Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas Ornament

Merry Christmas to everyone and hope your holidays have been happy and healthy.
I made this ornament out of the Cuttlebug die cut. I used our stamp for the Merry Christmas. The oval for the saying was cut from Spellbinder oval.  The border on top of the ornament is a Cuttlebug border and below is the Swiss dots from Cuttlebug. The top and bottom were made from Martha Stewart punches.

This is the Cuttlebug die I used for the ornament.

Ruth's Singing Penguins

The background is a little hard to see in the photo, but it is Cuttlebug's snowflake embossing folder.  Ruth is so good at reusing and very crafty.  She reused a insurance folder to make the blue with white stripe octagon from Spellbinders.  She was crafty and used our penguin in a couple of different ways. The penguin on the left was stamped on a reverse stamp and then on a couple of them, she cut off one of their arms and glued it back on so the arm pointed down.  The white cardstock that they are on is tore with glitter glued on it. It is a really cute card, thank you Ruth Fladhammer!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Tree Stand Up card

This is a real quick stand up card. I embossed the tree with green tinsel embossing powder so it really sparkles. The snowflakes are Martha Stewart punches and the stamps are from
Crackerbox Palace rubber stamps.

The side view of card. It is folded into 1/3rds for mailing so you can use a business envelope. The open side is put on top just to see that I taped it together from the inside. On the card, the white card is glued to the middle of the card so the opening is in the back of the card.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas with Cuttlebug background

The saying is and the background is from one of the new large Cuttlebug background folders.  The red piece was laying around as a scrap piece and then I embossed the white to go behind it.  Usually, if I do a double layer of the same embossing, I glue the two pieces together and then emboss them, later I will have other examples. The saying and scalloped pieces are cut from Spellbinders.  Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Joy Christmas Tag

Christmas is creeping closer! Here is another tag idea.  The word 'Joy' was masked from 'Joy to the World'. the small church is a Stampscape stamp and the label is from Spellbinders. The edges and center was sponged with Distress Inks.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Save Santa Christmas Tag

This is just another tag for Christmas.  I cut out Santa's head from our Rockin' Santa, and cut out words with Spellbinders.  The snowflakes are from the Martha Stewart Alpine punch.  The center and edges were sponged with Distress Ink.
All the stamps on the web site are shown on wood, but can be ordered with cling foam, just rubber or wood mount.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Merry Christmas Tag

Christmas  is just around the corner. We are just starting to wrap the gifts so I thought I would share a tag that I made for one of the gifts. Both stamps are from On the web site, you can order them on cling foam, just rubber or wood mount.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

May the spirit of Christmas

I just can't believe that Christmas is only one week away! I hope everyone is having a great time getting ready for Christmas.  Everything was cut out with Spellbinders.  I did cut off the corners of the snowflake frame.  I embossed the words. I used the Perfect Pearl embossing pen and inked the scalloped edge and used clear embossing powder so there is a pearl look around the words.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Presents under the tree

The card itself is acetate.  This card was very easy and fast to make, not a lot of frills but still looks very nice.  I used our Santa H02106 and colored it in.  The snowflakes and stars are from Cuttlebug.  The blue cardstock is attached to the back of flap of the card and the inside saying is stamped under the Santa image.  The white dots are made with a white marker.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Merry Christmas with Cuttlebug Holly

Using Cuttlebug makes it so quick and easy to make cards.  I used green shimmer paper to emboss the holly on.  Brillance ink was used over the leaves and Smooch was the red for the berries.  There is a lot of shimmer.  Crackerbox Palace rubber stamps was used for the Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Barbara Housner's Carolers

Barbara Housner sent this card via email.  She used our Carolers to make this wonderful card.
I am going to guess she used Spellbinders for the image and to mat it.
Thanks Barbara, I just love the card!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Christmas 6X6 Photo Frame

Hi Stampers, today I am sharing a quick and easy photo frame and/or card.  All stamps are Crackerbox Palace rubber stamps . I used white applique for the fuzz on Santa's hat.  On the tassel, I dotted the applique in a circle to make it look more like a pom pom, (but this goes through the mail).  I used Spellbinder scalloped circle to cut out the center and then one to emboss around it for a frame.  A picture frame foot could be attached to the back so the picture can be displayed.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Not Enough Coffee

