Monday, March 31, 2008

My Sweet Love......


I will start this post with some background that made me get scrappin' again. I have been a scrapper for over 10 years and since I started card making I have done very few scrapbook needless to say I am so far behind I may never see the light of day! I did do some scrapbook layouts for the Artisian Award and loved seeing them come to completion. There is something very rewarding scraping your memories and seeing them all layed out on paper. I can't explain it but if you are a know what I mean. So anyhow....

Janet Wakeland, a Stampin' Up! demo four generations above me, has what is called DIVA days once a month for those in her downline that meet certain criteria. She lives across Pennsylvania so I can't really actually attend these meetings. I have earned DIVA status several times before realizing she had DIVA long distance. What this entails on my end is to create a project under the category she provides and email a picture of it and she in turn emails all of the "long distance" DIVAs pictures off all other submissions. clear as mud???? So three months ago I caught on to the long distance thing and joined in. This month's category was anything to do with photos.....a card with photos.....a photo cube......scrapbook layout.....just anything you can use current Stampin' Up! merchandise and incorporate a photo theme.

I thought...I can do this! And it is due tomorrow ( April 1st). So yesterday I went to it. If I don't scrap in chronological takes me forever to decide which pictures to use. I am so far behind, I didn't scrap my daughter's first Valentine's Day. So I pulled out those pictures and went to it.

I didn't include her pictures on the layout to submit but (I have a thing about her picture being on the web...even though I don't think anything of other's kids online.....I actually look forward to seeing other's children over and know what they are up to and to see how they are growing! I am weird, I know!) I can give you the deets of them. She is in a red dress with a white apron thing over it and I took all of her pictures with a black backdrop so she really pops in the pictures. So my layout colors were predetermined, in my head. Black, red, and white.

Well...after all that.....wanna see them?

Here is a closer look at the page on the left:

Here is a closer look at the right:

Wanna know the deets of them?

Base is basic black. The red horizontal stripe is from Summer Picnic DS Paper in the Occasions Mini. I made the scallops for the border by using my 1 inch circle punch and punching it a bunch of times and adhering it to the back of my red strip. LOVE SCALLOPS!!!!! I stamped the swirl from Baroque Motifs in Whisper White Craft ink and heat set it with my Heat Tool (I'm too impatient to let it dry on it's own....). The hearts scattered on the pages are from the Sticky Cuts Letters (pg 186 in spring cattie), they are shapes cut from the same thing as our sticky 'em! I covered them with the red chunky essentials glitter (also on page 186). They really sparkle and add alot to these pages in real life!!!!

My journaling block on the left page is stamped with the lined stamp from Live Your Dream in the Occasions mini catalog with real red ink. My journaling was done with my black Stampin' Write Journaler. I matted that onto real red and tied a knot around the end with black gingham ribbon before matting the entire thing onto basic black. All the pictures are matted with 1/4 inch mat of real red and then a 1/8 inch mat of whisper white.

The one picture on the right is for a close up of my little one and I tied a piece of red striped ribbon around it at the bottom. My tag is real red punched with the tag corner punch and slot punch for the ribbon hole. I threaded a piece of red striped ribbon through it and secured it by tying as knot of black gingham ribbon around it. My title is "Sweet Love." The "love" is the jumbo outline alphabet stamped with black staz on ink onto whisper white and I then took my Hobby Knife and them out. The "Sweet" comes from a sentiment "You're so sweet" in the A Perfect Day rub ons in the Occasions Mini Catalog. This is hard to see in the picture but it is me. What I did was use my Hobby Knife to cut out the word "Sweet" from the middle of the rub on sheet...keeping the rest of the sheet in tact.

That should about wrap this layout up. Sorry if I bored you with the ramblings with the background that even led to this page...I thought some of you might want to know...or maybe not ;).

Until later....Go stamp!!!!! Or....Go Scrap!!!!


Thursday, March 27, 2008

Blogger's Challenge - week 40

edited to add.....i thought today was friday! oh my! well...i guess i am a day early. i am usually a day late so i guess this makes up for that, right? lol!

Well...can you believe it???? I am posting my blogger's challenge on time! whooohooo!!!!

This week we were to use spring flowers...that's it...spring flowers. So I thought....and I thought....and you know what??? I haven't even mounted or inked my From the Garden Level 1 Hostess stamp. I wanted this right away because I enjoy doing a little water coloring....this is a lot of water coloring!!! I earned this stamp right when this catalog started and haven't used it yet. What is wrong with me???? My poor lonely, clean - uninked stamps!

