Thursday, April 30, 2009


You might need your shades to view this one! I used Summer Sun, Regal Rose CS & Pink Flamingo DSP, the Cheers to You Stamp set, Punches - 5 Petal & Boho Flower, a little Dazzling Diamonds glitter with a couple of Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads. Also used was Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon & Linen Thread, Pink Bead Duo, Dimensionals, Library Clib, Tempting Turquoise & Whisper White CS and Basic Black Ink. Last, but not least, the Big Shot Top Note Die.

A card I did with Lisa last month. I wanted to show you where I got the idea, but I have lost the info.

Cheers to you for stopping by.

Hooray Hardware Number 5

This is one of those projects that take several different tries to get it to the point where I liked it. I had the base ready & when I started adding to it, I didn't like it, so I put it up for awhile. I recently came upon a sketch I liked, and here is the finished product. I'm happy with the way it turned out. I hope you like it, too. Thanks for dropping by.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I've been having computer problems lately. After many talks with Tech Support, we think my modem is on its last legs. Apparently, they last 3-4 years & mine is 4 years old.

Today's daily reflection: God, & my modem, hung in there with me till I was to get a paycheck.

Last night my printer/scanner wouldn't work. Just didn't feel like getting down on the floor, crawling under my desk, checking cables again so I waited til tonight. I checked the cables at the printer first, luckily I found the problem there & that one of them had become disconnected, easy fix & now I can post a couple of things for you.

Hooray Hardware Number 4

Simple & sweet!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Daily Reflection

What a day today was! I met my stampin friends at 830 am, we went to Lawrence and stamped for hours, ate lunch at Jason's Deli, drove back home,
stopped at Sam's Club, then to the Sonic for a limeade, and made it church with time to spare. Next, I headed to Best Buy to pick up a network cable, hopefully this will fix my internet connection problem. Oops, I forgot about the tornado warning siren that went off during our church service, so we headed to the basement. By the time we got out some chairs, Pastor said a prayer for everyone's safety, Pastor gave his message, we then learned that the tornado had moved east, so we headed back upstairs to Communion & Offering! Love the excitement!!!

I am extremely thankful tonight that I was not harmed by a tornado, nor was my car or home. I'm thankful for my stampin friends. I'm thankful for creativity. I'm thankful for my new family at church. God is truly at work in my life. I hope that if your are struggling, or someone you know is, you find peace in your life.

Hooray Hardware Number 3

I love how the colors Cameo Coral & Kiwi Kiss look together! This was a fun card, notice how the white embroidery thread wrapped around the Kiwi Kiss cs mirrors the stripe in the ribbon on the opposite side of the card.

Cameo Coral CS
Kiwi Kiss CS
Whisper White CS
Pink Flamingo DSP
Trendy Trees Stamps
Close to Cocoa Ink
Kiwi Kiss Ink
Cameo Coral Ink
White Embroidery Thread
Hooray Hardware
Kiwi Kiss Ribbon


I love this page! I have been wanting to do a black and white only page, here it is. For those of you who are paper crafters, once you finish a project, do you just sit there and enjoy it for awhile? Even in the days to follow, do you have it laying out so that you can pick it up and look at it, marvel at your creation? I do. I hope you like it. The title stands for Lutheran Women's Ministry League. I went to my first meeting and one of the ladies forwarded a beautiful email the next day containing the journaling that I used here. Next month I hope to get a group picture to finish this off.

Eclectic Circles Décor Elements

Love the colors, but not sure I know what this is. It looks like a trash can. What do you think? It would make a great gift giving idea. Fill in with kitched themed ideas for a bridal shower or wedding gift.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Peace Like a River

It has been such a busy last 4 weeks that I have not done daily reflections. There are so many good things that have happened that I am blessed for, so I decided to read today's Daily Devotional. I found the following story by one of our volunteers in Guana. I found it comforting. I hope you do to. Have a blessed weekend.

