Monday, September 1, 2014

Another Challenge Card

Happy Labor Day! Are you enjoying your Monday? I love Mondays that I don't have to work!! :) I had some time this morning while waiting for the kids to get here to go out on the lake, and while checking out some of the challenge blogs I came across this sketch challenge over at Fab Friday. I like sketch challenges since you don't have to think too much about the layout on the card. I literally made this card in about 15 minutes. Wish I could be that fast when creating my workshop samples!! lol
I saw this and immediately thought about the Tee Hee Hee stamp set that I just got in my demo order. I love Halloween and this stamp set is so cute, it brings out the little witch in all of us!
I used Basic Black for my card base, Whisper White for the mat and sentiment, Tango Tangerine and a strip from the Motley Monsters DSP. I added some Basick Black and Tango Tangerine chevron ribbon and Tango Tangerine bakers twine. I knew I had to add some bling, and what better than Rhinestone Basic Jewels for the bubbles.
I used the new Good Greetings Hostess stamp set for inside sentiment. LOVE this set!! Added the hat from the Tee Hee Hee set, and of course all witches need a little bling on their hats, so another rhinestone!!

Well, time to go start up dinner for everyone. I hope you have a good rest of your daBe sure to check out the other submissions for this challenge.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Color Challenge

Hey everyone! How is your Saturday going? I thought we'd be spending the day at the lake, but the kids had other things going. That's ok, I got to spend some time in my favorite place on Earth!! :) I haven't participated in any challenges in a long time, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I saw this color challenge over at Create With Connie and Mary.

This is a Stampin' Up! only challenge, meaning only SU! products can be used. The colors are Hello Honey, Pool Party, and Basic Gray. I used a combination of new and retired items on my card.
I used Pool Party card stock for my card base, Hello Honey DSP, Whisper White, and Basic Gray card stock. I heat embossed the Flowering Flourishes stamp with Pool Party embossing powder. Using the Basic Gray and embossing powder almost gives it a chalk board effect.  I then used the Boho Blossoms punch and a retired Itty Bitty flower punch to add some Pool Party and Hello Honey flowers for dimension. I used Pearl Basic Jewels for the centers, the large one on the bottom flower is retired. I added the bow made with the Whisper White 5/8" satin ribbon. These aren't a combination of colors I would have thought of, but they work!

Well, hope you have a great rest of your weekend. Stay safe, enjoy your family and friends, and I thank you for stopping by.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Holiday Catalog Launch FunI

Hey everyone! Happy Labor Day Weekend!! Can you believe that it's the end of the summer already? Unbelievable!! Are you doing something fun for your last weekend of summer? All my kids are in town and we're planning on hitting the lake. Looking forward to just relaxing! I'm not sure I know what that is though. lol

I wanted to share the cards and tags we made last weekend to celebrate the launch of the new Holiday Catalog that went live yesterday.The ladies had a blast. I did pair up a couple of retired items with these, but that just shows that even if an item expires, something will come out to compliment it.

I have fallen absolutely in love with all the products in this catalog. And I just knew that the new in colors this year would be perfect for all the fall items. I am super excited to share even more items as time goes by.

I hope you have a happy and safe Labor Day Weekend and get to spend some time relaxing with family and friends. Thank you for stopping by.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

August is Here!!

Hey everyone! Happy August!! This is a short post today to let you in on a new promotion at Stampin' Up! During the month of August when you purchase a Big Shot from SU! you will get your choice of a free bundle that includes a stamp set and a coordinating framelits set. There's even a bundle that includes a stamp set that is in the new Holiday Catalog that launches on August 28th. For those of you that already own a Big Shot or other machine, you won't miss out on promotion. You will be able to purchase any of the same bundles at a 15% discount! Who doesn't love a sale?? Woo Hoo!!

Here is a list of the promotion items, and if you order the Bright & Beautiful bundle, you'll be receiving the stamp set before the launch of the new Holiday Catalog!

