Monday, March 19, 2018

Meanwhile back in the stamp room....

I spent time in my stamp room over the weekend while watching basketball.  I was inspired by Carissa Wiley for the layout on these cards.  I love the clean & simple look.  The sentiments embossed in white on the black card stock are the perfect finishing touch!

Products Used:  

Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Simply Succulents, A|S Grow, A|S Tropical Blooms, Tim Holtz Brushstrokes, A|S Everyday Greetings
Card stock:  A|S Sugar, Ellen Hutson White Linen, Black 
Ink:  Worn Lipstick Oxide, Gina K. Tomato Soup, Hero Arts Pale Tomato, Versamark, Onyx Versafine
Other:  White Embossing Powder, Matching dies for stamps, Papertrey Ink Linen Impression Plate, Gold polka dot washi tape, Copic Markers, Dimensionals
Saturday, March 17, 2018


Yesterday I took a break from my cleaning mode & played with this updated version of the Cosmobella.  I used Copic Markers to color the Bellas & was experimenting with hair colors & skin tones. I used this chart from Ellen Hutson as a reference.  6 Ways to Color your Crafty Lady

RED HAIR:  E13 E37 YR27
SKIN:  YR0000 or RV0000

Looks like I forgot to color the drink & sandals on Model #1!  
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Happy St. Pat's Day!

A fun greeting for St. Patrick's Day!  This is a treasure I found when I was cleaning my stamp room.  The patterned paper was all cut & layered & ready to put on a simple card.  I embossed the green envelope with a cute little shamrock. 
Friday, February 23, 2018

Stamp Studio Update

The stamp room is cleaner than ever!  I sorted thru every drawer, shelf, closet, box, container and found so many things.  Some treasures it was necessary to part with and others were fresh reminders of all the wonderful stuff that I need to use!  
My desk is in an L shape - I ordered it from Ballard Designs several years ago.  I'm still happy with it & I like the amount of work space that I have.  The only negative is the black shows dust.
The other side of the room is the wall of white!  I have had the white units on the right for many many years from Home Decorators catalog.  I store my wood stamp in those drawers.  I love the new Alex drawer from Ikea and it blends in nicely with my other drawers.  I sorted thru my clear stamps that I store in CD cases.  Look I only have one row left!  I also decided to use the shelf space in my cabinet for more full size inks rather than ribbon that I don't use that often.  It's nice to have the inks out for easy access.  
I still have some of the thinner ribbon on my shelf that I use on my cards.  

I keep my Amuse card stock in a filing cart with a cover on it.  The cover keeps the card stock from fading since I have the windows right there.  Each color is in a hanging folder.  I have a plastic sleeve in each folder for scraps.  This system has really worked well for me.  I recently bought a black three tier cart that I put my tools in (score board, Misti, paper cutter), keeps things off my desk but close by.  I plan to put new products in the cart so that I will use them before storing them. Ok, now that the stamp room is so tidy, maybe I should get back to stamping, huh?  
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Love in is the Air

Thanks for the Valentine cards Ladies!  

Friday, February 16, 2018

How Do I Love Thee

This is the card I gave my husband this year for Valentine's Day.  I had this card in my stash from a few years ago.  The stamp set is by Impression Obsession called Love You Miss You and the dies are Taylored Expressions Cupid's Arrow.    I think the die set may be retired because I can't seem to find it on the TE website.  
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Ribbon Reveal

The Big Ribbon clean out party is underway!  When I first discovered this way of organizing ribbon Circa 2010 maybe, I loved seeing all the boxes of colorful ribbons.  However, I don't use as much ribbon on cards anymore and secondly this type of storage just wasn't working for me.  I sorted thru all of these spooled ribbons and did keep plenty of them that are still "worthy" but many of them I know I would never use so they were added to my pile for donation.

Don't get me wrong, I still have a TON of ribbon.  But now instead of several places for ribbon,  I have ribbon of all sizes, by color located in a drawer in the closet.  In order to make this happen I did have to donate some ribbon to people in need of ribbon at Goodwill :)  
Here are the drawers where my ribbon is stored - some of it was already stored in these drawers but now it is by color and I kept only the good stuff!  I'm still working away sorting thru other things and my room is a complete mess but it feels good to purge and it was long overdue!  
Monday, February 12, 2018

To DIE for...

New Die Organization!  

I had my stand alone dies in the Crafter's Companion boxes with the magnetic pages.  While I liked the system and the compact storage, I was totally losing track of what was inside the binder boxes.  I adopted the system that Jennifer McGuire uses.  I really like it and feel like I can actually find my dies much easier.  The dies that coordinate with stamp sets I'm still keeping with the stamps, because that just makes sense. 
This project took me several days to complete.  There were many hours spent sitting on the floor sorting thru dies & getting them into pockets.  I did take the time to put white inserts in each pocket to make them look nice & uniform.   I bought cheap white card stock for the inserts.  I used 5x5 plastic CD pockets & both the Memorex & Maxell brands work nicely.  I also like this system because you can store extra die cuts in the pocket for future use.  

