Sunday, June 29, 2008

i did it!

I was able to stamp a little for fun tonight! yeah!! and after a great Sunday afternoon nap! I decided to do Taylor's challenge since time is almost up for that! I was inspired by Angie, she has been using her sets that are about to retire...this pirate set isn't retiring but is going into "hiding". I haven't used it in forever! I stamped the little pirate and his treasure chest in staz-on black and colored him in with markers and blender pens and ink pads. I rolled out my map and crumpled it, sponged it, colored it, tore it...anything to make it look old! I stamped an extra lid to the chest and cut it out and popped it on dimensionals so the lid could be open with treasure falling out. For the gold coins I just colored saffron marker on some so saffron paper and punched out circles with my hole punch. I used my stylus to make indents on them so they would look old and then I added crystal effects to them so they would shine like gold! That's about it! Have a great start to your week! {sorry the pics aren't so great it was dark when I took them}
chat at ya later!
what's in it?...
stamps...Ahoy Matey, Matey's Map (jumbo wheel)

paper...kraft, close to cocoa, night of navy, so saffron, whisper white

ink...close to cocoa, creamy caramel, chocolate chip, so saffron, black staz-on, real red, night of navy, black, going gray, old olive ribbon, pewter brads, crystal effects
other...stamp-a-ma-jig, circle punches, distresser, dimensionals

a card buffet

I wanted to share with you some of the cards we made at my eScape night! I had alot of fun with the girls that came! I decided to have a card buffet. I had all different levels of stampers come that night so I wanted to make it enjoyable for everyone. I had 7 cards set out that I had made and then had all the "stuff" to make those cards already cut out, stamped on and measured. That way the girls mostly just had to assemble and then do some coloring.
I have been busy working on some party favors for a bridal shower {I can't wait till they are done so I can show you} I am pretty impressed with myself and the cuteness factor involved! So I am hoping to break away and stamp something to share with ya'll later today or maybe tomorrow morning!
chat at ya later!...
what's in it?... (love you)
stamps...Big on Spring

paper...chocolate chip, very vanilla, soft sky, afternoon tea dsp

ink...chocolate chip, soft sky
accessories...light blue ribbon, diamond stickles

other...stamp-a-ma-jig, blender pens, paper piercer and mat pack

what's in it?... (blue flowers)

paper...old olive, taken with teal, bali breeze dsp

accessories...olive twill, silver brads

other...three for you punch, glue dots

what's in it?... (friendship)

stamps...Boatloads of Love
paper...not quite navy, ruby red, old olive, whisper white

ink...not quite navy, ruby red, old olive, staz-on black, basic grey

accessories...silver brads

stamp-a-ma-jig, cuttlebug and embossing folder, distresser, blender pens, dimensionals

what's in it?...

stamps...Simply Said
paper...bashful blue, certainly celery, whisper white, cutie pie dsp

ink...basic black, markers; certainly celery, rose red, bashful blue, so saffron

accessories...celery brads, blue gingham ribbon
other...blender pens, stamp-a-ma-jig, paper piercer

Saturday, June 28, 2008

my stamp space and a few tags!

