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October 9, 2015
Hello there! It’s Mendi here today with a peek into my creative space and some of my favorite ways to stay organized! After years and years of doing my paper crafting at the family dining room table and everyone seeing my mess from the front door, we finally moved to a place where I could design a special space of my own and I feel completely blessed to have it.
One of my favorite corners in my room is this corner where I store my sewing machine and all my inks. I have a wee addiction to making sure I have every color of ink under the rainbow so I love that this storage solution makes it easy to add to my collection in a space that would normally go unused. Tip: For those with limited counter space, these PortaInk storage units can also be wall mounted. I keep the rest of my inking supplies and some of my favorite stamps within arm’s reach of this space in the cabinets overhead.
I don’t reach for my flowers nearly as much as I used to, but a couple years ago I decided to dump them all out in one big pile and sort them by color rather than style. I have found since doing this that when I do want to add a little flower, it’s been much more user friendly finding just the right one for my project.
My second favorite spot in my creative space are two side-by-side closets with floor to ceiling shelves. I chose to add swinging closet doors which allowed me to add pantry door storage units to the insides. This is another space that would otherwise go unused and it’s been so nice having supplies like these within easy reach.
Here’s a little peek at some of my shelves inside one of the closets. I love the clear Linus storage containers by InterDesign. They are perfect for organizing my favorite clear stamps, 6×6 paper pads and embellishments.
In that same closet, I have a row of Jetmax storage cubes which sit on the floor. The 3-drawer units are the perfect size to organize small rolls of ribbon by color, as well as fit stacks of alphabet stickers side by side, sorted by color.
To the bottom left of my sewing machine I store patterned paper sorted by manufacturer (sadly this is just a small glimpse into my patterned paper hoarding tendencies). The top shelf is the perfect size to fit some of my discontinued Cropper Hopper ribbon organizers, sorted by color.
To the left of my computer (seen in the first photo), I have my die-cutting station where I keep all my dies within arm’s reach of my Sizzix Big Shot. In a large drawer there I store all my punches (with another similar drawer for all my border punches).
My last share today is one of my favorite ways to store small embellishments. I try to condense and part with packaging as much as possible since it can be so bulky to store. Craft Mates (frequently found in the beading department) are the perfect solution. They have nice rounded bottoms making it easy to scoop out the contents. They also have individual locking tops making large spills less likely. I sort all my brads, buttons and wood veneers this way, sorted by brand and color. If I want to remember who makes the item, I can easily label them with my label maker or cut off a tiny bit of the packaging to include in the bin. I adore them!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little photo tour through my creative space.
Supplies used: Jetmax 3-Drawer Organizer Cube, Jetmax Wall Mount Embellishment Organizer and Elfa Pantry Door Organizer from The Container Store; Best Craft Organizer PortaInk Standard Case from Scrapbook.com; 3-Drawer Storage Unit from Kaisercraft; Craft Mates Lockables 2XL Organizer and InterDesign Linus Clear Storage Bin/Binz can be found at Walmart, craft stores and various online stores.
October 6, 2015
Boo to You set by Bonnie Garby
For instructions for this set, order a digital copy of our Autumn issue!
Halloween is just around the corner and little ghosts and goblins will soon be out hunting for candy! This week create a card and gift bag or box set that would be perfect for sending a sweet Halloween greeting.
Editor’s Note: Remember to post photos of your designs on the CardMaker Facebook page!
October 5, 2015
We’re kicking off the start of a new week by blog hopping with the lovely designers at Lil’ Inker Designs! You’re sure to be inspired by these cards all created using a gorgeous fall color palette incorporating reds, golds, yellows, oranges and browns. To add to the fun, Lil’ Inker Designs is giving away a $35 gift certificate to their online store! For all the details on how you can enter for a chance to win, visit their blog. And a big thank you to Lil’ Inker Designs for supplying all of the designers with some of their adorable products! Let’s get started!
I simply couldn’t resist this little Thanksgiving pair and had to create a simple card celebrating the day of thanks. There are so many tiny details in this stamp image and I was impressed by how well the image stamped!
Next on the hop is the talented Karen Baker!
