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beate’s weekend sketch challenge #37 February 29, 2008

Ahhh Friday.  Not so excited to see this one roll around.  I will be working this weekend…which means getting 32 hours in from Friday night to Sunday evening.   I enjoy being home during the week with my family so I drag myself into work the weekend night shifts….ughhhh.  Reason for the lack of posts – I have been creating but it is top secret stuff that I have devoted a lot of my time to and I do wish I could share it with all of you.  I am feeling guilty for not posting lately, but I have to prioritize or my life would be rather crazy:)

Here is my card for Beate’s wsc#37

beate wsc #37

It’s a busy card but I do like the way it turned out.  It’s bright and fun.  I will be doing a workshop (I know, gasp for the girl who NEVER does them) next weekend, so I’ll be giving this to the hostess (who is my old upline). 

Now, head on over to check out more samples for Beate’s wsc on the blogs of these fantabulous ladies:

Cambria Turnbow

Charmaine Ikach

Jenn Balcer

Laurie Schmidlin

Lori Craig

Sharon Harnist

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend:)

STAMP SET USED:  SU! Hostess set level 2 Spring Solitude Bundle

CARDSTOCK USED:  Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Whisper White, Textured More Mustard, Soft Sky Prints DSP, East Coast Prep DSP.

INKS USED:  Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, More Mustard, Soft Sky, Real Red.

ACCESSORIES USED:  Bold Brights & Earth Elements Colored Brads, Real Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Ticket Corner Punch, Horizontal Slot Punch, Paper-piercing tool and template.


beate’s weekend sketch challenge #36 part 2 February 23, 2008

Part 2 features a Hanging Treat Box to coordinate with the card I made for Beate’s wsc#36.  You can find the tutorial here from SCS.

Like mentioned, this is for my little neighbor next door who’s turning the big 3 soon.  Hmmm, what to put in the hanging treat box??  An 8 count crayon box fits perfectly.

beate’s wsc #36 part 2 

I used The Cat’s Pajamas stamp set Havin’ a Pow Wow for this one.  So cute for a little boy.   This is one of those creations that I will want to grab back off of the person after they receive it 🙂  I just like them so much.

Hope you’re having a relaxing weekend 🙂


Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #36 part 1 February 22, 2008

Filed under: weekend sketch challenge — mjalbright @ 9:30 am

Wow!  It’s Friday already.  I’m happy that this week is coming to an end, and I look forward to being snowed in with my family this weekend.  It is snowing here and it should turn to freezing rain shortly…..stay home and catch up on some stamping right?

Here is my card for Beate’s wsc #36  (part 2 will be saturday)

beate wsc #36

While at CHA, I got to spend some time chatting with Alma from The Cat’s Pajamas.  She is so sweet…everyone I met was sweet!!!  I decided to use one of her sets today.  This card is made using It’s A Western Thing.  How cute!  My neighbors son is turning 3 years old in the beginning of March.  Our children play together often so this card is for him.

Now, make sure you head on over to the blogs of these very talented girls to see more samples created for Beate’s wsc:

Cambria Turnbow

Charmaine Ikach

Jenn Balcer

Laurie Schmidlin

Lori Craig

Sharon Harnist

Thanks for all the get well wishes that have been left for me.  I pray you avoid getting whatever it is that is going around.  I haven’t spent this much time in bed since my teen years.  And the dizziness…uggghhh!  I’m still nauseated, have no appetite, and things just taste different.  Oh, and can’t forget the hacking cough.  

Enjoy your weekend.


RAK from Charmaine February 21, 2008

Filed under: RAK — mjalbright @ 6:30 am

How sweet is Charmaine Ikach?  VERY.  I received this card earlier in the week and it really brightened my flu-recovering day.

rak from charmaine ikach

Make sure to head on over to Charmaine’s blog to see some more of her beautiful creations.

Thanks Charmaine 🙂


must be feelin’ better February 20, 2008

I woke up and decided to force myself to make a card.  I checked out what todays sketch challenge at SCS was and gave it a shot.

together forever sc164 

I love this elegent color combo for a wedding.  I believe it is the hot trendy “in” colors to have.  I just finished up a wedding invite package for dear friends of mine and this is their wedding colors.  So, I made this card to give to them on their special day.

