Saturday, August 30, 2014

Pictogram Punches and Filigree Frame

The Holiday Mini is live and has so many fun products! I always look forward to seeing what new textured impressions embossing folders will be introduced. Texture always adds a nice touch to any card without extra bulk.

One of the new embossing folders available is the one I used in today's card.
The embossing folder is called Filigree Frame and as its name says, it frames the center of the card. I really miss our Framed Tulips folder that retired this year so this is a nice substitution. 

To create my card, I first determined my colors based on the designer paper from All Abloom paper stack. Then I used a marker to color the vase from Pictogram Punches. Next I stamped 3 flowers in different colors and using the punch from Itty Bitty Accent pack, I punched the flowers and added them to the bouquet. I could have stamped them directly on the card stock but punching them gives them some dimension. I always add a little bit of color at the bottom of a vase to "ground" it to the card stock. 

All supplies are Stampin' Up! Click on any of the pictures below to go to my Online Store. 
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Goose Feathers CCMC318

It's Thursday and do you know what that means? A challenge from the Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog! Here are the colors for this week's color challenge:

I used one of my favorite old stamp sets and two of my favorite new stamp sets - one of which is brand new!
I used Basic Gray ink to stamp the goose and sentiment - both from the Wetlands stamp set. Then I used one of the images from Work of Art to stamp the sky/cloud with Pool Party ink. 

The feathers are in the new Holiday mini along with a coordinating Feathers Framelit. They are one of my favorite things in the entire catalog and can be purchased individually or in a bundle at a discounted price.  I added a few sequins for some sparkle and a little piece of the gold thread from the gold baker's twine. 

All supplies are Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Wetlands, Work of Art, Four Feathers
Paper: Moonlight paper stack
Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Pool Party
Ink: Basic Gray, Pool Party, Hello Honey
Other: Big Shot, Feathers Framelit, Gold Sequins, Gold Baker's Twine

I hope you find my card inspiring! To see what the rest of the Design Team created, go to Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog. And we hope you will try the challenge yourself! While you are there you may want to check out the new Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Card"Create"ions 2014, featuring stamp sets from the new Holiday Mini catalog. Lots of creativity for a great price.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Four Feathers with Bokeh Technique

I tried a new technique for today's card. It is all part of the Friday Mashup challenge: Create a card using the Bokeh technique or using a Die Cut or use both. I chose both.

I used  Hello Honey, Soft Suede and Baked Brown Sugar for my background, plus the Whisper White for the circles. Here is what I discovered about this technique. A smooth Water Color paper works best. Because I have never done this technique before, and it requires a large piece of Water Color paper, I practiced first on a non Stampin' Up! piece of WC paper. It was a little rougher in texture so the ink spread differently. Both worked - just differently - and the smoother piece was my favorite.

I chose the Four Feathers stamp set and coordinating Feathers Framelit for my Die Cut focal point. The feathers are stamped with ink and then die cut. I bent the edges a little to give some dimension to an otherwise flat card. I confess that I tried adding glitter to the feathers and embossing them with gold. I tried sequins and Gold Baker's Twine too. But I ended up with simple feathers and a simple, flat card thus allowing the Bokeh background to shine.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! Click on any picture to go to my Online Store.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Let's talk storage, Day 4; card stock and Big Shot

I'm back with the last of my Stamp Area tour.
In case you want to read about it in its entirety - here you go.

Day 1 found Here = Room at a glance; 12 x 12 paper storage; Punch storage
Day 2 found Here = Ink Pad/Stampin' Write Marker storage; Blendabilities storage, sponges and embellishment storage
Day 3 found Here = Stamp storage, Embossing Powder, glitter, adhesives, clear blocks storage; Ribbon storage

This will be the final post of my Stamp Area - I promise! 
As I continue to move left to right around my Stamp Area, I come to a bookcase with adjustable shelves and a cupboard on the bottom. I picked it up years ago. It, and a matching chest of drawers was along the side of the road marked Free. They were both covered in stickers but I made my husband stop and we loaded them into our van and brought them home. I cleaned off the stickers and scrubbed them really well and both pieces have served me well!
On the very top shelf are my current Bigz dies. On the next shelf I have my Stampin' Success magazines in plastic containers. And on the largest shelf is my Card Stock storage system. 

I used the system of a large plastic bin for years. And I loved it! Here is an old picture.
Each color of card stock had its own plastic envelope similar to these only 8 1/2 x 11. I kept the full sheets and the scraps in the envelope. The envelopes were filed alphabetically by color (the librarian in me). The bin had a lid so I could keep the card stock covered. But the bin rested on a low book case which I don't have room for. So I tried keeping it on the table but there just wasn't enough room there either.

