Valentine Mailboxes

I have been having so much fun tooling around with our Wii Fit that I never posted these!  We got a gift card for Target to get a Wii Fit at Christmas – they finally had one in stock this week!  And it is awesome!  Seriously – that hula hooping will totally work your abs!  I really enjoyed it – and because of the *game* feel to it, it’s not as boring as doing a DVD workout or something!  Anyway, I highly recommend it!

But back to the Valentines.  I made mailboxes for the boys’ classroom teachers.  I simplified them a bit – no cover for the lid, etc.  But I think they still turned out totally cute.  You can find that tutorial {here}.  Here are two of them…

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supplies: image from Baking Stamp Ensemble; border and block from Harmony Classic Circle II Ensemble; top – Bo Bunny Smitten patterned paper; bottom -Daisy D’s patterned paper; Pure Luxury 120 lb cardstock; dimensionals; scor-tape; pirouette pink ink; new canvas palette ink; pixie pink ink;  Classic Circle nestabilities; and various ribbons.

Then I made White Chocolate Craisin cookies and put those inside!  I also made cookies for some of the other teachers/staff as well.  And here are the two ways I labeled them.  The classroom teacher got a tag with the center blank and I had the boys sign their name there.  Then the other teachers got a tag with all 3 of their names on it.  Totally easy way to let them know what kind of cookies they were and who they were from!

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supplies: JustRite Brayton Font; small letter set; cello bags; pure poppy ink and cardstock;80 lb pure luxury cardstock Classic Circle nestabilities; grosgrain ribbon and dimensionals.

These were all pretty quick to make and I think the teachers really liked them!  I hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day!  We didn’t do much but hang out…Matthew and the boys brought me some beautiful flowers – and I am pleased to say they did not waste tons of money on roses!  They get points for that, lol!  We’re not really in to Valentine’s Day, so it’s not a big deal to me.  Anyway, I’ve got some more cards to share tomorrow – and also some news as well.  Not really stamp related news

What I’ve been up to…

This past weekend/week I have been trying to get rid of some clutter in my stamp room.  I have a terrible habit of cutting a few extra cards for classes, setting them aside after class with the idea of stamping them myself, and then leaving them there.  For months.  It had gotten really out of control!  I had cards in those SU plastic project holders from a YEAR ago!  Really?!?!

So that’s what I have been making….all those extra cards.  Some I just re-filed the scraps.  And the rest I stamped.  I’m not quite finished yet, but I am down to only one plastic holder!  Check out the pile I did stamp though!

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I’m glad to be getting that done – it’s been weighing on my to-do list for a long time!  Plus, I got a bunch for my personal stash, a big stack to mail to Matthew’s Grandmother to use for Birthday cards, etc.  So that was nice!

Also, I’ve been working on teacher Valentine gifts for tomorrow.  I’ll share those later this evening, but for now I’ll show you the mailbox Adam made.   They had to bring a decorated container for exchanging Valentines.  Of course we went with a mailbox – since I have so many!  He chose the paper and colored the images he wanted on the front, I put the paper on and did the flag for him.  He’s my robot lover…so here’s what he chose!

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supplies:  JustRite Brayton Font; Little Guy by Kim Hughes for CHF; patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket; classic rectangle nestabilities; Petite Circle Nestabilities; dimensionals; palette noir; 80 lb Pure Luxury cardstock; pure poppy cardstock; wild wasabi ink.

He loved it – it has robots!  Anyway, I’ll be back tonight with what I made for the teachers this year.

Thank You gift…

I’m taking a little break from my CHA pics (and yes, I have a LOT more!) to share a little Thank You gift I worked on this evening.  Both my younger two boys have long term subs at school since both their teachers had babies this fall.  Funny enough, both of them will have their last day with the class tomorrow.  So I wanted to put a little something together to thank them.  And since I had only this evening to do it – this is what I came up with!

I made a little slider thingie (I’m sure there are tutorials out there and even name for one of these, but I don’t know what it is!) that holds a packet of microwave popcorn and a gift card to Blockbuster.  Nothing much, but a little thank you for their time.  I was thinking I might do more of these for Teacher Appreciation or something. Anyway, here it is!

