Today’s Card: Rock the World

Today I am sharing a card that I made using a woodblock stamp named  Circle Graphic Background by Hero Arts.

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For this card, I used a soft color combination for the background. I used Wet Cement Shadow Ink to stamp the background image over two different colors of layering paper. I cut those panels into three equal parts. I used two parts from one color and one from the other to make a mixed panel. I adhered those pieces onto a card base.

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I also stamped the background image over a darker color of layering paper (the same of the card base). This time, I punched out three different sizes of circles from it. I adhered those circles with foam tape, matching the stamp image underneath. The sentiment is from a set called Dare to Dream. I white embossed it over a 2″ circle, and I adhered it over the card with foam tape.

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To finish off the card, I embellished it with some gemstones, pearls and a hemp cord detail on the left side.

I love the color combo that I chose, so if you like it, you can have it  🙂

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Thanks for stopping by :) Have a wonderful crafty week!

marianasignat

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My Crafty Space

The loft of my house is where my  crafty space is located. It is tiny but, keeping it well organized and unclutterd, I can maintain my corner functional… and my mind too 😀  Today I am going to share a little bit about it and how I have organized some of my crafty stuff.  Welcome to my crafty space:

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I have a small desk that I use for my computer and to create my projects. On top of the table, besides my computer, I have a big cutting mat and some clear plastic organizers where I put the products that I am going to use on my next project.

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On the right side against the wall, I have my ink organizers, which I love because I have near at hand all my ink pads.

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I have four drawers on the left side of my desk, and inside them, I have things that I constantly use like some tools, a small trimmer, decorative tape, gemstones, and pearls.

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I like to have my gemstones, pearls, and enamel dots organized inside photo albums. Those are the inexpensive photo albums that you can  find at almost any store. I have my supplies organized by brand 🙂

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Next to my desk on the left, there is a tall bookcase which I use to put catalogs, card stock, markers, paints,  etc. I have the card stock organized by brand, and I have them inside 12×12 paper organize. Inside each of this organizers, I have the card stock separated by color and labeled with its name. I use heavy duty page protectors for each color and I love that I can put also paper scraps.  At the side of the tall bookcase, I have my paper trimmer and my Journey Platinum. Below them, I have 12 x12 compartments and drawers with some other stamping supplies.

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Next to my ink organizer I have a bigger bookcase which is the home of my electronic cutting machines, my printer, scanner. On the lower shelf I have four plastic containers  that I use to keep the current products that I am using to create new projects.

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One of those containers has products from the Celebra’tions Collection, and another one has products from the other three collections by Ricard Garay. I like to use clear paper protectors to put  my stamp sets, and  magnetic sheets  with die frames. I also have another container in the shelf where I put dies, stencils, and other products by Fun Stampers Journey and other brands.

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One of the last things that I bought for my crafty space is a gray wheeled cart, which I love. I can move it closer to my desk if I need to.  In the first level, I keep my adhesives and some “I don’t use too often” tools. In the middle level I have the stamping stuff (acrylic blocks, cleaners). The lower level has some other tools, as well as some other things that I don’t know where to put … lol.

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We want to move to a bigger house when my younger son finishes high school. So, I have hope that I can get a bigger crafty space some day. For the moment, I have to continue cleaning and keeping my creative corner organized , because even though it is tiny, I love spending time in here.

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Well, that’s all from me for today, I will be back soon to share another project.

Thanks for stopping by :) Have a wonderful crafty rest of the week!

marianasignat

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Today’s Card: You Make My Heart Flutter

Happy Friday, everyone!

I love all the amazing cards that you can make with the current MMH! I think all  the products included in this kit are simply fabulous. Today I am sharing another card that I created with it:

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I die cut the heart shape using a piece of foam. Then I adhered the foam shape over an acrylic block, and I used it as a stamp to create the background of my card along with three different ink colors.

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Then, I die cut the background with the clustered hearts die (which I love!) After that,  I adhered the panel over a card base. Next, I stamped a sentiment and added Glossy Accents over it. Last, I embellished  the card with yummy sequins.

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Well, that’s all from me for today, I will be back soon to share another project.

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Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Have a wonderful crafty weekend!

marianasignat

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Today’s Card: Merry and Bright

Yesterday at school, one of the teachers asked her second graders to write in their  journals about the things they like the most about Christmas. Some of the kids were writing about the decorations, setting up the tree,  baking cookies, and of course, the gifts. Overall, one of the things that all of them were including in their journals  was about  the joy and fun that they have with their families at this time of the year. I am always amazed how kids express their thoughts in just a few sentences, and of course they all love to make a colorful picture (I love that part.) I agree with them, Christmas is all about the joy of being with the family and the spirit of giving to others without expecting anything on return.

Anyway, today I am sharing a card featuring a cute mini clear set called: Home Baked by Lia. This set includes several images about baking (which is also one of my favorites things to do at Christmas.) My son Allan and I make Gingerbread cookies every year, and I have to confess… they don’t last long, because they are delicious! (We use this recipe).

