Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A New STorage System For My Dies

I was happy with my old system of keeping my dies in a long plastic container with most of my dies where I knew they should be until my system broke down, TOO MANY DIES.  Yes, I actually said that.  BUT I did NOT toss any dies. NO DIES WERE HARMED IN THIS PROCESS.   I JUST changed the way I kept them.

I figured I wanted something about 5 inches by 7 inches because most of the dies came in packages about that size, but not anything too much bigger.  And I found something at one of our local paper stores.  First I found the sleeves which are 8 1/2" tall by 5 1/2" wide.  After looking at several different binders that would accommodate that size sleeve,  I ended up with ten (10) binders in all.
  • TIP: Decide what you want in a binder
  • Binder Spine - Tab in a sleeve or use a label to tape onto the binder spine  (I went with the Tab in a sleeve)
  • Front of Binder - Sleeve with room for paper to identify what is in the binder or not sleeve, but you can tape some paper on top of the binder (I went with the sleeve on the front so I could easily change when I add or remove or change dies to another binder.)
I purchased a binder that was cheaper without a spine tab or sleeve on the front, but realized it wasn't really what I wanted.   I will use the two binders for something else in the future, but went back and picked up 10 binders at about $1.50 more each and found they were also made better and would last longer.  That's just my two cents, as they say.

I don't have my Dies sorted by brand, but by type from Christmas and Holidays to Scenes and Letters & #s.  I have ten (10) binders in all.   If I change a die or dies to another binder, it's easy to change the front cover because I can take it out and put a new typed sheet in the front sleeve.


Here are a couple of my stamp and die combination sets.  I keep the stamps and dies in one sleeve so they are together and easy to find. 


Below iare the new Christmas Mice dies on the back side of the stamp set .  When I stamp and die-cut images, I put them into a small plastic bag that closes which goes into the same sleeve as the stamp and die set.


The new Holiday Greenery Edge Fancy Die has its own place of honor in my Christmas Binder with some die-cuts already to go..


Die Binder Front
I don't have every die listed on the front unless there is room to do so.  I based binder names on the length of the name I could fit on the binder spine when stored and placed so I could see the binder title when stored.  I made a list of all dies in each binder and put those lists in sheet protectors with a metal ring to keep them together.  Anytime I'm not sure of what is in a binder, I pull my lists.  Now that I'm thinking about it, I just may put that list into alphabetical order with the name of the book so I can just look something up alphabetically.  See, there's always another way of doing things.


I don't know if you would like to try something like this or your current system is working for you.  Mine wasn't, so I thought I'd share what I'm using now.  

The card below published November 3rd is the result of using my binders to hold dies and die-cuts.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge
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Please join us in this month’s "Give Thanks" challenge.   As you know, we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to enter our challenges. Each month we feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner from our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month
a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you're looking for a Hero Arts product you don't see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.


Hero Arts Christmas Mice stamps and dies set on A2Z Scrapbooking
Hero Arts  Holiday Greenery Edge Fancy Die
Hero Arts   Coffee Cup Tags Stamp & Cut (discontinued stamps and dies)
Assorted alphabet & Number sets
Binders big enough to use hold 51/2  inch X 81/2 inch sheet proctors
51/2  inch X 81/2 inch sheet proctors
Vagabond die cut machine  

Sunday, November 11, 2018

A2Z MerryDuel



My friend Char and I are having a duel at A2Z Scrapbooking and it's that time of year.   I couldn't just do one card with the Hero Arts Merry Background.at A2Z Scrapbooking.  A bit of shine always makes me think of  think of Christmas trees and shiny papers.  My cards reflect my thoughts.

Card 1

Unique to this card: Impression Obsession Vintage Ornament
Card 2 below

Unique to this card :Elizabeth Craft Designs Seasons Greetings Stand Up Helper 
and Memory Box Crystal Snowflake

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge
Please join us in this month’s "Winter Wonderland" challenge.   As you know, we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to enter our challenges. Each month we feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner from our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts
 The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you're looking for a Hero Arts product you don't see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.
 Common to both cards:


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

SheepSki Designs has some fun Snowmen

SheepSKi Designs is the Die Cut Divas' sponsor for November.  I had so much with the images.  

Theme is “Anything Goes”.


Prize is 3 digitals of winner’s choice from the shop.



I must say that I CASED the coloring on this image from the SheepSki Designs images here.  I loved the colors and tried to copy the colors.  I used a a Signo white pen to make snow dots.  I did add some Nuvo Crystal Drops - Gloss, Ebony Black for all the eyes and coal mouth.  




Close-Up below


I ask you, could you resist this image?  

It looks very simple, but the results after coloring are amazing.

Check out my post at Die Cut Divas for this post.

