A Scraphappy Southernbelle

Monday, February 28, 2011

Easter Home Decor'-Hanging Paper Topiary

Mornin' Y'all! I hope you are having a grand day so far! Happy Monday! Did you have a nice weekend? I hope so! Me and the hubby had a lazy weekend and it was wonderful. We spent all day Saturday veggin' in front of the TV watching the Hallmark Channel. They were having an 'Empty Nest' marathon. Does anyone out there remember that show? It was on in the 80's. The characters on the show lived on the same street as the characters from 'The Golden Girls'...which is, by the way, my all time favorite show! LOL. I kept trying to tell my Mom what I was watching and she had never heard of 'Empty Nest.' I just adore that show! Someone out there, please tell me you remember that show! LOL!

Anyways, I did squeeze in a little scrappin' and I have a project to share with you today. I created this project for my DT blog posting on She's A Sassy Lady. For the posting, with full instructions on the project, go HERE. My project is a little hanging topiary decorated in an Easter theme. I hope to hang this in  my kitchen when I decorate for Easter.

Cardstock: The Paper Studio
Patterned Paper: American Crafts
Ribbon: Offray
Twine: Divine Twine
Glitter Glue: Stickles (Ranger Industries)
Pearls: Queen & Co.
Electronic Cutter, Cartridges: Cricut (Provo Craft), Plantin' Schoolbook & Simply Charmed
Electronic Cutter Software: Gypsy
Embossing Machine, Folder: Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Swiss Dots
 I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive to adhere my ribbon/bow.
 I added this cute little chick to the bottom. He is from the Simply Charmed cartridge.
That's all for me today. I hope you all have a fabulous day! Thanks for visiting my blog!
Happy Scrappin'! Hugs!
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Friday, February 25, 2011

Gypsy Challenge

Hey guys! Dropping in again today to share a card I just finished up. Two blog posts in one day...I'm on a roll! LOL. I created this card for the current Gypsy Challenge on the 'Gypsy Chat' section of the Cricut Message Board. If you own a Gypsy and would like to play along with us, go HERE.

Now, the specs of this challenge are:
1. 2 Welds-check (I have 3. I welded the scalloped circle shapes together to create my card base. I also welded the floral shape and the sentiment onto the card base.)
2. 1 Stretch-check (I stretched my sentiment a tad to make it wider.)
3. A turn, tilt, OR flip-check (I tilted my floral shape a bit.)
4. Use of the color Green-check (I used lime green cardstock, green pearls, and green glitter glue.)
5. Bonus: Window-check (I have a window on my card front.)

'Thanks' Card
Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Core'dinations, The Paper Studio, The Paper Company
Patterned Paper: GCD Studios
Pearls: Queen & Co.
Glitter Glue: Stickles (Ranger), Eucalyptus
Die Cut Machine: Cricut (Provo Craft)
Cartridges: Gypsy Wanderings, Home Decor', Mini Monograms
Die Cut Software: Gyspy (Provo Craft)

I thought a combo of cream, lime green, and black would be nice on this card. It's another of my favorite color combinations. Here is my card:

(Also, you'll have to excuse these pix. It is raining heavily here today and these indoor pix aren't the best. But you can click on the pic to make it bigger and you might could see it better.)
 Up close of my window/weld action:
Alrighty, now I'm off to try to get more work done. I have lots due for Monday!
Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Happy Scrappin'!
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Happy Friday Y'all! I hope you are geared up for a great weekend! I have a pretty bland weekend planned...chilling at home and scrapping/spending time with the hubby! I have a lot of work due by Monday and I want to play along in a challenge, so I see myself sitting at my crafty desk quite a bit this weekend. But, that will be just as fun. Brandon mentioned a possible trip to the movies on Saturday, but we will see.

Anyways, I have a new post going up on the Helmar Blog today and I wanted to share my layout with you here as well. This layout features my favorite little man...my nephew, Carter. This is his first picture from pre-school taken last year. I just can't believe how much he has grown in a year. I know I say it all the time, but he is growing up way to fast for his Aunt Mamie!!! LOL

Cardstock: Core'dinations, The Paper Studio
Patterned Paper: Jenni Bowlin Studio
Alphabet Stickers: My Mind's Eye
Rhinestones: Queen & Co.
Banner Stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio
Die Cuts: Jenni Bowlin Studio
Chipboard: Jenni Bowlin Studio
Twine: Divine Twine
Embossing Machine, Folders: Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Stars
Ribbon: Maya Road, Jo Ann
Pen: Stampin' Up!
Sketch: Liz Qualman

