Saturday, February 4, 2017

Scan n Cut Canvas

Had fun playing today in Scan n Cut Canvas. If you don't know what that is, it's a program that comes with the Scan n Cut machine to make cutting and drawing files. Which then allows you to draw them or cut them out on the machine.

 Today I was playing with making campers. The fun old fashion ones that we all ( well at least I do ) dream of fixing up and going glamping in ( GLAMOROUS CAMPING).

Here's the first card I made...
I thought it turned out okay but then looking at it I thought I had the whole thing backwards -the fatter part should be at the front. So I made some adjustments.


and made another one. I added an awning, and turned
 it around, I also added a flower. 
I love the way the awning pops out and the card can stand on it's own.

a little pearl for door knobs

the inside sentiment...

I used the drawing feature and decorated the envelope...

So much you can do with Scan n Cut Canvas .

Friday, February 3, 2017

No Fussy Cutting with Scan N Cut

Thought I would make a couple of cards today. I found this stamp at a thrift store for only 50 cents - I love finding deals- it had a $12.00 original sticker on it.
 
I stamped images on white paper and was able to use my Scan-n-Cut 2 to cut out the cat images - no more fussy cutting. I also used it to cut out the stamped tag.
I used my stamp-in up roller stamps to make the cat prints and the cats on the envelope - I haven't used the rollers in awhile but the ink was still good
the stamp had three cats but I only used the 2 to go with the sentiment. I put the third one on the front of the envelope
here's the inside...
I also used my Scan-n-Cut 2 to cut out a bunch of balloons and some "happy birthday" sentiments. I like to cut out a bunch for whenever I might need them.
I embossed yellow card stock and layered the balloons and words on top
a simple card and quick to make.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Create Personalized Business Accessories

I'm getting ready to launch ( or should I say "restart" ) my business. I have been working on creating a few business accessories that I will need. Super easy and fun to make.
 A few things I did order such as business cards from Vista Print and a personalized stamp from Rubberstamps, but other than that I just used my computer, printer and some basic craft supplies that I  already had and, of course, I always try to save money so my local thrift store is the best place to find things like frames, small boxes and fabric.

 I had to go with a floral theme- I just love flowers ( and this is what I chose from Vista Print for my business cards). Cute matching boxes I found at the thrift store will hold small accessories. The business card holder I found at OfficeDepot.
I found this frame at the thrift store - perfect color. I inserted a print with my business name that I will set out at shows. The pad of paper was just the right colors - another find at the thrift store - I covered the top with my own logo, it had sea shells on it, but the blue colors were another perfect match.

This frame I decorated with a flower I made using my Cricut.

I have to put tags on my items so why shouldn't they coordinate? These were fun to make using my Cricut, Scan n Cut, punches and stamps.



I had to have a tote bag to carry things in so I dressed up a plain tote using Mod Podge photo transfer. You can see how to do it here.
I added ruffles...
and fabric flowers, you can see how to make them here...

also when I am at shows, I thought an apron would be nice to keep things handy so I made one out of old jeans...

 the front already had pockets but I added a couple more...

for tools, scissors, paper, etc...

and a covered pocket for money...


 a flower...

and ruffles in the same fabric I used on the tote bag...


Now I think I have all the accessories I'll need.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Craft Supply Storage

After having to go through every item in my craft room, I finally have everything put away. My four top organizational tips that I found helpful, that might also help you, include:

1- Keep items you use most often within easy reach -

             I made this can caddy to store items I use all the time - glue sticks, scissors, craft knife, pens, screw drivers, wire cutters, etc.
 
I also have open storage so I can just grab things like tape, glue, etc.

the items I use most are right behind where I usually 
stand on the middle or bottom shelf



2- Label all containers so you know what's inside-

most items fit in containers I already had but for some things
 I had to find a box then I covered it in pretty paper. I made 
matching labels for all containers





3-Store like items together-

 All my ribbon is in a drawer. I went through all my ribbon and wrapped it around cardboard squares which really helped save space,


I put all my washi and decorative tape in a drawer
 using a kitchen utensil tray to help contain items,

 all my punches are in one drawer,

I made this storage shelf out of foam core for all my stampin up inks,

Cricut Cartridges are right above my machine,

all my paint is in a floral tin...

I unmounted all my wood mount stamps ( saves a ton of space) 
and store them in two 3-ring binders,


embossing folders in box next to sizzix,

and finally-
4- Add special items that you enjoy looking at-






I hope I have inspired you to organize your craft room and to make your surroundings a place that inspires you and stimulates creativity - happy crafting.

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