Welcome to My Blog!

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I will be writing mostly about rubberstamping and paper crafts. I will also be adding a few fun stories from work.

I work at a doctors office. Our patients say and do some of the cutest and funniest things. All my stories are good intentioned, never to actually harm or make fun of my patients or their conditions. I am the first person to make fun of myself and share the silly and sometimes stupid things I do.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Valentine Cards!

Here are some Valentine cards I made over the weekend.






Front- heart is punched out showing white heart from inside

White heart is covered with crystal Effects- pops through heart opening on front.

Front.  Blank inside.


Stampology~ Girl Borders set
Fiskars ~ Woodgrain embossing plate
Cuddle Bug~ Square embossing folder
Paper ~ The Paper Company
Stampin' Up! ~
  • I {heart} hearts clear stamps
  • Heart-To- Heart Punch
  • A light heart stamp set (retired)
  • I {love} love Jumbo wheel
  •  Real Red Classic Ink

I also posted these on Esty. 


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Brayered Cards

Yesterday was a half day at work.  I was able to come home and get creative.  I decided to make my favorite type of card - A Brayered Card.

I decided to make a beach card.  I tried to take pictures along the way.  I made a total of three cards- to see them look at the last set of pictures.

~White glossy paper     ~Sticky note     ~Stamps     ~Brayer     ~Sponges
~Several blue inks         ~Versamark     ~Scrap paper     ~White gel  pen
~Yellow or orange ink    ~Heat Gun       ~Fantastix "pen"

  • Put scrap paper down to cover workspace.
  • Stamp image on sticky note, positioning so that part of the "sticky" is still on the back side of the paper.  Or use a 2 way glue, letting become tacky. 
  • Cut the image out just inside the outer edge.  This will help prevent a white outline around the stamped image after brayering.
  • Stamp image on white glossy paper using Versamark ink.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

It's Clean!

I spent today cleaning my craft room.  I can't believe it!  Not only is there a floor, there is a cart with my Big Kick and supplies, there is a work table, well actually 2-one I work at and the other holds my Fiskars paper cutter, Martha Stewart paper scorer, pre-cut cards and my paper scraps holder.

I can even get to my bookshelf with my inks, paper and embellishments.  AND I can get to my stamps, that are under the table in the green, brown and red drawers. 

I found my Stampin' Up new demonstrator supplies too!

It is amazing what you can find when you clean up.  My mother would be so proud!

If you scroll down you will see the "before" pictures on a previous post.

Big Kick cart. 
The second shelf holds all my Sizzix & Spellbinders dies, Fiskars, Stampin' Up and Cuddlebug embossing plates and folders.  The bottom shelf is currently holding my Christmas crafting supplies.

My work table.
The table is from Ikea - $20.  I have placed an Ikea bookshelf door - $15 on top of the table.  It is easy to clean, won't stain and has a "frame" so my supplies do not roll off. On the right end of the table I have 2 hooks, one holds my small Fiskars paper trimmer and the second holds a little hanging bin made for doornobs.  I use it for my garbage.  I also have a desktop pen carasel that holds glues, pens, adhesive remover, scissors, etc.

The bookshelf is from Ikea $89 - As Is Area, one shelf was pealing, cannot even notice.

Top is a box of adhesives and baskets for craft fairs.  1st shelf my labeler and boxes with "shakers" in them.  2nd shelf  boxes of envelopes.  3rd shelf completed cards and misc. embellishements.  6 drawers from Ikea - Clearance $5 each - these hold my ink pads and most used punches. 

Next shelf holds most of my papers, these need to be straightened up still. 

The bottom shelf has more paper, a new MS punch set and misc. items that wont fit anywhere else. 

These last two pictures are of the second table.  It holds my Martha Stewart Scorer & Fiskars cutter.  There is a box lid that holds scrap paper to place on the table under my projects.  The open box has pre-cut cards, layed flat.  The tall clear bins, I got from work, these are designed to hold sugars, creamers and tea packets.  It now holds scrap colored cardstock.  On top of the refrigerator is a container of ribbon.  Under the tanle in the colored drawers are my stamps. The brown boxes are my Stampin' Up Demo supplies.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Baking with new oven.

Well I have pretty much been down for 2 days with a migraine.  I am attempting to make a cake for my fathers birthday.  I say attempting because I have a new oven.  The old oven did not heat correctly so the cake would bake, well very oddly each time. I made a practice cake on Sunday, which came out great except that it would NOT come out of the pan.  The cake  pan is from Wilton.  It is a round two tiered cake baked so that when put together, there can be filling inside in the shape of a heart. 

