Friday, April 22, 2016

MR Designs - Digital

New to M R Designs - DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKING KIT!!!  And this one is PURDY!!!

This first set EVAH is called Shabby Pink Charms and comes with 54 elements.  The 12 x 12 papers come with this extra "quick page".  If you're new to digital scrapbooking all that you need to do is add photo's to quick pages.  This particular page took me 3 minutes to create.  Perfect!! 

See the quick page on the upper right?

And this page was done using almost all pieces from the new M R Designs Shabby Pink scrap kit.  The doily and sentiment are the only items from different kits.

So check out Michele's new items on Facebook or her online store.   Have a great weekend!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Craft Room

FINALLY!  I have a lot of pics for you and a rather lengthy post so hopefully you'll get a good idea of my new room.  I honestly never thought I would have such an amazing room.  I still can't believe we even built a house!!  

So to start with here is a corner of my room.  I wanted to make sure I had a refreshment area including a sink for all my mixed media yucky crap.  I'm trying the room out first for awhile but I may eventually get some cabinets above the sink and counters as well.  It would be nice to have more storage, especially for my "other season" crafts like Christmas projects that are being stored in the bathroom closet.  LOL!  

I even have my own fridge, which is great as this gives us a 2nd fridge to store food for big dinners.  Right now I have beer glasses in the freezer as hubby had a beer tap installed on his bar so glasses are always cold!  Freezing in fact.  LOL! 

I LOVE the closets we had put in this place.  Not those aggravating bifold doors, although even those are better than they use to be.  You just pull on the handle (it doesn't turn) and the door is open.  Then when you close it, it latches at the top.  Very nice! 

Door to the left of the sink and where I store all my ribbon!!  

On the left side of the ribbon door are some of my Michaels cubes for my 12" x 12" paper and some 6" x 6" pads.  We also had a tv put on the wall but eventually that may get a bit bigger.  Maybe.  We'll see how often I use it!!  hee hee  

Another angle...I have yet to actually hang stuff on my walls.  I'm just not sure what or how I want to do it yet so we'll see how that goes.  

This is how I store all my Wild Orchid flowers.  Totally portable!!  I have another huge box in the closet too. Eeek!  LOL!!!  The 2 Paris boxes hold all the kinds of flowers that come in a package like Prima, Petaloo and Kort and Godt.  

I still need to label all these drawers but I've been too lazy...NO!!  Too busy I mean LOL!!  By the time I get around to doing that I'll just know what's in them.  And yes, they are all full!!!

I was soooo happy to score these paper racks for $50 each!!  Classic on Alexander decided to retire scrapbooking and change things up to a home decor store, which by the way I can not WAIT to visit!!  Sorry about the closed store but so happy and excited to see the new one.  

More Michael's cubes where I store a LOT of my mixed media stuff.  

All of my die cutting plates, big cutting dies and shape art are all stored in the top drawer on the left and my Grand Caliber and a few more things are in the cupboard underneath.  I always wanted a die cutting station where you didn't have to continually be moving your work in progress in order to use a die cutting machine.   

I store a lot of other embellishments on my Tim Holtz clip carousel and my Prima/Finnibair mechanicals etc., in the 2 plastic storage units beside it.

I bought another Michale's (Recollections) vertical file for all my current stuff or my "ok I don't know where I should put this so I'll toss it in there" file.  LOL!  The black tote stores nothing but my resin pieces.  

So here are 2 more seats aside from the island where a person really could work as well.  The far right is where I have permanently set up my printer so it's completely out of my way.  

This is kind of a weird pic cuz of the panorama but shows all one wall.  Eventually I am going to get more shelving above the seating area but nothing deep and something that is open so I can store some of my supplies.  When I see my stuff I use it.  

I maybe should have taken these pics at night but by then I forget.  LOL!!  So here is my 4-seater island and I actually remembered to have the foresight to add power to it.  The florescent lights are great but when you're coloring those Ott lights are even better!!

I have a cupboard at each end, 2 on each side and drawers in the middle of each side.  Originally I didn't have the cupboards on but decided I'd rather like to hide all my crap.  LOL!!  So it was an after add.

