Thursday, 10 July 2014

My Stamping Studio



Hey there Friends!  Some of you have messaged me to ask how we made out with Hurricane Arthur and I appreciate your concern!  We had no problems though.  We lost power for 6 hours but we were snug as bugs in rugs.  I had made up a bunch of food that we could eat cold (cornish pasties; chicken and potato salad, etc) so we were good to go.  After we lost power for a week last winter I don't take any chances!  It's been quite an adventure living on the East Coast of Canada but I must say I'm lovin' it.  Which reminds me, I had mentioned in a post earlier this week that I would share some photos of my Stampin' Studio with you.

Grab yourself a tea - I have LOTS of photos for you....
When we moved to our new home in May I decided I wanted this upstairs attic room for my new Stampin' Studio.  Though the ceilings are incredibly slanted and the room is small, it has three windows so it's full of sunshine all day long!  Since my Stampin' Up! business is my full-time job and I would be spending many hours in the room, I knew I wanted a bright and cheery space to work in.

 I washed down all the walls and ceiling (flithy from the years and also the old wood stove) and painted the ceilings a very soft white with a hint of pink.  Then I painted the walls a pale green and the trim is white.  The photo makes the room look much darker than it really is though - it's actually very light and airy.

Next, I ripped up the old, stained carpet and underlay then grabbed a hammer and screwdriver and took out all the grip strips.  The floor was also completely covered with staples (from the underlay) and I pulled every single one out with a kitchen knife.  To be honest, I really didn't mind doing any of this.  I actually found it be a little therapeutic...just don't let my husband know I said that or I'm sure he'd be putting me to work in other rooms.

Underneath the carpet is a plywood floor that I may or may not paint at some point.  However, I did notice in the floor gap next to the chimney that it looks like hard wood under the plywood.  So eventually I'd really like to rip up the plywood and refinish the old hard wood floor - wouldn't that be gorgeous?!  The beauty of this 100+ year old home is that the hardwood floors (throughout the house) are also the wide planks too.  I love it.  I know it would be a ton of work to do in this particular room but I think it would be worth it.  But that's a job for down the road....

While I worked on one half of the room, I shoved everything else over to the other half. I also painted an old desk I found a few years back at the VV Boutique (aka Value Village).  I decided to use this desk for my computer.
Time to start putting my craft and business supplies into my room so that they can be sorted and organized....
...I honestly didn't know where to start! It was a bit overwhelming (more so than the actually renovations! LOL)
And, I was still painting while I was setting up - but I had work to do, cards to stamp and blog posts to write! It was a little crazy for a while, to say the least!

While I still have LOTS to do in my new Stampin' Studio, it's now functional and pretty darn awesome.  I can't wait until it's completed!  Here's how it looks at the moment:

This room isn't as small as I once thought! There's a ton of space in here! 

This is where I do all my computer work, blog posts, etc.  I love looking out the little window to see our trees and flowers.  The photo makes it look dark but it's really not.  It's very bright in here.  Perhaps I should learn how to use the settings on my camera, hey?;-)

 
Very pretty.

There are two windows like this in my stamp studio and my hubby built in a table at each one with a shelf running between the two of them.  This table is where I stamp when I want to take advantage of the natural light.  It's also a great spot to create and be able to look outside at the beautiful scenery!

I adore this old vintage kitchen cabinet that was given to us.  I painted it white but otherwise left the old wallpaper inside the cupboard and drawers.  There are also two pieces of glass to go on front, but I decided to leave them off.  
 
The bottom cupboard holds my Stampin' Up! catalogues as well as projects I've made through the years.  
Inside the cabinet are my favourite retired stamp sets that I just can't part with (like Classic Pickups, Inspired by Nature and Gently Falling).  There are some stamps ya just gotta keep!

I found this old wooden crate and decided it was perfect for holding my 8 1/2" x 11" card stock as well as my This and That Journals.

It's wonderful to be able to have to big working spaces! The first table is where I do all my paper cutting and anything on the Big Shot.  There is also an extra chair here for someone to be able to come over and stamp with me! (Any takers???)  Next to is a massive desk that was left with the house when we bought it.  The desk is solid wood and was made in Montreal.  I love it.  It was not fun getting it upstairs but between my hubby and I we managed it! Where there's a will there's a way, right?

Back home in BC I used to live 5 minutes from IKEA (I miss that store, lemme tell you) and the rack that I have my old style punches is from there.  Same with the lamp - which I think cost me a whole $5.  Did I mention that I miss IKEA???
This was my latest Value Village find.  At the time I didn't know what I would use it for, but for $4 I knew I had to buy it.  I'm glad I did!  Now it's a handy dandy holder for my washi tapes, clear blocks, twine, adhesive and other tools!

