Saturday, October 16, 2010

Where has the time went?

It's been a while since I've posted; however, most of my time is being spent at the hospital with Mom.  It's terrible when a person has something wrong with them and the doctor's have no clue what to do.  I know I'm frustrated so I know she has to be a hundred times more frustrated.  Dad and I are taking turns spending nights so it's been lots of restless nights for all of us. 

Anyway, I thought I would try and get something posted so you would know that I have not forgotten you. 

Many of you remember how excited I was when I got my first grandson, Matthew.  Well, he turned one on 9/24.  This is the picture of him right after he picked up his birthday cake and smashed it on his face.

Isn't that just one adorable face!  He's saying, "come on pick me up, I dare ya."

Have a good one!

Thursday, September 23, 2010


It's hard to believe that it was one year ago today that I was keeping the phone line hot waiting to see when my little grandson, Matthew, would be born and here he is one year old today.  By the time you see this post we will be in Ashland KY seeing the little boy and our daughter, Kimberly.  Time just flies.  Hope to get a picture of him up here soon.

I was able to put this card together in a snap (which is a good thing since I feel like I am running on empty this evening).  Recipe:  Stamp sets:  Beary Best Friends and On Your Birthday.  Card Stock:  Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, More Mustard and Whisper White.  Ink:  Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, and Black Stazon.  Paper:  Neutrals Designer Paper.  Accessories:  2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 2-1/2" Extra Large Circle Punch, Curly Label Punch, Aqua Painter, Signo Gel Pen, Square Lattice Texture Impressions Embossing Folder, Magnetic Movers & Shapers Punch Windows Die, Big Shot and Stampin' Dimensionals.

Quote for the Day:  "The grass is always greener over the septic tank." ~ Erma Bombeck

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Another Paisley Prints

Last night I went to a Hostess Group that I am a member of and we did several projects using Versamark - one of which was Emboss Resist.  So, I came home and tried it out with this card.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Paisley Prints (Holiday Mini, Pg. 11) and Upsy Daisy (Catalog, Pg. 112).  Card Stock:  Cajun Craze, Old Olive, and Whisper White.  Ink:  Cajun Craze, More Mustard and Old Olive.  Accessories:  Decorative Label Punch (Holiday Mini, Pg. 25), Extra Large Oval Punch (Pg. 203), Versamark (Pg. 195), Stampin' Emboss Powder - Clear (Pg. 196), Heat Tool (Pg. 196) and Stampin' Dimensionals (Pg. 197).

Quote for the Day:  "If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?" ~ Erma Bombeck

Happy Stamping!

Friday, September 17, 2010

What a beautiful day

Although we had rain all day yesterday (I now know I need an umbrella to keep in the car) and a horrible storm blew through here in the evening, what a beautiful day it made for us today.  This IS my favorite time of the year - not too hot and not too cold!

Tonight's card is using the technique from Technique Thursday on Stamping 411 - - called Diamond Dust (the scanner doesn't show how sparkly it is, sorry).  I love this technique but you come away with glitter all over the place (the cats are certainly sparkly!)  Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Paisley Prints from the Holiday Mini (Pg. 11), and Word Play from the Catalog (Pg. 147) -- both sets are available in clear mount or wood mount.  Card Stock:  Cajun Craze, More Mustard and Whisper White.  Ink:  Cajun Craze, More Mustard and Old Olive.  Accessories:  Versamark,  Heat and Stick Powder, Glitter and Stampin' Dimensionals!

Looks like I was leaning when I put this together because everything is on here crooked as a dog's hind leg.  Wish I would have caught that before I scanned it and got it posted it. 

I saw this quote on Robin Merriman's blog (, so I give her all the credit.  I really enjoy her blog so if you get a chance sometime, hop on over there and check it out!   The quote is, "Stamping and Chocolate are proof that God loves us!"
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Howdy, Folks!

