Saturday, December 31, 2011


Hi All!!

Long time - no post......sorry about that!  ;)  But I come today with some very exciting news!!!!  I was contactged by Melanie from over at Pockets Of Inspiration and asked to be a part of her design team this coming year - CAN YOU BELIEVE IT????  I was like "pinch me!!!! - "

So - with that being said......I have a tiny sneeky peeky for you today - mwahahahaaaa  :)

This month is all about llloooooooovvveeee.......  Head over to Paper Crafters Sampler to check it out - Tell her Regina sent you :)

Happy Stampin'!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

WOW - it had been a while!

Hi All!!

Sorry for the extended absense......all I have to offer for that is the same old same keeps me on my toes, to say the least.  ;)  I do have a bit of eye candy for you today though......not the ususal type of thing I share, but something I felt I needed to make and get out in the mail.

Do I have you confused yet?  Just a bit confused??  heheheheeee.....

Well.....I will start way back on Friday, October 29th at 4:00 in the evening.  My cell phone rings - it is my husband's set ring on my phone - so I know it is him before I even answer.  He asks me if I am sitting down......This can't be good news, right?  I say no, I'm not....what is it?  He says I think you need to be sitting down.  OK  -  I am about in panic mode about now.  So he proceeded to tell me he gets a call from work (he is a truck driver) first thing that morning.......OK - now I am really nervous........And let me tell husband is a slow story teller.  He repeats things over and over and stumbles around the point......I am like just spit it out!  He then says to me - They called to tell me my name was drawn for Steelers tickets for Sunday's game - You know the game - Steelers wiped the floor with the Patriots - lol - I was like - NO SIR......You are lying.  He said Honestly - I did.  And then the story gets better and better......Our ticket package is a Legends Package.  HOLY CRAP!!!!!  He proceeds to tell me in our package in his mailbox at work will be a parking pass for the parking garage, seat tickets in the Legends section of Heinz Field (Which is actually at field level......we had to go down to the field to get our seats!!!)  And that our envelope would also contain tickets to get into the Legends Tent for a pre-game dinner with Steelers Legends Players - DOUBLE HOLY CRAP!!!!!!  This was my first Steelers game and it was done up right, let me tell you.  OH MY......

Wondering where I am going with all of this?  LOL......I just wanted to get this info out really - I do have some cards for you to see today.  I wanted to make a Thank You card for the company owner, and the two office men that were really hospitible with us with a little tailgaiting before we went to the legends tent - but I knew that just any ordinary Thank You card wasn't going to cut it.....So I came up with this:

A hoot right?  I used the thank you sentiment from Curly and Cute and then made my own template for the three inverted circles of the Steelers logo and cut the corcles with my circle scissor plus.  I thought they came out cute - and the entire office is absolutely Steelers CRAZY so I think they will like them.  Hope they will like them because a card can't thank them enough for the experience we had that day -

Well.....that about sums it up - Oh wait!   Wanna see one of the legends we got to see that day?

My husband was in awe of Rocky Bleier - and he was super nice and we could tell he really enjoyed being around the Steelers fans!

Monday, November 21, 2011


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Saturday, November 19, 2011

It's Almost Time!!!!!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

WOW - I WON!!!

Hi All - long time no chat......sorry i have been really under the weather.....really under.  But - I was notified yesterday that Shelli - yes, THE Shelli, selected my card as a winner for her Christmas card contest!!!  I am super excited - I also get to select any stamp set as a prize for winning......what to pick.....hhmmmm.......

Here is my submission that she selected:
Hung by the chimney with BLING

ta ta for now my stamping buddies!!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011


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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I'm falling for you -


Hi Everyone!!!  Can you believe it?????  Two days in a row???  I just had to participate in the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge this week - I LOVED the sketch!  Well - I love all of the challenges, but actually had time to carve out for this one.....if there were only about three more days in a week - don't you feel that way sometimes?  hehe!   Wanna see the sketch??

