Friday, May 29, 2015

What's a Croset?

Hello everyone, and thank you for coming by to see me!
Do you have a minute?
Because that's pretty much all it takes to tour my craft room. lol!
As a military spouse, I've learned that in order to have your own space,
you need to create your own space.
When we moved from Virginia, I said goodbye to a huge three level home,
including a second dining room-turned-craft room,
and hello to a smaller 5 bedroom home in beautiful South Carolina.

After setting up all the bedrooms, I realized that I needed to find a spot just for me.
After throwing out some ideas of a corner in the family room
(um, no thank you - I'm a messy crafter),
a nook in the kitchen (you know, because I spend my entire day in there anyway),
I decided on an under the stairs closet storage.
My sister and I have lovingly dubbed it my "Croset" (Craft Closet).
Not only did this space keep me in the mix of all the activities on the main floor,
but it had a door, and it was otherwise going to be used to store unnecessary stuff.
And so I claimed it as mine and went to work.
Welcome to my Croset.

Here's the door, right off the foyer
(notice the empty shoe slots in my bench? They're all in school for their last week!).
This space is literally in the center of the home, which I love:

First I removed some of the free standing shelves that the previous tenants used
for storing her larger appliances. Then I got started.
I have two Martha Stewart organizers so I mounted one,
then flipped the other one upside down and slid it right underneath:


I grabbed some of my hoarded stored Thirty-One products for storage.
The big one below (nestled in a bookshelf turned on its side) holds my Cuttlebug and Grand Calibur, the side pockets hold all the plates, and larger dies.
My hanging organizer is squeaky clean, because school is almost out - woohoo!
Usually there's scheduled activities, sticky notes, and plastered reminders all over it. :)
The four pockets below hold labels,
sheets and sheets and sheets of printed digital images, ready for me to color up.

I scored a neat IKEA chair from a yard sale, which fits perfectly under my "table" -
an IKEA shelf found in the As Is section for $2. Yay!
It fits just right in my little space, which measure just a wee bit over a yard.
A spice holder has been turned into my smaller embellishment station,
and a Pampered Chef kitchen caddy is now home to my small collection of copics:

For additional storage, I keep ribbon in recycled containers
that were originally intended for Beanie Baby displays. How funny, right? 
A friend gave me a ton of them! I found the chalkboard labels at Michaels,
and I am also a little obsessed with their round pens.
The four buckets hold about forty of my collection. 

And there you have it! My little 3'x5' space keeps me happy and creative,
everything that I need is within a swivel of my chair.
If you're wondering where all of my other stuff is,
there's a full wardrobe closet in the garage that I've actually forgotten about
(I think a craft yard sale is in my future).

Have a great day everyone, if you're ever in the area, stop by to see me!
You can even come over and craft...
although only one person at a time fits in my Croset. teehee!

Monday, May 25, 2015

TPE Challenge #300

Happy Monday everyone!
It's time for a new challenge over at TPE:


Here is my card using a limited edition stamp from The Greeting Farm:

Isn't Love Peppermint adorable? She is SSSC#14 and just sooo sweet.
I paired her with some scrap papers and colored her up with copics.
The sentiment is a rub on from Pebbles {Hobby Lobby},
and I punched out dots with a Stampin' Up punch.

Come on over and join in on the fun!
Click here to hop over to The Pink Elephant's blog to see all the adorable samples.
This is also where you'll link up your work for us to see!
Thank you for coming by today,
have a wonderful day everyone. :)


Monday, May 18, 2015

TPE #299

Happy Monday everyone!
It's time for a new challenge over at The Pink Elephant:


Let's celebrate all these hard working students of all ages!
Here is my card using an adorable Saturated Canary image:

Isn't she so proud of herself?
You can find Grad Girl 2015 here at Krista's shop. :)

Come play along with Ella's girls as we crawl to the end of the school year. lol!
Click here to see what the designers have made with this theme
(trust me, they're so adorable!)
and link up your work as well.

Thank you for coming over, have a great day everyone!

Monday, May 11, 2015

TPE Challenge #298

Happy beautiful Monday!
It's time for a new challenge over at TPE:

We want to see your cards inspired by this sweet picture: I want a sugar fix. ;)
I'm more of a Dunkin' Donuts kind of girl!

Here's my card using The Donut That Went Straight To My Hips:

teehee! Isn't she adorable? Krista has the cutest Saturated Canary images!
I colored up hipster (get it? lol!) with copics, then added stickles for sprinkles.
The sentiment is a Pebbles rub-on {Hobby Lobby},
and I decided to skip embellishments and keep it simple.
Come on over and join in on the fun!
Click here to hop to The Pink Elephant's blog to see the other designers' art,
this is also where you'll link up your work.

Have a great start to your week everyone!
Thank you for stopping by. :)

Friday, May 8, 2015

It's time for a BLOG HOP!

Happy Friday everyone!
The Greeting Farm has been showcasing their new May Release
of some adorable clear stamps sets on the TGF Blog for the last 2 days.
These new clear stamps are NOW available in The Greeting Farm Store.

Today they are back showcasing the last 2 sets of clear stamps
along with an amazing BLOG HOP!!
They also have some guest designers joining in!!

The last 2 clear stamps sets being featured on the TGF Blog are
And, because it’s release day The Greeting Farm is having a BLOG HOP.
This time around they are going to pick two winners
and each person will receive 3 clear stamp sets from this new release!
Be sure to leave a comment on each designer’s blog listed below
and head back to the TGF Blog to let us know you completed the hop.

In addition, there are 6 extra ways you can enter to win!
You have until Monday, May 11th, 12pm CST to leave your comments on the TGF BLOG.
They will announce the 2 winners on Tuesday, May 12th.

