FLASH CARDS – A Little Something Card Collection – Video No. 69

Flash Cards by Connie Stewart - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com

I hope that everyone enjoyed the Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek Blog Hop yesterday.  Are you SO excited about all those new stamps?  I am just bouncing off the walls, head over heels, cray cray in LOVE with this new catalog!  Oh, and can we talk about all the great bundles?  I love the bundles and I LOVE saving 15% on them too.

Yesterday I shared a Holiday collection of Flash Cards with you and so today I thought why not share a quick video on how to make it?  This is an easy peasy card you guys.  SO simple.

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I love the A Little Something stamp set.  It’s so versatile!  I hope you’ve added it to your wish list.  I love a stamp set that I can use for more than a season.

A Little Something Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Available September 1, 2015

 

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Here are the supplies I used on my card.  So simple!  To order, just click a pic!  But remember, A Little Something isn’t available until September 1st.  I know, I know… you want it now.  Patience, my sweet stamping friends, patience!  Tuesday morning, bright and early, you can begin to order.

 

 

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I hope you enjoyed today’s FLASH CARD!  I always love creating new cards using the Flash Card system and I know you do too.

Have a terrific Thursday!  See you tomorrow for the Stampin’ Gals Gone Wild Weekend Challenge!

 

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Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop – Holiday Sneak Peek

Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop - check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Hello Hello Hello!  I am so glad you could join me for our next installment of the Stampin’ Up Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop!  I hope you have enjoyed the projects created by my fellow demonstrators so far.  SO much talent and I am honored to share this Hop with them. Our theme for August is the Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek!  Has your copy arrived yet?  If you ordered from Simply Simple Stamping between January – July, I have requested a copy be sent to you.  If you don’t have it yet, just hang tight…. it’s on its way! I had a really hard time deciding which stamp set to share with you and I finally landed on A Little Something stamp set on page 41 of the Holiday catalog.  I had a great time creating some simple cards with this sweet stamp set.  9 stamps total – 5 sentiments and 4 images. Border

If you have been following Simply Simple Stamping, you know all about Flash Cards.  This is a system where I create 8 focal images with just 2 sheets of cardstock – a color and a neutral. The Label Bracket was punched from the colored cardstock before I adhered the neutral stamped image.  The sentiment was stamped and punched with the 1 ⅜” circle punch from the neutral cardstock but you can see that because it’s hidden under the Label Bracket.  See?  No extra cardstock was needed to create these cards!  I hope you enjoy the cards I created for you! Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop: Holiday Sneak Peek - check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com August 26, 2015 blog postI colored the Thanks Expressions Natural Elements with a Crushed Curry marker plus a little Sahara Sand lace trim at the bottom finished it off nicely. Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop: Holiday Sneak Peek - check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com August 26, 2015 blog postSpiders give me the heebie-jeebies but they sure fit Halloween, don’t they?  These little spiders needed a web so I added a Spider Web doily (page 47 of the Holiday Catalog).  I also shredded the black Stitched Satin ribbon to make it a little more spidery. Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop: Holiday Sneak Peek - check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com August 26, 2015 blog postI went easy on this one.  I embossed with the Lovely Lace embossing folder and used Dotty Angles on the side.  A few Candy Dots gave it a fun splash of color. Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop: Holiday Sneak Peek - check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com August 26, 2015 blog postThis card is so peaceful.  I embossed with the Decorative Dots embossing folder plus a few dabs of Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details.  This one is much prettier in person.  Oh, and check out the Winter Wonderland Embellishments on page 23.  Drat!  If only I had those!  A pretty little silver metallic snowflake would have been perfect.  Don’t miss ordering those like I did.  I will be adding that sweet snowflake later though. Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop: Holiday Sneak Peek - check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com August 26, 2015 blog postSaving my favorite for last.  I just LOVE the look of candy canes.  This card was created with our new Thick Whisper White cardstock.  This cardstock is 100 lb. weight and I just love creating card bases with it.  It’s just fantastic!  The Red Glimmer Paper ½” circles made it a super fun card. I hope that you enjoyed my cards created with A Little Something.  Make sure to put this stamp set on your wish list….which I’m sure is a mile long already.  You will be so happy you have this “all season” stamp set to create with. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  If you aren’t a subscriber, why not join!  Just add your email address to the top left corner and you will receive email updates Monday through Friday.  I would love to have you join us! Well, it’s time for you to move on to the next blog in our Holiday Sneak Peek Blog Hop.  Have fun!!!  So much inspiration awaits you!