When I first heard the story of the famous song, "When Peace Like a River," I asked myself why is it that God allows His people to go through such sufferings and calamities. What will our friends and relatives say about God when things go bad for us?

The songwriter of the well-known song had a similar experience, and this is what influenced him to write the song. He was a lawyer who had amassed wealth through his labor but lost all his properties through a fire. Surprisingly, his trust in God was not affected a bit. As if that was not enough, while crossing the Atlantic, all four of his daughters died in a collision with another ship. His wife survived and sent him the now famous telegram, "Saved alone."

What a tragedy! What a calamity in the life of a Christian. When he received the message, he was never worried about his trust in His God but wrote the wonderful song which said, "Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well, with my soul."

Amazing as it may seem, God has truly taught us to say, "it is well" when we encounter unfortunate circumstances. He promises us in His Word that He told us these things, so that we may have peace. In this world we will have trouble; however, we should take heart because Christ has overcome the world through His perfect life, His sacrificial death, and victorious resurrection. What a comforting and refreshing message for all of us as we are going through troubles.

We need the Word of God to strengthen us each day of our lives so as not to lean on our own strength but to put all our trust in the Lord who will guide our paths. In this regard, when calamity befalls us, we are sure God will empower us and we can also say, "It is, indeed, well with my soul."

Eclectic Circles Décor Elements

This would look great in your work room, your Stampin Up apron hanging on the hook, your most recent artwork on display! Oh so chic. Ah. A dreamer - I am. LOL.

My Fav

I had so much fun making these cards. This is the 2nd of the 6 cards we will be making using the Hooray Hardware. Class will be Sat. May 19 at 12:30 pm. The class fee will be $20.00, it is non-refundable and non-transferable. Payment must be received by Sat. May 9. I accept PayPal. Looking forward to stamping with you!

Thursday, April 23, 2009


Eclectic Circles Décor Elements

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sneak Peak

I'm excited to show you a sneak peak at my new class called "Hooray Hardware!" There will be 6 cards total using each of the 6 fabulous & fun pieces of our newest hardware. Stop by Thursday morning for more details.


One of the things I am seeing in the paper-crafting world is that many of us are now framing our artwork and hanging it up on the wall and what a better place for it!

Here is a frame with photos and Eclectic Circles Décor Elements. To the left of this post, you will see a link to the Decor Catalog. Take a look & enjoy!

Home Decor

For the next 5 days, I thought I would share with you some home decor ideas from Stampin Up's Eclectic Circles Décor Elements.
Décor Elements is vinyl artwork for walls, mirrors, windows, or other hard, smooth surfaces. Stampin' Up! has long advocated decorating your home using Definitely Decorative stamp sets. Décor Elements takes that same idea and uses a different medium to accomplish the same mission--making your home a beautiful representation of your style! Whether you want to spice up the walls of their house or frame a piece for display, Décor Elements is easy to apply, easy to love, and easy to remove.
Stampin' Up! has incredible artwork that lends itself to beautiful home décor images. Our artwork really stands out when you see it on a wall, a mirror, or a window. Through our product development, we've been able to achieve intricate designs because of our manufacturing process. We believe that this different approach is just one differentiator between Stampin' Up! and the competition.
Another differentiator is that the Décor Elements images and techniques available also coordinate with our existing products. We brought you Two-Step Stampin', so why not two-step and three-step wall art that will really catch your customers' attention in our exclusive colors? For example, our Ginormous Flowers Décor Elements has multi-colored images create by two- and- three-step vinyl application.

National Scrapbooking Month

For many people, scrapbooking has played an important role in their lives. It may have started with something simple: the first time they placed a sticker on a piece of paper or picked up a camera. But no matter what brought a person to scrapbooking, all scrapbookers have something in common with Stampin' Up! demonstrators: they love to create.

