Saturday, January 26, 2008

Shoe Money

I got this idea from a bank that Mariah has. I saw one on Splitcoast (don't remember who posted it) that had "Convention Fund" on it. I think I like that better, but I had already made this when I saw that one. I like how it turned out. It was a Crystal Light container and of course when I saw it, the stampin' wheels started turning. I may have to make another one for convention money. Don't think I'll be able to go to convention, but I can dream!

I used Ginger Blossom DP in layers around the container. "Shoe Money" is from Whimsical Alpha Lower stamped with Chocolate Chip on Very Vanilla and layered on River Rock. The ribbon is from retired SU! Flirty Ribbon Originals. I wish that is wasn't retired because I love it! Should have bought more when it was available! I covered the lid by punching out a scallop and cutting slits in each scallop so that the piece could sit down in the lid. I thought about making these for a craft fair, but not sure how well they would sell. I thought about making some that said "Golf Money" for Father's Day, although my Dad doesn't play golf, lol.
Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


My upline had a downline meeting last Saturday and we did a card swap.

This is the card that I did. It is a direct knock-off of the card that is a few posts back. I changed the colors a bit, though. I used River Rock as the card base and other layers instead of Chocolate Chip and instead of the ribbon.

This is Jenny's card. She did the faux linen technique and it is gorgeous in real life! It has this most amazing texture! I have got to try that technique!

This is Valinda's (my upline) card. Love the detail on that flower and how she made the ribbon the leaf.

This is Stacey's card. She did the rock-n-roll technique. Very simple and sweet card.

This is Vicky's card. Love those flowers and the adorable scallopped edge.

Monday, January 21, 2008

This is very moving....

Susan Lyles over at SuzieStampsalot posted this on her blog and it really moved me to the point that I really needed to share it. I love it's message and as soon as Mariah wakes up, I'll show it to her (school's out today and of course she is sleeping in!). Hope you enjoy this as much as I did and THANKS to Susan for sharing or I probably would have never seen it!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

We have a blog candy winner!

Congratulations goes to Amie!
Amie said...
My wedding band and an eternal marriage. ;) We got married the day before Valentines' Day, so it's of course a special holiday for us! 10 years next month!

Dakota picked #15 and so Amie, please email your address to me and I will get it out to you! Please indicate if you want a pink, red or white mailbox. Thanks to everyone who played!
I never really got anything grand for Valentine's because my birthday is the 18th and my ex-husband's birthday is the 19th so we usually celebrated it all together. A couple of years ago my Dad came to the office and gave my Mom and I each a stuffed animal and a box of chocolates. He never does stuff like that so that was pretty special. Last year Dan gave me an amethyst necklace so that was special, too, because it was for Valentine's Day, not my birthday.

Well, I've got to go get ready for our group meeting with my upline. She went to Leadership and has a lot of info to share with us!

See ya'll later! Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Got Mail?

I finally decorated one of the mailboxes that Dan bought from Target! I received an SU! order last week and I had pre-purchased the Rub-ons from the Sale-a-Bration catty (will be available for everyone on February 1!), so I knew I wanted to use those. The last time I used rub-ons was about 25 years ago in Commercial Art class in highschool (yes, I'm showing my age, aren't I?) and they were horrible. They peeled off and were just aweful to work with. Well, rub-ons have come a long way baby! I LOVE them!!! I applied them to the side and front of the mailbox and even on the scallop that I added to the flag. I added dots around the scallop with a white gel pen and tied ribbons to the flag and I was done! I really like how it turned out. Simple (no stamping involved, kind of a bummer) but cute none the less!
Thanks for stopping by and remember you only have until tonight to enter for the blog candy!!!
See ya'll later! Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, January 17, 2008


I've been MIA for a couple of days. It's been crazy hectic around here! I do have something to post for you later tonight, if I can fight kids and Dan off the computer! I have been working on a couple of projects, so will post those very soon. This morning I am taking Mariah to the doctor for a barrium swallow x-ray to try to figure out what the problem with her chest pain is. They have said that she has severe reflux and hopefully no other major problems. We're crossing our fingers that they finally find the reason and we can go from there.

Don't forget to enter for the blog candy a few posts down! You have until Friday night.