So I wanted to show off my stamp space with my new Decor Elements!! Isn't it so great?! It was simple to do...I talked my hubby into helping me put it up because I wasn't willing to move my stamp table and deal with the mess and putting it I had to have his longer arms to reach over the table up to the wall! He was a sweet guy to help...and after he was done he smiled and said "Can I go to bed now? This is an hour of my life I will never get back!" Silly guy! I am going to have to be careful first reaction is to buy all the new items and plaster my house...but I will resist and just maybe add a few more things later down the that my house doesn't look like one big sticker book!
Also...I got a few tags from some super talented ladies out I thought I would play along and then tag a few more incredibly talented ladies! So here goes!...
The fabulous ladies that tagged me are
Angel...she is a super duper talented stampers...and she is now my neighbor!
Kim...I found Kim after she found me...her blog is still new to me but I have loved what I have seen so far!
Mauna...also a talented stampin' lady, new to me, and everything I've seen is sooo cute!
Linda...not only does she make the cutest things...she is entertaining too...I love readin' her blog! 7 random things!...hmmm
#1 I am more like Monk than I care to hubby will call me out on it all the time too...he will say "You are being a little Monkish right now!"
#2 I was married 4 months after graduating high school to my high school sweetheart...and I am more in love with him now than ever! {I know mushy love stuff!} After all we have been through, if he can still stand to be with me, I am not letting him go!! :)
#3 I am a baby hog and proud to be...I love the newborn stage and since I have decided 4 kids is all I am fit to take care {if even that some days} I will take any baby I can get my hands on and for however long I can get away with it! I love to hold and cuddle and kiss those babies!! I am always reluctant to give them back up to their own moms!
#4 I am a taco fanatic! I would eat them for every meal, every day! I won many a taco eating contest in my jr. high & high school days!! mmm...just writing this makes me think we will have tacos tonight for dinner! Oh and I am not above a taco eating contest now either!...I will eat you right under the table...bring it!
#5 I crave chocolate the most, first thing in the morning! I almost always have a small little handful of chocolate chips in the morning to get my day going! We are never without chocolate chips for that's a staple in my bread and water!
#6 I love, love, love to dance and listen to music!
#7 I am the oldest of 7 kids! I know my mom is a brave woman!...she is the uber mom! I like being the brothers and sisters always thought I was too bossy...a few years ago I found a great sign I proudly hang in my house that says... "I am not bossy, my ideas are just better than yours!" I am now supposed to tag 7 here they are...check out these incredibly talented will be worth the trip!
Angie schwooo!
Corinne Stampin with Roxy
Sara Desperate Stamper
Tiffany Hook'd Ink'd & Stamp'd
Nancy iStamp
Jenny Stamping Moments
Emily celebrating the may.hem although this one isn't a stamping blog...she is crafty and makes darling signs for your house! she gets this award too!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

WOW...I have to's great to be back online. I will admit shame here (well maybe a little) I rely way to much on being able to get online! I had to find some creative ways to get things done the last few days! I actually had to turn on the t.v. to see the news (usually I just read it online) ...I had to make phone calls and talk to people instead of emailing them, I had to go to the library to re check books, call the bank for some info & write a check! was crazy! {in case you are unsure...yes my voice is thick with sarcasm} I will say my Comcast guy showed up before his scheduled 3 hour window {insert jaw open here & gasping noise} and was so fast and so nice! :) are the card deets...I made this card on Friday night for Taylor's cupcake challenge...but then didn't get to post it cuz, well, you know the story! I left the white circle blank on purpose...I wanted to wait till I have a use for it and then add the sentiment I need. This card is 5 1/4 square.
Thank you!! Thank you!! for all the nice comments ya'll left while I was offline!! You really know how to make a girls day! {blushing} Gotta run and get ready for my eScape night!
chat at ya later...
what's in it?...
stamps...Pun Fun bayou, wild wasabi, real red, soft sky, whisper white cosmo cricket: Cogsmo dsp bayou, wild wasabi, real red, soft sky, going grey, so saffron bayou ribbon, pewter brads, crystal effects

other...stamp-a-ma-jig, 1/2 in, 1 3/8 in & 1 1/4 in circle punch, corner rounder, blender pens, dimensionals, circle cutter (CM)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

so frustrating! I have had no internet since Saturday morning! My neighbors did some yardwork and planted some trees and cut into our cable line! ugh! I am at the library right now getting caught up on emails and a few other things so I thought I would post a quick hello!! I hope to be back up and running by tomorrow...that's when the internet guy is supposed to be coming...ya know how that goes! I have been busy getting ready for my eScape night tomorrow so I have lots of fun cards to show you when I am connected again to the outside world!!
chat at ya soon...I hope! :)

Friday, June 20, 2008

color inspiration...

