Christmas Bauble & Ornamental Pine

Hello, Everyone!!!

I’ve been MIA from the crafting world for 3 weeks now and am experiencing a bit of confusion! It’s a bit of withdrawal and a bit of creative block. I had such a hard time deciding what my first card should be. I stared at all my things for a quite a while before I decided to go with a holiday theme in order to be a part of the August Challenge at LiveLoveCards.com – which I am a member of. I don’t have any new holiday stamp sets – so I decided to use two stamp sets of Stampin’ Up! from last year’s holiday catalog, one of which I have never used.

Christmas Bauble & Ornamental Pine 1

I am currently a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, but as I have mentioned in the past, I don’t have any customers and will probably be dropped – but I think I have enough on my wishlist from the NEW holiday catalog to stay an active demonstrator for another quarter ;). I’m stalling on an order because as some of you may know – moving of any sort is a pocket drainer! It’s been so overwhelming to say the least, but I think we’re settling down ok. I’m REALLY not looking forward to returning to my full time job!

So before we start, I thought I would show you my new craft space and mention how it came together.

20150821_143427

This process was really painfully conflicting! When we moved back knowing there was an IKEA in town, I envisioned Alex drawer units everywhere in my craftroom – since this is the piece many crafters choose. After pricing everything – I found that this wasn’t an option for me – it would require too many pieces for me to achieve the look I wanted and it would’ve costed me a fortune. We went to IKEA 4 times before we we everything that worked!

I really wanted to have a center island as a working station, bout I didn’t have the space for that…so we went with a corner station as you see in the photo above. I ended up getting two Nordli 6-drawer dressers – building them so that the smaller units were towards the center for access to smaller tools. The desk top is created using a Linnmon Corner Table Top and two Linnmon Table Tops. There is some space behind the dressers, but I don’t mind – you can stabilize this with any table legs from Ikea and you can connect the table tops with mending  braces from a hardware store. I also love the Raskog Utitlity Cart which I can roll away when not in use.

I’ve spent about 5 hours crafting and preparing this post – so I feel like I haven’t helped my husband at all today :(. He’s installed a water softener today – bless him!

Lets get to my holiday card now, shall we?

Christmas Bauble & Ornamental Pine

I’ve never used the Christmas Bauble set before – so I knew it was something I wanted to use soon. I stamped it on Neenah cardstock so that I could color it with Copics. I masked it off when I was done and stamped pine branches from the Ornamental Pines set. I sponged the background to add some color and finished off the card with some glossy accents.

Christmas Bauble & Ornamental Pine 2

Here is my video! I hope you enjoy it!

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

Copic Colors: YG41, G03, G16, R27, R29, R39, Y28, E44, FB2, B26, V01, V12, V15


Garden Green Ink
Garden Green Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
EH | SSS | AMZN

Soft Sky Ink
Soft Sky Ink

Wild Wasabi Ink
Wild Wasabi Ink
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
EH | SSS
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST

VersaMarker
VersaMarker

Heat Tool
Heat Tool

White Embossing Powder
White Embossing Powder
Wink of Stella Clear
Wink of Stella Clear
EH | SSS | AMZN
ATG Gun
ATG Gun
EH | SSS | AMZN
Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents
EH | SSS | AMZN
Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper
Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper
EH | SSS | AMZN
EK Success Craft Tweezers
EK Success Craft Tweezers
EH | SSS | AMZN

SSS Friends Die
EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
EH | SSS
Inkadinkadoo Stamping Mask Paper
Inkadinkadoo Stamping Mask Paper
EH | SSS

Fineline Applicator 20g Dispensing Tip
Fineline Applicator 20g Dispensing Tip
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
EH | SSS

Stamping Sponges
Stamping Sponges

Christmas Bauble
Christmas Bauble

Ornamental Pine (Retired)
Ornamental Pine (Retired)

Sequins Storage and my Haul from Lawn Fawn and My Favorite Things

Hi Everyone!