Until later... Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Monday, January 14, 2008


Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #30 was challenging to say the least! I finally came up with this card. I love that new Ginger Blossom DP from SU! It is so pretty! The card base is Gable Green and then a layer of the DP. The verticle strip is a layer of DP and Gable Green on top and the verticle pieces are reversed. The flowers and the sentiment are rub-ons that will be available for FREE during Sale-a-Bration! The scallop is layered and I added the dots with Chocolate Chip marker and added lots of doodles also. I added a Fire brad to the center of the flowers on the scallop.
Don't forget to leave a message here for a chance to win BLOG CANDY!!!!
See ya'll later. Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, January 13, 2008


This week's Featured Stamper over at SCS is Veronica (I'm Veronica on SCS) and she has some cute cards in her gallery and her blog is fun, too! I chose this card to CASE. I loved the scalloped edge on the bottom of her card! I changed the main image (still from the same stamp set, though), the colors and instead of a scallop on the top left corner, I did the flowers because of space. I kept the basic layout except I used the strip of DP instead of stamping the background. Go check out her gallery!
stamp set: Event Full (SU! level 1 hostess from Fall/Winter 2007 catty)
card stock: Pixie Pink, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Rebecca (retired SU!)
ink: Brown Stazon, SU! marker, white gel pen
accessories: organdy ribbon (non SU!), flower punch, Fire brad
Until next time ya'll, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

As promised......

BLOG CANDY!!!!! Here's what you will get..... a pink (or white or red- your choice) mailbox from the Target $ Spot, a small stamp, 5 notecards with envelopes and two pieces of pretty pink ribbon (15 inches of each) from a retired SU! Ribbon Originals pack. (I chose those two because they are of course PINK!!)

All you have to do is tell me what was the best or most favorite Valentine's Day gift you ever received. You have until Friday night at 8:00 to post and I will announce the winner Saturday morning. Good luck to all of you!

See ya'll soon. Hugs and Happy Stampin'!


This will make you laugh!

This is so funny! I found this on Barb's blog through Kathy's blog.

I thought the little boy had a southern accent until I read on Barb's blog that it's British, which now I hear it. They say (who is "they" anyway?) that the southern accent is closest to the British accent, so maybe that's why he sounded southern to me. I'm very southern and the little boy sounded a lot like us! I can't stand the sound of my voice on tape, I sound like such a hick!

This will make you cry

Dawn over at Amusing Musings and Things posted this on her blog and I wanted to share it, too. It is so sweet and it made me cry, but I cry easily so don't go by me :)

Blog candy to be posted later today!

See ya'll later! Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

This set is absolutely adorable!

I love this stamp set!! Isn't it the cutest? I just got an SU! order in today and had to play with this set and the new Ginger Blossom DP. The card base is Chocolate Chip, then a layer of Cameo Coral, then a piece of Ginger Blossom. The image is stamped on Very Vanilla with Brown Stazon and colored in with markers, then mounted on Cameo Coral and on Chocolate Chip. The "it's your birthday is stamped in Brown Stazon, punched out with the 1 3/8" circle punch and mounted on a piece of Cameo Coral punched with the Scallop Punch. The brown ribbon is from a retired Ribbon Originals named "Flirty". I added doodles around the Cameo Coral pieces and the scallop piece. I love this stamp set and this paper!
See ya'll later! Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, January 6, 2008


This week's Featured Stamper over at Splitcoast is Nancy Riley (stampinat6213 on SCS) and this is her blog. What a wonderful gallery she has! This is the card I cased. Her card was a color challenge (Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose and Old Olive) card, so I kept the colors the same. I did change the card base color to Old Olive. Nancy used reversed masking to create the panels, but since I didn't have the strength to tackle that today, I just stamped the images from Bud Basics and then cut them into panels and adhered them to a piece of Regal Rose cs. I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from Warmest Regards in Close to Cocoa on Regal Rose, punched with the small Tag Punch and mounted it on Old Olive punched with the large Tag Punch. I punched a hole in the tag and strung it onto some pink organdy ribbon (not sure of the company) and tied it around the Regal Rose piece and then mounted it on the card base. I did not add the flowers on dimensionals like she did either. I may add those later because I do like that look. I think I'm going to give this card to my Aunt Bebe who is visiting next week from Florida. We only get to see them once or twice a year, so I'm excited to see them again. My Aunt Bebe and Uncle Carl are my favorite aunt and uncle. When my brother Joel and I were kids, we would spend a week with them during the summer. It was always so much fun, because they only live about 5 miles from the beach and we always got go skating or bowling and to the beach. They live a 1/2 block away from a convenience store and we would walk there everyday and buy junk food. Joel and I never got to do stuff like that at home because we didn't live near anything within walking distance. We always thought we lived in the sticks or the country is what my cousins called it. Anyway, Aunt Bebe's birthday is this week, so yes, this will be her birthday card!
Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Two in One

