26 April, 2014

Card: Love Life Skyward

Heya, everyone. I'm dealing with yet more health issues. We went to the doctors on Thursday and even they don't know what's wrong with me. Could be allergies, could be another lung infection, could be I'm just dying. They did tests, so we'll see what happens in the next week or so. Until then, sleep will be at a premium and I'm on a TON of meds.

I coloured this image around Monday, but wasn't able to get her onto a card. Today I went through my 6x6 papers and found these papers which almost completely match the colours I chose. Pretty cool, right? Then, keeping in mind that I have too many flowers, I figured they'd be the perfect embellishment. I decided not to go with "naked" buttons for once and tied them up with twine, which too much longer than it was probably worth. I hope you like my card!

Rubber Stamp: The Greeting Farm (Skyward Anya)
Clear Stamp: Lawn Fawn (sentiment)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Bazzil Kraft
Paper: Jillibean Soup, My Little Shoebox
Prima flowers
Copics Used
Skin: E93/11/00/50, BV25
Hair: Y26/23, E35
Outfit: E35/33/31, BG57/34/32/10, RV66/55/13

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!

14 April, 2014

Studio Monday: Alex's Arrival

Today I have a pretty big reorganisation to show you. In fact, it's been a few weeks in the making (and those waiting for it are probably not anticipating it anymore because it's been so long...). While I was at the Anaheim Scrapbook Expo my husband Mike went to IKEA for me and picked up an Alex drawer set for my space. This is its story....
This was the space under my desk. My "footwell" if you will. My computer tower with its side off to keep it cool was accompanied by a disused Jetmax Cube holding my Copic paper and not much else important. On top of that were several Iris cases including my Christmas supplies. When I needed a snowflake wood veneer I had to have Mike go under there and get that Iris case out of there (it was on the bottom stack at the time). And then there's Gambit. She's taken to sitting on my tower in the last few months and pawing at me for attention. I also think she likes it because it's warm.
All the way on the other side of my desk were there two Jetmax cubes that I'd been using to hold up my previous desk, still stacked the way they were then. The problem with this was that all the important stuff was still in there and yet wasn't as close to hand as it had been. It was just a little scoot over with my chair, but still, annoying. Also, my chair sits higher now with this taller desk and getting to that bottom shelf where my important tools were was rather uncomfortable.

I also had a wooden shelf that Mike built me for my Mason jars several years back. It used to be mounted on the wall in my scrap closet but since the move to the kitchen it's been rather... out of place. With the bigger table it has been even more so. I thought perhaps I could replace it too. So that's four things that needed re-homing and re-organisation.
So I cooked up the idea that I could get ONE unit, the Alex unit, and replace all three of these Jetmax cubes. I mean, I hate the idea of wasted space and if we EVER GET TO FREAKIN' LEAVE THIS DAMNED TOWN it'll be less to move. Mike put it together for me in the morning and I got to work. Pulling everything apart, making a general mess of the kitchen, and sorting things I *do* use from the things that I don't. I quickly realised that I'd need some help in the form of organiser bins so we took a trip to the Dollar Tree. We had to go to the store anyway, since we needed lunch, and they're right next to each other.
The first drawer was easy. It's the main tools that I use when creating. My smaller trimmer, my ATG gun (which needs a coat of spray paint again and a sealer), my large ink pad, and assorted extra scissors, Cameo tools, and Glossy accents. It's right at the top so it's very easy to reach into or to leave open as I'm working.
The second small drawer I put shallow bins in and put my enamel dot and pearl collection in prominent place. They're used super often, I have an addiction (we all know this) and it seemed like a logical step. The far right bin has more tools in it, blender tools, corner punch, Copic Multiliners, my main Memento stamp pad and acrylic block, my pencil sharpener, stuff like that. In the far left bin I had a bit of a struggle to fill since I don't have that many little things. I settled on Heidi Swapp mistable shapes and my manilla tags that I use to play around with mixed media things.
The next drawer is the first of the larger drawers and happened to be the exact height that I needed for my mason jars. Most of them (4) have wood veneer in them. There's also one for twine and one for white flowers for misting/Copic/inking. I used this drawer for my pre-printed photos as well. If an event has multiple photos, like hundreds even (think Disney World), I send them out to be printed instead of having my Selphy do it. I also put in embellishments. I had to do a stack (top left) as well as file them (top right) because some were too tall for the drawer. I don't use a ton of embellishments like this so mostly it's mistable shapes a few old Jolees that I have specific use for, Make it Crafty chipboard, and one package of die cuts. (oh, and that's not a stamp in there, that's just a wood block acting as a separator to keep the Disney World photos apart from the regular ones. All the other dividers are for subject division)
The second to last drawer holds thin dies like Spellbinders, my embossing folders, frequently used punches, and my heat embossing tools.

