Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sneak peak of the mini class for Friday night

PLease bring the following to class with you:
          Small foam squares
          Glue dots
         Paper trimmer
        Pen or pencil
        Mat to work on ( whatever you use at home to protect your work surface)
        distress ink or chalk ink in brown ( Tim fans use antique linen, broken china, walnut stain)
Thank you and God bless

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Made two mini's after got the furniture in!

This is the mini I made for Dad's birthday. It's a Carolee's creations Adornit kit plus some Heidi Swapp chipboard letters we altered in Tim Holtz's class at CKU this past August. He taught us how to sand, hammer, and distress the chipboard letters to get this metal look. Love me some Tim's techniques!

Back of front cover and page one. The Adornit paper is perfect masculine themed.

                                                               pages two and three

                                                                pages four and five

                                                                   pages six and seven

                                                                          back cover
and the best part is that he totally loved it. Love you DAD!!

Friday, April 9, 2010

The other side of the craft room

There are two closets in my craft room. The one on the left holds photos, Sizzix Big Shot and dies with a standing height work surface, and works in progress, kits, and stuff to organize. The right one is my stamping closet, and holds all stamping supplies.
The station in between the closets is my Cricut Expression and Gypsy work area.

Here you can see most of the right side of the room. Got the corner desktop in, so now I can start filling the file cabinets on this side. I made the window treatments using Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics line called Blush.

I lined them with blackout lining, and the ribbon is from the bridal section at Joanne's.

 Here you can see the sewing station in the corner. Still have to hang stuff on the walls.

View from the other side. Now that I have more work surface, I can leave out my Canon printer, and have room for my Mac as you can see in the bottom right corner of the photo.

MY FAVORITE THING IN THE ROOM!  My little sister made this shadowbox with Basic Grey Lemonade collection paper for the butterflies.  I LOVE it !  Thank you sis.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

I will explain each area and the idea behind the design.

This bookcase houses inspiration and ideas. Whether it's magazines, how-to books, vintage items, completed minis, or just the different colors and textures, it all gets my design mojo going:)

The embellishment bookcase holds embellishments by color and by manufacturer. All the jars on the second shelf from the top are reused items from the kitchen (pickle, peanut butter, and salsa jars), and I just spray painted the lids metallic silver. A three dollar can of coffee bean spray paint from Lowe's( their Valspar exterior paint for plastic, metal, etc.) made the baskets, and hardware bins super cheap also.  By repurposing bookcases from other areas of the house, this wall with ten linear feet of storage was basically free. Just had to purchase primer, paint, and sealer.  I had Lowe's color match the antique white of my Pottery Barn Bedford office furniture on the other side of the room.

The center section contains items I already had in the old room. Jetmax target cubes for PP by color,and Cardstock trays from Display Dynamics.  I painted the lower bookcase the antique white, and the locker bins were puchased from Joanne's on clearance. They house mini-book kits, 8x11 cardstock for cards, and card supplies. My three kids framed photos sit above.
The left bookcase houses my fav patterned paper by manufacturer in the priority mail boxes(used ones that my kits come in), patterned paper stacks. The brown bins hold my kit club subscriptions to Apron Strings, and Scrapbook Obsessions. These I found at Target (itso bins) and they are 13"x 13". Perfect!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Craft table is in da house!

I finished building the bases for my craft table. I chose these bases because the openings are big enough to hold scrapping materials, they are 48" wide by 37"high, and the large wheels make it easy to move if need be.

Artwork for our art/craft studio

Here is the artwork that my daughter and I painted last weekend . We like to use acrylic on canvas. Daughter painted the sand and flip flops, and I painted the sea and sky, and we both painted the palm trees. This is one of my favorite ways to spend the weekend, relaxing and creating together.

Still need the corner workstation, and two open file bases

The gap in the work top will be filled with a corner workstation, also Pottery Barn Bedford office. I love this rug from PB Teen. This rug was the color inspiration for the room.

Some of the furniture is here!

Nine BIG boxes, 693 pounds of furniture carried up the stairs,  and one thankful wife(that's me) = a craft room nearing completion.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Card display idea for new craft room

I LOVE to repurpose items from around the house, and I came across this chain that used to hang stuffed animals up in the craft room (formerly known as the playroom). I just put the rubberized cup hook post through the center of the flower and attached it into the ceiling.  Instant display for all my cherished cards from family and friends! Now that's a lot easier than building a craft table. If you didn't happen to have saved one of these from like ten years ago, you could use jute, cording, or clothesline and clothespins to fashion a similar device. Just an idea, since I haven't tried those out firsthand:)

Friday, February 26, 2010

More staining

I am adding more coats of stain .It requires hand rubbing the finish in between coats. I am going for  a chocolate cherry finish in the end product.

table edge detail

I used My Skil sander to round all the edges and cut detail into the square dowels added to corners to match the oak molding.

I am making a standing height craft table

I had Lowe's cut the 3/4 inch birch plywood to 4'x6', and added oak molding as the trim around the table to make it look thicker. I bought just enough molding for straight cuts, and then added 3/8 inch hardwood dowels to the corners. Attached all of it with finishing nails and wood glue.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Flooring is in!

Dad and I painted the baseboards high gloss bright white, and the floor is Quintessa by Formica. Dalarna Birch. Great job by the installers:)

Sunday, January 31, 2010

window coverings

The base window covering I installed on both windows today is Design View 2 inch faux wood blinds from Home Depot.  My husband nicknamed me Bob the builder!

art studio renovation/lighting plan

After much deliberation and research, I have a lighting plan. I am going with eco-friendly LED recessed lights.  My father suggested them and after I learned that they do not emit ultraviolet radiation and are great for art and photographs, I decided to take the plunge.  I felt so good that  I got them on clearance for $16 dollars each (original cost was $69 EACH). But a word of warning, it would be great to have an electrician in the family. The good feeling about saving so much on the eight lights promptly ended with the estimate from the electrician.  On to window treatments

Sunday, January 24, 2010

New paint

Daughter and I wanted the color of Starbucks Mocha Frap. with whipped cream  (white window treatments).  Maybe it's more Skinny Vanilla Latte!

More before pics

Daughter wanted a picture with the princess I had painted on the wall when she was the same height as the painting.  She did the honors and started painting over her with the first of what turned out to be five coats of Quik-Hide primer.

More before pics

My husband would laugh at the term "some"  scrappin stuff. I have slowly taken over most of this bookcase for kits, magazines, and albums for my new layouts.

My renovation of our gameroom into an art studio for my daughter and me!

So here are some before pics of the space we use as the Game Room. Ten years of toys, games, and some scrappin' stuff shoved in the corner. This space no longer works for us as the youngest is in middle school. {WOW insert I feel old face here:)}