I think that I'm going to start doing challenges every week or atlease try. This card is actually two challenges! This week's SCS color challenge #147 to use Taken with Teal, Real Red and Certainly Celery AND Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge found here. The base is Taken with Teal. The main image is Time Well Spent (all SU! demos got this Hostess Level 3 stamp set for FREE right before Christmas!!) stamped on Very Vanilla with black Stazon and colored with SU! markers and I also colored the dots in each flower with a white gel pen. It's also layered on a piece of Real Red cs. The butterfly is popped up on dimensionals and layered on top of a Real Red scallop also with dimensionals. The Certainly Celery strip is doodled with Taken with Teal. It doesn't show up very well in the photo but the brads on the strip are green, red and blue Fire and Ice brads. I really like how this turned out!

Ok, yesterday I posted that some blog candy is coming soon! I will post that as soon as I can gather everything together and take a pic! I won't keep ya'll in suspense too long, I promise!

See ya'll later! Hugs and Happy Stampin'

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Coming Soon!!

Look for some blog candy very soon!!!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Bud Basic Sympathy Card

More sad news here. Another one of our clients died on New Year's Eve. He had a heart attack. We saw Mr. Ralph a few of weeks ago and he did not look very well then. Sympathy cards are not my favorite to make because I just never know what to say verbally, let alone written in a card. I tried to make this card very soft and subtle looking. I think that bold and bright is my usual style and so I have a hard time toning it down a bit. I don't even have many of the Soft Subtle papers. I had one piece of the Blush Blossom and Gable Green left so from a multi paper pack that's what I went with. I stamped the main flower image from Bud Basics (a two stampin' technique stamp set) in Blush Blossom (I actually had to use a marker because I don't have that color stamp pad) and the outline in Creamy Caramel. The background is a piece of Blush Blossom that I stamped the flowers from Shades of Nature (SU! retired) in Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder. It's hard to see in this picture, but I like the effect. The sentiment is from Sincere Salutations stamped in Creamy Caramel on Blush Blossom and mounted on a piece of Gable Green and then I tied a piece of light pink narrow organdy ribbon around that piece before adhering to the card. The card is much prettier in real life, this photo doesn't do it justice.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Sympathy card

I work for a real estate attorney and one of the builders we have worked with for many years lost his Mother-in-Law the other night. She collapsed in a store a couple of weeks ago and they think that she had an aneurysm. Last week the doctors did a brain scan and said there was no brain activity, so the family decided to take her off of life support. Ron stayed at the hospital that night because he wanted to be there when she passed. Sometime in the middle of the night, she started talking and she recognized Ron and told him she loved him. He said it took him 30 minutes to figure out what he would say when he called his wife because at first he thought he was dreaming. She talked to her family and although she was weak and fuzzy minded, she recognized them all and told them she loved them. It seemed like a Christmas miracle and I'm still calling it that even though she passed away. The doctor's could not explain it, they even thought it a miracle that she could respond because the tests showed that there was no brain activity. I know that God works in mysterious ways and does things on his time. I think that she was able to talk to her family before she passed so they could have a little bit of peace. I am sad for them at their loss. Ron and Anita are such wonderful and sweet people. I know it's not much, but I made them this card.
Card recipe:
Stamps: Time Well Spent, Sincere Salutations
Paper: Old Olive, Whisper White, DP (a great Target $ Spot deal)
Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: SU! pencils, blender pen, dimensionals