Some questions answered... 58

Mona Pendleton | Wednesday, April 6, 2011 @ 4:21 PM | , ,

Hi there! Hope you are all enjoying your day :) First, I wanted to share a card I recently had published in the March issue of Cards Magazine. Love that magazine and all the inspiration within! Here is what it looks like in the magazine:
Here it is in my light tent :) Click HERE for original post.
I have been meaning to share this information for quite some time. I try to answer all questions but PLEASE remember, I do have a job and family like many of you :) also, it is really difficult to respond to someone who does NOT leave an email address? hmmm....

To answer some frequently asked questions:

After my post the other day, referring to my "studio" aka "my kitchen table", I received a few emails asking if that is really where I create? "YEP it is!" and here is a pic of what my organized mess looks like:
I LOVE my kitchen nook because it is centrally located between the family room and kitchen. I just wheel those Craftswomen carts right into my work out room when company comes! I have a craft storage closet in the work out room, where I keep less frequently used items.

Shown in the photo below is my light tent set up. I use 3 lamps and a 30" light tent ~ the one on top is ONLY up there when actively in use. My hubby bought it for me from obnphoto.com Yep, that's my dining room table. When company comes, I simply store the light tent and lamps my bedroom closet :) Out of sight ~ out of mind!
I store my Spellbinders dies in these awesome 3 ring binders which my hubby found and ordered for me :) Click HERE for more info.
I buy heavy weight chipboard and magnet sheets at Michael's Arts and Crafts then my handy man trims the chipboard to size and adheres the magnet sheets. I do buy the heavy duty magnet because I am firm believer "you get what you pay for". The dies stick so well to this magnet, a sharp tool must be used to pop the dies off. Nothing more irritating when your dies fall off cheap magnet! grrrr... ask me how I know? :) LOL :)
I use inexpensive acrylic stamping blocks that my handy man altered for me! Scott created a bull-nosed edge on one side using a Dremel which makes it so much more comfortable to grip :)
Last but not least, is the item I use to photograph my cards on: a candle jar topper! I bought them at Michael's Arts and Crafts in the candle area which retail for under $5.
The photo below is something entirely not related to paper-crafting but something I am very proud of. I taught myself how to Venetian plaster! This 16" ceiling was screaming for some color, so I rented scaffolding and went to work. This ceiling is above the pool table:
Please feel free to click photo to enlarge and see detail :)
Thanks so much for looking! Please remember if you ask have a question, please feel free to email me but I DO need a return email address :) I'm just sayin'...

Hope to see you tomorrow ~ perhaps with something crafty to share :)

Be Sweet!
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58 Sweet Comments So Far:

Tina said...

You rock in too many ways to count. I'm sure this is just the tip of the iceberg. Congrats on the Cards Mag & the fab plaster.

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful card and congrats on the pub! Love that you shared your pictures of your work area and photo tools. The ceiling is fantastic!

Annette Bowes said...

No end to your talents Mona or your DH! What beautiful view from the window, perfect surroundings for craft, love your venetian plaster, love the colour! Big Congrats on being published, I am sure there will be many more! Oh beautiful card lol! Take careX:)

Dawnll said...

Overload!
Congratulations on the card in the magazine- love that you are recognized for being so talented.
Oh girl - all the fun information...THANK YOU for sharing
Now do you think I could borrow your honey for a weekend?LOL
Your a gem sweetie

Marge said...

I think IF I had that view, I would craft from there regardless, Mona -- it's breathtakingly gorgeous! I'm definitely interested in the magnet sheets you purchase at Michael's for your dies. I didn't realize you could get them there, so will definitely check them out. I also know my light tent was one of my wisest purchases! LOVE it!
Your pool room ceiling is also fabulous -- great job -- I see your crafting skills carry forth into your decorating too! ;~)

Tracey said...

LOVE seeing all the personal pics!!! Your house looks so amazing!!! Fantastic work on the ceiling...it must of been a real neck braker! I think your light tent pic of your beautiufl card is much better...it shows your pretty embossing off so well. I must invest in a light tent :)

Charlene said...

