Saturday, January 21, 2017

About 30 in 45 . . .

Stamping friend and I ordered the We R Memory Keepers new Tab Punch Board as soon as we were able to order them -- since it was a pre-order item we had to wait for shipment. Well ... the Tab Punch Boards arrived in the mail this morning and here is what it looks like:

This is a small punch board and it can make the dividers with tabs for whatever you are working on. First I took it out of the packaging, watched a quick "How To" video on Youtube (it also comes with a pictorial instruction pamphlet), and made three dividers with tabs to see how this all worked:

Decided I wanted my dividers to be really sturdy so I used black #110 weight card stock from Mikes. I measured what size I needed these dividers to be and I cut all my card stock to the sizes I needed. Then I made my dividers in threes -- two with end tabs and one with a center tab. By making them in sets of threes I was sure I would have enough full sets of end tab, center tab, and other end tab. Here are all the dividers I made in less than 45 minutes from start to finish:

I am using black card stock as my labels are white that I will put on the tabs and I wanted those to stand out in the bins that I am using them for. This is a great punch board and you can make so many things with it -- dividers with tabs for organization, for planners, for school projects/files, etc.. This punch board has a corner rounder built in and both the tab punch and the corner rounder punch had no problems cutting my heavier card stock. LOVE this product -- another good addition to the craft room! TFL

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Well... who hasn't? ? ?

Well... who hasn't??? Pretty much everywhere in the US this week there has been some weather situation going on -- from torrential rains, to sleet and ice, to snows . . .  Here in NC we had the sleet and ice and also snows. Luckily for us we started with freezing rain that switched to snow but unlike it was predicted we only had about an inch and a half of snow. Some places were hit with 10 inches of snow or higher. Living in NY before moving here 10 inches of snow was the normal and no big deal... in NC they do not have the heavy snowplows or salt/sand trucks or anything serious to battle snows. Therefore everything shuts down -- stores, businesses, schools all close until the weather improves..... Due to this I have been out of work for the last three days waiting for all the ice on the roads to melt. Hoping things will be back to normal tomorrow...

Having this storm over the weekend and being housebound I decided the craft room will be getting a serious overhaul. DH and I went to the sale at IKEA a week ago and picked up another Alex unit on sale for my craft room. It is the low one that has 6 wide drawers. DH put that together for me and this weekend I was able to get it filled up and organized, drawers labeled. While I was in the craft room I did other organizing and decided to move my solid card stocks to a better location in the craft room. The new location is away from the windows so I do not have to worry about sunshine on the card stock and it is also next to my work island that my paper trimmer is on. This new location will help when I am starting a card as I will be able to see at a glance what card stock I want to use.

Also Mikes has their plastic craft storage items on sale this week for 50% off. I had some of the IRIS thinner project cases but needed a few more for my new organization of card stocks and items. I went to Mikes and picked up a few more of those for the 50% off price and also used a 25% off sale and regular priced items coupon so good deal for sure. These thinner boxes fit in the older slotted white cubbies I used to keep all my card stocks in long ago. Here are photos of my solid card stocks in their new location:

and a second photo to show the other end of this shelf unit:

and a photo to show the IRIS project boxes:

On the one side of this shelf unit, (which was free from a woman's clothing store), is my solid card stock and the IRIS project boxes. The other side of the shelf unit is more of my solid card stocks and packs of card stock in the slotted cubbies below.

Was able to move my metal die storage over to where the card stock used to be and that should also be a better location for those. Label Maker is the best tool in the craft room --- labeled items as I have organized them so it should not be hard to find everything... Key to all of this is PUTTING items back where they belong when finished with them instead of in a basket or bin waiting to be put away. But a basket or a bin is better than a pile on the work table. . . .  haha   TFL

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Mikes Haul

Here are photos of items I picked up on my recent trip to Mikes -- all Christmas was 80% off:

Snowman stamp set from Stampendous, bling, glittered silver and gold snowflakes, shiny red and green clothespins, snowflake stickers, and a wood mount holiday stamp from Inkadinkado. Then I also bought Mikes Christmas card stock packs for 98 cents each:

Also a wreath stencil for 79 cents -- great to use to decorate the front of a gift bag:

The silver wreath holder was also 79 cents.... Then I shopped for other items while I was there and I used coupons for some of these:

Much to my surprise their "used to be dollar" stamps are now two dollars . . .  This trim:

This lace trim had adhesive on it although it was pricey (used a 50% off coupon on this) I still bought it. The lace already having the adhesive on it will be good for cards, tags, bags, and such. They are moving things around in the store and unpacking many boxes so may go back to the store later this week but happy to pick up some good Christmas items for the 80%. TFL

Close To My Heart order

Just received my Close To My Heart order and wanted to share it on the blog before I put it all away and forget to post this. I bought washi tape and twine but this post will show their dies and their embossing folders.