The card base is mellow moss. I stamped the entire flower with always artichoke ink and then twice more onto watercolor paper with jet black staz on. I stamped my sentiment from It's Your Birthday in jet black staz on also. I watercolored the whole flower with my aquapainter and classic ink refills - so saffron, more mustard, blush blossom, apricot appeal, groovy guava, and ruby red.

I cut out the whole flower and just three petals of the other. I put the three extra petals on the card with stampin' diemnsionals to give it a more 3 d look. see:

I tied a simple knot with vanilla 5/8th inch grosgrain and 1/4 inch mustard grosgrain ribbons stacked on top of each other.

Let me know what you think.....I really like this flower stamp but it is very large!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Want more tea?

I am coming to you later than normal today, but better late than never, right???? I got my sketch inspiration from today's online sketch challenge. And I had to use my afternoon tea and Live Your Dream set again today. I have to tell you...I have probably 30 sets that aren't even mounted yet and I had to use this set again! I absolutely love these papers!!! Wait until you see what I am planning for next month's stamp camp.......

Anywho......I started with a base of groovy guava and I stamped a few butterflies from Live Your Dream around the top area flying off the card. My background panels are from ...... you guessed it.....Afternoon Tea. Aren't they beautiful??????? I matted both of those in chocolate chip.

Do you see those stitches?????? Well...they are not! They are the argyle stamp from All in a Row. I really like to use this stamp for this purpose....faux stitches.

I stamped my main flower onto confetti white with groovy guava for the flower, wild wasabi for the stems and colored in the centers with my chocolate chip stampin' write marker. You can only barely see the chocolate chip centers around my pearls but I know they are there. I cut out that panel being careful not to cut through the flower on the right hand side. I trimmed around it with my scissors. I matted that onto chocolate chip as well. I adhered that panel to the card with my beloved stampin' dimensionals. I tied a single knot with a scrap of groovy guava double stitched ribbon with the stitches pulled out and adhered that with a stampin' dimensional where the flower stems intersect.

Now for my "pretties." I took out flat backed pearls for the flower centers and my wasabi panel from my pretties kit. (luv that kit!!!) I adhered them with mini glue dots.

I purposely left out the sentiment on the front. I do this quite often so I can stamp an appropriate sentiment in the inside or use it as a note card.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Well....I filed a grievance with my union department about not getting any "lunch breaks".....and you know what???? Today I got one! hehehehe!!!!! My little one who has been protesting naps with a vengeance has a little cold and she is wore guess what???? nap today! A very small one, but none the less, it is still a nap!

So I thought I would take advantage of today's online color challenge of soft sky, basic gray and whisper white. And not to mention I have rubber that hasn't even felt air outside of their little plastic box that they come in! So the stamp set that "got out" today is Live you Dream from the Occasions Mini Catalog that is current right now. this set also has a coordinating paper pack called Afternoon Tea....Let me tell you....If you haven't bought this paper pack is a must!!!! The papers look soooo much like fabric and they are so "soft" looking! Beauties...each and everyone of them!

Anyway...Wanna see it????

Here it is:

Card base is basic gray stamped with Sanded in Basic Gray and also sponged on the edges. The background sky panel is that lovely paper I was talking about...Afternoon Tea...matted in whisper white. My Flower panel was made by stamping the flower stems from Live Your Dream in whisper white craft ink and embossing with white stampin' emboss powder with the heat tool. The I took my soft sky sponge dauber (cause any of you that know me knows I have a separate dauber for every color......) and highlighted around the entire flower to give it depth.

And do you know what else????? I went out on a limb and put those flowers on their side....What do you think of that? I thought they looked pretty good laying down instead of standing up.....but what do I know?????

Any way...back to the task at hand...I matted that onto whisper white also. Both white mats were "daubed" with soft sky before adhering to the card.

My sentiment, "Thanks" was stamped with basic gray and then I stamped the little butterfly ( both stamps are in this same set....can you believe it? So diverse) in soft sky before punching with the 1 1/4 inch circle punch. Mat that onto a circle punched with 1 3/8 inch circle punch. I punched a scallop circle out of basic gray and used the foam mat that comes in the mat pack and pierced holes around it before sponging with basic gray.

