Saturday, January 21, 2017

Fab Friday 104 - Soft Sugarplum Vanilla Tea

Time again for another Fab Friday challenge.  You can find the challenge blog here: Fab Friday 104

This week is a color challenge, and it is a beautiful combo!

Here is what I came up with using some of my favorite goodies:

Stamps: Timeless Textures, Delicate Details
Paper: Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Sweet Sugarplum
Ink: Sweet Sugarplum, Soft Sky
Accessories: Cups & Kettle Framelits, Fancy Frost Sequins, Clear Wink of Stella

I kept this pretty simple.  I took a scrap of thin paper to use as a mask, masking the upper portion of the card, then stamping Timeless Textures in the open area in Sweet Sugarplum, then used a sponge to add more ink and smooth out the lines.  I stamped the stain rings after.

Reversing the mask to cover the table, stamped the steam and splatter in Soft Sky.

Cut out the small tea cup, and again masking to stamp the lace along the top of the cup.  I masked a thin strip along the top and bottom and sponged Sweet Sugarplum ink.

Cut out the heart steam shape in Sweet Sugarplum, added clear wink of stella.

Added a few sequins for a little extra bling.

Love the simple look.  Thanks for looking today!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Fab Friday 102 - Red Emerald Crumb Cake Christmas Spirit

Time for another Fab Friday challenge blog post, using these fabulous colors!

So rich and pretty together! You can find the link to the Fab Friday challenges Here

And here is my card, I had some fun with this lovely color theme!

Stamps: Delicate Details, Star of Light, Totally Trees
Ink: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Emerald Envy
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Real Red, Red Foil Paper
Accessories: Emerald Envy Baker's Twine, Rose Garden Thinlits, Starlight Thinlits, Fancy Frost Sequins, Gold Wink of Stella

Stamped the lace background using Crumb Cake and the largest lace stamp in the new SAB 2017 stamp set, Delicate Details.

Trees stamped using Real Red and Emerald Envy, plus Crumb Cake for the Star.  I used Gold Wink of Stella to color the detailed star outline and snow images to stamp the gold onto the tree and star image.  Cut out with scissors.

The star comes from the Starlight Thinlits with Red Foil paper.

The sentiment is from the Star of Light stamp set.  The die to cut it out is from Rose Garden dies, then I adhered a layer of red behind it and cut around it for an extra layer of color.

Thanks for visiting me today!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Fab Friday 101 - Merry Christmas Sketch

It's that time again for another Fab Friday Sketch!

 Fab Friday 101

Here is the sketch:

Here is my version, nice and clean and simple!

Stamps: Banners for Christmas
Paper: Candy Cane Lane DSP, Real Red, Early Espresso
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Rhinestones, Layering Circle Framelits, Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine

Used a red Sharpie to color the rhinestones.  If you happen to have alcohol markers, they will do nicely as well!

That's all until next time!  I hope everyone (in the states) had a wonderful Turkey Day!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Fab Friday 99: Bermuda Mambo Birthday

Time for another Fab Friday challenge post.  I needed a birthday card, but I also needed some inspiration, so I used this week's Fab Friday challenge blog for a sketch.

Here is my creation:

Stamps: Better Together, A Nice Cuppa
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo
Paper: Have a Cuppa DSP, Pop of Pink DSP, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Layering Circles Framelits, Black Thread, Clear Wink of Stella, Whisper White Thick Baker's Twine

I kept it simple and bright. Not much explanation needed.  Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Stamp and Paper Storage with Clear Poly Envelopes and Clear Pantry Bins

I thought I would put together a post of what my current stamp storage looks like!

The last month or so I was inspired to convert my stamp storage into something even more compact.  I was inspired by Lydia Fiedler, she amazes me all the time! Of course my blog posts are not amazing like hers, but you will get the idea!

So, I currently have an Ikea wardrobe I built special just for stamping storage years ago.  I continue to love it, and it serves it's purpose beautifully!

The wardrobe has 4 wire basket drawers, 3 of which are for stamp storage, the other is filled with adhesives, embossing powders, and other goodies.

Here is a view of my "Desk" which is actually my dining room table.  But small apartment, you do what you can.  I have my main Ikea wardrobe but I have continued to add pieces to my collection.

A current side view of my Ikea wardrobe, my punch storage.  My punch collection took a major hit this year, so I actually have very few punches to store.  You can see I made a little punch guide too, so that I can easily access names of punches.  This comes in handy when I am trying to post pictures and need to know names.  Also, the boxes and stuff on top of the wardrobe have since been cleared away.
 Current die and block storage.  Don't mind the messy desk.  I was given these fridge bins from a friend.  They are perfect for my desk storage!  I have dies and embossing folders labeled and alphabetized. The die storage cards are the magnet cards from Stamp N Storage.  I prefer the 6 x 7 size.  You can see I also throw my stamp foam pads in here, my MISTI's are stored in another drawer, so this is an easy spot to place the foam pads when I don't need them in the MISTI. All my blocks fit nicely in their container along with  my stamp cleaning mist and Novus plastic cleaner, which is used for cleaning my blocks and MISTI.

Storage drawers I have added to the table on a needed basis. The smaller one holds my ATG, Big Shot items, and my MISTI tools. The larger one holds my catalogs, pens and highlighers, sticker labels for pricing my cards, punch boards, markers (which are in DVD cases) and the bottom largest drawer is my Washi Tape storage.

See? I have an addiction to Washi Tape.  I got these bamboo silverware trays from Target!
 I have recently purchased and mounted a few more of these Bygel bars and baskets for addtional storage, which is where I keep my ribbon and twine collection. Unfortunately Ikea has now discontinued the Bygel series.  Hopefully there is something similar out there now.  These baskets and bars have been so incredibly helpful and adapted many times by me.

The Drawers on the floor next to the Wardrobe hold various other items, mostly stamping related.  The drawers on top store all the retired In Color families, waiting for times I need them or for the next color renovation. My Score Tool sits on top for easy scoring.

The inside of my wardrobe!  I designed this special just for my stamping supplies. It goes deep behind so there is more behind what is seen up front. Ink pad and refill storage on top.  The next shelf down is virtually ALL envelopes.  I have a lot of them.  It's inevitable. I have various things posted on the door.  I have magnet board I made, I will often write up sheets with DSP and Washi Tape colors listed.  My stamp cleaner recipe is posted here, plus I also type up lists of my owned stamps organized by theme, so that I can glance at the list if I need, for instance, a Sympathy stamp.

This picture shows the crazy amount of cardstock I have.  My standing cardstock holders hold a minimal amount of cardstock and my DSP for easy access.  The remaning cardstock gets stored behind as you see here. Grid paper is there as well as my stampin' store containers.

Here is the top drawer of my Wardrobe.  It's also the most messy looking.  It's not actually.  It contains a lot of adhesive and various other things, sponges, Wink of Stella, embossing powders.  These are drawer organizers placed inside that have everything sorted, also from Ikea.

Here is what my stamp storage looked liked before I changed my system.  I was in the process of converting it so it looks a little different.  2 1/2 full drawers of stamps.  The Orange binder on the bottom was my Paper Pumpkin stamp storage.

The inside of what the stamp drawers looked like, with DVD cases. I think it was able to fit maybe 50 sets.  

Jack was helping. <3 I couldn't resist this pic being posted.  This was the day I was converting stamps over.

All of my stamps, after being converted to the envelope system, all fit in one shelf.  And there is room to spare, as the bins I used here are shorter than the width of the drawer.  I can fit three of these medium sized bins in this direction.  

An example of how the envelopes looked after conversion.  I took the DVD inserts out, cutting off the spine, to fit perfectly in these 5 x 7 envelopes. I converted both cling rubber sets and the photopolymer.

Ultra Pro 5 X 7 in. Protective Sleeve, 100 Sleeves

This picture shows that for the rubber stamps, if I still had the template base that the stamps came in originally (like a puzzle, keeps them together easier), I cut them down slightly to fit better in these envelopes without squishing the stamps too much.  I bought a decent pack of quality acetate sheets, which I cut down to 5 x 7 (or smaller for some sets), and adhered the cling template to acetate to make the stamps stay together, plus the stiffer envelopes makes storage a little tidier I have noticed. You can see the shiny backing on the back of this stamp set, which is the acetate sheet.

 Here is a current pic of how I have my drawers now organized.  This is the first stamp drawer, these two bins contain all my current Stampin' Up ! sets.  There is room on the side for one more bin if I need one. I can fit between 35 and 50 stamp sets in each bin (thats basically an entire drawer of my previous system fit into just one of the bins.)

Second stamp drawer, this contains all my retired SU! sets in the one bin. The other bin holds my non-SU! stamps (the white sheets.  I labeled each pocket since I don't have the nice SU! case labels).  The orange pockets are Paper Pumpkin stamp sets!  You can see I have also stored some empty DVD boxes in these drawers.  They are useful for storing materials for classes and projects.  I will be keeping all the boxes for when sets retire, so I can sell with the DVD cases.

Last week I decided not only did I want to store my stamps in these envelopes, but also I wanted to convert my bottom drawer to store DSP stacks, scraps of DSP, and take all my SU! color scraps and sort them individually.  I purchased 7 x 7 Poly bags through a wholesale company (so I had to buy a lot of them).  They are the perfect size for the 6 x 6 stacks. Plus I bought the larger sized bins like what i have for my stamps.