There's one more drawer in this unit but I'm saving it for another Monday, so stay tuned!
Here is the Alex unit all in place. I'm slightly bothered that instead of drawer pulls it has non-sealed drawers, but I'm dealing. There's not *that much* dust in here. I'm sure my stuff will be fine. Over to the right I've re-created the Iris case tower since there's really no other way to do it, but at least it's easier to get to. My Copic refills in their Artbin sit on top.
Lastly, here's the full shot of my space as it is. It's still not fully, completely, totally, done which is why I haven't made a new tour video, but I'm getting there. Just a few bins in the Expedit to organise and the white stamp bins on the wood shelf need sorting as well. But you can see how nicely the Alex fits into the space now and how it's made things in this corner a lot easier.

There we go! Three cubes and a shelf down to one drawer unit. Yay! I hope you've enjoyed the look around my space today and I hope you have a wonderful day. Stay tuned (nearly) every Monday as I bring you more organising fun!

Stay Crafty!

09 April, 2014

Card: Fly Away With Me, Firefoot!

More fun with alcohol inks! Yes! I actually really like how this one came out. I like the sideways version of the colour, I like how it looks vaguely rainbow even though I only used three colours, and I like the speckled look that the misting of alcohol gave it. I actually put this up on my wall. I hope you like it. Have you played with alcohol inks at all? You really should, they're super fun.

Digital Stamp: Little Miss Muffet (Firefoot)
Cardstock: XPress-It,  Co'ordinations
Paper: Lawn Fawn (Hello Sunshine)
Adirondak alcohol inks
Lawn Fawn flair
Queen & Co sprinkles
Copics Used: W4/2/1/0, E97, YR27/21
And in the interest of full disclosure, I present this. THIS is what happens when you fail at making something. The mister of white paint ruined the look. I love how when I WANTED this look for snow it didn't happen, but now that I wanted a more clustered bubbly look I ended up with SNOW! Ugh! So yeah, not everything I make comes out looking good. Sometimes it's just a train wreck. If anyone in the USA actually likes this and would like this card sent to them please leave me a comment. First come, first serve.

08 April, 2014

Card: Sitting in Nature

I put this scene together weeks ago when the elements were brand new and finally got up the steam to colour her and.. OH MY GOD! What happened to her hair?! Yeah, it's a total mess. It's been a while since I've coloured anything so this is kind of a mess all around, but ah well. I got to get my colouring chops back somehow, right? It was fun to use my Copics again though.

Digital Stamp: Make it Crafty
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Make it Crafty chipboard corners
Copics Used
Skin: E93/21/11/51/50
Eyes: B37
Hair: R89, E19/E97
Outfit: V9/17/15, B95/93/91

05 April, 2014

Mixed Media: Fun With Alcohol Inks

Today I decided to just randomly play around with alcohol inks. I got some photo paper, sprayed it down with rubbing alcohol, and dripped the alcohol inks on it. I then turned it around, blew on the ink, that kind of thing. The top two seemed to make a scene so I got some silhouette stamps, a multiliner pen, and drew scenes. The bottom one was just a MESS. I mean, I don't know why I thought blue, green, and red would work in this combination, but it didn't. I had to end up using two other colours to clean it up and make it more "abstract" then I tried to blah it up. I dunno. It looks weird in real life too. You can't win them all!

(also, I'm slowly making my way back into crafting now that the new antibiotics seem to be helping. I hope to be back to posting regularly very soon. thanks for hanging in there, guys and gals!)