Saturday, June 30, 2007

Have A Magical Day

I hope everyone had a magical day today. I went over to my dear friend and SU upline Paris Otremba's house last Friday evening and we had so much fun making cards and talking and eating chocolate chip cookies. We traded some SU stamp sets and this is one of the ones I borrowed from her. I just love this little girl.

The decorative paper is from Basic Grey's Oh Baby Girl line. I stamped my little princess on SU Whisper White cardstock and used some of the decorative paper to paper piece her dress, crown, and wand together. It was just like playing paper dolls. The sentement is from Bella and the ribbon is from Michaels.

And now I must tell you all about the most awesome event that was held at one of my local scrapbooking stores today. The owner of the store decided to have a "garage" sale and she invited 45 of her regular customers to participate. Each customer paid $10.00 and was given 55 price stickers with their own numbered code on them. So of course I gathered up 55 gently used scrapbooking, cardmaking, and stamping items and brought it all over to her to put in the garage sale. Each participant would receive a gift card from her store for the amount that you sold. She advertised the sale in the local newspaper, sent e mails to all her customers, and put it on Craig's list.

Now here is the fun part . . . all I could think of was 45 participants times 55 items equals 2,475 bargains. I had to figure out how to be the first person in line at that sale without having to get there at 7:30 in the morning. So . . . I volunteered to help out with the sale . . . which she gladly accepted and told me to get there 1/2 hour before the sale started so I could shop a little. Great minds think alike I always say. She also told me she would put extra money on my gift card for helping out at the sale. How awesome is that!!!

The sale started at 10:00 this morning . . . and the ladies were in line at 8:30 I am told. I arrived at 9:30 and got to go right through the line and into the store. YAY!!! I have never seen such a huge garage sale filled with every SU stamp set, Sizzix machine and accessories, Quickutz, paper, scrapbooks, embellishments, stamp pads . . . you name it . . . it was there. There were 12 six foot tables piled high of stuff. I got a Quickutz Marisa alphabet that would normally sell for about $120.00 for $20.00 . . . score!!! I also got a box of 13 current style unopened SU stamp pads in the Earth Elements family for $20.00 . . . score again!!! And I got Bow Bear for $10.00. I already have Button Bear and I just had to have Bow Bear too. I also bought a brand new unmounted Happy Harmony set that I already have but couldn't pass it up for that price. It will make a nice gift for someone . . . or blog candy. I also bought that old SU stamp set with all the shoes . . . Steppin' Style. I have a dear friend that loves shoes and it will be perfect for her. I had so much fun helping out at the sale and seing what treasures everyone brought to the cash register . . . I got to tally up their items and bag them. Everyone sure had a lot of fun at the sale and felt like they got a lot of bargains. The sale did $4,500 in the first two hours alone. It was such a success, she is going to do it again in the fall. I will be there for that one too.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.


Friday, June 22, 2007

For A Sweet Friend

Wow . . . this picture sure is a lot nicer than those scanned images I've been doing. This picture is thanks to my dear friend Paris Otremba. I had so much fun over at her house tonight making cards and she took this picture for me so I could put it on my blog. I told her what I wanted and she did it perfectly. I need to go out and get a new digital camera.
Paris and I sure had a lot of fun tonight. She has the most awesome stamping space and every stamp set, tool, and color of ribbon a girl could possibly want. I feel so special that she has taken me under her wing so to speak and has helped me with my card making and now picture taking for my blog. Paris is the one that taught me how to watercolor crayon a year ago. She used Petal Prints as the example and when Petal Prints was about to retire this year, she told me I could have the stamp set because she wouldn't be using it anymore. How awesome is that!!!
I made this square card with my SU Doodle This set on SU Close To Cocoa paper. The designer paper is from the Scrapworks Canvas collection. The sentement is from Amuse. I also put puffy stickers on the flower centers to add some dimension . . . not sure who they were from though . . . sorry.
Thanks again for stopping by and I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Recycled Cards

My dear sweet grandma just turned 100 years old this past February. She has suffered from crippling arthritis in her legs for many years, which has forced her to be in a wheelchair and live in an assisted living facility . . . not a nursing home . . . just assisted living. Not bad for 100 years old. My sweet little grandma has worked so hard all her life and her body just doesn't want to work no more . . . but her mind is sharp as a tack. I am proud to say that my grandma crochets baby blankets, hats, and booties for the little babies being born in the hospitals and her senior's group also makes recycled cards.