To begin with Close To My Heart has used clear stamps for many years and all their stamp sets are packed in plastic envelopes for storing them. Many of their stamp set coordinate with Cricut programs as well. They offered a Pink Flamingo stamp set with matching die last year and I bought the set. Their dies are called Thin Cuts and I had never bought their dies before. After making a card with the flamingo stamp and matching die set I was impressed with how well the die cut the card stock, both thin and thicker card stocks.

Close To My Heart totally "gets" us crafters.... their stamp sets arrive ready for use -- no trimming them and having to mount them all before we even think of using them. They also offer the "ready for use" with their dies. To begin with their dies arrive in clear envelopes on magnetic sheets:

You simply open the envelope, take the die off the magnetic sheet, take it to the machine to die cut your piece. I bought three of their Thin Cut dies and I cut them out to show these better using thinner to thicker card stocks and they all cut well the first pass through the die cutting machine:

How many times do we buy a die or die set and once it is home we almost have to bend the dies to get them off the packaging???!!! Close To My Heart does not use the tape on their dies so they are ready for use and there is no sticky spots on the dies from the tape on their packaging. Again -- they arrive and are ready for use...

Now to their embossing folders. I bought three of these and for my photos I have a piece of scrap green card stock in the folders to show the pattern. There are a few good things about their embossing folders -- first, there is a slit on the fold of their embossing folders so you can emboss a longer piece of card stock with a continual pattern. Second their embossing folders measure 5 1/4" x 7 1/4" so you can emboss your card stock from top to bottom and side to side with the full pattern. Here is the first embossing folder "Happy Thoughts":

This folder has various works in script and in print. This next folder is "Snowflakes":

Large and small snowflakes with detailed flakes scattered on the folder. This next folder is my favorite of all the wood grain embossing folders I own -- this one has nail heads on it and detailed wood grain on the planks. It is called "Wood Slats":

I have a few of the Close To My Heart embossing folders and they work well with the thinner as well as thicker card stocks. Very good quality. The only thing missing is the folder title -- but I used my label maker and clear label tape and put the folder titles on each folder:

Things are ready to go where they belong in the craft room and ready for use. TFL

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Stencil Storage

Stencils . . . .  some are small, some are tall, some are thick, some are flimsy. Started out with storing the stencils on a Command hook inside the cabinet door. But some stencils do not have a hole at the top for storage so what to do with those? Then some companies sell larger stencils than others... switched from the Command hook to a large file box. But then .... bought some stencils too large for the large file box. Something new had to be figured out but wanted to have one idea and one place to keep all stencil sizes together that would keep them from getting bent or mangled or dusty. . .

Only thing I could think of is a binder with sheet protectors inside. Here is the binder:

Some photos of the stencils inside:

For the Tim Holtz Tag stencils I have two of those per protector sheet:

Can keep holiday stencils together, or store them by manufacturer, or like items. Decided to keep the Tim Holtz Tag stencils together but the other stencils will be like items or by theme. With using the binder I can store that flat or upright. Plenty of room in the binder to add more stencils if I need to and the binder protects the stencils from damage or dust. Plus I bought the binder and protector sheets from Walmart so this is not expensive to put together. At least now all the stencils are together and it is easy to flip through the binder to see what stencils there are.  TFL

Monday, January 2, 2017

Many Thanks Thank You Card

Made a few holiday thank you cards. Cut and scored the card stock bases. Set those aside.

For the solid white card stock for the card front I cut that 4" x 5 1/4". The stenciled piece measures 3 3/4" x 5". I used a stencil from the stash and stenciled it onto the smaller white piece using distressed inks. Once all the stenciled pieces were complete I used a stamp from the Gina K Designs stamp set Lots of Lines and stamped that onto the stenciled piece using the MISTI and Memento black ink. With the stamping done I used the ATG and put the stenciled piece onto the solid white/GP piece. Cut a piece of ribbon wider than the card front and put that across the card front using double sided tape on the back of the stenciled piece. Using the ATG I put the stenciled piece onto the card stock base.

