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Friday, February 29, 2008

Same ol Same ol

So I am finally back and I actually started and finished something I stamped this week! I have another card that I have been working on and have not quite put the finishing touches on...not that it's anything spectacular, I just haven't had too much time!

Anywho, here are the cards for todays same same challenge! They were actually inspired by todays limited supplies challenge on splitcoststampers LSC157 For this challenge we were to use only one stamp image andit had to be a flower...that's it! Just one stamp image, no cuttlebug, no patterned paper, no rub-ons, no background stamps...NOTHING!!! But we were limitless on the embelishments! I decided to make mine on the simple side and actually made 2 cards in less than 20 minutes! Start to finish! I was very pleased with the results too!

For the fisrt card I opted to go with chocolate chip, purely pomegranate, certainly celery and whisper white. I really liked how these colors looked together and the card looked good enough to eat, it actually reminded me of the sample ice cream I had at costco the other day! LOL
This is a normal sized car measuring 4.25x5.5 and the purely pomegranate layer is 4x5.25.
The certainly celery layer measures 2x4 with the whisper white measuring 1 7/8 x 3 7/8, and the small layer of chocolate chip behind the flower image measures 1x5.25. The stamping is easy! All you have to do is stamp the flower in purely pomegranate several times with pomegranate ink all over and then once again on the whisper white. Thest I stamped the chocolate ship over lay over the flower as well as the stem. Then I added the celery mat and added the jumbo eyelet with my crop-a-dial, tied a pretty ribbon and mounted on dimentionals! that is that! Like I said...super easy!

My next card measures just the same, but I used a couple different colors...after all the challenge is same same...same stamps, same layout, different colors!

For this card I choose to keep my chocolate chip base (it's one of my fav colors!) and added a color that I very rarely use...almost amathyst and so saffron (a bit more loved!) followed the same steps as above and called it a day!

I really like how both of these cards turned out...there are endless possibilities and I am actually thinking of making a set of cards just like this as a gift for my next hostess!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you join me in this challenge! If you do please use keyword SSMS05 if uploading to splitcoaststampers and be sure to leave me a comment so that I can see your gorgeous work!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Stampin'


Thursday, February 28, 2008

I'm Still alive...

I know I have been missing for quite some time...I'm here and alive, and all my people seem to be doing much better too! I will be back tomorrow with some projects to share in my same same challenge! I hope everyone is doing well!

Hugs and happy stampin!


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

I'm Back... With a verse and tutorial

So the babes are now sleeping, laundry is going and hubby is studying for an upcoming EMT test. I have completed my project, taken pictures and waiting for them to upload to my computer so that I can resize and add my watermark then finally add them here! Again, I appologize for the delay, Mela seems to be feeling better, but I know the evening can get a little rough!

With Valentine's Day just passed, I though this might be a good verse to keep the love going!

You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:39

I know this is sometimes hard for me to do, but who am I to judge others? In order to love God the way he loves me I need to love everyone, God loves me no matter what my faults might be and I need to do the same for others! How else am I to demonstrate the love of God to others if I have animocity towards them? How am I to show my children how much God loves us if I don't show God's love through my actions towards others? God put us here on earth so that we may show his love for us, but do we do that for everyone else? I might not like what someone is doing, or what they are wearing, but I am no one to be criticizing others. I know God loves me, and I love who God made me, so I should love others in the very same way!

These are my thoughts and opinions, I am not a theologan and am just putting my thoughts out there. Thank you soo much for reading my thoughts!

Tutorial Time

Today we are going to be using a very simple and inexpensive piece of office supply to create a very pretty photo holder, thank you gift, center piece, wedding shower/baby shower gift...anything really, the possibilities are endless!

The supplies:

Adhesive (I used my ATG 700), binder clip, Stampin' Write Marker, 2x3.25 piece of designer paper, white grosgrain ribbon, cardstock, various stamp sets, ink of desired colors.

