Monday, May 31, 2010

Freedom Isn't Free - A Memorial Day Remembrance

"The story of America's quest for freedom is inscribed on
her history in the blood of her patriots."
~Randy Vader

Freedom isn't free - it's a price dearly paid by those willing to go in harms way for us who know nothing of life beyond the safety of our private world.
It's a price paid not only by the fallen and wounded, but by the loved ones left behind to carry on.

To all those who have served
to those who are still serving today -
to you I say
THANK YOU, and thank God for you.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge - SSC153

(NOTE: Edited at the bottom with card details and supply list on 5/29)

Hey folks! I have had the weirdest day today. Because of my continuing problem with headaches since my migraine a few weeks ago, I had to go to the eye doctor today. Now, I've never had my eyes dilated before today and honestly, I don't care to repeat the experience!
My eyes have felt weird all afternoon and I'm actually typing this illegally (not supposed to be reading or on the computer for a few hours). But, the good news is that I only need readers for right now, but I still have to go back and fix the headaches. Does everyone fall apart at this age?

Anyway, I'm not going to get this post finished before we have to head out the door to take Emma to skating, but I didn't want to miss my posting deadline, so I'll come back and edit in the morning.

For now, here is the sketch from our Stamping 411 sketch queen Selene:

And here is my card:

It's a mix of a whole bunch of stuff, but there is one big thing missing -
there is NO WHISPER WHITE cardstock anywhere on this card!
I KNOW - shocker!
I'll 'splain it all to you in the morning Lucy, but for now, here's a view from the top:

and a close up of the focal panel:

Anyone wanna take a stab at what colors/paper I DID use? Hmmm?.....

Have a great evening everyone - check back in the morning for my card construction details and my supply list - I am out the door! :)

Stamped blessings,

Supply List: (all SU!)
Stamps: Chic Boutique
Cardstock: Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette, Elegant Eggplant
Presto Patterns Specialty Paper
Inks: Pink Pirouette, Versamark, Black Staz-On
Accessories: Big Shot with Perfect Polka-Dots Folder, Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon, Rhinestone Clear Circle Brads, Large and Small Oval Punches, Stamping Sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals, Heat Tool, Iridescent Ice EP, Mini Glue Dots, Sticky Strip

Birthday Blog Candy Winner!

Good morning everyone !
Look at what I found while I was out walking our dogs this morning!
Well, I didn't find THIS one, but the four-leaf clover I found on my walk had kind of wilted by the time I got home, so the picture would have looked less than stunning. I found this one on google images so you get an idea of what it looked like before I brought it home with me!

Isn't that just a magnificent thing?
I love all of God's creations and finding this today reminded me that we are not here by chance, but by choice. Just as he created each of us unique and beautiful, he created this clover unique and beautiful as well.
It was a fabulous tap on the shoulder this morning that good things are headed my way - I can't wait to see what happens next! :)

But, for now, I DO know what happens next, I'm announcing the winner of my Birthday Blog Candy! I have to tell you that I was just overwhelmed by your comments and wishes! You made me laugh, cry and touched my heart in ways you'll never imagine. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for visiting me here and sharing my joy in stamping!

I went to to do the number draw, but I couldn't figure out how to get a snapshot of the window onto my blog. There wasn't a html code to copy, so you'll just have to trust me on this one, ok?

The winner is...........
#39 - Gloria!
Gloria's comment was:
Happy Birthday, Robin. I found your blog when I signed up for the Late Night Stampers blog. You provide me with much inspiration, especially when my mojo is hiding from me. BTW, I love the song you posted.

May 25, 2010 8:20 PM

Congratulations Gloria! You will need to contact me to claim your prize, I wasn't able to find an e-mail for you!

Have a wonderful day everyone - I'll be back tonight at 9 pm est with the Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge, so be sure to check in!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Stamping 411 - Our Anniversary Secrets - Revealed!

