Got Stamps? Make them art

So around Christmas I saw that the U.S. Postal service was coming out with some cool stamp collections.  Knowing that my husband was a fan of Ray Charles and Johnny Cash I thought I would get him the sets for Christmas.   When I was shopping on the USPS website I found that there were Miles Davis ones too so I got him those as well.

Fast forward to a week before Christmas and I am wrapping gifts.  I knew full well I couldn’t just wrap up the stamps and say “Here you go honey” and leave it at that.  Let’s face it I would end up having to display them somehow anyway so why not do it before he opens the gift.  So I happened to have a 12×12 frame laying around for something else we were going to frame.  You can get these really cheap at Michaels.  I then used Clear Photo Corners to mount the stamps.  I knew I didn’t want to straight mount them because face it they are stamps, it’s like money so I didn’t want to ruin the integrity of the stamp.  So, photo corners it was.  A little overlap is okay the other 3 corners kept it secure.

So now we have another piece of art on the wall made for only a couple dollars!!!


Thanks for checking it out.  Time to get working on some photo cards that I can share with you  😉



Wednesday Greeting: Get well cards

I am putting my new velums to use.  I made these cards for my husband’s 92 year old grandmother that just had leg surgery and is doing really well.  Hopefully she likes them.

I’m using up my paper flowers.   I’m really going to miss those when they are gone, but I’m sure there is an alternative out there, fingers crossed.


Get well Quote card


“Get well soon”


 Showing the “bling” embellishments in the corners

I love the pre-scored cards with envelopes from Michaels.  They come in white, ivory, and black.  They are the perfect size and they are sturdy.  Plus with coupons/sales you can get them for not a lot of money!!!

Here is a link to the blank cards.  CLICK HERE

I hope you like the ideas.   Be sure to check back on Friday for a decorating idea!!

See you soon


Making & Organizing your own velum

As you have already seen I am breaking into the card making business, mainly because I have all of these supplies and nothing to do with them.  I do digital scrapbooking for all of our yearly books so not much use for paper.  I love making and giving handmade cards.  I’m not as good as a lot of the “card maker” crowd but it’s the creativity that counts right.  You are going to be seeing a lot more cards as I am making them and hopefully getting them up on an etsy page soon!  The one thing I love about cards and traditional scrapbooking is velum.  I don’t know why but I always liked the way it looked and it’s perfect for quotes.  But, the issue I found is that you buy a pack of quotes and you only need like one or two or the others are not relevant to you needs.  So, a while back I bought a pack of velum paper at my local office supply store and this weekend I decided that I was going to make my own.  It worked great!!!  Any size any words it’s awesome.  I now can create a perfect saying or embellishment for my every need.  I’m so excited about this.  Here is what things look like!




Printed and cut apart

So now I have created all of these extra little sheets of paper that could easily be thrown all over the place by my two year old so it was VERY important that they be contained immediately.

So I used a mini catalog envelope.  I sealed it and cut it in half.  I labeled (aka wrote on with a marker) and hung from the magnetic strips on my desk.  Now I have embellishments at my fingertips at all times.



Hope you enjoyed today’s project.  Come back on Wednesday to see the velums in action!!!!!

Have a great evening!


I have been Nominated!!!!!

I have been nominated for the Liebster award by Jill at Crescent number nine and I am so excited! Thank you thank you.  This is so cool.   Please go and check out her blog.  She has great stuff to share!

The rules for the award are very simple:

  • link back to who nominated you – No problem!!!
  • answer the 11 questions given – I think I can handle that
  • nominate 11 bloggers with 200 bloglovin’ followers or less – this could take me a minute
  • give your nominated 11 questions to answer – Ok going to try to be creative.  😉

Here are Jill’s Questions

What made you start a blog?

I was working on projects keeping myself busy and trying to promote a direct sales business so I wanted to share what I was creating.  I originally started the blog to chronicle my divorce, but didn’t tell anybody the name until I decided to leave the past behind and start fresh.

