Monday, October 20, 2014

FCCB Challenge #233 ~ "Colors Of Fall"

Hello friends! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend & that your Monday has been relatively painless so far, lol. As many of you already know, I lost my Grandpa about 10 days ago. He was 90 & lived an amazing life. He spent 70 of his 90 years hand-in-hand with my Grandma, who is 89 & still going strong! We just had his funeral & service on Saturday. There are a few pictures from it posted on my Facebook page (Diana Lynn Martin), if you'd like to have a look.

Now that the sad news is out of the way, let's have some fun & introduce our new challenge!....

 Happy Monday and welcome to another FCCB Challenge Me Monday.


Challenge #233 ~ "Colors Of Fall"
(must use:  brown, orange/yellow & red)
 
 This Week's Sponsor

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and, if it's not obvious, please let us know which cartridge(s) you used.


For my project I chose to make one of the super-fun swing cards from the new "Artfully Sent" cartridge. I can tell already that I'm going to be obsessed with this cartridge for quite some time!.....







SIZE:  5 x 7"
CRICUTExpression 2
CARTRIDGE:  "Artfully Sent"
PAPERDoodlebug "Happy Harvest"
STAMP SETCTMH "Curlicue Frames"
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Chocolate"
OTHERDoodlebug "Doodle Tags" sentiment stickers; Smooch Pearlized Top Coat; 3M foam tape


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Thank you so much for dropping by & I hope you'll join us for the challenge! 

-Diana ♥

Monday, October 6, 2014

FCCB Challenge #231 ~ Birthday Cards

Hello friends! It's time for another fantabulous challenge, so I hope you can join us!....

Happy Monday and welcome to another FCCB 'Challenge Me Monday'!



Challenge #231 ~ Celebrate: Birthday Cards

This Week's Sponsor

My Style Stamps


Winner will receive the 'Christmas Wishes' stamp set

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and, if it's not obvious, let us know which cartridge(s) you used.

Be sure to visit FCCB to join in the challenge.



Here is my project....




Inside

Envelope ~ back



SIZE:  5" square
CRICUTExpression 2 & Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Paper Lace 2"
PAPERPebbles; Recollections; Core'dinations; DCWV
STAMPInkadinkado
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Holiday Red" & "Outdoor Denim"
PUNCHMartha Stewart
OTHERStickles "Star Dust"; Fiskars Paper Edgers & corner rounder; WRMK Envelope Punch Board; 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday October Linky Challenge; anything goes


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Thank you so much for visiting me & have a fantabulous day!!

-Diana ♥

Friday, September 19, 2014

"Artfully Sent" Is Here!

Helloooo crafty friends! I'm so excited because I just received the new CTMH "Artfully Sent" Cricut cartridge. I actually got it 2 days ago but am finally getting to really play with it today. Below is the first card I've made with it & I'm working on another, which I will post later when it's done, along with many more I'm sure. I love this cartridge & I think it's going to be great for busting out some quick cards when the need arises. I can't wait until they come out with the Gypsy update so I can link it to my Gypsy!

If you don't already have a CTMH consultant, I would like to recommend mine. Her name is Diana Larson & you can go directly to her CTMH store by clicking HERE. She is awesome! Just sayin'. Anyway, here's my card for today....





Inside


SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression 2
CARTRIDGE:  "Artfully Sent"
PAPERBazzill; Core'dinations; Recollections
STAMP SETSPaper Smooches "Bold Buzzwords"; CTMH "Joyful Birthday Occasions", "Lollydoodle" & "Curlicue Frames"
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Holiday Red" & "Crystal Blue"
OTHERRecollections rhinestones; Viva Decor Pearl Pen "Ice White"; Fiskars Paper Edgers "Victorian"; Sharpie pen; 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday September Linky Challenge; anything goes; 3rd entry
Heart 2 Heart -  Favorite stamp or stamp set; must use CTMH products
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #150; Proverbs 4:23; anything goes
Pause Dream Enjoy -  Linky Challenge #19; real or faux stitching
BBTB2 -  "Celebrate Cricut"; use any Cricut cut
My Sheri Crafts -  Challenge #142; "Birthday Celebrations"


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Thank you so much for visiting me today! Have a fantastic weekend!

