Category Archives: Gift Items

Create with Riley & Company

Hello, Everyone! Today I have some new projects using the fabulous stamps of Riley & Company.

First up is a shaker card. The template for this cupcake card came from a Silhouette cut file. I modified it slightly to suit my purposes, as I wanted the cupcake in the lower corner to fit the Lick The Cupcake sentiment.

A couple of other interesting things on this card. The background behind the cupcake is a piece of watercoloured background that I didn’t use on an earlier project. Rather than having a plain backing, I used it to add more interest to the card, plus used up a scrap I couldn’t bear to throw away.

The white background was done with a simple gel pen. After completing the card, I didn’t like the plain background, so added the random pattern.

The other project I have today is a gift box. The actual box was also a Silhouette cut file. Once assembled, I decorated the front by adding Toasting Riley, cut out with my Prickley Pear Flourished Oval Nesting Die.

On the tag, I used You Have Survived and the new Word Bubble Dies – Circles. I just love the stitching detail on these new dies!

Here is a look from the side. You can see that I used a small plastic bag to wrap up some werther’s caramels and then closed them into the box with the ribbon.

I hope you enjoyed my projects this week! You will find all of these adorable stamps in the Riley & Company store, so stop by and check them out! For more inspiration, head on over to the Facebook page or Blog for more inspiration.

TCCCB – Recycle Something

Hello! 2017 marches onward and now we’re ready to commence the 2nd month of the year. That means, of course, that it’s time for a new challenge with The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog!

Twice a month we roll out fantastic challenges for your to play along with and we work with great sponsors so you get to see art from a wide variety of talented artists.

Our challenge this fortnight is Recycle Something. Anything at all, so get on your thinking caps. If you need ideas, check out the challenge blog, because the Design Team has made some awesome projects for this challenge!

The sponsor I’m working with this time is Dr. Digi. This is a new sponsor for me, so I had fun checking out their inventory of great digital stamps. I settled on “Green Fingers and Thumbs”. Now, what to make with it?

I saw a project posted online a couple weeks ago where someone used an empty Valentine chocolate box to put seeds in. What a cool idea! So, Green Fingers and Thumbs and my empty chocolate box set to work making a unique valentine gift.

Isn’t this image adorable? Here is the inside of the box. I realized at the last minute that I didn’t have a stash of seeds on hand, so I occupied my kids for 10 minutes by making them sort bean soup. They had fun, I have a “model” for my box.

What do you think of my sentiment?

I hope you liked today’s project, because it was quite a bit of fun to make it for you. If you have time, come play along with us! You can link up your entry over at The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog from now through the 15th of the month. Come and check us out!

Prickley Pear January New Release, Day 2

It’s New Release week over at Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps and they’ve got some fantastic new crafty options for you.

I had a blast playing with the new Valentine Cupcake and Love Banner set. Both are clear cling sets and are available as one of the New Release specials, along with the Spring/Easter Banner set. Check out Sales Special #5.

I wanted to come up with something unique to make with these sets and I was inspired by the “Save the Date” sentiment in the Love Banner set. I came up with the idea of throwing my two little Valentine’s a special tea.

First, the invites. I took a 6″ x  5″ piece of cardstock and backed it with some pretty Valentine paper. I used my computer to print out the “Mommy and Me” invite portion and cut it into a circle. The banner, love birds and Save the Date come from the Love Banner set.

No tea is complete without cupcakes, so I also included a cupcake from the new Valentine Cupcake set. The tea cup comes from the Coffee Cup Die set (one of my favorites) and I’ve added a little decoration from the Love Banner set.

The cupcakes make a repeat appearance on my placecards. Here, I didn’t want them all to look the same, so I added some variety. Claire’s a pink/purple girl, while Nathan would stick to the blue/green options. These were quick and easy and look FABULOUS!

Next up, treats for my little Valentine’s. I found this heart box in my silhouette library.  It was so easy to put together and makes a sturdy little gift box for a few chocolate treats. I stamped the heart banner from the Love Banner set onto pink patterned paper and colored it up. Then, added a second banner with the Be Mine sentiment.

Here’s a closer look at the windows and the banners on those cute boxes.

Here is the complete package! All I need is a tea pot and two little guests. Hope they accept my invite!

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. I sure had fun making it! Head on over to the Prickley Pear blog or the Facebook page to check out more great creations from the Design Team. Here are the release week specials, including free domestic US shipping.

I’ll be back on tomorrow with two of my favorite new red rubber releases from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. See you then!

