It's Not All Black and White

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Quick, Simple, Elegant

I hope you're enjoying your long weekend. Today's card is quick, simple, and elegant. And you can so simply change the sentiment to suit your needs.

What's In It?
Stamps: Notes of Prayer (Verve Stamps)
Paper: chocolate chip (Stampin' Up!); vintage cream, Everyday Blessings (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: chocolate chip (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: antique brads (Lasting Impressions); nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); ribbon (Michael's); paper flowers (Prima); decorative pin (Heidi Grace)

I {heart} Your Blog

Karen gave me this I Love Your Blog award, and I so appreciate it! Thanks Karen.

The rules
1. The winner can put the logo on their blog
2. Link the person you received your award from
3. Nominate 7 other blogs
4. Put links of those blogs on yours
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the girls you've nominated

I love
all of the blogs I read, but here are a few random choices from my Google Reader. Thanks for your inspiration ladies:

at Paper Possibilities
Kim at Paper Hugs
Meredith at Little Treasures

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Fall Fun with SU Ink

I've got a Storage Units, Ink peak for you today, as does Debbie. This uses the adorable Leaf It to Me set (available September 1). I stamped the tractor and wagon, then masked the wagon, to fill it with this leaf pile. Don't you just want to jump right in there? The wagon totally reminded me of childhood hay rides, which I thought were the coolest thing. I grew up around farm country, if you didn't guess. Anyway, I colored with Copics, listed below.

I pulled out some great fall colors of Core'dinations and put together the striped pattern on the left, adding a few brads to the bottom.

Gotta run. I hate telling my parents no when they ask me to do something. So today will be quite busy. They asked if I wanted to go to the Titanic exhibit at the Science Center today. So I have to squeeze that in this afternoon before going directly to a wedding reception at four. I'm still not sure where I'll be changing into my dress. Could be interesting.

What's In It?
Stamps: Leaf It To Me (Storage Units, Ink & More)
Paper: white (Papertrey Ink); sutter butter, rustic, amazon, chocolate mocha (Core'dinations)
Ink: graphite black (Brilliance); creamy caramel (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: ribbon (American Crafts), brads (Stampin' Up!), dimensionals
Copic markers: 100, E55, Y17, YR18, N5, B95, E57, E00, B00, G21, R46, YG63, 0

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Fun is Good!

When I saw the completed Beautiful You set by Verve Stamps, I knew I'd have to use this stamp (sentiment chosen by Susan). It's just so, well...FUN! I started this card by pulling out some of my most fun ribbon, then matching up the colors from my Core'dinations stockpile. I cut a bunch of different sized circles and started lining them up together. Then I added a few Sassy Sequins and dotted the centers with Black Diamond Stickles.

In It?
Stamps: Beautiful You (Verve Stamps)
Paper: kilkenny green, orange, crab grass, aruba, beach (Core'dinations); white (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: onyx black (Versafine)
Accessories: circle nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); decorative scissors; black diamond Stickles; ribbon (American Crafts); sassy sequins(Queen & Co)

SU Ink: Guess How Many

Storage Units, Ink & More is kicking off another release with design team sneak peeks and your chance at winning ALL SIX SEPTEMBER RELEASES. Go to the SU Ink blog post, here, to "guess how many" M&M's are in the jar, and you could win all six September Stamp Sets!!! Also, you will win the jar...You must leave your guess on THE SU INK BLOG (not my blog) post in order to win...If there are more than 1 winner, ALL of the winners will receive stamp sets...BUT only the first person who guessed will win the jar...

Check out today's Sneak Peeks by Susan and Lauren.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Golden Thanks

Yesterday was a FOUR card day! Yay for me. That may be the most original cards I've ever made in a day. Have I mentioned that I'm generally a pretty slow stamper? Actually, I made three cards and one other stamped item. But the "other" item is for this month's Verve project parade challenge. (You can play along here.) So I can't share that one yet.

Today's card uses lots of gold embossing powder. If it's
gold on this card, it's embossed. That includes flowers, sentiment, buckle, and gold card stock layer. For the layer, I cut it to size, used a very thin layer of glue to adhere the embossing powder around the edges, then heat set. The buckle: hold it with tweezers, heat for a few seconds, dip in embossing powder (the hot metal willmake the powder stick), repeat.