Doesn't that title sound like a tabloid headline?!~
Stamping 411 - The Real 411 about the 411 Operators!!
The real truth is that we all lead pretty normal (if you can call it that!) lives. But we have the best job EVAH! And that's being Stampin' Up! demonstrators, paper crafts artists and the best part of all, FRIENDS!

It's been so fun celebrating Stamping 411's First Anniversary with you all this week, but the time has come for our little 'guessing game' about who's card was who's to end.
Without further ado, here is the actual card that I made:

I loved making this card and the stamp set - Chic Boutique - was new to me - I won it on the cruise! Lee Conrey was the one to post this on her blog and it cracked me up because I think it is totally something that Lee would do. She might have used Whisper White for the base though! :)

Here's a close up of the focal point, can you barely see the Presto Patterns paper there? I think it shows up better in the first photo.

I used the cross hatch design but chose to leave it white so the texture would be subtle.

Here is the inside view:

I used Elements of Style for the inside panel and the background of the card front - it was a great compliment to the focal image!
My complete supply list is below for you.

It was such a fun thing this week, reading all of your guesses and viewing all of your gorgeous card entries for the sketch challenge! We will be doing the drawing for the Mega Blog candy soon, so be looking for that on Stamping 411, ok?

Have a blessed day!

Supplies (all SU! of course!)
Stamp Sets: Chic Boutique, Elements of Style
Inks: Pink Pirouette, Black Staz-On
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Basic Black, Presto Patterns Paper
Accessories: Clear Rhinestone Brads, Stamp-a-ma-Jig, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals

UDI Inspiration Challenge - Fruit Salad, Yummy, Yummy!

Wow, how did a picture of my breakfast plate get on here?
Wait - that's not really my breakfast, but it sure looks good, eh? It's our UDI Inspiration Challenge Photo for this week! I showed this to my daughter the other day and her first reaction was to sing the song from The Wiggles tv show - "Fruit Salad, Yummy, Yummy!" so that's where my post title came from. The sad part is that ever since she did that, I can't get that silly song out of my head! Aren't you glad I shared it with you today?! heehee

So now that you know what my inspiration was, let's take a look at the card:

Now, before you feel compelled to let me know that there are no cantaloupes, grapes, peaches or melon balls in my card, let me say "I KNOW!". But the only fruit in my stamp room besides me is in the form of the Tart and Tangy stamp set and since it needed about an inch of dust blown off of it, that's the direction I took. The poor stamps were just begging to be let out of the box!

My card was pretty easy to construct, even easier because of a visit from my friend Debbie the other day. We were discussing the difference in cardstock and I was showing her how there is a natural bend in all of it. It's important to fold on that natural bend to avoid getting cracks in your fold or you can also score it before you fold if you are going against the grain. Anyway, I had this folded card base of Textured Melon Mambo laying on my studio counter and decided to use that for my card. I haven't used the Textured cardstock in a long time and don't know why - it makes beautiful cards! AND, you can stamp on it too! Great stuff!

This card is pretty straightforward, so I'll skip the deep details, but just so you know, I used the 1 1/4" Square punch for the fruit images which were colored with Stampin' Write Markers. I used Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Real Red. The lemon was colored once, stamped off, then I colored the edge again to give it depth.

The strawberry and cherry stamp were stamped once more on the inside of the card and on the envelope front without reinking. I just huffed on them to reactivate the remaining ink that was still on the stamp.
And if you look really close, you can see a bit of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter on each piece of fruit. Once I glittered my squares, I added them to a piece of Old Olive cardstock which had a piece of Whisper White punched with the Eyelet Border punch across the bottom. This focal panel is popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I just want to show you how I did the ribbon up close:

I took my Horizontal Slit Punch and just nipped a little piece off the folded edge of the card base to make a slit for my Old Olive Striped Grosgrain Ribbon to run through. The ribbon hides the slit very well if you don't make it too big. I love this technique because it makes it easy to add ribbon all the way around the front of a card without having to cut it off at the edges and glue it down - so messy! If you don't own this punch, you need to add it to your tool box - it's a cost effective one, just $5.95, but one that you'll use many, many times.

