Monday, June 29, 2009

Cuttlebug Storage

I had a few of these little Provo Craft lunchbox tins sitting around not quite sure what to do with them. They long ago became too impractical for storing my cards - unless I wanted one for each category. LOL My cuttlebug embossing folders were scattered on my desk, never staying out of the way neatly, so I decided to decorate one of these tins for them. Enjoy!

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Supplies Used: Making Memories Scrapbooking Paint (Celery), Bella Rose Papers from SU, Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, White Daisy & Tulip CS from CTMH, Tickled Pink Stamp Set from CTMH, Tulip, Sweet Leaf, and Baby Pink Inks from CTMH, Mod-Podge, Martha Stewart Lace Edge Punch.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Embellishment Storage

Hi, my name is Jenn, and I am addicted to embellishments! Whew! That's out of the way. ;) I'm sure like me, many of you buy embellishments that you just have to have - especially if it sparkles. LOL Anyways, I've been trying to come up with a good solution to store my embellishments and still keep them visible AND within reach. A couple of years ago for Christmas, DH bought me one of the "tacklebox" type things made for scrapbookers. I didn't have the heart to tell him that it barely held a small portion of what I own!

Then I saw that a company (possibly BoBunny I think) came out with embellishments that you could buy in little tins with clear lids that were magnetic and you could buy the metal strips to hang them on your walls. I thought they were cute and a great idea, but overpriced. Then I thought about buying one of those magnet boards you decorate yourself at the craft store and making my own magnetic storage, but I thought the size board I needed was overpriced. Have I mentioned how cheap I am???

So then I thought about the magnetic noteboards that I made for the craft shows. Like I've said before, people tend to either love them or hate them. I am in the "love" category, and thought that they would make a perfect surface to put my embellishments on. I do have space for one more, but haven't had the heart to ask DH to add one more anchor & screw to the wall. His work hours have been crazy and have finally settled down for the moment and I just hate to bug him with a "honey do" list.

I've had the noteboard hanging on my wall for quite some time now and decided to use the same paper pack on the embellishment boards (Whoops-a-Daisy Level 2 Paper Pack from CTMH). They just looked too plain left undecorated. The small clear craft jars are from CTMH. They are what the embellishments came in. You can buy the empty jars for $3.50 for 6 I think. The larger round jars are from the craft store, for about the same price as the small ones. I also made use of a few baby food containers that I had left from the ones my SIL gave to me. They are great for storing larger items. I bought magnets at Michael's with 40% off coupons. Without a coupon it's $7 for a 50 pack. They are good strong magnets - so totally worth the price. I used E6000 craft glue to adhere the magnets to the craft jars. Be warned - that is some seriously stinky stuff! As you can see, I even magnetized my containers of scrapper's floss - it makes it so much easier to grab what I need. Oh, the cookie sheets I purchased at Dollar Tree. Can't get much better than that on the cost! LOL So my entire project cost me less than $15 and everything is not only visible, but within reach of my desk.

Sorry for the poor picture quality. My scrap room is in the basement and doesn't have windows, so I have to make do with what light is available. I'd love to know what you think about my storage solution - as well as hear about your creative storage solutions! Until next time, happy scrappin'!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Mojo Monday 91 & 92

Now that I am back to creating on a semi-regular basis, I thought I'd give these Mojo Monday sketches a try.

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Supplies Used: CTMH Blue Ribbon Paper pack, Outdoor Denim CS and Ink, CTMH Ms. Gardener and Tender Tags Stamp Sets, Ribbon from the Ribbon Retreat. Image colored with Prismacolor Markers. Prismaglitter (CTMH) used on the water.

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Supplies Used: TAC Mia's Cottage Paper Pack, TAC What's Moo Stamp Set, Prima Daisy Doodles Flowers, CTMH Key Lime Bigger Brad, Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, Sparkle from the dollar section at Michael's, Image colored with Prismacolor pencils and gamsol technique.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Birthday Card

So I needed a birthday card at the last minute for a 17 year old boy. I have such trouble with masculine cards...but did manage to throw this together - along with a plate of cookies. :)

I used some scrap papers from the Good Times Paper Pack (CTMH), Twilight Textured CS (CTMH), Sweet Leaf, Twilight, Buttercup, and Chocolate Inks (CTMH), It's Your Day Stamp Set (CTMH), the buttons are threaded using brown Scrapper's Floss.

