RCC88 – Anything Goes!

Hey there everyone!  It’s the last challenge of 2013!  Just a quick announcement before we get to this month’s challenge.  We will be taking a “time-out” at the store as of January 1, 2014.

There have been some monumental changes in our household this past month, so after careful deliberation, we have decided to close down the Ribbon Carousel store as we face these new challenges and blessings.  We’ll still have the blog challenges. We just won’t have any products that we’ll be selling.  Sooooo…..if you’ve ever want a Ribbon Carousel, be sure to pick one up before they sell out!

Now, on to this month’s challenge.  With all of the swirling excitement as we get ready for a brand new year, we thought it best to make this months challenge an easy one…sooooo…..


Each month we are giving away a Ribbon Carousel to one of our randomly chosen challenge participants!

Just a reminder that our Ribbon Carousel Crewmates have divided up into FOUR teams. Each week you will see fresh projects for this month’s challenge!

There are only three (3) rules you must follow to be eligible for the prize:

  1. You MUST use ribbon, twine, thread, washi tape or anything that comes on a spool on your creation
  2. Your project must be based on the theme of the month.
  3. You must add a NEW project to the inlinkz below and link directly back to your project on your blog or online gallery. (Unfortunately, we’ve had participants who would have won the challenge, but they didn’t do a direct link to their blog and I couldn’t find their creation!)

Check out some crafty eye candy from our talented Crewmates for a little inspiration before you link up your project at the bottom of this post!

I have made these many times – in fact, you can find the tutorial {HERE}.  I use the metal mailboxes that can often be found at Target’s dollar spot (they have them at Michaels as well, but I do not know if they are identical in size for tutorial purposes.) I think they are adorable and can be used for so many different things.  I had a few gifts I needed to make up for people and this worked for what I had in mind.  Enjoy!

Stop by The Ribbon Carousel blog for more inspiration and enter your own creation to win a fabulous carousel of your own!!

And be sure to check out my Stamps For Sale – I’m sure you need some of them!!  I recently added several new sets to the list, be sure to look for them!


Toothfairy Tin

I have made these several times before {HERE} and {HERE}.  This weekend we were babysitting my 6 yo twin niece and nephew and one of them had lost their first tooth this week – so of course we had to make toothfairy tins!  Carrie chose lots of girly pink things while Sam went with some October Afternoon alien paper.  They both picked out everything for their tins and I used stamps from Melanie Muenchinger’s What’s in Your Tin – a retired Gina K set.

The outsides:

And the insides:

I love making these – they are the perfect size to be used for the toothfairy and they are large enough to keep track of easily!

And be sure to check out my Stamps For Sale – I’m sure you need some of them!!  I recently added several new sets to the list, be sure to look for them!



My older sister asked me to make her a diaper bag tag for her newest daughter, Leah.   She was born just after we left Texas (literally – 2 days after?!)!  Anyway  – before we left she gave me some material that she was getting a diaper bag made in and asked me to match it to the tag.  So here’s what I came up with!  Most of my stuff was put away at the time, so I had to make due with what was available.  I ended up giving her two because I had a piece of scrap laying around that ended up matching perfectly!  It was something I had previously stamped and started to color, then set aside in favor of something different.  I’m sure we all have those lying around!

So here’s the one I actually intended to make for her:

And then both tags and the material she was using for the bag:

I like them both (and I think she did too!) but I was surprised at the second tag and how well Nina Brackett’s label matched the material!  And next week I will have some absolutely NEW things!  Also – keep your eyes open for some Blog Candy at the end of the month!  I’ve not celebrated my Blogaversary in a bit – and it’s coming up.  I figured I ought to do it up this year – since I also passed  1 MILLION hits!!


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:




Gina K Sneak Peek #3

Today is the final day of Sneak Peeks!  Tonight is the Release Party and I hope you will join us in the forum on SCS – Release parties are always a ton of fun!  I have a sample with the newest “Buy 3 Get 1 Free” set – and I know you’ll love this one!  It’s a must have for every stamper!

