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Stampin’ Up! Happy Mail sneak peek June 30, 2008

Oh what a treat in the mail today.  I thought I would share with you my invitation to the Artisan Award dinner that I will attend during convention.  Okay….I love this card.  Simple but THE MOST ELEGANT style.  And check out the images.  This is definitely a must have and I will be recreating this invite for sure.

Now if only I could make all the travel arrangements…lol  We did book the airline and hotel arrangements.  We plan to do a lot of touring during our visit to SLC.  If you have any suggestions for hubby and I, that would be great!  As far as swaps, that is kind of still up in the air.  I am participating in an organized “wow” swap but that is it for now.  I may make up a couple to have on hand????  Guess it will be a surprise:)

Hope you have a wonderful Monday and thanks for stopping by.


Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #22 June 27, 2008

Yes, it’s Friday!  I woke up this morning thinking it was Thursday…lol.  I have been so disorganized and thrown off my normal routine all due to a dentist appointment yesterday.  Man, that gets me so worked up and it went so smoothly without pain:)  Now I can focus on getting back to stamping.

Here is what I quickly came up with this morning for Taylors cupcake challenge.  I wish I had more time to play with this sketch and give you more of a wow factor, so I posted a “masking maniac” creation below it with the same set (was going to submit it to the stamping royalty contest but I, once again, had other things get in the way and I wasn’t able to send it in.

  I had some other ideas and maybe I’ll get to that later this weekend.   I added two little cupcakes to go with the cupcake theme.  Remember, you don’t have to use cupcake images to participate in the challenges.  Give it a try with whatever you have.  Believe me…I have very little cupcake images and I’m now on the lookout for some cute ones.

If you want to see more samples from the cupcake sketch team, check out their sites:

Ana Wohlfahrt, Jami Sibley, Lynn Mercurio, Monika Davis, Stephanie Hargis, and Vicki Chrisman

And this weeks featured cupcake sampler is the most fabulous Sharon Harnist (yippeee).  You can check out her creation at her blog paperfections.



Let’s just say it took a whole weekend of on and off stamping to create this  That’s right!  4 stamp sets:  MFT’s Meet me at the Cafe (cafe window scene), Can Ya Dit It (hat), Gone to the Dogs(lady walking dog), and Behind the Scenes (floral design on wall). 

The window is covered with Crystal Effects with a touch of Adirondack Aqua Re-inker for the glare effect. 


Hope you all have a happy Thursday   Friday!



Baby Carriage Bouquet June 24, 2008

A while ago, I was blown away by the most talented Lauren and her ability to create a baby onesie bouquet & cards in this post –>here<–.  I never get the opportunity to create for babies.  It seems like all my friends and family are past that stage.  When I went to work last weekend, there was a little slip of paper on my mailbox stating that I was to bring in a “secret gift” for an aid for nurse’s aid appreciation week.  My secret buddy is expecting and having a little girl in August.  I instantly thought of Lauren’s idea…yeah the opportunity to create baby stuff.  I was even more motivated because she’s naming her baby Morgan like my daughter:)

What to do with these $1 tins I found at Target??

Not wanting to do the exact same thing as Lauren, I had to find a way to utilize this tin.  I had one of those moments while driving….how about trying to make a baby carriage?  I am so pleased with the way this project turned out.  I had to take a step back when I was finished and decide if I wanted to give it


Just an FYI, don’t ask the dimensions for the umbrella to the carriage.  I was playing around creating, trying to make it work, and didn’t write down any dimensions/score lines/etc.  And, if you do decide to re-create, it is likely that the dimensions to your tin won’t be the same:)

Here is an upclose of my flower bouquet inside the carriage:

  Rolled the onesies, added some Prima flowers, created leaves with a Sizzix Diecut and Machine.

Here is a pic of the whole package she’ll receive tomorrow:

I used MFT stamp set Congrats all Around for the Onesie Cards because she’ll need to have some cards on hand post-delivery for thank you’s or announcements if she wishes.  The card package contains 10 cards and envelopes with coordinating patterned paper belly band around the envelopes.  Ribbon is May Arts to continue the theme from the carriage to the card package.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by.


Birthday wishes June 21, 2008

Today, we will be celebrating my daughter’s 14th birthday.  For a teen, colorful and fun comes to mind.   Lauren Meader has a challenge posted –>here<– on her blog and I thought I would give it a try this weekend.

  The challenge is to use part of a stamped image.  I used Unity Stamp Co. Confetti Birthday set for the challenge.  With the rather large birthday sentiment, omitting parts of images worked well for this card (or the card would be a crazy 10″ long). 

For the inside, I created a little pocket to hold some cash.  I continued the theme to the inside and only stamped the candle from the cupcake with another simple sentiment.


Hope you are all enjoying your weekend.  Thanks for stopping by.


Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #21 June 20, 2008

Hmmmmm, I think the words that come to mind are funky, groovy, 8-tracks, and throw the peace symbol in there as well.  Just a little before my time, but I think the card I made for Taylor’s challenge is more of a flashback friday creation…lol  It’s a busy one, but I wanted to make a bright & fun card.  Remember, you don’t have to use cupcake images to participate in the challenges.


Doesn’t that PP used for the wallpaper shout out 60’s?  And the ribbon…I had to use this oh so soft and funky May Arts ribbon.  I had a lot of fun creating this card.  Now, if only I could find the opportunity to plop myself in a chair and gobble down some ice cream.

To see more samples for Taylor’s challenge, check out these sites:

Ana Wohlfahrt, Jami Sibley, Lynn Mercurio, Monika Davis, Stephanie Hargis, and Vicki Chrisman

This weeks featured cupcake sampler is Tammy from Stamp Happy.  Make sure to check out her creation as well.

STAMPS:  MFT Here’s the scoop.

CS:  Shimmery White, Close to Cocoa, and Ruby Red.  PP:  My Mind’s Eye Day Dream Funky Flowers, Candy Stripe, and In Bloom.

INKS:  Stazon Jet Black, Pumpkin Pie, Close to Cocoa, Ruby Red, Regal Rose, and Blush Blossom.

ACCESSORIES:  Dew Drops, May Arts Ribbon, Horizontal Slot Punch, 1-1/4″ & 1-3/8″ Circle Punches, Coluzzle, 3/16″ Corner Rounder Punch.

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by.   



Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #53

TGIF!!!  I’m looking forward to a weekend of relaxation and family time.  I seem to be so busy lately and only have time to post on Fridays.  Believe me…that doesn’t mean I’m not stamping.  Busy with design team stuff that you’ll have to wait and see for now:)  Will share in the future.

This is my card for Beate’s wsc:

  Very little stamping (only a sentiment).  Truth be told…I just had to use the patterned paper that I fell in love with from Cosmo Cricket.  Just a card to have on hand for any occassion. 

Check out the sites of these talented ladies to see more creations for Beate’s wsc:

Cambria Turnbow, Charmaine Ikach, Jenn Balcer, Laurie Schmidlin, Lori Craig, and Sharon Harnist

Make sure to stop back shortly for a funkedelic flashback creation.

STAMPS:  MFT Essential Sentiments

CS:  SU! Chocolate Chip and Vellum.  Cosmo Cricket Gretel: Autumn & Woodland PP.

INKS:  Chocolate Chip

ACCESSORIES:  Mini Brads, May Arts Ribbon, linen thread, ticket corner punch.



That’s right!  Yesterday was Taylor’s big “26th” Birthday.  Hmmmmm, how about a virtual party for Taylor by her Cupcake Challenge sketch team.  Make sure you hop on over to the blogs listed below to get a glimpse at other party goodies especially for her.

As you may know by now, you don’t have to use cupcake images to participate in Taylors challenges.  I had to go cupcakes for this one.   Let’s start with my card to Taylor:


Yummy!  This cupcake image is from Unity Stamp Co.  The set is called Confetti Birthday….cute large images that are fun to color in:)  The happy birthday sentiment running vertically on the left is from SU! Bitty Birthday set.  Lots of Stickles for fun!

Here is the party favors for Taylors Party……Individual mini cupcake boxes:

 Birds eye view to show you the Acetate windows and those yummy cupcakes that I had to hide from my children until I completed these boxes.

  Side view of the boxes.  The cupcake images were cut out from the patterned paper I used. 


   Yep, the cupcake in this pic shows you just how tempting a pretty cupcake can be to a 4 year old little boy….lick marks! 

To see more of Taylor’s virtual b-day party, check out these sites:

Ana Wohlfahrt, Jami Sibley, Lynn Mercurio, Monika Davis, Sherrie Siemens, Stephanie Hargis, and Vicki Chrisman

Last weeks cupcake challenge winner was Laurie Schmidlin @ Just Give Me Stamps (yeah!!!  I love her style)…make sure to check out her creation for tecc20 as well!

STAMPS:  Unity Stamps Confetti Birthday; SU! Bitty Birthday

CS:  Petallics Beargrass; SU! Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Regal Rose, Rose Red, and Barely Banana.

PP:  Stemma Something Sweet Stripes and Cupcakes

INKS:  Stazon Jet Black; SU! same as CS plus Summer Sun; Sakura White Gel Pen.

ACCESSORIES:  Stickles Cotton Candy, Orange Peel, and Icicle; Coluzzle Cutting System; Scor-Pal; Creative Impressions Orang and Lime Swirl Organdy Ribbon; White Organdy Ribbon; SU! Punches Star, Large Star, 3/16″ Corner Rounder Punch, Horizontal Slot Punch; Large Corner Rounder Punch; SU! Colored Brads Rich Regals, Soft Subtles, and Earth Elements; Wooden rods.

