Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Here is another card for my Wild About You series. This giraffe is so cute; I've seen some darling baby cards made with it. My card is something simple I whipped up, since I only had a short amount of time to play.

The card measures 3x6. The base is a piece of 6x6 Making Memories double-sided paper, folded in half. It is called Downtown Dot from the Cosmopolitan Collection. The paper is very heavy, almost like cardstock ~ so it works great for a card base.

The sentiment is from Small Sayings, a retired Stampin' Up set. I just got this set off the Buy/Sell/Trade forum on SCS. I saw a couple adorable cards in the gallery, so I HAD to have it, LOL! Can you believe, after using that particular sentiment once, the stamp has gone missing!? (I don't know if I should blame myself, or one of my four kids...) Let me tell ya, it's driving me bonkers!! Well, hopefully it will turn up one of these days.

I've been busy finishing up some Christmas cards for a swap I joined. It's hard to think Christmas when it's a sticky, hot 93 degree day... but hey, at least I'll have lots of cards ready when I need 'em!

I'll be back soon with some new cards to show you.... Have a great day!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Patriotic birthday

To celebrate the third birthday of the Splitcoast Fan Club, SCS is hosting a week of challenges for all Fan Club members. It started this past Wednesday and continues until Tuesday.
I have checked out the challenges each day, but this is the only one I have completed so far. I look forward to doing a bunch more, when I can fit it in... This challenge was a sketch from Julia S.
This card is also for the July Wish-RAK card contest, to create a birthday card with a red/white/blue color combo using an image received through the Wish -RAK group. What better time to use this little patriotic chick, right? I colored the image in using a blender pen. I put stickles on his sparkler, it looks so cute in person. On the inside of the card I stamped, "Hope your day really sparkles!". Now I'll just have to wait until next year to give this to some lucky person with a July birthday, LOL!
Stamps: Stampendous Calendar Chicks, SU It's Your Birthday, Karen Foster snap stamps (inside)
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Ruby Red (SU), stripe pattern by Doodlebug Designs, star pattern by The Paper Studio
Ink: Basic Black, Brilliant Blue, Ruby Red, Summer Sun, Only Orange (all SU)
Other: Stickles, button, paper piercer

Friday, July 27, 2007

Deb needs...

I saw this game about a week ago on Emily's blog, and since then I've seen it on several other blogs. To play, you just type in your name + needs (use quotation marks to narrow down the search) in a search engine to see the first 10 phrases that show up as a result. Some of them are pretty funny. Here is what my search came up with:

  1. Deb needs help with whole words.
  2. Deb needs a desk.
  3. Deb needs to know how much food to have on hand.
  4. Deb needs the support of the administration to assist her.
  5. Deb needs your help!
  6. Deb needs lots more instruments.
  7. Deb needs to get her own style. (This one made me laugh!)
  8. Deb needs a revelation when a grisly axe murderer kills a man and demolishes his computer. (EEK! This is about some fiction book.)
  9. Deb needs her business to replace the income of a full time job before she can leave.
  10. Deb needs healing.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Are you sick of this set yet?

I know you're probably getting bored with Wild About You cards by now. But I'm still working at the challenge I gave myself to do 10 cards with this set. This is only #3, so I have a quite a few to go yet. I'll try to throw some other things in here and there, I promise!
I kind of struggled with this card, which seems silly now, because it's not a complicated card. It took me so long to find the "right" layout for the strips of paper and image, etc. In the end, I am pretty happy with how it turned out. I sponged Chocolate Chip ink on the Tempting Turquoise cardstock to tone it down, and give it kind of a shabby look. I also distressed the Chocolate Chip cardstock around the main image to go along with that, and the strip of Ruby Red cardstock along the bottom was pierced with my paper piercer.
One last note... I saw how Beate was using this stamp from All in a Row to look like stitching, and I loved it! My attempt doesn't look nearly as good because I was having *issues* with lining it up, but I still like how it looks.
Stamps: Wild About You, All in a Row (both SU)
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Ruby Red (SU), Magnolia paper by My Mind's Eye
Ink: Certainly Celery, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other: brads (JoAnn's Scrap Essentials), ribbon (American Crafts)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

1000 Hits and a card!

Yippee, my blog passed 1000 hits today! Not bad, since I just added the counter at the end of June. (Couldn't figure out the silly thing before that, but hey, I'm learning something everyday!) Thanks to everyone who visits... and thanks for the comments too!

