Monthly Archives: February 2013

Tips, Tricks, n’ Techniques Thursday


Hi everyone! The weekend is almost here!!

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for tips, tricks and techniques.  I have come across some great techniques lately and couldn’t decide which one to post this week — however! I made an executive decision and am posting 2 videos on making a great little gift card holder.  The videos are from StampTV and I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did.

and part 2

This technique is on my list to make tonight during the hockey game 🙂

Card sizes and score marks:

  • Base cardstock: 4 1/4″  x 10″
  • Base scored at: 3″, 4″, 5″, and 8″
  • Inside pattern paper: 2 @ 4″ x 2 3/4″; 2 @ 4″ x 3/4″; 1 @ 4″ x 1 3/4″
  • Outside pattern paper: 2 @ 4″ x 2 3/4″; 1 @ 4″ x 1 3/4″
  • IMPORTANT.. If you use pattern paper that has a right/wrong direction make sure you put it on the right way!  I admit I have experienced this mistake and didn’t discover until after I had adhered all the pieces — Save yourself!! 🙂

To see my card holder and another one in an envelope style.. click HERE

Ok! now for my trick of the week: 

My sister, Zoe, mentioned to me that she had tried to colour a stamp using markers.. she had spent a lot of time inking the stamp with a variety of colours and when she went to stamp — the ink had dried and the image didn’t transfer to paper.  Obviously, after all that work, Zoe was very disappointed.

There is a trick for this.

The trick is quite technical so pay attention..

Ready?  Huff!

Huffing on a stamp once you’ve markered (another technical term!) all over it will bring moisture back to the surface and allow you to stamp it.  You’ve got to be fast though, it dries again quite quickly.

My tip this week revolves around cleaning your stamps. 

You most likely have a stamp cleaning dauber.  The dauber is a little crude, doesn’t quite get the ink off, all of the time, (especially in very detailed stamps.)  You’ll notice the dauber sponge quickly becomes muddy from the ink, even after stamping the image on paper-towel before cleaning.

That’s what I had too, and it was ok to use — mostly because I had no idea there was an amazing tool out there that would put my cleaning dauber to shame!

Stampin' Scrub

Stampin’ Scrub
Dual-sided tray containing extra-large, washable, plush, black fiber scrub pads. Each tray side: 7″ x 7″

My first thoughts when I saw this was, “Do I really want to spend over $20 for this and will it even work?”  I can say without hesitation, Yes!! It is worth every penny and it’s an amazing cleaner.  Nothing beats it to clean detailed stamps.  It’s very easy to use and closes up for storage.  And I’m saving tons of paper-towel, so I’m being green too!

How does it work?

On the side with the water drops you spray Stampin’ Mist Cleaner.  You don’t need to saturate the pad, just a misting.  Lightly scrub your stamp around the pad you misted with cleaner, and then lightly scrub on the dry side with the sunshine.  Within seconds your stamp is cleaned and conditioned.  The clean the Stampin’ Scrub just remove the pads and rinse under water, leave to dry and then reinstall.

  • Stampin’ Scrub 126200 $23.95
  • Stampin’ Mist (2oz spray bottle) 102394 $5.50
  • Stampin’ Mist refill (8oz bottle – no spray) 101022 $11.95 (best value and can be poured into any small spray bottle for application)

If you’re interested in this fantastic product, visit my web store site, click: Products; shop now; then look under tools; cleaning.




Originally posted November 25, 2010


Buttons are used for many things.  Most people don’t pay any special attention to them.  They’re used to close things like your favourite pair of jeans, or as one of my daughters loves to do — glue together to make button people.

For me, buttons hold a very special place in my heart.  They remind me of my Nanny.  A very, very special woman who used to keep what seemed like a never-ending supply of them in a drawer when I was little.  This drawer was in her sheet music cabinet that had a kazillion other drawers, all filled with neat things.  You can imagine how a little girl would be enamoured with a chest like that and fascinated with all the little treasures stored inside.

On every visit to Nanny’s, we would open the button drawer and dump them all over the dining room table.  My sister and I would spend countless minutes sorting them, looking for the “neat” ones (probably fighting over which ones we’d each have).  Afterwards we would string all the buttons onto yarn, and eat boiled eggs with toast soldiers as only Nanny can make.

