Saturday, July 31, 2010

Inch and a Pinch

I just love Inchies, for those who don't know what an inchie is, it is a tiny work of art, usually 1" square. This year for VC Rocks! we did an "Inch and A Pinch" swap, meaning they were 1-1/4" square. Here are my two swaps.

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These little squares just make me smile. I used to think I wouldn't have any idea what to do with them, but once I tried (thanks, Ellen, for giving me the push) I just love making them. They are quick, cute, and such a challenge.

Thanks again for coming by. If you could leave a comment it would be appreciated. I am pretty sure I am the only one out there reading this, lol.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Roomie Box Gifts

Hi, Today's share is a gift I made for my VC Rocks! Roomie, Elizabeth. I hope she loved it as much as I enjoyed making it for her. It is a file folder Portfolio. Lookie:

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I used Grand Soiree DSP to make this. I think it turned out very Elegant. I may just have to make one for myself, lol.

Ta for now, busy day!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Little Bit of Magic ATC

Today's share is my last ATC from this years swap. I used the Summer Mini set called A Little Bit of Magic. These little fairies are just too cute.

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Isn't she cute? I colored her with our awesome Stampin' Write markers then once again cut her out and popped her up with dimensionals. Just love the look and dimension that adds to a card.

Hope you have enjoyed my ATC's, and thanks for your support.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

ATC Christmas Cardinal

It's a quick Christmas in July post today! Not really, it's my second VC Rocks! ATC swap. I love
the Cardinal Christmas set, and what better way to show him off than on an ATC?

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He was stamped on Glossy White Stampin' Up! paper and colored in with our awesome markers, then cut out and popped up with dimensionals.

Thanks for coming by today. I'd love to hear what you have to say about this one, so please leave a comment.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Gift Card Holder

Yes, today is another VC Rocks! swap day. If you have ever thought you might want to be part
of VC Rocks! All these swaps may send you right on over the edge, but it's too late for this year. You could, however hop on over to the VC Rocks! Blog and subscribe, so you will know when VC opens for new members next year, and you could check out the daily Make n Takes and our three Blog hops we have had this year with another scheduled in August.

Today's swap is a Gift Card Holder. I used Fox & Friends for this one, just love that set, and I think it turned out pretty good. Lookie:

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Inside, sorry the picture is blurry:

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Well, that's all for today! See you again soon.

Monday, July 26, 2010

ATC Watercolor Trio

WhooHoo! Another VC Rocks Swap share today! This one is one of my ATC swaps. I love making ATC's and it is another swap I join every year. The first time I wasn't sure I could possibly make
something that small look good, now I absolutely love making them. This is my first of 3 different

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It uses the Watercolor Trio and favorite thoughts stamp sets from the Summer Mini. Wouldn't this be pretty as the focal point on a card? Well, it would be, but I save all of mine, so they never make it to the front of a card, lol.

I appreciate you, and comments, too.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Recipe Page Swap

Now, at last, I can show you some of my submissions for the latest round of VC Rocks! Swaps, the June swaps were all non card swaps. Today's share is my 6x6 Recipe Page swap and the recipe
is from HungryGirl. com. It is a Banana Split Breakfast Bowl, hence the banana split with the Sweet Scoops Ice cream toppings. Looks good enough to eat:

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I really love doing this type of swaps and the returns are great, cuz Rockers are some of the best
swappers EVAH!!!!!

Lots more to share, so come back soon.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Artistic Etchings

Well this is one of those cards where you just don't know what to think about it. I forgot to add
the punched border strip I was gonna add across the bottom of the vanilla piece, I did add one of
our brand new adhesive Rhinestones to the top of the Eiffel Tower, but I still wasn't happy with it, so if I had a stamp that said REJECT, I would stamp it right across the middle.

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I guess we can't like them all, but just to show you the good and the bad, I thought
I would share, lol.

