Showing posts with label Just Rite Monogram. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Just Rite Monogram. Show all posts

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Thanksgiving Ship and a Strawberry B'day

I promised to share with you the projects I taught at my class at the Paper Tree this weekend. We made this great Mayflower ship and two clean and simple Thanksgiving cards. The sail is made using the Labels Eight Nestabilities. I inked all over them with a Chai ink cube. The paper for the ships is woodgrain by Amuse.

The template for this super ship was made by Qbee and can be found on Split Coast here. It's the perfect size to place at each guests seat at your Thanksgiving table filled with nuts or candys. Last year I made some and stamped everyone's name on the sail as place markers.
The cards are each 4x4 size with score lines at top and bottom. The cute turkey wagon stamp is by Amuse. (may be retired). The sentiment is Just Rite Stamps - Brayton Font 50 pt

This fun pilgrim hat is by Inkadinkado (may be retired) and the sentiment is by Hero Arts. I colored both images with Copics.

On this Mayflower the stamps are Stampin up - Hello from All Occasions Sayings and Happy Thanksgiving from All Year Cheer III (I think both sets are retired)

I love how cute these are! And they go together really easily - I'm making them for everyone this year!

Next up is my card for the challenge on Split Coast today.

Dawn (treasureoiler) was the featured stamper . I needed to make a b'day card for my 4 year old God-Daughter, Eden and I knew I'd find a wonderful card to CASE because Dawn uses lots of cute little girl stamps on her cards!

Sure enough I found this adorable card to CASE.

I changed the image, the colors and added a lacey punched edge as well as the number 4.

Eden loves Strawberry Shortcake - so I found an image on line and printed it on card stock. I colored it with Copics and framed it with circle Nestabilities. I added a couple of gemstones for a touch of glitter! I'll be giving her this tomorrow night along with a few gifts - we're getting together for a little tea party!
Thanks so much for coming by!
Stamps: the number 4 - Clear Art Stamps Birthday set
Paper: Pure Poppy, white - PTI, Sage Shadow - SU, DP Cosmo Cricket - Early bird/cherry pie
Ink: Pure Poppy - PTI
Accessories: Strawberry Shortcake image from web, Circle nestability, pinking circle nestability, scalloped circle punch, circle punches, foam dimensionals, saddle stitched ribbon Ocean Tides - PTI, Martha Stewart lacey punch, Copics: BG10, BG11, YGo5, YG09, Yo2, RV1

Friday, December 19, 2008

A Flexible Flyer, a Loaf of Bread & Beyond Quick

Here is my last minute easy project for this weeks technique challenge on Split Coast. This really was a quick project (of course you have to already have the little wooden sled!) I found a bag of 6 little sleds in my craft room - something I had picked up at a yard sale and promptly forgot I had!
I painted it with red Acrylic paint. While it was drying - I stamped and cut out the moose from H&M Stamp set Nature's Style as well as the sentiment. I punched the ferns (Martha Stewart) and made the bow (Stampin Up) and attached everything with glue dots.I tied the rope twine through the holes and added dew drops. A quick ornament as a small gift or as a tie on for a larger gift!

Stamps: H&M Stamps: Natures Style & All I want for Christmas (sentiment)
Paper: vintage cream, ripe avocado: PTI
Ink: Ripe Avocado, dark chocolate: PTI
Accessories: wooden sled, acrylic red paint, matt spray finish, foam dimensionals, glue dots, rope twine: SU, red and clear dew drops, real red striped grosgrain ribbon, SU

My second project for this challenge is a box for a mini loaf of bread (5 1/2 x 3 x 2)You can see the tutorial for this on Mary Jo's blog: All you need is one piece of card stock and some designer paper. They are super easy to put together and make a little loaf of banana bread look like a super classy gift!

