Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Deleted Posts & RAK

Good Evening! So, listen to what I did this afternoon. I was editing a few of my posts that had the label "Storage Units, Ink & More", because I had mispelled the label. In one brief second, I accidentally deleted three of my most recent SUINK posts (including today's post). I just sat there and stared at my computer screen for about 5 minutes; I couldn't belive it. In the past, when I've deleted a post, it asks me "are you sure?", but it didn't this time. So, I had to go back and redo all three posts and thank goodness I rememberd most of what I typed...LOL!!! You can't really tell by just glancing at my blog, except for all of the WONDERFUL comments that were left for me are gone *insert sad face*. Any who, I guess I'll have to be more careful next time.

I also have another Birthday RAK to share with you. I received this SUPER CUTE card in the mail today from my blogging buddy, Michelle. Thank you so much Michelle; I LOVE IT!!!

I'm off to get ready for a New Year's Eve party that we are going to tonight. We NEVER go anywhere on New Year's Eve unless we are spending the night there, so luckily for us, our friends four doors down are having a party this year, so we can walk...LOL!!! I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe New Year's Eve!

SUINKWWC21 - Happy New Year

Good Afternoon and Happy New Year's Eve! It's time for another Whachadoin' Wednesday Challenge at Storage Units, Ink & More. The challenge this week is simple; make a card for the New Year. It can say Happy New Year or it can be a representation of something you wish to do in the New Year or any other interpretation you wish. You can check out THIS post for more information on how to play along.

For my card, I used the SUINK set AT A SNAILS PACE. As soon as I saw the "Slow down and smell the flowers" sentiment, I knew this was going to be my card for this week's challenge. Looking back on 2008 and thinking about how fast the year flew by, I don't think I really took the time to slow down and appreciate everything in my life. It's always GO, GO, GO and I'm sure all of you can relate to that...LOL! This is something I would like to change in 2009; for myself, my family, and everyone and everything that is important to me. I used Prism Papers Baby Pink Medium and Chocolate Chip cardstock and the patterned paper is from the Making Memories Noteworthy Collection. I colored the images in with Copic Markers and added Crystal Stickles to the center of the flowers. The polka dot paper is embossed with the Cuttlebug d'vine Swirls embossing folder. I added some brown and white polka dot ribbon from Taylored Expressions and I thought the adhesive pearls were a nice touch.

Today is also the last day of sneak peeks for the two new releases by Storage Units, Ink & More. They are called SWEET THINGS & WILL YOU BE MY VALENTINE and they will be available tomorrow, January 1st. It's Janna and Alex's turn to show you their peeks, so head on over to their blogs to see their ADORABLE (and I mean ADORABLE) creations. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope everyone has a WONDERFUL and safe New Year's Eve!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Good Morning & Happy Tuesday! It's my turn to give you a SNEAK PEEK at one of the newest sets being released by Storage Units, Ink & More on January 1st (YAY; only 2 more days). For this card, I used the SWEET THINGS set. When I first saw this set, the first image that caught my eye was this adorable cupcake. Who doesn't like cupcakes, right?!?
I used Whisper White for the card base and the pink and lavender cardstock by Core'dinations (also available at SUINK). The texture and quality of this cardstock is AMAZING. Keep a look out, because in the near future I will be showing you why this isn't just your ordinary cardstock. I colored in the cupcake with Prismacolor Pencils, paper pieced the cupcake liner, and added LOTS of Crystal Stickles. The "Love + Sweet = Happiness" sentiment is also from the Sweet Things set and I cut it out using a pair of scalloped scissors. I wish I could remember what company this cute patterned paper is from. It's something I picked up from my LSS a while back. The striped grosgrain ribbon is from one of Jody's ribbon shares and it matched the pink cardstock perfectly. To finish the card off, I added a red rhinestone to the cherry and silver rhinestones next to the sentiment.

