Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Easy Ribbon!

So, here is my very first YouTube video! It shows how to easily attach ribbon using the Crop-a-Dile!

Here are quick instructions for those who do not wish to watch the video:

1. Using your Crop-a-Dile, punch a hole in the card where you want to place your ribbon.
2. Place your ribbon where you want it, and punch a hole in the middle of your ribbon.
3. Pick an eyelet, it doesn't matter what color, place it through the ribbon and card and set it with the Crop-a-Dile.
4. Tie the ribbon into a bow!
5. Now the bow is securely attached!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Are You Ready for the Trip of a Lifetime? ;)

TOUR #4, Stop #16

Welcome to the Mini Occassions Blog Tour! I am so glad you decided to stop by and relax a bit on your journey! I have been having some great fun using the new Mini Occasions stamps to make you some stuff to look at while you sit and have your cup of tea! :) Don't forget, if you order $40 from the Mini Occasions catalog by the end of April, you get to choose a free "Under $10" set from the bag of the Idea Book & Catalog! How cool is that? :)

So, here are the samples I made using the Golden Oldies stamp set!

Thanks for stopping by and I sure hope you are having a great time! Don't forget to check out my blog candy here in this post!

Next on the list is Monika Davis! She will be showing you the Sense of Time stamp set! Hop on over there and see what wonderful things she has made for you to enjoy!:)


P.S. Links have been removed as the blog tour is over! Thanks for stopping by!:)

Sunday Sketch & Stamp - First Challenge!!

It's time for the very first challenge at Sunday Sketch & Stamp! Woo hoo!

We're having a blog hop today (26th April) to mark the launch of the site, so if you'd like to join in then hop back on over to the SSS blog where you'll find all the instructions and the link to the first blog to visit.

If you're already joining in the blog hop, you should have come to my blog from Barb's Blog at Made For Keeps (and if you didn't, you've made a mistake, oops, and need to go back to SSS and start again...sorry!). My blog hop question is: "What is my all time favorite Sizzix Die?". You'll find the answer somewhere on my blog, so be sure to have a good look around! When you've found the answer, write it down and then hop on over to Arianne's blog, at Het leven van een scrappende juf, where you can see her wonderful DT card and the next question and blog hop link.

So, onto the challenge! Maggie, our fearless leader, has come up with a fantastic sketch for our very first SSS challenge and here is my take on it:

Good luck, have fun, and thanks for playing along with us - we can't wait to see what you create!


Saturday, April 25, 2009

Got Sketch? Challenge 81

So, here is the sketch:

and here is my take on it:

Friday, April 24, 2009

I won an award!:)

Imagine my surprise when Lesley Worth from Scrap-a-Daisy told me she gave me my very first blog award! That just totally made my day!:) Thank you so much!

Ok, so now it's my turn to pass this award on to 10 more bloggers! These are my top 10 favorite blogs for inspiration, and I just love these gals and their style:

  1. Sherrill @ Late Night Stamper
  2. K. Werner @ kwernerdesign
  3. Samantha @ Scrapmaster's Paradise
  4. Max @ Max's Craft Creations
  5. Claudia @ Pretty Pressings
  6. Julie @ Paper Pleasing Ideas
  7. Becky @ Inking Idaho
  8. Dawn @ Dawn's Stamping Thoughts
  9. Godelieve @ Stamping Mathilda
  10. Sandi @ Sandi MacIver - Ink and Paper Artist

Please pass this award on to another 10 fabulous bloggers!

blog candy win! :)

I won this amazing stamp set from Simon Says Stamp! I LOVE IT!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Blog Tour April 27th! Don't Miss It!!

How would you like to get away for awhile, check out the scenery at a new venue, capture some memories without all the hassle of traveling? Well, come join me and 20 of my newest friends on a creative journey through Stampin' UP!(R)'s Occasion Mini that occurs on April 27.

That's the date when you can hop onto my blog to see some awesome examples of projects made with Stampin' UP!(R)'s newest Mini Occasions stamp set "Golden Oldies." I have some great samples created that are hidden away just for this special day, April 27!

After you view all my samples you'll want to take some "time" and fly over to the next stop on the tour which will be featuring Monika Davis's blog using the "Sense of Time" set.

There will be 20 stops on the tour, featuring all of the items in the Occassions mini! You won't want to miss what these amazing stampers have designed for you as you make your way on this creative journey!

If you love what you see on this tour, you'll want to take advantage of the "Get Connected" campaign that Stampin' Up! is offering. When you spend $40 on Occasions Mini Catalog products you can choose any one item from the "Under $10" on page 208 in the Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog for FREE!

See you there!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Help Needed/Blog Candy!

I am giving away my first blog candy! This blog candy has a very significant cause for my family! My 2 older boys Devin - 16 and Dylan - 14 have made it onto their local Improvathon 2009 team through their local Christian Youth Theater group. They will be going to Portland, OR this summer for 1 week. This means plane tickets, room and board, and a little spending money. We just don't have enough to cover everything! I decided to think outside the box and see if I could get some donations. I would welcome the opportunity in the future to be able to "pay it forward."

In order to get this post going around the web, I am offering some blog candy!! This blog candy consists of THREE gift certificates to my Stampin' Up store as follows:

First prize: $20 gift certificate

Second Prize: $10 gift certificate

Third Prize: $5 gift certificate

Ways to enter:

1 entry if you donate ANY amount by clicking on the DONATE button on the right.

