Friday, April 24, 2009

Quick posts and swap cards

I am still super exhausted.. I wish I could figure it out! In the mean time, here are the last 2 cards from the swap I do with my 2 local stampin friends. Ignore any bad grammar, spelling, as I am nodding off currently :)


  • Stamps- Unity KOTM April; Sentiment from CTMH
  • Ink- Palette Burnt Umber
  • CS- Kraft, su kiwi kiss and baja breeze
  • DP- Basic Grey Mellow
  • Coloring Medium- Copics
  • Other- Epoxy chipboard


  • CS- Whisper White; Bazill Chocolate
  • DP- AC Play collection
  • Stamps- Images from SU Forest Friends; Sentiments from SU Goody Goody Gumdrops
  • Other- Primas, twine, button brad, SU Top Note die

If you have any other questions, just leave a comment. Have a great weekend! We will be taking Nate to a local farm where he will receive horse riding therapy next Fall. Should be interesting :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Amy R's Friday Sketch #57- Be Happy

I thought I'd change things up this week and use some SU goodies on Amy R's Friday Sketch. I've had the set for a little while and just got the yummy ribbon so I figured I needed to put them to use!
  • DP- Sweet Always SU
  • CS- SU Pretty in Pink; Whisper White
  • Ink- SU Pretty in Pink, Pumpkin, and Chocolate Chip
  • Other- SU stripped grosgrain ribbon, SU eyelet punch, CB Swiss Dots Folder

I've been super exhausted so I never got around to making another card. This one is cuter in person- seems very bright and too pink in the photo :)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Magnolia fab cards!

Two of my Real life stampin sisters and I do a monthly swap where we have a couple of challenges but also have to use items we haven't used yet. I used these images from the Magnolia Easter Collection I bought at the end of March. I used Amy R's tutorial on cutting to help my cutting become cleaner.


  • Stamps- Magnolia; sentiment and flower from Stampin Up
  • Ink- Palette Noir
  • Coloring Medium- Copic Ciaos
  • CS- PaperTrey Ink WhitePaper- Magnolia Urban Prairie
  • Other- distresser, coluzzle, clear embelly


  • Stamps- Magnolia; sentiment CTMH Say it in Style
  • CS- Bazzill, PTI White
  • Designer Paper- American Crafts
  • Ink- Palette Noir
  • Coloring Medium- Copic Ciaos
  • Other- nestabilities label 2, cardboard buttons, primas

Hope you enjoy these! I will be back later with Amy R's Friday sketch challenge!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

ATS DT Wed Challenge- Buttons!

WOW! It has been a long time since I last posted.. I didn't anticipate it taking a week! I didn't craft over the weekend. Amy R took a week off for sketch challenges and then I spent time with family. Most of all, I've just been super exhausted. Hormones are a lovely thing!

Today, the ATS DT issued their new challenge to use buttons! I didn't get to complete last weeks challenge because I couldn't find my microbeads. Anyway, I've been wanting to use more buttons so this is cool! I also got to use my new most favorite set EVA.. Tweeties!! You'll have to get them as soon as you see this card :)

  • Stamps- Birdie from ATS Tweetie Collection; Sentiment from SU Goody Goody Gumdrops
  • Designer Paper- American Crafts and MME
  • CS- PTI White; Bazzil Red
  • Ink- Palette Noir
  • Coloring Medim- Copic Ciaos
  • Other- SU Eyelet Border Punch; Primas; MME Buttons; Nestabilities Labels One

I love the use of buttons with flowers although I didn't sew mine. I used glue dots because me and a needle are not easily compatible. I still have the celebrate! gingersnaps set to use and will definitely be using that this week. I also am expecting my Ladybug Friends set which I won from winning the Anniversary Challenge. I was so excited :) I've never won anything and honestly, winning for CC Designs is just the best since they are absolutely without a doubt my favorite independent stamp company and the customer service is great!

