Gourmet Rubber Stamp POTM – My Fancy Lunch Bag

Hello folks..

Are you guessing what POTM stands for?? I did too when I 1st saw it – it’s the Project Of The Month. Our design team takes turns to feature stamps on a project every month and write a tutorial on how to do it. Here is mine:

I was making this bag for a sandwich lunch I made for my husband to take to work on a special occasion (he usually just carries a regular lunch bag because I’m not making this for every single lunch! Are you kidding me…).

It’s really simple to make .. I’m not one for elaborate projects that mere mortals like myself can only drool on.


Any patterned paper (I used Kaiser Craft)




Gourmet Rubber Stamp set (In the Kitchen)

dies (Papertrey Ink – tag and front and center die)

brown lunch bag



  1. Cut 2 rectangle piece of patterned paper approx. larger than the front and center die, stitch a panel of cardstock down the middle and die cut both panels (this will make the front and the bag of the bag).
  2. Adhere a ribbon down the front center panel.
  3. Trim a lunch bag down to size and adhere the stitched panel to the front and bag of lunch bag.
  4. Die cut a tag, stamp and color the cute little toaster. Attach a piece of twine to the top of the tag
  5. Make a bow from the same ribbon and add tag and bow to the bag. Embellish with a button.

There you have it … and there are so many cute images on the set that I’m planning to use the muffin image for my son’s school lunch next. Here is the cutest kitchen set I’ve laid my eyes on.

Oh and don’t forget – the new August appetizer set releases today too!! the cutest Halloween set and a back-to-school set. Lookie …


Hayride & Apples Layout

Hello my friends,

I’m sharing another Stampendous layout today – all full of newly minted stamps just seen at CHA last week!


& Apples

On the top layout, the kiddos on the wagon was colored using Copic Markers and I love that I had the perfect photos to match the stamp – what are the odds of that!! On the bottom layout, that Autumn text is just divine! I embossed it with various colors of Stampendous embossing powders (from opaque to clear colored powders) with the intent of having the colors fade to transparent as Fall approaches. This is the 1st time I’m using embossing on a layout – something I will keep for a longer time than a card and I wanted to make sure it’s archival safe. I discovered that Stampendous embossing powders are acid free and archival safe for your scrapbooks – here is where I found it and a whole host of other tips and techniques I never knew existed!

Have fun browsing and learning new things!

 Cardstock: Bazzill & crinkly paper from Laura
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey, DCWV, Echo Park
Stamp: Stampendous Cling Hay Ride Kiddos & Cling Autumn Words
Embossing Powder: Stampendous Clear Lemon, Paprika and Honey
Ink: Tsukineki
Markers: Copic
Ribbon/Twine: Doodlebug Designs
Burlap: Canvas Corp
Mist: Tattered Angels
Banner: My Little Yellow Bicycle
Brads: American Crafts
Rub-on: My Mind’s Eye
Wooden Frame: Kaiser Craft
Wooden Banner: My Mind’s Eye
Chipboard Titles” Craft Supplies
Paper clip: American Craft
Apple: Momenta
Clothespin: Maya Road
Scalloped circle: Craft Supplies
Label/Label Maker: Dymo
Glossy Accents: Ranger
Adhesive: Scotch, Kuretake & ThermoWeb

Your fav yellow combo

Welcome to this week’s challenge at Color me Creative Classroom.

The challenge this week is actually to use your Favorite Yellow color combo. Unfortunately, as you will see in my card, I screwed up!

I had some yellow on my card but not where it’s supposed to be – colored in the flower. This floral image generously donated by Tiffany Doodles was so pretty and was screaming out to be violet that I forgot to check what the actual challenge theme was before happily coloring it the color I wanted to. So sorry about that. All my patterned paper is from Kaiser Craft Lush collection, flower center and butterflies are from Flower Soft.

Anyhow, despite my mistake, I could encourage you to please enter in the challenge. You can use any image you want as long as they are colored with any alcohol markers AND fit the theme of course. Your card must also be newly created.

The winner of this challenge will win digi stamps from Tiffany Doodle.  And when you play along the entire month (just 2 cards), you are also entered into the monthly drawing for the shopping spree at Oozak. How can you beat two prize opportunities – head on over to be inspired and get to coloring.


