Thursday, September 30, 2010

Brag Books

I spoke too soon in the previous post, I can not upload photos once more = argh !
I managed to get a few up before I ran into problems again.......

More class leftovers, originally bought for $1 each, that I tried to sell at the festival. I made six totally different brag books. Originally priced at $2, I sold three of them (the bottom three in the above photo) when I dropped the price to $1.50 at the end of the day. I was told that there was another booth that had brag books, although I never did go look at them to see what they looked like or how much they were.

Perhaps mini photo albums won't sell since people don't carry them anymore, everything is digital now ?

Various stamp sets, inks, card stocks, punches, Top Note die from Stampin' Up!
Some items from other companies as well, such as Karen Foster Snap Stamps.

Enjoy Every Moment, Top Note Die, Fancy Flower Punch

Elements of Style, Word Play, Eyelet Border punch

Jane's Type Alphabet, Elements of Style, retired daisy punch

Outline Alphabet stamped in yellow on yellow decorative paper then cut out

I've used a couple of these books to hold my brass templates; I guess I'll need to think of another use for more of them now since I have leftovers.

Thanks for looking =)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

ColdPlay Mini Box

Hooray!!!! I tried one more time to upload photos today and it worked for this post! For whatever reason I've not been able to upload the past week, so frustrating. The next several posts (I hope, keeping fingers crossed that I can upload more pictures!) will be more items from the booth at the festival.

I found these plain blue boxes for $1 each. I used leftover stamped images (Cold Play, retired from Stampin' Up!) from another project and Real Red card stock to create toppers for these plain little boxes. I also stamped the sides with the retired Snowflakes set using white Stazon ink and added a little glitter to the snow. Each one was packaged in a cellophane bag. Nearly all of my items were bagged, I wasn't going to take a chance on grubby hands ruining the items. I left one out of each project so people could handle it, see what was inside.

I knew no one would buy this little empty box for $1, so I added 20 various stamped gift tags with the idea that the purchaser would color the tags themselves. I could have put in chocolates wrapped in stamped address labels if it had not been so hot outside. The festival I attended was outdoors from 11-7 (which really meant 9:30am - 8 pm for me) and of course it had to be a 90+ degree, humid day - ugh !

Priced at $1 each, they never sold.

Thanks for looking =)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Desktop Post It Note Box

Another item from the booth I had at the festival last weekend. These little trinket boxes came from the dollar store. I stamped images that were colored directly to rubber with Stampin' Markers. Some I stamped in Basic Black then water colored them with an aquapainter and various classic inks; I made several different styles. The stamped image was inserted into the top "frame" portion of the box. Inside I added post it notes, a mini ink pen, a mini mechanical pencil and mini scissors. These mini items were all leftovers from another project I did for a craft fair years ago.

A bit of ribbon, added a few prima flowers to a couple of them, wrapped in a cellophane bag and priced at $2 - I sold one........... No more sold even at $1 at the end of the day. I was sure to tell people that looked at them they could easily remove the stamped image to insert a photograph and what was in the box. I did have one open as a sample so they could see inside.

Here is a project made with the same box a couple of years ago - a miniature bath set stocking stuffer:

Thanks for looking !

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Happy Fall !

I LOVE fall ! Cool, crisp days with no humidity; opening the house to let in fresh air; colorful leaves on the trees against the bright blue skies; apple picking and apple pie making; attending car cruises and festivals  =)

I imagine someone has made a card like this already..... It is inspired by the numerous crafts projects I've seen (and some that I've completed) over the years. I entered it into the Fabulous Fall challenge.
Happy Fall !