On an unrelated note, check out these pics from Nate today. Getting out of the bath, he looks like Edward Cullen/Robert Pattinson because of his hair! :P

I also have to share this one because Nate was angry that we wouldn't give him his juice so he looks like Edward Cullen the Vampire is trying to get him

LOL- Have a great rest of the week. I'll be back Friday!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Amy R's Friday Sketch #56- Sweet Chick

It literally took me all day yesterday to make my ATS Anniversary Challenge project and after running out to Michael's to use my coupons and laying down new mulch in the flower beds, I finally got to do a little more crafting. I didn't get much done but I did get to do Amy R's challenge, as usual :)

Sweet Chick


  • CS- PTI White
  • DP- Basic Grey Urban Prairie
  • Stamps- Cookie Crumbs' Cupcake Occassions; sentiment from CC Designs Spring Fling
  • Ink- Palette Noir
  • Coloring Medium-Copic Ciaos
  • Other- Nestabilities; easter basket filler (for "bow); stickles; MM Polo Brads

I can't wait to get my craft room done so I can have a good photo set up! This card is very pretty in person! I used my coupon on the BG Urban Prairie Paper... love this paper and I was excited that Mike's had it!! I wanted a cute little image for Easter and since I already had used spring fling a lot, I decided to pull back out Cupcake Occasions for this cutie! I love Diane's sets... she's killing me because she released another gorgeous one I have to have.. argh!

I probably won't post again until this weekend so have a great week! It's the week before Spring Break here which means lots of antsy, hyper kids to deal with (and I have Spring Fever myself!)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

ATS 2nd Anniversary Challenge!

Edit- I changed some of the pictures since the old ones were so dark!!
Well it's no secret that I love ATS. If I could be a demo for them, I'd totally sell their products! CC Designs Stamps are so cute and whimsical- they're just my style. Add Cookie Crumbs Designs and Amy R Stamps to it and wow, it's a triptych of cuteness!!

This month marks their 2nd Anniversary so they are hosting a challenge to use their stamps and possibly win a prize! I already had this table setting planned so it was perfect for this challenge! Unfortunately, the pictures just don't do it justice!

Spring Fling Table Setting

StairStep Card, Egg tree in a pot, styrofoam eggs

Close up of My Egg Tree pot with GingerSnap sitting on the side. Pot was painted Charteuse Green with MM paints. Ribbon is MM. Styrofoam eggs was painted with sweet potato MM paint and covered with primas.

Stair Step Card- First level is the gate which opens to reveal the lamb on the second level. Butterfly is suspended on ribbon on the second level.. Gingersnap is sitting on the third level with her tulips! Paper is by American Crafts. All images were stamped in Palette Noir and colored with copics.

Another front view of the card

View of the card from the top.

My bonus "egg box" with the Hunny Bunny!

I hope my artwork does CC Designs justice! I absolutely adore this company and hope it enables you :)

Friday, April 3, 2009

More $1 stamps!

Happy Friday! Just wanted to share this quick card with ya'll. This uses one of my SU papers, Raspberry Tart. And to think I almost didn't order it- HA!

These fairy stamps were also in the $1 bin at Mike's. I mean, they don't stick to the acrylic very well but they're GORGEOUS, don't you think?! I love reading fantasy so it's right up my alley.. plus, who doesn't love fairies?!

The inlaws will be here today so I am sure I will have stampin time while they visit with Nate. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Worldwide Autism Awareness Day

Nate at a birthday party in March

Just a quick note to all that today is Autism Awareness Day. As a special education teacher, Autism touches me many times each day. More importantly, it touches me as a parent. While it is difficult to hear that your child is on the Autism Spectrum, it is important that we remember it is a piece of the puzzle and that together, we can all find ways to overcome this disorder! We've come a long way since we began a year ago and I know that it has made us stronger and will continue to make Nate stronger throughout his whole life. No matter what, we are so blessed.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Cupcake Mania

Can you believe it's April 1st already?!?
This weekend, I found the cutest cupcake stamps from Mike's for $1! Of course, I had to make a card.. and then I used my new CTMH Cupcake Sprinkles set as well.. add some stickles and it is a little bit of cupcake mania here :)

The background is made from a $1 stamp, as are the 2 cupcakes.. yummy!! The sketch is from Lauren Meader's My Time Saturday Sketches for this week.

Love this CTMH set.. uses the same sketch as above but a little lighter- paper is Candy Lane by SU.

Hope you like- if you have any more q's just leave a comment!

Things I Love..

  • My Family
  • My Beautiful Boys!
  • My Dogs (all 5 of em!)
  • Stamping
  • Scrapbooking
  • Chocolate
  • Shoes and Purses!