Friday, 26 May 2017

Organisation Week - Day 5 of 7

Ink Swatches


Like everything else, I like to keep on hand an impression of what inkpads I have. 

These are super easy to make and also help with colour co-ordination.  Sometimes an ink can look very different to the outside of an inkpad.  While Stampin' Up! colours co-ordinate, it is still handy to have. 

These are made by cutting White cardstock into small strips of 1-1/2".  These are then cut at 3" lengths.
Round the corners if you like (I did) with a corner punch.
Punch the hole with a hole punch
Attach with binder ring.


On the back I just label the name of the ink and the company that produces it. 

As I like to watercolour and sponge with my inks, I also did a swatch ring of sponged/blended inks.  They look very different to a stamped image. 


Made exactly as for the ink swatch, but a sponge dauber was used to cover the swatch.  Again the name of the ink and company was written on the back. 


I also have a dauber for each inkpad.  You really only need one for each colour family, but I collected plenty over a period of time, so was able to.  Don't forget to label them.  Storage boxes are available at most craft stores to hold the daubers.  Sponges work just as well.

 Together they look like this.



They hang on a small hook on the wall!  I always know where to find them :)

Next Up Tomorrow - Embossing Folders

If you live in Australia, feel free to contact me for support, tips, hints or help with building your supplies.  Happy to answer any questions - follow the link to the Contact me page. 

Also, if you live in Australia, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Follow the link to my online store for any supplies or contact me for more information.  I can even help you to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator which has fantastic benefits. 


Thursday, 25 May 2017

Organisation Week - Day 4 of 7

Designer Series Paper Storage


After cutting my Designer Series paper into smaller, card size pieces, I put them in clear plastic sleeves and label them.  The sleeves can be bought at any bargain store like dollar king and fit them perfectly.  They are often in the party section for party favours.


These then sit next to my cardstock and can using the swatches, I can easily find the packet I need. They are stored as below on the right.


I store my 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper in plastic vinyl sleeves.  I buy these from ebay.  They are thick plastic measuring 7" wide.  I also use the 12" ones for the larger Designer Series Paper.  They are the plastic sleeves that are used to hold records (the old things before CD's). 

As for the cardstock, I use a tab label punch , label it with my label maker and then attach it to the plastic using packing tape.  The storage bins can be found in any bargain store (reject store, dollar king, $2 shop) and KMart also has a good selection of storage bins that are various sizes. 


Here are the 12" x 12".  I also keep my glimmer paper, foil, Window sheets and Acetate in the same way.


The 12" papers are stored in cropper hoppers to keep them protected.  It is easy just to take out the plastic sleeve I need and return it when it is finished with. 

Stay tuned tomorrow - ink swatches


If you live in Australia, feel free to contact me for support, tips, hints or help with building your supplies.  Happy to answer any questions - follow the link to the Contact me page. 

Also, if you live in Australia, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Follow the link to my online store for any supplies or contact me for more information.  I can even help you to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator which has fantastic benefits. 


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Organisation Week - Day 3 of 7

Designer Series Paper Swatches & Storage Boxes


We all accumulate fancy papers.  The paper from Stampin' Up! is called Designer Series Paper.  It is designed to co-ordinate with  cardstock, inks and even some Stamp Sets and Dies.  It is very versatile. 

Having so much it is really helpful to have swatches on hand so that you can decide what you are going to use. 

As the paper comes in 2 different sizes - 6" x 6" or 12" x 12", I have different swatches for both. 

6" x 6" Swatch Book


These are my swatches for two of the NEW Designer Series Paper coming in the 2017 - 2018 Annual Catalogue.  They are both pretty amazing.  I don't make these very big as 6" x 6" is not very big and who wants to waste the paper.  I take one sheet of each paper and cut them at the 4 inches mark.  I keep the 4" x 6" to use on a card front ( I will show you how I store these tomorrow) and the remaining 2" x 6" I use for making the swatch booklet. 

