Unity Star Flair

It's Friday again!  The weekend is just around the corner and we're trying to decide if we should head out on a mini, one-night family vacation or just stay home and enjoy ourselves on familiar turf.  It's supposed to only be in the 40's tomorrow for temperatures, so not so sure outdoor activities will be desirable with the boys.

I wanted to jump into Unity's Friends with Flair blog hop today as I haven't participated for at least a couple weeks now!  I chose to use a combination of stamps from a couple different Kits of the Month to create a clean and simple card.

Stamps:  Unity (June & August 2012 KOTM's)
I cut out and popped up the three stars for dimension and adhered them around the sentiment.  I was going to call it quits, but decided to add the same colors to the lower portion using strips of cardstock at different angles.

I hope you're having a decent Friday!  It's cool and windy again here.  Typical autumn weather.

I'll be back tomorrow with a card for the beginning of a new color duo challenge at Dynamic Duos!

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Picture Perfect

I know. I know. It was too quiet here on the blog today and I'm barely posting this before a new day begins!  I was feeling rather melancholy today as I realized the mild autumn days are quickly becoming rather crisp in nature and I'm just not quite ready for that!  We had some wind and rain during the daylight hours and I needed to mail some packages!  DS3 and I headed out between showers and got them safely delivered to the post office, so that was a relief!  Nothing like smudged ink on packages that need mailed!  Whew!

I did squeeze a little stamping time out of the afternoon before heading out to a CPR renewal class this evening!  Whew!

My stamping time is being shared with photo-taking time right now.  I'm feeling this need to take pictures before the weather turns too cold for comfort outdoors!  I thought this card would be appropriate!

Now I'm off to bed before I lose too much beauty sleep!  I hope you had a great Thursday!

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A Trip to the Zoo

Who doesn't love a trip to the zoo?  I love to take our kids to the zoo when given the opportunity!  There's just something so fun about strolling the grounds, watching the animals.  Of course, we usually have to stop and get a sweet treat too.

This week at CASology, the cue word is ZOO and I had fun looking through my animal stamps.  I finally settled on penguins.

I stamped a trio, then the sentiment and, finally, drew a frame.  For interest, I added a small aqua colored gemstone to the center penguin's eye.  So simple!

The rest of the CASology design team and this week's guest designer, Donna, have created some adorable cards this week, so be sure and visit their blogs and leave them some blog love!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Taming the Beast (a.k.a. Craft Hobby)

(can't for the life of me find the source!)
A new week.  Whew!  Last week sure went out with a bang for me!  I don't believe I want to clean out my craft room again for a very long time.  Half way through it, I really did feel like I needed some sort of super powers to get through it!  Yikes!  I discovered I have quite the addiction to fondness for decorative paper and it's time to tame that addiction fondness and get my collection back under control!  Good grief!  Here I thought stamps were going to be the challenge in the whole reorganizing process and, while they were somewhat of a challenge, the paper seems to be my one big weakness!  I think I'm going to be shopping my stash a little more wholeheartedly from now on!  Moderation!

Since I've been taking inventory of my craft supplies, I haven't taken much time to stamp anything.  I stamped one clean & simple card yesterday, but that's for tomorrow.  For today, I'll share with you some more photos of my organization project & then see if the day provides opportunity for some stamping time!  I know you are probably as curious as I am when other people let me take a peek at their craft rooms!  I know mine is rather small, but it's amazing what you can do with one this size!

Here, Ladies & Gentlemen, is my newly decluttered and reorganized craft room:

As you can see, my favorite color combination (red & aqua) are part of my decor.  A few grey & black accents are added here and there, as you'll soon see.  I know I said I was eliminating the work desk I had in the previous arrangement, but after working on a card I decided that wasn't such a great idea.  I like a little room to spread out.  I did downsize the desk & made it out of two 2x3 ClosetMaid cube shelves instead of the 3x3 ones I'd originally had and that seems to give the room enough breathing room.  The three fabric bins contain most of my stamp stash (my SU stamps are in one side of the wardrobe).  I still need to find a good way to organize my clear and cling stamps!

Here is my work area (left side of the room):

The little white shelf needs to be mounted on the wall yet, but the buckets contain the tools I tend to use most every time I stamp.  My ink pads are close by and my most used punches are above those (see my "craft studio" tab above for a picture).

Here are all my JetMax cubes & cardstock:

The majority of my decorative paper is in the white file under the cardstock trays.  The rest I had to put into two fabric shopping bags for now.  Sigh... 

I have my white, kraft and SU In Color cardstocks stored vertically within reach of my work table as these are cardstocks I like to keep separate from the other colors.

I decided to keep my Project Life album, the refills and a few other albums that I work on from time to time out where I can see them (& be reminded to work on them):

My Cricut Create, a red box (wonder what's in it?!) and Project Life file are on top of the JetMax cubes:

The colored buckets on and hanging from the white shelf contain my lesser used, but need-to-be-accessible tools.  One contains my rainy day fund!

That red box...

...contains my embossing folders.  I wanted something fun and found this miniature red trunk at Hobby Lobby at half price!  All my folders fit with room to spare!  Love it!

Behind the door (on the left before you get to the work table) are the rest of my ClosetMaid cubes, stacked on top of each other.  These fabric bins are my embellishments, etc. organized by color.  The basket contains my overflowing 6x6 paper pads and the two other spots contain a few magazines, books and catalogs I regularly use for inspiration.

