Friday, July 30, 2010

Happy Birthday! Cha Cha Cha! Ooooh la la!

Today, my sweet twin girls turned 5! My kids' birthdays are always bitter sweet for me. I am happy to spoil them, celebrate and see their smiles but I don't want them to grow up!!!! They are my babies!!!! Just look at how sweet they were...

and still are.....

So between the first day of school craziness, shopping, wrapping, baking 4 dozen cupcakes for their classes and entertaining these munchkins, I have had NO time to stamp. It's killing me!!!!

But don't get too worried because I still have one last card to show you that I made last week...

I like the clean look of the bright birthday banner on the white cardstock...

I CASED the card from one I saw on the front cover of Card Style magazine. I just hand drew a pennent shape on the cardstock and then traced it a few more times. That silver cord was super hard to work with!!!! In the future I would use colored floss or string. So much easier!

I am off to get some shut eye so I am ready (as I will ever be) for a 5 year old birthday party tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Bird for You

Sorry for the super late post again. Today was my kids' first day of school. My oldest is a 1st grade, the twins started Kindergarten, and my youngest started preschool last week. This has been such an emotional week for me! I haven't stamped all week either. No good!!!

But I still have a card for you that I made last week. It's super simple and I am not totally sure if I even like it!

I really like the bird punch! SU! has come out with some super fun punches in the last year!!!

Well I am off to make all the lunches and get some sleep so I can do this whole school thing again tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Christmas in July

I know that it is hard to think about Christmas when it is only July (and well above 100 degrees here in Arizona) but I have found that it is so much more enjoyable to make a few Christmas cards every month then to wait and be rushed in December. And everyone LOVES getting home made Christmas cards!!! They get so many cards that the ones that stand out are the home made kind. They come with more love!

So I have a super simple card for you today. Simple cards are perfect for making in bulk! You could make 10 of this card in a half hour!

The colors on this card on Pacific Point, Baja Breeze and Old Olive. The stamp set is called Snow Swirled. I think this set is a MUST HAVE! The images are so pretty and the seniment is one of my favorites!


Since my card was so simple, I decided to add a little ribbon and rhinestone bling to dress it up.

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Happy stamping!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Up and Running!

I am now officially an SU! demonstrator again!!! You can click here to see my SU! website where you can place an order!

Now I just wish I was a little more technically savy! I cannot get rid of the darn "x" next to my pic on the side bar! Is there anyone who can help?

Sorry I don't have a project for you today, but it has been a LONG and emotional day and I just didn't have time to blog! So I will be back tomorrow morning with a fun and simple Christmas card. See ya then!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Scrappy Sunday

It should be no surprise to any of you by now, that I LOVE digi scrapbooking!!! I love it for lots of reasons but mostly I love that I am able to scrapbook from bed while watching TV! I have even been known to scrapbook in the car! I am more up to date on my scrapping than I have ever been which allows me the ability to share even more stories in my albums. I am very curious about Stampin' Up's digital software and downloads. I have not gotten to play with it. Maybe someone can answer a question for me: Can I purchase the downloads and then use them in Photo Shop Elements? That would be awesome!

So here are some of the more recents layouts, including a few from our Disneyland trip earlier this month....

Now I realize that many of you do not digi scrap. But maybe you can use these layouts for inspiration and just replace elements with SU! products. That is how I designed all my SU! pages! And I promise to make some SU! pages soon. I am just waiting to get some currect DSP.

Enjoy your Sunday. I am going out to make some memories that are sure to be in a scrapbook layout soon. We are riding the lightrail, going to a baseball game, and seeing a Wiggles concert afterwards. Fun stuff!!!



Friday, July 23, 2010

Simple Teacher Gift

I had an hour to myself today! I had just gotten back from school supply shopping and so I had school on the brain. I decided to whip up some simple gifts for the kids' teachers. So I made each teacher 6 monogram notecards. Then I stuck them in a cello bag with ribbon and a tag. It was easy peazy lemon breezy!!!

So I called Stampin' Up! today to see if I could get my demo ID yet and they said they haven't processed my paperwork yet. I guess they are running behind due to convention. Don't they know how anxious I am?!!! lol

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Love Affair with Ribbon!

I guess my stamping has a bit of a soap opera going on! I have left buttons and gone back to my love affair with ribbon. I know I am being silly (probably because of a lack of sleep!). Anyway I am LOVING this card!!! Am I allowed to say that about my own work?

Ribbon presents!!!! I was inspired by a card that Kristina Werner made a while back.

They were super simple to make! I took a square piece of Kraft cardstock and used my large square punch to punch 3 gifts. I put snail around the square and then just placed small scraps of ribbon across the openings. I know that all the ribbon is not SU! But it was the perfect chance to use little scraps and so I used what I had! After that I used demensionals to attach the Kraft cardstock to a piece of Chocolate Chip. I then attached that to the Kraft cardbase. I added some bows to the top of each gift. Viola!

And a greeting on the inside...

