Sunday, May 20, 2018

Painted Prints Card Kit

We have another gorgeous card kit for you this month. The Painted Prints Card Kit will be available May 22, at 9pm EST.

Tulips are my absolute favourite flower, so it should come as no surprise that I played with the tulip images from the new Painted Prints Card Kit first. I inked up the stamp in Pink Lemonade, Cotton Candy, and Razzle Berry Premium Dye Ink, I used those same three inks to create the ombre background.

The sentiment is from the new Brushstroke Expressions stamp set that is also included in the Painted Prints Card Kit.

Be sure to check out the MFT Blog to see all the amazing creations the design team has to share with you today. 

Organized Crafty Stash - Stencils, Embellishments, and Tools

We are back for our final day of organization. I hope you have been inspired and have found some ideas that you can implement in your crafty space.

On our final day, I thought I would give you a quick look at the two main walls in my craft area, so you could see an overview of where everything I have shared over the past few days is located in the room.

This wall houses my stamping desk, a couple of Expedit shelves, my photobox, and my cutting desk.

The opposite wall houses my paper organizers, stamp & die storage, and a shelving unit full of all sorts of goodies that I am going to share with you today. The other end of my office, that is not pictured, houses my work desk, a tv, and a chaise lounge for Mr Tibbs.

This little shelving unit replaced the Ikea cart that I used to call my color cart. I store all sorts of paints, powders, and tools here.

On the top of the unit I store all my glitters, embossing poders and some of my large jars of sequins. My stencils and backgrounds are also stored here. Both items are stored in labelled 6x6 Paper Protectors, sitting in InterDesign Linus Bins.

Here is a closer look at the top two shelves. Here you will find Gelatos, brushes, tools, twine, Distress Paints and Stains, felt, buttons, and shaker pouches.

The bottom two shelves contain Distress Spray, Color Burst, Distress Refills, Nuvo Drops, ribbon, and stencil brushes.

You may have noticed the clear drawers in the top center compartment. These drawers are filled with all my shaker pouches. They fit just perfectly in here.

I also store all my MFT mazes, slider elements, and other replenishments in here.

Throughout the room I have eight of these black and white polka dot tins. I beleive I bought them at Target. I've had them for years and I LOVE them. Each one is filled with a type of tool or brush. The one below is full of paint brushes.

This one sits in my desk, it is full of tools that I use often. They also store extra MISTI magnets. :)

I have a little Expedit unit that sits beside my desk. The top shelves are filled with watercolors and pencils. The bottom sections are filled with all sorts of embellishements and floss.

I use these containers to store my floss. I usually buy two of each color when I purchase DMC Floss. I wind them on these little plastic bobbins. I use DMC labels for my floss. They are adhesive backed, but the adhesive is not very strong, so I adhere them with Extreme Double Sided Tape. I have three full containters now, with a fourth one on the way to hold the overflow that I currently have sitting in a box.

The other side of the shelf is filled with four of these AMAZING Bead Storage Trays. I can't tell you just how much I love these trays. It is so much easier to see exactly what you have, and everything has it's own sopt. This top one is full of Pretty Pink Posh Sequins. I store the 4mm and 6mm sequins side by side.

My stamp desk is a weird L shaped desk, the part that sticks out isn't desk space, it is storage space, that was probably meant for a printer. It is a great spot for extra storage. On the top of this piece, I have all my scissors, stamp blocks, Post It Tape, and stamp cloths.

The shelf underneath houses my MISTIs, Mini MISTIs, and Scor-Buddy. I also have a bin full of Blending Tools. I really need to find a better way to organize these, I'm hoping to get some ideas from the team this week! The shelf underneath is where I store my patterend paper.

I have a couple of clear holders on my desk that hold the current MFT release and my most used adhesives. I like to have all of this right on the desk for easy access.

My cutting table holds a few of my favorite tools, my Vagabond and my Rotatrim Trimmer. I've gone through a few Vagabonds over the past few years, but I am still on the original Rotatrim. I have had it for at least 10 years and it still works as well as it did the first day I used it.

The spray paint cans there are for my ink pad holders, they serve as a reminder that I need to paint the holders. LOL

At the end of my room I have an Expedit Unit filled with Fabric boxes. These boxes hold all sorts of goodies, like adhesives, mixed media products, and alterables. I also have a bunch of Tim Holtz stamps, dies and embellishments tucked away here.

Herre is a quick peek inside of my adhesive boxes. As you can see, I don't like to fun out of tape.

