Monday, November 3, 2008


Finally figured out what I did to this blog!!!! Would you believe all it took was deleting a post! Not sure how that happened but whatever I posted, blogger didn't like.

Anyway, back up and running and I will be posting soon!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Not able to view blog

Hi everyone, for some reason, I am having trouble viewing my blog. Are you all having this same problem? Can you view my blog? Please let me know in an email. Thank you so much!

PS: Any help fixing this would be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Always Thinking of You

Okay, so I changed my mind and posted a card today. SURPRISE! I had to do some cards for a swap I'm in Tuesday so I sat in Burger King today and stamped away while Bethany played! We both win!

Stamp Set: Always, Sincere Salutations
Ink: Basic Gray, Bordering Blue
Paper: Basic Gray, Bordering Blue, Whisper White, Prestwick DSP
Accessories: Large Oval Punch

I really like this card, but I think it is missing something. Any ideas? I just keep thinking it is a sympathy card so I can't add glitter.......


Just a fun fact that I thought I would post because I haven't posted much this past week. My stamp studio has been under construction this past week and is finally coming together. It will be back up for Hostess Club on Sunday!

I will be back with cards next week! Planning my Christmas Card Crank Cards so I have been stamping but can't show you yet :o)~
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people with my name in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Monday, October 6, 2008

Stamps, Paper, Scissors and Donkey Smiles: HeeHaw Blog Candy!

Okay, so I usually post all SU! cards but today I saw these adorable donkey stamps from Alota Rubber Stamps and they were so cute. I didn't buy them yet, because I have a chance to win some and so can you with this great Blog Candy on Michelle's go on over, check them out, and possibly get some great blog candy!
Stamps, Paper, Scissors and Donkey Smiles: HeeHaw Blog Candy!

Faux Alligator Instructions

I've had a couple of people ask for the instuctions for the faux alligator card found here. So here are the insturctions that were shared at the last stamp share I went to.

Supplies needed:
Cardstock: whatever size and color you would like (I used black)
VersaMark Pad
Bone Folder
Embossing Powder (I used black)
Heat tool

1. Stamp VersaMark direct to paper all over the entire area you want to look like alligator skin
2. Cover entire area with Embossing powder.
3. Using your bone folder, draw squiggly lines diagonally across your entire cardstock area.
4. Now turn your paper and draw squiggly lines across the opposite diagonal. (This will pull embossing powder off of your cardstock)
5. Using your heat tool, Emboss entire area.
6. VIOLA.....faux alligator.

It is super easy, but if I didn't explain it well enough, please email me or post another comment and I will try to explain it better.

Thank you for your sweet comments!

Friday, October 3, 2008

So the header doesn't quite work

But I have to figure out how to change could be like this for a little while.

Have a great day!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Weddings and Chocolate

This is the card I made for the wedding Cam is at this weekend in Arizona (Yes, he is in AZ without me) Their invitations were chocolate and gold and very simple and elegant. This is the card I envisioned when we got their invite. I even did a vanilla envelope with Chocolate baroque swirls on it and gold flowers. I love the way it turned out (which is unusual for me). If only I could figure out how to get these pictures to turn out as well as the card did.

Stamp Set: Baroque Motifs

Ink: Encore Gold

Paper: Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Chocolate Satin Ribbon - Retired SU!, Gold EP

This is the second one - to keep here, I wasn't sure which one I liked better but Cam picked the first one.

Which one do you like?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Hostess club folders

So every year, I make a folder for my hostesses when they start a new club year. In the past, I took a white folder and stamped the front. This year, Kim showed us a great thing that she did for her hostesses (I wish I could show you hers It was GOJUS! thanks Kim for sharing the idea and pattern). I took it and made it match yesterdays alligator purse in that I used the same stamp set and Black, Red, and White. Kim put in paper, ink, marker and punch inventory sheets in her last pockets and a wish list in the 3rd pocket. I added a Ribbon Inventory sheet to the 4th pocket and a catalog index to the back of my wishlist. The first pocket had names of people in my hostess club, with the month they are hostess along with phone numbers so they call and remind each other that we are meeting each month. They take the phone number list, but otherwise the folder stays at my house so they know each month what they already have at home and don't duplicate. I then use the first 2 pockets to put supplies for our monthly meeting and monthly special flyers in. I hope you enjoy and thank you again Kim for the fabulous idea! Oh and that is a tailored bow!

Stamp Sets: Eastern Blooms
Ink: Real Red, Basic Black
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, WW
Accessories: 5/8" Red Grosgrain, Small and Large oval punch. White 2 pocket folder (found cheap at staples)

Let me know what you think! PS: the photos didn't really turn out great but you get the gist.

Monday, September 22, 2008


Faux that is....

Cherie showed us how to do faux alligator at the stamp share on Saturday and it was so ding dang cute I had to try it. She even gave us the dimensions for this bag. I just added the red ribbon and I think a different stamped image on the inside. I loved it....Thanks Cherie

Other than the edge of my stamp appeared next to friends, I really like how this turned out. I used it as a "learn from my mistake" and cut your rubbah closer or wipe off the edge before stamping....or, embellish!