Your first step will be to cut your designer paper to 2x3 1/4 inches. YOu will then want to add adhesive to the back of your designer paper. (you can also run it through your xyron machine, makes the project easier if you are working with young children!) Once you have added your choice of adhesive you will start to wrap it around the binder clip, ( I start by slipping the paper under the curved ridge, this will make the clip look really nice and crisp)

Now that your clip is nicely covered, you will want to add ribbon at the top so that you can insert a photo, or a stamped images or sentiment. This makes a perfect baby shower gift because the guest can take it home and once the baby is born you can send photos to be added to the other side!

On my clip, I used white grosgrain ribbon that I colored the dges to make a stipped ribbon. I simply used my certainly celery marker and colored along the raised sides of the ribbon and Voila! I love how this looks and the fact that I can get 48 different colors of ribbon from one spool and a set of markers!

So what's left? Well the last part of your project is to simple find the stamps you wan to use to create a topper (unless you're putting a 4x6 photo on this that is!)
I started mine with a piece of certainly celery cardstock that measures 3.5x2.75 and then matted it with a piece of goovey guava that measured 3.25x2.5 for some contrast. For the focal image I used a piece of whisper white hat measures 3 1/8 x 2 3/8 and stamped the polkadots from Polka Dots and paisley set in certainly celery. I then stamped the Thank you very much in Stazon black from the much appreciated set right under the polkadots.

To finish off the project I just stamped the main sentiment from God's Blessings right over the polkadots and adhered it to the other 2 layers, slipped in between the brackets on the clip and called it a day! So, what do you think? Super cute huh? I would lvoe to see what awesome creations you all come up with! When you make your own binder clips and post them on your blog or web gallery be sure to come back here and leave me a comment so that Ic an check them out too! When uploading them to SCS please use Keyword TTMS04 so that we can all check them out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Stampin'


Sorry About yesterday!

I had all intentions of posting yesterday's Tuesday's Teacher, but right about 11am Mela started getting a fever.... I took her temp and it was 103.3 so I called the docs (we already had an appointment for Bella's 9mth check up) and they were able to squeeze Mela in. So they do all the normals and check her ears and throat and he said everything looked normal and would I like to do a flu test? I said well she had the shot, but I guess while we're here might as well!

The nurse comes back, looks at me and say's "I'm sooo sorry!" YUP we have the FLU!!! Thow up all over me...NASTY, up most of the night and now she seems to be doing better...only wants cheettos, but they they have some of the basic food groups right? Dairy, breads??? Hey at least they're baked Cheettos!

Anywho, Andrew is home today so hopefully I'll get a chance to post Tuesday's Teacher...on a Wednesday!

Happy Stampin'


Monday, February 18, 2008

And the Candy goes to...

#14 Cheryl KVD...here is what she said!

OMG!!! What great candy you are offering!!! I have that punch that goes with the stamps and I just love it. Those stamps would be so cool to have!! I really like your card creations. They are very inspirational!Thanks!Cheryl KVD

So thank you sooo much for stopping by and please e-mail me your address at mabieme1999@yahoo.com so that I can send you your goodies!

Happy Stampin'


P.S. I'll be bacl later to share some awesome RAK's that I have gotten over the last week or so!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Same Same Friday!

Hello there ladies and gents! I know it's Friday and I'm way late with posting this, but it was a gorgeous day outside and we just had a blast playing...hmmmm I'm fearing the spring and summer...what will my blogging become? I'm sure I will have lots of time, so don't fear!

Here is my same same challenge. I actually got the sketch from an awesome blog called MY PAPER WORLD where she hosts a sketch challenge every two weeks! It's a fun challenge and it could go either way...regular card or tent topper style... I choose the tent topper like on her blog , just cuz I like the look!

So here are my cards!

The first one I really really like... The base of the card is made from shimmery white cardstock (love this stuff!!) and then the scalloped rectangle from my beloved Nestabilities! For this card I also colored the sky with the soft sky ink and aqua painter, the colors for the next card were just too dark and would not look right! This card is also for the color challenge (STCC17) found here and I just love the colors that Sara picked...I choose to use them very lightly, but I think it does the trick!