This page was really simple and really fast to create...all due to my wonderful Helmar Adhesives and sketch by Liz. I just adore her sketches! I didn't want to glam it up too much since it is a boy page.
 I love these journaling die cuts and chipboard buttons from JBS! Yummy! And I too have fallen in love with the current twine craze sweeping the scrappy world. I had spotted it everyone from online to blogs to magazines and I had to scoop up some as well! It is really fun to use! 
 The red trim is from Maya Road and the white trim is from Jo Ann. To bring out the stars in the journaling die cut, I embossed the blue strip of paper with the 'Stars' embossing folder.
 Oooh, and the banner stickers from JBS...another fave!
Well, that is all for me today. I am off to scrap! I hope you all have a spectacular weekend!
Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope to see you again soon!
Happy Scrappin'!
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lemon & Fish...A Perfect Combination

Hey y'all! Happy Tuesday! Well, I found myself scrapping my food cravings again today! This is 2 times in a row! I have got to stop scrappin' when I'm hungry! LOL. I have seriously been craving some baked fish with a bit of lemon, maybe some dill...yum yum! So instead of heading to my kitchen to cook, I sit at my desk and scrap it. However, I think this makes me want it even more. So I think I'll definitely be going to the grocery store this week! LOL.

Anyways, through my cravings, I made 2 cards. First up, a lemon themed card. For this card i used:
"Thx" (Thanks)
Cardstock: The Paper Studio
Patterned Paper: Die Cuts With A View, The Paper Studio, Fancy Pants Designs
Alphabet: American Crafts
Ribbon: Offray, Michaels
Pearls: Queen & Co.
Twine: Divine Twine
Die Cut Machine, Cartridges: Cricut (Provo Craft), Simply Charmed & Christmas Cards
Die Cut Software: Gypsy (Provo Craft)

The shaped card is from the 'Christmas Cards' cartridge and the lemons are from 'Simply Charmed.' I found the lemon printed ribbon in the $1 bin at Michaels a few years ago.
 Just loved this printed ribbon! I may have to go on the hunt for more!
 I popped up the center lemon for more dimension.
 Next up, a fishy card. Although this card was inspired by my cravings, it was also inspired by this weeks challenge over at Bitten By The Bug 2. You can check it out HERE. This week the challenge focuses on the image of the boy fishing on the 'A Child's Year' cartridge. I do have this cartridge, but I have been wanting to cut the fish I used on my card that can be found on 'Celebrate With Flourish' for a long time. So I went with it instead. This is a very simple, basic card. I was thinking it would be a good card to send to my Daddy for his birthday in April. So I did not do much to it. I didn't want to make it girly looking. On this card I used:

"Fishing Card"
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Core'dinations, The Paper Studio
Patterned Paper: Die Cuts With A View, K & Company
Glitter Glue: Stickles (Ranger Industries)
Pearls: Queen & Co.
Die Cut Machine, Cartridge: Cricut (Provo Craft), Christmas Cards & Celebrate With Flourish
Die Cut Software: Gypsy (Provo Craft)
 I welded the fish shape onto a card base found on the 'Christmas Cards' cartridge.
That's it for me today. I'm off to raid the fridge...LOL.
Have a great evening!
Thanks for stopping by my blog & Happy Scrappin' to ya!
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Saturday, February 19, 2011

I Must Be Feelin' Fruity...

Happy Saturday Everyone! I hope you are having a awesome weekend! I have been scrappin' up a storm and wanted to share what I had accomplished with you guys. I made some cards. The first 2 I made last night and this morning. Then, I was sitting at my desk thinking about my next card, I look up and it hit me...I did 2 fruit cards in a row! I must be in the mood to eat some fruit! LOL!

Anyways, this first card was inspired by the current challenge over at She's A Sassy Lady. Sheila hosts 'Gypsy Made Simple' each Saturday and is always sharing new tips with us. I just love her videos! This week she showed us how to make borders using our Cricut Gypsy. If you would like to check out the video and play along with us, go HERE. Sheila showed us 2 way to make borders. You can choose to make your own using shapes on your Cricut cartridges, or use borders already on the cartridges and weld them together for a continuous pattern. I chose to go with the second tip. I took a cherry themed border found on Gypsy Wanderings and welded 3 of them together to make my border. This really was so easy and so fun! I will definitely be using borders in the future.

