Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A sweet surprise

I got this in the mail yesterday - a sweet little just for nothing gift from my fabulous upline, Penny. I've often written about how thoughtful and kind she is, and this is just another little example. I :heart: her. Although, I'm jealous that she's all up at the SU! Convention. But, I know she'll be back soon with a million new ideas to share with our group. :)

This is a little purse made out of SU! card stock and Designer Paper and filled with two handmade cards and matching envies. That adorable scallop is done with our new scallop edge punch!!!

I'm sure the materials are all SU!. :) She used the brand new scallop edge punch, large and small oval punches, the 3/4" punch, Bashful Blue, Old Olive, and Whisper White card stock, designer paper, Bashful Blue ribbon, Soft Subtle brads, and Stampin' Dimensionals. I'm not sure which stamp set or about that cute stripey ribbon. Now I just need to get the pattern from her! :)

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Such a cute giveaway!!!!!

Reverisble Bird Seed Skirt GIVEAWAY!!!!

Have you seen this blog? I wish I could sew like she does! She gives aways clothes every few weeks and they are always adorable! :)

My husband went to England and all he brought me...

...was a stamp! Well, and some really cute mini jars of jams and jellies in an adorable tin which he said he knows I'll alter. But, isn't this stamp cute? He looked all over Manchester to find me a stamp and he found this one by Inca Stamp, UK. He is called Curly Sheep, and I think he's terribly sweet. I think it's even sweeter that Mike went to several different stores (and had to take a bus (upon which there was a FIGHT!) and a train) to find me a stamp, just because he knows I love them. I'm so glad he's home! :)

Materials (all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock: Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Sahara Sand, Riding Hood Red
Stamps: Curly Sheep (Inca Stamp), Big Pieces, Little Pieces (both retiring! bah!)
Ink: StazOn Black, Kiwi Kiss, Sahara Sand, StazOn White, Versamark
Other: Ticket Corner Punch, Large Oval Punch, Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Craft Buttons, SU! Pretties Kit, Mini sewing machine (Provo Craft) and thread, White Signo Gel Pen, sponge, 2-way glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Blender Pen, SU! Watercolor Pencils, Cuttlebug and Bloom Dots embossing folder, Crystal Effects, SU! Markers, Mini Glue Dots

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Playing with new stamps - Window Dressing

I've been getting my new SU! products over the past week or so and had some free time to play with all the goodies. So, here are two cards made with the new Window Dressing stamp set. It's a Level 3 Hostess Set - so you can earn it for free!

This set is so cute because the window is a separate image - and there are 6 little stamps you can use to add to it (and 3 sentiment stamps, too!). I was playing with this little peek-a-boo girl. She was easy to place when I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig. I have another idea I'm going to try with this set later this weekend. But, for now I'll leave you with the recipe because MIKE IS ON HIS WAY HOME!!

Yup - his flight is on time and should be in Houston in a little over an hour. So, I have to get dressed and get on the beltway in about 10 minutes! I am SOOOO excited!

Materials (all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock: Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss (new!), Pink Pirouette (new!), Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Window Dressing

Ink: StazOn Black, Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip
Other: Nestibilities, Craft Buttons, SU! Pretties Kit, SU! Ink Refilss, Mini sewing machine (Provo Craft) and thread, White Signo Gel Pen, sponge, 2-way glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, die cut textured CS flower (cut in half for the leaves on the 2nd card), Blender Pen, Aqua Painter, Cuttlebug and Dotted Swiss embossing folder, Orbis Circle Scissor, SU! Markers, Mini Glue Dots

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fun with leftovers

When I was planning for my jacob's ladder album, I printed out a lot of pictures - I'm not really one to use scrap maps or sketches. I'm a scrap-as-I-go kind of girl and so sometimes I end up with more pictures than I use in my album (more of a problem with little specialty albums, not my big books). So, to use those inked, matted, and stamped photos I made a little 8.5 x 11 page for my sister (the preggo cutie in the pics!). She doesn't really scrapbook, but she is planning to put this in a frame and hang it up in her house.

I try to use my leftover paper and such as much as I can. I have a big box for card stock scraps and another box for designer paper scraps. How do you store your leftovers? What is the smallest size paper scrap you will keep? I really do try to throw anything smaller than 3x3 away, but some how I manage to keep a ton of bits and pieces (just in case!!). Well, at least my friends who come over to my house to play always have plenty of paper to use! :)

Materials (all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock: Basic Black, Only Orange
Designer Paper: from retired SU! Simply Scrappin' Kit
Ink: StazOn Black
Other: SU! and craft buttons, SU! Tempting Turquoise grosgrain ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardware, sponge, 2-way glue, Skittles (unknown), Rub-ons (My Big Idea)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

More retiring news!

The retiring accessories list came out Monday, and WOW - there is a LOT on there! All the current designer paper and Simply Scrappin' Kits are on the list, in addition to any products that had this year's In Colors.

But, as always, Stampin' Up! is offering a special incentive on some of the products - check out this list of accessories you can get at a discounted price! Remember, these things sell out quickly, so if you are interested in placing an order email or call me right away. You can see the full list of things on my SU! website.

