Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I'm still around!

Today I don't have a card to share, so I'm sharing a pic of our Abbi with you.
I'm sorry I haven't been posting the past couple days. Life is getting in my way of stamping!!! arghhhhhhhhh! So much to do and as you know I've got Fibro, so it tends to slow me down. I promise I'll be back in the swing of things very very soon. Thanks for being faithful and stopping in, I really, really appreciate it.

Hello from Ab's!!! hehe Isn't she just the cutest lil Shih Tzu you've ever seen!!!?

Take care & happy stamping!

stampin hugs,

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Happy Wishes

Hi there Card Makers!!! I hope this finds everyone having a wonderful week. It's a short week for us here in Nova Scotia. Monday was a holiday and this coming weekend is the holiday for those in the US. Yay!!! This signifies the start of summer. YESSS! We love warmer weather!

Today I made a pretty quick card. I used a Hero Arts stamp this time called "Happy Wishes". All other products are Stampin Up products. I really liked this stamp, I thought it was pretty & light hearted!

I'll list my recipe here:

Card Stock: Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Whisper White

Inks: Pacific Point and Baja Breeze

Ribbon: 5/8" Pacific Point Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

I layered my card stocks the way I wanted them and then I sponged the sides of the card with Pacific Point. I hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by. I'd appreciate it if you would leave me a comment and let me know what you think of it.
Have a super stampin Friday!

Stampin hugs,

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Live Your Dreams

I decided today would be a good day to dig out Stampin Up's Live your Dreams set.
What a cute little set this is! I won't go into alot of detail about layers and such, as it's pretty straight forward. I will, however, list what I used to make this card.

All Stampin Up Products

Stamp Set: Live Your Dreams

Card Stock: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum and Whisper White

Inks: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Green Galore, Summer Sun

Brads: 3 gold mini brads

If you have any questions feel free to ask me. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. And for those in Canada, a wonderful LONG weekend! YAY!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by, please feel free to leave a comment. They always make my day!

Stampin hugs,

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

WOW...A Blog Award from Sharon Field

I'm very happy to receive this award from Sharon Field at Created by You. It's called the "Lemonade Stand Award". This award is for showing great attitude and gratitude...thanks so much,Sharon!! What a nice award to receive!! Makes me blush!!

Now it’s my turn to share this fabulous and fun award with others who have visited my blog and shared their comments, great attitude, and gratitude.

I am awarding:

Vicki - The Queen of Comments! - Stamped Smiles

Pam - Stampin for the Soul

Beth - Nana's Memories and More

Shar - Ill Tempered Ink

Cheryl - Never Enough Stamps

Nancy - I Stamp

Dawn - Handcrafted by Dawn

Of course there are many more great comments left by others, far too many to list here. Thank you to all the great blog commenters. We all love you!!! You make us smile!

And now...the rules of the award!

To pick up the Lemonade Stand Award:
- Comment on this blog.- Copy the award and save to your computer, and then upload it to your blog.
- Nominate 5 to 10 blogs you feel show great attitude and gratitude.
- Link to your nominees within your blog post.
- Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received the award.
- Link back to the person who gave you the award to show your appreciation.

Monday, May 11, 2009


I was so happy to hear that Shelly over at "I'm stuck on Stampin Up!" is featuring me today on her blog!! How cool is that!!?!! Please stop over to Shelly's blog and look thru her projects and leave her a comment. I'm sure you'll find lots of creativity and inspiration there!

Thanks for stopping in! If you have time to leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you! It makes my day!

I hope you have some time to stamp, have a greatttt week!

Take care.

Stampin hugs,

Sunday, May 10, 2009


Hi All, I hope you all are having a wonderful Mother's Day!! Today I'm doing Artfully Asian in Ballet Blue. I started out with Not Quite Navy. Ballet Blue was my next layer and I applied the background stamp "French Script" in ballet blue. The next layer is Garden Green followed by Certainly Celery. I topped it off with Not Quite Navy and Ballet Blue. My last layer is Whisper White. I stamped the flower in Not Quite Navy and using Stampin Up Markers in the image with Ballet Blue and Old Olive. My bow finishes this off in Certainly Celery with a tag tied off in silver cord.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I always appreciate your comments and they always make my day!

Have a wonderful day and I hope you get a chance to do some stamping.
Take care.

Stampin hugs,

Doodle This Cute Lil Pink Gift Box

Hi Everyone!! Today we're in the pink!! (and purple!) LOL I made this simple little box decoreated with Stampin Up's Doodle This stamp set. I used Shrinky Dink" to make the little Blessed tag. I'm really happy with the way this turned out. I hope you like it, too!!
Thanks for stopping in. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of it.
Have a great rest of the weekend and Happy Mom's Day to all the Mom's out there!
Happy Stamping!!!
Stampin hugs,

Friday, May 8, 2009

Artfully Asian meets Baroque Motifs

Hi Everyone, I hope you don't mind that I'm on the "using retired stamps kick"! LOL
It just erks me to have all these beautiful stamps and not use them. So that's why you see a mixture of current and retired stamps. I just love inking them all up, can't let the oldies feel lonesome! heeeeee!

