Sunday, March 30, 2008

Girly Out of This World

Who says that astronauts have to be boys? Heck no... there are lots of girls up in space! Of course if I were to go, I'd HAVE to have a pink space suit... with flowers. *wink* And a pink rocket.... guess I'm not going (WHEW!)

I think this is one of my all time favorite sets from Lizzie Anne Designs. See the google eyes on the alien? Dang, he is cute. I should have made him pink too.... lol.

I made the sky with a stipple brush. I masked space ship, astronaut, alien and planet, then stippled the color all around. Then I decided to make her a flower suit, so I stamped her again on some scratch card stock, then stamped some flowers over her with the background set In The Background. Colored and cut out her new suit, then glued it on top. She is stylin' baby.

The saucer is colored with Copic Markers, expect for the disk part.... I used my Marvy Gel Excel Metallic Pen. Then, I added my favorite Stampendous Dot Stickers for windows... pink of course. Why do you think that alien likes her? He likes pink too. Are those windows? What do they call space windows? Space ship windows? Maybe they are lights? Whatever they are, they are pink and gorgeous. I love that you get so many of the stickers on each strip and in so many sizes. You have to see them to believe how much they shimmer.

Here is the recipe:

Stamps: Out of This World, In The Background
Paper: Whisper White, Blue Bayou, Pretty In Pink
Ink: Palette Noir Black, Copics, Craft White
Other: Google Eyes, Sakura Stardust Pen, Marvy Gel Excel Metallic Pen, Stampendous Dot Stickers, Quickie Glue Pen, Scor-Pal.

Spring Break is over for my kids, but I don't think I'm sending anyone back to school tomorrow. Baylor was blowing chunks this weekend, and the other three have horrible sore throats. Jayce has an ear ache too. I'm going to see if I can get everyone into the Dr. Oh, it's gonna be a Monday for sure! Maybe they will all wake up and totally be fine.... yah, that's it.

Hope you all had a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by to visit me.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

For Father

Oh, I'm so proud..... almost as proud as when I discovered I can sew. Well, sew on cards that is. Another thing I could never quite do is coloring with the Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. My friend Lana is the QUEEN of Gamsol and Prismacolor Pencils. I always admire her coloring. Now, I know this isn't anywhere near Lana quality coloring, but nonetheless.... I DID IT!

The only thing I used for the coloring is the Pure Color Pencils from Stampin' Up! and one blender stump (that my friend Lana sent me YEARS ago.) and some Gamsol. I did it! Maybe that big ole tin of Prismacolors was just too many color options for me. Maybe, if I can master the Pure Color Pencils, I can get brave, dust off my tin, and sharpen my Prismacolors. I am surprised at how easy it is. Now I just want to color!!

Here is the recipe:

Stamps: For Father
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Summer Picnic Designer Paper.
Ink: Black Stazon
Other: Pure Color Pencils, Gamsol, Blender Stump, Crafter's Tool Kit, Old Olive Brads, 1/4 inch Circle Punch, Photo Corner Punch, Dimensionals, SAB Rub-Ons, Janome Sew Mini, Scor-Pal.

Hope you are all having a wonderful Saturday. I'm off to make some deviled eggs to take up to Grandma's for Easter dinner. I know, I know, Easter was last weekend, but none of us could stand celebrating another holiday without my parents, so we are having dinner this weekend. Did I tell you my parents are home???? Whooo Hooo!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #41

Happy Friday! That means today is Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge! Whoo Hooo! Hope you can find some time over the weekend to stamp!

I dug out an old scrappin kit for Riley surfer. Remember the Island Blossoms kit? Well, it was a favorite then, and still a favorite now. Maybe it's the pink... and the flowers. I can never have enough pink flowered paper.

Riley is surfing on some bling'd up water baby. I colored the wave with Copics, stamped the sentiment, then covered the entire wave with Crystal Effects and sprinkled some Dazzling Diamonds over the top. Oh yah, he does, indeed, ROCK. LOL.

Here's the sketch:

Here is the recipe:

Riley Moose, Things Hanna Would Say
Paper: Prism Intense Teal, Island Blossoms Scrappin Kit, Shimmery White.
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Other: Copics, Pure Color Pencils, Gamsol, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, Crafter's Tool Kit, Ticket Corner Punch, Stampendous Dot Stickers, Scor-Pal.

