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Can’t go wrong with Chocolate October 30, 2009

Happy Friday.  Boy, it’s been a while since I logged on to my blog.  Glad to report that I finished my dayshift training and I’m back to my normal nightshift routine.  One of the Nurses who precepted me was soooo kind and supportive…..I had to make something for her:)  She mentioned to me that she drinks a glass of chocolate milk every single morning.  I took that statement and got to stamping yesterday.

It felt so nice to walk into my stamping studio.  Isn’t it fun to stamp with no deadlines, and just for the simple reason of creating something handmade for someone?  It was just what I needed after three weeks of no stamping.

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This is  Beate’s wsc104  flipped from vertical to horizontal layout.  It just worked better for me so I could have a little chocolate surprise inside of the card.  The card base is Real Red with a layer of Chocolate Chip, and a little scalloped strip created from a Treat Box and my scallop edge punch.  Added some Real Red Polka-dot Grosgrain ribbon.  Difficult to see, but there is Crystal Effects to the stamped chocolate image and to the outer Creamy Caramel circle. 

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side view of my chocolate card

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                                                     inside of my chocolate card

Here is what I came up with for a daily chocolate milk drinker.  Using two Treat Boxes, I adhered them together, created a center handle, and embellished to coordinate with my card.

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I think this turned out super cute.  Who wouldn’t love some chocolate syrup packaged ever so nicely?  It’s almost too cute to use in my opinion:)

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sideview of chocolate syrup holder.  I created a base box out of Textured Real Red cardstock for extra stability.  This box is so sturdy with no bowing of the bottom (these two syrup bottles are heavy together). 

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I added a simple chipboard tag.  I punched a 1-3/4″ circle out of the same box to continue the pattern to the tag.  I applied Real Red Craft ink to the “4u” chipboard pieces and attached to tag base using Crystal Effects as my adhesive. 

I hope you enjoy looking at my chocolate creations:)  Just another fabulous use of the Treat Boxes.  Have a wonderfully sweet weekend.

You can see more samples for wsc104 at the blogs of:  Beate, Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie, Lori, and Sharon.



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STAMPS:  Things I Love (115229) and Short & Sweet (115060).


PAPERS:  Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, and Whisper White cardstock.


INKS:  Chocolate Chip classic stampin’ pad.  Real Red craft pad.


ACCESSORIES:  Treat Boxes (115690, 5 per pkg); Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets; Real Red 3/4″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon; On Board Batch of Blooms; On Board Timeless Type; On Board Loads of Letters; 1-3/4″ Circle Punch; 1-3/8″ Circle Punch; 1-1/4″ Circle Punch; Large Oval Punch; Scallop Edge Punch; Crop-A-Dile Tool; 1/2″ Circle Punch; Sanding Blocks; Circle Scissor Plus; Glass Mat; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Crystal Effects; Sticky Strip.


Flight of the Butterfly October 9, 2009

Happy Friday stampers.  Lately, I only post on Fridays for Beate’s wsc…and today is sketch 101.   Head on over to Beate’s site and give it a try this weekend.

Like everyone else, I’ve been busy with life.  I made a major decision a couple weeks ago to leave my current nursing specialty of Cardio-Thoracic post-op.  My last day on the unit is tomorrow.  I’m not sad to leave.   Believe me, it is a high stress environment…..and I’m making a change for the better.  Monday I start a different nursing specialty that will definitely be less stressful.  Due to three weeks of fulltime dayshift training, I will not be stamping.  I have to find my “new life schedule” and how stamping is going to fit into it. 

So, with all of that going on, I decided to make a special card for my Nurse Manager of my unit that I’m leaving.  The sentiment says it all:)

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I really like how this card turned out.  Maybe I should give it to my new Nurse Manager if you know what I mean lol.  Nothing wrong with pampering the boss with handmade greetings right? 

The butterflies and flowers are from the stamp set For All You Do.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Flight of the Butterfly.  I stamped the butterflies a couple times in different colors.  I cut out the main butterfly shapes and then adhered the bodies in alternate coordinating colors.

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Want to see more samples for wsc101?  Head on over to see what these talented ladies have created:  Beate to see sketch and details, Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie, Lori, and Sharon.



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STAMPS:  For All You Do (115360) and Flight of the Butterfly (111564).


PAPERS:  Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper (115671); Old Olive (100702); Rich Razzleberry (115316); Orchid Opulence (100969); Whisper White (100730).


INKS:  Old Olive (102277); Rich Razzleberry (115658); Orchid Opulence (101859).


ACCESSORIES:  Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads (109111); Scallop Circle Punch (109043); Scallop Edge Punch (112091); 1-1/4″ Circle Punch (104403); 1-3/8″ Circle Punch (104401); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Mat Pack (105826); Paper-Piercing Tool (116631).

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Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend!


Give Thanks October 2, 2009

Happy Friday and Fall to all!  I can’t believe that today we are celebrating Beate’s wsc100!   100 fabulous sketches!  Make sure you head on over to Beate’s blog to check out todays sketch. 

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Isn’t that turkey cute?  So many great things about this card.  The first is that it only took me about 30 minutes to make:)   Second, the stamp with sentiment only costs $6.95….yippee!  This image/sentiment stamp is called Gobble, Gobble (116535) and is in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  Third, the papers, Autumn Meadows Designer Series Paper, are so beautiful with a nice assortment of designs and beautiful fall colors.

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I stamped the turkey image multiple times in different colors of ink.  I cut out and layered the different stamped pieces to give more dimension to the turkey.   I could have made this card in about 10 minutes if I would have skipped this step (glad I layered…he looks great with all of the multiple colors and layers).

Want to see more samples for wsc100?  These girls always blow me away with their creativity.  I’m sure you will love what they have made to share with you today:  Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie, Lori, and Sharon.





STAMP:  Gobble, Gobble (116535 for $6.95 in holiday mini catty)

PAPERS:  Autumn Meadows Designer Series Paper (116769 in holiday mini catty); Chocolate Chip cardstock (102128); Very Vanilla cardstock (101650); Taken with Teal cardstock (101584).

INKS:  Chocolate Chip (100908); Really Rust (102549); More Mustard (103162); Taken with Teal (103257).

ACCESSORIES:  Linen Thread (104199); Stamping Sponges (101610); Playground Designer Buttons (116313); 1-3/4″ Circle Punch (112004); Circle Scissor Plus (112530); Glass Mat (112531); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430).

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Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend.