Caffeine Buzz

I have been having so much fun altering these frappucino bottles lately. I have at least one a day if not two, so needless to say I have been buzzing around lately. The good news is drinking them keeps me up later at night so I've been crafting a lot. The bad news is less sleep, but I'm not really complaining. Only when the alarm goes of every morning. For this frap bottle I used Lovely Lilac designer paper for the belly band and made a scallop border using my slit punch. The cake is from the Just Celebrate set in the SU mini catalog. I really love this set. It has something for every occasion and I love to color in the images. This cake was colored with the few copics that I do have. My next shipment from Gina K should be in about a week so hopefully you will get to see some new color combos!! I used Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon to hide the Starbucks wording on the lid and around the lilac paper too. I don't know what I am going to do with the bottle yet but I think it turned out really cute. Once I get a few more empty bottles :) I have a project I am totally copying from Scrapbook.com that I am going to make. You'll love it!!! I DO!!!
This cute little tin was covered in paper from Sweetwater Scrapbook Company. They have the cutest papers and embellishments that I have totally be hoarding. This is one of my faves though. This green is so vibrant is just makes me happy. I wrapped it around the tin and adhesed it with tacky tape to make sure it was on good. I had a green ribbon that matched perfect so I used it to finish the top. The green prima has a yoyo yellow circle and silver brad for a center and was attached with a glue dot. I used my So Many Scallops set for the tag and stamped it in Certainly Celery. I punched a hole with my Crop-A-Dile and tied it on with linen thread. Of course, my edges were inked with Chocolate Chip. My poor brown sponge dauber is starting to fall apart already from all the abuse.
This week starts spring break for my daughter but my husband is home too. I'm hoping to still get some craft time in the get to that frap bottle project. Wish me luck!!!

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Simply Said

Happy Saturday!! I have a busy day today, but it should be fun. A friend of mine is having a workshop and this is the make and take card for that. I know she has her eye on the Simply Said set so I thought this was a fun card to showcase these cute flowers. The cardstock is the wild wasabi that is a special right now with Stampin Up. You get 16 sheets of 4 1/2 x 11 1/2 sheets of textured cardstock in wild wasabi pre-scored at 1 1/8 and 5 5/8 for only $3.95. Check THIS out for cool project ideas. I used the slit punch to make the Taken With Teal scallop border. I folded the 1 1/8 piece up and stamped my sentiment from Time Well Spent in black ink. I colored the little flowers with my white gel pen. I used my versamark pad for the outlined flowers on the background. I don't do this near as often as I should. I've seen a lot of cards where the background is stamped so cool but I only ever focus on the main image. The flowers were colored with my summer sun marker. This card was super fast and should be really easy to show.

As for the rest of my day, my parents are coming up to watch the kids while I have my workshop and to celebrate my dad's 50th birthday. I invited ourselves to my sisters house for dinner ;), but only because she did the same to me a few weekends ago. Boy am I glad I did.


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Steak
Shrimp
Crab Legs

and something else but who cares what. YUMMY. And even yummier because I don't have to cook!!!!!! OR CLEAN UP THE MESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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CD Photo Book




Aren't these just the coolest. I love the way the way they turned out. I made the little boy album first because again my sis is having a boy and I thought it would be a cool little gift. BUT, when I was done I couldn't resist making a little girl one too. After having two little girls of my own I got pretty good at girly. I do have my son too, but I still have yet to perfect boy stuff. It isn't as easy for me or as fun. Girls are always more pink, more fluff, more glitter and all those things don't seem to work in boy books. :) I have seen a lot of really cute embellished boy things but mine either seem to plain or just not boy enough. I do like the way this turned out though. They were super fast to make. I used my crop-a-dile to punch the hole in each CD. I don't know what I would do without it. I was unsure when I went to punch it if it would crack the CD or send shards flying through the air but it went through like butter. I used my Creative Memories cutting system to cut 4 inch circles to adhere. When I began the first album I though I would follow the circle pattern for the photo mats too but wasn't real happy with it. The decorative paper I choose all had circles on it and I started the first album by making cirlce photo mats too. However, once I finished I decided it was too many circles and made the rest of my mats 3x3 squares. I liked this better, but either would work. I used three CD's for each album and attached them together with a jump ring. The first "page" only has a jumbo eyelet from Stampin Up just to make it look more finished. I did have to make the hole in the CD a little bit bigger though. I just took little bites around the sides with my Crop-a-dile until it was big enough to get the eyelet through. A little ribbon and some tags and voila. Cute little gift albums in about 30 minutes!!! I do have these listed in Etsy and MY OWN STORE if you are interested. I'm planning on making more so if you are interested check back!!!

