Tuesday, October 30, 2007


This Halloween paint can is for a very dear client of my husband's, this is the quart sized clear paint can but they do come it gallon as well, these cans are so fun to decorate. I found these clear cans at one of my favorite local scrapbook stores the Little Scrapbox and bought about four of them because I figured I could use them for any occasion, Christmas, Easter, someones birthday, get well you name it! You could also find these paint cans online at Eclectic Paperie and there on sale right now.
Supplies: Clear paint can, Creepy Crawly designer paper from Stampin' Up, Batty for You stamp set, Scalloped circle punch, Coluzzle, Googly eyes, Tacky tape and lots of ribbon. Colors: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White.

Have a Spooktacular Halloween!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Pumpkin Patch Pictures

These pictures are from last weeks trip to the pumpkin
patch so the kids could pick out their pumpkins. It was a beautiful day, it was in the 60s and the sun was out with a lite breeze. Looking at these picture reminds me why I love fall - the colors, the cool crisp air, the cider mill, apple picking, hay rides and so much more......

I can't imagine living some where that didn't have all that fall has to offer.

Halloween Fun Stuff

Why wasn't there any food left at the monster party?
Because everyone was a goblin. OK one more

Why didn't the skeleton go out on Halloween?
He didn't have any "body" to go with. Ha Ha Ha

This post is for some last minute Halloween fun, I know that we always carve our pumpkins the night before Halloween and I thought I would pass on some good links for pumpkin carving templates and other fun Halloween stuff.
eHow: http://www.ehow.com/halloween/templates.html

Better Homes and Gardens: http://www.bhg.com/bhg/slideshow/slideShow.jsp?sssdmh=dm17.280915&slideid=/templatedata/bhg/slideshow/data/halloween_carvethemup_08012002.xml&psrc=sstag:hol:pumpkincarving&esrc=emrbB1007roll

Happy Halloween =)

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Hostess Gift

Tomorrow I have a Stampin' Up workshop and as a thank you to Cathy the hostess I made her a Christmas tag pouch with a few tags inside. All you have to do is use a 6"x6" clear page protector for a scrapbook and cut the binding off the side where the holes are and tape it to a 6 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of card stock, score at the 6 1/2" end at 2" for the fold down flap, punch some holes for ribbon and you've got yourself a tag pouch. For the inside I used Stampin' Up's Dashing designer Christmas paper but you could also stamp a piece of 6"x6" card stock and put that inside of the sheet protector. The next thing you need to do is fill it up with some tags, I made this one Christmas but you could do tags for different occasions, I used the stamp set Perfect Presentation and tried to stamp most of the stamps in both Real Red and Old Olive and do a little layering on each tag to give them each a bit of detail.
Hope she likes it!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Beate's Weekend Sketch - Z Fold Card

This card is for Beate's weekend sketch and for a Stampin' Up workshop I'm doing this Sunday. I've seen this stamp set used all over the place but I haven't really had the chance to play with it yet, so I thought I would use it for this challenge. I wanted to use the All in a Row stamp set around the edges on this card but since I'm using it as a sample for my workshop I thought it might be a little tricky for someone who has never stamped before or even someone like me who has. I'm glad that Beate has a tutorial on this Z fold card, I was interested in seeing what she would come up with, I knew her card would be beautiful and it is.

Supplies: Season of Joy, Polka Dot BG, Dashing Designer Paper, Ribbon, Circle punches, Small oval punch, Green rhinestone brad, Silver brads, Tacky tape. Colors: Always Artichoke, Real Red, Whisper White.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

So Blessed

These beautiful fall flowers are from my husband and kids for my birthday yesterday, I also received some clothing a gift certificate for a manicure and instead of cake they ordered a giant decorated cookie. I had the best birthday and feel so blessed to have such a wonderful family.

Presents for ME?

Today I got a ring at my door bell and my friend Dawn was there with a birthday gift just for me! She made me this pretty birthday card and (I love the flowers and the colors) gave me a cute Stampendous bumble bee stamp with a clear block, some coasters wrapped up with ribbon and a round clipboard for me to alter, how fun!

