Fabulous Finds Friday — Ribbon Rewind

Yikes! I missed Friday! How did that happen?

I found a cool tool to share … a ribbon winder and storage system from Best Craft Organizer. (They make one of my favorite stamp storage units — the Mini Stackable.)

Here’s the ribbon winder in action:

And here they are all organized:

Then just put them in the storage containers, which have slots so you can easily pull out what you need without opening up the container.

Here’s a picture of the Mini Stackable unit:

This is the sturdiest drawer system I’ve found — I love it for my stamps. You can customize the drawers to suit your needs — drawers come in 1, 2 or 3 1/2 inch depths. There’s also a paper shelf. The drawers and shelves pull out easily, making it simple to pick up a drawer of stamps and take it to your desk.  For more info go to www.bestcraftorganizer.com.

Fabulous Finds Friday — Daisy Punch

It took me a while to fall  in love with punches, but now that I have, I am always watching for new designs. I reported in a previous post about the new border punches from EK Success — now I need to show off one of them in these very fast, simple cards!

Once I started punching out rows of daisies, I couldn’t stop! So here we go:

Aren’t these butterfly stamps gorgeous? Another new find from CHA. These are from Layers of Color. Check them out at www.layersofcolor.com. I love their images.

Another butterfly from the same Layers of Color set. The saying is from Hero Arts.

(Enjoy is from Hero Arts)

The flower is Stampendous!, the saying is Hero Arts.

Thaknks for coming by today!

(Disclaimer — this punch was given to me at CHA)

Happy Birthday to Me!

I love getting cards in the mail, especially handmade birthday cards. Opening up the mailbox and finding a pretty envelope is so much more fun than getting an electronic message! I love to set my cards on the dining room table, where I can look at them throughout the day. They always make me smile.

My friend Jean sent me a pretty-in-pink card that I had to share. I had to share because 1) it’s beautiful and 2) she actually completed a card and mailed it!

Jean is my “play date” buddy. We set up periodic play dates where we sit and stamp and talk and stamp and eat and stamp. Who says play dates are just for kids? Jean loves to stamp and loves to color and loves to cut. I am always teasing her that she does a lot of stamping when we play, but she never finishes a card.

This time she did. Ta da! Here it is:

I love the saying! So perfect for me. Jean ran pink paper through a Cuttlebug embossing folder, stamped the ink bottle (sorry — I don’t know the source), and computer printed the saying.

Thanks Jean! And thanks for letting me share.

Valentine’s Day

It has been so long since I posted any actual cards (I was so wrapped up in CHA news!).

So I figured, what better time to post than Valentine’s Day? Here are two sparkly cards:

(stamps: Hero Arts; ribbon: DCWV; ink: Stampin’ Up! Positively pink and Paper Salon Key Lime; glitter heart: K&Company.)

(Stripe stamp: Rubber Stampede; hugs stamp: Hero Arts; Same credits for other elements used on this card. It sparkles more in person.)

Hope your heart is happy on Valentine’s Day!

More Fabulous Finds — Punching and Coiling

Here’s another interesting machine that is great for book making as well as creating scrapbook albums. We R Memory Keepers, the folks who brought you the Crop-a-dile, now have The Cinch.

The pegs help regulate where you punch the holes:

And a gadget on the side holds the coils:

Fabulous Finds Friday — CHA Finds

There were so many nifty new things at the Craft and Hobby show that it will take me a month of Fridays to share them all!

I’m really loving punches and die cuts, so imagine my excitement to come across these cool tools:

Spellbinders, who brought us the Wizard system, is introducing the Presto Punch — basically an electric gizmos that punches and embosses. I like the small footprint of this tool.

Here are some cute cards made using the Presto Punch:

And some new Spellbinders borders:

EK Success has a line of punches that are so easy to use, with such beautiful and different designs, that I want them all! I also love the slim silhouette of these punches — they fit neatly in a drawer or container and don’t take up as much room as a bulkier punch.

And McGill is converting its old square punches to levers — my hands say thank you! Here are some samples (note the exquisite detail on the butterfly):

Some of the new punches let you use both the positive and the negative space made by the punch. Check out these samples:

McGill also has a new line that punches out all the elements you need to make a dog, monkey, frog, and more. These are too cute — I hope to have some photos of those soon.

Thanks for stopping by!