Friday, March 30, 2007

Wishing I lived in Chicago...

At the cape, Lisa Somerville was talking about the great SCS event that will take place this weekend in Chicago. It sounds awesome and I wish I lived a bit closer so I could attend.

If you're like me and can't actually go, at least you can participate in Sarah's contest on her blog. Check it out the prize is super cool!

Easy Baby Cards

I decided to pack lightly when I went to my stamping cape cod retreat last weekend. Aside from all of my swaps and the supplies for my shoebox swap, I only brought some Fabriano Medioevalis folded reply cards, watercolor wonder crayons, aqua painters, the Palette Noir & Palette Burnt Umber ink pads and my bellas.

On our first night there, I borrowed Mary Jo's Bundle of Joy stamp set from the spring mini catalog and came up with these two cards. The Fabriano note cards make it so easy to make beautiful no layer cards. I simply stamped these with the Palette Burnt Umber ink pad and then water colored with my crayons. A little May Arts ribbon from Cindy Lyles store was the perfect final touch.

Now, I'll just tuck these away until my next coworker has a baby. (There's definitely something in the water at my office. We only have 65 employees, but at least 3 babies are born each year. Right now I know of one set of twins on the way.)

Don't forget to leave a comment on my Target box Tutorial post for a chance to win my blog candy!

Stamps: Bundle of Joy
Ink: Palette Hybrid Burnt Umber
Card stock: Fabriano Medioevalis Folded Reply Cards
Tools: Aquapainter, Watercolor Wonder Crayons
Accessories: May Arts Polka Dot Organdy Ribbon

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Altered Box Tutorial & Blog Candy


Patterned Paper
(Petals & Paisley Double-Sided Paper)

Paper Cutter

Index Card Box from Target's Office Supply Department ($1)

Rounded Tab punch

Oval punches

1/8" Hole punch


Foam Paint Brush

Royal Coat Decoupage Finish (or Mod Podge)

Scrap cardstock (for tabs and ovals)

Step by Step

Step 1:
Cut a piece of patterned paper to be 3.75" x 1.5". Holding vertically, score 3/16" in from each side. This will go on one side of the box.

Step 2: Cut a piece of patterned paper to be 5.5" x 1.5". Holding vertically, score 3/16" in from each side. This will go on the bottom of the box.

Step 3: Cut a piece of patterned paper to be 3.75" x 12". Then score at 5.5" and 6 5/8". This piece will wrap from the front, around one side to cover most of the back.

Step 4: On the back of the cardstock with a pen, mark 1/2 inch in from the edge and from the first crease. Then using the paper cutter, cut down 1/2" from these two marks.

Step 5: Flip the cardstock around and cut down from the two slits made in the previous step. This will create a 4.5" slit.

Step 6: These are the three pieces of cardstock all cut and folded.
Step 7: Press the front of the cardstock into the snap on the front of the box to make an impression. This will be your guide as to where to punch a hole.

Step 8: Using the dimple you just created as a guide, punch a hole with the 1/8" circle punch for the snap to fit through.

Step 9: Apply the decoupage finish to the bottom of the box and then place the 5.5" x 1.5" piece of cardstock over the glue.

Step 10: Apply the decoupage finish to the left side of the box and then place the 3.75" x 1.5" piece of cardstock over the glue.

Step 11: Apply the decoupage finish to the the front, side and back of the box and wrap the remaining piece of cardstock over the glue.

Step 12: Punch out a new colored tab for each divider with the Rounded Tab Punch. Then adhere a punched tab on each divider.

Step 13: Embellish with ribbon and oval punches. I purposely did not put a label on the white oval for this box because I think the recipient should get to choose what it says. The box holds index cards, so it would be good for receipts, recipes, and notes.

I thought this box would be great blog candy! Leave a comment to this post and I will randomly choose a winner on Monday, April 2 at 9am.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Challenge Card

At our cape cod stamping weekend, Pat issued a limited supply challenge a la splitcoast stampers. The challenge was to make a card with only Green Galore, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Whisper White & Basic Black card stock. We were also limited to the following stamp sets: You Make Me Happy, Happy Everything, Polka Dots & Petals and the following backgrounds Paisley, Aida Cloth & Print Pattern.

I chose to use You Make Me Happy since I don't own that set at home. Kim brought some page maps, which provided the layout for my card. I'm not sure which month it was though, but I can tell that I will be a page map junkie really soon! The large daisy was cut out and then popped up with a Stampin' Dimensional.

If I was at home, I would have used my Stamp-a-majig to place the centers on the flowers. You can see that I missed on one of them when I tried to eyeball it. But, it was a fun challenge and I am happy with the result.

This is a super cute stamp set! I love all of the texture that comes molded right into each stamp. So thanks for the challenge Pat!

Stamps: You Make Me Happy, Aida Cloth
Ink: Regal Rose, Basic Black, Green Galore, Rose Red
Card stock: Regal Rose, Whisper White, Green Galore, Basic Black

Tools: Small Corner Rounder, Paper Snips, Dimensional

Tuesday, March 27, 2007


I will be participating in the Rhode Island Chapter's 18th Annual MS Walk with my family on Sunday, April 22nd 2007. If you would like to help out with a donation, or join my team and walk with us, follow this link.

My step-sister, Jessica, was diagnosed with MS a couple of years ago. She just turned 30 years old.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to ending the devastating effects of MS. Any amount, great or small, helps to make a difference in the lives of people with MS. I appreciate your support and look forward to letting you know how I do with a hand stamped card! Pictures to come. Still waiting for my second bella order to arrive. If you do donate, please send me an email with your snail mail address so I can mail you a thank you card! Click on email me at the left.

P.S. If you would like more information about the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, how proceeds from the MS Walk are used, or the other ways you can get involved in the fight against MS, please visit

Monday, March 26, 2007

Receipts Box

Wow! I just got home from a fabulous 4-day weekend spent stamping with 18 of my closest friends. :) We swapped, ate, shoebox swapped, ate, stamped, ate, laughed, ate -- you get the picture!

I shared most of my swaps for this trip last week, but I saved my 3-d swap for last. Here's the before picture:

And the after picture:

I got this idea from my fellow Connecticut stamper, Cathy. The little boxes were $1 each at target in the office supply section. I adhered the designer paper to the boxes with Royal Coat Decoupage Finish. It's like Mod Podge. I thought it would be cute to keep in my car or purse to organize business receipts until I had a chance to file them at home. The word Receipts was printed in the SU Harry Paul font from one of the font cds. Then I used the two oval punches to punch out the word and its layer. I finished them off with a little ribbon, just like Cathy did.

For the inside, I used the new Stampin' Up! rounded tab punch from the Spring Mini Catalog to cover the original tabs and make things a little more colorful.

I'll try to put a tutorial together with all the measurements this week. Be a little patient with me though! I'm really tired from my crazy stamping weekend and I have a pile of laundry to get through!

Here's a bunch of close-ups. Click on the pictures to see a larger view.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Bunny Latch

This is my shoebox swap card for the SSUS Cape Cod retreat this weekend. I was totally inspired by one of my stamp club friends, Hannah. She made the cutest big buckle card using the bunny hugs stamp set that night!

For a step-by-step tutorial, check out Big Buckle Card on splitcoast stampers.

Stamps: Bunny Hugs, Canvas
Ink: Regal Rose,
Tempting Turquoise, Stazon Jet Black, Pretty in Pink Marker
Card stock: Pretty in Pink, Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, Petals & Paisley designer paper

Tools: Paper Cutter, Bone Folder, Word Window Punch, Small Corner Rounder

Wednesday, March 21, 2007


I got my first order of the bellas in last week and I couldn't wait to play with them! I decided that for this card, less is more. So I dug out my beautiful Fabriano Medioevalis folded cards & envelopes that I bought from Cindy's store a while back.

I stamped emmybella with a Palette Noir Black ink pad. I bought mine from a TAC demonstrator, but you can also get them at Ellen's store. I wanted to watercolor and was worried that StazOn wouldn't be dark enough on this very textured paper. The Palette ink pad worked perfectly.

I water colored Emmy with my watercolor wonder crayons and an aquapainter. The sentiment is from Inky Antics. The ribbon was the final touch (fake cindy ribbon from Michael's.)

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Paisley Purse

After making the colorful purses yesterday, I decided to make a Vera Bradley knock-off. The paisley stamp in Polka Dots & Paisley is just perfect for this! It's really hard to see in the picture, but I stamped the little flower from Polka Dots & Petals in white craft ink in between the paisleys.

Once again, the card was made following Julie Ebersole's awesome purse template. You need to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator to access Julie's pattern. If you aren't a demonstrator, ask your demonstrator to show you how to make it.

Stamps: Polka Dots & Petals, Polka Dots & Paisley, Alphadots
Ink: Gable Green Classic, Pink Passion Craft Ink, Whisper White Craft Ink
Card stock:
Gable Green, Pink Passion
Accessories: White Grosgrain, Crystal Effects
Tools: Paper Piercer, 1/8" circle hole punch, 3/4" circle punch, Coluzzle, Signo White Gel Pen

Monday, March 19, 2007

Designer Purse

It's all Debbie Olson's fault really. I didn't originally order Polka Dots & Petals from the Spring Mini catalog because I thought I didn't really need another circle stamp set. But, when I saw this cute card by Debbie I just had to have it. Combine Debbie's card, the last week's color challenge and Julie Ebersole's awesome purse template and you get something like this.

You need to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator to access Julie's pattern. If you aren't a demonstrator, ask your demonstrator to show you how to make it.

I was inspired by the colorful purses that seem to be in style now by Dooney & Bourke, Louis Vuitton and Coach. I figure if you can't own a $1000 purse, you can at least make colorful purse cards!

The monogram has been covered in crystal effects to make it look more like an insignia. Inside is "Happy Birthday" from cheery chat. This would be especially cute with a gift card inside.

Stamps: Polka Dots & Petals, Alphadots
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery, Cool Carri bean
Card stock: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Celery Grosgrain, Crystal Effects
Tools: Paper Piercer, 1/8" circle hole punch, 3/4" circle punch, Coluzzle, Signo White Gel Pen
Color Combo Challenge 103

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Sparkly Doodles

It has been a while since I've pulled out the Pearl Ex. I love the look, but I don't always feel like cleaning up the shimmery mess that results in my stamp room.

But, I am going to be swapping with a very special group of stampers next weekend and I figured if they weren't worth it, then who is? So, I started by stamping the smaller doodle randomly in VersaMark ink all over my regal rose card stock. Then I dabbed my paint brush in the Flamingo Pink Pearl Ex and little tapped it all over the stamped doodles. For a great tutorial check out Poppin' Pearls on splitcoast stampers.

After I had my shimmering background, I decided to use this week's sketch challenge to finish off my card. I don't think I've ever done a sketch challenge on time, so this is great progress! This is sketch 115.

Of course, the card is much more sparkly in person. The scanner doesn't really pick up on it at all.

Stamps: Doodle This, All Year Cheer II
Ink: VersaMark, Regal Rose, So Saffron, Palette Noir Black
Card stock: Shimmery White, Regal Rose, Basic Black
Accessories: Pop-up glue dot, Pearl Ex Assortment III
Tools: Round Tab Punch, Aquapainter, Stapler, Paint Brush