Thanks so much Dawn :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

SC147 - Cruisa Bella

This card is for today's sketch challenge at splitcoast stampers. I wanted to do something fun, cheerful and full of color today and this is it! This was a stamped image that I received after signing up to join bellaholicsanonyomus (great group of ladies), after coloring this cruisabella and making this card I think she's going on my want list. I added a little bling to this Bella image with a few clear gems for headlights and some dazzling diamonds on the side of the card, I also used my Cuttlebug embossing folder on a portion of the background for a little more texture. The designer paper is by Me&My Big Ideas (love the colors) and I used a few Prima flowers with a green rhinestone brad in the center.
Supplies: Cruisabella/Stamping Bella, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Ribbon, Prima flowers, Rhinestone brad, Gems, Dazzling diamonds, Aqua brush and pop dots. Colors: Tempting Turquoise, Cool Caribbean, Pink Passion, Green Galore, Basic Grey, Close to Cocoa, Blush Blossom.

Have a great day!

Happy Mail

Today I got happy mail, this pretty card is from my friend Vicki for my birthday! Vicki you need to start blogging cause your so talented and I want to see what your up to. I love the layered flower in the center of this card with the happy birthday all around, very sweet. Thanks for the great birthday card Vicki!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Try a New Technique

Yesterday on Splitcoast Stampers was try a new technique day and the technique was to try and make one of these little boxes. So I've been hanging on to a few sheets of Karen Neuburger paper and since pink seems to be the color on my mind lately I thought that I would use the paper to make a small gift set.
I'm not quite sure what the pattern for the card is called but I love it, I love any type of paper project that has a neat fold to it and that's different without being complicated. The pattern is from Oregon Stamper from Splitcoast but I was inspired by Cambria from her blog Stamp a Little Love and her fantastic ideas, these are the measurements: The main card is 9 X 4 1/4, score at 3 1/2 and fold it up, the inside piece is 8 1/2 X 3, score at 3 3/4 and fold it down, easy peesie! You need to use something to help hold down the front panel, so since I don't own any hardware I used my photo corner punch and a brad to tuck the front panel down.
Now for the little box, if you follow this link you can print out the pattern for it and create your own http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=295073 while your there check out the gallery for this box and see all of the great ideas, the people from splitcoast are so talented.

It's difficult to see but the flower's on the top of the box and on the front of the card have been stamped twice and on one set I cut out every other petal. Both flowers have a pink rhinestone brad in the center and have dazzling diamonds on them.

Supplies: True Friend, Karen Neuburger Glitter Blossom paper, Box template, Ribbon, Acetate, Stampin' Up markers, Versa mark, Square punch, Scalloped circle punch, Pink rhinestone brad, Scalloped scissors, Dazzling diamonds, Glue dots and Tacky tape. Colors: Pixie Pink, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White.

Have a great day!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Sweets from my Sweetie's

This was my sweetest day gift from my husband Dan and the kids, roses a candle and some yummy goodies plus a Martha Stewart Living magazine about gearing up for thanksgiving dinner. Every year we have thanksgiving at our house, I love the food the smells and making my tables look as pretty as I can.
My husband is too good to me, he's the best!
Thanks Honey!

I'm So Lucky!

My friend Bonnie made this awesome birthday card for me using her BillboardaBella and some really pretty papers and ribbon, I just love it! Bonnie also gave me this cool ribbon iron, a new Bella some chocolates and a really cute note pad, she's sooo sweet! What a great birthday gift, thanks so much Bonnie!

Yes this coming Wednesday is my birthday,
wow time is flying it seems like just last
year I was turning 30 and now
in another year I'll be 40 :(
It's just a number right 39 is not so bad.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Ahoooy for a Boy!!!

Boy cards can be fun to make, right? When I saw this Ollie's Pirates stamp from Stampendous I thought it looked like it would be great for boy's card, no pink no frills. This is the card I'm also using for Beate's weekend sketch challenge. I really like the sketch for this weekend, well I like all of the sketches and everything Beate does but this sketch is nice and simple.

