Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

A really good friend of mine asked me if I had been thinking about my New Years Resolution. I said no, because they always seem to be the same (save money, lose weight, work out more..blah blah blah).

But since she asked me - I have been thinking about it more and more. I am thinking that in 2009 I am going to be a better friend. I have a lot of people that I know and love. People who are good friends to me, but I am not sure if I am a good friend to them.

Having friends at my age seems like a lot of work compared to when we were kids. I am not sure why that is. I do know that you can never have enough good people in your life and I am glad to have all of you good people.

I hope you have a safe New Years eve and I hope that 2009 brings you closer to what ever Resolutions you have made for yourself.

Love you All


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

More Christmas Cards..

As promised here are more of the Cards that I have received.

Made by Katie..

Made by Cara..

Made by Nadine..

Hope you get everything from your list this year!!

Christmas Cards

Here are some of the Hand Made Christmas Cards my friends sent to me this year. I can only post so many pictures are one time so I will post more later...

Made by Faith..

Made by Liz..

Made by Chris..

They are all hanging on my fridge - which accounts for the funny angles..LOL I will tell you this. These pictures do not do them justice. There is something about a handmade card in person that is lost by camera. I will post more later.

Yikes - Away so Long!

I am so sorry I have been away for so long. December really crept up on me. As you know I have a new job - which has been great. I am learning so many new things and I work with a great group of people.

My Cat has been driving my husband and I crazy!!! He is into this biting thing and bites anything and everything. For this reason we decided NOT to put up the Christmas Tree this year :O( While I am sad, I would be more sad if kitty got the jolt of his life chewing on the lights. I have the week between Christmas and New Years off and will hopefully be using that time to get things settled in my head so I can concentrate on the New Year.

I hope you are having a great Holiday Season and that you have the opportunity to spend time with your friends and family.

Thank you to everyone who sent me Christmas Cards. I will be posting them on my blog this week!

Anyway, I know we are all busy getting ready for the Holiday - but I wanted to let you know about a new promotion Stampin Up has going on - which will get you ready for the next RED holiday (VALENTINES).

The Love you Much Bundle includes the Love You Much Stamp Set, Heart To Heart punch, and Candy Lane Designer Series paper. The Retail vaule for this is $51.85. However from December 23rd until January 31st you can purchase this bundle as Item Number 115405 and receive 20% off for a total of $41.85

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Stampers Christmas Poem

A friend of mine sent this to me in an email. It was so cute I had to share. I hope it brings a smile to your face. :O)

Twas the night before Christmas, I'm glued to the tree.
I'm wondering what Santa brought just for me.
Could it be cardstock or chipboard or lace?
Or a Big Shot, I said, with a smile on my face.
And that's when I heard him,
"Hi Santa, " I said
"You know....good little girls
Should be in their beds."
"I know I should Santa,
And now I've got caught.
But I was just so excited
To see what you brought."
"Well, let's take a look
In this room where you work. "
He shook his head quickly,
And left with a jerk.
I heard him exclaim
As he put it in gear.
"You've got enough crap,
I'll see you next year!"

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Great Promotion!!

Stampin' Up is offering a great promotion from December 9th until December 23rd. Buy any set off the retired stamp set list for 10% off. Spend $70.00 and receive FREE SHIPPING!!

The retired stamp sets will be available until January 18th, but this promotion will only be available until December 23rd. To see the list of retiring stamp sets click here.

To see a picture of the item - visit my demonstrator web site and then click on the Shop Now button. You can enter your item number in the search box located on the left hand side of the page.

Good luck and happy shopping!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Monthly Video Project

This month's video shows some creative options with the Big Shot. The demonstration will show you three projects:

Life Journal
All-Star Bib
Welcome Sign

Check it out by clicking here or by visiting my stampin up page at

Saturday, December 6, 2008

And yet - more cards...

Here is another idea for your Christmas cards.

