Friday, March 30, 2018

Party Panda

Happy Friday, y'all!  My little monster is currently stationed right in front of me and hollering at me to feed him my breakfast.  Never mind that he's already had a bottle AND a bowl of cereal.  Maybe he's part Hobbit?  I bet my soon-to-be 2-year-old niece has better manners.  Ryan just bit me.  He LITERALLY bit the hand that was feeding him!  OWWW.

So I think this will be my niece's birthday card.  I got Party Pandas at the beginning of Sale-a-Bration, but what with the move and then the flu and the gallbladder surgery and all that craziness, I haven't gotten to play with my SAB goodies at all.  Now that SAB is almost over...hey, at least I got one card in.  Anyway, my brother went through a phase where he collected panda everything, so of course I had to get this set and I think this turned out pretty cute.  The drop shadow on the sentiment didn't turn out quite as well as I'd hoped, and you can't see the Wink of Stella sparkle on the balloon, but it's still cute I think.

I used this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

I even managed to make my card one layer!  I stamped the panda first, masked it off with a Post-It Note and sponged the ink for the horizontal strip.

I used the colors from Color Throwdown:

I interpreted this as Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, and Peekaboo Peach.  I think that Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo kind of clash, so I used Bride and Peach for the sponging, and then I stamped off the little confetti stamp with Flirty Flamingo ink and somehow that made it not look clashy to me.  I liked the contrast of the three paler colors with the crisp black on the panda.

So that's it for me today.  Kid will be down for a nap soon and then I get to work on the scrapbook pages I started yesterday.  Woo!

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Party Pandas
Ink:  Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach
Paper:  Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Iridescent Sequins, Wink of Stella pen

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

My New Craft Room

Howdy folks!  Since we just moved into our new house last month, I thought I'd take this opportunity to show you my new craft room.

It's PINK, which is part of the reason why this is my craft room and the neutral room is Ryan's.  I think his room is a little larger too, so it works out.  Anyway!  Photo above is taken from the doorway; this room is at the end of the house so it has windows on two different walls.  Along the far wall from the doorway, there's a bookshelf with all my photo boxes, half of which contain photos and the other half of which contain my cards, organized by theme.  I also have my old Stampin' Up! catalogs on one of the shelves. 

Next to that is the hutch I bought right before we left England; it's got my Big Shot on it, plus all my current dies and embossing folders.  There are a couple more photo boxes on the floor between the bookshelf and the hutch which have retired Big Shot stuff.  The shelves on the hutch have some photos and keepsakes, then a collection of Maleficents on top.  Inside the hutch I have more Sizzix dies (several alphabets), my old skool Sizzix machine (the red one with the lever to squish the dies), and my completed scrapbook pages that aren't yet in albums.

Last thing on the right is an old sewing machine table (the machine is folded into the table, I don't actually sew but I own more than one sewing machine, explain that one) with my retired ink pads on top.  Underneath that are some non-SU stamps and a laundry basket with retired ribbon, my heat gun, and a couple other odds and ends.

From the other side!  The filing cabinets are full to bursting with cardstock; current on the left, retired on the right.  These filing cabinets have been pretty beat up in all the moves we've done, but this time my hubs and father-in-law did some work on them and now I can actually open the drawers on that right file cabinet without feeling like I'm trying to pick up Thor's hammer.  It's pretty awesome.

My old cabinets (with doors) are now in the kitchen serving as pantries (because this kitchen was designed by someone who doesn't actually COOK, so there's a dearth of storage space and about half of what's there isn't really easily accessible), so I bogarted a couple of 6-foot bookshelves (and I've got a bunch of books now stuck in boxes while we're here).  So anyway, the bookshelves hold all my stamps, current and retired.  They're stacked two deep on some of the shelves; on the left are all my current stamps in the front, and on the right the alphabets are in front because I use those so often for my scrapbook pages.

In the corner, there's a 6-drawer green thing that has all my markers in it, organized by color family, plus sponges and a couple other things.  Then there's a plastic drawer tower that's got all kinds of things, like envelopes, stamps, embossing powder, tools, etc. in it.  These were initially on the other side, where the sewing machine is now, but I like having the markers more easily accessible so I switched their places.

I keep my acrylic blocks on my craft table, along with my paper trimmer and my current ink pads.  The blue boxes in the corner have scraps of Whisper White since I use that all the time.  Two more plastic drawer things at the end of the table next to the window with more odds and ends.

