Thursday, January 31, 2008

Poster Board

In our church we all give of our time for free and all help out where we are asked. This past week I was asked to make 12 of these publicity boards for an upcoming Women's lunch. I only have the first one done because they take a loooooooong time and I am not going to dive into the 11 others until I get through the Cricut Swarm I am co-hosting on Saturday. Hope you enjoy!!

Up & Running!!

Well, we got our new computer today and so far it is running great. I also was able to install my Easy Share program so now I can upload some fun projects. I cannot believe how big this screen is. We only wanted a small one but a 19" came with the computer. They wouldn't let us get a smaller monitor for the same price. It's nice, though, because I don't have to squint!

My 7 year old DD has a book report due tomorrow on a "How To" book so we found an article in one of my scrapbooking magazines on how to make a scrapbook page. We picked out our own colors and style but used the sample as a guide. Hope you enjoy. I might have to copy one of these for my own books!

The colors we used were Pixie Pink, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, and some of SU's new DS papers. The Cricut Expression was used to make the Paper Dolls and the title.

My computer is busted!!

Sorry I haven't updated since last week but my computer no longer recognizes my camera!! We ordered a new computer but it will not arrive until this weekend or next week. I have a bunch of stuff to share but I will just have to be patient!!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

On a personal note....

I found this tribute to the late LDS President & Prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley, very touching. If you have a minute to watch this video by Glenn Beck I encourage it.

Friday, January 25, 2008

And the Winner is.......

Jackie from Just Stamp It!!

Congratulations!! You must won my blog candy. Please e-mail me at robynstamps at yahoo dot com!!

Way to go!!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Easy Altered Mailbox

This is a quick way to cover a Target mailbox from the Dollar Spot. I just used a strip of 3-4 inch patterned paper and wrapped it in the middle of the mailbox. I added a quick touch of color on the front & some ribbon. Viola!

Easy Valentine Treat

I made these to go in the goodie bags I am making for the Cricut Swarm I am co-hosting. The colors I used were Regal Rose & Wild Wasabi. Enjoy!

Pink Candy, Baby!!

Well, it is finally that time!!! Thanks to you The Pink Stamper has had over 40,000 visits since June 2007. That's just 7 short months!! I love it when you come here so I am going to give away some yummy candy!! Just post a comment to this thread and you are in the drawing. I am going to have to limit it to US addresses only, please. Just one comment per person. I will keep this up at the top for everyone. I will draw on my birthday this thursday, January 24th!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Scrappin' with my buggies!!

I made this page using my new Designer Series software for my Cricut and using Stretch Your Imagination & Making the Grade cartridges. Enjoy!!

Sweet Little Pink Mousey!!

Sweet little pink mousey
Sat in his housey
Wondering what he should do.......
I think I will play with that lonely little green bug, he thought.
Ya, that's the ticket.

I made this card with a house mouse stamp. I used Stampin' Up!'s Level 1 patterned paper, which I LOVE!!! So fun to work with that striped pink paper. Hope you enjoy!

Friday, January 18, 2008

My favorite card!

You know when you rewind a movie just to watch the good part over and over again? Or read a book two or three times because you enjoyed it so much the first time? Well that is how I feel about this card. I made this one over 2 years ago and it has just been sitting in my gallery on SCS. I thought I would share it with you.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Day of Love

Can you believe it is almost that time?? In less than one month it will be my favorite day of the year, besides my birthday (January 24th in case you are wondering). I love that everything is pink. I love all the yummy goodies. Most of all I love making all the crafts and cards associated with the holiday. In 2 weeks I am hosting a Valentine Cricut Swarm with another Cricuter in town and the entire day is themed PINK! Gotta love it!

I made this card using an older Valentine set from Stampin' Up! The colors I used were Pomegranite, Mellow Moss, and So Saffron. I used the Cricut cartridge Mini Monograms for the circle and scalloped circle. I used the Cricut cartridge Jasmine for the photo corners. I used the Cuttlebug heart folder to emboss the top half of the cardstock. The Mellow Moss gingham ribbon is also from Stampin' Up! I colored using a blender pen and the Purely Pomegranite pad. Enojoy!!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Almost 40,000 views!!

We should be at 40,000 views to my blog in the next day or so. Keep checking back because I plan to do a fun "Pink Candy" giveaway!!! Thank you so much for reading my blog. I feel very humbled to have so many viewers. We are at 200 subscribers to Feedblitz and at least 100 reading through Google Reader and other sources. Thank you!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

I'm back, did you miss me??

You probably didn't even realize I was gone, but I was!! My DH surprised me last night by taking me to the George Strait concert (great seats) and then taking me to a Bed and Breakfast Inn. He had a friend from church come over and babysit the kids for the night. Can you believe that he said this isn't even really my birthday present?? I told him it was more than enough. Here are a few highlights of the night. The pics aren't so great but they will have to do.

I can't wait to have another night like this but I'm sure it will be many years until it happens again. It is good to be home with the kids again.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Celebrity Spotlight.... Lori McCroskey

I am so excited to have my first "Celebrity Spotlight" and even more excited to be able to have Lori McCroskey the owner of Clear Dollar Stamps at I have had the opportunity to communicate with Lori back and forth and I have to say that she is just a doll. I've also been able to do business with her and was very pleased with her personal customer service. Here is a little bit about Lori according to her...
I was born to a VERY crafty family and raised in Missouri . My dad is an architect, my mom has done every craft from flower arranging to painting, to crocheting or any other fad that was out there, and my sister is a very talented artist! I grew up making Christmas presents of macramé necklaces and quilled pictures for friends and family. I have had several businesses after I graduated from Missouri State University in 1992. I had a custom clothing business, a leather business making purses and accessories (the craft show phase of my life), a Stampin’ Up business, and finally my own line of stamps, Clear Dollar Stamps. Of all of these businesses, I love this one the most! Of course, I have to admit, if I were to choose another business that I would like as much, it would be designing clothing and accessories for Barbie!

