Saturday, October 30, 2010

SSCC Ribbon Challenge



Thanks for stopping by today to see my project using ribbon!  For today’s project, I have done a candle.  Yes, I know Vivi already did a candle, but I had already decided to do one before I ever saw hers!  She & I talked and I decided to go ahead with mine since it’s different than hers.  So…… ya go!  :o)


For this project, I used:


This was a really simple project!  The most time-consuming part of it was embossing the Core’dinations Cardstock.  The first time I did it, I ended up “debossing” the side I needed embossed.  DOH! 

We hope to see your ribbon project linked up on our Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central blog! 

I hope you and your family enjoy a happy & safe Halloween weekend! 

Thanks again for stopping by!!


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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Protect the Ta-Tas!!!

It’s October!  That means it’s breast cancer awareness month!  McMahan Five  Designs is giving away a really cute digital stamp (shown in the blinkie below) IF you PROMISE to do your monthly self-check! 
Want the stamp?  Click the blinkie HERE.  :o)
Only at McMahon Five Designs
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bilmalarna Anything Goes Challenge



I’m the next Design Team member to provide you with a little “Anything Goes” inspiration.  I used a cute sketch Sheri made and came up with the card below.  I think I need a leaf die!  Wouldn’t a leaf look cute behind my flower?  Or should Christmas/Holiday cards not have flowers and leaves since there really aren’t any flowers and leaves during that time of year??  Hmm…….!?  I dunno!  But it needed something, SO a flower it was!  LOL


Products used on this project:

Please join us in our current challenge of “Anything Goes” at our Bildmalarna Design Team Blog.  We would LOVE to see what you create!!  :o)

Thanks for stopping by today!  See you soon………



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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central – Gift Card Holder


Hello!!  I’m so happy to “see” you today! 

Our current challenge at Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central is to create a Gift Card Holder.  Hmm…….I’ve never created one of those before!!  So, I did what any crafter in need would do!  I went in search of some ideas via YouTube.  I found THIS tutorial from ChickNScratch that was both easy and cute!  Also, in my search, I found THIS tutorial that I just HAD to make to go with my gift card holder.  Both extremely easy!!  Here are some photos of the items I made:


Isn’t this paper just ADORABLE?!  And that Sleeping Baby Tilda stamp is just to-die-for cute!!! 


A photo of the front of the brag book and the opened gift card holder.  The gift card slides into that middle section.  It was soooo easy to make!!


Sorry for the dark photo!  My camera didn’t want to flash on this one!  ha!

This is the back of the gift card holder and brag book.  I guess it really doesn’t matter which way you open the gift card holder.  I made it so that whichever way you open it, the papers are the correct orientation and both outside sections have a piece of patterned paper pop-dotted onto it.

  • Image – Sleeping Baby Tilda
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seven
  • Copics – E000, E0000, E21, Y11, Y00, Y000, C00
  • Chipboard
  • Clear A2 Envelopes
  • Inking – Tim Holtz Acrylic Paint Daubers
  • Patterned Papers – Debbie Mumm Nursery Rhyme Paper Stack
  • Misc – Ribbon, Eyelets
  • Stampin Up Dazzling Diamonds (on the wings)


See that Sleeping Baby Tilda?  Doesn’t that just make you melt??  Babies are so cuddly and cute!  *sigh*


I added some Stampin Up Diamond Dust to her wings using the Sakura Quickie Glue Pen.  I just LOVE this pen! 

I also cut my image out and layered her on the Labels Seven set to make it look like she’s sleeping on the book.  After all, this is a nursery rhyme theme brag book.  :o)


The patterned paper I used on the inside cover of the brag book and the embellishments and papers on the gift card holder are from the store “Hey Diddle, Diddle”.  Cute, glittered and glazed cardstock!!

I wanted my book to be a little sturdier than the one in the video, so I used chipboard to make my book.  I’ve never made a chipboard book (that I recall), so this is another first for me!  ha!