Cardstock: The Paper Studio
Patterned Paper: Lily Bee Design, Jenni Bowlin Studio
Corner Punch: EK Success
Ribbon: American Crafts
Bakers Twine: Divine Twine
Glitter Glue: Stickles (Ranger Industries)
Electronic Cutter, Cartridges: Cricut (Provo Craft), Gypsy Wanderings
Die Cut Software: Gypsy (Provo Craft)
Embossing Machine: Cuttlebug (Provo Craft)
Embossing Plate: Stampin' Up!
 I just love the shapes on Gypsy Wanderings. It is one of my favorite carts. I also got the chance to play with my new bakers twine. I have been spotting this all over the web by other fabulous crafters and I knew I had to try it too.
 I popped up my border for added dimension.
 Next up, I made this card last night. The inspiration for this card came from blog hopping a few months ago and I cannot remember the artist. But she had made the cutest card with a watermelon banner. So I scraplifted her banner idea. I wish I could remember the artist, but it escapes me. But know the watermelon banner is a scraplift.

"Thank You"
Cardstock: The Paper Studio
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye
Journaling Page: Memory Makers
Alphabet Stickers: American Crafts
Ribbon: Ribbon FX (Hobby Lobby)
Pearls: Queen & Co.
Rhinestones: Imaginisce
Tool: I-Rock (Imaginisce)
Glitter Glue: Stickles (Ranger Industries)
Electronic Cutter, Cartridges: Cricut (Provo Craft), Simply Charmed
 Love the watermelons on Simply Charmed! This cartridge is just too dang cute!
 Popped up the watermelon banner...
 Last, this is a quick card I pulled together this afternoon with some scraps I had leftover. I also pulled in some pink/brown toile ribbon that I have had for such a long time. I am so glad I finally got to use it.

"HB" (Happy Birthday)
Cardstock: The Paper Studio
Patterned Paper: Lily Bee Design
Ribbon: Ribbon FX (Hobby Lobby)
Alphabet Stickers: American Crafts
Button: Chatterbox
Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts
Embossing Machine, Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Victoria
 Big bow on this one. I will probably deliver this one in person or inside the gift box with a birthday gift. It definitely won't fit in an envelope. LOL.
Okie dokie, I'm off to watch the Alabama basketball game with the hubby. We can only get it on the Internet but I reckon' he has it wired up to the TV. So Roll Tide Roll! Whoo Hoo! :)

Thanks for visiting my blog! Happy Scrappin'!
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Friday, February 18, 2011

You're Tutu Cute

Hey y'all! TGIF! Friday is here! Whoo hoo! I hope you are having a fabulous day so far! I wanted to share a card I just finished up with you.

"You're Tutu Cute"

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, The Paper Studio
Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee, Jillibean Soup
Ribbon: Ribbon FX (Hobby Lobby)
Pearls: Queen & Co.
Alphabet Stickers: Jillibean Soup
Electronic Cutter, Cartridges: Cricut (Provo Craft), Gypsy Wanderings
Electronic Software: Gypsy (Provo Craft), Sure Cuts A Lot (Craft Edge), My Scrap Chick
Font: Missed Your Exit
Embossing Machine, Embossing Folder: Cricut (Provo Craft), Swiss Dots

This card features an ADORABLE new SVG (fyi in case you don't know already, svg's can be cut with the Sure Cuts A Lot Software) I purchased today. Of course, I'm talking about that darlin' ballerina!!! Her name is Jillie Bean and she is from My Scrap Chick. There are 2 different Jillie Bean sets and you can find those HERE. (You'll have to scroll down a tad.) Each collection is $12, BUT they are having a SALE!!! Woot Woot! 60% off! I got both of the sets for $9.60! Yay! I just love them and had to cut one out right away.

I designed the shaped card base using my Gypsy. The scalloped rectangle is from Gypsy Wanderings. I cut the words 'you're and cute' out using SCAL also. This font is called 'Missed Your Exit.' I downloaded it for free HERE if you are interested in that. I used one of my favorite color combo's of black, lime green, and hot pink for this card.

Here is my card:
(If you'd like to see more detail, click on the pic to make it bigger)
 Isn't Jillie Bean just so cute?!!! I love her! Her little striped tights really made me giggle. I added some pearls to her hair for a barrette and onto her outfit. I popped her up a tad for extra dimension. I contemplated stamping a face on her using my Peachy Keen face stamps, but for some reason on this project, I liked her without a face. But I'll definitely try stamping the face on future projects.
 To show the dimension of the card...
 Oooh, and I had to share my new goody I received in the mail today. I have needed a cover for my Cricut Expression for such a long time. I've been covering it up with an old dish towel. Well, once I got in my new scrappy space, I decided I just had to have me a cuter cover. So I ordered this one on Ebay. It is more lime green than is showing in the picture. I ordered it from Cre8tive Creations. It was $21 and worth every penny! It is lined with the softest fabric and top quality! I love it! If you would like to check out the Cre8tive Creations store for yourself, HERE is the link to that on Ebay.
Well, I'm off to scrap some more. Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow or Sunday with some new scrappiness!
I hope you all have a spectacular weekend! Thanks for dropping in today!
Happy Scrappin'!
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Scrap Happy Wednesday