I’m catching up from all the orders I’ve been placing lately. My Stampin’ Up! order is also coming today so I’m hoping to do a card/video very soon.

I ordered some CraftMates Lockables (2XL with 14 compartments) to store all my sequins that I’ve been collecting from Pretty Pink Posh. I purchased these CraftMates containers on Ebay – but you can get them from Amazon and I know Simon Says Stamp sells them. The ones I wanted have been out of stock for quite a while and I didn’t have the patience to wait anymore. These actually work out pretty great because I have two sizes for each color and am storing them directly across from each other.

PPP Sequins Storage

Sequins Organization

I labeled them with my new Brother Label – which I LOVE!

Sequins Organization 1

I also got my packages from Lawn Fawn and My Favorite Things – these are new releases and I’m so excited about them! Can’t wait to use them when I get the chance.

LF June Release

First of all – I want to say that I LOVE how Lawn Fawn packaged their items in a matching green and blue twine – and they added a personal note for me and some samples of cardstock. How nice is that???

MFT June Haul

I also love that My Favorite things always throws in an extra die as a gift for purchases over $60 – such a nice incentive!

That’s all for now! I will try to post again this evening or tomorrow.

Here is a list of everything I used/got. Pretty Pink Posh sequins can be purchased from multiple places, so I did not list them here.


Craftmates 2XL Lockables 14 Comp

Craftmates 2XL Lockables 14 Comp


Brother Label Maker

Brother Label Maker


LF Hedgehugs

LF Hedgehugs


LF Hedgehugs

LF Hedgehugs


LF So Jelly

LF So Jelly


LF So Jelly

LF So Jelly


LF Grassy Border

LF Grassy Border


LF Puffy Clouds Border

LF Puffy Clouds Border


LF Scripty Congrats

LF Scripty Congrats


LF Stitched Borders

LF Stitched Borders


LF Thinking About You Border

LF Thinking About You Border


MFT Vingtage Buttons

MFT Vingtage Buttons


MFT Grassy Fields Borders

MFT Grassy Fields Borders


MFT Cross-Stitch Square STAX

MFT Cross-Stitch Square STAX


MFT Cross-Stitch Rectangle STAX

MFT Cross-Stitch Rectangle STAX


MFT Cross-Stitch Circle STAX

MFT Cross-Stitch Circle STAX


LF Owen's ABCs

LF Owen’s ABCs


BB Adventure Is Calling

BB Adventure Is Calling


PI Tutu Cute

PI Tutu Cute


MSTN Happy Pandas

MSTN Happy Pandas

Storing Scraps & an update on my Copics

Hi Everyone!

I haven’t crafted this weekend – but I’ve done a lot of organizing. The rest of my Copics arrived on Friday, as well as an Amazon order for some sheet protectors – which I have been waiting for to revamp my storage of my scraps. So I wanted to share with you how I did this. I got this idea from Carissa Wiley. You can see it in her video here. She stores her paper in magazine holders like I used to store mine. My magazine holders here are handmade using USPS boxes, cut down and covered with postal wrapping paper (is that what you call it?) Here’s a picture of how I used to store my paper:

DIY Paper Holder

I now store my paper horizontally in two tall units that my husband built for me. I was perfectly happy with how it was stored before, but my husband had an itch to build – so I let him – and I’m happy with how it turned out :). As far as scraps go, I’ve always stored them in a plastic file box, separated by file folders. But I saw Carissa Wiley’s paper organization video and I thought it was genius to use sheet protectors to store scraps – why hadn’t I thought of that?!? I kept trying to think of how I could store my scraps with my full sheets and this is it!

Here is how it looked before yesterday. It was ugly – and took up extra space in my craftroom that I didn’t care for:

Storing Scraps Before

I purchased some heavy weight sheet protectors (see them here) and cut the 3 ring portion off them as seen here:

 Storing Scraps 2

Then I used my Dymo Label Maker to make labels for each cardstock color for each sheet protector:

Storing Scraps 3

And now, each compartment holding full sheets has a sheet protector holding scraps of the same color. This is also nice because it’s now labeled – I used to have a sticky note at the bottom of each cardstock pile with the names of the colors, but I couldn’t see it.

