Friday, November 30, 2007

As Promised

I told you yesterday in my rambling post that I'd have something more for you to look at that won't be removed, and here it is. These are my Cookie Exchange Party invites that I made for this year. They are kickstand cards, and were both fun and fairly simple to make.
The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Paper Tray set, the dotted circle is from PTI's Borders and Corners {circles}, and the main image is from a CTMH set that I think is called Kiss the Cook, but I'm not very familiar with their sets, so feel free to correct me on that! :) It is a set that I borrowed from my good friend, Mimi, and it's wood mounted, so I'm not sure if it's even current. The paper is definitely not current, as it's Stampin' Up!'s Christmas paper from last year.

Well, Monday starts the MFT previews, if I don't get around to posting something for you this weekend! You're going to love these new sets that Kim has for you! Have a wonderful night!


Thursday, November 29, 2007

An Explanation...

I apologize for all of the pub boxes that are now cluttering up my blog. I recently submitted a bunch of cards to different publications, and I am now surprised at the response that they got.

What I have usually done in the past with cards that I've already posted was to just remove the whole post, so that it didn't look ridiculous here with all of the green boxes.

Well, I now see a problem with that - Google Reader. I noticed that even if I remove the post here, you can still see the pic there. SO, the only solution I see to that is to replace the pic with the green box.

I know it's probably annoying to come here and see, but I promise to have more pics and projects coming soon that WON'T be removed! I also know that some of you are thinking, "why in the heck did she post something that she also submitted", and the reason is simple. I'm impatient. :) If I don't hear something back right away, up it goes to the blog! And I guess that I also kind of figure that Murphy's Law might occur, in that if I hold off posting it, it WON'T be accepted, and if I DO post it, it WILL. LOL

So, please don't get too bugged with me. I think that the last of the notifications have arrived, so everything should stay put for a while. :)Like I said before, tomorrow will bring my Cookie Party invites. Have a great night!


Birds of a Feather

Doesn't this look just like notebook paper??? I used the Scenic Route paper and punched it with my SU! hole punch. I'm SURE that I'm probably not the first one to do that, but I thought it was pretty cool! I'm not extremely happy with the shadowing, but oh well! We can't be stamping geniuses all the time right!? ;) (Totally kidding.)

The Lizzie Anne bird was stamped on some Magnolia paper, and there is Stickles in the tiny hearts. The rest you can find out in the "fine print". It was a fun and quick card to make.

Tomorrow, I'll have a pic of the Cookie Exchange party invites that I had made with a little Papertrey and a little CTMH. Thanks to everyone for your job congratulations! I appreciate you all so much! Be back soon!


Fine Print...
Stamps - Lizzie Anne Designs; Paper - Scenic Route, Stampin' Up!, Papertrey Ink, MME Magnolia; Ink - Stampin' Up!, Palette Noir, Copic Markers; Stickles; Spellbinders dies; Stampin' Up! punch; A Muse Twinkle Stickers; May Arts ribbon

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

This Just In!!!

I just received word about a super big sale going on at Hambo! Keep reading for all of the deets, but make sure that you place your order during the times indicated below.

There will be 30% off EVERY regularly-priced stamp on our website.
The discount applies only to orders placed between 12:01am (EST) on Thursday, Nov. 29 to 12:01am (EST) Saturday, December 1.
There is a limit of one of each design per customer.
The discount applies only to in-stock items, with no back-orders available.
The free shipping offer does NOT apply during this sale event.

I think my enabling here is done. :)



I've been looking at this sentiment over on the Hambo site for a while now, and finally had to grab it. It, as my grandmother would say, tickles me every time!

There is MSL glitter around the main image, and it's hard to see, but I used the Hambo rolling pin stamp on the background in the corner. The paper is Making Memories, and I used my beloved Copics and Spellbinders, as well (of course). The ribbon is from May Arts.

Well, for those of you interested, I got the job! Hubby's still looking, but this will let us breathe a bit easier till he does find something.

Tomorrow I'll be back with one more Lizzie Anne card for the month (I think :)). Have a great Hump Day! :)


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Measure Up!

No, I've not given up making cards! Quite to the contrary, actually! I'm elbow deep in a myriad of projects, ie., altering projects, making cards for a card class I'm having on Saturday, Cookie Exchange invites/favors/gifts/planning, Design Team stuff, play dates, etc... Oh yeah, and did I mention that I have an interview tomorrow morning at the hospital???

SO, thank you for continuing to check up on me, as I'm sure that you're all just as busy!

