For today's post, I'm going to share with you some really simple, and more importantly, S-U-P-E-R cheap storage solutions for some of your crafting supplies.
Oh Washi Tape, I still haven't used you one bit, but there you sit, so nicely on my shelf! Would you believe I picked up this wooden dowel doohicky thingy at my local Goodwill store? I'm not entirely sure what the original intent for it was, but, it makes an excellent holder for my never-been-used Washi tape!
Bonus: I paid $1.00 for it!
What do do with all those re-inker bottles? Why, an old travel jewelry storage case! It's even double sided, so when I hang it on the wall, I can make use of both sides.
Bonus: I paid $2.00 for it at a yard sale!
Sure, ink pad holders were designed by places like Stamp-N-Storage to hold all your ink pads, but they also can make great organizers for markers and Blendabilities!
Bonus: The first inkpad storage holder I got for FREE at my local Salvation Army when I was dropping off a car full of donations and saw it in the back storage area. The second, I paid good money for, but it really was a good investment!
A DVD storage holder makes the BEST ribbon storage ever. Unlike coat hangers or paper towel racks, you don't have to slide 90 spools of ribbon on and off to get to the color you want in the middle!
Bonus: I paid $5.00 for it at my local Savers discount store!
Never underestimate the value of shoeboxes or crafting storage boxes - available at your local Michael's store. There are so many purposes these boxes can be used for, plus they're decorative and come in all colors and patterns to match your craft space.
They can hold your embossing folders:
Or your punches:
Or you handmade cards! Plus, you can even be S-U-P-E-R organized and arrange them by category!
Bonus: Boxes are usually on sale 5 for $10 at your local craft store.
Another DVD storage rack also serves as a clear stamp holder!
Bonus: FREE from a friend who was downsizing her DVD collection!
Don't be afraid to scour thrift stores, yard sales or your BFF's closet to find some simple and S-U-P-E-R cheap storage ideas for your own space!
I am so excited to share with you some exciting news. . .
I was selected to be a Design Team member for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday (TSOT) challenges!
YIPPEE! Woo Hoo!
Let's dance in "Happy" celebration!
This is my first time ever being on a Design Team, so I very much look forward to this new adventure! Thank you, TSOT for allowing me to be part of your amazing and inspiring group.
I have been having fun and playing around with my new Blendabilities markers. There is a bit of a learning curve to using them, so I have been watching a lot of videos and tutorials on some of the basics. Of course, everyone has a "new and better" technique. For every video that says you should blend from light to dark, there are as many others that say to blend from dark to light! Some tutorials push using the bulletpoint tip, others recommend the brushtip! So, as you can imagine, you just have to find what techniques works best for you.
Here are some simple and basic beginner guides:
Don't forget to sign up for my Techniques Class on Wednesday, August 13, and YOU will get to use these great new markers yourself!
Hello there and Happy Sunday to you! Don't be too confused, sure the title says "Try Stampin' on Tuesdays," but that's just the name of today's card challenge! It really IS Sunday, I assure you! Gosh, would you believe I watched the cult movie classic "The Outsiders" (based upon S.E. Hinton's 1967) book last night. Do YOU remember that awesome movie from the 80's, that pitted the Greasers against the Socs? The one where 13-year-old me drooled over Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Rob Lowe AND Tom Cruise? W-O-W! Name the last movie you saw that had that much hotness on one screen!?
Anyway, the 80's were great, but now it's back to today's Try Stampin' On Tuesday sketch:
A simple sketch but one that can really allow for so many different options. It's kind of a no-frills card, because there was really only one stamp used and a little bit of paper cutting. No Big Shot, no embossing, no blingy-bling. Clean and Simple.
Early Espresso cardstock
Designer Series Paper
Very Vanilla cardstock
Soft Sky cardstock
Crumb Cake cardstock
Early Espresso ink
Southern Sass (A*Muse Stamps)
Thanks for stopping by today! Next week, I'll have an extra special surprise for you that I can't wait to announce! Be sure to come back and find out what it is!
Hello and Happy Saturday to you! I hope you are enjoying the first start of your weekend!
Today's card is for the color challenge at The Card Concept:
I really like this color combination. I think aqua, lime and white together are super fresh and very summery. I also think it's a very modern color blend. Like it would be perfect in an uber chic Soho loft, or perhaps a summer cottage on Martha's Vineyard.
