Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Craftroom - total view

After how many years (too many to count) of moving and reorganizing my crafts. Not to mention all the youtube videos and craft sites and blogs trying to figure out my craftroom...DUH? it finally dawned on me, it wasn't my crafts but the actual crafting area. If you look at all the previous posts, my craft area FACES A WALL and I was in a corner. I'm always facing a wall.....UGH!!!! THAT WAS THE PROBLEM!!! at least for me. That is why I finally put my crafting area (sort of) in the middle of the room and I'm NOT facing a wall. I can look all feels so much better!!!! So in the before posts I had my crafting area on  shelving units (Container Store) and the jetmax cubes were always near by.......I've done the opposite NOW!  The shelving units are in the closet holding my excess crafts and the jetmax cubes are now my crafting area. The boards that create my craft area are 48"l x 24"w and I have 2 of them so my area is 48" x 48"...COOL HUH!!! and the jetmax cubes support the boards.

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This is the entrance to my room (on the far right is my computer area, which is still a disaster-no pics). As you view the pics notice the boards and jetmax cubes.

 LOOK FAMILIAR??? I didn't get to move into the room I wanted, so I moved back into this room.

here's my cardstock/paper

this is the front of my crafting area
left side: stamps,stickles,embossing paste,scissors,cricut mats,silhouette mats an empty drawer and glues are in the other
right side:(future) stencils,twine,cutter,score pal,12x12 ceramic tile(heat embossing),envelope maker,MS mini scoreboard and heat gun

this is the top view (sneak peek yesterday) little drawers:emossing powders/pad, glue dots, cricut tools.
next drawers: clips, paper piercer,mini markers,markers, punches.

my imagine and expression-found the cart online at Walmart

this is the other side:3dr cubes- sew easy, ribbons,glitter,misc.(embellishments),knifty knitter stuff and an empty drawer

this is the backside-its what you see when you come in
3dr cubes:extra tapes/glue, hot glue, (diy) flower supplies, empty drawer,vinyl(rolls) and empty drawer.
4dr cubes:embossing folders, big shot dies, xyron 1.5 refill, xyron 2.5 refill, xyron 5" refill and 3 empty drawers.

this is the closet
left side 

right side of closet

back of door- Cricut carts in alphabetical order-(Home Depot had the organizer)

I have to move some around...I WON 2 carts(elegant edges/paper lace) on ebay...HA HA!!! shhhh....

LAST window.......HA HA HA!!! (its just paper cricut heads I stuck on the blinds)I'm looking for new curtains

THE END!!! thats my NEW IMPROVED CRAFTROOM!!!!!! what do you think???

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


FINALLY!!!! My craftroom is D-O-N-E !!!! its only taken me 48hours of nothing but craftroom set up/organization but it's FINISHED!!! In all the years I've been crafting and I've lost count how many times I've reorganized my crafts or moved to other areas of the house.  I'm SUPER PLEASED to announce that I think this is the BEST OF THE BEST!!!! I LOVE LOVE THIS SET UP!!!!!! I'm a VERY HAPPY CRAFTER!!!
I just got done today so give me time to post pics but heres a sneak peak.....................

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This is the top view of my crafting area.......
Hopefully by Thursday I'll post pics of the whole room.......STAY TUNED!!!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

St Patrick's day cards

I know..I know...I changed my mind. For my cards I decided not to play with the paste. It was time consuming and wasn't coming out right and I had to get my cards DONE!! So I just cut everything out of cardstock and added glitter. I LOVE how they came out!!! I did change the size a bit, I cut the lil sham's at .64w x .50h and the Lucky w/shamrock at 3.70w x 3.50h (I ungrouped it) and cut everything seperately. I glittered the Lucky w/gold and the sharock w/green then glued it on an A2 card, the lil sham's I used the tiny glue dots to stick them down. I added the sentiment and made my envelopes and DONE!!!
Now all my family and friends will get a card....HA HA.
Just so you'll know....I got my package yesterday with the REAL embossing paste!!!! I can't wait to play!!!
BUT....FIRST I MUST REARRANGE/ORGANIZE MY CRAFTROOM!!!! NO playing this time till its DONE!!!!! SO SAD I hoo...

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Cut my own stencils with the Silhouette!!!

YES! my craftroom is still a DISASTER ZONE!!! but since I had to dig some stuff out to make previous cards......WELL....I decided to play..HA HA HA
I made my own stencils WHAHOO!!!! SUPER EXCITED!!! When I was packing up my crafts to move to another room I found Graftix Stencil Blank .007...What a matter what I set the silhouette to,  it just wouldn't cut it and I only had one sheet....urgh....Went to the craft stores and NOTHING!! uh to the rescue....I noticed on youtube  they were using "Show Offs" stencil blanks from Hobby doesn't state the thickness...ummmm....Well I have a 40% off coupon and they had a variety of sizes but I went with the 6x18 (3 sheets) for $1.99 w 40%off HA HA HA

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There is a SHINEY SIDE and a DULL SIDE.....WARNING!!! on the shiney side there is a film - yes there
I cut my blanks down to 6x6...I'm a card maker I didn't need it any bigger.

