Thursday, March 28, 2013

Craftroom Destash Sale!!!


One of the Resolutions I wrote down in my 2012 December Daily was to be "Hoard Free in 2013".  I've only worked on this twice so far this year.  Once in my son's bedroom and the other about 2 months ago in my craftroom. I was so pleased to do a little reorganizing and downsizing, but found that I still owned crafty things that I just didn't use.

I went through a year or 2 where I would buy "TO DO" craft supplies with the greatest of intentions of creating with it.  But as the weeks and months went buy, more "TO DO" crafts got tacked on to the end of that mental list, and I just never got around to all of them.

Some time over the weekend I started to really analyze what I own and came to the harsh reality that I just won't get around to using every single thing in my craft room.  There's stuff that's BRAND NEW!  There's stuff like DCWV paper pads (where I've used a sheet or 2 out of the 260 pages), and never looked at again.  This type of hoarding is not something I want to continue doing.

Sunday after church I came straight home and starting pulling out stuff from everywhere in my room.  Even things right on my desk that I don't use.  Yes, even punches and stamps!!


I stuffed a few boxes (all sizes) and decided I would have a destash sale.
Since I don't have any close friends that are into scrapbooking or cardmaking or mixed media near by, I decided to do take my sale to youtube, facebook and instagram.  The response was so great that I kept pulling things and putting in boxes.


I now have several boxes left, with a few pending invoices, but I wanted to share this sale also with my blog readers, in case they'd be interested in having a variety of crafty items.


This is a grab bag type of sale.  But every box is filled and has items worth more than what the box costs.  I really wasn't looking to make a profit.  I just wanted to have a very clean and neat and organized and clutter-free room.

So here's what I have:
[US shipping & Paypal only]

* 4 Small Flat Rate boxes with a stamp set or wood stamp, flowers, trims and embellishments like crystal flowers, stick pin supplies, beads, cameos, brads, ribbon pulls and things as such.  $20 shipped.

* 1 Small Flat Rate box with 1 stamp set (or wood stamp - can't remember) and a few small die cutting dies and small embossing folders (15 pieces I think).  $25 shipped.

* 1 Medium Flat Rate box with Paris theme items, like stamps, paper, mini albums, trims, wood pieces, bling, cameos, metal trinkets, note pads, note book and so much more.  It's PACKED!  $60 shipped.  [SOLD]

* 1 Medium Flat Rate box packed with Smashable goodies, like stickers, stamps, alphas, journal things, paper and more!!  PACKED UP!  $40 shipped.

* 6 Medium Flat Rate boxes with 12x12 paper, stamps, flowers, trims, stickers, and some might have tattered angels spray, embossing powder, punches and tons more random crafty stuff.  $35 shipped.

If you are interested please email me directly at AtStudioD@gmail.com and let me know which you are interested in.  I will not put any boxes on hold.  First come - First served.  I'd like to get these out ASAP and finish cleaning my room.

Here's a sneak of what 1 finished section of my room looks like.  This is where I color my images, make cards and sometimes record a video.


Once they are gone I don't know when I'll be having this destash sale again, so don't hesitate.

Hope to hear from you soon!




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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Egg-stra Special.

I was inspired by Amy Tangerine's very bright and Spring-like, "Yes, Please" paper pad to make this Easter card.  If you check my previous copic colored cards, you will probably find 1 or 2 that I've used purple in.  I am not sure why that is.  I assume it's due to the fact I don't own many pads with purple.

In any case, I took advantage of the minimal shades of purple in this collection to bring it out in my coloring.



The stamp is by Scrap Happy Ohio and when I searched their site to provide you a link, I wasn't able to find it.  I might be wrong, but I think this was offered exclusively in the Easter Kit, which has sold out, and maybe that's why it's no long available.  If you are truly interested in this stamp set, maybe you can contact them directly via Facebook and have them make some more.


I hope you have a great weekend and stay tuned next week for another Easter card.

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Supplies:
- Scrap Happy Ohio "Easter Chick" stamp. [sold out]
- Scrap Happy Ohio "Easter Sayings" stamp.
- Scrap Happy Ohio "Sweet Tooth" Cards & Envelopes.
- Copic markers.
- Amy Tangerine "Yes, Please" 6x6 pad.
- Liquid Pearls (assorted colors).
- Green ruffled trim.
- Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
- Stickles Rock Candy.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

New Washi Storage.

