Tuesday, September 30, 2008
you win the "Thankful Friends" and "Happiest Thanksgiving" stamps!!!! Send me an email (email@example.com) with your address and I'll get these stamps right out to you!!!!!! Congratulations!!!! Thank you to everyone who entered!!!! There will be more giveaways coming up...I'm just busy getting all the new stamps out to the stores...be sure to check your favorite store to see all the new stamps in person!!!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Ok...as promised, here is the make 'n take project we did at J's Knicknacks yesterday. You can download the pattern for this card here. The turkey and "Happiest Thanksgiving" wording are connected to a thread...when you pull the thread, a card rises up like this:
We'll start with the pattern...cut along the solid lines, and fold along the dotted ones. There's also a dot on the pattern...use a 1/16" hole punch to punch a hole right at the dot. Next, apply double stick tape to the 2 quarter inch tabs (don't peel off the backing paper yet). You'll also have to cut a 10' piece of thread and tape one end down as shown below:
As you can see, there's also a white piece of cardstock...this is where you'll stamp your images. The white cardstock measures 2-7/8" wide (maybe just a little less than that) x 3-3/4" long. Punch another 1/16" hole (centered) about 1/2" from the bottom of the white cardstock. You'll want to stamp your images close to the top of the white cardstock.
For the next step...have the stamped side of your white cardstock facing the side of the card with the tabs (that's the front). Take the loose end of the thread and pass it through the hole in the white cardstock (from back to front), and then through the other hole you punched. Now remove the double stick tape from the tabs. Fit the white cardstock between the two tabs, and fold the tabs over the cardstock. Fold the printed cardstock in half, along fold lines and press to secure the double stick tape. Now, you'll just have to make a pull tab to attach to the loose end of the thread. To attach the pull tab, make sure the white cardstock is pushed all the way in...then simply tape the loose end of thread to the back of your pull tab (tape it as close as you can to the point where the thread comes out of the hole), and trim away the excess thread. Phew!! Hope you got all of that!! Please fell free to write to me if something doesn't make sense.
Now on to the fun part!!! I'll be giving away my 2 new Thanksgiving stamps (Happiest Thanksgiving and Thankful Friends...that's the stamp with Max & Buddy). Leave me a post by midnight tomorrow (Monday, September 29, Hawaii time) ...I'll draw one winner at random and announce their name on Tuesday, September 30!!! Thanks for stopping by...I'll be sharing my new Christmas stamps with you next week!!!
Sandee!! Congratulations, Sandee!!!! I'll send the 3 Halloween stamps out to you, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address!! Sorry, I didn't get to post my make 'n take project yesterday...I'll do it today, for sure!!!!! I'll also be doing another giveaway, so be sure to check back!!!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Cassie!!! Yay, Cassie!!!! All I need is your address so I can mail the stamp to you!! Please email me at email@example.com. Thanks!! I'm getting ready to do my make 'n take at J's Knicknacks (it's from 10-12 today)...I'll post the project we did later on this afternoon. Remember to enter the drawing to win the 3 stamps in the post below...you have until midnight tonight!!! Have a fun Saturday!!!
Friday, September 26, 2008
It's Friday!!! And we're doing another giveaway to get you into the stamping mood for the weekend!!! This time we're giving away this trio of new stamps...Halloween Cat, 2 Pumpkins and Spooky Halloween. Leave a post by midnight tomorrow (Saturday,September 27, Hawaii time) telling me what your favorite Halloween candy was when you were a kid. I'll pick one winner, at random, and post their name on Sunday, September 28. I've gotta say, I used to like that powdered candy that came in the little straws...either that or Smarties...remember those?
About this project...just a little something to decorate your desk. It's 2-1/2" wide and 3-1/4" long (scored at 1", 2" 3" and 3-1/4") and folded into a triangular base. Images were mounted on pop dots, and I added some googly eyes to the 2 o's in "spooky".
Don't forget to check in at Cute Stuff, Photo Craft and J's Knicknacks this weekend to try your luck at winning some of the new Dandelion stamps they're giving away!!
PLUS, you still have until midnight tonight to enter to win a Frankensam stamp. Leave a comment on the post below to enter and read about some of the crazy costumes people have come up with (maybe you can get some good ideas for this Halloween!!!) So many stamps to win, so little time!!! Have a great weekend!!
