Monday, January 30, 2017

Cove vs Cave

Some days I think he enjoys the cove more than I do. So thankful he enjoys spending time with me in my space. Of course we do make a lot for his area. Here he is the man that made his wonderful area possible for me showing off our latest project for his "man cave".

Being in a MC he goes by the name Skull, so of course the man cave needed a proper sign.

Quick small card for Valentines Day Sunday afternoon. Practice makes perfect right?


Happy Crafting





Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sunday Sneak Peek

Good Morning,

     It's a beautiful chilly morning here at home. Family brunch is over and its my time to sit back in the cove to create and relax. So here I am, music playing with Remy curled up at my feet pondering what I should make next. All sorts of fun happenings the last part of last week. Girls night with my sister and niece Friday night was just what I need.  Amazing how a walk around a craft store boosts my creative side.

On the planning side of things:
     Last week of the month and I'm still using it. My sister decided to do a bullet journal and gifted me her happy planner this week so I'm just now starting to try and get it set up and plan how I want to use it.

     January has actually been a  big month for me and crafting as a whole. Working on cards, ideas flowing for ones I'd like to make, and just sitting here coloring images. We've set a budget (yes I hate that word) for our house hold. I have a monthly allowance starting in February for my crafts. Goal is a homemade family Christmas this year. So I need to start the work early.,  I've add a few things to my collection this month to help with that. My Mommas should be completed before to much longer.
 
     One amazing thing about my guy is he really listens when I say what I'd like. Valentine's Day is our anniversary. I told him I'd love a MISTI (who wouldn't) but told him that he could get the Stamp Perfect much cheaper and use a coupon. So this is what I got as an early anniversary present my stamp press and some shaker card pieces. I've already played with the stamp perfect and I love it.
 
1 Year Anniversary


So for the sneak peak. Below is the beginnings of the official Sassy Cove sign. I'm so excited. Every color was carefully chosen and pulled together with the help of Skull. Designed in Design Space and cut using my Explore Air. The layering is a challenge that he is looking forward to. (He does most of the layering transferring and layering on any vinyl project.
 
Sassy

What are you all working on right now?
 
 
Happy Crafting
 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

W.I.P. Wednesday

Works In Progress

What can I say, I have a few cards in the works. A cross stitch piece underway and some notebook inserts for my niece.
 
Cross stitching was definitely my first crafting love. I've had this project in the works for over a year. I started it as a project at my sisters on girls day when I was between jobs. It hung out in her cabinet for a while until I've finally brought it home. My niece and I share a love for lighthouses. My goal is to have this piece completed by her birthday in July.

 
Cards in progress will feature these two adorable stamps from C.C. Designs, on the left is Rose and the right is cupid. Another card will be featuring Lawn Fawn's Stinkin Cute stamp set. (sorry for the poor photos, working on getting better lighting).


Last but not least, one notebook insert completed for my niece, I have one left to go. This one features Gorjuss: You Brought Me Love Stamp and a few hearts scattered from Lawn Fawn's Science of Love. Her name was done with vinyl using Cricut Design Space and  the font is Elizabeth. So ethics is covered now to knock one out for calculus.


 
Goal for the rest of this week is to get two birthday cards out in the mail and get some more valentines card completed.
 
Happy Crafting
 




Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Weeks Worth of Crafting

I've been fortunate enough to have some quality time in the Cove this week. Several cards made, a few in progress and a baby shower gift out the door. I've enjoyed my new space so much I can't believe I went a so long with very little crafting. I know once riding season starts time on the weekends will be limited by I fully plan on getting my crafting time in this year.

The first card I made was for my niece for Valentines Day. I had the idea in my mind for a few days tossing it around thinking about how I was going to do it. It's perfect for her. Of course looking at it I see the ways I would do it differently if I were to make it again. This card features Lawn Fawn's Wish You Were Here stamp set and their Color My World set. Simple card with some masking and spectrum noir makers.

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The second card I worked on this week was a birthday card. It was a flop. Sometimes using what you have on hand just won't work. This was one of those times. So it's back to the drawing board for this birthday card. It also features a Lawn Fawn Stamp, Winter Unicorn. Stay tuned to see how it all works out.



Third and final card of the week was a Valentine for my sweetie. It's my take on Sandy Allnocks Octipi my Heart card. I used memento tuxedo black ink and a red spectrum noir maker. That's all. So simple. Love how if turned out.



Check out her video for her card here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP8vvQHnWmg
or follow her blog here: http://sandyallnock.com/posts-page/


Final project for the week was a baby shower gift. Miss Ivey Gray will be here before we know it and I'm one excited "Aunt". Thanks to my Cricut and my "hoard" of supplies we whipped up a quick yet meaningful gift in no time. A night light for the nursery.




In addition to these projects I also colored some images for a third card. I'll share those later in the week as I make more progress.

Happy Crafting


Monday, January 16, 2017

Settling In and Getting my Hands Dirty

I'm not sure I can craft without getting something on me.  Either it's on my hands or my clothes I wear my work. I think I should make a apron. (I'll put that on the to do list).