Don't forget to check out the other girls on Beate's sketch team:

Charmaine Ikach

Jenn Balcer
Laurie Schmidlin
Lori Craig
MaryJo Albright
Sharon Harnist

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! I'm going to enjoy the last few days with my kids before we are back to the school schedule. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Something For Me

I didn't realize when I got these cool letters from Stampendous that they weren't released yet. They will be available soon, along with all new Changitos! If you want to be the first to know(and learn about cool deals from eP), you can sign up for the newsletter at here (on the bottom left).

I rarely make things for myself, so it was fun to only have the letters in my name. When I was organizing, I found this frame that I had picked up in the clearance section at Staples. It is a magnet board with a space in the middle for a photo. The frame was already pink, but the inside part was UGLY. I covered it with my favorite pink paper (Crew Kids-Girl Scrappin Kit). You know it had to be a pink project if it was going to have my name on it right? The paper didn't quite cover the whole thing so I added these cool Paper Frills from Doodle Bug and added a tiny little pearl in the corners.

I cut some cork board for the center instead of using a photo. Then, I used one of the cool little letter doo dads to frame it. I also used another "doo dad" for the center of the flowers (and another pretty pearl).

Each letter comes with all kinds of super cute stamps to decorate your letters. Or, you can use the letters by themselves on paper like I did for my magnets. I stamped on the paper, cut them out, then ran then through my Xyron sticker maker, then stuck them on a magnet sheet and cut them out again. Now I can move them all around! I cannot wait to get the whole alphabet!! Want to see more sneak peeks? Check out Shabby Chick Junk and Live, Laugh, Love with LunaLana.

I finished it up with some Rub-Ons from Stampin'Up! Hey, another thing to help keep me organized! Whoo Hooo! I'm going to take all the post it notes off my monitor now. LOL.

Okay.... keep an eye out for this alpha set and the new Changitos from Stampendous soon. Or sign up for the newsletter, then you'll be the first to know. *wink*.

Can anyone think of words I can make with my letters? One I can use on a card? I'm horrible at that. All I can think of is BRAT. LOL.

Have a great day.... the weekend is almost here!!!

Out of This World

I'm a in love with this set from Lizzie Anne Designs! LOVE this cute little alien. Did you know that LAD has a sketch challenge each week in their forums? This card was based on that challenge. You can't see in the photo, but the paper is scored vertically every half inch with my Scor-Pal. Did you also know that LAD has a contest each month and gives away a $20.00 gift certificate? Check it out here. All you have to do is upload a card to the gallery! You could win a stamp set!!! So, you can check out the sketch, upload your card and you might be the winner!!

My friend Kendra sent me this cute paper.... I think it's Basic Grey. It was perfect for this set. Thanks Kendra!!

Here is the recipe:

Stamps: Out of This World, In the Background (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Brocade Blue, Shimmery White, Only Orange
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Copics, Wild Wasabi
Other: Crafter's Tool Kit, 1 1/4 Circle Punch, Marvy Circle Scallop (yellow one), Round Scallop (SU!), 3/4 inch Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Gingham Ribbon, Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen, Black Glaze pen, Scor-Pal.

Have a great day everyone! I'm off to keep pluggin away at my laundry and I need to go to the grocery store before my kids eat me out of house and home during Spring Break. Oh, and guess what? MY PARENTS ARE HOME! We were all SO happy to see that big ole bus come honking up our street. (yes, they were honking!) All is good baby. :)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Phrases For a Friend

Good afternoon everyone. Sorry for no post yesterday. No, I'm not off organizing, I'm hanging with the kids and trying to get caught up on some things around the house. We had a sunny day yesterday, now we are back to rain. It is, indeed, Spring here on the OR coast.

I'm going to share the other workshop card we made. Some Summer Picnic Designer paper, Some Wasabi Special paper, Die Cut Blooms, the new Styled Silver Hodgepodge kit, add a little chunky glitter plus rub ons and SHAZAM, you've got a zillion easy cards. Well, maybe not a zillion, but a ton. You do get a zillion flowers with the Die Cut Blooms sheets. *wink*

We didn't do anything but fold on the score line, add some ribbon, paper piercing and scallops with the corner punch. The paper is cut 4x4, so you can get 9 pieces from one piece of paper. The flowers match the colors in the Summer Picnic pack, so it's easy peasy! We did not add the chunky glitter at the workshop because the Crystal Effects takes awhile to dry. But, all I did was throw then into my small Powder Pal tray, add the Crystal Effects in the grooves, then dumped the chunky glitter over the top of them and let them dry. Glitterfied slides baby. :)

Here is the recipe:

Stamps: Phrases for a Friend (Occasions Mini)
Paper: Wasabi Special Textured Paper, Summer Picnic Designer Paper.
Ink: Whisper White Craft
Other: Die Cut Blooms, Crafter's Tool Kit, Small Corner Rounder Punch, Grosgrain Ribbon, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Kit, A Perfect Day Rub-Ons, Crystal Effects, Red Chunky Essentials Glitter, Mini Glue Dots.

