Monday, June 29, 2009

Hey there.....

how are you all doing on this very hot day here in southern AZ? Today I have 2 things I want to share with you all. Last week, well, Friday I made a few cards and was planning on uploading them on Saturday, but our neighbor kind of threw a rock our way and we ended up spending all afternoon hauling rocks and trying to get some sort of path for the coming monsoon done. My neighbor actually did not throw the rock literally, he is in the process of fixing up his backyard and he had tons of big rocks which he was going to just haul away so I told my DH, go and ask what he is going to do with them and if he is just getting rid of them, ask if we could have some to get our front yard taken care off. See for those of you that know about the monsoon season and that those waters come out of nowhere and just wash anything in their way away you need to be prepared and take care of your property. Well, we live on a pretty steep hill and last year when we were just looking at the house it was raining so hard one day, the entire one side of the front yard was washed down the street. I mean those little landscaping rocks were all over the sidewalk and in the street. To make a long story short, we had to do something and since my DH, bless his heart, is kind of a procrastinator :D:D, we had not done that yet, so Saturday that was changed. We got some rock from our neighbor and got started and today I finished it.

Needless to say I am aching everywhere :D:D:D, plus temps in the 100's don't really help. At one point I thought I was going to pass out.

All right now, since I've got that off of my chest, how about I show you those cards. The first one is a very simple card that I have had in my head for quite some time. I don't know about you all, but Kraft and white just looks good together and paired with a silhouette stamp it is just gorgeous, well, at least I think so ;P.



Paper: PTI Kraft, PTI white

Stamp: ISC Natures Silhouettes II

Ink: StazOn Cotton White, Chalk Box creamy brown

Accessories: SU oval punch, foam tape, double sided tape

My second card is a little more elegant but yet simple.

I think I was one of the LAST people that bought SU's Parisian Breeze DP. I had admired gorgeous creations done with it all over the place and just never gotten it until the retiring list came out, so I finally have the paper and can't get enough of it :D:D.

I have to admit though that I did not get the Baja Breeze paper that matches this wonderful paper, but the Soft Sky cs works, at least IMHO :D.

The label I've put on this card was done with my Nesties Labels 4, which I absolutely love for anything Vintage looking, plus I used the last of these fun little Prima roses from the Fairy Tale Collection.

The scripture is from last months release over at ISC and I am totally in love with it. The little cross I've used on it is from an necklace I bought several years ago on clearance for like 50 cents or so.

Look to the Lord.....


Paper: SU Parisian Breeze DP, SU Soft Sky, PTI white

Stamps: ISC Thoughtful Verses

Ink: VersaFine OnyxBlack

Accessories: Nesties Labels 4, silver half pearls from Mike's, mini roses from Prima's Fairy Tale Collection, light blue sheer ribbon, narrow white satin ribbon, silver cross pendant, dimensionals, foam tape, double sided tape

All right, that is it for today. My DH came home early, so I'll have to run and get dinner going. Thanks so much for stopping by today, it means a lot to me that you guys are taking the time to come see what I am up to.


Sunday, June 28, 2009

Hello on this beautiful Sunday....

guess what time it is? It is time for yet another sketch challenge over at Innovative Stamp Creations and guess what? You can win a FREE stamp sheet of your choice!!!!! YEAH, doesn't that sound good? So, what are you wainting on? Get your ISC stamps out and get creating :D:D:D:D. But wait just one minute, I'll have to show you my card first.

Paper: PTI Vintage Cream for the base, SU Close to Cocoa, K&Company Ancestry
Stamps: Sketch of Roses from ISC
Ink: SU Close to Cocoa, Chalk Box Creamy Brown, Chestnut Roan for the distressing of the main image circle, VersaMark,
Accessories: Nesties classic scalloped circles, Vintage rose buttons, Fiskars decorative corner punch, Vintage lace trim, pastel chalks for the poppin' pastels technique, dimensionals, foam tape, double sided tape.

To get some more inspiration, make sure you head on over to all of the talented ladies of the DT for they sure have rocked this one ;D.
So now go on have fun and post your card on your Blog or your gallery and link it to ISC Blog and you have a chance to win ONE of the wonderful stamp sheet Betsy has.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as today was not a good day for me. Yep, the migraine headaches are back. Hate them, hate them!!!

Have a wonderful week and a big {{{HUG}}},

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hi there.......

did you all miss me? Well, I am back now and I am still trying to catch up on things to do after our short trip out of town. Those few days away went by so very quick, but I am glad to be home in my own bed :D.

For the last 4 weeks I have been showing cards I made for Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simple challenge and today will be the last post. Yep, my month at Sharon's comes to an end and SSNOTIME93 will be my last official post. I am a little sad, but I will be still hanging around and participate in those fun stamp simple challenges Sharon comes up with. Her and those oh so very talented ladies on her team made me feel welcome. Thanks so much for this opportunity Sharon and thanks ladies for allowing me to play along for a few weeks.

All right now, let me tell you a little about this weeks challenge before I need the tissues ;D.

This week Sharon wants us to do a fun "Combo Challenge" with a little of a twist. We are to use grassy greens and sky blue, well, I did not exactly use sky blue but it is blue. Plus, we are to add some piercing. If you care to find out more head on over to Sharon's blog .

Back to my creation, well, when I found out that we were to use green and blue I knew I wanted to use some of the gorgeous Periphery paper pad from Basic Grey. I just love the Basic Grey paper pads they are so very versatile. The one I picked out is somewhat of a grassy green but the blue is a little darker than sky blue, so I hope I will not get in trouble for that, LOL!!! Since I did not want to cut up too much of the 6x6 paper I made my card 5.5"x5.5" and incorporated some SU Certainly Celery and Not Quite Navy as they are pretty close to the shades in the DP. Since the challenge is "Stamp Simple" after all, I did not add that many embellishments have a look and see for yourself

Birthday Wishes

Paper: PTI White, SU Certainly Celery, Not Quite Navy,
Basic Grey Periphery

Stamps: SU Elegant Cheer (Birthday Wishes)
Paper Salon Fancy Flourishes for the corner
image that is stamped on cs and cut out and
then pierced

Ink: Chalk Box Prussian Blue, Charcoal

Accessories: Nesties Labels 4, Tim Holtz distressing tool,
Prima Nursery Tales Collection mini roses
Grey blue sheer ribbon from Sharon's
ribbon store, blue crystals, dimensionals,
glue dots, double sided tape

So, what do you think? I did some of the piercing on the DP but it does not show that well as the paper is kind of thin but if you click on the photo it will enlarge and you can see it a bit better.

Sharon also has some news to share. For those that keep up with Sharon's blog know already that Becky has left the Stamp Simple team so Sharon took on two very talented ladies which you already gotten to know, since both of them are recent Guest Designers Jenny Gropp and Barbara Anders. Congratulations ladies!!! If you want to see what the rest of the DT came up with head on over to

Jenny, Barbara, AJ, Deb, Janine, Jennifer, Julie, Tammy,

Thanks again Sharon for having me. I loved every minute of it.

That's it for me for now. Thanks so much for stopping by.


Thursday, June 18, 2009

It is time for

Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Challenge 92 and this week we were asked to created something that can hold a recipe or you can write a recipe on. Well, I made a criss cross recipe card.

I was thinking and thinking which one of my oh so many recipes, well I usually don't cook by recipe, I am a kind of throw it in the pot as I go kind of girl :D:D:D and decided to write up a recipe that I have been making for a while and every time I serve it people ask for the recipe as it is pretty good. It is called Chicken 'n eggs brunch pizza and I changed a few things from the original recipe as it is originally called "Ham 'n eggs brunch pizza" but my family does not like ham too much. Another thing that I changed, well, we don't just eat it as a breakfast/brunch dish you can eat that thing any time of day :D:D.

The instructions for the criss cross card are from SCS and I am sure some of you have made it a ton of times. If you have never made one, it is actually pretty fun to put together the instructions can be found here . For this card I used some Martha Stewart Daisies I found the other day when I went to Big Lots. They have the biggest sale ever going on. All kind of Martha Stewart stuff like for weddings and such, little gift bags, cards, favor boxes, garlands, confetti and those daisies that have a dimensional on the back. Those daisies almost looked like the daisies on some, yes, you've guessed it K&Company paper which is called Wild Saffron and so pretty!!!

To make a long story short, I used the paper and the daisies to make this recipe criss cross card. Let me know what you think. I took 2 pictures so you'll get to see the card with the recipe inside and then the recipe itself.

Paper: PTI Summer Breeze, SU Chocolate Chip, K&Company Wild Saffron, SU confetti white for the tag
Stamps: SU Yummy
Ink: Su Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Mega scalloped oval punch, satin ribbon, Martha Stewart Daisies (40 daisies for $2.00!!!), SU Tab punch

Did I get you interested in this recipe? Well, all you have to do if you can't make it out from the picture, shoot me an e-mail and I'll gladly send it to you. Make sure you'll go and check out what the other ladies have come up with.

Janine, Jennifer, Julie, AJ, Becky, Tammy and Deb

You'll love it and maybe you'll just find some recipes to try out ;D.

Thanks for stopping by.


Hello friends.....

I know it has been an entire week since I posted and I hope that you will hang on in there with me, as I am super busy with my kids. So, please forgive me. I have a few things for you all. I actually made 2 cards last weekend, but did not have a chance to upload until now. Do you ever have that you make a project and you write everything down, but somehow your notes disappear? Well, that is exactly what happened to me. So, the recipe for my 2 cards are going to be based on what I remember ;D.

The first one is a card I made with a stamp set from Just Rite that is actually retiring, so I had to jump right on it and order it before it was gone. If you have been visiting the Just Rite website you probably have seen some pretty amazing creations by the DT there and let me tell you all of the projects done with this set are just gorgeous. My card is pretty simple but this stamp does not need much as it speaks for itself :D.

Precious and few .....


Paper: PTI white, Basic Grey Lilykate

Stamps: Just Rite Harmony Classic Circle Stamper III

Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Chalk ink in pink for the edges

Accessories: Nesties Classic Circles, Primas in pink, pearl brad from the bridal section at Mike's, white grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals

What y'all think? Not very many embellishments needed, right?

The second one is a square card that is 5.5"x5.5" and I used my Unity stamps, which I had to dust off ;D. I am a big sucker for paper and embellishments and just about every time I go to Mike's or Joann's I'll find some kind of paper that is on sale. It is almost like it is calling my name :D:D:D. The paper I used here is a pad by K&Company and is called Ancestry. Let me tell you, it has the most gorgeous double sided papers in it. The one I've used here makes a statement but yet is not too much (at least that is what I think,LOL!) I also used my Twinkling H2O's I snatched up on that fabulous 40% off deal they had going on when they thought they were going out of business. It's just a good thing that some bigger companies stepped in and helped them out so we all can benefit from it as they now stay in business and that sale is now over. Pretty sure most of you have used the H2O's before but for those that have not, they are the most fabulous paints you'll ever have and they last forever. When I color with them I usually use my aqua pen it makes it easy to control how wet you'll get your paints. For this project where I simply colored the Primas I used the color "fire & ice". To start out I used off white larger flower which I left that way just painted with "fire&ice" and a smaller one that I colored with a marker in a cocoa color and than painted with "fire&ice". As you'll see the outcome is completely different and matches the BG DP almost exactly. For the sentiment I cut out some octagons with my new Nesties added a signature stick pin and voila the card was almost done :D:D.

A friend........


Paper: PTI Vintage Cream, K&Company Acestry,

Canon textured cs in Champagne, SU Close to Cocoa

Stamps: Unity Stamps Proverbs 17:17

Ink: SU Close to Cocoa

Accessories: Nesties Octagons, spacer beads , crystals, flower filigree, handmade stick pin with glass beads, champagne colored satin ribbon, Primas, Twinkling H2O's in the color "fire & ice"

Can you all see the twinkle that the flowers give off? I think I took like 10 pictures and the one outside finally captured the shimmer a little bit. Sorry about the card laying down, the wind was just way to strong and the card kept on falling off of the rock :D.

That is it for me for right now. I'll have another post a little later for Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply challenge. You might want to come on back as I will share a pretty yummy recipe that is so easy to do and almost cooks itself ;D.

See you later!!!


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Goodness, where has time gone?

I tell you, when your kids are home time sure seems to fly by. It is Thursday and that means I have to get ready for Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Challenge and she asked us to use half circles. When I heard that I knew exactly what I was going to do. A while back I had ordered some cs scalloped circles from and they came in handy for this fun challenge. I actually was able to pull 2 off for this challenge. It was almost like I was on a creating trip :D:D:D The first card that I made is a little on the romantic side, since I've used some of this wonderful paper from K&Company called Ancestry. It also went very well with some NEW Prima Hydrangeas I got the other day. I have not bought anything from eBay in like ages and when I was searching for Hydrangeas it took me there. I ordered on Sunday and my order arrived yesterday (Wednesday) I'd say that was pretty quick. Have a look for yourself.

For with God.......


Paper: PTI Aqua Mist, SU Chocolate Chip, K&Company Ancestry Pad, scalloped circle in chocolate from

Stamp: Clear Dollar Stamps "The Word" (you get 11 stamps for like $7.99)

Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Chalk Box Creamy Brown, Chestnut Roan for the distressing

Accessories: handmade stick pin with shades of brown glass beads, chocolate satin ribbon, Prima Hydrangeas from the Deep Woods box, Kaiser half pearls in copper

So, what do you think? I think the hardest part was to take a half way descent picture. It is pretty windy in AZ today ;D. The pictures that I took inside did not come out right at all.

