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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Die Storage & my junk room lol

Hello my lovelies how are you all? It been a beautiful day here in the North East today.............mmmm NOT lol its been very wet & miserable :0(
I am showing you something different tonight. There is this blog called Shop At That Craft Place & my lovely teamie Suzi is on the there. Well they want to see Die Storage, so I thought I would pop on my die storage to help support this blog.
Now this is quite heavy post & I thought I would show you a few other storage things.......& storage problems lol.
The bottom half of this wall I covered with Magnetic Sheets & this is where I store my dies, altho I have to admit that I'm running out of space & currently I have quite a few on my bench next to this wall lol.

These are my bookcases next to 1 of my benches & when I saw I was running out of room on my wall I then stuck A4 Magnetic sheets to this as well. Currently my hobbit (craftroom) is under-going a re-decoration/overhaul so will be able to make more room for my other dies lol. I used to store them in cd cases but I found that there were so many I neglected as I can never remember what I have tbh. This way they are right there in front of me at all times, it helps to give me inspiration as well. All my Tim Holtz dies I just keep next to my die-cutting machines, but they too need storage at some point.
This is how I keep my embossing folders stored. I have 2 A5 ring binders full of polly pockets & I store each of my embossing folders in them. I got these ring binders as they can be decorated up if you want by making your own cover. Cuttlebug folders I can get 2 in every polly pocket, larger ones I just place 1 in.
If you click on the pic it will enlarge so you can see better.

Now remember me saying I have to sort my rubber stamps out & find some way of storing them all but its a huge job. So in order to make this job lighter I am going to give stamps away for candy as I sort through them. Well I thought I would show you my stamps as a lot of people have asked how many stamps I have..........please dont make me count them.
Ladies I dont know how you cope all of you who have been doing this for years, I've been doing this 2 years & I'm struggling to find stroage for everything.
Now all my wood blocked stamps go on 2 of my walls.......this is going to change tho as hubby is gonna fit some wall cupboards so all these stamps need storage..........that tho I have solved & will show you when its done. Excuse the mess peeps, this is my inking bench on 1 half & then sewing on the other half. Inking is only done on the mat tho & I keep antibacterial wipes in there. I also keep baby wipes which you can just see on the plastic drawers, they are for cleaning my stamps when I've used Memento, I figure if they are kind to babies bottoms they will be kind to my rubber lol.
This is going to be my new stamp storage. Altho I have no idea how long it will take me to sort lol. I am going to store my stamps in empty cd cases some of my stamps are already in cd cases but there are still a lot more to do.
The photo's on top are of my kids when they were younger, Ben was 14, Natty bout 12ish & Jake about 9 years old............gosh how they grow so quickly!!!

Each cd case I stamp or I will print out a pic of the stamp & then each cd case will be numbered. Then they will all be catalogued so all I do is look through the catalogue under a certain artist, find the one I want then look to see what number it is.

This is my current Magnolia stamp collection, well its half of it anyway. This is what started the cd case idea. Someone on ebay was selling these cases, they are the length of a dvd case but the width of a normal cd case & I fit 2 Magnolia stamps in every case. I've had these cases for over a year & just brought a cheap cd case to store them in. As you can see there is another unit ready when I put the rest of my maggies into cases lol. These are just standing on the floor at the min in fromt of the small bookcase.
I have 3 boxes of stamps to sort through. The one with the yellow envelopes in are all the stamps I have brought from Sweet Pea Stamps, yes some are still in the envelopes they came in & sit un-inked. The white box contains a lot of Sugar Nellies, LOTV, a few WOJ's, more Maggies & a the 1st full collection of Sylvia Zet stamps that were released.