My twins are celebrating their 5th birthday next week and I am thinking one of them will be getting this fun card. If I can part with

This would be fun with other shapes of punches too. I am thinking hearts, flowers, arrows, etc

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Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Flower Trio

I love the color combo of Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive! So I used it again!!!

This card did involve a bit of cutting, but I think it was so worth it in the end! 

I stamped the flower and leaves from the set Petal Pizzazz set (awesome set!!!!) several times. Then I cut them out and adhered them to the card with pop up dots. Then some Old Olive buttons and linen thread completed the look. I really didn't have room for a sentiment on the front so I just put it inside the card.

I am a bit shocked. NONE of the cards I have made this week have ribbon on them!!! What is wrong with me?! I think I may be having an afair on my ribbon with my buttons!

Fresh Cut Paper Flowers

Yesterday I was so fortunate to get to spend 2 completly quiet hours in my stamping studio! My husband took the kids swimming and left me with my favorite rubber friends! I made a few things, but this one is my favorite....

I cannot get enough of these fun paper flowers. So I apologize in advance if you are already sick of them!

When the Fresh Cuts stamp set first came out, I was in LOVE with it! I was going through my stamp sets and attempting to get organized and out of boxes when I came across the Fresh Cuts set. I haven't used it in ages! And yet, I still love it!!! You may see more with this one!

A few details on the card: The card is 4 1/4 x 41/4. The colors are Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive. The flower was made using 4 different size circle punches. You crupple up the circle and then attach them with a brad in the center and decorate with a button. The leaves were made with the jumbo bird punch. Let me know if you have other questions!

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Now I am off to school pick ups and drop offs, school registration, school shopping, and an orthodontist appointment. Ahhh....the exciting life of a mommy!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

You've Got a Friend in Me!!!

Did you gals see Toy Story 3? In my house it is all Toy Story ALL the time!!! We have the books, clothes, shoes, toys, stuffed animals, and even the Mac and Cheese! So now every time I see the word "friend" I start singing the You've Got a Friend in Me- the Toy Story theme song! And that brings me to my frind card....

I know it is super simple, but finding my mojo might take a few days! Plus, simple cards come in real handy sometimes! I am IN LOVE with the butterfly embosslit for the Big Shot!!!! Here is a closer look at the butterflies...

I have always been a Flat Back Pearl Junkie so I was super excited to see that they are selling them alone (instead of just in the pretties kit) and with adhesive backs! Those are 2nd on my wish list (after the new DSP)!

In other news, today is my baby's first day of preschool. She has been counting down the days since her sisters went last Fall. So needless to say there were no tears for her. She grabbed the teacher's hand and left without even waving to us! Here are a couple sweet pictures of my Laynee getting ready to leave for preschool....

Don't you just love her dress?! I had it made from someone on Ebay several years ago. The twins wore them to preschool as well. Handmade- with love- is always the way to go! Am I not right?!!!


Monday, July 19, 2010

Coming Out of Retirement Project

So I sat down yesterday to stamp for the first time in months. And this is what I ended up with...

.....a treat box made with the Scallop Envelope Big Shot die. I find it amusing that I sat down to stamp and ended up creating something with absolutly NO stamping!!! The original plan was to use the apple image from Tart and Tangy and make a "Welcome Back" gift for a teacher. But I got side tracked making a fun flower with circle punches!

Now I did not invent this box. But here are some quick instructions in case you have never made one:

1. Using the Scallop Envelope Die cut out 2 envelopes from cardstock or the thick specialty Designer Series Paper.

2. Trim the bottom flap of both envelopes to 1/2 inch.

3. Put sticky strip on the back side of all three of the flaps on one of the envelopes.

4. Attach the the ouside flaps of the second envelope to the sticky strip.

5. Decorate!!!!

Now I feel like I have to apologize for using DSP that is retired. The thing is....I don't have ANY current paper. But that shall change soon! I sent my demonstrator paperwork in and as soon as I get me demo ID, I will be ordering some of the beautiful DSP in the new catalog! I LOVE DSP!!!

I hope you enjoy my Coming Out of Retirement  Project!!!! More tomorrow!

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Taking the plunge!

After much thought (and a few arguments with myself) I decided to take the plunge and sign back on with Stampin' Up! The deal was hard to pass up. And sadly, ALL my kids are in school this year. I am still going to school but I only have 2 classes left. I think I actually have time for a hobby again! So Stampin' Up! will be a hobby for me. I am planning to teach some classes (maybe one a month) and do some workshops. Plus, I am thinking about some fun electronic tutorials I might be offering. But I am not going overboard this time!!!! So please call me out on it if you notice my calendar getting full!!!

So I sat down and attempted to stamp today for the first time in months. It is sooo hard to get back in the swing of things! I will start posting pictures tomorrow. But I will warn you that I am going to be using DSP that is retired. I don't have ANY current DSP yet!

Thanks for all the support!

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Saturday, July 17, 2010


So I am thinking about possibly signing back up to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. Have I lost my mind?!