With the card assembled I cut a small piece of ribbon and tied that over the ribbon piece into a knot. Secured that using a clear glue dot. Added three sequins to each card front. Here is a photo of other cards I made using different inks:

Easy card to put together and the sequins add just a little sparkle and shine to the card front. TFL

IKEA Road Trip --

IKEA is having their big winter sale now so what better time for an IKEA road trip? DH and I headed out this weekend to the only IKEA store in our state for this sale. It is about a 3 hour drive from here so we left early morning for our trek to Charlotte to IKEA.

I already have some of the tall Alex units in the craft room but I wanted to pick up one of the shorter Alex units on casters. With this smaller unit on wheels I will be able to move it around if I need to. The drawers in the shorter unit are also wider so I can fit more items in the drawers -- :0). Before this trip to IKEA I had my paper trimmer on an old kitchen cart on wheels. But the only thing on that cart was the trimmer and so changes needed to be made as that cart had no storage on it.

Cleared off the counter next to where the trimmer and cart were and moved the trimmer onto that counter. It is on the end of the counter now so I can still use that counter for card stamping or assembly. This new lower Alex unit is now next to this counter by the trimmer end. While I was at IKEA I picked up two of the Pluggis white plastic bins that I put on top of the new Alex unit next to the trimmer. These bins hold items I need next to the trimmer - in one is the baby wipes for stamping and the ATGs.**  The other bin holds my left over card stock scraps.

Still working on filling up my new Alex unit but here are some photos of some items already in the drawers. First drawer has my Fiskars trimmer -- used for plastic sheets and other items I do not want to cut with my Genesis trimmer -- also my mini scoreboards are in there. Another drawer is the new home for my WRMK Punch Boards with instruction manuals:

Another drawer holds my Stampin Up tools -- my used SU trimmer, the used SU score board, my used Paper Piercing tools, and my Piercing mats:

Here is photo to show the front of this unit:

And the white bins on top next to the trimmer:

Still organizing but am happy with this new addition. Esp since it has wheels it can easily be moved if it needs to be. Plus any addition of drawers is a good thing.... As for the ** and the ATGs. I have the yellow ATG that holds a roll of  1/2" tape as well as two of the pink ATGs that hold 1/4" tape. One of the pink ATGs is for the craft room and the other I take to card making classes. But I learned a long time ago to keep the ATG in a bin or basket or something so it does not get stuck to something I am working on at the time.

Driving all the way to IKEA has to be a worth while trip -- I bought a second of these lower Alex units with casters for my sewing room so that will be nice in there as well. Esp with the drawers for storage. I had also asked my stamping "PIC" (Partner in Crime) if she wanted anything from IKEA esp with the sale prices for the Alex units. She came over and looked at my taller Alex units and really liked how smoothly the drawers work with all my punches in there, and all the storage space the drawers offer, and the finish on them. She went home and measured her space and asked if we would pick up three of the taller Alex units for her which we did and we dropped those off to her house for her on our way home. The IKEA sale made this trip worth while and it makes for a nice day trip.

We stopped at our fav stores and stops in High Point and Greensboro and then headed home... A BIG thank you to DH for driving, loading and unloading, and for his assembly of my Alex units. Hoping to finish filling up the drawers of my new Alex unit today so I can get back to some serious card making!! TFL

Friday, December 30, 2016

Corralling Alex . . .

Best time of the year to organize as I am cleaning the craft room up from the holidays --- BOO Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Decided I was not using my Alex units from IKEA to the best benefit for storage of craft room items. Since Christmas is the one holiday that I use so many of my products this room is a mess.... while putting things away I also decided to look at the Alex units differently for storage. 

To begin with with my stamping buddy giving me so many wonderful gifts for Christmas -- esp the many packs of sequins -- I decided to start with those. I had ordered clear plastic bottles from (#S-14487) for sequin storage and am happy I have bottles left over after reorganizing all the sequins. Being in clear bottles I decided to store them in drawers of one of the Alex units. Wanting to see what colours the sequins are at a glance I decided to store these filled jars upside down in the drawer in colour groups:

For years I have stored my glitters upside down in their drawer:

The white bins the jars of glitters are in are from the thrift stores -- thinking they used to hold ice cubes in a freezer. I have also stored my embossing powders upside down in their drawer:

Once again the sectioned tray the embossing powders sit in is also from the thrift store. Since it helps to see what colours I have on hand I decided storing the sequins upside down would also be a good idea. 

