Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

No card today only good wishes to all my family and friends!  It has been an incredible year for me in the way of crafting.  I became a Stampin' Up Demo, to get the discount on my supplies.  I was introduced to a wonderful group of Pals and made some great blogging friends along the way!  Thank you for stopping by this Wacky blog and leaving the best comments ever!  You know how to make a girl's day! 

I am already looking forward to 2011 in the way of stamping.  I will have some exciting news to share. 

May 2011 bring everyone good health and happiness!   



Monday, December 27, 2010

An Aspirin a day ...

Today's card was given to my stamping buddy's husband who had to have surgery earlier this month.  I thought this stamp worked perfectly for what I wanted.  Unfortunately, he had to have bypass surgery and one of the requirements after this surgery is to take an aspirin everyday.  

Stamps:  House Mouse, Simple Sayings
Paper:  Creamy Carmel, Really Rust, Close to Cocoa, White
Ink:  Really Rust, Black
Accessories:  ticket punch, button brad (non SU), Prismacolor markers
All supplies are SU unless otherwise noted.

A very simple card and I was pleased with the end result.  Sometimes the stamped image is all you need to show off.  

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and got everything you wanted.  I did and had a great time with my family.  We had a beautiful white Christmas ... about 4 inches of snow.  

Very unusual for those of us in Alabama.  We couldn't get to the early bird specials yesterday because of the weather.  So this morning it is off to the mall to see what kind of bargains we can find.

Have a great day,

Thursday, December 23, 2010

PPA 74 ... Sketch Challenge

I know I always say this is a wonderful sketch to work with and I'll use it again. Well, this sketch was so much fun to play with.  It can be a simple card or you could really dress it up.  Margaret Moody pulled a great sketch out of her magic hat this week.  Click on over to Pals Paper Arts and join in the fun.  Also, don't miss out on the event of the season when Pals Paper Arts unveils it's Best Dressed List for 2010 on December 30th.  See which of the previous Artist Picks makes the cut as the Best of the Best!

Here is the sketch for this week ...
Now here is what I created ...

Stamps:  Flower Fancy, Flight of the Butterfly
Paper:  Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Very Vanilla
DSP:  Concord Crush
Ink:  Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait
Accessories:  Butterfly punch, pearls, dauber, dimensional, polka dots embossing folder, stamp-a-ma-jig
All supplies are Stampin' Up.
  • Flower Fancy is a two-step stamping set ... love it!
  • Used the stamp-a-ma-jig for the inside flower and leaves.
  • Pearls were added to the center of the flower for dimension.
I was really pleased with outcome of this card.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you and your families have a wonderful and safe holiday!

Merry Christmas,

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Just Chit Chat

I don't have a card to post today.  

I don't know what my stamping and blogging days will be like for the next week, so while I have a few minutes, I wanted to wish everyone a VERY Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Thank you so much for the great gift of visiting my blog and leaving the best comments ever!  You all are the best and I enjoy visiting your blogs too!

I was up really early again today because .... another mouse in the house.  Hmmm, it's looking like there might be more to the saying "where there is one there are two ..."  Once again, my hero (hubby) donned the gloves and caught the little critter and let him loose outside where he belongs.  He looked just like the last one ... could it be??? 

I also wanted to thank the gals over at The Paper Players for picking my card as a Cut Above.  I was so surprised and excited!  Thank you so much.  They host great challenges so be sure and check them out.

Merry Christmas,

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Card #3

Today's card is my third Christmas card that was made for 2010.  I did actually make some others, but did not photograph them before sending it off ... oops.  I had a blast making my cards this year, but am ready to move onto other themes and stamp sets.

The final one ...

Stamps:  Jolly Old St. Nick
Paper:  Bashful  Blue, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, White
DSP:  Bashful Blue
Ink:  Black, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  Nestabilities circle/scalloped dies, brads, Prismacolor markers, daubers
All products are SU unless otherwise noted.

I making this post short and sweet today... I'm pretty tired this evening.  I was at Belk Department store at 5:50 a.m. this morning.  They were giving away gift cards to the first 250 customers.  My lucky husband and daughter's card was worth $100 ... mine $5. Ok, I was the loser this morning, though I did have fun shopping and then meeting some good friends for breakfast. 

