It has been forever since I have blogged. I’ll just blame it on the baby who isn’t even here yet – 8 weeks to go! But, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been crafting when time has allowed. I’m back today to share with you an invitation I designed recently for a special Shabbat dinner to help celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Temple Beth Am‘s religious school rabbi.
Serious Crafters have hoarder-like tendencies when it comes to their supplies. The latest rubber stamp, paper, ribbon, or obscure gadget, will simply call to you and you have no choice but to add it to your stash. I used to think I was alone. Now I know better.
When I first started stamping as a child, my collection of stamps fit nicely in a shoebox but now I am sort of embarrassed to admit the amount of real estate they take up in my craft room. I was lucky enough to inherit the same steel drawer unit my grandmother used to store her stamps which is now home to all my stamps and various stamping accessories. It’s one of those things that makes you say “they don’t make ’em like they used to” with its sturdy (i.e. insanely heavy) steel frame and 30 little drawers. The original color was “industrial office furniture putty” which you can still see showing through where I have yet to put labels. The bulk of it I spray painted to go along with my white and green craft room. If/when my craft room is tidy, I still owe you a tour.
The steel drawers help with all of my wood-mounted rubber stamps, but in this era, I certainly have my share of clear and cling stamps as well. I store these types of stamps in a series of cute binders using either baseball card sheet protectors for the smallest ones, 5×7 sheet protectors for medium ones and full size sheet protectors for the rest.
So I am doing pretty well on storage, but what I started realizing was that it was still hard to keep track of all the different stamps, especially sentiments and I could never find exactly what I was looking for or at least not quickly. On several occasions I accidentally purchased duplicates or items that were quite similar. I discovered I wasn’t the only one with this problem. I devised a way to catalog all of my stamps that would give me flexibility when I got new ones but be easy to look through and scope out my latest project. Enter my own personal stamp catalog.
I cut a good size stack of white cardstock to 8.5″ x5.5″ to fit a binder of the same size (small enough to tote with me to the stamp store). The binder is great because it has a little pocket for storing extra tabs or a mini ruler. I even created a little card size guide to keep at the front for easy reference. Click here to download your own.
Matching page protectors mean I can slip the sheets in and out when I have a new stamp to add to the collection. I used removable adhesive tabs to create the categories (which correspond to the labels on the drawers)- the ability to move these around is great in the event you realize you’ve suddenly amassed a whole new category of stamps. I recommend using a fine point Sharpie to write on them so it doesn’t smear. And then I got to stamping – for fast drying and good definition, I used Versafine Onyx Black to stamp each image. Underneath each one I wrote the manufacturer as well as the name of the stamp (if it has one) and if it is clear or cling, I put a little “c” in parentheses so I know to check my binders.
It took a long time to get everything in but once I did, it has made using my stamps so much more enjoyable. I can hold images up next to each other to see how they look together or hold them up next to a card or die. And I can’t tell you how many times I have saved myself from buying something I already had! I decided to include ink, embossing powder and stickles too since I have the same trouble with all of these. It’s like shopping in my craft room every time I pull it out and is just so satisfying especially since it is totally neat and tidy while my desk is a crafty disaster. I had it with me on Saturday when I took two fabulous card classes at Impress with the amazing Julie Ebersole and had a few admirers so figured it was time to share with the world (I took the pictures like a year ago and just hadn’t gotten around to writing out all the details)! Hope it inspires you to organize your stash!
Mama Elephant Cup of Wishes
Paper: Paper Trey Ink Berry Sorbet and Aqua Mist
Ink: Embossing Ink, Brilliance Galaxy Gold
Other: Ranger Turquoise Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder, Yellow Chevron Washi tape by Love My Tapes, Fruit Punch and Yellow Stickles
I forced myself to get inspired yesterday for the Mama Elephant Sketch Challenge. Spring is definitely in bloom in Seattle with lots of tulips and daffys but oy, was this weekend rainy. It was a tea weekend for sure. So here’s my card with some bright spring colors and nice cozy tea. The photo doesn’t quite do all the details of the card justice, especially the gold “and cozy,” but you get the idea. Perfect for one of my random acts of kindness that I really need to get back to!
Shalom and sorry for being so quiet lately. Hope you had a lovely Passover! We’ve had a crazy couple of weeks in our house that included saying a sudden goodbye to our beloved dog, Smokey Bear. So, amidst all of that, I just haven’t felt all that crafty or articulate enough to write about some of the projects I’ve been waiting to share. But, a year ago today is when I welcomed you with my very first Made by Mamaleh post so I couldn’t let today pass without a little crafty goodness.
Happy Belated Valentine’s Day! This post is a day later than I’d intended but I spent yesterday getting a steroid shot in my hip (and yes, I am only 34!). All I have to say about that is OUCH! And, no, not a fun way to spend the day. So, as a result this post is a day late and most of the cards I am about to share with you are still sitting by the front door awaiting a mail drop. But, it’s the thought that counts, right?
As I mentioned in last week’s post, take it or leave it, I love Valentine’s Day. I think it’s a great excuse to remind people you care about them and of course yet another time to break out the card-making supplies. Kveller had a fantastic piece yesterday: Should Jews Celebrate Valentine’s Day?. If you want more intellectual food for thought, check it out. Today I wanted to share with you my attempt at adding a Jewish twist in this year’s homemade Valentine’s cards by incorporating some Hebrew. Now, I have to tell you, I LOVE alphabet stamps! I have too many sets to admit in writing. But, Hebrew alphabets are a totally different story than English ones and nearly impossible to find in rubber stamp form. So, I have been on the hunt for quite a while and was very pleased to luck out and get this now out of production set still shrink wrapped on eBay complete with book and packaged in a wood box.
These, along with my Teresa Collins Blingage Alphabet and some classic Valentine colors were the inspiration for my cards:
What do you think? I totally love that these could really be used for any occasion where you want to say I love you! Now I need to start thinking about Purim projects…oy!
If you haven’t been following on Facebook, my crafting has been on hiatus lately thanks to my craft room reno. The reno is done and now I am slowly unpacking and organizing and getting ready for some serious holiday crafting (and some fun blog giveaways so stay tuned!)
Today I managed to squeeze in a little card since a friend was less than enthused about the bat mitzvah cards she found at the store and asked if I wanted to make one for her. I jumped at the chance and asked her to send me the invite as inspiration for the card. Here’s the invite:
I decided to use the glittery blue and green as a starting point but wanted something with some Jewish-ness to it too while still being youthful. Here’s what I came up with:
I cut a tall skinny size card that is one of my favorites at the moment (3 1/4″ by 6 1/4″) out of Bazzil cardstock (can’t remember the name, sorry). Then I stamped some Stars of David (this one is from a Jewish stamp set I bought forever ago) using VersaMagic CloudWhite. Next I punched some lime green flowers which I glued on and accented with True Blue Stickles. Then I cut and rounded a piece of white cardstock and stamped Mazel Tov from PTI in Grass by Fresh Ink and then gave it a little Firefly Stickles accent. Finally I lined the inside with more of the lime green cardstock and then paired it with one of my skinny Impress envelopes. Sorry it’s not the best pic – photographing cards is so tricky and I am still getting the hang of it especially now that sunshine has left us but hopefully you can get a sense of it.