Friday, December 31, 2010

Just For You...

So you don't have to share!

I absolutely LOVE the Afterthoughts hostess set and finally had a great chance to use it today to participate in the Mojo Monday 171 sketch challenge and the Curtain Call 62 color challenge!!

Before I share my card... for those of you looking for the NEW YEARS THANK YOU BLOG HOP just click on the link!


Stamps: Afterthoughts
Ink: Pear Pizzazz
Paper: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz DSP
Accessories: Grossgrain White Ribbon, Baja Breeze Seam Ribbon,
 Dimensionals, 1 3/4 & 1 3.8 Circle Punches


New Year's Thank You Card Blog Hop!

Welcome to the New Year’s Thank You Card Blog Hop! If you've come from visiting NICOLLETTE, you're in the right place. If you were just looking at my blog and want to play along with our blog hopping fun, you can go to the beginning at  This blog hop is intended to help you get ideas for  Thank You Cards.  I know I have a few to make, and appreciate ideas when I get them.  There will be opportunities to win some blog candy or get ideas to help you with your New Year’s Resolutions!  So sit back, and enjoy the hop!

The card I've made for you today is actually a preview of the Bold Blossom set in the 2011 Occasions Mini releasing next week!! I couldn't decide what colors to use so I also went by the Stamping 411's color challenge!

I hope you enjoy this card and I would love to have you as a follower! I've posted a few new cards this past week and my goal for the new year is to have a minimum of one post a day! This shouldn't be too hard as I'll be participating in a monthly craft show and plan to make several new cards and some great projects too! I look forward to checking out your blogs too so please leave comments even if you choose not to follow!


Stamps: Bold Blossom
Ink: Rose Red, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron
Accessories: Polka Dot EF, Decorative Label Punch,
Large Pearls, White 5/8 Organza Ribbon, Dimensionals

The next stop on the hop is ANGIE with some more great thank you inspirations!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Occasions Mini Preview - XOXO & Blog Candy

Today I have a card share using a the new XOXO set from the Occasions Mini catalog releasing NEXT week!
I made 24 cards fronts for the Inkin' All Night team swap hosted by Miss Rhonda Morgan and then made an extra 4 cards to donate to OWH. The OWH cards were shipped out on Monday but here is one of the card fronts for the IAN swap! They are actually due today! I'm so glad she lives just down the street from me otherwise I would NEVER be able to get any swaps to her on time! LOL


Stamps: XOXO
Ink: Pretty in Pink
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Lots of Love DSP
Accessories: Top Note Die, Heart Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Polka Dots EF,
Square Lattice EF, Whisper White 5/8 Organza Ribbon, Large Pearls

As mentioned I do have a blog candy opportunity for you all as well. Some of you may have read in previous posts that I have started a challenge site. The site is in the works right now and our first challenge is scheduled to be on February 5, 2011. Anyhow is you're interested in learning how you can enter to win a $25 Gift Certificate for SU! product valid through me then click on the GAB Badge below!!


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Monthly Card Swap on SCS

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to extend an invite... I'm hosting a monthly card swap on SCS. You can check it out HERE!! Hope to see some of you join!!! If you have any questions just let me know!!


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Top 10 of 2010

Hey Everyone!

Tonight's post is actually for a blog hop hosted by Suzi at The Manic World of Mrs. Weyremaster! Check out her page for a complete link list of everyone who is participating! This hop is to share with you all our Top 10 cards of 2010! So here they are in no particular order:

First Valentine Card I made for OWH

First Punch Art Card

First Spotlight Technique Card

First Card with a Button

I just LOVE this layout!

My AMAZING Owl Punch Creation! Mr. & Mrs. Owl Clause

My First Card using Glass Glitter. I LOVE IT!

Clean and Simple Layouts are GREAT!

First Christmas Card in July 2010

Mom's Birthday Card using Embossing & Bleach Technique

Well, now you've seen my faves! Hope you enjoy them!! I can't wait to see what new things 2011 will bring for everyone! I know we are starting the year off with a GREAT Stampin Up 2011 Occasions Catalog and the Sale-a-Bration Promotion is GREAT too! I'm running an EXCLUSIVE PROMOTION because I love them both so much!

Thanks for stopping by! Leave a comment so I can check out your page too!



Today I received my very first blog award!!

I received this cool award from Keri , who's blog Pigtail1's Paper Patch is a daily stop for me! Thanks Keri!

The way this works is after receiving this award I thank and link back to the person wonderful enough to send it to me...then i list 8 facts/statements about myself...finally i pass it on to blogs i've discovered without further ado...

