Target Mailbox Tutorial

So I meant to get this up earlier today….but I got a little wrapped up in the football games. Sad day for the Colts….but at least I still have the Packers! I was not sorry to see the Cowboys lose, I may live in Texas – but I am not a fan! And then I fought with my internet connection all evening – so frustrating! At least I didn’t lose what I had done already! Anyway – here’s the tutorial!

And please no comments about how messy that area behind the pics is, lol!


Target Mailbox (any metal mailbox will do, but you’ll have to check the dimensions may be different)

sticky strip (red liner tape, o’so sticky tape, etc) I got my white rolls from Taylor.

scissors (preferably two pairs, one that is Teflon coated for cutting the sticky strip)

paper (I like to use two coordinating designs)


mono multi (or some other strong adhesive)

1/2 inch circle punch


1. Choose the paper you want to cover the body of your mailbox. Cut a strip that is 4×12.


2. Hold your strip of paper up against the mailbox so that one of the ends would be about halfway across the bottom. Kind of smoosh the paper against the base of the flag (where the nail/screw is).


3. Flip your paper over and punch out the “mark” the flag base left using your 1/2 inch hole punch. (I apologize for the blurry pictures, the shimmery white side was hard to photograph!)


4. After you punch the hole, cut a slit from the edge of the paper in to the hole.



5. Line the entire strip of paper with sticky tape. (you could use another adhesive, but I think this works the best)



6. Start putting the paper on the mailbox by taking only the backing off the sticky strip around the flag hole. You want to make sure you get that part on correctly.



7. After you get the flag area stuck down well, continue removing the sticky tape backing and adhering the paper.


8. Continue wrapping the paper all the way around the mailbox. It helps to do both sides at once and go slowly to make sure the paper stays straight.


9. Take your second piece of paper and trace the lid of the mailbox onto the back of the paper. Repeat.




10. Cut them out – you will want to ‘undercut’ them a bit so that they don’t overlap the edges. (I hold the paper on the lid and crease any edges that overlap so that it’s easy to tell how much to trim.)


11. Use mono multi to adhere paper to lid (you can use another adhesive – sticky strip, etc – but I prefer the mono multi). Do the same to the back of the mailbox.



12. To go around the edge of the lid you have a few options. You can leave it as is or you can cover it. I chose to cover mine. You can do this using ribbon or paper. For this mailbox I used ribbon. To adhere the ribbon, use glue dots or sticky strip. If you use sticky strip, you may have to cut it in half. Mine was too wide to put on without cutting it. Once it is cut, line the edge of the lid with the sticky strip. If you use glue dots, you can just stick them on as you go. (I did use paper on another mailbox and I put it on with mono multi. I do not recommend this way after trying it as the mono multi was a bit messy for that small of a space. If you want to use paper, cut it in a 1/4 inch strip).



13. You will want your seam to be underneath the mailbox, so start putting the ribbon on there. Go all the way around, taking the backing off as you go. When you get all the way around, just snip the ribbon as close to the starting point as possible. You can put a dab of crystal effects there on the seam to prevent fraying if you would like.



14. At this point, you can just embellish as you like! I always tie ribbons around the flag. Sometimes I cover the end of the flag. If you would like to put paper around it, the measurements are 1 3/8 x 2 1/8. Score at 1 inch and 1 1/8 inches to make it fold nicely around the flag. I left my mailbox as is for now, but last year I used the Mega Scalloped punch by Marvy to put the teacher’s initials on them as Valentine gifts. I then filled the mailboxes with candy.


This mailbox was made using shimmery Smitten papers by Bo Bunny (Shabby Princess line).

And here’s another one I made today where I covered the flag….


This was made using Maybe Baby papers by Daisy D’s. The stamps used on the flag are by Stampendous.

Ok, any questions? Both of these tins are listed on the For Sale page if you are interested.

Love blocks, Superman cakes and a PRIZE~!

So what do you want to see first?  How about the Superman cake?  So first, I think I’ll tell you the series of mistakes I made, lol!  Let’s see – first you should read ALL the directions before you make the cake.