Thanks again for dropping by.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

That 70's Era Disco Queen

Hi, and thanks for stopping by. Today's project is a 70's Disco Queen that my buddy Ellen
made for the 70's Floor of the VC Rocks Hotel. My friend Amy and I, while working on our
gift boxes for our roomies, decided they each needed a Disco Queen of their very own, so
we made them each a card. I'm sure Ellen appreciated the call she got asking how to make
the sunglasses, lol. Thanks Ellen, for all you do to enlighten us about punch art. What would
we do without you. Anyway, here are our cards:

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I really wanted to put one on my scrapbook page I posted yesterday, but couldn't quite fit her
on there, so look out for page 2 coming soon.

Come back tomorrow, lots more to see, and leave a comment, pretty please.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

That 70's Era Scrapbook Page

FAR OUT! Today's project is brought to you by the VC Rocks! Grand Hotel 70's Floor. I am the
floor manager for the 70's Floor and I challenged my guests to make a scrapbook page, using the styles, colors and fads of the 70's. It also needed to include at least one picture of themselves or
their parents (we may have some younguns who were still just a twinkle in their parents eyes, lol) in the 70's. Here is my submission:

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What a hoot! Really brings back memories. I had those flowers all over my bedroom wall
back then. See the corded telephone with a DIAL??? or the
tongue and groove pine paneling on the walls, how about my bell bottoms or plaid pants? The
hair do's are typical 70's especially my friends afro. I was a high schooler in the mid 70's and
this definitely was MY era!

I used all retired Stampin' Up! card stocks and the Flower Folds die for the Big Shot to make the flowers, the letters were hand drawn.

Thanks for stopping by. Comments are appreciated.

Monday, July 19, 2010


Hope you had a chance to check out the VC Rocks! blog hop this weekend. All posts are still live, so if you didn't get a chance, you still can. Just check my post below and start hopping.

Today's share is a case from the Stampin' Up! 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog. Made with the
Courage set, the artist who designed it is an awesome stamper. I made these for a friend whose
hubby is retiring from Military service. Here is the card:

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Gorgeous, isn't it? Check it out on page 49 of the catalog. All the projects in the catalog are easily cased. That is why it is called an Idea Book and Catalog, to give you some awesome ideas and inspire you to create something beautiful.

So glad you stopped by today. Comments are appreciated.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

VC Rocks! Blog Hop #3

Hi and Welcome to VC Rocks! 3rd Blog Hop! You should have hopped here from Kimber's blog. Wasn't her project great? There are so many talented stampers in today's hop, so grab a beverage, sit back, and hop along with us. If you get lost along the way, you can go to the VC Rocks blog and get the info that will get you back on the right path. Oh, and there are Rockers on our home blog today who do not have a blog and want to share today, too. So check it out!

Here is my project for today:

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You will need:

Full of Life stamp set
Chocolate Chip Ink Pad
Two Step Bird Punch XL
Two Step Owl Punch XL
Double Scallop Ribbon Border Punch
1-3/4 Scallop Circle Punch XL
3/4" Circle Punch
Circle Cutter
Real Red Flower Brad
Stampin Dimensionals

Chocolate Chip card stock
1 pc 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 folded in half for card base
1 pc scraps to punch 1 1-3/4 scallop circle,
1 pc scraps to punch owl
1 pc scraps to punch approximately 14 circles 3/4"

Pumpkin Pie
1 pc 4 x 5-1/4

Daffodil Delight
1 pc 4 x 1-1/4
1 pc large enough to cut 3" circle.

Wild Wasabi
2 pc 4 x 1-1/4
1 pc scrap to punch limb from bird punch

Greenhouse Gala DSP in Rick Rack pattern
1 pc scrap to punch owl punch.


1. Attach Pumpkin Pie piece to card base.
2. Cut 3" circle out of Daffodil Delight with your circle cutter.
3. Punch 14 circles 3/4 out of chocolate chip card stock and adhere them around back of
3" Daffodil circle.
4. Punch Scallop Circle from Chocolate Chip card stock and trim to make wings for owl. Assemble owl as pictured. Adhere owl to Daffodil Circle.
5. Punch limb from Bird Punch out of scrap of Wild Wasabi, adhere to bottom of
Daffodil Delight and add Real Red Flower Brad.
6. Punch two ribbons with Double Scallop Ribbon Border punch out of 4 x 1-1/4 Wild Wasabi.
7. Stamp Sentiment with Chocolate Chip Ink onto Daffodil Delight piece 4 x 1-1/4
8. Adhere Large Circle to Pumpkin Pie cardstock, then the stamped Daffodil piece to the bottom
and add the punched ribbon pieces top and bottom of this piece.

