Friday, June 26, 2009

More Wishes...

Boy, have I been busy. You wouldn't know it by my postings, but have have really been working hard. I spent the last to days reorganizing my crafting area. The time had come. I realized that I had no clue what stock I had in my stash. And, with all the new "toys" I received in my CTMH Goodie Box, I had to do something. I don't know how everyone else keeps organized, but here is how I did it...

1. I started by making an inventory list of all of the CTMH colors. I included paper, ink pads, pens, embellishments and ribbons. I completed the form in Excel so that I had grid lines. I took my ink pads and a Q-Tip and inked the square by the appropriate color name. The rest of the grids are hand marked reflecting what products I have in that color group. This way I always have a quick reference. I have the sheets in plastic by my work area so it will be easy to update.

2. I did another inventory sheet in Excel of all of my CTMH stamp sets. I used excel in this case so I could sort by product number and always keep them in order when I add a new stamp set to my stash. That is also in plastic by my work area.

3. I did an inventory sheet of the My Reflections Paper Packs including the "matchy matchy" coordinating Card stock colors. This way I always have a reference at my fingertips.

4. Each of my B/T Duo's Paper Packs are in 12 X 12 bags. I found paperclips with cardboard flags attached. I wrote the pattern name on the flag for quick reference. I sprung for a wood paper organizer that allows me to file the papers together in a vertical fashion.

5. All of my distressing tools, scissors, pens, pencils, cutters, ribbons etc., etc., etc., are in their own labeled containers for quick assess.

What a job, but a "Frugal" use of my time. I know have a grip on my inventory.

I tried out my "new" craft area this morning as I made this card for SCS Limited Supply Challenge 226. This was a fun challenge. Participants were given a menu to select from. There were 3 categories each with 3 selections. You were to pick only one selection from each of the 3 categories. Here are the choices:
Menu #1 – Images (just pick one item from each menu!)
1. Planes, Trains, & Automobiles – basically anything with locomotion (this would include boats, too!)
2. Non-floral Nature
3. Neutral Images (stuff that isn’t girly, for sure) . . .
Menu #2 – Color Schemes
1. Reds/Blues
2. Greens/Browns
3. Neutrals
Menu #3 – Embellishments
1. Ribbon & Brads OR Eyelets (tie masculine KNOTS instead of girly BOWS)
2. Diecuts/Punches & Embossing Folders/Texture Plates
3. Natural Fibers & Hardware (hodpodge, charms, etc.)
PLUS, the card had to be masculine....
I picked Non-floral Nature, Greens/Browns and Ribbon and Brads. Here is my offering....

The sketch is from the new "Wishes" Card Confidence Program book. I'm loving this book. Everything is spelled out for the basic sketch and then the card maker embellishes as they wish. In this case, I sanded all of the layers except for the DP. The center image was done by hand drawing the sky and grass with watercolor pencils and then used my Aqua Painter. The trees were second generation stamped using 2 shades of brown ink. I popped the center image with 3d foam.
CTMH – Cocoa, Topiary, Colonial White and DP from Abundance (ret.)
CTMH – The Beauty of Christmas (ret.)
Ink – Stamp Pads
CTMH – Cocoa and Desert Sand
Ribbon and Brads
Sanding, Water Coloring and 2nd Generation Stamping

I'm off to put all my supplies back the way I found them this morning. For Now, Happy Crafting!


Lisa Phillippi said...

Wow...the blog looks great! I wish I could get organized, oh well~ Keep up your great work!

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Shirley said...

That teddy is adorable and the other card is just distress lovely!

Penny said...

I like that idea of putting actual ink on your inventory sheet. I don't think the paper on the lids are completely accurate!