December 30, 2010

Stylish Blogger Award Surprise!

Imagine my surprise when I found in my comments I won this award!
This award was given to me by Donna Centamore at Butternut Sage .
 Thank you SO MUCH Donna for thinking of me. I am SO Excited!
Part of accepting this award is to:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award. Thanks Donna!

2. Share 8 things about yourself

3. Pass it on to 8 bloggers

4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about their award

8 Things about me:

1 - I work full time as a Quality Systems Internal Auditor for the automotive industry, and auditor my companies facilities in Michigan, Kentucky and Mexico.
2 - Originally my passion was scrapbooking, but I slowly became an obsessive Stamper and card maker. LOVE every minute of it too.  8-)
3 - I became a Stampin' Up demo going on two years in May. (Still feel like a newbie.)
4 - My wonderful-long-distance-out-of-state Up-Line Nance; while visiting her mom (my gal pal) use to think my scrapping group was a little nuts for playing with paper. She even said to my pal Nancy (her mom) "you girls actually do this once a week?"..... Heeeeeellllllllllloooooooooo .....Yeah we do!  Pretty funny now eh?
5 - As much as I 'USE' a computer.... I'm pretty much a stumper as to HOW the inerds work, or how to do a lot of stuff .... just ask Nance, Sharon, Nancy, Sherriee.... what would I do without them? THANKS gal pals!
6 - Have one daughter and three 'perfect' Grandchildren.
7 - My DREAM would be to make my hobby my full time job! A girl can dream can't she?
8 - I admire and am grateful for the many talented bloggers out there that give me inspiration and friendship and especially to the ones who stop and leave a comment from time to time.

As difficult as it is to only name 8 I admire, I'm passing this award on to:


THANKS to ALL of you for enriching my LOVE of stamping!

December 27, 2010

Perk Up {PPA74} sketch challenge

Happy Monday everyone, Christmas is over and I'm still off work! Yipppee. One more week of doing what ever I want. So here is just another quick post to play along in the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge.                      
          My card may be a little backward to the sketch here....
but I think it will work just fine.

Here is yet another Get Well card (sorry to say) I made for my sister-in-law. Seems I need a whole of lot of Get Well cards lately. Not a good thing. I am trying to use up my scraps of retired DSP before diving into any new DSP packs I have (and I'm chomping at the bit with anticipation of the NEW goodies to come soon with the new Occasions mini). yeah baby!
  So here is my very simple card, in some of my favorite colors; Black, White & Red.

The stamps are a combination of  SU and PTI, and the large cup was die cut twice from a PTI die for the front; once on CS and again on DSP. Then a little distressing and popped up with a few dimensionals. The stack of cups was stamped and colored with a cobbler write marker on WW, then matted on a piece of cherry cobbler CS with a strip of red polka dot ribbon. This mat was popped up over two scrap strips of the polka dotted DSPs (retired) in black & white.
The sentiment was stamped on WW large oval punch, then matted to the scallop oval punched piece of DSP and popped with another dimensional.
I stamped the pot on the inside from a SU set on WW and matted with a piece of Cherry Cobbler CS along with another scrap piece of polka dotted DSP.
Well that's it, pretty simple and I hope you like it.

I want to wish everyone that visits my blog a Very Happy New Year!

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December 20, 2010

Tea Time Lace {PPA73}

Today's post is another last minute one, just because I wanted to make it my last post of the year (probably).. for a challenge anyway. I also have to say not too much of the content is SU but that's just the way it goes sometimes.

 I made this card this weekend for a dear friend going through chemo treatment and she happens to love tea, however, SU doesn't have a lot of "tea" items. So the stamps and dies are PTI and the paper and ink is SU product.

The inspiration for my  PPA73 Get Your Lace in Place  challenge card came from Linda Callahan's  cute coffee card. Isn't that just the cutest?

 I already had the tea theme going in my head, but when I saw her lace which reminds me of a tablecloth my mom always had on her kitchen table, well... I just had to CASE that idea immediately for mine. Anyway here is my card.

