Friday, March 30, 2012

Photoscape Moon

This is a photo of the moon the same night as previous post. This was taken when the moon was first coming up. It was huge and orange. That night was so awesome. This was a fun photo to stampscape on and color with perfect pearls. White gel pen used for contrast.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Organizing Spellbinders and Die Cuts

As promised I have found another solution for storing dies and Spellbinders. My objectives were to have my supplies portable, stored in one place and samples of each. The process was long but well worth the effort. I don't want to do this again, but I have a solid  system in place.

1. Sizzix/Cuttlebug Dies samples were made on index cards. I numbered each die and place that number on the sample along with manufacture and die name. Samples were sealed with clear contact paper. The dies are stored in a
clear tote with embossing folders and machines plates.

2. Spellbinders samples were made from card stock. I store my dies in a letter file box with handle. I found this  at a local office supply store. I labeled each  section in the box by categories. Then on the sample I put not only the name of the die but the category in which it's stored in-WONDERFUL Some small pieces are stored in baggies in the category. Grand Dies are stored in tote with plates.

In the beginning I wrote how I want my "studio"  inspirational for me and to keep it not only functional but a cabin  feel. My grandmother's rocker is in the corner with my great grandmother's wash tub she used on the farm next to it. In the copper tub I store my Grand Calibur,Cuttlebug Machine, tote with everything on the bottom and letter box. Everything is kept together but hid out of site. The samples  are kept on a hook at my table. All the objectives were met. I have found when organizing I need to write down objectives for the space and keep it simple to maintain-ENJOY!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Stampscape Moonlight

.This moon picture was taken when we had the most beautiful moon I had ever scene. It was large and orange at first and then as it kept rising it turned in to this beautiful cream. My poor hubby drove me everywhere so I could get it with out the city lights. I wanted to stampscape a scene on it, but didn't want the traditional pigment ink instead tried perfect pearls. This was stamped with  Pine island, Pines and Rock Sm. and Oak Branch Lg. Then I added perfect pearls in greens,copper and patina colors. The Solo Duck was stamped in archival ink. I played with the design to include a winding stream after it was stamped. My light burned out and I noticed it looked more like a stream the way it was stamped and everything. So I got out my sketch pen and of course went to town. I imagined the water rushing through the pines so I added some sparkle from a star dust pen in spots where I thought it would it beat upon the rocks and were the moon would reflect on it as it moves. It looks different in all different lights-ENJOY!
3rd Entry for the Craft A Scene Challenge Moonlight.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Embossing and Punch Organization

The journey of organization continues with inventorying my embossing tools and punches.  I have index cards at my desk and inventory each item as it comes into my space.

1. Embossing tools: I have made a sample of each  impression on index cards. I numbered each embossed tool and sample with corresponding numbers. This helps for quick inventory. I keep each sample with number and manufacturer on a binder ring. Embossing tools stored in snap tote with samples kept on hook at desk.

 2. Punches: Number each punch and punch a sample on index card. The sample has the manufacture and a number on it to correspond with punch for quick access. These are put on a binder ring and attached to basket were punches are stored for quick reference.

Next week I will finish  the process with spellbinders and dies. I will share my storage solution for spellbinders. I hope this inspires you with your storage solutions. Organizing our inventory is time consuming, but worth it when it saves us time and money. I know it has given me the freedom of time to be more creative knowing where and what tools I have-ENJOY!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Fairy Card

Once Upon A Spring Time

This card was made with Graphic 45 collection. Parts of this card was achieved by fussy cutting out elements from the collection. Lattice and tag  card stock dyed with ink directly to paper and cut out with spellbinders. Crackle Paint added to flowers, leaves, tag, fairy and then pop dot. Ribbon tucked in under flowers. Stickles for fairy dust.-ENJOY!

This card  was made using the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments-Things with wings
The Pink Elephant TPE139

Graphic 45 once upon a springtime collection, Green and White (unknown card stock)
Spellbinders: Oval, Lattice Border, Foliage
Ink: Distress Ink- Shabby shutters, Adirondack-Salmon
Distress Crackle Paint clear rock candy-Ranger
Star Dust, Yellow-Stickles
Ribbon, pop dots, adhesive

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Scenic Wall Quilt

This year I decided to make a conscious effort to get better organized and finish all UFP's (unfinished projects). I am so excited I just completed my first of many! I found this wall quilt I started many years ago. It was  packed in the ufp box. It only took a short time to complete. I saw this at a quilt show and fell in love with it. Went home, cut out pieces of material and started to design from memory.  Scenic Art I guess has always been my passion! Way before I even knew what scenic stamping was. Just need to frame it yet. LOVE IT!

Challenge #3- Eerie Moon Falls

 This is another moonlight scene I created for challenge #3.  I hope you can see it well my camera's flash broke (exploded). I have enjoyed creating this simple stampscape scene. I painted this with distress re-inkers and brushes. Sketch in extra details with illustration pen. Then sprayed with sealer and added white highlights with pen.  Matted scene on various card stock and plan to frame later for a gift. ENJOY!

Stampscapes Stamps: 015G Cascading falls, 282F Eerie Moon, 086B Tree Duo, 067B Reeds(sketched in cattails). 302A gulls, Sentiment

Friday, March 9, 2012

My Little Darlings Card

This card was made with the new Graphic 45 Little Darling collection. I just love this collection. I  had the little girl in the corner with the collie print hanging in my room as a child. My children had it in their room. These prints are just  timeless. All papers are from the collection with exception of the solid card stock, vellum and ribbon were all scraps. Distress ink added around edges. The sparkle is from stickles.  Enjoy! 
Card Challenges:
                                              Dream Valley Challenges #27  
                                             Simon Says Stamp: Mothers Day

Thursday, March 8, 2012


 This month's theme for Craft A Scene challenge #3 was moonlight. I had fun making this scene because I just got out my Stampscape stamps and played. I love this moon stamp it adds a whimsical effect to the picture. Reminds me of  one of those romantic moon's in the movies. This scene makes me wish I was sitting with my sweetie gazing at the moon and stars right now. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Cracked Ice

Thank you for this wonderful honor and congratulations to all!   I was truly stunned. My family and I are elated this morning and excited about the badge.  Remember to keep looking forward and praising upward-Enjoy! 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Butterfly Card

This card was made with some of the new Kaiser craft Tiger Lily collection. Love the butterfly card stock and the clear stamps that match. I cut the butterfly out of the card stock and layered it with the matching stamp image on acetate. I adhered them together in the center with a glue pen which then created a 3D effect as seen on side view of card. The Front of the card was made with a distressed index card, stamped flourish, orange mat card stock and adhered to the black card.  A die cut edge was carefully glued to yellow paper then tucked under orange mat. A yellow pattern paper was added to inside of card with stamped image of butterfly. The matted sentiment and 3D butterfly was then adhered to front of card. Stickles was added to give a little sparkle.  Don't forget to stamp the envelope with love-Enjoy!

Material: Black  & Orange Card Stock and yellow pattern paper -unknown (Scraps) index card
Sentiment Stampabilities
Butterfly: Freesia Tigerlilly card stock, Butterfly/flourish Tiger Lily clear stamp collection                Acetate
Spellbinder Borderabilities- in spades
Diamond Stickles
Archival-black,  Distress Ink: Wild honey