Friday, February 27, 2009

Stamp Something Challenge

Good morning! This weeks Stamp Something Challenge is sponsored by Whimsy Stamps. They have such adorable stamps! Go check them out! The theme for this weeks challenge is Cold Winter Wind Somethings. Now, I don't know about you, but on a cold winter day, I'm drinking hot cocoa or coffee, so I used this adorable snowman mug stamp by Impression Obsession. I love this stamp! It's adorable, and I love coloring it!

-Stamps-Impression Obsession Snowman mug, SU So many sayings
-Ink-Memento black
-Copics-C1, RV10, RV11, BG10, BG72, E31, E37
- Paper-White and Baja Breeze cardstock; Pretty in Pink & Soft Sky prints DSP
-Accessories-Cuttlebug folder, Sewing machine, white grosgrain (colored with BG72 copic), styled silver HPH, Martha Stewart chunky glitter

Make sure you stop by the Stamp Something Challenge blog and check out the rest of the DT's fab creations!

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Thursday, February 26, 2009


So, I knew you could stamp with bleach, but it never occurred to me to color with it! I came across THIS gorgeous card in the gallery on SCS and HAD to CASE it biggrin! HERE is a tutorial. The tutorial tells you to use a dry blender pen, but I never thought to save the dry ones, so I didn't have any that were dry and didn't want to ruin a good one. So I took an old cheap marker that was light colored and just rinsed the color out of the tip, and used it to pick up bleach (she uses gel in the tutorial, but I used regular bleach in a cup). I can't believe how easy this was!

Oh, by the way, did you hear that Addicted to rubber stamps has everything 25% off?!? It was supposed to be just yesterday, but the site was running so slow that they extended it until the 28th! I just couldn't help myself...I got ordered 4 Bellas last night! I'm getting ready to order some Copics, so I was gonna hold of on the Bellas for now, but I realized I'd only have to get 6 less Ciaos to get the 4 Bellas, so I just couldn't resist! Now I've got some Bellas coming, and getting ready to have 12 markers on the way! mrgreen I can't wait!!!

I'm horribly behind on my google reader again rolleyes. I keep telling myself I'm going to check it everyday so it's not so much, but I always forget. I love way too many blogs though! I'm hoping to get a little caught up today, but my house is a mess. I need to go clean up some before hubby gets home. Wouldn't want him to think I don't do anything all day lol.

-Stamps-Impression Obsession small lighthouse, SU It's your Birthday
-Paper-Brocade Blue, Night of Navy and white
-Ink-Black, Brocade Blue
-Accessories- White grosgrain

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Thank you Bella

Good afternoon! This is an image I wished for in WishRaks on SCS, but to my surprise, I received the actual stamp rather than stamped images! How awesome is that? So I made this card to thank the sweet lady that sent me the stamp. Now if my postage stamps would hurry up and come so I can mail it. I used them all up granting wishes in WRAK so I ordered some online. It's so funny to me that I didn't use to like Bella's at all, then I started liking them a little bit, but now I think I'm half in love with them mrgreen! I can't wait to order some! They are so fun to color and paper piece, plus they are freakin' adorable! But I'm getting ready to order some more Copics, so the Bella's are gonna have to wait for now. Time for me to go clean house. See ya later! Thanks for stopping by!

-Stamps-Stamping Bella Emmybella, PTI papertray
-Paper-White and Chocolate Chip cardstock; Berry Bliss DSP
-Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black and Chocolate Chip
-Copics-E11, Y21, E33, E47, 0
-Accessories-Flower Fusion too, Rhinestone brads, Offray satin ribbon, Corner rounder punch

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Playing With Cardboard =)

So remember the recipe cards I made? Well I finally have a box for them! The best part is that I made it myself!! I was in Michaels yesterday and I found a recipe box for $1. So I got it and planned on covering it, but I put my recipe cards in first and I didn't like the way the fit. There was a a pretty big gap on each side, and the recipe cards I already did almost filled it up. I decided that I wasn't going to waste my time and supplies altering it, when I wasn't really happy with it, and it didn't have much growing room. I still haven't even written down most of the recipes I have memorized, plus I'm sure I'll be adding many more over the years. Sooo, I was looking at the box, an starting thinking, ya know this wouldn't be too hard to that's what I did! I made mine a little more narrow, but deeper to accommodate more cards. Mine is 6 wide X 4 deep X 4.5 tall. I didn't have enough chipboard, so I used a cardboard box. I used one of the thinner ones, because they seem a little more stable (the thick ones seem too bend/dent to easily).