 What is the inspiration behind your blog name?

I was living with my mom and going through a divorce feeling very broken.  I was paging through the Office Max add and said “office supplies never broke my heart” and the name was born.

 Which is your favourite blog post (of your own) and why?

The final project of the 31 days of Christmas series.  It was so fulfilling to see all of the cards and projects together in one spot

 If you could be doing anything you wanted right now, what would it be?

Quit my job be a professional blogger while building a business of my own.

 What book are you currently reading?

Wonder by RJ Palacio

 Cakes or biscuits?


 Sun or snow?


 What’s your favourite colour?


 Where in the world do you live?

Live in Chicago, IL USA

 Where in the world would you most like to visit?

California & New York

 When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a lot of things.  I used to play TV Weather Girl all the time along with Bank, Pharmacy.  I had a very active imagination.

Here are my 11 nominations

  1. Patriciamanhire
  2. Cultivating Trio
  3. One Moms Tips
  4. Baby Hips
  5. Jackie Speaks it
  6. The Elephant in my Room
  7. What Matters Nutrition
  8. Anchored
  9. EicheFam 
  10. Lexy’s Handmade Creations
  11. Cuddlicious Creations

Here are my questions for you all  🙂

  1. Why did you want to start a blog?
  2. How did you come up with your blog name?
  3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  4. What inspires your blog posts?
  5. What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?
  6. Do you prefer to be hot or cold?
  7. If you could paint a wall in your home any color no questions asked what would it be?
  8. If you could pack your bags and go on vacation right now where would you go?
  9. Where do you currently live?
  10. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  11. What was your most favorite project that you blogged about?

Please share the blog-love and help us little bloggers reach a wider audience by following either through WordPress or by email! Thank you!

Talk to you all soon!!!


Looking for people that want custom photo cards…

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Do you have a graduation, birthday party, or other event that you want a photo card for?  Don’t like the layouts on the websites?

I am looking for people that would love to have a custom photo card for whatever occasion that I can create for them free of charge.  I really want to build up my portfolio but I don’t think you really want to see gazillion pics of me and my family.  🙂

 I will create 3 versions a 5×7 either portrait or landscape photo card for you and then find you the best deal where to get them printed. 

All I ask is that you give me permission to post the card, which has your photos on it to the blog as examples for people to see.

If you are interested please send me an email at and I will get the details from you.  Or you can fill out the information on the Custom Cards Page CLICK HERE

Do you know somebody that loves custom cards?  Please feel free to forward this post!!!

Thank you and I look forward to working with all of you!!!



Organization Project: Blog Binder

While I post a lot and try to come up with original ideas, sometimes I need help.  Let’s face it I have a full time job and I maintain 2 blogs, have a toddler, and a husband.  Sometimes I get writers block.  🙂

I decided to de-clutter my work-space a bit and go through the huge stack of magazines that has been piled up for months.  I took key articles and ideas and put them all in one organized space.  So then when I need inspiration and ideas I can go there.  It’s my brand new blog binder.

IMG_6956I used labels to label the index tabs.  Much less expensive to replace tabs that you get in multi-packs instead of having to buy a whole new set of dividers.  These dividers are the ones with the folder pocket.

IMG_6957Having page protectors handy is good.  Magazine paper is flimsy so punching holes in it and putting it directly into the binder can be frustrating when you are actually trying to look at the pages and they rip.  Page protectors are perfect for the job.



Adding clippings like motivational sayings, recipes, or samples is perfect just to tape down to a sheet of printer paper and put in the binder that way.  The best part of this is that you have room to write notes.  Is the recipe good and worth making again?  Was the card difficult to make?  What modifications could you make?

IMG_6959Then there is the directly adding articles to the binder, this works well obviously for any type of handout, printout etc that you get.   I know, I know, this one is painfully obvious.  But just covering all of my bases.

Hoping to get back to posting regularly.  Life has been kind of crazy this week.

Thanks for stopping by today.

More to come!!!