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Recipe Book

Hello Stampers!  I just have to show you this super cute recipe book that I created today!  A friend of mine was telling me that her family is putting together recipes for her daughter who is getting her own apartment at school this year.  I asked her what she was planning on doing with the recipes to give them to her daughter.  She gave me a funny look and said "I was just going to put a rubber band around them!"  I said NO WAY! I will make her a recipe book!

Blog 710 Her favorite colors are pink and black.  Didn't this just turn out to be the cutest?  I love it!   For the inside I just stacked some SU! clear translucent envelopes.  All you have to do is adhere them open to each other.  If you need more info, shoot me a comment!  They are open on one end so that she can slide her recipe cards in.  Here's the recipe:

Stamp set - Voila

Cardstock - Black, White, Melon Mambo, Razzleberry Lemonade designer series paper

Stamp pad - Black

Accessories - Markers, clear translucent envelopes, binder clips

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Back again!

Hello Stampers!  This is so unlike me to be so sporadic in my posting.  Let me tell you what has been going on the last few days.  On Monday evening, my sweetheart dog, Maddie, started having seizures.  We Blog 709 rushed her to the vet.  We then had to transport her to an all night Animal Hospital so that she could be observed overnight.  They put her on meds.  We picked her up from the Animal Hospital on Tuesday morning and took her back to our vet where they ran some tests and kept her most of the day.  We picked her up in the afternoon and brought her home.  She was pretty much like a baby.  She could not stand because her right legs are both too weak to hold her up.  She is at least partially blind in her left eye.  We have to feed her by putting food in her mouth.  We give her water by laying her down beside the water bowl and sticking our fingers in it and then bringing it to her mouth.  Then came the night time.  I was up with her, just holding her, until 3:30.  I had to get up at 6:00 to take my oldest daughter, Casie to band camp.  I was exhausted on Wednesday.  Back to the vet we went again yesturday.  They want to keep her catheter in in case they need to give her meds quickly.  That's why she is wearing the sock in the pic.  All of the test results are back, liver and heart are fine.  Final diagnosis, possible brain tumor.  Now we just wait and see what happens.  She is not in any pain.  She wags her tail like crazy every time we talk to her or get close.  Last night was much better.  She slept in my bed with me.  She slept a good part of the night.  It is hard for her when she wakes up to get herself moved into a different position because of her weakness.  Today she has just gone crazy.  She is walking all over the house, although she does take a few steps and falls over, she can get herself back up again and carry on.  She is going to the bathroom outside.  No more accidents in the house.  She is starting to eat a little better.  So, as you can tell, she is taking up a huge amount of my time right now!  But I did manage to squeeze some stamping in!

Blog 706 Remember a few days ago when my girl's and I went to see all of the baby raccoons that a friend of mine had rescued?  Well I made this card to send as a thank you for letting us come to play with them!  Isn't it cute?  I found a similar one on SCS that I sort of CASE'd from.  Here's the recipe:

Stamp Set - Under the Stars, Family Phrases

Cardstock - More Mustard, Not Quite Navy, Garden Green, White

Stamp Pad - Night of Navy, Black

Accessories - Marker, 1 1/4" circle punch

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

I'm back!

Hello Stampers!  Sorry I've been away so long again!  I'm happy to say that I almost have my swaps finished for Convention!  I'm very excited! 

Blog 705 Here is what approximately 300 card fronts and 25 3D items look like!  I still want to make a few more 3D items, but that is only if time permits!  I will be showing you my swaps that I am taking over the next few days.

Blog 704 Now I wanted to show you a card that I received in the mail this weekend.  I got this from one of my customers, Gina.  Isn't it pretty?  I love the circles punched out along the bottom!  Gina has a great blog,, that you should check out!  Thanks Gina!

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Finally, I had to show you this cute card that we did during my kid's camp.  Don't you love the boa around her neck???  This stamp set is unfortunately retired, which is too bad because I still use it for my kid's camps alot!  I simply punched holes on her shoulders and threaded the fibers through from the back. LOVE IT!!!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Monogram cards

Hello Stampers!  I got to play around with my new SU! embossing folder, and I love it! It's called Elegant Bouquet.

