Sunday, January 25, 2015

Simply Organized Sunday

Welcome to Simply Organized Sunday…SOS for short. Every Sunday, I showcase blogs, websites or posts that provide innovative approaches to organizing and designing your craft space as well as other areas in your home.


I was beyond excited when I saw this new cartridge from Cricut. I love it when two of my favorite things combine. Crafting and organizing!


These tags are made using the pen holder! Wow!


These use vinyl and print-then-cut technology. This cartridge has it all!

Click here to see tons more photos and instructions.

Hope you are having a wonderfully organized weekend!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Fab Five Friday

Welcome to Fab Five Friday. For those of you that are new to this blog, every Friday I showcase five blogs, websites or posts that I think you will enjoy.


I love these creations from Mendi for Pebble’s blog!


 Click here for more information.

If you are looking for a fun mini album for you ATC cards be sure to watch the following video. Dina shows you how to make an album out of one sheet of cardstock! Wow!




This gorgeous wall d├ęcor is made by hand cutting hearts and attaching them to your wall. Click here to down load a template and for complete instructions. You could also use your cutting machine to make this in no time at all.


Tim Holtz has been busy! At CHA he introduced the “year of distress” ! According to Tim, Ranger is releasing 12 new colors throughout 2015 – one color each month. Instead of focusing on a specific product category, we are launching the new color in the various products including ink pad, reinker, marker, stain, spray stain, and paint. The new color for January is called cracked pistachio, a bright retro green that compliments the rest of the distress palette. And guess what? The monthly release will be a tightly held secret! Click here to read all about it from Tim!


I know many of us are trying to eat healthier and this post will help. I am feeling a bit rushed this month and I am so thrilled that I found this post on how to prep food fast! Click here to read the entire post.

Hope you are having a Fab Five Friday!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Interactive Mini Album

My sister Di sent me this Cat in the Hat book she made for a friend’s daughter and I could not wait to share it with you. As most of you know Di, my much younger sister was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on October 7th and is undergoing chemotherapy, but still has a long road ahead of her. Her husband recently started a fund raising campaign to help with the cost of her treatments. If you would like to contribute please click here. Thank you for all your calls, emails, and support. It means the world to us!


You can purchase a vintage Cat in the Hat book at a tag or garage sale and re-purpose it into a great mini album. Di used several vintage Dr. Seuss books to make the embellishments.


Her stunning book has over 35 places to add photos or journaling. Here is a photo of one of the pages totally open.


The vibrant colors are striking!


There are so many hidden places for photos and journaling.


The pearls are a perfect touch.

Please see the complete video tour below.



Thanks for watching and have a wonderful day!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Make it in Minutes Monday

Welcome to Make it in Minutes Monday. I thought it would be fun to feature quick and easy cards or projects that take less than 10 minutes to make, but look like you spent more time making them.



I used the dove valentine shaped card file (#72826) from the Silhouette on-line store to make this elegant and easy Valentine ’s Day card.

My Cameo cut the details perfectly and in no time at all. Next time, I am going to use my embossing folders to add more texture to the dove!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Simply Organized Sunday

Welcome to Simply Organized Sunday…SOS for short. Every Sunday I showcase blogs, websites or posts that provide innovative approaches to organizing and designing your craft space as well as other areas in your home.


My spice cupboard needs organizing and I am so going to try one of these helpful tips from Sand and Sisal.


I love the idea of using pencil holders to organize my spices! Click here to see 14 additional organizing tips!

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Fab Five Friday

Welcome to Fab Five Friday. For those of you that are new to this blog, every Friday I showcase five blogs, websites or posts that I think you will enjoy.


If you love fonts, be sure to visit Here Comes the Sun and download these for free.


Speaking of fonts, have you heard about Jessica Sprague’s new class, Type-ology? I have taken many of her classes and I hope to take this one!


Laura Dennison designed several exquisite projects for CHA. Click here for more information.


Laura used Once Upon a Springtime Collection from Graphic 45 to design Thumbelina’s house. Gorgeous!


As most of you know, we have two beautiful black cats that we rescued and they would love these toys!


For a free recipe binder kit, click here.


I love the dividers and tabs!

Hope you are having a Fab Five Friday!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cutting Anna Griffin Dies with Sizzix BIGkick

I recently purchased a Sizzix BIGkick and I love it even more than my Anna Griffin Cuttlebug! Several months ago I filmed a video using the Cuttlebug and the cuts turned out fine. However, I have to admit that using the Sizzix BIGkick is so much easier. I would love to hear from all of you as to what machine you prefer. In the meantime, please enjoy the video!