Stamps: Time well spent, curvey verses

paper: Shimmery white, soft sky, goovey guave, barely banana, certainly celery, designer paper in groovey guava

Ink: groovey guava, soft sky, barely banana, certainly celery, stazon-black

Accessories: Primas, page pebbles, nestabilities, aquapainter, crystal effects and dazzling diamonds glitter

For my next card...

I used some of the same colors but added tempting turquoise and brilliant blue, ad made the base of the card certainly celery...not sure that I like it or not! What I do like though is the contrast of the coloring with the same ink...just adding more color to the same spot, concentrated. and I like the lined paper, makes it look a little more linear next to the scallops which, to me, is a nice design element! I would of loved to color the sky, but again I think it would look too dark!So here are the deets!


Stamps: Time well spent, curvey verses

paper: certainly celery, groovey guava, tempting turquoise, brilliant blue, very vanilla, certainly celery designer series paper

ink: stazon black, groovey guava, certainly celery

accessories: primas, page pebbles, nestabilities, aqua painters, crystal effects, dazzling diamonds glitter

Thanks for stopping by! Remember if you do this challeng don't forget to come back and post a comment so that I can see it too! if uploading to SCS please use SSMS04 in the key word section so it will be easy for everyone to find!

Happy Stampin'


P.S. don't forget about the blog candy...there is still time to sign up!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

ohhh how sweet is this...

okay I just had to share tis awesome little puppy! Here is the info that was in my e-mail...isn't he just too precious!

A PUPPY has been born in Japan with a large,
clear, love-heart-shaped pattern in his coat.
The Chihuahua was born as one of a litter to a breeder.
Shop owner Emiko Sakurada said it was the first time a puppy with
the marks had been born out of a thousand she had bred .
She had no plans to sell the puppy, which has been named
The long-coated male Chihuahua puppy was born in Odate, northern

Happy Valentine's Day Evryone!!! quick sign up for the blog candy here!
Happy Stampin'

SU! March/April hostess special

There is a new special coming very soon...so when Sale-a-bration is over, we can still party!!! This special starts March18th and will end April 30th. The specal is for hostesses, with any $350 workshop you will automatically recieve an additional $25 in FREE merchandise...thats anything in the catalog...on top of the regular hostess benefits!!! So let me know if you would like to book a wor

kshop or host a book party...take the catalog to your friends and have them place orders...free goodies without the cleaning!!!

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to sign up for my blog candy giveaway, entries must be in by Sunday to be eligible!

Happy Stampin'


Happy Valentine's Day!

So here is my Dear Husbands (DH) card... I waited until last night to make it cuz I can't keep a secret...plus he reads my blog from time to time (hi Honey!) and I didn't want him to see it!! I used the Mojomonday sketch from Julee Tilmans blog Poetic Artistry and some papers that I have had stashed for a while. Plus I got some awesome crystals from my good SCS/blogging friend Sara from Sara's Stamping Sanctuary along with some chipboard shapes, hadn't had a chance to use them yet, so there ya go! I actually LOVE the crytals and have been wanting to use them for a while now, when I saw this weeks sketch I knew they were going to be put to good use!

I love the rubons for the main image...the thing I love most is that you can use all or just a portion of the rub-on without too much effort and it still looks awesome. For this one it had 2 more scolly things on either side of the wording and I just cut it off and left it on the transfer sheet for later use...not wasteful and personalization without too much of a mess!

Seriously, this card took all of 15 minutes to make! I think it took longer to upload, resize and add a watermark than it did to create! Of course when you have such a great sketch, it really does come together rather nicely!