Supplies used: Thanksgiving Wishes stamp set from Lil’ Inker Designs; My Colors Cardstock (kraft, cosmos Mini Dots) from My Mind’s Eye; X-Press It Blending Card and Copic® markers (B21, B28, BG32, BV11, BV17, BV23, E01, E08, E21, E23, E25, E30, E35, E37, E53, E55, G03, G07, R11, R22, R27, R29, Y13, Y15, YR12, YR14, YR18, YR68, W3, W5, W7, W9) from Imagination International Inc.; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; buttons and grosgrain ribbon from My Favorite Things; adhesive dots from Elmer’s; adhesive runner from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®.
Remember to visit the Lil’ Inker Designs blog
to find out how you can enter for a chance to win!
Blog Hop List
Gini Williams Cagle
October 2, 2015
Hi, it’s Gini, and today I’m back to share with you my favorite storage tips for ribbon. I think ribbon is one of those crafty supplies that we just can’t seem to get enough of … but what to do with it all?
For my large spools of ribbon, I have vinyl gutters hanging on a wall of my studio. This is an easy way to keep types or colors of ribbons grouped together.
I also end up with samples of ribbons, anywhere from 1-5 yards. For me, organizing these pieces was the biggest struggle, but I have an easy and inexpensive solution. Group types of ribbons together, such as Christmas, lace, etc. Get a large craft safety pin and pin the end of those ribbons together. Go to the next group and do the same thing. Hang each of the safety pins on a cheap metal shower curtain hook and hang it in an easy to get to spot. As you are working on a project, you can take the whole pin worth of ribbon to your work table and see which one will work best.
Hopefully, I’ve given you an easy way to get those ribbons sorted, and to be able to find what you have in your stash!
October 1, 2015
Hi there! It’s Jennie here with a Celebrate and Decorate project to share with you.
I gathered some supplies I had around the house to create a simple fall decoration.
First, I squeezed some orange paint (about one tablespoon) into the bottom of a jar, put the top on and shook it to cover the inside. I set it upside down to drain overnight on a paper plate and the next morning used an electric fan to dry the inside.
I die-cut a tag from kraft cardstock and decorated it by first stamping a pumpkin onto the tag and then adding a second pumpkin on top that had been stamped onto patterned paper and cut out.
I put silk flowers into the jar and it makes a simple fall table decoration to welcome the change of season!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Supplies used: Cardstock, pumpkins2cut stamp set, Pumpkin Dies 1 and ink pads (tangerine, chocolate, artichoke) from The Stamps of Life; Timeless Tags 2 dies (#WP9D-053) from WPlus9Design Studio; adhesive foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L™.
September 30, 2015
Hello friends, Chitra here with an Outside the Box card. I am interpreting Isha Gupta’s You’re Awesome project from the Spring 2015 issue of CardMaker. Editor’s Note: Buy a digital copy of this issue here!
Here is Isha’s card.
Here is my interpretation.
To create my card, I die-cut a stitched rectangle from watercolor cardstock to create my card front panel. I colored the panel using watercolors; once dry, I die-cut a circle window from the panel using a 1/2-inch circle die. I stamped the dolphin image onto smooth white cardstock, colored it with alcohol-based markers and cut it out.
To create the waves, I used a cloud border die to die-cut shapes from vellum and then used the negative part for the waves. After adhering the waves to the panel, I added a white outline along the top edges of the waves using a white gel pen to imitate the embossed line on the clouds on Isha’s card. I stamped the sentiment using black ink.
Using a foam square, I adhered a penny to the back of the dolphin and added a second foam square on top of the penny. I then flipped the panel over with the dolphin placed in the die-cut circle window and added a second penny to the back side of the panel attaching it to the second foam square.
I used foam dots to attach the panel to a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch white card base and finished by adding some glitter to the flower and white dots to the dolphin’s eyes and center of flower.
Hope you like my card; thanks for stopping by!!
Have a great day!
Supplies used: White ultra-smooth cardstock from Crafter’s Companion; Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock from Ranger Industries Inc.; Make a Splash stamp set from Clearly Besotted Stamps; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; Copic® markers (C1, C3, C5) from Imagination International Inc.; Watercolor Paint Wheel from Hero Arts; white gel pen from Sakura of America; clear glitter Wink of Stella Brush from Wink of Stella; Lifestyle Nesting Circle Dies (#027940) from We R Memory Keepers; Puffy Cloud Borders (#LF915) and Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables (#LF768) dies from Lawn Fawn; Cuttlebug die-cutting machine from Cricut; scoring board from Scor-Pal Products.
