A quick post today to share a little tool that saves me time every day.  I use so many mediums to color and for each medium, when I get ready to use it, I scribble a sample so that I can see the actual color.  Well, scribbling samples every time I sat down to color something seemed like such a waste of time.  So I purchased an easel scrapbook that was top bound.  At one setting, I scribbled samples of all my colors and slipped the sample sheet into a sleeve of my easel scrapbook.

This saves me time and I love it that it is propped right in front of me.  I can match colors and see the difference in shades as well as match colors across mediums.  Plus, I’ve been known to carry my swatch book to the store when I need to match something or so that I don’t duplicate colors that I purchase.


I’ve also scribbled samples of my often used Prismacolors and since they look different when they are blended with Gamsol or odorless mineral spirits, I went ahead and scribbled samples of the Gamsol blended results.  Here is one of sample Prismacolor  pages.

I did it with my glitter glues as well.  There are too many pages to show here, but I’ve also done the same with some of my inkpads, chalks, watercolors and some other mediums. 

Have a blessed day!


  • nancy bMarch 21, 2008 - 6:15 am

    Great idea…..your new name is going to be Ms. Organized!!
    have a blessed weekend as we celebrate our Saviors death and resurrection!ReplyCancel

  • Pattie's passionMarch 21, 2008 - 11:56 am

    I love your idea…. Such a great way to keep track of all you colors…. Thanks for the idea….

    Pattie’s passionReplyCancel

  • Sharon CanterMarch 21, 2008 - 11:57 am

    Becca……I just discovered your blog today and I have been blessed reading through all of your posts. Thank you for your inspiration not only in our shared love of paper crafting, collecting craft stuff, organization of that stuff, but more importantly in your spiritual inspiration.
    God bless you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie W.March 21, 2008 - 2:17 pm

    Oh my, what a wonderful idea. I hear you on scribbling on scratch paper everytime I color something. I’ve been thinking of doing a swatch book, but now that I see how good yours looks, I think I better get to it!

    Thanks for another great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Val SMarch 22, 2008 - 7:38 am

    Awesome idea. I have a lot of little pieces of cardstock that I save because it has my “scribbles” on it. Yours is a much more practical and easier solution. Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • RobinMarch 22, 2008 - 8:29 pm

    What a great idea! TFSReplyCancel

  • KathleenNovember 18, 2008 - 8:55 pm

    What a great idea – will add this to my ‘to do’ list for the New Year!
    My suggestion to you is that you find some small stickers and a small dot stamp and stamp up your colours onto the stickers and attach them to the underside of your stamp pads. This will show you immediately what colour the inks stamp out as (at least on white!)

  • Diana CrickApril 28, 2010 - 4:21 pm

    Hi Becca, I would love you to come and visit and help me organize . Your swatch book is a brilliant idea.
    hugs, DianaReplyCancel

Did you like that play on words?  Get it….tulle box….tool box.  My husband looked at me like I was crazy when the light bulb was blinking off and on over my head.   


I kept babbling about a tool/tulle box and he just didn’t get it.  Well, this is what I had in mind…..  I was shopping in Target and found these little wire framed boxes covered with tulle that close with a drawstring and the Tulle Box idea was born.  

I just knew that I could make a set of 3×3 cards to fit in the "Tulle Box" and what a quick, fast and easy gift.  But, the drawstring top looked very plain and I thought a little bit about how to get something wrapped around the top.  Well lo and behold in the $1 bins there were also hair bungees for little girls that had organdy ribbon,  flowers and sequins tied on them.  I slipped it on the top of the drawstring and viola instant decoration and closure.  Here’s another view from the side.

The card I posted last night made me delve into my Marcella Kay – Blue and Cream collection.  It is the most delicious paper and it has a heavenly shimmer to it.  I’ve said before that pictures don’t do it justice.  After my Friendship card, I had scraps left over and I wanted to use this paper while I had it out.  I made a set of eight 3×3 cards and I made up my own template to make the envelopes. 


Here is what the set looks like, unassembled….

Oh, the possibilities are endless!!!  I have ideas for a couple of other sets and this was so very easy.  There’s nothing more satisfying than to crank out a bunch of 3×3 cards that you really don’t have to put too much thought and planning into.  They are so small that you have stop adding things after a couple of minutes.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Supplies:  No Stamps, No Ink, Paper:  Marcella Kay – Blue and Cream Collection; Accessories:  Box from Target $1 spot, Hair bungee from Target $1 spot, Pearl Brads – Michaels, brads, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, SU Scallop Punch, Martha Stewart Flower Punch, Fiskar Border Punch, pearls, rhinestones.


