Friday, July 31, 2009

My Awesome Stampin' Studio

Ryan is awesome at making stuff, I have to say! He has been wanting to trade offices with me for awhile now and said he would build me some shelves for all my Stampin' Up stuff if I would agree to trade him. I said yes, and he literally started and finished building all this in a day! It took me longer to paint the room and shelves than it did for him to do the building. He is so amazing! Here's a picture of the shelving unit (I was still doing touch-ups at this point).

Did I mention that he also made me a table? Yeah, who knew you could buy fold up legs at Lowe's and make your own table? Super cool! My sister-in-law Kristin came and helped us paint and stain one night (thanks a ton Shorty!) which was so nice! She is way faster at painting than I am!

Another awesome feature of the table is that it hooks up to the shelving unit and rolls up for storing (kind of like those fold down beds). Here's a picture of the table put away. I told him I still wanted to have some room for guests or a playpen if I needed it (since I do daycare), so he thought of this idea all by himself - brilliant!

Okay, I am a ribbon and punch addict, so he made me some bars to hang all my punches on and some shelves for my ribbon. He also made some holders for my ink pads and markers. He really went all out to make this room the way I wanted it to be (without even asking)! I am so happy with it! I knew it would be nice, but I wasn't expecting it to be this nice!

I am seriously lucky to have a hubby like Ryan who knows how to do all this stuff! If everything he already did was not enough, he went ahead and made me some drawers to store my stamps in that I can pull out and see them all (and they're not stacked on top of each other anymore!). All my friends have been saying they need to have him come help their hubbies do the same thing for them at their house.

Here's a picture of the (mostly) finished room. I still have some decorations and stuff I need to hang up on my blank walls, but it is sooooo wonderful to not have to carry all my supplies up and down the stairs for classes, clubs, and workshops! I love being able to see all my supplies and have them organized in one central place (rather than in bins like I used to have them).

Thanks so much, Ryan! You are the best!!

Pink Flamingo "Happy" page

This is one of the pages I did for my stamp club this month. If you look closely, you can see that we sewed on the page with a sewing machine! Sewing on a page (or at all for that matter) was new for a lot of the club members but they all did great! We did some paper piercing on the big turquoise flower to keep the stitched look going. These are pics of my kiddos from our Disneyland trip a couple months ago - so fun!

Stampin' Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Define Your Life, Eastern Blooms, Petal Pizazz
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Summer Sun, Brushed Silver, and Regal Rose cardstock, Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper
Ink: Regal Rose, Basic Black, Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise Stampin' Write marker
Accessories: 1 in. circle, 1 3/8 in. circle, and trio flower punches, Fire circle rhinestone brads

Tip: To make faux metal-rimmed tags, punch a circle out of brushed silver cardstock! A cost-effective alternative - and you can make them in any size!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Little Cole

This layout is one I did awhile back of my son Cole (who is now 5 - can't believe it!). I remember taking dozens of pictures of him while he was laying there - I was so smitten by him and I still am!

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Sweet Celebrations (retired)
Paper: So Saffron, whisper white, kiwi kiss, basic gray, and baja breeze cardstock, A Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper
Ink: Basic Gray stampin' pad
Accessories: Texturz Plates for Sizzix Big Shot, Buttons #5 sizzlits die, Heart to Heart, full heart punch, scallop edge, 1 3/8 in. circle, 1 1/4 in. circle, large star, photo corner, and 1/8 in. circle punches, paper piercer, clear rhinestone brads, corduroy buttons baja breeze