Tune in tomorrow for the folders for my hostess club. I did it a little different this year!

Stamp set: Eastern Blooms, Best Yet (level 1 hostess)

Ink: Real Red, Basic Black

Accessories: 5/8" Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Designer Brads (circle assortment), Black EP, Heat Tool

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The other Swap card

Okay, so the one I had left was a little bit crooked (hey, at least I didn't let someone else take the crooked one.

This is the other card I made for yesterday's stamp share. I actually took 3rd place with it. I was very surprised. Let me know what you think!

Stamp set: Snow Swirled
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze
Paper: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Scallop edge punch

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Simply Masculine

This is the card I made for the "big shot/new punch" swap at Terri's stamp share today. I loooooove the big shot and we learned so many great techniques with it today. Thank you Terri for your fabulous creativity. I cut the card by placing my folded Chocolate Chip card slightly off the sizzix top note die so the fold stayed in place. I also cut the DSP at the same time for each card. One thing I learned, make sure that the DSP is facing the correct way on the die. It needs to be side you want up facing towards the die. That way the perforations go the right direction. I used Banbury DSP.

Stamp set: Say it with Scallops
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Banbury DSP, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Sizzix Big Shot, Vanilla Tafetta Ribbon, Top Note Sizzix Die

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Convention Swap #3

And for my final swap....


Stamp Set: A Beautiful Thing, So Swirly Jumbo Wheel

Paper: Tempting Tuquoise, Whisper White, Vellum

Ink: VersaMark,

Accessories: Heat Tool, Iridescent Ice EP, Fine Cosmo Glitter, Heat N Stick Powder, scallop circle punch.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Convention swap 2

I am posting this the night before convention but will not have my laptop with me at convention. I will update when I get back but for now here is my second swap card.


Stamp Set: Enjoy Every Moment

Paper: Kraft, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Whisper White

Ink: Old Olive, Night of Navy

Accessories: Paper Piercer, Photo corner punch, SAMJ

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Printer FIxed and 1st Convention Swap

YAY! my printer is didn't get fixed but we got a new one and an upgrade because ours couldn't be fixed.

Here is my first swap card for convention.....I am writing this at 1:08 a.m. the morning I leave for convention. Our plane leaves from Minneapolis at 2:35 p.m. I am soooooooooo excited I can't even tell you! This will be my first convention...

The Recipe:

Stamp Set: Fundamental Phrases, So Swirly Jumbo Wheel

Ink: Real Red, VersaMark

Paper: Night Of Navy, Whisper White, Real Red

Accessories: Silver EP, Iridescent Ice EP,

The night of navy that looks like the first layer is actually only there to show the edges of the card otherwise it got lost in the white background. The swap is actually white on the bottom layer. I will have to say I do like it with the N-O-N in the background as well.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Broken Printer/scanner

Okay so, the title should say it all....we have a multi-function printer/scanner/copier/fax and the LED screen went out last week. Which means, that I can't upload anything to my computer. Which in turn means, I can't post any new cards until I can scan and upload. I will be back as soon as I can. The guys at Geek Squad had to send it in to HP so it may take a little while.

I hope you all enjoyed your 4th! I know we did! We went to Canterbury Park to watch the horse races and then they have a phenomenal fireworks display. That was actually on the 3rd and we then watched our cities fireworks from our front lawn on teh 4th. My parents came into town and we had a wonderful time.

Happy Stampin'

Monday, June 30, 2008


I've been tagged! Thank you Theresa for your comments on my card and your creativity on your blog.

Here goes:

1. I love rubber stamping but really have never gotten into scrapbooking.

2. I grew up in a small town in West Centra Wisconsin and although I love it there, I love the city.

3. My favorite movie of all time is "The Sound of Music"

4. I have 7 brothers and sisters.

5 My favorite SU! color combination is Pretty in Pink and Green Galore

6. I met my husband on the internet at Love@aol

7. I had never stamped before I held my first SU! party and I signed up to be a demonstrator after that 1st show.

Now - who am I going to tag? Really good question since I have never been tagged before.....hmmmmm

Jana Emmert - over at Stamp on This

Kathy White - at Kraftin' with Kathy

Nicole Kowalk - at Under the INKfluence
Tiffany Bauer - My Crafty World

Becky - Arctic Stamp Queen

Debbi Rippentrop - Debbi's Designs

Mercy Kerin - Lord Have Mercy

Have fun! And thank you for reading

Friday, June 27, 2008

Stars and ummm...Stars Forever!

This is the second card I submitted for the Inking of You Stamp Share (Thanks Terri). It was a fun swap using 2 different punches from a list that we got. I really liked how it turned out.

