My Craft Room

Stamping with Princess – My Craft Room and Give Away

I recently visited the blog of One Krafty Kat and she shared pictures of her craft room that she spent 10 hours cleaning. I was drooling over every picure not only at all the amazing stamping stuff she has but over different ways she organizes her stuff. I love to organize and I love to craft. So I thought I’d share my craft room! And I have a give away….see the bottom of the post for details!

Here is a picture before I cleaned my room.

Before I Got My Stamping Cabinet

Before I Got My Stamping Cabinet

Before I show you my stamping room now, let me explain what it use to be like! A big fat mess and very uninspiring. What you can’t see in the picture above is that this is my dining room. This is traditionally where someone would put a china hutch. But not me. I claimed this area for my stamping supplies.

I inherited a chopping block that my dad built that he no longer had room for (my parents moved into a house with a massive kitchen island so they didn’t need the chopping block).  I was using a shoe rack on top of the chopping block to store stuff. I had rolling carts with drawers that I picked up at Sams. And I even had a two tiered paper rack for all my 8.5×11. And still this wasn’t enough.

Empty Cabinet. Pins ready for shelves.

Empty Cabinet. Pins ready for shelves.

This cabinet was actually a TV cabinet that my dad built for his tv. But when he got a flat screen tv, this cabinet was no longer needed. Woo Hoo! He added some hardware inside and now the tv cabinet is officially my stamping cabinet. As you can see, I was sooo anxious to use the cabinet I didn’t bother painting the inside. So…you can see all the glue and rough wood that he used. Doesn’t bother me!

Stamping Cabinet Filled to the brim

Stamping Cabinet Filled to the brim

Here is what the cabinet looked like when I first filled it with my supplies. We put masonite on the pins and we now have adjustable shelves! Everything fits in this cabinet now except my sewing machine and my box of card samples/cards ready to be mailed. I can hardly believe it!

To make room I did get rid of a bunch of stamps that I NEVER used. You know, stamps you inherit from family and friends who give up on the hobby and give you their stuff. I also got rid of a bunch of paper I hadn’t used in years. Literally. When you’ve been stamping for 20 years like I have…it’s not difficult to tell what’s been unused. Just look at how thick the dust is!

Yep, that’s it. I do all my stamping on the dining room table. So I pull things out of the cabinet as I need them. Some day I may create a stamping room in the basement…but I really like the convenience of my stamping space being on the main level.

My workspace is the dining room

My workspace is the dining room

Here’s me at the dining room. I made room so I could eat breakfast and check my email…when what I should have been doing was cleaning the kitchen and my dining room! Thankfully my husband doesn’t mind my craft or my mess. I do pick up after myself and put everything back in the cabinet. I just love having it organized. I’ve also created some other storage solutions. My pens and markers are now in a caddy. A class I will be teaching at Simple Pleasures.

Me in front of the cabinet

Me in front of the cabinet

Here I am standing in front of the cabinet with the doors closed. Yes, they close even with all my stuff in it! I’m 5’6. So the cabinet is about 7′ tall. There are several things I love about the cabinet. I love the dental molding on the crown at the top. My twin sister stincel painted the cabinet. I’m not much into the country style, myself. But my sister painted this for my mom when it was her tv cabinet. I do like the light color of the cabinet…so haven’t had the heart to repaint it.

Here’s the good news….I will be giving away one set of plans for free! Leave me a comment by Sunday, June 7th at midnight (Mountain Standard Time) telling me what you would store in the cabinet. I’ll select a winner randomly and announce it on Monday June 8th. Be sure to tell your friends and post the giveaway on your blog.

Thanks dad for drawing up the plans. For anyone interested in a set of plans, I’ll be selling them on my blog via paypal soon. There are 4 pages in PDF format at 11×17. A size that’s easily printed at Kinko’s or some other such copy store. You can also print them at 8.5×11.

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Bride and Groom Take 2

Stamping with Princess – Bride and Groom Take 2

I’ve modified the bride and groom card from an earlier post. And, again, I saw this idea on someone elses site…who saw it on someone elses site. But we don’t know where it originated from.  With wedding season upon us I thought it would be appropriate to revisit this card. This time I also have a video tutorial to go along with it. I will try to post that later this week…after I learn how to take it off the camcorder and create it in iMovie!

