Friday, December 21, 2007


My sister and another friend (who is a sister-at-heart) were at my house earlier this month while I was trying to come up with a demonstratable card for a workshop. This card is one that I came up with that day, but I just didn't think my customers would be impressed with it. I almost threw it away, but they talked me out of it. To make a long story shorter, I came up with another card that I used for that workshop and put this one in my "stash". The more I looked at it, the more I liked it until now, I can finally share it.

Since this was going to be for a SU workshop, I used only SU products. The base is Confetti Cream and the edges are sponged with Creamy Caramel classic ink. I put some Purely Pomegranite Satin Ribbon around a strip of Holiday Harmony DP and put it on the bottom of the card. I stamped the Peaceful Wishes branch on watercolor paper with Always Artichoke marker and Purely Pomegranate reinker and then in versamark on Purely Pomegranate cardstock. Then I just started layering everything with the coluzzle ovals.

What do ya think?

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Thanks, Timmy

I needed a thank you gift for a very special friend and she has been wanting a stamp set that has "Thinking of You" in it, so I bought this set for her. Instead of wrapping it or putting it in a bag, I wanted to do something different so this is what I came up with.

It was so very easy! I just made an envelope out of Dashing Designer Series paper. (which is this month's promostion - buy 3 packages and get a 4th free!) Then I stamped the flowers from the retired Stampin' Up! set, Christmas Cardinal (because it is, after all, getting close to Christmas) in Jet Black StazOn ink and water colored it with reinkers (Purely Pomegranate, Always Artichoke and More Mustard) and aquapainter and cut it out with the Coluzzle Cutting System, then "messed up" the edges with Purely Pomegranate Ink. Usually when I stamp, I start with the smallest layer and then layer "up". But for the note inside this, I started with the largest layer so I could make sure it fit inside the envelope opening and layered "down" to the smallest using Always Artichoke, Purely Pomegranate and River Rock Cardstock. After I stamped the Thank You from the Party Punch, Level 1 Hostess Set and punched it out with the Round Tab Punch, I adhered it to the note card, wrote the thank you message and slipped it inside. Then I just made a "belly band" out of the Dashing Designer Series paper to fit on the stamp set box and glued the envelope to the band.

Ok, I'm sure that made no sense whatsoever. I need some of the awesome stampers in my blog roll to give me writing lessons. There descriptions are always so elequent and helpful!

I'm on my way to get my hair cut so have a great day........

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Music or No Music?

I read a post by a very successful blogger that said she did not like music on a blog. I certainly don't want to offend anyone so my question to you is, should I get rid of the music playing here? I know this is not a "high-traffic" blog, so to the 2 or 3 who might read this every once in a while, (and anyone else who might stumble upon this message) what do you think?

Hmmmmm, never thought about this before.


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Happy Birthday, Daddy

Today would be my daddy's birthday. I miss him tremendously every day, but on days like today, I just seem to get a little blue. My co-worker said to me, "He and your mom are probably celebrating high today." Yes, I know, but I miss them so much.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Checking In

What a month this has been! To start it off, Labor Day weekend, I came down with a cold. Not just a little cold, a mother bear of a cold! I was so sick that I didn't care if I ever saw a stamp again, ever. That hung on for two entire weeks. But after two trips to the doctor for gigantic shots, and two weeks off work, I finally went back last week. I didn't feel wonderful, but I just had to go back.

Then, Friday, my sister called me and said that our pastor's wife, who is like a mother to us, found out Friday morning that she had colon cancer and at 1:00 Friday afternoon, she went into surgery. So we spent a lot of time this weekend with her at the hospital. (which is in a town 40 miles from home)

Ok, I said all that to say this....I haven't stamped in a month and I am finally to the point where I am missing it. I hope I get to stamp this week! I'm having a stamping "event" for World Card Making Day and I don't have everything ready so I better get busy, huh!

In the meantime, I found this heart that I altered some time back so I thought I would put it up here, just so the picture would finally change. LOL

This heart started out as one of those printed advertisements that have lots of different businesses listed. It was outdated, so rather than just throw it away, I thought I could do something with it. I stamped the chef from the Voila Stampin' Up! set with black stazon ink. Then I put the image on the tray and colored it with watercolor pencils and a blender pen. I cut a heart out of the magnet and traced it on whisper white cardstock, cut it out and adhered it to the magnet heart. Then I just distressed the edges with elegant eggplant, direct-too-paper and there she be! Too easy.

