Jan 31, 2013

Organization Tips: Brads and Buttons

Good day stampin' friends!

So how in the world do you organize a ton of buttons and brads?
First, do a garage sale and sell everything you don't like anymore (you will make a few bucks!). This is what I did after becoming a demo. I only have enough time to use what I want to show. Lol!
I tried different ways through the years so I will show you my way and the highway (other ways)!

I found these hanging bags (that you can fold and close with a velcro) about 5 years ago in a scrapbooking convention for about $10 each. I have no idea who carries them but if you see them and this method of storage works for you. Go for it. Nice eh!
Makeup/Cosmetic bags work too since they come with a hanger. See picture below.
I have more space to hang stuff than cabinets, drawers or shelves.

I used each of them different. Let me show you my Brads and Buttons one. The other two hold: All my embossing tools and powders, glittters and spritzers. The other (cosmetics one) holds a brad maker (I rarely use), cropadile and my stampin wheels. They hang  nicely from my baby's closet AKA my crafty supplies closet :).

On the top pocket I store the Stampin'Up! retired buttons and brads, and mini clothe hangers.
Second pocket from top I store my current colors brads
Third pocket from top I store my brights, subtles, neutrals and clear buttons
Forth/Bottom pocket I store my favorites...my Vintage Faceted buttons, Antique brads, mini silver brads and Natural Designer Buttons. Yikes! I love these!

It is easy for me to get in and out of the little closet and grab the one I want. It is see through, plus the Stampin'Up containers are too :). I don't have a ton of space for storage so this helps me to see what I have and if is getting too full, then maybe Im not using what I already have. HELLOO!!!

In the past I used to use these boxes (made for beads or pills). Now my oldest daughter, who loves to keep every button separated by color keeps hers in there.

Another easy way is just dump them all in a ziplock bag. Hey! It all depends on how organized you need to be to create. :)
I used to have containers similar to these below for eyelets...but I sold them at a garage sale. :/ Yeah! What was I thinking? Hehe. They work great to put inside a drawer. If you wish to divide all your brads and buttons by color this works good too. :)

Below is what Stampin'Up! carries to store embellishments and I love it. Since I get all my buttons and brads from Stampin'Up! it makes sense I get one of these someday. I'm waiting for the right time when I have a good spot for it. Having my baby's closet as my craft storage doesn't make it easy :(
Is ok...someday!

Stack & Store Caddy - by Stampin' Up!

Stack & Store Caddy109127
Price: $34.95
The Stack & Store caddy is the perfect way to store your small embellishments. It takes up very little room, yet holds so much. It turns completely around so you can easily find anything you’re looking for. Stores your buttons, brads, and anything packaged in the Stampin' Store containers (contents not included).

■ Stores 24 large containers or 48 small containers
■ Made of strong durable plastic
■ Die-cast aluminum handle for ease in turning
■ Approximately 6" in diameter and 12" tall
■ Swivel base allows unit to turn 360°

Next Thursday I'll have more organization tips for you! Would you rather see my ribbon organization, Big Shot dies or Cardstock? More to come.

How do you currently store your buttons and brads? By color? By brand? By size? By date of purchase? :)

Thanks for visiting! You can see my other Organization Tips posts HERE!
Scroll down to see my recent posts on card challenges and promotions...a bit on Scrapbooking on Monday.

Creative blessings!

Jessica U.

Jan 30, 2013

Challenging Wednesday?

Are you having a challenging Wednesday? Have courage...Friday is around the corner my friend. Keep your hope strong and believe in your dreams and your giftings. You were entrusted with them for a reason. In the meantime, I hope to inspire you to follow your creativity a bit. I've been making use of some cool challenges I googled online.

Jan 29, 2013

Best of Birthdays Samples

Good day everyone!

Seems to me like everyday there is something new and exciting going on in this company. I joined almost 3 years ago (in March) and I'm still as excited and connected as when I started. I love the discount we demonstrators get (20% of all sales at the beggining, it grows as your sales grow too), the opportunity to win free stamps or products, the fun webinars and video tutorials found on the demo website and last but not least the wonderful support and inspiration found on the Stampin'Connection website (website for demos only).

Now that I practically convinced you to become a demo...I certainly don't see how can anyone resist, lol! Let me keep you up-to-date with the promotions going on. I am pushed (by my own conscience) to organize in order to get the most out of all the fun and enjoy all these goodies...is so fun! :D

On the sample to the right I placed a piece of Real Red Polka Dots DSP and a mat of Rich Razzleberry little higher than center on a piece of  8 1/2" x 5 1/2"Whisper White, scored and folded in half. I stamped my Best of Birthdays image in Real Red. Then added a subtle detail with some embossed curves done with the New Simply Score Borders Plate. I think they coordinate with the cake. Like it?

