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DIY: Stamp Storage Shelving

28 Jul

Since we moved, my craft room is a whole new thing. Things are coming together but I have always wanted a stamp shelf for a while and I thought I could put up some small shelves on the wall but I was also thinking, “What a pain, with a whole lot of holes in the wall if I move.” That’s when the idea came to me to use plywood as the backing for the shelves. Ding! Ding!

With great anticipation, I went to the Home Depot and looked for a long time for the best backer board for my little shelving project at the best price. I looked at all kinds of boards that I couldn’t even identify, did a bunch of math and finally came down to the most basic 15/32″ sheathing. I asked the assistant in lumber to cut the 4×8′ board into three pieces.

1) Cut 2 feet off one end for a 4×2″ piece.
2) Cut the other piece in half for two 2×6″ pieces.
(Home Depot cuts for free…yeah!!!)

Then I looked for some kind of edging and something I could use for the small shelves. I began with 1/4 round pine moulding at $.39/foot and added a simple lattice 1-1/2×1/4″. I used the cutting station at Home Depot to cut ten, 2 feet pieces of both the moulding and the lattice. So, I spent about $35 for my supplies.

I sanded the edges of all the moulding and lattice pieces.

Then I nailed the two mini shelf pieces together in this shape.

What helped with this process was placing the lattice piece on top of a piece of the plywood and the 1/4 round just at the end and underneath. Nailing them together was much easier with the help of a plywood “pad.”

Once all ten were nailed together, I nailed the stamp shelves onto the backer board, beginning with 3″ between them, then 4″ and finally 6″. Here are the first few on the board.

And with all the shelf pieces affixed…I painted the entire piece in white and leaned it against my craft room wall.

Finally, I filled it up with my mounted red rubber stamps…yeah! I did a little arranging by shelf: my Eiffel Tower stamps (which I collect) went on the top

and then sprinkled about were themes such as thanks, seasons, wishes, flowers, backgrounds, etc.

I tell you, it’s not perfect but I’m so proud that I made it myself, it works and it was NOT expensive.

Can I just say, that I LOVE this system. I can see the stamps I most love, and see ones that I sometimes forget.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you soon. Eli


Grin card set

20 Feb

Sometimes when I’m working on a craft project, I like to listen to “books on tape”…well audio books that I find online from the library. Last night, I wanted to listen to the end of a great mystery that was intriguing me. So I stamped the “grin” image four times, picked out a few Copic Sketch colors, listened and colored.

I know it sounds kind of “cheater” to do the “audio book” thing but when I read a real book before I go to bed…I just fall asleep…and never get anywhere. So listening while I create is perfect.

I was inspired by this week’s sketch at Card Positioning System. Here is the sketch:

Since I spent a while coloring four stamped images…I decided to make a set of cards.

Each stamped and colored image was die cut with an oval and then layered onto an Aqua scalloped oval, a criss-cross of ribbon, a patterned paper mat and the white cardstock card base. Easy, fun and funky.

Here are the finished cards one-by-one:

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Important Stuff
Papers Neenah Classic Linen 80# Solar White, Basis 80# Aqua (CutCardStock.com)
Tools S4-111 Classic Scalloped Ovals LG, S4-138 Petite Ovals LG, Wizard (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Embellishments Stampology Grin stamp (Autumn Leaves); Sketch Markers–BV01 Viola, YR02 Light Orange, B01 Mint Blue, YG11 Mignonette, Y15 Cadmium Yellow (Copic)
Adhesives Pop Up and Mini Glue Dots (Glue Dots), PVA Glue (Lineco)

Other Stuff Corner rounder punch, Teal ribbon

Sketch Challenge at PPRS

17 Jun

I’ve heard it said that the third time is the charm, and I sure hope it is true because this sketch over at Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog, took me three tries to get something that I am proud to post. (Some weeks are just like that, you know.)

So, first, go over to the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog to see the sketch. Then grab some time in your craft space and create something lovely. Here is what I managed to create by try #3.

I love how the little birds have the door open and are welcoming…so it occurred to me to make this a guest book. I can imagine lots of other sentiments: summer love, spring awakening, bliss, friends, the list goes on. There are so many reasons to love this stamp. Here is a close up:

To add some special touches to this, I used Copic Markers to color parts of the image and airbrushed around it to give the impression of the sky.

I added a few die cuts, some dimensional adhesive, a few stickers and a fabric flower that I colored to match. So let’s see what you got!!

Here’s a close up of the title! It’s subtle but important and yes, I used a pencil to write “Welcome!”

Important Stuff
Stamp Flourish Bird Cage (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps)
Ink/Colorants Archival Ink, Sepia (Ranger), Sketch Markers-B32 Pale Blue, R85 Rose Red, RV11 Pink, YG03 Yellow Green (Copic)
Papers Pink textured paper (Die Cuts with a View), Spring Fling patterned paper (Making Memories), 6×6″ Chipboard Covers (Zutter)
Tools Bind-it-All binding system, white 1/2″ coil (Zutter), Wizard, S4-140 Petite Ovals, SM; S4-141 Petite Scalloped Ovals SM , S4-217 In Spades Borderabilities® Petite (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Embellishments Glitter Brad (Creative Impressions),
Adhesives Ivory Photo Corners (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L), Sticky Strips (Therm o Web)

Other Stuff: White cardstock, PVA glue, wire cutters, pencil

2 Cards (CPS #169)

30 May

What a fun sketch over at Card Positioning System. I knew immediately that I was going to cut two coordinating, yet contrasting papers with some of my favorite die templates…just which one. After looking over my hoard, I chose the S4-192 Blossom die template set. I used #3-6 templates (counting #1 at the center) and die cut two sheets of paper so I could inter-mix them  to make the target image that is seen in the sketch. As it turned out, I only used one piece of the contrasting paper but the two cards sure were fun to make…

Here is a close up of the “Spread Your Wings” card…

And the “You Did It!” Card

Important Stuff
Paper Treasures Natural and Ivory cardstocks (WorldWin), Fun in the Sun patterned papers (Die Cuts With a View)
Stamps Clearly Beautiful Build a Bird (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps); Tami Mayberry Fairy Tales star stamp (Gina K Designs)
Ink/Colorants Stampology Turquoise clear stamps ink (Autumn Leaves of Creativity, Inc.), Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)
Pens/Markers Sketch Markers BOO Frost Blue, B6O Pale Blue, B16 Cyanine Blue, EO4 Lipstick Natural, RV Pale Pink; AtYou Spica Sky Blue glitter pen (Copic)
Die Cuts S4-192 Blossom, S3-147 Labels Trio (Spellbinders)
Tools Wizard (Spellbinders), Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

Other Stuff Turquoise ribbon, letter stickers, mini brad

Treasure Hunt (Pink Elephant Challenge)

29 May

More birthday pages. I will catch up on my cutie pie’s birthday album. Guess I’m not too far since I have several months before she 11.

Inspiration comes from many sources for me right now but mostly…challenge blogs. Today I jumped on over the The Pink Elephant and took up their Theme Challenge for scrapbooking: Summer.

What a perfect time to work on the birthday pages since we have a July birthday in our house. A pool party was the best a couple of years ago…one of the games the kids played was a treasure hunt for coins that we threw in…so I took three pics that showed off that game. Check it out.

I kept the layout fairly simple and clean. The swimsuits have so much color and there’s lots to see in all the pics. so I felt it accomplished what I wanted. Those smiles tend to stand on their own.

Hope you enjoy the beginning of summer and thanks for letting me share.

Important Stuff
Paper “Sisters” Solid/Lime cardstock (My Mind’s Eye), Medium Hawaiian Blue cardstock (WorldWin)
Stamps Crown Frame, Swirl Stamp (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp)
Ink Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink (Tsukineko)
Embellishments Turquoise brads (Creative Impressions), Heidi Grace punch board number and tags (Fiskars)
Tool Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

Other Stuff Red cardstock, Glitter glue

One more look, close-up this time…

Cheers, Eli

Day Four: PPRS Release Hop

21 May

I’m baaaaaack for the fourth day of Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps‘ release of new Clearly Beautiful Stamps and coordinating Dies. Today features the Butterflies Stamp set and the Butterfly Die Cut. PPRS is offering a some great prizes for this little hop: Each day of the hop, someone will win the set featured along with other PPRS products worth $50!!! WHy not start at the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp Blog and leave a comment there to be entered for one chance. Then leave a comment here for another chance.

Just remember, you also have until midnight tonight to leave a comment for Anya, Jennifer and at PPRS Blog for chances to win the Build an Owl set released yesterday.

If you’ve been following the new releases you saw the Build a Bird, Hibiscus and Build an Owl new releases as well.

Which one is your favorite? I think my favorite is the butterfly. I have so many project ideas…

I wanted to start with a layout and I’m so far behind with my daughter’s birthday pages (I have a scrapbook of all her birthdays) that I thought surely there would be some pics that would be fun with the butterflies. Perusing through my pics, I found some of my girl, with her new Heelys on…boy can she FLY with those things on…a page was born!