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close up of the finished product:

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supplies: JustRite Brayton Font; light teal Prism cardstock; 80 lb pure luxury cardstock; SU scallop border punch; Pure Poppy ink and cardstock; scor-tape; dimensionals;  Classic Circle nestabilities; and ribbon – Pure Poppy Grosgrain and striped ribbon off a Christmas tin.

Ok, more pictures later tomorrow!

Some Christmas Goodies

I had some Christmas goodies that I forgot to share with y’all!  So I’m gonna share them even though you probably aren’t starting next year’s goodies quite this early – but maybe you are!  And if not, file them away for next year!

First up is a set of letters I did – I picked these up at Hobby Lobby about 2 years ago.  They were a kit – but it had some kinda ugly papers and such with it.  But the letter were really nice – maybe 1/2 in to an 1 in thick – wooden or press board, not sure which.  And about a foot tall.  They spelled NOEL.  I thought I could use other papers and do them on my own – and they were on clearance so they were a good deal!

And finally – two years later – I actually made them!  We did Secret Santas in the Dirty Dozen and I thought these would be great for my Secret Santa.  I started out by priming them with a white acrylic paint. I figured that being press board, they would really suck up paint if I didn’t do that first.  Then I used some BasicGrey Christmas papers and use mod podge to put them on.  Then I found some great gold acrylic paint that had a ton of sparkle to it.   Really nice stuff!  I painted that over the backs and the sides and then just went a bit onto the paper with it.  I finished it off by sealing it with spray sealant.

And here’s how they turned out!

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Now I just need to finish the other two sets so I can either give them as gifts or use them in our house!

I also had a few sets of blocks that were ordered – some for grandchildren and a set of Christmas ones as well….

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These were made with Fancy Pants Sweet Pea papers….

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These were made with BasicGrey papers…

And you can find a Block Tutorial {HERE}!

Stamping Space: New Toys!

So I’ve gotten a few new toys of late – and just didn’t have any place to put them!  I finally managed to convince Matthew that the computer needed to be relocated to a new room – woohoo!  So now the entire *study* is officially mine!

Here is how it used to look on that side of the room:

And now it looks like this!

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Sweet, huh?  I finally got my sewing machine out!  It’s been in a box since I got it back in April (a birthday present)!  I am thrilled to have it out and useable….now for those lessons – Oh Jenn!!!    And next to it is my Cricut Expressions!  I picked up some of the black vinyl for the walls the other day and I play to do some words to put around the room – you know – some inspirational ones or something.  I am so excited to have space for these and now that they are out, I am sure I’ll use them more!

It’s still a little rough in there – but it’s coming along nicely!  However, that’s why I haven’t been up to much crafting lately – it’s been in upheaval for a while.  I am really looking forward to sewing on cards though – I’ve been dying to do that for years, lol!

And did you notice the special thing in that photo?  Here’s a better shot:

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 Lookee what I found at Target in the $1 spot!  Yep, mailboxes!  In NEW colors!  They had some of the solid white, red and pink – but they had new metal ones and metallic pink ones (with a Strawberry Shortcake tag?)!  So you might want to check your Targets if you want some for this year!  I got mine the day after Christmas here – and yes, I left some at the Mansfield Target – I promise I did not buy them all!

You can find my Mail Box tutorial {HERE}!

All my Tutorials can be found {HERE}!

And all the organization and such for my Stamping Space {HERE}!

Now I am off to prepare for the boys’ NYE sleepover – 6 boys age 8 and under – SERENITY 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!  emily@emilygiovanni.com)

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?!?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Cute, easy baby gifts!

So I know this doesn’t really have much to do with Thanksgiving, but I do have a reason behind posting this now.  I have a friend that has been coming to my Classes for  – well, forever!  She came to them when my sister Kimberly taught them and she’s come to mine since I took over for Kimberly a few years ago.  My friend has been in the process of adopting a baby for the last few years.  And of course we all ask about it when we get together for class – I have a pretty regular group that comes.  Anyway, I am just so thankful that they are with their baby boy right now.

