Saturday, June 28, 2014

Kitchen organization made Simple – Round 1

Does the simple act of  finding an item under your sink become frustrating and overwhelming?
Yep….the time has come to win this battle!

No matter how many times I reorganize under my sink, it doesn’t last.  The day has come for me to  take control of life under my sink!  I have two objectives:  grab products without having to search for them and make this dreary space look nice.
I found these two items from Lowes and Home Depot :
2 – ClosetMaid 11”  Cabinet Organizers
6 – 12x12 Peel and Stick Tiles


Thus began my vision of an organized life under my kitchen sink.  The project was actually quite fun and I found I was able to use a few of my “crafting” tools to help me create templates to cut the tiles.
Clear Sink1

Once the chaos had been cleared out, you can see there are watermark stains and just plain ugliness.  I was super excited to find an electrical plug to install lighting under this cabinet.  Builder Bob  was not near as excited as I was (TBD on the light).   For the next hour here’s how the install went:

Find center lineFind your center line and install as many of the full tiles as you can.

Cut Edge Template
Using a piece of 12x12 craft paper, my bone folder and cutter,  I created templates to cut the tiles to fit the remaining areas.
See the two pictures below for further clarification prior to making your cuts.

 Make the Edge Cut
Make the cut

The templates made the cutting easy!  Always remember to dry fit the template before you make the final cut.
Tiling complete

Baking Cabinet
Bonus:  Took our left over tiles and did the baking cabinet as well!

Objective #1:  make this dreary space look nice…CHECK!
Objective 2:  grab products without having to search for them. Ten minutes to install pull out shelves and this job was complete…CHECK!

Install Baskets

This project was a breeze and next week I am attempting to reorganize my frustrating kitchen drawers.

Have a great week!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Browns and Blues

Michael's had a “hot” sale on 12X12 paper pads for $5.00.  I can’t resist a good bargain and found two paper pads that leaped into my basket.

I needed two cards, a Father’s Day card and an Anniversary card.  One of the pads I purchased was Bohemia, My Mind’s Eye paper pad.  Below are the two cards I created using  brown and blue papers from this pad.  I like this color combination and excited to see what I could come up with. 
The first card was a Dad’s Day card.  This could be a birthday card also, but timing worked out for Father’s Day.

Father’s Day Card
Dad Day Card1
I chose a “blue-ish” coordinating card stock I already had as the base to this card.  The next layer is a blue and brown large polka dot paper from the pad.  I stamped as many of the activities which define my husband as I could fit on the card on the same paper as the base.  Each of these were backed with a matching brown frame.   Around the Happy Dad’s Day I added the wrench and hammer brads as he is the best handyman!  The inside of the card read “To a Dad who does it all!” 

 Anniversary card
Towel Card 1
Using the same color paper as the Dad’s day card for the base, I scored the the wainscot wall using my scoreboard.  The wainscot top trim piece is a rectangular piece of  paper raised with foam squares.  The upper wall is also from the Bohemia, My Mind’s Eye pad.  The towel bar was embossed using gray embossing powder and raised with foam squares.  The towels are cut from a Silhouette Store file, his-hers-towels by Ginny Nilson found here.  Adding texture to the towels I used  Cuttlebug’s D’vine Swirls embossing folder found here.  Coordinating brown paper was used to back the sentiment.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great week!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

You float my boat Card

I LOVE THE BEACH!!  Summer is here and I am ready to play.  Keeping with the summer theme, my husband’s birthday is next week and I plan on making his day special.  Bob does so much for our family and deserves a really special day!  
Boat Card
The card sentiment was altered  from “Of all the ships I ever sailed, your “Friendship” brought me to the safest harbor.  Everyone should have someone who gives them safe harbor, I am lucky enough to be married to mine.
The paper I used is Mat Stacks by Die Cuts.  This particular stack, Classic Prints and Cardstock, is available at  JoAnn’s.  The saying, Have a boat load of fun!,  was sketched with a Silhouette sketch pen and backed with coordinating cardstock.   After removing the beach brad stems, I attached them to the card with mini dots.
Ship Wheel Tools

These are the tools I used: 
Mini Glue Dots, 8 eyelet backs, tweezers and Silhouette’s Pick Me Up Pen (best tool ever!)
FYI: Choose any stamp or image for the insert.

Ship Wheel Assembly
Hint:  Start with 4 eyelet backs and place one evenly on top, bottom and sides.  This allows you to evenly space the remaining 4 eyelets. 
Ship Wheel
Use Foam Squares to raise the picture. 
Assemble and you are done!
Have a great week!