Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Blog Candy!

Hello friends!

I promised some blog candy when I reached 5,000 hits, so here it is! All you need to do is drop me a comment to say hello! A winner will be randomly chosen on Saturday, August 2nd - 9pm EST.

Here is what you will get!
Cutie Pie
Jersey Shore
Spring Fling
Petal Patch
Spring Showers

You will win 6 sheets of each Designer Series Paper collection listed above, cut into 6x6 inch pieces. Each paper is double sided, so you will receive 12 prints per collection. The total number of pieces you will receive will be 30! What fun you could have with this whether you are a card maker or scrapbooker.

Good luck and thank you for stopping by!


Monday, July 28, 2008

Great Impressions - Stamp of the Month

It's Monday and we're back to the daily grind! I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

I had so much fun making this card! The stamps are from Great Impressions and they are their stamps of the month. Since the cat is swimming with the fishes, I took some Stampin' Up! Brilliant Blue cardstock and ran it through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder that looks like bubbles. I used two different sizes of scallop ovals to make a cutout on the front of the card and cutouts for the stamped images on the inside. I colored in everything with Stampin' Up! markers and Copic markers and attached a little ribbon to finish it off.

I am working on putting my blog candy together! I haven't forgotten. Stay tuned.

Thank you for stopping by!


Thursday, July 24, 2008

Design Team Challenge - White Space

The weekend is finally here! I took my son to one of his favorite places this morning -the zoo! It was a beautiful morning for it and he had a good time.

I mentioned to you earlier this week that I am on a design team! The name of the website is Stamps-Paper-Scissors. The store has been online for 3 months now. The main seller is greeting cards with matching envelopes. She also sells other handmades such as altered tins, clippy boards, plates, etc.

I participated in my first weekly challenge at Stamps-Paper-Scissors, which was to incorporate white space in our card or project, and make it compliment our layout.

I took Stampin' Up! Whisper White cardstock and made a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card. I embossed the front of the card with a floral Cuttlebug embossing folder. I used Stampin' Up! Pretty in Pink cardstock to make a 1/2 x 4.25 inch strip and 2" square for my centerpiece. I stamped in SU! Pretty in Pink ink, "Flowers say Hello from the Heart" (stamp by Hero Arts) on Whisper White cardstock. I punched it out with a Marvy scallop square punch and attached it to my pink square. I attached Wilton Lace Scrapbook Trim on either side of the square to finish it off. Pretty simple!

I hope your weekend is going nice and slow so you get the most out of it! I hit over 5,000 on my counter so blog candy will be on the way - hopefully tomorrow or Monday. Check back soon!


Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Hello friends!

I am having a great week! I've been busy placing Stampin' Up! orders for my customers, spending time with friends and family, and got asked to be on a design team! That was my big news! I am still learning about this online store I am going to design for and I will provide you with more details later. I am very excited about it!!!!

I made this card for one of my best friends who took me along to the Amuse event on Sunday. She is a sweetie and a wonderful stamper too!!! The supplies I used are listed at the end of this posting.

I just bought the Spiral Binding punch from Stampin' Up! and wasn't sure if I would like it or not. I used it for this card and let me tell you, it's a slick little punch to use and I love it! I have seen so many samples using this punch that I don't think this one will go unused.

I hope you are having a fun week and enjoying your summer. Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out all the Stampin' Up! sales on my sidebar. The retired accessories list is out so stock up now while supplies last.

Take care.

P.S. Here is a peek at the inside of the card too!

Stampin' Up! Ink: Ballet Blue
Stampin' Up! Stamps: Think Happy Thoughts, Simple Sayings II, Wonderful Words
Stampin' Up! Punches: 1 1/4 Circle, Spiral Binding, Round Tab, Corner Rounder
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny
Accessories: Prima flower, Making Memories brad

Monday, July 21, 2008


Hello everyone! I had a great day yesterday in Pittsburgh at A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA! It was held in a lovely stamp store called Stamp Fanci. If you are ever in the area, stop by! She has everything you could possibly imagine in stamping supplies and amazing classes.

