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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Congrats Strip Banner

One more for tonight and off to bed I go!  LOL.  This is a cute little card (4" x 4") I made for Moxie Fab's Tuesday Trigger.  Here's the trigger:



And here's my card:



I was inspired by the flag banner, the colors on the banner, and the doily (which is resembled on the bottom border of the card).  For the banner I just cut out the strips of paper (My Mind's Eye Ooh La La paper pack), placed on the card as shown, and then traced the 'string' with a pink pen. 

I wanted some color to show through the openings on the border so I added printed paper inside and notched it up by punching the same border as on the outside:


 This is a close-up of what the card looks like when closed:



I love how cheerful this little card is!   It's also the perfect companion to a gift! 

Thanks for stopping by!  


Have a bright day!
Aixa

Congrats Strip Banner

One more for tonight and off to bed I go!  LOL.  This is a cute little card (4" x 4") I made for Moxie Fab's Tuesday Trigger.  Here's the trigger:



And here's my card:



I was inspired by the flag banner, the colors on the banner, and the doily (which is resembled on the bottom border of the card).  For the banner I just cut out the strips of paper (My Mind's Eye Ooh La La paper pack), placed on the card as shown, and then traced the 'string' with a pink pen. 

I wanted some color to show through the openings on the border so I added printed paper inside and notched it up by punching the same border as on the outside:


 This is a close-up of what the card looks like when closed:



I love how cheerful this little card is!   It's also the perfect companion to a gift! 

Thanks for stopping by!  


Have a bright day!
Aixa

Birthday Birdie

Hello, again!  Just posting couple of cards before I go to bed here…  This one I made for two challenges: Stamp TV's Friday Challenge and Moxie Fab's Tuesday Trigger.  STV's Friday challenge was CASE the DT, this time Suzanne Dean.  I love Suzanne's cards and her coloring is out of this world!  I actually signed up for a class with her when she came to Florida but unfortunately it was cancelled...I'm hoping she returns by the end of the year… (sigh) I thought of taking her online classes but then again, would love to meet her!  Let's see what I end up doing…

Anywho…  Here is Suzanne's card I chose to CASE:


Love the layers on her cards so I just had to try it!

Here's the trigger picture:


And here's my card, inspired by the two:


I used kind of the same layering as Suzanne's card but changed the layout a bit.  The color palette came from the trigger, as well as the flag banner.  Since the trigger is about celebration and the card is so festive, I made the card a birthday one. 

Hope you enjoyed your visit.  Thanks for stopping by!

Have a bright day!
Aixa


Birthday Birdie

Hello, again!  Just posting couple of cards before I go to bed here…  This one I made for two challenges: Stamp TV's Friday Challenge and Moxie Fab's Tuesday Trigger.  STV's Friday challenge was CASE the DT, this time Suzanne Dean.  I love Suzanne's cards and her coloring is out of this world!  I actually signed up for a class with her when she came to Florida but unfortunately it was cancelled...I'm hoping she returns by the end of the year… (sigh) I thought of taking her online classes but then again, would love to meet her!  Let's see what I end up doing…

Anywho…  Here is Suzanne's card I chose to CASE:


Love the layers on her cards so I just had to try it!

Here's the trigger picture:


And here's my card, inspired by the two:


I used kind of the same layering as Suzanne's card but changed the layout a bit.  The color palette came from the trigger, as well as the flag banner.  Since the trigger is about celebration and the card is so festive, I made the card a birthday one. 

Hope you enjoyed your visit.  Thanks for stopping by!

Have a bright day!
Aixa


Bee-autiful Day!

Hello, Friends!  Hope you're having a nice week!  Mine has been ok, although my daughter's been sick…  She's feeling better today but still not out of the woods.  It's been kind of up and down for her so I'm glad to see she's feeling better today.  : ) 

Anyways, in between runny nose and pink eye, I wanted to do a quick post for Moxie Fab's Hooked on Hexagons Challenge.  Hexagons are definitely in trend and I could not help but get hooked!  I had the thought of an hexagon-shaped card…   Since I do not have a die in hexagon shape I created a template.  Here's the card:


I also thought since honey-combs are in hexagon shape it would be cute to add a bee and the sentiment 'Have a bee-autiful day!'  I do not have a stamp with that sentiment so I printed it on the computer.  

