Hello Crafty Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by! Today’s card is featuring the new Lisianthus stamp from Simon’s newest release, Happy and Joyful. This is such a gorgeous release, but I say that about all of their releases! So, let’s run through the details of this project!
For the sentiment, I chose to use the SSS Take Care. I die cut the sentiment three times from black cardstock and adhered all of those together using liquid glue, and then glued it directly to the watercolored panel.
The panel was then adhered to black cardstock using foam tape. I opted to use foam tape to keep the panel from warping once it was on the card front. The panel was adhered to the card base using SSS Dot Tape Runner. To finish up, I added a few PFS Jewels to give it a little bling.
That does it for this project! Super simple, but I love the look of loose watercolors. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope it inspires you to get crafty! Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to stay awesome!
Hello Crafty Friends! I recently had a studio renovation, and thank goodness it’s finally done! It took longer than expected, but it’s beautiful and very functional and I’m in love! Many of you have asked for pictures and a tour, so here it is!
So a little back story to the studio … My area used to be down in our basement, which as you can imagine, was very dark. And being down there, I felt quite cut off from the rest of the house. But, you do what you can with the space that you have! We’ve lived in this house just over seven years now, and at about the five year point, my husband got up one morning and said that he had a dream that we moved the studio into the sunroom. We had never used this room in our house in those five years! It was just a room that housed random furniture that we really didn’t use. Of course, by the time he finished his sentence, I was downstairs packing my stuff up!
When I moved into this space, I moved some of the white Ikea furniture that we had for our daughters when they were younger, up here with me. We also had a white dresser in my daughter’s old room that she was no longer using that I also brought into this room. It was a hodge podge of stuff, but it worked for me, and that’s what really mattered.
After I moved into this room, we purchased the grey tables from Ikea, which you’ll see in some of the pics. The name of the table is Klimpen, but unfortunately, this has been discontinued. This table system has two table tops, two drawer units and one bookshelf unit. Overall, it measures 94 1/2″ x 23 5/8″. I ended up purchasing two of these systems and have them back to back, basically doubling that width.
To move along in the story, my husband was renovating an office/lounge on the other side of the studio, and we decided to give the studio a face lift as well, adding built in bookshelves with countertops.
It was very hard to get a full view of the entire storage wall, so I took pics of both sides of the french doors. As you can see from the photos, one set of doors was eliminated to add lots more storage on my side, as well as his side of the wall.
The right side of the doors is the main work area with lots of shelves and countertop space. The top shelf houses suitcases that I actually use to display cards when I do craft fairs. The white storage bins are Kuggis boxes with lids from Ikea. As you can see, I have lots of extra space to grow! I have two 60 ink pad storage systems, one on each side of the middle area, flanked by a marker organizer as well. Just above the that middle area are four 36 ink pad storage systems, and all of these are from OrganizeMore.com. I’ll be sure to have links below to everything.
Here’s a closer look at ink storage and countertop work area. This canvas bulletin board is from Amazon, and as you can see, there’s nothing on it right now! Undoubtedly, that will change!
This is just to the right of the canvas bulletin board. This houses ink storage and marker storage. The tiered acrylic stand houses alcohol inks, as well as, Nuvo Drops.
Left of the canvas bulletin board houses ink storage, other storage and my device charging area. The black stand will charge my iPhone and iWatch at the same time or separately.
Inside the drawers are my Simon Says Stamp and PinkFresh Studio products at the moment. As things are new, I’m sure there will be some re-organizing as I get used to where everything is. The products are stored inside Variera boxes from Ikea.
Two of the shallow drawers have spice drawer organizer inserts where the spray bottles and pastes are housed.
One of the bottom drawers houses a variety of envelopes. Some of the other larger drawers house packing and shipping supplies that I use for my Etsy shop.
How cool is a library ladder?! This is the left side of the french doors. The top shelf houses old books that I sometimes use for projects. Yes, I do rip them up! I have a little vintage typewriter as well. It doesn’t work that great, but it’s cute!
