This weekend, the summer online Stampin' Up! lovers group to which I belong is having its first of four blog hops this season. The group VC Rocks! is made up of Stampin' Up! demonstrators as well as customers who just love to use Stampin' Up! products. It's a fun group that doesn't take itself too seriously and shares just about everything that comes up with our e-mail group.
All of this summer's blog hops will be celebrating something as this is the VC Rocks! group's 15th summer of fun. And this month, we're celebrating the old. Old, as in Stampin' Up! products that have retired or are going to be retiring come June 2nd. I've chosen to celebrate some of my favorite products that are going to be retiring, especially one of my favorite colors ever, Coastal Cabana.
And while I'm celebrating Coastal Cabana products, I thought I'd include a stamp set that we're likely never seeing again in a Stampin' Up! catalog, Bloom With Hope. It's been rare (maybe it's never happened?) that Stampin' Up! will take a retired Hostess Stamp Set and put it in a future catalog. And this is definitely a 2014-2015 Hostess Set – about to retire.
The Coastal Cabana products in this project are: Coastal Cabana Cardstock, Coastal Cabana Classic Ink, and Coastal Cabana Thick Baker's Twine.
Mixed in with this is a not-so-new technique called a variety of names, but which I like to call Multi-Layer Stamping. While most projects (including this one) have three layers, it's possible to sneak in a fourth. After that, stamps tend to leave a large white space where the layers end. The basic technique is to cut the Whisper White layers in the layout you'd like, lay them down in a grouping, use a temporary glue to keep them together, and proceed to stamp your image on all the layers as you wish.
The next step is to pull the layers apart, mat each one, and then layer them back together, being careful to match the stamped image(s) up so it all looks like one big picture (which, of course, it is). Then glue everything together, glue the card front to the card base, and Voilà, you have your card!
I hope you'll visit the other bloggers in this weekend's VC Rocks! blog hop. I've already seen some of the projects, and they're all fun takes on favorite retired or retiring products! If you'd like to try out this fun group, you're welcome to join. All you have to do is tell us just a few things about yourself (just to prove you're not a stamp-bot) and you're in! Just leave a comment here or on the VC Rocks blog, and one of us will get back to you soon. The group is open for new members in 2015 only until May 31st. So don't delay!
Retiring Product Alert
As I said, all the Coastal Cabana products are retiring. Of the products in this card, only the Coastal Cabana Thick Baker's Twine is still available. The stamp set, Bloom With Hope, is still available, but only if you earn enough hostess dollars to purchase it. You'll have to have an order or workshop that totals at least $150 to have enough Hostess Rewards to purchase it. The sentiment on the card is from the Wetlands Stamp Set, and that is NOT RETIRING. So that, as well as the Pear Pizzazz ink in the flower stems will be around for at least another year.
While I was off doing other things for heaven knows how long (too long!), I suspended my Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin subscription. So easy to do – but easy to forget to reinstate it when I was back and had the time finally to play with it!
But now I'm back in the groove and yesterday my May 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit arrived. I was between projects, so I opened it up right away. Ooooh, what fun I had with the card makings that came in it!
This is the card somewhat as it was designed to be made as part of the kit. I say, "somewhat," because I just HAD to add a bit more color and texture to the design. The good news was that I had a birthday card that needed to be sent out, so I used the fun Happy Birthday stamp that came with the Paper Pumpkin kit, as well as the ink that came with it and the strip that I used as a horizontal accent for the card.
The mat for the greeting circle was not in the kit. For this, I picked what I thought was one of the colors in the kit – Tangerine Tango – and cut a mat just slightly larger that the circle using the Starburst Framelit Set. I think now that the color in the stripe on the card front may be Calypso Coral. But whatever it is, I love the look!
Then I did what I frequently do with my Paper Pumpkin kits, and find another stamp set or paper or embellishment to do something a bit different. This time it was the fun new stamp set, Just Kidding. And once I got started with that, I almost couldn't stop.
For the two cards in this grouping, I used the first part of a two-part sentiment, "To Stamp or Not to Stamp" on the front. Then inside I stamped the second part, "That is not even a question." As a stamper, I LOVE it! I colored in the ladies of leisure a bit differently, and had a blast doing it!
For this card, not pictured above, I used my second favorite two-part sentiment, with "Happy 29th Birthday" on the front. Inside is part two, "From your 110 pound friend." I think you have to be a woman of a certain age to really get a good laugh out of this!
