Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!! I wish everyone the best to come in 2008!

Big thanks to Lisa Strahl for the background stamp! It's a new one she designed for Cornish Heritage Farms called scalloped Lace Backgrounder. Isn't it pretty? I love it!

The glasses are from a new set to be released in January 4th from Hanna Stamps. Oh boy is this one CUTE! See the other design team blogs for more sneak peeks.

The numbers are from the retried set Tidy Alphabet (Stampin'Up!).... I will never part with this set. Happy is from the Things Hanna Would Say set.

The pink strip is from a pack of of all kinds of pink strips. I got them from eP a long time ago and just found them in my mess. They are made by Doodlebug Designs and they are called Paper Frills. Now that I found them, I'm going to use them! Wait till you see the flowers. :) I used my poker from the Crafter's Tool kit to pierce along the middle.

The Recipe:

New Hanna Set (to be released January 4th), Things Hanna Would Say, Tidy Numbers, Scalloped Lace Backgrounder.
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Noir Black & Burnt Umber Palette Ink, Stampin Write Markers, Copics eSsentials (the blue).
Paper: Stampin' Up White Notecards, Whisper White, Close to Cocoa.
Sakura Glitter Pen, Sakura Glaze, Round Scallop Punch (Stampin'Up!), Round Scallop Punch (Marvy), 1 1/4 Circle Punch (Stampin'Up!), Paper Frills, Crafter's Tool Kit.

Everyone stay safe, have fun, and have a SUPER new 2008!!!


Friday, December 28, 2007

Eastern Elegance Rub On Tin

I can't stop. I am addicted to these new rub ons from Stampin'Up! My cell phone, my digital photo frame, my review mirror in my van! LOL. Where have I been? Why didn't someone tell me rub ons are so much fun!!

After I took the photos, I realized that the chocolate will look prettier wrapped with some matching designer paper. Duh. So, I did that... imagine that chocolate covered with paper on the inside! *wink*

Only a few more days and I can order more.... I NEED more!!! You know what's going on my first order? LOL

The little flower charm is from Walmart. I picked them up ages ago because I thought they were cute... and well, they were pink. But... that black center? You guessed it!! It's a RUB ON!! It's from the same package (Eastern Elegance), but from the black sheet.

See the white little design around the lid? Oh yah baby, more rub ons! I love how you can cut them out and just put the pieces wherever you want. I haven't been this excited since I discovered that I can sew!

The Recipe:

Eastern Elegance Rub Ons (Stampin'Up!) *Available January 2nd*
Bali Breeze Designer Paper (Stampin'Up!) *
White Taffeta Ribbon (Stampin'Up!)
Walmart Flower Charm
Clear lid Square Tin

Have a super day everyone.... I have to go and find more stuff to cover with rub ons!


©Stampin'Up! 1990-2007

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Happy Heart Day w/Rub Ons!

I'm SO excited that Stampin'Up! is now carrying Rub Ons!! I've never used them with any luck, but wow, was this easy!! As a demo, we were allowed to pre-order out of the Preview Brochure, so I couldn't resist ordering them. Now, I'm counting down the days until I can order all of them out of the new Spring/Summer Idea Book & Catalog! By the way, the new catalog has landed at my house... so if you want one, let me know!

This set is called Happy Heart Day. It's included as part of the Valentine Bundle Promo starting January 2nd. I paper pieced the elephant with the Bali Breeze Designer paper (also available January 2nd). I took my blender pen, dipped in Purely Pomegranate classic ink and colored some highlights right on the elephant. What's better than a pink polka dotted elephant?

You get two huge sheets of rub ons in the package. One sheet is white and the other is black. I used the white for the sentiment and for the center of the flowers.

Cut out the part you want to use from the sheet. Peel off the back and then stick it where you want it on your project. For the flowers, I stuck it on a scrap piece of Purely Pomegranate card stock. Then, take the stick (included) and gently rub across the front. Carefully peel off the sheet and SHAZAM..... it's on the paper!! I then took the Three for You Punch and punched out the flower. How cool is that? Cool indeed baby. I'm a rub on newbie and if I can do it, anyone can.

Here is the recipe:

Stamps: Happy Heart Day
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate, Shimmery White, Bali Breeze Designer Paper.
Ink: Basic Black, Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky.
Other: Three for Three Punch, Photo Corner Punch, 1 1/4 Circle Punch, Stipple Brushes, Blender Pen, Crafter's Tool Kit, Dazzling Diamonds, Ice Rhinestone Brads, Eastern Elegance Rub Ons, Dimensionals, Janome Sew Mini, Scor-Pal.

With the kids home, and the holiday, my days are all off. I keep thinking it's the weekend. I can't believe 2008 is just a few days away. We don't have anything big planned. The kids are looking forward to it though. We stay up, watch movies and each junk food. Hope you all have a great New Year with the ones you love. Thanks for stopping by!!

©Stampin'Up! 1990-2007

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Happy Heart Day!

