Still here!

Hello bloggers,

I just wanted to pop on quickly to let you know that I am still here – I haven’t abandoned my blog. My six year old daughter is home with pneumonia so I have been playing nurse for the past week. I am working on some new designs and hope to have them uploaded by the end of the week. In the meantime, please check out the freebie section. There are some cute files there for you to download.

Remember, if you have an idea for a template, please feel free to leave a comment. I’m always looking for new ideas!

Blog Candy – Stamp Winner!

As mentioned in an earlier post, I hired British artist, Paul Gunson, to custom design a holiday rubber stamp for the users of my rubber stamping community. I have an extra stamp left over and would like to give it away to one of my blog readers. All you have to do is leave a comment in this post. Winner will be drawn at random (using and will be announced on Friday.

The stamp was manufactured by the same company who manufactures Amuse Art Stamps. The quality is excellent and the image stamps beautifully. The stamp measures 3″x3″ and is mounted on cling foam for use on acrylic blocks.

Good Luck!



Wow, only three people signed up for the blog giveaway. Does that mean the stamp is hideous?? I, personally, think it’s fabulous :)

Our winner is comment #3 which was posted by BUNNY! Congratulations Bunny! Please email me with your name and address and I’ll get the stamp in the mail for you.

Thanks for playing!

New Look for The Stampin’ Spot

Happy Tuesday, folks!

As you can see, I’ve changed up the website a bit and have added a new theme. I still have much work to do (such as resizing/adding thumbnails to all of my posts – ugh!) so please excuse the mess while I get things fixed up. If you are looking for the templates, you can find the categories listed in the menu on the right hand side of the page.

Also, I found a great way to deal with those nasty spammers so I have decided to allow post comments again!

Questions & Answers

often receive emails and questions from users so I thought I would answer a few online.

Q: Are you really an Architectural Drafter?

A: Yes and No. I received my degree in Architectural Drafting but I have never worked in an Architectural firm. I began my thirteen year career working for a Structural Engineering company and later moved on to an Environmental Engineering firm. I now, however, find myself thrust into the role of stay-at-home mom (by choice) and am looking forward to returning to work next year.

Q: How do you come up with ideas for templates?

A: Well, sometimes I get direct requests from my blog readers but most of the time I get my inspiration from things that I see online. For instance, my 3D mug template was born after I tried to order a template that was available through ProvoCraft. They wouldn’t ship the template to Canada so, phooey on them, I decided to draw my own. Of course, I never “copy” an idea exactly – I always throw my own twist on things. For example, Provocraft’s 3D mug has a lid. I didn’t like the lid so much so I didn’t add one on my template. I also think my handle assembly is different.

Q: How do you go about designing a template?

A: First, I sketch my thoughts and ideas on to paper, planning the shape and, most importantly, how the template will come together in terms of assembly. Once I have that puzzle solved, I move on over to my computer and draw the template in AutoCAD. This allows me to prepare my design accurately using real dimensions so I can be sure everything will fit together nicely. Once the template is complete, I will print out the prototype and assemble it, making sure to note any adjustments that need to be made. I then finalize the plan, convert it to PDF, and get it uploaded. And of course, a finished sample always follows.

Q: How do you get your projects to look so good? Mine never look like that!

A: During my training as an Architectural drafter, I was forced taught to be a perfectionist. Organization, neatness, straight lines and proper alignment was an absolute must in my profession. The result of my brain washing is a very steady hand, a sharp eye, and a loathing of clutter. Unfortunately, this way of thinking has also migrated into my personal life; great for the husband and kids, gruelling for me!

While I love designing templates, I absolutely HATE cutting them out so my sweet husband purchased me a Silhouette Craft Cutter to do the dirty work for me. This little baby cuts AND scores all of my templates and saves me a great deal of time not to mention my sanity and a lot of cursing. So there, my secret is out; My templates are now cut by machine which means that they are essentially perfect in form. Of course, that all changes when I get to decorating them. We’ll talk about my finishing skills later :)

Q: Why are some of your finished projects so small?

A: Considering the fact that most people only have access to a printer that prints 8 1/2″x11″ sheets of paper, I have to modify my designs to fit within those dimensions. I like to make my templates as easy to assemble as possible so I try to limit the amount of cutting and pieces needed in order to complete the project. Because a ‘one piece’ template generally takes up more room on a page than a template that has many pieces that can be rotated and manipulated into place, this sometimes yeilds a smaller project (ie. The Mini Toolbox). If you require a larger project, you could always take the template to a business supply store, such as Staples, and have them enlarge the template for you.

Q: Do you do special requests?

A: Absolutely!! If you have an idea for a template, just email me and I’ll see what I can do. I can’t guarantee that all requests will result in a template but I will certainly do my best.

Q: If I paid you for your time, would you be willing to assemble a template for me? And what about one of the cards featured on your blog?

A: Are you sure you want to miss out on all of that fun? I’m only kidding! Of course, I can do this for you. However, you’d have to be specific in terms of your cardstock colors and pattern choices. Please keep in mind that I live in a wee little town so I don’t always have access to the latest and greatest supplies.

Q: What projects are you working on now?

A: I have been dealing with some health issues lately so I haven’t been designing too much. I, do, however have the cutest little Cowboy Boot Box that I am finishing up. I should have that uploaded today.

Q: Why are your blog comments disabled?

A: It all boils down to spam – I was receiving way too much. Even with message approval enabled, I found alot of my time was taken up deleting nonsense messages. Honestly, don’t people have anything better to do than to fill up someone’s inbox with garbage? And, I mean absolutely no disrespect to other bloggers when I say this, but I’m simply not one of those people who needs to have feedback on my posts or my work. If you like my stuff, that’s awesome! I hope you keep coming back. If you’re not a fan of my work, well, that’s okay too. I totally respect that. I hope you find a website/blog that will blow your socks off. If you DO happen to have a question or a comment regarding one of my projects, by all means, feel free to contact me. I respond to each and every email!