Above these cubes is a shelf/drawer unit where I have put my lesser used (but want to keep) books and magazines.  The three little drawers contain cards I have made.  These are organized by subject (thank you, birthday, wedding, etc.)

My Copic markers are hiding out on the other side of the navy album, up out of the reach of my three boys!

Finally, I really wanted to get a dry erase calendar back up on the wall to keep a visual of upcoming events and deadlines.  This is just to the left of my work table & I will use the small lower portion for little things I find that inspire me.

Whew!  That's enough!  Don't even ask what is inside the wardrobe because that is another project for another week in the future!  Right now, I'm itching to stamp something!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Happiness is…

...the colors of autumn.

...the smell of harvest.

...a warm blanket.

...morning sunlight filtering through the trees.


...a fresh coat of paint.

...a decluttered room.

...a new day.

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Cherry Cobbler

Cherry Cobbler.  Doesn't that sound delicious?  Maybe I'll have to whip up a batch this weekend!  What a great autumn dessert!

I'm actually talking about one of the colors for the new color duo that starts today over at Dynamic Duos!  We are to use Cherry Cobbler and another color of our choice!

For my simple card (& I mean simple!), I chose Night of Navy as the second color.  I mounted a white cardstock panel to a white card base and then just added pops of the two main colors for a very clean and simple card.  I added three star shaped gemstones to add to the patriotic feel.  With Veterans' Day coming up in November, I was a bit sad thinking that I couldn't give this to my grandfather.  He passed away last month and was a WWII veteran who fought in Iwo Jima.  I'll have to pass this along to another veteran somewhere this year.

Die:  Paper Trey Ink
Be sure to visit the rest of the design team and guest designer blogs for more inspiration!  Then, have fun creating your own entry and don't forget to link it up on the challenge blog by Thursday at noon (PDT)!

Have a super Saturday!

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Project Insanity Update

So here I am on a Friday morning after a Thursday filled with unplanned painting and rearranging in my craft room!  I survived.  So did DS3.  He was the only one home with me during the day and he did much better than I was bracing myself for!  Being two, you just never know...

However, he spent a good amount of time happily playing with new discoveries in the living room.  Ahem.  Wonder where those came from?!

After removing most of the ClosetMaid pieces and piles from the room & rearranging a few things, this is what it looked like:

I still had rearranging to do, but wanted to get started on the painting before the two older boys returned from school for the day!  DS3's nap time provided the opportunity.  I am so happy with this new color!  Now I find myself wondering what I was thinking, choosing that orange in the first place!

This is where I am at as of last night...

I'm now in the process of sorting through things as I put them back.  I decided to do away with the little work desk I'd created with the ClosetMaid cubes.  It just made the room seem even smaller than it already is and, really, I have a nice little work space on top of my JetMax cubes that is just right since I stand to work anyway!  The room feels so much more open!  I'm trying to be very careful as I'm going through everything that I took out.  I'm putting a few things in storage for the day when I can move into a little bigger room in the basement.  This one really works out quite well despite its small size!  Besides, it's right off the kitchen!

I'm happy with this round of overhauling.  It was something that I knew needed done, but was dragging my feet on!  Now to finish up the organizing part of things!  I'll share more pictures as I take them!

Have a fun Friday!

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A Moment of Insanity

It's amazing what trouble I can get myself into in just one moment.  Really!  What was I thinking?!

I've been reluctant to open the door to my craft room too widely in recent weeks because it's become a place to throw things that need put away quickly when company comes.  Add to that the little messes that add up to big messes and you have quite a project staring you in the face!

I guess today I was feeling brave and opened the door...

One thing led to another and, before I knew it, half my things were in the living room!  I've started an organizing project!

And...those always seem better with a fresh coat of paint, right?!

I'll be back tomorrow.

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Shoe Fitting

It's time for a brand new cue word over at CASology and this week it is...

I don't know about you, but with every season change, I find myself digging through my closet to make sure I'm ready for the weather that will be arriving!  I found my winter boots, but I'm not quite willing to part with my flip flops yet.  Maybe when my toes turn blue.

For this week's cue word, I put together a very simple card...

I stamped the shoe, then the sentiment, added a strip of decorative paper, rounded the corners and applied a tiny little gemstone to the shoe.  A girl needs a little sparkle, you know!

Be sure and visit the rest of the team's blogs when you have a moment this week!  They never disappoint!

Guest Designer:  Jenny

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Crawling By

Stamps:  Prickley Pear (Smell My Feet sentiment, Dead Head Spider)
I can't believe it has been a year since I joined the Prickley Pear design team!  What a year it has been too!  Today, I'm saying goodbye to the team and this is my final official design team card!  I have plenty of wonderful images to use, though, so don't be surprised if I post more about Prickley Pear stamps in the future!  What fun!

For today's card, I decided to make a card using one of the new Halloween images in the store.  I'm not much into scary things at Halloween time, so tried to add some cuteness to this card!  I fussy cut the spider and bent its legs a little to make it look like it is just sitting there, patiently waiting to scurry off somewhere!  I added a pop of pink too, thinking that would make the spider seem cute.  Almost.

I hope you had a great weekend!  It was a rather cool one here, but we got a few house projects done!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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