Have a great Saturday, and I thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Last Tuesday of July

Hey everyone! Can you believe we are in the last week of July? Wow, this summer is flying by!! But when I walk outside and it's 103 degrees with 30% humidity, I'm glad it is flying by!! lol

I wanted to share another card we made at our July Workshop. I wanted a Christmas in July card, so we used the sneak peek Christmas set, Beauty of the Season.
We stamped the Cherry Cobble card stock with Cherry Cobbler ink using one of the branch stamps. We stamped the cardinal image StazOn and the sentiment with Soft Suede on Whisper White card stock. We then used the Aqua Painters to wash the cardinal image and branch. The beak and legs were colored with the Hello Honey marker and dotted the eye with the white gel pen. You can't see in the picture, but we used some Dazzles on the branch to give it a frosty look. When everything dried, we mounted it on Mossy Meadow, added dimensionals and attached to the card. The ribbon is also Mossy Meadow. The ladies fell in love with this stamp set and were happy to be able to use a sneak peek set. Everyone is waiting, and not patiently either, lol, for the their copy of the new Holiday Catalog, which will go live August 28th. This is a beautiful catalog with TONS of really cute goodies!!  ;) You won't want to miss it, trust me on that.

Well, before I sign off, I wanted to remind everyone that there are some new weekly deals out today on Stampin' Up!'s website. You can order any of those items from my online store.

Thank you for stopping and I hope you have a good evening.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Let the Weekend Begin!

Hey everyone! Happy Friday!! Hope you had a good week. I know it's been awhile since I've posted. I REALLY need to make a better effort to post more consistently. Hopefully things will calm down so I can. First I wanted to show you one of the reasons I've been MIA...
Isn't he the cutest thing in diapers?? lol That's our Charlie and he's 2 months old now. I just want to spend all my time with my little grand baby. :) Although my office may have a problem with that! lol I have to tell you how blessed I feel having this little addition in our family. He is such a sweetheart. Now I understand why so many grandmas go on and on about their's a definite side effect!!

I also wanted to share one of the cards from our July workshop.
 During the month of July, Stampin' Up! has a promotion for the Designer Series Paper. When you but 3 packs you get the 4th one for free. This card shows 2 different pieces from the Sweet Taffy set. I love to make bright, cheery birthday cards and I think this fits the bill. Instead of using ink pads, we colored the stamp with the Stampin' Write Markers. The ladies had fun making it too and by changing up the colors some you could use it for a male birthday.

Well, the Giants are on so it's time for me to go. See, they're playing the Dodgers and since I'm am originally from LA, I gotta watch. Although, I have to say, I have been converted to a Giants fan...never thought I'd see the day that I'd go to the other side!! lol I hope you have a good weekend and I thank you for stopping by.

All supplies from SU!

Cardstock: Basic BlCack, Whisper White, Melon Mambo
DSP: Sweet Taffy
Stamp set: Cycle Celebration
Stampin' Write Markers: Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight
Black ribbon retired
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Dazzles glitter glue

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Happy Sunday

Hey everyone! How was your first weekend of the summer? It's been a hot one for us and I'm afraid it's just a taste of what's ahead for us. Oh well, that's ok, not like I have a choice, right? ;)

I wanted to share a card that I CASED from another demo and created a sympathy card. One of my very good friends lost her grandfather a few days ago. They were lucky enough to have pictures of 5 generations in their family. Not many of us have that special kind of picture and I know her family is really going to miss their grandpa.

I really loved the sketch of this card and thought that it worked well. With the release of the new Blendabilities Markers I have been wanting to color more and more and chose to do so on this card. As a kid I loved coloring and couldn't wait to get a new box of 64 Crayolas, these markers bring back that same joy. I can't remember the stamp set that was used on the original card, but this was my take.
I wanted to show the inside as well. I see so many gorgeous card fronts and always wonder what the inside looks like. I wanted this to be a little different and rather than sign beneath the sentiment, I can sign above.

I know sympathy cards can be hard to make, so I hope this gives you some inspiration. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great week.

All Supplies from SU!

Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, and Whisper White cardstock
Black Memento Ink
Coastal Cabana, Old Olive, and Daffodil Delight Blendability Markers
Bloom with Hope and Petite Pairs stamp sets
Pearl Basic Jewels
Coastal Cabana Ruffled Ribbon (retired)
Beautiful Wings Embosslits
Honeycomb Embossing Folder
Fast Fuse Adhesive

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Happy Summer!

Hey everyone! Happy First Day of Summer!! This year seems to be flying by, can't believe it's already summer.

My youngest step-granddaughter just graduated from high school and I wanted to share with you the gift box and card I made for her.

The gift box was made using the Hamburger Box die from the new Stampin' Up! catalog. I saw another demonstrator create one of these and I just had to try it! The die includes the tag that is on top of the hat. I created the tassel with some solid bakers twine in my stash.
Here's the card I made for her using some pattern paper that has the school name printed on it. I purchased it like 5 years ago for scrapping DD#3's school pictures and had saved all the scraps....who knew it would come in handy for my GD? lol See? I NEVER throw anything away!! I saw the owl on a few cards on Pinterest and thought it was adorable. Perfect for this card.
Well, time to go clean my scraproom. I had a workshop last night and was too tired to put everything away....not that any of us ever have a messy craft room, right??;) I hope you have a great first weekend of the summer and I thank you for stopping by my little blog.

