Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Beautiful Daisies!

I want to send a big 'Thank you' to my dear friend Michelle! Michelle remembered my birthday and sent a large package of goodies, including a stamp set that has been on my wish list for some time now! (I still can't figure out why I never got around to ordering it!) 

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Toot Toot, Here I Come!

I'm a terrible poet, but here goes:
Toot, toot,

here I come,

down the tracks,

bringing birthday fun!

LOL (embarrassed blush!)

I broke down and got this darling stamp set! And of course I had to ink it up right away!!! It just demands bright and cheerful colors, so this is what I came up with!

Hope you like!


Stamps: Choo Choo and Right On Track
Ink: Basic Black
Papers: Yoyo Yellow, Real Red, Only Orange,
Brilliant Blue, Glorious Green, Basic Black and Whisper White
Embellishments: Big Shot Texturz Plates and Sizzlits Billboard Die, ½” Circle Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, piercing with the Crafter’s Tool Kit, and Bold Bright Brads.

Drum roll please, and we have a winner!!!

As promised, the winner for my Mini Occasion's Blog Tour Candy is...

Gayle Schrock
galias said...

I go check your Blog out all the time. Today's entries are just as cool & awesome. Now let me win the candy since I hang out with ya alot. LOL I need paper (candy)
TFS your ideas with us.
Gayle Schrock

Congratulations Gayle! Please email me with your contact information so I can bless you with my blog candy offer!

Thank you to everyone who participated in making this the best success ever! I have read every comment  and am so humbled by all your kind, gracious, and encouraging words!!! Wow! I am honored beyond words, and hope I can pass along all the blessings!

Hope you will all come back often, and leave comments where ever you go! You never know what your kind words will do for someone!

With gratitude and love,

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Welcome to Tour 4, Stop #5

Welcome Aboard Stop #5 of Tour 4! Hope you enjoy what you see here!
Be sure to read all the way down to the bottom, so you will know how to get to the next stop!

You won't want to miss Kate's Blog. She will be showcasing the new Summer Love Rub-On's!

AND you also won't want to miss out on FREE Blog Candy from ME!

For this Mini Occasion's Blog Tour Stop, I am showcasing 3 projects using this "Walk In The Park Designer Series Paper!" Isn't it gorgeous?  

Here is my first card!


Paper: Walk In The Park DSP, my featured product! Also Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Cameo Coral, and Whisper White.
Stamps: Short and Sweet
Ink: Basic Gray Classic Ink Pad
Embellishments: 5 Petal Flower Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Big Shot Sizzlits Little Leaves Die, Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon, and Circle Fire Rhinestone Brads. I also used the piercing tool from our Crafter's Tool Kit!

Here is my second card, again featuring our Walk In The Park DSP!


Paper: Walk In The Park DSP, my featured product! Also Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Cameo Coral, and Whisper White.
Stamps: Echoes of Kindness, Hostess Level 2
Ink: Basic Gray Classic Ink Pad, Baja Breeze and Cameo Coral Stampin Write Markers.
Embellishments: Flowers and half pearls from the Pretties Kit, Big Shot Frame Oval Scallop Die, Small Dot, Swirly, and Floral Texturz Plates, and 5/8" Satin Ribbon.

And finally, here is card number 3!


Paper: Walk In The Park DSP, my featured product! Also Cam
eo Coral, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Kiwi Kiss and Whisper White
Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral and 
All Holidays
Ink: Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss, Cameo Coral, and Regal Rose Classic Ink Pads.
Embellishments: Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Big Shot Texturz Swirly Plate, Regal Rose 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Heat and Stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds.

I stamped the rose on 3 different colors of cardstock and cut out various pieces. I sponged areas to show depth, and added sparkle as highlights!

Well, what do you think??? Aren't they all beautiful?  

Okay, so would you like to win BLOG CANDY from me?

I am giving away a package of this beautiful "Walk In The Park Designer Series Paper!"  That's 2 sheets of each pattern, 12" X 12" Double Sided Paper.

