Showing posts with label R. C. Kinsmon Studio. Show all posts
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Monday, October 12, 2020

Studio Tour 2020

Hello and welcome to my blog today I am going to share my Studio with you.  I just recently (yesterday) finished cleaning and organizing everything in the studio and wanted to take a little bit and give you a few tips and tricks to organizing your crafty space as well as a few organizing tips also.  

As you come up the stairs to my studio and turn to the right there's my desk area and my card display wall.  The cards on this wall are cards that I made and have blogged about since the new catalog went live in June.  I like to have pretty things in my space and my cards add color and art to the wall without having to spend any money.  I made the card display with Bead Board and attached a Mini Clothespin every so far with Hot glue and my glue gun.  

Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

Next to my desk I have a small folding table that I set up to house my lamps and file system.  This also has my mailing scale on it as well as a few little storage containers to house office supplies.  You know pens pencils sticky notes etc.  This is also used to hold my cards that I am working on editing the photos for my blog and to get stuff into the mail.  Underneath I have a file storage bin that contains paperwork and business papers.  

Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

As we turn around from the desk area you can see the full craft studio.  In the center of my room I have my set of large flat files that holds all my art papers, watercolor papers, and decorative art papers as well as drawing paper and printmaking papers.  So, they are heavy as heck and to hard to move so I came up with a solution.  I put a large piece of MDF on top of them and made it into a table or center island.  I placed a large floral arrangement in the center that I put together to add a little color and showcase my favorite flowers.  Don't worry they are fake so I can't kill them.  My center island serves two purposes one side has my cutting area on it where my Carl cutter can stay out all the time now and the rest I can use to sort and pack my class kits.  Each bin has a different project in it and I will place all the cut items in that bin for each project.  Currently the bins have the projects for my Fall Online Retreat ready to start cutting and prepping the projects this week to go out in the mail.  

Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips
Underneath each side of the island I have room to store extra supplies that are to bucky to store anywhere else.  

Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

When you turn to the left you have my card storage and Mailing station.  The three cabinets you see above I found on the side of the road and store all my extra supplies, kits, ink pads, and mailing supplies.  The four storage containers below house all my completed cards.  Each drawer has a different themed or category of card on the inside.  So all the cards for that category goes in the assigned drawer.  I keep my cards in plastic show boxes for the last few years but had outgrew that system and this was the perfect budget friendly solution that I cam up with over the summer.  

Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

Here is a better few of the cabinets that I found on the side of the road a couple years ago.  I still need to get a countertop for them but the makeshift MDF one works great for now.  

Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

Next to the cabinets and mailing station is one of my Paper storage areas.  I was gifted this wire system from a friend who no longer needed it.  It houses all my bulk Stampin' Up! Cardstocks in Color family and the far left one holds retired DSP that Charles has access to for his new online Junk Journaling classes.  Above that I have storage to hold all those little items that we all need storage for.  Most of it is my adhesive storage and sponges, and other miscellaneous stuff.  Below the Cardstock in the bins are extra storage and overflow cardstock.  

Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

This area is my Photo area.  This houses all the supplies and my Light box.  I have all my photo props and backdrops stored here.  As well as my card magazines, retired catalogs, other notebooks and magazines that I get inspiration from.  
Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

Next to the bakers rack is my new Die Cutting and Heat Embossing Stations.  I have my Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine sitting out on the top of the counter and my dies, below that are my Big Shots, and Embossing Folders.  Next to that I have my die brush container, and a few little odds and ends.  The underneath containers holds prizes, printmaking supplies, my classroom easels, and items to make different 3D projects and Retreat gifts.  

Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

This is my main work area and filming area.  If you watch one of my videos this is where it's filmed it.  I got the Photo lights last year for Christmas and they have made a huge difference.  I have everything that I reach for all the time in this area.  All my ink pads, stamps, holiday and seasonal items, and my punches.  
Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

This is the backside of the island where I have everything set up to cut and prep my Fall Retreat.  
This is Carl's new home.  I am so excited he gets to sit out all the time now.  The boxes you see on the other corner are all things that are getting donated.  

Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

Here in the filming area is my book case that used to hold all my stamps but now it holds plastic containers that hold all my most used tools and supplies that I reach for all the time.  There's also some empty drawers so I have places to put things as I get them.

Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

Here is my Stampin' Up! Storage for all my Ink Pads, Stampin' Write Markers, Stampin' Blends, Ink Refills, and Ribbon.  All my Annual Catalog Stamps are in this bookcase.  I put them behind me so I can just turn around and grab whatever stamp set I need for the project I am working on.  They are all in Alphabetical order.  
Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

My filming desk is long and narrow.  That way I can't fill it up will all the stuff I use all the time and have to clean it off at the end of the day.  I found that with my big desk I would just keep filling it up and not put things away.  With the narrow desk  I have no choice but to put things away when I am done.  In the small bookcase on the end I have all my Holiday and Seasonal Stamp Sets, and Ribbons,   I will change these out when the January-June Mini comes out.  On top of the book case is clear DVD storage unit that I got on Amazon that hold the Stampin' Up! clear DVD cases.  Inside each DVD case is my embellishments.  Each case is labeled and I can easily grab what I need and put it back away.  

Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

Video Tutorial: 

Here you can walk through the studio with me and I will tell you everything I can about how I redid my Studio and what I used to store things in and I talk a lot more about creating each Zone.  Thanks for dropping by today.  I did add links to the items that you can get off Amazon that I used today.  I also have listed the Storage by Stampin' Up! items also.  


Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 

Out with the Old and In with the New!

New Year New Customer Rewards Program.  It's a new Stampin' Up! Year and it's time to update a few things and I have started with my Customer Loyalty Program.  You can read all about the new program by clicking here.  You will also find the new Crafty Rewards Tracker Sheet there as well.  All past rewards points have now expired for previous years with this new program.  

If you place any size order with me during the month of October you will receive the October Creative Stampers Tutorial Bundle from me as a little thank you.  This month's tutorial bundle is a Mega Tutorial Bundle featuring projects for both Fall & Halloween.  There are 20 tutorials featured this month.    The Creative Stampers Tutorial Bundle can either be earned for FREE with any size order or Can be purchased for $22 from me.  As a bonus for ordering during the month of October you will also get the Coming Home Tutorial Bundle as well.  

The month of October Stampin' Up! has a Designer Series Paper Sale going on on 15 select Designer Series Papers.  Each pack of paper is 15% off so it's a perfect time to stock up.  You can find out all the details and my ordering special for this sale by clicking here.  This wonderful sale ends on October 31, 2020 so don't miss out!  

Amazon Items: 

Large Plastic Storage Bins -

iDesign Plastic Storage Bin with Handles for Kitchen, Fridge, Freezer, Pantry, and Cabinet Organization, BPA-Free, Medium -

6 Pack - SimpleHouseware Foldable Cube Storage -

mDesign Stackable Plastic Storage Organizer Bin with Built-in Handles - for Craft, Sewing, Art, School Supplies in Home, Classroom, Playroom or Studio - 16" Long, 2 Pack – Clear -

mDesign Wide Stackable Plastic Kitchen Pantry Cabinet, Refrigerator or Freezer Food Storage Bin with Handles - Organizer for Fruit, Yogurt, Snacks, Pasta - BPA Free, 14.5" Long, 2 Pack – Clear -

mDesign Plastic Storage Organizer Container Bins Holders with Handles - for Kitchen, Pantry, Cabinet, Fridge/Freezer - Large for Organizing Snacks, Produce, Vegetables, Pasta Food – Clear -

mDesign Plastic Food Packet Kitchen Storage Organizer Bin Caddy - Holds Spice Pouches, Dressing Mixes, Hot Chocolate, Tea, Sugar Packets in Pantry, Cabinets or Countertop - 2 Pack – Clear -

