Thursday, March 28, 2013

CASE Study Challenge 134

Oh wow! March is almost over. I can't believe how fast that went! I'm going to be off on a long vacation this April...for an ENTIRE month! Yes! A whole month! I'm going to the Philippines to visit my family. I haven't been to see them for over a year and I'm getting home sick. And since it's cheaper for me to visit them instead of ALL of them coming to visit me here...I'm getting an entire month off! :) 

Don't worry though...the blog will still be up and running. I've made my DT assignments in advance so you'll still see posts go up on the days that they're supposed to.  My family and I will be beach hopping for 3 weeks so the only thing I probably won't have much time to do is comment. I apologize for that in advance. But I will try to share some of my pictures here with you so that you can see a bit of my country! :)

Anyway, let's get to today's challenge. Welcome to the last week of our March Muse, Julie Ebersole, over at CASE Study Challenge. Please make sure to stop by her blog to leave her some love and thank her for her beautiful inspirational cards! This is CASE Study Challenge 134, and here's is Julie's inspiration card for this week.

So by now you're probably asking yourself...what does my card have to do with Julie's?! lol! Well, after I looked at the inspiration card and walked away, the thing that stuck the most was that there were plants and berries on Julie's card. So that's what I did with my card. I also added the Easter theme since it is Easter. 

I wanted to try the "chalkboard" technique since seeing it a few months back. I know it's not the latest trend anymore, but I wanted to try it anyway. I took a panel of Ocean Tides,  and heat embossed these flowers from the Mini Blooms stamp set. Then I stamped a few other images and a sentiment from it as well, using the White Pigment Ink from WPlus9. I cannot go on enough in saying that this has to be the BEST white pigment ink I have tried.

I used the same ink to to rub against the edges of the Ocean Tides cardstock to make it look more "chalkboard-ish". Then I cut out a strip of wood grain patterned paper from My Mind's Eye and used it as a belly band for my card. I also used A Good Egg from WMS to bring out the Easter theme that I wanted to achieve. Lastly, I added a few rhinestone gems to mimic the berries on Julie's card.

The edges of the band seemed to fray after I folded it. But after looking at it for a while I thought it was a great addition to the texture and composition of the card. So I kept the little flaw right where it was. :)

I hope you've enjoyed my card for this week's CASE Study Challenge. I would love to see what you will come up with. And if you want more inspiration, just head on over to the challenge blog to see what the other DT ladies have for you! Thanks for stopping by today! 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Craft Room Tour!

Happy Saturday! I'm back, and as promised, I have a little post today about my craft space.   It's nothing special I'm afraid. Just a little corner on the second bedroom of our apartment which shares the space with our home office. But I've tried to make good use of what little space I have. This post is heavy with photos...if you're not up for it turn back now! lol. So here we go...

This is how simple things are. No elaborate color scheme. No matching baskets or drawers. Just stuff from Ikea and Target that will hold and organize my craft supplies.
Oh and that hot mess under the table...cords!!! For my sewing machine, Cameo, and extension cord to charge my phone and tablet/laptop. I'm usually Skyping with my sisters while working on my projects so my tablet is always on my desk. I also use it to go through Pinterest and look for inspiration. 

My desk usually looks like this. I don't like to work with clutter on the work surface because I find that I can't think creatively. So when I work on more than 1 project, I usually clean up before I start on the next project. I like my most used items right in front of me. So my PTI cardstocks and pattered papers are right here for easy each. I use Ikea magazine holders to keep them organized. I always reach for my Cuttlebug so it's right there too. That stack of patterned papers are all My Mind's Eye 6x6 pads. I only have a small collection of Copic markers. I picked out the common colors that I use and that's it! 

This is how I store my PTI stamps. These shoe drawers from Walmart are amazing! They fit the cd cases perfectly. And since they're see through, I can easily find what I'm looking for on the side where the labels show through. Oh and that little color chart beside it...I had to make that when I first bought my Hero Arts Shadow Inks. I wasn't familiar with the colors yet and needed a reference to look at while I worked.

To my left is another shorter stack of the shoe drawers from Walmart. On the lower one I have my Spellbinder dies in cd cases, my stack of buttons, adhesives and baker's twine. Right beside the shoe drawers is a stack of Sterilite drawers and above them I have my little sewing machine and all my acrylic blocks arranged in a tray. They are placed in such a way that I can find grab the size that I need quickly without digging through a basket/box.