Lois Larson made this card.  I thought it might be a good one to put after 'Black Friday'.  My daughter asked me and a friend of hers to go out at 11:00pm on Thanksgiving to get started shopping at midnight.  We got done at 7:30am on Friday morning.  Shopping all night wasn't bad, but then we had Thanksgiving dinner at noon.  Oh yes, too much morning and not enough coffee!  Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving.  This card is pretty straight forward.  She stamped the sun with the coffee and cut it out.  She then stamped it again and cut the coffee cup out and popped it up.  The words are stamped with white ink and then put the pearls on.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! 
This is such a great time of the year to give thanks on what we are thankful for.  This is a tag I made for my friends. One of the things I am thankful for are my friends.  They seem to always be there.
I used the 'Duster brushes' to brush on an assortment of Distress Ink colors.  Used a Cuttlebug border folder for the embossing on the top of the tag and then used the Scor-Pal to add the lines on the top and bottom of the embossed area.  The leaf is from the Assorted Leaves from Spellbinders.  The pumpkin is also from Spellbinder and then used Copic markers for the lines-E21, E51, E53, E57. Then I  dusted Dried Marigold Distress Ink around the edges into the center and left the center lighter to make it look more round.  I only tacked down the bottom of the leaf and had it laying across the pumpkin so the top of the leaf was free.  I edged the tag with a sponge and Colorbopx Copper Swift.  The 'Thank you so much' is from the top line of Wonderful for you- H04113, I masked the rest of the saying.
Wonderful for you- H04113
Wonderful Things-E01411

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Dust

Lois Larson did this card.  The background is textured wall paper that she rubbed a glue pad across and sprinkled on "Happy Dust" (glitter).  She sponged blue ink around the saying and colored the fairy (Constance-H00211) with colored pencils.

Constance H00211
Happy Dust H04117
Wand B04119
Fairy Dust B04105
Stamps can be found on the link for our store at:

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Feeling Green

Thought I would post a get well card. There are a lot of people around here that has the flu, and or cold or just 'feeling a little green'.

Talking about green, Lois was 'being green' by cutting the jar out of the Spellbinder packaging. Save those packages!  We find it usefull for many things.  They can be used for templates because they are thicker than acetate.  They make a great embellishment if you stamp on one side and color on another. Well, I am getting off the subject so I will leave more ideas for the packaging for later. But seeing the bugs will put a smile on anyones face.  And I hope everyone who is reading this is healthy. 

Lois Larson made this card.
Thanks Lois!

Caught a Bug: B02916 & B02916-R

Sally-monella:  B04221 & B04221-R

These stamps can be found in our store, as just rubber, with cling foam or wood mount.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Thank you bird

Betty Henthorn made this cute thank you card from one of our new stamps. She inked the first line of the stamp and masked the rest for the front of the card. She stamped the rest of the saying on the inside of the card.  The bird is cut from a die cut she purchased through Stampin' Up. The cut out oval and scalloped oval is Spellbinders. Thanks Betty.

These stamps are shown on wood block,
but you have a choice to get
just rubber, cling foam or wood mount

Sunday, November 15, 2009

It's been one of those days with shark

I know this card is different than the ones you usually see or will see here, but when John found the image of the shark, I throught of Kevin's card from Stampscapes right away.  I have been wanting to do this card for a while and thought I would just do it. I know it is a little different for a card, but oh well... Again, the Stampscapes stamps are so easy and fun to work with I hope you have been able to enjoy some of them.

Kevin Nakagawa of Stampscapes Rubber Stamps [owner].
Spellbinder: Large and Small labels

Shark ...JawsOwl ...Rena's Owl Akilan  and Saying ...All Week
Are Crackerbox Palace rubber stamps.

You can purchase our stamps as just rubber, on cling foam or wood mounted.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Betty's Card - using one of our "New" Stamps!

While I was at the store this morning, a stamper came in and dropped off these cards to share. She used  some of our new stamps as well as Spellbinders and Cuttlebug folder.

The outside of the card.

This is one stamp that has a space between the two statements so you can use it as one stamps or easily mask or cut it apart.

This is the inside of the card.

I think she did a really good job shaping the card to make it more interesting.

Great job Betty and thank you,


Product code (SKU): D04111

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Christmas is Just Around the Corner

I was able to get down stairs and do some stamping with a few of our new stamps and I also used a couple of Stampscapes stamps. I really like these stamps, Kevin does such a great job with his stamps. They are so easy to create a scene.

I have been seeing a lot of Christmas cards on the blog sites and I know Christmas is just around the corner, but it has been so nice here in Wisconsin it is hard to believe.  As I think about Christmas, I think about snow so I did a card with a lot of snow to get myself ready for the upcoming season.

I have fallen hard for the Copic markers so most of my cards now are done with the Copic markers. I love how every marker can be used as a blending pen.

