Well, my stamp studio makeover and re-organization is coming together. I love having my wall put back together, and I’m working on going through every drawer and cubby. I keep finding things I forgot I own. The height of the wall units all being about the same is so much more eye pleasing. The white ones on the end need to get painted black to match. I thought that would bother me, and I was right. I absolutely love my new engineered wood floors. I’m so glad we got them done before this bug starting spreading and keeping us house bound (not sure I’d want all those workers coming and going in my house under the current situation). This photo was before they were finished, so their tools are still on my floor.
I decided not to re-install the massive black shelf I had on the other side of the studio. My husband came up with the idea of putting it in our closet. Wow, it’s awesome in there, and now I have a boot shelf almost the whole length of the master closet. It helps store my 20 pairs of boots…I kind of love boots! Here’s a photo of the other side in progress. I hated having my tables covered with everything, but that’s mostly put away now.
I also bought new green boxes through Ikea to replace my old red ones. But, since the store is closed, I had to order them online which means they won’t be here until the end of April. Obviously, I didn’t have my Grand Re-Opening last week which just means I have more time to play in here and make it perfectly organized. Since I knew the re-opening would be delayed, I decided to take it slower and have been working on other areas of the house too. When I’m organizing in here, I get easily distracted and start making projects and spending time on the littlest of tasks…suddenly it’s 4pm, and I have no idea where the time went…lol.
My stamp studio makeover is well under way to being finished for my Grand Re-Opening event. When I changed my business name from Barbara’s Craft Circle to Green Moon Stamp Studio a couple of year’s ago, I knew I wanted to re-paint my studio from red to green (which is my favorite color anyway). Here is the before photo of the east side of my studio.
My studio starting out just being the converted dining room above, but since we never used the formal living room right across from it, I grabbed up that room too. Here is the west side which we just painted a light taupe (the whole house got painted last year—no more white walls, yay!). I can’t wait to re-organize the wall units so they are the same height all the way across. I ordered a few more paper organizers too which will help it look more uniform.
I got the walls finished in a light soothing green a couple of weekends ago. I love my new sign too. Tim and I went to a flea market about a year ago, and I bought this old window for about $15 to put my logo on. Tim helped me put the logo on and hung it for me last weekend to get it off the floor in preparation for our new flooring.
And right now the new flooring is being installed…what a mess. I hate moving everything and worrying about damage to furniture and walls, but I know it’ll all be worth it in the end.
We are getting the bigger baseboards too. Goodbye 22 year old carpet, I won’t miss you. Stayed tuned for part 2 of my stamp studio makeover. Also, if you’re local to DFW, my Grand Re-Opening event is on Friday, March 27th, and Saturday, March 28th, including a sale, make’n’takes, and door prizes.
Come get a copy of the new annual catalog and make a
couple of cards too! Shop my retired tables and earn a matching
discount! Enjoy brownies, tea and door prizes.
to 5pm (come and go).
Dates: Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th
extra door prize entries for your RSVP by the Friday before, booking a
party, signing up for Stamp Night hostess rotation (club), bringing a
friend, and/or joining my team.
I will have plenty of new catalogs to pass out.
Bring general tools: adhesive and bone folder (I have these if you don’t).
Matching Discount* Details:
Retired Shopping = $10 = 10% off $10 or more in New Catalog Items
Retired Shopping = $20 = 20% off $20 or more in New Catalog Items
etc….changes after $50 level to:
Retired Shopping = $60 = 60% off $60 to $100 in New Catalog Items
Retired Shopping = $70 = 70% off $70 to $100 in New Catalog Items
all the way up to…
Retired Shopping = $100 or more = 100% off a matching amount order of New Catalog Items
* discount doesn’t apply to shipping and sales tax
My Open House on June 1st was another amazing turn out! I enjoyed chatting with everyone and the new format of the matching discount was a big hit…who doesn’t love free stuff!
I had 2 make’n’takes using new stamps and colors that I kept simple since I wanted everyone that came to get a chance to make them.
