Sunday, December 25, 2011

RHSSC16 - Just for You

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope your day is filled with family, friends and fun...and of course celebrating our Savior's birth. My sister-in-law posted a song by Selah on Facebook Christmas Eve day and it's been in my head.  Listen to it here if you have the time.  It's a great song!   Now on to this week's Red Hot Stampers challenge.  I knew I wanted something with snowflakes because that's what we should be having right now in this part of Michigan, so I quickly whipped this card up using one of my favorite colors and a new punch I finally bought.  Make sure you click on the Red Hot Stampers link to check out more cards for this design...or even play along if you'd like. :)

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Packaged Ornaments

Happy Chrismas Eve....I should be working on finishing up my last few ornaments, but I'm quickly posting how I packaged some of them instead. lol

Thanks for looking and have a great Christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Ornaments

Well, I've been busy the past couple of days working on a few ornaments for gifts.  Yup, I'm definitely a little crazy for taking these on...and I still have way too many to do!  I saw the idea on Splitcoaststampers and decided to make one about a month ago for my Red Hot Stampers Secret Santa exchange.  Of course my ornament die is a lot smaller than the one they used on Splitcoast, but I HAD to try it anyway.  On my first attempt I used vellum paper and a brayer to color both sides different colors.  The vellum was too thick and it kept popping apart so I went through some of my old supplies and found a bunch of  mulberry paper that I had never used.  I had a huge piece of white so I cut it up the right size (enough for 18 pieces...which I cut with one run through the Big Shot!) and went a little crazy with the different colors.  Now I need to get busy making boxes so I can give them away...

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

RHSSC15 - Inspired by Nature

It's time for another Red Hot Stampers sketch challenge and this is my take on this week's challenge.  Nope, it's not anything for Christmas because I needed a break from that after dealing with all of my Christmas cards yesterday!  I actually made this for my niece whose birthday is coming up just after Christmas.

To see other demonstrators' cards on this challenge click here.  If you'd like, go ahead and play along so we can see what you come up with.  

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets:  Inspired by Nature & Afterthoughts (retired hostess)
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Real Red & Basic Black
Stampin' Write Markers:  Real Red & Basic Black
Punches :  Extra Large Oval & Scallop Trim Border
Ribbon:  3/8" Taffeta in Real Red (retired)
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne Mist

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Thinking of You at Christmas

As I am writing this it is actually snowing outside. :)  Yes, I like the snow.  I figure if it's going to be cold out, it might as well be cold enough to have some snow that covers all the brown that's outside and help brighten things up.  Let's just hope if it melts (which it probably will) we get more back in time for Christmas. :)  Now on to today's card... It is my last Christmas card to show you from my December stamp a stack.  I have to say I really enjoyed coming up with my cards for this month's stamp a stack.  Didn't think I would because I get SO sick of working on my Christmas cards.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Beautiful Season
Card Stock:  Always Artichoke & Very Vanilla
Classic Stampin' Pads w/ blender pens:  Always Artichoke,
Rose Red & So Saffron
StazOn:  Black
Stampin' Write Markers:  Pumpkin Pie & Pacific Point
Embossing Folder:  Elegant Bouquet
Ribbon:  1/2" Seam Binding in Rose Red

Friday, December 16, 2011

Lovely as a Tree - Christmas

Today's card is one I couldn't resist making for this month's stamp a stack.  It's pretty quick and easy to make, yet elegant.  I've seen different variations on this one, but my card was specifically inspired by Audra Bonner.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets:  Lovely as a Tree & Madonna and Child (retired)
Card Stock:  Certainly Celery & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Certainly Celery & Old Olive
Ribbon:  5/8" Satin in Certainly Celery
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne Mist

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas is Snow Much Fun

Today's card is one that's totally different than I normally make, but I wanted to give something new a try.  In order to do that I needed to see what cards other ladies were making with this set.  I saw a lot of cards I liked and picked what I liked from the different cards and put it together on my card.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Snow Much Fun
Card Stock:  Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise & Whisper White
Classic Stampin Pads:  Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise & Wild Wasabi
StazOn Ink:  Black
Stampin' Write Markers:  Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Tango Tangerine,
Basic Black, Daffodil Delight & Wild Wasabi
Sizzlit Decorative Strip Die:  Northern Frost
Jewels:  Basic Rhinestones
Brad:  Glimmer Brights