Background stamps, retired, from Stampin' Up!:



Just Jeans

Flannel Plaid

Various card stocks, some retired, from Stampin' Up!:

Naturals Ivory for the face

Barely Banana for the hat

Cajun Craze for the nose

Whisper White and Basic Black for the eyes

Crumb Cake for the shirt

Whisper White for the overall straps

White copy paper for the bandana

Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip textured and True Thyme for the sunflower

Classic inks, some retired, from Stampin' Up!:

Creamy Caramel and Crumb Cake for the hat

More Mustard for the sunflower

True Thyme for the shirt

Cherry Cobbler for the bandana

Buckaroo Blue for the overall straps

Cajun Craze and an aquapainter to add the dark edge to the nose

White gel pen - eyes and nose highlights

Basic Black marker - stitching on nose and mouth

Stampin' Pastels - for the cheeks

circle punches for the eyes

large heart punch, top double humps trimmed off, for the nose

Boho Blossoms punch for the sunflower and leaves

Stampin' sponge - for sponging the hat, sunflower


dimensionals - under hat

sticky strip - to hold on the raffia

Tombow white glue

I'm sorry, but I do not have a pattern. This is a standard sized 4.25" x 5.5" card.

Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Post It Note Tote

*I'll be sharing a projects over the next few posts of items I had in my booth at the festival over this past weekend*

The original idea for the post it note tote came from a Papercrafts magazine years ago, then it became a craze to make them. There were hundreds of ideas shared online at the time. This is a link I found for one of the first to be posted at

I had three leftover to my surprise from the last craft booth I did several years ago. Wrapped in a cellophane bag, I priced these at $1; only sold the snowman.

Here are the original nine I made years ago:

Various stamp sets, inks, card stocks, Word Window punch from Stampin' Up!

Ribbons from various companies

Regular sized Post It note pads and a mini ink pen from a dollar store

My version wraps the ribbon around the note tote, top to bottom and up through the handles to tie it shut. I scored my 3-1/2" x 11" piece of card stock, measuring from the left side, at 5" and 6" to create a 1" flat bottom to hold the ink pen in place with the ribbon. I cut two small slits centered at the bottom two creases of the tote, ran the ribbon up through one slit then back down through the other to secure a miniature ink pen in place.

Thanks for looking !

Monday, September 20, 2010

Purse Mini Post It Note Holders

I had a stack of cute little post it notes and mini markers
leftover from a class from long ago.
I decided to recover several of them to try to sell
at the festival this past weekend.

I will never do another craft booth, especially an outdoor one. I whipped up new items for this booth, trying to use up leftover class supplies. Perhaps I should have just sold them all as is, dollar store items for 50c each without wasting my time to alter them.......... I had to "give away" the few things that were sold at the festival just to get them to move. For example the above post it note holders were not selling for $1 (they were packaged nicely in cellophane bags, I had one out as a sample so people could see it), but when I marked them down to 50c the last hour I was there, I sold all but three !  Same with the bath sets, once they were marked down to $2 at the end of the day, all but one sold ! I was surprised that three of the photo clips sold with no problem for $2, the red and black one came back home with me, and all of the covered notebooks with stretchy bookmarks were bought by three women, they loved them at $2 each (originally priced at $3). The automobile and snowflakes notecubes in organdy bags sold for $3 each, but I have three leftover because even at $2 at the end of the day no one was interested.

I've done a few craft booths with hand stamped items over the years and have never had luck. "I can do that myself" , "I wouldn't pay that for those when I could get something similar to it for $1 everyday", "I have a Demonstrator/I am a Demo myself", etc. Far too much work (although I do enjoy crafting!) for no profit and no leads.

So, enough of my whining - time for the project:

Mini Post It Note holder -

You will need a piece of card stock or heavyweight decorative paper
3" x 7". Stamp and decorate as desired. Score on the back at
2 1/2",  3",  5 1/2"  and  6". Fold along the score lines.

Use a corner rounder or decorative edge punch on the front flap if desired.

Cut two pieces of magnets (I used lightweight advertising magnets, a great way to repurpose them); adhere with sticky strip under the front flap and to the front of the cover to close it.

Tie a pretty piece of ribbon around it or add extra embellishments for a pretty post it note and ink pen holder.

Thanks for looking !

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Stamped Notecubes

Bought 9 notecubes for a class (they came in packages of three for $5 each), had 5 leftover so I went ahead and stamped them to try to sell at the festival this weekend. I used classic Stampin' Up! ink on the three sides of the notecube that did not have glue. One side was left blank since the ink would not dry on the glue. The organdy gift box/bags were bought at the dollar store.  A matching stamped tag and ink pen completes the set (not pictured).

