Friday, June 6, 2008

Sunday Surprise Winner Is...

Congratulations to Rebecca! selected number 5 as the winner.

Rebecca, please contact me to claim your prize.

She said the following about her stamping projects:

I just finished some door prizes for my church's Women's Tea & now I'm working on a batch of birthday cards! Thanks for sharing your creative work - I just saw your Father's Day projects - makes me wish I had that stamp set!

Rebecca gets to enjoy $10 in FREE Stampin' Up! product on me!

Thanks to everyone for leaving a comment.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Great Gift, Fun Project

This is the cutest gift I think you can give someone. You don't even have to wrap it because it looks so pretty. I got the idea from Patty Bennett's blog.
Pretty, right? So you remove the belly band and inside you will find...

Three pockets! The top one is to hold some stamps. (yes those are old Christmas stamps!) The middle pocket holds note cards and the bottoms pocket holds the envelopes.

Four notes cards, four matching envelopes, stamps and a pretty pocket holder. Great gift, or what?

Pulling out the old stamps

This week I am focusing on pulling out some of my stamp sets that I haven't used in a while. Heartfelt Thanks is one of those sets. I have always liked that set and you can make just about any type of card with it. So here is what I came up with!

The colors I used were Eggplant, Certainly Celery and Rose Red. The colors look so pretty together. I think this was a CC on SCS a few weeks ago.

Enjoy! If you haven't entered to win the $10 SU! Gift Certificate, leave your comment today on that post!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

SCS Color Challenge

Good Morning Everyone! It feels great to get my stamps out again and create.

Today Color Challenge on SCS was Blue Bayou, Soft Sky and Real Red. I used my Priceless stamp set with the same ink as card stock.
The card is simple but cute. Hope you like it.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Father's Day Cards

Here are three Father's Day card for the kids to send to their Godfathers. To my surprise, these were easy to come up with! Sometimes cards for men can be a little challenging.

Hopefully these will give you some ideas to get started on your Father's Day or birthday cards for that special guy.

Don't forget to leave a comment on the Sunday Surprise post. You will be entered to win a $10 Stampin' Up! Gift Certificate!!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Sunday Surprise - Special Giveaway!

Wow, it has been a while since we have done anything fun! So let's get to it!

Leave me a comment on this post sharing what fun stamping projects you have been working on. Maybe it's just keeping up with birthday cards or putting together a special Father's Day gift. Haven't had a chance to stamp lately? Well you can tell us that too!

The lucky winner will receive a $10 Stampin' Up! Gift Certificate (to be use through me). One comment per person, please. The winner will be selected randomly on Friday, June 6th at 1:00 pm CST.

Good Luck!

Btw, I'll be doing more stamping in the coming weeks. So be sure to check back for samples and ideas!

New Fresh Cut Notes - Now Available!

The new Fresh Cuts stamp set and notecards (shown at right) is a coordinating set of gorgeous, die-cut floral stamps and notecards that will be part of Stampin' Up!'s new Fall-Winter Idea Book & Catalog, to be released August 11, 2008. From June 1-June 30, you can purchase your very own Fresh Cuts set two months early for $21.95 and get the die-cut, coordinating Fresh Cut Notes for just $5.

Check out additional information from Stampin' Up!

This stamp set is perfect for your upcoming summer projects. The 4 x 4 die-cut note card set includes 15 note cards and envelopes in Whisper White. They are great for gifts, hand-delivered thank yous, or to use on a wrapped gift.

Added Hostess Benefits: Also, from June 1 through June 30, place a Stampin' Up! product order of $400 or more and you will receive the Fresh Cut stamp set and coordinating Fresh Cut Notes FREE. This is a $30.95 retail value in addition to regular hostess benefits.

Email me for your special ordering code to get this discounted bundle price and to place your order today!

Monday, May 12, 2008

May Promotions!

Take advantage of these during the month of May!

On Board Chipboard Promotion
For the month of May, when you spend $35 on any Stampin' Up! products, you'll get 25% off all On Board chipboard products from pages 178-179 of the Spring-Summer Collection 2008!

