But first, my friend Sharon (notimetostamp) posed the question to everyone "how do you store your 6x6 paper pads?" on this blog post. So, I thought I would share my new system. It's NOT perfect, but it works for me and my TINY stamping space. I have about 1/2 of my paper pads moved over and I like it so far!
DISCLAIMER: Please excuse the mess, my craft area always looks like a tornado blew through!!
I keep a stack of plastic CD cases behind my chair (I just don't skootch back very fast!). They measure 6" deep, 7 1/2" tall and 8" across. They fit my Basic Grey 6x6 pads very nicely. Along with lots of other stuff too! What I do is put the entire pad in with the "spine" side down and then I toss the scraps (which I save them ALL) in just behind the cover page. I suppose you could get fancy with some tabs with the name of the pads, but I just thumb thru looking for a specific color or pattern to fit my card. I kind of have the order of the pads memorized!
I have them stacked 5 boxes high, and that seems the limit. They are pretty sturdy, no tipping and I even have them on carpet. They interlock with each other and I suppose if you anchored them to the wall somehow they could be stacked even higher. I got them at Fred Meyer's (it's a West Coast store) for around $2 each. I imagine you could find them at Target, K-Mart or the like.
I also store my Nesties here too. I keep each set in a CD case attached with magnetic strips. I color coded the spine for my Circles, Ovals and Rectangles. This has been a huge plus!
I hope this helps some of you who are looking for some ideas. EDITED TO ADD: The containers are made by Sterilite #1695. Here is a link to the Sterilite site (mine are in clear) -they can be found online at Ebay, Amazon.com, and other places. Good luck!
Now on to some Mother's Day cards. I have been inspired (again by Sharon in this post) to use corsage pins and beads to make a version of the SU! Pretties kit. Way back when, I dabbled in making jewelry and like a true scrapper, I saved all my beads! So, I bought a set of corsage pins, some earring stoppers and got to work.
I cased this card which I did back in July '08 for one of Sharon's Stamp Simply challenges (see a theme here? Can you tell Sharon is my stamping idol? LOL). I used my all time favorite stamp set Heartfelt Thanks which was my first stamp set ever bought and I will NEVER get rid of.
Anyway, here is a close up picture of the pin and beads from the pink card. I made 3 versions of the card -pale plum, bashful blue and pink pirouette. The sentiment is Happy Thoughts from Verve and the BG stamp is Damask from Flourishes (on the blue and plum cards). I used some yellow pearls from Kaiser Craft for the center of the flower.
Here is a picture of all three! Thanks for stopping by and have a great Friday!
Oh, for those of you following my Edward slideshow, I added 2 new pictures!
Stamps – Heartfelt Thanks, Happy Thoughts, Damask
Paper - white, black, pale plum, pink pirouette, bashful blue
Accessories - paper piercer, yellow pearls, yellow stickles, black satin striped organdy ribbon and Michelle's version of the Pretties kit!