31 posts categorized "Home Decor"


Sat 20

Festive Holiday Tableware!

Hello all,

I hope this Christmas season is finding you all well and happy! I have really been enjoying getting ready for our son's 2nd Christmas but the first one where he will be able to open presents and really be an active participant of the festivities!

I have a few things to show you today, done by one of our fantastic instructors, Therese P. at our store The Stamp Addict in San Diego. She did these for her holiday tables and brought them into the store to show off and I just had to share them with you!


She made a little Candle light holder for part of her centerpiece using star dies for the cut outs and the Snowflake Favor Box die as a base....isn't she clever!


She also made a cute angel out of one of those boxes to put in her centerpiece as well and decorated the angels dress (box) with the Starfall stamp!


Then she made these name placeholders....just add a foldover name topper and some ribbon...and voila!


And these napkin holders...all using the box die as a base and poinsettia die for the topper with some ribbon to add some bling! Hint, to get the napkin through the box, she used an all over/repositionable circle punch on two of the sides of the box.


I love what she did with all of them...I know her Christmas table setting will look fabulous this year and I hope what I showed you inspires you to try a few ideas out for your next celebration too!

Merry Christmas!


Sat 28

Butterflies by Starlight


Can you believe it's almost July?  Jean Okimoto here with some patriotic summer celebration ideas for you today.   Stencil a simple vellum candle wrap - and fill Butterfly Favor Boxes with sweet treats for everyone.  It's quick, easy - and sure to turn any party into an event!

Memory Box Products

  • Butterfly Favor Box Die 98771
  • Swirl Butterfly Die 98894
  • Solo Stars Designer Stencil 88565
  • Star Dust Designer Stencil 88573
  • Blueberry Signature Prints - Moroccan and Dots
  • Cranberry Signature Prints - Dots, Gingham and Distressed Dots
  • Parchment Cardstock
  • Blueberry Cardstock
  • Cranberry Cardstock

Diecut Butterfly Favor Boxes and crease them along the scorelines.  Carefully snip halfway down the center of one butterfly - and halfway up the center of the other butterfly - using the scorelines as a guide. Assemble the boxes, then interlock the slotted sections.  Diecut and attach Swirl Butterfly overlays from Parchment, Cranberry and Blueberry Cardstock.

Cut a piece of vellum to fit around a battery-operated candle, plus a 1/2" overlap.  Stencil Star Show in the center with Versamark.  Emboss it with detail white powder.  Stencil and emboss Star Dust on the left side of Star Show. Clean the stencil, flip it over and stencil and emboss Star Dust on the right side of Star Show.

Get the most out of your Memory Box products and add a special touch to your summer parties, picnics and barbeques!

Thanks for visiting...hope you'll stop by again this evening for another summer project.



Fri 02

Stencil and Tiles

Whoohoo the weekend is almost here, and I'm definitely looking forward to the 75 degrees and sunny forecast for Saturday!!  With Mother's Day and Father's Day just around the corner, I wanted to do something a little bit different for today's post and show a wonderful way to use stencils to make a great gift set.

I created a set of coasters for my Dad for Father's Day though of course Moms drink tea and coffee as well:)


I've used the fabulous stencil called Rings and Puddles 88506. As soon as I saw this stencil all I could think of is that it looks just like the coffee rings and spots on the "good furniture" (as my mother would say) that my dad created with his coffee cups!  I wanted to give him a reminder of the good ol days:)

I picked up the 4x4" unglazed tiles from Lowe's (you can find them at Home Depot too)...they may be referred to as natural stone tiles depending on the store.  I washed the tiles with warm water and soap just to get the extra dust off so the ink would take better to the tile.  I used a rag and added copic refill (Y28) to the rag and rubbed it on the tile to give the tile a little darker color.


I prefer using tiles that aren't completely smooth to add a little more character and texture, and it looks a little more natural and worn as well. 

Spray the backside of the stencil with a temporary adhesive as the stencil will tend to slip since the tile is not flush with the table top like paper.  I've found Stazon ink is the best ink when I work on tile because it dries quickly and is permanent.  I applied the ink using a blending tool and foam pad. I stamped out different portions of the stencil varying the patterns on each of the tiles so each had a slightly different unique look.


I cut a 3.75 x 3.75" piece of self adhesive cork and apply to the back of the tile.  I used a corner rounder prior to applying the cork, but that's my own personal preference.  The last step is to apply several coats of acrylic sealer letting the tiles completely dry before applying each coat.

I hope I've inspired you to a little bit today!  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and can find some time to do what they enjoy.



Wed 10

Tee Pee Advent Card

Hello Dear Stamper Friends:

Here Bibiana....I am sure that you, ALL, are so excited with the New Collection 2013 as We, The DT, are! ...just look at all those extraordinary samples from the DT from past days...


Tee pee advent front best

Today, It is my turn here in the English blog, (I hope you have stoped by the language blogs ones too for the chance to win a die there too)...

I am presenting to you the new dies:  "Advent  Calendar Set"...and the "Lindeman Snowflake"...

