Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Birthday Squared

Welcome back for you guessed it! Another birthday card in celebration of my birthday week! Yay!

This was actually created for a sketch swap on a yahoo group I belong to. I posted a Christmas version a week or so ago and decided I needed a birthday one too because I like the sketch so much. At first I had a hard time deciding what paper to use but then I remember a post I saw the other day over at Anne Maries blog. She made a beautiful Christmas card with some DSP she had hoarded from last year so I decided to use up some old paper for this quick and simple card!

Thanks for inspiring me Anne! It's definitely time for me to stop being such a paper hoarder otherwise everything I have is going to be old and retired!

Get Your Orders in Time for Christmas!

Just a reminder:

All orders we receive by December 15, 2010, will be picked, packaged, and delivered to our courier in plenty of time to arrive by December 24, 2010

But as you know, we cannot control delivery times; holiday mail volumes are high, and our delivery services encourage customers to ship as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

So place your orders HERE before it's too late!

MM#2 Birthday Upgrade!

As promised, here is my birthday card for today! It's actually my card from the MM#2 sketch at GAB Challenges with an extra addition! I decided it simply needed a little more! It's so amazing how something so small can change the entire look of a card! I've posted the orginal first and the upgrade below!

Which one do you like best? Leave a comment telling me which one you like better and you may just be the lucky winner to a surprise blog candy!

Monday, November 29, 2010



The Watercolor Wonder Crayons are now available for purchase. The new Watercolor Wonder Crayons were delayed due to a major relocation of our supplier. We now have inventory and you can start ordering today!

There is a New Color Kit (#120949, $39.95) you can order if you already have the old Watercolor Wonder Crayon sets. This kit includes 4 new trays, 4 inserts, and 4 tins as well as the 17 new and previously unavailable color crayons: Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Tangerine Tango, Wild Wasabi, River Rock, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, Basic Gray.

If ordering complete sets (rather than just the new Color Kit), some of the color sleeves might feature old artwork on them. This does not affect the quality of the crayons; we simply need to deplete inventory of crayons with the old artwork before we use crayons featuring the new artwork. Here is the ordering information for the new Watercolor Wonder Crayon sets:

Subtles (#119802, $16.95)
Regals (#119803, $16.95)
Brights (#119804, $16.95)
Neutrals (#119805, $16.95)

Thanks for your patience!

If you prefer to place your order directly through me instead of online or have questions please leave me a comment with a way to contact you!

MM#2 Christmas Card

Today I've got another card I've made for the Manic Monday #2 sketch challenge over at GAB Challenges! Hope you'll stop by and give our sketch a try!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

MM#2 - GAB Challenges

Hey everyone!

It's another Manic Monday sketch challenge! Go check it out at GAB Challenges! Here's one of my creations for the challenge!

Birthday Bliss


That's right! It's my birthday week! I'll be 24 on Thursday! I actually remembered my age! Ha! I'll explain that one in a later post for those of you who are wondering...

Anyhow, in honor of my birthday I'm going to be posting at least one birthday card everyday this week! For some reason I find birthday cards to be challenging. I'm not sure why. I have tons of older SU! birthday sets but I'm not too crazy about many of the new ones... That may be my problem!

Anyhow here is my post for today! I'll try to get info up soon!

As always thank you for coming by and checking out my blog! Don't forget tomorrow is Manic Monday at GAB Challenges so be sure to stop by for a new sketch challenge!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas Blog Hop - Mr. & Mrs. Clause Owl Tutorial

Hey everyone!

Welcome to the Christmas Card Blog Hop! If you've come from visiting Jamie, you're in the right place. If you were just looking at my blog and want to play along with our blog hopping fun, you can go to the beginning at Crafty Card Gallery. This blog hop is intended to get you in the Christmas Spirit.... If you haven’t already started/finished your Christmas cards, hopefully this will inspire you to come up with an idea... and maybe you can win some blog candy or get ideas for great Christmas gifts (whether they’re on your list or for someone else!). So if you aren’t braving the malls and can get some computer time, come join us for some fun!

Some of you may have seen my Mr. & Mrs. Clause Owl card I posted yesterday for the Finally Friday Sparkle challenge at GAB (Gimme A Break) Challenges. I decided to give everyone a tutorial as it was requested. These were really easy cards to make and I had so much fun puting them together!

Mr. & Mrs. Clause Owls

You will need:
Jolly Old St Nick Stamp Set $17.95 #121321
Clear Block E $11.95 #118484
Two Step Owl Punch $16.95 #118074
Basic Black $6.95 #121045
Whisper White CS $8.50 #100730
Soft Suede CS $6.95 #115318
Crumb Cake CS $6.95 #120953
Chunky Essentials Stampin Glitter $15.95 #108797
Early Esspresso Classic Ink Pad $5.95 #119670
Real Red Marker $3.50 #100052
2-Way Glue Pen $3.50 #100425

1. Punch the two-step owl in both crumb cake and soft suede.

2. Punch the medium circles only in whisper white for the eyes.

3. Punch the smallest circles in black cardstock.

4. Piece together your owls using the 2-way glue.

5. Set your owls aside. You now need Jolly Old St. Nick,
 Block E, Early Espresso Ink, Whisper White CS.

6. To save paper, ink up the Santa face stamp and only stamp
the top portion twice as you only need the hats.
7. Color one Santa hat with Real Red.
8. Color the second hat as shown above.

9. Cut out your Santa hats as show above.

10. Now you will need to trim your hats down as shown
so they'll fit on your owls heads properly.

11. Using your 2-way glue start with the white on the hats and cover them
with chunky silver glitter. Repeat this with the red on the hats using chunky red glitter.

12. Your owls and hats should look as seen above.
Now all you have to do is put it on your card!

Don't miss out on the Online Spectacular sale!
Sale ends on November 30th!

Thanks for looking and please feel free
 to leave comments or questions!

Be sure to stop by Sharon's blog for some
more great Christmas inspiration!


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Finally Friday Sparkle Challenge

Hey everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We got to spend time with all of our family!

Here is a card I made for the Finally Friday Sparkle Challenge! Go check out the site if you like to do challenges! We've got some great ones in store for you! The challenges will be up for two weeks so you'll have plenty of time to link your posts!

I can't wait to see all of your creations!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I'm Thankful For...

the love of my life. He has given me the most precious things in the world, his endless love, support, and my boys. I don't know where I would be without my family.

Cullen and I met before we were even able to drive! We were 14 years old when my Dad drove 15 minutes to pick him up and take us to the movies for our first date. = ) It's hard to believe we have known each other for 10 years, going on 11 now. We haven't been together that long but had remained friends the entire time. He has always been there for me through the good times and the bad as I have been for him. Cullen is the most amazing person I've ever met! It wasn't until almost 3 years ago, on Valentine's day that we both grew up enough to realize we had something that was real. We have had our rough patches like any relationship does. Cullen has blessed me with something that I will wear proudly for the rest of my life. Motherhood. Being young parents has definitely proven to be challenging at times but our love for one another and our children is what keeps us holding strong. I am so thankful to have such an amazing person as my best friend, father to my children and love of my life!

Here is the card that I've made for Cullen for Thanksgiving!

Stamps: French Foliage, Because I Care
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Accessories: Modern Label Punch, Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbon

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Whoo! Whoo! Whoo's you Valentine?

HAHA! I'm so corny sometimes! I put this together a couple weeks ago when I had some free time. I really like the idea but I'm not too crazy about my choice of colors. Anyhow, I just wanted to share. This is using a nugget tin. I bought them through Specialty Bottle as they're quite a bit cheaper there than PaperTrey Ink. I intended to use them as little Christmas gifts but I just don't see it happening so I came up with this instead!

Stamps: Whoo's Your Valentine
Paper: Whisper White, Only Orange, ... Red? LOL
Ink: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Rose Red,
Blushing Bride, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Stickles Polka Dot Emboss, Heart Emboss

This is a set of 12 3x3 cards and envelopes. You could probably get a couple more in the tins if you wanted more than 12. If you make your childrens Valentine cards you could make a variety of cards and this would be a cute way to give them to them. I remember when I was a child I always looked forward to picking out my Valentines and opening the box was exciting to see the different cards! Maybe I was just weird... LOL

Don't forget! My "Cleaning Out the Craft Room Blog Candy" is still open! In order to qualify become a follower (if you're not already) and post a comment on any posts dated between 11/20 & 12/1! That's right! You can get multiple entries by posting a comment to these posts! The winner will be randomly selected on Dec 2nd (cause that's my birthday!) so be sure to check back to see if you've won!

Run! Run! As fast as you can

you can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man!

Just thought I'd give those of you interested in the blog candy another chance to win! Remember you must be a follower and one comment per post for posts between the 20th and the 1st will get you an entry!

Today I've got a Christmas card I made for the clean & simple sketch challenge #117. I made this a few days ago just hadn't got it up yet! I'm not sure if I like the color combo... I found this on a challenge too but can't remember where... oh well!

New Challenge Site!

Hey everyone!

Today I have a special post for you all! A fellow demo friend and I have been working on a Challenge website and it's finally up! Unfortunately, my friend had to step out due to her new career demand but once things slow down for her hopefully she'll be joining the design team!

The site is called Gimme A Break (GAB) Challenges. As many of you know I'm a SAHM and I stamp not only because I LOVE it but to keep my sanity! LOL So PLEASE PLEASE come join me at GAB Challenges!

The site is still in the works but I PROMISE 2 weekly challenges for now! Also there will be a weekly pick for every challenge!

Without further ado... Here is my Manic Monday Sketch Challenge cards!



Monday, November 22, 2010

Mmm Mmm Good!

This is by far one of my family's favorite easy casserole dish's! It's abosolutely delicious! I was using up some scraps I had laying around for these cars so I honestly don't know what colors I used. I pulled them out of my old retired colors that have been sitting around too long for me to remember! LOL


Don't forget! My "Cleaning Out the Craft Room Blog Candy" is still open! In order to qualify become a follower (if you're not already) and post a comment on any posts dated between 11/20 & 12/1! That's right! You can get multiple entries by posting a comment to these posts! The winner will be randomly selected on Dec 2nd (cause that's my birthday!) so be sure to check back to see if you've won!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Cheesy Chile Corn Casserole!

Today I have another recipe card to share with you from a Vegetarian swap I swapped in on SCS. When I make this I have to cook chicken too for my family but I think it's yummy without!

Don't forget! My "Cleaning Out the Craft Room Blog Candy" is still open! In order to qualify become a follower (if you're not already) and post a comment on any posts dated between 11/20 & 12/1! That's right! You can get multiple entries by posting a comment to these posts! The winner will be randomly selected on Dec 2nd (cause that's my birthday!) so be sure to check back to see if you've won!

Friday, November 19, 2010

SU Stars Holiday Blog Hop! **Candy Alert**

Welcome to the next stop on the SUSTARS Winter/Holiday Blog Hop! I've got some quick and easy cards to share with you today and a blog candy offer at the bottom so be sure to take a look!

This first card I had some inspiration from Tamey a fellow demonstrator who is part of INKin' All Night team which was put together by the amazing Rhonda Morgan!


This next card really just came from space! LOL I'm not really sure where I came up with this I had very limited time while the kids were sleeping and just started stamping!


NOW about that blog candy! I have been desperately needing to clean out my craft room as I am having a hard time finding anything! I've pulled aside several things I just don't think I'm going to use anytime soon and am offering it to one of you lucky bloggers! You MUST be a follower and post a comment BY DEC. 1ST in order to qualify. For extra entries you can post a comment on each post dated between 11/20 - 21/1. The winner will be announced on Dec. 2nd (cause that's my birthday!) so be sure to check back to find out if you've won!

Sorry I don't have a picture but I will try to get one up sometime next week!

Thanks so much for looking and your feedback would be greatly appreciated! Your next stop on the hop is Brenda's Stamping Corner for some more holiday treats!