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Thursday, August 27, 2015

#Cre8time Organization for the Office... with Designer Crafts Connection and Deflecto Craft


Hello everyone! Today is another Designer Crafts Connection Bloghop challenge... this time featuring office supplies from Deflecto Craft. Who doesn't love office supplies - especially when we put our own Cre8time twist on them. As a graphic artist working in the printing industry, these items have transformed my disorganized mess on my desk.

For this challenge, Deflecto Craft provided three items for us to work with: Stackable Cube 4 Drawer Organizer; the 5" x 7" Black Bordered Craft Frame; and the Interior Image® 8 1/2" x 2" Sign Holder Nameplate. Each of these products on their own are sleek and functional, but combined, your desk and work area can be totally transformed.

The first thing I set off to embellish was the Interior Image® 8 1/2" x 2" Sign Holder Nameplate. I used some silver letter stickers from my stash to spell out "dream BIG" along the black swoosh bar. I enlarged my logo and text from my business cards to fit the plexiglas area. This can be changed out easily at any time by sliding out the protective anti-glare plexiglas and replace with a new insert.

Now I move on to putting a little bling onto the 5" x 7" Black Bordered Craft Frame. These frames are great as they are for a sleek, modern look... but are a perfect blank canvas for a myriad of projects or handmade gifts.

I had a lanyard from a convention with black square gems that was coming apart, so I gently peeled the gems off of the felt backing and re-adhered as an accent to the black edge of the acrylic frame. I had one small section of gems remaining and I saved this to embellish the storage drawer cube. I typeset a favorite quote by Arisotle and printed out. I trimmed page to fit frame and I have an instant piece of "Quotable Art" that looks like something storebought.

I don't know about you, but my desk seems to end up with a bunch of cups holding a hodge podge of pencils, pens, markers and whatnot... causing more clutter than actual organization. Insert the Deflecto Craft Stackable Cube 4 Drawer Organizer and all this clutter is organized in a jiffy. I really love the clear cubes as they blend in to the background and let the contents be seen and easily accessed. I need to have everything within reach and these drawers are so handy.

I divided up my cups of pens and supplies into the 4 drawers... and I have room for plenty more! I wrapped a purple decorative tape around the edge of the storage cube and topped it off with some of the matching black bling leftover from the frame. This ties all three items together with pops of black.

Sleek and Saavy Desk Organization!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Lunch Notes with #Cre8time LOVE...

Hello everyone. I'm back to share a little project using the Wet-Erase Chalkboard Signs that are handy, yet so much fun!

The Deflecto Wet-Erase Sign is perfect for adding a sign in a snap! These cute Black signs mounted to a Mahogany easel come in a three pack measuring 5 7/8" x 9 1/2" x 5 1/4".

In a previous post I created this fun Mexican themed sign using the assorted color pack of Deflecto Wet-Erase Markers for a fun taco night we had around the Thanksgiving holiday. I had fun decorating this and I love the border I created. I would like to use this on a daily basis as a menu note board for my husband for the meals I prepare and leave for him. I have to cook on a daily basis now for health reasons and he is really reaping the benefits and bragging about his "gourmet cook" at home - LOL!

I'm going to keep the border here, so using a small paintbrush and water, I apply water and gently rub to remove the chalk ink in the center of this board.

 I blot away the excess water and repeat until most ink is cleared.

Using a paper towel, I mop up the remaining and gently dry the center, careful to not wipe away my border. This is really pretty simple and didn't take more than a few minutes.

The Deflecto Wet-Erase Markers clean up quick and easy with a wet paper towel and water, then followed with a dry cloth - and they leave no ghosting. The ink is opaque and bright and does not require multiple coats - that's a timesaver. **A Little TIP** These markers write on plexi, glass and anything with a durable non-porous surface so you can decorate pretty much anything! I love using these on the Deflecto Craft Plexi frames.