1 entry if you:
  1. Post about this blog candy on your blog - either in a post or on the side bar, either way is fine with me!:)
  2. Make sure you put a comment on this message so that I know you have done this! :)
An extra entry if you follow my blog! :)

This blog candy will end on May 3rd and I will choose and post the winner on May 4th! Thanks so much for participating and God Bless!!:)


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Fun with Puns

So, I had my first workshop! Over $250 in orders, so I think it was a success! :) I also got 2 bookings, so I'm pretty happy!

Scrapbook Club yesterday was just my mother-in-law and me, but it was fun! I used the stamp Set Pun Fun to create a lot of images to use for cards later down the road! Here they are! :)

Friday, April 17, 2009

First Workshop!

I have my very first ever Stampin' Up workshop tonight with a dear friend of mine! I am so excited and nervous! LOL Here is what I plan to demo:

Big Shot: Top Note Die
Big Shot: Matchbox Die
Stampin' Pastels and Blender Pens

Then I plan to do 2 cards for make and takes! I also plan to have sign ups for the following:

  • Stamp Club
  • Marker Club
  • Card Buffet
  • Stamp Camp

Wish me luck!! :)


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Friday Sketchers Challenge

Here is the card I did for the Friday Sketcher's Challenge. Thanks for looking!:)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

So, Lindsay of Lindsay's Stamp Stuff was kind enough to let me try out one of her new digital stamps! I printed the image 3 times onto Whisper White card stock. I used Stampin' Pastels and Blender pens on one, Inks and Blender Pens on one, and then I used Inks, Blender Pens, Versa Marker, and clear embossing powder on the last one! So, what do you think? I think maybe I should have let the images dry a little more, but all in all I am happy with it.

Just Christmas and Birthday Cards/Color Inspiration #49

Ok, so, I don't have the EXACT colors, but I improvised!;) And I did use the Basic Black and Pacific Point INKS, if that counts!;) So, anyway, this card is for Just Christmas & Birthday Cards challenge AND Color Inspiration #49. Enjoy!:)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Saturday Scrap Book Club

I started a scrapbooking club at my church that meets every other Saturday! Sometimes I scrap there and other times I make cards! This last Saturday, I made cards, and my 8 year old son Xander helped!:) All of the owl and bird cards are the ones Xander made! He used the Stampin' Pastels and Blender Pens to color all the bird images in! He had so much fun!:)

Card Mess-up

So, I made this card that I thought turned out so beautiful, and then... lol

I was messing with my stamp around ink, putting it into the handle, and the darn thing rolled right out of my hand across the front of the card I had just made!! :( Oh well! It's ok, I will just make another one! But I thought I would post the card anyway... mess up and all... I figure, we humans are supposed to make mistakes and not be perfect, and sometimes we need to SHOW this so everyone knows that EVERYONE makes mistakes! :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Blog Candy from other sites!

Some of the amazing sites out there have new blog candy!! Here they are:

Sassy Designs - April 21st

Scrapmaster's Paradise - April 30th

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Top Note Gift Card Holder

I just whipped this up real quick, but it could be embellished to look really fancy if you wanted. I will try to post a tutorial later on it, but I am getting ready to go get ready for work.


Stamp With Us challenge

So, I made this card for the Stamp With Us sketch challenge as well as Challenge 13 for Late Night Stampers. Hope you enjoy this mini tutorial!

Supplies needed:
Card Stock - Whisper White, Yoyo Yello, Real Red, and Tempting Turquoise
Ink Colors - Pacific Point, Pixie Pink, Basic Black, Going Gray, and Real Red
Big Shot and Top Note Die
Stamp Sets - Love Owl-ways and Owl Together Now
Other - Ribbon of some sort, Stampin' Pastels, Blender Pens, Crop-a-Dile and one eyelet, Scallop Punch, Snail adhesive, Stamping Sponges, Stamp-a-Ma-Jig

Cut Whisper White card stock to 10" x 6" fold to 5" x 6". Cut 2 pieces using the Top Note Die: 1 out of Whisper White, 1 out of Real Red. Tear off the edge of the Whisper White piece to make jagged edge, then using your sponge dipped in Going Gray ink, sponge all edges of this piece. Using Snail, adhere this piece to the Real Red Top Note die cut.

Cut Yoyo Yellow 4 3/4" x 3 1/2". Using distressing tool, edge of bone folder or fingernail to distress edges of this piece. Using sponge dipped in Real Red, sponge edges of this piece. Adhere to right side of card.

On left side of card, using Pacific Point ink, stamp owls from Owl Together Now down left side. Use Blender pens and ink pads and/or Stampin' Pastels to color in owls.

On Whisper White Top Note die cut, using the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig, and Basic Black inkpad, stamp the mailbox and owl from Love Owl-ways where you want it. Also stamp hearts using the 3 heart stamp from Owl Together Now. Color these all in with Blender pens, ink pads and Stampin' Pastels.

Adhere the Top Note piece over the Yoyo Yellow as shows in picture. Adhere ribbon along bottom. I used Snail to ahdere the ribbon.

Using Scallop punch, punch out one scallop from Tempting Turquoise card stock. Layer this over the ribbon and aline Crop-a-Dile punch in center and punch hole. Add eyelet with Crop-a-Dile. Using Pacific Point inkpad and Stamp-a-Ma-Jig, stamp "love owl-ways!" on the bottom half of the Scallop.

If you have any questions, please let me know!:)

Occassions Mini Catalog!

The new Occasions Mini Catalog came out today! I am offering 10% off to the first 10 people who order from me. You can email me your order to order on my website.

I accept checks, Visa, Mastercard, Paypal and Propay.

Also, for the month of April, if you order $40 of product from the Occasions Mini Catalog, you get to pick one "Under $10" set from page 208 of the Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog! Woohoo!! Gotta love FREE stamps!:)