In It?
Stamps: Grateful Elegance (Verve Stamps)
Paper: aqua mist, spring moss (Papertrey Ink); pearlized cream (Paper Accents)
Ink: Versamark; Old Olive (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: oval punches (Marvy); gold embossing powder, pewter hardware (SU!); spring moss grosgrain ribbon (Papertrey Ink)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Swimming By

...with a friendly "Hi". This sweet little fishie with the pretty swirled tail is just swimming by with a couple of friends. This started with the idea of a little elegant whimsey. Pale blue and browns. The fish are colored with Copic markers. The seashell is stamped with chocolate chip ink, then I just ran my water brush over it to spread the color a little.

The tag is a piece of Basic Grey chipboard covered in bashful blue card stock, with the edges inked close to cocoa, creamy caramel and chocolate chip.

Hope you're all having a good day. And if not, just keep swimming! Hugs!

What's In It?
Stamps: By the Sea (Lizzie Anne)
Paper: bashful blue, chocolate chip, kraft, white (Stampin' Up!); white (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: chocolate chip, close to cocoa, creamy caramel (Stampin' Up!); vintage photo (Tim Holtz distress ink)
Accessories: chipboard elements, precision file set (Basic Grey); ribbon (Michael's); aquapainter; Cuttlebug die; Copic markers; dimensionals

Me, I'm on a card making marathon, at least for me. I usually make one card a day. I've got three done so far today. Eat your heart out Dawn. HeeHee. If only, that girl is a stamping machine.

By the way, if you haven't see the new look on the Lizzie Anne website, check it out!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Relaxing Dockside

This one uses Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge and the Look What I Caught stamp set. Oh my word, I love these colors of Core'dinations card stock together. I love that I can flip the paper to get textured or smooth surfaces. Yeah, I'm kinda falling in love. LOL.

What's In It?
Stamps: Look What I Caught (SU Ink)
Paper: chocolate mousse, auamarine, harborside, meadow (Core'dinations)
Ink: graphite black (Brilliance)
Accessories: paper piercer and template, moss grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up!); gel pen (Signo); circle nestabilities and ribbon tag trio dies (Spellbinders); Copic markers

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Beach Bag Tag

I thought this darling little mermaid would feel right at home on a trip to the beach or pool. I made the tag (contact info can go on the back) to fit in a 2.55" x 3.35" Vertical Badge ID Holder (mine are from Walmart). The mermaid, from Lizzie Anne's By the Sea, is stamped with graphite Brilliance ink and colored with Copic markers. I cut out the image and set her on this watery looking Making Memories paper. The sentiment is on a vellum half circle. Faux stitching with a white gel pen and a brown scalloped Nestabilities layer. Silver brads were coated with white embossing powder. I added a wee bit of Star dust Stickles to her scales and sea shells.

Now I'm all ready to hit the beach!

What's In It?
Stamps: By the Sea (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Paper: white (Papertrey Ink); vellum (Stampin' Up!); Boho Chic (Making Memories)
Ink: graphite black (Brilliance); chocolate chip (SU!)
Accessories: star dust Stickles (Ranger); brads, white embossing powder, paper piercer and template (SU!); white gel pen (Uni-ball); badge holder, ribbons, Spellbinder's nestabilities rectangle dies, Copic markers

Friday, August 22, 2008

Back to School Gift

Yes, I know it's Friday, but I'm just now posting my creation for this week's Whatchadoin Wednesday challenge at Storage Units, Ink & More. The challenge was SPARKLES! So I made this gift packaging to go with my back to school card from a few days ago. I filled mine with some fun colorful pens, but I also thought pencils, erasers, little sticky notes, colored pencils, markers, and/or paper clips would be great too.

The clear part of the box is basically just a tube scored at 2,4,6, and 8 inches with an extra 1/2 inch overlap at the end. It's tall enough to accomodate my pens. The top and bottom need to be scored at slightly larger lengths to fit over the "tube". I put an eyelet through the top center of the box and tied a ribbon loop in it. So you can pull on the loop to open the box. The top has faux eyelets in the scallops: I punched a 1/16 inch hole and rounded it with my white gel pen.

Images (all from A Touch of Class) are stamped with graphite Brilliance ink and colored with Copic markers. My sparkles: I used black Stickles to make a road around the bottom of the box for the bus. More black Stickles dotted around the tag scallops. Star dust Stickles on the bus windows.