Also in another drawer of an Alex unit is my glittered glues -- Stickles, Distressed Stickles, and bottles of liquid Pearls. I have these upside down in the Dazzle Caddys that I bought at a clearance sale. Having the Stickles upside down for storage keeps them ready for use at any time with no bubbles or "glurks" of glue spitting out of the bottles. On the Distressed Stickles I have written a "D" on the bottom of the bottle so I know that is a distressed Stickle. The "P" is for the bottle of Liquid Pearls:

Also the washi tape seems to keep reproducing -- haha -- went to the dollar store and picked up a few sets of three white plastic baskets for a dollar and I keep the washi tapes in these in the Alex drawer:

The baskets keep the washi tapes from rolling around in the drawer and I can see at a glance what tapes I have on hand.

Also bought another size of the white plastic baskets to hold the misc glues I use in the craft room and they have their own drawer:

Still working on the new organization of the Alex units. To label the drawers I am using clear label tape and the label maker. With everything labeled I am hoping I will be able to find everything again (wink, wink) and it will make it easier to put things back where they belong. No sense in having the same type of product/supplies in different locations in the craft room. Keeping them altogether will help to be able to locate them and see what I have on hand. 

Happy to have time in the craft room for upside down corralling..... but hoping to finish soon so I can get back to working on cards and such!  :0)     TFL 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Fuzzy Slipper Side Step . . .

Hoping everyone has had a safe, happy holiday season so far. I have been doing the Fuzzy Slipper Side Step in the craft room .... too many products/supplies every where so am trying to put away all the reds and greens.... Christmas dies, ribbons, card stocks, trims, etc to get ready for the new year ahead of card making. Almost finished with that, organizing items along the way, but I wanted to take a break and post some photos.

This post is about everything I was given for Christmas from my PIC (Partner In Crime). She is my stamping buddy that goes to classes with me, stamper's garage sales with me, stamp store sales with me, and stamp shows with me. She was with me at Mikes one time when the We R Memory Keepers company had just put out their Alphabet Punch board. This punch board makes letters and numbers and I was happy to find it but being a card maker I had commented that I wished the letters were smaller for a card front. That original Alphabet Punch board would be good for banners or bulletin boards or even a scrap book page but too large for a card front. When I first saw this punch board I emailed WRMK and asked if they would ever come out with a punch board that would make smaller letters for card makers? I never got a response to that email so I assumed they were not going to make a punch board for the smaller letters . . . .  Stampin Up has a Large Letters alphabet die set (thinlits) but it is $99.00 PLUS tax and shipping. I would never spend that amount of money on a die set so no alphabet die set for my card fronts. . .

My PIC came over this week and brought me a gift bag filled with goodies for Christmas.... Imagine my surprise when I opened this:

A MINI Alphabet punch board from WRMK!!!! Happy me !!! :0)   I did not even know they made a smaller Alphabet punch board and these letters will fit on a card front --- YAY!!!

But also in this gift bag -- 2 stamp sets from Close To My Heart with a mini Perks stamp set also CTMH:

Flowers, Easter, and words... she basically covered my Spring cards -- the Easter set has a Mom, Dad, and little bunny stamp so that will be fun to use..Close To My Heart has such nice quality clear stamps with great storage envelopes. Love them all!

Then... Sequins!!

LOTS of sequins with so many colours to choose from. Browns, spring and autumn colours, as well as the black and white basics. Great selection for sure!

What card maker does not need ONE more pad of card stock? This pad is for the Christmas season with prints and foils included:

Also a container that holds shiny brown reindeer -- glitters, scatters, or perfect for a shaker card:

Spoiled me for sure.... and then she had these included:

She and I had taken a holiday card making class and in this class we used these "sticker blings" on our cards. After class we both looked at the local craft stores and we could not find these Stampendous stickers. But she found them somewhere so she bought enough for me as well. Happy me to have these. They are silver, gold, and red and with so many on each strip I am sure to get many uses of these.

She also had taken the time to sew two sizes of the Hot/Cold packs for aches and pains. With winter and colder weather upon us I am sure I will be getting lots of use of the Hot pack!! Happy me as the receiver of her generosity for sure!!

So back to the Fuzzy Slipper Side Step for me for now but wanted to post these photos before I opened them all up and put them in their new homes for use. I ♥  ♥  ♥ new craft supplies!!  Happy me to have such a generous PIC!!   Happy New Year! TFL