I think scrapper's floss is THE BEST invention when it comes to making buttons look like they are stitched on. It is easy to work with and I can just use a glue dot to secure the floss and stick the button to my card or page. I was using DMC Floss and color coordinating - still do ocassionally - but my fingers don't always want to work and the scrapper's floss has saved me many times!

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For those of you looking for a good deal, check out your local Big Lots for Martha Stewart stuff. I found some eyelet edge cards with envelopes for only $2 a package. I'll be sharing some cards using them later this week.

While I am sharing good things, here is my super easy cookie recipe that my whole family just loves.

Cake Mix Whatever Cookies

1 cake mix - any flavor
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
2 cups mix-in (choc. chips, nuts, etc.)

Mix together cake mix, eggs, and oil. Add mix-in and drop rounded teaspoonsful of dough onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees until lightly browned around the edges. Be careful not to overbake. One of our favorites is using a french vanilla cake mix and milk chocolate chips. Using a medium Pampered Chef cookie scoop, I can get 4 dozen cookies out of one batch.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Organization Part 3: Paper Storage

Happy Friday everyone! As promised here is my hopefully temporary paper storage.

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I used several USPS priority mail boxes that I had sitting around from when I was participating in lots of swaps. They were gathering dust and I had heard of the idea of using them ages ago from a fellow CTMH consultant. DH is going to build me a paper storage rack that goes across the length of the table I am using. It will still be vertical storage, but the slots will be 1/2" (or less), so that each color of cardstock can have it's own slot. The blue patterned trays you see sitting on top of my paper storage boxes are from the Dollar Spot at Target. They are holding misc. embellishments, paper and cardstock samples, and various other items.

The binders on the far right hold all of my scraps in page protectors, divided by color. One also contains my E size stamp sets from CTMH. I have 5 sets in one binder right now, but could easily fit 1-2 more in it. The binders are 1 1/2", from Sam's Club. They were approx. $12 for a package of 4. I still need to make labels for the spines as to what is in them. :)

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Here is what my paper storage looked like before:

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Not a great picture, but as you can see I kept my paper packs & cardstock in large ziplock bags and stored them vertically in bins. It worked reasonably well until I acquired way to much paper and cardstock to fit! LOL I like my new solution MUCH better. :D

I didn't take a picture of it, but for those of you who buy CTMH papers, I thought I'd share with you how I am storing my paper packs. When I buy a new level 2 paper pack, I remove all of the cardstock that comes with it and put it with my other full sheets of cardstock. Then I take the papers and put all like designs together. I put the papers in a 12x12 page protector along with the insert that tells the name of the paper pack and the colors. Then I store it like I do my cardstock. I store my paper scraps with the paper pack they belong with. If I have a whole uncut sheet of a piece of paper and scraps, the scraps are stored in front of the whole sheet so that I can see them and use them before cutting another whole sheet if possible. Oh, BTW, for any carstock scraps that are too big to fit inside the 8 1/2"x11" page protectors, I simply store them at the very front of the whole pieces of cardstock for that color.

I hope this has helped those of you on a quest for better organization. It's kinda funny how what works for one may or may not work well for another. I am hoping my embellishment storage will be completed tomorrow! If not, I'll share a card I made the other day and it'll have to wait till next week. I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Organization Part 2: Ribbon Storage

Well this isn't the most creative idea I've seen out there for ribbon storage, but for the time being it works. DH and I are in the process of designing a storage unit to hang on my wall next to my desk, but it could be months before that is completed with the crazy hours he's been working lately! Anyways, since having my own scrap space, empty canning jars have become my best friend. LOL Not only do I use them to hold ribbon, but I also use them (minus the lids of course) to hold my prismacolor pencils, watercolor pencils, gel pens, and paint brushes.

I started using the pint size canning jars for my ribbon because A.) I was out of space in the snapware container I had been using and B.) the ribbon I order from The Ribbon Retreat doesn't come on spools. So the jars make for ideal storage - about the right size and I can see what I have at a glance. I'm very visual, so it really helps to see my supplies. :)

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As you can see in the pics, I of course just had to decorate the jar lids. :D I also use a small straight pin to keep the ribbon from unrolling in the jar - it helps immensely. And for those of you with a keen sense of observation, in that last photo you can see what I like to snack on. LOL I think tomorrow I will show you my new solution for paper storage (also temporary - I hope). As soon as DH gets some wall anchors/screws in the wall for me, I have a solution for embellishment storage. Until next time, happy scrappin' y'all!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Organization Part 1 : Card Keeper Box

Sorry I haven't posted in over a week. I've been working on organization stuff in my scrap space, trying to make sure my stuff is better organized, visible, and therefore more usable. I think I am making good progress, and am hoping to have a post for each day this week as I finish up some stuff.

