This is embarrassing,…

But, I thought I would share some pictures of my craft space (and very messy apartment!!) and ask for some advice. In an ideal world, my crafting space would look something like this, or this.

I live in a small 2 bedroom, furnished (hence the ugly curtains) apartment in London and I REALLY struggle with space for all my supplies. I have a set of shelves in our spare room and a small work table in our living room…but, lately a lot of my stuff lives on my dresser, the floor, kitchen table, etc.

I did a big stock up of materials over the holidays back home in the states (see image below!). In my extremely jet lagged state these are living in a very unorganized pile on the spare bed. As I am currently a zombie (my working day feels like 12am – 8am, thank you, California) and I have not had the energy to tackle this pile of goodies.

But, when I do muster up the energy all of this has to fit somewhere on here:

Or crammed onto my work table here:

So, the question is – how can I make better use of my space?? I think I need a new method for storing ribbon – I use Tupperware containers and I think something wall-mounted would be better. 
Also, what is the best method for storing clear stamps? I recently purchased photo albums as I thought this would be ideal, but I can barely fit any in the albums I bought without making them 4 times their original size — maybe I should have gone with ring bound albums instead??

Lastly, I think a purge of supplies is definitely in order!
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Embossing, ribbons and sparkle…

Oh how I love thee…

Today’s card uses another one of my favorite go-to stamps – simple & bold, it doesn’t require much else. I made a whole set of these cards – they look lovely all lined up! I thought it would take me a long time with all the sewing, embossing and bows, but managed to do a set of 10 in one evening after work (that is quick for me!).

This card is for the Wee Memories Bowtiful Ribbon challenge (I could submit an endless amount of cards to this fab challenge!) and also for the Paper Players Wet Embossing challenge. I use a lot of embossing in my cards, especially white embossing on dark or bright colored cardstock, so may have a few more submissions for this fun challenge before Friday.

Thanks for stopping by!

Card details:
Paper: card blank (Woodware), cardstock (Blade Rubber Stamps)
Stamps: Starburst Lace (Hero Arts), sentiment from Get Merry! (Hero Arts)
Ink: Cardinal (Versacolor)
Accessories: ribbon (The Ribbon Girl), rhinestone (Hero Arts), white embossing powder (Stampendous), sewing machine
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Autumn colors calling…

I was very excited to participate in the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger, but just realized I missed the deadline! Oh well – it still inspired the fall colors in my card today. The layout was inpsired  by the current Case Study Challenge. I love Heather’s cards and was happy to change from my standard A2 format to try something a bit different.

The leaves didn’t stamp very evenly, but I’m still happy with the look – a little ghost-like – reminds me of those last days of autumn before the leaves fall.

Thanks for visiting – and come back tomorrow – I have another fun card to share for the CASE card challenge!

Card details:
Paper: cardstock (Papertrey Ink)
Stamp: large leaf sprig from Turning a New Leaf (Papertrey Ink), sentiment for Mazel Tov (Papertrey Ink), woodgrain backgroung (Hero Arts)
Ink: Terracotta Tile (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: ribbon (Papertrey Ink), impression plate (Papertrey Ink)

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