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Setting up my passion

Setting up a space where I can call it a craft room was always a dream for me. I’m someone who thinks that, “For a craft room to look good, it should be organized well” . Organizing your craft room is essential to your creativity and sanity. A craft room can truly get messy once you’re in the works of creating something truly beautiful or practical.That’s why keeping it organized is very important. There is nothing better than feeling inspired in a place where you feel safe.And the organization can give you a sense of safety!

Today I’d love to share some of my craft room organization ideas that will keep you organized and hopefully inspired. First one is pretty simple but absolutely essential to keeping your room organized. Get tall shelves, the taller the better. The more shelving you have, the more space there is for all the supplies. The more supplies, the bigger the inspiration to get things done every day.

The truth is, you can get your craft room organized with a very small budget. All you need to do is go to the Dollar Store, get whatever seems proper for storage, and arrange something of your own.

If you love to display your supplies on the table, get a display rack stand. These are great for threads, nail polish, paint, glitter, etc. Every inch of your space is precious. So, you might want to use the space on your table to keep some of the supplies. Obviously, make sure it doesn’t get too messy. You know how easy it is sometimes to just throw everything on your desk! If you just want to display your inks You may arrange them on a pen holder and then assemble them according to your taste. I would always want my artistic markers in hand. So I have arranged them in front on the top of the table. Lately I’m obsessed about water color brush markers. So I have arranged them on the wall.

You can choose various methods for hanging them vertically. 1) using a pegboard 2) hang them on a clip or nail or a holder 3) stick it on the wall using a magic tape. I am someone who keep changing my stuffs according to the project I’m working on. So I never wanted to create a mess on my wall. So I always rely on magic tape. It comes out very easily. It’s really easy to reuse or stick it back on place. You’ll have everything in one place and you’ll finally start using some of the vertical space. All of it will come in super handy especially if your craft room is very small.

Coming to watercolor brush markers refills. It’s something that you should definitely catch hold of. But organizing them was kind of tricky for me. I wanted to see all the colours in a single sight. It helpes me to choose the right one. That’s why I choose to create my own stand for that. Altenew is always best for its products. Buy it once, you can never stop buying things from them. It’s not just their products, their packaging is also always on my favorite list. So I decided to create a stand for my refills, using their own boxes. And it definitely came out great. Do give a try for yourself.

Next having a craft cabinet with smaller sized drawers can get very handy. If you have a bunch of buttons, needles, small decorations lying around, it might be a good idea to organize them. But I have used to set up my mini ink pads. I have a collection of mini distress ink and Altenew crisp die ink. I have loosely arranged my distress ink pads on one shelf. While altenew has a collection of various bundles. I have set them as it is. It helps me to choose color especially while using layering stamps. This plastic container is just for that.

Pencil holders are great for not just pencils. Use them to store brushes, markers, sticks, or anything else that would get lost otherwise. I have used it to hold my scissors and blade. Get creative, introduce a few colorful objects here and there, and make the whole room livelier. Small details like that do matter.

The truth is, you can get your craft room organized with a very small budget. All you need to do is go to the Dollar Store, get whatever seems proper for storage, and arrange something of your own. This little organizer is a perfect example of a cheap way to get things organized. Keep it on your table or on shelves.

Organizing papers is a hectic task for many. I choose to keep them in clear bag. Sorting them in color helps us to choose the correct one needed for our project. For a crafter there is no piece called waste piece. So I sort the extra cut pieces and place them in the same clear bag . So that they can be used for future use

Coming to washi tapes, Organizing them can be done in various ways. I choose to hold them in 2 ways. 1) storing in it’s own containers. Altenew has some awesome containers for its washi tape bundles. try them. 2) Grab a container with holes on the sides from a dollar store. I have inserted them on a stick and placed it in-between the holes. I have also placed a washi tape organizer inside the same basket. along with a pair of scissors.

Another way of classifying your items is to grab a basket and sorting them according your criteria. I have kept all my interactive card accessories in one basket. while watercolor items are being kept in other. Thus it make things more easy and helpful for us while making a card.

