My cage fighter costume for the Halloween party for the office building I work in. Definitely been getting some funny looks today.

My sister came to town this weekend for the Renaissance Festival and we took time out to play.  I took her to Stamper's Ink in Shawnee, Kansas.  It is an awesome store for stampers.  They are the owners of the Riley the Moose stamp line.  We had the opportunity to check out the new Riley releases that are coming out this week.  Here are a couple of cards I made today with a couple of the new releases.  They are colored with Copic Markers and Martha Stewart markers.  I am loving the Riley stamp line . . .

Over the years I've managed to accumulate a little ribbon. As I finish going through boxes I'm sure I'll find more. Now I just need to find a practical, affordable way to store it all.

Made a litle more progress in the craft room last night.  Here are a few photos looking towards the work tables I built.  Still lots more work ahead of me, but at least the heavy work is done.

So I decided I wanted to totally change the layout of the craft room/basement.  I have worked hours and hours this weekend and got a large amount of work done.  I still have sooo much more to do.  Lots of organizing and purging needs to be done.  I "sectioned off" the basement and decided to make the craft room/living room area the width of the house at one end of the basement instead of cutting the room down the middle.  So much better.  I also moved all (well it's gonna be all) of the stored things into the area around the washing machine (on the other side of the bookcase wall) and am going to figure out how to hang curtains for walls to keep it from view.  I can't wait until I get completely done and can have friends and family over to play.  I want to get another table like the one I have (there are almost always some like it on craigslist) and I need a sewing table. I also need rugs. Eventually it would be nice to have all matching comfy chairs instead of the ones I have.  Hopefully by the end of this coming weekend I'll have the rest done and can post pictures of the rest of the room.  I got the pink and green crates on clearance at Wal-mart for 50 cents each, the pink gooseneck lamps on the table and the pink floor lamp and the green trash can for $1.00 each.  They had pink (fuschia) curtain panels on clearance for a $1.00 and I should have bought some to make my curtain wall, but I didn't think about needing them until it was too late.  Eventually I'm gonna have a "paint day" and paint the little dressers, the work tables I built and the peg board white. 

Practicing on some halloween images with a few Copic Markers. I want/need :-) more markers. I also used a few Martha Stewart Arts & Crafts Markers and there is a definite difference in the ease of use and the final product. The images are Inkadinkado clear stamps. I fell in love with the images and got the markers to go with them. There are a few more images in the set I still need to try. The Copic Marker colors used are V17 - Amethyst; YR23 -Yellow Ochre (for the honey and the dog bones); E35 - Chamois (for the fur); YR04 - Chrome Orange (pumpkin); Y06 - Yellow & Y08 - Acid Yellow (moon, stars & buckle on the hat). The honey pot was colored with a Martha Stewart pen - persimmon. A few of the "candies" in the pumpkin were also done with Martha Stewart pens (lady bug, glade [green], evergreen & tangerine).

This is the card I made for my niece and her new husband. The stamp is from Stampin Up and the paper is One Heart One Mind. It's not a very good picture so it's hard to tell that I added some sparkle to the wedding cake and to the paper design with Crystal Stickles. The inside sentiment says "the best is yet to be"

I went to a Stampin Up open house back in April (a friend of mine is a consultant). We made a few cards while I was there. I like the simplicity of them. I love the flower stamp.

I did a wedding cake today for a dear family friend.  It is the biggest cake I've ever done.  It was a great success and everyone loved it. 

So, I learned that Big Lots had Martha Stewart scrapbooking and craft supplies advertised for $1.00 each ~ thanks to my sister who had discovered it on someone else's blog.  I went to Big Lots and they were sold out of everything.  I took my ad to Wal-mart (three of them) and shopped.  I wish I could have found some paper packs, but apparently Wal-mart is getting rid of Martha Stewart scrapbooking supplies, so I was lucky to find what I did (in the clearance isles.)  My sister did her shopping in Wichita and Derby, I shopped in Kansas City.  We are going to do some trading, although we both found a lot of the same things.   The first picture is store number one, then store number two and then store number three.

Stamping with a Whiff of Joy and Katharina Frei has reached 1000 blog followers.  To celebrate she is "giving away 2 sets of Whiff of Joy's STORE stamp kit "Blooming Spring", illustrated by the amazing Elisabeth Bell.  These sets consist of 16 stamps each, deeply etched red rubber, already mounted on cling cushion mounting foam."  Whiff of Joy stamps are adorable! For more information go here!
I did not get as much done in my craft room as I wanted, but I'm posting some progress pictures anyway.  I had other obligations today that kept from spending much time in the basement.  I have a long way to go on my craft room and the rest of the basement, but it is much improved.  I hung material on part of the wall and the other parts I hung beach mats that I got at Target. I like the darker beach mats best, but was only able to get two of them. I went to three different Targets.  I would rather have the pink material all over or the darker beach mats, but sometimes you just gotta make do with what you have. 