This one was made by Lucy. Lucy used the Mr. Twigster and the Best Yet (hostess) stamp sets for this card. Here is the recipe:

Cardstock: Riding Hood Read, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Hip, Whisper White
Designer Paper: Holiday Treasures
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Read, Kiwi Kiss
Embellishments: Chocolate Chip 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
Accessories: Scallop Border Punch, Blender Pen

After squeezing a closed ink pad you transfer some of the ink to the cover of the container. You can then dip your blender pen into this ink and use it to color your stamped image. This is helpful when using our In Colors since we do not have matching markers. It is also helpful if you haven't yet purchased the matching marker, but you have the ink.

Don't have Mr Twigster or Best Yet - remember look beyond the Stamp set. This is a great card layout that can be used with almost any stamp set.

Hope you like this one as much as I do...

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Hi All,

Here is a really cute card made by Kim. She used the A Cardinal Christmas stamp set. Available through the Holiday Mini.

The recipe is as follows:

Paper: Watercolor Paper, Old Olive, Kraft, Riding Hood Red
Ink: Old Olive, Black Stazon, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Large and Medium Oval Punches, Distressing Tool, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Blending Pens

The Cardinal is stamped on the Water Color Paper with the Black Stazon and then colored in with the Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Blending Pens. Coloring stamped images is just one way to add and extra punch of color to your cards.

Thank you Kim for sharing your design with us.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Gift Card Holder...

Hi Gang,

Today I want to show you this great Gift Card Holder design. Think of it like a mini card that holds a gift card for your very special person this Holiday Season or all year round.

You need:

*Card Stock (the holder is cut 4 1/4" x 11" (so you can make 2 with 1 sheet of card stock)
*Word Window Punch
*Circle Punch
* Optional - Designer Paper

How To...

*Cut your 8 1/2" x 11" Card Stock in 1/2" making two sheets that are 4 1/2" x 11"
*Score your card stock at 3" at 5 1/2" and at 8"
*Fold your card stock at the 5 1/2" mark (so in 1/2")
*Fold in the opposite direction at the other two score marks ( 3" and 8")
*With your card stock foled in half at the 5 1/2" mark - make two punches with your Word Window punch - line your punch up so that you will be punching out only 1/2 of the Word Window - line up the edge of the card stock with the edge of the actual punch - do this twice on each side (you are making the slot that your Gift Card will go into).
*Using your 3/4" - 1" Circle punch - punch a 1/2 circle (you are making the finger holes for the Gift Card slot)

*Notice the black mark around the three sides of the inside section of the Card stock? - put adhesive there and fold the Card Stock - creating the pocket for your Gift Card.
*Decorate the Gift Card Holder as you see fit!


Monday, December 1, 2008

More Cards...

Hi All,

These Christmas cards were made by Barb. Barb - thanks so much for sharing your creativity with all of us. I get so inspired seeing your work! Please send me your projects - because I know you are all working on something!!!

The card on the left has a surprise - the flower opens up. I am hoping to get instructions from Barb soon and will post them as soon as I do.

Also before I go - I wanted to let you know that the following Holiday Extravaganza Sale bundles are SOLD OUT and no longer available for purchase:

All in the Family Bundle (item 116217)
Bags & Tags Bundle (item 116216)
Santa's Stocking Stuffer Bundle (item 116219)
Star Struck Bundle (item 116220)
Mission Embossable Bundle (item 116223)
Curly Label Punch Bundle (item 112966)

There are still a bunch left - so don't delay - order your bundles today!

Friday, November 28, 2008

How are your cards coming along?

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!! Today I went to my friend Faith's house to work on Christmas cards. We both got a lot done while we snacked on some left over goodies from yesterday...

While this isn't the card either one of us is sending out - I thought it was such a cute and simple design - and I wanted to share it with you.

Faith made this card is made with Old Olive Card stock, Chocolate Chip 5/8ths wide Grosgrain Ribbon, Holiday Treasures Designer Paper and To You and Yours Stamp Set stamped in Chocolate Chip Ink on Whisper White and then highlighted with Dazzling Diamonds adhered with 2 way glue.

Remember even if you don't have this stamp set or these colors you can take a design and make it your own.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Stampin' Ups! Best Sale Ever!!!

