August 6, 2010


Good morning all!!! I hope you are having as good a week as I am - I am spending some wonderful quality time with my oldest son and my other two kids playing mini golf, swimming, going out to lunch, shopping, watching movies, playing games, I tell ya, it has been HEAVEN!!! :-)  I swear, when all three of my kids are back at home, I feel so at peace, like my world is back in balance again.  I know, I sound crazy, but hey, it's true for me!  And, I have even had some time to stamp for fun for ME which is always a good thing, lol!! I decided to try out some of the challenges that I have been seeing but never participated in until now.  This card is for the Stampin 411 challenge from last week which was a great sketch! I used my new stamp set called Morning Cup - this set totally speaks to me, I LOVE LOVE LOVE my coffee!!!  I did flip the sketch because it fit better with how I wanted to stamp my images, and I moved the sentiment, but I think you can still see the sketch in my card.....and hey, sketches are supposed to be a place to start, right??! *wink*  I used my Early Espresso as my base because well, this card IS about coffee, lol!! I paired it with the yummy Elegant Soiree' designer paper, I just love the right browns in this and it goes soooo well with my Espresso.  I stamped my images in Basic Gray and then added some Real Red highlights to give it some pop.....and then decided to go big and use the Real Red Taffeta ribbon as well, heehee! After stamping the images I embossed the whole piece of card stock using Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and I really like the effect! I also just had to add one of the cute little mini tags and stamped the teabag on it before tying it to the ribbon - isn't it just sooo cute??!!!  This was a fun card to make, I really enjoyed the sketch and just playing with some of my new toys! If you are interested in any of these products they can all be found in my online store or you can email meAll the item numbers are listed below!  Now, I am off to get the kiddos and run some quick errands and then do some fun shopping for school - they just LOVE to spend my money, LOL!! Thanks so much for stopping by, have a wonderful day!!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Early Espresso(119686), Crumb Cake(120953), Very Vanilla(101650) card stock, Elegant Soiree' Designer Series Paper(117163)
Inks - Basic Gray(109120), Real Red(103133), Early Espresso(119670) classic stampin' pads, Real Red Stampin' Write Marker(100052)
Stamps - Morning Cup(120489 - clear stamps)
Accessories - Scallop Trim Corner Punch(118402), Modern Label Punch(119849), Corner Rounder Punch(119871), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder(117335), Real Red Taffeta Ribbon(119763), Mini Vintage Tags(118763), Brights Brads - Real Red(119740)

August 4, 2010


Happy hump day all!! WOW! This week is flying by and I know it's because I am spending time with my oldest son Zach who is home for a couple of weeks before he begins his last year at the Naval Academy at the end of the month! I can't believe how grown he is! Ya know, lately things have been rough for me in the in-law department, and my son gave ME the talk last night that we as moms usually give to our kids when things are getting rough.  So, when I asked him how he got so smart, he said, "because you raised me mom". Talk about making a mother cry!!! I surely do love that boy!!!!  So, in keeping with my motherly love and feelings, I thought In would share my scrap page that I made of this past Mother's Day with my two kids still at home.  I used one of our new Simply Scrappin' kits called Love Birds(item 118707, pg. 178)- even though it is PERFECT for that special someone you are in love with, I think it can be used for any type of love so I used it here and I am very pleased with how this page turned out!  I love how easy this page came together because everything in the kit already coordinates so I was able to pull it together pretty quickly!  I am also thrilled that I can make so many pages out of one kit because I plan on adding some more from Mother's Day and I love that all my pages will coordinate so nicely together! What can I say? This page makes me HAPPY :-)  I love the colors, I love the theme, and I love that I can showcase this fun day so beautifully!  If you are interested in this kit, or any of the others we have available, you can order online on my website.  I love my SS kits so you will be seeing lots more where this one came from, lol!!! Thanks so much for stoppin' by, I am so glad you did! Now, I am off to blurf and then spend some time in the pool with my kiddos - great day!!!

August 2, 2010


Hi All!!! WOW! What a busy weekend it was - I taught class Friday night, had my Open House on Saturday, and my son came home from college yesterday - WHOOHOOOO!!! Needless to say, I did not have much time for stamping (except for what was needed) but I did manage to get the sketch challenge done for this week and I am glad I did because my team-mate Liz did a fabulous sketch!! With all the Halloween and Christmas stuff coming out lately and with all the fun demonstrations at Convention, I have been in the mood for stamping Halloween so that is what I did for the sketch!  I used the set called Wicked Cool - and yes, I bought it for the shoes, LOL!!! It is such a fun set, there is so many ideas I have spinning in my head to do with these cute stamps!  I also used the Sweet and Sour Specialty paper, I just love those polka dots and they are great Halloween colors!  And, I could not resist stamping the sentiment and punching it out with the new Bat Punch!  Sooooo cute!!!  If you are interested in purchasing any of these items, please check out my online store, they are located in the main catalog!  This is a pretty simple card, but I am happy with it - although my daughter came in, saw it, and says, "well, it's not your best card, but I like it", how does a mom take that, LOL!???  I hope YOU like it anyway! Thanks for stopping by to see me today, please leave a comment so I know you were here.  I am so happy, I actually have time to blurf today, something I have been looking forward to :-)  I WILL be back tomorrow with my class project from last Friday night, it is one I am especially proud of and I can't wait to show you! Until then, happy stampin'!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla card stock, Sweet and Sour Specialty Designer Series Paper
Inks - Black Stazon, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black stampin' write markers
Stamps - Wicked Cool
Accessories - Bat Punch, Square Lattice embossing folder, Scalloped border punch, black grosgrain ribbon, stampin' dimensionals