Monday, January 31, 2011

January 31st Already?

Can you believe January is done today? This is craziness! Of course, I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut-off (which I don't necessarily hate!), but in a good way!  I have had some card business come my way and I couldn't be happier!  I have also made a couple design teams which has been such a dream for me! Please keep an eye out all this week for the new things that are going on!  Please, if you haven't already, go HERE to visit the Stamping Dragons Blog Hop for their Grand Re-Opening!  It was such fun!

For today I am going to show you the get well card pack I put together for a friend...'tis the cold and flu season my friends! Please remember to sneeze into your elbow and always carry a tissue!

Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers by Stampin' Up!
Ink: Stampin' Up! and Unity
Cardstock: Stampin' Up!
Embellishments: Cuttlebug and Making Memories

~ Hug the one you're with ~

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Stamping Dragon Blog Hop!

Stamping Dragon has gone off on their own and because of it we are having one heck of a Grand Re-opening. What better way to kick off our celebration but, to offer everyone a free image. You can find it HERE but, remember it will only be available for this week. So, hurry up and get it before it’s gone.

Now, if you don’t think that’s good enough how about if you spend over $5 in the store you will get a chance to win a $5 gift certificate. COOL!


What about a special blog hop for you. All you will have to do is hop from one Design Team’s blog to the next. Write down the question that you will see and hop onto the next blog and do the same. A hint for you all……all the answers will be found on our STORE WEBSITE . When you have all the answers to the 7 questions please email your answers with your name and email address to

 A winner will be announced on our CHALLENGE BLOG, the 4th of Feb. Also, keep your eyes out because you will never know who will be offering candy on their blogs. YEP….more good stuff!!! So, with that all said and there are prizes to be won let us get started. What are you waiting for??
If you didn’t start from the beginning of the hop then please click HERE to Janette’s blog for question # 1 as I am the last one with question #8!

Question #8 - Can you name all 3 Dragons by name??

Dragons Den Image - I would give you the image name - but that would be a giveaway!
BIC Markers to Color Image
Cardstock is Stampin' Up! & Papertry Ink
Embellishments are Stampin' Up! & Papertrey Ink
DSP is Daisy Bucket Designs
Now that you have the question please email them to:

Here is every one's blog in case you missed one of us - please know you will not want to miss them!

Question 1: Janette

There you have it! Just remember to join us on the 4th of Feb when we kick off the month with a Special Challenge for you on our Challenge Blog. You can find it HERE

Please check back as I am now a member of the Stamping Dragon Design Team and will have something to share with you weekly and they designs are soo cute!!

OH! And I think I forgot to mention - I have BLOG CANDY!
It is a surprise to us all - even me as I will be shopping for it this weekend!
Please check back here on Monday January 31st to see if you have one - if you are picked please email me at to claim your prize!
I will post the blog candy this weekend after I go shopping!!!

Please do the following to be entered:
Become a follower of my blog.
Leave a comment.
Visit all design team blogs on the hop & comment.
(They are listed above & some of them have blog candy too!)
You will then be entered!

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Taking It Back

This card is one of my first ever made.  It is back when Loads of Love was a new stamp set and the brilliant bright family was all I ever used.  Man have things changed!!  What was your favorite stamp set and colors to stamp with when you first started? My first party was in my one room apartment and we were stamping on my counter tops while standing, sitting on the floor with the coffee table....ahhh...good times!  Also know that I will be looking into a light tent as for some reason my picture taking ability has gone down hill??

Everything here is Stampin' Up!

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Altered Item

SO I have been hoarding things that can potentially be altered. I opened up my closet and decided I should start doing and stop thinking!  Here ya go:

And it was done with all scraps!!

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

So Fun! Hambo Digis!

So I have been trying out my hand at design teams and in the process can I tell you I have been able to use some of the cutest digis to for them!!  Hambo Digis are too cute and that is what I have for you today!  I hope you love these cute animated designs as much as I do - and coloring them was so fun too!!!

This one has a chocolate bar inside to share for a thank you!

Images are HAMBO!
Colored with BIC Markers
All Papers & Embellishments are Stampin' Up!

