Cutie Patootie Barrettes

So this having a niece thing is actually pretty cool. I thought for sure I would not be into the girlie things, but I have discovered I enjoy making hair thingies (technical term) for her. I made a ton of bows at Christmas and have been fine tuning my skills over the past month so this is what I am making now.I even sold a few to a friend for her niece.

A friend of mine owns a fabric and notions shop, Fabrika, and I buy my Amy Butler fabric from her. Maybe one day, she'll think these need to be in her window for sale.


Organization Do over

After seeing the mess that was, I can share some detail shots of the organized studio. Concept to remember, IKEA is a crafters Dream! I love picking up towel racks for $1.99 and using them to keep a ton of stuff off my craft table but still at arms reach.  Plus that great ribbon storgae shelf was on sale at Michael's for $9.99. Love It! Look at the that clean work space on top of my new IKEA bookshelf. One of my goals was to create more usable surface for die cutting, Cricut stuff, and ironing fabric.
My PTI stamp sets are in the clear bin with several larger sets also in a bin. My inks are in the small drawers. All my Studio G stamps sets are hung on the wall as well as my bling and a few other small stamps sets. Check that goal off!
End result means my supplies are more accessible and I use them more because I can see them. Yeah for me!

Happy Saturday!


Studio Space before Mission Organzation

I know I shared some pictures of my space neat and organized. I thought it might be fun to share the before pictures. Ok, not really fun, because I fear someone might suggest me for the TV show Hoarders. I am a chronic pile maker and I tend to let things accumulate. My mother would say to an extreme, but I feel confident it could be worse. These pictures are not what this space was like on a daily basis. This shows the start of pulling everything out to begin the organization process. Yes, I am working on not making anymore purchases until I use the supplies that I have in my stash. Expect that Micheal's keeps sending me 60% off coupons. Who can pass that up?


Better late than not Embellished

Just like the last time, I am posting my Embellish Magazine Challenge card very last minute. I'll post the details later. The sketch I used came from 2Sketches4You. Look at me being such a good multitasking papercrafter.

Paper: Bouguet, Mud Pie (Bazzill Basics), Kraft (PTI), Khaki ( Paper Source)
Stamps: Hello Cling (Hero Arts)
Ink: Dark Chocolate (PTI), Chai (PTI)
Markers: Copics: G28, G24, G12, G0000 (Copics), Sand (Spica)
Stickles: Lavendar
Tools: Heidi Grace Edge Destressor

Happy Friday!


Operation Studio Update

I mentioned earlier that I spent a good chunk of the holiday break organizing my craft space. What you need to realize, is my studio is actually located in my living room. My house is super old and the living room used to be two rooms. As a result it is very long and narrow. So first, I'll show you my space looking from the TV viewing section of my living room.

Now, that I look at it. This view does not seem so organized, but believe me, it is a whole lot better than what was going on here before Operation Studio Update. The handsome dog is, Linus. Anytime I am crafting, he is sitting at my feet wondering when I will be done so we can head to the dog park.

This is the top of my work table. It is always nice when you can actually see the craft mat and it is not piled high with stuff. If you look at the top left you can see my TV and in the top middle is the door to my kitchen. I am not kidding when I say my house is small.  I have some detailed shots of the other areas, but I will save those for my next post. I want to keep you coming back for more and I do not want to ramble on for days in a single post.
One more thing. See that cardboard box in the first picture? That is the mother-load of blog candy I gathered while executing Operation Studio Update. Hope to get some of that together this weekend.

Happy Day!


Kathy has Candy

Check out this stash of goodness. Visit The Daily Marker and get your name in the hat for this amazing candy.

Happy Friday!

I am certified! Not certifiable, but approved by Copic.

Did I mention that I was certified in December? I have a picture to prove it. Well, actually it just proves I was in the same room with Sally Lynn MacDonald, but I got my certificate in the mail this week. I now have evidence. I prefer to be the only Sally in most situations, but I made an exception for this class. Who am I kidding, Sally Lynne falls in the Great Sallys catagory. I'd be happy to be in any room with her, probably because she would be teaching me something creative and super cool.

This little frog is a result of my learning the proper "flicking" technique. I believe that is a technical term. The class was a blast. I met so many great people and I did not feel like a freak because I was surrounded by people just like me. What I mean is they are all in LOVE with a marker. Not everyone gets that, you know. The little bag is full of goodies that came with the certification class. Now, I just need to practice, practice, practice.

Happy Day!


Embellish Magazine Challenge

Just under the wire. I threw this card together at the last minute so I could submit to the Embellish Magazine Challenge. Check out all the submissions. I'll post the details later. Just wanted to get it up tonight.

Happy Day!


Better late than never...


I have been so busy thinking of my word for the year Ali Edwards' style and organizing my studio space that I have not posted at all in 2010. It is a shame, I know. Right now, I am working on a new blog banner and some other upgrades. When I organized my studio space, I found so much stuff for blog candy. I am working on getting that organized and documented for up coming posts. The sad part is I have BOXES and BOXES of stuff in storage at my parent's house and maybe some at their mountain house. No, I am not a hoarder. If you keep repeating it, you actually start to believe it.

Today, I do have a card to post. The first card of 2010! I am trying to be more involved with one or two of the challenges floating around out there in blog world so I decided to kill two birds with one stone, so to say. As I type this I realize I made a card with a bird theme and no birds. I promise no birds were harmed in the making of this card. I used Laura's sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You and Dawn's color combo from Raspberry Suite Color Challenge. I thought is might also count for the Hero Arts them of the month, Friendship and Valentine's , but I think you have to use a Hero Arts stamp in the submission. Oh well. What do you think? I hope to be back soon with candy and pics of my newly organized studio space.

Paper: Soft Yellow, Aqua Mist , Chocolate Brown and Cream (All PTI)
Stamps: Happy Everything (Stampendous), Bird House (Studio G Series 7), Vol 1, No 1 (PTI)
Ink: Vintage Cream (PTI), Dark Chocolate (PTI), Aqua Mist (PTI), Chestnut Roan (Colorbox chalk), Tuxedo Black (Momento)
Copics: YG0000, Y0000, Y13, Spica Lemon, B0000, B18
Stickles: Yellow
Tools: Paper Studio Punch, Fiskars Texture Plates, Cuttlebug embossing folders

By the way, I got a new camera for Christmas. Not the one I wanted, but better than what I had. In this day and age, I am not complaining. So, hope the picture is better for your viewing pleasure!

Happy day!