Ribbon Carousel Birthday Blog Hop!

Hey everyone! It’s our 2nd Birthday today and we are celebrating with a Blog Hop! This is no ordinary Blog Hop. Our amazing Crew has gathered up AMAZING prizes totalling over $750 just for YOU!  It’s our way of saying THANK YOU for all of your support these past two years!

I have two fantastic prizes to share with you guys!  First up, a little artwork and then PRIZES!  Remember, the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!

I made these cute cards for my niece, Kate.  I had already made a pirate version for her sister and was looking forward to some really girly ones for Kate.  It’s fun to indulge the girly side of myself making things for my nieces – the boys are not into pink all much.

I used some older papers I found in a file, JustRite monogram stamps and two kinds of fabulous May Arts ribbon to finish them off!

Now for the PRIZES!

First up is a prize from May Arts! They are giving away 3 rolls of ribbon OF YOUR CHOICE!  Who doesn’t LOVE ribbon?!?

And the second prize being given away here is a stamp set from Sin City Stamps!!  They have some gorgeous images there – really fantastic stuff!!


Birthday, Winner, etc.

I apologize for not posting the winner of the Unity stamp right away – time just got away from me this week!  Anyway, I’ll get right to that first thing today.  So according to the random number generator, here’s the winner of the stamp:

  • Heidi L

    I’m hoping it’s the wrong date and I still have a chance to win! Wonderful verse to remember. I like your card. Very pretty paper.

I’ll send you an email and get it out to you!

I also had a quick birthday card for someone turning 16 who happens to like pirates…..

I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend!

And be sure to check out my Stamps For Sale – I’m sure you need some of them!!



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 Clearbags.com (more info HERE) to package them up before tucking them in a gift bag.  Easy!


Stamp Castle Christmas Sale!

I’ve been making some quick candy bar *sleeves* for Christmas gifts for some of the staff at the boys’ school.  I love using the alphas from JustRite for this so we can customize anything!  I did these using Peppermint Bark Ghirardelli chocolate bars – my favorite!

This is the first of the ones I did.  I used the new 2 in square block on this one.  Not sure I am thrilled with the colors and all, but I’ve got others to show you over the next few days!  And I left room under the greeting so that the boys could sign their names…..

You can find out more on making the candy bar wrappers {HERE}!

justrite-12-09-1-ergjustrite-12-09-2-ergsupplies: 2 in Square Wood Stamper; Basic Grey papers;classic square nestabilities ; always artichoke ink; Pure Luxury Ivory Layering weight cardstock; hole punch; artichoke grosgrain ribbon from share.

And here’s the information on The Stamp Castle Sale:




Card Set

I made this set of cards for someone I go to church with.  Since she is a Breast Cancer survivor, I really wanted to make them as pink as possible.  I used several different shades of pink, several different patterns, etc to create a matching set of cards for her to use with her name on them.  Instead of just using her initials for the center of the image, I used the Small Alpha to spell out her name around the border.  Then I used the Awareness Ribbon stamp from A Muse in the center.  Some I glittered, some I left plain pink.

I really like how they turned out – and I hope she does too!  I blurred out her name in case she didn’t want that shared – but it spells her first and last name along the bottom of the circle.


supplies: 1 5/8 wooden stamper; Small Letter Alphabet; lots of different pink cardstocks from SU and PTI; Different pink inks from PTI and SU; PTI sets: Background Basics Retro, Polka Dots 2, Background Basics Stars; Classic Circle nestabilities; quickie glue pen; Art Institute Glitter; pink satin ribbons; Pure Luxury White Cardstock Pure White in layering and base weights; and dimensionals.

And all products at The Stamp Castle are still 25% off right now, if you want to make something like this  yourself!  It even includes two Brand New JustRite sets that were released today: Autumn Blessings and Witch Way to the Treats.


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



That caught your eye, right?  Well – I wasn’t kidding, there is a great sale at The Stamp Castle.  All products are 25% off right now – including BRAND NEW Justrite stamps that arrived this month!  So be sure to stop by and see what you might need to pick up.  They have lots more that JustRite products too!  There are ink pads, some Ranger products, cool voice recorders for scrapbooking or altered art, and more!

Now for something I made using some things from The Stamp Castle…….

My stepmom collects things with the word *Believe* on them.  It’s a bit of a personal mantra.  Recently she drove from Texas to Missouri with me just so I’d have company (besides the boys).  She flew home the following morning – that’s a lot of travel for 2 days!  So to thank her for that, I replicated one of my favorite *Believe* signs she has in her kitchen….the Rectangle Blocks and Lowercase Alphas were perfect for this!  Here’s my take on her sign – I’d show you the original, but I have no idea how to get it off my cell phone to show you!


supplies: Times New Roman lowercase font; Rectangle wooden block; Pollen Dust and Bella Brush by Fancy Pants; basic black and very vanilla cardstock; noir black and vintage cream palette inks; and Heidi Swapp Distresser .

So there you have it!  My next project to share is some more adorable stamped baby onesies – I love making those!

Be sure to stop by The Stamp Castle and take advantage of the EVERYTHING is 25% off sale!  It even includes two Brand New JustRite sets that were released today: Autumn Blessings and Witch Way to the Treats.


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.

Stamp Castle – 40% off Sale

I just wanted to pop on today and remind you all that The Stamp Castle 40% off sale runs only until April 30th.  So if you wanted something, make sure you pick it up!

They have added some fab things you may be interested in:

Distress Ink Pads

I think I need this one:  (brushed corduroy)

And here is some other info that  might come in handy – a blog reader asked which Nestabilities I use with mine.  For the regular monogram cards I usually make, here is what I use!

I use the Classic Small circles – the third smallest to do the letter with border.

And the Classic Scalloped Small Circles – the second smallest to layer it.

That is for monogram cards like this:


*previously posted in July….*

And sometimes I use multiple Nestabilities for many layers as with this card, previously shared in the August 2008 Dirty Dozen Gallery – this was one of my favorite monograms ever!  For my SIL, Tiff, who never has enough bling!


And if you need Nestabilities, here’s a fab place to get them and a coupon code!

Get a FREE white gel pen! They are wonderful!

Go to Scrapbookpal.com.

Purchase *anything*! (This coupon expires 4/30/09)

Add the coupon code WHITEPEN on the view cart page (Just type WHITEPEN into the box for coupons and click *add to cart* and the free pen will appear! You do not need to add it to your card first!)

That’s it! And in case you need help finding something to purchase – they have a great selection of all kinds of chipboard things and the Nestabilities! They have also added a great selection of Cuttlebug and Cricut items – and at great prices too!

And now I am off to enjoy Matthew being home for a few days, Enjoy!