Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Summer Stamp Winner

is Becky! Please email me with your mailing address! Thanks and have a great day!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Coaster Post-It Note books & Bo Bunny Challenge

I know, it's not Fall yet! However, I decided to do a challenge to use Bo-Bunny paper at Mothers and Daughters Creations. I am determined to use up my scraps so I used last season's fall paper to make this card. The stamp is Witchybella and the cat is from SU. I paperpieced the witch and colored in the rest of the image with my copics. The sketch is this week's MFT sketch. I used my Spellbinders nestabilities for the long rectangles but the scallop is SU's scallop punch. The ribbon is CTMH chocolate.

Here is another cute project made with my Bind-It-All. These are coaster post-it note holders. I am so sorry but I forgot to take a picture of the inside. These little coasters were found in the Target $1 spot. Really easy, I put adhesive on one side of the SU DP and laid my coaster on it, and then trimmed around the coaster. I did the same with the opposite side of the coaster. The stamp set that I used was I believe Polka Dot and Petals and SU circle punches and scallop punch. I then bound it with my Bind-It-All. I gave these as gifts to the ladies in my SU stamp club.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers 22

I finally joined this group. It's a group to support and befriend fellow blogging sisters. I have wanted to join for awhile but really hadn't investigated it until now. One of the requirements is that I post on my blog for my sisters a little about me. I have been a librarian for 11 years, 8 1/2 at a school. I live in a suburb in Orange County, CA. Made famous by the OC, but believe me where I live is nothing like that TV show. I got married in 2005 to a wonderful man who had 2 teenage children, which is sometimes a challenge. We have a 22 month old little terror named Tyler the Terrible and a sweet almost 2 month old baby girl named Lily. Stamping and scrapping (and blogging) is not just a hobby for me but a refuge from the stress of being a stepmom, a working mom, a wife and a library professional. I love all the wonderful people that I have met through this blog and can't wait to meet all of my new blogging sisters.

If any of you are interested, there is still room in my group:

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

My first ATC and Bind-It-All Info

Well here it is, my very first ATC. I made this card for a Verve Visual challenge. For those who don't know, an ATC is like a mini card, 2.5 x 3.5. Some people collect them, others turn them into full sized cards. For this card, I used the Verve Visual stamp set Starlight, Starbright. The paper is CTMH Blue Ribbon, cranberry and outdoor denim cardstock. The stars were made with the SU small star punch and the ribbon is cranberry CTMH grosgrain ribbon. My nestabilities were used for the oval scallop.

I highly recommend visiting htt:// for information on how to use the Bind-It-All. They have great instructions for using your binding tool and even have some helpful charts on what size wire to use and how to line up your holes and how to be successful when binding your project. I also saw that you can get the spacing bar for just 2.99 which I plan on doing. I hope that this link will help those of you out there looking for tips, it helped me a lot!

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

My Stamping Wish List Book

Isn't this cool? This is another project that I made with my Bind-it-all. There are so many stamps and products that I want and I just wanted one place to list it all but I wanted it to look cute. So I covered two chipboard covers with my favorite new paper Blue Ribbon by CTMH. I added cardstock dividers and used my SU tab punch to make tabs. I decorated each divider simply - I made 4 dividers - PTI, MFT and MISC., CTMH and Stampin' Up. I used text weight paper for the lists. Here's a tip take a ream of copy paper to your local office supply place and they will charge a small fee to cut it for you. Saves you time from having to cut it yourself, it's relatively cheap and the cuts are much cleaner than what you could do at home.

I decorated the front of my little book with ribbons and I used alphabet stamps from CTMH as well as this butterfly stamp also from CTMH.

Don't forget about heart candy! Comment on this post.

I hope you like it!