Ok...last post for today...promise!! I told you I had a few! :) I made this one also last night when I was up. I made this one for the Color Inspiration Challenge over at Kristina's blog. I love her color challenges...she always has the greatest pics for inspiration. I thought this one might be hard cuz I hardly ever use sahara sand and the colors were pretty neutral...but it turned to be easier than I anticipated. The one thing I did on this card that I was pretty proud of was...I used my versamarker with my color spritzer and spritzed the sahara sand paper and then used clear embossing paper to make it stand out a little more. I am sure that someone else has also thought to use their versamarker in their spritzer but I didn't read it came from my own little head! I stamped the flowers from the embrace life set all over the white...(I would say randomly but I used my stamp-a-ma-jig so that it was evenly random)...I know it's the OCD in me!! Then I added some punched flowers for a little dimension. have heard enough from me today!! Have a great weekend!! Thanks for coming by and all the nice comments have been so great...thanks!
chat at ya later...
what's in it?...
stamps...Embrace Life
paper...sahara sand, so saffron, wild wasabi, whisper white staz-on, so saffron marker, versamarker
accessories... wild wasabi ribbon, saffron brads, clear ep
other...stamp-a-ma-jig, dimensionals, color spritzer, heat tool, three for you punch

a late night randezvous

hmm..catchy title huh?! Angie and I have something in common..we don't always go to bed at those pesky "normal" hours that the rest of ya'll might go by!! We decided that one of these nights when we were both up we would put our waking hours to some good use and do a late night challenge! Last night was our first one...and so we had a "late night randezvous" We finally caught up with each other about 1:00am and Angie came up with our challenge! {which means that I am to come up with the next one??...oh the pressure} Here is the challenge...we used this sketch from 2 sketches 4 you and we used the color combo from Splitcoast which was soft sky, basic black and kraft. Angie also suggested that we throw this one is as well...which she did, but I am ashamed to say I didn't cuz I have no ric rac!! {{gasping}} I know horrible huh...we now know what's on my Archiver's list though don't we! This was super fun and was a great way to kill some time until I was sleepy! Anyone want to join in on a late night challenge?...just email me or Angie and we would love to have you play along...although we may start a little earlier next time...say midnight! {*wink*} Make sure to check out Angie's card too over at schwooo...she made a great one!! ((oh a little note...nope today's earlier post was not a scheduled one...I was up with kiddos at 6:50am this morning!!))
chat at ya later!
what' in it?...
stamps...Embrace Life
paper...soft sky, basic black, kraft, whisper white, soft sky dsp
ink...soft sky, black staz-on ribbon, black brads, love & happiness rub-ons
other...stamp-a-ma-jig, three for you punch, blender pens, rub-on tool, sponge

popsicle cards

There was a challenge over at Splitcoast to make a different shaped squares, or rectangles, etc. I know this is pretty rectangular but I saw these cute cards somewhere...I can't for the life of me remember where now...(sorry to whoever isn't getting their due credit!!) This is definitely a different shaped card for's on a stick and doesn't stand I am counting it!! These could not be took no time at all to make them and very little brain power which is good cuz I was up till 3:00am last night. Since I couldn't sleep I had a little late night stampin' challenge (more to come on that later today) These little cards are about 2 1/4 in. x 3 1/2 in. I will have 2 more posts keep an eye out!
chat at ya later...or sooner!
what's in it?...
stamps...Tart & Tangy

paper...real red, only orange, whisper white
ink...real red, pumpkin pie, old olive & orange ribbon, crystal effects

other...scallop punch, dimensionals, circle punches, corner rounder, sticks, glue dots

Thursday, June 19, 2008

a flowery thank you

I made this card a while ago to show my girls in Stamp Club how much fun the Pretties Kit is. This is a pretty simple card. I stamped the flower with regal rose and used all textured paper that I got in my Crew Girl Scrap Kit. At the club meeting I ended up spritzing the flower instead of stamping it cuz I was also showing them the color spritzer. The thank you sentiment is from the Spring Solitude set. Just a quick post tonight...I am trying to reclaim my house after doing the unthinkable and letting it go for one day without cleaning very much! When the kiddos are out for the summer it's like a bomb went off in here some days!! It's all good though...they are helping to clean up all their messes....they just don't know it yet! {*wink*}
chat at ya later
what's in it?...
stamps...Spring Solitude, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
paper...wild wasabi, pretty in pink, basic grey, whisper white
ink...regal rose
accessories...pretties kit, rose ribbon
other...dimensionals, circle punches