All supplies from Stampin' Up!

Stamp Sets:

Roses In Winter
Wonderful You
Terrific Tulips
Classic Pickups
Highways and Byways background
Serene Snowflakes

various classic inks and card stocks

Thanks for looking !

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Stretchy Bookmark and Covered Notepads

I receive a crafty newsletter monthly that once in a great while has something that interests me. It usually contains links to crochet/knit projects or projects that don't tickle my fancy, but I won't cancel the newsletter because there may be something useful to me someday. Such was the case yesterday: a link to cute stretchy bookmarks ! And the web site it sent me to was wonderful, too; I will spend some time looking around there once I make it through this week.

Several years ago I made stretchy/no slip bookmarks with elastic from my sewing stash. They weren't anything fancy. The notebook and frame came from the dollar store, they had oriental images on them so I covered them up using card stock, ink and stamp sets, all from Stampin' Up! This particular sample uses Wild Rose, Antique Cracking and a saying from the Mini Mates stamp sets; Garden Green, Baroque Burgundy, Creamy Caramel and Summer Sun classic inks; Very Vanilla and Baroque Burgundy card stock; punches from Stampin' Up!.

The past week I've been going through class leftovers and old samples to try to sell at the festival this coming weekend. I came across 5 of those notebooks and frames so they were sitting on my work table waiting to be redecorated when I saw that no slip/stretchy bookmark idea yesterday ( So much cuter than mine from 3 years ago !

A length of ribbon, an elastic hair band, a button, thread and needle are all you need. I happened to have a few unused hair bands, too small to use for making a ponytail anyway, that worked perfectly for these little notebooks. I raided my ribbon and buttons stash, paper scraps, ink pens leftover from another class and I was ready to make a cuter version of what I had planned.

I took it another step further and tried to make bows behind the buttons on a few of them.

I used my sewing machine to stitch the ribbon around the hair band. I turned the end of the ribbon under before sewing to create a more finished edge. I ran it along there twice to make sure it was sewn well.

I tacked the button in place with the needle and thread. A couple of the notebooks I gathered the ribbon as I sewed the button in place, a couple others I made a bow to attach under the button. I applied Fray Check to the edge of the ribbon tails to help keep them from fraying.

Each notebook has a little bag of punched tabs (Round Tab Punch from Stampin' Up!) that the purchaser can attach along the edge of the pages if they wish. I left them blank so they could write whatever they wish. One of them could be a Christmas planner, so they could write "Cards Sent/Received", "Wish Lists", Grocery Shopping List, etc. on the tabs. There is also a coordinating ink pen, easy to do with a scrap of decorative paper wrapped tightly and inserted into the barrel.

I decided not to add a stamped tag of some sort to the fronts of them. I did make one for Christmas using the So Many Scallops stamp set, Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green markers, glitter all from Stampin' Up! I decided not to decorate the rest since, for example, someone may like the apple one, but not necessarily be a teacher if I added a teacher related saying. The papers are pretty "busy" anyway, they don't really need anything more.

Thanks for looking !

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Patriot Day

I Remember; I'll Never Forget


(card was copied and slightly altered from sparklegirl on )

Santa Face Card

original design by

The ORIGINAL Cuttlebug Santa Card 
I created and shared in 2008  =)

I was going to wait to post this card in December, but due to the renewed interest in it, I am sharing it now.

My original creation was posted to back in 2008 as well as Stampin' Connection (a web site for Stampin' Up! demonstrators).
I made this card a couple of years ago with the Divine Swirls Cuttlebug folder, everything else was from Stampin' Up!. 

In fact, the renewed interest in my card came about recently because another creative demonstrator* saw my original card and made a version using a Stampin' Up! Texturz plate then posted it to the demonstrator only web site, Stampin' Connection.


All items are available through Stampin' Up!, except the Divine Swirls Cuttlebug folder used on my sample. 

