For the first time since moving, I dug out my monogram stamps.  I needed a little gift for our neighbors, who have been so sweet to us since we moved in.  I figured  a set of monogrammed cards would be perfect.  I chose some pretty paper (older stuff from Prima) and went from there!

Then I used some of the boxes I got at (more info HERE) to package them up before tucking them in a gift bag.  Easy!


Gina K Inspiration Blog Hop – Day 2

The Design Team for Gina K. Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop!!! Gina and the Design Team will inspire you with many beautiful ideas! And as you hop through their blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of deeply etched, pre-cut Gina K. Designs stamps! To see the full list of winners check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a couple of days after the hops!!

First up is a paper pieced image from Enjoy the Journey, by Rupa Shevda.  I found this great map paper so I used a few other sheets that looked a little *worn* to paper piece the luggage to match it.  I thought it looked pretty cool that way.

I also have a true CAS using Under the Sea, by Theresa Momber.  I know a lot of the other ladies colored some gorgeous creations with this set.  I wanted to show that you can also use it with the solid images she included for something quick and easy too!

Check out all the amazing designs and inspiration:

Gina K Inspiration Blog Hop – Day 3

The Design Team for Gina K. Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop!!! Gina and the Design Team will inspire you with many beautiful ideas! And as you hop through their blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of deeply etched, pre-cut Gina K. Designs stamps! To see the full list of winners check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a couple of days after the hops!!

Today I have the latest Buy 3 Get 1 FREE set to share with you, One in a  Million.  I paired the floral image with Lacy Borders earlier this week and I decided I wanted to expand on that.  I love the simplicity of the layout and decided to use different colors to watercolor the floral image from One in a Million to make a set of cards.  They are all the same layout, but different colored flowers and different sentiments.  I thought this would make a great gift set!

Check out all the amazing designs and inspiration:

Baby Onesies

So this is probably my favorite gift to give at a shower right now.   I just think they are adorable!  My boys always wore onesies….my mom used to make fun of me about it cause they ALWAYS had them on under stuff.  I just wanted something soft as the closest thing to their skin, ya know?  Anyway, I like them.  And I absolutely love how the idea of stamping some personalized ones for a gift!  Even if you don’t use their name or anything, you can easily make them gender specific.

Matthew asked me to make something for one of his soldiers.  His wife had a baby just 3 weeks before they deployed.  Honestly I cannot imagine shouldering that – on either side!  I can’t imagine missing so much of your baby’s life and I also can’t imagine not having your spouse there to help out.  Especially in the middle of the night!  Please keep that family in your prayers.  I know this sort of thing happens all the time with military families – but it doesn’t make it right.

So these are the onesies I made for them.  Some of the images and sentiments I used are the ones I have used before.  Some are new!  For all of this I used Palette inks stamped on Gerber onesies.


An up close shot of one I made using Melanie Muenchinger’s set Wee Tees.  I love some of the cute little images she had in that set and wanted to find a way to incorporate them into a onesie design….so I stamped the onesie on a onesie and went from there!  I think it’s kinda cute!


And to package them, I rolled them up neatly and then tied a wide satin ribbon around them.  Easy and cute!


And I recently talked to someone I had given a set of these to before and she commented that the ink wore quite well.  I think if I wash them first, they would last even better.  But somehow I never quite buy the onesies with enough time to accomplish that before I need to have the gift ready!  I do heat set the ink with my heat gun after I stamp it.   Just to make sure it’s really set in there!


Timeless Treasures Blog Hop

Yes, it’s time for a GinaK blog hop!  I’m excited that she has started doing some organized blog hops – it’s a great way to continue showing how to use her images!  I love seeing what the other DT members do with them….and I’m collecting sketch’s of layouts I like too!  I used to frequent the SCS sketch challenges, but I usually don’t have time nowadays.  So I’ve got a little note pad that I sketch out layouts I see that I like.  And with the Blog Hops – well, it’s a great chance to check out the other ladies blogs and add a few sketches!  I think I’ll have to make myself a little sketch book!