I used the Sizzix 'Bee Happy' Sizzlits die for the bee.  Instead of cutting the bee on white and coloring it, I decided to cut it twice (in yellow and black).  Using the yellow bee as my 'base' I cut the black one out and kind of paper pieced parts of it on the yellow bee.  That way I got the same yellow on the bee as the card stock on the card.

Well, Mommy duty calls so that's my card for today!  Hope you enjoyed the visit!

Have a bee-autiful day!
Aixa

Bee-autiful Day!

Hello, Friends!  Hope you're having a nice week!  Mine has been ok, although my daughter's been sick…  She's feeling better today but still not out of the woods.  It's been kind of up and down for her so I'm glad to see she's feeling better today.  : ) 

Anyways, in between runny nose and pink eye, I wanted to do a quick post for Moxie Fab's Hooked on Hexagons Challenge.  Hexagons are definitely in trend and I could not help but get hooked!  I had the thought of an hexagon-shaped card…   Since I do not have a die in hexagon shape I created a template.  Here's the card:


I also thought since honey-combs are in hexagon shape it would be cute to add a bee and the sentiment 'Have a bee-autiful day!'  I do not have a stamp with that sentiment so I printed it on the computer.  

I used the Sizzix 'Bee Happy' Sizzlits die for the bee.  Instead of cutting the bee on white and coloring it, I decided to cut it twice (in yellow and black).  Using the yellow bee as my 'base' I cut the black one out and kind of paper pieced parts of it on the yellow bee.  That way I got the same yellow on the bee as the card stock on the card.

Well, Mommy duty calls so that's my card for today!  Hope you enjoyed the visit!

Have a bee-autiful day!
Aixa

Friday, July 20, 2012

Blog Candy Winner!

Happy Friday!  The day has come to announce the winner of the blog candy!!!

First, I'd like to thank all of you for your compliments on my new craft room and your support.  I really appreciate it.  I am also glad to see some of you got inspiration for your own craft room!

The Blog Candy was this handy dandy ribbon carousel:



And without further due, the random winner of the blog candy is:

Patti J!

Feel free to visit her on her blog and leave some love! 

Congrats, Patti!   Enjoy getting your ribbons organized!  Please send me your snail mail address so you can receive your prize!  You can contact me at: aixa@cardjewels.com.

And speaking of treats, wouldn't it be nice to get a cold, refreshing drink in the middle of a hot day?  I had one of those days not long ago so I treated myself and my daughter to a smoothie.  Then it occurred to me it would be nice to surprise someone else with a refreshment so I made a little note card to go with the drink:



It's a simple little note but can put a big smile on someone's face!  And they can cool off too!  I used stamps from Gina K Designs 'Enjoy the Summer' kit.  The little wind thingie (Help me!  I forgot what its called!  LOL) is paper pieced with DP from the same kit.  Sorry I just went blank! Spanish is my first language and while my English is pretty good I get 'pockets' in the language every now and then!  Although I get them in Spanish too...  I think the 'pockets' are in my brain!  LOL.  So… Is it a handheld windmill?  When I say windmill I think of the big ones…  I googled 'handheld windmills' and the picture came up but I thought it had a specific name… A single word…  Maybe not!  Oh, goodness, this is going to be in my head until I find out! 

Anyways, I just wanted to share this little project and spread some summer cheer! So enjoy your day and stay cool! 

By the way, if you have not heard yet, there is a  blog hop today at Card Crafty Club.  Visit them for a chance to win some candy and get summer inspiration!  I will sure check it out! They will have blog hops every month and I am excited to be participating next month. Stay tuned! 


Have a bright day!
Aixa

Blog Candy Winner!

Happy Friday!  The day has come to announce the winner of the blog candy!!!

First, I'd like to thank all of you for your compliments on my new craft room and your support.  I really appreciate it.  I am also glad to see some of you got inspiration for your own craft room!

