Sunday, August 23, 2009

My Stampin Palace (Part3)

...Moving to the closet-I store my over flow wheels and ribbon on a 5-tier pant hanger. Chris added a huge utility hook to the wall immediately as you walk in to the right. This hook holds the pant hanger full of wheels and ribbon. The ribbons are added to the last tier with individual loose leaf binding rings. The ribbons add so much wonderful color to the closet. I thank my good friend Patty for helping me sort my ribbons into color groups. It was a huge task, but it pays off each time I start a project, because I know what colors I have, I know when I am running low, I know when I already have plenty, and I learned that my favorite color is green. J

Next to the ribbons is shelving that Chris put in for me. I have 5 long rows of albums, totes, buttons, and idea books along with my Xyron machines. I just love these shelves. I also have photo boxes on the shelves full of useful fun stuff like color washes, mesh, and clay with clay tools. These shelves are so useful.

In the middle of my closet is my SU ink pad organizer from Stampin Things. I purchased one organizer from Sue at Stamping Things and I was hooked. I won another one in a contest that she had and purchased more and more items from her. She has the best organizers for just about anything you need stored. Sue’s products are of excellent quality and worth every dime. The organizers sit on a wine tower that I found locally. The cubbies in the wine tower are perfect for additional storage. I am able to store my sizzlet alphabets in the cubbies perfectly.

The left side of my closet is completely shelved. Each shelf is full of letter tray organizers full of wood mounted stamps by various companies that aren’t SU or CTMH. Each tray is labeled and organized based on theme. This saves so much time when it’s time to find just the right themed stamp. On top of some of the letter tray organizers I have some collapsible boxes that I filled with clear bags, clear boxes, slide boxes, and slide mounts. I also store more art, my sewing machine and rolling totes on this side of the closet.

My Stampin Palace (Part2)

My Armoire holds a lot of stuff, including the focus of this photo-My wide format printer. This printer is a wonderful addition to any stamp or scrap room. It accommodates up to 13 X 19 photo paper. I can print my wallet to 12 X 12 photos using my printer, as well as my CD’s. I love it!!! I also store my laptop in the Armoire, as well as a personal Ott-Lite, my personal photo lab, Epson Perfection Photo Scanner, and business files. Yes, I have to conduct a little business in the mist of all of these creative elements.:) Next to my Armoire, I have 2 rows of more Store “N” Style cubes and drawers that hold 6 X 6 pages, paper stacks and embellishments. I have Dell printer that sits on top of one row of drawers and a CD player that sits on the other. I think that having more than 1 printer option is always needed just in case 1 printer decides to print interestingly-you always have another option and a budget friendly option at that.

Moving on to the right-Chris put wall shelves up and around my stamp room to hold as many of my art pieces as possible. I truly enjoy that. It is amazing how quickly you can pull a piece together by examining a past creation. It may also remind you of what cardstock selection and embellishments you have on hand. Under the center shelf is a 12 X 12 wire shelf that houses a little Anna Griffin, a little Die Cuts With A View, but mostly Close To My Heart cardstock. On each side of the wire rack, I have little wire bins that hook onto my wire rack. I fill them with embellishments and current project cardstock pieces. The tray that is exploding to the right is for current project embellishment options. I love this because I can just dump it out on the table when I am creating. I use what I need and sweep it back into the wire bin if my project is incomplete or clip them back onto my “Clip It Up” organizer for use with another project at another time. In addition to the wire bins, I also store current project ribbon selections on loose binding rings on my wire rack. When my project is complete, I clip the ribbons back in my ribbon space. Next to the wire is a mini mail and receipt center. I keep some of my receipts exposed for purchases that may have been impulse buys. Some of those go back to the store, but there are some that I keep. If I decide the items on the receipts are keepers, the receipt is filed away. The basket next to the receipt center holds scrapables and stampables to be used with future projects. The wall plate is a future altered project…:)

We have finally gotten to the other side of the room. I have more Store “N” Style furniture and coordinating drawers from Lowes. The first row houses some acrylic stamps by Papertrey and K & Co. paper pads with embellishments. I also have a drawer dedicated to Tim Holtz stamps and embellishments, and Stampin’ Up! Punches. The next row houses my Big Shot and die cuts. Under the Big Shot, I have some canvas bins that hold my fabrics, adhesives, and general purpose items found around the home that I converted into embellishments. The next row houses some more Art, a basket of artificial flowers, and 8 drawers of Stampin Up! and Close To My Heart stamps. This section used to house SU only, but I was able to condense tremendously after a private sale that my good friend, Tammy held for me while preparing for my girls..:)

Thanks for stopping by. Come back soon for Part 3...:)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

My Stampin Palace (Part1)

I think that its time that I share My Stampin Palace with you. I have been working on a non traditional scrapbook about my room for a couple of months. If you are like me you have changed the design of your room so many times. Maybe not meaning to, but had to because of that new something special you bought. Well, now I am documenting it all, so that I always have an account for what worked well, when and why. My journaling begins with my desk...

My Desk: I love this desk. This is where I create masterpieces…8:) This is where I lay out my embellishments, my cardstock, my coordinating chipboard, my inks, and my tools. This is where I lay out my soul….I remember when my hubby, Chris, purchased this desk for me in 2001… Prior to the purchase, I just started stamping on our kitchen table-too funny as I think back to those days. My supplies that I purchased from Stampin’Up! fit neatly in my little hand tote. I was so proud of the cards that I made on my kitchen table using the supplies in my little tote. Oh’ the days. Then Chris would find my supplies in the upstair den and the kitchen. It was obvious that I was stamping all over the house. In an effort to keep things neater, I decided to purchase an XXL tote by Crop n’ Style. The thought was that the tote would hold all of my supplies forever. That thought didn’t last long. A couple of months later Chris told me that I had to have my own dedicated room for my stampin and that I could have the smaller upstair spare room. I thought, “Surely, I don’t need all that space. I just have a little wheeled tote of supplies.” It‘s 2009 and I am unveiling my little spare room and my little wheeled tote-My Stampin Palace: A place to Relax, Release & Reveal. Enjoy the Journey. I sure have.

