Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Embossing Folder Storage

Still rearranging and reorganizing the craft room. Moved my Close To My Heart stamp sets from the Close To My Heart large organizers to clear bins from Bed Bath & Beyond. Decided to use the now empty CTMH large organizers for the embossing folders. I used to store the folders by the titles of the folder but sometimes the title did not match the embossing folder pattern so that was not helpful.

Recently had bought the new We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board and used this for the dividers for the new embossing folder storage. I used the #110 weight cream card stock from Mikes and made up a stack of the dividers, grabbed the label maker and the process began. Decided since the titles were not working for storing that I would do better by putting the folders together that are alike -- IE Woodgrain, Nautical, Valentine's, Dots, etc. Here are photos of this new storage system for my embossing folders:

So I will know what the title of the folder is when I take it out to use, I have used the label maker and clear labels to put the title on the folders. This is an ongoing process that will take some time but already this new system works better than my old storage for them. I really like the large Close To My Heart storage containers as they hold the taller embossing folders. These containers also have a latch closure with handle and they are stackable. TFL

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Slip Sliding Away in my Alex . . . .

Been busy reorganizing the Alex units in the craft room that I got last year. Decided with all the drawer space that I would use some of the drawers for punch storage. Did not want to toss the punches in the drawers without drawer liners but only had some left overs from the dollar store. Used what I had from there and here is that result --

With opening and closing the drawers the weight of the punches makes them slide around - here is a closer look at the beige drawer liner I began with:

Since what I had on hand clearly was not going to work I replaced the beige drawer liner with white drawer liner from Walmart --

New liner but same results:

Stopped lining all the drawers for now and decided to shop around for a better liner. Mr. Mailman dropped off a Bed Bath and Beyond coupon to me for $5.00 and decided to check out their drawer liners. I found this in the kitchen tools section:

Brought it home and began lining the drawers with the punches with it:

And a second drawer:

And another:

So far so good with this new drawer liner -- can open and close the drawers now knowing the punches will not be in a jumbled mess. Easy to cut the liner to size with scissors and having it stay in place is a big plus. .  .  .

Yesterday we made a trip to the Charlotte area and since we were so close.... My stamping PIC (Partner in Crime) and I stopped in at IKEA. She bought another Alex unit for her craft room and I came across the EKBY Alex shelf. Decided this shelf would work on top of my Alex units so I bought one for the craft room.

DH assembled it for me (thanks to him) and now it is in my craft room. This is what the top of my Alex units looked like before my EKBY shelf:

This is a photo of the EKBY shelf in place:

Two more drawers for me to fill up and since the EKBY is not as deep as the Alex units I still can put things on the top when I am taking out items from my Alex units:

Also I bought some of the white plastic magazine holders from IKEA that I put next to my EKBY and those holders hold my British card making magazines and also card stock. The EKBY unit is a good addition for my craft room and will be filled up shortly! Happy I found a drawer liner that works so my crafting items will no longer be slip sliding away. . .   TFL

Saturday, March 18, 2017

5 AM -- LIFT OFF!!!

On the road again . . . DH drove me and my stamping PIC (Partner in Crime) to the Charlotte, NC area this morning to visit a GREAT paper crafter's store: Paper Crafter's Muse and the address for the store is: 1905 Rice Road Ext., Unit 108  Matthews, NC 28105.

This store is owned by Daphne and she used to teach card making classes at a store I used to shop at. I had taken a couple of classes from her before she moved from that area to the Matthews area to open her own store. I was happy when I was able to locate her and her new store and whenever we take day trips in that direction I shop her store. Her store has the latest of late in products with card samples, journals, mixed media pieces all over the shop so inspiration fills the store no matter where you look.

Today I asked Daphne if I could take photos of her store to share on my blog -- Daphne is so in tuned with us crafters and her store shows this at every angle. Here are various photos of her shop:

What is to love about Daphne's store? It is clean, bright and cheery. She hangs wooden frames with her card samples inside the frames with clothespins holding the cards. Her card samples are usually hanging above the products used for her cards. Not only having these card samples hanging every where good for inspiration but they help the customer see the products in use -- the size of a die on a card or journal, the colour of an ink, maybe a new card layout, etc.. Her samples show you that even you can make that card using what she sells.  EVERY item has a price sticker on it so as a shopper you are not in shock from surprise totals when you get to the register. She has product lines together so if you want a stamp, a die, matching card stock or bling for that item it is all together for more inspiration. Inks, markers, Copics, mixed media items are all together. Specialty card stocks are together.  She has theme displays -- IE  She has a display for baby items to use for a baby shower or birth announcements etc. She has stamps, dies, stencils, embossing folders and anything baby related together. She carries Funny Bones stamps, religious/inspirational stamps, floral stamps, word stamps, shapes, theme, etc.. I have never shopped her store and have not found a new product that inspires me to hurry back to my craft room to create something fun or pretty. . 

