Thursday, December 24, 2009

Looking Forward to the New Year!

Hi, All!
I'm sure if you've come by the blog lately, you've been a bit surprised by the 'mess!' Well, life happens while you're making plans! I've gotten a (mostly) day job and have had some nasty computer problems, hence the lack of photos. Having to change up my blogs while trying to prep for the holidays, learn the new job and still do all the normal stuff has really taken over my life.

Haven't had time to blog or post here much (obviously!), but you can keep up with me by checking back here to see my Twitter (posts on the left) or if you're really dedicated you can subscribe to my Twitter posts by clicking on the link (under my Twitter posts on the left of the blog) that says "follow me on Twitter" and then just follow the prompts! I'll be sure to let you know when I start posting projects again!

I sure have missed visiting everyone's blogs and posting projects. Hoping the new year will bring some peace and order back into my crazy life!

Love and miss you,


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Little Things

(ETA: Click here to see my card in my Splitcoaststampers gallery.)

I've been working on projects here and there, but haven't had the time to actually get the photos, then get them edited or uploaded here. In the last few weeks, I've made cards, bookmarks, boxes and altered clipboards. I joined a local card swap group of fantastic ladies. This was the card I made for my first swap. (Christmas cards are next!) I love seeing the different styles and having cards on hand when I need them.

This card was pretty simple...punched edge, pierced corner, scored lines...the most time consuming part was cutting out the 10 flower heads.

The sentiment is from a retired SU! set. It says:

It's the little things that make life Big.

Isn't that the truth?

If you have any questions about this project or anything else you find on my blog, send me an email!

Stampin' Hugs,


Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, Fifth Avenue Floral, Happy Harmony (retired sentiment)
Cardstock: Kraft, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Classic Basic Black, Bordering Blue
Stampin' Write: Real Red, Certainly Celery,
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Paper Cutter, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive, plastic drops

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

I see that {again} that it's been awhile since I've posted any projects...well...I did have an excuse, right? Moving to a new continent, buying my first home, sending the oldest off to college...

Well, the family is getting settled in and life is moving on! Got a few projects to share later this week. The Studio (love the way that sounds!) is coming together nicely, too!

I miss all of you crafty people! I have a lot of blurfing to do and can't wait to catch up with you on your blog!

big hugs,


Sunday, August 2, 2009

Just a little tag

(ETA: Click here to see the tags in my Splitcoaststampers Gallery.)

Wow! It's been over a month since I've posted something new here...and I'm still waiting for my supplies. I did keep a few things back when the majority of my stuff was packed up. But since I wasn't sure how much our luggage already weighed, I ended up mailing a little, but leaving most of those crafting supplies to be packed up with my other baggage. Didn't want to pay heavy luggage charges at the airport - that's stampin' money! lol

I've been impatiently waiting for our deliveries - we're expecting 3 this month- and this coming week there are supposed to be two!

While we are waiting, I've got a little something to share - a few small tags that I made as part of a thank you to my Stamp Club group before I left Europe. (Hey, Girls!)

I loved making these - instant gratification! Usually, I forget to make myself one of anything I make, but I liked these so much that I made several extra! These were so easy to do...especially with the Big Shot. I had an older Sizzix tag die and used that to cut out tags out of the Kraft Cardstock. This is one of those projects that can be tailored to fit your needs...larger or smaller, any occasion or stamp set.

I can't wait for my crafting supplies to arrive, so I can get back to making stuff! Keep your fingers crossed for on time deliveries!

Stampin' hugs,


Stamps: En Francais (background), Priceless
Paper: Kraft cardstock
Ink: Melon Mambo (new In Color!), Basic Black, White (Craft), Versamark
Accessories: 1/2" Circle Punch, 1/4" circle punch (standard hole punch), Black fiber, Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Happy Birthday, Michelle!

Happy Birthday, Michelle! In the midst of my move, I forgot to mail your card on time, so I decided to share it here! I hope that your day is full of fun and friends - and great food! Sending you BIG HUGS on your special day!