Washi has taken over my world.  To the point where I have tried 3 different storage solutions for it.  They multiply, like Gremlins.  And even though we will probably NEVER use up all of it, we still are lured in by their pretty colors and magical prints.  My main concern was not using all the tapes.  I dreaded digging through the mountains of it.  I lost count sometime after 207.  Not something to be proud of, folks.



For the past 2 months I had been thinking about how I would update this [yet again], but it wasn't until today (at around 7:06pm to be exact), that I saw a photo posted on Facebook by my gal-pal, Kanani, of her updated washi storage.  First I fainted and then I frowned.  I knew it was probably some wicked cool contraption she found at her grandmother's house during one of her prior visits, that she easily painted white and repurposed.  I was so glad to be wrong.  
Spice Stack is EXACTLY what I had envisioned being the perfect washi storage solution, and can be purchased either on Amazon for $35 or Bed Bath & Beyond for $25. [look in the Kitchen section]


The difference is the amount of rows in each rack.  Google it.


Oh, but it is TRUE!!  I placed each tape in ROYGBV order, and also in the order that they are in my Washi Catalogue ...  [cuz I'm psycho like that]... and with the help of hubby, was finished in less than an hour. 



2 small racks fit over 260 washi tapes,
and there's still the bottom right tray that's completely empty.
I estimate that 1 small unit will hold from 125 - 140 rolls, depending on the width.
 


The amount of questions and comments I received on Instagram (which is where I first shared these photos), were so much that I decided to share it all here in one spot, so that my friends, fellow SMASH*aholics, bloggies and even strangers who PIN (hehe), can also benefit from this information.

I'm so excited that I wanna SHOUT ABOUT THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS!!!
... oh, but not until I get 1 more rack.
Because as you know, washi tape is addictive and stunning and has powers over us, lol.


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An Early Goodbye.

The way we bloggers usually follow a blog on blogspot is via Google Friend Reader, but as you might have heard it will no longer be available to us, as per Summer 2013.
BlogLovin' is a new way to follow all your favorite blogs.  It's easy to use and has many cool features.  If you are not yet signed up, you might want to do so early.  It's fast & free.

Some time in the future I will be hosting a giveaway to those that switched over with me, but I'd be so honored if you took the plunge now and got connected before the changes occur.  The link is below.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Congrats.


It's been a while since I colored a Sophie image by Sweet Nothing's Stamp Co., and if you know me you know I love sketch challenges.  Their current challenge is one, and I thought it was too cute to miss.


I colored in Love Letter Sophie with copic markers, (that you can kinda see in the background), and used the This & That Echo Park 6x6 pad to build the card.  Something I haven't done in a while is add flowers, so I thought it was the perfect touch for this card.  They are a random selection from Wild Orchid Crafts.


I also added liquid pearl dots, punched butterflies, and faux stitching.



















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Challenges:
1 - SNSC - Creative Challenge.

Monday, March 18, 2013

$11.60.

This "Deal Of The Day/Week" site launched last year and I have been shopping on there since it opened.  It is free to join and once you do you will receive a newsletter every couple of days showing what new items they have in stock.  The deals are up to 70% off and they're always putting Tim Holtz, Spellbinders, Liquid Pearls, Inks, Stamps, and more on there.  It's a great way to get the latest items, but at wholesale prices.

For each person who registers through you, you will receive a $10 to spend on their site.  So far I've had a few dollars to use and I love that easy reward system.


I was able to purchase all of these Archival stamps and only paid $11.60 total (including the shipping), all because I had a few reward points saved up.

I wanted to extend this deal with all my blog followers.  I know the sidebar goes unnoticed and figured I'd give you an idea of how great the deals are.  I saved over $30 buying it on the site.

Take care and I hope you consider joining HERE.


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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Pretty Simple.


I've been in a "simple" mood lately... or since last year.  hehe.

I like the clean look of things now.  I stopped using my distress inks and tools.  I stopped adding flowers and bling to my cards & layouts.  I don't know why.  I guess my addiction to Smashbooks has me wanting to create very quick layouts.  That and the fact that I have very limited time while Gio watches his fav 30 min show on Netflix, or as he naps.






This card I made using the Scrap Happy Ohio Easter Kit, which has been sold out for a few weeks now.  That makes me happy!!  Sad because if you are just hearing about this, you missed out on a great deal.  Happy because SHO is selling out their kits!  The Scrap Happy Easter Sentiments Stamp Set can be found here.


