Sunday, April 23, 2017

Hello Friend With Craftin Desert Divas

So I think I kinda did it?  A Kind of Clean and Simple Card? KCAS?  There's a lot of white anyway!  I was dying to make a shaker using these Arizona Skies sequins because they are so pretty and I think the colors go perfectly with the April #CDDMONTHLY Challenge...

I used my original Tim Holtz distress inks to create the background for the shaker in some pinks and purples (I picked up some oxides but haven't cracked them open yet).  Then I used the Inside Scallop dies to create my shaker window and filled it up with the pretty new sequin mix.

I colored in my flamingo and flowers using my new watercolor pencils that my friend Jean made me buy.   We do that to each other you know.. They are the Faber Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils and a waterbrush and I love them.

I highlighted the the flowers with some glittery gel pens and some Wink of Stella... which shockingly you can kind of see here!  I also mixed my purple and pink embossing powder for the sentiment from the Floral Wreaths stamp set.. the pink wasn't quite dark enough for my liking so adding a little bit of purple helped and I think it looks cool!

I'm linking up to the first challenge over at SheepSki Designs Challenges.  It's Anything Goes... you should check it out!  And don't forget to join in the #CDDMONTHLY Social Media Challenge on Facebook in the Craftin Desert Divas Gallery.

Thanks for stopping by today!  

Friday, April 21, 2017

Treat Bag Fun With Craftin Desert Divas!

Sharing another Treat Bag with you using the new Crafting Desert Divas Treat Bag Dies and a few other awesome CDD items... for this one I used the Doodlebug Anchors Aweigh paper pad.  For the sentiment in my shaker, I used some of the little sentiments that come in the paper pad.

Also, this time instead of using ribbon for my handle I used the cute little oblong handle die that comes with the die set... I thought that would be better for this boy card...

This star die comes in the new set... and remember I told you how I love that a lot of the CDD dies not only have the stitching in the die cut but also around the negative space that's left.  Here's a helpful hint... be sure to remember to put your shaker together before you assemble your treat bag.  I know... I know... of course you know that!  But so did I... and then I put my treat bag together and had to tear it apart again just enough to get my shaker assembled... I like doing things the hard way!

This cute is from the Adventure Awaits stamp set... just love this one for boyish projects... so cute!

And this cute little digi... one of Cupcake Cutie Monster digis...  and I use the stitched balloons from the party dies ALL. THE. TIME.  

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cutting Cafe Crafty Room Inspiration!

Welcome to some Cutting Cafe Inspiration!  I have to thank Regina for this assignment, which is to show our crafty spaces, because were it not for this, mine would still look (more) like a craft store exploded! but I spent a whole day cleaning and organizing and it feels really good.  I work in an accounting firm and we just finished tax season on the 18th and everything I've created for the last few months has just added to the mess I had... now when I go up in my space (it's located in our small loft space at the top of the stairs) I can breathe!  Um... you may have noticed my helper... he likes to clean up papers that drop on the floor... he also thinks it's helpful to throw his Kong around after it's empty and bounce it off of my shelves with jars... his name is Slim and he is very "helpful".

And whether the whole "helpful" part is true or not... the truth is he has my heart and I don't think there is anything he could do that would change that.  So... there's that... what I think is the best part of my crafty space.  And here's the rest!  Now the rest is not so handsome as this and it might be a long story, but if you stick with me there's a surprise at the end!

My space is full of craft supplies, but it's also full of some of my favorite memories... like that sign that my parents used to hang every weekend we would go camping.  My brother David wants it... I told him I'd only trade it for my grandfather's shadowbox he made.. so far no deal... and yes... I know my cubes are crooked... I need a base made to stack them on and then we'll work on fastening them so they aren't crooked... but for now, it works... it only bothers me a little that they are crooked.

Here's a closer look at my open cubes... they are filled with all kinds of memorabilia and supplies... my favorite inspiring magazines and my markers...This is right behind where I sit so it's easy to turn around in my swivel chair and grab the ones I want.   I've been using these trays for my Copics and I love them, but I got so tired of having to take them out of the trays for travel and then put them away again when I got back!  I was cropping with some friends and Melanie ... Melanie... I have to thank her so much... she walked in with her little clear travel bag that perfectly fit the trays... so I searched and found that Bee Creative makes a clear zippered carrier with a handle that fits 10 trays... so I just keep them in those carriers and when it comes time to travel I just grab one or both and go!  One is filled with Copics and the other has my Zig Watercolor markers and some glittery gel pens and a few other random markers and pens... another discovery that changed my crafty life... thank you Melanie!!

The curtains... I picked out that pretty fabric and my mom made me some curtains.  With all of the black furniture in the space, I knew I wanted to lighten it up with some bright colors and pretty florals.

The green cupboard... one of my kids made that in high school... it didn't look quite like that at first... it was not painted and it had a roughly drawn skull and Slip Knot (you may or may not know what that is) engraved in but my brother fixed it up and the little shelves are perfect for some Starbucks Frappuccino bottles full of buttons and almost all of my glitter.  The bottles I have were gifted to me by my friend Susan... and you'll see some more below.

This is my cutting station.. I bought these dressers at Ikea and they hide all sorts of goodies... the top drawers on the ends hold Cricut supplies near my Cricut and some of my dies and embossing folders near my Big Shot.  And you can also buy these cool glass tops for them so it's a perfect surface for a craft space.

And on this end, some more Ikea kitchen hardware to hold more button filled Starbucks bottles, my re-inkers, my ribbon and more...oh... lots!