When I was putting together a baby shower gift for her I thought about stamping on some onesies.  I dug around my stamp room and found all the ones that I thought would work on a baby onesie.  I really wanted to do something related to adoption and I got the idea to stamp a strawberry on it and then stamp the words “hand picked” underneath.  I used my JustRite alphas to spell it out – I think next time I’ll stamp the words first and then the strawberry…but overall I think it turned out pretty cute!

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supplies:  DIY Monogram Stamper Special Occasions font kit; Just Rite Small Letter Set; Honey Bee by PTI; Bitty Baby Blessings by PTI; lemon tart, noir black, spring rain, spring moss, dark chocolate and pure poppy palette ink from PTI; heat gun; and gerber onesies.

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supplies: Little Dude by Kim Hughes for Cornish Heritage Farms; Green Thumb by PTI; ripe avocado, spring moss, and noir black palette inks; heat gun and gerber onesies.

After stamping them and using the heat gun to heat set the ink, I rolled them up and tied a ribbon around them.

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How easy and adorable is that?!?  I think the cuteasaurus is my favorite!  I did learn a few things while doing this though…..

1.  Do NOT overheat your image while heat setting it.  It is possible to scorch the fabric!  If it starts to yellow a bit – you’ve done too much!

2. Do NOT use too light of an ink color.  I used the Spring Rain blue from PTI and it did not show up very well at all.  I had to go over it with a blue copic marker (yes, those can wash too and not come off) to make it show up, but that feathered a bit too much and now it’s just hard to read.

I slipped some cardboard inside the onesie before I stamped just in case the ink bled through.  I used Palette hybrid inks so that they are entirely washable.  And I love that with the alphas from JustRite, you can customize it so easily!  Totally adorable and personalized!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving – be sure to gorge yourselves on yummy foods!  I’ll be back to post more pretty things later today.  And just a reminder on the coupon codes I shared earlier – they expire soon!

Get a FREE 2 way glue pen!  You can use this for putting on glitter, etc!  They are wonderful!

Go to Scrapbookpal.com.

Purchase *anything*! (This coupon expires 11/30/08)

Add the coupon code 2WAYGLUE on the view cart page (Just type 2WAYGLUE into the box for coupons and click *add to cart* and the free glue 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 these codes for The Stamp Castle are still good too!

The Stamp Castle coupon – expires after Thanksgiving:

free shipping on orders $50 or over
-code: MERRYXMAS
-have to select regular Priority shipping
-valid on orders shipping to continental U.S. states only (excludes Hawaii and Alaska)

To shop at The Stamp Castle, click {here}. Enjoy!

And for a limited time (until Thanksgiving) you can get 10% off the Christmas Stamp Ensemble (item JB-08150)!  No coupon code necessary!

A little Halloween goodie….

Ok – I love Family Fun magazine.  I got a subscription as a gift last year and I love it!  It has the cutest ideas of crafts, recipes, etc to do with your kids.  The boys have really enjoyed most of the things we’ve tried this year.  And now it is online!  You can find all the recipes and craft ideas – even create a folder of the stuff you like!  Pretty cool!  You can find all that {HERE}.

Anyway – the boys and I attempted these little eyeball candle holders this weekend.  This was one of the harder ones….it didn’t go so well.  Mostly Matthew and I ended up doing a lot of the craft while they boys semi-helped.  Oh well. It was fun!

theirs….

ours…

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We made some for our house and the boys each made one to give to their teachers.  Well of course I had to have some cute packaging for it.  I didn’t have much time, so I went with a simple tag to tie around a cello bag.

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supplies: Brayton Complete Font Set; Harmony Rectangle Stamper Set (smaller rectangle); Kiwi Kiss ink; sponge; white and black cardstock; cello bag; square hand held punch;classic circle nestabilities; and grosgrain ribbon from my share.

And just a reminder – these are the two coupon codes that are still current.  The Scrapbookpal coupon expires tomorrow!

 FREE mono multi  at Scrapbookpal.com!

Go to Scrapbookpal.com.

Purchase *anything*! (This coupon expires 10/31/08)

Add the coupon code treat on the view cart page (Just type treat into the box for coupons and click *add to cart* and the free mono multi 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!

