Sunday, December 30, 2007

Bloggers Challenge - Inspiration

I hope you all forgive me for being a bit late with my Friday Bloggers Challenge. The holidays have kept me busy! I haven't had nearly enough time for stamping. On the flip side, I have had loads of family time! I am really enjoying it. Christmas was this last week and we had my father in law in town. He is always lots of fun. Then, I had my anniversary this weekend as well! 18 years. Can you believe it? With the number of kids I have...yes, you can believe it!
Anyway! We had a bloggers challenge to make something based on something we saw that inspired us. We had this challenge a month or so ago as well, and I knew right off what I was going to do. Of course, I never did get it done that week so I was excited to have another chance. This is a beach towel that found residence in our home a while ago. (I swear, we collect more towels, socks, and random shoes that should be allowed!) The colors were just so vivid and bright and, frankly, colors I would never put together, that I was dying to play with them. I decided to use the new Time Well Spent set from the upcoming SU catalog. (You know, nothing stamps better than New Stamps!) I chose cardstock in Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise and Garden Green because I thought they were pretty close to my inspiration towel. I stamped flowers on to both the green galore and turquoise with the coordinating color ink and then highlighted different areas with my white gel pen, Garden Green marker and the Versamarker. I was going to use my torquoise marker, but it was a bit dry and I liked the look of the Vpen better. I attached my green galore and turquoise cardstock to my garden green card base and added a strip of soft sky across the middle and a scrap piece of ribbon from the Flirty ribbon from last year. The sentiment is stamped with Artichoke and colored in with the M3. I thought it turned out pretty close to the inspiration. I loved the turquoise background so much I made a second card with it!

This one is way simpler. I simply stuck the strip of flowered paper to a confetti white card base, stamped the dots from Along the Same Lines in Artichokse and then mounted the Friends, which I inked with my Garden Green marker, over the part where I didn't line the dots up so well. Don't you just love stamping? You can fix anything!

In other news, my little B pulled another tooth tonight. The poor thing was hanging by an invisible thread! He was afraid it would hurt to pull it out, but I convinced him that if he didn't pull it out before bed he would swallow it in his sleep. So, he gave it a TINY tug and it fell out. Such a cutie! He then proceeded to tell his dad the 12 steps to get his tooth to the tooth fairy, get his money, and then get his tooth back. I admit...I scooted over to a pen and paper so I could right them all down! Watch for that scrap page!! We had to have a little photo shoot with my new camera and his new hole. This isn't the best picture isn't the worst either! He is cute no matter what!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Wishing you happiness

I live far away from most of my family. Ever
since I got married, we have lived in a 'far away' place. We lived close for a couple short periods of time during transitions, but for the most part, we have been off on our own. It wasn't so bad at first. We were just starting out and building our own family and it was nice to be able to do things our own way...if you know what I mean. As the kids got older, and the number of children grew, it became harder and harder to go 'home' to visit. Now, we rarely go home. It is sad. I do good all year, but at Christmas time, and especially this year for some reason, it is hard. I miss being able to gather together with the family for the holidays. I am so grateful for all the friends I have made that have become my surrogate family. Stamping has been a great way for me to meet lots of wonderful people! I am so blessed by great friends. They make this season a bit easier.
SO! tonight I am sharing a fun card I made a few days ago with my new CK stamp set. I just HAD to have this huge set of foam stamps that CK offered last month as their "Kit of the month." I don't quite understand my motivation....I was overjoyed when SU did away with their foam stamps.....but, this set is HUGE and I do like to use acrylic paint when I scrap sometimes, and they work great for that! For this card, I used the SU craft white pad and embossed over it with clear. The background paper is from the Love You packet from last year. I paired some pretty patterend organdy and some white ricrak on the side with a flower and pearl from the pretties kit. I have to say that this type of card is not my usual style, if I have one, but was influenced by Bety. She always does great big flowery dimentional cards that look great!
Have a happy weekend!! Take some time to breathe before Christmas too! :o)

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Joyful wishes

I got a call this morning from a friend asking if I would make her a special Christmas card for her daughter's teacher. I felt so honored! I was inspired by a project in the January Stampin' Success. That is a magazine that comes to every SU demonstrator each month. It is full of business tips, stamping ideas, organization tips, upcoming specials and just all around good stuff! I tweeked it a bit to fit my taste and the Christmas theme. I think it turned out great. I purchased the Illuminations set right after the Fall catalog came out and have not used it much. I love how elegant it looks here.

All the images are stamped with Chocolate chip. I used the blender pens to pick up ink from mellow moss, burgundy and banana pads to color them in. I cut out the J, the flowers and the leaves and adhered them with Dotto. The pearls are from the Pretties kit and stuck on with mini glue dots. The card base is chocolate chip layered with a sheet of Apple Cider designer paper, river rock, and Ivory naturals cardstock. The scallop border was made using the slot punch and the 1/8" circle punch. I rubbed all the edges with my chalk Mocha pad to soften it all. I even stamped the inside! It seems a shame to leave it empty after all that hard work on the outside!

Now, this isn't a card I would make stacks of, but every now and then we all need to take some time and make a one of a kind master piece. Even if it is a bit cased.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Sympathy card

One of the blogger challenges was to do a sympathy card. I, thankfully, have not had much need for these cards. I'm sure I will in the future. You know...One of those "circle of life things" so I was happy to make one. I used the M3 to color the image on the stamp and then stamped it onto whisper white cardstock. I colored in the image by dipping my blender pen into my pastels and coloring with that. It gives it a faux watercolor effect. I used a sponge dauber to rub some bashful blue chalk around the image to soften it up. I roughed up the edges of the white paper wtih my cutter kit and layered it onto a card base of kraft. The patterned paper is from catalogs past.

I have been making lots of these little mini albums lately. For the cover, I use left over chip board pieces from packages of designer paper or other packaging. I cover them with paper and then use my bind-it-all to punch holes and put the spiral binding on. This one has stamped pages as well. They are loads of fun to make and pretty inexpensive! I went to Staples and had them cut a whole ream of paper into difference sizes for the different books I wanted to make. That was a HUGE time saver! The ribbon on here is SU ribbon from the Holiday mini. It is SO yummy!! The paper is from a craft store somewhere. It is embossed and shimmery. It goes great with the ribbon! I used some hodgepodge hardward for the title and hand wrote Journal.

Hello again!