You can play along (with or without SU Ink stamps) and leave a link to your creation on the SU Ink blog, here. And if you've been wanting to try the cool new Core'dinations card stock, it's still 25% off through August 25.

What's In It?
Stamps: A Touch of Class (SU Ink)
Paper: real red, celery prints (Stampin' Up!); white (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: graphite black (Brilliance)
Accessories: Copic markers; star eyelet, oval eyelet, white grosgrain ribbon (SU!); white gel pen (uni-ball); hole punches (Fiskars); corner rounder (EK Success); star dust and black diamond Stickles (Ranger); tacky tape (ProvoCraft); transparency film (3M); circle nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); thread

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Elegant Thanks

This week it's Julee's turn in the hot seat for the Meet the Verve Diva feature. And as her challenge, she gave us another rockin' sketch! So, if you're looking for inspiration or want to pick Julee's brain a bit, check it out. This is the card I came up with this morning using her sketch.

What's In It?
Stamps: Artful Elegance (Verve Stamps)
Paper: chocolate chip, blush blossom (Stampin' Up!); white, spring moss (Papertrey Ink); Sultry (Basic Grey)
Ink: chocolate chip (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: dew drops; circle nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); dimensionals

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Yep, with cake, it's all about the icing for me.

, I used Lauren's Saturday Sketch for this Verve cupcake card. The big cupcake: the wrapper is paper pieced with the background paper and the icing is rock 'n' rolled with blush blossom then pretty in pink ink. (That means, dip the whole stamp in light color, then roll just edges in darker ink. Then stamp.) I colored the flowers with copic markers. The smaller cupcakes: the wrapper is two stamps. The base is solid celery, the lines are done in olive. The icing is rock 'n' rolled again, this time with pretty in pink and regal rose. I colored the celery grosgrain ribbon with a copic marker to get this darker color.

In It?
: Cupcake Affair (Verve Stamps)
Paper: white (Papertrey Ink); regal rose, old olive (Stampin' Up!); Sultry (Basic Grey)
Ink: noir black (Palette); old olive, certainly celery, regal rose, blush blossom, pretty in pink (SU!)
Accessories: circle nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); celery grosgrain ribbon (SU!); Copic markers; icons gems (Me & My Big Ideas)

Monday, August 18, 2008

Back to School

I want to pass on some good sale info for you before I move on to my card today. If you haven't tried Core'dinations card stock yet, now's the time! Because you can get it for 20% off at Storage Units, Ink & More now through August 25. This stuff is really fun to work with. One side is textured and the other flat. The colors are so vibrant. Then there's a white core you can expose by sanding, tearing or distressing, like I did on this card. And there are SO MANY colors to choose from.

If you didn't run off shopping already, here's my card today. It uses the SU Ink set, A Touch of Class and last week's CPS77 Sketch. I thought this would be perfect for back to school money or gift cards for all those nieces, nephews or grandkids. Or a great note to tuck into your kids backpack the first day of school. Please tell me backpack is still the proper lingo. I'm a little out of the back-to-school loop.

What's In It?
Stamps: A Touch of Class (SU Ink)
Paper: white (Papertrey Ink); real red, celery prints (SU!)
Ink: graphite black (Brilliance); real red (SU!); versamark
Accessories: copic markers, ribbon, SU! detail white embossing powder, Rectangle nestabilities die, thread, buttons, EK Success corner rounder, SU! slot punch, glue dots

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Be Strong

This is for Charmaine's Meet the Verve Diva Challenge, black and white splash. I think I misunderstood a bit. There's only supposed to be a splash of color. I was thinking anything goes as long as there's only one color. Oh well, let's pretend this is a "splash" of green. (Splitcoast isn't loading for me right now. I'll link to the challenge later.)

I applied both the Plain Jane Psalm 31:24 stamp and this border from Grateful Elegance to the same block and stamped it just one time, all lined up the way I wanted it. I think it's all pretty self-explanatory. If you have any questions, just drop me a comment or email.

