Friday, January 30, 2009

Note Card Set-Part 2

This is the first set I did the other night. It took longer than I thought, but maybe that's because I was gossiping on the phone and watching Criminal Minds at the same time.

But first I want to say thanks to everyone who gave me advice on how I should market these note cards for my Walk. Great advice! I have decided to do 8 cards with white envelopes packaged in a clear envelope for $10. My first set, as you can see, also included some dsp on it. I have decided not to use dsp, just a colored stamp somewhere in the corner and in the bottom corner of the envelope. It moved much quicker and I was able to make the sets faster. I did 2 more sets last night using Real Red and Briliant Blue as the cardstock base. I'll post those later on tonight.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Note Card Set

Hello out there,
I wanted to share with you a very cute idea. In my SU group we received a beautiful notecard set for Christmas. As you can see this beautiful set consists of 20 notecards, which are just SU Very Vanilla CS cut in fours and stamp at the bottom corner. The notecards are wrapped together with a vellum band and embellished using the punches. Now what I think really sets this gift apart is how they decorated the holder. Which I am told was just an acrylic photo frame without the cardboard back. How stinkin' clever is that? And then it was decorated with double-sided DSP. Now I've been looking for these frames or something comparable and have had no luck. The one place I have not checked yet is Hobby Lobby.
Now I was thinking, wouldn't this be a great way to raise money for my walk? I would offer the notecards and the money raised would go directly to the March for Babies. I have decided to include a small note explaining the walk and why we are doing it. Now here is where I need your help...
  • ...should I package them in just the clear envelopes?(cost would be cheaper)
  • many should I offer in a package?
  • much should I charge?
Help me out ladies, I need all your great ideas!!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

A Little Love

I wanted to share a card I did for one of the monthly swaps I participate in on SCS. Well, I finally got some inspiration back. Weekend before last I was a really lazy stamper. I just wasn't in the mood to step foot into my craft room. Everytime I would go in there I couldn't even begin to think of what I wanted to do. But this weekend was a lot better. I completed 2 cards for my monthly swaps, I did 2 sets of card kits for swaps I'm in, and I even stamped out some images for another swap. Wow-that's a lot for me. Unfortunately, I can only tell you that I used SU's Pink Pirouette for the card base. All the other material was sent to me from the hostess.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

March for Babies

Just a quick side-note. I have decided to walk in the March for Babies Walk for Premature Awareness sponsored by the March of Dimes. The walk will take place on Sunday April 26, 2009. I have thought about doing this for about 3 years and have never gone beyond "thinking". Well this is the year for me to do it. I plan to get my boys involved as well because they are the reason I am doing this. Why? Because Alexander was born 10 weeks early weighing 2 pounds and 10 ounces and Nickolas was born 14 weeks early weighing 1 pound and 1 ounce. So what better way to help out an organization who had a big "behind the scenes" effect on the survival of my two boys.
Wish me luck-it's a 3 mile walk!!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

A Blogger Award!!!

Wow...I can't believe it, I have been awarded

by two talented Teresas. First by Teresa Kline and then by Teresa Payne-Neal. These two Teresas are super talented and you won't be dissapointed when you visit their blogs. Thanks so much ladies for thinking of me. HUGS!!!

Now I must pass this award along to some more talented ladies. Check back later for the list.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Family Portrait

Hello Everyone,

I thought my kids would get a kick out of seeing themselves online, so here is a picture of me and my family. We took this picture back in December of 2006, I guess it's time for an update.

Of course you can guess who I am. And the big guy is my hubby Andrew. The guy to the left is Alexander and the little guy to the right is Nickolas. We also have an 11-year old old english bulldog named Brandy. And that completes my family.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

A Girly Girl Card...

Hi Everyone,

I hope most of you are in warmer conditions. It is currently -9 degrees in my part of Illinois. No school for the kiddies and a "I'm going in late today" for me. Who can be on time for work in this type of weather?

Well on to my card for today. I have to say that I absolutely loooovvvved coloring this image last night. First I have to give a big thank you to "craftycrunchymama" (Susan) over on SCS for sending me these Sugar Nellie images of "Daisy". She is so adorably cute. I am going to have to purchase this stamp. That is, when it comes off of backorder. Well here she goes... Isn't she the cutest? I think I fell in love with this image because I don't have any girls of my own, and she just looks like what a little girl of mine would look like. Well enough of the mushy stuff, because this image is as close to a little girl I will get. Not counting my 3 neices.

And I am so proud to say that I used my SU markers to color her in. Get to know me and you will know that I-should I say it?-o.k. here it goes..."I hate SU markers!" I know, I know, how dare an SU demo say such a horrible thing. Shame on me. But I always get an ugly picture using them. Maybe the old saying practice makes perfect holds true for SU markers also. Because I do like the way she turned out. However, I did use a black prismacolor pencil to color her hair in.

Well I guess I should get to work, I did just get here only about 30 minutes ago. Have a warm day!!!

Oh, here is the inside of the card. I don't always decorate the inside but since I used such a simple sentiment on the front I thought I would make room for someone to write a personal message.