Storing Scraps     Storing Scraps 1

Now my file box holds receipts – orders from SU and other stores and is hidden away in the closet :).

Who is ready for Copics??? I wrote about the storage unit my husband built here and about my decision to get ALL the Copics and where I got them here. It’s a HUGE decision and I wish everyone the best of luck with their decision to starting a Copic collection – it took me months of thought, contemplation and waiting, but it’s finally all here and I’m so excited to share what it looks like. I explained previously that I purchased Sandy Allnock’s Hex Chart “designed to show the visual color relationship between Copic marker colors.” You get two PDF files – one hex chart that is blank – for you to color using your own Copics – and one colored by Sandy to see all the colors compared to what you have so you can decide if you need to buy additional colors to compliment what you already have. This chart is so helpful visually – as the Copic numbering system and the colors on the Copic Sketch plastic caps are not always true to their ink color. Here is a picture of my colored Hex Chart, which I have colored and laminated (I had to run them through the laminator several times to get a seal all the way around-  there are two sheets – a second sheet for grays).

Hex Chart

When I went to fill up my storage unit, I had a hard time deciding how I wanted to put my markers in – try to mimic this hex chart or to store by color families as organized on Copic’s colorwheel:

2014 Copic Color Wheel

I didn’t have enough rows on my storage unit to follow the Hex Chart to a tee – but I did a little cramming and re-arranging and in the end, I think it turned out pretty well:

Copics 2

There’s plenty of space left if new colors become available. I have my Multiliner SP Pens stored to the right.

***Deep breath*** I’m so glad this process is over. I’ve spent too much time thinking about it, planning it, and way too much money on it!  I don’t know how other crafters begin with a few pens here and there – I would have too much anxiety thinking about it all the time. But I know they’re pricey so I get that this is how some people have to begin. Fortunately, working overtime for 7 months gave me some playing money. At least – that is how I’ve justified this purchase.

I need to do more coloring very soon. Stay tuned!

Copics 1

UPDATE:

I’ve received a lot good feedback and along with that, a lot of questions about this unit so I wanted to post a little update to talk a bit about the dimensions and how to make it.  As I mentioned, my unit doesn’t have enough rows to mimic the Hex Chart. If I were to do it ALL over again, I would’ve counted the number of rows and columns on the Hex Chart first. But I think the building process would’ve remained the same.

I count 20 rows and 22 columns on the Hex Chart – to be safe, lets make the crates the size of 25 rows x 30 columns (each crate hole is 5/8″x 5/8″). You’ll need two egg crate pieces (buying one panel is enough – I think it was about $13 at Home Depot for one panel).
Then build a box using wood panels that are at least 6″ wide (I measured the panels on my box to be 7 1/4″ from the front of the unit to the back of the unit). I think 6″ panels would be perfect for this project. We just used what we had on hand. Make sure it will fit around the egg crates just right (I’d say no more than 1/4″ bigger – you don’t want the egg crates to move and you want both pieces to be in the right place in order for your markers to sit perfectly aligned). You’ll have to decide how far back you want your markers to sit. This is where you’ll place your backing (MDF board or plywood, or any other flat board) as a stopper for the markers. So you’ll have 5 sets of shims to hold each egg crate and the backing in place. This was how we created this box. If you think of a better way to hold your egg crates and backing in place, go for it!
I’ve drawn up a diagram of the side view.  I hope you find this helpful and that it makes sense.
Copic Storage

DIY Framed Ribbon Holder

Hi Everyone!

It’s been a few days and I’ve been itching to post something. I’ve got two videos on the way, but I wanted to quickly share this project that I worked on yesterday. As my collection of crafting tools grow, I’m finding less and less room to store everything. I had to do something with my ribbons because they were starting to pile up.

