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NICU sign #2 and #3 August 22, 2012

Filed under: NICU name signs — mjalbright @ 12:35 am

I was so excited to place the sign from my prior post on a itty bitty babies isolette this past weekend.  I was given the task of creating two more name tags this week.  It helps, when making these name tags, to have seen/met the babies.  The motivation was with me the whole time I was creating these.   YOU WILL ONLY GET A PIC WITH THE MAIN DETAIL AREA.  THE REST OF THE TAG HAS THE BABIES INFO ON IT.


NICU sign #2……Yep!  Using up all the hoarded retired items I have here.  The Real Red will definitely bring some color to the NICU environment.   All Items are retired except for the stamped sentiment from Itty Bitty Banners and coordinating Bitty Banners Framelit dies.    Retired With All My Heart Stamp Set; Retired Sending Love DSP; Retired Corduroy Brad; Retired Bigz Island Floral Die.


NICU sign #3 above…..Super, super cute!   I used Rich Razzleberry, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, White Vellum, and Sweet Pea DSP Paper Stack; Beautiful Wings Embosslit die, Chocolate Chip Ink; Stampin Sponge, Sewing Machine.   I did not use a stamp set for this one.

Know what’s going to be difficult with making these signs?  I can’t make multiples of the same name tags.  I could… but I’d have to wait 3-4 months before using it again.  It’s best not to have two of the same style/colors/theme floating around the environment . We do read names, but it’s best if no one sign is the same.

Hope you enjoy.  Have a great day!



NICU sign #1 August 18, 2012

Filed under: NICU name signs — mjalbright @ 2:37 am

Since I’m on call tonight and can’t sleep until the safe time of 0400, I decided to start making the NICU isolette name signs I mentioned earlier this week.

I used mostly retired Stampin’ Up! items/papers and some current.  I can’t even tell you what I used.  I didn’t keep track of colors at all.  I can tell you that I watercolored on Shimmery White.   I also whipped out my handy iPhone for the pic (at this hour, there was no way I was gonna use the “good camera” and photo cube/prop.

The Designer Paper and Vanilla cardstock continues to the right where there is room for a babies name and all other vital information. This is going to look so nice on an isolette…and I’m sure the parents will appreciate it as well.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day!


frustrating day August 15, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — mjalbright @ 3:32 pm

To try and get back into the swing of things, I made the decision to venture into the my dusty stamping room.  OH MY!!!  My goal today was to sort out all the retired items.  I quickly began to panic.  Panic in a way that could only be resolved with the idea that I’d have to purchase more, uh-hummm, current stamping goodies.

How could 90% of my stamping necessities be retired?  I only took 1 year off!   This cabinet holds all of my Stampin’ Up! stamps.  The stamps on the counter are the only ones that aren’t retired (wiping tears).

Now I have current and retired items mingling in the same area.  This is going to take a while to get situated.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I have to use up all this retired paper and accessories ASAP.  With that warning, you will probably be seeing posts using “old supplies”.  I’ll be making baby name tags to identify isolettes/cribs for the NICU I work at.


Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!


I’m still alive:)

Filed under: Uncategorized — mjalbright @ 1:11 am

Just need to research a bit more before I start stamping again.   I’m so dusty.  All of my goods are dusty.  Mojo is GONE!

Once school starts back up, my plan is to start sharing some stuff here and there 🙂

OMG I can’t find the post button lol.  I need some major help!!!!


hello there…..It’s been a long time. September 10, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — mjalbright @ 1:11 am

I thought I would provide an update regarding what I’ve been up to.

NICU is going great!  Very happy with my decision.  Extremely stressful at first, but every day it gets easier (not sure if “easier” is a good term to use).  I felt like a brand-spankin’ new nurse for the first three months.  What’s important is that I LIKE going to work & LOVE what I do.

Due to the weather here in Harrisburg (tons of rain from Lee and severe flooding), I decided to venture into my stamping studio to do some dusting.  No stamping.  How could I neglect such a happy area?  Well, that led me to browse blogs & stamping company sites all week.  I must say, it feels good to be able to “shop” where I want.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Stampin’ Up!, but I’m able to exhale and browse wherever my happy heart desires, and love other companies as well.

With my browsing, I’m starting to get that “stamping itch”.  I will be venturing back to my happy stamping space soon.  I’ve purchased some cute things from a couple different companies.  I’ve also concluded that I HAVE TO GET ME SOME COPICS (ok! ok!  all of them)!  