The Blog Candy was this handy dandy ribbon carousel:



And without further due, the random winner of the blog candy is:

Patti J!

Feel free to visit her on her blog and leave some love! 

Congrats, Patti!   Enjoy getting your ribbons organized!  Please send me your snail mail address so you can receive your prize!  You can contact me at: aixa@cardjewels.com.

And speaking of treats, wouldn't it be nice to get a cold, refreshing drink in the middle of a hot day?  I had one of those days not long ago so I treated myself and my daughter to a smoothie.  Then it occurred to me it would be nice to surprise someone else with a refreshment so I made a little note card to go with the drink:



It's a simple little note but can put a big smile on someone's face!  And they can cool off too!  I used stamps from Gina K Designs 'Enjoy the Summer' kit.  The little wind thingie (Help me!  I forgot what its called!  LOL) is paper pieced with DP from the same kit.  Sorry I just went blank! Spanish is my first language and while my English is pretty good I get 'pockets' in the language every now and then!  Although I get them in Spanish too...  I think the 'pockets' are in my brain!  LOL.  So… Is it a handheld windmill?  When I say windmill I think of the big ones…  I googled 'handheld windmills' and the picture came up but I thought it had a specific name… A single word…  Maybe not!  Oh, goodness, this is going to be in my head until I find out! 

Anyways, I just wanted to share this little project and spread some summer cheer! So enjoy your day and stay cool! 

By the way, if you have not heard yet, there is a  blog hop today at Card Crafty Club.  Visit them for a chance to win some candy and get summer inspiration!  I will sure check it out! They will have blog hops every month and I am excited to be participating next month. Stay tuned! 


Have a bright day!
Aixa

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Christmas in July

Hello, my friends!  I feel like I haven't posted in forever!  Last week I had my family over and so I took a little break.  : )  Anyways, today I'm back with a post for Stamp TV's Monday Challenge: Christmas In July.  And what a refreshing theme it is in the middle of a HOT summer!  

Here's my card:




I used coordinating design paper (DP) from a K&E Company Christmas stack.  To bring out the poinsettia, I stamped it on sparkly red paper (the sparkle doesn't show very well on the picture).  I used Versa Mark ink to stamp the flower as I heat embossed it in gold.  I then cut out the flower and placed it on the cardstock framed in the same red as the poinsettia. 

The sentiment is also heat-embossed and I added some sparkle on the circle by layering gold paper lace and adding gold ink to the DP.

This post really got me thinking: Christmas will be here before we know it!  Better start building up that stash of Christmas cards! 

If you're looking for more Christmas inspiration, don't miss July's blog hop at Card Crafty Club.  For details visit: Blog Hop with Sean and Regina.  Along with the inspirational hopping is the chance to win Blog Candy!  They will be having a blog hop every month so there are lots of opportunities to get inspired and win!  I will be participating on the blog hop for the month of August so stay tuned! 

Have a bright day!
Aixa

Christmas in July

Hello, my friends!  I feel like I haven't posted in forever!  Last week I had my family over and so I took a little break.  : )  Anyways, today I'm back with a post for Stamp TV's Monday Challenge: Christmas In July.  And what a refreshing theme it is in the middle of a HOT summer!  

Here's my card:




I used coordinating design paper (DP) from a K&E Company Christmas stack.  To bring out the poinsettia, I stamped it on sparkly red paper (the sparkle doesn't show very well on the picture).  I used Versa Mark ink to stamp the flower as I heat embossed it in gold.  I then cut out the flower and placed it on the cardstock framed in the same red as the poinsettia. 

The sentiment is also heat-embossed and I added some sparkle on the circle by layering gold paper lace and adding gold ink to the DP.

This post really got me thinking: Christmas will be here before we know it!  Better start building up that stash of Christmas cards! 

If you're looking for more Christmas inspiration, don't miss July's blog hop at Card Crafty Club.  For details visit: Blog Hop with Sean and Regina.  Along with the inspirational hopping is the chance to win Blog Candy!  They will be having a blog hop every month so there are lots of opportunities to get inspired and win!  I will be participating on the blog hop for the month of August so stay tuned! 