When I first walked into my craft room I was stunned.  The island was HUGE!!  Not what I had expected but now I wouldn't have it any other way.  The pattern of the countertop was NOT AT ALL what I thought I was getting but it grew on me.  You know when you get a piece for a sample?  Well... my sample piece was missing a few things but in the end it worked out perfectly.  With the browns in it, it turned out to match the flooring incredibly well.  Relief cuz that had already been picked out.  LOL!!

Aside from the sun and overexposed picture, the view is out into the back yard, which isn't finished yet but quite a pretty view anyway.  We have neighbors about half a kilometer away but we're only 8 minutes to downtown and 5 minutes to work.  Luuuuv that!  Home for lunch every day!

My whole room can be completely shut off to the rest of the house in case I have friends over or want to hold a class or two.  Nothing serious tho.  LOL!  These doors lead right out to hubby's man den.

This is where I normally sit and I actually set it up on purpose this way.  I can still watch his tv when I choose to and enjoy the heat from the fire.  I'm sure eventually I'll have to buy a space heater as this level is the coldest from the rest of the house.  And I mean noticeably different!!!  But that's ok it'll work out just fine!  Be a nice cool place to spend the summers!! 

In my last craft room, Rafferty had a nice place to sleep under the table (it was carpeted) but so far we haven't managed to find a place for him quite yet.  I guess this will have to do for now.  LOL!!  

I will admit, I am making far bigger messes these days with all this space.  One of my first challenges in here was trying to find a place to put everything.  I had to go and buy 16 more cubes from Michael's to put my stuff!!  Now they're full and I have no room to grow but if that happens, like I mentioned, time for more add-ons.  LOL!!  

Hope you enjoyed my post and for those of you who I told "it's coming" thanks for hanging in there!  LOL!!  It's been a big job and of course always the last room to get any attention.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Fairy Wryn and Friends

I just luuuuv TI images don't you?!!!  I made this card just for fun.  YUP FUN!!  I also made it for my sister just because...well we've been so busy that I had put my crafts away for almost a year so I missed a birthday and xmas in there.  Oops!  But she's so sweet she ALWAYS understands.  She's just the best!  hee hee

This little cutie is called "Wryn - Fairy Friends" and I actually learned how to color her from my own previous experience but then fine tuned with a class from Kit and Clowder.  I'd like to do some more of my courses and now maybe I can!  If you haven't taken a class from Alyce, I must say they are AMAZING!!!!  Just do it!!  LOL!  

I used some gorgeous dies from Joy Crafts like the Winter Wishes Circle Die and foliage dies.  The purple flowers are handmade but you think I can remember what die I used?!  Nope!  LOL!  

Circle with flower die is what I used here, a Joy die as well from Noor Design UK.  Love buying stuff from Tracy's store.  She has amazing stock!!! 

How cute are those wooden hearts?!  As usual I also used a ton of Wild Orchid flowers from Live and Love Crafts and the gorgeous shabby chiffon ruffle trim.  Luv her store as well.  hee hee

I'm entering this card in the Noor! Design UK challenge - Anything Goes!
I've said it before and I'll say it again ... my favorite kind of challenge.  LOL!

OK well then!  Off to edit some more pictures or bake some muffins.  ha ha ha!!

Thanks for stopping by!



Sky:  BG01, 0000, 000 and V01
Skin:  E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, R20
Dress:  V12, 15, 17, 09
Mushroom Top:  BV01, 02, 04, 08
Mushroom Stem:  E41, 42, 43, 44
Wings:  W1, 3, 5, 7
Grass:  G21, 94, 99

Sunday, April 3, 2016

A Little Birdie Told Me

MORE FUN!  ha ha ha ha!!  This card is one I made for my SIL who's birthday was April 1st.  You almost giggle the whole time you're making these Crazy Cats or Birds cards.  I used some black wire I had in my stash and wrapped it around a thin tool to get it coily like that.  I think that's a word.  LOL!

Love this little sentiment too.  

HAAAA HAAAA  See the feather in his mouth?!!!  I have to tell you this wasn't my idea but I had to borrow it.  I saw it a few times online but can't remember exactly the card.  So funny!!

Anyway, I'm sure I'll be sharing more of these but I'll also get back to my frillies again!  

Have a great week!