Blog 701 I was just going for something very simple, yet elegant.  Isn't it pretty?  This card is in Old Olive....

Blog 702 And this one is in Pretty In Pink.  They both use the 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon.  I ran a piece of Glossy white cardstock through the Big Shot with the embossing folder.  It couldn't get any easier than that!  LOVE them!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Gift card holder

Hello Stampers!  I wanted to show you a neat way to make a gift card holder!

Blog 700 Here is what mine looked like when I was finished.  Here's how to make it:

Blog 692 1 - Start with a piece of cardstock that is 11" X 4 1/2".  Score at 3", 5 1/2", and 8".  My cardstock is Pumpkin Pie.

Blog 693 2 - Stamp your cardstock on both sides.  I used the One Of a Kind stamp set with Pumpkin Pie ink.

Blog 694 3 - Fold your cardstock accordian style.

Blog 695 4 - Lay your cardstock so that the middle fold if your valley facing up.  Adhere sticky strip in the shape of the letter C on only the second section from the left, as shown.

Blog 696 5 - Take off the backing of the sticky strip and fold the card together.  This is what it will look like on it's side.

Blog 697 6 - Use the word window punch on the middle section (the doubled section) to form an opening for the gift card.  I lined up the edge of my punch with the edge of the cardstock, and then had to go back and widen it a touch more.

Blog 698 7 - Slide the punch down to continue cutting the opening for the gift card.  Remember, this should be cutting through two layers of cardstock.

Blog 699 8 - Slide your gift card in the opening and fold your holder up.  Decorate as desired.  I adhered a layer flower which I have given a tutorial for in an earlier post (Feb. 24th, 2009).  I also adhered a piece of ribbon that was 16" so that I could tie the holder shut!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Stampin' & TTFN!

Matchbox and Yummy fries!

Hello Stampers!  Today has just been a very busy day!  I know, I know, we are all very busy!  Busy working on swaps for convention!  My count now is up to about 200! Only 100 more to go!!!  Anywho...

Blog 689 I wanted to show you this matchbox that I made today.  I had a customer ask for some boxes that were bright, so this is one of them that I made!  I just love my Daisies die!  You can do a ton with it! 

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This is a card that I came up with for one of my kid's camps. They seemed to love it!  For the fry box, I simply took a real fry box and took it apart to use as a pattern.  For the fries, we just ran our cardstock through the crimper!  Here's the recipe:

Stamp set - Simply Circles (retired), Family Phrases

Cardstock - Green Galore, Real Red, Summer Sun

Stamp pad - Green Galore, Black

Accessories - Crimper

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Summer Sun Scrapbook Page

Hello Stampers!  I have another scrapbook page to show you today!  I'm so excited that I have had some time to scrapbook lately!  It seems like my scrapbooking time has gotten pushed aside so that I can get my swaps done for convention!

Blog 688 Isn't this page cute?  The sun is made from the Daisies die with the Big Shot.  The flip flops are the petal card die with two of the flaps cut off of it!  How clever!

Here's the rest of the recipe:

Stamp Set - Big Deal alphabet (retired, but I love it!)

Cardstock - Bashful Blue, Creamy Caramel, Pink Passion, Only Orange, Summer Sun, White

Stamp pad - Pink Passion, Only Orange, Summer Sun

Accessories - Big Shot, Petal Card die, Daisies die, Boho Flowers punch, Rhinestone brad, Pumpkin Pie striped ribbon

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Scrap the 4th & Raccoons!

Hello Stampers!  I have a scrapbook page that I made to scrap my pics of the 4th of July!

Blog 687 Isn't it fun?  I love the hollowed out stars!  Those are very easy to make! Simply punch out a star using the small star punch, and then punch over the top of the negative space using the large star punch!  I cheated though and used my Cricut to cut out the '4th'.  Here's the recipe:

Cardstock - Real Red, Brilliant Blue, White

Accessories - Big Shot, Serif Essentials Alphabet dies, Large star punch, Small star punch, Cricut die cut machine.