I just love this little Owl, don't you? What a cute addition to a card, and so easy with Stampin' Up! punches.

So glad you joined us this weekend for our hop, we have 1 more to go this summer before we close, but if you enjoy what you have seen, you can join us when we open again in the spring.
This group has a wonderfully fun and friendly bunch of ladies and there are new and lasting friendships to be made, if this sounds good, then you definitely want to join us next year.

Thanks for stopping by. Your next stop on the blog will be Kym at Artful Imagination
I know Kym will have a great project for you, so, hop on, Rockers!

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Today's post is another new set from the Stampin' Up! catalog called Countryside. I just love this vintage type of set and I love the images and memories they bring to mind.

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I remember using an old well like this when I was young at my Grandmothers house. Those
were much simpler times.

Thanks for visiting today. Come back tomorrow for the VC Rocks! blog hop. There are over 30
talented ladies participating this month.

Punch Potpourri

It may come as no surprise to most of you, but the first order I put in from the new catalog, I got the Level 1 hostess set called Punched Potpourri, because it has a Bird and because it matches so many of our awesome punches and that means No cutting. Here is today's card using this set:

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Sorry for the shadow on the picture. This card will be a Make n Take on the VC Rocks blog. There are daily Make n Takes by some very talented ladies. Be sure to go check it out.

Don't forget the VC Rocks Blog Tour this weekend, too. You will enjoying hopping with us.

Have a great Thursday! See you again soon.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cute as a Bug

Today's post is a card made with some retired colors and a set that I thought would retire, but
happily, it did not. It is called Cute As A Bug, and it is just that. Here is today's card:

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I cased this from another stamper awhile back, sorry I can't remember who it was. I have lots
to share, but need to wait until all the swappers get their swaps back, until then, I am scrambling
for posts, while getting the other stuff finished for the swaps.

Our 3rd VC Rocks! Blog Hop is this weekend, so be ready to see some more art from our very
talented Rockers!

Glad you dropped in today! Thanks again for your support.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Two Step Owl Punch

WhooHoo! I got my new Two Step Owl Punch XL in from Stampin' Up! today, but didn't get a chance to play with it until now, and it is after 1 AM, so just a quick card for today.

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Isn't it just too cute? This will be a make n take on the VC Rocks! Blog soon, so be looking for it
HERE, along with lots of other make n takes from some of our awesome and talented Rockers.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Coffee Cozie

Hello and Happy Monday! Today's post is a little gift my friend Amy and I made for a swap and also made some extras to share with some of my favorite people. It was made using the Big Shot and felt pieces in Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette and White.
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Hope all the recipients enjoy this little cozie. This was my first time working with my Big Shot and Felt and I absolutely love playing with it. I will show you my BFF's swap soon. It was another made using Mr. Big and Felt and lots of hand stitching that we managed to pull off even though neither one of us is very good at it, lol.

Thanks for stopping by. Comments are appreciated.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Have A Great Weekend!

Taking the weekend off, too much to do, lol. See you on Monday!

Card for the Birthday Boy

We had a fantastic time yesterday celebrating the birthday of the boy child. So today, I will have to
share a picture of the card I made for him. He doesn't like a lot of fuss, but he does love his truck,
so I had to use Stampin' Up!s Loads of Love stamp set.

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and here is another picture of the birthday boy last night at Kobe's Japanese Steak House:

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He really hates my camera, but sometimes he puts up with it, lol.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Not Sure How This Happened......and another Tropical Party

Ok, so I'm not sure how this happened. My little boy turns 21 today. I have mixed emotions. I have watched him grow into a wonderful and handsome young man, but it seems only yesterday he was this little cutie (seen here with his adorable little sister, Gabi:

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I mean, I knew it was coming, but how did it happen so fast? It has been a short 21 years. I
have enjoyed every minute of it. He is a fine young man, and I am so very proud of him. This
picture was taken on Easter of this year:

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Give your children a hug! They won't be little for long. Yezin, my sonshine, I Love You, Forever.
Happy Birthday to you! Love, Mom

Now here is my Tropical Party card for today.
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Hope the Birthday Boy doesn't party too hard today, lol.

Thanks for stopping by again today. See you again soon.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Presto Patterns Watercolor Trio

Today's project is a card I demonstrated at my workshop on Tuesday night. I really love how it turned out. Lookie:

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Isn't it gorgeous? I think so, if I do say so myself, lol.

This beautiful card uses the Presto Patterns Designer Paper from Stampin' Up! This paper has no
color to it until you add it then the patterns pop out at you. So you can have these awesome papers in any of Stampin' Up!s new gorgeous color families. Check them out today in the new 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog. If you don't have one, I know someone who has a few......wink,wink, lol.

This card will also be a Make n Take on the VC Rocks Blog, soon, so be watching for it.

Have a great Wednesday. Thanks for stopping in and hopefully leaving a comment.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Scallop Envelope Treat Boxes

Today's project is a Treat Box made with Stampin' Up!s exclusive Scalloped Envelope Die for the
Big Shot. It is a very cute, very easy and very quick project for any occasion. Check it out:

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Isn't it cute? It will be one of the Make n Takes for tonights workshop. I think they will love making this cute little box. Now, what should we put in it?

Thanks for stopping by. Comments are appreciated.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Tropical Party

I have a workshop at a friends home on Tuesday, and this is one of the projects we will be doing.
I used the Tropical Party Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!, of course, for this card. It is such a great
set for anyone living in a tropical climate, or anyone who wishes they did.

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I hope you like this card! If you would like to make this card with your friends....just drop me a
line or give me a call to schedule your workshop. With the new catalog, (which is yours free when
you schedule a workshop), dates are filling up fast.

Thanks for stopping in today. Have a great day. Oh, as usual, comments are appreciated.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Beary Best Friends

Here is the other card I shared with the two new stampers. We had an awesome time stamping and coloring and they are great little girls. It was a pleasure to spend time with them.

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This card uses the Beary Best Friends set from Stampin' Up! I used retired paper and inks to
make this card. I wanted it to be bright and cheery and girly, and that is what I got. Hope you
like it.

See ya again next time. Thanks for looking.

Friday, July 2, 2010

New Catty is Live!!!! and Build A Bear Invitation

The New 2010-2011 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog is now LIVE! You can see it in my left sidebar, along with the New Spanish Version and the New Definitely Decorative Catalog. Check them out here or you can check them out on my Demonstrator Business Website Here. You can
order directly from my website, if you wish, or contact me to book a workshop or Catalog Party, or to place an order. Look forward to hearing from you.

Today I have been invited to a very nice lady's home to teach her two girls to stamp. They are,
I believe, ages 9 and 11. I am thrilled to work with young stampers, and hope they have as much fun as I think I will.

This is one of the cards we will be doing:

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Granted there isn't alot of stamping on this one, but it is too cute, and the little Build A Bear is a pullout bookmark.
Ever notice that when I make cards for kids, the usually have a bookmark incorporated into them? Well, I believe that reading is the
most important thing for kids to learn. If they love to read and can comprehend what they are
reading, then most other things come so much easier, so I encourage reading whenever I can. Ok, down off my soapbox, lol.

Thanks for stopping by today. Comments are appreciated. See ya again soon!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

New Catalog Goes Live Today!!!!! Because I Care

The new Stampin' Up! 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog goes live today at 12PM. How exciting! You are gonna love it. I will update my blog as soon as I can with the new catalog so that you can peruse it at your leisure. If you want a copy in your own little hands to carry with you where ever you go, just let me know and I will make sure you get one.

Here is today's project. It is using a Level 1 Hostess set called Because I Care. Isn't this just a
gorgeous card? Lookie:

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I just love this set, and you know you want one, so contact me today to set up your workshop or
catalog party so that you can earn this and more.

Colors used are Very Vanilla, Early Espresso and Baja Breeze.

Thanks for stopping by, don't forget to come back and check 0ut the new catalog. Comments, as always, are welcome.