Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Gadgets and Gifts

In a previous post I noted that I am a reluctant December baby! December birthdays are rough on kids. I am SO not a kid anymore and I have many wonderful adult December birthday memories and gifts. One of my awesome birthday gifts from this year was a treadmill! It is housed in my Bubble so there is NO excuse not to take a walk-break between card creating and posting!

As much as I love my new treadmill....I can't seem to motivate myself enough to 'walk the walk' unless I can have my iPad tuned to Netflix or Amazon for a movie or TV episode, or audio file. If I don't have something to distract me...I spend each step watching the dials...in disbelief that I've only been 'exercising' for....WHAT??? 3 minutes??? That's ALL?!?

So...I had to devise an iPad holder! I was NOT willing to spend actual money on a 'store-bought' holder. So I turned my card making creativity to gadget creation. Here is my very cheap, very easy, very utilitarian, and might I say INGENIOUS!

2 plastic hangers

Hack saw or your favorite Ginsu knife
Cost: 2 plastic hangers (which if you are like me - you have more than enough to 'sacrifice' for this holder!)

That's it! That is all you need for this handy dandy make-shift device holder! Here are a few tutorial-pics.

Here is a shot of the hanger slice. By the way - I didn't tape them back together.
There was no need to do so. (Physics and laziness at work.)
The slice allows you to place the hangers over the display panel.

Here is a shot of both hangers in place.

TaDa! Handy holder! Great angle for viewing.

Side view.

As an added bonus - I have a place to hang my headphones!

Now if I could just figure out a way to walk on the treadmill while making cards... This one I made while SITTING in my Bubble at my craft table. Still using NEW stamps! Another PowerPoppy stamp. I am surrounded by gifts! Treadmill! Stamps! Whooooot!!!!!

Sunshine Bouquet
~Base card white card stock
~Layer of dark green card stock
~Layer of olive green card stock
~Power Poppy stamp on SU Crumb Cake card stock, stamped using Versamark and Ranger embossing powders Seafoam White and Enamelware (Enamelware used on the wrapping)
~Bleach technique used on bouquet flowers and leaves to allow for coloring using Copics
~Marvy File Tab punch stamped with PowerPoppy sentiment using SU Old Olive ink
~Oval die cut and Cuttlebug
Challenges | Inspirations
SplitcoastStampers - color combination
Retro Sketches - sketch
Clear it Out - anything (stash item: embossing powders)
Loves Rubber Stamps - anything
Crafty Boots - use something new (stamp)
Sweet Stampin' - new

Here's to creating cards and gadgets in the Bubble, the thrill of using new stamps for the first time, and working on a plan to make cards while while I'm on the treadmill!

Nancy in Iowa


  1. Fab card, I love the textured paper and sunflower stamp. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  2. Such a pretty card and I love the summery sunflowers. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  3. Very creative and a good idea too!!! I'd have to have something to do while walking on one of those. I used to walk around the oval track at the football field.....uck! Talk about boring! I was just going in circles! LOL! Love this idea though and have fun on the treadmill!

  4. Thank you for entering this week at Sweet Stampin. Dx

  5. What a cute project...thanks for joining us here @ CIO challenge blog hope you stop by again to play <((>< also a great tip tfs

  6. Such a pretty card. Great idea with your treadmill - I'll have to try that one! Thank you for sharing your 'new' card and joining in with the fun at Sweet Stampin’ this week and good luck. Hugs Janine xx

  7. How fun to get to use some of your new presents...love the stamp on your card...very pretty. The treadmill hack is oh-so clever! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Loves Rubberstamps.

  8. Thanks for joining our 'New' challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week and I hope you'll join us again very soon, love Jacky x

  9. Fantastic Design! Love what you've done with your image! Thank You for joining us at Loves Rubber Stamps this week!
    Hugs, Dangina

  10. Beautiful !!! Love colours and image. Thanks for joining us at Clear it Out!!! I hope you get to join us again for our next challenge. Agnieszka DT

  11. Beautiful project. Thanks for joining us at Loves Rubberstamps.


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