1.28.2015

Storage Idea - Ribbon

I love ribbon!  All the colors, textures, designs ... every aspect of it!  Well, almost every aspect.  I don't like is the space it takes up in my playroom.  Buckets and stacks of ribbon everywhere.  Have you ever noticed how much empty space there is inside the actual spool?  We all know space is a premium in any proper playroom.  My solution?  Get the ribbon off those large spools.  Wasteful!  So I zipped over to my local Michael's and found this Iris® photo box with 16 individual cases included.





I went from this pile of 79 spools of ribbon ...














to 8  little containers ...














All the ribbons are stored in their color family and there's still room to add more in the individual cases.  Here's how it looks in the carrier.  My ribbons are on the left.  Now I am ready to pick up and head to a crop!














Need an idea for all those spools?  I use them to start a fire in the fire pit and the wood stove.  Thanks for looking!



1.22.2015

Birthday Card - Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die

Good morning, all!  I have another birthday card for you today.  FYI - we are in birthday season at my house.  Yesterday was my Nephew M's 13th birthday.  13!?  Say it isn't so!

It's so hard to create a card that is just right for a teenager.  But I got it thanks to CASE-ing a card by D. Daisy ...  and adding some cash! 



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Thanks for looking!


1.20.2015

Shaker Card!

Hello, everyone!  I just got back from an AWESOME weekend retreat with 38 very talented croppers and cardmakers.  I spent my time working on a couple birthday cards, a Stampin' Up Paper Pumpkin kit, making Valentine's Day treats, and of course, chit chatting the weekend away with my scrapping sisters! 

Here's a shaker card I made for my aunt's birthday.  I used some items I had in my stash (acetate sheet, yellow twine, etc.) but also used some Stampin' Up products.  Check out the list below.




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This is the first time I had worked with SU's cardstock right out of the package.  Let me tell you something ... this is some hefty cardstock.  I've used other cardstock in the past to make cards, but the finished card always felt flimsy.  This card is super, duper sturdy thanks to a great cardstock foundation!

Thanks for looking!



1.05.2015

Watercolor Card

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope yours is off to an AWESOME start!

Was it just me, or was December a very busy month?  Hubby and I were down with the flu bug over new year's.  But,we are on the mend now!  While I was sick, I started thinking about people who have come in to my life this past year.  That inspired me to create this simple watercolor card.



Here's how ...
  • place a couple of drops of re-inkers on an acetate sheet, being sure they do not run together
  • emboss the saying using black embossing powder (don't forget to rub it first with your Embossing Buddy)
  • wet the area around the embossed image with water using an aqua painter
  • dipped the wet aqua painter into the reinker drops and start brushing onto the watercolor paper
  • keep adding color until desired color is reached
I loved creating this card using this simple and fun technique.  The possibilities are endless!