Supplies: Ollie's Pirates, Ahoy Matey!/Stampendous stamps, Cheesecloth BG, Canvas BG/Stampin' Up, Brads, Linen Thread, Coluzzle, Pop dots, Aqua brush. Colors: Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy, Real Red, Basic Black, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Carmel, Going Grey, Sahara Sand and Whisper White.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Bella Alert!

If you like the Bella stamps like I do then you may be interested in a new release that is happin over at Stampingbellas.com tomorrow and check out there new home on Splitcoast Stampers as a member company! Fun Stuff! http://www.stampingbella.com/blog/


OK, I'm in love with this stamp, I couldn't wait to get this Snowbunnybella from the moment I saw her on stampingbella.com I knew I had to have her. I'm really happy with the way this card turned out and I think its so much prettier in person because I used a fine iridescent white glitter around her hood and on anything that looks like fur so she looks all nice and wintery and glittery. I also used one of my favorite color combo's with the blues and chocolate chip, along with my Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder for the white background piece. This card was so much fun to make and putting it together was a snap with the sketch from yesterday's splitcoast stampers sketch challenge.

Supplies: Snowbunnybella, Warm hugs/Stamping Bella stamps, Snowfall/Stampin' Up stamps, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Ribbon, Glitter and pop dots under the warm hugs. Colors: Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, Close to Cocoa and Whisper White.

Thank's for looking and have a great day!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Christmas Already?

Today was a beautiful fall day, it was about 69 degrees and sunny, the leaves here in Michigan are just starting to show some fall color....... and yes it's time to start thinking about Christmas, its only 68 more days away!
This card was one of the cards the ladies and I made for Stamp Camp tonight, I used Jan Tink's bib card again it's such a fun and different card pattern, then I used the rock and roll technique on the snowflakes. You need to start off with your lightest color ink first, ink up your stamp and then roll just the edges of your inked up stamp into the darker shade of ink and stamp onto your paper. It's hard to tell but most of the snowflakes have dazzling diamonds on them and the card is real glittery.
Supplies: Snowfall, Snow flurries, Scalloped circle punch, Circle punch, Coluzzle, Double stitched ribbon, Rhinestone brad, pop dots. Colors: Soft Sky, Brocade Blue and Whisper white.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Oh No, All in a Row!

Well practice makes perfect and that's why my All in a Row stamping (stitching around the edge) is far from perfect, who has time to practice stamp. Beate on her blog Fresh & Fun is always using this stamp set and I love the look of the stitching, but I guess I need to play around with this stamp so I can get it just right. This stitching actually looks worse in this picture then on the real card (that's what I'll tell myself, it's the picture). This card is for Beate's weekend sketch challenge and for a friend I'm going to send it to. This card measures 41/2 x 41/2.
Supplies: Vases in Vogue, All in a Row, Polka Dot BG, Large & small oval punches, Ticket corner punch, Ribbon, One heart brad and four circle brads, Aqua brush, Pop dots. Colors: Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, Pixie Pink and Whisper white.

My Little Crumb Snatcher

This is my 11 month old son Connor, he's a busy little guy, always on the go. This weekend it was just the two of us because Dad & Zachary (older brother) went hunting for the first time and sister Gabby went camping with a friend. Needless to say mom didn't get much time for stamping or anything else but had fun with her baby! Connor is at the stage of walking along the furniture and loves books, getting into mom's kitchen cupboards and putting everything in his mouth he can find. My husband says that we should have named him something more like Hoover or Dyson because he can collect more crumbs than a high powered vacuum. He's changing and learning so much every day, I cant believe next month my baby will be one!

It's all on How you Look at it!

This was an email I received from my friend Vicki and I thought I would share it with all of you, because it has a great message.

Thought for the day:

There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and
noticed she had only three hairs on her head.Well," she said, "I think I'll
braid my hair today."So she did and she had a wonderful day.The next day she
woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her
head."H-M-M," she said, "I think I'll part my hair down the middle today." So
she did and she had a grand day.The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror
and noticed that she had only one hair on her head."Well," she said, "today I'm
going to wear my hair in a pony tail."So she did and she had a fun, fun day.The
next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a
single hair on her head."YEA!" she exclaimed, "I don't have to fix my hair
today!"Attitude is everything.Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. Live simply,Love generously,Care
deeply,Speak kindly.......Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's
about learning to dance in the rain!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Pink Over Load!

Help me cause I can't get away from the color pink lately! I should be working on Halloween and Christmas stamping projects but any time I need to make a card I keep reaching for the color pink.
This card is for my Aunt Jean's birthday which is next week, I used the splitcoast stampers sketch from yesterday to help make this card.
A great suggestion if you don't do this already is to right click and save all of the sketches from any of the sketch challenges you can find. I have a folder on my computer that is just for sketches that I've saved, some day I'd like to print them all out and make a little book of sketches that I can take with me so that I'm never at a loss for a card layout.
Supplies: Blooming with Happiness, Tres Chic BG, Itty Bitty BG, Markers, Large oval punch, Fiskars scalloped scissors, Ribbon, Black Brads, Dazzing Diamonds, Prima flower, Rhinestone brad, Glue dot. Colors: Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, Bashful blue/marker, Yoyo yellow/marker, Whisper white.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Jeepers Creepers Goodies for a Teacher

I'm back on Halloween, although I do have another birthday card to make for this month. These goodies are for my daughter Gabrielle's fifth grade teacher, the card you see is a pocket card and super easy to make and after searching through my box templates I found this tote and thought that it would be big enough to hold more than two pieces of candy. Both of these projects have minimal stamping but were a lot of fun to make!

The tote uses one sheet of 81/2 x 11 piece of card stock, if you place your paper horizontally and score 41/2 inches on each end (this will leave you with 2" in the center) and then turn your paper vertically and score 1 1/4 inches on each end (side flaps) and then cut at the 2" section from the outside edge into the center of your box so that you can fold in the side flaps and tape after decorating. I hope these directions are clear, once you get making one you'll see what I'm talkin' about.
Supplies: Batty for You, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Circle punches, Scalloped circle punch, Tab punch with brad in center to help hold handle, Ribbon, Corner rounder, Creepy Crawly designer paper, Tacky tape, Googlie eyes and pop dots. Colors: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper white.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Make a Wish!

This card is for a friend's birthday, I can show it now because I'm sure she has received it already. I like the design of the tent card and the colors, I just had a hard time with the ribbons, the day I made this I must have been all thumbs. The base of the card is 41/4 x 41/4 and your top tented piece can be any size as long as it fits into the envelope you plan on using. Its hard to see from the picture but I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder on the background apricot piece and the two layers of the cake have been cut out and popped.

Supplies: Eat Cake, So Many Sayings, Little Pieces, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Green Galore & Pixie Pink markers, Ribbon, Word window punch, Dazzling diamonds, Pop dots. Colors: Green Galore, Pixie Pink, Apricot Appeal and Whisper White.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

With Sympathy Card

Late last night I made this card because I wanted to stamp so badly and its been such a busy weekend I haven't had time. I should have named my blog something like No time to Stamp or the Midnight Stamper, but I think both of those names were already taken. My husband Dan came up with the name The Queen's Scene, not because he thinks I'm a royal pain in the butt, but because he knows that I love Mary Engelbriet and her Queen of Everything.

This card is for my sister-in-law Jennifer who just this last week lost her grandma to cancer, I know its been really hard on Jen and her family and I feel really bad for them. Since I was doing a card I need some inspiration so of course I used the inspiration challenge from splitcoast stampers and Beate's weekend sketch and Viola!

Supplies: Office Accoutrement, So Swirly Wheel, Polka Dot BG, Brighter Tomorrow, Coluzzle, 5 Petal Flower Punch, Spring Flower Bouquet Punch, Corner Rounder, Rhinestone Brad, Ribbon, Piercer w/mat. Colors: More Mustard, Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate, Pixie Pink, Whisper White and Basic Black.

