Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Review Raskog Cart

   For this month's installment of product review will be about my favorite storage item. I love it so much that I have 2, one in my studio and one in my bedroom (used as a bedside table). It is the Raskog cart from IKEA. 
  
   I have the teal blue one in my studio, which I think is no longer being sold. I have bought it about 6 years ago at a higher price than the $29. I am still crazy in love with it because it can hold all my go-to items.

   On the top shelf,  I store my die cuts (which I have sorted by manufacturer and type. A box holds, holidays, one holds labels and tags, one holds word die cuts and the other holds images.) I sorted them all in little baggies that holds jewelry findings. The boxed are actually recycled device boxes. the top also holds a couple of buckets from Target $1 spot, those I store my sequins and doilies. 

   On the middle shelf, it holds more of the $1 pails. This is where my enamel dots, Christmas wood veneer, and washi tapes are stored. I have my washi sorted by color. 

   The bottom shelf holds items that I don't use that often like, brads, eyelets, and ribbons. However, I have found out storing these items here has made me use them more. 

   Here is the full view of the card. I also have a couple of cups attached to the outside. The front one is magnetic which I have a love-hate relationship with since I knock it off sometimes when I walk by. The other pial is from Hobby Lobby which hooks onto the cart, which I like. 

   As you can see I love organizing but I do it on a budget. I try to reuse boxes, $1 spot items and old glassware. 
   Thanks for stopping by and come back next month for another product review. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Lightbulb Moment

   Have you ever had that lightbulb moment in the middle of cleaning your crafty area that you just had to put it in motion before the mess is cleaned up? While that happened to me last week. I got this great idea of changing my stickers into die cuts. If you are like me, you always go to your die cut stash first when creating and completely forgetting about stickers. 

   I took 90% of my flat stickers and adhered them all to white cardstock, it filled about 10 sheets of 12x12 cardstock. I spent about three days fussy cutting them out. I found it very addicting so the time flew by. 
    I now have a large stash of die cuts. I am so happy about this. However, I did find a downside in doing this, I outgrew my original storage method of storing them in little Target $1 pails. I spent the weekend sorting them and working on the storage problem. I will share in my next post of the solution. 


Friday, February 1, 2019

Feb Stick it Down

   I am glad the weekend is here because the deep freeze that hit Michigan a couple of days ago is gone. I don't like -15 temps and that was without the windchill. 
  Today's post is a quick reveal post of this month's card sketch at Stick It DownThis month's sponsor is Jenny at Scrappin Happy Studio. specializes in handmade scrapbook embellishments, such as flair epoxy. All my products are handmade in her home studio, in the beautiful state of Oregon!
You can visit Jenny at her Etsy store and on Instagram. 
One winner will receive a $20 store credit to the Scrappin Happy Studio!
   
   Here is my take on this sketch. I am planning on giving this card to my dad for Valentine's Day. 
Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio and Colorbok), washi tape (Scotch Brand), manual die (Spellbinders), tools (Beautiful Mess, Cricut, Spellbinders, and MISTI), markers (Crafter's Companion, sticker (Pinkfresh Studio), stamp (Simon Says Stamp), and ink (Memento)

   As you can see from this angle that I did a fun cut-out window with a manual die. I think this is the first time I ever did this on a card.  

  This stamp originally had a pizza slice in the dog's mouth but I masked it off when I stamped so I could have it holding a heart instead. 

   Be sure to play along with Stick It Down for your chance at winning the $20 prize certificate. 

Monday, January 21, 2019

Jan. SID Reveal

   
Welcome to Stick It Down first card sketch of 2019. This month the sponsor is Cheeky Studio, find them at 
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This month's sketch is on that I created. It is a super simple design which makes it nice if you are tight on time but want to create. 

   Here is my take on it. I kept the embellishments down since I had so many patterns going on. 
Supplies: cardstock (My Mind's Eye), pattern paper (The Paper Studio), journaling card (Becky Higgins), washi tape (Scotch Expressions), stamp (Concord & 9th), stamp ink (Tsukineko), tool: (MISTI) 

   Stop by Stick It Down blog to see the complete reveal and play along for your chance to win. 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Bloom Review

   I haven't done a product review in a long time and an online friend wanted to see the Bloom storage container in action. So today, I will be talking about the We R Memory Keepers Bloom. (disclaimer: I didn't purchase it but my parents gave me one for Christmas) 

As you can see I got the white one, which I love. At first glance, it doesn't look like a container but a stand. However, with a twist of the wrist, it is transformed. Plus, it is a one hand operational. 
   With a twist of the top the petals of the bloom open to reveal a total of 15 containers and an additional one in the center. I love the sizes of the "bowls" it offers. As you can see I still have 2 empty petals to grow into :) (pun intended).  
 
   This is how I stored these items before. This was not a great option since it kept gathering dust in the cups and when I knocked it over everything went flying. 

