Monday, March 16, 2009

Need Embossing Powder and Glitter Storage?

If you know me, you know I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE glitter. And you also know that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to be organized. I've organized some of my stamping supplies every which way I can think of... glitter and EP included. This is the system that's worked best for me, so far.

The "SpiceStack" shown in the photos was purchased from Brylane Home, but I'm sure you could probably find them in other places. I think I've seen them on, as well. Each "SpiceStack" has three trays that slide out.
The trays aren't intended to be taken completely out of the "stack". When pulled out, they sort of hinge and fold down. When a tray is folded down, it looks similar to this.

I've included several photos so you can see how the SU! glitter and EP fit, as well as PearlEx, Stickles, and other glitters and EP's.

What do you use for glitter and EP storage? Leave a comment and let me know. I'm always looking for new ideas and love to hear from you all!!

Eggs-traordinary Card

Here's another cute Easter card. The stamp set used was "A Good Egg". I stamped the eggs on Certainly Celery, So Saffron, and Pretty In Pink CS and then cut them out with my paper snips. Each egg was embossed using a different Cuttlebug embossing folder after the designs were stamped on them.

Before I added the eggs to the card, I used my glue pad to add some Dazzling Diamonds to the eggs. They just didn't look like they were finished without the bling! The patterned paper in the background is retired, but this would look cute with just about any pastel patterned paper. Toodles!!

Itty Bitty Buds Card

My good friend, Amy, visited with me yesterday. We had a WONDERFUL visit and we actually got something done, besides yakking, this time. Don't get me wrong... we still did lots of yakking! :)

This is one of my creations. The stamp set used here is "Itty Bitty Buds", which is a current hostess stamp set. Colors used are Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, and Pink Passion. The frame is from the Stampin' Up! Hodgepodge Hardware. The ribbon is traitor ribbon (Not Stampin' Up!). The darkest, larger flowers were stamped using a glue pad and then I added Fine Cosmo glitter in Rose Pink. Each of those flowers also has a small rhinestone brad from the "Circle Fire" collection.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Need Ribbon Organization?

I've struggled with ribbon organization for the LONGEST time. I've finally got something in place that works VERY well for me and I wanted to share it with you. Over the years, I've tried everything from "photo storage boxes with eyelets in the sides to feed the ribbon through" to a dowel rod system. Sometimes it's just not convenient to take the ribbon out of the box, only to have to re-feed the ribbon back through the eyelet. Nor is it convenient to take the ribbon off the dowel rod. This unit is a media storage unit that I purchased at Wal-Mart. If I remember correctly, it was somewhere in the ballpark of $15 - $20. Definitely affordable storage. The key to keeping your ribbon stored on these shelves is in the third photo.

Instead of making each shelf level, I placed the back pegs (the ones that support the back of the shelf) one hole lower than those supporting the front of the shelf. This makes the shelf angle down toward the back. It prevents my ribbon from rolling off AND makes it convenient to grab the entire roll I want to work with. (Click on photos to view larger images)
I hope you find this organization tip useful. Leave a comment and let me know what kind of storage system you use for your ribbon. You may have an even better solution!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Ain't He Tweet?

Check this little guy out. Ain't he tweet? I wanted to play around with "A Good Egg" since that's the set our class will focus on this month. I used the card sketch from Jen Del Muro's "Sketch For You To Try" this week. VERY cute sketch... I can't wait to try it out with some other stamp sets. I used the retired DSP "Spring Fling" on this card. I used So Saffron, Pretty In Pink, Whisper White, and Basic Black cardstock. The chick was stamped in Jet Black StazOn on Whisper White cardstock. I colored him with So Saffron and Only Orange Stampin' Write Markers. His shell was stamped on Pretty In Pink cardstock with Basic Black Classic Ink. The dots were stamped in Certainly Celery Classic Ink. I cut both shells out and adhered the bottom shell using SNAIL. The top shell was added with a Stampin' Dimensional. Ribbon is Certainly Celery grosgrain. The sentiment was stamped with Basic Black Classic Ink on Whisper White cardstock. I punched it out using the Word Window Punch. It was layered over a piece of Basic Black cardstock. The ends of that piece were rounded using the 3/4" circle punch.

Have you noticed? My blog got a makeover this week, thanks to Michelle Laycock at Laycock Designs. I love, love it and I think Michelle did an awesome job. Leave a comment and let me know what you think!


Monday, March 9, 2009

It's A Party!!

Join me on Saturday, March 28th from 2-5 PM and we'll make some Spring (and Easter) Treats & Sweets... Cards AND Goodies! We'll make three different treat holders (treats included) and two cards. We'll be using the stamp set "A Good Egg". Cost of the class is $15 and covers all materials needed to make the projects. If you have basic supplies (scissors, adhesive, etc.) and don't mind to bring them it will speed things up if everyone isn't trying to use one pair of scissors all at once. Please RSVP by March 13th so I can order enough supplies for everyone. Payment is expected in advance to reserve your spot in the class. If you'd like to pay via PayPal, please contact me for details. As always, I'll have drawings for door prizes and you WON'T want to miss those! Who doesn't like free stuff, right???

Remember... Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31st! What a great way to get FREE stamps! I look forward to seeing you on the 28th!!

If you're interested in hosting a party so you can earn even MORE FREE STAMPS during Sale-A-Bration, feel free to call me anytime and we'll get your party scheduled right away! Remember... an in-home party isn't your only option. I'd be happy to let you host it in my home or we can arrange a "book party". It's all about what works best for you!!