I was introduced to stamping just after my first daughter was born in 2000. The first time someone asked me to a stamping party, I just laughed to myself, and thought “how dumb…getting together and stamping…how boring!” I went to my first stamping party and learned there was special ink to stamp on clothing….well, that is when I saw the light! After that, I got so hooked, I scrimped and saved to buy as many stamps as I could to do my daughter’s scrapbook. My husband, who is an accountant, saw no need for stamps as they were not earning any money, so, HA, I had to start a business! I joined Stampin’ Up for about a year, and decided that I really wanted some stamps with a Christian message. Thus, I started doing research, and teaching my self to draw on the computer and Clear Dollar Stamps was born! Being a stay at home mom, that didn’t have much money for things like stamps, I envisioned a company with stamps inexpensive enough for Moms-with-no-income to afford. I started with a small line of stamps that were $1 each and took off from there! I started on Ebay in 2004 and in 2006 opened an internet store of my own!

My favorite set is Lots of Spots. This set is perfect for every occasion! Backgrounds for birthday cards, building a Christmas tree, and so much more! This has been one of my best sellers for a couple of years, and it is still my favorite!

My goal for Clear Dollar Stamps in 2008 is to start a card ministry program for churches. The program will be called CutUps, with a slogan of “Cutting through indifference to spread the love of Christ.” I currently sponsor a card ministry that has been a real blessing at our church. We get together once a month to make birthday cards for all birthdays that month and pray for each individual. We also do little bookmarks for special events, decorate treat bags for fall parties, and all other projects that are requested. The most popular item we stamp are tip/tract holders. We make little cards with pockets that hold a tract, an invitation to our church, and your tip. When you go to a restaurant you can leave it standing on your table as a special surprise for your server! When we put a basket of tip holders out for church members to take, they are gone before I get back to the basket to check on them!

Also, in 2008, I am going to start supporting a ministry of a young man from our church. He has started Vapor Sports Ministries and is one of those people you KNOW has found his calling. By introducing young African kids to soccer, he is getting them sponsors to cloth, feed, educate, and introduce them to God in the slums of Africa . His website is not quite finished, but you can go see a clip of his ministry at It will put everything into perspective. I will be introducing a new stamp set where the majority of the proceeds will go to his ministry. I am very excited and burdened for this cause!

My hobbies include stamping, sewing, and scrapbooking. I do not allow myself to be drawn to anything else, as I don’t even have time for these!

My family and God are my first priorities and my joy. My husband is an accountant with a minor in computer support….which is what allows me to do an internet business. Without him, I would just throw my hands up and quit…computers and I do not get along! I have two little girls, Kali (7) and Koriah (5). Kali got the crafty gene and Koriah got the accountant gene. Koriah is trying to be crafty, bless her heart! Our favorite things to do are picnics (inside the van on cold and rainy days) and movie and pizza nights. Our new family activity is karate lessons at church. Sigh. I do it for the family!

I also had the opportunity to work with some of Lori's stamps and I am very impressed. The quality of clear photopolymer in her stamps is excellent and equal with the best of them. Here are some samples I made with her stamps. I had a blast making these, too!

Clear Dollar Stamps also has very reasonable stamps and excellent specials. This month if you order $50 you get this cute set for free!! I am happy to say that Lori will have my future business, too. This has been such a pleasure to spotlight her. I hope you all will take a minute to check out her product. I know you will be pleased, too.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Baby Love

This is a test to see if I can actually upload a creation from my DS software.

How to make the most......

of the Cricut Designer Series Software. I love to use my Paper Dolls & Mickey cartridges but they seem to take forever because of all the layering. One thing that I found with the new software is that I can create on my computer, put everything in place on the mat and then cut everything out at one time!! Here is how I placed my paper and how I cut a Mickey. Hope this helps anyone who might be confused.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

The Pink Loft

Many of you aked to see an updated look at "The Pink Loft". Here is where I create, hang out, and just get to be "me". I don't think I will ever paint it pink but I might pick a new color for it eventually. We were going to turn it into the baby's room but decided that I would be a much better mom if I had a place of my own. I'm very happy with it.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

My son's door

Tonight my 5 year old DS and I decided to play with my Cricut and my new vinyl to make something for his door. I think it turned out cute. He also wanted to add "No Girls Allowed" but I wouldn't do it. I'm sure that sign will end up on there soon enough.

Cricut Vinyl Tutorial

Here is a very simple tutorial on how to apply the vinyl you've cut with your Cricut to your wall, furniture, or other surface.

First apply your vinyl with the backing directly to your Cricut mat.

Next cut your image or letters.

After you cut just peel away the excess vinyl including inside letters and images.

Using transfer tape (similiar to painter's tape) apply directly over your images or letters.

Press firmly down over each letter or image. Carefully remove entire image with backing from your mat. Peel off the vinyl backing and put directly on your wall or other location you want your creation. Apply firm pressure over each letter and carefully remover transfer tape.
Finally, once tape is removed, go over each letter again with your finger and apply light pressure.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!!!

Hello everyone. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year in 2008!! Here is a simple card to start you all off. It really is a 5 minute card but I wanted to show you that even if you only have a few minutes to create you can still come up with something.

Recipe: Terrific Tulips by Stampin' Up!, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Perfect Plum, Whisper White cardstock, Blue Gingham ribbon, Corner Rounder, Perfect Plum, Bashful Blue & Certainly Celery Stampin' Up! Ink Pads, Bashful Blue Mini Brads.