September 20, 2008


Hi all!! Sorry, don't have another page I can show you yet, but I hope to be able to share what I have been working on soon!! So, I am going to share my Santa in September card (well, one of them) that I am teaching in my class this afternoon. I am excited about today - I have such a fun group of gals coming over, and we are making 15 cards, three each using the same set. So, this is one of them! I am using my new set Snow Swirled - it is gorgeous, I love it!!! And, I finally cut into some of my new DSP from my preview order of the new mini (love it!!) called Frosty Day - isn't it purdy??!!! I love it, the colors are right up my alley and just perfect for winter! I kept it simple since I am making 15 different cards, but I am still quite happy with how it turned out - sometimes simple is good, right? Anyway, I will leave you with the recipe as I have to finish the kits, take Kayla to a soccer game, and get back in time to have my class tonight - whew!! I hope you are all have a fantabulous weekend!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Always Artichoke, Naturals White card stock, Frosty Day Designer Series Paper
Inks - Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango classic inks
Stamps - Snow Swirled
Accessories - Wide Oval Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Old Olive narrow ribbon, Big Shot Top Note Die, Scallop Circle punch, 1/2 inch cirlcle punch, Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon

September 19, 2008


Happy, Happy Friday all -I am soooo glad this week is over!!! Actually, I am glad that last TWO are over, not very fun at all!!! But, I am back in the positive mode, and am determined to stay there! Thanks again for all the nice emails, you guys are the best!!!! And yes, I had a fabulous time in Monterey and will share some pics of my trip probably tomorrow! Meanwhile, it's time to Stamp Something and today's challenge is Embellish Something - anything you want!!! So, I decided that a card would do - and I will tell you, I CASEd the layout of this card from one I spotted some time ago in the SCS gallery and wish I could give her credit, but don't remember her name so if you know, let me know and I will do right by her! I loved her layout and decided I wanted to use some of my new yummy Hawaii Papaya DSP - love, love, love this!!! It is totally my new favorite, lol!! And, if you like this one, go and check out what the rest of the DT did for this - they are all WOWs, I am tellin' ya!! And, we would love to see what you come up with, so if you play along, make sure to upload to the Stamp Something site so we can all check it out! Here are the deets!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Old Olive, Really Rust, Naturals Ivory card stock, Hawaii Papaya Designer Series Paper
Inks - Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip classic stampin' inks
Stamps - Fresh Cuts
Accessories - Felt Fusion, Vintage Brads, Old Olive brads, Ticket Corner Punch, Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon, stampin' dimensionals, Styled Vanilla hodgepodge hardware, Designer label punch, mini glue dots
So, are you ready for my feel-good story?? Remember all those packages you all were so generous to mail to me for a friend in need? Well, check this out! This is what one whole side of my craft room looked like until last night when I sorted through everything - isn't it amazing!!!! No, YOU all are amazing - what a fabulously wonderful and generous group you are, I am privileged and humbled that I am surrounded by people like you! My daughter and son helped me last night by breaking down boxes, writing everyone's name down (I put them all in a card with your home state but no addresses), and sorting by type. The kids were in awe and really got into the whole spirit, and want to help me go through my own stuff (again). It was nice to see! So, after it was all sorted, and put into four HUGE boxes AND one of my laundry baskets (lol), I drove it to the store today and gave it all to Tracy! I asked her if I could take some pics to share and she was thrilled to do so - so here they are! She was absolutely amazed at how much paper and albums she received and was really quite overwhelmed (but in a good way) by everything! She just could not stop smiling, which really did my heart good! She just kept going through it, and oohing and aaahing - and I did find out she has never stamped before but loved all the stamps and now wants to learn which is really fun - I am going to meet with her and show her the basics on how to get started because it CAN be a little intimidating when you have never played - but she will love it, I am sure! She was emptying out the laundry basket (so I could have that back!) and discovered all the wonderful embellishments and this for some reason made her tear up - she just could not believe all the ribbon and brads there were (have I told you guys how much you totally ROCK??!!!) The card with everyone's name in it and their home state is proudly displayed on her counter and she was just amazed at how many states were represented (I told her that we stampers are EVERYWHERE, lol!) I had to run next door to the Starbucks and meet a gal about a workshop (sounds like a song!) but she asked me to stop back by when I was done so I did and this is what I found!!
Tracy was on the floor of her store, had everything all sorted, proudly told me that she got to "touch everything" and had her husband on his way over to pick it all up and take it to their temporary home! Doesn't that smile just do it for you - I am thrilled how this turned out - what a good feeling to know that in a small way, we were able to make a difference for someone who really needed it! And, she asked me what she could do in return, and I told her (because I knew you would agree!) that someday when she meets someone who needs a little help, just to pay it forward!! She also asked me to pass this on to you: "I cannot believe there is this much kindness out there from people who don't know me at all!! Thanks from the bottom of my heart, I am so amazed and touched by what you all did, I will never forget it!" So, there you have it!!! Big hugs and smooches to all of you ladies from me too - how nice to pull together and make someone like this happen!! It made my whole weekend - and I will never forget that smile! Have a fabulous Friday and I will be back tomorrow!