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Boatloads of Love

Have you ever seen a stamp set in your closet that you were like "I HAVE to use this stamp set" - no rhyme or reason you just feel the need to use that stamp set?  This was one of those situations! Actually...I have a friend who wants this stamp set and since I don't really use it much I said she could use it for as long as she likes!  I just felt the need to ink it up one more time before it left my house!

Cardstock: AC Paper, Stampin' Up!, Georgia Pacific
Ink: VersaMark, Stamp & Write Markers by SU!
Embellishments: Cuttlebug, Making Memories

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Visitation Cards

First I am going to apologize as these pictures are not as clear as my normal....I know where not to take pictures now!  But any-hoo...

My pastor approached me needing some cards, but not regular cards as he would put it.  He wanted something that could be left at people's houses on visitation night if they were not home.  I forgot the phone number on the first 4 I made but thank goodness I had only made 4!  Pastor Josh told me to do whatever, but make sure it wasn't overly girly for the men out there.  I think that I did okay! I also made them as postcards to be able to do more with less in the paper department. The majority of them are the blue color as I think blue is a heavenly color.

The green I didn't love as much, but I still like it!  I now see that the paper wasn't exactly centered on this one also!!

Cardstock: Stampin' Up!, Georgia Pacific
Sentiment: Gina K $1 Stamps
Embellishment: Stmapin' Up! Spiral Punch

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hee - Hee!

So today I was going to post another project when I realized - I need to make some more! I guess I need to make ahead so I can not have this happen again! HA!  I called myself a dork for this one!  Time to go do some blog visiting and play with my Ryley who is holding her feet rolling on her back from side to side.....looks like tickle time!  While I am at that - why don't you check out my family?

I think they are pretty awesome!

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Monday, January 17, 2011

The Dragons Den DT Submission

Okay - I am going to try my hand once again at a DT - this one is with The Dragons Den which I found through Tammy (one of the amazing TUIC Girls). This is a really cute collection that I have fallen in love with! IT reminds me of Pete's Dragon Elliott! Remember that movie?  Takes us all back :)

Image is Dragons Den, "Friends" stamped sentiment is from SU! Garden Greetings
Colored with BIC Markers
Cardstock is mix of SU! and PTI
Ink is Unity
Embellishments are all SU!

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Back to Normal

Back to my horizontal ways of car making :) .  Nothing really fancy today - just more scraps and more birthdays! Oh, but you do get three today!

Base Cardstock: Georgia Pacific 110 Lb.
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Pink (Official Color Name ?)
DSP: Good Question - no idea
Stamp: Stampin' Up!
Embellishments: Making Memories Brads, Unity Stamp Company, Stampin' Up! Corner Punch,
Stampin' Up! Scalloped Edge Punch, Stampin' Up! Ribbon

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Dual Challenge AGAIN!

I am getting good at making my challenge cards this week work for more than one challenge!  Check out this card I got for both Diva Coffee Break Designs sketch #209 (Awesome!) and Simon Stamps New beginning challenge - becuase this card is oen of many I will be making for a car salesman who has asked me to make thank you cards and birthday cards for his customers including those he sold to last year - which is over 500!!!  I am so excited for this venture!!

Cardstock: Georgia Pacific, AC Cardstock, Vellum by Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Classic Cars and Garden Greetings
Ink: VersaMark
Embellishments: Stampin' Up!

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

**Post #2**

Please scroll down for today's post!

for some fantastic news!!

Corrosive Challenge Blog

Check out the Corrosive Challenge Blog in my sidebar - you won't regret it - they have a new sketch to use and inspire your creativity!!! Here is my entry for #98!

Cardstock: Georgia Pacific, PTI, Stampin' Up!
In: VersaMark
Stamps: Stamping Bella Sposeabella, sentiment by Stampin' Up! Garden Greetings Set
Image Colored with BIC Markers
Embellishments: Stampin' Up! & ??

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge (Yes I know It Is Not Tuesday)

Here is a card I did for the "Tuesday Throwdown Challenge" and boy did this one throw me for a loop! I decided to use their stamped background challenge and make it more of a challenge than it needed to be. I stamped on Vellum....what a mess - you can see my little mistakes here and there...not thrilled, but it wasn't that bad. You should hop on over and check it out!

