Sunday, October 6, 2013

It's World Cardmaking Weekend!

Wow... it's been such a long time since I've posted!  Well, I'm back!

This Saturday (yesterday) was World Cardmaking Day.  I just love being a part of a bigger event... don't you?  It is such fun to look forward to the contests and sketches posted on company websites and even personal blogs, and it always gets my creative juices flowing.  This year I hoped to come up with several cards, but as I've had strep throat this week, I was glad to be able to finish one... and I must say I love how it turned out!

I searched Twitter for posts on WCMD, looking for challenges at first.. and mostly, what I found was blog hops.  I typically prefer making cards to blog hopping, but hey - there were prizes involved! - so I took a few minutes to hop through a couple, and it really was fun.  So many of the cards got me excited to work on one myself.  So finally I found a sketch on StampingBella's "BlogaBella"... I thought hey, I could do this.  The sketch was simple:  Square card (I deviated), round focal point in the center (again, I deviated) with a banner across one corner (I managed to stick to that one!)

I really wanted to be able to combine challenges/sketches, but I couldn't find anything to combine it with and it work with what I was already planning in my mind for the background of the card, so I just decided to keep it simple and focus on this sketch.  Thanks for the starting point, Em! :)

Here's the sketch from BlogaBella's Bellariffic Fridays for October 4:

I started with picking ONE - yes ONE pack of patterned paper (Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket) and created my background by piecing hexagons I cut using my Fiskars hexagon punch (love!)

Next, I stamped Ms. Lulu ("Lulu's Morning Fix" by StampingBella, of course) and colored her with Copic markers.  She would serve as my not-so-circle focal point.  I decided she looked a little lost on my hex background, so I used foam adhesive to layer some kraft cardstock behind her, and I fussy-cut around the stamped image - turned out well, I think.

For the banner, I used Stampin' Up!'s "Heart to Heart" punch (love!) and edged the hearts with Distress Ink in Tea Dye, did some faux stitching with a fine-tipped Sharpie, and layered them with foam tape on top of my burlap twine banner (which I secured using Glossy Accents.)

Inside, I used the sentiment from the Morning Fix stamp set and the Small Deckled Rectangles die set from Spellbinders, along with a few more patterned paper from the Salt Air pack.

I had such fun making this card and hope you enjoy it!  Sadly, once I submit it to the World Cardmaking Day Contest, I won't get it back - but I think she's a good enough submission she might just be worth the loss!  (Or... I could just make another to send to a friend! :)  )

Thanks for stopping by!
Margaret Ann

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

FINALLY! A stamp org system that works with MY brain!...

I started scrapbooking in 2010 and moved quickly into stamping and it's become a passion (shopping addiction too!) In the two years I've been paper crafting, I've amassed 10 two-inch binders full of stamps (clear and UM/cling) plus two drawers full of wood-mounted ones.

Miraculously, I have a pretty good memory for what I have - but finding what I want has been the challenge. Plus, in each set, you get tons of things.. sentiments, flowers, leaves, "extras".. punctuation.. clouds.. etc.

I started with a few stamps in sleeves I made and put into a small binder (for franklin-covey refills) and quickly outgrew that. I moved to two zippered Mead 2" notebooks, but once I outgrew those, I had to find a way to organize them.

I knew I didn't want a Clip It Up (I reserve the right to change my mind at any time, but for now it would not work for me). For one thing, my crafting space is in the middle of our great room, completely out in the open - I have one desk, with lots of drawers, and am using faux books and decorative boxes to store my scrappy stash in the area. I just didn't want something like a Clip it Up hanging out in the open all the time.

I converted to 2" black binders from wal mart, knowing I would have to somehow come up with a system for inventory. Then IT CAME TO ME!

I had asked for a Mac Book Pro for Christmas.. and my sweet, sweet Santa brought me one. But I've been on a PC my whole life, so it has been a real adjustment - I knew it would - though very useful to my artsy/crafty needs.

One day I was playing on my laptop with iPhoto and IT CAME TO ME:
Keywords.. KEYWORDS!...
so this got my gears spinning.

I had been trying to think of a way to categorize or organize the sets, and I couldn't come up with ANYthing that worked with the way MY brain works... seems like everyone else categorizes by brand or "type" (sentiment, girlie, food, nature, masculine, travel, etc.)... but that would not work for me at all. I mean, my favorite stamp sets (and by far the majority of all the ones I own) have all sorts of things in each set. Like I mentioned above...

As I grew into more and more 2" black binders from wal mart (planning this because I knew I could leave them in those and figure out an inventory system later, and use decorative paper on the spines so they would look nice on my built-in shelving), I decided to leave all the stamp sets as they were - where they were - but simply note WHERE they are.

