Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dust Removal

*caugh..*cough..  wow.. It's been ages and the layer of dust on this blog is thick. It's been a busy year. I'll have to do a post just on that. I have thought of posting...not that it helps you any. I figured it's time I get back to card challenges which is what this blog was designed for. :D

I promise to give you an update for now I have a simple card for the current A blog Named Hero challenge. Challenge #46 Bokeh. I adore bokeh in photography. Click here to see some good examples.

Here's my take:

I wanted to keep it simple. I used various items for the dots.the blue and white dots are acrylic paint markers from Elmer's. They. Are. Awesome, I'm not to sure why more people aren't using them. I also used Stickles and perfect pearls.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts, I don't remember the name. I can hunt it down if you're interested. The gems are also from Hero Arts. Appropriate since it's a blog about Hero. :D 

Be back soon.... promise! 


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

It's so pretty!


I know it's been ages. I swear time goes by so much faster then it used to. If only we could slow it down some. At my husbands promptings I took some pics of my playroom for you. Last September our roommate  Karen moved out, it was a bitter sweet thing. One of the sweet items is we had a decent sized extra bedroom at our disposal. I had been crafting in my husbands fortress but it was dark and cramped. :(  So over a period of time I slowly moved everything up stairs and set up what I had. With Karen's income gone we don't have much money for all the fun extra's in life that's one of the bitter moments. We have my grandparents kitchen table that opens up to this huge 8x6 rectangle and I used that as a crafting table but it was really awkward. Then earlier this year my brother was gonna throw this awesome u shaped desk away... jackpot!!!
I talked him into bringing it over and installing it. Then I had the fun of organizing and making a home for everything. I spent hours working in the playroom... labeling separating it was Christmas for my OCD side. :D

Here are some pics for ya, the first side of the room:

The white drawer cards under the desk are from target. Of course the one I was in love with, the 7 drawer, they stopped making for ages then when they started making it again it is only in a 6 drawer option hence the two different types. I have each drawer organized by color. My copics are in these home made shelving units. Dk and I made them out of foam core. I'd love to get these bad boys from Studio solutions  but I'm not that excited to spend the 60+ dollars for them. (Target taught me buy all the ones you need up front, they may not have them again) One day I'll get them just not this day. 

The other side:

The shelving unit is called Gorm from Ikea. I got 2 units and then attached them together with extra shelves.  (The staff made it very clear it wasn't designed for that blah blah blah.. but it's attached to studs in the wall in three different locations. It's not going anywhere) The magazine holders are also from Ikea they house my clear stamps. I've been holding out for Ikea to come out with a pretty blue color but no luck yet so I'm stuck with black and white. 

All I need now is artwork on the walls and a blue ray player for the TV! 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

It's all Money

It's funny how time flies. Every day I say I'm gonna blog and yet I don't sorry about that. In February a friend of mine had a birthday. Go friends :D  Dk is awesome about wanting to be apart of the gift giving process and likes to help pick out what ever gift is in store. Which is usually very helpful...we went online and checked out her amazon wish list. Long story short we debated every item. Here's an example.. she wanted a Killers t-shirt for the concert she is going to next week however DK pointed out that at the show they will have unique shirts available so we couldn't agree on that item. What we  finally decided to give her was cash that way she could get what ever she wanted.

Because everyone knows I make cards I have no choice but to make something for her. No pressure there. I wanted to do something fancy with her twenty. YouTube had a great flower origami video which helped me make this:

Because it turned out to be pretty cool I didn't want the outside to be super awesome and the inside to be super boring and drab. Plus after all that work I didn't want to cut it apart so I created a new score mark about a half an inch above the main fold then folded the back to the front... added some decor and ta da:

The paper is from my minds eye. The green strip is American Crafts glitter tape. Let me just say it is awesome stuff! I highly recommend getting some. 

In personal news I'm still working out which I now love doing.  In February my doctor took me off both the blood pressure meds I was on. Woo hoo! Since then I had been on a weight loss plateau which is not very woo hoo and quite discouraging. The good news is I've broken through the wall and have lost another 2.8 lbs. Very Woo Hoo! 17 lbs to a major goal. :D  

Be back soon! 


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Sunshine Days!


I made this card awhile back for a friend who left sunny Southern California and moved to Wisconsin. The weather there has had a ton of that snow stuff lately and some of the ladies here wanted to send her a sunny care package. 

It was a pretty easy card using echo park paper. The sentiment is paper smooches and the butterfly is Maya Road.

I hope your having sunny days where ever you are. 


Monday, March 18, 2013

Winner Time!

It was a great party! I had so much fun taking pics for the store I forgot to take some for myself. You can find pictures of the day at Stamps Fever's blog. I had a great time getting to know some of the new design team members and hanging out with Mrs. Kelly Marie.

As promised I said I would draw a winner today. I had 56 comments! Wow! choose #29

And the winner is....

Oh, look at all those great images you stamped! Love the banner!