Those 3 ring binders hold my dies. They're attached with magnetic tape onto thick comic book cardboard. 

For now, my other PTI stamp sets are held in a basket from the container store. How do you guys store these? Do you still put them in CD cases? 

To my left, is the stack of Sterilite drawers that contain embellishments, 12 x 12 patterned papers, and punches. The book case holds more Sterilite drawers containing embellishments, magazines as well as cardstock that I have no space for on my desk.

 This drawer under my desk to the right is from Ikea. It holds my other brands of stamp set. They're also within reach because I grab them so often. So far I have two drawers for each brand. They're almost full so I have to make another trip to Ikea to get another one. They store a LOT of stamp sets though. I love it! 

 To my right is another item from Ikea. Above it I have my inks, Cameo, light box to name a few. That filing system is how I keep my scraps organized. They are arranged according to color. And each hanging folder holds two more folders within it, one for patterned paper and the other for solid colors. That little box with the CD envelopes in it...that's where I keep extra die cuts that I made previously. They're really great and saves me a lot of die cutting time. And if you're wondering why I have a cutting board use it for my pictures. The white boards as well.

Here's a peak inside that small Ikea Cabinet. Other things that I can't store in my drawers are stuffed in here. lol. :) And now to answer the request that some of you have recently asked do I take my photos?

 This is it. No big set up going on. Just a wood plank, white boards and props. Most of my props are stuff I found around the apartment. The rest are cheap bits and bobs from Michael's. I just move the white boards around depending on the light. And I have three extra bright white lights that I use at the same time as the natural light from my window.  

I hope you found this post useful and if you have any questions about my photo set up just leave me a comment and I will make sure to get back to you. Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Thank You Stationery Set for WPlus9 Design Studio

***This is my second post for today. Please scroll down for my CASE Study Challenge 133 post.***

Hello, I have a special post for you all today. Dawn from WPlus9 recently asked me if I could make a few extra completed projects for the WPlus9 Design Studio. And if you've been following me for some time now, you would have noticed that I make mostly card projects. But this time around, I'm challenging myself to make other projects aside from cards. I already have a few ideas up my sleeves and I'm so excited to share them with you. 

So since this is just my first special project, I started with something that was within my comfort zone....a Thank You stationery set! I know, not exactly a big change! lol! But my sister has been asking me for like forever to make her a stationery set. She’s a mom of three rowdy boys, and she sends a lot of thank you notes to their teachers in school. (Maybe even some I’m Sorry notes too. ) So I thought that a Thank You set would be most useful for her right now.  I’m also planning on making a personalized set with her name on it for other notes she might want to send. 

I used Folk Art Florals, Very Vintage Florals, Filigreed Frames, Spring Tags and Mother’s Day Bouquet.  I just took flowers and leaves from each and started stamping around and underneath the sentiment.  My sister loves flowers so this is just perfect for her. I rounded the corners with my Corner Chomper so that if she ever leaves it on her desk and the kids go through it, there won’t be any sharp edges.

Since this is a stationery set, I couldn’t just make the note cards alone. I also cut out 
envelope liners and used the same flowers to stamp them with.  I think that envelopes
without liners look incomplete.  This way, it coordinates really well, and there’s another
beautiful surprise when the recipient opens the letter.  I also made envelope seals.
These are a lovely added bonus to the set!  I just punched out a few circles and then
stamped the floral images on them.  Then I ran them through my Xyron sticker maker.
Viola! Easy peasy! 

I added a few colored pens with the set just because I LOVE pens.  You can make your
own Thank You stationery that looks just as beautiful as store bought ones.  And the
people who will receive your notes will love that it’s your very own hand stamped
cards.  I made 10 cards for this set.  If you don’t have a lot of time or patience to stamp
all these over and over for 10 cards, you can always choose a simpler design. 

As for packaging, I just tied the cards and envelopes with some colored jute.  I’m 
thinking of putting it all in a glassine bag.  Or maybe a nice gift box.  I promise to work
on that on my second stationery set!  If you’ve made your own stationery sets, I would
love to see what you have done! You can leave a link for your projects in the comments section of my blog. I'll make sure to visit and drop you a line. :) If you have any suggestions as to what you would like to see me create with WPlus9 supplies, I would love to hear about them!     