This card is for today's sketch challenge (SC134)on SCS. I've been meaning to do a tent topper card for a while, so this was the motivation I needed.

I just bought this cute Fluffles stamp online at Frugalities. They are currently having a price war with another website, so you can find some fantastic deals! I got 48% off my purchases, but it changes daily. No telling how long it will last, so check it out now!

Stamps: Stampendous Fluffles Tree, SU Holidays & Wishes
Paper: SU Certainly Celery, unknown Christmas paper stack (the cover is long gone, sorry!)
Ink: StazOn Jet Black, SU Basic Black
Other: Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits, 1/4" circle punch, ribbon - from a pinkhedgehog share, brads - The Paper Studio

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Altered items for a secret friend...

I thought I'd give you a peek at some projects I've been working on lately. This is for a secret exchange I joined. The package is going out in the mail today... Can't say who it's heading to, my lips are sealed!

The paper I used on these items is made by K & Company, and I thought it worked beautifully with the Baroque Motifs set. I love altering journals because they are fun and easy. The monogram M is chipboard I got at JoAnn's, inked up with Very Vanilla craft ink. The altered bottle was fun too... any reason to drink some frappuccino!! I filled it with yummy Hershey's kisses. The last item is an Altoid tin, the first I've done. I kept it pretty simple. The edge of the lid is lined with sticky strip, then covered with clear microbeads. I really hope the recipient likes these items as much as I enjoyed making them.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Wild About You

Here is my Wild About You card #2, using the most recent sketch challenge on Beate's blog. She posts a new challenge every Friday. This card went together pretty quickly despite a few interruptions from the kids. You know the kind... "Mommy, I want more milk"... "I just went pee in my pants"... "Noah just hurt me"... "Jacob spilled cereal all over the floor" and so on... :) I have to stick with simple cards when the kids are awake, hence the reason I will be waiting until after bedtime to attempt the technique challenge on SCS today. I've heard it's a doozy!

Supplies (all SU unless noted)-

Stamps: Wild About You
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Spring Flowers DS, Palette O' Prints, other
Ink: So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip (markers)
Tools: Giga scallop oval punch (Marvy Uchida), paper piercer
Embellishments: grosgrain ribbon, gingham ribbon (American Crafts), brads (JoAnn Scrap Essentials)

Sunday, July 22, 2007

A personal challenge

Wild About You is one of those stamp sets that I had to have, but haven't touched in months. In fact, I've only made one card with it, a little 3x3 at that! Don't get me wrong, I love this set! I peruse the gallery at SCS, looking at all the adorable cards people have made using it, but somehow I never manage to ink it up.

It's all part of a much bigger problem. My constant desire to have the latest and greatest...more, more, more! So I've given myself a personal challenge to use all my neglected sets. My goal is to make 10 cards with each set; then I will feel like I haven't just thrown away my money, KWIM?

I won't be placing a new catty order for a while, so this is the perfect time to do this challenge. I better get started! So here is Wild About You #1...

Stamps: Wild About You (SU), Paisley Backgrounder (Cornish Heritage Farms), sentiment (unknown)
Paper: Bashful Blue, Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie (all SU)
Ink: Bashful Blue, Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip (all SU)
Other: Round Tab Punch (SU), cuttlebug embossing folder, 1/4" circle punch, rick rack, snaps

Saturday, July 21, 2007


How cool is this?! I was nominated as a Rockin' Girl Blogger by Heather at {Witty Title Here}. Thanks so much, Heather! I'm honored that you would think of me.

