DIY Die Storage

Hey guys! I’ve been meaning to share a few tips with you on craft room organization. I’m hoping to do a whole series on this as it’s something that a lot of us struggle with (particularly those of us who don’t have a lot of space).

I’m always looking for new ways to efficiently organize my art/craft supplies. Often, as your supplies multiply, you end up outgrowing the system you originally had in place.

This was the case with my die storage system. The dies I have from SU come in nice, thick plastic envelopes. What most people do with these is put them on a piece of magnetic sheet and store them in their envelope.

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This worked really well for me while I only had a few die sets. You can see here that all my Big Shot items fit into one little Variera basket from Ikea.

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However, as my collection grew, the basket got pretty full. It still worked ok but I wanted something more accessible (less rummaging to find what I needed). So yesterday, as I was sitting at my desk, the perfect idea came to me! I already had a magnetic board from Ikea which I wasn’t using for anything important (it was holding some miscellaneous items, postcards, old drawings, etc.) so I repurposed it!

All you need for this DIY magnetic die storage system is:

6 A4 magnetic sheets (if you can find a bigger size even better) You’ll see that I initially only got five and I ended up with a naked corner :)) )

1 Spontan magnetic board from Ikea

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Regardless of the size of your sheets just make sure they are strong enough to hold your dies in place.

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Put some double-sided tape on the back of each sheet.

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After using four full sheets, you will have to cut a few long, narrow pieces to cover the remaining space. Here’s where I realised five sheets were just shy of what I needed…

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No worries, I fixed that later :). Here’s how the finished board looks on the wall. It took me maybe ten minutes to put it together so I’m very pleased with the result.

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I put my most used dies on the bottom (for easy access even when I’m sitting down) and the seasonal ones (mostly Christmas) at the very top since I won’t be reaching for them for a while. The beauty of this is that you can see everything at a glance and move them around as you like. It’s also easier and quicker to put them back after you’ve finished with them (considering how messy my desk usually gets anything that helps with clean up is awesome).

Let me know if you guys give it a try!

A little bit of bling #tgifc36

Hey guys! Today I’m taking part in the TGIF Challenge.

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Challenges are a great way to step outside of your comfort zone and try something different. So I got my embossing powders out and while I was trying to decide between the silver and the gold I thought why not use them together ? So I did!

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I really liked the way the embossed sentiment turned out so I experimented further with the box. I embossed it with the Woodland Embossing Folder, then I ran my Versamark Ink Pad over the raised surface and sprinkled some parts with silver and the rest with gold embossing powder. This gave it a nice grainy, grungy texture.

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I’m really happy with the way it turned out. I encourage you to challenge yourself and experiment, you’ll be surprised by the result!

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Colored Pencil Box #GDP016

Hey guys! Happy new year 🙂 !

I have a lovely project to kick things off for 2016. It’s a pencil box! In case this sounds a little underwhelming I’ll give you a little context to get why I’m so psyched about it…

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Some of you might know that adult coloring books are all the rage right now (and have been for the last couple of years). I’m a little late to the party but ever since I came across this phenomenon (seriously, it’s huge) I’ve been sharing it with people and promoting it as a great stress-relief activity. So when a close friend of mine’s birthday was coming up I decided to get her a copy of Secret Garden (there are literally hundreds of adult coloring books out there right now but my favourites are by far Johanna Basford‘s).

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As part of the gift I also included some colored pencils so she could get started right away (but really any excuse to make a cute box right ?). But as I had them out on my desk I wasn’t feeling the inspiration…the illustrations in the book are so gorgeous I felt like I had my work cut out for me if I wanted my box to impress alongside.

For me it’s all about the colors; if I can’t figure out what colors I want to use for a project I can’t really visualise what I want it to look like. So as I was looking through some pages in my browser I came across the latest Global Design Project Challenge… and boom…problem solved! I loved the look of this card so I decided to go with blues (Night of Navy & Bermuda Bay), white and gold embossing.

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Once I had my color combo everything fell into place. I decided on a matchbox style for the box and I picked out some DSP (I still had some Birthday Bash DSP in my stash and this design worked great with the arty theme). I stamped the birthday sentiment in Versamark ink and used Wow! Gold Rich embossing powder.

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I tied some Gold Baker’s Twine around it to hold it closed and give it a nice finishing touch. I really love the way it turned out and my friend did too. She’s been happily coloring ever since :).