That is a nice one, huh?  And guess what?  I pondered on it for a couple of days and decided on pairing up the Gently Falling set from the mini with the Spice Cake fabric - also from the mini  (  ;)  )  with some totally essential stamps that are from the set French Foliage - it is in the current idea book and catalog - but it was in last year's holiday you see a great love of the leaf sets that come out in the holiday minis and me?  hehehehheeee.......
Oh Yeah - I bet you are wondering what I did???  I kind of got a bit side tracked - sorry ;)

Well?  you like?  I used some torn strips of the fabric in place of the three horizontal strips on the sketch - LOVE that!!  The leaves are more mustard, pool party and pear pizzazz topped with an outline of soft suede.  I then went over the entire panel with the three ESSENTIAL stamps from french foliage - the circle paris stamp, the tiny text stamp and the ink blot looking thing - those three stamps could be piled onto anything and it would look Great!!!  And the sentiment comes from Hand Penned, also from the mini - what a gorgeous stamp set!!  Take a closer look at the "stress" my main image panel went through:

that was great fun to rip, tear and dirty up!!

Oh, I don't want to forget - I also did up the inside, of course.....I can't hardly complete a card without doing it, huh??

Well - what do you think? 

Monday, September 26, 2011


it has been soooo long since I have posted anything......sorry about that!  I have been trying to get soem scrapping caught up - so I figured I would share some of that with I mave warned you a long time ago - it is no holds barred for my scrappin - I have enough supplies to open a store (no joke....really ;)   )  so I use whatever strikes my fancy....but I wanted to provide you with soem eye candy, none the less.  I hope these ideas inspire you somehow -

We are getting ready for another Homecoming Parade at SRU, so I though it was about time to get last year's parade scrapped ;)  I LOVE the retired dsp pack, Night and sad it retired - but guess what?!?!??!???  It is available as an MDS download, so you will have a lifetime supply of it - just print out what you easy is that?  I paired that with basic black and garden green for a 2 page spread.....wanna see?

My daughter and two of her friends marched in the parade out in front of the University cheerleaders - super sweet!!!  Here are the single pages:

So tell me - what do you think? 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

GOD Bless America -

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the day that changed Americans FOREVER.  Our children will never know life without the fear........

Never forget -

It is unimaginable that a hour and twenty-five minuntes can change the lives of everyone in a nation.......

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

More Makings of a Summer

Hi All!!

I almost forgot that I haven't shared more of the scrapbook pages I made for the young man that stayed with us for the summer while he played in the collegiate wood bat baseball league.   Sorry about that.....

Here are some more layouts -

Take a closer look at the ribbon thingy -

More fun -

I had so much fun putting this scrapbook together - hope you are enjoying the eye candy......  I still have more pages to share.....later ;)

Have a great day -

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Let's back things up a bit, shall we?

Hi All!!!

I gave you a taste of Christmas last week with the stockings - but I feel like I needed to back it up a bit - maybe back to the season at hand.  Well - back to school plus about some halloween eye candy?  LOL!!!

Guess What!?!?!?!?  I finally got to bring an idea to fruition this has been a busy week so this was the first time I got to sit down in my studio to get inky.  You know where I went first for inspiration, right???  Oh yeah - the Create with Connie and Mary challenge!!!  This week it was a color challenge.  Wanna see?

What did you immediately think of when you saw it???  I mean - the "first thing" you thought of????  I immediately thought - Greeting Card Kids.  Really - that is what I first thought of.......honestly - pinky swear ;)  Want to see what I cooked up this week?  Well, if you don't turn your are about to see it- LOL!!

Isn't she the sweetest little witch?  We will start with the card and move up to her, shall we?  You know me - I always have to add a bit of creative liberty - and add a neutral or I went with a basic black card base and cut a panel from First Edition - an absolute MUST have pack of designer series paper - just sayin'.  ;)  I then stamped it with the flourish from Creative Elements in pumpkin pie.  I'm gonna LOVE that stamp - I am just warning you now - I can see it being on everything - e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.

And when you think of halloween - you immediately think of a "baby themed" pack of designer series paper, right?  Of course you do - so I pulled out Nursery Nest for the addition of pear pizazz.  The rich razzleberry panel is from the brights designer paper pack.  Did you notice the same flourish stamped on those panels with basic black ink???  I warned you ;)  I sewed the rich razzleberry, pumpkin pie and basic black buttons right onto the panel with linen thread before adhering it to the card - that way - you do not have to worry that  the adhesive will allow the buttons to come off - and it only takes a second to pierce holes where the button holes are and tie linen thread through them.  easy peasy - i swear. 