What's In It?
Stamps: Psalm 31:24, Grateful Elegance (Verve Stamps)Paper: spring moss, white (Papertrey Ink); black (Stampin' Up!); small dots (Making Memories)Ink: onyx black (Versafine)Accessories: rectangle dies (Spellbinders); hydrangea and petite flowers (Prima); spring moss grosgrain (Papertrey Ink); icons gemstones (Me & My Big Ideas); tacky tape (ProvoCraft)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Tropical Fish

Doesn't he just make you want to go snorkeling? I've gone a couple of times, but I have a rather healthy fear of sea life, namely sharks. This colorful tropical fish came from Lizzie Anne's By the Sea set, and was colored with an water brush and Stampin' Up! inks. The air bubbles are imitation "Dew Drops" I bought at Michael's a while back. And notice the cute little mermaid peeking up from the bottom of the card. HeeHee. I think she's just so cute.

What's In It?
Stamps: By The Sea (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Paper: real red, cool caribbean, apricot appeal (Stampin' Up!) American Crafts, Canson watercolor
Ink: onyx black (Versafine); cool caribbean, gable green, real red, pumpkin pie (SU!)
Accessories: "dew drops"; rectangle nestabilities, ribbon tag trio dies (Spellbinders); spots and dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug); water brush; dimensionals; corner rounder (EK Success)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Why Do I Love Stamping?

For the same reason I love Victoria's Secret. Huh?!? Because everything matches! I have (yet another) baby shower to attend this weekend. I already bought my gift and packed it up in this pretty gift bag. Now a card. Hmmmm? Better yet a matching card! I embossed the decorative circle from Artful Elegance on my close to cocoa border. Then stamped the gorgeous background onto a piece of soft sky. I layered the sentiment with some punches and Nestabilities and created a grouping by adding a couple of Prima flowers. Finished size is 4.25 inches square.

And here it is with the "matching" gift bag. Sorry for the poor photo, but you get the idea.

What's In It?
Stamps: Artful Elegance, Family Phrases (Verve Stamps)
Paper: white (Papertrey Ink); soft sky, chocolate chip, close to cocoa (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Versamark; close to cocoa, cool caribbean (SU!)
Accessories: detail white embossing powder, word window and 1-3/8" circle punches, paper piercer (SU!); flowers (Prima); circle dies (Spellbinders); antique brads (Lasting Impressions); piped nylon ribbon (Martha Stewart); dimensionals

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Whachdoin' Wednesday?

Today is the first installment of Whachadoin' Wednesday at Storage Units, Ink & More. The challenge today is to use embossing folders. If you don't have embossing folders and would still like to play along, I give you unofficial permission to do the old fashioned dry embossing, or even faux dry emboss. If you upload to Splitcoast, use keyword SUINKWWC1. And please leave us a link to your creation (gallery or blog) so we can all check it out. Leave your link on this SU Ink post.

And here's mine. I embossed my Grape Gusto Core'dinations card stock with the Bloom Dots folder, then sanded a bit to bring out the lighter core color. Isn't that fun?!? I stamped some images from At A Snail's Pace on the background and stamped a few more on scrap card stock to cut out and layer for my little garden scene. To go with my distressed background, I also distressed the Purple Moon layer of my main image. And I just love the little trio of funky brads to go with the round sentiment. One more brad with some ribbon scraps in the top corner finished it off.

What's In It?
Stamps: At a Snail's Pace (SU Ink)
Paper: grape gusto, purple moon, meadow, grassroots (Core'dinations); white (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: graphite black (Brilliance); elegant eggplant (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: precision file set (Basic Grey); distressing tool (Tim Holtz); ribbon (American Crafts); brads (Queen & Co and SU!); bloom dots embossing folder and stamps die (Cuttlebug); dimensionals

Also, thanks to everyone
who partied with Verve last night at the release party on Splitcoast. I had such a blast chatting with some of you. Sorry if I missed you. I couldn't quite keep up with the pace. If you missed it, Verve has all the new releases available now on the website. That's six new sets and five Plain Janes. You're going to LOVE them. Fun, elegant, and SO VERVE!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

One More...

before the big release party tonight, starting at 10:00 pm Eastern time. Here's a link to the party thread. You're all welcome to drop in and say Hi. Don't be shy. This card uses Cupcake Affair.

What's In It?
Stamps: Cupcake Affair (Verve Stamps)
Paper: real red, bashful blue, vellum (Stampin' Up!); white (Papertrey Ink); Romani (Basic Grey)
Ink: onyx black (Versafine); real red, bashful blue, so saffron, apricot appeal (SU!)
Accessories: long rectangle die (Spellbinders); ribbon (May Arts); star dust Stickles; brads (SU!); dimensionals

Monday, August 11, 2008

Pumpkin Thanks

Just a quick post this evening using the upcoming release from Verve, Grateful Elegance, available Wednesday, August 13. For the sentiment: I stamped the flower on scrap paper once, then on my circle to get a paler color. Then stamped the "thank you". I put the Spellbinder's die back in place as a template for the dashed border. For the scalloped border (Martha Stewart punch), I added a little cut out flower to every other peak. The background is also a part of this lovely set.

What's In It?
Stamps: Grateful Elegance (Verve Stamps)
Paper: white, close to cocoa, cool caribbean, pumpkin pie (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: close to cocoa, cool caribbean, pumpkin pie (SU!)
Accessories: punch (Martha Stewart); brads (Queen & Co); gel pen (Signo); taffeta ribbon (SU!)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

"Fairy Tales Do Come True...

...It could happen to you. If you're young at heart." I can't stop singing that old song ever since I started working with this new Verve Stamps set, Fairy Tales. And it really is totally charming. You'll be able to see the full set Tuesday night/Wednesday morning at midnight. In fact, Verve is hosting its very first release party in the new Verve forum on Splitcoast. I hope you can stop in to join us Tuesday night from ten to midnight ET.

I made this 2-5-7-10 box and decorated with some paper by My Mind's Eye and this LOVELY medallion and sentiment. The white stamp all over the box is also a doodad from Fairy Tales.

What's In It?
Stamps: Fairy Tales (Verve Stamps)
Paper: baroque burgundy, very vanilla (Stampin' Up!); Everyday "Cherished" (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: bravo burgundy, bashful blue (SU!); Cloud white (VersaMagic)
Accessories: ribbon (Michaels); tacky tape, scallop scissors (ProvoCraft); 1/8" circle punch (Fiskars)

There's so much going on right now at Verve with the one year anniversary, so here are a few reminders:

  • Sneak Peeks continue on the Verve blog Monday and Tuesday.
  • A Verse a day continues with the anni-Verve-sary set, Beautiful You, on the Verve Forum everyday through Tuesday. You can enter every day to win the set.
  • Anni-Verve-sary sketches continue on the forum, where you can win each day or the whole shebang.
  • Release party on the forum from 10 pm to midnight Tuesday, August 12th, with all sets and singles being released at midnight.

Whew, I think that covers it.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Come on down...

Jules P.!

Here are your random numbers:140
Timestamp: 2008-08-08 10:53:06 UTC

According to, the winner is number 140:
"My fave is embossing! And also using the new flock stuff. That is so cool!Jules p"

You've won the Storage Units, Ink and More stamp set, Look What I Caught. I'll be dropping you an email shortly. Congrats and happy stamping!

Thanks to all of you who entered. I love hearing from you, and you've given me some good ideas. : )

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Going Coastal

Aaah. Doesn't he look so contented soaking up the beachy sun? Although, those are going to be some interesting tan lines. Ha!

This card uses this week's OCC sketch challenge, provided by Dawn, and the darling By the Sea stamp set from Lizzie Anne Designs. I even added a little Stickles to make the sand shimmer in the sun.

What's In It?
Stamps: By the Sea (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Paper: white (Papertrey Ink); taken with teal, rose red, cool caribbean (Stampin' Up!); Orange Creamsicle (Pink Martini)
Ink: graphite black Brilliance
Accessories: Spellbinder's circle dies, American Crafts ribbon, star dust Stickles, 1-3/8 inch SU! circle punch, paper piercer and template, D'vine swirls cuttlebug folder

Don't miss another chance at Storage Units, Ink & More blog candy too. Today you can find it at Debbie and Kathie's blogs. This is also your last day to enter for my blog candy. Just scroll down a couple of posts to find it.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Beautiful You

I finally get to share with you "my stamp". Okay, it's just a quote that I chose to be made into a stamp, but I call it mine. For Verve Stamps' one year anniversary, otherwise known as the anni-Verve-sary, Julee had each designer choose a quote or saying to be included in the anni-Verve-sary set, Beautiful You. (available August 13) I scoured the internet and came up with this:

"Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance"-Oprah Winfrey

Didn't Julee just fancy it up perfectly?!? I'm so tickled. Anyway, I chose this sentiment because it reminds me of dancing around the kitchen with my mom to "the oldies", of good times with girlfriends, of swing dancing with my husband, and yes, I still twirl across my own kitchen floor. A day with dancing, is a day worth living. It just makes me that happy.

Enter to win this entire stamp set by leaving a comment on this thread in the Verve Forum.

Now for the card:
I started with today's Anni-Verve-sary sketch. (That link will take you to the master thread of sketch challenges so you can play along for any or all of the twelve days.) I stamped "my" sentiment directly on some Perhaps paper, and started layering with Spellbinders die cuts. That purdee ribbon, I got it for a dollar for TEN YARDS at Michaels a while back! If you notice a little glitter in the upper right corner, that's because I accidentally set one of the corners, with glue, there for a second. I couldn't quite get it all off, so a little clear glitter added some unexpected bling.

What's In It?
Stamps: Beautiful You (Verve Stamps)
Paper: very vanilla, purely pomegranate (SU!); Perhaps (Basic Grey)
Ink: purely pomegranate (SU!)
Accessories: Cuttlebug textile folder, Spellbinders circle dies, Hydrangea Prima flower, SU! slot punch, Darice adhesive rhinestone, Michael's Basic ribbon, clear glitter

Today is also another day of blog candy for Storage Units, Ink & More. You can find that at Kimberly and Leigh's blogs today.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

SU Ink Blog Candy!

That's right, baby! I've got blog candy today. See that cutie over on my card, sitting on the dock fishing? He could be yours! More specifically, the entire Look What I Caught stamp set from Storage Units, Ink & More could be yours. Check out the entire stamp set here, after you enter the drawing of course.

Now, about the card. I stamped the boy/dock/fishing pole (all one big stamp) and colored with Copic markers. I added in a few extra waves with my markers. The cattails, bait and hat were stamped and colored on scrap card stock, then cut out and glued on the card. I glued them flat, but it still gives a little bit of dimension in real life. The scallops on the right are one inch circles glued part way under the next layer, with a brad in each center.

What's In It?
Stamps: Look What I Caught (SU Ink)
Paper: chocolate chip, celery and saffron prints (Stampin' Up!); Boho Chic (Making Memories); white (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: graphite black (Brilliance); Jumbo Java (VersaMagic)
Accessories: Copic markers; 1/2" circle and photo corner punches (SU!); antique brads (Lasting Impressions)

Now, how do you win?
Leave a comment right here on my blog. Any old comment will do, but if you need a question, how about this: what is you favorite stamping technique? I rarely remember to do it, but I like when images are cut out of the box, sort of like the cattails and hat above.

The Fine Print:
Be sure I can get hold of you. If I choose a winner with no email address/means of contact, I'll choose another winner. I'll pick a random commenter to win after midnight (Eastern) Thursday night and let you all know by Friday morning.

Now, head on over to Lauren's blog, cause she has candy too!

Monday, August 4, 2008

A Week of Blog Candy!

Storage Units, Ink & More has arranged for every one of its designers to give away blog candy this week. Here's the full schedule so you don't miss a single opportunity:

Today (Monday): Dawn

Tuesday... Bethany




Friday, August 1, 2008

Personalized Pencil Box

The latest Storage Units, Ink & More stamps are available today, so here's another quick idea for one of the sets.

I picked up this cute pencil box at Walmart, (I think it was like 50 cents) and set to work personalizing it for my friend's little girl. It was so easy to make a wrap that could be stuck around the box. I found it easiest to score all the lines first, stamp, then fold and adhere to box.

The stamps, all from A Touch of Class, are done in Graphite black ink and colored with Copic markers. To make the "floor", I colored the whole area with the light brown Copic, then drew a few little lines with a darker brown. Last, I lightly colored over the whole thing with the blender marker. The cute little butterfly punch is Core'dinations covered with Star Dust Stickles. Because what little girl doesn't love a little bling?

What's In It?
Stamps: A Touch of Class (Storage Units, Ink & More)
Paper: white (Papertrey Ink); plum blossoms fresh prints (Deja Views); grassroots (Core'dinations)
Ink: graphite black (Brilliance)
Accessories: Copic markers, martha stewart butterfly punch, Stampin' Up! round tab punch; Star Dust Stickles, American Crafts ribbon, sticky strip, black micron pen