So go ahead...check out the mojo Julee has and make your own card! I must admit I altered the sketch just a tad, but I really do like how it turned out and I know hubby will too...at least he better! LOL

I also wanted to share with you this AWESOME box of goodies that i got from my friend Pinky...isn't she the best! So many goodies for me...Thank you soooo much I can not wait to play with all my goodies!

As always thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stampin'


P.S. Don't forget to enter for the blog candy giveaway in yesterdays post! You have until Noonish on Sunday!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Blog Candy Anyone???

So as promised...here is some YUMMY blog candy for you all to enjoy! This is a retired SU! hostess appreciation set from the last catalog called Party punch. This set coordinates with both the round tab punch and the Designer label punch. Along with the stamp set, you will also get an assortment of (8) 6x6 designer series papers and 4 large prima flowers!

What do youneed to do to get entered for such a lovely prize? Just leave me a comment and let me know what you have enjoyed so far on my blog!

A winner will be choosen on Sunday (Feb 17th, 2008). The winner will be choosen using Random.org. Good luck to all, and again thanks for stopping by and I hope you visit often! Don't forget to come back on Friday and do my Same Same challenge!

Have a super super day!

Happy Stampin'


So I missed TUesday's Teacher

Hubby ws home yesterday and we went to a friends house for lunch and hung out some. Then I ran some errands and by the time we got home it was time to get the kids to bed, finish Davids's Valentine's (his party was today) and watch the all important American Idol and let's not forget hanging out with hubby!!! I didn't want to throw something together for the sake of pasting, so I will have to make it up to you! Blog Candy WILLL be posted later today!

I can not believe that I have already had 2500 hits!!! I'm soooo glad to be blogging, it really is a fun way to share what I do with you! Thanks for putting up with me when I don't post and thanks for coming back!

Have a super day!
Happy Stampin'

Monday, February 11, 2008

Verve Visual Feb Guest Designer

As most of you know I was one of the gust designers for Verve Visual, they have some awesome clear stamps that are a joy to stamp with! When Julee Tilman over at Poetic Artistry e-mailed me and asked me to be a guest designer for her I about fell out of my chair!!!! I was sooo very excited! I hope she wasn't disappointed by what I created! Here are my projects! They were a whole lot of fun to create...youc an also look at them in the Verve Visual gallery found here.
I love how this fram turned out! I used some designer paper that I have had for quite some time (almost 2 years!!!) and covered this fram using modge Podge. I then cut out some flowers from the made sheet of paper and added them as an accent. Tied some ribbin and the fram itself was done! I wanted to add a sentiment to the inside and This set lent itself perfectly for what I was intending to do with this frame (it's a gift for a dear friend!) I stamped the sentiment on the pink vellum and the flower image in the whisper white with pink passion craft ink. The sentiment at the bottom of the frame was also stamped with stazn brown on whisper white cardstock and then used a variety of punches to layer the sentiment on! Isn't ot cute!
This card was a breeze to make! I used the Ginger blossom from SU! designer paper and just stamped the sentiment from Serenity right on it, matted it with chocolate chip and cameo coral and layered all of it onto River rock cardstock. On the river rock base I did stamp the starburst from starl;ight star bright set (also from Verve Visual). I finished off this card with the slot punch and some true thyme stitched ribbon.
For my last card I wanted to go a lit more manly! So I chose a very simple layout and color scheme...more earthy. The colors for this card are confetti white for the base, true Thyme for the scalloped layer, followed by creamy carmel and the main image is also confetti white! For the stamps I used Refuge and Strength by SU! and stamped the sentiment from Serenity by Verve Visual on top of the card. The designer paper is a retired SU! print that I got the color scheme from! I hope you enjoyedthe projects I created for my Guest Designer spot for Verve Visual! Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stampin'
P.S. I have now reached 2500 hits, so check back soon for some yummy blog candy!!!!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Same Same Friday!

Here we are again...for todays same same challenge I chose some interesting color combos...but Hey I like them!

Your challege is to make 2 cards using the same stamps and the same layout (you can use mine or your own) but DIFFERENT colors...everything else should be the same...the embelishments don't have to be exact, as long as there are embelishments in the same positions!

