Sunday, August 17, 2014

Walrus beach card

After having created the adorablly sweet seal from my previous post I realized that the basics of the seal body could also be turned into a walrus.
That is how this little fellow came to be.

I created a serene beach background for him which made me think of summer vacation. Which seems to fit a "wish you were here" or a "missing you" greeting quite nicely.
Here is just the background:

I made good use of my old Sizzix dies (wave, sand/snow, and rocks). The embossed background was sponged with a little sky blue ink (it actually is a little darker than it shows in the photo).
Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Stamp: So Many Sayings - SU
Embossing folder: Clouds - Darice (could use the SU one as well)
Dies: Old Sizzix (from the red machine) Wave, snow, rocks
Ink: for the sky  Colorbox Sky Blue, the rest are SU: Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, Tempting Turquoise and Basic Gray.
Misc.: foam mounting squares to attach the walrus and greeting (banners are hand cut)
Full punch art instructions below.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Circus Seal

Today I am sharing an adorable little Circus seal all ready to celebrate.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Ink, all SU Garden Green, Real Red, Pacific Coast, Basic Gray, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Stamps: Express Yourself - SU, Pennant Parade - SU, Hardwood - SU
Punches: Petite Pennants Builder - SU (Ball uses the pennant and a 1" circle)
Dies: Oval Framelits -  SU (largest oval was used for the arena wall)
Misc.: blue/white butchers twine, foam mountin squares, white gel pen
Here is a  photo of just the card background, without the cute little seal.

And here are the punch art instructions for the little seal.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Gothic Greeting

You may not know this, especially considering I usually create rather cute and cuddly punch art, but I love a touch of goth. Today's card falls into that category.
It has a little bit of an antique touch featuring black, red and white. A hint of aged lace, some crackling, ink staining ... and voila.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Stamps: French Script background - SU, Crackle background - IO, Mixed Medley - SU
Ink: Colorbox red, StazOn white.
Dies: Elegant Flourishes - Tim Holtz, Distressed Doily - Tim Holtz
Punches: 2" circle - PB, 1 3/4" scallop Circle - SU, 1 1/4" circle - PB, 1 1/4" Scallop circle - SU
Misc.: 3/8" dark red braid, 4 x 1/4" rhinestones, foam mounting squares 
On a side note, I received a parcel p/u notice in my mail box yesterday. So later tonight I should be the proud owner of a new camera. This means more cute punch art critters are on their way!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Craft Room Update

I'm pleased to advsie that my internet issues have been resolved. Apparently Shaw had an outage in my area of the city this morning.

I thought it high time to post an update on my craft room.
If you haven't peeked inside my little corner, the original post on my room is here.

First notable change is my little display wall that I have right at the entrance:

I display favourite creations and/or newest creations here.

The biggest change is to my peg board wall as I purchased two Expedit units (before they were discontinued) from Ikea. They offered much better storage for my small space.

You can really see difference when you look at the before:

and after photo (wow, those daylight bulbs really make a difference):

Please excuse the mess on the corner of my main worktable (you can see it in the bottom left of the photo)
As nice as the paper trays were they took up a lot of space. As you can see I have all my 12 x 12 and 8.5 x 11 paper in 6 cubes verses 3/4 of the wall space.
The small sterilite 3 drawer units (there are 4 in total) I now use for scrap paper. Each drawer stores a different colour (white/beige, yellows, oranges, pink/red, purple, blues, greens, teal/turquoise, naturals/bronws, black/gray, Specialty (metallix, glitter...) and patterned.
The rest of the horizontal Expedit unit serves as a work table top. This is where I permanently store my Scoreboard and my envelope board - it's always ready to use.

My Stamp desk has changed a little too, after all I have aquired quite a large number of stamps in the past 2 + years. And I also converted almost all my wood mount stamps to cling.

I added small inserted images of the drawer content to my after photo as it gives a better overview.

There are also a few changes in my die and punch room, here is the before: Sorry I have to show 2 images frrm the before as the left one doens't show the far right wall at all. 

As you can see, I no longer have my old red Sizzix machine on the counter. This place is now reserved for my little Cuttlebug.

I have also added 3 shelves to the right wall. These house some of my dies, my Xyron, a few corner/border punches...

Beside the Cuttlebug I have all my various shims and cutting plates (for both the Cuttlebug and my AccuCut)
Behind the Cuttlebug are 2 little wooden crates. One holds my Embossing folders (I have managed to accumulate over 100) and the other my thin wafer dies.

I made the catagorized divers for the embossing folders using my envelope board. The dies are not as organized at the moment, but then I only own around 30 sets.
Hope you enjoyed my little update tour, and maybe I even helped inpire you to find some new storage solutions.

A week of Mondays

A quick lunchtime update.
I seem to be experiencing a bit of bad luck in the last few days.
On Sunday my camera died. The shutter no longer opens/closes and the zoom is stuck. Lovely.
As the camera is 4 years old I decided a new one would be the better option. I order it online Sunday night and received an email this morning that it's shipper, yippy!.
I should have it in my hands Thursday or Friday.

So last night I frantically worked on backing up all our photos. This really confirmed how out of date my PC is (you don't really want to know how old it is, let's just say I bought it just before my now 24 yo graduated high school). Every 4th photo or so my PC would freeze for 2-3 minutes. It took me 2 hours to back-up 250 photos. Just dismal! Not sure if I will be able to buy some of my 'must have' SU items as I should probably invest in a new PC.

The lack of a working camera of course means I can't take any decent photo's of my most recent creations (I have 4 adorable critters just waiting to pose for you). Fortunately I have a couple of things photographed and thought I'd share those even though they were planned for later.
However this morning when I tried to go online from home my internet refused to work.

I re-booted; I disconnected the hub, disconnected the cable box; no luck. I checked several wireless devices no connection on those either. Our local network between PCs is working so my guess is the issue lies with our internet provider and not our hub. Of course trying to call Shaw before going to work isn't an option as it is bound to take too long and it would be rather difficult to explain to my boss why I'm late. Hopefully I can get this resolved tonight when I get home.

Here's hoping I can post something inspiring tonight.

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