Archive for June, 2009



As I’ve been going through my stamps and stuff, I’ve been posting destash items into my etsy shop.  Check it out: SmartLilCookie




Thirty minutes or more organizing/assembling unmounted stamps.

I spent around an hour today, just pulling out trimming some of the unmounted rubber stamps I have that have never even been used!  I need to get more rolodex refills so that I can continue to catalogue what I have.  Those first 200 cards went really fast!

Meal Planning

Last week’s menu plan got all messed up. Hopefully this week will go more smoothly. It’s going to be a crazy busy week though. 4th of July stuff, plumbing stuff, roofing repairs, etc.

Monday (clean house, clean out fridge, make croutons)

Lunch – peanut butter crackers, cantaloupe (leftovers)
Dinner – Baked Potatoes & veggies
Tuesday (bake bread)
Lunch – garden salad with homemade croutons, strawberries (leftovers)
Dinner – pasta with veggies
Wednesday (craziness)
Lunch – Grilled cheese, mangoes/cantaloupe
Dinner – Italian pasta salad with tons of fresh veggies (leftovers)
Lunch – leftover pasta salad
Dinner – quiche, salad
Lunch – leftover quiche
Dinner – pepperoni pizza, salad
burgers, hot dogs, salad, fresh fruit, dessert
-hot dog and hamburger buns

I was super excited to get to work with this kit this month! So bright and fun and summery. And the lace in here is GORGEOUS! I can’t wait to use it on more projects. Click on the image above to order.

Life is Sweet Altered Canvas

Supplies: Ricrac and lace from the kit, acrylic paint, various inks, vintage French book text, tissue paper, Martha Stewart glitter, Autumn Leaves buttons, American Crafts Thickers and rubons, raffle ticket, Maya Road chipboard ice cream top, extra-fine sharpie

Notes: I created the ice-cream cone out of a page from a vintage (1920s) French book and stripes of ricrac slightly aged with ink. The “ice cream” part of the cone started with a maya road chipboard shape from the cupcake set. I covered with glue and layers and layers of crumpled tissue paper. Finished it off with some glitter and tiny buttons.

Summer Planner

I’m really loving these older WRMK papers right now! So much fun for summer.

Supplies: ribbons from the kit, WRMK papers, 7gypsies gaffer tape, bind-it-all coils

Notes: I used ribbons from the kit on the bookmarks and on the front of the book. I LOVE swiss dot grosgrain because you are effectively getting two ribbons for the price of one. You can use the dotted side or flip it over for a coordinating solid. The same ribbon that is used on the bookmarks is flipped over and used on the front of the book.

Meeting Sam

Supplies: red pompom trim from the kit, WRMK papers, handmade flowers, Pink Paislee and American Crafts stickers.

Notes: this super simple layout really benefited by adding the red pom-pom trim as an extra textural element.

Everyday Cards

Simple cards made from scraps.

Supplies: Trim and ribbon from the kit, WRMK papers, 7Gypsies seal, primas, buttons

Smile Chipboard Gift Album

Supplies: Lots of ribbons, ricrac, and trim from the kit as well as extras from my stash, Cosmo Cricket papers and stickers, 7gypsies gaffer tape, Primas, various buttons

Notes: These little books are SOOOO much fun to make, I’m kind of addicted. There are several more pages, but I’ve just included the one as an example.

So yesterday I ended up spending far more than 30 minutes working on this.  I sorted my stamps, pulled a lot to get rid of, and listed them in my etsy shop.

Today I picked up a couple packs of rolodex card refills and started cataloguing all of the images.  I did have some free time today, so I definitely spent longer than 30 minutes on this project, but I’m super excited about the way it is turning out!  Feels so good to be getting all the stamps into a more usable system.

Confession: I did find ONE Christmas tree stamp that I had multiple copies of.

I *heart* SwagBucks!!!

Okay, so maybe I’m a little weird, but I am so excited!! I’ve been using SwagBucks for a while now, running a search or two on it every day. And I finally turned my points in for Amazon giftcodes…$25 in Amazon gift codes to be exact. They showed up today in my inbox, ready to be redeemed and I went over to Amazon to browse around.

I have wanted an immersable blender since last fall when we made pear butter and I borrowed my friend Michelle’s. I put it on my Christmas list and everything. But there never seems to be enough spare cash to get one.
On they had the $55.00 Cuisinart one for $29.95 and free shipping! So I was able to get a blender that was far nicer than one I would have gotten for myself under normal conditions and I was able to get it for $4.95 shipped after my swagbucks gift codes!!!
I LOVE SwagBucks! Want to join? It’s so easy. Go here to signup: SwagBucks (this link will add me as your referral.)
How does it work? You just run your searches through instead of Google or another search engine and you win SwagBucks that can be redeemed for all sorts of prizes and giftcards. You can even install the SwagBucks toolbar so you can have the search box always available at the top of your window.

This got pushed to the back burner yesterday thanks to some plumbing issues in the house, but trying to hop back on it today (despite the fact that the plumber is back).  Today I’m going to spend 30 minutes sorting and storing wood-mounted stamps.

Many of you probably don’t have to spend that much time, but I have a lot!  After a lot of consideration, I’ve decided to go ahead and break up my Stampin’ Up sets and mix them in with the rest.  I don’t use stamps unless I see them, and this will make it far more likely that I’ll actually use them.

My plan is to get a rolodex, where I will stamp each image and divide by categories.  Then, I’ll store the stamps I use most often in baskets and on the wall, with the ones i don’t use either going to a yard sale or packed up to use for certain occasions (christmas, etc.)


Great post to read if you are working on purging items from your scrapping area!

Shedding Layers by Ali Edwards

Right Now

Being inspired by Ali Edwards to blog right now.

Autumn and I have been cleaning her room today and re-organized her kitchen. I have to say that in now looks 10 times better than my real kitchen.

We even got out the label maker to assign baskets and bins to her pretend food, dishes, pots and pans. We just got finished and she’s super proud of her work!