Thursday, May 28, 2009

Crafting away...

First, before I begin the crafting section, I just wanted to update on Michelle.
She had a routine appointment with her ENT, Dr. Korver, today to check on her tubes. Last time, she had a little fluid in one of her ears but she did have a cold. He wanted to see her back.
Well, he pulled the tubes out (they were just sitting in the canals), and found that she has serious, terrible ear infections in both ears. He said it is amazing she isn't miserable. Plus, he said her hearing was probably bad (hopefully temporarily). Plug your ears with your fingers right now. He said she hears at least that poorly. Hopefully that improves.
So, we got some medicine and need to see him back in a month. If the infection hasn't cleared, she'll need tubes again.
Okay, here's the crafting post I promised. First, I want to show off my new, improved, *cleaned up*, craft "room". Alright, it's just a corner of the living room. And my husband wanted me to keep everything upstairs to open up the living room. I told him no. :) I can hardly go a day without feeling the itch to craft, so at least 6 months? Forget about it!
*****Note- if you are not interested in the least about my crafting space, skip this post entirely!
Virtual tour #3: My Craft Room:
It's nothing like the entire room I had in our Alvord house, but I'm thankful everything is downstairs where I can use it! This is the whole space- I have a lot of stuff crammed in here!
This is my "light studio". My camera just couldn't take nice pictures of my cards, and I wanted a way to take professional looking pictures to take to craft fairs, etc., to show people my work. I found this awesome tutorial here: This box works like a charm! I love it! I currently have to set it up on the other side of the room, next to the light, stacked on top of the piano bench and a blanket tote. But, it works!

This is how I store my punches. On the side of this white thing that I got at a rummage in Sioux Falls. Its supposed to be a computer organizer or a desk organizer or something. I don't know. I looked at it and saw crafting potential! In the drawers I have markers, ribbon, and various other little things, and on the bottom I store my albums and all my SU! catalogues.

Can you see my poor, abandoned Crictu in the bottom left hand corner? I don't have a place for it yet and it's just been sitting there, unused! :(

This is how I store my stamps. Believe it or not, readers (mostly my family), this is NOT a lot of stamps. Many people I know on my stamping website ( have THOUSANDS of stamps. They are not alphabitized, they are not organized in any way. I just shoved them in there however they would fit. And I love it. These racks used to store my paper, but I got a new paper holder...

VOILA! View this in all its excellence. I got this off SCS from a very kind and generous woman who no longer used it. She only charged me for the shipping. Unreal. Michelle and I put it together last week--its so awesome. It holds all my paper, organized, and then some. It rocks. It even comes with a dust cover, so when Mr. Micah starts crawling, I can keep {most of} my paper out of his reach! :)

That's my crafting room. Now, onto a project...

Here's my latest card. I had to quick make a card for Viva La Verve's May Week 4 Sketch Challenge, so I could be entered into the drawing to win some free Verve stamps! You can find the VLV forum here: It's really fun and I love the sketches.

The twist this week was to make a masculine card. Here was my thought process:

1. Hmmm, black and white would be cool and manly.

2. oooh, I love this blue paper. Wouldn't it look awesome as just a splash in the background?

3. Maybe 3 different black and white papers is too much. I'll just keep some of the blue showing.

4. Wow, look at this green ribbon! This would look cool and refreshing.

5. {sound of me tearing, cutting, gluing, coloring, and otherwise putting the card together}

6. Finished! Cool!

I absolutely love how this turned out. It's cool, its refreshing, its manly, it's a man's birthday card! The sentiment says, "Driving by with a birthday hi!". Pretty good for 1/2 an hour's work, huh?! Thanks for stopping! Happy {almost} Friday!

Paper: black and white dsp (I think Die Cuts With a View?), some unknown blue dsp
Stamps: SU! Loads of Love, Loads of Love Accessories
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black
Other: green ribbon, sponges


1 comment:

  1. Love the masculine card! I love that pickup stamp set. Great color combo!