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Whether you have a tiny space or a big space, storage is a constant concern. It has to work and it may take some time to figure that out. I know that I have had to sit a few different times and reevaluate what is where, how easy it is to find the things I use the most and which items are closest to me. I know that I want the things used the most to be within arms reach.
One purchase that has been one of my favorites is this wood storage piece. It has several pockets and it turns in place. Since it turns so easily, I can organize a number of items I want to be able to reach out and pick up. I purchased this storage piece at Pottery Barn awhile ago. While this specific one is probably no longer available, there are several companies that offer similar products. Michaels has a wonderful desktop carousel available in their stores.
It doesn’t take up much space, it keeps everything neat and it’s hard to believe how much it actually holds.
Another idea that has worked well for me is my washi tape drawer. I have many sets of plastic drawers in my room and this four-drawer unit is next to were I often sit when creating cards. This drawer is within my reach and I can see all of my tapes at once. Plastic units like this can be found nearly everywhere like Target and office supply stores.
Do you have any unique storage ideas? We’d love to hear how you organize your supplies!
Hi everybody! Kim here from My Kraft Kloset sharing another easy idea for making beautiful cards in 10 minutes that will look like you spent all day. I absolutely LOVE patterned paper and this Authentique paper collection is stunning. The black and yellow prints are bold, bright and elegant. Working with paper collections makes the card-making process easy since everything coordinates. So, get ready to cut up those pretty papers you’ve been saving and let’s get started.
As always the hardest part is choosing which paper to use. I picked this gorgeous graphic print of the Eiffel tower because who isn’t dreaming of Paris in the spring right now? Start by folding an 8 1/2 x 11-inch piece of cardstock in half to create a card base. Cut the patterned paper the same size as the card base to use as much of the print as possible. Punch a 3-inch scallop circle from the paper panel to create a window. Take that positive punched circle piece and punch a 2 1/2-inch scallop circle from it; set circle aside. Cut a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2-inch piece of black cardstock and adhere to the back of the panel to cover the opening; adhere panel to the card base.
Stamp a sentiment onto the small circle; use foam dots to adhere circle to punched area on card front. Cut one black and one white rose from ribbons; adhere together and attach them to the circle. Embellish with enamel dots. I could stop there, but it was kind of bare and I had a couple minutes to jazz it up.
I punched a few banners from patterned papers and added them to the card. I placed a couple banners at the top and a couple coming out of the circle. This looked fine, but it made it hard to fit the card into an envelope. Plus, that white space was still bugging me. Do you have a hard time with white space, too?
For the final version, I decided to place banners at the top and behind the roses. It’s the perfect card to celebrate my parent’s 48th wedding anniversary!
Just a few supplies and gorgeous patterned papers allow you endless design combinations for any occasion. Leave a comment and let us know what you think of this project and what some of your favorite paper collections are.
We are so happy to be featuring The Greeting Farm in today’s blog hop! Their shop is filled with so many adorable images—it’s nearly impossible to pick just one to play with. Join us today as we hop along sharing design inspiration that spotlights these super sweet stamps! A big thank you to The Greeting Farm for providing product for all of the designers today! Oh, and one more thing … make sure to complete the hop to find out the details for the fun giveaway surprise The Greeting Farm is hosting.
Complete instructions can be found in our summer issue on sale here!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so this week we’re challenging you to create a mother’s day card. Whether it’s your mom, mother-in-law, daughter, grandmother or a friend, let a special mom in your life know just how much you appreciate her with a beautiful handcrafted card.
Editor’s Note: Remember to share photos of your creations on our Facebook page!
Hi everyone! I’m about to share with you a rare glimpse into where I do my creating. My space is located in our basement and we are currently renting so it is not as customized as I might prefer but with a bit of creativity and help from my awesome hubby, I’ve been able to make it my own.
So, this is a view of my little corner in the basement. I share the space with my kids, so this is my side and I have used up every little bitty square inch of it! I got this desk on craigslist when I started a job last year and I needed a bigger workspace. Little did I know that that job would end shortly thereafter and the desk turned into my dream craft desk. I love the U shape as I have a spot for my computer/printer, an area where I do my art journaling and mixed media that I can get super messy with my awesome HUGE Ken Oliver craft mat, as well as a spot for my calendar/planners, etc.
This cart is my happy place. All of my favorite paints, watercolors and working art journals are stored on this cart which I recently found out is being discontinued by IKEA! I am so glad I got one for my birthday a couple months ago. It is everything I ever wanted and more.
I love the storage all around my desk. It is great having all my supplies close by but tucked away out of sight when they are not in use. This is where I keep all my stamps, acrylic blocks and embellishments. I got the wire kitchen dividers to maximize the space so I could fit in even more.