Of which, I have neither. . .
So, I'll put my colors into this fun card:
Cheers to an intoxicating mix of Pear Pizzazz, Coastal Cabana and Whisper White with the Happy Hour stamp set. And of course, a little bling, because bling is like butter. . . it makes everything better!
Whisper White cardstock
Pear Pizzazz cardstock
Coastal Cabana cardstock
Happy Hour stamp set
Silver Glimmer Paper
Coastal Cabana ruffled ribbon
Pear Pizzazz ink
Coastal Cabana ink
Bottoms up! Have a S-U-P-E-R Saturday!
Raise your hand if you are like me and cannot tie a bow to save your soul! You've tried the faux bow and the fork bow and the bowdabra (yup, it really exists - Google it!) and ya still just can't get it. Don't worry, I have this sneaky suspicion that we are not alone in our bow tying deficiencies. I'm sure there is some statistic somewhere that 1 in every 4 people cannot tie a bow, despite all our parents efforts to teach us to tie our own shoelaces at age 5!
But, "Bows, Bows, Bows" is the theme for the challenge this week at Stampin' Up Only. Talk about a real challenge! Notice they said "Bows" three times! Ha, ain't happening'! One bow is challenge enough for me.
I had played around with a few different places to put the single, solitary, just one bow on this card and ultimately it looked best at the bottom of the heart. A thank you card straight from the heart. Literally.
Stamps: Million and One
Inks: Lost Lagoon
Papers: Silver Glimmer Paper, Whisper White cardstock, All Abloom DSP
Accessories: Rhinestones, Heart Framelits, Lost Lagoon ribbon, Whisper White ribbon
Thanks for stopping by and have a S-U-P-E-R day!
I'm starting to really like a "monochromatic" card. There is something appealing to the eyes about similar colors not having to compete for attention. The Paper Players chose this theme for their challenge this week:
And yes, because I actually liked the colors in the challenge banner so much, I decided to incorporate those colors into my card. Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon and Bashful Blue make for serene looking party lights!
Of course, once you make it in one color you like, you think, "hey, why not make it in every color!?" Hmmm, it's kind of like the entire shoe buying process, if the shoe fits, buy it in every color!
So, I tried Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum and Wisteria Wonder:
And Strawberry Slush and Blushing Bride:
I'm rather partial to the original card I made, then again I like blues. I imagine if purple is YOUR favorite color, you might like that card the best. Funny how that works.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a S-U-P-E-R day!
It's Tuesday, that means today is the "Weekly Deals" special. Discount available today through Monday, July 28th only.
If you've been waiting for the right time to purchase a Big Shot, that time is coming up soon in August! When you buy a Big Shot during the month of August, you'll receive your choice of one of five FREE exclusive stamp set and Framelits bundles (see bundles below, that's up to a $60 US value absolutely free! If you already own a Big Shot, we're also offering a 15-percent discount on these select bundles! This is an AMAZING deal! One of the best I've seen yet! It almost makes me want to buy a 3rd big shot!! Hmmm, maybe one to give away???
During the entire month of July, Designer Series Paper (DSP) is Buy 3, Get 1 Free! A savings of $10.95.
Click here for easy online shopping at your fingertips! Ohhh, goody goody!
Hello and Happy Monday to you! I hope you had a great weekend!
First, I would like to thank everyone who came to my "Christmas in July" Stamp-a-Stack this past Saturday night. I hope you all enjoyed your time and your cards! I'm very grateful to have found such good friends in my stampers, which was one of the entire reasons I joined Stampin' Up! I am continuously thankful to you, my customer-friends, who come back again and again for stamp camp, techniques classes or any other event. I always enjoy every single moment spent down in my craftcave with you all!
And, now on to today's card for the sketch challenge at the Paper Craft Crew:
You know that feeling when something turns out even better than you had planned? This card is one of those! I was excited to be using my new "Traveler" stamp set. Plus, my "World Map" stamp, which had been sitting on my shelves collecting dust (tell me you have those stamps too?) But, I love the whole nautical theme, and this card just makes me want to set sail today!
Night of Navy cardstock
Real Red cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Traveler stamp set
World Map stamp set
Mini star punch
Label Love stamp set and punch
Deco Labels collection framelits
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a S-U-P-E-R day!