Supplies:
SheepSki Designs Snowmen Selfie
Copic markers in the B and BV colors. I think the carrot noses are YR07 & YR16 
Elizabeth Craft Designs Postage Stamp Squares
Vagabond die cut machine
Nuvo Crustal Drops Gloss - Ebony Black





Saturday, November 3, 2018

Thanks to Christmas Mice

I know you're wondering why I'm making a Thanks card with Christmas Mice.  Me TOO.   The background copper color reminds me of rich Thanksgiving decorations and I think it works.  Thos mice are so cute and take little time to color.  I am rather fond of that cheese which was definitely fun to color.  I cut off the tag on the bottom with the "Merry Christmas" message.

I used a tree die and rectangular die with 1 inch squares, cut the border between one set of squares and went on from there.  I had seen something similar with the mice, but cannot locate that card.  If I do, I will give her credit.  She was my inspiration.


Close-up below


You can see this post at A2Z Scrapbooking here.

Remember to use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.  

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge
Image may contain: flower and text

Please join us in this month’s "Give Thanks" challenge.   As you know, we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to enter our challenges. Each month we feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner from our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month
a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you're looking for a Hero Arts product you don't see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.


Thursday, November 1, 2018

November and Thanks

November is always such a great month to thank everyone for being in your life.  Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day on November 25th and I can almost taste the turkey and pies.  I hope I'm not slobbering all over this post because that turkey is calling to me.

Thanksgiving is not the only holiday that brings people together, but I think it's quite a meaningful holiday.  Therefore, my first card for November is a holiday card.  Have a Happy Holiday and give a little thanks to all your family and friends.

Join us at A2Z Scrapbooking for the November "Give Thanks" challenge here.


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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge
Image may contain: flower and text

Please join us in this month’s "Give Thanks" challenge.   As you know, we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to enter our challenges. Each month we feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner from our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month
a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you're looking for a Hero Arts product you don't see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.


 Hero Arts Color Layering Tiger Lily stamps at A2Z Scrapbooking
 Hero Arts Color Layering Tiger Lily Frame Cuts stamping die at A2Z Scrapbooking
Hero Arts Woodgrain Texture Fancy Die at Hero Arts
(You could also use the stencil Woodgrain Stencil at A2Z Scrapbooking)
Distress Inks Vintage Photo and Fossilized Amber
Elizabeth Craft Designs Alphabet 2 - lower case (thanks)
Intricutz dies Whimsical Numbers (&)
Vagabond die cut machine



November Die Cut Divas' "Anything Goes"

SheepSki Designs is the Die Cut Divas' sponsor for November.  I had so much with the images.  


Theme is “Anything Goes”.
Prize is 3 digitals of winner’s choice from the shop.

Checking out SheepSki Designs here, I CASED the colored image and the result is here.


Supplies:
SheepSki Designs Emmy's Hat
Elizabeth Craft Designs Thinking of You and Postage Stamp Squares
Copic marker R39
Vagabond die cut machine

I will be participating in the following challenges:

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - "Always Anything Goes"
Crafty Gals Corner - "Halloween Colors"
Through The Craft Room Door Challenge - “Anything Goes”
Creative Moments - anything goes
The Creative Crafter's Challenge "Anything Goes"
Crafty Creations Challenge - “always Anything Goes” Crafting From The Heart Challenge - A"Anything Goes"























SheepSkiStamps Emmy's Hat

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Morgan's Artworld Challenge for November

I'd like you to meet Lizzy Hopwood, kind of a magical name, isn't it?   
I found her to be a magical image for coloring.  

Have fun with your "Anything Goes" challenge at Morgan's ArtWorld Open Challenge blog.

This is my first card


I wanted to use some of the same colors to see where they too me.
The results below

The theme is always "Anything Goes" at Morgan's ArtWorld.  
Challenge dates are October 1st to October 29th 
on Australian Eastern time (Sydney).  
Morgan's ArtWorld
You can use any image or project you have created and enter up to three (3) times.

OPEN AGAIN is Fae Entertainment with Morgan's images
Image may contain: 1 person, plant, flower, text, nature and outdoor

Image Shop for images that are not yet in Fae Entertainment
Last, but not least, Be sure to check out and join the Morgan’s Artworld Facebook Group too.



Supplie:
Vagabond die cut machine
COpic Markers
Swirls of gems - unknown brand

First Card
QuicKutz Nesting Ovals

2nd Card
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles

Have fun playing!

iI am participating in the following challenges.

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - "Always Anything Goes"
Crafty Gals Corner - "Halloween Colors"
Through The Craft Room Door Challenge - “Anything Goes”
Creative Moments - anything goes
The Creative Crafter's Challenge "Anything Goes"
Crafty Creations Challenge - “always Anything Goes” Crafting From The Heart Challenge - A"Anything Goes"
Have fun crafting.