Here are my cards using these two adorable sets:
Beary Cute
{3 stamps, 1 sentiment, and 3 dies}
Wood Friends
{3 stamps, 1 sentiment, and 3 dies}

Aren't these the cutest critters? I just loved working with these new releases,
they can be used for any occasion, for any age,
and I can't wait to combine them for more sweetness!
Don't forget to join in on the fun, just add a comment to the designers' blogs,
and let TGF know you're done with the hop. :)
Good luck! Which 3 will you pick?

Here is the Blog Hop List:

Guest Designers:
TGF Design Team:
In addition to the Hop, there are 6 EXTRA WAYS TO ENTER:
  1. Like us on FACEBOOK and leave another comment on the TGF Blog.
    (If you are already a "liker", you can leave a comment)
  2. Ask your crafty friends to “like” The Greeting Farm
    and leave another comment on the TGF Blog.
  3. Follow The Greeting Farm on TWITTER and tweet about our inspiration week and our site or blog address (@TheGreetingFarm is releasing new stamps and a giveaway! Check it out at"), and leave another comment on the TGF Blog (make sure to @thegreetingfarm so we can see your tweets!).
  4. Follow the TGF BLOG through the blogger follower or through Google reader and leave another comment on the TGF Blog. (If you already follow, you can leave a comment.)
  5. Follow us on INSTAGRAM @TheGreetingFarm and leave another comment on the TGF Blog that you did.
  6. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and leave another comment on the TGF Blog.
    (If you already subscribe, you can leave a comment.)
Have an awesome Friday and weekend! Don’t forget you have until Monday, May 11th, 12pm CST to leave your comments below.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

May Release, Preview Day 2!

It's Preview Day 2 of The Greeting Farm's amazing new release this month!
There are six sets available tomorrow in the store, along with a fun blog hop
for two lucky winners to receive 3 sets of their choice. Woohoo!

Today's previews include Hoppy Hello and Cuddly Thanks.
All the sets come with coordinating dies, making fussy cutting unnecessary. Yay!
Here are my samples using these sweet images:

Hoppy Hello using three images, a sentiment, and three dies:

Cuddly Thanks using two images and a sentiment, and two die cuts:

Aren't these new sets so adorable?
Be sure to see the other amazing samples on TGF's blog -
the Farmers had sooo much fun creating this month!
Don't forget to pop back tomorrow for the big blog hop and final previews,
I hope you win the three sets of your choice!

Have a wonderful day everyone, thank you for coming by to see me.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May Release Preview - Day 1!

Happy Wednesday everyone!
It's indeed a special one, as we have a FABULOUS new release coming from TGF!
The Greeting Farm is releasing - hold on to your hats - SIX new sets this Friday,
including coordinating die cuts. Oh. My. Goodness.
No more fussy cutting or intricate snips, Marie has got your back.
Starting today, the DT is showcasing two at a time,
starting with Tweety Pie and Happiest Birthday:

Ohhhh the possibilities.
My Tweety Pie card uses five dies (yup!) and a coordinating sentiment.
My Happiest Birthday uses three dies and showcases the sweet greeting.
There are so many fun combos you can do with all these sets,
perfect for any occasion throughout the year!

Prepare yourself, because there's four more sets to show you,
as well as a major blog hop on Friday that includes a giveaway:
TWO lucky winners will get to choose THREE of their favorite sets on release day!

Be sure to check out The Greeting Farm's blog HERE to see the other samples,
the Design Team had soooo much fun with this month's surprise!

Have a perfect hump day everyone, I'll see you tomorrow!

Monday, May 4, 2015

TPE Challenge #297

Happy Monday everyone!
{If you're looking for my Saturated Canary b/w tutorial,
please scroll down to the next post - Thank you!}

Today begins a brand spanking new challenge over at The Pink Elephant:

This week we have a THEME challenge:
In honor of Teacher's Appreciation Day (5/5) and Nurse's Day (5/6)
we want to see your APPRECIATION/THANK YOU cards!

Here is mine, using an image from Saturated Canary:

Neeve is only available through Complete Cardmaking magazine,
she is on an included disc, along with 8 other special edition Saturated Canary images.
{You can order your own copy here! I promise it's worth it!}

I colored Neeve up with copics, then did a fun stripe on her pants using a white gel pen.
The grateful sentiment is from Stampin' Up. :)

Be sure to see how awesome TPE's designers have rocked this challenge!
Click here to hop over to The Pink Elephant's blog,
this is also where you'll link up your work for us to see.

Have a beautiful day everyone, thank you for coming by to see me!

A black and white tutorial :)

Happy beautiful Monday everyone, I hope your weekend went exactly the way you wanted it to. ;)
I posted a card on Saturated Canary's Facebook page last week and had the sweetest comments. Thank you all so much, it just made my day!
Here is the card that I posted:

Oooh she's such a sweet image! Zoe can be found right here in Krista's Spring Pack,
which includes FIVE digital images that were previously rubber stamps (eeek!). How can you say no to that deal? (Um...Mother's Day is coming up. I think you deserve this bundle.)

So I decided to do an easy picture tutorial on how I colored her up. Grab these 4 copics and your morning cup of coffee (just to wake up...I didn't use coffee on my card - lol!):

(Please note that I am not copic certified. I just tinker until I'm happy.)
Here we go!

Now she's ready for a card! Although I used red ribbon in my first card, I paired her with this pretty aqua. Colored ribbon gives it a nice pop and shows that the image is indeed done in b/w tones:

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial! Please let me know if you tried it with different combos or with a different medium, I'd love to see it! You can tag me {Joni Wilson} on the Saturated Canary Stamps Facebook page or leave me a comment here on my blog.

Have a great start to your week, everyone! Thank you for coming by to see me. :)