Don't give up on me... I will get the Carousel Note Tote tutorial soon. It's next on my list. :) Have a great day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

©Stampin'Up! 1990-2008

Monday, March 24, 2008


I totally bite when it comes to being organized. I want to be organized, but I always get sidetracked. I'll get one part of my corner organized, but then the rest looks like something exploded. LOL. Besides, how could I ever find time to stamp if I was always organizing.... right?

I got this really cool system on sale at Pottery Barn last year. I think me and my friends and I cleared them out. They had all kinds of shelves, bars, pin board, etc you can add or move around in slots. I knew I wanted the bars, but didn't know exactly what for. I've been using them for my large punches, and that takes up two bars (I have three units), so recently I bribed one of my sons to trade me a big shelf for his bar. I got them each a unit for their rooms too. The bars came with big hooks, which I use for my brayers and some 8x8 pads of card stock... heavy or bulky things.

I wanted the Clip it Up ever since I saw it, but do not have any more room on my desk. My friend Mish, had the brilliant idea to use the binder rings with binder clips to hang her stuff (She got a PB Shelf or two herself). I went off to Walmart all excited to get organized. I found the rings, but couldn't find the clips, then I spotted the name tag badge clips. Whooo Hoooo! They work PERFECTLY and now I'm clippin up everything! I have my acrylic stamps, my classy brass templates, stickers, envelopes... anything I can get my hands on, and up off my desk. They are VERY strong too.

Here is what I bought:
I had already ordered a bag of clips from eP for the Clip It Up system and they arrived shortly after. I have a huge shelf in front of me with a dowel under it that I had used for ribbon. The ribbon that was on it, I rarely used. Most of my used ribbon is in my Stampin'Up! ribbon holders. So, I took them off and added some more binder clips that I had in a drawer, then started clipping on my smaller items and hanging them. I love this! I can hang multiple things on each ring and can reach out and pull them off and put them back on easily.

Being organized feels so good... I'm going to really try and be better about it. I really do have too much stuff. Is that possible? I'm sharing the family room so I'm trying to stay in "my" section and I was creeping out... or as my husband would say, TAKING OVER.

I have a big OTT-LITE desk lamp on my desk. It has a swiveling magnifying glass... which I never use. I have it pushed over the top of my lite with a bracelet that my friend made for me hanging from it. My space is not fancy. It's like me.... frumpy, but it works. I have lots of things everywhere that make me happy. Things my kids have made, things people have made and sent to me, and things like a bracelet that I don't wear (only because I don't dress up often or wear much jewelery), but I treasure because it was made by my friend. Reminds me how blessed I am to have great friends and love in my life. Oh... sorry, sidetracked. See how easy that happens to me? Anyway... I used a few of those cool Clip It Up clips to hang things that I want to use. Like... I have some pearls from my friend Ellen Hutson's store, along with some ribbon, a new Heidi Swap Mask, and my new Stampendous letters... all things I want to use soon. I know that if I put them up, I will forget that I wanted to use them. Now, they dangle in front of me... calling to me. And, when I have time, I will reach up and un-clip em.

So.... until someone knocks at my door and yells "Good Morning Cambria... you get an extreme craft room makeover!" (in my dreams) this will have to do. And, it's perfect for me.

I'll show you more later of my space as I get more organized.... but don't hold your breath. SNORT!

Spring break this week for my kids and the sun is out today! It's cold, but the sun is out! So much for getting much organizing done this week..... maybe next week. *wink*

Have a great day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Once Upon a Time Coaster Album

Remember Ashley's princess party? This is the little album I made for her. I think the Once Upon a Time Set was made for little Miss Princess Ashely.