-Diana  ♥

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Never Forget....

*** Click HERE for the FCCB "Mix & Match" Challenge ***

Good morning, friends! Being that today is the 13th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, I wanted to take a minute & acknowledge it in my teeny tiny little corner of the blog-o-verse. I tend to be pretty verbose, but today is one of those days when I reflect a little more & talk a little less. In my opinion, it's a day when images speak much louder than words, mainly because no words can express how we feel about such an unspeakable tragedy. So, all I'm going to say is God bless each & every one of you & may love & gratitude fill your heart, maybe just a little bit more today....




SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression 2 & Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Summer Celebrations"
PAPERBazzill; Recollections; Core'dinations
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug machine; Darice "Stars Asst." folder
STAMP SETSCTMH "Glamour Lowercase Alphabet"; K Andrew Designs "Sweet July"
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Holiday Red" & "Star Spangled Blue"
OTHERFiskars Paper Edgers "Ripple"; 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday September Linky Challenge; anything goes; 2nd entry
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #149 (Revelation 2:7); anything goes
Simon Says Stamp -  Wednesday Challenge; "Make Your Own Background"
Divas By Design -  Wednesday Challenge; anything goes


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Thank you for stopping by & have a blessed day!

-Diana ♥

Monday, September 8, 2014

FCCB Challenge #227 ~ "Mix & Match"

Hello my crafty compadres! I hope your week is off to a promising start! Today is the start of another fantabulous challenge, so I hope you can join in the fun!....


 Happy Monday and welcome to another FCCB Challenge Me Monday!


Challenge #227 ~ "Mix and Match" (use at least 3 patterned papers)


This Week's Sponsor
Winner will receive "Be Wild and Free" stamp set
(US and Canada only)


To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and, if it's not obvious, let us know which cartridge(s) you used.



Here is my card, which I'll be giving to my friend's daughter for her 1st birthday....




SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression 2 & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "The First Few Years" & "Storybook"
PAPERRecollections (card base); Echo Park "Bundle Of Joy"
STAMP SETPaper Smooches "Party Posse"
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Cocoa"
OTHERAmerican Crafts colored pencils; 3M foam tape


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Other Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday September Linky Challenge; anything goes
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
Pause Dream Enjoy -  Linky Party #18; puns
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #148; anything goes
Pumpkin Spice -  Challenge #82; birthday


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Thank you so much for visiting me & have a fantabulous day!!

-Diana ♥

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Sisterhood Of Crafters "Fancy Fold" Challenge

*** Click HERE for the FCCB "Back To School" Challenge ***

Greetings to my crafty friends! I hope you are all having a wonderful week! Today I'm excited to be featured again as a "Step Sister" for The Sisterhood Of Crafters.


The challenge theme this time is "Fancy Folds". I must admit that I don't do a whole lot of these, but every time I make one I think to myself "I should do these more often", lol. This easel card was really fun to make....








This 5 x 6" easel card was made entirely with products from the Doodlebug "Fruit Stand" collection. The products include:  12 x 12" cardstock, Doodle Tags, Mini Doodle-Pops, Mini Banners & washi tape.


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More Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday August Linky Challenge; anything goes; 5th entry
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #147; anything goes


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Thank you so much for stopping by & have a wonderful day!

-Diana ♥
 

Monday, August 25, 2014

FCCB Challenge #225 ~ "Back To School"

Hello my crafty friends! I realize it sounds like a contradiction to say "Happy Monday", but I'm saying it anyway :)  The good news is that we have a new challenge starting today & we'd love for you to join in on the fun!


Welcome to another FCCB Challenge Me Monday...


Challenge #225 ~ Back to School

This Week's Sponsor
Winner will receive a stamp set of their choice.

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and, if it's not obvious, let us know which cartridge(s) you used.


Here is my project.....




SIZE:  5 x 6.25"
CRICUTExpression 2 & Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Create A Friend"
PAPERBo Bunny; Bazzill; WRMK
INKCTMH Distressing Inks "Dutch Blue"
OTHERSakura gel pen; 3M foam tape


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More Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday August Linky Challenge; anything goes; 4th entry
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
Crafting By Designs -  August Challenge; anything goes
Cute Card Thursday -  Challenge #335; "Back To School"
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #146; anything goes


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Thank you for visiting me & have a fantabulous day!!

-Diana ♥

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Sisterhood Of Crafters "Your Favorite Colors" Challenge

*** Click HERE for the FCCB Sketch Challenge ***

Greetings to my crafty friends! I hope you are all having a wonderful week! Today I'm honored & excited to be featured as a "Step Sister" for The Sisterhood Of Crafters.


The challenge theme is "Your Favorite Colors". This is a tough one for me, because my favorite colors tend to change with the seasons, but I'm currently loving the bright summer colors, specifically hot pink & green. I really like contrasting them against a strong neutral, like slate grey, as I've done here with this set of simple note cards....












SIZE:  3.5 x 4.75"
CRICUTExpression 2 & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Storybook" & "Small Talk Frames & Tags"
PAPERCTMH "Lollydoodle" paper pack & card kit
STAMP SETSCTMH Petite Perks "Nature's Delight" & "Delicate Wings"
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Pear", "Cotton Candy" & "Slate"
DRY EMBOSSINGCuttlebug machine; Provo Craft "D'Vine Swirls" folder; Darice "Chevron" folder
WET EMBOSSINGVersaMark Watermark stamp pad; Ranger embossing powder (White); Marvy Uchida heat tool
OTHER3M foam tape 


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More Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday August Linky Challenge; anything goes; 3rd entry
Die Cuttin' Diva's -  Challenge #178; "Favorite Color Combination"
HIMCR -  Blogiversary Challenge #2; "Keep It Simple Sweetie"; 2nd entry
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #145; anything goes
Creative Card Crew -  Challenge #68; wet or dry embossing


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Thank you for visiting me & have a beautiful day!

-Diana ♥

Monday, August 11, 2014

FCCB Challenge #223 ~ A Sketch Challenge

Hello, crafty friends! It's time for another FCCB Challenge!....


 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!




Challenge #223 ~ Sketch Challenge



This Week's Sponsor
Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons


To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and, if it's not obvious, let us know which cartridge(s) you used.



Here is my project....




SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "The First Few Years" & "Tiny Treasures"
PAPERCTMH "Lollydoodle" paper pack & card kit
STAMP SET: CTMH "Artiste Birthday Collection"
DRY EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with "Swiss Dots" folder
WET EMBOSSINGVersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad; Ranger Embossing Powder (White); Marvy Uchida heat tool
OTHERCTMH sequins; CTMH Shimmer Trim (Silver); Viva Decor Pearl Pen "Ice White"; CTMH Liquid Glass; 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday August Linky Challenge; anything goes; 2nd entry
HIMCR -  Blogiversary Challenge #2; "Keep It Simple Sweetie"
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
Simon Says Stamp -  Wednesday Challenge; "Make It Sparkle"
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #144; anything goes; 2nd entry


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Thank you for visiting me & have a fantabulous day! 

-Diana ♥

Friday, August 8, 2014

A Birthday Buck

*** Click HERE for the FCCB "Bug Out" Challenge ***

Hello, my crafty friends! I hope you are all enjoying your Friday! We are definitely enjoying some much needed cooler weather here in Northern Cali. Today I'm sharing the card I made for my hubby's birthday, which was on Sunday. He's not a hunter (thank God!) but we love to watch all the wildlife, especially the deer, on & around our property here in the mountains. I always make him cards with tractors, trucks or tools on them, so I decided to change it up this time.




SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Wildlife"
PAPERCosmo Cricket; Core'dinations
STAMP SETPaper Smooches "Sentiment Sampler"
INKTim Holtz Distress Ink "Forest Moss"


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday August Linky Challenge; anything goes
BBTB2 -  "Happy Camper"
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
Simon Says Stamp -  Monday Challenge; "In The Family"
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #144; anything goes


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Thank you so much for visiting me & have a fantastic day!

-Diana ♥

Monday, July 28, 2014

"Take Me Out To The Ball Game"

Hello my crafty friends! I hope you are all surviving another Monday. Today starts a new challenge over at FCCB called "Take Me Out To The Ball Game". Click HERE to check it out. I know that the song is technically about baseball, but you can make any project with a sports theme.
  


Challenge #221 ~ SPORTS THEME
"Take Me Out To The Ball Game"


This Week's Sponsor
SVG Cutting Files


To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know which cartridge(s) you used.


Here is my project....




Inside


SIZE:  5.5" square
CRICUT Expression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Create A Friend" & "Edge To Edge"
PAPERDoodlebug; Bazzill; Core'dinations; DCWV
STAMP SETCTMH "Banner Wishes"
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Holiday Red" & "Star Spangled Blue"
OTHERMartha Stewart corner punch; Jolee's soccer ball; Recollections rhinestone stars; Smooch Pearlized Top Coat; American Crafts colored pencils; 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday July Linky Challenge; anything goes; 3rd entry
Little Scrap PiecesSaturday Linky Party; anything goes
Simply Create Too -  Challenge #66; "For A Child"; 2nd entry
The Sisterhood Of Crafters -  Die-cuts and/or punches
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #142; anything goes


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Thank you for visiting me & have a fantabulous day!!

-Diana ♥

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Just Keep Swimming

Hello & happy Sunday to you! I'm feeling blessed to be enjoying another gorgeous California weekend with my human husband & canine children. Today's card is another scene card, which I seem to be into recently. I also seem to be stuck on the beachy & oceany (is that a word?) themes lately, so I'm just goin' with it!




Inside


SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Animal Antics", "Cherry Limeade", "Create A Critter", "Pet Shop"
PAPERBazzill; CTMH; Core'dinations; Recollections
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with "D'Vine Swirls" folder
STAMP SETPeachy Keen Stamps "Critter Faces"
INKTim Holtz "Black Soot" & "Antique Linen"; VersaMagic "Sea Breeze"
OTHERCTMH Liquid Glass; Smooch Pearlized Top Coat; Fiskars punches; Sakura gel pens


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday July Linky Challenge; anything goes; 2nd entry
Crafty Catz -  Challenge #240; "Hot Summer"  
Creative Card Crew -  Challenge #66; sea/beach
Cut It Up -  Challenge #49; "Under The Sea"
Die Cuttin' Diva's -  Challenge #174; "Just Beachy"
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
Peachy Keen Stamps -  Challenge #14-11; photo inspiration
Pumpkin Spice -  Challenge #78; anything goes
Simon Says Stamp -  Wednesday Challenge; "Spots & Dots"
Simply Create Too -  Challenge #66; "For A Child"


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Thank you for visiting me & have a fantastic day!

-Diana ♥

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Day At The Beach & Happy News!

Hello my crafty friends! I hope you are all surviving another Monday. Today I finally get to share some news that I've been sitting on for several weeks now....

I am now a member of the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog (FCCB) Design Team!

I'm so honored & grateful to have been chosen for this team & I look forward to a lot of creative fun! Obviously, today is my first post for the DT & it's for the challenge listed below. As you can see, we have an awesome sponsor & prize, so please come join us!....


 Happy Monday and welcome to another Challenge Me Monday!



Challenge #219 ~ Day at the Beach

This Week's Sponsor
$50.00 Gift Certificate

~This Week's Challenge~
Create a project related to the beach

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used.


 Here is my project with details listed below....


 


SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Animal Antics" & "Serenade"
PAPERBazzill; Core'dinations; Recollections
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with Darice "Wood Grain" folder
STAMP SETK Andrew Designs "Sweet July"
INKTim Holtz Distress Ink "Vintage Photo"; CTMH Distressing Inks "Chocolate"
OTHERStickles "Vintage Photo" & "Black Diamond"; Smooch Pearlized Top Coat; 3M foam tape


Thank you so much for visiting me! Have a fantabulous day!

-Diana ♥

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hooray For The Red, White & Blue!

Hi everyone! It's been a few weeks since my last post, but I'm really going to try to step up my posting this month. This summer is actually turning out to be quite busy for us, which I didn't expect. Lexi is still chugging right along, which is an absolute miracle! She just turned 14 & only occasionally has a couple minor symptoms from the tumor. We are so very grateful to have this time with her. Every day is a gift.

Today I have a quick & simple card to share with you. I embossed the white base with a new folder I just got & then started messing around, putting red & blue dots in coordination with the embossing pattern. I wasn't really planning on making a card with it, but then I quite liked the way it turned out, so I went ahead & made it into this 4th of July card....




SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression 2 & Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Artiste"
PAPERCore'dinations; CTMH
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with Anna Griffin "Matelasse" folder
STAMP SETSK Andrew Designs "Sweet July"; CTMH "Frosted"
INKCTMH Distressing Ink "Dutch Blue"; CTMH Exclusive Ink "Holiday Red"
TWINEThe Twinery
OTHERSharpie pens; rhinestone stars from my stash; 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday July Linky Challenge; anything goes
FCCB -  Challenge Me Monday #217; anything goes
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
BBTB2 -  4th of July
Pause Dream Enjoy -  Linky Party #13; many layers
Crafty Catz -  Challenge #237; anything goes
My Sheri Crafts -  Challenge #136; "A Star is Born" (use at least 2 stars)
Simon Says Stamp -  Wednesday Challenge; anything goes
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #138; anything goes (must use sentiment)
Pumpkin Spice -  Challenge #77; red, white & blue
Twisted Tuesday -  Challenge #79; red, white & blue (twist: stars)


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Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

-Diana ♥

Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Simple Wedding Card

Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week! I made this card a few weeks ago, but never got around to posting it. I liked the simple design so I made a few extras to keep in my card stash. This one was for some friends of ours who got married after dating for 10 years! There really aren't many places better than the Napa Valley wine country for weddings, in my opinion :)  We are so fortunate & grateful that we get to call it home.




SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression 2 & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Elegant Edges" & "Storybook"
PAPERAnna Griffin; Core'dinations; Bazzill
STAMP SETCTMH "For Every Occasion"
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with "D'Vine Swirls" folder; CTMH embossing powder; VersaMark watermark stamp pad; Marvy Uchida heat tool
INKVersaMagic "Platinum Planet"
OTHERFiskars corner rounder; gems from my stash; 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

FCCB -  Challenge Me Monday #213; replenish your card stash
DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday June Linky Challenge; anything goes
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
BBTB2 -  alter a Cricut cut
Make My Monday -  weddings
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #135; anything goes with sentiment


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Thank you for visiting me & have a fabulous day!!

-Diana ♥ 

Friday, May 30, 2014

My New & Improved Craft Room!

Hello, my friends! I hope you are having a fab week! I'm so excited that my new craft room is finally finished! Thanks to my bestest friend, Megan, who helped me with the whole thing - including the motivation to get it done. As I mentioned in my last post, I had been living with a highly disorganized craft room for way too long. Our contractor friend did the built-in shelves for me, which I absolutely love! So, here it is - my new favorite place!....


View from doorway


My desk/work area


New built-in floor to ceiling shelves. To give you an idea of how deep the shelves are, the Cricut cartridge cases on the top shelf are 3 rows deep. There are about 150 total.


Lower shelves

My babies! My Imagine machine is broken, so now it serves as a $400 shelf for my Expression 2.  


My embossing desk/area (and my sleeping baby, Lexi)

My awesome view!



Well.... there you have it! Thank you so much for taking the time to check it out!


-Diana ♥