Sunday, March 30, 2014

My second sale…..

My friend and neighbor asked if I would make two birthday cards for their two grandsons.  I asked what they were into….hello, LEGO!  So I searched on the internet and I “cased” a couple of cards.

Lego #1 - Outside          Lego #2 - Outside

I definitely had fun making them.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Watermarking….

I find there are just too many people out there who will steal someone's creative work, claim it is their own and submit it to contests and challenges.  Sheesh...give me a break!

I'm not talking about "casing" a card...I am guilty of that as I do not have a creative brain cell in my brain.  I however, do not submit that card to a challenge or contest.

So...today I finally "Googled" and found a simple, easy method of creating a watermark and I will be using them from now on...especially as I would like to start selling my cards.

Today's card is for my 92 year old father for his birthday.  I have seen this card a few times on the internet.  I did not want to spoil a deck of cards so...I searched for images for the four cards and printed my own on card stock.  For the background, I found a clip art on the internet and duplicated it until I had my own background paper.  Then, I scrunched the paper up...flattened it out and distressed it with Vintage Photo.

Full Deck - Outside     Full Deck - Inside

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Well that was just a mess!

Sitting here in my pyjamas...took the whole morning to fix my blog pictures.  So folks....if you are changing computers back up, back up.  This includes the now stupid linking of Blogger, Google+ and Picasa.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Well isn't that just duckie!!!

Blogger has lost the connection to all my photos....sheesh.  I purchased a new computer and a new smart phone...pics are there....just not on my blog!

Let's see how long it takes for them to fix this one!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Still here...

It has been awhile....this past year has been so busy.  We started the year with relocating and it has been the best decision we made...love the new house and great neighbors.

However, not much time for crafting.  In May my father had a stroke (he is doing really good now) and then in September hubby's middle brother had a stroke (he is doing fine too).  Then in November hubby lost another brother to cancer.  Life is not finished "biting us in the butt"...the youngest son of the brother was in an accident and is in a coma....this is a long waiting game.

I manage to get cards done one at a time.  My new year's resolution is to get started on my Copic classes...finish projects and designate time for serious crafting. Besides...not much one can really can do but put one foot in front of the other and keep walking forward

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I haven't dropped off the face of the earth....

I am still here...still crafting.  Time just has a way of getting away from me.  We have been so busy we hardly have been home to do anything.  Camping season is upon us and most of June and July are booked solid.  Also, my dad had a stroke and that meant traveling to see him in the hospital and spending time there.  He is doing much better and I got to talk to him on the phone tonight.

I have taken pictures of cards...just need time to get them posted.

Cathy

Monday, May 13, 2013

Craft Room Reveal…

Finally, got my craft room together.  It’s not perfect but, in another month or so it will be finished.  I still have to get a better storage system than the ugly plastic shelving units I am currently using.  So here goes…..

The first ones are….my closet.  We only have two bedrooms so we purchased a Credenza Cabinet Bed.  I had it against one wall but, it seemed to over power the room and took up too much space.  I had two shelves and my lateral filing cabinet in it and ended up with “dead space” on each side…not happy.  I measured and the bed fit perfectly in the closet!  On either side of the cabinet I am hanging things from the rack using S-hooks and clothes hangers…perfect!  Hubby hung my ink pad storage racks.




Going clockwise…behind the door hubby built a stamp rack.  Little did I remember…..I have more stamps than room so…I need to figure out where to put the rest.  They are scattered in drawers and clear storage boxes right now.  I am hoping to get the seasonal ones packed into Iris cases and stored away until I need them. 


The two hanging pics….I took a class on scratchboard and it was so much fun.  I have to touch up the upper one but, I love, love them.

The next one is one of the ugly shelves:  Top is storing bits and pieces and my air brush system, next shelf is all my unmounted stamps and wafer dies, next is my embossing folders, Bigz dies and bits and pieces, next shelf is my ribbon drawer and more bits and pieces, the bottom is the dregs…mainly my photo box lights etc.

The top shelf is holding my glitter and bits and pieces, the next shelf is stamps and more seasonal stuff plus my paper pads, the next shelf is some of my 12x12 paper, next shelf is 3d sheets (yes the file box is full!) and other stuff, the bottom shelf is stuff I have to unpack yet and more stamps (some seasonal…some needing a home).
The rolling cart holds my card stock…soon to be replaced by a decent paper storage system.  The angled shelf is holding my Copic sheets printed from I Like Copic Markers…the next shelf holds my scraps of paper stored in clear bags and stuck in the basket…at least they are filed by color!  The next shelf is my 8.5 x 11 and the bottom shelf is more stuff I have to unpack.  The white rolling cart is crammed full of stuff I need to sort out.  When I unpacked I just shoved into any drawer and I will sit down, sift and toss, and re-organize (winter project when camping season is over).


This is my craft desk.  I have my “most used stuff” in the drawers…paper cutters, stickles, pan pastels, water color paper etc.  My tools are in the round-about on the far left corner.

My Ikea corner computer desk.  The back board is magnetic and I have all my Tim’s small dies on the right side.

Next to it is another Ikea shelf that I picked up at a garage sale (not sure if I am keeping that one yet).  It is holding more of my 8.5 x11 paper, glue dots, tape, pop dots, paper pads, books, etc.  The drawers are full of “need to sort” stuff also.
My printer cart just came and we need to tune it as I roll it a lot and it is not the sturdiest thing in the room!


The last wall holds my MS punches and the cabinet is storing my scanner and my Gazelle.  The Best Storage cabinet…left is my paper craft stuff (eyelets, brads, flowers inks etc.), the middle is my sewing stuff and more craft stuff and the right is all my beading supplies.
Well…it’s not perfect but, it works for me.  I need to fine tune it by re-organizing everything and get rid of the shelves.  I am looking at Ikea dressers and..as most of my stuff is stored bulky…it may just be what I need…then I can label everything and I can stop opening every drawer in the room trying to find something!