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Busy Bee! Reorganizing and Easter Card

I haven’t had time to post a lot of projects lately because it’s been crazy over here! I’ve been calling it wedding sweatshop lol. Some of the things I can’t post until after the wedding (I don’t want to give away any of the surprises for my sister’s guests who might read my blog!) and other things won’t be posted until much later. In between all of the wedding related items, I did have some time to work on an Easter card and to (re)organize my stamp collection.

I’ll start with the stamp collection. At first I was using two of the large photo/paper boxes that you can find at Michael’s or AC Moore – one to hold the wood mounted stamps and the other for clear stamps. The problem with this is that when I needed a certain stamp, I had to dig through this huge box of stamps and usually it was one that was at the bottom of the pile that I needed. (Of course – why would it be easy?) I got fed up with doing that so I decided it was time to rearrange!

I took all my stamps and divided them into categories. I have holidays, wedding, travel, animals, words/phrases/letters, girls night out (shoes, purses, and a stamp set called girls night out!), patterned, etc. This will make it easier when I am working on a holiday card or layout – I can just grab the box with all the event related stamps and am ready to go. I then placed them into the smaller photo/shoe boxes and placed them around my desk. Before I stacked the boxes two high, but inevitably I would need something from the bottom box every time! So I rearranged the desk so that the shoe boxes line it instead of being on top of each other!
For right now I have just done this with my stamps. Eventually I would like to place my stickers and embellishments of the same themes together with the stamps, but I just didn’t have the patience yesterday. (All the stickers are in two binders and already divided by categories).

After the clutter was removed from my desk, I was able to work again! I started on an Easter card and immediately came the scrapper’s block. I had a bunch of stamps that I wanted to use, but I wasn’t sure where to start. I looked at my background stamps and chose a circle pattern. I wanted to emboss it, so I stamped that with VersaMark and used Martha Stewart yellow embossing powder to create the background. I then used my Spellbinders Nestabilites die (label one), took the largest die and cut out a pink shape for part of the background. I then took the stamps and used bright and pastel colored inks to stamp the different sized eggs all over the pink paper.

Originally when I stamped the eggs, I used a light purple for one of the large eggs. It hardly showed up on the paper, so I reinked the stamp with a maroon color and was able to go right over where the first stamp had been. This is one of the major advantages to using clear stamps. Since you can see through the block and the stamp, you can usually go over your stamped image with ease if part of it didn’t get stamped or if you need to use a different color ink.

Ok – back to my project. I picked up some Happy Easter ribbon the other day and knew I wanted to use it at the bottom of the card. Once that was adhered, I placed the pink shape on the card and decided it needed some more elements. I then took a scrap piece of blue paper and inked up a basket stamp with VersaMark. For the embossing powder, I chose one of Martha Stewart’s glitter embossing powder and it shows up almost clear with a sparkle! I really liked the effect. Next I took the x-large cameo punch from Fiskars and punched out the basket to be placed on top of the pink cutout.

I wanted the pink egg paper with the blue basket to be offset, so I needed something to go on the left side of the card. After going through my Cricut cartridges, I landed on an image of a chick popping out of an egg. The egg was embossed with Swiss Dots and then placed over top of the chick and glued on to the front of the card, next to the other image. (I think this image was from Create a Critter, but I can’t be sure!)

When it came time for the sentiment, I realized that all of the Easter stamps I had were too small. I picked up a bunch from the $1 bin at AC Moore and the sets are tiny. So, I again went through my Cricut books and found the phrase A Lovely Easter to you (from the Wild Cards cartridge). The phrase was cut out from a scrap pack of paper I got on sale at AC Moore. I picked up paints when I was there a couple of weeks ago because I wanted to start adding paint to some of my projects. I bought a teal, purple and a green color and thought – maybe I should paint the words? I did and once they were dry, I adhered them to the inside of the card. The last step was to take a wooden Easter stamp I had, ink it with maroon chalk ink and stamp the image on the outside flap of the envelope.

It took me awhile to come up with all the pieces to this card, but I do think it came out cute. Here are some pictures:
Card front Card and envelope Sentiment Sentiment and envelope

Hope you enjoyed this card! Please feel free to leave any comments – thanks for stopping by!

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Organizing your supplies

Last night I finally had it with my scrap room/office. It was so disorganized and such a mess that I had to do something about it. So I took a couple of hours to try and put everything in its place. Now if you know me, you know how much I HATE cleaning and organizing so this is a big deal!
First, I started off with the things on my desk. I have a tendency to use something and then not put it back where it belongs, especially if I tend to use that item a lot. So I had stamps, embossing powder, stickers and other embellishments along with paper scraps all over my desk. Another thing you probably know about me is that I hate to waste anything. I think, oh, I can use this scrap of paper for something. Some might call it hoarding, but I like to think of it as not being wasteful lol. It makes me feel better at least! With that being said, I first tackled the paper scraps and made three piles – one that had a good amount of unused space left that I could use again, a second pile of scraps to be thrown away and the third one was shapes that I cut out but didn’t use. With the Cricut, sometimes it takes one or two differ tried to get the image the size you want. I had a lot of random animals and paper doll cutouts lying around.
Over the past year or two, I have purchased photo/shoe boxes (the same size as the ones I used for my sister’s centerpieces) and large paper storage boxes made out of the same material. I had a couple of large ones so I thought that those could house my wooden stamps, punches and cling stamps along with some regular ink pads. I have a bunch of smaller boxes for markers, embossing powders and perfect pearl products, scissors and other supplies. I then placed these boxes on either side of my craft mat. I don’t think that this is the most practical solution, but for right now I am going to make it work.

The last thing I need to organize is my paper supply. Right now I have some of my solid card stock and patterned paper in file folder racks. It isn’t the best solution and I am trying to figure out how to store them. My friend Amanda, who writes the blog theperpetualplanner.wordpress.com had some great ideas. I’m not going to steal them on here – I told her to write them in her blog. She’s very organized and I knew she would be the perfect person to ask. So check out her blog for suggestions on how to organize almost anything!
Part of my paper storage problem is the paper scraps. I am still looking for a way to store them. I think I may have found a good solution, but I have to purchase the storage bin and then I will see how it works. If anyone has any ideas, please feel free to share.

Here is what my scrap room looks like now (it’s not perfect, but its 100% better than it was before I started to organize!)
Left side of my desk Right side of my desk