I did not fall off the face of the earth, more like the earth

fell on my face. LOL Just kidding. I did run into my front door with my face and got a nice big bruise. I will not force you to look at the pictures of that. Let's just say, I am not known for my gracefulness and everyone can tell just by looking at my face.

I have been trying to catch up on loads of stuff before the kiddos are out of school for Christmas break. You couldn't tell by looking at my house tho!

I have done some stamping. I did these for my bloggers challenge group but did not get them out on the days I was supposed to. I will share them anyway and hope the other blogger challenge players will forgive me for my tardiness. This first card is one I made to show versatility in stamps. I made another one but didn't manage to get a picture of it. I love this set! Lovely as a Tree is a perfect stamp set for every occasion. If I was going to have one stamp set, I think it might be this one. It is incredibly versatile. If you don't have one already, let's order you one!

This card was another challenge. We were supposed to do a card using a watercolor technique. I really wanted to use this set. It is SO pretty! My friend Jess ordered it and let me use it before I gave it to her. (Thanks Jess!) I stamped it with black Stazon onto watercolor paper and used the watercolor crayons to color it in. My favorite way to use the WC crayons is to use the aquapainter to pick up color right from the crayons. I don't even take them out of their box. I use them like a huge watercolor pallet. I am not a pro at watercolor yet, but I was pretty happy with how this turned out. I used my new oval scallop nestable dies to cut out the image, layered it over white natural paper, artichoke paper stamped with the french swirl, and some Yummy chocolate satin ribbon. The brad is a fire rhinestone and the words are from a hostess set from last year. I forget the name of it....

In other news, I received my complimentary copy of the new Spring/Summer Stampin' Up! idea book and catalog. (whew!) It is awesome! I am so excited about all the new stamps and especially the new samples! They are even better than the last catalog. Everything is fresh and springy! I'm booking workshops so let me know when you want to hold yours!

Thursday, November 29, 2007


Hello again! I have been having a fun week. I decided to make crafts to sell in a consignment shop with my friends Kim and Laura. I have been working on mini albums and framed art. So, even tho I haven't posted anything, I have been creating! I will be sharing in the next few days. I just have a few minutes here before my sweetie gets home. We are going to Orlando tonight. I wanted to share a vinyl project I am offering. You can do them in any colors. Let me know if you want one!

The board is 8 inches tall and 24 inches long.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

True friend

I needed to make some Thanksgiving cards today so I pulled out my Apple Cider designer paper. I love this stuff! I have to admit tho, I did cut up a full piece of paper. But, the card bases were already cut and the topper was cut. So, those are 'technically scraps.' The paper is two sided and yummy on both sides, but I went with the river rock side because I LOVE the polka dots! You just want to touch them they look so good! The card base is river rock, the designer paper is river rock, so of course, I stamped the flowers from True Friend with .... river rock! I added a bit of sparkle with my stickles on the flowers...can't really see it here but it looks good in person. The scalloped border is done with my new Spellbinders Nestables. love it! The ribbon is some silky ribbon from my stash...probably a WalMart find. I stamped Warm Wishes in black and popped the sentiment on with dimensionals. I love monochromatic cards! They are so clean and easy. The fact that we have these awesome designer papers that not only coordinate with our stamp sets but also coordinate with our colors is one of the reasons I LOVE Stampin' Up! hey! did you know these papers on are sale this month? Buy 3 packages and get one FREE! I'm stocking up! How about you??
Have a great day!

Monday, November 19, 2007

It's monday!!

This is pretty much how I feel about Monday. LOL Just kidding. I thought this picture of Ben was just too cute! He was playing with the camera the other day taking pictures....don't you just love digital?! and he got this picture of himself. Not too bad! I don't remember what he was being but I'm sure it was something scarey.

I made this card the other day and kind of liked how it turned out. I had these two pieces of designer paper in my , you guessed it Scrap pile! I liked the colors together but the patterns were a bit much next to each other. I added some rickrack (sorry mom....she has a phobia of that) and a strip of lite yellow ribbon along the 'seam' of the two papers. It toned them both down and made them friends. I added a big daisy from my pretties kit and a chipboard circle from some kit I got from somewhere, in the middle. It is a simple card that could work for lots of things. If you want to see some great samples of big flower cards, check out this blog. She does amazing stuff.
Have a good monday! I'll be enjoying my piles of laundry.....yay.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Designer quilt

I absolutely LOVE to quilt! I love piecing, I love shopping for fabric, I love hand stitching, I love snuggling up in a quilt! But....I really don't have time to quilt right now. Not with fabric anyway. I do have time to quilt with paper tho! This page is made with a collection of different designer papers I had in my scrap basket. I really wanted to focus on the picture of Ben, so I made a faux quilt backdrop that kind of blends into the background. The colors are so saffron, celery, rose red and soft sky. I tied them all together with a strip of Cutie Pie paper (also a scrap believe it or not). I added some faux stitching around the edges with my white gel pen. (Don't tell, but I didn't even paper pierce! I just drew them on!) The mini brads are from a couple different color families to match...sorry..."coordinate" with the papers. I covered a chipboard heart with scraps from the scraps of paper I used for the background and "stitched" them together as well. The letters are also chipboard that I pressed into my craft white pad to "color." (can you "color" with white? ) I stuck it all together with glue dots which are from an alien planet because nothing in this world is stickier! I pulled out my newly mounted onto dominoes So Many Sayings set, being careful to life with my legs, and stamped some cute words right onto the stripes on the left. I also used other images from that same set to stamp the dots along the bottom of Ben's picture. I was actually going to send this page into SU for a contest, but darn it all....I didn't want to make it again and I wasn't about to give it up! I really liked it! So, somebody just send me a prize. ;o)

Friday, November 16, 2007

Blogger Challenge week 21!

This week our bloggers challenge was do make something using Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Brocade blue and Chocolate chip. I think these colors look awesome together! I couldn't wait to play this morning! I happened to receive a special surprise from Stampin' Up! yesterday so...had to use that too! This set is called Time Well Spent and will be in the new Spring/Summer catalog as a level three hostess set. Isn't SU awesome?! I adore this set!

