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Grandparent's Day cards from the boys...

It's hard to tell from the picture, but the cattails have brown flocking on them to make them fuzzy.  I'm very proud of this card.  I rarely sit down and make something from scratch without CASEing someone else's work.  Thanks for stopping by!

Long time, no post

Hi there, anyone who visits my blog.  You'll notice I haven't written a post since Easter.  Sorry.  The past year was hectic, and we are in the middle of many changes here at our house.

This past year, my oldest son was in half-day kindergarten.  I took him to school and picked him up every day.  My youngest son started the process of eliminating naps from his daily routine the past few months, and those two things combined to make busy days for us.  I haven't had time to sit and stamp for ages.

Then, I got elected to our district's school board.  Then we went on vacation for two weeks.  May was hectic, to say the least.  Now we are home, and I am trying to get our house reorganized and settled while also adjusting to our new summer routine of being home all day with no school.

Our family life is going through some changes in routine and commitments, and it won't be ending anytime soon.  Once August gets here, my oldest will go to first grade all day.  Shortly afterwards, my youngest will start going to preschool two mornings each week.  My school board position starts in July, and I have yet to realize what, exactly, that commitment will entail in the form of time and effort.  My husband will start football clinics, meetings, and games soon, so the next few months will not be slowing down by any means.

I'm not sure where stamping is going to fall in my list of priorities.  After the dust settles, I'll figure it all out.  In addition, I am re-evaluating things that I spend my time doing, and I'm not sure that blogging is something I will continue to do.  So, to those of you who have stopped by to see our workshop projects and things over the past almost two years...

Thanks for stopping by!  It was nice to "chat" with you.

Happy Easter!

This is another card I prepared for the 8 for $10 workshop that I had to cancel. It was not specifically an Easter card, so I will likely put it back for a future workshop. This Special Blessings stamp set has sentiments in it for a number of different occasions, including weddings. I need a wedding card, so this will do nicely. Have a Blessed Easter! Thanks for stopping by!

Chocolate Bunny Card

This Chocolate Bunny stamp is an individual stamp offered in the Spring Mini Catalog for $7.95. At first, I didn't think I wanted it. Then I saw hoards of adorable cards made with it and had to have it. One of the cards I saw was this one on the Splitcoast Stampers Gallery by Karla Anders. Thanks for stopping by! 

New Clearance Rack Items

Stampin' Up! has just added many new items to its Clearance Rack. You can save up to 60% off the catalog price of the items listed. There are buttons, double-sided designer series papers, Stampin' Around wheels, ribbons, etc. These items will only be available until supplies run out. If you'd like to order something with me to save on S&H charges, email me by noon Saturday (tomorrow) with your order. Thanks for stopping by!

Two-Step Into Spring

It's the start of a new month, and that means Stampin' Up! has a new promotion starting.


Host a $350 workshop and receive the brand-new Two-Step Awash with Flowers stamp set FREE!

Two-Step into spring with a sneak peek from the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog! Be the first to add the Awash with Flowers stamp set to your collection.
Plus, purchase spring-themed Two-Step Stampin' sets at 20 percent off the retail price--no additional purchase necessary!  Get more details here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Fuzzy Chick Easter Card

I had some Easter cards planned for a late March workshop, but then had to cancel it when I cut my finger and had to get stitches the night before the workshop. I'd like to share the cards I was planning.

I bought a bunch of flocking on clearance a few weeks ago and was anxious to make a card with some sort of fuzzy little animal on it. I realized I had a cute little chick image in the Country Morning Hostess stamp set I got recently, so I decided to use it. Thanks for stopping by!

Sally's Workshop Make & Takes

Yesterday, I showed you one of Sally's thank you gifts for hosting a workshop in her home. Today, I want to show you the two cards me made as Make & Take projects. Both used the Happy Moments stamp set, available for free during Sale-A-Bration. The promotion ends today, so if you want to place an order, contact me ASAP!

The first card was inspired by Shelli Gardner, the CEO of Stampin' Up! It's such a simple card, and I love the paper piecing technique. You can use any kind of patterned paper that you like to make any color scheme you like. So versatile!

The second card was inspired by this card by Angie Juda, but I turned it sideways and made it a different size. It is a fun, simple image to color and perfect for spring. I almost didn't get this stamp set, but I'm glad I did! Thanks for stopping by!

Sally's Thank You gift

A few weeks ago, one of my newest stamping friends, Sally, hosted a workshop at her home. We had lots of fun, and this is one of the cards I made her as a thank you for hosting a workshop. It uses the Country Morning Level I Hostess stamp set from the current Stampin' UP! Idea Book & Catalog, and I pretty much CASE'd the design right out of the catalog.

I've been watercoloring more lately since my friend, Barbara, told me how much she enjoyed watercoloring on actual watercolor paper instead of regular cardstock. I've been getting in touch with my artistic side, which I have always claimed that I didn't have. I actually enjoyed it, so I may be watercoloring more often. Thanks for stopping by!

God's Beauty Card

I saw this card by Kristin Moore on Nancy Riley's blog in one of her weekly iPicks posts and wanted to CASE it. I have had this God's Beauty hostess stamp set for months and had never inked it up. I have seen many beautiful things made with the butterfly image in this set, but just hadn't gotten around to trying it myself. I was really pleased with the way it turned out. The butterfly was stamped, colored with a blender pen, and then embossed with irridescent glitter embossing powder. Thanks for stopping by!

March 8 for $10 Workshop

Hello! Sorry it's been so long since I've posted. Life got a little crazy. We lost our internet for a week. I had to make an ER visit. (You can read about that on this post.) At any rate, I have a number of things to show you over the next week or so.

The first things I want to show you are the four cards we made at the last 8 for $10 workshop in early March. I used a number of stamp sets from the Sale-A-Bration brochure and Spring Mini Catalog.

The first card is a complete CASE of a card by Carrie Gaskin. I just loved the polka dot texture on the card base using a Textured Impressions folder for the Big Shot, the color scheme, using the patterned paper for the hillside--just everything.  It was very easy to duplicate for a workshop. Be sure to note the tiny little heart on the front door of the house. It comes from the Pinking Hearts Border punch along the red strip of cardstock.

The next card is a CASE of a card made by the CEO of Stampin' Up!, Shelli Gardner. She has been traveling the country doing workshops for demonstrators through a contest Stampin' Up! sponsored.  Needless to say, I didn't win. She's been posting the Make & Take projects she's been making at the workshops. I thought this card was cute, and the neatest thing is that the flower is made using one of the tree images from the Good Neighbors Sale-A-Bration stamp set.

The third card is a design inspired by Mary Fish. She used the Sweet Pea DSDSP for her card, but I chose to use the Welcome Neighbor DSDSP that you can get FREE during Sale-A-Bration. The stamped sentiment image is from another Sale-A-Bration item, the Vintage Labels stamp set. Hurry! Sale-A-Bration ends this week on Wednesday. Contact me ASAP if you'd like to place an order before this fantastic promotion ends.

The final card is one that I made on my own. I looked at some other cards using this Picnic Parade Level II Hostess Set from the Spring Mini Catalog, and finally settled on this design. I've seen a number of mostly white cards lately, and I really like that look right now. Thanks for stopping by!

Thank Ewe!

After I gave my friend, Jean, her box of polar bear cards, (You can see them in yesterday's post.) she sent me her check inside this adorable "Thank Ewe" card. I wondered if Jean made it, but when I looked on the back, I saw that her good friend, Barbara, had made the card. They tell me that Jean is the scrapbooker, and Barbara is the card-maker. Thank you both for being my new stamping friends! Thanks for stopping by!