Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Give me some "monkey" love.......

Some Sock Monkey love, that is!!! Get your minds out of the gutters!!!!! How could you not love this little guy?

Don't you just love that little sock monkey??? It will be available in the upcoming 2008/2009 Fall & Winter Idea Book and Catalog. I knew as soon as I saw it...I wanted to watercolor it, of course, and another coloring technique I will show you another time.....

There are so many new things on this card.....let's see....
first off - all of the stamps are from from Sock cute!!!
And some new In Colors....the card base is Baja Breeze and those mats around the monkey and the sentiment circle are Riding Hood Red - all to die for!!!!
ooo.....and the designer series paper....the chocolate chip with white polka dots.....oh my....that is from Bella Rose Designer Series Paper - A MUST HAVE!!!!
did you see that scalloped edge??? Yes....that is the scalloped edge punch at work!!!! ANOTHER MUST HAVE!!!!!
I threw in a few oldies, but goodies too! The close to cocoa mat, very vanilla (sentiment panel) and watercolor paper.....and of course the aquapainter and ink refills to watercolor with....most of the refills were the new in colors....delish!!!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Sweet Heart!!!

Today's post has been brought to you by the number 3!

Today is my little girl's third birthday......I can't believe it!!!!

We are off eating her birthday breakfast with Elmo...I hope she enjoys that! We had to buy a breakfast character meal because it was the only meal that guaranteed that Elmo would be breakfast it is! Last year we had an Elmo party...we should have done the same this year since we are spending her birthday at Sesame Place...but she wanted a Hello Kitty party! What is it with her and Hello Kitty???? That is what her "Big Girl Room" had to be when we converted her crib to a full bed...Hello Kitty! Let me tell wasn't easy to decorate a Hello Kitty bedroom on a "non - collector" budget! But we are mustering through it! So anyway...she wanted a Hello Kitty in the middle of our Sesame Street week...we have Hello Kitty! oh well!

We took presents with us for her to open on her birthday and her card....had to be Hello Kitty, right??? Well...I wanted to stamp her card....but came up empty with finding hello Kitty rubber stamps that you could make a card I turned to scrapbooking supplies. If seeing something on my blog that isn't totally Stampin'Up! makes you sad...turn your eyes away! There are Stampin' Up! things on here...but there are other things as well. lol!!

Close up of the balloons:

They were cut with one of my many die cut! the "3" is from Stampin' Up!'s chipboard set- Lots of letters. I covered it with Tombo Mono Multi and chunky glitter from the spring mini catalog (retired...). The balloon strings are silver embroidery floss. I have been doing counted cross stitch for as long as I can remember, so there isn't a shortage of stitchin' supplies around here!

The sentiment is from Hugs and Wishes.

The Kitty is a Sticker, I adhered it to white card stock and cut it out...popped it up onto pop up glue dots...voila!

My accents at the bottom are flowers from the Three For You punch accented with black brads. I lined them up with my mat pack and piercer.

3 balloons, number 3, 3 flowers, 3 little girl is 3!!!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Blogger's Challenge - Week 57 MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Merry Christmas (in July) to all of you!!!! This weeks' Blogger's Challenge was Christmas in July. if you haven't seen my Christmas Eve sure to scroll down and check it out too!

Today's post uses the same box as yesterday but I made a set of three ornaments for our Pastor at church. There has been alot of talk among demonstrators on what they hope makes the new catalog from the past mini catalogs....on the top of my list from last years' Holiday Mini Catalog in Holy Tryptich and the Christmas sentiment- the name escapes me!!!! anyone remember what it was called???? It has a lot of beautiful Holiday sentiments......had a star stamp......oh will come back to me...or I will have to go upstairs and see. Near and Far, Follow His that it?

Here is the ensemble:

closer look at the gift box:

Anyway....The ornaments are stamped on white chipboard coasters and I watercolored them with my aquapainter and ink refills. and all of them were "blinged" up with a 2 way glue pen and dazzling diamonds.

close ups of the ornaments:

Merry Christmas to all of you!!!!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

It's Christmas (in July) Eve!!!!!!