I then cut each sheet 1/4" shorter than the last.
eg. bottom sheet 6", next up 5-3/4", then 5-1/2", 5" etc. 
I keep going until the last sheet.  There are usually 12 sheets in total.  If there were anymore than this I would break the booklet down into 2, or cut the pieces at 1/8" intervals (as I did for the Colour Theory DSP - even though I did this as I didn't want to miss the pattern on the paper by cutting them shorter). 
I then cut a co-ordinating cardstock piece measuring 2" x 7" and score it at 6" and 6-1/8". 
Put all the pieces of Designer Series Paper (DSP) together making sure they all align at the top - you will see the waterfall effect.
Fold the cardstock over the front and staple.  I use a label to show what the paper is.


On the back I glue on a label that indicates the Name, Catalogue, Order number and what cardstock co-ordinates with the paper. 
I don't actually use a specific label for this.  I just make these up in excel and print them out on computer paper and stick them on with tape or glue.  Make sure the margin on excel is slightly smaller than the 2".

12" x 12" Swatch Book


Again, here are some sneak peaks of some of the 12" x 12" Designer Series paper coming in the new catalogue.  I make these exactly the same as the smaller ones but cut them at the 4" mark.  A fellow Aussie Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Kylie Bertucci, says Love It - Chop It.  If you have Designer Series Paper you have to chop it up, otherwise you will not use it. 

I cut at least one of my pieces into 6 pieces.  I cut at the sheet into 3 x 4" strips.  I then take each of these strips and cut them half at 6".  These are the perfect size for a card front.  I use one of these 6 pieces to make my swatch booklet - again cutting the pieces at the 1/4" mark to get the staggered look.  Again, cutting the co-ordinating cardstock colour at 4" x 7" and scored at 6" and 6-1/4" to make the cover.  Staple them together and label.  As you flick through you can see both sides.



Again labelled at the back with Name, Catalogue, order number and co-ordinating cardstock.  Typed up on the computer using Excel making sure the columns are no wider than 5-1/2", print out, cut and glue on.  Too easy!

NOW.... Storage of these swatches

How about a Swatch Box :)


These are very easy to make.  I will give step by step for the larger one, and then just give measurements for the smaller one.

OK.  These actually need to be made using 12" x 12" cardstock.  I used black because I knew what paper I wanted around the outside. But I will show how to make it using White so you can see the lines. 

1.  Cut the sheet down to 8-1/2" x 12".
2.  Score the 8-1/2" side at 2" and 6-1/2".
3.  Score the 12" side at 6" and 8"

It will look like this:



4.  Cut the sides along the 6" and 8" mark only up to the scored line (2")




5.  Make sure the paper is the right way up (larger part at top to bottom).  Mark down each side 2" and draw a line from the top 2" to side 2" and the same on the other side.



6.  Cut along these lines. 




7.  Fold all the score lines and then turn the paper over.
8.  Place tape along the places marked.




9.  Fold the box up, making sure the long side is on the outside and press together where the tape is.  Make sure the small folded area is on the inside. 



10.  Attach the other side and the box is done.



11.  Now cut out the following measurements of Designer Series Paper or decorate as you like.
Front: 4-1/4" x 3-3/4"
Back: 4-1/4" x 5-3/4"
Sides: 1-3/4" x 5-3/4" - will need two.  Cut the diagonals to fit.
Adhere with glue or tear and tape or adhesive of your choice.

12.  Swatch box complete - now admire :)


Now for the smaller swatch box.

Make exactly the same, but the measurements are:
1.  Cut 12" x 12" sheet into 6-1/2" x 12"
2.  Score 6-1/2 inch side at 2" & 4-1/2"
3.  Score 12" side at 6" and 8"
4 - 10.  Same as for the larger box.
11. Designer Series Paper sizes
Front: 2-1/4" x 3-3/4"
Back: 2-1/4" x 5-3/4"
Sides 1-3/4" x 5-1/2" - will need two and cut the diagonals to fit.
12.  Swatch boxes complete. 

If you live in Australia, feel free to contact me for support, tips, hints or help with building your supplies.  Happy to answer any questions - follow the link to the Contact me page. 

Also, if you live in Australia, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Follow the link to my online store for any supplies or contact me for more information.  I can even help you to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator which has fantastic benefits. 



Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Organisation Week - Day 2 of 7

Cardstock Storage


When making cards, scrapbooking or 3D projects, cardstock is the central theme in them all.  As we accumulate so much of it, it can be hard to store it so that it is functional as well as protective.  We pay so much for it, it needs to be kept crease free and dirt free, while being easily accessible.

This is my method :)


Nothing too fancy, but I have found it to be so easy to use.  The magazine holders can be purchased at Officeworks or KMart.  I organise mine into colour groups - Incolors, Brights, Regals, Subtles & Neutrals.  They could be organised by rainbow colour or anyway you like. 

At the beginning of each colour I have a plastic A4 letter file.  These can be purchased from any stationary department.  I  have found them both in Officeworks and KMart.  I use these to put my label on as well as hold the scraps. 


The label is nothing fancy.  Just a label/tag punch cut out in matching cardstock.  I do have a label maker - I use the Brother P-touch.  It is fantastic and has so many functions and is easy to use.  To hold it on I use nothing more fancy than packing tape (clear).  I cut a piece just larger than the tag and tape it on and cut just around the tag.  They are sturdy and even though they are used often they have never fallen off. 

Stay tuned tomorrow when I talk about Designer Series Paper and Swatches.

If you live in Australia, feel free to contact me for support, tips, hints or help with building your supplies.  Happy to answer any questions - follow the link to the Contact me page. 

Also, if you live in Australia, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Follow the link to my online store for any supplies or contact me for more information.  I can even help you to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator which has fantastic benefits. 

Monday, 22 May 2017

Organisation Week - Day 1 of 7

Cardstock Swatches


Stampin' Up has lots of cardstock that is divided into Brights, Regals, Subtles, Neutrals and the Incolors.  So altogether there is 50 Different Colours.  There is also Thick Whisper White and Shimmery White Cardstock (and soon to be Thick Very Vanilla).

Keeping track of all the different colours can be hard and it is easy to overlook a colour.

So, I created a swatch booklet for all the cardstock (50 colours) that I keep with me at my desk.  It helps with co-ordination of colour and by having them the same size as what I use for my card front, I can easily check how something will look by putting it on top.  It's amazing all the different colour combinations you can come up with. 



A kaleidoscope of colours - simply inspiring. 

The measurement I use are 4 1/8" wide x 5 7/8" long.  This is simply an A4 sheet cut into quarters.  I then use a hole punch to punch a circle in the top left hand corner and attach them with a binder ring.  These can be purchased in any craft store, most Bargain outlets and even Officeworks. 

On the back I keep the information required to keep track of what the name, product number (for easy ordering) and what collection it comes from.  All of this information is not really necessary, other than the name, but I find it helpful being a demonstrator to have all that information close at hand.




I use the Avery labels from Officeworks for these, size L7277.  The easiest way to use them is to go through word and put in template and the type (Avery L7277) and it will come up ready for you to type in.  I always print out on a normal sheet of paper first to ensure that the printer margins line up properly.  If they don't there is an option to change them. 

Just writing on the back in marker is just as effective - it is the information that is important. 

Tomorrow I will be sharing how I store my A4 cardstock - stay tuned!

If you live in Australia, feel free to contact me for support, tips, hints or help with building your supplies.  Happy to answer any questions - follow the link to the Contact me page. 

Also, if you live in Australia, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Follow the link to my online store for any supplies or contact me for more information.  I can even help you to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator which has fantastic benefits. 



Sunday, 21 May 2017

Bright Wishes Step Up Card

Still playing with new product, I decided to make another different fun fold card.  This time I used the wishing well from the Bright Wishes Stamp Set that is coming in the new catalogue available from the 1st June 2017.

The Step Up fold card is great for showcasing a specific item, or just giving some real dimension to your card.  They are also very easy to make but look very effective.



The wishing well itself is water coloured using the Aqua painter and various ink pads. I used the watercolour cardstock and got a much deeper watercolour effect than just the shimmery white.   The well is then fussy cut out and popped up on dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set, but I used the new Pretty labels Punch and the Labels Me Pretty Stamp Set for around the sentiment.  It works perfectly on this type of card.