I DO have this card to show you. It's made with the Lizzie Anne set, High Hellos (probably my most favoritest LAD set! :)), and is a 4 1/4 sq. card. I think that it's pretty self-explanatory, so I'll skip the bla bla bla. If you have questions, check out the "fine print" at the end of the post.

Alright, I'm off on a play date! Have a great Tuesday, and I'll be back with a Hambo card tomorrow!


Fine Print...
Stamps - Lizzie Anne Designs; Crate Paper - chipboard; Paper - Stampin' Up!, Papertrey Ink; Making Memories - ribbon; Copic Markers; A Muse Twinkle Stickers; Spellbinders dies; Doodlebug rub-on stitching; Stampin' Up! Slot Punch; Ink - Stampin' Up!, Palette Noir

Sunday, November 25, 2007

And the Winner Is...

I just drew a number via, and I'm happy to announce the winner of the Hanna Stamps Naptime Nuggets is.....

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Timestamp: 2007-11-26 01:32:16 UTC

Jana Weaver, who said...

"WOW! Looks like everyone wants to win some Hanna stamps!! I am most thankful for my family, but right now especially my nephew who is at Boston Children's hospital awaiting surgery!!"

Congrats Jana! And thanks so much to all of you who played along!

If any of you were wondering, I'm very thankful for, like most of you, my son and husband, as well as many other friends and family members that make my life so full. I'm also thankful for all of my "virtual friends" whom I'm constantly checking in on and those who keep coming back to check in on me. There are many other things I could list, but I won't bore you with all of them. I will say, though, that if it weren't for the fact that the two of us are jobless at the moment, our lives couldn't be any better. (That sounds funny to say, but it's true!)


Saturday, November 24, 2007

A Happy Birthday

Sorry to everyone for the lack of recent posts. I know that I promised you a Lizzie Anne card several days ago, and here I am just now posting it. Well, you know how it is with Thanksgiving, cooking, preparing, eating, waking from your tryptophan coma, etc... :) Now, though, I've got a moment to show you something I made a week or so ago.

This is a 4 1/4 in. sq. card that was very quick and easy to make. I used three LAD sets, Sketched Sentiments, L'Amour, and In the Background. The scallop was made with my Marvy Giga punch, and I just folded the Teal layer over top of it and wrapped it with a ribbon. I added some complimentary tone on tone flowers to the top third of the background, and stuck down the main image with dimensionals. Add the sentiment and brads and voila! It's a great one for that last minute birthday card you need!

Well, there are a few things that I wanted to make sure you knew/remembered, so here they are...

1. Make sure you check out my previous post for a chance to win an awesome unreleased Hanna Stamps stamp set!

2. The Hanna Stamps website is finally LIVE, so go check it out HERE.

3. MFT previews will be starting up really soon for their upcoming release, so stay tuned!

I think that that's about it! I'll be back soon with another LAD card for you! Have a great weekend!


Fine Print...
Paper - Stampin' Up!, Papertrey Ink; Bazzill Brads; Lizzie Anne Designs stamps; May Arts ribbon; A Muse Twinkle Stickers; Ink - Stampin' Up!, Palette Noir; Marvy Scallop Punch

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Ready for Some Naptime Nuggets???

To celebrate tomorrow and what it means, myself and the rest of the Hanna Stamps Design Team (Go a blog hoppin' for more chances to win! The links for all of the DT girls are on my sidebar!) will be giving away an unreleased brand spankin' new Hanna Stamps sentiment set, called Things Hanna Would Say. Above is a sneak peek of four of the 28 sentiments from the set.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with what you're most thankful for this year, and on Sunday, I'll randomly draw a name and Kristi will send a set out to you! How awesome is she for donating all of these sets?!?

In addition to Thanksgiving, we're also celebrating the unveiling of the new Hanna Stamps website scheduled for this Friday, and I'm so excited about that! I've not seen it yet, but I imagining something awesome!

Well, I'm off to finish a project that's been consuming most of my "creative time" (ie., NAPTIME!) lately, which is an ABC book for Wyatt (lowercase letters). I've got to get that finished so that I can move on to other pending projects, kwim!? Gotta love this time of year! :) (Seriously, I do. :))


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

This Card is a Piece of Cake!

This is a square card that almost measures 5 in. square (4 3/4 x 4 7/8 to be exact) that I made with Hambo Stamps. You might remember a LAD card I made a while ago with this layout and open, but I had to remove it after it was accepted to a magazine. I've been wanting to make another one ever since, and these Hambo stamps just seemed to work perfectly.

The first card that I did had different measurements, as it was a smaller card, but I'll give you the measurements for this one. You can adjust them as needed...

Card base - 4 3/4 x 11, scored at 2 1/2 x 7 3/8.
Left side - 2 3/8 x 4 1/2 (C.Chip layer), 2 1/4 x 4 1/4 (Caramel) - punch half-circle on center of opening side after layered onto base {you might have to do this one layer at a time, depending on the strength of your punch}.
Right side - 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 (C.Chip), 3 3/8 x 4 1/4 (Caramel)

A couple of things...
1. I used the Marvy Mega Circle Punch for both the half circle and the Turq. circle on the right side. The C.Chip and white circles came from my Creative Memories Cutting System, but you could use whatever you have.
2. Adhere the ends of the ribbon under the C.Chip layer on each side, but thread the right side under the popped up circle and over to the left side to tie.

If you have any other questions, just let me know. It's a fun card to make! Let me know if you try it, and link it as a comment! I'd love to see it! Tomorrow should be a LAD card, so see you then!


Monday, November 19, 2007

Project of the Month

This is the card that I made for one of Lizzie Anne's November Projects of the Month, over on their website. I'll not go into much detail on it, because I spelled it all out over there, so check it out here! It's a fun card to make, and I absolutely LOVE these colors! They're SO my favorites for this season!

Have a good Monday, and tomorrow I should have a Lizzie Anne card to show you!


Saturday, November 17, 2007


Oh, I'm SO BOUNCIN' RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

Check out this link...

My alma mater, THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY BUCKEYES, just kicked some Michigan tail (14-3) AT Michigan, none the less!!! I COULD NOT be happier!!!!!

Yes, I realize that this is a stamping blog, but I CAN'T keep quiet on this one!!!!! This is, in my opinion, the BIGGEST college game of the year, due to the 103 year old rivalry.

My husband and I (along with friends and various other family members) both graduated from OSU, so naturally, we BLEED Scarlet and Grey!!!!! And even if we lost every other game of the season (which we didn't - only one), but beat Michigan - it's still ALL GOOD!!!!!
See, even Little Man is excited!!! :) (Notice his cutey jacket???) ;)

Just had to do some major braggin'!!!!! Now back to your regularly scheduled stampin' blog hoppin'! :) (<--- That's a HUGE GRIN on my face!!!!!)

Kirsten (your biggest blogging OSU fan)

Friday, November 16, 2007

Rainy Days!!!!!

This, admittedly, is a bad picture, due to it being the wrong time of day for me to take it, but I'll try and take another one in a couple of hours! I wanted to post it now, though, since today is the release day for the new Hanna Stamps set, Rainy Days. (<-- CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!!!)

This is a 4 1/4 square card (I've been making tons of those lately!) from which I've cut out a window with my Spellbinders dies to reveal the ducky on the inside. This is one of the things that I LOVE about the Spellbinders - you can cut a shape ANYWHERE (provided it fits in your Cuttlebug/Big Shot/etc...)! You just can't do that with a punch!

I also cut out the duck/umbrella image from another piece of paper (because, like yesterday's card, I didn't like the rest of the image I was creating with it! LOL) and mounted it on Dimensionals. This is nice, though, because when the card's totally closed, the main image sticks up past the front of the card, and creates it's own shadow! I masked the duck's wing and then stamped the umbrella.

The image is colored with Copics. The ribbon is May Arts. The sentiment is stamped with White Craft, and all paper is Stampin' Up (Pumpkin, Bayou, and WW).

Not sure what I'll have next for you, but I'm thinking that it'll be a Lizzie Anne. See you then, and have a great weekend!


Thursday, November 15, 2007

Bridal Shower

For today, I have for you a little 4 1/4 bridal shower invitation. Of course, this is an invitation that I would never actually want to mass produce, but an invitation, none the less! I suppose, though, that there could be ways to make it a lot easier on myself. I never think of those things, however, until afterwards. :)

I used the new Hanna Stamps, Rainy Days set (for the umbrella), as well as the Tis the Season set (for the gifts), and Lizzie Anne set (Gettin' Hitched) for the sentiment. I stamped the umbrella first, then masked it off to stamp a couple of gift bundles. Of course, I ended up paper piecing the umbrella, so other than the handle, I didn't even NEED to mask, since the lines would all be covered up, I'm now realizing! LOL Oh well...

Anyways, I flubbed up the shadowing underneath the image, so I decided to cut the whole thing out (I know. I can be a bit anal.) and place it on Dimensionals. Now it has a natural shadow! LOL The green layer is meant to look like a gift. Hope you like it!