Isn't that a scary thing to think about?!??!?!? Christmas! It will be here before we know it, Christmas will be here!!! Oh My.....I first have to focus on my little one's thing at a time, right? Blogger's Challenge this week was Christmas in July!!!! I wanted to show you a few things, but today....a gift box.

I am super short on time, so I will post the recipe:
card stock: real red, always artichoke, very vanilla
stamps: wonderous tree, many merry messages
ink: versamark, mellow moss, always artichoke
accessories: photo corner punch, gold brads, star punch, zig painty pen, mellow moss taffeta ribbon, stampin' dimensionals

Monday, July 21, 2008

Retiring accessories list has arrived!!!!

Here is a list of retiring accessories-they are available only "while supplies last."

I will update with SOLD OUT as I know of the unavailable product.

109200 Accents & Elements Build A Flower SOLD OUT

110718 Accents & Elements Lucky Star

110719 Accents & Elements Messenger

103158 Acrylic Graph & Grid

108638 Card Stock 12 X 12 In Color

108642 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Blue Bayou

108643 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Groovy Guava

108637 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 In Color

108640 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 River Rock

108639 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Soft Sky

108641 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Wild Wasabi SOLD OUT

108644 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Purely Pomegranate SOLD OUT

103975 Card Stock Brushed Copper SOLD OUT

108694 Card Stock Textured 12 X 12 In Color

107312 Cards & Envelopes Gift Whisper White

107292 Cards & Envelopes Greeting Whisper White

109116 Notes & Envelopes Long Notes

109118 Notes & Envelopes Love Notes

109117 Notes & Envelopes Pocket Notes* SOLD OUT

110729 Notes & Envelopes Scallop Notes

109119 Notes & Envelopes Gift Notes

109018 Classic Stampin' Ink Blue Bayou SOLD OUT

109019 Classic Stampin' Ink Groovy Guava

109017 Classic Stampin' Ink Purely Pomegranate SOLD OUT

109016 Classic Stampin' Ink River Rock SOLD OUT

109015 Classic Stampin' Ink Soft Sky

109020 Classic Stampin' Ink Wild Wasabi SOLD OUT

109013 Classic Stampin' Pad Blue Bayou

109012 Classic Stampin' Pad Groovy Guava

109011 Classic Stampin' Pad Purely Pomegranate

109010 Classic Stampin' Pad River Rock

109009 Classic Stampin' Pad Soft Sky

109014 Classic Stampin' Pad Wild Wasabi

110751 Designer Series Paper Azure*

110749 Designer Series Paper Berry Bliss

109154 Designer Series Paper Cutie Pie

110699 Designer Series Paper East Coast Prep* SOLD OUT

109160 Designer Series Paper Fall Flowers SOLD OUT

109159 Designer Series Paper Flowers For You*

110697 Designer Series Paper Ginger Blossom

110479 Designer Series Paper Jersey Shore*

109151 Designer Series Paper Le Jardin

110748 Designer Series Paper Notebook*

110750 Designer Series Paper Olive Press

109153 Designer Series Paper Porcelain Prints* SOLD OUT

109175 Designer Series Paper Prints Almost Amethyst* SOLD OUT

109177 Designer Series Paper Prints Always Artichoke

110696 Designer Series Paper Prints Bali Breeze

109173 Designer Series Paper Prints Blue Bayou SOLD OUT

109174 Designer Series Paper Prints Brilliant Blue

109178 Designer Series Paper Prints Certainly Celery

109169 Designer Series Paper Prints Close to Cocoa* SOLD OUT

109168 Designer Series Paper Prints Groovy Guava* SOLD OUT

109171 Designer Series Paper Prints Lovely Lilac

109172 Designer Series Paper Prints More Mustard SOLD OUT

109176 Designer Series Paper Prints Old Olive

109170 Designer Series Paper Prints Pumpkin Pie SOLD OUT

109164 Designer Series Paper Prints River Rock*

109167 Designer Series Paper Prints Rose Red