This project took a while because I had to wait for layers of paint and mod-podge to dry. Very tedious, but I think worth it overall.

The box was purchased years ago at a thrift store because I just knew I could put it to use somehow. I think I was originally going to use it to organize photos but I don't remember for sure - that was at least 6 years ago that I bought it - long before I started making cards. LOL Here is the box before I started....

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Not very pretty, but definitely functional. Next I painted the edges with Making Memories Scrapbook Colors Paint (Sky). I didn't want to have to go all the way to the edges with whatever papers I used on it. I actually ended up using a different set of papers than I had in mind when I first envisioned the project. After the paint was dry I cut my papers (Delicate Dots from SU) and used Mod-podge to adhere them and seal them. This seemed to take forever!!! Of course I am seriously lacking in patience. LOL The ribbon around the lid is Spring Moss and Light Ivory from The Ribbon Retreat. The flowers are from Hobby Lobby (Paper Studio Spare Parts), and the brads from Making Memories. I painted the chipboard letters with the Making Memories paint (Celery) and then covered with Mod-Podge, sprinkled with glitter and then sealed with Mod-podge.

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I am not completely happy with how the front turned out. In the first picture, you'll notice that the box had a little metal tab label holder on it. I tried working around this originally because I couldn't get the tab pried off. So I tried working with it and used some metallic silver cardstock and made a frame around it. I really didn't like how it looked, but already had the mod-podge in place and it was stuck there. I realized I didn't want it there when I was looking for the best spot to put my chipboard letters. LOL With DH's help I was able to pry the metal tab off, but I couldn't get the metallic cardstock off! I should've just asked for DH's help BEFORE I painted and mod-podged. LOL Live and learn, right? So I ended up putting a solid piece of metallic cardstock over the frame I had created around the metal tab to cover up the holes where the tab had been. I can now think of several different ways I could've done this differently - I guess hindsight really is 20/20.

All that being said, I think it'll make great storage for my cards - and that I am happy about. It was also good practice for some other projects I have up my sleeve. ;) So until next time, happy scrappin' y'all!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Mojo Monday Sketch 90

I'm baaaaacccckkkkkk. Did anyone miss me???? LOL I had a bad couple of weeks healthwise - my fibromyalgia was flared up like crazy. Today is the 2nd day in a row that I have felt pretty good and I'm lovin' it!!! WooHoo!!! I also am finally starting to feel like my mojo is returning. Double WooHoo!!!

I started on a reorganization of my scraproom. As I've said before, I have TONS of supplies, but no mojo. It finally dawned on me that I had let my scrap area become a complete and total disaster area! I started on a couple of projects to remedy the situation and will post them later this week. ;) Meanwhile, here is my rendition of Mojo Monday Sketch 90.

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Supplies Used: Growing Love Stamp Set (Angel Company), Fresh Spring Things Paper Pack (Angel Company), Mia's Cottage Cardstock Collection (Angel Company), Staz-On Jet Black Ink, Prismacolor and Copic Markers, CTMH Prisma Glitter, Sugar Coating White Glitter.

I think that about covers it for the supplies used. I used prisma glitter on the veil and white glitter on the dress, aiming for a more solid look to the dress and a more gauzy, shimmery, see through look to the veil. The flower bouquet up top of the main panel is pop dotted, it's just really hard to see the dimension in the picture.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope to be posting more real soon!

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

"Let's Get Punchy" Card Swap...

I joined this swap on SCS, with the main rule being to use any type of punch on my card. Colors, theme, company, etc did not matter, as long as I used quality supplies and a punch of some sort. DH just bought me several new punches for my birthday back in April, so my biggest dilemma was which punch to decide to use! LOL

I finally came up with the following card. The basic layout of it was inspired by the "Balance It Out" pattern on page 102 of Originals Card Confidence Program by Jeanette Lynton. I used the CTMH Silhouette Paper Pack for the patterned paper and added Desert Sand & Tulip Cardstock. The base is Colonial White Cardstock. The "buttons" at the bottom of the card are actually stamped. They are from the CTMH Buttoned Together Stamp Set. It is one of my most favorite sets right now. Of course, I am rather addicted to buttons, so it really just fits right in with what I like. LOL The flower is from the Floral Friends Stamp Set from Unity. It is colored in with a Prismacolor Marker (Crimson Red), & I used Martha Stewart Smoky Quartz glitter, sealed with liquid glass on the leaves.