Leigh & Amber are also sharing their sneak peeks today. So, head on over to their blogs to see what they have in store for you. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 29, 2008

TECC48 ~ Lil' Pea-Nut Birthday

Good Afternoon! I want to start off by saying that I'm sorry about the poor picture quality of my card today. I was SO TIRED when I took the picture last night and I just didn't have the energy to keep playing with it. So, this is going to have to do...LOL! I made this card for Taylor's Cupcake Challenge this week. You can view her sketch here. My Lil' Pea-Nut stamp set from Our Craft Lounge hadn't seen any ink yet, so I thought it was time I changed that. I colored the images in with Copic Markers and added Crystal Stickles to the party hat, ice cream, and present. I actually used five different images (plus the sentiment) from the Lil' Pea-Nut set; the elephant, party hat, ice cream cone, grass, and present. The cardstock colors are Real Red and Cool Caribbean and the patterned paper is from the My Mind's Eye Enchanting Collection. I embossed the Cool Caribbean layer with my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder and popped the present up with dimensionals.

Today is the second day of "Sneak Peaks" for the two newest releases from Storage Units, Ink & More! which will be available on January 1st. Head on over to Kristen's, Tori's, and Carolina's blogs to see what they have in store for you today and I will be back tomorrow with my sneak peek. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful Monday.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Exciting News!

Good Morning! The time has finally come where I can share my VERY EXCITING NEWS with all of you. I have been chosen as one of the newest Design Team Members for Storage Units, Ink & More. Yes, ME!!! I almost fell out of my chair when I received Denise's email welcoming me to the team. I am THRILLED and HONONED to be part of such an amazingly talented group of ladies. Alex, Amber, Colleen, Janna, & Kristen are all new to the team as well if you would like to swing by their blogs to congratulate them. And, Corrina Farrar is our January Guest Designer. I have linked her blog at the end of this post, if you would like to congratulate her as well.

Today is also the start of SNEAK PEEKS for the two newest releases from Storage Units, Ink & More. The two new sets are called SWEET THINGS & WILL YOU BE MY VALENTINE and they will be available starting January 1st. The sneak peek schedule is as follows:

Today, December 28th
Mary Jo - Technostamper
Suzanne - Scrap Bitz
Colleen - Glitter Ink!

December 29th

Kristen - Scrap-Creations
Tori - Wild Sprinkles
Carolina - Carolina's Creative Pad

December 30th

Leigh - Sunflower Studio
Amber - So Many Colors, So Little Time

December 31st

Janna - Stamps, Paper, and Glitter--Oh My!
Alex - Fairy Blossoms

January Guest Designer
~ Corrina Farrar - Heartful Stamping

Thanks so much for stopping by today to hear my exciting news. I can't wait to start sharing my SUINK creations with all of you.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Birthday RAK's

Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. It was a super busy (but FUN) week. Christmas Eve, Christmas, and yesterday was my birthday. I thought I would share some birthday RAK's I received.

Stop back tomorrow, because I will be announcing some SUPER EXCITING NEWS.

This beautiful RAK is from ragdoll on SCS. I LOVE all of the glitter she used. She also sent me some adorable mouse images, which I can't wait to color in.

This super cute RAK is from KristiK on SCS. I love the unique fold she used and the patterned paper is super cute.

This gorgeous RAK is from hobbywoman on SCS. This designer paper she used is beautiful and the sheer white ribbon adds such an elegant touch.

This super cute RAK is from Glamour on SCS. I just LOVE Riley and she colored him in so well.

And, last but not least, Michelle sent me this Birthday RAK postcard while on a family vacation at Disneyland. Seriously, how cool is that???

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

SFYTT & Happy Holidays!

Good Morning! I can't believe tomorrow is already Christmas. It seems like just yesterday I was swimming in my neighbor's pool...LOL! I won't have a chance to post tomorrow, so I wanted to make sure I wished everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! Thank you to all of you who stop by my blog to see what I am up to and thank you all for your wonderful comments. I hope you all have a safe and blessed holiday.

I also have a card to share with you today. I used Jen's SFYTT (Sketch For You To Try) from Saturday. You can view her sketch here. As I was looking through some of my stamps the other day, I realized that I hadn't yet inked up this adorable stamp. It is called Sadie Santa by C.C. Designs and you get both the image and the sentiment. I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it in with Prismacolor Markers and Copic Markers. I added White Liquid Applique to her hat and dress and Crystal Stickles to the candy cane. I used Choice Bright White cardstock from Taylored Expressions and the red cardstock is Bazzill (I just can't remember the exact name of the color). I used the snowflake patterned paper from Martha Stewart's Frosty Gingerbread paper pad and punched out the snowflakes with my Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch. The white is embossed with the Cuttlebug Snow Dots embossing folder and I added some silver rhinestones to the all the corners and the center of the snowflakes.