1- I am a SAHM to two beautiful baby boys
2- I absolutely LOVE the at Chocolate SU! set... (2011 Occasions)
3- I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and still reside here!
4- I love to cook
5- I am a HUGE American Cancer Society supporter
6- My boyfriend and I are high school sweethearts
7- My favorite TV shows are House and Desperate Housewives
8- I collect Snow Babies

now to pass it on... here are 8 blogs that totally deserve this award!

Raissa - Arte Em Papel
Debbie - Debbie's Doodles
Marisol - A Touch of Sol
Angela - North Shore Stamper
Suzi - The Manic World...
Deb - Sendable Sentiments
Claudia Rosa - Pretty Pressings
Tara - Tara's Paper Crafts


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sneak Peak, Stampin Royalty Challenge and more!

Hey everyone! Today I have a card I've made based on the Stampin Royalty sketch challenge. I chose to use my new Eat Chocolate set from the Occasions Mini! I was so excited to finally have a moment to use something new and be able to share it with you all! Hope you enjoy it!

Also just a reminder we are looking for a DT at GAB Challenges and I've got some great blog candy to give away when we reach 100 followers so go stop by and check out the site and be sure to follow us even if you're not interested in the DT!!

Stamps: Eat Chocolate
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Decorative Label Punch, Polka Dot & Square Lattice Embossing Folders,
Sponge, Dimensional, 5/8 Marina Mist Grossgrain Ribbon, Small Pearls

This is probably going to be my last post before Christmas so I hope you all have a very Happy Holiday!!


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Cards Made With MDS

Hey everyone!

Today I actually have a share!!! I apologize for being so absent lately. With the Holiday season comes a great deal of stress for some of us and our family being 2 years young it has definitely been just that!

Anyhow here are a couple Christmas cards I made up using MDS. We ended up going with the last one as I liked it better! hehe!


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

GAB Challenges DT Calling!

Truth be told, I chose the wrong time of year and rushed getting the challenge blog going so I have completely started over and am looking for a DT as I currently don't have one! LOL

If you are interested in becoming a part of the DT please check out the website HERE and leave a comment under the DT posting with a link to your blog. I will be choosing a DT around MID JANUARY and would like to get the challenges going in FEBRUARY!

Here is a badge for you to put on your blog and link to! I hope you'll all follow the blog and join the challenges when you can!!

I look forward to hearing from you soon!!



Monday, December 20, 2010

Take advantage of my EXCLUSIVE SU! OFFER!



Place an order of $25.00 or more between now and January 31st and this set could be yours for FREE! Spend more and take advantage of BONUS ENTRIES!! You will receive 2 bonus entries if you spend $50 or more! Just place your order HERE then email me at notifying me that you have place an order and I'll add your name to the drawing!

This set is a level 1 hostess set available in the 2011 Occasions Mini. Winner will be chosen randomly. Winner will be announced and contacted via email on February 1, 2011. Drawing only open to continental US.


Valentine's Day is the second biggest holiday for sending cards, and during the Filled with Love promotion, you and your customers can get an exclusive package of Designer Series Paper perfect for creating cards for family, friends, classmates, and more!
From December 17, 2010 through January 24, 2011, get a FREE package of Bitty Buttons--a $4.95 value--when you purchase an exclusive Filled with Love Bundle. Click here for bundle options and to order now!


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

What a Day! Wednesday 1

Hey everyone! We've added a color challenge at GAB and would love to see your creations! Here is mine using bashful blue, concord crush, and marina mist!

Hope ya like it!


Monday, December 6, 2010

Manic Monday 3

Today has definitely been Manic! Our parents had taken the kids for the weekend so they were at Grandma & Grandpa's one night and Grandma Gia & Papa's the next night and now we have a clingy 18 month old and a spoiled 2 month old! LOL

It was such a nice break for Cullen and I! But we all missed each other! And it's good to have the boys home now we just have to get back on schedule!

Anyways... here is my card for the MM3 sketch at GAB!  On Wednesday we will be holding our first color challenge!! Hope you'll stop by and join us!


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Mug Challenge

This weeks Finally Friday challenge at GAB is to make a 3D mug! They are soo cute! Come join us for the challenge this week! Marisol posted a tutorial for everyone to participate! You can use them as a little gift or table decor. And they're perfect for any occasion!


Friday, December 3, 2010

My first MDS creation!