Carl (my dear husband - or MDH, for short) just came in and said, "You had better update your blog."  So here I sit, updating my blog.  Tonight's card is a quick and easy card:

Recipe:  Cardstock:  Marina Mist, Early Espresso and Whisper White.  Designer Paper:  Greenhouse Gala.  Stamp Sets:  Greenhouse Garden (Pg. 101) and All Holidays (Pg. 154).  Accessories:  Top Note Bigz Die.

Have a good and blessed day!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Been down and out

Carl and I have been "out of commission" due to some bug that he and I just keep passing back and forth to each other.  Haven't felt like stamping for a few days.  However, I told myself I had to stamp something and get it up here or my faithful few would think I had "flown the coop"  :-).

Today's card is very simple.  I was looking at a Color Challenge someone had posted which used the colors Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin Pie which happen to be favorite colors of mine.  I have been wanting to use the stamp set, Inspired By Nature, ever since I came across it when I was cleaning out my stamp room.  Yes, I am one of "those people" who purchase a stamp set and then forget that I have it or put it away in a spot that is not a "stamp set spot" and then find it a year later!  I also used Whisper White card stock, the top note Bigz Die, the square lattice textured embossing folder and a 3/16" corner punch.  I know the card needs "bling" of some sort but my "bling-o-meter" is tapped.

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Another Beautiful Weekend

What a beautiful weekend we had here in wild, wonder West Virginia.  It was a crafting weekend for me - I spent Saturday with my Mom and my cousins working on little projects.  My cousins are both quilters so each are working on quilts and Mom and I are working on rag purses that the squares are done using the Big Shot scallop square.  Once ours are completed, I will put a picture of them on here.

On with the card.  Today's card started out as something totally different, which is how most of them are.  I had called my friend Kathy and asked her how to make the style of card I was going to do (so if she checks the blog out, surprise)!!!!!

The recipe for the card is:  Stamp Set:  Because I Care (Level 1 Hostess Set which you can achieve by having a $150 party - call me for details).  Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, and Regal Rose.  Ink:  Regal Rose and Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write Markers.  Accessories:  Scallop Oval Punch, 2 x 1 3/8 Oval Punch, Finial Press Embossing Folder and Stampin Dimensionals.

Everything on here looks crooked, but I swear it isn't.  Has to be the way I'm putting it in the scanner or I'm just a little lop-sided myself :-)

Happy Stamping!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Yes, I lost my mind!

When I looked at the post from yesterday, I realized that it was only August and not September so we have FOUR months until Christmas to get our cards done. 

Sorry I didn't get this posted until now - I forgot to do the card last night.  For those that know me you already know that my middle name should be procrastinator (ha! ha!)  Anyway, on with the card.  Today's card is another quick and simple card to make.  The main things that had to be done was the stamping of the card and the running of the cardstock through the Big Shot in the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder.  I did cut the tree out and "pop it up" using a dimensional but this can be strictly optional on your part.

Recipe:  Cardstock:  Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White.  Ink:  Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler.  Stamp Sets:  Paisley Prints (Holiday Mini, #120817 wood mount, #121121 clear mount) and Word Play (Catalog, #120308 wood mount, #120651 clear mount).  Accessories:  Northern Flurry Embossing Folder (Holiday Mini, #120902), and Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for looking and Happy Stamping! 

Have a great weekend :-)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Have I Lost My Mind?

The answer is no!  I just realized that Christmas is only three, yes count them, three months away.  So I guess I need to start thinking of what my card will be this year and give you some ideas too.    

The recipe for this card is:  Stamp Set:  Bells and Boughs from the Holiday Mini (#120831 (wood mount) or #121142 (clear mount), pg. 19).  Paper:  Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red,  and Whisper White. Ink:  Black Stazon; Stampin' Write Markers:  Always Artichoke, Riding Hood Red, Crumb Cake, and More Mustard.  Accessories:  Decorative Label Punch (#120907, Holiday Mini), Ticket Corner Punch (#119867, Catalog), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, (#117335, Catalog) and Northern Flurry Embossing Folder (#120902, Holiday Mini), and Stampin' dimensionals.  If you look closely you will notice that the background piece is "double embossed".  I ran it through the Big Shot first in the Polka Dots Embossing Folder and then again in the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder.

Hope you enjoy your day!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Did I Miss A Day?

Sorry for not posting yesterday. 

This card was very simple.    The card base is Early Espresso and the back ground layer is Marina Mist that I ran through the Big Shot in the Elegant Lines Embossing Folder (#119277).  The stamped image is from the Friends Never Fade Stamp Set (#118750 - woodmount, #120618 - clearmount).  It was stamped using Early Espresso ink on a piece of whisper white cardstock which was layered on to a piece of Greenhouse Gala Designer Paper (#117617) and Early Espresso cardstock.

Thanks for looking!

Hope you have a happy day :-)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Wow, what a weekend!

Talk about a crazy weekend.  It seemed like when my feet hit the floor Saturday morning they didn't stop!  I only seemed to sit down long enough to finish the card that I'm posting.  I CASEd it from Stamp Camp last month (so thank you Kathy Hamrick for the design).

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Crazy for Cupcakes (Pg. 56).  Cardstock:  Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Pretty In Pink and Early Espresso.  Stampin' Write Markers:  Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink and Riding Hood Red.  Accessories:  Word Window Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, and Square Lattice Embossing Folder.

Remember:  A homemade card is a hug with a fold in the middle!

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Happy Together

I really had to dig down deep for this card; however, as I reminisced about this past weekend it seemed appropriate.  My brother, Rick, came in from North Carolina to surprise our Mother and what a surprise it was!  Therefore, her three little "chicks" were all together this weekend.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Happy Together (Pg. 75).  Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler (Pg. 168), Daffodil Delight (Pg. 167), Marina Mist (Pg. 167) and Whisper White (Pg. 169).  Ink :  Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin Pad (Pg. 168).  Punches (Pg 202):  Word Window Large and Modern Label Extra Large.  Accessories:  Stampin' Dimensionals (Pg. 197) and Texture Plates Kit #4 (Pg. 215)

Have a good day!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

It's A New Day

Hello, one and all.  It was a beautiful day in West Virginia once again.  I'm just loving the evenings as they start to cool down.  It was a busy day for me but I was able to fit some stamping in.  I used a new set that I just purchased (I wanted to get it last year and for some reason, I did not.  So for that reason it was one of my first purchases this year!)

I took the design from the Stamping 411 blog site.  I've mentioned before that if you're having trouble coming up with an idea, that's the place to go to just to get a pattern for a card.  It really helps me out!

The recipe for this card is:  Stamp Sets:  Flores Suaves and Afterthoughts.  Cardstock:  Bravo Burgundy, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White and Basic Black.  Stampin' Write Markers:  Wild Wasabi, Pretty in Pink, Daffodil Delight, Perfect Plum and Bravo Burgundy.  Accessories:  Petals A Plenty Embossing Folder, Large Oval Punch, and Scallop Oval Extra Large Punch.

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

It's Been A "Thinking of You" Day

Love this new Level 1 Hostess set, Cute by the Inch, and it coordinates perfectly with our new Petal Card Extra Large Double Punch. 


Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi and Whisper White.  Designer Paper:  Greenhouse Gala (a favorite of mine)  Stampin' Write Markers:  Tangerine Tango, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi and Early Espresso.  Embossing Folder:  Square Lattice  Punches:  Scallop Square Extra Large, 1 1/4" Square and Scallop Trim Border.

That's all for today. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Relay of Life

Recently, I went to a fundraiser for the Marshville Relay for Life team and decided I would make a card for them to sell.  This is what I came up with:

I used the Ribbon of Hope stamp and punched it out with the large oval punch - notice it fits perfectly.  The cardstocks I used were Basic Black and Perfect Plum.  I also used the Dotted Swiss Embossing Folder for the Perfect Plum background piece and ran it through the Big Shot. 

I forgot to make a copy of the inside greeting.  However, it was computer generated and was from a retired set.  It said, "Hope is... believing in a brighter tomorrow."