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


I found the funnest summery paper when I was Archiver's the other day. I love much that I bought a ton of it! I thought not only would it be cute for cards but for scrapbook pages too. The paper is great on it's own that I wanted it to be the focal point of the card. I just added some stickles , crystal effects, brads and dew drops to the middles of the flowers to make them pop a little more. I added some fat red ribbon that matched and I was done. Two cards in 10 minutes...LOVE IT!!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!!
chat at ya later!
what's in it?...
paper...tempting turquoise, WeR Memory Keepers White Out Collection Frenzy-Dither ribbon, red brads, diamond stickles, crystal effects
**on a personal note....for a good laugh and a smile you can check out my family blog...Kyler is a goof....creative, but a goof!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

another fresh cut card

Ok...I know you are probably sick of this set...but I am really loving it. When I made my other card I stamped two of these images in the black staz-on cuz I knew I would want to make another one with the black background! I just love the look of the black with a hint of color added. I snagged the idea for this spotlight technique from Miss Roxy...check out her cute card. I punched a 1 3/8 in. circle out of a separate image. I colored in only the circle to "spotlight" the beautiful flower. The I popped it up on a dimensional and added it to the image where it was punched from. Fun huh?! I love learning new little things to do to jazz up your card making! I used the same layout as my last card like this was just the easiest way to get the card done!
...for those of you who read my previous post...I was finally able to go to sleep after I finished up on the computer...nothing like a little blog surfin' till you are completely blurry eyed to get you sleepy! I have to be ready to fall over, dead tired before I hit the pillow and sleep. If I am even a little bit "awake" I lay there and my mind starts to wander and I think of all the the things I need to do or didn't quite get done...or whatever else might be goin' on in my head that day! I know...I have tried everything!!!...and I do mean everything to not be that's just in my wiring! :) oh well! time I am up...I am totally emailing you so we can have a late night challenge!! Sounds fun!!! :)
chat at ya later!...
what's in it?...
stamps...Fresh Cuts

paper...wild wasabi, groovy guava, basic black, whisper white, afternoon tea dsp staz-on, groovy guava, wild wasabi brads, wasabi ribbon

other...dimensionals, 1 3/8 in. circle punch, distresser, blender pen

Monday, June 16, 2008

a fresh cut note it is...Monday night at 10:30pm and I had such high hopes of getting some good sleep tonight (after last nights whole 2 hours and 50 minutes)...but I guess it is not meant to be...cuz here I am posting on my blog!! I laid down at 9:00pm but I gave up and came down to share a card with ya'll! This is just a quick card I came up with to show the fresh cut note cards that are being offered this month from Stampin' Up! {you can check out the link on my sidebar} I originally made this card without the spritzed border...but last week when I was getting ready for my stamp club one of the things I was showing my gals was how to use the nifty color spritzer {one of the most fun toys I have} I went back, grabbed my card and added the border. I love the way it turned out! I stamped the big image in rose red on regal rose paper and popped it up on dimensionals from the inside of the card. I stamped the little flower in old olive and punched it out with an old punch from Stampin' Up! that has the 3 flowers on it {the name escapes me right now} The stamped flower fits the punch perfectly! I added the flower with a rose brad. I cut a stray piece of cardstock just smaller than my card and I spritzed the border with regal rose. Super simple!!
Well...good night...or in my case...just night...I am going to attempt to go back to bed! wish me luck!!
chat at ya later...
what's in it?...
stamps...Fresh Cuts

paper...regal rose, whisper white
ink...regal rose, old olive, rose red, regal rose marker
accessories...rose brad

other...dimensionals, stamp-a-ma-jig, 3 flower punch, color spritzer


I saw this on Splitcoast and I had to try my hand at it...aren't they sooo cute! I saw two versions that I liked one from Zany not Crazy (Maren has a fabulous tutorial) and one from Catered Crops. I made a cherry apron becuz I had a yummy Cherry Cream Cheese Pie recipe I wanted to share. I gave this to my hostess for my last workshop. I also thought she needed something else to go with it so I got the idea to make a few small aprons as well. They are about 3 x4 in. I thought it would be cute to add them to pies, or baked goods or a dinner or something that you made for someone a little tag to say what it is or "hope you enjoy"...something along those lines. They were a little time consuming but very fun to do.
Hope you have a great Monday...I am gonna be busy so not sure I will have time to stamp...darn it! I am pretty sure Kyler has strep so I have to get him into the doctor! at ya later! thanks for coming by!
what's in it?...
stamps...Tart & Tangy

paper...bashful blue, old olive, white, Summer Picnic dsp

ink...real red, old olive ribbon, pewter jumbo eyelets, crystal effects

other...crop-a-dile, scallop punch, 1 1/2, 1 3/8, 1 inch circle punches, corner rounder, sticky strip