Supplies used:

All cardstock from SU!
Pattern Paper from stash
Black Stazon Ink
Real Red SU! Ink
Bakers Twine from stash
Hamburger Die from SU!
Owl Builder Punch from SU!
Scalloped Circle Punch fromSU!
Stamps Used from Scrappy Moms and Anna Griffin
Brads from stash

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

Good morning and Happy Father's Day to all those dads out there!! I wanted to share two pictures sharing the fathers in our family.

 The first picture was taken on Father's Day 1961 with 4 generations. Of course I don't remember much from that day as I'm the little baby here, lol, but it is one of the few pictures I have that has all my grandparents in it. My dad's brother and his wife are on the right, their dad, then my mom and her parents and my dad holding me. I just love this picture!

The second picture shows 4 generations with my sweet grandson, DH, DD, and DH's parents. I know Charlie won't remember this when he is older, but he'll have this picture to cherish.

I thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic Father's Day creating some great memories!

Saturday, June 14, 2014


Hey everyone! Sorry I've been MIA again, but it's been a little crazy around here. First off, our very first little grand baby was born on May 21st. Just a little picture overload here. lol Here's little Charlie, who weighed in at 8 lb. 13 oz. and was 21 inches long.
I know I'm a little prejudiced....but isn't he the most perfect baby there ever was?? lol The doctor was amazed at how big he is, but I reminded DD #1 that she was 9.8 lbs and 21 inches long, DD#2 was 10 lbs. and 22 3/4" long, and DD#3 was 9.3 21 1/2 inches long. Suffice it to say, we grow big babies!! lol

Here he is at 1 week old visiting Nana and Papa, (me and DH).
Here he is visiting Nana at her office this week at 3 weeks old.
He doesn't look like he's 3 weeks old does he? Love the little binky. It's a newborn style attached to a little stuffed bear so it makes it easier for him to get a hold of. None of my girls took to a binky, but all 3 definitely found their thumbs. ;)

And here's the last one which I took yesterday as we got to babysit for an hour while mommy ran an errand. She was the typical first time mommy, called 20 minutes into her errand to make sure he was okay. lol I had to remind her that this wasn't my first rodeo!
So with all this cuteness, you can see why I've been missing!! I've been busy playing Nana and kissing those cute little chubby cheeks!!! You can't resist them!!! :)

I do have some cards to post from our last Stampin' Up! club night, but I will post again with those. I want to thank you for visiting me today and enjoying my little grand baby. I hope you have a wonderful Saturday!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sunday Evening

Hey everyone, have a good weekend? They sure seem to fly by, don't they? I spent NSD in my craft room, but not scrapping as I wanted to...I was busy purging old items to make room for my goodies from the new catalog. I really need to do that more often, I know my DD #2 is excited when I do since most of the purged items go to her. :)

So today I was actually able to play a little in my room. I needed to make a retirement card for a coworker and a Mother's Day card for my MIL. This is going to be a tough Mother's Day for me, as it is the first since my mom passed away last July. There have been a lot of firsts this year, and I knew they were coming, so I try to deal with them as best I can.

I cased this card from one of the swap cards I received last week. I would give the demo recognition, but she didn't leave her info in the envelope. Her card was done in black and white which would be good for a wedding card, but I wanted something with more color.

This pictures shows the front of the card when it is opened. It reminds me of a z fold card, but is made with a small panel.

And here is the inside of the card. When I started this card I was going to use some of the non SU! stamps from my stash, and in fact, the one on the front is just that. I still have so many fun things that are non SU! that I just can't bear to part with and seems a shame to not use them once in awhile. Everything else on the card is from SU!, so I think it's ok.  ;)

Hope you like it, and I thank you for stopping by, have a great evening.