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Christmas Terrarium

Merry Christmas guys! If you’re like me you’re probably still recovering after Christmas lunch…I swore I couldn’t eat another bite and there I was going for one more potato :)).

But this post is evidence that I did eventually manage to peel myself from the table and do a little last minute crafting. I saw this fabulous idea on Stampin’ Up’s blog the other day and I knew I had to make one. You can check out the original idea and project here.

Introducing the Christmas terrarium…

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How cute is this thing ?! It’s super easy to make and you only need a couple of things you probably have around the house.

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medium or large jar (depends how many things you want to put in it)

coarse salt (you can use fine salt if that’s the only kind you have but you get better texture with the large crystals; you can also mix in some glitter or mica flakes to give it some sparkle like I did here)

a few sprigs of rosemary (it smells amazing; you can also use some small pine branches)

elements for building your scene (you can use anything from small ornaments, die cuts, cupcake toppers – yup that’s what the Santa and reindeer I used are, you can spray paint some pine cones, literally anything will work)

trim to decorate the jar (I used some gold cord, a couple of bells and some wooden snowflakes, but any ribbon/embellishments will do)

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These would be great as a gift for loved ones or as a centre piece for the Christmas feast :). I hope you give it a try 😉

 

 

Festive Gift Box

Hey guys! Since today is Christmas Eve I wanted to share a cute gift box idea. You don’t always have to spend a lot of money to impress someone. Often you’ll find that it’s the little, thoughtful gifts that make a lasting impact.

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I made this box using the Baker’s Box Thinlits (which I got as a present from my lovely friend and SU demo Gabriela Dachin (you can check out her blog here).

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I can’t stress enough how helpful it is to have a few box dies in your collection for when you need something special but quick.

I stuffed the box with an assortment of chocolates and tied it with some luscious Cherry Cobbler ribbon. For a final touch I added a little Reindeer Paper Clip (I love these and will be hoarding a few of them forever!).

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Of course you can use any kind of ribbon or embellishments that you have in your stash (I know I’m not the only hoarder here 😉 ).

Happy Christmas everyone and have fun unwrapping your presents tomorrow morning 😉

Polka Dot Santa Card

Hey guys! I’m back with another cute little Christmas post. Between a really bad cold and work I haven’t had much time for crafting so I’m quite behind on everything (including the blog).

Today I’m showing you a card made with one of my favourite holiday stamp sets, Santa Stache. This set also has an adorable nutcracker (people know I love all things nutcrackery) and some hilarious sayings. These images are also really great to use on tags.

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I used the Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder for the background, then I stamped the dot from the Work of Art set on top of each raised dot using Old Olive, Real Red & Crumb Cake.

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I stamped the Santa with Memento Black Ink on a circle die cut and then I die cut his mustache from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for a little sparkle. I added some faux stitching to the circle and tied some cute ribbon at the bottom to balance things out.

I also added a cute little touch on the back because handmade cards are the best kind of cards ;)!

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DIY Spice Jar Labels

Hey guys! Today I have a non-Christmas project for you. Although one can argue that Christmas is the best time for spicing things up in the kitchen 😉

I’ve been meaning to share this project for a while now so I figured I’d just go for it. It started out with my mom complaining that her spice cabinet was out of control. She had this really neat cabinet custom made for her teas and spices and all that, but over time she filled it with jars of all shapes and sizes and it was a nightmare trying to find anything in there.

Case in point:

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So how did I get the fancy “after” look ? Easy peasy.

First I ordered 7 packs of Droppar jars from Ikea. I love these – they’re affordable and look really great.

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Then I cut some rectangles out of black cardstock (about 5 cm x 2.5 cm). You can cut the labels to any size (and shape) to fit any jars you want to use, the principle is the same.

I grabbed my White Gel Pen and drew a leafy border around the edges. This is a very forgiving pattern so you don’t have to worry too much about straight lines.

Then I wrote the names of the spices in the middle using different styles. I mostly used script, which is my favourite style, but I also used plain old caps and they still look fab. You really don’t have to be a hand-lettering genius to make these, I promise :).

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P.S. (for my English readers): In case you were wondering about some of the strange names, they’re in Romanian. I couldn’t have my mom Google Translate whenever she needs a little thyme 🙂