Black Friday Sale at Designs By CnC


Discover handcrafted Christmas cards, gift tags, gift card holders and more at Designs By CnC!  With many different designs available, you’ll find the perfect card that reflects your unique style.

Visit us on Etsy at DesignsByCnC.Etsy.Com during our Black Friday Sale, November 21-29, and you’ll save 15% on your purchase.


The History of Rubber Stamps

Recently, I purchased several hundred rubber stamps at an estate sale.  As I was sorting through all of these beautiful rubber art designs, I began wondering about their history.

Rubber was first discovered in 1736 by Charles Marie de la Condamine during an exploration to South America.  However, in 1770 a man named Joseph Priestly stated that he found a substance that was suited to rubbing out lead pencil marks.  In 1839 Charles Goodyear invented the process of vulcanization, the stabilizing of rubber.  He went on to patent this process in 1844.  About twenty years later, the first rubber stamps began to appear.

According to the United States Patent Office, Fred R. Tannery of New York filed a patent for the rubber stamp on August 18, 1959.  This was a hand held invention with the structure of a rubber stamp that had changeable characters.

Rubber art stamps are extremely popular in the United States.  With their intricate design rubber stamps are used for many different types of paper and ink applications, such as handmade greeting cards and scrapbooks.  They may also be used with other techniques to decorate textiles, jewelry and pottery.

Over the years, many rubber stamp companies have come and gone and many of the stamps have now become collector’s items.  One such company is Personal Stamp Exchange (PSX), which was founded in 1980. Wood mounted stamps manufactured by PSX are known for their high-quality craftsmanship featuring very detailed illustrations.  PSX closed down in the early 2000’s with the licensed images being sold to Inkadinkado.  The scrapbooking company, EK Success then bought Inkadinkado and was in turn purchased by Wilton Industries in 2007.



Floral Heart Wreath Stamp by PSX Rubber Stamps




Rooster Stamp by Inkadinkado



Azadi Earles stamps are known for their whimsical nature.  Azadi Earles Stamp Company was bought out by Uptown Rubber Stamps.



Christmas Gift Tag Stamp by Azadi Earles



One of the original art stamp companies is Uptown Rubber Stamps which was founded 35 years ago.  This company is still in existence today now operating under the name of Uptown Design Company.



Believe Star Stamp by Uptown Rubber Stamps




A truly unique line of rubber stamps is this stamp set of male faces from Alexstamping.  This company was in operation from 1984 -2013.



Male Faces Stamp Set by Alextamping



I would be totally remiss not to include one of my favorite stamp companies, Stampin’ Up.  Beginning in 1998, this home-based company began with two sisters that shared a love for rubber stamps.  In 1997, the company published its first catalog featuring artwork exclusive toStampin’ Up.  The company started with just a few demonstrators and has now grown with thousands of demonstrators selling Stampin’ Up rubber stamps.  Many of their retired stamp sets are highly valued by collectors.



Furnished With Love Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up



Now comes the difficult decision – which of these wonderful rubber stamps do I keep for myself and which go into my Etsy Shop?  To see our complete offering of over 180 rubber stamps visit us at DesignsByCnC.




My Top 5 Most Successful Pinterest Attempts

My Top 5 Most


Pinterest is one of my favorite websites.  I go to it for inspiration, ideas for holiday decor and most often recipes.

Today I would like to share my top 5 most successful Pinterest attempts.

#1.  First on my list is this delicious Cannoli Cake from Olga’s Flavor Factory.  My daughter sent me the pin for this asking if I could please make this for her birthday.  I am always up for a challenge, so I agreed.  The cake turned out beautiful and totally scrumptious.  That was over a year ago and I have made it several times since.

Cannoli Cake


#2.  In second place are Creamy Deviled Eggs from Lady By The Bay.  My entire family enjoys deviled eggs not only during Easter dinner, but all year ’round summer barbeques included.  The cream cheese adds a rich creaminess that just makes these outstanding.

Creamy Deviled Eggs


#3.  Taking third place is this wonderful Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Cake from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice.  Last month my daughter sent me this pin once again placing a request for her birthday.  I tried the recipe for the cake, but did not use the frosting recipe that is included.  We enjoyed the light and refreshing flavor this cake.