I knew I had to have this set when I saw it in the Preview Brochure. The butterfly is my favorite part of the set, but the whole set is just too cute. And, perfect for Valentines day and beyond. You can get this set as part of the Valentines Bundle starting January 2nd.

You probably can't see in the photo, but the center of the flowers are embossed, so the circle portion is popped out. I did that with my Punches Plus Classy Brass Template. You can see a quickie tutorial on dry embossing here.

Does the card stock and ribbon look familiar? Yep, I'm using the tag bundle from the Wrapping Up The Holiday Promotion. Better hurry and get some! It's also your last chance for buy one get one free on the beautiful satin ribbon! Offer ends December 31st. Only $4.95 and everything is cut and ready to go. It's going to make my swaps a breeze!

Here is the recipe:
Stamps: Happy Heart Day, Polka Dot Background
Ink: Basic Black Real Red, Soft Sky, Craft Whisper White
Paper: Basic Gray, Holiday Tag Bundle (which includes, Whisper White, Soft Sky Prints Designer Paper, Real Red Textured card stock, Ribbon), Whisper White, Real Red, Soft Sky.
Other: Word Window Punch, Designer Label Punch, Circle Punches, Circle Scallop Punch, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Two-way Glue Pen, Dimensionals, Crafter's Tool Kit, Uni-ball White Gel Pen, Blender Pens, Light Table, Empressor Stylus, Punch Pals Classy Brass Template, Scor-pal.

I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday. Mine was crazy, but mad fun! Thanks for stopping by!


©Stampin'Up! 1990-2007

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Happy Holidays!!

Just a couple more cards I thought I'd share. You've seen the penguin one as a part of the dirty challenge, but this one I made with the blue for the sky and added the little frame around the igloo. It felt so much better when I could use blue! I used my Copic Marker that matches Soft Sky from the eP eSsentials Copic bundle . I hope Santa brings me MORE of those markers! :) The dot frame is from the Festive Labels set from Gina K. I just inked it up with my Stampin'Write Marker without getting ink on the sentiment. Images are from Elzybells.... I think they are adorable! That wonderful, fuzzy paper is from Heidi Grace.

I wanted to wish you all a wonderful Holiday and a SUPER new year!! I thank you all for visiting me and for leaving such nice comments and emails. I appreciate it very much. You bring me SO many smiles!! Enjoy your family and friends and stay safe if you are traveling. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


Friday, December 21, 2007

Perfect Package

I didn't get enough Christmas cards made this year. I NEVER get enough made. Thought I was going to just pack it in and move on to my SU! swaps when one of my twins begged me this morning to make a card for his girl. Yes... his first "girlfriend". He's only in fifth grade, and hasn't even worked up enough nerve to hold her hand, but he's had a crush on this girl since last year, and they are a "official" couple. Well, as "official" and as "couple" as you can be in the fifth grade. LOL. Her Mom is a stamper too... he knows how to pick em, I can say that!

I used the last of my Heidi Grace candy paper and some scraps on my desk. Her shirt is paper pieced from the opposite side of the paper. He did request "not too lovie.. with hearts and stuff Mom". I hope it passes his requirements. Ahhh... first love. He's such a sweetheart.... how could I not make him a card for his girl?

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Thanks for stopping by!!

The Recipe:

Stamps: Perfect Package, Tis the Season (Hanna Stamps), Holiday Tag Team (SU! and retiring)
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Shimmery White, Real Red, Jolly & Bright-Candy (Heidi Grace)
Ink: Palette Noir Black, Copic eSsentials, Stampin'Write Markers.
Other: Soft Subtle Brads, Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, Circle Punches, Scalloped Marvy Punch (yellow), Janome Sew Mini, Scor-Pal.


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Dirty Girl Alumni Challenge

Another challenge in the Dirty Girl Alumni Forum. I was thrilled to read about this one because I had just ordered this sweet penguin from Elzbells! It's Jami's fault... she sent me those images, then I HAD to go and take a look. HAD to have the sweet little penguin! :) Jami's fault.

This challenge was any card with a penguin, ice, and the hard part... NO BLUE! No, that is not blue in the center of the main flake. Really... it's green. I know it LOOKS blue in the photo, but it's not. Now I can't wait to make another with some blue... I can't tell you how many times I reached for blue. "Oh shoot.... no blue" she kept saying to herself.... out loud too. I think I've lost it. I hope I can find it after the Holidays. SNORT.

Want to see more of this challenge from Dirty Girls past? Click here.

Here is the recipe:

Stamps: Elzybells
Paper: Basic Gray, Pretty In Pink, Shimmery, Flocked Designer Paper (heidi grace)
Ink: Palette Noir Black, Pure Color Pencils (SU!), Going Gray
Other: Dazzling Diamonds, Sakura Glitter Pen, Two-way Glue Pen, Marvy Rectangle Scallop (purple), Marvy Round Scallop (yellow), Circle Punches (Stampin''Up!), Dimensionals, Taffeta Ribbon, Fun Flock, Glue Pen, Scor-Pal.