Here’s the first one:
Stamp Set: Work Of Art
Colors: Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Punches: Pansy, Petite Petals, Flower from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Project Life Corner
Twine: Thick Baker’s Twine, Linen Thread
Extras: Pearl Basic Jewels, Dimensionals, Glue Dots
The paint swoosh stamp in this set is awesome…just ink and stamp, then stamp again for the lighter shade without re-inking (stamped off once). I just used the 2 blues full strength and stamped off to get the 4 shades. The design was based on a card showed on the cruise. I just added the twine and flowers to the design since it needed some extra stuff 🙂
Here’s the second one:
Stamp Set: Bravo (Photopolymer set)
Colors: Sahara Sand, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Whisper White
Punches: Star from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
Ribbon: 3/8″ Stitched Satin
Extras: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Moonlight Designer paper stack, Dimensionals, Glue Dots
Since the stamp set is photopolymer, I was able to curve the “So happy for you!” greeting on the inside. I just mounted it on the block that way.
And, just so you know, I’m in love with the new Blackberry Bliss which is one of the 2014-2016 In Colors…just sayin’.
The last week of March we tried out a new retreat that just opened last Fall. WOW! I love it! It’s called Moments Retreat Center and it’s in Lake Dallas, TX. My downline, Becky, found this one for us and we had the whole craft studio to ourselves (5 of us) for the whole weekend starting on Thursday.
Here’s a couple of photos of the studio. See all my tote bags and card stock crates. I took these photos after I packed up to leave.
We have a tool sign up list that I made for the last retreat we tried so we can try not to all bring duplicate tools. I brought all the punches. It pretty much covered an entire table that someone would have used if other crafters were there. I guess in the future, we’ll need some folding tables to put tools on.
A sink and a mini fridge right in the studio was awesome!
The house is beautiful! I wish my house was decorated this nicely. Here’s some photos of our room and the house…we stayed in the Master Suite which was called the Ruby Room. I wish I had taken a photo before we messed up our beds, but all the rooms are beautiful!
We laughed, talked, watched movies, listened to classic rock, and created lots of fun stuff. I can’t wait to go to this one again. Plus, the location is just 30 minutes from my house.
One of my projects was this banner I made with my Sale.a.bration Heartfelt Banner kit. I photographed it on her fireplace ’cause, well, look how nice it looks there! I currently have it hanging over the blinds in my craft room.
Here’s what our stuff looked like after we took over the tables, lol.
BTW, I have a craft show this Saturday at Faithbridge Presbyterian Church in Frisco at College and Hillcrest Rd. And, also be looking out for the retired list which posts on April 21st!
Friday night I hosted a table at the Make & Take party for the Stamp Scrap Art Tour. I used one of my Stamp Night Projects for January which is inspired from a project Shelli did at leadership. It was a sell out with 95 guests.
Getting used to the format was the hardest part. I had figured my card would take about 15 minutes and when they started the projects, they announced that the groups had only 15 minutes at each of 8 tables and then the whole group would rotate around the tables together. Beverly was my helper, and we had to hustle to keep the ink pads, stamps and punches moving around the tables. We had it figured out around the third group of 12 ladies. Next time I will bring a 10 minute card and duplicates of all the supplies so it will be more relaxed.
They had a wonderful display of desserts to eat at the break in the middle. I wish I had taken a photo of that. There was a chocolate fountain with fun fruit and cake bites to dip in the waterfall of chocolate. Also, they had cakes, cobblers, and little fancy chocolate things (who cares what they were called…it was luscious chocolate!). The break also gave us some time to talk to the guests.
Here’s the whole card and the recipe:
- Banner Blast (Sale-a-Bration – Free)
- Four You (Annual Catalog)
- Crumb Cake
- Early Espresso
- Strawberry Slush
- Crisp Cantaloupe
- Bermuda Bay
- Whisper White
Tools / Supplies:
- Linen Thread
- Banner Punch (Sale-a-Bration – Free)
- Dimensionals & Glue Dots
- Rhinestone Basic Jewels
- Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (flower punch)
- Merry Minis Punch Pack (star punch – carried over from Holiday Catalog)
I showed them the Easy Splatter Technique that Shelli showed us on stage at Leadership. Here’s the page in my Technique Journal for Stamp Night.