Tuesday, January 31, 2012


I've been busy lol. But all the projects that were on my craft table have been photographed and need to be written up, so not much to see. Except, the little round thing at the base of the lamp is my great-grandmother's pocket watch that was missing from it's box for 3 years, discovered when my daughter was cleaning under the air hockey table. Cleaning does have it's benefits lol. It's been a long/short week. Technically there are still 30 minutes left in Tuesday, but allll day long I've been thinking it's Wednesday.

If you are wondering what's all this WOYWW, head over to Julia's Stamping Ground (the blog was nominated for Craft Stamper March Issue Blog of the Month btw, she's very crafty!).

A Crafty Look Back

I've been playing with my Imagine (thank you Everyday Cricut!!) and the Cricut Craft Room. First I printed the background. I had to use the cartridge since I still haven't figured out how to flood the paper with CCR. Then I used the print only for everything except the animals. Then I printed and cut on another sheet the 2011, the arrows and the animals and all the layers of the owl (yay).

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

January 2012 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

The Blog Hop challenge this month was to pick a favorite project from 2011 and then make a card inspired by it. It was difficult to pick a favorite project from 2011 because I made a lot of projects I really liked, but "Introducing Miss Ewe" is my favorite.

I made a Thank Ewes card for my inspired card using the Punny Valentine sheep and welded Cricut shapes from the Art Philosophy cartridge. The making memories felt letters were included in the Club Ruby Designers kit from September 2011. The cardstock is Papertrey Ink Ripe Avocado and Stamper's Select White.


Happy WOYWW everyone! I've been embossing (supplies to the right and results under the Gypsy). Today is also the January Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. The challenge was to post a favorite 2011 project and a card inspired by that project. Have I mentioned how much I love my Gypsy? I do most of my designing on it and then can cut the pieces out with my Cricut. I've lost my Black Soot Distress Ink, so I'm using my Tuxedo Black Memento Ink which I also love, it's just different.

The project to the left is for a Cricut Craft Room Challenge (I have a real love/hate relationship with CCR) and a card I'm still working on under that (waiting for the right finishing bits to appear). And since it's the end of the month, it's also the final stretch for my Club Ruby Designers Design Team Projects (materials and projects are in the box).

So if you are wondering what's all this WOYWW, head over to Julia's Stamping Ground and have a gander at crafty workspaces around the world :D. Better yet, take a picture of your workspace and join in the fun.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


I've done a major clear-off of my workdesk, AND finally moved the lamp to the middle where it won't cast a shadow of my left hand (because I'm in my right mind lol, okay that's a southpaw joke) when I'm trying to write something. Though now you can see clear through to the other side of my workdesk lol. So I haven't made a lot over the last week, but it has been thoroughly productive. I've been listening to "Does this Clutter Make My Butt Look Big" by Peter Walsh while I'm doing this. Some of the information is useful, and a lot of it is very repetitive and sounds a bit condescending. I'll soldier on through it, but I think it would be more useful to me if it was condensed to the major points. But it's a library book, so no aggravation about the cost :D.

I bought this stamp kit in the early 90s, but it has some awesome stamps and some useful information so I'm not going to re-organize the contents because they just wouldn't save much space. To the right is another maze book that I use to store my lists of things I have like stickle and ink colors. I also found my favorite small scissors which were missing for 7 months.

I found a cake stand at the local thrift store with a very tiny foot which I used to add a third tier to my lazy susan and voila all the Distress Inks are off my workdesk and it holds some assorted small stamps.

And my Cricut has been excavated :D.

BTW, I can walk through my craftroom so I don't think I qualify any more (that's my story and I'm sticking to it), but I saw this on facebook yesterday and if I had to guess they are doing a series on Craft Hoarders or something to that effect lol .https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150480081556434&set=a.385943336433.174477.299457271433&type=1&theater

I'm always on the lookout for new ways to use my stamps and I found a (free) class on two peas in a bucket about stamp scrapbooking. I can hardly wait to get started :D. The things I find on pinterest!

If you are wondering what's all this WOYWW, head over to Julia's Stamping Ground.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Eagle Award Card

I made this card for an Eagle Award Recipient with a sense of humor.

It's a lot of Papertrey Ink with a Campin' Critters focal point made with my Cricut Imagine. The cardbase is PTI kraft cardstock cut 5.5" x 11" to make a 5.5" x 5.5" card. The tool stripe at the base is made with PTI Daily Designs hammer and wrench stamps with Versamark stamped in a "weave" pattern. The Congratulations stripe is made with the Congratulations stamp from PTI's It's Official stamp set used with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

WOYWW 136 - Wintery Blessings : )

Not much much crafting has been going on this week. I've been working on re-organizing. I'm making a Ginormous Omelet with all the eggs I've broken lol.

 This was all on my craft table yesterday, shoved to the side. I need a sorting hat for all this lol. But since I don't have one, it's slow going. Bookcases have been shuffled and furniture is about to be re-arranged. My Cricut is buried under there except for a bit of the right side. I did find the bone folder I lost last week though :D.

Not pictured, but soon to be featured is an enormous photo box I'm making out of foam core board. When it's done I should be able to photograph double layouts and home decor projects without being at the mercy of the time of day or weather conditions.

And speaking of weather, last year we had a bit more snow than usual (this was taken in December 2010).

This year, we have a lot less. But I'm counting my blessings on the heating bills. If we have much more warmer weather here, we'll be mowing the grass in January lol. It's supposed to be a lot colder tomorrow and over the weekend.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Ringing in the New Year

These are the easiest rings I've ever made, and are much appreciated by the person who received them :D. I bought a package Plaid Ring Bling (7 in a package) and glued a KI Memories Home Puffies (felt embellishments with self-adhesive for use in paper crafting which were part of the November 2011 Club Ruby Designer's kit) that had been "de-stickied" on to it. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


I think it might be time for a clean up lol. I lost my bone folder in the frenzy and had to resort to a tongue depressor that came with a set of rub-ons lol. The yellow thread to the far left is leftover from the blanket I sewed for one of my nephew's Christmas present. I swear the tea cup is a reverse tardis, it's smaller on the inside than it appears on the outside and it never lasts as long as I think it will lol.

I don't make resolutions anymore, just sort of vague guidelines. This year, I'm going to think about getting my craft room more organized :D.

And this year I'm starting my Christmas countdown early, which amuses my daughter to bits :D. I've even started working on a couple of presents. (Maybe I should have strewn floor pillows across the internet to soften the shock lol).

If you are wondering what's all this WOYWW, then head over to Julia's Stamping Ground. There's a bevy of craftiness to be seen :D.