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Saturday, March 28

Challenge Accepted!

Hello everyone!  Happy weekend to you. I subscribe to a couple blogs and one has a challenge that I accepted and accomplished! The blog is by Marilyn McLeod and it's called Pink Paper Cottage. Her latest entry is a challenge and a tutorial. She has some interesting tutorials on there, and there's another one I plan to try soon. It involves a paper bag and lots of cardstock. YEY!  Playing with paper is a passion of mine.

This tutorial and challenge involves making 3 cards using only ONE sheet of 12x12" double sided scrapbook paper. I have plenty of that, thanks to hoarding er, holding onto them a bit after I stopped being a consultant for Close To My Heart. I love their My Reflections paper. It's a great weight and feel, plus designs are fantastic. 

I decided to use my favorite paper of all time, called Chantilly. This paper came out in 2012. I absolutely love the colors and patterns of this paper! The first double sided piece is featured in the bulk pack Consultants can purchase.    

A really nice feature of Close To My Heart paper is that there's a half inch strip at the top of every page. That "zip strip" has 2 sides to it. One side is a design, and the other side has information about the paper packet, such as the name of the paper, and featured colors. This paper packet has EIGHT different colors to coordinate with it. There are inks and solid cardstock that can be used to to match for a nice cohesive look. Here is a close up of the piece of paper I used for the 3 cards. You can click on each picture to see a larger size of each. Just click the BACK arrow on your browser to return to this page.  

Did I tell you I love this paper?!

I followed Marilyn's tutorial step by step to make the three cards. I used punches (scalloped 2" circle, a 1.75" circle, an EK Success Edger punch (called Intertwined Arches), and a medium corner rounder punch; plus 2 different inks: Sweet Leaf (CTMH) and Memento Tuxedo Black. The stamp set I chose is called "4 My Friend" (D1510) from Close To My Heart. 

Front view of Card 1
Here is my first card, which is a basic card, but I rounded the edges with the corner punch. I punched a circle in the front flap, and inked all the edges with a small sponge using the Sweet Leaf ink. I made the spiral flower, like Marilyn mentioned in her tutorial/challenge. 

There is an adhesive called 3-IN-1 from Beacon that works great for keeping the spiral shaped flower in shape. I compare it to using a hot glue gun for the 'instant grab' for gluing a couple things together, but without the heat! A little goes a long way. When the flower dried, I added a velvet coated round brad to the center of the flower, and it's sitting on the inside of the card, but can be seen through the circle punched out of the card front. I also punched out a scalloped circle, inked the edges, and freehand cut an 'inside' to the circle, adding a ruby shaped brad. Tuxedo Black ink was used for the front. 

Inside of card 1
Side view of card 1
Card 2 is the Easel card.  
Front view of Card 2
I added a circle to the middle of the top edge, but it's hidden behind the layered flower that has the ruby colored square gem brad. There's another spiral flower on the lower right corner, and a greeting on the left, that has 3D-foam squares to raise it off the surface of the front.  

Side view of Card 2
On the side view, you can see the dimensions of the flowers, and the view of the easel shaped card. The Edger punched paper is on the inside of the bottom card, with the arches of the punched cardstock holding up the front of the easel.  

My last card is the Gatefold style card. 

Front view of Card 3

The greeting is on the inside of the card, and all the decorations are on the outside of it. The 3 layered petal flower, with light pink gem brad, was placed on the right flap, but the left flap kept popping open, so I added a tiny Velcro™ adhesive dot to the underneath of the flower on the right flap:
Right flap of card 3

   and then on the left flap.  
Left flap of card 3
You can barely see it, but if you look at the 3rd green petal beneath the orange and yellow flower on the edge of that left side, there is the dot.  The 5 petal Poppy Flower was actually part of the punched out paper. I sponged the Sweet Leaf ink on the 'stencil' then outlined the flower with a Sakura Gelly-Roll Pink Star pen. On top of the inked image, I added Sakura Gelly-Roll Clear Star ink. After that dried, I used a Versamarker Watermark pen to color in the image, added clear embossing powder, and heated the powder until it melted. The flower has a really cool visual effect when viewing it in the light. It almost shimmers.  

