Sometime a few years ago, I went shopping at a new artists exchange in Louisville. When Fisher Packing Company left Louisville, the plant was renovated and became the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center. Not only are there shops and restaurants, but it is also home to more than 200 artist’s studios and galleries. You can walk through the studios, watch the artisans at work, and if the doors are open, pop in for a little chat. While walking through one of the boutiques that day, I stumbled upon a post-it note holder. Always on the look out for templates of any kind, I purchased the holder and then went home and made my own using the template.


The pink cloth one is the one I purchased, and the stamped one if the one I made from cardstock. I made tons of these little things, gave some as RAKS, sold many at craft fairs over the holidays, and still make them for my family to give as small gifts. Now I have to admit that I’ve been looking for a way to make them more sturdy. One I mailed out was squashed in the mail (even though it was in a padded envelope), and I was appalled that someone received a gift from me that arrived in not so great shape.

A few weeks back, maybe a month or so (the memory fades fast these days), Diane Zechman (cookiestamper on SCS) was looking to start a blog and was having a guessing game of naming her blog. Well, I just couldn’t help myself and kept throwing some names out – Diane actually liked one of the names I suggested and send me a Cookie Crumb. Can you believe that the Cookie Crumb was a post-it note holder made with chipboard. I expressed my delight to Diane about the post-it note and marveled at the design. She said that she had gotten the idea from Cambria. All I can say is thank you ladies, because you both have given me a solution for making mine sturdier!

These are the ones I made last night using chipboard as the front and back. I have to say, that I am bouncing up and down with the new design. They won’t get squished in a purse or in the mail. I’ve had the Latte Cup from Lizzie Anne Designs for some time now and this is the first time it’s seen ink – WOO HOO! I’m thinking these might be nice for my mother to give as gifts to her coffee clatch ladies. I colored the image with Copic Ciao Markers and the paper is Periphery, one of the new papers from BasicGrey that you can find here. Coming back to edit, since I’ve already had a couple of questions about this, they are attached on the inside by one long piece of cardstock that has been scored in the middle. One more edit, I did not check Cambria’s blog before I posted this, and one of my readers brought to my attention that this is on her blog — so let’s give credit where credit is due, here’s Cambria’s AWESOME set!!!!

Latte Post It Note

Stamps: Latte Cup from Lizzie Anne Designs

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, SU Chocolate Chip and Bordering Blue, BasicGrey Periphery

Accessories: May Arts Ribbon, Signo White Gel Pen, Copic Ciao Markers, Sakura Stardust Gel Pen

One last thing for today. Don’t forget to check out the Sneak Peek on Lizzie Anne Designs today. You’ll get another peak at 4 more sets that will be released on January 10th.

I’ve got to tell ya, I don’t understand what is going on around here this week! You would think that I could get something done and have time in the studio too. I’ve been getting up early enough – no sleepin’ in this week. The alarm is set for 7:00 but yet I’ve gotten up anywhere from 4:00 to 6:00 a.m., all week. Get my coffee, nestle in on the couch to check emails and what not, hope the Splitcoast Challenge has been posted, and plot my day. Now the major plan for every day is to spend time in the studio stamping – hasn’t happened at all this week. The kids are gone, the house is clean, the laundry is caught up, and I still can’t get it together.

Wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that the wayward freshman daughter of mine calls every 30 minutes. She is 3 hours from home and I’ve talked to her more in the last 2 weeks than I did all summer long. Before you even think – ah how sweet, she misses her mommy – stop right there! Daughter #2 is not the most computer literate of my 2 daughters, and she definitely has had her fair share of problems this week. We have spent hours on the phone trying to get her computer up to par and while waiting for downloads and installations, we have been able to chat about her classes and everyday things. One good thing I can say, that even though she says goodbye in total frustration, she always ends the phone call with “I love you Mom.” Yep – that’s my girl!!!

Now that I’ve digressed just a little, I have finally gotten my challenge card done for the Ways to Use it Challenge on Splitcoast today. Even though it’s taken the better part of the day, it wasn’t because the card itself is complicated – but tons of interruptions every time I walk into the studio. Today’s challenge is to make a Halloween card, and my most recent set is one from My Favorite Things called Fright Night. I colored the image with Prismacolored pencils and Turpenoid, found some paper that I thought looked like a night sky. The image is raised on mounting tape and the fibers are some left over from my trip to Orlando Stampfest.


Stamps: Fright Night by My Favorite Things

Paper: Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Once Upon a Time Mat Stack – DCWV

Ink: Adirondack Black

Accessories: Ribbon, Paula Best Fibers, Brads, Mounting Tape, Prismacolor Pencils, Turpenoid, Blending Stumps, Signo White Gel Pen, Sakura Glitter Gel Pen

I also want to remind everyone not to forget the Sneak Peak over at Lizzie Anne Designs. There are 4 more sets today that you get a little peak of.