Stamps: PTI: 2008 Holiday Tag Collection
Paper: Always artichoke, purely pomegranate, very vanilla: SU, DP: wassail Basic Grey
Ink: Always artichoke
Accessories: Score pal, Martha Stewart lacy punch, circle punches, satin ribbon, tacky tape
And I have one more project to show you tonight - Sharon's Stamp Simply challenge this week was to make a Christmas card that is so simple that someone could make 6 of them in less than 20 minutes. Well - mine are Cookie Cards - and, of course the cookies would take longer than 20 minutes - but these 10 fun CD holders - that I put the cookies in - only took me about 20 minutes to put together.
I used a stamp from the Just Rite Christmas Stamp Ensemble and Pure Poppy ink. I punched out the sentiment image then punched a larger Pure Poppy circle - layered them - attached the ribbon and that's it!
I'll be giving these to some co-workers. It's the kind of gift you give to people that you don't really exhange gifts with - but want to give them a little something. And packaging a big cookie like this makes it seem like a nicer gift than 'just handing them a cookie'!

Stamps: Just Rite Christmas Stamp Ensemble
Paper: CD envelope, Pure Poppy & White: PTI
Ink: Pure Poppy: PTI
Accessories: dotted satin ribbon: PTI, nestability plain circle, Marvy Scalloped circle punches

And here is a parting shot of my house - where we are presently having our first major snow storm of the season. Can you see the snow blurring by the window on the right? There are lights on the swag on the fence and around the front door - and they look so pretty with the darkening night and the snowfall! It's predicted we'll have a foot of snow by morning.

Oh- and my stamping room is behind the right window on the second floor

I hope I've inspired you with my little crafts - thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

A Twig Wreath and A Class at The Papertree

I got another Christmas card done today - Yippee!! I actually made 10 of these - I try to do 10 at a time so I'll have enough for mailing (which will be soon - won't it!!)

Todays card was made for the Featured Stamper challenge on Split Coast. Dawn (flowergirl36) was honored today. I chose this pretty Frosty Twigs card of her's to case.

I changed the stamp to a twigy wreath by PSX rather than a twiggy snowman and changed the location of the ribbon due to the size of my stamp - and I added a sentiment by Papertrey Ink. I loved her idea of the glitter background stamping and used that with a different background stamp (Pine Needles & Cones - Cornish Heritage Farms). I stamped the image using my Palette Stamp & Stick Glue Pad - then covered it with glitter.

Stamps: Wreath: PSX, Sentiment: Holiday Wishes: PTI, bg Pine Needles and cones: Cornish Heritage Farms
Paper: cranberry crisp, baja breeze: SU, white: PTI
Ink: Dark Chocolate: PTI
Accessories: Prismacolor marker: sky blue light, sheer dotted ribbon: Michaels, glitter: JoAnn's, oval punch: SU, foam dimensionals, Palette Stamp & Stick Glue Pad

Before I was able to stamp tonight - I spent the afternoon teaching a class at The Papertree, in Manchester, NH which is about 1 hour from where I live in MA. Michelle is the owner up there (Hey Michelle!!) and she has the most wonderful stamping shop! I teach a class there about once a month and always do a lot of shopping before I leave!

Today we made a double pocket bag (tutorial here on Split Coast) and an apron recipe card holder (tutorial here on my blog) for holiday gift giving. We used several stamps from Just Rite Stampers and one from Amuse. I also gave everyone a packet of Swiss Miss Cocoa and 2 home made biscotti since that was the recipe they put on the card tucked into the apron. This apron can slip into the double pocket card - or it also fits in a regular size envelope for mailing.

I'll be posting my biscotti recipe tomorrow morning (12/1) with my H&M Stamps Creative Gift Wrapping blog hop - so be sure to check it out!

And a big shout out to Linda, Debbie, Lisa and Maddy my fun classmates today!

It was snowing in NH so that really put me in the holiday mood - unfortunately - it was just rain at home!

Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to come by and say hello!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sailing into Thanksgiving!

Aren't these just the cutest little Mayflower Boats???!!! Qbee has posted her wonderful templates here in the forums over on Split Coast Stampers. I stamped my boats with a woodgrain stamp from All Night Media. She didn't include a sail - so I just drew one from a picture of the Mayflower I found when I Googled it. Of course the real one had many sails - but you get the idea!! I distressed and sponged the edges of the sail and curved it a little to give the feeling of the wind filling it - I attached the top and bottom edges to the mast with super tacky tape. You need strong adhesive because when you curve the sail - there is a little tension and the sail wants to pop off the mast!

