Craftroom tips what every crafter should know


Do you know the feeling, when you are in a hurry with a project, when you have to post in a few hours, but you can’t find the Die-cut what you just held in your hand? Where can it be? You just put it here, but it’s not there and you are super nervous. If you don’t know what I am talking about, then all my respect is yours! When I am not organizing my projects, I am doing this activity and I can be really close to a Hulk transformation. 😂


Now, if you are still reading, I congratulate you, here comes the essence. I will show you some tricks on how I organize my projects and with this, the process of crafting will be a more joyful process. As always you can find the used supplies bellow my post. The first and most important thing in cardmaking is the white cardstock. A cardbase and cardfront is every time needed


If you prepare the bases and fronts in advance, you can save a lot of time or the most time saving tip is to buy them precut. Honestly it is not a 5 min project, but it will save you time for other things (trust me loooots of time). 


I mostly use Neenah Solar White cardstock because I love it! I use it for my coloring and its super useful that it is available in an already cut 5.5” x 4.25” size. In this case I just have to order in time before I use all of them. 


I am extremely happy that the colorful precut 5.5" x 4.25"card bases are available too, and I can use them not only as bases, but for die-cutting too. 


I buy and use the scored card base the same way so I just have to fold it in half and my base is ready. I mostly use horizontal but I have some vertical ones too. 


Two times in a year I cut my favorite papers and cardstock to 5.5” x 4.25” and organize them into my storage box. I put them on my crafty desk as close as I can. 


I made laminated dividers for better transparency. I printed the name of the paper on a colored copy paper, rounded the edges with corner chomper, laminated the whole and cut to size. 


If you don’t have time for making dividers, then check out white dividers. You just have to cut to size from the bottom and put the name of the cardstock on a vinyl sticker. 


I love this method, because when I look at the box, I instantly know which one I need and also, I can track their number so I know when to shop them. The point is there are at your fingertips. I use the Storage Bin with Lid, because it fits perfectly in my ALEX (Ikea) drawer, so when I need one cardstock, I just open the drawer and pull one out. 



Also, this drawer is ideal for stamp and 6x6 embossing folder storing. In the near future I will have word die and swatch organizing tutorial really soon, if you don't want to miss that, be sure to subscribe to my newsletter or subscribe to my Youtube Channel and ring the bell.


Now that cardstocks are OK, let’s have a little preparation. The steps are really easy. For example, you want to create 4 projects until the end of the day. You plan all the projects and make sketches for each one. This way you will know which products you want to use. I prefer the stamping -> die-cutting -> heat embossing combo. 


When I am making more projects at once, I use Thicker Storage Solutions by Stampendous. I love it because it can hold the 8.5” x 11” cardstock, the inkpad, stencil and the prepared die-cuts and stamped images, almost everything what I need for the project. If I make it only tomorrow or the next week, then I write the project’s name on a sticky notes, stick it to the box’s side so I immediately know what’s inside. 


There are near future projects which are urgent but not instantly. For these I prepare the stamped die-cut images and I know which word dies I am going to use


I put all of these to a transparent envelope and I write to a masking tape the content and date of project. Later I can use the masking tape for die-cutting. This plastic envelope is made from sturdy plastic so even a Metal Die can’t harm it. It can be re-used lots of times. I have them at home in various sizes


If I need to create lots of projects then I put the Clear Craft Storage Box with 6 Tabbed Dividers to my desk and I put the projects into it in order. I know, this sounds a little too much for organizing, but I have a main job beside crafting so I would be lost without this level of organization. 


Sometimes I just feel I want to color, not having a project in mind. Then I just stamp and die cut for example cute critters from Lawn Fawn and I put them into clear containers which are transparent and easy to use. I can organize them separately so I can avoid mixing them. 


Also, in this way I will actually use all of them. Before I started using these containers, I just made them but somehow forgot about coloring and using them on cards. I heard that others have this problem too! 


So, if you want to improve in this field, try it out! What I extremely love, that you need to gently twist the lid when you open it, so the contents are not spilling out. There are two sizes I have the larger one and this is the smaller one available together with the clear box so you can stack them.


If you are ready with your project put all the supplies back to their places, so you will know where to look for them and you will avoid the unnecessary search for them. 


In the end I just want to share with you how I store my 6”x6” and 6”x8” stencils. It’s super simple, but I just LOVE it! I am using a 6x8 ring album for it, and 6x8” Open Page Protectors. These page protectors are perfect quality, and I can put back my scencils tons of times. 