Stampin Up is having the best sale EVER and it started today. Bundles of items from 20% to 50% off. The same is going on from today until December 1st while supplies last!!! Now is the time to buy...don't delay!

Visit: and click on the Shop Now button.

On the left hand side click on Specials and then Holiday Extravaganza.

Hope you find what you are looking for!! Happy Shopping!!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

More Ornaments

This tree has been decorated with all Ornaments made with Stampin' Up designer paper. These were made by my friend Faith. This tree is the perfect Holiday addition to her cute country home.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Check out this cute ornament made by Maria, one of the demonstrators in my group. I took this picture at our Quarterly Taste of Stamping meeting. A really fun day of stamping, eating, sharing business ideas and project ideas.

This ornament is something you can purchase at any craft store. She then took small strips of Designer Series paper curled them and put them inside the ornament through the top. She then took some of our Kiwi Kiss Satin ribbon and finished it off with a tag.

Maria could have added to the ornament with our Rub-Ons. This is such a cute and inexpensive way to tell someone how much they mean to you during the Holidays!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Don't Miss Out

Don't miss out on this fantastic way of adding a little something extra to your paper craft projects.

Received 20% off all Rub-Ons from November 10-30th when you spend $20.00 on any Stampin' Up! products. Rub-Ons are located on pages 178 and 179 of the 2008 Fall and Winter Idea Book as well as some Limited time offerings in the 2008 Holiday Mini.

Also don't forget to check my Stampin' Up! web site for the extra special Sale that will be running over the Holiday weekend.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

It is feeling like Winter..

Okay so it wasn't snowing and it was only 47 degrees today, but it really was feeling like winter. The good news is that this is the type of weather that makes me want to stay inside - listen to music and stamp up a storm. I spent the day prepping for my Giving a Thank You class with my friend Terri. I will share with you what we made after my class on Saturday.

Mark your calenders from November 26th to December 1st Stampin Up will be having super special sale! It is so special that they won't even tell us what it is. So, visit my Stampin Up web site on November 26th to find out all about it.

The first person to email me at with the details of the sale will win $5.00 off their next class.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

New Video Project

Hi Stampers,

Stampin Up has added a new video project for your enjoyment. This month we are focusing on watercoloring. I am sure you will enjoy this technique as much as I do. Keep an eye out for some upcoming classes featuring this technique.

Visit and click on Creative Projects to view this project full sized or just click on the featured project on the main page.

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

So Cute...

Hey Guys,

Rachel and Barbara sent me this picture of this cute treat bags that they made for the people in their office for Halloween. As I am sure you can tell - they were a big hit!!!

Thanks to Rachel and Barbara for sharing...

Monday, November 3, 2008

Happy Belated Halloween..

Wow! It has been awhile since I last posted. So sorry for the absense... I wish I could say that I have been busy working on my Christmas cards, but I haven't. The good news is that I have a new job. As many of you know I received my Master in HR and have been trying to break in for the past 2 years. Well next week will be my first day working in an HR department. The good news is that I am working for the same company so I am not starting completely over. YEAH!!

So back on track! What have you been working on? Did you make any fun projects for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas? Anything you feel like sharing?

E-mail them to me at I would like to post them on my blog, if you prefer to not have your name mentioned I will post it and leave out your name - just let me know.

Thanks for reading!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Monthly Video Projects

There is a new feature on my Stampin Up website!!! There will now be a monthly project video that is produced by Stampin Up! and is exclusively available on demonstrator web sites.

You will love these videos and the variety of projects that will be shown throughout the year. Don't forget to stop in to check out the monthly segments, which are available from either the main page or by going to the Creative Projects page and clicking on the picture of the project itself.

This months projects are a Halloween card, a Scrapbook Page and a Candy Rub-On Jar. - click here to be directed to the October 2008 - Video Project.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

I am not insane..

...well maybe I am just a I know that the Christmas season isn't even here yet. But here I am showing you guys all these great Christmas cards. Well, this is the time to start thinking about cards. Especially if you are going to make them. It takes planning... Besides, it is the next most popular card giving season. I promise in November that I will divert my attentions just a little. In the meantime, check out this super cute Christmas card made by my friends Terri and Faith. Again you will notice some non-traditional Christmas colors - which I LOVE!!