A quick note on how I made this all fit on the circle. The stamps in this set are Photopolymer stamps. So, when I put long, thin images on the blocks to ink them up and stamp them, I can manipulate them a bit. For these cards, I turned them a bit so they'd fit on the circles that came with the Paper Pumpkin kit. They don't necessarily stay put on the acrylic blocks for long – but I pressed them down as firmly as I could and didn't wait long to ink them up and stamp them. Worked beautifully!
No, these are not artistic renderings. But they were fun to make and I know my friends who will get them will really enjoy them! Paper Pumpkin says that it is made for the new and inexperienced card maker. But I have to tell you that, as experienced as I am, it is still a blast to get these projects and have so much fun making them – every month!
Stampin' Up! has a current special, through the end of June 2015, where you get the first two months of your Paper Pumpkin subscription at 50% off. Now that is a deal. Unfortunately, I cannot take advantage of it because I'm already a subscriber – it's only for NEW subscribers. All you have to do is to go to PaperPumpkin.com, order a subscription, and use the code, SAVE50, to claim your savings. Be sure to tell them I'm your demonstrator so I get credit for this!
Retired Product Alert
Oh that fun Framelits set, Starburst, is going to retire come June 2nd. The good news is that, as of today, that set is still available for sale! I have to tell you that it's perfect for mats such as those I showed in these fun projects. If you have any questions about this set or anything about the Stampin' Up! retired products, just let me know. I'd love to help you get whatever it is that you want from this list!
As you may know, every year about this time, Stampin' Up! releases its new catalog. Just a bit before that, Stampin' Up! releases a list of those products that will not be included in the new catalog – products that are "retiring" For me, the worst thing about retiring products is that I have favorite stamp sets and I'll have to give them up. While I have a decent sized Craft Room, I definitely do not have room to keep all my stamps. And, realistically, I find myself using newer stamp sets most of the time, both for my personal use and for publication here on my blog and in my newsletters. So out goes the stamp set.
The "favorite" stamp set featured in today's card is For the Birds. I love those little birds and butterflies and flowers in this stamp set. So cute! The "hello" is also from a retiring stamp set, Four You. But there are other products in this card that are going to be retiring, and I'm trying to use as many of those before they're gone as I can.
- The Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock, Ink, and Baker's Twine all will disappear from the Stampin' Up! Catalog. Unfortunately, the Cardstock and Ink have also disappeared from the retired product list – they're already all sold out. The Thick Baker's Twine is still available.
- The Pistachio Pudding Cardstock with retire and is also no longer available.
- The Stampin' Write Markers with the 2013-2015 In Colors will retire, and are still available as of today. The colors are Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana and Strawberry Slush.
- The Lullaby Designer Series Paper set is retiring, and is also still available. Nice soft color combos.
- The Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder is retiring, and is also still available.
- The Stamp Sets will be available until the Stampin' Up! 2014-2015 Catalog retires on June 2. So it's safe to buy those.
I've spent most of this week going through all my retired and retiring products trying to figure out what I'm going to do with them. But they have to be OUT of my craft room by June 2nd, so I have plenty of room for all the new products that I'm going to order this summer. I've already got a few "sneak peek" products on order, and I'll be ready to share them with you come June 2nd! Meanwhile, I'll be using anything that's current in the catalog, letting you know what might not be available any longer. If you see something you like and I haven't mentioned it, definitely let me know!
Try saying that several times fast!
I'm sure you've seen some cards around the internet that were made using the Triple Time Stamping technique. It's lots of fun, looks complicated, but is so easy to do. But could I just do some of that for this project? Heck, no. I had to get complicated, and it wasn't easy with what I had on hand. But it definitely was fun trying to figure it out.
For the last few weeks in May, I'm going to try my best to use my favorite stamps and other products that are going to retire. My first thought in making today's "Fun Floral" card for the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge was to use the Painted Petals Stamp Set to make a card using the Triple Time Stamping technique. Stop by on Thursday, and I'll show you a card using the technique. The bottom line is that it ends up looking somewhat similar to my card for today. Except that this was a bit harder.
What I decided I wanted to do was to make a triple-layered card using my last few pieces of one of the sheets in the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP) set. Of course, during this Spring as I've been using the paper, I didn't have any idea that I would want to do this, so I couldn't find the same design on three different pieces to cut out. I'd finally decided that the only way to do this was going to be to cut one piece and then cut the other two pieces out of it, very carefully and very precisely. Hmmm. That was going to be work.
