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DIY: Stamp Storage Shelving

28 Jul

Since we moved, my craft room is a whole new thing. Things are coming together but I have always wanted a stamp shelf for a while and I thought I could put up some small shelves on the wall but I was also thinking, “What a pain, with a whole lot of holes in the wall if I move.” That’s when the idea came to me to use plywood as the backing for the shelves. Ding! Ding!

With great anticipation, I went to the Home Depot and looked for a long time for the best backer board for my little shelving project at the best price. I looked at all kinds of boards that I couldn’t even identify, did a bunch of math and finally came down to the most basic 15/32″ sheathing. I asked the assistant in lumber to cut the 4×8′ board into three pieces.

1) Cut 2 feet off one end for a 4×2″ piece.
2) Cut the other piece in half for two 2×6″ pieces.
(Home Depot cuts for free…yeah!!!)

Then I looked for some kind of edging and something I could use for the small shelves. I began with 1/4 round pine moulding at $.39/foot and added a simple lattice 1-1/2×1/4″. I used the cutting station at Home Depot to cut ten, 2 feet pieces of both the moulding and the lattice. So, I spent about $35 for my supplies.

I sanded the edges of all the moulding and lattice pieces.

Then I nailed the two mini shelf pieces together in this shape.

What helped with this process was placing the lattice piece on top of a piece of the plywood and the 1/4 round just at the end and underneath. Nailing them together was much easier with the help of a plywood “pad.”

Once all ten were nailed together, I nailed the stamp shelves onto the backer board, beginning with 3″ between them, then 4″ and finally 6″. Here are the first few on the board.

And with all the shelf pieces affixed…I painted the entire piece in white and leaned it against my craft room wall.

Finally, I filled it up with my mounted red rubber stamps…yeah! I did a little arranging by shelf: my Eiffel Tower stamps (which I collect) went on the top

and then sprinkled about were themes such as thanks, seasons, wishes, flowers, backgrounds, etc.

I tell you, it’s not perfect but I’m so proud that I made it myself, it works and it was NOT expensive.

Can I just say, that I LOVE this system. I can see the stamps I most love, and see ones that I sometimes forget.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you soon. Eli


The Gift of Love (CTD #110)

17 Sep

Today, it worked. Inspired by Color Throwdown #110:

I created this card:

This was so fun to put together. Layers of fun, I would say.  I started with the card back, added a dark patterned pink paper. Then I added a strip of the pink paper stamped with Mint Motif’s Square. Next, I cut gray textured cardstock with S4-239, added the Classic Scalloped Borderabilities® Petite scalloped border to the middle and the outer pieces to the top and bottom of the strips. Finally, I cut/embossed/airbrushed S4-049 medallion (retired). To finish off the card, I added the medallion, ribbon and the stamped sentiment. I hope it inspires you today…

Thanks for looking and hope to see you soon!

Important Stuff
Papers Summer Matstack pink patterned paper (Die Cuts With a View); Treasures Pewter cardstock (WorldWin)
Die Cuts/Tools S4-239 Classic Scalloped Borderabilities® Petite, S4-049 [retired], Wizard™ (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Stamp/Ink/Colorants Mint Motif Very Square stamp (i {heart} papers),  The Gift of Love stamp (Hero Arts), ColorBox Silver ink (ClearSnap), Sketch R39 Garnet, W3 Warm Gray, Air Brush System (Copic)
Embellishments White organza ribbon (Michael’s), Glue Dots (Glue Dots International)

Other Stuff PVA Glue

The Greatest is Love

19 Jan

This may have just become my favorite sketch yet. Leave it to Kazan, over at 2 Sketches 4 You. She and Laura, along with their Design Team, are so inspiring. Here is Sketch 44 and here is my card!

I saw the sketch and wondered what I could use as my central image. I liked the idea of a big silk flower. I have a pack that are plain white and it occurred to me that I could airbrush over a Spellbinders Impressabilities™ template. Hooray. The best way to do this, I found, is to get a piece of scrap cardstock and place the flower on top of it. Place the Impressabilities™ template on top and Spellbinders™ Magnetic Spacer Plate underneath the cardstock. The magnet keeps the template flush to the cardstock so the airbrushing doesn’t sneak under the template. Check out the results. (I have a bonus image left behind after I removed the flower. I’ll have to see what I can make of that too.)

Next, I wanted a background that has some sparkle, so I gathered some pink paper, a background stamp, pigment ink and some Opaline embossing powder.

Here’s a little example of the shine that it gave the card (although it looks much better in person). I also applied the same ink and powder for the sentiment.

To create the center “glass” heart, I cut/embossed the heart from S3-XXX Decorative Photo Corners and sprayed it with Black Cherry Glimmer Mist. After the mist dried, I covered the surface with Watermark Ink and sprinkled a small amount of Irridescent UTEE. After heating it and allowing it to cool, I sanded off the top ridges, knocking down some of the pearl treatment. Again, I covered the surface with Watermark ink but this time, I sprinkled it with clear embossing powder and heated. I repeated several layers of the clear until I achieved the look I wanted. I will definitely use this technique again.

Besides that I cut a scalloped Heart, added a ribbon and put it all together. I have to say, I like it and it always surprises me when that happens…I haven’t been a card maker for long.

Important Stuff: Wizard™, I2-1009 Flourish Impressabilities™ Template, S3-107 Decorative Photo Corners, S4-137 Classic Scalloped Hearts (#3) , S4-201 Deckled Rectangles SM (#2) (Spellbinders™); R29 Red Lipstick Sketch Marker, Airbrush System (Copic); Scattered Flowers Design Block stamp (Hero Arts); ColorBox Dune pigment ink, Watermark ink (Clearsnap);  Opaline, Cosmic Opaque embossing powder (Sparkle N Sprinkle); Black Cherry Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVE by 3L, 3D Foam Squares

Other Stuff: Love ribbon, White flower

Cheers and Happy Creating, Eli

Enabling Creativity

17 Dec

I’m an Aunt…11 times over…and I love it. Part of my job as an aunt, and a paper crafter is to pass on a crafting legacy to my nieces and nephews who show a little interest. One of my nieces loves to stamp so I try to help her out with that often. Today, I want to share a little gift I made for her (hope she’s not reading this). It was fun and super easy.

First off, I grabbed a couple metal tins at the $1 bins at Target. I didn’t know at the time it would perfectly hold an ink pad. BONUS! I covered it with pretty papers, added a few die cuts, S4-200 Flower Bouquet and wooden letters for her name. I tucked the mini gifts inside and Voila! Easy peasy!

Let me show you what she’ll find when she opens it:

There you have it: quick and easy enabling so my niece can express herself through stamping! I hope that makes me a pretty good aunt. Now on to the other ten…lol

Important Stuff: Wizard™, S4-200 Floral Bouquet (Spellbinders), 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue (Beacon), Sparkle Clear stamp set (Hero Arts), Stampology black ink for clear stamps (Autumn Leaves)

Other Stuff: Patterned papers, Wood letters, Ribbon, sandpaper

Happy Creating, Eli