The Stamp Castle coupon – expires after Thanksgiving:

free shipping on orders $50 or over
-code: MERRYXMAS
-have to select regular Priority shipping
-valid on orders shipping to continental U.S. states only (excludes Hawaii and Alaska)

To shop at The Stamp Castle, click {here}. Enjoy!

And for a limited time (until Thanksgiving) you can get 10% off the Christmas Stamp Ensemble (item JB-08150)!  No coupon code necessary!

Eat More Chocolate!

Ok – when I saw the new goodies at The Stamp Castle – I knew just what I wanted to do with this stamp!  Because really – don’t we all need to eat more chocolate?!?

Last year I made a bunch of the nugget tins for various staff at the boys’ school.  It was the perfect gift for all the *extra* teachers – Music, Librarian, Art, etc.  Well – isn’t this stamp just the perfect topper for those nugget tins??  I got the Christmas Stamp Ensemble in the mail and went to work!  I am determined to have some of this stuff done earlier this year and not be up ALL night before the last day of school.  (we’ll see how that works out!)

So here’s what I came up with!

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supplies: Christmas Stamp EnsembleHarmony Classic Circle III; *nugget* tin; wide grosgrain ribbon from PTI; Sweet Blush, New Canvas and Spring Moss palette ink; sponge; dimensionals; mini self-adhesive pearls from Michaels; 1 x 2 5/8 in. white mailing labels; classic circle nestabilities; hershey nuggets.

See – it’s the perfect size!  And there are several other border choices as well as different centers for this!  Plus, the block has the grooved lines so you can attach any of their alphabets too!  Love that versatility!  Oh – and be aware that the block is separate so that you can just buy extra borders and such without paying for a block every time!

And here’s a coupon code so you can make your holiday stuff!

The Stamp Castle coupon – expires after Thanksgiving:

free shipping on orders $50 or over
-code: MERRYXMAS
-have to select regular Priority shipping
-valid on orders shipping to continental U.S. states only (excludes Hawaii and Alaska)

To shop at The Stamp Castle, click {here}. Enjoy!

And for a limited time (until Thanksgiving) you can get 10% off the Christmas Stamp Ensemble (item JB-08150)!  No coupon code necessary!

 

Tooth Tins – part 2

Okay – here’s the part two on the Tooth Tins.  I finished them all up and thought I would share the end result!  I ended up using very similar papers on all of them – the boy tins used Dude! by Corina Nielsen for Prima and About a Boy by Fancy Pants.  The girl tins used Key Lime Pie by Fancy Pants.  I’ll just list all the supplies here at the top and then show all the pictures.  The inside pics will be clickable thumbnails so you can see them if you want to, but that way it won’t take up so much space.

And a note on one of the products used: I saw this pretty glittered twill at Taylored Expressions the other day and decided to order some.  I thought the red especially would be really pretty on some Christmas projects.  Can I just say – LIGHTENING fast shipping!!!  I ordered Saturday afternoon and it was on my doorstep Monday.  WOW!  I have no idea how she got it here that fast – but you have to like that, huh?!?!  So kudos to Miss Taylor!  Plus she’s super nice and talented to boot!  (And the glimmer twill is LOVELY in person!)

Supplies: What’s In Your Tin? Set 1 by Melanie Muenchinger for Gina K Designs Mono Multi; Terrifically Tacky Tape – 1/8 and 1/4; sanding block; “altoid” tin; and patterned papers by Dude! by Corina Nielsen for Prima, About A Boy and Key Lime Pie by Fancy Pants; Glittered Thickers by American Crafts; Rub Ons by American Crafts; large stick-on jewels from LSS; glittered twill from Taylored Expressions; Martha Stewart sticky letters; Dazzling Diamonds glitter; American Crafts Precision pen – black;  palette noir ink;  Making Memories Rub on Letters.

Set 1:

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Set 2:

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Set 3:

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Ok!  So those are the tooth tins I’ve been working on.  I’ve kind of got them down to a science now, lol!  Actually, they are pretty fun to make and I like playing with different papers to find something cute.  I also traced all the black stamping on the the inside of the girl tins with a Copic Spica Atyou glitter pen – adds a little glam for the girls!

I’ve got a big day of stamping planned tomorrow and I’ll have a project with the new stuff from The Stamp Castle – along with a coupon code!  So check back for that!