Spent much of Sunday creating in design space. A wall hanging or two is in progress.  After that I spent some time creating a card base and template for a basic rectangular shaker card. We won't talk about how long something that should have been so simple took me. But it's done. I used all design space elements to make it.

 
 
Enjoyed my day off spending it in my craft cove. Decided to indulge in my love of The Little Mermaid and decorate my room with a lean towards that. So a few mermaids will make an appearance along the way. I dove right into another birthday card. This one featuring Stampin Up Totally Cool Stamp set. Thanks to my amazing guy for spending the day in the cove with me and helping me get my measurements right,
 
Supplies listed below:

 
Now to finish off the month of January. One birthday card to go, a baby shower card and all my valentine cards.
 
Supplies:
110 lb coordination cardstock
spectrum nior markers
white gel pen
Recollections Home Basics 6x6 Paper Pad
Momento Tuxedo Black Ink
Lawn Fawn Let's Polka in the Meadow Paper Pad
Scotch Foam Tape
 and some scrap yellow and green card stock I had in my stash
 
Don't forget to check out January's give away.
 
Happy Crafting

Saturday, January 14, 2017

First Card In Quite A While

    Anyone else like me, after watching all these amazing YouTube videos and reading all the amazing blogs, I all to often fall into the mindset that I can't do that I don't have the right stuff. I talk myself out of even trying. So today, I decided to tackle a shaker card, using only things I have on hand.

 
Perfect? No. But it was a joy to make. To get in here, come up with an idea and make a magical mess creating it. And I'm sure the friend receiving it this week will love it.
 
I grabbed my stamps, inks, and some headphones and went to town. I used colors I thought would make the recipient smile: worn lipstick, scattered straw, shaded lilac and salty ocean.
 
I used quite a bit of supplies to make it. I'll list them below and try to include some links to where you can find these items. The important part is to remember we can always be creative with what we have if we stop doubting ourselves and go for it.
 
Supplies:
Lawn Fawn Year Four Stamp and Die Sets
Lawn Fawn Lets Polka in the Meadow Paper Pack
Mama Elephant Border Die
Mini Distress Inks/Blending Tool
Fiskars Circle Punch
Spectrum Niors
Exacto Knife
ScorePal
Darice Puffy Clouds Embossing Folder
Cuttlebug
 
Downside: now I have to go clean up the mess I made.

New Craft Room And January Give Away

It's done. We managed to get it all set up and organized. I'm sure as I'm in here more and using it I'll make some changes. But for now, here it is.

The view from the door. It's a half door. Long story, but it works for me.


Work area and main storage.


My desk and storage for items I think I'll use the most.

So that's done. On to my goal of more happy mail. Two birthdays into the new year, one card sent out. Sadly store bought but it still counts, right? The second I made sure to call personally and not send a more generic text or Facebook post.

Another birthday is coming up this week, so I'm hoping to spend some time this afternoon in my gloriously space working on her card.
 
I did mention a January's give away, this month I'm giving away one of the stamp and die sets I feature in the card(s) I make this month. Lawn Fawn's year four set. (See photo below) To enter simply comment on this post your favorite thing about your crafting space by 10 pm eastern standard time on January 28, 2017. All names will be entered into Lucky Raffle and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 here on my blog.



Happy crafting!


Friday, January 6, 2017

World's Worst Blogger

Hi,

That would be me. The world's worst blogger. I started it was excited about it and wanted to learn all the ins and outs and continue into the awesomeness that can be blogging. Several things, I let life get in the way, started not one, but two new jobs. A new relationship, love him but man does that cut into the "free" time I had before. Then you add in trying to figure out this app and how to post, follow and comment using it. Other than posting is that even possible? Needless to say this along with my crafting (for the most part) took a back seat to other things in life.

This year my goal is to be more organized. Even bought a planner (wonder if I'll use it past January) to help me stay on track. My crafting goal is to send more happy mail. Wether it be hand made cards, little baskets for Valentine's Day or Easter, just random gifts created using my Cricut, stamps/dies and various craft supplies. And to be a more active blogger.

To get me jumpstarted on this project I have went through my entire planner and every birthday for the year is already documented both in the monthly view and in the weekly  layouts so I know who's birthday's coming up and when I need to mail out the happy mail. (Side note, I think I could really get into planner decorating)

It's the first week of the new year and I'm excited to say that I've moved into our new home and have a whole room dedicated to my craft haven. 

Progress Pics
 From dull and stained to beautiful Swan Lake.


My sweetie and my Momma have been hard at working getting it all pulled together for me. 

I think it's coming along beautifully.

As I sit here typing this I'm eager to get in there, get it set up and get crafting. This weekend is all about setting up the craft room. Hey, if eastern NC is going to snowbound I might as well enjoy it. ❄️

See ya soon, with updates on the room and even a craft or two ~ Phoebe