Monday, July 29, 2013

Treasures from an Antique Show

I am so excited!  I found this old printer's tray at the Red Dirt Relics antique show in Joplin this weekend.  I have wanted one forever.  I have run across a few in the past, but they were either too beat up or too expensive.  This one is in perfect condition.  I am still not sure where its permanent home will be, but for now, it is standing on end holding tiny bottles of glitter.  I found other treasures at the show like a spiky vintage frog to hold cards (currently holding my birthday card from my favorite sister), beautiful colors of seam binding ribbon and a stash of sparkly vintage clip earrings which will be repurposed into new bracelets and necklaces.  My mom and daughters had a blast at the show!


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Layer It Up Challenge

The latest challenge at Ruby's Rainbow Challenges is layers.  I used several pieces of coordinating paper, all layered with a crystal crown at the top.  The medallion sticker is from K & Co. and I layered it on a spirelli piece that I cut with my CraftRobo cutting machine.  Every layer is inked with distress ink for added depth.  Be sure to come on over to Ruby's and show us your layered creation.  The design team has whipped up some beautiful cards.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Leftover Papers Tag

I love it when you throw some leftovers together and something beautiful appears.  I had a piece of my handmade background paper just sitting on my desk and it just happened to be the perfect size for a tag.  The butterfly label was out as well because it almost went on a different card, but it just didn't work.  I added a couple of pearl flourishes and a leftover piece of ribbon rose trim.  I love how the seam binding looks at the top of the tag.  I am entering my leftover tag in the following challenges:

Inklings & Yarns - Inky Linky #22
Penny's Challenges - Think Pink
Craft & Me Challenges - Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - Swirly Girly
Five Simple Things - Anything Goes
Creative Corner Challenges - Anything Goes

Monday, July 15, 2013

Creating Your Own Background Papers

I was so inspired after visiting different blogs who are participating in the Where Bloggers Create 2013, that I decided to create some of my own background papers.  Sandra Kaye from Sandra Kaye Designs has made some beautiful, bright papers.  I went for a more antique look, but I like how my papers turned out.  I used masks, spray inks, rubber stamps, markers, and distress paints to create unique background papers for my next cards.  I started by laying the masks on water color paper.  Then I used spray inks in different colors.  Next, I used distress paints mixed with water to create a color wash.  Then I used markers to highlight the stencil design.  On the pink and blue card, I also added a background rubber stamp design.  It was fun to use supplies that I haven't used in awhile.  Here is what I made with them.

I am entering these cards in the Anything Goes challenge at Sister Act Card Challenges.
Here are the background papers that the kids made during their art session this afternoon. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

My Creative Space

I am excited to share my creative space with the blog hoppers from My Desert Cottage's Where Bloggers Create 2013.  I have always enjoyed seeing the work zones belonging to other crafters.  Some are spotless and some are fascinatingly busy, but all creative spaces can be inspiring.  I love to see how other crafters organize their tiny embellishments.  Be sure to visit this blog hop's many participants for tons of inspiration.

My space is home to both paper crafts and jewelry making.  My craft room used to be in a bedroom, until about a month ago when I took over the living room.  I would rather have a craft room than a place for the TV.  Besides, there is another TV in the den.   It is great to have a larger space - I feel like I have room to grow (much to my husband's dismay).  I store my papers and card making supplies on bookshelves along the back wall of my space.  My beads and findings are on the side wall.  My work table is just the right size. I love the ceramic tile top because it is a breeze to clean when I smudge distress ink on it. I know I should use my non-stick mat, but sometimes I just don't use it.  A long time ago, my favorite sister gave me a Dymo labeler for my birthday.  I label every drawer and it is a life saver.  I can always find what I am looking for because every drawer is labeled. 

The plethora of tiny drawers (115 to be exact) houses all of my beads and findings for jewelry making.  My family has a bead and jewelry store in Joplin, Missouri.  We would love it if you would check out our blog at  Our etsy store is the place to go to see our jewelry creations.  I really don't make any jewelry at our store because I keep so busy with the business side of things.  Home is where I get to be creative and I know I am so lucky to have such a fun stash of supplies.