Promotion #1 Best of Birthdays
Best Of 25 Years
Best Of Birthdays Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Best of 25 Years Stamps

Some things to remember:
  • All Best of stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $14.95.
  • While we are releasing just one Best of stamp set per month (with a new theme each month), all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.
  • A new flyer will be released every month for each new Best of set.
  • All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.
While we are releasing just one Best of stamp set per month, all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.
As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, starting in February we're including a collector's card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every Best of set. Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95! Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.
Stamp set: Best of Birthdays
CS: Very vanilla, Rich Razzleberry
Tools: Big Shot, Chevron Embossing Folder,2 1/2" Circle Punch
Embellishment: Scrap piece of Daffodil Delight DSP,
1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon in D.Delight
To see this January set on my store click HERE!

Promotion #2

    Love to shop? How about shopping and getting rewarded? Welcome to Sale-A-Bration!

You may choose any one product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure for every $50* they spend. This year's offering includes exclusive stamp sets and accessories, as well as a selection of catalog stamp sets, digital content CDs, ribbon, buttons, and even an embossing folder! Now, more than ever, there's something for everyone!
View the Sale-A-Bration brochure here. See available My Digital Studio products here.

     Sale-A-Bration + Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary = 25% more Starter Kit products for FREE!
     I am looking for a teammate! Come join my team before March 22,2013 and get more for your  
     bucks! Can't wait to meet with you! See more information about joining HERE!

Sale-A-Bration + Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary = the best time to host a Stampin' Up! party!

  • Get FREE Silver Glimmer Paper when you host a $150 workshop!*
  • Get a FREE hostess bundle when you host a $400 workshop!*
Hostess Bundle Details:
The Hostess Bundle includes
  • Madison Avenue stamp set (wood- or clear-mount)
  • Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper
  • Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack
Stamp sets: Madison Avenue (flower and stem from SAB 2013),
A word for you, Daydream Medallions
Tools: Big Shot, Floral Frames Framelits, Bitty Butterfly Punch
Embellishments: Pearls Basic Jewel and Large Basic pearls
Dsp: retired from last SAB2012 (check the Clerance Rack :)

There is more to these promotions, believe me (my post would be miles loong if I share all promotions and discounts at once) so stay in touch coming often to my site. I love having you here. I'm here to help you create with ease and make you feel great about the talents God placed in your hands to bless others. Oh, but don't forget to check the CLEARANCE RACK. Prices are unbelievable!

Don't you just love these stamps? What do you think about the samples?
Have a blessed Tuesday!

Jessica U.

Jan 28, 2013

ScrapMonday is here!

Hello dear one Happy Monday!

I have a goal: I am going to scrapbook this year...so here I am once more with my second page of the year. :) (Im smiling big). I've been looking into Scrapbook Challenges that inspire me to scrap my pictures so I found this one and thougth it worked perfect for my pics.

The name of the blog is http://another-freaking-scrappy-challenge.blogspot.ca/
Please don't ask me who came up with the name but is a fun site indeed. They give you two different sketches to play with during the month. I'm using the one from the 15th of the month. Go check the other samples from January 15th challenge HERE!

I am also trying to use my retired DSP, so here is one of them. You can find it on Clearance at the moment. Go check it out...Stampin'Up paper is the best. This one is JUST ADD CAKE and is $2.19 Can you believe that?!!! Awesome prices at the Clearance Rack.
See all the paper HERE.

Stamp sets: Pursuit of Happiness, Blessings from Heaven, Notable Alphabet (love it!)
Cardstock: Crumb Cake
Designer Paper: Just Add Cake (retired, see Clearance Rack)
Tools: Simply Score Tool, Simply Score Borders Plate (New in Spring Catalog)

Take a look at the new Borders Plate from Stampin'Up! I am glad I got it. I can use it in my 12 x 12 layouts no problem. I will be posting more samples with it this week.
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Thanks so much for stopping by! If not in a hurry leave me a comment.
Are you being consistent with your goals this year?
I have some long term and short term goals. So far doing good...still a LOT of work to do.
The best gift we have from Heaven is one day after the other.
Be blessed, today is a new day.
Start again!
Love you'll,
Jessica U.

