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Friday, May 30, 2008

A trio of cards!

So todays LSC170 challenge on splitcoast was to make 3 cards using the same stamps, same embelishments and same colors but different laouts... I was up to the challenge and this is what I came up with!
Here is my trio...you can't see all the cards completely, so I will showyou more...cuz I always want to see more when I look at blogs too! Pics baby it's all about the pics!
This is the *normal* sized card... it was my fisrt one...the jumping board for the rest...not my favorite although there are elements of this one that I really like... I like how the ribbon goes over all the layers and I really like how I inked the edge of the card with versamark and them silver embossed that as well! Not too sure about all the white space and I know I need a sentiment in there somewhere...but that didn't fit the parameters of the challenge (I didn't want the same sentiment on all the cards!) After though...I LOVE the little bow!!!

This little cutie measures 4.25 x 4.25... I love this one as well...something about all that darness and then the Love shinning through! I also really like the sponging of the old olive on the silver embossed hearts. I also like how the ribbon goes under just one of the hearts.

This card Measures 3x6...it's one of my favs! I love the whole layout! And really this came from loack of supplies! I only had a little scrap of the green left and I really wanted to use it on this card and Voila...Not too sure about the ribbon, but the green and black layer really make me happy! As well as the silver embossing on the black!

All of these cards were super simple and super easy to make and I really enjoyed this challenge!

Thanks for looking and as always...Happy Stampin'!

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Cards are Packed!

We are going on vacation to the Outer Banks in August, now I'm very excited as I love the beach, but a little nervous because it qill be the first long car ride with all 3 kids! We drive an hour to mu parents all the time, so I'm hoping 5 won't be so bad!
Here is a close up of the box...easy decor...I mean the kids will probably have these ripped in no time!
Just in case though, I thought I would make the older kids a little travel game! I made the box myself...let me know if you would like a tutorial! I used my trusty Scor-Pal to help me! Then I simply made little little cards to go inside! the cards measure 2.5x3.5 and they are supoer simple to make!
I decided our game would be to look for the items on the cards as we are driving, and then I decided to leave the cards blank so that the kids could also color them...bonus! 2 for 1!!!
So what do you think? Do you like them?
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy stampin'

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Thank you So Much!

So my friend Wendy called me the other day and asked me if I wanted to make some scarpbook pages to have on display as samples at one our our area scrapbook stores...and you know I ain't no fool...LOL So of course I totally agreed! I went to her house yesterday to pick up my goodies and then she had a BUNCH of other things for me. I mean a BUCNH! one of the things in there was a super cute clear stamp set by http://www.sassafraslass.com/ and so I just had to use it to make a cute card...these stamps are called fliparoos and once you stamp your image you can actually flip the clear stamp over so that the image is now adhered to the block and you can stamp the shadow...how cool is that! I know I was flipping out...quietly because the kids were sleeping!!!
Anywho here is a card I made using the Splitcoast sketch challenge found here.
Stamps: So many Saying (SU!) Stunning Spirals (Sassafrs Lass)
Paper: Cool caribean, really rust, certainly celery, Gazebo Bias Plaid DP by Chatterbox, shimmery white CS
Inks: Basic Black, certainly celery, really rust
Accessories: Marvy scalliped punch, eyelets, CAD
All Supplies from SU! unless otherwise specified.
Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stampin'

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

ohhhhh is it Tuesdy?

WOW is it really Tuesday! Seems odd, we celebrated so muc yesterday that I thought it was Monday today! I can not believe I let the time fool me! Hmmm I don't have a tutrial, but I do have a bible verse for ya and a pretty card to look at!

Here is the Bible verse:

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13

I thought this verse was fitting considering we just celebrated Veterans day yesterday. I am so thankful to all the men and women who have done and continue to protect our Nation. I am greateful not only because they defend and protect us and our rights, but because they CHOOSE to do so! So to you a great big thank you!

Another person that choose to protect us and out right to choose was Jesus Christ, he made the Ultimate sacrifice, he died on that cross so that we could choose weather to love Him and believe in Him. He loved us and will always love us no matter what we choose! I choose to loveHim back and to be thankful for the great sacrifice He made for me and you! Thank you Jesus for what you did!

