Saturday, December 31, 2011

Stamp School Countdown Day 3

Today is Day 3 of the Stamp School Countdown.  Tomorrow will be the full reveal at Stamp School and the stamps will be available for purchase.  I have one last sneak for you to see:

Such beautiful stamps that are so fun to color!  Visit Stamp School to see the Design Teams darling creations! 

Made Especially For You Blog Hop

Welcome to the Out with The Old and In with The New two-day New Year's Blog Hop! We're so happy you could join us.

Day one of the hop will feature some of our favorite projects we've created this past year and day two will feature a New Year's themed project. If you've just come across the hop and would like to start at the beginning, please visit Ashley's blog.  If you've come from Beckie's blog, then you're in the right place.

Now I want to share with you my favorite card and layout of 2011.  It was not easy narrowing the list down to 2, but here goes.  My favorite card is:

I just love that this card is busy.  I'm usually a stickler for not "junking" projects up, but I threw everything except the kitchen sink at this one and it turned out good.  Next my favorite LO:

Another "over the top" project.  I even added a stamped sentiment to this layout.  The reason I selected both creations is that I stepped WAY OUT of my comfort zone and liked the end result. 

I want to thank everyone that has visited my blog this year.  2011 was rough with the passing of my Papaw.  My mojo had disappeared by Summer, but you still stood behind me when it returned.  I've been so very blessed this year, not only in my daily life but also my crafting life.  God has opened so many doors in the industry for me that I never dreamed!  Thank you all for supporting me, inspiring me, and being my friend! 

Now a little blog hop candy.  Leave me a comment on today's post, you can comment about anything.  I'll combine today and tomorrow's comments (if you come back tomorrow and comment, you get 2 entries).  I'll randomly select a winner on Monday to win some crafty goodies!  Whether you are international or in the USA, you are welcome to join in the fun!

Thanks for visiting!  I'm the last stop on our New Years Blog Hop.  Stop by tomorrow for Day 2 of the hop.  And don't forget to join the Made Especially For You Design Team each Monday for a new challenge.


Friday, December 30, 2011

Stamp School Countdown Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the Stamp School Countdown.  The Design Team is previewing the first 2 stamp sets brought to you by Stamp School.  Today I want to share a bit about the products SS will be offering crafters. 


Poptone Cardstock from Stamp School is a heavy 100 pound cover weight cardstock. It works brilliantly for card bases, however we suggest you score your cardstock before you fold it, it's just THAT heavy weight. The Poptone Cardstock cuts beautifully with any diecut machine and die, even the thin wafer thin steel rule dies from My Favorite Things or Spellbinders. It has matching dye inks, and matching wool felt.


The Poptone Dye Ink from Stamp School is a raised dye ink pad. The inks are made to match the Poptone Cardstock. The ink pad comes with a hinged lid, so you won't ever lose your lid, and is labeled with the ink color. It works beautifully on our clear stamps, and because it is a dye ink you can do any technique fit for dye inks. We also have re-inkers available.


Soft to the touch yet sturdy, Stamp School felt is medium-weight 100% merino wool, imported from Holland. Be forewarned, once you craft with it you'll have a hard time ever going back to a blend or acrylic. Approximately 14 oz. per linear yard (36x72 inches) and 1mm thick, almost 1/16 inch. Our felt is not flammable,and safe for babies and children.


Stamp School stamps are made in the USA with the highest quality photopolymer.

Sound good???  Honestly the products are wonderful.  Now for my preview for the day:

Visit tomorrow for the last day of the Stamp School Countdown.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Stamp School Countdown

Hi all.  It's time for the countdown to begin....counting down the days till Stamp School's first stamp reveal...January 1st. 

Each month Stamp School will be releasing 2 stamp sets, a sentiment and themed set.  Stamp school will also be showcasing Pop Tones Cardstock with matching ink and felt, available at A Walk Down Memory Lane, Stamp School's sister site. 

Stamp School will not only be offering high quality stamps, they will also be showing you how to USE the stamps with tons of tutorials, tips, tricks, and inspiration.  I'm so excited to be a part of the faculty and share with you what I know about stamping and card making.

OK now for sneak peek of the new stamp sets:

For more inspiration, visit Stamp School and check out the Design Teams beautiful sneaks!  Stop back tomorrow for more of the reveal.

The Sampler

2012 is fast approaching and I've got a full plate!  So I wanted to share a few of my 2011 projects with you using The Sampler's December Kit.

I love the clean look of this LO.  I added Stickles to make my ornaments hang from the top of my page.  It's always fun watching little kids open their presents, you never know if they'll like it or hate it. 

This LO makes me smile.  Our Christmas party for work is always fun.  My buddy Kay was enjoying sniffing the candle, lol!  Was so happy I caught that with my camera.  It's also fun using non traditional colors on layouts and cards.  I think pink fits every holiday!

Visit The Sampler Kit Club to see the Design Teams beautiful projects using the December kit and visit Scrapbooking Supplies R Us to purchase your own.