It's faster, cleaner and easier, but still looks very pretty and classy.

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P.S.  I'd like to apologize for the watermarking all over this card.  I keep forgetting to ask my husband to make  me a new one.  

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Finky Fink

One of the main reasons I fell in love with Smashbooks, and Smashbooking is because it's very random.  Nothing has to be perfect and nothing has to match.  It's basically just a mesh of things placed together randomly on a page very quickly.  Just to record your memory of something or what you're currently liking.

This type of crafting has helped me with my layouts, I believe.  I have purchased countless 12x12 pads and sheets of paper in the past, with the very good intention of getting some layouts done.  But I was always under the pressure of creating the perfect page, that I never got around to doing it.

I printed out a few photos this past month with the intention of smashing it, but I stole 2 from that pack and created a layout with it.  I like smashing for those "everyday" "ordinary" photos that I want to remember and journal about, but then there are those special moments that deserve an extra special documentation.  Like this.



I still have to add the journaling here next to the chevron wood veneers.
Hopefully I can do it in 2 lines.






Gio has developed a silly habit of smelling his feet.  I take full blame.  Since he was born I would sniff his feet and toes.  Tickle, nibble and bite them.  Tell him he has "stinky feet" and proceed to nibble them again.  His version of it is "Finky Fink".  It's the funniest and cutest thing ever.  I wish I could share these moments with everyone.  I hate that I have stopped recording videos of him.  New milestones.  Learning his alphabet.  Learning the numbers in Spanish.  But I try to take photos of everything new & different he does and journal about it.

I don't want him to grow up.  I want to always sniff his toesies and nibble on them.  He loves being bitten, scared and tickled.  He's the best boy ever.  So smart and friendly.  *sigh*  I miss my baby.  Where has the time gone?

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Supplies
- Echo Park "A Boy's Life" collection.
- Studio Calico wood veneers
- Technique Tuesday stamp
- Memento Inks
- Fiskars cloud punches

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Honey Garlic Chicken [recipe]


Believe it or not, I didn't REALLY learn how to cook until I got married in 2006.  I lived in NY with my parents up until a month before I got married.  It's the traditional Pentecostal / Puerto Rican way of doing things.  Plus I was spoiled.  lol.

I watched mom cook several times, but never cared to learn.  It's something she loved to do and I was just so used to her cooking.  Maybe I was afraid to try being that she's such a great cook.  I mean, I wasn't entirely oblivious to a pan and meat.  I knew how to cook basic things.  Breakfast was always my favorite and best meal.  I did cook lots of pasta dishes.  Stuffed shells, Manicotti, Lasagna, but never anything Spanish.  However, common PRican dishes like white rice & beans was something that I had tried a few times to make and failed miserably.

[sidebar: My husband taught me how to cook beans.  And they are the BEST I've ever had.  I use the same key ingredients every time, and it always comes out so yummy!]

In December of 2006, I was literally thrown into a kitchen and learned hands on.  After watching a few cooking shows on the Food Network for a few months, I started to feel more comfortable with experimenting with flavors.  (Thanks Bobby Flay!!)  I have mastered the 20-30 minute meals (hehe) and prefer those, being that I'm always so busy with everything else.  But every once in a while I break out my fancy pots and get to cooking a real hearty meal.

Last week I posted a photo on my Instagram of our dinner.



I made white rice, Spanish beans and honey-garlic chicken.  Sometimes I get asked for recipes of the food pix I share and I try to answer them ASAP, since I tend to forget the ingredients I use.  [cuz I'm always winging it].  And last year I thought about posting some food blogs, but never really got around to doing it.  I think I still have photos on my phone with "process" pix.  It wasn't until the comments I received on this particular photo, that gave me the motivation to start blogging about my food. 

Here's what prompted the push.

The only problem I foresee in doing these food blogs is giving the exact measurements of ingredients.  Because I don't measure anything and I don't really "TIME" anytime.  I just go by what I think sounds & feels right.  I hope that makes sense.