All you have to do to be entered to win this paper is leave me a comment on THIS post, telling me which card above is your favorite and why! That's it! 
I will pick a winner from all who leave a comment and post that winner on my blog Tuesday night! You must be sure to leave me your email address, so I may contact you! ( Also, this blog candy offer is only offered to those residing in the US due to shipping charges. Thank you for your understanding! )

Don't forget! For every $40.00 purchase in this Mini Occasions Catalog, you will receive a free stamp set! (Purchase $80.00, and receive 2 free stamps! ETC...) Ask me how!!!

Now buckle up for your next Blog Tour Visit! You will be heading over to Kate's Blog at Stamp With Kate for her amazing projects using Summer Love Rub-ons, and the link to the blog after that!

I hope you enjoy the rest of your tour! Be sure to come back often and visit me!!! God Bless!

The Countdown Continues For The Blog Tour

The Blog Tour Starts Monday morning, April 27th and lasts for ONLY 24 hours! Samples will be posted by 8am.

I am TOUR 4 - STOP #5

Once you have viewed my samples, be sure to go on to Stop#6, at Kate Cecil's Blog, called Stamp With Kate! She will have great ideas for you using the new rub-ons called "Summer Love", and will be advertising the next stop after that!

Be sure to carefully read directions for those bloggers who are offering BLOG CANDY! (FREE STUFF!) They will list what you must do in order to win their offering!

So, come back in the morning, see my projects, then get on the tour and visit all the next stops!
Hope YOU win lot's of great stamping products!!!

Monday, April 27th Is The Big Day!

Tomorrow is the Mini Occassion's Blog Tour. By visiting all the featured blogs, you will getting a panoramic assortment of ideas for all the new items listed in this mini catalog! Everyone will be posting cards and samples using these new products!

Many will be offering blog candy! Like ME! 

Come back tomorrow to see what you can win!

I will be featuring ideas for using "Walk in the Park" Designer Series Paper!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Get Packin' for the Occasions Mini Catalog Blog Tour!

Mark your calendar for Monday, April 27th!

Hitch a ride along with us for our first ever Blog Tour!

There will be 20 stops along this blog highway!

You will see cards and projects made from all over the US and other countries–

all using Stampin’ Up! stamps and products from the

"Occasions Mini Catalog."

I will be sharing “Walk in the Park -Designer Series Paper!"

You won’t want to miss a single stop!

The links will be available only on April 27th! So don’t miss out!

Also, Stampin' Up!’s "Getting Connected" promotion will be running. Spend $40 on any of the "Occasions Mini Catalog" products, and choose any one item from the

"Under $10" on page 208 in the Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog

for Free.

Check back often for updates and details.

One last reason you will NOT want to miss this tour - I'll be offering BLOG CANDY.

Mark your calendar!

Monday, April 27th

Traveling from the comfort of your home while being inspired to create your own works of art!

Something Froggy!

A friend asked if I could make a frog card similar to one she had received in the mail. Her card simply had a frog image. Immediately I thought about all our wonderful punches! 

My grandson helped me with the placement of the eyes. We tried them in several different directions, and he finally chose this, so that the eyes were feasting on our little flies! 

This was fun to make and a definite "out of my box" card! But card making is supposed to be fun, right?

Ink: Basic Black Versa Mark
Paper: Kraft, Brocade Blue, Garden Green, Real Red, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Vellum and Whisper White.
Embellishments: Large Oval Punch, Oval Punch, Large Circle Punch, 1/2" circle punch, Crop-a-dile punch for small circles, Slit punch for mouth, Flower punch for toes, 1/4" black grosgrain ribbon.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Darling Dress For Mother's Day!

My inspiration for this card comes from the talented Patty Bennett. You can find her tutorial by clicking here.

This is so pretty in real life! Enjoy!


Stamps: All Holidays
Ink: White Craft Ink
Paper: Regal Rose, Vellum and Sweet Always DSP
Embellishments: Regal Rose 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Clear Rhinestone Brad, Flower from Pretties Kit, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon and Big Shot Large Scallop Circle Die and Small Dots Texturz Plate.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Delicate and Lovely Ribbon Necklace!