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Euphoria! Heart Candy (blog)

I think the saying is Eureka! I love this paper! This is a sketch challenge over at Kraftin' Kimmie's Korner. I just got this Euphoria paper pack from Basic Grey. I used the DP to also paper piece the dress of this girl with flower Elzybell. The ribbon is May Arts which I purchased in a ribbon share here. The flowers matched perfectly and I got them in a blog candy I won months ago. I also used Amethyst and Pretty in Pink CTMH cardstock and my oval nestabilities.

This week's heart candy is this very cute summer acrylic stamp set from Fiskers. To win is easy, just leave a comment on this post by next Tuesday. Be sure to check back on Wednesday, July 30 to see if you've won. Winner must contact me with their mailing address by Saturday.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

More Blue Ribbon

Here is a card that I used Julee's mojo sketch. I used CTMH's Blue Ribbon paper again and Verve Visual stamps. Just a quick post today! Hopefully more later.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

CPS Sketch and Heart Candy Winner

This card is for a CPS sketch contest. This paper was from my scrap pile. I used my nestabilities and an SU corner punch. The cardstock and ribbon is CTMH chocolate. The stamp set is Hot Stuff by My Favorite Things. I paper pieced the little cup. So simple but still very cute. I just discovered that I need more thank you cards!

This week's Heart Candy winner is NicoleFurness! Please email me by Saturday with your mailing address so I can mail your prize to you. Don't forget to stop by on Friday as I will have another Heart Candy giveaway.

I hope to find some time this weekend to write up some information on the Bind-it-all. I heard that Zutter introduced a "new improved" Bind-it-all at CHA. I just got this one! Oh well...

Last weekend I went to California Adventure with my two little ones and my husband. My dad signed us in and I got to tell you with little kids, CA was a much more pleasant choice than Disneyland. It wasn't terribly crowded and the wait for rides for Tyler was only like 5 minutes. Here is a picture of my cutie. They had these little sprinklers and we were getting ready to leave anyway so we let him run through them.

Here is a pic of my husband and son on the bumper cars. Don't they look cute?

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Another Announcenment, pretty in pink

I thought that I was all done with announcements but a couple of my mom's friends bought the baby gift so I sent them announcements with their thank you card. But I had pretty much run out so I had to make some more, using various scraps from my scrap pile and CTMH chocolate and baby pink cardstock. I also used my nestabilities. I just love how it came out. This color combo is yummy. The ribbon is Target dollar spot. I used the stamp sets Bitty Baby Blessings by PTI and SU bundle of love set.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Tart and Tangy Watermelons & Cupcake Challenge

This card actually fulfills a couple of challenges. The first is Taylors Cupcake Challenge. The second is to use nestabilities - which I used for my rectangle and for my pink scallop rectangle at The last is for Our Creative Corner - I had to use embossing and I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the background on the CTMH cardstock - Amethyst. The ribbon and flowers were from some blog candy that I won so I have no idea what company they are from. The DP is Basic Grey Euphoria. The cupcake stamp is from Inque Boutique and I paper pieced the cupcake liner with Euphoria paper. The icing was colored in using Copics and the sprinkles were Taylor Twinkles. The bling in the center of the flowers are from Doodlebug.

I can't take credit for this idea. I saw this on someone else's blog but I can't remember where! What you do is take your orange stamp from the SU tart and tangy stamp set and use your markers to color the flesh red and the rind green, stamp and then cut in half. Use your black marker to draw seeds and then I used crystal effects over the seeds to make them shiny.

On the first card, I made my own background by making dots with my black marker. All cardstock is CTMH and I used my cuttlebug.

On the second card, I used my cuttlebug and my SU slit punch to create a scalloped border.

FYI: Marie is giving away a Lavender Vanilla Scrapbook Kit over on her blog and I want to win it. All I had to do was post THIS link to Go. Be Creative. ( here and I am in the drawing for the kit. Check out GBC if you have a minute!
Marie from also has a giveaway.
Magnolia candy can be found here:


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Friday, July 18, 2008

Bind-it-all Recipe Book #2 & Friday Heart Candy

Here is my other recipe book. This one uses all CTMH products. CTMH has a wonderful recipe kit which includes recipe labels and cards and cardstock. I used the Let's Get Together paper for the cover which uses the same patterns as this recipe kit. Bound it with my Bind-it-all and I have a very cute and easy gift!