Hiya guys! Happy Wednesday! I hope you have had a spectacular day today! I got up bright and early this morning. I did a little housework, baked a bundt cake for my sweetie, and washed clothes. Then I decided that it was time for me. So I sat down at my scrappy desk to scrap. It was such a beautiful day here in PA today. It was perfect weather. I opened the front door and even raised the glass part on our screen door so that fresh air could blow into the house. It was so nice. Anyways, I was able to create 2 cards and 1 little project for my hubby. I have been trying to use my paper to the full, so I made 2 cards out of the same sheets of 12x12 cardstock. I was so proud when I finished. I only had a few little strips left. Here is what I came up with...

"Happy Birthday"
Paper: Imaginisce, Die Cuts With A View
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, The Paper Studio
Flowers: Imaginisce
Pearls: Queen & Co.
Rub-On's: Scenic Route Paper Company
Ric Rac Ribbon: Jo Ann
Alphabet Stickers: Making Memories
Die Cut Machine: Cricut (Provo Craft)
Die Cut Cartridge: Home Accents
Die Cut Software: Sure Cuts A Lot, Cricut Gypsy (Provo Craft)

The inspiration for this card came from all of the adorable projects I've been seeing on the web using those cute little banners. Now, I do not have a Cricut cartridge or punch in the shape of the little flags on my banner. So I decided to make my own using Inkscape and SCAL. If you are a SCAL user and would like the SVG for this little flag to make a banner of your own, shoot me an email at aymee810@yahoo.com and I'll be more than happy to share it with ya!
The letters on the banner are rub-on's and the title 'birthday' is alphabet stickers. I used my Gypsy to tweak the medallion shape I put that on. It was too big, so I stretched it out a tad.
 I popped up the banner and the medallion shape for some dimension.
 "Thank Ya"
Paper: Imaginisce, Die Cuts With A View
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, The Paper Studio
Rub-On's: Scenic Route Paper Co.
Ric Rac Ribbon: Jo Ann
Flowers: Imaginisce
Pearls: Queen & Co
Zebra Printed Ribbon: Ribbon FX (Hobby Lobby)
Alphabet Stickers: Pink Paislee
Die Cut Machine: Cricut (Provo Craft)
Die Cut Software: Sure Cuts A Lot

I made this card second and pretty much used the same design as the first. I just liked the banner so much I had to use it again.
 Again, popped up the banner for dimension.
 Now this third project is a little out of my norm. I usually do not do things like this, but it's for my hubby. Brandon just bought his first electric guitar and is going to learn to play!!! I am so excited! I told him he had to write a song for me one of these days! I keep asking him what he is going to name his guitar, but he hasn't told me yet. I kept saying 'You'll have to play with her to see what she feels like!' LOL. He just laughed! Anyways, he has a big book that he is reading all about guitars. Well, we were in the bed the other night and I noticed how he kept losing his place. So I thought, hmmm, I'm gonna make him a bookmark. So that is what this is.

"Guitar Bookmark"
Paper: Pink Paislee, Fancy Pants Designs
Cardstock: The Paper Studio
Pearls: Queen & Co.
Wire: (not sure on this one, I purchased it at Wal Mart years ago)
Die Cut Machine: Cricut (Provo Craft)
Die Cut Cartridge: Indie Art (Provo Craft)
Die Cut Software: Cricut Gypsy (Provo Craft)

This bookmark is very basic. It was all I could do not to girl it up! LOL! Y'all know me...I'm a bit girly. But I did add craft wire to mimic the 'strings' and the pearls are for those little things that you turn. Don't ask me what they are because I don't know! LOL. I just looked at his guitar and modeled it the best I could. I wanted to make it look the same as his, but did not have paper to match. So I just winged it.
 I hope he'll like this!
 I was so glad to put this wire to use. I have had it for such a long time and never pulled it out.
Alrighty then, that is all for me today. I'm off to bed. We have a full day planned tomorrow. It's Brandon's off day! Yippie Skippy!!!
Y'all have a fabulous Thursday! Thanks for visiting my blog!
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Monday, February 14, 2011

Nice Buns

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone! I know, I know...you are probably thinking, has Aymee gone crazy with that blog title post today?! LOL! Well, I made this card for my hubby for Valentine's Day. It's my attempt at humor...kinda corny, I know, but I am hoping the hubby will get a good laugh out of it. Brandon and I are a lovey dovey type of couple. We do and say sweet things for one another every single day, so on Valentine's Day, I sometimes like to surprise him with cards that are humorous. So I hope he will like this.