For this A2 standard size card I started out my card base with Chocolate Chip card stock. Incidently, all products used on this are from Stampin Up! I just love their products!! My next layer is Old Olive c/s. Then I cut my next layer from Almost Ivory c/s. I sponged the top half of it very, very, very lightly with Close to Cocoa ink. Just so I could see it, ever so lightly. I inked up my Brayer with Old Olive ink and I just brayered a quarter of the layer at the bottom of it. (I'm trying to give you all my steps here, so bear with me).

Next, I took 2 post-a-notes...I arranged them on my newly brayered part, so that the only thing I could see between the post-a-notes was a 1/4 wide line of the Old Olive ink. (still with me here? oh good, stick with me!) then I lightly sponged Creamy Caramel. Then I lifted my P-A-N and I had a perfectly straight line of darker green!! (phew!!) I put about an inch layer of Old Olive designer series patterns paper and adhered it.

Next, I took a sanding block and starting with the 1/4" line of Old Olive I lightly sanded the lower part of that layer. The only way I could get it to make lines the way I wanted it to was to hold it straight and kinda tap or bounce it in intervals to give a very lightly distressed look. I hope you know what I mean.

Take a deep breath, in and out...ok, now for my next step.... I stamped the large swirl from Baroque Motifs in Chocolate Chip. I added Chocolate Chip 1/4" Grosgrain
Ribbon. If you look closely you can see at the top, two lines of piercing. I added 3 black brads as well.

Now, on to the tag... I started out with a Chocolate Chip c/s base, with a layer of Mellow Moss, which I sponged really, really lightly with Close to Cocoa..again, just enough to show.

Yay, now we are at the very last layer! (I promise!!!) I stamped the flower from Artfully Asian in retired In-Color, Purely Pomagranite). My sentiment is in Chocolate Chip. I used direct-to-paper method with Creamy Caramel, and sponged around the edges. I had a black picture hanger hook which I attached with a black brad and embellished it with a small piece of Chocolate Chip ribbon. I attached the tag and I was done, done, DONE!!!!

As you can see after reading this, it wasn't hard, but it was a little time consuming!! If you stuck with me to the end and didn't stop reading, I thank you!!!
It was long, but I had people ask me for directions and I wanted to deliver them as clearly as I could. PHEWY!!!!!!! If I didn't make it clear enough though, just shoot me an email and I'll help you.

Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it!!Have a great Saturday!! I hope you get to do some stamping. Take care!

Stampin hugs,

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Natural Beauty

Hi Stampers, I hope each of you are having a great stampin week! It's been a busy week for me and life has a way of getting my stampin' off track! LOL

I decided to use Stampin Up's Natural Beauty stamp set. I know it's retired, but I decided to ink it up anyway!! All products are Stampin Up!. I used Old Olive card stock for my A2 size card base. Then I used the Fine Lace background stamp in Bravo Burgandy. My next layer is Bravo Burgandy c/s, followed by another layer of Old Olive. I stamped my main image in Black Stazon on watercolor paper.

Next, I took out my Water Color Crayons, which I absolutely love!!! I colored the flower in Orchid Opulence, and used different degrees of color to produce the shading, to make the flower look real. I colored the leaves, stem & flower background with Barely Bananna. I am happy with the way it turned out. I hope you like it and this inspires you to pull out a retired set & get it inky!!

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by. I hope you have a great rest of the week. Take care!

Stampin hugs,

LNS Bloggin' Stars!!

HI Stampers!! I'm so proud to say I am a member of the Late Night Stampers Group, which is an wonderful source of support for stampers who love Stampin Up. I myself, am not a SU demo, but there alot of members who are. We share ideas, cards, techniques, etc. We also just talk about stamping in general. Everyone is so helpful and friendly, it so refreshing! I want to tell you about something special going on within the members of the group. Mary Jo Price has come up with a great plan that will help us support and inspire each other. There are "teams" of bloggers who have pledged to visit each others blogs regularly and leave comments.

You'll see over in the right column you will see my group and the blogs listed there. If you are looking for inspiration and fun, you are more than welcome to visit these blogs with me. It's fun to go blog hopping for inspiration! Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope to see you there!

Happy BLOG hopping!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Bud Basics with Buttons

Hi Everyone! I hope everybody had a super week! We are almost into the weekend again! Honestly I don't know where the time goes. It just flies for me!!

I dug out my retired set "Bud Basics" and decided to make another card with that.
I used retired papers that were given to me and unfortunately, it wasn't titled, so I
don't know what it is. Sorry about that.

I used some buttons, and did faux stitching with a white gel pen. I really enjoyed making this card. I like how it came out. I hope you do also.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate you taking the time!!!

Have a great weekend and I hope you get some stamping done.

Stampin hugs,