Well, I'm off to get something done. I feel like I've got a million things to do, and not enough of me to go around. I'm sure that none of you ever feel like that!? {wink}

Remember that tonight at midnight is the Hanna Stamps release of the new set, Rainy Days! She's so cute, you just can't NOT love her! For my next card, I want to make one using the adorable little ducky. Until then...


Fine Print...
Paper - Stampin' Up!, Papertrey Ink, Crate Paper - Samantha Collection; Copic Markers; Sakura Stardust Pen; Stampin' Up! ribbon; Spellbinders dies; Paper Salon rhinestones; Stamps - Lizzie Anne Designs (Getting' Hitched) and Hanna Stamps (Tis the Season and Rainy Days); Ink - Palette Noir

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Good morning, All! Today, I have another CHF card for you, using Asela's little penguin. I also used Amy's sketch that she posted this week for the layout.

I'm going to keep it brief this morning, since my child is currently going batty, but check out the Fine Print for all of the deets! Have a good one! Tomorrow will be another Hanna Stamps! sneak peek!


Fine Print...
Paper - American Crafts, Stampin' Up!, Papertrey Ink; May Arts ribbon; Spellbinders dies; Copic Markers; Stickles; Making Memories stickers; Stamps - CHF

You Brighten my Days

This is the most adorable Hanna Stamps set yet, in my opinion! This set is called Rainy Days, and it will be available this Thursday at MIDNIGHT! She comes with all different accessory stamps, including a duck, worm, boots, an umbrella, rain and splashes, this puddle, and a sentiment "rain, rain, come this way!". Don't you just love her braided hair?!?

So, this card was a paper piecing nightmare! LOL I did both the umbrella and raincoat and boots, and it was NOT easy!!! If you click the pic for a close-up, you can see all of the tiny pieces, especially in the umbrella. I think the next time, I'll just give her an outfit! :) I DO love the finished product, though.

I used my MM {note}worthy paper for this, and some Blush Blossom CS. The pearls are from Joy Crafts, found here, and the ribbon is from May Arts, found here. I colored her skin and hair with my Copics, and the sentiment is from A Muse. And lastly, for the puddle, I outlined the lines with my Ciao BG10, and covered it with Crystal Effects to make it look wet.

I hope that you like it as much as I do. I plan to have another sneak peek soon, but tomorrow, you can probably expect a CHF card, using another of Asela's Hopkins' stamps! See you then!


Monday, November 12, 2007

Be Mine

Sorry for the post delay, folks! I've been busily MAKING cards this weekend, but haven't taken time to POST any...till now. This is one that I made using my Lizzie Anne set, L'Amour. This will probably be my DH's Valentine's card. I couldn't help going ahead and showing it to him, though, but I told him to make sure and forget it by Feb. 14th. :) (Short order for most men, right ladies?!?) {Wink}

So anywho, I used some yummy sparkly things on this card, like MSL Glitter with a Glue Pad (flourish at the bottom), MM glitter letters, A Muse Twinkle Stickers, and my Stardust Pen (silver on the heart). Oh yeah, and I also used some Bazzill Bling, too (love that stuff!). The scallops were made with the SU! Slit Punch, and the ribbon is AC.

Hope you like it! It's a decent pic, but it really does look much better IRL. I can never capture all of the sparkle. Tomorrow should bring a sneaky peak of the newest Hanna Stamps set, so see you then!!!


Thursday, November 8, 2007

Just Chicken on You

Today's card uses some new Making Memories paper and my Hambo chickens and sentiment. I'm in a hurry, so I'll be brief. The main image was masked and colored with Copics. There is Stickles on the PP and I used my Spellbinders dies for the main image. Ribbon is AC and brads are SU!.

Oh, before I forget - check out this post for a SALE announcement from Hambo Stamps!!!

Now I'm off to the park! Have a great day! I hope to get some stamping done today at Naptime, so wish me luck! :)


Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Above the Rest

(Disclaimer - I'm a bit hyped up on caffeine right now, so bear with me...) Talk about multi-tasking, man, I love being a woman! :) At this very moment, I'm both quilting AND blogging about one of my recent stamping creation! Got to love those XY genes! LOL

Anywho, this is a publication reject that I really just loved, and was so disappointed when it was not picked up. These are Lizzie Anne stamps, High Hellos and Sketched Sentiments, and they're probably two of my favorite LAD sets. This is a 4 1/4 square card, and the top balloon is cut out of the box.

The main image is watercolored with ink pads and an Aqua Painter. I used Lilac, Teal, and Olive, with a touch of Sky. The tag was made with the Cuttlebug, and ribbon and cord are from Stampin' Up! The main image is elevated, and the sentiment is stamped in Teal.