I stamped the names using my Just Rite 2 5/16 round wooden stamper and the Brayton 50 point font letters.
I will be sailing these ships to my sister's for Thanksgiving to use as place names on her dinner table.
I've filled them with yummy sugar spiced nuts (well, not quite filled - I have to make another batch! Somehow the nuts kept disappearing as I was making these boats ?!?!!)Peanutbee (Denise) has a wonderful recipe for these on her blog (tell her I sent you over to find it!)
I hope you try these for your Thanksgiving table!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
Stamps: wood grain background stamp: All Night Media, Just Rite Stampers Brayton Font 50 point
Paper: Naturals Ivory, caramel: SU
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine, Butterscotch: Adirondack
Accessories: super tacky tape, sponge

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Two Little Coaster Albums

Who's 3??????
Those of you visiting me the last few days know I went to my God daughters 3rd birthday party this past weekend. I made this coaster book for Eden as part of her gift - and it was most gratifying that she grabbed it and absolutely loved it when I brought it to her! Of course - it's all about her and that is a three year old's world!! but she wouldn't let it out of her hand for about an hour.

So now I share it with you - as you can tell from her pictures - she is completely adorable - and I can tell you in real life she is also a bubbly chatterbox and just as sweet as her pictures!

I am so blessed that her mother, Kelley, asked me to be Eden's God Mother. Kelley is actually just a few years older than my own son and I have known her through our church since she was young. We became good friends when we took the Alpha Course together about 6 years ago.

I used Papertrey Ink Pink Patterns Collection for the papers on her book. It is made with medium weight coasters and my Bind It All machine.

Eat cake and So Cute are the sentiments on these pictures.
"Each and every day you grow - you just become more fun to know" perfect sentiment for Eden's book! Her hair looks just like Shirley Temple (for those of you who remember her!) - and it bounces when she runs around - which is pretty much all the time!

And this sentiment is another perfect one for how I feel about Eden!

This is me and Eden - I gave her this cute little hand puppet - that is a tree with 3 baby woodpeckers inside that you can wiggle with your fingers - it also makes the noise of the woodpecker pecking on the tree - and the bigger mother woodpecker is also a finger puppet and can be perched on the outside of the trunk with velcro. Eden goes on nature walks with her mother every week at the local Audobon Society so I thought this would be a good gift for her and she seemed to like it!

Eden's older brother, Destin, turned 7 this past July - so I also made this coaster photo book for him to remember his day too (better late than never!). Destin is 'the good son' quieter than Eden (who is a whirlwind around him!) and the one who always behaves! He suffers his little sister very bravely and always takes her hand and watches out for her!
I used the Just Rite Stampers on the covers of both books. To make Destin's more masculine - I used a Harley Davidson print as well as silver coils on the book.
Unfortunately, Destin is allergic to just about all foods so he actually couldn't eat his fun soccer cake - but his mum made him special cupcakes that he could eat at his party.
Kent and I gave him this fun musical keyboard pad. He opened each card and read the verse completely outloud before going onto the gift. (very gratifying for us card stampers!)
And his favorite gift was this fun scooter from his grandparents.
Thanks so much for indulging me in sharing my love for these two cute kids with you!

Stamps: Eden's Book: Eat Cake & It's Your Birthday: SU, Just Rite Stampers, You Make me Smile: Inkadinkado, So Cute & You're so Sweet: See D's Friends Word Search Destin's Book: Rock Star: Michaels, Go for icing & One B'day worth 10: Inkadinkado

Paper: Eden's book: 5 4" medium weight coasters, Pink Patterns Collection & berry sorbet & vintage cream: PTI, Destin's book: 4 4" medium weight coasters, EK Success Harley Davidson, Cosmo Cricket Mr. Campy, Chatterbox: Scrapbook walls.

Ink: Eden's book: Onyx Black Versafine, Berry Sorbet PTI Destin's book: Onyx Black versafine

Supplies: Eden's book: corner rounder punch, Just Rite Stamper, jeweled flowers:, Labels One Nestabilities, butterfly punch: Martha Stewart, Circle nestabilities, rectangle nestabilities, word window punch: SU, 3/4" white coil, bind it all. Destin's Book:Just Rite Stampers Rectangular Set, Braydon Font, corner rounder, word window punch: SU, circle nestabilities, 5/8" silver coil, Bind It all.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Monograming a Book Mark - and some Special Offers!

