Friday, October 24, 2014

Festive Friday #8 A Jolly Hello

I have another Christmas card to share with you today. I used this week's WSC sketch as my inspiration. I stamped the adorable snowman from the new Christmas Cuteness stamp set on a piece of X-Press It card stock and I coloured it with Copics. I die-cut the snowman with the Christmas Cuteness Die-namics and then I added a bit of sparkle with a Wink of Stella pen.

I stamped the background with the Snowfall Background stamp in Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink. The trees were created with the Campy Tree Lines Die-namics. I die-cut them in Jellybean Green card stock and I added a little snow with the Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink. The snow drifts were created with the fabulous Stitched Snow Drifts Die-namics.

A few snow drifts and a sentiment from the Christmas Cuteness stamp set was all that was needed on the inside of the card.

Thanks so much for joining me again today. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. I'll be back again on Sunday with another card.


Stamps:Christmas Cuteness, Snowfall Background
Dies: Christmas Cuteness Die-namics, Stitched Snow Drifts Die-namics, Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics, Campy Tree Lines Die-namics, Blueprints 1 Die-namics, Blueprints 2 Die-namics, Square Grid Cover-Up Die-namics
Inks: Black Licorice Hybrid, Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink
Paper: Berrylicious, Chocolate Brown, Jellybean Green, Smooth White
Accessories: Clear Wink of Stella Pen, Copics

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Organization for Your Craft Space - Buttons and Ribbon

It's time for one of my favourite posts of the month! Like may stampers I like to organize almost as much as I like to stamp. Each month the MFT Design Team will share their organization techniques for some of their most used stamping supplies. This month, the team is tackling buttons and ribbon.

MFT has a beautiful collection of colourful buttons, and of course I had to have each and every colour available. :) I store my buttons in the Ikea RAJTAN Spice Jars,. There are a couple of reasons that I love these jars, they are the perfect size for a bag of MFT buttons and they are quite inexpensive. I also love the way the jars look when they are all lined up.

I currently have my buttons lined up on my cutting table. My button collection tends to move around a bit because I don't have a permeant home for it yet that I am truly happy with. The jars all fit perfectly on the top of one of my bookcases, but they were so high up that it was hard to see all the gorgeous colours. I don't love having them on my table, so I am sure they will be on the move again soon. :)

I have a few extra bags of buttons that are patiently awaiting new jars. We don't have an Ikea on the island and Ikea doesn't ship the spice jars. Having buttons sitting in bags instead of in the pretty jars drives my OCD mind crazy! LOL The next time I get off the island I am heading straight for an Ikea!

If you saw the post I did a few years ago about my ribbon storage you will know that I have drastically reduced the amount of ribbon that I own. Over the years I had collected all sorts of patterned ribbons that I really never use, so I packed them and a bunch of the other styles that I don't usually use and gave them to a friend. Since I have cleared out all of that extra ribbon it is easier for me to find what I am looking for.

I apologize for all the funky shadows, it was raining heavily when I took the photos and I had to use a flash, which led to all sorts of weird reflections from the glass.

My ribbon currently sits on a small Ikea EXPEDIT/KALLAX unit. I used to have them all together on the top of a longer Expedit shelf, but I have since moved them into the cubby holes. I find the dust is easier to hide if they are in the cubbies. :) 

The ribbon is all stored on wide popsicle sticks in glass jars. You would not believe how much ribbon you can store on one stick! This picture shows the inside of my jar that stores all my MFT Grosgrain Ribbon. Each popsicle stick has between five and ten yards on it. I picked up all of the jars at the dollar store or the grocery store.

This first set of three jars store my Seam Binding, MFT Grosgrain, and Twine.

These jars store my polka dot ribbon, lace and crochet trims, and hemp cord.

Most of the jars store a single colour of ribbon. This set stores blue, orange, white/ivory, and pinks/reds.

Here we have striped ribbon, gingham, browns, greys/blacks.

This final set includes my scrap jar where I store little pieces of random ribbon, the large jar holds all my wide ribbon. The final two jars hold my green ribbon and floss.