Now I'm supposed to nominate 5 blogs as Rockin' Girl Bloggers. What a tough job, as there are so many awesome blogs out there, but I'll do my best! Here are my 5 picks:

Mercy - Lord Have Mercy
Sara - Desperate Stamper
Emily - Stamping & Stuff
Dini - Mama Dini's Stamperia
Jenny - Paper Daisy Chain

Check out these fantastic blogs for some creative inspiration!

Friday, July 20, 2007


Okay, maybe I'm not so brainy and knowledgeable after all! (As per the results of the Muppet Personality Test.) I can't get the code to work right, so the link doesn't work. If you're dieing to take the Muppet quiz :), you'll have to copy and paste the link. Sorry guys!

Which Muppet personality are you?

Just a silly little quiz I found online... check it out!

You Are Scooter
Brainy and knowledgable, you are the perfect sidekick.You're always willing to lend a helping hand.In any big event or party, you're the one who keeps things going."15 seconds to showtime!"


Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Well, I've been asked before what my stamping style is, and I never really had an answer. I like all styles, and I enjoy trying them out. Lately, though, I have really been drawn to cutesy stamps, mainly of the animal variety. :) I have found so many adorable images out there, my pocketbook can't keep up! Just to name a few: Stampendous Fluffles and Calendar Chicks, Penny Black, Whipper Snapper, Inky Antics, High Hopes... and that's just off the top of my head.

In fact, I just got some new animal stamps in the mail today. I will have to post some cards using them soon. But for now, this card uses a Penny Black image I received through Wish-RAK. That is one great way to try a variety of images without spending a fortune!

Supplies -
Stamps: Penny Black dog, Karen Foster snap stamps
Paper: Brocade Blue, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip (all SU), Making Memories Fresh Anthology Sydney Collection - thin stripe
Ink: Basic Black, Brocade Blue, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Barely Banana (all SU)
Other: Word Window Punch - SU, ribbon - American Crafts, eyelets - unknown

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Hang Loose!

Yay, I made some time to stamp today! This is one of the cards I created; I used an image I received through Wish-RAK. I adore this retired SU penguin set, called Penguin Paradise. I have watched for a deal on ebay, but this set tends to go for a pretty penny! Thankfully, in the last couple weeks I have received some of these images from stamp2u and amber27 on SCS. Thanks girls!! So I have plenty to play around with for the time being.
I colored the image with my Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits. The pattern paper is something I've had laying around for several years, needless to say - I have no idea what company it is from. The pattern really reminds me of waves, though, so I thought it would be perfect for this card. The sentiment was stamped with my Karen Foster 1/8" snap stamps. They are the greatest....there are no limits to what I can say on a card, LOL!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Festive Frosty

MUST.... STAMP.... SOMETHING!!!! Hee hee, well it's been a busy weekend, so I haven't stamped anything new in a few days. But here is a card I made about a week ago for sketch challenge 131 on Splitcoast. I fell in love with the Cuttlebug snowflakes embossing folder, but this is the first time I've used it. I'm sure it will be used a lot more as the holidays draw near. I really like this sketch, it is nice for smaller images.

Hopefully I will have some new items to share soon!!

Supplies (all from Stampin Up unless noted)-
Stamps: Festive Four
Paper: Bashful Blue, Almost Amethyst Palette O' Prints
Ink: Jet Black Staz-On, Bashful Blue, Almost Amethyst, Only Orange
Tools: Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder, Marvy Giga Scallop Square punch
Embellishments: ribbon from Hobby Lobby

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Happy Mail!!

