Monday, July 30, 2007

Spooked Treat Box

I love making Halloween treats! Halloween is just plain fun! This is a little Halloween treat box filled with suckers. I made the box with Chatterbox paper and my Cricut Machine. I need to use that machine more. How easy!! I used the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Cartridge set on number 5. It doesn't score for you, but it does leave a little line where you are suppose to score. If you have a Scor-Pal, it's super easy and you end up with a really professional looking box. I'm thrilled with how this turned out. That Chatterbox paper is really sturdy... reminds me of wallpaper, it's nice and strong... and double sided so the inside looks as nice as the outside.

The suckers are covered in the same paper. I used my new Circle Scallop Punch from Stampin' Up!, and both the 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 circle punches. Very easy. The handle is basic black card stock attached with purple Ice Circle Rhinestones.... also from Stampin'Up!.

Stamp set is from Lizzie Anne Designs called Spooked. I LOVE it. Solid Halloween stamps are my favorite because I always need mass quantities of goodies, so quick and easy suits me perfect. Love that cute little spider. :)
I used my Sakura Gelly Roll pens to add some sparkle and dimension to the bat and the ghost. LOVE those pens!!! And, finally some grosgrain ribbon to the handle. Trick or Treat baby!!!

Okay... so fellow design team member Lindsey Botkin (Jacksonbelle on SCS) is having a fun contest over at her blog Embellished. If you have some Lizzie Anne Design stamps, you better go and and check it out. If you don't have any Lizzie Anne Design stamps.. what are you waiting for? You will not be disappointed in these stamps girls.. I totally adore them!!! I just ordered another set and I can't wait to get it out and play. Go, check out the contest..... she is giving away awesome prizes!!!

I hope to find some time to stamp today, but summer is just keeping me crazy busy. I wanted to do some more challenges over at SCS .... I had such a fun weekend hanging out over there in the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges Gallery. WOW... talk about inspiration.

Hope you all had a great weekend... thanks for visiting!!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Garden Whimsy Dirty Challenge

Another challenge for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge over on SCS. I was going for Jenn's (color), and Leslie's (out of the box) Saturday challenges. I'm not sure this qualifies for Jenn's, but I totally did the same image as Leslie's sample. There are some rockin' cards and projects over in the Dare to Get Dirty Gallery... if you are a fan club member, you have to check it out. Better yet, come on over and play with us!! :)

The main image is on glossy. The technique is Versamark resist. Just run your roller wheel through your Versamark pad, then over your glossy paper. Take a brayer and ink it with whatever color you want (Certainly Celery here), then roll over the top of your glossy paper. Take a tissue and whip off the excess and the Versamark will show through! I then stamped the butterfly with classic Pink Passion ink.

Here is the recipe:

Stamps: Garden Whimsy, Warm Words
Ink: Pink Passion, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Paper: Pool Party DS paper, Pink Passion, Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Glossy
Other: Three for You Punch Box, Soft Subtles Brads, Dimensionals, Sweet Shop Ribbon Originals, Crafter's Tool Kit, Janome Sew Mini, Scor-Pal.

Hope your weekend is great!!

©Stampin'Up! 1990-2007

Quickie Garden Whimsy Pocket Card

I can't stop making pocket cards.... especially with the Cutie Pie Designer Paper. I can't put down the new Circle Scallop Punch from SU! either. I've also been using up the paper that I have from the Palette O' Prints promotion. Good thing I can replenish my Certainly Celery with a whole package now.... I'm almost complete out of that color. Hey.... you know the So Saffron paper would match the Cutie Pie too. I could have punched the scallop part out of some of that Saffron colored paper. Hmmm....maybe for the next one.

Pocket cards are easy peasy. Just cut your card stock 4 1/4 x 11, score at 5.5 and then 1 1/4 inch from one end. The insert is 4.5 x 3.5 if you are using the Round Tab Punch. This one is stitched closed (because I CAN SEW *giggle*), but if you are using adhesive, be careful to just put a small amount on the sides or your insert won't slide in and out easily.