And here’s the card I made for today…..I needed a manly birthday card so here’s what I came up with!


supplies: Timeless Treasures by Theresa Momber for Gina K Designs; Timeless Treasures Digital Paper by Emily Giovanni for Gina K Designs; sentiment from Elegant Post by Nina Brackett for Gina K Designs; Pure Luxury White Cardstock Pure White in layering and base weights; Pure Luxury Chocolate Kiss Base weight; Baja Breeze cardstock; SU lace punch;  Classic Circle nestabilities; MM mini brads; SU twill; 1/4 in hole punch; Copic Ciao Markers; Rich Cocoa Memento ink; Blue Bayou ink; and dimensionals.

To see all of the beautiful projects created with Theresa’s gorgeous Timeless Treasures stamp set, please visit:
Theresa Momber’s blog

Theresa has two guest designers to joining in in the blog hop tonight: Cathy Edgar and her mom –Geri Utterback

Check out the Senior Design Team members:

Cindy, Erika , Jessica , Lee , Lynn,and Melanie

Our CenterStage Spotlight Design Team members:

Brenda Turner, Shannon Bracken, Sue Morris, and Sue Walsh


Gina K Sneak Peek – Tropical Windows!

Today I bring you a sample with the newest *Buy 3 Get 1 FREE* set from Gina K.  This set is really fantastic!  And check this out – I embossed!  I know – it doesn’t happen very often, so enjoy it!  No seriously, it’s a fantastic set that has a lot of options for the two main images.  Today’s sample shows what a little glossy cardstock and some black embossing powder can do for you…..but I’ve got another sample ready to go for the Release Party that shows a whole different look!

Be sure to stop by Gina’s release party at SCS.  She has lots of contests, prizes, and chatter – they are always fast moving and a lot of fun.  You just never know what will get discussed! 😉  You can find the thread for the party {HERE}.

And to start off – I thought I’d show how I did the sponging on this image.  I first stamped the image in versamark on glossy cardstock.  Then I sprinkled black embossing powder on it and heat set it.   I only wanted the sponged color inside the image frame, so I used post-it notes to block off the area outside the frame.  So it looked like this before I sponged:


After placing post-its all the way around the image frame, I sponged both Ruby Red and Real Red inks on the image.  Then I wiped it off with a kleenex and removed the post-its.  Because I printed the Bright Summer Grunge digital paper on glossy brochure/flyer paper from Staples – it had a nice sheen to it, just like the glossy cardstock the image is on.  Voila!

*See that wide stitched grosgrain on the card?  I got that from a craft thing the kids were at – I saw it and snatched a piece for me to use later, lol!*


supplies: Tropical Windows by Gina K Designs; Bright Summer Grunge Digital Paper by Emily Giovanni for Gina K Designs; wide stitched grosgrain; red satin ribbon from my share; real red cardstock; glossy cardstock; Pure Luxury Base Weight Black Onyx cardstock; classic rectangle nestabilities; sponges; real red and ruby red ink; versamark; heat gun; black embossing powder; and dimensionals.

Be sure to stop by GinaK’s blog {HERE} for more information about the upcoming release as well as more samples!  And don’t forget the release part over at SCS on Thursday from 7-10pm CST.  You can find the thread {HERE}!

And if you want to see more sneak peeks – check out the other Design Team Member’s blogs:

Melanie, Lynn, Cathy, Donna, Jessica, Erika, Lee, KurtisJoanne, Cindy and Theresa.

And the new CenterStage Spotlight lady:

Sue Morris


Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Ok, I just finished up all my gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week.  I made these earlier this year {here} and decided to do them during Teacher Appreciation week as well.  This time I found Cadbury chocolate bars 4 for $5 and figured they would work great – one of the days this week is *give your teacher something sweet* or something like that.  Perfect!  Now I’ve seen these lots of times using the large Hershey bars…..but I like the size of the Cadbury ones – you get two out of a 12×12 sheet of cardstock.  And they taste good!

