Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Evolution of a Stamp Room

Happy Thursday! I can't wait for some nice down time this weekend! Hope everyone is having a good week.

This is a post I've been wanting to write for a week! Ever since my stamping room at this house (finally) came to be, and got unpacked and (mostly) organized, it was beyond time to go "squeeeeeeee" and share it with all of you! All that was holding me back; I've been searching all the digital archives I have here to try to find a couple of TRUE "before" pictures of the overall space so you could really see how far it has come.

Well unfortunately, I can't find any pre-move in, or even just-past-move-in but pre-digging-through-boxes-trying-to-find-a-birthday-card-to-send-or-some-stickers-for-the-kids.  :(  I do have a few in the middle stages, and of course the end, so this has waited long enough, so it's time to just go with what I've got!

Here we have the disaster of half opened boxes, searching for treasures here and there:




What a nightmare!!

So then after some of the other house remodel projects were done, hubs framed out the entertainment/family room (which shares a wall with my new stamping area). Then we had the entire finished portion of the basement exterior spray foam insulated, as well as the rim joists of the WHOLE house. That means we had to move Every.Single.Thing. in the basement away from the wall at least 3 feet....



 

Then we painted the brick that was left unfinished, and hubs did wiring, more wiring, added outlets, lights, drywall, painted, shelving, counters, etc. etc. and we finally got somewhere.




As you can see, it's not quite done. The kids' toys were moved into the family room once the carpet was put down, so that's gone. I also unpacked the last of the stamps and boxes. I'm not sure what happened to my final pictures, but if I clean up the papers I dragged out for ACTUAL CARD MAKING the other day, I can take some more where the room is at about 92% complete and organized (rather than the 80%) you see here.  But for tonight, I'm posting. I guess the stamp room evolution discussion will be a 2-part post ;)

Have a great night! Thanks for dropping by!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Get Your KRAFT On!

Hello lovelies! Hello bloglandia, and stampers everywhere! I'm so excited today - this is the FIRST CARD I have created in my SHINY NEW STAMP ROOM!!!! Yessssss!  Thanks to DH for working so hard so I can (finally) get my craft on! :)

And....here it is:




I stayed pretty simple here, although I also colored a few images for later use (tomorrow?? maybe??).  I'm quite pleased with how it turned out, all the happy pink tones, layers and sparkle just make me smile.


Supplies:

Sentiment from Paper Pretties - Cursive Greetings I
Flowery Flourish from Prickley Pear
Kraft and Vanilla Cardstocks
Various papers & punches from my stash
Kaisercraft gems
Shimmerz Angel Wings to highlight the flourishes
Regal Rose ink

I would love to enter this card in the following FABULOUS challenges - THANK YOU for getting me inspired to create...instead of reorganizing my new space again. hehe. This was SO much better!! :)





Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Well, Happy 2015!

I thought I would try a blog post. YES! I'm still around here and I'm looking forward to getting back into stamping. After so So SO many trials and tribulations over the last couple of years, I am healthy, I have a healthy family, slightly more self-reliant little boys, and...MOST importantly of all...A BRAND NEW SPANKIN' BEAUTIFUL STAMPING ROOM custom built for me, by hubs.  It was just finished a couple of weeks ago and I've been unpacking, organizing, reorganizing, and getting reacquainted with all of my beautiful, wonderful, *amazing* crafting supplies.

Photos coming soon. I know you want to see them! :D

Time to dust things off and have a glitter-baptism of the new space! Right?!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Alive (...But Not Quite Kickin'!)

Hello to my lovelies out there in blogland!  I thought I'd load things up for a fly-by post - assuming anyone is still reading after my many months of being out of commission.  My knee surgery from this spring is still in the rehab phases, baby steps to getting back to "normal" but not there yet.  I am hopeful I can get back to stamping in the near future, it's no longer an issue for me to get downstairs, but the bulk of my time is still spent on exercises and work catch-up.