Card Stock:
Whisper White   5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Real Red   1 1/4" x 4 1/4"
Blush Blossom   5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Basic Black, scrap
Whisper White, 4 1/4" x 11"  folded in half to create a 4 1/4"  x 5 1/2" card

White Signo Gel Pen for eye highlights

Real Red ink and watercolor brush to create subtle lines on his hat

Stampin' Pastels and cotton ball to blush his cheeks and nose

small oval punch for the nose
1/4"  circle punch for the eyes
Divine Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder
Stampin' Dimensional

There was no pattern when I made this card a couple of years ago, I just cut it out freehand. 

Start with a 5 1/2" by 4 1/4" piece of white card stock. 
Draw your pattern; you could use something with a curved edge to trace
to make the hat brim and top swoop of his beard. 
You'll cut the middle piece leftover from between the beard swoop and hat brim,
 making it into a mustache shape. 

Be sure to run the embossing folder through with the drawn pattern side facing 
the "debossed" side of your embossing folder OR 
draw the pattern on after running it through the embossing folder. 
You want the raised, embossed designs facing up on your finished project. 

Blush Blossom card stock for his face which is also the card front base.

Blush on the cheeks and nose were done with Stampin' Pastels and a cotton ball.
You could  use ink and a sponge instead . 

The Real Red strip of card stock is 1 1/4" wide x 4 1/4" long. 
I added stripes with Real Red classic ink and a watercolor pen. 
Use designer paper instead if you'd like. 

The eyes were punched out of basic Black with the 1/4" circle punch. 0
I added a dot with a white Signo gel pen.


Glue all of the pieces in place on top of the Blush Blossom face. 

Use a Dimensional (pop dot) under the nose and attach it on
top of the mustache for a bit more dimension. 

I just love how he turned out, my basic original Cuttlebug Santa Face Card !

This is a mail friendly card, too, requiring no extra postage. 

I've since seen several different, even more adorable, versions of him shared online.
If you make one and share it, please be sure to link back/give credit, I'd appreciate it. 
Post a link in the comments section if you'd like so I can see yours, too =) 


*Barb Mann -  I sincerely appreciate your noting my card as the source of inspiration for your adorable Santa, thank you!  I love your version with the new Texturz plate, textured Blushing Bride for the flesh and sprig of holly on his hat brim. Too cute !

EDITED December 21st : I entered this adorable card in the Holiday Hellos challenge. The winners were announced today. My Santa was not a winner in the contest, but it is a winner with anyone I've ever given one of these cards to ! 

Friday, September 10, 2010

Whew.....crafting frenzy begins

I found out yesterday that I will be able to have a booth at a festival on the 18th of September. I've quite a bit to do to prepare for it ! I haven't done a craft booth in 5 years or so. I never had any luck with them, whether it was selling crafts, hand stamped items or trying to find new customers. The only thing that ever happened, lots of people were already stampers and wanted to know how I made certain things. The one item that I always received lots of questions about (and I sold THREE of, no kidding, just three at a craft fair for $5 each complete with a matching gift box, tissue paper, tag and ribbon!) were my stamped and painted ornaments. I don't have a blog post yet for them, but a few can be seen here:
Flaky Friends - my first
Home For Christmas - most recent
Classic Convertibles
Let It Snow- snowman
Fun Faces Snowman

I've never been to this particular festival so I am not sure what to expect. It is in a very small town, but the space is free so I think it will be worth my while to pack up a bunch of my leftovers and try to get rid of them. I have several items I've bought to "repurpose" for use in classes and I also have several samples I could part with. I just want the stuff gone so it will be going for what I paid for it, not going to add on any costs for my time , etc. They wouldn't sell anyway. I kid you not, the five times I've ever done a booth, nothing was priced over $5 and I would maybe sell $10 worth of stuff, no joke. Our area is saturated with dollar stores and stampin' demonstrators so no one buys that sort of thing. They are of the mindset " I could make that myself" or " I could go buy a notepad/cards at the dollar store".

Regardless, I will try it once more. I sure hope it doesn't rain !