Now on a personal note, do you remember the baby raccoons that I showed pics of in May that came to visit out preschool?  Well, we went to see them today!  They are so cute!!!

Keep09 001 Here is my daughter Amie holding one!  They keep them inside a large, walk-in cage.  The girls both went in, but there really wasn't room in there for me too.

Keep09 002 Here is Casie holding one, and another one is sneaking up behind her to play with her ponytail!  They love pontails!  See how the one that she is holding has it's paw around her arm!  They hold on like little kids!  

Keep09 005 After we left them alone for awhile, they all crawled back into their bed to sleep.  They have 9 babies, but we were only allowed to hold two of them because they want the others to not like people so much so that they can release them back into the wild in a month or so.

Now, how can I make a scrapbook page for our raccoon adventure???

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Tuesday Tutorial on a Friday! Pop-out card

Hello Stampers!  Where has this week gone???  I made this neat Pop-out card on Tuesday for my Tuesday tutorial.  However, since I posted my paper and ribbon shares I decided to hold off for a day.  But can we all say "Oooopppps!  I forgot to post!!!"  And for two day I forgot to post!  I have been so busy lately trying to work on my swaps for Convention (I leave in 19 days!!!) and on my roomie gifts.  Later I'll show you what swaps I chose to make this year!

Anywho...on to todays tutorial!  Today I'm going to show you how to make a pop-out card!

Blog 683 Isn't he cute???  I made this card using the SU! stamp set Under The Stars.  For my tutorial I'm going to be using the stamp set Good Friend.

Blog 685 1 - Start with a piece of cardstock 11" X 4 1/4".  Turn it sideways and score at 3/4", 4 3/4", and 6".  Make a partial score at 2", which means score in approximately 1" from each side only.

Blog 678 2 - Turn your cardstock with the 3/4" score line at the top.  Stamp your main focal point so that the image is just under the 3/4" line and inside of the 1" score lines at the 2" point.  This will make more sense as you read on!  I sponged my grass and sky so that my bird wasn't floating in mid air.  I made a mistake though, you need to turn your cardstock over to sponge the bottom half and not this front side like I did.  Woops!  So, this is the front side....


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3 - Turn it over and this is the bottom back.  Again, this will make more sense as you go along and you see the finished card.

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4 - From the front of the cardstock, use an exacto knife and carefully cut around your stamped image, from the 2" partial score line and above only!  The score lines on both sides of my bird are from the partial score line at my 2" mark.

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5 - Fold your cardstock on all of your fold lines and your card should look like this.  Add some double sided tape to the 3/4" flap to secure it to the back of the card.  

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6 - Finish decorating your card.  Here's the rest of my recipe:

Stamp set - Good Friend

Cardstock - White, Summer Sun, Regal Rose, Only Orange, Apricot Appeal

Stamp pad - Ballet Blue, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Glorious Green, Close to Cocoa

Accessories - Boho Flowers punch, Trio flower punch, Daisy punch (retired), dimensionals

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If you push your card forward and fold it flat, it will fit into a card size envelope!  Enjoy!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

New Catalog Ribbon Share

Hello Stampers!  Have you seen the new polka-dot ribbon in the new SU! catalog???  It is wonderful!  I'm offering you the chance to have all six of these new colors at a great price!

Blog 673 These are the new In-Colors: Dusty Durango, Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, and Soft Suede.

If you were to buy all six of these colors by yourself, it would cost you $59.70 before taxes and shipping! 

In my ribbon share, I'm offering you three yards of all six ribbon colors, for just $17!  That's 18 yards of ribbon for just $17! 

I am only offering this special until the end of the month, so if you are interested, please let me know by July 31st!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

New Catalog Paper Share

Hello Stampers!  I'm so excited!  I got my order today from SU! that contained all of the new designer series paper!  I love it! They have great new paper for scrapbooking and cardmaking both!  Take a look:

Blog 669 Aren't these little guys cute??  They remind me of the Partridge Family!  They would be adorable in a scrapbook, or even cut apart and put on a card!  This is from the package Tall Tales.