The project I made is a little mini scrapbook/journal that may end up with my daughter...we shall see....The 'cover' is made from chocolate chip cardstock. I put a piece of Whisper White on there and stamped some flowers with my Chocolate Chip pad. The big flower in the upper left along with the two larger flowers in the bottom corners and the butterfly are all cut out and adhered with dimensionals. I know, it took me all morning! I tried to stick with the colors in the challenge and I really like how they turned out. I added a strip of brocade blue along the bottom to add some fun and to make up for my bad measuring and used the chocolate chip marker to make a dotted line on there.

As you may know, I am on a never ended crusade to use up all these scraps I have been keeping for way too long. Hence, the inside of this little book is a bit unique. I went through my white folder and got a bunch of different sized papers and bound them together with my Bind It All. I stamped some random borders with chocolate chip on the pages and left lots of room for pictures, thoughts, or whatever this little book ends up being for. I used my snail to adhere the last page of my little 'book' to the cover. Easy peasy!! When I was done, I decided the butterfly really needed a bit of sparkle so I went back and added some with my stickles. I hope you like it! Be sure to check out the other bloggers in this challenge. They do great stuff!

All in the Family

This little set caught my eye right away when I

looked at the new catalog. It is so fun, cute and

versatile! (Mom, you need this set!) I had been

planning on buying it sometime, so when the "All

in the Family" promotion came up, I did it. The

promotion is in honor of a Stampin' Up! employee, the general manager of the Australian office. Dave died from a rare blood disease. Stampin' Up! is sending his family all proceeds from the sale of this set. I think it is such a wonderful idea! Stampin' Up! really is a great company.

I stamped these little guys with basic black onto confetti white and used my M3 to color them in. They are SO easy to line up and assemble! I used my new spellbinders die to cut the scalloped rectangle and then mounted it onto some Old Olive cardstock. The designer paper to the left is from the Sweetie Pie collection. I used two different scraps of ribbon I had in my ribbon jar and stapled a bit of one to the edge of the card. How did I ever stamp without my stapler?! The card base is soft sky and the "friends forever" is from the So many sayings set. Did I tell you that I cut that set apart and mounted all the sayings on the sides of dominoes? Makes for a rockin set of word stamps! It is a bit heavier tho....;o)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Variations on a theme

I had a super saturday last week, literally! After my fall festival in the morning, I taught a couple classes at the church at our "super Saturday." That is a fancy name for a day of crafts for the women. I love them! I offered a craft using my vinyl art and another making cards. Here is a picture of some of the cards we did. I gave everyone a basic color palette and let them get creative. Some of the cards were really great! I love seeing what people come up with. For my crds I used River Rock cardstock and stamped the linen background with either chocolate chip or old olive. The focal point is stamped on white natural paper. I inked up my Garden Silhouette flowers with my M3 - old olive and ruby red. I stamped one image and then spritzed the stamp and got another image out of it. The second image looked almost better than the first! On the image at the bottom left, I stamped the several times without reinking to give depth. I also added stickles to the flowers for some blingage.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Arrrggg matey!

Okay, this is the funniest thing! For Halloween, Ethan wanted to be a pirate. I actually wanted the whole family to go as a "merry band of pirates" all know how 'plans' go..right? anyway, Ethan wanted to be one, so I got him this costume. I don't like to buy the premade costumes in the store because they are basically made from tissue paper that will rip apart before the child actually gets to any Halloween activites and that will end up in crying, wailing, and more temptations for mom to run away and never come back. SO, I bought him pants and a shirt and belt he could wear other places in the future, like, to church and school, and splurged for this hat. Little did I know that the hat came with a mustache and beard! Take a look at that mustache! Have you EVER seen anything so freakin large? It was a total riot! All the kids had to try it on. I have pictures of all of them wearing it. Some of them used it as a Uni-brow! In fact, when we got to the trunk or treat, other people tried it on as well! (that's what we call 'blackmail pictures') It was definitely the highlight of Halloween for me. I might even get those pictures developed and scrapbook them! Maybe....

Love notes

Have you ever had a vision of a finished project and just couldn't get it to work out? I know I have. Sometimes after I have struggled with something for a while I find the best thing to do is to just walk away from it. Or, let it get buried on my craft table. ;o) I had pulled out this black 'pocket' a while ago and tried to make it work and it just didn't. I found it this week while I was cleaning up and decided to give it another go round. I am pretty happy with how it turned out. The pocket is from the SU pockets and pieces (pg 179 of the current catty). Frankly, there are SO many pieces in this packet that I don't think I will ever run out! I stuck the pocket together with sticky strip to keep it from coming apart. Snail just wasn't strong enough. The front is made with Rose Red designer paper, basic black, and rose red cardstock all layered. I stamped the LOVE with white craft and colored in the letters with the VersaMarker. The definition is stamped in black. I used a flower from the pretties along with an Ice rhinestone. I saw this staple idea in one of my scrap mags and decided to try it instead of leaves. What do you think? I kind of like it. I had to balance it out with a staple in the other corner....ocd or something...The black pocket is stamped with the French Flair in white. I added some pieces of white cardstock for "notes" and stapled a punched heart to each one. I sponged the edges of the "notes" with rose red to tie it all together. I added "NoTeS" in white and stuck the front piece on with dimensionals. I am planning on filling this with notes to my sweetie. I think the part I like the best about this project is the white flair on the black pocket. I really gives it depth and texture. Almost like an embossed leather wallet.
I am supposed to be helping at the school today but my car is STILL in the shop. I just got off the phone with "Steve the mechanic" and he gave me the great news of $850. yikers! Here is a bit of advice for you all. 1. never let your husband shop for a car alone 2. never buy a car that has been marked down from $8000 to $2500 because it only needs a new battery and some belts. "Such a deal I have for you..." LOL Live and learn and hopefully enjoy the ride!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Fall is in the air!

I remember when I was a seemed that as soon as school started the weather started cooling off. It hasn't been that way for a long time now! Maybe it is because I live in Florida. I don't know. It has been getting nicer here for a few weeks, but we finally have weather that lets you leave the windows open at night and snuggle up in a quilt. I am loving it! Of course, nothing good comes without a price. You guessed it. The kids are sniffling. My kids don't ever get really "sick" but they do get sniffles now and then. Ben is home today, and has been all week. Funny, I got a call from his teacher yesterday asking if he was okay and if he just stayed home to snuggle. I told her that was about it. He doesn't have a fever or anything, just wants mommy time. Sometimes that is hard to get around here.