Mistake #1 – not reading all the directions before I put the cake mix in the pan…..I got the part about greasing the pan, but not the part about sprinkling flour after that.  It worked out ok, but the cake didn’t quite take to the mold as well as it should.

Mistake #2 – using a chocolate cake mix – it did not show any of the lines of the mold.

Mistake #3 – actually following their tip to ice the cake with a thin layer of white before starting the decorating.  This obliterated all evidence of lines completely.  I had to completely free-hand the lines based on the picture.   And I suck at drawing.

Mistake #4 – not having black icing.  I used a small tube of black gel icing to do the outlines.  It didn’t hold shape quite as well….or dry really ever!

However – it turned out pretty good!  At least the boys were quite impressed!  Not too shabby for my first try.  I don’t know that I’d ever do it again – unless it was for one of the boys and they really wanted it.  It was not fun – a labor of love and I’d only do it because I love them!


And now for some LOVE blocks.  I made these yesterday using some of the new Fancy Pants Crush papers – they are really pretty!  I got a bunch of different Valentine papers to try out and these were the first I cut in to.  Watch for some of the others!  I got mine at A Cherry On Top because they had the most variety at the time.  These blocks are on the for sale page if you like them!


supplies: mod podge; acrylic matte sealant; Fancy Pants Crush papers; american crafts rub ons; sanding block; white acrylic paint; 1.5 in wood blocks. 

And lastly – a little prize to prep for the tutorial tomorrow!  (Or I guess by the time you read this – today!)  I’m giving away a mailbox with some Valentine goodies!


prize: red Target mailbox, two sheets of rhinestones in Valentine colors; Valentine ribbons; and two stamps. 

And here’s what you need to do to win!

1. Comment on this post and tell me what you would most like a tutorial on!

2. Deadline for prize drawing is Monday, January 14th at 9pm CST.

3. Winner will be drawn using the Random Number Generator. 

Alright!  That’s all you need to do!  And look for the tutorial!

Another ‘sweet’ card and a PSA….

First, I guess I’ll start with the PSA. If you leave a comment on my blog that might warrant a response – I DO respond, so please check your junk mail! I feel terrible when people take the time to ask a question or leave a comment that I respond to and then they don’t get the response! Also – make sure the email address you leave when you comment is up to date. I get several returned messages due to incorrect email addresses. I can’t respond if the email address you leave is incorrect! I just don’t want you to think I didn’t respond!

Ok, now for a sweet card! Again – proceeds go to support Diabetes research!


supplies: How Sweet It Is by GinaK Designs; wild wasabi, marigold morning, white and tempting turquoise cardstock; dimensionals, grosgrain ribbon; paper piercer and template; tempting turquoise, marigold morning, chocolate chip, and real red reinkers; niji waterbrush; sponge; heidi swapp distressor; turquoise stickles and palette noir ink.

And one of my all-time FAVORITE, use on every page, digital products is on sale today for only $1! Seriously – most useful thing ever! Who doesn’t want to date their pages?!?! So you can check that out <here>. Also, one of my favorite designers just moved to Scrap Artist and you can see her things <here> now! Congrats Amanda!

Alright – I am aiming to get the Mailbox tutorial up in the next 2 days so keep your eyes peeled for that – it may contain a little prize as well!

Also, the luggage/backpack/diaperbag tags have been added to the ‘for sale‘ page if you were interested, Thanks!

Backpack Tags

I have made these before, but the boys needed new ones. I found some images that were just perfect for each of them – mostly from A Muse – and I finally got around to making these. I did them each two sided so they could pick two things to “represent” them. So here they are!

(Oh, and I make these using luggage/badge id holders from Walmart – they are found on the office supply aisle and are about $1.50 for 10 of them. I use the ball-and-chain keychain type thingies to hang them on their backpacks.)  You can see more info on my original post about there <here>.

