Monday, June 30, 2008

CHF Challenge #14 - Green Challenge

It has been AGES since I've been able to join in the weekly blog challenges at Cornish Heritage Farms.  This week our challenge is all about green... Going Green, that is.  I haven't met a single stamper that doesn't fall into this category... saving little bits and bobs, knowing that "one day" that might come in handy.

So, recycle an object and incorporate it into a project.  Join us in the CHF Forum --> HERE for more details and inspiration.

There's plenty of things of things you could do to recycle... use an old tin to make home decor, filler paper / packaging materials to make custom wrapping paper, or an empty jelly jar to etch for a gorgeous vase.

Cheers to You

My project this week was really fun.  I opted to use the leg / stabilizer on an old picture frame to make a men's tie.  I'd pulled it off of a frame to make the frame flush with the wall, so it would hang properly.  I saved them because I just KNEW I'd need them one day!

I used a blunt edge scissors (one that is fairly dull anyway) to even off the top edge where it was attached to the frame base.  Then, I ran the edge of my black ink pad to the edges so it would be sharp... this guy's a snazzy dresser, you know!

And of course, the dress shirt has a pocket, which I added a hankie that completes the sentiment.  Very fun!  And yes... I know this is a heavy card with the weight of the frame piece, but I know of at least four special guys that I can hand deliver this to...  which saves me postage, gasoline (for me and the mail carrier), fuel emissions... WOW!

Please join us this week in recycling an item.  Go Green!  Check out the other CHF Designers below that joined in the fun:

Thanks for stopping by,





-Broad Stripe backgrounder by CHF

-Birthday Centers for "{cheers} to you." sentiment (Mona Lisa Moments) by CHF


-Pitch Black and Stonewashed Adirondack dye inks by Ranger


-Classic Crest Solar White cardstock by Neenah

-White Prismatic by Prism


-Ivory Pearl brad by Gartner Studios (I cut off the brad legs to adhere to my tie)

-Stabilizer leg of picture frame

-Zip Dry Adhesive by Beacon

Finished size: 5.5" square

Questions on Scrapblocks™

A quick update on Scrapblocks™ as I'd had a couple of questions about them...

1. Scrapblocks™ can be purchased only from Cornish Heritage Farms.  There were five designs in the original release and planned releases of 2 more each month.  The next release is just around the corner!  The name link above is active to the Scrapblocks™ page in the store.

2. The price points for each unmounted Scrapblock™ is $14.99 USD.

3. They are unmounted, deeply etched red rubber with cling mount backing.

4. The images are 6" square, making them the largest backgrounders available on the market.  Think of the versatility... especially when you consider cardmarker's addiction to 6x6 paper packs.

5. CHF also created a unique clear Acrylic block for use Scrapblocks™.  There wasn't an acrylic block available on the market for images of this size.  The unique feature of the block are the pinch point corners, since most of us do not have hand-spans that can hold a 6.25" block.  Scrapblocks™ can be used with the acrylic block or on their own.

6. The acrylic blocks are wonderful and versatile (perfect for your other backgrounders too) and at a price point of $19.99 USD.

Thanks for the questions and I hope this helped!  Most of all, I appreciate you stopping by!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Bad Blogger!

Oh my word!  I've been such a bad blogger lately!  I'm SO Sorry!  We went on vacation and then I had a million things to do (that of course, didn't get done when I was away).

Holly at Hog Wild About Stamping tagged me, so I thought I'd post that today... to get me back in the blogging swing of things.

Ten years ago: I was a relatively new mom.  My daughter was born in January of 1998...  she was a ball that summer; crawling, playing, and smiling!

Five things in today’s 'to do list':

1. Upload pictures to my gallery... which I've been neglecting lately.
2. Write another blog post for the CHF Challenge tomorrow.
3. Figure out dinner... unless I can talk my family into pizza from Racconelli's around the corner.
    They have seriously yummy New York style pizza!
4. Read the news on the CHF Forum and stop by the gallery for a little commenting...
5. Make my lunch for work tomorrow.  Bummer.  Monday's are awful.

Five Snacks I enjoy:

1. Popcorn
2. Pretzels
3. Chips and salsa.
4. Ice cream - of ANY kind.  I have a serious addiction here.
5. Dry Cheerios from the box.

Things I would do if I was a millionaire:

1. Pay off debt and quit my day job so I could do what I love... stamp!
2. Hire someone to clean my house.
3. See that my family was taken care of too
4. Invest.
5. Donate and volunteer.

Places I have lived (see the pattern - I'm a home body):
1. Spanish Lake, Missouri
2. Florissant, Missouri
3. St. Peters, Missouri

OK... the next step is to tag others for this game.  Consider yourself tagged if you're reading this.  I'd love to know more about you.  Drop me a line if you do post.

Thanks - and I promise to have a stamping project or two soon!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Scrapblocks™ have ARRIVED!!!