But, as I continued to study this paper to figure out how I was going to do this, I realized that there was more than one design in the sheet that had MOST of the elements of another design on the same sheet. Before I knew it, I had managed to find three layers that I could cut to make this card. It was still "work," and I'm not sure I'd do it again with scraps. There's some pretty paper in the upcoming 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Catalog, and I may just start out cutting it up to make a card like this at the beginning. Much less work.
Once I got the paper cutting out of the way, it was fairly easy to decide to use Wild Wasabi Cardstock to mat each layer, and then make a card base of Rose Red Cardstock on which to mount it.
For the sentiment on the card, I went to the Painted Petals Stamp Set that I'd brought out to my work table, and found not only the sentiment, but two coordinating flowers to accent it. I stamped those using Wild Wasabi and Rose Red Classic Ink, coloring in the center of the flowers with my Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Marker. I hand trimmed the ends of the sentiment layer and matted it using Rose Red Cardstock.
So the project did end up being "Floral Fun," which, as I mentioned above, is the theme of the current Stampin' Up! Only Challenge. You definitely don't have to get this complicated to make a card – or other project – for this challenge. Just find some Stampin' Up! flowers, and make something! We'd love to have you enter the challenge this time!
Retired Product Alert:
The Painted Petals Stamp Set and the Painted Blooms DSP set are technically not retiring. But they're in the 2015 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog, and that catalog closes on June 2nd. After that it's very unlikely that either product will be available. So now is the time to get both of these products if you've been thinking about them. Both are just gorgeous! You can buy either – or both – in my Stampin' Up! store, (click on the Shop button) from now until June 2, 2015.
In my last post I showed you a card made with materials required by a challenge, along with the card that I reworked after I submitted the challenge card. Today I'm sharing another such card with you, along with the card after I reworked it a bit.
You can see that the same basic pieces are in this card as in the last: A card base; a layer, a 1" strip (well, I cut it into two pieces) and a punched piece. This card had to have a stamp from the Baby or Kids section of the 2014-2015 Stampin' Up! Catalog. This time I did try to color in the stamp a bit because it was easier on the color of the cardstock on which I stamped the image from the Little Buddy Birthday Stamp Set. I used my Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding Stampin' Write Markers for a bit of an accent.
This card definitely needed a lot more before I could share it as the main card in one of my blog posts!
I actually did like the basic layout of this card, so I stuck with that. But again, I added a piece of Whisper White Cardstock on which to stamp. I chose one of the sentiments from the Painted Petals Stamp Set from the 2015 Occasions Catalog. I stamped the sentiment and the flowers (from the same stamp set) using Calypso Coral Classic Ink. I added two leaves (same set), this time stamped using Pistachio Pudding Classic Ink. I matted this with a piece of Calypso Coral Cardstock before punching it using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. Instead of using a piece of cardstock at the top of the punch, this time I chose a piece of Calypso Coral Seam Binding Ribbon.
Same layout, but what a difference! There are two more cards in this challenge, but I've got so much more I want to share with you that I think I'll just leave the sharing at these two. Besides, the other two cards weren't actually that bad. In fact, they're good enough to send out to friends, and I'll be doing that before long.
The bottom line message for these last two posts is this: If you make a card and it just doesn't end up looking like something you'd share online or with a friend, change it! Sometimes the really hard part is figuring out what about the card you don't like. The way I deal with this is to take a photo of the card and look at the photo. For some reason, photos tell a lot more truth about a project than the project tells you in real life. Ooooh! Philosophical – but true!
Retiring Product Alert
There's that Painted Petals Stamp Set again! It's not actually retiring. But the fact that it's not in the new 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Catalog is a pretty good indication that it may not stay around Stampin' Up! for long. So that's a good investment to make before the Occasions Catalog closes after June 2, 2015. The Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock in the card are both retiring. Unfortunately, neither is available any longer as Stampin' Up! is all sold out of them. Rats!
And about the Crafting Group that had these challenges
The stamping group which I join each summer is called "VC Rocks." I'm not sure where the "rocks" part of this came from. But I do know that the VC stands for Virtual Convention. It was originally designed for those of us who weren't going to be attending the annual Stampin' Up! convention. We have Make and Takes, Swaps, Blog Hops, games and more. And chatter! This group doesn't take itself too seriously. We keep in touch with everyone, including what they're up to outside of their paper crafting activity. So there is a bit of an e-mail uptick. It's a Yahoo group, though, so you can always put your e-mail on digest. But I don't know why you'd want to do that with this crowd. They're just too much fun!
