Wednesday, April 30, 2008

MRI Results

Some of you know that I had to have an MRI last Thursday for pain I have been experiencing for 14 months now. I just wanted to share that I finally heard from my dr's office (after having called 4 times!) I am so happy that it is not cancer or anything that serious. I have a "bulging disc in my thoracic spine". They are referring me to a neurosurgeon where he can hopefully recommend some physical therapy for me. I can live with this because on a scale of 1-10 it is probably only a 4, sometimes 5. I just need to slow down on the running until I am through with my appointment. We purchased a treadmill 2 weeks ago and I have been starting to run which has resulted in a little more pain in my "area" that I had an MRI done on.

Anyway, that's my personal news. I hope you all have a great day!

Skittles - Episode 15

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I start them young!!

In my house I start them young on the crafts. Can you tell?? This is my 16 month old son trying to play with my Cricut Expression. Of course, you don't see the picture of me quickly whisking him away from this expensive piece of machinery!!

Videos are a big hit!!!

Dear Viewers,

Thank you so much for taking the time to watch my videos. They are not professional at all but I am learning and it is fun. I am receiving a lot of questions from you all and I want to be able to answer them. If you wouldn't mind posting your e-mail address or blog address in your post then I will be able to respond to you personally.

I hope that I am able to continue to bring you fun videos that will increase your knowledge in the stamping and scrapping industry!


Monday, April 28, 2008

Baby Thanks

One of my DH's (dear husband's) employees asked me if I would make some thank you cards for her baby shower. This is what I came up with. I'm trying to keep it pretty simple since I need to make 20 of them. What do you think??


Stamp set: Buggies & Booties and Watercolor Wishes from Stampin' Up!

Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Whisper White, & Close to Cocoa from SU

Ink: Close to Cocoa from SU

Cricut cartridge Mini Monograms for the scallop circle

Other: White paint pen from Walmart; ribbon from Papertrey Ink

Episode 14- My Paper!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A little Fishie!!

I made this card the other night using the Polished Stone Technique. It's more work than I like to do for one card but I do like the end result.

Stamp Set: Fishy Friends from Stampin' Up!

Cardstock: Pixie Pink, Lavendar Lace, Brushed Silver, & Whisper White from Stampin' Up!

Ink: Basic Black Classic Ink Pad; Bashful Blue, Lavendar Lace, Pixie Pink, & Silver ink refills

Other: Silver minibrads, silver cord, scallop scissors, & Stampin' Write markers

I hope you all have a fantastic night. I'm off to help with the little girls at my church tonight. I am teaching them about gratitude and the importance of sending thank you cards. Then I am having them make 3 cards. Wish me luck!

Episode 10- More Embossing!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Episode 9- Simple Embossing

Sweet Grapes

Okay, here's the story. I spent an hour last night making this video and 2 hours today editing it and getting it ready to upload only to find that I couldn't do it. So, for now, I will just upload the cards. If I get the video part figured out I will let you know.


Stamp Sets: Gorgeous Grapevine & Warm Words by Stampin' Up!

Cardstock: Vintage Violet, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White from Stampin' Up!

Ink: Vintage Violet, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White from Stampin' Up!

Other: Ribbon & Winter White Embossing Powder from Stampin' Up!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Episode 8- Box

Box with the Cricut with matching card

Okay, my video skills are a work in progress. For some reason this video took longer to edit than any of my other ones. I also spelled the word "ahesives" wrong. I'm sure I will get it down over time. I hope you enjoyed it! Here is the card & box.


Stamp set from

Cardstock: So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, Whisper White from Stampin' Up!

Ink: Basic Brown from Stampin' Up!

Other: Stampin' Write markers; Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots; Cricut cartridge Tags, Bags, Boxes, & More; Ribbon from Papertrey Ink

Friday, April 18, 2008

A Birthday Card & Box

Today I am meeting my husband and his employees for a birthday lunch. We are celebrating his birthday along with one of his assistants. I made a bracelet for her and these matching items. Enjoy!


Stamp Sets: Simply Said by Stampin' Up!; Mixed Messages from Papertrey Ink

Paper: Ginger Blossoms, Whisper White, Groovy Guava, Purely Pomegranite from Stampin' Up!

Ribbon from Michaels; cirlcle punches from Stampin' Up!: Cricut cartridge Tags, Bags, Boxes & More

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A Basic Card

I love how this card turned out. I really didn't know what I was going to do at first so I just picked some colors and a stamp set. I am actually making the card up as I go on the video above. I hope you all have a fabulous day!!!


