Thursday, 10 June 2010

I had a dream, PDCC and sneaky peeks of my studio!

Hi again

Warning this is a long post!

First let me start by saying 'hope your day is fabulous'!  I love that phrase.  Every day should be fabulous, shouldn't it?! I had a fabulous day the other day.  I found out I'd made the top 3 over at Unscripted Sketches sketch 57.  I wouldn't have realised until much later,  Shauna very kindly left me a comment to tell me!  Thanks Shauna!  I did a little happy dance, like you do!

Our sketch this week at the Play Date Cafe is to use Raspberry, Aqua, Kraft and White.  What a FAB colour combination.  Not colours I would normally work with, but it's got some bright in there, which I love as you know!

Here is the inspiration pic from Mona;

The colours are lovely and fresh aren't they?  I must be tired, I could snuggle up under that duvet right now! I'm in a coffee-no sleep spiral at the minute.  I'm not sleeping very well so am waking up tired, then I have to have coffee to keep awake during the day and then, well I'm sure you've guessed the rest lol

Our sponsor and guest designer this week is Courtney Baker.She is giving away the prize of this lovely stamp set, called 'Barefoot Summer'.   You can see more like this over at Practicing Creativity.

Aren't they sweet little images, those little flip flops are SO cute!

Today my post is a little odd, well probably more to me than to you. You see I had a dream.. about the card I made at the top of this post.  I'd seen the colours of the sketch for this week's challenge and I'd been pondering over a few design ideas and then I literally woke up at the weekend knowing exactly what I wanted to do, right down to the colour of the button, the stamps, punches..everything!!!   It is SO odd, it looks exactly like the card in my dream. Usually I have an idea and then when I put it together it's absolutely nothing like it was in my head lol.   Does that ever happen to you, or am I just completely mad?!!!

This challenge was great because as you may recall I have a list of different ideas that I want to try, that I add to as I come across inspirational cards/projects/tutorials etc.  For this card I achieved four things...
  • To use kraft again (check!)
  • To stamp a background (well I did a basic one if that counts!) (check!)
  • To try out a twine flower behind a button (where oh where did I see this shown?  It was on someone's blog and I would love to give them credit for it.  If you happen to know who made it please can you let me know) (check!)
  • To cut a circle off the side of the card ( this was inspired by a tutorial over at Hero Arts by Lucy Abrams (check!)
I had SO much fun with this card.  Thanks Mona for the inspiration!

So, onto the details...

(as my post is so long I've added a mini picture of the card, that way these details will make more sense!)  
  1. Cut raspberry card to fit card base
  2. Cut a square of kraft and using a Coluzzle cutter cut out a circle along the edge,  attach an aqua strip of card behind the circle, stamp large flower in raspberry ink
  3. Stamp second smaller flower in raspberry onto kraft, attach to large flower, make a twine flower and finish off with a button, layering with pop dots
  4. Stamp kraft with white flowers, add punched border 
  5. Tie on polka dot ribbon before attaching to front of card, leaving a border at the top and bottom
  6. Stamp sentiment onto aqua card, and mat onto raspberry, rounding opposite corners and finish with pearls
  7. Be amazed that your card came together as a result of a dream!
I don't know if you know but I am the host over at PDCC this week, and the DT are sharing our creative spaces!  Here are some pictures of the studio where I create.

This table had a bit of drama attached to it.  I'd ordered a larger one, only to find we couldn't get it to fit through the utility door!  We ended up having to go for the smaller one instead!  I LOVE this table, the minute I saw it I knew I had to get it for the studio.  I keep my tools close to hand, and the baskets have brads, inks and cutters in.

To the left of that I have shelving (yet to be painted) above this unit..

This is where I use my Big Shot, and again the drawers are full of crafty bits and bobs!

To the right of the window I have this chest, with my heart wall hanging that I use to show cards for sale, and bits and pieces that inspire me!  I still need to get a clock and some pictures/wall hangings.  My walls are still a bit bare.

You may recall from a previous post that I love Betty Boop.  Our friends bought me this from an antique shop.  Unfortunately, some of my card magazines fell off the unit and broke her hand, but she always makes me smile when I see her!  It was such a lovely surprise to get her.  In the trug on the unit I keep most of my ribbons, well that's not true, some of my ribbons!  I have rather a few more than that!  Ian is working on getting a ribbon stand made for me so that will proudly house all of my gorgeous coloured ribbons!

