Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Bugaboo Ornament

Hello all. Today at Crafting With Dragonflies we are asking you to make a Christmas ornament for the tree or wall. Our fabulous sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps and my image is Fancy SB Christmas. I mostly paper pieced her and then colored her using my Prismacolor pencils and lots of Stickles. There are some of my fellow Dragonflies that love their Liquid Pearls and never quite know where to stop Liquid Pearling...that's me and Stickles. Love them.
My ornament was a Silhouette cut file. It is almost like a card in that it is perforated at the top so that you can open it to add an image or photo if you'd like. I first cut it out of white cardstock and then again using my patterned paper which I glued onto the cardstock. I added Diamond Stickles to the swirls on the patterned paper on the front of my ornament. A wired gold ribbon bow at the top. And green and white twine as my hanger. Even included an authentic photo on one of our pine trees in the yard. Yep, we have snow here, but it hasn't gotten super cold yet. We've had a few really cold nights but thankfully the deep freeze hasn't taken a permanent hold yet. Having only a few minor anxiety attacks that we are less than a month until Christmas, so be sure to join us for our ornament challenge!
I'd like to share at:
Pink Gem Challenge sparkles, closes Nov. 29,
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations make it sparkle, closes Dec. 3,
All That Stickles holiday home decor, closes Dec. 6,
C is for Challenge ornaments, closes Dec. 9

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mid-Week Reminder

I get to be the mid-week reminder card at Crafting With Dragonflies. Mostly because I had Internet connection problems last week and was unable to upload my card. But that's what happens when you are a part of the World Wide Web I guess. Our theme is to make a card using stick pins and things with wings.
I used a Hannah Lynn image from Crafts and Me, our sponsor this week, called Star of Wonder. I followed the sketch at Sketch N Stash (course I'm much to late to enter it now but if I'm going to make a card with layers I have to use a sketch). I colored her using Prismacolor pencils. A Martha Stewart glitter marker made the gold accents on the star, halo and bird. I used green feathers for her wings. I stitched all the layers with my sewing machine and the papers were from the Making Memories Twinkle paper pack. The Poinsettias were a Silhouette cut file but I used Glossy Accents and gold glitter to make the flower centers. 2 pearl stickpins finish off my card.
Still time to join us, I look forward to seeing you!
 A darker one to show off the details a little better.
A lighter one to show off the sparkle a little better.
I'd like to share my card at:
Totally Gorjuss use 3 patterned papers, closes Nov. 23,
Bearly-Mine Challenges traditional colors red and green using die cuts, closes Nov. 26,
Stamp and Create feathers or leaves, closes Dec. 1

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Crafty Places and Spaces

A little feature on our Crafting With Dragonflies blog has been to visit our Design Teams crafting rooms. In my case, rooms plural, is the correct description.
My kitchen houses the command center, lol. Actually it is my computer and Silhouette SD, which I use for EVERYTHING. My setup is quite clever really, we removed the bottom right cupboard and put in a sliding tray for my keyboard. My computer, monitor, and printer sit on top. My Silhouette is on a TV tray for easy connection to the computer.
My dining room has all my paper and tools storage and I use the dining room table for most of my cutting, gluing, crafting, etc. As you can see, another little desk has moved in there. The big window overlooks the river valley so we all like 'working' in there.
I am in the process of turning the former nursery into my craft room (that explains the Disney Babies on the wall). The Husband painted an old dresser that beautiful, bright, sunny yellow that will hold most of the papers and tools that are currently downstairs. I bought a computer armoire which will hold a laptop (if and when I get one) and my Silhouette. My sewing machine table is also in here now. The Husband also made a Murphy bed so that we can still use the room as a spare room for company but I can put it up and out of the way when I'm working in there.
You can see the pocket door in this photo. It goes into our bedroom and was very handy when this room was a nursery. The curtain covers a door out onto our second floor balcony. We painted the Disney Babies on the walls ourselves.
Just one funny story about my ribbon racks. I went to a garage sale where the lady was selling everything in her crafting room. She was moving to the UK and it was too expensive to ship much over there and she was moving into a small flat so she couldn't take much anyway. I don't know if you've seen the Ikea commercial where the woman looks at her receipt and runs through the parking lot shouting, "start the car" to her husband because she got such a good deal she felt like she stole it? That was me shopping in this lady's craft room. All the lovely racks filled with ribbon, embossing powders, containers full of brads...I felt bad for her having to sell her craft collection but I sure felt lucky I was in the right place at the right time.
There's a tour of my crafty spaces (and my house). I am blessed to have so many inspirational places and spaces to 'work'!
I've added a couple of cool pictures I took of our house this Fall just to give you an idea of why it is such an inspirational place to live :)