Now onto that adorable little witch - wanna see her a little closer???

I stamped her onto watercolor paper with black staz on ink.  She was then colored in with ink refills and an aquapainter.  I did have to add a small glow of so saffron ink around her - if I have said it once, I have said it a million times - watercolored images need some sort of "grounding" - in my opinion - for what I know....which isn't much - lol!!!  It is very subtle looking at the card, but it really does make the image pop out.  Did you see her hat buckle???  No? - go back up and look - I colored it with gold smooch ink.  She was then punched with the 2 1/2 inch circle punch.  And see that scalloped circle around her????  It is from the NEW Perfect Pennants Bigz L die - LOVE that there are two scallop circle dies on there - YAY!!!!!!  The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes (no shock there from me, huh? lol)  If you look closely enough - the flourish from Creative Elements is also stamped there in pumpkin pie, it is stamped off so it is subtle - but it is there  :)  All edges of the card are sponged with basic black ink - I had to dirty it up a bit.........had to.

Wait!!  There is more - I did up the inside as well.  Wanna see?

The sentiment there is from Grateful Greetings -

Well - what do you think of this little sweetie?  She sure was fun to bring to life.  Now - go stamp some goodness, it is good for your mental stability, really........... 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Guess my mojo was on target, somehow!  lol!!

I was selected as a winner of the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge this week!!!  It was my fireplace card - scroll down if you haven't seen it yet - wow - I am so surprised!!!!!
This really puts the pressure on for next week ;)

Check out the badge on my right hand sidebar - purty, huh?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hung by the chimney with BLING!!!

HI All!!!

I checked out the Create with Connie and Mary challenge yesterday - it was a sketch challenge - yummy!  Now -  a little background on me with challenges.  I usually let my mind "sit" ona challenge for a few hours (or days) to get my idea rolling......but when I saw the sketch for this week - I immediately knew what I wanted to do......but I didn't want to jump right in head first....I needed to ponder it a while to make sure i didnt' change my mind.  WELL - there was no other thought for me.....I HAD to execute what my inital vision was.  I had to......

Do you want to see the sketch???  I bet you do......

Well - what do you see? 
ALL I could see was rotating that sketch and a fireplace is born.......I couldn't get it out of my head......Wanna see what I did with my vision?

Yes......everyone of those bricks were cut and sponged - with three colors - lol!!!  I put them on a river rock base to imitate mortor.  See?

But - let's move to the fore front, shall we?  Those adorable stockings are a HUGE sneak peek item in the holiday mini catalog - which is 43 pages of  creative heaven.........{{sigh}}.
The stamp set is Stitched Stockings.....and there is a coordinating punch - Stocking Builder Punch - LOVE it!!!  Check them out - a little closer ;)

The one on the left was stamped with poppy parade.  The cuff, toe and heel were punched with the BRAND NEW silver glimmer paper - aahhhhhh........  :)  The middle stocking was stamped with baja breeze.  It was blinged up by adding small adhesive rhinestones and - did you see it?????  NEW BLING BABY - Dazzling Details......dazzling diamonds meets glittler glue........Oh yeah - that's right!!  Now onto stocking number three.  It was stamped with lucky limeade.  The toe and heel are poppy parade covered with that new dazzling details glitter glue.  And the htree buttons are from the trinkets button brads.  They are adhered to a soft suede mantle stampes with woodgrain background and sponged.   I adhered a little bow of baker's twine with a small dot of crystal effects.

WELL.....that about sums it up - I think ;)  I would love to know your thoughts on this - right below in the comment section....go ahead.......I double dog dare ya!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

New Scoring Board Stamp Camp Project

Hi Stampers!!!

Here is the project you can make for $8 with the purchase of the BRAND NEW Scoring Board that Stampin' Up! is releasing in the Holiday Mini Catalog on September 1st - it is AMAZING!!!!