This is my favorite spot in my craft room. I recently did some rearranging and instead of storing supplies up here that were WAY out of reach for my vertically challenged self, I now keep all my finished pieces as well as cards that my dear friends have sent me. I love looking up here when I’m writing posts or just hanging out with my kids because all the beautiful colors inspire me.
As I said, I’ve used every possible inch here including the little shelf that runs along the wall. I love having all my inks, markers, pencils and my beloved Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft caddy within reach as I am creating. I also keep my second MISTI here as well as my heat tool and airbrush tool so they are easy to reach as well. I love the big window here and having a walk-out basement gives me a bit more natural light than I would otherwise have.
I know it’s not much but I hope you enjoyed seeing a little glimpse into the area where I get my craft on. I know it’s a pretty eclectic mix of furniture and storage and it’s kind of a mess but hey, it works. I even cleaned it up a bit for the pictures. Ha, ha! Believe me, if I was in the middle of a project, it would be a wreck!
In each issue of CardMaker, we feature a set of three cards that coordinate together that can be used for different occasions like this set by Jennie Harper. This week, be inspired to create your own trio of coordinating cards. Remember to share a photo with us on our Facebook page!
Hello everyone! Pamela here today with a question. How many of you have used an empty can to hold pens on your desk? Me too! I do try to slap a strip of patterned paper around it to make it look better. My current one is getting a bit shabby, so it’s time for a new one! I wanted to make this one pretty and more functional with different sizes of cans.
I pulled together a collection of various sized cans. I especially like the ones that are painted or colored inside like these white and gold ones. To begin, I ran a solvent-based ink pad in teal around the top and bottom rims. I let them dry and then inked them again. Some of the cans took three coats.
Next, I picked some cardstock and embellishments to use or make. My favorite color to work with is teal so I grabbed some of that. I picked some pinks and taupes to go with the teal. And, I’m very happy to say that the newsprint came from a Christmas collection! I always love it when I’m able to stretch my holiday products into other projects.
I punched and die cut a variety of trims and embellishments to use. I ran what I could through my sticker maker then adhered them to the cans. I used hot glue for the rest. I also used hot glue to adhere the cardstock to the cans just to make them a little more durable.
Because of where my new pen and brush holder will sit in my studio, you will be able to see the backside of it from certain angles. I wanted the backside to be pretty too. I arranged the decorated cans so that they would meet in a way that would hide their seams. Once I was happy with each can, I hot glued them all together with a generous amount of hot glue.
I’m thinking I might do something like this for my kitchen utensils. And, maybe in my guest bedroom with little soaps and shampoos or maybe some special chocolates for my guests. I wonder if I could maybe even sell a few at a craft fair? What about getting your little ones involved to make one for Grandma?
What do you think? I’d love to see what you create.
Now, I’m off to look through my cupboard to find some good cans.
PS. One more thing! For those of you wondering about the sentiment tag, it is my favorite quote of all time. I made the tag on my computer. Here’s the quick story of it. The time had come for a woman teaching in Africa to return home to the United States. The students brought her presents to say farewell. One little boy brought only a small rock. The teacher realized the rock could only be found at a place miles away. Turns out the boy had walked there to get the rock for her. When the teacher asked about his long walk, the boy said, “The walk is part of the gift.” So, when I am struggling for just the right word to use in a manuscript, or if I’m learning some new technique for my cards, I remind myself that the walk is part of the gift.
I get to share a tip with you today when it comes to card making and my tip ended up actually being three little tips. They are ways to help you think outside the box when it comes to using your supplies.
Tip #1: Look at your stamps differently. You’ll see that I used some frame stamps on my card. Normally, I would think of a frame image as a place to hold a sentiment. For my card today, I used the frame images to create my entire background and they are my main design element instead of an accent piece.
Tip #2: Stamp and heat-emboss your images in white. When you stamp an image in white and then heat-emboss it with white embossing powder on white cardstock, it’s difficult to see. But why I love to use an image this way is when you add ink over it, the embossed white ink resists the colored ink and makes the image pop creating an intense design element on your card.
Tip #3: Color your own background. Normally, I would have probably used a red piece of paper and stamped the frames onto that. Instead, I used white paper, stamped my images and then added color using Distress Stain. I could have used any color, but red is my favorite. You will also notice that I didn’t completely color the background. While I could have done that, I love what I call a “messy” look so I purposely left some of the white showing. I think the result makes the background stand out more than if it was just red cardstock.
Now the frames can be filled with whatever elements you want to use or some could even be left empty. The elephants in my example give my card a playful look.