This is another idea I had, using the same Hodgepodge Hardware as I did in my previous post for the bookmark. This time I made a lovely necklace, perfect for a Mother's Day present!

Using jump rings, I placed one at the top and the other thru the brad hole in the bottom. I threaded enough Bashful Blue 1/4" grosgrain ribbon thru the top jump ring to make a nice length necklace and tied it off.

On the bottom, I took a 1.5" jewelry head pin, threaded a tiny blue bead from the Bead Duo kit, (to prevent the larger beads from falling off), and assorted clear beads from the Pretties Kit. Once I was happy with the combination of beads, I formed a small loop at the top with jewelry pliers and hooked it onto the split ring.

 A little tip! It always pays to make a few extra of whatever you are making. You never know what inspiration you will get to make something different!

I hope you are enjoying these as much as I enjoy making them!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Fabulous Hodgepodge Bookmark!

Have you seen the beautiful bookmarks being made using our gorgeous ribbons and such? 

Well, I decided to give it a try and here is what I came up with.  Don't you just love it? Of course I had to make mine in blue, my favorite color!

1. I started with one raised dot designer holder from the Hodgepodge Hardware Kit, in Styled Vanilla. 
2. I Cut a length of Brocade Blue 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon and looped it thru the bottom of the holder and used the accompanying brad to hold it in place.
You can see a little tail that hangs from behind.
3. Next I stamped the background image of words from Rustic Rooster,
 a hostess set, in Brocade Blue,  on a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock, stamping off once.  I then stamped my image of flowers from the Friends 24-7 stamp set. I colored the flowers in using ink from the lids of Brocade Blue and Mellow Moss,  and a blender pen.
4. I cut out out my image using the Designer Label Punch. I also punched out a piece from Brocade Blue, for the backing, and a piece of stiff plastic. I used the plastic from discarded glue stick packaging. (Yes, I'm a bit of a scavenger, but I like to think of it as being green!) The punched piece of plastic will serve as the cover, being placed over my stamped image, and backed with the brocade blue cardstock piece. 
5. I used Crystal Effects and placed a nice beading around the inside of my metal hardware piece and carefully put in my 3 layers, the plastic piece, the stamped piece and the blue piece. I applied another bead of Crystal Effects around the edges on the back side now and used 2 binder clips to hold it all in place while the glue dried.
6. Lastly, I added a Very Vanilla Ribbon Slide, from the Hodgepodge Hardware Kit to the end of my ribbon and cut it diagonally. I applied a very small amount of Crystal Effects to the ribbon end to help prevent fraying.

Wouldn't these make beautiful gifts???

Recap of supplies

Stamps: Rustic Rooster and Friends 24-7
Ink: Brocade Blue and Basic Black
Paper: Very Vanilla and Brocade Blue
Embellishments: Brocade Blue 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardware Designer Dot Holder, brads and ribbon slide, Designer Label Punch, Crystal Effects, and stiff plastic.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

For Teacher!

Today I've made an appreciation gift for one of my granddaughter's teachers. Loving bright and cheerful colors, I was drawn again to our Sweet Slumber Specialty DSP. This little post-it note holder should bring a smile to her face, don't you think?


Stamps: Tart & Tangy and Sweet Little Sentiments (Hostess)
Ink: Ruby Red and Basic Black
Paper: Sweet Slumber Specialty DSP, Baja Breeze and Ruby Red.
Embellishments: Red Brads from Bold Brights, So Saffron, Real Red, and Basic Black 1/4" grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Square Punch (for piece under teacher name), Big Shot Billboard Decorative Strip Die, non SU binder clip, non SU chipboard coaster, and non SU post-it notes.
Tart & Tangy
111514 $12.95 Set of 4
Billboard Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die
114510 $21.95
Sweet Slumber Specialty Designer Series Paper
114037 $11.95 

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Card for My Uncle Jerry

This is my Uncle Jerry. As a little girl, he was one of my hero's! When he came to visit, everything was fun, fun, fun! And he certainly was doting on me!!! I have wonderful memories growing up and visiting him and my grandparents in So. California! I remember his favorite breakfast was milk toast, and my Grammie made it the best!