As some of you know, I have my hands in many things these days. One of the things I have been playing with is vinyl art. I actually purchased a (quite expensive) vinyl cutter. The kind they use to put words on the side of cars. I mostly use mine to make home decor. We are having a craft day at church this Saturday and this is the craft I am doing. If you would like to order one, I am asking $25 plus shipping if you are out of the area. Or, if you are in the area and want to come Saturday and make it, you can do that for $22. Or, if you just want the vinyl and can get the rest yourself, I am charging $14. The board measures 24 inches long. The pictures are just clipped to the mini clipboard so you can swap them out of you want to update your pictures or if a child gets disowned or something. LOL
I got a brand new stamp set on Monday from the Orlando regional promotion. It isn't even in the catalog yet! Kim is on her way over and we are going to play! I'll share later. :o)

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Framed Flowers

Today our lesson in Relief Society was on gratitude. Not only gratitude for our blessings, but also gratitude for our trials and tribulations. Some of you may be thinking...why in the world would I be grateful for trials?! The hard times in our lives are the times when we are actually learning. When we are growing. If we never had things to suffer through, we would never grow. I know this to be true. Now, I'm not saying that I start each day with a prayer asking for trials and much suffering, on the contrary! I do, however, start each day asking for the strength and ability to overcome and endure all that may come my way. I have had my fair share of hard times, but I've made it this far! I guess I am just feeling very grateful today for my life. For the good, the bad and the ugly. I would not want anyone else's life. Mine is a perfect fit for me.

I went on a date with my sweetie Saturday night...we hadn't had a real date in almost a month! Those of you that know me will know that this is out of the norm. We always go on a date once a week. Life has just been toooo busy lately. It was great to be able to spend some time together. He even went to the craft store with me! That, my friend, is true love. ;o) I was looking for some wooden pegs for a project I'm working on and ended up finding so much more! (heehee...he left me alone while he went to the restroom...I had a pile when he came out!) there were some really cute little wooden items I just had to have. I played with one today and just love it! This was just a plain $1 wooden frame. It has a hole to hang it on the wall or a dowel that sticks in the back so you can stand it on your mantel. The frame is probably 5 x 5. Not too big. I sprayed it with craft bond adhesive and put some rose red designer paper over it. I cute an X where the hole was and folded the insides around the inner part. The outside edges of the frame were plain so I used some sticky strip to add some white tafetta ribbon there. The 'picture' is three flowers with stems from the pretties kit that I shaded with the SU pastels. I stuck them on with glue dots and tied the stems together with linen thread. The saying is from the Simply Said stamp set. I think I may make some more of these for the craft fair this weekend. What do you think of it? I'm loving the comments, so keep them coming!

Blog candy winner!!

I have to say that I have totally enjoyed each and every comment on here! Most of you said your family and children bring you the greatest delight in life. That is so wonderful! That is true for me as well. I am so very blessed to have six healthy happy children that get along with each and then.
The winner of the blog candy is....CALI! Congrats! I hope everyone will take a minute and read the comment Cali left. She works with abused children and is a truly wonderful person. Her comment is worth a read. Cali, please send me your address so I can get your goodies out to you.
I had so much fun with this, I just may make the candy a weekly thing...stay tuned!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Bloggers challenge and candy

I know I said I would post some blog candy yesterday but I didn't even get near my computer! What a crazy day! I had planned on doing it the night before but...I was in the kitchen doing the dishes and I was so dog tired that I laid my head down on the counter for a minute. My son came into the room and said, "go to bed mom, dad and I will do the dishes." Now, who in thier right mind would turn down that offer? My boys HATE to do anything in the kitchen that doesn't involve eating. I immediately turned off my water(boiling for herb tea) and skedaddled upstairs and went to bed. I'm no dummy! The kitchen was not cleaned to my standards, but I'm not about to look a gift horse in the mouth!

Speaking of gifts, I have a little blog candy offer today. In honor of my 8000 hits, I am offering the following: A simply scrappin kit "Just Delightful", a stamp set "Delight in Life", three mini spools of ribbon, some acrylic tiles AND a copy of the latest book I read, "The Glass House." I wanted the "candy" to reflect me and my blog and the things I like. I love to scrap, stamp and read. Plus, this book is a must read. If you don't win, go find it. It is a true story of a family that lives as no family should have to. My friend Cindy recommended it to me. I was hesitant because she said it was about neglected children. I don't like stories where children are hurt or abused. I am a mom of course. But, I took a chance and read it anyway. I tell ya, I am a GOOD mom compared to these people! I highly recommend it. The candy will come in two packages since I will be sending you a Brand New copy of the book. What a deal! To enter the drawing for this candy, please post a comment to this post telling me what brings you delight in life. I will pick the most creative answer and announce the winner on Sunday.

I was recently accepted into a bloggers challenge group. I am so excited! We are supposed to post our challenges on Friday so, here you go! Today we are supposed to make something using Designer Paper. These are some cans I am making for a local craft fair this weekend and I happen to be using Designer paper! What a coincidence! Some of you may know that I am LDS. I am big into food storage. I go to a place in Orlando, called the bishop's storehouse, to dry can food like wheat, rice, beans, cocoa, etc, into big number 10 cans. Because of this I have an abnormal amount of #10 cans at my house. I open then with the Pampered Chef can opener so there are not sharp edges. I have been collecting them for a couple months thinking....I can use these for something....(admit it. You do the same thing.) I came up with this cute idea of using the cans for gift bags. I cover them with Designer paper, use my Crop-a-dile to punch hold in it, and use some of that 14 guage wire I bought 6 years ago .... knowing it would use it some make a handle. You might think the handles look freakishly tall, but....picture them loaded up with tissue paper. That is how I will be displaying them.

I am also going to be playing with my new toy today......the Cricut expressions....(can you say WOO HOO!?) so I am sure I will have more stuff to post later today. Kim is coming over to 'help' me figure it out. I'm so excited! Anyway, you may see updates on here later.

Have a great day something creative!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Feeling my age...

