Monday, September 8, 2014

Marker storage




My new marker storage! If you can imagine, these two white boxes were once cubbies for storing ribbon or washi tape on spools. The boxes upright had two wood dowels 

that fit in slots on either side of each box. I had already taken those out and had my dh put shelves in the slots, and had him connect the boxes together to form a tower. But...my marker collection has grown and that idea didn't hold all of them so I asked if he would make individual cubbies instead of just shelves...after the deer-in-headlights look he gave me I took that as a "wha???" which really means "no" so I got on the internet to find a suitable way to make cubbies.

I came across one gal's blog where she showcased using pvc rain downspout that she glued together in 5 1/2" sections and painted to match her decor for her marker collection. She hadn't put a back on hers yet but figured she'd glue mat board on the back.

Since I had the boxes I didn't have to worry about a back. I bought the downspout, dh cut it in 5 1/2" sections (best size for most markers) and then I just fit them in the boxes and laid them vertically. The very top was too skinny for another row so I used it as a shelf. I also knew I would not like the storage just being flat on my desk, so for easy reach I bought rubber door stops to fit underneath the boxes to lift them up at a slant. 
Eventually, I want a larger rectangular box so when I add more markers (what?!!) there will be room:)

Can you believe such small improvements can make this stamper/crafter giddy with delight?! 

I so want to sit and craft today, but at the moment I have to go get groceries...ugh! Oh well, I am very thankful we have an income and can BUY groceries, thank the Lord. So I'll stop complaining.

Thanks for stopping by,
Kathy


Friday, September 5, 2014

Thankful



Ahhh, for the love of Pinterest! Found this lovely card and wanted so badly to recreate it but not having any of the same ingredients I had to settle for using it as inspiration. Sometimes Pinterest can really be bad for me because then I go buy stuff!!!

But this time I decided that since I already had two different leaf print sets I really didn't need a third no matter how much I LOVE them...really. it's settled...I think.

Anyway, I used Papertrey's Rustic White cardstock, Pure Poppy and Dark Chocolate ink as well as Tsukineko's Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink and Papertrey's Leaf Prints stamp set. The sentiment is from Gina K Designs from the Autumn Blessings stamp set. Then I made a color wash with Versamagic Perfect Plumeria chalk ink and flicked it over the card.

So there you have it, my first card for fall...or my first fall card of the year...or however you say it!! Hmmm...really should have cropped that photo...

Blessings Y'all,
Kathy

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

You did it!



My two little granddaughters accomplished big things last week...Faith, who is 5, completed her first week of kindergarten bringing home green smiley faces all week (green smiley face is the highest color you can have and it means you've had good conduct)  And that's a feat for a little girl who likes to talk very animatedly!! She loves school so much and has been waiting two whole years to go to school...believe me she couldn't wait to be 5!

Hope, who is 2 yrs. & 4 whole months started attending a new preschool this year and this is the first time she's been without her big sister, so we weren't sure how it was going to go but she did so good! She's learning how to go on the big potty and how to make new friends.

These issues are big deals at their age, so I made cards to congratulate them on jobs well done on potties and in the classroom...hahaha!

Seriously, they are just the most precious girls and such a blessing to us. I am so amazed at how much I enjoy their hilarious antics. Praise Him for these two wonderful blessings!

So the cards are made using Purple Onions stamps from Stacy Yacula designs...aren't they so cute?! I watercolored them on Strathmore Mixed Media paper, stamping them in Versafine Sepia and Ranger archival black inks. I used Distress markers and a waterbrush  for the coloring, then after they were dry, brushed Wink of Stella on select portions of each image. The banner die is from Avery Elle, the thinking of you sentiment is from Inky Antics and the You Did It! is from Hero Arts, both stamped in Memento Tuxedo black ink. Both cards are 5 1/2 by 4 1/4, using Papertrey's white cardstock for the top card as my base and SU! Strawberry Slush as the cardbase on the second card. 

Thanks for stopping by,
Kathy


Friday, August 29, 2014

Happy Birthday Botanical Blocks



I love Botanical Blocks and I know, I posted a card I made with this one a while back, but I was in the mood to watercolor and this one is almost a guaranteed success..well at least in my mind it is!

Do any of you watch thefrugalcrafter-Lindsay? I love, love her humor and her easy, laid back attitude. She can draw anything! She is far messier than I would be comfortable being, but in the end she makes something fabulous from all her mess! Wish I could have that attitude, but then I'm not a natural artist, or really even an artist at all, guess that's why I'm not so laid back. I have to spend so much time making anything look even passably good, that I can't be laid back! I tell you, in heaven I hope, hope, hope, God blesses me with artistic ability!

