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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Get Well Wishes

I finally found some time to color my first Just Magnolia stamp and participate in the JUST MAGNOLIA CHALLENGE.

Today has been a busy day filled with appointments, running errands and packing. I felt as if everything was happening all at once, I just had to
take a break, gather my thought, and relax for a while. I am leaving tomorrow for the Craft and Hobby Association Super Show (CHA) in Florida! Woohoo!! I signed up for 4 classes and I'm sure there will be plenty of shopping. I will be taking my laptop so I can post some Make & Takes. I am so excited!!

Okay onto my card. My FIRST Just Magnolia stamp! Isn't she cute?! My DH doesn't like her because she is missing a nose and mouth. I on the other hand, think she is adorable. What do you think? I purchased this stamp at
7 KIDS COLLEGE FUND and it's called TILDA WITH MARGUERITES from the Magnolia and Lilac Collection.

As always, I colored her with my Copic markers. My color inspiration came from the June Bug paper pad from Basic Gray. You can also find this at
7 KIDS COLLEGE FUND. I used Stampin' Up! Not Quite Navy and Crushed Curry card stock. Then, I used my CC ink pad to recolor my basic white ribbon. This is something I do quite frequently when I want to match my ribbon to my card stock. For my sentiment, I use the 'get well wishes' from SU's Teeny Tiny Wishes. Finally for embellishments, I used the blue Cowboy Drewdrop and recolored it with Copic marker #B97.

Well, I better get back to my packing. Make sure to come back on Friday night for a look at the CHA super show. Thanks for Looking!
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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Dahlia Fold

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms 118:24

My day started out early this morning helping out at my church in the Children's Ministry area. I helped with registration and it is always fun to see the little kids run up to the kiosk to tell you their name. I just love to see how independent they are. After serving, I attended service. As always the music was awesome. The message...wow! It pulled a string in my heart.

My card for today is from one of the three cards we made of Friday at my technique workshop. This beautiful flower technique is called Dahlia fold. I learned this technique from Dawn at Dawn's Stamping Thoughts. She has some really cool videos you can take a look at. Anyway, all you need to make this flower is DS paper and a 1 1/4" circle punch. Take a look HERE for the complete video.

At church today we read from the first chapter in Habakkuk. Habakkuk’s name means to “embrace” or “wrestle." Do you often wrestle with a difficult issue or circumstance in your life? God wants us to embrace that issue and trust Him to lead us to a different level in our relationship with Him. I pray that what ever your issue or circumstance is, that you ask God to help you and embrace it for He will never forsake you.

Today's card was made with: Stampin' Up! Bella Rose DS paper, Chocolate Chip and Riding Hood Red card stock, Chocolate Chip ribbon, Sincere Salutation stamp and pearls.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Forever Friends

I woke up this morning with my kids fighting, the doorbell ringing and a sore arm. I was not in the mood nor was I feeling well. Then suddenly, I realized FedEx was at the door with my Copic markers and all I cared about was giving my kids breakfast so they can settle down and getting to my craft corner to play with my new markers.

Not only did I play with my new markers, I also played with my new Candy Time stamp from Stampavie. Isn't she so sweet? I can't have enough of these stamps. They are so adorable and so much fun to color.

It has been a few weeks since I had a chance to play along with a Stampavie challenge. I was so excited to join in for this week's challenge "In the Garden". I think the deadline is the 25th, so I just made it in (phew).

Okay, onto the deets of my card... My color pallet for my image came from my Basic Gray Lemonade paper pad. I used Stampin' Up! Pretty in Pink and Rose Red card stock. For my image, I use black Momento ink pad and colored it with my Copic markers. I cut out the image with my Nestabilities Label 3 die cut from Spellbinders. Then, I stitched a border around the card, added some flowers by Prima Flowers and finally I stamped "forever friends" from the Stampin' Up! Beautiful Borders stamp set.

Here's a quote I read from my devotional today. "The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain". -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

For me, I'm going to bed! Thanks for looking and have a good night.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Ahhhhhh, I finally got a chance to stamp!!

I planned on making a card today for Sherrod Studio and to play catch up since I went away camping. Well, between my children, physical therapy and far too many interruptions, I did not get to finish this simple card until now. I told my DH that he HAD to take care of the children while I posted this card.