For all those who still pop by from time to time, I thank you, you know that I luuuuuuuurve you so!  We can look forward to the return of craftiness together!  :)

Friday, March 1, 2013

Paper Pretties and 365 Colors!


TGIF people!  What a week.  We have begun the remodeling of our house after the dust finally settled from the move so today I need to get everything out of the kitchen because tonight the cabinets are coming down.  Wish me luck being without a kitchen for 3 weeks!  So that's the crazy & messy, but what is GOOD about today?  Well, it's time for another fantasmic color challenge from 365 Cards!  

A very soothing color combo for you to play with today!  Here is my creation. 365 Cards is sponsored this week by SK Digis, and she's offering a great prize of digital images from her shop!  Check out the details at 365 Cards!  Unfortunately I had technical difficulties in printing so I wasn't able to use the adorable image I had chosen :(.  Our new printer HATES cardstock, even the thin GP cardstock, and I could NOT get it to feed.  I need to have hubs take a look at it, he has gotten it working for me before.  Our little old cheapie inkjet never had an issue with cardstock, this new fancy one throws a fit every time I try.  Go figure.

So pinch hitting, this cute image is from Paper Pretties. The current PWC (PWC247) is getting PUNCHY.  So bust out those punches and have some fun!  You can check them out at the Paper Pretties Blog.  It's another chance for you to win!



Here is the official color swatch from 365 Cards:



That's it!  I hope I have inspired you on this Friday morning. :) Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping, don't forget to link up!  


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

PWC246 - Circle Card


Happy Wednesday! Halfway to the weekend, thankfully.  February is my busiest month, personally, and this one is worse that normal!  Between crazy deadlines at work, "regular" family stuff, and this year potential school changes, I am running ragged.  But I am happy to have taken some time to stamp - a break in the action for another Prettie Wednesday Challenge!  If you play along with us you could WIN digis from Paper Pretties! Check out the Paper Pretties Blog for all the details!


For this week's challenge (keyword: PWC246), we want to see CIRCLES!  Create a circle card to share with us!  This is as close as I could get to a circle because my Nestabilities are all still packed (perish the thought!) and I couldn't easily lay hands on them when I went down to get stampy.  So, one lonely set of Octagon Nesties, which for some reason were not in the binders with the others but still in the package and snuggled in with the ink pads (WHAT?!) were my salvation.  

Now, we'd love to have you join the fun!  To play along, just make a card that fits the challenge, then link up on the Paper Pretties Blog to enter.  


This image is from the beautiful clear stamp set Follow Your Rainbow.  I just love the font on these great sentiments, and the images are straight out of a perfect fantasyland!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Don't forget to head over to the Paper Pretties Blog for a full list of the week's eye candy and all the challenge (and PRIZE) details!  You link up THERE for your chance to win this week's prize!  Happy stamping everyone!


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

PWC244 - A Valentine

Happy Wednesday! Halfway to the weekend, thankfully.  Time for a break in the action and another Prettie Wednesday Challenge!  If you play along with us you could WIN digis from Paper Pretties! Check out the Paper Pretties Blog for all the details!


For this week's challenge (keyword: PWC244), we have tasked you to make a Valentine!  How very appropriate.  :)  To play along, just make a card that fits the challenge, then link up on the Paper Pretties Blog to enter.  Here is my contribution:



This image is from the awesome clear stamp set Holiday Sweets I from Paper Pretties.  I love every one of these yumm-o-liciuos cupcakes!  What fun!  There are also two sets of Holiday Cheer DRINK stamps - you know those are right up my alley!  Speaking of, I think I need to get those out again, it's been much too long...

Anywhoooo..thanks for stopping by today!  Don't forget to head over to the Paper Pretties Blog for a full list of the week's eye candy and all the challenge (and PRIZE) details!  You link up THERE for your chance to win this week's prize!  Happy stamping everyone!


Thursday, January 24, 2013

365 Cards - Day 25



TGIF people!  What a week.  Wish me luck today as I have a long commute to the office and we're supposed to be having snow.  NOT GOOD.  But what is good about today?  Well, it's time for another fantasmic color challenge from 365 Cards!  We have changed the 365 Cards calendar to coincide with the actual calendar, and reset the clock, so we're looking at Day 25 of our 2013 year!

