Distress Oxide Storage Tips & Tricks (not using a tower)

Distress Oxide Storage Tips & Tricks (not using a tower)

Hello There,

Today I am back with a craft room storage tip/hack for you. This storage revolves around Distress Oxides. I love my Distress Oxides, I love my Archival Inks too, however, my Oxides are many more than my inks in my craft room. The issue I have been running into is storing my blending pads with the Distress Oxide so I don’t lose it and then easily storing my Distress Oxides. See, I’ve searched youtube and watched other crafters and a lot of folks I see use these great tower systems, which are wonderful. My issue is I don’t have the vertical space for that. I don’t have wall space that doesn’t have bookcases and my working table is too small to keep the pads on.

My first attempt at a solution:
The first hack I tried for storing my blending tool foams was using the velcro hack, which if you have a tower is fabulous. What you do is get a piece of velcro, stick it to the underside of the Distress Oxide and stick your blending foam to it. Then you can slide your ink pad into the tower and done. Since I don’t have a tower I was storing my ink pads on top of each other in a 12 x 12 plastic scrapbook paper holder. The major issue I ran into was finding the colors I wanted and the foam pads were staining the tops of my ink pads so I was losing my color visibility. Over time I also noticed my velcro would start to fall off as the ink soaked the paper on the underside of the pad. I stuck with this for almost a year and my frustration won over, and now I have my latest solution.

My new solution:

  1. New storage container: I looked online at Michaels.com and I found that the Recollections brand had a scrap paper storage case, clear, similar to the IRIS brand storage case but shallow. I purchased three of them to start with. They will each hold 12 Distress oxides, and only being 1.5″ tall it was shallow enough for easy shelf storage. I have my Distress Oxides now organized by color families. (Note: the plastic clasps don’t like to snap shut, however, I have them stacked on a shelf so it’s not a big deal)
  2. New storage for blending tool foam: I had these clear inserts for baseball cards that I had been using for my Artist Trading Card (ATC) swaps. They are clear inserts, so I trimmed them down to fit the bottom of the Distress Oxide pad. I used double sided tape to adhere the sleeve to the underside of the pad and voila a great way to store my blending foams with the ink pad and contain the ink.

Here is a quick video I did on the storage solution: Distress Oxide Ink Storage

Here are some photos so you can see what I did:

All three (3) cases with the Distress Oxides and the clear sleeves I used

You can see in this photo how the pads being on the underside started to discolor the tops of the pads

Here you can see below the clear inserts I taped to the bottom and put the blending pads in

Another close up of the blending pad and the velcro I use to use.

Lastly, this is how they store neatly on my Ikea Billy Bookcase shelves

With room to grow!!!

I am so glad I am able to share this little storage tip/hacks with you and I hope it will help make crafting in your space even easier. Thanks for stopping in, see you guys soon!

Below are the links to the items I noted in my post in case you want some for your craft room:


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Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collage on gesso board “Embrace the Journey”

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collage on gesso board “Embrace the Journey”

Hello, my crafting family,

Today I want to share with you a piece I did on gesso board. I began my art journey as a canvas artist. I started in oil paints, then moved to acrylic, later I moved to mixed media on canvas. Over time I discovered art journaling and I loved stamps and stencils but struggled to use them on canvas. In a recent trip to Hobby Lobby, I discovered some quaint sized gesso boards. They are about 3/4″ thick and hollow backed, but still a sturdy board. They are light so perfect for collage and then being able to still display them. I also plan to in a future post/video try them with beeswax, so stay tuned.

Well, today’s piece was inspired by my latest Tim Holtz Idea-ology haul of new goodies from Creativation 2019, as well as my cabinet card digital downloads I have started creating. I’ll do a separate post on my cards. I love to travel and with my cabinet cards, I wanted to tell a story, to imagine what the life of the person may have been liked. I chose the image of “Claire” as I have deemed her and decided to use some of the Tim Holtz Tissue Paper-Postale, as well as his new ephemera pack “Keepsakes” and an oldie “Emporium” to use up my stash and make this board. I also got to play with the Distress Collage Medium in Vintage which was amazing.

