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6x6 Paper Stack Storage Tip

 

Craft Room Storage tip for 6x6 paper!

Why didn't I try this years ago??  Wow!! This is such a great way to store my 6x6 Stampin' Up! Paper Stacks!!

I am using a lovely wood storage box from Stamp-n-Storage and dividers I made myself to organize my paper stacks!  This works great for any paper 6x6 or smaller!

See below for ordering info!

 

Stamp-n-storage wafer die box great craft room storage tip for 6x6 paper

 

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Click Here to see a video about creating the dividers

 

Stamp-n-storage wafer die box great craft room storage tip for 6x6 paper

 

I love that I can now see at a glance if I am running low on one of the paper stacks, and I can also keep all my loose pieces all together in the same spot instead of having them fall out all over! :)

 

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Patty's Craft Room and Storage Tips

 

It's been awhile since I've shared my craft space and how I organize my Stampin' Up! supplies, so I thought it was time for my new viewers to see how I organize it all!

Scroll down for a video tour!

As with any crafting or hobby room, my space is always evolving and changing.  Some of my crafting supplies have moved around or are being stored a little differently now, but I hope these links and video give you some good ideas for organizing YOUR crafting space!

 

Patty's Stamp Loft organization and storage tips.

 

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View the VIDEO TOUR below:

 

 

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My new 12x12 Paper Storage

 

I recently made some updates to my Stampin' Up! 12x12 Designer Series Paper storage in my stamp loft.  I learned about these great Storage Studio plastic sleeves from my friend Cindee, and several of you commented on them in my Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek video (see it here).

As promised, here is the info and update on how well these "Storage Studio" Paper Files work in my Stamp-n-Storage Paper Holders!  I replaced the old 12x12 holders I had with the Stamp-n-Storage paper holders to match my 8-1/2 x 11 holders, and I'm so happy with my paper wall of happiness!

 

12x12 Stampin' Up! paper storage solution update from Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

 To see the Stamp-n-Storage 12x12 paper holders - CLICK HERE

Watch the VIDEO BELOW to see how I updated my 12x12 Designer Paper Storage!

 

 

 

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Stamp-n-Storage 12x12 paper holders - CLICK HERE

Storage Studios Paper Files on Amazon - CLICK HERE

Storage Studios Paper Files at Office Supply - CLICK HERE

I also found them on Walmart.com and a couple other sites so you might search around before buying!

 

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To purchase Storage Studios Paper Files on Amazon - CLICK HERE

 

12x12 paper files from storage studios - Patty's Stamping Loft

 

These paper files are terrific, and I'm so glad Cindee told me about them!!

Nice and sturdy and they perfectly hold 2 packs of Designer Paper plus your scraps!!

 

12x12 Stampin' Up! paper storage solution update from Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

12x12 Stampin' Up! paper storage solution update from Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

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My New Stamp-n-Storage Ink Pad Holders!

 

I'm so excited to share my newly organized Stampin' UP! ink pad storage system with you, featuring the Stamp-n-Storage ink pad holders!

Stamp-n-Storage ink pad holders for my Stampin' Up! Ink Pads, Patty Bennett's stampin loft

For about 15 years I've used a similar, custom built, ink pad holder but it was a little bulkier and I needed 2 of them stacked to store all my ink pads.  I'm so happy that now I can have all my pads just right out in front of me the way I like them!

 

Watch my video below for info on the great ink pad holders available at Stamp-n-Storage.

 

  

If you are unable to view the video, click here to see it on my YouTube Channel.

Ink pad storage make over featuring Stamp-n-Storage ink pad holders for my Stampin' Up! Ink Pads, Patty Bennett's stampin loft

 

I love how streamlined these holders are, and that all my Stampin' UP! ink pads are at my fingertips!!   You can paint or stain these.. so far I've opted to keep all of my Stamp-n-Storage products natural.  Maybe someday I'll change that but I like the natural wood look for now.  Thank you so much Stamp-n-Storage for these fabulous ink pad organizers!!  It is true that you are more creative and more productive when you are organized!!

