Happy weekend…

Hey, folks.  Hope you are all having a good weekend.  Warning: long post tonight. ☺

First, I wanted to announce the winner of the Fiskars stamp set.  The lucky one is… Karen Malloy!  I will email you.

Also, I hope to post the Part 2 of my scraproom on Monday, along with a cool giveaway to go with it.  Let's hope Colin takes a good nap tomorrow.  Hee…

Now, I have a fun blog link for you!  Jenyfur from Caardvarks contacted me and asked for me to play along on her blog.  And it is a fantastic site!  She sent me a photo to use as inspiration for a card.  Here are both…


Carv 1 

Card 2
Close To My Heart background and greeting stamp
Versamark Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Colorbox Chalk Ink
Shimmer Mist from Memories
Other: flower, buttons, trim and string

To make this card, I used a twist on the resist technique.  I stamped the bottom of the kraft card with Versamark and clear heat embossed.  I then rubbed red chalk ink over it and the embossed area resisted that ink.  Finally, I sprayed it with a shimmer mist.  Looks pretty cool in real life.  Oh, and please go visit the Caardvarks on their site HERE.  Such fun stuff there and tons of inspiration.

Next, thanks for all the great ideas for the holiday cards that I have left to donate.  I found a few that were good fits for what I have and the rest of the ideas I am saving in a file for future donation ideas.  I can't thank you all enough!  I ended up finding more holiday cards to donate.  (A huge thank you to Carol at Stamper's Corner in California.  She sent hundreds of old cards from her store and many were holiday ones.  Love you, Carol!)  So, here are the places I will sending holiday cards to and who is helping me out…

  • Julia Carter is taking some to her local childrens hospital.  She had received notice that they were needing cards.
  • Andi Sexton offered to take some to her local school to get them signed.  Then, she will give them to her local nursing home.  What a great idea!
  • Mary Doak is going to take some of my own personal non-holiday cards for her church youth group – they will be selling them to raise money.
  • Jaci Seerat offered to take some to her local Hospice and VA center.  Thank you.
  • Vicki Sullivan pointed me in the direction of the card drive the Red Cross is doing HERE.  More on this in a minute, but I will surely send cards here.

IMPORTANT INFO HERE… All you cardmakers – here is something simple to do that is really a great cause.  The Red Cross has given us an easy way to send cards to our country's heroes.  And we have until December 10th to do it!  (I know some of you aren't in the USA.  If you find info of programs in your country that I can share here, please let me know!)  You can go HERE for the details.  This is easy – you could even send one of your own cards.  Please check it out. ☺

(Totally switching gears here…)

If you are looking for a good gift for a someone of all ages – and are a fellow God girl ☺ – check out the Veggie Tales Snoodle Tales DVD.  I only have this one for Colin and it is so good.  The Snoodle story is so feel-good and perfect for any age.  Think Dr.-Seuss-meets-God-loves-you.  It is so playful and fun.  Can't wait to show it to the girls – they will love it.  They used to watch the other Veggie Tales videos on VHS.

OK… I don't want to bore you any longer.  Night!


(Warning – lots of randomness here…)

Sorry I haven't been posting as much lately.  I have been spending a lot of time going through all the cards that I got for Hero Arts' Cards For Heroes Card Drive.  I already sent out all the holiday-themed cards, and now I am going through the non-holiday ones and getting them packed up.  Thousands of cards takes a long time to go through.  :)

Speaking of which… I had lots of holiday cards donated recently and it is too late to send over to the troops.  Does anyone know of anywhere I could send them?  I think I have between 50 and 100 and they are blank. If you have a good cause for them, email me and I will ship them to you.  I have donated so many in my neck of the woods.  Time to spread the goodness around.  Thanks!

Next… if Harry Connick Jr is coming to your town this holiday season – GO.  My sweet friends and I went last night and it was incredible.  A mellow concert with great New Orleans music.  And a hot man with a sexy voice.  Can't get much better. :)   I wasn't feeling good but was so glad I went.

Let's see… what's next…

Oh!  I have a class coming up!  It is on this coming Tuesday at Stamp Your Art Out.  I decided to add a couple more spots.  Call 513.793.4558 if you are interested.

I am so ready for the holidays.  Anyone else excited?  Can't wait to go with the kids to pick out a tree on Friday.  Love this time of year…

Layout - Trace Letters with Gems - Capture
(c) Creating Keepsakes Dec 08

There is still time to play along in the Stamp Camp on resist over on 2Peas.  (Click HERE to watch the video.)  There will be prizes!  Here is another resist example from back in the day – from my old online article on creatingkeepsakes.com.  I stamp circles on patterned paper with Verasmark and then clear embossed.  Finally, I rubbed some soft green ink over it.

MidJan - Patt Paper - Resist - Card
(c) creatingkeepsakes.com

And, last but not least, I just wanna say: Hey, crowdSPRING, hire Kelly Purkey for your new Community Marketing Manager!  Good luck, Kelly.  Love you. :)

Have a great night.