2-Minute Tuesday Tip Video – Perfect Background Stamping

2-Minute Tuesday Tips by Connie Stewart - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Happy Tuesday!  Well, you survived Monday and all is well with the world.  How about a 2-Minute Tuesday Tip Video?  Today I want to share how to stamp perfect backgrounds when using Stampin’ Up’s background stamps.

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Everyone has a way of stamping backgrounds that work best for them but maybe you’re struggling trying to find a way to stamp those backgrounds straight AND keeping ink off your fingers and work surface?  Have I got a tip for you!  Let me share today’s 2-Minute Tuesday Tip Video..

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Is that easy or what?  I love all the background stamps that Stampin’ Up has to offer.  It gives your cards that extra ‘pop’ that it needs without having to add extra layers of cardstock.

Here are some of the great backgrounds we offer.  I have listed the Clear-Mount (red-rubber) stamps but these are all available in Wood-Mount also.  Just click a pic to order yours!

 

I hope that today’s video is helpful!  Time to get out those backgrounds and create some fabulous cards with them!  Have fun creating and I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow for my Grand Vacation Achievers BLOG HOP!  Tomorrow’s Blog Hop will feature new products from the Holiday Catalog that starts September 1st!  You won’t want to miss it!

Happy Tuesday!

 

WEEKLY DEALS FOR AUGUST 25 – 30, 2015

A Weekend FULL of Stamping…. My Idea of a GREAT Weekend!

What a great weekend I had!  How about you?  I spent A LOT of time stamping this weekend.  First, I designed September’s “Let’s Get Creative” project and guys, this one is SO gorgeous!  I can’t even being to tell you how much you are going to LOVE this project!  Wait until you see the inside.  Stay tuned!  All will be revealed September 1st.

September's "Let's Get Creative" exclusive video & tutorial - coming September 1, 2015 at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com I also stamped 110 cards for my upcoming Stampin’ Up trip to St. George, Utah.  I was blessed to rank in the Top 100 Demonstrators for 2014-2015 (#7 – wahoo!!!).

One of the reasons we strive to make the Top 100 is because we are rewarded with a trip called Founder’s Circle.  Spending 5 days with these amazing demonstrators is one of the highlights of my year.  I just love sharing ideas, getting to know each other better, and of course, swapping card idea.

I was busy busy busy creating my cards for the event. Unfortunately I can’t show it off just yet.  Sorry!  I promise… After my trip I will share the card and let just say, it’s a super cute Christmas Flash Card!

Founder's Circle Swaps - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com 110 cards later and I am happy to be DONE and I can shelf this stamp set for just a little while.  Not that I don’t LOVE it but that was a lot of stamping of the SAME card over and over.

Oh, and I thought you might like to see the “Congrats” card that the Stampin’ Up home office artist made for us.  Isn’t it stunning?  You can barely see the new silver thread on the butterfly.  This is a new product that will be available September 1st.  It’s very soft looking but really strong too.

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I did have another project I wanted to share with you.  This one I created with Christina earlier and I never had a chance to share it with you.

This year, Christina was chosen to be a Residents Assistant in her new dorm.  This was SUCH a blessing for us… and for Christina.  For us because it means FREE HOUSING!  Yay!!!  For Christina because she gets her own room, her own bathroom, and her own living room.  Isn’t that great?

She saw this idea on Pinterest and wanted to create her own version of it.  This sign will go on her metal front door of her room.

Dorm Room Door Decor - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - August 24, 2015See that star?  It’s a heavy-duty magnet so that she can just move it around to let residents know when she’s available.  Brilliant, right?  I love how it turned out!

Dorm Room Door Decor - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - August 24, 2015And here she is…. first day of class is today!  My daughter begins her first day as a Sophomore in college at Oklahoma City University.  I’m so proud of her.  She changed her major this semester too.  Take a gander at my Theatre Education major!  She’s going to make an amazing Drama/Speech/Debate teacher one day.  First Day of Sophomore Year at OKC University!I am so glad you could join me today.  Now that I have some of my “stamping obligations” done and out of the way, I hope to create some videos for you this week.  I have some Flash Card ideas that I really want to share so I am going to close for now so I can get busy.

Have a wonderful Monday my sweet peeps!  See you tomorrow for a 2-Minute Tuesday Tip video!

Stampin’ Gals Gone Wild Weekend Challenge

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Hey everyone!  Happy FRIDAY!  