Thanks so much for stopping by to see what I was inspired to create. I hope you'll visit the UDI Blog as well and see what the rest of the designers came up with. It's sure to put a bee in your bonnet about stamping for yourself today!

For those of you who are my clients and are on my mailing list, there are only 3 days left of my Big Birthday Sale so don't delay - contact me so you don't miss my best sale of the year! You know I don't have a sale very often, so it's time to enjoy the savings while you can!

Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Birthday to Remember!

Can I just tell ya - yesterday was one of my BEST Birthdays EVER!
I am feeling like one of the most loved, most appreciated gals on the planet right now - what an overwhelming outpouring of Birthday wishes came my way yesterday! Between the phone calls, e-mails, facebook posts and messages, blog comments, texts and of course - cards, YOU just made me one VERY blessed birthday girl!
Thanks so much for all your sweet words and comments - they (and you) mean the world to me and in many cases, moved me to tears.

Here are just a few highlights of my special day - and yep, they all involve FOOD! Eating is my other hobby! LOL!

Here I am with my FIRST decadent dessert of the day - a fabulous Lemon Cupcake from a local bakery cafe - yummylicious!

My BFF Lissa - who is, gasp - NOT a demonstrator!, took me to a wonderful lunch at the Olive Garden where I ate way too much of that cheesey chicken pasta dish they've been advertising lately - it was GOOD! And then she MADE me go get a cupcake too! Yep, totally twisted my arm! Isn't that a great friend! :)
Here is a picture of both of us with our desserts - yep, she had a mocha napoleon of some sort and even bought a box of 4 more to take home! She will totally kill me for posting this picture of her, but hopefully she won't kill me too bad because then she won't have a partner in crime anymore for impromptu Target and Caribou Coffee runs! Love ya girlfriend!

Next we have a photo of me with yet another yummy dessert - actually it's just ice cream and whipped cream - but it has SPRINKLES people! And a big pink birthday candle!
Yep, Mark and Emma took me to The Cheesecake Factory for dinner and somehow, someone let it out that it was my birthday, so I was treated to the singing, clapping and the whole embarrassing shebang!
But, it was fun! Not really complaining! :)

Emma took this picture of me and Mark - turned out pretty good, eh? He's such a handsome guy! I am one lucky wife!

And one last shot of me with Mark and Emma.

It was the perfect day - the weather was amazing and we got to sit outside and enjoy the light breeze and blue, blue sky - It was truly wonderful!
I don't have a photo, thank goodness or you would really think I was an oink, oink - pig!, but when we got home, there were fabulously yummy chocolate cupcakes waiting for me with about two inches of buttercream icing on top! Didn't take me long to finish mine off! :) And it was a great way to end the perfect birthday!

Don't forget that my birthday blog candy post is open until Friday so if you want to be eligible to win, check out yesterday's post and leave a comment!
If you are a client of mine - you know my big birthday sale runs through Saturday too, so don't wait to contact me! There is a prize package at stake for all who order from my sale! :)

Stamped blessings,

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Turn Up The Music - It's My Birthday!

Hi there everyone! Welcome to Tuesday!
I am feeling overwhelmingly blessed today - it's my 46th birthday and already this morning, I've received so many wonderful wishes from my friends near and far! I've received cards, phone calls, e-mails and Facebook messages and they all add up to one very BLESSED birthday girl!