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed
this project and that it inspires you to make your own!  Until next time...

CASE Study Challenge 133

Wow! Another week has gone by and it's time for another CASE Study Challenge! I can't believe all the inspiration from last week's submissions! You ladies are amazing! We have another card from our March Muse - Julie Ebersole for CASE Study Challenge 133

Before I make cards for CASE Study Challenge, I usually look at the inspiration card for the week and then walk away. When I come back to my desk, I try to remember what stuck with me when I last saw the inspiration card. That's how I start with my cards for every challenge. This week's card from Julie left me with the negative cloud space, the circle die cut and colors blue and yellow in mind. And here's what I came up with.

I started by die cutting the clouds on a panel of Lake House cardstock. Then I heat embossed the lace trim in white and used the Scalloped Border die to trim the bottom. I tied a lovely yellow chevron ribbon around the panel to separate the top and bottom portions. I also die cut a circle, branch and bird and stamped their coordinating images on them. For the circle though, I stamped a sun image on the bottom and the sentiment up top. Afterwards, I adhered the panel onto a white card base with foam tape.

I hope you'll find some inspiration from my card and join us this week over at CASE Study Challenge! I would love to hear your thoughts on my recent cards. I'm hoping that they're looking much better these days. hehe. Oh, and I took pictures of my craft space and how I take photos of my cards recently. I'll be making a post about that soon! Make sure to come back for that! :)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Waltzingmouse Stamps March Blog Party

Hello there! I hope you're joining me from the Watlzingmouse Stamps Blog Party. Every 17th of the month, Waltzingmouse Stamps plays host to a themed Blog Party. This week's theme is "LUCK". So pull out all your green inks, your four leaf clover stamps, and maybe even a little leprechaun? :) 

My card was inspired by this photo from Pinterest. It's a great place to look for inspiration specially when my mind is completely blank...which happens a lot. lol.

The "woodland" luck theme seemed perfect for the WMS March release A Good Egg. I thought...woodland...bunnies...makes sense. I had so much fun putting these cards together that I decided to make another one. 

I also used images from Folk Art Medallion to put this sweet little card together. I kept the design pretty simple. I didn't want to take away from the stamped images. They seemed to be doing pretty well on their own.

I hope this gave you a little bit of inspiration to join us over at the Waltzingmouse Stamps March Blog Party. If you're all done here, head on over there and check out what other crafty folks made! Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

CASE Study Challenge 132

Sorry I've been away a bit. I was catching up on my tv shows. (guilty!) The weather is starting to become much nicer and I was imagining how wonderful spring was going to be. I had that in my mind while I was making this card for CASE Study Challenge 132. I was also munching on some apples, and they just happened to make it to "cover page" of my post. haha. :) It's also based on this gorgeous card from our March Muse, Julie Ebersole

I was inspired by the butterflies on Julie's card and placed a few on my card as well. I also made a cute little spring background. I saw this color combination somewhere in Pinterest. Sorry, I should remember to give proper credit to images that inspire me, it's just that there's SO many. lol. I'll try better next time though.

I just sprayed a whole bunch of leaves and flowers to make the background of my card. Then I adhered a little belly band around it before I adhered a label over it. I stamped the butterflies and hand cut them and adhered them with foam tape. 

I hope you'll join us this week for another round of CASE Study Challenge. This was such a fun card to make. Tell me what you think ok? Mini Blooms is my fave stamp set to date. I haven't been able to put it down. You'll probably be seeing more of it on my cards so I hope you don't mind. :) 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Waltzingmouse Stamps DT Blog Waltz

 You've reached the last installment of the Waltzingmouse Stamps March 2013 Release Previews! Welcome to the DT Blog Waltz! I hope we've given you enough inspiration and ideas for the new March release stamp sets. I was so blown away by my teammates projects! I would never have thought to do a lot of what they did if I had never seen their work! I myself love releases, and I hope you loved this one! :)

Since this is a blog hop, you should have come from Jen's blog, if not, you just might be lost! (lol) So hop on to the Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog to start from the beginning.