I decided to make a "Card" as an advent and this Tee Pee shaped card was perfect for this idea...

Tee pee advent side
Here it is a close-up of the top;

Tee pee advent star
and a closer view of the windows:

Tee pee advent windows

I paired this set with with some new and past dies and LOTS of sentiment stamps...when you reveal the sentiments for each day it looks like this:

Tee pee advent messages reavealed
IDEA: Instead of using stamped sentiments like mine, you can write xmas shores or bible verses...


Do you know that you can mail this card?...

if you want to see how  click HERE to see a video that I made for the tutorial on this type of card;or click directly on the video below...


For my post today here, if you leave me a comment you will have the chance to win "The Advent Calendar Set"... make sure to visit all the posts in all 3 blogs...

Remember that at the language blogs, at the Spanish blog : "A crear se Dijo!" and at the French Blog: "Un Brin de Créativité" there are new projects as well...

and you can have the opportunity to win a die THERE TOO, just comment on each post and by the end of the "Blog Blitz" winners from each post will be selected randomly ...



Thu 14

Got Kids {or Grandkids}?

For those of you with more than one kiddo or grandchild, you know that it can be difficult to keep up with their chores. Actually, they never can seem to remember whose turn it is to feed the dogs or do the dishes, etc. LOL! When we moved into our new home 7 months ago, I couldn't use our old chore chart. So, I broke out my Memory Box dies, papers, and stamps, and here is how we handle chores now:

I first stamped the Memory Box Vintage Record Sheet stamp {G1712} onto 6 different tags. I stamped two in purple, two in green, and two in red. We assigned our identical triplets colors when they were born, and 18 years later, we still use them. LOL! It works great! After stamping the tags, I trimmed them down a bit as they were going to be a bit too long.

Next, I used the Memory Box Large Typewriter Lowercase Alphabet set {98439} to die cut their initials and adhered them to each tag. I used various Memory Box 8 1/2 x 11 papers for that (violet dot, granny smith, and cranberry distressed dots). And here is how it turned out:


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Each morning I just flip the tags to reveal whose turn it is for each chore. I have 4 of these hooks on this board across my laundry room wall so it is very easy for everyone to see, and it definitely keeps the bickering down to zero. What the board says goes. Yes, even at 18. LOL!

Have a blessed Valentine's Day, and I hope this is a little gift to all of you parents and grandparents out there so that you can more easily assign tasks that might help you in your home!


Mon 11

Valentine Shadow Box

As I write this post on Friday it's snowing heavily outside.  I figured I had better get this post done today (even though it won't go up on the site until Monday) just in case we lose the power!  We're experiencing a blizzard this weekend in Maine anticipating two feet of snow by Sunday morning which gives me the perfect stay-at-home-and-craft excuse for creating valentines in my workroom!  I started by making this card:

Heart A&J
It didn't feel like "enough".  As I looked around my workroom I spotted a small 7 Gypsies shadow box (about $10 at Michaels).  With a little trimming the card became the focal image and this valentine shadow box came together quite quickly. It will make a great home decor piece for its intended recipients.

Shadow box again

Materials Used:

  • Shadow Box:  7 Gypsies (about $10 at Michaels)
  • large panel:  red gingham check paper; Garnet notecard; Neenah White cardstock; F1901 Gingham Heart stamp; B1906 Filled with love (heart on the end) stamp; Archival Vermillion ink; D1905 Herringbone Flourish stamp; A and J stamps, source unknown; Archival Jet Black ink
  • bottom left panel:  red gingham check paper; 98504 Blooming Violet die; PoppyStamps 872 Curious Cat die; scraps of red, green, and black cardstocks
  • bottom center panel:  Neenah White cardstock scrap; E1903 In the Woods stamp; Archival Sepia ink; clear embossing powder; heart from the end of B1906 Filled with love stamp
  • bottom right panel: red gingham check paper; leaves from 98511 Fabulous Phlox die; green cardstock scrap; 98527 Resting Birds die; red cardstock scrap; PoppyStamps 872 Curious Cat (reversed) die; black cardstock scrap
  • red/cream gingham ribbon tied around the outside of the shadow box and secured with tape runner and glue dots

Hope that you are carving out some creative time for yourself and that you are getting those valentines out in the mail ASAP.  

Happy Crafting!


Fri 01

Precious Heart Box die...

Hello everyone,

There seems to be some confusion around the Precious Heart Box die (#98523) that I used in my previous post.  It is on the Love banner that I made. Specifically on the letter "E" heart.

LoveGarlandMemBoxE copy

Click on the image to enlarge it.  The Precious heart box is layered over the Grand Heart die and Bella Bouquet die on this banner.  The die comes with 2 bonus heart dies that are meant to be removed before use.  One has a smooth edge and one is scalloped.  If you don't remove the hearts, the die will cut the box with heart "windows" on each side. Still pretty, but unable to hold much of anything.

Here is a picture of the die as it looks new out of the package.



The two smaller hearts twist out or can be cut out with wire cutters.  Here is the die after the hearts are removed.  A heart shaped box to assemble and two bonus heart dies.