I created this card for the current Gypsy Challenge on the Gypsy Chat section of the Cricut message board. The challenge specs were to:
1. make a Valentine's Day card-check
2. 1 weld- check (I welded the hamburger onto the flourished frame. I also welded 2 hearts together and then welded them on the frame as well.)
3. Use a heart-check (I have 2 hearts on this card.)

As you may can tell by this card, I received a new (or new to me) Cricut cartridge in the mail last week...the Simply Charmed cartridge. I fell in love with this cart the minute I saw it! It is just too dang cute! Well, I began looking at it and chose the hamburger because it made me laugh. I used my Gypsy to design the card and cut it out on my Cricut Expression. I also used:
1. Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Designs
2. Cardstock: The Paper Studio
3. Glitter Glue-Ranger Industries
4. Pearls: Queen & Co.
5. Rub On's-Cherry Arte
6. Rhinestones-Imaginisce (put these on using my I-Rock Tool)
7. Ink: Colorbox (Clearsnap)
8. Stamp: Peachy Keen
10. Cartridges Used: Thanksgiving (card and frame), Wild Card (sentiment), Plantin' Schoolbook (hearts), Simply Charmed (burger)

Here is my card:
 Doesn't this little hamburger give you the giggles?! It did me! LOL!
 Used Helmar Zap Dots to pop up the hearts and burger for some added dimension:
 Inside of card: (I'll write a cute note on the right hand side)
I hope this gave you a chuckle, if not, you'll have to excuse my attempt at humor! LOL! I am a bit corny! Ha ha ha ha!

I hope you all have a fabulous Valentine's Day today! Enjoy your time with your significant other!
Thanks for visiting my blog!
Happy Scrappin'!
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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Kindergarten Cutie

Happy Sunday All! I hope you are enjoying a relaxing Sunday! The hubby and I are just chillin' and veggin' out today! But I wanted to hop online right quick and share a layout I created yesterday. On this page, I used:
Patterned Paper: Studio Calico
Cardstock: The Paper Studio
Alphabet Stickers: American Crafts, Glitz
Stickers: Jenni Bowlin
Trim: Jo Ann
Rhinestones: Queen & Co.
Circle Cutter: Creative Memories
Embossing Machine, Folders: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots (Provo Craft)
Sketch: Liz Qualman

This page features Carter's first kindergarten photo at school. He is just growing up way to fast for Aunt Mamie! LOL! Before I know it, he will be 16 and driving and that scares me! :)
 I've had these big American Crafts thickers in  my scrappy stash for such a long time. I'm so glad I finally was able to use them!
Okie dokie, that is all for me today. I hope you have a fabulous evening!
Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Happy Scrappin'!
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Friday, February 11, 2011

Love Birds

Happy Friday! I hope you are having a spectacular day so far! The weekend is here! Yay!!! I have a post going up on the Helmar Blog today, but wanted to share my project with you guys here too. I created a little altered sign to hang in my home for the Valentine's Day holiday. For my project I used:
This project features products from:
Paper: Jillibean Soup, Fancy Pants Designs
Cardstock: The Paper Studio
Fur Trim: Hobby Lobby Stores, INC.
Lace: Jo-Ann
Die Cut: Elle's Studio
Alphabet Stickers: Jillibean Soup
Flowers, Chipboard: Maya Road
Transparency Embellishment: Fancy Pants Designs
Pearls: Queen & Co.
Electronic Cutter, Cartridges: Cricut (Provo Craft)
Other: cupcake liner

Here is my project:
**for all the details on how I made this project, you can check out the Helmar Blog HERE. I hope you won't mind doing a bit of blog hopping for that part. It's just keeps me from typing up a long post twice! :)

**Also, if you would like to see details, you can click on this picture to make it bigger, then just hit the back button to get back to the post.
 Here are my 2 little love birds up close. These birds are chipboard that I covered with patterned paper.
 The birds are sitting on a tree branch. Instead of leaves on the branch, I chose to use 'hearts' to act as my leaves.
 The birds wings are made from cupcake liner.
This was such a fun project to make! I can't wait to display it in my home! I hope the hubby will like it! We will see if he notices! LOL!

Thanks for visiting my blog today! I hope you have a fabulous weekend! Take care and Happy Scrappin'!
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Finally Got To Scrappin' In My New Studio!