It was actually pretty simple. VERY time consuming, but simple. It took me a good couple of hours, but I was bored anyway smile. All you have to do is make your bottom whatever size you want. I just cut the pieces, tapped them together with masking tape then covered with paper. Then make another box just a tad smaller, and 1/2" taller so it fits inside the other box. Then make the lid a tiny bit bigger than the bottom of the box, so that once it's covered in paper, it will still easily fit on top of the inner box. When you are covering the inside of the lid, you want the piece of paper in the back to be about 5" long. You just glue it to the top part, and stick the other end down in between the bottom inner box and the outer box (I squirted a bunch of glue in between the boxes first), then attach a piece of ribbon to the top and bottom so that the paper holding the lid on doesn't rip. Now I kinda screwed up. In the picture below, you can easily see the seams on the side. Those were supposed to face the other direction, where they'd be less noticeable, but I didn't realize they were facing the wrong way until the back piece holding the top on was glued in. I wish SU sold really long cardstock for stuff like this. I hate having seems in an obvious place.

-Paper-So Saffron, Purely Pomegranate cardstock; Cutie Pie DSP
-Accessories-cardboard, on board lots of letters, Flower Fusion, Rhinestone brad, Celery grosgrain.

I made this a couple of weeks ago to store my Copic markers. Once again, made from a cardboard box! This was super easy to make. It didn't take long at all! Good thing, because I'm going to order some more Copics soon, so I guess I'm probably about to outgrow it. I'd rather one with more dividers anyway. As you can see, I'm in the process of putting the numbers on the end of my Ciaos. The circle is from a regular 3 hole punch. I just colored the circles, wrote the number/letter on it and stuck it on with a glue dot.

I've got a card around here somewhere that I made last night, but I think it got lost under the mess on my stamp table rolleyes. I post that whenever I manage to locate it, lol. Hope you have an awesome day!

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Another Riley

Hello again! This is my second post today, so scroll down for my Stamp Something Challenge card. I made this for hubby a few days ago and forgot to post it. The poor guy has been working his butt of lately! He's been having to work lots of overtime, so I just wanted to make him a card to show him I appreciate him.

Woohoo! UPS just brought me SU's Cheers to you (it was on back order)! I still have so many new goodies I haven't even touched yet! Like Thoughts & Prayers. I used the sentiment a couple of times, but I still haven't used the images. Oh, the the ribbon and DSP for SAB...and the Flower Fusion, I gotta go stamp!

-Stamps-Riley, SU So Many Sayings, Polka Dots & Paisley
-Paper-Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron and White cardstock; RHR DSP
-Ink-Memento Tuxedo black, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, black Stampin Write marker, Copics:E31, E33, E37, R37, Y21, E47
-Accessories-Swiss Dots CB folder, mat pack, paper piercer, Apricot appeal grosgrain, glitter

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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Stamp Something Challenge

Good morning! This weeks Stamp Something challenge is hosted by Alex. Her challenge to us is 3D Somethings. The possibilities are pretty much endless with this one! I decided to do a 3D image. I'm not sure if you can tell, but there are 4 layers in the flower. I decided to make a sympathy card because I don't have any and I like to have a stash of cards on hand. I took the picture at an angle to show the dimension of the flower, but at that angle it kind of hid most of the paper piercing on the basic black. I never realized how hard sympathy cards are! Maybe it's just me, but I had a really hard time with it. I kept wanting to add stuff, but it just didn't feel right on a sympathy card.

-Stamps-Impression Obsession Grandma's Rose, SU Thoughts and Prayers
-Paper-White, Kraft, Basic Black and Riding Hood Red
-Ink-Memento tuxedo black, Riding Hood Red, Copics-R37, R46, R59, YG95
-Accessories-Black grosgrain, stampin' dimensionals,

Hope you all have fab day! Make sure you check out the rest of the DTs awesome creations on the Stamp Something Blog. And why your at it, why not play along with us!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009


I just got this Riley image from WishRak on SCS. I just love this little guy! I think I'm going to have to buy some Riley's! I want them all! He is so cute and fun to color too! I was inspired by Lauren Meader's copic tutorial to create a scene (great tutorial BTW). I just drew in the road with my SU black marker using a ruler. I am amazed that it didn't bleed when I colored over it. I know the dotted lines are supposed to be yellow, but I wasn't really thinking when I drew it...actually for that matter, my road should be black, lol wink. Ah well, that probably would have looked funny anyway.

