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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 !!!!


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


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!?



 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.




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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!!!


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!

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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!

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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!


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.


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.


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:


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!


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


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 love organizing my crafting supplies.. don't you?

and I love to keep them HANDY on my desk

Stampin up storage box organizer

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.

Storage box spine labels

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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..

Patty loft raised counter

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!

Patty loft new raised countertop

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!!

Patty loft countertop after

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...

Stamping counter
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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I've been slowly switching over from the old style of Stampin' Up! punches to the new ones.. and now I have a drawer full of punches... that makes me SO happy!

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Stampin' Loft Redo - my "Lightbox"

I've been sharing photos of my stampin' loft with you over the past month or so.. I'm glad you are enjoying the ideas for storing and organizing your stampin' and crafting stuff, I mean SUPPLIES! : ) 

The last part I have to share with you is my new "lightbox".

Once I was done with my "redo"... I looked at one of the shelves and said..."HMMMMMMMM I am thinking this would be a GREAT place to take photos of my projects..."... it was at eye level (no more stooping over), it was near an electrical outlet for the lights, and right there in MY SPACE!!  In the past I've taken photos in the living room on the floor, in front of the window, on the couch, in the stairwell under the skylight.. you name it I've tried it.. . I even tried pix in our huge bathtub since it's white and has great natural lighting... so I was READY for a "lightbox". 

Lightbox on shelf 1

It is just a piece of white paper from a roll of paper taped to the wall in back and then brought forward and tucked under the front of the bottom shelf, with a 12x12 white piece of cardboard (from the Stampin' Up! Designer Paper packages) on each side!!  The lights are from a home improvement store and have "daylight" bulbs in them. They clamp to the shelf above.

Lightbox shelf 2

It works for me and the total cost was under $20, and I am really pleased with it :)

Lightbox close up

I'm Happy to report that I have kept my floor cleaned up ever since starting this "redo" several months ago... and it feels so good!

Patty loft floor

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Stampin' Loft Redo - "the bridge"

Just a quick shout out... thank you to all my faithful viewers who visit me... today I celebrate 4 years of blogging... I can't believe how fast the time has flown!  But Thanks for your visits and kind comments!

Continuing with some pix of my reorganized stampin' loft area...

My stamping area is in a 2nd floor loft space between the front and the back of our house.  A bridge with a railing overlooking the living room connects the front and the back of the upstairs level and I kept piling "stuff" across the length of the bridge.. finally we bought some white cubes at a big box store and hubby assembled them for me so that I could organize all my "stuff".  :)

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After bridge

I decorated the end with the Long Stemmed Silhouette Decor Elements piece from Stampin' Up!  Click the link to view the entire Decor Elements line in the Definitely Decorative catalog.

 I also used the Flower Garden Decor Elements and a Stampin' Up! sticker to decorate some of the boxes:  (click to view larger)

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I supposed it will look more impressive if you also see the "before" shot...

Before bridge

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Patty's Stampin' Loft "REDO" - part 3

As promised.. here is more of my tiny 8x8 stampin' loft space... did you see on youtube that Stampin' Up! is having a contest for Shelli Gardner to come redo your stamp room!?  I thought .. wow.. how cool would that be!!  Good thing I already got it pretty much cleaned up ... a "redo" from Shelli would be amazing!

(more of my loft here)

Patty loft 1

so moving along over to the right side of my loft space, I have a small TV (thank you hubby), and my stamping space.  I got the 3 drawer units from an office that was tossing them out about 13 years ago.. whohoo!  We put a countertop piece on top (from a home improvement store) and voila.. super cheap desk space :)

Patty loft desk

Stack store caddy to the left of my stamping space I have 3 of the Stack & Store Caddy's.. they are so great for holding all my embellishment containers!

I know I will be asked.. so I'll just post it here...  the ink pad holders were made my a company no longer in business, but if you google wood ink pad holders you will probably find some if you are looking for something similar. 

Patty loft ribbon drawer

in the drawers to my left I have the ribbon I use all the time, watercolor crayons, pastels, and other assorted accessories.

Patty loft desk right

above the ink pads I have cups holding scissors, crop a dile, a container with my clear blocks, and I also have my markers within easy reach as well as stamp cleaner, bone folder, cutter, and clean up pad.

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Patty's Stampin' Loft "REDO" - part 2

As promised, I'm sharing more photos of my stampin' loft "redo" with you ...  this is the left side of the space... this houses my Big Shot, my cutter and my scraps.  The stamps are on the wall on this side of the loft on shelves.

Patty loft 2

From left to right on this counter, i have my scraps, my cutter, by Big Shot and all my dies and my craft pads.... I organize my scraps by size... small, long strips (which I seem to have a million of) are together, then scraps about the size of a card front are together, and then small scraps.

Patty loft cutter

Hubby raised my cutter by a few inches for me with some scrap lumber... since I'm tall (but he calls me short), it's nice to have it a little higher.  Under the cutter.. another Elfa cart:

Patty loft elfa left 1
This Elfa cart holds my extra ribbon rolls, extra glue, extra sanding blocks, extra glue dots, Stampin' Up! bags, Stampin' Spots, and probably some miscellaneous stuff..

Patty loft elfa left

This counter holds my Big Shot and Big Shot dies, and the craft pads.

Patty loft big shot

I got his acrylic holder in the kitchen dept at the Container Store and it fits my Embossing Folders, Big Shot plates and the larger dies just perfect!

Patty loft folder holder
And i store my embosslits and sizzlets in the little plastic boxes that the personalized stamps and some A la Carte stamps come in:

Patty loft embosslits
While it may not be beautiful, it's functional... my XL Big Shot dies are on stacked letter trays...

Patty loft xl dies

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New Color Labels and Organization

I have been trying to upload and link to the new color label files as a Word Doc for you .. something is not cooperating with typepad today.... however, thanks to Nancy Dawson, here is the doc converted to a .pdf file for you .. DOWNLOAD LABEL FILE HERE.  You an print this on an Avery 5167 label sheet (80 per page), or you could simply print this on a full label sheet and punch them out... SEE BELOW for punch information.

This is what I was working on all weekend... labeling my new cardstock, pads, etc.

Aren't the colors just YUMMY!! :)

Cardstock closeup

I used one label on my ink pad and one for my pack of cardstock.

New color labels

Color label pads
Use the WORD WINDOW PUNCH to punch out the labels and add them to the ends of the ink pads!

Color label punch

In case you are curious.. I got the literature sorter (paper holder) from Costco about 12 years ago, and the ink pad holder about 11 years ago from a company no longer in business.

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My Big Shot Die Storage

As my collection of Big Shot Dies grows, I was faced with the problem of storing them.  I am sure most of you can relate.  :)

My dies were piled all over and some were in an old ink pad holder, most were stacked here and there.. so I googled Big Shot Die Storage and found several options.  I opted for the holders that could stack along the wall as oppsed to a spinning rack.. I just don't have space for that. 

After die stg

I have 7 of the racks stacked side by side on top of my Craft ink pad holder. Each rack holds 10 dies. My Embossing Folders and Texturz plates are stored on top of the racks. 

After googling them, I simply opted for the company who offered them the cheapest.  In keeping with Stampin' Up!'s new policy I will not post a direct link but you can find them easily on google. 

Close up views:

Close up dies 1

I write on the ends of my dies... I indicate the size of the paper I'll need to cut for each die.

And I make my own labels because I can't read the small print on the labels that come on them.  The joys of aging eyeballs.

Close up dies 2

For my Sizzlits and Embosslits, I store them in the small Stampin" Up! containers that our personalized stamps come in:


UPDATE:  Tip from Kim Schneider who credits Kimberly Moynihan and her mom Barb Schafer  for this idea... you can use empty CD cases to store 4 sizzlits, or 2 embosslits.. nice idea! Thanks!

and my XL dies are stacked in stacked letter trays... super inexpensive storage solution!

XL dies

and I suppose you'll want to see the BEFORE shot... ugh... such a mess.

Before die stg

Thanks for tuning in .. have a GREAT holiday weekend!

EDITED TO ADD ON 9/6/09...

Many of you have asked if I would post the minimum sizes of paper for all of my dies.. you can see from the photos that I write that info on each die.  Thanks to Sarah Paraday for typing up the list for me.. I've filled in all the sizes... these are MINIMUM sizes of cardstock/DSP you will need for each die:

Top Note - 4-1/4" x 5-1/4"
Petal Card - 4-3/4" square
Scallop #2 - 5" x 5"
Oval Scallop - 5" x 5-1/2"
Scallop - 5" x 5"
Envelope - 4-1/2" x 5-1/4"  (see THIS POST for how to make the envelope larger)
Lattice - 3-1/2" square
Scallop Square - 5" x 9" for folded card, 5"x5" for square
Rollodex - 3" x 4-1/4"
Clear Flower - 4-3/4" square
Clear Circle - 4-1/2" square
Two Tags - 5-1/4" x 5"
Butterfly - cut at 10"x 5-1/4" and FOLDED in 1/2
Daisies #2 - 5" x 5-1/4"
Snowflake - 4-1/4" x 4-1/2"
Ovals - 4-1/4" x 5-1/4"
Tags - 5" x 4-1/4"
Circles - 4-1/4" x 5"
Leaves #2 - 4-1/2" x 5-1/4"

Decorative Accent - 5-1/4" x 5"
Tulipe - 4-3/4" x 5"
Bigz XL dies - I usually cut them all at 6"x12", except the Flower Folds (needs more than one piece) and the MatchBox die - VIDEO can be viewed HERE for cutting instructions. 

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Big Shot Die Storage

Many of you have asked... how do you store your dies for the Big Shot machine?

My Solution:  At the end of the counter where my Big Shot resides, I had a "literature sorter" sitting there empty, so I started putting dies in it, then I added 3 "in/out letter trays" above that to store the rest of them.

Die stg  In the center of the photo, you'll see the small Stampin' UP! plastic boxes.. those store the sets of 4 Sizzlits really well.  

I've printed my own labels for the dies with large text.. a hazard of "old eyeballs". 

Hope this helps!

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Big shot and die stg 

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My elfa cart

I've been having a great time organizing my new elfa cart << click there for details on the Container Store site!  Since I can't do anything downstairs, I have been having fun in my loft!

Here is my new cart:


I filled it with my punches, sponges and all my Stampin' Spots.  It's TERRIFIC!


and say.... don't ya just LOVE our new dining room set??  LOL!!! Gotta find humor in all this reconstruction!


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Organizing my Chipboard

I finally did it.. took the plunge... what better thing to do when you are trying to stay quiet and recover from a migraine!?  Organize your Chipboard shapes of course! 

I popped all the On Board Chipboard images OUT of the 12x12 sheets:


and sorted them into containers:


then labeled them and put them on my shelf!


The BIG ADVANTAGE for me is that I know what I have now.. I really didn't like looking through those packages trying to figure out if I had enough flowers or stars, etc., for a class or a swap... now I KNOW I have ENOUGH !!  LOL

I haven't sorted the new On Board Blossoms packs yet... not sure if I will.  And I think I'll leave all the alphabet chipboard sheets in their packs too.  Anyone have a good solution for organizing the alphabet pieces, other than A's in a bag, B's in a bag, etc. ?