So, if you are intersted in the camp, check your email if you are on my mailing list or leave me a comment at the bottom of this post.  For local attendees only unless you are able to pick up supplies from me.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The makings of a summer

Howdy everyone!!!  Have you missed me?  I sure have missed each and every one of you!!!  I promised in the last post that I would be back with some scrapbook pages I made for the baseball player that stayed with us this summer.  So here I am for that :)

If you follow my blog and have seen pages of my daughter - you know I put a sticky note over her face....I haven't done that here (except the pages that have her in them)......Brooks is a 21 year old, 6 foot 4 inch, extremely well I don't think anyone will try to kid nap him from the little girl, another story.....I know I am strange about the Internet and pictures.....but I can't help myself.......

The entire album used the same supplies - crumb cake, garden green, basic black and very vanilla card stock.  I also used some retired Stampin' Up! sets to create the designer series papers and the baseball accents.  Everything in the book is Stampin' Up!, I believe, so if you have any questions....just ask.  :)

Here is the title page:

Brooks encompasses the love of baseball and determination.  I sure hope this scrapbook will bring back fond memories of his stay with us for life.

Here is a close up of the date strip - I created it with the computer, as well as all of the journaling, using typewriter font.

Here are the second two pages, from the home opener -

More to follow in later days - I would love to know what you think of these pages......... Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

WOW! It has been a while........

I can't believe how long it has been since I was able to stamp something that I can share - and boy have I missed it!!!  If you know me personally - you know that we hosted a baseball player for the summer from Colorado so we have been engulfed in his games  -it has been a really fun summer - busy, but fun!!  Well, he turns 21 on Sunday so I needed to whip him out a card to mail with his birthday gift.  I have some serious stamper's block going on - awful!  I have been stamping all summer, I made him a scrapbook of his season/summer here but not much cards unless it was for a class or club.  So - you know I had to turn to a challenge........What better challenge that the Create with Connie and Mary challenge - this week was a sketch challenge. Wanna see????

Kind of feminine, I think....but I think I manned it up  - wanna see what I did?

I know - I took some creative liberties here.  I flipped the sketch.......took the three elements that would be at the top of the flipped sketch and put it at the bottom - one element instead of three.......please don't beat me.....pretty please.......

I am on a time crunch here- but I will tell you I am LOVIN' the new designer series paper, Well Worn.  And the sentiment came from the hostess set, many birthday wishes. I adhered it to the new denim ribbon with a safety pin from trinkets.  Oh Yeah - the denim ribbon.......I bet you are all thinking that it will be blue jeans - it isn' pliable.  I am really liking it too.  shocker, uh?  LOL

Here is a closer look at the main image - the scallop circle is cut from the new pennant die.....a MUST have!  I also inked the chipboard numbers with the not quite navy craft ink spot. 

Everything on the card was roughed up and dirtied up - what do you think?  Make sure to keep checking back - I am going to share his entire scrapbook with all of you.  minus the sappy journaling at the end - LOL

Friday, July 8, 2011

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Inspired Creation......

Hi All!!

I wasn't able to get in on last week's Create with Connie and Mary Challenge - and it just felt "off."  I really look forward to their I wasn't going to let another week get away from me - lol.  And guess what?  This week's challenge is actually a two week challenge and they offer a color and/or sketch challenge.  I decided to just go with the color challenge is the color challenge they proposed:

Well - I don't know about you but I immediately had one of those "thank goodness this stamp set didn't retire" moment......because I knew instantly I wanted to use Inspired by Nature......and after laying out the colors - I thought that I wanted to make a sympathy card.  It just came to me......simple as that.  :)  Wanna see what I did?

Well?  How did I do?  I had to throw a little bit of old olive ad soft suede in there for the sake of the flowers.....I hope I didn't violate any color challenge rules ;)  I stamped the flower image onto very vanilla and cut it out before adhering it down with stampin' dimensionals.  And can I say - welcome back basic gray satin ribbon.......y.u.m.m.y.!  The flowers were inked up with stampin write markers before stamping, see?

The colors used for the flowers were old olive, so saffron, pumpkin pie, soft suede and chocolate chip.  The smaller flower was stamped off before stamping it over the sentiment panel.    The sentiment, inside and out,  are from Thoughts and Prayers - another "thank goodness this didn't retire" stamp set.  ;)  And the new edition designer series paper making the new catalog - what else do i need to say about that???  This is one awesome collection of paper!  Oh did I mention that I prettied up the inside as well?  I didn't - it is:

I would love to hear what you think of this little baby below in the comments section.  No one will bite you there ;)  Have a wonderful day!