I cannot wait to see the new catalog!!!!!!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Jacob's Ladder Scrapbook

I made this little scrapbook for the summer vacation contest over at A Scrap Affair. I tried to take a video of the ladder in action, but it didn't quite work, so this slide show will have to do. At least you can see the embelishments and such.

I used designer papers from a retired Simply Scrapping Kit by SU!, lots of buttons (SU! and craft), Hodgepodge Hardware (SU!), and, of course, stamps by SU! :)

Another great place to visit

Have you seen Pretty Pressings? Rosa stamps some of the cutest things around. And, she is have a spectacular give-away....and if you love Magnolia Stamps, you've got to go check it out!

Here is the link to the CANDY!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

6 x 6 Recipe Card

This is my first attempt at a recipe card. I'm doing the monthly swap at Courtney's and I'm excited about collecting super cute recipe pages!! This entry is for the Side Dishes catagory - I can't wait to see what everyone else does.

Materials (all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock: Whisper White, Real Red, Cool Caribbean (I KNOW! I actually parted with some!), and textured Wild Wasabi
Stamps: Tart & Tangy
Ink: Only Orange
Other: Scallop Circle Punch, Crafter's Tool Kit, Ticket Corner Punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, mini glue dots, 2-way Glue, Snail Adhesive

Sunday, July 13, 2008

{About me} Tag!

Okay, I got tagged by Kristine and since I'm all alone and missing Mike, I have plenty of time to play! (I told him, by the way, that with all the gas and food money we are saving since he is out of the country and living on another person's dime I'm going to buy a Cricut! Think it will work??) Anyway, on to the meme...

What were you doing 10 years ago?
Well, at this time 10 years ago I was making sure that everything was falling into place for my wedding! I was still in school, working at a book store, and trying to plan for The Rest of My Life. It was a bit hectic. :)

Five things on today's To Do List:
1. Laundry! (I think it replicates itself in the wee hours of the night)
2. Work on train table (I'm building my own and boy is it a LOT of work!)
3. Clean up workshop room (I had a little crop on Friday and I still have paper all over the place.)
4. Iron clothes for tomorrow
5. Take pictures of newest scrapbook (I'll share them this week)

I'm addicted to:
1. Crafting!
2. Cheese (so the devil - I'm doing this dairy-free thing and I want to cry)
3. Diet Coke
4. Buttons and Ribbon. It's a sickness, really.
5. A2J!!! :)

Things I would do if I were a millionaire:
1. Add to the college funds for my kids and my sister's kids
2. Contribute to our church's building fund
3. Open my own school for children with Autism
4. Travel
5. Support my above addictions!!!

Places I have lived:
1. California
2. Puerto Rico
3. New Jersey
4. Kansas
5. Texas

Go check them out! I'm tagging:
1. Courtney
2. Elaine
3. Becca
4. Jamie (not a crafter...well, not yet! But an inspiring friend!)
5. Michele (who I don't really know, but I love to visit her site!)

Stampers' Generosity!

Things have been busy at the Casa de Cross -not only have the kids been under the weather, but Mike left for England today - he will be gone for at least two weeks. It took a lot of shopping and planning to get him ready - he had never even been on a plane, let alone out of the country!!! And he and I have never been apart (in our nearly 10 years of marriage) for more than 4 days. I'm hanging in there - thanks to Skype!! We'll see how I do after a week, though!

But, to the point of this post - my Mom is extremely grateful for all the cards she has been receiving. They have not only made her room cuter, but have brightened her days more than you can imagine! She is doing SO much better - though her bruises still look pretty bad. She can walk around a bit, now, and she is not in as much pain. But, she still has very serious limitations and will be staying with me for at least two more weeks. (She is, by the way, incredibly stubborn and doesn't listen to me! At least I am certain of where I get that from!!) Here are some pictures of the amazing cards she has received.

The first three are from my bloggy friends - you can totally tell who they came from because of their distinct styles!!

This first one is from Kristine (click her name to visit her blog). Kristine and I have been blogging buddies for almost 2 years now! I love her whimsical style and all her adorable stamps!! I'd like to raid her craft closet and stamp about 500 images to color! She has two precious daughters who she is raising up to be just as sweet and kind as she is.

This one is from Courtney (click her name to visit her blog). Although I've only known Courtney in the blog world for a few months, it turns out we don't live that far from each other. We have big plans to meet up - if we can ever get our schedules to work! Her cards all have a sweet, simple elegance. I love that she is a woman of strong faith and she is willing to share the gospel with anyone who will listen. And her husband is a hottie fire fighter! ;)

This one is the last one from the online bunch. It's from Becca (click her name to visit her blog). I've also only known Becca for a few months, but WOW! Talk about inspiration!! Not only are her cards gorgeous, but her spirit just shines. She participates in a monthly Bible Verse Card challenge and the cards she creates are stunning. She's the kind of woman who will send your mother a get well soon card while she is recuperating herself! Yeah, she rocks. :)

