October 4, 2008


And what better way to celebrate than to make a card using Beate's sketch for this week!! I LOVE her sketches and have been so busy that I have not had time to do them (although they are in my folder for a later date) but there was no way I was letting this week go by without getting it done. This is a FABULOUS sketch - and if you have never been to her blog (like, you are from another planet or something) get over there and check her out - she is the most fantabulous, creative and amazing stamper - and she is a sweetie to boot! So, on to the card! This is a square card because I love them and have not made on in quite some time and I like the bigger stamping area to work with. This card I made for pure fun - not for a class, a workshop, or an event - just for me!!! And, well, whoever I send it to, lol!!! I really wanted to do some stitching on this one since I have not gotten to play with my mat stack in awhile (shocking, I know!) so my idea grew from there.....stitching, oh, stitched exotics, oh, and I should incorporate the stitched background....you know how it goes!! So, there is lots of stitching and I even did stamp the card stock with the Stitched background stamp (click on image to see) so lots of little details here! I also double stamped my flower image, added a Jumbo Eyelet, and popped one up on dimensionals to give the card some depth. And, I added a scalloped edge to my yummy dp called Urban Garden, isn't it purdy??!! I am quite happy with this - mainly because I had so much fun doing it! Sometimes it is just F-U-N to stamp for no other reason than to stamp and I loved it!!! Not that I don't like to get classes and workshops together, I LOVE them, but with this, I could do whatever I wanted because I did not have to think about how to demonstrate anything! So, have you stamped anything today - it IS WCMD ya know!!! I was supposed to have a big fundraising stamp event today to raise money for the Ronald McDonald house here, but the Veteran's Society asked me if I would wait and do it on Veteran's weekend so that the cards could be made for the troops and any monies collected would go to the RMH - how could I resist that??? So, me and sixty strangers (well, they won't be for long, *wink*) will be stamping our little hearts out on Veteran's Day! My downline will be helping out though - I am good but sixty is a lot to handle by oneself, ya know! So anyway, enough of my rambling, gotta go get ready for Kayla's soccer game (it's pouring, but they play anyway, uggghhhhh.....) so I hope you all enjoy your weekend and I will be back with a scrappy project tomorrow since I skipped it today in honor of WCMD - I mean, I HAD to post a card, right???? See ya!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Not Quite Navy, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Naturals Ivory card stock, Urban Garden Designer Series Paper
Inks - Not Quite Navy, Nearly Navy, Kiwi Kiss classic inks
Stamps - Stitched Background, Stitched Exotics, Best Yet
Accessories - Corner Rounder, Mat Stack and Paper Piercer, Old Olive narrow grosgrain ribbon, Styling Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Stampin' Dimensionals, Crop-a-dile, Large Jumbo Eyelet, Scallop Edge Punch

October 3, 2008


Whoohoo!!! Here is it, Friday again!! And that means time for another Stamp Something Challenge which this week is being hosted by my fabulous DT sistah Becky aka The Lakeshore Stamper who is amazingly talented so if you have never stopped over at her blog, you are missin' out! Becky challenged us to use a Fancy Fold on our card so I went to my fave place for inspiration (splitcoast) and saw this really cool Spring Card - sorry, I have no idea who the originator of this idea is, but if you do, let me know and I will give them proper credit! So, I decided to try it and this is what I came up with! I used my new and yummy fall paper from the Holiday Mini called Autumn Vine along with my new stamp set Happy Blessings. (You can order these and all other products online from my demo website as well!) I like the idea behind this but I think it would work better with card stock instead of DP so I think next time I will try that - but overall, I am happy with it!!! You SHOULD go over at check out what the rest of the gals did though, they ROCKED this challenge - they are amazing, I am loving their creations! So head on over to Stamp Something and get inspired - then, try one for yourself and upload it to the post so we can all check it out!! Have a fabulous day everyone!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Really Rust, Naturals White card stock, Autumn Vine Designer Series Paper
Inks - More Mustard, Really Rust, Creamy Caramel, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa Stampin' Write Markers, Brown Stazon ink pad, More Mustard classic ink
Stamps - Happy Blessing from the Holiday Mini
Accessories - Old Olive narrow grosgrain ribbon, sponge, mini glue dots, large and small tag punch, crop-a-dile, jumbo eyelets

