Monday, November 18, 2013

Picking Up the Pieces Vol. 1 and Craft Room Makeover!

Aloha gang!  Welcome to the first edition of Picking Up the Pieces Monday in which I will be sharing every Monday my most favorite technique of paper piecing.  I've been enjoying The Holiday Card Workshop from Online Card Class and wanted to share some things I've learned.  My card today is using pattern paper from Doodlebug Design's North Pole 6x6 paper pad.  I LOVE 6x6 pads because they are perfectly scaled patterns for card making.

Avery Elle Holiday Fill in the Blank w/ dies, Avery Elle Sequins, Doodlebug Design Pattern Paper North Pole, American Crafts Rouge CS, Timeless Twine Christmas Twist, Memento Ink in Cottage Ivy

The technique to use on the 2nd day of class was die cut inlays which allows your card to have a pretty smooth surface.  For my tree I wanted a little dimension and used some Avery Elle Evergreen Blend sequins and Kraft Blend for the stump.  I added some Timeless Twine in Christmas Twist to continue with my traditional color card and there ya go...a fun and festive card!

Challenges I would like to enter this card in...
Avery Elle I Love You Challenge
Curtain Call: CAS-ual Christmas
CAS-ual Fridays: CFC 120


So on to my craft room makeover.  Here is the before (I dreaded showing this!)...

In my defense I know where everything is! 
Here is where my hubby works miracles...

Wow right?!  I recently got happy mail for my first ever publication in Paper Crafts Magazine that will debut in March!  As a surprise gift, my hubby said it was time for me to get organized and he purchased a few things from Stamp-n-Storage.  I HIGHLY recommend their products as they are reasonably priced, shipped quickly all the way here, and truly make a difference in organizing everything!

The finished room...

It took me a few days to adjust where everything was but I absolutely LOVE it.  Mahalo hubby!!!  Everything has a place, but I'll confess my desk needs a little tidying up...again.  Recently the hubby added this fun decor using some inexpensive frames and adding his own sheet metal from the hardware store that were only $1!

I can finally have guests in my craft!  If anyone is ever on Oahu I would love to meet up and craft together!

Mahalo for stopping by and letting me share...have a great day and week!


  1. Love love love your card! LOVING the sequins!!! And your new crafty space looks AMAZING!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee it!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. First, love that Christmas card, that tree is amazing... Next wow your crafty space is awesome, I showed it to my hubby and I'm going hopping to that site to check it out. I want those 12 x 12 paper trays, and who knows what else...hehe! TFS - great showcasing Niki!

  3. Love your fun shaker card!

    Congrats on the pub!!!!!! How exciting!!!! Your crafting space is magnificent! I hope I make it out to hawaii SOON :)

  4. Wow, this was one full post!! First off, looking forward to your weekly series- beautiful first card. Secondly, a BIG congrats on your publication!! I'm sure there will be many more after this! And lastly, your hubby deserves a Husband of the Year award!! Love your craft room pictures... and totally great to know that they ship all the way here (that can be hard sometimes I'm finding out!).

  5. Love the lovely card.....especially the inlay word and sequin tree. Your room looks fantastic! Aren't husbands great for organizing crafting mess? Kudos to you for the publication and to your husband for supporting your crafting habit.

  6. I love this card! Love the sequins and the patterns!!!!
    Congratulation on your first puplication,that's awesome,Niki!!
    Your room makeover is so cool,what a great hubby you have there! I wished i'de have my own room! Hopefuly one of these days.

  7. Your card is very cute! I love the sequin tree! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at CAS-ual Fridays!

  8. darling! thanks for playing along at the curtain call!

  9. Adorable! Love that tree! Fab craft space too! Wish I lived closer. I've always wanted to see Hawaii!!!

  10. Yay for your first pub, so exciting!!!! And YAYYYY for the hubby, how wonderful that he is so supportive, the room looks great. Loving your card too, I have been having fun with that very same Happy die and I love the sequin tree!

  11. Adorable card--love that sequin tree! And congrats on being pubbed and for having a sweet and thoughtful hubby! Your craft room got an amazing makeover! Woot woot!

  12. Your space looks amazing and the sequin tree!! OMG! LOVEThanks so much for playing along with us at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge Blog!

    Jessica Kephart

  13. Beautiful work from the class!! I love the inlay and use of sequins! Thanks for sharing your new and improved craft room. It looks like really a fun place to hang out! Congrats on your pub! Your hubby is a KEEPER!

  14. LOVE your card.. the added sequins i just heart it.. :) wow you go girl organizing your craft room.. looks awesome..

  15. Love that card and love your craft room! Your happy personality is reflected in both :)

  16. Very cool card and congrats on being published! That's awesome! We lived on Ohau for 4 years, Wahiawa and on Wheeler. I know the rooms on most houses are small, but you and your hubby have worked wonders. Utilizing wall space leaves more room on your desk and shelves. IKEA also has some great magnetic shapes. I used magnetic sheets, punched the shapes for the clear tins (IKEA) and since they were self adhesive, it was quick and painless. Your room ROCKS!

  17. Found your blog through Stamp n Storage. I've purchase some shelves from that site, I just love that site. The craft room make over is beautiful and I love that card.

    1. Oh I forgot...I live in Hawaii too...North Shore of Oahu.

  18. I just ordered the 1st 2 pieces of my craft room make-over & trust me, yours was quite orderly before compared to mine! Mine looks like a hoarders room!! :(

  19. Wow fab craft room make over! Congrats on your publication!

  20. This looks so amazing - great job!! Quite a big difference from the before picture. Your husband being involved is very nice!! Have a good day!! Taunya Butler at


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