Tuesday, December 27, 2011

December Creative Chat- Embellishments

Oh My Word....this is embarrassing. LOL!!

When I saw that we were doing embellishments, I thought...sure, NO problem. Wow. I have a TON of stuff. I am almost ashamed of the sheer volume of stuff I own, but don't use.


Anywho, welcome to this months Creative Chat!!

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 embellishments.

Well, the answer to that is.....a lot of different ways, LOL!! First of all, I found these super cute containers at Michael's. They are clear, which I love, and hold lots of goodies with a screw on lid.

In these I keep my FAVORITEST thing EVER, SPIRAL CLIPS!!!

I also keep random buttons, brads, tags...just whatever I want that doesn't have another home.

For all my buttons that I had purchased at MFT at one point, and all my SU goodies(see picture below), I used these long white trays. They hold the clear round containers that they come in perfectly. You can usually pick these up at any Dollar Store, or Office Supply store in packs of two or three pretty cheap....I have...a few of them, lol.

As I said above, I also have this on my stamp table. It holds all my SU embellishments: brads, corduroy buttons, eyelets, buttons, you name it!

In some MORE of the white trays, I keep all my Stickles, Smooches, Flock, Dew Drops, Glimmer Mist, and random other things in jars.

Behind my desk on the shelf, I have a table top three drawer chest( I couldn't' find a white one, but it would be like this one). In the top drawer, I have all my extra silver brads, spiral clips, and other miscellaneous brads.

In the second drawer, LOTS of googlie eyes, wood buttons, and all my bling/stickers!!

In the bottom drawer, I have some flowers....see those cute crocheted ones? Yep, Danielle Lounds LOVES me!!

The rest of my flowers are in a plastic storage container, like the one I had my buttons jars in before. It also has bags of buttons, and some dew drops.

See, I told you...LOTS OF STUFF!!

What are your absolute favorite embellishments?

Well, as I ALREADY said before, and if you are familiar with my work at all, any one of you can guess the answer to this, lol!! I LOVE SPIRAL CLIPS AND SILVER BRADS!! I do, I actually get panicky when the drawer starts to get semi empty....nerve wrecking it is!!

Any tips or tricks on how to use embellishments on stamped creations?

What I try to do when using embellishments is decide on EVERYTHING else first. I decide on image, colors, layout...and then, the magic happens. If I use a brads, they are always in the corner, or in threes...just a thing I have. I also try to keep some balance. If I put a bow on one side, I put the spiral clip on the other to balance it out. I also have a corners rule. If the bow is in the bottom corner, the spiral clip must go opposite in the top corner. It's all about balance. Some people subscribe to the less is more idea...but not me. I like MORE!!

Well, that is it for me for now!! Sorry if I scared you with all my stuff!! 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.


  1. Nice to see all of your embellishments! Good storage ideas. :)

  2. fun seeing your embellishments Jessie. I agree with your corner rule too :)

  3. Love those long white plastic baskets Jessie! And those cups with lids from Michael's are awesome!! Those spiral clips are FANTASTIC! I can see why they make you swoon!!

    Thanks for sharing!!

    Crafty Hugs!

  4. Brilliant ideas, Jessie! I love having a snoop around other people's crafty areas. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Love your organizing, Jessie!! I never would have guessed you liked spiral clips soooo much - LMAO!!

  6. Ok, will have to come and play there, lol, thanks for the tips, so useful!! Don't thjink we have spiral clips here , looks good tho.....:))
    Also will 1st do the image, decide on LO and then the embellies, love more,lol, i have a thing for pearls and flowers, feels like i have to add them, but that's me!!
    Off to have a peak around, so much fun, only thing is, i wanna immegrate to play with.......hehehe
    lotsa luv

  7. Love all your embellishments and how you use them (balance them) and that you use white space so well on your cards. I cannot find those spiral clips at my Mike's... but I love how you use them.


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