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I ended up using a small scalloped border punch on the Desert Sand CS rather than this MS lace edge punch on the cards I actually swapped. I still can't quite decide which I like better though. It's going to be a busy weekend here, so I won't have anything to post again until early next week. I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Blog Award

Carla gave me this lemonade stand award.

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I was pleasantly surprised to hear that I inspire her. :) She is a fellow CTMH consultant and is new to blogging. I must say, after taking a peek around her blog, that she does beautiful work. Go check her out if you get a chance! Anyhoo, here are my nominations for those that have inspired me. Thanks ladies for all of your hard work and being so willing to share your talent!

Katy

Kelly Jo

Sue

Rebecca

Rachel

Swap Cards

I thought I'd share with you the remainder of the swap cards. We had a great group of ladies participating & I am very pleased with the results!

This card was created by Heidi (Stamp Bug on SCS). She used the "Smile" stamp set (I am assuming it is from SU, but am not sure). Colors used are orange, banana, apricot, and gable green. I think this card is absolutely adorable and I just love the light, breezy colors. It definitely made me smile when I saw it.

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The following card was created by cheeryscrapnstamp on SCS. She used SU's "Liberty For All" stamp set. I love the red, white, and blue color combo - but then again, the 4th of July is ranks right up there with Christmas as far as my favorite holidays go! I like how the star patterned paper creates a border of stars around the red matte.

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These last two cards were created by a fellow CTMH consultant and one of my dearest online friends, Tatia. The first one uses the Life Delights Paper Pack & Aspiration Stamp Set (both from CTMH). I like the added bling to the center of the flowers. The last card uses the Tickled Pink Stamp Set from CTMH. The flower and sentiment are embossed on vellum and topped of with a baby pink brad in the center. Tatia claims that she is not a cardmaker and is first and foremost a scrapbooker. I think that she did a great job and will be more than happy to use these cards to bring a smile to someone's day.

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Thanks ladies for participating in my swap and making it so successful!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Favorite Stamp Set Swap Card

I am hosting a card swap on SCS where the main requirement is to use your favorite stamp set. With my mojo fading in and out, I had a tough time coming up with a card or even where to start, even though I had picked one of my most well used and loved stamp sets - Friendship Blessings from CTMH. Then I came across this color combination post. I love purple just about any shade. It's one of my favorite colors. So I became excited about this color combination and it proved to be just what I needed to jumpstart my mojo. I hope the ladies in my swap like what I came up with!

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Supplies Used: CTMH Friendship Blessings Stamp Set, CTMH Inks - New England Ivy, Petal, and Pansy Purple, Cuttlebug Swirl Embossing Folder, Crystal Ice Stickles, Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, Making Memories Glitter.

I random stamped the white cardstock and then used it to create a pocket for a small tag. The tag says "Thank You" on it. It's hard to tell in the pic, but there is a bit of stickles at the center of each flower. I also used a brad at the center of the flower on the tag, but it blended in too well, so I covered it with glitter to make it show up a little bit better. The flower on the tag is also popped up using a dimensional glue dot.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Another Thank You Card

Did you think I had disappeared? I've been super busy with the holiday weekend and my girl's birthdays and parties and such. I've also been uber lazy and haven't wanted to dump our vacation pics to the computer so I could take pics of the cards I had created. LOL I finally got around to dumping the pics and editing them. No small task I might add.

Anyways, I needed a card design for a swap that I am hosting. I had an idea in my head and the card turned out really nice, but not with the stamp set I had in mind. You see, this isn't just any card swap, it is a card swap using your favorite stamp set. So needless to say I went back to the drawing board for my swap, but I came up with this cute thank you card in the process. I'll post my swap card tomorrow.

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Supplies Used: CTMH Animal Crackers Creative Basics Paper Pack, CTMH Dutch Blue, Tulip & White Daisy Cardstock, CTMH Dutch Blue & Tulip Inks, Clear Embossing Powder, CTMH Thank You Stamp Set.