Have a bright day!
Aixa

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Birthday Leaves

Another quick post for Moxie Fab's Stamp It! Birthday Card Challenge:





Again, keeping it super simple with my post!  It's way past my bedtime but wanted to squeeze in another card for this challenge.   It's probably best I keep it short, I'm not sure I would make much sense!  LOL.   

By the way, for those of you who may have missed it, I would like to invite you to check out a post on my experience re-creating a little craft room.  It's been exciting to have a new space to work on and I'm spreading the joy with some Blog Candy!!!  Check it out!


Have a bright day!
Aixa

Birthday Leaves

Another quick post for Moxie Fab's Stamp It! Birthday Card Challenge:





Again, keeping it super simple with my post!  It's way past my bedtime but wanted to squeeze in another card for this challenge.   It's probably best I keep it short, I'm not sure I would make much sense!  LOL.   

By the way, for those of you who may have missed it, I would like to invite you to check out a post on my experience re-creating a little craft room.  It's been exciting to have a new space to work on and I'm spreading the joy with some Blog Candy!!!  Check it out!


Have a bright day!
Aixa

Birthday Candles

Hello, stamping friends!  I've had a few birthday cards to make this month so Moxie Fab's Stamp It Birthday Challenge was right on time for me!  Here's one of the cards:

Birthday Candles



I'm keeping it short and sweet today, it's been a long night!  By the way, for those of you who may have missed it, I would like to invite you to check out a post on my experience re-creating a little craft room.  It's been exciting to have a new space to work on and I'm spreading the joy with some Blog Candy!!!  Check it out!


Have a bright day!
Aixa


Birthday Candles

Hello, stamping friends!  I've had a few birthday cards to make this month so Moxie Fab's Stamp It Birthday Challenge was right on time for me!  Here's one of the cards:

Birthday Candles



I'm keeping it short and sweet today, it's been a long night!  By the way, for those of you who may have missed it, I would like to invite you to check out a post on my experience re-creating a little craft room.  It's been exciting to have a new space to work on and I'm spreading the joy with some Blog Candy!!!  Check it out!


Have a bright day!
Aixa


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Love You to Pieces

Ok, this is my third post tonight and I'm getting sleepy so I think I'll stop for today!  Be sure to check my previous post (I share my experience in 'sprucing-up' my craft room and have blog candy!)

So this post is for a card I made for MoxieFab's Stamp It! Cards Week.  There are five different ones and this one is called "The Love Card Challenge".  We have to make a love card using stamping as the main technique.  Stamping?  Card? Definitely the perfect 'love' combination!  Here's my card:


For the  main image I stamped two separate flowers: one red, one pink.  I used a Spellbinders die to cut out a circle from the pink flower.  I then used a heart punch to cut out hearts in a circular pattern.  To ensure I had a decent 'heart circle', here's what I did:


  1. Stamp an extra pink flower and randomly punch out hearts.  The way I punched them I only got 4 and then used them on the inside of the card).  
  2. On the circle to be used on the card, cut one heart out and turn the circle around.  
  3. Place the heart punch-outs from step 2 as shown
  4. Trace top of hearts with pencil
  5. Use the tracing to line up punch and you'll get a perfect pattern! 
  6. Save the heart punch outs from step 5 to incorporate in design. 
Once the circle with the pink flower had the hearts punched out I adhered it over the red flower in a way the flower image is not disrupted.  

I really wanted the card to say "I love you to pieces" because it goes so well with the design.  Only problem was I don't have a stamp with that sentiment and I did not want to print it on the computer since the main technique for this challenge is stamping.  Then I remembered I had a little set of alphabet stamps so I made my own sentiment!  To line the letters up I lightly traced a straight line with a  ruler and erased it when done.  

That's my love card, friends.  And thank you Cath for another great challenge!  This is the first challenge I participate on since you're back from surgery so I was feeling the love for the Moxie Fab World!  What can I say but: "Love you to pieces!" 

Have a bright day!
Aixa




Love You to Pieces

Ok, this is my third post tonight and I'm getting sleepy so I think I'll stop for today!  Be sure to check my previous post (I share my experience in 'sprucing-up' my craft room and have blog candy!)

