Sunday, January 25, 2015

Waving Hello–SSSC #253

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Hey, there, it’s time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge! Karen has another classic design for us today. We’d love to see your take on it!


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I have a little video for you today, showing you how I made the sailor’s knot along with construction of the card. You can view it in HD HERE at my You Tube channel or click on the button below. Note: I forgot to mention in the video that for most applications on an A2 size card, 18” seems to be a good length to which to cut your yarn pieces—so, for this card I cut 4 pieces, each 18” in length. Adjust accordingly if you need longer tails for your project.




Additionally, I’ll give a quick run down of how the card went together. I started with a Kraft card stock base, added a piece of Berrylicious card stock water colored with Waves stencil and Berrylicious ink, then popped up on foam. Next is a panel of Kraft card stock stamped with Star Background and Kraft ink, then a panel of Primitive White card stock with the sentiment, from Go Overboard, stamped with Steel Gray dye ink. Next up is a silver glitter paper strip with the sailor’s knot wrapped ‘round it, followed up with an anchor from Let’s Get Nautical cut from steel Gray card stock. I finished off with some silver glitter stars cut from Sun, Moon, & Stars Die-namics and Scattered Stars Die-namics.

Another sentiment from Go Overboard was stamped on the inside.

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And that’s it! Be sure to check out what the rest of the Sweet Sunday Stampers have for you today: 

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you soon!


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~Supplies~
Stamps:
Go Overboard, Star Background (MFT)
Ink:
Berrylicious dye ink, Steel Gray dye ink, Kraft dye ink (MFT)
Paper:
Kraft card stock, Berrylicious card stock, Primitive White card stock, Steel Gray card stock (MFT); silver glitter paper
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Let’s Get Nautical Die-namics, Sun, Moon, & Stars Die-namics, Scattered Stars Die-namics, Waves stencil, foam mounting tape, Quickie Glue Pen (MFT); cotton yarn

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Smitten With You–C4C #270

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Hello, and welcome to this week’s Crazy 4 Challenges! Peggy is still our host and this week she’s challenging us to go opposites. Like black and white, opposite colors on the color wheel, mirror images, you get the picture. Get all the details at the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and play along!

I went with the most obvious and easiest, black and white! I started with a Sweet Tooth card stock base on which I stamped Romantic Script Background with Black Licorice dye ink. I added a strip of Sweet Tooth card stock stamped with Striped Backgrounds and more Black Licorice dye ink, then tied around some red hemp in a bow. I cut a Pierced Heart STAX Die-namics from Cherry Crisp card stock and stamped the sentiment from Smitten With You with Black Licorice pigment ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder, added an arrow cut from silver glitter paper with MSTN Go With It Die-namics and popped the heart up on foam mounting tape. I stamped the rest of the sentiment on Black Licorice card stock with Sweet Tooth pigment ink and heat embossed with clear detail embossing powder, popping that up, as well.

Another sentiment from Smitten With You was stamped on the inside with Cherry Crisp dye ink and Black Licorice dye ink,

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And that's it! Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has for you, including our January Guest Designer, Jennifer Dove!

THEN, you know what to do--we'd love to have you come along and play with us. Just do your thing with the challenge and link it to Mr. Linky on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Please link directly to your project. And, if you upload to a public gallery, please use the key word C4C270.

Thanks so much for stopping by today—see you soon!


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~Supplies~
Stamps:
Romantic Script Background, Smitten With You, Striped Backgrounds (MFT)
Ink:
Black Licorice dye ink, Cherry Crisp dye ink, Black Licorice pigment ink, Sweet Tooth pigment ink (MFT)
Paper:
Sweet Tooth card stock, Cherry Crisp card stock, Black Licorice card stock (MFT); silver glitter paper
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Pierced Heart STAX Die-namics, MSTN Go With It Die-namics, foam mounting tape, clear detail embossing powder (MFT); red twine, heat tool, black embossing powder

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Source For 1” Uninked Stamp Pads

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Hi, everyone, I got lots of questions during my ink pad and refill organization post about where I got these 1” uninked cube stamp pads that I ink up with my MFT dye ink refills. There are several sources available so you can do a search for them, but I’ve been very pleased with what I’ve gotten from Rubber Stamp Materials. The direct link to the cube page is HERE. Click on the Select Ink Color drop down menu and the uninked choice is at the bottom. Hope this helps!

