Saturday, July 20, 2013

Saturdays In The Studio - Organization

I don't know about you, but I have a lot of fun getting organized. And I have even more fun when I can re-use or "upcycle" some storage or supplies that I already had. Here are some of my many CD cases that I had boxed up for future donation or recycling. The actual CDs are in a multi-CD player, so I had no use for the cases. The idea to use CD cases to store cling stamps is not my mine, but until recently I had no stamps to store.   

Recently, I have been buying some very nice cling stamps on clearance at JoAnn and Michael's.  I think I was attracted to the space-saving feature, but every tool needs to be organized so that it can be easily used. The rubber stamps can be stored in a regular size CD case, and the acrylic clings sometimes need only the thin case (the type that came with free online service CDs - remember those?) 

Another hoarder's-dream-come-true project came together when I decided to use my collection of free (from junk mail) sheet-style magnets to create a die storage wall. The metal dies that are used in a Big Shot or any die-cutting or embossing machine needed a home. I used double-stick tape to mount all different shapes and sizes of magnets to a closet door.

The magnet sheets can be cut with a scissors, so it was very easy to fill in the entire top half of the door inside the molding.  A modern flat door would yield even more space, but I decided to stay within the framed panel.  I still have the bottom half of the door if I need more space.  And if I had the wall space, that would make a really spectacular display. 

The die storage is appropriately next to a set of punches.  

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

July Birthday Girls

You may recognize the "sketch" of this card. I'm still working on a series of cards that use either the same colors or the same layout. This is my favorite so far. The chipboard bird and heart came from a package I just found on clearance! The timing was perfect because they match the cardstock from an entirely different company.   

The cousin who will receive it turned 16 last week and I'm a bit late with this, so I found a special poem to put inside:

God give me joy in the common things:
In the dawn that lures, the eve that sings.

In the new grass sparkling after rain,
In the late wind’s wild and weird refrain;

In the springtime’s spacious field of gold,
In the precious light by winter doled.

God give me joy in the love of friends,
In their dear home talk as summer ends;

In the songs of children, unrestrained;
In the sober wisdom age has gained.

God give me joy in the tasks that press,
In the memories that burn and bless;

In the thought that life has love to spend,
In the faith that God’s at journey’s end.

God give me hope for each day that springs,
God give me joy in the common things!

- Thomas Curtis Clark

And this card goes to her sister who is also celebrating this month. The flowers are all punched out and the sentiment was PC-printed on vellum and then colored. The yellow frame was a die cut.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

No-Stamp Birthday Sketch

My second card for the Birthday Creations Week Sketch Challenge is a no-stamp card.

For the three elements on the right side of the card, I used little paper parasols, the type used in tropical drinks.  I've had a whole package of them that I've been saving for just the right card, and this was it! I cut off all the inner supports and the center "mast" so they would lie flat, then glued them to some light green rice paper.

The sentiment was made from various chipboard pieces.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Stamped Birthday Sketch

Some fun challenges are taking place this week over at Moxie Fab World to celebrate the release of Birthday Creations.

The first is the Sketch Challenge.  And the additional instruction is to create an all-stamped OR a non-stamped project.  

For my first card, I used only stamping.  The "groovy" is separate rubber cling letters - Fun Letters by Recollections (found in Michael's stores), and the "happy birthday" is Greetings clear clings by TPC Studio.  The three tie-dye shapes are rubber clings by Inkadinkado.  I used several colors of small ink pads to ink each one before stamping to get the tie-dye effect. 

I made a mask for the "g" so I could stamp a little tie-dye inside the loops. Funny how the "g" on its side looks like a pair of wire-rim glasses, ala the 60s.

Rose Garden

AJ and I took a walk around Lake Harriet today and noticed a charming little "planter" made from a tree stump. Nice idea.

Then, on to the Rose Garden where I took some more macro shots.  

This flower (below) looked exotic.

And these were clinging to the fence.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Sewing Scene Card

The latest Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger is Scene In Tangerine and the scene is bright sewing and notions.

So, I used some of my own sewing bits and pieces to make this card: a button and rickrack.  Then I added some "paper rickrack" (dry embossed chevrons)  and patterned hexagons over cardboard over a white card base.