I also have one that is full of foam tape and foam dots. I might have some issues. LOL

This one is full of different pastes, glazes and other goodies.

I hope you have enjoyed this look into my space this week. There are some things that are still a work in progress, but overall I love my craft area.

Be sure to check out the MFT Blog to see how the rest of the team organizes their goodies.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Organized Crafty Stash - Card Stock, Patterned Paper, and Felt

Are you ready to see how the MFT Design Team stores their card stock, felt and patterend papers? I know that most of us have more of it than we will ever use, so we need to find the best way to store all those gorgeous sheets.

I currently store my card stock in these paper organizers. I have four sets of them, for a total of 96 slots. I wasn't sure when I moved if I would continue to use this method, but I have quite a bit of room so I decided to keep it.

One of the things that I love about this system is that I can move the individual shelves around to have a taller stack, or multiple shorter ones. I like having that flexibility. I also like that I can see what I have at a glance.

In the first three columns, I have two colors of card stock in each slot. Each color of card stock is stored in a Vinyl Envelope, which has been labeled with the name of the card stock. I do store my scraps in these folders as well. I try to grab a scrap before using a full sheet so having them together helps force me to do this.

The right hand side of the unit is full of specialy card stock, watercolor paper, vellum, and acetate sheets. This side doesn't look as pretty as the colorful side, but it is still full of treasures.

I have two random columns in the room, and while I don't love the look of them, they are perfect for storing my larger papers and my backup Smart Grid Paper Pads.

For each of my patterned paper packs I print out a Color Chart from the MFT resources section. I adhered the sheet to a piece of gray card stock and slip it in 6 x 6 Page Protector.

I slide all my scraps from that patterned paper pack into the page protector. I look there first when I need a print.

My patterned paper is stored on a shelf on the side of my desk. Of course I store them in the Inter Design Linus Bins. I keep the page protector in front of each pack of card stock.

All my envelopes are stored in these really old Stampin' Up containers. I have had them forever, but they are the perfect size for envelopes.

I store the gorgeous new felt in the Inter Design Linus Bins that I use for everything! I seriously love these things. So far, I have kept the felt in the original packaging that they come in. Down the road I may switch them over to the way that Steph stores her felt. I LOVE that idea.

Don't you just love seeing all those pretty colors together?

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I store my card stock, patterned paper, and felt. Be sure to check out the MFT Blog to see the way the rest of the team stores their goodies.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Organized Crafty Stash - Die-namics

Today, the MFT team is sharing their storage tips for Die-namics. 

I store my Die-namics in the same containers as I store my stamps. I use the InterDesign Refrigerator and Freezer Storage bins. I've been using these for a few years now since I first heard Jennifer McGuire talk about them. 

I use two of the bins to store my dies and two to store my stamps. I currently store my dies and stamps on top of my card stock organizers. I love this set up as the stamps and dies are taller than counter height, they are probably closer to the height of a bar, which is the perfect height for me to flip through them.

My dies are all stored in the Large Storage Pockets. Each pocket has been labelled with the labels that MFT provides each month. If you are interested, you can download them here. I created little dividers for each different section of dies using a sheet of Black Licorice card stock. I laminated the sheets and added a label with my label maker. The dies on the left are the ones that I tend to use the most, my STAX and Frames dies. The next section contains lots of sentiment dies, interactive dies, and lots of other goodies.

This is where I get a little crazy. When my dies come in I like to make an identification sheet for them. I cut out every die in either pink or white card stock. and I place them on black card stock. I use Bubblegum card stock for the pink, and an inexpensive white and black card stock. I used to use only MFT card stock, but I found the other card stock was lighter and took up less space in my holder. I find having a guide to know where different dies go is extremely helpful when I need to put dies away. I can be a very messy crafter and I will have dies all over my desk after finishing multiple projects. Having these guides have been a lifesaver.

The stamps that have coordinating stamp sets are stored with the stamps in the same sized Large Storage Pockets. If the dies are snipped apart, I will often place them in a Small Storage Pocket before placing them in the larger one with the stamps sets. 

This next section is my section of shame. These are the dies that I have not yet done an indetification card for. I do try to do them as they come in each month, but sometimes I fall short. I am hoping to have them all done soon. In my final section, I have a few of my die accessories including Steel Snips, Quick Release Die Paper, Embossing Pads, and a Metal Adapter Plate.

Thanks again for joining me today, I hope you have enjoyed a peek into how I store my Die-namics. Be sure to check out the MFT site to see how the rest of team stores their Die-namics.