Oh, and you do NOT have to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator – just like Stampin' Up! stuff!
To join the group costs nothing, although you do have to participate in two group activities by the end of June. Here is a link that should work to get you started. If you're already in Yahoo Groups, just look for VC Rocks – or let me know if you have any trouble with it. Lots of fun! There will be a short survey before you can join, but the questions are simple. We just want to make sure you're real.
….. try it again!
Earlier this week, I participated in a challenge in one of the online groups to which I belong. It's an annual challenge and unlike any other. Basically, you are given part of the challenge each day for several days in a row. The first few days, you are told to cut cardstock and papers of a certain size as well as do some specific punching and texturizing of the papers. Finally you are told what to do with the materials you've collected.
These cards are fun to get you going in your craft room if you've not been really active lately. But they don't necessarily result in a work of art. So, once I got my challenge pieces done and photos sent off to the group, I proceeded to take some of them apart and try to make them look a bit more like the work I really like to do. Today and in my next post this weekend, I'm going to share two of these cards – both before and after.
All of the cards had to have a standard sized card base (5-1/2 x 4-1/4") and one layer. All of the cards also had to have one punched item and a strip of paper or cardstock no more than 1" wide. This particular card had to have a layer embossed with an embossing folder, and had to be a birthday card.
Without another layer on which to stamp, I was stuck stamping on the Hello Honey Cardstock that was my 1" strip. I didn't even try to stamp in any color other than black, nor did I try to color in the cake image. Color was just not going to come out anywhere close to true on that Hello Honey. But it met the challenge!
To fix the card up a bit post-challenge, I removed the stamped strip layer from the left. It's fairly easy to remove a layer like this as the adhesive pretty much only adheres to the popped-up textured dots, not to all the cardstock underneath the layer. Yes, it leaves some tear marks in the layer, but I easily covered those up with the new, wider layer. I liked the little bow made from a sheet in the Lullaby Designer Series Paper set, the same set as the background layer. So the bow stayed. To provide a mat for the stamped, Whisper White Layer, I used the large dot stamp from the Painted Petals Stamp Set, stamping in the Crisp Cantaloupe and Hello Honey Classic Ink colors in the background paper.
For the sentiment, I decided that, as I was no longer in the challenge, I did NOT have to have a birthday sentiment. So I just picked one of the sentiments from the Work of Art Stamp Set stamping it in Mossy Meadow Classic Ink to make it stand out better than either of the other colors would have. I added a bit of Rhinestone Basic Jewels bling and called the card done!
Check in this weekend for another redone card, along with information about how you can join our fun summer stamping-related group is you'd like. So much fun, even if the pre-challenge was a bit of a, um, challenge!
Retired Products Alert
The good news is that the Bow Builder Punch from the Stampin' Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog will continue into the full 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Catalog. The Work of Art Stamp Set and the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder also continue in the catalog. Unfortunately, Crisp Cantaloupe, an outgoing In Color not only is retiring, but is almost sold out. The only item in that color left is the Classic Stampin' Pad. The Lullaby Designer Series Paper set is also still available as I write this. So you could continue to use the paper and stamping combo I used today!
It's still SO nice to have my craft room back in action. And I've got lots of projects planned for the next week. But I'm sure that you know as well as I do that sometimes "planned" projects have to take a back seat to "quick" projects to deal with something new that's happened.
This past Friday I had TWO of those quick project events happen. As it turns out, I could use the same stamp set for both projects, and I even made them using the same layout.
The first "event" was that my grandson's family finally found a great new place to live after their current landlords let them know that they would not be renewing the lease on the house they currently occupy.
The second was that, when I called my Sister-in-Law to find out how their recent cruise had gone, her husband answered the phone and said that she'd been sick since about five days before their cruise had ended.
I immediately thought of the stamp set, Giggle Greetings. I've had this set since it appeared in the Stampin' Up! catalog, but I'd yet to use it. I just knew it was perfect – but perfect for what? For this set of circumstances, that's what! These images present just the right thought for both events!
I made both of the central images into a square. Unfortunately, I put both in the mail before I thought to measure any of the layers. But that should be easy to figure out once you stamp the images onto the Whisper White Cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. For the "chase your dreams" stamped image, I used Crumb Cake and Real Red ink for coloring the image and the same color cardstock for matting the stamped layer. For the "bowl of cherries" image, I used Real Red and Bermuda Bay, with lines of Daffodil Delight on the bowl.
