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February’s Host Code and My Stampin’ Update

February 6, 2021

Zoom!  It’s the end of the first week of February.  Unbelievable how time flies.  January allowed me to reorganize and tidy up my stampin’ space, a spare bedroom.  Actually, it never even got a chance to be a bedroom.  When we moved to Boise and into our new home, the room was claimed as my new ‘studio’.  All of the old storage units came with us from California (Mi Wuk Village); they just have new walls and closets surrounding them now.  It took a year to figure out just how I hoped to operate in here and for now at least I’m pleased with the outcome.  First, February’s Host Code.

When you place an order via my Stampin’ Up! store, please use the monthly hostess code when prompted at checkout to earn free products from me. If your order is $150 or more, no need to add the code…..you’ve earned your own hostess rewards!

February 2021 Host Code

 

In April I will celebrate 25 years with Stampin’ Up!  Yes, I’ve gathered a lot of supplies and tools over the years, some long gone and others that I still can’t part with.  Are you ready for a tour of my stampin’ space?   (It’s nice to be able to hold my head up and take a few pix of the place! It’s been a mess for quite a while, waiting for me to plow through, purge and organize. )

I stamp in the Avimor community on the west side of Boise, Idaho.  I’m always open to suggestions, ideas, and questions.  And classes!  I’m here to help you achieve success in your stamping endeavors.  Now here’s where I work and play:

From the doorway:

View from the door way

We lived immediately adjacent the Stanislaus National Forest in the California Sierra Nevada mountains, deep in the trees with no visible neighbors for nearly 20 years and now we’re right smack in the middle of a newish neighborhood with zero trees and neighbors right outside the window.  For most in this neighborhood, this is a bedroom.  For us, it’s a stamp room.  Ginger, the cat, is a pretty permanent resident.

 

Photo 'studio' and shelving

This was empty space about 5 months ago. Hmmm….shelves?  They were installed within days of thinking that would be a good use of the blank space.  Bottom shelf is my “photo studio”.

 

Cardstock storage, a now 20 year old (plus probably) cardboard sorter from one of the office type stores.

I store my cardstock alphabetically, left > right, two colors to a slot EXCEPT for Basic Black, Basic White, regular & thick and Very Vanilla, regular & thick.  Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Tools sit atop the storage unit.  To the left is a piece (blue) salvaged from a hardware store being morphed into a fire station.  It holds my mini Stampin Cut & Emboss machine as well as current dies and embossing folders and Stamparatus.

 

Ribbon Storage

I love my ribbon storage…..cut-to-fit segments of plastic rain gutter, screwed into to studs in the wall. I’ve used this method in three houses now, each house having cut-to-fit pieces. Row 1 is current product. Row 2 is retired. Row 3 (made from a discarded shelf) holds current embellishments plus a few odd stamps.  That piece of wood you see beneath was my grandfather’s lap desk: the sides laid over his desk chair and the cut out was for his belly/body.  He was an avid letter writer.

 

Ikea cubes, stacked.

In the mountains (previous home) these Ikea cubes sat, strategically placed, supporting an 8′ x 4′ solid core door that served as my incredible stamping/classes table.  Now it holds my tv, current stamps and often odds and ends like Seal refills, cards to be finished, cards ready to send or sell and a few other odd bits.

 

Container Store Elfa units and another selvaged cupboard

These Elfa drawers have been a part of my life since the mid 80s. I’ve definitely got my money’s worth out of them!!! Currently they hold order files, glitters/embossing powders & heat gun, creative files “for the future”, envelopes, paper pumpkins kits waiting to assembled, flat boxes (like pizza, gable, mini paper pumpkin) and a few other supply items.  Atop the left Elfa stack is my hard worked Epson printer.  To the left, another salvaged cabinet: catalogs, basket, and day to day date reminder, and some little drawers that hold odd-ball items, retired Stampin’ Up! card holder from the days when we had a Memento Mall for purchasing neat things for our businesses.

 

Cards for Sale

Salvaged 12″ x 12″ commercial “paper stacker” for my current Designer Series Papers and a salvaged card rack from a H…mark store that was closing.

 

Nice quiet closet doors

Nice quiet closet doors

 

The closet!

Closet space is filled with more Elfa units plus clear shoe boxes filled with not-so-often-used supplies.

 

The other side of the closet

The other side of the closet

 

Out of season supplies

Out of season supplies

 

This narrow cabinet housed my very grown children' cloth diapers once upon a time

This narrow cabinet housed my very grown childrens’ cloth diapers once upon a long time ago.

 

Mini Catalog/SAB stamp sets

Mini Catalog/SAB stamp sets.  My girlfriend Linda painted the flowers wa-a-a-y back in the 1970’s!  Pink dots = Sale-a-Bration.  Granny Apple Green dots = January – June Mini Catalog stamp sets and embellishments.

 

My desk/work table

My desk/work table

 

My desk

My desk/work table.  My upline, Debra Godfrey, gave me an awesome suggestion when we first moved into this new space in Boise:  place your most used tools within an arm’s reach.  To the left are card stock, die cutting machines, ink pads/re-inkers, blender pens, clear blocks, regular markers, Stampin’ Scrub and current catalogs, Paper Trimmer.  In the drawer: sponges and some e-m-p-t-y space!  To the right are tissues, Dimensionals, Tear & Tape, Glue Dots, a few retired catalogs, works in progress in containers, matches, snacks and in the drawer: current punches and ‘hand-stamped-by’ SU! stamps from over the years.

 

punches & hand-stamped-by stamps

Punches & hand-stamped-by stamps.  Tucked between the desk and ‘diaper’ cabinet is my trusty hard worked Carl Cutter for cutting quantities of card stock at a time.  (It’s funny…..I keep wanting to push this photo-drawer shut!)

 

So now you know where I hang out most of the time, creating, blogging and planning.  If you have any questions, please ask.  And if you’d be interested in becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, purchasing your own product at a 20% discount, let’s talk.  Join My Country Loft Team.   << Just click the link and get more information.  No obligation for clicking and reading!  🙂  There is a quarterly minimum of $300 in sales–but that doesn’t go into effect until the end of your first FULL quarter.  Right now that would mean the end of June 2021.   During Sale-a-Bration, which ends when February ends, you’ll receive  a free 6″ x 6″ stack of Stampin’ Up!’s Regals, Subtles, Neutrals, Brights, and 2020—2022 In Color Designer Series Paper (that’s a $60 value) along with your Starter Kit!  There are lots of other perks to being a demonstrator, the most important of which is that you can run your business your way.  No pressure.  Let’s talk if you’re at all curious.

 

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