I was just trying to explain to my boss today how to store nessies (His wife scrapbooks)and this is a perfect example to show him lol thanks Mona :-)

what a lovely card I love how you did the strips! :-)

Debbie said...

Oh my ... so much GREAT info! Love your light tent set up -- must make one of those for myself! Your hubby sounds like a stampers dream hubby! You lucky girlie, you :) TFS, Mona!!!

Heather Jensen said...

Not sure what they did to your card in the catalogue, but your light tent pic is MUCH better. This is a beautiful card and I see why they picked it.

Great job ont he celieng. Looks wonderful with lots of pretty color. I bet your are proud. :)
Hugs~

Andrea M said...

Oh. My. Goodness. You create in front of that view?!?! Holy gorgeousness!!! Oh the natural light! Love the spellbinders storage - I know all to well about the cheap magnets too. I'll have to try this! And that ceiling is gorgeous! What a fabulous way to accent that WONDERFUL architecture! WOW! Congrats on the published card! It looks so PRETTY! The DP is one of my favs :) TFS, Mona!

Stephanie Kraft said...

Such a lovely card, Mona! Congrats on being published! Love your crafty space and fabulous view! Your ceiling is amazing!!

Jean Martin said...

Yay thanks Mona!!! That is a wonderful view from where you make your cards!

Sue Lelli said...

Mona, thanks so much for the FAB information! I will never forget the time you took emailing me when I first started out, telling me about the light tent and how important it was to have the third light on top. What a HUGE difference it makes! I have passed your sage advice on to many bloggers who have asked and I always credit you for helping me out! LOVE LOVE LOVE your card and I'm so EXCITED it was published! You are so deserving! Thanks for being such an inspitation not only to me but to so many others!

Lisa Somerville said...

Love your work space - beautiful view! Congrats on your recent pub! I just bought a bunch of those binders last week, just waiting for some inserts to arrive so I can also store my cling mounted stamps in them!

TCahal said...

Congrats on having your card published!! I love that magazine, although I can't always pick one up, the ones I have I do reference a lot and will never give up!

Your hubby is awesome!!! I wish mine could alter my stamp blocks, he looks at me like I have eight heads when I ask him things like that LOL :)

I too have wondered what you used to display your cards on...I knew it wasn't a floral frog, but I never would have guessed it was a candle topper!

Tammy L said...

Wow, thanks so much for sharing your setup with us! Love your light tent setup! Gorgeous card too!

Ageeth Holster said...

Hi Mona, wow I had to push my mouth back hihi what a great place to work!! Is your garden so nice and the view so nice over the city??
Hugs Ageeth xx

SusanH said...

Oh Mona, thanks for all the beautiful personal photos! Your house looks amazing; you have such a beautiful view while crafting! I also love seeing how you have such amazing photography; that light tent is perfect! Your card is gorgeous and I was so glad to see that it was published! Very deserving! Thanks!

Stella said...

Congrats on the published card; it's jaw dropping gorgeous!

I am so glad to read that I'm not the only one who is crafting in her kitchen area. My dining table is my craft room; although my view is less spectacular :)
I also want to invite you for painting my ceiling :)No just kidding :) But it turned out fabulous!

Helen Watanabi said...

Wow, Mona, your crafting space is jaw dropping! What a beautiful view! I love that large table and it is definitely NOT messy!!! Thanks for sharing your setup with us! Your card is so gorgeous and it was great to see it published!

Victoria M said...

Gorgeous card, gorgeous crafting space, gorgeous Spellbinders storage, gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us!!!

Fiona said...

Mona, I love your beautiful home and where you work your magic! That view must be so inspiring and having your SB dies organized must help too! Also, thanks for showing how you get such beautiful photographic results too! I need a light tent! Finally, congrats on getting another of your works of art published! They should just automatically publish everything you make!!!!

HawaiiRenee said...

Mona, your house looks beautiful! I love your ceiling; but must have been lots of work! Your "craft room" is to-die-for! Amazing view and all that natural light is great! Thanks for sharing so much personal stuff! Really let's us "know" you better! Your card is fabulous and so deserving to be published! TFS!
Aloha,
Renee

Ros said...

I so enjoyed a peek into your 'world' ... what a view you have ... I love this little card too ... so pretty ... and deserving of a publication .. thanks for all the info ... have a lovely day

Constance said...