This summer has been one of those rare times when we are so busy that we need more hours in the day! My family and I are in the middle of a move (only a couple more days in the house!)and have lots to prepare for - a new house, new schools (the oldest going to college this year), new job, etc...but I didn't forget to keep some of my stampin' supplies so I can stamp on the go!

Since my desktop computer is on it's way to our new location, I'm working on my laptop - everything takes a LOT little longer on here, so forgive me if the photos aren't edited just so. For the next couple of weeks I will be on the road, but will try to post a few projects.

On to the card...

This card was fun to put together! I stamped, cut and pieced together all the elements - enough to make several cards - and then bagged them, so I could make the cards when I had more time. Loved the button elements - designer paper layered with a random button and tied together with crochet thread. (See my inspiration HERE.)

While waiting for the movers to come I stamped the side of the card with the French Script background stamp (inked up with Versamark) and then adhered all the elements to the card front using SNAIL and Tombow Mono (the button element).

(Will try to update soon with supplie list! Email me, if you can't wait!)

Happy Summer Stamping!


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Stampin' Up! Last Chance Lists - Updated!

Last Chance Lists - Update!

There have been slight changes to the Last Chance stamp and accessories lists.

The following stamp sets have been removed from the Last Chance stamp list and will be available for purchase from the dormant list during the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog sales period. (Yay!)

114494 Forever
114492 Beautiful Baby
114486 Birthday Wish
114490 Glad Friends
114498 Flowers in Silhouette
114496 Celebrations
114488 Fun Flowers
114032 Acurelas Maravillosas

Also, the following items were added to the Last Chance accessories list and are available for purchase while supplies last.

116209 Note of Thanks
116210 Birthdays Count

Click HERE to see all of the available items on the Last Chance Lists! (click on the SHOP NOW button in the top right corner. You'll find the Last Chance items under the SPECIALS link.)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Pictures of the Stampin' Up! Last Chance Stamps and Accessories AND Hostess Bonus!

Sometimes, I leap before I look...I was so excited to share the Last Chance Lists with you that I didn't think to check the online store!

To view ALL of the Last Chance Stamps and Accessories and receive the Preferred Pricing - click HERE. Click on the SHOP NOW button in the top right. Then Last Chance products can be found under the SPECIALS link on the left.

I'm not holding any more workshops due to my upcoming move, but check out the Summer Fun Hostess Bonus! This would definitely be a great time to place an order with your friends for some extra hostess dollars!

Dates: June 1-30, 2009
The Summer Fun Hostess Bonus Promotion has two parts:
  • Hostesses who hold a $250-$399.99 workshop will receive an additional $20 in hostess free merchandise dollars.
  • Hostesses who hold a $400 or more workshop will receive an additional $40 in hostess free merchandise dollars.

Q: Will a hostess get $80 in hostess free merchandise dollars for hosting an $800 workshop?
A: No. Awards amounts do not increase above the $400 workshop mark.

Q: Will customers who purchase the qualifying hostess amounts in the Online Store also receive additional hostess free merchandise dollars?
A: Yes. Customers who purchase $250-$399.99 in the Online Store will receive an additional $20 in hostess free merchandise dollars, and customers who purchase $400 or more in the Online Store will receive $40 in hostess free merchandise dollars.

Q: Do the qualifying hostess amounts include tax and shipping?

A: No. Hostesses must meet the qualifying amounts before tax and shipping.

Q: Can hostesses use their additional hostess free merchandise dollars on products in the Occasions Mini Catalog?
A: Yes. Hostesses can use their additional hostess free merchandise dollars on products in any current catalogs, including the Occasions Mini Catalog and the Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog.

Happy Shopping & Stamping!


Monday, June 1, 2009

Your Last Chance - Get 'Em While You Can!

{ETA: I'm almost en route, so won't be updating the lists from now on. Click HERE to see what is still available! - then on the SHOP NOW link. Thanks!}

(If you are receiving this via Email Subscription, you will need to visit the Making Mayhem link at the bottom of the email to view the Stampin' Up! Last Chance Lists!)

I know posts have been scarce lately with my move preparations, but wanted to make sure that you get to see the Stampin' Up! Last Chance List for the retiring 2009 Spring/Summer catalog!

Lots of stamps and accessories are going to make room for new ones. See any of your favorites on the list? This is the last chance for the 2009 In Colors - any product featuring these are going.

Don't miss out! Ordering is easy! Click HERE to go to my online store and have your order sent directly to you!

If you have any questions contact me!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Update Notice + CFAC

I know it's been awhile since I've posted any new projects. I have created a few things to share, but have/had a very full schedule. Hope to do some updating in the next couple of days.

Don't forget Cards for a Cause (CFAC) this month! It's Wednesday, May 13th, 1100-1900 at the Ramstein Community Center. What is CFAC? See the details in this post. I will get the project pictures from April's CFAC up soon!

Here's a quick project that I made with the Sizzix Big Shot matchbox die (visit my online store!)
using the Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper - this is the no frills version!

This is so easy and quick - layer, roll, fold and assemble - in less than 5 minutes! The box portion is designed so that you don't have to use any adhesive - just fold and tuck. (The cover needs only a bit of adhesive on one edge.)

Imagine the possibilities! This box is great for favors and gift packaging - earrings, necklaces, bracelets, candy, etc.

Stack and adhere them together to make a mini set of drawers!

My favorite and upcoming project - an advent calendar!

Make some mayhem!


Sunday, March 29, 2009

March Cards For A Cause

{EDITED TO ADD: Whoops! The correct date for the April CFAC is Wednesday, APRIL 15th, 1100-1900 [NOT the 18th; I've corrected the date below.].

Obviously didn't have time to upload the photos from the last Cards For A Cause (CFAC - what's this? Read more HERE.). We had several people stop by, including a girl scout troop from Landstuhl!

(apologies for the glare...didn't think to take the cards out of the clear envelopes before photographing - duh!!! Send me an email if you want to know what stamp sets and tools were used in any of the projects.):

This cutie was designed by Nicole Watt This design was so customizable using the Sale-A-Bration set Punch Pals and the border using the eyelet border punch.

These two cards were designed by Linda Auld. (Linda also designed an adorable card using the Dreams Du Jour set, but I forgot to get a picture of it!) Love the bright colors - hurry up, Spring!

These 2 are mine...the first uses Trendy Trees. (I have a habit of using ribbon on most of my cards, so I challenged myself to make a couple with NO ribbon - much harder than you know!)

Wild About You is my new favorite! The set includes zoo animals that you can layer or paper piece. See the little metal heart? It's actually a paper clip - really! The plastic coated ones are super cute, too, after their twisted makeover...use them at work - no more boring paper clips for you!
Smiley from

I found the tutorial on Kristina Werner's old blog (watch the video). If you haven't ever visited - GO NOW! You won't regret it!

These last 4 were designed by Phyllis Jachowski, showing a bleach technique! The designs were stamped in waterproof ink first. Then an Aqua Painter filled with bleach (yep...good ol' Clorox) was used to 'paint' and lift the cardstock color, then dried using a heat gun. She then used chalks to add some color. A black pen was used to add in detail. (the light peach color was the result of the bleach)

I {heart} this stamp set! (It's a retired Hostess set - sorry!)

The leaves were chalked, but the flower color was lifted with the bleach!

This card used NO CHALKS! The changing colors were dependent on how much bleach was applied.

Okay...we're sorry you weren't able to make CFAC in March, but that's okay. Mark your calendars - the next CFAC dates are April 15, May 13, and June 10. Hope to see you there!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Cards for a Cause (CFAC) - Landstuhl Wounded Warriors Service Project

{ETA: Here are a few pictures of the projects that were available. There were 2 more, but I didn't have time to get to those! The green and yellow cards are ones I had made and the blue cards were samples of another. Click on the picture to enlarge.}

Quick post here before I leave for work...(check back later as I will upload the project pictures I have from the last CFAC...AND...(hopefully) a picture of the project I'm (yep - me!) designing for this Wednesday!)

This Wednesday, the 18th, I am participating in a service project - Cards for a Cause! Landstuhl's Wounded Warriors program is always in need of blank cards for the inpatients to send. Soldiers and family members that are temporarily relocated to the medical facilities at Landstuhl could use a little help staying in touch with friends and family. That's where we come in!