Blog 670 This cute paper is also from the pack Tall Tales.  I love the animals in the hot air balloons!  This would even be cute framed and put on a wall!

Blog 671 This fun Christmas paper will be great in my scrapbooks, or again, cut apart and put on a card.  This is from the pack Holiday Lounge.

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This paper is from the pack Storybook Specialty.  All of the paper is like coloring book on one side and designer series paper on the other.  It is so cute!  It would be cute if your child colored it and you put it in a scrapbook or framed it on a wall!  And wouldn't this be cute on a card as a thank you for grandma from your child!

Blog 675 This pretty paper is from the pack Cottage Wall.  I love the three main colors in this pack, Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, and Rich Razzleberry.  Very pretty!

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This gorgeous snowflake paper is from the Merry Moments pack.  I can already visualize this on a Christmas card!

Blog 677 Finally , this gorgeous Fall leaf paper from the Autumn Traditions pack.  Love it!

If you feel like you just have to have all of this paper, I've got the deal for you!  There are 12 new packs of designer series paper in the new catalog.  Each pack contains six different patterns of paper.  If you were to buy all of these new packs, it would cost you $123.40, before shipping and taxes!  With my paper share, you can have a 6 X 6 sample of every new piece of designer series paper, for only $21!

That will get you 69 sheets of 6 X 6 paper, plus six journaling boxes from the pack The Write Stuff!  What a deal!  For only $21!

This great deal is only available until the end of this month, so please let me know if you are interested before July 31st!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Another Black and Yellow

Hello Stampers!  What a day today has been.  I'm glad that it's almost over.  I took my daughter to the movies today.  We saw Ice Age in 3D.  It was pretty cute.  Did you know that they charge us an additional $2.50 per ticket just because it is a 3D movie?  Can you believe it!!!  And we don't even get to keep the 3D glasses!  Anywho....

Blog 668 I made another Black and Yellow card.  People just seem to be attracted to these two colors together in a card.  Here's the recipe:

Stamp set - Flight of the Butterfly, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Cardstock - Yoyo Yellow, Black, White

Stamp pad - Yoyo Yellow, Black

Accessories - 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch, black gingham ribbon, mini glue dots

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Flight of the Butterfly

Hello Stampers!  Well, I'm so excited!  I had the whole day to myself today to scrapbook!  It was fun!  I stopped after dinner though so that I could make a card to show tonight!

Blog 667 What do you think? Don't you just love the look of a pretty in pink and chocolate chip card?  I think these colors are so sweet together!  Here's the recipe:

Stamp set - Flight of the Butterfly

Cardstock - Pretty In Pink, Chocolate Chip, White

Stamp pad - Chocolate Chip

Accessories - 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch, eyelet border punch

Stampin' Up! is having a different weekly special every week in July!  Tomorrow is Monday, so don't forget to check out the new weekly special by clicking on the Deal A Week box along my left sidebar.  Remember that these specials are only good for one week!

The cutest face, Is Elvis home?, and a card finally!

Hello Stampers!  Sorry I've been gone so long! 

Blog 665 Before I go any further, is this not the cutest face that you've ever seen???  I just love my dog Maddie!  My daughter Casie was playing around and took this today and I thought it was adorable!

We snuck off to Memphis for a few days to just get away!  We had a really good time.  We met my sister there, Hi Val, and we played tourists for awhile!

Blog 664 We stopped by Graceland to see if Elvis was home, but we didn't find him.  Here are the girls sitting on the bench outside of the house. 

 We also went to the Civil Rights museum.  That is really neat.  It is actually housed in the Lorraine hotel where Martin Luther King Jr. was killed.  Very touching.

I still didn't have a chance to stamp today, so I'm going to show you a card that I made awhile ago.  I know that the designer series paper is retired, but the stamp set isn't, and this would be very easy to just substitute current paper.

Blog 666 Isn't this a fun card?  I love the circles punched out of designer series paper!  Here's the recipe:

Stamp Set - Cheep Talk

Cardstock - Pumpkin Pie, White, designer series paper

Stamp pad - Pumpkin Pie, Black

Accessories - 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, Eyelet Border punch

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!