Well, I'm off to spend the rest of today and tomorrow with my family; relaxing, de-stressing, enjoying their company, and reflecting on how extremely blessed I am.


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

JustRite Monogram Set

Good Morning & Happy Tuesday! Right before my husband and I were ready to ship out my in-laws Christmas gifts to Georgia, I decided I wanted to put one last little gift in there for my mother-in-law. So, I sat down this past Saturday morning (literally an hour before my husband was leaving for the UPS store) and made this set of six monogram cards. I wanted them to be cute (of course), but they had to be quick. So, I pulled out my SU! Friends and Flowers scrappin' kit and went to work. I used the JustRite Curlz Kit to create the monogram and stamped it in Tempting Turquoise ink. I punched out the monogram and then layered it to So Saffron cardstock which I cut out using my Martha Stewart Circle Cutter. I inked around the So Saffron layer with Chocolate Chip ink and popped it up on dimensionals. I also stamped six matching envelopes and packaged everything up in a Clearly Creative Card Box from PAPERTREYink. Then, I decorated the outside of the box with a belly band and more cardstock stickers from the Friends and Flowers scrappin' kit. I didn't have enough time to take a picture of the box, but it turned out really cute. I really hope my mother-in-law likes them. If you stopped by today, thank you, and I hope everyone is having a GREAT week so far.

Monday, December 22, 2008

TECC47 - Let It Snow

Good Morning! So, how was everyone's last weekend before the big day??? Mine was CRAZY; as I'm sure all of yours was! I have a few little things to finish up today and tomorrow, but other than that; I'm done...YIPPEE!!! Only 3 more days; are YOU ready? I needed a couple of more Christmas cards to go along with gifts for my niece and nephew, so I sat down on Saturday and participated in Taylor's Cupcake Challenge. You can view her sketch for this week here. I pulled out my SASI Home Sweet Home set and inked up the snowman cuppie for the first time. I colored it in with Prismacolor Markers and Copic Markers, paper pieced the hat and scarf, and added a silver rhinestone to the scarf. I used Prism Papers Blush Red Dark cardstock and the patterned paper and solid green layer is from a pack of Making Memories Christmas paper I picked up from Target. The "Let It Snow" sentiment is also from the Home Sweet Home set and I added three silver rhinestones underneath it. That's it for today. It's a short week, so lots to do on the work front. Thanks for stopping by. I hope everyone has a GREAT (and warm) day!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Many Thanks Set

One of the "To Do" items on my list this week was to make a set of six thank you cards as a Christmas gift for one of my Daughter's teachers. With so much that still needs to be done for Christmas, I wanted (I NEEDED) the cards to be very quick and easy. Recently, I purchased Taylor's newest Taylored Kit and really liked the simple layout she used for the cards, so I decided to use the same layout. I found this patterned paper in my stash and thought is was just PERFECT. The paper is called "A Is For Apple" and it's from the Scribble Scrabble Autumn Afternoon Collection. I used Bazzill Old Flame and Bazzill Hillary cardstock to match and stamped the sentiment on SU! Naturals Ivory cardstock in Bravo Burgundy ink. The stamp is from the SU! Lots of Thoughts set. I got the idea to use just the "Many Thanks" part from hudsonhannah on SCS and you can view her cards that inspired me here. I used Bravo Burgundy ink to stamp the sentiment and the polka dot ribbon is from Taylored Expressions. I also stamped matching envelopes using the Teacher's Apple set from PAPERTREYink. The apple is stamped in Bravo Burgundy, the stem in Close to Cocoa, and the leaf in Old Olive. I actually made three different cards with different ribbon (two of each), but I'm just showing you one of them here. I packaged the cards and envelopes in a Clearly Creative Card Box from PAPERTREYink and tied the same ribbon around the box. Thanks for stopping by. I hope everyone is having a GREAT day!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

TECC46 - Sweet Celebration Trio

Good Morning! Only 9 days left; are you ready? I made a list of everything I need to accomplish this week and was able to cross a couple of things off the list last night; YAY!!! This is the other card I made this past weekend using this sketch of Taylor's. I used the SASI Sweet Celebration set and the Birthday Girl Key Ingredients. I stamped the cuppie on Whisper White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then masked it and stamped the image two more times. The cuppies are colored in with Prismascolor Markers, except for the faces; I used a Copic Marker for those. I used my Fiskars Threading Water Punch on the pink layer and added two different size orange rhinestones to the scallops. And, last but not least, I added Crystal Stickles to the cute little cuppies (you can click on the photo for a better view of the sparkle).

