Just One Tip: Storing glitter and embossing powders-mess free!

Hi, it’s Sharon here today to share with you a little tip for using glitters and embossing powders.

I know that a lot of you probably do the same as me and store your most used powders and glitters in larger tubs to save pouring them back into a small jar each time.   You might also use a spoon to pour the powder over your project which means that you have to fish the spoon out of the powder each time (and may end up pretty covered in it).

I noticed a few other crafters had got round this by using clips designed to manage cables and sticking them to the underside of the lid. I couldn’t find these in any of my local shops, but did discover these instead:

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They are clear little hooks designed to hold up fairy lights/Christmas lights and I found they are just perfect for this job. They come in a pack of 6 and were relatively cheap. Mine were from Homebase in the UK, but you can get them on Amazon and various online suppliers.

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The hook holds my spoon nice and firmly and keeps it out of the glitter.

As you can see, I use a pretty large tub for my glitter so that I can hold my card right in the tub as I sprinkle the glitter on, that way I don’t get any stray glitter on my desk.

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Maybe this tip will help you, too! Have a great day!

Sharon

 

Ribba Picture ledges for small storage-DIY

I came across this great image on makeupsavvy.com. Here’s a link to this specific page.

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These Ribba picture ledges are just the perfect shelving solution for small bottles such as Ranger Stickles, re-inkers and Distress Inks.

 

They come in black and white – personally I just love the white and think I shall have to incorporate some of these into my craft room.   A great idea would be to source some little jars or bottles that fit and have a rainbow of jars full of sequins – how lovely would that look against a white wall?! However, I won’t be asking my boyfriend to put the shelves up for me – his DIY skills leave a LOT to be desired!

 

Have a great day!

Sharon

 

 

 

 

Craft Room: The Card Grotto

Hi everyone, it’s Sharon here with another one of my favourite craft rooms.

This room belongs to Michelle Short, who is a total expert at organisation! I’ve taken her ideas for a lot of my own storage, especially my clear stamp storage.   What I like most about her room is how clean and fresh it looks, and even though her room isn’t huge, and like me, she has a lot of stuff, it just doesn’t look at all cluttered.

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I love these clear acrylic storage boxes from Muji, and my clear stamps are stored in exactly the same way, it’s just so easy to flip through them and see exactly what you have.

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Pop over to Michelle’s blog ‘The Card Grotto’ for more photos and a fantastic video tour of her beautiful room.

 

Thanks for stopping by CSI today! 🙂

Sharon

 

 

The Studio (Neil Burley)

Today I’d like to share with you a studio that I’ve seen in person (and am just a little jealous of!).   A few months back I went on a Promarker colouring workshop with Neil Burley in Leicester (for those of you in the UK, I’d highly recommend the class).

Neil has created a beautiful studio in his garden where he runs regular workshops and classes.   Here’s a view of the studio from outside.

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Neil has used mostly Ikea furniture to kit out his workspace, and most of his supplies are stored in large wardrobes from Ikea with sliding doors which means the room doesn’t look too cluttered.

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Here’s his description of what is housed in these cupboards:

“The four Ikea Pax wardrobes, with sliding doors, which allows mounting of thin items on the ’slide behind’ doors, ideal for colour charts. Thicker samples are on the front doors. First has Printing, Acrylics, Big Shot Pro and dies, Ideaology kit and items for altering. Second is pictured in Cupboard with 12×12 papers, storage boxes, ATCs, tags, stamps, inks, Cardio-stamps (in labelled tins) and more items for altering (mainly frames). The drawers are deceptively spacious and I use the small plastic trays to organise and layer smaller items. Third cupboard has beading kit in Really Useful Boxes, and all the other media in the drawers including glass painting, napkin decoupage, Powertex and clays. Fourth is for my quilting  and fabric projects. You can also see a six drawer plan chest, ideal for paper and card storage, and on top the drawing board with shelving behind for all my liquid/spray media”.

Here’s a photo of his workspace (and it’s an action shot of work in progress which I love, rather than a ‘tidied up for the camera’ photo!)

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You can also tell from this photo what great light Neil has – having floor to ceiling windows the whole length of the studio really helps.

We’ve been talking a lot recently about the Raskog trolley from Ikea. Neil has a larger trolley in his studio, and I’m impressed by how much stuff he can fit on this version.

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My ‘Distress Trolley’ – more accurately my Ranger product trolley. This has all my ‘go-to’ sprays, inks, powders and usually has all the masks on it too. Ideal for moving next to you”.

The one issue Neil came across when designing and setting up his studio was installing a sink.   Installing plumbing proved to be cost prohibitive so he came up with a very clever solution.

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Innovative water supply solution: using an ultimate hosepipe to supply water front the house and a wheeled waste water container designed for use with caravans. I have an under sink water heater, so have hot and cold running water for a fraction of the cost of running pipework to the studio.

Neil also has a few top tips to share from his experience of setting up a studio from scratch:

“put small things into trays or boxes and put them in drawers or on trolleys – that way you can just pull out the whole range, use it and put it away so much faster. Label the front of drawers or boxes. Put frequently used things at waist height – less lifting or bending! Return everything to a home at the end of the day – it’s quicker to work on a project the next… not something I follow faithfully given the state of my work tables today”!

If you’d like to see more photos, pop over to Neil’s blog. Thanks for stopping by CSI!

Sharon

 

Product Highlight: Storage Tin for Mini Distress Inks

Ranger has just brought out a new storage container for the Mini Distress Ink Pads!

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This tin is a great solution if you like to take your supplies to crops.

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I’m sure many craft stores will be stocking this, or pop over to the Ranger website for more details.

Thanks for stopping by Craft Storage Ideas!

Sharon