Sunday, January 5, 2020

Craft Room ~ Studio Tour

New Craft Space!

Now that my "kids" are adults and living on their own, we decided to turn the girls' old room into a studio. This is beyond amazing for me. As 1 of 10 kids I've never had a real room of my own (even my apartments as a young adult were Studio Apartments or shared). I feel SO blessed to have a space of my very own!

Crafty Corner in my bedroom.
Up until now, I've been using these craft cubes from Michaels stacked together with a closet shelf from Lowes sitting on top as the counter. I literally had a 14"x14" space to craft in. More often than not I would have piles behind me on the bed while I was working. It was really cramped, but it worked (at least until bedtime when I had to clean everything up).

Close Up of Crafty Corner
At one point I moved the entire unit to the family room so I could craft near the family but then I lost the bed surface

View As You Enter
Now I have a beautiful new room to craft in. As you enter, you can see part of my old desk on the right, the girls' old desk on the left (office stuff), a folding table in the center (for overflow) and my new desk on the far wall (from IKEA). The bookcases on the far left and right are left over from the kids' school days and provide great shelf storage.

Right Wall (with part of old desk)
Here's a better view of the right wall. The triptych of canvases are from IKEA and the lamp is from Walmart. I put part of the old desk on this wall. This space is great for cutting, die cutting, letting things dry, etc.

Left Wall (with part of old desk)
On the left wall is the rest of the old desk (which may or may not stay) and an Alex unit from IKEA. This provides great storage for inks, watercolor papers and supplies, punches, and mixed media stuff. Since it's on wheels it can be rolled to the center of the room if the folding table isn't set up, but I like it right where it is for now. In the center of the room is a folding table that is a catch-all when I'm crafting and also provides a place for the dogs to "hide" under while they keep me company. 

Back Wall (between door and closet)
This small space between the door and the closet used to house the girls' dresser. Now it has their old desk which functions as office space and also as a great nail salon I am SO very thankful to have such an inspiring place to work. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs, Eileen

Saturday, January 4, 2020

December - January Swap Cards

I have been privileged to know card makers from all over the world for well over a decade and we participate in monthly card swaps. These are the cards I did for the December/January swap.

1. Alphabet Swap Letter H ~ H is for Hello
I used Distress Inks and a Mini Ink Blending Tool to create the background and topped it with Picket Fence Studios "Men Sitting On A Fence" die. Once it was all layered I realized the "Hello" die I wanted to use from Altenew was too big for the front of the card so I centered it on the inside.

Outside of Card

Inside of Card
2. Technique - Black Magic
With this technique you stamp an image on dark cardstock with white pigment ink, heat set it, and color over the white with colored pencils. Normally you would use a fairly solid image (floral, damask, swirl, silhouette, etc.) but I really wanted to see how Hero Arts "Waves Background" would look on blue cardstock. I used Hero Arts "Unicorn" ink and Prismacolor Pencils to add colors to the waves. The final step in the technique is to add highlights with a white gel pen (which I added to the peaks) and I gave it a tiny spritz of Imagine "Sheer Shimmer Spray" to give the water some shimmer.

All that was left was to stamp the whale and sentiment from Picket Fence Studios "A Dose of Vitamin Sea" on white cardstock. I colored the whale with Copic Markers and fussy cut him out. The sentiment was die cut with Art Impressions "Oval Double Stitched" die. The spouting water splashes are some bling from my stash.

3. Anything Goes ~ Winter Wishes
I have had this sweet "Baby Penguin" from Hero Arts for awhile and he was just so cute I made two cards with him. The first has a Distress Ink background with "Icicle" Stickles accents. The actual Penguin is a layered stamp inked with Hero Arts inks. The sentiment was stamped on white cardstock and layered on blue cardstock. They were punched with SU! punches from my stash.

4. Theme: Winter ~ Winter Wishes Shaker Card
Once again I used the "Baby Penguin" from Hero Arts and the coordinating inks from Hero Arts to stamp the little cutie. I made a shaker card to put him into with some snowy glitter from Wal*Mart and a snowy paper scrap from my stash in the background. The outside of the card was sprinkled with "Icicle" Stickles and Imagine "Sheer Shimmer Spray". I stamped the sentiment with Unicorn ink from Hero Arts, punched it out with a SU! punch and inked the edges with the same ink.

5. Sketch
I had fun interpreting this Sketch (see below). First I used Distress Inks to create a soft wintery background. Not wanting to cover it up, I decided to make layer 2 with Dreamweaver "Pearlescent Embossing Paste" over Tim Holtz "Snowflakes" layering stencil. While it was still wet, I added a tiny bit of holographic glitter with Tim Holtz "Glitter Duster" to the snowflakes.  For layer 3 I chose to add some tinsel ribbon that was given to me and I stamped layers 4 & 5 on vellum so the background would show through.

Sketch Card

Picket Fence Studios "A Gnome Winter" image and sentiment were heat embossed on vellum with Ranger "Detail White" embossing powder and die cut with Art Impressions "Oval Double Stitched" and "Circle Double Stitched" dies. I used Copic Markers to color the back of the gnome, inked the edges of the vellum with matching Distress Ink and added accents with a white gel pen.

Original Sketch

These cards were a lot of fun to work on. I really love the technique and can't wait to try it again. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hugs, Eileen