Have a super day everyone! I'm off to hopefully finish up my Christmas shopping! This week has just been beyond NUTS baby. NUTS! Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Perfect Package/Things Hanna Would Say

I always have so much fun with new Hanna stamp releases! Talk about fun sets to play with... yah baby. This cute Hanna is all excited because she opened a box with the In Colors ribbon from Stampin'Up! and new Paper Snips! (I just cut the lid off the box with my cutting knife and filled it up.) Indeed..... the perfect package for the stamper in us all!

I have to tell you that I've been drooling over those Copic Markers ever since Sharon let us play with hers in Portland. I haven't ordered any because the color choices are just overwhelming.... I don't know where to start. I was thrilled to see that eP is offering the Copic essentials!! They coordinate with the In Colors from Stampin'Up! I love Joy and Daisy... they are SO smart. I couldn't add them to my cart fast enough. Santa brought me a present early.... I don't think he's been getting my HINTS about stuff I want for my craft'in. Whooo Hoooo... I've got some Copics!! Now, for some practice!

The Recipe:

Perfect Package, Things Hanna Would Say.
Paper: Shimmery White,Close to Cocoa, Groovy Guava, River Rock, Ginger Blossom Designer Series Paper.
Ink: Black Noir Palette, Copic essentials, Stampin'Write Markers, Groovy Guava, River Rock.
Other: Guava Stitched Ribbon, Vintage Brads, Tag Corner Punch, Dimensionals, Crafter's Tool Kit, Janome Sew Mini, Scor-Pal.

I know, I know, I just can't leave that Heidi Grace paper alone! I wish you could see the shimmer and the embossing. It's funs stuff and Hanna is having a fun birthday!

I used my new In Color Copics and my Stampin'Write Markers for the coloring. I also had a shimmery, glittery pink marker (I have no idea where I got it) that I used for the bow she tossed aside and the ribbon on the package.

The Recipe:

Stamps: Perfect Package, Things Hanna Would Say.
Paper: Purely Pomegranate, Shimmery White, Pretty in Pink, It's My Party (Heidi Grace).
Ink: Palette Black, Copic essentials, Stampin Write Markers
Other: Photo Corner Punch, Dimensionals, Colored Brads, Crafter's Tool Kit (all SU!), Janome Sew Mini, Scor-Pal.

So... new look today for my blog today. I hope you like it. My fellow dirty girl alumni friend Michelle Laycock offered us all a little gift for Christams and made new banners! How sweet is that? Thanks Michelle!!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Festive Labels Nichole Box

Nichole Heady is just beyond Bombalicious... she is a PAPER GENIUS! Every time I go to her site, my mouth opens and noises come out. My husband says... "what the heck are you looking at?" I say, "nothing honey... just some stampin stuff". He then rolls his eyes. Did you see her tutorial on this cool little box she designed? She was inspired by Mish's (one of my BFF's) Criss Cross Cards. You all KNOW how much I love Mish's Criss Cross Cards! I just love you Nicole Heady!! Thanks so much for sharing your bombalicious thoughts and designs with us!!

Another bomb of a gal is my friend Gina K. I am loving her new Festive Labels stamp set. It's HUGE.... the set that is. And, they all fit Marvy punches! Perfect for any occasion or gift giving.

Yes.... my husband made the cookies and they are TO DIE FOR! Another thing that makes noises come out of my mouth after taking a bite of these raspberry filled cookies. It's just torture at my house when he's baking cookies. I'm trying to be so good through the holidays. So.... the saying punched out with my Word Window punch is perfect... celebrate the moment. Believe me, your tongue is celebrating when it tastes those cookies. I wish I could send ya'll one. You can get Punchy Words for free at Gina K. Designs. Click here for the details.

Here is the recipe:

Stamps: Festive Labels, Punchy Words
Paper: Soft Sky, Frost-Cyrstal Snow, Stitched Stripe (Heidi Grace)
Ink: Night of Navy, Blue Bayou
Other: Stitched Ribbon, Mini Library Clips, Double Rectangle Punch, Word Window Punch, Marvy Scalloped Rectangle Punch (purple), Small Cello Bag, 1' Circle Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, White Uniball Pen, Dew Jewel Droplets, Scor-pal.

Hope you all have a wonderful day... I'm off to PT. Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Wrapping Up The Holidays

So... I got the Holiday Tag Bundle
from the Wrapping Up The Holidays Promotion and I'm SO happy I did. I made these last week. They came together pretty quickly since the card stock is all cut and ready to go. I hope to get more made, but I'm having a tough week.

I've been working on something with one of my Gina K. sets and I hope to have it done soon. Oh, how I love it!

Hope you are all surviving the holiday craziness. Thanks for stopping by!

The Recipe:

Big on Christmas, Christmas Chatter Jumbo Wheel
Paper: Holiday Tag Bundle, Soft Sky
Ink: Real Red Jumbo Cartridge, Basic Black, Stampin Write Markers, Wild Wasabi
Other: Sakura GLaze and Glitter pens, Blender Pens, Jumbo Roller Handle, Gingham Ribbon, Janome Sew Mini, Scor-Pal.