I’m researching all the stamp companies out there and their products.  I’m happy to see how much many companies have grown.  I think I’ve only touched the surface….every time I blog hop, I find MORE cute images.

Hopefully I’ll be back soon with some creations to share:)

Take care.



An update May 3, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — mjalbright @ 11:24 pm

Gosh! It’s been so long since I’ve visited my blog. I feel like I should explain to those who stop by and visit my site….

As of May 1st, I am no longer a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. I will always LOVE the products they carry. I am very thankful for the 6 years of creating, the friendships, conventions, the awards, and all the inspiration.

My heart leads me to focus on my nursing career. It’s so hard for me to sit down and stamp. It’s so easy for me to comfort and help someone who is hospitalized. I have been a nurse for 12 years, and I’m now working in a NICU….and so love the environment. This fall, I will be heading back to college to further my nursing degree.  So, I decided to let go of my Stampin’ Up! demoship.

ADDED INFORMATION:  I’m not done with creating.  NICU is a fabulous place for me to create.  They have all sorts of designer papers on the unit so we can make cards and scrapbook pages for the parents (we can take pictures while parents are not present to capture those smiles and moments the parents may miss).  With Mother’s Day right around the corner, there were nurses on the unit making cards “from baby to mom” :)….isn’t that the sweetest thing ever?  So, I will bring my creativity into the environment once I’m oriented and 100% comfortable.

I will post if I create something:)
Thanks for all the comments over the years.


It’s been 6 months…. August 26, 2010

since I have visited my own blog.  I haven’t stamped AT ALL!    To be honest, with not stamping, I was afraid to start up again.  Would my work be the same?  Do I remember my blog login info?  Do I have enough new Stampin’ Up! items to complete a project?  Do I know all of the new colors?  I even forgot how to use Photoshop. 

When I think of the SU! color Crumb Cake and Vintage-style, I instantly think of my dear friend Kimberly Van Diepen.  I wanted to create  some projects for her.    These are way overdue….I wanted some projects to be waiting for her at her new home.

I am extremely pleased with the turnout.  Like I said, I was afraid to stamp.  It does help when the creative ideas in my head can be executed.  







You open up the top and place a small gift inside.  Below is a birds eye view looking directly down on top of the gift box.



I hope you enjoyed looking at these projects.  Hopefully, I won’t be gone for another 6 months.  Thanks for stopping by.


STAMPS:  Artistic Etchings, Tiny Tags, and Bella Toile Background.

PAPERS:  Newsprint Designer Series Paper; Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and White Vellum.

INKS:  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Stazon Jet Black, Soft Suede, Early Espresso.

ACCESSORIES:  Mini Vintage Tags, Mini Library Clips, Simply Adorned Charm 1″ x 1-1/4″, Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Stamping Sponges, Color Spritzer Tool, Aqua Painter, Chunky Essentials Stampin’ Glitter, Jewelry Tag Medium Punch, Curly Label Extra Large Punch, 1-1/4″ and 1/2″ Circle Punches, Big Shot Die-Cutting System, Square Lattice textured impressions embossing folder, Sewing Machine.


Spring Flowers February 25, 2010

Here in Pennsylvania, we have had record snow fall this month.  We are expecting another snow storm to hit the area any time now.   I don’t mind the snow if I can stay at home with my family.  That hasn’t been the case…the snowfall seems to coordinate with my work schedule (you get no slack when you work in a hospital).   With that being said, I’m ready for spring.  While I can’t control what it looks like outside, I can bring a touch of spring indoors.

PROJECT #1:  The Crocus flower is my way of telling that spring is right around the corner.  I love these cute little flowers.  I researched all the types, all the colors, and studied their shape.  After gathering my information, I got started making my Paper Crocus planter.

I used Stampin’ Up!’s Small and Large Oval Punches for the Crocus petals.  My color palette for this project is Whisper White,  Rich Razzleberry, and Crushed Curry. 

Aren’t these flowers  just so delicate and beautiful to look at?  I’m so happy with the way my paper Crocuses turned out:)  


It did take a long time to cut out Old Olive cardstock to create the grass bedding for the base of this arrangement.  I wanted to create a plush dense grass base.  This helps with the shapes…the transition from the white ceramic planter up to the grass is smooth and easy on the eyes/easy to look at, making you focus up on the flowers.

PROJECT#2:   Since I love creating projects that are bright and eye-catching, I had to create another paper flower arrangement.  This flower is a late spring bloomer called ‘Allium Giganteum’.  This flower is purple….the great thing about papercrafting is that I can make my flower whatever colors my heart desires.

