Monday, January 16, 2017

Craft Room Tour

I thought it would be a great idea to show you some of the different ways that I have been storing my crafting supplies.  Maybe you will be able to get some ideas from what I have done and be able to use some of them to organize your own craft room.   I am not one to spend a lot of money on the storage systems that you can find online or in the craft stores.  I like to try to come up with my own idea using stuff I have around the house.  Although I  did buy some pieces to help build my overall room, they were purchased with the budget in mind. 

First of all, I have been lucky enough to have space in my home to create my craft room. One of the bedrooms was converted to my craft room/office. 

This picture shows my main desk that I use for stamping and crafting.  The desk was formerly in the office downstairs and had shelving above it.  The entire piece was a dark chocolate brown originally popular in the 70's and was used as a desk long before computers.  Since it was no longer functional in the office, I thought it would make a great desk for my craft room.  It was painted white and new drawer/door handles added and it was ready to add all my crafting supplies.

Here are some of the things I have stored in the large drawers.  The bottom doors just have one shelf but there is quite a lot of room.  The center drawer holds ink pads and acrylic block where they are easy to access. 

On top of my desk, there are several plastic drawers that hold essential tools that I use often.  Some of the contents are:  glue dots, dimensionals, tape, dies, small ink pads, tape runners... you get the picture.  I added some patterned paper to the front to give them some color and so you can't see all the junk inside.

Inside one of the drawers, I keep a bunch of plastic bags that contain die shapes and labels that I cut out and didn't use.  I sort them by shape, as you can see one contains circles, another ovals.  Some of the more detailed shapes are all in one bag. I have so many dies, it was easier to put in one bag.  When I am creating, I use these to see what size and shape would look good for my project even if it isn't the right color.  I think you get what I mean.

Two of my drawers contain dies - I have a lot of Spellbinders Nestibilities as well as other misc. dies.  A popular thing to use is magnetic sheets and strips to keep them together.  I choose the strips because they were much cheaper than the sheets.  It holds good enough for me and I can fit all my dies in these drawers.  It is easy to flip through them to see what I have and just pull out what I need.

 Every desk needs a good lamp.  I use an OttLite which is supposed to give off natural light.  This one works ok.  I actually prefer the halogen light that I used to have until I couldn't find any light bulbs for it.  Since my desk is front of the window, I seldom need the light during the day.  
I keep a basket of the tapes and glues that I use often.  Makes it easy to grab them when needed.
I also keep a smaller basket with scraps of white and cream cardstock to use for those smaller images that I want to stamp.  Standing next to it is a stack of white cardstock that I buy at Sam's Club.  This is my go-to white paper I use for most of my stamping. And since it is so reasonably priced, I don't feel guilty about using it!  I just keep a little out at a time so it doesn't clutter up the desk too much.
Next to my paper I keep two magazine holders that hold cardstock that is already cut to the standard card sizes - 8.5 x 5.5, 11 x 4.25 and 5.5 x 4.25.   I can then use this paper when I need a quick card or are looking for a color to match my project.  And it is a good place to store the extra pieces that were cut from an 8.5 x 11 sheet.    

Next is my cardstock.  I have been using crates to store books and paper since my college days.  It is a cheap way to keep the paper upright so it is easy to get to and I can see all the colors I have.  I tried to keep them in order by color, but it is a little hard since I buy paper from lots of different places.  The plastic file container to the right of the crate holds my 12x12 cardstock and patterned paper.  I have to say that I really don't have that much of it.  The drawers to the left of the crate holds some colored pencils and patterned paper that I don't want to be wrinkled or creased (it was expensive!) and some other odds and ends. 

Underneath the paper there is a cabinet with drawers.  This is the most popular cabinet from Ikea used by crafters.  I have seen numerous craft rooms on Pinterest and the majority of them have one or more of these.  I use it to store loose wood block stamps,some of the old Stampin' Up wood sets and peg stamps.  It would be great to store embossing powder, embellishments, ink pads or even paper. 

Above my desk hanging on the wall are my Stampin' Up ink pads.  They are organized and easy to reach.   I bought Media Stix CD rack and nailed them to the wall.  You can buy them at Target or Amazon for about $11.  Looks like I will be needing more soon!

Another shelf holds some of  my embellishments - flowers, buttons, glitter shapes, ribbon/twine spools.  I just cleaned out old food jars and use them for storing.  Doesn't cost a thing!  The top shelf holds craft books on all kinds of subjects. 

Down below, I have a large plastic storage drawer that holds my scraps.  It was such a mess that I decided that I needed to clean it up so I can find the colors I need faster.  My solution was to sort the paper by color family and put them in plastic bags.  No more digging in the drawer for a specific color when you only need a tiny scrap.  Another great use for plastic bags!

Behind my work area I have a large table that I use for die cutting, paper cutting and scoring.  The table also has another board that can make it even bigger.  I use this when friends come over and we need more room to spread out.  The table was a hand-me-down from my husband's grandmother.  No cost there!

On the other side of the room is my computer desk.  I work from home most of the time so I needed to have a large desk to hold computer, printer, silhouette as well as enough room to spread out my work papers.  I didn't want to spend a ton of money on a desk, so I went to Ikea and bought a kitchen countertop, a set of drawers and three legs (two on the ends and one for support in the middle).  Total cost was around $200. 

Above the desk is more shelving.  Here is where I store most of my clear/cling stamps.  I bought a bunch of different sized boxes at Ikea to hold various things - twine, loose ribbon, jems, beads etc.  I also bought the cardboard magazine racks at Ikea - 5 for under $2. 

For all those loose clear/cling stamp sets that I have, I bought these clear DVD cases on Amazon.  I split the case of 100 with two other people and they were reasonable.  I made some labels myself as you may be able to see in this picture - looks like I will be needing more cases!
Ok, this is the last stop on the tour.  Way back when I start getting involved with crafts, I need a cabinet to keep my supplies.  I recently cleaned this out and got rid of a lot of unused stuff and now it is way more functional.  I store my punch boards, heat gun, paints, Christmas crafts, picture frames and other things that I don't use that often.
I hope you enjoyed the tour and can use some of the things that I mentioned work for me. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Tea Party 2014

You're invited to tea!
Well, it is time again for my annual tea party.  Five of my girlfriends came over for a lovely afternoon of tea and treats.  I enjoy creating a relaxing and beautiful table setting, but culinary arts is not my specialty.  However, everything always turns out great (most times better than expected).  So, needless to say, my recipes are usually pretty simple and only take a few ingredients. 

Here are a few pictures of my tablescape and buffet table.  I like to keep the food separate from the table so that there isn't so much clutter on the table.  I hold my teas in our sunporch, my favorite place in the house (other than my craftroom). 
My aunt gave me some teacups that her MIL bought in Paris years ago. They are very unique and I was afraid to use them.  We did anyway and they made the table look so elegant.  I love how the inside of the cups are also gold.
The placecards were hand-stamped using the teapot from Papertrey's Tea Time set.  To create the namecard, I used my computer to list the attendees name in the center and then stamped some embellishments around the corners.  I taped a small binder clip to the back of the teapot with the clip side up.  Then clipped the namecard to the binder clip.  Stands up nicely! 


Here's a picture of the back of the teapot.  Hope you can see it.

And I had to add a picture of the flowers that I arranged. I used mason jars and glued some border lace around the middle of the jar, then tied a piece of twine around the top.  I wanted a floral arrangement that wasn't so large that my guests couldn't see the person on the other side of the table.

I think I did pretty good for not knowing how to arrange flowers!

Now, on to my buffet table...
I used a six foot folding table and added a two props with a board on top to create a second level.  The table was covered with a large tablecloth to fit the table and then an overlay cloth that is a sparkly gold was added. Then I added a tulle swag in the front for some detail.  I added two artificial vines with cream-colored roses, one on the top level and one on the bottom.  There were also some butterflies mixed in that I got from the dollar store.  I also made menu cards using the same teapot stamp from Papertrey Ink.
On the menu:
First up is fruit salad.  Very easy to make!  5 cups of your favorite fruit mixed with two tablespoons of vanilla pudding mix.  Mix it up and it is delicious.  Found the recipe here:
Mini pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.  I found the recipe here:  They were easy to make and so delicious!  Everyone loved them.  I will definitely make them again.