At Portland Regionals, a fellow demonstrator showed is how to make a little album simply by folding one sheet of 12x12 paper. Shortly after we came back, the tutorial queen over at SCS made a super cute mini album. You can see Beate's awesome step by step tutorial for the
Meander book here .

I printed all the photos 2x2 inches and matted them with Chocolate Chip Card stock. Every other page has a little pocket. Some pull-outs have more photos, others I stamped lines on for journaling. I used the Bind-It-All with Brown 5/8 inch coils to hold it all together.

This was such a fun easy project and Michelle loved it. I'm totally making Averie one after her birthday in August.

Here is the recipe:

Stamps: Once Upon a Time (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Paper: Berry Bliss Designer Paper (Stampin'Up!), Chocolate Chip, Pretty In Pink, Shimmery White.
Ink: Palette Noir Black, Craft Pretty in Pink, Copics.
Other: Word Window Punch, 1/2 inch Punch, Three for you Flower Punch, Double Circle Punch, Soft Subtle Brads, Pink Gingham Ribbon, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain, Bind-It-All, Nail Art Jewels, Sticky Cut Letters, Chunky Sprinkles Glitter (Occasions Mini), Pink Duo Beads, Mini Glue Dots, Medium Weight Coasters, Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen, Uniball White Gel Pen, Quickie Glue Pen, Scor-Pal.

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend. My kids managed to hunt for eggs in between the rain. Now, I'm off to make some easter egg sandwiches. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #40

TGIF baby! Time for Beate's Weekend Sketch! I had some left over Chatterbox paper on my desk that was calling to me. Well, actually, I didn't want to put it in my scrap pile to be lost amongst the others (busted). I can't help it.... it reminds me of hammock material. What's better than summer days in a hammock and hamburgers on the grill. Parties? Yah, summer parties..... oh, I can't wait. Sorry...... sidetracked.

I just can't get enough of these Changitos from Stampendous and my newest just arrived! I must collect them all. I WILL collect them all! LOL. Look at him.... he even took time to get his oven mitts on! Oh, and you could totally make him a girl by adding a little flower to the chef hat. Who grills at your house?

Changitos are colored with Copics, the BBQ is colored with my Sakura Black Glaze
pen... so it really looks like a shiny black grill. The sentiments are both from the Celebrations Sayings set by Lizzie Anne Designs (which happens to be on sale to boot).
Oh.. see the little square and dots between the It's a Party? OMGosh.... Stampendous has these very cool clear stamps. Each letter comes with little doodads to decorate them with. I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!! You can buy each letter separately. They will be available soon at eP , but FYI, Joy and Daisy will order any stamp you want from Stampendous. My dear sweet enablers. *wink*

Okay.... you know the drill. You gotta check out the rest of Beate's sketch team to see their awesome creations with this sketch.

Charmaine Ikach
Jenn Balcer
Laurie Schmidlin
Lori Craig
MaryJo Albright
Sharon Harnist

Have a super Easter weekend. I hope the Easter Bunny isn't scared of the rain. My kids can't wait to go and hunt for eggs. Enjoy your family. Easter Blessings....

Riley's Gone Fishin'

This Riley Moose line from Hanna Stamps is just so much FUN. Can you see his fuzzy antlers? They are Fun Flocked... now I'm thinking I should have done his hooves too. That stuff is addictive, and SO easy with the Quickie Glue Pen.

The sentiment is from an old set I dug out made by Close to My Heart called Fishing for Fun. The inside says "Catch All The Fun You Can." My almost 15 yr. old teenager even commented on this one..... "hey, that's pretty cool Mom." Makes me smile. :)

I wish I could get a better photo, but I'm afraid it's dreary and rainy here on the OR coast. The fishing line and water is glitterfied with my new Spica Clear Pen (OMG, it's cool). The paper is from Chatterbox called Swing Stripe. I think I am ready for summer. For some reason that paper reminds me of hammock. I paper pieced Riley's hat to match. I'm still playing with my Copics and counting down the days until I get to go to the certification class in Eugene. Anyone want to join me April 11th? I'm sure I'll come back wanting the whole Copic store.... but hopefully a much better colorer. Is that a word? Colorer? LOL.

Here is the recipe:

Stamps: Riley Moose (Hanna Stamps) Fishing for Fun (CTMH)
Paper: Only Orange, Whisper White, Ballet Blue, Chatterbox.
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Copics, Spica Clear Glitter.
Other: Crafter's Tool Kit, Dimensionals, Marvy Scallop Punch, Soft Subtle Brads, Black Glaze Pen.

