Saturday, June 26, 2010

Storage, Storage, Storage

Hey everyone! I found the absolute coolest, most ingenious distress ink foam applicator storage idea ever. You can find it at here. Seriously, check it out!

Some online stores still have the Tim Holtz Cropper Hopper distress ink storage system, which can be found here. It's pretty cool, too! It's very Tim, and can be customized with paper, paint, or alcohol inks. I think I'm up to 9 distress ink pads now...once I get my paycheck from my temporary job at the fireworks store my brother is managing I am buying both the organizer and 15 new distress inks. Why 15? Because the storage system holds 24 pads, of course!

Then I will get an applicator and the storage system for those at some point. I don't like changing the foam pads so I have three (two on the way) separate applicators. I write the name of the ink it's for with a Sharpie on the side of the wooden base.

So what are your favorite storage ideas? Any creative solutions?

Friday, June 25, 2010

Swap Manic & Some Random Thoughts

In my search for new swaps, I wandered over to I found swaps! It's really weird navigating the site since I spend so much time over at, but the ladies are nice and the swaps are good. I think I'm in 4 or 5 is in the mail, another is done. Being unemployed has done wonders for my crafting. Though not buying scrappy stuff is killing me! But I'm knocking these swaps out like feels good!

On a good note, I have a babysitting interview in one week. It pays well so I am really hoping it comes through!

What has been helping though is my doctor gave me more Vicodin for my jaw pain (it's related to tooth issues). That stuff not only kills the pain, but makes me creative. Not sure how that works but it's a nice perk :) Soon, hopefully, I can get these tooth problems taken care of and get off the pain meds. Though I will miss the inspiration the pain meds give me. Guess I need to learn to inspire myself naturally! So what do I have to share...

Oh, I've been using my Tim Holtz Alterations Heart Wings die like mad yesterday and today. I'm putting my Cuttlebug through the ringer using this thick chipboard (which can break the machine, so I'm pressing my luck) but from now on I am going to use cardstock to finish off my grunge tags. I have to make 26 of them for a swap on SCS. So far that die has been wonderful. I can't wait to buy more! What don't I want to buy, though? I'm an addict, what can I say.

Here is my latest YouTube video, my process on embossing the heart wings I cut out. It looks SO much cooler in person, trust me. The texture is unbelievable.

And here is a video summing up my latest projects:

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Flower Giveaway Promotion

Just wanted to share a special promotion with you:

Purchase at least $3 worth of product from my Etsy store and receive 6 paper roses FREE! Spend $10 or more and get another 6 for free! Make sure you mention this promotion when checking out or you won't get your bonus flowers!

June has flown by...

I've been applying to design teams...not sure what hit me and gave me the bug but I want to be a part of one :) So hopefully something will come through. Lord knows I create enough and share like crazy. I need to keep up with this blog, though...

If you haven't already, check out Pinky over at I love her free SVG files! If you own Sure Cuts A Lot, her site is a must bookmark.So I have been on a swatch-making kick. I have made swatches for Perfect Pearls, Glimmer Mist, Copic markers, alcohol inks, and distress inks. I can't stop! Here's a few:

I had so much fun making them! The Copic swatches will be most helpful. Now if I can find my Prismacolor markers then I can make MORE swatches! Yay!

Still unemployed though, so no new scrappy goodies for me :( My parents were kind enough to buy a few things for me but I always want more. I can do a lot of damage with my own money! This summer, after I get my Macbook Pro fixed, I hope to sell my Cricut Create and replace it with an Expression, get an ATG gun, a scoreboard, a Glimmer Mist craft mat, more distress ink and alcohol ink, and of course Glimmer Mist! Oh, and a melting pot and a Bind-It-All! I've got quite the list...

There is a babysitting position I am up for, so I am truly hoping and praying that it comes through. It pays $250 a week! I could get my Mac fixed in a little over a month with that kind of moo-lah. That is granted I don't spend ANY of that money on anything else...which won't happen :)

Thanks for stopping by ladies (and any gentlemen!).

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Glimmer Mist!

If you didn't know, I am a Glimmer Mist fanatic. I'm obsessed. I bought my first bottle, Pashmina, back around October 2009. I now have the following colors:
1. Frozen Lake
2. English Ivy
3. Meadow Green
4. Wheatfields
5. Lemon Meringue6. Candlelight7. Mimosa
8. Scarlet
9. Pearl
10. Dazzling Diamonds
11. Iridescent Gold (homemade)
12. Coffee Shoo
13. Tattered Leather14. Slate
15. Brick
16. Vintage Pink
17. Viva Pink18. Pashmina
19. Tattered Rose
20. Timeless Lilac
21. Spring Violet
22. Lavender Fields
23. Denim Blue
24. Patina25. Midnight Blue
26. Bronze (homemade)
Midnight Blue is not in my hands yet, but is coming :) I just ordered the lovely stuff.

So how do you store this stuff? I used to keep it on my ribbon rack and my embellishment center from Making Memories, but I have too many bottles now (oh darn). So I emptied out a drawer and now keep it in there.

So I took hole reinforcements, stuck them on the lid, and sprayed them with the color. Now I can see from a glimpse what color is what. In addition, I took a 2-inch circle punch and punched out white cardstock circles. I sprayed each one with a color of Glimmer Mist, and wrote the name of the color on it. I punched a hole through each circle and attached them all on a 1-inch binder ring. So now I have swatches of every color at my fingertips!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Back from Montana, Yee Haw!

Well, I am back from Montana and boy did I have fun with my friends from! They each hold a special place in my heart and I enjoyed scrapping with them. I have yet to photograph everything I made while there but I am waiting for the sun to come out here in Indy. I love thunderstorms but would appreciate some daylight with sunshine :)
I wanted to share a card with you, a card I am in love with. Not sure why, but I ADORE it! It is going to my friend Gale, who showed me around Montana, Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and the Beartooth Mountains. She even paid for our hotel stays (3 nights!). Not to mention food, the driving she did, and gas...

I used a bunch of Mariposa paper plus some lace. I took the thread from a spool of ribbon trim and tied it through the button that is stacked on top of the middle of a bow. I added a feather behind the sentiment and a fabric flower on the left. It was fun to make and I've been working on several more for a card swap I am hosting on