Wednesday, December 9, 2009

It's Smaller Than a Bread Box

Happy chilly Wednesday. In some areas It's way colder than it is here…but I am freezing this morning. It's 48ºf here and to me…that's too cold. So…this morning I thought I would share a project using sunny warm colors.

Last year about this time I had been searching blogs and tutorials for better ways to store my cards for gifts and just for me. I found a few that I liked…but they took too much time and too much paper. I wanted to use this in a class I was teaching so I had to make it fast and easy. After a bit of math (my mom always told me those math classes would come in handy some day) I came up with this fun and cute card holder.

What you'll need:
· 12" x 12" cardstock or decorative paper
· Scor-pal or scoring tool.
· Very tacky tape (red line, scor-tape) or glue
· Embellishments (a great way to use up your scraps)

1. Score your cardstock at 3" & 6" as shown
2. Turn your paper a quarter turn and score again at 3" & 9" as shown
3. Fold all of your score lines. Always fold away from your score mark. When you score, the fibers of your paper are broken up to fold that way.
4. Cut into your 3" & 9" margins to the first intersection on the 3" & 6" lines. Do this on both sides.
5. Trim diagonally as shown. This is the top of your box.
6. Add your adhesive to the outside of the middle flaps and the inside of the bottom flaps as shown.
7. Fold the top diagonally cut flap over the outside of the middle flap on each side of your box.
8. Fold the bottom flap over the top and middle flap on both sides to form the bottom of your box.

To make your box sturdier, add a little extra cardstock around the inside of your box. This gives it a finished decorative look but also sturdies it up a bit. For this project I used Cosmo Cricket paper and stamps from The Rubber Café. The finished project is 6" wide and fits most cards. It also fits nicely on your shelf and takes up less room than a bread box. I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. Comments are welcome.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Just stopping in to say HI. For those who are looking for great deals this week from Etsy...I just wanted to let you know I have free shipping all week. Check out my Etsy shop at . Have a great weekend...


Friday, November 27, 2009

Upcoming Events

I know I've neglected this blog...but I've been busy. As of late I've been working on lots of different Christmas and other holiday plans as well as working on The Rubber Cafe blog. Check it out if you have the time.

During the month of Dec. there are a few things going on here in San Diego. San Diego Old School Skaters will preforming in the La Jolla Holiday Parade and The Holiday Bowl Parade. These are a great group of very talented skater, check them out if you're local. Alos...Dec. 2nd is my sons 22nd birthday...I want to wish him a wonderful day of fun and joy.

The Rubber Cafe, a fun rubber stamp company, will be heading to Tampa FL for the scrapbook expo. Be sure to stop in and say HI if you're in the area.

I'm taking a break from ETSY...the shop is still full and I'm still selling...but I'm not uploading any more projects for about a week. I have a lot on my plate and I need to stay focused.

In January I'll be teaching at the Stamp Addict, working on some very fun cards using the scor-pal. Here's a sneek peak...

For more on this card...check back later or check out the schedule at The Stamp Addict.

Have a great weekend...


Sunday, November 1, 2009

I hope you all had a great Halloween. Did you get a chance to view the Etsy stores? I think I'll take the time to share a few more store once a week.

It has been a busy week and I have some wonderful news to share. I'm going to be working with Melissa from The Rubber Cafe on her design team. I'll be posting here as well as on Melissa's Blog. Please check back for more fun tutorials here and there. I have so many stamps and so little time to play with them all.

On another note...I haven't been skating much but I hear they had a great Halloween party at the outdoor rink in Wildamar. I sure do miss skating all the time. When I can pull them out of my archive...I'm going to be posting plenty of pics of really great skaters. Don't miss out. If you are joining me as a skate...please email me if you have any pics to include.

And now... The Etsy Deal Of The Week...

This week only from 11/1/09 - 11/7/09 I am offering 20% off for anybody who mentions my blog in comments to seller. Please cart and wait for an updated invoice before paying.

Have a great week!


Friday, October 30, 2009

Fellow artists and more

Happy Fri and Halloween eve. I thought I would kick off today with a little show off of other artists I have enjoyed over at Etsy. If you have a little bit of time...don't foget to check them out.

What's your favorite shops...or places online. Take time to share a little art and a little love. Have a great day and Happy Halloween.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

What is going on in my world...

I'm working on new and fun projects to upload. I seem to be having a little trouble getting all the pics taken. Oh the pics...mine need help.
I have a new grand*nephew...born Oct. 14th @ 1:50pm...8lbs 1oz...and very cute. There was a little issue about how long he was...because nobody who was there seemed to know. In the end I found out...he was 21" long. The hubby just put out his hands and said..."he's this long"...yeah...that was helpful.
And now...a word from Etsy...
For those who have been stopping by to check out the new deals on etsy, here's the latest:
This week shipping. That's shipping. Just mention the blog in notes to seller and you will receive free shipping. Do not pay untill you receive an ajusted invoice from Paypal showing the cost of shipping removed.
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

*New* Check out

Starting this week, I will post a weekly special for my etsy store with sales or freebies with each order. So Enjoy the specials and let me know what you think.

