Monday, December 29, 2008

Sorry about no posts

Hi my stamping friends. I just wanted to say a quick sorry about no posts for awhile. With the business of the holidays, as I'm sure you all can relate and then I've not been feeling well it seems I've been slacking in my blog. I guess I've had some sort of bug, but as far as I'm concerned it can leave anytime soon. I'm on my laptop tonight. I haven't even been in my stamp room for days. Yes, believe it or not. Maybe tomorrow I'll get down there. If you know me at all, you know I find it hard to just sit and not do anything. I want to share with you some of the cards from the stamp a stack and the Country Living kit classes so say a prayer for me and hopefully I'll feel like getting back to posting tomorrow. Thanks for understanding.


Monday, December 15, 2008

A Big Project

Good morning! Sorry about the posts being so sporadic lately. I'm sure though that most of you have been like me--Busy! This time of year tends to do that to even people who aren't normally busy. I won't mention any names. LOL

Here is what I've been up to........................
For the second year in a row I've been hired to make menus for a Christmas party for a local business. This year it turned into a little more than menus. I always find it exciting to get a paying job with my stamped creations. In the end I made pretty good money and that in itself is a blessing, especially this year. All I can say is that the Lord is good and I'm blessed. If you want any info on these please feel free to contact me
Well thanks for stopping by. I have much to accomplish today since I'm having make up stamping classes tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Snow Day!

Do you like it? The snow that is. I have mixed feelings about it. I've always been a snow lover and have loved snow days, but..........when it starts to cramp plans, that's another thing. Oh well, it is what it is. I had to cancel my Stamp-a-Stack for this afternoon. Just don't want to take the chance with this crazy weather and we are expecting more so if you didn't sign up, but would still like to get in on it, let me know and I'll see what I can work out. I'm thinking maybe next Tuesday the 16th? Those that were scheduled to come can let me know too if that will work for you.

So because of the snow I was able to finish this up this morning. Aren't they the cutest babies you've ever done seen? Just looking at them makes me smile. I'm giving this as a gift to their parents for Christmas. I'm so happy with the way it turned out. You can get complete directions on how to make one of these by visiting SCS resource area.
Hope you are having a great day!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Yet another ornament

Here's an ornament I made yesterday. I got the idea from the weekly tutorial over on SCS. Take a look. Beate always does such a nice job. I've got more I'm working on and will share soon.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like......................

Ornaments! Since business has been slow the last while here, it's given me more time work on some things that I've been wanting to try. I do a lot of web surfing and find such cute ideas and don't always get the time to make them. These ornaments are made using chipboard coasters. I apply glue to the coaster, stick the DSP on and cut around them. Very easy.
This one of course is using my new fav stamp set called Winter Post. Winter Post is only available in the Holiday Winter Mini catalog and only through January 18. Wouldn't this set make a great gift? If you'd like to receive it as a gift let me know and the contact info for your "Santa" and I'll do the rest. Sometimes "Santa" needs a little help in what crafty women really want for Christmas. *grin*
I made this one look like it was quilted and speaking of that............I was so honored yesterday when my friend Patty Bennett cased this idea. Patty is one of the top demos for SU this year and a very talented lady. Check out her blog.
I found the idea of using the scallop circle die and sandwiching it between 2 coasters on a blog as well. I can't remember where though. Sorry! I die cut the snowflakes in Baja Breeze (probably my fav blue right now) Used Ski Slope DSP to cover the coasters and then made the banner freehand and stamped the words from the Country Living Holiday Collection stamp set. The finishing touch was a jumbo pewter brad and Baja Breeze ribbon.
This one was made in the same way. I used the star from the Holiday Collection stamp set and cut it out. I then mounted it on some cardboard and cut out again and mounted it on the ornament with a dimensional. It's hard to see, but I stamped a big star from last years set called Star-Studded Season (retired) and mounted the small star on top. I then used my white signo gel pen and made little lines to represent rays from the star. The words are from the Star-Studded Season set as well. DSP Ski Slope, Kiwi Kiss cardstock and ribbon and Riding Hood Red ink.
Wow that was a lot for today. Hope you stayed with me. Have yourself a great one!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A Christmas Gift Idea

Sorry I've taken a break the last couple of days. I've had things that just had to be done. I needed to get some jewelry made to put in the day spa where my sister works. I've had a display there for awhile now and believe it or not it actually sells. LOL Just costume jewelry of course, but I like it nonetheless and I guess others do to. Besides that it's fun to make. I forgot to take pics so if you'd like to see it you'll have to visit Trish's Day Spa in Pigeon. LOL Maybe next time I'll remember.

Anyway here is what I have for you today.
I made these ornaments on Saturday and didn't want to post them until I had given them to my sister Chele. As you can see I couldn't wait until Christmas. That's a problem I have when I make something, I want to give it to the recipient right away. So when I went to take the jewelry to the day spa I also gave these to my sis. They look pretty professional if I do say so myself. LOL I had these ornaments in my stash (got them on clearance of course) and decided to use the Old Saint Nick rub-ons from Stampin'Up! on them. Rub-ons are so fun and easy to use. If you haven't tried them may I suggest that you do? So, so easy! I even used them on the tag. I then had to have a nice box to present them in so I made the box as well and used an acetate sheet to even make the lid. Hope you like them. Feel free to leave me a comment and let me know.
Have a great day!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Winter Post

Are you getting tired of this set yet? I'm not. I had another one of those plain porcelain ornaments left that I had made a while back (see this post) I covered the last one with craft ink, but this one I wanted to cover with Baja Breeze and SU doesn't carry the craft pad in that color so I just used the classic ink. It took a few more layers, but it worked. I then covered the edges using gold Encore ink and stamped the images with it as well. When it was dry I sprayed on a light coat of acrylic sealer and then added my gold ribbon (SU retired) It really has that antique/vintage look, don't you think? I really should have bought more of those that day when they were on sale. Now the search begins to see if I can find more.

Hope you are having a great holiday weekend. Don't forget about the Holiday Extravaganza sale still going on through Monday, December 1. Supplies are limited do don't delay. The All In the Family Bundle and the Mission Embossable is already sold out. Just go to my Stampin'Up! web site and click on the SHOP NOW button to purchase or call me direct. Either way, but HURRY!



Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Turkey Day!

Good morning and Happy Turkey Day! We will be off soon to our family gathering. Every year is a little different, but always in the same location. The hunting club where my dad, my girls and I work during the summer and fall is the location of our dinner. You ask why it's a little different then? We just never know for sure who will be there. It usually is a collection of in-laws, out-laws and then the ones you are blood related to that you can't help if they show up. LOL I'm joking, well kinda. *grin*
I made a turkey, bread pudding and then Lindsay made a cheeses ball and pumpkin pie-ala-easy so we are good to go on our part. I didn't make rolls this year. I know, gasp! Mom said she'd take care of those so I hope no one is disappointed. About me not bringing them, not mom making them. LOL I'm just too funny today. Am I not? The holidays and family gatherings tend to do that to me. It's always best to keep your humor through things like this. *wink*

Really all kidding aside, I am thankful this day for so many things. A few of them are my hubby, who is the bestest guy you could find, my two wonderful extremely mature for their ages, daughters, my mom & dad, my sisters and even my brother-in-law (he took Carin off our hands didn't he?) ok, ok, I said all kidding aside, but I had to put that one in there. I do love my sisters and am very thankful for them. They are my best buds and I'd be very lonesome without them. I'm also thankful for all my friends I have, including my cyber friends who drop by now and then. I've very thankful for the joy of papercrafting as well. It truly is a blessing and I hope that with it I can be a blessing in return. Most of all I'm thankful for a God who loves me and died for me even though I am so undeserving.

Before I sign off and head out to our family gathering I wanted to share a little something I made this week.

I'm so thrilled with it and it will decorate our home this holiday season and remind me to be MERRY even when I don't feel like it. If you'd like more details please feel free to email me and I'll be glad to share.
Have a wonderful day and blessings to you all,

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

WOW! This is a sale you don't want to miss. Stampin'Up! has certainly out done themselves this time. Click HERE to see the awesome sale that begins today November 26 and runs through December 1 or while supplies last. Hurry don't delay. You can shop directly from my Stampin'Up! store. Just go to my Stampin'Up! website and click on the SHOP NOW button (top left right corner). Your order will be shipped directly to you from Stampin'Up! or you can contact me to place your order like always. Either way you won't want to miss this one.

And don't forget about the 20% off of Rub-ons sale still going on along with the Country Living Kit special.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

More Table Runner Info

Here's another picture of the table runner I showed you yesterday. For some reason I'm having a hard time getting good lighting. Oh yeah I forgot it's November and I live in Michigan. LOL Here's the details I promised. I used brown felt to make 16 pennants (SU's exclusive pennant die) The snowflakes are made from light blue (hard to see from the pic) and the large snowflake die from SU. I bought all the materials (or should I say my mom did? Thanks Mom!) from Har Jo's Ben Franklin. I love that store. I guess because it reminds me of the old fashioned 5 & dime. The small snowflake was a Sizzix die that my mom has had for several years. We glued it together using fabric glue and just so you know fabric glue can get old and very clumpy over time so it's best to use new glue to make it go faster. Don't ask how I know. LOL We used the large #2 scallop circle under the large snowflakes. You could sew this together if you wanted, but using fabric glue was pretty easy. Hope you like it. If you are interested in purchasing one of these or even the materials to make your own please feel free to contact me.

We're having a snow day here so maybe I'll be back later with something else to share.


Monday, November 24, 2008

A Snowy Monday

My mom and dad invited me over for breakfast this morning so Lindsay and I headed over with the intention of just staying a little while. Well I finally arrived home around 6:30 tonight. Long breakfast eh? This is what my mom and I ended up working on this very snowy Monday. Don't you love 'em?

I had this idea in my head the minute Shelli showed her apron at convention. My mind went to a table runner. Don't ask me why, but others must have been thinking the same thing because I've seen a couple of others make a table runner using material, but my mind went to felt. We used the exclusive SU pennant die for the base of the table runner. I'll post more info and see if I can get a better picture tomorrow in the daylight so you can see it a little better, but I just had to share this quick tonight.

Friday, November 21, 2008

A Winter Post

Good chilly morning! There's frost on the pumpkin this morning that's for sure. I have a couple of things to share this morning using my new Winter Post set. I wasn't going to get this set, but decided I deserved a treat. *grin* I purchased some of the vinyl that SU is now carrying that can be used in the Big Shot machine (or any die cute machine you may have) and used it to create the snowflakes on this jar. Isn't it cute? This was a jar that once had a candle in it and it was in my stash of "do something" with it. I added some of the Alpine Ribbon Originals ribbon, a SnowFlurries snowflake, an Antique Brass Build-a-Brad on top along with some Ski Slope DSP and then filled it with some red and white striped mints.
My Uncle Bob has been sick and in the hospital and I really needed to get a card out to him. I'm not sure if this is very masculine, but it gets the point across. I actually made this using up some of the odds and ends I had on my desk. I love to do that and it can really help get the creative juices going.
I guess that's all for now. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a comment or two.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

It's a Country Living Christmas

Hi stampers, I finally got a little time play with my new Country Living Christmas stamp kit. Isn't this cute? The ornament, not the girl silly! (well the girl is cute, but that's a given) *wink* This was so easy to put together. I covered the chipboard with the die cut paper. Yes, you heard that right. No paper cutting whatsoever. Applied glue to the chipboard that was just punched out of the sheet and punched out the paper (like paper dolls punched out) and adhered it to the chipboard. So easy, easy peasy as they say. I can't wait to make more.

Oh the tree, you ask? I bought this little metal tree at IKEA. Have you ever been? This store is the most awesome store I've ever been to. We were at the one in Chicago last week and I was in total awe. They have one in Canton, Michigan and I NEED to go again. Anyone want to come? It was just the coolest.

Did you know if you order this kit from me I am offering a FREE class to you? I said FREE! Who can't afford FREE? Right? Call me to order your kit and sign up for the FREE class. Hurry! Time is running out to order and have them here before the class. I'm extending the pre-order until Monday, November 24, but hurry. Take a little time for yourself this holiday season. See my SU calendar for dates and times. Those don't work for you? Contact me and we can set up another time.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

It's a girl!

I finally had a reason to make this cute little card. I saw this idea at convention and just thought it was adorable, but really hadn't had a reason to make one. One of my customers just recently had a baby girl, (Ahhhhh!) so I went to work this morning. I've been trying to play catch up on so much and getting her gift to her was on my list for today. Isn't it just too cute. I made the scallop circle with the Sizzix Scallop #2 die. Did you know that this die will work with a lot of the other die cut machines out there. Call me today and order your die and you can make this card plus lots of other neat projects.

Speaking of catching up. Here is the pattern I had promised you a couple of weeks ago for the magazine box type card holder. Sorry it's taken me so long to post it. I actually had it done, but it was at the bottom of my "to do list" pile. Hopefully you can understand what I did here. Start with the size of each piece of cardstock and go from there. If you have any questions refer back to this post or drop me an email.



Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I'm so excited!

UPS just left my house and guess what he brought me? I got my Country Living Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit. You would not believe how much stuff is in this kit. So worth the price. And speaking of price did you know if you order the kit from me by this Friday, Nov. 21 I will be offering a FREE class to you with two different class dates of Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 3:00 or 7:00 pm or Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10:00 am. Hurry time is running out and you won't want to miss out on this FREE class. Remember I accept cash, check or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and Discover)

Sorry about the glare on the picture. I'll be back tomorrow with some completed projects. You are just gonna love this kit, I promise.

A Diet Pepsi Ornament.....

you ask? Ok, maybe you didn't, but I just had to make one of these after seeing it on a blog a week or so ago. I can't remember where or I would give credit where credit was due. It's a wonderful idea. In the process of punching these out it also sharpens your punches. So you are actually accomplishing two things at once. (he-he) I added some of the pretties beads and used the stick pin from the kit as well. Yes, I actually used one of them puppies, believe it or not! So get drinking your DietPepsi or whatever kind of pop you drink and make yourself an original ornament. Even if it's Coke (my Coke friends know who they are and I like 'em just the same) *grin*

Hope you are having a great day!


Monday, November 17, 2008

No stampin' Monday

Hi stampers! Well I'm back from Chicago. We had a great time and I'll have some pics in a couple of days--have to get them from my sister. I just got home from taking Brookie to Baker College today. She has now officially applied and will be attending Baker come Sept. 2009. Yes, my baby will be in college next year. As we were driving home I was thinking it just didn't seem that long ago that I was driving her to and from pre-school. Time has gone so fast. "Oh mom, don't start to cry. I have to grow up." Yep those are the words of my baby. As a mom you know all those things, but it doesn't mean that you won't be sad about it. Then when we got home we found out that my sister had to have her cat put to sleep today. Stasch was such a good cat and so lovable. We'll miss you Staschie. So with all that being said, I feel a little sad today and don't have any stamping to share with you. Yes there are some days I just don't feel like stamping. Gasp! Thanks for your understanding. I'll try and be back tomorrow.


Friday, November 14, 2008

More Chritmas Classes

Holiday Gifts Class.

Would you like to cross some of the gifts off of your Christmas list? Then this is the class for you. We will be making holdiday gifts that all you will need to do is wrap and add the card if you can get yourself to give it away. *wink* I had a class like this a couple of years ago and it was very popular. I'm sure will be popular again so register early. Space will be limited.

Date: Saturday, November 29, 2008
Time: 11:00 am
Price: $20
A light lunch will be served.



I am offering by demand the ever popular stamp a stack Christmas card class. You will make 20 Christmas cards (envelopes included) 4 each of 5 designs. These will be nice embellished cards.

Class date: December 9
Time: 3:00 pm or 7:00 pm
Cost: $25 and if you place an order that night you will receive $5.00 off.

Light snacks provided


Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Lighted Gift

Hi stampers, as this is being posted I am in Chicago with my sisters for a girls get-a-way. Carin's church is taking a chartered bus for an over night shopping trip to the windy city. We've never been so we are looking forward to a great time. I'm sure I'll have lots to share when we get back.
This little box is really too stinkin' cute IRL. I discovered this at the $ General although it looked nothing like this when I bought it. It had some plastic red ribbon that was a little flat and the sides were just plain. I went to work and added some rub-ons and some Riding Hood Red ribbon. This little puppy lights up and really is too cute and the best part is it was only a dollar.
Hope you are having a great day!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Country Living Holiday Class

Country Living Promotion from Stampin'Up! and Renee

Kit Price: $49.95

You can view the kit and more details hereThe Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit includes the following products:
Holiday Collection stamp set (six stamps)
Four 12" x 12" sheets of die-cut chipboard
Eight 12" x 12" sheets of die-cut Designer Series paper (2 ea. of 4 double-sided designs)
Four 12" x 12" sheets of Designer Series paper (2 ea. of 2 double-sided designs)
Two 12" x 12" sheets of Whisper White card stock
25 yds. Silver Metallic cord
10 yds. 3/8" Whisper White taffeta ribbon
Pretties Kit brads (20)
Stampin' Dimensionals
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (1/2 oz.)
Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive
Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin' Spot
Old Olive Craft Stampin' Spot
Uninked Stampin' Spot
Whisper White Craft Ink refill

Pre-purchase the above kit and receive a FREE class to go with it. Offer valid only through Stampin'Up! demonstrator Renee Ondrajka. Order must be placed and paid for by November 20th. I accept cash, checks or credit cards. Class dates are as follows:

Class Dates
Tuesday Dec. 2 at 3:00 pm or 7:00 pm or
Saturday Dec. 6 at 10:00 am.
Light snacks provided

Call me to place your order. (989) 453-3267 or email me at

Christmas Treats

I have to say that I had so much fun creating this cute little box. Don't you just love it? Again I say there is just something about that Riding Hood Red and Pink Pirouette together. I think it feels sort of vintage Christmas maybe? Not sure, but I know I like it. This is one of the items we'll be making at my Christmas Gifts class. Wanna come? Look for details soon.

I've got to run. I just found out I need to go help my dad at the hunting lodge. Glad this is the last of it. I'll be back later with more I need to share before I head to Chicago early tomorrow morning.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Holiday Projects

I found a little time this morning to make a couple cards for the holder I showed you yesterday. What do you think? I just love the Pink Pirouette and Riding Hood Red colors together. How about you?

The snowflake was cut with the Sizzix Snowflake Die and I added a felt flurries snowflake to the center of it along with a rhinestone brad. The exclusive Top Note Die was used for the Bella Rose DSP piece. The words are from the All Holidays set and punched out with the new Wide Oval Punch and then I added a little Riding Hood Red satin ribbon. All supplies are Stampin'Up! of course.
On the other card I used the Holiday Treasures DSP, Season of Joy stamp set, Scallop Edge punch and Riding Hood Red grosgrain ribbon.
I'm still working on the box pattern. I'll get back to you a little later.

Monday, November 10, 2008

A Good Weekend

I know I'm a little late in posting today. I went with Lindsay to the Michigan Works office this morning so that she could up-date her resume and start to receive her unemployment. The pizzeria hasn't re-opened, but will soon, we hope, but until then she qualifies to draw unemployment compensation. Then I had to make a couple of stops. One was the Back Street quilt store and the other Har Jo's Ben Franklin. I had time to do a little Internet surfing on the weekend and came up with a project or two I would like to try. Of course I needed a couple things for those (contrary to popular belief I don't have everything in the crafting department) so I picked up those things that I needed and hopefully will be able to show you these projects in the next few days. I'm excited to get at these and then share them with you.
Frank and I celebrated our 22nd. anniversary this weekend so we spent some time just relaxing, watching TV and just hanging out together. Seems life gets so busy and we don't do enough of that. Friday night we did end up going to the movies. We saw Nights in Rodanthe. Great movie, but take a Kleenex or two.
Now to the stamping. Here is what I did accomplish on the weekend. I know it's not much, but it was fun to make. I saw this idea on several web sites and I'm in the process of making a pattern of my own to share how I did mine. Maybe I can post it tomorrow along with some cards to go into the box.
So that's just about it. Not an overly exciting weekend, but a good one just the same. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 7, 2008

I'm back!

Wow 2 posts in one day. Wanted to get another in before we loose power. LOL I've been having fun making these stars/snowflakes or whatever you want to call them. I had tried a small one starting with a 3" square and then decided I wanted to make one using 6" squares. I had a pad of the DSP that is a Level 1 hostess choice so I didn't even need to cut my squares. I found this idea here. Monica has a great video to show you how. Give them a try and let me know by posting on your blog and linking back here or email me your design and I'll post it here on mine.

I'm off now. Frank and I are going to a movie tonight since our anniversary is tomorrow. We don't do things like this very often. He's usually not home from work very early and let's face it, I couldn't go to a late show. I'd be sleeping no matter how good it was. LOL He was sent home early from work today--something about parts not coming in for the tractor he was working on. UPS lost them. UPS didn't loose my SU order. It just arrived a few minutes ago. Now the choice, get ready to go or go through the box of goodies. Hmmmm let me think.........................


Just another non-electrical day!

I know some of you probably may think I'm making this up or that maybe I've done some time travel to the days when electricity wasn't so reliable, but really I haven't. Again yesterday we lost electricity. Yes, you read that right. From 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Really have no reason as to why, but I did finally get someone at DTE to file a report about all the frequent outages we have here. Granted the barn issue was completely different, but if the wind blows a little we are out. We loose electricity at least a half dozen times a year. Yesterday was beautiful, sunny, no wind so I'm not sure what was up. Anyway, that is the reason for no post yesterday.

Here's what I have for you today. Easy pencil holders.
I found this idea over on Hannah Kost's blog. She has some great ideas on her blog so take a visit if you have the time. These are so quick and easy to make. I think a pack of these need to go to a special algebra tutor I know. She probably could use an extra pencil or two. *wink* Sometimes the most giving and gracious people we come in contact with are the teachers and para-professionals who work with our kids. They do a job that would not be my first choice as a profession. This para-professional puts up with the perfectionist daughter I have. I'm not sure if Brooke really needs the help in algebra or she likes the time she spends with the tutor. Thanks Mrs. K for your love of my child.
Have an "electrifying" day!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Another Faux Quilted Item

Can you tell I'm into faux quilting? I had found this idea over on SCS made by MichelleY and thought it was so cute and I needed to case it. I can't wait to make some more of these. Guess where you might be able to find some of these soon?
Well that's all for today. I have to go help my dad at the hunting lodge. The duck hunting season is winding down and for that I'm grateful. Not that I don't enjoy most of it, but it can be a little overwhelming when I have so many other "jobs" I do. Some pay and some don't. *wink* Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with some more to share.
Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Easy Kind of Quilting

As some of you know, I tried quilting once. I made a small wall quilt and it really satisfied my desire to quilt. It took me forever and since I'm a perfectionist, it really took me forever. And it wasn't perfect in the end anyway, so I haven't done any more quilting until today. Paper quilting is so much easier, well at least for some of us. LOL

The local quilt shop has asked me to make some ornaments for their tree and I finally had some time to start today. So what do you think? Leave me a comment and let me know. I've sent it to the quilt shop and I'm waiting on what they think. I made these using 4" round medium weight coasters (no I didn't steal them from a restaurant). I used the Holiday Treasures DSP and Felt Snow Flurries.


Happy Election Day!

That really doesn't sound right, now does it? Well whatever your vote, vote and make it count and move on. At least that's what I'm doing. I feel like we all need a new fresh start and to put away all the election/economy attitudes and BE HAPPY! And to be happy today I'm doing some stamping and creating for myself. I made this card just a few minutes ago
and I have to say I am so pleased with it. I used my Big Shot machine, Top Note Die and Sizzlets Birds and Blooms dies. Did I mention these dies are all exclusive to Stampin'Up!? Yep they are and I don't know how a person can live without them. At least that's what I told Frank. LOL I also used the lovely DSP Autumn Vine. Doesn't it just give you a warm and cozy feeling? Love them fall colors. The Happy Thanksgiving was from the Holidays and Wishes set and punched out with the new Wide Oval Punch. If you are interested in purchasing any of these products just give me a call or visit my web site and click on the shop now button on the top right-hand side.

Have a wonderful day and I'll see you later.


Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Wow it's October 31! Can you believe it? I love the fall time, but it can seem like it goes so fast. I haven't posted since the 21st and for that I apologize. I could go into lots of excuses for that, but I know you all have much better things to do because after all you are busy too. Can you tell I feel guilty for letting you all down who check my blog on a regular basis? I still have new people subscribing to my blog and I hate to let others down. Guess my momma raised me right. Ah? Now I sound like I'm from Canada. LOL Anyhoo, please forgive me and we'll call it good. Not that I'm one of those OCD people. *grin*

I wanted to share this great pin I made. They are made with SU punches, versamark ink and clear embossing powder. It's hard to tell in the pic, but they are super shinny and the best part is you don't have to poke a hole in your clothes to put them on. The actually have a magnet on the back of them. No they aren't refrigerator magnets, although they could be if you wanted, but I used a small metal washer to attach them. Neat idea huh? Not mine originally, but I discovered this along time ago from somewhere. And if you have a real "magnetic" personality you won't need the washer to hold it in place. LOL OK, that was bad.

I actually had an order for 20 of them and this is it. Did you know that if you see something on my blog and you'd like to purchase it for yourself that all you have to do is contact me? That's it, contact me and if I still have the supplies or can order them I would be more than happy to make it and sell it. Or if you prefer to make it yourself, let me know and you can place an order from Stampin'Up! through me or my website ( and make your own. It's that simple. And of course you get me help along with it.

Now I'm going to do a little stamping today and maybe I'll be back later to share. I really need a stamping day. How about you? Wanna come and play? Give me a call and come on over.
Until later have a great Halloween day!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A Blessed Weekend

Good afternoon. I'm so sorry that my posts have been so few and far between lately. Thanks for sticking with me and I promise I'll get back on that regular posting train soon. I was gone to the Bay Shore Scrapbooking retreat this past weekend. What a wonderful blessing it was. I've been going out to Bay Shore as a Stampin'Up! vendor and teacher for several years now and they keep asking me back and I feel so honored. Right now let me encourage you if you've never been to a Christian scrapbooking retreat that you need to attend this one. It is a great time to get together with other women that share the same passion of paper crafting and also love for the Lord. I come home every time just feeling so blessed (although slightly tired or is the word exhausted? LOL) and so happy that I've gone. This year was no exception. Just a great time to scrap, stamp, eat and fellowship, but I'm warning you now be prepared to laugh. So if you'd like to attend, the next one will be January 23-25, 2009. You can visit their web site for more info. This is the group photo that was taken.

This is actually the only thing that I really accomplished for myself this weekend since I am there in a teaching capacity. I am so tickled with how it turned out. I used the Big Shot pennant die to make this cute little tree. Really very easy to make. Look for more of these soon. I've got some other ideas spinning around in my head. I have to tell you that this idea really came from my Brooke. The minute I showed her the pennant die when I got home from convention this was the idea she had. I know there have been others out there who have done the same thing or very similar with this die, but I like to think she was the first. Way to go my Brooker T! I separated the scallops and put dazzling diamonds glitter in the centers. It's a little hard to see in the pic, but I think it really sets it off. Hope you enjoy it!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

You are not going to believe this..............

We lost our electricity AGAIN yesterday morning. Seems that there were some high winds early yesterday and you guessed it---WE LOST POWER! Oh sorry, I didn't mean to yell. This is almost getting funny, but it's NOT!

I know some of you are waiting for some stamping pics and that is really what I want to share, not all my troubles. As they say, this too shall pass. These are the cards that were made at my World Card Making Day classes. If you didn't attend, I hope you feel bad now. Just kidding, but I do think the cards were pretty good and those that did attend seemed to like them.
Autumn Harvest, Haiku DSP, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Tango Tangerine, Very Vanilla, Large Scallop Big Shot Die
I cased this card from NJ Stamper over on SCS. I just loved the idea of staggering the Top Note Die. I did change mine up a little, but I always like to give credit where credit is due. Thanks NJ Stamper.
Season of Friendship, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Top Note Big Shot Die

Curley Label, Riding Hood Red Cardstock, DSP and ribbon, Top Note Big Shot Die
Snow Burst, Heard from the Heart, Riding Hood Red, Bashful Blue Cardstock and Ink, Kiwi Kiss Ink, Whisper White Cardstock, Little Felt Flurries and Rhinestone Brads

Scandinavian Season, Bella Rose DSP, Whisper White, Filigree Designer Brads, Pretties Kit, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze and Pink Pirouette Ink Refills and Aqua Painters, White Satin Ribbon
I hope you enjoyed these cards and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Oh, and it is ok to leave a comment or two. I know I get lots of hits here, but not too many comments.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 13, 2008

I'm still around............barely!

I bet you thought I've fallen off of the stamping world since I haven't posted in so long. I even had a very nice email asking if everything was ok with me and my family. Thank you. Here's a little update. Since I lasted posted I went to my sister Carin's to have a SU party for her. My mom and I then stayed a couple extra days and spent some time with her. After returning the week was pretty busy with just catching up. Then last week we had an electrical incident. The big old barn that sits next to our property was torn down, but the demo guy forgot to cut the electrical lines that led from it to our yard light pole. Needless to say when he hit the line it tore all the electricity from our house. Yes, the whole kit and caboodle as they say. We were without power all day--from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. I've also been helping my little sister Chele move into her new house. Well it's not new, but it is new to her. She's lived in an apartment and just recently found a house to rent with possibly an option to buy. We did some painting, cleaning, moving, you know the routine. Well it was routine until yesterday when I twisted my ankle and fell. The good news is that my ankle is fine, but my wrist is sprained. Ouch! It's not excruciating pain, but it does hurt and is getting on my nerves tonight. Luckily the doctor gave me something for pain. They wrapped it for me and it does feel better if I leave it on. It's amazing how much one depends on two hands. Things you don't even think about. How does one go about putting their bra on with only one hand? It's not very easy especially with "xxxxs" my size. Maybe I should have asked the demo guy to leave the crane. LOL
Probably more info than you all needed to know, but I thought I'd catch you up a little. Oh and did I mention that I taught 2 World Card Making Day classes during this two week time frame? Yes, I did and if you come back tomorrow I will show you the cards we made. I just can't do another thing tonight except go put some ice on my wrist and get some sleep. See you all here tomorrow when hopefully things calm down a little.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

It's the Big Shot!

Can you believe it's been a week since I posted? My how time flies. Lots of "stuff" going on, but none of it has been a lot of fun until last night. I had my Big Shot Pennant class last night and I have to say that this class was one of the smoothest classes ever. The ladies had a great time making their pennant and also sampling the pumpkin cake. Here is a picture of Joni and Pam proudly displaying their FALL pennants. The other participants had theirs all packed away so I only got this one picture. Would you like to make one? Contact me and I'll be glad to offer this class again.
In honor of Stampin'Up! debuting the Big Shot I'm offering a couple specials of my own on the purchase of this awesome machine. Here they are:
1. Purchase the Special Edition Starter Kit ($195.95) and receive any 2 Sizzlit dies priced at $4.95 each for FREE. And with this purchase you also will receive hostess benefits of a Level 1 hostess stamp set and $20 to spend in the catalog.
2. Purchase the Special Edition Starter Kit with the carrying bag ($259.95) and receive any die valued at $21.95 or less for FREE. And with this purchase you will also receive hostess benefits of a Level 1 hostess stamp set and $25 to spend in the catalog.
If you haven't received your Holiday Mini Catalog yet ( it will debut Oct. 1) you can view the Big Shot part of the catalog here to see all that comes with the Big Shot starter kit.
Shipping and Sales Tax apply to kit purchases, but I'll take care of it on the FREE dies. Hurry, this is a limited time offer. Remember SU accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Contact me soon so you too can have fun with your Big Shot.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Wonderful Wednesday

Hey folks we're half way there. Don't you love Wednesday's? Hump day they call it. So I was thinking what wonderful things can I show you for a Wonderful Wednesday. You know it always pays to clean my stamp room because as I go I end up creating, so you'd think I'd clean more. Yeah Right! LOL Here's a couple of projects for your Wednesday.
Does this basket look familiar? It's a mini version of a basket I showed you last fall. It really is too stinkin' cute. Maybe later this week I can show you how it's made. Love that Tangerine Tango. Such a great fall color. Again with the Haiku DSP. Do you think I have a problem? LOL

This is a Tetly Tea container. I got the idea from a convention swap I was in. No it's not the Haiku DSP. This is the Main Blueberry. How cute and what a nice little treat for someone. Maybe you?
I'm off to take my mom to (as we say here in the Thumb of Michigan) "the city". Isn't it funny how we have certain sayings in different areas and we think they sound so normal, but yet others look at us like we're crazy? When we leave the Thumb, we're usually going to "the city" and when we get there we will probably get a " pop" to drink. I know some of you would get a "soda". Then there are those raised here and move away and come back and can't remember that we call it "pop" here. Isn't that right Anne? LOL
Anyways, you all have a wonderful day and we'll meet again here tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A few of my favorite things............

....well at least for right now. Enjoy!

I'm sorry the picture here is so blurry. Not sure what's up with my camera today. This card is actually quite pretty in real life. I stamped the pumpkin on some Shimmery White cardstock and colored in with ink pads and aqua painters. Colors: Choc. Chip, Certainly Celery, Tangerine Tango, Haiku DSP, Autumn Harvest stamp set.

Here's Frankie Boy! Ok, my Frankie Boy doesn't quite look like this, but I do think this card is cute. There have been lots of different versions of him floating about in the stamping world and this happens to be my version. He's made with various SU circle punches. Colors: Old Olive, Lovely Lilac, Basic Black, Whisper White, Basic Gray

Yes, I dabble in the jewelry world a little too. This is a jewelry set I actually made on Labor Day. The beads are beautiful glass beads that you have to see in person to really appreciate. I made two sets of these so that I could feel like I could sell one set and keep one for myself. LOL If you would be interested in purchasing this set, please contact me.

This is probably my most favorite project as of late. I got my brayer out and several colors along with some sponges and this is the result. I followed Dawn Griffith's awesome tutorial on this. Isn't it preeettty? Makes me want to go and catch a sunset. Colors: Choc. Chip, More Mustard, Whisper White. Ink Colors: More mustard, Pumpkin pie, Bravo Burgundy,Chocolate Chip.

Until later,


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