And this is my pretty card! It's for todays color challenge on SCS (my first clue that it's Tuesday...since the color challenge is ONLY posted on Tuesdays!) Ohh well...I'll have a tutorial for you all next week!
Today's colors of choice were: Chocolate chip, sage shadow very vanilla

I really enjoyed working with these colors...especially since I still had a love not laying around and thought it was perfect for a little extra something to add to the front of the card!

And here is the card opened in the fron...now the card also open from the bottom, that is where I wrote my message...hopefully she'll find the extra special message!

The stamp set is by Verve Visual and it's called Serenity...you can go to http://www.shopverve.com to purchase the set...it's awesome and super to work with! I used my nestabilities to make my scalloped rectangle and some ribbon and that's pretty much it! Super simple card, but I think it's super cute!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stampin'!

Thats all I have for you today! I hope you like my cards!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A sketch Challenge card

I made this card for tdays SCS challenge found here. I love how it turned out and it was super simple to make! Even the grid was easy! I stamped the leaves of the flowers with certainly celery ink (I actually stamped the whole flower because I knew I was going to cover the stamps anyways) Anywho the felt is actually some sort of trim I for from Joanns dollar section, it has like 20 or so flowers on it and I just cut off 2 of them and off I went!

This card was also made my my BFF that had to have emergency appendectomy surgery this week...Love you Jackie!
The Supplies:
Stamps: print pattern background (su!) serenity (verve visual)
Ink: certainly celery, bashful blue, stazon black
Paper: Bashful blue, certainly celery, close to cocoa, only orange, pink passion
Accessories: Scor-pal, small oval punch, word window punch

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tuesday's Teacher

Today's verse actually just appeared to me from within my computer! I have been thinking all day about what verse to use and not really coming to one that really hit home, so I got on to one of my favorites and trusty website Splitcoaststampers and quickly found a verse that really spoke to me! This verse was actually a banner for a new stamp set just released from a company called Our Daily Bread. Wanna know what it is? Okay here it goes!

Show me Your ways, oh Lord; teach me Your paths. Psalm 25:4

Okay so this verse really spoke to me in more than one way! First it made me think that we often time trust in ourselves and not in the Lord to guide us and show us where he wants us t be...the Lord knows the plans He has for us! And second, it reminded me how impatient we can be about where we think we should be and where the Lord is taking us! Here is my perfect example for today...Godcidence for sure! So today I was supposed to teach a scrapbooking class at my LSS (local scrapbook store) and had to reschedule due to a miss communication on hubbies work schedule. So we had the class changed and I was supposed to go there for 2 sessions instead one...one today and the other on Thursday! I live about 30 minutes from the LSS and you know with the gas prices and all this was NOT going to be convenient for me...not to mention hubby is only off on Tuesday and Thursday this week and we would not see each other much. Anyways I try to be a woman of my word and stick to what I've committed to, so I told the owner that I would teach the classes on separate days to make it convenient to the participants.

Anyways so I get to the LSS and I was setting up for class, I have to go to the front to get something and introduce myself to one of the customers in the store, she said "Oh, nice to meet you, I'm taking the same class from you on Thursday" so we get to talking and she decided to go ahead and take the class today instead of Thursday!!! So now I don't have to go back on Thursday and I don't have to worry about not spending time with hubby! Gos is SOOOOO good! This is a perfect example that if you live your life the way God wants you to he will always take care of you! Thank you Jesus for loving me and always taking care of me!!! What else am I being impatient about? I need to trust the Lord with everything in my life, he is the master potter, let Him mold you!

Product Review

Since I had been with my class at the LSS I decided to do a product review and show you another card I had made with one of my FAVORITE new tools! Yup you guessed it, the Scor-Pal. I think I'm in love! Let me just say that it's one of the easiest tools to use! It makes perfect Score marks every time and they look soooo crisp and professional! Seriously I don't think my fold lines have ever matched up so perfectly before! I also love the Scor-Pal website...they have some awesome tutorials and projects with step by step pictures to show you how to make each one and they have a super easy printer friendly version of each one!

So what does this thing cost?
They aren't too terribly expensive, they are approximately $29.99, not a bad price to pay for perfect score lines and a professional look!