Friday, October 5, 2007

For a Good Cause

This card is for a special family that needs some well wishes and prayers. Michael & Alissa Dunn are a couple that live in Michigan and had twin baby girls Madeline and Isabella this last July and both of them have cancerous tumors called neuroblastoma. I found out about this family through a fellow blogger named Andrea Vernagus and her blog Crafty Engineering. Please visit her site for more information and if you can participate by sending a card that would be wonderful.

Supplies: Bundled in Love, Flannel Plaid BG, Warmest Regards, Brads, Ribbon, Scalloped scissors, Ticket corner punch, Aqua brush, Checked paper. Colors: Barley Banana, Pretty in pink, Whisper white.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Lucky Me!

This sweet little baby boy photo tin was made for my son Connor and was given to me at my baby shower from my very good friend Dawn. It stores and sorts his pictures for an entire year. Dawn did an amazing job on this photo tin, I was so excited when I opened this the day of my shower. I know she must have work hard at making this for me, as you can see the outside is decorated with designer paper, tons of ribbon and has Connor's name on the front of it, but inside she made dividers for each month and decorated each one of them. This is a great idea for anyone looking for a gift for someone who is having a baby.

Thanks again Dawn!

To see more of Dawn's Special Creations visit her blog.

Tonight's another good TV night!

My review is in and I really do like the new show Private Practice on Wednesday nights, I think it will become as good of a hit as Grey's Anatomy. Which brings me to tonight, I'll have to try and get the baby to bed early so that I can get my PJ's on, make some popcorn and settle in so I can watch Grey's. Last week I watched the show after Grey's called Big Shots and it was pretty good, tonight I'll be lucky to keep my eyes open long enough to make it through until 10:00pm, it must be the weather here in Michigan, this on and off with the heat and the cool is making me tired!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Belated Birthday Card

Have you ever remembered about a friends birthday weeks ahead of time but then the day comes and you haven't sent a card? That's what happen, I knew about my friend Nicole's birthday and was thinking about it weeks ago but when I flipped my calender over to October and saw her birthday written in for October first I knew hadn't sent her a card. I made her a card and send it even if it is late. I'm hoping that she doesn't read my blog (at least not today) so that she doesn't see the card I sent her before she gets it. I used today's sketch challenge from splitcoast stampers for her card and it's hard to see but the packages are popped up from the card.

I hope she likes it!

Supplies: Eat Cake, Polka Dot BG, Dotted BG, Ribbon, Pop dots. Colors: Tempting Turquoise, Taken with Teal, Cameo Coral, Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery and Whisper White.

RockaBella RAK

Today I received happy mail! Since I just signed up with the Yahoo group Bellaholics Anonymous one of the women from the group Heidi Michel sent me a welcoming card and some stamped images of different Bella's. This is the card she sent me, isn't it cool? Its hard to see but I really like how she used glittery silver pen on parts of the guitar. If you would like to check out Heidi's blog here is the link: Heartfelt Blessings
Thanks so much Heidi!

Monday, October 1, 2007

A Simple Thank You

It's a rainy day today so I wanted to do a card that used some cheery colors. I know I've probably said it before, but I just think these little Stampendous owls are so sweet.
I dragged out the paisley background stamp that hasn't been used for a while and I also used my watercolor wonder crayons that still look all nice and new, so sad I just had to have them. I'm going to start using my watercolor crayons more, I promise, I will!
Supplies: Olivia Sunflower, Stampendous, Warmest Regards and Paisley BG, Stampin' Up, Ribbon, dimensionals, Watercolor wonder crayons, Aqua brush. Colors: Pixie Pink, Yoyo Yellow, Pink Passion, Basic Black, Going Grey, Creamy Caramel & Close to Cocoa/Owl.

Go Pink for October!

Go pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. For the month of October if you have a blog or web site go pink to show your support and bring attention to breast cancer awareness month. Visit the Go Pink for October web site on how to get involved.

To find out more about breast cancer visit the Susan G Komen web site.