Monday, October 5, 2015

Store It Mondays-Ribbon and Trim

Happy Monday Krafters!

I will be wrapping up Store It Mondays soon. I have a few more storing solutions to share. I hope you have enjoyed and were inspired by what I have shared thus far. Today I am sharing how I store ribbon and trim. A few years ago on, I purchased a Simply Renee Ribbon Organizer for $12 during their 12 days of Christmas. It holds a ton of ribbon/trim. The organizer usually costs around $80. It was a steal. I wish I would have purchased two of them. There is storage in the tray area and the ribbon sticks out for easy access. Then there is more storage using clips for ribbon that is not on a spool but in bags or loose. I have purchased ribbon from Etsy and Hobby Lobby that does not come on a spool. This is perfect. I am not sure if still sells this item. However, I am sure Amazon or Ebay has them if you were looking to reorganize your ribbon and trim. 

Prior to the Simply Renee, I used a peg board and cheap curtain rods to hold spools of ribbon and trim. This system can be customized as needed. I can extend the rods as I purchase more ribbon. I really do like this system too because again, it has the potential to hold a lot ribbons! This system can work well for small punches as well. 

I also have an iron dress form with trim on it. (You can see it in the picture above with the Simply Renee). I purchased that item from a catalog for about $19 (I don't remember the name of the place). I have the rose trim wrapped around to look like a dress. Instead of hoarding the trim, I really need to use more of it! LOL 

That’s it! I hope you were inspired today. Thanks for stopping by, Krafthead~

Friday, October 2, 2015

Sweet Birthday SASL DT Project

Happy October Krafters!!

Can you believe there are only three months left in the year? In the month of October, there are a lot of birthdays in my family. My mother-in-law’s birthday is today and my son’s is tomorrow. I have an uncle, cousin, and a few friends who will be celebrating birthdays this month. So I am going to share a birthday card!

Let me tell you; this card is completely different than what I intended. When I first started off, I was just going to do a simple watercolor background using distress inks add happy birthday with a few sequins and call it an evening. However, the markers (Chameleon) were calling my name and the stamps (Lawn Fawn’s Baked With Love) said, “Play with us Kenya, play with us!” Before I knew it, I was coloring and masking off stamped images to give a layered look. 

Chameleon markers are fairly new on the market. I have had them for about three months and colored with them just a hand full of times. There is a learning curve, but I really do like them. I used this card to further play with color layering and how to fuse the colors correctly. I can sit here and cry about all of the mistakes, but I would rather focus on what I do like. I like being able to have one marker make smooth transitions between colors. But again, this can be tricky. I really like how the bowl turned out as well as the butter and eggs. 

After I finished coloring the image, I used Avery Elle’s Wonky Rectangles to cut out my watercolor layer as well as the colored layer. I was going to put the sentiment on the inside with the piping bag, but decided at the last minute to put it on the outside instead. The sentiment is up a little higher than I would like, but overall, I think it still turned out ok! 
To add a little more shimmer, I added Wink of Stella Clear Pen to the bowl, and hearts (stamped with LF’s Lobster ink). 

That’s it! I hope you were inspired by this project…imperfections and all. That is all apart of the crafting process! Remember to stop by She's A Sassy Lady Blog to check out the talented DT. Have a great weekend, Krafthead~

Monday, September 28, 2015

Store It Mondays-Sprays

Happy Monday Krafters!

Welcome to another installment of Store It Mondays! Today’s storage is a work in progress. I can tell you up front, if you're the type of person who says, “Out of sight, out of mind!” then this solution is not right for you. Prior to moving the lab around, I stored all sprays except Lindy’s Stamp Gang on stand. I always stored the LSG in a Sterile drawer. Approximately 90 LSG bottles can fit in the drawer and more of the Tattered Angels because of the bottle shape. After moving the room around, I lost that stand space. I threw some sprays away and gave some to fellow crafters. I kept my favorite colors. Until I can find a new home, I store them all in the same drawer.

All of the LSG has a white Avery Label on top for the color. As you can see, this too is a work in progress as I still have to mix most colors and spray the caps. Once I do this, I can easily see the colors without having to pull each color until I find the right shade. The other (Glimmer Mist, Studio Calico, Ranger, and homemade sprays) are randomly placed in the drawer. I can get to the bottles easily until I find a final resting place for them.

That’s it! While it’s not perfect, it works for me! I hope you enjoyed today’s solution! Thanks for stopping by, Krafthead~

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Brand New

Happy Thursday Krafters!

As I’ve mentioned before, I participate in two monthly challenges over at It is a great way to actually do layouts as well as give the Cricut a workout. By being a part of the Cricut Challenge, I remember why I loved the machine years ago!

Today I am sharing a layout lift from the second challenge. I had the privilege of lifting toni-n-tn’s Brand New layout. Be sure to check out the original here. While the original is beautiful and the inspirational force behind the lift, what I love is making the layout my own! This is a photo of my son taken hours after being born. It is hard to believe almost a year has gone by! I am still in awe!

I used Design Space for the hearts, title, tag and arrow. I welded several open hearts to create the distressed heart. I also used the write and cut by attaching the information to the tag. I also used TH’s thin dies for the words along with the Spellbinder’s Grunge Words. 

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed today’s project! Thanks for stopping by, Krafthead~

Monday, September 21, 2015

Store It Mondays-Punches

OOOpsie daisy….I forgot to publish…sorry

Hello Krafters,

Welcome to another installment of Store it Mondays! I believe I shared this storage solution a few years ago. I have been using the over the door shoe storage for punches since I started “crafting” in 2010. If it isn’t broke don't try to fix it right? 

This storage solution is not only good for punches, but inks, sprays, embellishments, adhesives and the list goes on and on. If I had more doors in the craft lab, I would invest in more of these. They are inexpensive and great because I can see what is in each compartment. 

That’s it!!  I hope you enjoyed today’s storage solution. It really is a great solution which takes very little space, holds a lot of punches and costs around $10 each at Walmart! Thanks for stopping by, Krafthead~

Friday, September 18, 2015

26 Years

Hello Krafters,

My mom, yes I have talking about her a lot lately, is a part of a group. One of the members retired after 26 years of service. This was all of the information provided AND yes it was a last minute request….I decided to go with a white, cream and gold color scheme. 

There are a lot of layers and textures on this card. I used a doily die by Cherry Lynn Designs as well as their flourish. I used the Explore to make the lattice and 26 years sentiment. I used gold embossing powder to make that sentiment pop! An after thought was I should have foiled that sentiment instead. That is what ended up doing in the inside since it was custom to the occasion. The flowers are I Am Roses. I also embossed the mat (I don't remember the embossing folder name). To hide the glue, I added a tag to the bottom in the cream and embossed the “thank you” in gold. 

Mom was happy with it and overall I am happy with how it turned out too!

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed today’s project! Thanks for stopping by, Krafthead~

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Altenew Sympathy Card

Hello Krafters,

My mother is very special to me. However, she is a last minute person. Today’s project is a last minute request as she was waiting for her ride to go out of town. Her spiritual mother’s grandmother passed away. She lived to be 109 years old! My mom attended the funeral which was out of town. While waiting, she said, “Oh no, I forgot to get a card!” I gave her that really look. Then she went on to ask if I could make one. 

This is a non traditional sympathy card color scheme. I really wanted to use the Altenew Vintage Rose stamp set. I have the Lawn Fawn Lobster, Rose, and Cranberry inks. It just so happened, I was using cranberry card stock on a previous project so it worked out. I used the Avery Elle Wonky Stitch Dies to cut the mat. I had to fussy cut the roses and leaves since I do not have the dies yet. I added a little clear Wink of Stella for a little shimmer. I stamped the sentiment in the LF cranberry ink.For some reason, I like to add butterflies to sympathy cards. I think it reminds me of the circle of life in some way and the beauty of it. Anywho, I added the butterfly which was punched with a Martha Stewart punch and I added pearls to the body as well as to the top of the card to finish it off. 

Although it is not pictured, I repeated the same on the inside of the card to tie it all together. 

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed today’s project! Thanks for stopping by, Krafthead~