Monday, December 26, 2011

A Colorful And Shabby New Year

I'm honored to share today's post with you becaue I'm this week's Guest Designer at The Shabby Tea Room!

This week The Shabby Tea Room wants you to have a colorful and shabby New Year!  Create a card or project inspired the following photo and use the colors pink, blue, green, yellow and red.

And now for my card:

This little card features goodies from Pink Paislee, Papertrey Ink, The Girls Paperie, and Ribbon Reel.  I added a touch of chunky glitter for shine.  I'm obsessed with seam binding and twine at the moment!  Think it adds so much character to a project.

I want to thank Debbie and the Design Team at The Shabby Tea Room for including me in their winners circle this year!  I can't think of a better way to end 2011 and begin 2012!  Visit The Shabby Tea Room to see the Design Teams darling creations and prize details. 

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Hi peeps!  Merry Christmas Eve.  Who's ready for Christmas?  Hopefully you all are.  I've been having Christmas celebrations with different family and friends for a week now.  Loved every minute of it!  Playing along with a few challenges this week  Check out The Play Date Cafe's adorable color challenge:

And CardPatterns Sketch 146:

And here is my card using goodies from December's Sampler Kit:

Could this little Santa be any sweeter?  Loving the American Crafts Stamps and seam binding!  This card was so simple to make, basically lots of layering. 

Now on to some news.  Next week I will be the Guest Designer for The Shabby Tea Room.  So excited for the opportunity to work with Debbie and the Design Team!

I have been a fan of Regina Easter and The Cutting Cafe' for years now...and I was asked to join their latest Design Team, woohoo!  I can't wait to share some of my creations with you using goodies from The Cutting Cafe'.

I am also joining the Stamp School as a Faculty Member!!!  Stamp School will be bringing you 2 new stamp sets per month , along with cardstock and coordinating inks and felt.  The Faculty will be showing you the latest and greatest  techniques, plus basic stamping for beginners. You can see a sneak peek of Stamp School's first stamp set here.

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and make many scrappy memories to cherish forever...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Giveaway Time

The new Sampler Design Team has been announced and I'm so excited to be returning as the Design Team Coordinator.  I've been with The Sampler since June 2010 and it's just such an amazing kit club that I love being a part of it.  Visit The Sampler's Kit Club Blog to see the new design team and leave a comment for your chance to win candy.  Crate Paper is one of The Sampler's favorite brands and they were kind enough to send 5 bundles of goodies that Holly is giving away!!!  So visit The Sampler's Blog today for your chance to win!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Let It Snow

Hi crafty friends.  It's Monday and that means a new challenge from Made Especially For You.  This week's challenge is snow.  Make a project that has snow or snowflakes on it.  This week's Sponsor is K 'n K Designs - they are offering one lucky participant 3 of their digital stamp sets. 

Here is my card:

For my card I used the Winter Wonderland stamp set from Inspired By Stamping.  My cardstock and patterned paper are Papertrey Ink, ribbon is Really Reasonable Ribbon, and silver snowflake is K and Co.  I stamped my snowflakes in Versamark and then glittered them to make my background.

Visit Made Especially For You to see the Design Teams darling creations and play along for your chance to win!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

All That Glitters

Wanting to share the latest kit from The Sampler with you tonite called "All That Glitters".  It is an amazing kit with tons of Crate Paper, American Crafts, and other goodies that will make any crafter happy this holiday season.  Take a look:

Isn't it lovely?  The first thing I though when I saw the kit was "December Daily".  Before I start showing you creations made from All That Glitters, I've still got a few things to share with you from November's Sampler Kit - Seasonal Sweets:

Here's a layout of one of my little cousin's all dressed up for a family wedding.  The embossed cardstock is Core'dinations and I ran a pink ink pad over the embossing to match Brody's tie and suspenders, bringing out those colors. 

Yah gotta love  my chickens!  I'm sure they'd be happy to know there was another layout dedicated to them. 

And last but not least, my sunshine.  Matt and I always have such fun together, love capturing those feelings on paper with a cheery layout.  Matt wouldn't be happy to know I was referring to him as sunshine, lol...but he will never know! 

Visit Scrapbooking Supplies R Us to see this month's kit - All That Glitters and visit The Sampler Kit Club Blog to see what the Design Team is doing with past and present kits! 


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Inspired By Stamping - Reveal Day

Today's the big day!  The reveal of Inspired By Stamping's latest set - The Sky's The Limit.  First of all I want to share my projects from the previous days and a new card...with details on how I made them.

For this card I stamped my balloons on a different piece of paper and cut out the balloon and basket.  I then stamped the image on my green cardstock and paper pieced my hot air balloons back together.  I used pop up glue dots to add dimension to my card by making my balloons different layers.  My ribbon, lace and clothes pin are from The Ribbon Reel

I used Versmark on this card to create the glittery hot air balloon.  I simply stamped my image with Versamark then added glitter.  My pearls are Liquid Pearls by Ranger.  My twine is The Ribbon Reel.