This is made with one of our new In-Colors Baja Blue, with a layer of Old Olive and Designer Paper. The Merry Christmas is stamped on some Silver card stock and some Versa Mark and Silver embossing powder. The Riding hood Red ribbon loop, adds just the right touch. I hope you like this idea as much as I do! Thanks to Faith and Terri for letting me get a snap shot.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Retired Sets for Sale

Hi All,

I am selling some of my retired sets for up to 50% off.

Brand New - Not Cut

Sidekick Sayings (Hostess) - $15.00
From the Garden (Hostess) - $15.00

Brand New - Partially Cut

Classic Alphabet (upper and lower case) - $30.00

Wee Water Colors (Hostess) - $5.00
For a Friend (Hostess) - $15.00
Time Well Spent (Hostess) - $20.00
Haute Couture (Hostess) - $12.00 - SOLD
Polka-Dot Posies - $13.00
Blooming with Happiness - $10.00 - SOLD
Solemn Stillness - $14.50 - SOLD
A Greeting For All Reasons - $14.50
Simple Sketches - $14.50
All Wrapped Up - $10.00
All Wrapped Up Accessories - $5.00

Background Stamps

Linen - $8.50
Fine Lace - $8.50

Stampin Around Wheel - does does not include handle

Whimsical Blossoms - $3.00

If you are interested in any of these sets please email me.

I just added a new class to my calender - hope to see you there!

Friday, October 10, 2008

3 days left to vote

Only 3 days left to vote. Take the survey on the right hand side of this page to share your opinions. I am looking to find out what types of projects you enjoy most along with what day of the week works best for you to come to classes.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

In Love with Ribbon

I am IN LOVE with this ribbon. It is from the Holiday Mini and has been the inspiration for the Vincent's 2008 Holiday card. It is super simple, with some Ridinghood Red designer paper, the new stripped ribbon and the Hostess set Punches Three. The colors are Ridinghood Red and Vanilla!!! Love Love Love!!!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Colors of Christmas?

What are the colors of Christmas? Are they only green and red?

I love to use non-traditional colors in my Christmas cards. I made this card for a class this past week. The colors are Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette and Whisper White. I used the Snow Swirled stamp set (Item 111690) along with some White Ribbon (secretly I wish I had the taffeta instead, but it still looks pretty). You may notice some hints of texture on the background of the Pretty in Pink card, these are snowflakes from the same set done in Versa Mark (giving it that watermark, tone on tone look). On the tree itself, I used the two-way glue pen to pick some swirls and adhere some Dazzling Diamonds.

I know it feels early to think about Christmas, but I find the Holiday's sneak up on me too quickly and I want to be prepared. Are you thinking about making your Christmas cards? What is the look you are going for? What colors do you love together?

If you are thinking about making your cards this year, but don't know where to start. Contact me to schedule some time and I will sit down with you to help you figure it out.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Simply Sent

Not sure what to buy for your favorite stamper or are you wanting to start stamping, but not sure where to start.

Stampin' Ups Simply Sent kits are the answer. These kits come with everything you need to make 10 cards. I mean everything! Stamp sets, ink, adhesive, envelopes and cut and scored card stock and accents and elements to give your cards that special touch.

The best part is that from Oct 4th to Oct 11th these kits are 20% off. Up to a $10.00 savings depending on the kit you choose. The kit comes in a really cute box and even comes with instructions which is great when you just can't decide the design you want to use. This is the kit that I just bought, and I can't wait to use it.

Want to learn more about these kits. Contact me!!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Only three days left...

There are only three days left to one of Stampin Up's best promotions. To learn more about this promotion visit my Stampin' Up web site.

You should have received your Holiday Mini by now. If you haven't please contact me. There are some really great Holiday sets and some fabulous wide ribbon.

Don't forget to sign up for the Happy 4 Christmas event on October 19th from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM - RSVP by October 10th...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Decor Elements

How fun is this? This van has been decorated with Stampin Up! Decor Elements. So here are some tips. You don't want to put them on the outside and you don't want to put them on the windows that go up and down. Hmmm... I am thinking about the Honda Element. If I decide to put them on my car, I will take pictures!!!

