Wednesday, February 10, 2016

5 Days to An Organized Crafty Stash–Die Storage!!

Hello again!

It’s Day 3 of the My Favorite Things 5 Days to An Organized Crafty Stash promotion!  Today we’re featuring die storage.  Again, I don’t have a lot to offer in terms of new ideas.  I store most of my dies in these smaller clear pockets.  I shared this photo yesterday as an example of how I store any coordinating dies with the stamp sets.


I also store any other small die sets in these same pockets.  For the larger die sets, such as the Blueprints or the larger STAX die sets, I store them in the large stamp pockets on the magnet sheets that they arrive with.  In both cases, I label the pockets using my Brother Label Maker.  And I stabilize the pockets with white card stock.


I sort the dies by subject (alphabets, images, borders, mats and STAX, etc.) and then sort them alphabetically within each category.


I use the same DVD Dividers that I referenced yesterday to sort the dies by subject.  And all of my MFT Stamps and Dies are stored together in a large Fridge Binz.  I got all of these storage ideas from Jennifer McGuire – she is my organizational hero!!

Please click on through to the My Favorite Things Design Blog for more die storage ideas from my teammates.  I know those ladies will have some awesome ideas to share with you!

That’s it for me today – I’m headed to lunch with my bestie and then back to work to get some deadlines caught up!  Thanks so much for stopping by – it’s so special to me that you spend part of your day here with me.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

My Favorite Things–Release Replay!

Hello again!!


I’m back to share another project using some of the brand new products from the recent My Favorite Things release for this month’s Release Replay Challenge!


My adorable grandson, Brenner, is turning 4 next month, so I decided to use the new Out of the This World Stamp Set and coordinating Die-Namics to create a birthday card for him.  Here’s how I created this project:

  1. Trim an A2, vertical top-folding card base from Orange Zest Card Stock.  Score at 5.5”, fold in half and perfect crease with a Teflon Bone Folder.
  2. Die cut an image panel from Sweet Tooth Card Stock using the stitched rectangle from the Blueprints 15 Die-Namics.
  3. Trim a piece of Stamping Mask Paper to fit the image panel.  Die cut a circle from the mask using the Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Die-Namics.  Remove the circle from the mask and adhere the mask to the image panel.
  4. Apply some Mermaid Lagoon and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks inside the circle aperture and blend the two using Mini Ink Blending Tools.  Sprinkle some water droplets onto the inked circle and use a paper towel to remove some of the ink.  Position the Inside & Out Stitched Circle Die inside the aperture, using the inside edge of the mask to make sure that the die slides perfectly into place.  Emboss the die into the image panel using an embossing pad and your manual die cutting machine.  Carefully remove the mask from the image panel.
  5. Stamp the rocket ship image from the Out of This World Stamp Set onto some Sweet Tooth Card Stock using Black Licorice Hybrid Ink and color it with Copic Markers.  Use the coordinating Out of This World Die-Namics to cut out the image.
  6. Stamp the sentiment from the Out of This World Stamp Set onto the bottom of the image panel using Black Licorice Pigment Ink and heat emboss it with Clear Detail Embossing Powder.
  7. Die cut the numbers from Sweet Tooth Card Stock (four times for each number) using the Little Numbers Die-Namics.  Die cut the four from Lush Lagoon Card Stock.  Adhere all of the layers together with liquid adhesive, making sure to place the Lush Lagoon four on the top layer.  Adhere the stacked numbers to the card base with liquid adhesive.
  8. Adhere the rocket ship to the image panel with foam tape.  Die cut the Simple Leaf Flourish Die-Namic from Translucent Vellum and adhere it to the rocket ship.
  9. Adhere the image panel to the card base with foam tape.

I’m hoping that my grandson likes this card – he’ll probably like the gift more than the card, but I’m okay with that.  He’s four!!  LOL  Please click on through to the My Favorite Things Design Blog to be linked to some AMAZEBALLS Release Replay Challenge projects from my sweet teammates – I promise you’re going to have your socks knocked off!!

That’s it for me today, friends!!  I’ll be back soon with another installment of 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash!!  Until then, thanks so much for stopping by!  It truly makes my day when you do!

5 Days to An Organized Crafty Stash–Stamp Storage!



I’m back again today with another installment of the My Favorite Things 5 Days to An Organized Crafty Stash!!  Today features ideas for storing your stamps!!  I don’t think I have anything new to offer in the stamp storage arena.  I pretty much do the exact same thing that Jennifer McGuire does with her stamps.  Here are a few photos of how I store my My Favorite Things Stamps.


I like to keep my design team products close at hand and all together so that I don’t have to look too far when I’m creating a design.  I keep all of my MFT stamps and dies in the double Fridge Binz (similar to the ones Jennifer McGuire uses).  I store my MFT background stamps and stencils in a Fridge Bin that’s a bit wider because it suits the 6 x 6 background stamps and stencils better.  You can see that I use the DVD dividers to keep stamp sections separated.  Here’s another close up of what I’m talking about.


I store my 4 x 6 stamp sets in clear pockets similar to THESE. I use a trimmed piece of white cardstock to stabilize the pocket, and store any coordinating dies in the same pocket as the stamps.  I label all stamp pockets with my Brother Label Maker.  I store my larger MFT stamp sets in 6 x 9 ziploc bags that I purchased on Amazon.  Again, I stabilize the pocket with trimmed white cardstock, and I trim off the top zipper with scissors for easier in and out access.


Here’s an example of what my stamps look like after I’ve worked my organizational magic.  And here’s what the back of the package looks like – with the coordinating dies stored in the back.