I was going for a more masculine look for this card... I need to send my cousin a birthday card today and so why not use it for my challenge! He's a teen boy so I didn't want a lot of fluff, but still a nice card. I went very bare bones, but needed some ribbon in there, I don't think it's too feminine, do you?


Stamps: Older and wise, background basic

paper: wild wasabi, barely banana, tempting turquoise

ink: barely banana, tempting turquoise, summer sun, wild wasabi, stazon black

accessories: mono milti, glitter, wild wasabi stripped ribbon, ticket corner punch, cutter kit

For my second card I went a little more non-traditional again, but more girly. I really like these colors together, but I think there needs to be another layer under the orange...a soft sky layer maybe, but since I didn't add it to the fisrt, I could add it to this one!

The ribbon is a little too high and the color isn't just right, but I think it works! I do love how pronounced the star are in the background panel though...and there could be more pink on the candles, but live and learn right?


Stamps: older and wider, background basics

ink: pink passion, soft sky, only orange, summer sun, stazon black

paper: soft sky, only orange, pink passion, soft sky, whisper white

accessories: pomegranate double stitched ribbon, ticket corner punch, mono multi, glitter

Thanks for stopping by! I can't wai to see your creations...if you upload them to you blog or scs gallery don't forget to stop by and leave me a comment so that I can check them out too! Please use Key word SSMS03

Happy Stampin'


Thursday, February 7, 2008

I got an AWARD!!!

I would like to take this time to thank all the little people that made this possible! I will be here all night and am signing autographs...please no pushing, elbowing, name calling or hair pulling to get to me fisrt...you will all get a chance! LOL Okay no seriously!

Shelly over at Stampwithshelly nominated me! Thank you sooo much Shelly you have no idea what this means to mean...you like me, you really like me!!!

So now it's my turn to pass the torch! Here are some of my FAB friends and awesome bloggers that I am nominating for this awesome award! (Okay, some of them I just wish they were my friends, but I do love their blogs and I know we would BFF if they knew me and that I *stalked* their blogs!)

Laura (Loving Life in Las Vegas)

Sara Cleveland

Cammie King

Alli Miles

Taylor VanBruggen

Keri Brown

Kathy Kostvig

Okay ladies, your turn to pass on the *E*

So go check out these ladies blogs and leave them some love! Have a super day!

Happy Stampin'


MFT Guest desinger contest once again!

So I gave it another go at the MFT Guest designer contest, I love my creations, but I think this one belongs to Laura over at Wish you were here. She weaved her own basket out of cardstock for peets sake!!! How can a girl compete with that??? I guess I should of slaked off more at school and taken under water basket weaving!

Anywho, I will definately be trying again next month!!! Here are the cute little containers I made!
It's made with the Cerise paper...my FAV (too bad it's no longer available!!!) and I used some light weight coasters to make the box itself...I cut them down to 3x4 and covered them with the paper. I then used my Cuttlebug and my new Scalloped Rectangle Nestabilities to created the window. To add the acetate, I just sandwiched it between the coaster and the black cardstock on the inside...too easy!
So because I was feeling lazy, I used a hot glue gun and adhered it all together...this is acutally a 3x3 square box...just 4 inches tall.

For the Lid, I used some more coasters and cut it to 3 1/8 square and used the leftovers from the sides doe the hand down part... I covered the top of the box with the designer paper as well and added a sentiment and some embelishments. painted the sides with red craft paint and added the scallops (cut off the largest rectangle Nestabilities) added a ribbon, some more scallopsa shrinky heart (from the always set) a sentiment and called it a day!

Isn't the sentiment cute? In the box there are a bunch of life Savers and one Worthers... I was hoping to put more in there, but that was all I had...anywho I think it's cute and will make a great little something for someone...even if I do change the sentiment!

And for my next entry... I used...gasp...some...coasters! LOL So I use these a lot, but hey I have a lot, so why not right?