OH! Just a reminder the Never Been Seen before Promotion is only available for 1 more week... check it out!!

Blog Tip: Did you know whenever you see words in green like this. You are looking at a clickable link. So Click Away!!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Results Have Been Posted!

I came in 3157th with a time of 36:44. This is my best time yet - no wonder I was so tired after!!! This might be the event that gets me scrapbooking.

I am not much of a scrapbooker - always feel like it is a huge task to create a whole book. My solution for this is that I will be making two pages for each event/trip. Just dab of what I did vs documenting the whole thing. Now to look through and find just the right Designer Paper!! Woo Hoo!! I am so excited!!!!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

I did it!

Hi Friends,

I just wanted to say Thank You to all who believed in me. I finished my first 5K today!!! Wooo Hooo!!!

I ran in the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K The weather was great and the sun was HOT...but I finished. I am in that group of approx 6000 runners!!! I don't know yet where I placed, but I know I wasn't last and that was my goal. It took me approx 38 min (again - don't have my time yet). This has been pretty average for me during my training. Here I am after I crossed the finish line..

This is a great accomplishment for me. Some people said that once you finish your first race you will get the racing bug. I can honestly say that didn't happen. Next year I will run Shawn's race and I will probably run this one too, but I don't think I will be looking for any new ones.

Hopefully the results will be posted tomorrow and I will find out where I placed. Stamp with you soon!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Look Beyond The Stamp Set

How do you like this simple card of a wreath? Look that really a wreath? Well it isn't, I made this wreath with one of the two step flowers in the HeartFelt Thanks set. A two step stamp, creates an image in two steps. You layer the images to create depth and color. Notice the full image and the outlined image on the sets displayed near the card. Here I stamped both the images with the same color in a circle - I wanted a more cohesive look with some texture to create the wreath. I then used what is normally the center to create the look of berries. To get the most out of your stamp sets, look beyond the intent of the stamp set you will be surprised at the number of different things you can do.

OH - Before I forget - Congratulations to..


They were the first 5 to responded to my subscribe to my blog post!! They will each receive $5.00 off their next class.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Accept the Challenge

One of my favorite blogs is She hosts a monthly challenge and I thought I would share it with you. This month the challenge is Halloween creations. Check it out... Share your creations with us...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

I am a wimp

So I was supposed to run in the 5K today, but the rain is just to much. I have wimped out and am really sad about it. I will post more later, but wanted you all to know that I appreciate your well wishes.

Friday, September 12, 2008


So I have decided to run in a 5K. It is the Shawn Nassaney Memorial race at Bryant Colleg: Shawn worked at APC with me and was a victim of the 9/11 attacks. I am so excited to be a part of this event. My goal is to just not be last. I participated the very first year and couldn't even finish. Of course that was over 100lbs ago so I have higher expectations this year. My hubby will be there cheering me on and taking pictures. If I find any that are not to crazy looking, I will post one. Hopefully of me crossing the finish line!!! So this Sunday around 1:00 PM I need you all to send me swifty thoughts.

I will let you know how I make out.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Couldn't resist..

Okay, so I don't normally get into holiday cards except for that one in the middle of winter (afraid to say it because I am still holding onto summer..).

But, we made this card in this months Adventure Stampers meeting and I thought it was so cute I had to share. It really was so simple to make.

The card itself is made from one of our new In Colors Kiwi kiss. We used two circle punches for the Whisper White and Basic Black eyes and the Kiwi Kiss nose and eye lids cut in half. You may noticed we also sponged some Kiwi Kiss on them too to give a little definition. Using a white gel pen we made a little highlighted the Black on the eyes. We then used the Basic Black Marker to draw the mouth and the small scar on the side. Topped it off with some Lavender Lace for his hair and a little Smarty Pants (Item # 110980) saying stamped on his head.

Put it all together and you have a cute whimsical Halloween card that you can send to kids, family or your best friend. Hope you enjoyed this one...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Be one of the first...

