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CASology Craft Space Tour: It’s My Turn!


Over at CASology, we've been giving everyone a peek into the design team members' craft spaces each week. This week, it's my turn!


Talk about a mad dash to clean things up!  With four craft loving children, I share my space and they have a way of covering every flat surface with their projects (must take after their mother...ahem.)!  I have had a variety of craft spaces over the years and it wasn't until we moved into our current home that my dream of having a craft space like this one became a reality.  My dear hubby helped me plan things out and together we came up with a simple layout that could serve a couple purposes other than just crafting.  Our basement is a work in progress, but my craft room and a bathroom are completed so far!

In our area, basement bars are popular.  We don't personally drink, but we wanted to have a bar in the basement for future resale if/when that time comes.  We decided my craft space would fit quite nicely in this room!  I tend to stand when I craft, so having a desk is not a top priority for me.  An island is perfect for this habit.  Plus, the kids can hop up on those bar stools and be close enough to supervise (& grab my supplies)!

As you enter the room, my faithful JetMax cubes (now a different brand at Michaels) reside on the right hand side.  The canvas photo you see is on dear hubby's honey do list to hang up one of these days.  I'm in the process of purging and reorganizing my craft space, so some of these drawers have very little in them right now.  As any crafter knows, however, that probably won't last too long.  I keep refills, wooden stamps, embossing powders, inspirational books, old Sizzix alphabet dies, binders for cling stamps, cards waiting for a home & a few old scrapbooking supplies in this area.  These are things that I don't need close to my workspace on a daily basis.


To the left, as you enter the room, is an armoire that has been with me for several years now.  It used to hold my crafting supplies, but now it holds the kids' craft supplies and my last few scrapbooking supplies (from before I went digital).  This seems to keep things fairly contained and it's an easy way to keep the mess from completely overtaking the room!


This is my workspace (notice the coffee pot?!):


Like in the kitchen, I prefer to have my most used supplies close at hand at all times.  The counter is an L-shaped one with cabinets and one drawer and then I have a Closet Maid cube storage unit under the window.


I have a thing for Closet Maid cubes.  They are such a practical way to organize and I have one of these in the laundry room too for storing each family members' winter gear (mittens, hats, etc.)!  Love these!!!  I keep my rhinestones and smaller embellishments in clear plastic jars on top.  This adds a pop of color to the room.  The buckets hold washi tape and newly acquired supplies.  The lower baskets need cleaned out because there are some stray items in those that I don't recognize!

To my right, as I stand in my workspace, there is another set of Closet Maid cubes which house the majority of my stamps.  These are alphabatized by manufacturer name.  I used some chalkboard bin labels to label each fabric bin with letters.  On top of the unit, I have my cardstock and Copic markers.  This space is actually designed for a refrigerator, but I'm happy to use it for other things!


Above the countertops are two cabinets.  The one on the left holds my sparkly, messy things such as glitter, spritzes & Stickles.  I also store my watercoloring supplies here.  The little buckets contain smaller tools such as sponge daubers, aqua painters, blender pens and the like.


The cabinet to the right contains stamps in dvd cases.  These are alphabetized also.  See a trend here?!  Below the cabinets are my ink pads.  I like to keep those closeby and within arm's reach.


Under the sink, I keep my bigger, often used tools such as paper cutters & a Scor Pal.  A pan organizer helps keep these in order.  I also have paper towels and cups here for messes and little treats when the kids are crafting with me.  I also keep spare dvd cases in a metal bin to remind me that I need to get my Paper Trey stamps organized.


Right now, my Paper Trey clear sets are in their original packaging and my next project is to get them all into dvd cases, labeled and put in alphabetic order by name!  I keep these in the lazy susan that is in the lower cabinets.


On the lower shelf, I keep extra buckets.  I personally love buckets for organizing and will often grab one for odd and end items that need a home.  I also use them for stamp sets that are currently being used for design team work.

To the right of the lazy susan is a lower cabinet which holds my die cutting supplies & embossing folders.  I also have a little bin of cardstock scraps.


The one drawer above this cabinet holds the crafting supplies & tools that I use most every time I craft.


As you can see, I keep scissors, Wink of Stella pens, adhesive and acrylic stamp blocks here.  These are organized with drawer organizers.  I like these to be easy to grab and easy to put away.

That wraps up my craft space tour!  In the future, I'll share more details about what I've used to organize my supplies, but I'm still in the process of organizing everything since moving into the room.  It all takes time and I don't often know how I'm going to organize certain things until I've used a room for a while.

I hope I've at least provided a little inspiration for you.  I like to have my supplies out of sight and a clean craft space so I can start fresh each time I walk in the room!


Have a fabulous Friday!

Melissa
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Coffee Loving Cardmakers Design Team Member!

Are you a coffee loving cardmaker? You might already be familiar with the official website for such people, Coffee Loving Cardmakers, but if not, you really must go check it out!  If you're on Instagram, be sure and follow along here!

As of this week, there is now an official design team and, guess what?!  I was asked to be one of the design team members!  Can you say I'm just a teensy weensy bit excited?!  I'm joining this fabulous group of ladies...

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In celebration, I went ahead and stirred up a little caffeination related inspiration!  I know I'm stating the obvious with this card, but I thought it appropriate for my first post as an official design team member.