Okay... so my friend Bev Gerard is hosting a challenge in the Hanna Member forums. Want to come and play with us? Check it out... click here.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Carousel Note Tote

HA HA ..... it rhymes! I finally had some time to play with my Carousel Notes (available in the Occasions Mini) and came up with this a little purse! Remember the tutorial for the bagalopes? I made a big bagalope with the envelope that comes with the Carousel Notes, then sandwiched it in between two Notes covered with Afternoon Tea Designer Paper. I stitched a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock across and added some taffeta ribbon. I then added a big flower (stamped with the Polka Dot Background stamp with Close to Cocoa craft ink) and pearl from the Pretties Kit, some jumbo eyelets for the handles, with stitched Groovy Guava Ribbon. Whala.... little gift bag all ready to go!

Here is a photo of the inside from the top view.

I don't have the exact measurements. I can write a tutorial later next week. I scored my envelope at 1 inch on three sides, then trimmed some off the top. The scallop notes are scored so that seven scallops are tucked under, which makes the bottom of the bag. I did not cover the flaps on the bottom with paper.

I totally LOVE the Pretties Kit... can you believe it's the first time I've used it? What a treasure box of pretties indeed! :) Can't wait to make more custom flowers with it.

Here is the recipe:

Polka Dot Background
Paper: Carousel Notes, Afternoon Tea Designer Paper, Chocolate Chip.
Ink: Craft Close to Cocoa
Other: Pretties Kit, 1/4 inch Circle Punch, Crop-a-dile, Jumbo Eyelets, Groovy Guava Stitched Ribbon, Chocolate Taffeta Ribbon, Janome Sew Mini, Scor-pal.

Have a great day everyone. Thanks for stopping by.
©Stampin'Up! 1990-2008

Just Celebrate

Celebrate indeed! When I first signed up as a demonstrator, I received two cards in the mail from fellow demonstrators, that I later found out were in my uplines's downline. I was thrilled to have these new cards and I thought it was SO thoughtful. It was just a taste of the love and friendship that SU! was going to bring to my life.

I set a goal for myself and encourage my downline to send out cards to every new person who joins our little SU! family. I have THE best group of girls! They are not only super stampers, but awesome friends. They just rocked SAB this year. I'm happy to say that our little family is growing.

Another thing that comes out of my mouth a lot, besides "you go girl", is "Whoooo Hooooo!" It feels so good to shout it out (I told ya I'm a dork). When I saw this set in the new Occasions Mini, I KNEW I had to have it. So, today, I'm working on sending out big ole WHOOO HOOO's to our new girls and my girls who worked so hard during SAB.

Here is the recipe:

Stamps: Just Celebrate
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Shimmery White, Pretty in Pink, Crew Kids Scrapping Kit, Bali Breeze Designer Paper.
Ink: Basic Black, Copics
Other: Crafter's Tool Kit, Chocolate Chip Poly-Twill Ribbon, Pretty in Pink Brads, Round Scallop Punch, Photo Corner Punch, Slit Punch, Dimensionals, Scor-Pal.

Have a super day everyone... don't forget to shout out a WHOOO HOOO today! *wink*

©Stampin'Up! 1990-2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

You Go Hanna Girl!

I love saying.... YOU GO GIRL!..... *wink* My friend Val from Cal sent me that sentiment last year... cuz she loves me and I'm Michaels deprived. I haven't used it near enough, but when I saw this new Hanna set, it was speaking to me! She's so cute with her weights and water and sweat towel... just makes me scream it.... YOU GO GIRL!

The paper is from Love, Elsie... it's double sided and just wonderful and young feeling. I used the Spiral punch from Stampin'Up! accross the top. The paper looks like pink notebook paper so I thought that punch would be prefect. The star is both the small and large Star Punch from SU!. The main images are punched out with my Marvy Scallop Punch.

Here is the recipe:

Stamps: Getting Physical, Micheal Stamp.
Ink: Palette Noir Black, Copics
Paper: Whisper White, Shimmery White, Basic Black, Love, Elsie.
Other: Spiral Punch, Small and Large Star Punches, Marvy Scallop Rectangle Punch, Vintage Brads, Dimensionals, Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen, Uniball White Pen, Scor-Pal.

