Thursday, July 18, 2013

A little tropical dream

Hi everyone...I know, I know, it's 1:pm (here) at I'm just now posting!! Thing is, is that last night at the last minute I decided to enter a little challenge. This challenge not only required my finished project, but the one major requirement was that we were to use & show our stash. That meant before I left for work this morning (waiting for daylight for better pics) I not only had to take a picture of my card, but of my "toys" too! After throwing them on a jump drive and bringing them to work with me I still had to edit everything in between normal work stuff and write this post...I'm a gluten for punishment aren't I, lol???
Going to try to make this short but sweet ;) so bear with me please, lol!!
I came across a little clear stamp company called Sweet Stamp Shop...OMG, adorable little images!! I've been thinking that I want to grab a few up, but am waiting until a release that they will be having right away before I make any final decisions ;) They also have a little blog that I'm going to start I needed another one, right?? I'm glad half of them are sent to my e-mail...saves a TON of time!! hehehe! Anywho, back on track...they run a challenge on their little blog. That means FUN to be had by me :) WOO-HOO!
This weeks challenge is...Use What You Have
That's a pretty easy peasy theme for me to work with and you'll see why in just a moment ;) but first, let's see what I created shall we??
Doesn't this just scream SUMMER?? Lime green, orange and pops of pinkish melon...a little tropical dream right here in the Midwest ;)
I used the small solid palm trees, the small bamboo leaf and the small solid bamboo leaf to make my patterned paper for the large panel and used just the small solid palm trees for the patterned paper on the little panel. I stamped the hibiscus' on scrap paper and fussy cut them out. The large one is flat and the 3 small ones are at different hights using foam tape. 
Like I said before, you had to show pictures of your "stash". Well, That's kind of subjective isn't it? I have lots of stashes...ribbon stash, stamp stash, paper stash, etc. So, without a clarification of what  my "stash" should be, I decided to show it all!! Besides, who doesn't like to see other crafty gals work spaces...I know I sure do!! Now mind you, my little crafty area is in the corner of my bedroom so it's only 6ft long X 4ft wide. That's not a lot of space :( but I've made the most of it!!
My desk is an old converted computer desk. The pull out keyboard tray is perfect for my "cutting station". I store my cutter and paper scraps that I'm working with at the time there. It's so easy to just scoot back a smidge, pull it out, cut and shove it back...keeps my desktop free for other junk, lol! I keep a little "tool stash" on top of my desk.

This is a little storage system that sits to the left of my desk. a rolling cart usually blocks it for the most part. On top I have little apothecary jars filled with buttons & Washi along with a couple of large punches that don't fit in the drawers. Upper row from left to right: brads, refills for tape runners, cutting blades for paper trimmer and anything else that doesn't have a home - embellishments (flowers, stickers, etc) - stickles, embossing powders & glitters. 2nd row: ribbons that I don't use often - embellishments that managed to overflow from the top row. 3rd row: binders with misc clear stamps that I rarely use, project ideas and TONS of sketches. Bottom row:edge punches that I don't often use and my mucho loved Marvy circle & square punches

This is to the right of my desk…a set of 12X12 drawers that houses most of my wood DeNami stamps. It needs a MAJOR overhaul! On top I have another set of drawers where I keep all of my scrap papers (divided by: patterned then colored cardstock then neutral cardstock). I also keep my Cuttlebug and a basket of dies & folders on top of that. (please ignore that I desperately need to vacuum...who has time for that kind of foolishness?!?!?!)

 Under my desk (wow, I really need to rethink that no time for vacuuming thing...jeeze :/ ). This is cardstock arranged by color of course, speciality papers like vellums, glitter & acetates and 12X12 p. papers and 3 drawers of wood DeNami overflow (sentiments & holidays).
This is a little cart that I keep a TON of stash on. Everything that I use quite a bit gets thrown on pads, ribbons, twines, 6X6 PP pads, bling, bucket O' acrylic blocks, my favorite edge punches and a few other misc goodies like my DeNami cling stamps.

 This is a cute little basket that I keep my contraband stamps non-DeNami stamps in. These I use more often so I keep them within easy reach unlike the ones in the large drawer. If I'm not crafting it sits in my chair but when I'm crafting I throw it on my bed behind me.
And here I said I was going to keep this short, lol! I had good intentions, lol! ;) Now don't forget about my give a ways going on!!
DeNami Addict birthday giveaway! To enter all you need to do is make any type of birthday card and link it up (no DeNami products necessary) and I will pick a random winner for a DeNami gift certificate on August 1st!
And tomorrow is the last day to either follower the Paper Sweeties blog or "like" them on Facebook and leave a comment on the Tool Talk post where the owner, Debbie, guest posted for us. I'll be picking a random winner for a Paper Sweeties GC!


  1. Cute tropical card Tina, very summery and fresh! Fun post today too. I like the contraband basket!!!

  2. This 'IS' so yummy and delicious -- perfect summer-y card, my friend!! Love the color palette -- so gorgeous :) Oh my word, your stamp room is so neat and tidy!!!