Now here's the thing. For coloring both images, I used the discontinued Blendabilities. So I can tell you that I've made the decision to keep using these colors even thought they're no longer in the Stampin' Up! catalog. The main reason that I'm doing this is to get some practice using alcohol markers that are in Stampin' Up! colors. I love using Copic Markers, but I've not invested in many of them as I'm pretty much a Stampin' Up! Only kind of stamper. I really don't want to waste my time or money on too much in the way of Copics because I don't see Stampin' Up! putting them in their catalogs. But eventually I think that Stampin' Up! will have some alcohol markers, so I want some experience to help show the new products off. I need lots of practice, and the Blendabilities will help with that.
For the background for the stamped/matted images I used the Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock that is just a tad smaller than the 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" cardstock base. As long as I was showing off two projects for this post, I decided to show one of the layers with the dots poking up and one with them poking down. I think both look lovely, but there is a bit of a difference. You just have to choose which side of the embossed cardstock you want to use for your projects.
Retiring Product Alert
Nothing in these projects will be retiring. The Blendabilities Alcohol Markers have already been discontinued. Love the stamp set!
Today my husband and I were treated to a visit from a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator from my home state of Ohio. Connie Babbert – one of my favorite Stampin' Up! designer demonstrators – and her husand, Eric, are visiting on our island and drove over to see us. As with most visitors, the first item of business is to tour my husband's garden. Then we had a lunch where we all got to sit around and chat and just had a wonderful time.
While we had a short "tour" of my Craft Room, there was, alas, no crafting on the schedule. When it's just a demonstrator visiting, that's fine. We couldn't ignore our husbands for that long, though. But we did carry out a traditional sharing of handmade gifts.
For my gift, I walked around our garden yesterday and took photos of places in our garden that I was sure they'd see and like to remember. Then I made an accordion fold album to hold the photos. Rather than add a title to each photo, I printed out the name of each item featured in a list that I put on the back of the album.
This is the front of the album. As you may remember when I've made these albums before, I've made a separate cover with chipboard to hold the album. But, by the time I finished layering each photo up with cardstock, the album seemed to be sturdy enough not to need a separate cover.
At first, I couldn't decide what to do in terms of a design for the cover. Then I had a teensy brainstorm, and went over to the Create With Connie and Mary blog to see if they had a sketch idea that might work. Sure enough, this week's sketch was just right! My version of the sketch isn't fancy, but it accomplished what I wanted it to accomplish.
This is the envelope that I made to hold the album, using a sheet from the soon-to-be-retired Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack. The little palm tree is one of the stamps in the Greetings From photopolymer stamp set. This is a fun little tree, and I've used it often, especially as it's one of the rare current tropical designs that Stampin' Up! sells.
I chose as the colors for my album Wild Wasabi, Tangelo Twist and Hello Honey. The colors seemed to do a good job of accenting the photos that I took for the album.
Definitely fun getting ready for Connie and Eric's visit, and lots of fun being together. Just not enough time!
Retiring Product Alert
The only products used in this project that will be retiring are the Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stacks, both the Wild Wasabi (used for the envelope) and the Tangelo Twist (used for the belly band around the envelope). The Greetings From photopolymer stamp set isn't in the Stampin' Up! catalog. But it, and many other sets not in the catalog, continue to be available while supplies last from the Stampin' Up! website.
You may be just like me in that "cleaning up" means getting your stamping room or space neat and tidy. But my latest cleaning after our move back home was SERIOUS cleaning up. Yes, there are still a few boxes not unpacked. For the most part, the boxes contain winter holiday-related "stuff," so that will come in the fall.
But then there were those boxes that hadn't been touched since before we moved away from the lava last fall. Since WAY before! And I definitely got into those because they had to go as we were cleaning out our garage, too, and that's where they took up space. I found lots of really old retired Stampin' Up! products (not stamp sets – I sell those pretty quickly when they retire). The good news was that I had just driven past a friend's church where there was an announcement of a big rummage sale this Saturday. Woo-hoo! I called my friend who said what I had would be great for the sale. So I went through those boxes and took them up and all that stuff is gone away, and for a good cause.
One product, though, was no longer in its original packaging, and I really had no way to pack it. So I tossed it in a trash bag. I wasn't 10 feet away from the bag when I realized that I could use it to make some cards for a fund-raising fair in which one of my service organizations is participating this weekend. They don't care if it's retired or not!