I need to let you know that my blog is having a Monday and doesn’t seem to want to post correctly so I am hoping, praying, crossing my fingers, rubbing a rabbit’s foot, anything to make today’s post load correctly.  So glad it’s Friday so Mr. Awesome can work on it over the weekend.

I am going to make today’s post short and sweet since there is a chance it won’t post anyway.

I have a great sketch for you for this weekend!

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This weekend’s sketch has SO many possibilities!  

  • The panels can be Designer Paper, a punched image, or stamped!
  • The panels can be layers, cut into 3, 4, 5, etc.
  • The sentiment can go just about anywhere on this card – get creative!

So, your challenge is…..over the weekend create something with this layout, share your creations on the Facebook group, and enjoy some great feedback from other Wild Girls.  Our group of ‘wild’ stampers is now over 2,200 strong!  

C’mon, you’re going to need some creative time this weekend!  Why not play along?

Are you part of the Stampin’ Gals Gone Wild Facebook group?  If not, come join in on the fun and be inspired by stampers from all over the world! 

CLICK HERE to join the Stampin’ Gals Gone Wild Facebook group

Here is what I created for this Weekend’s Challenge…

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I turned the sketch around for this one.  It’s a fun baby card created with the Zoo Babies stamp set.  It came together so quick and it’s just so sweet!  Perfect for a boy or girl.


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This one is my favorite though.  I totally went off the grid on this one by using three panels instead of five.  Do you recognize it?  It’s the Washi Label,  I embossed them with the Stripes embossing folder to give it a ‘candle’ look.  The flames were made with the Bird Builder punch.  Yeppers, that’s the bird wing!  I just sponged the edges with Calypso Coral ink to make them pop.  I cut out ‘happy’ with the Hello You thinlits and added a few sequins.  It’s such a bright card and it really made my day.

I hope that you will play along with the sketch for this weekend.  We have a lot of fun sharing ideas on the Stampin’ Gals Gone Wild Weekend Challenge Facebook group.  We only allow the sharing of Weekend Challenge projects and we would love for you to join.  There’s no chatter, just sharing, so don’t let anything stop you from being a part.  You can share OR just lurk and enjoy the creations that other stampers have made.  

Okay, here I go… I’m about to hit the “publish” button.  I’m hoping this works!!!

Next week I will be back with video and a fun Blog Hop using some of the NEW products from our Holiday catalog.  I have heard from many of you that you have started getting your in the mail.  Yay!  If you placed an order through me in the last 6 months, you should be seeing one in your mailbox soon.  If yours hasn’t arrived yet, just hold tight.  It’s coming.  :)  I am at the mercy of the post office.

Have a great weekend, everyone!  

Design & Construction Tips on my IKEA Craft Room

Today I am turning over my blog to Mr. Awesome (aka, my fabulous hubby, Rich).  He’s going to share some tips on designing and the construction of an Ikea craft room.

Before you watch the video, you need to know some things about Rich.  

First of all, he’s a little camera-shy but I thought he did a great job.  Rich is an Electrical Engineer and he’s kind of nerdy but that is one of the many things I love about him.  He also researches everything 10 times more than a normal person would.  Now, because of this, he is VERY well-organized and takes his time making sure everything is perfect.  P E R F E C T!   I on the other hand like to say things like, “It’s good enough for me.  Just leave it that way.”  Rich can’t do that so this project took a lot longer than it could have BUT in his defense, had he listened to me, little imperfections would have started to drive me crazy so I’m glad he didn’t take my advice.

So, with that being said, let me share his video…


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It was so nice to do all the designing at home so that we could walk into Ikea with plans done and the nice guys at Ikea take it from there.
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After they were done going over all our plans, they send our shopping list downstairs where some other wonderful Ikea guys load it all up on flatbeds for us.

While they were doing that, I got busy shopping for the FUN stuff for my room – storage boxes, drawer dividers, decor items, etc.  Most fun EVER!  I loved it!

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We were shocked to see how many flatbeds were waiting for us and we didn’t plan on it not fitting in our Chevy Traverse.  We had to drive home with the hatch open in 20 degree temperatures…. for 3 hours.

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We still call it the Reverse Jenga Game because we had to rearrange all of it so many times trying to get it all to fit.  You can’t see it in this picture but we had stuff shoved in every nook and cranny of this car.  It LOOKS like there is tons of space here but that open space is what is hanging out the back.

Design & Construction tips for an IKEA Craft Room - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - see all the pictures on the August 20, 2015 blog post

We drove home with the seats pushed forward as far as they would go.  I carried a lot of boxes on my lap but as you can see, I was too happy to care!  I was going to have a beautiful craft room in a week!

