Sunday, August 30, 2009

New Blog

Whoo hoo!!!! My brother came to the rescue and in less than 10 minutes, was able to tell me how to down size my photos, he transfered everything from this blog onto my new one and is helping me with other questions. I would love to have you pop over and visit me at I will be posting more of my new creations there and will no longer be using this one. Thanks and enjoy your Sunday night.


We have a birthday party for our cousins kids tonight. Here is the card I made for their 16 (I think :) ) year old boy.

The money holder was made by adhering a strip of blue cs to the inside of the card. I then put a strip of poke-a-dot paper over it and added a staple to two opposite corners. The pictures below are the card and gift I made for their three year daughter. I had this baby paper in my wrapping stash. I don't use it because it has a defect going through the middle of the paper throughout the entire roll. Instead of recycling I opted to reuse it. I flipped it over and stamped the happy birthday image all over it using colorbox chalk rouge.

Then I decided to use the card I made as part of the packaging rather than sticking it in an envelope.

What do you think? I challenge you to find something to reuse before having it going into your recycling bin. I'd love to see what you create...share it in the comments section. Thanks for looking.


I am trying to set up my new blog at wordpress (that was a gift from my brother and his family)and I am getting no where. I was hoping to have it done today and to have the link for you so you could start visiting me there. Since I have been unsuccessful for the last two+ hours I am giving up for now and posting some of my stuff here. Thanks for listening to my frustrations. Here are the two pregnancy cards that I uploaded over there but they will only upload in the full-size. The first one is for my cousin, they are having a girl! The second one is for a co-worker. Not knowing what they are having I went for a fun, gender neutral color scheme. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Ouchie Dragon

So, two weeks ago my niece rode her bike down their front steps and had to get a staple in the back of her head. Then last week on a trip to Menards she fell down the metal stairs and split her lip open, requiring it to be glued. We decided she could use a little cheering up so here is a treat bag I made her. I stamped the envelope with versamark using a background stamp from Martha Stwearts backgrounds. Then I cut the top off with my zigzag cutterpede. I filled the back with tropical Mike and Ikes. This adorable ouchie dragon is a digital image from Dustin Pike (site on my side bar). I colored it in using sharpies.

Happy Birthday Dad!

Sunday was my dad's birthday and I made him some of his favorite candy. I created the boxes for his sweet treats to go in. I created the printed paper by stamping the circle print in alternating colors of blue and gray. Then I came back and added color with a dot stamp in orange and red. I scored my kraft paper after decorated. Then I centered my oval cutter in the middle of the lid and made the window. I cut a larger oval out of transparency paper and adhered that to the inside, creating this window. The small box utilizes an entire sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper and the large box uses a whole 12x12 sheet. I wrapped them with twine and added a button (both from Papertrey ink). I hand wrote enjoy on the blue oval and used a glue dot to attach it to the box. My dad liked the boxes... because of what was inside them, of course ;)
I also made him a matching card. What do you think? Thanks for looking and have a wonderful Wednesday :)

Materials Used:
8.5x11 kraft cs, 12x12 kraft cs, Daisy buckets- bubble stamp, ki memories- baby time stamp (little dot), we r memory keepers mvp opaque ink pads #41150-5(they are a set of four), twine from Papertrey ink, vintage button- Papertrey ink, printworks clearly defined- Q002 great birthday

Monday, August 10, 2009

PPA2 Challenge- She's Expecting!

If you have not been to Stampin Pretty, you need to visit her blog. I love visiting Mary's blog( She has great tips and ideas and for those of you addicted to Stampin'Up...she's a demonstrator. She shipped me the new catalog when it came out and I am still going over it making my wish list. Rambling, sorry...when I was on her site she had a link to a challenge hosted by her and her SU team ( I checked it out and it is a sketch this week. I liked the clean and simple look of it and decided to play. Here is my take on the challenge. It worked out perfect for me because I knew I wanted to make a card for one of Mark's friends at work. What do you think? Feel free to leave a comment, thanks for looking and have a marvelous Monday :)

I decided to add the circle of paper to hide the seam where my ribbon ends meet up. I paper pieced the elephants ear and then drew white dots on the toe nails with my white Sakura Gelly Roll pen.

Materials used:

she's expecting stamp- Kolette Hall for studio g, stazon timber brown ink, imaginisce snag em's- birth announcement (the elephant), buttons were in my stash, ribbon by Offray, pink cs and the lined paper were from my scrap box pp by the Paper Studio, 1 3/4" and 1 1/4" circle punches, cutterpede scallop blade and adhesive.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Congratulations on the new job

I'm back. My sister-in-law started her new job today. I had wanted to get this made yesterday and dropped off to her but it didn't work out. Here is the card I made her which is also for the SCS challenge IC191. We were to find inspiration from the website Heavenly Hostess. Here was my inspiration I love the way the colors pop from the black background. I stamped the background paper using a variety of stamps from my new Circles and Dots set by INKADINKADO. Ink pads are by Anna Griffin, the Darcey Collection. I cut a small piece of the pp and matted it onto green paper. Then I cut a rectangle of black cs and white cs. I stamped Congratulations (by Kolette Hall) in stazon jet black ink. I put a red square brad inside the red felt flower (both in my stash of goodies along with the black and white poke-a-dot ribbon). I used Tombo mono adhesive to put it all together. Here is a candy dish that I tied a ribbon around and filled with Dove carmel chocolates for her office. Thanks for looking.
This is the printed paper I created.

Here is the card.

This is the candy jar. They all look better in person. For some reason my pics are really dark, sorry about that.