Happy Birthday Taylor!  I hope you had a fun-filled wonderful day.


Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #52

It’s a double wammy weekend….My Husband celebrates a birthday today and Father’s Day on Sunday.  For Beate’s wsc, I had to create at least one card for him.  Upon completion of the card, I saw that it could be for either occassion.  I decided it will be his Father’s Day card from the kiddos. 


You can view more samples for Beate’s wsc at the sites of these talented ladies:

Cambria Turnbow, Charmaine Ikach, Jenn Balcer, Laurie Schmidlin, Lori Craig, and Sharon Harnist


STAMPS:  Holiday Blitz

CS:  Very Vanilla, Kraft, and Notebook DSP

INKS:  Sahara Sand and Soft Sky

ACCESSORIES:  Soft Sky Dbl-Stitched Ribbon, Horizontal Slot Punch, 3/16″ Corner Rounder Punch, Crimper Tool.

Have a wonderful weekend.  Happy Birthday Hubby:) 

Check back a little later for a really SWEET TREAT:)



From the groovy garden. A tone on tone wow! June 9, 2008

Sometimes working with just one color can be a challenge.  Sometimes working with this large flower stamp can be a challenge.  This tone on tone card has some hidden wow factors that add just the perfect monochromatic touches.


All supplies are Stampin’ Up! except for the white brads that I hope will be available by SU! soon *wink*. 

I’ll just tell you all the layers of CS starting from base up to main image panel:  Groovy Guava CS, Groovy Guava Textured CS, Whisper White CS, a piece of Groovy Guava DSP from Ginger Blossom DSP collection, and main image panel is Groovy Guava CS.

Because the flower image is rather large, I thought the sentiment “wish big” would be perfect.  It was small enough to fit right in the corner with the ribbon directing your eye where it needs to go.  KWIM? 

Finally, do you see the circle details that I added to the main image?  It gives just the right amount of added details to a rather large single colored flower.  I stamped the From the Garden image in Groovy Guava on the CS.  I stamped the Canvas BG with Versamark ink.  I had to restamp again so I could have an image to punch the circles from and place on top of the main image.   I sponged the egdes with Groovy Guava ink.  Punch a hole for the Groovy Guava Dbl-Stitched ribbon with a Horizontal Slot Punch and tie in a knot. 

I used a Ticket corner punch to the right corners of the card and added two white brads for balance.

Hope ya like.  Have a wonderful Monday!  I met a fellow SU! demo today at my little Ethans swim lesson.  I forgot to ask her name.  I know she said she stops by my blog.  Could you please contact me so I can have a card for you at the next swim lesson:)

STAMPS:  From the Garden Hostess Set, Canvas BG, Short & Sweet

CS:  Groovy Guava CS & Textured, Whisper White, Ginger Blossom DSP.

INKS:  Groovy Guava and Versamark ink

ACCESSORIES:  Stampin’ Sponges, Groovy Guava Dbl-Stitched ribbon, Horizontal Slot Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 1-1/4″ Circle Punches.  White Brads are Doodlebug Design Inc.


Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #19 June 6, 2008

Here is my card I made for Taylor’s Cupcake Challenge.  Remember, you don’t have to use cupcake images to participate.  Use what you have to participate in the fun:)  I didn’t use cupcakes due to the fact that I don’t have that many…and I can’t keep using the same images for her challenges lol.

  These are the colors to our school district.  I need to have some of these graduation cards on hand during this month.  The perfect size for enclosing some cash!!  I used MFT new release Congrats all Around

You can view more samples for Taylor’s challenge at the sites of the following ladies:

Ana Wohlfahrt, Jami Sibley, Lynn Mercurio, Monika Davis, Sherrie Siemens, Stephanie Hargis, and Vicki Chrisman

Last weeks cupcake challenge winner was Becky at Bouncy, Flouncy, fun, fun, fun!  Make sure to check out her sample as well.

I have so many MFT creations to post this weekend.  Hope you stop back to see what I have in store:)  Have a wonderful, fun-filled weekend!

STAMPS:  MFT Congrats all Around

CS:  SU! Basic Black and Real Red; The Paper Co. Metallic Iced White; Bazzill Red CS.  Red PP from Retired SU! Simply Scrappin’ Kit Primary Colors.

INKS:  Memento Tuxedo Black; SU! Real Red; White Gel Pen; Sakura Black Pigma Micron Pen.

ACCESSORIES:  SU! Bold Brights Brads, Jersey Ribbon Originals, Scallop Punch, 1-1/4″ & 1-3/8″ Circle Punches.