Today's Ways to Use It challenge was to use a monogram of some sort on your card. I have acquired a lot of the Just Rite Monogram stamps (!) and am so happy to use some of them here! I made a magnetic bookmark - starting with a piece of 5 1/4 x 2 5/8 card stock that I folded in half.The font of the J is Special Occasions and the 'from the library of' comes in a separate borders set. First I stamped it on yellow - then on blue - then just punched out the J with a circle punch from the blue one and attached it over the yellow with a foam dimensional. I cuttled the green square with Swiss Dots. I punched the bottom with my Fiskars Treading Water punch just centering it and punching once. I attached two pieces of sticky magnet strip inside on each panel.

I also stamped the monogram on a glassine envelope that I got on line at Oriental Trading Co. to put the bookmark in to give to someone (myself in this case!! LOL!!) Tuesdays Double Dare Challenge that I do with some SCS friends was from jdmommy this week - and we had to use an envelope somehow on our project. You can check out the other uses of envelopes for this challenge here.I used these colors - Ballet Blue, Ruby Red, Certainly Celery, and So Saffron - for KWerner's color inspiration challenge this week that you can see here
So this little bookmark is covering a lot of territory today! Here is a picture of it in use. Just snapped over the page and the magnets on each panel holding it on.
For those readers looking to see if they can figure out what book this is - it's "Songs of the Humpback Whale" by Jodi Picoult - I love her books - I've read 4 of them so far - and she is from nearby New Hampshire so I feel like I know her (how silly is that!?!?! LOL!!!)
and a couple of special offers for you today!
Heather has reduced the prices on ALL of her stamps so hop on over to H&M Stamps to check that out.
and - Kristin is offering a free stamp grab bag to everyone who orders $25 or more - this is good until 10/12 so get over to Artful INKables quick to get in on that special before it's gone!
And last but not least - I just reached 40,000 hits and to show my total appreciation to you all for coming by here - I'll be posting a "Really Big" (as Ed Sullivan used to say) blog candy on Sunday - so be sure to check back!
thank you so much for coming by!!
Stamps: Just Rite Monogram
Paper: ballet Blue, ruby red, certainly celery, so saffron
Ink: onyx black versafine
Accessories: treading water punch: Fiskars, strip magnet, scalloped square punch: Marvy, foam dimensionals, circle punch; SU, Circle nestabilities, glassine envelope: Oriental Trading Co.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Coloring the Alphabet

Here is my card for today's color challenge on Split Coast - to use So Saffron, Wild Wasabi and Almost Amethyst on a card as well as for the Double Dare challenge I do with a small group of friends on SCS. Michele (sf9erfan) is today's hostess and her directions were to use the alphabet on your card.
I used my Just Rite Monogram stamper to make a monogramed note card for myself using my 'alphabet' initials! I don't have Almost Amethyst so I used a Bazzill purple that I hope is close to it? I used the polka dots folder with my cuttlebug to emboss the card and my circles are made with Nestability circle dies.

This was so quick and easy and will be a great note card to use for Thank You's etc!

If you'd like to see the other Double Dare Alphabet cards as well as all our challenge cards - check here.

Stamps: Just Rite Monogram Stamper - Curly Font
Paper: Purple Bazzill, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi- SU
Ink: Wild Wasabi - SU
Accessories: Just Rite Monogram Stamper, nestability circles, cuttlebug, polka dots folder, narrow gauze purple ribbon: Michaels, foam dimensionals

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Two Weddings and a Vase

I've been stamping up a storm this weekend and haven't loaded up my cards so here are three
at once! This first card was made for the Featured Stamper on SCS - who was Denise (Denidill). She has a lot of wonderful cards to inspire and I chose this one today.I love the scored top on this and have been wanting to make a card using this design. I also needed some wedding cards for my stash. I changed the colors, the stamps used and didn't add buttons. I love this shimmery DP from Reminisce and I teamed it up with Shimmery White from Stampin Up. The papers have a beautiful shimmer in real life but it doesn't show well in the photo here. I used my nestability rectangles to punch and emboss.
This wonderful bride and groom stamp is from Artful Inkables and the sentiment is from PapertreyInk.
Inside I stamped 'always and forever' from the same PTI Wedding Day set. My husband said I shouldn't have used black ribbon on this card - I told him black is used for weddings now - what do you think??
Stamps: Artful Inkables: Wedding Silhouettes, Sentiments & heart: PTI Wedding Day
Paper: Very Vanilla, Shimmery White, Certainly Celery: SU, DP: Reminisce-Soft Sage
Ink: Onyx Black versafine, certainly celery
Accessories: Black Mayo Arts ribbon from Verve Visual, eyelets, crop a dile, rectangle nestabilities, scor pal