I really like how this tirned out too! I love these bright colors...they just look sooooo springy...which I wish it was, even though the temps are spring like, there are no leave, no chirping crickets, no spring smells. (ooppss I'v gone off on a tangent again!)
Again I cut down the coasters, this is 4x4x2
The sentiment is actually a rub on that I have had for quite some time and I have no clue where I got it...Traget I think a while back. And I also happened upon this super cute ket chain thing and I thought it would look cute on here... added some eyelets, ribbon, and adhesive just to be on the safe side and called it a day for the boxes! And then I cut all the papers for the chocolate nuggets (1 1/8 x3 inches) and stamped a little flower in the center of each (same flower that's on the box) once that was done, I stamped the flower again on the cello bag, tissue paper and tag. Put the chocolate in the bag and pretty ribbons and you have got yourself a pretty little gifty gift!
I hope you get a chance to stamp today...so much fun and sooo good to you too!
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stampin,

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Pictures, Piercings, and Presents!

So today was absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I live on the east coast...for those of you not aware, and it is down right cold...except for today, it was 70 degree's can you believe it? I was shocked! we played outside, rode bikes, had a blast! Then this afternoon we went to the mall and had some pictures taken at the Picture people! They are having a special...12 personalized photo cards with envelopes and one 8x10 or 10x13 for just $12!!!! I know I couldn't believe it either! Usually one 8x10 alone is $18...and now with the no sitting fee...who could beat that! The kids were super cute and Bella decided she didn't want to smile...which is okay, we took a million pictures and she just wanted to eat and not smile...there were even a few tears mixed in there! Crazy kid!!!

So please pardon the not so good quality of this, but pictures of pictures aren't always the best quality...but I just wanted to show you the cuteness! I was going to suprize the hubby (he's at a class in PA and I thought it would make a great Valentine's Day present!) but I can't keep a secret from him for more than 5 seconds, so I told him! He is excited to see them, and that's why I can share them with you too!

The kids had been so good at the Picture People that I decided to take them to the mall play park...I love our mall... I mean Town Center (they spent a ton of money refurbishing it and had to give it a fancy name! LOL) it is really really cute! The kids love to play there and I made a new friend! Hi Libby!!! But on the way to the play park I spotted the piercing Pagoda and I had called the Docs to see if they could pierce Bella's ears when it was convenient for me and never seem to be able to get in there, plus they are spendy! Anywho I stopped to check the price and found it was much more reasonable then the docs so I went ahead and did it! Bella was an Angel! She didn't even cry...just grunted after the second ear and that was about it! Don't her earings just look adorable??? I had Mela's ears pierced when she was 2 months old and I was starting to feel guilty about not having Bella's ears pierced yet...plus I didn't want to wait too much longer because then she will start messing with them and try to pull them out! So there you have it...super cute earing girl...and a smile, which she would NOT give at the Picture People!!!

And last but definately NOT least! I stopped by my AWESOME and really one of my BEST friends house Danielle ( I think I totally messed up the gramatical structure of that sentence, but you get the idea!) and got some rectangle hinge tins from her and then she had some goodies for me! A whole bunch of presents...and it's not even my birthday!!! I have some of the BEST friends and they are always blessing me with a littole somehting! I was trying to clean my basement and was thinking that I really needed some more paper organizers and lo and behold here they are! The Lord is definately good and always provides for our needs! Danielle just gave me all this awesome stuff from Cropper Hopper...including a little Lunchbox by Tim Holtz...Danielle you are definately a blessing in my life and I thank God for you often!
I really have nothing stamping related to share with you this evning, but thanks for stopping by and letting me share some of my everyday life with you!
Happy Stampin'


Tuesday's Teacher

For todays Tuesday's Teacher I am going to be doing a product review instead of a tutorial... I hope you enjoy it just as much as the tutorials! But first for todays Bible verse...