So this post is for a card I made for MoxieFab's Stamp It! Cards Week.  There are five different ones and this one is called "The Love Card Challenge".  We have to make a love card using stamping as the main technique.  Stamping?  Card? Definitely the perfect 'love' combination!  Here's my card:


For the  main image I stamped two separate flowers: one red, one pink.  I used a Spellbinders die to cut out a circle from the pink flower.  I then used a heart punch to cut out hearts in a circular pattern.  To ensure I had a decent 'heart circle', here's what I did:


  1. Stamp an extra pink flower and randomly punch out hearts.  The way I punched them I only got 4 and then used them on the inside of the card).  
  2. On the circle to be used on the card, cut one heart out and turn the circle around.  
  3. Place the heart punch-outs from step 2 as shown
  4. Trace top of hearts with pencil
  5. Use the tracing to line up punch and you'll get a perfect pattern! 
  6. Save the heart punch outs from step 5 to incorporate in design. 
Once the circle with the pink flower had the hearts punched out I adhered it over the red flower in a way the flower image is not disrupted.  

I really wanted the card to say "I love you to pieces" because it goes so well with the design.  Only problem was I don't have a stamp with that sentiment and I did not want to print it on the computer since the main technique for this challenge is stamping.  Then I remembered I had a little set of alphabet stamps so I made my own sentiment!  To line the letters up I lightly traced a straight line with a  ruler and erased it when done.  

That's my love card, friends.  And thank you Cath for another great challenge!  This is the first challenge I participate on since you're back from surgery so I was feeling the love for the Moxie Fab World!  What can I say but: "Love you to pieces!" 

Have a bright day!
Aixa




New Craft Room/Cave! And BLOG CANDY!!!

I am finally done with the 'craft cave'! LOL.  It's taken some time but it was well worth it.  So today I'm sharing with you my experience in enhancing my craft space.  I say enhancing because, while I added a lot of new elements, I also worked with some 'older' ones and spruced them up.  I hope you find something useful and/or get inspired to do some 'sprucing-up' of your own.  So get comfy and read on! (Blog Candy's at the end, no skipping!  He, he.)

First, I really have to thank my handy dad (one of them; I have two!) for without him I could have never carried out my vision for this room.  This room was really a labor of love.  My dad custom-made the desk for me in two trips  (he lives plane-ride distance and while he visits pretty often, this was a big project to take on during his visits).  I also think I drove him crazy on a new level!  LOL.  While my mom was not able to come on these trips, she was also part of the process via phone.  I also had feedback and help from friends.    

So back to the room...  This little room (it's about 8' x 8') used to be an office/storage/craft room.  Yes, very crowded! As I got more involved in card making I was always looking for room to spread out and have everything handy.  Here are the areas I wanted to tackle:
  • Organization/accessibility: I was kind of organized but everything was in bins and staked up so searching and getting supplies out was not the most convenient process.  
  • Room to work on and spread out: I had a dedicated craft desk I shared with my daughter.  It was comfortable but not much room to spread out (spreading out is a must! LOL).  Also, it was hard for both my daughter and I to craft at the same time with the space limitation.  While there was a computer desk across the craft desk, it was a little wobbly so I used it to spread out a little but it was not a good working surface. 
  • Lighting and Ventilation: Since this room has no windows, the lack of natural lighting is definitely a downside.  Also, while there is an AC vent, it's not directly on the area I use for crafting so it tends to get hot.  I had a mini fan attached to the desk to make it more comfortable!  
  • Creative atmosphere: The space was kind of 'blah' (decorating-wise) and I really wanted a place where I could come in and feel inspired to create!  
So, without further due, here are the 'before' and 'after' pictures:


As you can see, it was very crowded.  Behind the curtains are three large shelves that go from wall to wall and they are stuffed with all sorts of things that don't really need to be there!  Therefore the curtains, which made the room look so much smaller than it is...  I have to say the shelves were good storage, though.   My dad actually gave me the idea of removing the shelves so I could have more space to work with.  I still needed storage space so I relocated two of the shelves and gave the third to my cousin.  I just had to re-organize and purge some!  

