Monday, January 28, 2013

Craft Room Reorganizing and Leadership Swaps

Whew!  I had so many stampin' plans this weekend, but I really only accomplished one of them and that was cleaning up and organizing my overcrowded and messy craft room!  I vastly underestimated how long it would take.  I got my DH to do some renovating of my shelves - basic IKEA wood shelving units with ridiculously large spaces between the shelves.  He added some shelves to make the space more usable.  So my clear mount stamps are all organized and accessible in alphabetical order.  Now I just have to get him to do the same renos on my wood mount shelves.  I also was able to get my growing punch collection out of the plastic drawers in a rolling cabinet and onto a shelf where I can see them and they don't tip the whole cabinet over if I open the drawer too far.  After this, my long-suffering hubby has promised to make me some ribbon holders out of PVC drain pipe cut in half.  Once that is done, my crafting space should be much less frustrating.  Of course, I'd like to have the resources and time to install custom cabinets and work spaces, but that will remain a future goal for the time being!  Here's some photos:

My clear mount stamps, newly organized.  
My DSP and specialty papers organized alphabetically.
My punches newly liberated from their drawer!
The "Before" picture of my wood mount stamps, waiting for some shelf renos!

I will definitely post the "After" photo when it is done!  I'm actually looking forward to stamping tomorrow in my more organized room!  

I wanted to share another swap card I made for Leadership 2013 in Orlando.  This was by far the most time intensive of the 4 swaps I made.  But it was well worth the time and trouble as I received some amazing cards back.  Thanks to Barbara Welch for organizing the Wow Vintage Swap.  Here was my entry in Group 4: 


I used muted colours such as River Rock and Baja Breeze along with some DSP from the Sycamore Street collection, which you can earn free for every $60 of product you purchase during Sale-A-Bration!  This particular Summer Starfruit pattern is perfect for a vintage themed card!  The sentiment is from another Sale-A-Bration product - Vintage Verses - one of my favourite products of Sale-A-Bration!  The dress form image is from Established Elegance, a stamp set from the big catalogue.  

 To complete the vintage theme, I added some Paper Daisies, some of which I dyed using reinker and water,  some sponged and crumpled ribbon, water stains courtesy of French Foliage stamp set, and some curls on the Happiest Birthday flag (stamped with Loving Thoughts).


I stitched on the eyelet edging created with Finishing Touches Edgelits, and added the requisite pearls and it was finished!  Then I had to make 16 more!  I don't mind saying that I had some panicky moments wondering if I would get it done in time, but thanks to my wonderful downline, Doreen, who came over to help and stayed long past her bedtime, we got the task completed.

Stamps:  Vintage Verses (w129633; c129636); Established Elegance (w122530; c122532); French Foliage (w120845; c121166); Loving Thoughts (w125843; c125845)
Paper:  River Rock (108640), Baja Breeze (111352) and Very Vanilla (101650) card stock; Sycamore Street DSP (127540)
Ink:  Classic Stampin' Pads in Crumb Cake (126975), Soft Suede (126978) and StazOn Jet Black (101406)
Accessories:  Pearl Basic Jewels (119247); Baja Breeze 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon (122331); Paper Daisies (119243)
Tools:  Finishing Touches Edgelits (127010); Stampin' Distress Tool (127562); Labels Collection Framelits (125598)

Baja Breeze 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon

Stampin' Distress Tool

Established Elegance Stamp Set

1 comment :

Tamara Casorso said...

I think I need to reorganize! Time to switch some old retired products to make room for the new. Love how you've got your clear mount stamps so easy to see!