Kitchen table crafting!

Hi everyone!  Over the last couple of weeks, the team at Doodlebug have been sharing crafty space ideas, so I thought it might be fun to share a bit of information about my own as well!  So here it – where it all happens at SCS!

Okay, now I know you are probably thinking – “Um, Karen, that looks an awful lot like a kitchen table.”  And the truth is – you are right!  It is my kitchen table.  In fact, my kitchen counter starts just to the right of this picture, and I actually took this picture while precariously perched on top of my breakfast bar.  That’s right.  I am a kitchen table crafter!

Now, for those of you who also create right in the centre of it all, you will know that crafting on a kitchen table is a juggling act all of it’s own (sometimes an act that requires me to exclaim with enthusiasm at meal time – “Today, let’s have a picnic in the living room!” to the giggles of my children and the patient grimace of the hubby). But as the years have gone on, this little corner has evolved from piles of semi organized collections…um…I mean, supplies…to a mobile working space that I can tuck away when needed.  So, while it isn’t a whole room of crafty goodness, today I thought I would share some of my ways of making this space work.

One of my favourite and most economical organizing purchases has been my white photo boxes. You can pick up these boxes for a couple of dollars and the are the perfect size for many different spaces…shelves, cupboards, drawers – you name it!  Besides photos, my boxes hold extra adhesive, ink pads, stamp collections…

…and when open, are even the perfect size for 6×6 paper pads, packages of odds and ends, buttons and even doilies!

And if you are worried about how sturdy they are, simply place the lid on the bottom for extra stability!  These boxes come right out onto my table when I am creating, and then tuck away beautifully when I clean up (that’s actually my criteria for all storage I use…can I pull it out easily onto the table and throw everything back in easily when I am done).  Oh, and while my boxes are all white, they come in a million colours and patterns and you can even personalize them with some pretty paper!

Speaking of paper, I keep all of my paper collections together in separate extra large zipper bags.  When I first get them, I actually keep embellishments in there too.  When I want to work with a collection, I simply pull the bag out on to the table and pull out what I need.  When it’s time to clean up, all the pieces slide right back into the bag – even my little tiny pieces (it’s hard to get rid of them).  It’s a super quick cleanup!

Now, I have to admit that I did buy a storage unit on wheels last year that has really changed things for me. There is room on the top for my cutting machine, and a great set of drawers of different sizes. If you are on a tight budget like me, do not count out this option. These types of units can be pricey, but I bought mine second hand for a fraction of the price.  In the end, I actually sold off some crafting supplies to pay for it to make myself feel even better about the purchase – I was cleaning out to make use of it anyway so it was the perfect time to purge!  This new unit has given me the perfect opportunity to organize…

…small odds and ends like mini clips and doilies (in a tray that I re-purposed to fit this drawer well)…

…small, narrow supplies like my glitter…

…and even some of my twine.

But the best part was attaching some temporary 3M hoops to the side to store my washi tape embroidery hoop and, on the other side, to hold my cutting mats.  And when we have guests over for dinner, I can roll the whole unit away into another room or just move my Cricut off of the top and have a “mini buffet” to store some of our meal items.

You know, I have to admit that there are days when I look at pictures of beautiful craft rooms and drool!  But I really do love crafting and creating in the middle of my family home and watching my girls (and even sometimes my hubby) just pull up a chair and join in.  I also think there are things we can learn in terms of organization and decluttering from those that craft in the heart of it all!  So while perhaps one day down the road one of the rooms in my house may look so lonely and empty that my craft supplies sneak in, today I am going to put my feet up, enjoy this sunny crafting space in what happens to be the sunniest city in Canada, toasting all of those that call the kitchen table crafting “home base”!

Road trip (I wish)

Hello crafty peeps!  It’s the first Tuesday of the month, so that means it’s challenge time over on the Tiddly Inks challenge blog.  That also means that I get to share some inspiration for this month’s theme – Road Trip!

Now, I am just coming off of a week off of work, so you would think that I might have road trip story up me sleeve.  The truth is that this little holiday didn’t really include any such adventures.  So, for inspiration for this challenge, I tried to think about where I would have liked to have gone…and that simply included a place that was warm enough that I could have some fun swimming with my girls! Give that, out came the adorable new digi from Tiddly Inks called Wryn Beach Party 

Yup – if I could have, I would have pulled out the flip flops and floaties and driven somewhere where they would have been useful.  But since that wasn’t the case, I grabbed my Copics and made use of those instead! Matching the image to some Pebbles Fun in the Sun paper, creating this little card was enough to take me away – if not in body, definitely in spirit!

Now it’s your turn.  So get crafty (and don’t forget to consider the theme in your work).  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping by!


2 cute cuteness

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!  Today I have some uber cute green cuteness to share with you!

This cute little digi stamp is from a company called 2 Cute Ink.  His name is Sweet Leprechaun, and well, he is just that! I coloured him up with Copics, having some fun with some different green combinations.  It’s interesting…I definitely have a favourite combination (YG13/YG17), but this was a great chance to experiment with some others as well!  Once he was all finished, I grabbed a bit of DCWV paper for the background (Hello Darlin’) and then added a bit of hand lettering with my Sakura pen (if you ever plan on doing hand lettering, these pens really are amazing). I finished off the card with a little bow, and it was all set.

Heidi at 2 Cute Ink has recently brought back her challenge blog, so if you love digis, this is a great chance for you to win some cute ones!  This month, the challenge is “Anything Goes” so the sky is the limit!

And while you are there, you can check out Heidi’s digi club, where you can pick up this exclusive image:

So, I am not sure if you have any St. Patrick’s day celebrations up your sleeve for today, but it never hurts to sneak a little bit of colouring in there!  Thanks for stopping by!

Animal Magic

Good morning everyone!  It’s a chilly morning here in Calgary, so I am hoping to warm up a little bit by sharing a a hug…

…a little hug in the form of a Tiddly Ink!  It’s challenge day again, and this time we are working with the theme of “Animal Magic“.  Lately, my oldest daughter has been all about owls, so I though that Owlways Love You would be a great little image to colour up!

It’s no secret that Christy’s character Wryn is one of my favourites, and I love the detail and unusual shape of this image in particular!  I used the E11-18 family for both the branch and her hair, and then played a bit with colours on the owls to match the Doodlebug paper that I chose for the card base (these ones happen to be from the Sweet Treats collection).  It’s a great image for a last minute card (not that we ever have to make those, right?) because, while there are a lot of fun details, there is actually not a lot of space to colour.  And really, who would appreciate the war hug?

So, for the challenge this month:

use any Tiddly Inks animal image
 (Cats-birds-dogs..anything with an animal in) 

and there are number for you to choose from! Link it up on the blog post, and you are all set to go!  And remember, you have a full month now to enter the challenge, so no excuses!  Remember, this cutie is a breeze to colour up!

Thanks for stopping by!