Directions for the brag book:

  1. Measure the length & width of the envelopes and cut two pieces of chipboard 1/4” to 1/2” bigger than the height and width of the envelopes…depending on your preference!
  2. Score the chipboard for the front cover 1” from one end.  Repeat on the back cover.  This will be the “spine” of your book.  Go ahead and fold along your scored lines so you can start to form your book.
  3. Cut four pieces of paper for the front and back inside &  outside covers of the chipboard.  To get the measurement for this, measure from the scored line to the end.  You will cut your paper about 1/8 inch shorter than this and the height will be the same as your book.  I used coordinating papers from the paper pack.  This is your preference.
  4. Cut two more pieces of paper for the outside front and back covers for the “spine” of your book.  This will be approximately 7/8” wide and whatever the height of your book is.  You don’t really need this piece of paper for the inside cover.  It’s not going to show one way or the other!  The reason I did it this way is because when you want to open your book, your paper needs some wiggle room.  If you glue it all down as one piece or don’t take that extra 1/8” off of your measurements, it’s not going to open and close as easily.  These measurements are hard to explain, so email me if you have any questions!  :o)
  5. Ink the edges of your papers and chipboard.  I used “Lettuce” because it matches the colors in my paper pack. 
  6. Adhere your papers to the chipboard, taking care that you place the pieces on the correct inside/outside and front/back cover.  This is also the point in time where you make sure your papers are going in the correct direction so your papers aren’t upside down when you’re done!  It helps to put your chipboard pieces together and place the papers in the appropriate spot on your chipboard.  I used my PINK ATG GUN to adhere the papers.
  7. Color your image and gather whatever embellishments you’d like to use on your book. 
  8. I chose to use eyelets for my book so I could add some ribbon.  The height of my book is 5”, so I measured and marked every 1” down the spine of my book.  Once I got those measurements, I punched with my Crop-a-Dile 1/2” in on the spine and on every 1” mark.  Remember, your measurements may be different, depending on the height of your book. 
  9. Set your eyelets in the holes you punched.  I used 4 eyelets for the front cover and 4 eyelets for the back cover.
  10. Grab your envelopes!  You’ll need baby powder, corn starch or your embossing buddy for this step!  Remove the adhesive cover from your first envelope, apply powder to get rid of the stickiness.  Repeat for the remaining envelopes.  I used 10 envelopes in my book, so there can be 20 photos in this brag book.  That may be too many, but I’d rather provide too many pages than not enough!  :o)
  11. Now comes the most difficult part of this entire project……..punching the holes in those slippery little envelopes - LOL!  Make sure you have all of your envelopes going in the same direction!  I put my envelope openings to the front of the book with the open end of the envelopes on the end closest to the spine.  Once you get them where you want them on your cover (doesn’t matter which one, really, but I would not recommend putting both covers on.  You want to be able to see your envelopes to make sure they don’t shift when you punch your holes).  I would recommend taking a binder clip and clipping them down in a couple of places to make sure they don’t move. 
  12. At this point, I took a paper-piercer and pierced through the holes of the eyelets, then went back and punched the holes with the 1/8” Crop-a-Dile.
  13. Now line your covers and envelopes up according to the holes and add your ribbons. 
  14. Embellish and gift or enjoy for yourself. 

It’s kind of difficult to explain all of this in type and I didn’t think to take photos along the way…..however, if you have issues when you’re making yours and/or have questions about any of my directions, please leave a comment on this post and I’ll get an email from Blogger saying I have a new post.  :o)

Now, if I haven’t totally lost your interest by this point – woohoo!  If not, I’ll remind you of our current challenge at Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central to make a gift card holder. 

I hope you’ll join us!  There is a prize involved for the winner!!!!



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Tuesday, October 12, 2010



Thank you to everyone who joined in my blog candy giveaway!  I have drawn a winner through  Here is the screen showing the winning #.



And who is #25??? 




Congratulations, Joni!  Please email me with your address so I can get your prize to you!  :-)

To everyone else who joined in on the blog candy…….THANK YOU!!  I hope to give another one away soon, so please keep an eye out!  You just never know…………………..