The 2 bottom plastic drawers are both full of stamps, about 1 third of these are new & un-inked. Yes there is more of those Flippin Stamps in there as well, so you can expect more of those in future candies lol.
This is a set of drawers under my die-cutting bench & as you can see I've been EXTREMELY lazy & the middle drawer is full of stamps where I have just dumped them..........there is all sorts in there!
This is the plastic zip bag from my bedding set when I brought it & the bag came in handy to put stamps in lol, again me being lazy

These are most of my Crafts & Me stamps. If you click on the pic you will see the I'm doing different storage for these as usually these are larger stamps. I stamp 4 images onto an A4 sheet of card, write the artist down, I will also write down the name of the stamps. I then laminate it & then I can place all the stamps onto the sheet as I put EZ mount on them all these then slide into a polly pocket just incase any work loose. This will be stored on my bookcase.
All these pics were taken a few days ago & this was the state of my bench that day. Have you seen how dirty my window is lol. This is where I make my cards because of the window light & also cus we spend most of our time in the conservatory so I can still see everyone when they are in there. Also the dogs come in to see me & hubby brings me cups of tea out bless him lol.
Its currently needing a redoration as well as more units etc. So you see why I need to have a big sort out of my stamps & why I will be offering stamps out as candy.

Well my youngest has just got back from the gym so we are going to watch a dvd. I will be round to catch up with you all after & in the morning. Thanks for popping by & looking at my storage & my junk room lol. I will 1 day get it sorted.........goodness knows when that will be lol.
Sorry for the piccy over load peeps :0)
Huge hugs to you all mmwah xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Midweek Magnolia DT Card - Wish Upon A Star

Good morning my lovelies how are yas all? Well its wednesday so that means its time for a new challenge over at Midweek Magnolia's yayyy. This week our lovely Becky has designed a fabby sketch for you all to use, now we all love sketches dont we ;0)
I have dug out an older Tilda, this is actually my most favourite Tilda.......she has been lost bless her but found her the other day after searching............
When I saw Just Magnolia's theme this time was add a star..........well what could be more perfect than this image & these papers.
Psst pop on over to their challenge blog to see FAB inspiration, the lovely Mindy has also used this image OMG you should see it.....beeeeoootiful.

Papers I've used are Magnolia 'Pink Starlight' & 'Angel love' both from the Once Upon A Time collection, the stars are 'Angel Dots'
I cant find Angel Love in the store I got it from.
Scrabble Tile stamps, Magnolia Swirly Butterly, Magnolia Leaf & WOC flowers with gesso & stardust stickles added. Star is from an xcut die I found at the bottom of a box still in the envelope from when I brought it oops lol. I stamped Upon A Star with letter stamps.

This is 'Magical Tilda with Wand' from the Fairytale collection 2010. 
Coloured with copics, colours used are.......
E11 E21 E00 E000 E0000
E59 E57 E55 E53
R85 R83 R81 RV10
C3 C1 C00 
Pearl Pen dots & Stickles.
Cut the Weathered Clock from kraft card & dabbed white paint on it. The lace, muslin fabric & corner die is from my stash.
Inside is decorated as always.

Ingredients used...........
Magnolia 'Tilda' - Sir Stamp A Lot
Swirly Butterfly & Leaf Doo-Hickey - Bunny Zoe Crafts
 Scrabble Tiles & Tim Holtz Clock - Dies To Die For
Magnolia Papers - Sir Stamp A Lot
Gems, Stickles & Pearl Pen - My Crafty Heart
Flowers - WOC

Well thats it from me please pop on over to see my talented teamies work, they are such talented girlies. Hope you will play along with our sketch this week.
Thank you for stopping by mmwah means soooooooo much.
Tatty bye for now xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Challenges I'm Entering.............
Just Magnolia - Add A Star
Magnolia-licious Challenge - Colour Challenge

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Sylvia Zet - Summer Fairy

Good morning all my lovelies out there, how are you all? Well its actually lovely & sunny here in the North East today........altho a bit on the cool side.....autumn is on its way peeps brrrr...

Anyhoos I have a back to normal card to show you today, yea you know I cant do flat & simple for long lol altho I've still not gone foofymad with this one lol.
Its a card with an image from Sylvia Zet, so in love with these images......
Isn't she so gorgeous, these images are just so pretty & I thoroughly enjoy colouring them. This is a new one she did for Whimsy Stamps & she is called 'Summer Fairy' I love her hair!!