This week: Purchase any 1 item and receive a free holiday snowflake 5 tag set. When ordering mention "Holiday Tag" in the comments to seller field.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The final Stair Step Card...

This is the final stair step card used in the class "Holiday at the Cafe" The first card had no ghost and an extra pumpkin. This card uses a piece of cardstock 5.5" x 9" and is scored at 2", 4", 5.5", 7", & 8"...folded in an accordian style fold and layerd with whatever you fancy. This month I was using all new stamps from The Rubber Cafe and made fun happy haunting layers. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hauntingly Cute

I was just goofing around this morning and was playing with the stairstep card idea. I had done a stairstep card before but had used a trimmer and bone folder for the scoring. This is one that I altered to scor-pal measurements, using a 5 1/2 " x 9" piece of cardstock. I scored at 1", 2", 3 1/2", 5" & 7". The stamps are all from 'The Rubber Cafe'.

Finally...a video...enjoy

Editing Bugs aren't my best thing here on the blog wagon. But I'm working on it. It seems that everytime I post a pic it ends up someplace other than where I thought I put it in the post. I'm sorry for that...I'll work on my editing for the future. In the meantime...I thought I would share a few more pics...just for practice. This was from a skating beach party back on the 4th of July.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Do You Know The Way To San Jose?

I had a great weekend working...yes...I said working. I was in San Jose for a scrapbook expo and it was a blast. When we checked into our rooms we found the most glorious beds. here's my friend Melissa, owner of 'The Rubber Cafe', "making love" to the bed.

On Thurs we set up the booth...I didn't take pics :( Fri & Sat the sales were on. Fri & Sat night we were practally giving it away at the crop. The ring leader, Dave, was a great host. During the two night crop we had a few helpers that just kept coming back for more. They were a great help and Melissa treated them to dinner on the last night where the youngest of the bunch fell asleep as we chatted the night away. During the crop Melissa asked the ladies to get up and dance for paper. Of they gloriously got up and danced. Along the dance line there was a great guy, that I'm sure was getting up to dance for his beloved, and won the paper pack. Meanwhile...Dave is thinking of ways to entertain the crowd, he convinces Melissa to wheel him out on a luggage trolly as he danced to 'Macho Macho Man' from the Village People. It was a great show for the ladies. While they're all dancing the night away, Regi & I were running the registers. All in was a very entertaining crop.
On Sunday we rested, for a while. Then we packed up and headed for home. On the way home, Regi convinced us we needed to see the little town of Holister...have lunch...soak up some local beauty. We spent drove through what looked like a ghost town. Every business was out of business, and there were few places to eat. We did find a colorful bar and grill that was serving up chicken and ribs for to benifit the local softball team. Our host for the hour had a few too many to drink...but hey...he loved us and he was very entertaining. He let us know that his hog head gear was painted outside the when we finished eating we took a walk around the side...and there it was...bigger than life, along with a few other painted faces that seemed familiar. Melissa couldn't help getting right up to the snot of things.

Monday, July 27, 2009

This morning I participated in the TLC challenge over at splitcoast stampers (technique lovers challenge). This morning was all about quilling. I had never really attempted this technique so I was very excited to try something new. I played with a few strips of paper for a while...then finally came up with a couple of ideas. These two were my best...and they are. The first one was a fish I saw on one of the sample cards. The only stamp used on this project was the "Peace on your wings" from Stampotique. I did add some stickles to the fish to give it a little sparkle. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

When I was looking around the amusapalooza blog...I notied they were doing a "Where's Eddie" and the pic shows him in Venice (Italy)...but many people were guessing Vegas. It made me think of the gondola ride I took with my husband on our anniversary last year. So...I thought I would share a few pics from that day. Enjoy...I did.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A*Muse*ing Little Tags

I have decided to play along with the challenges over at the A Muse site...this first entry is using a square for inspiration.

I used a piece of cs (card stock) that was 2.75" x 3.75", scored 1" at one end and foled over to make the square. I then stamped on a piece of cs that was 2.5" x 2.5" and slid it under the flap...with the vellum I stamped in a different piece and layered the vellum over...then punched a couple of holes at the top and threaded ribbon to finish it off. Very simple...very easy. I actually had to make 2 yellow tags because Cash loved it so much he thought it was a chew toy. that's what I get for leaving him unattended in the rubber room. I did use glitter paper for the red tag...then stamped and colored in with Bic Mark It! pens. Thanks for letting me share...and have a great day.