This card would make for a great handmade wedding invitation. The bride and groom invitation could also be modified to include some wedding colors by changing out the ribbon on the dress and the bowtie on the tux. Or it can be used as a congratulations on your wedding card. Check out my ealier versions: wedding thank you card and anniversary card.

Yes, I'm holding the card closed.

Yes, I'm holding the card closed.

I used the My Sentiments exactly dress rubber stamp to create this. I also added a second layer of the dress and tied a ribbon around the waist which is tied in a knot. I used Bridal embossing powder and clear embossing pad for the sparkle.

The card opens in the center…as seen in the photo below.

Card opens in the center.

Card opens in the center.

Inside I’ve stamped some Stampin’ Up sentiments.

The simple words, "Celebrate Love"

The simple words, "Celebrate Love"

It’s actually smaller than the standard A2 size card. It’s approximately 4.25″ x 4.25″. The tux shirt is made with white sparkle cardstock with shiney black cardstock accents. The dress is a matte white cardstock with embossing. The buttons on the tux shirt are 1/4″ punch. The tie was hand cut.

Check back later this week for the video!

Clearly a Birthday Card

Stamping with Princess – Clearly a Birthday Card

Clearly, this card is made from acetate (a write-on transparency sheet from the office supply store). This is the first card I’ve made with acetate that I actually like! The first couple of attempts were….let’s be honest….pathetic! But it looked so easy in my Archiver’s class! (Yeah, so did water color…and that didn’t turn out so well either)! =)

First, let me give credit where credit is due. I made the tag in a class at Simple Pleasures from the talented instructor Holly Bliss. I’ll be teaching a class at Simple Pleasures in a couple of months so wanted to check out one of their star instructors. We made 8 tags total. All using QuicKutz die’s. I am taking those 8 tags and making 8 cards from them. I hope to make several of them into birthday cards…since that’s what I use the most of.

So here’s my first card with one of the tags.

Here the card is slightly open.

Here the card is slightly open.

Acetate doesn’t crease very well. So the card is always open a bit. I taped it closed for this next shot.

Card taped closed.

Card taped closed.

If you’ve never made an card from acetate, let me fill you in on a secret….you don’t want any tape to show…so layering is a lot more complex than on a traditional card. When you tape something down…like the tag, then you want a layer behind it to cover up the tape…like the orange star. When you stamp something on acetate…like happy birthday…you might need a layer behind it so that it stands out…like the green rectangle. On and on it goes.

So, with that said, here’s what the inside looks like.

White star on the right, orange star on the left

White star on the right, orange star on the left

One problem that acetate cards often have is a suitable place to write a note to the recipient. It’s really quite a challenge. And a pet peeve to some. So, I decided to create a white star behind the orange, which makes kind of a shadow effect. And it allows me an area to write a note to the recipient of the card.

The card itself is a bit out of mycomfort zone. I don’t usually do busy, clear or grunge cards. But once I saw the star paper in one of my paper packs…Iknew that’s what I was going to do! I love it when inspiration takes over!

How did I make it? I created the star shapes by hand. Drew them on scratch paper until I found a shape I was happy with. Then traced and cut out both the orange and white star. The white star is slightly larger so that it can provide a shadow effect. The black panel inside does have distressed edges. I used black ink and a sponge to dirty the edges of most of the layers. I used a black ColorBox to give the white star are more bold edge.

In class, the tags all had ribbon. But I removed that in hopes that this card would be masculine. I asked my husband, he approved it as a masculine card! =) Woo Hoo!

Supply list:

  • QuicKutz die cuts (star, candle, mini tag, large tag)
  • My Sentiments Exactly – Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp
  • DCWV The Stack 6 – star paper and stripe paper
  • Solid paper – red, orange, yellow, white, green, black
  • Acetate
  • Black StazOn inkpad
  • Black ColorBox inkpad
  • double sided tape
  • scissors

Blog Candy

Stamping with Princess – Blog Candy Alert!

You better hurry, this blog candy ends today, May 23rd! Check out Passion for Crafts. This gal is talented! She blends patterened papers, images, and embellishments flawlessly! Someday I hope to color like her! Oh, and check out her blog candy. It’s amazing!

CocoaCards is giving away a very nice package, too! And her blog is open until May 25th. Woo Hoo! You have got to check out her site. Her talent doesn’t just appear on the outside of her cards…but on the inside as well! What an inspiration.