I have a few things to share with you today and I'll begin with a creative project for you - how's that sound?!
When I spoke at Jan Wakeland's group meeting this month, I received a wonderful card from Beth Ann Wilson from WVA and I loved it so much I cased her idea for these cards I'm showing you today! Hers used Tempting Turquoise cardstock, but since Bermuda Bay is retiring at the end of June, I wanted to enjoy that color while I still could. So I simply substituted and here is the result:

If you were at card class in the studio this month you will sort of recognize these cards since you did a simplified version of them, but the first one here I made for my Mother-In-Law whose birthday was last Friday - Hi Mom!
And this next one went out to a client and friend whose birthday was also last Friday! Hi Laura!

Both cards were made with Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Whisper White. The Big Shot did most of the work, cutting the Daisies out and giving the main panel the Lattice background. Love that machine - it makes my stamping so easy and fun!
The greeting was added with Teeny Tiny Wishes and I stamped on the inside with Fifth Avenue Floral. As you can see, even the envelope was stamped to celebrate!

I loved Beth Ann's idea of using the Build-A-Brad for the Daisy center - I hadn't pulled out mine in forever and they were dying to be used! I think they add the perfect finishing touch!

Now, since it's my birthday, AND, my blog went over 100,000 hits last week-
(Can I get a big WOOHOO!!! for that?!)
I'm giving away a little blog candy!
Does that make you smile? I sure hope so because you make me smile every time you leave a comment on my blog. And that's what you'll need to do to be entered into the drawing for this Birthday/Celebration Blog Candy!

Simply comment on this post and tell me what you like best about my blog and/or why you visit me and on Friday morning, May 28th I'll pick a random winner from all the comments and post the winner here!

Thanks so much for sharing my special day with me! I truly love blogging and sharing from my heart with you. It is such a blessing to know that there are folks like you out there who actually read my ramblings about many things, stamping, family, faith and FUN! I'm truly doing what I love with Stampin' Up! and living my life with the music turned WAY Up!

Which brings me to something special I want to share with you today - hey, it's my birthday so I'm taking the privilege! :)

This morning, I got to take an extra long walk with our two dogs and as I did, I was listening to my iPod and one of my favorite groups, Point of Grace. They recorded a song a couple of years back that speaks to the heart of how I want to live life - arms wide open, taking it all in and holding nothing back! We have all been blessed with a certain number of days and each one is precious. This song is a reminder to live each one to the fullest and treasure what is truly important - for me that is my faith in Christ, my family and my friends.
Enjoy the video of this song and I hope it brings you joy today as you have brought me joy everyday!

Stamped blessings!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Style in Sage

Welcome to Monday stampers!

Before I get into my post, I want to say Happy Anniversary to my Mom and Dad! 52 years ago today, they joined their lives and hearts together in marriage. Through the years they have weathered many storms and experienced many joys - together! I am lucky to have such wonderful parents who have proved that a long and lasting marriage can be done. I'm also grateful for the heritage of faith they've shown me and for their unconditional love - Lord knows I needed it some days!
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad - I Love You!

Now, sadly, it's time to say Goodbye forever to Sage Shadow.
When I designed this card two weeks ago, I had no idea that it would be appearing on my blog on the day that the cardstock would be Sold Out. Yes, you read that right. Sage Shadow cardstock is gone. You can still get the ink pad, refill and marker, but the cardstock is no more.
For those of you who have been waiting to order the retiring colors you want, it's time folks. Don't wait past today - I'd hate for you to miss a color you really want to keep on hand.
The good news is that if you are a client of mine, you can take advantage of my Birthday Sale when placing your order! If you didn't get my e-mail last week - let me know and I'll send it out ASAP! The sale goes only until Saturday the 29th, so don't delay! It's a goodun'!

Today's card was created using the gorgeous Elements of Style stamp set. I just love this spray of flowers image - it is just stunning no matter how it's used. Here I've heat embossed it using Basic Black Craft ink and Clear Embossing Powder. It's stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock which is layered on Basic Black cardstock. Those layers are popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals and adhered to the folded Sage Shadow cardbase.

To color in the flowers, I've used my Aqua-Painter and Sage Shadow ink refill along with the Creamy Caramel Stampin' Write marker. It's such an easy way to watercolor - my favorite!