There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many? John 6.9

WOW, 5 barley loaves...that is nothing amongst 5thousand! But God is great and can provide through whatever circumstance we are currently going through! Ability is one of those greatly overrated commodoties, it is very important for us to have a skill, it is even more important for us to be open to what God wants us to be doing with that skill! The ordinary is made extraordinary when placed in the hands of the master...just like the loaves, an etraordinary feat in the hands of the master. What skills do you have that you are not giving to the Lord? Are you affraid to hand it all to God and let him do his will with the gifts he gave you? If you are open and have the Lord be your master, your guide, he will help you perfect your skill and use it for his Glory! Give him your fish and loaves and watch them multiply!

Nestabilitiesare in Da house!!!

Okay I got these nestabilities last Monday...so it's been about a week and I had just broken my cuttlebug (B)plates and needed to have then replaced...lucky me we went into town and I was able tp purchase some at Micheals using a 40% coupon...made them about $4...not too bad! So I have been using my nestabilities non stop since I got them! What are they you might ask? They are die cuts to use with any die cut machine...they are actually made by Spellbinders to use with their wish, but they are compatible with many different die cutting machine. I personally use my cuttlebug with them and it has been working perfectly!

What I don't like is that I need to purchase a new little mat so that I am able to emboss and unfortunately I did not see the mat at the place I bought the dies, So I will have to seach for the mat...What do I need this extra mat you ask? well the Nestabilities not only cut, but they also emboss!!!! thats right they are able to emboss inside one another! I have not been able to do this yet, but i can not wait to try it!

Where do you get these little beauties and how much are they? Well, you can actually get them at many different places, but the cheapest place I have found them at http://www.ucutathome.com/ and they have the BEST prices!!! If you sign up to be a VIP customer with them, they will automatically send you a coupon one a month for 40% off to be used on morst anything in their on-line store!

Do they have speedy service? Well I ordered mine on the 12th of January and didn't get them until just last week, so they are a bit slow, but for the price I payed I am willing to wait!

The Nestablities in most places cost $80 for the combo pack...I got the rectangle scalloped package...which is a total of 20 dies that nest within each other, for a grand price of $51 yup $51 (plus shipping or course) thats 20 dies people! I know that on of the HUGE marvy punches it cost right around $24, so for just a little more you have so much more capability!

So will your die cutting machine work with the nestabilites and if so do you need any anything else to make them emboss? Well Nichole Heady over at http://www.papertreyink.com/ has come up with an awesome tutorial...so rather than re-invent the wheel here is the Tutorial for the Nestabilities Compatability
And here is the card I mad using my Nestabilites!

Not only does it use the Nestabilities, but it also meets todays color challenge on Splitcoaststampers CC154, but it also uses the Mojo Monday sketch of Julee Tilman ownder of Verve Visual over at Poetic Artistry

I absolutely LOVED this sketch! YOu actually had to make a square card and follow the sketch... I for one love square cards and have a bunch of 6.5x6.5 envelopes, so this was an easy challenge for me! Plus I had just used this paper for yesterdays cootie catchers and had some left over and knew they would fit perfectly... at fisrt I didn't think I would like the blue, but it's a bery nice accent color! I stamped the bird in Real Red craft ink and covered it with clear embossing powder, once I heat set it, I used a sponge and sponged the appricot appeal int he flowered section... I just love this little bird. the rest came together pretty easy! scallops, layers, ribbon...let me know if you have any questrions!


