Sunday, January 25, 2015

MFT's January Creative Challenge - Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve

Card makers are a pretty sentimental bunch overall and that is a great thing. We spend our time showing family and friends (and sometimes strangers!) that we care deeply for them. This month, we’ve challenged our team to embrace this season of love full-force by creating projects that feature love in the most literally way: with lots of hearts. Any color, any material – hearts will stand strong as a dominant design element that simply can’t be missed.

You can stop by the MFT blog for the list of designers sharing ideas today. 

Here's my take on the challenge. I started with a gift bag and used the Background Hearts Stencil and Ripe Raspberry Premium Dye Ink Pad to add interest to a plain bag. 

To create the to front panels of my card I die cut Whip Cream Card Stock with a die from Blueprints 20  and the stitched panel from Blueprints 13. Yes, this one of the many reasons I love the Blueprints line of Die-namics! I added hearts to the Pink Lemonade Card Stock with the Tiny Hearts Background Stamp and Pink Lemonade Premium Dye Ink

I used Spearmint Card Stock and the Horizontal Stitched Strips Die-namics to add the strip of card stock across the middle of the card. 

The circle embellishment is created with the Sheet Music Background Stamp, a heart from the All My Love Die-namics, the Little Numbers Die-namics, the  Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows Die-namics, and the Circle STAX Die-namics. 

Well I needed a few more hearts to go with the theme! The layered hearts are cut with the Pierced Heart STAX Die-namics. The arrows are added with the Straight to My Heart Die-namics and the sentiment is from the All My Love Stamp Set.

On the inside I added another sentiment from the All My Love Stamp Set. 

Here's a closer look at tag. I cut two hearts with the Pierced Heart STAX Die-namics from felt in Bubblegum and Whip Cream. I used the  Tiny Hearts Background Stamp with Spearmint  Premium Dye Ink and Spearmint Card Stock for the background pattern. 

The center panel, along with the word sweet, are cut with dies in the Tag Builder Blueprints 3 Die-namics. The flower embellishment is created with the Layered Rose, from burlap, and Royal Leaves Die-namics. 

Here are the products I used to create my projects:

Friday, January 23, 2015

MFT's 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash Day 5 - Ink Pads and Refills

Welcome to the last day of MFT's 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash. It's been a really fun week and I hope you have enjoyed all the organizing ideas. I know my room has never looked so good! 

Today we are sharing organizational ideas for ink pad storage and ink refills. You can stop by the MFT blog for the list of designers sharing ideas today. 

My ink pads sit on the table behind my main desk. The ink pads on the left are in an older storage unit. It so old I couldn't tell you where I got it. I plan to replaced with another unit like the one on the right. I have another one on order from Organize More. You have some color options to choose from for your storage. My is black with white inserts and hold 60 ink pads. 

I added the name of the ink to each pad and store the pad with the matching ink refill and a Mini Ink Blending Foam Pad. My inks are divided into categories by ink type, Premium Dye Inks, Hybrid Inks, and Pigment Inks. When I get my additional storage unit I plan to add a section for Distress Inks. 

There is room on the top of the unit to store my extra Mini Ink Blending Tools, glitter, and embossing powders. 

As with my other posts this week I used my Brother P-Touch that I purchased through Amazon. But for the ink pads I used a smaller label tape, 1/4" Black Print on White Tape. 

Storing the ink pad, refill, and a sponge together works so well! I love using the sponge with the ink for stencils and sponging around the edges of card stock. 

Stop by the MFT blog for all details about the great prize packages that will be given away each of the five days.

Have a good weekend! Maybe you will cleaning and organizing your space!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

MFT's 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash Day 4 - Card Stock

Thanks for stopping by for Day 4 of MFT's 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash. Today the Design Team is sharing how they organize their Card Stock. Since my crafty area is also my office I have a desk with file drawers and another file cabinet in my space. But you can tell where my priorities are!! I store my MFT 8 1/2 x 11 Card Stock in the file drawers in my desk where I work and all my work related stuff goes in the file cabinet I have to get up and walk over to! 

You can stop by the MFT blog for the list of designers sharing ideas today. 

My card stock is divided into three drawers. The first drawer starts with the neutral colors and then my reds, yellows and oranges. I just purchased standard hanging files in red from Staples. I used my Brother P-Touch that I purchased through Amazon to add the name of each color.  There is enough room in the back of the drawer to store my back-up Card Stock.

The second drawer contains my pinks, aquas and blues, purples and greens. I file the colors light to dark.

I store any scraps in the front of the hanging folder.

I have a third drawer where I keep  order types of paper and my storage envelopes for my dies and stamp sets.

Because I do scrapbook I also needed a way to store my 12 x 12 Card Stock. I bought this unit at Michaels. My solid color 12 x 12 card stock is broken up by color and the the patterned paper by Designer/Company. Because I don't use 12 x 12 paper as often this storage unit lives in my closet, which allows my to keep by office/crafty area relatively neat. 

Stop by the MFT blog for all details about the great prize packages that will be given away each of the five days.

I will be back tomorrow with Day 5 of MFT's 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

MFT's 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash Day 3 - Die-namics

Welcome to Day 3 of MFT's 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash! So far we have covered stamp sets and stencils and today we are sharing ideas for organizing your Die-namics. I know it can seem daunting and time consuming to start the organizational process, but I can't tell you how happy I am I took the time to get a system in place. 

You can stop by the MFT blog for the list of designers sharing ideas today. 

My system to store my Die-namics is very similar to the system for storing stamps. You can find that post HERE

Like many of the other designers, the basics of my organizational system is based on a tutorial written by Jennifer McGuire. I use two different size envelopes that you can purchase from MFT, the Clear Pocket Storage - Large and the Clear Pocket Storage - Small. I used a Brother P-Touch Label Maker and 1/2" Black on Clear Label Tape that I purchased through Amazon.

I use a clear Freezer Storage Bin, also purchased from Amazon

Here is a closer look at the label I created for the front of my bin using my label maker, the Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX and an arrow in the Go with It Die-namics. 

The dividers are cut from Sno Cone Card Stock and I rounded the upper two corners. I used my label maker to add titles to each each section. I grouped them by the categories you can see in the picture above. If a die set coordinates with a stamp set it is stored with the stamp set in the back of the envelope. 

I back the inside of each clear pocket with white card stock. It just makes it easier to see in the clear envelopes. I buy an inexpensive white card stock at Michaels. I can get two backings for the larger envelopes and two for the smaller envelopes out of each piece of 12 x 12 card stock.

To make the process easier I used an older paper cutter I had and used a permanent maker to make a note of the dimensions.

You will notice I have a section for the STAX Die-namics in my bin. In this one section I added additional dividers to file these dies by shape. I use Gray Grout Card Stock and cut the divider slighter shorter than the main dividers.

Here is an example of of the coordinating  Die-namics stored behind the stamp set and a pocket with just dies in it.

And here is a look at how I store my stamp sets, stencils, and dies all in one place for easy access. 

Stop by the MFT blog for all details about the great prize packages that will be given away each of the five days.

If you have any questions for me, please email me using the link on my side bar. Thanks for stopping by! I will be back tomorrow with another organizational post.