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Cake


#4.  At the number 4 spot is Lemon Cheesecake Mousse from Let’s Dish.  Along with my daughter’s request for the Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Cake, she asked if I could use this for the frosting.  I was concerned about the cream cheese in both the cake and mousse making the desert to heavy, but gave it a try.  Absolutely delicious.  I had some mousse left over after frosting the cake and we all fought over who got to lick the bowl.

Lemon Cheesecake Mousse

Lemon Cheesecake Mousse

#5.  Last but certainly not least is Nutella Stuffed Pancakes from Recipe Tin Eats.  My youngest daughter and I share an affinity for all things Nutella and a love of pancakes.  Usually on Sunday mornings we enjoy cooking up something special for breakfast.  These pancakes are rich and a totally guilty pleasure.

Nutella Stuffed Pancakes


With 62 boards and over 6,000 pins, I have a constant selection of recipes and projects to try.  You can find me on Pinterest at:

Etsy’s Christmas In July Sales Promotion

The Christmas In July sales promotion is an Etsy community driven event that will held July 1st – July 10th, 2016.  This annual event gives you the opportunity get a jump start on your Christmas shopping at unique handmade designer and vintage shops throughout the Etsy site.



During this event, everything in my store will be discounted!  This includes beautifully handcrafted Christmas greeting card sets and gift tags.  There’s also a large selection of unique rubber stamp sets that make great gifts for the crafter on your holiday shopping list!

What’s On My Desk Today?

Starting out this week with a to do list a mile long.  Along with our family preparations for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, we are looking forward to celebrating the upcoming second birthday of our grandson.

Today’s project is a birthday card for his special day.  Whenever I create cards for friends and family, I always consider their likes, favorite color or hobbies.  So what kind of card to create for an extra special little boy?

As I was mulling over ideas such as cars, trucks, birds or Mickey Mouse, my husband reminded me of his love for a very large stuffed owl.  Whenever our grandson comes over, he heads right for one of his Aunt’s large stuffed owls.  This is the one that he takes his naps with.  So inspired my this adorable owl with the great big eyes, I gathered up my materials and began designing.


The card is created using the following materials:

  • Base – black cardstock cut at 5.5 x 8.5 inches and folded at 4.25 inches.
  • Mat – forest green cardstock cut at 3.75 x 5.25 inches.
  • Mat – tan cardstock cut at 3.5 x 5.
  • #2 – olive green cardstock cut at 3″ with my cricut machine
  • Owl – black, white and gold cardstocks.  Camouflage designer paper.  The owl was created using the owl builder punch by Stampin’ Up.

To add some accent to the card, I embellished the tan cardstock mat with an embossed twig design and added a wrap of linen thread.  The owl is attached to the greeting card using foam dimensionals.


For the inside of the greeting card, I used a liner of parchment cardstock.  The “Happy Birthday” greeting is stamped in olive green ink.  A parchment envelope compliments this masculine birthday card.


I have always believed that handcrafted items are a gift from the heart.  I spent an enjoyable morning creating for a wonderful little boy that is very close to my heart!




Celebrate National Craft Month

March has been designated as National Craft Month by the National Craft Association.  Having been an avid crafter since my childhood, I have always enjoyed paper crafting, knitting and crocheting.

Doing arts and crafts is a fun and rewarding activity for the entire family.  It’s also an economical way to create one of a kind items for gift giving.

An adorable crochet project that is just perfect to celebrate the coming of spring is this darling Robin Crochet Kit from Little Conkers:


Robin Crochet Kit


Craft kits are a great way to try your hand at a totally new crafting technique.  This soap making kit from Ani Arts is perfect for beginners:


DIY Soap Making Kit


Have a family craft night with a set rubber stamps!  With this set of all occasion stamps from Designs By CnC,  you can create beautiful greeting cards and invitations:


All Occasion Stamp Set


A fun birthday party activity is this colorful bottle cap pendant kit from Indie Owl Creations:


Bottle Cap Pendant Kit