Stamp Set: Green Thumb by Papertrey Ink

Cardstock: So Saffron, Whisper White from Stampin' Up!;

Berry Sorbet from Papertrey Ink

Ink: Certainly Celery from Stampin' Up!;

Berry Sorbet from Papertrey Ink

Other: Designer Paper from Stampin' Up!; Ribbon from Papertrey Ink; white paint pen from Hobby Lobby

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Episode 6 - A Quick Page using the Cricut

Sweet Moments Scrapbook Page

Here is the page I made to go along with Episode 6 of my videos. You can see that I am very quick (hee hee) with my pages. Of course you know that I put my movie in fast forward, right??


Cardstock: Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Not Quite Navy from Stampin' Up!

Other: Spring Moss satin ribbon from Papertrey Ink; Cuttlebug embossing folder; Cricut cartridges Walk in my Garden, Plantin Schoolbook, Cursive 101; Designer Series Software

Look at these ladies go!!!!

I received these images in the mail a few days ago (thanks Okie!) and I couldn't wait to play. These ladies look like they are on a shop til they drop!!!

Stamp Set from My Favorite Things; saying from Mixed Messages from Paptertrey Ink

Ink: Black (from Okie); Whisper White from Stampin' Up!

Other: I used Stampin' Write markers to color in the image; minibrads are Not Quite Navy from Stampin' Up!; Cuttlebug Perfect Paisley was used for the background; ribbon from Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet

Monday, April 14, 2008

Pig card to go with Episode 5

Here is the card I made during my video tutorial. I LOVE using the embossing folders with white craft ink. You should try it if you haven't already! Enjoy!


Stamp Set: Very Punny from Stampin' Up!

Cardstock: Mellow Moss, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, & Whisper White from Stampin' Up!

Ink: Basic Brown & Whisper White from SU

Other: Cuttlebug EF Swiss Dots; Cricut cartridge Mini Monograms; Watercolor Wonder crayons & Blender Pen from Stampin' Up!

Episode 5- A fun card using the Cricut

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Your Questions....

Q: Where do you get your materials for unmounting your stamps.

A: I use EZ Mount foam or Smart Cushion. I bought my EZ Mount foam off ebay (just search it), and my Smart Cushion from

Q: When do you have time to do this with 5 little children?

A: That is why I do this. I feel that to be a good mom I need to do something for myself. This is it. I'm able to work on my projects at night and a little during the day.

Q: What do you use to color in your stamped images?

A: Mostly I use Stampin' Write markers from Stampin' Up! but I do also own watercolor crayons, watercolor pencils, metallic pencils, pure color pencils, blender pens with ink pads, pastels. I just bought my first set of Prismacolor Pencils so watch out!!

Q: What are you going to do next with your videos??

A: Well, what would you like to see? I figure I will just start with the basics and go from there. I know most of the techniques but I really, personally, just like to keep things simple. I plan on showing a lot of my "simple" style.

Q: Are you a demonstrator for any company?

A: I was a career demonstrator for Stampin' Up! for 6 years. I retired a year and a half ago. It was a great experience and I loved working with my customers & downline. I'm very blessed to be able to do my hobby for fun now.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Episode 4- Unmounting Your Stamps

Friday, April 11, 2008

Glitter Tutorial

I just wanted to share a simple way to apply glitter to your project.

#1- Stamp your image.

#2- Turn your image upside down and run it through your Xyron or sticker maker.

#3- Peel the backing off of your "sticker".

#4-Pour glitter over your "sticky" image.

#5- Shake off excess glitter.

#6- Complete your project.

Stamp Set: Zoofari from Stampin' Up!; Papertray by Papertrey Ink

Cardstock: Spring Moss from Papertrey Ink; Lavendar Lace, Tempting Turqoise, Whisper White from Stampin' Up!

Ink: Basic Black from Stampin' Up!

Other: Prima Flowers; silver minibrad; dots stencil w/sponge dauber; ribbon by Papertrey Ink

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Episode 3- A Simple Scrapbook Page

Meet Gina K!!!

I'm so excited for this edition of my Celebrity Spotlight!! Everyone meet Gina K from Gina K. Designs! Please take a moment to check out her stuff, you will not be disappointed.

Gina's Blog
Gina K. Designs' Website
Gina's NEW product!

Here is a little info about Gina.....

Tell us how you got involved with stamping & scrapbooking.