My Lilac Heart

Hello peeps,

Happy Friday! Actually – it’s more like thank goodness it’s Friday – we have been struggling with colds all week at our household. Seems like the crud has been going around lately – my son’s kindergarten class has over 60% of his class out on school! and the school bus only has 4 kids on it all week (usually it’s a busload of 14 kids)

I am happy though to be creating this week – and today I am posting about Sheena Douglass’s gorgeous Paint Fusion flowers again. Nope – I haven’t mastered painting yet but I decided to do some “creative manuevering” with my image and created a heart from her flower stamps instead. For me, that’s the fun part in card making – you don’t have to create a flower just because it’s a flower stamp.

These were her small lilac stamps which I stamped and digitally flipped 1 over to create 2 lilac bushes facing each other like a heart (with rubber stamps, you could stamp, scan and flip digitally). I “tied” the 2 hearts together with a little ribbon from my stash – the sentiments that came to mind for me as I was “tying” the hearts together was “you and me”, “2 hearts as one”; “we’re joined together” – you get the point but I had none of those sentiment stamps. So I just wrote my sentiment out and added an Authentique Paper “&” sticker to create a contrast.

My image was colored with Spectrum Noir marker this time (DR1, DR3, DG3, DG4).  I also added some Flower Soft to the image to add some texture and dimension. Patterned papers are from Crate Paper and wooden frame is from Kaiser Craft.

I hope you have a fun and creative day yourself!



We need tranquility

Good morning everyone,

I hope your New Year has been going well. For me, most of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and the clean up after that is done and some sense of normalcy and routine is coming back to our lives. Just at a right time for me, Crafter’s Companion has just released a new collection of Kanji stamps – lots of unique and meaningful Asian sentiment and images.

This collection intimidated me at first – I didn’t recognize any of those Asian characters and I have never done any Asian art – even if I am Asian! But as I was working through my supplies looking for Asian embellishments and papers to use (I have few of those too), my creative juices started perculating. I found in my supplies some mulberry papers, flowers and leaves looking like Cherry Blossoms and willow, bamboo skewers and chopsticks (those were extras from some takeout I ate at my desk), Asian images on Western papers like a trendy fusion mix (this I found in Basic Grey and Kaiser Craft paper collections), I even though of stamping these Asian characters as my background paper!

I was very excited about the possibilities this set was generating. Here is what I came with:

The unexpected can surprise you. I hope you will have as much fun with this set as I did.

Here’s wishing you tranquility for the New Year ahead.


Belated Birthday

Hello everyone,

I just noticed that I have been posting quite a bit the last couple of weeks. Well well, that’s because I have been in crafty heaven these days with the huge box of goodies Stampendous sent me that I totally forgot about one of my closest friend’s birthday.

Tsk tsk – what a terrible friend I am and I’m very ashamed to admit this. But the crafter in me yearns to share the card I made for her – she loves these pretty girly things in pastel colors so I hope she likes all the scalloped edges, the twirly whirlies, the sparkle and soft colors I included in her card. And I also hope she forgives me too.

I played with alot of Stampendous products on this card. First of all, I created the colorful background with Distressed Ink (Fired Brick, Wild Honey, Tumbled Glass) and a stippling brush. Scalloped punch top edge and round bottom edge. Then I stamp the flourish from the Stampendous Cling Jumbo Dahlia stamp set with Distressed Ink (Pumice Stone). I randomly emboss the colored background with Frantage Embossing Enamel (Shabby White), Stampendous Vintage Glitter (multi crystal mix) and Frantage mica fragments (Pearlized Mica). The finished background was adhere to card base and top edge stitch twice. American Craft Ribbon was attached. The sentiment I used is from the Stampendous Birthday Assortment Perfectly Clear Stamps and stamped on vellum and diecut with PTI doily die. Finish card by attaching sentiment and Kaiser Craft flower blossom.


A Special Someone?

Hello peeps!!

