Friday, September 30, 2011

spooky September: trick–or-treat card with floating frames

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It’s September 30th and that means the month is is coming to a close so I wanted to share one more creepy creation for Spooky September. This time I used the Floating Frames die to highlight a few ghostly friends. This is such a versatile die and could be used for any theme or season, not just Halloween. I’m loving the Bella Blvd papers… way cute! I used one of the new Sizzix Framelits for the inside sentiments too.. they cut like butter!

Supplies:

Stamps: solids4Halloween (The Stamps of Life). Twine: Lemondrop, Charcoal, Lilac (The Twinery).

Spooky September projects

Other stuff

September was such a busy month, I can’t believe it’s almost over. I’m excited to go through all my photos and do another recap, my big kids went to Homecoming so I’m sure I’ve got some good ones (fingers crossed!). I’m looking forward to October 1st so I can pull out our Fall and Halloween decorations. We really don’t feel like we get much of a fall down here in the land of hot so I pretend as much as possible. It’s my favorite season, I miss it.

Ready for Halloween?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

product showcase: Stephanie Barnard Premium Colorbox Ink Pads

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I’m kind of in love with these new Stephanie Barnard Premium Colobox Ink Padsthe colors are gorgeous! I don’t think I can use the word awesome enough to describe them – they’re so vibrant and true! The thing I love most – the pad itself is not textured. What you stamp is what you get… this makes me a happy camper! If you’ve had a textured ink pad before, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

I made a quick video showcasing each of the colors…

Related links:

Stephanie Barnard Premium Colorbox Ink Pads:

So, what do you think? Gorgeous colors right? Have you used these inks before?  I’d love to know what you think. :-)

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sizzix Fresh Vintage Blog Hop STARTS TODAY!

Today is the start of Eileen Hull's blog hop featuring all twelve dies from her new Fresh Vintage collection. You’ll be able to see my project on November 3rd using the Power Petal die. :-)

Here's the schedule:

ScoreBoard Album
Tuesday, September 27

Flower, 3D Fringed
Thursday, September 29 

ScoreBoard Butterfly
Tuesday, October 4 
 

Flower, Layers #9
Thursday, October 6 

  ScoreBoard Vase
Tuesday, October 11 

Flower, 3D Wrapped
Thursday, October 13

ScoreBoard Bird
Tuesday,October 18 
 Leaves
Thursday, October 20

ScoreBoard Suitcase
Tuesday,October 25

Flower, 3D #2
Thursday October 27


  ScoreBoard Caddy
Tuesday, November 1

Flower, Petal Power
Thursday, November 3 

FAQ about the Fresh Vintage Blog Hop:

How do I hop around to see ideas using the current featured die?

Every Tuesday and Thursday between September 27-November 3, 2011 there will be a new Sizzix Fresh Vintage die featured on 6-10 of the 75 participating designers' blogs. The navigation buttons for "Hop Back" and "Hop Forward" will allow you to easily hop around and see projects featuring whatever the current die is, since those buttons are programmed to navigate only to the blogs that are participating for that die. On the next Tuesday/Thursday, the buttons will automatically reprogram themselves to navigate to the blogs that are signed up for the next featured die.

What if I start at a designer's blog that isn't one of the 6-10 signed up for that die?

No problem! Simply hit either the "Hop Forward" or "Hop Back" button on the Fresh Vintage navigation widget from any blog's sidebar and you'll automatically advance to one of the participating blogs.

Can I go back and view the ideas for a previously featured die?

Of course! Go to Eileen Hull's blog and find the "Blog Hops" link at the top of the page. It will bring up her blog posts where you'll find direct links to each participating blog along with a thumbnail image of the project.

Where can I buy the Sizzix Fresh Vintage dies, by Eileen Hull?

You can visit Sizzix.com to find a local and online retailers for Sizzix products. Also be sure to visit Oh My Crafts, one of this blog hop's sponsors, (between the dates of September 27-November 3, 2011) and enter for a chance to win a Flower Layers #9 die!

The Blog Hop has ended and the navigation widget is no longer in the sidebar. How can I see the ideas?

Go to Eileen Hull's blog and find the "Blog Hops" link at the top of the page. It will bring up her blog posts where you'll find direct links to each participating blog along with a thumbnail image of the project.

Enjoy the hop!

(This blog post was pretty much copy and pasted from Karen Burniston’s blog with permission.)

Friday, September 23, 2011

stamp drawers: reorganized

After years of scrapbooking and cardmaking, I’ve acquired quite a few stamps and inks. My space for these products always seems to be changing, out with the old, in with the new… purge and make room. I’ve had numerous Lawn Fawn and Hero Arts stamps but since I’ve been creating with the The Stamps of Life stamps to make videos for Create Scrapbooks and for my own personal use, I have gained a lot more awesome stamps. I really needed to update my system to make The Stamps of Life stamps easily accessible. My stamp drawers definitely needed an overhaul.

Originally I had one drawer that was suppose to be my stamping drawer. Here’s the first configuration of my four scrapbook island drawers from April 2009 (see, one lonely stamp drawer! top right)

Over the past two years one drawer grew to two and up until this re-do, that’s pretty much what I’ve been working with.

My two main drawers before (the second and third drawers in my scrapbook island)

I had three metal containers holding my 4x6 acrylic stamps and various plastic containers holding my inks. The bottom drawer pretty much had stuff just in there however it would fit.

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I pulled everything out I needed to organize…

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I put a few things into my giveaway pile (that pile is out of hand! I really need to do something about it…) and moved a few other things to another section in my island – where things go that I don’t want to get rid of just quite yet but still want them accessible just in case. During my reorganization, I received twelve gorgeous new Stephanie Barnard Premium Dye Inks from Colorbox that I needed to add into the mix and make fit.

My newly organized stamp drawers formed (don’t laugh but I lined all four drawers so nothing slides around anymore – it’s awesome)

Drawer #2

I purchased a photo container from Hobby Lobby (yeah for 50% off!) to be the new home for my 4x6 acrylic stamp sheets… it works perfectly! I can just flip through my stamps like it’s a file folder and access the sheet I want to use. My husband made a wooden box to hold my new inks to specifically fit into the space I wanted them to go (he’s awesome like that!) and I reused one of the metal containers for my acrylic blocks and also kept one plastic container for my chalk inks.

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Drawer #3

I used the other two metal drawers for my distress inks and to hold my stamp cleaners. Keeping the cleaners in the container is just convenient because I wanted the container to stay in the drawer so eventually it might be used for something else. I also reused two smaller plastic containers for smaller stamps, my date stamps, and a special address stamp I had made. Everything else is just in there in an orderly fashion.

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Drawer #4

I don’t expect to have a drawer #4 forever... that’s my plan right now anyway. I want it to be a temporary thing. I wasn’t ready to move my Stampin’ Up stamps into my purge pile yet so I moved them down to my bottom drawer where I keep my camera, video camera (which isn’t in the drawer for some reason), and all the cables that go with everything.

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I actually have a few more stamps and inks but they’re in that special not ready to get rid of them but don’t use them place… better known as the scrapbook island cabinet.

What does the actual scrapbook island look like?

The island consists of one cabinet on the left and the four drawers on the right. This photo is from April 2009 when I originally completed my scrapbook room, a few things have changed but you get the general idea.

Thanks for checking out my newly reorganized stamping drawers. How do you organize yours? I’m always looking for ideas... anything that helps streamline my creative process.

Happy Stamping!