The other day I received lots of happy mail. There were 6 envelopes containing stamped images from Wish-RAK members. Another envelope held cardstock, ribbon and some adorable embossed vellum. The final package was a huge surprise... Jackie (hpyscrpr2) sent me a brand new Mixed Bouquet stamp set!! Wow, I cannot believe the kindness of a complete stranger. I have wanted this set for so long! Jackie saw it on my wish list, and since she was weeding out retired sets to make room for new stamps, she passed it along to me. How awesome is that?!!
This is the first card I made with my new set; it was largely inspired by other cards in the Splitcoaststampers gallery. I LOVE the pink and black combo, and the striped paper, which I had left over from another project.

That's all for now. I just had to share my joy with you.... Thanks again to Jackie, you rock!

Monday, July 9, 2007

A few of my favorite things...

I made this card for the June card contest in the Wish-RAK forum at SCS. The requirements for the contest were to create a square card with a beach theme, using images or other elements received through Wish-RAK. I love how it turned out! This is such a fun set, and it should actually be on a UPS truck heading to me tomorrow. After playing with these Wish-RAK images, I decided I had to have the set, so I ordered it the last day the spring mini was available.

The title of my post is "A few of my favorite things". Can you guess what they are, based on this card? Well, there's my cuttlebug - the best thing since sliced bread! It is a personal die cutting machine, but I use mine mainly for the dry embossing function. It adds so much to a card, and it is so quick and easy. Then there is my Marvy Giga Scallop Circle punch. Man, they were hard to find there for a while, but I persevered, and I'm glad I did. And, of course, we have ribbon and brads - my absolute favorite embellishments. Finally, we have Wish-RAK images. I've mentioned it before, but I'll say it again : Wish-RAK is the place to be! The members there are so generous and kind, not to mention that being a part of it has saved me hundreds of dollars, LOL!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Last make-n-take samples

These are the last five cards I have to show you that I made at the workshop in June. The idea of the workshop was to create easy, demonstratable cards that won't overwhelm even the newest stampers. So now I have 25 samples showcasing new Fall/Winter 2007 stamp sets from Stampin' Up.

A 3x3 card made with the Three for You Punch Box. The box kit includes 1 Trio Flower Punch, a 9 pc. die-cut stamp set, and 3 Classic Stampin' Spots (Basic Black, Purely Pomegranate, and Wild Wasabi). The kit sells for $45.95.

This card is done with Vases in Vogue, a level 3 Hostess set. You can't see it very well in the picture, but the vase is cut out and popped up on dimensionals. I love the piercing in the corners too. It is super easy to do when you use the Mat Pack from Stampin' Up.

In the Spotlight is the set used here, it's a level 2 Hostess set. It is so cute, and I'm kicking myself for not ordering it when demos had the chance to preorder. Unfortunately, there is a limit to my stamp budget. *sniffle, sniffle*

The All about Gratitude jumbo wheel was used here. It is part of the Hostess level 3 All about Occasions Bundle, which includes the 4 pc. All about Occasions stamp set and the All about Gratitude and All about Birthdays jumbo wheels.

And here is another card using the Three for You Punch Box. Simple and cute!
That's it for now, have a great week!

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Heath Crunch Cake

As promised, I'm back to share the delicious recipe for Heath Crunch Cake. It is so simple, and very yummy.

Heath Crunch Cake
1 box yellow or white cake mix
1 jar caramel ice cream topping
1 - 8oz. package frozen whipped topping
2 or 3 Heath bars, chopped into small pieces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cake mix according to package instructions and bake in 9x13 pan. Let baked cake cool, then poke holes in top of cake. Pour caramel ice cream topping over cake. Spread whipped topping over cake, then top with candy bar pieces. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
The woman who gave me the recipe said it is even tastier when refrigerated overnight. Unfortunately, in my family of 6, it doesn't last more than a couple hours! They don't seem to mind, though. Give it a try, and see what you think!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, July 6, 2007

Flowers & Flourish samples

This set is called Flowers & Flourish. Here are 3 cards I made recently using it:

This one is a Triangle Trifold card. I like to do cards with unique folds for something unexpected. This fold is not difficult to do at all. There is a great tutorial by Beate on SCS with instructions and measurements, you can find it here. Below is a picture of the open view, so you can get an idea of how it's folded, and also see how the inside is decorated.