This is a little goodie I am giving the boys’ teachers on Friday – there are cookies inside it in a cello bag.  I used my Cricut to cut the popcorn boxes!


supplies: Signed With Love by Gina K Designs; Pure Luxury White Cardstock Pure White in layering weight; Prism papers; Cricut; Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Cartridge; 1/2 in pop dots; Classic Circle nestabilities; pumpkin pie and elegant eggplant marker; cello bag; ribbons; and Blossom Nestabilities.

We have a couple of our Center Stage Spotlight Designers joining in the previews tonight. Here are their blog links:

Then, stop by these GinaK Designers’ blog for even more projects with tonight’s stamp sets:

Gina Krupksy
Carolyn King
Cathy Tidwell
Cindy Lawrence
Donna Baker
Erika Martin
Emily Giovanni
Jessica Fick
Kurtis Amundson
Lee Murphy
Lynn Mercurio
Nina Brackett
Melanie Muenchinger
Theresa Momber

Our Release party will be held tomorrow night over on SCS in GinaK’s Forum from 7-10 pm CST. We’d love to have you join in the fun! There will be contest questions, challenges, chatter, and lots more samples from our designers throughout the party! See you then!

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!


Kimberly Countdown

So Kimberly is headed back to the US to visit this summer.  And of course I am counting down!  In fact – I think I’ll steal the ticker she has on her blog!  And I am totally kidnapping the girls so they can live at my house this summer!  I am not joking about that either – Eliza and Katie can stay with me…..I’m sure I can find room for them!

Pretty awesome, huh?  Seems like a loooong time since my {Black Monday} post, doesn’t it?  Anyway, I thought I would share one of my favorite projects for the Dirty Dozen galleries at Splitcoaststampers.  This was a 4×4 acrylic album I made using the photos I had from my visit to China last year.

The album is 4×4 – I got the acrylic cover from Bind-It-All.  (I think I actually purchased it from Eclectic Paperie, but it’s made by BIA!). The digital album is from Weeds & Wildflowers.  I printed the 4×4 pages on 4×6 prints so it was incredibly cheap to get printed (I paste a 4×4 on to a 4×6 blank ‘page’ in PSE so that wherever you get it printed doesn’t accidentally stretch your image to fit or crop it poorly.). I cut the extra two inches off, corner rounded the pages (and sanded the edges), then glued them back to back.  That was it and then I used my Bind-It-All to coil it.  That’s about it!  I just love that it’s pink and sparkly and girly!  Cause the pictures are all of me, my sister, and my nieces so it can be all girlied up!

The hardest part of this album was those silly glitter letters! I have a few sets of chipboard letters. But the set that was small enough to fit on the cover had some weird slick coating on the front. So I tried several methods to get the glitter to stick and it just wouldn’t! In hindsight, I should have sanded them a bit or something.

Anyway – I ended up tracing the ruined letters on white cardstock. I cut them out then laid them face down on a strip of really wide super sticky tape from Scor-pal. Then I cut them out again. I peeled the front off the tape and laid them in the glitter (from an SU glitter stack). They are adhered to the acrylic cover with glue dots.

Yes- this was a total pain in the rear!! But it’s super glittery and pink and I love it!

digital supplies:
template – Traci Murphy – With A Quickness 1
papers – Weeds & Wildflowers – Being Me
Doodles – Weeds & Wildflowers – Being Me
alhpa – Sausan Designs – Little Summer Breeze
staples – Jenn Patrick – Backwards Staples

Other pages:
font – Darcy Baldwin – Another Mandy

And here are the rest of the shots – you can click on them if you’d like the see them full size (eta: I thought you would be able to click on them…but you can’t.  So I uploaded them at the medium size.  Not sure why you can’t click on the thumbnails…new wordpress – I have no idea!):

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julydd-china-album-4-7-08-erg1 julydd-china-album-5-7-08-erg1

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Just a few more weeks!!!!