Here is how I had it stored before yesterday:

ink storage

It was just sitting on a rod that was put through some plaques. I’ve clearly run out of space. While I was at Michael’s last week browsing through their clearance isle, I came across this canvas photoframe that was on clearance for $4! So I knew instantly what I wanted to do. I asked my husband to pick up some additional wooden rods and some hooks so that I can create a framed ribbon holder.

Framed Ribbon Holder 5

My husband screwed the hooks in place for me – apparently it’s hard on your fingers because you have to apply a great deal of pressure! Sorry hubby…I love you!

Framed Ribbon Holder 4

He trimmed the rods down to the length of the frame for me…and to keep the rods from sliding off the hooks, I just wrapped some hemp at the ends until I was satisfied. 🙂 Quick solution but it probably won’t be permanent. But for now, I’m happy!

Framed Ribbon Holder

While I was putting this together, I was so frustrated by the ribbon pieces wanting to unravel. So I cut some double sided foam tape into little pieces and used them to adhere loose ribbon.

Framed Ribbon Holder 3

It’s not permanent and I think it’s a great solution.

I’m so happy I did this and I hope that someone else will find this helpful!

Here is what it looks like now:

Framed Ribbon Holder 1

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is over and now I get the opportunity to post a few cards and projects that have kept me busy the past week and a half. It’s so hard to refrain from posting when I’ve been so excited.

I want to start by saying that I have the most supportive, empathetic, sweet and patient husband, EVER – for me. Everyone claims they have the “best” husband but everyone has different needs. So I don’t want to say that my husband is better than anyone else’s – just that Stephen has been and IS my true companion in life. He’s been taking Liam to daycare this month, which allows me to work an extra 45 minutes every morning. I can’t expect anyone to have any idea how helpful that has been – but it’s made a tremendous difference in my day and how much overtime I can accomplish during the week – it add’s up! And during a few extra hours when he happens to get home early, he’s thoughtful enough to do build me things for my craft room!

I told him my handmade magazine holders were just fine, but he kept planning to make me this and I LOVE it! You can see how my paper was stored before to the right when he had only completed one paper tower. I butted up my punch holder to it and it is perfect.

paper tower 1

Here’s the finished set up (minus a few shelf boards):

paper tower 2

My upline, Cindy, told me to not store this units anywhere in direct sunlight because the paper color may fade, so one night, Stephen helped me rearrange my entire office/craft room.

ink storage

I got these basket-like magazine holders from the dollar section at Target and I think they separate everything nicely. My old gray rotary cutter is at the bottom. On top of that, a paper trimmer I got from Christmas (from my husband, of course).

accessories shelf

Alright! Now – to share my two latest Valentine’s Day cards! The video tutorial can be found here. Dawn makes a template out of window sheets, but I made mine out heavy cardstock that I had on hand. She also used Stampin’ Up! white craft ink. I opted to go with StazOn white ink. I’m not sure why – but it works. I have to admit, I just didn’t pay enough attention to the details when I watched her video. Mine is not nearly as great as Dawn’s but it still turned out well. Here is the first card I made for my friend, Karen.

You Plus Me KH VD2

You Plus Me KH VD

You Plus Me KH VD5You Plus Me KH VD4

You Plus Me KH VD3

I started with a piece of white cardstock and sponged it with Pool Party ink in a x-like form. I took a picture of while doing a second card for my husband – here’s what I mean:

sponge

Then I sponged the rest in the main color. On this card, it’s Perfect Plum, which is also the color of the card base. I used heart framelits to cut out hearts in random places on a piece of heavy card stock in random places (3 to be exact) and started sponging the hearts in random places, at first more transparent and than more opaque to get the “bokeh” effect – like filters on a camera.

On the card I made for my husband, I used Tangelo Twist and Real Red. The sentiments are from the You Plus Me stamp set.