Jan 27, 2013

Inspire your soul Sunday

Welcome to my blog dear ones,
Usually I post on paper projects, stamps, ink...just fun stuff I totally enjoy making for others. Today (and on Sundays) I would love to share with you another passion in my life. My biggest reason to live, therefore my major reason to do all I do, including crafting. Christ and His Word. Where would I be without His waters that satisfy?

Let me start by sharing this wonderful quote from an inspirational calendar I read daily.

"Whether it is the unexpected emergencies that throw our lives for a loop or the chaotic beauty we invite in to turn our house upside down, our home usually feels slightly bent, occasionally stained, somewhat disorganized- yet we are blessed by all the chaos...life, puppies, family, connections and living our God-given dreams.The chaos means we are living a full and meaninful life.

-Melissa Michaels, The Inspired Room

He makes beautiful things out of the dust. He makes beauty out of ashes. What makes me think that He cannot embrace me and do an beautiful work through me? I heard this truth from a wonderful preacher, Dan Mohler:"We tend to trust more in our ability to fail, that in HIS ability to live through us."
Isn't that true? Yikes! So much to learn and grow. I am not where I want to be, but thank God I'm not where I used to be. Thank the Lord today for His mercies are new every morning and great is His faithfulness.

Psalm 138:8 says: The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; your love , O Lord endures forever-- do not abandon the works of your hands."

He will never abandon what He started. He is the beggining and the end. He finishes what He starts. He is not done with you, and I praise Him every day for I know He is still not done with me. He loves me. He loves you dear one.

Have a blessed day and inspire your soul by knowing His love never fails, never gives up, never runs out on me.
See you tomorrow with more inspiration...be blessed!
Jessica Cruz de Urrutia

Jan 26, 2013

Ladies Stamping Club Projects

Good morning dear stampers!
As usual my wonderful stamping ladies and I had a great time stamping yesterday night..
We all learned how to make a Twisted Greeting Card and a 2,4,6,8 box!
We are making good use of our Simply Score Tools.
Scroll to the bottom to see a Picture Tutorial and go make some Twisted Greeting cards yourself.
I learned this through another awesome demonstrator, Kellie Gettlefinger see her work HERE!

Stamp set: Patrones de amor (also in English as Patterned Occasions)
Colors: Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Tools: Big Shot, Floral Frames Framelits

Stamp set: Patrones de amor (SAB 2013), Daydream Medallions
DSP: Sycamore from SAB 2013 brochure
Tools: Big Shot, Floral Frames Framelits, 1 3/4" Circle punch

We also created a different project this time. Cards and boxes are wonderful but what about celebrating someone you totally love with a Frame Page.

We made a 5 x 7 mat embellished with our new Pinwheel Sizzlet in honor of our dear husbands.
Check out the materials we used below. It was simple but exciting.
If you are surrounded by love, so why not share it by honoring those you cherished the most.
This is my DH...I am in love by the way. Can you tell?

Don't forget that Sale-a-bration is happeneing at the moment until March 22. For every $50 you purchase you receive a free product from the saleabration brochure. Click HERE to see what you could get free, your pick.

Materials: Cardstock: Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Pumkin Pie; Tools: Tabletop cutter, NEW Simply Score Borders Plate (click to see), Big Shot, Pinwheel Sizzlits (NEW in Spring Catalog), Mini Silver Brads, Typeset Alphabet Dies Bigz. Other: Computer, Printer.
Hope you enjoyed the projects...ready to make your own. Great! Go ahead and follow through the pictures.

Love you all! Thanks for your kind comments and support. Every time you leave a comment you bless me more than you imagine. Be blessed! See you tomorrow with Inspire Your Soul Sunday.

Jessica U (scroll down)

Go to my Google Document to see Picture Tutorial.
First time doing this so let me know what do you think of it. Thank U!
Clcik HERE to download. Be blessed!

