Thursday, July 30, 2009


It's Anya's ANYAversary, so let's party! Visit the Club Anya blog for a huge blog hop to celebrate and don't forget to check out the new release. I want it all!

ATTENTION TWIN CITIES STAMPERS: I'm teaching another Greeting Farm class at Smudges in Chanhassen, MN. If you are in the Twin Cities area I would love you to join me. All the info. is below.

Greeting Farm Fun by Erin $25.00Thursday, Aug. 13th 1:00pm - 3:00pm and Thursday, Aug. 20th 6:00p.m. - 8:00pm. All class participants will receive 10% off of everything purchased the day of the class. To reserve your space in a class, please call Smudges at (952) 974-9885.

FYI: I will be in Michigan hiking for the next week. Hopefully the blog deprivation doesn't do me in. See you next weekend.

Stamp: The Greeting Farm - Miss Anya
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Sweet Plum
Copic Markers:
Skin: E50, E51, R20
Flowers: V000, V99, YG03, YG05
Clothes: V000, V06
Hair: E09, E08
Basket: E35, E55
Paper: Papertrey Lavender Moon, Bazzill Khaki, Basic Grey Wisteria Jardin, Basic Grey Wisteria Willow, Color Mates Dark Perfect Plum
Ribbon 1/8” plum organza
Crystal Lacquer


It's time to hit the runway once again. The Club Couture Summer show is all about sophistication and sassiness this season at Club Anya. And if you haven't seen the sneak peeks of the new releases run don't walk over to the Club Anya Blog. They are to die for.

I made this card for my friends daughter. She is competing in a singing competition this weekend so I thought Superstar Anya was perfect. I found a little charm that said ROCK in red and the sheet music paper in blue and the color scheme was born. It's hard to tell in the picture but she has Spica glitter pen on her glasses and belt for some bling.
Stamp: Superstar Anya, sentiment from Studio G
Spica Baby Blue glitter pen
Copics: E00, E02, R20, R00, E74, E77, E79, R24, R29, B00, B01, BG10, 100
CS: red & lite blue
DP: Jenni Bowlin Love Song
Jenni Bowlin Blue Label Sticker
Cuttlebug embossing folder - star
SU Large Star Punch
Sizzix texturz plate - small dots
Ribbon: May Arts & Bazzill
Charm: Micheals

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Well it looks like junk to most people. I went to the Crazy Crafter sale in Wayzata this weekend. I found some fun stuff for cheap that I look forward to playing with in the future.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Sunny Summer Riley

This ATC was for my clubs July meeting. I found the sunglasses at Archivers in the hot spot. I just cut of the back of the button with a shank remover and used glue dots on the back.

Stamp: Riley from Hanna Stamps, Sending Sunshine from A Muse
Copic Markers: E47, E35, Y19, RV09, B05
Purple scallop rect. punch
glitter brads
CS: SU pumpkin pie

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Lockhart Class Work

Here are my cards from the Karen Lockhart coloring and stylus class I took at Smudges. I need lots of work. At one point she told me to step away from the pencils.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Craft in America on PBS

Check your TV listings for Craft in America on PBS. In the Memory episode furniture maker Garry Knox Bennett had some very interesting work. My favorite was his "Nail Cabinet" (1979). In the interview he said he still doesn't think of himself as an artist. We are our own worth critic. I highly recommend it.

Question of the Day: This one is for the moms out there. What potty training method have you had success with? I'm pulling my hair out.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fairy Tri-Fold Card

This is one of the cards from my recent Greeting Farm Class at Smudges. Love this crazy Lime Rickey paper.

Stamp: The Greeting Farm - Fairy Tink, Fairy Chloe, Fairy Eva
Sentiment - Stamping Bella
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copic Markers:
Skin: E50, E51, R20
Blues: B02, B04
Greens: G07, YG23
Pinks: RV13, RB14
Yellows: Y15, Y06
Oranges: YR04, YR07
Reds: R29, R24
Cardstock: Bazzill
Designer Paper: Basicgrey Lime Rickey - Hoboken, Liquid Candy, Fruit Fizz, & Tutti Fruitti
Nestabilities: Curved Rectangles
Flowers: Prima
Lumin Arte’ Oyster Twinkling H20s (wings)
Glitter Dome

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Little Weekend in the Big Woods

We spent Saturday Letterboxing in Laura Ingalls Wilders birth place, Pepin WI. Lake Pepin is huge and is surrounded by quaint little towns. We stopped at the Laura Ingalls Wilder museum and got an age appropriate book then went out to her cabin. I read Addison a story about how Laura spent her summers in the big woods. She thought she was going to meet Laura at her house. She loved the tiny 3 room cabin. It's out in the middle of the country but has a steady stream of traffic in and out. Maybe part to do with the art show in the town or the great weather. The high was 72 with a breeze.

We did some letterboxing along the way. Got in around 5 to 6 miles of walking. One hike was trough the woods to the top of one of the bluffs overlooking the lake. It was beautiful. We found falcon feathers at the top and watched them flying above us at great speeds. All in all a great summer day. Hope you enjoyed your weekend too.