Sympathy Card

Sympathy cards are not something I make a lot of (which is a good thing) so when a friend of mine need two I headed straight to Splitcoast for a bit of inspiration. There were so many beautiful cards! I just picked a few elements from the cards I loved and this is what I came up with.
Since the card was for a male I wanted it to be soft, but masculine. I think it ended up just perfect. The colors and lines of the background paper are strong but the stamped images are very soft, bold, but soft. For this card I used my Serenity set from Verve Visual. LOVE IT!!!!!! I think it is my ALL TIME FAVE (don't tell Stampin Up). I could use it all the time. Anyway, I stamped the solid flower in Chocolate Chip on vanilla cardstock and the outline in Black on vellum cardstock. I tore the corner and inked the edges in chocolate chip. Tearing it just seemed to represent sorrow to me, very fitting for a sympathy card. My husband thought I burned the vellum which I guess would work but I think my idea was a bit smarter, not to mention safer. Oh, the male mind. Even cardmaking involves danger?!?!?!
The vellum is attached to the cardstock with two metallic brads. I was going to add three to the bottom panel next to the sentiment but once I stamped it I changed my mind. It was just simple and I liked it. Some cards just don't require to much fuss. I definately want to try the vellum again soon so you may see more cards like this soon.
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Sweet Baby

My sister is having a baby boy in June and I have been practicing my boy card skills. I don't know why but when I think baby I think pink. This was a really fun card to make though even if it is pinkless. I used my stamps from Gina K's How Sweet It Is set. I love this stork and all the cards I have seen with it. I used my My Minds Eye stack that I can't seem to get away from. It is just a whole pad of paper that is EXACTLY my taste so I don't even look through anything else right now. Plus it is the only paper I have that I know the manufacturer. I stamped the image in, what else, chocolate chip ink and used my copics for coloring. I love the way I have seen the bird colored with the copics. A very little blue shade that just looks like a shadow. Well I don't have blue and I have no idea how you are actually suppose to do it but I think it worked. Now that I am sitting here typing I can't even remember the color I do have, SORRY :( Anyway, I used my blender (finally got one from Hobby Lobby) and just pulled the color of the marker by touching the ends together then just applied the color where I thought it should go. I colored the rest of the bird with my SU markers and the baby with my Flesh copic. The little blanket is pieced with the same paper from the background. The ribbon I used is leftover from my sister's shower invites and matched oh so nicely. I can't wait to try this in pink now. This card will be in my store and pink will be available shortly. Thanks for looking!!!

Mojoish

I love Julee's Mojo sketches over at Poetic Artistry. They are always fun and I had Verve stamps to ink up so I had to play. Problem is I went downstairs last night after all were asleep to stamp and forgot to take the sketch with me. I didn't dare tip toe back up and risk waking three sleeping kids (bad news for stamping) so I had to do what I remembered. Looking at the sketch this morning I didn't do to bad. (I guess my mommy brain works every now and then ;) The main oops is where my sentiment is but I don't know if I would have liked it as well with it where it is suppose to be. I would have had to fill the space on the main panel with something else and I have no idea what. The papers used are SU card stock More Mustard and Chocolate Chip. The designer paper is from My Minds Eye. The stamps are from the Thankful Blossoms set from Verve Visual. Last night I dug back into my watercolor pencils for the first time in a while and I forgot just how much I like to color with them. I love my markers and am having fun with my new copics but I still don't have my blender pen yet and that is my fave about the pencils. All and all I really like this card. This is such a comfort zone for me. These colors and the shabby look is easy peasy it the bright colors that get me every time. Hope you like!!!

SFYTT Gone a Stray

This card was suppose to be for Jen Del Muro's Sketch Challenge over at I heart to stamp. The more I messed with it the unhappier I was with the results. I love this sketch but just could not make it work for me. Hopefully I will get a chance to try again later with an acutal card for this challenge.