109166 Designer Series Paper Prints So Saffron

109165 Designer Series Paper Prints Soft Sky SOLD OUT

109163 Designer Series Paper Prints Tempting Turquoise SOLD OUT

110698 Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Break

110273 Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Fling* SOLD OUT

110271 Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Silhouettes

110272 Designer Series Paper Prints Western Sky

107299 Envelope Confetti Cream Medium

105320 Eyelets Basic SOLD OUT

100375 Eyelets Bold Brights SOLD OUT

100381 Eyelets Earth Elements SOLD OUT

107233 Eyelets Fresh Favorites I

107234 Eyelets Fresh Favorites II

105316 Eyelets Rich Regals

100378 Eyelets Soft Subtles SOLD OUT

105515 Hodgepodge Hardware Pewter SOLD OUT

105531 Hodgepodge Hardware Antique Brass SOLD OUT

105532 Hodgepodge Hardware Aged Copper SOLD OUT

101120 Metallic Art Pencils

107307 On Board Accents

109181 On Board Blossoms & Basic

109179 On Board Ginormous Pieces

107306 On Board Simon Lower

102678 Paper Mulberry White SOLD OUT

109227 Punch Box Three For You SOLD OUT

102686 Punch Handheld Rectangle

100271 Pure Color Pencils

109060 Ribbon Double-Stitched Blue Bayou SOLD OUT

109063 Ribbon Double-Stitched Groovy Guava SOLD OUT

109061 Ribbon Double-Stitched Purely Pomegranate SOLD OUT

109062 Ribbon Double-Stitched River Rock*

109059 Ribbon Double-Stitched Soft Sky SOLD OUT

109058 Ribbon Double-Stitched Wild Wasabi SOLD OUT

109189 Ribbon Originals Beachfront*

109187 Ribbon Originals District*

109188 Ribbon Originals Fairy Tale

109185 Ribbon Originals Jersey*

109184 Ribbon Originals Sherbert

109186 Ribbon Originals Theater

110716 Ribbon Striped Grosgrain Wild Wasabi*

110281 Rub-Ons Cherished Memories* SOLD OUT

110284 Rub-Ons Eastern Elegance*

110285 Rub-Ons Urban West*

110557 Simply Scrappin' Boho Blend

109610 Simply Scrappin' Confetti SOLD OUT

110572 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Boy

110567 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Girl

109597 Simply Scrappin' Home Again

110562 Simply Scrappin' Rose Cottage

109648 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Boy

109627 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Girl SOLD OUT

110587 Simply Scrappin' Summer Days

110577 Simply Scrappin' Tie The Knot

111184 Simply Sent Friendly Notes

109228 Simply Sent Simple Delights SOLD OUT

109229 Simply Sent Three Thoughts SOLD OUT

106662 Stampin'Around Wheel Daisy Field

107561 Stampin'Around Wheel Garden Annuals

109681 Stampin'Around Wheel Good Dog

109678 Stampin'Around Wheel Kisses

107482 Stampin'Around Wheel Lily Pad SOLD OUT

109680 Stampin'Around Wheel Meow

109677 Stampin'Around Wheel Mistletoe SOLD OUT

106610 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Basics Outline

107467 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Birthday

109571 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Baby

109570 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Friends

109569 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Party

108423 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Leaves A La Carte SOLD OUT

107468 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Nature Hike

108980 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Petals

107464 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Rough Texture SOLD OUT

111261 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Spunky Spots

109554 Stampin' Color Index Labels SOLD OUT

109553 Stampin' Color Index Labels (French)

106694 Stampin' Kids Markers

102673 Zig Painty Pen

Saturday, July 19, 2008


This Retirement just keeps getting better and better!!!

The actual Accessory Retirement list isn't released until Monday....but......Stampin Up! has issued a SALE ON SELECTED RETIRING ACCESSORIES!!!!!!