Stamp sets: None
Ink: None
Paper: Real Red, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Star Punch, Large Star Punch, Red brad, crop-a-dile

Thursday, June 26, 2008

A Beautiful Thing meets DSP

This is a card I submitted in a swap with the Inking of you group on Saturday. It was a card using Designer Series Paper. I really liked how this turned out and I used it as the second card with my Hostess Club as well.

Stamp Set: A Beautiful Thing, Fundamental Phrases
Ink: Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Groovy Guava Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Mat Pack, 1 1/4 Sqaure Punch, 1 3/8" square punch, groovy guave double stitched ribbon

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

June Hostess Club Card

This is one of the cards we did for Hostess Club this month! I thought it was missing something but couldn't come up with what (the ladies still loved it I think)
Stamp Set: Friendly Flowers, All Holidays
Ink: Tempting Turqoise, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Tempting Turqoise, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: 1 3/8" circle punch

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Madyson Patricia

Did you think I fell off the face of the earth? Well, I have been sooooo busy stamping lately I can't even tell you. But the good news is, I have gotten a lot stampes. Most of which I can't show you until after convention but, I have been preparing for some classes and doing these baby shower invitations for my cousin who is expecting in September or October. I made 40 of the above card with stamped envies for Jessica (Hiya Jess)

This picture does not do this card justice, but tell me what you think

Have a blessed Stampin' Up! Day

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

It's A Party

"It's a Party" Kit

Let's have a party! Why purchase party supplies over and over again when you can recreate these great party decorations with your stamping inventory?

This class is designed to demonstrate a few ways you can create complementing cards and 3-D projects for many occasions using coordinating products from Stampin’ Up! You will be able to use these instructions to recreate versatile projects in many themes and color palettes. Birthday parties, summer BBQ’s, wedding and baby showers and celebrations of many kinds are just waiting for your creative touch.

Why wait for a party? Create the star box, matching card and a few of the treats and give as a gift to teachers, co-workers or friends. What a thoughtful (and easy) gift. Make several to have on hand.

One of the great things about the Stampin’ Up! is the great way they plan coordinating products with broad appeal. The Star punches coordinate nicely with everything from baby to western to all occasion stamps…talk about versatile!

The Star Punches are a great tool for card-makers and scrapbookers alike. The stars make great layers and they work well for kids (boys and girls), sports, birthdays, graduations, showers and many more occasions!

Products Used:

• Eat Cake
(107045; Set of 11)
• Classic Backgrounds
(111074; Set of 4)

• Designer Series Paper – East Coast Prep
• Whisper White
• Wild Wasabi
• More Mustard
• Real Red
• Tempting Turquoise

• Classic Ink – Tempting Turquoise
• Classic Ink – Real Red
• Classic Ink – More Mustard
• Classic Ink – Wild Wasabi
• VersaMark

Stampin’ Up! Accessories
• Small Star Punch
• Large Star Punch
• 1-1/4” Circle Punch
• Stampin’ Glitter - Dazzling Diamonds
• 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon – Whisper White
• 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon – Real Red
• Stampin’ Dimensionals
• SNAIL Adhesive
• Sticky Strip
• Craft and Rubber Scissors
• Mini Glue Dots (11/set)
• 2-Way Glue Pen
• Paper Trimmer w/ scoring blade
Contact me for details!
***NOTE: If you are a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, please go to this website to order your kit information .

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Who says "gotta have a Hallmark"?

This card was stamped for my Mother-in-law. She loves butterflies.

I received this card for my birthday and decided I liked the look and the layout so I did my own version. What do you think? This card looks so much better IRL.

The recipe

Stamps: SU! Garden Whimsy, Priceless
Ink: Gold Oncore, Regal rose marker
Paper: Whisper White, Blush Blossom
Accessories: Coluzzle, pink tafetta ribbon

Thank you for looking and have a blessed Stampin' Up! Day

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

SU! Please keep River Rock

I know I haven't posted many cards lately and I'm sorry...I have been stamping though and have come up with some cards but.....

They are my convention swaps so I can't show you yet. I did get some personal ones done as well and here is one of them.

I stamped this card for my May Stampers 10 swap that my upline Nancy has. here is the recipe

Stamps: Baroque Motifs
Ink: Night of Navy, River Rock
Paper: River Rock, Night Of Navy, Ginger Blossoms DSP
Accessories: Paper Crimper, Paper Piercer, Corner Rounder

I really like how it turned out even though it looks sloppy in the uploaded picture, it looks very crisp and clean IRL.

Thanks for looking and Have a blessed Stampin' Up! Day

Thursday, May 29, 2008

AWESOME Cardstock/Ribbon Cutting Calculator

I would like to thank Julie (justjulier on SCS) for making up this very cool Dynamic Cutting Tool Excel Spreadsheet Click on the very first post and there is an attachment.

This handy little calculator lets you enter in the size of the layers of your cardstock and it will tell you how many you can fit on one sheet. You can also tell the spreadsheet how many projects you want to make and it will tell you how many sheets of cardstock you need, as well. This is awesome for when you're making a ton of cards or projects!

Thanks Julie!

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