I decided to update the look of my blog. Yeah, like I have a clue how to do that! I have spent over two hours now trying to change it to how I want it and I'm giving up! If I asked him to, Ethan could probably fix it for me. My 8 year old. Why is it so hard for me to figure out this computer? My kids are way better at computer stuff than I am. I can usually figure stuff out, but it takes a lot of trial and error. I try to read the instructions and it feels like I am reading another language! It is very aggravating! So, after much trial and loads of error, I am going with what you see here. It isn't bad, but isn't what I had in mind. The bad news is that all the awesome blogs I had links to here are lost in cyberspace somehow. darn! If you have an awesome blog, let me know! I'll add it here! I guess I will have to start over. sigh...
I wanted to update for two reasons. One, I saw a link on someone else's blog for new blogger templates. Yeah, I obviously can't figure those out! The other reason is that I have reached 8000 hits. yay! Golly, I wonder how many of those were Michelle...LOL :o)
In honor of the new layout and the 8000 hits, I will be offering some awesome blog candy tomorrow. I would post it tonight but....I'm totally beat! So, tell your friends and stop by tomorrow! And, if you are a computer whiz and want to donate your efforts to making my blog how I want it...let me know!
I did spend some time today stamping with Kim again. I worked on projects for a craft fair I am doing this Saturday, and the next, and the next, and the next....yes, I am insane. Didn't you already know that? Anyway, I'll post a picture tomorrow. I am really happy with how they are turning out. I actually came up with this idea all my my self! Now you REALLY have to stop by tomorrow! ;o)

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Take time to remember

Do you have something that just makes you happy? Something you do that just relaxes you and makes you feel good? My friend Jessie called me Saturday from Texas. She had the nerve to move away. I tell ya! Anyway, she called to tell me that she was feeling better than she had in months. Why? Because she went to a stamp party and stamped! She hadn't realized how much she had been missing it. Now, she has moved clear across the country and has had quite a few things on her mind. But, how many of us 'forget' to do the things that make us happy? Or maybe, we don't forget so much as we just get too busy to do those things? I know I do. I have been so busy lately that I don't know what I have been doing! I took time last week to scrapbook a bit. True, I kind of HAD to because I had a crop and needed a page project, but I decided to take the whole day and just scrapbook. Kim came over and we had a ball! I had forgotten how much I love to scrap! (I also love to be with Kim, she is awesome!) Now, I didn't get a ton of pages done, but I got those scrappin muscles stretched out and warmed up a bit and I am just rarin to go again! It makes me feel SO good to save my families memories in albums. It is my journal. My family history. I think that of all the material things I do, that is one of the most important. I mean, I have been canning like crazy, but...that food is going to get eaten and be gone. We will enjoy it, my husband will thank me....maybe the kids too...but, it won't last like the scrapbooks.

I have a page sitting on my table half done, and many more ideas just busting out of my head, but for now I will show you a couple of pages I did last week. This first one is the one I did for our crop. No pictures, but...I'm ready for Halloween! What a concept! Have the page ready for the pictures before the event even takes place! This page uses basic black for the base, and pumpkin pie for the photo mat. You can put a couple pictures on there, or a whole slew of them! The images across the bottom are from the Booglie Eyes set and the BOO is from Big Deal alphabet. I colored the images with watercolor pencils and blender pens. The dotted strips are cut from the Creepy Crawly paper. I added some squiggly lines to outline the white squares to give them more depth. I'm excited to put our Halloween pictures on there! This next page is of my sweet Ben when he broke his arm. I wanted it to be more of a journal page than anything else. The faux notebook paper is from the Notations designer paper. I cut it down a bit and used the flower and swirls to cover the Heart. I used the spiral punch along one side and the corner rounder on the other two corners. I rubbed the edges of the notebook paper and the green base with my chalk options pads in banana and garnet. I used the same inks for the "i". I added a bit of chocolate ribbon around the i and the word YOU from a K&Co packet of chipboard I had lying about.

This last page is the end of this story....when Ben got his cast off. He was so cute. He was sure they were going to cut his arm off. He had gotten pretty attached to that cast and just wanted to keep it. I was inspired for this page by a layout I saw in one of my scrap design books. I have plenty of those..., anyway, the background was just color blocked with different patterned paper. I cut the squares of paper 5-3/4" and then distressed the edges with my SU cutter kit. I stuck them down and just put my mounted pictures over top of them.
It was a quick and easy page that I think looks pretty good! The "brave boy" was cut out using my cuttlebug. Kim had been cutting out LOADS of letters so I had to do some too! The paper I used is retired SU Playhouse paper. I really like it. I used some ribbon I picked up at Joanns in the $ bin.
I just can't wait to scrap some more! Hopefully I will have more pages to share this week!
Have a good one!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Tomatoes are good for you..... sister sent me this diet. Not that SHE needs, it but she thinks she does. Let's not go there. Anyway, it is this magic diet that makes you lose 10-17 pounds in 7 days. No pills, no drugs, no knives,....just this all veggie soup that you eat every day along with other certain things. You can find the diet here. So far, I am at day 4 and although I had lost 2 pounds this morning, it is back. I just don't think that is fair. I have not cheated at all! My DH says it is just because I am getting older and I should accept it. He is not bothered by my extra fluff....grrr...I guess that is good, but I am bothered by it! I am not going to give up on the diet. I will see it through to the end and report back. Maybe I will get lucky and it will actually work. Maybe I will just end up buying bigger clothes. Maybe I will try an all chocolate diet next to make up for all the dadgum tomatoes I've eaten this week! I do like tomatoes, but after four days of a highly tomatoey flavored soup....I'm not loving them so much. Too much of a good thing I guess.
I actually made some time to stamp today but it was just catch up stamping. I finished my calendar swap pages and my circle journal. I just want to run away and scrapbook for days!! Anybody want to come? LOL

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Autumn is in the air....

A sure sign that autumn is in the air is when the apples are ready for canning! Yes, I canned again today. It is a funny story, kind of....I went to the library to return my books...why did I get them there? Of course they were late, of course I want to buy them now, sheesh....anyway, on my way home I innocently drove past my favorite veggie stand. I think they were thinking of me when they made today's sign. It said "we have boxes." I never can seem to leave that place lately without a box full of something! I wanted pears, but the Bartlett pears were not very pretty and not very cheap. They had red pears ,which I had never seen before, that smelled Wonderful! So, I bought a box(of course) of them. Then I called mom to ask what kind of apples we usually can. She couldn't remember. sigh, by this time, I was getting TOO HOT. Do you know what I mean? Florida, humidity, black clothes...yeah, too hot. So, I just decided to get Rome apples. They looked good and were cheap. I got my boxes and headed home. Before I could get home, an apparently important belt on my car broke. Can you believe it happened right in front of a mechanic?? I was able to coast into their parking lot and they fixed me up! I thought it was a pretty good plan to break down in front of a mechanic, with a new book, and a snack! I guess someone is watching over me. :o)
The funny thing mom called me back and told me to get Golden Delicious after I had already left. Too late. But....when I got home and opened the box? Yep, they were golden delicious. Too funny! My kids had a ball helping me can. In fact, they did all the coring, slicing, and peeling. I just put them all in the pan and seasoned them!

Another sign of Autumn's approach is Halloween. I am not a big fan of this holiday. I don't buy Halloween stamps, as a rule, and I only do the whole Trunk or Treat out of pure obligation. But...This year, I have purchased three Halloweens sets! I am loving them! Here is a card I did for the Regional using the same schmooshing technique, with some Booglie Eyes on it. (love that set!) I just cut some of the background into strips and staggered them. You can really stretch a piece of the background and do a lot with it.
I'll be doing my pears tomorrow morning....anybody want to come help? ;o) I am also having a stamp a stack class tomorrow night. I'll share our card after that. I am really loving it!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

My moment of fame

I was asked to share a workshop wow at the Orlando regional last week. It was one of the funnest things I've done! I absolutely loved it! Shari was kind enough to get some pictures of me. When SU called and asked me to present, they told me I could do whatever I wanted and I had 5 minutes. Not a whole lot of time! I asked a few of my customers what they had seen me demo that was WOW to them. They seemed to like this craft schooshing technique, so that is what I showed. It is a super easy technique that I kind of morphed from other techniques over the ages. The way I do it is to take a sheet protector and split the seams so it is only attached, front to back, on the side with the ring holes. Open it up and schmoosh craft ink, I used the spots, randomly on one side. Using another color, do the same on the other side. I try and use colors that will look pleasant when they are combines. Like, red and blue, pink and yellow, any color and silver, etc. This card uses red and blue. When both sides are inked, close the protector and schmoosh the colors together. You can even slide the sheet protector around to ink up spots you may have missed.
When you have a good blend, open it back up. Take two pieces of Glossy cardstock and put them matte sides together. Put the paper inside the sheet protector and close it up again. The craft ink will transfer onto the paper. Glossy works best because it dries slower and gives the ink a chance to dry more evenly. You can leave it like that or quickly add embossing powder while the ink is still wet. For this card, when it was dry, I stamped the doodle flowers over top of it in the same blue and then colored them in using the Aquapainter and craft ink. This next one uses green and orange craft ink. I was going for a spooky Halloween feel, so the colors blending to a dirty color worked. I made a ton of samples for this, so you will be seeing more!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

all in the family

I had a great weekend in Az with my sisters. They are the cutest, craziest gals you will ever meet. They got all the good looks in the family. sigh...oh well. At least I'm the oldest so I can boss them around. Ha! (yeah, I'm the one on the far left...such a flattering position...thanks mom)I took Thor with me and we had a good time just he and I. It was interesting traveling with him...I travel so much by myself that I forget how nice it is to have someone to talk to. He is a boy of few words most of the time. In fact, on the plane, he would wake me up every time I dozed off "so he wouldn't be bored" but he didn't say much. He just wanted me awake. We did have some nice talks tho. Mostly he used the time to do a big time sales pitch for a new video game he wants.
This trip was the first time I got to meet my newest niece.
She has to be the most beautiful baby, not born to me, that I have ever seen. She has her moms big blue eyes and these perfect lips. Oh, and it didn't hurt that she actually liked me! Holding her for a couple of days totally fixed that baby urge I have been having. ;o)
While I was at my sister's house we did some canning. Yes, even she has the canning bug! We got very adventurous and tried canning Zucchini. What would YOU do if you were offered 40 pounds of it for $5? We learned a lot during this adventure. One: don't put your finger on the grating wheel if you want to keep it(your finger), Two: don't forget to add in the time for your oven to heat up when you are canning in there Three: zucchini smells really bad when it doesn't cook all the way and starts oozing out of the jars. yeck! After our 'learning' process, we ended up with about 20 quarts of zucchini. Some of it was grated, for use in muffins, bread and other baked goods, and some was sliced for using in soups. We also had several bags of grated zuchinni that we put in her freezer. I don't know how fast her family will go through it, but I would think it would last quite a while over here.
I spent most of the morning making samples for my regional presentation tomorrow, but I can't share them because my hubby left for Texas with my camera! I'll try and get some pictures from tomorrow to share. Have a great day and....wish me luck!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Conquistador of Chaos

I love to read. I read books of all kind. History, fiction, self help, biographies, decorating, and even books on organizing. I look to look at pictures of organized homes and see all the creative things people come up with. One of the best organizing books I have read was given to me by my mother. I'm SURE she wasn't hinting or anything when she gave this to me......It is called Organizing From the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern. Her method to organizing is to keep things where you use them. Not a mindboggling idea, but still...makes you think, no? In her book, she talks about the different kinds of people and how they 'organize' or take care of things. One of the titles she gives is Conquistador of Chaos. This is someone that waits til things get way out of control and then they come riding in on their great white horse to charge through the mess and set everything in order. Today, as I was running all over town, finishing a placque that had been ordered three months ago, doing laundry, mopping the floor, taking the kids to the dentist, going to the post office, getting groceries, and planning what I was going to wear on my trip this weekend.....I thought to myself, "self, why did you wait until Thursday to do all these things when you KNEW you were going to be leaving Friday morning?" That is when I realized that I just may be a C.O.C. I'm thinking this isn't a good thing to be. Why? Because, even though I almost always get everything done, I am stressed out, my family suffers (or hides), nothing is done quite how it "should" be and I'm worn out! I would blame my mother for my condition, but I know she reads this so I will keep her out of it. I think it is a control thing. You KNOW what I am talking about. So, I am going to think about how to modify my life and to try and avoid the whole "last minute" thing if possible. Besides...I read something about stress being a big part of that tire around our middles. Stress makes our bodies store fat or something. Yeah, I don't need all that stuff!