 

Stamp-n-Storage ink pad holders for my Stampin' Up! Ink Pads, Patty Bennett's stampin loft

 

As mentioned in the video above, I have two of the "24" holders and one of the "30" holders all lined up side by side so that I can have my 4 Stampin' UP! color families displayed horizontally in front of me.  This is what works for me.  Many people prefer the vertical orientation, but do what works for you and your space!  When you go to the Stamp-n-Storage website ink pad holder page (here), you'll find several options as shown below:

 

Stamp-n-Storage ink pad holder options.  So many to select from to fit your crafting space!

When you click the Standard Ink Pad Holders option (Circled above) you'll find the dimensions below.. you can select from any of these sizes and shapes to store from 24 to 60 ink pads.  I've circled the 2 sizes that I have (shown in the video above).

Stamp-n-Storage ink pad holder options.  So many to select from to fit your crafting space!

As you can see there are LOTS of options offered by Stamp-n-Storage for your ink pad storage, and this is what worked best for me.  Measure your space, count your ink pads, then find a solution that works well for you!

 

 And because everyone should have fresh flowers at their crafting desk....

Patty's Stamp-n-Storage ink pad holders - no crafting space is complete without some fresh flowers from the garden!

 

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 Stampin' UP! also offers an ink pad storage solution called the Color Caddy (here).  As I mentioned in the video, we all have different preferences and space requirements, so select an option that works best for your space!

 

 Click any of the photos below to shop for your Stampin' UP! Ink Pads, or the Color Caddy!

 

 

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Organizing Tip for Stampin' Up! Accessories

 

Whether you have a large craft room, or just a tabletop or desk, or anything in between, I am guessing you love to have "the crafting essentials" right at your fingertips like I do!  I love to keep Stampin' Up! Accessories like pearls, rhinestones, candy dots, dimensionals, and more, right on my desk.

This is the storage solution that I have on my crafting desk for my most used Stampin' UP! Accessories!

Organizing tip for your craft room: how to store Stampin' Up! Accessories to have them at your fingertips on your crafting table!  by Patty Bennett

The container is a Linus brand 3-section divided cabinet drawer organizer from The Container Store #10048913, (see photo below).  The dividers are Staples brand ultra durable poly file folders.  I used them for my thinlit die storage dividers (here) and also for 3 of these accessory containers and I still have tons left from the package.

 

Organizing Supplies from the Container Store and Staples for Patty's Stampin' UP! accessory organizer

I cut the dividers into 4" strips then into varying heights so that some divider tabs were shorter in front and others were taller in back (with the taller accessory packages).

Both in my Accessory organizer above and my thinlit die storage below, I used my Brother P-touch labeler.  I got it at Sam's Club. .. don't know how I ever lived without it!

See the product photos at the bottom of this post for the items I am keeping in my Accessory Organizer.  The nice thing about these poly/plastic file folder dividers is that the labels will just peel right off if something retires and I need to make a new label for new products!

Tip for organizing your Stampin' Up! accessories - keep them right at your fingertips on your crafting desk! by Patty Bennett. Poly File folders from Staples, cut into dividers.

These are the same poly file folders I used to made dividers for my Stamp-n-Storage thinlit die storage (see the full blog post HERE)

 

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If you'd like to see all of my craft room organization tips and craft room tour, please click on the resources below:

 

How do you like to organize and store your Stampin' UP! accessories?

 

 Stampin' Up! Accessories in my Organizer:

 

 

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Project Life Cards - Organized! Watch the Video!

 

 I did it! It's organized!!  My Project Life cards, albums and pages are all happily organized and... drum roll... I've been USING THEM and have even completed an entire year in the past couple of weeks!

Thanks to Project Life by Stampin' Up! supplies and my Stamp-n-Storage organizer, I'm a happy camper and am committed to preserving our family memories in albums!

 

Patty's Craft Room Makeover Project Life counter organized for memory keeping with Stamp n Storage card organizer.