All right, on to my second card. When I was putting the first one together I kind of said to myself that the half circle on the card reminds me of a purse. You probably wonder, what? No, really, if you look at it, it does :D:D I cut this card at 5.5"x5.5" to take full advantage of the circle, well, half circle ;D. I was looking through most of my DP pads I have, and I have a lot, LOL!!!! But, there was nothing that looked right, so I just ran my SU Pretty in Pink cs through the Bug, the Cuttlebug that is, in my Textile folder and I found that I did not want to do anything else. To keep it flowing I also ran the half circle through the Bug. I know this card is very simple, but yet again, that is what Sharon wants, right? To finish everything off I simply took the shank off of a button from a vintage button set I bought a long time ago at Joann's and added it as the faux purse closure. Some pink grosgrain ribbon and a simple "Thank You" sentiment layered on some punched out circles and tiny rose buds finished this simple card.

Thank You

Paper: SU Pretty in Pink, chocolate colored scalloped circle from
Ink: SU Close to Cocoa
Stamps: ISC Hibiscus "Thank You"
Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing folder Textile, Vintage button, 1 1/2" and 1 3/8" circle punch, pink grosgrain ribbon, Nursery Tales Prima rose buds in pink, corner rounder punch

Did I say too much? Pretty simple card, right?

I truly hope that you'll get to head on over to Sharon's blog to see what see created and play along.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope to be back with a few more creations over the weekend ;D. I cleaned my stamping space today, yep, couldn't find things anymore, so it was time :D:D:D.

I am sorry I forgot to add this before, here is the list of the wonderful ladies of Sharon's DT , please make sure you head on over to check out what they've created

Julie, Tammy , AJ, Deb, Becky, Janine and Jennifer. Those girls are amazing!!


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hey y'all!!!!!

How are you guys doing on this Tuesday? I have been busy this morning (kind of needed some therapy, if you know what I mean!?) and I was able to make 3 cards. YEP, you've heard right :D:D:D. My first card is for the month of June Divine Design Bible Verse Challenge over at SCS, which I have enjoyed over the last few months. I tell you, those cards come in very handy for friends at church and my MIL ;D. This month I chose a stamp from Sweet n' Sassy from "The Word" set. Yesterday I received my order from PTI with some more of Nicole's awesome cs and the DP "Black and White Basics" let me tell you, this is some gorgeous paper. A bit on the modern side, but that is a good change ever so often from my Vintage style ;D. I picked out this circle kind of paper where one circle goes into another and is somewhat appropriate for my scripture I am using, 1 Peter 1:23, which says in the end "....which liveth and abideth for ever" just like those circles symbolize never ending. Kind of liked that. Have a look and see for yourself. Off course I had to stay just a little bit true to my style and add a stick pin ;P.

1 Peter 1:23


Paper: PTI white, True Black, B/W Basics DP

Stamp: Sweet n' Sassy "The Word"

Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black

Accessories: Nesties standard circle large, silver half pearls, handmade stickpin with pearls and silver beads, white grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, glue dots

So, what do you think about this one? Isn't that DP from PTI gorgeous?

All right, you all probably know that on Monday's over at SCS they have the CAS (Clean and simple) challenge and this weeks colors are "Kraft, Coral and one coordinating color" so, to make a long story short I jumped on board and made this ever so simple card. Since I did not have any coral colored cs I went with a coral colored Prima that I have been hoarding for quite some time (too bad Joann stopped selling these gorgeous flowers, I think I'll have to contact their customer service ;D) and some ever so gorgeous striped ribbon from Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. If you have not been over there to check out Sharon's store, you all are missing out on some of the most wonderful ribbon you'll ever want to put your fingers on. Really, it is May Arts ribbon and it is so luscious and soft. Very easy to work with. The stamp I've used for this simple card is from the $-bin over at Mike's. Yep, I have not been to Mike's in a while and yesterday I decided to pack up my kids and take them there before we headed to the grocery store. I did not buy much for myself, but my kids are big, and I mean big on crafty activities, so I bought them a bunch of stuff to get them out of my hair for a minute or two (you all know what I am talking about, right?) I am sure I am not the only Mom, that does that and tries to find some time to get away and stamp in peace for a minute, right!?!?! Anyhow, here is my

Just Because.....


