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Oct 24, 2014

Organization For Your Creative Space: Buttons & Ribbon!

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Hi everyone!  Happy Friday!

Buttons and ribbons are tools of the trade when it comes to adding those finishing details to our projects and packages but they can quickly overwhelm us in volume and sheer number of color, shape, and size options. This month, the MFT Design Team is sharing how we are able to manage our multitude of trimmings.

I LOVE to organize my supplies almost as much as I love actually using them!  I am excited to share how I organize and store my buttons and ribbons with you today!  The only buttons and ribbon that I have in my stash are MFT Replenishments.  You can find the gorgeous buttons HERE and the beautiful ribbons HERE.

I store most of my stamping supplies, along with finished cards and decorative items in an Expedit from Ikea.  I believe that they have since discontinued the Expedit but Ikea does now have a comparable model.  Here is a look at one of the shelves that house my buttons.

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I have four of these clear compartment boxes from The Container Store.  They were $15.99 each and have 12 compartments in each box.  They have a hinged lid and are perfect to house buttons and other small items.  I keep them stacked two per shelf so that they are easily accessible.

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As you can see in my red/pink/orange button box, each compartment can fit quite a lot of buttons.  In fact, an entire bag of MFT Buttons fits in each compartment.  I have my four boxes separated into neutrals, red/pink/orange, green/yellow and blue/purple.  When I purchase a bag of buttons from MFT, I empty each bag into a compartment, and then cut out the label from the bag that lists the name of the color.  I then add that to the compartment so that I can easily identify which color is which.  I was going to label the lid on top of each compartment, but I like the option of being able to move my buttons around as new colors are added. 

Button Storage

Next up is my ribbon storage. 

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I keep all of my ribbons in a one gallon glass cookie jar with lid.  I like to be able to see all of the pretty colors, it reminds me of a jar in a candy shop!

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I wind my ribbons onto doll pins.  These come 30 in a bag and I paid about $4.00 per bag. 

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In this jar are two bags worth, so 60 doll pins full of ribbon!  MFT Ribbons are sold per color in 5 yard bundles.  I wind approximately half of each bundle, or 2.5 yards, on each doll pin. 

Ribbon Spools

Here is a look at my Expedit, well, most of it.  I couldn’t get back far enough to get the entire unit in my shot.  You can see the buttons and ribbons are on the top shelf, along with some decorative items.  The other shelves house my stamps, Die-namics, finished  and other supplies.  I keep cards that I’ve received from my stamping friends on display on the top of the unit.

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Thanks SO much for stopping by!  I sure hope you’ve enjoyed peeking into my stamping space!  Please head on over to the MFT Blog for a listing of all the designers sharing their storage solutions today!

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Oct 23, 2014

Jingle All The Way! {MFTWSC199}

Hi everyone!  Happy Thursday!

I have a card to share with you today using the new MFT Sketch Challenge, MFTWSC199!  Such a fun sketch!

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I’ve used the new BB Jingle All The Way set and BB Jingle All The Way Die-namics.  I just cannot stop using this sweet Santa!  I love him!  I cut him from X-Press It Blending Card using the BB Jingle All The Way Die-namics and stamped him with the BB Jingle All The Way set using Black Licorice Hybrid Ink.  I colored him with Copic Markers and I added a fine glitter to his hat and pom pom.  The sentiment, “Jingle All The Way” is also from BB Jingle All The Way was stamped onto a panel of Kraft Card Stock cut with the Fishtail Flags Layers STAX Die-namics using Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink.

I cut the background from Smooth White Card Stock using the Square Grid Cover Up Die-namics.  I layered it on top of a Nightshift Blue Card Stock panel, cut with Blueprints 1 Die-namics, and stamped with the Snowfall Background using Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink.  I then layered them on top of a panel of Smooth White Card Stock cut with Blueprints 2 Die-namics.

