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Friday, December 31, 2010

I Am Not Lazy

Well, I mentioned I would be back today to share a little something I made to keep me sane in my crafting space. So now that we are back from seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part 1), I can finally sit down to share it with ya'll. I've been thinking of sorting through some stuff (I have to think about it first, you know.), and trying to establish a little more organization. Then I realized there was something I NEEDED.

You see, I've discovered some WONDERFUL cardstock from My Favorite Things. YES!! Did ya'll even know they sold CARDSTOCK? It's totally awesome and I wouldn't say that about just any cardstock-nice and heavy and all the colors are perfection (not to mention they have yummy little names for each color!)! Ya'll really need to give it a try. However, I realized that even though I am keeping it all pretty and seperate from my other cardstock, I needed to know the names of the colors for ya'll for when I make my supply lists down at the bottom of my posts (thanks for keeping me in line with this--I hear about it when I forget it!).

So, easily distracted as I am (especially from cleaning and regrouping), I decided to sit down and create a little swatchbook I can keep at my desk. See it there? I just hung it on a pen (oh, but wait--that's my quilling tool I use for rolling my Rolled Roses Die-namics--another MUST have! See? Easily distracted.) on my turny tool thingy from Making Memories. (I hate the term, Lazy Susan. Wonder why?) By the way, someone in the MFT forum on Splitcoast was asking how we store our Die-namics dies. I have every single one in ONE slot of this turny thing. I throw away the packaging and use a Sharpie to write the die name on the back of each one.

All I did was use my Textile Rectangle Die-namics die (looks like ya'll've already bought them all!) and cut each color of cardstock with it. (excluding the cream, white and black. I don't have those, as I have WAY too much of other cardstocks those colors as is.) I also cut some fun houndstooth paper from Webster's Pages to accent the ends with. This will also not only make it easy to see how black and white complement each MFT cardstock color, but also make the tags a little more sturdy.

Then I just stamped each "sweet" color name with my Mini Banner Die Alphabet set--one letter at a time and very carefully. The edges needed a little something, so I faux stitched them with a black fine-tip pen. I finished it off with a little "cover" of sorts--I simply cut a big ol' red felt heart with my Hearts a Plenty Die-namics die, stamped a tag from the Clearly Sentimental About Emerson set and adhered it and a couple of buttons onto the felt with hot glue. Now, who wants to pay me for making one for them? Not a chance--you'll need to stamp all those tiny letters yourself!! Really, it wasn't that hard and now I have something to help this old lady keep track of all those colors! (I'm turning 44 at the end of January.)

Ok, well, back to organizing. I'll be back in the morning with my first SFYTT post of the year and a FUN announcement regarding SFYTT.

SUSIE Q-TIP: When stamping letters one at a time (and lots of them), make them wonky and lopsided on purpose. Saves time, looks cute and makes it look like you meant it to be that way. Don't ask me how I know this. I don't want to talk about it.

Stamps: Mini Banner Die-namics Alphabet, Clearly Sentimental About Emerson (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Cardstock Colors from My Favorite Things, Webster's Pages
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Textile Rectangle, Hearts a Plenty Die-namics Dies, Big Shot, Black Fine-tip Pen, Red Felt (MFT), Buttons (MFT), Twine (TCP), Hot Glue, Binder Ring

1 comment:

  1. This is really a fantastic idea!!! I haven't started with the card making, but would like to someday. So I "look around" at all the wonderful projects on the 'puter! I also watch videos about it and have often wondered how do these people remember the cardstock color names! This would make it so much easier! You did a wonderful job with this idea! Tks for sharing!


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