Paper: PTI Kraft

Stamp: Hampton Arts "Just Because"

Ink: Chalk Box Dark Brown

Accessories: 1/4" striped ribbon from Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Ribbon Store, coral colored Primas, antique copper brad from Making Memories, glue dot

This I say too much? Super simple card, but I like the effect the BIG Prima has.

On to numero tres. I need to make a card in the colors red/white. Well, I don't really have much red cs so I went with some DP and my choice was some paper from the Basic Grey Cupcake pad. It is really not that red, but more of a muted red, almost an orangy red, but I thought it worked pretty well. Some time back I bought a used stamp set and it screamed to be inked up for this card. To follow the rules for this challenge in one of the Yahoo Groups I am signed up for, I had to use some kind of cuttlebugging ( I know that is not really a word, sorry) so I've decided on running my DP through the Cuttlebug with the divine swirls embossing folder. It is there, but you can barely see it. I also used my Nesties Labels 1 dies to make the label, so I actually have two parts of my card cuttlebugged ;D. For my ink I've chosen Chalk Box Blush Rose, which almost matched the DP. To tie it all together I added some silver accents which include a small heart charm (without the shank) and a trademark of mine a stick pin. Oh, for my bow I used one of my Bow Easy tools. Yep, I have two and the reason for that is, that I was on a waiting list at Sharon Johnson's store for it while I entered a comment on Jenny Gropps blog and actually won one. Me, Sabrina won something. I never win anything, no really. This is one reason why I very and I mean very rarely enter any blog candies, because I never even dream about it. I actually forgot all about my entry for this one, when Jenny contacted me for my snail mail. I was doing a happy dance :D:D:D. At first I was having a hard time with that thing, but I've gotten a hang of it and really like the way the bows look. I am still making regular bows, but for some of them where the bulk would just be way too much I am reaching now for my Bow Easy!!! :D:D.

Enough talk, here is my 3rd card

A kind heart.............

Paper: PTI white, Basic Grey Cupcake
Stamp: SU retired set Friendship Flowers
Ink: Chalk Box Blush Rose
Accessories: Nesties Labels 1, white grosgrain ribbon, handmade stick pin, silver flower and heart, Cuttlebug embossing folder divine swirls, dimensionals, glue dots
Wow, that was one long post today. I am so very thankful that you stopped by and let me tell you, it means a lot to me. You my blogging friends make me feel good when I really don't feel good at all with your nice comments.
Big hugs,

Monday, June 8, 2009

It is Monday........

and today is the day that all three new stamp sheet are available for purchase over at ISC.

But this is not all. If you head on over between today and 15.June 2009 you can save quite a bit of money. 10% to be exact and all you have to do is use the coupon code 61509 . Is that a deal or what? But wait, this is not it. Betsy, the wonderful and oh so sweet owner of ISC has put together a special kit where you can buy the Hibiscus stamp sheet and the Sketch of Roses together and save even more, but Betsy does not stop there, no, she will go on and have something special on top of that. You can buy the cool Karen Foster Collage paper and all kinds of other really cool stuff that we used on our creations for the MOP set, but don't just take my word for it see for yourself. Are you ready?

This is what you'll receive with this incredible kit.

Did I promise too much? If you can't see it all how about this

4, 12x12 c/s sheets of Karen Fosters, Stars & Stripes Collage(not double-sided)
1 pkg 12 pc Karen Foster decorative corner brads
6, silver or copper antique brads
3, metal family or friends sayings
3, metal memory frames, black patina ( 1x3, 2x3, 1.5x1.5)
1 sheet of each - Ranger Memory Capsules (4, 1.5x1.5; 4, 1x1; 4, 2x2; 3, 1x3; total 15)
1, Ranger Watermark Ink Pad
1, Ranger Watermark Reinker
1 pkg of 2, 4x4 Chipboard Wood by Zutter
1 pkg of 2, 3x4 Chipboard Wood by Zutter
1 pkg of 4x4, 20 pages -white by Zutter
1 pkg of 4x4, 20 pages -cream by Zutter
2, 3/4" black coils by Zutter

Is this a lot of stuff or what? And guess what? You can add this to this wonderful stamp sheet of all patriotic images for only, yes, that is only $20.00, but you have to hurry as supplies are limited!!!!