Below are the templates for making this card - both metric and imperial (inches)


Card Base - Cut a piece measuring 11" x 4-1/4"
The two cut lines are 1" from the edge and are cut from 1" in up to the 6-1/2" mark
Score at 1", 2" and 6-1/2" only up to cut lines.
Score between cut lines at 5-1/2"
Fold along score lines to get the shape desired.

Card Base - Cut a piece measuring 28cm x 10.8cm
The two cut lines are 2.5cm from the edge and are cut from 2.5cm in up to the 16.5cm mark
Score at 2.5cm, 5cm and 16.5cm only up to cut lines.
Score between cut lines at 14cm
Fold along score lines to get the shape desired.

Supply List
Stamp Set - Bright Wishes & Label Me Pretty
Punch - Pretty Label Punch
Cardstock - Rich Razzleberry & Whisper White
Designer Series Paper - Blooms & Bliss
Ink - Rich Razzleberry, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Sweet Sugarplum, Cajun Craze, Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Soft Sky, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate & Old Olive.  (All used for water-colour)
Other - Aqua Painter Brush, Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Stampin' Trimmer


If you live in Australia, feel free to contact me for support, tips, hints or help with building your supplies.  Happy to answer any questions - follow the link to the Contact me page. 
Also, if you live in Australia, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Follow the link to my online store for any supplies or contact me for more information.  I can even help you to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator which has fantastic benefits. 




Saturday, 20 May 2017

Daisy Delight Concertina Card Fold

Here's another sneak peak of some of the products that will be available in the new catalogue - available from June 1st 2017.

This card was so much fun to make and the Daisy is just gorgeous.  It is made using the Daisy Delight Bundle which includes the Stamp Set and Punch - and the cost of this is simply FANTASTIC!

The paper is part of the Daisy Delight Suite and is called Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper.




This is kind of like a double Z fold card, so have called it a Concertina Card Fold.  They are super easy to make and I will include the instructions below (in both inches and cm). 

The colours are taken directly from the Designer Series paper - Calypso Coral & Daffodil Delight.  The daisies are stamped and punched out twice and then adhered together.  I made the centres of the flowers by punching out a 1/2" circle.  I then covered the circle with Fine Tip Glue (liquid glue) and covered it with glitter flakes.  The glitter flakes I got from Dollar King.  It took a while for them to dry, but the effect is amazing.

The sentiments come from the same stamp set.  The one inside was punched out using the Classic Label punch and the front Sentiment was punched using the Triple Banner punch. 

Here are the measurements and template for the card.  It fits perfectly in a standard C6 Envelope.


Metric Measurements
Card Base is cut at 29.5cm x 15cm
Score at 3.75cm, 7.5cm, 14cm & 20.5cm
DSP is placed on panels 1, 3 & 5.
Panel 1 is cut at 3.5cm x 14.75cm
Panel 3 is cut at 6.25cm x 14.75cm
Panel 5 is cut at 9.25cm x 14.75cm




Card Base is cut at 11-3/4" x 5-7/8" (11" x 5-1/2" for US size cardstock)
Score at 1-1/2", 3", 5-1/2" and 8"
DSP is placed on panels 1, 3 & 5.
Panel 1 is cut at 1-1/4" x 5-5/8" (length of 5-1/4" US Size)
Panel 1 is cut at 2-1/4" x 5-5/8" (length of 5-1/4" US Size)
Panel 1 is cut at 3-1/4" x 5-5/8" (length of 5-1/4" US Size)


It really is that easy!

Supply List
Stamp Set - Daisy Delight
Punch - Daisy Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Classic Label Punch & Triple Banner Punch
Cardstock - Whisper White
Designer Series Paper - Delightful Daisy
Ink - Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive (stems)
Other - Glitter Flakes


If you live in Australia, feel free to contact me for support, tips, hints or help with building your supplies.  Happy to answer any questions - follow the link to the Contact me page. 



Also, if you live in Australia, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Follow the link to my online store for any supplies or contact me for more information.  I can even help you to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator which has fantastic benefits.