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Season's Greetings

This week I'm going to show you the cards I had for my December Stamp a Stack.  If  I don't do it this week Christmas will be here and gone before I know it!  Since I won some Not Quite Navy ribbon playing Bingo and haven't used this color a lot I thought I would give it a try and see if I could make a Christmas card with it.  I have to say I'm pretty pleased with it...especially since I didn't make one change and whipped it together pretty fast.  Why can't more of my cards go together like this?! lol

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Curly Cute
Card Stock:  Not Quite Navy & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Not Quite Navy
Embossing Folder:  Northern Flurry
Sizzlit Decorative Strip Die:  Northern Frost
Ribbon:  5/8" Grosgrain in Not Quite Navy (retired)
Jewels:  Basic Rhinestones
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne Mist

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Well, it's Sunday so anyone who regularly checks out my blog knows I'll at least have something on here for the  Red Hot Stampers sketch challenge.  Anyway, I've been wanting to try this technique after seeing it a couple of times and had to look it up to see what it's called. It's called the spotlight technique...makes sense doesn't it. It was kind of a bugger to get it lined up just right using the oval punch, so next time I do this technique I think I'll make it a square or circle.  I really wanted to use the oval shaped embossing folder though and glad I did because I liked how it turned out. :) 

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Beautiful Season
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads using Blender Pens:  Rose Red, Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi, 
More Mustard, Soft Suede & Daffodil Delight
Embossing Folder:  Designer Frames
Punch:  Extra Large Oval
Ribbon:  1/2" Seam Binding in Rose Red, 1/8" Taffeta in Daffodil Delight
 & 5/8" Satin Ribbon in Daffodil Delight (retired)

Sunday, December 4, 2011


It's Sunday and that means it's time for another Red Hot Stampers sketch challenge so here is my take on it.  I started with my card positioned like the sketch, but when it was time to add the sentiment there wasn't enough I rotated the card and decided I liked it that way. :)  For those of you who are coming to my stamp a stack this week, this is one of the Christmas cards we are making.

Head on over to the Red Hot Stampers to see other demonstrators' cards to go with this sketch.  You can also play along yourself, so why not give it a try!

Just wanted to show a closer view of the snowflake, plus the soft suede in this picture looks a lot better. :)

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Snow Swirled
Card Stock:  Soft Suede & Very Vanilla
Classic Stampin' Pad:  Soft Suede
Embossing Folder:  Designer Frames
Sizzlets Decorative Strip Die:  Northern Frost
Punch:  Extra-Large Oval
Ribbon:  1/2" Seam Binding in Very Vanilla
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne Mist

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Red Hot Christmas Party and Secret Santa Reveal

Today I'd like to show a few pictures of things I got from my Secret Santa this year.  When we find out who we have, we send out gifts to each other for a few weeks before our Red Hot Stampers Christmas Party.  Always a fun thing to be a part of!  My first gift came in the mail and it was a knitted washcloth.  Love these kind of washcloths!

The next week my son grabbed something off my freezer in the garage and there was a plate with some delicious baked goodies.  I'm not sure what they're called, but they tasted like cinnamon rolls to me...just a smaller version.  If you look close enough you can see one in a baggy.  I took a bite before I took the picture...oops! ;)  But it was yummy!

The third week I got a box in the mail and opened it up. It was kind of bunched up like this and I wasn't sure what it was... I pulled it out there was a pretty ribbon/lace necklace!

Then we had our party and do you think I had any idea who had me?  No!  Everyone else seemed to know, but not me!  Guess I really need to pay attention to what people say because my Secret Santa is quite the sewer, and apparently she had been talking all about it at an earlier meeting.  Guess my head was in the clouds!  Nothing new there though! lol

She gave me a bag full of goodies...all with cute little sayings on the gift tags.  The gift you can see the most in this picture is the cute apron she sewed for me!