   Pros:
   1. It can hold a lot of little things that can easily get misplaced. 
   2. It keeps the items dust free when closed. 
   3. It has a little weight to it once filled making it hard to knock off the table. 

   Cons:
   1. I think it only comes in three colors. 

   Thanks for stopping by. Tell me what you think, I love reading your comments. 


Saturday, December 29, 2018

Looking Back

  While here we are at another end of a year. A time to reflect on what has happened in the last 12 months but for this girl it is a look back of the favorite projects of the year. 
  Here are my top 12 projects of the year, or the ones that are on my computer and I am too lazy to get photos of the other items. 

I loved this page. I got to use a lot of old products on here. 
    A fun valentine card 
   My first TN spread.
    I think is one of my favorite because I never saw a hot air balloon go by our house before. 
   My grandparent's anniversary card.
    I actually did a pinned project. 
   My first time doing something with a day in the life photos. 

  I love the fun flag border. 

    The first skirt that I sew that had a zipper. 
    Altering wood floor samples and wood stamp blocks. 
   My first layout as a guest designer for the Wild Hare Kit Club
    I am loving making these fauxdoris. 

   Here to hoping 2019 will just be as creativity filled. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Dec. Card Stick It Down Reveal

   Hello everyone. After a whirlwind of the past month, I am posting. This card I will be sharing with you is based on the current month;y sketch over at Stick It Down. 

When I created this card it was a little tricky since I wanted to use larger elements on the card. I think it came out well. 
Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), pattern paper (Echo Park Paper Co.), stickers (Echo Park Paper Co.), sequins (Spiegle Mom Scraps), die cut (The Paper Studio), and frame punch (We R Memory Keepers).
   Here is a little closer look. I love the glittery snowflake. 
You have until the end of the month to play along with any - or all! - of the sketch challenges over at Stick It Down. Just post a link to your creation to their sidebar on the blog. If you share on social media, be sure to tag #StickItDown.


Monday, November 19, 2018

Nov. Card Stick It Down Reveal

   Welcome to another card sketch reveal over at Stick It Down. This month's sponsor is Make Paper Art is an Etsy shop where you can purchase one of a kind digital cut files for all of your crafty projects! Each cut file is designed by me, Amanda Kirby, and inspired by the world around me! I am a scrapbooker at heart so many of my files are geared towards that, but they have many uses! Party decor, TNs, Vinyl cutting, you name it! Be sure to play along with this month's sketch for your chance of winning the monthly prize. 

   Here is my take of the sketch. This card was for my grandma's past birthday. 
Supplies: cardstock (Bazzill Basics), pattern paper (Crate Paper), journaling card (Project Life), washi tape (The Paper Studio and Cotch Expressions), stamps (Stampabilites), ink (Hero Arts and Memento) and sequins (Spiegelmom Scraps) 

   I love using my journaling cards as an anchoring feature of this card. 


Monday, October 22, 2018

Oct. Card Stick It Down Reveal

   This month's sketch at Stick It Down was one of my first sketches that I created for them. It is something simple but works with any style of card. 
   This month we teamed up with the challenge blog White... With One. Their color this month is elephant grey. They're using our sketches and we're using 75% white on our pages with a touch of grey. Be sure to read their rules HERE and play along with both challenges. Two for one! How fun!

   Here is my card. 
 Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), pattern paper (My Mind's Eye), sequins (Fancy Pants Designs and SpeigelMom Scraps), stamp (Simon Says Stamp), stamp tool (MISTI), washi tape (Scotch Expressions), die cut (Bella Blvd.), and ink (Tsukineko)

   Here is a closer look. I hand cut the negative spaces in the bottom pattern paper. 

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to head over to Stick It Down to see the full card team reveal.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Card - The Wild Hare Kit

   Today is the last project I am sharing over at The Wild Hare Kit club as their September's guest. 
   For my last project, I created this anniversary card for my parents that was made from just scraps from the kit minus the card base. Be sure to head over to their blog to see how I created this card. 
   
Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), pattern paper (Pink Paislee, Carta Bella), die cuts (Pinkfresh Studio), stickers (American Crafts), sequins (SpiegleMom Scraps), wood veneer (Pebbles), twine (?)

Friday, September 28, 2018

Layout Smile - The Wild Hare Kit Club

   I meant to post this layout that I created here earlier in the week but I kept getting sidetracked by yard work or cooking. Anyways, enough of the excuses.
   Here is the layout that I created of my dad using my September's hand-curated kit by The Wild Hare Kit Club.
 
Supplies: cardstock (Bazzill Basics), pattern paper (Pebbles and Pinkfresh Studio), wood veneer (Pebbles (sequins (SpiegleMpm Scraps), die cuts (Pinkfresh Studio), flair (?), and stickers (Pinkfresh Studio and American Crafts), and bakers twine

   Here is a little closer look of the hand-stitched arrow. To see more details head on over to The Wild Hare Kit blog.