Happy Birthday Uncle!!!

When I saw this stamp set, I knew I had to make my uncle a card! Nothing too fancy! But I had to incorporate some corduroy shorts! (snicker-snicker)
This paper worked very well, and is from one of our Simply Scrappin Kits, called Love Stories!


Stamps: Golden Oldies
Ink: Black Stazon
Paper: Love Stories DSP from the Simply Scrappin Kit, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla and Certainly Celery
Embellishments: Valet Ribbon Originals

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Flashback to Easter 1960

This last weekend, I took my daughter and her service puppy in training, to have pictures taken! Brittney and Sam are amazing and so photogenic! They had a lot of fun posing. Some of the pictures will be used to help advertise the program! Click here for more information!

While we were waiting, the store began filling up with parents and children all dressed up in their Easter best! Priceless memories!

I'm having a sentimental moment and thought I'd share a brief look at my life! Here I am on my very first Easter with my mother! Don't we look great!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Challenge #15

This weeks challenge on LNSconvention09 yahoo group, is to make a 3-D card with flowers!!! 

I visited Marlayne's Blog today where I was inspired to try this flower technique. Be sure to visit her blog to see her card, and awesome tutorial!!!


Stamps: Oval All
Paper: Sweet Always DSP, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, and Regal Rose
Ink: Regal Rose
Embellishments: Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, 5-Petal Flower Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Rhinestone Brad, 1/4" grosgrain ribbon in Choc. Chip, Pumpkin Pie and Pretty in Pink 

Come and sign up for our yahoo group! You don't have to be a demonstrator to get lot's of wonderful support and ideas! Go to: then click on the blue button that says: Join This Group           

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Half A Century!

Guess who's celebrating 
"Half A Century???"
@~ ME ~@

And I have some very wonderful friends and family to thank for making my day so special!!! 
  • Kidnapping (blindfold and all)  for lunch at Buca di Beppos in the "Pope Room"-All my wonderful children! Thank you so much! Dustin, Natasha and the kiddos, Scott and Brittney, Brandon and Mariah, and Mom and Michael!!! (That was awesome, well, except for the creepy table centerpiece!)
  • Beautiful flowers and scrap-booking papers-Lisa and my co-workers!
  • Breakfast at Cracker Barrel- Thank you Vicki
  • Lunch at Corner Bakery- Thank you Pam, Barb, and Vicki
  • Another kidnapping (blindfold and all) for pizza, cake and ice cream- Thank you Brittney, Vicki, Dan and Sandy, Dustin, Natasha and the kiddo's
  • Cards in the mail- too numerous to list, but you know who you are! :)
  • Box via UPS- Michelle, you sneaky gal you!!! Thank you so much!
  • A basket with embarrassing items (not to mention my pole dancing photo tag!)- Barb and Pam, that was just too great!!! Wow, a lot of thought went into that! Thank you!
  • All the beautiful e-cards and e-mails that have blessed me all week long!
All of this and so much more, make me ever so thankful and appreciative for all God has done for me! I am blessed beyond measure with the best family and friends anyone could ever have and I had the best birthday ever! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! 
May God's richest blessings over take you and may you come to KNOW Him intimately, in your heart of hearts as the Lover of your soul!
For you are truly loved with an everlasting love!  

Happy Resurrection Day! HE IS ALIVE and REIGNS!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Spring Celebration

This is a case and twist of a card I made last month, only I am exchanging our Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper (DSP) with current DSP's and rotating the layout of my design.

This is a very easy card to make, especially if you have a Big Shot and the Scallop Envelope Die. Isn't it too cute?


Stamps: Together Forever and Matchbox Messages
Paper: So Saffron, Whisper White and Paper from Love Stories, a Simply Scrappin Kit.
Ink: Black Stazon, Bashful Blue, So Saffron, and Certainly Celery (SU markers)
Embellishments: Big Shot Scallop Envelope Die, Ticket Corner Punch, Ribbon from Dress Up Ribbon Originals, Big Shot Matchbox Die and doodling with SU Stampin' Write Markers.

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