One thing I didn't get a picture of was all of the yummy food everyone brought!  Yeah, I left there full!  Glenda also had some makes and takes for us while we were there, plus we played a funny game passing gifts "left" or "right" and Bingo!  Always a fun time at the Red Hot Stampers Christmas party!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Happy 18th Birthday!

Wow, where did the years go?  My second child is turning 18 today, so Happy Birthday to my son!  

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  In Wilderness
Card Stock:  Basic Gray, Basic Black & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Basic Gray
StazOn:  Black
Embossing Folder:  Square Lattice
Punches:  Modern Label & Word Window
Black Brads

Monday, November 28, 2011

Birthday Purse

I had a lot of fun making today's card and gift for my niece.  My upline  Glenda  made a purse like this, and I ended up getting one; so I thought it would be the perfect purse to make for my niece this year.  I also made her a little notebook to go in her purse...

and a card that fit perfectly too.  I came up with my own fun saying for her that started on the inside of the card...

then it has to open even more to read the rest.  I also put in a pack of gum (that she has to share with her brothers and sister) and a dollar in change.  I usually hide a dollar bill somewhere in their card, but I just did change in her purse this year. That's a tradition I've done for each of them since their first birthday.  I'm afraid someday a dollar just won't be enough! lol

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Pretty Poinsettia

It's time for another  Red Hot Stampers challenge, so here is my take on this week's sketch.  I also decided to play along with  The Friday Mashup because I haven't done a challenge with them in quite a while.   I thought the sketch and colors from the two different challenges would go great together.  

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Card Stock:  Tempting Turquoise, Early Espresso & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Tempting Turquoise
Embossing Folder:  Petals-a-Plenty
Punch:  Blossom Petals Builder
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne Mist
Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink

Saturday, November 26, 2011

In Wilderness Birthday

Well, Thanksgiving is done and the Christmas season has begun and what am I posting?  A masculine birthday card.  It's what I needed to make, so here it is.  I made it for my brother-in-law, and I sure hope he likes it more than butterflies!  Yup, that's an inside joke from when I gave him his card  the other day.  Anyway, I hope he had a great birthday with his family!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets:  In Wilderness & On Your Birthday
Card Stock:  Basic Black, Basic Gray & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pad:  Basic Gray
Ink:  StayzOn Black
Punches:  Modern Label & Word Window
Texturz Plates:  Backgrounds 1
Brads:  Black

Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Anniversary - SQSC14

Today's card is doing double duty...I needed a fiftieth wedding anniversary card and have been wanting to do a few challenges again.  So I looked thorough the challenges and thought the Stampin Queens sketch challenge was just the one to use for it.  And what did I pull out for a 50th anniversary?  Yup, Whisper White card stock and my gold embossing powder.  I was going to put numbers on the front of the card too, but I have no idea what happened to my numbers set.  Hmm...must have sold it or given it away.  

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Stampin' Up! anniversary stamp from 1992
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Versa Mark
Embossing Powder:  Gold
Embossing Folder:  Vintage Wallpaper
Ribbon:  3/8" Taffeta in Whisper White

Sunday, November 20, 2011


As much as I love this time of year coming up ~ the holidays and spending more time with family ~ I sure don't like the bugs that start floating around!  I think our house has had its fair share of it them and it's time for them to move on!  I hope everyone else reading this is managing to stay healthy, especially with Thanksgiving being so close.  With that being said it's time to show you my next Red Hot Stampers sketch challenge, so here's my take on sketch 11.  You can visit the Red Hot Stampers here to see a few more cards.  

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets:  Delightful Decorations & Madonna and Child (retired)
Card Stock:  Rich Razzleberry & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Rich Razzleberry
Punches:  Modern Label & Ornament
Embossing Folder:  Vintage Wallpaper
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne Mist

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Just Believe Easel Card

Well, I figured it was time for me to get busy posting again since I missed all last week and part of this week.  This is another one of my stamp a stack cards...from a while ago.  I had never made an easel card, so I thought why not give it a try and have the ladies try it too!  I must admit I have a card or two every month that challenges them a little bit.  They must not be too bad though or they wouldn't keep coming back.  Thanks ladies!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Just Believe
Card Stock:  Rich Razzleberry, Garden Green, Marina Mist & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Rich Razzleberry, Garden Green & Marina Mist
Embossing Folder:  Perfect Polka Dots
Punches:  Boho Blossoms, Modern Label & Word Window
Ribbon:  5/8" Grosgrain in Rich Razzleberry
Jewels:  Basic Rhinestones

Sunday, November 13, 2011

It's a Boy!

