Monday, December 14, 2009

Back in the saddle again...

I finally have my Christmas things ready to show. Actually, I've had them ready for a while but we had our baby on Thanksgiving so we've been busy.

First up are my boxes, same size as my Halloween ones. I can't decide on a favorite. You can purchase the kits for these boxes at My Card Store. There are more detailed pictures there as well.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"Thank You's" from Matthias' B-day

Here are the thank you notes I sent out for Matthias' Birthday. His b-day was in May but I don't think I posted this one. It was a very simple card to make. I really like this stamp set. The kids are so cute. Sorry the pictures are so dark, I didn't realize until just now.

I used black Staz-on ink and them colored them with markers. The boy is holding a sign that says "thanks".
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Selling my stamps

**I just added links to the stamp sets so you can see what they look like. Look at the first picture, often called the index or sample in each gallery. You'll also be able to see what you can make with the stamp sets.**

I'll send you pictures if you want. All are SU! E-mail me with what you want to buy or with any questions at

I NEED to get these stamps into the hands of others. Whatever doesn’t sell this week will be combined into one big ebay auction. I have held onto these sets for too long, and actually tried to sell them once before without success. I can’t keep them collecting dust.


All stamp sets are complete sets. I've tried to accurately describe their condition. All images stamp beautifully, no interference from the staining. All stamps come from a smoke and pet free home. "VLS"= very light staining, maybe a touch of staining on one or two pieces"LS"= light staining, one or two stamps with slight staining on rubber or wood"like new"= used once or twice, most of the stamps in the set never used"some staining"= 3 or 4 stamps with light staining

A Little Love- $12 set of 12 (retired)
All About U- $12 set of 12, VLS (retired)
Around & About- $7 set of 4 (retired)
Big Blossom- $10 large background stamp, stain on wood (retired)
Event Full- $7 Set of 6 LS (retired)
Garden Whimsy- $10 set of 8, like new
Happily Ever After- $10 set of 6 (retired)
Happy Harmony- $10 set of 6, Like new (retired)
Heartfelt Thanks-$10 set of 9 (some staining)
In the spotlight-$12 set of 12, LS (retired)
Mostly Flowers- $7 set of 4 Like new (retired)
Noteworthy- $7 set of 9 VLS (retired)
Paint Prints-$5 set of 6, LS (retired) Does not come in a box
Polka Dots and Paisley- $10 set of 6, like new (retired)
Send A Celebration- $7 set of 4 (retired)
So Very- $10 set of 8 VLS (retired)
Tags So Much- $7 set of 6 (retired)
Very Punny- $10 set of 8 (retired) used once
Watercolor Minis- $10 set of 12 (retired)
Year-Round Fun II-$15 set of 28, LS(retired)(Plus a small penguin and snowflake stamp)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Artisan Project #6

This card took FOR-EV-ER to cut out. But, I was grateful that I liked the result. (Sometimes that doesn't happen, ya know. You work and work and think "This is gonna be so cute!" and then it turns out ugly as sin. Ah, the creative process) I wanted this to look like a little posey of flowers and I think it comes across that way. I took a floral design class in college and a chapter we studied was about vintage posey holders. I always wanted to make one, but alas it never came to be. Maybe because I never had a reason to. I digress...

The card was made with Doodle This stamp set and another greeting set that I can't find the name of. I also used vanilla hardware and pretties kit (pearl) and kraft taffeta ribbon. The card stock colors are vanilla, blush blossom, close to cocoa, and sage shadow. Ink was sage shadow, blush blossom, and close to cocoa.

This has to be one of my favorite color combinations. It's so soft.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Artisan Project #5

The sets, Loads of Love and Boatloads of Love, are two of my favorites. It took me a while to get the masking right to make the boat trailer out of the truck. Now, Stampin' Up! has a set with a trailer. AHHH! oh well, I guess that's how life goes.

I was really happy with this card when I sent it to SU!, but now when I look at it I wonder what I could have done different. I think my favorite part about this card is how the car and trailer look rusty. Or at least, that was the idea! This was my first time using watercolor paper and I loved it. Watercoloring on regular paper feels so different. It certainly made me feel more like a painter. :o)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Halloween Boxes

I saw these boxes on THIS blog and I had to try them. I created the witch and pumpkin on my own. But I just love the group of them. You can find kits to make these yourself at my store, They were so easy to put together. I will be making these for either the students in Matthias' class or the teachers (I haven't decided yet).

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Grandmother Brag Book

I made this for a friend of mine a while ago. Her first grandchild was born and I wanted to celebrate the occasion with a small gift. I've had this little book for a long time in my things, always wanting to recover it and make it cute.

All SU!
Ink- Wild Wasabi, Black Craft
Paper- Wild Wasabi, Real Red, and a retired Designer Series Paper from SU!
Stamp set- Toy Box, simple serif alphabet set

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Artisan Project #5

This was one of my 3D Items. I used die cuts from Build-A-Fairytale (now retired from Stampin' Up!) I saw this cute box and had the idea to make a travel case for a little girl. I just love how it turned out. I think I could have put more bling on the front, but it did have rhinestones along the handle. I used the negative of the large princess and traced another onto pretty in pink cardstock. Then after I cut it out I stamped some swirls from "Doodle This" stamp set to her dress, adding glitter too. I colored the Chipboard letters with white craft ink and then embossed them with glitter embossing powder. Old Olive ribbon was on the front as well.

I took each piece and added a magnet to the back of it so it would stick to the metal plate on the inside. I also added glitter to many of the pieces with a glue pen. I used the Pretties Kit to add pearls and such. It was a very girly project. (Being that my home is full of boys, it was nice. )Ribbon holds the box lid from falling backward.

I lined the inside bottom and then attached more strips of magnets to the sides and metal to the bottom to hold the pieces that are not being used.

I should have taken a better picture of the handle because I glued so saffron ribbon to it and then added the brad rhinestones from the Pretties Kit (covering the backs of the brads with the ribbon as well). It turned out so cute, I hated to send it away.

So many supplies, but I tried to mention them above. Let me know if you have any questions.
The colors were Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Mellow Moss, Taken with Teal, and Old Olive.
Thanks for Looking!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Artisan Project #4

This was also a fun card to make, once I figured out a few details. The worms are actually a part of the frame. I drew a frame in light pencil and then stamped the worms. I cut out the frame using my hobby blade and ruler. Not too bad, but it just took a little bit of patience. I love these greens together. I stamped the cupcake a few times onto different card stock to get the layers I wanted and to make room for the inside worm, see below.

I knew this was a cute card when I showed it to my 5 year old and he said... "Oh, gross!" with a smile on his face. He liked the worm coming out of the cupcake and asked that this be his birthday card. What a sweetie. I can always count on my little guy to give me compliments.

I used the window sheets for the front of the card, behind the worm frame, as well as the mechanism to bring the worm in and out from the cupcake as you open and close the card. I used the crystal effects on the red sprinkles.

Stamps- Bugs and Kisses, crazy for cupcakes
Paper- Real Red, Whisper White, Green Galore
Ink- Real Red, green Galore, Gable Green, Glorious Green, summer sun, black staz-on
Accessories- Window Sheets, White grosgrain ribbon, sticky tape, scallop punch, ruler and hobby knife, dimensionals, crystal effects

Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Artisan Project Entry #3

This was the last of my projects that I saw on the Convention Sample Boards. I love these animals. I had the idea to do something with bubbles or gum with these guys and when I saw the lion I knew that his bubble had to pop. I love that he is looking forward too.
I embossed each of the pretty in pink circles and the lions face and mane with clear embossing powder and put them on dimensionals. Each animal has been popped up with a dimensional somehow as well.

This was the inside of the card. "No Lion!" Ha, I kill myself. You know it's bad when you are laughing out loud at the card you just made and there is no one around.
Stamps were Wild About You, and simple serif alphabet and numbers.
Card Stock- ruby red, old olive, so saffron, basic gray, creamy caramel, whisper white, pretty in pink.
Ink- creamy caramel, ruby red, so saffron, going gray, pretty in pink
Accessories- dimensionals, clear embossing powder, white gel pen, matchbox die from Sizzix, saffron brads, old olive grosgrain ribbon, 3/4" circle punch, and another smaller circle punch (I can't remember the size)

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Artisan Project Entry #2

This was another project I saw on the Convention Display Boards, and one I submitted for the Artisan Award . Needless to say I was shocked to see it up there. I loved it, but you never know how others will see it.

This is a picture of my little boy from a year ago. He loves, loves, loves the rain. This picture captured the moment perfectly. I knew when I decided to submit items for this contest that this photo was going to be in one of them. I don't scrapbook, so I looked for pictures I adored. It made creating a moment in time not so difficult, because my heart was already in the project.

The phrase around the page is embossed in glassy glaze enamel so it really looks wet. There are also "water spots" all over the page, again I used the glassy glaze.

The phrase reads "Rain rain (don't) go away, (please) come again another day."

This is a 12x12 inch page.