Ok so for today's birthday share I have a card I made using MDS last night! It's nothing spectacular as I'm still trying to figure out how to use everything! If anyone out there has some pointers or would like to share their fave things to do with MDS feel free to let me know!


Thursday, December 2, 2010


The man in brown came with my birthday present to myself today!!

MDS has been on my list since it was released but I just couldn't see spending my stamp money on it! When I saw it was half off (mind you I didn't notice the sale until Black Friday) I HAD TO HAVE IT!

They ordered it, shipped it and delivered it just in time for me to enjoy my birthday! Yay!


And the Winner is...

First I just want to say thank you to all my new followers! It brightens my day to see more of you interested in my work! And I love to check out your blogs too! And to my old followers who have remained followers and still enjoy my work! It's always nice to see a familiar face commenting on my posts!

When I added up all the comments from the 20th to yesterday I couldn't help but smile! There were 86 comments!! I know that doesn't seem like much to some people but it's tremendous to me as I haven't been blogging for too long and I've only been posting daily for a short time now! Also, coinsidentally 1986 is the year I was born! LOL

Without further ado...

Comment #84 was posted by Anne Marie! Here is the comment she posted on my MM2 card upgrade post!

Congrats Anne! You've got good luck when it comes to my blog candy apparently!! I believe I still have your address in my email. I will get it out to you next week!

Sorry I still haven't had a chance to post a photo but there is some good stuff I just don't see myself using so I hope you'll be able to!!


Happy Birthday to Me!!

Todays the day! I'm officially 24!

I'm so lucky! I get to spend the day with my boys! And my weekend with my amazing boyfriend cause the boys are off to visit their grandparents! Yay! 2 whole days baby free! I'm so excited for this break! I'm definitely going to miss them! Being a SAHM is the most rewarding job in the world and a true blessing! I wouldn't trade it for all the money in the world! Every now and then it's nice to have a break though! = )

Oh! Before I forget again... The other day I made a comment about how I actually remembered my age... So earlier this year I was at a get together with my uncles family and his sister and I were talking. I hadn't seen her since I was about 13 or so. In the midst of our conversation about how crazy it was that she felt like it was just yesterday that I was a child and now here I was a mother to a 10 month old she asked how old I was... I seriously just stood there are froze. I COULDN'T FOR THE LIFE OF ME REMEMBER MY AGE! Talk about embarrassing! After a minute or so I said 22 then I spit out 24 because I did the math in my head but then I remembered I hadn't had my birthday yet so then I yelled out 23! FINALLY I had my age right! It was so sad but so funny at the same time! I couldn't believe I had to stop and think about it as long as I did let alone think about it period! I think that's what kids do to you!

Good times! Good times!

So back to todays birthday share, I thought I'd put some butterflys in the air! hehe! I actually made this card last week but I absolutely LOVE it and wanted it to be my birthday post so I delayed posting it! It's pretty simple and easy but it's one of my favorites!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Fancy Flower & 2 1/2" Circle Punches

They're now available!

Click below to order!

2 1/2" Circle Punch
Fancy Flower Punch

For all your other Stampin' needs you can browse the SU store HERE!

Birthday Squared

Welcome back for you guessed it! Another birthday card in celebration of my birthday week! Yay!

This was actually created for a sketch swap on a yahoo group I belong to. I posted a Christmas version a week or so ago and decided I needed a birthday one too because I like the sketch so much. At first I had a hard time deciding what paper to use but then I remember a post I saw the other day over at Anne Maries blog. She made a beautiful Christmas card with some DSP she had hoarded from last year so I decided to use up some old paper for this quick and simple card!

Thanks for inspiring me Anne! It's definitely time for me to stop being such a paper hoarder otherwise everything I have is going to be old and retired!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Get Your Orders in Time for Christmas!

Just a reminder:

All orders we receive by December 15, 2010, will be picked, packaged, and delivered to our courier in plenty of time to arrive by December 24, 2010

But as you know, we cannot control delivery times; holiday mail volumes are high, and our delivery services encourage customers to ship as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

So place your orders HERE before it's too late!

MM#2 Birthday Upgrade!

As promised, here is my birthday card for today! It's actually my card from the MM#2 sketch at GAB Challenges with an extra addition! I decided it simply needed a little more! It's so amazing how something so small can change the entire look of a card! I've posted the orginal first and the upgrade below!

Which one do you like best? Leave a comment telling me which one you like better and you may just be the lucky winner to a surprise blog candy!



The Watercolor Wonder Crayons are now available for purchase. The new Watercolor Wonder Crayons were delayed due to a major relocation of our supplier. We now have inventory and you can start ordering today!