About 3 months ago I began researching a new, and preferably affordable, way to keep my card stock. I needed it to be easily accessible and where I could see it. I looked at Display Dynamics  and Media Shelving. I also wrote to Organize More and asked if they were going to offer Card Stock/Paper storage. They do offer a 6 shelf unit for 12 x 12. I requested a 10 shelf unit for 8 1/2 x 11 because I love my other storage units from them. They said they are actually working on some so stay tuned. So I waited and waited. I guess it is taking them longer than planned? I just couldn't wait any longer so then I began to think about the 8 1/2 x 11 Paper Holders from Stamp n Storage. They are all wood, they are costly, and they would need to be painted. After my beastly experience painting my Literature Rack, I wasn't sure I wanted to that again (times 5). But I measured my shelf space and they would easily fit so I saved and broke down and ordered 5 Paper Holders. If you buy in groups of 2 it is cheaper so that helped. They arrived within a week. Yay!

If you read the description on their website it says that all of the dividers come out but the middle one. Well I pulled and I wiggled and I got out maybe half of the dividers in each unit. That would not do because I needed to paint the insides plus I wasn't sure I would use all of the dividers (which I don't). So I emailed Stamp n Storage and got a prompt reply. They emailed me shipping labels and had me box up the paper holders and send them back and they would send me 5 more and make sure the dividers were easily removed - all paid by them. Yay! Great customer service! 

I received the 5 new ones and they were perfect. I removed the dividers and primed and painted everything but the dividers. 
I put back all of the dividers but the bottom one. That larger space is where I keep by extra unopened packs of card stock. I have one unit for every color family plus one for the In Colors. So far I really like them and have no regrets buying them. 

I keep my card stock scraps in page protecters, labeled by color. Except Very Vanilla and Whisper White. Those are kept in the large plastic envelopes above my Neutrals Paper Holder. Between the 2 envelopes is a plastic bin with any punched or die cut shapes that I haven't used yet. 

When my mother in law passed away this year and we had to sell the house and contents, the only thing I wanted to keep was her kitchen island! Our kitchen is too small for an island but it works perfectly for my paper cutter and Big Shot!.

My Framelits and Embossing Folders are kept in another shoe box- size plastic bin. In the bottom of the box is a Stampin' Up! divider/insert meant for Bigz dies. But I use it for the Framelits. The embossing folders are in front of the framelits. 
For now this system works but I am still trying to find a better way to store them. 

And that is my Stamp Area. It is small but it works and I like it. Note: The other side of the room is large enough to hold tables for classes. Also, all opinions and reviews are my own. I was not paid or asked by any particular company to review. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Let's Talk Storage, Day 3; Stamp Set Storage and more.

If you missed the pictures of my overall Stamp Area, you can Click Here, Day 1, to see it and read about it. I featured my paper storage system and my punch storage system. 

Click Here, Day 2, to see pictures of my Ink Pad and Marker storage and Blendabilities 

Today, Day 3, I have pictures of my Stamp Set Storage and adhesives, embossing powders, clear blocks, etc. If you look at my Stamp Area I am moving left to right. 

Before our refinished basement was redone, I had floor to ceiling book shelves on the entire wall. They were leftover from the days when my husband had his office in the home. In order to put in the duct work for the Central Air, the shelves had to go. Those shelves were where I stored all of my stamp sets. Hundreds and hundreds of stamp sets. 

Now I am only putting my current Stampin' Up! stamp sets in my Stamp Area. My storage solution was to make a shelf with Foam Board. It worked beautifully but isn't as sturdy as wood or plastic. 

Here is what I use now.
They are two, 3-shelf Media racks on their sides (the black shelves). 
Here is a close up.
They are intended to stand upright and store dvds. I measured them and found that when placed on their sides, one on top of another, they make a fabulous way to store stamp sets! I stumbled upon them in a discount store for only $8 each. They came in hot pink, lime green, and black. I chose black so it would contrast with the white stamp sets and not clash with my ink, paper, card stock colors!

This set of stamp shelves rests upon another 31" Closetmaid shelf which in turn rest on my 7 ' stamp table. On those shelves I keep plastic containers/boxes with a variety of things.
My dimensionals are in a Stampin' Up! Wood Mount case. My adhesives and glue dots are in a plastic bin. Water color paper and blender pens are in another plastic bin. By the way - I store my water color brushes upright in a jar.

Also in a plastic bin are my clear blocks. I tried the Stampin' Up! Clear Block Caddy Storage and it was just too time consuming. Plus I have more than one of some of the blocks. I use the Caddy Storage when I have a workshop instead. So I am on the lookout for a better way to store the blocks and when I find it, I will let you know. If you have any suggestions, please share!

My dazzling diamonds glitter is in a container with spoon and a lid. I have used that method for years and love it. Bottles of Dazzling Details and my containers of glitter are in a small bin. My embossing powders are in a clear plastic pencil box. And the final plastic bin is embossing powder that I have in individual plastic containers with lids. Once I use them up, I am not going to replenish the container. I will just use the containers they come in. Also in that bin is my embossing tray, embossing buddy, and a piece of cardboard wrapped in foil. I clothespin my project to that and heat emboss it. The foil heats it up faster and the close pin keeps it in place.