  1. Create two butterfly embellishments: Die cut the butterfly from coordinating papers. You’ll need five butterflies. Stamp three of them with the text stamp and emboss with clear embossing powder.
  2. Layer two pairs of butterflies with stamped image on top, using dimensional adhesive. Add a mini button and a small bit of decorative thread, knotted at the center.
  3. Use the third stamped butterfly to create a journaling tag, adding chipboard stickers, other embellishments and journaling.
  4. Construct the layout by trimming patterned paper and adding it to coordinating cardstock.
  5. Print photos, mat them (I hand trimmed them to match the circles on the patterned paper) and add to the layout.
  6. Print title and trim. Stamp a flowered butterfly directly onto the title block. Stamp the antennas. Color with markers and add some glitter accents.
  7. Add it to the layout and attach the butterfly embellishments.
  8. Create a date block using rub-ons and add it to the layout as a final touch.

Important Stuff
Stamps Clearly Beautiful-Butterflies (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps)
Die Cut Butterfly (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps)
Inks Top Boss Watermark Ink, Moss Green pigment ink (ClearSnap)
Papers DoubleMates Plum cardstock (WorldWin), Swirl patterned paper (K&Co.), Spring Fling dotted circles and light pink papers (Making Memories)
Embellishments Specialty thread (Kreinik), Heidi Grace Designs Punchboard stickers (Fiskars), Tattoos rub-ons (KI Memories)

Other Stuff: Orchid cardstock, Clear embossing powder, Acrylic stamping block

Day Three: Prickely Pear Blog Hop

20 May

We “HOP” you are having fun with the new releases at Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. We sure are. The new Clearly Beautiful stamps and coordinating die cuts are darling and dare I say, practical…if you love making things with paper…

Today’s release features the Build an Owl die cut and the Clearly Beautiful coordinating stamps and it is so much fun. If you want to enter the blog hop for today, simply drop by the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp blog, check out the new stuff and leave a comment. That’s your first chance at winning a $50 prize package from PPRS. For two more chances, visit (and leave comments on ) the following Design Team’s members blogs:

Life is What You Make It blog by Anya

Random Vintage Finds blog by Jennifer

Also, you still have until midnight tonight to leave comments from yesterday’s Release of Hibiscus.

Prickley Pear Releases Coordinating Stamps and Die Cuts

18 May

Hooray. The first day of our Blog Hop Release Party has begun and we can’t wait to show you all the fun stuff AND give you the opportunity to win some prizes.

Welcome to the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp Blog Hop to introduce a new line of coordinating die cuts and clear stamps.

Visit the Design Team’s daily releases and the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp blog from May 18 until May 21 and leave a comment to have chances to win one of four prize packages worth $50 in PPRS products. Of course each of the prize packages will feature one of the new release sets: Build a Bird, Hibiscus, Build an Owl and Butterfly.

More than one chance to win.
Each day you have more than one chance to win. Start at the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp Blog. Leave a comment on the blog for one chance to win. Then hop on over to the day’s release blogs and comment there too for more chances to win. Sounds easy enough. And the bonus is that you’ll see some fabulous paper projects featuring the new sets.

For each release, you’ll have 2 days to participate…you’ll have until midnight the night AFTER the release day to enter comments. Please just one comment per blog.

Today’s Release is the Build a Bird:
Clearly Beautiful Build A Bird stamps and Build a Bird Die Cut

Did  you check out the  Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp Blog? Well don’t forget to do that AND leave a comment for one chance to win. Then, after you leave a comment here at “Frillions,” you’ll want to visit Tesa over at Tesas Scrap and leave a comment there for another chance. So, three chances today!

Today, my project is a little gift for my daughter who has been reading up a storm. I told her that this summer, she could read as late as she wanted in bed…but still had to get up in the morning for camp and such. I thought a little bookmark and a bookstore gift card would be a fun way for her to start out the summer. Here is my “Read” project.

and inside the card:


  1. Begin with a patterned paper mat (4½x6½”). Fold it in half and cut.
  2. Create a mat for those two pieces by cutting dark turquoise cardstock ½” wider and 1″ longer than the patterned paper.
  3. Mount the patterned paper on both sides, towards the top of the blue strip.
  4. Cut two 2″ squares of turquoise cardstock, one dark and one light. Cut a dark square  slightly larger than the light turquoise square. Adhere.
  5. Die cut the bird twice. Cut an extra wing from yellow paper.
  6. Place one of the Clearly Beautiful Build a Bird stamps onto an acrylic block. Ink the stamp with turquoise ink, position the stamp over the bird die-cut: impress. (How cool is that?!!!)
  7. Stamp a bird (without a wing) on the inside of the card in the upper left corner.
  8. After the ink is dry, use a glitter pen to embellish the bird’s eye, beak and stamped designs.
  9. Add a bird to the bookmark as shown. Use dimensional adhesive for the wing.
  10. Use a gel pen to add the sentiment, “A little bird told me” and “You Like To”
  11. Stamp letters for R-E-A-D onto light blue cardstock. Cut out and mount onto the book mark. Stamp an extra letter (any is fine), cut out and set aside for the card.
  12. Add a brad and ribbon to the bookmark as shown.
  13. On a card base, add a dark turquoise mat to the front. Add a patterned mat with a torn edge as shown.
  14. Adhere the matted turquoise square and then the second bird.
  15. Adhere the yellow wing, upside down, using dimensional adhesive.
  16. Using the extra stamped letter, adhere the bottom right corner, placing the bottom left corner near the bird’s wing. What a fun way to make the bird look like she is reading.
  17. Add a ribbon to the front of the card.
  18. Create a pocket for the inside of the card, just below the stamped bird, and add a real gift card…lol.