Until next time ...

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas card No. 2

Happy Friday!  I had a great day shopping with Bethany yesterday.  We got a lot accomplished and had a lot of laughs.  It has definitely put me in the Christmas spirit now that we are all together.  Now I just need to wrap our purchases ... that is what tomorrow is for. 

The card I'm posting today is one of my Christmas cards that I sent out to my family and friends.  I made three different cards and actually posted one earlier here.  That one was made for a color challenge.  I liked it so much that I made more.  For today's card, I used the same set, just a different stamp from it.

Stamps:  Jolly Old St. Nick
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
DSP:  Jolly Holiday
Ink:  Old Olive, Black
Accessories:  oval punch, corner punch, Old Olive ribbon, Prismacolor markers and pencils, snowflake from cricut cartridge, brad, sponge, Stickles
All products are SU unless otherwise noted.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Pals Paper Arts Challenge

Hello Thursday and hello to a touch of warmer weather.  Yesterday, along with the past week, was quite brutal here in Alabama.  They let the schools out early due the threat of ice.   We did get some ice but not as bad as I thought it would be.  The good of all this cold weather, I got to stay inside and create.  I've been working on some Christmas presents for friends.  I also took some time to make a card for the Pals Paper Arts challenge this week...Get Your Lace in Place.

Here is the inspiration photo ...

Lace 2

Here is my take on using some lace on my card ...

Stamps:  I {heart} Hearts
Paper:  Real Red, Black, White
DSP:  Black
Ink:  Real Red, Black
Accessories:  brads (non SU), lace (non-SU), mat pack
  • The layout came from Gina K.'s  Stamp TV Sketch Spotlight (STVSKSP6).
  • I must admit that I am not a lace kind of person.  I dug through my mother's sewing stuff and found this red lace.  After playing with the lace, I liked the outcome of it.
  • I actually used my mat pack for the brad placements.  It took me a few minutes to realize that one of the brads is not centered on its prongs, therefore it looks crooked on my card.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to play over at the Pals lace challenge.  

Have a great day,


Monday, December 13, 2010

Baby It's Cold Outside ...

It is really cold outside today, 25 degrees and that is the high, so I'm thinking warmth.  When thinking of warm weather, my mind goes to the sun, green grass and flowers.  With that thought in my head and wanting to play with The Paper Players challenge, I headed to my craft room for some stamping fun.

Today I decided to use some of my goodies that have not seen any action in a long time, probably since I became a SU Demonstrator.  I blew off the dust, had a good sneeze, and started getting inky fingers. Well, not everything was dusty, the stamp set is actually new. I received an early Christmas present and just had to use it.  

Stamps:  Floral Wreath by Gina K.
Paper:  Bazzill, SU White
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  SU Pearls, Cuttlebug swirls embossing folder, ribbon, Nestabilities oval and scalloped dies, Prismacolor markers

I was really pleased with how this card came out and had so much fun coloring the flowers.

I hope everyone stays nice and warm!  Have a great day!


Saturday, December 11, 2010

PPA 72 - Fashion Inspiration

Like everyone else out there this time of year, we are all so busy.  I wanted to take a few minutes away from shopping and wrapping presents to make a card for the Pals Paper Arts challenge this week.  Here is the inspiration photo ...

Winter White Cropped

I've always admired the folks out there that can put a card together in 10 minutes.  I thought, I'm going to try this...once again.  Well, I still cannot put together a card in 10 minutes ... lol.   Today's card was created in about an hour ... I'm slow I know.  My daughter is always giving me a hard time about my procrastination on what I want to do next to the card.  I'm forever doing something and then taking it apart and trying something else.  That was the case of this card too.  Here is my finished quick, clean and simple card ...

Stamps:  Jolly Old St. Nick, Curly Cute
Paper:  White, Sahara Sand
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Bashful Blue Marker
Accessories:  Rhinestones, Dazzling Diamonds, dauber,blender pen, CB swiss dots embossing folder, white ribbon (non-SU)
All products are SU unless otherwise noted.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!


