Our challenge for the next couple of weeks is about house and home. Include a house of any kind (dog house, bird, house, trailer). This is a great opportunity to create a card “from our house to yours,” welcome someone into their new home, announce your move, or thank a host. OR – in honor of our remodeling project – create a project about the things you do to make your house a home – like gardening and home improvements.
There's a lot of room to play with this challenge. For me, it came at a perfect time because I need a new home card. I don't seem to need new home cards very often. I've been in my home for 24 years and my friends seem blessed to be just as settled. I do have long-time church friends finishing up an extensive remodeling project on their retirement home on a lake in the Carolinas. Next week is a going away lunch, so I created a little birdhouse card for them using some of my favorite dies.
I do maintain four entire sets of cardstock (and there are others that I want but even my obsessiveness has limits!) To keep track of the colors, I keep swatch rings. These come in really handy in this small space because I don't have to get out full packages of cardstock when I am trying to match.
Next is a small set of Elfa drawers that hold Cuttlebug folders and big dies. On top is my Copic collection in a Quickutz storage system that, sadly, isn't made anymore.
My craft corner is like a little world of its own. If I swing all the way around so I am facing away from my desk, there is another set of drawers. There is just enough room between my desk and the drawers for a "hallway" to the bathroom, so it's easy to swing around in my desk chair and grab what I need. On top are ribbons and my Big Shot. The drawers hold my stamps sorted by theme and/or company, and a few punches that I use often. One of the big things that I did is pull out all of the wood stamps (except for Stampin' Up). I just don't use them. I am following a principle stated by Susan on her Simplicity blog - pack it away and if you haven't thought about it six months later, it's probably time to get rid of it.
- Stamps: WPlus9 Strictly Sentiments 2
- Paper: Simon Says Stamp Khaki, My Favorite Things Berrylicious and Sour Apple, Stampin' Up Crisp Cantaloupe CS and dsp
- Ink: Papertrey Ink Classic Kraft
- Accessories: WPlus9 Folk Art Florals die, Mama Elephant Femme Frame die