Here is a close up of that tag sentiment:

oh yeah.....did you notice that I took out the stitches from my Soft Sky Double Stitched Ribbon? I really like to do this when I don't want my ribbon to look so casual.

There is one more thing! I know you are saying..."But what else could there be????"

Well......I couldn't not "bling" up my ribbon slide from the Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware set that is available in the Occasions mini catalog!!!! I did the same thing that I did Here. Only this time I used Dazzling Diamonds!!! Oh how I love to bling!!!!!
This looks so much better in real life...I promise!

Well...that is about it today. I'm glad you stopped by to see me!

Until later....Happy Stampin'!

Monday, March 24, 2008

I need your help!!!!!

HI everyone!

I come today with nothing newly stamped to post.....but with a plea for your help!

Get out your troll dolls.....rub their hair in circular motion and then pull it straight up into a nice point.

Wear your socks inside out...rolled down instead of folded down....two different colors if that strikes you!

Line up your bingo daubers in alphabetical order......

Sort your pennies by date.....and then take out all wheat pennies and frame them for the dashboard of your car......

what ever you do......DO NOT step on any cracks......DO NOT walk under any all numbers in you fortune cookies for the lottery.......throw a whole salt shaker over your right shoulder (don't take a chance with a pinch!).......look feverishly through your yard for a four leaf clover.....

get the picture????? hehehehe!!!!!

Now in all seriousness....I am mailing out my Artisian Award projects today, so think of me and throw me any lucky thing you do my way! I wasn't going to even tell anyone that I was going to submit anything...but I thought it would keep me accountable. I am now accountable to all of you. I won't find out the winners until June so fingers will be crossed.....tightly.....until then. lol!

Here it is.....rub your computer monitor for luck over the entire box. I know....enough already with the luck stuff. I really don't even believe in luck....but it is fun to talk about, huh?

Now....go stamp! ;)

Friday, March 21, 2008

Blogger's Challenge - week 39.... and a mini book review :)

edited to add: this color challenge was supposed to be soft sky, blue bayou, chocolate chip and real red....i totally left out the real red!!!!!! sorry :( i saw chocolate (chip) and got all excited! :):):)

I can't believe I am getting this posted on time...and early in the morning at that!

This week we were to use the color combo of soft sky, blue bayou and chocolate chip. Easy peasy, right? I love all three colors! I needed a card for a birthday next week, so I thought this color combo was perfect! But what stamp to use?????? hhhmmmmm........... What do I have in my stash (very large stash...mind you....) that would be good for a 14 year old boy. I never bought the new teenage stuff in our Spring Cattie so what would I use??????? I stare at my stamp shelves in wonder....... And then, like a baby learning to reach for you, I saw mini stamp arms reaching out at me. pick me...pick me.... (like a school kid who really new the answer in class) you haven't inked me in a long while......pick me......come i am...... I knew I wanted to use numbers, that decision was already made. Still scanning my shelves......

Aahhhh.....Good old Stamp of Authenticity!!!!!

This set gets over looked a good bit by everyone, I think. It makes a great set to scrapbook with....built in journaling block with that library card stamp. I love all the other smaller stamps that can be used as background stamps or on tags. I have made masculine and feminine cards alike with this set. I'll have to post my feminine card with this stamp set later. Maybe the first of next week. When we come down off of our sugar buzz from Easter we can get back down to business, right? Any way...I really do like this stamp set for a variety of reasons for card making and scrapbooking.

Wanna see it? Are you sitting there saying...Come me the card already!!!!


I will start with the card base. Remember all of those stamps I said that make a great background???? you see them? How easy is that? Soft sky card stock and ink by the way. Next for my library card that has been torn out of a notebook.....Do they even use library cards anymore???? I doubt it. Am I giving away my age?

The last time I checked out a library book was when I was pregnant. I had sleep issues....I never did it! So I read a lot and watched a ton of 80's reruns on Nick at Night. Any way the book was "Night" by Ellie Wiesel (spelling???), pronounced "vi (vi as in victor)-sell, The author was a survivor of Auschwitz concentration camp in Germany under Hitler. Ellie can tell a story that makes you feel like you are there. He captures emotion like I have never read. I had a hard time putting the book down when I picked it up. Any way...wondering why I am going into this???? I am trying to remember if it had library cards in it. Know what? I think it did...don't know why though....the lady checked it out and in on a computer. Hmmmm......