Yippee! Woohoo! It's Friday! TGIF! We made it! Oh, don't you just love Friday's? Do you have any fun plans arranged for the weekend? Ahhh, I'm still catching up on rest from being in NYC last weekend, though it could be another busy weekend because tomorrow night is my Christmas in July Stamp-a-Stack. I hope to see you there!
Today's card is for the sketch challenge with Pals Paper Arts:
And, I combined it with the color challenge from The Card Concept:
With a punch punch here and a stamp stamp there, here a pop-dot, there a pop-dot, everywhere a pop-dot.
Anyone recognize that fancy little tune?
Please tell me you knew it was the beat of "Old McDonald Had a Farm!"
Anyway, I will say this card is a bit "out of the box" for me. It's a little too geometric - which we all know is NOT really my style, but I kind of like this one. Maybe because it's got feathers and sparkles! And who doesn't love feathers and sparkles. Plus, can you really hate an "I Love You" card?
Stamps: None - OMG, I never used one single stamp for this card! Inks: OMG, no ink either! Papers: Coastal Cabana cardstock, Basic Black cardstock, Back to Black DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper, Red Glimmer Paper Accessories: Heart Punch, NEW Little Letters Thinlits, mini heart punch, pop dots
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a S-U-P-E-R weekend!
Attention all you crazy cat lovers! Your own cat-themed stamp camp is just around the corner. Don't forget to sign up today!
Tuesday, July 22 6:30-8:30 PM
$12.00 per person, everything included, but Bring Your Own Adhesive (BYOA).
Here are some of the great projects you will be making that day:
Please call or email me to reserve your spot. There will even be a special treat for all you cat-moms to take home to your furbabies!
Hello and Happy Wednesday to you! We are halfway done another week of work. There's something positive about Wednesday's, don't you think?
Today's card is for the color challenge with The Friday Mashup. We'll be using 3 out of the 5 new In-Colors.
Here's the Mashup Challenge:
Now, first, you have to to forgive the poor quality of this photo for my card. There are a few reasons for this:
1. It has been raining, and by "raining" I mean P-O-U-R-I-N-G outside, where I usually take my photos for the best light.
2. Everytime I attempted to go outside (in the pouring rain) to try a photo, either my asthma kicked in, or the camera lens got all foggy because of the extreme 110% humidity!
So, I ended up taking the photo inside and the lighting was just not quite good enough. However, please enjoy today's Friday Mashup challenge card:
Stamps: By the Tide, Lots of Thanks
Inks: Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey
Papers: Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Hello Honey
Accessories: Pearl Rhinestones
I will tell you that I'm not particularly fond of this card. Now, why would I post a card that I'm not particularly fond of, you ask? Well, I just wanted to show you that we are not all perfect. Sometimes we make a card and might not think of it as our best job, and for me, this is definitely of those. So, I am human, just like you! I didn't want to be afraid to show you my (in my mind) "less than beautiful" card. Of course, someone out there (in some really far off distant land) might think it the most beautiful card ever. In which case, I'd graciously say, "thank you" (and then suggest they have their head examined)! LOL.
Thanks for visiting and have a S-U-P-E-R day!
Have you signed up for the Saturday, July 19th Christmas in July Stamp-a-Stack yet? If not, TODAY is the last day to sign up! Call or email me to confirm your attendance now.
When: Saturday, July 19th
Time: 5:00-9:00 PM
Where: My house
Cost: $30 includes everything you need to make 15 cards (3 each of 5 designs) with envelopes, plus food, raffle prizes and F-U-N. All you need to bring is a LOT of adhesive and your Christmas spirit!
Here's a sneak peek of the 5 cards you'll be making:
Hello and Happy Tuesday to you! Before I get to today's challenge card, I promised to share with you a few photos from this past weekend's trip to New York City, so I do hope you enjoy them. It's not everyday one takes a selfie with Lady Liberty or a photo in Times Square with the Naked Cowboy.
I can't believe that I wasn't able to do any crafting at all this weekend! Talk about withdrawals! But, I did have a taste of what it's like to be a "mother" with two teenagers (cousins visiting from Spain) for the weekend, and boy, do I understand a whole lot more now!! Now I know why you don't have any time to yourself! Really, I don't know how all you mother's do it! You now have a greater level or respect from me.
And now, on to today's card with the Paper Craft Crew. It is a sketch challenge this week:
I'm having so much fun using some of my new stamp sets! Finally, UPS delivered another box last night and I have 7 more sets to put together soon that I can't wait to play around with!