See ya later! Hope you have a great day!

-Stamps-Hanna Stamps Riley, PTI Papertray
-Paper-Real Red, So Saffron, and White cardstock; Washington Apple DSP
-Ink-Real Red, Black, Copics
-Accessories-Bashful Blue grosgrain, circle punches, white signo gel pen.

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Tall Box Tutorial

Good morning! Here is that box tutorial I promised you the other day! Just let me know if you have any questions!

Materials you will need: cardstock, paper trimmer, some way of scoring, such as a paper trimmer with a scoring tool, or a score pal, strong adhesive like sticky strip, scissors and optional pattern paper.

Start by scoring an 8.5 X 11 sheet of cardstock at 2.5 inches.

Flip your cardstock, so that it it longways. Score at 2.5, 5, 7.5 and 10.

Holding your cardstock so that the 2.5 score is at the bottom. Cut along the score lines vertically until you come to the horizontal score line. You should have 5-2.5" flaps. Cut off the smallest one. Fold along your score lines.

If you want to stamp on your box, or cover it with pattern paper, go ahead and do that. The DP panels I used measure 5 3/4 X 2 1/4. Put some sticky strip or some other strong adhesive on the long narrow panel.

Attach the narrow panel with the sticky strip to the other side.

Fold all of the flaps down, using adhesive to keep them in place.

For the top, you will need a sheet of cardstock cut just a little over 5 by a little over 5. Haha, yeah, I know that's not very technical, but what can I say. Who wants to count all those tiny little lines. I'm guessing it's about 1/16" though.

Score your cardstock at 1 1/4. You want to do this on all four sides.

Fold your score lines, and cut along two on each side until you come to another score line.

If you want to stamp on your cardstock, or decorate it, do that now. I added DSP to mine after I already had it together, but it's easier to do it now. Put adhesive in each of the four corners.

Fold the corners in on both sides to form the top of your box.

All done! My box is looking a little boring, but I'm just not sure what I want to do with it yet, so I'll just mess with it later wink. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thanks for stopping by!

Oh, this is totally off topic, but do any of you all like Japanese hibachi? Ya know the white sauce they serve with your food (I don' t know why it's called's orange)? I finally found a recipe for it! THIS website tells you how to cook everything just like they do and how to make the sauce. I tried it last night and my food was every bit as good as those expensive hibachi restaurants! I could not believe it! I mean I am just totally amazed that I can cook this at home now! I've been looking for this recipe for years, so I just wanted to share in case anyone else was looking for it too. mrgreen Off to eat some leftovers!!

Stamp Something Challenge

Good morning! Happy Friday! This weeks Stamp Something Challenge is hosted by Lisa. Her challenge to us is Chocolate Somethings. Great challenge! Who doesn't love chocolate? I didn't have any chocolate, since that's one of those things that just doesn't last very long around here lol. So I decided to make a box, and we'll just have to pretend it's full of chocolate wink. I did use a lot of Chocolate Chip on it though. So what do you think of the box? I was trying to come up with something for the challenge, and I decided I wanted to make a tall and skinny box. I don't recall seeing any tutorials for tall skinny boxes, so I thought I'd just come up with my own. Super easy! It ended up being 2 1/2 X 2 1/2 X 6. I'll try to get a tutorial up in the next few days. After I got the box done, I was completely stumped about how to decorate it. I think trying to figure out how to decorate it took longer than trying to design the box, lol. I pulled out my rectangle nesties, cut the largest one and then cut out a few of the scallops with my paper trimmer to make it more narrow. Oh, and I finally tried doodling! I've been meaning to for the longest time. I keep seeing a lot of doodling on cards, especially from Jo and Corie and it always looks awesome, but like everything else, by the time I sit down to stamp I forget. Mine came out pretty darn crooked, but I do think it added a lot. It was looking kinda blah before.

-Stamps-Priceless, PTI Papertray
-Paper-Pink Pirouette and white cardstock; Chocolate Chip prints DSP
-Ink-Pink Pirouette and Chocolate Chip

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's chocolate samples on the Stamp Something Blog!

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