Ok, so I saw these lovely monogram cards on Debbie’s blog <here> and I just had to get that stamp! So I checked it out and purchased this: C-45 DIY Monogram Kit by Just Rite Stamps. This is a really cool toy!

This version is fantastic for stamping large quantities as it has the ink pad inside. It comes with one reversible ink pad. One side is inked up with black ink. The other is left empty. So you can use any reinker you want in that side. And you can purchase more dry pads (each are reversible so will do 2 colors) and they even have a dry pad that allow you to ink the outer ring in one color and the center in another – very cool!

The really cool part is in the design. You get two alphas with the kit and the block to put them on has grooved lines on it. You just pop the letters in the grooves and pick your border and that’s it! It’s really cool because there’s no slippage of the letters! There are several combinations you can do with the two sizes (there’s examples on the packaging). And unlike an alpha stamp set – these are already fit together so it’s totally proportionate and perfect every time!

I am getting one of the other style without the self-inking part and I’ll tell you about that one then. But here’s what I made so far….and yes, the two color one was hand colored on the stamp each time, not fun with the self-inking stamper, but it turned out so good! This was a Teacher Appreciation gift for Adam’s prek teacher. She always likes getting cards and she’s been great – Alex had her last year.

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supplies: JustRite c-45 Monogram stamper; flourish from Pollen Dust by Fancy Pants; flowers from PTI; berry blush, white, soft sky, basic black, and real red cardstock; satin ribbon from PTI; ruffled and striped ribbon from May Arts; white taffeta from SU; dimensionals; patterned paper from SU; and classic circle nestabilities.

So for her gift, I made 4 of each design….I had given her a few monogram cards as part of her Christmas gift and she commented that she really liked them and had used the last one the other day. So I figured a bunch would be a good gift….and I like these so much more than the other ones I made!

Here’s the whole set of them…

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Classy, huh? I just love the simple elegance of it all…..makes me happy. Anyway, I’ve talked to The Stamp Castle about how cool I think this product is and they gave me a coupon code to share for FREE shipping! So check them out <here> and see what you think!

The coupon code is EMILY (caps sensitive). Just enter that at checkout and shipping will be FREE if your order is over $40! (And that’s for the regular priority shipping option.) The coupon will expire 5/31/08.

Ok, I’ve got some more stuff to show on the monogram front, but that’s all for tonight. Have a great Tuesday!