The finishing touch was so simple as well. Some layered ribbon - Kraft Taffeta and Black Gingham, with two pieces in a single knot around the wrapped pieces. The greeting is from the Tiny Tags stamp set and they were punched out with the Medium Jewelry Tag punch. I tied them on to the ribbons with a bit of Linen Thread and Voila - the card was done!
I did stamp a Very Vanilla panel for the inside as well, but forgot to take a photo of it! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure to come back tomorrow - I'll be celebrating my Birthday and my 100,000 Blog Hits Milestone with some Blog Candy that will run through the week! Lots of excitement around here this week!

If you don't currently have a local demonstrator - I'd love to fill that role for you and you can still take advantage of my Birthday Sale this week. Just e-mail me at to have me add you to my client list!

Stamped blessings,

Friday, May 21, 2010

Happy Anniversary Stamping 411!

Yes, it REALLY has been ONE WHOLE YEAR since we began this grand stamping adventure!
ONE WHOLE YEAR since six (now eight) slightly crazy, slightly creative but super fun Stampin' Up! demonstrators decided to try and bring you a great stamping resource. Something new each week. Something you can return to time and time again. And something FUN to stretch your creativity - and ours - and to truly SHARE what we love to do with you!

In keeping with that FUN atmosphere we love to maintain, this week - our 1st Anniversary - will be a bit different than most. Each Stamping 411 Operator created a card and snail mailed it to our Sketch Queen, Selene. She in turn photographed each one, e-mailed us photos of a card that is not our own to post on our blogs and then snail mailed a different card back to us.
The best part?
Even WE don't know whose card is whose except our own! We even have a little guessing game ourselves on the side to see if we can figure it out! I'll give you my guess as to who made the card I have here later in this post, but for now, here is this great sketch!

And here is this fantabulous card!:

I LOVE this card - simply everything about it - and I think that Patti Chesky made this one. She loves to sponge things you know and she is also in LOVE with the new Smooch Spray lately too - and I think I spy some Vanilla Smooch on there! :)

BUT - I could be wrong too! I'm just goin' with my gut on this one!

Whoever made this card did a fantastic job - I love the Bermuda Bay and will be so sad to say goodbye to it on July 1st, but hey, that just means we will have new colors to play with!

So, you ask, what's in it for ME this week? What special surprises do the Stamping 411 Operators have up their sleeves for ME?

Well, WE are giving away MEGA Blog Candy!

Just hop on over to the Stamping 411 blog to play along. There are 3 ways to get an entry into the blog candy:
1) Create a card using the sketch this week and post it to the 411 blog using the linking widget provided there.
2) Make a guess as to which operator made which card this week and leave it in a comment on the 411 blog. (All the cards are there too!)
3) Do BOTH! You know we love to see your creativity in action - so have at it! This sketch has endless possibilities, so show us whatcha got!

This has been an amazing year with the 411 team. I love these gals like sisters and I love seeing your creativity from week to week and watching all of us grow as stampers and friends.
You, our loyal 411 followers make us what we are each week and give us purpose.
Thank you so much for your support and the fun you bring to us - in short -

Stamped Blessings,

Oh, I can't forget to thank Selene for the AWESOME Blog Post header she sketched! Isn't it amazing?! I can't draw a stick figure (which is why I stamp!) and I am in awe of her talent!
The operators pictured are left to right: Gretchen Barron, Selene Kempton, Lee Conrey, Connie Babbert, Me, Patti Chesky, Kerin Sylvester and Tiffany Bauer.
I really love that she drew me thin! :)

Color My World

Do any of you remember that song by Chicago? I guess I am dating myself but "Color My World" was one of my favorite songs in high school. I think it came out a few years earlier than that, but I dated a guy for a while who played the trumpet and he loved Chicago, so you know the deal.....I loved Chicago and this song was just always one of my favorites. Fortunately, I don't always think of him when I hear it played. HA! Some choices are better off forgotten! :)