These are some of the cards that I made using the Petal Party Simply Scrappin Kit. Man, those were bright colors! And this is the time of the year for bright, so I figured, "Why not use the kit!?" This kit had plenty of stickers in it, and all but one of the colors is a current Stampin' Up! color. See that pink? It was called Pixie Pink. But note how well the Melon Mambo Cotton Ribbon goes with the Pixie Pink. Of course, the Pumpkin Pie Cotton Ribbon went well with the same color of prints and cardstock. The other two colors were So Saffron and Old Olive.
As this needed to be a quick project, I just made all the card bases out of So Saffron Cardstock, so that I didn't have to have a separate sheet inside for written notes. That came from my current stash as did the "Happy Mother's Day" stamp from the Teeny Wishes Stamp Set. I punched all the sentiments using the Word Window Punch, matted with cardstock punched with the Modern Label Punch. To decorate the envelopes to go with the cards, I used an image from the current Hostess Stamp Set, "I Like You," and colored it in with Melon Mambo, So Saffron and Old Olive Classic Ink.
This was definitely quick and easy! I really miss the Simply Scrappin Kits. But there are so many other kits both in the current Stampin' Up! Catalog and the new one that comes out at the beginning of June. I'm sure there are some possibilities for some quick and easy projects there, too!
Retiring Product Alert
Of course, most of what I used in these cards has been retired at least since 2010! The only product that I used in this project that's current but will retire is the Hostess Stamp Set, I Like You. That's gone come the end of May. It's a gorgeous set for coloring with any of Stampin' Up!'s Stampin' Write Markers!
I think this is the last of the retired products that I'll find in my craft room that I'll be sharing with you. I HOPE that's the case because I want to start using up all my retiring products and sharing them with you! If there's any retiring stamp set that you'd like me to use so you can see what it might look like in real life, just let me know. If I have the set, I'll surely share it here!
Have a great weekend and be sure to come back! I have a fun twosome to show off in a day or two.
At the beginning of this year, with our lives in much of an upheaval, I backed off from much in the way of crafting. Let's not go into all the messy details as I'm sure I've covered that before here – Tropical storm, lava flowing toward our home town, moving to rental home, illness. But the big deal for me was that, in January, I looked into the future and figured that, with all that was going on, I should be able to commit to being back up and running with my crafting by May 1st. Guess what? I did it by April 29th! OK, that's just two days early. But I am so glad to be back where I can walk into my craft room and start making cards and other projects with my Stampin' Up! products!
Here is a photo of my craft room shortly after our move back into our own home in early March.
Oh my, you can believe me when I tell you that it was a lot worse than it looks. I had to kick other boxes out of the way to get to this angle. Not only that, several of the storage bins that I use for storing my 12" x 12" papers and cardstock, as well as other products I like to be able to get to quickly, were broken in the move – to the point that I could not use them the way I need to. So I had to order new bins and then add those to the mess. OK – that's enough of those messy details, too!
And here's my craft room work table as it looks today!
Is that not cool?! I am so ready to just make a card – and I'm going to as soon as I finish this update! Those of you wish eagle eyes probably note that I still have my Stampin' Up! Blendabilities out and ready to use. I still haven't decided if I'm going to keep (and use) them. I've had enough going on without making that decision yet. I also continue to use my guillotine-style cutter (retired a couple of years ago) for many of my projects, especially when I'm cutting lots of paper and cardstock for classes. But my Stampin' Trimmers (yes, two; one has the rotary cutter in it) are right there on top of my storage bins ready to use for my individual projects.
So now I'm off to make some cards! You'll be seeing them in a day or two for sure. Thanks SO much for your patience while I've been getting my life back together.
Have a great May. I am certainly doing all I can to make sure that I will!
Update: After this posted, I had a question about storing my 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock. I have a built in set of shelves in my closet for my paper and other craft items (crochet, sewing, etc.). Here's a photo. You can see that it's not decluttered yet. But it's still totally functional. I just ordered a new sewing machine, so it will have to have a home and that's when I clean it up!
I need to store my cardstock where it will not be subject to the sun's rays – and being bleached out! The 12" x 12" cardstock in the drawers in the middle picture have to have a piece of cardboard in the front so that the edges do not bleach out. The old bins had less transparent drawers, so I didn't need cardboard with them.