You can see my process video on how I created this piece over on my Youtube Channel: Idea-ology Collage on Gesso Board

The pieces is for sale in my etsy shop here:  Idea-ology collage on gesso board

My cabinet card digital downloads are here: Victorian Ladies Cabinet Card Download

Now let’s take a look at the finished piece:

I love that this is a new surface I can add to my creative process. I hope this post will inspire you to play and find some new surfaces to try your favorite materials on. Thanks for stopping by!.

You can find a full list of the supplies I used to make this piece below. Please note these lead to affiliate links, which means purchases made thru the links I receive a small percentage of and that helps me to keep doing my blogging and Youtube Channel and sharing my love of creating with you. Thank you.


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March 2019 Monthly Inspiration Challenge Art Journal Page

March 2019 Monthly Inspiration Challenge Art Journal Page

Hello, my crafting family,

I am finally back with you. Phew. This has been an awful season for those of us with allergies. My cold took me out for three weeks, one of which I spent a full week in bed. It feels so wonderful to be back and crafting with you. I am just in time for March’s Side Street Design Studio Monthly Art Challenge. I had a lot of fun making the page for today’s share. I am finding that I think some of my favorite pages I do when journaling are ones that include photos of me that hold a memory. Perhaps it’s that closeness that makes them so special.

Well, without further ado here is the prompt card for March: Download your copy

You can see my process video over on Youtube: March 2019 Side Street Design Studio Challenge
This month I got to play with some of Tim Holtz’s new goodies. My super speedy shipment from scrapbook.com came just in time. I used his new collage paper, journal cards, and distress archival inks, along with some old staples like distress collage medium in vintage and matte finish.

Here are some photos of my finished journal page:

For those of you who don’t know what Side Street Design Studio is, it’s a group I created over on facebook where I release a prompt card each month, on the second Saturday and you can join in and post what you make from the prompts. Come join us. 


Below is the complete list of supplies I used. Please note these links are affiliate links and any purchases you make, I receive a small commission from which allows me to keep running my Youtube channel and blog and sharing my love of art with you.



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Distress Oxide Carabelle Studio Stamp Floral Spring Notecards

Distress Oxide Carabelle Studio Stamp Floral Spring Notecards


With February drawing closer to an end, I know up North folks are still dealing with snow, so I thought I would add a little sunshine to my release this week. Today’s post & video are Distress Oxide mini notecards with some bright spring colors and flowers. To pep up those cold days and get us ready for spring. I made these cards for an upcoming happy mail swap. They are my favorite type of cards to make because all you need are a few Distress Oxide colors and one stamp.

For this project I used:
A set of premade 3 1/2″ x 5″ notecards
Distress Oxides in; Hickory Smoke, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Broken China, Antique Linen, and Old Paper.
Black Archival Ink
Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform
Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Matt
Carabelle Studio stamp “Roadside Weeds”

You can see my process video here: Distress Oxide Print Notecards

Here are some stills of the finished cards:

I just really loved how the colors came together and how the black stamp looked on the bright colors. Even the areas that didn’t stamp as well gave it a nice distressed look. I hope these simple mini cards will inspire you to start breaking out some of those spring stamps and get ready for the warmer season and some happy mail swaps!

Here are the supplies used to make these cards:

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Distress Oxide Cat Themed Valentine’s Day Card

Distress Oxide Cat Themed Valentine’s Day Card


I am back with day two of my Valentine’s Day card share. To change things up from the “quirky” card yesterday I decided to go with cute and cuddly for today’s theme. This card revolves around a cat stamp I picked up at my local craft store and I love when I have a chance to use it.

To make this card I used:

1 stock Kraft card 5″ x 7″
2 pieces of watercolor paper 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
Various Distress Oxide colors
Stone stencil
Cat Stamp
Gold Paint Pen
and some double-sided tape

You can see how I made the card step by step over on my Youtube Channel: Distress Oxide Cat Themed Valentine’s Day Card

Here are some photos of the finished card:

This whole card was inspired by one stamp. The background just grew from what I pictured based on the cat stamp. If you are stuck and trying to figure out something to make, dig out your old stamps and put them in a pile. Close your eyes, reach in and grab one and see where it takes you!


You can find the supplies I used below:

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