Have a GREAT day everyone!!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

TECC46 - Fa La La La La

Good Afternoon! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. My weekend was good, but very busy; as I'm sure most of yours was. However, I'm still not even close to being done with everything I have to do for Christmas. I went to bed last night and stared at the ceiling for over two hours thinking of everything that I need to accomplish this week. My mind would not stop racing. Needless to say, I am not very rested today. I did have a little time over the weekend to make a card (two actually) for Taylor's Cupcake Challenge this week. You can view her sketch here. For this card I used the caroling cuppie and the "Fa La La La La" sentiment from the Home Sweet Home set by SASI. The Herbal Garden Medium and Blush Red Dark Prism cardstock is from Taylored Expressions and the patterned paper is from the Making Memories Fa La La Collection. I colored in the image with Copic Markers; paper pierced the scarf, and added some Fire Engine Red glitter. I used my Fiskars Threading Water Punch to create the scallops and finished the card off with some polka dot ribbon from Taylored Expressions (love this stuff). I'll be back tomorrow to share the other card I made using this same sketch. Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Billboardabella Birthday

Try saying that title five times fast...LOL!!! I just noticed that it's been almost a week since my last post; OOPS!!! In addition to Christmas, we also have quite a few family members and friends with birthdays this month; including mine *wink*. So, it was nice to take a break from making Christmas cards (not that I don't enjoy it) to make a birthday card. This specific card is for my friend's Daughter whose birthday is tomorrow. I used Billboardabella with the "Happy Birthday" sentiment. The image is colored in with a combination of Prismacolor Markers, Copic Markers, and Prismacolor Pencils. The cardstock colors are Regal Rose, Real Red, and Bazzill Patina and the patterned paper is from the My Mind's Eye Enchanting Collection. It's really hard to see in the photo, but I stamped the Real Red layer using the star stamp from the Icing on the Cake set by My Favorite Things. What is also hard to see in the photo (you can click on the photo for a better view) is that I added StarDust Stickles to the heart on her shirt, her belt, and the inside of the billboard. I also added some Red Kaiser Rhinestones to the corners of the images and to her headband. The Bazill Patina layer was punched with my Fiskars Threading Water Punch and the satin ribbon is from Michael's. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope everyone has a wonderful Hump Day!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

100 Things I Have Done....Or Not

Good Afternoon! I hope everyone is having a good week. As I was blog hopping this morning, I came across this list on Judy's blog. I thought it would be fun to see what I have and have not done on the list. If you would like to play along, just copy and paste the list and highlight or underline the things that you have done. The things I have done are highlighted in red.

1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Been to Disneyland/World

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican (I even sang for the Pope!)

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

100. Fostered a rescue animal (adopted)

YIKES; I have some traveling to do...LOL!!!

*ETA* - Michelle wanted to know what famous people I have met. I have met Martin Sheen and model, Niki Taylor.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

SC204 - Snowfall

Good Afternoon! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. So, did anyone brave the crowds on Black Friday? I told myself I wasn't going to do ANY shopping on Friday, but I ended up hitting a couple of stores with a girlfriend of mine. I picked up a couple of Christmas gifts for my oldest Daughter, but I'm not anywhere close to being done shopping; YIKES!!! Any who, onto my card, which I made using last week's Sketch Challenge from SCS. A sweet friend of mine sent me this Whipper Snapper Snowfall image this time last year and I'm now just getting around to using it (how sad is that...LOL)?!? The image is colored in with Prismacolor Markers and Copic Markers. I added Crystal Stickles to all the areas I colored pink and white Liquid Applique to the tip of the hat. I used Whisper White and Garden Green cardstock along with patterned paper from the KI Memories Joyful Collection. The image is popped up on dimensionals and the red grosgrain ribbon is from Taylored Expressions. Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone is having a good week so far.