Saturday, April 2, 2016


HA HA HA!  Isn't this hilarious?!!  Ok well I'm sure I've said that before about these Tim Holtz birds and cats but I still think they're funny.  I must really like this particular one because I just realized I've made 2 cards with him.  Anyway...this is a belated card for my FIL because he was away on holidays when it was his birthday.  Another successful guy card.  Woo hoo!!

I'm happy to say I even managed to use my distress inks!!  Having fun with those!!!

Ok off to knock more "to-do"s off my list!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Markers used:

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Fairy Jar

ISN'T THIS KA-UTE?!!  My sister made me a fairy jar as a house warming gift!  You may have seen a few of these around but now I have one of my own!!!  At first she had some tea lights in and because she used a regular sized mason jar, there wasn't enough light.  I found a strand of battery operated lights so just dropped those in there.  LIT RIGHT UP!   I especially like how one landed so bright as if she's holding a light in the palm of her hand.  That was a fluke!!!  

Love how the fairy looks like she's flying in on some fairy dust.  Great positioning with the swirl of pearls she added!

Just love how she decorated the top.  One of her first projects she's done in about 3 years and she hasn't missed a creative beat!!  Incredible!!  

I think on the outside she put 2 layers of tissue with mod podge.  I can ask if you're interested.  

Thanks my little buddie!!  LOVE IT!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Sophie's Rose and Sympathy Bugs

MY FIRST PROJECT IN MY NEW CRAFT ROOM!!!  Soon I'll be adding THAT post...of my craft room I mean.  :)  You'd think taking pics of a room would be easy but it seems to be the last thing you feel like doing after moving.  Yikes!!

For today's card I used this super cute image from Sylvia Zet called "Sympathy Bugs".  It's available as a digi or rubber stamp.

I'm not sure if I've ever colored these cuties before or not but I've had this stamp FOREVAH!!!  They are so stinkin' cute!!  I was so happy to stamp 2 of these but use only 1 and have no practice piece.  FIRST TIME EVAH!!!   WOO!!  Jeeps all kinds of firsts goin' on here!

I'm using papers from Michele R Designs called "Sophie's Rose" and I discovered something cool.  I'm not sure if it's new but to me it is.  When I printed these papers I noticed they were a bit dark, which could have been my printer but thankfully that doesn't matter!   I found a feature in Word that allowed me to change the color of the papers and brighten them up.  YAY!  Much nicer!!

I've also used pieces from the Elements 2 package, the butterflies and sentiment.  I created a tassel with a Marianne Designs die using some of the papers that came with the 6 x 6 design sheets.  They are just stunning!

Hope you are enjoying your week and thanks so much for stopping by!

E40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 47
V01, 12, 15, 17
R81, 83, 85, 89
YG03, 63, 67, G99
W00, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
E21, 25, 27, 29

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Crazy Cats!!

My original plan was that I wasn't going to get caught up with these new Crazy Cats by Tim Holtz BUT how could I refuse a good sale?!!!  25% off!!  NICE!!  So between a sale and the feeling of wanting to spend some money how could I refuse??!!  LOL!!

Also, these fun characters seem to be great images to test out with distress markers.  OMG THOSE THINGS AGAIN!!  I've been so scared of them for so long.  HA HA HA!!  Turns out they're not so bad!  And far faster than Copics.  Well in this case anyway.

Colors from top left to right:

Black soot
Rusty hinge
Weathered Wood

Stormy sky
Dusty concord
Pumice stone

Wild honey

I THINK!!   I might be guessing at a couple of them but it wasn't until later that I figured I should be marking them down.  DUH!  Well I didn't think these were going to turn out to be blog worthy so didn't keep track until about my 3rd one.  LOL!!  Needless to say I think I'll be playing some more with my DI markers.  FUN!!!

Monday, February 22, 2016

"Men Only"

Today I'm back with another card made using Michele R Designs papers called "Men Only".  I know how much we all love making masculine cards...LOL...NOT...but this set definitely made it easier.  I also used some elements from the "Men Only Elements" package which included, the flag banner, balloon, compass and clocks but there are a few more so well worth the purchase!

