January 29, 2015

MFT February Release Countdown: 5

Hi everyone! Hold onto your hats because it's time for the February Release Countdown from My Favorite Things! Whoop! Over the next five days we've got some of the most fun stamps and Die-namics to share with you! We've also got NEW COLORS of card stock and ink that will surely excite you! Make sure you head on over to the MFT Blog for all of today's introductions and to find out who you can win BIG!

My card today uses the new Spring Tulips, Spring Tulips Die-namics, Blueprints 22, and the Houndstooth Background (SWOON). The colors are from the most current color challenge on the MFT Card Challenge Blog. The colors are Blueberry, Wild Wisteria, Limelight, and Sweet Tooth.

Here is my card. Isn't the Houndstooth Background gorgeous stamped in Blueberry? You know how much I love the background stamps. L.O.V.E.



The finished inside:



Below you will find links to all of the MFT products I used on my card.




Thanks for stopping by!

~Jackie

January 23, 2015

5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash - Ink Pads & Refills

Hi there everyone! It's the final day from the 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash from My Favorite Things and today we are focusing on Ink Pad and Ink Refill organization! There is a fantastic grand prize to be given away so make sure you head on over to the MFT Blog for all of today's details and direct links to each participating designer.

I want to start off today by saying THANK YOU to all of you for the wonderful comments this week. I hope I've inspired those of you with small spaces to get organized!

Let's talk ink. I have all of MFT's Premium Dye Inks and almost all of the MFT Hybrid inks. That's a lot of ink and it has been challenging getting them organized. Here's how I store my inks.

I store my Premium Dye Inks in this ink holder from Organize More. I bought this several years ago and I love it.


My organizer doesn't have the fancy little space for the refills but there is plenty of room for the refills right next to the pad.



I store my Hybrid Ink Pads at the bottom of one of my Ikea craft carts.


I only have a few of the Hybrid Ink refills and I keep them in the baggie they came shipped in and store them on the same shelf on my craft cart.


So that's it from me! I really hope you've enjoyed this organization series. I sure have!

Thanks for stopping by!

~Jackie




January 22, 2015

5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash - Card Stock

Hi there everyone! Welcome back to 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash from My Favorite Things! I've said it all week, but this has been the most fun stuff to post. I love seeing what everyone else uses for organization and I've really loved sharing it with all of you. Make sure you head on over to the MFT Blog for links to each participating designer and to get a peek of today's prize.

Today we are focusing on card stock. While this was being planned behind the scenes, I got a peek at Sharon Harnist's card stock organization and I RAN to Office Depot to get the same envelopes that she uses to store her card stock. My card stock was always organized but I always left it in the plastic wrap it came in. It would get messy, but it will never get messy in these envelopes.

Here is a pic of the package that the envelopes came in. OH, and a little card stock, too ;)


Here are all the beautiful colors lined up in some magazine holders I've had for ages. The magazine holders were purchased at Ikea.


I added a handwritten label with the name of each color to each envelope.


Here they are all lined up on their side in my kitchen craft cabinet.


And a straight-on view in the craft cabinet.

That's it from me today!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jackie

January 21, 2015

5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash - Day 3!

Hi there everyone! Welcome back to the 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash event from My Favorite Things! Isn't it so fun to hop along and see how we all organize our crafty stash? There is another TERRIFIC prize giveaway today so make sure you head on over to the MFT Blog for direct links to all participating designers and to find out what today's prize is!

Today we are focusing on organizing  Die-namics dies. I LOVE my Die-namics. LOVE. Don't know how I would craft without them. But keeping them organized was such a challenge for me until I saw this video from Jennifer McGuire. Just like my stamps, I store my Die-namics in these Clear Storage Pockets. I've been stamping for a long time and just love how this system works for me.



Here you can see them stored in my kitchen cabinet on the shelf above my stamps.


I store all of my Stax Die-namics and Blueprints Die-namics on the top shelf of my rolling cart. I reach for these for every card I make.

I store all of the stamp set companion Die-namics on the back side of the stamp set.