Well...back to the task at hand. The library card is stamped in blue bayou onto confetti white and punched with the spiral punch. I then stamped "14" with my big deal numbers in chocolate chip. I made a similar card (minus the stamping) with blue bayou and off set it a little. Oh yeah...I distressed the edges with my Cutter Kit. Very handy little tool to have hanging out on my desk.

Remember me saying lots of these stamps could be tags????? main focal image is just that. I stamped it in chocolate chip and stamped "happy birthday" from amazing to zany in blue bayou. I made my tag out of soft sky. Punched the corners with the tag corner punch. Punched the hole with the slot punch. Pulled a piece of double stitched blue bayou ribbon through and secured it by tying it together with natural twine. I mounted that up on stampin' dimensionals.

Well..there you have it! A card...a book review (go read that is very good)....and a little more of my rambling! What better way to start your Holiday weekend that with a lengthy post with me rambling, right? hehehehe!!!!

Have a wonderful Easter weekend for all of you celebrating!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

A Door Prize for.........


This is a late congrats to Cindy for winning the door prize at my Birthday Stamp Camp on March 9th. I have to be quick today...I hear the little one awake upstairs. Do you think she has a camera on me? When I sit down to do's like she knows! It's freeky, I tell ya!

Any way.....I included a bit of chocolate in case the winner needed a little boost while stamping away! Here it is:

I thought it was just darling! But all of you know how much I LOVE my scallops made with my Stampin' Up! corner rounder and I couldn't resist using it on the edges of this little cutie!

I used the three flower stamp from One of a Kind and inked it up with my stampin write markers. You know the stamp....the one that coordinates with the Boho Blossom punch. And all of you know what I do with that punch, don't you? If you come to my classes...then you already know. If you haven't been to my classes or haven't been lately then I will let you in on a little tip. This is from my fingertips (typing) to your eyes.......

tip coming your way........

Any time I am working on a project and have small scraps of card stock left over, that couldn't be used for ANYthing else....cause you all know how I am with saving my kills me to throw it away.......I punch out small flowers with my Three For You punch or my Boho Blossom punch (I even sometimes punch out with the photo corners punch) and keep a cute jar right by my desk full of 'em. It makes it so easy when I need a little pop of color on something to just dump out my "pretties" jar and pick something. This is probably not too much of a time saver, per say, but it is a money saver. And I could use that money to buy more goodies to work with. i luv goodies!!!!!!!

Any way...I hope you look at your scraps in a different light now. Punch 'em before tossing 'em! LOL!

Oh yeah.....On a side note. you will have me back now. I finally got my submissions for the Artisian Award done. I promise to post more often. Don't forget...I don't have the "union" protecting my lunch breaks anymore...... :( Everyone else that I talk to...their kiddos take these incredibly long naps and they can do anything while they are sleeping. Not mine...she has never been a kid that required a lot of sleep. If I knew then (when she was a tiny baby) what I know now....I would have been able to foresee this no napping very early. She, at a very young age, could go on a 15-20 minute nap. Which made me pretty happy at the time....not very often did I have to say "She's so fussy because she is tired...." I just had to say..."I don't know why she is fussing...." LOL! So probably don't give a hoot about my "lunch break" so I will run.... Speaking of that..she is calling for me (in her usual perky self in the morning)...."Hey mommy.....can you come in here?...Mommy...." ( I can tell you she didn't get her morning perkiness from me!!!! hehehe!) So I better run!

Until later...Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Free Wheelin' and Free Merchandise!!!!!!!

Hi everyone!!!! I can't believe Sale A Bration is over.... :( But I have some more news for you that earns you FREE Stampin' Up! Stuff!!!!!!


We can earn more free Stampin' Up! merchandise?????

I know....I know....I can't hardly believe it myself! This is Stampin' up!'s 20th anniversary year and I have a feeling we are in for some good times!

Anyway.....You wanna know what it is???? are the specs:

From March 18th - April 30th (on both promotions) you have two ways to get free stuff!

1. Hostess a show that has a total of $350 or more in sales (before shipping and tax) and get an EXTRA $25 in hostess merchandise!!!!! Can you believe it????? I know I sure could pick out anextra $25 in FREE merchandise, couldn't you?


2. The Free Wheelin' Promotion!
Buy the stamp set and get the coordinating wheel FREE! How cool is that????

Here they are:

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

112851 Life’s a Breeze bundle
Includes Life’s a Breeze stamp set and
free Something Fishy jumbo wheel

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

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

112849 Stitched Exotics bundle
Includes Stitched Exotics stamp set and
free It’s Beautiful jumbo wheel

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

Now if that isn't exciting.......I don't know what is!
Raise The Roof 1 Can I get a "woop...woop!"?

