Monday, November 29, 2010

Tea Light Luminaries for Paper Players

I love embossing...so of course I had to play along with the Paper Players challenge! I made little Tea Light holders (battery operated ones that is).




I did use Dasher just on the CS...I actually used an office store CS ~ it's not as heavy as Whisper White and therefore the light shines through it a little more ~ let me know your thoughts!


I actually shut the lights off in my photo box to take this one ~ you can see the tea light effect a bit better than with the lights on! These were easy and fun to create!
Thanks so much for stopping in for a visit ~ have a wonderful day!


  • Stamps:  Dasher, Bells And Boughs
  • Paper:  Real Red, White (non SU) 
  • Ink:   Versa Mark
  • Acc:  Gold EP, Oval Scallop Punch, Snips, Ribbon, SF Die Cut & Border Punches (non SU)
All Supplies Stampin’ Up Unless Noted!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Stamping 411 Challenge

Sketch Challenge #179 from Stamping 411 is absolutely fabulous ~ you should really play along with the designers! I had a blast this afternoon ~ I really needed a break from Christmas Cards, so I rolled up my sleeves, got the music going.....and got to work!




I used Dimensionals to pop each of the panels on my card and heat embossed each with a copper EP, it's really difficult to see the effect, but IRL it's quite stunning!


On the inside I stamped tone on tone, using Elements of Style and then stamped my Sentiment over it using Close To Cocoa. I received a beautiful card in the mail this week and LeAnne had done this on the inside of my card, wow, what a beautiful effect....so....note to self.....remember this and do it! It's really hard to see in the picture, but the outcome is wonderful!

Thank you so much for visiting with me today! Have a blessed day and I hope you drop by again!

  • Stamps:  Elements of Style, Wonderful Words, Occasional Quotes
  • Paper:   Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Whisper White
  • Ink:   Versa Mark,Crumb Cake, Close To Cocoa
  • Acc:  Pearls, Eyelet Border Punch EP 
All Supplies Stampin’ Up Unless Noted!

Friday, November 26, 2010

I Got Mail!

Well I'm still smiling....I received a card in the mail today from a friend that I met through the wonderful world of blogging! It's amazing the connections that you make when you chat every now and then ~ and also when you pray for each other. My friend is LeAnne and I know if we lived closer, we would share stampin', grandbabies and even a Starbucks every now and then! Thanks again LeAnne, oh how you have blessed my day! So here's a peek...


drum roll please..................and now the card!


I think the picture turned out okay, but IRL ~ amazing ~
so LeAnne, thanks again...and if it's okay, I would love to CASE this!

Thanks for stopping by today and may you have a blessed day!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Paper Players Challenge #25

When I saw the sketch from Paper Players this week, I knew I wanted to play along, and I knew what I wanted to do ~ so out with my Never Been Used Brayer ~ I decided it was time! I really need to keep working on this Technique. I think it's one of those that take time to master. Michelle Zindorf  is amazing ~ how does she do it ~ so here's my first attempt ~ I'm not really pleased with the brayering (is that a word?) on this card, but ~ once perfected!!!!....I'll keep trying!


After I finished the card, I realized that I wasn't as close to the sketch as I thought ~ sorry girls ~ I hope that's okay?.....

And now, if you'll allow me ~ I'd love to throw in a picture of our youngest grandson ~ he's three week's old tomorrow and just so sweet and a wonderful new blessing in our family!




Thank you so much for stopping by today ~ enjoy your day!



  • Stamps:  Inspired By Nature, Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze   
  • Ink:   Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Basic Black
  • Acc:  Brayer, Jewelry Tag Punch, Horizontal Slot Punch, 1/8 Taffeta Ribbon, Uni-ball Gel Pen, Sponge

Monday, November 22, 2010

Have You Heard


There is another great special happening at Stampin' Up for 9 days only! 
Check it out here and see what all the fuss is about!

And while you're in my store ~ don't forget about the great savings when you sign up and join my team ~ This expires on November 30 ~ so there isn't much time left
Here are a few frequently asked questions, I'm sure you've had a few yourself, so have a peek for the answers