©Stampin'Up! 1990-2007

Monday, December 10, 2007

Holiday Glitz Mix Up

I have a confession. Last year, my husband started making cookies and now he can't stop. My grandma enables this behavior by bringing him new recipes. The thing is..... cookies are my FAVORITE thing. It's torture.

He is making cookies for some people at work.... everyone loves his cookies. So, he requested some Christmas cards. Thank goodness I took advantage of the Holiday Glitz promotion!!

Instead of making a match book style card like featured in the kit, I attached the main image to the bottom flap (that was suppose to be the matchbook part) making it the card cover. This would be perfect if you wanted to include a holiday photo. On the left side and on the tree is the Celebration wrapping paper. It's now on sale... check out the Wrapping Up The Holidays Promotion!! It's not too late to take advantage of these promotions... contact your demonstrator today!!

Again, this one uses the wrapping paper Celebration. I colored in the Happy portion with a blender pen and Wild Wasabi classic ink.

This one opens the same way, just the opposite direction. The red part is adhered to the Wild Wasabi tab. Everything in the kit comes cut and scored and ready to go. I put a Christmas greeting under the flap on the first piece, then a sentiment on the main part or back of the card. The wrapping paper on the bottom covers only half of the card flap under the main image. Again, these would be perfect if you had a family photo to include.

Same thing with the last one. I added red gingham ribbon and embossed snowflakes on the bottom with my Cuttlebug with this embossing folder. All the edges were done by dipping my stipple brush in Soft Sky classic ink and dabbing it on the edges. The letters are colored with a blender pen and Real Red stampin marker. The snowman's hat is colored with my Sakura Glaze pen.

Here is the Recipe:

Stamps: Big on Christmas
Paper: Holiday Glitz Promotion, Celebration Wrapping Paper
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red, Wild Wasabi
Other: Sakura Glaze Pen, Cuttlebug, Embossing Folder, Janome Sew Mini, Stipple Brushes, Sakura Glitter Pen, Gingham Ribbon.

PS.... have you been to the Scor-Pal site lately? The Scor-Pal Magazine is up for Dec/Jan and it's PACKED with all kinds of tutorials for gift ideas, including my peppermint patty box. Don't forget to also check out the tutorial on how to make custom envelopes! How cool is that?

Have a wonderful day everyone!! Thanks for stopping by!

©Stampin'Up! 1990-2007

Sunday, December 9, 2007

More Heart to Heart

I know the butterfly is a little big, but I couldn't help it... she's so cute! I had fun making this one... have I said that I love Lizzie Anne Designs? The antenna is made with the little loopy heart and the wings are from all three hearts in the set! The body is from the designer paper punched out with the Word Window Punch. The flower stems are sewn with my sew mini. They don't show well in the photo, but they do show nicely on the real thing. ;)

More paper from Heidi Grace..... my BFF. This one has all kinds of glitter and little embossed dots on it. Man, her paper is just the coolest!

The recipe:

Stamps: Heart to Heart, Simply Sentiments
Paper: Bashful Blue, Pixie Pink, It's My Party DS paper.
Ink: Palette Noir Black, Bashful Blue, Pixie Pink
Other: Dimensionals, Grosgrain Ribbon, Word Window Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Janome Sew Mini, Scor-Pal.

On this card, I used the set Celebration Frames to make the main image frame. I stamped four all together. Along the bottom is the circle and X from the set Shapes & Stitches. Have you seen the new Celebration Fame set? OMG... it's so cute! I adore every single set they make! I'm so lucky to be on their design team! I wish I could sit and stamp all day long!

The Recipe:

Stamps: Heart to Heart, Shapes & Stitches, Celebration Frames.
Paper: Whisper White, Blue Bayou, Purely Pomegranate.
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Craft Whisper White, Blue Bayou.
Other: Stitched Ribbon, Janome Sew Mini, Square Punch, Word Window Punch, Dimensionals, Scor-Pal.

Sorry it's been so long since I posted. I had some news from my Dr. about my back that set me back a bit. MRI results were not what I had hoped for. My bottom four disks are degenerating and the bones around them have arthritis.... it is narrowing and crowding my spinal cord. That is what is causing the pain in my hip/leg. My only option is a fusion and that will limit my mobility. He won't do surgery now while I'm still young (almost 40 is still young). So, I started physical therapy and some medication. If that doesn't work, I'll see a pain management Dr. and hopefully put off surgery for many, many years. I had already been doing a daily exercise routine since my last surgery, but now they are steppin it up. I am feeling new ab muscles indeed. I am starting to feel better and I'm super optimistic about PT the rest of the month. I do have some nerve damage in my leg, but my strength hasn't been affected. I think I'm going to try stampin while sitting on my exercise ball!! So..... my sitting time is limited for now. Thanks for the emails and the nice comments. I'm working hard in PT and will post as I find time to stamp! Bounce, bounce, bounce..... snort.