Yes, Mona, thanks for this very interesting peek into your crafty world! Your space is absolutely amazing! I love your view and the natural light! Your card is so stunning and I'm happy to see that it was published! Thanks again!

Trudy said...

Oh my, Mona, your work space is so clean and neat! I am blown away by your view from your "craft room"! Stunning! Thanks for showing all your "secrets"! I always wondered how you got the lighting so perfect in your photographs!! TFS!

Janetcraft said...

wow, love the card...with bluish softy color...love the idea..by looking at your card designs, surely you are a neat and clean person!!

Julia Aston said...

Congrats on having that gorgeous card published Mona - love the colors and panels and shape of it!! and oh my goodness!! what a wonderful space you have to work in! are those floor to ceiling glass panels?!?! Your home and garden are beautiful! and what a super view too! I was going to ask for a photo of your photo tent - and here it is - thanks for sharing all your 'tricks'!

Evgenia said...

Thanks for sharing!

1CardCreator said...

Congrats on the publication! Thanks so much for the tour, we all love to peek in each others space don't we. Yours looks awesome and organized, love the Craftsmen, great idea. Lovely view too. Your ceiling looks gorgeous, I would be proud of that too!

Betty Wright said...

Congrats on the mag publishing! Beautiful card! Thanks so much for the info. I have been trying to decide if I want a tent or not. The venetian plastering looks amazing and to find out you did it...well...astounding finish! Beautiful!

~amy~ said...

mona, aren't you the sweetest to share all this information...I really appreciate it. It made me remember that I needed to buy more bulbs for my tent lamps {I bought mine at the same place you did} and I went ahead and ordered another lamp too...I've been needing it. LOVE the ceiling work..it turned out gorgeous!!!!

Kerry Piader said...

Your card (and all your cards for that matter) is totally adorable. So happy for you regarding this beauty being published. I love waking up to your gorgeous creations every morning with my cereal and cup of tea at my side. Thanks for sharing all your great little tidbits with us. I appreciate that so much.

Mona, I would really like to order that light box and lamp set up but want to email you first about some questions before I do. Would you email me at kjtbq@sbcglobal.net and share your email address with me? (Not sure how to do it when I click on your "email me" on your blog.

Thanks

kerry2 on SCS

~amy~ said...

P.S. your pubbed card is absolutely beautiful...

Linda R. said...

WOW.. were do I start.. I will start by saying congrats on being published.. You know I will have to go buy that magazine now. Your card looks amazing. As usual. Love the soft feel it has.. And thanks for the tour of you work space.. That view is amazing, what a fun place to create.. Hope you are enjoying you day..

Hugs, Linda

Sentimental Scrapper said...

WOW! Thanks for the information! Love your light tent - your pictures are always fabulous!

You have a great view from your kitchen table. :)

Kimberly

HeatherCz said...

OMG, Mona, I totally love your crafting space! What an amazing view!! Also, thanks for sharing the info about your light tent and how you have such gorgeous photos! You are so lucky to have a helpful husband too!
BTW, your card is magnificent! Congrats on having it published! I just love your style!

Dana Gustafson said...

Congrats on your pub and may I just say...you and your hubs are quite the creative team! THanks for sharing all of your amazing how tos and projects!

Christy Haverhill said...

WOw, Mona, Your card is so awesome and I see why they picked it; congratulations! Also, thanks for sharing all the personal pix with us! I love seeing your work area; it is so gorgeous and now I understand why you are so creative!!! LOL! You are surrounded by beauty!

GabrielleH said...

Mona, congratulations on having your beautiful card published in CARDS! You are so deserving! Also, I love seeing your beautiful house and crafting areas! I love all the natural light and the view! I could scrap there for hours!!! Also, thanks for all the tips; light tent, stamp blocks, etc. You are lucky to have a very helpful husband! You two are a great team!!!

AimeeOh said...

Gorgeous home and gorgeous card, Mona! Thanks for sharing everything with us! I would love to come over and create with you and see that view!!!! I'm free anytime!!! :D

Lisa Hjulberg said...