Click here to see the flyer

If you want to order any of this...I recommend ordering with me this weekend. I will be placing an order first thing Monday Morning when the sale begins. Everything retiring is on a first come, first served basis.....don't lose out on your favorites!!!!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Another peek for the camp on Sunday...

This is one of my favorites for Sunday's Card Camp.....

ooo.....I can't wait until Sunday!!!!
Could that be the Double Stitched Blue Bayou Ribbon that is NO LONGER AVAILABLE?!?!??!?!

Thursday, July 17, 2008



If you are in my clubs.....I had previously said if you were wanting In Color accessories...don't wait. Well....Stampin Up! has released today that the Blue Bayou and Purely Pomegranate Double Stitched Ribbon has already SOLD OUT. ARGH!!!! The accessory retirement list isn't even out yet!!!!! I wanted more of that for my stock......boooo hooooo!!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

OMGosh!!!!!! I can't believe it!!!

My new stuff is finally here!!!

Lauren started yelling...."PPS....PPS!!!" Her lingo for Ups! lol!

And he brought three boxes to my door!!! I ordered a bunch of other stuff as well, but I will only show you the new goodies!

First off.....I earned 6 sets from the catalog from a while back based on sales (Thank You to everyone of you that placed an order with me!!!!) with Stampin Up! I wanted to wait and see the new stamps before I made my final decision. Wanna see it?

If you want to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator so you can earn free stamps...give me a call!

Next for the long awaited sneak peek stuff! Now I didn't order everything I was able you might get another peek before the new catalog actually gets here! (I know....I am thinking the same thing you are thinking....."Why didn't she just order it all????....I know....I KNOW!.....)

Can you believe I only ordered two new stamp sets???? (and one - sock monkey - was on my free earned order....) my main concern was getting the new In Colors....GORGEOUS!!!....and that scalloped edge punch!!! The new Designer Series Paper - Bella Rose - and the Simply Sent Card Kit.....Those were icing on the cake!!! Or as Sock Monkey would put it....Peel on the banana!

Here is a closer look at the ink pads.....

Now...what to do???? I NEED to get ready for the camp on Sunday.....but I WANT to play with my new stuff!!!! If you are signed up for the camp on Sunday - I will bring my new stuff for you to get a sneak peek - up close! YUMMY!!!!!!!

WHERE IS HE????????

Where is UPS?????
I am supposed to get my sneak peek order today! he better get here soon......I NEED to get my paws on new stuff!!!!!!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Oh my.....Where does my time go????

Well.....I have been so busy for well over a month I am sure the rest of you have been too! I'm sure it isn't just me that summer takes a toll on! I have a stamp camp on Sunday so this week...I am prepping for that when I can sneak off for a minute! I do have my samples all worked out...that is a life saver, let me tell you! however...Let the cutting begin!!!!

So, today I have prepped one card and bagged it up for the "camper's" packets when they arrive. And I thought you might enjoy the sneak peek of what we are going to do.......

Is that some blingy hardware over there?????? OH MY!!!!! I can't get enough! I can't wait for the "camper's" to see this!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Blogger's Challenge - Week 55

Well....I have been super busy and have been neglecting my Blogger's Challenge Group....I'm sorry.....

This week's challenge was to use bugs or insects. Hmmm..... I don't have any bug sets.....I do have Priceless that has a butterfly....OH! I have the level 2 hostess level stamp set Infinite Goodness. I have been wanting to bling up those dragon fly wings for some time now!

Here it is:

I used a rather simple layout for two reasons. 1. time - I don't have any, remember? lol! and 2. I am putting together a gift set for a hostess for tonight...yes tonight. But I didn't just finish this...I did have it done for Friday...just not enough time to post it.....sorry faithful blog readers... :( The reason for the simple layout is I am making different cards with the same set by just rotating the layout - I wanted the hostess to see it isn't hard to change the look of a card by just rotating. Sound silly? I hope not!