Where can I get one of these bad boys?
If you live in the Culpeper area they should be arriving at Stamp-N-Scrap shortly...if not you can always order from the Scor-Pal website itself

Do I really need one of these?
YES!!!! It is the best.

What else can I do besides score with this thing?

well, I'm glad you asked! You can make some amazing things with it! I created a Faux wood texture on my Noah's Ark card a couple weeks ago. and you can also make embossed lines, grids or squares with it...check out this Scor-Pal grid technique tutorial on Splitcoaststampers...isn't it the best!

Here is my card using the tutorial:

Here is a close up of the grid...isn't it cool looking? I used these rain dots by cloud nine that my good friend Riley sent me the other day...Thanks Riley!!!

And this is a close up of the gals! Aren't the nice and colorful? Ready for summer! I also added a rain drop to the flower on the shopping bag for a little extra glitz!

And last but not least...the card! Isn't it cute? I lvoe the bright colors and all the gleam of the rain dots...especially the ones on the grid...what an awesome accent!
Stamps MFT
Paper: SU! tempting turquoise, pixie pink, green galore, only orange
accessories: Scor-pal, rain drops by cloud nine, water color wonder crayons, aqua painter

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have a FAB day and happy stamping...or sleeping, whichever comes first!

Monday, May 19, 2008

As promised...

Here are some pictures of this weekends FABULOUS FIRST birthday pictures...Hmmmm Maybe that's what I should title her pages when I make them??? This first picture is of her opening one of her presents...I'm just so in love with the shear joy she gets from a little doll baby. She gets all gidy and excited and she actually rocks and sings to her babies...How do they learn these things?

I made her little cake myself and was pretty proud of the frosting color if I do say so myself! Our DS helped with decorating the cake...he added the sprinkles, and did a mighty fine job if I do say so myself! And then I just had to add the little girly polka dots...what a fun cake, and she didn't even want it! She just touched it a little on the top and that was it!

What did she want instead of that super cute super delicious cake you might ask? You guessed it...WATERMELON! I know I know, what kind of kid chooses watwemelon over cake?

So after a HUGE weekend of parting this child was tuckered out! My niece Meghan was pulling her around in the little wagon and I reallyt do think a few more minutes and she would of been asleep!

Thanks for stopping by! More stamping and Tuesday's Teacher tomorrow!

Have a blessed day!

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Double the Fun

Here is a little bag I made for todays challenge over on splitcoaststampers! It was a lot of fun and SUPER easyt o make! Here are the instructions. In the front pocket I hace 4 note cards & in the back pocket I have the matching envelopes!

This was so simple to make... you have to try it! The instructions say to use a different punch for the robbon, but I used some eyelets so it would be a bit strudier!

Here is a closer view of the flower...I used some transparencies as well for the flowers...can you see them? don't they look cool!

Thanks for stopping by! I will be back later with some pictures of Bellas Birthday party!

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Sissy is Hosting a bridal shower...

So I had a little work to do! I stared with the invites a few months ago and have now completed the set! She asked me to make her 25 shower favors, 30 thank you note cards and a scrapbook for the bride to be! So here are some pictures of the projects! You have already seen the favors from this Tuesdays entry, so we will skip right long to the thank you cards and the Scrapbook!

Here is a little look at the front of the album, I stamped the cover with SU! ink...normally I would use craft ink, but since I was just doing a small portion that really didn't matter if it got a little blurry, I decided to go ahead and use the classic! I then stamped the over lay with the encore silver and the date with the black stazon...I followed it up with a little heat set with my embossing gun...not too long about 20 seconds or so.
A little closer view so you can see what the detail looks like...neato huh!
This is the last page in the album...I somehow got rid of the picture of the center pages, but they look similar to this one, On this one is a spot for someone to write what the bride is getting so that she cn keep all important things together...and not loose her list for her thank you notes! The other pages have a spot for th bride's picture on one side and a spot for each guest to write a little something to the bride...I love this idea, something the bride will cherish forever!
And these are her thank you cards! Aren't they sweet! I didn't want anything too complicated...since I was making 30, they are all heat embossed and one layer... I really like how they turned out and I lvoe how the thank you kinda looks like the stem of the flower!

