Part 1. My Studio

Hello Friends, Do you have any plans for the weekend or week?
We are heading to the beach so I thought it would be fun to share my studio with you while I am gone. Every other day I will have a series of four posts to share how I organize and antiques I incorporate into my crafty world.
I know what you are thinking...this is a cram jammed room. I so agree but, it's cozy and works. I took over our guest room a few years ago and haven't looked back. This is always a work in progress and I am always tweaking and refining it. I just gave the lamp on my desk to my mom and it really opened up the room.
Let's get started with my desktop and tomorrow I will show you the antiques on the right and left of my computer screen.
I love this self healing mat and one of the great things I can cut directly on this without any worries. Eventually I want to replace mine with this one. I like the lines on it better.
This isn't the best photo but, gives you an idea. I am a big believer that you can't find a bulletin board big enough...or...have enough lamps and light!!  The "create" letters on top are from Anthropologie and they have a special memory that goes along with them. It's the special things like this that I like to surround myself with. My wonderful husband cut and welded the "I love U" sign below on the top shelf. Vintage globes and vintage bingo cage.
I should have removed the stuff under this but, it looks better now. This is a antique postal desk that I found at Anthropologie. Often they will have one of a kind antiques. I watched this for a year and finally took the plunge and purchased it.The stool swivels and there is one drawer on the left.
I fill the cubbyholes with paper sorted by color and matching scraps underneath that matches. The CD holders contain my beloved Spellbinder Dies. They are organized by shapes. For example, dies that are round are together, then square, all the labels etc. The bottom cubbies hold my embossing folders, and paper trimmer etc. The top has envelopes, Tim Holtz dies and 6x6 paper packs.
I have to finish lining the CD cases. Each shape category has a color and it's name of I can find what I am looking for rather quickly.
This is the other side of my room across the desk. I store my stamps in this by category and do my distressing, stamping & embossing. This was a gift from my husband, he purchased it here. My husband is a builder and was so impressed with the workmanship. I use butchers paper to protect the top. My goal is to get glass one day instead.
The butterfly picture is my Ranger Distress "Chart" here and I refer to it all the time. My daughter drew the city scape and the mouth clock she created out of clay. The shelves hold flowers, distress inks and some Penny Black stamps that I love to use and look at. On the left standing up are some backgrounds that I haven't used yet and my "craft spinner" that I use almost daily.
This silly dear was inspired by "Juicy" clothing stores. I found this deer bust a long time ago at Pottery Barn and painted it to match my stamp desk. Added pearls, lips, eye shadow and eye lashes. When I sit at my desk she smirks at me when I look up.
Thanks for your visit and I'll be back with more on Monday. Have a happy weekend! Hugs, Kathy


Congratulations to the winners

Hello Friends, Just popping in today to announce the lucky winners. I am so happy for you all. I made this card in honor of the three lucky winners. I know this Summer Card Camp 2011 with Jennifer and Kristina is going to be AMAZING!!

Inlinkz drew one winner for me so congrats to Angi B. Inlinkz sent you an email. How easy is that. All of the winners will need to email me at and I will get you your codes. Please put 2011 Card Camp in the subject line.

Edited to add: Angie already won a spot so Paige Dolecki is the next winner. Congrats :)
I drew two people from the comment area. Congrats to
145. Rene' Sharp said...
Because of the horrible Rand Dollar exchange rate it would be quite expensive for me to join up, I would LOVE to win a spot!! :) &

33. Meghan said...
The colours are really incredible on this card. This looks like a fabulous workshop!

Click here to register and get all the details to the Summer Card Camp 2011. 
I'll be back next week to share photos of my studio. Have a great weekend. Hugs, Kath


What do you do with your Christmas stamps?

Hello Friends, Another super quick post today. Copic Creations
is a great and inspiring blog. Penny Black is sponsoring them for their latest challenge.

Love You
The challenge is to add some doodles to your card so I added lots and lots of dots. I doodle on a daily basis so I just had to play along but, not for the prizes. Lots of great stamps they are giving away and you can check them out here.

Love You
I love using Christmas stamps for everyday cards. I colored with Copic markers listed below. The sentiment is from SRM stickers. I love the twine from Sew Easy it's thicker than so others that I have used. Have a great day!! Hugs, Kathy and thanks for stopping.

Just checking to see if you added your name to the list for the Summer Card Camp 2011. Details here.



Gallery Idol 2011 and a tutorial

Hello Friends, How are you doing?? Happy Father's Day to the men in your life :)
I just discovered that Gallery Idol is well underway so I thought I would  submit a card. I hope that you all can tell the story of the card?
You did it!
The theme for the contest is a Congratulatory card. You can read all the rules and regulations here.

You did it!
For the inside I use the "Sew Easy" mat for easy and fast pierced holes. Again  my SRM Sticker sheets had the perfect sentiments for this card. Thank YOU Susan!! Want to shop for SRM Stickers just click here.

I am going to show you lots of angles of this card and below you will find a tutorial for the background too.
These happy bees are so BEElighted that they are beeing let our of the mason jar. By the way I bought this stamp years ago at A.C. Moore and there isn't any information on the wood mount stamp.

I was thrilled that I figured out how to get this 3D effect on the bees flying out of the jar. Details below.

Just got this frog stamp... love him. Did you get that he took the lid off of the jar to let the bees out?? Notice the eyes ..One layer of Enamel Accents first white, then when dry add black on top of the white. This layered enamel really makes the eyes pop and gives them lots of dimension.

I am hoping that the photos below are pretty self explanatory? I will give brief instructions on creating this background but, if you go here first this will guide you for the grass and sky. Please let me know if you have questions.

I used Spellbinders "Inverted Circle" (LOVE this die) to create the sun. Die cut the inverted circle & from that cut out the middle so you will have two pieces. Tape the outside down of the inverted circle protecting your background. This way you will be distressing the inside of the sun.
 Distress with Mustard Seed. I have a template of the exact shape of my hill protecting the hill. Shade with some Spiced Marmalade on the inside edges going over the yellow.
 Once you take off the inverted circle you can see what you have just accomplished.
Now place down your circle covering up what you just distressed as you see below.
 Begin with Spiced Marmalade, add  Rusty Hinge in the corners to draw your eye into the sun.
 This is what you will have left. You can complete the die cuts and save them for another project. For the bees I used some masking paper listed in the supplies below.
 Here is a photo of all the distress inks I used for the background.
I stamped with StazOn onto a transparency that you can purchase at an office supply store if you don't have any acetate.
 Color all your bees with markers. I used Copics and Tombow then outlined most of the bees with a Copic Multiliner Pen from Copic. I use the 0.5 & the 0.3  Multiliner all the time.
These are the colors I used on the frog. I like to color over my image because I find it easier to blend this way.
I adhered three of the happy bees onto my jar with Glossy Accents. Then I added Scrap Dots to the back of the bees so I would get lots of 3D layering in the jar. The bee on the right shows how I added Rock Candy distress stickles to all of the wings on the bees.
Let me know if I missed something please. Thank YOU for stopping I am always grateful.Hugs, Kathy

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