Organization or addiction, plus a much needed change…

So my husband has decided that I am addicted to making cards.  Right now our daughters and him are watching a movie and I am sitting at my craft table NOT watching the movie.  He rented some movie that a friend said was really good and I’m just not in the mood.  Granted lately, I will admit, I have been spending a great deal of time at the crafting table. In my defense I just organized the closet/craft table area in December and now I can craft to my heart’s content without having to drag all the tubs/bins/boxes out of the hall closet, use the counter/table where we eat as my surface, and them pack everything back up to put it back in the closet.  I almost never did anything because it was such a hassle.

My hall closet/craft storage before ....

My hall closet/craft storage before ….

The closet that now holds my craft stuff....

The closet that now holds my craft stuff….

The "crafting only" table and closet that used to be a dining room/breakfast table area.

The “crafting only” table and closet that used to be a dining room/breakfast table area.

What I love is that I can start a project get up and go to bed, cook a meal, run an errand, watch t.v., or do anything and I DON’T HAVE TO CLEAN UP A SINGLE THING!!!!! So am I addicted…maybe…but I say I am making up for lost time 🙂

So now let me show you what I have been up to with my new-found addiction/hobby:

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This went to a friend of the family.

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Sent this one to my little brother to tell him how proud of him I am that he will be graduating from college in just a few short weeks.

Trip to Vegas Card

I am traveling to Vegas to meet up with a group of friends from all over the U.S. Sent them all cards like this with notes about how excited I am for our upcoming girls vacay…

I made another card and sent to a friend that lives far away, but I forgot to take a photo before I sealed it in it’s envelope…sorry. 😦 It too had a U.S. cutout, but it had hearts and a little tiny airplane with what was supposed to look like sky-writing behind it that said “thinking of you.”   Really cute! My friend will love it.

As for the list of supplies—– paper, glue, time and energy….lol. I am too lazy to list everything. If you really must know about one detail or another leave me a comment and I will gladly share the goods.

What else have I been up to you ask, well, I was doing some “pinning” the other day on Pinterest and came across a blog written by a woman named Rachel. Her blog is http://www.maybematilda.com and I was inspired to cut my hair.  I had long hair, not super model long, but my ponytail was probably a good 6 – 8 inches long (I had some layering).  I had been toying around with the idea of a major haircut for a while, but always chickened out.  Monday I took my girls out for breakfast…I LOVE being on SPRING BREAK…and was talking to my oldest, Alex, about the blog and the authors experiences with getting a pixie cut then trying to grow it out. Alex told me to stop being a weenie and go get it cut…”Uh, it’s only hair mom,” she said with an exaggerated exhale (i just love teenagers. Don’t you?)  So before I could weenie out I called and made an appointment.  At said appointment time I explained what I wanted, showed pictures and then closed my eyes (and crossed my fingers…lol).

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I love it!!! I may even have to try a bit shorter next time.

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Here is a before photo taken about 6 months ago (that’s my youngest Lily 🙂 )

Hope you are having a great week.  Happy Tuesday!!

Why does it take me so long to make one card??

I sat down this evening around 5:30 p.m. to create a sticker to put on the back of all my cards that says my name with a cute little image and its now 1:45 a.m! I made the stickers using some square Avery labels and their online label making software, but then decided I would rather have them circular so I played a bit more and then used my 1 1/4 in circle punch to punch them out.  As I was tossing all the scraps from the labels I got to thinking about how the leftover parts would make nice templates for some stamping….6 hours later I have completed ONE card!!! I can’t figure out why it always seems to take me so long. Maybe it’s because I’m somewhat new to card making or I’m so indecisive…lol.  Anyways I am mostly pleased with the final design and I definitely think I am getting better and more creative. I still am having a hard time getting a clean stamped image. I tried using the Adirondack ink in Pebble for the words, but it was too light and so then I tried to restamp it in Colorbox’s Espresso pigment ink, but didn’t get it lined up correctly.  Below are pictures of the card and the supplies I used:

 

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The polka dot paper is my own creation using white card stock 4×6 notecard and the leftovers of the square labels.  I took a make up sponge and randomly wiped the Pebble and Sushine Yellow inks into the circles then peeled up the labels…wah la! Polka dot paper in what every color I need. Then I played around with the layout, colors, stamps and sentiment.  The flowers and sentiment are on dimensionals so they add another layer of interest to the card.

