Tuesday, June 23, 2015

~Sailboat Birthday~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit at the Charmed Life Blog. I am back to trying to get my new craft room in order. But, I needed a little break so I decided to post on my Blog. Maybe that's the problem I am taking too many breaks from organization and that's the reason it's taking so long (lol)!!!
I want to have this completed by mid July since my son and daughter-in-law are coming for a visit. And, this mess was going on at Christmas time. My saga started with painting the room my 4 yr. old granddaughter sleeps in.
Then we moved the desktop computer out of that room. That was when my hubby suggested taking his den and making it my stamping studio. Oh yes, I jumped right on that one.
So we moved the computer and desk in there and started bringing my craft supplies up from the basement. That was right before Christmas- obviously my excitement got the better of me. I had no layout in mind for the room and no idea what to use for storage.
Now 6 months later I bought storage units from Ikea, Stamp 'N Storage and Home Depot. I am still in the midst of organizing and purging supplies. I have used some organization ideas from Jennifer McGuire. I took all of my Stampin'-Up wood mount stamps that I was keeping and converted them to clear mount. That in itself was a huge undertaking.
Today I am finishing organizing my Spellbinder dies and my PaperTrey Ink stamps and dies. Once that's done there is all my ribbon, embellishments and paper. The paper will be another huge project.
I will keep you posted on my progress. Wish I had some professionals to help me but alas I don't. So I need to stay focused and get this done.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for today's color challenge #536 on Splitcoaststampers. Maura is hostessing her first challenge and she chose real red, night of navy and marina mist as her color palette. Our option this week is to use enamel dots or sequins. I was so focused on the colors this week that I totally forgot the option (lol). 
real red, marina mist, night of navy

But, I did take Maura's suggestion to make a fun masculine card. I had some pieces left from a Stampin'-Up Paper Pumpkin kit and I decided to use them for my boat sails. I saw this card on Pinterest and used it for my inspiration. Changed it up to make it my style.

My water is stamped with the PaperTrey Ink "ombre builder" set in marina mist. Clouds stamped with same ink and the stamp is from A Muse.

For my boat bottom, I used a Spellbinders circle die and cut it in half. It's embossed with a Tim Holtz "woodgrain embossing folder" and run through my Sizzix Big Shot.

My birthday die is from PaperTrey ink cut in night of navy.  I decided to place it on the card at an angle. I like how this one turned out and now I have a masculine card for my stash.
Hope you can play along with us this week. We have some great colors and you may be our next fave of the week and that gives you a chance to guest design with the CC Team. Just go to this post on Splitcoaststampers and get all the details.
card details:
Stamps: ombre builder (PaperTrey Ink), clouds (A Muse) 
Paper: real red, night of navy, whisper white 
Ink: marina mist 
Accessories: Paper Pumpkin Kit (Jue 2014), birthday die (PaperTrey Ink), Spellbinder circle die, Woodgrain embossing folder (Tim Holtz/Ranger), Sizzix Big Shot

I am also entering:
1.  Cardz 4 Guyz has a die or punch challenge.
2.  Cuttlebug Mania has a "sentimental journey" challenge. Add a sentiment to card.
3.  Fan-Tastic Tuesday has an anything goes with a twist: touch of summer.
4.  Loves Rubberstamp has a die-cut challenge.
5Papertake Weekly has a trio-tastic challenge. I used 3 die cuts.
6.  The Challenge has a nautical theme challenge.


  1. I love the simple colour choice for your card, and the birthday on an angle looks fabulous. Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz. Caz

  2. Super cute card, love the bottom of your boat.

  3. Super cute card, love the bottom of your boat.

  4. Sounds like you've been super busy! Know you can't wait to have it all completed now. You'll have to post how you're doing your die storage. Mine is such a mess and I'm looking for a new system!
    Love your wonderful nautical card Mary! The red, white, and blue just screams summer and fun. Love it!

  5. Love this card! What a great way to do a sailboat, masculine card. I"m sure you will love your new organized space.

  6. This is so awesome! I love the water and all the pieces for your boat - what a great idea. Perfect man card. I can feel your pain on craft room organization, I was without one for 2.5 years (after a move to a new house). I had cobbled together enough to make some simple cards but it was too hard not having all my "stuff" and ended up taking a break. Just moved into my new room this spring and yep.....still holding steady at about 85% organized, lol. WAY too many breaks! ;) Thanks for sharing your project with us at Loves Rubberstamps this week, hope to see you again soon!
    Jennifer, DT

  7. Love the color combo and you scene is adorable. Thanks for joining us at Cuttlebug Mania!

  8. This is wonderful, Mary! I love the sailboat! Too cool! Enjoy getting your new crafty space organized. I am not sure it can be completed.LOL! I feel I am always moving things around. Reorganizing in other words!

  9. fab card thanks for sharing with FTT Rachel dt

  10. Happy to see you took a break from your organizing to share this wonderful card....love everything about it from the colors to the design. Thanks for sharing it with us at Loves Rubberstamps this week, hope you'll join us again in more of our weekly challenges.

  11. Cool design, Mary! I love how you used the angle of the sail to align the sentiment! Thanks so much for joining us at The Challenge!

  12. I love this colour combo and the clever use of dies

    Thanks for joining us at cardz4guyz this week

  13. Yes, organizing the craft room is a challenge all on its own! I keep telling myself I can't buy anything new until it's clean, but that doesn't work. I'm glad you decided to take a break and share your lovely card with us at Cardz 4 Guyz.

  14. Thanks for sharing your lovely crafting for Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge 91 - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

  15. A great card - love the way the sentiment is part of the sail.

    Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz.

    Helen x

  16. Oh, these colors are so perfect for a summer birthday!

    I hope your craft room is quickly organized and would love to see pics when you're finished!

  17. This is SO bold and graphic! Love that sailboat and the way you did the sentiment, Mary! Simply awesome!



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