Busy around here

Wow, I can't believe I haven't posted in 4 days! We have been pretty busy around here getting ready for school to start up again :( Here are some things that I have created in the last couple of days. I hope you enjoy them. This card I made for the SCS challenge SC239, a sketch challenge. If you have not been to Splitcoaststampers before, you have to check it out. There is a link in my sidebar. I made this card using the scraps I had from the bridal party cards I made for my sister. The image was colored with Sharpies. The image is called Blossoms and it's a Snag'em clear stamp from imaginisce.

I made this little bag of goodies for a friend. Our boys had swimming lessons together and the last week we didn't get to go because Tanner injured his ear and had to stay out of the water. She kept updating his swim teacher and then grabbed his certificate on the last day of lessons for us. I thought this would be a fun way to show her my appreciation! This little bag is made from an envelope. I stamped the candy all over it and colored them in with sharpies. To prevent bleeding I cut down a 4x6 index card so it would fit into the envelope, then colored in the images. I used my Cutterpede scallop blade for the top design. Make sure you score your envelope before stamping it :) I forgot to do that step first on this one and that's why the many thanks is so close to the bottom and right edge of the bag. This bag is holding 6 of the covered Hershey's nuggets. I stamped the images on address labels and then wrapped them around it. The images are from Studio G clear stamps that I got in Michael's Crafts dollar bins awhile back. The card is 2x2 and I attached it to the bag using an office clip so that it would work for Thursdays challenge at SCS WT229. Then I tied a piece of red ribbon around one side of the metal piece.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wedding Party cards

I just finished making three cards for my sister. She needed a bachelorette card, a bridal shower card and a wedding card all for one of her friends. She told me that the colors were brown and that she was having wildflowers. I picked up the printed paper from American Crafts at Michaels along with the passionate (pink) paper by Bazzill. I love two sided papers for cards like this so you don't have to try and match up colors. I also used white card stock. The first card is for her bachelorette party. The Martini stamp is from Vap! scrap.

The next card is for the shower. The stack
of presents is by katie & co. Both images
were stamped with Stazon Timber brown.

The last card is for the wedding. The
three-tiered cake is also from katie & co. The ribbon is Martha Stewart- dove white craft seam binding.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Here are some cards that I have been working on. This birthday card is for one of my moms relatives that is turning 90! The paper is from basicgrey. Button is from Bag 'O Buttons by the Paper Studio (picked it up at the local HL- Hobby Lobby). Rustic Jute Button Twine is from Papertrey Ink. Birthday wishes stamp- Kolette Hall ($1.00 bin stamp). No source for the cram and orange card stock...probably came from HL though :)
I found out a few weeks ago that my boss is engaged and getting married soon, so here is a card for her. I couldn't resist these fun summertime colors. I got the top note set at Michaels crafts. They are supposed to be table cards for weddings but I saw them and knew they would look great on cards ;). I am continuing to try and use up scraps in my scrap box so I don't know where the striped paper came from. It's covering white cs. The leaves are clear stamps from We R Memory Makers- team. I picked those up at the local scrapbook store. The sentiment is has no info. on it...picked it up at a local stamp store years ago. Ribbon is Offray (grabbed it from Michaels Crafts).
Here's a card I made for my Grandma who had surgery last week. I was so excited to get to play with my new On My Couch set from Papertrey Ink!!

I covered the top part of the brown cs with a two Post-it notes. Then I stamped the the design using a stamp from Martha Stewart's clear pattern stamps. I used ColorBox chalk chestnut roan. The image is Stampabilities cattails and dragonflies. I stamped that in the chestnut roan and then colored it using Sharpies. I tied it with rustic jute twine from Papertrey ink and tied a rustic wood vintage button on it...also from Papertrey ink.

Here is another sympathy card I made. I used white cs and paper from my scrap box. The image is Mother Fern from Hero Arts. I stamped it in Olive Pastel and lime green pastel from ColorBox chalks. Rustic jute button twine and wood vintage button from PTI (papertrey ink).

Monday, July 27, 2009

Blue Angels

On Sunday we sat and watched the Blue Angels during the air show. We have been watching them since Thursday, but it was really cool to be so close to them as they flew over the top of us. Here are some pictures I captured as they were buzzing back and forth.

Tanner and Gaven started out on the roof but then moved down to the tail gate and eventually just stood and watched them. It was a great way to spend the afternoon and we can't wait until they're back!

Wild Water West

Saturday night we went to Wild Water West. Mark's company was having a family outing there. The boys had a fantastic time. We couldn't keep Tanner out of the water and we couldn't get Gaven to go in the water, go figure ;). We started out over by this pirate play area.

Tanner just jumped right in. Gaven on the other hand stood by daddy and just watched.

The bucket up top fills with water and then tips and dumps out all over. Guess who was standing under it...

yup, that's Mark and Gaven. Gaven didn't think too much of that!

After here it was on to the wave pool. Tanner loved it. He sat in the waves, letting them smash up against his body and face. Gaven didn't want anything to do with the wave pool :(

Next we went over to the lazy river.
Now we are off to the water slides! Tanner hasn't hit that 48" mark yet so he couldn't go down them by himself. He did have a blast going down them with daddy though!

Gaven went down too, but I didn't have very good close ups. Here is Gaven dipping his feet on the side of another pool while Tanner and Mark swam.

And of course, a picture of big brother leading little brother and little brother happily following him!

That's it for now. We are off to swimming lessons. Hopefully I will have time to share a few pics from the airshow that we watched on Sunday. Have a great Monday!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Congratulations Abby

My sister-in-law has been studying for the past week. She finally took her 3.5 hour medical exam yesterday morning and passed. We were all so proud of her and knew she could do it. Here is a little study caddy I made for her. I got the idea for this caddy from a template for a different caddy that I got from SCS. Here is a link where you can find the original one

I knew I needed it to hold a 20 oz. bottle of pop so I made mine using 12x12 card stock.

This is the card that I made for her when she called and said she passed!