Stamp Set: It's All Good
CS: SU Real Red, SU Whisper White, DSP-Summer Picnic

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Blogger Group 7 Challenge

Well this is my first Valentine's Day card for 2009

The blogger group that I belong to over on SCS has decided to do monthly challenges. So I opened my big mouth and threw out the first challenge. It was to make a Valentine's Day card, but you could not use red, pink, or white in the card. Believe me it was a little challenging. Only because I am so use to grabbing my whisper white cs. And I couldn't believe how much dsp I have with red, pink, or white in it. But I made it and was pretty happy with the results.
And I also want to send a thank you credit to "chandapie" on SCS. I cased her card fold from our monthly card swap group. "Thanks Chanda"!!!
CS: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze(textured)
DSP: Manchester
Stamp Set: So Much(flower) and For A Friend(sentiment)
Embellies: Flower Fusion Too, Vintage Brads

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A Quick Side-Track Project

Or should I say "A Very Quick Side-Track Project". O.K. I am one who gets side-tracked very easily. I can be in the middle of doing something and come across something totally different and I will drop what I am doing and completely start off in another direction. Never-mind I got a pile of the first project I was working on in the middle of the floor. Well that is what happened to me on Wednesday. As I was cleaning my craft room (which by way I should take some pictures of and post them-see told you I go off in different directions-I was just about to leave my computer and get my camera-LOL) O.K. back to the post, as I was cleaning my craft room I was putting some paper away in one of my magazine holders and a rub-on sheet was partially stuck to it. So instead of throwing out the whole image, I carefully cut around it and then did a quick scan of my craft room to see what I could do with this small piece of rub-on. Well on the floor in the "things that need to be put away" I found this picture frame and began rubbing. So for the next 2 minutes I designed...VOILA!!! ...a cute little frame to put a picture of me and my DH in. That is if I can find one. It's probably in the "things that need to be put away" file. Talk to you later...

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Another Swap Card

Here is another card I did for a swap. I made the choice to stay simple. And since I was using SU-Pink Pirouette classic ink, you may not be able to see a lot of the stamping. This card was made using a DSP that I had bought months ago and SU-Bravo Burgundy & Very Vanilla CS and SU-Very Vanilla Ribbon. I also used the square scallop & corner rounder punches by SU.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Monthly Swap Card

I finally took a break from the "driving me crazy" blog and finished both January cards for the SCS monthly swap groups I am in. I believe I mentioned before that I am participating in three 6-month swaps where there are 6 participants and each person is the hostess for one of the months. The hostess sends out a card kit to each participant with enough materials to make 6 cards. You then send out a card to the other 5 participants. It's nice to see how different everyone uses the same materials. Sorry I am unable to give you specific info on the DSP because it comes from someone else.

This card was made using SU- Rose Red CS, SU-Vintage Brads, SU-Silver Chunky Glitter, SU-So Swirly Jumbo Wheel used with Versamark

Now I really liked the DSP that was sent for this card. This is one of my favorite color combos. I attempted to do a funky fold/opening with this one. Plus it is not a standard size card. I used SU- Pink Pirouette CS and some brown eyelets. The ribbon was supplied by the hostess also.

I'm so glad to be off the blog designing frenzy. I feel so freeeeeee!!!! Hope you enjoyed these two cards. Talk to you soon...

Sunday, January 4, 2009

I'm Almost There

Whew...I have been working on this crazy blog most of Saturday night and a good part of this Sunday morning. At least I can see some progress, because I went to bed last night completely frustrated. I have to say that this screw-up has actually made me a little-and I do mean a LITTLE-more blog savvy. At least I know what I am doing, and now I just have to build upon it.

As you can see I have also added a little more color and spice. I purchased a blog kit from Shabby Miss Jenn . I found out about this website through reading many posts on SCS. And it didn't cost much at all. It was about $5.50 and there were several templates to choose from. You just download the files and start working. There is also a video tutorial on the website that I used while putting my blog back together again. The one thing that I hate about all this is that I lost soome valuable stamping time this weekend. Especially when I had a swap that was all designed, cut, and ready to be assembled. Well I still have the rest of the day. Talk to you guys later, and hopefully the next post will be card related!!!

Saturday, January 3, 2009


As you can probably see, I have royally screwed up my blog. BIG TIME!!! Was trying my hand at adjusting my template some and lost all of my sidebars. I feel like I just came from getting my hair done and now I have green hair.

Be patient with me, I'm still reading "Blogging for Dummies"

Thursday, January 1, 2009


It's 2009...
...and I wish all of you a GREAT New Year.

My resolutions have been made, and I am not one to make those. But I resolve this year to get more organized. And boy do I need it. I'm on track now because I spent most of Wednesday evening cleaning and organizing my craft room. But it doesn't stop there. I need organization throughout my whole life; my bedroom, bathroom, car, kitchen, basement, work cubicle. I can go on and on. But I know all resolutions start out well. You're so good in the beginning, but by March it's all down hill.

My second resolution is to lose weight. Now I know that is probably what 90% of women in the world are looking to do. Well I hope this is definitely something I can keep up. I refuse to have a big butt on my husband's new Harley. I just refuse. Never mind that you should lose weight to get healthy, I am losing weight to look cute for the Harley!!! Now that's an incentive. LOL Maybe it will work this time.