Monthly Archives: July 2009

Stocking Elves and Rubber Gifts

Here in Canada we’re not only finishing out July, it’s the start of the Civic Holiday long weekend. Yippee for an extra day off! I thought I’d finish out the month with another “Christmas in July” design. Today also brings another B & O Railroad release. If you’re thinking that means just trains…think again. They have a large collection of fabulous vintage art and just look at this sweet Stocking Elves image below. I adore silhouettes!

Stocking Elves


Quick Tip: Stamp images over a Scrapblock or Backgrounder image to add depth and interest.

Supply List:

Stamps: Stocking Elves (B&O line) by CHF
Newspaper Ads Scrapblock by CHF
Vintage Christmas Expressions (MLM line) by CHF
Ink: Black and Ladybug Red Memento Ink byTsukineko
Paper: Simply Smooth white cardstock by CHF, Chirstmas Magic paper pad by Little Yellow Bicycle
Other: sewing machine, ribbon by May Arts, rhinestones by Prima

As for the rubber gifts…I also have some more rubber to share with you. It’s the  Night Before Christmas stamp set to share this time. Anyone up for a new Christmas set? If so, simply comment on this post by 9 pm EST Sunday August 2nd. I’ll randomly draw a comment number to win. Winner will be posted on this blog Monday morning. 🙂 Good luck!


Have a fabulous summer weekend!


Back to School?

Anyone else thinking about back to school yet? We actually have almost another six weeks here before the kids go back but I’m starting to think ahead. It’s frightening how quickly the summer goes by. I still have a list of activities I want to do with them and of course…the lovely school shopping to do. I used to love shopping. I’m not quick sure what happened as I now dread it. One thing I do love about back to school is getting back into a better routine. If you’re thinking of school…today I have a sneak peek of a new stamp set that Becky has designed for the All Things Considered line. It’s beautiful and fun and very distinctive. I have a couple cards to share with you today. Both are thank yous…one for a teacher and the other, could suit just about anyone. School Primer goes on sale next Tuesday and I’ll have more samples for you soon!

As for the WT challenge this week…I’m taking one last week off. I had planned on posting one but we have a funeral to attend today and I didn’t want to get bogged down. Sherrie Siemens has kindly offered to post it for me and you can play along here. Thanks Sherrie!

Note of Thanks


Quick Tip; Brush white paint behind a transparency to highlight an area.

Supply List:

Stamps: School Primer (ATC line) by CHF
On the Desk (The Rummage Bin line) by CHF
Ink: Black Memento ink, Black Stazon Ink by Tsukineko
Paper: Simply Smooth white cardstock by CHF, June Bug 6×6 paper pad by Basic Grey
Other: tim holtz mini stapler, flower by Prima, button by Autumn Leaves, embroidery floss, white distress crackle paint by Ranger

Sincere Thanks


Stamps: School Primer (ATC line) by CHF
Ink: Black Memento by Tsukineko
Paper: Simply Smooth White cardstock by CHF
Other: Copic Markers

Have a happy day!


For a sweet friend…


It’s a wonderful thing to work every day with people who are so talented  but also have wonderful personalities, stick with you on the good and bad days and just seem to “click” with you. I work with two of those people who have become very dear friends. Becky Olsen is one of them, Lisa Strahl the other.  It’s Becky’s birthday today and this card is for her. Now that I think of it, perhaps I should have used some of Becky’s awesome stamps on this design. Instead I used my own. Great friend I know but I think she’ll forgive me. I just couldn’t resist using a few stamps from my August release so you’re getting a super early sneak peek. 🙂 I designed this card to be fun, sweet, whimsical, colorful and exuberant, just like Becky herself. Happy birthday my friend!

Birth Date Wishes


I paired up some of my new stamps with the Newspaper Ads scrapblock and scraps from a Lemonade 6×6 paper pack by Basic Grey. I seriously cannot get enough of it. Prepare to see lots of it as I cannot bear to throw out a single scrap! For this project I color blocked and stitched it together to form my main background layer.

Supply list:

Stamps: On the Desk (The Rummage Bin line) by CHF
Script Essential Expressions (MLM line) by CHF
Newspaper Ads Scrapblocks by CHF
Ink: Black, Rich Cocoa & rose Red Memento Ink by Tsukineko
Paper: Simply Smooth Vanilla Cardstock by CHF, Lemonade 6×6 paper pad by Basic Grey
Other: Lemonade Chipboard by Basic Grey, ribbon by Creative Impressions, bling & flower by Prima, sewing machine, pink marker

Happy Creating!


Snowmen & puppies

A Christmas puppy design to share with you today. Today’s Sara England release is so super sweet. I’ve cut out the image but they actually come as one stamp. This is some rubber you’ll want to use your markers on and then be able to stamp all the colors at once. I love adding stitching elements to my projects but instead of using my sewing machine, this time I pierced a circle and then hand-stitched using a running stitch.

As for our new puppy…he’s settling in very well. More frisky each day. He has quite a penchant for shoes, lawn furniture and sand toys!