STORi Stackable Clear Plastic DVD Holder - Holds 14 Standard DVD Cases -

HOMZ 3 Drawer Medium Storage Cart, Set of 1, White -

Sterilite 17918004 3 Drawer Unit, White Frame with Clear Drawers, 4-Pack -

SimpleHouseware Heavy Duty 3-Tier Metal Utility Rolling Cart, White -

Supply List: 

Monday, October 5, 2020

What I've been Up to

 You may be wondering why you haven't seen a lot of card posts on my blog the last few weeks.  Well I have  been busy working on my studio.  I have been in the throws of cleaning and rearranging my space.  For some reason when I start to clean my studio I want to rearrange everything.  And when I want to rearrange I have to tear everything up and then build it back again.  

Here's one of the spaces that I worked on the last few weeks.  I had a BOGO Sale Online at the end of September and have had all my BOGO Retired Products sitting out on two folding tables since June.  I knew that I was going to do another one in September so I didn't want to drag it out and put it back up.  But I finally have it all put away until the next one in February.  
Once I got all the BOGO stuff put away I could start working on my desk.  And, this is where the I had to tear it all apart and rearrange everything.  So, I worked on cleaning everything while working on that I decided that I needed a more functional space.  So, that meant I sat down and figured out what areas I need.  One that when you have a studio space is to have a area for the things that you need.  For example when I sat down and made my list of areas, I needed a area for the following; Video Area, Photo Area, Desk Area, Cutting Area, and Die Cutting Area.  Having these areas will help me stay more organized and everything will stay in it's places.  I will be sharing photos and a walk through of the new space later this week.  
This is my Paper Storage area and for some reason it's always a place that seems to be a catch all.  It seems to be a place where things go to die LOL.  So, this was a major area that needs attention.  I will share pictures and some storage ideas as I mentioned later in the week so be watching for that post soon.  I just wanted to give you a heads up on what's been going on in my live.  I will talk to you soon unless this mess falls on my head and I am stuck underneath.  
Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Season of Thanks & Last Day to Signup for my Paper Shares

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you today is the last day to sign up and pay for my Holiday Product Shares.  You can do so by clicking here to register!  The Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog goes live tomorrow are you excited to be able to order all the new holiday goodies?  Over the weekend I did a Holiday Catalog Launch Party to celebrate the catalog going live soon and talked about some of my favorite things during each presentation.  Today's card is one of the samples that I shared during the Live Presentation on Facebook.  I created this Season of Thanks card as one the samples for the Come To Gather Suite in the catalog.  This Suite is our Fall themed suite this year and has some amazing color combinations and some fabulous products in it.  Here's a look at my card.
I used products from both catalogs to create my card; I used the Gather Together Stamp Set (150589).  Which is a photopolymer set and you can get alone or as part of the Gather Together Cost Savings Bundle (153036).  Anytime you order one of the bundles from Stampin' Up! you're saving 10% off the price of the products.  I started out by picking which piece of designer series paper I wanted to use and from that is where I picked my colors.  I picked to use Pretty Peacock as the main color of my card and picked Crushed Curry as the supporting color. Even with it not being in this piece of designer series paper it works so well with the colors.  One of my inspirations for this color combinations also came from the August Paper Pumpkin kit.  That kit contained fall themed projects and had these two colors in them.
Once I had the designer series paper picked and the colors it was time to start building the card.  I picked Crushed Curry as my card base.  I know some of you out there are not a fan of Crushed Curry, but it's an absolute show stopper of a color when paired with Pretty Peacock.  The rich golden hue becomes even more striking when you put it up against the dark lush teal of the Pretty Peacock.  I mean really if you think about it they probably play so well together because you can find a color similar to Crushed Curry in an actual peacock feather.