These next few cards are all from members of my SU! family. :) I won't list their info because I'm not sure if they want their names and blogs available outside of our TOPICS! group.
The first one, though, I can tell you is by my fabulous upline, Penny. I was an EASY recruit since I called her and said I wanted to join SU! She hadn't even met me!!! But, there was a great recruiting special going on and I had heard through the local stamper network that her's was the downline to join. :) And I'm so very glad I did! Penny takes the time to call her downline member just to say HI and to always provide an encouraging word. She has tons of training opportunities for us, as well as get togethers just so we can love on each other. She also has the Card Brigade - TOPICS gals who send cards to members and their loved ones in need. Like my Mommy. :)

Aren't they amazing? My mom wants me to tell everyone THANK YOU! from her. She feels blessed to have so many people thinking about her and praying for her. And *I* want to thank you, too, because I think you are just awesome!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

A Wedding CASE

I CASEd my own card. The original was done a few months ago (you can see it HERE), and when a friend was browsing my old posts she saw it and requested something similar, but with different colors. I really did mean to do the exact same card, except that I didn't look at first and had already cut my paper for a square base - so I went with that instead.

As I said in the other post, I love this stamp set! :)

When I make special occasion cards, I like to include little extras - like stamping on the inside of the card and on the envelope. I also popped the central image up with double stacked Stampin' Dimensionals to give it more lift.

And for card for more formal events, I like to add a little strip of matching designer paper to the inside of the envelope so that it all ties nicely together.

I hope whoever receives it loves it!

Materials (all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue

Designer Paper: Chocolate Chip Designer Prints, Bashful Blue Designer Prints
Stamps: Love Maters and Sweet Treats (retired SU!), Sincere Salutations
Ink: StazOn Black, Chocolate Chip, Going Gray
Other: Cuttlebug and D'vine Swirl embossing folder, sponge, 2-way glue, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, Stampin' Dimensionals, SU! Markers, 5/8" Chocolate Grosgrain Ribbon, White Signo Gel Pen, Blender Pen

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Such a deal!

I was at Wal-mart the other day and I found these great little white gift bags by Paperbilities. Each pack has 5 micro bags ready to be embellished. The awesome thing is that they were on clearance for only $.89 per pack!!! So, I had to buy all that they had, of course!

Here is a pic of the first one I've decorated:

It's going to hold some PIF stuff for Meredith at A Scrap Affair. They are having a contest over there, by the way, if you live in the Houston area - a chance to win a $15 gift certificate! Go check it out.

Materials (all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock: None. Huh?

Stamps: Priceless
Ink: Going Grey, Real Red
Other: White micro bag (Paperbilities), RR Die Cut Texture CS flower, White Signo Gel Pen, sponge, 2-way glue, Mini Glue Dots, Flower (MM), Red Floss (Designs for the Needle), Button (unknown craft), Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Black Organza Ribbon (unknown craft)

Friday, July 4, 2008

Miss Independent's Day

A few posts ago I shared an invitation for a 4th of July birthday party. Chloe and Bradley's friend, Korin, is turning 1 today! She is an Independence Day baby and boy does she think she's independent! Only one and already full of ambition and attitude - but she's SO stinking cute!

We are about to head out the door to help her celebrate. Here is the card I made for the occasion. I used the Dotted Swiss embossing folder and swiped it with my white SU! craft ink pad to get the dots to pop. I'll post the full recipe later tonight - right now it's time to head to the party.

Have a great 4th of July!!!

This is a close-up of the cake.

Materials (all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock: Whisper White, Real Red, Ballet Blue

Stamps: Sweet Treats (retired SU!)
Ink: StazOn Black, Real Red, White Craft
Other: Cuttlebug and Dotted Swiss embossing folder, sponge, 2-way glue, small oval punch, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, SU! Markers, Flowers (MM), White Floss (Designs for the Needle), Button (Favorite Findings), Blender Pen

Card Request

I've often seen this on other blogs, but I've never done it before here. In fact, I've never requested cards before for any reason, but yesterday my mom (she turns 59 next month) slipped in the rain and fell and broke THREE ribs. She was in the hospital yesterday and I brought her home last night. Since she is older, they don't bind or splint the ribs because they worry about pneumonia. So, she is just going to be in tremendous pain for several weeks. She is stuck in bed, which is REALLY hard for her, and she is going to be on heavy duty narcotics for about a week. She is just miserable.

I had to rush her to the hospital yesterday and it killed me to see her crying - she is SUCH a strong woman and I'm still shook up. She's the kind of person who just doesn't sit - ever. She's always taking care of everyone else and never spending any time or money on herself. She is an amazing artist and interior designer. She crochets, sews, and decorates - but just never for herself!! She is a darling prayer warrior and she is constantly lifting others up with words of encouragement and prayers.

Anyway, she is going to be staying with me, so if anyone would like to send her cards I know it would really brighten her day - just email me for the address.

Thank you so much! Here are some pictures of my mommy....

This is my mom when she was 5...and the very next picture is of ME when I was 5. :)

This is my mom's high school graduation picture. Isn't she gorgeous?! All that hair is her own, too!! She was so young and full of hopes and dreams.... I don't think I've EVER been that skinny!!

This is her earlier this year holding my little niece for her christening.

(*publish date altered to stay at the top for a while - true post date: 6-27-08)

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