Thursday, December 28, 2006

jOy in the LitTLe ThiNgS

I made this card with my new set - Polka Dots & Paisley - from SU!. This was a gift from SU! to their Demos. :) This set will be available in the Spring Mini 2007 from SU!. I think it is super cute and can't wait to play more with it.

I used the Color Challenge on SCS (can be found here - CC93 ) to make this card. I know I've mentioned it before, but the challenges on SCS are great to jumpstart creativity. I love seeing how others use the challenges - the differences in each idea utilizing the same starting point.

Stamps:Polka Dots & Paisley
CS:Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, Blush Blossom, Basic Grey PP
Ink:Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow
Other:Sage Shadow & Rose Red Markers, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain, Rose Red Stitched Ribbon (Ribbon Originals), Ticket Corner Punch, Stamping Sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals

We had a good Christmas - aside from being sick still. The kids had so much fun opening their gifts and helping Trenton open his. Of course, Mackenzie likes her toys, but thinks the toys Madison and Trenton got are much better. :) We're still recuperating from the 'hustle and bustle', as well as, trying to get better from being sick. The kids are getting head colds, Madison woke with a fever today, and Dave had to call the doctor again to see about getting a different medicine - BUT other than that....we're movin' on! :D

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and is looking forward to a bright and prosperous New Year!! All the best for everyone in 2007!!

Monday, December 25, 2006


Just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a most spectacular New Year!!

Our Christmas is off to an awesome start here at our household! The kids have opened their gifts, played with some, replayed with others, and just enjoying their morning.

Wishing everyone the best this holiday season!!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Sweet Stuff

This is one of the new SAB sets from Stampin' Up! called Very Punny. I got it to do swaps and this is my swap card I made (40 of these to be exact :). The set itself is sooo cute and I love the little sayings that go with each image. If you haven't gotten your SAB set yet - you will. The sets are as always so cute and something to appeal to each stamper's style. I'm trying to be good and not preorder any of the other ones - I figure I will earn them (at least I'm hoping too).

Are you ready yet for Christmas? I'm not! I haven't wrapped a thing, still have some shopping to do, haven't sent all my cards yet, and still working on some gifts that I'm making. So, what am I doing on my blog - procrastinating of course!! LOL!! I did get some pages done last night for 2 7x7 scrapbooks I'm making. My friend came over and we stamped/scrapped. Of course, I probably would have gotten more done if the phone didn't ring and the kids didn't want something everytime I sat down! :)

I love this time of year!! The hustle and bustle I can do without, but just the overall spirit of the holiday is wonderful!!

Stamps:Very Punny (SAB 2007), Simply Circles
CS:Confetti White, Real Red, Basic Black
Ink:Real Red
Other: Real Red and Basic Black Markers, Circle Punches in the following sizes - 1/4", 1/16", 1 1/4", & 1 3/8", Word Window Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Crystal Effects, Narrow Organdy Ribbon - Black, Black brads (from the Vintage Brads), White Uni-Ball Gel Pen (for swirl in lollipop which turned red after the crystal effects was added and for the lollipop stick)

Monday, December 18, 2006

Christmas Peaceful Wishes

Here is one of the cards I'm going to be sending out this year. Yep - still haven't mailed my cards nor have I finished them! Yikes!! The past couple I've made have been on the super simple side. I figured I better make them simple and few steps or they will end up being New Year's cards instead (which I've done in the past and I'm definitely not opposed to doing again). With so much to finish - I really can't be stressing over cards. I also keep finding myself doing other things than I what I should be - have I mentioned that I'm the ultimate in procrastination?!! :)

I still need to make 2 3.5x3.5 scrapbooks for DH's grandmothers, 2 7x7 scrapbooks for our mothers, wrap the kids gifts, purchase DH's gifts (to my defense - he just gave me a list of things this weekend), make cards, mail cards, print Christmas picture, and I'm sure there are other things I should/could do.

Stamps:Peaceful Wishes
CS:VV, Cranberry Crisp, True Thyme
Ink:Cranberry Crisp, True Thyme
Other:Cranberry Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Xmas Red Stickles

Sunday, December 17, 2006

{pretty in pink}

I have been super busy with trying to get things ready for Christmas, so I apologize for not updating my blog more often. Not to mention - all 3 of my kids were sick and now my DH and I are sick. Of course, this has really slowed me down because I don't feel like doing anything when I'm sick. I also have been sleeping all day for a couple days - really puts a hamper on stamping and crafting that NEEDS to be done for Christmas!!

Anyway - here is a page I made of Mackenzie. I just love all the prima flowers and 'bling' on this page!! :) Mackenzie can really test your nerves, but all she has to do is just smile at you and it melts your heart (as can all my children)!! :)

Stamps:Technique Tuesday (Girl word stamps)
Ink:Basic Black
Other:Wild Asparagus PP, Close to Cocoa cs, Transparency (, Pink Gems, Prima flowers, Stickles in center of flowers, ribbon

The pp, ribbon, big flower, brad, and pink gems are from the Nov Just Enough Kit Please from Serendipity Scrapbooks ( .

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

blog candy

Ok everyone - you need to get right over to my friend Lynne's blog!!! She has 7 groupings of BLOG CANDY up for posting on her blog!! You don't want to miss out on any of these goodies - they look fabulous and who can't use more stamping supplies!?!?!!! :)

So - here is the link (Seaside Escape) The drawing will take place on Sat. 12/16 at noon, so head over now so you don't miss out on your chance to win!! Make sure to bookmark her blog as well - she is really going full force with her New Year's Resolution of devoting more time to stamping, so her blog will have lots to inspire you!!

Good luck to everyone!! And Lynne - looks great!! I won't post over there, so as not to take away someone's chance. :) Can't wait to see who wins!!!

Saturday, December 09, 2006


Today I am posting the newsletter that one of the DT I'm on has - Lasting Impressions with Panache. You won't want to miss out on their newsletter, so be sure to check out their site ( and scroll down towards the bottom left hand side and sign up! They offer great specials for their newsletter members, so that is another plus to get the newsletter!!


With the Holidays right around the corner we are all so busy trying to do those last little details that will make the Holidays special for you and your loved ones. We hope you can take time for yourself. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and take a look at some of the new things on our web site this week.

Featured Card of the Month

Talented Creative Crew member Julie Warner created the wonderful featured card of the month. Her "Rainbow Dancer" is alive with color. Julie used our Sun Dancing Goddess to create this card.While visiting our web site be sure to look at all of the wonderful new samples that our Creative Crew have put together to inspire you.

New Images

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Featured Item of the Week

The hottest item to hit the stamping world is on special for our Newsletter readers. It is the Scor-it! It has had so many wonderful reviews with people who have purchased one. This week Scor-it in and has produced a 13 minute "webisode" on the Scor-It Board. The webisode hostess is Tricia Morris. In this segment she shows how the board is set up, how to operate the board with very simple instructions. She demonstrates a complete project called Card Keeper that she has done with Accordian Folds made with the Scor-it. She also demonstrates the dry embossing capabilities of the Scor-it Board with a card project near the end of the video. To view the Scor-it webisode, go to and click on the banner in the upper right hand corner of the home page.

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Our Creative Crew Has Been Very Busy

Shelly Hickox is another talented member of our Creative Crew. She has 3 cards published in the Winter Edition of the Take Ten Magazine. Congratulations to Shelly! If you would like to see other card samples we have hundreds of them in our Gallery and also in the Creative Crew Gallery! Many of our samples have the instructions by the artist on how to create these cards.

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Tip of the Week--How to Fix or Hide Those Mistakes

This tip is from Creative Crew member Julie Warner.
How to Fix or Hide Those Mistakes

If the cardstock you are using is white and you make a mistake coloring with a water based marker or any non-permanent dye ink, try painting on a very small amount of bleach. This will remove most colors of markers and dye ink. Use the bleach sparingly and do not rub it as this will tear the cardstock. Important: Always use a Synthetic bristle paintbrush with bleach because bleach will eat up a natural bristle paintbrush.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Family Fun

Here is a layout I finished the other night. I really like how this turned out. I used a sketch from one of the many sites I frequent. :) I've been trying to scrap at least one for every couple cards I make.

Stamp:Season by Season
PP:Wild Asparagus
Transparency:Transparent Touches & Tags (
Metal Charms:Unknown (these were silver snowflakes and I used a Gold Zig Painty to color them to match the pp better)

That's it - very simple, but a satisfying layout to finish. :) One down - only a gazillion more to go!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Perennial Friendship

This is a set from the New SU! Winter Mini - Perennial Friendship. I made this card for a swap I was in (40 of them to be exact). I'm not one for mass producing, but to get the AWESOME samples back - I do it for this swapping group only!! :) They truly are some of the most talented stampers I have the opportunity of swapping with.

This card actually took a lot of thought. The set itself I found to be hard to utilize. I love flowers and such, but this set didn't jump out at me. There is only this one image of flowers and the rest are verses/greetings. Anyway - I am really pleased with how this turned out - a lot of steps, but well worth it.

Stamps:Perennial Friendship, Print Pattern BG, French Script BG
CS:So Saffron, Old Olive, WW
Ink:Basic Black, Old Olive
Other:Designer Label Punch, 1/16 Circle Punch, Double Rectangle Punch, Gold Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals, Narrow Organdy Ribbon - Olive, Aqua Painter, Watercolor Crayons (So Saffron, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie), Cutter Kit (distressing the So Saffron cs under the flower image), Stamping Sponge (sponged Old Olive ink on the edges of the Old Olive cs)

I'm not sure why I couldn't post the other day, but I wasn't the only one. I decided to look into it and lo and behold - found the answer. Ctrl + F5 for those who are having the same problem with not being able to upload images. Use this function on the page where you upload and the option will return. :) So glad I found the answer - it would have driven me crazy!!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

UGH! I came on to upload some artwork, but for some reason it isn't giving me an option to do it. All I can do is type, but not add pictures.

Just wanted to say I haven't forgotten my blog readers. I'll try again tomorrow.