I have so much to show and tell today! First, we are surviving without Daughter #2 at home. She calls enough that we keep in touch several times a day. So for all you wondering, my house is still clean and the laundry room isn’t piled to the rafters yet.

Second, Lizzie Anne Designs is having a Sneak Peek of new sets schedule for release on September 10. There will be 8 new Little Bits™ stamp sets and 8 new Simply Singles™ released and you can get a Sneak Peek of 4 new sets every day for 4 days. You can check it out here.

Speaking of Lizzie Anne, I started working on a card last night to send to Daughter #2, since I feel she’s gonna need some mail once a week or so – gotta let her know we miss her a little! Right before she left I received some new BasicGrey papers and fibers from Jacksonbelle Embellishments and Mallory went nuts over the Obscure pad. So, since I hadn’t made a card with it yet, I thought my first should be to her. This card is 5 ½ x 5 ½ and has a hinged front. Holes were punched along the hinge and the fibers tied off to close that part of the card. All the designer papers were sewn to the layers on my handy-dandy sewing machine.

You Rock

Stamps: Daisy Dots and Sketched Sentiments by Lizzie Anne Designs

Paper: SU Sage Shadow and Whisper White, BasicGrey Obscure

Ink: VersaMagic Pink Grapefruit and Pixie Dust, Tim Holtz Ranger Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink

Accessories: BasicGrey Obscure Fibers, Mounting Tape, Sewing Machine, Crop-o-dile, Sponge Dauber

The third thing today, is that it is Sketch Challenge Day on Splitcoast. We all know how Roxie gets after me if I miss the sketch challenge – don’t care to have her coming after me with all those wet noodles today! Of course, I was still up last night when she posted, but forgot to look – duh! Didn’t sleep well and was up and at ‘em at 4:30 or so this morning, so I’ve had a little time to stamp this morning. Heck I even read the morning paper this morning – haven’t done that in months!

Anyhoo, here’s my card for the Sketch Challenge today. All the edges of the SU Outlaw Designer Paper were sponged with Tim Holtz Ranger Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and the stamping of the medallion was done with a combination of the Corduroy Distress Ink and Dried Marigold Distress Ink. Did just a little distressing with scissors and then sponged those edges too. This is a fun sketch and one I think I’ll try again!


Stamps: SU Wanted

Paper: SU Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla and Outlaw DP

Ink: Tim Holtz Ranger Brushed Corduroy and Dried Marigold Distress Inks

Accessories: May Arts Ribbon, Brads, Mounting Tape, Scissors for distressing, Sponge Dauber

I hope everyone has a great day today!

Yesterday I was asked by some friends what I had pre-ordered from the SU Holiday Mini Collection. I didn’t order much actually, just True Friend, Boho Friend, Snow Burst and the Apple Cider paper. When I saw True Friend, my mind was racing with the ideas where this set could be used. It stands well alone, but I could also see it combined with Priceless, Baroque Motifs, and Wanted. When I mentioned this to them, I also promised that I would make a card using the set. So, for today’s Color Challenge on Splitcoast I combined True Friend with Priceless.


The background layer is stamped with images from Priceless and the top image and sentiment are from True Friend. All the edges of the Whisper White are sponged with Groovy Guava just to add a little depth and the main image is raised on mounting tape.

Stamps: Priceless, True Friend

Ink: Groovy Guava, Soft Sky

Paper: Whisper White, Soft Sky, Groovy Guava

Accessories: Soft Sky and Groovy Guava Ribbon, Brads, Mounting Tape, Sponge Dauber

I can’t believe it’s been a week since I’ve posted. It was definitely a busy week for this mom. Wednesday was moving day for our youngest daughter and I had a lot to do getting Mallory ready to leave home. There was shopping for the last minute things, laundry and sitting on my flabby fanny watching her pack. We left around noon on Wednesday to take her to college, and her check-in time was between 3:00 and 5:00. Luckily, there were a couple of boys helping to carry stuff up to the dorm rooms, and by the time Lance and I got our cars parked, they had most of the stuff carried up. It took us just a couple of hours to arrange the room and put things away.

Mallory just has a way with looks sometimes, and this is one I often get — what is a mother to do but take pictures!

The Look

Kate went along and her main job for the day was getting the laptop online and ready to go for her computer-challenged sister.


Just before we left to go have dinner together one last time, I was able to get the girls together one last time for the day.

both girls

Needless to say, I’ve already had a few calls and emails about things she would like to have that we forgot. So I have a shopping list together and ready to run some errands in the morning. I’m working on her first care package, and needed to make a card to send along. See there is some stamping in this post! Mallory loves the little penguins from Inky Antics, and I never had a chance to make a card with any of them before she left, so here’s the card that I’m going to send along with her package. I hope she gets a kick out of it!


Stamps: Innertube Pals by Inky Antics, Simply Circles

Ink: Green Galore, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise

Paper: Neenah Solar White Cover, Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise

Accessories: Brads, Ribbon, Copic Markers, Mounting Tape

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