I think this Garden Whimsy set from Stampin'Up! is for sure a favorite out of the new catalog. I love solid stamps that stamp out easy and pretty. You can just whip out cute cards in seconds.

Hope you all are having a fun weekend. If you are a Fan Club member, go over to SCS and check out the Dare To Get Dirty Gallery! And, thanks so much if you played along with my challenge for yesterday! Dang... you girls can pink it up good baby!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

©Stampin'Up! 1990-2007

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Circle Scallop Punch Flowers

Okay.... so if you haven't heard, SCS is celebrating their third year of the Fan Club. There are challenges going on all day by current and former Dirty Girls. One of them, I am hosting..... I wonder if you can guess my challenge? If you are a fan club member, stop on over and play along with us. If you aren't a member, it's not to late to join the fun. Friday is the day to get dirty with me baby!!

The flowers are made with the new Circle Scallop Punch from Stampin'Up!. The center of the flowers are part of the embossing circles punched out with my 3/4 inch circle punch. Attach your center to the middle of the scalloped piece, then take your paper snips and cut down to just under the circle on each little curve and you've got a flower!! Be careful not to cut in too far, or your petal will fall off. :)

That patterned paper is from Chatterbox. The pattern above is the opposite side of the polka dots. The ribbon is May Arts from Cindy at Starlitstudios. Baby sentiment is from Lizzie Anne Designs. I used this embossing folder for the Cuttlebug.

Here is the complete recipe:

Stamps: Simply Sentiments (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Paper: Whisper White, Regal Rose, Chatterbox
Ink: Regal Rose
Other: Pearly Brads, Cuttlebug, Bloom Dots Embossing Folder, Janome Sew Mini, Circle Scallop Punch, 3/4 Inch Circle Punch, Small and Large Oval Punches, Cindy Ribbon (Startlitstudio), Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Scor-Pal.

Hope you can come over and join me in the challenge!! Have a super Friday!!! TGIF baby!!


Dare to Get Dirty!!

Have you been over to SCS this week? They are having all kinds of fun challenges for fan club members!! If you aren't a member, it's not too late.. come and celebrate three years with us!! Get dirty with all the dirty girls!!

I'm playing in one of the challenges today..... it's a sketch from dirty girl Beate. I have a challenge coming up tomorrow. I hope you'll go over and play along. Can you guess what my challenge is?

LOVE these snowflakes!! It's my August assignment from Lizzie Anne Designs. Oh, how I ADORE this set. This one is called Christmas in the City. And, I also used the Shapes and Stitches.... I didn't really sew with my machine on this one! It's a stamp... really it is!!!

Okay... so if you are a fan club member, check out the challenges and upload to the special Get Dirty Gallery!!!

Here is the complete recipe:

: Christmas in the City, Shapes and Stitches (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Paper: Regal Rose, Shimmery White, Chatterbox patterned paper.
Ink: Basic Black, Regal Rose, Craft Whisper White
Other: Round Ice Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Sakura Glitter Pen, Circle Punches and Circle Scallop Punch, Scor-Pal.

Don't forget to come over to SCS and play my challenge tomorrow!! Lots of fun challenges all week long!!! Thanks for stopping by!


Janome Sew Mini On Sale Again!

I got an email from my friend Jackie, and the Janome Sew Mini's are going on sale for $39.99 on August 2nd and 3rd. So, if you missed out on the last sale, here's your chance!! Here's the link: Hancock Fabrics. Don't miss it!!! :)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Spooked, From Lizzie Ann Designs

I'm having so much fun with these images from Lizzie Anne Designs. I wish you could see the details better in the photo. I had fun using my Sakura Gelly Roll Glitter and Glaze Pens. The windows and the ghosts are all raised and shiny along with the black on the top of the haunted house. I love those pens! It really makes images pop.