Thanks for looking,

Now on to today's Blog candy giveaway.

I'm giving away these clear stamps, I believe by Heidi Grace. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by next Tuesday. I will pick a winner on Wednesday, July 25. The winner will then have 3 days to contact me and send me their address.

I hope that everyone enjoys their weekend! Last weekend, we went to the Long Beach Aquarium. We had a coupon so it was pretty cheap to go. I am not a huge aquarium fan but we had a nice time. Stayed for a couple of hours and then went to lunch. I hope to have a relaxing weekend, but I may have to go to a funeral. My sister and I haven't decided whether to go or not, her childhood basketball coach's wife passed away. We've known the family since we were both 7 years old but we haven't spoken or seen them in quite a few years even though we live in the same small city...

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Recipe Book

I used my Bind-it-All! I got this lovely tool from my mom for Christmas and have only used it a handful of times but pulled it out for this fun and easy project. I used the SU Summer picnic and some retired SU recipe stamps to create this book. The words for each section and for the cover were cut using my cricut. The tabs were created using an SU punch and then stapled to each section. I stamped each page with a retired SU recipe stamp. This part took the longest! Then I just followed the directions and bound it! I plan on including some of my favorite recipes and giving it away as a gift!

Next time I will share another recipe book I made using a CTMH kit. so stay tuned!

Winner of the heart candy is Cindy Haffner, please email me with your snail mail. If you get the time, check out Cindy's blog. She is truly talented and has some fabulous creations!


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Monday, July 14, 2008

Refreshing citrus

Here is a different color combination. I used orange! I never use orange but this card is just so cheerful! I used Summer Picnic dp and the orange is from SU's Tart and Tangy stamp set. The cardstock is CTMH orange and crystal blue. The ribbon is from Michaels.

Hopefully, this card will inspire you to use colors that you don't normally use, you will be surprised by how satisfying it is to do something new!
Don't forget to comment below for some yummy blog candy!

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

RAK's Thank you!

I wanted to say Thank You! to some wonderful blogging friends who sent me these beautiful cards. The first is from my real friend Melissa. Who has a fun blog here. She not only sent me this gorgeous shabby chic card which I love but gifts for my new baby! Thank you Melissa!
This second RAK is from Blue Moon. There isn't any stamping on this card but I just absolutely love how she used the patterned paper and chipboard. It's just gorgeous!

Thank you so much for sharing your talent with me ladies!

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Fresh and Fun & Mojo Challenge

Here is a very simple card using Stampin' Up's Summer Picnic paper, ribbon and Tart and Tangy stamp set. The cardstock is CTMH cranberry. The felt flowers were from the Target $1 spot.


The above card is for the Monday Mojo Challenge. I used CTMH's new paper pack Blue Ribbon and the stamp set Whimsical Wings. The sentiment is from SU. The ribbon is CTMH and the colors used are Outdoor Denim and Cranberry. I just love these colors, so beautiful and cheerful.

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Early Evening Gown GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!

Early Evening Gown GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!

Check out this site, beautiful handmade dresses given away each week.
Blog Candy FYI:
Also thank you to everyone who visited Amuse and put me down as a referral because I won a $50 gift certificate. Yeah!

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Heart Candy (Blog) is Back!

Here is a cute Inque Boutique stamp set that I'm giving away. To win just leave a comment on this post by Tuesday, July 15 and I will choose a winner using on Wednesday. I am going to try to go back to weekly heart candy but with the new baby I can't promise!

This is a very simple card for the challenge here : . I used a brand new Changito stamp I had yet to ink and the paper is from my stash. I used flock for the monkeys and I paper pieced the sign. The cardstock is from PTI.

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