The flower I made using Aida fabric & some Tulle on top both from my stash. Finished it off with a resin flower & added Elegant Scrollwork MB die.

I absolutely LOVE this 'Butterfly Out' die Teresa also has the 'Butterfly In' in her shop.

This little sweetie was of course coloured with my copics.
pinks for the flowers & added stickles to them. The wings I covered with my Zig Pen & sprinkled with glitter.

I've used the new Glitz papers 'Hello Friend' these are so pretty & I've machined stitched all the papers. The card blank, lace & ribbon are all from my stash. The butterflies I made using my small punch. Of course I also added pearl dots using my Pearl Pen ;0)

Sylvia Zet stamp - Whimsy
Glitz papers - MCH
Pearl pen, Gems & Stickles - MCH
Butterfly Out & MB dies - MCH
Resin flower & Pearl Hearts - MCH

Well thats it for me my lovelies I am still catching up with you all & I will be round soon. I also have my DT work to do today so better move my butt lol.
Thank you so much for stopping by it means the world mmwah.
Tatty bye for now xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Challenges I'm Entering........
Crafty Cardmakers - Stitching & Lace (machine stitching on papers)
Whimsy Stamps - Anything Goes

Monday, 17 September 2012

Simply Sassy, Simply Christmas

Howdi doodie my lovelies, have you all had a good weekend? Now is it me or are these dark nights drawing in in the uk, my goodness, no sooner are we in September that you get the feeling summer really has gone..........yea ok I know we didnt have one but we had the light nights lol.
Now I havnt crafted at all over the weekend, I havn't even been on my lappy since saturday dinner ;0( but I do have a card I made last week so I thought I would show you that.
How simple is this...........for me anyway lol. I am doing a lot of my Christmas cards like this this year cus the prices Royal Mail charge for their postage now is ridiculous......

I have machine stitched all around the edges of the paper.........yea check me out lol. I have decorated inside but not as I usually do.
Now its not very often I use card blanks but when I do I make sure I use lots of card inside & out cus I dont like how flimsy they seem to feel. However this doesnt help the postage costs. So I have still attached another piece of card to strengthen it but I've also added thick paper, folded & attached that, 120gsm I think? I've used a Penny Black stamp to add a sentiment & Stampendous stamp to add 2 snowflakes. Had these over a year but I neglect them especially the Penny Black ones :0(

The gorgeous image is of course A Simply Sassy stamp & it was a free stamps that came with the final collection if you brought the full set, however it was for a ltd time. 
She was of course coloured with copics & prisma pencil & I added lots of dots with my Pearl Pen. I also added Glossy Accents to her eyes.

The papers I think are Pink Paislee, had them a while & these are scraps as they were 12x12. Card blank from stash. Poinsettia I glittered up with Stardust Stickles & added a pearl & cut some
 Holly Leaves which are lush. The sentiment on the front is from a Penny Black stamp set.
I've had these PB stamps for over a year but I've just seen they are on sale right now, more than half price ;0)

Simply Sassy stamp - Funky Kits
Viva Pearl pen, Stardust stickles & pearls - My Crafty Heart
Penny Black stamps & Stampendous stamp - Sir Stamp A Lot
Holly Leaves die - My Crafty Heart
MB Snowflake Corner - My Crafty Heart

I would like to thank you for all your lovely comments & emails regarding the anonymous person, tbh it didnt upset me, I pity the person who sits & judges others.........maybe you should look at your life a bit more closer, you never know it could make you happy :)

Anyhoos my lovelies thank you for stopping by I will catch up with you all. We are being lazy tonight & having chinese take away, yayyy no cooking for me lol, hubster has to pay tho ;0)

Toodles, take care mmwah xxxxxxxxxxxx

Challenges I'm Entering............
Cute Card Thursday - Christmas In September