There is a New Color Kit (#120949, $39.95) you can order if you already have the old Watercolor Wonder Crayon sets. This kit includes 4 new trays, 4 inserts, and 4 tins as well as the 17 new and previously unavailable color crayons: Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Tangerine Tango, Wild Wasabi, River Rock, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, Basic Gray.

If ordering complete sets (rather than just the new Color Kit), some of the color sleeves might feature old artwork on them. This does not affect the quality of the crayons; we simply need to deplete inventory of crayons with the old artwork before we use crayons featuring the new artwork. Here is the ordering information for the new Watercolor Wonder Crayon sets:

Subtles (#119802, $16.95)
Regals (#119803, $16.95)
Brights (#119804, $16.95)
Neutrals (#119805, $16.95)

Thanks for your patience!

If you prefer to place your order directly through me instead of online or have questions please leave me a comment with a way to contact you!

MM#2 Christmas Card

Today I've got another card I've made for the Manic Monday #2 sketch challenge over at GAB Challenges! Hope you'll stop by and give our sketch a try!

Monday, November 29, 2010

MM#2 - GAB Challenges

Hey everyone!

It's another Manic Monday sketch challenge! Go check it out at GAB Challenges! Here's one of my creations for the challenge!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Birthday Bliss


That's right! It's my birthday week! I'll be 24 on Thursday! I actually remembered my age! Ha! I'll explain that one in a later post for those of you who are wondering...

Anyhow, in honor of my birthday I'm going to be posting at least one birthday card everyday this week! For some reason I find birthday cards to be challenging. I'm not sure why. I have tons of older SU! birthday sets but I'm not too crazy about many of the new ones... That may be my problem!

Anyhow here is my post for today! I'll try to get info up soon!

As always thank you for coming by and checking out my blog! Don't forget tomorrow is Manic Monday at GAB Challenges so be sure to stop by for a new sketch challenge!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Blog Hop - Mr. & Mrs. Clause Owl Tutorial

Hey everyone!

Welcome to the Christmas Card Blog Hop! If you've come from visiting Jamie, you're in the right place. If you were just looking at my blog and want to play along with our blog hopping fun, you can go to the beginning at Crafty Card Gallery. This blog hop is intended to get you in the Christmas Spirit.... If you haven’t already started/finished your Christmas cards, hopefully this will inspire you to come up with an idea... and maybe you can win some blog candy or get ideas for great Christmas gifts (whether they’re on your list or for someone else!). So if you aren’t braving the malls and can get some computer time, come join us for some fun!

Some of you may have seen my Mr. & Mrs. Clause Owl card I posted yesterday for the Finally Friday Sparkle challenge at GAB (Gimme A Break) Challenges. I decided to give everyone a tutorial as it was requested. These were really easy cards to make and I had so much fun puting them together!

Mr. & Mrs. Clause Owls

You will need:
Jolly Old St Nick Stamp Set $17.95 #121321
Clear Block E $11.95 #118484
Two Step Owl Punch $16.95 #118074
Basic Black $6.95 #121045
Whisper White CS $8.50 #100730
Soft Suede CS $6.95 #115318
Crumb Cake CS $6.95 #120953
Chunky Essentials Stampin Glitter $15.95 #108797
Early Esspresso Classic Ink Pad $5.95 #119670
Real Red Marker $3.50 #100052
2-Way Glue Pen $3.50 #100425

1. Punch the two-step owl in both crumb cake and soft suede.

2. Punch the medium circles only in whisper white for the eyes.

3. Punch the smallest circles in black cardstock.

4. Piece together your owls using the 2-way glue.

5. Set your owls aside. You now need Jolly Old St. Nick,
 Block E, Early Espresso Ink, Whisper White CS.

6. To save paper, ink up the Santa face stamp and only stamp
the top portion twice as you only need the hats.
7. Color one Santa hat with Real Red.
8. Color the second hat as shown above.

9. Cut out your Santa hats as show above.

10. Now you will need to trim your hats down as shown
so they'll fit on your owls heads properly.

11. Using your 2-way glue start with the white on the hats and cover them
with chunky silver glitter. Repeat this with the red on the hats using chunky red glitter.

12. Your owls and hats should look as seen above.
Now all you have to do is put it on your card!

Don't miss out on the Online Spectacular sale!
Sale ends on November 30th!

Thanks for looking and please feel free
 to leave comments or questions!

Be sure to stop by Sharon's blog for some
more great Christmas inspiration!



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