Love to stamp, just starting out or never in your life inked up some rubbah?! EVERYONE can help! CFAC provides the opportunity for YOU to help with this cause, to learn new techniques and have fun! There will be several card projects for you to choose from. It's a great service project for all ages, and kids under 18 are welcome to come with a parent.

The cost is only $5 for the supplies and you can make as many service cards as time permits, plus one for yourself! The group meets every month at the Ramstein Community Center by the atrium from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm on designated days.

No reservation needed; register on-site at the front desk.

Upcoming dates to put on your calendar: March 18, April 15, May 13, June 10.

Hope to see you there!



Monday, February 9, 2009

First Family Mayhem Post

The first Family Mayhem post is up! Sorry no pictures, yet, but it is something fun, so stop by when you get the chance. Family Mayhem

(I'll share some posts on both blogs for a few weeks while I'm still working out the bugs.)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Moving the Family

Hey, Everyone! Decided it was time to separate the family stuff from the crafting. No, I don't have more time, but I figure some of you might want to spend less time looking for the family updates. Lots been going on: basketball, pinewood derby, Job Shadow Day...even have pictures for all of those events. Seeing as it's about 0300 here, the pictures will have to wait, but wanted to post something before another week passes!

The link to the family stuff is in the top right-hand corner. See it? Just click the link and off you go! *Just don't do it, yet. I've gotten around to setting up the family blog...just haven't posted anything there, yet. When I do, you'll see the update in that link I mentioned.

*You could go visit Family Mayhem and then sign up for the email updates (find the form at the top left once you're there)...then you won't have to check back to see if there's anything new. It will just show up in your inbox!

Okay, seriously need to get to bed. See you soon!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Blue is not my color

woke up
to a freezing house - no heat!
apparently Mr. Furnace needed some downtime
thankfully, landlord didn't mind
being woken up at 0600
heater dude showed up around 0830.

played with blog template
while I was waiting
to feel my toes again.
learning html
this is definitely
a process.

was going to post a picture
but i'm outta time!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Just for Kiki

love the paper
hate the mess
been trying to make the move to digital
for some time now

taken a few classes
read a few books
LOVE Jessica Sprague!
she has GREAT video tutorials!

here's the page for K.

Only grades k-12 to finish...
(click picture to enlarge)

Friday, January 9, 2009

Project Christine's Keepsakes

Hi, Everyone!
I'm still here, just busy. Trying to figure out how to get it all know, kids' agendas, my agenda, husband's, family, church...etc. Trying to make time for everything. Hopefully after another week or so, I will be back in the swing of things. Working on some updates and pictures to post. Finally finished Kyrsten's page! Designed it digitally, just for her. Will post after she reads the dedication.

All this many times have I said, "...will get around to it..." and don't? Scrapbooking is one of those things. I take pictures, collect ideas, but rarely make the time to get those pages done. I want to get those stories down with the pictures, so my family, especially my kids, will be able to have something tangible to help them remember our years together.

There's something going on around here, that I want to be a part of and to share the opportunity with you. Many of us have lost loved ones in the past year and know how important pictures can be to help us remember a cherished moment with someone. Early in December, Christine Post passed away unexpectedly, leaving her husband and 4 young children behind.

Christine had a love of photography and scrapbooking and has thousands of photos to be scrapped. In a wonderful effort to remember Christine and her family, friends in the community have put together Project Christine's Keepsakes. January 17th, at the Ramstein Elementary School, 9 a.m. to Midnight is a kick off event to scrapbook those photos, so that her children will be able to have the legacy of memories that Christine had intended.

Even if you are not local, you can help! Christine's supplies will be used, but there is a need of adhesives, cardstock and photo printing. Even those of you stateside can participate - the photos can be sent to you digitally.

A blog has been started to share information and document the project's progress. Please stop by Project Christine's Keepsakes for more detailed information regarding January 17th's crop and contact information, if you wish to help with photo printing, supplies and layouts.

Time is of the essence! The family will only be here a few more months and the goal is to complete the scrapbooks before they return to the states. If a lot of people, give a little, Project Christine's Keepsakes, will be a memory her family cherishes, too!