Candy Bar Sleeve Measurements: (for Cadbury Bar)

Cardstock – 7 1/2 in x 6 in

Patterned paper – 7 1/2 in x 5 in

I personalized these – they are for people all 3 boys have like Music, Art, etc. – using JustRite products.  I love that you can do that!  Personal, but still easy to make lots!

Here’s the big pile of them!


Up close of one opened up:


And up close of just one of them:


supplies: JustRite Brayton Font; DIY Monogram Stamper block; small letter set; Pure Luxury layering weight white cardstock; various inks; Various patterned papers; Classic Circle nestabilities; Prism Cardstocks; SU punch; and various ribbons.

Now, I didn’t take photos to do a full tutorial, but here are the steps written out.

1. Take 7 1/2 in x 6 in piece of cardstock and lay it face down on your table.

2.  Run red-liner (or scor-tape) alone one end.

3.  Lay candy bar on paper.

4. Wrap cardstock around bar using the red-liner tape to hold it shut.

5. Slide candy bar out of cardstock holder.

6. Punch ribbon holes through one end of holder.

7.  Wrap ribbon around candy bar with ends untied.

8.  Slide candy bar back into holder with ribbon ends at the end with the holes.

9.  Pull ribbon out of the holes on either side of the holder and then tie a bow at the top.  This should allow you to pull the ribbon (not undoing the bow, just hold it to pull) and slide the candy bar up and down in the holder.

10.  Take patterned paper and put face down on table.

11.  Run red-liner tape along one end.  Put a little adhesive on the middle as well.

12.  Stick adhesive side on the front of your cardstock holder.  Then wrap around the holder and use the red-liner tape to hold it around.

That’s it!  Does that make any sense?  If not, I’ll try to do another with photos.

And guess what??  The Stamp Castle has decided to try and make a go of it and stay OPEN!  I am so glad!  I know that they really enjoy what they do and I really hope that they can stay in business.  I’ve even got a coupon code to share with you, they have some more of the newer JustRite products, and they have other goodies there too!  So if you’d like to make some personalized gifts like this, be sure to stop by The Stamp Castle and pick up some of these letter stamps!

The Stamp Castle coupon code:

FREE shipping on orders over $60.

Choose *priority shipping* and you will receive FREE shipping on orders over $60!  Use the coupon code EMILY1

*Only valid on US orders*

Offer ends May 31st, 2009.

Gina K Challenge!

With a prize!!  Yep, if you haven’t checked out the StampTV forums – you should!  There are daily challenges with a chance to win a FREE stamp set of your choice!  Be sure to check them out {HERE}!   And you can find my challenge for today {HERE}!

There is also a NEW episode on StampTV this week – you can find it {HERE}!

And here’s the card I made for a sample:


supplies: Elegant Flowers from StampTV kit by Gina K Designs; string; sewing machine; SU scallop border punch; Urban Prairie papers and buttons by BasicGrey; koh-i-noor woodless pencils, OMS and blending stumps;; dimensionals; glue dots; palette noir black ink; label one nestabilities dies; spring rain cardstock from PTI; intense kiwi cardstock from Prism Papers;and  Pure Luxury Base Weight White cardstock.


Monogram Mania – Part 2!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday!  I know it will be odd to have Matthew back at work tomorrow – he’s been off since about noon on Christmas Eve!  We are gearing up for a big sleepover on New Year’s Eve.  We decided that since we are lame  and never go anywhere or do anything, we’ll let each of the boys invite a friend to spend the night – I know, we’re crazy!  So we’ll have 6 boys age 8 and under!

I’m sure it’ll be fun – we have some stuff planned, tons of glow sticks, party favors, sparkling cider, etc as well as a bunch of food.  We’ll see how they do! (And if we’re still sane afterwards!)