So fun to get a peek into the world of Mona Pendleton! Lucky you to have a handy man around the house. ;)

Your card looks so different in the magazine than in your photo of it... you can't see the blue as much in the magazine version. Either way, it's a spectacular card... nothing less would come from the hands of Mona!

Hugs,
Lisa

ScrappyFelicia said...

Wow, thanks Mona for sharing a peek into your creative world! Your card is so beautiful and it's wonderful that it was published in Cards Magazine!

Christine Teros said...

Mona, you are a lucky girl to have such a helpful husband! I love all your little tips you shared! Also, your home looks beautiful; a gorgeous space to create in! You are truly blessed! Fabulous card too! I will have to buy this issue of Cards!!!!!!!

Brenda said...

Beautiful card! Congratulations on its publication! So well deserved!!!!!! Thanks for showing your beautiful craft arrangement! I love the view from your "craft room"!!! Just fabulous!

Kerry said...

Hi Mona, thanks for sharing these "behind the scenes" photos of your happy crafting space! Your view is magnificent and I love all the natural light you get! I think I would be so distracted by the view and never get anything done! Also, thanks for the tips about the light tent and die storage; very helpful! Congrats on having your lovely card published! Your photo of it is so much better than in the magazine!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for showing your creating space. Lovely ceiling too!

Teri Holister said...

Love your design studio Mona! You have a gorgeous space to work in! I love your view and your house looks amazing! Thanks for showing how you get such gorgeous photos of your cards and how you store your SB dies! You are so sweet to share this personal stuff! Also, congratulations on having this card published. It looks so different in the magazine! Is it the same card?

Lauren said...

Thanks, Mona, for sharing so much with us! I love your studio! Great place to create! Thanks for all your tips too!

PaperMom said...

Wow, Mona, your crafting space is so wonderful! Love the large windows and all the natural light! That's why your colors are always perfect!!!! Also, great job with the plaster on your ceiling! Can I hire you? Congrats on this beautiful card being published!

Pauline said...

Congrats on your recent publication, and I am not surprised you taught yourself to Venetian plaster!! Your ceiling just looks amazing, and I am loving the view from your craft area! Mine is also on my dining table, my children are wondering if we will ever eat in the dining room ever again lol! xxx

Rebecca said...

Wow, Mona, I love your beautiful crafting area so much and that awesome view!! Thanks so much for sharing the info on your light tent which seems to always give you such gorgeous photos!
Also, your card is absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations on getting it published!

Tammy L said...

Beautiful card, Mona; so happy to see that it was published! And thanks for sharing your personal spaces with us! Your home is amazing!!!

Silvia said...

I was about to ask you the same question about how you take your pictures. I am so happy to know that you have been published again, your card is beautiful! Congrats! The Venetian plaster technique is gorgeous. Awesome tip on how you store you dies.

Beth said...

Congratulations, Mona, your card is beautiful!!! Also, thanks for sharing some of your "secrets" with us! Your "studio" has the best view of all time!

Jeanne Jachna said...

Mona,

Thanks for sharing all the answers to the questions I've had in the back of my mind. I've been storing my Spellbinders in CD cases and you are right about dropping just one of those babies - I've torn the whole room apart trying to find one that dropped behind my desk and one that fell into my fax machine!! Thanks for showing the light tent too. Lots of my photo's have that yellow tint thing going - I appreciate all the ideas. Better keep that man of yours!!! He sounds really handy!!

Colleen Dietrich said...

THanks for the behind-the-scenes look at how you do what you do, Mona! And great job on that ceiling; it's gorgeous!

Samra Leshinski said...

Mona, Thank you so very much for sending me this link. I am sooo glad that I am not the only one that is creating cards somewhere else other than craft room! I have boxes and boxes of supplies and tools in the office that I share with my husband, but when I have to create a card, I actually do it on my kitchen counter! I have lots of space on my isle counter and I usually create early in the morning, while I am by myself in the kitchen. I am trying to figure out how to add "Email me" Button to the sidebar on my blog, it is so embarrassing, I have no idea how to do that! Thank you again for sharing the link with me! I truly appreciate it! I look up to you so much! Everything you create is absolutely fabulous! Have a nice weekend!


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