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Snow and Storage Solutions.

Hello from snowy Minnesota! I woke up this morning to a blanket of snow across my driveway and a very, very cold house. Our heater isn’t working! A few repairment came today to see what was wrong, but it comes down to that they need to get a new motor for the system and install it on Monday. Let’s just hope the quick fix that the last repairman did lasts through the weekend. Anyways, here was the look outside my window this morning:

And here’s my house this morning :)

Isn’t it pretty? Sigh. I love the first snow. I made a card to celebrate the occasion justing this adorable Winter Bunny stamp from Lawn Fawn and using some Papertrey Ink Dies (Mat Stack 4 and Victorian Lace Border).

I colored the cute little bunny with copics and some colored pencils (for the sled) and then masked him and the hills off with paper and inked the sky with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. After I peeled up the masks, I accented the hills with silver Stickles and added some glitter “snow.” Isn’t he adorable?

Here were the colors of Copics I used:

Supplies: Cardstock- Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream, Kraft, and Pure Poppy), Dies- Papertrey Ink (Mat Stack 4 and Victorian Lace Border), Ink- Tsukineko (Memento Black) and Ranger (Distress Ink in Antique Linen and Tumbled Glass), Stamps- Lawn Fawn (Winter Bunny, Frosties), Glitter Glue- Ranger (Silver Stickles), Markers- Copics.

Next, I wanted to share with you a few storage solutions I’ve come up with lately. I always love seeing how people organize their supplies; it gives me ideas for scrappy and non-scrappy organization. I did a post and video a while back about my studio space overall, but this is a little update. :) Note: Click on any of the photos to see them bigger.

My ink labeling system. I simply printed the labels off of Ranger’s site for my Distress Inks (I’ve accumulated quite a few now- I think I’m up to twenty oh my favorites now). When I bought my most recent ink loves, Jenni Bowlin Studios inksby Ranger, I decided to do a similar system but with the colors on the outside. I’ll go back and do this for my distress inks someday, but for now, this works for me.

I keep my inks on the corner of my desk. This way, they’re in reach and I can see all of the sides to choose the one I want quickly.

This is a closer look at my JBS inks. Aren’t they pretty? I love seeing the colors on the side like this!

Stepping back from my desk, you can see the usual set up that I work with. I keep my craft spinner in front of my inks (which can easily move out of the way when I need to reach an ink pad), my little craft tools caddy, and a plastic cup full of other pens and tools  next to my crafting surface.

Next to me, I have my stamping and glitter drawer. (I bought this desk off of Craigslist, and then my wonderful mother refinished it for me.) The inside of it looks like this:

Toward the front of the drawer (the lefthand side in this picture), I have my paint daubers, my stickles, glitter, and smaller ink pads in a small square organizer I bought from Target (in the Itso storage area). Then I have my ink pads stacked up by brand along the side and middle of the drawer. Standing on end are my big acrylic blocks, and behind the glitter box is a small metal container for my tiny blocks so I don’t lose them in my drawer.
 This beauty is next to my desk on my wall and is made using this rail from Ikea and these clips, also from Ikea. I love it, and the whole thing cost me under 20 dollars for the ability to hand 75 packages of stamps. I’m also thinking about hanging my thin dies up there, but I might just get another rail to go above this one. We’ll see. :)

These storage bins are also from Target (the Itso storage section, once again) and hold my stamps from Papertrey Ink in their CD cases, Stampin’ Up! sets in their DVD cases, and other SU! cases that hold my smaller Hero Arts cling sets.

I labeled my PTI sets with some Vintage Cream cardstock and a pen. It’s so simple, but it makes finding the set I want to use so much easier. Love it. :)

Here are my clings stored with the label in the sleeve and the stamps showing on the back.

The other basket on top of my Sterillite rolling cart holds all of my wood block stamps.

Next to my desk are two more (also Itso) bins that hold my adhesive and ribbon.

Here’s a closer look into my ribbon box. I have my PTI ribbon toward the front (the right) on the bottom, my neutral colors of ribbon in the middle, and my favorite specialty ribbons in the next row. On top of that, I have my twine, silk ribbon, and a row of Washi Tape (ordered from PrettyTape).
I hope you liked this little look into my organization system. Leave a comment if you have any questions about any of the things in the pictures! I have to go do a couple of laps around the house to warm up and put on some makeup for the first time this weekend. Ha. Maybe I’ll even get a but of scrapping done tonight. Woohoo! I’m itching to play with Napa Valley soooo badly.
P.S.- *GIVEAWAY* Don’t forget to comment on this post from Wednesday to be entered to win a fabulous necklace! I’m drawing the winner tomorrow :)


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Copic Beautifulness.

