Sunday, March 28, 2010

Big Shot Hero SU Contest Winner

Get ready to laugh! This "commercial" won the Stampin' Up! Make Your Own Commercial contest. It was put together by Matt and Linda Heller. Keep watching until the very end or you will miss Matt's part.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Paper Flowers

I simply love all these paper flowers everyone is making. I followed the directions from Monica Gale's video here.
Basically you punch 6-8 scallop circles using the Scallop Circle punch, cut between the scallops to make petals, wet them & scrunch them, put a brad in the center of the stack and adjust the layers until it looks like a flower.
On this card I used Basic Gray and Pretty in Pink card stock and DSP from an old hostess paper pack. The only stamping is the sentiment which is from the Well Scripted stamp set. When the card was finished I saturated it with some Shimmer Spray (made with rubbing alcohol and Shimmer paint). Even the ribbon is shimmery! Why doesn't glitter or shimmery stuff photograph well? You will just have to take my word for it IRL the card is verrry shimmery!

P.S. I have a new coffee pot and all the snow is melted!!!!!!! Life is good!

Isn't there a country song that says "The secret to life is a good pot of coffee"? Well it isn't the secret to life but my needs are simple and a good pot of coffee is one of them.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Happy First Day of Spring?

Sigh. . . . . . .and to top it off my coffee maker is broken and I am drinking instant. . .

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Quick Birthday Card

I made this little birthday card using the SU set called Beary Best Friends.

I colored him using blender pens and markers because I wanted a light touch of color especially with the balloons. I had to make this card in an hour (for me not a lot of time from start to finish!) for a challenge on Stampin' Addicts. The challenge was to make a birthday card with balloons. The card base is Ballet Blue with a layer of Green Galore and the image is stamped on Naturals White (love this paper for watercoloring!) with Stazon Black Ink.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

New Blog Header made with My Digital Studio

See my new blog header? I made it myself using Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio. I really haven't played with it much because I am a hands on crafter. I like the process of creating something more than the finished product. However, it is kinda fun to play around with the MDS (My Digital Studio) program. Remember how much fun it was to play with Kids Pix Studio on the computer??? Come on you know you played with it even though you bought it for the kiddos! You can put together ideas or layouts and not waste any paper! Or just click on stuff for the fun of it. Anyway, after I watch some of the SU tutorials perhaps I will actually know what I am doing-until then I do know how to make a blog header!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Distressed Charming card CASE

I saw this beautiful card on Sandi MacIver's blog and copied it. Isn't it lovely? I love the vintage, distressed look but it doesn't come naturally to me. However, I copy rather well. I used the SU stamp set called Charming.
To make the create embellishment I stamped the frame image and create image on a piece of paper, attached it to a metal label from the Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware and filled it in with Crystal Effects. I added a little glitter to the CE. Actually I added a little too much glitter at first but was able to gently remove some with a scrap of paper. (After a few moments of panic as the glitter slowly covered the entire stamped image!)
It is hard to see in the photo but the brad in the corner of the tag is a Build-A-Brad with the butterfly image from the Charming set.

Stamps: Charming
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Close to Cocoa,
Paper: Kraft, Very Vanilla, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Thoroughly Modern DSP

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Duck and Hallie

Meet Duck:

Meet Hallie. Sorry this is so dark but she is a moving target and this was the only shot I got that wasn't blurred from her moving!

Monday, March 8, 2010


We can't have dogs or cats at my house because my DS is allergic to cats and I am allergic to dogs. So we have a bunny named Snowy and a hamster named Hallie. Originally the bunny belonged to my DS and my DD but as time went on my DD has pretty much taken over the care (cleaning & feeding) so the bunny is hers. The hamster is hers also-purchased with her own money.

Last week my DD and I go to the pet store to purchase some chew toys for the hamster because Hallie won't chew and her teeth keep overgrowing; my DD falls in love with the parakeets. I like parakeets but I tell her to think about it for a few days. On the way home she tells me she has picked out a name for the bird, Duck.
Yep, that's right a parakeet named Duck. At least the parakeet she eventually chose is yellow which somehow justifies the name. However, remember the name was chosen BEFORE my DD picked out the yellow bird so it could have been a blue parakeet named Duck.

Now you may ask what was the criteria for choosing this particular bird? Was it because she was yellow and her name was going to be Duck? No. She was the crazy one turning upside down and crawling through the plastic rings. And yes, she is just as crazy now as she was in the pet store.

I had to take the hamster to the vet (to have her teeth filed because remember she won't chew!) and I tell him of our recent addition to our family-what does he ask me? Does my DD want some turtles?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Pink Animals!

I love this little animal set called Fox and Friends from the Occasions Mini. I am such a sucker for animal stamps-realistic animals or silly animals doesn't matter. I think the monkey is my favorite (you know I love the sock monkey!). The card base is Melon Mambo, one of the current SU in colors. The eyelet trim on the bottom is a scrap of paper that I had on my stamp table. I punched it with the eyelet border punch and then ran it through the crimper. I haven't decided who to give this to so no sentiment yet.
I am currently working on my DD graduation announcements. When I designed them they seemed so uncomplicated and easy but making 75 of anything can become tedious! However, I am making progress!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Welcome Back!

Back home to blogger. I just needed more space than I could get for free at Stampin' Corner. Now if I can just figure out how to get a 3 column blog I would be happy, happy, happy.

This is a CASE (Copy and Share Everything) of a card in Stampin' Success, a magazine for SU demos. I used the cute little stamp set called Tart & Tangy. This is one of the sets you can receive free with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration. The strawberries were inked using SU markers.The card base is Gable Green, a color I have not used for quite some time. The sentiment is from a retired Hostess set-I think. I wish I had layered the main image on one more mat-perhaps a Brilliant Blue?

Boy it really is an eye opener to see your cards on the big screen-now I see all my crooked cutting on the strawberries-ugh!

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