I mean the Ink pad and refill is over half of that alone. Hop on over and check it out.
All right, is that cool news or what? For you guys that have not tried out ISC's stamps, well, they are unmounted, but very deeply etched stamps and work really well on your acrylic blocks if you add just a tad bit of double sided tape. This is how I use mine and it works great!!!!!
Well, it is 9:30 AM here in sunny AZ and I'll have to get my kiddos ready and hop on in my car and take them out for a minute or two.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and I will be back soon. :D:D:D

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Yeah, it is the weekend......

and I have another sneak peek for you my friends!!!! Over the last 2 days I've showed you what Betsy over at Innovative Stamp Creations has been working on for this months release which will take place on Monday 8th June. You all have to go and check it out as the 3 new stamp sheets as they are out of this world. Today I'll share the final one and it is called Sketches of roses. You won't believe how real these roses look!!!! Are you ready? The card I am getting ready to show you is a little more on the muted side as I was going for a more Victorian card but it still shows all of the detail this wonderful set has to offer.

Victorian I am here for you........


Paper: PTI white, Su Certainly Celery, Basic Grey Porcelain

Ink: SU Mellow Moss, Pretty in Pink and Close to Cocoa

Stamp: ISC Sketches of Roses

Accessories: pink rick rack, Nesties petite scalloped ovals large, foam tape, Schimmerz Blingz in Pink Poinsettia

The BG DP I've chosen here is from the Porcelain pad from Basic Grey. It has different laces on there and looks victorian all the way ;D, So I just went with those colors and finished the card off. The rose (which is the large one from the sheet) was stamped in SU Close to Cocoa and the rose bud itself was colored with a blender pen and my stampin' spot in Pretty in Pink. I know, I know, I could have used the SU markers, but guess what? I still don't have them :(:(. One of these days I will convince my hubby that I really need to have them, but for now that has to wait as my hubby as I write this post is down at the tire place and has new tires put on my van. They are a hefty, yep hefty $ 575.00. He just called a few minutes ago and told me I owe him "big times" :D:D:D What are you going to do, just suck it up and get those tires as I need my car, right? Anyhow, this is it for me and the sneak peeks. I hope I've got you interested in hopping on over to ISC to see for yourself, but you'll have to wait until Monday!!!

If you care to see some more cards created with these wonderful sets hop on over to the rest of the Creative Architects





All right, gotta run. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Friday, June 5, 2009

Good Friday morning......

to all of you my friends!!!!! I told you all yesterday, that today the sneak peeking continues for some wonderful stamps that will be available on Monday 8th June over at Today's peek is of a wonderful flower I have become to love while we were in, yes, you've guessed it, Okinawa,Japan. I tell you, you can find Hibiscus bushes all over the place and I got to enjoy them daily as they were planted all around the school complex my DD Naomi attended. Let me tell you they are gorgeous in person so I hope I did them a little justice on my cards I have to share today.

Hibiscus Thank You


Paper: PTI white

Stamps: ISC Hibiscus

Ink: VersaColor Orchid, VersaFine Onyx Black

Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots, Watercolor pencils in pink and leaf green, Crystal effects, 13/8" circle punch, dimensionals

Isn't this a wonderful Hibiscus image? For all of you flower lovers out there this will be a great stamp sheet to have as it comes with different size Hibiscus flowers and several sentiments.

My second card is a bit different. I used some gorgeous Basig Grey Sultry DP as my BG and stamped the smaller size Hibiscus on it in VersaMark and used the popping pastels technique to give them some color. As you can see they almost kind of blend into the paper. The reason I chose this DP is because it actually has 2 Hibiscus flowers on the bottom left had corner (in this case they are kind of hidden behind my ribbon, sorry!) The second image, of the larger flower was stamped on some of the plain Sultry paper that is also included in this pad and stamped in ChalkBox Chestnut Roan. All of my colors where chosen from the DP and I think it gave this card a little twist. What do you think?

Hibiscus Hugs......

Paper: SU Pink Passion, Su Chocolate Chip, Basic Grey Sultry
Stamps: ISC Hibiscus
Ink: VersaMark, Chalk Box Creamy Brown, Chestnut Roan, SU Certainly Celery
Accessories: Nesties petite scalloped ovals large, Pebbles pearlescent chalks, chocolate satin ribbon, handmade stick pin with shades of pink glass beads, dimensionals

That is my second card for today's sneak peek. If you want to find out about the last stamp sheet that is available on Monday come on back tomorrow and I promise you, all of you flower lovers out there will love this one ;D.

That is it for me for now, gotta go and feed the kids, again. My girls must be growing. They got up about 7 AM this morning and had some cereal and it is now 9:30 AM and they are hungry again.

Thanks for stopping by my friends, you truly do make my days.


