Friday, July 31, 2009

Sweet Baby!

Here is a picture of my friend, Val's, new baby boy wearing one of the little onesies I stamped for him with his name on the front! Isn't he just the sweetest thing you've ever seen??!! The baby gift post is listed below.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Ready, Set, Wrap a LADYBUG!

I have a good stamping friend who collects everything 'ladybug' related for her daughter who lives on 'Ladybug Lane' ... isn't that adorable?? Well, I was coming home from a tasting party the other night and hungry (yeah, I know, that doesn't really make sense since I sell FOOD, but I don't eat when I'm hosting my parties and I usually arrive home famished!), so I stopped in at McDonald's and ordered a happy meal. To my surpirse, the toy inside was the cutest little Ladybug Beanie Baby!! I knew immediately that I must make a tiny little house for this Ladybug and give it to Bonnie for her daughter's collection!
I used Lauren Meader's Ready, Set, Wrap template and added some circles to make the outside of the box look like the shell of a ladybug. I used Stampin' Up's new Teeny Tiny Words set for the sentiment and a few punches and ribbons. Wha-la ... what do you think??

Monday, July 27, 2009

Final Deal of the Week!

30% off the Heart to Heart Punch this week only! Contact me to order your's today!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


This is such a pretty and dainty stamp set! It is one I earned FREE through the Consistency Summer Sales Incentive during May, June and July! I have a good friend and neighbor who brought me a bunch of fresh from her garden lavender tied with a gorgeous satin ribbon and I wanted a special little way to say 'thank you' to her! I think this will fit the bill perfectly!!! This card is really much prettier in person ... the three little 'bling' flowers add just the right amount of sparkle ... I LOVE sparkle!
Stamp Set: Herb Expressions
Card Stock: Almost Amethyst, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
Ink: Elegant Eggplant Ink, Elegant Eggplant, Almost Amethyst & Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories: Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, piercing tool & mat, eyelet border punch, glue dots and some bling!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Stampin' Deal of the Week!

Deal of the Week: Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware

Stampin' Up!'s Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware adds a touch of class to all of your projects. Get this awesome set for just $18.99 (over 30% off the regular price of $29.95) ONLY July 20th through 26! Be sure to check back next Monday for the week's new deal.


The August Stamping Club Challenge, for those that choose to participate, is to create one card OR project using this picnic basket theme! Try to incorporate fruit in your design if you can and use ribbon on your creation somewhere! Suggested colors for this challenge would be Green Galore, Gable Green, Glorious Green, Pixie Pink, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo & Whisper White.
If you're a member of one of my clubs, please bring your creation to the August Club Gathering! If you're not a member, but would like your artwork showcased, please feel free to e-mail me a pic or mail your project to me an I'd be happy to post pics here!

Have FUN … I can’t wait to see what you all come up with ... see you in August!!!


For the month of July, we decided to collect hand made cards and send them into an organization called 'Cards For Heroes'. They ship these cards overseas to our brave men and women in the armed forces fighting to protect our freedom. They provide envelopes and postage for the military and the service people can shop from all these BEAUTIFUL hand made treasures!

I issued a challenge to my clubers to show up to July Club with as many hand made cards as you possibly could ... some of you really took the challenge to heart and ran with it!

CONGRATULATIONS to all who participated ... here are some honorable mentions and heartfelt thanks to the gals who chose to participate!

Nicolle Ancarrow - 10 cards

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - 30 cards

Martha Dorroh - 40 cards

Joanie Brooks - 56 cards

Beth Cornwall - 100 cards

Bonnie Shafer - 200 cards

TOTAL = 436 CARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YIPPIEE!
(I combined these 436 cards with those that my stamping girl friends brought to our club this evening and the GRAND TOTAL of cards that will be sent to 'Cards For Heroes' is 1,033!)

Thanks, again, to all those that participated! Such a worthy cause ... such a fun activity!!

Some Class Cards!

I attended a class at my upline's home this past Thursday and we were thinking along the exact same wave lengths! Here are two of the cards I made at the class using the NEW Circle Circus and Razzle Dazzle stamp sets! Aren't they GREAT??!!??


