Whimsical Sunday

Again trying to work with one or two pieces of 12×12 made some more tag cards.

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Ink -A- Doodle Do

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Made a stencil from my picture wheel die. Or viewfinder die as I call it.

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Borrowed a stamp and used the dimensional plate.

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Spring is in the Air

I took one 12×12 page, used the front and back, and made 4 tag cards (10% from other pieces I had in my scrap stash).

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Here are the cards. 🙂

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Hope you like them.

I loved using the frameworks bigz dies so much I made this one too.

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My second attempt… But I can tell I was getting sleepy.
Here is the 12×12 sheet:
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Here are the cards:
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File Trial

Took a manilla folder and cut it two ways.
Each produces two cards.

Option Uno:
1.traditional tag size card &
1.A2 card

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Option Dos:
Both identical size, slightly shorter than a normal manilla tag.

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(“Peace” is a scrap after the stain absorbed right at the seam.)
Here are the options:
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I failed.to take a pic of the supplies used on this one but the base is metallic stain and the photo doesn’t pick up the shimmer.

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Let me know if you like! (Can always make more, as all tag cards if you’d like)

Operation Organize

I decided to do some spring cleaning in my craft space. I asked around and read online for some ideas on the best way to organize your stamps.  Here is my selection… of course I suggest the process below as a good solution but choose what is best for you obviously.

Phase 1:make them cling
I took the time to change all my wood block stamps to cling stamps using stampin up 8.5″x11″ cling foam sheets and a hot knife.
Once complete I can store ALL of my stamps into the clear dvd cases (also from stampin up).
Phase 2: categories
I selected our alphabet as the index identifier to keep me restricted to 26 categories.
Talking through my stamp inventory dilemma with my hubby, he suggested I break up sets (as I had them grouped & separated just the way I purchased them). This made me panic a little, but now that the process is complete I’ve concluded it was the BEST way to go.
IE: Everything Christmas is now grouped together even if it was part of an all occasion sentiment set.

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Phase 3: Stamp-a-thon
Stamp each one of your stamps on a piece of cardstock with the appropriate reference label. This does take a while but is worth it in the end. Just keep saying “I only have to do this once!”.  It doesn’t have to be a perfect stamp. Simply something to help you remember what you have and where it is.  If you mess up, it’s NBD… this is really meant for you and won’t be seen a lot.

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There are no perfect actions, only perfect intentions.

Phase 4: place in case
Label the dvd cases according to the stamp set inside using numbers after the letter for growing quantities.

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Tada!! You are now organized with a binder index.
Ps: I kept the taylored expression dies together in sets because they have coordinating dies and an inspiration example site that uses the set specifically. My choice, but you are welcome to integrate these as well.

Once that was complete it was on to my dies. I’m not complete yet but you’ll get the gist. I put magnet strips on a piece of foamcore & placed them on in a way I could grab without taking the entire set with me.

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Hope this motivates you to get organized and helps you stay that way to better create whatever it is that inspires you.
Happy saturday.

Adventures in Mixed Media Inking

Tonight I played around using my Tim Holtz toys. Stencil layering, ink blending, random stamps oh my.
Since there isn’t a rhyme or reason, take a gander would you?
Ink blending with layer stenciling:

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Here I used metallic stain among SEVERAL other layers:

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The stamp came out a little to light so I painted over it with some stain:

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I used embossing paste on this one and inked over it again when dry.

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Enter alcohol inks! This is suposedly called a dream scape but I wasn’t thrilled with it so turned it vertical and went to town with stamps after that.

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Ink bursting again on an alcohol inked background.  Love this technique!

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Nighty nite.
-M