They take old donated cards and cut out the pictures or the verse with pinking shears and paste it on a new card front. The back of the card is stamped showing that it was made by volunteers in her senior's group. The cards are then given to various seniors throughout her community so they can send out greeting cards to their loved ones. She has done this for a number of years and is still able to make 15-20 cards per night. I thought it might be fun to make a couple of recycled cards myself. I found some old cards that I have received from friends and family in the past and did my own version of the recycled card.

I made these cards using the Crate Paper "Samantha" line of paper. The images were from recycled cards that I punched out with my mega punch and adhered them on a giga scalloped circle that I used white marker to make the dots. The sentements are from amuse. I am going to send them to my grandma so that she can pass them on to her group of card recipients.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I am going to my friend Paris' house tonight for a wonderful stamping, eating, and talking evening.


And The Winners Are . . . .

. . . . well before I announce the winners . . . I want to thank all of you for your kind words and compliments and especially for sharing your favorite products with me. I think I am going to have to go out and buy a Cuttlebug, some embossing folders, and some of that new Basic Grey paper.

And now for the winners . . .

Cindy Keery ,~*`*~, Kim ,~*`*~, Kayellwy ,~*`*~, LindaB

Congratulations Ladies!!!!

Please e mail me your snail address and I will get your gift bag in the mail for you.

Again, I want to thank you all so much for coming to visit my blog. I hope you will come back often and feel free to send me an e mail so that I can add your blog to my list of must see blogs. Have a great day!!!


Monday, June 18, 2007

Celebrating With Some Blog Candy!!!!

Yay!!!! My little ol' blog counter says that there have been 500 views and that means we need to celebrate with a little blog candy . . . a little swag you might say. I have four gift bags full of goodies all ready to give out to four lucky readers of my blog. Your gift bag consists of 36 6 x 6 sheets of designer paper, 28 giga and 12 mega scalloped circles in fun coordinating colors, matching ribbons, and prima flowers.

So here is how it works . . . I am always interested in the newest innovative products out there in the stamping/paper crafting world and all you need to do is leave a comment on this post about what your favorite thing is right now. Stamps, paper lines, ribbons, tools, embellishments, etc. . . . just post a comment on what is your favorite thing you are using right now and why you love it so much.

Please leave a comment and I will put your name in a hat, draw them on Thursday evening, and announce the four lucky winners on Friday.

Good luck and don't forget to tell us about your favorite things.

Thanks for stopping by.

I Love This Basic Grey Paper!!

This Basic Grey "Phoebe" paper is absolutely awesome. I bought a bunch of the 6 x 6 pads from Eclectic Paperie and have had so much fun using them. I am going to be sad when this paper is all used up. But by then, Basic Grey will have another line out that will be just as exciting as "Phoebe" and "Blush" have been.

This card looks so detailed but was really very easy to make. I uploaded this card in my gallery over at SCS and was shocked that I got 17 comments and it was favorited 17 times. That is a record for me. So I decided that I would share this card with everyone here at my blog as well. So here is how I made this simple card. I took my four squares of paper and adhered them to the SU Close To Cocoa card base and then used K&Company zig zag rub ons to give it a quilted look. I then stamped my flowers, leaves, and stems using my SU Bodacious Bouquet stamp set on various pieces of paper from the "Phoebe" line and layered them on the page. The sentement is from SU's Noteworthy.

Thanks for looking.

P.S. With my blog approaching 500 hits . . . I am giving away blog candy this week. Please feel free to tell all your fellow bloggers to come and visit me and hopefully they can receive some blog candy.

