Thursday, June 28, 2007


Yesterday was not a good stamping day!!!!! As you can probably see why!!!!

It all started at 6:45 am when I dropped my 14 yr old off for his first day of golf league, at 8:45 am I received a call from him saying 'Mom the ambulance guy wants to talk to you'. I said "WHAT" and the next thing I know is he is being transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Two and a half hours later along with a broken nose, seven stitches and a slight concusion we were on our way home from the ER.

Picture on the left was taken shortly after we got home from the hospital. Picture to the right was taken this morning (next day). His left eye definitely swollen shut, but he is in good spirits.

Yesterday he was already wondering when their tee off time would be next week! I'm just thankful that it wasn't worse! What a tough guy!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Summer by the Sea

I am still working on the wedding invites for my nephew and haven't had any time to stamp for fun yet! I should be done today or tomorrow, YEAH!!!
I am anxiously awaiting for my new catalogs to arrive, they should be here in the next few days!!!!!! I can't wait to order some new stuff, this is such an exciting time for us SU! demonstrators.
In the mean time I wanted to share this card that I made a while back. I love the 'Summer by the Sea' set, I have found so many different ways to use this set.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Summer by the Sea
Paper~ Very Vanilla, Rose Romance, Blush Blossom, Mellow Moss, Barely Banana.
Inks~ Basic Black, Rose Romance, Barely Banana, Mellow Moss.
Accessories~ Blender Pen, eyelets, dimentionals

Friday, June 22, 2007

Ahhhh Summer

First full day of summer, and the weather here is cloudy & rainy, yuck!!! Maybe this card will cheer me up, I wish I was sitting on a beach somewhere warm. LOL.
I used 'Shore Thing' for this card (still hoping that it makes the new catalog!) On a piece of glossy card stock I ran my Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor ink pad over the top a couple of times and let dry. Next I stamped my images in basic black over the top of the caribbean sea. Let dry then mount on basic black cardstock and add to front of card.
I'm on my way to a softball game. Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Shore Thing.
Paper~ Tempting Turquoise, Gable Green, Basic Black, White Glossy.
Ink~ Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor ink pad, Basic Black.
Accessories~ Dimentionals.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Bud Basics

I can't wait until the new catalog comes out next month, how about you? I need some new sets to ink up! I made this card awhile ago but wanted to share it with you as I haven't had time to stamp for fun in a few days. I hope that 'Bud Basics' will be back. This is also another fun set that I like to use, I guess I am drawn to the flower sets more so than others, but I am trying to expand my horizons.

I am working on a swap with my downline and of course I am using the new 'Pick a Petal', I will post it after I send it out so I don't spoil the surprise!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Bud Basics
Paper~ Night of Navy, Ruby Red, Whisper White.
Ink~ Cameo Coral, Ruby Red, Mellow Moss, Old Olive, More Mustard.
Accessories~ Vintage Brads, Rectangle Punch, Navy organdy ribbon, dimentionals.

Another RAK for me!

Lucky Me! I received another Blogger RAK for my birthday, this one is from Christine 'Photo Bug' (SCS). Christine used 'Blooming with Happiness'. I love the bright cheery colors she used. This set is so fun! I finally broke down and got this set before it retires. I have seen so many cute cards using this set that I just had to get it before it was gone! Now all I have to do is start using it! Thanks Christine, you added a bright spot to my day!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Birthday BRAK

Look what I got in the mail while I was in Boston! This beautiful card is from Rachel 'Jazzy Creations'. Rachel sent me this card for my birthday. Thank you so much Rachel, I love it!

Rachel used the cracked glass technique on this card.

Monday, June 18, 2007

I'm Back!

I'm back from my trip to Boston! My daughter and I went to Boston for a hockey tournament, her summer team went out there and ended up taking second place. They should have won the Championship since they had beat the same team earlier 3-0. Megan did a awesome job, she scored 7 goals for the weekend (4 in one game!).