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Monday, October 11, 2010



Monday Madness Sales

Many items are on Sale/Clearance
at Stamping Scrapping

ALL orders receive a sample pack of
Cryogen paper. All 100.00+ orders receive
a FREE Scent for a Cure Scent and a
bonus sample pack of Halloween paper!

Monday ONLY from 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. EST you will
receive 2 Stamp Money Certificates for each
Bildmalarna, Magnolia, House Mouse or Gilli Stamp
purchased. This is equal to an additional 20% discount
off our prices.
Order $60.00 and its FREE shipping!

Here is the link to our stamp club (no there is no charge
to be a member just buy a stamp & you’re in)

Well, what are you still doing here?!  Get on over to Stamping Scrapping and start SHOPPING!!!!  I’ll see you there………  ;o)


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Sunday, October 10, 2010

House Mouse – Lavender/Purple Challenge


Hello there!!

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to stop by my blog today!  I truly appreciate ALL of my visitors and hope you see something that inspires you to pull out your stamps, Spellbinders, papers, etc and CREATE! 

Do you just LOVE House Mouse & their adorable friends??  They’re CUTE, aren’t they!?  There are so many cute ones that can be used for soooo many occasions!  If you don’t own any of these cuties yet, please hop on over to Stamping Scrapping and shop ‘til your heart’s content.  Cindy will be more than happy to take care of your shopping needs!!  And speaking of Cindy’s store, did you hear the news?  She’s doing a SALE tomorrow, October 11.  Shh….don’t tell anyone!  It’s a SECRET!!!  ;o)

The current theme at House Mouse And Friends is to create something using a House Mouse, Happy Hoppers or Gruffies image and Lavender or Purple to create something – card, 3D project, bookmark, layout, etc. 


Look!  Look!!  I added a SENTIMENT!  Oh, close your mouth; you’re going to catch a bug!!  LOL  I have several birthdays coming up and know this will get used very soon!  ;o)


Don’t these little guys look they’re eagerly anticipating having some yummy ice cream?  I know I could go for some right about now!!  ha ha!!

I made this card using:

  • Image – Mice Cream Celebration
  • Die Cuts – Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles
  • Patterned Papers & Sentiment – Deja Views Plum stack
  • Sheer Ribbon
  • Crop-a-Dile
  • Misc Eyelets
  • Inked Edges - Tim Holtz Black Soot
  • Copics – YR68, E33, E35, E37, E53, E00, E000, C1, C3, C5, C2, C00, V04, V06, RV00, Y17, YG11, YG03, RV000

I hope you’ll stop by our House Mouse And Friends blog and link up your adorable project soon! 

Thanks again for stopping by!  I hope you have an awesome week!!!



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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

First Grade Photo Digital Layout

Hello Blogger-Buddies!!

My daughter, Allison, had her school photo made a few weeks ago and I happened to be at the school exactly when they were getting ready to take photos.  If you buy that I’ll sell you my ocean front property in Arizona!!!  HA!  But I really was at school for a PTA meeting so I volunteered to help the class during their picture session and the teacher happily accepted!

A few of the perks of volunteering on picture day:

  1. you’re there to make sure your child’s hair is fairly decent and there is no food or “other” foreign particles on their face!!
  2. the photographer takes a few shots and lets you choose which one you want – Saaweeeet!
  3. your child doesn’t give the photographer “ the look” my sweet child gave in her school photos last year!  Seriously!?  She was FIVE!!  They aren’t supposed to give anyone that look until they’re at least 13, right???  *sigh*

So….anyway….her school photos arrived last week.  I always buy the package that includes the CD because when you do, you get a letter included in the CD, which states you have permission to have the photos printed wherever you want as long as they’re not for commercial use (or at least our photographer’s CD does!!).  ALSO, you get the close-up shot of your child and the no-so-close-up shot of your child.  Each of those shots is in color, black & white and sepia!  Definitely worth it to me to buy the package with the CD…and then I can scrap them digitally!!  ha!

