Monday, June 30, 2008

Oh, HEAVENS! Go vote again!

I was just informed that I FORGOT one of the cards for the ANNUAL BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE - and it's a doozy! AUGH!!!!!!!!! So, PLEASE go vote again!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

Friday, June 27, 2008

eScape Was Wednesday!

Well, I have to admit that I didn't do too well at not getting on the computer, but I tried. :D And I had a great time with the two people who showed up at my get-together. I just do EVERYTHING via email anymore! :)

This is one project of the two we did. Let me tell you, dear reader, I've found my new favorite way to watercolor! With MARKERS! Look!

You HAVE to use watercolor paper for this. Regular card stock will get too wet, and peel away. Also, definitely use Stazon as your image ink. It doesn't BUDGE. :)

Colors of card stock are More Mustard, Close to Cocoa, and Not Quite Navy. Stamp set is WINDS OF GRACE, and the verse from it is stamped inside the card.

First, drench the area you're going to work on with your Aqua Painter. Using your darker marker, put down some color - then move it where you want with your AP. Put down the next color, and blend. Finish with the lighter color and blend. Go to the next area - you may only want one color, or two.

I did the rocks with Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, and Creamy Caramel. The tower is done with a Bordering Blue, and the banding is Brilliant Blue - be SURE to keep a kleenex or paper towel nearby to blot!!! The cap is More Mustard. Sky is Bashful Blue, and the water is Not Quite Navy and Bordering Blue.

I'd love to hear what you think of this one! :D And to see what YOU are stamping! You ARE stampin', aren't you???? ;)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Time to go VOTE!!!!!

Go HERE to vote for your favorite for the 2008 ANNUAL BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE!

You may ask me any questions about the cards you wish - what they're made with, what colors are used, etc. Just NOT who did them! :D You may vote either by leaving a comment here, or by emailing me at

MAJOR THANKS to everyone who submitted an entry! If you don't see yours here, email me - I tried to scan them as they came in, but maybe I missed one!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

My Decor Element Is UP!

I absolutely LOVE it!!! This is going to be such a GREAT line - and I read an update today that says they'll be adding to the line in the future! It's AWESOME! I got the smaller of the two sizes of CREATE; here it is, "in situ", so to speak:

Super easy to install: you rub the back of the sheet onto the front transfer paper, make sure you've got it level, and rub it onto your wall. That's IT!!!! It fits SO well right there - such clean lines and design, and the perfect saying for my crafting room. :) Here it is again, up close!

Tell me what you think! :D I can't wait to start showing these to my workshops - they're available for customer order JULY 1, and I have the brochures NOW! Let me know you want one! :D

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Tomorrow is the absolutely LAST day for the cards for the ANNUAL BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE to reach me, everyone! It's been a BLAST to receive them; thank you all for taking such painstaking efforts for the contest. I can't WAIT to set up the gallery for y'all to start voting! :)

So, it's been crazy around here. :) Last week was the RED, WHITE, & BLUE class - we had a GREAT time! My friend Becky made it here on a whirlwind trip - more about that will be on my personal blog at some future time. :D Here are two of the projects we did:

This one is Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy, and Ruby Red. We faux stitched the stripe and the blue field, then used a dimensional to pop the star - from the soon-to-be-retired LABELICIOUS - off the field. Simple but effective, yes? :)

Here's another one:

Really super-simple again. We used Real Red CRAFT ink to emboss the letters from BIG DEAL ALPHABET with Irridescent Ice EP. Layered the stamped strip onto Brilliant Blue and Real Red CS, mounted that on Whisper White. Super-simple! And inside, we stamped "Happy 4th of July" from a retired set.

I still have a couple of projects to show you, but I can't seem to stop getting in this "design then teach" loop! AUGH! :D

Keep watching for the link to start voting on the ANNUAL BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE cards!!! :)

And if you haven't stamped something today, whyever not?!?!? Goodness! Take the time for YOU - and STAMP SOMETHING!!! :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Good morning!

How are you doing today???? Are you having a fantastic day? I hope so; it's a beautiful, COOL June morning here in middle Tennessee. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the birthday cards keep rolling in! It's GREAT!! :D If you'd like to participate in the ANNUAL BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE, please go HERE to read the details. It's still not too late - and the variety of cards I'm getting is awesome!!!

If you'd like to read my personal blog about how I celebrated my birthday this year, go HERE - I'll keep updating it as I get a chance. :D

Now, then. What to share with you....

The Spring/Summer Retired List is out!!!!!! Go HERE and click on either the alphabetical list, or the order number list, to see which of the stamps on your wish list are about to say ADIOS! If you've been on the fence about a certain set, why you might want to have it, please let me know - I'll see what I can show you! :D

Stampin' Up!® has just announced a whole new product line, DECOR ELEMENTS. They're vinyl clings, with Stampin' Up!®'s artwork. sized for walls. They're AWESOME - and will be available for purchasing on JULY 1!!!! I'm ordering brochures; if you want to get one, please email me at You won't want to miss these!