 

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Happy Saturday!

I cheated on the big 3 and crafting with the Silhouette Cameo.

Michael’s, Jo-Ann’s, and Hobby Lobby…oh what great friends we have been these past few years.  But I must confess I cheated on you this weekend, not once, not twice, but 3 TIMES!!!  I love the convenience and proximity of these craft supply stores to where I live, but the variety of what they stock doesn’t change very often and isn’t always the most inspiring. The Paper Source does give me a lot of inspiration, but their stock doesn’t change all that often either.  I was looking for something different, something inspiring, some place that offers more than just the run of the mill.  In order to find these gems I have been reading a lot of blogs lately written by fellow paper crafters and researching the products that they use and talk about.

I don’t know why it never occurred to me before to see if there were other stores in my area, but it did yesterday.  I discovered 3 stores that are somewhat in my area.  By Design Scrapbook Boutique, Novel Approach and Archiver’s…let me just say that walking in to these three speciality stores was like finding a needle in a haystack.  Houston (have I told you I live in Houston, TX) is humongous and everything is a drive, unless you can afford to live in a cute condo/loft apartment in the heart of Rice Village/Heights/River Oaks…which I can not, so I live just outside the city.  I spend a lot of time in the city checking out new shops, restaurants, shows, and the like. I love the big city life!!! I grew up in a much smaller town many many miles north of TX, so I enjoy the city and all it offers.

For my first 2 stores I drove to the Clear Lake/Friendswood area. Both stores were well organized and had some interesting offerings. By Design Scrapbook Boutique had more scrapbooking supplies like stickers and embellishments (hence the name..lol).  They also had a room in the back where you could borrow their cutting stuff and space to work, which I thought was pretty neat. Novel Approach had so many more stamps and inks than the other place, but also a lot of stickers and embellishments. Both places were worth visiting and I will go back when I am in that area…..BUT the last place I went, which was an hour away from where I was, made me feel like a kid in a candy store.  Archiver’s had so many different brands and such a huge variety that I was worried I was going to go broke in there. The only saving grace is that it is 40+miles from my house and on a good day with Houston traffic that’s about and hour. I have made a deal with myself that I will only go there once every OTHER month…I hope 🙂

My daughter and I had some time this afternoon to sit down and get our craft on.  We looked for some new cut files for the Silhouette with an Easter theme and came across this cute paper basket that she made. I also did a print and cut of a few Easter eggs for her to color.  Below is the photo:

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She did a good job.  We added the little Easter egg decorations on the side as an after thought. They are from a different cut file in the Silhouette store that is a border row of eggs with the words Happy Easter underneath.  Inside you can see just a bit of the eggs she colored.

While she was working on getting everything glued down I was just playing around with some of the scrap papers we have and wanted to see how the other half of the border we got would turn out. The Happy Easter portion of the border is written in a very curvy script and I just couldn’t get it to cut cleanly.  I don’t know what the problem was. I tried probably 10 times using different settings, changing the size of the font or other tips I found online, but nothing worked.  Suggestions are definitely welcome if anyone out there has any to offer??? I did contact Silhouette by email and am awaiting a response. I’ll let you know what they say.  After giving up on the Happy Easter border I decided to just see what else I could make rather quickly so I could end my night with a success (didn’t want to go to sleep frustrated).  Below is what I made:

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This card is really small and cute.It measures 3 1/8 in x 4 1/2 in and was cut using the Silhouette (and cut out very cleanly might I add). I added some Stickles for a bit of something shimmery. Punched out a small orange circle for the flower and coated it with glossy accents.  I know it’s nothing super fantastic, but I think it’s cute and simple and I know just who I will be giving this too later this week. 🙂

Happy Sunday!

Valentine cards…

Sorry its been a minute since I last posted. Things have been CRAZY busy and I haven’t cooked a quality meal or done any crafting since the last time I posted. Had to do some last minute traveling and that has kept me from my regular routine.

Anyways I wanted to share some of the super cute cards Miss Lily and I made this evening.

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The cards I made...

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The cards Lily made.... (she's 5) 🙂

For a 5 year old I think she did awesome!! I was there to assist of course but she chose the colors, stamps, stickers and sentiments. I think I have a future genious crafter in the making.

Hey she’s my kid I can say what I want…

Happy Tuesday !

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