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On the inside, I cut two more panels of Smooth White Card Stock using Blueprints 1 Die-namics and Blueprints 2 Die-namics.  I added the tree and presents, cut with the MSTN Christmas Cuteness Die-namics, stamped with the BB Jingle All The Way set and colored them with Copic Markers.  I stamped “You’re On The Nice List” using Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink.

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Here is this week’s sketch:

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Thanks SO much for stopping by!  We’d love you to play along!  You can link up your card right on the MFT Blog!

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Recipe: Stamps: BB Jingle All The Way and Snowfall Background (MFT) Ink: Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, Black Licorice PRemium Dye Ink and Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink (MFT) Paper: Nightshift Blue Card Stock, Kraft Card Stock, Smooth White Card Stock and X-Press It Blending Card (MFT) Accessories: Blueprints 1 Die-namics, Blueprints 2 Die-namics, Square Grid Cover Up Die-namics, BB Jingle All The Way Die-namicsFishtail Flags STAX Die-namics (MFT), Copic Markers and Jody Boosters

Oct 22, 2014

Thanks! {CTD315}

Hi everyone!  Happy Wednesday!

It’s time for a new Color Throwdown!  This week we are up to CTD315, and I am hosting!

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I’ve used Jen’s Deconstructed Sketch, DS173 for the layout.  I LOVE this sketch!  I started by cutting  a panel of Kraft Card Stock with the Horizontal Stitched Strips Die-namics.  I then cut out “thanks” from Paver Red Card Stock using the Many Thanks DIe-namics.  I stamped it with the Fine Check Background using Paver Red Premium Dye Ink.  I added the scallop border underneath this panel, cut with the Blueprints 8 Die-namics using Lemon Drop Card Stock and stamped it with the Fine Check Background using Lemon Drop Premium Dye Ink.

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I added a panel of Jellybean Green Card Stock, cut with the Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics, and stamped with the Fine Check Background using Jellybean Green Premium Dye Ink.  I tucked the panel behind the Kraft Card Stock band.  I then cut three leaves using the Falling Leaves Die-namics and topped them off with a Whip Cream Button tied with Hemp Cord.  The main panel and mat were both cut from Primitive Cream Card Stock using Blueprints 13 Die-namics and I embossed the top panel using the Scattered Bars Stencil and Embossing Pad Duo.

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On the inside, I cut another two panels of Primitive Cream Card Stock using Blueprints 13 Die-namics and Blueprints 2 Die-namics. I added a panel of Paver Red Card Stock, cut with the Horizontal Stitched Strips Die-namics, and stamped with the Fine Check Background using Paver Red Premium Dye Ink.  I stamped “Grateful For You” from Fall Foliage, using Jellybean Green Premium Dye Ink.

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Here are this week’s colors!

 

Check out what the Color Throwdown Team has created today!

Barbara Anders

Broni Holcombe

Joan Ervin

Lori Tecler

Monika Davis

Tammy Hershberger

Vickie Zimmer

Wanda Cullen

Tara Godfrey, this month’s AMAZING Guest!

Bernadette Bliss, this week’s Guest Star Stamper!

Thanks SO much for stopping by!

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Recipe: Stamps: Fall Foliage and Fine Check Background (MFT) Ink: Jellybean Green PRemium Dye Ink, Paver Red Premium Dye Ink and Lemon Drop Premium Dye Ink (MFT) Paper: Primitive Cream Card Stock, Kraft Card Stock, Paver Red Card Stock, Jellybean GReen Card Stock and Lemon Drop Card Stock (MFT) Accessories: Blueprints 13 Die-namics, Blueprints 1 Die-namics, Horizontal Stitched Strips Die-namics, Many Thanks Die-namics, Falling Leaves Die-namics, Blueprints 8 Die-namics, Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics, Scattered Bars Stencil, Embossing Pad Duo, Whip Cream Button, Hemp Cord (MFT) and Jody Boosters

 
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