Bermuda Bay ink and cardstock
Crushed Curry ink
Whisper White cardstock
Regarding Dahlias stamp set
Wonderful Mother stamp set
Papillion Potpurri stamp set
Scrappy Moms stamp set
Elegant Butterfly punch
Basic Jewels rhinestones

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

MIL's CASED Birthday Card

Hey everyone, how was your Tuesday? I took the day off since we traveled down to Sacramento for the SU! catalog premiere, which was amazing!!! There are some really cute things in there that I can't wait to get my hands on to play with!! :) And my first swap was a success!! It was really fun meeting so many other ladies who love stamping and crafting as much as I do. I know, that's the whole idea behind this adventure, right?? ;) Any way, since I was short on time tonight, I thought, hey, why not case one of my swaps? lol

I'm sorry these pictures are so bad, I couldn't find my camera and used my cell phone. This card was cased from Jeannie Barron, isn't it cute? She did hers in purples, but since my MIL is a fan of peaches and tans, I went that route. I really like how it turned out with this color combo. All items but the ribbon are from SU!, as for the ribbon, I was being lazy and grabbed a piece out of my scrap ribbon jar, it happens. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a good evening.

 Here's a complete list of items:

Calypso Coral cardstock and ink
Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock and DSP
Baked Brown Sugar cardstock
Basic Jewels
Peaceful Petals Stamp set

Sunday, April 27, 2014

My First SU! Event and a Swap

Hey everyone! Hope you've had a good weekend. Sunday evenings are always so hard for me since I've got to go to bed early for Monday. But this week is different. See, tomorrow I get to go to my first Stampin' Up event, so to say I'm excited is an understatement!!! SU! is holding a red carpet type event for demonstrators for the upcoming catalog release and since it's only a couple of hours from home, I just had to go. I also joined a swap with some other demonstrators (another first for me) and have been working on these cards for awhile. Of course, I can't ever do anything simple..multiple layers, sponging, ribbon,'s all there.  ;)

The swap was for 20+1 with at least 2 layers and 1 embellishment. I wasn't really thinking about how much work there was to making the card when I created it, but, when you are mass producing them, definitely think about it. LOL I stamped the front with People Like You stamp, then heat embossed it with clear powder and sponged it, 2 techniques I love. I love that this stamp incorporates the Decorative Label Punch so you know you just have to use it! I thought the sentiment from A Dozen  Thoughts stamp set worked perfect. Here's a complete list of supplies:

People Like You Single Stamp
A Dozen Thoughts Stamp Set
Chocolate Chip Cardstock and Ink
Bermuda Bay Cardstock and Ink
Whisper White Cardstock
Clear embossing powder
Bermuda Bay taffeta ribbon
Basic Jewels
Decorative Label Punch
Stampin' Dimensionals
SU! Daubers
Snail Adhesive

Well, thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you have a fantastic week!! Take care!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Retired List and Free Shipping All Week!

Good morning everyone! Just a quick post to let you know that Stampin' Up! has posted their retired products lists this morning. They're gearing up for the new catalog launch in June. And, to make it even better, they're offering FREE SHIPPING all week long!!! Woo hoo!!! You can go to my website here and see what's going to retire and order your wish list items. Have a great day!!!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!!!

I just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Easter! Love this picture that I found on Facebook, it really depicts the whole reason we celebrate. What a wonderful feeling it is to know that we are saved because of His selfless act! Enjoy your day with family and friends and I thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Blessings

Hey everyone! How was your Wednesday? We definitely are in the middle of spring here, there is pollen EVERYWHERE! Even my poor little pom Chloe is suffering from allergies. I've never seen a dog with allergies before. Poor thing, eyes watering, doing that reverse sneeze thing and just miserable. The vet even has her on antihistamines. She definitely fits in with the rest of us in the house!!  :)

Anyway, I wanted to share a quick card I made for Easter. I wanted something simple, yet elegant. I cased this from another demo (sorry, can't remember her name.) and knew this was what I was looking for.
I love how clean and simple it is, but then I think that tends to be my style. Well, this is a short post tonight, just wanted to try and get back into the swing of things in posting. I hope you have a great evening, and I thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Project Life coming to Stampin' Up! :)

Did you hear the news today? Stampin' Up! and Becky Higgins are partnering to bring Project Life to Stampin' Up! How cool is that?? SU! seemed to get away from scrapbooking last year and I know many people were upset by this. I have looked at PL several times, but always passed it up. Well....guess who's NOT passing it up now?? lol  Here's a video of the announcement:

I'm really looking forward to this as I have missed scrapping!! That was what brought me to this wonderful hobby in the first place! ;) You will be able to order your items beginning May 1st and demonstrators before that. One of the many perks of being a demonstrator!! If you'd like to join the fun, you can go go here and join my team.  I will relay more information as it becomes available to us.

Thank you for stopping by and sharing the excitement with me and I hope you have a great evening!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

New Year's Resolutions?