I made this card for a friend at work who asked me to make a wedding shower card with Wasabi green. I had this fun designer paper from SEI that matched the Wasabi card stock and this cute stamp set from Verve Visual. The Nestability ovals are punched and embossed and attached with foam dimensionals. I used my horizontal slot punch from Stampin Up to punch the openings to weave my ribbon through.

Inside I personalized the card using my Just Rite Monogram stamper and the sentiment from the Verve Visual Set.
Stamps: Verve Visual - Anniversary Birds & Flirty Phrases, inside: Just Rite Monogram stamper, little swirl above name: PTI-Faux Ribbon
Paper: White - PTI, Wild Wasabi - SU, DP - SEI Winnies Walls
Ink: Wild Wasabi - SU
Accessories: Striped grosgrain ribbon: SU, petite ovals nestabilities, circle nestabilities, horizontal slot punch - SU, foam dimensionals, ticket corner punch.
My last card for today was Saturday's Inspiration challenge on Split Coast. Stef showed us some images from an Acacia Catalogue and I chose this image for inspiration. A clear vase with flowers on the front and colored circles on the back.
I used acetate for the card to represent the clear vase. I stamped the flower silhouettes from Artful Inkables on the front using Stazon On White ink and then colored them a bit with my Stampin Up Markers.
On the inside I attached 1 inch punched circles of this beautiful Amy Butler Mat pack from K & Company. I stamped 'Love Blooms' from PapertreyInk Favor It Wedding set on the bottom right circle. The DP is double sided so I didn't have to cover the back as the pretty colors on the other side show. Acetate is kind of hard to work with - EVERYTHING sticks to or smears on it! And it's very difficult to photograph - I hope you can see the inspiration piece in this card.
So that's it for now! If you made it this far - thank you SO MUCH for stopping by and taking a look! Leave a comment so I can visit you on your blog too!
Stamps: Artful Inkables - Silhouette Flowers, Sentiment: PapertreyInk - Favor It Wedding
Paper: Acetate, DP: Amy Butler Mat Pad- K&Company
Ink: White Stazon, onyx black versafine
Accessories: 1 inch hole punch, vellum adhesive dots, SU markers - choc chip, old olive, more mustard

Friday, June 13, 2008

A Card with a View and A Card with a Knot

Happy Friday everyone! We had a gorgeous summer day here in Massachusetts today - sunny and warm but with a breeze and no humidity - not many days like this! I have two cards to show you today - first is my card that I made way too late last night (or early this morning!) for the Ways To Use It challenge on Split Coast - to use a photo on your card.
My DH and I went to Ireland a year ago in celebration of our 10th wedding anniversary and I took a gazillion pictures. The picture on this card is of the entrance to St. Kevin's Abby. I printed it on watercolor paper and cut the edges with dekle edged scissors to make it look like a photo edge (the way they used to when I was young - although they had a white border then also! does anyone else remember that?). I layered the photo to a cuttled panel and a DP panel, sponged everything in Close to Cocoa and added these great new Prima artful flowers and leaves. Aren't these flowers beautiful? and I love how the picture printed on the watercolor paper - it looks almost three dimensional here don't you think?

Stamps: Sentiment - Inky Antics
Paper: certainly celery, kraft, water color paper, DP - Basic Grey Mellow
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine, Close to cocoa
Accessories: Dekle edge scissors, primas artful collage flowers & artful leaves, sponge, foam dimensionals, distresser.

My second card was made for the Limited Supplies Challenge - to use a knot on your card.

I was asked by a friend to make a wedding card for her to give to her niece and she wanted it personalized and to use Wasabi color. Luckily (!) I recently purchased the Just Rite Monogram stamps so was ready to take this card on!