Jan 25, 2013

All Dressed Up for a 15th Birthday Celebration

Hello my dear friends,

Tonight is my Ladies Stamping Club and I am super excited. Il be showing you the projects here tomorrow, but in the mean time let me share with you one of my favorite stamp sets from the Spring Catalog 2013. It is super cute!
Stamp set: All Dressed Up, Dress Up (for envelope).
Cardstock: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Basic Black
Toold: Big Shot, Dress Up Framelits Dies, Elegant Lines Embossing folder, Heat Tool, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Versamark
Embellishments: Basic Jewels pearls
I never thought I would be using so much, but so glad I got it...It works for girly cards (for sure), Birthday cards, Thinking of you cards, Congratulations cards, Wedding cards or Bridal shower...Scrapbboking..Ooh!
So here I am celebrating the 15th birthday of a beautiful young lady very dear to my heart. She is truly a blessing wherever she goes. I truly hope she knows she is loved and also beautiful in the outside and inside. This is for you sweet friend...keep shining your light. You make a difference! May the Lord bless you with peace and the realization of belonging to Him.
Many blessings you'll!
Remember to celebrate those around you...take the time! (even if fashionably late :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Jessica U
All Dressed Up Clear-Mount Stamp Set
All Dressed Up Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Price: $16.95
Dress Up Framelits Dies

Dress Up Framelits Dies
Price: $24.95
All Dressed Up Bundle Clear

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Price: $34.95
All Dressed Up Stamp Set and Dress Up Framelits Dies--buy as a bundle and save 15%.


Jan 24, 2013

Organization Tips: 12 x 12 paper and sketches

Happy Thursday everyone!
At last I got to hang my 12 x 12 Designer series paper on large bags.
I got these 2 gallon zipbags at United Supermarkets. They work great!
So happy to share!
Many people ask me repeatedly how do I do it all. I have a very full agenda and that's ok with me.
Where do I get my energy? From Heaven surely.
How do I plan my days? Daily.
What is my motto: Dream Big, Train Hard, Trust God
And my hope: "I can do all things (I've been called to do) through Christ who strengthens me". Philippians 4:13

Let me share what I found on my Iphone. An App (for children) called Drawing Carl. So cute! I even bought the upgrade for .99...I wanted more colors you know. Is easy to use and love having a sketch "notebook" at hand. What do you think of my sketchy idea? :)
So now that you know I have extra help (is Invisible thou). Let me share with you a few tips to excel in what you do. Let's do everything we do with joy, one thing at a time.  Stand on grace, give yourself grace...also, sleep!
I do what I do with certainty that I'm doing what I was born to do.
I love my life? Love your life and rejoice!
I cannot wait to hear from you! How do you currently organize your paper...and what about your sketches?
leave me a comment, is easy!
Jessica U.

Jan 23, 2013

Loving Challenges CCMC235 & HSSSC151

I'm getting real good at this. Challenges! I have never been competitive at all. (I'm still not this is just for fun.) Passionate? Yes! Determined? Yes! But competitive, nah! I used to lead a dance team inthe past and it was my custom to remind them the three 'C'. Do not compete, do not compare, do not complain. Lol! That really helped me...I still love dancing. So I re-started some dancing at Christ in the Arts Ballet School a few weeks ago. What a refreshment!
Let me share with you two cute Valentine cards I made to participate in two different challenges.
First Challenge, HSSSC151 from http://www.handstampedsentiments.blogspot.com/ which last until January 28th, so go ahead and try it. Is fun!
Check the other samples HERE! Love this site.

Materials in both cards:
Stamp: Happy Valentines Heart; CS: Razzleberry Ripple, Early Expresso; DSP: More Amore (in Spring Catalog); Ink Pads: Primrose Petals (top heart), Early Expresso and Primrose Petals (bottom); Tools:Finishing Touhces Edgelits (top), Corner Rounder punch (bottom); Embellishments: Basic Jewels Rhinestones and 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon in E.Expresso (top), Antique brad, 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon in E.Expresso and 5/8" Crochet Trim (bottom).

Second, I truly loved the sketch CCMC235 from http://www.createwithconnieandmary.com/
This one ends today Wednesday January 23rd...so we should go check the new one.
Go HERE to see the other renditions of this wonderful sketch.
2012 Create Thursday-015
Which one do you like the best? Will you try one? Time is in your hands. Be a good steward of it. I love to think my God delights in seeing me create...I am the daughter of my Father. :)
Jessica U.

Jan 22, 2013

Sale-a-bration starts today!

Good morning everyone! In Stampin'Up! this is certainly the best time of the year!
Today January 22- March 22 we will be celebrating the best of all promotions: Sale-a-bration.

Get free, exclusive products for every $50 you spend during our Sale-a-bration event.

If you have not seen the SAB brochure click HERE! You will love them all. :)Make sure you scroll to the side on your computer to see the full brochure.

Scroll down to see all the opportunities...or click HERE to see the products you can get for free. :)

La oferta de Celebracion de Stampin'Up comenzo hoy! Por cada $50 en compras te regalan un producto gratis de ESTA lista.


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