Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hey and welcome back. Today  I wanted to share with you a card front that I made for a technique swap on SCS that I recently participated in. This technique is called Blurred Vision Watercoloring. I followed the directions that Beate Johns had written in this tutorial 
I used Pacific Point and Regal Rose cardstock. The stamp sets used were Fifth Avenue Floral and Embrace Life. 

I really enjoyed this technique and want to try it again. 
Thanks and see you tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Are you sad that the links for the tour are gone? Don't be! There will be another Blog Tour May 15th! Stay Tuned!

I have so many "thank you hugs" to send out!

First, thanks to all of you who visited my blog yesterday! I had so many hits and over 50 comments! Wow! Thank you for your visit and your lovely comments.
Next, I would like to thank Lucia Kaiser and her team that includes Diane McCornack, Marie Aviza, and Dacia Smith for putting this whole tour together. Also, a thank you goes out to Linda McClain for the great job she did designing the picture that we used for our logo, and to our group mom, Sherrill Graff for her inspiration.
And a BIG THANK YOU to all those that participated in the tour for making it such a success.
Now it is time to announce the winner  of the Wagon Full of Fun stamp set.  The winner is .....
Janis in Indiana

Thank you Janis for your comments and  I hope that you enjoy this set as much as I have. Please contact me in order to receive your stamp set.

Monday, April 27, 2009


The day that we have all been waiting for has arrived. I am so glad that you decided to take this tour and I am very excited about being your tour guide. There are many stops on this Occasions Mini tour so get ready for the ride of your life.This stop on your tour will focus on the Wagon Full of Fun set item # 113262. It can be found on page 10 of the Occasions Mini catalog. This set is so versatile that you will find it is a must have. Be sure to leave a comment and your email address before you leave for the next stop. All names will be entered into a drawing for their very own Wagon Full of Fun set. And if you sign up for my newsletter, your name will  be entered in the drawing again. That's two chances to win. All comments must be made before midnight tonight.  The winner will be picked on Tuesday, April 28 so be sure to check back to see if you've  won!
If you will look over to your right, you will find a card using the cupcake stamp. This card features Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Cameo Coral, and Whisper White cardstock. The Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper that can be found in the Occasions mini catalog was accented by the Eyelet Border Punch.
 Now if you will look to your left, there appears to be a cute little hinge card. This card features the flower in
 a pot. So Saffron, Taken with Teal and Tangerine Tango         
 cardstock were used to make this card. If you look closely, you can see the Bella Rose DSP for the flower pot.

Down below on your right, you will find the heart and wagon stamps. I just love the saying that is in this set too. "Friendship is a work of heart". This card features Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette cardstock  and Candy Lane DSP.

And now the last site to visit at this stop is a 6x6 scrapbook page
featuring the duck and Easter Egg stamp. With May being National Scrapbook Month, this would be great to use with those darling Easter pictures that were taken.  Perfect Plum, So Saffron, Kiwi Kiss, and Tangerine Tango cardstock along with Perfect Plum and So Saffron DSP were used. Kiwi Kiss 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon really highlights the Vanilla  Hodgepodge Hardware. 

This set sells for $34.95 and is only available until June 30, 2009. It includes 10 stamps and with our "Get Connected" promotion, you can get a free stamp with a $40 purchase from the mini. The eligible stamps can be found on page 208 in our Idea Book and Catalog.

You can go to my website  and order this set online.

Now it is time to get back on the bus and head over to my friend, Dawn Bullock's blog.
Dawn is Stop 10 on the Occasions Mini Tour #4. She has done some wonderful things with the Matchbook Die that I know you will enjoy.
Thanks for stopping by. Remember there are 16 stops on this tour. I hope you enjoy the rest of the tour.

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Samples will be posted by 8:00 am on Monday, April 27th 

 Look for them!

      Next Stop #10

      "Matchbook Die"

                    Dawn Bullock      

Card Swaps

Here are a few more of the cards that I made for the card swaps that I have been participating in lately.
The first one is one that I did using the new 3D Pop Up Cake Die. I really love this card. I used the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set. The base of the card is Chocolate Chip with a layer of Textured Pink Pirouette and Very Vanilla. The ink is Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red and Pink Pirouette. I used Pink Pirouette 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon to tie the balloons. When you open
this card, a wonderful surprise is in store for you. I used the Candy Lane DSP and Riding Hood Red cardstock for the cake. The flowers that decorate the 2nd layers were from the Trio Flower Punch and Very Vanilla cardstock. I also used a Silver Brad for the center of each flower.
This next card was for a Mother's Day swap. I used the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set. I think this is my favorite set right now. I used Perfect
Plum, Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss and
Whisper White cardstock. Kiwi Kiss ink was used on the flowers and Kiwi Kiss 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon was also used. (If you haven't figured out by now, Kiwi Kiss is probably my favorite color and I am going to miss it when it retires). On the inside of the card, I stamped Happy Mother's Day from the All Holidays set on Whisper White cardstock using Kiwi Kiss ink.
I hope you enjoyed this cards as much as I enjoyed making them.

Blog Tour One Day Only - April 27, 2009

For one day only, from 8:00 a.m. to midnight, take a tour of some really fabulous blogs. Hop onto the tour here and follow the links to see samples of the beautiful designs from our Occasions Mini Catalog. And "Get Connected" through our current promotion. Buy $40 from the Occasions mini and get a free stamp from our "under $10" page 208 in the Idea Book and Catalog.
After you browse my examples, you'll find a link to my friend Dawn Bullock's blog. She'll be showing you how to use the beautiful "Matchbook Big Shot Die"  from the Occasions Mini Catalog!

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Mark April 27th  on your calendars!  That's the date when you can hop onto my blog to see examples of projects made with the Occasions Mini Catalog stamp "Wagon Full of Fun"!
But wait, there's more!
This will be a banquet of ideas and beautiful projects.  There are 20 stops on this tour, and you won't want to miss a single one!! The links will be available only on April 27th, so please don't miss out!

Pack your bags on April 27th!  You're going to love the trip!

But wait, yes, you guessed it, there's more.

Because Stampin' Up!'s "Getting Connected" promotion will still be running, spend $40 on Occasions Mini Catalog products and choose any one item from the "Under $10" on page 208 in the Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog for Free.

Stay tuned, because there is more to come! Check back every day!

It's an event not to be missed! This tour will take you all over the place! Be sure to hop on at my stop and then travel the road laid out for you! More surprises to come, so keep checking back!

Pack your bags on April 27th! You're going to love the trip, and you won't even have to leave your couch.

I have been working on several cards for swaps that I am in. Here is a card that I made for a Big Shot - Lots of Layers Card swap that I participated in on Spiltcoaststampers
Stamps: Embrace Life, Matchbook Messages
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Bella Rose DSP, Textured Pink Pirouette
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Big Shot, MatchBook Die Cut, Whisper White 1/4th Grosgrain Ribbon, Large Oval Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Latte Button, Silver Brad, Aqua Painter

New Look

Welcome to my blog. I hope that you are enjoying the new look and I have two very special people to thank for it. First, Michelle Laycock of Laycock Designs for the beautiful job she did in designing my banner, buttons, and siggy, and to Heather Wright-Porto of Blogs by Heather  
for my blog setup, maintence and newsletter. I would definitely recommend both of these wonderful ladies for any work that you may need on your blog.