During the month of May, we are celebrating National Scrapbooking Month.
Stampin Up can help to inspire your creativity whether you are an avid scrapbooker or brand-new to the hobby. Stampin' Up! has amazing offers in store for you throughout the month of May so be sure to check back.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Thank You

Isn't this adorable? It's called a scrapling and measures 2" x 4-1/4". You can make them any size you want as the idea is to use your scraps.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Milk Carton Treat Holder

This was my project for a recent shoebox swap. It was the last project of the day and many people had gone home, but they really wanted to make this. The back is just like the front, so there are 4 little milk carton treat boxes. The bottom of each carton has a secret opening so I just have to insert a gift and it's ready to go.

Friday, April 17, 2009


I love these little baskets, they are made with a Sizzix Bigz Die, the tag is also part of the die. We used So Saffron CS for the basket, the ribbon is Tangerine Tango, tag is chocolate chip.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for dropping by.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Denise's Kitty

I started this layout at the last crop I went to. I wanted to use up these SU Rose Red Die Cut flowers. This is one of my most simplest layouts, but I like it. Thanks so much for stopping by. I'd love to hear your comments. Just click on the comment below each post.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


This is one of my very first scrapbook pages I did and amazingly I still like it. I added pictures over the weekend along with the date I found on the back of the pictures. There's no title - I need to work on that. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Corduroy Buttons Featured In Creating Keepsakes Magazine May '09

Add texture to your projects using custom-colored buttons and brads covered in . The buttons are available in 6 Stampin' Up! exclusive colors: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Kraft, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun. For a limited time (until June 30, 2009) the buttons will be available in two additional colors: Baja Breeze and Basic Gray. You'll have 24 buttons per container; 8 each of the following designs: ¾" circle with hole, ¾" circle with brad attachment, ½" circle with brad attachment. $9.95.

Sunset in Afghanistan

I received this today from Pastor's wife, Carolyn. Their daughter is an apache helicopter pilot currently in Afghanistan. At the top of the mountain, you can see one of the helicopters. I would like to wish each of you a Happy Easter.


Saturday, April 11, 2009

A Few Lines

Today was spent going thru picture albums finding pictures to add to scrapbook pages while KC took his nap. I managed to complete 3 of them & will post as soon as I can.

I also chatted with my Grandmother on the phone. I had been told by my Aunt Judy that Grandma is starting to forget things. I noticed it today. Yesterday was Edith's (a friend and fellow tennant) birthday (Friday) and her daughter brought in a bottle of liquid that you can blow bubbles with. She enjoyed that and I am sure they got the giggles. There were pictures taken so I e-mailed the manager and hope to get a few for my scrapbook.

I wanted to attend Church services tonight, but around 4pm I got really sleepy so took a short nap instead. Fixed a light supper, watched some tv, played Mahjong Garden on Pogo, now I am off for a shower and some sleep. Hope to attend Sunrise Services & Easter Breakfast.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Inspired by Nature

We did this card at a recent meeting. Isn't it fabulous? I love the dimensional look! We used the stamps Inspired by Nature. This stamp set is not in the current catalog, but it is available for sale. Please ask me how you can order it, if you would like it. Pretty in Pink cardstock was cut using the Square Scallop punch.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Laughter Joy Happiness Bliss Delight

This is my 2nd page kit for sale for the month of April only. This is my neice, Blair, when she was born.

Sweet Slumber Specialty DSP
On Board Accents (r)

Baja Breeze Classic Ink

Real Red Craft Ink
So Saffron Craft Ink
Button Bouquet
Filigree Brad
Punches: Scalloped Edge

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Do It Again

I absolutely love this page! These are some of my favorite pics of Quinn, he is soooo cute.

Thise is my first scrapbook page that I am offering a kit for sale, for the month of April only. Price is $6.00. I will provide you with all the pre-cut cardstock, DSP, and embellishments.

You will have this picture on my blog as a reference to look at. If you feel you need more instructions, I am happy to oblige.