Howdy Y'all! Happy Hump Day! I hope you are having a marvelous week so far! The hubby had to go to Jersey, so I have the house to myself for almost 2 whole days! So today I got down to some serious scrappy business and got to work in my new scrappy studio! Yay! It was so fun to work in a new space. It is going to take some getting used to, but I know it won't take me too long! Tee Hee! I was able to create 3 projects today. I will share 2 with you here today and then the 3rd on Friday. It's for a Helmar blog post, so if ya can, be sure to check back to see that one. :)

First up, I wanted to start off with something simple. Last week when I shared pix of my new scrappy space (below) I told y'all about this AWESOME frame I picked up at Big Lots for $6!!! Well, I knew I wanted to alter it for my new scrappy space. I am going with a theme of hot pink, lime green, and chocolate brown. And of course, it is in my southernbelle theme. This project took me like 5 minutes. I did not add a lot to the frame. It is such an ornate frame, I felt it did not need much. I used patterned paper from My Mind's Eye for the background. I then used my Cricut and SCAL (Sure Cuts A Lot) Software to cut out the sothernbelle's silhouette. Simple, quick, and elegant! Just what I had envisioned! I hope you'll like it...
 Second up, I wanted to play along again in the Bitten By The Bug 2 challenge. I played in my first BBTB2 challenge a few weeks ago and had so much fun! I am always amazed by the crafty talent at that blog! Those ladies rock and are so inspiring! This week the challenge is to use a 'fence.' So I pulled out my Gypsy to search for what fences I had. After trying several, I finally settled on a basic picket fence on the 'My Community' cartridge. I used my Gypsy to weld together my card base and fence. I used 'Gypsy Wanderings' for the card base and grass. I used 'Lyrical Letters' for the phrase and 'Celebrate With Flourish' for the bunny. This paper is from My Mind's Eye. I also added some bling through Stickles glitter glue and the use of pearls. Of course, I adhered everything with my favorite Helmar Adhesives. I used the Quick Fix Adhesive Runner, Zap Dots, and 450 Quick Dry Adhesive on this project. Here is my card:
(if you want to see it bigger, click on the picture)
 I hope you can see my picket fence in the background. I was going to go with a basic white fence, but thought I'd switch it up a tad. I seem to always use white fences, so I thought I'd go outside my norm. I cut it out in red.
 I popped up the bunny for some dimension.
 Here is the back of the card. I just put a white square so that I could write on that. Then I used my personalized stamp to stamp my name on the back.
OOOH, and guess what?!!! Sheila (Sassylady) has posted us a new challenge over on the 'Gypsy Chat' section of the Cricut Message Board!!! These challenges are the best! They always help me to use my Gypsy and I always learn something! If you'd like to play along, go HERE to check out all the details! AND there's a prize up for grabs!!! I know I'll be working on a project tomorrow if possible! I hope y'all will join in too!

Ok, that's all for me today! I will try to be back tomorrow with a new scrappy project, but if not, definitely on Friday! Y'all have a fabulous Thursday! Happy Scrappin' to ya and thanks for visiting my blog!

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Friday, February 4, 2011

A Peek Into My New Scrappy Space!!!

Hiya guys! Happy Friday! TGIF!!! Whoo hoo! I am so glad the weekend is here! It's Super Bowl weekend and even though the hubby and I don't really have anyone to hang with, we decided to throw a little Super Bowl party of our own! I am so excited! I am going to make some yummy game day food and just to get to hang with the hubby will be fabulous! Let's keep our fingers crossed that he won't get called in to work! LOL. Other than that, we don't really have anything big planned for the weekend. I'd like to get out of the house though. I purchased some new curtains for our living room/scrappy space and I need some of those decorative tie backs. So I am hoping we can go loafing and find me some. We will see though.

Anyways, as y'all already know Brandon and I recently moved out of our teeny tiny shoebox of an apartment and into a new home. We LOVE it and although there is still a lot to be done, I am happy to report that I have my scrappy studio set up. We are using one of the bedrooms as a den where we can hang and watch tv when we are chilling, so we decided to set up my scrappy studio in a corner of our living room. It had some great built in's in one corner and it was perfect for my scrappy space. I do have a tv in here and am planning on buying a nice, comfy chair and ottoman combo to put next to the tv. This will be my own little sanctuary in the house. And although this is the first thing you see when you walk in the door, I'm ok with it. No one ever really comes to see us since we live so far away from family and I have it neat and tidy, so I am very excited.

Now, my scrappy studio is not fancy schmancy like many that I see in  magazines, but I still am very proud of it. It has taken me almost 5 years to collect all of my stuff and although it doesn't all match, I feel very blessed with my space! I hope you guys will like it, so here we go...(this might be the longest blog post I've ever done...LOL)

(Note: click on any of these pics to see them bigger if ya need.)