So, Here is Ella from the Birthday Ella Stamp set. Isn't she cute? I had so much coloring her. Not only did I color her but, I also added some DS paper to her dress and socks. This is really simple to do. First, I stamped my image on white card stock. Next I colored my image except the parts I was going to add the DS paper to. Then, I restamped the image on DS paper. Finally, I cut out the ruffles and socks and glued it to the colored image.

I remember as a little girl my mom would always buy me dresses with matching socks. That was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw Ella. Matching socks!

I also made this card today for my Mojo Monday challenge. This was a very simple sketch. Since I did not have enough time to play today, I kept it VERY SIMPLE. Hopefully tomorrow, I'll have some more time and could make a card with my new Stampavie Stamps just waiting to be inked (wink).

Well, I better give my arm some rest. I had PT today and it seems like I'm not making any effort in getting my arm better. Thanks for looking!

Today's card was made with: Stampin' Up! Crushed Curry and Whisper White card stock, Basic Gray Lemonade DS paper, White Satin Ribbon Dyed with Crushed Curry ink pad, Ella Stamp from Sherrod Studio and Copic Markers.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Birthday Bear

Good Tuesday morning!

I am so happy becuase I woke up this morning with my arm feeling much better. I do have this cough I can't get rid of though. I hope I'm not getting sick :o( Tomorrow is my first PT appointment and I am going camping with the kids on Thursday. I am trying my best to stay healthy and pain free so we can enjoy our first camping trip. I have to admit, we have never gone camping. In fact, when I mentioned it the gals during workshop, they laughed. They said, "You, camping?!" "Now that's something I want to see!" Actually, I can't wait to go. I think I'm more excited than the kids (hehe).

Okay, enough about me and on to my card. Isn't it so cute? It's for my father-in-law. I made it for the kids to give it to him. This adorable
Birthday Bear is from Whipper Snapper Designs. I inked the bear on my SU Whisper White card stock and colored it with my copic markers. Since I didn't and any embellishments, I popped-up the balloon with dimensionals.

Aside from my Stampavie stamps that I love so much, these are on my top 5 list of favorite stamps. They are so much fun to color! I have to admit, I have been on a Stampavie kick lately that I forgot I had these stamps. I'll make sure to show you some more of these adorable stamps in future post.

Well, I better sign off now. I'm feeling a tingle on my shoulder. Thanks for looking and enjoy your day!

Today's card was made with: Stampin' Up! Brilliant Blue, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White card stock, Jersey Shore DS paper, Birthday Bear Stamp from Whipper Snapper and Copic Markers.

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Celebrate Your Day

I finally got the chance to sit and be creative!

Since my arm injury, I haven't been able to make anything except for my workshop on Friday. I do have to take it easy because every nerve from my shoulder to my finger tips hurt.

Here is a sweet and simple card I made for Sherrod Studio. This cupcake image is from the Ella Birthday set. I haven't inked the lil' girl on this set yet, but I sure will this week. I have a lot of catching up to do.

I was just about done making this card, when I realized that tomorrow is my father-in-law's birthday. Too bad this card would not work for him (hehe). I guess I have to make another card tonight (Yikes)! I stamped the image on Shimmer White card stock and colored it with my copic markers. It's hard to see but, the cupcakes have this pretty shimmer to it. I used my Berry Bliss DS paper from the Spring-Summer 2008 catty. It's an oldie but a cutie. What does a girl do with all her old DS paper? She uses them!! I use all my DS paper.

I'm going to try to keep my post simple and short in order to prevent my arm from hurting too much. So, thanks for looking and keep on Stampin'.

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Design Team Call for Stampavie

Stampavie is looking for one new Design Team Member!

I could not pass the opportunity to apply as you all know I absolutely LOVE Stampavie. Their stamps, challenges and inspirations are fabulous.

I decided to enter my Rose's garden card. If I haven't mentioned before how much I love coloring these lil' gals, I'll mention it again...I love coloring these lil' gals! They are the sweetest little things. I always think of how sweet and innocent they look.

Being part of a Design Team is an incredible opportunity. You get to meet so many fabulous and creative individuals. Most importantly, you get to inspire so many people to create beautiful works of art. One lucky person will take the honor of being the new DT member and I would love to be that person.