My Desk: I love my desk again. It’s complete with my ATG Gun, favorite stamps, copic markers, business cards, stampin wheels, ink refills, ink cartridges, pink duster, flowers and Close To My Heart ink pads. My wheel organizers on my desk are so wonderful. They were purchased from Stampin Things several years ago. They are made of quality wood and so perfect for storing wheels, inks, and cartridges. My copic markers are stored in a copic block stand with a 2 sided view. Above my desk to the right and left are my embellishment drawers. Chris found these wall units in Lowes in 2001 and attached them to the wall for me. The units were designed to hold nuts and bolts…Ha! They hold nuts and bolts for my craft now. They have definitely been sweet additions to my room. My desk top is protected with an acrylic top found at Lowes. I have had the same acrylic top since 2001. The last item on the desk that I would like to mention is the pink duster brush. I absolutely love it!! It is perfect for a quick clean/dusting of the desk after playing on it all day. It is actually a cosmetic brush that I turned into a duster. It has a crystal base that can accommodate small embellishments for future use. So Sweeeeeeeeeet….

To the left of my desk, I have storage for my inks-my SU ink organizers are in the closet, storage for my dies, and storage for my “favorites”-located in the basket. You would be amazed how quickly a favorite’s basket would save you. I store my ATG gun in it, my packing tape, my adhesives, my clear bags, my clear boxes, my color wheel, stamp cleaner, cutterbee tools, Stampin Diva CD scrapbook, and sanding bar. I need quick access to all of these goodies. Under the basket is a 5 drawer box of favorite stamps, tear drop inks, and favorite embellishments. I always keep a lot of my Art displayed around the room for inspiration. Years later I can look at a piece and say, “I think I want to use those same colors today to create another masterpiece.” *:)

Moving on to the right of my desk: Notice the TV-When we put this particular TV in several years ago, TV/VCR combos were still popular and very affordable. My TV comes in very handy when I want to watch or listen to my favorite show while I am in my stamp palace. I added a DVD player a couple of years after the TV, and then asked Chris to find a nifty doodad to hold the TV and DVD that didn’t require a lot of space. I needed to save as much space as possible. As you can see, Chris found the perfect wall mount with a shelf to hold the DVD. My Art fits nicely on it and under it. Under the TV, I also have a set of chest of drawers and a white utility cabinet purchased from Lowes. They hold several craft goodies and continue to be awesome storage. Moving further to the right, I have more Art, more storage-Store N’ Style furniture, and a basket of tools that sits on my cable box disguising it.

Look forward to more pics and journaling of my Stampin Palace...

Friday, August 21, 2009

Priscilla's Sketch Challenge

Today. I am sharing the card I made for Priscilla's sketch challenge. I used some La Creme paper from DCWV. I love the elegance of this particular pack. The focal stamp image is by Wordsworth and I added my crackle stamp in gold to tie in with all of the gold embellishments that I used. This sketch was a great use of some pieces that I have not touched in awhile-the spiral clips, gold bass pieces with the 1 in. circle punch, and gold corners. I had loads of fun with this. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Blessing Album

Today, I want to share an album that I created from a kit from the Button Farm. Angela from the Button Farm was a vendor at the CK convention here in Charlotte last weekend. She had some beautiful album kits, so I decided to purchase some from her to play with at home. The album is made of fabric and the inside pages are made of chipboard. I tailored it to fit my needs, as well as added embellishments to junk it up just a tad and aging the pages for a vintage feel. I love everything about. I am looking forward to adding photos to it this fall. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Priscillastyles Midnight Challenge

This evening I created this card for Priscillastyles Midnight Challenge. This was truly a challenge, but I love a good one. I used some Daisy D's Paper that I aged with some distress ink. I added some gold mesh for texture. Then I played a little with the tiles to tie back into the sketch that Priscilla created. The stamp that I used is by Penny Black, and if you have visited before you already know that this is one of my favorite stamps. I also added some antique large eyelets, prima flowers, and SU ribbon to make this card fun. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy!

Monday, August 3, 2009

By the Sea Challenge (Sunflowers and Dragnonflies)

Hi there, Today I created a card for the Sunflowers and Dragonflies Challenge. The theme was "By the Sea." I didn't have their particular fish to use, but I really wanted to play along, so I created a card using a fish stamp that I had. I stamped the fish with black momento ink and airbrushed copic markers Putty, Yellow Green, and Pale Grayish Blue on to the stamped fish. I then used the direct to paper technique over the entire image with Versamark. I dipped the image into some ultra thick clear embossing powder and then heated the image. This created some texture and a bubble effect. I then chose some scrapbook paper by K & Co. to compliment the airbrushed, and embossed fish. Antiqued the paper with some Antique Linen Distress Ink. I had some crab net from prior projects and pulled it on out along with some sea chipboard pieces. I also had some Martha Stewart ribbon that coordinated well, so I decided to use it. The last additions to this card were my metal starfish and crab. I really enjoyed this challenge. I was able to use a fish stamp that I had not touched in a couple of years. It feels good to use some product and share an idea at the same time. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Vintage ATC's II

Today, I made some more Vintage ATC's to swap. I decided to step it up a notch and use some of that stash that we save for that rainy day that never comes...LOL. Today was a rainy day for me. I had the charms and metal embellishments that I used for about 5 years. It was time to dust them off and use them. I enjoyed every minute of it!