And do you think that’s it? Noooo! There’s one more! Check out Little Bird Design. Her blog candy comes with a pink and brown crafting bag! You have until May 31st! (Wasn’t that nice…I put them in order of expiration). How fun is that! This gal can embellish. I don’t know how she does it. I add more stuff and my card looks clunky. She adds another layer of something and it looks fantastic! I also want to color like her! Check out her site. You’ll be glad you did.

Whether you win the blog candy or not, you’ll feel like a winner because of the great ideas you’ll get from these sites. Now…off to add them to my Google Reader so I can read their latest posts as soon as they are published!

Photo Card

Stamping with Princess – So Happy Together Photo Card

Let me tell you a secret: I don’t scrapbook! You want to know why? Because pictures intimidate me. Seriously. I struggle figuring out how to mix and match them with stamping elements! It’s the craziest thing.

But I wanted to make this card for my friends because I know that pictures are very important to them. I am constantly getting pictures of the family as I get email updates on how they are doing. Soooo…I set out to do the impossible and make a card with a photo!

So happy together, husband and wife sailing.

So happy together, husband and wife sailing.

To appease my apprehension with making a card with a photo…I decided to create a tone on tone card. My favorite! I think I’d make every card tone on tone if I stamped just for me. I can see myself happily making a tone on tone blog! Hmmmm…..

Close up of accents

Close up of accents

Anyway, as you can tell, there is no stamping involved in this piece. This is all papercrafting. I printed the photo and sentiment on my copier (toner based). Then used a marker and aqua pen to add some blue to the sky, water and sentiment. I drew the waves on a piece of scratch paper and when I found the shape I wanted I traced it onto the blue and cut it out. I added gems and ribbon and that was it! I love it. I especially love the two different sizes of gems I used for wave accents.

wave accent on the inside
wave accent on the inside

I couldn’t resist adding a bit of blue wave on the inside as well. It’s taped only on the very right and left…which allows the white paper to slide up and down as the card is opened and closed. The white typing paper is taped down on the top panel to cover up the assembly of the photo area.

I’d make a list of my supplies but I used all scratch paper I had on hand. So the only thing that I know for sure are the blue Gemstones which are from Hobby Lobby and the blue grosgrain ribbon which is from Creative Impressions!

So…I think I’m going to count this as a masculine card. I mean, with all that blue…surely it’s masculine! But with all the gems and ribbon…it surely counts as feminine, too! Can a card be both? I’ll have to ask my husband! =)

Scratch and Sniff Garden

Stamping with Princess – Scratch and Sniff Garden Thank You

The neighbor kids and their mom came over to help plant a veggie garden the other day. So, I decided to make each child a scratch and sniff bookmark as a thank you. And I made a card for the mom.

Thank you card and bookmarks

Thank you card and bookmarks

The flowers and butterflies on the card and bookmarks are all scratch and sniff. I opted to use traditional colored cardstock to represent various flavors. Red cardstock is cherry, yellow cardstock is lemon, orange cardstock is orange and light red cardstock is strawberry.

The card on it's own

The card on it's own

I stamped each flower outline with black StazOn. Then used embossing powder and kool-aid mix for the scent. So I had 4 kool-aid mixes total; one for each distinct smell. More on that later.

Simply bend the paper for 3D effect on the petals and wings

Simply bend the paper for 3D effect on the petals and wings

As you can see on this close up; I simply bent up the petals and wings to give them a more dimensional look. I love 3D! =) The same 3D effect was done on the bookmarks.

Bookmark has same 4 scents each with a different ribbon color

Bookmark has same 4 scents each with a different ribbon color

Close up of bookmark

Close up of bookmark

This was my first attempt at a scratch and sniff card. It is really quite easy. I’m not in love with all my paper choices on this project…but think it was fine for my first card. I think what was challenging for me was the bold colors of the flowers. I don’t usually use such vibrant colors on cards. I’ll be making a birthday card next….stay tuned for that.