Anyway, back to my card...I used Distress markers in Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint and Tumbled Glass and pretty much just let water do it's work on some Strathmore Mixed Media paper. Mounted the flower panel onto a piece of black  ( I think it's SU!) and then laid a strip of green card stock (don't know maybe Hobby Lobby paper) and mounted all of it onto a piece of SU! Strawberry Slush card stock (I love this color...must get more of it!) Oh and of course there is the clear Wink of Stella brushed on the middle of the flower!

The sentiment is from SU! Bitty Banners die cut with the matching die, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added teeny tiny pearls from SU! on either side of the sentiment.

I love listening to the radio while I craft, usually Tune In 89.3 KLOVE...yeah I know it's mostly Christian pop but sometimes I want something light hearted but still encouraging! Love this one by Francesca Battistelli


Thank you for stopping by. I hope and pray your weekend brings you new things and if you don't know the Lord, that you will become a new believer.

Kathy

Friday, August 22, 2014

Hooray!



Hello again, Y'all! 
A very dear friend of ours, who also happens to work with my dh is celebrating his birthday today and so this card is made for him. I cannot say enough good things about this man-he is sweet, godly, caring, thoughtful, loves his wife and kids dearly and it is so refreshing to see this in today's world. We have known him and his family for many, many years and have always cherished their friendship.

I didn't have cars, or dirt bikes, or jet skis or really anything that would represent his life-he likes everything fast and loud!! Masculine items are sorely lacking in my stash, but I decided these feathers would work in place of all the others things I don't have!! Gotta remedy that.

My card base is 4 1/4" by 5 1/2", the woodgrain paper is from Studio Calico Take Note 6x6 paper pad and is cut to 3" by 5 1/2". The feathers are stamped in Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, and Orange Zest ink from Papertrey Ink and are from the Beautiful Brushstrokes Make it Market kit. The twine is Papertrey Ink as is the button. The Hooray is from SU's A Happy Hooray stamp set, stamped in Rich Cocoa.

That's all from me. Enjoy the weekend!!
Kathy

Cupcake Birthday



So the other day I was looking for a different style of birthday card and, of course, I visited Pinterest...my greatest source of inspiration. There I found the cutest cupcake card and, well this is my CASE of it. The one posted was far, far prettier than this one-I didn't have all the same elements but I'm sure if I did I wouldn't have been able to duplicate it!! hahaha-can't get my hands to do what my eyes see.

I used Papertrey Ink's white cardstock for the base. Pool party and Pretty in Pink by SU for the colored cardstock as well as, Pool Party, Pretty in Pink and Melon Mambo for the stamped images. Also used Memento Rich Cocoa and Tuxedo black ink. The cupcakes are from Simonsaysstamp's card kit for one of the months (can't remember which one) The sentiment is from that set as well. The scalloped oval is Spellbinders, the twine is American Crafts...maybe...and the heart is a from a Simonsays die. I used my Martha Stewart small score board to make the dry embossed stripes and cut the edge with an EK Success scalloped edge punch. The cupcakes were cut out by hand and assembled using SU dimensionals. 

I guesstimated the size of each element so I can't really tell you the exact measurements because I used the Pinterest photo as my guide. The card base is an A2 size 4 1/4" by 5 1/2".

So there you have it, my post for Friday. Praying for Jim Foley's family...I can't even imagine their pain and what he went through. Lord, come quickly!

Blessings,
Kathy

Friday, August 15, 2014

Make a Wish


Hey Guys!

So this is not an assignment from SYS2...I was thinking the bokeh style was something I couldn't do, but was inspired by this card and not having the dotty stamp from SU I decided to try something similar... free hand. Oh wow! I did the bokeh free hand...I DID the bokeh free hand...I kinda feel like MaCauley Culkin in Home Alone. Ha! Well not completely free hand..I did use a Brushstix to get the round dots. 

Now I do not know what the color is for the card base but it is some form of craft and I don't know where it came from, but if I had to guess I'd say Michael's...the stamps are from SU's Perfect Pennants and Papertrey Ink's Tag-its #1 and an old Hero Arts Alpha set. The various papers used are Papertrey Ink white cardstock, SU Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay. The small piece of pattern paper is  Lily Bee. The little cake and dotted circle were stamped in Versamark ink then heat embossed with SU white embossing powder. The pennant is the second smallest one from SU's Banner Framelits dies. Twine is American Crafts. Ink is SU Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay. And the size of the card is the usual 4 1/4 by 5 1/2" A2. As a final touch, though it doesn't show up on camera, I used my clear Wink of Stella on the sentiment.

Just a side note: What were the police in Ferguson thinking, letting the media publish the police officer's name? I wasn't there, don't know what happened but I'm praying for both sides of this awful situation and devastation.

Please keep Israel in your prayers...these are tense times, folks!

Blessings,
Kathy