It really is a lovely die.  It could hold a piece of candy or a little note.  And who couldn't use the 2 bonus hearts.  I used them on my banner in the previous post as well.  I hope this clears things up.  



Thu 31

Love is still in the air....

Hi Everyone,

I made a valentine banner to teach at an event coming up at the store that I work at.  The event is sold out but this banner would be very easy to make on your own.  All of the heart dies work so well together!   I used double sided scrapbook paper for this project so that it looks good if it hangs somewhere that the back will show.  Both sides of the paper also show with the pocket on the "O".


The letters are all cut out of glitter paper using the new Large Upper Case Alphabet die (#98436).  
The base for "L", "V" and "E" is the Grand Heart Die (#98254).  "O" is the new Heart Pocket die (#98509). After it is folded, this die has the same footprint as the Grand heart die.


"L" has the Bella Bouquet die (#98472) under one of the hearts included with the Precious Heart Box die


LoveGarlandMemBoxL copy

"O" has a tag cut from the Cupid Heart die (#98281) tucked into the Heart Pocket.  This heart pocket would also be really pretty on the front of a card.



"V" is another one of the hearts included with the Precious Heart Box over the Grand Heart.


LoveGarlandMemBoxV copy

"E" has the Bella Bouquet again to balance out the banner with the Precious Heart Box (#98523) layered over it.  There is room in the pocket for a piece of chocolate but it keeps going missing :)


LoveGarlandMemBoxE copy

I used a standard hole punch to put a hole on each side of the hearts and then threaded a silky rose colored ribbon through them.  This project came together very quickly because all of these dies work so well together.


All of the dies on the banner are from Memory Box.  
This beautiful paper is Autentique's "Lovely" line. 
The ribbon is from May Arts.
The glitter paper is from Best Creations.


Thank you for stopping by.


Mon 22

Put a Squirrel On It!

I found a grapevine wreath in my fall box and decided to decorate it to hang on the door through Thanksgiving.  Then I put together eight thank you gift bags for people who have been doing kind things for my parents and me while I've been undergoing surgery and chemotherapy during my second go-round with breast cancer this summer/fall.  And even though I have LOTS of Memory Box bird dies and stamps, I decided to start a new trend I'm calling "Put a Squirrel On It!"  Let's see if this catches on!




  • 98427 Secret Squirrel
  • 98293 Cornerstone Seal
  • 98240 Script Thanks

Stamp:  G1795 Autumn Leaf Collage

Ink:  Ancient Page Sienna


  • Neenah Desert Storm
  • Mango Gingham
  • scraps from Nightfall Woodland Path

Ribbon:  brown/orange plaid from ribbon stash

Jewels:  Memory Box tiniest Black and small Amber from Halloween Jewels


GIFT BAG (and contents)

P1010007 P1010004
Die:  98427 Secret Squirrel


Happy Crafting!


Fri 19

Which Holiday are We In?

Hello Dear Stamper Friends:

Today, I am sharing with you 3 different projects…I couldn’t decide which one will be appropriate for today’s post, since Halloween is upon us, I am planning already for my Thanksgiving table settings and in everywhere in the stores you see Christmas decorations…so Which holiday are we supposed to be in?

This is one of the funny and “so” characteristic traits that you get by living here in the US…choice, choice, choice everywhere! ...Well, I am grateful for this and my “creation” juices enjoyed it very much!

Onto the projects…

Did you know that MB dies can cut not only though paper, but felt, shrink paper, cardboard, thin cork? In this case all the pouches were made out of felt, die cut from the “Small debutante frame” and decorated with various Memory Box dies.

Pouch all wm

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This charming one can be filled with delicious chocolates for those special children (or adults) in your life. Notice that I only sew half way through and then fold one side.

Pouch halloween wm

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This second pretty fall looking sac can serve as a pocket and will look fabulous on your Thanksgiving Table with the cutlery tucked inside. In this sample, the “Blanket Stitch” was made using precious metal embroidery floss (platinum and copper).

Pouch thanksgiving wm

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And finally, the 3rd lovely gray bag can hold a festive gift card, money or a tiny exclusive gift that you will hang on your Christmas tree or over the fireplace with all your stockings. I die cut Two of the “Bianca snowflakes” and they look so delicate underneath the “Madeleine Bird”! How adorable! The small snowflakes on the straps are the “negative” form the center of the Bianca Snowflake.

Pouch xmas wm

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As you can see the use of these receptacles can be endless, just decorate them as you wish with all your memory box dies and you will have a nice handmade gift to give away that, I am sure, people will treasure.

TIP: use a “high” wool quality felt, otherwise it will fray and will not have a clean cut

NOTE: If you search “blanket stitch” you will have several tutorials on this particular embroidery stitch (the one on the edges)… if you already do not know how to make it… try it! …it is very simple…and beautiful! and BTW, the items that I did not sew I glue them with "Fabri-tac".


If you got inspired, remember to leave a comment and share with all of us what do you plan to do with them! Thanks!