Unloading it into the garage was fun.  You know the Jenga game?  Pull out one wrong piece and the entire thing would fall?  Yeah, that was us unloading it from the car.  It had to come out VERY carefully.  Here it is all stacked up in the garage.

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So we went from this….

To THIS!

Connie Stewart's IKEA Craft Room - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - see all the pictures on the August 17, 2015 blog post

I am just going to say right here and now… I am tooting my own horn when I say I built ALL the cabinets myself.  Yep, sure did!  If I can build it, you can build it.  

I would build a cabinet and Rich would install it.  About the time I was finished with the next one, he was ready for it.  We make a pretty good team.

I want to share one more tip with you that we learned on the construction process.  Be careful of drawers and windows.  If you have windowsills, THINK about the space from the wall to the windowsill because the drawers need to clear them.

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Originally we had this cabinet butted up against the wall.  We didn’t have the drawers in yet because we were only putting the cabinets by this time.  We had already mounted the top cabinets too.  When we went to put in the first drawer, we discovered our big boo-boo.  We couldn’t FIT the drawers in because of that windowsill.  Down came the top cabinets so they could be moved down 2-inches to accommodate.  Lesson learned.  We hope this tip will save you the same frustration.  Plan on this as you’re designing because if you fit it from wall to wall, you could be in trouble at the end.  Luckily that wasn’t the case for us (thank heavens) but I would hate for it to happen to someone else.

I know a lot of you want to know about the 12″ x 12″ drawer construction.  

Design & Construction tips for an IKEA Craft Room - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - see all the pictures on the August 20, 2015 blog post

Well, this was a labor of love and a lot of hacking.  I am going to see if Rich can share later how he was able to do this but for now, let me just say that the pieces didn’t come from IKEA.  It was pieced together from some things he ordered online.  I will add that information when I can so stay tuned.

And with that, my posts on designing, constructing, and organizing an Ikea craft room are finished.  I hope that you found the ideas helpful!  Thank you for letting me take this week to share this.  I will be back tomorrow with some stamping project so please join me for that!

If you have any questions for Mr. Awesome, just ask.  I will have him answer you back as soon as he can.

Video Tour of Connie’s IKEA Craft Room

Happy Wednesday everyone!  On Monday I shared with you lots of pictures of my stamp studio and WOW, your response was overwhelming!  I’m so glad that you found inspiration and organization ideas from it.  It is truly my happy space and it makes creating so much more enjoyable when everything has a place, my desk has lots of room to work, and my Tiffany blue walls & retro decor give me warm fuzzies every time I’m in there.

I realized that I never showed you the “before” and “after” pictures of my 10′ x 14′ stamp studio.  

Here was my room BEFORE.  My signature pink and black!   Guys, this is my room CLEAN.  I know.  It doesn’t look clean.  It looks like a cluttery MESS!  I had very little space and even though it was organized, it just looked sloppy.

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Here is my AFTER!  Wood floors, new paint, and of course, it has been IKEA-FIED!  It’s as if we added 3 more feet to the room!  I have space for everything now!

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My Felix the Cat clock was my inspiration piece.  A great tip I picked up on a decorating show years ago was this…. before you start redecorating, you need an inspiration piece.  A piece that the whole room will be build around.  Felix was my guy!  I build everything around him.  Most of my wall space is taken up with shelves so there’s not a lot of room for decor on the walls so I used the space above my cabinets to hold things like my great grandmother’s sock monkey, a BIG jar of Double Bubble, and an old Candy Land game.

Today I thought I would give you a video tour of the room so I can share with you some things in a little more detail. Warning: It’s a 17-minute video so you might go grab a cuppa before you start.  Enjoy!


If you are unable to view the video, CLICK HERE, to view it online.

I hope you enjoyed my tour!  It’s amazing what you can really fit into a 10′ x 14′ space.  I can’t speak highly enough about Ikea furniture and the quality, not to mention the great price!  I think we were able to redo the entire room for about $4,000 and that includes the flooring, paint, curtains, decor, and storage boxes. 

Tormorrow Mr. Awesome (my fabulous husband, Rich) will share his video on the construction so if you want to learn more about how he designed it and the steps involved, join him for that. 