Here is a photo of a few cards I made yesterday at the event. Aren't they cute? They website to purchase these stamps is

I have some big news to share with you later. Gotta run!

Have a wonderful Monday and thank you for stopping by!


Saturday, July 19, 2008

Fun in the Sun!

I'm back! What a rough week. I am back to feeling 100% and started creating last night. I felt so bad to neglect my blog this week! Thank you hanging in there with me.

It was almost 90 degrees here in Erie, PA mid-morning. Crazy hot and humid! I am not having fun in the sun today, but my card is!

The patterned paper on this card is by Reminisce. I tore the edges of the bottom two layers for a look like the water on the shore. I used my Stampin Up! Scallop punch, which is my favorite punch to date, to add some sunshine to the card. I wrote in white ink (uni-ball Signo pen), "Have Fun!", because that is what summer is all about, right? I added paper piercing to the scallops and along the top of the card. The big flower in the center is from My Minds Eye and I attached it with a pop dot. I added sheer floral ribbon along the center of the card. It's hard to see in the picture because it's so subtle.

Speaking of fun, I am close to hitting 5,000 on my counter! I think it will be time for some blog candy once I hit that number. Keep checking back so you don't miss out on the chance to win.

Tomorrow I am going to A-Muse-A-Palooza at a stamp store near Pittsburgh. Should be fun!!!

I'll share all my goodies with you Monday. Thanks for stopping by and drop me a comment or e-mail letting me know what kind of blog candy you like to receive?


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Oldie but a goodie!

Ok, ever have one of those weeks where there is way too much to do and no time? I'm having one of those and to make matters worse, I have been super tired this week. I'm just not feeling 100%. Hopefully it will pass soon.

I love this retired set from Stampin' Up! called Sun-Ripened. It's only a set of three stamps, but it's all fruit and it looks so realistic. It's an oldie but a goodie! This card is pretty simple so I don't think any further explanation is needed. The patterend paper is Anna Griffin. It goes perfectly with kraft colored cardstock.

Thank you for checking in! I hope your week is going well.

Take care.


Friday, July 11, 2008

Spring Card for a Christmas Card!

Hello friends!

I am so past due for a blog posting! How do you like this, Christmas in July with a Spring Card! I get a little nutty over anything with really cool folds, or origami as they call it. I saw this on Splitcoaststampers a couple weeks ago and had to try it. I challenge myself every year to start my Christmas cards in July, but it has yet to happen. This year, I have a head start.

If you click on Spring Card, it will take you to the tutorial on Splitcoaststampers. It's easy. Don't be intimated at all!

Supplies I used: Patterned paper by Basic Grey - Figgy Pudding, Li'l Davis Designs "Christmas" stamp set, SU! Hodgepodge Hardware in Antique Brass, Vintage Snowflake button by Buttons Galore & More, and twill musical notes ribbon.

Once I completed my folds, I cut a 3.25 x 3.25 square of paper to stamp on for the center. I stamped "Joy" in SU! Basic Black ink and then crumbled it up and unfolded it to make it rugged looking. I inked the edges with SU! Basic Black ink. I attached my hardware, did a little paper piercing near "Joy", and glued this entire piece to the card. I glued my photo corners down on the base of the card and did a little paper piercing there too and attached a brad in the center. I love things that are different! I'll have to show you my Christmas card from last year. It was a hit!

Thanks for stopping by & TGIF!


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

What do Harley-Davidson & Changito's Have In Common?

Card making supplies! I was at A C Moore craft store on Saturday and all the patterned paper was 40% off. It looked like they had some new papers in stock, so I took a peek. This Diamond Plate Embossed Harley-Davidson patterned paper by EK Success caught my eye. I thought of this Changito stamp immediately! How fun is that?! I would have never picked up this paper otherwise. I'm a girly girl through & through.