With the shelves gone, I could see large L-shape desk in the room.  I started bouncing off ideas with my dad and in the end decided to make three desk areas: two for crafting (including a section for my daughter to craft in), and a computer area.  The desk design also incorporated storage.  

Here is the new craft room (I so love it!):


IMAGE 1

I changed the light fixture for a ceiling fan with light and also added desk lamps so thats a "check" on lighting and ventilation! 

Since I had a clear goal for this room, I decided to make an inspiration board to help me keep track of my ideas.  From the color scheme to storage ideas, I defined a plan of action.  Of course with room to deviate from what was on the board...  It was more of a guide, you see.  In the end, everything came together beautifully.  

This is the wall to the right side of the room (I'm giving you a tour! LOL):

IMAGE 2

The art work come straight from my 'artist' 5-year old!    I painted 4 wooden frames a friend gave me (so nice of her!) and  used the little paint samplers I had gotten when choosing the colors for the room.  By the way, the color inspiration (yellow, green, and hot pink) came from an orchid that had those colors.   That's also why I have those orchids in the room: to remind me how inspiration is everywhere!  The yellow really makes the room light and bright, like the sun in shining!  Also yellow is supposed to inspire creativity.   I have to say I have a smile on my face every time I come in here! 

Where you see the printer is another desk area (for the computer), so the desk kind of wraps around three sides of the room:


I just love how the desk turned out!  My dad did a great job building it.  The 'fun' part was painting...  Oh, my goodness!  By the time I painted the room I was ready to not see a paint brush for a long time!  But the desk needed painting so back came the brush!  Fortunately I got some help painting part of the unit.  I used white premium latex paint  and topped it with 3 coats of clear , water-based polycrylic  paint.  Funny about clear paint:  why 3 coats?   Because it is clear and so hard to see where you're painting that by the 3rd coat you can hope to get every spot you missed on the previous coats!  That's my take on it, anyways!  Oh, yes, and it's well protected... 

Back to the tour... My daughter's area is the one with the Hello Kitty scrapbook.  She has storage underneath and we also share the cubbies on that desk.  The chairs kind of float around depending on what we're doing.    

Speaking of chairs, those are regular office chairs (navy blue and black cushions).  I could have left them the way they were; they were in good condition.  But navy blue and black...  No... LOL.  So I thought making covers would be a good option.  Also, if they get dirty I can take the covers off, wash them, and move on!   I also had the idea of dressing up a bulletin board so I thought it would be fun to use the same fabric for the bulletin board and chair covers!  You can see it all better on Image 1.  Here's a close-up of the chair covers for one of the chairs:



I basically cut out the fabric in the shape of the cushion, with room for seams, sewed an encasing to run elastic through, closed it, and voila!  I think they add so much personality to the room...  Who says you can't have comfort and style without spending a fortune?!?  I got the fabric on sale at $8.79/yard!

While I'm at the topic of not spending a fortune, I got the little shelves you see for my stamps and supplies at the amazing price of $17.00 (all three)!  I looked for a while and was lucky enough to find them on the same day at a thrift store.  Here they are on the 'original condition' I found them:




I altered two of them because while I can appreciate the detail of the soccer ball and the truck, they don't really go with the 'atmosphere' I wanted for the room.   The shelves themselves were perfect though!  So I decided to unscrew the parts I did not need, fill them up with putty, and then paint them all white. 


Next I would like to share some other ideas I used to stay organized.  

Stamps and General Supplies 

I stored my wood mounted stamps on the shelves on the wall.  I love how handy they are and they also decorate the wall!  

Since I decided to use the large cubby shelf to store stamp pads, markers, glitter, etc. I left it on the desk for easy access.  In the end I still have a lot of desk area to work on and everything is within arms reach.  It's also a breeze to put everything away so I don't get as messy as I used to!  

As far as unmounted stamps, I keep them on the plastic sheet they come with and then place them in large plastic bins (the ones meant for scrapbook paper).  While I don't like the stacking so much, it works for now.  I'm thinking of migrating to binders, though.  It may be  easier to access the stamps that way.  

