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Good Times! April 25, 2009

Last Saturday, I attending a Stampin’ Up! meeting here in the Central PA area. 

The meeting was hosted by Janet Wakeland.  Lots of names you may be familiar with…..the wonderful Kimberly Van Diepen was the guest speaker and flew all the way from Colorado.  Her presentation was great!  How about sitting between two Stampin’ Up! Rising Stars — Denise Johnson and Carolyn ServissJill Hilliard was also present. 


(Denise, Mary Jo, and Kimberly).

I know–where did my long hair go lol.  I donated it back in November.

Boy, thanks to all of them for inspiring and motivating me:)  Fabulous ladies!


Weekend sketch challenge #78

I apologize for being late with my post.  Sharon Harnist is hosting the sketch this week.  Head on over to her blog to see the sketch she came up with. 

I hardly EVER use purple.  When I was at work last weekend, a scrub top caught my eye.  It was purple, green, and brown.  I wrote the colors on a little piece of scrap paper and tucked it into my back pocket. 


Check out what Beate,  Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie,  Lori and Sharon came up with as well with the sketch.

 I will be missing in action for the next couple weeks.  That means probably NO blog posting.  Stampin’ Up! Convention is in August this year and I will be making some of the display samples for the event and the Art From the Heart 2009 CD.  That’s all I can say! 

I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Thanks for stopping by.

STAMPS:  Welcome Home and Bella’s Bloom

PAPERS:  Perfect Plum, Whisper White, and Chocolate Chip cardstock; Good Morning Sunshine Designer Series Paper.

INK:  Perfect Plum, Chocolate Chip, and Kiwi Kiss Classic Stampin’ Pads.

ACCESSORIES:  1″ Stitched Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon; Chocolate Chip and Kiwi Kiss Corduroy Buttons; 1″ and 1-3/4″ Circle Punches; Crafters’ Tool Kit.



Weekend Sketch Challenge 77 April 17, 2009

Happy Friday to you!  This week, Lori Craig is hosting the challenge.  You can check out her sketch here.

I wanted to make something quick, and I forced myself to keep it simple.  I’m sure I will want to go back and do more to this sample. . . I think it is a lacking something.  


You can see more samples for todays sketch at Cambria Turnbow, Charmaine Ikach, Jenn Balcer, Laurie Schmidlin, and Sharon Harnist’s blogs.  I’m sure they will all have amazing samples for you to view.

STAMPS:  Spring Song stamp set and Bella Toile Background stamp.

CARDSTOCK:  Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette, and Very Vanilla cardstock; Watercolor Paper.

INK:  Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, and Kiwi Kiss Classic Stampin’ Pads; Stazon Jet Black Pad.

ACCESSORIES:  Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon; Cutter Kit; Stampin’ Sponges; Aqua Painter.  



weekend sketch challenge winner… April 9, 2009

is #11  Melissa Sauls

Please contact me so I can get the goodies out to you.

Thanks to all for participating.  I know that long cards can be somewhat of a challenge…but I think all the cards turned out so nice.


Weekend Sketch Challenge #75 April 3, 2009

Happy Friday to you.  Here is my sample for todays wsc. 


When I first saw this Stampin’ Up! set, Hoppy for You, I had to have it.  I think that frog is too cute.  And the sentiments are funny.  The cardbase is Textured Baja Breeze with a strip of Kraft that I used my SU! Backgrounds I texturz plate to.  I used Linen Thread to create his hopping trail.  Added some Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon and a Corduroy Button to tie it all together. 

Don’t forget to check out these sites to see samples now:

Beate Johns, Cambria Turnbow, Charmaine Ikach, Jenn Balcer, Laurie Schmidlin, Lori Craig, and Sharon Harnist.  They always have amazing creations. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend.

STAMP:  Hoppy for You

CARDSTOCK:  Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss, and Textured Baja Breeze.

INK:  Chocolate Chip and Kiwi Kiss.

ACCESSORIES:  Chocolate Chip Corduroy Buttons; Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon; Small and Large Oval Punch; Big Shot Die Cut Machine; Backgrounds I texturz plates; Linen Thread; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Crafters’ Tool Kit.



Weekend Sketch Challenge #75

Yikes!  Today is my turn to host the sketch.  I hope you like it.  Here is what I came up with for you to try:



If you are uploading your sample to splitcoast, please put WSC75 (no spaces between WSC and 75..all one word) in the keyword section.    Post a link to your card, no matter where it’s hosted online, to this blog entry using Mr. Linky at bottom of this post.

Check out Beate Johns, Cambria Turnbow, Charmaine Ikach, Jenn Balcer, Laurie Schmidlin, Lori Craig, and Sharon Harnist to see more samples.

I will use on Tuesday, April 7th to pick a winner.  Because I’m approaching 600,000 and hosting, how about a nice little prize for the lucky sketch challenge winner?  I have some Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration items….pack of Delicate Dots 12×12 Designer Series Paper and the Ribbon Bundle (10yds of So Saffron Grosgrain & 10 yds of Certainly Celery Poly-Twill). 

Now get to creating!!!  Can’t wait to see what you come up with.


Stampin’ Up! Pop-Up Class Part II April 1, 2009

Seriously, you NEED these dies.  I’m addicted.  You will be too!  Today is release day for  Pop-up Sizzix dies from Stampin’ Up! (3-D Ball & Three Tier Cake Pop-up Bigz XL dies)

Are you ready?  Do you have a “Knight in shining armor”?  A son who loves playing and pretending with his toys?  A daughter who’s a princess having a princess birthday party?  I can go on and on with all the possibilities.  I encourage you to think outside the box and go beyond just a Three Tier cake……


I love this!  My Ethan sat next to me the whole time while I made this.  He was so excited that I was making a castle.   

*You will need the following:  Big Shot Die Cut Machine (113439), Extended Cutting Pads (113478), and Three Tier Cake Pop-Up Bigz XL die (116760)

You can shop for these items HERE

*3-D Ball Pop-Up Bigz XL die is also a must have (116759).  The die cuts out and creates score lines for you.  You also get step-by-step instructions (pictures and text) with the die which makes creating a breeze.

What about Easter?  It is only a few weeks away.  Bring a smile to someone’s face by surprising them with this following pop-up card:


 A cute little bunny popping out of a woven Easter basket.  Again, I used the Three Tier Cake die to create this card.


I wish there were more hours in the day so I could get to emails and such.

Here are some answers to questions:

I just can’t give step-by-step how to’s on some posts.  It would take me way too long.   I kind of create, post, and get right back to my family and things that need done around our home.

I’m not offering a mail class.  You can order these dies which you can/will use over and over again:)

I’m not a genius lol.  You guys are way too cool with your comments!  I’m flattered and blushing. 

Someone asked if I’ve always been creative.  The answer is yes!  It’s rather a long story, but I started drawing way before Kindergarten (4 years old to be exact).  My brother was diagnosed with Cancer.  My parents were caring for him with frequent trips to appointments and hospitals.  Now that I’m older, I know that this was my way of coping with the situation.  And, even today, stamping and creating is very therapeutic.  I actually won my first drawing/art award in First Grade from Westinghouse. 

Thanks for stopping by.  I will be back Friday morning as it will be my turn to host the wsc.