Thursday, February 28, 2008

New Papertrey!!

My order finally came today - yippee!! I got both of the new color collections and 2 sets - Women of Life and Polka Dot Basics. I had to open Women of Life immediately because I've been planning a card ever since I saw the row of stems image and knew that I wanted to pair it with a bunch of Prima flowers. The card came out exactly as I envisioned it:
I used the new Spring Moss ink, cardstock and twill and adore how they all match so perfectly! I can't wait to see what colors are revealed in March!

Other materials used: sentiment - Papertrey Ink: Women of Life set; white cardstock for focal image - Georgia Pacific; white cardstock for base - Stampin' Up!; plain and scalloped large rectangle Nestabilities - Spellbinders.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Ribbon roll storage

I got this idea from Tim Holtz's blog where he shared some pix and organizational ideas from his studio.

I thought his ribbon storage was awesome, but I just don't have space in my craft room for those shelves, so this is what I came up with:

I got the wire shelves from Walmart and they look like this in the package:

Then I got some threaded stainless steel rods from the hardware store along with some nuts (although these might be unnecessary), and I already had some regular large paperclips as well as clips from my Clip-It-Up that I wasn't using. DH helped me cut the rod into 12" lengths with a hacksaw and then I filed the sharp edges down.

To assemble, I just hooked a paperclip onto each end of the shelving, then clipped a Clip-It-Up clip to the bottom of each one (so the hook end is hanging down), and then hung the rod from the 2 clips. I know this doesn't make sense, so here are a couple close-ups of the whole shebang.

This is how each end looks from the front. You can see the paperclip, then the CIU clip, then the rod hanging from it all. I said earlier that the nuts might not be necessary because the CIU hook holds into the threads keeping the rod from slipping around. I still used the nuts because they covered the raw edges a little for safety.

And here's how it looks from the side (sorry it's blurry - my camera didn't know what to focus on):

So there you have it. It wasn't dirt cheap and it's not the prettiest thing, but I think it will work for all the rolls of May Arts ribbon I've been buying lately!

And one last note: You might be able to see I threaded the ends of the ribbon over and under and over the wire in the shelving. This is to keep the rolls from unrolling on their own, but I can still easily pull the ends and cut whatever length I want. Hope you like my idea!

Friday, February 22, 2008

More new stamps and Skoober notecard

I haven't been posting much because I've been really sick lately, and also, I just got back from a trip to California on Sunday! It was a ton of fun and I hope to be scrapping all those pix real soon!

I had a nice surprise waiting for me when I got home - an order that I had placed before I left from Starving Artistamps, Inc. for a whole BUNCH of DoodleFactory stamps! Yay!!

I've seen the images on blogs here and there and finally decided I couldn't live without them anymore! I ordered the full sets of the DoodleFactory Animals, Creatures, and the Halloween images. And those wonderful people threw in the DoodleFactory Birds N Fish for FREE!!

I'm still in the process of mounting them all on EZ Mount, but had to make a card with li'l Skoober right away because he's just too funny!

I started with this notecard that I found at Michael's during my trip. It came as a set of 12 notecards with matching envelopes for only a dollar! Sure, they're only a little over 2 1/4" square, but they're still a great deal. As cute as they already were, I knew I could alter them with some stamping.
And here's my finished notecard (with the matching envy): I used the small version of Skoober which was the perfect size for this mini notecard. I cut the scalloped oval first, then stamped Skoober with Ancient Page ink. I colored a little with Stampin' Up! markers, then smoothed out the pen lines with a water pen, giving it sort of a watercolored look. I gave him a little shadow all around with my water pen and a grey marker. I then ran the oval back through my Big Shot to emboss and sponged the edges. I adhered it over the flower image that was on the notecard and then finished off the inside like this:
Other materials used: "Be Mine" stamp - Cornish Heritage Farms; heart stamp - Papertrey Ink; Tempting Turquoise marker and inkpad, Going Grey marker, and white cardstock - Stampin' Up!; scalloped oval Nestabilities die - Spellbinders.

Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers-13

I'm so excited to be joining the Sisterhood! Since I just started blogging, I think this is going to be a great way to get help and feedback and besides that, I get to make some new stamping friends!

I used to be a Stampin' Up! demo, but was only doing it for the personal discount and finally left because the minimums were overwhelming me. As a result, I have WAY too many SU! sets, but I just can't stop myself from buying even more from a demo friend. I also can't resist all the TONS of other great stamps that are out there, so I am just plain buried in stamps!!

I hope all my sisters enjoy seeing my projects and I already know I'm going to love looking at all their blogs! Let the fun begin!

Friday, February 8, 2008

New Stamps & Love Note

I was so excited after receiving my first order from Cornish Heritage Farms that I had to blog about it! I've been wanting to order from them for a while because I've been eyeing all the Kim Hughes' stamps and some of their awesome backgrounders, but I couldn't make up my mind which to get. Well, I finally bit the bullet and picked some, figuring that I could always order again later, right?!

So here are the sets I got:

From the Kim Hughes Collection - Hugs & Kisses and Silhouette Blooms II.

Two backgrounders - Grid Paper and Lined Paper. I also *had* to get the new Classic Essential Expressions. It has a TON of great sayings and the simple font goes with everything!

And of course I just had to make a card with my new stamps, so here you go:
Super simple, but I love it anyway! It's kind of a weird color scheme for a love card, but I took the colors from the patterned paper - a light orange and turquoise. Sounds ugly, but I really like the combo!

Supplied used: All stamps - Cornish Heritage Farms; White cardstock, inks, and small circle punch to take corners off of sentiment piece - Stampin' Up!; patterned paper - Heidi Grace; Nestabilites - Spellbinders; brads - unknown.