Today I opened two of my totes to see what needed to be completed.

I made four photo clip frame thingys today and sorted through some card samples:

I bought these photo clips for $1 each. I added all of the ribbon and card stock pieces. The flowers and heart are removable - and have a magnet on the back.
Stamp images, card stock, inks and punches from Stampin' Up!; ribbons are from my craft stash.

Yesterday I made several bath item tins:

I made 8 sets of these. I bought all of the bath items for 50c each on clearance, the tins were $1. It was originally going to be for a class I was asked to present, then no one came ! Ugh........ All stamp images, inks and card stock are from Stampin' Up!  The ribbon is old paper twist ribbon from my stash.

I forget how long it takes to make something, especially when I want them each to be different. All of the walking around my craft table to get different things, etc. . The area is as organized as it will ever be, but it is a pain: card stock over there in one of six file cabinet drawers, inks up high on the opposite side of my table in a CD tower,  stamps in numerous storage drawers, doo dads are back on the other side in several drawers, ribbon opposite that in storage bins stacked on each other on a shelf and so on........ all of it is stored around a large 4 foot x 6 foot table. It's good exercise I suppose ! And I do enjoy being crafty, especially on dreary days like it was today  =)

Thanks for looking !

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Tea Bag Folding

There was recently a blurb in a local paper with the headline " Craft Club to Make Tea Bag Folded Christmas Cards"    Hmmmmmm........... whatever could that be ? Luckily there was a contact number given so I called to find out more. Today was the Craft Club meeting.

I found out it is a part of the HEA organization, something that has been in the county for decades. There were hundreds of women, 400+ at one time, that belonged years ago now there are only 11. Kind of sad, really. Times change.......

It was an interesting experience, I am used to being the teacher and designer !

Here are the two cards that we made, they cost us $1 each to make.

I altered my project from hers slightly:
she had the Merry Christmas cut out with deckle edge scissors then glued directly below the medallion. There was a 1/8" wide x 6" long piec of white ribbon to tie into a bow and glue onto the upper left (looking at the card) corner. I chose to cut my tag into a little "flag" and stick it on with the brad, omitted the ribbon altogether.

I think it would be pretty done in blues and glitter, sort of like a snowflake look.
I also think it would neat to make two of them, glue them back to back and attach ribbon to make an ornament ! Then there is the idea that I thought of..........
yes, it sparked a few creative ideas seeing this project =)

This card she created with My Digital Studio (although she never came out and said it, I believe she was a Stampin' Up! demonstrator) from Stampin' Up!. We added three butterfly punch outs that she already had made for us. I was going to add my leftover ribbon fom the first project to this one and maybe some glitter on the butterflies..........

Thanks for looking !

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Stamped Terra Cotta Pots

I've done so many terra cotta pot crafts projects over the years. Pretty cheap and easy project, depending on the craft project. They make great "gift baskets", especially for gardeners. Terra cotta pots are also good bases for many craft projects, such as tiny pots to make small ornaments or large pots stacked together to make standing creatures for outdoor decor. There are many books and magazine articles related to crafting with pots, not to mention oodles of websites. Painting, decoupaging, adding 3D embellishments, so many fun ways to decorate and get crafty with a simple terra cotta flower pot !

Below are just two examples of pots I painted and stamped.
I do have others posted elsewhere (Christmas ornament, Halloween decor) on my blog. 

Stamped pot, painted and stamped paper mache frame and a greeting card.
After I took this photo I realized it looked like something was missing -
leaves !!!! Giggle.... I quickly added a few stamped leaves to the frame and card. I didn't get a photo of it with the leaves added though.

On this particular project, I used chocolate brown acrylic craft paints for the pot and to base coat the frame. I custom mixed a blue to do the rim of the pot. I stamped the outline rose image from Fifth Avenue Floral (by Stampin' Up!) with cream acrylic paint, using it directly on the rubber as my "ink".

The larger polka dots were done with a circle image from I'm not sure exactly which set now, I have a few that have circles. I'll say it was Simply Circles; whichever set I used it was definitely from Stampin' Up!

