21 April 2014 – The Big Reveal!

I’ve been a bit quiet blogging for the last couple of weeks but I do have a good reason!! My husband and I have been re-decorating my craft room!! Happy Dance time!!

I’m really happy with the way it’s turned out. I painted my first wall ever!! I wanted a feature wall so of course I had to choose an SU! colour. I went with Rose Red and it looks great!!

So coming into the room, the first thing you see is a cute ladder that I found at Freedom furniture. I thought it would be perfect as a display stand and it certainly is. You can also see that I use the cupboard doors as a notice board for all my current swaps. Great for inspiration!!

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Then there is my new desk with an Ikea 5 drawer unit. I actually have so many drawers now, that I don’t know what to put in them all!! I bet that doesn’t last long!

room 7

I have my paper storage for DSP tucked into the corner and then my computer zone with the washi tape and ink pads on the right hand side. I didn’t want the ink pads too close to the window as I don’t want them to dry out in the sun which hits my room in the morning.

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Then there is my awesome punch storage unit and then the big shot zone!! I presently have all my embossing folders in the box in the corner.

room 5

Below the desk I have my filing cabinet and then a 3 drawer Ikea unit, which holds my Big Shot dies. The unit in the centre (also from Ikea) has my Whale punches in the top drawer and then there are 3 shelves in the cupboard which hold my envelopes, extra paper trimmer, embossing gun and a few other bits of equipment.

room 4

Above the desk, I have a shelf which goes the whole way across. I wanted this to hold all my stamps and framelits. I actually thought I would fill it with just stamp sets but they only went half way!! I’ve put them into alphabetical order to make them easier to find. I also got 4 battery operated down lights to help reading that little writing on the stamp sets at night time!! (I really think that writing has got smaller, it’s not that my eye sight is getting worse!!)

room 1

Above the shelf are the cupboards that we built. We bought the doors from Ikea and then made the cabinets ourselves. Fortunately, the building process went well and there were no arguments!!

room 2

I have always wanted an Ikea Expedit unit and never had the space or a place to put one that matched my decorating. When we decided to do my room, I decided that it was time to get rid of the bookcase I was using and get an Expedit! I love it!! I’m using it for all my cardstock storage. I have one colour per drawer. The bottom shelf holds my extra catalogues, my box of cards, and my scrapbook albums. I also use the top as an extra display area.

room 3

I hope you enjoyed my tour of my craft room!

Don’t forget to check out this week’s weekly deal here.

Rebecca

4 April 2014 – It’s baby time!!

Two of my friends have had babies this week, so I needed a couple of cards to send out. I bought Zoo Babies just for this purpose! It’s a cute set just perfect for new additions.

So my first card was inspired by Nikki Spencer, here, for a new little boy. I did as Nikki suggested and used the end of a pencil to create the dots. Great suggestion!!

zoo baby boy

My next card is for a new little girl, so it had to be pink!! (well, Melon Mambo!!) I found this card, by Jackie Bolhuis which was just too cute!!!

I especially like the flower over Ellie’s ear!!

zoo baby girl

Happy Stamping

Rebecca

2 April 2014 – It’s a Weekly Deal!!

weekly deals

Weekly Deals are here for the month of April. Every Wednesday, a new group of deals will be announced. There will be between 6-12 items on special including digital downloads (woo hoo!!).

Check out my online store, here, to find out what is on special today. And whilst you are there, make sure you check out the clearance rack as well!!

I love a good special!!

Happy stamping

Rebecca

1 April 2014 – I love a good fringe!!

Especially when it’s a cute card like this one!! I needed to whip up a quick card for one of my stamp club ladies who celebrated her birthday last week. I found this cute card by Lorri Heiling on Pinterest (is there anywhere else!!) here. Sometimes, there is no need to re-invent the wheel when it already looks fabulous!! And besides, the first layer is my new favourite colour, Bermuda Bay!!

fringe bday

You do need to be careful when using the fringe scissors that you don’t cut to the end of the scissors, as they don’t end neatly.

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Happy Stamping

Rebecca

23 March 2014 – Springtime Hello? or is it Autumn??

Well, here in Queensland it’s supposed to be Autumn but the temperatures this week don’t seem like it!!

Have you noticed the Springtime Hello Simply Created Garland Kit in the Occasions Catalogue? It is great!! It includes all the accessories for making a cute garland, including 3 sheets of printed stickers, 3m of Natural Linen Thread, 5 mini clothespins and 5 natural designer buttons.

I wanted to make one similar to the one pictured in the catalogue, so I picked up a photo frame from the local cheap shop. To create the image on the chalkboard, I used My Digital Studio (MDS). Now I didn’t have any chalk board paint or even chalk to write on one, so I used the 12×12 DSP which comes in the My First Day download (here) as the background. I then used the Be Awesome today Easel Calendar Template (here) which I love as it has amazing stamps like this one that you can use to inspire. I then adjusted it to the size that I wanted and printed it out. How easy was that!! I love MDS!!

I then created the garland using the supplies in the kit. It took me about 5 minutes to make!! Doesn’t it look cute!!

kit be awesome 2

kit be awesome

So I had a lot of pieces left over and I was inspired by my up-up-line, Simone Bartrum to make some simple thank you cards. Check out Simone’s cards here. I ended up making 24 cards, which I used as thank you’s for my birthday, which was a little while ago.

I love the new Envelope PUnch Board for creating envelopes but did you realise that it has a corner rounder on it as well. So I used it to put a nice corner on my cards. Some of the cards needed a bit of bling (most cards do, I think!).

Let me know what you think.

kit thank you 1

kit thank you 2

kit thank you 3

kit thank you 4

kit thank you 5

kit thank you 6

kit thank you 7

kit thank you 9

kit thank you 8

kit thank you 10

kit thank you 11

kit thank you 12

Happy Stamping

Rebecca

19 March 2014 – Hello, my friend

Well, I’m on a challenge roll this week!! I love a sketch challenge as I am quite “challenged” when it comes to creating original designs!! My team is having a fortnightly sketch challenge on our Facebook group so I’ve decided to jump in and join up.

Here is this week’s sketch.

sketch 2

And here is my 2 cards. I had planned on making 2 of the same so that I had more cards in my stash to give away but I got excited when cutting out the camera’s and used the piece of card stock that I had cut for the second base!! So we ended up with 2 slightly different cards!!

hello sketch 2

hello sketch 1

I’d love to hear what you think, so please leave a comment below.

You might be wondering what all the images are at the bottom of my posts. Firstly, they are all the products that I’ve used to make these cards. If you click on the image, it will take you to my online store, straight to that item, so you can purchase it immediately and have it sent directly to you. How great is that!!

Happy Stamping

Rebecca

17 March 2014 – Ahoy there!!

Have you seen the High Tide Designer Series Paper that is in the current Occasions catalogue. It had gone under the radar for a while but I purchased it recently and it’s gorgeous!! Great for those male cards which can sometimes be a bit of a challenge.

And speaking of challenges, my team has recently started doing card sketch challenges on our Facebook group.

So here is the sketch.

sketch 1

And here’s my version.

ahoy

ahoy 2

I used the print on the DSP to be the main focus. Did you know that you can extend the banners when you use framelits? I just cut the strip of paper a bit thinner and pulled the back end through the framelit so it wouldn’t cut the paper. Easy Peasy!!

Happy Stamping!!

Rebecca