December 31, 2011

Ink Cube Storage

Recently a member on the Papertrey Ink forum asked about ink cube storage, so I thought I would share how I store my ink cubes.  I love ink cubes; I think it's a great way to get all the ink colors without buying all those large ink pads, especially since I don't use certain colors all that often.  I have all the Memento dew drop inks and most of the Papertrey ink cubes.

While I was in Joanne's one day, I found this:

StorNCarry Slim Scrapbook Case

It looked like it might work for my ink cubes, so I used a 50% off coupon and bought it.  It worked perfectly; it also holds the old Papertrey ink pads:

I like that the slim case holds the ink cubes and pads in place when it is closed.  No digging through a box or drawer to find the color I am looking for.  And I can easily grab the case and take it with me when I go to a crop. 

I store the case on a shelf in one of my Jet Max cubes within reach so I can easily grab it when I need it.  I can easily flip it to store the inks upside down or to find the color I need.

This has been a very handy way to store and use my Papertrey ink cubes/pads and Memento dew drops.

Now if I can find a practical way to store all my other inks: TH distress inks, Colorbox pigment inks, Jenni Bowlin dye inks, A Muse pigment inks, etc., I will be thrilled.  For now they are stored in drawers and not so easy to access since the drawers are stuffed full and I have to dig around to find the ones I need at the time.  I'll have to work on that in 2012.

Thanks for stopping by!

December 30, 2011

2011 Year in Review

Last year I noticed that many crafters showcased their favorite projects from the past year. I thought this was a great idea so I am joining in this year!  

Here are my favorite creations from each month in 2011:

Hope you enjoyed this review.  It was fun to look back at all the cards and posts I made last year.

December 29, 2011

Holiday Projects Review

With the year end fast approaching, I thought I should get my act together and post some of my favorite Christmas and holiday cards and projects for this year.  I totally got swept up in preparing for the holidays and ignored my poor blog in November and December.

Like last year, I participated in our annual craft fair at work this year.  I made most of my holiday cards in October and then spent November and early December making other items, mostly tags.  You will see that I used a lot of patterned papers this year.  I am totally addicted to patterned papers and this year there were so many amazing papers.  I especially love 6x6 and 8x8 paper pad collections with coordinating papers.

The craft fair was pretty successful for me again.  I made just over $300.  My biggest seller was cocoa sliders again! People are just fascinated with these.  This year I sold only a few of my holiday cards; I sold more of my non-holiday cards.  My tags (gift and wine bottle) were pretty popular also.  I made ornaments using the PTI damask snowflake dies and sold a dozen to one person, not one to anyone else.  It was certainly interesting to see what sold and what didn't.

Here is a photo of my table from just before the fair started.  Sorry for the quality, I used my cellphone to take the photo.

Here are photos of some of my favorite cards and other projects:

Gift card holders (using PTI's gift card holder die)

 Pretty tags (I added baker's twine)

 More pretty tags (I added baker's twine)

I am not adding a supplies list because there is so much displayed here, but if there is something you are interested in, leave a comment and I'll be happy to share.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

November 25, 2011

Papertrey November Blog Hop Challenge

Wow! It's time for the November Papertrey Blog Hop challenge already?  Um, don't I say that every month? 

For this month's blog hop inspiration we've selected something perfect for the 
upcoming holidays.  Embrace the festive red and green color scheme or perhaps
 the gingham and toile patterns that are prominent.  The ice skates, evergreens 
and snowflakes used to adorn the banister could possibly be another source 
of inspiration.  We look forward to seeing all of your interpretations of this beautiful photo!

Great photo!  And here is my card.

Thanks for looking!  You can check out the rest of the Blog Hop participants on the list over at Nichole's blog.  Have a great Blog Hop day!

Cardstock: PTI Stampers Select White and Aqua Mist
Patterned Paper: PTI Rustic Snowflake
Stamps: PTI Tree Trimming Trio, Hero Arts Christmas Reindeer
Ink: PTI True Black, Versamark
Other: PTI Christmas Tree die and Photo Finishers die, Martha Stewart embossing powder, stickles
Size: 5.5" x 4.25"

November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm still here! And I'm still creating ... I just haven't been posting.

In early October I started making Christmas cards.  And then ornaments.  And then tags.  And cocoa sliders.  Yep, it's craft fair time.  At work, there is an annual craft fair in early December and last year I participated as a vendor for the first time.  It was very low key and lots of fun and I made $200. Awesome!  So I am excited about doing it again this year.  This time there will be two fairs, one at the main campus and one at another, smaller campus.  I'll be going to both.