Have a great week everyone and thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, November 29, 2007

Floating Heart to Heart

I found my transparency sheets! I knew I had a whole box somewhere! This set is called Heart to Heart from Lizzie Anne Designs. It's a fun set! Lizzie Anne Designs has really cool sets and I love the fact that they always include nice sentiments! I don't know if you can see from the photo (you can click on it to see it larger), but the out line says heart to heart to heart etc. I stamped it on a transparency sheet with White Stazon and slipped it under the round circle (made with the round tab punch). The whole frame is popped up with dimensionals to give it a nice finished touch.

The designer paper is from the Jolly & Bright line by Heidi Grace.... my BFF. SNORT. LOVE her paper. It's absolutely incredible... beyond word description. You must touch it, then you can't stop..... or maybe that's just my problem. LOL.

Here is the recipe:

Stamps: Heart to Heart (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Whisper White, Jolly & Bright (Heidi Grace)
Ink: Rose Red, White Stazon
Other: Round Tab Punch, Circle Scallop Punch, Word Window Punch, Grosgrain and Tafetta Ribbon, Colored Brad, Crafter's Tool Kit, Dimensionals, Janome Sew Mini, Transparency sheet, Scor-Pal.

Sorry about not posting yesterday. I was running behind. I had to get my Grandma to Eugene for her appt. at 9:30, which meant leaving here by 7:00. I was a few minutes late to pick her up, then I got pulled over in Reedsport (just a warning.... whew!), then, we missed a horrible accident right along the Umpqua river by minutes! I think I was pulled over for a reason.... my guardian angel again. I haven't heard if the drivers were okay yet. Then, the Dr. was at a different office in Springfield and we got a little lost. We were only 15 min. late. Grandma had a good appt. I'm SO relived. I worry too much. I love that woman! My parents are home too... all is well. It was so nice to see them happy and rested. I can't wait to hear more about their trip later today.

Hope you all have a great day! It's rainy here and suppose to storm later today. I need to brave the weather for a milk run. :) Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Heart to Heart

Love this set from Lizzie Anne Designs called Heart to Heart! How much fun is this? I will totally use the heck out of this set. Lizzie Anne Designs is one of my favorite stamp companies. They pack so many stamps in their sets so that you have endless possibilities for cards, scrap pages and projects.

Okay.... I think I am addicted to Heidi Grace. Well, her paper anyway. LOL. I guess if my friend Michelle can have Becky Higgins as a BFF, then I'm claiming Heidi Grace and her luscious paper! I got some of the new Christmas paper and it's...... it's... it's....I'm speechless. I LOVE the embossing and the glitter and the flock on it! You have to touch it.... I can't stop touching it. It takes paper to a whole new level. Okay... enough gushing about my lovely paper. This sheet is from the Jolly & Bright collection and has little holly on it, but I cut that part off. Not to fear, I'll use it later on a Christmas project. ;)

I'm off to Eugene tomorrow to take my Grandma to her check-up with her cardiologist and to meet up with my parents! They are coming home! I know, I'm such a baby, but dang, I missed them. I'm not so sure that I like this retirement stuff if it means they are going to be gallivanting around all over for long periods of time. LOL.

Have a super day everyone!! I'm posting another card tomorrow before I leave. I love these hearts..... just saying. (HI CATIE!)


Monday, November 26, 2007

Stem Silhouettes

I had some leftovers from my workshop, so I decided to turn the paper over and use my Stem Silhouettes set. Again, I'm hooked on this layout I saw in dpeterson's gallery at SCS.

I got a little carried away with my spritzer on the little card (4 1/4 x 4 1/4), but when I added the glitter with my glitter pen, it balanced out. I also mounted my Tres Chic background stamp that I've had and never used.... the tragedy. Love that background too.

Okay girls... your last chance is approaching fast to get anything out of the Holiday Mini! Did you see what Nancy Morgan did with the chipboard? Check out Paper Smiles to see her awesome projects!! I have that chipboard too..... I need more hours in the day! I think I will make some glitter stars and add photos of the kids for our tree. They would love to do that as a family project.

Check out the new promotion too Wrapping Up The Holidays! And, don't forget the Paper Party... you can never have too much designer paper!!

Here is the recipe for these cards:

Stamps: Stem Silhouettes, Tres Chic Background
Paper: Sage Shadow, Wintergreen DS Paper, Always Artichoke, Whisper White.
Ink: Sage Shadow, Versamark, Always Artichoke Craft.
Other: Large Eyelets, Crop-a-dile, White Taffeta Ribbon, Color Spritzer Tool, Janome Sew Mini, Scor-pal, Crafter's Tool Kit.

Have a great day everyone, and as always, thanks for stopping by!
©Stampin'Up! 1990-2007

Blog Candy Winner!!

Sunshine said...

Hi Cambria! I am grateful for my eyesight. Most it was taken when I was 2, due to a tumour behind my left eye. The surgeon should have taken my entirre sight,but he said he couldn't do that to someone so young. I have no peripheral sight & I have trouble telling how close/far away things are. But I manage ok! So, I am grateful for my eyesight so Ican STAMP & email all my fab friends..and use my SCORPAL!!
(Thanks for the snowman poop poems!)
Sunshine NZ

November 21, 2007 12:34 PM

Thanks to Kristi at!!! I've sent her your address Sunshine and she will ship out your free "Things Hanna Would Say" stamp set directly to you!!

I had so much fun reading all the entries.... thanks SO much for sharing with me. And, thanks again to Kristi at Hanna Stamps for sharing the blog candy with her design team. Hope you all have a wonderful day!! THANK YOU!!!

Sunday, November 25, 2007


My friend Jami issued a challenge. She was sweet enough to send me some images of this adorable little girl and the bird! I'm sorry I'm late Jami, but I LOVE this stamp and I thank you for sending me a couple images and including me in the challenge. Want to see what I'm talking about? Click here.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Mine was wonderful. Don't forget to scroll down and enter the blog candy give away. I need to draw for a name at 6:00 PST. I've had so much fun reading all your entries... thank you! Don't miss out on a free set from Hanna Stamps!!

Want to see more of the challenge at SCS? Click here. Man, they are all SO amazing!! Thanks again Jami girl!!

The recipe:

Stamps: Elzybells, Flannel Plaid Background, Polka Dot Background, Short & Sweet, Wonderful Favorites, Festive Labels (Gina K.).
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White
Ink: Craft Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink, Stampin Write Markers
Other: Circle Scallop Punch, Coluzzle, White Gel Pen (SU!) Pink Marvy Scallop Punch, Pink Tafetta Ribbon, Gingham Ribbon, Build-a-Brad, Round Tab Punch, Crafter's Tool Kit, Janome Sew Mini, Scor-Pal, Dimensionals, Fun Flock, Quickie Glue Pen, Glitter Pen (Sakura)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

click here: Happy Thanksgiving!

Please click on the above.... and have a wonderful day!

Thanks for sharing with me Janet :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Hanna Blog Candy!!!

Whooo Hoooo!! Hanna Stamps is coming out with a sentiment set! It's HUGE (set of 28) and it's all new!! Want to see a sneak peek of "Things Hanna Would Say"? Of course you do! Trust me, you'll want this set to go with your Hanna sets, and for sure for with the new sets to come!!

We are celebrating the grand opening of the official Hanna Stamps site on Friday!! You can get this set FOR FREE!! Just leave me a comment about one thing that you are grateful for, or your favorite Thanksgiving dish/dessert/food. I will draw one name on Sunday evening and Kristi at Hanna Stamps will send you your new set! How cool is that? Check out the other design team members and their blogs for additional chances to win!!

I'm thankful for so much this year. I try and keep reminding myself of those things as I struggle with my back and the aggravation of not being able to do all that I want to do. Most of all, I'm thankful for my family. I feel SO thankful that my grandmother has recovered from surgery and is healthy. I'm thankful my parents finally got to retire and they are having some fun. I'm thankful my family is healthy. I'm thankful for YOU and all of my wonderful friends.

This year, since my parents are off on a cruise for their anniversary, we will have Thanksgiving dinner at my Grandma's house. I was going to attempt to make dinner myself (as scared as my kids were about that), but my Grandma wants to make a traditional English dinner for Thanksgiving this year. It should be fun, and we are all looking forward to trying some Yorkshire pudding. My good English friend sent me a recipe for a dessert that is traditional for holiday dinners, so I'm bringing that.... plus a pumpkin pie! My Mom is making a turkey dinner when they get home, but my friend Michelle said she would bring me some turkey for a cold turkey sandwich to hold me over! LOL. You have to have a cold turkey sandwich right?

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday surrounded by loved ones. I want to send you all a big THANK YOU for your nice comments, your friendship, your support and love. You have no idea how much you make my days!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Snowman Poop Box

Have you tried
Qbee's Peek-A-Boo Box? What are you waiting for? They are so easy and SO cute!! That girl is PURE GENIUS!! Thanks so much Qbee!! We made these little snowman poop boxes at my workshop on Saturday with glitter windows. It was great fun! I found a bunch of poop poems here. I messed around until I could get it to fit inside the square 1 1/4 inch punch.

The poem is punched out with the 1 1/4 inch square punch, then layered on Ballet Blue punched out with the 1 3/8 inch square punch. That is layered on a piece of Real Red cut 1.5 x 1.5.

Punch out the square for the window with the 1 1/4 inch punch, then cover from the opposite side with some packing tape. Then, dip in Dazzling Diamonds! Inside are Tic Tacs, but you can also uses mini marshmallows.

To make the little frame, punch out a square on a piece of card stock with the 1 1/4 inch punch. Then, go directly over the top with the larger 1 3/8 inch square punch. Make sure you line it up straight before you punch it out.