Now for my new card, check it out:

This card is also paper pieced.  I used Spellbinder Nestabilities, Fiskars Scallop Punch, and Studio G glitter glue.  My glittery cardstock is American Crafts.  Check out the Design Team members full reveals here:

Deb Hickman
Susie Moore

All that's left is to show you the entire set, ready???

So adorable!  Visit Inspired By Stamping for your chance to win this stamp set.  And The Sky's The Limit is also available for purchase at the Inspired By Stamping Shop.  Plus one more surprise, free shipping till Sunday.  Use the online code BALLOONS at checkout.  I hope you've enjoyed the reveal Blog Hop as much as I have!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Inspired By Stamping Day 2

Welcome back to Day 2 of the Inspired By Stamping Reveal.  This month's stamp set is titled The Sky's The Limit and is simply gorgeous.  I have a new card to share with you using the set, take a look:

Glittery goodness!  Visit the other members of the Inspired By Stamping Design Team to see their fabulous sneak peaks:

Deb Hickman
Susie Moore

When you are done visiting these blogs, return to Inspired By Stamping.  Leave a comment for your chance to win The Sky's The Limit stamp set.  And Saturday we are having the BIG REVEAL, where you will be able to see the entire set and purchase your own at the Inspired By Stamping shop.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Inspired By Stamping Blog Hop

Hi all!  So excited to be sharing this post with you.  Today is DAY 1 of the Inspired By Stamping sneak peaks for December.  Joanna is bringing you a fabulous stamp set this month that I absolutely adore and one I know is a new "go to set" for me.  This set is truly "uplifting"!!!  First I want to show you a card I created using the new stamp set:

What do you think???  So darling!  Visit the Inspired By Stamping Design Team members to see their creations using the latest stamps.  Here's a list:

When you're done, return to Inspired By Stamping and leave a comment for your chance to win this stamp set!  Visit Friday for more sneak peaks from me and the talented DT.  Saturday is the big reveal day with more creations from the design team and the stamp set will be available for purchase at the Inspired By Stamping shop.  I will also have all the details on my sneak peak cards and how I made each.


Monday, December 5, 2011


Hi all!  Time for a new challenge from Made Especially For You.  This week we want to see an ORNAMENT.  Our sponsor is the Digi Doodle Shop - a place near and dear to my heart because I was on their design team in the past.  Be sure to play along for a chance to win a gift certificate to their store. 

I made a Christmas ornament and a coordinating card using the Christmas Globe digi from the Digi Doodle Shop.  Take a look:

My ornament was made from a wooden spool.  I love altered spools - search it at Pinterest for loads of inspiration!  I added coordinating Papertrey Ink papers to both.  My ribbon is Really Reasonable Ribbon and twine is PTI.  I used Copics to color my snow globe and added Stickles for sparkle. 

A card with coordinating ornament is a great gift this time of the year.  My trinkets and baubles are from Etsy.

I'm entering my creations in the following challenges:
Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to visit  Made Especially For You to see the design teams beautiful creations and enter for a chance to win!!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Southern Girls Challenge

Hi all!  No I didn't fall off the planet, I've been really busy.  Don't forget I'm a peds nurse so this is the "most busiest time of the year" with all the little sick children.  So I worked a little OT this week and been busy Christmas shopping. But now I'm back with a great challenge from Southern Girls Challenge 33:

 Ribbon Madness

We want to see ribbon on your projects....any type of ribbon, any type of creation.  Visit Southern Girls to check out the amazing sponsors we have lined up this week.  I was lucky enough to get to work with Tickled Pink Stamps for this challenge.  Tickled Pink is an awesome store based in Australia that has beautiful digi and rubber stamps.  I worked with Lil Christmas Lolita Willow.

I'm also entering my card in the following challenges:
Here is my creation:

I love playing with my Copics...even though I don't have a clue what I'm doing with them.  My ribbon is Really Reasonable Ribbon and PTI.  My sentiment is Whipper Snapper Stamps. 

Visit Southern Girls Challenge to see the Design Teams darling creations!!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Give Thanks

Hi my crafty friends!  Who's ready for Thanksgiving???  I've decided that Thanksgiving must be my turkeys least favorite holiday!  I have a little card to share tonite.  I was inspired by the following challenges:

The Shabby Tea Room 89:

Ribbon Carousel Challenge:

The Play Date Cafe Challenge:

And here is my card:

Normally I never stamp a scene, but I went a little crazy with my new Papertrey Ink Stamp Set - Door to Door.  I colored my scene with Copics.  My cardstock and patterned paper is PTI.  My seam binding and ribbon is Etsy.  And the cute pin is from Maya Road.  I inked the edges of my card with Martha Stewart copper and chocolate ink.  I'm not the best with my Copics, but it's sure fun playing with them! 

Just want to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving from my little corner of the world:

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