Anyway, enough about me today - oh, wait!
Last night my blog officially went over 100,000 hits!
Do you know how awesome it was to wake up this morning and see that?! Well, it was! Actually, I went over 100,000 hits some time ago - but while I was at convention last year, my counter re-set itself when it was at 60,000 and I wasn't able to fix it back. You know I'm not that great on the computer! So, I figured I'd just wait until this day happened and we'd have a big ol' celebration!
Since Stamping 411 is celebrating our 1st Anniversary beginning tonight with some fun and surprises, I'll do my celebration next week in conjunction with my birthday. How does that sound? :)
And if you are a regular client and subscriber to my newsletter, you received the announcement in your inbox last night about my Rockin' Birthday Special

As many of you are already aware - because I see you all the time at classes and parties, Stampin' Up! is doing a Color Renovation beginning on July 1st. I am personally so excited to see this and my regular stampers have heard me wish for this to happen for quite some time!
Here is a chart so you can see the new color families:

I am so very excited about several things - SU! is bringing back several of our retired In Colors, several of which I cried a river over having to put on the shelf. AND, there is a new color called Crumb Cake in the Neutrals collection which is actually not NEW at all - it's what we now call Kraft. But we will be getting an ink pad and a marker to go with it now! Can't wait to get that in my hot little hands! :)
There are also going to be 5 entirely new colors that you will just be drooling over: Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, Cajun Craze and Early Espresso. Yeah, they do look as good as they sound!
We will also be getting 5 new In Colors in July that will last for two full years! 5 more will be introduced next year to give us 10 In Colors all the time and there will always be an overlap so Stampin' Up! will always be bringing you the most current color palette in the industry!

Now, with any renovation, some things have to go and that brings me to the list of Retiring Colors.

In all honesty, there are a few of these colors that I love and use a lot, but when the rubber hits the paper, they are not my favorite, go to colors. When the Color Renovation was first announced, I even went through my existing cardstock supply and discovered that with several of the Bold Brights colors I was still working out of my original pack of cardstock that I'd purchased as a new demonstrator almost 5 years ago. Yeah, it's true!
But, like you there are some that I really don't want to live without and I'm making sure that I have what I need of the cardstock and re-inkers to get me through.

Here's the bottom line: Stampin' Up! has guaranteed that stock will be available for the Retiring Colors through May 31st - for Ink Pads, Re-Inkers and Stampin' Write Markers Only! Some backorders may be experienced, but you will be guaranteed to get your items.
Cardstock presents a different kind of issue and as of right now, it's While Supplies Last. The Only Orange 8 1/2 x 11 and Sage Shadow 12 x 12 have actually sold out and are no longer available.

Folks, if there are colors you need, please, please order them now before it's too late. I don't want you to be sad because you couldn't get enough cardstock to complete your album or make the invitations or announcements you need or whatever project you have in mind.
If you only own the ink pads in your favorite colors, be sure you have the re-inkers you need to keep you stamping with them for a long time. If you use a particular marker all the time, purchase an extra for when the tip goes soft - you won't regret having it on hand if it's a favorite.

I have seen retired colors in the past selling for exhorbitant prices in online auctions and it's really a shame - you are my clients and friends and I don't want this to happen to you.
For those of you who were privy to my Birthday Special, this is a great opportunity for you - so be in touch, ok? I want to make sure you are taken care of.
If you are a blog reader and have a local demonstrator in your area that you work with, please contact them. I'm happy to provide you service if you like, but I believe in supporting your local demo who provides you service with a smile!
And lastly, if you don't have a demo and want one, I'll take good care of you! :)

Have a great day everyone! Thanks for being you and thanks for visiting my blog and making me smile each day!
I'll be back later with a creative project for you!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

UDI Inspiration Challenge - A Plaid Dilemna

Welcome to Thursday stampers! It's that time again - the UDI Blog Inspiration Challenge. Ya'll remember last week and the difficulty I had figuring out just what to do with the inspiration piece, well this week was more of the same, but for different reasons.
This week, I had so MANY ideas and directions to go in, I just didn't know which way to turn.