Here's what I did: I took each binder, one at a time, and saved an image of each stamp (or stamp set) from online to iPhoto. Then I went through each one and added keywords for every single thing in the set. Plus, I would use extra words that I might use later when looking up a certain "style" of stamp or graphic (say, "girly" or "girlie", "nature" etc.) in addition to everything that was in the set.

THEN - in the "description" box, I noted what binder they were in (binder1-8, or binderc1 or binderc2 for cling 1 and 2)(they are zippered so they won't fall out or get dog fur in them).

SO: If I want to find a word or image for "sister" I just go into iPhoto and click the "search" button and type in "sister." Now, up pops every single stamp set that has a stamp with the word SISTER in it (or an image of sisters). And voila, visually, I can browse them. When I see one I want, I click on it, and the description box tells me what binder it is in. MAGIC, I tell you!!

This really did NOT take long at all - and I did it while watching TV with the family at night.. and I'm all done - have been for a few weeks now - and have used this system VERY successfully since I put it into place. I cannot tell you how amazing it feels to use a system I came up with myself and it really works with how "I" think. If it would help you, too... then give it a try!!!
I used my Silhouette to do large numbers (2" wide x 3" tall) for the spine and the front inserts for each binder - with a different decorative paper in each one (coordinating, from the Main Street DCWV pack), and used a deep border punch on them just to make it pretty. this way if I have several out on my table (during serious weekends!), I can easily see which one is which by the number.
By me, for me. And for you too if you could use it! Let me know if you try this out!

(Scroll down to my May 6 blog post for a photo of the binders!)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Spent a couple of evenings getting ready.. organizing, straightening up...
finally finished my binder project for all my stamps!  but i have found i need two more... well, that's easily remedied!

More to come!!!  Heading back over to TwoPeas...

Friday, April 20, 2012

first play with lawn fawn!

i am so tickled that i ordered the 'on the mend' stamp set from lawn fawn a few weeks ago.  it is so adorable, and i haven't any sets specifically for 'get well' type cards.
my nephew hurt himself the other day so this was the perfect time to make something.  i am hoping he'll get a laugh out of this cute little guy :)

Gina K Heavy-Base Weight Cardstock
DCWV Citrus Stack (for paper piecing on turtle)
Lawn Fawn On the Mend stamp set
Hero Arts Edged Fabric cling stamp
Scotch ATG, Tombow Mono Multi Glue, Recollections removable adhesive runner; Elmers foam tape
Fiskars premium trimmer
Martha Stewart Scoreboard
Spellbinders Lacey Squares; Cuttlebug v2
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Distress Bundled Sage, Pine Needle, Forest Moss, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans; also Ranger acrylic dauber in Pearl White; Versamark; Ranger Foam Blending Tools
Copics:  W1, W3, W5 (also R20 & W1 for bandage on envelope)
Decorative scallop-edged scissors; Martha Stewart Fringe Scissors; precision scissors; Tim Holtz snips; We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper; Tweezer Bee
White opaque embossing powder; Zap it! heat tool

Thanks for dropping by!  What creative something have you gotten into lately?

Friday, April 13, 2012

to sell, or not to sell? that is the question...

i have really found a niche in paper crafting. i enjoy scrapbooking but really love card making... call me ADD but i love doing a smaller project and getting major satisfaction, plus getting to share it with someone - extra. i've learned everything i know from watching videos on youtube and different folks' sites.. you know all the best names out there, and it seems like everyone who blogs or does videos tends to do it for financial gain, whether it's for supplemental income or as primary income.

do any of you do all of this and NOT sell anything? i mean no stampin' up, CTMH, any of them.. even etsy stores. i just would love your feedback.

i would love, love, love to venture into business with my hobby, but it seems impossible at the rate i make items (even if i were to make multiples).

and then there's taxes and what-not. even at swap meets where my hubby sells his car parts, which funds HIS hobby, you would need a license to sell your pre made goods. how is it possibly worth it??

so i guess i'm still trying to figure out if i want to "fool with" trying to make any money at what i am enjoying so much... and if i don't, will i want to continue with blogging or doing videos or anything like that?...

i'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter, and like this blog title states, especially would love to hear from folks who invest a lot of time in their sharing the hobby but without selling any of their wares... 

and now... i'm going to un-plug and enjoy the chickadees and cardinals at my feeder!
TTFN!  xo

Friday, April 6, 2012

second card...

and a second one. the bird's tail smeared toward the end of the project! I think it was when I turned it over to use the ATG on it. otherwise pretty happy! looking forward to incorporating these stamps with other projects in the near future.

now, off to get ready for a family reunion! ttfn...

lablanche card no. 1

I really enjoyed using this lablanche stamp. I used the lablanche specialty stamping paper and distress inks, blending tools & nibs. PP is from the BasicGrey Piccadilly 6x6 pack.

my first attempt at stamping these stamps (even after a couple of practice tries on other paper) is still a little lacking in some of the detail, but I'm totally up for working on using these gorgeous stamps. here's my first card: