Wednesday, April 13, 2011

An Awesome Donation!

This awesome group of items was donated by my wonderful sister-in-law Carrie Geever. Carrie is a consultant for Creative Memories. You can visit her website by clicking here. Right now she is donating a portion of all of her orders to our cause. Which just incase you are stopping by for the first time this week is the American Cancer Society -Relay for Life - Chillicothe & Dunlap High School.

Included is a Disney Characters 12" x 12" Specialty Coverset, 15 12" x 12" white scrapbook pages, 15 12" x 12" page protectors, Demo version Stroy Book Creator 3.0 & Memory Manager 3.0, Disney Mickey & Friends 12" x 12" additions (includes 4 sheets double sided paper, 8 double sided mats, 1 sheet title stickers & 1 sticker sheet), Disney Mickey Mini Paper Album Kit, Disney Magic Maker, $20 gift certificate, 12 coupons, spring/summer idea book & catalog & march/april mini catalog.

Retail value is over $120 - bidding is starting at $40.

Remember all bids must be into me by 2 PM this Saturday April 16. Silent auction bidding will end by 6 PM & all winners will be notified Saturday night.

Tomorrow's Donations are from Party Lite, Scentsy & some wonderful fleece blankets.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A couple more baskets for a good cause!

Here are 2 more "baskets" that are up in our silent auction fundraising for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life - Chillicothe & Dunlap High School.

The next item is a set of two $50 gift certificates to Starcrest Cleaners. They have locations all over Illinois & some in Missouri (see bottom of certificate for listing). They are good for any dry cleaning. They do NOT have to be used all at one time & they do not expire. Total value $100 bidding will start at $25. We have 3 groups of these for a total value of $300 - which bidding would start at $75...what a deal there. : ) Thank you Startcrest Cleaners & Brett Craft.

This great item is a Hostess Exclusive Picnic Tote by Thirty One. Donated by Kristen Maher - Thirty One Consultant. It's retail value is over $50 & bidding will start at $15. It's dimensions are 22" wide x 16" high with a base of 10". It is totally lined inside & has a big pocket on the back side. Be on the lookout in the coming months for a announcement about thirty one from me. : )

More to come. Thank you for stopping by & your interest. Remember ALL of the money raised from these items goes to the American Cancer Society - Relay for Life - Chillicothe & Dunlap High School.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Silent Auction Baskets!

Happy Monday Everyone! Where have I been you, kids & the American Cancer Society Relay for Life have taken over my house. Our 2 oldest kids had their Prom this past Saturday (I will share a few pictures soon). I was sick with strep throat all of last week. Plus this Saturday we are hosting a big fundraising event for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life - Dunlap High School & Chillicothe. My father passed away almost 2 years ago after a very long battle with cancer & this is our way of honoring his memory. By fighting back & raising money in hopes that one day they will find a cure so that everyone can celebrate more birthdays.
Part of our fundraising event is a silent auction. Every year wonderful friends & companies donate products that we can auction off. 100% of the money goes to the American Cancer Society. We cover all costs associated with the event so that ever penny that is giving to us goes to Relay for Life. Below are the first baskets that I have photographed & listed. If you would like to bid one one (especially the FABULOUS Stampin' Up Baskets) please email, call or text me. We are taking bids from people that will not be attending our event up to 2 PM on this Saturday April 16. Bidding will end by 6 PM & all winners will be notified that night. Don't forget to let me know what your top bid would be.

Stampin' Up Basket #1 - Retail Value over $240 - Bidding will start at $40
Included in this adorable basket - 1 2010 - 2011 Idea Book & Catalog, 1 Occasions Mini Catalog, 90 assorted colored 12" x 12" pieces of cardstock, cherished memories rub-ons, 20 pack Stampin' Up washable markers, 35 pre made cards with envelopes, 10 pack precut card set, Punch Pals stamp set, Trio de sentimientos Spanish stamp set, Background Basics stamp set, Annie Fancy Fibers ribbon, Vintage Violet ribbon, Hooray Designer Hardware, Glue stick, 4 classic stampin' spots (Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery & Barely Banana)

Stampin' Up Basket #2 - retail value over $235 - bidding will start at $40
Items included in this FABULOUS basket are one 2010 - 2011 Idea Book & Catalog, 1 occasions mini catalog, 90 assorted colored 12" x 12" pieces of cardstock, 1 sheet of die cut flowers, two 10 packs of pre-cut cards, flower friend single image large stamp, rough type alphabet stamp set, tropical party stamp set, so happy for you stamp set, 6 pack of Thank You Cards, 5 pack (10 yards total) Fairytale originals assorted ribbon, Basic Black classic stamp pad, glue stick, 20 rhinestone brads, 30 premade cards.

Pampered Chef Pantry Basket - Donated by Shannon Dinzeo, Independent Director for Pampered Chef - retail value $60 - bidding will start at $15
This great basket includes Ginger Wasabi Sauce, Garlic Infused Canola Oil, Cocoanut Lime Sauce, Spinach & Smoky Reg Pepper Oil Dipping Seasoning, Citrus & Basil Rub & Chili Lime Rub

Pamper Me Please Bakset - Retail Value over $60 - Bidding will start at $15
Basket includes 8 pack of Wedding Day Tealight Yankee Candles, a Sugar Cookie jar candle, fresh picked raspberries votive candle, 3 handmade scarf necklaces, 4 bracelets & a gift certificate for a haircut & style from Cindy Shepherd at Petite Maison Salon in Peoria, IL

More Baskets to come including a great bag from thirty one, a basket with some great Scentsy products & more. Thanks for looking & Happy Bidding.

PS if you are on Facebook stop by either my personal or stampin' page (INKredibly INKspired) for a link to our event.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Everybody needs a good quilt!

My grandmother was a huge quilt maker. We easily have 20 some quilts in our house that she made me or one of the kids during her lifetime. When I was pregnant with my youngest child Robert. I was so very upset that he would not have a Grandma GG quilt (GG stood for Great Grandma - smile). My Grandma had a stroke the month before I got pregnant with Robert & was in a nursing home facility. My wonderful mother in law & sister in law threw me an awesome baby shower & my mom (of course) came along. One of the last gifts was a gift that had a card in my mom's handwriting which I thought was odd because I had already opened a gift from my parents that was a beautiful glider rocker. So I open the card & it says "Love Grandma." Odd again but I thought maybe the gift was for the was it was this wonderful quilt that I had actually started the blocks for about 10 years before when I thought maybe I too could make a quilt (insert loud laughter here). My grandma had finished it before her stroke & was waiting till the right time to give it to me (insert lots of tears here - smile). So my Robert has an awesome quilt from Grandma GG too. She passed away almost 2 years ago & this card is made in her honor.

I have seen some really intricate quilt cards & at some point I hope to have the time to do one. But this is my basic to start one. Because it's that how your 1st quilt should be? The base of this card is always artichoke. n on a layer of pear pizazz I cut 6 squares from the Springtime Vintage Designer Paper, glued them down then ran the whole thing through the Big Shot with the square lattice embossing folder (I love all embossing folders don't you - want to hear a sneak peak? There is an new one in the Summer Mini Catalog that comes out May 1st - be on the lookout in April for a visual sneak peak). Then I ran some chantilly lace ribbon around the middle. Stamped the Happy Easter words from the Easter Blossom stamp set in always artichoke on pear pizazz cardstock, then punched them out with the extra large oval punch. Placed one small pearl under the S & placed it on the card with dimensionals. Just as easy as that.

My husband Craig's grandmother is a HUGE knitter so I will need to come up with an awesome knitting card for her. This summer she is going to teach our girls how to knit. Can you tell we are covered well? Get it covered & blankets...I know don't give up my day job. (smile)

It is amazing all of the different was your creativy can come out in cards. If fact as I am typing this I am wondering how it would come out if I used some of our fabric in place of the designer paper...I will have to try that.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Boo! We are almost at the End!

The end of Sale-A-Bration is coming. We are only 1 week away from the end of Sale-A-Bration. If you have not got your favorites NOW is the time to do so. If you are thinking about taking advantage of the deal for becoming a Demonstrator (see below) contact me today to discuss it. If you are ready to take advantage of this awesome deal click Here then click on Join Now on the left.

Today I want to tell you a funny story about one of my downline team members Crystal. She & I have been friends since we were 5 years old. But unfortunetly after high school our lives took us in different directions (as life often does). Well about a year & a half ago by the magic of Facebook we got reconnected. She came to one of my workshops & just feel in love with the products & the fun. Her wishlist was super long & she wanted it all right away (who doesn't right?). So I suggested to save herself some money that she sign up to be a demonstrator. She thought about it. Saying that she didn't want to be an actual demonstrator but decided to do it "just" for the discount. I told her no problem that is fine. In February she went with me to the Stampin' Up Regional in Minneapolis. At one point in the afternoon she leaned over to me & said "I can do this." I turned to her & with a big smile said "I know." Now I said this for a few reasons. Once she is super creative, Two she is a ton of fun to be around but mostly because of #3 if I can do it anybody can (smile). So almost 1 year later she is getting ready to host her 1st workshop this Saturday. At last count she had 15 people coming to it. Way to go Crystal!

My point of sharing this with you today is to let you know that there are many ways to enjoy Stampin' Up Demonstratorship & all of the perks that go with it. Yes I do mean perks. How many companies have you worked for that give away FREE items at every get together? Sometime we even get FREEBIES just because. Don't you love FREE things? Let alone the access to previews, an awesome monthly magazine, wonderful Demonstrator only websites...I could go on & on. Contact me today to talk about all the other perks.

If you sign up before next Thursday March 31st at 11:59 PM, here is what you would get with the Regular Starter Kit (if you are interested in My Digital Studio, we have a Starter Kit that includes it too, contact me for details):

5 Stamp Sets (value of $33.95, $28.95, $25.95, $18.95 & $9.95 or lower)
Clear Block C (or one of your choice $6.95 or lower)
Blender pen (single) $3.31
Stampin’ Around® standard wheel of your choice $6.50
Stampin’ Around handle (standard size only) $3.95
Stampin’ Around un-inked cartridge (standard size only) $5.25
Stamping Sponge (single) $1.16
Assorted card stock 8-1/2” x 11” (Getting Started or assortment of your choice) $6.95 each

(everything in the list below this line is FREE you have paid for it just adding up the items above)

Card stock (1 pkg. 8-1/2" x 11" Whisper White OR color of your choice) $8.50
Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (color of your choice) $19.95
2 Stampin’ Write markers (2 colors of your choice) $3.50 each
Classic Ink Refill (color of your choice) $2.95
Whisper White 5/8” Satin Ribbon (or ribbon of your choice $8.95 or lower)
Stampin’ Dimensionals $3.95
SNAIL Adhesive® (or any adhesive $6.95 or lower)
Décor Elements(decorative vinyl image) item $7.95 or lower
Décor Elements Applicator Tool $1.95
Stampin' Mist® 2 oz. bottle (or StazOn cleaner) $4.50
4 Classic Stampin’ Pads® (colors of your choice) $5.95 each  
VersaMark® pad (or ink pad of your choice $7.50 or lower)

Plus Sale-A-Bration ONLY Bundle (at no extra cost)
Color Coach $14.95
Any Simply Sent Kit $$11.95
Any Simply Sent Stamp Set $9.95
Any Punch $16.95 or lower

Retail Price over $310 
Sale-A-Bration Deal Price $148.75
Plus 20% off all future orders 
30% off the 1st order if over $150 & placed within 45 days

Plus you may add on one or both of these kits:

Stampin’ Memories Kit Retail Price over $77 Sale Price $50

Definitely Decorative Kit Retail Price over $50 Sale Price $40

Always FREE Shipping – Just add your tax!

For the 1st person to sign up before the 31st of March - that person with receive a cute tote bag that I bought for my downline team members at Leadership. So not only all of this awesome stuff but a cute tote made with one of the Springtime Vintage Desinger Series Paper.
What are you waiting for sign up today! Don't miss out on all of the wonderful extras available only during Sale-A-Bration!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Next Redo!

My next redo of a awesome swap also comes from Stampin' Up Leadership. In fact you have already seen it. But as a reminder here it is.

This card was in the running to be my Mom's birthday card. But she doesn't like any green so I picked a card that had no green. Then she was at my house & I showed her a few cards that I had laying around & she pointed to this one & said " I love that card." So I told her it could have been her birthday card but it's not (it wasn't her birthday yet so I couldn't tell her which one was). Since my Mom liked it so much I thought that I would redo it & make it into a Easter Card. So that is what I did. (smile)

For the base of this card I used blushing bride, which I must confess is a very underused color by me. Then I took a piece of very vanilla cardstock & stamped the lined image from fast & fabulous (level 2 hostess set) in old olive, then stamped the solid image in blushing bride. Don't you just love 2 step stamping. So easy with clear blocks. Then I punched a strip of old olive with the dotted ribbon punch (love this punch) & adhered it to the very vanilla piece. Then I ran the very vanilla with the old olive piece on it through the Big Shot with the square lattice embossing folder. Then I stamped the Happy Easter words from the Easter Blossom stamp set in old olive on very vanilla, punched it out with the extra large oval punch & sponged around the edges. The I took 1 piece of old olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon with 1 piece of chantilly lace ribbon on top & glued them behind the Happy Easter punch. Then popped the oval up on dimensionals on the card. Then a little pearl under the S of Easter & your done.

So this will be one of my Easter cards for my family. Luckily with Easter being so late this year I have time to actually get some cards made. So far I am at 8 (smile).

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Swaps Remade!

So I am posting a few days later than I hoped...big surprise right? We were having Prom dress drama on Sunday. Tis almost that time of year here & this year I have two kids going. My oldest two, my twins, are both juniors so that is double the cost...Yay! (smile) But we now have ordered an awesome tuxedo & bought a beautiful dress (our 2nd one by the way - yes we took the 1st one back). I won't show you pictures of it yet because I am going to make a card in it's honor. It is melon mambo, basic black, basic gray & whisper white - sounds interesting right? Just wait till you see it. : )

Ok so here is today's stamping. My scrapbook event this past Saturday was a springtime/Easter theme & we used the Easter Blossom stamp set. I just love this stamp set...Do you want to hear something funny? At first I didn't think I like this set at all...Until I went to Leadership & saw all these cute things to do with it. So this week's posts are all going to be using the Easter Blossom stamp set.

Today the card that I remade was a swap I got at leadership (sorry I don't know from whom).

Then I was looking for a cute & fast card to send to a friend that needed a little pick me up, so I redid it in 2 different colors.

Here it is in the same original colors, I just changed the ribbon & did some sponging. So the base is pear pizzaz (sorry I know the pictures stink - see previous post for explaination). The I took soft suede & ran it through the Big Shot with the vintage wallpaper embossing folder & sponged the edges with soft suede ink. Then another layer of pear pizzazz, Then I took a piece of very vanilla & stamped the flower image in soft suede & more soft suede sponging. Then I used some of the crumb cake seam binding ribbon (if you don't have this ribbon in all available colors you should order them right now - love them). I then stamped the words in soft suede ink on very vanilla & punched them out with the decorative label punch then more sponging. I punched one piece of soft suede with the decorative label punch, cut it in 1/2 & glued it behind the very vanilla piece (with a little sponging around the outside). Then I popped it up on dimensionals above the ribbon.

Here is the same card just in different colors.

This time I used baja breeze cardstock & ribbon. I personally like it a lot like this. What do you think?

Thank you to whomever swapped this awesome card with me at Leadership. If you know please email me so I can give them credit.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Borrowing some Mojo!

Today I am going to show you two cards that were based on a couple of cards that were made by the FABULOUS Kimberly Van Diepen. Her two cards can be seen by visiting her blog by clicking Here.

Then here is the first of my two cards. I should apologize before you see them. Not that the cards are bad but that my pictures are bad. First of all I took them on a blue background (what was I thinking) which throws all the colors off. Second I took them with my little Nikon not by wonderful Nikon D40 (which makes everything look lovely). So sorry the pictures are not that great. Please take my word on the colors especially on the 2nd card.

This first card is whisper white base & layers with the very vanilla & basic black dsp from love letters DSP. The button image is from the sew suite collection stamp set & the friend to friend (I just love these words) are from the teeny tiny wishes stamp set. The safety pin is from the vintage trinkets. The buttons are one from the bright collection & one from the subtles collection. Behind both whisper white pieces are basic black. One punched with the scallop oval & one with the lovely ribbon border punch.

Here is the second card (again sorry for the quality).

I wish this picture had come out better (or that I had time to reshoot it with my other camera) because it is so much prettier than this picture gives it credit for being. The base is crumb cake with the first layer being the pattern page of the sew suite collection designer paper pack. Then the next layer is basic gray with a piece of early espresso punched with the ribbon border punch behind it. Then the mannequin is stamped in early espresso ink on baja breeze cardstock (yes I swear the colors are right). Then the button is a basic gray button on a glue dot. Then 3 of the medium pearls from the mannequin's feet.

Tomorrow I will be showing some of the cards that are my favorite recent swaps remade with a little bit of changes. Then next week I will be showing you some of my favorite pages from my scrapbook in a day event today.

Have a great weekend.

PS this was supposed to be Saturday's post but the wrong button got hit. This is what happens when a 4 year old helps.

Time Flys!

The say time flies when your having fun. Well it certainly flies when just about everybody in your house is sick too. First it was my daughter Kayla, sick with strep throat then a reaction to the antibiotics, next my son Robert had a slight pneumonia, as he was getting better I finally convinced my husband to go to the doctor where the gave him antibiotics for a severe sinus infection, then recently it has been my turn. Hopefully everyone is now on the mend. I have threatened my other two teenagers about getting sick. (smile)

In everyone being sick I did get some stamping done. But boy had I lost my creative mojo. So I turned to a few of my favorite demonstrators & favorite swaps to see what I could come up with. These cards is what I will be sharing with you for the (hopefully) next few days.

Today's card is a straight up copy of a card designed by the wonderful Dawn Griffin. She is one of the demonstrators whose blog I check out whenever I can & especially when I have no creative mojo. You can click Here to see her awesome card, directions for it & to check out the rest of her great blog.

Here is my copy of it. Hopefully I did her justice.

I just love everything about his card. The colors are pink pirouette, early espresso & very vanilla. What's not to love with those right? There is tons of sponging on it which I so love. It's such as soft vintage look. Just love it (did I mention that?). The stamp set is Easter Blossom. Perfect for any spring or Easter card. The designer paper is the Springtime Vintage package in the occasions mini catalog. Both are items that we will be using at my Springtime/Easter themed Scrapbook in a Day Event tomorrow. This class will still be available to order from me until April 31st when the occasions mini ends.

Speaking of end...don't forget that Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31st. Don't let all of the great Sale-A-Bration specials get away from you.

Coming up tomorrow (hopefully) two great cards made based on two awesome cards by Kimberly Van Diepen.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Final Birthday Post

Well today holds my last birthday picks. In fact one of them doesn't even say Happy Birthday but I just thought that it was beautiful. Both cards today are so simple & beautiful. I love cards like that...Now don't get me wrong I love a good lots of work beautiful card too. But simple, beautiful & easy to recreate are usually at the head of the line.

On a personal note...people seem to be on the mend in my house. I had to take my daughter Kayla back to the doctor the other day because she was really dizzy all the time. Seems like she must have had a reaction to the antibiotics (weird because she never has before) but as long as it continues to get better now that she has stopped taking them, then that is what it must have been.Our little guy Robert goes for his one week follow-up tomorrow from his ER visit for pneumonia. Hopefully he will get an all clear too (& get back on a better sleep schedule).

Now on to the stamping....

Sorry about the glare off of the circle at the top...not sure what was up with me when I took the picture (probably lack of sleep). (smile) This card was designed by Jean Hoffmann as a swap that I received at the Minneapolis Regional Event. For this card the base of the card is very vanilla cardstock, then real red & tangerine tango that has been run through the Big Shot with the square lattice embossing folder. The ribbon is poppy parade stitched ribbon.The words are from the Just Believe stamp set. They are stamped in tangerine tango ink on very vanilla cardstock & punched out with the large oval punch. The shape image is from the perfect punches stamp set. It is stamped with versa mark on tangerine tango cardstock, clear embossed & punched out with the 1 1/4" circle punch. They are glued to a piece of very vanilla cardstock that was punched out with the 1 3/4" circle punch & glue to a scallop circle punch of real red cardstock.

This second card could have so many different sayings on it. Just a pretty card for any occasion.

This beautiful card was one of the ones I recieved as a swap at Stampin' Up Leadership Convention. It was designed by Pat Brannin, a demonstrator from Palm City Florida. The base of the card is early espresso. The top triangle is crumb cake & the bottom is pink pirouette that has been run through the Big Shot with the vintage wallpaper embossing folder. The key image is from the Artistic Etchings stamp set & is stamped on very vanilla with early espresso ink, then it is punched out using our scallop rectangle clearlits die for the Big Shot. The word is from the fundamental phrases stamp set (1 of 24 you get with this set). A piece of chantilly lace is folded in 1/2 & glued behind the key image. The image is on the card using dimensionals. And your done...see super easy.

I hope your week is going well. We are in our last day of practice for the BIG High School presentation of Phantom of the Opera. Let's just hope practice doesn't go too late. Opening night is tomorrow night & I can't wait to see all of their hard work pay off.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

It's the middle of Birthday Week

So we have come to day 3 of Birthday Card week. The two cards today are just so much fun. They would be perfect for anyone's birthday.

This adorable card was a swap that I got from the Regional Event I attended in Minneapolis. It was designed by Eva Mathaler. It uses crumb cake cardstock with in-color designer series paper (for the banners). Basic black (for the banners) & poppy parade ink (for the words & wheel design). The stamps that it uses are Holiday Hoopla (banner), curly cute (words) & cornelli lace jumbo stampin' around wheel (design behind the banner). The ribbon is our hemp twine. The banner is on with dimensionals & the corner rounder was used but just on one corner...probably was meant to be used on at least 2 corners. (smile)

The second card today uses a ton of stampin' up products & just combines them wonderfully.

This card I received at Leadership as a swap & was designed by Lisa Gray. In fact I liked it so much I ended up bring 2 home with me. Oops...Hopefully she got two different cards of mine. (smile) This card uses certainly celery, early espresso, pretty in pink, daffodil delight & whisper white cardstock. The stamp set used is create a cupcake with it's matching build a cupcake punch. Ink colors are early espresso & pretty in pink. The other punches used are the 2 3/8" scallop circle & the scallop trim border punch. It also uses the Big Shot with the polka dot & square lattice embossing folders. Plus the paper piercing tool & 3 gold brads. See I told you it was a lot. But what a beautiful card they make.

I hope your week is going well. We are at the hump & down to the wonderful weekend, that for my family will be filled with the Phantom of the Opera.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Day Two of Birthday Week

A BIG Happy Birthday to My Mom! May your day be absolutely wonderful!

So as I said yesterday (for those of you that missed it : ) my Mom's Birthday is today & as I went looking for a card already made (sorry Mom) I found lots of wonderful ones to share.

This first one would be perfect for anyone. I am always on the lookout for great neutral birthday cards. I don't send as many guy cards as I do female ones & I am not that great at creating them.

This card was a swap that I received at Stampin' Up Leadership from Melissa Zessin. It uses Punch Bunch stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog. This stamp set was the most popular stamp set the 1st week of Sale-A-Bration. All of the wonderful stamps in this set coordinate with our awesome punches. This one uses the scallop square punch. The base of the card is very vanilla & the next layer is early espresso. The early espresso designer series paper squares are from the neutral collection patterns designer series paper stack. The ribbon is the striped ribbon in early espresso & very vanilla. Then the image was stamped in early espresso ink on very vanilla cardstock. The ribbon is held in by the dimensionals that hold down that piece.

The second card today just screams Spring. Not sure if it is the colors or the cute frog.

This card I also received while at Leadership Conference. It was designed by Pat Shepherd of Evergreen Colorado. The cardstock colors are poppy parade, daffodil delight & whisper white. The stamp sets used are a flower for all seasons, something to celebrate (level 2 hostess from the Occasions mini catalog). The dotted daffodil delight dots are from the sunny garden designer series paper. The frog image is stamped in basic black ink & colored with poppy parade, daffodil delight, peach parfait, old olive & crumb cake markers. The words are stamped in poppy parade ink. The ribbon is daffodil delight & whisper white striped ribbon with poppy parade stitched ribbon tied around it. Then in the center of each flower is a rhinestone. Just adorable.

I hope your week is going well. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Birthday Week

Tomorrow is my mom's birthday & I am behind in my stamping & scrapping for my upcoming events & classes. So I turned to my group of swaps from Leadership & Regional to find a wonderful birthday card for her. Simple a task right? Except there were so many wonderful birthday cards that I had to let the kids pick which ones we will give her. Since there were so many I decided I would make this birthday week & share them with you. Now I won't be telling you which ones are the winners because what if she stopped by. This week is also one of my downline member's birthday so a BIG Happy Birthday Shout out to Sheilla. So enjoy birthday card week, where I will be featuring 2 birthday cards a day for most of this week. Then (hopefully) all weekend I hope to be showing you some sneak peeks from my upcoming Scrapbook in a Day Event. The theme is Springtime/Easter. June's Scrapbook in a Day theme will be summertime. I can't wait. (smile)

This first card I got at Leadership in January. It was designed by fellow Demonstrator Mary Rodgers from Rochester, NY. It uses Fast & Fabulous (Level 1 Hostess) & Perfect Punches stamp sets. The card base color is perfect plum. She stamped the flower images in perfect plum & always artichoke on the very vanilla cardstock. Punched a piece of always artichoke cardstock wit the dotted scallop ribbon punch, glued it to the very vanilla piece & then ran it through the Big Shot with the square lattice embossing folder. It's hard to see from this picture but in the center of all of the flowers she added a bit of dazzling diamonds glitter with a two way glue pen. The words are stamped in always artichoke ink & punched out with the large oval punch. She also sponged around the edge of the oval with always artichoke ink. Then added a folded piece of always artichoke seam binding ribbon & added it to the card with some dimensionals. Isn't it beautiful?

This next birthday card I got as a swap at the Regional Event that I attended earlier this month in Minneapolis. It was designed by Michelle Waletzko. It uses the stamp sets Elements of Style & Bring on the Cake. The base of the card is rich razzelberry cardstock. Then she took a piece of whisper white cardstock, rounded the corners with the corner rounder punch & stamped the flowers image in rich razzelberry ink. A piece of rich razzelberry cardstock was run through the Big Shot with the vintage wallpaper embossing folder, had the bottom corners rounded & a piece of whisper white organza ribbon tied around it & was glued at the bottom of the whisper white piece. She stamped the words with rich razzelberry ink on another piece of whisper white cardstock & punched them out with the decorative label punch, stuck it on the card with dimensionals & that's it. Super simple but absolutely beautiful.

I hope each of you have a great Monday. Don't forget to stop by & like my page on Facebook. You can find me at INKredibly INKspired.

Sunday, February 27, 2011


One of my favorite stamp sets from the Occasions Mini is Bring on the Cake. In fact I like it so much that it is one of the stamp sets that I am using for my April class on Saturday April 16th. Check out my classes page for more information. In fact this first card is one of the 6 that we will be making that day.

The base of the card is early espresso. Then for the next layer you take certainly celery & glue assorted circle punched pieces of rich razzelberry, tempting turquoise, daffodil delight & pumpkin pie onto it. Then trim where the circles hang off the base piece. Take it & run it through the Big Shot machine with the square lattice embossing folder. The stamp the cake image in early espresso on whisper white cardstock, punch with the 2 1/2" circle punch & color. Mine is colored with a blender pen & ink. The glue it to a rich razzleberry 2 3/8" scallop circle & attach it to the circle piece with dimensionals.

This second card is a great male card. I always have a hard time with cards for men. The base of this card is basic black that has been run through the Big Shot with the tulip embossing folder. The next layer is pacific point cardstock. To make the next layer take a piece of 1st Edition Designer Paper, crumple it up then lightly sponge it across the top. The next layer is basic black cardstock that has been punched with the decorative label punch. The big wish stamp is done with basic black ink on very vanilla cardstock.

Have a great Sunday.

Reminder: Today is the last day to sign up for our starter kit & get a copy of the Sunny Fun stamp set from the upcoming Summer Mini. See my Join My Team page for more.
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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bliss Everywhere!

This weekend is a weekend of Bliss. We don't have much scheduled which is pretty rare for a weekend in this house. I am hoping to get some stamping & scrapping done. Along with the laundry & some house cleaning. The weather is not supposed to be that great so I think I will just stay home & dream of somewhere warm. So to kick this Saturday off here are a couple of cards that you the awesome stamp set Bliss from the Sale-A-Bration catalog. Don't forget we are down to 1 month left of Sale-A-Bration 2011. Make sure you have got all of your favorites from the catalog. They will never be in another Stampin' Up catalog after this.

This first card is a rich razzleberry cardstock base. The second layer is early espresso. The next layer is very vanilla with the stamp in early espresso ink. The swirl & the butterflies are done in rich razzleberry. The swirl is made with the swirly sizzlits decorative strip die & just trimmed to fit once is is glued on the card. Then the butterflies are made with the beautiful wings embosslits die. Both dies work with our wonderful Big Shot machine. Then the frame around the words is early espresso and is actually from the stamp set baby blossoms from the occasions mini stamp set. You stamp the framed image & cut around it. Then flip it over so that the imaged side is actually down. Then the center is punched out with our large oval punch. The words are stamped with rich razzleberry ink & glued behind the frame. Then the frame is attached to the card with dimensionals.

Isn't this Bliss card just beautiful. It really makes me think Spring...although maybe I just am trying to wish Spring here. (smile). The base of the card is baja breeze, that has been edged on the one side with the scallop punch.The middle section layers are early espresso, crumb cake & very vanilla. The very vanilla piece of cardstock was stamped with early espresso ink using all the images from the stamp set Bliss. Then it is run through the Big Shot using the square lattice embossing folder. Then the top was sponged with baja breeze & the bottom with crumb cake. Then the word was also stamped on very vanilla with early espresso ink. It was also sponged with the same colors. It is glued on crumb cake cardstock that has been punched with the curly label punch. It is popped up over the piece of early espresso 1/8" taffeta ribbon with dimensionals.

I hope you have a very blissful weekend.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Ready for Spring!

I am so ready for Spring to be here. I keep telling myself that it will be here before we know it. I mean really it's almost March. March can you believe it. I know me either. This week has been so insane. Last Thursday my daughter Kayla came home with what turned out to be strep throat & a really bad viral cold. She finally returned to school yesterday. On Wednesday my little guy Robert came home from preschool with a temp of 103.5. Then all day yesterday it kept spiking to around 105. That does not make a mom happy (or Robert for that fact). Well we spent 6 hours in the ER last night & low & behold Robert has a small case of pneumonia. Not that you can tell since he got up. He is running around playing & watching his beloved Backyardagains. This does make mom happy. So I am trying to get caught up on some work...starting with my blog. So how about some spring stamping?

This first card is perfect for St Patrick's Day & the IRISH in me just loves it.

It uses my favorite Sale-A-Bration stamp set, So Happy for You. The base of the card is certainly celery. The next layer is old olive cardstock & play date designer paper. The words & the shamrocks are stamped with old olive ink on whisper white cardstock. The ribbon is old olive satin ribbon.

I hope you have a great weekend. Our is pretty low scheduled. Just lots of play practice as we get ready for our daughter Alexis to be in our high school presentation of Phantom of the Opera.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

So Excited!

I am so excited & let me tell you I needed a bit of excitement this week. Our house has been hit by some real nastiness. My daughter Kayla came home early from school last Thursday not feeling well, I took her to the doctor on friday & on monday we found out she had strep throat plus a nasty viral cold. She spent most of the weekend asleep and is still home from school for hopefully the final day. Plus our little guy Robert, my husband & I have all got the nasty cold too. My husband is doing some training this week at work but in another facility & it is totally throwing our schedule off. So I am ready for the weekend. But when I got up this morning & saw my email I was so excited. I won a FREE pass to the wonderful Dawn Rapsas' website UStamp with Dawn & Friends. You can check out a video to see what it is all about by clicking on the badge on the left hand side of my blog. I have heard so many wonderful things about this site & I can't wait to check it all out. I am sure I will be inspired by so many things. So make sure you check it out. She has her early bird registration for her next gathering. I know I will be taking advantage of that.

Have a great Wednesday. Check back tomorrow for some regularly scheduled stamping.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New favs out of the Big Catalog

Isn't it crazy that with the current Idea Book & Catalog being out since last August that I am still finding things in it that I am falling in love with. One of which I would have never noticed the stamp that is used.

The first one uses the tree out of the Forest Friends stamp set. Which can be one of your FREE items during Sale-A-Bration.

When you look at this adorable stamp set, you really do not notice the tree because the animals are so cute. Plus I love the color combination for this card, early espresso, cherry cobbler, tempting turquoise & very vanilla. The thank you words are from the curly cute stamp set. Just love the font of those stamps.

The second card uses a stampin' around wheel called take a sip. Plus the ala carte image tiny teacup.

You could also use many images out of the stamp set that matches the wheel, morning cup. Just love these items. I actually don't know how I didn't notice them before now. The tiny teacup can also be one of your FREE Sale-A-Bration items.

Remember there is only 1 more month left of Sale-A-Bration. It ends March 31.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope your week is going well.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Cool Sale-A-Brations & another Mom moment

So our weekend was just nutty. My oldest daughter Kayla has been sick since Thursday. I took her to the doctor on Friday. I was sure she had strep throat. But the rapid test came back negative. But I just knew that is what she had. So low & behold they called this afternoon and the test they sent to the lab was positive. So now we have to wait 24 hours of her being on the antibiotic before she is no longer contagious. Life is nothing if not "fun" around here. My other daughter Alexis has a few different parts in our high school's upcoming play "Phantom of the Opera." She is also quite the artist & drew this awesome picture.

They are actually going to put it on the front of the playbill. Super proud mom moment there. (smile)

Now onto some stamping...That's why you stopped by right?

I love these cards that were made at the Regional I attended in Minneapolis. The 2 stamp sets that are used to make them are create a cupcake & so happy for you (sale-a-bration set). The basket is one of the cupcake liners from the create a cupcake, as is the bow on the basket. The cards are made in pretty in pink, tempting turquoise, old olive, daffodil delight & real red. Just love them. So much that they are my hostess gifts for any workshop that I have in March. If you are interested in hosting a workshop in March contact me asap. Dates are filling up since Sale-A-Bration ends March 31st.

These super cute cards were also made on the stage at Regional. The use the stamp set bring on the cake & the ice cream parlor quick accent stickers & ice cream parlor ribbon & buttons (both are Sale-A-Bration FREE items). I also liked these so much that they will be my customer birthday cards for the month of march. If you are one of my customers make sure that I have your birthday so that you can get your free birthday surprise from me.

Have a great week. Thanks for stopping by.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Take a spin!

This card is one of the ones that we will be making at my Take A Blossom for a Spin class on Saturday April 2 at 10 AM. Registration is open for this class & ends on Monday March 21st at 5 PM or when all seats are filled, whichever comes first.

This bright card was designed by my new friend & demonstrator plus fellow Illinoisan Pam Hodges. It is so bright. I love the wonderful colors. It also includes items for our Party Hearty stamp set. Just love it. Thanks Pam for the great swap.

One of the other items that we will be making at my Take a Blossom for a Spin class is this great treat bag right out of the Occasions Mini Catalog.

I have loved the treat bag die since it came out. Now making the flower is going to be so much fun. You can use them in so many different way. I just love it. Make sure you get signed up today.

Have a wonderful Sunday.