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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.