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January 2008

Cindy's Valentine Projects

My good friend, Cindy, has been VERY busy making projects for a local craft store in her town. And having a BLAST!!! Here are some of the projects she's come up with for Valentine's Day.

These are Coaster Post-It Note Holders - they are magnetic to stick on the fridge!

And here we have candy bar holders.

Here are some candy boxes.

These are candy holder purses.

And here's the Purse Tree that her wonderful hubby made for displaying!!! Isn't he GREAT???

Stampin' Up! Gives Away 85 Cruises!!!!

Shelli Gardner, co-founder of Stampin' Up!, surprised members of the Utah National Guard with a special gift--a cruise to Bermuda! 85 members of the Utah National Guard and their guests will be joining many of our Stampin' Up! demonstrators on our annual cruise this year, as a thank you for the service they render to our country.

For more information check out these two stories.
Utah company surprises National Guard members with cruise

Sketch Challenge #2

Happy Sunday!!! Here's the sketch for Technostamper's weekly sketch challenge:

Here's the card I came up with!!!

Stamps: So Many Scallops; Birthday Whimsy (....and many more!)

Ink: Lovely Lilac; Regal Rose Craft Ink

Cardstock: Lovely Lilac; Whisper White; Flowers for You Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Scallop Punch; Quick Kutz Nesting Flowers Die Cut; Cuddlebug; Color Coach; Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder

This is so weird...I don't know why everything is double spaced's making me mad. Anyhow, I used the Color Coach to trace the turquoise designer paper circle...isn't that funny!!! That Color Coach is worth it's weight in gold!!!! The scallop is stamped with Regal Rose Craft Ink and embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder for that BLING effect!

Again this was SUPER fun!!! I started with the balloons from the Birthday Whimsey stamp set, stamped and embossed them with Iridescent Ice embossing powder too - I cut them all out and tried like crazy to make my sketch challenge card with just didn't work for me....soooooooo I finished the card above for the challenge and then couldn't toss those beautiful balloons I painstakingly cut out.....and the result was the card I posted just before this post! These challenges really make me think outside the box and I LIKE that!

Here's a link to look at other cards made with this same sketch. They will be posted at Noon on Mondays:

Thanks for looking!

Havin' a BLAST!

I've been having a blast with my Sale-A-Bration stamp sets!!!! Today was a VERY productive day for me....even if I did have to get up at 6:45 on a Saturday - ARHGHhhhhhhhhh. Big basketball tournament this weekend...unfortunately, we lost both games, but the girls gave it their best....and my kid got hurt.... alot...huge rug burn all the way up the side of her calf and another one that's still swollen on the same knee and another one on the other knee...that one's not as bad. YES - I did say rug burn! We played at a small parochial school and their gym doubles as their church service the entire gym floor is carpeted!!!! It's terrible. My darling daughter also hit the floor and smacked the back of her head REALLY REALLY HARD! She's a brutal player. After all that, my hubby says "this is the 3rd time she's been crying on this court.....THAT'S WHY YOU DON'T PLAY BASKETBALL IN THE LIVING ROOM!!!!" Isn't he funny??? We were at this school last week for a regular game and she smacked her head that time too....maybe she's confusing this basketball thing with wrestling...or maybe it's the concussion??? NO - just messin' with you! By the way....she's not a cry baby....I've seen her get kicked in the mouth during a soccer game and she's taken a knee to the stomach too...without tears....she's a tough kid. That's why I knew all three of these times is was REALLY REALLY bad. Ok - off track.....

Back to business......I can't share everything with you that I made tonight...not enough's 1:55 in the morning and remember I HAD TO GET UP EARLY TODAY!!!! And I don't want to spoil the element of surprise for my Stamp-A-Stackers....but I will share this card with you:
This is made with the Sale-A-Bration stamp set - Birthday Whimsy!!! I stamped the balloons with Craft Inks (Lovely Lilac, Tempting Turquoise & Regal Rose) and embossed them with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder - I LOVE that stuff - BLING BLING!!! I also used the Flowers for You Designer Series paper and drew the strings for the balloons with a black marker.
That's all I can give you for today! I hate to for my Technostamper Sketch Challenge card tomorrow!

Anniversary Card

Happy FRIDAY!!!! I had to share this gorgeous card I made for my mom and dad for their's almost completely I don't get any credit. I do know beauty when I see it though!!! LOL!

I used my new FABULOUS FLOWERS stamp set...for the 1st time! It's been starring at me for almost 2 weeks now - I could hear it saying "CUT ME, MOUNT ME"....whoa, now that's getting a little obscene...this is a CLEAN blog people! LOL

You have to click on the picture to get a better view - I stamped and cut out the flowers and then I smooshed them in VersaMark ink and embossed them with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. Don't ya just love it???? I also used the Cuddlebug for the Artichoke background behind the flower. I think my mom is gonna be really dad...well he acts like he's impressed, but I don't think he really "gets" it!!! LOL Bless his heart! He tries and I'll give him an A+ for effort!

I also used my new WONDERFUL FAVORITES word set - YES - that was screaming obscene things at me too!


