Monday, April 21, 2014

Travel, crops and weather.

Just came back from Winkler MB where, in my honor, they hosted a snow storm.  It was fantastic.  

Actually no, the snow was just 
Winter having her last laugh on the poor folks who have put up with way more this year than I could anymore!  
I was really there for a crop.  
Try explaining that to the border guys.  You live in AZ and you came to MB to scrapbook??  
I know.  

Here are the cards I demo'd for the make 'n' take. 

The happy birthday card uses one of my chipboard card sentiments - I spray painted mine, but at the crop we used Ranger distress paints.

For the thank you card, we heat embossed with clear embossing powder on the naked chipboard for a glossy, tone-on-tone look.  The card fronts were white heat embossed with a script stamp, and die cut with a couple of CheeryLyn butterfly dies, then popped up on the card base.

It was my first Love is in the Details crop and I had a wonderful time meeting new friends and re-connecting with old friends!  Already looking forward to next time!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Scrap Room Relocation...

Ok, so.

Here it is.  The scrap room transformation.  Well, more like relocation.  

When we first moved to this house 6 years ago, I called dibs on the office space off the front entry so fast it'd make your head spin.  At that point Mr B was getting dressed in the morning, putting on a tie, and driving to an office a couple of miles away and my being in the home office was not an issue.  

Fast forward 5 years; one son marries and moves away, Mr B works entirely from home now (complete tie freedom, finally) and his spot at the end of the family room is just not ideal any longer.  (Plus I can see a fireplace in that spot and it's a whole lot lovelier than his desk and computer.)  Time to evolve.  The boys no longer need the bonus room at the top of the stairs to play Xbox, Wii or Rock Band.  It's a bright, open space and might be perfect for my activities and then we could make the home office a real home office.

So that's what we did.  

And everybody lived happily ever after.  
 For about 15 minutes.  
This is the view from the top of the stairs and just outside our bedroom door.  
There are no doors to close here to hide inevitable messes.  
It's nice when it's all clean and tidy like this, isn't it.  
How often do you think it looks like this??  
That's right, NEVER!!  

So I had to make some mental adjustments, get myself a new attitude and go visit Ikea.  That's when things started looking up.  I really needed a way to be able to "hide the mess" like I used to be able to do in the closet downstairs.
 This Expedit shelving unit with baskets from Target are filling that objective very nicely now.  I need the visual uniformity to make me feel like everything in my life is under control.  Inside the baskets might be a different story, but from here, it looks good.  In those baskets I store patterned paper, embellishments by type, design team product, and so on.  They are labelled (to make remembering new storage locations easier) and I love that so much it's staying like that.
Those metal file bins up top are OLD Ikea product that I only ever saw for a short time and have since regretted not buying all. of. the. things!  They hold items I don't reach for as often….extra adhesive, paints, silk flowers, foam stamps (yes they have escaped all previous purges.  You mark my words, they're going to come back in style and who'll be laughing then??)
In the center of the room I have two Ikea Linnmon tables pushed up against each other.  Now I can invite my crafty friends over to play and there's room for everyone!  

This desk/corner is my "technology center".  Which makes it sound pretty legit, right?? 
The gallery wall was pretty much exactly like this from when this was our games room.  I just shifted a few photos and made room for the vintage cameras.  (One of which, was actually my wedding gift to Mr B.  I guess that makes us vintage too!)
Happily, there is still room for the couch at the end of the room making it easy for my family to plop down and visit any time they like.  That happens a lot and I like it.

These Alex drawers (also from Ikea) I've had for years and they are the BEST scrappy investment I've ever made!
 They store pens, tools, embellishment containers, punches, some ribbon, fabric, mixed media, chocolate (shhh), paper cut offs, stamping product, embossing powders, glitter, and lots more.
There are three of them, they're on rollers, and they totally rock!!

This is another item from Ikea that solved lots of issues.  

It's actually a bedroom dresser, but I've made it into my stamping/card making center.  The height is perfect for stand up stamping, and the drawers are the perfect depth for all my newly re-organized stamps.
Remember The Great Stamp Project?  Here it is.

The tiered basket I found at a local flea market and it holds my washi tape in the top two baskets and all my mists in the bottom. 
 Of course, everything is labeled to within an inch of it's life.  And if you don't think that makes me very happy, you don't know me very well.

