Friday, January 30, 2009

Elegant Thank You

TGIF! I was up late last night working in my craft room and on the computer. I was trying to catch up with e-mails and Stampin' Up! business. The Sale-A-Bration starts Sunday & people are getting ready to take full advantage of the sale, including me!

My creation today is a bright one! The patterned paper is from SU! Designer Series Paper called Raspberry Tart. It's new in the catalog and the picture does not do the colors justice. It's so pretty! I combined it with felt flowers, silver brads, and the Elegant Thank You stamp from SU! In the new catalog, SU! has started selling single stamps on page 208. This one caught my eye because it's simple and elegant.

Any plans for the weekend? Football maybe? We were invited to a Super Bowl party. I'm not a big fan of football so whoever wins is fine by me. My husband is a Steelers fan, so he is very excited!

Have a wonderful Friday!!!

Stampin Up Card Supplies:
Stamp: Elegant Thank You
Ink: Old Olive, Rose Red
Cardstock: Whisper White, Old Olive
Designer Series Paper - Raspberry Tart
Silver brads
Flower Fusion Too

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Nestabilities Storage Idea

Hello friends! Have you noticed all the sales this month on storage items? I love finding neat little containers or bins to store my craft supplies. Recently, I sold all my chunky Marvy punches on ebay. They take up way too much space & I fell in love with Nestabilities. Nestabilities are cheaper, take up less space, multi-purpose (cut, emboss, stencil), and have a bigger variety of sizes. What's not to love? They are compatible with most die cutting machines - Sizzix, Cuttlebug, QuicKutz, etc. Click here for a compatibity chart and here for an overview on Nestabilities from the manufacturer, Spellbinders.

I have been building up a collection of Nestabilities without paying full price! Want to know my source? Cut at Home! When you visit their website, sign up to be a Cut at Home VIP. They will send you a coupon every month for 40% off one item. I've been using mine on the Nestabilities. It's a great way to start collecting them.
Once you get them, how do you store them? Simple! I bought at Wal-Mart a pack of 10 CD cases for under $5. At my local craft store, I purchased a magnetic sheet. I cut out a little less than 5x5 inch piece, put it in the CD case under the tabs, and then added the Nestabilities. Works like a charm!

It is so easy to keep them all together and handy. I keep mine in a basket next to my Big Shot, but they could easily be stored in a drawer too.

Let me know if you have any questions about Nestabilities. I'd love to help you out!

I hope the rest of your week is a great one! Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Sale-A-Brate the Beauty

The weekend is here again. Time sure does fly by! My little one has been sleeping in lately (knock on wood). Let's hope he is out of that little 6am phase. Oh please! :)

Today's creation I am sharing with you is a card for one of my online friends who creates such beautiful work. It's always nice to send cards out of the blue for out of the ordinary type occasions. Any excuse to create a card, right?

The beautiful, delicate looking patterned paper is a sneak peek from the upcoming Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration promotion effective 2/1/09. It's called Delicate Dots Designer Series Paper. Check out the details on my sidebar on how you can get this paper and several different stamp sets free during this promotion! I also used a Martha Stewart border punch for the center trim, SU! 5-Petal Flower punch, SU! 3/4 circle punch, and Colorbok adhesive metal words (from Michaels $1 bin).

I hope your weekend is fantastic! God bless.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Love You Much

My life has changed! One of the things I enjoy most about the morning is getting up before everyone else (6am) and having my coffee. It's peaceful, quiet, and it's all about me! Not anymore! Since last Thursday or Friday, my son has decided to wake up before anyone else and come wake me up! How in the world does a 3 yr old know to wake up 5:45-6am just before I'm out of bed?

He also told me this morning he wants a brother! We won't even go there. No way, no how, no! I love him to death, but one is plenty!

Speaking of love, there is only about 1 1/2 weeks left to order the Love You Much Bundle from Stampin' Up! I used the stamps and punches from that Bundle, and my favorite die - SU! Top Note Die, to create this V-Day card. I distressed the card edges with SU! Chocolate Chip ink and inked up the stamps in SU! Real Red. I think it's a neat shape for a card!

So have you looked at the new products Stampin' Up! is offering from the Spring-Summer catalog? I'll be sharing my favorites with you in the weeks to come!

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Funky Card!

It's been super cold this weekend and I've been wearing my long underwear & I'm still cold! We're actually looking forward to hitting 20 degrees this week. How bad is that? Oh well. It sure makes you appreciate Spring when it finally does arrive.

Yesterday I created this funky card here to the right. I used Stampin' Up Jersey Shore Designer Series Paper (retired) and black cardstock. You can use SU! Circle Cutter (in the new catalog) or Nestabilities for all the different size circles. Then I simply made my own brad using a SU! Pewter Build-A-Brad. I stamped "Hi", from the SU! Fundamental Phrases set, on blue cardstock and then built my brad from that. I added little brads to the bottom of the card to match the polka dot paper.

So do you notice anything different about my blog? I got a much needed blog makeover! Let me know what you think!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for stopping by!

P.S. The Spring-Summer 2009 Stampin' Up! Catalog will be online & available to place orders tomorrow! Visit my SU! website.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Happy Wednesday! It's a good thing to clean and sort through your supplies this time of year. I was looking at all my SU! sets and forgot that the set Fundamental Phrases had "XOXOXO" in it! It's perfect for a Valentine! In the spot where the "O" is, I added little red brads. They fit perfectly into the space. The card is pretty self-explanatory, but if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to e-mail me.