For this card, you start with a piece of cardstock cut to 4.25 in x 11 in. Then you score at 4 inches and 9.5 inches, and fold as shown above. The inside of this card is matted with So Saffron cardstock, and the same flower and stem are stamped in the corner in So Saffron ink.

The final card is the basic A2 sized card. The row of flourishes on the left hand side of the card were stamped with Vanilla craft ink. The scallops on the right side were created using the slit punch from Stampin' Up. Scallops are everywhere right now, so it is great to know that this little punch can do double duty. Slide a strip of cardstock all the way into the punch, press down and release the lever, then slide the cardstock over to punch again. Make sure to line up the edges of each slit as you punch, to create the clean scallop all the way down the paper. If you're anything like me, you may need to practice a couple times, but in no time it will be a piece of cake!
Mmmmm...... speaking of cake, my oven timer just went off. I got the best recipe from a lady at church called Heath Crunch Cake. It is extremely easy, but it tastes fantastic! I'm going to go finish putting it together before my DH and kids revolt! I'll come back and share the recipe later, I PROMISE ~ LOL!

Pick a Petal samples

Hi... I'm back with a few samples from another new set called Pick a Petal. This is a fun set to play with, and it is great for all those flower lovers out there!

This is a cute little 3x3 card, perfect for gift tags or a short note. It uses Pixie Pink and Wild Wasabi cardstock, as well as the Soft Sky designer paper.

Two of the new In Colors are featured on this card: Purely Pomegranite and River Rock. The sentiment is from a set called Friendship Flowers.

And here is another 3X6 card, my new favorite size! The sentiment used on this card is from Hugs & Wishes, which is also a new set.
I have a Stampin' Up order due to arrive next Tuesday, which includes some new stamp sets and some that just retired. There were a couple that I just couldn't pass up! I'm so anxious to get my hands on some new rubber, but until then I have plenty of other stamping projects to keep me busy! I'll be back soon with more samples...
Bye for now!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

I've been tagged!

Well, I had a nice little surprise today! When I got on the computer to do some blog surfing, I found that I had been tagged by Mercy Kerin. I was so excited, because it is a first for me. Yippee!! Check out Mercy's blog... she has some great work showcased there. I really enjoyed looking at her blog.

Thank goodness it's a holiday, and I don't have plans until later. It has taken me a couple hours to think of 7 things about me to post, and 7 blogs to tag. There are so many great blogs out there, so I had fun looking for some that are new to me.

Okay, so here's what I'm supposed to do:

1) Post 7 random things about me.

* My favorite color is pink.

* I have 4 kids; 3 boys and a girl. The middle two are boy/girl twins. That means my daughter has an older brother, a twin brother, and a younger brother. My DH thinks this is great, because no one will be able to mess with Abby!

* I love to read -- right now I'm on a Jodi Picoult kick. I really enjoy her books!

* My best friend married my husband's best friend. Rebekah (my best friend) and I were together when we met our future husbands at a Christian music festival in Illinois.

* I'm a Diet Coke and chocolate addict!

* I love to make lists... wish lists, to do lists, chore lists, it doesn't matter. Right now it is my Stampin' Up wish list. Unfortunately, even though I love to make the lists, the follow through is sometimes lacking, LOL!

* I love animated kids movies! A few of my favorites are Finding Nemo, Shrek, and Cars. Thank goodness I get lots of opportunities to see the latest and greatest, with 4 young kids around.

2) Tag 7 other bloggers.

Here are some great blogs I found in my blog hopping. Some of them may have been tagged before, but hopefully this will be an opportunity for more people to see their great stuff. Check them out!