A very masculine color combo for you to play with today, always helpful for the stamping process, I know I struggle making cards "manly". Here is my creation. This great image, Scout Cooper, is from Paper Pretties. LOVE him!



Here is the official color swatch from 365 Cards:


That's it!  I hope I have inspired you. :) Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping, don't forget to link up on the 365 Cards Blog!  


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

PWC 242 - Try A New Technique



Happy Wednesday! Halfway to the weekend, thankfully.  Time for a break in the action and another Prettie Wednesday Challenge?!  If you play along with us you could WIN digis from Paper Pretties! Check out the Paper Pretties Blog for all the details!

For this week's challenge (keyword: PWC242), your challenge is to make a card using a new technique.  That's new to YOU, it can be anything.  To play along, just make a card that fits the challenge, then link up on the Paper Pretties Blog to enter.  Here is my contribution:


This is the Oh So Tropical digi, isn't he adorable??  For my new technique I did coloring and blending with watercolor markers (instead of Copics).  I have so many of these and they rarely, if ever, get any love.  Sadly, they do NOT work nearly as well as Copics for me, I have seen some gorgeous cards where they colored images like that, but either I need a LOT more practice, or it's just not going to be my niche!  It was a lot of fun to try it though, I ALWAYS reach for the old stand by, and change can be very good!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Don't forget to head over to the Paper Pretties Blog for a full list of the week's eye candy and all the challenge (and PRIZE) details!  You link up THERE for your chance to win this week's prize!  Happy stamping everyone!

Friday, January 18, 2013

365 Cards - Day 18


Happy Friday everyone!  That means that it's time for another fantasmic color challenge from 365 Cards!  We have changed the 365 Cards calendar to coincide with the actual calendar, and reset the clock, so we're looking at Day 18 of our 2013 year!

A very nice color combo for you to play with today, one I have turned to more than once, so this was a fun way to jump start the creativity again, since I haven't had a ton of stamping time since the move. Here is my creation. This great image, Celebrate Sophia, is from Paper Pretties. She is one of my favorites, I just love her hair and her HUGE smile!



Here is the official color swatch from 365 Cards:


Alright, that's Day 18 you guys!!  Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping, don't forget to link up on the 365 Cards Blog!  


Thursday, January 17, 2013

PWC241 - Ribbon!


Happy Thursday! I'm a day late on this one, fighting off yet another sickness.  But still, are you ready for another Prettie Wednesday Challenge?! I bet you are!  If you play along with us you could WIN! Check out the Paper Pretties Blog for all the details!

For this week's challenge (keyword: PWC241), your challenge is to make a card that includes ribbon.  To play along, just make a card that fits the challenge, then link up on the Paper Pretties Blog to enter.  Here is my contribution:


For this card I actually decorated the inside!  I don't often do that, so I snapped a photo of that as well.


I actually made this card awhile back but never blogged it.  I made it for a SUPER AMAZING teacher that we had to leave when we moved over here toward Milwaukee, and we miss him very much.  It is special to me and I hope that you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by today!  Don't forget to head over to the Paper Pretties Blog for a full list of the week's eye candy and all the challenge (and PRIZE) details!  You link up THERE for your chance to win this week's prize!  Happy stamping everyone!

Friday, January 11, 2013

365 Cards, Day 11


GOODNESS!!!  Let's see if Miss Jen remembers how to BLOG, shall we??  I have missed it....and YOU, fellow stampers!  *group hug*

Well, yes.  Happy Friday everyone!  That means that it's time for another fantasmic color scheme challenge from 365 Cards!  We have changed the 365 Cards calendar to coincide with the actual calendar, and reset the clock, so we're looking at Day 11 of our 2013 year!

A very nice masculine or natural color combo for you to play with today! Here is my creation, this great image, Skater Zac, is from Paper Pretties!