If you are interested in a gift package similar to this one please feel free to e-mail me here for any questions you might have!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stampin'

Friday, May 16, 2008

WAHHHHH....My Baby is 1!!!

Okay So I know I should be jumping for joy about my baby being one, but she is my last baby and I want her to stay small forever! My sweet little Isabella turned one today...we had a busy day or running errands getting ready for her party on Sunday, getting her pictures taken and then going to see some family! Here are some pictures of her from today...isn't she a doll!

She's a little Sassy, but we love her and feel prett complete with her in our home!

Thanks for stopping by! I will share some stamping with you tomorrow!

Thursday, May 15, 2008


Okay so you might be wondering what inchies are right? Inchies are little one inch pieces of chipboard or cardstock that you can stamp on...they are all the rage right now and guess what...I have some...LOL I love how this card came out, it was part of the Ways to Challenge on SCS and I also use it for Dylan's (son of a friend) birthday card. I hope hge likes it as much as I liked making it!

I used the stamp set Pun Fun and stamped on these little one inh pieces and I then just simply colored them in with my SU! Stampin' Write markers. Added some ribbon and called it a day...one of the more simple cards I have made lately!

And here is a closer look at the inchies...so easy to color I was ashamed at how little time I took, I really want this to think he's special for peates sake! Just kidding I was actually pretty excited at how quick I could put this little guy together!

And then I just had to make him some cookies...and let me tell you they are as yummy as they look...maybe soon I'll share the recipe with you all!

Do you need inchies? If so let me know! I can get you 20 of them for just $2.50 and that includes shipping!

Have a super day!
Happy Stampin'

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tuesday's Teacher

Today has been a bit of a frenzy! I have been working on some bridal shower favors for my sister and a scrapbook for her to give to a bride...she's hosting a shower at her house this coming Saturday! So with out further wait...here is today's Bible verse.

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which can not be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people from this time forth and forever. Psalm 125:1-2

Gosh if Gods love, strength and comfort are like a mountain that surrounds us I really never want to leave the valley! The Lord God is such a light to me, He strengthens me when I am weak, he lifts me up when I am in need of hope, He gives me courage when there is no courage to be had...I find such comfort in knowing that God is there for me, that He loves me unconditionally and that He will ALWAYS love me, always be there for me no matter how far I stray or how unhappy I make him with the bad choice I make. God loves me, and He loves you too! I pray that today you are touched by His grace, His love and His unending power to surround you forever!

Tutorial: Bridal Shower Favors
Supplies:For this project, you will need:
- a sheet of cardstock that measures 4x10.5 inches (shere shimmery white)
- your scor-pal or other scoring tool
- a good adhesive
-some eyelets
-crop-a-dial or other eyelet setting tool
-stamp set
-coordinating accessories
For your first step you will want to place your piece of cardstock in the upper corner of your Scor-pal and score at 3.5 inches and again at 7 inches.
Once you have scored it fold the cardstock with the "valley" on the outside...one side will be slightly longet than the other, so it's important to fold it before you cut off the inside flap. Once you have located the shorter flap place it on your paper trimmer with the score line in one cutting groove coming down to almost the opposite corner...see picture.
Your paper should look like this. It is faced down with the valleys on the outside here.
For this next step I used my crop-a-dial to punch the holes in the sides of each flap...I used the large whole punch. I kept my card closed and ounched half way into the cardstock with the hole punch...leaving a half a hole behind.
You will then want to thread your ribbon through first and then add adhesive to the bottom flap...in the picture it shows glue up the short side...after doing 20 I DON'T recommend it! it will be easier to insert the tea bags if you do NOT add the glue to the short flap!
Once you have glued the flap down you will want to add an eyelet to the inside...this will make it more sturdy for the tea bags...plus I alittle dazzle or bling never hurt anyone!
Here is a picture of the inserted tea bags...doesn't it look nice!
And last but not least here is the finished product! I used the heartfelt thanks stamp set and the brides wedding colors. The info was typed up on the computer and I used the write me a memory font CD from SU! I just LOVE the fonts that it has! This whole project was totally inspired by Kittie...one of my customers and good friend! I hope this is what mysis waslooking for and I hope the recipients will enjoy it! So go ahead...make one for yourself, you know you want to!
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stampin'