Sunday, June 30, 2013

Here I am....with an OWH Sunday Sketch!

Sketch #179
I can't believe how long I've been away from the blog. The month of June seems like a complete blur. Now that the kids are out of school, I am finding it harder to find time to create...never mind blog about it. But today, my DH took the kids to the pool and so I managed to get in a few hours of crafty alone time.

I still need a few more cards for my Operation Write Home box, so I decided to play along with this week's Sunday sketch over at Operation Write Home to get some inspiration. I had a lot of fun playing with this sketch and found that it is a great one to use up some of those old scraps that we all hoard.

I made several variations of the card, but this one is my favorite. I used lots of patterned papers from both My Mind's Eye Lime Twist and K&Company's Poppy Seed. The sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts and the star border on the right of the front panel was made with a Martha Stewart punch. Super simple.

Well that's it for today. Gotta get ready to go to a BBQ. Looks like the weather may be yucky later in the hopefully I'll get some more craft time :-)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Spring Cleaning...Craft Room Overhaul

There are officially 11 days left of school for the boys...which means I have 11 days to get everything done on my to do list. And I've been pretty busy lately.

My creative mojo seriously crashed following the conclusion of LOAD 513. That was an intense (but fun) 31 days of crafting.  Every time I went into my craft room, I just couldn't figure out where to start. I still have lots of layouts left to do...companion pages for ones I created in LOAD. And other than the card I made for Operation Write Home's Memorial Day blog hop, I hadn't made a card in a few weeks. So it wasn't for lack of projects.

I decided that I needed to change things up. For Mother's Day, my DH suggested that we buy a Smart TV for the craft room so that I can watch You Tube and check Facebook while I am crafting (and eventually we can hook it to our cable system). This was just the motivation I needed to do some spring cleaning in the craft room...and give it a much needed facelift.

Two years ago, my DH graciously allowed me to convert our huge walk-in closet to an office/craft room. It actually was a pretty easy process. The built-ins were already in place and there were pocket doors separating a hallway and mini-office space from the actual closet. By removing the doors and walls we were able to create a really good size room. We still have all our clothes on the right side...but the left side has been freed up for my craft supplies and a 10-foot counter for our computer and other electronics.

I was in such a rush to get the room completed and start using it that I just matched the color that was already on the walls in the room instead of repainting the whole thing (very lazy of me). But I hated it. It was a mix between pale beige and peach. And with the yellow tinge of light from the overheads the room always had an orange glow. Yuck!

In the last 3 days, I have cleaned, painted, and reassembled my room and I just LOVE it! Thanks to my friend Michelle, I selected Benjamin Moore's Beach Glass for the wall (I heard that the color blue is good for sparking creativity) and it goes great with the cream colored bookshelves. The final step was to replace all of my light bulbs with energy efficient daylight bulbs, which illuminate the room in a crisp clean light perfect for crafting. Here's what it looks like now (notice the large space above the Cricut is just waiting for my new TV):

Now that the room is finished, I am ready to get back to work. I need to make some Father's Day cards quick!

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A New Winner

Well, unfortunately my first winner from the OWH Memorial Day Blog Hop hasn't gotten in touch with it's time to pick a new winner. Sorry Debbie, maybe next time.

I went back to and the NEW winner is...

What super cute cards. The colors you used and your takes on the sketches are awesome.


Congratulations Mary Ellen.  I'll be getting in touch with you soon.

Editors note....obviously I still haven't figured out the widget, but it did generate the number 5 (which was Mary Ellen's). Ugh! Technology is not my friend today :-)