Create with Riley & Company

Hello Everyone!! Tuesdays are project day over at the Riley & Company blog, where Design Team members will showcase their creations with the various Riley & Company lines. This week, you can find inspiration from myself, as well as Kelly Santi, Michelle Pearson and Heidi Erickson.

I hope you enjoyed the New Release last week. If you missed it, be sure to swing on over to the Riley & Company store and check out the new category.

This first card uses a sentiment from the recent release. This is All I Care About and it has been paired with the Retro Folk image Midge with Coffee. I had fun with the rhinestone swirls on this one, but they are slippery on that lace, let me tell you!

And, this project is a card holder with four cards inside, using sentiments from the Inspirations line. As a cardmaker, I don’t use the Inspirations line quite as often, but I wanted to show how they can be incorporated into some great, smaller projects.

Here, the pink “I AM” sentiment has been paired with the “Accept What Is” sentiment. The box closes with a magnet, so it stays nice and secure.

On the inside, there is room for four cards and four envelopes.

Each card has a single Inspirations line word on the outside and I used my mini distress ink tool to apply color that I thought went with the word. Here, you can see I’ve used Strong, Brave, Happy and Hopeful. You can see that these sentiments fit on a card, but would also be great for scrapbooking, journalling or mixed media.

Not pictured is the inside of the cards. I paired each word with a Inspirations saying that I thought fit the word. Happy was paired with “Today is the Perfect Day”, Brave went with “Don’t Look Back“, Strong went with “Tough Times” and finally Hopeful was paired with “Something Good“.

I hope you enjoyed my projects this week! We’ll see you in a few weeks for another creation with Riley & Company. Thanks for stopping by.

Riley & Company – For a Friend

If you’ve been over to the Riley & Company blog today you’ll notice that we’ve got another challenge for you.

For this challenge, we’re asking you to make a Card for a Friend. I can’t wait to see what you create!

I think I may have broken the first rule, since I decided not to make a card. My co-worker is going through some rough times, so I made her this calendar for her desk.

Riley & Company Funny Bones stamps are FANTASTIC for calendars because there is so much variety. Plus, they make cute desk accessories and give you a laugh each and every month. This particular design is 4×6 and fits into a picture frame I found at the dollar store. Here is a close up of the May page.

Want to play along with us? Then all you have to do is make a project with a Riley & Company image and then head over to the Riley & Company blog to link up your card/project so that we can see what you created. No blog? No problem! Just use the keyword RILEY0515 when uploading your card to a public gallery (such as Splitcoast Stampers).  We can’t wait to see what you create!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Riley & Company Design Team’s blogs to see what fabulous creation they made for this challenge:

Ninja Calendar

I got issued a crafty challenge a number of months ago. “Can I have a ninja calendar?”.

Let me tell you, those ninja’s are GOOD at being stealthy because ninja stamps are HARD to find. I finally found one set, neglected to order it right away and then the company closed and sold out of the set before I knew.

However, I lucked out and thanks to a swap on SCS, someone pointed me in the direction of Bugaboo Stamps and their seven ninja images. Yay!

Now, here`s the trick…finding the perfect ninja paper…do I make it all in black? That seems really boring!!

I was at one of my favorite scrapbook stores a few weeks ago and they tend to carry lots of clearance merchandise. What did I spy??? It’s non other than four patterns from the Graphic 45 Bird Song collection, an oriental themed collection. PERFECT!!! I scooped those babies up!

Here’s three of the six panels.

I did them each double sided, matching two patterned backgrounds to my 6×6 solid color card stock piece. Here is the opposite side of the yellow cardstock piece. I think this is one of my favorites!

I decided all black ninja’s would be too boring, so I colored them up and think they look pretty darn cute!

My ninja challenger was pretty happy with the finished project. And now, I want a ninja calendar of my own!



Finally Made One!

This has been on my to-do list for awhile. So long, in fact that it made it into my 2014 crafting resolutions….what is it? To make a calendar.

I finally decided to sit down and get one made. I think it was almost three years ago that I decided I wanted to make a Riley & Company calendar. I decided that since the piece of paper with my brainstorming had sat in my project planner book for that long, that it was as good a place to start as any!

Here is February through July:

February – July

And August through December:

August – December

Where is January you ask? Already on my desk at work! I wanted to be able to enjoy January before the month actually ended. I forgot to take a picture of it before I took it into the office, so I’ll have to grab one another time.

It ended up being alot of fun and turned out great! The size is 6 inches x 5 inches. I found a metal picture frame at the dollar store and took out the glass from it and it holds the calendar pages nicely.

I do have some other calendars planned, so we’ll see what happens! Stay tuned!