 

Being organized with the Stamp n Storage pocket Scrapbook Holder and having your crafting supplies at your fingertips is essential to a happy crafting experience and the key to USING your supplies!!  I'm so happy now that I can just grab some photos and slip them into my Project Life albums anytime!!!

WARNING.. although this card organizer is amazingly fabulous.. there are some really disturbing MESSY MESSY MESSY craft room images in this video!!  :)

 

 

 

 If you are unable to watch the video above, see it on YouTube here.

 

Watch THIS VIDEO to see WHY I am working on Project Life in 2016!

 

Patty's Craft Room Makeover Project Life counter organized for memory keeping with Stamp n Storage card organizer.

 

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Project Life by Stampin' Up! supplies available here! Albums, cards, accessory packs, pocket pages, stamps, journaling markers and more all available HERE ONLINE!

Stamp n Storage Project Life card organizer available HERE online (mine is the largest size).

As I mentioned in the video above, I did go ahead and have my neighbor install a raised countertop over the wood cabinet top.. so now I have about 4" more space, plus a slot between the countertops to store all the flat background boards I use for photography and video backgrounds, PLUS (BIG plus) it's about 5" taller so I can very comfortably stand at this counter and work!!

 

Patty's craft room makeover Project Life countertop with Stamp n Storage card organizer

Patty's Craft Room Makeover Project Life counter organized for memory keeping.

Patty's Craft Room Makeover Project Life counter organized for memory keeping with Stamp n Storage card organizer.

 

Patty Bennett's 1st complete Project Life album - 2001 is Done!

 

SHOP ONLINE: If you need any of the supplies to create a Project Life Album, just click on any of the product photos below and it will take you right to my online store.

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 Disclaimer, More Products and a Tip.. the items shown below are most of the Project Life by Stampin' Up! supplies, but please CLICK HERE to see them all.  AND, click HERE to see the video showing you how to view all the cards in each box! :)

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 TIP>> check out the Clearance Rack priced box sets and accessory packs HERE. . the discounted prices are not showing above, but they are a great way to try out a pack of Project Life cards for only $6.38!

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Craft Room Organization Video Tip

I am excited to share my organization journey with you for organizing Stampin' Up! Big Shot Thinlits, Framelits and Edgelits!

I have tried several different organization methods over the years and I am really happy with my current storage solution from Stamp-n-Storage!

Organize your Stampin' UP! Big Shot Framelits and Thinlits with boxes and magnet sheets by Stamp n Storage.  Watch the video tutorial by Patty Bennett at www.PattyStamps.com

Here are the supplies I used to organize my framelits, thinlits and edgelits:

Organize your Stampin' UP! Big Shot Framelits and Thinlits with boxes and magnet sheets by Stamp n Storage.  Watch the video tutorial by Patty Bennett at www.PattyStamps.com

Organization Supplies:

 

Get Organized! Watch the video below, or HERE on YouTube

 

I love that I can easily remove and use the framelit, and then replace the pieces onto the magnet cards without any other packaging!

Organize your Stampin' UP! Big Shot Framelits and Thinlits with boxes and magnet sheets by Stamp n Storage.  Watch the video tutorial by Patty Bennett at www.PattyStamps.com

Organize your Stampin' UP! Big Shot Framelits and Thinlits with boxes and magnet sheets by Stamp n Storage.  Watch the video tutorial by Patty Bennett at www.PattyStamps.com

As you can see above and below, I cut the Staples Poly file folders down into smaller pieces and used them for my dividers!  I cut them to 7" wide to fit the boxes perfectly.  I used my P-Touch label maker to create categories.  You are welcome to copy my suggested categories, or do what works for you!  To see how easy it is to make file folder tabs with the Envelope Punch board, WATCH THIS VIDEO.

Organize your Stampin' UP! Big Shot Framelits and Thinlits with boxes and magnet sheets by Stamp n Storage.  Watch the video tutorial by Patty Bennett at www.PattyStamps.com

Each magnetic card is labeled with my P-Touch label maker.  You could also add the Stampin' UP! product code, or # of dies per set to the label.