And my husband recently helped me glue some magnetic sheets (the kind you get at Lowe's that cover metal grates in your house) on the inside of this cupboard's doors.  I wasn't sure it was going to work out, but I really had nothing to lose.  The cupboard cost us $30 many many years ago at Ames in Hamburg, NY.. and if it didn't work out... well... the doors are mostly closed... but I can tell you it has made a huge difference.  It's right next to where I use my Big Shot and so convenient that I can see them all and just grab what I want... I just need to get more magnet sheets and fill in the empty spaces...

I get to stare at these a lot and they inspire me... those beautiful words and that beautiful Mexican sun... oh!  And that monkey ornament... he's all dressed up like he's sight seeing... my mom bought him for my husband and since he wasn't thrilled with it (sorry mom), I snagged it because I love him and he makes me giggle...

This half of my table is my embossing station.  My heat gun is actually in the bathroom just off of this only because there is no handy plug for me, so I do my stamping and powdering here and then take a few steps into the bathroom to heat it... it's handy and normally my drying paint brushes and stencils and other items that need washing are hanging out.  It's possible that my cause of death in the end may be electrocution by embossing... and I guess that would make a pretty cool obit... oh, and I keep my paper cutter here too so it's not in my way... it's just around the corner from where I sit and I'd rather get up to cut what I need than have to keep moving it out of my way... I always know where it is... This space does get cleared off if I have company to create with me.  

And now....drum roll... here it is... the place where all of the "magic"!

This is the opposite side of my table... you may notice my favorite coffee mug.. some chocolate covered coffee beans to snack on... and a current project I'm working on.  I have to admit I'm a bit ashamed because as I was cleaning I found SO many things I've never used.. so my new mission is to use those things and also use up some of the piles of leftovers that I've saved so that's coming up...

I'll stop here with the tour... it's a small room with a lot of stuff... I hope you enjoyed the tour... and I couldn't post without some makes so ...

I made this one using some papers and cards that I got a while ago from The Cutting Cafe Shop but hadn't used yet...the Fabulous paper pad and Life Cards from Authentique... I got them because they were fun but I just hadn't gotten around to it yet!  And I also used up some of those extras laying around... 

And this one.. the papers and sentiment rectangle are from the Doodlebug Anchors Aweigh paper Pad and those cute little fishes are the Minnow Doodlebug Pops

You can get all of these products in the Cutting Cafe Shop along with a bunch of other stuff and boy did they make for some quick cards!  I made them while I was cleaning!  You know... clean a little and then reward myself with a little crafty time... you do that right?

Thanks for sticking with me and do take the time to check out my teamies' spaces... so many cool and different spaces!  And comment over at the Cutting Cafe Blog on today's post (if it's not up yet, then stop by later!) and you might win some files!

Reveal Three for Fishing on Phantom Lake

Thanks for stopping back for my last project for the preview period of Fishing on Phantom Lake by JessicaLynnOriginal!  This set ships Saturday, but you can pre-order it now and get a discount!

For this one, I decided to make a card for my Dad for Father's Day.  He used to take my brothers and me fishing when we were younger when we'd go camping.  We never caught much of anything, but really that's not what it's about, right?

This time I colored up the Bluegill that is in the set.  

I used this tackle box again along with some diecuts using the Heart dies and Star dies that Jessica has in the shop.  She has a few basic shape sets.  Tried them out for the first time this weekend and I like them!  I've been using the rectangles as well and the sizes are great and give lots of options.  You never know what the future holds, but even if you have some of the basics, you may want to take a look at these sets... they cut great and the price is fantastic!

Love this sentiment... I masked off the "out at the lake" part of this one...

So here's the full set:

And make sure you check out what everyone has made so far and check back often because we're revealing our makes all week!  During this preview period you can get this set here at $2.65 off!

Lisa Bzibziak (You Are Here)

Thanks again for stopping by and come back soon!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mixed Media Fishes with JLO

So this was fun to make!  Love the new Fishing on Phantom Lake Stamp set over at JessicaLynnOriginal!  And yes, you can easily make a card with them that is not masculine... if that's what you want!

I started with my Ken Oliver Colorbursts and my Gelli Plate to create this greenish blue underwater background...I did fill in any white spaces with some watercolor paint and splatters... I kinda like it.. a lot...

Love this Perch stamp from the set... I made it a little more colorful than they normally are, but Artistic License, right?

And love my new coral and seaweed dies from Gina Marie... was so excited to crack these open to use them with this Fish set!  I cut them out of vellum and then applied Versamark ink over the whole thing... I embossed the seaweed using Verdigris embossing powder from Ranger and the coral using Shabby White Embossing Enamel by Stampendous... very happy with how they turned out.  Love that I had a chance to use these pretty tiny little seashells I received along with some happy mail from a crafty friend...

I also used some Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder in Brushed Corduroy to create the sandy bottom and then used liquid glass to add a bit of chunky gold glitter to it... LOVE!!

To give the feel of this guy swimming with a school of fish... before I added all of my other stuff to the background, I embossed some of the smaller Perch using the Verdigree Embossing Powder... I thought it gave the feel that they are further away and almost disappear into the water...

I am left wishing I had made a canvas with this one... but I just might still make one... I could consider this one practice....fingers tapping... thoughts swirling... plans being made...

I thought this sentiment from the Live the Life You Dream About Set was perfect for my nature loving soul... just a reminder to remember... and ... did you notice those bubbles I love?

So here's the set:

And make sure you check out what everyone has made so far and check back often because we're revealing our makes all week!  During this preview period you can get this set here at $2.65 off!

Lisa Bzibziak (You Are Here)

Come back tomorrow for some more mancard!  This one is for the most important man in my life...