Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

May your year be filled with blessing too numerous to count.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A little scrappin before heading to VA

Going to see my sister Terri in VA tomorrow for the weekend. Can't wait to hit the road with my sister Debbie!

OWH is in need of cards for our soldiers to send to their children back home.

You may remember this one (without the banner). We were going to give them to our neighbors but that never happened.

The glitter on the sun was done with stickles but I put diamond glaze on it to "seal" the glitter.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas

"And Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David, to be registered along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was pregnant." - Luke 2:4-5 - HCSB©

“I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! . . . Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:10-11, 14

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Cards finished today in my "new" studio

I was happy to be in my studio today working on cards for I found a copy of Cards magazine (Dec10) for less than the shelf price (I think around $15). I've never seen this magazine in person and was delighted to get a copy. I only wish it wasn't full of Christmas cards :) Although I now have plenty of ideas for next year.

I still don't have the hang of my new camera - probably because I haven't bothered to read the instruction book. So my pictures aren't the best. I'm sure it is the light in my family room but I didn't want to trek back upstairs to take the pictures!

The first three cards are my originals.

These two have Kraft paper as the base and then a pink texture cardstock on top.

The "shiny" on this card is coming from the silver ink I sponged on. You can't see if this shiny on the actual card so I was surprised to see if show up in the picture.

These cards are all CASEd from the Cards magazine, Dec10 issue.
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The base is a peach cardstock with a teal ribbon tied around it to match the first layer cardstock under the white embossed paper. The flowers are punched out and small pieces of scrap cardstock are under the flowers.

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I didn't like this when I first finished it, but after letting it sit on the table overnight, I decided to add glitter and send it!

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I don't like this at all. Wanted to use the bling along the side but I'm not happy with the outcome.

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This is my favorite of the day. Used my sewing machine to attach the 3 pieces of cardstock.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

It's done - almost

Finally, my room is painted! and I moved all my scrapping stuff back into the room tonight. I saw someone refer to her room as her studio - I like that. So, here are the before, during and after pictures of my new studio!!

My son's school colors were red and blue so we painted this room in those colors when we moved in. He used this room for friends who spent the night and to keep his playstation and other games. As he got older, he used only to store stuff that he moved from his bedroom.

As you can see, I had so many pieces of "found" furniture to store my stash but nothing matched.

We had to put 3 coats of primer and 2 coats of the paint on the walls to cover the red and blue. Unfortunately, we got primer splatters on the dark blue carpet so we'll be cleaning that up too.

The walls are light gray - lighter than I wanted but much better than the red and blue. I set my table at an angle with my shelves (a new purchase) in the corner behind me. Everything at my fingertips. Plus I have room to set up a second (smaller) table if my sister comes over to scrap (or anyone else!). The table is also facing the closet - which is where I have a TV hidden (no cable though, just free TV via the converter box). When I faced the wall, I would put a mirror up so I could see the TV behind me! I usually listen to the radio though ... that reminds me, I need to get my radio back in the room. I finally put some new CDs in there because my radio station (104.9, The River) is only playing Christmas music; and though I enjoy it, I like more variety.

I decided to store my paper vertical and was pleased that my Cropper Hopper files are standing up by themselves. I thought I'd have to rig up some type of "book end" -- but was glad I didn't need to.

Do you love my baskets...I do. I found them at Flower Factory. I bought all the large and medium ones they had. I will need to go back and pick up a few more (to replace the natural ones I'm using in the mean time).

I need to "line" the shelves with something because the baskets catch on the shelves when I pull them forward. I have lots of thin cardboard that I will cut the size of the basket bottoms and hopefully solve this problem.

I had a colonoscopy this morning (blech) and everything is just fine (which I knew it would be). The procedure was a breeze compared to the prep. The stuff I needed to drink was awful. Of all the scientific advances in this world, I'd think they could come up with a more palatable drink. I had to drink it twice - once at 6 p.m. and once at 3 a.m. In case you don't know, you spend a lot of time in the bathroom after each dose.

On Monday I have a procedure with my gynecologist (minor surgery) - won't go into (TMI). I'm hoping this help the cause of my low blood count. Normal blood count for women is 14-20; mine was at 7 a month ago. It is up to 10.5 today (thanks to the iron pills I've been taking).

Well, it's off to bed. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Scrapbook room organization

Been thinking about what I want for Christmas. My husband is getting new golf clubs...he always gets the high dollar gifts. So I decided it was my turn. I want my craft room to be organized and efficient.

I'm going to have the walls painted a soft gray (the walls are currently Red and Blue - my son's high school colors) to go with the dark blue carpet.

I'm going to buy a couple more shelves and matching baskets for my supplies. Today I went thru the house and gathered all my baskets but they don't look very neat - being all different. So it's off to Flower Factory this week to get some.

I've decided to go vertical files with my paper files. Going to Joanns to buy the Cropper Hopper files and dividers. I thought about sticking with my plastic shelves (horizontal) but I think having them vertical will make looking for particular papers easier. If anyone has a better idea, send me a link to a picture. I'm not sure how I'll store the files though ... My shelves don't have sides and I don't want the files to fall over. I suppose I could adjust the stop shelf to be down a little so the vertical poles will act like bookends.

I'll take pictures when it is all done.