Friday, October 31, 2008

Beate's Weekend Sketch #64

Happy Halloween! I wish you all a happy and safe evening of fun! I know my kids are SO ready to get out there and Trick or Treat. Can you believe October is over?

I love Fridays.... and I love Beate's Sketches! This one was REALLY fun. I stamped the flowers on whisper white card stock, then loaded up my Copic Airbrush and sprayed R85 all over. I then took the marker out and colored the flowers. Of course I couldn't have plain ole flowers now that I have Shimmerz, so I gave them some Shazam with Bubble Gum Pink... man, I love that stuff. I'd bathe in it and go out for Halloween if I had enough! Can you see me now? All pink and shimmery head to toe? I'd save the new product for my hair. (yah, they are coming out with a new product.... but I can't tell you yet). But you can go over to their blog and get a chance to win some! See the huge fonts in the previous post. LOL. I also added some Crystal Effects to the owl's eyes and a black nose with my Sakura Glaze pen. Stamping is SO much fun... isn't it?

Don't forget to check out what the rest of Beate's team is up to. I can't wait to check it out!

Charmaine Ikach
Jenn Balcer
Lori Craig
MaryJo Albright

Sharon Harnist

Here is this weekend's sketch.. it's number 64. Hope you can find some time to play along with us over the weekend.

Supplies used to make this card:

Stamps: Love Owl-ways
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Sweet Always Designer Paper.
Ink: Brilliance Coffee Bean, Copic Markers.
Other: Gingham Ribbon, Circle Nesties, Cuttlebug, Crystal Effects, Bubble Gum Shimmerz, Paint Brush, Dimensionals, Sakura Glaze Pen, Janome Sew Mini, Scor-pal.

Have a great weekend!! Eat some chocolate baby. So, what's your favorite? You know.... the one you look through your kid's stash for? I think it's the Reese's for me. I don't know though, I also LOVE the dark chocolate with almonds too... dang, it's all so good. I totally DO not need to be eating the candy, but it's Halloween right? You HAVE to... right?

PS.... Head over to LAD and get a treat! No tricks.... 40% off Halloween stamps today, plus Halloween Blog Candy too. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 30, 2008


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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Penguins are Party'in

Oh yah baby... don't these guys just make you smile? They make me grin every time I see them.
Love that little guy peeking out of the water.

You can see it in the photo, but the water hole is covered using with my clear Sakura Glaze Pen (my friend Nancy got me hooked on them all over again.) Their eyes too... they have just a dab of the black Glaze Pen to make em pop. LOVE those pens! It's like embossing without the mess.

Okay, so yesterday was horrible. Just when I thought I was feeling better, I woke up with the WORST headache. I got the kids on the bus, went back to bed and didn't even get up until 12:30! Slept the day away, but later in the afternoon my headache finally left and now I feel a ton better. So, I KNOW the rest of the week is going to be good! Averie is SO excited for Halloween this year. She hasn't decided for sure what she wants to be... it changes daily. One of my twins wants to dress up as a girl! I can't wait to put makeup on him.... he's such a goofball. I guess I better get up in the attic and get down the costumes huh? Wow, hard to believe it's only a few days away. What do you do for Halloween? Do you take the kids out, or stay home and hand out candy? Shoot... I guess I better get some candy too. Man, are they days just zooming by or is it me?

Okay, so here's the supplies for this card:

Stamps: Penguin Party, Things Hanna Would Say, (Hanna Stamps)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Neenah White, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Pie Patterns Designer Paper, Prism (baby blue dark).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers.
Other: Sakura Glaze Pens, Nesties, Cuttlebug, Orange Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (SU!), Dimensionals, Scor-pal.

Have a great day girls! Oh man, and thanks again for all the great recipes on the blog candy post. I'm hitting the grocery store today so that I can try some of them! YOU ROCK! :)

Monday, October 27, 2008

A Happy Heart

Hello stampers! Today, easy is good. :) I love this new set from the Stampin'Up! Mini called A Happy Heart. It indeed, makes me happy!