Whisper White CS
Baja Breeze CS
Sweet Slumber Specialty DSP
Big Deal Alpha
Polka Dot Punches (r)

Versamark Ink
Punches: 5 Petal Flower, Corner Rounder, Boho Flower, Scalloped Circle, Circle

Marker - So Saffron

Monday, April 6, 2009

Special Delivery

Finally, a day that I can go outside and take pictures. I have so many things to show you! This page is of Zadie. The title & journalling is probably too light to read, but says "Special Delivery." Also the name of the scrapbooking kit I used from Stampin Up. I thought it would be a great title, no need for to struggle finding another one. I just love this page, the colors, the layout, the die cut in the center that connects the two sides together. The baby carriage and diaper pin are made with SU punches.

Palm Sunday 2009

When Jesus (a King) entered Jerusalem, he came gentle and on a donkey. Very unpretenious for a king. A rare and beautiful quality. When I think of people I admire in my own life, that is the quality that I admire the most!

As Pastor says, Palm Sunday reminds us that Jesus was a king. Good Friday tells us what kind of king and what kind of kingdom.

What kind of kingdom? One of weakness and humility. A kingdom of the cross. A kingdom of peace and justice in Christ.

A physical kingdom one day. For now, a spiritual kingdom by word and sacrament, prayer, and community.

Why is this important? We live in a world that equates the material with the real. Our challenge is to connect the deeply spiritual kingdom of God in Christ to the needs of an all too real, material world.

A beautiful song called What Wondrous Love Is This can be heard here:

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Love Is In The Air

For the project today, I wanted to use up a scrap that already had adhesive on it (the pink paper) , so I looked thru the splitcoaststampers card sketches and found this one. I wanted to use Forest Friends again & I loved a card I found in the gallery. You can click on the link below to see it.

Basic Black cs
Bo Bunny Alissa Look at Me & Love You Decorative Paper
Pretty In Pink CS
Soft Sky CS (retired)
Bead Duo - Pink & Green
Basic Gray Ink
Marker Pretty In Pink
Punches - Three For You,& Heart to Heart & Double Slotted
Ribbon White Satin 5/8" (new - in Occasions Mini)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Forest Friends

I chose a card sketch from for today's project. These little guys are so adorable! They are now available in the Occasions Mini Catalog. Check out this month's promo at my Stampin Up website


Forest Friends Stamps
Pacific Point cs
Bashful Blue cs
Chocolate Chip cs
Whisper White cs
DSP Good Morning Sunshine
Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon
Punches - 1-1/4 & 1-3/8 Circle
Chocolate Chip Ink
Going Gray Ink
Markers - Old Olive, Chocolate Chip

Friday, April 3, 2009


Wow, what a week! I'm back in the workforce and exhausted as I knew I would be. I thought I would share a little bit about this. I am working at the Topeka Rescue Mission with the kitchen staff. It is only for 3 weeks or 80 hours, whichever comes first.

I was relieved when I learned I would be working at the Mission. Even though the responsibilities are the same, it is different in the sense that I am not working for a "company." You have the added benefit of knowing that you are helping someone in need.

Just like the Veteran's Hospital, the Mission couldn't exist without it's volunteers. Many of those need it for basic survival.

I've learned that Topeka is a very giving community. Most of the food served is donated and appreciated.

I'm thankful that they exist so that I have a place to "ease" back in and that they have been so kind to me.

I hope you had a wonderful week, too.


Here is a St Patty's Day card I forgot to post for you from Arla. I have been busy with my temporary part-time job & getting ready for a crop tomorrow night. I'll be working with Arla, she has a lot of fresh new ideas. I have so many scrapbook pages to show you - just need to find some time to photograph them. Here's hoping it is this weekend. I really appreciate you visiting me today, feel free to leave me a comment.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Occassion Mini Catalog Available Now!

You can now order from the new Mini Occassions Catalog. See the link to the left. Also, you have a couple of days left to get a free Spring Summer Catalog for free by placing an order via my website.