Stamps:  Hero Arts (LOL), Sweet Stamp Shop (Cuppa Coffee)

As you can see, Clean & Simple is my game!  Tomorrow I'm going to be revealing my craft space here on the blog! You'll see "clean & simple" lived out there too!  You might even see a few coffee related items gracing the photos...


Have a fabulous Thursday!

Melissa
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CASology Challenge #172

It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  It's an appropriate one for this month, I think!



I thought about this one a bit and decided to go with a thank you card.  After all, one of those is usually sent following someone's generosity, right?!

Stamps:  STAMPlorations (Trendy Butterflies, Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds, Grateful Beyond Words)
I stamped the background image in Soft Suede ink (StampinUp!) & then added the sentiment in black.  The butterfly was stamped in black on Soft Suede cardstock and fussy cut.  It was then spritzed with gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray before being popped up with a foam dot for dimension.

Be sure and go say a quick hello to the design team members & this week's guest designer!  They work so hard each week to create inspiration!



Melissa Chipperfield - You are here.
 Ren Loh
 Tracey McNeely

Then, don't forget to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CST) for your chance to win a prize from this week's sponsor, STAMPlorations!
Have a terrific Tuesday! 

Melissa
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On the Move with CASology

It's Tuesday and time to get started on another clean & simple design with a new cue word over at CASology!


I initially thought I'd go with the literal interpretation of this cue, but couldn't find much for inspiration in my stash.  Instead, I found a little map image from StampinUp! that inspired this oh-so-simple card...

Stamps:  StampinUp, Paper Trey (sentiment)

Anyone with children can relate to this famous question.  I think most towns my own family drives through anymore are named Are We There Yet?  I'll be sending this to the next family I know with young children who happens to be heading off on a family road trip!  The stars are little gold sequins from my stash.

Be sure and go say a quick hello to the design team members & this week's guest designer!  They work so hard each week to create inspiration!


Melissa Chipperfield - You are here.
 Ren Loh
 Tracey McNeely
 Guest Designer:  Susan 

This is Ren's first challenge as part of the CASology design team, so go give her a warm welcome!

Then, don't forget to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CST) for your chance to win a prize from this week's sponsor, Cindy B Designs!

Have a terrific Tuesday! 

Melissa
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Precious Remembrance Christmas New Release + Blog Hop!

It's Release Day over at Precious Remembrance Shop and we're celebrating with a blog hop and giveaway!  Christmas is right approaching quickly now and a new holiday set, Sketchy Christmas, is now in the shop!


I couldn't wait to showcase the sketchy trees in this set!  I aimed to make a one layer card as we all know the holidays are busy and quick cards soon become a must!


Don't you just love the font on the sentiment?!  I masked the snowy, rolling hill on kraft cardstock and then added the tree.  A simple gold star sequin adorns the top of the tree.  So simple!

Here are the giveaway details:

  • Giveaway ends Saturday, October 31, 2015.
  • Leave comments on the Precious Remembrance Shop's blog post as well as each of the design team member's blogs to be eligible to win the prize, one Sketchy Christmas stamp set.
  • One lucky winner will be chosen randomly.
  • To keep updated with our projects, join us on Facebook, Pinterest & Instagram, if you haven't already.
From here, you'll want to head on over to lovely Sue's blog!  Good luck!

If you'd like to start at the beginning, just bop on over to Rosemary's blog!


Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Melissa
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CASology Zombies!

It's Tuesday and time for a new cue word over at CASology! Are you easily frightened or do you like a good scare? You might find the CASology gallery interesting this week...

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I went with something not so scary.  Zombies tend to make me think of splatter and the color red.  You too?!

Stamps:  Concord & 9th (Lots of Blots)
Concord & 9th has a fantastic set called Lots of Blots and it just seemed to grab my attention for this challenge!  I stamped the sentiment circle and two splatter images.  I then stamped the small heart from the set & fussy cut it before adding sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.  I popped up the heart with a foam dot for a little dimension.  I love black, white & red on CAS card designs.  There's just something so clean about that color scheme!

Be sure and go say a quick hello to the design team members & this week's guest designer!  They work so hard each week to create inspiration!










Melissa Chipperfield - You are here.

Tracey McNeely

Then, don't forget to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win a prize from this week's sponsor, Concord & 9th!



Have a terrific Tuesday!

Melissa
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CASology Challenge #168: YOU

It's Tuesday & time for a new cue word over at CASology!  It's so hard to believe CASology has already been around for over three years!  I guess time flies when you're having fun!


The CASology site has been going through a makeover lately & we think you'll like the new look!  Clean & simple is what CASology is all about!  If you haven't already, you'll have to go check things out!

This week's cue word is only three letters long, but has a lot of potential...as does each & every individual in this big ole world.  I can't wait to see what this little word inspires!

I kept my own card one layer.  As I was throwing the cue word around in my crazy mind, the song You Are My Sunshine came to mind and I had to see what I had in my stash for the idea!


Be sure and go say a quick hello to the design team members & this week's guest designer!  They work so hard each week to create inspiration!









Melissa Chipperfield - You are here. 

Tracey McNeely

Then, don't forget to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win a prize from this week's sponsor, STAMPlorations!



Have a terrific Tuesday!

Melissa
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