Inside Card 3
I stamped a simple greeting on the inside of the card's center.  

Here are all three cards together, PLUS what I had left over from that one sheet of 12x12" double sided cardstock sheet. One of the flowers punched out has green ink around it, which I used as the stencil for Card 3.  

Completed cards, plus leftover paper.  
Thank you for reading! If you would like to attempt this challenge, please be sure to contact Marilyn at her blog, PINK PAPER COTTAGE and let her know. 


Friday, March 27

Organizing my Playroom

My goal for 2015 was to get my playroom organized.  I've been chugging along, going through container after container to get the "like-things" together in one place.

One of my problems is that I LOVE containers.  I love containers that are alike, so they look neat when displayed.  I have purchased multiples of like containers in large quantities just so they are neat in appearance.  Some would call this an OCD thing, which, um, whatever.  I know that this was passed down from my maternal grandmother, to my mother, to me.  Whether it's nature or nurture, we can't really figure that out.

I've bought multiple (Thirty-One brand) "All In One" organizing totes as in these pictures:

This picture taken before I got my playroom.
Only 4 totes are now in use.Oh, er, 5. 

I've bought 12x12 clear containers:
These are very sturdy and I prefer these over other containers.
I gave away 3 or 4 of these after I decluttered!

and these 6 containers that were to hold my finished greeting cards:
These ended up holding 3D items I created.
Greeting cards really didn't fit too well. 
I have 6 Photo Boxes:
Only Six Photo Boxes.
and seven CTMH Large Organizers.
Yes, that's an empty container.
Plus Cropper Hopper folders holding the solid cardstock:  

But wait, there's more! My writing instruments are housed in Sparco X-Cubes:
Yes, there are 2 empty cubes!
and I found some older style shoe boxes that I bought probably close to 20 years ago when I started my organizing journey:  
The blue ones are very old. The white ones are
the current shoebox style available to buy.
Inside some of the drawers of the Ikea Alex drawer units, I use plastic baskets.  What's wonderful about these opened style baskets is that they keep items from shifting when the drawer opens and closes.  I wonder if I placed some of that rubberized shelf liner under the items they'd still shift?  Hmmmmmm....something to try later, I suppose.  

This drawer holds acrylic blocks, stamp cleaner,
and glitter glue.

Adhesives and some tools are in this top drawer. 
I have some containers that I can stack in the drawers:

These 2 foam inserts stack on top of each other
in one drawer.

Baskets can go on containers
that hold littler containers!
I've sinced reorganized a couple of those drawers.  The clear containers that hold clear round containers is now over in another drawer, stacked with other like containers. 
These 3 stack on top of each other. Sixty containers.

These are two different containers with hinged lids.
They stack in the same drawer as the aforementioned
My ribbon has been through many changes when it comes to how I store them.  I had them in drawers, but that wasn't really working well.  My loose ribbon, and those materials that weren't on a spool were thrown into a drawer  
until I finally organized it: 

The spools are now hanging on three of those metal pants hangers.  
One can never have enough ribbon.
A majority of my things in this room have been gone through so I can toss, give away, or recycle what I don't use, want or need anymore. I still have some paperwork to muddle through, so I can scan, file, or shred it.  

I decided this needed to be done--organize the stuff so I know where everything is. I have bought duplicate things in the past because I wasn't sure if I had it or not. I'm in the process of taking inventory of items.  There is one item that I haven't been able to find and I'm really hoping I didn't accidentally toss it in the recycling or the trash awhile ago.  It's the one and only Close To My Heart Cowboy Sticky Boy I found at the Dallas convention in 2012.  

The Cowboy Sticky Boy I found.  He was torn
when taken off the ceiling of an elevator.

I managed to glue Sticky Boy all back together
and made this card, giving him a 5 o'clock shadow.

I also made this card using some googly eyes.
Sadly, I cannot find my Sticky Boy.  THIS is the reason I have been going through all my containers.  This ONE stamp has driven me a little crazy because he's playing a great game of Hide and Seek.  I think he should just reveal himself so I can finally find him.  You can read about Sticky Boy on the CTMH blog