Congratulations, Shawne!!!!! You are the winner of the "Maddy the Witch" stamp!!! Hurray!!!! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and I'll send this stamp out to you right away!!! Thank you to everyone else who entered...and keep trying...there are more stamps to be won!!!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Good Thursday morning!!! Here's the second in our series of new Fall stamps. I made a vellum envelope with a pattern that you can download here. And here's Sam in his Frankenstein Halloween costume:
We'll be doing a drawing for one lucky person to win this "FrankenSam" stamp!!! Leave a post telling me what your favorite Halloween costume was (either your own or one you saw) by midnight Friday, September 26 (Hawaii time)...I'll announce the winner on Saturday, September 27. My favorite was one year when my son went as Austin Powers (yeah, baby!!!).
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Here's the first design in our new Halloween line...Maddy the Witch, along with her little friend, Pip (dressed as a black cat)!! I'll have all the new fall designs up on our website by this weekend, so you can hop on over and take a look!!! Of course, we have to do a giveaway to celebrate these new stamps....sooooooo, leave a post by midnight tomorrow, September 25 (Hawaii time) and I'll randomly draw one name to win this "Maddy the Witch" stamp!!! I'll announce the winner on Friday, September 26...so make sure to check back and see if you won!!!
But wait!!! There's more!!! For all you Hawaii people, some stores are helping us to celebrate our new fall releases:
Cute Stuff!!! and
These stores are also doing giveaways of our new stamps...please check with each store to find out how you can enter to win!!
And one more note...I'll be doing a free make 'n take this Saturday at J's Knicknacks from 10-12. Please stop by and join the fun!!!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Happy Friday!!! Seems like we just start a week and it's already coming to an end...at least that's what it seems like to me!!! Maybe that's just because things have been so hectic around here! Anyway...I had time today to make this card using a bunch of Maddy stamps to make into a scrapbook page card. I wanted to make each stamp look like a photograph with the white border around the edges. I started with 3 pieces of white cardstock (2-1/2" x 3")...I then made a few pattern pieces out of post-it notes(I use post-it notes so that I can keep the patterns in place while I'm using them) :
The first piece on the left has a 2" x 2-1/2" rectangle cut out of the center, the other 2 pieces have random shapes cut out...the top one to represent clouds and the bottom one to represent grass/sand.
Place the white cardstock, with a stamped image, centered behind the rectangle frame (this will keep the white border around the "photograph". Next, using a cotton swab, brush green chalk along the edge of the grass pattern. Do a few rows of this (moving the pattern to different positions to vary the grass texture). Do the same thing with blue chalk to make the clouds. (Make sure you don't chalk over the stamped image). Before you remove the frame mask, go over it with the appropriate colored chalk one more time to make the white border stand out more. Here's what the 3 "photographs" look like with the backgrounds chalked in (I also edged each one with an deckle-edged scissors):
Stamps used: #B101 (Maddy at the Beach), #C104 (Maddy & Pip), #C105 (Maddy & Tweet) , #B104 (Flower Border) and #6005 (Cherish Simple Joys).
In case you're wondering, this card turned out to be quite large (so that I could fit all 3 images)...it's an 8-1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock folded in half. You'll have to save this card for someone special...there's a LOT of room to write!!!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Today I thought I'd make an everyday card, and then use the same idea and make it into a Christmas card (is that cheating?). Anyway, you get two cards for the price of one!!
Stamps used: #1023 (Butterfly), #4016 (Script Happy Birthday), #930 (Elf With Bear) and #922 (Script Merry Christmas). I also wanted to share this adorable card I received from Lisa and Carole:
So bright and cheerful!! Thanks, guys!!! You're so thoughtful!!! I especially liked their signature on the back:
Have a great day!!!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Hope you're all having a good Sunday and ready to start a new week!! Recently I've had babies on my mind since my good friend, Sandra (and her husband), are awaiting the arrival of their baby!! Here's a card I made in the shape of a diaper bag. The finished size of the card is 3" x 5". I glued some stripey paper on the two sides and then rounded all the corners. The middle dotted paper was glued on the sides and bottom, but I left the top edge unglued so I could slip a little note inside. Then I used double stick tape to attach the ribbon border/handle. I used a Marvy (blue) tag punch to make the card insert shown below:
Stamps used: #2024 (Duckies) and #6002 (Sweet Baby). While I was on a stamping roll, I thought I'd try to use the same idea to make a baby shower favor:
I used some Ghirardelli chocolate squares for this favor. It's a little different from the card in that I added a 1/4" section on the bottom to make it wide enough to hold the candy. Cut a piece of paper 4-1/4 " tall x 3-1/2" wide... then make a score line 2" from the top and then another score line 1/4" away from the first. Use double stick tape to keep the candy in place.