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Today is a little bittersweet you guys.  Today, my baby girl starts school….HIGH SCHOOL.  My youngest is in high school?  When did this happen?  Wasn’t it just yesterday she was sitting on the floor with her blanket watching Sesame Street?  Wow.  It really goes fast, doesn’t it?  I am so proud of her though.  When she was in Kindergarten, her dream was to grow up and be a cowgirl ballerina.  Not sure that is a thing but that is what she wanted to be.  Today, as a Freshman in high school, she wants to be a meteorologist.  She is fascinated by weather and since we live in Oklahoma, there’s plenty of weather to study.

I suppose she could wear cowboy boots and tutu while being a weather girl.  Who wouldn’t tune in to see that?

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Have a great day everyone!  See ya tomorrow!  I’m going to go have a good Momma cry now.

2-Minute Tuesday Tip Video – Super Simple Faux Bows

2-Minute Tuesday Tips by Connie Stewart - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Good morning everyone!  Hope your week has started off strong!  Wow!  You guys REALLY liked the photos from my craft room.  I’ve never received so many comments before.  You’re all so sweet and I’m glad you found inspiration and organization ideas from it.

Today, I have a 2-Minute Tuesday Tip Video that I think you’re really going to love.  It’s how to create a Faux Bow.  If you struggle with bow tying, you’re going to love this tip!  Let me share today’s 2-Minute Tuesday Tip Video …

If you are able to view the video, CLICK HERE to view it online.

Super super easy, huh?  I love creating faux bows because I don’t have to worry about them falling the card plus they lay flat when mailing a card.  It’s a win-win!

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You may have noticed that this is a Flash Card.  I will be doing a video on the card soon so stay tuned for that one.

Well guys, I am back to play in my oh so clean stamp studio!  I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday.  Be sure to come back tomorrow for my stamp studio video tour!  I will talk more about some of my organization and my desk layout.


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Connie’s IKEA Stamping Studio

Connie Stewart's IKEA Craft Room - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - see all the pictures on the August 17, 2015 blog post
Happy Monday everyone!  Hope you’re weekend was fabulous!  I told you on Friday that I was going to spend some time cleaning my stamping studio.  It was SUCH a mess and I was tripping over things on the floor (which I swore I wouldn’t ever have anything on the floor again).  I spent all day Friday purging, dusting, rearranging, and organizing.  I can’t tell you how many times I was distracted!  I would find some project I had started or suddenly get a great idea from a swap card I found in my stash…. but I was a good girl!  I stayed focused on the task at hand and I am proud to say I AM THE OWNER OF A BEAUTIFULLY ORGANIZED AND CLEAN CRAFT ROOM!

Want to see some pictures?  I need to warn you, I have a lot of pictures but I know that there are many people out there who are looking for craft room ideas, storage ideas, and IKEA ideas so I want to have all the pictures in one place.

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To start, here are some broad overviews of my space.  I have a 10′ x 14′ room so it’s not a huge space so it was important for us to really utilize wall space.  In the photos it may look like I have tight quarters but I have to say, it just ain’t so.  I have room to walk easily all around my desk and plenty of space to have drawers open and not bump into them.

Connie Stewart's IKEA Craft Room - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - see all the pictures on the August 17, 2015 blog post Connie Stewart's IKEA Craft Room - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - see all the pictures on the August 17, 2015 blog post

Just about everything in my craft room is from IKEA and I couldn’t be more pleased with the quality and the options to build it to suit my space.  Ikea even has free software where you can put your dimensions, doors, windows, etc and you build around it.  It was FABULOUS!  Mr. Awesome (aka, my husband Rich) is an engineer so he put in MANY hours designing my room on this software.  You don’t need an engineering degree to use it but he’s just geeky enough that he had tons of fun moving all the furniture around on the software until he got it just right.

As I said, wall space was really important so we went with Ikea’s Akurum kitchen cabinets (NOTE:  Akurum has been replaced with the Sektion which has more drawer options so this is a good thing.)

Connie Stewart's IKEA Craft Room - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - see all the pictures on the August 17, 2015 blog post
Connie Stewart's IKEA Craft Room - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - see all the pictures on the August 17, 2015 blog post

One thing I love about using kitchen cabinets from Ikea are the options.  I could choose my color, drawer style, handle style, door style, etc.  I decided not to buy the doors on top because I didn’t want to deal with opening and closing them all the time.  If I choose to add them later, I can, but I can’t see that happening.  I am loving not having doors on the top.

Let’s start with my desk….

This was the most important piece in the room because it’s my main work area.  After much deliberation, I decided I wanted to stand rather than sit.  I was really worried about this decision but for years, I was shlumped over my desk and I really prefer to craft standing up.  Let me just say, BEST DECISION EVER!  After a year and a half, I LOVE my standing desk.  I do have a chair for those times I want to sit but I rarely use it.