Stamps: Voila
Cardstock: Whisper White
Ink: Jet Black StazOn and Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen

Everything used was Stampin' Up!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Jami's Swap

I am finally posting my creatiions for Jami's new catty swap. I have been privileged to participate in a few of Jami's swaps and wow, she is just the best. Due to some major "real life" happenings, my part was close to a fiasco, but with Jami's help, everything turned out ok. And I am so happy that it did! I was in 2 rounds and every single card I got was just wonderful! Most of the cards have been uploaded in the SCS gallery here. Anyway, these are my cards for this swap.

This was so incredibly simple. I stamped Weathered BG on Blue Bayou cardstock with BB ink. Then I took the two music symbols in Elegant Notes stamp set and randomly stamped them in BB ink. I stamped the "a note for you" in Jet Black StazOn ink on Whisper White cardstock and mounted that on Soft Sky cardstock. I left a litte more at the top and just folded that down over the top of the sentiment. I punched two holes with the 1/16" hole punch, put in some silver eyelets with the wonderful crop-a-dile, and attached yummy Whisper White taffeta ribbon. This was adhered at an angle. Then I took a 1' strip of Soft Sky cardstock and tied some more the the yummy ribbon and adhered that on the side. See, too simple!

This one was super simple too. I stamped the splatters in the Itty Bitty Background stamp set on Groovy Guava cardstock in GG ink. Then I stamped the rose from the Wing It stamp set on the bottom, approximately 1/3 in GG ink. I stamped the rose in GG ink on Confetti Cream cardstock in GG ink and cut it out. (I forgot to add the CC cardstock in the SCS product list, oops) Then I stamped the wings in Wild Wasabi (I don't know why I used that color) on CC cardstock and cut them out. Then I mounted them on Sahara Sand cardstock that had the splatters stamped in SS ink. I layered that on Always Artichoke cardstock and then on SS cardstock, after punching the corners with the ticket corner punch. This was adhered to a strip of AA cardstock with a piece of Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon tied on. It also had three holes punched with the 1/16' hole punch and gold brads attached. This was placed on the card to "hide" where the roses on the background stopped. Another super easy card.

I want to again thank all the ladies in rounds 2 and 4 of this swap. They were so nice about my cards being delayed and sent to them separately. And my cards in no way compare to the great ones I got from them.

I hope you have a great day!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

50th Anniversary Card

Some relatives of a friend of mine are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary later this month. I was asked to make a card for the occasion and this is what I came up with. I'm not totally happy with it, but I'm running out of time. :)

The card is 8 1/2 by 5 1/2. The flourishes in Baroque Motifs set is stamped on groovy guava in groovy guava ink. Then the little flower is randomly stamped around in the "holes". I used the Martha Stewart punch (that my adorable downline let me buy from her since there is not a Michaels anywhere close to me) and punched a line to put behind the groovy guava layer and the always artichoke layer behind it. Then I used the same punch and made a little "tag" to write the last name of the couple and layered that on always artichoke and then chocolate chip. I wrote their first names and punched them out with the small oval punch and then lightly sponged the edges with always artichoke and layered it on always artichoke punched with the larger oval punch. I stamped my favorite Lizzie Anne Designs flower and watercolored it with groovy guava ink. I wrote the 50 on brushed gold cs, punched it out with the 3/4" round punch and mounted it in the center of the flower. I punched all 4 corners and mounted it on always artichoke. Then, I stamped Happy Anniversary from the Hugs and Wishes set on white cs, sponged the edges with always artichoke, mounted it on a chocolate chip layer and then decided to cut it apart and put it on either side of the flower. I put olive organdy ribbon under all of that. I stamped the little flower on the top of the shimmery white base and mounted all of the above on the bottom of the base. To balance out the top, I stamped the scalloped stamp in always artichoke, cut out the inner part and mounted it on chocolate chip....and that is it.

Like I said, I'm not totally happy with it, but it is just going to have to do. The lady who asked for it is pleased with it, so I'm going to just accept it and go on. LOL

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Hugs and Wishes, Lizzie Anne Designs Jolies Fleurs
Paper: Shimmery White, Groovy Guava, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Basic Brown, Always Artichoke, Groovy Guava
Accessories: Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Marker, Olive Organdy Ribbon, Non SU Brad, Martha Stewart Punch, both SU Oval Punches, Ticket Corner Punch, Blender Pen
Techniques: watercolor with blender pen and reinker

Thursday, July 12, 2007


This is a really quick card that I did for a make & take at last Friday's workshop. It is sooo easy!

Stamps: Sweet Shapes and Sincere Salutations

Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red, Yoyo Yellow

Ink: Basic Black, Real Red, Yoyo Yellow

Accessories: Red Gingham Ribbon

The card is so simple, it is self-explanatory.