Other items that played a big role in organizing supplies like paper, punches, scissors, embellishments, and other general supplies were the white cubbies you see on the right corner on the of the room (Image 1).  There is another one on the shelf to the left.  I got those at Target along with the inserts and baskets.  They work so well for paper storage... I also love how you can add baskets that slide out like a drawer, but with the flexibility to pull them out if you need to.  The guillotine stacks perfectly on top so I can keep it out of reach for little hands!  The cubbies took a chunk of the budget but they are well worth it.  I have everything so handy now! 

Another thing I used to store small embellishments and color pencils/pens are the pink drawer containers you see on Image 2.  I've had them for a while along with some pink crates; they fit perfectly in the room.  They also store my daughter's supplies. 


Dies, Embossing folders, and Stencils

For Spellbinders dies, embossing folders, and stencils, I found this awesome bin at JoAnn:


I once read about storing dies on a CD binder, using magnet sheets to hold in place.  Then you could cut out the covers and place them on a CD sleeve next to the dies to help you identify them by name.  I thought that was such a great idea!  Then I saw this cute box and thought it could work really well to store dies along with embossing folders.   The less places I have to go through the better!  It even has a handle to pull it out of the shelf and fits perfectly on the space behind the Big Shot so I have it all together!    And the icing on the cake: it was 60% off!

Here's how I store the dies:



To store them so they would fit in the box I cut the front panel of the 'folder' they come in a bit shorter than the height of the bin.  On the back side, I adhered magnetic sheets so the dies would stay in place.  Now it's so much easier to look through and find what I need.  The magnet sheets work great! 


Ribbons

Over time I have gotten so many spools of ribbon that the drawer I had them in was no longer functional storage.  I think a lot of us go through that!  I originally wanted a rod to hang on the wall but since I had the cubbies for the stamps and the bulletin board, I decided to search other options.  I went with two:

Ribbon Carousel 
Got this one at Michaels.  It's much like one of those to put paper towels on.  And best of all, the rods are mounted on a rotating base so you can turn it around to get your ribbons! I put the carousel on a corner of my work area to keep them handy.



Basket Turned Ribbon Dispenser
I first saw this idea at Pinterest and loved it.  I already had the basket so all I had to get were the dowels to run through the holes.  I use this one for thin ribbons and ribbons I don't use as often.  I also have 'room to grow' on this one!  I placed the basket on a shelf underneath the desk, but still handy.  



Scrap Paper


As a paper crafter, I'm sure you've come across the question: "What do I do with all these paper scraps?  How do I store them so I can find them later?"  I guess it really depends on what is easier for you in terms of how you work.  What I found works best for me is a filing system.  I dropped some hanging folders on a crate and inserted files for the different colors I have.  You can always add more as you go ( I know I have!)  I found this way I could store assorted size scraps and easily go to the folder with the color I need.  I keep it under my desk, and I can move it around easily.  




Card Projects

For cards I've made, I have kind of the same storage system as the scrap paper filing above.  Instead of having folders by color, I have them by occasion.  That way I can easily retrieve the type of card I need.  As far as bulky cards, I store them on plastic bins so they don't get flattened on the file crate. 


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Well, this is it for the 'craft cave' tour!  Hope you enjoyed reading (are your eyes falling out?!?!) and  found something useful for your craft room...  Sometimes it helps to look around to find out what works for you.  Also, I believe we can make any space work out for our crafting needs.  In the end it's all about making what you have work for you!

So, since I am so excited and grateful to have been able to create my 'craft cave', I decided to spread the joy with some BLOG CANDY!  One lucky, randomly chosen reader will receive a Ribbon Carousel like the one I described on this post!


To be eligible just become a follower and leave a comment on this post (anything your crafty heart desires). Since I am shipping this at my own expense, only US residents will be eligible for the draw (my apologies to international friends...)  You will have until July 18, 2012  to comment and be eligible for the draw.  I will post the winner on July 20 so be sure to check back.  If the winner does not  claim the prize within one week of announcement, I will choose someone else from the pool of participants.  So keep checking just in case!

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Have a bright day!
Aixa