Hi Crafty friends, The last several weeks have kept me fairly busy. Just to name a few things happening round here lately, Firstly my birthday which flew by so quick. I have also been busy making 50th wedding anniversary invites, made lots of card projects and made another suncatcher for friends and family, which I will share with you soon.
I have also done double duty with Christmas shopping (ours and also my sister in-laws) and had a Viral/Chest Infection in-between, just for good measure! Our new outside blinds are finally up, so we have privacy and protection from full afternoon sun and the elements. The courtyard painting, garden beds and plants are all coming together slowly and I sorted and organized all my clear stamps and a few unmounted rubber stamps… Yayy!
These 50th Wedding Invitations were made for a dear friend, who asked well in advance for them so they could be posted out in Oct-Nov.
All finished by the due date and envelopes addressed they were ready for posting to all the guests invited.
Happy Anniversary Manfred & Jacomin!
Images/Stamps: Stampin’ Up – Stampin Around /Jumbo Wheel Border/Bold Blooms #103752 & Clear Embossing Ink, See-D’s – Vintage Wild Rose Set # 50189/Please Join Us
Paper/Card: Pearl cardstock in Champagne & Pale Gold, Vellum
Accessories: Spellbinders – Borderabilities/Card Creator/Scalloped Borders Two & Shapeabilities – Parisian Accents & Nestabilites – Scalloped Circles Lrg , Portacraft – Embossing Folder/Ref: 107713, Stampin ‘ Up – Textured Impressions/Embossing Folder/ Stripes
Embellishments: Stickles – Gold Glitter Glue
Misc: Gold/Glitter Embossing Powder (own Mix with some gold unmarked EP)
My clear and unmounted stamps have been bugging me for quite a while now, they are not what I call user friendly all piled by theme into zip style bags in a 50ltr storage container. I really needed to sort them, so I could access them easier. I had not attempted to sort them until I found the right storage solution for them, that suited my needs. Everyone has there own preferences and most often if you are like me, try to store these forever accumulating crafting goodies in an affordable way that works best and often with limited space.
I sourced these wonderful Super Jewel DVD cases from PCX here in Australia and the cases I used pictured above can be found here. The great thing with these they have no tray/hub and I can store my clear stamps on both sides and my rubber stamps with static cling cushion will also fit theses cases, but the static cling cushion is thicker then the clear stamps so these will only fit on one side.
I filled and numbered all the clear cases and then adhered the printed clear sheet that usually comes with a clear set onto a sheet of copy paper and filed them with the coordinating case number on the bottom of each page.
The card info from each set is tucked in between the page, so I also have the info for each set. At first I thought there may be too much bulk, tucking these in the middle of the pages.. but it worked out fine and saved me time printing them out or fussing with them any further. The rubber stamps and any clear sets that did not have the clear printed sheet, I simply stamped them onto the same copy paper and wrote the stamp details underneath each stamp and numbered them the same way.
For me this works extremely well, I can now grab my display books and flip through and grab the coordinating set at a glance… it is soooo good to have them all sorted.
Here is a few pics of the side way/courtyard area with the outside blinds, a few plants that have been either potted, planted or moved & rehung. I decorated the pot in the top right hand corner pic with some terracotta paint and a foam stamp to match the surrounding brickwork etc. Found a cute.. bunny (garden ornament) for the garden in my travels too.