Now for some details.
Ribbon storage.  Out of control, yes, but who could say no to all that pretty??
 More Ikea pails to hold markers, buttons and more.

Mist storage.  The bottom basket of the 3 tiered unit that sits on the dresser.  An effective shopping restraint, that.  Not one more bottle will fit so it's not even a temptation.

 This happy basket of yarn greets me at the top of the stairs.  It's for a specific project but I can't bring myself to start it and ruin this view.  

 Michael's carousel on my desk(s).

There you have it.  If you have any questions, shoot me an email and I'll be happy to help.
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Some miscellaneous catch up….

More cards.  Just a quick post to show you what's on my desk.  

A watercolor technique with a Rubbernecker stamp, silver heat embossed sentiment on a vellum banner, and some pearl dots and sequins to finish it off.

I found this pink graduated color card in among my patterned paper scraps and it seemed an obvious use for the Simon Says Stamp sentiment stamps as well as the "you" die cut.  Found the metallic leaves buried in my stash and decided this was the card they were meant for!

 I was practice stamping and heat embossing many ages ago with this Stampin' Up stamp, but never did anything with it.  Finally decided to make this card with it.  I didn't have any matching metal buttons but my trusty can of silver spray paint fixed that!

Then there was the leaf die cut that I wanted in just this exact shade of green ink.  So I inked up this piece of paper and cut it out.  But the left over negative was too cool to throw out, so I used it on this card.  Some gold foil leaves, heat embossed banner sentiment and some gold foil dots and we're good to go.

The 'get whale soon' stamp came in my recent card kit from Studio Calico.  And serendipitously, I found this whale on the back of some other piece of paper in my scrap drawer and what else could I do?!  

It's a bit of a mishmash, but it always feels good to clean out old product and put it to good use, right?

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

MORE Cards….

I'm having a blast with cards lately!  I will get back to scrapping photos again, but for now, these little projects are helping me clean out some OLD product and restocking my card stash at the same time.  

In my scrap room move, I found a little container of these brightly colored alphabet brads and I purposely put them out where they would be constantly in the way, and would remind me to USE THEM ALREADY.  So I finally did.  
 The assorted letters left over to create this card were in colors that were just icky, so I got the bright idea to spray paint them silver.  Quite happy with that result!  
 Most all of the embellishments used on these cards are also very old product that I am using up or getting rid of.  Only the patterned papers are new 6x6 pads that are perfect for card making.    
WooHOO for using up long hoarded stash, right??

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Monday, March 24, 2014

We live in a really beautiful State

And I know there's more yet to see, but the hike we took last week into the Grand Canyon to the little Tribal village of Supai surpassed everything I was expecting!!

We and eight of our friends drove up to the town of Peach Springs, north of Flagstaff last week.  We began early the next morning and were starting down from the trail head shortly after 8:00 and something like 50ºF - or in other words, perfect conditions.

It was clear in the first 100' that we would need to share.  The trail.  With all manner of 4-legged things.  Mules, dogs, horses.  And somehow you just know not to argue with that.
After 45 minutes of downward momentum, (the whole time dreading the return part of this trip the next day) we hit the flats that lead into the canyon valley.  Nice shade, amazing geological formations (rocks for the plain speaking folks) and more stepping aside for the mule trains.  Oh!  And abandoned typewriters.  
Sadly, I missed the shot of the Pony Express.  This is the last place in the USA where the mail comes and goes by pony.  No rider.  Nothing.  Just one pony who knows the route very well.  And travels it back and forth everyday.  With the mail on it's back.

Almost to the village, is this rock with all these naturally formed pocks.  Apparently the idea is deposit your rock somewhere here on the way into the village and remove it when you leave.  A fairly crude but possibly amazingly accurate way to track the visitor population??
With a few stops along the way to catch our breath and chow down on energy restoratives (nuts, beef jerky, chocolate for the plain speaking folks) we made it to the village in just under 4 hours!  Dropped our gear, changed into water shoes and headed out again.  This time hiking another 1.5 miles to the first of 3 waterfalls, and further on to more waterfalls down the trail.  Not a clue that such beauty existed in this state!
Next time I'll bring a bathing suit.
You can still see the rock formations on either side of the falls that shows how much bigger the falls used to be eons and millennia ago.  And how many more eons and millennia did it take for those falls to polish smooth the rocks it tumbled over??

Once a monkey, always a monkey.

Some other links to check out are here, here and here.
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