School Photo 2010-2011-002

This is the page I created with this year’s photo and My Digital Studio software.  All elements, papers, stamps, etc are by Stampin Up.  The colors I chose are Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip. (to match her headband!).  ;o)  The flourishes are from the Baroque Motifs stamp set.  If you haven’t used this software, YOU SHOULD!  It is SOOOOO user-friendly!!  And the most fabulous part of it?  You can use digital elements available through the digital stores online – papers, flowers, frames, clusters, quick pages, ribbons, etc.  I seriously LOVE this software!!

Note:  You can’t use the templates – or at least not that I’ve figured out anyway.  If you use this software and know how to do that, please let me know!   

Okay, that’s all for today!  Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you’ll stop by again soon!!  :o)


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Saturday, October 02, 2010

Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central – HALL-O-WEEEEEEN and a surprise! ;o)




HELLO  Bloggers! 


Thanks for stopping by today to see my latest Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central Design Team post!  The current theme is “Halloween”. 

I have a bunch of Halloween House Mouse  stamps that I’ve never used and a member of my group, The Frugal Scrapper, made a video on how to make this “Never Ending Card”…so now is the time to try out a new card fold and use these un-inked stamps!!!  And even with all of the stamps I used on this project, I still have a few more that I have yet to use.  ;o)

Because there are a lot of products used in this project, I have decided to break down the photos by section to tell you what supplies I’ve used. 


Here is a shot of the front of my card.  Overall finished measurement is 8x8…it’s BIG!!



The two images above are close-ups of the stamps on the front of my card.  For these two, I used:



This is the next layer of my card. 




This is section three of my card. 




  • Image – Monica Flutter-by
  • Mouse Prints – also by Stampabilities
  • Spellbinders – Deckled Edge Classic Ovals
  • Copics - YR04, YR07, YR00, G20, C7, C5, BV00, RV00, C3
  • Spider Web – Martha Stewart Spider Web Punch
  • Glimmer Mist – sprayed on the spider web
  • Footprints – Stampabilities

I’m not sure why I didn’t ink the edges of the piece with footprints.  I didn’t notice it until right this moment as I sit here typing up the details of my post.  ha! 



This is the last section of my card. 




  • Image - Little Pumpkin
  • Copics - YR04, YR07, YR00, E000, E00, RV00, E29, E25, E21, C3, E13, E17
  • Spellbinders – Beaded Ovals
  • Sentiment – Stampabilities
  • Spellbinders – Deckled Rectangles
  • Footprints – Stampabilities (I just stamped them randomly all over.

On the stamped images and sentiments in this card, I used the dies to cut, emboss, add the black ink to the “beaded” sections with a little finger dauber and Tim Holtz Black Soot ink.  I removed the die and added more ink around the edges with the same Black Soot ink and a bristle brush.

This card isn’t hard, but it does take patience to get all the folds correct.  Once you get that figured out, the rest kind of falls into place! 

THANK YOU for visiting my blog today!  I hope you’ll attempt to make one of these cards.  Please make sure you link up your Halloween project on our Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central blog for a chance to win some cool products from Cindy & Kevin at Stamping Scrapping!

NOW!  I’ve been telling you all that I’m going to be doing a blog candy, right?  Well, it is TIME!!!  This is what the winner will receive:


In this photo:  10 various stamped images.  Each set contains one to three images each.  In all honesty, most of them have three each and only 1 or 2 has less than that…maybe three.  But there are several.  :-)


In this photo:  seven Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers, 1 Strawberry scented Scent My Cards, four Copic Markers (YR04, Vo9, V06 and G07 and a zipper baggy of pre-colored “Skittles”. 

Approximate value of this blog candy? 

$60+ MSRP

How do you enter to win this BLOG CANDY?!

  1. Leave a comment on this post ON MY BLOG
  2. Become a follower of MY BLOG
  3. “Like” my Facebook page
  4. Make a post on your blog and/or Facebook page about my blog candy and place a DIRECT LINK in Inlinkz below.  Did you make a post on your blog and Facebook?  Link each one separately and get an entry for each!

Entries will be open for TEN DAYS!  Entrants not following the four simple rules shown above, will be disqualified…and I will check before announcing a winner!  ;o) 

Thanks for looking and hope to see you again soon!! 


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