Monday, September 19, 2011

Chillaxin' in Maine

Hey, Froggers! Well, you caught me at a great time because I'm refreshed from a week in Maine. Yup. It was the first vaca without the kids...well, young adults. We've empty nested (as "empty" as we can be, still paying 2 college payments, picking kids up for breaks, answering phones in the middle of the night about grades, a boyfriend, lack of a boyfriend, etc.). It was a FAB FAB FAB time. The weather was perfect, and HubbyDoc and I did a lot of biking, eating, resting, reading, and crafting (yes, he is a crafter as well).
Since I couldn't take my furniture along (although I almost made HubbyDoc bring home a dresser from a yard sale), I did some other crafting.
So, those of you who don't stamp, you may be bored with the rest of the post. But, for those of you who do, read on, 'cause I think you'll like what you see.
I learned a trick a few years back. I don't like all of my heavy, wooden stamps, and prefer to just have the rubber sitting around for me to mount it on an acrylic block and stamp away. Storage is so much simpler!
Needless to say, I have many un-rubbered blocks sitting around, like this one.

So one day, I was thinking, "They're wood, they're a clean palate, and they're small. They're PERFECT to decorate!" Then I did. Decorate. I love them. They can be tucked in anywhere in your home for a surprise little effect.

 Here's one with Penny Duncan's gorgeous poinsettia.

This next one is done with Tim Holtz's embossing resist technique that is my new fave technique.

Same technique, different stamps and colors:

This one has the wonderful vintagy glitter from Stampin' Up.

And here's the back of the one above:

I used a vintage santa that I got from a site on-line. Gotta love freebies!

And, I believe they look nice as a grouping.

Don't you think that these would make lovely hostess gifts during the holidays?
Let me know what you all think. And, if you creative Froggers have any other ideas, please LMK!!!
Now I gotta go do some housework, bill paying, and furniture rehabilitation. I have so much to do today, that I put myself on a strict schedule. And, I'm actually stickin' to it, except for this little diversion. Back to work!
Fondly, Tami
I'm linking to:
A Diamond in the Stuff
Bella Before and After
Coastal Charm
Crayon Freckles
Embellishing Life
Hope Studios
Ladybug Blessings
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  1. pretty cool. I like the first one the very best, love how the bells are attached to the tag.

    Smiles Sher

  2. Great idea for the wood blocks. I, too, do not like to use wood mounted stamps. Thought I would let you know that I have been in Maine for three weeks with my hubby (we are fortunately retired) and we travel in an RV and bring our furniture with us. Love, love, love Maine. Have to leave for home tomorrow, but will be back same time, same place next year for longer.

  3. As I was looking at these wonderful pieces of art I was thinking, duh I should have thought of that prior to throwing out thousands of pieces of wood a couple of years ago. Thanks for sharing the idea - I still have some wood that I can use!

  4. Very lovely and great hostess gift!

  5. These are really cute and Yes! they would make lovely hostess gifts! I haven't tried any of these yet with the wood but I'm getting close!

  6. Great idea!! They are beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Wonderful idea! Each one is a little work of art and sturdy enough to stand on its own. TFS!

  8. Wonderful idea !
    Great recycling project .Paint them add chipboard leters to make NOEL or JOY and embellish for table centre piece oh the ideas are flowing ..
    Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday

  9. What a fabulous idea, you have made wonderful decorations with your wooden blocks saw these on MIM so glad I decided to get a better look. XOXO Zoe

  10. What a beautiful card creation! I saw you on MIM! :)


  11. Now that is thinking!!! What a wonderful idea. If I ever remove the rubber from my wood blocks, I will definitely do this. Thanks so much for the idea, and your creations are fantastic!!!

  12. Started unmounting mine as well and am glad I did. I was lol at your article about dumpster diving and thought to myself, I have done that, so am I have dumpster dove or dumpster diven?

  13. OMG....How COOL COOL COOL are these!!! LOVE this idea!!!!!!!


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