Okay, so MELON MAMBO is my NEW FAVORITE COLOR! Not too surprising since PURELY POMEGRANATE was my old favorite color ... they are similar/in the same color family! Melon Mambo is so vibrant and yummy. I'm trying to come up with a vision of creating my holiday card for this year and thinking of a way I can incorporate this awesome color into the card somehow! Not very holiday-ish ... but maybe this year I'll think OUTSIDE the box!!!
Anywhooo ... this is another card we made at my July Clubs this month. Sooooooooooo pretty and soooooooooo easy! Everyone just loved it!
Stamp Set: Razzle Dazzle
Cardstock: Melon Mambo (YUM!), Whisper White, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Ink: Melon Mambo plus Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories: Scallop Big Shot Die, piercing tool and mat, circle scissor plus cutting tool, modern label punch, Melon Mambo 1/2" polka dot grosgrain ribbon, button latte assortment, glue dots, dimensionals.


Isn't this a creative way to use the NEW Circle Circus stamp set?? Such a pretty card - suitable for any occassion! This is one of the cards we all made at our July Clubs -- LOVE this stamp set!

Stamp Set: Circle Circus
Card Stock: Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, Pixie Pink, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Kaleidoscope DSP
Ink: Green Galore
Accessories: 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, scallop edge punch, Soft Suede 1/2" polka dot ribbon, Fresh Favorites I button, glue dots, linen thread.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Schedule YOUR July workshop with me and make this adorable BBQ flatware set ... and MORE!

Flatware Wrap
Country Living Summer Cookout Kit
Confetti White card stock
Night of Navy Stampin' Spot (included in kit)
Real Red Stampin' Spot (included in kit)
Linen thread
Silver brad
Hole punch
Decorative toothpick
Wrapped moist towelette
Fold coaster in half. Punch holes through right edge using hole punch.
Stamp checkered image in Real Red ink on top and bottom of Confetti White card stock. Stamp "Dig in" in Night of Navy ink in center of Confetti White card stock (1-5/8" x 1-5/8"). Punch one hole through top and two holes through left side. Thread toothpick through holes on left side. Adhere Confetti White card stock to towelette.
Stamp star image in Night of Navy ink on Confetti White card stock. Cut out. Attach silver brad to center. Adhere star over hole for toothpick.
Thread linen thread through holes in coaster and through hole in Confetti White card stock. Tie in bow.

Baby Gift for a Friend!

One of my very good friends just had her second child last month ... a baby boy! I'm so excited to go visit the new little bundle tomorrow - -I hear he's just precious (I KNEW he would be!). Here are a few little things I whipped up for the little guy from my stamping room! Aren't they just the cutest??

Time For Tea!

I'm hosting an old-fashioned Tea Party with a girlfriend of mine in August and here's the adorable little invitation we came up with. This uses Papertrey Ink's Tea Time stamp set. All other supplies are Stampin' Up! What do you think???

Thursday, July 16, 2009


I tried to have a goal of offering 3 classes this summer during the months of June, July and August, but because of the planning and hosting of my son's Graduation Party in June, unfortunately, no class happened that month.

I'm very excited to be hosting the very first of a series of three classes that will be offered during July and August. I just posted details on the TART & TANGY class here yesterday and stay tuned for the final class announcement of the summer coming very soon! Yes, that's 2 in August ... but the second class will be a mini where we make one, more detailed item.
These pics here (below) are what we are going to make tonight for the Sunny Day Class! We'll be making 6 cards 4.25 x 4.25 size to fit into this adorable tin lunch box!! This class uses the Sunny Day Simply Scrappin' kit and lots of fun accessories!! It's one of my favorite things in the new catty ... just LOVE those colors together!! For those of you that know me well, you know that I am a ribbon-aholic ... so I created this tin box with so many ribbons on it that you can no longer see the black handle -- it's so colorful -- like a rainbow of ribbons!
On the menu tonight from TASTEFULLY SIMPLE:
Pasta & Pomodoro Sauce
Perfect Parmesean Biscuits
Cool & Creamy Cucumber Dip
Artichoke & Spinach Dip
Blue Aztec Chips
Berry Buckle Cake
Mango Margaritas ... the BIG GIRL kind ... YIPPIEE!!
I can't wait until tonight -- SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!