But I’m back with the rest of the monograms – I told you that I’d made a ton this season!  I really wasn’t kidding!  And most of these sets are the larger size Clear Boxes that hold 6-8 cards and envelopes.  For some of the Enrichment teachers (art, music, etc) I did 4 card sets and used the medium  Clear Boxes.  Here are the rest!


supplies:  DIY Monogram Stamper Curlz font kit; white satin ribbon from Michaels; clear boxes; Baja Breeze cardstock, ink and patterned paper from SU; white cardstock – Pure Luxury; dimensionals; classic circle nestabilities.


supplies:  JustRite Curlz Monogram Stamp Set; Classic and Petite Circle Nestabilities; white satin ribbon from Michaels; Pure Luxury white cardstock from Gina K Designs; Spring Moss  palette ink from PTI; Spring Moss cardstock from PTI; and patterned paper from PTI.


supplies:DIY Monogram Stamp kit with Curlz font; purely pomegranate ink; pink satin ribbon from my share; Classic Circle nestabilities; purely pomegranate and white cardstock; BasicGrey Sultry papers; and dimensionals.


supplies:  C-45 DIY Monogram Stamper with Times New Roman font; groovy guava ink; white satin ribbon from Michaels; groovy guava patterned paper; groovy guava and white cardstock; classic circle nestabilities; and dimensionals.

There are still a few more days left to take advantage of the 25% off sale at The Stamp Castle!!   NO coupon code is needed!  All products are 25% off through the end of the year!  So head on over and grab some monogram stamps – don’t miss out!  I’ve got some other projects to share this week as well, but I am not back to full time blogging until school is back in session – I’ve got too much Wii to play with the boys right now!

More Onesies and CYBER MONDAY!

I’ve got another set of baby onesies – both my younger two have expectant teachers this year and both are due in December!  So I made a little set of onesies for each of them.  But first – let me remind you!

It’s CYBER MONDAY!  If you’re shopping online USE YOUR EBATES!  Or some other rebate program.  No reason not to get CASH BACK on your online purchases!  I tell my husband it’s like getting paid to shop online – it works, right!?!?  (Yeah, he doesn’t think so either!)

Here’s the website if you haven’t signed up yet – and you get a bonus when you make your first purchase too!

Ebates Shopping Site – Click here to sign up!

(if they ask who referred, you can say me if you want!

Now back to the onesies….I have a girl set and a boy set to share.  Some of them were the same, so I only photographed the different ones.  I love the Cuteasaurus stamp from CHF and had to do that in both.  So for the girl, I just made it a pink dinosaur.  That works, right?  Isn’t every baby a cuteasaurus?!?


supplies: Little Guy by Kim Hughes for Cornish Heritage Farms; rocket and sentiment from A Muse; pure poppy and ripe avocado palette ink; gerber onesies; and heat gun.


supplies: Honey Bee and Honey Bee Sentiments by PTI; Little Guy by Kim Hughes for Cornish Heritage Farms;  berry sorbet, ripe avocado, lemon tart and noir black palette inks; gerber onesies; and heat gun.


supplies: berry from Green Thumb by PTI; sentiment from A Muse; ladybug from Little Lady by PTI; pure poppy, ripe avocado and noir black palette ink by PTI; gerber onesies and heat gun.


supplies: Bitty Baby Blessings by PTI; Polka Dot Basics by PTI; kraft, white, lavender moon and spring rain cardstock; lavender moon, spring rain and new canvas palette inks; scor-pal, rectangle and square Nestabilities; and dimensionals.

You can see the rest of the onesies – and how I packaged them (of course the girl set had a PINK ribbon) – right {HERE}!

My lesson this time – spring rain is a really light ink.  Even on white cardstock – an outline image is too light in that color.  I can’t wait for a darker blue in the palette inks.  And I wish there was a way to color them in.  Perhaps masking the outside of the image and sponging?  I don’t want to do all that though, lol!  I’m a lazy stamper!  Anyway, that’s all for now!