Ps. Make sure to come back later for a Sherrod Studio card I have been working on.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A Quick Post

Good morning! I am sorry I didn't post a card yesterday as promised. I got too busy preparing for my Stampin' Up! Club Workshop and after cutting all the paper, my arm was hurting. I woke up this morning with my arm still sore so inside of making a card, I decided to show you what we made yesterday.

For my NEW Catty Workshop
Launch, everyone walked away making this lovely Asian Artistry card using the New In Colors. For this card we used Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede and Whisper White card stock. We also used the Bermuda Bay Polka Dot ribbon. We used the non polka dot side to show the versatility of the ribbon. Click on the links for product information.

The next project was ceased from Angie Juda at Chic' n Scratch. She is my favorite SU Demonstrator. Her Video Tutorials are quick and easy and her designs are just adorable.

This project is called Post it Note Organizer. You can find the Video Tutorial HERE.

This is a fun and quick project to make. It is a great gift for anyone or for yourself.

Since I was introducing the New In Colors, we used the Razzledazzle Lemonade Designer Series Paper and the Razzle Dazzle Stamp set. We also used the new Modern Label Punch and the Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot ribbon. For product information click on t
he links.

Well, I hope you like what we created. I hope you are inspired to created your own cards and projects.

Now, time to put my arm back on the sling and rest it for the day.

Thanks for Looking!!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

No card

Hey there,

I'm sorry I have been MIA. This is actually the first time I am able to use both my hands to type this week. Yup, you read that right, both my hands. I pinched a nerve near my rotator cuff on Monday and haven't been able to use my right arm or hand as it has been in a sling all week.

Although I am not fully recovered, I am able to type and do most of my work. I can't lift anything heavy, do any over head reaching or scrubbing. Sounds like a vacation from cleaning (hehe). I will have physical therapy for 4 weeks and hopefully that will do the trick.

I will be back tomorrow to catch up on some needed card making but, before I say good bye let me tell you a quick story.

Monday morning I was in tremendous pain in my arm. I could hardly move it and if I did I was crying. My father-in-law took my to the ER and my oldest son watch the kids. After I got home from the hospital, I came home with a sling and a little medicated. My lil' girl felt so bad and asked when I was going to get better. The look in her eyes were so worried. I told her it will be a while and the next thing she said was, "well I guess you can't make any more cards". Of course I had to tell her that we will have to make special arrangements just to I can make my cards. The cleaning and housework will have to wait until I recover :o)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July

I remember growing up my family used to pack the coolers, make lots of food and drive to the beach (funny how New Yorkers call it the beach and just one hour south of NY, it's called the shore) for a 4th of July celebration.

We would stay at the beach (Orchard Beach) for hours. We would play by the water and by evening, we would go to the camping section and barbecue till the fire works started.

This image from Sherrod Studio brought me right back to when I was 7 years old. I remember it so vividly. Everyone was so happy, the music (salsa) was playing, my dad and uncles cooking by the grills and drinking, my mom and aunts chatting away and the kids running around having a blast.

That is what 4th of July is all about. Celebrating our Independence and our freedom with our friends and family. What is your childhood memory of the 4th of July? Post a comment and share for all to read. It would be fun taking a trip down memory lane.

Today is also my lil' guy's 5th birthday! I tell him he's my firecracker!! He came 3 weeks too early. I guess he wanted to come into the world with a bang!

If you haven't taken a look at Sherrod Studio's website, this image comes from the By the Seashore set. It comes with 12 clear stamps for $15. Take a look at the DT cards for other previews on this set. Their cards are pretty amazing.

Kim Sherrod Studio - owner
On Life and Creating - Mary V.
Kathi's Corner - Kathi
Sparkle Creations - Sparkle
Simply Beautiful - Ceal P
My Stampin' Hide-way - Mary G.
Amusining Musing & Things - Dawn
La Maison De Papier - Kelly

Well, I better go and get some rest. Today is going to be a long day. We are going to start the day opening gifts and then going out for breakfast. I'm sure my lil' guy is going to wake up very early in the morning :o)

Thanks for looking!

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Thinking of You

Today is day 2 of the Grand Opening for Sherrod Studio.

I am a little late posting this card but, it was well worth it. Every time I tried to work on this card, something would come up and I had to stop. I finally told my DH that I had to finish my card without any interruptions.

