Mission Organization….yea right

A little background on our family’s living situation for you: we travel. My hubby is an Electrical Engineer in the field. This means that he works onsite at his current project. Well, projects don’t last forever so he moves every two-ish years. The boys and I normally go and visit him for two-four weeks at a time, but the bulk of our living is at our home in WI. For this project, the boys and I have stayed with the hubs in TN. Long story short: we travel.

I have a craftroom at our house in WI. Here in TN I have a tiny space in an extra bedroom. Not that I am complaining! I am blessed to have a home let alone designated space just for me. I “collect” crafty things and it would be impossible for me to travel with all of it. It’s also impossible for us to know where we’ll go next or what kind of space I’ll be able to have there. My answer? Organization, baby!!

This is a genius idea, no? Well, it would be for someone who is not so LAME at the organization game. I can totally organize someone else. Totally and completely. With myself/my house I am wicked OCD and a perfectionist. Not the cool OCD where your house is spotless and everything is hyper-organized. Not the good perfectionism where you get everything “just so”. Yea, not so much. I am one of the lucky ones that NEEDS everything to be PERFECT, but when I see that it’s not happening…I shut down and quit. This is such a struggle for me! I am improving, though.

I do still just come to a standstill when I see that it’s not turning out exactly as I see it in my head. HOWEVER! I have gotten to the point where I can at least maintain, for the most part, that level where I stall. And then I keep hacking away at and knock it out bit by (painful little teeny tiny minuscule) bit. Where was I going with this? Ugh.

OH! Right. Organization. So, I’ve been working on organizing my craftroom. I think I would like to get the Expedit Workstation from IKEA. The workstation is smaller than attaching the desk to the bookcase as it’s two columns of cubes smaller. I believe this would work in pretty much any room designated for me. If not it could go somewhere for sure! Right now I have a huge cutting table that I am using for my desk. It’s awesome because it’s such a big worksurface, but there isn’t really room for shelving because I have it opened all the way. It’s one of those that the two sides fold down for storage. Wicked cool freebie from my mother-in-law.

Anyhoo…that’s what’s up here the past two weeks. The bad part is that it’s interfering with my creative mojo. Big time! So I’ve been spending the time that I would normally use to create to hack away at the room and read about productivity and resistance.  ::gigglesnort::

My thoughts and prayers to those in the South

The devastation left by the tornadoes last night is insane. Over 200 people, and counting, lost their lives and many more lost everything but! They are saying that a storm system like this has not been seen 1974. It just boggles my mind!

We were fortunate enough here in NE Tennessee to have only had severe thunderstorms, wind and hail. We are all ok and nothing was damaged. I feel…guilty. We really aren’t all that far away from the destruction yet we basically were not affected.

My heart goes out to those who are dealing with loss this morning. If you are able, look into the many ways you can help people in the aftermath. Church groups will be going down to physically help clean up and rebuild, take food and clothing down, donate through the Red Cross or another group (check them out first), etc.

We will be helping and I urge everyone that is able to help as well.

Happy Anniversary!!

Today is our 14th wedding anniversary. Time has FLOWN by! I made this card for my hubby.  😉

Ink Colors: Basic Black (ink pad 101179, marker 100082), Certainly Celery (ink pad 105217, marker 105106), Marina Mist (ink pad 119668, marker 119679)

Cardstock: Certainly Celery (119925), Marina Mist (119687), Whisper White (100730)    These are all in the Getting Started Collection (120954).

Stamp Sets: For All You Do (wood 115360), I {Heart} Hearts (wood 117010, clear 118571)

Misc:  Full Heart Extra-Large Punch (119883), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), 5/8″ Satin Ribbon in Whisper White (114616), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), SNAIL Adhesive (104332)

Supplies for the Anniversary Card

When I am giving a card to a man, I like to keep it simple. Not boring, but men can get overwhelmed by a ton of embellishments. I normally get the interest from dimension. Just raising one element of a card adds enough depth to keep it from being :blah:, but it doesn’t add a girly feel. 😉

This first part of the cardfront is actually the body. It is a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut at 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored in the middle at 4 1/4″. I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure I got everything just right. I stamped the sentiment from the For All You Do set in the center first and worked my way out. The little flower is also from For All You Do and the love heart is from I {Heart} Hearts.

The Stamp-a-ma-jig is something that I have honestly just started using regularly even though I have owned it forever! I just never thought it would help much and, to be honest, I was a little intimidated by it. No idea why but I’m glad I got over it. That thing is awesome!

Part one of the Anniversary Cardfront

Next I took a piece of Marina Mist cardstock that is 4″x 4 1/2″. I used a stamp out of the I {Heart} Hearts set to stamp randomly using Marina Mist ink. I did make sure to not put any of the hearts upside down because I knew I was going to have some up on Stampin’ Dimensionals and it just did not look right with them upside down.

Part two of the front of the Anniversary Card

I added a simple strip of ribbon before matting the front onto a piece of Certainly Celery cardstock that is cut at 4 1/8″ x 4 3/8″ using SNAIL adhesive. I stamped three hearts onto Certainly Celery cardstock scraps using Certainly Celery ink and punched them out with the Full Heart Extra-Large punch. This isn’t a must as you could just use your scissors, but I made it so there was very little trimming to be done. I liked the idea of using partial hearts so I chose areas that went off the edge or came close to it. The hearts are on Stampin’ Dimensionals for some texture.

