May 16, 2009


Hi All!!! I am such a slug....this was supposed to be posted yesterday but with all the prepping for my interview and everything that went along with it, I just did not get it done!! My interview on Thursday started at 7:30 in the morning and I got home that night at 9:30pm - no kidding!! It was non-stop meeting, interviewing, discussing, talking, etc......but I feel REALLY good about how it went and they said I will know in a week or two!! No matter what, I know I did the very well and although I will be disappointed if I don't get the job, it will not be because I was not qualified, prepared, or able to answer all the questions!!! Thanks a million for all your wonderfully sweet comments! And, for those of you who sent me email (anonymously of course) about how you really come to see my creations not hear about personal stuff, well, all I can say is this is my blog and sometimes you have to hear about ME!!! So, now on to the challenge. This week we are spotlighting Lauren, who is fabulously talented and amazingly creative! The Stamp Something challenge this week is to either case one of Lauren's beautiful cards or make a Clean and Simple (CAS) card that is inspired by something she has done. Well, since she does such beautiful work, I had a tough time choosing so I decided to go with using flowers since I know she loves them and uses them a lot in her creations!! Make sure you get over to the Stamp Something Site and check out what the rest of the DT gals did this week - it will blow you away!! I will miss working with Lauren, but since we are blogging buds, I know we will still chat and I will still get to enjoy her stamping art!! If you decide to play along, please upload the link to the site so we can check it out and you can be entered into the drawing. Enjoy the rest of your weekend - we are having a HUGE barbecue today to celebrate my son's 15th birthday so it will be busy, busy, busy!! See you all on Monday!!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Whisper White card stock, Old Olive Pattern Prints Designer Series Paper
Stamps - Friends
Inks - Chocolate Chip
Accessories - Scalloped Edge Punch, Chocolate Chip narrow grosgrain ribbon




Hi all!!! Well, it is time for me to tell you all what I have been soooo very excited about this past I will!!! A good friend of mine, Melissa aka Simply Pink have been chatting quite some time about catching up on scrapbooking and fitting it in with our stamping. We are both avid scrapbookers who became stampers and became passionate about both!! So, we put our noodles together and came up with THIS!!!! Scrap and Stamp Saturday Challenge site!!! It is our very own site designed to inspire creativity by bringing scrapbooking and stamping together to create beautiful memories! We have worked on our site for quite some time, lined up TONS of wonderful sponsors who are as excited as we are about this idea, and now we are on the hunt for the talent that will make this site FABULOUS!!! So, please read below!!!

We are searching for EIGHT enthusiastic, talented scrapbookers and stampers who desire to share their creativity with others! International applicants are welcome to apply. Now for the details:


(1) Each DT applicant MUST have an active blog and make regular posts
(2) Submit five projects with the following themes:

- One 12x12 layout about yourself (this will help us get to know you better!)
- Project with Vacation theme
- Project with Summer theme
- Project with Special Moments theme
- Project with a Monochromatic theme

You can do any type of project you want, but keep in mind that each of the five submissions MUST clearly have both scrapbooking and stamping incorporated into it. Those that do not will not be considered. Be creative - show us what you've got!!!!

(3) Any prior DT experience and current DT experience should be included in submission
(4) Full name, geographic location, blog address, and any galleries where you upload your work
(5) A paragraph explaining why you want to be a part of the Scrap and Stamp Design Team
***All DT submissions should be emailed to and be received by Melissa and Alex no later than midnight, 15 May 2009. Those chosen will be notified no later than Saturday, 23 May. The first challenge will be held on 6 June, with all DT projects due in by midnight PST on the 4th.***

(1) Have submitted projects to us by Thursday at midnight PST prior to the challenge Saturday
(2) Arrange ahead of time if you have something scheduled that will prohibit you from participating in a given challenge. We know life happens! However, if you fail to notify us and miss two postings, you will be dropped from the team as it would be unfair to the rest of the team who IS participating
(3) Have your project and write-up for the challenge uploaded and posted on your blog by 10am EST. Your post should include links to the site as well as to your fellow DT members
(4) List the DT team on your blog on your sidebar and display the DT site blinkie

(1) You will receive a DT site blinkie to display on your blog
(2) The site will clearly display your name and a link to your blog
(3) The chance to share your creativity with others
(4) Meet new people and share ideas
(5) No compensation at this time except what our sponsors provide in the way of advertising their product. Any such provision will be mailed to the DT member well in advance of that challenge week.

So, what do you think? I am very happy to be doing this, and feel that there is so much potential for a site like this - it's a great chance to catch up on scrapbooking, stretch your creativity in ways you may not have thought of, and have fun!!! AND, since I noticed yesterday that I have gone over 80,000 hits on my blog and I am feeling in the party mood, I have decided to offer up BLOG CANDY!!!! WHOOHOOOO!! Check out all these fabulous goodies!!! What do you have to do - well, I'll tell ya *wink* Very simple really! Here are the rules:
(1) Leave a comment here telling me what you think of the new site
(2) Go to scrapandstampsaturday and register as a follower (please register here too if you have not already)
(3) Post a link on your blog about this post!
That's it!!!! EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY!!!!! Good luck to everyone and I hope we get flooded with submissions because I know there are soooo many talented folks out there!!! Thanks for sticking with me through this UBER long post!!! Have a fabulous weekend!

May 14, 2009


today is the big day. I have been interviewing for a VERY big job at Chico State University since February - many long waits, three interview phases....and yep, I am at the final phase with my last interview today!! I believe it is me and one other person right now(their interview is Monday).....the day starts at 7:30am at the University and goes steadily through until tomorrow night at 7pm, ending with dinner! They have me scheduled to meet everyone from the Provost on down so it will be a very busy, eventful day! I was afraid I would jinx myself if I shared the information, but I wanted to share today because I am excited and nervous and really hoping this job is mine!!! So, no stamping last night because I was busy getting ready!! Wish me luck and keep your fingers AND toes crossed - LOL!

May 13, 2009


Hi All!! Whew!! I am busier than a one-armed paper hanger, LOL! But, I had to play along with Cindy's Teapot Tuesday challenge, they are soooo fun!! This week's teapot was all white - yep, not a lick of color, so we were challenged to only use ONE color other than white for the card. So, I made a congratulations card using one of my favorite colors, RED!!! And, I did use one of my new Sizzix Texturz Plates which I love - they are really fun and the designs are fabulous!! If you want to play along with the challenge, check out Cindy's post here and you will get all the details as well as the upload code for Splitcoast. Come on, the gals that play are really a lot of fun, and it's a great challenge!! I know I would LOVE to see what you come up with! No need for a recipe on this one, lol! The stamp set is Eight Great Greetings...and that is all folks! I am heading out the door for an all-day errand list to get ready for a HUGE day tomorrow that I cannot share with you now, but will in the near future if it all works out....which I am really hoping it does!! And, Chris, I am NOT preggo - LOL! And, this has nothing to do with stamping but something important to me...I promise I will share soon! Till then - have a fabulous day and I will catch up blurfing tonight when I get home (my workshop has been resked for two weeks from now which worked out nicely!)

May 12, 2009


Hi all!! Quick post today, I have TONS to do as I have a workshop to get ready for tomorrow (yep, left it to the last minute again!). Eek - WHY do I do this to myself??!!! So, today I am sharing the card I made for the Mojo Monday sketch this week. Great sketch although I for the life of me could not make it work for me, lol!!! So, this is the version I finally came up with. I used my Friends 24-7 set, I think it is a keeper for me, I just love every stamp in this set!! Sorry for the bad lighting on this one, we were having some weird weather and I just could not get a good shot. I will leave you with the recipe and a reminder: we are still accepting submissions for the Scrap and Stamp Saturday Design Team; the ones we have received so far are fabulous!!! If you are interested, please email your samples to What have you got to lose?? It will be fun so give it a shot!!! And, you can still win candy on both mine (see post above) and Melissa's blog just by linking our new site and signing up as a follower!!!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White card stock, Patterns Designer Series paper
Inks - Chocolate Chip stampin' pad, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose Stampin' Write Markers
Stamps - Friends 24-7
Accessories - Chocolate Chip narrow grosgrain ribbon, pink brads, Scalloped Edge Punch

May 11, 2009


Challenge day that is!!! Happy Monday!!!! I hope all the Mom's and Mom's to be out there had a fabulous day yesterday, I know I did!!! And, today is another Whimsy Challenge day so it's a great day today too. The challenge is week is Flower Power so anything with flowers goes!Since I love flowers, this was right up my alley. I made a card for my daughter - I am going to put it in her backpack to surprise her at school. Heehee, I just love doing that! So, I decided that the Whimsy Love Mice were just the ticket. Aren't they just the cutest?! I know it is her favorite one too, so she will like it. So, now that you know what the challenge is, make sure you check out what the rest of the fabulously talented whimsy DT gals did this week over at Whimsy Challenges AND if you play along, make sure you upload to the site so you can be entered into the drawing to win one of these fabulous Whimsy stamps!! Remember, to qualify, you have to use a Whimsy get to stampin!! I will leave you with the recipe for this one and then I am off to blog hop!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Pretty In Pink, Whisper White card stock, Dp from Making Memories
Inks - Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink stampin' pads and stampin' write markers
Stamps - Whimsy Mice
Accessories - 5Petal Punch, Flower Brads, Boho Blossoms Punch, White Satin Ribbon, Buttons, Bling
And, don't forget all: this is the last week to get your entries in over at
ScrapandStampSaturday!! We are still accepting submissions for the design team and I know there are sooo many of you talented people out there who would be great on this team - so what are you waiting for??!! Submit all entries to by Midnight this Friday, the 15th of May!