Crocheted button garland

Creative Jewish Mom Blog – some ideas on using all those buttons, along with other creative projects. Highly recommend checking out her blog 🙂

There isn’t a person out there that I’ve met that can hold a candle to my Nan.  A woman so strong (thank you Nanny for passing that gene along :D) and kind, she has given of herself to so many, an inspiration to numerous.  A survivor of many hardships, yet you’d never know – even I didn’t know until recently.  Not a saint, she has a stubborn side (hmm.. wonder where I get that from??).  One should aspire to be like her, yet few, even if they tried, would be capable of being the person she is.

Nanny is in my thoughts most days.  She’s in the hospital again after a fall.  No broken bones, I don’t know why they keep her.  I hope every day that she will be released and back to running circles around us all.

More often than not, I wonder how hard it would be to just sneak in, bundle her up, and bring her home – this, of course, would happen after we ran all the errands she promised to do for the “old” people, and baked 30 pies from scratch for a bake sale to help raise money for something or other.

I love you Nan.  Always.

… and buttons too 🙂

An addendum:

My Nan passed away last year, on the 29th of February.  Told you she was a special woman — passing away on a day that only comes around every 4 years!  So like her to do that 🙂

Miss you, Nan.

Love always, Rhonda xo


monday creat challenge


It’s fortuitous that the challenge for this week is buttons, and yet, makes me wonder if my Nanny didn’t have something to do with it being the challenge for this week.. a week that has particular meaning to my family.  It’s time to bring a post I wrote for my grandmother over from my old blog.

The challenge for this week is to make a project using handmade buttons.  Make buttons from anything you like: wood; clay; paper-mache; anything that strikes your fancy 🙂 Make a card, a scrapbook page, decorate an object, or a frame, make one special button or a kazillion of them!

Hope you have fun with this challenge.  It’s one I’m going to have fun with.


It’s Monday! Time for a very belated Mish-Mash post


A Mish-Mash Saturday Morning Post

The past week has been a bit of a blur and I haven’t been feeling my best.

To catch you up, last weekend I enjoyed breakfast with my Mum and sister, Zoe.  We get together (outside the usual family dinners,) once a month for breakfast at a local Cora’s.  It’s a chance to catch up without kids, men and pets getting underfoot.  We almost always order the same thing, with a desperate plea to the waitress for coffee as soon as we sit down!  I look forward to those mornings, and am really glad that we started this tradition.  Hopefully one day I’ll be able to do the same thing with my girls.

My sister came over later in the day and we had a crafting afternoon.  It was really nice to spend the day with Zoe, chatting, crafting and just spending time together doing something that we both really enjoy.  The afternoon flew by and before we knew it, it was time for her to go home.  As for me, I still had to figure out what we were having for dinner.

The rest of the week flew by, literally, just flew by.. Monday was Family Day.  A relatively new holiday here in Ontario.  My husband was working that day so we spent our family day together on Sunday.

We went to see the movie Identity Theft.  Although it doesn’t seem to have great reviews (5.8/10 according to IMDb) It was hilarious!  Melissa McCarthy is a fav actress for Shannon and I.. from our love of the TV series, the Gilmore Girls.  And we like Jason Bateman too — remember Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium?  I just loved that movie! (it only rated 6.1 at IMDb.) So there you go, obviously the movies I enjoy aren’t top picks for everyone.  lol

Shannon finally received her last college acceptance letter — The choice has been narrowed down to two colleges.  We’re scheduled for campus tours at both contenders 🙂 I’m happy with either college so I’ll be curious to see which one Shannon decides on.

The rest of the week was filled with work, doctor appointments, errands, and all the other details of daily life.  Before you know it.. it’s Monday and another week has started!

I’ll be catching up on some posts from last week — a couple of challenges and some cards I’ve been working on too.

I’ve also got a couple of recipes to share: a great (read: simple, fast, and easy) apple pie recipe, and thanks to my sister, I’ve perfected my cooking of pierogi (best meaning: extremely non-healthy!) If you’re watching your waistline these are definitely not the best choice, however, for a treat they are scrump-dilli-ump-tious!

The spring treasure hunt blog hop will be starting this week too, I hope you’ll join in the fun.  Don’t forget to stop by on the Friday for my clue and the list of participating blogs.