Sunday, August 29, 2010

End Of Summer!

It's been a few months since I've posted anything.  Guess I've been busy with work and stamping.  I sent a box of 275 cards last week to "From Our Hearts" organization.  I had some help from fellow workers with Christmas Cards.  What a great organization this is!  If anyone has any card fronts they are not using contact this group and they will make them into beautiful cards and send them over seas.   Martie Shea is the organizer of this group.  She boxes all the cards she gets from all over the country and sends them off to our soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, so they will have cards to write in and send home to family and friends.  If you'd like to know more click on the button at the right.  "From Our Hearts".   It is truly a beautiful mission.
I also took a box of 60 cards to the Ronald McDonald House in Indianapolis.  They were thrilled!  These cards are for the parents of the sick children down at Riley Childrens' Hospital.  They then are able to send cards to family and friends while they are staying at the House.  Another Great Organization and one that Stampin' Up! works closely with.  Check it out on the demonstrator website.

So what have I been doing besides making cards?  Well I've watched my grandson grow by leaps and bounds this past summer.  He'll be two in October, he's trying to grow up and I know he will be a "BIG" help when his baby sister gets here in December!  He's been practicing on his stuffed bear.  Mommy watch out!
Then we went wedding shopping for my oldest daughter's wedding dress.  She found the perfect dress in less than two hours and in only 1 trip!  She is going to be a Beautiful Bride!!!   Now we are looking at invitation designs and everything else involved in getting ready for June 18, 2011.

And along with all of that the "NEW" Stampin' Up! Catalog came out and the "NEW" Christmas Mini came out!  New papers, New stamps, New colors!!!  So many new things this year.  So I'm posting
some of the things I've made in the past few weeks.

These above are little 2 x 2 Thank You cards I put in my boxes of retired stamp sets when I sell them. This is a very good way to use up those small scraps that are really hard to throw away.  Just add those little scrap pieces onto your cards, a scrap of ribbon and a small stamp and you're ready to go.  They also make nice little gift tags for bags and packages.  These are a couple of the new colors and designer papers.  #1  I have  used  Pear Pizzazz card stock & ink, Daffodil Delight card stock & ink, Greenhouse Gala DSP and Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon.  #2 Concord Crush card stock, Daffodil Delight Card stock and ink, Concord Crush DSP, And again I used Daffodil Delight 1/8' Taffeta Ribbon.  #3  Baja Breeze card stock & ink, Greenhouse Gala DSP, Very Vanilla 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon and I used the stamp set "Friends Never Fade"  Beautiful new set!   If you're looking for any used sets check out my Ebay Site. "Stamping*Cockatoo"

Here is a card I made for my Great Nieces 1st Birthday.  I used Pink Pirouette card stock and ink, Pretty in Pink card stock.  Melon Mambo ink, Retired Stampin' Up! Ribbon (Pink Pirouette), the stamp set is from the Spring Mini.

Here are 3 cards I made recently with some of the new stamp sets and papers.  #1 is a birthday card using Early Espresso, Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla card stock.  I used Sahara Sand, River Rock and Daffodil Delight inks, Designer Paper Newsprint (I love it!), Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, and the Stamp Set is Artistic Etchings.  #2 is Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight and Very Vanilla card stock.  Greenhouse Gala Designer paper,  Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip Ink, Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon.  The stamp set is "Aviary".  #3 Again I used Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie Card stock, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie Markers, Greenhouse Gala Designer Paper, and the Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon.  The Stamp Sets used were  "Friends Never Fade" and "Pendant Park".
Thanks for stopping by and have a Beautiful Week!

Friday, May 7, 2010


It's May, does that mean Spring?  I don't know there is a chance of snow flurries tomorrow night!  Cover up your veggies if you've started planting!  Well I'm thinking Spring and Summer with the new Mini Catalog.  Love, Love, Love it!  If you don't have one let me know and I'd be glad to send you one.  I think this is the best Mini yet, can't wait to see the New Catalog in July.  there are so many beautiful stamps!  I've cased everything I'm posting from the New Mini except for the scrapbook page.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Our Pippi Dog

We had to put our little cockapoo to sleep this week.  What a hard thing to do. She's been a part of our family for almost 17 years.  She was such a good dog and we loved her very much.  It got me to thinking and to looking on google for animal obituraries.  I found some different sites where they are posted but I wanted it posted where I could see it.  So "My Digital Studio" is a real gem for creating a page of whatever you want.  All I wanted was some background paper and the words I'd written along with a picture of my Pippi.  So here is what I've come up with.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

PPA 38: Sketch

  This is the sketch for the PPA38 Challenge for this week.  It is a design by Margaret Moody of the PPA Design Team.   When I saw this challenge I was kind of excited because I'd been working on a card with a similar design!  So I modified my card just a little by adding the #2 piece along with two strips of ribbon.  Perfect fit!  So here is my take on the challenge this week:
          It reminds me of summertime and children and just plain fun!  And it seems that all the colors I've used except for Tempting Turquoise, are retiring at the end of May.  I hate to see them go but the colors they are bringing in are beautiful and they are bringing back some of my favorite IN Colors from the last couple of years!  That will be in my next post for you to see the retired and the new or you can go to my website and see them immediatly!  Well thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you all soon.
Happy Stamping!

Items used for this Birthday Card:
Cardstock:Tempting Turquoise, Apricot Appeal, Green Galore, Gable Green
Designer Series Papers:  A retired set of Rainbow Sherbet (even sounds like summer)
Stamp Sets used:  Circle Circus, Fox & Friends and Well Scripted
1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Turquoise - Stampin' Up! 
Scalloped edge punch

Thursday, April 8, 2010

It's been a long time.........

I can't believe it's April already.  Easter has come and gone again.  Where does the time go?
I've been taking an on line class and I love it!  I bought this little machine called the "Zutter Bind It All".  What fun!  I can use all my Stampin' Up! things when making these books.  We first made a Guide book to remind us how to figure the amount of holes you would put in a project depending on it's size.
Here it is!  I used Stampin' Up! "Sweet Pea" Designer Paper and Embellishments on this guide.  Didn't it turn out cute! 
Then we made a 4 x 4 album which I used a retired set called "Hoppy Memories" from a Stampin' Up! Simply Scrapin Kit.  I'm saving for when we babysit for Brady in May and I can put his pictures in it! 

It's just right for a little boy playing outside, with frogs and turtles.  Although by May I hope he's not afraid to  play in the grass! (He was doing a whole lot better with the grass thing by the time we left on Sunday though.  He's a tough little guy!)   It even has some pockets with pages that pull out.  What fun!
Then I made a 6 x 6 book, this one had photos in it and I gave it to Brady's mom so she would have some baby pictures of herself.  Plus some pics that were just laying in a box out of order from everything else.  Now I have to make Sara a book which will be a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to it!  Then you ask, "How did you get all of those pictures on one page like that?"
Well of course. I used my "My Digital Studio" from Stampin' Up!  On the cover of this book I did a two step stamping technique with a brand new set from Stampin' Up! called "Awash with Flowers".   It's a "Sneak Peak" from the new catalog coming out July 1. 
We also have a NEW MINI coming out for the summer it begins May 1.  If you'd like a copy of the new mini send me an email with your name and address and I'll send you a copy.  If you'd like to order any of the dsp papers or embelishments from the Sweet Pea collection you can do so by clicking on the order now button at the top of the page.  Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, February 21, 2010

PPA Challenge# 30 - KISS (Keep It Simple Sweetie)

My Great Niece Anna's Baptism is today! Congratulations little Anna!

I made her a card for her Baptism and decided to enter the PPA Challenge, KISS.

It's been a while. This is a new technique for me so I was pleased with the way it turned out. I used the "Finial Press" embossing folder from "Stampin' Up!" and I learned how to put a flat oval in the center of it. It was very simple and when I first saw one made this way I thought they bought the folders like this. I found a tutorial on Tammi White's Blog that showed me how to do it. You can find her blog on the left side under Blogs I follow. I used some embossing powder and one of the new punches (I love the new punches!), the "Scallop trim border" punch. You can find this punch in our "Sale-A-Bration" Catalog. *Remember, spend $50 and get a free item from this catalog until March 31st! Just click on the "Follow Me" button at the right and ORDER NOW!
This card was very easy to make and took very little time. Leave me a comment and tell me what you think. Thanks for looking!

Supplies I used:
Stamp Set: Special Blessings
Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Gray
Ink: Versa Mark
Other Supplies: Finial Press embossing folder, Scallop Trim punch, Silver embossing powder, Filigree Designer Brad, Crop a dile Punch, Stampin' Up! heat gun and the Big Shot
Non Stampin' Up! supplies: Ribbon, Stamped verse

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Birthday Card and Thinking of you......

I've posted a couple of cards I made recently. These are two cards from a set I've made to give as a gift. My only problem.....I put on to many layers and the container I made that should hold eight cards now only holds four cards and four envelopes! :0)

Items Used:
Stamp Sets: "Well Scripted", "Heard From the Heart", "Circle Circus"
Card Stock: Basic Gray, Shimmer White, Almost Amethyst
DSP : Tea Party
Classic Ink: Basic Gray, Certainly Celery, Pretty In Pink, So Saffron, Almost Amethyst
Ribbon: Pretty In Pink Satin, Elegant Eggplant Ric Rack from Ribbon Originals
Other: Pretty In Pink "Sending Love Epoxy Brads" and "Circle Ice" Brads
Wide Oval Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch, Dimensionals and paper snips.
All items were "Stampin' Up!".
Thanks for stopping by

Under Construction!

Please excuse my mess while I'm under construction. Brady's come by with his new Hummer to help Grandma out. Online orders can still be placed while I'm learning how to do this through "My Digital Studio". Thanks for stopping by, I hope you like what you see and come back again!


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Valentine's Day!!!!

Wow, Thanksgiving was the last time I posted anything. Time sure does fly when you're working! I've taken some pictures today that I'll post of Valentines Day Cards that I've made. And of course they are for my two very special guys!
Mike gets this card...It's a Tri Fold Shutter Card we did in club. I found the pattern on Split Coast and there is a tutorial by Bonnie Szwalkiewicz. Thank you Bonnie! We used the new paper from the mini called "Sending Love". Beautiful paper, it sparkles and shimmers so pretty. It's hard to make a card you don't like when you use this paper. I also used several stamp sets on this card for the flowers. I used stamp sets "With all my heart" from the new mini, "Love you much" from the big catalog, and I used "Greenhouse Garden" for the third flower. The inside was made with the heart punch and cutting a square for the sentiment.

My next card is for my little grandson Brady. I used the new set "I {Heart}Hearts". By the way if you buy this set Stampin' Up! is donating a portion of the sales to the Haiti Disaster Relief. Just click on the "Follow Me" button at the right to shop from my website. Your order will be delivered right to your door! I also used the Wheel that goes along with this stamp set for an edging to my red background.
I then used the build a bear stamp set and "Sending Love" specialty paper and the build a bear paper for the little guys pants. I used the "Pinking hearts boarder" punch on this card which is a new punch from the Mini Catalog also. I made them valentine cookies to go along with their cards. I hope they liked them and I hope you do too! Leave me a comment or two and let me know what you think!