Here is the first side of them:

For the first side Andy chose the mad scientist since he loves science, Adam chose the red robot – his two favorite things, and Alex got the rockstar guitarist.


supplies: A Muse images and polka dot alpha; white red, wild wasabi, black and ballet blue cardstock; lots of inks; SU alpha for Andy’s name; walmart ID holders and silver sakura glitter pen.

For the other side they got these: Andy chose the lion – his school’s mascot, Adam again went with the Red Robot, and Alex got a Super hero colored as closely to Superman as possible….he wanted me to draw the symbol on his costume, but I told him I am not that talented!


supplies: same as above only the lion image is from Wild About You from SU.

I am going to add these as another customize-able option in my “for sale” page. I wish the boys would have let me add ribbons, but you know how boys are, lol!

Another GinaK…

I’ve got another fun GinaK card to show y’all, but first…..has anyone noticed that the cards I made for the GinaK release (besides the sketch challenge card) all look vaguely familiar?  That’s because you’ve probably seen them before!  Yep, one of my things for the month of Jan was to make all the extra cards I had pre-cut paper for.  I always cut a few extras for classes, you never know when someone will need a new piece, you’ll get an extra attendee at the last minute, or I have a few ladies that sometimes like to make more than one set.  Usually by the time class is over and I get it all picked up and put away – it’s late and I’m tired!  So over the last 6 mos or more….a lot of cards have piled up!  I had 3 or 4 different project keepers with various cards in them.  Some of them had just one or two of that card – some had several!  And some of them – I don’t even remember what the card was supposed to look like!  So when I was making samples for the release party, I decided to get out those pre-cut papers and make myself do something with them!  Either I had to re-file the papers, or make a card out of it!  I didn’t get all the way done with the papers I had cut, but I did get through a lot of them!

So – the reason they might look familiar is because they are papers cut for another card I’ve made before!  It’s kinda fun to make yourself use those same papers and see what might come out of it!  Enough rambling though – here’s my card for today!


supplies: image from How Sweet It Is by GinaK Designs; sentiment from Make A Wish by GinaK Designs; phoebe basicgrey papers; regal rose and white cardstock;  taken with teal and blue bayou to make green shade (reinkers mixed); regal rose and barely banana reinkers; niji waterbrush; dimensionals; paper piercer and template; and Star Dust stickles.

Alrighty – I’ve got one more How Sweet It Is card to share later on – this is the newest addition to GinaK’s Stamps for a Cause.  $7 of every Stamps for A Cause set that is sold goes straight to charity!  The newest one is being split between the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and  The American Diabetes Association.  It is also my favorite Stamps for A Cause set so far – totally adorable images!!  And there’s still some time left for the FREE Star Dust stickles too! (Offer expires 1/15/08)

Go to *anything*!

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

That’s it! And in case you needed something to purchase – I highly recommend the Mono Multi! It’s the Best Glue Ever! And they have the cheapest price I’ve ever seen – I always order mine there!

Happy 6th Birthday, Alex!

Yep, my middle guy turns 6 today!  For CC148, I chose his favorite colors (green and yellow) and added a third.  I knew the rocker guy A Muse image was perfect for him as he is my music man.  He has an acoustic guitar, a ukelele and I suppose an electric guitar is next, right?  Anyway – Happy Birthday to Alex!

Here’s my card for the color challenge – if you want more info, click <here>.


supplies: image and sentiment from A Muse; white, barely banana, wild wasabi and blue bayou cardstock ; Marvy punches; palette noir ink; blue bayou, close to cocoa, barely banana, wild wasabi reinkers; dimensionals; corner rounder for scallops; stitched grosgrain; paper piercer; and niji waterbrush.

Pretty Things

Wow, I had a lovely time doing the spa thing today.  I’ve never had a facial – I now know why Kimberly likes them so much!  It was nice!  And for the first pretty thing – check out my toes!!


Pretty, huh?

And my Christmas present from Matthew arrived!  He ordered it several weeks before Christmas, but she said it probably wouldn’t be ready.  Anyway – I stumbled across this site while blog hopping one day and just fell in love with this necklace!  I usually don’t like “mom” jewelry, but this was pretty, unique and not dorky!