September 29, 2015
Card sketches are a wonderful source of inspiration when you find yourself struggling to come up with a card design. In the back of each issue of CardMaker
, you’ll find a sketch along with two cards that will help spark your creativity! For this week’s challenge, create a card based on the sketch featured in our autumn issue.
Editor’s Note: Remember to post photos of your designs on the CardMaker Facebook page!
September 25, 2015
It’s another day of blog hopping! This time, we’re joining designers from JessicaLynnOriginal Stamps to showcase some of her adorable designs! Also, to make it even more fun, JessicaLynnOriginal Stamps is offering a FREE digital stamp; simply click here to visit her website and you’ll be able to download the image. There will also be one winner picked to win a $50 gift card to the JessicaLynnOriginal online store! To enter for a chance to win, you’ll need to visit each blog on the hop and leave a comment. Full details for the giveaway can be found on the JessicaLynnOriginal blog.
The collection of Brentwood Owl
stamps is simply adorable and this little alien-themed
guy was lots of fun to color! Plus, I had silver confetti piece on hand that went perfectly with this design.
Up next is Vickie Yeakley! The complete hop list is available below if you get lost along the way.
Supplies used: 1950’s Space Ranger Brentwood Owl stamp set from JessicaLynnOriginal; blue embossed cardstock from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; X-Press It Blending Card from Imagination International Inc.; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; markers from Bic; ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon; silver confetti from Pretty Pink Posh; mini adhesive dots from Elmer’s; E-Z Runner from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®; paper trimmer from Fiskars; scoring board from Scor-Pal.
Thank you to Jessica Lynn for providing everyone with awesome stamps to create with!
Blog Hop List
Maria L. Russell
Gini Williams Cagle
Jessica Lynn Mould
September 24, 2015
May Arts Ribbon now has a brand-new retail site called The Ribbon Resource
! They also recently started selling their ribbon in smaller, budget-friendly 5-yard bundles. They have a wide assortment of ribbon styles and colors, and there are so many we love!
Shown above are just a few of our recent favorites. From left to right: rose print ribbon, robin’s egg blue silk ribbon, gold faux suede leaves
, red and white twisted rope
and white snowflakes ribbon
. Those faux suede leaves are gorgeous and the rose ribbon would add a pretty touch of color wrapped around a basket or mini crate! And the twisted rope will be perfect for tying up packages of holiday cookies at Christmastime.
To celebrate the launch of their new site, May Arts is giving away a ribbon rack! Click here for all of the details and to find out how you can enter for a chance to win, but hurry as the giveaway ends at the end of September!
That’s not all! May Arts is also giving away a $25 gift card to the Ribbon Resource store! All of the details on how you can enter can be found here
September 23, 2015
Hello friends, Chitra here and today I am sharing the no-line coloring technique with you.
First, I began by stamping the images onto cardstock. I did second generation stamping with light brown ink. Note: To achieve second generation stamping, first stamp image onto scrap paper and then stamp image onto cardstock without reinking image.
I started coloring the bear using alcohol-based markers. I began with the darkest shade adding it to the part of the bear where I felt the shadow would be. I then continued adding lighter colors. I used the following Copic® colors to color the bear: E33, E35 and E37. I kept the stamp package near me so I could see the actual image clearly.
My E33 marker was little dry so that’s why you can see the streaks. I did a second coat of color from dark to light to darken the colors.
Then I moved to the tree stump. I used the following Copic colors for the tree stump: E47, E70 and E74. The bird is colored with B23, B24 and B32.
I then colored the background. The sky is colored using Copic marker B00 and the ground is colored using various Copic G and YG markers: G02, G05, G17, YG03, YG05. I stamped the sentiment using black ink.
To create the card, I formed a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4-inch card base from white cardstock. I used scallop-edge scissors to cut a piece of patterned paper slightly smaller than the card front and then adhered that to the card. The colored panel is die-cut using a stitched rectangle die and attached to the card with foam adhesive. I finished by adding a heart die cut near the sentiment.
Hope you like my card, thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!
Supplies used: White ultra-smooth cardstock from Crafter’s Companion; Lemonade Stand Chill Out patterned paper from BoBunny; Happy Mail stamp set from WPlus9; Copic® markers from Imagination International Inc.; Memento toffee crunch and tuxedo black ink pads from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables dies from Lawn Fawn; Holiday Shapes Hearts Stars dies (#S131) from Simon Says Stamp!; scallop edge scissors from X-ACTO; scoring board from Scor-Pal Products.