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.

Last First Tooth

Yep, it’s the last time someone in our house will lose their first tooth.  Adam lost his on Friday.  He was quite distraught when it loosened considerably Thursday evening – freaked out when it bled a little.  Then Friday morning at breakfast it just fell out.  He walked over and handed it to me and said – “look what fell out on my tongue!”  Here’s the little dude with his gap-y smile….


He’s quite proud of the fact that he was the youngest of his brothers to lose his first tooth.  It’s nice to do something *first* when you are the youngest!  Anyway, I had him pick out some papers so he could have his tooth tin all ready for the tooth fairy. Adam went with the sock monkey papers from Daisy D’s  – here’s how it turned out!



supplies: What’s In Your Tin? Set 1 byMelanie Muenchinger for Gina K Designs; Daisy D’s sock monkey papers; palette noir black ink; Cricut Expressions; prism papers;Mono Multi; Terrifically Tacky Tape – 1/8 and 1/4; and “altoid” tin.

So I used my Cricut to get the letters for Adam’s name – mostly because he loves the color red and I didn’t have rub-ons or anything in that color.  And now that I am using the Cricut more – I love it!  Alex was up late the night we made this and we had a great time fiddling around with stuff.  I am totally picking up the Tags, Bags, Boxes & More cartridge – I did a bag off the cartridge that came with it – totally cute!  I and really liking the idea of being able to cut a box or bag in whatever size I want – how cool, huh?

Here’s what Alex and I made – he’s definitely the most athletically inclined so he wanted the “Award” to be for exercising…..And yes, he’s wearing a Chinese outfit I got him when I went last year.  He loves that outfit – but it’s getting a bit small so he is hoping that Aunt Kimberly will bring him a larger one when she visits the US this summer! (hint hint, Aunt Kimberly!)


*don’t laugh at my attempt at drawing a bar bell!*
And if you need any Cricut items yourself – Scrapbookpal.com has fantastic prices!  And here’s a little coupon code for you!

Get a FREE white gel pen! You can use this for putting on glitter, etc!  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!


Tri Sigma and Dragons

Odd combo, huh?

Well we are visiting family for Spring Break and during that I’ve visited both my brother and sister at their respective colleges.  It’s weird to come home and not have them be here now since they are away at school.  It was fun taking the boys to see their dorms/houses.  Especially since my sister goes to the college Matthew and I met at.  And since my sister is Greek, I decided to make a little something for her.

These letters were ordered from some wood manufacturing place, I got a few different sizes to make things for her with….this set is about 3 inches tall.


I started by painting them with Making Memories acrylic paints.  Then I used some Cat’s Eye Chalk inks to stamp swirls from the BasicGrey Two Scoops swirlie set.  After that I sprayed them with Plaid Acrylic Sealant and attached magnets to the back.  I figured she could either use them as magnets or put some sticky stuff on them and hang them on her wall.  I think she liked them!

And also Andy recently did a project at school and I figured this was the perfect time to break out my Cricut Expressions and give it a whirl.  The boys LOVED it….they were very impressed with the entire process – and I must say, Andy’s project was one of the nicest looking!  I can definitely see many uses for this in the future and now I think I might have to look up some more cartridges, lol!


I used the alpha cartridge that came with the machine for this one.   I think I need to pick up that little scraper tool though!  I also thought I’d mention a coupon code for Scrapbookpal – they have TONS of cricut things there, as well as loads of other crafty supplies, and they have super fast shipping and totally reasonable prices!  This code expires 3/20/09 – sorry for the short notice, I was emailed it and forgot to share.  I’ll see if  can locate another one next week.


Use coupon code dots9 with your order and get a FREE Tombow Dots Dispenser!

Ends 3/20/09!

You can find all their Cricut products {HERE}~!