Organize your Stampin' UP! Big Shot Framelits and Thinlits with boxes and magnet sheets by Stamp n Storage.  Watch the video tutorial by Patty Bennett at www.PattyStamps.com

I am super happy with my current storage solution!!  Stamp n Storage is a terrific company right here in the USA and they have always provided me with top notch service!

You can see my Paper Storage Solution from Stamp-n-Storage in my Craft Room Tour Video below:

 

Purchasing your Big Shot & Framelits:

Stampin' UP! offers the Big Shot Die cutting machine as well as a wonderful selection of framelits, thinlits and edgelits. I'm providing shopping links below for you, should you wish to purchase any of them. 

Important note:

Most framelits and thinlits are available at a 15% discount when you purchase the matching stamp set in a bundle - SEE all bundles here

 

Price: $110.00

 The NEW products below will be available in the new 2016 Occasions catalog on 1/5/16

 

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Help Fairy Godmother - come wave your wand!

 

Oh my.. help! I need a fairy Godmother to come wave her magic wand and help me get my craft room back in order!!!!  I've been piling up everything since I got back from Convention and I need to get in there and make customer thank you cards and Luv 2 Stamp group top seller recognition cards.. AND I need to put away my new goodies from Convention!

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There are true downfalls to having such a small crafting space... one of them is that there just isn't room for it all sometimes.. so.. I need to step away from the computer for a day and get this room under control.

I'll be back with a fun project for you soon, and in the mean time, if you want to see what my craft room is SUPPOSED to look like,

take my craft room tour here! or watch the video below.

 

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Patty's Stamping Loft / Craft Room Tour Video

 

Patty's Stamp Loft / Craft Room Tour Video

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I love seeing how other crafters organize their creative spaces and store their crafting supplies, so I thought you might like to take a tour of my space!  I have a video for you and photos below with storage solution and organization ideas for your craft room.  Join me on a video tour!

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This is my tiny space... it's about 8' x 8'.  I would love a big space like many crafters have, but I also know it's more space than some people have... it fits me just right.

Watch the video below to take a tour of my little stamping loft creative space!

 

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Above: my stamping desk with Stampin' UP! ink pads, markers, Blendabilities, Washi Tape, Dimensionals, pearls, rhinestones, scissors, bone folders and adhesive at my fingertips.  The ink pad holders were purchased about 15 years ago from a company no longer in business.  You can find a similar ink pad holder at Stamp-n-Storage HERE, then use the drop down menu to click on "30" and click on "24-4x6" to find the long, low sleek holder similar to this design.

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12" Revolving Four Tray Bin from Harbor Freight Tools

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Above: 2 drawers filled with my Stampin' UP! punches

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Above: Stampin' Up! ink refills sorted by color families

and Stampin' UP! ribbon and trim in my Elfa drawers from the Container Store

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Above: Patty's Paper drawer of happiness.. see THIS POST for more info

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8-1/2" x 11" paper storage / paper organization holders from Stamp-n-Storage

holds my 12x12 Stampin' UP! Designer Paper and 8-1/2"x11" cardstock

 

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Above: tins with Patty's most used stamps... they don't get put away.. they stay within arm's reach!

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Above: Stampin' UP! embossing folders, dies, clear plates, magnetic platform. The old drawers were from Hobby Lobby

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Above: all of my Big Shot framelits and thinlits in clear mount cases

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Above: 1 wall of my craft space with cutter, Simply Scored, Big Shot, and stamps

SEE THIS POST for info about how my countertop is raised

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Above: my Project Life counter, with cards, albums, pocket pages and a handy Stampin' Trimmer

SEE UPDATED Project Life Counter all organized HERE!

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Above: the area where I shoot my project videos and take photos of samples for my blog

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 Crafting Essentials Suggestions for your Craft Room:

 

In addition to the above:

click to view: Stamipin' Up! Ink Pads

click to view: Stampin' UP! ink refills

click to view: Stampin' Up! cardstock

click to view: Stampin' Up! Designer Paper

click to view: Stampin' Up! punches

click to view: Stampin' Up! ribbon and trim

click to view: Stampin' Up! Big Shot, embossing folders and dies

click to view: Stampin' Up! Project Life Supplies

 

 

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Patty's Paper Drawer & Specials Tomorrow

 

Don't Miss It...