For my 6x8 Exclusive stencils I put the back sleeves from the original packaging to the page protectors, because there is the printed name, but for the other stencils I print out the brand and the name of the Stencil to a colored copy paper. 


To one-page protector I put 2 stencils so I save space too. As you can see my album is full, so I will order this beautiful pink album soon for my new stencils. 


I hope you found this post helpful, in the near future I will have some different Quick Craftroom Tips. If you don’t want to miss it, subscribe to my newsletter. Please, write in your comment what is a topic which you would like to read about! Thanks for stopping by, big crafty hugs, Mona

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Fun techniques with stencils | Waffle Flower Crafts Hop


Hi crafty friend! Welcome to Waffle Flower’s November 2020 Release day! Today Waffle Flower is rolling out their new release that includes 3 stamp sets, 1 stamp-n-stencil combo, and 14 stencils! All of the products from this month’s release are already waiting for you on the website here


This month’s Waffle Flower release is all about creativity boosters! For many of us, time in the craftroom is all about clearing the mind and recharging! With that goal in mind, Waffle Flower packed this release full of stencils and silhouettes designed to feed your imagination! So, take a mini-break from your holiday crafting and take a look at these new goodies! 


As you know I am a rainbow color lover, and when I saw the new amazing stencils, I knew that I will create something colorful with them. I have used the Paint Strokes Stencil, the Stripes Builder Stencil and the Infinite Petals Stencils in creating these rainbow cards. 


For the first one I just picked Distress Oxide inkpads in random rainbow colors and made a quick ink blending through the Paint Strokes Stencil and it turned out magically! I really LOVE the result. Because the background is very colorful, I just added a gold heat embossed Peony Bouquet Vellum Die-cut and a gold heat embossed sentiment which I have created with the Spotlight Holiday Elements stamp set. 


For my second rainbow card I did the same like the previous one, but this time with the Stripes Builder Stencil. I put the stencil to the top of my card diagonally and I wanted to make it a bit imperfect, so I overlayed sometimes the colors. 


When the colorful background was done, I heat embossed on it the image with sentiment from the Spotlight Holiday Elements stamp set and finally I added a little bling with the Gold Glitz Glitter Gel through Keeway's Sky Scene Stencil


For my last rainbow card, I made the same thing with the Infinite Petals Stencils. I just turned it 4 times to get this amazing and colorful look. 


I added a little bling too with the Gold Glitz Glitter Gel trough Keeway's Sky Scene Stencil. In the end I just added an airy shaded Peace sentiment because I like the rainbow focus. 


One of my favorites from this release is this new and super cute Fall for You stencil-n-stamp. Stencils are used to create larger elements and the coordinating stamps add focal points and fine details. Waffle Flower’s first stencil-n-stamp is the adorable Fall for You by artist Cassie Loizeaux (stencil-n-stamp). 


I have created these cards with ink blending through the stencils with different Distress Oxide Colors, then stamped with watermark ink with the coordinated stamp set and heat embossed it with white and gold embossing powders. 


As a last step for the background I added Teal and Gold Glitz Glitter Gel through the 3rd stencil and let it dry. In the end I just put a big Peace word die-cut and heat embossed sentiment and put my card together. I love how these cards turned out. 


Thank you so much for stopping by, as always, you can find the used supplies below the post. And now giveaway time! YAAAY! 

Ready to see some of these goodies in action? Check the full lineup of guest designers and team members in today’s Blog Hop on the Waffle Flower blog! Your next stop is the super talented Rachel Alvarado! Happy Hopping! 



GIVEAWAYS:

For today’s hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $25 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners. You can leave a comment on this blog and along the hop by 11:59pm EDT on November 8th, 2020 for your chances to win. Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the posts in this blog hop and will be announced on the Waffle Flower Blog on 11/11/2020. 

SPECIALS: 

From now till November 8th, 2020, all orders over $50 placed at waffleflower.com will receive a FREE set of Merry Bow Stencil (No code required; Limited 1 per customer; While supplies last). 


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Fun card background ideas

Hi crafty friend, I wanted to let you know, that I have a new step-by-step tutorial on the Therm O Web blog with fun techniques using the Glitz Glitter Gel and Deco foil Flock transfer sheets. 







For the full tutorial please visit my post on the Therm O Web Blog. This post is just a sneaky peak. Thank you so much for stopping by, have an amazing day. Mona

USED SUPPLIES


I am using products only I LOVE. If you buy supplies through my affiliate links, you support my channel and blog with a small commission and when you shop through my links I will do a happy dance. Using affiliate links does not mean additional cost for you. I really appreciate your support. Affiliate Disclaimer here.