Important Stuff
Stamps Clearly Beautiful, Build a Bird; Typewriter Keys and Hollie’s Inspiration letter stamps (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps)
Die Cuts Build a Bird (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps)
Inks Autumn Leaves “Stampology” Turquoise clear stamps ink pad (Creativity Inc.), Memento Rhubarb Stalk dye ink (Tsukineko)
Papers ColorMates Dark Terrific Teal, Light Awesome Aqua cardstocks (WorldWin Papers); Fun in the Sun Matstack (Die Cuts with a View)
Adhesives EZ Squares Runner,  Mounting Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L)
Pens AtYou Spica sky blue, gold glitter pens (Copic)

Other Stuff
Red striped ribbon, Blue Brad

Take a Peek

16 May

In two days you’ll be able to see the whole of what is cooking at Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. They are planning a little party to introduce their new line of Clearly Beautiful Stamps and coordinating DIE CUTS!!!

So, on Tuesday, May 16, visit the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog. See what the buzz is all about, leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win a $50 Prize Package from PPRS. Then for more chances to win, visit Frillions (right here) and I’ll tell you who else to visit…leave comments for more chances to win.

Prickley Pear has come up with some great new designs so I think you’ll want to participate. Here is a “slice” of what you might see…

Don’t miss it! See you Tuesday!!!

Beautiful Things: Sketch at Prickley Pear

2 May

I’m not really a card maker. Well, I started as a scrapbooker (a’way back when), tried making cards, [not so much] went to altering items, tried making cards…sometimes they work. Mostly they don’t.

Enter, the sketch!

Yep, sketch challenges are everywhere these days and I find them to be so inspirational. Now. . . I’m almost a card maker!!! For some reason, sketches help me to focus on the “focal image” and add the right amount of other elements. If I don’t use a sketch…I feel like I’m just floating in the breeze.

So, yeah for all of us who find comfort and creativity in sketches.

Today, Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps is hosting a sketch challenge. Go to the blog to find the sketch, details on how to be entered to win  and inspiration from the Design Team.

As a little temptation to go over there…here is my design.


  1. Trim brown cardstock (7-1/2×8-1/2″). Fold the 7-1/2″ edge in half to create a card base. Also trim a piece of the same cardstock to 7-3/4×3″ to use as a mat later.
  2. Trim green patterned paper to 7-1/2×2-3/4″. Adhere to brown cardstock mat.
  3. Using a ruler, measure green/lime paper to 8-1/2×3-1/2. Adhere to card base.
  4. Stamp the following onto white paper:
    Flower Border Circle, in green ink. {I stamped several images so I could choose the best impressions. You will need at least two.}
    Ink the top half of the sentiment in blue ink and impress into one of the Flower Border Circles.
    Clean stamp and ink the bottom half and stamp into one of the circles.
  5. Die cut the sentiments using S4-Standard Circles, SM, #5.
  6. Stamp the Spring Flourish onto blue/green paper. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Tap off extra and heat set.
  7. Die cut the Spring Flourish stamp with S5-006 Curved Rectangles (#5, counting from the center).
  8. Adhere the shape to white paper and cut close to the edge, creating a mat. Add the circular sentiments as shown and adhere to green/brown mat.
  9. Add the sentiment layer to the card with Dimensional Adhesives.

Here’s a close-up of the top and bottom.

Important Stuff
Stamps~Flower Border Circle, Spring Flourish, Sentiment (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps)
Paper: Penny Lane Free Bird “Peace” and Maggy May “Lola Jane” (My Mind’s Eye)
Die cuts: S5-006 Curved Rectangles, Standard Circles, SM (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Inks: Brilliance Pearlescent Lime (Tsukineko), ColorBox Queue Chalk Ink in French Blue (Clearsnap)
Adhesives: EZ runner (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L)

Other Stuff
Brown and white cardstocks; Lavender organza ribbon