Did you see them all at the CHF Store? I just love these BIG rubber stamps.

Vintage Ledger

Writing PaperFine HoundstoothPin DotPerfect PlaidYou can earn DOUBLE CHF Club points on Scrapblocks™ today only. Read more about this rewards program here.

I truly can't help but smile at this new product line. The list of ways to use the 6x6 Scrapblocks™ is amazing. Scrapbooking, large and square cards, altered items, mini albums, and custom embellishments are just a few of those things. The list goes on and on.

I love making off-sized cards... not always the standard A2 and this is a perfect example. I created the card base from Iced Teal Prism cardstock and my Megabilities Long Scallop rectangles. I folded the cardstock and aligned the top of the die with my fold, since I only wanted the sides to have scallops.

The length of this card is 6 inches. Rather than trying to piece the background, I used the Fine Houndstooth Scrapblocks™ Rubber stamp and my Pool Adirondack dye ink to give the whole card the textile texture. I LOVE being able to do that! My sentiment is framed from the brackets from the Photo Op stamp set. I added a quick bright flower and a bit of ribbon to complete the card.

Thanks for stopping by,

-Fine Houndstooth Scrapblocks™ Rubber Stamps by Cornish Heritage Farms
-{}Brackets from the Photo Op stamp set (The Rummage Bin) by Cornish Heritage Farms
-"Smile" from Scripty Words (the Kim Hughes Collection) by Cornish Heritage Farms

-Pool, Cranberry and Pitch Black Adirondack dye inks by Ranger

-Iced Teal and White Prismatic by Prism

-flower by Prima Marketing
-button by the Paper Salon
-staples / stapler
-Nestabilities by Spellbinder
-black floss by DMC
-striped pink ribbon by May Arts

-Zip Dry Adhesive by Beacon

Monday, June 2, 2008

Paradise Found

I can tell I'm ready for a vacation... only a couple of weeks to go and I'll be lounging on a beach. I'm SO ready. I couldn't ask for better timing with this latest Kim Hughes set. I LOVE it!

Part of our tradition for our trip is to drive (14+ hours) to the Gulf Coast as a family. The whole crew caravans together... three cars of overly eager folks ready for the beach and sun. I always stock the car with snacks and treats for the kids - and of course, a new toy. The thrill for them is waking up in the car and exploring what I might have tucked into the pocket of the seat or in their book bags.

Luggage Tags

To adorn the kids bags, I made them custom luggage tags to mark their belongings... cause heaven knows their stuff has to be marked or they'll bicker. LOL! I made this one for Jack:
Hang Ten
And this is Rachel's:
Tropical Getaway

I still need to make one for my niece's bag, because I'm sure Alice will wonder why her bag isn't equally adorned... ;-)

Thanks for stopping by!
-Paradise Found (the Kim Hughes Collection) by Cornish Heritage Farms
-"This Belongs to:" from the Ledger Me set (the Rummage Bin) by Cornish Heritage Farms
-Grid Paper backgrounder by Cornish Heritage Farms (also on Jack's tag)

-Pitch Black, Red Pepper and Espresso Adirondack dye inks by Ranger (Rachel's tag)
-Pitch Black, Meadow and Latte Adirondack dye inks by Ranger (Jack's tag)

-Cryogen White from

Designer Paper:
-Reef Journey by 7 Gypsies (Rachel's tag)
-Capri Journey by 7 Gypsies (Jack's tag)

-Badge Holder and clip (Walmart)
-ribbons by May Arts
-Copic Markers
-Atyou Spica glitter pens

Sunday, June 1, 2008

More Scrapblocks™

I have been so excited about this project!!!! I created it quickly in less than one evening and can't wait to add all the details, promising it to be a keepsake for years.

Remember the School Year:

I fell instantly in love with the blank books of black chipboard (This is called Abby's Blackboard Album) by Cosmo Cricket. My first thought when I saw it was that it reminded me of a chalkboard! The idea stuck in my head... so I created this remembrance of the school year for my kids. I plan to add their photos, pictures of the awards assemblies, spelling bee and family fun day. It will be a fantastic treasure!

I also used the Writing Paper Scrapblocks™ to carry the theme. Each page was stamped with Cotton White Stazon ink and the Writing Paper lines so I can journal and add my own details about the photos and mementos. Absolutely perfect!

I hope you've had a great weekend!
-Writing Paper Scrapblocks™ by Cornish Heritage Farms
-Making the Grade (The Kim Hughes Collection) by Cornish Heritage Farms

-Pitchblack Adirondack dye ink by Ranger
-Stazon Cotton White

-Super Smooth White and Sage Light by Prism

Designer Paper:
-Cogsmo by Cosmo Cricket

-Abby's Blackboard Album by Cosmo Cricket
-grosgrain ribbons by May Arts
-1/4" and 1/2" circle punches by EK Success
-sewing machine and thread
-Copic markers
-Zig painty pen - Silver side
-White gel pen by Ranger