The one drawback to storing ribbon this way is that I often have to iron the ribbon before I use it. It doesn't bother me, but I thought I would mention it in case you were thinking it might be a good storage solution for you.

Be sure to check out the MFT Blog to see how the rest of our fabulous team stores their buttons and ribbons.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Festive Friday #7 - Fall Thank You

How does Festive Friday on a Sunday sound for this week? It was a gorgeous weekend here on Vancouver Island and I choose to spend a good portion of it outside enjoying the beautiful fall weather. I should have spent some time stamping and blogging, but there will be lots of time for that when the rains arrive this week. :)

I have a fall thank you card to share with you today, the colours were inspired by the current Color Palette Challenge

I stamped some Brick Red, Safety Orange, and Olive card stock with the coordinating Hybrid Ink and the Burlap Background stamp. The card stock was then die-cut with the Out on a Limb Die-namics. I placed the trees on hills created with the Snow Drifts Die-namics.

I kept the inside of the card nice and simple, leaving lots of room to write a nice thank you note. The sentiments on the card are both from the Out on a Limb stamp set.

If you haven't entered the Color Palette Challenge yet, make sure that you do! We would love to see your creations and you could be the winner of a $20.00 Gift Voucher.


Stamps: Out on a Limb, Burlap Background
Dies: Out on a Limb Die-namics, Snow Drifts Die-namics
Inks: Brick Red Hybrid, Olive Hybrid, Safety Orange Hybrid
Paper: Brick Red, Chocolate Brown, Kraft, Olive, Safety Orange

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Few More Cards

I have a few more cards to share with you featuring some of the newly released items. If you didn't get a chance to shop last night you can find all the newly released items HERE.

For my first card, I used some very traditional, rich holiday colors, Jellybean Green and Wild Cherry. The wreath was created with the Autumn Wreath Die-namics. I cut two wreaths and offset them slightly so the wreath would be nice and full. A few red sequins finished off the wreath in festive style.

The banner greeting is from the new Merry Messages stamp set. This set is just full of fabulous sentiments that you can mix and match to create the perfect holiday greeting. I'm sure you recognize the joy die-cut from the new Peace, Love, Joy Die-namics. I die-cut the word in Wild Cherry card stock and then applied a thick layer of Crystal Effects to it.

I'm not sure how well you can see it in these photos, but I embossed the Smooth White card stock with the Positive Sign Stencil. I love the subtle texture this creates. I stamped the sentiments from the Merry Messages stamp set in Wild Cherry ink on a Stitched Square.

My second card features the fabulous Merry Die-namics. This on-the-line die is fantastic! It is sized to fit on an A2 card either horizontally or vertically. I used it here to die-cut a piece of Wild Cherry card stock. I stamped the bottom of the card stock with the Diamonds & Dots Borders. I added a few small holly leaves to finish of the front of the card.

I added a piece of acetate behind the card front and then I added a few pieces of card stock to the inside of the front of the card to hide the areas of the acetate that I didn't want showing.

For the inside of the card, I used a piece of Sour Apple card stock. I stamped a sentiment from the Merry Messages stamp set in Black Licorice Hybrid Ink and I added another Diamonds & Dots border.

Thank you again for joining me this week. I hope you have enjoyed all the holiday cards and you are inspired to get started on your own holiday cards. you know it will be here before you know it. :)

Don't forget to stop by the MFT Blog to see all the creations the wonderful design team has to share with you.



Stamps: Merry Messages
Dies: Peace, Love, Joy Die-namics, Autumn Wreath Die-namics, Fishtail Flags Die-namics, Stitched Square STAX Die-namics, Square STAX 1 Die-namics
Inks: Black Licorice, Wild Cherry
Paper: Jellybean Green, Smooth White, Wild Cherry
Accessories: Positive Sign Stencil, Red Sequins

Stamps: Merry Messages, Diamonds & Dots Borders
Dies: Merry Die-namics, Christmas Ornaments Die-namics
Inks: Wild Cherry Premium Dye Ink, Sour Apple Premium Dye Ink, Black Licorice Hybrid
Paper: Sour Apple, Wild Cherry, Acetate