22 April, 2014

Coffee Magic

I have a lot of flowers, as you saw yesterday. I also have new Greeting Farm stamps! I *also* have paper from March's Gossamer Blue kit to use up. Guess what all went into this card? LOL! I had a lot of fun colouring her and I definitely had fun coordinating the papers and flowers. I love TGF so much.

Rubber Stamp: The Greeting Farm
Cardstock: XPress-It
Paper: Gossamer Blue March Add-on
Prima flowers
Recollections flowers
Enamel dots
Copics Used
Skin: BV25, E11/21/00/50
Hair: E59/25/33
Outfit: C5/3/1, RV32/32

20 April, 2014

Studio Monday: Flower Fanatic

Last Monday, you'll remember, I brought you the story of how Alex came to live in my space, but I neglected to show you the bottom drawer of that lovely unit. Here's why....

In 2011 I went on a flower craze. Perhaps you were a follower then. If you weren't, suffice to say I used a lot of flowers on my cards and even some on my scrapbook pages. I got them mostly at the Scrapbook Expos because there were a lot of deals there and Prima in particular goes to sell older stock at really cheap prices.
Once upon a time I kept all the flowers in their packages and bottles and what have you. It sort of worked, but I found that those packages took up a lot of space that I just didn't have. So instead of using an entire drawer of my old Jetmax cube I ripped open all the packages, divided it into *half* and just sifted through the pile of flowers, usually finding something that might work better than others. In getting rid of the Jetmax cubes, however, this is the problem I was left to deal with. A big, huge pile of paper flowers.
As I was telling you last week, I got bins from the Dollar Tree to help me organise in the new Alex unit and they only had a few purple types of bins. I figured all of those could go on one drawer to look nicer. Then I thought, even with three bins, I could manage to organise my flowers a little neater within the drawer, keeping the new Alex unit tidy. So I chose the bins thusly: Red/orange/yellow, green/blue, purple/pink, and brown/white/black/cream. Then it was just a matter of putting on some Futurama and sorting them out.
It didn't take me as long as you might think. It was a VERY large pile of flowers, more flowers than is probably healthy for someone who isn't that huge on flowers anymore, but I think in this set up they might actually get used up more. Don't they look pretty, at least?

I hope you liked this post and you'll stick around to see if I manage to actually make a dent in this rather large stash of flowers. It took a long time to collect this many though, so I'm sure it will be more than a few months to use them up! Thanks for visiting!

Stay Crafty!

Project Life 2014: Week 14

Welcome to a PL Sunday! I'm hoping I can make it something you can come to look forward to on your Sundays. This just happens to be Easter too, so happy Easter! I don't celebrate it, but bunnies and Peeps are awesome.

For this layout I used cards from Gossamer Blue's April Life Pages kit as well as the few papers I had on hand that were in the paper add-on. I didn't get it this month because I had some of it already and I wasn't into the Simple Stories Homespun papers. I wasn't a huge fan of some of the cards in this April kit, since they use the navy blue/green/yellow combination that's popular right now. I'm going to see if I can work around those for this month, maybe use them on cards or something.

What I *did* really like are the multiple colours of the kit. The papers I had worked really well with the dotted, lined card as well as the puffy hearts that came in the kit. The "nom nom" card was from last month, but its pink works great. The enamel dots on this page are actually the melted perler beads I made in my Ranger melting pot. I'd randomly picked up a handful for the test drive of the pot, but the colours worked out really well in this instance. All the photos for this week are from the video game Elder Scrolls Online that Mike and I are playing together, like , all the time!