This set is called Spooked, and it's SO perfect for everything Halloween. I'm working on something else that I can show you in the next day or two, to pack up treats..... who doesn't love Halloween treats?

The designer paper is from Chatterbox. I LOVE the texture of that paper. It's like none I've had before. Yes... I sewed. :) I can't help it... I hope you all aren't getting sick of me and my sewing machine. I have the set from Lizzie Anne designs with the stitches too... and I WILL use it soon. I couldn't WAIT to get it.... now to find more time to play. :) Have you seen that set? Oh, it's a must have... ribbon, stitches and shapes. Okay... I'm gettin' it out tomorrow. Take a peek... it's this one: Stitches & Shapes. See.... I told ya. Must have!!!

Okay... here is the complete recipe:

Stamps: Spooked (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Card Stock: Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Shimmery White, Chatterbox paper
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Markers
Other: Jumbo Eyelets, Crop-a-dile, Grosgrain Ribbon, Slot Punch, Corner Punch, Vintage Brads, Sakura Pens, Dimensionals, Janome Sew Mini, Crafter's Tool Kit. Distressing Tool, Scor-Pal.

Summer is crazy. Having the kids home all day really makes it hard to find time to concentrate. They are having fun though, and that's what counts. Can you believe that July is almost over? WOW! And man.... it's been warm here on the coast. Well, not like Chicago, California kinda of warm, but warm for us! I think we hit 74 the other day... thought I was going to melt. :)

Hope you are all having a nice summer and staying cool. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Happy Birthday Meridith!

Today is Meridith's birthday!! You know, one of the talented chicks over at Lizzie Anne Designs!! Have I told you that I love Lizzie Anne Designs? Yah, I think I have.... *wink*. These gals are SO nice! I just can't get over the fact that I get to work with them. If you haven't been over there to check out their stamp line, you are missing out baby.

I was THRILLED to get this sentiment set in my design team kit. It's called Simply Sentiments... I love them all. Oh man, do I love everything over there or what?

The paper is some of the new designer paper in the new Stampin'Up! catalog. This one is called Cutie Pie! It's my new favorite double sided paper. ;)

Great news.... my favorite online store is now carrying some of the Lizzie Anne Designs stamps!! Check them out over at While you're over there, check out the eP blog for details on CHA!

Here's the complete recipe:

Stamps: Simply Sentiments (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Card Stock: Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Cutie Pie DS Paper, Whisper White, So Saffron
Ink: Purely Pomegranate
Other: Circle Scallop Punch, 3/4 inch Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Cindy Ribbon (starlitstudios), Janome Sew Mini sewing machine, Scor-Pal.

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

Who Knew?..... I ROCK :)

AND it's pink... Whooo Hoooo, I rock!! Thanks Dorinda, Pinie, and Elizabeth!! Check out their awesbomb blogs by clicking on their names!!

So, I need to add five Rockin' Babes (who haven't already been tagged)

1. Kendra... oh, how she rocks my world!!! Gotta check her out!!
2. Lisa ... definitely another ROCKIN' BABE (LOVE her blog)
3. Stevie..... LOVE her!! Yah, she is rockin for sure!!!
4. Asela...... HOLY COW! I want to color like Asela! DANG!
5. Mounds..... the definition of ROCKIN!!!

I could list a zillion women who rock my world!! I'm so blessed with good friends!!
Thanks girls!!


Thursday, July 19, 2007

Garden Whimsy

h yah baby.... I gasped out loud when I cracked open my new Stampin' Up! Catalog and spied the beautiful designer paper. I'm spoiled now and I always want the double sided. It's all totally dreamy and I can't wait to get my hands on every piece. You think I can do it before the next catalog comes out? I doubt it, but I'm gonna try. LOL.

This paper is called Cutie Pie and it is SO stinkin' cute. The stamp set is called Garden Whimsy. It's one of the new sets in the SU! catalog. I also used the sentiment stamp set Absolutely Fabulous. That set reminds me of my friend Mounds (Joy). Not only because she is fabulous, but because she is always saying "absolutely".