  • MichelleOMarch 20, 2008 - 12:24 pm

    VERY pretty! Great idea and you did a fantastic job. Men just don’t get some things!ReplyCancel

  • silliMarch 20, 2008 - 1:22 pm

    very, very pretty cards of your site! TFS…:-) By from Germany…ReplyCancel

  • Kay McBrideMarch 20, 2008 - 1:25 pm

    I love it I love it, I may have to case those cards, the layouts are awesome. love the box. i wish i had a target nearby. I cant tell u how much I loved those.

  • Debra BarkerMarch 20, 2008 - 1:37 pm

    To cute. I was going to buy one of those boxes. But I did not. I am sure they are all gone now. Keep up the work. I love it.


  • BeckyMarch 20, 2008 - 2:06 pm

    I love it all!!
    I’ll have to take a look at what my Target have …nice find!ReplyCancel

  • TaniaMarch 20, 2008 - 4:34 pm

    Waw! Great cards, love the colors you used and gread box!ReplyCancel

  • JackieMarch 21, 2008 - 2:42 pm

    Wow, that is simply fabulous! I never thought of using a border punch the way you do and it is wonderful! That box will make someone’s day for sure!ReplyCancel

  • GloriaMarch 22, 2008 - 11:46 am

    You are very, very talented. My sister, Jan told me about your website. I really have to keep looking more often. So creative. Name a season or holiday and you’re all set. Christmas is how may days away?????ReplyCancel

  • MichelleMarch 24, 2008 - 7:33 am

    these are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • dorisJuly 5, 2008 - 3:24 pm

    absolutelly fantastic idea!ReplyCancel

  • paulaNovember 13, 2008 - 8:22 pm

    this is so adorable! i love the tulle box and the cards are wonderful – that cream and blue paper is delicious. you did a great job!ReplyCancel

  • Rosie WaldtAugust 28, 2010 - 10:37 pm

    Love, love, love your *tulle box*. Did you get it at Target as of lately? I’m going to have to check our store out, what a gorgeous gift. And I love tht two colors together.ReplyCancel

Don’t you love it when you find the perfect stamp?  This is one of my favorite stamps and its blackened and stained back attests to that fact.  Every time I have used it, the sentiment resonates in my heart as true, and I am very blessed to say that it has never been truer than today.   This has not been my best year, I’ve had many trials to struggle through, but my friends have rescued me, kept me afloat and gently reminded me not to lose faith.   I get emotional whenever read the sentiment and want to dedicate this card to my friends – you are out there and you know who you are.


The card is another long one as I love this format.  This stamp has been sitting on my desk for several weeks and I was waiting for something to click.  The inspiration came from the design paper which is Marcella K (the Target version of K & Co.)  I’ve had this in my stash for some time but was reminded how pretty it was when I was in the store this week. This collection is blue and cream and each sheet has a shimmer.  It’s hard to catch it on camera, the pictures simply don’t do it justice, but I have several pictures to post.


See the shimmer?  It’s so very elegant.  Well, I love the paper so much that I launched into another  project using it.  I hope you’ll come back tomorrow to see what I did with the scraps and leftovers I had laying on my table!  It will be a long post…. 



Supplies:  Stamps: Wordsworth; Ink: Versamagic – Aegean Blue; Paper: Marcella Kay – Blue and Cream, Bazzill; Accessories: Paper piercing template, Fiskars Border Punch; Gartner Studios Ivory Pearl Seals.


  • cassieMarch 19, 2008 - 3:26 pm

    I have this stamp too and just love it! This is a beautiful card that you made with it!!ReplyCancel

  • Kay McBrideMarch 19, 2008 - 5:48 pm

    oh this is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo beautiful. i love that stamp where oh where do u find all these things? the paper is really pretty and those brads just make. u should enter this one in a contest.

  • BeckyMarch 19, 2008 - 7:40 pm

    Everything about this card is sooooo classy and beautiful.
    You did the stamp justice with this design…i’m looking forward to seeing what you do with the scraps….ReplyCancel

  • BeckyMarch 19, 2008 - 7:45 pm

    I just also wanted to say after posting the previous message to you i looked around at your other cards…you are very talented….i bookmarked your page and will be checking in to see your new designs from time to time.
    Lovely work!!ReplyCancel

  • AimeeMarch 19, 2008 - 8:06 pm

    The card is gorgeous and the sentiment is so beautiful…ReplyCancel

  • Patsy BJanuary 19, 2009 - 5:53 pm

    Breathtakingly beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • CherylSeptember 30, 2010 - 2:53 pm

    I LOVE every single card you create!!! They are SO beautiful! Whenever I receive most feeds, I’ll skip over them if they do not have pictures but I ALWAYS open the links to your feeds!!! Thank you for sharing your creativity blessings with us.ReplyCancel