Monday, March 17, 2008

Blogger's Challenge - week 38

Hi All!

This was supposed to be posted on Friday but I have been crazy busy! I don't know where my days go...but they sure don't waste any time going if you know what I mean!

This card is for my online blogger's challenge group. We were to make a birthday card for any age. Here it is:

I will just post a recipe little one has a St. Patrick's Day party today that we need to get ready for. You have all been so neglected by me that I needed to post a card today t make me feel better. Sorry I haven't been posting a lot lately.

Here is the scoop: First - I have been working on things for an award through Stampin' Up! I can't show you any of that and that is what I have been doing when I get up in my little room. Second - my little one doesn't hardly ever take a nap anymore...which is when I used to get a majority of my stuff done. I am losing my "lunch break!" (those of you who know me personally know I have always called my little one's nap time my lunch break since I don't work out of the home any it looks like I just lost my union benefits and work straight through with no lunch! Hehehehehe!!!!!!)

Any way...I am starting to ramble about things that no one cares about, I'm sure, so I will give you the recipe and get on my merry way. Sorry if I bore you all with my ramblin'!


stamps sets: big bold birthday ( I told you girls at my last camp how much I like this set!!!)

card stock: brocade blue, so saffron, old olive, whisper white

ink: brocade blue, so saffron, basic black

accessories: mat pack and piercer, corner punch, gold brads, 5/8th inch olive grosgrain ribbon (still didn't find that new roll...this was a left over scrap from another one....ARGH!!!!!), stampin' dimensionals

There you go! Now I challenge you to play along....go create a birthday card for any age. If you were at my Birthday Card Camp...those ones don't cheating!Winky

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A needed Sympathy....

Hi All! I did get to do some stamping today. yoooohoooooo!!

It felt so good to sit at my desk even though it is heaped to the sky trying to recover from my week's events. My poor space.....I pile stuff everywhere...I can usually find ti all because it is piled on my desk! Not the case this week though...I have lost a brand new roll of ribbon and today....I couldn't find a stamp set! WHAT?!?!?!? I know! one of these weeks, I don't say days because it is more than a day's job, I need to reorganize my goodies!

Anyway....back to my card. My cousin's wife's Grandmother passed away this past week and I wanted to send her a card.
I have been wanting to ink up my Level 2 Hostess Stamp set Infinite Goodness for a while and today would be the day. I got the sketch for it from the online challenge for the day. The bottom image was supposed to be a circle, but I made mine a rectangle....sue me. hehehe!

The card base is always artichoke. My two background panels are stamped with the leaf branch from Infinite Goodness in mellow moss onto mellow moss card stock. I then took my white gel pen to add highlights. I matted both of those onto whisper white. My sentiment "from the heart" is from Holidays and Wishes...I use that stamp sooo much! It was stamped with black staz on using my stamp-a-ma-jig. Before adhering those panels, i laid my 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon in white down and adhered the panels over it. Then I tied a simple knot off set on the right panel.

My main image was the fruit branch from Infinite Goodness stamped with black staz on onto whisper white. Mat that onto close to cocoa and always artichoke. I colored in my branch with a blender pen and my ink pads. Today that branch is a blueberry branch. It could be an orange branch or even apples. I have no idea what it was truly meant to be.....but today, for this card, it is blueberries. lol!

The side was punched with my 1 inch circle punch and I used that "indent" to allow for the ribbon knot.

What do you think? I am pretty pleased with it....very clean fuss or muss.....just simply "from the heart."

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

What is going on?????

Hello fine friends!

I have no idea what is going on with blogger....but I did post the card and mini tutorial that I promised Monday morning this morning (Tuesday). I was finally able to get my photos uploaded into it posted it after my "so sorry..." post so you will have to scroll down.

I'm not sure why it didn't post as a post for today?!??!!??!
Why can't things just be simple??????

Sorry for all of this confusion....forgive me? to get ready for tonight's and Thursday's club. If you are in one of those clubs...I'll see you later! ;)

Monday, March 10, 2008

So Sorry....

Hey all! I am trying to post a card with a mini tutorial but for some reason I can not upload photos. I have tried several times. I will keep trying....please check back later today or tomorrow. I will get this up as soon as I am able to upload the pictures that go along with the post.......