And here's the closet and the door into the room.  I have two of those shoe organizers where I put my punches, but the second one is still MIA so I just put up one with current punches and some retired ones that I still use pretty frequently.  Lots of goodies inside the closet; the metal shelving unit has some scrapbooks (completed and in progress), plus a lot of my cross stitch patterns and such.  The two green bins have more punches and some stuffed animals.

And here's the last corner, it's got a little alcove that was a good spot for another heavy duty metal shelving unit.  I tucked the Tinker Bell blanket over the shelves because my 12x12 cardstock and retired patterned paper live on those shelves, and I figure the blanket will protect them from sun damage from the windows.  Then there's pens and notebooks and office supplies, and on top are a few more (so far empty) photo boxes and my few remaining wood-mount stamp sets.

All in all, I like it pretty well.  I've got the dog bed at the end of my table for whichever doggo wants to hang out with me while I work, and there's still room to add more stuff if I need to (husband says I do NOT need more stuff ever anywhere).  Pink might not have been my first choice for paint color, but it's okay.  It's a really good-sized room for me and I should quit talking about it and go make something in there :)

Cheers, y'all!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Easter Flowers

Mornin', y'all!  Heyyy look it's the first card I've made in my new craft room!

I don't make or send a lot of Easter cards, so I don't have any current bunnies or specifically Easter sets, which means I reached for some floral stamps, Eastery colors, and good ol' Teeny Tiny Wishes for this one.  And dangit, rhinestones typically don't photograph well.

Let's start with the Fall-To Layout from Clean & Simple Stamping:

Love it.  Classic sketch.

And here's the theme challenge from Global Design Project:

I combined those two with the color challenge from Sunday Stamps:

Those speckly eggs are my FAVORITE Easter candy.  Let's not even discuss how many bags I may or may not buy every year.  And they had them at Christmas too, just different colors :). Oh yeah, colors...I used Tranquil Tide, So Saffron, Marina Mist, and Sweet Sugarplum for my colors (everything but the first swatch, really).  I think Tranquil Tide hasn't been super popular but I love it.  It reminds me of a lot of Stoney Creek cross stitch patterns I've done; they always seem to choose a bluey green for leaves on floral designs.

That's it for now.  I've got to get the kiddo up in about 45 minutes to take him to the doctor...he's had a wet-sounding cough that just will not give up so I'm taking him in.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Colorful Seasons, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Sweet Sugarplum, So Saffron, Tranquil Tide, Marina Mist
Paper:  Sweet Sugarplum, So Saffron, Tranquil Tide, Whisper White
Accessories:  rhinestones

Monday, March 26, 2018

Sapporo, Part 6: Polar Bears

Hey, y'all!  Long time no see!  My moving-induced blog hiatus ended up being much longer than anticipated.  Long story short, two days after we got to North Carolina, the hubs and the babe both got the flu, and my gallbladder viciously attacked me and I spent two days in the hospital waiting to have it surgically removed.  Then I got the flu too.  I strongly recommend everyone avoid the contraction of any malady which causes coughing directly after having abdominal surgery.  Pro tip, that.  After the surgery, we had the grandparents here for a long time because I wasn't allowed to lift more than 15 pounds, and Ryan weighs 23...and he just put my shoe in the trash can.  But anyway, my dad left on Saturday and now it's just me and Ryan and the doggos and maybe things will start getting back to normal.

To that end, Scrappy Monday!  I thought I'd finish with the Sapporo pictures in February but hey, better late than never.

I have no idea how I ended up with only FOUR pictures on this layout.  Lots more pics here.  The Old Olive patterned paper has itty bitty snowflakes on it, and I paired that with Baja Breeze and Blackberry Bliss and I love how this color combo turned out.

There it is:  Baja, Blackberry, Olive, and a bit of So Saffron and Whisper White thrown in there (I think the polar bears are actually more yellowy in person than white).  .31021 111100.31


Ryan just typed you a message.  Apparently baby talk is best written in number form.  Anyway, I've got my new craft room all set up and ready to go...I actually made a couple of China pages in there already, so hopefully this week we can start to settle into a routine and I'll get back to card making and more scrapping.  When I'm not trying to keep Ryan from chasing Sadie, our grumpy old girl dog.  Ryan is fascinated by her and she is not feeling it.

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Tall Tales Alphabet, Snowflakes
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon marker
Paper:  Baja Breeze textured, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Merry Moments DSP
Accessories:  None