***Tip: if you have the Scor-Pal, you can print out your boxes (two to a page) and then score before you cut them out. With the Scor-pal, you just line up the scor marks in a groove and go... two scored at once. I LOVE MY

Here is the recipe:

Cold Play

Paper: Almost Amethyst, Ballet Blue, Real Red, Shimmery White

Ink: Whisper White Craft, Basic Black, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie

Other: Square Punches, Gingham Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Packing Tape, Scor-Pal.

Have a great week everyone!! Thanks for stopping by!


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Here is the snowman poop poem formatted to fit in the 1 1/4 inch square punch. Click on the image to save and see it larger. I have it in a Word doc. too, but you'll have to email me. I don't think I can attach documents on Blogger.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Holiday Mini Farewell

I have to say, I'm so sad to see the Holiday Mini expire. I feel like I only got to part of it and it's on it's way out already! I am excited though..... to see all the new things coming our way. :)

This month at Stampin'Up!, we are having a paper party baby! Buy three packages of Designer paper and get the the fourth for FREE. It's not too late to get in on this deal... better hurry though.

My customers know how much I love Designer Paper. LOVE that it's two sided. You are FOR SURE going to like one side... the only problem is, I usually love both and can't decide which to use most of the time! LOL.

This layout is based on a card I saw on by dpeterson (click on her username to see her awesbomb gallery!) who was inspired by another card by my very talented friend Val Stangle. Wow... look at the Stem Silhouettes gallery for this set. Don't miss out on your chance to get Stem Silhouettes... contact your demo today!

So.... I am hooked now on this layout. I wanted to show my customers how you can use the DS paper to quickly make very nice cards. Here is one with the set Season of Joy... another set from the mini you need to hurry and order if you don't want to miss out on!!

You can't see very well in the photo, but the real red piece is stamped with Versamark with the stamp that has all the words on it. A little Dazzling Diamonds and some paper piercing and you are done! That Dashing Designer paper is so much fun!! And, did you see I used River Rock? I am starting to warm up to that color. *big grin*

So, if you cut your designer paper 4x4 you can get nine cards out of one sheet of paper. How easy is that? This is the same layout, just turned on the side. This card uses yet another set that is leaving us from the Holiday Mini called Love & Joy. I got it because it will be nice to use for other occasions besides Christmas.

Here are the recipes:
(From Top to Bottom)

Stamps: Stem Silhouettes
Paper: Whisper White, Purely Pomegranate card stock and textured card stock, River Rock, Holiday Harmony Designer Paper.
Ink: River Rock, Chocolate Chip, Purely Pomegranate
Other: Crafter's Tool Kit, Dazzling Diamonds, Two-way Glue Pen, Crop-a-dile, Jumbo Eyelets, White Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Scor-Pal.

Stamps: Season of Joy
Paper: Very Vanilla, Real Red, River Rock, Old Olive, Dashing Designer Series Paper.

Ink: Old Olive, Real Red, Versamark
Other: Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon, Crafter's Tool Kit (paper piercing), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Two-way Glue Pen, Ticket Corner Punch, Dimensionals, Scor-Pal.

Stamps: Love & Joy
Paper: Sage Shadow, Whisper White, Handsome Hunter, Wintergreen Designer Paper.
Ink: Handsome Hunter, Real Red, Sage Shadow
Other: 3/4 inch Circle Punch, Crafter's Tool Kit, Red Gingham Ribbon, Scor-Pal.

** you can click on any words in the pink font for more information.**

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Thanks for stopping by!!

©Stampin'Up! 1990-2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Special Delivery Gift Can

LOVE the simply scrappin' kits! LOVE!! I got this can at Staples on the clearance rack. It's a bit taller than the Stampendous cans. The top of the can was stamped with the new label set from Gina K. Designs and punched out with the pink round scallop punch from Marvy. Man, I FREAKING love Festive Labels from Gina K.! Genius... that girl is a genius!

When I bought these cans, they had a little metal washer looking type thing hanging from the tag... I couldn't figure it out. Then, when I was taking it off to decorate the can, I realized they are to pry under the lid to pop it off! How cool is that? Of course, there were die cut stickers in the scrappin' kit to cover it and make it cute. Some of the die cut stars from the kit matched the star chipboard I had from Stampin'Up! How easy? I love cute and easy!

Of course, who needs coffee more than new parents? Had to whip up a gift card to hold a Starbucks coffee gift card. You can find the tutorial here for the gift card. I'm still working on matching thank you cards from the kit. I'll share those when I'm done.

So, I survived the MRI.. thanks for all the well wishes. It was really hard to be so still when you are in pain, but I closed my eyes and did not move. I don't think I've stayed in one position that long in forever. I got a break in between the back MRI and the hip MRI. Now, I don't go back until December 3rd... so it's more waiting. I can't tell you how much your comments and emails have meant to me... thank you!

Have a great weekend everyone!! Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

More Hanna Sneak Peek!!

You can get the new Hanna set on Friday ladies!! It's my favorite set so far!! LOVE her hair!

I messed up on the side with my paper piercing tool, so I got out some DMC thread and stitched! I like it..... sometimes mistakes turn out to be just the thing your card needs. Don't ya love it when that happens?