  • Q - Once I decide to buy the Starter Kit, what do I need to do next?
    A - Basically nothing once you fill out the Independent Demonstrator Agreement, complete the order form, and arrange for payment.
  • Q - What if I don't like what's in the Starter Kit, or some of the items are items I already have?
    A - The Starter Kit is about 80% customizable, so you can select items within a specific price group that work for you and your personal stamping style.  And that includes merchandise from the current Mini catalogs. 
  • Is the Starter Kit special only good on the original Starter Kit?
    A - No, it is also available for the Digital + Starter Kit.  My Digital Studio is a digital paper crafting  tool that provides you with the software to create cards, scrap book pages, movies and multi-media presentations using your photos and Stampin' Up!'s images, Designer Series Papers, Color Collections, and embellishments all in digital form.  It's available for both Mac and PC.
  • Q - Is there only one type of Stampin' Up! Demonstrator?
    A - Actually there are two different types of Demonstrators.  A Hobby Demonstrator is just interested in joining for the discounts and perks.  The Career Demonstrator is interested in pursuing the demonstratorship as a source of additional income.  Whether that be just to pay for your stamping addiction, or to provide additional income for other expenses such as ...well, you name it!  You decide which demonstrator role works for you.
  • Q - How long do I have to decide if it's right for me?
    A - You have until March 31, 2011 to meet the minimum quarterly sales requirement.  At that point you're either in or you're not.  There will be no Starter Kit Police at your door.
  • Q - Speaking of minimum sales requirement, how much is that?
    A - During the course of three months you must purchase $425 in Stampin' Up! Merchandise.  I like to explain it this way.  There are 52 weeks in the year.  That means there are 14 weeks per quarter.  Therefore you have to commit to purchase $30 worth of Stampin' Up! merchandise a week.  But that's the full price.  As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator you get 20% off, so really you are only spending $24 a week plus sales tax and shipping.  My recommendation to hobby demonstrators is to tuck that money away and place two $212 orders.  This qualifies you for FREE merchandise.  Talk about The Price Is Right!  If this all sounds confusing, I'd be happy to chat with you about it.  Again - no OBLIGATION!
  • Q - If I decide not to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, do I have to return the Starter Kit?
    A - No!
  • Q - Are there any other specials for new demonstrators?
    A - During the first 45 days you will receive an extra 10% discount off your first $200 order.  So you'll actually be spending even less than $24 per week for that first quarter. So that means you’ll earn up to 30 percent on your first order!
  • Q - How many workshops must I conduct per month?
    A - None!
  • Q - How many demonstrators must I sign up annually?
    A - None!
  • What other perks do I receive as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator?
    A - You receive advance notice of all specials.  You receive all catalogs and Mini catalogs a month in advance.  You receive the opportunity to purchase a limited number of Hostess Sets.  You qualify for all Hostess benefits providing you meet the predetermined sales levels.  You receive a great publication chock full of product information, project suggestions, 
  • Q - What is my OBLIGATION if I sign up?  
  • A - Pay for the Starter Kit.  That's it!
  • Q - How much is shipping for the Starter Kit?
    A - Free!
Q - Where can I get more information?

A - Right here   or call me at 204-661-3269

If you have any other questions, Please contact me and I'd be happy to chat with you about them.  No pressure!  No OBLIGATION.  I just believe this is such a one-of-a-kind deal and I would hate for you to miss out if you are even casually thinking about it.
Thanks so much for stopping by today ~ and I'm really hoping to have a post for you to see today ~ ~have a great day~ and maybe we'll see you later!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Early Christmas Gift

I received my first Christmas gift the other night at one of my classes. I love my mug and decoration ~ my friend is absolutely amazing, there is nothing she can't do. I have never met a more creative and 'I'll try anything' girl before. Sure wish a lot of that would rub off on me...here's a peek at my gifts


Isn't he adorable ~ I should have known that she was up to something when she took an unusual interest in the fact that I mentioned "I love snowmen"!


and here's the little bird perched on holly leaves ~ yup!!!! she's amazing!


It's really hard to see the beauty in this star ~ but it's stunning!!!!! I love it ~ Thank you SO much
and thank you for stopping by and sharing a moment with me ~ enjoy your day!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ladies Banquet

Well here I am as promised ~ days later than I had anticipated.....crazy busy week ~ do you ever get those, 'good but busy' weeks! 
The ladies breakfast was so much fun and our speaker was amazing! I love to hear what the Lord does in other peoples lives ~ I know He has touched us greatly and so encouraging to hear how He has worked all things for good in other peoples lives as well ~ We serve an awesome God!
Here's a picture of the banquet hall where we shared our breakfast ~ wow!!!! the ladies did an amazing job ~ pictures never quite capture it fully ~





oh how I wish you could have seen this IRL ~ it was so stunning and looked like there were Dazzling Diamonds everywhere!

I'm hoping to have some stampin' time this weekend and even another post!  
Have a wonderful day today ~ thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Amazing Offer From Stampin' Up

CALLING ALL HOBBY STAMPERS!  
From NOW until Nov. 30, you have an incredible opportunity to purchase a The Stampin' Up started kit which includes over $375 worth of products (and free shipping) with many substitution options available.  
There's no obligation to sell, hold workshops or purchase anything further! 



