The Craft Coop

Today I want to take you on a tour of my Craft-Coop. It always seems to be a work in progress!

My first disclosure is I have been stamping and collecting supplies for a very long time (30 years to be exact). I was introduced to stamping in 1991 when I was invited to my first Stampin’ Up! Party, a D.O.T.S. (now Close to My Heart) party soon followed.

I thought this would be a fun hobby while being a single mom on a tight budget but still wanting to send Christmas and birthday cards to my friends. Little did I know that card-making would become my passion and I’d still be at it 30 years later!

My second disclosure is that I’ve been a Close to My Heart (CTMH) consultant since 2005 and although I’m not brand loyal I do prefer the quality of their stamps and paper. I earn a discount on the product I buy and have minimum sales requirements to meet. This June I will be celebrating 16 years.

Alas, you are here for a Craft-Coop tour, so I guess it’s time to get started.

When you walk through the doors the first thing you will notice is that it is BRIGHT! I wanted lots of windows for natural light and my husband found some amazing LED lights to help too!

The back wall is all custom cabinets built by amazing brother-in-law. At the end of the cabinets is a built in desk area that I was originally going to use for my sewing machine and then I remembered sewing does not bring me pleasure so I turned it into my photography studio.

I use a Limo Studio Lightbox that I purchased on Amazon. I love it because it collapses and has storage for the lights so I can pack it back and forth to our Arizona House (where there is only a Craft-Closet).

Above the lightbox I have a pegboard from IKEA.

Currently it’s my display board for received Happy Mail. When I’m holding in person classes it becomes a place to display upcoming classes or samples of the Stamp of the Month swap I participate in. The Stay Awhile wreath was a gift from my friend Maggie.

The end two cupboards hold my CTMH stamps. They are organized in alpha-numeric order. In the larger bins on the counter are stamp sets that have matching thin cuts or a coordinating Cricut Cut. I have tried other ways of organizing my stamps, but this is what works for me.

At the far opposite end is my cardstock. It currently takes up two cupboards, but as my supply dwindles this area will be getting a makeover.

Below the paper is my Cricut…it doesn’t get nearly enough use. I have a love-hate relationship with Design Space and I just need to play with it more. Maybe this winter?!

You may have noticed the purple plane hanging from the ceiling. It’s a beloved kite belonging to my son and the easiest way to store it is hanging so why not in mom’s Craft- Coop. It’s a fun reminder that this now 30 year old was once a little boy!

Last but certainly not least is where my magic happens. My desk (never this neat) sits in front of two windows that look out over our driveway and my husband’s shop. I love that at any given moment I might catch a glimpse of my Wrangler Wearing Sweetheart.

To the immediate right of my desk is an IKEA Alex drawer system that holds a variety of supplies from Copic markers, extra adhesive and long ago used punches. The top holds acrylic blocks shimmer pens, and other tool caddies.

Above that are are a few of my favorite cards and a magnetic vision board that has some of my favorite photos, quotes and magnets. I filled it in with a few stamped pieces and some Cricut cut words.

Like I said the Craft-Coop is a work in progress so when I get the lower half photo ready I will be back with more.

In the meantime, stay crafty and keep spreading kindness.

Elf Tested!

Are you looking for something to add to your Christmas wish list?  Look no further than Close to My Heart’s Workspace Wonder organizational pieces.  They are elf tested and crafter approved!

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I LOVE our new ink pads, but my biggest disappointment was they didn’t fit in my current ink tower, of course we had a new organizational piece added to our inventory, but with hesitation I delayed ordering.

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These six pieces can be purchased individually and combined to fit your own crafting needs.  Find just what you want under the tree Christmas morning.  Order your Workspace Wonder pieces today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cricut Compatible Stamp Sets

 

As most of you know I LOVE my Cricut.  Adding a die cut shape to my cards or scrapbook layout just adds a little bit of ooomph to the project in my opinion.

The greatest thing about the Close to My Heart Cricut cartridges is that they are bundled with three My Acrylix stamp sets and chipboard pieces and they come packed with 700 images – I’m not sure if there is another Cricut cartridge that offers that many shapes!

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Today I want to share some of the tips that I have discovered along my journey of the Cricut.

The first and most exciting thing that I’d like to share is that Close to My Heart has added a shopping tab just for the Cricut Compatible Stamp Sets.  They do not follow the same retirement program as some of our other stamp sets and although they might not be in the catalog you can find them all right here!

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The next tip I’d like to share is how to store your stamp sets.  In the past I have stored my stamp sets in individual storage boxes separated by size and organized by number.  This system still works great for me, however I’ve enhanced it a bit by separating out my Cricut Compatible sets into a large organizer.  Within the organizer I have separated out the cartridge type and they fit just perfectly!  Our organizers are going to see a slight price increase – less than 10% –  come August 1st so I’d suggest ordering yours today.  On top of the price savings you’ll be entered for a chance to win the $25 in free product just for placing an order.  Visit my web page www.papercraftingprincess.ctmh.com and join the Jumping Into July party located at the bottom of the page and start shopping.

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My third tip I’m sure will make perfect sense…when you cut one – you may as well cut a half dozen!  When I first started with my Cricut I would make one cut at a time and then I realized that I didn’t always (even though our stamps are clear) get the image perfectly placed on the die cut paper so I started cutting more than one and you know what sometimes I started getting them stamped perfectly on the first try.  What to do with those other cuts – save them of course.  I keep them tucked right in with the stamp set for the next time I need to make a quick card.

I hope you’ve found my tips helpful and that you’ll stop by again soon – or even better click on the follow button on the right and you’ll get a new e-mail each time I post.

Tracey