22 November 2012

Build A Snowman - DTDF Challenge

Over at Dies to Die for this month we have a new Die-ing For A Challenge and the theme is Christmas. For my card I have used the new CC Designs Build A Snowman Set. It is so cute! I have stamped and cut out the snowman and then stamped the hat on to patterned paper and cut his out and added to the snowman.


Thank you for visiting me today and I hope you can join in with the challenge.
Hope you have a great day!

17 November 2012

Updated Craft Room Tour

Hi all, so today I have an updated craft room tour to show you. If you follow my blog regularly you will probably know how much I love organisation and storage. I am continally trying to find new and more efficient ways to store my stash. Here is my room currently, apart from getting new white main desks, the bulk of it I am happy with.

This post is picture heavy but I also have a video at the end if you would rather just watch that!
Here are the main sides of my room:
This is the view from the door. The room is pretty small but I am very lucky to have it! The desk to the left is my computer desk (see photo below) and the desk next to it is my main desk that I create from. I have two Helmer desks from Ikea on either side of it and they fit perfectly underneath. I also have another Helmer unit at the end of the desk between the desk and the wall. The two under my desks hold adhesives, punches, PTI felt, stamping supplies and card bases. The one to the side holds card bases, flowers and tools.

Here is my computer desk, as you can see it is a corner desk and is massive! It takes up a lot of space but I love it! The actual desks are from MFI and they were bought about 15 years ago, they are a little bit scuffed but still going strong! I have another Helmer unit to the left of the desk before the door and that holds stamps in. The tin on the right of the desk holds my embossing folders. I have a close up view below.

Here is the other side of my room. The large shelving unit is from Ikea and sadly I don't think they sell it anymore. That unit holds A4 cardstock and paper, my unmounted stamps in DVD cases, my clear PTI stamps in baskets, my thin dies, Cuttlebug and sewing machine. In the drawer there is ink pads, chipboard, glitter and my Xyron machines. On the top of the unit is my 6x6" paper pads, they are in photo boxes by Cropper Hopper.

To the left of that unit is my Stackables units. I have two small ones and a cube stacked on top of each other. They hold all my 12x12" cardstock and paper and embellishments in the drawers. On top is two boxes from Papermania, one holds 8x8" cardstock and appers and the other holds paper/CS scraps.

Here are close ups of some of the storage I have (you can click the photo's to make them bigger)

These are some of the drawers from my Stackables unit. You can buy the plastic inserts for the drawers to organise your embellishments and I love them! These drawers hold my Doodlebug buttons and brads, my rhinestones and my PTI buttons.


Here are some of the shelves on my cabinet. I hold all my unmounted stamps in DVD cases (once I have mounted with EZ Mount foam) and then I have each DVD case labelled. My thin dies are stored in EZ Mount cases, I have a video showing how I do it here. I then have my PTI cardstock in my colour order in file folders. I keep the packs in their plastic wrapping and then put the scraps behind. I have changed the way I store my PTI inks stamps slightly. I still have them in the Tim Holtz Unmounted Stamp Binder Inserts which are shown here but instead of having them in the binders I have put the inserts in to baskets which as saved me a lot of space.

I haven't found a better way of storing my stamps than just stacking them in my Helmer unit yet. Since I can fit three layers of wood mounted stamps in a drawer and numerous clear sets I am happy with it at the moment.


I have my embossing folders in a Maya Road tin, which I don't think they sell any more but is the perfect size for them. I have them labelled on the folder themselves so I don't feel the need for dividers. My tool carousel is one of the best things I have ever bought. It is quite big and takes up a fair amount of space on my desk but it holds a ton and I love it! I have my Copic Markers in little cubbies from Studio 3 Solutions - they are great and definitely worth the investment.

I keep my PTI ribbon in reels and I have divided the drawer with cardstock. I keep my punches in drawers too and use slip-a-grip from Lakelend to stop the punches sliding in the drawers.

And here is the video with a further peek into all the other drawers:
Massive apologies for the quality of the camera work, it is a new camera and I haven't quite got used to it yet! It is shaky.

Congratulations if you have made it all the way to the end of this post! I hope you enjoyed seeing my craft room and that I may have given you  a few ideas for your own storage. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about anything I have shown.


Thanks so much for visiting me today!

15 November 2012

Ice Cream & Pickles - DTDF

Here is my card for Dies to Die for this week. I have used the fab Saturated Canary 'Ice Cream & Pickles' image to make a card for my cousin, who has just announced she is expecting her first baby. {Sorry about the photos - I had to take them with the lights on so they have a slight yellow tinge to them}. This card has been inspired by one made by Lori Boyd.



Thank you for visiting me today. Sorry I haven't been about the last week. I haven't been feeling too well and I have also been preparing for my new job starting on Monday. Anyway, hope you all have a lovely rest of your day!

6 November 2012

Thank You Flowers

After feeling a bit deflated following using embossing powders last week I thought I would try again today. I have used white embossing powder this time for the outline of the Clearly Besotted Stamps image and coloured on the kraft with Copic markers. This card is winging it's way to a truly lovely, kind person.

COPIC MARKERS: E41, E42, E43, E44, BG10, BG11, BG15.

Thank you so much for visiting me today and thank you for the comments I recieved from my 'win some, lose some' post. they were really appreciated and I have taken all your suggestions on board.

5 November 2012

Anniversary Wishes

Here is a card I made for my brother and SIL's Wedding Anniversary in September but I forgot to blog it. I used the Retrosketches #20 sketch for the layout.


Short post from me today, I have some craft room sorting out to do! Thank you to those that bought some stamps from my ebay at the weekend, looks like most of my Elzybells ones will sell via auction too :0) Have a great day!

3 November 2012

Stamps, Stamps, Stamps

Hi all, just thought I would let you know I am selling a ton of my stamps on eBay today. These include a few old wood mounted ones, as well as lots of clear Stampavie sets and a massive amount of my beloved Elzybells stamps - I just don't have the room for them all :0( So, if you fancy a few bargains please head over to my page here. The wood mounted and non-Elzybells ones I am selling to UK only but the Elzybells ones I am selling worldwide if you are happy to pay the shipping costs. Have a great weekend!

2 November 2012

You Win Some, You Lose Some

You may wonder what the title of this post means, well here are some cards that I don't like that I have made. I do not know why I don't like them, there is just something about them that I am not happy with. They are both using Clearly Besotted Stamps which I love but I just don't like the design on the card .... I think? ... I don't know!! Anyway i thought I would share them anyway.
The first card uses the Twinkle Toes set along with the sentiment. I have stamped the ballerina using Versamark and then used SU! Heat & Stick with Dazzle Diamonds - first time I have used this technique. The sparkle looks much better in real life!


The second card uses Versamark to stamp the flower image from the Blooming Marvellous set and then I have gone over with clear embossing powder. The sentiment from the Butterfly Wishes set has been stamped on vellum and wrapped around the panel.


Thanks for visiting me today, do you ever have the same problem? You don't like the card you have made but not sure why? I would love to hear your comments.

1 November 2012

Cuddly Owlies - DTDF

For my card this week over at the Dies to Die for blog I have been inspired by THIS gorgeous card by Jen Nelson. As soon as I saw the owls on kraft I knew I had to have a go, thank you for the inspiration Jen. I have used Koh-I-Noor pencils to colour the owls which I haven't used in along while but really enjoyed it.


+ Stamping Bella sentiment - discontinued.

Thanks so much for visiting me today, hope you are all well.
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