Thursday, June 4, 2009

A big Hello and some exciting news....

yes, I have some exciting news :D:D:D:D!!!! A while back Sharon Johnson, you all know her, right? Yes, the queen of simple stamping asked me if I wanted to be part of her Stamp Simple team for the month of June, and guess what!? I said YES!!!!!! I have been a huge fan of Sharon for quite some time and I have always admired her simple, but very elegant cards and other creations. Sharon and I kind of became e-mailing buddies and one day she asked me how I would feel to join her and those other wonderful and oh so talented ladies on her team. I know it is only for 1 month, but you all don't know how special that makes me feel. I will try my best, yes, my very BEST to do her proud. Today, Sharon has the most funniest title for her challenge
"GONE TO POT" You all have to head on over to her blog at NOTIMETOSTAMP and read what brought this title on ;D. I was thinking and thinking and had something very special planned, but you know what they say, go with something easy and don't try to over do it? Well, yours truly tried just that, go over the top and I got my booty whopped, so to speak. It just did not work for me at all, so I finally made one of these super easy flower pot cards everybody made a little while back and I must say, I am feeling much better about this one ;D. To make it a little more interesting I ran my flower pot cs through my Cuttlebug using the divine swirls folder and my EK Success border punch to pep it up a bit. For my flowers I could have just used Primas, but I wanted to use these clever little flowers that have three layers and are simply held together with a brad. To get those flowers all I did was use my SU scallop circle punch and cut the petals every second scallop (it will look almost like a heart) painted them with some really cool stuff called Schimmerz Blingz (Pink Poinsettia in color) and that is it. To add a little more pep, I free handed some leaves and ram them through my crimper to make it look like a real leaf and voila you are done. To make the flower pot a little more personal I added the words "Just For You" and a frame I cut with my Cricut Expression and the Storybook cartridge. The little tab which has 3 of the 4 flowers on it has a little poem on it which I chose from the SU retired set Sidekick Sayings. I thought it was really fitting for this kind of card as it reads

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy - they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom". - Marsel Proust-

So here is my card, have a look at my interpretation for this challenge

Just For You.....


Paper: Su Creamy Caramel, SU Chocolate Chip

Ink: Chalk Box Chestnut Roan

Stamps: ISC Summer Elements III (For the words "Just For You")
SU SideKick Sayings

Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing folder divine swirls, crimper, SU scallop circle punch, antique copper decorative brads, K&Company 3D Butterfly from the Wild Saffron collection, Cricut Expression and the Storybook and Home Accents cartridges, Schimmerz Blingz Pink Poinsettia, glue dots, a scrap piece of sheer pink ribbon for the tab.

The inside is very simple, just the tag, which I distressed a little by sponging the edges.

Inside Tab...

So, what do you think, did I get this one right?

I would like to say another "THANK YOU" to Sharon Johnson and the entire Stamp Simply Team for letting me be part of this group for the month of June. It is truly an honor to be stamping with you talented ladies.

I have another one, yes, I know, here is a little flower pot I just found in my stash of stuff that was in storage for 4 years ;D. I remembered as I was cleaning up my stamp room, that I had bought all kinds of flower pots about 5 years ago when I was into making flower arrangements. So I went on a hunt to find those little pots. Guess what, I was successful and found 3 of them, so I decided to paint one and give it some purpose :D:D. I got some of this absolutely stunning striped ribbon from Sharon's ribbon store and I yet had to use it. For all of you that don't know me that well yet, I am a hoarder when it comes to ribbon. I have tons of it and have some special ribbon that I have had for quite some time, but will not use, you all know that feeling, right?

For some reason I was in a green mood this afternoon and chose the SU Certainly Celery cs and what better ribbon to use than Sharon's celery striped ribbon? This little pot came together in a flash as only the tag is stamped. For the tag I used my Cricut Expression and once again the Storybook cartridge to get the tag. To attach the tag I punched two small holes into it and threaded the ribbon through and tied it in a bow on the side. After that I adhered some shades of green Primas to the other side and added a Dew Drop to the center. The treat that is in the little cello bag are Hershey Kisses which I tied up once again with the celery striped ribbon, but I used the wider one here. Easy as can be!!! This is it now, really ;D.

Paper: Su Certainly Celery
Ink: SU Certainly Celery
Stamp: SU
Accessories: Cricut Expression and the Storybook cartridge
Primas in shades of green, pearl Dew Drops, triped ribbon from Sharon's ribbon store, cello bag, Hershey Kisses

Thank you to you my friends for stopping by and I will see you later !!!