I have no idea where I found the old Kraft cheese wooden box - I've had it for years.  Turns out it stores my Project Life cards and pens perfectly! Who knew?  One of my all time best investments with Stampin' Up! are the Many Marvelous Markers.  I use these markers on almost every single card!  You also may have noticed the cool storage rack for my Stampin' Up ink pads.  This is our Color Caddy and if you haven't got one yet you may want to seriously consider it; they're FABULOUS and I can't imagine being without mine.

Did you know that you can get any of these items half price or even FREE?  Just book a party with me or place a qualifying order through my online store and get it with your Hostess Benefits!  I'm looking for hostesses for summer/fall parties and I'd love to show you and your friends how to make some cute cards and gift items! Please let me know if you're interested (I promise, it's a ton of fun!).

Back to the photos.....

To the right of my desk I've got my craft scissors, crop-a-dile, and heat tool (hanging on the lower wall, not shown in photo).  So everything I need is right at hand.  I'm a very happy camper!

 I picked this shelf unit up when it was on sale at a craft store and I used it for my new Stampin' Up! punches, ribbons, etc.  My ribbon supply is a bit low at the moment - it's quite sad, actually.  LOL  I need to stock up on all the gorgeous NEW ribbons from the current catalogue!

This is the other window in my studio and it's where I film all my youtube videos now.  It's also where I've started taking the photos of my cards for my blog - how can you go wrong with that light??? I'm not a whiz when it comes to taking photos by any means, but this seems to work pretty well. By the way, the shutter is from the Restore.  I purchased these a few years ago, painted them white, and have been using them to store my cards ever since!

I'm not loving this, to be honest, but for now these banker boxes are serving their purpose.  Because of the slanted ceilings I lack walls for shelves. We also wanted to utilize this space best we could. This shelf runs between the two windows and my hubby is going to add another two shelves so that boxes aren't sitting directly on the floor or on top of each other.  These boxes are great for storing my business forms, magazines and other odds and sods.  The plastic containers are also terrific for storing sharpie markers, stampin' wheels and cartridges, glue sticks, etc.  There will be some other shelving built soon in another part of the room and I'm going to stack the plastic cases there.  I also think I'm going to sew a pretty curtain to go across the shelf to hide all the boxes.

Ok, friends, I am seriously LOVING this cart on wheels for all my current stamp sets! This was also left behind with the house next to the washing machine.  I decided to store my stamps in it temporarily but it's been so handy wheeling those stamps to my different work stations that now I'm on the lookout for another cart!

The SOS Pear box is another treasure I've picked up in my travels.  Right now I'm using it to hold my 12x12 paper and my scraps.

Are you tired of all the photos yet??? Well, don't worry - there's only a couple more!  

This is another contraption that makes me pretty darn happy.  Ever have a Big Shot on wheels?  You gotta try this! Again, it's handy dandy because I can easily move it along to whereever I happen to need it.  At the moment most of my dies are still in a box somewhere.  Egads! But they're going to end up on a shelf and I'll just keep my framelits (in the red album), embossing folders and magnetic platform in this cart.
Above my vintage cabinet I have another old crate which has been screwed to wall to make a 'shelf' to hold some of my favourite cards and gifts.

This is a picture I just took now, so you can see what I see while I work on this blog post! You may notice that I've already made some changes since I took the earlier photos a couple of weeks ago.  Now I've got all my business binders close by for easy access too.  And in case you're curious about the picture on the chimney, it's called Heart and Soul, by my favourite artist, Josephine Wall.

I am incredibly blessed to be able to work from home and believe me, I don't take it for granted.  I'll always be so grateful for the opportunity with Stampin' Up! to be able to turn my stamping hobby into a career that I love and am passionate about!  You can do the same thing too - click HERE to learn how!

So that's it for the photos! Whew - it was a lot of photos, but I know many of my readers are also my friends who have been asking for updates on my new crafting space! My inspiration is shabby chic, vintage so that's going to take some time to get it there.  But it's sure going to be a work in progress I'll enjoy!

And of course, I've just got to share a card with you today too!  I made this one with the new Bravo stamp set and Moonlight DSP:

 Instructions
Adhere DSP to Blackberry Bliss Card Stock. Ink up Congrats from Bravo stamp set using the new 2014-2016 In Colour Markers and stamp onto Whisper White card stock. Add to front of card. Punch out stars from Hello Honey card stock using Itty Bitty Accents punch - use Stampin' Dimensionals to attach to card. Apply pearl to star on stamped image.  Bravo! A quick and easy card ready to give to someone who needs a special congratulations!

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Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!

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3 comments:

Jamilla Ivits said...

Just love your studio... very inviting and warm!

Lisa said...

I love it Tina! Someday I'm going to come use that extra chair and stamp with you!!!!

Kathy said...

Enjoy your new studio. Its always nice to be organized at least for a while, haha. Love it.