Thanks for stopping by!!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Just got back from a make 'n take at the Navy Exchange and wanted to share the project we did. I used some Air Head lollipops...they're so cute because they're so tiny!!! I simply cut 1" x 5" strips of paper and folded it around the lollipop (look at the blue lollipop at the top for a side-view...I also used a strip of double stick tape down the center back of the paper before I put the lollipop in to keep the lollipop from moving around). I then punched a 1/8" hole on either side of the stick and threaded a 9" piece of ribbon through the holes and finished with a bow. I stamped and colored different images and punched them out with a Marvy (green) circle punch and mounted that on a piece punched with a Marvy (yellow) flower punch. It's really fast to make once you get going!!! Now I'm off to make more projects...thanks for checking in (even when I haven't been keeping up on my posts!!!)
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
For all you cooks out there...here's a little tag to tie onto your giveaway treats using stamps #A101 (Buddy with Berries), #B102 (Max With Cupcake) and #A102 (Goodies). I stamped Buddy first, then masked him and stamped Max. I also made a coordinating reinforcement by punching out a small (orange) Marvy circle punch and then a 1/4" hole punch.
Thanks to Lauren for the yummy brownies :) !!
Friday, September 5, 2008
Here's a quick card you can make with a candy surprise inside:
Download the super-simple pattern here. Simply cut on the solid lines and fold on the dotted ones as show below:
Very simple, right? I'm using some Ghirardelli chocolate squares...fold the top flap over the chocolate, then use a bit of double stick tape on the 1/4" tab to hold it down. (I also put some double stick tape under the piece of chocolate to make sure it stays put). That's all there is to it!! Here's a sample of a Halloween card:
Stamps Used: #A101 (Buddy With Berries), #A106 (Chocolate Dipped Wishes), #702 (Bat) and #704 (Happy Halloween). Pink flowers on first card is a trim from Making Memories (Animal Crackers). Yellow button on second card is stamped with #B103 (Fancy Scroll) with black Staz-On ink.
Now, on to more fun stuff to share!! Here's something I got from Lianne at Cute Stuff. She found (and sells) a special eraser to stamp the background dots. You can make your own background in your own color combinations...contact her for details. She used stamps #B102 (Max With Cupcake) and #B106 (Little Something) to make this cute 2009 calendar (is it that time already??)
And here's a card from my special friend, Pam. We go a loooong way back...Pam would do rubber stamp demos for me back when I still had the gift shop. She was my first stamping inspiration!!! Pam recently got married (Congrats, Pam!!!) and spent her honeymoon on a cross-country road trip...and this was the thank you card she sent me:
Such a perfect card, huh? Down to the little strings tied to the bumper of the truck!!!
Hope that gives you some inspiration for some weekend stamping!!!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Holidays throw me off...I keep thinking today is Monday!! Anyway, hope you all had a really nice long weekend!! I've been going through a paint phase recently...I just like the look of paint. Just a little brush here and there can change the look of your card. On this card I added paint to both the cardstock and the printed paper (Basic Grey - Sultry). The large heart is a brad from Bazzill Basics.
Stamps used: #C104 (Maddy & Pip), #A105 (It's Your Birthday) and #5031 (Floral Scroll).
Monday, September 1, 2008
Did you know that September is National Stamping Month? Charleen from Haute Artist asked if I would like to participate in a promotion they're having for the month of September...they're featuring a different stamp company and project every day for the whole month. I just didn't know what day our little company would be featured...but, I was just blog hopping and surprise!!!! It's today!!!! Check out their cool blog and see the project they made using Dandelion stamps. If you hurry, I think you still may have time to enter their giveaway for some Dandelion stamps!!! Hop on over and take a look!!!