I have been tagged by Tami. You have to go visit her blog! She has some gorgeous creations posted! So for this tag, I'm suppose to tell you 7 things about myself and then tag 7 more people. Hmmmmm, I'm not sure there are 7 interesting things about me, but here goes....

1. I have 2 sisters by birth and another sister by choice. All 3 are the greatest sisters in the whole world!

2. I signed up to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator the day after I attended my first workshop. When I got my starter kit, I had made a grand total of 2 cards.

3. I use to be an Emergency Medical Technician, but only because it was a requirement to work at the Police Department. I let the license expire as soon as I left the P.D. and have never regretted it. I didn't really like being an EMT.

4. I am a very shy person and have trouble talking to people until I know them really, really well. Some people think I am snobby and have no idea that I'm just scared of them! LOL Now, I have no idea why demonstrating Stampin' Up! products doesn't scare me. Or how I can sing in the trio in front of real people. Hmmmmmmm.

5. I love Mexican food, especially if it is spicy HOT! The hotter the better. Maybe that is because when I was a very little girl, I got in my daddy's pepper patch and set my little mouth on fire! Somebody told my mom to put syrup or honey on my lips to stop the burning and it worked. I don't remember if she used syrup or honey.

6. My son has always been one of my very best friends. Even when he was a little guy, we had some really great conversations. I got him hooked on Queen (the rock band) and he got me hooked on NASCAR.

7. But my very best friend is Jesus Christ. It still amazes me that he died on the cross for me.

I am going to have to edit this tomorrow to tag people. I can't believe it is after 2:00 a.m. and I have to work in the morning and here I sit at the computer.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Pastor Martin

My sister and I have been fortunate enough to have a "step-in" daddy since our daddy passed away. He is our pastor and he and his wife have taken us under their wings. He plays the guitar and his favorite hymn is "Amazing Grace" so that is how this card was born. I gave this to Pastor Martin for Fathers' Day.

I copied the song and sponged the edges of Very Vanilla cardstock with Creamy Caramel ink. I masked the guitar and sponged around it, then "rock & roll" stamped the guitar with Creamy Caramel and Chocolate Chip, cut it out and plopped it on the card. I layered this on Chocolate Chip cardstock and then on a 5 1/2" X 5 1/2" square Very Vanilla card that had been wheeled with the Jazz Wheel in Creamy Caramel. Then I just sponged and stamped the envelope in Creamy Caramel and was done.

Stamps: Jazzed Up and Jazz Wheel

Ink: Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip

Paper: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip

Friday, June 15, 2007

One more brag...

Can I brag one more time on my son? Thank you! :)

Kevin is hooked on Trans Siberian Orchestra. (if you don't know who they are, check them out at Christmas) Anyway, he participates in some of the members' forums and sent a link to this video to one of the singers, Tommy Farese, and got a very nice email back from him. When Kevin went to their OKC concert, he introduced himself to Tommy and asked if he could use the email in his resume. To make a long story short, Tommy was VERY nice and told Kevin that he was going to have his webmaster put Kevin's video on his website. Of course, Kevin was over the moon excited. But then, it didn't happen for a while and I thought Tommy had probably forgotten as I'm sure he has tons of fans that talk to him each concert. Well, it is there! Here is Tommy's website. The post about Kevin is second in line at this time.

Monday, June 11, 2007

An old stand-by

Finally, I get to upload a card! I'm almost as nervous about this as I was the first time I posted. lol

I lost so many sets to retirement this year. I have very few sets left that have images. Most of what I have are sentiments. But, I am trying to replenish my "sample basket" with what I have until I get to order new stuff. (hyperventilate....I can't wait!!!) Anyway, Heartfelt Thanks is an old standby so I used it to make this card.

The Linen BG was stamped in creamy caramel on whisper white cardstock and then the edges were sponged in bordering blue. You can't tell in the scan, but the centers of the flowers have dazzling diamonds. The flowers were stamped in bordering blue for the first step and then the outline stamp was in night of navy. I cut them out and popped them up with stampin' dimensionals. The "stems" were stamped in creamy caramel. This was mounted on a layer of creamy caramel cardstock and then a layer of bordering blue cardstock and then on the whisper white card that also had the Linen BG in creamy caramel. Thanks was stamped in creamy caramel on whisper white cardstock with heartfelt stamped over it in night of navy and then that was mounted on bordering blue cardstock over ribbon.

This was a very fun card to make, even though it is not spectacular. I hope you enjoy it a little.

