I wanted to share a couple of pictures with you so that you can see one of the tasks we finished during my mothers visit.  In fact, she did quite a bit of the work.  I have quite a few of the original sizzix die cuts – you know, the bulky ones – and because I had to search through each an every one to find what I wanted to use, I rarely ventured there.  

 

Mom  ran each of them through  my Cuttlebug to get a sample and glued them down to paper, numbered them and filed in sheet protectors in a notebook. 

We put the corresponding number on the spine of the die so that it can be located easily.  The reference book is kept at my desk and when I need to find a particular die now, I can get to it in seconds instead of the hunting for considerably longer .

 I know this seems so simple, but I could never find the time to do it.  It was a great investment and I have many similar projects like this to tackle.  One by one,….  Part of the triumph of finishing, is getting to share.

Thanks for stopping by. 

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  • JanineJune 11, 2008 - 5:45 am

    WOW !!! Doesn’t it feel good to get stuff like this done!!
    Looking forward to your next creation with these dies!!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon in NEJune 11, 2008 - 8:14 am

    Do you rent out your mom by the hour or day? I could really use that help!!ReplyCancel

  • Kay McBrideJune 11, 2008 - 8:39 am

    nice job. I have been org. myself some more ribbon, and things i get in kits. it does take time but is well worth it when u are done. love this idea. i dont have that many so it would not take me too long. LOL . I will share this. for my clear stamps i get at michaels and single ones not in sets. I got baseball card sheet protectors and put a round sticky velco dot at the top of each insert, so i can put those $1 stamp sets from michaels into a compartment and my single ones like from autumn leaves pink paisley etc… by putting the velcro they dont slip out when u turn the pages. and i put them in a 3 ring binder… how bout that!! course im sure u already have a wonderful system… i also did that with little pieces of ribbon i get in kits and wrapped the ribbon on little 1X2 pieces of thin chipboard/cardboard. then labeled the compartement with what kit the ribbons came with. usally i can fit 2-3 ribbons in one compartment. then they go into a 3 ring binder. now i just need to figure out have to store other stuff…
    have a great dayReplyCancel

  • DebJune 12, 2008 - 2:30 pm

    You would have made one heck of a good librarian !!!! Now all you need to do is copy & distribute your catalog – add check-out cards to each case – & check them out to us (for a fee of course) – hint – hint !!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • MarciJune 13, 2008 - 8:47 am

    Would love to know what type of shelving you are using for your sizzix dies. Thanks, Marci.ReplyCancel

  • heather the mooseloverJune 14, 2008 - 8:30 pm

    Great organizational idea. Sometimes the simplest ideas help the most.ReplyCancel

  • Becca FeekenJune 14, 2008 - 10:21 pm

    Marci, I found that a large CD cabinet works perfectly because the shelves are adjustable. This one was destined for the trashbin because it was so large and I had nowhere to fit it in the house – I think the original size was 32″ wide and 50″ tall. Then it went to my studio where we sawed it in half, replaced the top and snugged it under the end of my work table where it is totally out of the way at 32″ wide and 30″ tall. I hope this helps!ReplyCancel

  • Charlene Austin (Willow01)June 15, 2008 - 8:33 pm

    I don’t have any Sizzix….BUT….can you send your mom over so she can help me with my ribbon???? LOL. Speaking of organization…as you know I still want to do the ribbon storage like yours. I was at Michaels but could not find sheets of the mat board. Did you buy it off the shelf or from the custom framing dept?? Have a great day my friend!!ReplyCancel

  • Victoria MartinJuly 3, 2008 - 11:40 am

    wow this could also be used to tame the stamps everywhere !!
    I like it thanksReplyCancel

  • NancyJonesOctober 5, 2008 - 8:51 am

    Does your mom do house calls? I could sure use her to do my scrap room hahahahaha. This is amazing!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anne PavloskyNovember 6, 2008 - 12:25 pm

    BECCA, this is really a great way to organize the big dies. You and your Mother are trully talented.. Thanks for sharing all your amazing, wonderful ideas. Your card take my breath away they are so well done and thought out. I truly thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • KathleenNovember 18, 2008 - 8:23 pm

    Great idea. Sounds like the sort of thing I’d do and DH would sneer and say it was just another list to add to all the others!!
    Must do something like this with all my stamps too!!
    KathleenReplyCancel

  • SandyFebruary 8, 2009 - 10:51 pm

    Becca,
    That is a very good idea. I have sizzix, but never saw any of the ones you show here. If I had seen those I would have bought alot more. LOL Where did you get them if I may ask. Thanks
    SandyReplyCancel

  • michelleJuly 21, 2010 - 1:41 pm

    becca this is how i catalog all of my SU stamp sets..
    next on the list…my ridiculous collection of sizzix dies..
    having the binder to refer to is so easy.and keeps me organized
    TFS!
    michelleReplyCancel

 

I have wanted to use this stamp for some time, but didn’t want it to be too plain by just stamping in black.  I was pleased with the effect of the white embossing powder and it really popped after sponging on SU Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip.  Did you notice no DP and no Nesties on this card?  I used a script stamp for the background and added a little bit of sponging for depth and kept all the panels rectangular.  I almost decided no ribbon but at the last minute I gave in to that ribbon weakness.

Nothing complicated here, I tried to keep the layers and lines very simple.  The last embellishment (I had to think on this a little bit) was a large Prima secured with a large filigree brad with a white pearl (I colored the pearl with Copic E33). 

