Andrea I barely used my Cuttlebug until this year and I've kind of gone crazy with it. There are so many great companies out their making dies now. I've made quite and investment in it and now I use it constantly. Seems I only use my Cricut for scrapbook page titles these days.
Lisa I have had my cuttlebug for years and rarely used it. Now that i am making more and more cards it is used constantly.
I love spellbinders dies. I dont have that many sets yet but I am working on it. I have a bunch of the Th dies. I need to use my embossing folders more. I have a bunch and just forget to use them.
I am working on organizing my scrapping space. I have tried numerous ways to store my stamps but I haven't liked any of them. How do you store your stamps? If it's not too much trouble would any of you mind posting pics of your stamp storage. Thanks so much!
What type of stamps do you use? I have some wood blocks but mostly clear. For my wood I use just a 12x12 paper holder box. However after much searching I found binders specially made to hold stamps from hobby lobby. Love them but had to buy 4 of them and extra pages to hold my growing collection.
II used Jennifer McGuire's Avery Elle storage pocket idea for my clear stamps. They fit perfectly in this refrigerator bin. She has videos up on her blog explaining it with links to supplies. I am 100% happy with this really convenient way of storing and filing them.
For my wood stamps I use this little cabinet with glass doors so that I can see them all. I have some of my larger Stampin Up sets in the cabinet drawers beneath along with my inks, embossing and other supplies for stamping
I find that the ones I store out in the open are used a lot more than the ones that are hid away in the drawers. If I had my way I'd have them all in eye view but unfortunately I don't have enough wall space for that.
Thanks you guys for the pictures. I really like the idea of the cabinet with the glass doors. I also like my stamps out where I can see them. I used to have them in a container but I found that it was too troublesome so I moved them to the top of my desk but that is getting to be too small for my collection. I have the wood stamps. I think I will see what I can do about the glass cabinets.
Finished one card today but I'm too lazy to take a picture right now. I think I'll wait until I have at least one more done.
Yesterday, I got another cd shelf unit. I'm running out of room for my stamps and dies, and the 6x6 pads will fit perfectly on these shelves too. The shelf I have them on now is bowing a bit from the weight. I'll be doing some rearranging soon. Yay. Not my favorite thing to do lol.
Kayla, I have my clear stamps in cd cases. I've heard many people don't like it, maybe it even ruins some stamps, but it works for me. I haven't had problems with them yet (the oldest are probably about 6 years old), crossing my fingers. Wish I knew about potential problems when I started but I have too many and dread the thought of switching to a different system. It'd drive me nuts to change now and have 2 different looking methods. So, I guess it is what it is.
My wood stamps are in plastic, stackable/interlocking bins, organized by theme or whatever.
I switched Amy. For some reason I had a hard time keeping my stamps straight using the cds. I barely ever used them because the system didn't work well for me. And some of them did get stuck in the cases. Took a lot to get them out but maybe that was because I never used them. I switched mainly because I wanted to create more of a file system for them so I could find them easier and compact them a little more so they didn't take up so much room. I also wanted to hold on to some of the original packaging so I could keep better track of their makers. A lot of people really like the cd system though. It just wasn't for me I guess.
Mailman brought a few new stamp sets and dies today. Can't wait to dig in but this weekend will be devoted to making a Frozen themed birthday cake for my 8 year old niece Rylee. Hoping to get a few minutes to play tomorrow after the party.
OK, here's my latest project a few of you asked to see. All my creative juices this weekend went to make my niece Rylee a birthday cake. Cake decorating is my third love, backseat to card making and scrapbooking. Frozen cake By Olleharr
I have been busy doing some los and making tags for a swap.
I bought a sketch book this weekend to make a stamp book. I stamped all my stamp that i color in it. I still need to decorate the front. I will be able to flip through it and pick stamps i want to use for cards a little easier. It will also help me remember what i have.
I did the same thing, although not as cute as yours sounds. I just stamped on paper and put them in page projectors in a 3 ring binder. It does help me use them more often and combine images I probably otherwise wouldn't have thought to. I like looking through it when I'm just watching tv or something.
Lisa i love the cake. Do you have a cricut cake or did you cut all the little dress details by hand? My friend who got me into scrapbooking is also a cake maker. she loves her cricut cake.
Thank you all. I have a Cricut Cake but to be honest I've only used it a few times. It's not an easy machine to use and it's just easier for me to cut the fondant by hand or with cookie cutters. I did the flowers by hand.
It has taken me many years to stock up on my supplies. I am choosy what i buy. I would rather spend a little extra on something i can use over and over than buy a bunch of stuff on sale that i will not use.
Just curious how many of my fellow cardmakers are managing a blog out there? I had a couple going a few years ago. One for my papercrafting and one for my cakes but I just didn't have time to manage them well at the time. I decided this week to give it another try. This time with only one blog to combine all of my crafty hobbies. I would love to stop by and take a look at yours if you post a link here. Mine is:
You make such awesome, funny cards Amy. I love the humor.
I'm having a hard time the last few days. It's taking me hours to do one card. I think I tore apart and redid the same card 3 times today. So frustrated because I really wanted to post for the big $100 a day contest this month. Totally lost my my mojo with scrapbooking too. grrrrrr!
Thank you, Lisa. I need to do some different types again. I need some more in my stash that are more pretty/less cutesy. I started doing that company's challenges in order to make myself make something. But, by the time I get those done, I really don't feel like making anything else.
Hugs, your mojo will come back soon. I love your card style, btw. If it makes you feel any better, even the simplest card takes me hours. I looked through my stamps the other night and couldn't come up with a single thing to do. Plus, if I'm not really in the mood or bothered by something, nothing goes right. I'll repeatedly measure wrong, mess up the stamping, smudge something, hate the paper I chose or can't find a match, spill stuff. On and on lol.
Oh yes sounds just like me Amy. I've really wanted to try the detailed coloring stamps like you do but I know it would take me forever to finish a card. Do you use copics or colored pencils or what? I can't tell. everything you do has such lovely coloring and shading.
Thanks. I use watercolor pencils. It can take a long time if I use more than 1 image, partly because my hand gets tired and I have to take breaks a lot. Usually, I work on coloring one day and finish the rest another.