I remember a friend of mine invited me to a Stampin' Up party. I didn't want to go, but I did it for her. All of a sudden, I was a demonstrator! LOL! The rest is history. What made you decide to go into business for yourself. Whenever I couldn't find a stamp that I needed, I would just draw something. Friends and family told me I should design my own stamps. I finally took their advice. So far, so good!

Do you have anything exciting to share with us about Gina K. Designs?

Well, I do, but I can't because it's something really huge and it has to be a surprise!

Tell us abouty our family.

I am married to my wonderful husband, Tom, who I met when we were both 15. We have two wonderful daughters, Alicia, who is 12 and Rina, who is 10. Alicia draws images for Gina K. Designs and Rina is the only employee who works in shipping who has never had an error when packing an order! (And she's packed a million of them!)

What do you like to do in your "spare" time?

In my spare time, I love to just hang out with my husband and kids. We have a travel trailer and we love to go camping in the summer. Some of the best times and most laughs we've had have been when we're just sitting around the campfire roasting hotdogs. I love that.

What are your goals for the future?

Gina K. Designs will be going through some huge changes and growth within the next year. We've added a new division to our company which will benefit every stamper out there and the best part about it is it will all be free! Gotta' love free!

Here are some cool things I've made with Gina's stamps!

I feel honored to have had this opportunity to spotlight Gina. She is a wonderful person and an awesome business owner. My stamps arrived promptly and she even enclosed personal M&Ms in the box. You gotta have chocolate!!

Thanks Gina!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Episode 2 - A Quick Card

Card to go along with Video...

I had meant to post this on Wednesday night but I couldn't get it to go into the same post. I'm sure there will be a few minor things I need to work out as I am figuring out how to do all this. Here you go!! I made this card for my DH's office to give to his patients and referring doctors. His staff (all girls) just loved it. Of course he said he would like something more masculine for him to send our personally. I will see what I can come up with. Here you go!


Stamp Sets: Simply Said & Watercolor Wishes by Stampin' Up!

Cardstock: Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss, Whisper White by Stampin' Up!

Ink: Basic Brown by Stampin' Up!

Other: Stampin' Write markers by Stampin' Up! for coloring the image; Cuttlebug embossing folder for the embossed background; grosgrain ribbon from Stampin' Up!; stampin' dimensionals

Piggie for the bow!

I made this card using the bows that I made in my video tutorial. Isn't this the cutest piggie ever??

Stamp Set from Gina K. Designs

Cardstock: Berry Sorbet & Spring Moss from Papertrey Ink; Whisper White & Pretty in Pink from Stampin' Up!

Ribbon from Papertrey Ink

Other: Cuttlebug for the background; Cricut cartridge Mini Monograms for the scallop circle.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

How to tie a bow

Hi guys!!

Here my first video. I hope you like it! I am showing 2 ways to attach a ribbon to a project.

Ewe are soooo cute!!

Don't you just love sheep stamp sets that use the word "Ewe" in them?? I just received this from Close to my Heart today. I am having so much fun playing with my new stuff!!
*Okay, it is pouring outside with lots of thunder and lightening. Could be tornadoes tonight. Wish me luck.*
Stamp set by CTMH

Cardstock: Spring Moss by Papertrey Ink; Ballet Blue, Whisper White, & Pretty in Pink by Stampin' Up!

Spring Moss ribbon by Papertrey Ink

Cuttlebug used for embossed background; Cricut for scallop circle

Monday, April 07, 2008

Scrapbook Time!!

I feel like I haven't scrapbooked in soooo long!! I have set a personal goal to complete 20 scrapbook pages this month and I am almost finished!! Here is a layout that I made. I just need to add my journaling and maybe some embellishments and I am done. *Voila!!!
*Note: I realize that I have been saying Viola instead of Voila on my posts!!! Next time please tell me when I do that type of error!! You all must have been wondering who this Viola person was!!

What happened to Sage Shadow???

I was going through my stash on Saturday and wondered when the last time I used Sage Shadow was. I remember when I bought it back in 1999. I just HAD to have that color from Stampin' Up! because my sis and I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. I used it ALL the time when I because a demo in 2001 but haven't even touched it in about 3 years. Well, I decided to pull it out and give it another shot. Here it is....


Stamp Set: Simple Florals from Stampin' Up!