Also -- Daphne will answer any questions you may have about new products coming out or maybe how to use a product you have never used before or even tell you how she made some of her inspirational cards hanging on her walls. Daphne's store is WELL worth the trip to Matthews -- why buy something online that you can not see in person, or see inspiration for, or ask how to use it? I will also say that Daphne is constantly introducing new items -- she carries new products as the paper crafting industry changes. Daphne also appreciates most crafters have a serious budget and she appreciates all shoppers and as a shopper you know this when you shop her store. 

A few weeks back Daphne had sent out an email to announce this year would be her first Customer Yard Sale she was holding at the plaza her shop is in. Her customers were selling their gently used crafting items that they no longer needed at this sale. When I received Daphne's email announcing this sale I asked my stamping buddy if she would want to go with me to this sale and also shop at Daphne's? Our day was planned and we impatiently waited for this day to arrive. . .

This morning at 5AM we pulled out of the driveway for our trip to Matthews, NC. The sale began at 9AM but even with stopping for breakfast we arrived early for the sale. Daphne was nice enough to let us shop her store before the Yard sale began and I found LOTS to buy:

Two 6 x 6 pads of printed card stock, floral card stock, LawnFawn and Poppy Stamp dies, distressed ink in a colour I needed, clear plastic envelopes to mail my cards in, a package of the Avery Elle clear pockets, (that are very hard to locate), and the Sizzix dimensional cutting pad. She sells so many things you just do not see anywhere. I thank Daphne for all the inspiration I get from my shopping trips to her store -- every time you shop her store there are new items to be found -- not the "same old, same old" that some paper crafters stores have. She does not have rows and rows of card stocks never bought but displays full of new products waiting to be used.

After we shopped her store we went over to the customer Yard Sale and here are a couple of photos of that:

LOTS of deals to be found -- my stamping buddy bought Close To My Heart stamp sets -- two for a DOLLAR -- one lady was selling the ink pad carousel from Stampin Up for $10.00 !!! Here is what I bought:

Never used Fun Stampers Journey stamp set for $2.00, Martha Stewart star border punch - 50 cents.

These three SU stamp sets were sold by a demonstrator from SU and she said she has too much SU items at her house so she cleared out stamp sets --- decided to sell all of these for $5.00 a piece because she wanted them 'gone' from her crafting space. These dies, with the pink dots, were all $3.00 a piece:

One table had a basket with three items for $2.00 total so I picked out three items:

and three packs of SU card stock, $5.00 per pack:

Thanks to Daphne for her first customer Yard Sale and a fun shopping morning! A really BIGGER thanks to Daphne for having a great store to shop at with all her inspiration inside. My stamping friend and I have already made plans for our next trip to Daphne's.... Looking forward to that!   If you are in the area, or passing through that area, make plans to shop her store -- you will NOT be disappointed. It is an easy day trip and we ended our trip with a stop at Long Horn's to eat. Two happy stampers now!! TFL

Saturday, March 11, 2017

St. Patty's Day Cards

Used the same layout using two different St. Patrick's Day printed card stocks from Hobby Lobby. Both cards are on a #110 weight white card stock from Mikes. Here is the first card:

Used a light green card stock for the card front. The white card front piece is GP white. Used a hexagon punch for the card front and the printed card stocks. Used a smaller hexagon punch for the small white hexagon the shamrock is on.

Cut and scored the white card stock base with the fold at the top. Cut the light green card stock for the card front. Put this piece onto the white card stock base using the ATG. For the white/GP card front I used the larger hexagon punch and just punched the card stock. Using that same punch I punched out five of the printed card stock pieces. Used the ATG for adhesive and put these onto the card front using the ATG.