I used my all time FAVORITE pink pirouette card stock for the base, stamped randomly with the little Feb 14 stamp with Pretty in Pink classic ink. The frame is made with the Square Nestabilities. Did you know that you can stack them to together, run them through your Cuttlebug and get a perfect frame? I did not know that and was thrilled to discover that this morning. I added some SHAZAM to my card with my Sakura Glaze pens. The black is all raised up as if it were embossed and the center heart has a clear glaze on it. To add a tad of glitter, I got out my atyou Spica Pens. I added the little I (heart) you at the bottom using my small oval punch and dotted the i with a Real Red brad.

Here are the supplies:

Stamps: A Happy Heart
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red.
Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black, Copic Lipstick Red, and Rose Pink (R29, R81), Pretty in Pink classic ink.
Other: Small Oval Punch, Crafter's Tool Kit, Real Red Brad, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Sakura Glaze Pens, atyou Spica Pens.

Hope you have a wonderfuly day... thanks for stopping by!

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Okay, so Harley Dee... come on down baby. YOU WON!! Please email me at and I will send off your new stamp sets!

And, YES, I do have a crock pot which I LOVE. Thank you SO much for all the awesome recipes! I cannot wait to try them!

Oh man, speaking of love, you guys are THE BEST. I was feeling pretty horrible this weekend... it seems the bug finally caught MOM. No puking though.... whew! Isn't that how it goes.... you get everyone else feeling better then WHAM? So, all of your sweet comments MADE MY DAY! Seriously, I was grinning ear to ear. I'm still grinning... you are THE best! Thank you for forgiving me!

Okay, so believe it or not, I'm stampin today. I'll be back later to post a card! Whooo Hooo! This is going to be a good week, I can feel it!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Blog Candy!!

Hey everyone! Happy weekend! Today I'm offering up some "please forgive me for being a bad blogger blog candy!"

Blog candy includes two sets from Stampin' Up! Organic Grace hostess set, and Many Happy Returns stamp set. You get both!

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Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #63

Hey everyone! Wow, it's Friday again, and another week went by with no posts from me... I'm so sorry. If it's not one thing, it's another for us lately. Yesterday we spent the day in Eugene where my oldest son went through allergy testing. He is allergic to grass, dust mites and household dust. So, now we know what's setting him off and hopefully we have his meds right so that he can quit missing school. Poor kid. Allergies are horrible! No one in my family has ever had them, so this is all new to us. Yah, DUST... can you believe that? So much for letting my pile get so bad you can write in it. And, so much for having him do dusting as a chore! How bad is that for Mom?

So, let's hear a whooo hoooo for Friday and the weekend! And another for Beate's Weekend Sketch!! Here is the sketch and the sketch team... hope you can play along over the weekend!

Charmaine Ikach
Jenn Balcer
Laurie Schmidlin

Lori Craig

MaryJo Albright

Sharon Harnist


Stamps: Rockin' Holiday (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Paper: Pretty Papers (Lizzie Anne Designs), Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Neenah White.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers.
Other: Circle Nesties, Cuttlebug, Angel Wings Shimmerz, Fun Flock, Quickie Glue Pen, Dimensionals, Ribbon (retired SU!), Holiday Embossing Folders and Borders, Crafter's Tool Kit, Scor Pal.

Hope you all have a great weekend. I'm putting together some "please forgive me for being a bad blogger blog candy" this weekend, so stop by if you can for your chance to win. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #62

Good morning everyone! Happy Friday! I made Beate's Weekend Sketch! A little late (I'm so sorry), but I made it.

This card is a regular 4 1/4 x 5.5 card except I cut an inch off the side... so really it's 5x5 x 3 1/4. LOL. I used the new set from Stampin'Up! called You & Moi. Hearts and flowers.... they get me every time.