I've used this "Vintage Clock" and some mini gears from Southern Ridge Trading Company.  These are super cute and Karen has some other gear related products as well.  I covered the gears by applying some Inka Gold directly to each piece.  

I found the picture online and covered it with glittered Mod Podge for some man glitter (hee hee), added a few metal pieces and a spark plug.  BAM!!  MAN card.  LOL! 

Thanks for stopping by!!  Am part way through getting my craft room together so will hopefully have pics for you soon!!  Have a great week!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Crazy Birds

I just love these crazy birds and I finally got a chance to get back into my craft room and play before we move.  My stepdad isn't feeling too well right now so I sent him this card and on the inside it says


It was hard to refrain from adding my usual quantities of embellishments but I didn't want to spend all day on it.  Also, really these birds don't need a lot of fancy stuff they kind of speak for themselves.  Well....we do depending on what sentiment we add.  LOL!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!


BG10, 11, 13, 15, 18
E42, 43, 44, 47
Y00, 11, 15, 17
E44, YR07, 04, 02

Friday, January 22, 2016

MR Designs

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  WOW I can't believe that October was the last time I had something on my blog!!  Pretty sure that's a record.  LOL!!!  Well I got bit by the coloring bug and had done a class from Kit and Clowder over the holidays.  Well that got me going again so I colored a few more images up, which are yet to come to my blog but it's been fun.  Soon we will be in our new house and I'll be back to crafting more regularly and have I got a craft room to show you!!!  Exciting!!

Today I'm sharing a card using Michele R Designs papers called "Treasure My Heart" papers.  It's been so long since I've written up a post I'm a little bit rusty.  LOL!!  As usual I've covered a lot up but then I piled more paper pieces over top including the balloon die, a Treasure My Heart ticket and bow.      

I've used a few things from Noor! Design UK - the shaped art template, balloon die, wine glass die and oval flourish die.  

Also pretty happy to be playing with Wild Orchid flowers and Live and Love Craft's bark hearts and flowers again.  WOO!!  

Oh and this little cutie is called "Celebration Tilda".  I miss my Maggie's but paying $17 a stamp is getting a bit much so I think I'll be digging up some older ones that I may have used only once so far.  Good idea!!  LOL!  I think digi's will be the way to go for awhile too.  I don't mind that!!!

Anyway, stay tuned I have a few more cute things coming!!

Thanks for hanging in there with me!  Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Falling Snowflakes - Michele R Designs

So ... sorry I've hardly been around lately.  Some of you know but for those who don't, hubby and I are building a house so it has been quite time consuming as I'm sure you could imagine.  In the meantime, I've also lost my mojo for card making but not to fear.  I am building quite the craft room so I'll be back doing it sometime in the new year.  

HOWEVER, in the meantime I am still digi scrapbooking and I've used the newest Christmas papers from Michele R Designs called "Christmas Time".  I used 3 of the 8 amazing - 12" x 12" papers you can purchase in one package and stitched them together like a quilt.  Not my idea, I did scraplift this and am so sorry I don't know the lady who created this awesome layout but would love to give her credit!!

I also used a number of "Christmas Time Elements Pack 2" and these even come in a .png extension so there is no cropping needed for the elements!!

Have you joined the Facebook Group yet?  Seems to me there is either freebies going on or a contest for the latest package of awesome papers and elements.  Check it out!!  

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Summer Meadow - New Papers

Woo hoo!!  More gorgeous papers by Michele!!!  These ones are called Summer Meadow and this time her elements are also included in a png file for those of us who like to scrapbook with her elements.  FUN!!

I also used a scrapbook template from Prelestnaya "Full of Memories Volume 28" and a digi scrapbook kit called "Time 4 Love" by Dita B Designs, who by the way, is an incredible digi kit designer.

I thought I would do a variety of pages using different papers from the 12 x 12 paper pack.

Then a page with a colored photo and black and white.  

New to the store is a card kit pack too.  CHECK THIS OUT!!  This kit contains a sheet with the flowers on a separate image to cut out and decoupage.  Should make for a quick card or two!!  I'll print a few of those out and see how far I get so I can share with you.

If you haven't joined the FB page for Michele R Designs, check it out.  She gives a lot of freebies out too.  BONUS RIGHT?!!  

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.