Pirates and Pixies
Paper Princess at Play
My Stampin' habit
Janet's Cards and Layouts
Gone Inkognito
Scrampin' Mama

3) Post rules and other blogs that have been tagged.

4) Leave tagged bloggers comments to let them know they have been tagged.

Whew, I think I covered everything ~ this was lots of fun! I feel like I'm finally making it in Blogland, LOL! I hope you are all having a great holiday. Have fun, and be safe!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Double Line Doodles samples

I am trying to get all my samples from the make-n-take posted. I'm over half way there now...
This set is called Double Line Doodles. It is a fun set, and I love the row of paisleys, which you can see in the last sample. I'm going to keep it short and sweet with this post, since most of these cards are pretty simple and straightfoward.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July, everyone!

Year after Year samples

I've got 4 Year after Year samples to show you from the make-n-take workshop I attended. When I first saw this set, I didn't really like it, but after working with it a little, my mind has changed. Isn't that always the way it goes? I have seen some really nice cards using this set on SCS also.

I love this little elephant, he is so cute! And isn't this Soft Sky designer paper gorgeous?! I am really starting to like this color, although at first I never thought it could live up to Cool Carribean. We shall see...

Just a cute, simple card that shows off the double sided paper a bit. The flowers were stamped a second time on colored cardstock, then cut out and adhered to the main image, to help the flowers pop a little.

I like how the Spiral punch looks on this one. I own this punch, but I never think to use it. Now I will have to pull it out and dust it off. Oh, and after making a couple of cards using the Jumbo wheels, I have come to the realization that I AM wheel challenged, LOL! I have heard other people say this, but I always thought I could manage them fairly well. But on this day at the make-n-take workshop, I could not get a good image for the life of me!! Ugh.

I'm not a big fan of this card, but I think it will be a good masculine birthday card. It just now dawned on me... If I don't like this card, I didn't really have to put it on my blog. Oh, well - guess I'll leave it for now. I just had it in my head that I would show you all the samples I made. Maybe someone else will be inspired by something, even if it doesn't "speak" to me, LOL!

Monday, July 2, 2007

Baroque Motifs samples

Here are some more sample cards from the make-n-take I attended. This set is so beautiful! Swirly stamps are a huge trend right now, so this stamp set fits the bill. I just ordered this set; I can't wait to get it so I can play around with it some more.

I absolutely love this sample! It probably has a lot to do with the fact that Certainly Celery is my MOST favoritest color, LOL!

This is another 3x6 sample. Gotta say it again, I love that card size!

And one more sample for you... I like the layout, but I'm not sure about this card overall. I'm just not thrilled with the Brocade designer paper, although I know there are others out there who LOVE it. Someone on SCS said they didn't like it because it reminded them of 70's wallpaper. Yep, I can totally see it, but isn't retro in these days? Oh well, to each his own...

Zoofari samples

I recently attended a make-n-take using new stamps from the Fall/Winter 2007 Stampin' Up catalog. My up-upline held this workshop to allow us to make samples using the new sets. I made 25 cards in five hours, and had lots of fun doing it!! Here are 3 cards using the Zoofari set:

I love this cute little card! This is a new card size for me, and I really like it. It is a 3x6 card, which I've never seen before. The animals look so cute stacked up like this, but wow! that was a lot of cutting! I LOVE the end result, though, so it was worth it. This card also features some of the new colors from the In Color collection... Groovy Guava, Bayou Blue, Purely Pomegranite, River Rock, and Soft Sky. Aren't they pretty? Wild Wasabi is also a new In Color, you can see it on the rhino card below.

This rhino is so cute, isn't he? I love how the head is cut out and popped up on dimensionals. And I have to get the oval punches! I really like how they look when used as a tab. The sentiment is from Hugs & Wishes.

And finally, a cute little baby card. I think this is a really nice color combo with the new colors, Soft Sky and Blue Bayou. The sentiment is from the new set Holidays & Wishes.
I will post some more of my make-n-take samples soon.
Have a great day!