Monday, February 29, 2016

Moving On Up

How will you be spending your Leap Day ?
I'll be working on the craft room 
(or reorganizing the mess in the basement)
some more most likely. 
Same old thing, different day, even if it is an extra day this year !

Things have been pretty quiet here on my blog 
so far this year, this is why:
After the record setting flooding in late December,
my craft dungeon/basement was a mess
(we had to pack it all up for a week then it took me 
a few weeks to get things somewhat back in order).
I was so wiped out both mentally and physically with no desire to make anything.
Every time we go through flooding, the stress is horrible.
This last time was the worst, I can't do it again
(and we aren't getting any younger!). Something had to change.

Since the kids moved out over the past several months 
 their "media room" on the 2nd story was no longer being used.
I decided to take it over for a craft room!
Our clothing is stored in the closet since there is no closet in our room,
though, so I can't take that over for more crafty storage.
Should one or both kids move back home at some point,
they will have to deal with no TV/video game room ;) 

I've been making plans, cleaning out and slowly moving things
in the past 6 weeks. Two flights of stairs each way !
There is a little more to do, mostly reorganizing things,
but I'm finally to the point I can make a project !

There are still lots of other types of craft supplies that must remain
in the basement, there is not enough room for it all upstairs.
At least the things I use most often will be high and dry now.

The  desk is the top to an old "farmhouse" trestle style dining table.
It was what we used at our old house, but no room for it in this house.
 I had it in the basement for the kids to do crafts on in this house.
Until now ;)

In thinking about what I was going to do for a desk in this room,
I had the idea to strip and refinish the solid wood top
then remove the trestle legs. By removing the legs, 
I had plenty of room to use filing cabinets for storage
underneath. They are also the supports for the table top.
One of the drawers is large enough to hold 12" x 12" items.
The filing cabinets contain lots of paper crafting supplies
such as card stock, envelopes. adhesives, markers, refills,
specialty ink ads,  various tools and miscellaneous supplies, finished cards. 

The ink pad storage on top is a DVD/CD tower shelf unit
turned on it's side.
The tool turnaround came from Pampered Chef years ago.
I've never used it in my kitchen ;)

There are numerous plastic drawer units that have been attached
together to create one large unit. They contain my Stampin' Up! sets.
There is also one drawer of clear and cling mount other brand stamps.
The smaller drawers on top store wheels and loose stamps.
The small storage tubs on top hold lots and lots of ribbon,
sorted by type. I admit it, I had a bit of an addiction.
I'm good now, I haven't bought any new (trendy!)
supplies for quite some time. 

Paper punches, tools, heat embossing supplies, coloring mediums
glitters, adhesives, embellishments and doodads galore are in the plastic
drawers under the TV.  Also several 12x12 paper stacks.

The old wooden chest my grandmother used for storing patterns
and sewing supplies in is now holding dies, embossing folders and such.

My mom bought a retro cool 5 in 1 stereo for me
that is sitting atop the dresser  ( I need my tunes !).

Lastly, the cat seems to like the new craft room ;)
She enjoys sitting on the end of the table,
looking out the window

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Valentine's Day Card I Received

I love this card I received from my longtime email "pen pal" !

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Love Is digi kit

Above are a few projects I made 
with the sweet new digi kit,
 by JMC Designs .
This kit will be free with a $10 purchase
the rest of the month
at !
It can also be purchased for $4.99.

I made a printable quote,
two card fronts 
and a scrap page.
The page uses a free template 
found in the template challenge forum
at SNP. I used it in Photoshop Elements.

The card fronts and printable were
created with My Memories Suite. 

Below are the kit contents.
There is a cute alpha included, too ! 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Bloomin' Geranium

I was very surprised to see that despite not having a 
"green thumb", one of the geranium plants I brought indoors
for the winter has a bloom on it !!!!

I've never tried this before and in fact,
have not even been able to keep geraniums thriving
throughout the summer. This particular plant
(four plants in one large pot actually)
was a prolific bloomer last summer
and always looked so nice. I just had 
to try to save it , hoping I could get another 
year of big, beautiful blooms out of it.
This is what it looked like last summer:

So far it is hanging in there despite losing many of its leaves........

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Cherished Love digi kit

Another fun digital kit by JMC Designs is 
released today at =
Cherished Love ! 

I created the above page using My Memories Suite.

The complete kit also includes an alphabet and numbers.
Components are below.
Be sure to visit 
for  a coordinating freebie!

This kit is on sale for half off 
through February 11th at

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

No Shadow!

My little groundhog did not see a shadow this year :) 

Everything Grows With Love digi kit

Time for a new digital Bits N' Pieces kit release by

Each portion of the kit is on sale for 
$1 each through February 8th

Everything Grows With Love digi kits:

Monday, February 1, 2016

Football Jersey Birthday Card

Time for a new challenge at House of Cards;
SHAPED CARDS ! No rectangles, no squares ;) 
This is going to be so much fun to see what all of you
create and share with us ! 

Yeah, yeah:
mine is basically a rectangle,
but I have created many other really fun
and unique shaped cards in the past.
You can see some of them here.

I've been waiting impatiently to share this project
since making it late last fall for a nephews birthday.
It is a football jersey shaped card!

It is not a  4.25 x 5.5" card like many of us create.
I had to make it larger to look right to me and be able to 
add the details that I did. 
I made it to fit a large envelope I had on hand. 
Unfortunately I did not think to trace it and scan the outline
for a pattern to share here before I gave it away.
It is cut from one piece of card stock
with an additional white piece inside to write on.

Marker, sponging of ink,
card stock scraps cut to fit
and stamped, heat embossed white letters
were all used to give detail to the jersey.
The 13 was cut out using my old Cricut Create machine.



Be sure to visit all of the other amazing 
House of Cards Design Team members
to see what shapes they've made into cards !

Cohenna | Donna | Dotty Jo Em | Emily | Heather
Jane | Judy | Karen | Katarzyna Ewa * | Katy | Leslie* | Linda
Merethe | Merlina* | Michele | Paula* | Rocky | Rosi | Ruza
Shawna | Shirley* | Steph | Sue N. | Sue T. | Susan* | Tina* | Toni