Thursday, June 5, 2008

Where the magic happens

I wanted to post a picture of my glorious scraproom!  This room has everything in it.  Scrapping, card making, sewing, cricut, you name it I've got an area for it! LOL.  This first picture is taken standing in the door way.  And yes every piece of white furniture came from Ikea. 

Below is where I use my cricut machine.  It's a little cubby area and we retrofitted my old corner desk to fit the spot.  My cricut machine sits on a book shelf to the right.  Originally this space was wasted and our framers thought it would be nice to have open.  So that's what we did.

This is my Expedite shelf that houses 12x12 papers, xyron refills, bind it all, yarn, picture boxes, alterable's that I've picked up here and there, and whatever else I felt like putting there when trying to clean off a different surface. Next to the Expedite is a little cubby I picked up in Ikea's As-Is section.  I have all my non SU printed paper stored in it.  Some day when my husband gets motivated (or more nagging by yours truly) there is going to be a file box built and all the papers will be stored with hanging files. Above the cubby are they Bygal rails from Ikea.  I have hanging baskets as well as my Stampin Up punches on there.  They are such an inexpensive way to store the punches 

This is a center shot inside the room.  I had to close the blinds because the sun was blaring in and it didn't take a nice picture.  I have two super long desks back to back to make this wonderful work surface. There's places for 4 body's do sit and play, though last week My mom, sister, and I all got together to play.  And once you get all of our supplies out on the table...that huge workspace isn't so huge!

Here is my wall of Billy's.  This is where I store the majority of my stampin up stuff.  Papers, stamps, inks, accessories, and then of course whatever else I want to put there when I'm cleaning a different work space.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Copy Cat

Here is another example of using a card design from the catalog and retro fitted it to a set I have and papers I had.  The cards I chose are on page 47 of the Stampin Up Spring/Summer collection.  (you can check it out by clicking the link to the right with the cover of the catalog)  

I happened to have the exact colors of each card.  I used the water-coloring technique for both of these.  If you notice on the tall card I didn't have any Certainly Celery printed paper, so I made my own with Itty Bitty Backgrounds set and some Whisper White Craft ink.

Watercoloring madness

I learned a new trick.  You can do it one of two ways....Press ink from  your stamp pads or markers on the lid of the ink pad and use a watercolor brush and actually watercolor.  Or stampin up makes wonderful water-coloring crayons! I am part of Pam Morgan's downline (I think I am level 2) and at our quarterly downline meeting this wonderful set was the grand prize...and guess who won!!?? Yep me!  So I spend every day for about a week water-coloring like a maniac!  This set is called "Owl Together Now" and it'll be new in the Fall/Winter Catalog (to be released in August).  This set debuted on the Stampin Up Cruise, which Pam Morgan was a part of, and all the projects I have posted are part of the make n takes from the cruise (that you have to have like $40,000 in sales to go to).  So, here's what I've got!

The 14 piece set

3x3 card using an envelope with the flap tucked in and some new designer paper

This is a big long accordion (or something) card

The card opened

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

 I made a couple of cards using the card on page 36 of the Stampin up Spring Summer Catalog as inspiration.  I just wanted to show you how you can use the book not just as a wishlist of wonderful things, but as an idea book to copy layouts and color combinations.  I took the card mentioned above and used two stamp sets I have with paper and accessories I had.  I changed the overall appearance of the cards, but they turned out equally as great as the original!