Cutting Combo Pack Offer
From May 1 through May 31, when you purchase a Cutting Mat (p. 184), you'll receive a FREE Hobby Blade with five refill blades (p. 184)--a $4.50 value! The Cutting Combo Pack is a great tool for cutting card stock and Designer Series paper to layer over Stampin' Up!'s On Board chipboard products. Use combo pack item number 113421 when placing your order to receive the free blade.

New Demonstrator Promotion
We've got a great way to expand your toolbox! For the entire month of May, join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator and get 20% off the Starter Kit, PLUS a free tin of Hodgepodge Hardware (p. 188) from the Spring-Summer Collection 2008
(a $27.95 value!).*
The Starter Kit (p. 209) comes complete with all the tools you'll need to start a successful business--$359 worth of stamping and business supplies for only $159! Construct your kit by selecting the nuts and bolts of your stamping supplies, and take your toolbox to the next level!

Contact me today to take advantage of these great offers!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Update on April Stampin' Up! Happenings

Just wanted to get everyone up to speed on what is going on with Stampin' Up! this month... All of the promotions end April 30th

1. Wild Wasabi Card Stock Special - Purchase a special-offer Wild Wasabi card stock pack for only $3.95 . The pack includes 16 sheets of 4-1/2" x 11-1/2" Wild Wasabi textured card stock that has been scored at 1-1/8" and 5-5/8".

2. Free Wheelin' Promotion - Buy a preselected stamp set and receive the coordinating wheel for FREE! Click here to check out the stamp sets!

3. Hostess Promotion - Host a $350 workshop between March 18 and April 30, and earn an EXTRA $25 in hostess awards! Contact me today to host your workshop!

Stampin' Up! recently made some changes to their shipping prices. Effective April 1st, the minimum shipping rate increased from $3.95 to $6.95. Orders less than $69.50 will be charged the new minimum rate, orders greater will be calculated at 10%.

Very soon, I will be accepting Credit Cards again!!! Stampin' Up! is added the feature for it's demonstrators to accept Credit Cards. When this is active, I will let you all know. It will be soon because our order forms have changed.

You are know up to date will all the promotions and updates from Stampin' Up! So email me today to take advantage of the great promotions before April 30th!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

I'm Back!

Hi Everyone,

I can't believe how long it has been since I have posted to my blog. Time seems to just slip away sometimes.
Here are a few cards from the March Stamps By Mail projects. We used Vellum and White Stazon Ink. The cards are simple but I think when you use Vellum, you don't need a lot of detail.

Check back for my new By Mail project I'll be offering. You won't want to miss out on this!

Have a great Sunday.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Are you Wild for Wasabi?

From March 1 through April 30, you can purchase a specially-priced Wild Wasabi card stock pack for only $3.95--that's 16 sheets of pre-cut (4-1/2" x 11-1/2") and pre-scored (at 1-1/8" and 5-5/8") Wild Wasabi textured card stock that can be used to make all kinds of fun and easy cards and projects! Check out the details here.

Contact me today to take advantage of this wild offer!

Free Wheelin' Promotion from Stampin' Up!

We love our wheels and how you can get FREE wheels! That right, from March 18th - April 30th, when you purchased a selected stamp set, you receive the coordinating wheel FREE!

112848 Wonderful You bundle - $33.95
Includes Wonderful You stamp set and free Stems & Silhouettes jumbo wheel

112851 Life's a breeze bundle - $29.95
Includes Life's a Breeze stamp set and free Something Fishy jumbo wheel

112850 Pun Fun bundle - $30.95
Includes Pun Fun stamp set and free Sweet Stars jumbo wheel

112847 Year after Year bundle - $30.95
Includes Year after Year stamp set and free See You Around jumbo wheel

112849 Stitched Exotics bundle - $33.95
Includes Stitched Exotics stamp set and free It's Beautiful jumbo wheel

112853 Enjoy Every Moment bundle - $29.95
Includes Enjoy Every Moment stamp set and free Daisy Dash jumbo wheel

Click here for more information.

And that's not all. Host a workshop between March 18th - April 30th and earn an additional $25 in free merchadise when your workshop totals $350 or more. Check out the details here.
Remember, you can always host a catalog workshop and collect orders! Not sure how to do this, email me to find out how.

Drop me a line to place your order to receive your free wheel (or wheels) today.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

TGI Friday Freebie Winner Is....

Congratulations to Anita! She is the winner of this week's goodies. Anita shared her favorite Easter candy are Cadbury Eggs! My husband loves those. My favorite are Peeps.
Sorry that this week's drawing was late. My internet service was acting up yesterday but it is better today.
This week is going to be a busy one with Easter on Sunday. I hope that you all find your heart filled with all the goodness of this Easter season.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


Hope you all had a great week. The last two days, we had some beautiful weather. It was so nice to be outside and take advantage of the warm sun.

This weeks giveaway is two sheets of Bold Brights (One Brilliant Blue and One Tempting Turquoise) Petal Cards and Tags sheets. These were really hard to get a picture of so I punched out all the pieces (which will make mailing easier). This made it easier to see all the pieces you will receive.
To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite Easter candy! One comment per person, please. The winner will be selected randomly on Monday, March 17th at noon CST.

Good Luck Everyone!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Stamps By Mail

Here are the other two projects the Stamps By Mail club for February. We worked with Stampin' Pastels. I really love that there are so many effects you can get from using them.

On this card, we used Versmark to stamp off the Old Olive Pastels. And of course, Embrace Life stamp set was used. Love that set!

This is a bookmark we made. Ginger Blossom paper was used for the sleeve and Cameo Coral was used for the inside base as well as the Pastels for the flower. I used my Old Olive marker to ink the stamp and for Embrace Life at the bottom. Wouldn't this be a great gift for someone!

Interested in Stamps By Mail, drop me a line. You will make projects each month in the comfort of your own home! Email me today for more information.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Happy 4th Birthday...

Today was my daughter's 4th birthday. I surprised her with a Rocket cake from Little Einsteins. She really liked it a lot. I was really happy with the way it came out so I thought I would share it with you. I got the directions to make it from

This photo was adjusted through my photo editor. I didn't even think that the foil would effect the pictures but it did a bit.
Anyhow, I'm not a baker (love to cook but not bake) so I think this came out pretty good. I bought a spare cake mix just in case this didn't look like it was going to make it! But I didn't need to use it!
Have a great day.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

RAK from Allison

I received this very cute card from Allison. She was a TGI Friday winner in January. I just love this card and the colors. Stop by and visit her fun blog when you have a chance.

Some of us, including me, aren't up on the blog lingo. Makes you feel old huh? A friend asked me what does RAK mean? I didn't know myself when I first saw it so my friend Courtney filled me in. It means Random Act of Kindness. Cute, huh?

Have a great day!

Monday, February 25, 2008

And the winner is...

The winner for my 5000+ Hit Celebration goodies is Sheila!! selected number 30 for the winner. Congratulations Sheila. Please contact me with your information so I can get your goodies to you.

Thank you everyone for stopping by and leaving a comment. It really means so much to get your feedback. I hope that you get inspired to pick up your stamps and create something.

Have a great day!

Weekend Sketch Challenge 36

Here is my card for this weekend's sketch challenge. I actually put this card together a few days ago. For the first time, I knew the colors and stamps I would use right when I saw the layout! Check out Beate's blog to join in on the fun!

I used Background Basics and Pun Fun. The card stock is Kraft, Blue Bayou, and Rust. I added a few gold brads and some Twill Tape. The cup is embossed with Clear EP using Versamark Ink. The card is simple but I love it. Plus anyone that knows me understands how I feel about coffee!!

Have a great Monday. And don't forget to leave your comment for the 5000 Hit Giveaway today!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Color and Sketch Challenge

I didn't have time to complete the SCS Color Challenge on Monday but I really wanted to try it. So today when I saw the Sketch Challenge, I put them both together.

Who would have thought to use Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery and Orchard Opluent together? I certainly would not. But it looks great. The stamp set I used is Merci, one of the Sale-A-Bration sets. My Stampin' Pastels and a Blender Pen did the trick for the color. The base of the card is Kraft. Versamark was used for the background stamps. Cute, cute! And I know just the person who is going to receive this card.


Now is the time to become a Stampin Up! Demonstrator!!

Have you been thinking about becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator? Well now is the time! Sign up during the Sale-A-Bration promotion period and your Starter Kit is only $159! In addition, you recieve one stamp set of your choice from any current catalog ($47.95 value).

Whether you are a full-time demonstrator, part-time demonstrator or you want to sign up as a hobby demonstrator to receive a discount on your product, it is up to you. You decide how active you want to be!

Contact me today to get started working for a company you will love!

Need more information? I'll be happy to answer all of your questions!
This offer is only good through March 17th, 2008 so don't wait!

Refer someone to me that signs up with me to be a demonstrator, and you receive a stamp set of your choice from any current catalog!! Make sure they mention your name!
Drop me an email so we can get you started doing something that you love while you make money doing it!!

Embracing Pastels

This month for our Stamps By Mail projects, we used Stampin' Up! Pastels. I hadn't used mine in a while so it was fun to get them back out. There are so many ways to use your Pastels besides just with the sponge applicator that comes with them.

Here I used Blender Pens to color the flowers. They came out so pretty. Embracing Life is the stamp set and Ginger Blossom is the Designer Paper. A little Groovy Guava Ribbon and you have a card that looks like a professional artist created it ;-)

Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


My upline challenged us to make a project from Stampin' Up!'s list. I love this set from Sale-A-Bration. When I saw it the first time, I knew I would get it. It is fun and light and has a carefree look to it.

This was my first attempt at watercoloring. How fun. I used my Aquapainter and went to work. I purposely when out of the lines to give it that carefree look. The colors for the card are Old Olive, Ruby Red, More Mustard, and Almost Amethyst. The ink is the same. I added some Hodgepodge Hardware and my card was complete.

A few tips on watercoloring. Use Stazon Ink so the black doesn't run. Also, if you have watercolor paper use that. If you are using regular cardstock, which I did, just be careful how much water you are using. The paper can't hold that must moisture and you will end up with an icky looking image.

If you must have this set like I did, just contact me to place your order by March 17th!

Wild About You - Weekend Sketch Challenge 35

When I saw this weekend's sketch challenge on Beate's blog, I knew it would make the perfect card for my great-nephew's birthday in March.

The Wild About You stamp set makes a fun card for kids of all ages. I saw this color combo in the new Mini Catalog that will be coming out shortly and really liked it. Real Red, Blashful Blue, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla is what I used with matching ink. It was a simple, fun card to put together.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Celebrate 5000+ Visits To My Blog!

Over 5000 hits to my blog, wow! Thank you to everyone that visits my blog! So let's celebrate! And what a better way to celebrate than with stamps. Here is my giveaway, a variety of Designer Series Papers by Stampin' Up!, a new spool of Olive Organdy Ribbon and Reason To Smile stamp set. But that's not all, if you are the winner, you will also receive a $5 Stampin' Up! Gift Certificate (valid for orders through me). The Gift Certificate expires on March 7th, 2008.
Just leave me a comment on this post to enter to win these great items. I will select the winner at random at 1:00pm (CST) Monday, February 25th.
Thanks again to everyone and for all of your kind comments!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

FREE Stamps!

Yes, that's right, it's Sale-A-Bration time. With each $50 in Stampin' Up! merchandise you purchase, you receive your choice of a Sale-A-Bration item. It's that simple.

Remember, the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets are designed especially for this promotion and won't be seen again.

This promotion is good until March 17th. So check out the Sale-A-Bration catalog today. Then contact me with your order to receive your FREE stamps!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

TGI Friday Freebie Winner Is....

Congratulations to Sara! She is the winner of this week's TGI Friday Freebie! Sara, please contat me so I can get your goodies out to you.

Sara shared that her go-to tools are her punches. I would have to agree. Love my punches especially the Scallop Punch from SU.

Be sure to check my blog this week for a special give-away. I'll be celebrating something big!

Monday, January 28, 2008

RAK from Jolie

Wow, I got another RAK card this weekend! Jolie Newman sent me this pocket Thank You card. Isn't it the cutest thing? She was a previous TGI Friday winner. I love pink and brown together. They are probably two of my favorite color combos.

Jolie, thanks so much for sending me this cute card. I love it.

Thursday, January 24, 2008


Here are your goodies for the weekly TGI Friday Freebie...

If you are the lucky winner, you'll receive 4 note cards, some pink and white ribbon, and 6 pieces of Designer Series paper that would work great with these cards. Oh I almost forgot (because you can hardly see them in the picture) a few silver diamond shaped brads!

To enter to win, leave a comment on this post sharing Your go-to tool you use on your paper crafts. Do you find yourself always picking up that favorite punch? Or are you a Coluzzle person? Maybe you love to emboss so your heat tool is always around. One post per person, please.

The winner will be randomly selected on Monday, January 28th at noon CST. Good luck!

Have a great weekend!

RAK from Cathy M.

Today, much to my surprise, I received this wonderful card in the mail! It was a Thank You from Cathy, our TGI Friday winner a week or so ago. I can't tell you how much it warmed my heart. I have it sitting right on my desk.

And I must say, it is the perfect card for me. I love, love, love coffee! In the morning, my coffee pot is ready to go. Starbuck's is a good friend! Hot, iced, flavored, I'll take it anyway.

My husband also sent me a dozen red roses today. It was very sweet of him and I was surprised to get them. They are really pretty. He knows I've been a little sad since we've moved.

Cathy, Thank You for taking the time to send me this wonderful card. It really made my day.

If you have the chance, send a card to someone today. We make these great cards, so share one. I promise that it will make them feel special!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


This card sketch was suppose to be for Beate's Weekend Card Sketch but I didn't get it done in time. It just wasn't coming together and then it clicked. I really like the way it came out.

The colors and fun nature of this card totally remind me of my friends I miss so much in California. This card makes me smile and I hope you find yourself smiling as you think of your friends today!
Recipe: Apricot Appeal, Ruby Red, Sage Green card stock, inks are the same and I used a blender pen for the coloring, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery ribbon, Time Well Spent stamp set.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

TGI Friday Freebie Winner Is....

Julie S.!! Congratulations Julie on winning the Tags and more goodies. Please contact me so I can get your goodies out to you.

Julie shared that her favorite things in the new catalog is the Designer Papers! They are great, aren't they?

My favorite new item is the Embrace Life stamp set. I just love it. The nice thing is I keep finding new ways to use it. Hopefully, I won't get tired of it too quickly.

If you are in need of a 2008 Spring/Summer Catalog, please contact me. I have a great deal for you!

Have a great week. Oh, sorry this post is a day late. Not sure what happened yesterday.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Open House Projects

Today, I hosted an Open House and these are two of the projects we completed. The 3x3 card is from the Stampin' Up! promotion flyer. The little goodie bag I got from Jenn's blog. I loved this idea so I had to share it today.

Inside the scallop punches are York Peppermint Patties. I had to buy another bag because I enjoyed several of them while I was making this project!

The stamp set is Happy Heart Day. If you would like to recreate these projects, grab the Valentine's Day bundle promotion! You get the stamp set, the medium cellophane bags, Real Red & Regal Rose 5/8" grosgrain ribbons all for $33.40 (a $41.35 value)!

Contact me today if you are interested in the bundle. It is available until January 31st.

Hope you enjoy the projects as much I did making them!

Friday, January 18, 2008


Happy Friday! Again another fast week. It is so cool here and it is getting even colder tomorrow. I really miss California!
The picture of the Freebie is not that great but what you are trying to see is some pretty pink and green ribbon and a bunch of assorted tags, both white and vanilla. The tags can be used for so many things including journalling and cards.
So to enter to win the TGI Friday Freebie just leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite item from the new 2008 Spring/Summer Catalog.
Please only one post per person. The winner will be drawn on Monday, January 21st at noon CST. Be sure to share this with your friends.
Have a great weekend and stay warm if you are in the colder part of the world!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Information on being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Before you say, I'm not interested in becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, read this information.
There are a few great reasons to consider becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.
  • First, you will earn a great income. You start earning when you hold workshops or place customer orders: you keep 20% of the net sales! This is called Instant Income because you don't wait for a check from Stampin' Up! - the 20% is yours immediately. For example, if your workshop has net total of $350, you keep $70.
  • Second, you can earn additional income (volumn rebate) on your monthly net sales of $400 or more. Higher net sales increase your volumn rebate to as much as 20%. Your volumn rebate (paid monthly by Stampin' Up!) and your instant income can total up to 40% per month.
  • Third, you receive a minimum of 20% discount on your purchases from Stampin' Up! And you receive volumn rebate on your own purchases! This is a great way to build your personal stamping supplies.
  • Four, Stampin' Up! provides outstanding training to their demonstrators to ensure they have successful businesses.

These are just a few of the wonderful opportunities Stampin' Up! offers to their demonstrators.

You can choose to be a demonstrator that does in home workshops and classes OR be a hobby demonstrator. This means you purchase items for yourself at a discount. You can still sell to customers, it's up to you.

If you are looking for a great way to bring in extra income or to get a discount on product you love, this an opportunity for you. Think about it, write down your questions and then contact me. I'll be happy to answer all of your questions.

Contact me today to get more information on becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. Sign up during the month of February and receive a special gift from Stampin' Up!

Weekend Sketch Challenge 30

Let me start by saying, this is not my favorite card I've ever created! Actually, I'm still not sure I even like it.
This card was created to participate in Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. I used all colors from the In Color family. And I also used my Eastern Elegant Rub-Ons. The stamp set is Time Well Spent. It is a level 3 Hostess set.

That is about all I have to say about this card!

Easy, Fun Cards

Beate had a Be Inspired Challenge on her blog so I decided to give it a try. You could use the colors, the design, or both. I really like both of these cards and the way they came out. Hope they inspire you to get your stamps out today.

For this card, I used new Eastern Elegance Rub-Ons. These are so easy to use and really add some different to your projects. If need something new to try, give these a whirl. This paper i s the retired Apple Cider Designer Series Paper. There were a couple of sheets left over so I used them up. The card base is Kraft CS for both cards. Did you notice that I didn't use any stamps on this card?

Again, I used some retired DS paper, Darling Doodles. The stamp set is Be Happy. I really like this set. I added some Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon and my card was done. These colors work so well together.


Monday, January 14, 2008

TGI Friday Freebie Winner Is....

Congratulations to Cathy M!! She is winner of the TGI Friday Freebie. This should give you a good start on your Valentine's Day projects.

Cathy shared this about her favorite candy: I love chocolate covered...cherries, raisins, cashews. I would have to agree with Cathy. Everyone had some yummy favorites, it was very hard not to run to the store and stock up ;-)

First let me say that before I had kids, my favorite candy was Jolly Ranchers or anything really sour. I could pass on the sweet stuff. NOW, forget about it! I would have to say my favorite candy is a Mr. Goodbar. Love those things! There are several runner-ups, Paydays (started eating those when I started running), Reeses, Mounds, ok I have to stop now.

Thank you so much to everyone that visited and left a comment. Be sure to check back often for other fun samples and giveaways. Have a great week!

Friday, January 11, 2008


Happy Friday Everyone! Boy this week flew by. I'm excited because today I am trying out a new exercise class and they have babysitting for the kids. Hopefully everyone will enjoy their time and I will be able to make this a weekly part of my routine.

Here are your goodies for this week. There is a bunch of stuff including 3 Pretty in Pink Love Notes with envelopes, ribbon, Designer Seriers Paper, card stock and some corners made with the Corner Punch.
To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post sharing Your Favorite Candy. Please, one post per person. The winner will be drawn at random on Monday, January 14th at noon CST.
I thought candy would be fun today since all the goodies are Valentine's day related and since I'll be starting a new exercise class I won't be eating any candy!
Please feel free to share this giveaway with everyone you know. Have a sweet day.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Faux Silk Technique

I saw this technique on Splitcoast yesterday and had to try it. Plus I've be wanting to use this new stamp set as well! You use tissue paper to stamp on! It is a little hard to see in the picture the texture on the card but it is really a pretty technique in person. Here is the link if you want to try the technique out Faux Silk
The stamp set I used is called Infinite Goodness and is a Level 2 Hostess set. The card base is Chocolate Chip with Rose Red and Old Olive layers. The makers are the same colors. The pears are done in More Mustard. The ribbon is wide Chocolate Chip. I stamped the card base with Chocolate Chip ink.

Hope this gets you inspired to try a new technique today!

Monday, January 7, 2008

TGI Friday Freebie Winner Is....

Congratulations to Allison! She is the winner of the TGI Friday Freebie. Allison be sure to contact me to give me all your information.

Allison shared this about how often she stamps:
I try to stamp everyday...I feel like I need to post a new card on my blog everyday!

Most of you stamp everyday! It's that great. Depending on what is going on with my kids or what events I have coming up, I am an everyday stamper ;-)

Thank you to everyone for stopping by and sharing your comments.

Have a great week.

Guest Stamper of the Week - Tanja Bumann

This year, I am trying something new! Each week, I will have a Guest Stamper who will share one of their paper crafts with us. I love seeing other people's work and getting ideas from them. Enjoy this new addition to Stamping Marathon!
My very first Guest Stamper is Tanja Bumann. Tanja is a good friend of mine and participates in Stamps By Mail. Since starting Stamp Club last year, her talents have really blossomed. This is the Christmas card she made this year. I love the colors and the design. Nice job, Tanja!Recipe: Stamp Set - Frosty, Card Stock - Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Accessories - Gingham Ribbon, Brads, Markers, Ticket Corner Punch

Sunday, January 6, 2008

A Happy Thank You

Last night, we attending a belated Christmas party at my husband's boss' home. The food was incredible as were the hostess'. All the kids had a fun time while the adults enjoyed a few cocktails and some laughs. It was truly a fun evening.
I wanted to create a card that reflected the evening. This card was inspired by Beate. I thought the colors were happy and fun. The Groovy Guave and Ruby Red go so nicely together. I used the Slit Punch to create the scallop circle. It was so easy and I love the effect. Some Dazzling Diamonds in the center of each flower finished the card off nicely.

Friday, January 4, 2008


Sorry for the late post but to be honest, I just realized it is Friday! These holiday weeks really throw me off!

Welcome to TGI Friday Freebie! Today's goodies are some fun items from Stampin' UP! that you can't get any longer.

If you are the lucky winner, you will receive 4 grey gift card holders and envelopes, a package of purple twine, and some chocolate and pink ribbon! Fun stuff.

To enter, leave a comment on this post sharing How often do you stamp each week? And how many projects to do complete each week?

Please only one entry person. The winner will drawn at random on Monday, January 7th at noon CST.

And remember, sharing is nice. So share my blog with all of your friends, co-workers, family and so on!

Have a great weekend.

Are Three Challenges Better Than One?

I've been wanting to do the Color Challenge and the today's Limited Supplies Challenge on SplitCoast. Then I saw Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge and knew I wouldn't have time to do all three. So I decided to combine them all into one challenge!

The Color Challenge was to use Real Red, Taken with Teal and Certainly Celery. Limited Supplies was to not use white or vanilla on your card. And Beate's Sketch can be viewed on her blog. Here is what I came up with.

I used Embrace Life stamp set and some black brads. I used the paper piercing tool to make the holes around the Celery Card Stock. The Real Red background is embossed with clear embossing powder. I don't love the Grey flower but I couldn't use white!

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Valentine's Day Bundle is Here!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. And Stampin' UP! is offering a deal you won't want to miss!
When you purchase the Valentine's Day bundle, you receive a FREE spool of Regal Rose 5/8" grosgrain ribbon.
Included in the bundle is:

111089 Happy Heart Day stamp set $20.95
109052 Real Red 5/8" grosgrain ribbon $7.95
102757 Medium cellophane bags $4.50
109056 Regal Rose 5/8" grosgrain ribbon FREE! ($7.95 value!)

111903 Valentine's Day Bundle $33.40 (a $41.35 value!)

But that isn't all... Host a workshop (and remember it can be a catalog workshop) between January 2nd - 31st and you will receive a FREE stamp set (up to $29.95) from the Spring/Summer Preview Brochure, in addition to all of the great hostess benefit you will receive.
Contact me today to place your order for this great offer. Don't wait to get those cute Valentine's started.
Need a new 2008 Spring/Summer Catalog? Email me today to find out how you can receive $5 off your first order.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!

I hope that you all had a wonderful night bringing in 2008! To celebrate the New Year the stamping way, here are the projects from last month's Stamps By Mail. And remember, you can still join Stamps By Mail. Just email me for details.
Here we used the chipboard clipboard to make a cute holiday photo holder. The pocket holds the picture so you can change it out when you like. This is our family picture from last year. The kids have changed so much!
This was our Year At A Glance Folding Album. I got this idea from the letters people send out with their cards each year. Wouldn't it be fun to capture special moments from each season from the year? And the idea was born.

I have been busy putting the projects together for January using a stamp set from the new catalog and some of the new Designer Paper! Today looks like a good day for stamping.