That's it from me today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Jackie

January 20, 2015

Organize Your Crafty Stash - Stencils

Hi everyone! Welcome back to the second day of 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash from My Favorite Things! Wasn't yesterday fun? I love seeing how everyone gets their things organized. It's so inspiring! We are focusing on organizing our stencils today so make sure you head on over to the MFT Blog for links to all of today's participating designers and to find out how you can win today's prize!

I want to start off by saying that my stencil storage is really basic. No bells or whistles here. I am just proud that I know where my stencils are and that all the mediums I use them with are at hands reach. So let me show you my stencil organization.

Here are all my stencils.


Tada! Here they are. See? I told you no bells or whistles, but all in one place and that's important ;)


I love this divided tray. It is called the Antonius Basket insert and I found it at Ikea. It fits inside the trays on the Raskog Utility Cart. Plus they are only 3 bucks. Gotta love Ikea. I got six trays, one for each level of my two carts.

Here is the tray empty:


This is my other cart. The top shelf houses all of my essentials such as scissors, Jody boosters, adhesives, etc. My stencils are on the second shelf along with all of the mediums I use with my stencils such as modeling paste, color spritzes, etc. The bottom shelf houses my limited supply of embellishments.


Here is a close up of the stencil shelf.

That's it from me today! I hope I've inspired you to get organized!

Thanks for stopping by!

~Jackie



January 19, 2015

5 Days To An Organized Crafty Stash!

Hi there! I'm so excited to be joining in on MFT's 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash! Over the next five days the MFT Design Team will be sharing the different ways we organize our stamps, stencils, Die-namics, card stock, and inks/ink refills. There are awesome prizes, too! Make sure you head on over to the MFT Blog for all of today's details and for direct links to each participating designer.

Today's focus is stamp organization.

I live in a small house and about a year ago gave up my craft space so that my two teenage girls could have some more space away from each other. I have found it very challenging to organize my crafty stash, but have finally found a system that works for me. I craft at my kitchen table and use two of these rolling carts from Ikea for my most used items. This is just one of my carts. You can see all of my BELOVED background stamps on the second shelf.


Here they are in a close up. Aren't they beautiful ;)


I use this system from Jennifer McGuire for storing all of my stamps. I LOVE this system. I feel so organized. I store the stamps in these pocket storage envelopes from MFT. 


Here they are in the bin. The dividers were cut from Lush Lagoon card stock. I rounded the corners with a corner chomper. 


My labels are from MFT and are available as a free download! All you have to do is print and stick. Easy Peasy :)


I store the stamps (and many other crafty items) in a cabinet in the corner of my kitchen. You'll see more of the cabinet as the week goes on. It's also where I store my card stock.



MFT is also offering up a prize to two lucky crafters each day. The graphic above is today's prize! You can find out all of the prize info and how you can win by heading over to the MFT Blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Jackie


January 12, 2015

Creative Construction with Blueprints – Back at the Beginning Blueprints 1 & 2

Hi there everyone! There is a new challenge on the block! It's Creative Construction with Blueprints! Here are a few words from MFT about this awesome new challenge.

We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards in quick fashion when we’re short on time or inspiration. We also love them for their versatility and ability to be mixed and matched when we have the time and inspiration to create something truly unique. Our Creative Construction Challenge focuses on these attributes each month, challenging the team to both assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches as well as design an original card combining elements from the featured Blueprints.

We thought it appropriate to kick off this series by going back to the beginning and focusing on the first two Blueprints we created for you. Take a walk down memory lane with us!

So there it is in a nutshell! Now let's get to my projects!

My first card uses a sketch from Blueprints 1. I remember when the whole concept of Blueprints was introduced and I thought it was genius!! I love having a sketch at my fingertips to make a quick and easy card, but I love how each blueprint set can be combined with any other Blueprint set for endless possibilities.

Here is my card. I used the Fine Check Background, You Have My Heart, Swiss Dots Background, and Blueprints 1 Die-namics. The colors I used are Sweet Tooth, Pink Lemonade, and Cherry Crisp.



And the finished inside:


For my second card I combined a few elements from Blueprints 1 and Blueprints 2. I used the same colors and stamps as the first, but added a beautiful Mini Hybrid Heirloom Rose and some Royal Leaves.

Here is the card:


And the finished inside:


Below you will find links to all of the MFT products I used on my card.


Thanks for stopping by!

~Jackie