I used SNAIL adhesive to add this to the front just above the parts I had already stamped.

Finished front of the Anniversary Card

I kept the inside simple with a tall flower from the For All You Do set that is stamped in Certainly Celery and Marina Mist.

Inside of the Anniversary Card

And the completed card!

Completed Anniversary Card

John said he really liked it. Even if your guy doesn’t act like he cares one way or another if you make cards for him, chances are, he really does care. I have given John a card from the store and you can see the whole “store bought, eh” on his face. 😉

I hope you love it!

Tone on tone Night of Navy card

I really like the look of tone on tone projects. Especially if there is a high contrast color brought in like I have done on this card.

Ink Colors:  Always Artichoke Stampin’ Write Marker (105113), Night of Navy (102977), So Saffron Stampin’ Write Marker (105114)

Cardstock:  Night of Navy (119932), Whisper White (119952)

Stampset:  For All You Do (115360)

Misc:  5/8″ Satin Ribbon in Whisper White (114616), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Sticky Strip (104294)

Navy on navy cardfront

I stamped the flower image randomly across the cardfront using Night of Navy. Random is so hard!! I have to really TRY to not get some kind of pattern going. 😛

The ribbon was next. For this I placed a piece of Sticky Strip across the cardfront, folded one end of the ribbon under itself and began “the wave” by gathering the ribbon and then sticking a small section of it to the Sticky Strip. I knew about how far I needed to go for the square to be on a flat section. Then I folded the other end under and voila!

The square is just a scrap of Whisper White that I ripped the edges and stamped in the center using Always Artichoke. The So Saffron flowers are another image from the For All You Do set that I stamped, cut out and popped onto Stampin’ Dimensionals. It gives it just one more layer of texture. Without this the card looked lopsided because of the ribbon waves. Lopsided = bad. 😉

Closeup of the ribbon on the navy on navy cardfront

In hindsight, I would have done the inside a bit different. I wouldn’t label it a blooper, just something I’d do differently next time! 😀

Navy on navy inside

The stamp is done using Night of Navy ink.

Two ways I could change it:

*move the stamp to the bottom left of the Whisper White where it fits better being square

*move the stamp over to the complete bottom right edge of the Night of Navy cardstock and have the Whisper White go over top of the image

I still like the card! It’s just that as I look at the pics I realized what I *could* have done differently.  I hope you love it!

Thinking of you card

I CASE’d the trees on the front of this card from someone’s blog and now I cannot for the life of me find the link! I know it’s not a new idea but I still want to give credit where credit is due since it gave me the idea that I ran with. :\

Ink Colors:  Chocolate Chip (100908), Marina Mist (119668), Wild Wasabi (109014)

Cardstock:  Marina Mist (119687), Real Red (119940), Whisper White (119952).  These are all in the Getting Started pack also (120954).

Stampsets:  For All You Do (115360), Trendy Trees (113258)

Misc:  Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), SNAIL runner (104332)


Supplies for tree and butterfly card


I used one piece of Real Red cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored in the middle at 4 1/4″. The Marina Mist cardstock is cut at 5 1/4″ x 4″ and the Whisper White that I stamped on for the front is cut at 5″ x 3 3/4″.


Trees and butterfly card completed


The butterfly was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White, cut out and adhered to the cardfront with a SNAIL runner under the left wing and a Stampin’ Dimensional under the right wing. I cut the antennae off and just drew them on the cardfront using a Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker. 😉


Inside the trees and butterfly card


The Whisper White for the inside is just shy of 5″ x 3 3/4″ because I had a scrap that was that size. If I made it again it would be 5″ x 3 3/4″. 😉

I stamped the tree with Marina Mist and Chocolate Chip and the greeting with Wild Wasabi.


I hope you love it!



Feeling blue?

This is a card I made for the winner of a charity auction I participated in. The auction was for our local theater and the winner was a sweet, sweet lady!

Ink Colors:  Chocolate Chip (100908), Marina Mist (119668), Regal Rose (105108 – marker), Wild Wasabi (109014)

Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip (119926), Marina Mist (119687), Wild Wasabi (119953), Very Vanilla (119951)

Stampset:  Morning Cup (116988)

I love doing gatefold cards this way! It looks complicated, but it isn’t. Love that!

Blue card standing upright

I like to keep the inside of my cards simple. I cut this frame from Marina Mist cardstock and adhered it with Stampin’ Deminsionals®

The cute little coffee mug and sentiment are from the Morning Cup stamp set (116988). The mug and steam are stamped in Chocolate Chip, the heart is Regal Rose and “perk up!” is in Wild Wasabi.

Perk up!

The percolator is also from the Morning Cup set. I love this one to bits!! I stamped the image onto the Very Vanilla square and also onto a scrap of Wild Wasabi cardstock using Chocolate Chip ink. Then I cut out the percolator in pieces and glued it to the VV using the stamp as my guide. The little hearts are colored in using the Regal Rose marker.

Blue cardfront

I have a PDF available with paper sizing, score lines, etc. Just ask in the comments and I will email them. Thanks for visiting!! 🙂