Monthly Archives: September 2015

Finished Crafting Studio (submission for Stamp-n-Storage)


Welcome to my re-stylized crafting studio.  I want to take this opportunity share my favorite features.

Tons of Storage

I have what was previously an overwhelming number of inks and punches.  I found Stamp-n-storage online and saw they had the perfect products to contain my collection.  I removed the wooden doors from the closet.  I inserted an entertainment unit I already had and some cube storage units.  I added the units from Stamp-n-storage.  My husband fashioned a curtain rod from conduit pipe.  I purchased a shallow bookshelf from Ikea.  I purchased curtains and a curtain topper for my window, to coordinate all of my storage spaces and make the room look chic and neat.

The desk was fashioned from an Ikea corner desk and a table.  My husband added locking mechanisms on the bottom to keep the two surfaces joined tightly together.  I purchased an “over the door,” pantry rack to create the wrapping paper storage station.

I found after storing my card stock on shelves, edges that were exposed to the light had been fading.  I found letter size rolling plastic bins with covers at an office supply outlet.  All of my card stock is now organized by color families, protected from the light,  and can be easily rolled in and out for access.

Pleasing Yet Functional Decor

I had a few things on hand I wanted to re-purpose as both useful and decorative items.  I hated my bulletin board.  Upon searching Pinterest, I found attractive bulletin boards that had been made out of picture frames.  I also fell in love with wall art created from artist trays.  I purchased 1/4 inch cork board in 12×12 sheets.  I cut them to fit my 8×10 picture frames.  I used two of them to create small bulletin boards with antique picture frames.  I used one frame/cork combination to create an attractive and functional drink tray.  A left over piece of cork board protects my drawer unit and keeps my phone and remote from slipping off.

I used the artist trays to create small collages for my wall.  I re-painted an old plant holder and created a file box.  I covered ugly manila folders with designer series paper.

The cat was on hand.  I think he enjoys my new space just as much as I do.

My crafting buddy, Newton.

My crafting buddy, Newton.

Thank you for touring my craft studio.  I hope you are inspired to create a beautiful space to work, no matter how much, or how little room you have.


Square Pillow Box Treat Pouch


Using the new Square Pillow Box Thinlits Die, I created this beautiful little treat pouch.  I was inspired by a posting from another SU demonstrator, Dawn Olfcheske.  A tutorial and supply list is provided so you can create your own.

Inspired by Dawn Olfcheske, I created this treat pouch for a fall party.

Inspired by Dawn Olfcheske, I created this treat pouch for a fall party.

The Square Pillow Box Thinlits die is the perfect size to hold small gifts, treats and other things. You will need a big shot or other die cutting machine.


Square Pillow Box Thinlits Dies  SU Item # 139657
Price: $33.00
Cut pillow boxes in record time with Thinlits dies and the Big Shot. Add windows and accents—they’re included in the die. Finished boxes make unique packaging for gift cards, 3″ x 3″ | 7.6 x 7.6 cm cards, and small treats and gifts.
Thinlits Dies help you create detailed die-cuts with just a few turns of the Big Shot handle.
* 8 dies
* Finished box size: 5-15/16″ x 4-5/8″ | 15.1 x 11.7 cm
* Use with Big ShotLets Make It!

To create the treat pouch shown, you will need one piece of card stock for each pouch.  Cut two of the box dies.


Take one of the cut pieces, and score a fold line one inch from the top corner as shown.  This will create the front flap for the DSP you will be using.


Following the score line created from the die, remove one inch from the top portion of each flap as shown.


Using your chosen DSP and the Pillow Box Die, cut out a notched portion of the DSP.  Remove the flap and cut the paper 1 inch from the corner as shown on the left and you should be left with a piece 4 inches across .


Fold the flap you scored as shown and use your bone folder to create crisp folds.  Attach the DSP to the flap.  Fold your flaps on the scored lines, making sure the DSP is going to be on the outside of the box.  Using your fingers to gently pinch, fold the rounded bottoms using the score lines created by the die. Using Sticky Strip, or the new Tear and Tape Adhesive,  and attach a couple of glue dots to the inside bottom of the front piece of the treat box.  Put the box together.


Brush the edges of the box and the bottom edge of your DSP flap to get the effect shown.  To add the embellishments, I punched a hole as shown.


I used CS left over from my die cuts to create the tags.  I used the “Leaflets Framelits” die to cut the leaves, used left over wooden leaves from my stash (retired product), Linen Thread and leftover dotted grosgrain ribbon from my stash.  You can use any combination of products to create the embellishments of your choosing.


As you can see, this treat pouch is perfect for a themed treat.  Using different combinations of CS and DSP, you can do just about anything.

My supply list is below.  You can purchase these and other products directly from my online store.

  • Square Pillow Box Thinlits Die Item 139657 Holiday Mini page 41
  • Merry Everything clear mount stamp set Item 135071 Catalog page 71
  • Into the Woods DSP Item 139586 Holiday Mini page 43
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock Item 120953 Catalog page 141
  • Cajun Craze Cardstock Item 119684
  • Leaflets Framelits Item 137363 Catalog page 172
  • Banners Framelits Item 132173 Catalog page 173
  • Linen Thread Item 104199 Catalog page 159
  • Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad Item 126978 Catalog page 141
  • Tear and Tape Adhesive (replaced Sticky Strip) Item 138995 Catalog page 156
  • Mini Glue Dots Item 103683 Catalog page 156
  • Sponge Daubers  Item 133773 Catalog Page 163

All of the supplies listed are currently available.  I did use some retired embellishments from my SU stash as noted in the tutorial.

This is the inspiration piece.  Thank you Dawn Olfcheske!


Stampin’ Up! – See It! Love It! Buy It!

Stampin’ Up! – See It!  Love It! Buy It!

Gotta Have It!  

Witching Decor Project Kit Item 140969 $22.00. 2015 SU Holiday Mini

Witching Decor Project Kit
Item 140969 $22.00.
2015 SU Holiday Mini

This easy to put together Halloween decor project kit is a must have for the Halloween season.  The finished size is approximately 13″ X 13.”

To finish your project you will need and want to add the Witches Night photopolymer stamp set.  These stamps are detailed, and fabulous!


See how beautifully my Witches Hat project fit into my Halloween Decor


I added a couple of leaves to mine using Black Glimmer Paper (139605 $5.00).

Additional products used: Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad, Jet Black StazOn Pad, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Bone Folder and paper snips.

You can purchase these products directly from my online store.  Happy Crafting!

The New Crafting Space Tour


It has been a long time coming, but I finally have the crafting space I have wanted for a long time.  I thought I would share it now, as it will probably never be this clean again.

Preparing for the Move

My crafting bane/buddy, Newton is all boxed up and ready to go. No more concrete floor.

My crafting bane/buddy, Newton is all boxed up and ready to go. No more concrete floor.

We had a new floor installed and took the opportunity to touch up the paint. I ordered a corner desk, a table and a drawer unit from Ikea.  I also purchased a new shallow depth book case to house all of my stamps in DVD-sized cases.  I love my new work table, as it is set up so I can work from either side, or I can craft at the same space with a friend.

Please enjoy the tour.  I hope you get a couple of ideas you can use in your own space.

Now for the Tour