This is the view of my scrappy space from the corner of the living room where the tv is. I have my desk facing away from the built in book case/cabinet on the far wall. I am planning on purchasing a small swivel chair and mat so that I can push away from my desk and turn around to access the things in the book case/cabinet. I see a trip to IKEA in my future! LOL
 Now, here is the view as you walk in the door (that's my kitchen/dining area in the background). I used 2 of my desks to make a 'U' shape in front of the desk that I work at. On the left, is my $7 dollar retro table I picked up at the Salvation Army. I keep my sewing machine on the top and all of my sewing notions in the drawers. I have plans to paint this white...one of these days. Then on the right, I have a computer desk that I keep my laptop, pens, pencils, and my Fiskars Rock, Paper, Trimmer on top of. This 'U' shape really helped me to maximize all of my storage. I think I have something tucked neatly inside each  nook and cranny in this space! LOL
 Here is the sewing desk I mentioned. I placed my altered wire dress form I made last year on top of the desk. I purchased the sewing machine cover and matching basket through a mail order catalog.
 Here is the white computer desk on the right. Since I have a laptop, I don't use the little shelf that slides out for a keyboard. Instead, here is where I place my calendar that I use to keep up with due dates and the folder where I write down my supply lists for projects I create...very handy when it comes time to submit. I also keep the odd notes here. Then on the right (on the bottom), there are 2 shelves. Inside of these shelves, I have placed 2 locker bins that I purchased at my local Dollar Deals store. The top one is for patterned paper scraps and the bottom one is for solid cardstock paper scraps.
 I pulled out one of the locker bins I mentioned above so you could see. Inside each bin, I have those little file folder pockets. They are like a file folder but are closed up on 3 sides, hence the pocket. These are perfect for your paper scraps. After many failed attempts at organizing my paper scraps, I found this solution about 2 years ago and it has worked perfectly!!! I love it!
 Here is the top of my desk. The 'Life Is Good' book is a calendar book just for quick reference of the date. Then I have a little coaster box I made that holds all my pens, pencils, highlighters, etc. Then the little plastic storage thing holds scraps of paper I use to write quick notes on. As you can see, got the 'Twilight' love going on with my laptop sticker. LOL.
 Here is my basic paper tower. I purchased this at Hobby Lobby. The cover that came with the tower slides down over the tower, but I found taking this off and putting it back on every time I scrapped to get on my nerves. So I took my scissors and very carefully cut up the sides of one of the panels. Now, all I have to do is lift up the front panel and fold it at the top to reveal my paper. Then when it's time to close up shop, just let it back down.
 My Cricut Expression found a home on a cabinet that was originally intended for closet storage. I picked this up at K-Mart on clearance. It's perfect for my scrappy space. Now, I'm not sure if you can see or not, but on the left side of the cabinet (between the gap) I have placed one of those Command hooks. My Cricut mats are hanging on this hook. Under the Cricut Expression are shoebox bins that hold various embellishments like flowers, ribbon on the spool, felt, fur, chipboard, die cuts, etc.
 Can you tell I purchased a new toy (a Dymo Label Maker) this weekend?! LOL. My Mom said I'd be labeling the whole house before you know it. If you know me, you know I am a big labeler. I'm very OCD about stuff like that, but I can't help it! LOL. My hubby just laughs and puts up with it, but I think he secretly enjoys the fact that I label! :)
 This cabinet was purchased with my craft desk. I paid about $100 for it. It was originally $200, but this one was the display at a local store. It has a few boo boo's, but hey, it works. I keep my Purple Cows Trimmer, Purple Cows Freestyle Mouse, and Cuttlebug on top. I'm contemplating labeling these drawers too...tee hee!
 On the right, a door opens to reveal Cricut cartridges/Cri-Kits pens on the inside of the door. On the shelves I have: vinyl, Cri-Kits embossing supplies, Cuttlebug Embossing folders (in a binder) and Cuttlebug Embossing supplies, clear stamps (in another binder), and my scrappy trash can bags.
(And a note to my Mom when she reads this....do you notice anything?!!! Giggle!)
(And to let you guys in on what she should be noticing, do you see the charger plate on the counter top at the top of the picture? My Mom made this and gave it to Brandon and I for Christmas. Isn't it cute?! She makes the cutest stuff for our home!)
 Top Drawer of the cabinet: stamping and embossing supplies.
 Next Drawer: markers, crayons, watercolor, chalk, thread, craft wire, paint brushes, etc.
 Third Drawer: Esmerelda (that's my Cricut Gypsy) has a 'condo' of her own! LOL!
 Bottom Drawer: this kind of evolved into my 'catch all' drawer. I have a little bit of everything in here: paper bags, stamped images from swaps, card bases, photo cd's, etc.
 Now, here is the view of the desk I work at. I bought this desk at a local discount store for about $170 and it has been worth every penny!!! I love this desk! It has 2 doors on the top that open up to reveal storage inside and a drawer in the center.
 I keep my Cuttlebug on the cabinet I mentioned above. I keep it on a glass craft mat. I find it suctions better to the glass mat.
 Cork/Dry Erase/Magnetic board where I keep letters, notes, business cards, etc.
 Button storage on my desktop. I purchased this through a mail order catalog for like $5. I have my buttons assorted by color in here. It swivels around.
 Of course, what is my desktop without all of my favorite Helmar Adhesives on it? I keep these so they are right at hand whenever I need them. Y'all know I love my Helmar!
 My Fiskars tool caddy on my desktop. I keep my scissors and all other crafty tools I need right at hand in this.
 Also on my desktop, spray inks.
(please excuse my temporary curtain tie backs in the background back there. LOL. I improvised until I could go to purchase some and used leftover lace and thumbtacks!)
 Oooh, and looky at what else my Mom got me! It is the CUTEST little fabric folder that holds a memo pad. I LOVE this! I'm going to keep it on my desktop to write articles, write to do lists, etc. The pink and green inspired the new color combo I am going for in my new space!
 My craft mats and trimmer. As you can see, the mats are well used. They are looking worn, but that means they are loved, right?! LOL
 Here is the left side door of on the desktop. It lifts up and inside I keep my Helmar Zap Dots and Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots. I keep scrapbook kits at the far back.
 Here is the door on the right side of the desktop that lifts up. In this one I keep all of my Stickles glitter glue, craft paint, stapler/staples, rhinestones, pearls, brads, eyelets, misc. embellishment.
 Drawer on my desk right under where I work. In here I keep my markers, pens, I-Top, Crop-A-Dile, I-Rock Tool/supplies, Creative Memories Cutting System, and a few other odd embellishments.
 Next to the cabinet where I keep my Cuttlebug and trimmer, I have placed a plastic cabinet that holds all of my rubber/foam stamps. I got happy with the new label maker on this thing too! :)
 Here are a few drawers pulled out:
 Now, I told you I utilized every nook and cranny, this is under my desk on the right side. Here I keep my scrappy trash can (which has a story), sticker bins, and another plastic cabinet for supplies.