Once you get your starter kit, it is yours to keep - whether you remain active or not.  



Consider the kit as an early holiday gift to yourself!  :)



If you remain active, just think about the possibilities of a home based business where you get to choose your own hours and what you want to create with & for your family and friends. I love what I do and sharing all my 'toys' with friends. Consider joining my team today! 

From November 15 through November 30, 2010, becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator has never been easier!
Purchase your Starter Kit—there are two options!



  • The $215 $107.50 traditional Starter Kit contains over $375 worth of stamping and business supplies!
  • The $215 $107.50 Digital+ Starter Kit contains over $385 worth of stamping and business supplies, including the all-new My Digital Studio software.

Sure hope you take advantage of this Never Before Been Seen offer from Stampin' Up!
Thanks for stopping by today ~ Have a great day!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Ready to Go?

Well, the table has been set up, almost everything is done ~ I just need to make a nice big pot of Christmas Wassail to share at my craft table tomorrow morning...hmmmm...hope I can transport that in ice cream pails! I still have a few cards that I'd like to put together, but not worried if I don't get that done. So as I was packing up I realized that there were a few cards that I had no record of, so I quickly snapped a few shots ~ here's one of the cards that I created and was really pleased with it, so I may want to do this one again ~ have a peek and let me know your thoughts ~



 more pictures to come tomorrow when I get back ~ the hall area where we are sharing breakfast is absolutely stunning ~ sure hope I can capture it and share that with you ~ thanks so much for stopping by today ~ have a wonderful weekend!

  • Stamps:  Happy Moments, Alphabet Stew
  • Paper:  Basic Black, Barely Banana
  • Ink:   Versa Mark
  • Acc:  Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Cord, Metallic Rub On Ink,  & Embossing Folder (non SU)
All Supplies Stampin’ Up Unless Noted!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians are asked to pause in memory of the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in military service.


In Flanders Fields By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army


In Flanders Fields the poppies blow 
Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Has It Really Been a Week!

Between helping out our new mom with her 20 month old, getting meals together for them and us, getting my craft table ready & organized for our ladies breakfast this Saturday and still hosting my card class, it's been a whirl wind to say the least ~ but I've been having a blast! So wonderful to have a wee one in the family once again and to watch his older brother (20 months old), and big 10 year old cousin interact together is a blessing beyond words! We serve an awesome God and so special for me to share this with you all. Thanks so much for your many kinds words of 'Congrats' ~ Thank you ~



So here's a quick picture of just some of what will be sitting on my craft table on Saturday...I didn't want to unpack too much ~ hopefully I'll remember to take a picture once my table is all set up ~ pop by a have a peek on Monday!



I still have more that I'd like to create, so I'd better get into high gear ~ Enjoy your day and thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, November 4, 2010

It's A Boy

Well our daughter gave birth to another son!
Baby came so fast the midwife was unable to get to the house in time.....so Daddy delivered his son! So amazing ~ here is a picture of our three Grandsons! We are so blessed!


Have a wonderful day today, thanks for stopping and allowing 
me to brag on our boys!
Gotta run ~ delivering some homemade soup for lunch!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Another Double Challenge

I would love to post everyday, but just can't quite get this together yet....but when I saw these challenges this week, giddy up and let's go ~ so the color challenge is from Stacey's Stampin Stage and the design challenge is from Stampin 411! Take a peek at my creation ~ hope you enjoy your time with me!


Here's a little peek of the right hand card top, after I used the blender pens to gently color this in (I love coloring!), I used Crystal Effects to give these hazel nuts some depth, I love how these turned out although it looks quite goofy in this picture ~ not a good likeness ~ stunning IRL!


After I heat embossed my leaves with Black EP, I used the Blender Pens to color in the Leaves and all the Hazel Nuts ~ used my Top Note Die twice to create the frame and stamped More Mustard on the smaller of the two (tone on tone)!


I really wasn't sure about this card, but in the end I am quite pleased with it ~ what do you think ~ is it too much ~ I just may teach this next week, I hope my girls like it!

And of course have to give you a little peek of two guests that come to visit the other day
A chiropractors patience and Jack Sparrow!





Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have a blessed day!


  • Stamps: Autumn Splendor, Occasional Quotes 
  • Paper: Very Vanilla, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie  
  • Ink:  Versa Mark, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie  
  • Acc:  Black EP, Top Note Die, Blender Pens, Crystal Effects, Modern Label Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals
All Supplies Stampin’ Up Unless Noted!