Monogram Post-It Holders

I love post-it holders. My dad gave me a huge stack of post-it note pads when he was packing up to move, so I have lots to make them with! Well, I had several things I was mailing today and I just love to tuck one of these in a package. I mean, you can’t be a paper crafter and NOT send a little something, right?!?!
I decided to make these monogram post-it holders. I love chipboard letters for this. But I am cheap and lazy. I didn’t want to buy several packages of chipboard letters and then re-cover the letters to match the holders. So I found these chipboard letters by Li’l Davis Designs. They measure about 2 inches in height per letter. But since I am cheap, I didn’t want to actually use my letters on this project quite yet. So I laid the letter I wanted to use (in this case, J) chipboard (or undecorated) side up on a piece of chocolate chip cardstock. I traced the letter with a pencil and then cut it out with my paper snips. This way I had a lovely chocolate chip “J” to use and I still had my chipboard too. Which was good because I had 4 “J” note pads to make!
The rest was pretty simple. I used cool caribbean cardstock for the base of the holder and for the scalloped circle. I stamped paisley in versamark for the scalloped circle and then put the “J” on with dimensionals. I tied a little piece of ribbon around the “J” and then also ran some under the scalloped circle. I think they turned out pretty cute! Here is a link to the tutorial on how to make the post-it holders.
That’s it for this morning! Off to workout and get some other stuff done. Wonderful stuff coming later. A recipe: Eggplant Parmesan for dinner tonight! (This is probably my favoritest food EVER!). A card: I will try to get the sketch challenge done later today as well! Have a great day!

CC99: Only one MORE!!

So it’s here! CC99 is here! Only one more week til I get to give away the AWESOME prize Leigh O’Brien made! And guess what?!?! Besides the fact that you can win it… get ANOTHER sneak peek today! Oh yeah, and I’ll show you my color challenge card too! I have such a hard time taking photos of dark cardstock. I am getting better, just more fiddling needed!

I used my Big Blossom stamp for the first time. I inked paisley in Not Quite Navy and then kissed the big flower onto the paisley. I stamped it on white cardstock and cut it out. Then I mounted it on Night of Navy cardstock and cut that out so that it had a small navy border for the flower. I stamped paisley in versamark on the Not Quite Navy paper. Then I stamped my sentiment in night of navy on white. I punched that out with the Word Window punch and sponged the edges with Not Quite Navy. Then I mounted that on a Night of Navy window punch and then onto the cardstock. I originally had a navy button in the center of the flower, but it just wasn’t working for me. I went with a prima and a little bling instead. I thought it was kinda boring so I added two night of navy word window punches in the upper left corner and poked two holes in each. Then I ran some narrow organdy ribbon through those and tied it off. This dressed it up a little.

And here’s the sneak peek of the CC100 prize! Leigh is going to have more information on her blog as well.

We have a WINNER!!

I enjoyed reading all of your favorite things over the past few days! There are some great recipes in there as well! There seemed to be some common threads amongst our faves too. Our families, chocolate, stamping, reading, reading blogs, chocolate, etc. Thank you for sharing with me!
And now, for the winner! My 6 yo, Andy, picked the winner for me today!
Ara, you are the winner! Please email me your address and I’ll ship your goodies out to you!
Here is what she said:
Ara said…
Wow Emily, another freebie, COOL!!Well, one of favorite things has to be mornings at my house…the kids inner alarm clocks are set for 8 bells, and they sometimes come in earlier, or later, but mostly at 8. And we snuggle and watch Curious George!! It is wonderful!! Thanks Emily for allowing me to share!!Ara
January 27, 2007 11:03:00 PM CST
Thank you all for commenting and reading my blog! Here’s to many more hits!
And a little something cool to share with you. My husband asked what we could do to organize my room a little more (He meant it to be helpful, but I thought he was making fun of how messy it is!). So we got a shelf from Target and put my background stamps on it! I love it! Now they are off the table, the are not stacked up – which is supposedly bad for the rubber, and they look so nice! He has promised to figure out my label maker and label them along the side too! He’s the bestest! And here’s a pic of my new shelf!

So CHA is going on now…

This is only the biggest crafting event ever. It is held in CA and all crafting companies go there to unveil new lines for the next year. You can find out more about what SCS is seeing here:

SCS Blog about CHA

I am way stoked cause of course that means new products and stuff are coming soon! I am most stoked about the Basic Grey. Here’s what they are showing on their site right now as far as new paper lines….you know I love this paper!