This is a picture of my daughter Megan and my cousin Janet who also went out there with us having lunch at Cheer's. We had a great time!!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007


Tuesday was another good mail day! I received this cute BRAK from Amanda Sewell over at Inkspirations. Amanda sent me this cutie for my birthday which is on Friday. Thank you Amanda you made my day!

I love the ribbon she used along with the crystal effects that is on the frosting. Not sure if you can see it or not but she added glitter on the candle & the cupcake paper. Amanda also used the Giga & Mega scallop punches.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Featured Stamper Challenge

This is my card for this week's Featured Stamper Challenge over at SCS. This is the first time that I have done this challenge, but have been wanting to do it for a while now.
This challenge is to CASE (copy) a card from the featured stampers gallery and change two things on it. I changed the stamp set that I used and the colors of papers & brads. Click Here to see Sarah's (seewah at SCS) card that I cased.
I made the brads that are on this card by heating them with my heat gun for about 30 seconds then dipped them into the yellow emboss powder. The powder does melt partically but you need to heat them for about another 5 seconds (don't over heat). Let cool for about 5 minutes. Hint: use a wooden clothes pin to hold the brad and to let it cool down on.

Suplies Used: Samps~ Petal Prints, Wonderful Words.

Paper~ Cool Caribbean, Basic Black, Whipser White.

Ink~ Black Stazon

Accessories~ Black polka-dot organdy ribbon, white organdy ribbon, gold brads found at office store, yellow embossing powder, heat gun, window sheets, glue pen, yellow glitter.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

My Daughter's First Concert

As many of you know, my daughter Megan turned 16 last month. One of her Birthday gifts was a ticket from my Brother and his Wife to Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul 2 Soul concert.

Well the concert was Friday night, and she LOVED IT! My ears are still ringing, but we had a great time! Six of us went, we had two tickets on the main floor and the other four were 14 rows up from the main floor. The seats were awesome!

We took turns going down to the main floor to watch and one of my brothers got some great close up pictures with his zoom lens. Here are a couple that I thought I would share.
I must be getting old when a country concert is to loud for me! LOL!! Thanks for stopping by today.


I was busy last week sending out BRAK's, what's a BRAK you say? Well a BRAK is like a RAK (Random Act of Kindness) but they are sent to others bloggers. I really enjoyed making these and sending them out. I made about 28 cards and sent 20 of them to other bloggers from the USA, Canada & the UK.

Check out some of the blogs I have on my side bar, many of my BRAK's were sent to them.

Supplies Used: Bodacious Bouquet, All Year Cheer I, Aida Cloth Background stamp.

Paper~ Cool Caribbean, Chocolate Chip, Friends & Flowers DP, Whisper White.

Ink~ Cool Caribbean, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery.

Accessories~ Chocolate grosgrain ribbon, yellow Stickles.

Another RAK from My Secret Sister

I received another RAK (Random Act of Kindness) from my Secret Sister yesterday. Thank you sooooo much! This card makes me want to go to the beach and relax under a palm tree, to bad we don't have palm trees in Minnesota!
My SS used 'Balmy Breezes' to create this card. This is one set that I do not have yet, and is retiring from the current catalog this month. I just might have to think about purchasing this set before it's gone.
Supplies used: Stamps~ Balmy Breezes
Paper~ Apricot Appeal, Confetti Cream, Spring Flowers DP
Ink~ Basic Brown
Accessories~ Watercolor pencils, brown square brads.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Great Mail Day!

WOW, look what I got in the mail today from my Secret Sister! She was sooo sweet to send this to me for my Birthday which is next week. The Little Plaque on the left is a garden sign, I have just the perfect spot for it too! The card is made with one of my favorite sets, Bodacious Bouquet.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Combined Challenge!

I decided to combine this week's SCS color challenge & sketch challenge in one.

The color challenge for this week was to use Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery & Ruby Red (yes, I said Ruby Red). I wasn't sure how to get these three colors to work at first (especially the Ruby Red), but I finally decided to use the Ruby Red in the center of the flowers. I think it actually turned out ok.

For the sketch challenge, I decided to move the center band down towards the bottom of the card instead of in the middle.

Thanks for Stopping by today!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ You Make me Happy. Paper~ Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Certainly Celery Palette O' Prints DP. Ink~ Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery, Ruby Red, Bashful Blue, White Craft Pad. Accessories~ Moss Gigham Ribbon, Silver Brads, Dimentionals, Sponge Dauber. All Products used are Stampin' Up! unless noted otherwise.

Monthly Swap from Colleen

I received this cute card today from Colleen, one of my downline and one of my friends. She used to live in Minnesota also, but her family moved to Virginia a few years ago when her husband got a job transfer. I miss getting together with her and stamping, she is so creative! Thanks Colleen!
Isn't this card adorable? Ahoy Matey is such a great set for the little guys in your life.
Supplies used: Stamps~ Ahoy Matey, Matey's Map jumbo wheel.
Paper~ Creamy Caramel, Really Red, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White.
Ink~ Basic Black, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel jumbo ink cartridge.
Accessories~ Magic Mesh, Various SU! Markers, Tag punch, Notched Corner punch, Twill Tape, Ribbon Originals.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #4

I really wanted to do Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge but wasn't able to finish it until today.

Well like I always say better late than never!

This was a fun sketch (but I think they all are!). The card measures 5 1/4x 5 1/4 a bit bigger than I usually make, but the square card is becoming a favorite no matter what size it is!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Summer by the Sea, Small Sayings, Weathered Background stamp.
Paper~ Shimmery White, Brocade Blue, So Saffron, Sentimental Journey DP.
Ink~ Palette Noir, Brocade Blue, Various SU! colors for water coloring.
Accessories~ Aqua Painter, Bazzill 10mm silver brads, Giga Circle punch, Mega Circle punch .

Monday, June 4, 2007

And the Winner of the Blog Candy is:

Before I announce the winner of my blog candy I want to take this time to THANK all of you for your kind words, and encouragement. I really appreciate that you all took the time to visit my blog and I hope you will come back often. Also I want to let you know that I went out to each of your blogs and I have found many that I will be visiting often!

So on to the business at hand! The winner of my blog candy is: Patty from Ohio.

Patty from Ohio said...
Hi- I just discovered your blog last week and am really impressed with your posts! Keep up the good work.
June 1, 2007 9:21 AM

Thanks Patty! Please email me your information so I can mail out your goodies!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Ways to use it Challenge

This week's way to use it challenge was to use a stamp set that will be retiring from the current SU! catalog. WELL I have about 100 sets that I could use for this challenge! But for now I think that I will show you some cards that I made with the All Natural set, this is one that I used alot and will miss.

I had seen a card similar to this one awhile ago and I just had to case it, but I don't remember who to give credit to (sorry).

Supplies Used: Stamps~ All Natural
Paper~ Summer Sun, Whisper White.
Ink~ Basic Black, Summer Sun, Old Olive, More Mustard.
Accessories~ Black Writer, Aqua Painter, Coluzzle Cutting System.

This card was fun to make with the different cuts. I folded the Night of Navy Cardstock in half so it measured 5 1/2 x 4 1/4. I then took a piece of Very Vanilla & Bordering Blue that both measured 5 1/4 x 4 and cut them diagonal. I stamped both pieces making sure that I stamped each others opposite, then attached them to the Navy. Than stamped the middle panel and layered and attached over the top.
Supplies Used: Stamps~ All Natural, Little Shapes.
Paper~ Night of Navy, Bordering Blue, More Mustard, Very Vanilla.
Ink~ Night of Navy, More Mustard, Crisp Cranberry.
Accessories~ Blender Pen

Thanks for stopping by today!
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