Q&A: Help Me Fit My Stamps Into the Case!

For today’s Q&A I have a question that I had recently, with the solution!

I recently held a Stamp-A-Stack in my home where we used the And Many More stamp set in wood mount. During my classes, I encourage my attendees to change the sentiment for their cards to be what they need, so I get out many stamp sets with lots of sentiments. The wood mount stamps in the new wood mount cases can be tricky to fit back into the box, if it’s a tight fit.

I searched Pinterest, YouTube, and the Stampin’ Up! demonstrator website but couldn’t find the answer to “How does “And Many More” fit back into the case?”

It took me a few minutes, but I got all the stamps to fit easily into the case, so I wanted to share the photo so you don’t have to have the same problem! Check out the photo, click it to make it larger, and/or print it to mount inside your case.

This is how And Many More fits back into the wood mount case

Bonus answer: “How does “Teeny Tiny Wishes” fit back into the case?”

This is how Teeny Tiny Wishes fits back into the case

Stampin’ Up! Opportunity Night

Great time to join Stampin' Up!The demonstrators of Girls, Ink! would like to invite you to attend a Stampin’ Up! Opportunity Night on Monday, February 23, at 6:30 PM in the Sachse Public Library meeting room.  Get all of your questions answered about joining Stampin’ Up!  We’ll have a make & take project for you, and you can stay for the Girls, Ink! meeting following Opportunity Night.  Visit my information page for details, and email me to let me know if you plan to attend!

 

How to Participate in a Card Swap

As I was completing my most recent card swap, it occurred to me that some of my newer customers and readers may not know what a card swap is, or how to participate in one. This post is for you!

Perfect Blend card swap

I swapped these Perfect Blend cards with my recent Stamp-A-Stack attendees who participated!

A card swap is where you swap some of your cards with cards other people have made. You will make all of your card swap projects the same, and make the number of swaps you are told by the coordinator. Here are some important things to know when participating in a card swap:

WHO IS SWAPPING?
Most of the swaps that I participate in are with Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. That is important to know only because sometimes that determines some of the swap guidelines (see below). Your card swap might include a variety of different stampers.

WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE SWAP?
There is someone coordinating the card swap, so you’ll want to know who that person is and how to get a hold of them in case you have a question or encounter a problem.

WHAT ARE YOU SWAPPING AND WHAT ARE THE GUIDELINES?
I’m using the term “card swap” throughout this post, but you might be swapping something else. You may be participating in a swap of 3-D projects, scrapbook page ideas, artist trading cards, card fronts, or something else entirely. It’s very important to know what is expected of you so that you can follow the “rules” of the swap. As I mentioned before, most of my swaps are with other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, so a common parameter is to use only current Stampin’ Up! product.

HOW MANY SWAPS ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO MAKE?
The card swap coordinator will let you know how many swaps you are expected to make. Sometimes they might say you should make 14 +1, which just means you are making 15 swaps – 14 for participants PLUS one for the coordinator. As a general rule, I make 2-3 extra cards beyond what I’m swapping. I like to have my own copies of my swaps and I might as well make them while I am making all the rest!

WHERE/WHEN ARE YOUR SWAPS DUE?
There is always a swap deadline you should follow. Some swaps you will exchange in person and some card swaps you will mail to the coordinator who will collect all of them and send them back to you. Don’t miss the deadline, or you will make everyone wait for their cards (if they are being mailed) and you risk not being asked to participate again.

Finally, one last piece of advice for you in card swapping: Never speak poorly of another person’s swap contribution. Everyone has different styles and stamping abilities. If a swap you receive doesn’t follow the guidelines then you could mention it to the swap coordinator, but otherwise just let it go and enjoy the projects that others have worked so hard to create for you!

Q&A With Elisa: Digital Crafting

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QUESTION:

I’ve been hearing more and more about digital crafting lately. How can I try it to find out if I am interested?

ANSWER:

Stampin’ Up! offers a FREE 30-day trial version of our MDS2 software (item number 130910) so you can play around with the program for an entire month to see if you enjoy digital crafting.  The trial version doesn’t include everything in the full version, but it does have everything you need to get a feel for how it works and what you can create!  It includes digital papers, stamp brush sets, punches, embellishments, and templates. You can also print any projects you create during the trial period!

I also recommend that you visit mydigitalstudio.net. It’s a fantastic online resource for answering all your questions and providing you with endless ideas!  And you can always contact me, your demonstrator, with any questions about My Digital Studio!

Send me YOUR questions and I may answer them here!

Happy Crafting!

What’s On My Craft Table?

Hmmm… Maybe a better question is, "what's NOT on my craft table?"  In the midst of creating projects, it does sometimes seem as though I have every tool, stamp, ink pad, etc. on my workspace.

But this is really about what I like to have near me EVERY time I craft, So the tools and products I have on my table at all times! 

Craft Table Full

Here's the full shot of my craft table, with all the items I always keep on it while crafting. It's never this clean! Yes, this is a pool table converted to a craft table. My husband is very sweet to me!
Craft Table Where I Stand

This is my typical view of the table while I'm working. Where the "magic" happens, as they say! Ha ha!
Craft table-markers, tools, scraps

The photo box is where I used to keep my smaller paper scraps, I've changed this since taking the photos. The black tool holder spins around and holds tons of goodies. My Stampin' Write markers are always nearby!
Craft table-sponges, blocks, cleaner

I always keep Grid Paper on top of my craft mat. My Stampin' Scrub and Mist, clear blocks & sponges are used on nearly every project.
Craft table-bigshot, cutter, scoring

I need to update this photo, too! I've recently purchased a new Stampin' Trimmer, which takes up much less space on my table! Behind my cutter is my trash basket and wipeys (for inky fingers!). Then, my Simply Scored tool and Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine!

So, there you go! The items I always keep in arms-reach while I am being creative and making handmade cards and scrapbook pages!  My stamps, ink pads, and other embellishments and tools are kept in other locations, to be featured at another time.  Until then, let me know if you have questions.  I have learned some great stamping organizing tips over the years!

Happy Crafting!

~Elisa