Wanna see that bling a little closer?

Well folks....gotta dash! I truly appreciate you coming by my place to take a peek at what I am up to....and I love the kind comments you leave when you are here :)

Oh preorder from the new catalog is coming this Tuesday.....I will post you some pictures. I can't promise I will do it Tuesday - I might not take the time to photograph it before I tear into it!!! LOL!!! Can I say----Scalloped Border Punch????? I need to say no more! :)

Happy Stampin' Ya'all!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Going to miss my Bali Breeze!

I made up a gift bag and coordinating card last night with the Bali Breeze designer series paper. It is a pretty safe bet to say it will retire since it has the current year's In Colors in it. Make sure you stock up before it is gone....I sure am going to! I have eyed the large flower design on one of the sides for a while now. It really is a big pattern to use for card making, in my opinion. But what if you cut it apart? Hmmm...........

Wanna see?

I really like you?

Here is a closer look at the card:

The sentiment (which is the only thing stamped here) "for you" is from Fresh Cuts. It was available last month as a sneak peek but won't be available now until the release of the new Idea Book and Catalog in August.

Did you see the bling on that flower????? I used the 2 way glue pen and fine cosmo glitter to outline it. I then used a five petal punched flower, some flower fusion felt flowers and a rhinestone brad (ice rhinestone brads) to dress up the center. I love it! :)

I must say, I don't think the pictures do it justice for how sparkly it really is...not to toot my own horn :)

stamps: fresh cuts
card stock: tempting turquoise, purely pomegranate
accessories: bali breeze ds paper, pomegranate double stitched ribbon, 2 way glue pen, fine cosmo glitter, flower fusion, ice rhinestone brads, 5 petal punch, stampin dimensionals

Monday, July 7, 2008

So sad to see you go.......

I will really miss both the designer series patterned paper and the stamp set used on this card. The paper is porcelain prints and the stamp set is wild rose. I think the single stemmed rose in this set is absolutely gorgeous!

I have to be very quick little one has her first dentist appointment today and we are totally playing it up! I was deathly afraid of the dentist when I was little....still not to keen on one...hence my yucky teeth. I know it is something I just need to get over....but I can't. One day I will just build the courage and I will have to spend a medium fortune in my mouth....i am past a small! So is very important to my husband and I that she not be we have been talking this up big time...after she and I will go to buy a toy of her choice and to lunch together. I will have a small fortune in today, huh? wow....I sure got side tracked.....

Back to this card. I submitted it for a contest a while back. The layout is extremely simple but I did a few neat things with the center image. I cut the white panel with my colluzle cutter on an even number ring (don't know which one...I don't have the card in my position, I sent it in...remember? lol) I cut the blue bayou oval on an odd number ring. The reason I know that is if you cut an "odd number" circle or oval, you can scallop it with your 3/16th inch corner rounder- making a scalloped oval. The black mat wasn't cut with my colluzle though.....

Have any guesses what I used?

It is a Stampin' Up! product.......

know yet?

Is comes in two sizes....

any guesses?

Wanna see it up close?

Know yet?

I used the large oval punch to line around the oval! The colluzle made the mat bigger than I wanted so I experimented a should try it!

Did you guess the oval punch???? Be honest! hehehe!!!

Anyway...gotta dash! Don't forget to check out the bling!!! Fine Cosmo Glitter at its finest! I kill myself!! LOL!!! Fine glitter at its finest...get it? hehe!!!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Want some news for the weekend????

Well......Stampin' Up! has released some info to the demonstrators and I thought I would release it to you! :)

1. All new set sin the next Idea Book and Catalog will be die cut!!! heard me! DIE CUT!!!!! punch out, mount and get stamping in minutes!

2. Hodgepodge Hardware is 25 % off, while supplies last! wow!!!

3. decor elements are now available for you to on the photo on my side bar to view the brochure....they are really nice!