This is another pocket card (can you tell I'm diggin' pocket cards?), only this one is in the opposite direction as the previous one. Cut your paper at 5.5 x 8.5, score at 4 1/4 and 7.5. Fold down your flap and add your paper. Oh yah, I'm still sewing with my little jewel of a machine too. You see the stitching across the flap? It holds it down quite nicely.

Here's the complete recipe:

Stamps: Garden Whimsy, Absolutely Fabulous
Card Stock: Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue, Whisper White,Cutie Pie DS Paper
Ink: Purely Pomegranate
Other: Both Circle Punches, Circle Scallop Punch, Round Tab Punch, Double Circle Punch, Blue Gingham Ribbon, Corner Rounder Punch, Crafter's Tool Kit. Soft Subtle Brads, Dimensionals, Sakura Glitter Pen, Scor-Pal.

Hope you are all staying cool and enjoying those sunny days! Thanks for stopping by!!

©Stampin'Up! 1990-2007

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

I LOVE Lizzie Anne Designs!!!

I got my first assignment from Lizzie Anne Designs!
I'm so thrilled to be a part of their AMAZING team of designers. These stamps are SO awesbomb! They stamp out PERFECT! I just can't tell you how excited I am to use these images!! If you haven't taken a look at the Lizzie Anne Design website, click on the blue letters above and check them out!! You will not be disappointed. :)

I adore Halloween cards! They are one of my favorite to create. This adorable set is called Spooked from Lizzie Anne's Little Bits Stamp line. The set comes in a cd case, clear on one side and on the other is an insert of all the images and the name of the set. These are going to be so easy to store and use! They look just like other wood mounted rubber stamps except they are die cut and they cling to the acrylic blocks. I'm impressed, and, even MORE excited (if that is possible) to get these stamps to play with!!

This is a pocket card....they are so much fun! Just cut your card stock 4 1/4 x 11, score at 5.5, then score another inch or inch and a half from one end and fold over. Make your insert 4 3/4 x 3.5.
I used the Round Tab Punch for the pull tab. I also used the 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 inch Circle Punches along with the new Scallop Circle Punch all from Stampin'Up! You all know how much I LOVE my punches. :)

Here is the complete recipe:

Stamps: Spooked (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Card Stock: Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Halloween Night DS paper, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Black, Going Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White Craft
Other: Round Tab Punch, Circle Punches, Circle Scallop Punch, Dimensionals, Sakura Glitter Pen, Black Gingham (Starlitstudio), Silver Cord

So, you may have noticed, I've been off the computer. I'm working on getting my back better and it's working too! I am limited to the amount of time that I can sit. If you've emailed me, please, please forgive me if I haven't gotten back to you yet. Thanks for your patience and for continuing to visit my blog. Hope you are all having a wonderful summer.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Quickie on Dry Embossing

Mary said:
"I'm so jealous!! You can actually emboss!!! HOW DO YOU DO IT??? I've used every kind of stylus I know of and my images never POP like that!!! I usually end up tearing the paper trying to get my images UP!!

Any tips/pointers would be much appreciated!!"

Okay Mary.... here's a quickie:

Turn on your light table and put your classy brass stencil on top.

Lay your paper over the image you want to dry emboss, on top of the stencil.

If you want, you can use wax paper and rub it over the top of your paper to make your stylus slide easier. I used Shimmery White card stock and didn't have a problem.

Use the big ball end of your stylus for the big portions or outlines of your image. Go around the edges pushing against the stencil.

Use the small ball tip to get the little circles or in smaller areas.

Try to stay within the template area, but if you go outside a little, most of the time it won't show on the other side.

Turn your paper over and SHAZAM, you've dry embossed!!

Hope this helps!! Now, let's see your dry embossing creations!!


