ikea craft room

Craft Room Reveal!

Craft Room Reveal! Friends!  Welcome to my Ikea craft room reveal!!!  (not sponsored!)  We’ve lived in our home for 22 years, and for the past 14 of those years I’ve been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  I started off with a few baskets to hold my supplies, grew into an armoire in the dining room, moved to a sectioned-off area in the family room, and now, FINALLY, I’ve arrived!!!!   Goals: keep the room available for multi-generational visits (a.k.a.  a bed for my daughter – whose bedroom it was until she moved to college – and her future husband and kids) an area for photos and videos everything in arm’s reach have a place to display our American Girl dolls How I Achieved My Goals: install a Murphy bed with shelves and drawers for sleepover purposes install desk space long enough to have room for stamping, die-cutting, and sewing install wall shelves to hold card stock and the items I use every day One wall is dedicated to the bed, American Girl dolls, and my card rack:     There is a dedicated space under the window for photos and videos.  I found the table at Goodwill (I wasn’t even looking for it) for six bucks.     I made room for the printer and I have a dedicated space for die-cutting and sewing:     Most importantly, the stamping area!      Let me break down the different features: I had all of the bins and baskets.  To make the space less cluttered, I spray-painted all of the items white. We purchased the shelves at Lowe’s.  Floating shelves would have been cooler, but they would not have been functional.  Crafting is a fluid way of life…supplies are always changing and coming and going.  As a result, I needed shelves that I would be able to adjust based on my products.  Floating shelves are stationary, so they aren’t useful to a craft room. The key for my craft room was to make the wall space functional.  I needed to preserve the floor space for the queen Murphy bed, so by using the wall space, the floor space is open. Here are the Ikea items I used.  These items are a tad bit more expensive than the storage units you can purchase at hobby stores, but the quality is far superior.     I’d love to see how you organize your crafting space!  Share a link to your blog below so we can see where you create!! P.S.  Now that my craft room dream has come true, does that mean I can delete my “Craft Room Ideas” Pinterest board???  

Jar of Love Stamp Set

Jar of Love Stamp Set Welcome!  I’m excited to announce that I have been accepted to participate in the Stamp Review Crew! The “Stamp Review Crew” is a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who work together to bring you ideas using different stamp sets on the first and third Mondays of the month.  Today’s Jar of Love Photopolymer Stamp Set card is my first for the “Stamp Review Crew,” and I’m excited to welcome new visitors to my blog! You can read more about me and my stamping endeavors on my About Me page.  At the end of this post, you’ll see two buttons.  One says”Next Blog,” which brings you to the next blog in the Stamp Review Crew’s Jar of Love Blog Hop.  The other buttong says “Previous Blog,” which brings you to the blog that is right before mine in the Blog Hop.  Blog Hops are fun and provide you with tons of ideas, so please follow along!  Now…on to the card! Stampin’ Up!’s new Jar of Love Stamp Set reminds me of collecting fireflies on warm humid nights in New Jersey in the summertime.  The Jar of Love Stamp Set and its coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits Dies are perfect for making cards and projects that elicit the same feelings of hominess that I feel whenever I see glass canning jars full of flowers,  fruits and other delicious foods, or bugs like the fireflies I mentioned. Take a look at all of the stamps that are included in both the stamp set and the framelits set.  They are such a value when you consider that the stamp set includes 37 (THIRTY SEVEN!) stamps for only $27.00!  That’s less than $1.00 per stamp!  The framelits set contains 17 dies for $33.00, which is about $2.00 per die.  As if that weren’t enough of a value, guess what???  You can bundle (purchase both together) the stamp set AND the framelits and save 10%!!  (For the bundle deal,  order HERE.)  The projects that you can create with these products are endless.  Just change the Designer Series Paper and the color combinations that you incorporate into your project to change the look and feel of the stamp set.  You can make Christmas projects, fall projects, little fishy projects, and on and on! In addition to the Jar of Love Stamp Set and the Everyday Jars Framelits Dies to create my card, I used the following supplies:    

Paper Pumpkin Kits Are Perfect For Kids!

Paper Pumpkin Kits Are Perfect For Kids! Did you know that Paper Pumpkin Kits are perfect for kids?  I wanted to see just how easy and convenient Stampin’ Up!’s Paper Pumpkin Kits really are, so I put the March 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit to the test.  I enlisted my six-year-old nephew to help me assemble two cards from the kit and as you will see in the video we recorded, he enjoyed every minute of making cards with me.  It was a wonderful experience that he keeps talking about and wants to do over and over and over again! You have to pay close attention to what he says around the 8:45 mark when I show him that one of the pieces in the kit is a sticker.  I died!  Also, listen to the story he tells at the end of the video and you will see and hear for yourself what a wonderful little boy he is. I can’t wait until we can film our next video!  Be sure to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin so you can make the kits over the summer with your kids!  What is so wonderful about the Paper Pumpkin Kits is that each box contains everything you need to complete the project.  It is a perfect activity for long car rides and rainy days. Click HERE to subscribe and find out for yourself that Paper Pumpkin Kits are perfect for kids!  (Remember that the kits contain small parts that could be choking hazards for small children and Stampin’ Up! has not officially announced that Paper Pumpkin Kits are perfect for kids.  This is my personal opinion based on my own experience. Be sure that you provide adult supervision.)

Act Now! Get Retiring Stampin’ Up! Products Before They’re Gone (Plus a Little Tidbit About Halle Berry)

For the first time, Stampin’ Up! has published the items from the current 2015 Holiday Catalog that will NOT be returning.  Click HERE to see the myriad of wonderful items that will be retiring for good once the Holiday Catalog sales period ends or once the items sell out.  You can take a look at my Portfolio page to see some of the fun items you can create with the items in the Holiday Catalog.  I’m sad that some of my favorites won’t be returning, but that just means that there will be room for many more great products in January 2016 when the new Occasions Catalog goes live. Speaking of the new Occasions Catalog, guess what?  I have a copy in my hot little hands!  On Saturday, I had the opportunity to join nearly 400 other demonstrators at Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage Local event in Tampa, Florida.  It was a great day!  Even though the number of attendees may sound small, it was actually a huge event!  It was Stampin’ Up!’s first ever GLOBAL event.  The main “convention” was held in Brussels, Belgium, but because of modern-day technology, the event was broadcast to eleven other locations around the globe where Stampin’ Up! demonstrators gathered to watch, listen, learn, and have a blast! I can’t show you any of the upcoming products that will be offered in the new Occasions Catalog just yet, but let me just say that you’ll want to act TODAY and take advantage of one of this week’s WEEKLY DEALS before they end tonight.  Just trust me and buy the Festive Flower Builder Punch, okay?  You are going to DIE when you see what is in store for that little punch!  You won’t believe how ADORABLE it is…(You can order it HERE.) ******* Finally, a special shout-out of thanks for all of your support and encouragement during my quest for the 2016 Artisan Design Team.  There’s always next year!  Also, a  special thanks to my daughters for reminding me of THIS ARTICLE of encouragement that I once wrote on their behalf about an important lesson we can ALL learn from Halle Berry.     

A Little Bit About Me

I have been MIA from working on blog projects for about a week because I have been in NYC moving my daughter Erica back to college for her sophomore year.  I had no idea that my other daughter, Adrienne, planned on surprising us!  Take a look at this fun video of our reaction: Whenever I picture heaven, this is how I picture it.  A sweet reunion with lots of hugs and kisses!  Family relationships are the most important relationships we can build on this earth.  Friends are important, too.  In fact, some of my closest friends are the people I have met because of my love for making things.  My friend Nancy is the person who turned me on to stamping.  My friend Heather brought a whole new perspective of creativity and excitement to my life.  There are just too many people to name!  I have learned so much from all of them over the years.  Erica was in kindergarten when I started stamping and Adrienne was in 4th grade.  Now Adrienne is a college graduate and Erica is a sophomore in college.  I love building relationships and I love the part that Stampin’ Up! has played in helping me create new and long-lasting friendships.  Thanks so much to all of you! P.S.  Here are a couple of pictures of Erica’s dorm room: See those fun yarn things hanging over her bed?  They were so easy to make!  We made a bunch of them this summer and they really did the trick to cover the bland eggshell walls.  Here is a closer look: All you need to do to make them is tie different lengths of yarn to a wooden dowel.  We used yarn that had a bunch of different thicknesses and textures to add dimension and variety. I wish I could have all of my Stampin’ Up! supplies with me.  There are so many more things I want to create for her room!  Time for me to fly back home and get busy making things with the fun stuff from the 2015 Holiday Catalog!!