Stamps: Work of Art, For Your Country
Inks: Always Artichoke, Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi Crumb Cake
Papers: Always Artichoke cardstock, Crumb Cake cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock, Soft Suede Cardstock
Accessories: Burlap Ribbon, Stars TIEF
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a S-U-P-E-R day!
Yippee! Woohoo! Happy Friday dance!
Sorry, I just had to do that! I mean, who doesn't like Fridays? Do you have any exciting weekend plans? Well, let me tell you mine. . . I'm taking two of my teenage cousins, visiting from Spain, to New York City for the first time ever this weekend! Am I mildly insane? Perhaps! But, oh my gosh, I remember my first trip to the Big Apple and if I can give that same experience to someone else, it will be just as fun and memorable for me too! I'm sure I'll share some pictures with when we get back.
Today's card is for the Paper Players theme challenge:
OOOoohhh, I LOVE the beach! Then again, I guess the beach is kind of like Fridays - who doesn't like them? Minus the whole sand in EVERY crevice kind of thing. . . .Ugh. Hate that. Unfortunately, I also live two hours from the closest shores in Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts, so I don't get to go as nearly as often as I wish I could. I think the beach can be so serene and peaceful, which is why I think it can also make for a beautiful sympathy card and I have always loved this "Footprints" poem:
Stamps: By the Seashore, Footprints
Papers: Lost Lagoon cardstock , Crumb Cake cardstock, Maritime DSP, Whisper White cardstock
Inks: Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Gold Bakers twine, Script TIEF, Deco Labels Collection framelits
Thanks for stopping by and have a S-U-P-E-R Friday!
Hopefully by now you have read a little bit, or at least heard a little bit, about Stampin' Up's! newest joint venture with Becky Higgins called Project Life.
Sure, it was initially intended as a time-saving way to scrapbook for those people always on the go. But, I want to share with you how Project Life has become useful to me in an alternative way.
Here are the Project Life Photo pages:
They come in two dimensions 12x12" and 6x8". Both have refillable inserts of assorted sizes that, as you can see below, allow for the insertion of things other than photos.
For right now, until I start my next scrapbook, I've used my first two orders of photo pages to make for a great organizational system to hold all my single clear mount stamps, but I think they'd also make great holders for stickers too!
What uses can YOU come up with?
Welcome to a new Super Stamp Girl series called "Art Imitating Life." This new series inspired by the Oscar Wilde quote above, really all began the other afternoon when I was sitting on my front steps (waiting ever-so-patiently for UPS to deliver a Stampin' Up! box).
Look! A Super Stamp Girl leg-selfie! Band-Aid and all. Nope, I didn't even Photoshop that out for ya! Hey, we all have our own perfect imperfections.
So, as I sat there waiting patiently, all the while picking at that Band-Aid, making a mental note to buy some more cutsie type designs, I also more closely examined my dress pattern thinking it would make for a great color combination. Yup, that's exactly what I thought sitting there on my front steps! I wasn't listening to the doves cooing to each other, or paying any attention to the Ding Dong Cart and his "Pop goes the Weasel" song beckoning all the kids to run into the streets for ice cream.
I thought, how can I turn "life into art?"
It turns out, it's quite easy to do! I went inside and made a dress card inspired by my very own dress!
So, that's a little bit of history behind this new series. I will be taking everyday life and turning it into art to show you how we can find inspiration in the most unlikely of places.
And, because "art" can be so vastely interpreted, I'll leave you with just a little smile.
Thanks for visiting. I look forward to your comments and hope you have a S-U-P-E-R day!
There are lots of new items being released this week at Stampin' Up! There are 3 new stamps sets for you! But, first let's start with the Weekly Deals offer:
*Reminder: These discounts are only good from today until Monday, July 13.
Don't forget - for the month of July ONLY, all DSP on pages 186-187 of your catalog are BUY 3, GET 1 FREE!
Here are the 3 NEW stamps sets available to you! I know, I know, Christmas ALREADY? I said the same thing! But, let me tell you about the third set, "Dear Heart:" these are the little boy version that Stampin' Up! came up with to compete with the "Sweetie Pie" little girl faces. And, boy did those sell out quickly! So, if you are hemming and hawing about getting these cute little boy stamps, DO NOT hesitate - I can only imagine these will sell out too!