Perhaps Collection love this one!

Phoebe Line

Scarlet’s Letter Collection

Stella Ruby Line and love this one!

Anyway, I can’t wait til those hit the shelves!

Can You Believe It?! FREEBIE!

So I just hit over 20,000 hits today! In honor of this momentous occasion, I am doing a freebie giveaway! So you must comment on this post by 9pm CST Monday, January 29th to win!
Please tell me one of your favorite things in your comment. Since my blog is all about sharing my favorite things – cooking and stamping, share one of yours! It can be a food, a stamp, a product, whatever!

The freebie is everything pictured above. There are 2 sets of the Michaels mini stamps (Valentine themed), 2 clear Rhonna Farrer floral stamps and a handful of primas! Please pass this freebie info along to a friend, isn’t that what we do when we find out about a favorite thing?!?

January Stamp Camp

Last night I held my monthly stamp camp. We made these 5 cards. I tried to do one ‘fun’ valentine and one more elegant valentine. We also did a pocket note. I love those! This is a copy of the first pocket note I made, so nothing new there. I did the cool caribbean ‘friend’ card a few weeks ago as well. Only the Valentine cards and the Birthday Beauty card are new.

The Birthday Beauty card was for my older sister. She bought the set a few months ago and asked me to do something with it. Well, I did this and I am not that thrilled with it. But it was late at night and the mojo just wasn’t there. I used bohemia floral paper, chocolate chip and white. I stamped her in timber brown stazon and colored her in with the retired Rose Romance ink. (I hate regal rose and will ever mourn the loss or rose romance, lol!) I sparkled her up with DD glitter on her crown and sash. I had pink circles on her cheeks, but Matthew said that looked stupid. He’s a guy, what does he know?!?!

I got ready to do this camp and realized I had NO valentine stamps. So I went to the store. Three of them. Nothing. At least, nothing cute. So I ended up with this $1 stamp from Michael’s. It worked. I used Basic Grey Blush paper and blush blossom cardstock. The Mega Scalloped circle is close to cocoa. I used a 2 way glue pen and Dazzling Diamond glitter to do the sparkles. I colored the stamp in with markers. Aquapainters are my coloring method of choice, but they take too long at a stamp camp.

The last card is one that used a previous sketch challenge. I used cranberry crisp cardstock (which I did not realize I was almost out of! My older sister rescued me and gave me 10 sheets so I would have enough.) for the base of the card. I stamped paisley on it in versamark. I used my coluzzle to cut the largest oval out of the Blush paper. I cut the ovals in half to look like a half circle. I sponged chocolate chip on the edges of the circle and the main image as well. I used cranberry crisp, mellow moss and pretty in pink to do the flowers. Linen was stamped on the white panel first in sahara sand. Grosgrain ribbon tied around the main image completed the look. Of course, it is popped up on dimensionals as well. The sentiment “truly, madly, deeply” is from A Muse.

Ok, gotta get ready for hockey!

I wish I could breathe….

I am absolutely miserable. My allergies are on overload right now. They were kinda bad and then I got my shot Tuesday and now it is WORSE! I got a welt on my left arm that is at least 2 inches in diameter. And I haven’t been able to breathe through my nose since. Ugh. I called the shot desk at the allergist….apparently I can’t handle 3 tenths when they try to up my dose. Um……I thought I was on my maintenance dose – doesn’t that mean I maintain the same dose?!?!?!

Apparently not. She said the last time they went up that high I had a reaction too. Fabulous. Unfortunately, there isn’t anything I can do after the fact. At least it isn’t as itchy today. But I feel like I am in a fog. Even my beloved Zipfizz isn’t helping! (Zipfizz is an energy drink powder that you add to a bottle of water. They sell it at costco and it is awesome! It tastes kinda yucky – but I don’t do fake sugars, so you might not think it’s so bad. But it’s fantastic for the mid afternoon pick me up. It isn’t loaded with caffeine and it has very few calories. It has lots of B12 which is good for you and for some reason it helps my allergy headaches.)

I did have a stamp camp last night and I’ll try to get a pic up this afternoon. I feel bad for my poor stampers, I was so foggy. Good thing it was my regulars and they pretty much know what they are doing by now. We did some cute stuff though. Some I had made earlier this month and some were new. I’ll go take the pics and post them for you all.

Good note: Matthew got free Dallas Stars tickets for tonight’s game! That should be fun. We’re going with some vendor of his company, but that’s ok. Hockey is awesome – hope for lots of fights!