You Plus Me SP VD3You Plus Me SP VD2

You Plus Me SP VD

I’ve been working so much – my husband has not gotten a chance to get in my craft room to make a card for me. While I was working yesterday, he came in and made a card behind me while I was working my overtime. I think he did a great job! He used a stamp from the Painted Petals stamp set to create the dotted background and used some framelits to cut out the hearts. Isn’t he the sweetest?

20150214_112636

Here’s a card I got from Karen. It’s sweet card made using the banner punch:

20150214_192944

and a box card I got from my friend Jessica with a packet of hot cocoa:

20150214_192749

and some treats we got from my mother in law – made using the January Paper Pumpkin Kit. I got her a 3-month subscription for Christmas. I think they are such great gifts! Check out the website if you’re interested in these pre-packaged sets. It’s everything you need in a box for a cute monthly project if you don’t have time or money to invest in all of Stampin’ Up!’s products. Sometimes, it’s cards, sometimes its treat bags like these:

20150214_193845

If you ever want any of these products and need help, please let me know! I hope you enjoyed this post.

Storing Dies

I’ve made quite an investment in die sets – they’re metal cutters that you run through a die cut machine to cut your desired image. If you’re not a card maker or papercrafter – you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. It’s OK! I learned very quickly early on that there are many options in the ways of cutting paper from scissors to punches and dies (and lots of different types of dies – dies that cut, dies that emboss, dies that cut and emboss…are you dizzy yet?). I can’t tell how many times I’ve gotten overwhelmed by building this collection – often wondering what I’ve gotten myself into and asking do I want to keep going with this? There are hundreds of stamps, hundreds of dies, hundreds of inks and markers and more options for adhesives than I ever knew existed. Because I love doing it so much and because it is the only thing I can justify spending my spare time on, the answer is 100% positively, undoubtedly, YES.

Everything comes in a small packages for stamping/papercrafting. Just about every kit comes taped on paper and wrapped in plastic! My OCD at first told me to keep everything as the come – in the original package. Of course, this comes with disadvantages – you have to pull everything out every time you want to do something! So, I decided I had to stop that – I needed to find another way to organize all my dies. Stamp-n-Storage makes storage products for stamping products!!! Once upon a time, there was a woman who loved to stamp and her husband, who loved her very much, built storage cabinets for all her inks and tools (sounds a bit like my husband and I…hehe) – true story. It is seriously how Stamp-n-Storage came to be. I didn’t realize it at the time, but my ink/marker storage unit is one we built from inspiration off one of Stamp-n-Storage’s units. I had a point to this story – really!

Like so many other times, I wondered if I could buy magnet sheets to hold my dies. But I realized that would be too flimsy and I would have to have a backing to make them more sturdy. To avoid all that work, I caved and purchased Magnet cards from Stamp-n-Storage as a Christmas gift to myself – BIG SMILES.  I anxiously waited for them to come in the mail and as I waited, I also made labels for all the dies I had and their coordinating stamp sets, vice versa.  Here’s what I mean:

This Holiday Home Stamp Set comes with 3 matching dies that cuts out the homes for you (I seriously debated getting these dies…because it’s not hard to cut out a house! But of course…it was a deal and I had to get them!). My OCD has been re-routed! I put my dies on this Magnet card and it just holds it in place with no fuss (much better than how they came stuck to paper with very strong tape).

IMG_0070 W

Here’s the inside of the stamp case. I put a label in there to remind myself that I have coordinating dies for my stamp set.

IMG_0069 W

I LOVE it!!! I have all my magnet cards sitting in an open box that I cut from a used cardboard box wrapped with heavy duty wrapping paper. It’s easy to access – I just flip through it and get what I need. My embossing folders also fit well in this box in front of my dies.

If you don’t want to go through all this trouble – invest in an electric cutter instead! You don’t have to buy all these die sets and with an electric cutter – you can cut any shape in any size using your computer! I’m already in too deep with these dies, so it’s not an option I’d consider at this point. I hope this is helpful for those of you who are considering what’s best for you.

