You can't really tell the difference, but with that I'm able to hang the three metal holders on the left side.

I also decided to designate this area for sewing.  And I really (really!) want to keep this clutter free, so I can easily use my Cricut anytime I want.  I tend to put stuff in front of my Cricut machine, and that hinders me from using it.  I can't even remember the last time I used my Cricut.  And what's more, I have acquired cartridges that I haven't used since they landed in my planet.  How pathetic is that!

That's it for now... my planet is still a work in progress.  I have a long way to go, but one step at a time is better than none.

'Til next blog!

Sunday, April 15

Realization

I have been wondering why I haven't been creating much lately.  I kept saying I'm busy, but it seems that isn't really the reason.  To be honest, my planet has been very chaotic.  Stuff everywhere - on my desk and on the floor.  And my muse seem to have extended its vacation.  That's what's keeping me from playing.  Really. 

So after band practice today, I wanted to start cleaning up and reorganizing my planet as soon as I got home.  At least for tonight, I gave myself two hours.  And I was able to accomplish two things.

Below my desk, I was able to put together my ArtBin Satchels.  I just love their Electronic Cartridge satchel.  Let me tell you a secret... I just bought another one today because they are 50% off at Joann's Daffodil Dash Event. 


Then I decided to put together all of my dies and embossing tools in the left tower of my craft desk.  I can say I made some major changes from my previous system.  And I think this new one will work a lot better.  Starting from the top shelf are a mix of dies and small embossing folders.  Below that are my Sizzix dies.  The A2 and bigger embossing folders are on the third shelf, organized by brand.  And the next two shelves are mostly Spellbinders dies and embossing folders.  At the bottom are two CD boxes, where I put my blank A2 card bases and bling.  You can see some long dies tucked on the left as well. 


I'm really serious about cleaning my planet.  And I want it done as soon as possible.  I'll keep you all posted.

'Til next blog!

Wednesday, April 11

So Worth The Wait

Hello crafty friends!  It will be another quick post as I've been quite busy.  I don't really know why, but I just know I'm busy.  I'm sure you know what I mean.

Anyway, I received some SU goodies in the mail.  One of them was the Simply Sent Everyday Elegance card kit from the most recent Sale-A-Bration.  Seeing the kit made me want to play in my planet, so I did.




Materials used:
cardstock/dp:  Stampin' Up, leftovers
image/sentiment:  Stampin' Up
ink:  Stampin' Up
tools:  Spellbinders, Martha Stewart
adhesive:  Scotch, Sailor, Glue Dots, mounting tape

'Til next blog!

Monday, April 9

Mother

Hello everyone!  This is going to be quick as I am planning to watch a DVD movie tonight. 

So DH challenged me to make a birthday card in one hour.  It's DMIL's birthday tomorrow, and he's going to stop by her place before a meeting at work.  I was in the mood for some Copic coloring, so I went through my Swap/RAK bin and looked for a flower image.  I was able to find one and this was what I was able to make.



Materials used:
cardstock/dp:  The Paper Company, DCWV, Wassau
image: RAKed/unknown, Technique Tuesday
ink:  Copic, Tsukineko
tools:  Marvy Uchida corner punch, heat gun
misc.:  American Crafts embossing powder
adhesive:  Scotch, mounting tape

Well, I was able to finish the card in 1 hour and 30 minutes... hee hee!

'Til next blog!

Saturday, April 7

Happy Easter

I was in the supermarket with DH when I saw an array of Marshmallow Chicks in the center aisle.  That moment, I wanted to make an Easter card with the cute colorful chicks.

Good thing I had the die to fit my project.  This particular Spellbinders die is actually a bird shape, but could work.  Going through my scrap paper stash, I was able to make these cutesies.


I wasn't in the mood for any inking, so I opted to emboss my background, and punch a border around it.  The stamp is from my RAK stash which I touched up with Spica glitter pen, and I just wrote the sentiment inside.




Materials used:
cardstock/dp:  Martha Stewart, Wassau, leftovers
image/sentiment:  RAKed/unknown
ink:  Spica, Copic
tools:  Spellbinders, Fiskars
embellishments:  ribbon
adhesive:  Scotch, mounting tape

Happy Easter everyone.... 'til next blog!

Thursday, April 5

Mic and Me

Hello everyone!  I was thinking of doing something crafty but I wasn't sure what exactly.  And then it dawned on me that my band IDK is playing this Saturday night.  It would be a perfect reason to give my Shure microphone a face lift.  Some bling would be nice, but I wasn't too sure if the bling will stick well.  Looking through my stash, I found these quarter inch decorative rolls of tapes bought from the 100 Yen Store in Japan.


The width of the tape is perfect to give my mic a different look. 



Can't wait to try my mic on Saturday night.  I wonder how it would look on stage when the lights hit it.  What an exciting thought!

'Til next blog!

Wednesday, April 4

Ghirardelli Easter

Hello crafty friends!  It's almost back to normal for me since my sister has left for California.  My planet is still very messy though... but there's no more excuse not to clean.

Anyway, while in Chicago last week, we went to the Ghirardelli store by Miracle Mile.  I've never seen so many Ghirardelli squares in a variety of flavors!  And you get a free one as you enter the store.  They also serve hot and cold drinks there as well.

So I bought a bunch of Ghirardelli squares to give to my co-workers for an early Easter treat.  To add a personal touch, I wrapped it with white cardstock and added two more layers for more dimension.  I wanted this to be a quick and easy project as I had 35 squares in mind. 


My base that is wrapped around the Ghirardelli square measured at 1.5 x 4.5.  It was then scored at 1, 1.25, 3 and 3.25 inches on the board.  Then I cut and embossed 1.5 white cardstock squares.  The sentiment was just plainly stamped, punched, and adhered with mounting tape.  Guess what?  I was able to do all 35 in less than an hour.


Materials used:
cardstock:  Wassau
image/sentiment:  Stampin' Up
ink:  Stampin' Up
tools:  Stampin' Up, Spellbinders
adhesive:  Scotch, mounting tape

These Easter treats will be handed out tomorrow.

'Til next blog!

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