I attached the ribbon to the back of the panels and then used a shorter piece and knotted it around the flat ribbon twisting it so the dots showed on each end of the knot. I cut the circles with my nestabilities and added dew drops on a few flower. This pretty paper by Die Cuts with a View has glitter already on the flower centers - don't know if you can see that in the picture.

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to look at my creations - I'll be checking out your blogs too - leave me a comment so I can hope over to see you! Have a great night!

Stamps: Just Rite Monogram
Paper: White: PTI, Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue: SU, DP: Die Cuts with a View Rosies Glitter Print-Pocket Full of Posies
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine
Accessories: foam dimensionals, ticket corner punch, dotted grosgrain: Michaels, Nestability Circles, dew drops,

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

A Sketchy Graduation

Happy Wednesday everyone - it was rainy and cool here(around 60) all day with more of the same for the next two days - but then it's supposed to be 88 and sunny on Saturday - Yay!

I made this card for today's Sketch Challenge on Split Coast. This is the sketch we were to use.

A friend at work asked me to make a 2 graduation cards for her. Her niece, Erin, is graduating from U Mass Boston and she needed a card for Erin's parents to give her as well as a card for herself. Hopefully we have the correct school colors on these!

I wanted to use my Just Rite Monogram stamps to personalize it and today's sketch with the circle and lines worked out perfectly. The ribbon is navy although it looks black in the picture.
Here is the sentiment on the inside of the card.

Here is the 2nd card I made using the same colors but a different sketch.

On this card I used a Spellbinders tag die for the sentiment and attached it to the dotted ribbon with foam dimensionals. I also added ribbon under the Nestability circles. I used the Distressed Stripes Cuttlebug folder on the white panel.

Here is the sentiment on the inside of this card.

Thanks so much for spending some time here today!

Stamps: Verve Visual - Great Expectations, Just Rite Monogram stamps
Paper: Ballet Blue: SU, Bazzill Blue, White: PTI
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine
Accessories: Navy grosgrain ribbon, circle nestabilities, narrow rectangle nestability, Cuttlebug folders, foam dimensionals, Spellbinders tag trio

Monday, June 2, 2008

Lock, Stock and Barrell

Todays Try a New Technique challenge was called "The Whole Enchilada" : to make 3 3x3 cards, envelopes for them and a box to put them in - a tall order for a small set!!

You can find patterns for the box and envelope here (scroll up to the top of the thread once you get in there). I had so much fun making this set today - the patterns worked beautifully. And these are my initials so I guess I'll have to keep this little set for myself!! LOL!!

I used a heavy designer paper by My Mind's Eye called 29th St. Market for my box and my cards. I used my Score Pal to score the folds on the box. I used my nestabilities to cut the scalloped and plain edge circles. And I got to try out my brand new Just Rite DIY monogram kit with the Curlz Font and leafy border. The circles are attached with foam dimensionals. The ink is Mountain Rose by Adirondack.

The envelopes are made from thin designer paper from an unknown stack. I stamped a flower by Imaginise on the corners with versamark and embossed it with vanilla embossing powder. They seemed to match the flowers on the box and cards pretty well. I used velcro adhesive squares to hold the box closed - I got those at Home Depot while there with my DH one day.

Here is a picture of the cards tucked inside the box and you can see the velcro closure.

I hope you will try making a set of these if you haven't done so before. They could be used for all kinds of things - thank you notes, little gift enclosures - what uses can you think of??

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Stamps: Imaginise: Flower, Just Rite Monogram Curlz Font
Paper: Very Vanilla, Sage Shadow, DP: My Minds Eye 29th St. Market
Ink: Mountain Rose Adirondack
Accessories: Versamark Ink Pad, Vanila EP, Hot gun, adhesive velcro squares, dimensional foam, nestability circles, glue
Techniques: nestability, dry emboss, heat emboss

Saturday, May 31, 2008

An Altered Journal & Workshops with Lauren

I have had 2 very crafty days! First, last night I altered this little 4 3/4" x 4" note pad. I bought it on sale at a Utrecht Art Store. It just had a plain cover and has lined paper inside. I use books like this to record every card or project I make - listing supplies and how I made it for future reference.