Special Announcements and Stampin' Up! SALE INFO starting tomorrow!!!

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Today, we have new Weekly Specials for you,

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About a month ago I saw an idea online with a beautiful drawer full of cardstock ready to stamp and use in card making, so I bought 2 each of the 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock Assortment packages from Stampin' Up! plus 2 extra packs of Whisper White, and I created my own

Paper Drawer of Happiness !!!!

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Doesn't that just make you want to craft and create cards!?

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The drawer divider was from IKEA .. thank you to Christina's comment below.. here is the link to the drawer organizer at IKEA.  I have 2 in this drawer.

Below: on the right you can see my 1/2 sheets of all the colors and Whisper White, and then WHOHOOO... stacks of 2" wide pieces for my Scalloped Tag Topper punch and my Angled Tag Topper Punch!!  How lovely is THAT!?

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 If you'd like to do the same thing, below are the links to the paper packs I purchased.  If you don't relish the idea of cutting all that cardstock, consider taking it to FedEx Kinkos or Staples.. they can usually cut it for a very nominal fee.

I cut it in 1/2 first, then cut one of the stacks in 1/2 again for the 1/4 sheets.. hope that makes sense?  I did that with 2 packs of each assortment and 2 packs of Whisper White.

 

HOLD THE PRESSES!!!  GREAT NEWS!!

THESE PAPER PACK ASSORTMENTS WILL BE ON SALE FROM OCT. 1 to OCT. 6!!

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On Sale Oct. 1 to Oct. 6, 2014!!!

Orders may be placed in my online store!

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Stampin' Up! Blendabilities Marker Storage and Chart

 

 Oh how I love my Stampin' Up! Blendabilities Markers!

I cannot tell you how relaxing and enjoyable it is to color with them!!!!

Of course having them at your fingertips is key!!!

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I love my Blendabilities Marker holder that I purchased from Stamp-n-Storage!  See it HERE.

So, here is my question... do I paint it? Do I stain it?

My craft room is a mix of black and white and oak.. so not really sure what I want to do with this holder... leave your comment below and help me please!

Buy your Blendabilities Markers online here!

Check out all my Blendabilities samples and video tutorials here!

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When I posted a sneak peek of this chart on Instagram and Facebook, many of you asked for the chart.. it's a GREAT reference to keep at your desk!! 

You can download it here.

Thank you to Brenda Cardinal who originated this great chart!

You can add Pearls and Rhinestones to your chart and color them.. it's fascinating to see how beautiful each and every shade turns out!

 Right now, as you know, customers can purchase 6 of the sets, plus the Skin Tones and the Memento Black pad and Color LIfter pen, but as of Aug. 1st, customers can also purchase the remaining 6 sets of markers! whohoooo!

BELOW: Available as of July 1: Coastal Cabana, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Skin Tones, Memento black pad, Memento reinker and Color Lifter

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BELOW: and in addition, available Aug. 1: Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder, Melon Mambo, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate

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Please let me know if you have any questions about these great new markers!

Check out all my Blendabilities samples and video tutorials here!

 

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I've always wanted "a statement piece"... you've heard that expresssion, right?

  They toss that phrase around on the DIY Home Decorating shows all the time...  like a really cool chair, or lamp, or big armoire... well, I've never had one.  So when the opportunity came to redo an area behind my computer desk in my home office, I thought, "I'll get some really cool lamps.. those will be my statement pieces!".  I wanted Coral or Blue or something REALLY Zippy!  well... guess I'm out of touch with what's cool because after going to SEVERAL stores, I didn't find ONE thing that could really be considered a statement piece and everything was neutral colors!!! .. geesh. 