Please check out the rest of Beate's Sketch Team... I'm sure they were on time. :(

Charmaine Ikach
Jenn Balcer
Laurie Schmidlin

Lori Craig

MaryJo Albright

Sharon Harnist

I wanted to show you the extra shimmer that I added with my very favorite product right now called Shimmerz. LOVE this stuff!! :)

I can hear my stampin gals right now teasing me about saying it's my favorite, but seriously, it is. I used the colors Coffee, Pumpkin, and Bubble Gum Pink... who can resist something called Bubble Gum Pink? Not me. :)


Stamps: You & Moi
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Sweet Always Designer Paper.
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Regal Rose.
Other: Shimmerz, Chocolate Poly-Twill Ribbon, 1 1/4 inch Circle Punch, Marvy Round Scallop Punch, Paint Brush, Flower Fusion, Crafter's Tool Kit, Pink Brad, Scor-pal.

Here is the sketch... hope you can play along!

Okay, so I'm sure you can probably imagine that since I've been such a BAD blogger this week, that it's been crazy at my house. THANK GOODNESS I have not puked or even felt bad (knocking on wood... REALLY HARD), but almost everyone else in the house has.... including my puke cleaning man. :( I think everyone is done now. My oldest went back to school today because he's worried about getting behind in work (he is getting straight A's). So, we'll see if he makes it all day. Averie went back too, after she's been home all week. Not really feeling bad, but she had a really nasty cough and they all had early release for conferences and her class spend most of the time at swimming lessons. I did not want her in the pool with that cough. Although today, she begged and begged to take her swim suit. I caved... she didn't cough last night and seemed much better this morning.

So, that's it... sorry for being a slacker. I will try and make up for it this week. Thanks for all the nice comments and emails. I miss you guys!! :) Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #61

Hey everyone! TGIF! It's been a long week and I'm ready for the weekend. The kids are home today from school for a In Service day, so it will be a long weekend too. One of my twins was really sick this week, so I didn't get a lot done at my stampin desk. I think he's on the mend, and I'm just hoping no one else comes down with it. ... especially ME, because there is NOTHING worse that blowing chunks. I'm not kidding, I think I'm puke phoebic. Man, I tried to clean it up and I end up hurling with the kids. Thank goodness for my man...... my puke cleaning man. Oh, I how I love him...... sorry, I'm WAY off topic. Yah, it's late... yah, I put the sketch off this week... I know, I just busted myself.

It's a super cool sketch this week... don't ya think? Make sure to check out Beate's Weekend Sketch!

And, don't forget the sketch team...they rock!

Jenn Balcer
Lori Craig
Sharon Harnist


Stamps: Le Jardin, Sketched Sentiments (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Paper: Pretty Papers (Lizzie Anne Designs), Mellow Moss, Neenah White.
Ink: Ranger Distress Soot Black.
Other: Shimmerz (Pumpkin, Rustic Red) Circle Nesties, Cuttlebug, Mellow Moss Taffeta Ribbon, Janome Sew Mini, Scor-pal.

Have a great weekend everyone! Hope you can play along and stamp with us!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Quickie Gift Cards

Hello everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. Today I'm going to share the third project we did at my last workshop. This is a super easy, super fast, but cute little gift card holder. My friend Pinie shared this on her blog back in March. She received one in a Control Freak swap from Erin Blair. Thanks girls!

Okay, so I know it's not SUPER Christmas like, but I don't have any of the new Christmas paper yet. And, even though it's not "Christmas" paper, I'd totally send it as a gift for the holidays. Gift cards are THE BEST thing to give. Man, my kids love getting iTune cards. I love getting Starbucks or Human Bean Coffee cards, heck, doesn't everyone love gift cards?

You could totally dress this up if you wanted to make it really special. Add a main stamped image, run some ribbon under it that ties on the side. The possibilities are limitless. But, this one was super easy ... just think how many you could whip out and be done with your list of gifts to give? Oh yah baby.