Stamps can also be stored in containers or baskets. I have divided into two and stored the smaller ones in a smaller card box. While bigger stamps where put in clear acetate bags got from the dollar tree. a piece of white tape was stuck on the top of it and the name of the stamp set and its corresponding brand name was written on it. I have also placed the coordinating die set in the same bag.

Stamps can also be kept in table holders like this. Here I have kept the stamps as it is. All of the above stamps are from altenew so they have same package sizes. which makes things easier to organize.

I have used similar holders to keep my nesting or stand alone dies . My stencils are also being organized the same way. Another way to organize dies are using magnetic sheets. Unfortunately my shipment got delayed, so cant feature it in the blog.

Keeping your machine handy is another tip while organizing your stuffs. I have kept my cricut Maker on the table, while my sizzix Big shot is being placed on the top of my shelf.

I have also put up a floating shelf on the wall, where I usually place my latest or most favorite works. It in fact ,motivates you to do much better. So what are you waiting for, Start crafting, let your creative juices flow, and create a space that encourages you to feel more like yourself.

I would like to use this opportunity to thank Karo Tries ( craftsy hacks) for being such an inspiration. And Yess … I’m participating in the Creativity Inspired: Simply Organized Craft Room Makeover Contest! by Altenew.

Go give it a try. No matter how small your craftroom is. I know that definitely going to be your HAPPY PLACE.

Celebration: Stencil Techniques

Hi friends, I hope you all are doing good. Stay home. Stay safe.
Like many others, even I’m stuck out of my country. Wondering when I can go back. I’m definitely missing my craft room and my private crafty space. I just came done to meet my parents and got stuck here. But there is always good about getting stuck in your parents’ house, especially after marriage. I used to miss this place so badly.
Alhamdulilah somehow I could manage to get some of my basic craft items from my apartment. ( It was a real tough job. But I couldn’t stop myself from crafting.)

So coming to the point, today’s blog post is exclusively about how I ended up making a stencil of my own to make a beautiful card. Celebration: Stencil Techniques, is something which I learned from my Altenew educators certification program. Laurel Beard has explained things very well.

For this project, I decided to make a DIY stencil using Birch press butterfly garden layering dies.
This layering set consists of Layers A, B, and C. I die cut all the 3 layers on different cardstocks and used them as my stencils. I used thicker card stock paper while creating my own stencil so that it could be used multiple times.

After placing each die-cut layer on my cardstock, I did my first layer with Lagoon crisp die ink from Altenew and the second one with emerald. I didn’t want my third layer to stand out much from the other two shades. Instead, I wanted a soft color which is just a bit darker than my second shade. That’s how I ended up with my emerald crisp die ink again for my final layer.

The layers by themselves looked really cool but it makes our card incomplete. So I added a sentiment “Love you” from Simon Says Stamps Love and valentines word mix set. I stamped it with altenew volcano lake crisp die ink and unicorn white pigment ink from hero arts. I just slightly changed the position when I stamped the second layer. Even though it was a small one, it brings a lot of difference to the look of the card. I was wondering if I ended up making a monochromic card. But I am fine. Because it is not something which I do often. I die cut the sentiment with its coordinating dies and stuck it with a piece of foam tape at the center of the card.
And here it goes…
The card is ready. Isn’t it so simple?
I hope this method will turn out to be an inspiration for you too. Do give it a try to learn this course at https://altenew.com/products/celebration-stencil-techniques?_pos=1&_sid=a8928335c&_ss=r
I hope to see you all soon with another project from AECP. Until then happy stamping and thanks for stopping by!

-shahi

Seasonal Scene Building

Hi Today, as I got to do a project on creating a Seasonal Scene Building, I was really confused as I didn’t have much stamps on my shelf to help me build a scene. That’s when I decided to take this as a challenge and make a card with the supplies I already have at my craft room.

