Monday, December 30, 2013

Sneak Peak Craft Room Redo

I've had a break this holiday season.  I've used it to re-arrange my crafting room.  This time, I nabbed a free class from called Get Organized.  It's a 27 week class that I intended to tackle in a weekend.  Well, it's been about 10 days and I'm not quite done (but close!).  I've gotten all kinds of attractive storage as my Christmas gifts.

By re-arranging the furniture, I was able to add 2 pieces, one of which my hubby assembled (a Billy Bookcase from Ikea that I bought to hold DVDs but that never happened and it has sat unassembled for months)

Here's a sneak peek at what I got from Home Outfitters.

I used one expandable just as is and another in (what I think is) an innovative way.

 You'll spot these under shelf baskets in my new room in a jiffy.

Bet you'll be surprised how I used these stacking pantry baskets!

What are your guesses?  How would you use these in your space?

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Handmade Holiday Wreath

For no particular reason, my sister decided to make a wreath for me!  She gathered all the stuff at Michaels Craft Store when they had their Black Friday deals and put it all together.  She gave it to me when we went for a family skate.  She scented it with pine too.  I'm not fond of the smell, but the wreath is outside, so it's okay!

It's got poinsettias and pine cones, holly berries, and a glitter-tipped, white, wintery, butterfly.  It's not a big wreath, but it's pretty.  We usually decorate the exterior of the house for Halloween, but we do very little for Christmas (just lights).  So, this was a much needed holiday decor injection!

We were kept up with the ice on the trees in the conservation area breaking off the branches.  The damage is so sad to see this morning.  The freezing rain has stopped but high winds are expected.  We fear that when the surviving ice-laden branches start swaying in the wind, we're going hear a lot more branches cracking and crashing down.

The news says many are without power.  Our power lines are underground, so we have been spared (phew!)  I hope we get a few days of warm up to melt some of this ice!

Stay warm.  Stay safe!  Me, I'm keeping inside (no surprise there!) and am in the midst of my (thus far annual) Paper Studio redo!  (And wrapping gifts.)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

File Folder Card for Mom's Birthday Card

I've been meaning to try out a file folder card since I got my hands on an Envelope Punch Board.  I bought this punch board so I could make envelope sizes outside of A2 but, so far, I've been using it for anything BUT envelopes, it seems!

Here's a card I've made for my mother in law.  I've been trying to come up with an idea for a couple of days and I suddenly just decided I might as well give this file folder card a try!  I've been wondering what to use for an image but another thing on my card-making bucket list was making a card where the sentiment is the focal image.

I do like how it turned out!  I used a sentiment from a Close to My Heart stamp set, Stampin' Up! red seam binding and some sprinkles bling from Annabelle Stamps.

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I'm definitely going to make more of this style of card!!  Google "file folder card" and you will find tonnes of YouTube videos on how to make them with the Envelope Punch Board.