Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Use Metallic Pads for Interesting Effects!

Use StazOn metallic pads (30% off this week) to achieve interesting effects. Simply drag the edge of the pad across your cardstock card base until you reach a desired amount of coverage. After it has dried, stamp over it using a coordinating ink. The look is stunning and just shines for the holiday! Smiles, Bobbi

I used my silver metallic pad on this card. The card
features our new sets, "O Holy Night" and "Silent Night."

I did same technique - direct to paper - using my white opaque pad
and then stamped over it with my metallic pad. Pearl Pen in bronze
was used for the tree berries.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Save 20 to 30% on select items this week!

Save 20 to 30% on the following items this week at


Wonderland Wishes - A staple for your holiday projects. Create interesting backgrounds for your photos or card focal points. The best part about stamping with scrapbook projects is that you can make patterned papers for much less and in the exact colors to match your holiday photos. 

Use "Wonderland Wishes" stamp set to create background patterned
papers for your scrapbook pages!  

Our KaiserCraft rhinestones in Lippy red are easy and cost effective to use...especially this week at 30% off! Add them to a stamped Christmas tree for a little bling on the tree! Use them as buttons on Santa's coat, a reindeer's collar and more!

Add rhinestones to your holiday trees and more for an extra shine!

StazOn Metallic pads can be used on many surfaces because they use a solvent based ink. Metallic Inks are designed especially for non-porous surfaces, such as plastic, metal, polymer clay, acetate and more. Create a personalized metallic effect on projects, including home d├ęcor. Metallic sets feature uninked full-size pad and inker. Three colors to choose from - silver, copper and gold.

We used the silver metallic pad to create this interesting and glimmery
background. We used the direct-to-paper method on the background first
 (i.e., brush edge of ink pad across the card base) and then stamped on top
 with a darker shade of ink to coordinate with the By the Bay cardstock 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Day 5: 5 Gifts under $5! - Tins and Botles Galore!

In December, I always have a need for a fewer smaller gift items for individuals that touch our lives in some way through the year. There's the postman that delivers our mail, the newspaper boy, teachers, bus drivers, dance instructors, piano teacher, etc. Here's a few ideas that are sure to say "thank you" in a very tasteful way!

Raisin Boat offers some really cool tins, tubes and bottles in various designs and shapes to make gift-giving a breeze! To see them all go to our products page and click on "Bottles, Tins, Bags and More".
Just add candies, trinkets, cocoa, coffees, bath salts, gift cards and other items to complete your personalized gift. Stamp a tag using one of our holiday sets and you have a fantastic gift, ready to go!

In this sample, I used one of our square tubes, filled it with candies and added a bow and tag. The tag features our set, "Handy Dandy Helpers." Raisin Boat offers tubes in circular and square-shaped designs. These are a very affordable gift idea at under $5.00 each!

Add candies to circular or square tubes for an inexpensive gift.

Our window front rectangular tins are hinged and make for a really sharp gift that looks like so much more! Our tins are under $5.00 and fit Hershey Nuggets, Kisses and other candies perfectly! (See more examples in our idea gallery.)

Our large tins include a window front. Hershey Nuggets, kisses and other
candies fit nicely inside. The idea uses "Thankful" set for the tag.
I love these clear bottles! Raisin Boat offers them in different styles and shapes. The cork toppers really make these bottles look fresh and on-trend. Just add a joyful label, add gingham ribbon and your favorite treat. Our sample, uses "Wonderland Wishes" for the tag (which is 20% off this week, too!:))

Raisin Boat offers different bottles with cork tops
to fill and give as a gift!

They alterable items are nice to have throughout the year. Last year, I hosted a spa party and we added bath salts as a guest gift. I also like to use the bottles for birth announcements. Here's an example. I used "Perfect Partners" for the tag.


Stock up on these inexpensive finds and use them for quick gifts, not only this season, but through the year! - Smiles, Bobbi 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Day 4: 5 Gifts under $5 - Custom Magnets!

Do you know friends and family that hang photos, artwork or calendars on  their refrigerator? If so, here's a fun stocking stuffer to give them! Create custom magnets using our stamping blocks! That's right. We have the perfect size and style of acrylic blocks to make magnets. Here's a few I made this week for a friend of mine that loves dogs....and hanging stuff on her refrigerator!

Use any set to create a themed set of refrigerator magnets!

Using Raisin Boat stamp set, "A Dog's Life" I stamped the images, colored them in using our Copic Elf Coloring Kit (available for a limited time) and punched them out using a 1-3/8"square punch. Our 1-1/2" X 1-1/2" bevelled acrylic block works great for this project. These block are just $2.49 each (rental members pay only $1.99 each) The bevelled edges make the magnets look very professional.

Simply attach the artwork to the back of the block using Glossy Accents or our new Viva Decor Glass Effect Crystal Clear Gel.

I also adhered another piece of cardstock to the back of the art to make them look as nice on the backside as the front. Here's how they are looking so far...

Finish the back side of your block with another piece of cardstock
 for a finished look. Then add a round magnet to the back.
Next, adhere a small round magnet to the backside. I purchased a package of rounds from my local Ace Hardware for just $1.99. That's're done!

Here's another set, I made using our elves sets. These were also colored in using our Copic Elf Coloring Kit.

Use our latest elves sets to make fun holiday magnet for a friend.

Try this:
  • Use different sizes of blocks and adjust your magnet size. We offer 1" X 1" acrylic cube blocks as well as 1" X 3" bevelled blocks that would be fun to use.
  • Use photos of your children or their artwork to personalize.
  • Use the magnets as game pieces. I created a Tic-Tac-Toe board for my kids and attached it to a $1.00 baking sheet I got at the dollar store. It's cool because the magnetic game pieces I made stick nicely to the game board. They can even use this in the car! I'm going to leave it out on my bar for the adults to play while sipping a holiday drink at my party, too! (I think I 'll make it "Elves v. Santa" instead of "elves v. dogs"!....I better make a few more magnets!) - Smiles, Bobbi
Use your custom magnets as game pieces to fun games for your kids!
Use a baking sheet and the game pieces will "stick" nicely!