Hope you have a great week. :)

Monday, March 17, 2008

Qbee Easter Egg Box

Look at these cute Easter boxes! OMG, that Qbee over at SCS is a pure paper genius! Thank you SO much Brenda Quintana for sharing your awesome patterns!

We made these boxes at my workshop on Saturday. Inside holds six little chocolate eggs. I found out today, while making seven little boxes for my Grandma's card group, that the Dove eggs seem to stay put a little better in the holes.

The Happy Easter sentiment is stamped with White Stazon ink onto the acetate. I used the ribbon slot punch on the sides of the box and thread it through to keep in on and in place. Just push the punch all the way in and center it before you fold and glue your lid together. The little flower in the corner is from the Three for you Flower Punch Box. Again, do this before you fold and put together your lid. I used the poker and the spongy mat from the Crafter's tool kit.

The recipe:

Stamps: A Good Egg, jumbo Wheels: Petals, It's Beautiful , Whimsy. So Many Scallops
Paper: Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, Shimmery White.
Ink: Regal Rose, Craft White, White Stazon, Palette Noir Black, Stampin'Write Markers.
Other: Round Scallop Punch, 3/4 inch Circle Punch, 1 3/8 inch Circle Punch,Acetate, Gingham Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, Two-way Glue Pen, Crafter's Tool Kit, Scor-Pal.

Today was the last day of Sale-a-bration. I'm sad. I love SAB time. A big thank you to my customers for making it a success once again. I'll show you the card we made later in the week. Thanks for stopping by!! Have a super week!

©Stampin'Up! 1990-2008

Princess Party

I'm SO not a scrapper. Someday, I will be a scrapper, but right now, I'm not. I'd love to be better at it, but it just doesn't come easy to me. I hope when I have more time to do it, it will be easier for me. LOL.

I had a workshop quite a few years ago, where I met a new girl named Michelle. She was so cute and so excited to stamp. Over the years, she has become a REALLY good friend. That gorgeous girl in the upper right corner is Michelle with her adorable daughter Ashley. She is the kind of friend who will stop by with coffee and doughnuts totally unexpected just because she knows you are having a bad day. The kind of friend you know would be there in a heartbeat if you needed her.... even though she is being super mom, wife, cook and totally swamped juggling her own life. The kind of friend you hold on tight to, and look forward to growing old with.... and maybe someday sitting around the table scrappin photos of your kids with. I feel blessed to have her. Thanks for being my friend Michelle. :)

Michelle's daughter Ashley is just too cute. She totally believes she is a princess. Not just for her 4th birthday, but every day of the year. Ahhhh.... to be four again. So, for her birthday, Michelle had a princess party for her. It was SO cool and my Averie just had a blast. Michelle made all those crowns and each girl got to pick out their own. The whole party was princess perfect and all the girls had a total blast. Michelle was nice enough to let me borrow her photos so that I could make a little album for Ashley with my Once Upon a Time set from Lizzie Anne Designs. When she dropped off the CD, I thought I'd try scrappin a page..... and this is what I ended up with. I gave them to Michelle, and she was so sweet..... she made me FEEL like a scrapper. See why I love that girl? You can click on the photos to see them larger.

Here is the recipe:

Stamps: Once Upon a Time (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Flowers for You Designer Paper, Pink Passion, Lovely Lilac, Whisper White, Shimmery White.
Ink: Craft Pink Passion, Palette Noir Black, Copics.
Other: Cricut, Boho blossoms Flower Punch, Soft Subtle Brads, Dimensionals, Crafter's Tool Kit, Rectangle Mary Scallop Punch, Uniball White Gel Pen, Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen, Black Glaze pen,

I had a workshop on Saturday with my girls, which was the highlight of my weekend. I woke Sunday morning to a phone call from my grandma that she was having a hard time breathing. I hate that panic.... total panic. After spending half the day in the ER, she is home and feeling better..... determined not to miss her Cribbage card game today. They changed some of her medication and we will see her Dr. this week. I told my Mom on the phone that we were both out of big girl panties and ready for them to come home. LOL. This was AFTER she said that they would be on the way home this week from TN. I did not want make them feel like they have to come home early, but I was SO happy to hear that they are indeed heading home. My kids cannot wait to see that big ole bus heading up the street !!

Hope you all had a great weekend. I'll show you the little book I made for Ashley later in the week. LOVE this set from LAD. It was hard to put it up.... for now. :) Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, March 14, 2008

Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #39

Whooo Hoooo, it's Friday! Time for Beate's Weekend Sketch! This is number 39, so when you upload to SCS, remember to put WSC39 in the keyword section so we can see what you do with the sketch.