Friday, December 10, 2010

Pretty Pal's Birthday

Today is special for one of the Stampin' Pretty Pals ... Carla Bazhenow.  Happy Birthday Carla.  She is an amazing Pal in our wonderful group.  She is always visiting blogs and leaves amazing comments.  So if you get a chance, stop by her blog, Carla's Scraps, and wish her a Happy Birthday.
This is the card that I sent Carla for her special day.

Stamps:  Just Believe, On Your Birthday
Paper:  Blushing Bride, Early Expresso, Pear Pizzazz, White,
DSP:  Blushing Bride
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Early Expresso, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories:  Nestabilities oval/scalloped dies, Early Expresso ribbon, sponge daubers, pearls, word window and label punch, color coach
All products are SU unless otherwise noted.

I hope you have a great day!


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Blog Award

I am still floating on cloud nine!  Imagine my surprise when Ann from The Stampin' Schach gave me the Stylish Blogger Award.  Ann is a very talented stamper and her cards are always gorgeous.  She is an inspiration to me and I always enjoy going to her blog.  Be sure to stop by Ann's blog and leave her some love.

This award comes with some fun stipulations.  They are as follows:
  1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this.
  2. Share 8 things about yourself.
  3. Forward it to bloggers that you have recently discoverd.
Here are eight facts about me ...
  1. I enjoy hiking with my family and dogs.
  2. I am scared of heights.
  3. My husband and I built our dream house in 2001/02.
  4. I like to watch Dancing With the Stars and American Idol.
  5. I have a china cabinet in my craft room full of stamps.  Need any?
  6. I LOVE shopping for craft supplies in either a catalog or store.  I'm not picky.
  7. I'm a military brat and have lived all along the east coast, Alaska, Okinawa, and Germany.
  8. My dream vacation would be going to Australia. 
Recently I was invited to participate in a Blog Group.  This was a new experience for me and through this I've met some incredible stampers.  I would like to pass this award on to all of them.

Be sure to check out the gals from Donna's Vintage Rose Blog Group.
I don't have a card to share today. I will tomorrow so be sure to check it out.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

MOJO 168 sketch

Another great sketch this week from Julee over at Mojo Monday - The Blog.  This was a fun one!  Since I'm done with my Christmas cards...yea..I decided to make a wintery card. 

Here is the sketch ...

I changed a few things but not too many.  I turned my card the other direction for starters and from there the only other change was the little square.  I used a label die and put it at any angle. 

Below is my card ...

Stamps:  Cold & Cuddly
Paper:  Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
DSP:  Jolly Holiday
Ink:  Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist
Accessories:  Prismacolor markers, rhinestones, Nestabilities square and label two dies, Old Olive ribbon
All products are SU unless otherwise noted.

I tried using Picasa 3 for my picture enhancements.  From the looks of "fixing" it, I need a lot of practice.  I lost the sharpness of the photo ... it looks blurry to me.  I undid everything and tried again but don't think it turned out much better.  I think I would have been better off had I not changed anything ... lol.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Tags ...

It's freezing outside so that has definitely put me in the Christmas spirit today.  To make the day even better, there are some great challenges out there to play with.  The tags below are for The Paper Players Christmas theme challenge this week.  I wanted to make some quick tags so I can mass produce them without taking too much time. that being lazy or helping manage my time?  I'm opting for the second thought. :)

Stamps:  Holiday Helpers
Paper:  White
Ink:  Staz-On Black, Real Red
Accessories:  Prismacolor markers, Nestabilities scalloped circle die, fuzzy yarn (non-SU), sponge, crop-a-dile
  • This is retired set from SU (1999) that I just love to this day.
Now I'm off to go stamp some more.  Woohoo, I love days that I can spend in my craft room and play.  Maybe I should use the word design or create so that my hubby doesn't think I sit around and play all day.

Have a great day,

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Exciting start to the day

It's Saturday morning and I am awake bright and early.  Not cause I want to be but because there was a mouse in my bedroom.  I was awakened at 3:48 a.m. to a noise of cords moving behind my night stand.  I turned on the light and saw the little sucker run out.  Thank God for husbands who keep calm and will catch the critter.  My kitty, Angel, must have already had enough of mouse chasing cause it didn't interest her much.  My wonderful protective whippets got scared when I screamed and left the room.  Through the drama my husband stood by my side with his gloves on ready to capture our new resident.  After an hour or so of mouse hunting in the bedroom and bathroom, my gloved hero grabbed the mouse and released him back into the woods.  Terry got right back into bed but oh not me.  My mind is thinking where there is one there are two ... I think I hear another one ... what if there are babies ... oh no we might have a house full of mice.  So I decided to blog ...

This card is for my niece.  Unfortunately, her little town of Thomson, GA, is having a rough week.  One of her good friends, 17 years old, was tragically killed in a car accident this week. 

Stamps:  With All My Heart
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery
Ink:  Not Quite Navy
Accessories:  Cuttlebug Victorian embossing folder, mat pack, scalloped border punch, five petal flower punch, word window punch, rhinestones
All products are SU unless otherwise noted.

  • I stamped the medallion and then used the five flower punch.  The edges were sponged to give it depth.
  • This is a CASE from the November 2007 Paper Crafts magazine by M. Robson.
  • I changed the colors, embossing, flowers, sentiment and added bling.
Sometimes looking through online sites or magazines and semi-CASEing a card helps return the mojo of stamping.  I have done so many Christmas cards, I needed some inspiration to get the creative bug working again.

Have a great day,

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Queen of Everything ...

I'm definitely not talking about myself with that title ... I'm talking about my daughter.  I wanted to send her another fun card since she is getting ready for her finals.  She took anatomy this semester and she calls it the class that is like a clingy boyfriend ... you just can't shake it off.  It has really consumed her life, especially the social aspect of it if you ask her.  The good news, I think she will get an A out of the class.  I hope the card will at least put a smile on her face.

I had a great Thanksgiving holiday and enjoyed every minute of it.  I did not get any stamping done, other than working on my Christmas cards while watching the Auburn/Alabama game ... War Eagle!  I was busy out shopping and spending time with my family.  I missed getting inky fingers ... usually get withdrawals after a couple of days without a stamp in my hand. 

This is a quick and simple card...

Stamps:  Card Games, Game Night
Paper:  White, Concord Crush, Pink Passion, Tempting Turquoise
DSP:  Tempting Turquoise
Ink:  Pink Passion, Concord Crush
Accessories:  Cuttlebug hearts embossing folder, ribbon (non SU), Stickles, edge distresser (non SU), heart punch, corner rounder
All products are SU unless otherwise noted.

I hope you had a safe and fun Thanksgiving weekend.  Are there any other crazy shoppers out there who get up and out really early?  My hubby and daughter were hitting the pavement Friday morning by 3:30 a.m.  I was not quite that crazy ... I did online shopping at 4 a.m. and left the house at 6:30 a.m.

Have a great day,

Monday, November 22, 2010

Birthday Wishes

Finished my grocery shopping for Thanksgiving ... check!  The family will be together starting tomorrow afternoon ... check!  Getting my Christmas cards done on time ... check!  Yay, this is looking like a wonderful week for me.  I hope it is for you and your family too!

I have not been stamping as much lately (only Christmas cards) so have not been blogging too much.  There a few challenges I hope to participate in this week.  Today I wanted to show you a birthday card that I made and sent to some special people in my stamping community for their birthday.

Stamps:  Day of Gratitude, On Your Birthday
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze
DSP:  Baja Breeze
Ink:  Baja Breeze Soft Suede
Accessories:  Spellbinders circle and scallop dies, vanilla ribbon (non-SU), Stamp-a-ma-jig, Rhinestones
All products are SU unless otherwise noted.

I love the color Baja Breeze so much.  It has become one of my all time favorites!  It coordinates with so many other colors too.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I know we all have so much to be thankful for.  I'm very thankful for the wonderful people that I have met through stamping!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Thursday, November 18, 2010

PPA Challenge Thursday

It's time for another Pals Paper Arts Challenge ... fun, fun.  This week the inspiration is an element of style -- to use ribbon or fabric.  Another concept I'm really liking ... keep it clean and simple!  Below is the photo that will get your creative juices flowing.

My creative juices knew I didn't want to do anything with Christmas colors.  Don't get me wrong, I love those colors but I've been working all week on my Christmas cards.  My eyes needed to see some different shades or color.  I wanted something simple, fun and youthful.  With that being said, this is my card for this week's PPA challenge.

Stamps:  Pun Fun, Happy Together, Itty Bitties, Itty Bitty Bits
Paper:  White, Black, Pacific Point
Ink:  Black, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango
Accessories:  Non SU products--ribbon, brads,CB embossing folder, Prismacolor Markers, decorative scissors, Scor-Pal, SU Itty Bitty punch, ticket punch, dimensionals
All products are SU unless otherwise noted.
  • My brad would not lay correctly on the bottom corner and I kept messing with it only to ruin the corner so I just cut it off...yikes! 
  • I used my Scor-Pal to create the border at the bottom of my card.
  • I stamped the balloons once on the card and then again on scrap paper.  I cut out the balloons and adhered them to the card with dimensionals.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Paper Players Color Challenge

I really wanted to make a card last week for The Paper Players snowman challenge, but it was never accomplished.  I was working on my Christmas cards all week.  When I saw what their color challenge was today, I knew I had to make time to participate.  So I did just that this afternoon.  My hubby headed out-of-town on business and Michael was doing homework, so I came upstairs and created.

This is what got my inspiration swirling along with the sketch challenge (#306) at Splitcoast.

This is what my inky fingers created ...

Stamps:  Jolly Old St. Nick
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke
DSP:  Jolly Holly
Ink:  Staz-on black
Accessories:  Cuttlebug Spots & Dots embossing folder, eyelets (non-SU), Spellbinder circle dies, Prismacolor markers & pencils, White Signo pen, Crop-a-dile
All products are SU! unless otherwise noted.
  • I used my Signo pen to color in all the white parts ... it adds some texture too.
  • I did not want to add too many details to this card.  I wanted Santa to be my main focal point.
  • I apologize for the photograph not being the best.  I took the picture tonight and used artificial light.
Thanks for stopping by and I enjoy reading your comments.  If you have any questions, please e-mail me at

Have a great day,


Thursday, November 11, 2010

PPA Featured Artist ... That's me today

Woohoo...I'm the featured artist again over at the Pals Paper Arts.  I hope you will join me, and the rest of the fabulous design team, with this weeks inspiration photo challenge.


When I showed my husband the inspiration picture and then my card, he said "Where is the food?"  The colors of the inspiration photo are what jumped out at me, so I ran with that and came up with this ...

Click on photo to enlarge
Stamps:  A Flower for All Seasons, Baroque Motifs
Paper:  Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, watercolor paper
DSP:  Rich Razzleberry
Ink:  Black, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:   Pearls, white ribbon, dimensionals, paint brush (non SU), Spellbinders square
All products are SU! unless otherwise noted.
  • The stamped image was water colored with re-inkers.
  • I used the sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You from the week of November 1st.
  • The smallest pearls were used to accent the middle of the poinsettia's.
It will be exciting to see what everyone else "sees" when looking at the challenge picture this week.  My hubby would have put a cake on his card. 

Thanks for stopping by and as always, I enjoy reading your comments.  If you ever have any questions about my card or products, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Thank you to all the veteran's (and active duty) for giving us the country that we have today ... freedom! 

Have a great day,


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A card for Muffy and Brody

One of the Pretty Pals, Ann Schach of The Stamping Schach, recently brought home two new boxer puppies ... Muffy and Brody.  When I made this card, Ann was only bringing home Muffy ... hence the pink.  It was later that I learned about Brody joining his sister. 

Stamps:  Ruff Day
Paper:  Pretty In Pink, Confetti Cream, Chocolate Chip
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  corner rounder, rhinestones, ribbon (non SU), Prismacolor markers
All products are SU! unless otherwise noted.
  • I tore two of the corners and inked them with chocolate chip ... you know how puppies chew.
  • Added the rhinestones to add some bling ... boxer puppies are special.
Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure and stop by tomorrow, I'm the featured artist over at the Pals Paper Arts.  Have a great day!


Thursday, November 4, 2010

PPA Color Challenge

It's Thursday so that means Pals Paper Arts challenge day!  This week the Design Team came up with a pretty color combo.

PPA 67 Celebrity Color Challenge Nov 4 2010
I made this card for my best friend who had to have shoulder surgery yesterday.  I know Leslie reads my blog, but I'm thinking (hoping) she is not up to checking her e-mail for a couple of least until my card arrives.

Stamps:  Always in My Thoughs
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Poppy Parade
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories:  Stampabilities ovals, Cuttlebug embossing folder, oval punches, rhinestones, blender pen, dimensionals
All products are SU! unless otherwise noted.

Yesterday I watched a video on Stamp TV with Gina K.  The video showed how to make a card using a raised frame. Looked like a fun technique so I had to try it.   I'm hoping from the picture below, that you can actually see what I'm describing as a raised frame.

This turned out to be fun and I'm sure I will make another card with a raised frame.  If you have any questions about Stampin' Up products or my cards, please don't hesitate to e-mail me. 

Thanks for stopping by and I always enjoy reading your comments.  Have a great day! 


Monday, November 1, 2010

MOJO Monday ...

This is a first in a while, getting the MOJO challenge done on the Monday it was posted...woohoo!  When I looked at the sketch, I knew I wanted to use my Aviary stamp set.  This is a great set!

I love the simplicity of this sketch.  It was easy and fun to work with. 

I did change the rectangle at the top a bit to fit my card better.  Ok, I forgot and cut my white panel too short so I improvised.  What do you think ... does it still work?  Here is my take on the sketch ...

Stamps:  Aviary, Itty Bitty Bits 
Paper:  Concord Crush, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, White
DSP:  Pear Pizzazz
Ink: Concord Crush, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories:  SU border punch and Itty Bitty punch, SU chocolate chip marker, brad, ribbon
All products are SU! unless otherwise noted.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Sunday, October 31, 2010

It's a friend's birthday ...

Happy Halloween!  The card I'm posting today, is not even Halloween...oops.  This card is for my high school friends that have birthday's in November.  I don't usually make the same card twice, but since I'm a bit behind in my stamping, I cheated and did. 

Stamps:  Friends Never Fade
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze
DSP:  Greenhouse Gala
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  ribbon, brads, Prismacolor markers
All products are SU! unless otherwise noted.

I stamped the flower twice, colored one and then cut it out.  I used my chocolate chip marker and ran it around the cut out flower and then attached it to the friends panel.  I also stamped the word friends again in Daffodil Delight, cut it out and glued it to the panel.  Added three red brads for a little touch of color and this card was finished. 

Thanks to everyone that stops by and a big thanks to those that leave comments.  I appreciate the kind words. If you ever have any questions about my cards or products, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Have a great day,

Friday, October 29, 2010

PPA Challenge Time

I had a great crafting day yesterday with Monica and making a card for the PPA challenge.  I'm so happy to be back participating again.  I love doing different challenges and the Paper Pals is my favorite!  Be sure to check out PPA challenges every Thursday.  This week Margaret Moody gave us a great sketch to work with.

Below is my take on the sketch ...

Stamps:  Happiness Shared
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Regal Rose, Old Olive
DSP:  Regal Rose
Ink:Staz-on Black, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Old Olive, Always Artichoke
Accessories:  CB Swiss Dots embossing folder, Old Olive ribbon, Prismacolor Markers, circle punch, daubers, pop dots
All products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.

(This card is photographed on the pink background paper so that it would not blend in with my usual white background.)

Bethany is coming home for the weekend and I'm excited to get to see her since I missed her when she was home for fall break.  I wanted to share a picture of Bethany, my hubby, Banjee and Sadie.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Enjoy your weekend and the fall weather!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Something new ... a recipe challenge

One of my fellow Pals, Ann at The Stampin' Schach, is on the design team at The Paper Players.  Ann came up with a great recipe challenge.  Her three ingredients are  ...
  1. One designer series paper
  2. Something which has been punched
  3. A sentiment
Here is what my recipe card looks like ...

Stamps:  With All My Heart, Three Little Words
Paper:  Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise
DSP:  Melon Mambo
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery
Accessories:  corner punch, itty bitty punch, word window punch, label punch, fancy flower punch, glimmer brads, rhinestones

I could not get the punched circles in a pattern that I liked.  So, I decided to just drop them on the card and glue them in the dropped spot.  I sponged the edges of the flowers and sentiment to soften them a bit. 

I wanted a bright and cheery card to send to Bethany.  She is having a rough week at college and I wanted to send her an extra dose of love this week.

This was my first time to participate with The Paper Players.  I will definitely be checking them out again!  It feels fabulous to be back to stamping and blogging again.  I missed it all!

Have a great day,


Thursday, October 14, 2010

I'm away and missing it ...

I had to leave unexpectedly this past Tuesday for New Hampshire.  My uncle had emergency bypass surgery and needed someone to help him out, so here I am.  I had just gotten back from Gatlinburg, TN this past Friday, had soccer all weekend and then I got the dreaded call.  I never got my stamping stuff unpacked from Fall Break.  On Monday I was doing laundry and packing again when the present man came by in his brown truck.  I didn't even get to unpack and look at my new goodies ... frown.

I really miss my family, friends, and stamping, but I'm needed here.  Knowing that my uncle wanted me here to help is an honor. 

I haven't really had time to blog hop, which I really miss but I'm hoping that one evening I'll be able to do that.  I know there are some great challenges out there, including the PPA fall picture inspiration.  I even bought a new stamp set for this project.  I hope you have fun playing and I'll click on over to see what everyone has created.

Hope to get back to my craft room around the 25th of October.  Until then ...

Have a great day,


Friday, October 8, 2010

Blog Award

I received a wonderful e-mail earlier this week from my blogging friend Donna.  I've been following Donna's beautiful blog for a bit and I absolutely love her cards and photos.  Donna chose me for the "Cherry on Top" blog award.  Thank you Donna for sending this awesome award my way.  I am still on cloud nine!  Be sure to stop by Donna's blog, Donna's Designs, to see her stunning work.

The rules for receiving this award:

1. Thank the person that passed it to you.
2. Copy the award to your blog.
3. Share three things about yourself that you enjoy doing.
4. Pass the award to 5 others.

The three things I would like to share with you are:

1. I am passionate about stamping.
2. I like to play and watch sports.
3. I enjoy cross-stitching.

The beautiful blogs with that little extra that I would like to pass this award to are:
  1. Carla - Carla's Scraps
  2. Ann - The Stampin' Schach
  3. Kim - Stamp, Scrap and Get Kreative
  4. Trish - Encourage Joy
  5. Beth - Crafts by Beth
I had a hard time picking just five blogs to pass this on to.  There are so many wonderful and inspiring blogs out there that I follow and enjoy reading.  Thanks to all the bloggers who showcase their gorgeous creations for all to enjoy!  Keep on crafting!

I've just returned from our Fall Break vacation in Gatlinburg, TN.  I had a fabulous time but I'm so glad to be back home.  I'm also looking forward to catching up on everyone's blog and to hit my craft room.  We have soccer this weekend so hopefully Monday will lend some time to create.

Have a great day,


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Two for One ...

Today's card incorporates two challenges into one card.  I love when I can do that...really feel like you get a lot accomplished.  The first challenge was to use the MOJO 158 sketch, which I really liked.  I went with the square shape.  The second challenge was the Pals Paper Arts button, fun!  Be sure to check them both out and play along too!

Stamps:  Vintage Vogue, Itty Bitty Bits, Printed Petals
Paper:  So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Perfect Plum, White
DSP:  Wild Wasabi
Ink:  Perfect Plum, So Saffron
Accessories:  SU ribbon, sponge, bitty buttons, color coach
All products are from SU! unless otherwise noted.

Have a great day,