For the larger die sets that wouldn't fit in the 5x5 pockets, I used Essentials by Ellen Plastic Storage Envelopes (5 ½ x 7 ⅜).   If there were several dies or nesting dies I used magnetic sheets and then placed them in the pockets.  Some of the dies came with magnetic sheets & if not I used magnetic sheets that I had in my stash.  I also labeled each pocket.  I used my Brother label maker to label each pocket with the name of the die & the company.  
The container I used is the InterDesign with the pull handle on the front.  I already had this container and it worked great for my new die organization.  

The P-Touch tape I used is Black with White lettering.  I like how it stands out on the white tabs.  I picked up the tabs at office supply.  I really like them because they are repositionable and worked perfectly for this project.  
It feels really good to get a little more organized in the stamp room.  
I am still sorting thru things.  I'll update you on my next project!
Sunday, February 11, 2018

Stamp Room Update

I'm back in the stamp room...but not stamping!  Sorry to disappoint, but at least I'm spending time in my room, right?  The stamping will come...hopefully soon!  I bought the IKEA Alex drawer for my stamp room a few weeks ago & that has caused a whole whirlwind of new things to organize!  
The unit is put together (with help from the husband!) & now to decide what items to put in the lovely new drawers!  I wanted to put things in that I use often so that they would be easily accessible.  
Top Drawer #1
This drawer easily fit all of my ink cubes.  I used some very old clear acrylic trays and they work nicely to store the inks.  I also included all my inking tools (daubers, ink blenders) and my ink swatch chart.  
Drawer #2
Oh My, this drawer has me thinking I may just have a problem with baker's cording/twine!  I have a lot of it so I thought it would be fun to have it all visible for easy access.
Drawer #3
This is sort of a miscellaneous drawer for now.  I may end up changing it, but I put chalks in this drawer and maybe I would actually start using them again!  I also have my plastic stencils, a few chalk daubers & some washi tape that won't fit in my giant jar because it is FULL.  What?  No more washi tape for me...yea right!  
Drawer #4
This drawer is mostly related to adhesive.  I also have embossing paste & tools as well as a few pre-cut pieces of watercolor paper.  I bought the Kuggis white plastic insert at IKEA  The insert has 8 compartments so it works well to keep things tidy.
Drawer #5
As you can see, this drawer is all punches.  While I don't use the hand punches as much anymore, these are still favorites.  
Bottom, Drawer #6
This drawer turned out to be my favorite.  I found an Inter Design organizer at Target that worked perfect.  I have my stickles, embossing powder, glitter, flower soft & flocking all together.  It is fun to see all the colors when I open this drawer.
This is the clear drawer organizer that I bought at Target.  It was in the bathroom accessories aisle in my store. 
This side of the room is looking good.  The other side of the room...not so much!  Stay tuned, soon I'll be sharing my new die organization.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Two days in a row!

Good Morning!  I have to admit I haven't been in my stamp studio for several months.  I did get to play with a new punch and stamp set a few weeks ago so I thought I would share before the holiday season is over.  I used a fun set from Concord and 9th along with a deer punch from Hobby Lobby.  The wreath die in that set is what had me wanting this set.  I like that you can use it as a stand alone die or with the stamp set.  

I probably won't get back to posting on my blog every day but I'll try to do better in the New Year!  

Monday, December 25, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hug In A Mug Treat!

This was another cute treat that we made at the Stampin' Up Retreat.  Have you seen these Duncan Hines mixes - perfect size for 1?  I can't wait to get my mug out and give this a try!  

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Half Full

This was another card that we made at the Stampin' UP Retreat.  It is a multi fold with a cute message.  We used the Half Full stamp set and a pretty Holly embossing folder.  

Monday, October 9, 2017

Stampin' Up Retreat!

So it's always a good day when you get to visit a great friend, but an even better day when you and your friend go to a fun stamping event together!  Thank you Susan!
Our setting for a fun day of stamping!  

New stamping friends!  

Here are the fun Halloween cards that we made at our stamp retreat.  I just love the Halloween cards, aren't they cute?  

And here are a couple of Halloween & Fall 3D treats that we put together.  

Fall cards - some we made and a couple are swap cards.  Love the colors of Fall.

Holiday cards!

A 3D card with a treat box incorporated on top of the card.  

And look at the free stuff from the wonderful 
It was a great event and I'm so glad that I was able to enjoy the day of stamping fun!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hello Fall

I know it's not officially Fall but the weather here has been fall-like!  This is my favorite season of all because of the weather and that football season is back!  I am sorry that I have not been posting on my blog. I spent 2 weeks in Brazil with my husband and then when we returned my husband retired!  We took a trip to visit family in Ohio and to go to a Buckeye game!  It is an exciting time and I'm hoping to get back in the stamp room again soon.  Thanks for sticking with me!