Alhamdulilah, within no time my eyes got stuck with the versatile vases stamp set from Altenew. But how to create a seasonal background with it was my next thought. I didn’t want to create a simple bouquet of flowers in a vase. I wanted to make something creative. The weather was so cold outside and I really loved to lit up a small scented Candle in my craft room. Thinking about it, an idea struck my mind and that’s how I actually ended up making this project.For this project, I used an 8*5 card. I was sure that I should use a longer card because I will have to find space for my vases, flower bouquet, and sentiments.

My first task was to create a base to place my vases in the image. I randomly chose a brown copy paper that was lying down in my cabin. Made it my base. Then I stamped a bowl vase from the versatile vases stamp set. Masking it, towards the left side I stamped a glass vase for my flowers.

I stamped and cropped 2 tulips using the Triumph Tulip- Build a flower stamp set from Altenew. I varied the colors for the tulip using the Red Cosmos Crisp Ink collection from Altenew. (Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Grapevine). After drawing the stem using the Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades with the altenew artistic markers, I stuck those tulips to the end of those stems. Then I stamped the candle using the candlelight stamp set from Altenew with their crisp inks ( morning frost, evening Gray, moon rock, lava rock was given for the base and buttercream, honey drizzle, autumn blaze, sunkissed was used for the top part of the light.) inside the bowl vase.

I wanted to have a variation of light rays from the candlelight, so I decided to stamp the bowl vase on vellum. After cropping it through its edges I blended a small shade of orange and red distress ink on it. Placing it on the candlelight and the vase I decided to crop the bottom part of the vases which was stamped on the brown copy paper. Using the same blending brush used on the vellum, I made small blends at the edges of the brown copy paper. Then I colored the glass vase with a blue artistic marker(Ocean Waves). And blended it with a light blue touch five marker.I die-cut my sentiment in a red and black cardstock using the healing hugs wafer dies from Simon says stamp. I stuck it towards the right corner of my cardstock. Adding a 1/4 inch to the card I placed a black cardstock to the base of my white card. It adds to the total gaze of the card.

After doing this course I am confident to face things that are out of my comfort zone in card making. As I said, in the beginning, I was really stuck. But later own I could figure out things in a better way. Such situations make me thank God for making me choose AECP. The tutors at altenew are really such an inspiration ❤

Thanks and I hope to see you at my next post. Until then happy stamping and thanks for stopping by!

-Shahi

Easy Die Cutting Techniques

Hi there,
I hope you all are doing great. This post is on behalf of my lesson on Easy die Cutting Techniques learned at Altenew’s Educator certification program. Today’s card features Altenew’s Build-A-Flower: Camellia. Camellia–Queens of the winter flowers are highly prized for the beauty of their exquisite Blooms. The colors of the flowers vary, from white through pink colors to red; truly yellow flowers are found only in South China and Vietnam. Yellow Camellias are known as My Golden Dream. So here I’m planning to make a cute and simple card using My Golden Dream. I’m glad that this can suit the theme of the altenew inspiration challenge for the month of February too.

Check out their inspiration challenge at http://altenewblog.com/February-2020-Inspiration-Challenge

As I began my card, I stamped my camellias with Pocketful of Sunshine collection from the Altenew crisp die ink on Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock. I stamped my base layer with Fresh Lemon ink. The second one with Maple Yellow ink and the final layer with Honey Drizzle ink. Altenew’s crisp die inks are fast-drying dye inks which gives uniform coverage and a crisp impression every single time we use it. I made sure that each ink dries before stamping the next layer, this gives the crisper impression if each layer is dry before stamping the next.

Similarly, I stamped the leaves too. i used Green Valley collection from Altenew crisp die inks. The first layer was stamped with Grass Field ink . The second one and third one with Shadow Creek ink and Mountain Pine ink respectively. I decided to stamp 3 of them for my card, which will help to give a greenery to the base of my flower. Once I completed my stamping, I ran them through my sizzix bigshot machine to die cut them.

