Groovy kind of love…

Hey everyone!

I decided to get out some of my favorite retro-inspired paper yesterday (October Afternoon Thrift Shop) along with a new yummy stamp set,  Papertrey Ink’s  Love Birds for this Valentine’s Day card. I am going to send this to friends of ours who recently tied the knot – thought the combined sentiment was sweet!
I used the gorgeous sketch over at the Clean and Simple blog – I really love this sketch & think I will come back to it again. I was also very inspired by the feature on Gray in the latest Paper Crafts issue, so was super excited to spot this challenge using gray over at the fun & fabulous Moxie Fab World. I’m also going to submit this for the Paper Player’s Valentine’s Day challenge and the Paper Crafts February challenge. Phew – thats a lot of challenges!

Here is the Clean & Simple sketch
 Thanks for stopping by!

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A challenging challenge…

To get back in the swing of things after the break for the holidays I thought I would use some challenges to get me inspired. I chose the current sketch challenge over at Card Positioning Systems and used the colors from the Just Add Ink. The card is also for the background basics challenge over at A Passion for Papertrey – love the cards they came up with for the challenge. I found these colors very difficult, but still took a stab at it. Here are the sketches & color:

I don’t know if I *love* the card, but I had fun making it and using some new stamps, dies, glitter & felt!

Thanks for stopping by – I really appreciate it!!
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A shout out to Joy (and Hero Arts!)

I came across Joy and her fab blog, Less is More, not so long ago through Twitter. She comes up with the most beautiful cards & is currently celebrating her 1 year blog anniversary with some blog candy. This is one nice prize package – how generous of her!

The question she is asking for her comments is your favorite Hero Arts stamp of 2010. What a tough one! I’m not positive these are actually 2010 stamps, but Friend Definition & Poppy Background are tied for my #1 stop. These were the first stamps I ever used – I took a class on inking techniques about a year ago and now can’t get enough of stamping & card making. I am forever indebted to these beautiful stamps for opening up this wonderful world to me!

Here are a few creations I’ve made with these beauties:

(Inspired by Therese’s amazing card here)

Thanks for stopping by & make sure to visit Joy’s blog as well!
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This is embarrassing,…

But, I thought I would share some pictures of my craft space (and very messy apartment!!) and ask for some advice. In an ideal world, my crafting space would look something like this, or this.

I live in a small 2 bedroom, furnished (hence the ugly curtains) apartment in London and I REALLY struggle with space for all my supplies. I have a set of shelves in our spare room and a small work table in our living room…but, lately a lot of my stuff lives on my dresser, the floor, kitchen table, etc.

I did a big stock up of materials over the holidays back home in the states (see image below!). In my extremely jet lagged state these are living in a very unorganized pile on the spare bed. As I am currently a zombie (my working day feels like 12am – 8am, thank you, California) and I have not had the energy to tackle this pile of goodies.

But, when I do muster up the energy all of this has to fit somewhere on here:

Or crammed onto my work table here:

So, the question is – how can I make better use of my space?? I think I need a new method for storing ribbon – I use Tupperware containers and I think something wall-mounted would be better. 
Also, what is the best method for storing clear stamps? I recently purchased photo albums as I thought this would be ideal, but I can barely fit any in the albums I bought without making them 4 times their original size — maybe I should have gone with ring bound albums instead??

Lastly, I think a purge of supplies is definitely in order!
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