Here is the official color swatch from 365 Cards:



For your reference, the color equivalents I used on my card are all Stampin' Up! - So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black and Going Grey.  Plus, a few dozen Copics for coloring ;)

Alright, that's Day 11 you guys!!  Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping, don't forget to link up on the 365 Cards Blog!  

Thursday, June 21, 2012

365 Cards - Day 114 Color Combo


Here we are again, and this time with the end of school in our rearview and lots of summer fun coming up!!  Happy Friday everyone!  That means that it's time for another fantasmic color scheme challenge from 365 Cards!


A very nice masculine or natural color combo for you to play with today! Here is my creation, stamp is from this week's FABULOUS sponsor, DRS Designs!





Here is the official color swatch from 365 Cards:



For your reference, the color equivalents I used on my card are all Stampin' Up! - Not Quite Navy, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip and Going Grey.  

Alright, that's Day 114 you guys!!  Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping, don't forget to link up on the 365 Cards Blog, and visit our sponsor, DRS Designs!  Playing along this week at 365 Cards give you a chance to win a $10 store gift certificate from DRS.  Woot!

Friday, June 8, 2012

365 Cards - Day 100 Colors!

Here we are again, and this time with the end of school in our rearview and lots of summer fun coming up!!  Happy Friday everyone!  That means that it's time for another fantasmic color scheme challenge from 365 Cards!


A very pretty summery color combo for you to enjoy today! Here is my creation, stamps from Paper Pretties (Hang In There):





What a fun one!  Yes, I know I have a fail of the reddish-purple color, but after 10 minutes of digging through my stash of patterned paper, I wanted to STAMP so I just went with these.  :)  Anyway, here you can see the official color swatch from 365 Cards:



For your reference, the color equivalents I used on my card are all Stampin' Up! - Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze.  The purple-y color is from a DCWV stack.  

Alright, that's Day 100 you guys!!  Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping, don't forget to link up on the 365 Cards Blog

Friday, June 1, 2012

365 Cards - Day 93 Color Challenge


Wow, I have been really bad at keeping up my own blog!!  Sheesh!  I hope you guys are still hitting up the store and challenge blogs to see current cards...


ANYHOO...Happy Friday!  That means that it's time for another fantasmic color scheme challenge from 365 Cards!


A favorite color scheme of my own, personally, this week, to compliment our gorgeous digital papers from Heidi Stock Design!  Heidi is offering 40% off of anything in the store right now as part of the 365 Cards promotion, just enter coupon code 365365 at checkout.  You also have a chance to win 3 paper packs of your choice for playing along with our 365 cards challenges this week!  First off, here is my creation:






What a fun one!  Here you can see the official color swatch from 365 Cards:



I know swatches can sometimes be a little hard to determine based on computer monitor variations, lighting, etc.  That's ok!  Get close and play along with us!  You don't want me getting color challenged all alone do you? For your reference, the color equivalents I used on my card are all Stampin' Up! - Kiwi Kiss, Regal Rose, and Handsome Hunter.  The first green, on the far left and also on the polka dots on the background paper did not have a cardstock matchup.

Alright, that's Day 93 you guys!!  Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping, don't forget to link up on the 365 Cards Blog

Friday, April 13, 2012

365 Cards - Day 44 Color Challenge

Whew, we did it!  Happy Friday!  That means that it's time for another fantasmic color scheme challenge from 365 Cards!


A very classic color scheme this week, to compliment this great image from Robyn's Fetish!  They have sponsored us this week and it's always a treat to play with their digis!  Here is my creation:





What a fun one!  Here you can see the official color swatch from 365 Cards:



I know swatches can sometimes be a little hard to determine based on computer monitor variations, lighting, etc.  That's ok!  Get close and play along with us!  You don't want me getting color challenged all alone do you? For your reference, the colors I used on my card are all Stampin' Up! - Certainly Celery, Bordering Blue, Real Red and Pumpkin Pie.  

Alright, that's Day 44 you guys!!  Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping, don't forget to link up on the 365 Cards Blog