And here’s a quick photo of my Brother Label Maker, the Stamp Pockets and Die Pockets that I use, as well as a stack of the DVD Dividers.


So, there you have it!!  Pretty simple and straight forward!!  Certainly nothing earth shattering, but doing this makes my life so incredibly stress free as it relates to my crafty stash!  I hope you’ll click on through to the My Favorite Things Design Blog to be linked to some additional stamp storage ideas from my MFT teammates!!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for more storage ideas!!  Fun stuff, I tell ya!!

Monday, February 8, 2016

5 Days to An Organized Crafty Stash–Ink Storage!!

Hola friends!!!

I have a bit of a different post to share with you all today!  My Favorite Things is doing a super fun promotion this week featuring craft stash storage and organization ideas to help all of us get our stuff under control.  I don’t know about you all, but I can’t create when my stuff isn’t organized.  My mojo gets sucked right outta me if I have stamps and dies that need to be organized.  So I think this week’s promotion is going to help all of us!!  Today’s feature is focusing on ink Storage.


Okay, so you all know that we are snowbirds, right?!!  We travel back and forth between Washington and Arizona twice a year.  And that means that my crafty supplies need to be somewhat portable.  In many cases, I have duplicate supplies in both locations.  But my My Favorite Things inks are something that I don’t have duplicates of – yet.  And let me just say that I am an ink “whore”!  I love ink!!  And I especially love the MFT inks!!  I have all of the Hybrid inks, and most of the Premium Dye Inks, and a few of the Pigment inks.  The above picture shows how I store my inks.  I store them in storage containers similar to THIS because I can stack them on top of each other, and they have a handle for portability.  You can see that I label them with my Brother Label Maker to remind myself what goes and what stays.  It’s a science, people.  I keep all of my inks in the closet in my craft room.


I also have a color chart for each type of ink that I store inside each box.  Each color is stamped onto the chart.  I try to keep the stacks of inks sorted by color variety (reds, oranges, yellows, etc.) but they don’t always stay that way for very long.  I try, but when I’m in the middle of creating, I’m not always the best at keeping things organized.  But everything has a place, so it all eventually goes back into its place!


I also have the reinkers for all of my inks.  I keep them sorted by ink type – dye and hybrid in one, pigment in another.  The containers are just clear boxes that I picked up at Michael’s.  You can see that I transport these back and forth, so again portability is paramount.

These ideas work for me and my situation.  Portability is generally what drives my storage choices.  I’m blessed to have two really great spaces to create in, and keeping both of them organized just makes me happy.  I hope you’ll click on through to the My Favorite Things Design Blog to be linked up to some other really awesome ink storage ideas from my sweet teammates!!  No doubt you’ll be inspired to get yourself organized for  the new year!!  And because the peeps at MFT are so incredibly generous, I suspect there will be some type of give away over there – it’s worth clicking through for that, right?!!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I’ll be back soon to share another crafty post with you!  Until then, thanks so much for stopping by – I sure do appreciate it!!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Avery Elle Stamp - Viking!


I’m popping in quickly today to share another project that I created using the latest Avery Elle Winter Release products!  Today’s project features a small but mighty stamp set called Viking – and I’m here to tell you, he’s so fun and cute, you’re going to want to take him home with you!


Is he not the most adorable little viking you’ve ever seen?!!  He’s got a face only a mother could love!  LOL  Here’s how I created my project:

  1. Trim an A2 vertical top-folding card base from Sno Cone Card Stock, score at 5.5”, fold in half and perfect crease with a Teflon Bone Folder.
  2. Stamp the viking image from the Viking Stamp Set using Tuxedo Black Dye Ink onto some Solar White Card Stock.  Color it with Copic Markers and die cut it with the Viking Elle-Ments.
  3. Trim some wood grain card stock and adhere them to the card base to create the viking ship.
  4. Die cut some aqua vellum into waves using the Dotted Borders Elle-Ments.  Adhere them to the bottom of the card base.
  5. Die cut the pierced heart from red and white striped patterned paper (Jewel Collection Paper Pad) using the Scalloped & Pierced Heart Elle-Ments.  Punch slots at the top and bottom of the heart and slide a trimmed piece of woodgrain card stock through the slots to create a sail.  Use a few stacked foam squares to prop the center of the sail.  Adhere the sail to the card base with foam squares.
  6. Die cut a flag from Solar White Card Stock using the Bunting Elle-Ments.  Adhere it to the top of the mast with a foam square.  Die cut a pierced heart from Cherry Card Stock using the Sweet Scallops Elle-Ments and adhere it to the center of the flag with a Quickie Glue Pen.
  7. Die cut two larger circles and two smaller circles from Silver Foil Card Stock using the Double Pierced Circle Elle-Ments.  Adhere the smaller circles to the center of the larger circles with foam squares, and adhere them to the viking ship with more foam squares.
  8. Round the two bottom corners with a Corner Chomper.
  9. Adhere the viking to the card base with foam squares.

Now come ON!!  Does he not just crack you up?!!  What man wouldn’t like this for Valentine’s Day?  I know my hubby would like him.  But honestly, as long as I don’t give him a pink card, he likes everything I make.  He’s sweet like that.  LOL  I’ve listed all of the products that I used below.  Please click on through to the Avery Elle Design Blog for more amazing inspiration from my teammates!  There’s some good stuff over there, I tell ya!

That’s it for me today, friends!  I’m still plugging away in my craft room trying to keep my head above water.  But having the time of my life in there, too!  Paper and stamps make me happy – what can I say?!  Have a super great weekend – thanks so much for starting yours off here with me!

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