For this one - I cut 4 pieces of Basic Grey Archaic designer paper 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" and attached them to the covers - inside and out. I sponged the edges with Vintage Photo DistressInk. I also cut a piece 1/2" x 3" to slip inside the Pentel RSVP pen so it matches. I stamped the Cornish Heritage Farms background stamp - Lined Paper - with Terre Cotta Adirondack ink and cut a small piece off it. I over stamped the sentiment by Inkadinkado in Ranger Distress Ink Vintage photo - sponged and distressed the edges. I punched a hole in the side and attached a large eyelet using my Cropadile and looped a piece of ribbon through it. I attached it to the cover with foam dimensionals. I punched the Martha Stewart butterfly 3 times - sponged them with the Vintage Photo ink and attached them as shown.

On the inside cover I stamped this fun lined note stamp - Rock & Roll Page by Hampton Arts with Terre Cota Adirondack ink - sponged the edges with Vintage photo, distressed them, and attached it with adhesive tape.

Here is the back view - and you can see all the ribbons I knotted on the binding wires. I cut them about 6" each - double knotted them and then trimmed the edges. I also added a long narrow piece you can see sticking out - I use that for a book mark.
I took my fun book with me to an all day Workshop I attended that was taught by Lauren Meader - I know you probably know Lauren - she has the most wonderful blog and is a past member of the Dirt Pile on SCS. When I saw she was teaching these workshops and it was just 1 hour from my home - I jumped to register! It was held at the Papertree, 865 Second St., Manchester, NH so if you're ever in that area - stop by and say hello to the owner, Michelle, and check out all her wonderful stamping supplies - I brought two bags full of them home with me - but I left some there for you!

Here is a picture of all the things we created today - I took 3 workshops - from 10 am - 5 pm!

I know you can't really see them very well - but from left to right they are: a door knob hanger with a little box attached on the front - that is butterfly DP and punched butterflies on it and the sentiment says Thanks a Million. The Cylinder item has an acetate circle window on it (looks white in pic) and you fill this with candies - it's tied from bottom to top with a brown ribbon. Next is a fun Lollipop holder stamped with the cute dog sherrif from the Cat's Pajamas Set and the row of buildings from the set stamped on the brown part. There are holes punched on the top that you put the lollipops through. Next in purple is a beautiful box made from plain Bazzill paper and a beautiful floral paper that is tied closed with a gorgeous brown satin ribbon. We made 8 lovely monogramed cards using the Just Rite Monogram stamper to put inside. In front of that is a pouch that is sort of like a french frie container with a cute birthday bird stamped on it - that is made from one piece of 12x12 DP! Next is a beautiful flower basket made of layers of Nestability scalloped circles in graduated sizes - how cute is that!! And finally - another box made of 2 sheets of DP - corners tied with ribbons - and inside a stamped note pad and 4 stamped cards. A super, super creative day!!

And, of course, I had to take a picture of myself with the famous Lauren - to prove I really met her! She is just as sweet, lovely and talented as she is on her blog! She is going to be running more classes at this shop and I hope to be able to get to them!

And to top off my crafty day - I made this as a Thank You gift for Lauren. She had said it was her first time teaching at a craft shop (other than doing Stampin Up workshops) so I thought it would be nice for her to have something to remind her of this day.
The little monogram cards are 3"x3" so you can tell how big the canvas 'bag' is - I made this out of Confetti Cream card stock by Stampin Up and a navy blue card stock. The pattern for the bag is from a book called "Paper for All Seasons" by Sandra Lounsbury Foose you can find it on and other places it's about $19.95. The little monogramed notes are made using the Just Rite Monogram stamp, my scalloped circle nestability, DP by Scrapborer SCRB decorative collection, and Bashful Blue cardstock by SU. I tucked 4 inside the bag. The star is another nestability cut and embossed and stamped with a sentiment from My Favorite Things Back to School set. I put a square silver eyelet on the top and threaded a piece of hemp through it to attach it to the bag.

Well, - hope you enjoyed all my crafts today! Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm exhausted!

Todays quote from Poor Richard's Almanack by Ben Franklin: "If Passion drives, let Reason hold the Reins."