  Chocolate Chip Orange Scones.  The recipe came from an old Betty Crocker cookbook.  Very easy to make.  There is a standard recipe and then you can add anything you like to it - raisins, blueberries, chocolate etc.  Last year I made (well, my husband did) white chocolate cranberry.  Delicious!  So, if you have a BC cookbook somewhere in your house (which you probably do), take a look, you might already have the recipe!
The rest of the recipes came from Tea Time Magazine and I do not have permission to reprint.  If you love tea parties, you have to get this magazine!
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Chocolate Hazelnut Shortbread Tartlets 
(I'll give you a hint - Nutella and dark chocolate chips) 

Sandwiches:  Green Grape and Kiwi Chicken Salad
Cucumber Dill Canapes
Goat Cheese and Fresh Herb Triangles

And of course, the most important thing on the menu - tea!  We enjoyed Maple black tea and Bananas Foster red tea, both very delicious.
There you have it! 
Thanks for viewing and I hope you decide to have a tea party soon!

One last thing, I always ask my guests if they would like to contribute to a special charity.  This year we raised $175.00 for the Wounded Warrior Project.  What a great way to give back!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Make It Monday #169: Vellum Overlays

Wow, it's been a long time since I have had a chance to do one of the Papertrey Make It Monday challenges.  This week is vellum overlays.  I thought since I had a birthday card to do, I may as well use this technique, and hopefully win the $25 gift certificate! 

I used the flowers from The Sweet Life set and the sentiment from Stylish Sentiments: Birthday.  Patterned paper is from K&Company and I like how you can see the delicate design through the vellum.  The edges are distressed using Old Paper and Walnut Distress inks to give it an antique feel. 
Enjoy your day

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

July Papertrey Bloghop

Hi there! I hope you are enjoying your summer.  It has finally cooled down here in Pittsburgh after some hot and humid (and very wet) days.  I decided to join in on the Blog Hop color challenge.  Here are the colors I choose to use:

And here is my card:

I used the Life stamp set and stamped the flowers in Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz and stamped the leaves in Simply Chartreuse.  I did the double stamp technique (not sure if that's what they call it), where you stamp twice without re-inking.  I don't have the Berry Sorbet ink, but the second stamp of the Pure Poppy looks at bit like the Berry Sorbet. 

The sentiment is from Birthday Basics (one of my most used sets) and I curved it to fit the shape of the circle.  I love how you can do this with these stamps.  Makes them even more versatile.  The sentiment is stamped in Pure Poppy and the butterflies in Raspberry Fizz.  I thought there was a little too much pink on the image and I like some dimension, so I stamped the larger butterfly in Pure Poppy and cut it out.   I added some glitter to the wings and a jewel in the middle for some sparkle.  It is mounted on Pure Poppy cardstock and then onto Raspberry Fizz die cut from Spellbinders. 

Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of your day blog-hopping!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Papertrey Blog Hop

It's been a while since I have been able to do one of the Papertrey Blog Hops.  I had to do this one because the colors are just so beautiful.  This is the palette that I chose.

I had to improvise on some of the colors because I still don't have all the PTI ink pads.  They look somewhat different on the photo vs. real life.  Oh, well. I like how the overall card turned out, though.

I used the Life is Sweet stamp set - my favorite set!  I had to add a few extra colors that are not in the challenge color palette so I could use the three-step roses.  The background is embossed using the Cuttlebug polka dots folder.  Then I ran over it with an ink pad to enhance the dots.  It gives the background just a little more pop of color.  

Here's a closer look at the roses. Aren't they pretty?  If you love flowers, this set is a must!

Enjoy the Blog Hop!


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Make It Monday #113

I finally got a chance to do another Make It Monday challenge from Papertrey Ink.  This week's challenge is Perfect Pearls.  It was time I dig those powders out and use them.  So here is what I came up with.

I used the Guide Lines set to stamp the background in Versamark ink.  Then used perfect bronze, gold, copper, interference blue, and interference red Perfect Pearls powder.  The background is mounted on Kraft cardstock and then mounted on cream cardstock with foam adhesive.

The sentiment is from the Pond Life set and it is dusted with the interference red.  It is a little hard to see on the picture, but looks nice in real life.   The diecut is Spellbinders Labels Four.

I hope you enjoyed my project today!