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Organize your Stash into Categories

I am really trying to scale down on supplies.

Too many supplies really do overwhelm me. I have re-organized several times and since we moved last august I have really downsized with all my crafting supplies, projects, etc. I also tried to be “real” with myself on the projects “I am going to finish.” The important ones need to be finished. I am currently working on a large needlepoint that my mom gave me and she passed away 10 years old. So this is what I mean about being “real” either finish it or let it go. I also have yarn I kept from her and this past winter I crocheted an aphgan with it….good used it up , DONE!  

Well that was a big rabbit hole….back to the organization I have been doing.

I have consolidated all of my supplies into just a few categories such as Everyday, Spring/Summer, Sports, Fall and Winter. All cardstock, pattern paper, embellishments, project life cards, stickers, rub-ons, etc. are divided up into these categories and put into other containers to keep them separate and easy to pull out.


Here is the inside of the drawer with all the small containers of supplies.  The pink case holds all my project life suitable for the category.  Ribbons, die cuts, glitter tape in another container. In another container is washi tape and small embellishments in another.   Embossing folders are separate and are set in an area that they have not nicely.  


 Here is the bottom of the drawer, I can find the scraps in a standard 8 1/2 x 11 page protector and my 12 x 12 papers are lying flat in the bottom of the drawer.  

The rest of the drwers are set up the same way.  

Hope you enjoyed this post and gained a few helpful tips.  

Come back soon,

Shannon 

 

 

Make Your Own Embellishments

Something I have really enjoyed doing is making my own embellishments.Most of these ideas are universal, switch out the theme to whatever project you are working on. So many ideas can be found on the internet using colouring pages, printables, etc.)

Some of my favourites are

Flair buttons – all you really need is a 1” circle punch (I have a MS scalloped circle punch which works great), a stamped image, scraps of paper, small stickers, the possibilities are endless. Here are a few samples of one I have made.


Stamped images – Find your favourite stamp or something that coordinates with your theme, colour it, and cover with gloss accents or something like that ( I use Close To My Heart’s Liquid Glass)


Paper Piecing – find a printable, colouring page, or pattern of your theme and cut out of cardstock and/or pattern paper to create your embellishment. Again lots of patterns, images of the internet or draw your own pattern(not something I could do though).

One last thing… you can use packaging from items you buy to make patterns like ihave here with this bone tag I have from a purchase from a toy I purchased for my puppy.  Use the pattern for many things:

Trace on a piece of card stock or pattern pattern and words or design, journaling, etc. 

Trace outlying on paper and stitch the outline to make your own embellishment or do several for a background. 

Hope you are inspired to create your own embellishments…

Thanks for looking 🙂

Shannon

 

 

 

My On Going Project

Currently I am working on an album for my new puppy, Rosie. This is taking a lot longer than I expected.

 

Isn’t it funny how we take tons of pictures for something new, well at least I do? I probably have made this project longer than it needs to be just because of the amount of pictures.

First let’s talk about the album I chose to use for this project. This album has been kicking around for a few years now and I really haven’t found a purpose for it up to this point. I think it will work great!

I have purchased Echo Park’s Bark collection to get me started and have coordinated with other stuff from my stash. Here are a few pictures of completed layouts.


In later posts I am going to show how I have made some of my own embellishments (stamps, paper piecing, etc.)


I plan on updated you on this project as I have completed the layouts.

Hope you enjoyed…

Thanks for looking 🙂

Shannon

 

 

 

Roledex Stamp & Die Index

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I wanted to try something new to help me use my dies and stamps more. So I decide to re-organize all my die cuts and stamp images into categories.

I purchased this rolodex from the dollar store for $4 and placed a small piece of paper in every page with stamped images on it, place into its category.


I store all my stamps in cd cases in my drawer beside me. Seen in pic above.


Again I don’t use my Slice die cutting machine as much as I wish I would, so I thought maybe if I put some of the die cuts into the rolodex under the categories to help me see and inspire me with ideas.


I store all of the steel cut dies on a foam board covered with magnetic sheets, I find this to be inspiring and have used them a lot more since being out in clear sight.

I have been using this system for a few months now and have found it be very helpful and inspiring. 

Hope you enjoyed…

Thanks for looking 😀

Father’s Day Card

IMG_0158New die I purchased off Ebay and just received in the mail.  The next question was “what should I do with it?”  I decided I would make a Father’s Day card for my kids to give to my husband.

First off I used all scraps of cardstock from my stash, therefore not sure I will be able to credit all materials used.

Card Front –

I cut the die out of an ivory cardstock and then shaded with Distress Ink – Frayed Burlap. I then took the die thru the my We R  die cutter with the blue rubber mat and embossed the branches on the ivory colour cardstock.

Then I cut apart each branch and glue to the embossed cardstock.

IMG_0176 All branches glued.

After punching & die cutting I  have decided to go with the scalloped oval die and oval die (Spellbinders).  Using my Hampton Arts stamp positioner, I stamped the “Happy Father’s Day” on ivory cardstock  then pop it up on 3D adhesive.

Decision time,  which embellishment do I use, one of the birds or the owl?   I used the 2nd bird.

Inside card

Die cut from brown cardstock with “WE love you” and because I am using the negative of the die cut, I want to make sure the bits and pieces from the “o”, “e”, “y”, “o”.

Then stamped the corners with a small push pin stamp.

Envelope –

Because I made an off size card (5×5), I thought I would make an envelop for it.  Using my Martha Steward score board I created and decorated this envelope and added “DAD” to the on a scalloped oval.

Viola!  Turned out pretty good…I think!

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Thanks for looking,

Shannon

Cross Stitch and New Gelly Roll Pens

Who would have thought that I would be working on a cross stitch, I don’t usually do cross stitch because it takes so long.  I tend to head toward smaller, quick projects.

I picked up this small notebook kit (included notebook, thread and needle) at Dollarama to work on the train going to Montreal a couple weeks ago.  Although it is taking a while to complete, I am pick it up when I can.  I will post it when it is done.

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Yesterday I purchased a package of Gelly Roll Classic pens at Michael’s Arts and Crafts using a 40% coupon.  Now I need to figure out what to do with them.

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Here are a few things I was playing with, not sure I like to colour with them, doesn’t really leave a smooth, even finish.

What I have learned so far:

the pens are great for designs and colouring in small objects like the food dish, butterfly or hearts because they are small.

Not to fussy on the finished look of the dog coloured.  Too many pens marks.  So I did go over it again and it looks so much better.  I would so like to add glaze to it.  I really like the black and clear glaze pens.  I purchased those last year and have used a little.  The black glaze pen works great for paws.  These stamps are from Your Next Stamp, Jessica’s Puppy.

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Oops!  I didn’t realize this pen was not clear when dried!  Won’t do that again.

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I still love all the markers and have learned some new things.

Hope you can appreciate this post and I look forward to showing my next creative adventure.

Thanks for looking!

 

 

 

I am back at it again!!!

I know it has been awhile since I have posted, so many commitments with kids, parent and day to day living, just didn’t have time to post.  I am ready to go and in the next couple of posts I will show you what I have started, working on, and completed.

I have started learning and developing other activities as well, such as crocheting, sewing, embroidery and art journalling.  Here are a few things I have made.
ics of pillows (yellow, black, love, crochet.

pic of art journalling of house and trees.

 

watch for next post to find out what else i have been working on….

thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed!

 

 

 

 

 


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