4. Oh yeah...did I mention that I have seen some new stuff from the Fall/Winter Idea Book and Catalog??? That will have to remain a teaser! hehehe!!!!

I will be away all thing will be a little quiet around the blog.

Enjoy your weekend and stay safe!

Happy Birthday America!!!!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Sorry...So Sorry.....

That I haven't posted in like forever! I have been overwhelmed with life lately! We will be away all weekend and I am trying to get ready to go today and tomorrow....pair that with my usual life appointments....and I am on overload! I'm sorry that the blog is what has suffered!

My grandma fell about two weeks ago and had to have surgery on her shoulder....yikes! Well, they put her in transitional care and I thought she could use something to brighten her room up a bit. What could a girl stamp that would brighten up a room a bit???? Hmmm...... Well....I actually stamped an accessory to what could brighten her room up a bit.

Intrigued yet?

I will also give you a little tutorial on what the accessory do I have your attention? lol!

Well....I will show you her card first! You will have to wait for the "cute" stuff! hehehe!!!

I will apologize right off....the lighting in her room stunk and I don't have it in me to edit photos right now...sorry!

The base is purely pomegranate...I will sure miss these In Colors this year! :( (Speaking of only have until August 10th to get anything in the catalog with the current In Colors - ink pads, refills, card stock, ribbons, designer series paper, simply scrappin kits....I don't think I missed anything. Anyway...I read another demo say she sold 6 reinkers of last year's In Colors on Ebay for $99.00!!!!! Now - that's 16.50 worth of reinker for $99.00!!!! So...stock up now...don't depend on Ebay for retired In Colors.) Sure got off track, huh?

The main image is whisper white. I stamped the large butterfly from Garden Whimsey flying off of the panel in purely pomegranate and then again on a scrap of whisper white. I then took the tulip, also from Garden Whimsey, and inked it up with stampin' write markers in pretty in pink and old olive. Then I rolled the edges of the flower only in purely pomegranate and stamped twice randomly before reinking in the same way. I stamped "Get Well Soon" from Sincere Salutations in basic grey. I matted that onto old olive. I took that matted piece and matted it with a larger mat along the bottom in basic grey. I tied a piece of double stitched purely pomegranate ribbon around the matt along that bottom. I mounted that up other than stampin dimensionals! lol!

Now for the fun part - cut out the butterfly on your scrap and adhere the butterfly body with mini glue dots to the body in the main image and fluff up your wings. Oh, don't forget to add dazzling diamonds with a 2 way glue pen first!!! A person recovering from surgery needs bling, right????? LOL!!!!

Now...If I still have your undivided attention....I will show you the accessory! hehehe!!!

I bought her a small potted flower and I thought it needed some bling! I made her two plant spokes to coordinate with her card....see them?

These were super easy! Stamp your images on whisper, the large butterfly and snail from garden Whimsey and cut them out. Now, you must add bling...every plant needs bling! Dazzling diamonds with a 2 way glue pen will do! hehehe!!! Lay them face down, after the glue dries, and put a pop up glue dot in the center. Take a piece of thin some old floral wire I had laying around...and make a little loop on one end. Lay that loop in the glue dot. I then used a punched flower from my boho blossoms punch to hold it all together. Press firmly on the flower punch to adhere it all together. Poke in your flower pot...and you are all set!

See how the back of the spoke looked?

Did you enjoy this? My grandma sure did...she has been telling every nurse that come in "Did you see my flowers? My grandaughter made that for me? See the matching card?...." I'm glad it brightened up her would get awfully gloomy laying in a hospital room for two weeks now having nothing to look at other than the foot board of her bed and a tv. yuck!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Retirement List has arrived!!!

Ever wonder where the retired stamps go??? Looks like Paradise, huh?

Click on the links below to view the retirement list....Make sure to contact me to place your order before they are gone forever!

Alphabetical Order

Numerical Order

This week only (through Friday June 20th).....Order three retiring sets - Get 50% off of the fourth set!
Fourth set equal or lesser value.

Email or call me directly to place your order....