STAMP SET USED:  Fun & Fast Notes (which I hardly ever but it turned out so cute on this card).

CARDSTOCK USED:  Night of Navy, Close to Cocoa, Soft Sky, Shimmery White, Soft Sky Prints DSP.

INKS USED:  Stazon Jet Black, Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Close to Cocoa, Signo White Gel Pen, River Rock, Sakura Silver Gelly Roll Gel Pen (for flowers)

ACCESSORIES:  Pretties Kit, Aqua-Painter, Stampin’ Sponges, 3/16″ Corner Rounder Punch,  Navy Satin Ribbon from Michael’s.


attack of the flu

Filed under: my fam — mjalbright @ 6:31 am

I feel almost 100% better and will return to blogging in the near future.  My whole family has the flu.  I can talk about it now since I have it…I guess you can say I’m one of those “knock on wood” kinda persons who doesn’t talk about things due to fears of having it happen.  This is only the second time in my life having this nasty flu-stuff, with the last time being about 20 years ago (yes, I remember the incident vividly).

So, as soon as the residual dizziness subsides, you shall see work 😀

I have so much to share.


So many questions February 12, 2008

I got several emails regarding these cute baby onesie cards that you can view here.

Lauren Meader posted the tutorial on her blog for you all to view and play around with.  Please take the time to read her post and case away for your own personal use like I did.

TAKE NOTE–When we post original templates/patterns, they can not be submitted for contests:)


RAK from Carolyn King (Cammie) February 10, 2008

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Ahh yes.  You know her right?  Her name is Cammie and she is super talented.  Make sure you check out Cammie’s Blog  for lots of inspiration.

I received this RAK from her this past week:

rak carolyn king

So, tomorrow’s card will be my return RAK for her.  Again, if you attend the MFT release parties, it will make total sense…lol  I actually have to make another because she is not alone.

Hugs to Cammie *giggle*


hoppy easter wishes February 9, 2008

Here are two cards that I made with MFT new release set Eggstra Special Easter.

The first one I made for SCS sketch challenge #162.

mft happy easter card  Turned out so soft and welcomes spring weather soon.  This set has so many cute Easter images.  I love how this bunny appears to be sitting in grass surrounded by tulips (that sparkle–CottonCandy Stickles). 

Here is another card made with the same set but features the other bunny.

mft happy easter card outside 

You untie the bows on the side of the card to reveal the inside:

mft happy easter card inside

I am trying to have something to post for all the days I will be away at CHA.  I have a little bit of everything lined up.  Even more twisted sentiments stuff…I will have to have the whole card blurred out on one of them…gesh!  Just when you thought you saw it all.  There is a real naughty one on its way (will make total sense to you if you attend the MFT release parties).


Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #34 February 8, 2008

Yep, it’s Friday and that means it is time for another one of Beate’s wsc.  I always look forward to this day and sharing a creation with you.  This week, there will be only a Part 1.

 It is also Sale-A-Bration time!  So why not use some new Stampin’ Up! goodies:

beate’s wsc 34

This card will be given to someone who I really drove crazy the last 2 days with my computer challenges:)  Actually, I have to make another because there were 2 people I need to thank for helping me out.  Disclaimer….I know the basics and learn new things daily.

Make sure you head on over to the blogs of these very talented ladies to see more creations:  Cambria Turnbow, Charmaine Ikach, Jenn Balcer, Laurie Schmidlin, Lori Craig, and Sharon Harnist.

STAMP SET USED:  SU! SAB Friendship Blooms

CARDSTOCK USED:  Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie, and Shimmery White.  Soft Sky Prints DSP.

INKS USED:  Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, and Versamark ink.

ACCESSORIES USED:  SAB Love &  Happiness RubOns, White Embossing Powder, Build-A-Brad, 1/2″ Circle Punch, Horizontal Slot Punch, Key Tag Punch, Distressing Tool, Vintage Brads Assortment, Pumpkin Pie Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals.