Friday, October 24, 2014

Organization for Your Creative Space–Buttons and Ribbon


Hi, everyone, today we have another installment of Organization for Your Creative Space, where the MFT design team shows you our organization systems. This month the challenge is Buttons and Ribbon.

I’ll start with buttons. I love to see all my buttons being displayed: 1) they are pretty! and 2) they are at hand when I need them. To do that, I use these little squat 1/2 pint canning jars.


I like the little squat ones because they will stack and are just so CUTE! I keep them on these inexpensive lazy Susans and I can just twirl them around to find the color I need. I just love seeing them all twinkling in their jars! You’ll notice I have a few empty jars—I’m hoping some new colors will come along some day and if they do I’ll be ready :)


To continue the “pretty” theme, I use the white plastic tops that are available for canning jars. To label my buttons, I simply cut the printed name from the plastic bag when I get a new color and tape it to the top.


A jar will hold a whole bag of MFT buttons—as you can see, I’ve used quite a few of this color.

Jars are a really simple, easy, and attractive way to store your buttons, and jars are widely available most of the year any more.

For my MFT ribbons, I choose to wind them on mat board “bobbins”.


After I’ve wound my ribbon, I keep it wound with a tiny rubber band, then I snip the name from the band that comes around it and slip that under the rubber band.

I store them all in a drawer in a Sterlite container—any pieces that are usable go in the drawer, too, as well has new spools of hemp cord.


Here’s a side view of one of the bobbins, to try to show you how thick it is. I get it at Office Max, back in the presentation section. I have them cut the large sheets into quarters for me so I can then cut them smaller on my heavy duty paper cutter.


And there you have it: Organization for Your Creative Space – Buttons and Ribbon. Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope I’ve given you some ideas for simple and easy storage for your buttons and ribbon

1CAS Signature2

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Catered Crop Recipe Challenge–Black and White Stripes Inspiration


It’s time for another Catered Crop Challenge and this time Linda has an inspiration piece for us. For this challenge you can celebrate the sport of football and/or take direct inspiration from this picture. As always, Linda has a Pinterest board to help you here: End Zone. It’s all about the black and white stripes, but don’t let that limit you. Interpret the challenge anyway you like.

The inspiration piece is all about football, but since I couldn’t care less about football (don’t hate, LOL!) I went with the black and white focus with some red for accent.

My card started with a Black Licorice card stock base, then I went to town on a piece of Grout Gray card stock. I stamped it lightly with Typewriter Text Background, Fine Chevron Background, Striped Backgrounds, and You’ve Got Mail stamp set. I sponged the edges with Steel Gray ink and popped it up on foam on the base. Next, I added a Black Licorice card stock tree, cut with Spooky Scene Die-namics and added a couple of red birds cut with Centerpieces Framed Lovebirds Die-namics from Wild Cherry card stock. The first part of the sentiment was stamped on a piece of Sweet Tooth card stock with Black Licorice ink and part of a sentiment from PI Holiday Hugs Snowman and finished with a die cut “joy” using Peace, Love, Joy Die-namics, which was popped up on foam.

A sentiment from PI Christmas Banner was stamped on the inside.


And that’s it! Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you playing with us in the
Catered Crop Recipe Swap! See you soon!

1CAS Supplies2

Typewriter Text Background, Fine Chevron Background, Striped Backgrounds, You’ve Got Mail, PI Holiday Hugs Snowman, PI Christmas Banner (MFT
Black Licorice ink, Steel Gray ink (MFT)
Black Licorice card stock, Grout Gray card stock, Wild Cherry card stock, Sweet Tooth card stock (MFT); red glitter paper
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Spooky Scene Die-namics, Centerpieces Framed Lovebirds Die-namics, Peace, Love, Joy Die-namics (MFT); foam tape

1CAS Signature2

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Holiday Window–MFTWSC #199


Hey, there! It’s Wednesday noon so it must be time for this week’s
MFTWSC! Are you ready? Here’s this week’s sketch. All of the details about the sketch challenge are available on the MFT blog as well as in the weekly newsletter. The Design Team will be on hand to provide plenty of inspiration to get you started.

Am I the only one who looks at this and thinks “window”? I just HAD to do a scene using this sketch—how could I NOT, LOL!?

So, I started with a Berrylicious card stock card base and worked from there. I added Stitched Snow Drifts Die-namics, cut from Sweet Tooth card stock, Tree Lines Die-namics using Kraft card stock, Jellybean Green card stock, and Gumdrop Green card stock for the outside scene. Square Grid Cover-Up Die-namics was cut from Sweet Tooth card stock and popped up on the scene. I made a Winter Wreath Die-namics cut from Sour Apple card stock, Jellybean Green card stock, and Gumdrop Green card stock with a Wild Cherry card stock bow. The sentiment is from DC Ornament Banner Builder and was stamped on a strip of Sweet Tooth card stock with Black Licorice ink and popped up. A single tree from Tree Lines Die-namics was added to the sentiment strip.

A sentiment from
Seasonal Sentiments was stamped on the inside.


And that’s all for today! Thanks so much for stopping by—see you soon!

1CAS Supplies2

DC Ornament Banner Builder, Seasonal Sentiments (MFT)
Black Licorice ink, Sweet Tooth pigment ink (MFT)
Berrylicious card stock, Sweet Tooth card stock, Wild Cherry card stock, Jellybean Green card stock, Gumdrop Green card stock, Sour Apple card stock, Kraft card stock (MFT)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Winter Wreath Die-namics, Stitched Snow Drifts Die-namics, Square Grid Cover-Up Die-namics, Tree Lines Die-namics (MFT); red pearls, foam tape

1CAS Signature2

Grateful–CTD #315


Hey, there, and welcome to this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge! This week the most fabulous Jodi is hosting for the first time and she has chosen some luscious fall colors for us.

swatch 315

I started with a Primitive White card stock base, then trimmed down another piece of Primitive White card stock and dry embossed a frame in the center with two sizes of Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics. I masked the framed area off and splattered some ink from my mini mister sprays in the challenge colors. I used MIX-ables Sheer Shimmer Mist and the following to mix up my sprays: Jellybean Green refill, Banana Split refill, and Tangy Orange refill.

Next, I added a sentiment, using Words of Gratitude Die-namics, cut from gold mirror paper. Then I cut some leaves, using Falling Leaves Die-namics, from Banana Split card stock, Jellybean Green card stock, and Tangy Orange card stock, added adhered them together, and splattered them with gold spray. I curled up some gold thread, adhered the leaf cluster, and it was done.

A sentiment from Thankful Thoughts was stamped on the inside with Chocolate Brown ink.


And that’s it from me! Remember, you do not have to have the exact colors to play the
Color Throwdown challenge. If you don't, just use the closest you have. So, c'mon over to the Color Throwdown blog and play along with us this week. Please use the link service to post your card and please link directly to your card so we can find it easily. And please include a link in your post to the Color Throwdown. If you upload your card to a public forum, please use the keyword CTD315 so we can see your beauty all in one place. Hope to see you there! Be sure to check out what the other team members have come up with this week, including our incredibly talented October Guest Designer, Tara Godfrey!

Barbara Anders (<--- You are here!)   
Broni Holcombe
Joan Ervin
Jodi Collins
Lori Tecler
Monika Davis
Tammy Hershberger 
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Tara Godfrey – October Guest Designer

Thanks so much for stopping by today! See you again soon.

1CAS Supplies2

Thankful Thoughts (MFT)
Chocolate Brown ink, Jellybean Green refill, Banana Split refill, Tangy Orange refill (MFT)
Primitive White card stock, Tangy Orange card stock, Banana Split card stock, Jellybean Green card stock (MFT); gold mirror paper
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Falling Leaves Die-namics, Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics, Words of Gratitude Die-namics (MFT); gold thread, foam tape, gold spray

1CAS Signature2