May 14, 2010


Happy Friday all!!!  Whew!! Another week down, but this weekend is going to be soooo busy! I have my youngest son turning 16 on Sunday so all his buddies are staying the night tonight and then heading to Six Flags for the day tomorrow!  I am taking care of the festivities tonight - making cookies, cake, pizza, and surrendering the family room to the world of X-box and then Tony will take them to the park - I don't do rides at all, and Tyler said "mom, you probably won't see us all day, so you don't have to go", LOL!  I think that is teen speak for "we will have a great time without you" - heehee! Which worked out well because  have Club on Saturday and he did not decide on what he wanted to do until this week, LOL!!  Sunday we will have a family celebration and take him out to dinner! I can't believe my baby boy is turning 16.......but, I know you are here about the card, so onward! I used a new set from the Summer Mini on this card called A Little Bit of Magic - I just love how super cute these fairies are! They remind me of the old-fashioned woodland fairies in storybooks that spread happiness that is how I think of them!!!  I decided to do a square card as I have not made one in awhile and this is actually the size I prefer to make.  I stamped my image in black stazon and watercolored with my ink pads and blender pens...I find this very relaxing, lol!  Then, I broke out the Gold Smooch spray and sprayed the  panel (embossed with the new Square Lattice folder) with it, and sprayed Vanilla Smooch on the image and oooh, mycard is all sparkly and pretty!!! Want to see?
 Here is a closeup that shows it a bit better and you can click on the image to make it even bigger!  She is all shimmery IRL just like an actual fairy!! I had so much fun making this card - I originally was going to use this as a Club card but decided on something else instead so I thought I would share!! I hope you like her - I am really happy with how this one turned out!! So, now - off to shop for Tyler's bday festivities, weigh in (so much fun!), and bake cookies and a cake!! All in a mom's day of work, lol!! I will be hiding in my stamp room tonight while they battle it out on the Xbox so I will get some stamping time in tonight!! I hope you all have a fabulous Friday and enjoy your weekend!!! Thanks so much for stopping by, I really love reading all your comments!!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Always Artichoke, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White card stock, Island Oasis Designer series paper
Inks - black stazon, Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum, Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Blush Blossom, Close to Cocoa classic ink pads
Stamps - A Little Bit of Magic
Accessories - Scallop Circle and Clear Circle Big Shot Dies, Ticket Corner Punch, Modern Label Punch, Square Lattice embossing folder, Whisper White Taffeta ribbon, stampin' dimensionals,blender pen

May 11, 2010


Howdy all!!!  There was a little snafu with the sketch challenge yesterday and it did not get posted until later in the day so I am sharing it today! This week's sketch is by Diane Noble - fabulously talented stamper!!  She posted a fun challenge and added a little twist - do the sketch AND do a double-fold card!! Well, I have not done one of these in awhile and so I thought it would be fun to "kick it up a notch" and do both of Diane's challenges, lol!! I decided to use my new July Fourth set from the Summer Mini - I love this set, it is quickly becoming a fave!  I can see lots of use for me with this one!  I decided on no patterned paper for this one, but rather relied on the images to form the background.  I used my jumbo wheel called Red, White, and Blue (also from the Summer Mini) for the inside main panel and I love it! Very fun wheel!  I added some white stitching to the front panel to break up the blue on blue and I stamped and punched out one of the fireworks stamps, added a brad, and popped them up on dimensionals to act as the clasp for the front panel.  With this type of card, it really is necessary to the inside of the card, so I did!!
Here is what it looks like when the card is fully opened.  I added some more stitching on the inside panel, stamped, cut out, added versamark, then heat set the stars with clear embossing powder and they really shine IRL! This was a really fun card to make and I enjoyed just having some stamping fun without feeling like I was under the gun to get something done, LOL!! Although, the rest of today will be like that as I prep for my scrapbook club tomorrow night, and my stamp club on Saturday! Also, I am hosting an event on Friday called Cards for the Troops where I ask community members to come by and stamp cards that are precut and ready to go so that I may send them overseas so more to follow on that!! Now, I am off to cut paper!  Thanks for stopping by, I will be back tomorrow to share some of my Cards for the Troops cards and give you the deets on this event!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Brilliant Blue, Real Red, Whisper White card stock
Inks - Brilliant Blue, Real Red classic inks and stampin' write markers, white gel pen
Stamps - July Fourth, Red, White, and Blue
Accessories - mat pack and paper piercer, stampin' dimensionals, Brilliant Blue brads

May 10, 2010


Hi all!!! WOW!!! What a week I had last week - soooo busy!!! I am still tired but my schedule is a LITTLE (not much) slower this week so I am hopeful I can get some rest, LOL!  I had the big craft fair on Saturday and I think it went really lots of contacts and was pretty busy all day so definitely worth going to! And, I had fun meeting new peeps and hanging out with my downline and good friend Wendy -  we had a good day together!  I thought I would share a little mini scrapbook tin that I made for the fair - I had such fun making this and I think it turned out pretty cute if I say so myself *wink*  I used one of the Simply Scrappin' Kits since everything inside all coordinates together and I needed enough to complete it - this is why I love the SS kits, they are soooo easy when needing a project that has all coordinating items!  This one is called Happy Bday and can be used for either a boy or a girl - I made one of each, and this is the one for a girl!  The ribbon is threaded behind the scalloped square and tied in a bow on the side and is not really needed but I think it gives the in a finished look. 
Here is what you see when you open the tin. The left side has some journaling room and the right side is the first page of the actual pages for the book!  Just love how cute that dsp is! 

This next pic shows what the pages look like when you extend them out - I made accordian pages that just fold onto one another and fit neatly back into the tin so you can either keep it closed or display it open. As you can see, there are four pages that pictures can be added to, memoriabilia put into the little pockets, and of course, plenty of room for journaling either on the back of the tag or the back of the actual page.  And, look how pretty those colors are together!!
All in all, there are seven pages that can be used -  here is a shot of what the back pages look like! Again, each pocket has a removable tag that can be used for whatever you want - pictures, notes, decor from the party, or just a place to jot down some thoughts of the occasion.  Here is a picture of the actual tag - each one is exactly the same!  I just
used my two tags die for my Big Shot, then added some of the matching designer paper to the bottom to pull them all together!  I am so happy with this little mini, and have others that I would love to share with you as well so I will probably be doing so over the next few weeks, LOL!!  I will share the recipe for this project below and if you have any questions please feel free to ask me, I am always happy to answer them!  Now, I am off to run some errands and then back home to get ready for a few classes I have this week!! Yep, that means stamping, whooohooo!! Thanks so much for dropping by, I am so glad you did!! Enjoy your Monday!!
Tin Recipe:
Paper - Simply Scrappin' Kit B-day
Inks - none
Stamps - none
Accessories - Two Tags die for the Big Shot, Scalloped Square die for the Big Shot, Eyelet Border Punch, Scalloped Circle Punch, 1 3/8 inch and 1 1/4 inch Circle punches, Real Red narrow grosgrain ribbon, red sticky tape, dimensionals, Certainly Celery 5/8 inch grosgrain ribbon, 1/16 inch circle punch