OK, here are my stencils!!!!
Cut with the Silhouette Cameo---settings: NEW BLADE set at 9, coverstock, speed 2, thickness 33 and DOUBLE CUT. To be on the Safe side I also used painters tape and taped the stencil to the mat.
It cuts all the way thru but you still need a peircer(something with a sharp point) cause that shiney side still has a plastic coating and doesn't want to release the cuts. You could use an exacto knife too just be very careful.

 AREN'T THEY GORGEOUS!!!!! I'm SUPER DUPER EXCITED!!! The first two patterns can be found in the silhouette store. The zigzag I cut at 3.75w x 5.25h and the circles I cut at 3.865w x 5h (look at the teny tiny circle..thats smaller than 1/8" or .12 and it cut it BEAUTIFULLY). The Lucky shamrock design is mine, well sort of I found the Lucky w/shamrock in the silhouette store. I then copied it ungrouped it or release compound path (can't remember which) then I shrunk the shamrock to .48w x .375h and created my border to fit a 3.75w x 5h cardstock. The stencil it self is 4.25w x 5.50h . The Lucky w/shamrock is cut at 2.115w x 2h and was centered.
What am I going to do with them???? Well, call me a Late/Slow bloomer but I'm suddenly into "mix media"......HA HA...I want to TRY "embossing paste".....its not sold in stores.....aarrgh!!! but I noticed on you tube this product was suppose to be the same....I found it at Michaels in the Art dept for about $10 but I had a 40% off coupon...he he he....

  STOP! Warning!!! I don't know if its the same....put this stuff is a DISASTER!!!! Don't waste your money. Today I order the really stuff "embossing paste" in white from Paper Wishes ( I LOVE this company, very reliable!). link is below  ( I also order some stencils too..ha ha..want to see if its the same thickness as mine) 

in the youtube video's "embossing paste" they stuck glitter and embossing powder to the embossing paste and it stuck.....this stuff that I got NOTHING STICKS!!!! AAAARRRRRGGGHHH!!!!!
Put I'm determined NOT to waste (since I have to wait for the "original" embossing paste) and make do.
Watching the videos.. they used a stencil and embossing paste and got perfection. I made my stencil and used the product above and got DISASTER. I did exactly what they did in the videos....I don't know if my paste is too thick and or my stencil too thin...but I figured it out!!! I doubled up on my "lucky" stencil, in other words I cut another one and sprayed the back of one with TEMPORARY spray adhesive and carefully stuck them together. WOWZA! now thats a thick stencil...HA HA but it WORKED!!!!!
When using the paste it dries very quickly so when you take your stencil off you have to put it in water IMMEDIATELY. So I stuck it in water and finished my project and then went to rinse the stencil off, I rinsed the front and back and patted them dry and carefully pulled them apart and patted the inside and because I didn't use soap I stuck my stencils back together and it restuck...SUPER!
Here's my St Patricks card I'm working on. I used my double stencil and the crappy paste and then sprinkled green glitter...."LOOKS" Gorgeous HUH??? not....if you flick the back to remove the excess glitter it all falls off....Dag Nab it!!! you oh so carefully tap the excess glitter off and try to use a very small paint brush to remove the extra but don't touch anything or MORE glitter will fall off....I did the best I could and will spray it with Krylon Crystal Clear acrylic coating(from HL) and Hope and Pray that no more glitter falls off....HA HA HA...I'm determined to make this my St Pat cards and since this is such a PAIN!!! only my immediate family will get cards. I'll only have to do this 9 more times.......then that'll be it till the "REAL" embossing paste comes in and then I'll play more and post more. You can't see it but it does give it nice demension. The card is cut at 3.75w x 5h it's a bright yellow and I will stick it to an A2 green card (I'll post when all is said and DONE!)
This paste kind of warps the cardstock thats why I didn't just do it on a card.

I also picked up these palette knives at Michaels (set of 5) for around $2.50. You need something to spread the paste.

I got one done...I need to go make the others......HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Birthday card

A card I made for my niece.
This may be an old cart, but for me its NEW. I was at Michaels last week and they had it on clearence for $19.99....LOL so naturally I HAD to get it.
I don't really care for the face.....I think I'll start using Peachy Keen faces.
I used the silhouette for the name on the purse and insde sentiment

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OK, now to work on St Patrick cards and I can FINALLY get back to rearranging/organizing my's not fun crafting when EVERYTHING is a MESS!!!