For the blog waltz, I combined an image from each stamp set being released this month. I just wanted to show you how well they work together. On my background panel, I stamped the Folk Art Medallion image and then softened it up by painting over it randomly. Then I tied this colored jute around the card. I found this at my local Michael's. I'm not sure what it's called but from the look and smell, it seemed to be jute. :)

I also stamped and colored in the Folk Art Label with my Copic markers. Then to finish the card off, I stamped in the bunnies and chicks using A Good Egg. I also stamped and cut the birdhouse and banner and adhered them with foam tape. Now if you're all done here, head on over to Karin's blog for more inspiration!

Would you like to win a stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps? :) Well, all you have to do is leave a message on EACH of the blog hop participants. You have until March 11th at 11:59 PM (GMT), 5:5 9AM Central (March 12), 3:59 AM Pacific and 6:59 AM Eastern. 

Good luck to you all! Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Waltzingmouse Stamps March 2013 Release Previews - Day Three

***This is my second post for today. Please scroll down for CASE Study Challenge 131.***

You made it to the last day of the Waltzingmouse Stamps March 2013 Release Previews - Day Three! What do you think of the release so far? Isn't it amazing?! I had so much fun with my sets. We have one more to introduce today. THIS fabulous set is called Folk Art Medallion.

For my first card, I wanted to do a neutral and elegant card. I just knew I wanted to layer, layer and layer away! I heat embossed the first layer in white. The next layer was made of canvas, I stamped on it and die cut it circle. Then I frayed the edges for more texture. And lastly, I made a "floral" feature on top of it all. 

I added some bling all around the medallion and added jute twine around the card. I like that it's both elegant and rugged at the same time. Does that make sense? lol.

I have one last card to share with you today. You are going to be surprised with this one...I was! It's not my usual was just something I was trying out. Please tell me what you think about it ok? :)

For this card, I dry embossed the background and inked it so that it would stand out against the white. I heat embossed the medallion in pink this time. Then I stamped the flowers in different colors.

The whole background and medallion reminded me of a forest scene. I have no idea why, but that's why I added the birch tree die cut. Although now that I'm looking at it, I should have raised the medallion a little higher.

I added the ribbon to soften it up and stamped the sentiment on a die cut strip to finish it off. I'm hoping this gets a good receiving. :)

That's all I have for you today! Come back tomorrow for the Blog Waltz! In the meantime, there's more inspiration to be found at the other DT girls' blogs. So head on over there! Thank you for stopping by today! I'll see you again tomorrow!

Anya Schrier
Becca Feeken
Belinda Chang Langner
Claire Brennan
Clare Buswell
Edna Morrisedie
Iwona Palamountain
Jean Martin
Jeanne Jachna
Jennifer Cuthbertson
Jennifer Holmes
Julia Aston
Karin Akesdotter
Kelly Schirmer
Laurie Schmidlin
Lynn Mercurio
Renee Lynch
Sandie Dunne
Sarah Martina Parker
Teresa Kline
Tosha Leyendekker

CASE Study Challenge 131

Can you believe it's already March? It seems like the days have been flying by. I've been busy at my craft desk these past few days. Making projects and editing photos I've recently  taken. It's a work in progress, but I hope my photos have improved a bit. :)

Since it is March already, we have a new muse over at CASE Study Challenge. Please help me welcome, the very talented and bubbly, Miss Julie Ebersole!!! Here's Julie first card for this month, for CASE Study Challenge 131.

When I saw that embossed background, I knew that THAT was what I wanted to bring out in my project. Isn't it gorgeous and intricate and just absolutely elegant! Beautiful! So I grabbed my WPlus9 Lacey Layers and started stamping away and embossed the doilies in white. Ok, I know Valentine's Day has come and gone, but I couldn't help it, I wanted one last hurrah. :)

After I had filled the card with embossed doilies, I changed my mind about the placement of the rest of my card. So I adhered white cardstock to the right side, adhered a strip of pink cardstock and some a patterned paper piece from My Mind's Eye and sewed it onto the card. 

 To complete my card, I added some Valentine themed images from WPlus9 Cupid's Arrow and WPlus9 Banner Love

I hope you liked my post today and that it has inspired you to join us this week over at CASE Study Challenge! We have a a guest designer this month! Joining us is Brandi from Yankee Belle Stamper. Please help us give her a CASE Study welcome! 

Thank you for stopping by today. I'll see you again!


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