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Hi everyone!  I hope you’re enjoying your weekend so far.  I’ve been busy working on next month’s Paper Smooches release (blog hop this Thursday!) but in the meantime, I have a card to share using one of last month’s releases, Space Cadet Icons and Space Dies, both of which coordinate with Space Cadet stamp set.

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After die-cutting the little astronaut, he was stamped and colored with Copic markers. The blue panel is popped up, adding a bit of dimension to the die-cut stars.

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The little dots were created with Glossy Accents and the sentiment was white embossed.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Additional supplies/info: Copic markers (E00, E11, E40, E42, E43, R01, R02, R29, B37), white embossing powder.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

An Organized Crafty Stash, Day 5 of 5 – Inks and Refills

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Hi everyone! Welcome to the last installment of Five Days to an Organized Crafty Stash with My Favorite Things!  Today we’re sharing our ideas for managing ink pads and refills.  Prior to this week, my ink pads were pretty much a hot mess. Some were labeled, some weren’t.  My dye ink refills were with the dye ink pads but all of my hybrid refills were in a bag.  It was somewhat of a nightmare. I feel so much better now, labeled, stacked, categorized.  Ahhh…   :)

On a shelf behind my stamp table, I have all of my MFT inks and some refills.  All ink pads are labelled and grouped by color. (You can find MFT labels HERE.)

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My dye inks and refills are stored on a little shelf organizer my husband made for me a while back.

Dye-ink-w-refills-500To the left of the dye inks are my hybrid inks and a handful of pigment inks.

Hybrid-Pigment-Inks-500Since there is no room for the hybrid refills, I store them in bins with a 1/4″ circle cut from the coordinating card stock glued to each top.  The refill with no card stock on top is black. Once I begin accumulating pigment ink refills, I’ll store them similarly but in a different color bin.

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I’d love to take credit for the punched circles but I can’t.  Jody mentioned it to me long ago and I thought it was brilliant.

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Head on over to the MFT blog for a list of direct links to more ink organization! And be sure to leave a comment there on the MFT blog for your chance to win our GRAND PRIZE Package!  (It’s INCREDIBLE!)

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I hope you enjoyed our Five Days to An Organized Crafty Stash!   Thanks for stopping by!   :)

An Organized Crafty Stash, Day 4 of 5 – Card Stock

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Hi everyone! Welcome to another installment of Five Days to an Organized Crafty Stash with My Favorite Things!  Today we’re sharing our ideas for managing card stock.  I have a lot so it’s stored in a few different locations.

Several years ago, I was doing all my stamping from my dining room table.  As you can imagine, I quickly outgrew that (plus it was an eyesore). During that time, I was offered a really big job, I worked hard, saved my money and bought a very nice project table with storage on each side.  I ♥♥♥♥♥ it. On this side, I keep a rainbow of card stock from which I pull on a daily basis.

Card-Stock-FrontI “file” my card stock packages with the label out so I can be certain of what I’m grabbing while flipping through.

CS-2-labelsI also open my packages from the bottom (near the label) so I can easily access the extra cut pieces I store in the package.  I’ve started writing the coordinating Copic color on the label as well.

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Since I use whites and black most frequently, I keep them on a shelf behind where I stand to stamp so they are very accessible.  (Yes, I stand.)  :)

CS-3-Basic-ColorsOn the other side of my table, I use the bottom shelf to store all of my “extra inventory.” (I didn’t take a photo of the entire side because it’s not as pretty.)  ;)

CS-4-Extra-StockHead on over to the MFT blog for a list of direct links to more card stock organization! And be sure to leave a comment there on the MFT blog for your chance to win one of two Prize Packages:

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Thanks for stopping by!

 

You’re My Universe

Hi everyone! It’s hump day! I’m dragging a bit as we were up late last night for a hockey game.  It went into overtime, then a shootout, and then sadly a loss.   Upon returning to our car, we found a small gift on our windshield from one Officer P. Matthews, so that was awesome too. :-/  Anyway…  :)

I’m popping in with a greeting from a cute little pink martian from Paper Smooches.

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I used Space Cadet with coordinating dies and new Space dies.  The martian, colored with Copic markers, is popped up on foam tape, as is the die-cut world.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  And be sure to read those parking signs!  (If you’re in DC, be sure you read the signs AND read between the lines. *insert incoherent mumbling*)

Additional supplies/info: Copic markers (R85, R89, BG11), Amuse heart rhinestones. Finished size 4 1/2 x 4 1/2.

An Organized Crafty Stash, Day 3 of 5 – Die-namics

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Hi everyone! Welcome to another installment of Five Days to an Organized Crafty Stash with My Favorite Things!  Today we’re sharing our ideas for managing Die-namics. 

Necessary statement:  I attribute 90% of my stamp room organization to Jennifer McGuire and her incredibly creative and brilliant ideas.  I cannot thank her enough. (You can find her info on die organization here.) 

I purchased two of these refrigerator bins from Bed, Bath & Beyond. They’re a bit pricey (for bins) but worth every penny.  (Plus I had a coupon for each.) I use one bin for dies and a second for stamps.

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Here’s a close-up of my labels.  The categories are basically in order of most used. (I hate to dig through things.)

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I use this label maker and tape to label my Blu Raspberry dividers. I’ll eventually switch the dividers out for something more sturdy but for now they work great!

I accidentally bought black on white tape once so you may notice a white label. I’m not picky enough to peel it off and replace, but I do prefer clear.  