Have a great day!!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Shopping Anyone?

When I first saw this stamp set in the SU catalog . . . I knew I had to have it. All my friends are shoppers and now I feel like shopping today too. I wonder if she has some new stamp sets and embellishments in those bags? *big smiles* I sure had a lot of fun making this girl . . . and I just kept adding a little "bling" to her. Making this card totally reminded me of the days when we used to play with paper dolls. Does anyone else remember playing with Betsy McCall paper dolls that came out of the McCalls magazine? I don't know if you can see it in the picture . . . but I stamped her purse and shirt on patterned paper and paper pieced it on. All those swirly little flowers are Heidi Grace rub ons . . . including the little flowers on her clogs and purse. And of course every shopping girl needs big bling bling diamonds in her ears to complete her outfit.

So for the stamp set I used SU's Totally Cool . . . which is so totally cool. I used SU's Close To Cocoa for the card base. The designer paper is all from Tres Jolie. The ribbon is from American Crafts, and the bling is Swarovski crystals.

Thank you again for coming to my little 'ol blog. I keep saying that I want to have some blog candy . . . and I see that I am approaching 500 hits . . . so I think blog candy is in order this week. That means I get to go shopping today . . . yay!!!!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

For A Friend

Hello everyone!!! I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend . . . I know I am. I stayed up really late last night making cards and oh my gosh I had so much fun. Of course I had the usual distractions of Izzy jumping up on my craft table and playing with all the ribbons and Willow barking at her to get down off the table so she can chase her. Those two caused quite the commotion . . . but I still had a lot of fun.

The card I am going to share with you today is a card I made out of some flocked Heidi Grace paper from the Cherrywood Lane line. I found this paper and loved the pinks, purples, and browns that it had in it. I used my Ruffled Butterfly stamp from Stampendous and stamped it in SU Chocolate Chip ink on the back side of one of the patterned sheets of this beautiful paper and used SU Close to Cocoa as my card base. The "friend" sentement is from my SU Noteworthy set, the ribbon is from Archivers, and I added some Heidi Grace rubons and pink "rain" dots. I used Ranger stickles on the edges of the butterflies for a sparkly look. I adhered the butterflies and the friend sentement on stamping dimensionals so they kind of look like they are floating on the page. If you click on the picture . . . you can see the detail so much better. I hate using a scanner, but my digital camera doesn't pick up the detailing nearly as well . . . so for now this will just have to do.

Thank you so much for coming to my blog.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Lions and Tigers and Bears . . .

. . . Oh my!

Taylor Van Bruggen from Tayloredexpressions always has a lot of fun stuff going on over at her blog, and right now she has an Amuse ATC swap going on. Well of course I wanted to join in on the festivities . . . but I had no idea what an ATC even was. ATC stands for Artist's Trading Card and they measure 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. The requirements of her swap was to use Amuse stamps with any kind of paper and embellishments. So here is my very first ATC. I made 10 of them. The paper is from Crate Paper. The stamps are from Amuse.

Thanks for looking.

Bo Bunny Anna Sophia Card

I just love this Anna Sophia paper by Bo Bunny. I bought a lot of it and have had so much fun making cards and gift sets with it. This particular card has a lot going on but that's what I liked about it. I made this for my SCS secret sister . . . and her first name starts with "J". I used the SU flower from the Happy Harmony set and stamped that in red and used Ranger Stickles to make it sparkle. I put her initial on the card and used rub ons and swarovski crystals. The ribbon is from Bo Bunny as well.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Hanging Wooden Plaque

This is something a little new for me because I usually make cards, but after seeing something similar at a craft show back in March . . . I just knew I had to come home and make one for my new stamping room.

I bought the little wooden plaque at Michaels for under $1.00 and painted it with my acrylic paint, used a piece of Basic Grey paper, and added the rub on sentiment. I then Mod podged it, added a couple of nails, tied the ribbon . . . and viola . . . a little plaque to hang on the door to my armoire.

Thanks for looking.