Farm Fresh Friday Challenge at The Greetings Farm

It's that time of the week again, Farm Fresh Friday at The Greetings Farm. This week it's a sketch challenge. I think sketches go the fastest since you have the layout done for you.
I just love this Cosmo Cricket paper and couldn't wait to use it again. Flutter Anya just seamed to fit this card, and used the sentiment from Fly Away. I don't know if you can tell but I popped her hair up with foam tape to give her some dimension. Yesterday I opened the mail to find my new releases. SWEET! Can't wait to ink them.
Questions of the day: What's on the top of your stamping wish list?
Have you seen the Just Rite Stamps Preserves Borders & Centers and Witch Way to the Treats? I want, I need, I have to have.

Stamps: The Greeting Farm Fly Away & Flutter Anya
CS: SU Kiwi Kiss, Summer Sun
DP: Cosmo Cricket Early Bird - Sunrise, Apron Strings, Ribbon Sandwich, Cherry Pie
Copic Markers: R27, BG72, BG75, BG11, BG13, YG03, YG13, YR21, YR24, YR31, R00, E00, E95, E93
Prima Flowers
Glitter Dome: Red, Yellow, Green
Red Spica Pen

Thursday, July 16, 2009

My Craft Loft - Part 4

This cabinet is from Ikea (surprise), it has glass front doors so it forces you to keep everything pretty inside. On top I have some family pictures. I'm sure they need a good dusting. Inside on the top shelf I photo albums I keep all the photos I don't use in my scrapbooks, an album of photos of projects I have completed, a basket of ribbon, a box a ribbon, spools of ribbon, and oh some more ribbon. The second shelf has glass jars I got at a yard sale. They hold my ribbon scraps (obviously I need to save every scrap I may run out), twine and thread, and tags. The third shelf holds my cuttlebug, which I never use since I got my Big Shot. My folder holder, and what I call my stair steps. It's a can holder for pantry shelves so you can see what you have. You can find them in the kitchen supplies at Target or Walmart. On the stairs I keep cans of acrylic letters, Xlarge buttons, and my vintage juice glasses. In the glasses I have Martha S. twine, metallic threads, and misc. odds and ends. If any one has seen one of these glasses please let me know. I have picked them up here and there but they are very hard to find. Some have pink elephants, red cherry, and red roosters. There could possibly be other patterns maybe a scotty dog. The forth shelf holds all my little embellishments, buttons, hodgepodge, brads eyelets, and bling. The big green container holds my acrylic stamps divided by theme. The pink bucket has all my cats eye and tear drop ink pads. The green bucket holds my acrylic blocks. The bottom is filled with my stitch it kit and some misc. things in boxes.

This is how I store my Copics. The containers are from you guessed it Ikea. I love that you can stack them inside each other and see them so easily. Even the refills fit perfectly inside. Aren't they pretty to look at?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What a great class!

What a great time I had last night. My class went off very smoothly. The only thing that could make it better was if I had more Copic markers to go around. A girl can dream right. Thanks to everyone that came. I hope to have another later in Aug.

The new release from The Greetings Farm is out. This time there is a Hippy Anya that is a limited edition, so run over and get one before they are gone.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

My Craft Loft - Part 3

Please tell me you all have as much paper as I do. I even go through it every year and get rid of a good 18 inches worth at least. Do you think I need therapy? When we moved in this closet had sliding wood doors (they were the first thing to go). I cover up my mess with the pink curtains I hung. So here we go top to bottom. Top shelf has back issues of craft magazines, idea books, binders of ATC's, boxes labels by holiday for specific embellishments and such, fall and Xmas paper. Second shelf down is more paper (mostly DCWV stacks), albums and projects to be started, some 6X6 paper pads, a basket full of border punches, and more ribbon. The third shelf down has surprise! more paper in cropper hopper storage. I sort by color, theme, "new" stuff I look through first, papertrey, stampin up, then stampin up 8 1/2 x 11, and other 8 1/2 X11. On the bottom middle is a cabinet with finished albums and boxes of photos and frames. All my crop bags and such are on one side of the cabinet. On the other side are 2 drawers one with my light box, templates, and lots of misc. stuff I never use. The next drawer is full of my back up supply of adhesives. We could have a nuclear war and I would not run out of adhesive (I buy a lot when its on sale). The large pink box is all Halloween supplies. Why so much Halloween? I just really like Halloween. The next two boxes are overfull of Papertrey paper, buttons, and ribbon. I don't know why but I find myself hording it like it's gold. On the floor is a purple bucket full of unfinished projects from classes and crops. If they don't get finished soon I may have to get rid of them. Oh and my stool so I can reach the stuff on the top shelves. I'm a shorty.
This metal drawer unit is form Ikea ($40). It holds all my art supplies. In the picture it looks like it only have 4 drawers but it really has 6 drawers. All my reinkers, Tim Holtz ink, embossing powder, glitter, chalks, water color paints, stampin up makers, misc. other markers and pens, color pencils, etc. fit like a glove inside.

