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Desk Set -- Stamping for Practical and beautiful applications with a written tutorial, pictures and video.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hello Friends!

Today's project is just as beautiful as it is practical.  Two sheets of 12" X 12" double sided patterned paper and a few scraps of card stock complete this project.  It is easy to make.  

Patterned paper is from K & Company, the card stock is from My Favorite Things Stamps.   The dies are from My Favorite Things Stamps as well as Sizzix. The sentiment is from Studio G stamps.

I also used a "swiss" dots embossing folder that is from cuttlebug

You will also need a bone folder, large paper clip, Staz On ink and other basic paper crafting supplies for this project.

For the acrylic note pad holder, I used a 4X6 photo holder and cut the paper to size.  It was then sponged with dandelion ink.  I then die cut the rolled roses and attached them to the front.  The post it note is concealed behind a piece of patterned paper that measures 3" by  6 1/2".  I attached it to the photo holder using score tape

For the larger note pad portfolio, the same paper (K&Company) was used.  Edges sponged with the same dandelion ink.  The note pad is 5" X 8". Please measure your note pad as they vary by manufacture.  Their is an 1/8" edge along the cover and back of the folio to allow for easy access. 

To make the pocket, just us a scrap of this paper and cut it at an angel.  I attached some lace from my collection using tombo multi glue.  *Loretta's note, if you buy the glue in bulk it is cheaper and lasts a very long time*. I die cut the flower (Sizzix 657243) from yellow and dark green card stock.  The petals are embossed using an embossing folder.  This was then glued to the front of the folio.  The sentiment was stamped and attached as shown

The paperweights were purchased from Amazon.  Since they are meant for small photo's, they are easily adapted to this type of project.  Simply remove the metal backing and attach your paper or other media, and put them back together.  They are made from acrylic and are nearly impossible to break.  I stamped the top side of the paperweight with the Studio G stamp.  These stamps can be purchased from your big box store.  Since the underside of these paperweights is felt, you have no worries of them scratching other surfaces.

The last part of this set (and by no means the least) is a large paper clip book mark.  I purchased my paper clips from my local Wal-mart.  They are simple to make.  When you are cutting the flower and stem for the portfolio, cut enough pieces so you can make the paper clip.  The center of this flower was cut 6 times using a 1" circle punch.  These pieces were then layered together with glue.  I also used a black bolster from Judy Morrow. To make sure these layers stayed together while the glue dried, some hot glue was applied directly over top of the clip.

All together this project was approximately 5 hours total to complete. This would also make a great gift set for a student, some one who has landed a new job and of course for those of us who are Chemo Angels, they make great buddy gifts. 

If you give a project like this a try, please let me know.  You can comment here on my blog or send me an email with your post pictures and/or directions.

Stamp Happy and be a blessing! 

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Card Kit Swap Groups *Final posting* Swap closed and creating!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Swap Players and their groups:

Card Kit Swap -- click the "show more" for all the details!

Mail TO:  Loretta Rodger
                PO Box 3708
                Laurel, MD 20709

  You can make a card other than A2 size.  If you make one that is not A2 please include an envelope. Use what ever stamp company you wish, same for emellishments, etc., Include a card sketch or picture of what the finished card should look like.  SASE to me with same postage (or Paypal me return postage funds) you sent the package to me in. If you don't see your name below, please contact me!

Group One:

Denise Ledbetter :
Karen Riska
Anne Mary Leake

Group Two:

Samantha Ivy
Sherri Derksen
Beth Podoletz
Mary Wiseman
Loretta Rodger

Group Three:

Samantha Ivy
Melissa Meldrum

Original video:  YouTube
Question and answer video:  YouTube
Today's video showing the final players:  YouTube

Swaps are due on February 5, 2015.  Please start making your card kits and get them mailed to me.  I will update the blog and face book pages as swaps arrive.  If you have ANY questions, please email me directly at:

Stamp Happy and be a blessing!

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Ideas for Chemo Buddy gifts

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Hello Friends!

  I am often asked to share some of my ideas for small and inexpensive gifts for the Chemotherapy Patients in the Chemo Angel's program.

  These projects and gifts do not have to be expensive to pack a punch and most importantly be thoughtful.

Snowman soup is a project that is not a new one.  The concept has been around for a long time.

Here is an image of the poem for the project:

  Today I used a stamp set from Stephanie Bernard's company, The stamps of life. If you would like to become a volunteer and help some one who is fighting cancer, please use this site to apply.  

  Enjoy today's video!  Stamp Happy and be a blessing!

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Post it holder, Book mark and Card for a Chemotherapy Patient

Friday, January 9, 2015

  For today's blog entry I wanted to share this quick project I made for one of our Chemo special assignment buddies.  I tried to us colors in this projects our friend said where her favorites.  Hunter green goes with so many things.

  You don't have to take a lot of time or resources to bless someone who is going through cancer treatments  take this little project.  the entire thing cost maybe  $4.00 to make.  If you don't have these type of materials, a simple post it with a pen and well penned letter is so appreciated.

  I for one feel i am blessed to be able to bless some one's life with my passion for crafting. It rewards me with the gift of joy.  Knowing that in my own small way I can help change a life for the better

  In my blog posts' you will also be given a small glimpse of what I am working through with Life Book 2025.  Looking for healing, perhaps answer's to long since asked questions and problems, come join us for this exciting journey.  I know I will walk away from this year long journey with a new appreciation for where my journey will take me.

Stamp Happy and be a blessing!

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