I embossed the Vanilla CS card base with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.  Then matted some Sweet and Sour SDSP to the top; and Very Vanilla CS to the bottom half of a Early Espresso mat. I inked the stamp sentiment from the PTI set in Early Espresso. 
 The teapot and cup were cut with PTI dies twice; once each on DSP and CS; and I glued both together to give it some bulk, then popped them up with a dimensional. I added some lace from my stash around the mat before securing it to the card front.

. The PTI "steep, stir and enjoy Tea Time" sentiment was stamped in EE on VV and matted in EE CS and also popped up with a dimensional.

The inside also has a touch of the front theme along with the sentiment which was inked on very vanilla CS in Early Espresso ink, then added to the mat of a SDSP scrap and Early Espresso CS.

Well that's it. I'm now off to post it on the Pals Paper Arts blog challenge.

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December 13, 2010

Bells and Boughs Winter White {PPA72}

Today's post is a QUICK one! Whew... I got home from work and wanted to participate in the Winter White challenge at Pals Paper Arts so I had to hurry and get a card put together fast. It's not my favorite but it will work for the challenge. Here is the inspiration photo...isn't it great. I was drawn to the fringe on the shawl and the trees.

Here's my card.

It's hard to see, but I stamped Scenic Season background on natural vanilla CS in crumb cake. I stamped just the trees and staggered the right hand side of the stamp in the upper left.

Then I stamped the poinsettia from the Bells and Boughs stamp set in Versamark on vellum and heat embossed with white embossing power,... but before I put the heat to it, I "lightly" sprinkled some fine glitter into the powder. It's really hard to see though.

The sentiment was stamped from the same set and was heat embossed  the same way without the glitter.

I used the edge punch on the bottom of the vellum then adhered the vellum to the card  with two cream colored large eyelets.

I doubled up by combining the fringy string with a fine piece of gold thread. I ran them both through the eyelets and tied in a small bow. Can you see the thin gold thread?

The finishing touch ?.... What else but those gorgeous PEARLS!!!! Oh how I LOVE those Pearls!

I'm so bummed that the sparkle from the "light" glitter doesn't show up, but believe me, it's there. I also know there should be three berries in each poinsettia, but ..... NOT today. I have all my cards done for Christmas so I think I'll just save them for now.  .

So that's it. Hope you like it
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December 10, 2010

Christmas Treat & Bookmark PP27 & CD88

Hi there everyone! Wow I've been away from blogland for what seems a LONG time. I was out of town for work in Kentucky for the whole week. I was just catching up on the blogs and decided to post this for the Paper Players "Christmas Theme" challenge, AND the Color Dare "Color" challenge. I'd better hurry up to make the deadline. It's already late Friday night and that's a deadline for one. Yipes!

I just made a bunch of these treat boxes for the engineers in my group at work. So easy to do and you can whip them up in a wink! I got the idea from my gal pal Nancy over at Nanc's Niche, who has given these to our scrapping group in the past; on Valentines last year, and for other occassions to some other friends. Here they are.

They are small boxes of chocolates (3) covered in a cute Jolly Holidays DSP sleeve.
I stamped the Ornament stamp in cherry cobbler and punched it out with ornament punch. I added a touch of sparkle with some Stickles and popped it up with a dimensional.

It's sooooooooo much cuter in real life, but I don't have to tell you that. Also the color is so much brighter and bolder in person... but I don't have the best of cameras or lighting to take the photos; but you get the idea...right?

Then tucked into the sleeve of each one, is a cute little bookmark; this idea was also Nancy's but hey... what are friends for... right? I CASED you Nanc! I know you love it.

Here is a close up of the bookmark. I used two die cuts for each book mark; One in pear pizzazz CS and a second in Jolly Holidays DSP. You can't see in this photo, but the matching die cut in DSP is glued to the back so it's pretty on both sides.  I also used the PT stamps on the CS side and again on a 1" circle of whisper white, which was matted with the 1 1/4" circle in cherry cobbler. I finished it off by tying it off with two pieces of ribbon in red and green (burgandy and olive) from my stash.

I made some more of these after I took this photo but I added an addition 3/4" band in contrasting DSP strips to the sleeve lined up under the ornament, but I don't have a picture just yet. This bunch is even CUTER!... I know. I can't believe it either. Well that's it for now. I think they are so darn cute!  How about you?

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