Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Look at me --- posting again. What is that --- 3 times in one week??? I really would like to post more, but organizing myself is harder than you may think. Anyway......

I lllluuuuvvvv punches. I really, really love punches. And to make it much more fun, I love punches that work with stamps. I did this card for a friends birthday. Don't these colors just make you happy? I used Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise and Melon Mambo. This is a color combo I found on the Color Coach. If you do not have one of these, I highly recommend it. This cupcake was stamped with the Create a Cupcake set and then punched out with the Build a Cupcake punch. The sentiment was punched out with the Word Window and layered on top of a couple of the Modern Label punches. I ran the Melon Mambo layer though the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder to add a little texture. It is all finished off with a piece of Daffodil Delight ribbon. I love this thin ribbon!!! It makes a very mailable card.

Thanks for stopping by!!!! Make everyday a cupcake kind of day!!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


I can't remember why I did this card to begin with, but it ended up being a birthday card to one of my son's teachers. I thought it ended up pretty cute. I used the bee out of the Every Little Bit set. The "kind", "sweet", and "happy" are from the Fabulous Phrases set. The main sentiment is in the Word Play set. The colors, although you can't tell for sure from this picture, are Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz (hungry yet?), Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight and Basic Black (to help the colors really pop). The Pear Pizzazz layer was ran though the Big Shot with the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder. I cut a punched Decorative Label in half to mount it on each end of my main sentiment. Then I added a couple of brads to "hold it down" and a pretty, shiny rhinestone to "dot" the "i" in Imagine. A piece of Daffodil Delight ribbon ties it all together. That little bee just makes me smile.

Thanks for stopping by. Bee happy today!!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011


The old adage goes "Measure twice, cut once". Weeellllll, it is a great bit of advice that I did not use this time. I was planning my card for our Little Debbie's monthly swap, which was to use something punched, Big Shot-ed or cut out. I wanted to use the Lap of Luxury DSP in the Big Shot to cut out the Top Note. As I figured it, I had just enough of the "Life is Beautiful" sheets left to make the number of cards I needed. I measured once and cut ---- wrong. But all was not lost. Here is the card I had planned and made the majority (that would be all but one) of:

And here is the odd card out that I did to correct my mistake. Same design, just flipped.

I like the looks of both of them. I also ran my Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die through the Big Shot to get the butterflies. I finished it off with a few of the pearls. To get the ribbon strip, I punched two strips with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch and mounted them side by side, running the ribbon on top to cover the seam. You cannot tell by my lousy pictures, but the colors are Pretty in Pink, Basic Gray, Concord Crush and Very Vanilla.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!!!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011


I cannot believe that my sister is the big 5-0!!!! (By the way, I am the baby.) She is the animal lover in the family, especially horses. This stamp is from a non-SU set I picked up. I think it turned out pretty well.

You will notice I did not rub in the fact that she is a half of a century old. That is because I am not all that far behind and her memory is better than mine. Here she is fifty years ago.....

And now.....


Monday, March 7, 2011


What do you get on a rainy Sunday? Time to stamp!!! YAY!!! I completed several projects this weekend, but can only share one of them right now. This one was done for Cindy and Debbie's Simply Paper Design Challenge #3 for March (check it out here). They are both my sidelines in our Little Debbie's Stampin' Up group, so I naturally asked them if we could use their challenges for our swap this month (I am the hostess with the mostest this time). This card is not my swap, just in case you were wondering. I had this idea, but wasn't all that wowed with it when all was said and done. I look at it now and see at least a couple of things I would do differently.

I love this Aviary set. I cannot believe how much I have used it. And this little owl is my favorite. Isn't he the cutest??? The colors are Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso. I added a little brad at the top of the cage (which is cut out and popped up on dimensionals) and a small knot of Early Espresso ribbon to the cage stand. What would I do different? I would add a layer of Early Espresso behind the owl layer (which is also popped up on, btw) and do something different with the ribbon, although I am not quite sure what. There seems to be too much white space (or in this case, crumb cake space), but I didn't want to junk it up, either. Ah, never 100% satisfied. But I continue stamping.....

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011


As I have probably mentioned several times, manly cards do not come easy to me. But when you have a wildlife stamp and some rugged looking paper (think dark, neutral colors), it is easier. This card used the retired Wildlife Reserve set. The DSP is from the retired Autumn Vine pack. To add a little interest without a girlie feel, I used a trio of gold brads and wrapped a little twine around the image.

I have quite a few projects coming down the pike, so stay tuned. I love a rainy weekend --- sometimes.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!!!