Hey everyone! Can't believe how long it's been since I posted. If anyone remembers my last post, which was Christmas Eve, I mentioned that one of my New Year's Resolutions was going to be posting more...that worked out well for me, wouldn't you say?? lol  As usual life has gotten so busy and something had to give, unfortunately my poor blog took the hit again. So sad.....

Family has definitely taken up a huge portion of my crafting time. DD #1 is now 8 months along in her pregnancy. We had a gender revealing party in late December and found out it's going to be a boy!! Really excited about that because we have been a family of girls for such a long time. When the cake was cut open, I'm not sure who was smiling more my SIL or DH!! lol

DD#2 is still living in Vegas, miss her so very much! But she's doing well. She works for and is enjoying the "big city" living. But I know that it bothers her more than she lets on that she's so far from her family.

 DD #3 has had some bad times in her life, but we are celebrating her 120th day of sobriety. It has been quite the struggle for our family, and if anyone knows anything about addiction, it definitely touches EVERYONE in the family. But she has finally taken the steps to turn her life around and we couldn't be prouder!! It's amazing how many families deal with this every day, the struggle is so hard to deal with, but by the grace of God, we have come to the other side. I know He is definitely responsible for this and praise Him every day!!

I've been trying to get my Stampin' Up! business going so that I can retire from current job with the state and go full time with SU! I have consistently had a workshop each month and trying to hold some kind of class at least once a month. Here are the latest cards we did Friday at our March workshop.

This card used Sale-A-Bration items, Trust God and The Best of 25 Years stamp sets.We did the chalkboard technique and the new chalk markers. Also used the Petite Petals stamp and punch.

This card used the scalloped embossing folder, new scalloped tag topper punch, Peaceful Petals stamp set, Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, Basic Jewels,and Candy Dots. I cased this one from a fellow demonstrator with some tweaking to change it up.

Here is another card I cased from a demonstrator that we created in our previous workshop. Thank goodness for casing, because it sure makes it my life easier when creating cards for my workshops. We used the Happy Watercolor paper and stamp set for this card.

So you see? I've kind of had a full plate lately....but I guess that's what we call life. Before I sign off this evening, I did want to say that today would have been my sweet Mama's 81st birthday. She's been gone 8 months...a little coincidental that she passed and DD #1 gets pregnant?? Nope, not in my book! He's got a plan!!  ;)

I thank you for stopping by even though I've been gone so long. I really will try to post more often. Take care and have a great evening!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Hello everyone! I  know it's been a really long time since my last post. This has been a tough holiday season this year with the lost of my mom. Seems like I can't keep up with everything anymore. I know that time heals all, so  hopefully I'll be able to get back to things soon. I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here's a picture of Monster and Chloe getting ready for Christmas. As you can tell Monster was not happy about this, and Chloe is definitely laughing at him. DD #3 and I had a ball dressing them up and taking the pictures. These two dogs have been such a joy this year, I feel very blessed to have them!

Do you have a New Year's Resolution? Mine is to post more often, so hopefully you'll see more from me!! ;) Well, I hope each of you have a wonderful Christmas. Take care and enjoy your family and friends, but remember what this holiday is all about, the birth of our Lord Jesus.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Dynamic Duos #78

Hey everyone! So aside from last night's post, it's been awhile since I posted. I went on vacation for a week and it seemed like I got behind by a month! lol Almost not worth going, kind of. ;) So I finished prepping for a workshop I'm giving on Friday and I thought I'd create something for fun. I went over and checked out what this week's challenge is over at Dynamic Duos and decided to join in the fun. This week's challenge is "Subtly Yours" using Always Artichoke and Crumb Cake. I still have a few projects to create for a Christmas Card class I'm giving on Saturday so I killed two birds with one stone. Always trying to multitask! :)
 My Always Artichoke ink pad is one of the new foam pads which tend to be really juicy so I through on some clear embossing powder to make the tree pop. Then added some bling with Dazzles. I sponged the label with some Crumb Cake to give it a hazy effect.

I think it turned out kind of vintagey, which I really like but hardly ever achieve the effect. If you get a chance, head over to DD and play along. Have a great evening and I thank you for stopping by.

All Supplies SU! unless noted:

Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip
Markers: Always Artichoke, Soft Suede
Die Cut: Spellbinders
Retired Ticket Corner Punch
Stamp sets: Special Season, Christmas Tagables, Christmas Messages
Basic Jewels
Clear embossing powder