I then decided to stamp one of the sentiments from the set on white cardstock with gold embossing powder from the ranger. I took my stamp and dipped it in the versa mark stamp pad and stamped it on the paper. I dumped the embossing powder on its top and gave rid of the excess. Later on, heat it up with my heat gun. I then trimmed the cardstock with scissors along the edges of the sentiment. To add the dimensional look of the card, I stuck a piece of foam tape under the sentiment. A black leather paper measured 4* 5 1/4 was used as my card base. I stuck the flower with 3 leaves on the bottom. The sentiment was stuck in the middle of the card on top of the flower. To give a finishing touch I stuck a yellow craft cardstock brought from the local store below the black card base. which ended up giving a thin yellow border at its first look over the completed card. Thus creating a 4 1/4*5 1/2 card.

I hope to see you all soon with another project from AECP. Until then happy stamping and thanks for stopping by!

-shahi

Clean & Simple Boutique Cards

This is going to be my second project on the altenew educator certification program. Today’s task is to make a clean and simple card. I’m planning to stamp a rose with few leaves then add a sentiment to my card.

I stamped my rose using Layered stamp from studio light with the Red Cosmos Crisp Ink collection from Altenew. (Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Grapevine) The leaves were stamped with the Green Valley Crisp Ink collection. Mountain Pine, Shadow Creek, Grass Field, Firefly) from Altenew. These inks stamp solid with smooth coverage and great colors. What’s even better is that they are grouped into color families and this makes layered stamping much easier even for beginners!

I decided to draw the stem of my rose by hand with a green sharpie marker. I choose a sentiment from Altenew Eid greetings which says ” May the guidance and blessings of Allah be with you and your family”. It’s one of my favorite sentiment from Altenew. I use them wherever possible while card making. Finally, the card is being trimmed to add space to the red cardstock at the base. The large area given to the red cardstock highlights the card and makes it even more beautiful. This is one of the easiest and simplest ways to make a CAS card. Make sure to give it a try.

By attending this section, I realised that card making isn’t a difficult task. Even a small flower and a sentiment can do a lot. I hope to see you at my next blog post. Until then happy stamping and thanks for stopping by!

-Shahi

All about Layering 1

Alhamdulilah.. (Praise be to God)

So this is officially my first blog post and I’m so thrilled and excited to be participating in the Altenew Educator Certification Program!! This is my first submission after completing All About Layering 1 & 2 hosted by Nicole Picadura.

For this project, I have decided to stamp 3 flowers using the Triumph Tulip- Build a flower stamp set from Altenew. I varied the colours for my first tulip using the Red Cosmos Crisp Ink collection from Altenew. (Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Grapevine). The second triumph tulip was stamped using Warm & Cozy Crisp Ink collection from Altenew. (Sun-kissed, Orangecream, Autumn Blaze, Firebrick) For my third pair, I choose Shades of Purple Crisp Ink collection from Altenew. (Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris, Midnight Violet)

Then I stamped my leaves with Grass field from Green Valley Crisp Ink collection from Altenew.I wanted to give my leaves a blended look so I coloured them with touch five green markers, 45, 55 and 59. Then I placed triumph tulip coordinating dies upon the stamped images and ran it through my sizzix big shot machine. I like to have elements popped on my card. So I stuck some foam tape at the back of my die-cut images. I wanted a bigger card as compared to the standard card, so I trimmed my white cardstock to a 5*7 inch card.

For adding a different look to my background, I decided to use an embossing folder. The one I used here was from Rungao. Its circle dimensions create a 3d effect to the card. Placing it halfway along the through the card, I ran it through my die cutting machine.Then using a circle die, I decided to cut down a circle window through the center of the panel.Then I played a bit with the card deciding where to place the flowers and sorted it out where to go. I stamped some more extra leaves as per my requirement for the card.

A black banner was added below the circle and with a stamped sentiment from loads of fun stamp set with unicorn white pigment ink(hero arts). I trimmed 1/2 inches from all the four sides of my cardstock and stuck some foam tape at the back of my cardstock. I finished it off by placing a black cardstock below the white one. It gave a raised look to the overall beauty of the finished card. Hope to see you at my next post. Until then happy stamping and thanks for stopping by!

-Shahi