That said I do LOVE the way this card turned out. I used Taken with Teal for the card itself and used my designer paper that you can get FREE as a hostess Level 1 gift. The butterfly is from the Just Celebrate set out of the new mini and was colored with my copics. I used my Marvy Giga punch for the scallop square and my SU punch for the scallop circle. Like always I had to ink the edges of something so the dp and the circle scallop were inked with Taken with Teal ink. The yelllow strip was pierced and I used my white pen to create faux stiching. The sentiment is from the Friendship Blooms set from SAB.

Post It Note Keychain

I finally learned how to make these cute Post It Note Keychains. Not that they are hard to make I just hadn't ever seen them in person. My upline for SU made them for us at a meeting and I knew I had to try them. You can check her's out here. This is the first one I came up with.

I do have these available in my store and on Etsy. You can get your choice of monogrammed letter and you can pick from any of Stampin Up's 48 colors. You can view them here.

Digi Layouts

Okay, I know I already showed you these pictures but I just finish scrapping them digitally and LOVE the way these layouts came out, so bear with me, you have to see them again :) These are the FREE digital kits from the Shabby Princess. I am having a blast with these kits. They are definately my personal style which is really nice. I have a lot of the Creative Memories kits from when I was a consultant but have never been able to achieve a look that I was this happy with. There are quite a few free kits and these two layouts are kind of a mix and match from a few. I decided it was time to some scrap booking done (it's been awhile). My new found paper crafting has kind of consumed my time lately and my photo pile is growing quickly. Hopefully I'll get to some traditional layouts too!! Hope you like!!


Spring Fever

I just wanted to show you a few pictures I took yesterday while we were cleaning the yard for Easter. Spring Fever is at an all time high at my house.
I love the touch of color on the ladybug and Mattea's expression!



This picture of Miller's hands was so precious. I want to forever remember muddy little hands playing with a ladybug!



Jumbo Clothespins

I have finally had a chance to work on some of the projects I been waiting to do. These were what I came up with last night. I think they turned out really cute!
For the first one I used my FAVORITE set from Verve Visual called Serenity. I love this prayer but it really was the flowers that sold me. I love them, there so simple but beautiful. I haven't used the outlined flowers as much as these but I like the silhouette look of this one so much. I stamped the prayer in chocolate chip ink on whisper white card stock. I used my Marvy Giga Punch for all the scallops. This one is chocolate chip background.


The next one would be a super cute gift for a little girl. The colors are so bright and the sentiment would be great to hold a photo of their best friend. I used the flowers from the Just Celebrate set from the SU mini catalog. I colored the flowers with my Copics and inked the edges of everything with real red. I discovered I have a terrible addiction to inking edges. I tried to not ink the edges of all the projects I worked on last night and well NONE of them aren't. I just love the depth and finish it gives to each piece. I would have to say it is my favorite technique.



For the last one I used Lots of Thoughts which you could get free during Sale-A-Bration. I thought this would be a cute place to leave little love notes for your honey. I might have to start doing that for my hubby, right now the only notes I leave him are honey-do lists :)


All three of these will be for sale today sometime. I'm going to list in Etsy and place them in my store so if you are interested in them please check them out. I do have a few clothespins left so if you want something specific just ask!!!

Scraps Store

So you may know, I have been selling my creations on Etsy for awhile now and have actually sold a lot more than shown on the site. Many of you have seen it on Etsy, contacted me and paid for the items direct to me. I decided to just set up my own little store for you all to check out. I will still be listing items on Etsy too for those who don't read my blog but you can now see stuff at my Scraps Store. You can either contact me by phone or email to purchase an item or you can pay direct through Paypal. There are already a few things in there but I have plans for so much more. As always, special orders are always welcome!!!

Last One I Promise...Well For NOW!!!!





I have been working on a lot of new stuff these last few days so NO MORE MR. OWL. My hubby is home and I have gotten more craft time in, yippeeeeeee! This card is for a sketch from Taylor at Taylored Expressions and is a similar layout to the card posted yesterday. Not really all the much new to tell you, same paper, same ink, same markers. I promise you will see some different posts the rest of the week.

Whoo Hoo, Part Two!!