Stamped the "Happy St. Patrick's Day" stamp in dark green above the printed hexagon pieces. Using pop dots I put this onto the green card front. Used a smaller hexagon punch and punched out a white hexagon and put that in the center of the hexagon on the card front using the ATG for adhesive. Used a small shamrock punch and punched out a dark green shamrock. Used clear Wink of Stella to add sparkle to that:

Put the glittery shamrock onto the white hexagon piece using a glue dot. Used a small flower punch for the three flowers on the card front. Added clear crystals to those. Used glue dots to put them on the card front.

Here is the other card using another shamrock printed card stock:

Easy card to put together and with the different prints the card have a totally different look. TFL

Monday, March 6, 2017

All fun and games .... until . . . .

Well it is all fun and games and then you realize you do not have much time .... I am a follower on a papercrafter's blog. She is a Stampin' Up demonstrator and she posted on her blog that lately she has only been making 3D projects/boxes and no cards or tags. She wants to get back into just the card making but has lost her "mojo" for stamping. She posted on her blog that she would like to hold a card swap where we all send her our cards and then she sends us someone else's card in return. This sounded good to me so I emailed her and told her that I would like to join in on her swap. She emails back her address in the UK and the date she needed my card by. . .  then a gal at work broke her foot and she is off work so more hours for me but less crafting time...

Had already committed to the swap -- with her being a demonstrator for Stampin' Up I thought I had better use their stamps, inks, and card stocks for my card. The last card I had made was the embossed card using the new-to-me Stampin' Up stamp set Corner Garden. Here is that card:

For the card I made for the swap I used the embossed image sideways and added Stampin' Up Cool Caribbean ink to that -- I also used solid white sequins on this card:

Also for this second card I used the Lotus Blossom stamp set for the greeting on the front of the card as well as the inside. Finished my card, packaged it up, and off to the post office for me. Inside my small padded bag is a second card for her thanking her for the swap and with just the two cards inside I had to pay $13.50 in postage.... Hoping for that amount of $$ that the cards arrive in mint condition and good to go. I am retired from the post office so I did expect this would be costly in postage but I figure it was a one time thing and am sure it will be worth it. Once I receive a card back from this swap I will post it on my blog to share. Another long day at work tomorrow but I wanted to get this posted before I should forget. TFL

Sunday, March 5, 2017

New loot - - -

Just received my order from  wholesalecraftingsupplies.com (Scrapbook Outlet) with my new Gina Marie Designs dies. This order qualified for a free Peep Bunny die and that is below:

This order has the Flower Trio Burst Background die, the Corner Pine Swag and Bells die set, the Grass Tufts die set of 2 pcs, the Easter Chick die set, the Decorative Ribbon Border die, and the Dogwood Wreath die set:

and the free Peep Bunny die set:

Also received my Close To My Heart order:

A wreath stamp/die bundle, circle dies, and a 'grunge' stamp set, "Ink Blot Flair". That will be a good stamp set for cards and tags. The CTMH dies cut very well and can cut both the thinner and thicker card stocks with ease. Happy me to have the mail man stop yesterday!!!  TFL

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Heartfelt Creations Storage

Bought a stamp set with matching die set from Heartfelt Creations at a recent stamp show I attended in Columbia, SC. Although I like their packaging I needed to figure out how to store this new purchase in the craft room -- only thing I can think of is to store the stamp and die set together.

Have extra Stampin Up stamp cases in the craft room so I measured the Heartfelt Creations packages and decided if I trim off a small section at the bottom of each stamp and die set I can store them together in the SU stamp case -- which keeps them together and dust free:

Turning this case over you can see the matching die set:

On the side of this stamp case/box you can read the title of this set:

This case is now in the clear bin that holds other cling/clear stamp sets with matching dies. For now I left the dies on the packaging they come with but once I use this set the dies will be on a magnetic sheet inside this case. TFL

Embossed Pistachio Card

Had seen a video by Kelly Acheson for this card so I made one for myself. I recently bought a few stamp sets from another stamper and for my card I used two of these Stampin Up stamp sets:

Corner Garden and Peaceful Petals

For my card base I used #110 weight white card stock from Mikes, cut and scored on the side. For the card front I used a piece of Emerald card stock from Stampin Up. Cut that to the size I needed for the card front. Using white/GP card stock I cut that piece larger than what I would need for the card front. Using the Corner Garden stamp I used the MISTI and inked that stamp with VersaMark. Stamped that and then used white embossing powder and heat set that.