Drowning in a pile of ribbon!

Yes, that’s me. I am drowning in a pile of ribbon! It’s a good place to be though! I participated in a ribbon share with my friend (I say friend cause we’ve met twice and she’s the SWEETEST person ever!) Jody. It’s the coolest thing! She gets bulk ribbon and cuts it into 10 yard segments. So I got 30 different colors! Now to organize it! I am working on that part and I’ll show you what I came up with (an idea I totally stole from someone else’s blog photos) when I get it done.

You should totally check out Jody’s blog. She has ribbon shares often, try to get in on one! She’s even doing a Prima share right now!! I would love to do that one….but alas, I am being frugal at the moment. **sigh** Maybe there will be a next time! Here’s all my ribbon though…..doesn’t it look SO PRETTY?!??!

Also I thought I would share the sneak peek at the prize for the 100th Color Challenge on Splitcoast. Leigh O’Brien made this…..and she is one FANTASTIC stamper. Y’all are really gonna want to get in on this one. So keep watching those color challenges so you can find out how you can win it for your very own!!! Just a tiny sneak peek today though……..gotta save something for next week, right?!?!

Coaster Gift Boxes and CC98…

Okay, the newest tutorial on Splitcoast is a good one! Another use for all those restaurant coasters that I got a few hundred of. Here is the link for it, please check it out! Taylor VanBruggen wrote this one, and these little boxes are too cute! I’ll probably do them as teacher gifts for Valentine’s Day.

I tried two today. The first one I did using Basic Grey Urban Couture. I used mod podge to adhere the paper to the coaster (I did find that painting the paper with mod podge and then laying that down on the coaster worked better – the coasters sucked the mod podge up so fast it dried too quickly!). Then I used the crop-a-dial to punch the holes. On this box, I mod podged over the paper as well. I like to do this because I feel it makes it a bit sturdier….then the paper isn’t going to peel up – ever! And it won’t get snagged on anything either. I used several different ribbons to tie up the sides. Then came the hard part. For me, sticking the bottom on was hard. For the mod podged one, I used the E6000 glue Taylor mentioned. This stuff smells awful. And my stamp room doesn’t have the best ventilation and it is small. Stank up the room for hours. And it was kinda messy. I tried something different on the second box. But it did stick.

For the second box, I used the rest of the Basic Grey Urban Couture sheet I had out. (I love that you can get two boxes out of one sheet! – I used a different coordinating solid piece for the bottom square.) The only difference with this box is that I did not mod podge OVER the paper this time. I took them outside and sprayed them with Clear Acrylic Sealant by Plaid. I wanted to seal them a bit, so I tried this. I have to say, looks wise, it is really hard to even tell them apart. We’ll see how they hold up. I used Crystal Effects (SU – it’s clear strong glue, not sure what other companies call it) to adhere the bottom coaster. It stank a little less and seems to hold just as well. So I say you can use either. I know some people used glue guns for theirs….personally, I hate glue guns and I think stuff falls apart when I use them. But that’s just me.

Anyway, thanks Taylor for the fantastic idea. Great present boxes. I love the idea and I think I’ll be teaching a class on it in a few weeks.

CC98 was today. I used a color challenge by MyPrecious. Night of Navy, Brocade Blue and Bravo Burgundy. I made a card really quickly last night and it’s not so good! It was very late by the time I got done cutting out my new rubbah though. Anyway, I did get to use some new stamps and that was fun! Here’s what I made. I’d tell you what I used on it, but I am too tired. If you wanna know, just ask me!

More Scrap pages….

Here are two more pages I did on my scrapping with mamakimberly night. The first is a page of the boys on our first family bike ride (and by family, I mean we walked and the boys rode). They were so cute all decked out in their helmets and bikes. This has quickly become a favorite family activity. I used a layout from mamakimberly and Basic Grey Oh Baby boy papers. Some colored brads and primas for accents. A rub on – not sure what brand – and my zig millennium 05 pen for journaling. The rub on flourishes are american crafts.

The second page is for my book of me. I used a 5×7 print of a photo mamak had taken of me a few months ago. She doctored it a bit in photo shop so my hair is a bit more red and my eyes a bit more blue than usual…..but it looks so pretty, lol! Andyway, I used some more Basic Grey, Blitzen this time, on this page. I used basic black su cardstock to mat the photo. Then some black ricrac and some faux stitching rub ons. A simple page because I really wanted the photo to be the focus.

Hope you enjoy those! I will reiterate, scrapping is not my strong suit!