©Stampin'Up! 1990-2007

Dry Embossed Priceless

I am so happy to see the classy brass templates to go with some of the sets in the new StampinUp! catalog! I LOVE dry embossing! And, when I saw all the new yummy papers, I gasped! I need them all. But, of course, those who know me could guess that the Flowers For You Double Sided DS Paper would FOR SURE be on my first order.

I messed up with the sentiment, so I had to cover it up. I'm not super happy with that part, but it works for a quick card.

I got one cut out of my scalloped punch.... barely. I got a defected one, so another is on the way. I KNOW I'm going to use the heck out of that new punch!! I hope it arrives soon. Gotta love Stampin'Up customer support.. they are awesome!

The butterfly and the flowers on the bottom are all dry embossed with the Priceless Classy Brass Template. The sentiment is from the hostess set So Many Things, and raised up with dimensionals. I used the Word Window Punch to punch that out and cover my boo boo.

Okay... so we are out of milk. So that means a dreaded trip to the grocery store today. I'm also working on some projects with a deadline, and my sitting time is limited, so I'll try and post again soon. I'm so happy to have my new stuff from Stampin'Up!! Hope you all get to play soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

The Recipe:
Stamps: Priceless, So Many Things
Paper: Flowers for You DS Paper, Certainly Celery, Shimmery White, Regal Rose
Ink: Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise, Lovely Lilac, Certainly Celery, Basic Black
Other: 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Scalloped Circle Punch, Word Window Punch, Dimensionals, Classy Brass Priceless Template, Stylus, Stampin'Write Markers, Celery Grosgrain, Sewing Machine (Janome Sew Mini).

©Stampin'Up! 1990-2007

Monday, July 9, 2007

Tag, I'm it!! :)

Okay, Okay.... I'm playing! I've been tagged!!! I got it good baby! Thanks Paula, Shell, and Misty!

Here are the rules...
* I must post 7 random things about me
* Tag 7 other bloggers to do the same.
* Post rules and the bloggers I tagged here.
* Leave tagged bloggers comments on their site so they know they've been tagged.

Seven random things about me:

1. I'm on the Lizzie Anne Design Team!!!! I'm so excited!!!
2. I am frumpy in real life. Most days my hair is up in a scrunchie w/no makeup.
3. I dread the grocery store and will put it off until we are out of milk.
4. I learned to water ski when I was 8 yrs. old.
5. I live in the same town I was born in.
6. If it needs to be ironed, I don't buy it.
7. I met my husband when I was 17... he is still the love of my life.

Okay.... I'm tagging:

1. I Otter Be Stampin Jennifer Hollett
2. Inked Kim Miller :)
Iris Garden Piris (Pam Hooten)
4. Jane's Addiction Janie girl
5. Running With Scissors Leslie Miller
6. Snips and Snails Jennifer Ham
7. StepAaway From My Scissors Bev Barton

Thanks girls... have a super day!!!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Sorry I've Been MIA...

My Grandma had a wonderful birthday. You can see her in the middle.. covered with kids. Everyone wanted to sit on G-ma's lap (well, the kids anyway). It was a beautiful day at the lake. Almost everyone made it here for the celebration. We all got a little sunburned despite layers of sunscreen. The jet skis and boats were pulling kids non-stop in tubes, and everyone was stuffed with good food and birthday cake. Grandma was so happy and all of us were so thankful to have her there and enjoying all her grandkids and great grandkids. You'd never believe it was just two months since her open heart surgery. She is my hero.

Some family members stayed for the 4th and it continued to be the best of times. I am blessed to have such a wonderful family. I love them all so dearly.

I unfortunately over did it a bit and was miserable with back pain. The rest of the week, I spent doing my exercises and trying to recover... which included staying off the computer and not sitting as much as possible.

Thanks for the emails asking if I'm okay, and please forgive me if I haven't replied to you yet. I am catching up slowly and my back is improving each day, but I am limited to how long I can sit for now.

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July!! Sorry I've been MIA. I appreciate all the comments. Thanks for stopping by!