ETA:  Free downloadable files are now available HERE for printing labels for MFT stamps, dies, stencils, etc.

Michele Boyer/Die-namics - Label MakerI purchase these magnetic sheets from my local Home Depot (about $4), cut to size and adhere to Sweet Tooth card stock to place in each sleeve.

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I had originally used three types of sleeves for my dies but I’m transitioning down to two.  And they just happen to now be available here in the MFT store.  :)

Here’s a sample of my dies on the magnetic sheets. *So happy*   

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I keep the label maker on my desk but everything else is stored in a basket on a shelf over my dies.

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I cannot begin to tell you how great this system works for me. It took a while to get organized as I already had a LOT when I started but it was worth every minute, every penny. I already thanked Jennifer once, but I will thank her again.  And again. And again. ♥

Head on over to the MFT blog for a list of direct links to more Die-namics organization! And be sure to leave a comment there on the MFT blog for your chance to win one of two Prize Packages:

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An Organized Crafty Stash, Day 2 of 5 – Stencils

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It’s Day 2 of Five Days to Organizing Your Crafty Stash with My Favorite Things!  Today we are focusing on stencils.  They don’t take up a lot of room, but when you have quite a few, it’s better to have them organized than in one thick pile, hooking into each other.  :)

I have lots of shelves in  my stamp room and quite a few baskets.  I use a small square one for stencils as well as stencil-related supplies.

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I used Berrylicious card stock to create a few dividers for my stencils, using my handy label maker to label each. (Now available are free downloadable files to create your own labels for MFT stamps, dies, stencils, etc. HERE . YAY!)

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I have some perfectly sized clear pockets on the way.  I look forward to using them as side-by-side stencils get hung up on each other and would be so much easier to browse and remove if “individually packaged.”

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For now, they are at least organized.  :)

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Since there’s so much extra room in the basket, I’ve also placed inside modeling pastes, a palette knife, paint brushes and a few gift cards I sometimes use for spreading pastes.

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Be sure to visit the MFT Blog for links to more stencil storage, and don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win one of two prize packages:

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An Organized Crafty Stash, Day 1of 5 – Stamps

5Days_BlogHeaderToday My Favorite Things kicks off Five Days to an Organized Crafty StashEach day we will highlight a different area of the craft room and share ideas for putting everything in its place. To make it even more fun, two prizes will be given on Days 1 through 4 with one Grand Prize on Day 5.  (And believe me, it is g-r-a-n-d!) For your chance to win one of these AMAZING prize packages, be sure to leave a comment on each day’s Organization post on the MFT Blog.

Necessary statement:  I attribute 90% of my stamp room organization to Jennifer McGuire and her incredibly creative and brilliant ideas.  I cannot thank her enough. (You can find her info on stamp organization here.)

I file most of my stamps in this bin from Bed, Bath & Beyond.

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Each stamp set is placed into one of these clear pockets and filed under the appropriate category.

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If the set has coordinating Die-namics dies, I adhere a magnetic sheet to the back of the white insert so all pieces are kept neatly together.

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I use these vent covers (magnetic sheets) available from Home Depot for about $4 per pack.

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Pure Innocence sets are filed in a basket on one of my shelves, sorted by holiday, birthday,  miscellaneous, etc.

Stamps-3-PIsBackground stamps are stored in a basket as well.

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Head on over to the MFT Blog for direct links to more stamp storage solutions! And don’t forget to comment there for your chance to win one of two prize packages:

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Thanks for stopping by!

Love You

Hi everyone!  I have a busy week of blog posts coming so I wanted to squeeze in a quick Paper Smooches card.  :)

This cute little busy bee and sentiment are from Lots of Love.  The trio of hearts was stamped three times across the bottom, leaving a little room on the end for the bee to add more hearts.

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All stamping was done a panel of X-Press It Blending Card with images colored using Copic markers.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  I will be back very soon.  :)

Additional supplies/info:  Copic markers (R81, R83, R85, Y21, YR23, YR27, BG10, C00, C1).  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

You’re SUPER

Hi everyone!  I’m back on the Craftsy Paper Crafts blog today with another fun fold.  Today I’ll walk you through the steps to create square, rectangular and round easel cards.  (There is one easy formula to create all.)

Finished-Square-MFT-WM-500Here, I’ve used Birdie Brown’s You’re Super by My Favorite Things. All stamping is done on X-Press It Blending Card with coloring using Copic markers.

Here’s a peek at the open card:

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You can find my post HERE. Thanks for looking!  :)

Additional supplies/info:  Copic markers (E00, E11, E31, E35, BG11, BG13, BG18, R01, R02, R24, R27, R89, Y19, Y21, N5, N7, N9), enamel dots.  Finished (closed) size 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″.

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hello, Fiona

Hi everyone! I believe I saw a little note that Stamping Bella is releasing 30 or so new images soon so I want to get my current stamps used before I’m enticed to buy a “few” more.  :)

Isn’t Uptown Girl Fiona Loves Flowers beautiful?  She was fun to color.

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As usual, she’s stamped onto X-Press It  Blending Card and colored with Copic markers.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches’ Salutations.

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I’ll be back soon.  (I’ve been very busy.)  :)

Thanks for visiting!

Additional supplies/info:  Copic markers (E00, E11, E13, E15, E18, E35, E40, BV000, R01, R02, R81, R83, R85, R89, YG91, YG95, YG97, Y21, YR23, C00, C1, BG70).  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

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