Let me tell you the story behind the trash can. I am always asking my husband to bring me little surprises. I surprise him all the time with stuff and I like him to do the same. Not big stuff, just little stuff to make each of us smile. Well one day he came home with a trash can! He had noticed me working at my desk and my old, ratty trash can. The old one had stickers, ink smudges, etc. all over the inside and outside. So he went and bought me this one. It has special bags that go inside and you fold the bag over this inner seal. Then it has a top that snaps on so that the bag stays on. So now when I throw stuff away, it goes in a bag and my trash can stays nice and pretty! Wasn't that sweet of him?! But I do joke with him about it now...I tell people he surprises me with trash cans! :)
 In the red cabinet I have recipe books/recipe cards from swaps, tape dispenser, chipboard sheets, alterables, I-Top supplies, and plastic bags.
 On the right side under the desk, another plastic storage cabinet. On the bottom, a whole drawer dedicated to mainly American Crafts Thickers...yep, I have an obsession for those. In the other drawers I have silk flowers, odd stickers. feathers, etc.
 Next to the desk, I have these little thingies where I keep small scraps of ribbon. I purchased these at a office supply store that was going out of business for like $5 a piece. They work great.
 Now, behind my desk, I have the built in shelves I mentioned at the beginning of this post. On the bottom, I have my picture boxes and all sorts of books/magazines.
 Middle shelf....this is where I keep all of our Helmar Preferred Partner products that I design with when posting on the Helmar blog. We love our preferred partners!!! They rock!!!!
 Now on to the top shelf. I have another Helmar shrine with all my extra goodies!
 I also have my stamp pad shelf placed up here. I bought this on Etsy about a year ago for about $25 I think.

Oooh, and notice the pink picture frame to the far left?!! That was my steal at Big Lots yesterday! This picture frame weighs about 5 pounds and is so ornate AND was $6!!!! I plan on altering that today! So stay tuned! :)
 Above the shelves is 2 doors. When you open the doors, I have placed all of my punches in shoebox bins and labeled them (again, getting happy with the label maker!) I also have placed my PC laminator and Zutter Bind-It-All. Now, you can't see it, but behind the bins on the left, I have all of my PC laminator Hot Pockets hanging on a hook.
 And still going with the new pink/green theme...some wall art.
Whoo! That's a long post! But there you have it, there is my new scrappy space! I can't wait to get in here and start creating!!!! Yippie!!!

As always, thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a fabulous weekend!!!
Happy Scrappin'!
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