All Supplies for this card by Stampin' Up (unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Love You Much, Fundamental Phrases
Designer Series Paper: Candy Lane
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Real Red
Ink: Real Red, Close to Cocoa
Punches: Scallop Edge, Word Window
Pink Ribbon
Real Red Brads

My son is such a character lately. First of all, he is still not completely potty trained yet. He will go on his own for the sitter all day, but when he is with Mom & Dad he will go most of the time, but not always. If anyone ever heard of this please let me know! It's crazy!

On a more positive note, he loves to cook! A dream come true for me! As soon as I start cooking dinner he runs in with his stool and stands near the countertop waiting to stir or dish out something. A couple days ago I let him tear up the lettuce for salads and put it in the bowls. He was in heaven. Last night, he got to dish out the applesauce. He thought he was so great! Age 3 appears to be all about independence. The more he can do on his own, the happier he is.

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Stampin' Up! Spring-Summer 2009 Catalog Has Arrived! In Stock, Ready to Ship!

I was very excited to get home last night & see a UPS box waiting for me. To my surprise, the new Stampin' Up! Spring-Summer 2009 catalogs were in the box! I was glued to the catalog after I put my little one to bed. I already started my wish list!

To make things easy for you, I've created on my left sidebar a PayPal button where you can buy your catalog safe & secure through PayPal. I only charge $9.99 which covers my cost for the catalog and shipping/handling! If you were to order it through SU!, the book alone is $9.99 plus shipping/handling.

I will ship your catalog out within 48 hours of purchase which means you could have this baby in your hands for the weekend! My supply at this special price is limited, so don't wait too long.

Sorry if I sound like a commercial, but these go quickly & everyone loves a deal!

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Happy Birthday To You - With a Cherry on Top!

The holidays have passed, but my tree is still up. Is anyone else in the same boat as me? I hope to tear everything down tomorrow. It's not as exciting as putting it up. Oh well. It's gotta be done!

I decided to take a break from the Valentines Day cards. I needed to make a card for a friend at work who has a birthday on Monday and Stampin' Up! Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set was calling my name! It's just perfect for birthday cards.

I thought the cute little cherries on top of the cupcakes matched the SU! Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper perfectly! It's a little hard to see in the picture, but I used white Fun Flock for the icing on my cupcakes. Just a little something different to add texture.

We are just weeks away from the release of the Stampin' Up! Spring/Summer 2009 catalog! I've seen some previews, and it's going to be great! If you would like me to reserve a copy of the catalog for you, just drop me an e-mail at

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thank you for stopping by!


All Supplies from Stampin' Up! (unless otherwise noted)
Stamps - Crazy for Cupcakes
Cardstock - Real Red, Whisper White, Bashful Blue

Designer Series Paper - Summer Picnic
Ink - Black
Watercolor Pencils
Blender Pens
Punches - Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" circle, 1" circle, 3/4" circle
Red ribbon
White Fun Flock (from eclectic paperie)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Hugs & Kisses

I am having a blast with the SU! Love You Much Bundle - can you tell? Now that the holidays are over, just have some fun with your card making. The pressure is off! Make Valentines for not only the love in your life, but everyone including your friends & family. Why not! It will make their day!

This card is pretty self explanatory. I paper pierced around the Pretty in Pink (SU!) cardstock center piece and along the red edges I embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. It matches the patterned paper if you look closely. There is a "pinking" edge design in the paper just like my embossed part! It doesn't take much to excite me. Hee hee!

I hope your week is going well! My little one came down with something yesterday. He is better today though - thank goodness! It was nice to snuggle and hold him last night when he wasn't feeling well. Gotta love it!

Take care!


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Two Little Love Birds Sitting in a Tree Stampin' Up! Love You Much Bundle 20% Off!

How sweet are these birds? I think I am going to make a similar card with red accents for my husband. Although I love pink, he does not.

You know how much I love to use my Cuttlebug embossing folders! I thought this leafy folder I had would be a perfect nest for my love birds from the Stampin' Up! Love You Much Bundle (currently 20% off). I used Stampin' Pastels to add some soft color to the leaves and stems. I used oval Nestabilities for the cutout window and Pretty in Pink SU! cardstock for the window border.

I stamped my love birds on the inside and added a Valentines Day sentiment.
I was looking at all the pictures I took over the holidays. I have so much to scrapbook! My sister and her family were in town. She has two boys and I have one. The three of them had a blast and I took a million pictures. One of my New Year's resolutions is to get caught up on my scrapbooking. I think I had the same one last year. Too funny! I am also on a mission to lose weight. I think I make that one every year too. Hee hee! At least I'm trying, right? :)
Do you have any New Year's resolutions? I'd love to hear what they are! Drop me a comment or e-mail. I love hearing from you!

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year - New Stamp Set! Stampin' Up! Love You Much Bundle

I'm back!
I hope everyone missed me at least a little bit. :)

My holiday was very nice and I had some much needed fun and rest.

New Year - New Stamp Set! Sound good?

If you haven't checked out the Love You Much Bundle Stampin' Up! is offering, you must. I just love it and have so many cards to show you over the next few weeks. It's so versatile and pretty. This is one set I will probably hold onto forever.

Take a look at all you get for under $42! The promotion lasts through January 31st. This set could be used for Valentines Day, anniversary, wedding, love, friendship, thinking of you, etc.

For my creation above, I used this entire set plus a few other SU! supplies:

Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White

Ink: Real Red, Pretty in Pink
Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
Pretty in Pink Brad
Scallop Edge Punch
Corner Rounder
Stampin' Dimensionals

If you have any questions, please drop me an e-mail.

Have a wonderful New Year's Day and thank you for stopping by!