This adorable bouquet of flowers and sentiment is from the Ella Birthday stamp set. Click
HERE to see the entire set. Isn't it adorable?! I can't wait to color Ella in. But, before I do I have another card I'll be showing you tomorrow. Then I'll jump back to the Gracie set and make some more cards so you can see how versatile these stamps are.

I made this card for my friend who had her first chemo treatment today. I couldn't stop thinking about her last night and all day today. I can't imagine what is it like. I hung out with her last week and she was so positive. She is truly an inspiration.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I can not get enough of the color purple. Here again, I had to use purple. My color inspiration for this card was the DS paper. Isn't it beautiful? It's from a paper pack I purchased a Micheal's a few weeks ago. For the ribbon, I did not want to make the usual ribbon tie or bow, so I went with this classic pleat instead.
I also kept the embellishments to the minimal. I did not want to take away from the DS paper and bouquet.

Once again, thanks for stopping by and taking a look. Make sure to stop by the other Design Team members blogs for more inspirations.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

It's the start of a brand NEW Catalog & Idea Book at Stampin' Up! With the new release, SU has some incredible promotions to go along with it.

First up,
Deal of the Week. Each week during the month of July, Stampin' Up! will offer one discounted product as a "Deal of the Week." No limits and no minimum purchase required.
This week's deal is... The Scallop Edge Punch!! From July 1st–5th, get the Scallop Edge punch for just $10.99.

You can place your order HERE. No limits or minimum purchase required.

Visit my WEBSITE every Monday for the Deal of the Week.

Next U
p, Join the Stampin' Up! family!!

From July 15 — August 31, you can join the Sta
mpin' Up! family for as little as $85 with the Mini Starter Kit. Have fun helping friends and family create exciting projects, while earning free products and even a little extra cash!

This Mini Start
er Kit includes: The In Color Classic Stampin' Pad (6), In Color assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11"), For All You Do stamp set, 1 Pack of Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11") and all the Business forms and tools you need to get started.

Visit my website HERE to learn more about Joining the SU family and my team!

Love to have a Coo
kout? Purchase the Country Living Summer Cookout Kit.

The Country Living Summer Cookout Kit gives you everything you need to hold a fantastic summer party, including:

  • Creative invitations
  • Fun food wrappers
  • Customizable coasters
  • And more!

For the low price of $24.95, the Country Living Summer Cookout Kit will ensure your summer party is a hit. Order your kit HERE.

For further information about these or any Stampin' Up! products, promotions and workshop schedule, visit my WEBSITE.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Grand Opening At Sherrod Studio!!!

It's Grand Opening at Sherrod Studio!!

We're celebrating the Grand Opening with some
Blog Candy and Free Shipping! So, make sure to head on over to Sherrod Studio after reading this post and get your hands on these adorable stamp sets.

First up...Meet Gracie.
Kim Sherrod created the Gracie Line to raise funds for Children's Causes. The first charity is The Christmas Box International Lifestart Initiative.
This program helps youths that ages out of foster care in America. Click on the video to learn more.

About my card... Yesterday, after blogging I went to check the mail and there it was, my first set of Sherrod Studio stamps! I could hardly wait to get to my craft corner and start designing a card for today's Grand Opening. As I colored Gracie, I thought of my lil' girl Caitie (I think she looks just like her). I thought about of her favorite colors and how I can make this card simply sweet just as she is. I stamped, colored, cut and then layered the balloons over Gracie's hand with dimentionals. To dress up the card, I used ribbon and drew drops. The senitment is also from the Gracie line. I first stamped the sentiment on white cs then punched it with my SU modern label punch. Then, I cut out a border with the old olive cs. All the coloring was done with copic markers.

Thank you for stopping by and make sure you hop on over to Sherrod Studio to order your stamps and post a comment for some Blog Candy. Then head on over over to the Design Team's Blogs for their inspirations.

Sparkle Smith
Mary Vogel
Kathi Carlson
Kim Sherrod - Owner
Dawn Barrett
Mary Griffiths
Ceal Pritchett
Joseline Capre - Me
Kelly Becker
Sherrod Studio

Today's card was made with: Stampin' Up! So Saffron, Old Olive and Whisper White card stock, Modern Label punch, The Sharon Ann Baby Safari DS paper, Sherrod Studio Gracie stamp set, ribbon, drew drops and dimensionals.