Some scraproom answers, a video and a giveaway. :)

Gonna try to make this post quick – I think my allergies are turning into a cold.  Crud.

I have some scraproom answers, a video and a giveaway. :)

Thanks for all the nice comments about my scraproom.  I do love it down there.  And I am so thankful the kids like to be down there as much as me.  A few answers to questions:

  • I got the buttons on the wall from Pottery Barn when they went on super clearance.  I bet you can find them on ebay.  The scissors are from Hobby Lobby.
  • My room isn’t always that clean. :)   I get a lot of shipments of products (this is my job) so it is hard to keep up with putting things away.  But I really try.  The kids are very helpful.
  • The little white drawers from Ikea – yes, they don’t have labels.  I move things around so much that I decided not to put any labels on them.  But I remember where everything is – it is that engineer mind of mine.  :)
  • Those little white drawers were first sanded, then primed, then painted with semi-gloss white trim paint.
  • I haven’t measured the room, but Ken guesses it is 15′ x 25′.
  • The punches hang on the pegboard with little metal shelves and hooks.  You can get all kinds of different ones at Home Depot for super cheap. 
  • I do have a lot of stamps, but keep in mind that I work for Hero Arts, so I have all of their stamps. I could never have paid for them all! :)   (And this is another reason I give a lot away – I like to pay it forward.)

Now it’s time for a video!  I am leading the fourth week of Stamp Camp over on 2peas.  Click HERE for information and close-ups and HERE for a thread about the camp.  And if you play along, you could win a great prize!  Here is the video and projects…

(c) twopeasinabucket.com

Now… a giveaway!  Fiskars is so generous… and they sent me two of a stamp set.  So… one could be yours.  Just leave a comment on this post by 11:59pmEDT on Thursday telling me what your first stamp you got was (if you remember!).  I will then pick a winner of this great Heidi Grace set…


BTW… my first stamp was a Hero Arts flower.  Funny, huh?  I remember when I first started scrapbooking, I told my brother and Ken that I would NEVER buy stamps… “why would anyone want to buy a stamp when you could print clip art for free?”  Boy, did I eat my words, huh?  Now I can’t imagine creating without a stamp.  Hee…

OK… have a great night!

My Scraproom: Part 1

Hi, everyone!

I am finally doing it… finally sharing my scraproom.  Sorry it took so long!

This is Part 1 of 2.  I will share Part 2 later this week, along with a cool giveaway that is something from my room. ☺ 

First, here is the first video showing my room.  Please go HERE and then click on the “watch in high quality” under the video – it makes a huge difference in quality.

Here are some photos to go along with it.  I added some text saying what things are.

Shot 9 

Shot 1 info 

Shot 4 info

Shot 2 info

Shot 10 

Shot 3 info

Shot 5 info

Shot 8 info 

Shot 7 info 

Shot 6 info

Here are some notes about my room.  I go into a lot of detail… feel free to skip it all. ☺ 

My room is in my basement.  I like this because the other half of the basement is where my husband has his hobby and storage is nearby.  Also, I didn’t feel pressured to make it “fit” into the look of the rest of my house. Instead, “anything goes.”  Also, this is my job.  Therefore, I like that my work is somewhat separate from the rest of my life.  Somewhat… ☺ 

  • I like things closed up, but easy to get to, so use a lot of boxes, drawers and cabinets.
  • This room is used as much by the kids, so I have a ton of counterspace to share.  The girls work across from me and share my supplies. 
  • I haven’t measured the room, but Ken guesses it is 15′ x 25′.
  • My room isn’t always that clean. :)   I get a lot of shipments of products (this is my job) so it is hard to keep up with putting things away.  But I really try.  The kids are very helpful.

I used the most inexpensive of everything…

  • The carpet is inexpensive burber (didn’t want to worry too much about it) and I keep a small rechargeable vacuum under the counter.  I have mats down under my rolling chairs.
  • The countertops were stock from Home Depot.  I wanted something that wouldn’t show ink stains and I got the type with the backsplash to prevent things from sliding off the back.  Love that.
  • The large white drawers and cabinets support the countertops along with a few other simple supports.  Got this white furniture at Organized Living years ago. It wasn’t expensive, and since it was meant for office use, it was MUCH more practical and open than kitchen cabinets.
  • The paper racks are from Target.  I then use the Cropper Hopper paper holders to slide into the racks – a perfect fit.  I love this system.  I sort patterned paper by color, and also have holders for stripes, dots, etc.
  • The many little white drawers are from Ikea.  They come unpainted and unassembled.  I LOVE THESE.  They are great.  If you get them, be sure to sand them well before painting.  My dear parents sanded and painted all of this as a gift long ago.  (I told you I had the best parents.)  ☺
  • The jars are all from Hobby Lobby and were very inexpensive.  They are filled with buttons and flowers and a few other embellishments.  I love the colors showing.
  • The tall white cabinets are from the closet organization area of Lowes.  They are inexpensive and wonderful.  On the shelves, I use plastic spice shelves.
  • The white shelves that look like large squares are from Ikea – the famous Expedit.  I wanted a clean look, so I filled them with red boxes from Ikea and am really liking this system. 
  • The wall quotes are from onceuponadesign.typepad.comI can’t recommend them enough.  I encourage you to check them out.  These are two nice girls who are working hard and are good people – I love to support that.  Their prices are great and their designs aren’t “stuffy” like many are from other companies.  I love them.  I have other designs in my house, too.  My favorite thing of theirs is the large heart.  It is perfect for putting a favorite photo in.
  • I have all of my punches hanging on a pegboard on the wall… very hidden in a corner.  This system is fantastic – I love it.  Inexpensive and very effective.  You can get pegboard hooks and shelves at Home Depot.
  • The big buttons are from Pottery Barn – got them on mega clearance. I bet you could get them on ebay.  The big scissors are from Hobby Lobby.