Cardstock: Georgia Pacific, AC Cardstock, Vellum by Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Garden Greetings by Stampin' Up!
Ink: VersaMark
Embellishments: Stampin' Up!

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Two Challenges In One!

I love me some Riley Moose and thought I would pull him out for a challenge or two....the lucky part is I found two challenges with the same type of guidelines - BONUS!  This card works for the challenge over at Danielle's "A Cause For Cards" Blog - which is a great blog with a great cause - how can you not at least check it out?  All cards sent go to the organization so they can sell to raise funds!  The second challenge that this works for is one of 2 going on in relation to the TUIC group (I am hosting a challenge - please look at Monday's post!) over at "D-Dazzled Designs" blog.  Check them out and see what you think...great challenges!

Here is my question for you - how do you list your items used to give proper credit?

Cardstock: Stampin' Up!, Georgia Pacific
Stamp: Riley & Company, sentiment by Stampendous
Ink: VersaMark
Image colored by BIC Markers
Embellishment: CuttleBug

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Dual Purpose - I Love That!

Here is another card that has dual purposes for challenges!  I am going to use this one for both MojoMondays #173 Challenge (As they provided the awesome sketch) and for Cupcake Craft Challenges #124 as I got to use a new sketch and a new ribbon I received at Christmas!  I love this little moneky so much - I couldn't not use him!!

Cardstock: PTI, Stampin' Up!, Georgia Pacific
Stamp: Stampendous (colored with BIC Markers)
Embellishments: Stampin' Up!, Making Memories, CuttleBug
Ink: VersaMark

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Scrap Madness

I am working with a new set of scraps....the scrap page from Sunday actually was when it started and it has just kept going!  All this week as a matter of fact!  I am still kind of in shock at the amount of scraps that I have and at no point did I ever stop and say "Hey I really don't need to buy anything for a long time - now do I?" Geesh shows how much this world has changed or how good the marketing is! :)

Yes - the BRAK's are done for this month - but I still have friends and family to send to - so I am not onto February BRAK cards yet.

Base Cardstock: Georgia Pacific 110 Lb.
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Pink (Official Color Name ?)
DSP: Good Question - no idea
Stamp: Stampin' Up!
Embellishments: Making Memories Brads, Unity Stamp Company, Stampin' Up! Corner Punch

Did you notice I did this cared vertical?  I could have also just used this paper for the inspiration from the challenge I have going on - but I thought I needed to work a little harder in my own challenge! :)

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Challenge Time!

So me and my TUIC girls like to do challenges - but this is open to everyone!  I will be giving a prize to those in the group and another to those outside of the group!  Please don't forget that Danielle is also doing a challenge for the group at the same time! Vist her here:

Here are the details: Starts Monday, January 10th - Ends Monday, February 7th - poll will be open for 2 days of voting. 

The Challenge: Find something you were given for Christmas that inspires your creativity - take a picture. Make a card with that inspiration - take a picture. Send them both to me at (so I can keep them all in one place) and you will be entered!  Easy Peasy!

Victoria's Secret Gift Card Holder:

The Card:


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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Scrapbook Challenge

So I am not trying to buy anything for me for crafting - check. I found an 8X8 scrapbook in my closet and thought I should fill it. One of my blogging buddies Cristina Crafts (she is in my sidebar under both of my groups!) is having a challenge so I am going to enter with my first scrap page in ages!  I have also used this scrap page in th challenge over at Creative Craft Challenges - please go check them out (Link is also in my sidebar under Blogs I visit)!!  Hope you love!

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

BRAK for January - Mission Accomplished!

BRAK Cards for January are officially over - and mailed might I add!  Now I will start on February's so I can be ahead!  Those will be coming next week - aren't you excited!!?? 

On a different note - my dear friend Petra's husband left yesterday for Afghanistan.  If you wouldn't mind - her and her 6 kids would love a note of encouragement - please send me an email at and I will get you her address. I know they would love it!!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Finally Friday

So you have seen me all week with my scrap used cards and that has not changed, but I thought I might menton something that kind of made me chuckle while making cards yesterday.  I must really like this stamp set by Stampin' Up! called "Let Them Eat Cake." I mean I have used this stamp set in ALL my birthday cards so far.  All of them. I wanted this stamp set and put it off and put it off and went to buy it after it retired. Way to go silly. I ended up finding a friend named Misty who had it and sold it to me.  God bless her too as she didn't charge me out the wazoo for it.  Just kind of made me chuckle while stamping. You may not think the same though!

