Sunday, June 27, 2010

Wouldn't you Rather be Here?


Beaker enjoying the scenery at Waikiki Beach.  Came across it today when I was looking for something else and couldn't resist. 

More Organized Craft Cave

What?!?  You didn't believe me when I said I'd be back?!?  So here's what I did in my craft cave with an assist from Charlie.

Finally got the bars up on the walls so I could move all of my punches to my new space.  Most are hanging in two shoe racks on the back of my door and here are the rest:

All the punch bars are from the kitchen department at Ikea.  Ditto for the cute little vanilla tin bucket hanging on the bottom rack.  The two longer brushed metallic ones are thinner and more rod like but they sure are strong.  The shorter black rod is narrow but about an inch wide and just right for perching the Marvy punches on.  Funny the Marvy's wouldn't perch on the rods, weird.  Moved my Big Kick back to the top of my cubbies as all my dies, etc. are sitting right underneath it for quick access.

Next....

Better cutting station.  More stable.  Plugged in my desk-top Ott light for better light and enough room to hold my two favourite cutters there permanently as well as my spinning ink tower.  I like it mucho much.








Next...

 Nothing like a little recycling/re-purposing.  I took two fridge magnets, used some sook wang tape and created a holding place for my new favourite PTI dies.  They're kind of an odd size and shape so got lost in the die cutting bucket and I didn't want to forget about them or dent them in any way.  Nothing like a quick, free fix, right?  Please no judging about how much ribbon I have.




Last picture is of my desk. The bar, bucket and wire basket are also from the Ikea kitchen department.  These used to all sit on my desk until the bar was installed. 



So that's it for now.  Hopefully I'll have something creative to share with you in the near future.

Thanks for stomping by.....

Saturday, June 26, 2010

PTPC2 - June Challenge

Hey Stompers!

So the Pixies June Challenge....the inspiration was a fat quarter.  I don't sew.  I love challenges but I didn't know I'd have this much of a...challenge.  I made two cards.  I'm not particularly jazzed by either but I thought I'd share them anyways.  I think in both cases I love the separate parts rather than the sum of the parts.

First attempt:

Supplies:
Embossing Folder - SU Square Lattice
PTI:  Terracotta Tile CS, Hawaiian Shores CS, Simply Chartreuse Ink, Giga Guidelines Stamps, Fancy Flourishes Stamps, Crafts Select White CS, Mat Stack 2 Die
Bazzill: Bling paper
Dollar store navy blue tissue paper
Can't remember where the black ribbon came from.


I think its a nice card but it doesn't really ring my bell creatively.  So I tried again.




Second attempt:

Technique I learned at Stamp Club (thanks Laura!) and it is called Embossed Foil/Tin with Alcohol Inks.  I tried to best replicate some of my favourite PTI colours, i.e. Raspberry Fizz, Simply Chartreuse and Plum Pudding.  I like to call this card:  Disco Distressed Quilt.  I love this PTI die - the rickrack one is super fun too.  Don't know if you can pick up the detail in the picture but the aluminum foil picked up all the scratches and dents in my cutting mats and I think its kinda neat - hence the distress.

Supplies:
Emobssing folder - unknown large cuttlebug
Letraset alcohol inks and Ranger Alcohol Ink in Lettuce
Black Ranger Archival Ink
PTI eyelet die

Feeling like my battery is running low - creatively and energy wise.  So, what do I do when that happens?  I rest my brain and I organize my space.  I'll be back with another post with some pictures of stuff I've done to the cave.  In the meantime, I'm going to unplug as I've got to rest up for my charity ride tomorrow - 20kms rain or shine.

Shout at you later.

Monday, June 14, 2010

3-D Wedding Card

Hey Stompers

Back as promised with pictures of a wedding card I made last weekend.

I used the 3-D cake die by Stampin' Up/Sizzix.  Its one of those super long Bigz dies.  Believe it or not, I don't own it, yet, I had to borrow....my sister's.  I know?!?!  Can you believe it?!?!  I'm so proud of my sister.  Anyways, onto the card.  I only had a couple of hours to come up with something and I knew their colours were pink and green.  The first one I made I didn't like so I recycled it and this is my second attempt which I like much better.

This is the better of the two pictures but it doesn't highlight the Bazzill Bling paper I used as the background.  The die cut is PTI, mat stack 2 and the sentiment is Stampin' Up stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.  The thin rick-rack behind the stamped sentiment I made using the curved cutting blade on my Carl cutter.  This was the best attempt of 12, I think.  I ran the finished piece through my Xyron sticker maker...didn't have much time to fiddle with a glue stick or glue pen.  The patterned paper I've had a million years and I can't remember the company.


Same front but I left the flash on so you can kinda see the 'bling' of the Bazzill cardstock.

Quick tip:  If you have this die but haven't used it:  the pop up fits really nicely within an A2 card but if you're going to make a square (like I did) I would suggest 5.5" x 5.5" or bigger.  I made a 5" square card and there's not a lot of room for error margin if you don't place the pop-up perfectly in the center.  My first attempt at this card which I scrapped stuck out too much and annoyed me so I made another which was only slightly better.

The inside.  Isn't it cute?  The die cuts out candles or a bride and groom.  I thought it was really sweet.  The bride and groom loved the card and were really thrilled as was the groom's sister, my friend Elsie. 

I've seen this die used as a cruise ship or boat and I think I'll give it a try...once I get a die of my own...cause I can't go on indefinitely borrowing my sister's stuff, right?!?

Well, hope everyone has an excellent week.  Thanks for stopping by.

later dudes.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

June 12th, seriously?!?!?

Hey Stompers!!!!!

I won't lament, quiz or act confused as to where the time went.  I know where the time went and I'm glad to report that I lived it, fully and happily and without a concern in the world as it was happening to me in HD, blu-ray, high-fi, stereo....or whatever the kids are calling it these days. 

So this is what I have to show for it, so far:

Beaker at Waikiki Beach!!!!!!


Beaker at...and I swear I did not make up this name....Chinaman's Hat


OK this one didn't turn out very well.  He's suppose to look like he's wearing the hat but he's still cute. 

There's more...I made a special card for a wedding (the happy couple should be married by the time I post this) but I'm typing with only one hand as my left hand is dogged tired from hanging onto a motorcycle clutch all day.  I successfully completed day one of my motorcycle safety skills training.  I don't count the two evenings in the classroom.  I can honestly say I was going to give up at about the two hour mark as I was very discouraged but I hung in there, went at my own pace for learning and was grinning from ear to ear like an idiot by the afternoon.  No one mentioned (including my brother) how much work it is on a motorcycle.  Eating a nice nutritious dinner tonight, relaxing and going to bed early as its another early day tomorrow on the motorcycle.  No harm done - in case anyone was worried - although I did dump the bike once or twice...I'm very good at falling down now.

How do you like the new background - I had basically nothing to do with it - just clicked a few buttons and I like it.

Be back soon....tomorrow...maybe Monday at the very latest...swear!....don't believe me?!?!  Snort.