September 18, 2008


Thanks for all the well wishes and emails - it really helped!! It has been a tough ten days or so, but I think the worst MAY be over, and I am really trying to get my schedule back to normal!! So, I will be back tomorrow with the Stamp Something challenge AND I will share with you the happy ending of all our efforts to help out a fellow scrapbooker - and I have pictures - LOL! Smooches to all of you - see you in the morning!

September 16, 2008


Hi all!! I will not be able to post probably until the weekend because of family issues that have occurred but wanted to make sure this got posted!

Join the Coconut ScrapShop October 1 - 6 for a week of challenges, contests, and fun! Daily "Fall Kits" will be awarded and an overall winner will be chosen to receive a Guest Designer Spot on our Design Team with November's Kit! Fall on over into our message board to get all the details!!! You don't want to miss this - it will be a hoot and hey, if you win, we get to work together - whoohoo!!!

September 15, 2008


Happy Monday!! Or maybe it's not.....I am heading back from Monterey and will have to tell you all about my trip tomorrow! So, today I am sharing a card that my class made the other night and they loved it! It features the stamp set Say It With Scallops which is the set that Stampin' Up! donates $2 to the Ronald McDonald Foundation for every set sold! And, it's really really cute! The card itself is fairly simple but sometimes simple is good!! So, I will leave you with the recipe and will be back to share my weekend fun with you tomorrow!!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Kraft, Riding Hood Red, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White card stock, Summer picnic Designer Series paper
Inks - Tangerine Tango classic stampin' pad
Stamps - Say it With Scallops
Accessories - White narrow grosgrain ribbon, Square Scallop punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Photo Corners Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, mini glue dots

September 14, 2008


Hi all!! I hope everyone is have a great weekend - I know I am, since I am in Monterey hanging out with my best friend Liz while you are reading this!! Today I am going to share with you two more pages from the album I am making - I am excited about this album, I think it is coming together quite nicely! This first page is me at Christmas time when I was really really young (as opposed to now, lol!) I rounded the edge of my pics and the card stock and added a scallop border with my Scallop Edge Punch. The half scallop circle is from my Die Cut Jumbo Scallop that I just cut in half, then pierced the scallops with my Crop-a-dile. Lots of punched flowers again, and some more bling! I also added some buttons to this one. The second page is also me holding on to one my favorite toys. This is the page that I did the journaling tag for, so I added another pocket, added some ribbon and buttons, and used my Large Tag punch for the actual journaling that is tucked inside. And yep, another Jumbo Eyelet with some yummy dark blue ric rac. I did punch some more flowers, but also stamped the flowers from my Eastern Blooms set then added small pearls to the flower centers. This is also where I used the other half of the Scalloped Circle die cut. So, there you have it - the first four pages (counting yesterday) of my album all about me as a child. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!!