Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Fools Day Blog Hop

Hello Everyone!
Thank you for stopping by today for another one of Di's Country Inkers Blog Hop!  Today I have a special card and gift holder for a Baby Shower that I will be going to this weekend.  Hope you like it.

Coastal Cabana Paper and Ink
Pistachio Pudding Paper and Ink
Stamp Set : Label Love
some twine and punches

Inside the Boxes are Three Handmade Cotton Washcloths
wrapped with twine and a cute Tag to match the card.
Here's a close up:
Hope you liked my project for today! Sorry it wasn't an April Foolish kind of a project.
If you click on the next button below you will be taken
to the super talented Diana Gibbs blog.
I want to thank Barbara for her amazing talent on MDS (My Digital Studio) for creating these buttons for us to use.  Thank you for stopping by ~ Francis

 If you get lost along your blog hop here are the links:

Diana    www.stampingwithdi.com 
Barb  www.beelinestamping.com
Kathya  www.stampwithkathya.com
Crystal  www.stampinonroodfarm.blogspot.com
Mary  www.doggandponyshow.blogspot.com
Leslie  www.blessingsandblossoms.blogspot.com
Francis  www.soapsandstamps.blogspot.com you are here ; )

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Psst.....You make me Happy!

Hello Everyone!!!
Happy Sunday morning, it rained all day yesterday so it was a movie kind of day that ended up with some shopping and stamping last night.  I am preparing gift baskets for our Quarters for a Cause event coming this Wednesday, March 5th from 6:30-8:30.  Here is a sneak peek of the tags I will be attaching to my auction items if possible I will try and take pictures today of the auction items to post here and here:

Today I will be sharing a project that my friend Robin Friedeck brought me last weekend for our Spring Fling Event that Diana Gibbs and Rhonda Morgan from AZ INKers put on for us!  As always they do a fabulous job!!! Thank you again for a fun filled day of swapping and card making!
Here's the project:

 It is so versatile, you could add it to a scrapbook page,
 add pictures, sweet notes or

add it to a gift bag!
the possibilities are endless! thank you Robin 
for coming from California to the Spring Fling Event my family and I enjoy your visits!!
Here are the supplies she used to make this cute project:

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Hoppy Easter Blog Hop

Did you think I misspelled Happy? no, sorry I did it on purpose to catch your attention.  Hope it worked  ; ) 

Today is our Easter Blog Hop.  We're so glad you have stopped by, we hope you enjoy the projects we've prepared just for you! I love Easter, it has always been and will be my favorite holiday, maybe because it's my Birthday Month or the sweet memories of our family getting together for Easter Sunday, ahhh Sweet Memories! 
Can you spot the differences between this card

and this one?
I love the Watercolor Wonder DSP
available in our Occasions Catalog
it does all the work for you!

Here's the inside, adorable!
(if, I do say so myself ; )
Don't forget Sale-a-Bration is here through the end of March.

Here are the supplies I used to make these cute cards:
Thank you for stopping by our second monthly blog hop this year! Next up is the ohhh so talented Barb Stencel! Barb designed our cute Blog Hop Button on MDS. Thank you again Barb! Follow along the blog hop below, and if you get lost along the way, the links for each of our blogs are below! Enjoy the weekend!

Francis Santos  www.soapsandstamps.blogspot.com  (You are here)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Coffee Cup Tutorial from Sale-a-Bration Blog Hop ( SAB )

Hello Everybody!!!
First of all, I apologize for the delay in getting you the tutorial.  It was a crazy week.  ok let's get to it.  As shown on our first Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop I made a cute Coffee Cup Holder.
I know you have probably seen them all over other Stampin' Up! blogs.  My friend Cathy Fluellen gave me one a couple of weeks ago when we met for lunch.  I loved them so much I ordered the mini coffee cups and lids from here.  Cathy also shared where she got the original tutorial ( Becky from Inking Idaho).  Now here is my tutorial:
Start out with a sheet of cardstock (I used Pool Party) measuring 4" x 6 3/4" then score all 4 sides at 1" like shown below:
Then cut as shown in picture above. 
I added stick strip to the center of the two edges and
 then the two ends of the box go onto the stick strip.
(make sense?) Then you just assemble the box.
Next is the handle:  I cut a strip of Pool Party measuring 1 3/4" x 11"
Score at 1 1/2", 5 1/2" and 9 1/2" fold in half and add some stick strip to the two flaps on the bottom (these will secure to the box).
to make the handle I used the 1 1/4" circle punch (you can use oval or scallop)
Now its time to decorate your box with your choice of dsp
(I used 133521 Sweet Sorbet DSP, The DSP Pack you get free when you spend $50 or more)
you will need:
2 pieces of DSP measuring 4 1/2" x 3/4"
2 pieces of DSP measuring 1 3/4" x 3/4" attach to your box, add some ribbon or other embellishment or make a tag & attach to box.
for the two mini coffee cups I cut out two strips of the same Sweet Sorbet DSP but used the back side color, measuring 7 1/2" x 1" and attach with sticky strip around coffee cups
(you will need to adjust the paper to fit the coffee cups).  And now to fill them up with chocolate!!
Hope you liked my first tutorial!!! = )
Thank you again Cathy for my cute gift and idea!
To see our SAB Catalog click below:


Saturday, February 1, 2014

It's a Sale-a-Bration... Blog Hop = )


Hello Stampers!!!
Thank you for joining us on our Sale-a-Bration Blog Hop.  If you've just joined us you've come from... the ohh so talented Tanya Ham's Blog, hope you enjoyed her creation!  As you know we are in Sale-a-Bration mode in my house.  I love all the neat things that are in the Sale-a-Bration Catalog remember it runs through March 31, 2014.  Hope you like my projects for today:

First up is this cute card made with the
Banner Blast Stamp Set and Punch

I know you've seen them all over other
Stampin' Up Blogs well now I got them = )
Mini Coffee Cups! aren't they adorable???
they could be filled with chocolate kisses or anything else (but I prefer chocolate)
They come in there own special holder! if you need the 
instructions let me know and I will post them next week.

Stamp Set: Banner Blast Wood 133551
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Whisper White; Sale-a-Bration:  DSP from Good as Gold Card Kit 133512
Ink: Black Stazon
Misc: White taffeta and Bermuda Bay Bakers Twine from Good as Gold Card Kit
Sale-a-Bration Free items with each $50 purchase: Good as Gold Card Kit 133512 Banner Punch 133519

Don't forget when you spend a minimum of $150, you will also receive Hostess Rewards! More FREE PRODUCTS!! Get together with some friends or family, and you can all benefit!  

Thank you for stopping by and hope you enjoyed today's project! ~ Francis Santos

Head on over to Barb's Blog by clicking on the next button = )

Francis Santos  www.soapsandstamps.blogspot.com (you are here)
Diana Gibbs www.stampingwithdi.com