Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Top Note Box

Here is a great little pattern I found on SCS to make a mini box using the Top Note Big Shot Die. There are so many endless possibilities with this pattern and so many ways to decorate it. I made this little box for a friend's birthday and filled it with some Prima flowers and ice and fire brads to go with them (she's a scrapbooker), but you could put anything you want in these.

Dear Friend Top Note Box

Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Whisper White
Patterned Paper: Good Morning Sunshine
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Stamp: Forest Friends
Brad: Chocolate Chip Corduroy
Other: Prima Flower, Rhinestone Accents, Ribbon, Bigz Top Note Die

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mini It!

You have the gift, it's wrapped and now you sit down to make a card. But wait, you're out of the proper size envelope for the size card you want to make and you just don't have the time to make an envelope from scratch. Don't fret though because in the bottom of one of your drawers you have a little stash of 3 x 3 inch envelopes that at the time, you had no idea what you were going to do with. How's that saying go? Right...great things come in small packages! Mini cards can be just as nice as regular size cards, plus you can make them in 15 minutes or less. In keeping with the winter theme, I made this glittering little 3 x 3 card in about 8 minutes. To keep the glitter in its place I outlined the card with 1/2" tacky tape and stuck my fine glitter to it. Then I cut my piece of white cardstock to fit in the square, stamped my snowflake on it and added a corduroy button to top it off. You could leave it blank or add a saying/word in one of the corners.

Simple Snowflake Card

Cardstock: Baja Breeze
Stamps: Simple Snowflake, Fancy Flexible Phrases
Ink: Baja Breeze, Basic Black
Button: Baja Breeze
Other: Pastel Blue Ultra Fine Glitter

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Paper Woes!

Like any cardmaker, scrapper or paper artist, we tend to accumulate lots and lots of paper. Two years ago it became so out of hand that I didn't know what I had, where it was or why I bought it. Patterned paper is so easy to buy, especially if you're like me and buy it just for the sake of "I love it". I knew something had to give, I either had to use up my stash or weed it out. I decided to go with one company and stick to it, this way I know that everything in my art stash coordinates with something. After much deliberation I chose Stampin' Up! for my patterned paper because 90% of my cardstock is Stampin' Up! along with my ribbons, embellishments, ink and stamp images. Unfortunately, you can over buy when you stick to one company as well. I devised this little system so all my patterned paper is right at my fingertips for easy project making.

Every time I get a pack of paper, I punch a scallop circle of each sheet, punch a small hole in each circle and attach it to a metal ring. At the beginning of each paper pack circle I add a tag with the name of the paper pack on it. My tags are colour coded so I know what category they fall under (ie. red=christmas, purple=hallowe'en, green=nature and yellow=geometric prints/flourishes). Then I make a matching tag to attach to the dividers that separate my full sheets of paper, which makes finding what I want quick and easy.

The labeling is still a work in process because I'm having trouble remembering the names of some of the paper packs from 2 or 3 years ago :)

Happy creating! Would love to hear about other people's paper organization tips!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Art Room Makeover

A new year has began and the list of resolutions is looonnggg! First one on my list was to clean my art room once and for all and get rid of everything I haven't used or won't use. If it's been sitting around for more than a year or two, chances are it's not going to get used. Most of the time I'm tempted to just "toss" all the old stuff, but I have discovered there are so many other ways to clean house. Here is a list of ways I have gotten rid of stuff:

  • Have a yard sale
  • Donate to a school/craft group, etc.
  • Swap products with other crafters
So, here is what my art room looks like now that I've cleaned house. Now to tackle resolution #2 which is to use up what I have before I buy anything else :)

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