Colors for this were Ridinghood Red(retired), Old Olive, Basic Black and Whisper White. I used striped old olive ribbon and brads, as well as the photo corner and round tab punches. Stamp sets were Big Deal Alphabet, Totally Tabs, and Yummy.

Thanks for looking. I'll put up another Artisan project tomorrow.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Excited for the simple things.

About 4-5 months ago I started making projects for Stampin' Up!'s Artisan Award. They give it to 10 demonstrators each year. Hundreds enter. I did not win, but I was so surprised when I saw a few of my project entries on display at Stampin' Up!'s Convention sample boards. I wasn't at convention, but someone at Stampin' Addicts (photo HERE) published pictures of the boards. I about died when I saw them! Part of the reason I am so happy is because the first scrapbook page I saw, was one I did of my sweet niece ElvisAnn, and it was my favorite picture. The picture below is the one I took just before I sent them out.

Now, I'll be the first to tell you that there a hundreds, hundreds of cards and projects on display at Convention. But to see a piece that you put your heart and soul into was very exciting.

This was a 6x6 inch scrapbook page. I used Pink Pirouette (retired) for the background paper as well as whisper white and real red, very vanilla, basic black card stock. The stamp sets I used were Sock Monkey, Sock Monkey Accessories, Priceless, Snow Swirled, and a small alphabet set that is retired now as well. I borrowed some of my mom's sets so I'm not sure if the names are exactly correct. "ElvisAnn" is in chipboard letters that were painted in So Saffron ink and then emobssed with glitter embossing powder. I used the black and white gingham ribbon. I pulled the center part of the ribbon so it ruffled. I also used circle punches and the scallop border punch.

I'll put more of my Artisan Project entries on this blog each day.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

California Card Day

I am thinking of doing a card day when I visit my family in California in June. These are the cards we'll be doing. All the paper will be cut, and you get to stamp the images. Even if this is your first time stamping, don't worry, I will be there to help the whole time. Everyone that came last year loved it! The cost is a very inexpensive $2.00 a card. You will need to supply adhesive to glue/tape your cards together. This can be purchased at Michaels/Tall Mouse/Wal-Mart. There are many out there but "Tombo" is one to get, ask the sales clerk and tell them you need something to make cards or to scrapbook. It should only cost 4-5 dollars.

If you're interested leave me a comment. I need to have a rough estimate before I leave for Cali so I have enough supplies. Thanks!

By the way, I moderate the comments, so you won't see yours come once you submit it. I have to OK all the comments before they will actually show up on the blog page.

Anyhoo. On to the cards. I hope you like them.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Daddy Countdown

My girlfriend's husband has just deployed to Afganistan. She let me make this for her son as she wanted some kind of countdown. I really like the way it turned out. There is a small clothespin just under and to the right of "daddy" for a picture.

(I finished the countdown and showed it to my husband, he said that it was too bad there wasn't room for a picture. Usually when he makes a comment about my cards and projects I smile and say "Yeah, well, I like it this way. Thanks though." Often his comments are about color choice or use of ribbon and hardware. But, the more I looked at my countdown the more I realized he was right!!!! So I pulled off a star and added the clothespin. And thanks be given to my husband, because I think it makes the piece perfect.) I hope my friend likes it as well.

This is the back of the countdown. I used the ends of coin envelopes to hold the numbers. This was the easiest way I could think of to keep everything organized and in one place. Hopefully it works out.

Thanks for stopping by. Let me know if you have any questions.


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Note Cube

A note cube I found on a blog I visit, Her measurement is off somewhere so I had to adjust the pattern, but I really like it. I made a holder with some extra DSP on the back to hold my pen. This is going to a friend who got us into an attraction here with their discount card.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Stampin' Up! Regional Make 'n Takes

Here are the projects we made at regionals in February. The only one that is not pictured was a 6x6 scrapbook page. Since I don't scrapbook I saved the paper and chipboard for something else. The basket is a die to be used in the Big Shot. It was really easy to put together. I was thinking of ordering it at the end of the month. The blue square with the orange flower holds a baggie of candy.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Calling for Cards for the Troops

My husband, John, is in the Army. He's been in Medical School and now residency so he hasn't been deployed yet. Moving to Hawaii there are many military installations here and so I have met many families in various branches of the service.

My friend's husband will be depoloyed to Iraq in a few weeks, where he'll stay for a year. They have 2 boys, 4 years and 8 months (I think). She and I work together with our boys' Preschool Co-op, and she's become a really good friend. I just love her, a wonderful parent and strong woman.

I have seen many people in the stamping community coordinate making and getting cards to service men and women in Iraq and Afganistan. When I heard that my friend's husband was deploying I immediately thought of sending him a bunch of cards that he can use to send home for birthdays, special occasions, or just because.

