February 24, 2011

Die storage

Last night while Eric and the girls were at swim lessons I spent some time in my craft room. I had seen a couple of great ideas for storing the PTI (and other) dies and combined them for my storage.
First I started with Tracey's idea of using magnetic vent covers and cardstock in a photo storage box. I still need to label the cardstock though. I plan on writing the name of the die on the front, and on the back I will list all of the coordinating stamp sets and their respective numbers (new stamp storage coming soon...)

After I had all of my PTI dies on the cards.. I was left with the small Cuttlebug and Sizzix dies. I wanted them in the same place, but they did not stick to the magnets. Then I remembered Dawn's storage idea for the PTI dies. I pulled out the clear acetate sheets that come with the PTI stamps, plugged in my sewing machine, and made pockets!
Now, I suppose I could have made the pockets for all of the dies, but I loved Tracey's magnet idea and it is so easy to take them on and off... so I continued. I put my embossing plates and folders behind the dies, and even added the Cuttlebug plates and embossing mats.

For my long dies I added some magnet to the side of the box...

And now all of my Cuttlebug supplies are in one spot, with room to grow.

February 17, 2011

Mailbox Key

I made this keychain/ tag for our spare mailbox key a while ago. I am not thrilled with it, and may redo it completely... but wanted to post what I made.
The #12 is our mailbox #, and on the back I put our house number in case the key gets lost.
This hangs in our pantry and gets used more frequently than the mailbox key that is on my key chain. Especially since the girls love checking the mail.

I think that I want to try a more grungy, "Tim Holtz" look on the next one... but that is so outside my comfort zone!

February 16, 2011

Valentines Card

We made up a couple more pencil valentines for some neighbors, and using the same supplies I whipped up this Valentines Card for the grown ups.
Pink CS is from my stash, the PP is from K&Co ( I am almost done using the stack!) The heart/ friend stamp and coordinating heart punch is from Stampin Up, and the Inks are Papertrey Ink.

February 15, 2011

Homework Time

I took these pictures last month, and just realized that I never posted them! All of my girls doing their homework...

February 14, 2011

Make It Monday #1

Papertrey Ink has started a new challenge called "Make it Mondays", and last weeks challenge was to create a Go-To Sentiment card. Click on the button below to check out this weeks challenge!
 Well.. I did not get this posted in time to qualify for the challenge, but I still wanted to show off my card!
All supplies are Papertrey Ink except for the Patterned Paper (DCWV I think...) and the Heidi Swapp flower.

February 7, 2011


This weekend we made Valentines for Megan and Lauren's valentines parties next week. I did not want to wait until the last minute and end up having to buy them. (ummm not that that has ever happened before...)
So, while the girls were watching a movie I got everything prepped. I used the scalloped heart nestabilities to cut out a bunch (50ish) of hearts from a K&Co Valentines paper pack that I bought last year, and then used the next size down to cut out a bunch of white hearts. I also cut a bunch of white CS down to 5 x 2. These were folded and stapled so that it would hold a pencil. I did not take a clear picture of these unfortunately.
Finally I stamped a bunch of hearts in different colors using a SU stamp that my sister was kind enough to let me borrow and then punched them out with the coordinating punch.  Once all of this was done I gathered some glue, the pencils (Target and Wal-Mart), a small "Be Mine" stamp, and an ink pad (both Papertrey Ink) and got everything set up on the dining room table.

Excuse the tablecloth.. this is our craft and playdough tablecloth!

You can kind of see the folded/ stapled piece in the above picture. This is what the girls wrote the To/ From lines on.

Then they stamped the "Be Mine" sentiment on the white hearts

Then they got to glue together all of the hearts

And then I attached them to the folded backing...

 and added the pencils!

February 2, 2011

Desk Calendar

I saw this adorable idea on a Zutter Blog Hop and just had to make my own! This is the inspiration:


And here is my version:

I painted the frame (previously green) with a paint sample that I had in my stash. The calendar sheets and month stamps are from Papertrey Ink. The flowers are Prima and were sprayed with Glimmer Mist. All of the paper is from my scrap drawers, and the embellishments are from my stash. Most of them I have had for years and never used.

Currently the calendar is adhered to the frame with velcro, but I do not want to tear off the previous months so I am trying to figure out another way to attach the spiral to the frame. Any suggestions? Here are a couple more pages...