So I jumped straight from Halloween cards to Christmas cards/projects and just skipped right over Thanksgiving.  Sorry family! No Thanksgiving cards this year.  I even bought my fresh Christmas wreath already and it's hanging on the front door.  Earliest ever for me.  We might even get our Christmas tree this weekend! Say it isn't so! Hehe!

In addition to trying to get all this crafting done, we are doing some small remodeling jobs around the house.  I got all new sliders for my kitchen drawers -- love, love, love them!  Hubby is installing new cabinet pulls and I am decluttering all the kitchen cupboards and drawers (where did all this stuff come from?).  We are painting several rooms and updating the guest bathroom.  My specialty seems to be painting doors.

And, on top of all this, the left hinge on my beloved MacBook Air started cracking.  Rats!  Off to the Apple Store's Genius Bar.  Yay!  Even though my Mac's not under warranty anymore, Apple covered the repairs so no cost to me.  After two days in the shop, I have it back and it looks brand new again.  I love Apple and the Genius Bar guys and gals are the best!

So ... I promise to post some photos soon, maybe even this weekend.

Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!  We'll be roasting a turkey, making cranberry jello and eating pumpkin pie, but that's about it as far as a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  We're going with a mexican theme and will turn our turkey into enchiladas, flautas, and soft tacos.  Yum!

October 25, 2011

Papertrey October Blog Hop Challenge

I am on a business trip this week so I had to get my blog hop card made before I left.  Thinking ahead hasn't exactly been my strong suit when it comes to papercrafting, so the fact I got my card made ahead of time was pretty good.  

For this month's blog hop inspiration we've selected something with a bit 
of an autumn flair.  The fabric selections and pattern combinations used 
on these petite pumpkins are a prime way to jump-start a fabulous fall 
paper project.  Use the colors as your inspiration, or perhaps focus on 
the patterns  You can also utilize pumpkins or maybe some felt die-cut 
leaves.  Whatever you choose, you are sure to have amazing results!  
We look forward to seeing your projects!

Love this photo!  So much inspiration there.  I chose to use acorns and patterns on my blog hop card.  I haven't used my Papertrey Ink Autumn Acorns stamps and dies much, so I thought this was a perfect time to get them out again.  And for the patterns, I decided some of the Papertrey fall patterned paper packs would work quite well.  This is what I came up with:

Thanks for looking!  You can check out the rest of the Blog Hop participants on the list over at Nichole's blog.  Have a great Blog Hop day!

Cardstock: PTI Rustic Cream
Patterned Paper: PTI Autumn Abundance, Fall Prints & Patterns, and Argyle Socks
Stamps: PTI Autumn Acorns and Turning a New Leaf
Ink: Memento Bamboo Leaves and Rich Cocoa
Other: PTI Autumn Acorns dies
Size: 5.5" x 4.25"

October 16, 2011

Northern California Fall

Last weekend I traveled to Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino mountains of Southern California for a card making retreat with my sister.  She invited me for the purpose of getting a start on our holiday cards.  What a great time!  The weather was great, but we didn't venture out much because we were so focused on our task.  I finished the weekend with 52 holiday cards and she made over 60 cards.  Over the next few weeks, I will post photos of some of the cards I made.  It was such a productive weekend, I hope I can have a few more of those before our craft fair at work in early December.

In the meantime, fall is finally coming to Northern California.  In my opinion, October is the best time of year here.  The weather is simply the best and we do have some fall foliage.  During Marley's and my morning walk today, I snapped the following photos.

Also some grass growth from recent rains.

Beautiful reds and oranges.

These are actually red berries not leaves.

Tomorrow I am headed to Sacramento for a Copic Certification class with the awesome Debbie Olsen. This will be so fun!

Have a great day!

October 1, 2011

Rest in Pieces

A quick post with a Halloween card I made for a friend at work.  She has a friend who is really into zombies.  I had a lot of fun making this card:

Here is the inside:

Cardstock: PTI True Black
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Apothecary Emporium collection, Teresa Collins Haunted Hallows collection
Stamps: Kim Jones ( - zombies, MFT Who's Your Mummy - sentiments
Ink: Amuse|Studio Onyx

September 25, 2011

Papertrey September Blog Hop Challenge

Wow! It's time for the September Papertrey Blog Hop challenge already?  I just got my new release order on Friday so I just barely got the stamps put away when I decided to use one of them for this challenge:

We have another amazing inspirational photo for you this month that
we just know will bring out the very best in your creativity!  Look 
closely and there are so many directions to go in!  You can choose 
to focus on the colors, the stripes, or the repetition.
We look forward to seeing your creations!