Here's how easy they are:

Cut your cardstock 4 1/4 x 11
Score each end in 3 inches
Score in the center at 5.5
Make a W shape with the center (is that a mountain fold?)
Tape that inside portion on the sides only.
Fold the front and back flaps back and insert the center end into your Tabletop paper cutter. Slice off that center fold.
Take the Designer Label punch and insert half way to make a little slot to pull the card in and out.
Decorate.... you are done!

My front image was easy peasy. I took the stripped stamp from the Curly Label Bundle stamp set, stamped it with Riding Hood Red classic ink on Whisper White. Punched it out using the Curly Label punch. Then I grabbed the Merry Christmas stamp, stamped it with Basic Black, then used the Large Oval punch to punch out the center portion. Line them up and stick them together. Attach with brads. This time of the year, you have to appreciate easy. :)


Stamps: Curly Label Bundle, Snowflake Roller Wheel (the inside).
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Bella Rose Designer Paper, Whisper White, Textured Kiwi Kiss.
Ink: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red.
Other: Curly Label Punch, Large Oval Punch, Vintage Brads, Crafter's Tool Kit, Designer Label Punch, Scor-Pal.

Have a great week everyone.... can you believe it's OCTOBER? Can we slow down a bit please? Dang....

Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Santa's Card Making Workshop!

Happy Saturday stampers!

Have you started on your Christmas card making yet? It's the perfect time to get a head start! Today only, you can get a special deal over at Lizzie Anne Designs.

Check out Santa's Cardmaking Workshop and get an extra discount today only!! Plus, you can get directions and samples of beautiful holiday cards to tickle your inspiration.

Don't forget to check out Meridith's and Tricia's blogs for some blog candy!!

Have a super weekend.... hope you find some time to stamp!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #60

Happy Friday Stampers! You know what Friday is..... it's Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge! Whooo Hoooo!

Man, this sketch was tough for me... thank goodness for the new designer paper from Lizzie Anne Designs. Have you seen their new Pretty Papers? They are SO pretty! Nothing like designer paper to make Christmas card making easier. Oh, and do you get the LAD newsletter? If you do, you'll know about their one day sale.... you'll definitely want to check out Santa's Cardmaking Workshop. Stop by and check it out.... you won't be disappointed, I promise. :)

Here is the sketch:

And the rest of Beate's sketch team... I can't wait to see what they did!

Charmaine Ikach
Jenn Balcer
Laurie Schmidlin

Lori Craig

MaryJo Albright

Sharon Harnist


Stamps: Holiday Script
Paper: Pretty Papers (Lizzie Anne Designs), Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Vanilla Shimmery White.
Ink: Ranger Distress Soot Black
Other: Photo Corner Punch, Nesties, Cuttlebug, Dimensionals, Gingham Mellow Moss and Black Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch, Green Olive Shimmerz, Paint Brush, Janome Sew Mini, Vintage Brads, Scor-Pal.

I hope you all have a great weekend. We are suppose to get a lot of rain and wind... perfect weather for stampin right? As always, thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Upsy Daisy

Good morning stampers! Today, I'm sharing one of the other projects we made at my class last weekend. My girls loved this one.

Super easy technique that is really pretty in real life. I'm not sure if it has an official name (for the technique), but it's fun. Just ink up your stamp with Versamark, stamp on your cardstock, emboss with clear embossing powder. Then, take a dauber, dab into Whisper White Craft Ink and smear all over your embossed image. Take a tissue and wipe off the ink on the image. We added a little paper piercing, and some ribbon and shazam, card is ready to go. :)

The Supplies:

Stamps: Upsy Daisy (Stampin'Up!)
Paper: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss.
Ink: Versamark, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss.
Other: Versamark, Clear Embossing Powder, Embossing Gun, Crafter's Tool Kit, Scallop Edge Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Dimensionals, Embossing Buddy, Kiwi Kiss Ribbon, Sponges, Daubers, Distress Tool.

Hope you have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

PS.... join us in the Hanna Member Forums to see who won the Hanna Blog candy!