SO.. what did I end up with?  THE STORY OF MY LIFE.. a "safe" design.. "safe color", "safe design", nothing fancy.. but that's ok.. I will just have to jazz up the REST of my new little area! 

Stampin' Up! Celebration Basics Banner Kit to the rescue!

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I used the Celebrations Basics Banner Kit and the Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral Celebration Add-On kits.  You'll find all of these supplies on pg 30 of the Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog and ordering info at the bottom of this post.

The banner in the kit says "CELEBRATE" but I just used part of the supplies and spelled CREATE.

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Patty-desk-lamp<< So this is the lamp I ended up getting... not exactly the "statement piece" I would have liked.. but, they are pretty (I got a pair)... I got the bases at Lowes (thanks to Lisa for helping me pick them out) and I found these shades at Target!  All 4 pieces were under $150 (for the 2 lamps) including the light bulbs :) 

 

The shades have really pretty very dark brown stitching on the linen shade.. I really like them.

 

The bases are very dark brown - almost black. Dark enough that if I want to do black accents on my desk it will look fine.

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What do you think about my DIY charging station? I repurposed (or is that Upcycled?) a letter tray, and covered a piece of cardboard with some left over fabric and batting, attached binder clips to the back of the tray and it holds the charging cords for my phone, my tablet and my camera battery charger! yay!

Now for a quick tutorial on making the flowers for the CREATE Banner:

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I used the printed papers from the Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay Celebration Add-On kits and die cut them with flowers from the Secret Garden framelit package, sponged them with Calypso Coral ink, stamped them with the Dahlia stamp, cupped them in my hand, then added them to the banner!

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I used Snail adhesive and Stampin' Dimensionals for everything except hot glue on the flowers.

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So what's YOUR statement piece?

And I'm just warning you .. if you say it's a Red Chair.. I just might come move in with you! :)

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I bought a literature sorter and was thrilled that it fits the Stampin' Up! storage boxes so that I can organize all my loose accessories on my stamping desk. I found this sorter at the Container Store but you can check office supply stores as well.

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I elected to recycle and use the packaging from my rhinestones, pearls, candy dots, doilies, etc., and just write on them with a Sharpie marker.  I slipped those into the clear covers on the cases and those are my labels.

Of course you can fancy it up and create labels with My Digital Studio, or on your computer.. but this was my quick and cheap (and eco-friendly) solution.

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 New Raised Stamping Space Countertop... whohooo!

I realize that a raised countertop may not be the most exciting news to a lot of people.. but in case you are a crafter who likes to stand when you craft, cut, or die cut, or, maybe you are on the taller side like me (almost 5'-8"), you will appreciate this idea...

My hubby got some free countertops and we were going to replace my existing stamping loft countertops, but.. then we got this idea... if we put the NEW countertop on TOP of the OLD countertop and put a spacer in bewteen, then it will be higher and more ergonomic for me when I stand to cut cardstock or do die cutting on the Big Shot!

Bless my hubby.. he was so kind to do all the measuring and cutting and installing! So here was the process...

Patty loft dividers on counterWe decided to leave the existing old green countertop in place, and build a maze of 1"x6" dividers on top ... this will form a platform for the new countertop, but even more exciting... I will be able to fit plastic storage container boxes in between the old counter and new counter!!! See next photo..

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ABOVE:  you can see how the new counter sits on those vertical dividers and creates a space for the plastic storage boxes in between the 2 counters!!!

Since my space is very tiny.. only 8'x8', I need to make the most of my area, so those extra 8 plastic box storage cubbies are PERFECT!

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He still needs to finish the trim on the front, but other than that, it's a GREAT new space for my paper cutting and die cutting and I don't have to bend over!!

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Ya, I know it looks like a mess... but that's only a sign of a busy crafter :)

On the other side of my stamp loft, my hubby added the matching new black countertop.. this is where I sit to stamp... of course now it's covered with STUFF.. but this is when we first put it in ... yep.. trim needs to be finished, too...

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We were blessed that these countertops were no longer needed in the office they were being used in, so they were free... whohooo! Gotta love free!

 

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