Underneath the cute little typewriter, this cabinet houses both of my printers on pull out shelves. Why do I have two printers? That’s a very good question, and my only answer is that, the top printer is used to print specific items that I use for some cards, and the bottom printer is used to print on heavier cardstock and watercolor paper.
Next to the printer storage cabinet is the Brother Scan N Cut storage area, and underneath that is 12 x 12 patterned paper storage. I had the contractors build a pine insert for the pull out shelf to raise the machine up so that it could scan and work properly while being in the cabinet.
Just to the right of the Brother Scan N Cut, on the wall, is the washi storage. This acrylic storage unit is actually for nail polish, but I thought it worked great for washi! And it also works for little bottles as well. This is actually two units hung together, by the way.
The second picture in this post showed the tables as you walk into the room. This view gives you the end view, and shows the bookshelves that came with the table system. These end units house other stamps, die, stencils and embossing folders. The green metal cabinet sitting on top of the tables is a vintage cabinet that I found at an antique store, and I use it for craft fairs, as well as the suitcases.
This is command central, where all of the magic happens! So many things right at my finger tips! I have all of my Copic markers, their refills, pens and pencils housed in these marker organizers, which is raised on a shelf with attached legs from Ikea. By raising things off the table, it gave me a little bit of additional storage underneath it. On top of the markers are embellishment storage containers, as well as some blending brushes. To the right are some additional acrylic storage containers that house paint brushes, other blender brushes and odds and ends.
Here’s a look down the table to the other end of the room where I have additional storage and a little sitting area. To be honest, I only ever sit there to do Sudoku. I have terrible eyesight, so it’s wonderful to have so much light in this room! I added these beautiful orb chandeliers for an element of beauty as well as functionality.
Here’s a look at the additional storage. These five picture ledges are from Ikea and house art that I’ve created, paints, some pastes and various knick knacks. Inside both doors are paper storage and the drawers house foils, a laminator, some other paints and a few other odds and ends. The top is home to the Gemini Jr., which sits atop a Totally Tiffany Rotating Design Board, and the Glimmer Hot Foil Machine.
This is an ugly little corner to the room, but there’s really no way to make it pretty. This is where all of the photography happens. Lots of natural light, as well as direct light and diffused light from the professional lights. Light! Light! Light!
That wraps us this tour of the studio! I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a peek into my happy place! Don’t hesitate to ask if I left something out! Have an absolutely wonderful day and don’t forget to stay awesome!
Hello Crafty Friends and welcome back! I hope you’re having a great day! Today’s project is featuring the PinkFresh Studio Sunflowers Washi! I love all of the washi tapes that PFS has to offer, and this one is no different! They are just a great product for making quick, yet beautiful cards! Let’s run through the details shall we?
For the background, I used the SSS Detail Pincushion Plate. I used the embossing mat and embossed the panel onto purple cardstock, and then die cut the panel from Neenah 110. I added some liquid glue to the back of the white panel and popped it right into place over the purple panel. It fits so nicely and looks like you spent a ton of time inlaying all the beautiful pieces.
I played around with the placement of the flowers and leaves and guess what, I determined that I needed some additional leaves! I’m not kidding, I think every card that I make needs additional leaves! Anyhoo, I used the PFS Leafy Branch die to cut some of those from gold cardstock.
The sentiment is from the PFS Perfect Sentiments product suite. In this case, I used the hot foil plate to foil the sentiments onto a panel of Neenah 110lb using Spellbinders Gold Foil, and used the coordinating die to trim them out. I did cut it two more additional times and adhered those together using liquid glue.
I began arranging and assembling the flowers and leaves using a combination of glue and foam tape for support, tucking leaves under as necessary. The sentiment was then glued atop the flowers and the whole panel was adhered to the card base using SSS Dot Tape Runner.
That finishes up this project! I hope you enjoyed it and I hope it inspires you to get crafty! If you haven’t tried any of the PinkFresh Studio washi tapes, I definitely recommend them! Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to stay awesome!
Hello Friends and welcome back to my blog! Thanks for stopping by to check out this project featuring the Brighter Days product suite from PinkFresh Studio. I made this card using left over flowers and leaves from a previous project, as well as the negative hexagon pieces from another project. Let’s run through the details!