Crystal Effects on the puddle... I just love touching it (when it's dry of course). Designer paper is from Chatterbox (Villa Plaid). I had to make her boots match. My daughter has some like them from Gymboree. You are never too old to have matching shoes right?

Here is the recipe:

Rain, Rain (Hanna Stamps)
Paper: Certainly Celery, Shimmery White, Close to Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie, Chatterbox, Villa Plaid
Ink: Palette Noir Black, Stampin'Write Markers, Bashful Blue
Other: Slit Punch, Circle Punches, Crafter's Tool Kit, DMC thread, Button, Mini Glue Dots, Crystal Effects, Scor-pal, Dimensionals.

I'm off for a 1.5 hour MRI today on my back and hip. I'm not looking forward to it, but just want to get it done and over with. I really won't know anymore about what's going on with me until the results are back. Thanks to all of you who emailed me and left comments. Back pain bites FOR SURE! I just don't want another surgery.

Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!! Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Rain, Rain, Rain

I LOVE this new Hanna set..... it's my favorite so far! This little duck is too cute!! And, the worm? OMGosh.

Crystal Effects makes the puddle seem real and of course I had to paper piece the umbrella. What a sweet duck! I love all the rain drops too.

Frame is made with my Round Tab Punch and it popped up with Dimensionals. You can visit Paper Smiles for a tutorial on how to make the frame.

Okay... sorry for the quick post, but I've got a ton to do today including my Dr. appt. for my back! Wish me luck!

The Recipe:

Rain, Rain, Come this Way (Hanna Samps)
Paper: Blue Bayou, Shimmery White, Chatterbox Sun Canopy.
Ink: Palette Noir, Stampin'Write Markers, Blue Bayou.
Other: Round Tab Punch, Blue Sky Stitched Ribbon, Dimensionals, Crytal Effects, Janome Sew Mini, Scor-Pal.

I'll fill in the links later, have a great day everyone!! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Text Messages

Gina K. is on FIRE with her new sets! I'm having SO much fun with all her new images! This set is called Text Messages. It has all kinds of text you can add to the phone. I cut the center out with a craft knife and added a window sheet behind it so that it looks like a real phone screen. I'm loving those flowers too! I adore girlie sets.

I think I need to try and make one for my son, but not girlie... that kids is ALWAYS got his head buried and fingers texting. He teases me all the time because it takes me FOREVER to text him back. Hey, these fingers were made for stampin', not textin' baby. :)

The edge is made with the corner rounder from Stampin'Up! You can see the tutorial here. The card is kept shut with the slit punch. The buttons on the phone are colored in with my Sakura Glaze pen. They are raised up and looked embossed. I love those pens!!

Here is the complete recipe:

Stamps: Text Messages (Gina K. Designs)
Paper: Shimmery White, Purely Pomegranate Textured card stock, Designer Prints, Groovy Guava.
Ink: Palette Noir Black, Purely Pomegranate, Groovy Guava
Other: Window Sheet, Sakura Black Glaze Pen, Slit Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Pomegranate Stitched Ribbon, Blender Pen, Scor-Pal.

Hope you all had a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by!!

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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Build a Flower/Build a Brad

I bought the Accents and Elements Build-A-Flower tin a long time ago.... just for quick easy cards and scrap pages. And, that's what I need... quick and easy. I discovered that some of the self sticking pieces in the tin, fit perfectly into the center of the Build-A Brads! How perfect is that? Kinda cute I think. I'm hoping to whip up a bunch more. Couldn't be any easier! And sometimes, we all need a little easy eh?

Here's one more. Again, SUPER easy and under a minute to put together.. no kidding!

Here is the recipe:

Stamps: Much Appreciated, Short and Sweet.
Paper: Shimmery White, Rose Red Prints Designer Series Paper.
Ink: Rose Red
Other: Build-A-Flower, Build-A-Brad, Crafter's Tool Kit, White Taffeta Ribbon. Corner Rounder Punch.

Okay, so thanks for being patient, here is a quick tutorial on how to make the criss cross design with your corner rounder punch. This great idea was shared with me by one of my downline (and Aunt), Roseanne Knowles. Thanks babe! Remember, you can always click on the photos for a larger view. :)

Take your paper and line up the very edge of the V in the center of your corner rounder punch (guide removed).

If you want, you can start in the middle of your paper so that each end comes out equal. If so, just start in the middle and push the punch all the way in as if you are going to make a scallop edge. Continue with the following step.

Slide the punch down and continue to line up the end of the V notch with the edge of the uncut paper. Repeat this step until you reach the end.

Hope this makes sense with the photos... get a scratch piece of card stock and practice.... it's fun!

When you are done, it will look like this:

Click here to see another sample.

Sorry I haven't posted much this week. I've been struggling again with back issues. I see THE back Dr. on Monday. I'm hoping for a solution other than surgery and popping Advil like candy all day. It's SOOOO frustrating.

Hope y0u all have a great rest of the week. Thanks for stopping by!


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