HONEY / GARLIC CHICKEN  -  [10 easy steps]

1 - Completely defrost meat.  [Speed this up by putting under hot water.]
2 - Rinse/Clean the meat.  [Make sure you soap up your hands and sink right after.]
3 - Place meat in a zip lock bag and sprinkle the dry ingredients first: Adobo, Sazon, Parsley, Garlic Powder & Pepper.  [Get a stronger taste by mincing and adding freshly cut garlic].
4 - Close the bag and massage the meat, making sure the seasoning mixture covers all the meat.
5 - Open bag and add honey.  Depending how sweet you want your chicken, is how much you add.
6 - Close the bag and massage again.
7 - At this point I would prefer you leave your meat to marinate overnight, but a couple of hours is fine.  If you prep this in the morning, by the time you cook dinner the chicken should've soaked in all the flavor.
8 - Preheat oven to 400° and place meat on a pan with less than 1" of water.  If your pan is thin don't let it overflow.  [I use water so that the meat won't dry as it's cooking and so that the flavors are all blending together just incase 1 piece is seasoned more than another.  I don't know why that makes sense to me, but it does... lol.]
9 - Cook for 45-55 mins (depending on the strength of your oven), at 375°.
10 - Take out and serve.


All the "hard" work gets done in prepping.  If you're smart (like I try to be), I take out all the chicken we buy (as soon as we get back from the grocery store), and prep all the meat different ways.  Put them in zip lock bags and freeze them.  Tomorrow we might be having Honey/Curry Chicken.  Which is basically the same ingredients, except I added Curry Powder to the dry rub.

Fun Tip: have people guess the ingredients.  It's fun to see what the cooking tastes like to others.

Take care and I hope you try one of these 2 recipes.  Hubby loves it!!

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P.S.  If you're interested in how we make our beans, let me know and I'll get on that for next week's food blog.  And NO, I won't be doing a food blog every week, but since I'm very excited about this new "segment" [lol], I figured I would go with the momentum.



I am in no way, shape or form claiming to be a chef or a cook.  I am just trying to share the recipes that I come up with as I come up with them on a daily/weekly basis.  Any similarities to other copyrighted recipes is purely a coincidence.  If you ask anyone, I suck at following recipes. lol.  That's why I have to be spontaneous in the kitchen. [True Story!]

I also want to add, that if you think your chicken might still be even the slightest bit raw, please keep it in the oven another 10 - 15 minutes.  Overcooked is better than undercooked.

SMILE.

I've had Summer Kaylee colored in with copic markers since last summer [talk about procraftination!].  She's been sitting patiently in my Echo Park "So Happy" 6x6 pad, waiting for me to do something with her.  So when I saw the SOG March sketch challenge I knew I'd use her.






It was a very quick & easy card to build since the layout was already available.  And there's still time to join the fun.  So go check out their blog for more details.

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Other Challenges
1 - Oozak - Anything Goes Spring.
2 - All Sorts - Springtime.
3. 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Baby Alina.

My husband's sister Daisy is the sweetest, nicest, coolest and most genuine lady.  She and her husband have been married for about 20 years and have not been able to have children.  They had been working on adopting a child for maybe more than a year now.  Just before Christmas they were set to have a newborn baby girl, but at the last minute the mother decided to keep the baby.  It was so heart breaking.

But I believe that God has everything under control and if we have faith and wait for His timing, things will turn out as originally planned.

Last week she received a call that another mother saw their profile and felt in her heart that they should be the parents of her baby.  Such a touching story about the mother that I won't get into for privacy reasons, but I am so happy to announce that now we have a new niece.

As soon as we found out, we went straight to Target and got Alina tons of baby clothes and diapers.  I fell in love with all the adorable clothes.  And being the stylish coquetta (coquetish) Titi (auntie) that I am, I got her some cute neon pieces.. hehe.



We made plans to drive up to their home after church today, and was all ready to pack her goodies and be on our way when I remembered I hadn't made a card.  There was 1 baby girl card that I made last year and still had, but I wanted this one to be unique and new.  So I remembered those adorable cards I had seen on Pinterest.  The ones that are made to look like baby dressers.  I took a quick mental note and got to work.

Using Scrap Happy Ohio's Pink Lemonade Card base and ink pad, I was able to put together this cute baby girl card.  I used their pink lemonade ink pad instead of distress ink because I wanted it to be just a tad darker.  Their ink matches their cards and cardstock perfectly.  I added stickers and rub-ons from my stash.  It was such a quick card to make and she loved it so much.






We had such a great time holding Alina, feeding her and taking pix.  I can't wait to see her again, she was just so precious and adorable and TINY!!


Thanks for checking in and if you are interested on how I made the card, I can show you but I'm sure there are tons of tutorials on Pinterest that do so already.  I'm not sure because I didn't check.

Take care and stay tuned for another Scrap Happy Ohio DT card during the week.

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