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My desk is created with (6) base cabinets back to back.  I use this side to stamp….

Connie Stewart's IKEA Craft Room - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - see all the pictures on the August 17, 2015 blog post
…and this side to film my videos or do assembly line work.  It works like a charm!

You can see  I have a lot of room to work and as you can image, I can fill up that space with stamps, ink, and paper really fast.

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Do you see that shelf that runs down the center?  This is one of my favorite things and it was a happy accident.  When we cut the countertops down, these big scraps were left over. Ikea has these great “feet” that you can add to their furniture to get it off the ground so (8) of these works great!  Now I utilize that empty space in the center of the desk.  I have a place to hold my Stampin’ Write markers, a file organizer for my catalog and note paper, and I can still use the space underneath for some of my most used products.

Having my ink within easy reach is easy with the Color Caddy from Stampin’ Up (you can order one by clicking here).  It holds 48 ink pads ad 48 ink refills.  Best investment ever!

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I also have a little vase/trash can on my desk.  Why?  Because those little pieces of cardstock or Stampin’ Dimensional backings never made it IN my trash can.  They were always all ovr the floor.  Having this little trash can within reach was a smart addition.

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Clear block storage – an Ikea silverware drawer insert worked perfect!

My desk drawers are my paper storage.  The top drawers house all my cardstock and scraps nicely.  Hanging files for my 8 ½” x 11″ cardstock and the matching scraps are in ziplock bags.  My paper is always within reach.  The bottom drawers are my 12×12 paper storage.  They are a dream come true!

Now, here’s where it gets a little tricky.  Kitchen cabinets don’t have file hangers in them.  Mr. Awesome did some digging on Ikea furniture hacking websites and came up with a plan to design them.  I will have him explain that in a future post (hopefully Thursday, August 20, 2015)

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Now let’s swing around to the other side of the desk.  I have some great storage boxes from Ikea and WOW were they affordable!

As I said before, I use this area to film my videos and do assembly line prep.  My tripod sits up on that shelf and so it’s up and out of my way.

Connie Stewart's IKEA Craft Room - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - see all the pictures on the August 17, 2015 blog postConnie Stewart's IKEA Craft Room - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - see all the pictures on the August 17, 2015 blog post

This is the area behind my desk and these are all full size kitchen cabinets.  One thing to look for in drawers is that the drawer pulls all the way out.  So many of them didn’t and it was wasted space.  Ikea drawers and doors have a quiet close system so when it’s just about to close, it slows down and pulls in quietly.  No more slamming doors and drawers.

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As you can see, LOTS of storage up above and a nice BIG work space for cutting and scoring cardstock plus plenty of room for my Big Shot and Cameo.

Connie Stewart's IKEA Craft Room - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - see all the pictures on the August 17, 2015 blog postConnie Stewart's IKEA Craft Room - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - see all the pictures on the August 17, 2015 blog post

The other side of my room we had to do some tweaking.  Because my space was tight, this side needed narrower cabinets SO Mr. Awesome put wall mounted cabinets on the floor (wall mounted cabinets aren’t as deep as counter cabinets).  This worked GREAT and was a wonderful place for my extra paper storage more even MORE boxes.

There’s only one more thing to talk about and that is stamp and punch storage.  Ikea has a system called Besta for media storage and since Stampin’ Up’s stamps come in DVD sized cases, it was perfect.  Besta can sit on the floor or be wall mounted.  I have two cabinets mounted one on top of the other.  I have a lot of stamps but as you can see, I have room for a lot more!

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Punch storage is a struggle for a lot of paper crafters.  I wanted mine mounted on the wall so I could see them all and of course, get to them easily.  I have a solution that is not only AWESOME but super affordable.  Bygel towel rods from Ikea.  $3 each and they are SOLID so you don’t have to worry about the weight of your punches causing the bar to sag over time.  Nope, I’ve had mine up for years and they are still in fabulous shape.

So, there you have it!  For some of you, more than you probably wanted to know, and for others, I hope it is inspiration for your new craft room.  Whether your a scrapbooker, paper crafter, seamstress, we all need a happy space to work and if you are blessed with a room to house all your wonderful crafting toys, I hope that you have found some new ideas to help you.

Be sure to come back Wednesday, August 19, 2015 for a video tour of the room and the 20th for a few tips on construction from Mr. Awesome.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to see you here tomorrow for a 2-Minute Tuesday Tip video!