At my workspace:

  • My dad had a piece of tempered glass cut to fit my workspace – a wonderful Christmas gift from him.  I adore having this.  When it gets yucky, I just spray it with cleaner and scrape it clean with a razor.  So easy.  Cost about $80 and is tempered with smooth edges.
  • Under my workspace are lots of 12” wide drawers.  Here, I have scraps sorted by colors.
  • In the drawers closest to my workspace, I have all the tools I need often within reach: wipes, acrylic mounts, blank notecards, adhesives, scissors,etc.
  • I also have a large drawer where I put things when I am done using them.  Once a week or so, I empty out this drawer.  That way I don’t have to do it every time I work.
  • The “Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry” is from THIS seller on etsy.com

At my computer area:

  • I have all my computer stuff together in one side of the room.  This includes my Mac laptop and large flat screen monitor (it is an inexpensive but really good one from Gateway), printers (both are wide format – one is old and is just used for quick printing), scanner, Quickutz Silhouette, Epson Picturemate, etc.
  • I keep my idea books and work papers on a narrow shelf nearby.

In my tall white cabinets:

  • In the tall white cabinets, I have my stamps on spice shelves.  This works great so that I can see the stamps, as they all stand up.  This is a great way to save on space, too.  The stamps are sorted by theme.  (I do have a lot of stamps, but keep in mind that is my job – I work for a stamp company.  I would never been able to buy all those!)
  • I also have my ribbon in bins in the cabinets.  The ribbons are wrapped around clothes pins, safety pinned closed and sorted by color.  (Thanks, Jana!)
  • My clear stamps are stored in large binders inside these cabinets.  (Click HERE for a video on clear stamp storage.)
  • In between my my tall cabinets are some more paper racks from Target.  This is my cardstock.  I purged this often and donate to schools.

In my Expedit (white square shelves):

  • The red boxes on my Expedit store rub-ons, stickers, chipboard and more.  I like that everything can stand up in here, making it easy to flip through. (I used to use drawers and things got buried so easily.) 
  • On top, I have black 3-ring binders for my scrapbook pages.  They aren’t all in there yet, but I hope to have that done soon.

In the small white Ikea drawers:

  • In my small white Ikea drawers, I have inks, brads, embellishments and more. 
  • Inks are sorted by colors. This works much better for me than sorting by ink types.
  • Little embellishments are divided into watchmaker tins within the drawers.
  • Several drawers hold various letters.  One drawer has A, B and C, another has D, E and F, etc.  This is a great way to keep old letters organized and easy to find.
  • If you get these drawers, be sure to sand them and prime them before painting.  (Mine are painted with a semi-gloss white trim paint.)
  • The little white drawers from Ikea – yes, they don’t have labels.  I move things around so much that I decided not to put any labels on them.  But I remember where everything is – it is that engineer mind of mine.  :)

Other tips:

  • I think long and hard before committing to a storage change.  I usually try out one and see if I like it before buying it all.
  • I purge often – once a month.  Things I know I won’t use get donated to my son’s school, fundraisers or are given away on my blog.
  • Many of my things are from Ikea.  I didn’t have an Ikea until recently.  So, even if you don’t have one, you can get these things.  I bought all the white embellishment drawers new on ebay (30 of them!) and the rest were from ikea.com.

If you have questions, just leave a comment on this post.  I will keep checking it and will edit to add my answers to the actual post.

Hope everyone had a good weekend!


Hi, all!

I got a very nice email from someone today saying she never received a prize that she won on my blog.  I felt terrible!  But I am sending her another immediately.

If you have won something and never got it, PLEASE let me know.  Don't feel bad telling me – I would feel much worse thinking that you didn't tell me. 

Just a public service announcement. :)



Whew.  What a fun and tiring week!

Posting quickly.  My in-laws are still here and I want to chat with them before they leave tomorrow.

Here are a few quick cards from 2peas.  Click HERE for more information and another card.  In real life, the background is much softer on these – the contrast is wonky on this photo.

(c) twopeasinabucket.com

Hope everyone is well.  Will be back tomorrow!