Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Workspace Wednesday

I want to share some a fun storage I found in the dollar spot at Target on Monday!
These little metal bins match a few other office storage pieces that I currently have on my counter. I bought three black and three silver. As you can see, I decided to put some of my wood veneer in two of them and decorative clips in the middle one.

When I saw the bins at Target, I definitely had it in mind for wood veneer storage, but this isn't quite how I had planned it. Originally I thought I would use all six for veneer, but I had more of those little embellishments than I realized.
This photo kind of gives you an idea of how big a mess my wood veneer had become.  I had been storing it all open in that little plastic bin drawer. I could never find anything and it was packed! So I chose to use two of the metal bins for star/asterisk and word veneer, and then the rest was going back in this drawer. But first I cut some foam board dividers. It's not ideal, but it's working and helping to separate my veneer a little bit better than before. The next step was the huge task of sorting it all. Now I am going to be able to find what I am looking for just a little easier. And yes, I do have a few chipboard hearts up front there with my heart veneers. I use those on my pages a lot and probably need some more. :)


And done!

I actually found this basket at Michael's a week or so ago and bought two of them. I wasn't quite sure what I was going to use them for, but I have a few bigger baskets that match. As I was moving things around, I realized putting one on each side of the center window of my office space balanced things out nicely. This one holds my flair and enamel dots.  The other one currently holds all those die cut and ephemera packs I have been collecting.
As you can see in the basket on the left, I placed one of the silver dollar spot bins in there to hold the loose flair I have accumulated from kits and other places. It fits perfectly for now. The last two silver bins are not in use yet, but I am sure I will have a spot for them soon!

Have you had any great storage finds lately that you can share with us?
Feel free to leave a link in the comments or visit our Facebook page and share a photo.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

And I'm Back!

Posting to the blog two weeks in a row. I am on a roll! :)

Today I want to share a layout I created using the latest challenge from Paper Issues. Every two weeks they have a new "issue" or challenge theme go up on the blog. This time it is called "A Pocket Full of Sunshine" and it's being sponsored by Panda Eight Designs.
Martha designed the cutest set of flair for this issue and I used one of them on my page.
I also used this sketch
My blog friend, Evie had it on her blog recently and I pinned it pretty quickly. I knew I wanted to use it for this page!

I definitely plan on linking up my page at Paper Issues. As a design team member, I am not eligible for the prize which is your choice of five free sets of flair from Martha's Panda Eight Designs store. But I still like linking up, even when I am not assigned to an issue.

You on the other hand are eligible. And you have until this Sunday, April 13 before the new issue starts on Monday.

My challenge to you is to use the theme "A Pocket Full of Sunshine" to create a page or other project whether you link up or not. If you do, please share a link with me in the comments so I can check it out and leave you some love. Plus, at the end of April, I will do a little giveaway here. Anyone who participates in any of the challenges I share will have a chance to win :)

Thanks for stopping by today and I will check in next Wednesday with a new challenge.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hello!

After a much needed break, I am back!
I kind of stopped scrapbooking for a bit, except for two or three assignments and a mini-album gift I made for my husband for Valentine's day.
I am going to share those projects with you today, and then talk a little about what my goal is going to be for my posts here at Craft Your Nest. :)
My first page for the year was based on my One Little Word. A concept introduced by Ali Edwards several years back. I decided to make Focus my word for this year. Something I really, really need to work on around here. And I think I am doing better.
I also made a small tag mini album as a gift for my husband on Valentine's Day.

Then I made a collage out of the photos from that mini album and made a scrapbook page as well for a design team assignment at Paper Issues!
And I made a few Valentine's Day cards.

This layout was a design team assignment as well for Paper Issues using digital cut files.
So I would say this is the extent of my scrapbooking in the past three months, except I did go to a weekend crop which was fantastic. It was so much fun to get away and just scrapbook for a weekend.
I worked on a 2013 Summer Project Life album that I haven't taken photos of yet. I find PL pages hard to photograph with the glare from the page protectors. But I am working on it.

Now that I am really in the mood to scrapbook again, I am looking forward to offering "use your stash" challenges here on the blog every Wednesday starting next week. I really need to use up product I have on hand and know that a lot of scrapbookers feel the same way! So I am going to put together some challenges using specific product as well as inspiration I have collected on my Pinterest board. I have a little bit of a stash issue there as well. So many wonderful ideas pinned that need to be used! :) So you will see sketches, layouts, cards, color inspiration and more here every Wednesday. There will also be prizes as well.
I hope you will join me.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Happy Friday!!