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  1. Make a  card base from red card stock. Stamp Candy Stripe Bold Prints  with Ruby Dye Ink.
  2. White-emboss gingerbread images over Kraft card stock. Fussy cut images with scissors.
  3. Create a rectangular panel from Snow Layering Paper. On an acrylic block, arrange small stamp images (see image below.) Stamp over panel several times with Soft Sand Shadow Ink.
  4. Stamp sentiment with Red Royal Ink and add glossy accents over words.
  5. Mat panel with Kraft card stock. Adhere over card base.
  6. Adhere cookie images with foam tape and embellish with enamel dots.

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Making my Christmas cards is something that I really enjoy doing,  and so far it has been fun to include in them some of the things that I like to do during the Holidays.

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That is all from me today, I will be back soon to share another project.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Have a wonderful crafty rest of the week!

marianasignat

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A SC Card [I Love You Sew Much!]

Hey there!

I am back today to share a card I made using my Silhouette Cameo and a cute shape called Sew Much….

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The shape is very cute, regardless all the tiny pieces that you have to cut with the Silhouette (I didn’t like that part) . The only thing I added to the image was a piece of thread as an extra detail. The background was made with two different patterned papers and stitches, and I alsoincluded some buttons 🙂

Well, I am still trying working on organizing my crafty stuff 😦 Can you believe that I haven’t finished? I know, I am kind of slow… and besides that, my older son graduated from High school last Sunday, so we were a little bit busy with that. Anyway, my buttons are finally sorted and organized. I used to have them in several containers (by brands), or in their original packaging… Well, now their home is a plastic container with divisions from the craft store, nothing fancy, but they look yummy…

 

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Just in case I need the name of the manufacturer, I took pictures of them, separately…  as a reference 🙂

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Well, that’s all from me today 🙂 Thanks for visiting, I hope you have a great crafty rest of the week!

marianasignat

 

A LC Card [Smile] + FC Gelatos Storage Idea

Hi!

I am finally back today to share a card I created yesterday that features a cute set called Baila Bajo la Lluvia by Latina Crafter and also a die set called Nubes Habladoras

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I complemented with a sentiment included in Fly High by Jane’s Doodles…. Additionally, I used patterned papers, Copics, a white pen, and Glossy Accents.

Last Saturday, our carpet was replaced on the second floor of our house,and let me tell that it has been like moving to another house. I had to bring the majority of the things from our bedrooms and my loft (where I have my crafty stuff) to the first floor, and garage. I started last Monday, little by little. Obviously this has been a good opportunity to get rid off the things we don’t want anymore, but believe me, it has been a  very looooong week. That is one of the reasons I haven’t posted a lot for the past days. I haven’t finished yet 😦 I am still working on bringing all my stuff back in its place. I will posting more used stamps for sale soon, along with other things. Well, since I have been re-organizing my things, I want to share this idea. I always have used empty candle jars to storage my buttons and some ribbons; Well, I discovered that a Bath and Body Works empty candle jar  is just perfect for the colorful Faber Castell Gelatos…

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I don’t have many Gelatos, so I think I could still put a couple more of these in the jar, Don’t you think?  🙂 This idea idea is as simple as the shape of the jar!

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Well, that’s all from me today 🙂 Thanks for visiting, I hope you have a great crafty rest of the week!

marianasignat

 

Stamps Storage Idea + Giveaway

Hi there!

I am back today to share something that I have recently been doing to organize my stamps. A few months ago I saw a post by Jennifer McGuire about using clear sleeves to keep your stamps. I thought this was a good idea. She gave two alternatives to do  it: using Office Depot CD clear sleeves or Avery Elle Stamp storage pockets. You can find the original post >>>HERE<<<  I don’t have an OD close by, just an Office Max store. They carry similar products but not the same. So, searching trough the store I found this 5.5″ x 8.5 sheets protectors that are actually for binders….

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They come in packages of twenty five pieces, and they cost about five dollars. The brand Avery, also carries this type of protector and it is about the same price. The size of these protectors is just perfect for the clear stamps, and the only adjustment that I had to do is to trim off the perforated side.

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I also bought a white card stock package to print out the name of the stamp sets. You can print two inserts from each letter size sheet.  I did it vertically and horizontally, because in that way, I can  put them either way (if I need to). I think is easier if you simply print out regular adhesive labels to put the name on each sleeve, but it’s up tp you!  🙂

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In some of these sleeves, I also included the original inserts of the stamps I have,  along with the white printed insert…DSC_1635f

The bigger inserts (like the ones that HA has) fit fine too. On those, the extra white insert wasn’t necessary…

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I keep some of my stamps vertically in small plastic bins that  I bought at Target…

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Some others are horizontal in one of my small drawers…

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I have one plastic bin sorted by brands, so I added a thick card stock separator with a color tab each… Just to keep it simple…

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Well, I hope this storage alternative can help you to better organize your stamps. I always like to look for other ways to do things… and I like to share them too.

Today I also have a prize for a lucky reader… The name of the set  I want to giveaway is Aspen Believe  by HA/BG . This is a set perfect to make tags for your Chirstmas gifts or you can use it on cards or scrapbook pages…. Very pretty. No original packaging but it is new….

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You just have to leave a comment below with any  storage idea you want to share, or maybe something you want to know. Easy peasy. Contest will be open to US  residents only and you have until Sunday midnight central time (04/20/14) to leave your comments and I will randomly choose a winner.  I will announce the name of the lucky one on Monday (04/21/14)… So, stay tuned  🙂

Thanks for stopping by :) Have a wonderful crafty rest of the week!

marianasignat