Cardstock: Sage Shadow, Whisper White, & Perfect Plum from Stampin' Up!; Sweet Blush from Papertrey Ink

Ink: Basic Brown

Coloring: Blender pens with ink pads

Other: Cuttlebug embossing folders; ribbon from Papertrey Ink; paper piercer; corner rounder

Love these flowers!!

I just love the stamp set How Sweet it is by Gina K. Designs. I had fun making this one!!! Enjoy!


Stamp Set: How Sweet it is by Gina K. Designs

Cardstock: Purely Pomegranite & Whisper White from Stampin' Up!; Sweet Blush & Spring Moss from Papertrey Ink

Ink: Basic Brown from Stampin' Up!

Other: Cuttlebug emb. folder Swiss Dots; blender pen; stickles; ribbon from Papertrey Ink; ticket punch from Stampin' Up!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Party Time

Here is one of the pages that I finished last night at my scrapbooking get together. It was a blast!!

Baby's 1st Halloween

This page turned out so cute in person. I actually embossed the letters with the Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots. Hope you are all having a great week!!!


Cricut cartidges: Pooh Font & Doodlecharms

Cuttlebug embossing folder: Swiss Dots

Paper: Stampin' Up! paper & cardstock Basic Black, Lovely Lilac, Pumpkin Pie

"B" Happy

I have had this really cool chipboard that my mom gave me last June and wanted to finally give it a shot! These are really neat chipboard letters because they are self-adhesive. Very nice!!

Stamp Set: Papertray by Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi & So Saffron by Stampin' Up!
Ink: So Saffron & Wild Wasabi by Stampin' Up!
Accessories: Sprites Prima flowers; white minibrad; ribbon from Michaels

Friday, April 04, 2008

Birthday Goodies

You can call me crazy because I deserve it. When our youngest first started school 5 years ago I thought it would be neat to make goodie bags for each child in her class for her birthday. Well, this has continued for her along with my other two kids in school. It is a big project but my kids love that I do it. I told them all this morning that I am stopping when they are in 5th grade!!! I guess it gives me something to do because I need that, you know. I'm certainly not busy enough with a family of 7!!

Stamp Set: Announcements from Stampin' Up!

Cardstock: Whisper White & Tempting Turqoise from SU

Patterned paper from Hobby Lobby

Cricut cartridge Mini Monograms for the scallop circle

Cricut cartridge Tags, Bags, Boxes and More for the box

Candy from Walmart :)

Someone Else's Candy

Check out for a special 15,000 hits blog candy. I really hope I win it. Those images are just too cute!!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Another birthday card!

Well, here is my birthday card for my friend. The other one I made for someone else to give to a friend. I usually don't do very well with someone asking for a specific card but great when I am making something for me. This time is was just the opposite. I don't think this card turned out as AWESOME as the one I made last night but at least it is done.

Stamp Sets: Sketch a Party & It's Your Birthday from Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Berry Sorbet & Aqua Mist from Papertrey Ink; Lavendar Lace & Whisper White from Stampin' Up!
Ink: Berry Sorbet & Aqua Mist from Papertrey Ink
Ribon from Papertrey Ink
Circles from the George Cricut cartridge
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Birthday card & a challenge

This was card was made as a specific request for a friend and also as a challenge on the Cricut message board. I LOVE how bright and fun it is.

Stamp Set: How Sweet it is by Gina K. Designs ; Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Real Red, Certainly Celery, Basic Black, & Whisper White by Stampin' Up!
Ribbon by Papertrey Ink
Other: Cricut cartridge Mini Monograms; Cuttlebug Birthday embossing folder; scallop scissors from Michaels, Stampin' Write markers

Blog Candy from Courtney!!

Check out Courtney's blog for great opportunity to win candy and to support the troops!!

A challenge from Sammi!!

I was just on one of my SBS's (Sisterhood of the Bloggin' Sisters) blogs and she issued a challenge. Check out Sammi's Blog if you would like to play along!! My DS who is 6 years old wanted to play, too, so here they are!


Image from Sammi's blog.

Stamp set: Totally cool for the sentiment

Cardstock: Pretty in Pink & Whisper White from Stampin' Up!; Berry Sorbet & Spring Moss from Papertrey Ink

Ribbon from Papertrey Ink

Other: Cuttlebug embossing folder Swill Dots for the textured background.

This card was made by my son who is only 6 years old.

Cardstock: Regal Rose, Whisper White, Bashful Blue, & Certainly Celery by Stampin' Up!
Crayons were used to color the picture and he dug through my Cricut cuts for the added bonuses!