The tiny polka dots were made with the unused eraser end of a pencil.

I watercolored the rose image on the card and frame with my classic stampin' inks and an aquapainter from Stampin' Up!

The vanilla satin ribbon was stamped with Basic Brown ink and an old saying stamp, both from Stampin' Up!

This particular pot was to be used as a pencil, etc holder on a desktop with the picture frame used on the desk, too.

This is one of my old projects donated to the holiday bazaar at the elementary school: I base coated the pots with indoor/outdoor acrylic craft paints then stamped them with Stazon inks and the Roses In Winter stamp set from Stampin' Up!

I made little seed packets with seeds from my flower garden (all stamped with images and inks from Stampin' Up!), added two gardening tools and gloves then wrapped them up with plastic from those window sealing kits found in home improvement stores. Added a little stamped tag tied on with curling ribbon and it was, I thought, a neat gift option for the kids to buy at the holiday bazaar. They were priced at $5. I never made a dime off of my projects, they were all donated to the school. All funds made went to the school. 

I found a couple of those window seal kits on clearance one year - one of the best clearance purchases ever ! I paid $4 for a single kit. It had a large roll of super sticky double sided tape that I have used for sooooooo many projects. The yards of clear plastic have come in handy for many things as well, such as when I was doing a faux painting technique on one of my walls or making gift packaging. I even used the alcohol wipes included in the kit to clean the sticky gunk off of my scissors when I had been cutting apart stamp sets !

I did a quick search to see if there was a tutorial online rather than my typing up all of the steps. Here is a fantastic website with step by step instructions that you can refer to for painting terra cotta flower pots.
Lots of inspiration, too.

Thanks for looking !

Monday, September 6, 2010

Stamped Mats

I made sooooooo many of these stamped mat / magnetic photo frames over the years for the elementary school holiday bazaar. The kids liked to use them in their lockers or give them to their parents to be used on refrigerators. I used those advertising magnets that you sometimes receive in junk mail for the backs. Once again, I tend to hoard things I think I can reuse, those types of magnets are one of the many things I saved to find a new purpose for and so glad I did - it saved lots of money so I didn't need to buy magnets for this particular project.

These magnetic frames were cheap and easy and could be made many in so many different themes.
They always sold out, too, at just $1 a piece. The kids really liked them, especially the sports / school mascot themed frames. I can not find any photographs of those (this is the only photo I found of any of the dozens that I've made). I never used to take pictures of my projects, of course my crafting for the school bazaar started well before we had digital cameras. Plus, I never thought of taking photos of my projects.

Anyway, they were made from mat scraps destined for the trash but given to me by a local frame shop. I stamped with images and inks from Stampin' Up!.

I used to work as a framer many years ago so I knew how to cut mats. I bought my own mat cutter so I could make the above magnetic photo frame mats for the bazaar as well as mat and frame pictures to sell.

When I worked in the frame shop, we would make custom mats occasionally by adhering fabric to them. I thought it would be much easier - and cheaper - to make custom mats with stamps and ink.

This is a stamped photo mat I made (could not get a decent picture, it always flashed). I miss the Classic Convertibles and Classic Pickups stamp images that Stampin' Up! used to sell. Actually, I own them so I don't really miss them; I do miss seeing that type of set in the catalog. I really hoped they would keep coming out with new sets like those two. Well, there is the country pickup with a bed full of apples that is new to the current catalog, but personally I won't get that set since it is too limited for my use.

The above stamped mat was made with the DD Daisy stamp set from Stampin' Up! and acrylic craft paints directly onto the mat board. I painted/distressed the ugly yard sale find frame and the double oval mat that I cut out myself. I used a foam brush to apply the paints to the stamp images, using two colors of green on the leaves blended directly onto the rubber stamp. I hand lettered the saying.

There are so many ideas that you could use from card making, scrap booking and general craft painting to transform old photo mats.

Thanks for looking !