Hope you all like it as much as I do! I'll see you back here tomorrow with another Hambo card! Have a great Hump Day! :)


Tuesday, November 6, 2007

I Interrupt this Stamping Blog for...

A quilting announcement!!!

Yeah! I finally finished this quilt! I started it a couple of years ago, and with all of the time that I spend stamping and doing other mandatory things, like take care of my family :), it got put on the back burner, but NO MORE!!!

This is a quilt that I made for my son, Wyatt. It's a "matching quilt", in that there's two of every printed fabric in the quilt to make for a little game for him, as well as keep him warm! Kind of a "pre-Memory" game. He LOVES it! Each of the different fabrics give him something interesting to look at, and he loves the colors! I had a difficult time getting an accurate picture of this, seeing that the colors seemed to change in every different location! The second picture (below) seemed to capture them most accurately. (Click on any of the pix for a better view.)

I'm a hand quilter. I love having something portable to take with me, to keep my hands busy. You know what they say about idle hands, right?!? ;) The second pic shows some of the quilting patterns. Wyatt chose what he wanted quilted around the border, and that was elephants quilted with a variegated thread. You can't tell much from the top of the quilt, d/t the animal pattern and numerous colors, but you can from the back. (Again, click for a better view.)

And this last pic, shows my Little Man, in all of his ornery-ness, trying his hardest to get in the pic! He cracks me up! It's his latest stage - he wants in EVERY picture! LOL I just had to show him, because he was SO happy with his latest treasure. Made it SO worth all of the time that it took! (For some reason, it's not letting me enlarge this last pic???)
And now I'm off to prepare some fabric for my next venture - an applique/pieced quilt. This one's for ME! I've made 12 now, and given almost all of them away - it's most of the fun, but this next one will be mine to keep. Can't wait to get my hands on that fabric!

Thanks for bearing with me in this non-stamping post! Tomorrow will bring a cutie little LAD card! Have a good one!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Stay Cool

This is a card I made using the same PP from my last post, Hambo Stamps, and Jen's SFYTT. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I just love these penguins! There is Stickles on the ice cube and the "ice" that the penguins are standing/sitting on to give a nice "cool" effect. :) The teal layer was embossed with my CB Snowflake folder.

Well, I think that the rest is pretty self-explanatory, so I'll keep it brief today. I'm not feeling that well, so I'm not very chatty. Hope you all have a great Monday!


Fine Print...
Stamps: Hambo Stamps
Paper: Pumpkin, Teal, Sky, PTI SS, Scenic Route
Ink: Palette Noir
Accessories: Copics, Stickles, SU! punches, CB Snowflake Folder, SU! brads, ribbon and cord, MET

Friday, November 2, 2007

Snow Days

How cute is this snowman?!? This little guy is the handiwork of Asela Hopkins. She's designing stamps for Cornish Heritage Farms, in case you haven't heard, and I'm in LOVE with her snow people!

I've colored him with my Copic Markers, and added Stickles for some sparkle. Ribbon is May Arts and SU!, and I added a little A Muse Twinkle Sticker to dot the "i" in Christmas. PP is from Scenic Route and dies are Spellbinders.

Thanks for checking in! Next up is a Hambo card, using this same paper. See you soon!


Thursday, November 1, 2007

Here for You

This is my last preview for the new My Favorite Things sets. This is just showing you another of the wonderful sentiments in the Essential Sentiments set that is now available here!!! Did I mention that all of the sentiments were designed to fit in the Word Window punch??? Gotta love that!

For the main image, I watercolored it a little more "sloppy" than I usually do, because I wanted to get that "bleeded" color look. I'm fairly happy with the results. This flower set is also from MFT, called Bundles of Bouquets.

Colors used were Pumpkin, Rose Red, and Bashful Blue. I used my Scallop Cloud Scissors to make the blue scallop, and punched the holes through both Pumpkin and Blue layers to show the Rose underneath. The PP is from SU!'s Palette of Prints. Ribbon is May Arts.

And in other news...

Lizzie Anne just added SIX more Projects of the Month and announced the winners of their card contest over on the LAD site, so you'll want to check out that good stuff here.

Hambo - I'm busily creating new samples for this month, starting with a card made with their adorable penguin stamps. I should be posting that in the next couple of days, so stay tuned!

Hanna Stamps - OMW, I just received a wonderful new stamp set in the mail from Kristi that you all will be SURE TO LOVE!!! I can't wait to start playing with it! When I know when it will be released, I'll let you know!

Okay, I think that that's about it! I'll see you back here tomorrow with a CHF card, using an ADORABLE new stamp by Asela! I think I'm in LOVE with her snowmen!