Mother’s Day Gift

I made this scrapbook page for my sister for Mother’s Day. I had been promising to make a new one for her for a while and finally took a really cute picture of my nieces that I knew *had* to be scrapped! She has a page I made for her previously framed in her house, so this one will replace that. I think she really liked it and it was fun to do. I used a retired Simply Scrappin’ Kit from Stampin’ Up! (of course). It was called Just Delightful and I really liked the colors of the paper in it.

My sister and I also took my mom out to dinner and to see the show “Mom’s the Word” at the Lowry Theater in St. Paul for her Mother’s Day gift from us. It was absolutely hysterical and soooo true! If you are in the area and are looking for some laughs, you might want to check it out. It is running until July, I believe. The three of us had a great time. I’m very fortunate that I have a very close relationship with my mom and that my sister and I get along, too.

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day! Lord knows my kids drive me crazy, but I love them more than anything in the entire world and know how truly lucky and blessed I am to be their mother.


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Stamp-A-Stack Cards Part II

Here are the other two cards we made at Mary’s Stamp-A-Stack:


Stamps: Baroque Motifs, To Have and To Hold
Ink: White StazOn, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: white organdy ribbon, Ticket Corner punch


Stamps: Great Grads
Ink: Basic Black, Basic Gray
Paper: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Accessories: Scallop punch, 1 3/8 inch Circle punch

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Stamp-A-Stack Cards

Here are two of the cards we made at Mary’s Stamp-A-Stack. Mary is the ultimate hostess and has a really wonderful group of friends and family who get together to make cards. The themes she chose this time were wedding, graduation, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day. Here are the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day designs:

Mother’s Day:

Stamps: Wonderful Favorites, Lovely as a Tree, Weathered
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: sponge

Yes, this is the same design you saw in the techniques post with a slight change in colors.

Father’s Day:

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Techniques Class cards

Here are the other two cards we made at my techniques class last Thursday night. I showed you the chalkboard technique in the previous post, so here are the others:

Faux Silk:

Stamps: En Francais, Bloomin’ Beautiful
Ink: Always Artichoke, Black StazOn
Paper: Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Night of Navy
Accessories: Brocade Blue and Bordering Blue Stampin’ Write Markers, 5/8 inch Brocade Blue grosgrain ribbon, glue stick, tissue paper

Faux Silk is super easy to do and looks like it takes longer than it does. Give it a try!

Scratch & Sniff:

This card was cased from a card made by one of my sidelines, Sandy Janowiec.

Stamps: Tart & Tangy
Ink: Pumpkin Pie Craft
Paper: Bashful Blue, Summer Picnic DSP, Whisper White
Accessories: Clear embossing powder, Orange Kool-Aid, heat gun

I am in love with this technique. It is is so simple, but works so well! I used orange Kool-Aid and it smells so good! I am a child of the 70’s and 80’s, so Scratch & Sniff stickers were huge. I had the big three ring binder filled with all of my stickers. They would get scratched so often, they’d start turning white đŸ™‚ I guess this is a way to relive that part of my childhood without having to hunt down those stickers.


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First Cricut project

I haven’t had a chance to do much playing with the Cricut and there is quite a learning curve. I just wanted to share this door sign I made for my son’s room. He is completely obsessed with school buses, so I thought he would like one for his room. It didn’t turn out too bad considering the fact that I had no idea what I was doing. I have some vinyl now, so my plan is to make some of those adorable wall decorations with it (a la Uppercase Living, etc.). I used the Locker Talk cartridge to make this little project. Now I just have to break in the other 16 cartridges I’ve already accumulated đŸ™‚ I have seen so many incredible things done with this machine and I can’t wait to produce something a little more challenging than this. Like I said, it was my very first attempt to make something with my new toy.

I also have a card to share. Actually, I have lots of cards to share but I’m trying to spread them out. I have heard from many of you that you wish I would post more often. I am really going to give it a try by sitting down once/week and writing 3 or 4 posts. Then I’ll schedule them to post every few days. I thought things would slow down once my grad class was finished (got an A, btw), but it hasn’t. Now Justin has t-ball 2 nights a week, swimming 1 night a week, and Bart has his kettlebell class on Friday nights.