Stamps: Always

Paper: real red, very vanilla, appricot appeal, ballet blue, cerise DSP

ink: craft real red, approcot appeal, ballet blue

accessories: 1/3/8 circle punch, 1/16th corner rounder (for scallops on horizontal strip), ribbon (red gingham, 5/8 inch grosgrain) sponge, ballet blue marker, cuttlebug, Nestabilities

Take yourself on over to Poetic Artistry...Julee is having a contest you don't want to miss!
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Happy Stampin'

Monday, February 4, 2008

Try a New Technique...

or TLC on Splitcoaststampers every monday! I love this challenge and love how it turned out! The cootie catcher is super easy to make and if you have forgotten and have a daughter in 4-6th grade you can ask them how to makr them! Hey they would probably even help you!
I acutally loved doing the Dahlia fold so much from last weeks TLC challenge that I made another one...using the same designer paper and everything...might just give this and last weeks card as a hostess gift for an upcoming workshop! The only stamp on this whole thing is the holidays and wishes set for the sentiment. Although I did use one of the pretty whinestone brads from the pretties kit (I'm trying NOT to hoard!)
I also used my nestabilities to make the scallop around rectangle...love those nestabilities!

I wanted to show you a close up of this ribbon...isn't it cute! One of my AWESOME downlines (Nikki) showed me how to curl ribbon a few months back and I have never been then same! Isn't it too cute? It isn't hard either...just get some dowel rods, wrap the ribbon around it and secire down (I used my ATG's adhesive) and then place it in the oven at 220 degrees and bake for 25 minutes remore and unwrap...super cool huh?
The best part is this works with any kind of ribbon...even organdy, and the sheers with dots!
Give it a try! you know you want to!
Her is the base all filled up with skittles (DS wanted to eat them but I laid down the law! LOL I think when I give it to someone I will try to get matching candies...would look soo cute with red, pink and silver hershey kisses...don'cha think?

and this is a little closer up of the base... I really wanted to show you the pretty scallops!
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Happy Stampin'

Friday, February 1, 2008

SU Recruiting Special & Sale-a-bration is HERE

This is awesome news!!! Not only do you get any set from the catalog up to a $47.95 value, but you also get the started kit for just $159!!! So if you have ever considered becoming a Stampin' Up! Demostrator, NOW is the time! Need an upline? Contact me and I can get you all set up!

And last but definately NOT last Sale-a-bration SAB) has started!!! With each SU! Purchase of $50 or more you get a FREE stamp set of your choice from the SAB mini catalog! So go ahead, make a list, check it twice...then send me your orders! Sale-a-bration end March 17th so hurry hurry!
Have a big order? Host a workshop or book party and recieve hostess benefits! More FREE goodies? What could be better?
Click HERE to see the free stamp sets and rub-ons you can choose from!
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Happy Stampin'

Same Same Challenge 2

Okay ladies (and gents if your out there reading this) I am sooo excited about todays same same challenge... I only usd a wheel and a sentiment and the colors to me are very cool! I said to me, so if you don't like them sorry!

For this challenge I used the new Classic Stars wheel from SU! and the Nursery necessities stamp set for the sentiment.
for both cards I also used the large star punch and th 1 3/8th circle punches and the piercing mat and a pin to pierce

For this first card I used pretty in pink, green galore and barely banana cardstock. I stamped the wheeled image in pretty in pink on pretty in pink ( 1 1/4 inches by 9 inches long) cardstock and layered it on barely banana cardstock (1 3/8 inches by 9 inches long). Then I wheeled the images again in both colors on whisper white cardstock and cut them out with my paper snips. Finally I arranged them on my card base (green galore here) and did some paper piercing.
To pierce the star with precision, I simply punched out a star layered it on the card where I wanted it and used my pin and mat to pierce around it. to finish it off I just stamped the sentiment with basic black on the pixie pink cardstock and voila...you are done!
No the pink little star on the big star was a happy accident and I was not able to do it agai on the bottom card, that is why they are a tad bit different.
And here is my same same card copied! I really like it in these colors too and I love this card soo much I might try it in yet another color combo... we will see how much time i have today!
I unfortunately did NOT have the fisrt card in front of me when I made this second one, so the stars are a little different, but they are ALL from the same wheel!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you play in my challenge! If you do please leave me a comment so that I can check it out leave you a comment! If you are uploading it to Splitcoaststampers be sure to use key word SSMS02 so that we can all find it easily!
Have a super day!
Happy Stamping!