I guess I put myself in my friend's shoes. I can't imagine how it would be for my little boys to not have Daddy around every day. My 4 year old loves to get mail and if it came from his Daddy far away I know he would love it even more. I feel that even though I can't do much to help my friend, at least I can do this.

I will be getting cards together for the next few weeks and if you want to help as well, send me your blank cards and I will send them on to my friend's husband. He will be responsible for about 25 marines, so if there are a lot of cards I know he would pass them on to his men.

With each card I make I'll also be including an envelope. E-mail me at and I will send you my address. Pass this on to anyone who you think would like to help out. Thanks!!!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Stamps for sale

Here are the stamp sets I have for sale. They are all in great condition. If you click on the name it will take you to Splitcoast Stampers Gallery that has samples of the stamps. E-mail me at if you would like any of these. Again, I'll be putting them on craigslist and ebay in the next week or two, but I'm checking with any of you first. Thanks! Be sure to check out my Totes below this post as well.

Around & About- $7 set of 4 (retired)
Basket Full of Fun- $15 set of 13, (retired lev.3 hostess set)
Big Blossom- $10 large background stamp, stain on wood (retired)
Happily Ever After- $10 set of 6 (retired)
Polka Dots and Paisley- $10 set of 6, like new (retired)
Send A Celebration- $7 set of 4 (retired)
Tags So Much- $7 set of 6 (retired)
Watercolor Minis- $10 set of 12 (retired)
A Little Love- $10 set of 12 (retired)
Sassy Suzie- $15 set of 9 (retired) used once
Very Punny- $10 set of 8 (retired) used once
Blooming With Happiness- $10 set of 6 (retired)

Friday, February 27, 2009

Always sad to say goodbye... to stamping stuff that is! :o)

Before moving I would store all of my stamping supplies in these two totes. Now I have a place in our office to keep my things and I don't need these anymore. As I only used them to store my supplies they are in excellent condition, you can see in the photos below. I hate to sell them but I need to. I purchased both the rolling tote and the handled tote in Maryland, brand new, from an A.C. Moore Crafts Store. They have been wonderful!

I will post them on Craigslist and Ebay, but I wanted to see if anyone that visits my blog would like them first. My measurements are as accurate as can be and the adorable model seen in a couple of photos does not come with the totes. :o) I am asking $75 for the larger rolling tote (it was originally $120) and $45 for the smaller one (originally $80). I am in Hawaii so shipping would be extra, but if you happen to live on Oahu I can meet you somewhere. Please e-mail me at if you are interested. Thanks for looking. (I'm also going to post some stamp sets I have for sale, but this post was long enough.) :o)


It rolls on wheels

18" wide

18" tall

13" deep

The handle telescopes to 37" off the floor and works just like a suitcase. The wheels are great they are the kind you'd find on rollerblades and the handle works like a charm.

There is a large pocket on the front flap, and two small pockets and one long pocket on each side.

This is the front open.

5 slots each 15-1/2" long, 2" tall, and 11-1/2" deep (there is space between the edge of the slots and the front flap so as to accomodate 12"x12" paper without damaging the paper).

On the inside of the front flap there are 2 mesh pockets.

Open the top flap and there is another large mesh pocket as well as 4 containers.

The 3 containers in the back measure 2 at 5x4-1/2, and 1 at 3-7/8 x 4-1/2. All three are 4" tall

The long front container measures 14-1/2 x 4-1/2 and is 4" tall. It is divided in the middle. (see photos below). There is a small spot on the inside of the long container where some stamp cleaner spilled. You have to look inside to see it and it doesn't affect the container at all. I think this is the only spot on the whole piece that is not in perfect shape


This tote has handles to carry it on your shoulder.

It measures :

15-1/2" wide

13" tall

7" deep

The handles are 13" from the top.
There is a large pocket in the front.
This is how it looks with the front open. There are two large plastic/vinyl pockets with velcro closures each are 10-1/4" tall x 13-1/4" long. There is a zippered pouch 13-1/4" long.

These containers stack up onto eachother.

The 2 larger ones on the top measures 5"x 4-7/8". The skinny one measures 2-3/8" x 4-7/8". All three are 5-3/8" tall.

They sit on top of 5" x 13-3/8"x 1-5/8" container. That also has a drawer that pulls out. The drawer measures 12-7/8" x 4-7/8"x 2-1/2".

There are side pockets on the inside.

The right side has slots for 10 pens. and another vinyl pocket below the slots.

The left side has 4 larger slots for scissors etc. and a mesh pocket below it.