As always, please call or email me with any order. Or, for your convenience, CLICK HERE and start shopping today in your jammies from the comfort of your own home!
Hello and Happy Monday to you! I hope you enjoyed a long 3-day weekend, like I did. Some good food, good friends and family and lots of low-key down time. Monday is always so hard to come back to work, don't you think?
Today I have one card for you that was designed for two challenges. First, there was a sketch challenge with the Paper Craft Crew:
And, I also combined it with the color challenge from Pals Paper Arts! Oh, these colors are just so beautiful together. I'd like to make a few more using this same color combination. Doesn't it just kind of remind you of an overcast day at the beach?
Ooh la la! Or, perhaps an overcast day in ol' Paris? You have to say that like zee French do, "in ol' "Pair-ee!"
Stamps: Paris in the Spring (retired)
Inks: Lost Lagoon, Basic Grey, Pool Party
Papers: Lost Lagoon cardstock, Basic Grey cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Pool Party cardstock, lace paper doiles
Accessories: Script TIEF, Pool Party Ruffled ribbon
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope it's the start of a S-U-P-E-R week for you!
Hello and Happy 4th of July to you! I hope you are baskin' in the sun somewhere, sippin' a pina colada and celebratin' your independence and freedom.
In honor of the Stampin' Up! Only 100th challenge, they are letting you pick from one of their 99 other challenge themes. Ooh, what a tough decision! Favorite colors. Favorite retired sets. Favorite techniques. Favorite fun folds. So many choices!
Hmm, there's almost too much leeway there! I think I do better with stricter restrictions! After much debate, I decided to go with Challenge #83 - favorite sentiment.
Sure, this quote is sad in so many ways, but there is such beauty and truth in it as well. I also think my decision to pair the new Lost Lagoon In-Color with Smoky Slate came out rather elegantly and will make for a most memorable sympathy card.
Stamps: Thoughts and Prayers (tree), Creative Elements (quote)
Inks: Lost Lagoon
Papers: Lost Lagoon cardstock, Smoky Slate cardstock, Whisper White cardstock
Accessories: Rhinestones, Lost Lagoon Satin Ribbon, TIEF with a name that slipped my mind!
Thanks for stopping by and visiting today. I always look forward to reading your kind comments. I hope you have a S-U-P-E-R day!
Hello and Happy "ThurFriday" to you! I say "ThurFriday" because technically it IS Thursday, but it's a short holiday work week, so this Thursday is also this week's Friday! Confused much? Anyway, it's the end of the work week! Yay! Not even Hurricane Arthur is going to get us down on the East Coast today. Eh, what's a little bit of rain and wind?
I had a little help from Mr. Super Stamp Girl with today's challenge. Once I saw that Sandy had designed a little Tic-Tac-Toe game, without looking, I handed over my iPad to Mr. SSG and said "You pick. Across, down or diagonal."
And pick he did! After saying, "diagonal" for the ribbon/twine, patterned paper and embossing selection, I think I heard him snortle (which is a chuckle/snort) followed by "good luck."
What? What is that I hear?
Is that a challenge?
Here is today's Paper Players challenge card:
Stamps: The Open Sea, Winds of Grace
Inks: Night of Navy, Crumb Cake
Paper: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White, Maritime DSP (challenge element #1), Champagne Glimmer Paper
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder (challenge element #2), Gold Bakers Twine (challenge element #3) Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch
Take that Mr. SSG! Tic-Tac-Toe check. Mission Accomplished.
Thanks for stopping by and visiting! I always look forward to reading your kind comments. I hope you have a S-U-P-E-R day and a great holiday weekend!
A-L-O-H-A hot and humid July! We are now 1 work day closer to a long 3-day holiday weekend! We are 48 hours away from my first hot dog of the summer! TMI? Sorry, you probably didn't need to know that. . .
Today is also my 9th wedding anniversary. So, a big hug (and a kiss, but you don't need to know that either) goes out to Mr. Super Stamp Girl!
Today's card is for the sketch challenge at Create with Connie and Mary:
Now that I think about it, I probably should have done a love/wedding/marriage/anniversary themed card for the sketch, but I didn't! So, a nice, clean and simple Aloha it is!
Whisper White cardstock
Coastal Cabana cardstock and ink
Calypso Coral cardstock
Basic Blank ink
Do the Hula stamp set (retired)
Finishing Touches edgelit
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a S-U-P-E-R day!
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