Be one of the first 5 to subscribe to my blog and receive $5.00 off your next class registration fee. Registration is easy. Just enter your email address in the box to the right. You will receive updates via email whenever I update my blog.

Once you have subcribed forward me the verification email - the first 5 will win!!

The benefits of subscribing is that you will know when I have posted new projects, new classes and new contests - plus you could receive $5.00 off your next class!!!


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Open 24/7

Today Stampin Up! released it's new Online Store. You can now shop with me 24/7 through my Stampin Up Website. My hope is that this will give you just one more outlet to get the supplies you need to create your fabulous projects. All pricing is exactly the same and the product will be shipped right to your door. If you have any questions, feel free to call me. You will still be able to place orders with me in person and at events. It is very important to me that we spend time together sharing what we love to do STAMPING - this has not changed!! :O)

Have fun and happy shopping!!!

Sunday, September 7, 2008


Here is my latest creation. The technique I used is called Moonlighting. You basically punch a circle out of a Post IT Note - stick it to the card stock to mask the area and then sponge your color around it, making a moon. I wrote about this technique on my Monthly Tip/Technique section of the My Story page - click here to view.

On this card I used the Inspired by Nature stamp set with Basic Black, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango and Ridinghood Red Ink. One tip I would give is to visually decide where your moonlight will go in comparison to your stamped image, but wait to stamp your image until you have sponged. I found that even though I let my black stamped image sit for approx 10 min before I started sponging that it still smudged into the sponged ink. I would have liked to have made the color more vivid, but when this started happening I decided to let the color stay. This is a really cool technique and I will definitely use it again.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Big Shot

There's a new big shot in town--the Sizzix Big Shot for Stampin' Up and it is finally available for purchase! The Big Shot is a sturdy manual die cutting machine used to die cut materials for use on crafts, home décor projects, and even clothing--it's a big deal! You'll love what the Big Shot machine, a 6-time winner of Creating Keepsakes Reader's Choice Award for best die cutting equipment and dies, can do for you.

Design your own custom pillow appliqués using the Tulipe Bigz die or make custom fabric flowers to embellish a quilt. From sewing to quilting to home décor, the Big Shot is the perfect tool for many types of crafting. Use our Stampin' Up! exclusive dies to create die cuts and stencils with our artwork and designs for all your craft needs.

For information on the Sizzix Big Shot, contact me. To see the Big Shot in action, come to one of my events or book one of your own.

There is some exciting news comping up - if you only check my blog from time to time - you will want to mark your calender to check back on September 9th

Friday, September 5, 2008

Think outside the box..

Sometimes we get a stamp set and get stuck using it within the context of the set itself. It pays to think outside the box. This card is made with the Pick A Petal set. The set comes with a bunch of different petal designs along with some different center designs and is really cute. In this card, I used the Petals to make the wings for my lady bug. I cut them out and then used a circle punch to make the body and the head. The ends of the antenna are eyelets and I connected them to the body with the Black Stampin' Write marker.

So think outside the box - sometimes with just some cutting or with a punch you can take a piece of a stamped image and make something totally different, but great with it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Congrats Katie!!

Congratulations Katie on reply with the Winning answer to our contest. The stamp set that made me fall in love with stamping is called Simple Sketches. It is retired, but certainly not forgotten. Katie has won $5.00 off her next class...YEAH!!!

So now it is your turn, send me a picture of a card the last card that you made that made you fall in love with stamping all over again.

Monday, September 1, 2008

More Sock Monkey

Okay so I broke out the sock monkey again this weekend.

This time I did a surprise pop up technique inside the card. Basically you punch out a circuit and then cut a "spring" out of the circle. Attach one end (for example the outside end of spring) to the bottom and then other end (for example the inside end of the sprint) to the top. This is easily done by placing adhesive on the ends and then closing the card. Open the card and you now have a Spring!

This is the first time I have tried this technique and I would have used a larger circle and made more twists to the spring, but not to bad for my first time!

Thanks a Bunch for reading!!