Like the crazy person I am....I've gotten myself in WAY over my head!!! LOL I joined a bunch of swaps right away last fall for the March Stampin' Up! cruise to Bermuda. One of the swaps is a 12" x 12" double page layout....that sounds pretty cool, I think.....but I have to make 26 sets of the 12" x 12" double page layouts!!!! I told you....I've lost my mind!!!!!!!!!!!! Here's the GREAT part - I will be coming home with 25 double page layouts - this will fill 2 scrapbooks!!!!! Once I get my photos know, some time in May.....I can just pop them into all my completed pages!

So - I figure that since I have all this work to do and SAB is coming up - which has me booked to the hilt (not complaining - very happy about this) - I better get my butt going. That's kind of my New Year's try and get things done before the last possible minute! I know Cindy will be proud of me! (that's a little inside joke) LOL

Soooooooooooo, last night I came up with the pages below for my Bermuda scrapbook swap! I wanted to use colors that were fresh and bright - that's what I figured a tropical vacation page should be!

You can click on any of the pictures to blow them up and get a better view.

Here's both pages together:

Here's a closer view of the left page:

Here's a view of the right you might ask....what is that vellum doing there? I plan to blow one of my photos up to 5"x7" and place it directly under the vellum.....which I'm going to run through my printer with my journaling on it!!!!! How cool is that???? I did this for a layout with my daughter and her puppy (Rudy). Those pages are on my blog someplace last year. It's a really cool technique and I can't wait to show you the pages loaded with photos!

Page Details
Stamps: Three for You Punch Box; Be Happy
Ink: So Saffron; Regal Rose; Certainly Celery
Cardstock: So Saffron; Very Vanilla; Regal Rose; Certainly Celery; Vellum (not cardstock)
Accessories: Scallop Punch; 1 1/4 & 1 3/8 Circle Punch; Photo Corner Punch; Aged Copper Hodgepodge Hardware Kit; Linen Thread; Celery Ribbon; Dimensionals

Wish me luck!!!!!

January Scrapbook Pages!!!

Here are the pages my scrapbooking group made for our January class!!! The strip of soft sky that runs across both pages is where the photos should be placed. It is meant for vertical for me this would be a problem! I don't take many of those...and I wanted this page to be a theme - a bunch of photos of the same event. I get my photos printed at Walgreens - I just download them to my computer from my camera and upload them to the Walgreens Photo website. It's SUPER user-friendly. On their website - I can crop my photos - which allowed me to make them all vertical! PROBLEM SOLVED!!!!! Walgreens Photo is photos are usually ready for pick up in 20 minutes!!!!
Stamps: Priceless; So Swirly Jumbo Wheel
Ink: Blue Bayou
Cardstock: Blue Bayou; Soft Sky; Whisper White
Accessories: 1 3/8" Circle Punch; Scallop Punch; Jumbo Eyelets; Rhinestone Brads; Dimensionals; Crop-A-Dile
The background pages are Blue Bayou. I took a piece of 12" x 12" Soft Sky cardstock and cut it in half so I would have 2 pieces 6" x 12" - that is what I used for the photo layer. I then cut strips of Blue Bayou for my journaling and stamped the little flower on some of them from the Priceless stamp set. My scallop layers flowers are raised up with dimensionals.
The white strips were stamped with the Swirly Jumbo wheel and a Blue Bayou ink cartridge. They are 12" x 1" and 3"x 1" - two of each. We inserted the Jumbo Eyelets with the FABULOUS Crop-A-Dile!!!
On my finished product....I finally got to try out the NEW Rub-Ons!!! This is a close-up of the Rub-On I chose for my page:
I have never used Rub-On's before.....but I've been getting some feedback from my customers about how the rub-on's from the stores are kind of cranky to use...they don't rub-on very well and most of them tear....... Stampin' Up's new Rub-On's are of SUPERIOR quality - I didn't have any of that nonsense going on at all!!!! They were simple and I LOVE the elegant look they give to my page!
You can use these on just about anything! Cell phones, buttons, ribbon, glass coffee mugs (not sure about putting them through the dishwasher...), plastic - ANYTHING!
Below is the finished product....that's my baby (yea...I know...she's 13!) with her new snowboard! She's getting really good with it - at her last adventure at Nordic Mountain a couple weeks ago she came home saying she was "getting some serious air" going over the jumps!!! We have double checked that our health insurance is in GOOD standing!!! LOL
NOW - I have to go get my butt stamping - need more money to pay for those expensive lift tickets!!!!
P.S. It's below zero, temperature wise, here today and for the last several days. My dungeon of a basement serves as my "stampin' paradise." I have mulitple layers of clothing on to prepare me for this adventure today....long johns, wool socks, heavy slippers. The dungeon has no heat source....wish me well!

Rachael's Awesome Card! - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more

My demo - Rachael was able to come over for a little while on Saturday to play with some SAB sets and this is what she came up with!

Here's the inside of the card:

I just love cards that have a window in them to reveal MORE inside!!!! Way to go Rachael!