Please keep in mind I am a BIGkick newbie and would love to hear any suggestions that you all might have!

Have a great day and thanks so much for watching!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Make it in Minutes Monday

Make it in Minutes Monday with the Cricut Explore

Welcome to Make it in Minutes Monday. I thought it would be fun to feature quick and easy cards or projects that take less than 10 minutes to make, but look like you spent more time making them.


Did I mention that I love the Cricut Make it Now projects for the Cricut Explore? In fact today we should title the post Make it Now Monday!

I customized the Gold valentine and Envelope Make it Now project by changing up the colors and adding a liner to the card. I used red glitter paper from DCVW and silver glitter paper from Recollections. I used the glitter paper setting and it cut like butter! I used my paper cutter to cut a liner for the inside of the card, but you could also do that using your machine.


Here is another Make it Now project that I made several months ago. This would be perfect for Valentine’s Day too!


The Make it Now instructions said to cut the letters out of vinyl, but I decided to try to push the Cricut Explore and cut them out of textured paper I had in my stash. I was amazed at how cleanly the Explore cut the lettering and images. Click here to see my original post.

Hope you and your family are having a wonderful new year!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Simply Organized Sunday

Welcome to Simply Organized Sunday…SOS for short. Every Sunday I showcase blogs, websites or posts that provide innovative approaches to organizing and designing your craft space as well as other areas in your home.

One of my goals for 2015 is to become more organized and thanks to BHG, that just might happen. Over the past two years I have seen tons of great organizational ideas, but BHG has come up with some new ones that I think you will want to check out.


What a novel idea to hang a wire mesh utensil organizer near your door to use for sun glasses, keys, etc. You could even use idea this in your craft room.


I love the idea of using vintage luggage for more storage space.


This may be the most novel idea ever! Who knew you could turn an ordinary shoe organizer into a stylish buffet. Wow!


I have a huge collection of binder clips and use them for almost everything, but I would have never thought to use them to organize my napkins. Another unique idea to try!


When more space is needed you can add stenciled letters to a shelf to designate days of the week, and repositionable clips to hold reminders and to-dos for each day.

Be sure to click here for 18 more ideas!

Hope you are having a happy organized New Year!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Fab Five Friday

Welcome to Fab Five Friday. For those of you that are new to this blog, every Friday I showcase five blogs, websites or posts that I think you will enjoy.

According to Leo Babauta , with every new year comes renewed optimism and if you are ready for a superb 2015, check out his post, 5 Ideas to Create an Amazing 2015! I love number one!


Most of you know that I am a huge fan of Craftaholics Anonymous and read Linda’s blog daily! Just in case you missed it, be sure to check out her post for 49 Valentine Gifts in a Jar Ideas. Wow!


Click here to see 48 more ideas!


Gabrielle made this gorgeous steam punk box using an inexpensive craft box. Stunning!



A special thanks to Such a Pretty Mess for the detailed video!


I love shoes and I love bling so naturally I jumped for joy when I saw this post from Swell Maybe.

Click here for step by step details to create these one of a kind shoes.


A special thanks to my sister who sent me this link to Enjoying Life. Be sure to check out Barb’s favorites of the year post to see more card ideas!

Hope you are having a wonderful New Year!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Make it in Minutes Monday

Welcome to Make it in Minutes Monday. I thought it would be fun to feature quick and easy cards or projects that take less than 10 minutes to make, but look like you spent more time making them.


I needed a few quick and easy thank you cards and found this image (#59874) on the Silhouette On-line store. All I did was cut it out and glue to a piece of red card stock and I was done. For delicate images I use my Zig 2 Way Glue Pen.

Also, I want to thank my husband Bill for taking such good care of me while I was sick with the flu.

Hope you and your family are having a wonderful new year!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Simply Organized Sunday

Happy New Year and welcome to Simply Organized Sunday…SOS for short. Every Sunday I showcase blogs, websites or posts that provide innovative approaches to organizing and designing your craft space as well as other areas in your home.

Speaking of 2015, for me one of the best ways to get organized is to have a plan. Click here to read 6 Easy Resolutions for Your Most Organized Year Ever!

I love how organized this bathroom is! If you would like to see 12 more Tidy Homes for New Year’s Clean-Spiration, click here.


What a clever idea to use open shelving to house books and artwork!


This post is several years old, but I jumped for joy when I discovered it. I have tons of plastic drawers and love how she made them look elegant! I need to get to work on my craft room!


Have a wonderful weekend and Happy New Year!


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