You can find Lisa Leonard’s stuff <here> – she has lots of different choices.   I can already see some I want later on…..

And of course, a pretty card!


supplies: Heartfelt Hits 1 by GinaK Designs sentiment from Rectangular Greetings by GinaK Designs; basic grey papers; chocolate chip, white, and pretty ink pink cardstock; timber brown stazon; mini brads, photo corner punch by EK Success; and dimensionals. 

Ok, that’s all my pretty stuff for today!

What a night!

Hello to all of you who came to the Gina K release party! And I am totally humming a little Tone Loc while I type this, lol! (you had to be there, lol!) Anyway, here are two of the cards I shared during the release….I’ll have some more later on, but these two for today!

And guess where I’m going this afternoon??? To get my spa package! I can’t wait! Boy do I need the break! I’m not sure how enjoyable some of it will be as my ear is still hurting like crazy and my gland is swollen on that side – so irritating. I called the dr (again!) and they want me to see an ENT for it now. Fun – so I’ll be going there next week. Stinks that they weren’t able to get me in until Thursday, but oh well. I’ve lived with it for over a month now already!

Ok, back to the samples!

First up – a sketch challenge card! You have until Monday morning to get one it and there’s a free stamp set on the line!!! You can find more info <here>.


supplies: J’adore by GinaK Designs, sentiment from Rectangular Sentiments by GinaK Designs; pretty in pink, white and purely pomegranate cardstock; SU punches; corner rounder for making scallops; purely pomegranate, pretty in pink and palette noir inks; stickles in pink and cotton candy, stitched ribbon; stapler; and dimensionals.

and then I did this little one cause I can never get enough of the tiny pocket notes….they are just perfect for tucking in packages and stuff…


supplies: How Sweet It Is by GinaK Designs; palette noir, bashful blue, real red, and certainly celery inks; niji waterbrush; mini brads; white, certainly celery and black cardstock; real red pocket note by SU; A Muse twinkle sticker and SU ticket punch.

And don’t forget about the FREE stickles offer! It expires 1/15/08 so there is still time!
Go to

Purchase *anything*!

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

That’s it! And in case you needed something to purchase – I highly recommend the Mono Multi! It’s the Best Glue Ever! And they have the cheapest price I’ve ever seen – I always order mine there!

A little sneak peek….


You are invited to a release party!

When- Saturday night, January 5th from 7PM- 10PM central time.
Where- Splitcoaststampers in our member company forum
What’s the occasion?- We are celebrating the release of 7 new stamp sets including our newest
STAMPS FOR A CAUSE stamp set!!!

Gina’s even got a sneak peek on her blog <here>!

GinaK is releasing SEVEN new sets tonight!  Wow!  And one is the new Stamps for a Cause set – one that is not only REALLY cute, but also affects lots of people!

So how about a little sneak peek!


 supplies: GinaK Designs Jan 08 Stamps for a Cause set; bashful blue, certainly celery, and white cardstock; oh baby boy basicgrey paper; palette noir ink; so saffron and certainly celery reinkers; niji waterbrush; dimensionals; SU punches; white taffeta ribbon and corner rounder.

Alrighty – that’s all for the moment, but there will be more later today!  Hope to see you at the kick off!  You can find the forum <here>.

Check these other designers for more sneak peeks!








custom blocks and gift sets – finally!

Yep, you read that right.  I finally got gift sets back up on the ‘for sale‘ page!  That took forever, huh?  Anyway, they are back up!!


And here’s a set of custom blocks I did this week…..for some reason I  had a terrible time with the wider letter rub-ons.  These were American Crafts brand.  I’ve used theirs before, but not the thick ones.  I had to re-do the T block twice!  Anyway, I really hope she likes them!


supplies: wood blocks, american crafts rub ons, mod podge, white acrylic paint, foam brush, plaid acrylic sealant, sanding blocks, fancy pants sweet pea papers. 

Ok – that’s all I got for today!  But awesome sneak peeks coming soon for the GinaK Designs January release!