This is a week of special celebration for me. My little Shawn is turning 6 today! Happy Birthday Sweetheart!! How time flies – I remember the day I brought him home from the hospital when he was just 2 days old. I am thrilled he is 6 but I’m also reminded that I am also 6 years older since that day – it doesn’t help that my own birthday is in 2 days too. But it’s all good – older but hopefully wiser. (I’m offering a birthday blog candy right now too – don’t forget to sign up)

Anyhow, today is a new challenge at The Pixie Cottage – Make a card for “Somebody Special” and/or make a card using the sketch below:

Here is my card (using both theme and sketch):

I used The Pixie Cottage stamp “To You from Us” from Michelle’s Scrapbooking and More. They are just too adorable these 2 little kittens. DP is from Authentique Papers. Flowers are from Kaiser Craft. So now it’s your turn to go and create and come back and share with us. The randomly picked winner of their choice of two fabulous Pixie Cottage stamps.

Happy Creating and Merry Christmas!


Cardabilities Reveal Day for December 15

Hello friends,

Welcome to Cardabilities Reveal Day – Sketch #45.

Before I begin this post, I’m thrilled to announce that I have accepted Karan’s invitation to continue on the Cardabilities team for another term! Yeah!

Her sketches are the best to work with and the sketch this week truly reflects my kind of card – traditional, linear, clean and simple. What more is there to say about this sketch – I love it and I could work with this sketch all day long.

Here it is:

Here is my card:

Patterned papers are from MME, doily die cut is from Papertrey Ink and big flower is from Kaiser Craft and little flowers are from Offray. Sentiment is from Just Rite Stamps.

I think I’m off to make another card with this sketch just for fun … maybe one with white space in the background.

See you later …


Me, my mom and my baby.

Some of you may know that I started out as a scrapbooker first, way before card making ever came into the picture. However, I don’t share as much layouts as I’d like – they just seem a lot more personal to me when there are pictures of my family and journalling on it.I plan to share more because I enjoy making them (such a bigger surface area to play with) and it also helps you get to know me better.

Anyhow, here is a layout I recently made for my daughter’s baby album that I’m happy to share – the Cling Jumbo Hydrangea was just calling out to be used on this layout and I love how it pops, being in a color totally different from the rest of the layout.

My layout is will also showcase on the Stampendous Blog tomorrow. You will see a detailed supplies list and instructions listed there. But here is a close up of the hydrangea.

I colored it with Copic Markers and lightly sprayed and dribbled it with Tsukineko goosebump for texture. I also lightly sanded the embossed Core’dination cardstock for a distressed look. To add some dimension and interest, I adhere a white doily and only parts of the leaves. I love making layouts.

Oh and if you regularly follow my blog, you will have read that my daughter just celebrated her 2nd birthday during Thanksgiving week – yikes, that’s how far behind I am.


Stampendous BlogStar application

Hi everyone,

I know I was bubbling with excitement the last time I announced that I joined the Stampendous Blogstar team (see post right here) but I wanted to loop back and share with you the cards that I sent in that got me here.

From my perspective, this was the card that caught Krissy Fossmeyer’s attention at Splitcoast Stamper; who brought it to Stampendous’s attention on their Facebook page and is also my debut card on the Stampendous blog today too – check it out. There are instructions to make this card there.

Here are the other 2 cards that I also submitted along with my application:

Love this Cling Jumbo Dahlia stamp – in fact I love all the cling Jumbo stamps – they’re so eye-catching.

And this Stampendous sentiment is one of my older stamp – I use it for Valentines’ Day cards too and I just love making the pieced background.

So there you have it. My next post for Stampendous will be on Dec 11, 2011 – watch for it!


Sunday with Crissy Guest Post

Hey everyone,

By now, you would have figured out that I am a huge fan of Crissy Armstrong’s images – they are so achingly adorable, I think. I am extremely proud to be guest designing for her today.

Her challenge this month is “anything goes” – make any card you like and go to her challenge blog, Sundays with Crissy, to play along.

I made 2 cards using her images:

Ain’t Rupert the cutest – I left the card without a sentiment so I could use it for any occasion as it crops up. DP is from Basic Grey (green) and I apologize I cannot remember the manufacturer of the yellow dot paper (it’s from my stash). The butterfly pin is from Jillibean Soup – I have the hardest time finding hat pins so if you know of a place to get them, let me know.