Indy if you would please email me within the next week letting me know which stamp set you would like and where I'm to send it.  My email is quarkykatie (at) gmail (dot) com.  

I wish everyone could win.  

Be back soon!


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

It's Party Time!

Happy Birthday Lawn Fawn!!

Welcome! You should have hopped in from Kathy's Blog, if not you can start the birthday hop by clicking here

I'm Katie and am lucky enough to be on the Stamp Fever Design team! As you know we're having a party! I adore our store.. I could go on and on however you've got lots of hopping to do so I'll get to the point. :D

The "Legal" Stuff...

Stamp Fever is a charming little store in Orange, California. We carry all things related to the crafting hobbies of stamping, card-making and paper crafting.  We stock a variety of stamps, papers, inks and supplies. We can also provide special orders for items you find online. We offer weekly stamping classes along with demos and make ‘n takes throughout the month.

Stamp Fever participates in the Southern California Shop Hop! Our design team goes all out to deck our store in theme related finery and we always have a charming Photo Op to add to the memories of your Shop Hop experience.

Stamp Fever is hosting a Lawn Fawn 3rd Birthday celebration! The party is on Saturday March 16 from 1-4. If you are in the area, please stop in for a visit and to share some birthday cake with Kelly and Mike, owners of Lawn Fawn. Kelly will share a special Make ‘n Take featuring one of Lawn Fawn’s newest sets “Summertime Charm”.

There will be prize drawings at the party but we don’t want to exclude our blog readers. We will randomly choose one winner from those who comment at The Stamp Fever blog and one more random winner from comments on the Hop Participant blogs. To increase your chances of winning: Follow the Stamp Fever blog in a reader or by email subscription; sign up for our Newsletter; follow Stamp Fever on Facebook and leave us a comment there. Each winner will receive a Lawn Fawn Stamp set and coordinating Lawn Cuts Die set.

Comment to enter prize drawing until 10:00 pm PDT on Friday March 15. The random drawing will take place at the party. The two winners will be announced Sunday, March 17 on the Stamp Fever blog.

On to my creation. I wanted to make something special for our party.. something a little different....

I had no idea this project would take so long, note to self for next time. :D I think it looks pretty cool though. Here are some close ups:

I used almost every LF stamp set I own, the summer distress inks with lots and lots of Copics. The letters are cut with the latest Lawn Fawn paper pink lemonade. I am happy to answer any questions with the making of it. Nancy was kind enough to help out with some of the stamps/die's that I don't own yet. Thank you Nancy I couldn't have done it without you! 

This will be on display at the store for any of you who are able to stop by this weekend. I and the rest of the design team will be there for the party. I hope to see you there. 

Thank you so much for stopping by, next up is the talented Virginia
Happy Hopping! 

If you follow my blog you'll know I'm a giver and what is a birthday party without gifts. I will give away one Lawn Fawn stamp set of your choice to a lucky individual who: 1. Follows my blog and 2. Leaves a comment on this post by midnight PST Sunday the 17th. I will pick a winner using a random generator on Monday March 18th. Good Luck and see you Saturday! 


Thursday, February 14, 2013

My Crazy Idea!

Man time flies. I've been meaning to write this post for a couple of weeks now. 

A little background.. I adore decorating, I don't always get the chance but I love doing it. For years now we have been working/improving upon a garland that goes up one pillar across the room and down the other pillar that we hang during the holidays. It.looks.awesome. Everyone who walks into our home comments on it. The other thing we love about it is it's the perfect amount of light for late night tv watching. If you haven't guessed it I adore the garland. It's the first thing to go up and the last thing to come down. 

I hate taking it down. The room always has this empty feeling once it's gone and I spend the next 10 months longing for it. Here it was the middle of January and I just couldn't bring myself to pull it down. Then it's the last week of January and I knew I had to do something but I just can't bring myself to pull it down. After chatting with a few friends I decided to leave it up year round. So here I am with this crazy idea at the end of January trying to figure out how to bring the topic up to Decay. (Yes we have been married 5 years however I still have no idea what goes though his head and this was a crazy idea. Plus it's his house to and I want him to feel comfortable... blah blah blah anywho I digress) 

The topic went kinda like this... "Decay I was thinking of leaving the garland up year round and decorating it according to the seasons/holidays what do you think?" (I was ready to do some serious convincing.)  His response... That's an awesome idea! I thought... really? Sweet!   So I spent a few days cutting hearts out using the Hero Arts heart dies from double sided paper from My minds eye and decorating them accordingly. This is what I came up with: 

A close up of one heart:

There are 16 large hearts in total. As the garland separates the living room from the dining room they have to be two sided. :D My Bff and I did a craft store run and got 3 red glitter hearts (you can't really see them in the photo). As this is the first year it's kinda sparse but that's ok, I'll come up with some other cool stuff to add to it next year. 

I'll be sure to take photos of the other holidays/seasons. I did get some cute Easter stuff that I'm excited about. 

Happy Valentines day!