Here’s one of the cards we made during my techniques class last week. We used the chalkboard technique and it turned out really well! To do the chalkboard technique, we stamped on dark card stock (I used Chocolate Chip) with White Craft Ink. Then we went over the ink with chalk using a dauber. You need to tap more than rub. The craft ink doesn’t come off, either. I used really soft, muted colors for this card but plan to try it with the brighter colors next time. I bet it’s going to look great!

Stamps: Live Your Dream
Ink: White Craft, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Afternoon Tea DSP, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Soft Sky
Accessories: Mat pack and paper piercer, Scallop Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, 5/8 inch Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon


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More cards!

Here are a few more cards from my Birthday Stamp-A-Stack! I struggle with finding suitable card designs for men, so I included a design that was masculine by nature:

Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Weathered BG, It’s Your Birthday
Ink: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Kraft
Accessories: Sponge Daubers, Misc. brads, Ticket Corner Punch

I used the sponge daubers to pick up a little of the Really Rust and Chocolate Chip ink and very lightly tapped it all over the tree branches. I think it turned out great!

Here is a cute kid birthday card. Cased from a card by kandicejo on SCS. You can see her card here.

Birthday Stamp-A-Stack

Stamps: Wild About You, Sanded, Phrases For A Friend
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Brilliant Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Spiral Punch

I am all about making clean and simple designs. I see *gorgeous* cards that are incredibly intricate on SCS all the time. I appreciate how beautiful they are. I just know that I don’t have the time or the patience to sit down and make a card like that on a regular basis. Plus, I just got a Cricut Expression and as soon as this semester is over, I’m actually going to take it out of the box. That’s right…. I’ve had a new toy in my possession for two weeks and it is STILL in the box! I have big plans for that baby, though. I’m going to be going to my local Lowe’s store and buying some of that repositionable vinyl cling that is all the rage on the Cricut message board. I’m going to make all kinds of cool things!!!!

If you have a Cricut or an Expression and you have a favorite tip, trick, or piece of advice, I’d love to hear it! I plan to share lots of cool projects as soon as I get the hang of that baby. Soon…….


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Cards and pigtails…. and a missing tooth!

I apologize for being MIA. My baby turned 2 last week and school has started to become more demanding. I have several cards to share, plus pics of my darling Maddie in her first ever pigtails. I can’t believe she is 2 already. Where does the time go?!?!?! And to make me feel even MORE sad about my babies growing up, Justin lost his first tooth last night!!!

First, the cute kid pics:

Maddie Bday Pigtails

Maddie Bday Pigtails 2

Justin Tooth 1

Ok, on to cards:

Here is a card I made for a bridal shower I attended last weekend. The two backgrounds together are awesome and I know I saw someone pair them up on SCS, but I cannot remember who did it. If you haven’t tried them together, you should!!!

Bridal Shower Floral

Stamps: Floral BG, Polka Dot BG, All Holidays
Ink: Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: Large & Small Oval Punches, Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon

Here is a card we made at my last Stamp-A-Stack. I used the Slit Punch to make the scallops along the edge of the card stock. Brilliant (and NOT my idea)! I cased this card from caspen1973 on CSC. You can see that card here.

Birthday SAS Enjoy Every Moment

Stamps: Enjoy Every Moment
Ink: Old Olive, Groovy Guava, So Saffron
Paper: Old Olive, Groovy Guava, So Saffron, Whisper White
Accessories: Old Olive 5/8 inch Grosgrain Ribbon, Slit Punch

One more! This is one I made for my husband, using the Cheers To You stamp set available in the UK SU! catalog. I had a very nice demo friend in the UK send me this set in a trade. It rocks! And no, you don’t need to adjust your eyes. The sentiment really *is* crooked. I had this whole stinkin’ card made and was so happy with it, but then decided to add “Happy Birthday” at the last minute. Of course, I screwed it up and didn’t have time to fix it. So please, do not make an appt. with your eye doctor!

Bart’s Birthday Card 08

Stamps: Cheers To You (only available in the UK)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Staz-On Timber Brown
Paper: DP from At Home Simply Scrappin’ Kit, Brocade Blue, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: Round Tab Punch, Stickles (for the head on the beer)

I solemnly vow not to stay away for weeks again. I have been a bad, bad blogger, but I do have more cards to post!!!


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