My 2nd card is below:

This little cutie (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) is one of Crissy’s newer releases … even the name is cute. I love that she has these pencil drawing too – make the whole images so much softer. DP is from October Afternoon (black menu) and Lily Bee Designs (yellow dots). Ribbon is from Fancy Pants Designs. Flower is from Kaiser Craft.

There is your dose of cuteness for the day. All of these Crissy’s images that I have used can be found at Whimsy Stamps.

Have a fun kind of day!

Challenges entered:

Moxie Fab World – inspired by kitchen (card #2)

Simon Says Stamp

Mark’s Finest – Fav embellie (why ribbon of course)


Guest Designer for Crafter’s Companion

Hi all,

I’m so honored to be invited to join the Crafter’s Companion design team as their guest for the month of December. I absolutely love Popcorn the Bear and Souffle the duck and I have recently discovered Humphrey the Elephant. Actually, while I was writing this post and browsing the Crafter’s Companion website at the same time, I also discovered The Ultimate Tool as well – measure, cut, score, emboss, embellish all in 1 tool. I could make cards, gift boxes, envelope, there is even a peg to make bows as well! Wow – what rock have I been hiding under and guess what I will be asking for Christmas this year!

The theme this month is “Sparkles” – not an easy theme for me. I’m more of a die cutting, embossing, stamp and color kinda gal. I do embellish with pearls and twine or ribbon just because I love the clean and neat linear lines. So I’m rolling up my sleeves this month and taking on this challenge of going outside my comfort zone.

Here is my card of the adorable Popcorn the Bear:

I actually had a blast experimenting with all the different mediums to try and create “Sparkle” on my card. I used glossy accent to sparkle up the ribbon around Popcorn’s wreath, the berries on the wreath is “colored” with Stickles, the rest of Popcorn was colored in Copic markers. I then edged the focal image was with Viva Deco Inka-gold paste, ribbon had a touch of sparkle from my stash and my DP had some with metallic accent from Kaisercraft.

Are you all sparkled out yet? I hope you will enter this month’s Sparkle Challenge and don’t forget to check out all the great stamps and products at Crafter’s Companion too.

Wait, there is more – if you want a chance to win the ENTIRE set of Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, join us for a Christmas blog hop from December 9th to December 11, 2011. Hop starts at the Crafter’s Companion USA information blog.

Be there or be square!

Challenges entered:

Flourishes Bring Back Beautiful

Pile It On


Crazy Hair Day …

Hi everyone,

Welcome to another CMC challenge this Thanksgiving week. No – it’s not my crazy hair day. It’s crazy hair day for today’s CMC Copic challenge – to COLOR HAIR IN UNUSUAL OR MULTI COLORS (so no browns, blonds, blacks or auburns)!! Use any image you want as long as they are colored with Copic Markers or Promarkers. Your card must also be newly created.

The Sponsor this week is Simply Betty Stamps.I just found out that her 17 yr old son is struggling with throat cancer.  She has lowered the price on her digis and is creating more to help raise money for medical care for her son.  It’s a terribly trying and sad time for her. I cannot image how terrified she much feel as a parent and how her son must be feeling. You can read about Betty’s story at her blog HERE. Please take some time to check out her digis – they are amazing to color with Copics, as I have discovered.

Here is my crazy hair card with Betty’s image on it.

Hope you are having a good Thanksgiving and family reunion.


Need a little pep-me-up?

I know I do when the weather gets cooler and I’m hunkering down for winter and missing the warmer days not too long ago.

Here ya’ go, here’s your pep-me-up:

Don’t you feel better?(if not from the gardening image, from the inspiration to do something crafty)

Well, the image is from Stampendous, papers are from Kaiser Craft and the cutie little white picket fence die is from Papertrey Ink. I’m glad to leave behind bright Halloween orange, purples, and black for the warm rich Fall colors of Thanksgiving.

Wanna learn and improve your Copic coloring techniques, go to Color Me Creative Classroom. Suzanne teaches these fantastic classes (I’m just starting class 3) for Copic coloring and distressed ink coloring. You can also learn to color Prisma pencils and how to color Magnolia stamps. A place for all your coloring needs.

Challenges entered:

Creative Inspiration Paint