I began by adhering the negative hexagon pieces together using liquid glue and setting those aside. The previous card using the positive piece can be viewed here. I had cut two PFS Simply Hexagon pieces, one from Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock, and one from a panel that I had ink blended using PFS Ocean Breeze. To assemble the background, I laid a positive hexagon piece on my panel and somewhat inlaid the negative pieces in there using foam tape. I say somewhat, because the negative pieces don’t actually fit into the space because they are bigger, as they are offset slightly. The positive piece was just used as a guide for placement, and removed once I had gotten the negative pieces situated.
I began my initial card layout, determining placement and the size of sentiment that I was going to be able to use. I opted for the Hello sentiment, which is from the PFS Classic Words Die Set. I die cut that once from polished gold cardstock and twice from black cardstock and adhered all of those together using liquid glue. In determining placement, I decided that I needed some extra leaves, because that’s apparently what I do. Every card seems to need additional leaves! I guess leaves are just my jam! Anyhoo, I die cut a few leaves using the PFS Leafy Branch and added those to my floral placement.
The hexagons were already adhered to the panel, so I began adhering the flowers and both kinds of leaves using liquid glue, tucking the leaves under as necessary. The sentiment was glued to the panel as well. I opted to add a little bling using the PFS Gold Metallic Pearls, because every card needs bling! Ok, so leaves and bling! The panel was then adhered to the card base using SSS Dot Tape Runner.
That finishes up this project! I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope it inspires you to get crafty! Have yourself a wonderful day and don’t forget to stay awesome!
Hello Friends, and thanks for stopping by! I hope you’re having a wonderful day! There is a super fun Instagram hop going on today to celebrate the new release, Hello Gorgeous! There’s also lots of gift cards to be won! So be sure to stop over there for your chance to win! For today’s project, I’m once again featuring the new Folk Art Flowers background stamp. Let’s run through the details!
To begin, I pulled out all of the flowers and stamped just the leaves on a panel of Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock using SSS Pawsitively Saturated ink in Sage. I then popped all of the flowers back in the stamp and carefully removed the leaf portion from the Misti. I then stamped some of the flowers using SSS Peony ink, cleaned the stamp, and re-inked with some SSS Sherbet ink. I did use a blender brush to soften the hard ink edges.
The panel was then adhered to a black panel using SSS Dot Tape Runner and that was then adhered to the card base using foam tape for added dimension.
That does it for today’s project! I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope it inspires you to get crafty! Stop by and check out the Instagram hop, and comment along the hop for your chance to win one of several $25 gift cards! You can also stop by the SSS website to check out all of the wonderful new things in the Hello Gorgeous release! So much good stuff! Stay awesome crafty friend!
Hello Lovelies and welcome back to my blog! I hope you’re doing well and having a fabulous day! Today’s project is featuring the Lush Peonies product suite. I really love how PinkFresh has so many options for creating! This set has a matching stencil to add color, but you can totally choose to color this set with markers or pencils as well and it would be equally as beautiful! So let’s get into the details for this project!
Once the stenciling was done, I used the coordinating die to trim it out. I set that aside while I worked on the background. I used the PFS Simply Hexagons to cut one panel from Neenah 110lb and I cut another panel from a piece that I had ink blended using the same Ocean Breeze ink. I adhered these two together using liquid glue, and off-setting them just slightly so that you could still see the blue portion. Once they were glued, I did have to trim off the excess from the off-set.
Now that I had everything, I was ready to assemble! I adhered the hexagon background to the card base using liquid glue and adhered the peonies and leaves using a combination of glue and foam tape for support. The sentiment was also glued directly to the hexagon panel. It needed a little extra something, so I found this butterfly from my stash as well and added that with a little dot of glue. The butterfly was made using the PFS Small Butterflies Hot Foil Plate and die, along with acetate and the same gold foil as before. Of course I had to add some PFS Gold Metallic Pearls to finish it off!