For the greeting I used a stamp from the Stampin Up stamp set Peaceful Petals and the Cracked Pistachio ink and stamped that onto the embossed piece. Using a very light touch I sponged the distress ink Cracked Pistachio over the embossed flowers making some flowers darker than others. Once the flowers were all covered I trimmed this to the size I wanted for the card front. Once trimmed to size I sponged ink only on the edges that the flowers were on -- one side and bottom of the card front. Put the embossed card front onto the green piece using the ATG. Then put these two pieces onto the white card stock base.

Using scrap card stock and a small butterfly punch I punched out two butterflies and put them onto the card front using TomBow glue. Added pearls to them from the stash. Added three clear sequins to the embossed side of the card front.  Easy card to put together and thanks to Kelly for sharing her video. TFL

Hello Daisy Card

My PIC (stamping Partner in Crime friend) and I went to the SSAT stamp show recently in Columbia, SC. While we were there I stopped at the Rubber Cottage booth. This is the vendor that I had bought this stamp from when I went to another stamp show awhile back. I really liked the blue they had used on this card but I could not find it. Bought the stamp thinking I had a similar colour of ink at home but I didn't.

At the show in Columbia I met the owner and she told me that she had used Memento Danube Blue ink for her card she had made into a sample featuring this Daisy Background stamp. Of course she did not have this ink in stock at this show but Tessler Stamps was selling it at their booth so on my way out I stopped and bought one. Am happy to say this is the blue I wanted for this card and it is really a nice blue.

For my card stock base I used #110 weight white card stock from Mikes. Cut and scored that and set it aside. For the dark blue I used card stock from Hobby Lobby. For my card front that I stamped with the Daisy Background stamp I used a piece of white/GP cut larger than the stamp. Used the MISTI to stamp my background. Cut that to the size I wanted for for the card front. Using the ATG I put the daisy background piece onto the solid blue piece. Then put these on the card front.

For the "hello" I used a stamp from Pink and Main. Stamped that using the MISTI and used the Memento Danube Blue ink. Cleaned the stamp and inked it with VersaMark and stamped it again. Added clear embossing powder and heat set this:

Used a stitched frame die set from Creek Bank and cut out the "hello" piece in the Big Shot. Cut a piece of dark blue card stock to put behind this piece. Put the embossed piece and blue piece together using the ATG.

Added clear sequins to the greeting piece. Using the Triple Flower punch from Stampin Up I punched out flowers from an extra stamped daisy background stamp. Used a small circle punch and punched out a small circle from blue card stock scraps. Put the circle in the center of the flowers using a glue pen and put the flowers onto the greeting piece using glue dots. Pop dots are behind the greeting piece for dimension:

Easy card to put together and IRL the "hello" is very shiny with the clear embossing powder on it. TFL

Distress Resist Card

Had seen the video by Jennifer McGuire and I made this card using her tips:

My card stock base is #110 weight white card stock from Mikes. The distressed piece for the front of my card is white/GP. I used these distress inks to add colour to the card front:

Mowed Lawn
Evergreen Bough
Peacock Feathers
Mermaid Lagoon
Salty Ocean
Dusty Concord

To begin with I cut and scored the white card stock base, scored at the top. Cut my white/GP piece to the size I would need for the card front.  I used a stamp set from Gina K Designs - Old Country Roses and using VersaMark ink I inked the stamp and stamped my white/GP piece using the MISTI. Used white embossing powder and heat set that. Used the distressed inks in the above order and added ink over the embossed flowers. Once done I used a clean paper towel to rub ink off the embossed flowers. With that done I set it aside.

Using a retangle die I cut another piece of white/GP for the card front. Used a "Hello" stamp from my stash and stamped that on the white piece using VersaMark ink. Covered that with black embossing powder and heat set that. The greeting "A note to say" is by Pink and Main and I used black Memento ink for that. For both the "Hello" and greeting pieces I used the craft foam as instructed in the video:

Using the ATG I put the distressed card front onto the card stock base. Added the "Hello" piece and greeting piece to the card front. Used clear Nuvo crystal drops to my card front:

Easy card to make -- Thanks to Jennifer for her video. TFL