Some stampers use cloth bins but I like clear plastic. They are sturdy, easy to clean, and I can sort of see what is in them. Right now everything is labeled by hand. I do hope to get a Label Maker because I label everything in my house! If you have any reviews/opinions on different brands or styles of Label Makers - please share!!

One last picture. Moving to the right - on the end of my table I have a 24" Closetmaid shelf (just cause I already had it and didn't want to buy a 31" when this would do).
On top of that shelf I have a literature organizer similar to This One but mine is wooden and homemade I think. I have it resting on its side by the way. And this thing is why I went with the already- painted organizers from Organize More! It was a beast to paint! I removed all of the particle board inserts and painted those as well as the wooden shell. Then I only put half of them back in so I would have wider compartments. That was a tough job getting them out and back in.

I use it for: catalogs, stencils, stamp-a-ma-jig and paper piercing packs. I have my scissors and paper piercer in a small mason jar. Another compartment holds a small jar with my water color brushes (always brush side up) and aqua painters. In front of that is a small jar with my pencils, pens, chalk pen, etc. The last compartment has my cleaners, and a water spritzing bottle.

On the shelf below I have a ribbon storage piece made with foam board. I have really downsized with my ribbon due to the post office and their pickiness over "bumps" on my cards. Below my ribbon and washi tape are my containers for water coloring and a bin for ribbon scraps and my Bakers Twine. Eventually I will wrap the Baker's Twine around wooden spools used for thread. I don't like the kinks that they come with when left wrapped around the Stampin' Up! packaging.

Oh. And on the very top is a big mug that holds my heat tool - always plugged in.

Thanks for stopping by. And I apologize for the lengthy post.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Let's Talk Storage, Day 2

I hope you enjoyed reading about my Stamp Room saga! Here is the link in case you missed it. 

Yesterday I showed you my paper storage system, my punch organizer and the shelves lining my table. Today, as I move to the right in my Stamping Area I have my Ink Pad and Marker storage as well as my Blendabilities. 

This is the 60 Ink Pad/Marker Combo Organizer that I use for my Ink Pads and Markers. 
Here is what it looks like with all 50 of my Stampin' Up! ink pads plus Stazon, Versamark, Black Memento, etc.
For years and years I used the Color Caddy from Stampin' Up! for my ink pads and a plastic box for my markers. When I downsized my Stamping Area, a new way to store my Ink Pads and Stampin' Write markers was at the top of my list. As I did with my Lockdown Punch Organizer, I went back and forth between Organize More and Stampin' Storage. I went with the Organize More 60 Ink Pad/Marker Combo Organizer because of the fabulous Daily Deal price. And it came already painted white. And I liked the box shaped cubbies for the markers as opposed to the circle version. As you can see I have more than one marker in some of the colors and the box shaped cubby holds 2 markers each. I didn't get the one that included the holders for the ReInkers for 2 reasons: Space and I didn't want to store my Reinkers on their sides (leaks). So those are stored elsewhere. I love my Organize More Lockdown Punch Organizer and I REALLY love my Organize More Ink Pad/Marker Combo Organizer!

My ink pad/marker organizer sits on a 31" Closetmaid shelf. The shelf itself is perfect for holding my Blendabilities storage system and the containers holding my sponges and embellishments.

This is how I store my Blendabilities. It is the Crafter's Companion Ultimate Marker storage found here. 
 Again, I researched ways to store my Blendabilities, the new alcohol markers from Stampin' Up! They are larger than the Stampin' Write markers and come in color groups of 3. 

The Ultimate Marker Storage has compartments that are big enough for the markers to rest on any of their 4 sides - as shown in the pictures.
The storage system is hard plastic and comes in individual trays that can be stacked up and down at an angle as seen here, or stacked evenly. All 6 rows fit on my shelf. That is enough for 72 markers! When Stampin' Up! releases more colors, I can purchase individual trays if I need to . I also can spread the trays out in a row and store them that way. Example: A row of 3 trays stacked upon another row of 3 trays. There are so many options which is why I LOVE this organizational system.

To the left of the Blendabilities and below the Ink Pad/Marker organizer are my storage containers for my sponges, embellishments, candy dots, pearls, and rhinestones. 
I store my pearls and rhinestones in Clear-Mount Stamp Cases and my candy dots and sequins in Wood-Mount Stamp Cases. The embellishments and sponges are stored in these plastic containers with attached lid. They used to hold my embroidery floss. I have at least one sponge for each color - labeled and separated by color collection. 

I apologize for all of the pictures but a picture is worth a thousand words. Right? 

Stamp storage is next - Plus embossing powders, clear blocks, adhesive etc.
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