Thursday, June 12, 2008

blogaversary treat winner...and a card

Blogaversary treats go to....... #28...Sarah...who had this to say "WOW! That wallet/card is stunning. I would love to see the link to a tutorial if you could! I love it!
Thanks for sharing and giving us this chance for some yummy treats!"
Congrats on your win...send me an email with your snail mail addy and I will get your goodies out to you!! {} THANKS to all you super sweet gals out there who left me such nice, nice comments! I am glad you all liked the "wallet"! I didn't have a tutorial for the wallet...I just saw some others and then figured this one out on my own!!
Ok...I thought I would share a card while I was posting the treat winner. I made this card to show my girls at Stamp Club that the Fresh Cuts stamp set had more versatility than just being used on the note cards that came with them. I love the contrast in colors on this card. The black paired up with more springy colors. I stamped the image in black staz-on ink & used my blender pens & ink pads to color in the image. That's about it...I am making this a quick post...I have been feeling sick all day and whenever I am in any other position than laying down I get nauseas! I am off to bed.
chat at ya later....
what's in it?...
stamps...Fresh Cuts

paper...old olive, regal rose, soft sky, so saffron, whisper white, black staz-on, regal rose, old olive, soft sky, so saffron, certainly celery brads, olive ribbon

other...stamp-a-ma-jig, dimensionals, ticket corner punch

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Father's Day Wallet

Good Wednesday morning! I got lots of good sleep last schedule isn't as busy as it has been and I am heading to Archiver's with a friend later...should be a great day!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of you who made my first year of blogging so much fun!!! I have loved reading comments & getting feedback on projects. BUT even more than that I have loved meeting so many of you out there in bloggerland! I feel like I have made some great friends!! Ya'll are awesome...thanks!**Alright...card deets!! This is my dad's Father's Day card (I am pretty sure he doesn't check this so I think I am safe in posting it!) I made him a "wallet". I saw a few different kinds on Splitcoast and after looking at all of them I just kinda made my own version. It is actually a pretty simple card...just adding all the details takes a little time. For the base of the card I used a piece of chocolate chip paper and folded it in half long ways. I trimmed off about 3/4 of an inch to get that first "pocket" in the wallet the one where the $$ would normally go. Then I just started adding more pieces to get the couple of other pockets I wanted. I took some pieces of Close to Cocoa paper and ran them through my Cuttlebug and then sponged them up with chocolate chip ink to give it that leathery worn wallet look. The part of the wallet where your license goes...I decided to use a stamp from the Bronc Buster set. I stamped the sentiment on vanilla paper in chocolate chip ink and spritzed the paper with close to cocoa and creamy caramel. I adhered that part to the base of the wallet. Then I cut out an oval out and put a piece of acetate behind it and popped it up on dimensionals. I added pewter brads and some tabs to the pull out papers. (that will be where we all sign and leave a little message for my dad) Oh last thing...the Happy Father's Day on the front is just from my computer cuz I didn't have a father's day stamp. I outlined the words with my caramel marker and used the color spritzer all over it with caramel and cocoa markers. THANKS for stopping by!!
chat at ya later!...
what's in it?...
stamps...Bronc Buster, Back of Card set (MSE)

paper...chocolate chip, close to cocoa, very vanilla

ink...chocolate chip, close to cocoa, creamy caramel

accessories...pewter brads, acetate, taupe ribbon

other...stamp-a-ma-jig, Cuttlebug and embossing folder, word window & tab punch, color spritzer, dimensionals, sponge, corner rounder, star punch oval cutter (CM)