Friday, October 30, 2020

Welcome Autumn - Digi Doodles Fall Digi With Copics

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”  Henry David Thoreau

Hey  there,

I've been a little bummed that I didn't get to create my favorite Halloween cards this year,  especially since I've been receiving so many amazing ones in the mail from my artistic friends.  But I'm happy there's still plenty of time for some festive fall projects.  THIS little sweetheart from Digi Doodles Studio fit perfectly on a scalloped center step cut file I found unfinished in my Cricut project files, apparently abandoned last year due to lack of time.  I colored Patti during my move, while I was waiting to set up my new craft room, so all I had to do was fussy cut her and add her to some gold-edged pumpkin panels.  The Welcome Autumn was printed vertically with the Cricut writing feature.  I sponged some pale blue sky on the white panel with chalks.  A few tiny green gems embellish the pumpkins and Patti's hat.  The pumpkin leaves are tiny paper flowers cut in half.

I'm thankful I was able to pull off a fall card before all the Christmas madness commences.  The holidays have crept up on me this year and I'm ecstatic my craft room is ready for all the hubbub.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create a holiday masterpiece.
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Monday, October 26, 2020

My Shiny New Craft Room - Chillin' in My Happy Place

Crafting your heart out makes room for your soul to grow. 

Hey there,
I'm beyond thrilled to finally unveil my brand spanking new craft room.  It was certainly challenging to pack up my very substantial stash  and move it across hundreds of miles to a different state.  I swear over a third of the boxes came from my craft room. But now that it's done, I'm elated to be surrounded by my familiar panoply of crafting tools and treasures in another peaceful "happy place.".  It took a little inventiveness to fit three rooms worth of paper and fabric supplies into one space the size of my previous craft room, but in the end, everything fits just fine (with a little help from a nice roomy garage). 

I'm so excited that I was able to find a place for my cute secretary cabinet that holds my desk top computer.  I like blogging on a larger computer and find it much easier than my lap top.  I also love the way my  lovely stained glass butterfly looks with the light shining through it from my window. 

My sewing area is a little shorter than before, but in this arrangement I have room to expand it when I need to.  The baskets on top of the shelves are full of ribbons..  They are lighter to take down and more manageable to access than my previous glass jars.  I can easily display my current cards on the shelves below the cabinets and the bottom shelf keeps my Nuvo Drops, Stickles and spray mists close at hand.  I chose to put my Gemini and Cricut Maker on my desk because I use them in almost every paper project I create.  

My Ikea roll out drawers fit under my desk, just as before.  My husband built some shelves in my closet where I have some more drawers with my printer and other supplies.

I hung some fun new artwork (from Home Goods) on my wall next to my favorite sign.  The shelf holds my Pink Panoply card, a picture of Doug and I in Canada on our 50th wedding anniversary, and a fancy beaded nesting doll my daughter brought me from Russia. 

Privacy is very important to the creative process. :)

Yes, please be awesome every day. 

I'll be resuming my creative frenzy as soon as I remember were I have stored everything.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and play with your toys, whatever they might me.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Ching-Chou Kuit Green Dragonfly - Love This Life

Light tomorrow with today.   Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Hey there,

I'm sitting in my cozy new craft room, super excited to let the creating frenzy resume.  I've missed spending endless peaceful, contented hours in my happy place!  My furniture and stash are finally neatly arranged around me and I'm thinking this room with the sun shining softly through the window is a fabulous retreat for my card making and quilting obsessions.  I'll post pictures soon.

I saved this card, created before my move from California, to post when I got my computer set up in my new home.  I knew a post would cheer me up in the midst of taming all the chaos around me. I used an amazing Ching-Chou Kuit digi called  Green Dragonfly for this card, purchased as part of a set of fairies HERE in her Etsy shop.  I'm mesmerized by this image's captivating soulful eyes and delicate features.  I love the mystical dragonflies, especially the stunning fairy wings.   I chose an intricate white die cut frame to accentuate the graceful lines of my fairy and lined the main panel with a gold leafing pen. This panel is mounted to the surrounding lacy frame with dimensional tape for dimension.  A few lavender gems embellish the frame and coordinate with the purple card base, which measures 5 x 7. 

So relaxing. So fun. So lovely.  What's not to love about Ching-Chou Kuit's amazing art. My Copics are calling to me from my newly appointed working space.  I'm headed over there right now!

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and love your adventurous life.

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