October 2, 2008


***ETA*** - I had the wrong card up for the sketch (I am soooo embarrassed!!!!!) so I now have to show you the right one - thanks Carol for setting me straight!!! I am blaming it on the all the drugs I am taking right now!!!!!!
Hi all!! I can't believe it is already Thursday - sheesh, where does the time go!! I have a big workshop tonight and I still have Fall Frenzy going on at Coconuts (the entries thus far for the challenges have been AMAZING!) so this will be a quick post! This is my card for Tamara's sketch this weekend, and yep, This was a fun sketch to play with so make sure you get on over to Tamara's site and check out the rockin' creations the other DT members came up with - I tell ya, they are an amazing group of gals!!! And, if you decide you are doing the sketch (and I really hope you do) then upload a link to the site so we can all check it out!! I will leave you with the recipe, then I am off to finish my kits for tonight - no rest for the weary OR the sick (although I am feeling better, just not 100%). Toodles!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue card stock, Frosty Day Designer Series Paper
Inks - Chocolate Chip class ink
Stamps - Jolliest Time of the Year
Accessories - Big Shot Scallop Dies, Coluzzle, Large Oval Punch, Old Olive narrow grosgrain ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, silver brads, Felt Flurries



WHOOHOO!!!!! Only three more days until Fall Frenzy at Coconut Scrapshop begins!!!! This is going to be a lot of fun, you REALLY don't want to miss out! There will be six days of challenges (no, not all scrapbooking but cardmaking and 3d items as well!) and there will be a winner for everyday!! Who doesn't like FREE STUFF???!!!! Jen has amazing things in her store, all the newest products are available and some of those could be yours but you have to play along! There will also be a finalist challenge on the last day, and the winner of that challenge will be the Guest Designer for the month of November and receive the November kit FOR FREE!!!! Who wouldn't want to do this? It is a fabulous opportunity so make sure you get on over to the boards and register! Games and challenges will start first thing Wednesday October 1st (I am posting the first challenge) and will be posted in the Fall Frenzy Folder on the message board. Challenge entries must be uploaded to the board to be considered. I REALLY hope you all will come over and play! Here are the links you will need in order to get registered and play along:

http://www.coconutscrapbooking.com/ - Jen's Coconut Scrapshop. You will need this link to play along with the games that will be posted daily. You can also reach the message board from here from the link across the top!

http://www.coconutscrapbooking.com/scrapbook-community/index.php - Direct link to the message board where you will need to register in order to participate. It's FREE!!!!

http://coconutscrapbooking.blogspot.com/ - Jen's blog where details will be posted daily on the Fall Frenzy Challenges!

So, I hope to see you on the boards and in honor of the Fall Frenzy, all my projects this week will be Fall themed!!!

October 1, 2008


Happy Wednesday all!!! Here it is, the first day of October and that means today is the start of Fall Frenzy at Coconut Scrapshop - whoohoo!!!! And, I had the honor of being the first DT member to post a challenge so I thought I would also share it with you all!! It is different than what I normally post - for one, there is no *gasp* stamping - well, except for the sentiment!! But, I love the way it turned out! Remember the gift set I showed you yesterday? Well, I enjoyed making that so much that I decided that would be perfect for my 3d challenge - yep, the first challenge is to make something 3d! The guidelines to play along are posted on the Coconut site so if you want to play along, get on over there and check it out - there are going to be fabulous giveaways this week! And, don't forget - the big winner at the end of the week will be invited to be the guest DT for the month of November AND get a FREE kit!!!! Okay, so let's get to the project, lol!!! This yummy designer paper is from Black Market Society of which I proud to say I am also a DT member for - this line is called Imported Rhythms and I love the colors, they really do remind me of fall!! The big flower on the front of the box is actually cut out from one sheet of the DP, mounted on Chocolate Chip card stock, and then popped up on dimensionals - of course, I DID add a little Build-a-brad in the center, I could not resist! And, the leaves are little die cuts that I sprinkled all over the front and the tag, which is the sentiment from my new Fall stamp set Happy Blessings, now available TODAY in the new Holiday mini - whew! so much excitement all in one day!!! This next picture shows the box and the four cards I designed to go inside the box (click on the pic for a close-up). Each of the four cards is a little bit different, but all are designed with a fall theme in mind! Lots of die cuts used on these - I so had a good time playing!!! And, all kinds of hardware too! Here is a close-up of the two cards that are done with a base of Chocolate Chip: I just had a blast doing the leaves on the trees (ready made die cut) and I have these fabulous brads shaped like leaves that I just had to use! The sentiment is again from the Happy Blessings Set and I used my Small Oval Punch to cut it out! Here is a close-up of the two cards with a base using More Mustard Card stock - I just love this color, it screams fall!!! Again, both are a little bit different but carry through with the Fall theme! The brads are different too, just love these little square brads, too fun!! So, this is the 3d sample I made for the challenge - I really hope you all go over to Coconuts and play along, it is going to be such a fun week! Till tomorrow - smooches all!!

September 30, 2008


Hi all!!! Still not feeling very well so this will be a quick post! This is a thank you note boxed gift set I made in warm, fall colors - the box holds four cards and envies. I used my yummy chocolate chip card stock as the base for both my box and the base of my cards - it is my absolute favorite color for so many things and it truly does remind me of the fall season, hot chocolate and the holidays - I know, I am weird, but hey, it is what it is! This is one of the sets that I made for my craft fair booth last weekend and it was a hit which made me happy! Here is a close-up of actual card inside the box! I will leave you with the recipe and then I am off to bed to lay down and hopefully start to feel better - I don't have time to get sick, waaayyy too much to get done before I leave next week on vacation! So, off to take some more drugs and hopefully wake up and feel well enough to work on some workshop projects that I need for the end of this week (yes, I booked two workshops this week, what was I thinking???!!!!!)
Card and box recipe:
Paper - Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Naturals Ivory card stock (dp is retired SU!)
Inks - Chocolate Chip classic ink
Stamps - One of a Kind
Accessories - Jumbo Eyelets, Circle Scallop Punch, Large and Small Oval Punches, Ticket Corner Punch, Sticky tape, Stampin' Dimensionals, Chocolate Chip narrow and wide grosgrain ribbon, mini glue dots, paper piercer, Scallops Die Cut for Big Shot

September 29, 2008


Hi all!!! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! Mine was okay, I was sick starting Saturday and I am still not feeling really great. I had the craft fair on Saturday which went well, but I did not enjoy it since I was not feeling well. But, my goodies were a hit, for which I am thankful! So, in keeping with the fall theme for this week, today I am sharing some "pumpkin poop" and some neat test tube candy holders that I made for Kayla's school fundraiser coming up next weekend! I thought they would be fun and would definitely catch a kid's eye - I mean hey, it's candy, lol!!! So, I made about 50 of these and can honestly say I don't ever want to see another candy corn again! I used small cello bags, then added my topper on with staples underneath so you can't see them. Here is a close-up of the topper: I found this poem online and thought it was really cute so I decided to use it! I have no idea who authored it, but would give them credit if I did! I also saw these really cute test tube holders on Lisa Somerville's blog, and decided to give them a try because I thought she did a fabulous job on these! She has mad talent, and is super creative! They are really cute and I got the test tube at Michael's using my coupon so not a bad deal at all! These are also going to be in one of the baskets for our silent auction and I have already been told the ladies have been checking them out and want them so hopefully we will raise a lot of money this weekend! So there you have it - my contribution to the neighborhood dentist who is sure to have plenty of business after the kids eat these - they are sooooo sweet, yuk!! But hey, they are popular so I guess someone must like them - LOL! I will leave you with the recipe for these below! Don't forget to check out my post about the Fall Frenzy over at Coconuts - it is going to be a blast, you don't want to miss it! Until tomorrow!!!
Candy Recipe:
Paper - Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black, Naturals White, Whisper White card stock, Ghostly Greetings Designer Series Paper
Inks - Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie classic inks
Stamps - Booglie Eyes
Accessories - Small Cello Bags, Circle Scallop Punch, 1 3/8 inch Circle Punch, 1 inch Circle Punch, Sticky Tape, Old Olive, Basic Black, and Only Orange narrow grosgrain ribbon, (poem printed on computer)