Supplies:
Stamps:  Script – Stampers Anonymous, Flowers – Stampington Elegant Stems, Sentiment – PSX
Paper:  Bazzill
Ink:  Sepia; SU Close to Cocoa, SU Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder, Prima Flower, Spare Parts Bradls, Spare Parts Filigree Brad, Hobby Lobby Satin Ribbon

Just as the sentiment says, I hope that wherever you find your life right now, that indeed, you know happiness.

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  • JanineJune 10, 2008 - 5:47 am

    Oh WOW! The colors in this card are absolutely amazing. So rich and comforting. You have some of the nicest verses going! Fabulous work!ReplyCancel

  • mary puskarJune 10, 2008 - 6:52 am

    Absolutely gorgeous. I enjoy your work so much. So unusual, elegant, just fantastic!
    Mary

    http://www.primitiveseasons.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • nancy bJune 10, 2008 - 8:11 am

    WHOA!!!! I love this card, beautiful colors….so rich and true. this is stunning. what a gift in and of itself. did you need my address…oh wait you have it already! I crack me up. thank you Becca for sharing your gift with us.ReplyCancel

  • NatalieJune 10, 2008 - 9:57 am

    Have been admiring your work for a while. Was just wondering where
    the Spare Parts filigree brads are available for purchase?ReplyCancel

    • Becca FeekenJune 11, 2008 - 6:15 pm

      Natalie and Kay,

      Spare Parts are a brand sold by Hobby Lobby. These are a new style that came out some time in last month or so….they just had them on sale for 50% off ($3.99 regular price), so they may be scarce until restock time but I’m sure you will find them.

      Hugs
      BeccaReplyCancel

  • Kay McBrideJune 11, 2008 - 8:31 am

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh GOSH I LOVE IT. what else can i say man I just was just overwhelmed when i saw this. I like those large brads too are they available anywhere now? man those copics they color on everything. i might have to start collecting some. hope u are good. thanks for sharing such beautiful work.ReplyCancel

  • cassieJune 12, 2008 - 3:45 pm

    this card is just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • heather the mooseloverJune 14, 2008 - 8:28 pm

    Stunning card Becca! I just love the colors and the design.ReplyCancel

  • ShirleyAugust 25, 2010 - 10:31 pm

    Just recently I discovered the most wonderful site perfect for my sleepless nights. Becca’s cards are so beautiful. Congratulations on putting God’s gift to you Becca to such an exciting use. I am sure he led me to your site ShirleyReplyCancel

In March, I decided to participate in the Divine Design Challenge which you can search for on Splitcoaststampers under keyword BVC08.  It is a Bible Verse Challenge where many stampers have made a commitment to offer a card on the 8th of each month that includes scripture that has special meaning to them.  You can read more about the challenge on Lori Craig’s blog  here.

 

Another quick and simple card…really the design paper did all the work and conveniently left enough space for me to pop up a sentiment.    Have a beautiful week!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Stampabilities
Ink:  Black Brilliance
Paper:  Bazzill; Sassafrass Lass
Accessories:  Brads, Ribbon, Michaels Flowers

 

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  • Abra LeahJune 9, 2008 - 4:10 am

    I love it! What a great idea! :)ReplyCancel

  • nancy bJune 9, 2008 - 4:29 am

    You always blessed the Lord and all of us with your beautiful cards. thanks Becca for another awesome card and sentiment.ReplyCancel

  • JanineJune 9, 2008 - 4:51 am

    This is simply beautiful Becca!!!ReplyCancel

  • MicheleJune 9, 2008 - 5:10 am

    This is absolutely gorgeous!!!ReplyCancel

  • Pat (Just4fun2 on SCS)June 9, 2008 - 7:04 am

    Beautiful card!ReplyCancel

  • Kay McBrideJune 9, 2008 - 8:28 pm

    beautiful card and sentiment. TFS and blessing us with your talentReplyCancel

  • SmilynStefJune 9, 2008 - 9:06 pm

    Love the stamping on DP … another gorgeous creation.ReplyCancel

  • Charlene Austin (Willow01)June 9, 2008 - 11:53 pm

    OMGosh! Wowza! I absolutely love it! Especially how you stamped on the dp! I made a card tonight and it has SO MUCH white space that I don’t know what I was thinking! I need to order lots more sentiments so I can try this!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly VJune 10, 2008 - 12:08 pm

    Becca, I love everything about this card…the serene colors, the verse, and the stamps….No one else can put a card together like you can…..Perfection should be your middle name, honestly.ReplyCancel

  • Linda KlebackJune 10, 2008 - 3:32 pm

    You find the best stamps! And I thought I was the Super Shopper!ReplyCancel

  • Deb ZaJune 10, 2008 - 7:10 pm

    Great card once again! I absolutely love your work!

    Are the little flowers from Michaels originally that color, or did you color them yourself? If so, what medium did you use to color them? I’ve only seen them in white and ivory–and, in fact, just bought the white ones the other day but haven’t had a chance to play with them yet.

    As always, you inspire me!ReplyCancel

    • Becca FeekenJune 11, 2008 - 6:26 pm

      Deb,

      My Michaels is selling those same flowers in two additional colors; the blue and mauve. Of course I had to have them all, but before I purchased these I was coloring them successfully with Copic Markers. You must try it!!ReplyCancel

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