Stamps: Heartfelt Thanks, Linen, Bodacious Bouquet

Paper: Whisper White, Bordering Blue, Creamy Caramel

Ink: Bordering Blue, Night of Navy, Creamy Caramel

Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, Ribbon

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Introducing my son...Kevin

As I said in "about me" I have a wonderful son, Kevin. He is a music major/history minor at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. I think he is an awesome guitar player/piano player/saxophone player/singer. I know, I am extremely prejudiced. But anyway, since his primary instrument is guitar, he has to pass a "forum performance" before advancing to the next semester. Forum is where he has to play something before a panel of judges. "Kevin's Forum Performance" in the sidebar is a link to one of these. If you can tolerate bluesy/rock guitar stuff, I would love for you to hear him play.
ETA: I just realized I could do this, so HERE it is.
Ok, I will stop bragging now.

My computer is all set up and ready to go. However, it is now 10:24 p.m. so I don't think I will get anything scanned tonight, but I am going to have pictures soon! LOL
Good night...hope you have a great one.

It's Here! It's Here!

My computer has finally made its way to my house. I am so excited! I can't wait to get it all set up so I can upload and PLAY! :) I wish I had ordered a watermark. :/ Oh well, I can fake it till I can make it. LOL

I hope your day is as wonderful as mine is today!

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Waiting patiently...

My new friend, Julia Stainton was tagged and instead of tagging anyone, she left an open "tag". So I thought I would take her up on it. (I wonder if I can throw in a few more tags in this paragraph!?)

Here we go.....

Yourself: Shy
Your Partner: Spoils me
Your Hair: Brown
Your Mother: Precious
Your Father: Superman
Your Favorite Item: LOTS
Your Dream Last Night: Forgotten
Your Favorite Drink: Water
Your Dream Car: Lexus
Dream Home: Mansion
The Room You Are In: Office
Your Fear: Spiders
Where You Want to be in Ten Years: Here
Who You Hung Out With Last Night: Family
You’re Not: Tall
One of Your Wish List Items:Rubicoil
The Last Thing You Did: Typed
You Are Wearing: Black
Your Favorite Weather: Rainy
Your Favorite Book: Bible
Last Thing You Ate: Roast
Your Life: Fulfilled
Your Mood: Content
Your Best Friend: Sisters
What Are You Thinking About Right Now: Sleep
Your Car: Pacifica
What Are You Doing At The Moment: Typing
Relationship Status: Married
What Is On Your TV: Nothing
What Is The Weather Like: Cloudy
When Is The Last Time You Laughed: Today

I'm not going to tag anyone either, but I think everyone should do this. It is sure not as easy as you might think to keep the answers to one word. I cheated on one of them and used two words. LOL

I got an email today informing me that my new computer has been shipped! I can't wait to get it hooked up and running. I am going to start doing some of the SCS challenges as soon as I can upload. Until then, I hope you have a great day!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Getting closer!

We received partial payment from the insurance company!!!! I can now, when I can find the time, order my new computer! I can't wait to upload new stuff.

We have trio practice tonight. I love that! We are hoping to record a CD soon. We have been so lucky that people have liked our music and have asked for a CD. One of these days, (after I get my computer and can do this at home and not sneak time in at work) I am going to make a post about the trio, how we got our name and what we do.

In the mean time, have a great day!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Frustrating Insurance Companies!

STILL waiting on insurance to get my computer replaced! DH called the company yesterday and they said that the person who has to do this will be out of the office until May 23. That is a full month after the break-in! This is unacceptable. With the outrageous premiums we pay, I demand better service than that! I guess when this is all over, we will be insurance shopping. UGH!

But all is not bad news. I got my SAB reward set Monday. I ended up getting Amazing to Zany. I am a little concerned about mounting it, but I know I'm going to love it. And I am expecting a nice box from Stampin' Up!® tomorrow. That is always like Christmas to me. LOL AND, I received notice from Missy B that my Alexa set has been shipped! WOOHOOOOO. I can't believe I have waited so long to order that. I "subscribed" to Lauren's (mytime) thread on SCS when she announced the set and have been "meaning to" order it ever since. Can we say procrastinator??? AAANNNNDDDDD, I got my bind-it-all yesterday. I am so excited and can't wait until the weekend so I can play with it! Now, if I could just get the insurance company.....but I digress....

I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Just checking in...

