Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ruh-roh Blog Hop Challenge!

Hey there There She Goes fans, and welcome to this month's Blog Hop Challenges!! We have three new sets being released this month, and I am SURE you are going to LOVE THEM!! Today is day one, so let's get started!!

We know you love them, and we love them too, but this month’s Ruh-Roh set, is slowly becoming one of my FAVORITES! Torico has illustrated the most ADORABLE mini set, and for all you dog lovers out there, yep, there’s a puppy in this one, and he is up to no good!! With several stamps to create a scene, and 5 adorable sentiments, this set is a must have for anyone who has EVER had to say they or sorry…..and I doubt that excludes ANYONE!!!

Ruh-roh is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 9 stamps and will sell for $7.00.

Would you like to win the new Ruh-roh stamp set? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, March 31st with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

For my card tonight, I stamped my scene on X-Press It Blending card, and then colored it with my Copics. I cut the image out with the Oval Stax Die-namics from My Favorite Things, and my layer is the Oval Open Scalloped Doily Die-namics in Wild Cherry, also from My Favorite Things. My paper is from the Cosmo Cricket Baby Jane line, and besides the Wild Cherry,I paired it with Lemon Drop(MFT) and Aqua Mist(PTI) cardstock. My brads are from Michael's, and my Satin Edged Red Grosgrain Ribbon, and  Lemon Drop Twine, both came from the Ribbon Carousel. I followed the Sweet Stop Sketch challenge, as well.

Well, that is it for me for now!!Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Hopping!

RCC46 Anything Goes...Oh Baby

***If you are here for my Creative Chat post for My Favorite Things, be sure to scroll down to the next post!!***

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week's Ribbon Carousel challenge!! This week's challenge is ANYTHING GOES, so you have NO reason NOT to enter!! 

I know I said it not TWO days ago, but I am in LOVE with this month's Key Ingredients Kit from Taylored Expressions...the papers in this month's kit are SO YUMMY!! Before we get to my card, have you heard about the Key Ingredients monthly challenge? This month's challenge is to "Spring Into Organization"!! Super fun, right??!! Want to play along? All the information you will need is right here,  and you can pick up an AWESOME blog badge, here!! 

I needed a baby card, and I have been in LOVE with Moka Jenn since I first saw her!! My co-worker is pregnant, and has the same hair, and build as her, and it is just ADORABLE! I'd rub her belly every day if I didn't think it would freak her out, LOL!! I stamped Jenn on Buttercream, and colored her with my Copics. I paper pieced her outfit with the Echo Park This&That paper from the kit, and then layered her with Quartz, Lizard, and Chocolate paper all from the kit. My sentiment was punched out with Oval punches, and my brads and ribbon were also included in the kit. I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch, as well. My  Chocolate Twinery twine, which is one of my FAVORITE things, is from the Ribbon Carousel. So YUMMY!! 

Well, that is it for me for now!! Be sure to check out the Ribbon Carousel Blog to see what my fellow, and MEGA TALENTED design team members have done!

March Creative Chat- Stamp Storage

It's time for the MFT Creative Chat. The My Favorite Things Design Team Creative Chat is a monthly feature, where we are challenged to explore our creative spaces and share valuable organizational methods, tools, and shopping strategies with you. You'll be able to peek into our creative spaces, ask questions, and share your own ideas in the MFT forum.  This month, we were asked the following questions:  

Show us how you store your MFT Stamps.
When I first started stamping, I was a Stampin' Up Demo, so I had TONS of wood mounted stamps in boxes. I bought a white bookshelf, and started storing them on it, til it was so full I thought it might collapse. As I started to venture out into the world, I discovered many other stamp companies, and LOTS of new FAVORITES!! 

I bought lots of single wood mounted stamps that I now keep in a drawer, but never use. I really need to sell them, but it sounds exhausting, LOL!

My unmounted rubber stamps that I bought individually, before I came up with my system now, are still in their original packaging, in another drawer....that I never use. 
From this, I discovered-I don't play with what I don't see-and then I saw what Jodi Collins does/did!! 

For most of my design teams, I get my stamps as sample sets, without packaging, so I had to find a way to make them to where I could see them, and what they are. I decided, thanks to a picture from Jodi Collin's stamp room, to store them in clear standard jewel CD cases. I buy them in bulk from Super Media Store, which is the most cost effective way I can see to get them. I bought a label maker, and my new system was born. 

Now when I first started, I used the handheld, turn and click kind of label maker, but recently upgraded to the one pictured above....best decision ever! I finally, after a TON of time, and LOTS of label tapes, got all my sets relabeled. I put the name of the set on each one, and then they are separated by company, and then in alphabetical order. 

That's my shelf in all it's glory...about to run out of space. And yes, there is another shelf you can't see....it's just as full, I just couldn't get it all in the picture(tinyapartmentsyndrom)I still have my Taylored Expressions stamps in their original packaging, but rubber stamps aren't ideal for CD case storage...you end up using at least two per set and THAT'S not space efficient. As you can see, after I am done making my cards/projects, I prop them up on the shelf for inspiration. It also helps me not to repeat the same paper over and over, which I tend to do, lol.  That clear card box on the second shelf is full of empty CD cases, so I always have some available for my new stamp arrivals, and stamps for future releases. :)

Any tips or tricks on organization? 

Besides all the tips I have shared above, I would say my BEST advice is to keep on top of your organization. Always putting things up where they go, and immediately putting new arrivals into cases will eliminate any backlog. Since I am OCD, and they have to be in ABC order, some month's I do a LOT of moving. For My MFT stamps, I tend to put all the a la modes, and Pure Innocence stamps from each release into the same CD holders.The PI's don't always fit into one, but I try. That means that SOME of those cases you see hold up to five sets.....I think I may have a few, what do you think?

Well, that is it for me for now!! Thanks for stopping by!

Visit Kim's Blog for a full list of designers that have taken up the challenge and get ready to delve into the minds of our creative team.