Each type of bead is sorted and stored by color. I have drawers for glass pearls, chinese crystals, semi-precious stones, Swarovskis, lampwork and more. I also have my findings sorted by color and function. I have drawers for beadcaps, filigree, clasps, chain, charms and beads. It is fantastic to be able to find what I need in the middle of a design. I used to have everything in large drawers that I had to sift through. The small drawers are a vast improvement. My favorite drawer is the current projects drawer. I can start a piece and then tuck it away until next time. This way, I never forget what I had planned to put together since everything stays together.
One of my favorite groups of drawers is the vintage findings and old button drawer section.  I have managed to find quite a hoard of vintage parts and pieces like sweater clips, clip earrings and chandelier parts.  The button collection contains shell, metal, carved, lucite and lots more.  A toothbrush comes in handy for making old buttons shine.  It was a bit of a revelation for me when I decided that it was ok to have several drawers with the same label.  If it takes 5 drawers to hold your button collection, then so be it!


My absolute favorite organizer has 6 skinny drawers and 3 tall drawers which came from JoAnn's.  I was unsure about the skinny ones at first since they don't really hold all that much.  I was pleasantly surprised once I filled them because the skinny drawers hold just the right amount so you can easily see your embellishments.  There is no need to dig and I love the compartment organizers within each drawer.  I will definitely have to have another one of these organizers. 


I have lots of paper storage in my creative space.  I use these cube shelves from Michaels as well as the bookshelves along the wall.  I store my smaller paper pads, like 6x6 in baskets on a shelf.  These smaller paper pads are sorted according to size which makes them easy to find.   I use clear containers for things like flowers and other embellishments.  I kept some of my larger drawers for larger embellishments like chipboard and rubons. 

I recently moved all of my ribbons, laces and trims into a very large drawer organizer.  I used to have every ribbon hanging from the top of a shelf and, quite frankly, it looked like a jungle.  It was easy to find things, but it was out of control.  The drawers work nicely and the ribbons are pretty much sorted.  The lace is all in one drawer.  Now, I need to organize all of my new seam binding ribbons.

In my old craft space, all of my punches were stuffed into a basket on the top of a bookcase.  One thing I have learned is that if you can't see it, you won't use it.  In the new space, I was able to put all of my Martha Stewart punches out in the open.  Surprise, now I use them!  I have 2 Martha Stewart tray organizers that hold little jars of embellishments.  It is so nice to be able to see what I have.

I truly love my creative space.  It is open and spacious and I can work away while still being with my children.  I am convinced that I would never make anything if I was tucked away somewhere in a room by myself.  I need to add some more lighting - I am thinking of a chandelier.  There are always ways to improve any space and I would love to have more shabby chic elements, but I am thankful for my craft room! 

Be sure to visit all of the participant's creative spaces.

Recipe Card

The current challenge at Ruby's Rainbow Challenges is a recipe card.  The piece must include 3 elements - ribbon, something embossed and a handmade background design.  I chose several travel themed stamps to create my background paper.  The square metallic stickers for the H and the B are embossed and the ribbon is at the bottom.  I used hand dyed vintage crinkle seam binding ribbon along with ric rac and a fabulous buckle.  Join us at Ruby's!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Old Fashioned Keys Card

The newest challenge at Alphabet Challenges is K for Keys.  The base layers are all edged with distress ink.  I used key stickers paired with vintage buttons.  I threw in a little vintage lace and crinkled seam binding ribbon and topped it all with a crystal flourish sticker.  Join us at Alphabet Challenges and show us what you create with your keys.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Hello Friend


I created this oversized card for the Seems a Little Sketchy challenge #42.  I used a lace (pronounced lah-say) piece for the round element given to me by my friend Joy.  The copper strip was embossed in my Vagabond and the little birdie sticker is from JoAnn's.  Nothing is complete without sparkle, so I added a crystal flourish for the finishing touch.  Here is the inspirational sketch.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Christmas Trees Card

The current challenge at Sparkles Christmas Challenges is trees.  Be sure to visit our sponsor, Di's Digi Downloads.   I added tree stickers to my background papers and embellished with lots of crystal gems.  I used a Martha Stewart border punch along with hand dyed seam binding ribbon.  It is great to get a jump start on Christmas cards.  Come on over to Sparkles Christmas challenges and show us what you make with trees.