Well, I am still waiting to get my computer replaced. That is one of the things that was stolen by the nice people who broke into my home a couple of weeks ago. I don't know why, but it is taking forever to get the insurance worked out. I miss my computer a lot! And my DS is just waiting so patiently to get his beautiful guitar replaced. DH will replace his DVD's as he realizes what is gone. This is a hard lesson, but we will be "cataloging" our DVD's so we will know for sure what we have. Oh, and we now have an alarm system that is set everytime we leave. That is taking a little time to get use to, and, yes, I have set it off and had the police at my door. How fun is that! LOL

I have been doing a little bit of stamping, but without a computer, I can't scan and upload anything. :( I am going to go "upload crazy" as soon as I get it. LOL

I hope you are having a great day. I can finally say that my days are pretty good again.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Yesterday, I went from being so excited because Lindsey tagged me to being terrified! When I got home from work, my front door had been kicked in and my computer, one of my DS's very expensive guitars and some of DH's DVD's had been taken. I cannot even begin to express how violated I feel!! So guess what, I didn't stamp last night. I will not be able to upload any new cards until I get my computer back. I don't have anyway to get them on this computer at work. I hope it doesn't take too long.

Have a great day!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

I got tagged! :)

How exciting! My friend, Lindsey (jacksonbelle), tagged me today. What a fun game. So, here are some blogs I have discovered...

and of course, not to make her have to post more links, but you just gotta check out her awesome blog! Thanks, Lindsey!

I hope I get to stamp tonight, and tomorrow night, and Saturday, and ...... I need some new things badly!

Since graduation is coming up really soon, I thought I would post this card I made last year for a girl who was, at that time, a part-time employee where I work. I wish I had distressed the big white layer with orange like the rest of the white pieces, but, oh well. Hindsight and all that! LOL
Anyway, the black is a full 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of SU Basic Black cardstock scored and folded in half. The corners of the SU Only Orange layer were punched with the wrought iron corner punch. I used the Word Window punch and made it longer using the same technique that is shown in post #12 at The star brads and caps are non-SU, I think I got them at Wal-Mart but I'm not sure. I have had them FOREVER! (well, almost) It was just a fun card that isn't all that spectacular, but so appropriate for this time of the year.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Card for my badge holder

I have seen some of the cutest things in "badge holders" lately on I can't remember who posted them, but I had to do one! So, remember the business card that I got for free and stamped on? Well, I wanted to display one on my purse, hoping someone would notice it and ask me about it so I could talk about Stampin' Up! LOL I thought one of those badge holders would be so perfect for that. BUT, I didn't want the blank back of the card to shine if the holder got turned around, which I knew would happen often. So I stamped one of my favorite images EVER, from Long Time Friend with black Stazon ink and colored it with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and a blender pen. Then I put the business card and this little card back to back and placed them in a badge holder...tied it up with some ribbon and here it is.
Again, thanks kittie.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Sissy's Workshop

My sister hosted a workshop for me last week. This is one of the cards that I demo'd. I have so much fun doing "kittie747 cards"! She is such a doll for being so willing to help people learn her techniques. One day, I will be 1/10th as good as she is, maybe! (OK, this is my last gush about her. From now on, I will just give her credit when it is due! *grin*)

Anyway, this giraffe of the Bundle of Joy set was stamped with stazon ink and watercolored with Barely Banana and Close To Cocoa ink. Then I masked it and sponged the sky with Bashful Blue and the grass with Certainly Celery. I put a thin line of Barely Banana between the two. I used the fern stamp of the Watercolor Mini set to put some texture in the grass and pulled some "blades" up with the paintbrush. The tab was punched out with the Round Tab Punch and then the sweetheart stamp of the Bundle of Joy set was stamped on it. I love the spiral punch so I had to put something on here with that, and the piece to the left is the only thing I could think of to do.

I hope you like this card. I loved doing it!

Friday, March 23, 2007


Wow, what a whirlwind of a week! I SO wanted to stamp last night, but we had trio practice and I love that SOOOO much, too. I have to get busy though. I have a workshop Tuesday night and I have one project completed and ready to go, one project that is just planned but not prepared and that is it! I have to figure out two more things or I will be in TROUBLE! My sister is the hostess and she will have no mercy! LOL (Love ya, Sissy!)

So anyway, all that is to just say I hope to have more things to post soon.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

First Entry

Here it blog. Can someone tell me why I have butterflies in my tummy as I post this?!? How silly! Anyway....

My first upload is a business card that I "altered". I got these cards with a big blank spot so I could stamp on them. The best part...I got 250 cards free! How cool is that! So, with inspiration from (SCS name) kittie747, this is the first batch I came up with. I only did 30 of these so if I get tired of this, I can do something else.

Thanks for looking and I hope you have a great day!