That does it for this project! I hope you enjoyed it! Thanks again for stopping by and don’t forget to stay awesome!
Hello Friends! How are you today? I hope you’re feeling great and having a wonderful day! I’m back today with a card that I made a bit ago, but just never got around to blogging or posting it! It’s using the SSS Oh Expletive die. Can I just say that I absolutely love this die?! I just think that it’s so funny and playful! Anyhoo, let’s run through the details, shall we?
That finishes up this one! I hope you enjoyed it! I always love the look of mixed media cards, but don’t feel that I’m very good at it, so I usually never venture in that direction. It’s fun though! Thanks again for stopping by, and don’t forget to stay awesome!
Hello Friends and thanks for stopping by! I’m so glad that you joined me for my project today, which features the newly released Sunflowers Washi from PinkFresh Studio. I am in love with all of PinkFresh’s washi tapes! They make for such easy, yet beautiful projects! If you haven’t tried them, I highly recommend them! So, let’s go through the details for this project!
I did some light ink blending on the stitched plaid background using PFS Sunshine ink before adhering the stitched frames using foam tape. I set out to arrange the pieces of washi atop the frames to figure out the placement. Upon doing so, I decided that I needed some gold leaves, so I used the PFS Leafy Branch die to cut that from polished gold cardstock.
I arranged the flowers and leaves and adhered those using a combination of liquid glue and foam tape, tucking pieces under to fill in the gaps. Once everything was assembled, I adhered the sentiment, which is from the PFS Celebrating You product suite. I already had this sentiment made in my stash, but to make it, I used Spellbinders Champagne Foil to foil the thinking of you sentiment, and trimmed it using the coordinating die. I also cut it two additional times and glued all of those together. The sentiment was then adhered to my project using the same combination of glue and foam tape for support.
Hello Crafty Friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful day! Thanks so much for stopping by today! For months I’ve been buying new things from each PinkFresh Studio release and not using them .. my got up and go, got up and went, and took my creativity and motivation along with it. I think it was a combination of the studio being under renovation and not being able to be in there on a regular basis that took it’s toll! I’m hoping it’s back though! Anyhoo, today’s project is featuring the Brighter Days product suite, so let’s go through the details!
The sentiments used are from the PFS Celebrating You product suite. There were hot foiled using the same Spellbinders Champagne Hot Foil, and die cut three times and stacked together for dimension. I absolutely love stacking sentiments! I just love the detail and height that it adds!
Now that I have all of the components for the cards, it’s time to start assembling. The frames were already adhered to the background panel, so I began tucking and adhering the white leaves first using liquid glue. Next came the green leaves, and finally the flowers. All of these were glued in place since I already had dimension from the frames. I didn’t want the cards to end up too bulky! I adhered the sentiments using foam tape, added some PFS Sparkling Champagne Pearls to both cards, and attached everything to the card base using SSS Dot Tape Runner.
That finishes up these cards! I hope you like them, and I hope they inspire some creativity on your part! Thanks again for stopping by! Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to stay awesome!
Hello Crafty Friends! How’s your day going? I appreciate you stopping by! Today’s project is featuring some products from PinkFresh Studio and Simon Says Stamp. Super simple, but I love the completed card! Let’s get into the details!
I then scoured through my abundance of SSS Sentiment Strips to find some that I thought would work well together. All of these came from lots of different sets, so just find some that work for you! You could even find sentiments to stamp, and those would work wonderfully as well. Once I found a few sentiments that I liked, I pulled out some Copic markers and colored over them to coordinate with the colors on the paper. If you’re interested, the markers that I used were B0000, BG10, BG11, RV10, Y00, Y02, YR000, and YR01.
I adhered the sentiments using foam tape for dimension and I also added a few PFS Jewels in coordinating colors as well. The panel was then adhered to a black panel for contrast using a SSS Dot Tape Runner, before being adhered to the card base.
See, super simple card, but I think it’s so cute! Anyhoo, I hope you like it, and I hope it inspires some creativity on your part! I have so much patterned paper, and I’m always thrilled to find a good project for some of it. Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to stay awesome!