I found this ink pad holder on ebay years ago. It was unfinished so I painted it green. Everyone that comes in my room asks were I got it. It holds my stampin up, papertrey, and other misc. pads.

Believe it or not, you haven't seen it all. More to come, stay tuned.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

My Craft Loft - Part 2 and a stamping celebrity

Before I show you more of my loft I thought I would show you who I meet today. Karen Lockhart of Lockhart Stamp Company is at my favorite little stamp store in Chanhassen, Smudges. She is teaching classes this Friday and Saturday (I'm going to 2 on Saturday). Today was the meet and greet and guess who was the first person in the door. She signed my stamps and even colored the top of one for me. She is so talented with those color pencils, hopefully I can do half as well after I take the classes.
On with the show.
My wonderful brother-in-law put all of these Ikea bars up for my punches. The magnet board above I found on Etsy, it has the cutest wizard of oz fabric ever. The wire dress form has all my buttons from various vendors, scrapfest, and CKC's. The box it is sitting on I painted and covered myself. It holds paper and embellishments that go together. The pink binders you see to the right hold my ATC's, card ideas, scrapbook ideas, and project ideas.
The best stamp storage in the world. You can really fit a lot in these drawers. Hubby thought I was nuts spending so much on it, but it really works well in my small space. The pink basket on top holds cards and projects that need a home. The cube with drawers is from Target. It holds chipboard, foam stamps, office supplies, cataloges, empty scrapbooks, my xyron, and much more. My Big Shot sits on top the the cube. More punches in my poor leaning tower. On the floor but not in the picture is a basket of Sizzix dies and Nestabilities, and a basket of more ribbon (surprise).

This is how I store my Nestabilities. The boxes are made for storing comic books then I cut magnetic vent covers to fit and tape inside with score tape.
More of the tour to come, stay tuned.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Farm Fresh Friday Sketch Challenge

I threw this together tonight for the Farm Fresh Friday Challenge at The Greetings Farm.

Stamps: The Greetings Farm Football Ian, A Muse Football
Skin: R00, E00, E95
Football E37
Hair E33, E34
Clothes: Y18, Y19, B37, B39
Cuttlebug folder

Monday, July 6, 2009

My Craft Loft - Part 1

I don't know about you, but my favorite part of a scrap magazine is when they show someones crafting space. I love to see how people organize there stuff. Now my little loft will never be in a magazine but it's my space and I love it all the same. When we moved to MN almost 2 years ago my husband picked the house since I was still back in IN until ours sold. That is a very scary thought for most of us. Overall he did a good job (except for the "laundry" closet). One of my requirements was some type of scrapping area. At our old house I had about a 8 X 20 space in the basement. Now I have half that space in an open loft on the top floor. So when you can't go anywhere else you go up, hence so much hanging on the walls. I do have a window but I never open it since I have so much stuff in the way. The 2 white shelves are from Making Memories. They hold all my MM paint, part of my ribbon, and my flowers. The bar on the wall that holds punches is from Ikea (I love that place). The giant cupcake is my chocolate stash, a must. I have several containers of overflowing things, adhesive, junk paper, stamped images I haven't colored or used yet (great for last minute cards), signature stamps and ATC back stamps, inchie backs, and one basket of various ink pads in black mostly. I have 2 Ott lights and still not as much light as I would like. The tool turn about that I spin around 3 times before I see the one thing I'm looking for. The TV was a gift from my hubby, I love the flat screen it takes up so much less room. I also have a DVD player to watch chick flicks on. In the pink bucket are all my Greetings Farm stamps begging to be inked. The cube with the glass door holds my Prismacolor makers and my Stampin' Up ribbon. On top of that is my white cardstocks and a scrap paper binder. The tables are basic banquet tables with the white plastic type top from Sams. Maybe some day I will have real tables. Under the tables are empty boxes and my big rolling tote (and lots of junk I don't know what to do with). I also have a plastic 3 drawer rolling cart that acts as Addison's craft table. It's always covered with stickers and marker. I will show you more soon so stay tuned.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Fun on the 4th

Hope everyone had a great 4th. We had a very busy day of friends, food, and fun. First a cookout at a friends then the party moved to Lakeville for the fireworks. They put on a great show. They had clowns making balloon animals (Addison's pink alligator popped after about 10 seconds). The queens were giving tattoos. What do you think? She looks tough doesn't she. It rained for about and hour in the afternoon but didn't cause to many problems. The party moved indoors and the kids gave us a talent show. Once it passed it was time to clean up and head to the fireworks. It did get cold once the sun went down, but I'd rather be cold than hot.

On a stamping note, I feel like the summer has been making my stamping and blog suffer. I thought I would do a photo tour of my craft room to keep you entertained. Stay tuned.

PS: I am teaching an Anya card class at Smudges in Chanhassen on July 14th at 6:00. Look here for more info.