I made a card for a friend and I was going to wait to post it til she got it, but...I think I will post it now and be ahead of the game. kind of. Anyway, This is another card using the Cutie pic paper paired with the Rose red designer paper. The base is celery (i had a stack on my desk,okay?!) I added a chocolate ribbon and used the defining alphabet and define your life set. I LOVE these two together. have I said that? Anyway, I liked the scallop punch with the stripes. I think I saw that idea somewhere....
Have a great day. Take some time for you and...plan tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Sweetie pie

It is pouring outside today! I mean, buckets of rain are falling. It is awesome! I love this time of year. I know, there is the whole 'hurricane' thing, but...the storms are awesome here! Since I grew up in the southwest and we had little to no rain for most of my life, the rain still facinates me. I love the rolling thunder and splashing in puddles!
I drove my kids to the bus this morning because we were running late, and well, because it was pouring. Yes, I am a nice mom now and then. The kids were so cute running from the car to the bus with their little backpacks over their heads. Trying so hard to stay dry. Ben cracked me up tho when he darted through the rain only to purposely jump right in a puddle before he got on the bus. Yeah, his teacher is going to love me for that one! I can just hear his little shoe squeaking all day. Good think I am going in to the school today, I will take him some new socks. Silly boy!
I had some, let me rephrase that. I MADE some time yesterday to stamp. I say it that way because, like the rest of you, I have LOADS of things pulling on me all the time. I don't just have extra time laying about that I can choose to stamp in. I MAKE time to stamp because it makes me happy! I love to create. I love to make cards, scrapbook, and alter things. It is my happy time. I NEED that happy time so I can be happy doing the things I don't really like to do. Like, laundry. So, if you are one of those people that say you don't HAVE time to stamp....MAKE time! End of sermon! On to the projects. ;o) This first card is my group swap for this month. Sorry if I am ruining the surprise for you guys....I wanted to show how versatile this Sweetie Pie background paper is. I just love it! It is two sided so there are loads of options using it. This is two different pieces of the paper cut to fit the top and bottom. I didn't layer the whole thing because of that whole paper hoader thing. I snailed a ribbon across the front and folded it back for a sleek look. The bling is a SU Ice Rhinestone brad. Love those! The focal point is from the hostess set perfect presentation. I stamped it on whisper white with Rose Red, cut it out, mounted it on Celery and used the 2-way glue pen to put some dazzling diamonds glitter around the edges. I mounted it with dimensionals.
Now, this card is using same paper, but totally different. Someone sent me a stack of prestamped Bella images a while ago. I just love this one. Of course, I was the model for this stamp. It looks just like me. Especially with my new hairdo. Yes, I have a fro these days...I love it most the time. And the figure on this gal....well, okay, that is what I should look like...just add the effects of 6 babies on this gal and you get the real picture. ;o) The base of this card is also Celery and I used the same papers as the other card. I got this card idea from Amy. The card is held shut by sliping the image under the slot punch. The flowers are punched with the dasiy punch and 1/4 circle punch. I added some dottage with my white gel pen. I added some bling on the flowers, a stripe and her shoes with the 2-way glue pen and dazzling diamonds. This picture is a bit blurry I am noticing....sorry about that! hopefully you can still see how cute it is.
Well, I'm off to get ready for the day. Rainy days are best spent curled up with a good book but life calls! Have a stampin great day and....make some happy time for you!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Shimmer and shine

It seems the holiday season starts a little earlier every year. It always amazes every year when the Halloween stuff is out right after school starts. This year, I notice the Halloween stuff has Christmas decorations at the edges. Are we in sucha hurry? Well, if you plan to make your own Christmas cards, it is never too early! I haven't actually started mine, but I have been thinking about them. Here is one I came up with Saturday. What do you think? I'm also looking for a wow idea to share at the Orlando Regional, so I won't tell you how I did it. Leave me a comment so I know if it is a'wow' or not. It is super easy. Well, okay, semi super easy. ;o)

In family news, we are enjoying a day off of school today. Why? It is listed as a teach prep day/hurricane day. I'm thinking they were pretty darn confident to 'plan' a hurricane and wanted a loophole so they could still have a day off. After a whole month of school, the teachers do probably need a day to regroup and decide if what they had planned for their class is actually going to work with the class they got. Thank goodness for good teachers. I had thought about home schooling but when I was pregnant with number 4 and had three little ones under the age of 5....I decided I was way out numbered! the time they turn 5 they are already smarter than me so what would have been the point?!

Our "puppy love" saga continues. Yesterday, with the help of Sarah's new 'Soda fountain classics' cd, we taught Fantine to dance. She is a natural! She just cracks me up with those little back legs.

She can really shake her booty!

When she finally got worn out,(and it took a while!) Sarah and Ben tried the dancing thing together. They were adorable! I just love it when the kids play together! Sunday is our family day. Nobody gets to have friends over, we don't watch TV or play video games and we only watch 'certain' movies. Thus, the kids are left with each other for entertainment. When the weather is cooler, it turns into trampoline day. It is still pretty muggy and rainy these days, so we turn to dancing, board games, pillow fights and lots of baking. I love it!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Blue Springs

When my parents came for Labor day and birthdays a couple weeks ago, we had a ball! It is always a treat to have family around. Since I have been married I have only lived close to family for a couple of years. I feel like we miss out on so much! At the same time, if we didn't live all parents probably wouldn't have been to as many states as they have. I think we have broadened their horizons. ;o) We decided to spent Labor Day at Blue Springs. The boys had gone camping there, but the rest of us had never been. We hooked up with some other families from church and headed out early. We are not usually big on long days at the beach. The sun really gets to us. Okay, the sun really get to my husband! I just get worn out in general. We figured we would stay a couple of hours. We stayed for about four hours! It was just wonderful! The water is beautifully clear and cool. It was great for all the kids. They swam, ate, rode in canoes, looked at the alligators...yes, there were really alligators!, played on the playground and even kicked the soccerball around a bit. It was an all around great day. Nobody got sunburned (an amazing feat for us!), there was no sand, no salt, and lots of shade. There was a big house...historical I suppose, that I was thinking would be great to just move into and stay in! The kids are begging to go back. I'm sure we will...some is over an hour away tho. Darn!
We really enjoyed visiting with my parents and it was an extra fun treat to have my nephew here as well. It was his first trip without his mom and dad and he did great! He didn't have a chance to get homesick...we kept him busy! He and Thor are only 2 weeks apart in age and they had loads of fun!
I promised to share another card I made Tuesday night. This is a stamp set I decided to buy because of it's "artsy" style. As I was looking through my stamps, I realized that I have a lot of the
same style of stamps. I decided to broaden my horizons with this set. It is a really pretty set. I do like it. I spent a lot of time watercoloring on this one....I dont' think I will do a lot that way. I stamped it with Staz On Black onto watercolor paper
and used the watercolor crayons to add a bit of color directly to the stamped image. Then I used my aquapainter to blend the colors. I think it might be easier to use the watercolor pencils because of the detailed image, but there aren't as many color options with the pencils. I don't know if you can see
the background but I did stamp the lace background 2/3 of the way down in the artichoke. I think I will try this set with embossing. That is a nice quick way to make a classy card. Have a happy one!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A Hot and Wild Time