This is to the right of  Betty Boop.  The drawers hold my 12 x 12 papers, each sorted by colour, and stored in 12 x 12 plastic storage boxes.  On the top of the unit I keep my Smooch paints, glimmer mist and some card magazines.  Next to that is my stamp storage and other crafty bits.  I've got my stamps sorted by theme.  Those plastic boxes need to go.  I really want to get some pretty baskets and bits!  All in good time, as my Marmie (Mum) says!

So that's where I create!  Ordered chaos!

Don't forget to check out the rest of the Design Team's creations, here's the list to make it easier..

Have a great day and join in with us this week at the Play Date Cafe Challenge, who knows maybe you will dream up a card design too! ;o)

ps - if you got to the end of this post well done, I'm proud of you!  ♥


  1. Such a cute card, wonderful job pulling together this weeks colors. Great pictures of your stamps room, such a colorful room to create in!

  2. Wow! Love your work room and the bright colors. I guess I should have known it would be bright colors. :) Love that twine flower on your card. Beautiful card and I never dream of cards. but I often have an idea that never happens. :)

  3. OK, I'm officially not showing my 'creative space' to anyone!! Yours is wonderful Ruby! And love your play date card - I can honestly say I've never dreamt a design but then, I don't always have an idea how the card is going to turn out when I start it!! I just pick a stamp and go for it!!

  4. Love your creative space Ruby! It is so colorful and spunky! Your card is super fun, love it! Oh, and congrats on top 3, you go girly!

  5. Beautiful card and WOW what a fab creative space you have , I absolutely love all your wooden cupboards, they are fantastic a great room for creativity and inspiration. Tracy Evans x

  6. I have never dreamed up a card while sleeping.LOL. I think that might be a sign of future problems. Hee Hee! Love you workspace. I share mine with our office as we work from home, so it is limited. However, I'm happy just to have a space to call my own for my arts.

  7. Cute card--love the colors! TFS your pics of your space, too!

  8. What a fabulous post, Ruby! Everything about it was fun.
    I LoVe the color of your wall where your window is! Believe it or not, my living room wall in my old house was just as bold (just not as pinky) and I loved it!
    Your space is great and your project FAB!

  9. Well, so that's what you dreamt about, amazing. I wish I could dream up cards like that, I love it. And as for your creative space..........OMG its that wall!!! Great to see you today, we need another Play Date soon x

  10. Gorgeous colours for this challenge, may have to squeeze some time to join in this week! and wow, love your craft room , so tidy too ;-) I am sooo looking forward to having a space to create (not the dinner table!)
    Laters, Love S.J. xx

  11. love your card and WOW, what a neat and organized work space!

  12. OMGosh! Can I move into your craft room???!!! LOVE the hot pink wall and the "HAPPY" valance! And your card is so FAB with that splendid twine flower. I always love your stuff!

  13. Oh I love your card, your space, so fun!!!! Thanks for sharing my stamps!

  14. pretty, pretty card! The loops of string - oh my, how creative!

  15. Beautiful, Ruby! Love the twine flower! Also enjoyed a peek into your studio.. it looks like a wonderful space for creating!!

  16. oh wow!!! your card is fab!!! and your studio rocks!!! what a fun this....

  17. Fun card, can't believe how clean and organized your space is... wow!

  18. Your studio is awesome! I am green with envy~LOL!

  19. OMGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODNESS--I loved your dream! I loved the card! I loved your steps (esp. the last one since it said "be amazed". HA!)! I love love love your studio! I just want to fly over and play in there:) Those drawers need to be opened and photographed! I would love to see how you store your stuff! MMMM! Beautiful dressers! Super fab job on the color combo!!! LOVE it! Have a FABULOUS day:)

  20. Love that bright pink wall and colorful valance! I believe the twine flower was on Maile Belles blog. Thanks for sharing your space with us. ;)

  21. Ohhh....I love your space!! It's so pretty! Love your card too!

  22. Beautiful craft space, it's easy to see how you can be so creative in there!!!

    The card is gorgeous, I love the border punch you used.

  23. Hi Ruby, I really love your room, so bright and fresh. I love how you dreamt your card. I did that the other day, was just dropping off to sleep and got a idea pop in my head..however mine didn't turn out as fabulous as yours, in fact, it was nothing like it!haha! your card is so pretty!

  24. Oh my, what a great space!! I love all the wood pieces and the warmth they provide and that valance is awesome!! Love that material!


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