The center of my blackboard is clear for re-decorating with my border in tack. There was a little smudge here and there which was easily touched up. All I have to do is create a new message for today!

Lunch Messages with LOVE!

I placed the sign right where with the water and drinks - a place that is sure to be seen. My husband really gets a kick out of my new daily routine of home cooking... and I have a little creative fun, too!

How would you decorate with Deflecto Wet-Erase Signs?

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 :) Sb

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Stay tuned this week as I will be sharing more ideas using Deflecto Craft products building up to a Designer Crafts Connection Deflecto Craft Challenge bloghop this THURSDAY - you don't want to miss it! Have a fabulous day :) Sb

Monday, August 24, 2015

#Cre8time Organization that's to DIE for...

Hello Everyone! It's a new week and I'm focusing on getting my crafty stash organized... today I'm focusing on my fun collection of thin metal dies. I am a die-hard club member of The Stamps of Life and I get a fun new collection of stamps with dies each month. Until now I have them all in a box in the mail packaging they come in - but I can't see them and have no clue what is in each. I have a solution combining two products from Deflecto Craft and a few staples from my crafty stash.

I'm using two Deflecto Craft products to create this FUNctional tabletop die storage... and it's a quick and easy transformation.

The sleek and modern Deflecto Document Browser® has six clear dividers on a black base which move effortlessly to browse files. I knew straightaway that this would be a great way to store my ever-growing collection of thin metal dies. I need them to be out where I can see them and organized in a fun way. This document browser system is perfect for this... the best part is that I can use both sides of each divider as my collection grows.

The Deflecto Craft Magnetic Sheets come in a package of three 8" x 15" sheets, with a white backing. These white magnetic sheets can be painted or papered, embellished or customized to any project. Thin enough to cuts easily with scissors, craft knives and die cuts... even emboss. I will be using the magnetic side {black side} up for sticking items to the storage system.

First I use a sheet of deli paper to trace a cutting pattern to fit each panel. I measure and cut six sections to size and trace pattern with pencil on the white side of magnet sheets. Now for a little fun! I could have skipped this step - but I wanted add a little texture and flair to my storage... and I think this will aid in pulling off the dies. So I picked an embossing folder with a gradiant dot pattern and embossed each magnetic section with my Cuttlebug. Honestly, I grabbed the first folder that was within reach {I have about 200} and didn't want to fuss with trying to choose.

I had to run each sheet through twice to complete pattern all the way across. I repeated for all five sheets.

I made sure that embossing would be raised on the black magnetic side. Now it's just so fun, right??!

Now for the most technical part of the transformation - cutting and gluing. I went to my stash and grabbed some double sided adhesive sheets for this job. Makes things quick and easy. I cut to size of rectangles and adhered to white side of each panel. The adhesive sheets are translucent enough to see my pattern line. I cut each to shape and did a test fit to make any trim adjustments if needed. I peeled off the backing and mounted to the Document Browser®. Voila!!

I have all six panels nearly filled and room to grow on the backside!

Flipping through my Stash o'Dies!!!

How would you organize with Deflecto Craft?

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For more information on the Deflecto line of products,


Stay tuned this week as I will be sharing more ideas using Deflecto Craft products building up to a Designer Crafts Connection Deflecto Craft Challenge bloghop this THURSDAY - you don't want to miss it! Have a fabulous day :) Sb

Monday, August 17, 2015

What's more "MANLY" than Cowboys and BACON? Unruly Paper Arts August Readers Art Quest

Hello Everyone... where is August going??! Well it's time for some more inspiration for the current Reader's Art Quest at Unruly Paper Arts. This month's challenge theme is "MANLY". What's more manly than cowboys and bacon?!! For this month's inspiration I created a fun card using some scraps of handmade painted papers paired with a fun stamped cowboy image and quote.

The Unruly Paper Arts Reader's Art Quest "MANLY" Inspiration photo and color palette, are a little dusty and perhaps a little grungy, with a POP of color.

I began with a 5" x 7" cardstock base to which I glued a painted papertowel {resulting from mopping up spray mists from faux leathering paper}, layered with a scrap of corrugated painted with Faber-Castell Gelatos {leftover from this seasonal art}. I layered the stamps ""Keep Calm and Put Bacon On"" and Cowboy with Lasso, from Viva Las VegaStamps! on cream cardstock, each double matted on recycled brown envelope, brown cardstock and a torn edge.

I hope you enjoyed my project and that you are inspired to join us in this month's Reader's Art Quest. I would love to see what you create. Please leave me a comment with your link.  :) Sb

Monday, August 3, 2015

#Cre8time Life Loves a Box of reNEWed Crayons...

Welcome! It's the first Monday of August an it's time for a new Designer Crafts Connection Bloghop. This month's theme is "Crafting with Back to School Supplies". Crafting with school supplies - who can resist?!! Even though I'm out of school, I still enjoy getting a new box of crayons, and fun colorful pens with a new composition book to doodle and sketch in.

What could be more fun than breaking into a brand new box of crayons. I remember trying to keep them so nice as long as possible... 

but all too soon they end up this :(...

My box of misfit crayons
are ready to get
a new Cre8time
lease on life!

The solution is so fun and easy - and something that the kids can get involved in {except the melting part}. Create fun shaped molds using Amazing Mold Putty - a 2 part molding putty that is not only food safe, but you can bake in the molds up to 375ºF... WOW! I grabbed an assortment of my stash of fun molds and began filling each with combinations of broken crayons while I heated my toaster oven up to 325ºF {you want to test your oven to see how hot you can safely melt crayons and not burn the wax}. 

You want to line a pan with foil to place the molds on... this does get a bit messy - as careful as I tried to control the mess and spillover, the liquified crayons came alive and liked to travel.

At this temperature, it didn't take very long. I stood at watch adding more wax in some and taking out the completely molds as they were filled. **A NOTE** the Amazing Mold Putty Molds retain the heat for quite a bit - you don't want to pick them up with your fingers or let tiny hands handle these until are completely cooled. When cool to the touch, I transferred the molds to the freezer for about 1/2 hour to fully chill the wax. Then they are ready to pop out! I scraped away any frayed edges with my fingernail and my new FUNtastic crayons are ready to play!

I couldn't resist breaking out my cherished mold of a yellow Peeps chick - it took longer to melt down enough crayons to fill, but he is so A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

What little girl or teacher wouldn't love a beautiful box of ornate crayons packed in a recycled chocolate box - each crayon cast in a vintage button mold. What fun shaped crayons would you create? CLICK HERE to view all the AMAZING ways you can add Amazing Mold Putty to your Cre8time.

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Join us for a #Cre8time CELBRATION with Anything But a Card Challenges No. 50

Today begins a brand new and final challenge at Anything But a Card Challenges... Challenge No. 50. And we are having a Cre8time "CELEBRATION" won't you join us! Since we are having a party... how about some cake? A pretty pink paper cake.

The FINAL Challenge... in the spirit of our time together stretching and growing our creative muscles – we invite you to join us in a Cre8time CELEBRATION!

I am about greencrafting and this paper cake is no exception. I know it's Pink... it happened to be the ruling color by my paper scraps and recycled colored tissue paper... and a wink to my super creative teamie "Sheri" {a.k.a. super pink girl}. This is one occasion that I can live without all things "PURPLE".


The center of this cake is recycled ribbon spools collaged with paper and tissue, then stamped with inky goodness and topped with luscious ribbon trims for the icing. Helmar adhesives made this project quick and easy... my cake came together lickety-split.

The base of the cake is finished off with
a hand-stamped doily detail, too!

This party is underway... now I'm off to find some ice cream. I hope you join us in the CELEBRATION at Anything But a Card Challenges!!!  :) Sb
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