Supply list:

  • Kool-Aid packets (no sugar-just the flavor) Generic brand works best!
  • clear detail embossing powder
  • Yellow, red, orange, pink, green, cream cardstock
  • Brown cardstock – DCWV The Green Stack
  • Stamps – Stampin Up
  • Black StazOn ink
  • Embossing pad
  • Scissors
  • Embossing Gun

Instructions and Tips for creating Scratch and Sniff:

  • Important Note: Use GENERIC brand kool-aid and DETAIL embossing powder. Both have smaller grains and mix well together. Thus creating a more smelly scratch and sniff. Smelly in a good way! =)
  • To create scratch and sniff powder: mix 1/2 teaspoon of kool-aid with 3/4 teaspoon clear embossing powder.
  • If you know you are going to use a lot of one scent, you can mix 1 Tablespoon if kool-aid with 1 1/2 Tablespoon of embossing powder. As you can see….it’s one part kool-aid and one and a half parts embossing powder.
  • To get a strong scent, you want to have a large area for the powder. So outlined stamps do not work well with this technique. How do I know? I first tried this by using a glue pen and filling in a small area. The kool-aid smell just wasn’t very powerful.
  • The kool-aid is not a very vibrant color. So if you want your scratch and sniff image to have a vibrant color, you have a few options:
    • Use a colored paper as the background like I did. Red cardstock for the cherry flower etc. Then use a clear embossing pad with the k00l-aid mixture. It will look red because of the paper it’s stamped on.
    • Use a colored embossing pad under the kool-aid mixture. It won’t be as vibrant as the option above. And you will need to buy several different embossing pads. One for each scent/color.
    • Use colored embossing powder that coordinates with the scent. For example, use purple embossing powder with the grape kool-aid. This will give you a deeper color and it will match the scent. The catch here, again, is that you will need several different colors of embossing powder. One for each scent/color.

Tool Caddy

Stamping with Princess – Tool Caddy

Function meets form with this cute yet practical tool caddy! I was in desperate need for a solution for my Stampin’ Scrub pad. It took so much table top space if I kept it out…I decided to make my own toolbox that would hold that, the cleaner, my markers, gems, tape and….well, all my favorite tools.

Holds all my favorite tools and has a ribbon handle

Holds all my favorite tools and has a ribbon handle

This tool caddy consists of 7 boxes all stowed into 1 big box with a ribbon handle for easy transport. I am in love with this guy! So much so that I will be teaching a class at Simple Pleasures on how to make this. Kits are available for $25 which includes all the paper, ribbon and instructions needed to make it. Email me if you want one!

A section for gems, one for markers and one for all my other tools

A section for gems, one for markers and one for all my other tools

View of one side

View of one side

side two of caddy

side two of caddy

If you looked real close…you’ll see that I took the pictures of the side of the caddy before I attached the ribbon. It’s attached with grommets to the panel that stores the Stampin Scrub pad.

Want to know a secret? This guy is even more handy when you put it on top of a lazy susan! It is soooo nice to be able to pull out a marker, then spin the caddy around to pull out some tape! If you make a caddy for your craft room, then be sure to get a lazy susan for it to sit on. You’ll love it.

Supply List:

  • 3 light pink cardstock (for the marker boxes)
  • 3 medium pink cardstock (for the short boxes – tape)
  • 2 dark pink cardstock (for stampin scrub)
  • 4 very dark pink cardstock (for base box)
  • 1 piece Heidi Grace Designs – Sweetest Bug/Charming Collage paper
  • pink grosgrain ribbon (Creative Impressions) 1/2″
  • purple and blue paper ribbon
  • double sided tape
  • puffy tape
  • scissors
  • 2 pink grommets
  • grommet setter like crop-o-dile
  • scor-pal
  • bone folder
  • ruler

Email me for information on purchasing a kit.

Blog Candy Worth Your Time

Stamping with Princess Says – This Blog Candy is Worth Commenting For!

Good Gravey! This hot little item is definitely worth commenting for and telling all your friends about. I know I’ve eyed this item for months and months. So, head over to My Sentiments Exactly and sign up. And if you don’t want it, then sign up and give it to me if you win it! =) You have until Midnight May 21st, 2009.

Thank Yous For Bride and Groom

Stamping with Princess – Thank You Cards for Bride and Groom

Help me out here…is it expected or appropriate to bring a gift to a bridal brunch? We brought gifts to the bridal shower. We will be bringing gifts to the wedding. Is another gift required for the bridal brunch; the meeting of all the women in both families? Since we weren’t sure, my mother and I decided to make a set of 2o thank you cards that the bride and groom can use. But I am curious what ettiquite requires. If you know, please leave me a comment.