Along the back wall are two work tables that I built. I built the frames and then set a solid wood door on top of the frame for my work surface. I got the doors at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store a couple of years ago for $20.00 each.  I want to get one more white bookcase to put alongside the others. I also would like to get another table like the one I have in the middle of the room.  I will eventually paint the little dressers with the yellow drawers white.  I got those for $4.00 each at a garage sale last weekend.  I need more storage containers for the shelves, but not sure yet what I need or want.  The plastic tubs on the shelves above the work table contain embellishments.  I have them sorted by type (animals, baby, family, etc) and labeled. The white baskets on the other work table contain a variety of items - paint, chalks, glue, etc. The other work table also holds all my machines - my cricut, my sizzix boutique embosser machine, bind-it-all and the My Story laminator. Next to that work table is a small cabinet (also needs painting) that I got at a garage sale for $2.00. Currently I have my stereo sitting on top and in the space where a television is supposed to go I have a slotted sorter that holds my cutters and my Scor-it. The striped boxes on the shelves next to the yellow dressers mostly contain mat stacks.  In the first picture below the two work tables are still piled with stuff to be sorted.

Eventually it is going to be as "cute" as a basement can be and functional . . . who knows how long it will take to accomplish.  :-)

I have worked on my craft room all day . . . although it's not quite ready for me to post pictures it's getting there.  I think by the end of tomorrow I should be ready to take some pictures.  It's looking pretty good.
I did not get enough work done to post progress pictures - hopefully I can use the long weekend coming up to get a lot more accomplished.  I went to several garage sales on Saturday and found some good deals for my craft room.  I got two three-drawer dressers for $4.00 each.  They are white with yellow drawers.  I will eventually paint them all white.  I also got another cabinet ($2.00) ~ it's got three drawers and then a space above where a television should go.  It's actually part of a child's armoire/entertainment center, but someone cut part of it off.  It's white, but needs to be repainted as well.  I also found some cool looking wire and wood baskets.  It's coming together, but I have a lot more to do.
I am so glad it's Friday.  I have so many things I want to get done this weekend.  I am hoping to get a large portion of my craft room cleaned and organized.  My craft room is in my unfinished basement.  The positive of that is I have a lot of room to spread out.  The negative is that because it is unfinished, it looks, well, unfinished.  The lighting is not very good and there are open rafters, the floor is bare concrete and so are the outside walls and there are no interior walls.  It's just one big room with my washer and dryer (on opposite walls), storage, etc.  I am a renter so there's not much I can do to change things.  I think I might hang some colorful fabric on the walls (in the area I have designated as my craft "room") and I am going to put together some bookshelves for storage. I don't have a lot of money to spend so I'm limited on what I can do (rugs are on my wish list).  Hopefully by the end of the weekend I'll have some good progress pictures to post. 

I enjoyed another evening learning how to make flowers from Melodie at Art from the Heart. Here are the flowers I made.

All five flowers.  The pink, green and blue ones are colored with water-based ink.
This is the card I made for my mom for Mother's Day using the Block Art Wild Flowers stamp from Stampendous!  The inside was stamped with Stampendous! Mom Friend Stamp "Mom another word for Friend"

Last night I attended a paper flowers class at the home of a new-found friend. It was such a good time. Melodie is amazingly talented, so creative and a super nice person.  I had a great time with the other ladies who also attended the class.  I'm looking forward to next week's class.

 The attendees:
That's me in the back.  In the front are Shawna (solid black top), Carrie (holding some of the flowers Melodie has done and is going to teach us how to do) and Nancy. 


Below are the flowers I made. The pink rose is the first one I did.  Not bad for a first time flower maker :-)

Be sure to check out Melodie's blog.  She will inspire you!

Today is the beginning of my new blogging adventure.  This is my first official post.  I set up a blog a couple of years ago, but never followed through with it ~ this time will be different.  I actually have three "new" blogs ~ this one for my creative side, I have a blog for my weightloss/life journey - My Life My Journey - and a private one that I set up for my granddaughter who has been kept from her father (my son) and all of us by her biological mother and her family.  I am considering writing a blog for my grandson(s) as well, but will have to see how I do with these first.