This was a very quick and easy card.

Note:  The reason I used Perfect Plum for the Ribbon of Hope is because the color lavender represents all forms of cancer.

Thanks for looking

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Happy Moments Birthday

I love this stamp set - it is so versatile!  You can use it for so many different things.  Birthdays, showers, thinking of you - the list just goes on and on!

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Happy Moments (from Sale-A-Bration)   Paper:  Old Olive and Orchid Opulence cardstocks, Cottage Wall DSP (Item No. 115671)   Ink:  Black Stazon; Stampin' Write Markers - Lovely Lilac and Old Olive   Accessories:  Small Oval Punch (Item No. 107304), Large Oval Punch (Item No. 107305), Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (Item No. 113439), Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder (Item No. 117335).

Thanks for looking and Happy Stamping!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Pick A Petal

I really had to dig deep down for this card.  The rain, although it's better than snow, must be bringing me down.  However, mojo prevailed.  I hope you like it!

RecipeStamp Sets:  Pick A Petal (Item No. 115042) and Whimsical Words from Sale-A-Bration.  Paper:  Brilliant Blue, Rose Red, and So Saffron cardstocks and Tall Tales DSP (Item No. 115678).  Ink:  Basic Black.  Accessories:  Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (Item No. 113439), Stampin' Up! Perfect Details Texturz Plate (Item No. 115962), 1 3/8" Circle Punch (Item No. 104401), and Scallop Circle Punch (Item No. 109043).

Remember, Sale-A-Bration is still going on (with a $50 order, you can choose a free stamp set of your choice from the Sale-A-Bration mini.)  This offer runs through March 31st.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Hope your day was as beautiful as the weather!

Wow!  What a beautiful day.  It was so nice to look out and not see snow or rain and actually see the sun!  We stayed in today but I worked on cards for the blog and Carl worked on his first-day cover collection as we watched the Olympics and, of course, the WVU Mountaineers ballgame.  So as I am watching TV and doing cards I can't do anything that is too labor intensive so this is the card I designed for today's blog.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Just Buzzin' By (Item No.113228) and Picture This (a hostess set which is found in the Occasions mini).  Paper:  Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White cardstock and Tall Tales DSP (Item No. 115678).  Ink:  Black Stazon and Stampin' Write Markers - Crushed Curry, Creamy Caramel and Close To Cocoa.  Accessories:  1 1/4" Punch (Item No. 104400) and Small Oval Punch (Item No. 107304).

Thanks for stopping by! 

Happy Stamping!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Love Bandit

I just love this little guy.  I just wish when squirrels visit my house they would bring me flowers instead of eating the food from the birdfeeders :)

To make the card I used the Stampin Up! Movers & Shapers Curly Label Die (Item No. 114506) using the Big Shot Die Cut Machine (Item No. 113439).  The stamp sets used in this card were Love Bandit (Item No. 117086 (Woodblock) or No. 118577 (Clear Mount) - I used the clear mount and used Block C (Item No. 118486)) and Love You Much (Item No. 113756). The punches used were Curly Label (No. 112208) and Scallop Circle (No. 114889).  I used Sending Love Specialty Paper (from the Occasions Mini), Whisper White cardstock (Item No. 100730), Real Red cardstock (Item No. 102482) and Pretty In Pink cardstock (Item No. 100459). 

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Peace Within

Another Spring-themed card.  When friends of mine saw this stamp set in the catalog, they said it was so me.  Therefore, it was a definite purchase. 

This is a gatefold card.  The only thing that was time consuming was the coloring of the picture.  RecipeStamp Set:  Peace Within.  Paper:  Sending Love DSP, Pretty In Pink, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla Cardstock; Ink:  Staz On Black; Stampin' Write Markers - Crushed Curry, Caremo Coral, Ruby Red, Old Olive, Really Rust, Summer Sun, More Mustard, Close To Cocoa, Chocolate Chip.  Accessories:  Snail Adhesive.

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!