Playful Christmas



Quick Tip: Cut apart the snowflakes from a piece of Queen & Co. die cut felt strip for an inexpensive embellishment.

Supply List:
Stamps: Snowman & Puppy
Ink: Brown and Pink Markers – Tsukineko
Paper: Simply Smooth white cardstock by CHF
white out collection by We R Memory Keepers, Azalea Light cardstock by Prism Papers
Other: felt by Queen and Co., buttons by Autumn Leaves, embroidery floss by Bazzill Basics

Have a sweet day!


A New Addition…

We have a new addition here at the Stainton household. We thought five kids were enough so don’t worry…not another one of those. We have a new puppy.  We lost our 13yo German Shepherd in June and we wanted another so Friday night we got a new puppy. So much for my stress-free weekend! 😉 Seriously…I think a new puppy is more work than a new baby. At least human babies stay where you put them and will wear a diaper! It’s been a long time since we had those 13 puppies born Christmas Day. Fourteen years to be precise and at that time we had their mom to help look after them. I knew it was going to be busy but by Saturday morning I was thinking, what HAVE I done?! Actually he’s really starting to settle in already and is such a smart little guy. He really is little as he’s not quite 7 weeks old. After MUCH debate, we named him Maximus. The kids are loving him and it’s been great for getting them outdoors more.


Here he is with my 6yo. That should give you a little idea of the size. I’ll get some better pics to share soon. He’s just been a busy little guy and hard to catch a photo of!

***** It’s time for summer CHA again and I’m once again staying home. That’s a good thing with the new puppy! It’s been fun seeing the new sneak peeks so far and what I’m really looking forward to is keeping an eye on what’s going on with Craft Critique. Many of the reporters are off to check it out and they always provide great coverage. Keep your eye on Craft Critique as there will be updates there throughout the day once the fun begins!

Life is Beautiful


Here’s a quick card I put together. I’m loving this dotted Bazzil cardstock…so pretty and I still love those Jenni Bowlin 4×4 mini papers. I bought some more that arrived while I was on vacation and I can’t wait to get into them!

Stamps: Ornamental Beauty (The Rummage Bin line) by CHF

Ink: Black Memento by Tsukineko

Paper: cardstock by Bazzill Basics, 4×4 paper by Jenni Bowlin, Simply Smooth white cardstock by Cornish Heritage Farms

Other: voila trim by Prima, ribbon, circle punch, Copic markers

Have a beautiful day!


TK Friday

It’s Friday and time for the latest Thomas Kinkade release. Seriously…this is one of my favorite images yet! Once again it’s one of the smaller vignette sizes so it takes less time to color and is also super easy to work with on a card design. The hardest part of this project is going to be who to give it to!I kept this design nice and icy by using soft blues in cardstock and Copic markers. This image really pops when stamped in black ink…looks great. I decided to go with a more misty look for this design and tried stamping it in London Fog Memento ink. It’s a gorgeous soft blue grey and it still works great with those Copic Markers. If you’ve never tried Memento Inks…they are my favorite go-to inks now. Love them! One thing I AM looking for though is a beautiful aqua dye ink. I have the Ranger Adirondack Aqua but find it a tiny bit light for my taste. I have a nice aqua shade in chalk ink but I’d love a dye ink color. I have one requirement for it…it needs to be retailer friendly. That means something I can buy at a stamp or scrap retail store. If you’ve found one…I’d love to hear what it is. 🙂

Christmas Moonlight



Supply List:

Stamps: Christmas Moonlight (Thomas Kinkade line) by CHF

Ink: London Fog & Black Memento Ink by Tsukineko
Paper: Simply Smooth White cardstock by CHF, Iced Teal cardstock by Prism Papers
Other: ribbon by May Arts, Copic Markers

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Now I don’t usually do this but…I’m going to take the weekend off from blogging. I’ve been getting headaches all week and this week has been a wild one to say the least,  so don’t worry when I don’t show up tomorrow. I’m fine.  I just need to take a deep breath. 😉

Have a great weekend and see you Monday!



Well I finally got in some new crafting time with something I can share. It feels good to get paper crafting again. I’m been doing a lot of stamping this week as well but I just can’t share it yet. Soon! I’m feeling a little brain-dead this morning. Can’t you tell by my title? 😉 So….

I’m going to get right to the winner of the two Scrapblocks.  The integer generator chose number 28. Congrats Bronih! Please e-mail me with your address and I’ll mail these out to you.

Princess Celebrate


I didn’t used to be a bright color person but recently I’m liking an eclectic mix to spice things up a little.

Quick Tip: Black makes colors pop. Pairing up the black sentiment with ribbon and stitching ties the design together and really accentuates the layers.

Supply List:

Paper: Simply Smooth white cardstock by Cornish Heritage Farms, patterned paper by My Mind’s Eye & Basic Grey

Other: chipboard by Maya Road, sewing machine, white distress crackle paint by Ranger, glitter by Art Institute, ribbon by Creative Impressions, dymo label maker, brad by K & Co. , flower by Prima

Thanks for stopping by!