Here is the inspiration piece that we were given to work with, what do you see in it?

Yep, I thought about a picnic blanket, a party invitation, a table cloth, a Father's Day theme, yep, yep, yep - all of the above and then some. But did I go with any of those?!

I sat down to start creating and ended up with this:

At least it has a plaid background and the right colors! LOL!

Actually, I'm really happy with the finished card, it may look nothing like the inspiration piece, but it's what I was inspired to make, so it's all good, right? :)

To make the card base, I folded my Whisper white cardstock in half lengthwise and ran the front panel through my Big Shot with one of the Texturz Plates to give it the plaid-like background. I then pulled out cardstock in Real Red, Basic Black and more Whisper White for the panels. The stamp set, The Things I Love, was one that I'd only used once since I'd received it at convention last year and I thought it was high time to get it out!

I stamped all the images with Basic Black Craft ink and heat embossed them with Clear Embossing Powder and my Heat Tool. They look so cool, all raised and shiny - very chic!

For the bow, I got out some of my very fave ribbon, the Real Red Polka Dot and wrapped one piece around all the stacked layers, securing it to the back. I took another piece and folded it in on itself to make a faux bow and laid it on the wrapped ribbon. After fully opening up the prongs of a large Clear Rhinestone Brad, I then wrapped the prongs around all the ribbon layers and folded them behind the ribbon, securing it all together.
Once I had the ribbon done, I added Stampin' Dimensionals to the panel and added it to the card front.

Now for the inside:

I actually added an additional panel inside for the stamped greeting and another piece of that yummy ribbon! It added more stability to the card since the front was so heavy.

So, there you have it - do you likey?! :)
I sure hope so and I'd love to hear from you - at Jan's meeting on Saturday, so many of the gals attending said that they read my blog, but they don't comment. I invited them to do so because it's kind of like saying "Hi!" and I love to know that you've visited me!

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone - the sun is shining bright here and I have new energy today which I'll share with you soon. Stampin' Up! has made it possible for me to possibly earn the Alaska cruise this year by announcing Double Points yesterday, but I'm going to need help from my clients and friends to get there. There is nothing I'd like more than to be able to gift my husband with this Alaska trip - his dream trip - after the very difficult year that God has led us through. So, we will see. Perhaps that is the blessing that is waiting for us!

Stamped blessings, everyone!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Contempo Father's Day Card

Wow! Is it Wednesday already? This week is just flyin' by - I'm still thinking about my weekend. That could have something to do with the awful weather that rolled in here on Monday - rain, clouds and cold! It should NOT be 52 degrees in the middle of May! There oughta be a law! Or at least a rule or something.....
Maybe today will be better, I did see a bit of blue sky for a few minutes yesterday so I'm holding out hope! :)

Today's card is a little different - I was trying another mix of contemporary and traditional, this time for a Father's Day card.

One of the retiring colors is Close to Cocoa and it's always been a favorite of mine, so I'm playing around with it while I still can.
By the way, if you are looking to purchase any of the retiring colors, you need to contact me ASAP. SU! is only able to guarantee orders on retiring colors through the end of May - that's the 31st - and that doesn't include cardstock which presents a bit of a problem for them to produce. What they are doing for cardstock is to substitute textured for smooth as long as they have stock on hand, but as of right now, once it's gone, it's gone. So please don't wait any longer, contact me or your local demonstrator to stock up on the colors you need.