Thank you Sally Lynn!

Master of scenic stamping - Kevin Nakagawa of Stampscapes Rubber Stamps [owner].
Sally Lynn MacDonald - an independent instructor of mixed media and paper arts.

These are some of our new winter stamps...

Deep Snow - J04120-R
Let It Snow - B04118-R
Penguin - B04121-R
Snow Shovel - D04122-R

Here is another card with Stampscapes and another new stamp, "Happy Anniversary" [B04205-R].  This was colored with the Copic markers also. I did use Shimmers and painted Sky Blue color over the water to make it 'shimmer'.

Master of scenic stamping - Kevin Nakagawa of Stampscapes Rubber Stamps [owner].

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Welcome to our new blog

First, I want to thank Connie for helping me setup the blog, she sure has been a great help. I had been playing with it for a short time but it was Connie who got in and did the rest of it and pushed the 'publish' button and made me take the plunge to get it up and running. I am sure we will be tweaking it for a while. Starting this is a bit scary for me.

John and I started Crackerbox Palace rubber stamps about 4 years ago. We like to look at things on the 'lighter side' so a lot of our stamps are humorous. We hope this blog will help inspire you as well as make you smile.

Here is our online store:

We have a small physical store that has been opened for 9 years, and is located at 1321 W. Court St. Janesville, WI. In the store we carry more than 80 stamp companies and products, plus a large line of our own stamps. The thing I like best about having the store are the people. We have met a lot of wonderful friends that are great stampers too. At just about any time you can stop by and find our stampers in the store chit chatting and sharing their ideas. And that brings me to our blog. We would like to share some chit chat and post ideas with a link or if you don't have a blog, we will post your ideas here for you. To have an idea posed we are asking that you use at least one of our stamps as the main focal point. If you have other stamps from other companies that you want to add to your project we will accept it.

We will be adding 40+ new stamps to the on-line store shortly and we will post them here also.

Here are 2 cards from our new stamps to give you an idea of a couple of the new sayings.

Hope you enjoy.

Wonderful For You - H04113-R

Lost A Diamond - H04110-R

Deep Snow - J04120-R
You Were Here - C04116-R
Copic Markers

Please Be Patient

Thanks for stopping by. Connie and I are still working on setting up the blog.  We have been dividing our time on the blog and also have been working on our 40+ new stamps. Please check back with us. We will be using this blog to share our ideas as well as other stampers ideas. While we are setting the blog up, stop by the store and take a look!

Our on line store.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Some Mothers Chosen By God

Some Mothers Chosen By God
By Erma Bombeck

Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressures and a couple by habit. This year, nearly 100,000 women will become mothers of handicapped children. Did you ever wonder how mothers of handicapped children are chosen? Somehow, I visualize God hovering over earth selecting His instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation. As He observes, He instructs His angels to make notes in a giant ledger.

"Armstrong, Beth, son. Patron saint, Matthew.

"Forrest, Marjorie, daughter. Patron saint, Cecelia.

"Rudledge, Carrie, twins. Patron saint...give her Gerard, He's used to profanity."

Finally, He passes a name to an angel and smiles, "Give her a handicapped child."

The angel is curious. "Why this one, God? She's so happy."

"Exactly," smiles God. "Could I give a handicapped child a mother who does not know laughter? That would be cruel."

"But has she patience?" asks the angel.

"I don't want her to have too much patience or she will drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wears off, she'll handle it. I watched her today. She has that feeling of self and independence that is so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I'm going to give her has his own world and that's not going to be easy."

"But Lord, I don't think she even believes in you."

God smiles. "No matter. I can fix that. This one is perfect. She has just enough selfishness."

The angel gasps, "Selfishness? Is that a virtue?"

God nods. "If she can't separate herself from the child occasionally, she'll never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child who is less than perfect. She doesn't realize it yet, but she is to be envied. She will never take for granted a "spoken word." She will never consider a "step" ordinary. When her child says "Momma" for the first time, she will be present at a miracle and know it! When she describes a tree or sunset to her blind child, she will see it as few people ever see my creations. I will permit her to see clearly the things I see....ignorance, cruelty, prejudice... and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life because she is doing my work as surely as she is here by my side."

"And what about her patron saint?" asks the angel, his pen poised in mid-air.

God smiles. "A mirror will suffice."

Becoming a mother makes you the mother of all children. From now on each wounded, abandoned, frightened child is yours. You live in the suffering mothers of every race and creed and weep with them. You long to comfort all who are desolate.

--Charlotte Gray

I could relate to the following poem by Leslie Kissire...the words put everything into perspective and spoke to my heart.  I truely hope that I can express how grateful I am for everything my parents have done for me - each and every day!

by Leslie Kissire

If I could give you diamonds

for each tear you cried for me

If I could give you sapphires

for each truth you’ve helped me see.

If I could give you rubies

for the heartache that you’ve known

If I could give you pearls

for the wisdom that you’ve shown

Then you’ll have a treasure, mother,

that would mount up to the skies

That would almost match

the sparkle in your kind and loving eyes

But I have no pearls, no diamonds,

as I’m sure you’re well aware

So I’ll give you gifts more precious

my devotion, love and care

"Tell your mother [father] something good that you just did for others due to her influence and guidance. It isn't easy developing the character of a child and when a mom sees a seed she planted bloom, it is one of her greatest rewards!," Leslie White.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

My Name is Autism

My Name Is Autism Hello. Allow me to introduce myself to you. My name is autism. Perhaps you know me or know of me. I am a condition, "disorder" that affects many people. I strike at will, when and where I want. Unlike Downs Syndrome or other birth "defects," I leave no marks on those I strike. In fact, I pride myself on the ability to infiltrate a child's life, while leaving him or her strikingly handsome. Many people may not even know I am there. They blame the child for what I cause him or her to do. I am autism and I do as I please.

I am autism. I strike boys and girls. infants and toddlers. I find my best victims to be boys around the age of 2, but any child will do. I like children and they are always the true victims, though I take hostage the others in the child's family as well. It is a bit like getting two for the price of one. I affect one child and "infect" the entire family.

I am autism. I strike rich and poor alike. The rich combat me with education and therapy. The poor shut their children away and cannot afford to fight me. I am able to win in the lives of poor children more than I am those of the wealthy, but I will try to take root anywhere.

I am autism. I am an equal opportunity disorder. I strike whites, blacks, Mexicans, Ukrainians, Russians, Poles, Slavs, Japanese, Koreans and Fins. In fact, I strike everywhere on Earth. I know no geographical bounds.

I am autism. I do not discriminate based upon religion either. I strike Jews and Christians, Muslims and Buddhists, Atheists and Agnostics. I do not care what religion a person is or what beliefs he may hold. When I strike, there will be little time for any of that anyway. When they find me, they will question everything they believe in, so why would I strike only one group? I have affected followers of every religion on the planet.

I am autism and I am strong and getting stronger every year, every month, every day, every minute and every second. I am concerned that money might be allotted to combat me and my takeover of children, but so far, I have little to fear. Some countries like Kuwait , are spending quite a bit of money to assist those who I have targeted and some, like the United States , would rather spend money on such ludicrous things as discovering the number of American Indians who practice Voodoo, as opposed to combating me. In an atmosphere such as that, I can flourish and wreck havoc at will. In places such as that, I rub my hands with glee at the problems I can cause to children, their families and to the society at large.

I am autism. When I come, I come to stay. I take the dreams and hopes of families and trample them with delight. I see the fear and confusion in the eyes of my victims and see the formation of wrinkles, the worries and pain on the face of their parents. I see the embarrassment their child causes because of me and the parents unsuccessful attempt to hide their child, and me. I see tears the parents cry and feel the tears of their child. I am autism. I leave sorrow in my wake.

I am autism. I taketh away and give nothing but bewilderment and loathing in return. I take speech and learning. I take socialization and understanding. I take away "common sense" and, if I am allowed to flourish, I take away all but their physical life. What I leave behind, is almost worse than death.

I am autism. I fear nothing except courage, which I thankfully see little of. I fear those who take a stand against me and attempt to fight me and bring others into the fight as well. I fear those who try to make it safe and easier for my victims in the community, and their families. I fear those who push ahead, despite the fact that I am in tow. I fear the day I will be eradicated from the planet. Yet, I do not fear too much right now. There is no need.

I am autism and I bet you know me or know of me. If you don't, you probably will soon. I am marching forward faster than I ever have before. I am looking for new children all the time. I am looking for new children to consume and new lives to destroy. I dread the day I will be looked upon with pity or worse yet, understanding, for that day, is the day I will begin to die.

But in the mean time I am safe, free to prowl onward. Free to cause the pain and suffering that I do so well. I am on a mission and have much work to do and thankfully no one is stopping me yet.

Hello. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is autism. Perhaps you know me or know of me, if not don't worry, you will meet me soon.

Author Unknown

APRIL is Autism Month


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