My nose is running, my eyes are burning, hands are pruney...what? No, I'm not sick, I'm canning again! I ran out of my homemade salsa this weekend. Horrors!! I tell ya, after making my own....I don't want that store bought stuff any more! I just happened to be passing my favorite veggie stand and they had tomatoes! So, I decided to fix my "no salsa" problem today. Of course, they didn't have any I ended up getting those at the grocery store. These are not exactly a high ticket item so I didn't mind. I got two boxes of tomatos, a mere 50 pounds, but I only managed to finish one box today. I guess I know what I'm doing tonight!

Last night I stayed up and stamped a bit. It is so nice to be able to stamp AT my desk! I didn't even have stuff on my lap! Amazing! I have everything I need within arms reach. Well, except all my stamps, but...I can lean over really far and reach a lot of them. I am still attempting to slog my way through a lot of my paper scraps, so here we go! This 5-1/2 x 5-1/2 card is made with a pretty in pink card base, some retired SU Love Ya patterned paper and vanilla cardstock. I used my cutter kit to cut the curvy edge on the vanilla cardstock. The elephant is stamped with Bliss Blue, the heart flower is made with the M3. I used celery to draw the stem and leaves and the regal rose to make the heart. If you don't know how to do this, just use the tip of your brush marker and push down to make each hump of the heart, the tip of the brush meets at the bottom of the heart. Clear as mud?? The ribbon is the tafetta cream. The buttons are from the SU SS collection from a few years ago.(more scraps!)

This card just made me happy! So.... I made another one with the same Wild about you set. This one uses another retired Patterned paper. I know I am not the only one missing this Spring Showers paper. It was my favorite!! (that probably explains why I have so much of it left!) I stamped the giraffe with basic brown onto watercolor paper. (yes, I think I need a refill for that pad....note to self...) I used my aquapainter to add some bliss blue around the giraffe. The spots are colored in with the blender pen and ink from my chocolate chip pad. I double mounted him onto saffron and chocolate chip. The brown stripe is chocolate chip paper. I scalloped the bottom of the front of the card with the corner rounder. The brads are some cheap ones I picked up at Joanns for a dollar or so...they are light blue. The wild about you is stamped with chocolate chip and punched out with the word window punch. When I was done, I went back and highlighted the eyelashes with my black journaling pen so you can see them it possible to 'highlight' something with black?? something to ponder today....
I did another couple of cards but I will save them for tomorrow.
Here is my recipe for salsa:
25 pounds of fresh beefsteak tomatoes chopped into fairly small chunks
4 yellow oninons pulverized with my Pampered Chef chopper
8 Jalepenos (same as onions)
4 Tablespoons salt
3 Tablespoons minced dry garlic
2 Tablespoons Black pepper
I mixed it all up, put it into quart jars and cooked them in my oven at 275 degrees for 1 hour. I start with a cold oven and set the timer for 1 hour. They only have to cook for 45 minutes, but...this way I don't have to heat the salsa first. This stuff tasted pretty hot before it was cooked....I'm SO looking forward to it!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

New addition!

We have had several dogs over our families history and I swore I would never have another one. But recently, I have been really thinking it would be a good idea. My kids are all getting older, no more babies, and I am home alone alot. Just last week I had a couple days when I was really jumpy. Every little noise was making me nervous. I hate that feeling! I started thinking that having a dog around might ease my nerves a bit. My kids have been begging for a dog for years! It is pretty easy to say no to them, but when my dear hubby started hinting that a dog would be the perfect gift for his 40th birthday....I knew I was going to have to give in.

We found this sweet boxer mix at the SPCA here locally. We had picked out a shepherd the day before, but when we saw both dogs in action with Ben, was pretty clear she was the one for us. She is totally calm yet playful, house trained, quiet, and just loves all the kids! The first day she was home she was a bit nervouse I think because she would not lay down. The poor thing was shaking she was so tired! I finally sat on the floor and she laid beside me. She is getting more comfortable every day. We are still working on a name for her. Any suggestions??

I have set a goal to use up my scraps. Or at least....shrink them a bit. I made several cards this weekend using only scraps. Here is the first one and...well, okay! I cheated!Great start, right? I had just got a SU shipment with my new True Friend set and the Apple cider paper so...I did use a piece of the AC paper. I love the rich colors on there! The rest of the paper is from my scrap stash. The card base is Vanilla, I put a strip of craft under the edge of the AC paper and pierced along the edge of both papers. The focal is stamped onto vanilla using the M3 and mounted onto old olive cardstock. I used Really rust, old olive, and chocolate chip markers to color directly onto the stamp. The ribbon is (also from a new roll...shoot!) the new vanilla tafetta that I colored rust with my rust marker. I LOVE how it looks in person! This new ribbon is awesome!! I stamped "friend" from the same stamp set by just inking up that word with my chocolate chip marker.

Okay, so this next one really does use all scraps!
I used the same True Friend set on this one. This set has a great medallion stamp that I just love! I started the card with a base of Not Quite Navy and stamped that medallion with the same color ink. I went for that instead of Vmark becasue I wanted it a bit darker that Vmark would have made it. I put a strip of patterned paper...SU from days gone by....across the middle and wrapped a strip of white tafetta ribbon around that. I tied another smaller piece of ribbon on the strip I had put down. This is a good idea if you are not sure where you want your knot to be. You can slide it around when you do it this way. The focal point is stamped in NQN onto vanilly cardstock and mounted onto a scrap of NQN. I wanted it to stand out from the background a bit so I pushed the edges of the NQN into my Vanilla pad to give it a bit of an edge. I stuck the Focal point on with my dimensionals. I colored in the U with a bordering blue marker and then added crystal effects over it. Just to give it a bit more character. All in all, an easy card that is pretty darn cute I think!
I'm going to go now and finish the scrapbook page I'm making from scraps. Keep posted!!