Now, back to the card. I used a piece of Close to Cocoa cardstock for the card base and stamped the evergreen tree from Lovely as a Tree in the same color ink over on the left side. I then added a piece of mid size Twill Tape around the card front, securing it behind the Sage Shadow panel. The patterned squares are from the To the Nines Specialty Paper and are punched out with the 1 1/4" Square punch. I added a Silver Brad to each square in the lower right corner for an accent. This whole Sage Shadow panel was popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals and the greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes was added just below it on the right. All the cardstock was sponged lightly with Close to Cocoa ink to give it texture, but that's it folks!
Clean, simple and manly!

Thanks for stopping by today - be sure to come back tomorrow for the UDI Inspiration Challenge - I don't know what is in store for that one this week, guess I should look at the inspiration piece today, eh? :)


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A RemARKable Day!

Hey everyone! Sorry about not getting these photos up yesterday like I said I would. I spent the better part of the day prepping for my Just Cards class this morning and then I went to see my doctor about my little incident last Monday. I'm having an MRI this afternoon after class, so if you think of it, say a little prayer for me, ok? Thanks!

Now, let's talk about Saturday!
I had a fabulous time hanging out with Jan Wakeland and her RemARKable Stampers group. They are so much fun and gave me the warmest welcome!
Here is a photo of me with Jan:

And here are all my tablemates holding their way cool beach scene centerpiece:

Now look at this, will ya?!
Jan challenged two of her team members to recreate the cover of the May Stampin' Success and they just blew it out of the water!

Deb Lehigh and Linda Nagle were responsible for all these tasty treats - they look good enough to eat, but don't try it, they'd taste like cardstock and glue! LOL!

Here are a few close ups for you -
the petit fours:

Amazing cupcakes and Dot Candy -

LOVED this one!

And look at one of the little gifts I received -

How cute is that?! The dessert was yummy and I was so happy to be able to bring home the rest to display in my studio!

Here I am with the ladies responsible for that gift -

They won the centerpiece contest - click on the photo to make it larger so you can see all their fabulous details! Even each of their hats were decorated - so fun!

All of these great projects were made by the uber talented Sherry Schodt. They were amazing in all their detail - LOVED them!

This gorgeous Tea display was done by Debbie Lever - she even put butterflies on the tea bags - so cute! You have to enlarge this to see the detail!

And I think these REAL cupcakes were made by Karen Long - aren't those picks in the tops just fab?! She brought them all the way from New York!

This is me with Sharon Burkert - what a sweet lady - she even reads my blog! Hi Sharon! :)

And last but not least - me with my downline and great friend, Nancy Clark. She always manages to make things fun! Love ya, gf!

So, that's a little bit of the fun and creativity that I experienced on Saturday - wish you could have been there with us and if you were I'm SO Glad!

Have a great day everyone and thanks in advance for your prayers!

Monday, May 17, 2010

RAK of Chocolate Love!

Welcome to Monday everyone!
I had a fantastic weekend, did you? Friday and Saturday I spent in the York, PA area with one of my upline's Jan Wakeland and her group of RemARKable Stampers. The meeting was just flat out FUN and I met some really incredible ladies - I have photos to post later on so stay tuned for those.
Also, Emma competed in Richmond on Saturday and took Bronze! Yay! I'm so proud of my little skater - she never ceases to amaze me!

I have just a cute, quick project share for you today - this little beauty came to me from my friend Barbara Dondero in NJ. She is a member of my GoDivas swap group and she was so sweet to include this in her last swap package to me.

It's a decorated candy tin that is filled with NEW goodies for me! She used the beautiful Vintage Vogue stamp set along with Tiny Tags and some of SU!'s retired Organza Ribbon (loved that stuff!) to decorate it. Isn't it gorgeous? I really didn't want to open it, but when I heard rattling inside, I couldn't help myself. Look what I found:

Yumm! Caramel filled kisses! Oh, yeaahh! Barbara knows me so well - I'm a chocolate girl!
Thanks so much Barbara - you ROCK!

Have a great day everyone and be sure to stop by later for photos and projects from my fun weekend!
Stamped Blessings,