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Organization

Operation Organization: Handmade Ribbon Holder

I like to organize. I know not everyone shares my sentiments, but I’ve found I personally work better in an organized space. But I also love new things…who doesn’t?? So when my dad showed up with a wooden ribbon organizer that he MADE HIMSELF, I was ecstatic!

Something pretty and new can make it easier to be organized!

I know my dad hasn’t spent as much time in his woodshop as he would like lately because, as he says, “I don’t have a specific project to work on right now.” I’m certain he asked his girlfriend (who is an amazing stamper/quilter/crafter) not only for ideas for a functional ribbon holder, but also made her show him how to search for images online that he could tweak to personalize. How amazing is that?!? I really feel loved. They both know I don’t have a large space for my crafting, with wall space and desk space at a premium, yet I like to have my commonly-used items within my visual field. Outta-sight, outta-mind, right? This ribbon organizer is perfect.

Of course it wasn’t long before I pulled all of my spools out of their basket and put them on the dowels!

What do you think of the design? Would this work for your craft area? Do you have an organization method for your ribbons? I’d love it if you’d share your system (or lack of!) for ribbons below! (Really, I can’t judge…mine were thrown into a basket!)

Now what about those scraps of ribbon…saved from the ends of spools and from previous projects?

keep ribbon scraps in jars
If you look closely, you’ll see most of my scraps are wrapped around empty thread spools. 

These are my scraps of ribbons in mason jars. I attempted a color separation (warm, cool, gold/silver, and black/white). This system has been working for me, but I’d be open to suggestions!

washi tape in a tall jar
Should I move these onto my new ribbon holder. too?

 

Thanks for checking out my blog today, and let me know your thoughts! I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Happy Crafting!

wet embossed stamped images colored with prismacolor pencils
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Less can be More when Embossing and Coloring

After my watercoloring craze, I picked out a few prismacolor pencils and started playing again. I love working with black paper (like with this fun card or this crafty sensation), but it can sometimes be hard to make the image stand out. Embossing is a good start, but I found using these pencils can bring the beautiful images to life.

Embossing lets you keep the layers to a minimum while still having a great focal point.

Supplies Used:

      • Prismacolor soft thick lead pencils (933 & 903)

    • Chrysanthemum Stamp (Spellbinders)

    How-to make these cards:

    1. Cut bright blue cardstock 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and fold in half to create your 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″card base.
    2. Using versamark, stamp your image and sentiment onto 4″ x 5 1/4″ black cardstock.
      1. Quickly sprinkle images with your embossing powder and tap off excess.
      2. Pro-Tip: If you are stamping multiple images together to be embossed, and they are layered, masking can be impossible without wiping off your embossing powder. With the chrysanthemum, I stamped the flower and sprinkled the gold embossing powder and tapped it off. I then inked just the top of the leaves, and stamped it where I wanted it and sprinkled the powder and tapped it off. Where the leaves overlapped the petals, I took a small tool (a paperclip could work too) to remove the powder from the middle of the petals.

      3. Heat your image with a heat tool.
    3. Color the “empty spaces” of your image with the prismacolor pencils. I use my darker colors first for the inside parts that are likely to have more shadows, then finish with the lighter colors.
      1. Pardon but I was in a bit of a blue period! But this did make for a semi-matching set of Clean And Simple cards!
    4. If necessary, adhere dimensionals to pop-up the focal point.
    5. Adhere your finished black cardstock to your blue card base.
    gold embossed stamped chrysanthemum thank you card colored with prismacolor pencils
    Chrysanthemum’s are my absolute favorite!!
    gold embossed stamped dahlia hello card colored with prismacolor pencils
    I recently used this dahlia stamp!

    The challenges I am playing along with:

    I hope this tutorial inspired you to create some fun projects! I’d love to see any of your cards that this tutorial may have inspired! Thanks for reading and Happy Crafting!!

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Birthday Watercolor Card
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Watercoloring until the Rain Stops and the Rainbow Appears!

With all of the rain we were having here in Pennsylvania this weekend, I was inspired to bring out my paint brushes and play with some watercoloring techniques.

watercoloring in lauras craft closet

I don’t often do much watercoloring. I can be a bit messy in my small craft closet ha ha! So when my inks and brushes emerge and I fill my beaker with water, you can bet I’m going to play for awhile and create more than just a single card!

First I found a few colors that worked well together.

SU stamp pads used for watercolor cards
I love this combo! Berry Burst, More Mustard, Lemon-Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay

Then, after playing around and testing how much ink was necessary to make the colors as bright as I wanted, I made a background with these colors brushed across and another where they were splashed and dripping down.

Embossing an image will resist watercolors (check out this dandelion card tutorial on how to achieve this easy technique). I started pulling out a few fun stamp sets that would feature this effect well. Here’s what I came up with:

I’m playing along with a few challenges today:

There’s always a rainbow after a storm. Happy Crafting!

Are you interested in getting the right tools for your own watercolor cards? Check them out below!

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