Wednesday, February 10, 2016

organization: dies

My die storage is very similar to my stamp storage. Same refrigerator bins, same pockets. And it works well. Really well!

I keep them stored on magnetic sheets. There are a couple of sheets. The first is the one that some of the die sets come on when you purchase the set of dies. The second is magnetic vent covers that you can purchase at your local hardware store. It can be cut down to size. The final one is my favorite, magnetic pieces, made to fit the MFT Stamps storage bags! I still trim my down, as you can see, but I love that they are ready to be used! (And yes, I am frugal with my organization. I want to spend on stamps and good stuff too!)

I sort my dies like this:
Circles-every variation, including frames
Fishtail Flags
Favorites-my personal favs
Tag Builder Blueprints
Cover Ups

I keep the dies that coordinate with stamps in the same pocket as the stamps. I find it makes things easier for me.

Join me on Periscope!

This Friday, February 12. 11 AM central.
See my crafty space and hang out! Look forward to "seeing" you there!

Visit the MFT Stamps Blog for links to the rest of the design team and their fabulous ideas!

thanks for stopping by!


Storage pockets and magnets:

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Essentials by Ellen Winter 2016 Release Hop + giveaway

Hello, and welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Winter 2016 Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today!

Welcome, welcome! I think my first card says it all! Totally Fabulous describes the beautiful products being released from Ellen Hutson!

Totally Fabulous is a set of two dies. One die in the set is the scripted word fabulous. I cut the word from wood paper. Then I added adhesive to the bottom of the word. Gold foil was pushed into the adhesive with the help of a bone folder. Gold dipped letters! Gorgeous!

The other word in the set is the word totally. Totally is a pop-up word. You can see by looking at this close up, how the word can be bent forward on the card. Such a cool idea and wonderful dimension to be added to a project! I trimmed a piece of gold card stock and added a notched end. Then I cut the word totally from it, keeping the die in place with a piece of low-tack tape.

The words were placed on a background created with another new die from the release, Bed of Roses. I cut the image from vellum, to allow it to be more see-through and soft. Bed of Roses cuts a panel of detailed flowers the size of an A2 card. The white card stock base has been inked around the edges with Abandoned Coral Distress Ink. To adhere my vellum to my inked card base, I used a glue that I knew would dry clear.

The finishing touch was a few clear and gold sequins. Sequins are always the perfect finishing touch!

I am pretty sure that the two circle and heart images making up the background of my card are intended to be separate images. But when I saw them laid out on the packaging of Oh, Frappe!, I just HAD to use them as-is to create my own patterned paper!

I stamped the images with brown first. Then using Distress Markers, I water colored the images. I stayed with all browns to keep the look of coffee. I love the neutral, monotone look of this card!

The sentiment from Oh, Frappe! was stamped and heat embossed with white powder. The white was too much of a contrast, so I colored over the white lightly with a Distress Marker. The coffee cup was stamped and then die cut. It too is water colored. Yes! There are coordinating dies to the images! Oh,  Frappe has stamps AND dies!

Again, sequins add the final touch of brown for this coffee-themed card! Anyone want to come over for a cup of coffee now?!

You should have arrived here from the completely amazing Kittie Caracciolo and her blog. She knows how to make a show stopping card!

Then, after visiting me, head to see Julie Ebersole and the creative mind behindthis stunning release! How did I get so lucky as to be placed between these fabulous women?!

And, yay!!! I also get to give away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose ANY Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set (maximum value $15) currently in stock at Ellen  To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on this post by February 16th!

There is also a crazy awesome Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment THERE, also by February 16th; ALL winners will posted at the CLASSroom on Friday, February 19th!

If you get lost, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.Happy hoppin’!
thanks for stopping by!


organization: stamp storage

Today's organization topic: stamps. The heart of my creating. The tool I use on pretty much every single project I make! I adore stamps!

Most of my stamps live in plastic bins that are intended for refrigerator storage. They work well for holding the stamp sets, especially when the stamps are in these pockets.

These plastic pockets, available in the MFT Stamps store, come in large and small sizes. I really like that I can also slip any coordinating die templates into the pocket. I find it helps me keep track of my images better.

I sort my stamps by topics that make sense to me: 
Background-clear and red rubber
Cute coloring images
Valentine's Day

You can see some of the stamps sitting on a shelf next to my desk in my office. The majority of the stamps are in baskets behind my chair, within reach. I cannot show you that view, too many secret products living over there. :D

I do keep my new release stamps in a basket on my desk. While, this may not be something you need, I do find that if I keep my favorite stamps, or stamps that I want to use soon, in sight, I actually use them. And yes, that is the March release in the basket. :D

For my red rubber background stamps, I use a large refrigerator bin and then on the left I found a new basket. The basket is plastic and from Target. The look of it makes me much happier! While it needs to be functional, I do like my storage to be pretty. The basket on left from Target comes in several colors.

Visit the MFT Stamps Blog for links to the rest of the design team!

Join me on Periscope!
This Friday, February 12. 11:00 AM central.

I will be giving you a tour of my office. See my craft space and how I store things. You will be able to ask questions too! Looking forward to "seeing" you there! 

thanks for stopping by!


Storage pockets: