Thursday, May 29, 2008


I made this for today's Ways to Use It Challenge - Get Packing. With this challenge you could go 2 different directions - make a card using packing tape, etc, etc.. or take a spin on the challenge and use vacation-themed stamps. I decided to use my bikahbabeabella along with a CTMH stamp from the Get Away set. With gas prices hanging over her head like a dark and ominous cloud, my bella chose to take her bike and go cross-country using scenic routes...Thanks for looking!

Additional Info
Stamps: bella, CTMH get away stamp set
Paper: whisper white, basic black, dp by K&Company
Ink: jet black stazon, night of navy, summer sun
Accessories: SU! markers, clear sp (for sentiment), circle cutter, ribbon

As I was coloring my bella, I was thinking about our plans for the summer and the price of gas... something that I actually think about far more than I'd like to. With this in mind, I thought that this card better represents our vacation plans for the summer.
While I was out of town this weekend, I got to go through my friend Laura's stamps (which are terribly neglected - LOL).. so I snagged a few sets that are going to "vacation" with me this summer. The CTMH Get-Away stamp set was perfect for today's WT challenge... Those stamps were sooo happy to see some ink. Tomorrow I may do something with a turtle! If you are reading this Laura, thanks for the loan of your stamps.. they say to tell you hello and that they like it here! - ha!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


This is for Wednesday's Sketch Challenge.. Here is the sketch..

And here is the card I made for it.
What a great sketch! I am still so tempted to cover up that white space with some cardstock, but I decided I wanted to do a simple clean card.. and try to keep it as near to the sketch as possible.. so here it is. This card is also for the DDC that I had the opportunity to host this week with some of my fabulous SCS friends. The challenge was to use a paint chip and a flower. I have two paint chips on this card, the green and the blue. and a flower... simple and easy! I had forgotten how fun paint chips can be to work with. Thanks for looking!

Additional Info
Stamps: lots of thoughts
Paper: whisper white
Ink: stazon
Accessories: ribbon, paint chips, prima, brad

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Merci Butterfly

This is for the Color Challenge, to use Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, and Very Vanilla. I really like this crisp clean color combo... it is very soothing. I cased the layout from Hapablap..who I think cased it from someone else.. This will be in the mail tomorrow on its way to Susan aka One4Joy...Thanks for looking!

Additional Info
Stamps: merci, happy harmony
Paper: very vanilla, sage shadow, chocolate chip
Ink: jet black stazon
Accessories: SU! markers, cuttlebug, punch, brads, paper piercer

Saturday, May 24, 2008


...(insert drumroll here)...

Hilmarose said...
Thank you for the chance to win some wonderful blog candy!
May 22, 2008 11:31 AM

Ok.. I don't know how to use number generator..(whatever that is).... So, I just wrote everyone's name on pieces of paper and had my DS, Andrew, pick out a name. He picked Hilmarose! Thank you to everyone who entered and joined me in celebrating 2000 hits. I really enjoyed reading your entries. Come back for a visit anytime...and Hilmarose, e-mail me your address and I will get that candy in the mail to you!

Friday, May 23, 2008


I needed to make a couple of birthday cards for my best friend's children's birthdays... I am also going to make a summer journal to match each of their cards.. I used the Merci Sell-a-bration stamp set for Corrinn's and the Worms and Kisses set for Parker's...
This is for today's LSC - no hardward... stamps where hardware should be. My tiny heart stamps are where either brads or eyelets would go. I did have to put some bling in the center of the flower (I consider that a necessity!)Thanks for looking...

Additional Info
Stamps: merci
Paper: whisper white, basic black, spring fling dp
Ink: jet black stazon
Accessories: SU! markers, bling, ribbon
Thanks for looking!

This is for today's LSC - no hardward... stamps where hardware should be. The ants are where either brads or eyelets would go.I embossed the bg paper by using my versamarker on white cs, embossed with clear ep, then sponged over with old olive. I used my SU! markers to ink up my stamps.Thanks for looking

Additional Info
Stamps: bugs and kisses
Paper: whisper white, basic black, summer picnic dp
Ink: jet black stazon
Accessories: SU! marker, punch, ep, white signo pen
Techniques: heat embossing, sponging

Thursday, May 22, 2008


Well, this is one for the history books! I finally made a "man card"!! Today's Ways To Use It Challenge was to make a masculine themed card... I cased an old card by Shel9999... If you are a fanclub member you can get the template for the belt in the SCS Fanclub gallery... If you're not a a Fanclub member, then what are you waitin' for?..what I changed... I reversed the layout, used sticker tools instead of real tools, used a different stamp, use 2 shades of brown, then krinkled them up and sponged them with versamark for a leathery look.. Shel9999's original is a much cleaner looking card. Fun challenge and thanks for looking!

Additional Info
Stamps: all year cheer II
Paper: chocolate chip, close to cocoa, vanilla confetti
Ink: versamark, jet black stazon
Accessories: SU! markers, Jolee's tool box stickers, brads

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


HOORAY!! I'm celebrating 2000 hits with some blog candy as a thank you for all of my friends (new, old, and otherwise) that stop by here to check out my creations and blurbs about life!

You can win this Blog Candy - Delight in Life stamp set (never used and unmounted) and 5 sheets of 6x6 double-sided Prints Pack Designer Paper (hostess only), plus a few other surprises - just by saying 'hello' and leaving me a comment - just click on 'comment' at the bottom of this posting. Be sure you are commenting here and not on another post. I will pick a random number to find the winner. You have until midnight Friday 5/23/08 to post your comment.

Please note: If you check off annonymous when you post your comment - you need to put your name in your comment so that I will know who the winner is!

Thank you everyone for checking out my blog. I'll post the winner on Saturday morning so be sure to check back!


...having a friend.This is for today's sketch challenge.. great one!I used an image that my DSS sent to me. Thanks for looking!

Additional Info
Stamps: sugar nellie
Paper: whisper white, basic black, not quite navy, dp
Ink: unknown
Accessories: mat pack, ribbon, cord, stickels, primas, brads
Techniques: paper piercing

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

COME LOOK THROUGH MY WINDOW... and you might see a snake! YIKES!

This is for today's color challenge as well as a little Double Dog Dare Challenge that I participate in with a couple of crazy stampers.. This week it was Anne's (aka Itsapassion) turn to issue the challenge..and well, thank goodness I have a window stamp. I used crystal effect on the window panes and popped up the hearts and pink fowers.Thanks for looking!

Additional Info
Stamps: for a friend, wonderful words
Paper: whisper white, blue bayou, certainly celery, porcelain prints dp
Ink: jet black stazon
Accessories: ticket corner punch, brads, crystal effects, ribbon

Now, yesterday if you had looked through my window you may have seen this unfortunate fellow... I found out AFTER I killed it with a stick (that's right I'm a superhero) that is is just an ole cornsnake and quite useful - sorry.. It would have lived if only it had told me before I bashed it with my stick.. and maybe had it not hissed at me and tried to strike me! The kids found it while they were playing in the yard - OMGoodness!!! Needless to say, Andrew is now afraid of the yard... which isn't such a bad thing since he is a fearless 3 yo boy with and adventuresome spirit who loves to explore. I suppose this guy came up from the creek to eat some cat food as he was pretty close to the garage where we keep the food. ooo.. now I have the *shivers*. After I killed the beast, I let the kids touch it and gave them a mini-science lesson on the parts of a snake...

Monday, May 19, 2008


This is for today's Technique Lovers Challenge - a double pocket bag. These little bags are so cute and fun to make. I made a verse tag to go inside one of my bags. All sentiments/verses are computer generated and I used SU!'s DP.Thanks for looking.

Additional Info
Stamps: none
Paper: SU! DP, basic black, whisper white, sage shadow
Ink: none
Accessories: ribbon, jumbo eyelets, crop-a-dile
Techniques: double pocket bag

Saturday, May 17, 2008


Here is a peek at some of the cards we made last night at my Stamp-A-Stack! A great time was had by all! I met some really nice ladies and look forward to stampin' with them again! These cards were inspired by a set created by Lindeestamps.

Additional Info
Stamps: For a Friend
Paper: whisper white, basic black, cutie pie dp,
Ink: jet black stazon
Accessories: SU! markers, ribbon, brad, hole punch
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1



June 3, 2008 7pm

Learn to do four fun techniques and go home with a card featuring the technique plus a 6x6 page with instructions for future reference. $25 class fee includes all pre-cut supplies, materials. Seating is limited to 8 spots. (4 spots remaining)


June 6, 2008 - 7pm

Show off your name with style... come to my name frame class and learn how fun and easy it is to make your own!! Class fee is $20 and will include all materials and pre-cut supplies. Seating is limited to 8 and pre-payment/registration is required by June 1, 2008
(6 spots remaining)


June 21, 2008

Be prepared for any birthday party with the Bitty Birthday stamp set! Bring your child to a fun stamp camp and make some great project featuring the Bitty Birthday stamp set (#110994, page 43). This class will be lots of fun! Class fee is $35 and will include the Bitty Birthday stamp set, pre-cut supplies and light refreshments. Two sessions: morning 10am - noon and afternoon 1-3pm. Please specify which session when you register. Prepayment of class fee is due by June 7th to ensure delivery of your stamp set for the class. Seating is limited to 4 spots per session. (3 spots remaining for the AM session)

If you are interested in attending any of these, please contact me at

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Some NOT so WILD Animals, a CARD, and an update on BLACKJACK

On Monday I went with my DD, Sarah, on a much anticipated field trip to the Virginia Safari Park. It threatened to rain most of the day and was a bit chilly..which was great because all of the animals were quite active, not to mention hungry.. Here is a peek at some of the animals we encountered.. and we did literally "encounter" them. We rode on a wagon pulled by a tractor through the park. Our driver stopped several times so that the animals could come up and we could feed them. Everyone got a bucket with some pellet feed in it... The only animal who could not fit it's head into the bucket was the buffalo.. This however didn't deter them and we found out they have very loooong tongues. We fed them by holding our fists above their heads and dropping pellets down onto their super-long, super-slimey tongues. The kids really loved it when they stuck their tongues down their nostrils to retrieve any pellets that happened to go that way. I was just so glad that he didn't sneeze on us. Lots of giggles and "oooo, that's nasty".. followed by.. let me try it to touch my nose with my tongue. The cutest thing we saw was some baby pot-bellied pigs. They are so tiny, I don't know how they kept from getting trampled by some of the larger animals. Yikes... I didn't want to see any smushed bacon bits, if you know what I mean. Another highlight was getting to pet a baby kangaroo and holding an ostrich egg. By the way, camels not only spit, but they also will steal your food bucket!

Now.. on to the card. I made this card for Tuesday's color challenge and Wednesday's Sketch Challenge. I used an image sent to me by my DSS. Thanks! I just love little Lola from Sugar Nellie. She is so sweet. Thanks for looking.

Additional Info
Stamps: "Lola with Flowers" by Sugar Nellie
Paper: whisper white, basic black, SU! dp, non-SU blue, only orange
Ink: jet black stazon
Accessories: SU! markers, sakura gel pen, signo white gel pen, label punch, primas, brads, ribbon

So, the Humane Society called us and told us that Blackjack had been exposed to Parvo.... poor thing. He is in isolation, and since we do not want to risk the health of our dearly, beloved Snuggles, we will not be taking him. I hope he makes it through and that another family will adopt him. Some good news, is that later today we are going to see a big boy hound named BJ. He is in foster care and is looking for a forever home. He is house-trained, crate-trained, neutered, and UTD on his shots.... The only downer is that he is a big boy, weighing in at 86 lbs. I am hoping that he is a gentle giant. So, will let you know tomorrow after we go check him out tonight.. wish us luck!

Saturday, May 10, 2008


I am posting this early, because I do not plan on being online on Mother's Day. So, Happy Mother's Day to my mom and my mother-in-law, as well as my fellow bloggers, SCSers, demos, etc., etc.... hope you day is filled with love!
I am already feeling the "love"... my kids brought home some of the sweetest gifts for me that they made at school.. take a look.. Not to mention they are getting "me" a dog, who will be coming home on Thursday. Yep, they say is it for me, but I know it is really for them and my DH! We went to the Humane Society and decided to rescue a hound.. yep, you read right - a hound, kind-a mix. His name is Blackjack and he is the most, mmmm, how shall I say it, ah, interesting looking dog I have ever seen. He will be Snuggles new friend. I hope she lets him know who is in charge! After he is "altered," we will bring him home. I'm so excited to get to train another dog on the invisible fence - NOT! I will post pics of him when he comes home.

Above right is from Allison,

Left is from Andrew, and below is from Sarah.

Snuggles.... isn't she so cute! She came to us from a lady who just didn't have time for her. We sure love her!


Check out the pool babe! Glammin' it up for the pool! I am so ready for school to be out and the lazy days of summer..

Thanks for looking!

Additional Info
Stamps: art impressions (I think?)
Paper: whisper white, tempting turquoise, basic black,
Ink: basic black
Accessories: SU! markers, bling, scallop punch, ribbon, crystal effects, friskars circle cutter, circle punch

Friday, May 9, 2008


This card is for my neighbor Jeanie! She and her DH are heading down to Myrtle Beach for bike week tomorrow. I just got this cute little bikahbabeabella image in the mail the other day from Tabby! Thanks Tabby, I didn't know she would come in handy soo soon!

In addition to all of that, I made this card for Technique Lovers Challenge (diorama card) and for Tuesday's Color Challenge (lovely lilac, pretty in pink, certainly celery).. and the colors are perfect for Jeanie as her bike is purple.. it is soo cool, looks like a Chevy from the back, it is so cool!

Additional Info
Stamps: bikahbabeabella
Paper: lovely lilac, pretty in pink, certainly celery
Ink: jet black stazon
Accessories: SU! markers, flower punch, scallop punch, circle punch, brads, bling, oval template
Techniques: diorama card
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 3

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Target 1$ Spot Pail for Mom

Well, I am a sucker for the Target $1 spot... I sometimes go there just to look at the dollar spot stuff which is right by the front door, then head out to take care of other stuff.. I just can't help myself.... So, I found these cute little pails when my neighbor and I were out one day doing "girl-stuff!" Now Toni, my neighbor, wasn't so sure about my idea of fixing these up for Mother's Day.. and I sometimes lovingly refer to her as the "anti-craft".. 'cause she says she isn't crafty, doesn't like crafts, has no desire, yada, yada, yada.. and well, whadda ya know.. lookie, lookie at the pretty little pails we made! Yaye for Toni.. I knew she could craft! There is a craftin' diva just dying to come outta that girl! She made he sewing notions pail and will put sewing notions in for her MIL.. and I made the fru-fru one with the yummies from The Farmbasket for my dear MIL..thanks for looking... and if you see a crazy lady going nuts over the $1 Spot junk at Target, then it is problaby me!


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