I have to say the stripes in the inspirational photo overwhelmed me and it's all I could think of so I went with it.  I decided to keep my card very simple, with clean lines.  I chose one of the stamps from the new Stylish Sentiments: Holiday stamp set.  I love the mixture of fonts.

I embossed the sentiment and it turned out really nice.  I'll have to discuss heat embossing one of these blog posts because it has not been an easy technique for me.  I've been experimenting with different inks and embossing powders.

Thanks for looking!  You can check out the rest of the Blog Hop participants on the list over at Nichole's blog.  Have a great Blog Hop day!

Cardstock: PTI Stampers Select White, Pure Poppy, and Pinefeather
Stamps: PTI Stylish Sentiments: Holiday
Ink: Colorbox Evergreen
Other: Filigree Detail clear embossing powder
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

September 22, 2011

Sympathy Blue

Here's a change of pace card.  I made this card back in August when I was playing with my new Half & Half stamps and dies from the July Papertrey Ink release.  I love these dies.

Cardstock: PTI Rustic White and Smokey Shadow
Patterned Paper: Authentique Journey collection
Stamps: Verve Forever in Our Hearts, PTI Half & Half
Ink: PTI True Black, Tim Holtz Distress Tumbled Glass
Other: PTI Half & Half die

September 20, 2011

Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun!

More Halloween card fun.  Love all these Halloween paper collections!

I scored at the wooden stamp dollar bin at Michael's and got this cool "Ghouls just wanna have fun!" stamp.  I thought it went perfectly with the ghoulish portrait.

Cardstock: PTI True Black
Patterned Paper: Recollections Midnight Magic collection (Michaels)
Stamps: Michaels "Ghouls just wanna have fun!", Teresa Collins Haunted Hallows (skull)
Ink:  PTI True Black
Other: Martha Stewart Lenticular Stickers, Celebrate It Halloween ribbon (Michaels)
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

September 19, 2011

Boo 2 U!

Today I have a Halloween card that is geared to kids.  The We R Memory Keepers Spookville collection is the perfect set of papers for this.

Cardstock: PTI Orange Zest
Patterned Paper: We R Memory Keepers Spookville collection
Stamps: Craft Lounge Spooky Tags (sentiment inside not shown - Boo2U)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Orange Baker's Twine
Size: 5.5" x 4.25"

September 17, 2011


I used this week's sketch from Card Patterns to make another Halloween card today (I'm up to 14 so far; can't help it, I just love Halloween.).

I think Graphic 45's The Magic of Oz is perfect for Halloween.  I had a lot of fun making this card.  

How cool is that witch?

Love the stocking legs!

When I got the patterned paper, I also got one of the coordinated stamp sets - the one with the word Wicked and witch.  I stamped the witch, colored her with copics and cut her out.  Then I layered her on the card with foam dimensionals.

Cardstock: PTI Smokey Shadow, Plum Pudding and Fine Linen
Patterned Paper: Graphics 45 The Magic of Oz collection
Stamps: Graphics 45 Wicked Magic 3, Michael's spider and web stamp (dollar bin)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Tea Dye Duo Chai, Versamark watermark 
Other: Copics, Zing embossing powder purple metallic finish, rhinestones (Michaels dollar bin colored with copics), Nestabilities Petite Oval dies, MFT scallop ribbon border
Size: 5.5" x 4.25"

September 16, 2011

Apothecary Halloween

I recently got the Toil & Trouble and Apothecary Shelf stamp sets from Taylored Expressions.  What fun sets!  I pulled out my copics and went to town!  I cut out the images and popped them up with foam dimensionals.  So cute!

Awesome sentiment!

Cardstock: PTI True Black, Gina K Pure Luxury White
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Apothecary Emporium
Stamps: TE Toil & Trouble and Apothecary Shelf
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Copics
Size: 5.5" x 4.25"

September 10, 2011

Sweet Baby

I've had Papertrey's Onesie die for several months now and had not used it yet.  I finally got to use it today because I needed to make a baby card for our gardener and his wife who recently had a baby girl.

I knew I wanted to CASE a card I saw during Papertrey's June stamp release which was when the Onesie die was introduced.  I thought the Onesie card by Debbie Olsen in this post was so cute.  I didn't change it up, I just used different patterned paper and colors.  Here is my version:

Cardstock: PTI Vintage Cream
Patterned Paper: Simple Stories Baby Steps collection
Stamps: PTI Sweet Baby, PTI Tiny Tags and PTI Inside & Out: Baby
Ink: Jenni Bowlin Chewing Gum, Memento Bamboo Leaves
Other: PTI Sweet Baby die, PTI Onesie die, PTI Tiny Tag die, PTI Sweet Blush ribbon, and PTI Rustic Cream twine


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