And has this ever happened to you: you need a card for a special occassion in about a week but you don’t feel inspired? So you wait until the next day and then the next hoping you wake up with an epiphany? Then time runs out and you throw something together even though you still didn’t feel inspired?

Well, that’s what happened to me. I wanted to make a nice simple and fresh set of thank you cards for my nephew’s fiance with a cute itty bitty bride and groom stamp. But nothing I tried looked appropriate. So due to lack of time, I modified the anniversary card I made for my parents from an earlier post.

Though not a totally new design, I love how they turned out. And I think they would make awesome gifts for any couple getting married. Just swap out the blue color for the wedding color. And voila, a cute gift.

thank you border is the wedding color

thank you border is the wedding color

Unlike the anniversary card, the right side of this card is not cut off. Inside is a piece of typing paper. We (I say we because my mom helped critique the design and then helped mass produce 20 of these) added a ribbon to the front of the dress on this card to mimic the look of the ribbon around the dress of the bride. I was very tempted to add a bow, but that’s not how it will look on the bride’s dress at the wedding, so no bow on the card.

20 of these cards is a bit bulky. So I was going to create a box that was 10 x 7 x 2 that would allow two stacks of cards inside. I did my math wrong and ended up with a box 7 x 7 x 2. So, it was too short to stack the cards side by side. So we made one stack and tied the cards together with blue ribbon to create a tight little bundle. Leaving one loose so the bride can open it, see the whole effect and maybe pass it around for everyone at her Bridal Brunch to see.

Let me just say that although this card looks very simple…it is time consuming. Half way through I was asking myself why I didn’t use two buttons on the shirt instead of three! The shape on the tux shirt is done by hand. I used a compass and ruler (mostly because I enjoy using the compass…and I’m a bit of a perfectionist). The dress shape on this card is different than the anniversary card…because I trimmed around a stamped image (see supply list below).  It’s a lovely image and very easy to cut around. But all the gluing of small pieces on the tux was a little annoying after a while! =) Makes me want to get one of those tools that helps pick up tiny little pieces…it’s only $8 for goodness sake! =)

Boxes and other 3D elements are becoming my new favorite thing to make. I like the fact that the bottom white box, which I created 1/8″ smaller all around, actually peeks out under the black lid. It now looks intentional that the lid is too short! =) Which it wasn’t. Which also meant we had to tie the box together with ribbon or the lid might not stay on very well because of the bulky contents.

Ribbon is tied in a bow and string of plastic pearls accents the ribbon

Ribbon is tied in a bow and string of plastic pearls accents the ribbon

Close up of dress gift tag

Close up of dress gift tag

In the close up, you can see the bow is tucked behind the dress gift tag and that we used the plastic pearl ribbon to accent the white ribbon. And I couldn’t resist adding a gem to the ribbon around the waist of the dress.

Supply list for thank you cards:

  • black matte cardstock for base card
  • white matte cardstock for dress and thank you tag
  • glitter/sparkley white cardstock for tux shirt
  • black shiney cardstock for tux lapel, bow tie and buttons
  • glitter blue cardstock for background of tag
  • typing paper for inside
  • blue ribbon
  • black inkpad
  • embossing pad
  • bridal embossing powder
  • Stampin Up thank you stamp
  • My Sentiments Exactly dress stamp
  • double sided tape
  • mounting tape
  • embossing gun
  • scissors
  • 1/8″ and 1/4″ hole punch for buttons

Supply List for Box and Gift Tag:

  • 3 pieces black matte cardstock for box lid
  • 3 pieces shiney white cardstock for box base
  • 1 piece white matte for gift tag
  • My Sentiments Exactly dress stamp
  • white bridal ribbon
  • white plastic pearl ribbon
  • blue ribbon
  • blue gem
  • bridal embossing powder
  • embossing pad
  • embossing gun
  • scissors
  • double sided tape
  • zots to attach pearl ribbon to bridal ribbon
  • double sided tape
  • scor-pal

Blog Candy You Don’t Want to Miss

Blog Candy You Don’t Want to Miss

This morning I was following my usual blogs…and read about some very nice blog candy on A Place to be Me available until May 31st, 2009!  Joy Kaneohe has everything from simple to elaborate creations on her blog. I love the wide variety of 3D items as well. Oh. And a great feature she has on her blog is at the end of each article. She has links to related articles that you might like. Check it out. She does a fabulous job with her blog.

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