My original vision was to create three of these beauties.  Well, after 2 hours of pinning tons of little flowers to just one single styrofoam ball, my plans changed.  So I left the other two little pots with just the Old Olive grass.

There are approximately 250 small flowers used above to create this flower.  My color palette for this project is Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, and Bermuda Bay.  Several types of Designer Series Papers were used (supplies listed at end of post). 


It took hours to create these projects.  I had lots of cardstock pieces all over the place when I was creating the Crocuses.  I wasn’t paying much attention to my environment while creating and my little Ethan somehow managed to take some pieces of cardstock and created a little flower for me.  It’s definitely those little things that matter.  I probably won’t have these paper florals a month from now, but I will DEFINITELY have the little flower he created for me forever!  Look at his little flower below……

Have a wonderful day!


PROJECT #1:  Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, and Pumpkin Pie cardstock; Rich Razzleberry 1/2″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon; Small and Large Oval Punches; Word Window Punch.

PROJECT #2:  Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, and Pumpkin Pie cardstock; Kaleidoscope, Razzleberry Lemonade, Sunny Day, and Welcome Neighbor Designer Series Papers; Big Shot Die-Cut Machine; SU! Floral Fusion sizzlits die; SU! Birds & Blooms sizzlits die; Boho Blossoms Punch; Old Olive 1/4″ and 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon.


Sweet Treat Card Tutorial February 4, 2010

I received a list from my son’s kindergarten class with all of his peers names for Valentine cards.  Somehow 2 more kids showed up since the school group picture was sent home.  Since I had to make 2 more Valentine’s, I put together this tutorial for you on how I made my Sweet Treat Cup Valentines  (with the tag that stops).  I’m a bit thorough, so there are lots of pictures below.  It will be picture followed by the directions for that above picture.


Sweet Treat Cup

3-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ piece of cardstock (Pretty in Pink used in this tutorial)

2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ square piece of cardstock (Real Red used in this tutorial)

2-1/2″ x 4″ piece of cardstock (Whisper White used in this tutorial)

1-3/4″ Circle Punch

3/4″ Circle Punch

Hobby Blade and Setting Mat from Mat Pack

Paper cutter with scoring blade

Ruler & Pencil

Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive


With the 3-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ piece of cardstock, score long side at 3-1/2″ and 7″.  Score the short side at 1/4″ and 3-1/4″.  For simple creating purposes, I have numbered the sections on the piece of cardstock…this will help you while creating.

Cut away 1/4″ scored pieces from sections 2 and 3.  Leave the 1/4″ scored pieces on section 1.

Cut angles to the 1/4″ scored pieces left on section 1.  This is done so these tabs can be tucked within the card in the final step.

Like the picture states, you will need to use your Hobby Blade and Setting Mat to cut a 2″ opening on the score line between section 2 and 3. 

Using a 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, you need to punch a circle to section 1.  I punched this circle more towards the edge and just a tad off centered (this is necessary when using a punch, so later punching works with the paper size).

This is how your 3-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ piece of cardstock should look at this point.  Section 1 is the cardfront.  Section 2 is the back of the card.  Section 3 gets folded inside and will not be seen when assembled (this is where the Sweet Treat Cup adheres to).

Fold section 3 inside.  Then fold section 1 on top of that (tri-fold).  Using a pencil, mark  your circle from section 1 onto section 3.  Punch out with your 1-3/4″ Circle Punch. 

This is how your 3-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ piece of cardstock should look at this point.  With the dimensions used, you would never be able to use a punch to section 3 if the circle was perfectly centered.  It’s off a tad, but you can’t notice….unless a ruler is pulled out.  I’m sure you won’t encounter that.

Place cardstock piece in position above.  You will need your 3/4″ Circle Punch now to create the small hole where you gain access to the Sweet Treat Cup contents.

You need to slide your 3/4″ Circle Punch through the 2″ cut opening all the way till it stops.  Punch out a circle to section 2. 

This is how your 3-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ piece of cardstock should look at this point.

With the 2-1/2″ x 4″ piece of cardstock, you will need to make some cuts shown in the picture above.  You will need to cut away 1/4″ x 1-3/4″ sections from both sides to one end of the piece of cardstock.  These notches are what prevents the tag from pulling all the way out.  They become “stoppers” so to say.

Here are all of the pieces you need to finish the card at this point.