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

New Set of Scraps for BRAK

So the next set of scraps I pulled up has one of my favorite colors - purple!  I can honestly tell you I have no clue where this paper came from, the textured card stock came from All That Scraps online store, the ribbon is PaperTrey Ink that I bought from my dear friend Michelle (visit her blog via the link on the sidebar - very good!!). I again tried to go vertical becuase it is something kind of new to me (Hee, Hee). I also tried to use a paper punch that I have not used in years - can't remember the last time I used it...that long.  Sad thing is, is it is a square punch - how many times could use that in the course of making cards?  Seesh....I really need to stop hoarding!
Ink: {Ippty}
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific, ??
DSP: ??
Stamps: Let Them Eat Cake - Stampin' Up!
Embellishments: PaperTrey Ink

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

BRAK - Day #3

I think I like this one the it was the last one I made with these particular couple of scraps I grabbed...I told myself  I had to use them all...all that I could and what I didn't use that day was more over saving scraps...becuase sometimes they are just that scraps...unless someone has a use for these little left-overs!!

Ink: {Ippity}
DSP: My Minds Eye (I think)
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific
Cardstock : Random Brown Scraps
Stamp: Let Them Eat Cake - Stampin' Up!
Embellishments: Large Eyelets - Stampin' Up!

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

So yesterday I told you about wanting to make my cards different but I kept the same scraps to use to make sure I really used them all! I hope you enjoy this card too! I typically don't make vertical cards (no particular reason) so I made one!! I hope you like I tried to be creative with my picture taking too - I always like when people go the extra mile to make even that look good!!

Ink: {Ippity}
DSP: My Minds Eye (I think)
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific
Cardstock : Randome Brown Scraps
Stamp: Let Them Eat Cake - Stampin' Up!
Embellishments: Large Eyelets - Stampin' Up!
Embellishments: Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon - Stampin' Up!

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Monday, January 3, 2011

BRAK - January

So for this month's round of BRAK - Birthday Random Acts of Kindness I decided to make some different cards instead of an assembly line like I ususally do!  I also decided to use scraps that I had saved to use later and just never used!  I think that is something I want to do more of this year - use what I have and not spend (we had to put in two transmissions, pay off a school debt sooner than expected, and some other mis-fortunes along the way). I am putting my self on a spending freeze so I can catch back up - but don't feel bad for me at should see what all I have to work with!  I have my own little store!
But anyways - back to the point here...I made these cards to give and now I am not sure if I want to! Isn't that just typical??!!

Ink: {Ippity}
DSP: My Minds Eye (I think)
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific
Cardstock : Randome Brown Scraps
Stamp: Let Them Eat Cake - Stampin' Up!
Embellishments: Large Eyelets - Stampin' Up!

There will be more of these cards this week!!

*******CHALLENGE NEWS*******
Members of TUIC and any others that want to participate - There will be a challenge next week with prizes for those in the group and another prize for those outside of the group - SO FUN!!!

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year - Bring on 2011!

I always say that each year I will set resolutions and keep them...I am leaning on the side of not making them and just plain doing more. I figured that might be a good approach for me as I am one of those people who gets anxious about things that are written down.  Silly - I know.  One thing I decided I would do though (ans yes this is writing it down, but it is more telling you - HA!) is complete more birthday cards. I am in the BRAK (birthday random act of kindness group) through Splitcoaststampers.  We get assigned people to send birthday cards to. I love it! I just think this year I will try and send to more people than I am "assigned" to as it is more fun than work to me!  Here is one of the cards I sent out last month. I just kept one to send to my brother - hence the manly colors.

Ink: {Ippity}
Paper: {Ippity}
Ribbon: Wal-Mart (?? Brand)
Card Stock: White is Georgia Pacific 110 lb.
 Card Stock: Green is Olive Green from Stampin' Up!
Stamp: Let Them Eat Cake from Stampin' Up!

I hope that your New Year will include my blog!

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