This can be so frustrating when the computer will not take a simple command. ;)
Computer Smash This is me right now! hehehe!

For friends!

Hi All!

I am almost recovered from stamp camp yesterday....I didn't say, though, that I was ready for clubs this week ;). Don't worry...I will be ready on time. hehehe!

I have been up almost all last night working on projects...but none that I can share just yet so I will show you a card I made a while back. You will be getting a mini tutorial as do you forgive me for being a bad blogger????? Hope so!

The card base is real red. I stamped it with Print Pattern Background (boy, oh boy will I ever be disappointed when this baby retires!) with real red ink. I too my white gel pen and made little dots where the diamonds touched. This is hard to see in the picture but I do really like this technique.

The main image is the flower from True Friends. I inked it up with my stampin' write markers in real red and old olive. It was stamped onto whisper white and matted on real red and night of navy. I pulled out one of my ice rhinestone brads and used it for my flower center. I absolutely love these brads....I MUST quit hoarding them! What is wrong with me??????

Now for the closeup of the bottom is where you verbal tutorial comes in.

I took a piece of whisper white card stock and used stampin' sponges to pounce color onto it in real red and pixie pink. ( I know...what a combo, huh? But it seemed to work for this technique.) I next took the medallion from True Friends and stamped it with whisper white craft ink and embossed it with my heat tool and detail white embossing powder. Just when you think enough is isn't! Next I took my versamark ink pad and covered the entire panel with the watermark ink. I embossed that entire panel with clear detail embossing powder. Kinda gives it a tapestry look. I can see me getting hooked on doing this with lots of my stamp sets!

After matting that bottom panel with another piece of whisper white, I adhered it to the card front. Next I tied a simple knot with night of navy 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon and accented that with a small piece of real red 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon. I adhered the main panel with stampin' dimensionals. There you have it! What do you think?

Sorry the pictures are a little blurry....I am having a hard time with pictures lately....ARGH!!!!
**edited to add: this post was made Monday morning..that is why the days are off in my recovery ;)

Friday, March 7, 2008

Wonder where I've been all week?????

Well..sorry to all of my blog readers.....I have been a bad blogger! I haven't posted a single project this week. Please believe me...I have been working on good stuff....I just can't show it yet.

I have also been getting ready for the Birthday Card Camp this get the picture, right? I like to give each person a complete packet of supplies when they come to a camp and that does require some time. Don't get me wrong...I'm not whining! I prefer to do it this way. It would be less time consuming to stack stuff on a table but I think it is much better to be handed out in packet form then each person gets their own stuff. Don't you agree?

Well..enough about me!

I have come to you offering up a piece offering, so to speak. How about some sneak peeks of our cards for Sunday? Here they are: (sorry about the shadows.....)

Don't forget to check out the post below to learn more about the new Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware set!

try this at home!

Here are the new ribbon slides that are in the brand new Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware kit in the new Occasions Mini. (If you didn't receive a copy of the Occasions Mini click on the catalog cover at the top left of my blog.)

What I am about to show you will change the way you think of Hodgepodge Hardware. If you are weak at heart, turn your head...things will never be the same. I think it is a change for the better but what do I know? lol! Now mind you...this wasn't my original idea...quite frankly, I'm not sure who originated this idea...but what a genius!

Ok, already! I hear ya! Get on with it!!!! take your precious metal ribbon slide.....

CAREFULLY fill the flower well with Tombo Mono Multi glue......

Hold with your tweezers, glue side down....again...carfeully....

Dip into your favorite Stampin' Up! Glitter. (I used the Cosmo Glitter in Celery)

Tap off the excess glitter.......

Now is where your patience will be tested.....set it aside for the mono multi to dry.....

and you get this:

Here is a close up of that little slide:

What do you think of that? My Hodgepodge Hardware will be forever violated! Think of the possibilities with the brads that have an image embedded in them in this same very kit.....oh my!!!!!! What is a girl to do????? Glitter all around!

Stay tuned.....I will be posting a preview of the projects from Sunday's Birthday Card Camp. If you haven't registered you can still order kits for the cards. The kits will include all the card stock, pre-cut, and the accessories like ribbon slides, die cut blooms and designer series prints papers! I will provide pictures of my cards and you can stamp them as you would like or follow my design. Talk about freedom, huh? Kits will be $18. Contact me directly to purchase a kit by email :