Hanna Stamps has new sets on sale today! You do not want to miss these sets..... OMGosh, they just get better and better. Every new release just blows me away! LOVE all the new dogs. Of course my little doggie is a princess..... a PINK princess. *wink*

Here is the recipe:

Stamps: My Best Friend, Small Breed Dog Set
Ink: Palette Noir Black, Copics
Paper: Wild Wasabi (3.95 Special), Shimmery White, Regal Rose, Crew Kids-Girl Simply Scrappin Kit.
Other: Round Scallop Punch, Mary Round Scallop (yellow), Dimensionals, Stampendous Dot Stickers, Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen, Black Glaze pen, Janome Sew Mini, Scor-Pal.

Here is the sketch:
Check out the rest of Beate's sketch team!!

Charmaine Ikach
Jenn Balcer
Laurie Schmidlin
Lori Craig
MaryJo Albright
Sharon Harnist

Have a super weekend everyone! I have a workshop on Saturday. I'm SO looking forward to getting together with my girls. I'll share my projects later next week. It's been a long busy week and I'm ready for the weekend!! Thanks for stopping by!!


Thursday, March 13, 2008

For Father

Friday is my Dad's birthday. Happy Birthday Dad!!! I bought this set because of the sentiment and the tool box... totally reminds me of my Dad. My parents are in Texas tonight heading to Tennessee tomorrow. I think this will be the first birthday that we haven't spent all together. It's weird not having them home for holidays and birthdays. I'm happy they are having fun being retired though. I am ready for them to come home now...... how sad is that? LOL. I'm all grown up and I miss my parents!

I LOVE those brads, but I can't remember when I got them! I've had them forever.... that is why I can't remember. They totally look like screws huh? And, they are not at all heavy.

Here is the recipe:

Stamps: For Father, Size it Up Roller Wheel
Paper: Watercolor Paper, Basic Gray, Kraft, More Mustard
Ink: Classic Ink Pads; Ruby Red, More Mustard, River Rock, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Black Stazon
Other: Crafter's Tool Kit, Screw brads, Dimensionals, Sakura Silver Pen, Vintage Beige Ribbon (AMM), Scor-Pal.

Sorry for the late post.. it's been a LONG busy week. Oh... the crock pot vomit? SIX THUMBS UP BABY! I'll totally be making that again. I only use four chicken breasts, one can of beans and corn and one brick of cream cheese. That was plenty to feed my teenager and tween twins plus we had some left overs. We ate it over rice, but next time we'll try it in burritos. Thanks for the recipe Alicia! YUMMMEEEE!!! My goal is to try at least one new recipe a week from my blog candy threads, so I'll keep you posted. Thanks for stopping by!!

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Less than a week left to take advantage of the free Sale-a-bration sets. How can you not want them all? Stampin'Up! does that to me every year. When I first see the sets, I don't want them all, but then when I SEE all the things people do with them... I NEED them all. This was my least favorite set. Then, my friend Nancy Morgan totally changed my mind about it. She made me fall in love with that butterfly .

This is a card I demo'd at my last workshop. I told you about my friend Kathie who uses her Watercolor Wonder Crayons for almost all of her coloring? She inspires me to use mine more. I probably should have let HER do the demo. LOL. Anyway, this was fun and I'm pledging to use my crayons more... I do need some practice. The stitching around the image is faux stitching done with my Crafter's Tool Kit. After I got home, I added some stitching with my little, loved, Janome Sew Mini.

Here is the recipe:

Stamps: Merci (FREE during SAB)
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Watercolor Paper, Berry Bliss Designer Paper.
Ink: Black Stazon
Other: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Aquapainter, Crafter's Tool Kit, Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Janome Sew Mini, Scor-Pal.

Okay... time is running out for those of you who are thinking of joining Stampin'Up! and becoming a demonstrator! The Starter kit is 20% off, plus you get to pick an extra stamp set from the catalog! This offer ends along with SAB on March 17th.

Guess what's in my crock pot? You got it.... Crock Pot Vomit! One of the many recipes you left me in the comment section for the blog candy! I can't wait to try it.... I sure hope it tastes better than it's name. I might have to rename it so that when the kids ask me what's for dinner, they won't cringe. Or... maybe I won't. The boys will probably think it's cool.