It's been awhile since I posted anything ~ I've been taking a little break but I'm ready to get back into things.

I've been working on Easter cards.  I know it's a little early, but I donate 99% of my cards to Snail Mail for Seniors and they need special holiday cards in advance to have time to deliver them.  Snail Mail is a card charity that a wonderful lady in Michigan started to give seniors in nursing homes "snail mail".  They love getting "real" mail and it's the only mail some of them get.  We get so many wonderful little notes from the seniors and their families and it's a wonderful way to feel like the cards I make are going to a good cause.

I you'd like to check out this charity, they're on Facebook ~ Snail Mail for Seniors.

Here are some of the cards that I've created.  All of them are based on sketches by Bev Code.








And one more:


I made a few more, but I'll show them to you another time.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

~ Cheryl ~

Monday, March 17, 2014

One-Layer Card

Howdy, Nesters!  After a vacation to Disney World (yay!) and a bout with a stomach bug (boo!), I'm back with a new card to share.  This quick, one-layer card is inspired by the latest class at Online Card Classes, Clean & Simple 3.  After discovering this site about a year ago (here is a review I posted last April), I have become addicted.  If you're a card-maker (or would like to become a card-maker), I highly recommend their classes (I'm on my ninth one!).

Here is my card:



And here is a very quick walk-through of how I made the card:




If you're interested, here are the supplies I used:

Inks: Soft Sand (Hero Arts), Blush (a•muse), Grapefruit (a•muse), Poppy (a•muse), Onyx Black (Versafine)

Stamps: Modern Zinnia (a•muse), Tool-rific (a•muse), Hexagon Background (a•muse)

Cardstock: Sugar (a•muse)

Note: I'm an a•muse consultant, so if you're interested in any of those products, you can purchase them through my website.  

As I mentioned in the video, the whole process only took about 10 minutes, and that includes cleaning the stamps in between ink colors.  This was the perfect project for this crazy week.  :)

What have you been working on lately?  Have you been working on Easter decor yet?  (I really hope I'm not the only one!)

P.S.  Please don't forget the glitter challenge that's running throughout the month of March.  I'd love to see your sparkling creations!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Happy Day Card + Challenge

Hello Nesters!  It's Dawn here with a card tutorial and challenge.  Lately, I've been absolutely fascinated with making cards (and it's crazy because I used to be afraid of them!).  Today, I'm going to share a card I made using products from the new a•muse spring accessories catalog (you can view the catalog here).


I started by cutting a sheet of 8.5 x 11 sugar cardstock in half width-wise.  I then cut one of pieces in half to make the card front:


I scored the larger piece of cardstock down the middle to make an A2 card:


Next, I used washi tape to hold down my dies before running the card front through my die cut machine:


I'm going to use the negative space for this card, so I'm saving the positive die cuts for another project.  I saved the little pieces for inside the letters (you can see the small pile of them to the left of the card front), but I ended up liking the words better without them.


 I then cut a piece of patterned paper from the everything's rosy 6x6 paper pack to fit the card front (so it measured 4.25" by 5.5"):

I then measured eyeballed (I'm lazy...I'll admit it!) where I needed to put the super-stick double-sided tape so it would just be under the word "DAY":


Once I had the tape applied, I peeled off the red backing and covered the sticky surface with bubblegum glitter.  I used a bone folder to rub the glitter so that it was adhered securely:


 I knew I wanted to keep this card simple, but I also knew I wanted to add a little bit of an embellishment.  I decided to make a bow out of this organdy polka dot ribbon:


Finally, the card was ready to be assembled.  I added the patterned paper to the card base with a tape runner and used lots of foam tape for the card front:


 And, once more, here is the finished product:


Here's a close-up where you can see the glitter shimmer a bit:


Initially, I was planning on adding the glitter to white cardstock, but I'm glad I decided to add it to the patterned paper - I'm really pleased with the finished product.

Now for the challenge: Create a project using glitter and link it in the comments on this post (that's it!).  I'll let the challenge run through the end of March, and the randomly chosen winner will receive a $10 gift certificate for a•muse|studio products.

I can't wait to see what you create!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Valentine Card

Hello Nesters!  I'm so excited to be back!  The end of 2013 got a little bit crazy, and I decided to take a break from blogging.  Thankfully, things are settling down so I'm back at the Nest.

Today, I'm sharing a simple card I made for a Valentine swap:


I have three boys, so I really enjoy any excuse to use pink.  :)

I even made a short video of the card-making process.  (Please excuse my voice in the video...I'm fighting allergies + a sinus infection.)



Did you create any cards for Valentine's Day?