Sunday, August 31, 2008


We all get inspiration for cards from different places. I have been inspired by book covers, bedspreads and coffee mugs. But sometimes it is not as abstract as that. Today I was inspired by a card I saw online.

I didn't have the stamp set (Always), but I loved the layout and the color combination. So I looked through my stamp sets and decided to take to make this...

Here I used Live Like You Mean it, one of our new Level 1 Hostess sets. I kept the color combination. They are two of our In Colors, Baja Breeze and Pacific Point.

So be inspired by everything you see around you. Even if it means CASEing a card...(thanks Serenity Stamper for creating the Always Bird and inspiring me).

Friday, August 29, 2008

Meet my KitKat

Hi Readers, I wanted to introduce you to my KitKat. He is the baby of the family and is so lovable. As I type this he is taking a cat nap on his favorite place in the house. This would be my lap. He is afraid of strangers so very few visitors have ever seen him in person. Although some times I sneak a visitor in to see him in his hiding spot, but he doesn't like it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

You never forget your first...

This is the card that started my craze. I was at a workshop and was astounded by the wonders of rubber, ink and card stock. As always, you can not forget to stamp your envelope.

So now to find out whose paying attention. This is a retired set. The first person to email me at and tell me what the name of this stamp set is will win $5.00 off their next class registration fee.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Thank You!

Hi All, Just wanted to say Thank You to everyone who sent well wishes today. My mom did great and is currently eating a "nice" hospital meal. Things are a bit hectic so I don't have a lot of time to write. Check in tomorrow :O)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Say a prayer..

Hi All, if you could say a prayer for my mom tomorrow. She is having knee replacement surgery. Things should go fine, but it is nice to have a couple extra voices out there. I will post tomorrow to let you know how she makes out.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Finally Opened the Boxes!!

YEAH!! Last night I finally opened the boxes. It was like Christmas, because other than the Big Shot I had totally forgotten what I had bought!

Anyway, here is a picture of the project I am working on. This is the beginning of a recipe book for my up coming Recipe for Fun class. We will be finishing it with jumbo eyelets and either rings or ribbon. I haven't decided yet.

If you haven't signed up for this class you must! Here are the details
If I have the chance I will play more tonight. But I have a busy day planned with my mom so I am not sure if I will have the energy!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

My friend Dine...

Okay so I haven't opened the boxes yet. I really wanted to, but some things are more important than stamping. Yes I said it!!! One of those is friendship. My friend Nadine is home from Virgina and is leaving on Sunday. Last night was the only time I was going to have to see her, so I jumped at it. We went for coffee and desert and had a great talk. We always have a great talk. That is what best friends are all about. It might take you a few to get back into the swing, but once you do, it is like you just saw one another yesterday. I showed her some of the projects I have made and we actually took a video one of them. If I figure out how to post it, I will. Anyway, I will get these boxes open this weekend. Hopefully tonight!!!

Friday, August 22, 2008


I got home last night and the man in brown had left me two nice sized boxes that said Stampin Up! Unfortunately, it was just about 10:30pm and I was, everything is still boxed. Tonight I will be unpacking and playing with all of my new toys! Check back tomorrow as I am sure there will be some pictures!!!

Is it 5:00 PM yet??? Darn only 1:30 PM :O(

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Mobile blogging

So I am trying my hand at mobile blogging. This is a picture of my desk at work. Don't look to close, you will see how messy it is. I am realy lucky to sit by a window. Well this is it for mobile blogging, let's see how it turns out!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

20 Years

Where were you 20 years ago? Were you listening to "Push It" by Salt-n-pepe? Or were you watching Winona Ryder battle it out with Beetlejuice? I was just about to start my Senior year at Lincoln HS (okay - no one do the math..please..hee hee!!)

Well 20 years ago two sisters decided to Love what they do and Share what they love... and they started a company called Stampin Up...

The rest as they say is History! Now Stampin Up has moved beyond just rubber stamping and has begun to branch out more and more.. They now offer the Decor Elements which is very exciting. I can't wait to find out what they do next and I am so happy to be a part of it. Where were you 20 years ago? You may not remember exactly, but just think how far we have all come!!