I just turned in my paper that was due later today and I can honestly say that I’ve never been so happy to have a paper done. I still have a bit of homework to do over the weekend, but at least I can relax for tonight! Happy weekend, everybody! :)

A couple weeks ago, I posted this Monday Video Tutorial about working with clear cards. I got a lot of questions about how I colored the flower, so I wanted to do a video to show how I use Copics and how they work for me. This isn’t the only way to use them; this is the way they work for me. Feel free to share any tips and tricks you might have int he comments, and I’ll even come back and add them to this post. I wanted this post to be a resource for you to come back to if you have a quick question about Copics.

The Video

(Watch on youtube; subscribe to my channel.)
The Card
I cut out the colored flower and leaves and then made this cute vintage-y card with the pieces:

Here’s a close-up of the coloring:

Supplies: Cardstock- Papertrey Ink (Kraft, Vintage Cream, and Fine Linen), Patterned Paper- Cosmo Cricket (Wander Collection 6 by 6 pad), Stamps- Papertrey Ink (Year of Flowers: Roses) and Hero Arts (CL140 Thinking of You Messages), Markers- Copic (R20, R22, R35, YG25, YG17, YG67), Ink- Tsukineko (Black Memento) and Ranger (Vintage Photo), Corner Rounder- WRMK.
My Copics
I’ve been buying Copics since earlier this year and have accrued quite the collection. I think I have all of the colors pretty well covered in the most minimalist way possible, so I wanted to share with you what I have hoping to inspire you. You don’t need to own all the Copics to be able to have something for every project (although that would be awesome!)… Now, I say this with a grain of salt. Of course, I’ll be buying more over time as I need them for different projects. This is what’s working for me right now, and I’m happy. :)
By the way, I buy all of my Copics from Blick Art Supply in the store. Since I’m a student, I get their preferred customer card for free (along with a 10% discount on everything), so this is the most cost-effective way to buy them for me.

My neutrals- a wide range of the Toner Greys, a colorless blender, a black marker, and the .3 and .7 Micro liners. On my list to add to my collection: a set of browns and some skin tones.

My Pinks and Reds. The left ones are the my fuchsia tones, and the ones on the right are more peachy and red.

My Oranges, Yellows, and Greens. I only have one orange because it blends with the yellows. This is probably where I’ll add to my collection next, but I’m okay with it this way.

My Blues and Purples.
The Storage
Okay, this isn’t so much a solution as a problem. I have a couple methods in mind as to how to store them, but my desk space is limited. We’ll see what I come up with, but this is what a currently use to store my markers:

As of my recent shopping trip, I have outgrown this method, so I have all of my neutrals outside of the oh-so-fancy plastic cup:

I’ll update you as soon as I figure out a way that actually works for me in this area. Ha.
The Best Sources
There are a couple of posts that really have served as an inpiration to me when learning out to use my copics. I’ll list them here:
Jennifer McGuire’s Copic Post
Nichol Magouirk’s Skin Tones with Copics post
Nichol Magouirk’s recent My Favorite Copics post
Nichol Magouirk’s Original Copics Info post (her blog in general is great for picking up tips and tricks about how to incorporate Copics in scrapbooking and cardmaking)
Hope this helps you out a little in navigating the crazy world of Copics. I love them; they’re a great tool and super fun to use. Let me know if you have any questions!


I’ve had a total blast featuring some of my favorite Etsy sellers, and I’ve saved of my favorites for last. Today’s featured seller is PrettyTape. This shop sells one of my newest obsessions: washi tape. She also sells wonderful things to go along with them like tape dispensers and some super cute stamps. Here’s one of my favorite projects using her tape:


(I blogged this project here.) I have about 15 rolls of tape now from PrettyTape, and they come in the most gorgeous colors. I seriously spend so long surfing there when I get in my Washi Tape moods. Hehe. Here are some other great things for sale:

Pretty Pastel Pattern – Masking Sticker Set – 27 Sheets (w/ Tin Case)

Aren’t her store items lovely? Shipping is super affordable, too. Go check out PrettyTape and spread the happy office supply love. :)
Thank you for stopping by today. I’m going to go de-stress by cleaning up my room and getting it ready for some pictures I’m going to take for my blog post tomorrow. We’re talking storage. I’m so excited to share what I’ve done lately with organizing my stamps and ink, so make sure to stop back for a look at that. Have a happy evening!



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