Have a super day everyone!
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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Out of This World

I am in LOVE with this set from Lizzie Anne Designs! It's called Out of This World and that it is.... INDEED! All the images are just adorable and the sentiments... PERFECT!

I used my new Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background after stamping the stars with Versamark. Can you see all the numbers? The rocket and the planet are popped up on dimensionals and I've glittered it all up with my Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen. How cute is that little guy?

Here is the recipe:

Stamps: Out Of This World (Lizzie Anne Designs).
Paper: Blue Bayou, River Rock, Real Red, Whisper White.
Ink: Palette Noir Black, Copic eSsentials , Versamark.
Other: Sakura Stardust Pen, Dimensionals, Cuttlebug, Numbers Embossing Folder Crafter's Tool Kit, Glaze Pens, Scor-pal.

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

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Quick Cards

More quick cards with little embellishment for easy mailing. :) This is another image my friend Joy sent me. It's from a set made by Stampendous called Flower Chat.... now I NEED that set! Thanks Joy! SNORT!

I used my Cuttlebug birthday embossing folder and colored with my Copic markers. I can't wait to get more of those markers, they truly are amazing as everyone claims.

Speaking of Copic... I have some exciting news! They are offering certification classes in Medford and Eugene next month! I'm SO excited to go and learn more about how to use these amazing markers! The session in Eugene is Friday, April 11th from 9-5 and the Medford session is the following Friday, April 19th! Anyone want to join me in Eugene and get certifiable with Copic? I'm already certifiably crazy for them!

One more with this adorable image. I used paper from the Love, Elsie, Roxie Line. And, colored with my small collection of Copics. I also used the Sakura Glaze Pen to raise up the dots on the flower box. Love those pens..... embossing with no gun! I also added some glitter with the Sakura Stardust Pen. Another FAVORITE of mine. *wink*

The ribbon on both cards are from Stampin'Up! Along with the cardstock. :)

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


Friday, March 7, 2008

Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #38

TGIF! I'm so happy it's Friday! Good morning everyone! Time for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge! Hope you find some time to play along this weekend.

The Occasions Mini is going to break me. I'm not kidding, I seriously want it all. This set, For Father, WAS last on my list, but of course I saw some awesome cards with it... and I am lacking in cards that can be "man cards". Mostly, because my Dad is a wood worker and the sentiment in this set fits him to a "T". His birthday is coming up, so I NEEDED this set to make a special card. Yah, that's it.
Oh sheesh, I can always find an excuse to get more stamps.... I seriously have a problem.

At my last workshop, I demo'd the Watercolor Wonder Crayons. I have a friend (Hi Kathie) that uses them all the time and I always LOVE her cards, but for some reason, I can't ever get the same results as her. I am going to practice. Maybe I need to go to her house and get a lesson. I do love the watercolor paper and that is what I used here. I wanted to match the colors in the Summer Picnic Designer paper, so I used my classic ink pads with my aquapainter.

I really liked this sketch and I had cut two sheets of paper, so I decided to whip up another one. This one was a lot faster.... and I used my FREE SAB Rub Ons. Man, I love those. I'm determined not to hoard them... I'm going to USE them.

Another must have set for me... out of the Occasions Mini is the Full of Life set. You can never have too many sentiment sets... right? And, they are all die cut. Did I tell you that? And the die cut flowers? How easy. I love quick and easy. I'm hopeless.

Here is the sketch:

Don't forget to visit my friends. I'm always amazed at how different each person's version of the sketch is. It's SO much fun. It makes my morning coffee taste SO much better.... sipping along, checking out the sketches. Ahhh... life is good baby.

Charmaine Ikach
Jenn Balcer
Laurie Schmidlin
Lori Craig
MaryJo Albright
Sharon Harnist
Here is the recipe:

For Father, Lots of Thoughts (SAB). Full of Life (2nd card).
Paper: Real Red, Shimmery White, Ballet Blue, Summer Picnic Designer Paper, Watercolor Paper.
Ink: Black Stazon, Stampin' Write Markers, Real Red, River Rock, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Wild Wasabi, Glorious Green.
Other: Aquapainter, Dimensionals, Round Scallop punch, Crafter's Tool Kit, Old Olive Brads, Rhinestone Brads, Love & Happiness Rub-Ons, Die Cut Blooms, Jamone Sew Mini, Scor-Pal.

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