Thanks to everyone for the amazing response the MFT Design Team got during our 5-day crafty stash organizing feature. We had a ball sharing with you and we appreciate every single comment so very much! You all rock!


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5 Days To An Organized Craft Stash–Day Five: Ink Pads and Refills

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Hi, everyone, welcome to Day 5 of MFT’s 5 Days To An Organized Craft Stash feature. Check out the MFT Blog to see what designers are participating today and how you can win this prize package—there’s a different one every day so don’t miss a single chance to win some MFT goodness!

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Holy moly, would you look at that prize!? I’d say that is one GRAND prize indeed!!

And, you guessed it—we’re featuring ink pad and refill organization and storage today! The ink pad storage I use is what lots of stampers use—something similar to the Organize More organizer that is part of today’s grand prize. I have four of them, each one bought at a different time and place and each one a little different but pretty much the same overall.

I separate my ink pads by formula: all dye inks in one organizer…

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… hybrids in another…

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…and pigments in yet another.

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As you can see, there is room to store the refills right beside the ink pads so they stay right together. If I have a blending foam pad already used for a color, I’ll store that in the same cubby, as well. I label the end of each ink pad so I can immediately tell what it is, plus I put a small circle of matching card stock on the top of each bottle of ink so they’re all color coded and I know exactly what I’m reaching for.

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My ink pad storage is pretty main stream, except for these. I love to have my own spots using MFT inks so I purchase uninked 1” cubes and ink them up with refills. I use them a lot to ink up a small area of a stamp or part of a sentiment. I canNOT bring myself to cutting stamps apart so this gives me the ability to ink up part of it without the butchering ;-) After they’re inked up I label them with the color and a little generic image.

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And there you have it! Thanks so much for stopping by today! As always, I hope I’ve given you some useful ideas for organization and storage in your own stamping space.


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

5 Days To An Organized Craft Stash–Day Four: Card Stock

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Hi, everyone, I’m back for day 4 of MFT’s 5 Days To An Organized Craft Stash feature. Check out the MFT Blog to see what designers are participating today and how you can win this prize package—there’s a different one every day so don’t miss a single chance to win some MFT goodness!


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So you might have guessed today we’re discussing card stock organization and storage. While there are many ways of doing it, I prefer a filing cabinet. But not just ANY filing cabinet, I want a lateral filing cabinet.

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At one time I had some pretty oak filing cabinets in my craft room but the drawers didn’t pull out ALL the way and I scrapped many a knuckle getting paper from the back of the drawer. I finally snapped, LOL, and sprung for these cabinets that open up all the way.

This drawer holds all of the older colors of card stock. Not only does a closed filing cabinet provide a great way of keeping card stock easily at hand, it also protects it from dust and light so it stays clean and doesn’t fade.

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This drawer has all of the whites plus the newer colors—I’m already prepared for the final colors that will be coming out in the next couple of months :)

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I have paper in hanging file folders and a swatch and the name on the labels. There’s room in the back of the drawer for extra packs, too.

In addition to my packs of card stock, I like to keep A2 size panels in a little file box on my desk, along with some bases, already cut. They’re right at hand and are no extra work since, when I cut a full sheet into quarters, I stick what I’m not using right then into the box. Same with card bases. When I cut a full sheet I make two bases at the same time—one to use and one goes in the box. Next time, I’ll check to see if I already have one cut in a specific color before getting out another sheet.

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Scraps are separated by colors in drawers that used to house stamp sets. I have a drawer for neutrals, one for warm colors, and one for cool.

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Same thing goes for any backgrounds I have already stamped—or scraps of same. I keep any scrap that might be usable in the future.

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And finally, I made a swatch book using all of the MFT card stock colors. When I’m looking for a color combo I can flip these over and around to see what certain colors look like up close and personal :) It was quite easy to make and I completed it in an evening using my Bind It All—I’ll add new colors as they come out.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope I’ve given you some useful ideas for organizing and storing your card stock.


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