Here are picture from the Wilton website.

His cake will be triple fudge chocolate with cream cheese filling and I think chocolate frosting.   I think my husband hopes the cake will come out more than me.  He bought it for me a year or two ago and I have yet to have a perfect one because of our oven.  I do have faith tonight though.

I am going to try and make another card tonight as long as my migraine stays "down".  I have had them for about 20 years, so I have learned to function when they are not severe. 

I have also posted pictures of the "before" picture of my craft room.  It is pretty scary looking to me.   My goal is to have it organized by Sunday night.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Birthday card for my father.

I tried to make a simple card for my father last night.  I did succeed, but it took me 3 hours! Only because I was trying to make the card between TV commercials. 

My favorite shows were on last night.  There are not too many shows I am a "real follower" of so I have been trying to turn the TV off or have music playing when those favorite shows are not on.

I have a harder time making card for Guys than I do for Girls.  As I was browsing online I saw this sketch, so I thought I would use it as my starting place for a masculine card.

The paper is so shiny, it was quite the challenge to get a good photo.


Blue paper (lightest) ~ The Paper Company Seaside collection
           4 1/2" x 5 1/4" card base
           2 1/4 "x 1 1/8"  rectangle in center
           A little bigger than 4" x 1 1/4" for die cut
Alpine Socks ~ KI Memories 
           2 1/4" x1 3/4"     4 pieces  
Brown ~ The Shimmer Stack by DCXV
           2 1/2" x1 15/16"     4 pieces  
Die cut
          Fancy Labels ~ Spellbinders
Close to Cocoa Ink ~ Stampin' Up 

Sincere Salutations stamp  ~ Stampin' Up

Scor-Tape  adhesive

Dimensional ~ Stampin" Up


The concept is easy. 
  1. Stack the printed paper (Alpine socks) on top of the solid paper (brown shimmer). 
  2. Place on card base evenly spaced 2 high x 2 wide. 
  3. Make die cut (Fancy Labels by Spellbinders).
  4. Adhere in center of card. 
  5. Cut center piece for label.
  6. Stamp "Happy Birthday" on center piece.
  7. Sponge Close to Cocoa around edges of center piece.
  8. Adhere dimensionals on back of "Happy Birthday" center piece , place in center of label.
  9. Admire your GREAT work of art!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Storing My Handmade Cards

On Splitcoast Stampers forum, someone asked how everyone stored their handmade cards.  So, I thought this would be a great thing for here.

I like to store my cards in a plastic container.  I do not usually buy Steralite containers, but the 6 quart size is great for storing my cards.  Since it it plastic it keeps the cards dry from moisture as well as keeping out dust and debris. 

It is wide enough the cards do not bend and are easy to move because it is not tight.  The container is also tall enough with the lid on without bending the top of the cards or the envelopes.  I just used my label maker and simple 5x7 index cards from the office supply store for dividers.  Eventually I will decorate the dividers, but for now functionality in best. 

In the pictures my pictures the cards are leaning back, because I just cleaned out my card supply to donate to "Granny's Attic".  Granny's Attic is a volunteer only staffed thrift store for the hospital I work for. 

Since I have cleaned enough of my craft room I can move around, I will be working on a birthday card for my father tonight.

Nothing too funny happened at work, but then we only had 4 patients.  It was a half day with a late start.  We had 2 no show patients and one that called to reschedule due to illness.  It always amazes me that people call our office and demand an appointment as soon as possible because they are in pain, but then cancel or no show their appointment.  but it did make it an easy day for me.  Yeah!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Years Day.

My first day of the new year was quite eventful.  I was able to get half my craft room cleaned last night.  There actually is a floor now and a table.  I was a bit tired yesterday so I was not able to get as much done as I wanted.  But I was not worried because It was only Friday, I had all day today to get it organized...or so I thought.

I live in an apartment complex with 6 buildings.  The high today I believe, was 36 maybe 37 degrees.  I slept in a bit, got on my computer had a cup of coffee and then it happened. 

The buildings' fire alarm sounded.  Brad, my husband, and myself looked at each other in surprise for about 5 seconds, then realized what that sound was!  We both jumped up.  I was in my PJ's, I jammed my feet into my shoes, grabbed my coat and ran outside.