This card is for a sketch by Jen del Muro over at I{heart}2Stamp. I loved this sketch right away. It's something I probably never would have come up with on my own but I will definately use again. As promised Mr. Owl is the star of the show. He is stamped with black on creamy caramel paper and colored with my earthy elements SU markers. His eyes were colored white with my gelly roll pen. The paper is from a My Minds Eye paper block called Wild Asparagus. I inked all the edges with chocolate chip ink and attached a prima flower with a brad. What do you think????






Whoo Hoo!!!

I finally got to Beate's Sketch Challenge for this week. It was a really simple layout and I was glad for that. Everyone else seems to have really detailed sketches it was nice to make a simple one. And simple this is!! Not a lot of layering. One stamp, really easy. The owl is from the Just Celebrate set from the SU mini occasions catalog. I stamped him on Creamy Caramel just like Danielle over at Fat Cat Stamper. She was the inspiration behind the owl that you will see a lot of this week. He looked so cute on her card and to be honest I completely forgot he was in this set. I've definately made it up to him though as I have about 6 cards of him now. If you don't like the way he looks you can skip the next few days of posts ( I used him for ALL this weeks challenges!) It's nice when you are on a roll with a stamp and paper to just keep going. I only used three sheets of decorative paper for all these cards. No scraps left!!!! Hope you like him enough to take a peek tomorrow!!!

The Tooth Fairy

Three cups of coffee now and I think I'm finally functioning. I was up WAY to late playing with my new Gina K stamps. She had a new release last week and my stamps arrived on Friday. I loved them right away. The stamp set used here is by Melanie called What's in Your Tin. I knew right away I had to have it since Macy has already lost two teeth and darn it if their not hard to find under a pillow in the middle of the night. That tooth fairy already left one behind ;) I ordered quite a few of these tins to alter because they are just so cute. I have a few ideas planned that I will show you once I get a chance to work on them!

Cracked Glass

I had to play with my new embossing gun and I knew right away what I wanted to do. Have you ever seen the cracked glass technique, SOOOOO COOL! You can view the tutorial here at Splitcoast Stampers. I looks like it would be hard but it isn't. It is just about repeating the same step until the coating is thick enough that you just bend the paper and it cracks. I used SU Spring Song stamp set. I stamped the bird in Chocolate Chip and the colored him with my watercolor pencils. Once you apply the first coat of Glassy Glaze powder and heat it the color really pops. As usual I have no idea where this paper came from, but it is really pretty vintage cardstock. I inked all the edges in chocolate chip. I used my Giga scallop punch for the outer circle and then punched a scallop in the middle with my SU punch. I love the way this frames the bird. The sentiment is from the SAB stamp set Lots of Thoughts. I stamped it in black on chocolate chip paper and inked the edges with black too! I took a close up picture of the cracking to better see the details.

Stampin Up Workshop

I was going to wait until after my first SU workshop to show this to you but I realized today I have nothing else to show. The kids have been home sick this weekend and my Mom and Dad are coming up to watch the kids for me tomorrow which means house cleaning which also means no stamping :( I can see the terror on all your faces. It's been horrible. I think it might explain the migraine, shakes and nervous tick I have developed though....LOL. Hopefully I can come up with a few things to post over the weekend though otherwise it will probably be Monday before you hear from me again. My hubby is home next week and he is pretty good about giving me time to "work" on my SU business. Such a tough job :) !!!!!!

Anyway this card is going to be my make and take at the workshop. This was my only chance to make an Easter card for a class and I just love this little chick. Of course, everything used is Stampin Up and I have a breakdown of everything for you to case this card.
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A Good Egg Stamp Set
Barely Banana Card - 4.25 x 5.5
Old Olive Designer Paper - 3 ¾ x 5
Whisper White - 1 7/8 x 2 1/8
and 2 ¼ x 2 ¼ (this is just the scrap piece I used to cut out the shell twice)
Bashful Blue - 2 1/8 x 2 3/8
Cameo Coral - 2 ¼ x 2 ½
and 3 ¾ x 1 1/8
Ribbon - Soft Sky Double stitched 4 ¼ and 3
Markers- Cameo Coral, Really Rust, Summer Sun
Ink – SU Black
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Hope my hostess loves it!! Wish me luck on getting to my craft room!!!!!!

If a Duck is a Bird, Is a Bird a Duck???

That's the million dollar question around here this week. My daughter Macy is in kindergarten and they are getting ready for their literacy carnival. Each class is suppose to put together a theme basket for the raffle. Her class came up with Ducks and Baseballs. (Do these two things even go together????) I knew right away I wanted to make a card set to add to the basket. Problem is I have NO duck stamps and NO baseball stamps. I am really loving my A Little Birdie Told Me set from SU though and thought it might work. Leave it to a five year old to disagree.

Me: Hey Mace, come look at the cards I made for your class!!

Macy: (pause) They're suppose to be ducks?!?!

Me: Well I know but I don't have any ducks.

Macy: And where are the baseball's?!?!?

Me: You can pick either one and I decided to do ducks.

Macy: But their NOT ducks?!?!?!?!

Me: I know but their yellow like ducks.

Macy: (pause, eyeroll, exit room)
Anyway I hope you like the birdie, I mean ducks, ughhhh birdie cards, WHATEVER?!?!?!?


Baby Shower Invite

As promised here is a look at the invitations I made for my sister's baby shower! I used the Shabby Princess digi kits to make the information portion of the invites. It was very easy!! I imported the kits into my Storybook software that I use for digital scrapbooking. I started with a blank 4x6 portrait photo print. I laid out my design on half of the print, when I was happy with the way it looked, I doubled it and pasted it to the bottom of the print. I actually started out as a photo that looked like this:

I uploaded it to my one hour photo center for printing, cut them in half with my paper cutter and the rest is pretty self explanatory. They are really simple to make. I was going to buy a stamp that says you are invited to a shower and hand write everything in, then I realized these might need mailed sometime BEFORE the shower and went this route. It was really quick to crop all the mats to size and use a tape runner to stick it all together. There are alot of really neat kits. I think there are some you can purchase as well, I just got the free ones.

New Blog Banner

You may have noticed a change in my blog banner. I was visiting Emily Giovanni's site and she posted a new digi kit from the Shabby Princess. I immediately headed over to download it. I found a few really cute kits. I decided to try to design a new banner. What do you think?? I love the way it turned out. I'm hoping to get a few digi scrapbook pages done in the next few days too. I also used her kits to design my sister's baby shower invitations. I should have them finished later today and will show them to you. Oh best part, I forgot to mention these kits are FREE!!

I Just LOVE These Rub-Ons

If you are in need of a quick and beautiful card Rub-Ons is the way to go. I have to admit though that I totally cased this card. You can see the original at Stampin Pretty. I love the way the white rub-ons look on the dark cardstock. I used Stampin Up's Real Red and Night of Navy for this card. These rub-ons are still available for FREE with a purchase of $50 or more. If you haven't checked out the Sale-A-Bration stamps yet you can view them here. There is no limit to how many FREE stamps (and rub-ons) you can earn. Don't miss out on this great deal that only runs through March 17th.

Who Needs A Cupcake??

Well I definately do?? A cupcake stamp that is. I have seen so many cute cupcake cards and Taylor Vanbruggen had a layout to try with your cupcake stamp. Since my collection is lacking this I used a new stamp from my Just Celebrate set that is featured in the new mini catalog. I picked the cute butterfly stamp to showcase on this card. I used my Copic markers to color it in. The decorative paper is from Sweetwater Scrapbooking Company. I really love their papers and finally decided to dig in to my stash. Green is my favorite color so of course this card makes me smile. The colors are so bright and cheery. The cardstock is all SU, Green Galore and YoYo Yellow. I used my Marvy giga square punch to make the scallop edge. The squares aren't that big so I cut one down the middle and used the two sides to form one long border. The green ribbon covers where they join. I was originally going to make my scallop border yellow but wasn't real happy with the way it looked and decided to go with the white. Once I was finished I used the half of the yellow square that was for the border to stamp my sentiment on. I really love this card. It is available on my Etsy site with most of my other cards. If you are interested please take a look. Special requests are as available!

Two in One!

This card was made using Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. I loved this sketch right away. I decided to combine it with Carolyn King's challenge for Gina K. The colors you had to use were Lovely Lilac and Certainly Celery. YoYo Yellow was optional. I'm not really thrilled with the way this card turned out. All the others I have seen I love but this just seems to be missing something. I don't know if I will try to combine two challenges again. I think I cracked under the pressure. I had to try again on the color challenge and that was the card you saw yesterday. I used my A Good Egg set for this card. I had yet to try this egg on a card. I've used the little chick out of this set a few times and really love him. I'm planning on trying this sketch again because I really like it but this was just an okay card for me!!

Gina K Designs Challenge



Gina K Designs is having a release party on Monday. You can check out the forum on Split Coast Stampers here. It should be fun and I just love Gina K. I have been eyeing her stamps for awhile and I'm sure eventually I will get some. It might just be this release party that finally caves me in. I joined her copic marker club and have already received my first batch. What amazing markers! I can't wait to get more. Carolyn King posted a color challenge to get the party started. You had to use Lovely Lilac, Certainly Celery and YoYo Yellow. I pulled out my A Little Birdie Told Me set for this card. I was really unsure of these colors at first. Definately not a color choice I would have come up with on my own but I really love the way this card turned out. The decorative paper is from Sweetwater and the rest is SU. You can check out all the cards submitted here. Can't wait for the party!!!

A Happy Day for Rub Ons

I have been dying to try my SU Rub-Ons on glass. I have seen it on a few blogs and it looked really cool. It is!!! I used my Sale-A-Bration rub-ons, you can earn them FREE with a $50 order. I wanted my jar to look springy so I chose the green ones. For a great tutorial on how to apply these rub-ons you should check out this link at Andrea Walford's site. She is amazing!! Her jar is cute hinged lid, mine is just an alfredo sauce jar (shrimp alfredo is my fave). These jars are a good size as they are a little smaller than a jar of spaghetti sauce. Also, with the spaghetti jars the red sauce stains the underside of the lid. I used the Walmart brand of alfredo sauce simply because the label peels off a lot easier than the more expensive brands. The glue is less tacky and the jar cleans really easy, the others left glue residue. I used SU red Sticky tape to adhere the ribbon along the side of the lid and simply cut a circle out of SU's decorative paper. I used my SNAIL adhesive for the paper. I think it turned out super cute and am going to show this at my workshop next weekend. This jar is just begging to be filled with jellybeans and is perfect for an Easter gift. So what are you waiting for, this took me all of ten minutes and the dinner was quick and easy TOO!!!!

MFT Guest Designer Challenge MFGD04

Were you at the My Favorite Things Release Party last night over at Split Coast Stampers. It was a blast. Some very funny ladies!! A challenge was posted for a Guest Designer for the month of April. The challenge was to make a monochromatic card with only one color and neutrals. You could use any shade of your chosen color. I immediately thought blue. Why I don't know. When I sat down to try and make it though it was not working. I decided to make brown my color choice even though it can be considered a neutral. I have been dying to try Beate's Chalkboard Technique and this was a perfect opportunity. I used the hummingbird stamp from SU's A Song of Spring Set. I think it turned out really nice, it didn't photograph as well as I might have liked. The papers are from My Minds Eye. I seem to turn to this block of paper A LOT anymore. I just love them. I hope you like it!

Nifty Fifty

My Dad is turning the big 5-0 this month and I needed to make him a card. I thought since I was on a roll with the earthy colors I would try to create a masculine birthday card. I DREW A BLANK. I needed some inspiration, so I went to Split Coast Stampers which has an amazing gallery of cards. I found one that was just perfect and decided to case it. You can view it here. I don't love mine as much as the orignal. I don't have any number stamps so I had to use my Best Friends Alphabet Set from SU for number. I used my Stamp of Authenticity set that was FREE when I signed up for SU during Sale-A-Bration. I love this set and I love it with this color combo. Chocolate Chip, Kraft and Almost Navy. Very masculine colors but really sophisticated too. I used so square brads I had to attach the navy strip on the card. I hope he likes it!!

Products Used For This Card: All products are Stampin Up unless otherwise stated.
Stamp of Authenticity Set
Sanded Background Stamp
Amazing to Zany Set
Best Friends Alphabet Lower Set
Chocolate Chip Cardstock
Almost Navy Cardstock
Kraft Cardstock - not SU
Cream Carstock - not SU
Square Brads - not SU

Scallop Tutorial

Nope, no card today. I have plenty to show since my DH gave me the WHOLE DAY yesterday in my craft room. I needed to get my samples ready for my upcoming Stampin Up classes and he took the kids. It was just what I needed, to be creative and NO KIDS! I just haven't had time TODAY to get the camera out. Today is HIS turn. I did search my favorite blogs and came across a really easy tutorial on a scallop border. Thought I would share it with you all. Just head over to Twisted Chick Creations. ENJOY!!!!

Mojo Madness Week 27

I was going to wait until tomorrow to post this card but I just can't wait. I tell you these new Verve Visual stamps are rocking my world!!! When Julee over at Poetic Artistry posted her newest Mojo sketch I thought, AHHHHH, I finally have one of her stamps to try for this. I only have the Serenity stamp set but right now it seems to be the only set I need...period. This card is in my favorite colors and I LOVE IT!!!! When I finished my card I was literally running up the stairs to take a picture (which is dangerous when you have my coordination). Anyways, I grabbed my camera and the most beautiful ray of sunshine was coming through my living room window. I put the card on my hardwood floor, snapped the camera once and this is the beauty that came shining through. I tell you the heavens aligned for me and this card.

I used SU Chocolate Chip ink to stamp the flowers and the sentiment on the same decorative paper as the last card. I love these stamps look on this paper. I also used the Chocolate Chip cardstock to back the stamped paper and used the little left over strip to run across the middle. I was going to put brads on this piece like the little circles Julee has on her sketch but I just couldn't, it was just perfect. Julee has been challenging her designers to do some back to basics cards and really this would qualify. No ribbon, no embellishments, just paper, stamps, and ink!! I think that is what I love about this set. It is so beautiful on it's own, not a lot of fuss is needed.

I hope you love it but more importantly I hope Julee loves it. It is the first sketch of the month so the two winners will receive their choice of any Verve Visual set. She just released three on March 1st so head on over. I already have my eye on those cute Anniversary Birds.

Verve Visual



I did it! I told you I would. I finally broke down and ordered the stamp set Serenity from Verve Visual. I have been eyeing it since I found Julee's blog and couldn't wait to try it out. It lived up to every expectation I had. Not only was this my first Verve Visual set it is also my first clear stamp. I didn't know if I was going to like that but I do. When the mail came I ripped open my package and ran downstairs to begin creating (thankfully the kids were napping). I used the solid flower and stamped it right on the background paper in Chocolate Chip. The papers are from a stack by My Minds Eye. I also used the serenity prayer stamp. I distressed the edges of the prayer and also the card itself. I love the way it looks. The softness of the flowers melts my heart. My mom loves this prayer so I took it to her over the weekend for her to use however. She decided it was to pretty to use so she's framing it and hanging it in her bathroom. (Thanks, MOM)

Just a few Stampin Up Reminders!!!

IT'S MARCH and that means lots of exciting new from Stampin Up!

Occasions Mini Catalog

That means the new Occasions Mini Catalog is out and the stamps are available for purchase. You can contact me for a catalog or view it online here. I have made a few cards with some of them but if you want to see lots of beautiful cards you can click here for a wonderful gallery.

Wild Wasabi Card Stock

Purchase a special-offer Wild Wasabi card stock pack for only $3.95 .The pack includes 16 sheets of 4-1/2" x 11-1/2" Wild Wasabi textured card stock that has been scored at 1-1/8" and 5-5/8".
Take a look
here for a list of some great ideas with this special.
This special is only available March 1 - April 30. Don't miss out on this great deal.

Sale-A-Bration

With all the new excitement don't forget about Sale-A-Bration. Still going on NOW through March 17th. Click here to view a brochure.Receive a free Sale-A-Bration set when you spend at least $50.

* There’s no limit—for every $50 you spend, you can select a free Sale-A-Bration set!

*Hostesses: When you host a workshop of at least $300, you’ll receive a free Sale-A-Bration set in addition to the generous hostess benefits! You’ll receive a second Sale-A-Bration set when your net workshop sales reach $600. Get a third set for workshop sales of $900 or more!

*Recruits: Sign up to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration and select any set(value up to $47.95) from the Spring-Summer Collection 2008 free!**

EXTRA! EXTRA!

One last special beginning in the month of March is the Extra! Extra! promo.

Want to earn even more Stampin Up for free?!?!?! Stampin Up has announced that from March 18 - April 30th hostesses will great an extra $25.00 in free merchandise. Click here to read more.

Contact me anytime to take advantage of the deal that is right for you!