It's Sunday and time for another Red Hot Stampers challenge which I really enjoyed making this week.  My sister recently had baby number six...yes, number 6!  I don't know how she does it, but she's a great mom...and sister too. :)  Anyway, as soon as I looked at the sketch for this card I knew it had to be a baby card. 

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Fox and Friends
Card Stock:  Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Marina Mist & Wild Wasabi
Embossing Folder:  Perfect Polka Dots
Punch:  1 3/8" Circle

Sunday, November 6, 2011

RHSSC9 - Lovely as a Tree

Welcome to Sunday!  For me that means it's time for another Red Hot Stamper's sketch challenge.  I took a look at the sketch and thought about what I was going to do...yeah, I had no clue! lol  Well, I had the set Lovely as a Tree sitting on my table because I needed to come up with one more card for my stamp a stack next week and that's the set I was going to use.  I had also just been looking at cards from that set on Splitcoast.  I came across a few cards that had reflections on them and have always wanted to give them a try, so I thought why not.  And for those of you who are planning on coming to my stamp a stack...we will be making this card. :)

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Lovely as a Tree
Card Stock:  Basic Black, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake & Very Vanilla
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, River Rock & Sahara Sand

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Red Hot Stampers Card Swap

Today's card is one I made for a card swap with the Red Hot Stampers.  I love doing these card swaps because I get such a variety of lovely cards.  So for this swap we could use any set from the holiday mini catalog and I chose The Sounding Joy...kinda obvious I guess. ;)  At first I thought I'd never come up with a card, but then decided I wanted to use the seam binding ribbon in Rose Red.  Well, that made my paper choices kind of obvious, so I started playing around from there and this is what I came up with. :)

Because the card is 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" I like to give an envelope with the card in case the ladies don't have that size on hand...and I thought I'd add just a little extra to the envelope with another stamp from the set.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  The Sounding Joy
Card Stock:  Rose Red & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pad:  Rose Red
Embossing Folder:  Vintage Wallpaper
Ribbon:  Seam Binding in Rose Red
Jewels:  Basic Pearls
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne Mist
Simply Scored for scoring lines

Friday, November 4, 2011

Thinking of You

Wow, where has the time gone?  It's been a few days since I sent out my last post!  Today's card is another one I made for one of my stamp a stacks.  I just love these colors together...can you tell?  If you follow my blog regularly I'm sure you can!  

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets:  Inspired by Nature & Strength & Comfort (retired)
Card Stock:  Soft Suede, Crumb Cake & Very Vanilla
Classic Stampin' Pad:  Soft Suede
Stampin' Markers:  Soft Suede & Crumb Cake
Bigz Die:  Scallop Circle
Shimmer Paint:  Champange Mist

Monday, October 31, 2011


Since today is Halloween I'm going to post a few pics of our Halloween tradition along with one little card I made.  I never really had my kids dress up and do trick or treating a whole lot while they were little.  A couple of times I did sew outfits that they were able to use as pajamas once Halloween was done. What we really got into was carving pumpkins...and sometimes making pumpkin seeds.  We did that this year...yummy!  Anyway, here are a few pics for you to enjoy...

I made this 3x3 thank you for my upline Glenda who is always so willing to let us borrow her stuff when we need to...thank you!  I don't have any stamping stuff that is Halloweenish (not sure that's even a word, but I'm using it), so I figured I could make a couple of pumpkins out of punches to put on cards that I've seen around and thought were pretty cute.

My pumpkin is the daschund, Erica's is the bat, Ryan's is the spider & web and Rachel's is the "haunted" house.  

I had to get my two doggies sitting by the daschund pumpkin! :)  They look so obedient and like they enjoy having their pics taken...ha ha, I wish!  My daughters were bribing them with food to get them to sit still like that. They are really longingly staring at the food being held right by the camera! lol

Thanks for looking and have a great day!