New Stamp Storage and Mounting Idea!

I have been playing with the idea of separating my sentiment stamps from the sets they came with for a while now. I liked the idea of being able to see all of my greeting options at once instead of having to rifle through all of my stamp sets to find the saying I wanted. Here is what I came up with:

These generic jenga blocks were $5 for a set of 48...bargain!

I mounted my small unmounted sayings onto “Jenga” blocks. I put a thin coating of rubber cement on the block and on the back of the stamp and let it set for a couple of minutes then pressed the stamp on the block. But first I stamped the stamp on the block so I would know what stamp it was at a quick glance. Also note that I double and triple mounted the stamps (I put 2-3 happy birthday stamps on one block) to conserve space. Then I placed the newly mounted stamps in a printer’s tray I found at a yard sale last week:

I just love the cubbies! I can put most of my sentiments in here and it is so nice to grab the sentiment I need and go!

I love cubbies!

This is for my everyday stamps, all of my holiday sentiments are with that holiday’s stamps and any sentiments that only went with the set they came with I left with their sets. Also my clear stntiment stamps and my sentiments that were too large for the Jenga blocks went in CD cases based on theme, I only filled 5 cases, I thought I would have more but really, how many ‘thinking of you’ stamps does one need LOL? All in all I love this system, the first time I stamped a “thank you” on a card it was all worth it. Speaking of cards I want to share a card I made today. I used the layout challenge at Oriental Stamp Art to create this Z-fold card:

I love how a simple fold can make a card seem so much more fancy, it is easy though, you just cut a sheet of 4″x11″ card and score it at 2.5″ and 5.5″ but you can change the dimensions and where you score for a different result. I used a Stampin up border punch (I’m so lame, it is the only edging punch I own)  ;) on each end and on the ribbon and mat element. The fancy square is a Martha Stewart punch. The background peacock feather stamp and “friend” are from a Fiskars clear stamp set, the Ribbon is from Hero Arts and the detailed butterfly is from About Art Accents. I used a Kleidacolor inkpad (Berry I think) as my ink. I stamped the background 3 times to get it to stretch across and it was easy to line up. To make the dye based ink stick well I rubbed the clear stamp with a pink eraser and cleaned the stamp before inking. It really helps ink stick to the clear stamps!

This card qualifies for the following challenges: Aud Sentiments Challenge, The Rubber Cafe , All That Scrap Wednesday Challenge, Flutterby Wednesdays, Kelley Kid’s, My Mum’s Craft shop, Simon Says Stamp, The Paper Variety , 365 Cards, and of course the scetch challenge at Oriental Stamp Art.

Well, I did not intend to write a novel today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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22 Responses

  1. Great idea Lindsay! Pretty card too.

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  2. Your stamps look great in their new home, this is so neat. And your card amazing.

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  3. What a clever idea! At least one of us has a system for stamps! Very pretty card! Have a great evening!

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  4. What an excellent idea…. I’m on the hunt for those blocks now! Thank you for the idea.

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  5. Just love your idea for mounting your stamps – Jenga blocks – who would have thought!!! Well done! Great card too!

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  6. awesome Lindsay…. totally love the Jenga block idea… and love printer trays but around here they are costly. The card is gorgeous…. love the variegated colors and love the different fold (cuz u know I have issues and can’t ever seem to do other type of folded cards, lo)

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    • I know, printer’s trays are outrageous in price, I paid $25 at a yard sale!?! I alomes did not buy it because of the price and the seller would not budge on price but I love it! I did see some 7 gypsies new printer’s trays on sale at customcrops for $12 each though, I might get a couple;)

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  7. Beautiful card, thanks for sharing with us at MMCS, hope to see you again, Gaynor DT :)

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  8. Wonderful idea!

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  9. fabulous card, great colours and i love the style
    Thank you for joining us at MMCS

    Sue
    xx

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  10. What a fantastic idea, and it’s so cute, too–I have a printer’s tray sitting in my hallway, and it’s been giving me the stink eye for neglecting to do anything with it . . . you may have saved it from a dusty fate!
    :)

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  11. Love the ideas you shared. I’ll start looking for some of the same for mine.
    thanks for sharing,
    Aline

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  12. Awesome idea! I love little cubbies too. Thanks for sharing!

    Have a great day!

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  13. Absolutely adorable, Lindsay! Even though this isn’t your usual style, your creation is perfect! Thanks for playing in the 365 Cards “So Not Me” challenge and I hope to see you again!
    Aloha, Kim Mc
    365 Cards DT

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  14. What a fantastic idea! Only you would look at “Jenga” blocks and think stamps. LOVE IT! Many of my stamps are more wood then rubber, takes up precious space. It maybe worth unmounting some of them and mounting them on Jenga blocks instead. Darn just saw a set of those in a thrift shop last week. Great tip about using the eraser on the clear stamps as well.

    Also love your card. Love the design and the color combo.
    Blessings Bernie

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  15. This is gorgeous! I love the colors and the background! : )

    Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!!!

    -Sarah

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  16. Oh what a wonderful card, love the style of card.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.
    luv
    Debby

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  17. This is so pretty and such a neat fold! Thank you for playing along with my flutter by challenge!

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  18. Wow what a cool card – love the fold! Thanks for playing with FBW!

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  19. Great idea. Thanks for playing with us at MMCS this week! Hugs!

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  20. a gorgeous creation! Thanks for playing at AUD Sentiments this fortnight :) Gemma x

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  21. Wow what an adorable project I just love that image and the layout! Thanks for joining us at Au Sentiments for our latest challenge!

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