Organizing the Craft Cabinet

Organizing the Craft Cabinet with Deflecto Storage

I have been slowly working on creating my perfect workspace since last Spring

when I moved my craft room into my son’s old bedroom.

I’ve been taking my time, I want to get it right.

It’s coming along beautifully.  (I hope to share it soon.)

As crafter’s go, I’m a fairly neat and tidy person.

I’m also a fan of closed-door storage.

With closed-door storage, cabinets can easily get ignored and out of control.

I had one of those ignored craft cabinets.

After clearing out the cabinet, I organized items into clear storage containers from Deflecto.

Because I’m such a nice person, I occasionally allow others to use my craft supplies.

Labeling the bins not only look good, but it’s helpful for those looking for supplies.

I used my Silhouette Cameo die-cut machine* to create and cut the words out of

StyleTechCraft black adhesive vinyl*.

I used transfer paper to apply the words onto the clear bins.

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As a self proclaimed organizing nut, I find labeled bins extremely satisfying.

Clear bins make everything easier to find.

The bins are also easy to take with you when you need to work.

They keep your work space clutter-free and your supplies close at hand.

My newly Organized Craft Cabinet.  Everything fits so nice in this space.

Here’s what I used to organize my Craft Cabinet:    (*Amazon Affiliate Links)

Look for Deflecto products on Amazon, Scrapbook.com and at Michaels and Hobby Lobby.

“This is a sponsored post. As a member of the Deflecto Design Team I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions.” 

StyleTech Craft 2020 Design Team Call

StyleTechCraft is having a Design Team Call.

They are one of the great company I work with.   (information below)

Do you love working with vinyl?

We are looking for Designers and Bloggers to work with our extensive line of adhesive vinyl.

All our adhesive vinyl works well with all cutting machines and can be cut into just about any design you can imagine. Great for Home Décor, Seasonal Crafting, and Paper Crafting Projects.

We have all the popular colors; Ultra Metallic, Glitter, Chromes, Metalized, Etches and much more.  We have more sparkle, bling and glitter vinyl than all our competitors.

Here’s what we’re looking for…
• Creative Designers who have a blog and are active on Social Media.
• Designers who can commit to a one-year term beginning March 1st.
• Designers will be expected to create one project each month including photos and basic instructions and post to your blog and social media by the 5th of each month.
• US Designers Only

Here’s what you’ll get…
You will be provided a generous welcome package of current products and will continue to receive new products during your term. You will receive monetary compensation for your projects each quarter and will be eligible for additional monthly endorsements.

To Apply…
Email Markhlee@mac.com with your Name, Address, Website, and any other pertinent crafty information about yourself along with 2 to 3 pictures or projects you’ve made using vinyl.

Deadline to Apply is January 31, 2020.

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2020 I can see it now!

Twenty Twenty is “clearly” going to be a year of stupid puns and silly memes.

We might as well get used to it.

So, if you can’t beat them, you might as well join them.

Joy Iron-on Embroidered Letters are great for making creative and funny t-shirts,

they’re also great for making creative and funny signs.

Here’s what I used to make my 2020 Canvas:

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Directions:

  • Paint the entire canvas with a generous amount of white acrylic paint.  While the white paint is still wet, softly blend the navy blue paint.

  • Once the canvas has dried.  Position the Jacobean Floral Stencil* onto the corner of the canvas and tape down the edges with removable painter’s tape to keep the stencil from moving.
  • Use a  stipple brush to lightly apply white acrylic paint inside open stencil areas.

  • The stenciling creates a nice subtle background.
  • Stencil all four corners of the canvas.

  • To keep the numbers and letters straight, use a piece of blue painters tape on the canvas.
  • Glue letters and numbers onto the canvas using Fabri Tac Adhesive.

  • To make it a little more “Punny”…I created glasses out of cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*.  To make the glasses more sturdy, I made three of each size and stacked and glued them together.
  •  Glue glasses and flower embellishments onto canvas.

You can find a wide selection of Joy® embroidered iron-on letters and alphabet sheets in different sizes at your local craft stores!

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Don’t throw away those Christmas Photo Cards!

What do you do with all those Christmas Photo Cards you’ve just received? 

Before you put all your Christmas Crafting Supplies away…

I have one last project for you to make.

The Beloved Christmas Photo Card.

I love annual Christmas photo cards and how it  shows how your family changes from

one year to the next.  I have a hard time throwing them away after the season is over.

What do you do with them besides putting them in a box?

This year, I finally decided to make an album to put them in.

The album had to be simple so that I can easily add the next years’ photo cards and easy

enough that I would actually do it.

This is how I made it…

  • I started with two 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ pieces of white matboard and two 12″ x 12″ pieces of Christmas Scrapbook paper.
  • I used my Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the back of the scrapbook paper before adhering it to the matboard.  I added the second piece of scrapbook paper to the other side of the matboard.
  • I used my Silhouette Cameo* to create the words and cut them from Glittered Self Adhesive Vinyl from StyleTechCraft.
  • I added a small Christmas chipboard sticker on the front of the album to add dimension.
  • Punch a hole in the top of the matboard covers with a Crop-A-Dile Punch*.
  • Align the Photo Cards with the top cover and use a pencil to draw a mark on the card so you’ll know where to punch the hole.
  • Using a large book ring, I added my cards to my album with the most recent photo cards on top.

For your convenience here’s these are the products I used:    

 

 

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“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the StyleTechCraft Design Team I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

Red Buffalo Plaid Hot Chocolate Bar

Fun and Easy Red Buffalo Plaid Party Ideas

The theme for this year’s Sue’s Holiday Workshop was “Mad for Plaid”.

To add to the fun of the event, I created a Red Buffalo Plaid Hot Chocolate Bar.

The Hot Chocolate Bar was simple to put together and was a big hit.

The most important part of the Hot Chocolate bar is the Hot Chocolate.

I went back and forth trying to decide on how I wanted to present the Hot Chocolate.

There are so many recipes online for delicious hot chocolate.

Because this was a “creative event”, I went with a little more creative approach.  (and simple)

For my Hot Chocolate Jars…

I found little tiny mason jars at Michaels Craft Store.  I created labels for the jars using my

Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine* and Red Glossy Craft Vinyl from

StyleTechCraft.  I applied my labels onto the jars using Vinyl Transfer Tape* .

I tied a small plaid chipboard house made from Eileen Hull’s House Ornament Die*

with twine around the neck of the jar.

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The jars were filled with enough Hot Chocolate mix for one individual serving.  

They make a great party favor, and the guest gets to take home a cute little jar.

I put all the jars on the bottom of a plain black two-tiered metal stand.

I applied Red Buffalo Plaid Washi Tape* around the rim.

This little detail helped make it stand out and added to the theme.

On the top of the metal stand I added spoons, mini chocolate chips, candy canes.

I also left a place for a can of whipped cream (not yet added to this picture).

For the Table…

I used a black tablecloth for the base of my table and cut a red buffalo plaid runner from

plaid flannel.  (Sew Simple…I didn’t even sew the edges.)

It’s a really quick and inexpensive way to create the look

Air Pots filled with Hot Water made making the Hot Chocolate easy and mess-free.

For a vintage feel, I used large mason jars filled with extra hot chocolate mix,

extra marshmallows, and caramels.

I picked up the Buffalo Plaid Insulated Coffee Cups* and Red Buffalo Plaid Party Supplies* online.

A Hot Chocolate Bar would not be complete without frosted sugar cookies.

My sweet daughter in law baked these sugar cookies from my favorite sugar cookie recipe.

You can see the sugar cookie recipe here.

(The little red bird was made using an Easter Chick cookie cutter.)

I made the Holiday Hot Chocolate Sign by painting a wood bracket sign with black chalkboard

paint.  I used a Silhouette Cut SVG file from the Silhouette Store and my Silhouette Cameo

Electronic Die Cutting Machine* and resized the image to fit my sign.

I used red and white glossy craft vinyl from StyleTechCraft.

To complete the fun, I had fun Red Buffalo Plaid Themed Photo Props*.

I used Red and Black Buffalo Plaid wrapping paper on the background wall.

A fun way to break the ice and get the party started.

Red Buffalo Plaid Party Supplies Available on Amazon.

How to make a Red Buffalo Plaid Frame

 

How to Make a Red Buffalo Plaid Frame

Products Used:

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Directions:

  • Add strips of painter’s tape onto the frame to make stripes.  Rub your finger over the tape to make sure that the tape is securely on the frame and has no gaps.
  • Paint inside the stripes with black paint.  Be careful not to apply the paint too thick.   Only one thin coat of paint is needed.

  • Remove painter’s tape.
  • Allow black paint to fully dry before continuing to the next step.

  • Rotate the frame and apply the tape in the opposite direction.  Make sure the tape is securely on the frame.
  • Paint additional stripes.

  • Lightly sand the frame after dry.  Sanding brings out the woodgrain and helps to hide any little imperfection.
  • Wipe the frame smooth with a clean cloth.
  • Apply the Carta Bella Christmas Market Chipboard Accents to front of frame.

The Red Buffalo Plaid Frame was made in Sue’s 2019 Holiday Workshop.

 The Carta Bella Christmas Market Collection*

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DIY Mini Ketchup Bottle Snow Globe from recycled materials

Creating a Snow Globe from a Mini Ketchup Bottle

A little Holiday up-cycling project for my fellow collectors (aka savers).

When you order room service at some hotels you get these little glass condiment jars.

When my husband used to travel he’d occasional bring them home.  (I’ve trained him well.)

Add in a few miscellaneous supplies and I had the start of a cute little snow globe.

There are several options to use as a base.  Old hardware pieces, vintage Jello molds.

My brother once gave me several of the little brass pieces shown in the picture above.

I recently asked him what they are for.  (they are escutcheon plates)

He told me when he worked on houses and would put in the towel bars in the bathrooms

they would come with the option of either a chrome or brass escutcheon.

(back when chrome and brass was popular together)  And…now you know.

To Make the Mini Ketchup Bottle Snowglobe:

  • I gave the brass piece and the lid of the ketchup bottle a light sanding and sprayed it with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint in Colonial Red*.  (my favorite red)  It might take a couple coats.
  • This was the hard part for me.  Allow the paint to fully dry before handling.  (trust me)
  • Using Super Glue*, glue a small bottle brush Christmas tree (found at most craft stores) on the inside of the ketchup bottle lid.  Make sure that the base of the tree is not larger than the opening of the bottle.
  • Glue large flat button to the bottom of the jar.  (or is it the top of the snow globe) Glue a decorative button to the white button to add height and extra prettiness.
  • Add a small amount of white glitter or fake snow to your bottle and screw on the lid with Christmas tree.
  • Glue ketchup bottle lid to painted brass base using  Super Glue*
  • Wrap a Craft Pine Stem* around the neck of the bottle and glue in place.
  • Tie a ribbon around neck of bottle.
  • Glue small snowflake embellishment.

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