Hi all.......

it is sneak peek time for the newest Innovative Stamp Creation stamp sheet that will be available to you all on Monday the 8th!!!! Boy oh boy are you going to love the 3 new sheets Betsy has for you. The first one I will be sharing with you all is a peek of the stamp sheet that is called "Memories of Patriotism" (MOP) See my husband retired just last year after 26 years in the US Air Force and it made me proud to be part of some of those years. I met my husband 16 years ago and so I got to go on 2 tours with him, one was right here in Tucson, Arizona and from here we went all the way on to the other side of the world to Okinawa,Japan. I had mixed feelings about the assignment to Japan, but it turned out to be the most beautiful place you'll ever want to see. Okinawa,Japan is not like Mainland Japan, it is totally tropical, almost like Hawaii. But enough about that and back to the stamp sheet. For this peek I am showing you two of my cards I made. Betsy provided us with some really cool paper which is by Karen Foster and it is called Stars and Stripes Collage. This DP is NOT double sided, but it is gorgeous!!!! See, I really STILL don't have good markers and was afraid that I would not be able to give this set justice, but Karen Foster came to the rescue so to speak, as this paper is more rustic and really on the rusty red side. So, to not further keep you in suspense here is my first card

Welcome home....


Paper: SU Riding Hood Red, Karen Foster Stars and Stripes collage # 64282, PTI Vintage Cream

Stamps: ISC MOP "Memories of Patriotism"

Ink: Chalk Box Creamy Brown, Prussian Blue, Charcoal,Chestnut Roan, Burnt Sienna

Accessories: the brad I've used here was originally antique silver but I aged it with Ranger Alcohol Inks in Copper, Latte and Caramel

red marker (from my DD ;D) for parts of the flag, Tim Holtz distressing tool.

So, what do you think? Did I do the good ole' flag justice?

On the my second card for this stamp sheet.


Paper: PTI Vintage Cream, Karen Foster Stars and Stripes Collage # 64282
Stamps: ISC MOP "Memories of Patriotism"
Ink: Chalk Box Burnt Sienna, Chestnut Roan, Creamy Brown
Accessories: SU window punch, Making Memories antique copper frame, Tim Holtz distressing tool, We are Memory Keepers antique copper brad, dimensionals

On this card I stamped one of the images Declaration of Independence unto the DP in Burnt Sienna then I stamped the row of stars unto Vintage Cream cs in the same Burnt Sienna color and the soldiers setting the flag into the ground as well. Did you all know that this image is from an event that took place not too far from where we were last stationed? Yep, Iwo Jima is not too far from Okinawa, Japan and the Marine's still go there for exercises. You can read a little more about this here I know some of you probably know more about this event then me, since I am German and it was not really part of our history lessons, but it was interesting to learn about it while we were in Japan, for me anyway ;D.

Did I get you interested in this set? Well, you'll have to wait until Monday, but you will love to see what this set has to offer. So, head on over to ISC on Monday and see for yourself.
Over the next few days I will show you two more of the sets that are available on Monday and let me tell you, you will love it!!!!

That is it for me for now. Thank you so very much for stopping by.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

It's Wednesday evening.....

and I have a post for you all :D:D:D. I was looking through my updates and this weeks Mojo Monday sketch challenge caught my eye. Well, I made the card yesterday, but my camera decided to go out on me, so I had to find my charger (was hiding behind some stuff ;D) and tonight I finally got that picture taken. Have a look and let me know what you think.

Mojo Monday # 89

Paper: SU Chocolate Chip, Bazzill Vanilla textured cardstock, Basic Grey Ambrosia
Ink: SU Chocolate Chip
Stamp: Verve Trust in the Lord....
Accessories: Primas, Dew Drops from the Sunflower Mix, Nesties scallop circle, circle, Martha Stewart 3 butterflies punch, golden ornate heart button, dimensionals, chocolate satin ribbon from my stash

I wanted to incorporate the button since the scripture says "Trust in the Lord with all your HEART"!!!! This has been one of my favorite scriptures because it reminds me each and every time that I have to put Sabrina aside and let GOD do what he needs to do. Well, it is 9:30 PM and I am almost past my bedtime, I guess it is the age ;D.

I'll have some fun news for you all tomorrow, so until then my friends.


Monday, June 1, 2009

Happy Monday.......

to all of my friends out there in the blogging land. I just had to make this quick post, because my friend Jami(well, I have yet to meet her in person ;P) has this cool Blog Candy to offer, and all you have to do is leave a comment on her blog and add the blinky on your blog and tomorrow Tuesday she will pick a winner of some really cool stuff that Schimmerz is offering now.

Here is the blinky so you can check it out

So, head on over to Jami's blog and leave her a comment, and you or I could possibly win this fun candy.

I have something planed for a little later, so please come back and see me again.