My Craft Room

I’ve never had a designated craft area before. In our last house, Stephen and I shared an office even though he was only home during the weekends. It was my occupational work space and that was the only purpose the room served. Since moving to our new house, I’ve claimed a room for work and crafting. During working hours, I face a two computer screens at a desk with my back against all my crafting supplies (which is a good thing otherwise I’d want to craft or make cards all day).  I wanted to share with how how I store my supplies and how Stampin’ Up paper, stamp sets and ink come. I’ve spent far too much money building this collection, but I’m sooo happy with it!

 Stampin Up Ink Holder

During a neighborhood garage sale, I went to a lady’s house to see what she had as far as crafting supplies. Her entire basement was converted into a crafting space. I had never seen anything like it. Her walls were lined with shelves to hold paper, punches, stamp sets and ribbon. On one of her walls, she had a mounted stamp set holder and I WANTED IT! So I took a photo, came home and googled other shelves like it and saw one from Stamp N’ Storage that I replicated. I drew out plans and my awesome husband built this for me – to hold all my Stampin’ Up ink pads, markers and refills. I have yet to invest in refill bottles, but one day very soon, it will be done! The nifty ribbon holder is just a rod that goes through some wooden plaques that my husband drilled holes in for me.

Stamp Shelf

On a shelf, I store all my stamp sets. I make an effort to only get clear-mounted or photopolymer (clear) sets because they come packaged nicely in a thin clear dvd-sized case and don’t take up much space at all. As you can see, I have a few sets that are not sold by Stampin’ Up which I have made labels for in the bottom right hand corner. I had a little collection before I started heavily into my addiction for Stampin’ Up products. Oh, in case I haven’t shared yet – I LOVE Stampin’ Up. I was buying sooo much that I finally agreed to sign up to become a Stampin’ Up demonstrator so I can get rewards for buying so much. If you’re interested in any of Stampin’ Up’s products, please let me know and I will be happy to place orders for you.

To view their products, visit this site: http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx

DIY Paper Holder

Before I decided to invest in paper, I stored a sample pack of all the Stampin’ Up paper in a file folder (which is now being used to house all my scrap paper). I don’t have the space for a fancy shelf to hold paper, so I decided to make these vertical boxes that are similar to magazine holders out of USPS boxes. This project was practically free and so easy to do. I cut them all the same size and wrapped them with packing paper and labeled them with some tags that I had on hand. The pot to the left was purchased from a Dollar General store and it holds all my sharpies, miscellaneous pens, punches, some heavy duty scissors, and a ruler :D. Stampin’ Up has their colors in 4 categories – Neutrals, Subtles, Regals and Brights. I have a whole box of white paper since it goes the fastest when making cards. There are little tags at the top of each box to flag colors. At some point, I’m going to have to make something more durable to separate the colors.

My punches used to be stored with my ink pads where I had extra slots. But my husband soon realized that wasn’t going to do it – my collection was growing too fast. So he built me this awesome punch holder. As you can see, he’s going to have to build me another one soon…it’s almost completely filled up! My punches are a mixture of EK Tools and Stampin’ Up punches (which I think are manufactured by EK Tools since they are so similar in design). I like to save money where I can with this stuff – it’s so expensive!

Punch Holder

I have some plastic sterilite drawer units and a little white dresser that used to belong to the kids that I store my other supplies in. All my eyelits, inks, glues, embellishments are all in separated baskets purchased from the dollar store.

So that’s it – the space is small, but it works.  I’d love to have a designated craft table one of these days that isn’t holding a shelf or other tools so I can work in one space instead of three when I’m creating a card. I’m going to try to go back and post each of the cards I’ve made and try to write a little something about each. You don’t realize how many you’ve made until you’ve uploaded over 70 photos of cards!

Thanks for reading a long and taking an interest! Your support means everything to me!