This picture shows that I have an individual pocket for each of the 50 Stampin' Up! colors.  I cut a 7 x 7 piece to put in each envelopes.  This helps keep each pocket standing up nicely, and makes it easy to see each color when going through the bin.

I also sorted all my glimmer paper out by color.  Both my cardstock scraps and glimmer paper scraps were put together, glimmer all mixes together, and cardstock by color family.  This makes it even more accessible!

Here are my DSP stacks.  I wrote labels for the outside, including the colors so I can see them easily!  Of course I put these alphabetically!

I also have a select amount of envelopes I put together to hold various scraps of DSP.  Here you see my black and white selection.  I find that I hoard my DSP, and when a set retired, I would pull out the full sheets and store separately, and then either give away the scraps or they would get shoved far away.  This way I can keep my favorite pieces easily accessible!

Here is the bottom drawer sorted out.  You can easily fit 2 of the Large bins side by side, with a little room to spare.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Fab Friday 96: Shine Like Stars In The Universe

Hello Friends!  It's been a couple months.  I was in need of a challenge to get me stamping today, so I followed to my friend Mindy's Fab Friday challenge blog, here is this week's challenge: Fab Friday 96

Here is the challenge, a rich color set!

And here is what I created this evening using some retired products with a few new ones.

STAMPS: Banner Blessings, Going Global
INK: Memento Black, Delightful Dijon, Emerald Envy
PAPER: Going Places DSP Stack, Emerald Envy, Very Vanilla
ACCESSORIES: Emerald Envy Solid Baker's Twine, Good Vibes Project Life Accessories (sequins), Star Confetti Punch, Layering Squares Framelits, Gold Wink of Stella, Glue Dots, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Dimensionals

Stamped the sentiment from Banner Blessings, colored in the banner and letters with Delightful Dijon and Emerald Envy markers.  Stamped the star image around the sentiment.  Cut out with layering square framelits, using a slightly larger scallop framelits for the backing. Used Gold Wink of Stella on the stars for added glimmer.

Adhered sequins and star confetti with the Fine Tip Glue Pen, the twine at a diagonal angle, adding a glue dot behind the bow for stability.

I have been into simple cards more lately, depending on my moods.  Great colors, thanks Fab Friday crew!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Tropical Birthday Drinks

I had a lot of fun with this challenging card which I was commissioned to make for a masculine birthday with a drink and tropical theme.

Stamps: Mixed Drinks, Crazy About You, Pop of Paradise
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach, Basic Black
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Peekaboo Peach
Accessories: Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Brayer, Sponges, Hello You Thinlits

First, I found a recent fabulous card by Michelle Zindorf which I used as a starting reference for my sunset card.  I did not have her tutorial for it so I used the image to create my own attempt!  I will try to give an explanation here:

-Use a scratch piece of paper to mask the center, using the brayer start by layering the So Saffron ink.  Then I applied Peekabook peach keeping a center area mostly still only in So Saffron ink.  This will be your sun reflection area.  Covering even less area, once again brayer in from the sides, using Watermelon Wonder ink.

-Reverse the edge of your scratch paper covering the sky area.  Apply with the brayer Watermelon Wonder ink only along the horizon edge of the water line.

-Reverse the scratch paper once again to cover the water.

-Create a circle mask for your Sun, first sponging inside the cut out shape like a stencil for the sun. Use the cut out shape to mask the sun as you brayer your sky.

-Once again, use the brayer to ink the sky, keeping a pale edge along the horizon. Layer Peekaboo peach and Watermelon Wonder a little further up.  I wanted my sky to look a bit darker than the water.

-Using Black ink I stamped the Banana Leaves and Philodendron Leaves.  I used my MISTI to re-ink the stamp multiple times to get enough coverage of the black ink.  I used a sponge to sponge around the base and around the leaves a bit.

-Stamped the drinks separately, cut out by hand.  TIP: I used the fine-tip glue pen to add a bit of glossy texture to the drink glasses.  Since this is a masculine card I wanted minimal bling.

-Used Basic Black Scraps of cardstock for the table and table leg.  The drinks are glued flat to appear sitting on top of the table.

-The "Happy" die cut cut in Peekaboo Peach, the Birthday To You stamped in Watermelon Wonder.

Layered with Basic Black and Peekaboo Peach for the card base.  The card measures 5.5 x 8.5 in.

I think there was some sort of indentation on the cardstock when creating my sun.  Its like a little sunspot.  It gives the card character.

I am truly happy with this card, thanks for taking the time to visit my blog!