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Stamped Switchplates

These unfinished wood switchplates were given to me to do something crafty with a few years ago. I decided to stamp one with the DD Wild Rose set to coordinate with the Pfaltzgraff Tea Rose dinnerware I have in the china cabinet in my dining room. The "vase" next to it is the actual Tea Rose pattern.
The other was for a childs play room. I used acrylic craft paints then sealed them.

Thanks for looking !

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Stamped "Desk Set" 2

Stamped plastic crate for scraps, stamped hanging notepad, painted and stamped wooden letter, painted and stamped frame

Stamped purse, but I was using it for ready to be sent card storage in the craft dungeon

It all started with a bright "Green Galore" trash can I found on clearance. I would normally never buy such a color since it would not go with anything in my house, however it was a generous sized container and I really needed a new one in the craft dungeon. Plus, the pop of color was nice.

I couldn't stop with just one bright green thing, so I proceeded to sand and paint the old dresser I was using for rubber stamp storage.

I found a neat wooden hanger for mini spiral bound notepad so I painted and stamped that. I used to old Colorbox hybrid inks Stampin' Up! used to sell so I could see how they worked on wood (base coated with white acrylic craft paint first). They worked much better on the plastic mini tub I bought to catch scraps on my desk top. The colors have really faded off of the wooden notepad holder (not that they were very vibrant to begin with), but they still look great on the plastic tub.

I also stamped a square notecube to sit on the desktop, it has long been used up. I stamped many notecubes as gifts over the years, they made great gifts.

An ugly dollar store picture frame to transform and unfinished wooden letter were painted and stamped with crafters acrylic paints.

Lastly, the purse that I found uncomfortable to be used as a purse so I turned it into a card carrier. It was perfect for swaps or my annual family holiday party filled with dozens of cards to give out. I used the Colorbox inks on Whisper White card stock.

I used the Roses In Winter stamp set for from Stampin' Up! - again ! I loved that set and used it for so many projects.

Thanks for looking !

Stamped "Desk Set"

card box before

card box after - but before I added a tag

This was a card box I bought 20 years ago ! The box and dividers were still in good shape, but I was tired of the design. At the time I created these two projects, there was an ivy theme in the "office". I sanded , and sanded!, that box to get the design off of it before I did the crackle finish. After it was crackled I stamped with the DD Vine stamp set from Stampin' Up! using acrylic craft paints.
I added a tag to the blank area at the top after this photo was taken.

I used the same techniques and supplies on the unfinished wood basket below.

I also created a stamped fabric message board and notecube to coordinate.

Thanks for looking !

Friday, September 3, 2010

Stamped Wooden Storage Chest

$5 yard sale find before.
It appeared to be a home made wooden toy chest -
that had definitely seen better days !

Once I had it clean, I did a paint technique using old candles. I rubbed candles randomly on the old finish then swiped on paint followed by wiping it back off. The candle wax resisted the paint so it looks distressed, worn. Once it was completely dry I rubbed the wax off.  I then stamped the DD Cottage Rose stamp set by Stampin' Up! on it with acrylic craft paint. The chest was made to coordinate with the decor in the room at the time. I wasn't overly thrilled with it and need to redo it again anyway since the room was recently redecorated.

Here is the first piece of furniture that I painted/stamped. Click the "paint" label on the left for a few more ideas using rubber stamps and acrylic craft paint. I plan on sharing a few more over the next couple of days.

Yes, those are faux painted and rubber stamped walls in the background !

Thanks for looking !

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Stamped Frame

This was a plain wooden frame that I bought from a going out of business sale at a tole paint shop for $2 a few years ago.

I crackle painted the base then stamped the DD Wild Rose stamp set from Stampin' Up! with acrylic craft paints.

The organdy ribbon was curled by "melting" it lightly with the heat gun. It is neat to watch it curl up on itself, but don't hold the heat too closely or too long on the ribbon - it will melt !

The metal tag was from my craft stash. I stamped the 40 in it then covered it with Crystal Effects from Stampin' Up!.

It was a gift to my parents for their 40th wedding anniversary. It was also entered into a Stampin' Up! contest; it did not win.

Thanks for looking !