December 22, 2011

Fun with Pictures and a Craft Room Tip...

Hey Ya'll,
Merry Christmas To Ya!!!  Well, today is Sassy Dude Day.  I don't have anything ultra spectacular to share with you today, but it is pretty cool.  The first things I wanted to share with you today are a couple of fun cards I made using pictures I found on a Google Search.  They are VERY simple to make... you just need a couple of label shapes, a rounded corner punch and a little ribbon.  Super easy!
 This is a card I made for my boss.  He has two beagles and I thought this picture was so much fun!  I simply printed it on our 4x6 printer, trimmed off the extra and used a rounded corner punch on it.  I three label shapes (one with the side slats) using the CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge.  I stamped the smallest label with Merry Christmas from the Merry Christmas stamp set by My Craft Spot.  I ran ribbon through the slats and behind the second label shape and then stuck the picture to the top.  I then tied a simple bow and added it as well.  The card base is a half card and the red mat is 5 1/4 x 8 1/4.  I used a large rounded corner punch on the red mat and then a smaller rounded corner on the green card base.  I used the same mats on the inside for the sentiment.
 The next one was made for my Aunt.  I just thought this picture of the boxer is TOO funny!  I did the same thing minus the ribbon for the front.  On the inside, it says... "He just found out that Santa KNOWS!"  She got it yesterday and got a good chuckle out of it.  Everything on both cards was inked with a chocolate ink.  These are very different for me, but thought they were cute enough to share.  There are so many funny pics on the web, so if you need a quick card, give it a try!  BTW, I printed the pictures on glossy photo paper.  We have one of those little Selphy Printers by Canon, so this was just the photo paper that comes in the kits for it.  Now, we are starting to redesign the craft room.  It's been great so far, but we added so many machines over the last couple of years that we are going to have to rethink things so that I can work efficiently in there again.  Hee! Hee!  Below are a couple of things I came up with that have really saved on space that I thought you might enjoy.
 First of all, I went to Michaels and found these great wedding favor containers.  The have a clear front on them and I thought they would really be a great size.
 I simply took adhesive magnet material (from a roll) and cut it to fit the back.  I did clean the backs of them with alcohol first to make sure that the adhesive would stick well.  It did fine for me, but I had some super glue sitting on the side just in case.  Hee! Hee!
 Once they all had magnetic backs, I filled them with all of our different glitters, flocking powders and micro-beads.  They hold an entire jar of glitter from any set that Martha Stewart has.  I also have some from Recollections that fit well too.  We are even thinking of doing this with our embossing powders.  I have tried all kinds of glitter trays, funnels and everything else out there, but a simple folded piece of paper remains my favorite thing to use with glittering, so the wide mouth openings on these little jars are just wonderful!
 This is a magnetic bulletin board and it's holding about 3/4 of the glitter stuff that we have.  Oops... Guess I will have to think this one again to get it all to fit.  Hee! Hee!  We are going to do a counter across one wall in the craft room and my Dad has the equipment to so metal work, so he is thinking up a sort of back splash for me so that I can put this across the wall behind.  They work perfectly and I was so excited to see how well!  The final thing I have to share with you today is kind of a lucky find...
These are the newer Martha Stewart Glitter Glues.  I just love these!  We also have tons of stickles too.  These are all sitting in a Lipstick Display.  Jill came across a store (in the mall she works in) that was changing out a bunch of fixtures.  They gave her a BUNCH of stuff!  In this bundle of loot were these great little lipstick displays.  You can prop them against the wall, on a shelf or you can lay them flat and they will fit in the drawers of the JetMax cubes!  How cool is that?!?  So... if you know anyone or frequent a place that sells cosmetics... stop by and see if they have any old fixtures they are getting rid of.  Usually, they will just give them to you so they don't have to carry them to the trash.  Hee! Hee!  Besides that, it's great recycling!!!  There were also a bunch of other things that are perfect for all of our little embellishments and tools that I will be sharing as we do the build out on our craft room.

I am really excited to get to share this with you because I have decided to be really, really... really cheap with this redesign, so it's really not going to cost much of anything to do except for a little bit of plywood and the things we already have, so hopefully soon, I can start sharing some before and after pics with ya'll.

Well, I have to run and get the rest of the house in order.  We are up to 16 now for Christmas Dinner.  YIKES!!!  Lots to do.  Merry Christmas everyone!  I would love to hear what ya'll think about all this!  If you want to see what else we have been up to for Christmas, hop on over to Cricut Couple and see more!
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