This is a sample from last month's scrapbooking class. I REALLY love this color combo - doesn't it remind you of Disney? :D Colors are Whisper White, Real Red, and Basic Black. That's the SPOT ON jumbo Stampin' Around wheel embossed in white. Now, all I need to do is get busy planning THIS month's class! :D

I'm gonna run - I have more blogging to do on my other site, and a few classes to plan, an order for the new DECOR ELEMENTS to put together - busy, busy! But I'm DEFINITELY going to take the time to stamp something today. Are YOU? :D

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Happy Birthday to ME!!! :D

Yup, it's my day today. So far, it's been a great day - thank you, Amy!!!!!!!!!!!!

Every year, I do a "retired list birthday quick card class", and these are my three favorites from this year! :) Remember: the key word is RETIRED; all of these will use at least one stamp you can no longer GET. :D

This first one, though, only uses ONE retired stamp, the "blessings". The rest are from POLKA DOTS & PAISLEY and HAPPY EVERYTHING, with the Petals Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel as a background. Colors are Very Vanilla, Brocade Blue, and Rose Red.

Now, THIS one is ALL retired. The cupcake is from TREAT YOURSELF, and the "celebrate" with confetti is from GREAT GREETINGS, a wonderful stamp set!!!! Colors are Pink Passion, Only Orange, and Whisper White. Isn't it great?? I love the colors - SO bright!!!

This is my FAVORITE. This is COAST TO COAST - yes, Amy, I worked my favorite set in. :D The tag is from PARTY PUNCHES, a hostess set from last year. Colors are Bordering Blue, Going Gray, and Whisper White. We used the designer label punch, and used wax paper rolled up on the background as texture.

Let me know what you think - and don't forget to browse back and find out about the ANNUAL BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE - you still have some time to enter!!! :) Go on, take the time to stamp ME something! LOL!!!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Happy Monday!!!

How ARE you??????

It's been an interesting week; Mom was in the hospital for three days, if you read my OTHER blog. So life went by rather quickly - and the LAST time she was in the hospital and I was in town, I was working a full work-week. I'm so grateful for my husband and for Stampin' Up! :D

ANYWAY. One of the things that kept me busy Saturday was the CHIP, CHIP, HOORAY! class that anyone who ordered chipboard during May's special was invited to, FREE. This sample is from that class!
Isn't it cute? We used glossy white card stock for the "celebrate" - from CELEBRATE EVERYTHING - and embossed it with clear EP, so we didn't have to worry about smearing it. The color is Pixie Pink - card stock and inks. We rolled the card itself with the PETALS JUMBO STAMPIN' AROUND WHEEL. The designer series paper on the flower is from the FLOWERS FOR YOU pack. We used a glue stick to adhere it to a flower from the ON BOARD BLOSSOMS & BASICS, and sanded the edges for a bit of a distressed look. The center of the flower is a dimensional covered in Dazzling Diamonds glitter - it was quite a glitterfest (I knew you weren't going to be here, Amy! :D) because we also used Irridescent Ice EP on another project. :)
Anyway. The leaves are small oval punches that we folded in half the long way and ran through a crimper. The flower is put on there with a pop-up glue dot, and the leaves are just stuck right underneath the flower with a bit of SNAIL adhesive.
SUPER-SIMPLE, but a really great card!
SO, I've heard from a few of you about the ANNUAL BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE, but not a whole lot of you!!! What are you waiting for?? Go check out that post, and email me!!!!!! :D
I hope you're taking time in the middle of your busy summer to STAMP SOMETHING!!!!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Happy Thursday!

So, how's your entry for my Annual Birthday Challenge going? Are you excited about what you're designing??? I've received one, and knew that a few more are on their way. :) I can't wait to see what y'all come up with this year!

So. This is a card from the Manly Man Card Class. I featured it in my Stampin' Up!® newsletter this month; if you're not signed up for it, email me at and let me know you want it! :) The stamp set is WINDS OF GRACE; the colors are Bravo Burgundy, Creamy Caramel, and Very Vanilla. But that's all I'm going to tell you! :D It's a beautiful set....

So, don't forget to enter the Annual Birthday Challenge, and go to my personal blog to enter another giveaway there!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


That's right, everyone! It's my birthday month - AGAIN! (Didn't we just DO this?!?!? AUGH!!!!!!!!!)

Anyway. ;) It's your chance to win free stuff from me, and I'm going to give you TWO WEEKS to get the design JUST right and send it to me. :) This is last year's winner; I put up a gallery, and let people vote for their favorite.
I think that, this year, I'll ALSO give a prize to MY favorite. And to be brutally honest, that's gonna be difficult for YOU. :D I want to be WOWed, and the more STAMPIN' UP! products you use to do it, the better! :D
We only had SEVEN entries last year, so your chances are pretty darn good!
Email me at for my snail mail address. This year, it has to be in my hot little hands to be in the contest. :) I will accept cards until JUNE 18, then will put them up on a gallery to allow voting. I will announce BOTH winners on THURSDAY, JUNE 26!!!!!!!!!!!!
They MUST be birthday cards, everyone! :D
LET THE BATTLE BEGIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!