Card Recognition

Friday, September 16, 2011

fall friend

Fall is definitely in the air here, so excited!  I've got an order to make some fall cards for a friend, so I really should get cracking on some of those.  Hero Arts is celebrating fall this month and this card uses the Designer Friend leaf stamp.  I've also used a loose take on this week's Card Patterns sketch, I tried and tried to incorporate the two little tabs and it didn't work, so I'm going with the CAS style.  It's hard to see in this photo but I used the eyelet punch to create mini holes in the two corners, I swore off using the actual mini eyelets after one too many frustrating attempts months ago, so I've just got holes.



And since the current Flashback Friday is to repost your first fall card I pulled out this one (using the same stamp!).  I made this card in May 2010 for one of the Play Date Cafe color challenges.


And least but not last... I wanted to share some storage ideas... I posted a photo of my very messy desk last week and somehow inspired Amy to do a bit of a clean up... thanks Amy for the added motivation, because a clean up was indeed in order over here.  I recruited a little helper, because he's actually quite good at cleaning up if he's motivated.  He came in, took charge and somehow I managed to find the floor, desk and make some order in the drawers.  Here are Ben's top craft room organization tips: 1) turn off the computer, 2) don't get sucked into to making cards and 3) just put it away.  Here are some photos...
Before
After
 This is a peek in the drawer with my dies, normally I just chuck them in the drawer (as seen on the top), but I've got these fabulous magnet holders that Ayana has mentioned once before, so my tip is to actually use them!

Scrap folder
Scrap Organizer
So I've got lots of fabulous scraps and heaven forbid you should get rid of them, but I'm not very good about filing them away in my scrap binder,  but tip #2, recruit helpers!  The clear sleeves are great for finding the perfect color.


And the final result!  A clean desk (and floor) just in time for my grandma's visit!  Woo hoo!  I'll add this to "What's On Tap Tuesday" since I was brave and posted the before photo here.

Materials: Hero Arts Designer Friend, Tim Holtz woodgrain embossing folder, Tim Holtz Distress ink mustard seed and fired brick, Versacolor Orange ink, May Arts burlap twine, Making Memories eyelet punch

14 comments:

lynn said...

great cards, and i love the cute helper! your room looks great--enjoy grandma's visit:)

Emily Keaton said...

Ben has a future career as a home organizer on tap, I see!! Way to put him to work ;). I just love his tips--I need to sit up and take notice of these, too.

Oh, I LOVE your Flashback card--that stamp is so cool!

whoistracy said...

Gorgeous cards Erin! Love the peek into your studio, too. So glad you could play along with us on Card Patterns.

Jen said...

OOoh, love all the texture on your first card, and your "Flashback" card is fab! Can I borrow your helpers? I need a little organization and your new office is so awesome! BTW, your little helper is darling and what a fun way to spend time with you! Thanks so much for joining Amy's Flashback Friday!

Scrapcollectr said...

Thanks for the WOTT shout-out. I love happy endings... A

Scrapcollectr said...

Hurmpph! Blogger posted too fast.... I was going to say that you have a beautifully clean happy ending here. My turn now. Gotta get crackin' on my cleanup! *smile*

Karen B. said...

Yay for little helpers, and cute ones to boot. The texture on your card makes your card even more fallish, that's cool.

jen said...

I could see the punched holes when I enlarged the pic- I like the added detail! Great texture too!
Yay for clean before Grandma- and Ben is VERY wise!!! :D

~amy~ said...

okay, seriously chock full of fun kind of post..love your friend card...the embossing is fab and lovin' the stamping! Woooooo hooooo for linking up to Flashback Friday! Using the stamp stamp but yet such a different look...wonderful! I adore the look of white ink and those scallop trim is magnificent.

organization...seriously, can you send over your helper to me? I love how you cleaned up..check out that CLEAN desk top...wooooooooo hoooooooooo!!!!! I so need to do the same storage for my nesties and dies...

Thanks sooooooooo much for the inspiring post girlie!

Marlena M. said...

Gorgeous fall card! I love the texture. ;)

Virginia L. said...

Love your little helper! Is he for hire? I like to have neat drawers like yours.....mine are getting out of control :)

Lisa Petrella said...

Awesome Fall cards, Erin! And your craft studio looks FANTASTIC!!! Thanks for the organization tips!! And if that little helper of yours is available, I'd love to have him over to help me organize and clean my space!!! HA!

Be(e) said...

Love both your cards!! The Flashback Friday card is sooo elegant and pretty too! Thanks for taking us back in time!!
Enjoy your clean craft room!
Els.

~amy~ said...

Hey Hey Sista...Happy Saturday! I wanted to let you know that I featured your card today on the Flashback Friday blog!