So once the card base was created it was time to dress it up.  I cut my designer series paper in half and then used a scrap of Pretty Peacock cut to the same size and ran it through my die cutting/embossing machine with the Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder (150646) also in the Holiday Catalog.  This folder adds so much texture to your projects that it's amazing.  I have a video coming out later on where I played with it and the new Delciata inks and the look was a show stopper.  I can't wait to share that with you.
I added both those cut pieces to a Pretty Peacock mat.  To cover the seam I used the Crushed Curry 3/8" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon (149444) from the Annual Catalog.  I wrapped it around the mat and secured it on the back and then tied a nice pretty bow on the front.  It was then time to add my sentiment and focal image, as if I needed anything else to draw attention to this card.  But, it did need a sentiment so I stamped my greeting and one of the pumpkins from the stamp set in Pretty Peacock Classic ink (#150083) on a large stitched oval and added it with a few Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).  And, that finished off my card.  I've gotten where I don't like to have a lot of embellishments on my cards, I really want the focal images and colors to stand out.  Now, don't get me wrong I will add one if I think it needs it, but with this card I wanted all the textures from the crinkled ribbon, embossed cardstock, stitched oval and the texture in the designer series paper to really stand out.  I think that by adding all these different textural elements has created a beautifully textured card.
As I mentioned before all the products in this suite will be available when the catalog goes live tomorrow.  Here's a little video from my Catalog launch for you to view if you missed it on Saturday.  I also will be doing a virtual walk through of the catalog tomorrow night during my Facebook Live at 8 pm CST and I will share with you my top 10 horde worthy picks from it.

Holiday Catalog Virtual Launch Party: 

Part one of the video is live now but the other two parts will be availible later today so make sure to check back during the day and watch them as well.  Part two goes live at 12:30 pm and part 3 goes live tonight at 6 pm 

Part 2: 
Part 3: 
Thanks for dropping by today, don't forget to check back if the other two parts don't play right off the bat this morning they are set to premier later today.  You are going to want to have your Holiday Catalog and wish lists ready to mark my top 10 horde worthy products when the catalog goes live tomorrow.   

Happy Stampin' 

Stampin' Up! Shopping List

  1. Spend any amount with me this month and receive the Creative Stampers Tutorial Bundle featuring Fancy Fold or Interactive Projects.  Plus get a gift from me in October. 

Please remember that if you use the host code you can not use that order towards my KCRP’s (Kinmon Crafty Reward Points) that would be double dipping and is not allowed.  For more information on KCRP’s click here. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

December Thank You Cards featuring All things Thanks from the Upcoming Occasions Catalog

Hello stampers and crafters I hope that you are doing well today.  Today I am sharing with you my Thank you cards for November and December.  If you have placed an order with me during this time period you will be getting one in the mail very shortly.  My card features the All Things thanks stamp set (available January 4th) from the upcoming Occasions Catalog.  This is a wonderful thank you sentiment stamp set, and we all need a great stamp set for thank you cards.  I mean really we all need thank you cards.

All Things Thanks by Stampin' Up!
If you look at the images above you can see that there are some great thank you sentiments in this set and some wonderful fonts.   There's a font for anyone, and each one will give a different feel for each card you create with this stamp set.   Here's a look at my card for today.
When I started creating this design I knew that I wanted to use the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper, especially this pattern.  I knew that I wanted to use the Sweet & Sassy Framelits and this paper with the Candy Cane Hearts was perfect.  It had the matching hearts, plus it was great for December Thank you's.   So it was only natural that I went with Real Red, Crumb Cake and Whisper White as my color pallet.
Which to me is a classic color combination.   I have used this combo a lot and I just love it.  These are some of the colors that I gravitate to most. 

Sizes and Dimensions:

  • Crumb Cake 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Real Red 4 x 4
  • Whisper White 3 1/2 x 3 1/2
  • Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper 4 x 5 1/4


Here's another look at today's card. 
Thanks for dropping by today I hope that you all are having a safe and happy holiday.  If you would like to to pick up the supplies to recreate this card (besides the Candy Cane Lane DSP which is sold out) and the All things thanks (Available Jan. 4) you can pick them up in my online store or by clicking on the products in the links below.  


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