I embellished the card with two different sizes of silver square brads from Joann's. I colored in the stamped image with SU! Creamy Caramel on the Changito & SU! Basic Gray on the tire. The cardstock is Whisper White from Stampin' Up!

I hope your week is going well. Brandon is with my husband today. I called to check in this morning and they were on their way to a house my husband is fixing up to sell. Brandon is sure to get a McDonalds Happy Meal out of him today because my husband cannot cook whatsoever. He will be a happy boy!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Monday, July 7, 2008

Stampin' Up! Hodgepodge Hardware Sale!

Happy Monday friends!

My family is back home and I'm back to work! Argh!!!! If I could stamp for a living, that would be awesome. Oh well.

Since we all work hard for our money, I just wanted to highlight the awesome sale on Stampin' Up! Hodgepodge Hardware. I have all the details on my sidebar. It's a really good value that I am taking full advantage of.

I made this card the other day using the Antique Brass Kit. I just love it! The patterned paper is from Crate Paper. I used Stampin Up rub-ons for the flowers and message on the green paper. The embossing around the flower is one of the Cuttlebug embossing folders. I inked the edges and folded in the corners for something different. That piece is layered on pop dots.

My sitter is on vacation this week, so my Mom is watching Brandon all day today. I called my Mom to check in on him this morning. She kindly said that his favorite thing to say today is "I don't want to". Hmmm. He is 2 1/2. What can I say?! Hee hee :) Hopefully the two will survive the day! Tomorrow his Daddy gets him all day. That could be much more interesting :)

Thanks for checking out my blog today! Have a good one.


* Stayed tuned for a super cute Changito card this week! Wait until you see the patterned paper for this one. It's nothing I would ever buy if I didn't have the perfect stamp to go with it.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Happy July 4th Weekend!

Hello everyone!

I wanted to blog sooner, but with my family in town, the time just slipped away. Although I'm sure you're busy on this holiday weekend, I thought I would drop you "a little note". Like my card? It's so easy to make!

The card size is 5x5. I used Stampin' Up! Cutie Pie patterned paper. I cut four squares, each measuring 2.25 x 2.25 inches. The big square in the middle is 2.75 x 2.75. I used the jumbo scallop punch from Marvy for my center, and drew a little "u" shape in each scallop with a white pen. I used a jumbo circular Marvy punch & decorated it using a clear stamp set from Michael's $1 bin. The center of the flower is a blue rhinestone.

The one thing I love about Stampin' Up! patterned paper is it's double sided and thick. It's like getting two for one and it really comes in handy when you want to use multiple prints that match! They make it easy, what can I say?

Enjoy your nice long holiday weekend and thanks for taking time to stop by!


* Stock up on Stampin' Up! Hodepodge Hardware while supplies last!
Original Price (per kit): $27.95 NOW: $20.96
105532 Aged Copper Kit
105531 Antique Brass Kit
105532 Pewter Kit
Each kit contains an assortment of shaped clips, label holders, ribbon charms, buckles, fasteners and photo anchors. Approx. 138 pieces of hardware plus 100 matching brads.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Story Begins . . .

Ok, I know this is the second baby card posting in a week, but I needed to make these and I thought this one turned out so cute, I had to share it. The cute little baby stamped on this card is from the retired Stampin' Up! set called Baby Firsts. I bought it when I was pregnant with Brandon and used it for my shower and thank you notes. I set up this card like a mini file folder for something different. The cute little tab at the top is the Stampin' Up! Round Tab punch. I use this a lot!!!! It's so cute to add to cards, notebooks, recipe cards, etc. The possibilities are endless.

I hope your week is going great! I have family in from out of town all week, so forgive me for my short posts. Something is better than nothing, right?

Thanks for stopping by!


P.S. BIG NEWS - All of Stampin' Up! new stamps in the upcoming catalog will be die cut! All you need to do is pop, peel, and place before you begin stamping.