Place the 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ square piece of cardstock on section 2, along the score line centered.  I marked my piece of cardstock so I could keep track of which side is to be aligned on the score line.  This is important so your circles line up.  Holding the pieces in place with your hands (or use some Dotto if you need to…so you can rub off adhesive), flip over.

 Using a pencil, mark  your circle onto the Real Red square piece of cardstock. 

Punch out using your 3/4″ Circle Punch.  You want the circles to align perfectly.

Slide the tag into the 2″ opening as shown in the above picture. 

Slide this tag all the way till it stops at the notches.  Make sure it’s centered.  Holding the pieces in place with your hands (or use some Dotto if you need to…so you can rub off adhesive), flip over.

Using a pencil, mark  your circle onto the Whisper White tag cardstock piece.   Punch out using your 3/4″ Circle Punch.

This is how your pieces of cardstock should look at this point.  You are now done punching, and it’s time for assembling.

Attach your Sweet Treat cup to the circle on section 3. 

Adhere the 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ square cardstock piece to section 3.  This piece keeps the contents in the Sweet Treat Cup. The circle gives you access to the contents. 

Slide the tag back into the 2″ opening (make sure all circles align).  If they don’t by this point, try flipping over your tag….this is why I mark my pieces so I know which sides go where.

Tri-fold your card closed.  Bring section 3 in first followed by section 1.

 Tuck in the 1/4″ tabs on section 1 to the inside of the card.

Sticking the tip of your Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive between the layers, apply some adhesive to the tabs that a tucked in and apply pressure (wipe away any that may seep out while applying pressure).  You will also want to make sure your tag functions—-because if you apply too much adhesive, it may seep inward and cause your tag to adhere to the inside of the card—-preventing you from being able to pull on tag.

This is what your cardfront looks like when assembled.  When the tag is downward (not pulled up), you have a circle that is closed on the back of the card.

When the tag is upward (pulled up), you have a circle that is opened on the back of the card.  You now have access to the Sweet Treat Cup contents.  You take what you need and then push the tag back down to close your opening.   Stamp and embellish as desired. 


Beautiful Wings February 3, 2010

I’m ahead of the game (for once).  My Mom loves butterflies.  Her birthday is in the beginning of March.    I wanted to make her something that she could use.  With her love for butterflies, I decided to make her a card giftbox with an assortment of cards, with different sentiments, that she can send out to her friends.

 Here is the outside of the box.  I used Soft Suede cardstock to create the box and lid.  To keep the lid secured on the box, I used small white grommets to the sides of the lid and threaded Melon Mambo ribbon through so I could tie a bow on top.  The added strips of Soft Suede cardstock running vertically on the outside of the box is a nice subtle touch of detail……it also adds extra strength to the box making it sturdy.

I added details to the front of the lid only.  This is the theme that continues to the goodies that are inside the box.  I kept the details just to the lid as to not take away from the Soft Suede cardstock strips.  It all works so well together.

Untie the ribbon and remove the lid to expose 8 cards and envelopes inside the box. 

I’m the first to admit that it is extremely hard for me to create simple cards.  I FORCED myself to try and keep the 8 cards simple.  I think they turned out just right.  Easy to re-create.  Above is the cardfront.  I used the same layout on all of the cards.

Above is a picture that shows the inside of the cards.  Enough Whisper White cardstock so my mom can write a personal message inside.  I wasn’t wasting any of the butterflies that were die-cut, so I added them to the insides.



Using Tiny Tags stamp set from the Occasions Mini Catalog, I was able to use these tiny little sentiments….2 cards for each sentiment in the box.   I stamped the sentiments using Tempting Turquoise ink on Whisper White cardstock.  Punched out with my Word Window Punch.  I used my My way punch to create the cuts to the right.

**I don’t have a template, directions,or dimensions to this project.  Unfortunately, when I’m creating, I don’t write information down during the process.  


STAMPS:  Tiny Tags (Occasions Mini Catalog)

PAPERS:  Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack; Soft Suede, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Whisper White, and Melon Mambo cardstock.

INKS:  Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin’ Pad.

ACCESSORIES:  Basic Small Grommets Designer Hardware; Playground Designer Buttons; Melon Mambo 1/2″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon; Linen Thread; 1-3/4″, 1-3/8″, 1-1/4″ Circle Punches; My Way Punch; Word Window Punch; Scallop Circle Punch; Mat Pack & Paper-Piercing Tool; Big Shot Die-Cut Machine; SU! Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die (Occasions Mini Catalog); SU! Pennant bigz xl die.