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Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Here is the final installment of the board book scrapbook I made for my friend Leslie.. above is the final spread! Now look below for the entire book:

Sunday, December 28, 2008


Have you been dying to see more of my "Oh So Cute" book? Well, here is a few more pages.. I just have to drag this out because I worked so hard on it and love it so much! I am so inspired to make more board books! Now, if I could just start scrapbooking for me...hmmm... funny how that works!! Enjoy below:

Behind bottom picture on left is a hidden journaling box

SECOND SPREAD (another hidden journaling box is on the bottom right)

Friday, December 26, 2008


I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! After a long day of traveling with a sick child we arrived in Seattle, WA late Christmas Eve. I will do my best to keep my blog updated while I am away, so bare with me.

Over the next couple of days I want to share an extra special album I made my best friend Leslie for a Christmas present. I was honored to watch her little angel Katelyn be born this past June, and I thought what better way to share the special day again with Leslie, then to document some key moments. I really hope you all enjoy this book, I loved the way it turned out..

Book Front

Book Back
Certainly Celery (DSP), Almost Amethyst (DSP), Whisper White Cardstock, Basic Black Cardstock, Pretties Kit, 1/2" Circle Punch, Paper Piercer (Crafter's Tool kit), Various Rub-Ons, Sticky Cuts Letters, Fine Cosmo Stampin Glitter, Crop-a-Dile, Certainly Celery Grosgrain, Whisper White Grosgrain, Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain, On Board Book Basics Large, Vintage Brads, Corner Rounder (Non- Stampin Up: Rings, Clear Photo Corners)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


I know this is Christmas week, but I have to take a moment to share this awesome promotion that starts today. From December 23-January 31, you have the opportunity to purchase this adorable "Love You Much" bundle. When purchasing this bundle you get these items at a 20% discount, so for only $41.48. This is your chance to get a couple items EARLY from the Spring/Summer Idea Book & Catalog!! Click on the picture below to see the full flyer!!

Contact me today the get to place your order and/or to get more information or you can go directly to my Stampin Up! website to place your order!!


Monday, December 22, 2008


Okay this is the final "framed art" post for now.. I don't want overdue it, although I never get sick of them! The first one has a Certainly Celery & Basic Black emphasis, isn't this clean crisp look fantastic?

The second one is a gift I made my brother and his wife for Christmas, so I am crossing my fingers that they don't check out this blog before Christmas, so if you could cross your toes that would be great! Happy Looking!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008


Here is the second set of Holiday Bazaar Frames I made. I just loved these colors... I hope this inspires you to make some Holiday gifts this year and save a little mula! Some of these frames will be available on my Doodle Daze Store soon... click here to check it out:

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Howdy all! As I am wrapping presents, visiting friends, still working on Christmas Cards (okay I think they are now going to be winter cards), and so much more I thought I would schedule some posts to hit over the next several days..

For my recent Holiday Bazaar I made several Framed Arts... I hope you are not sick of these because I just love them.. So, let's start with the two I did with Rub-Ons. This vine Rub-On is still one of my favorites and it came from the FREE Sale-a-Bration Brochure last year. As you can see I also spruced it up with some of our Pretties... I hope you enjoy!!

Sunday, December 14, 2008


I love to stamp first, however my other passion is photography. Capturing special moments in someone's life is like sending a card you handstamped special for someone. Did that make sense? Over the past few years I have sent my photo cards and sold them at holiday bazaars, but for the first time you will see my favorite photo cards available for purchase at my blog store:

Below is one of the cards that will be featured in my Pug Card Pack. All of my photo cards will be sold in packs, not singly. This is my furry daughter can say it... AWE!

Friday, December 12, 2008


Okay are you on the edge of your seat? Just kidding, this is an ornament I was just playing around with. I really like how it turned out. Let me know what you think!!

SUPPLIES: Season Of Simple Grace (stamp set); Basic Black, Bashful Blue; Creamy Caramel (Card Stock); Bashful Blue, Basic Black (ink); 1/2" Striped Bashful Blue Ribbon, Crop-a-Dile, Snail Adhesive, Stick Strip, 2-Way Glue, Dazzling Diamonds, and Yo Yo Yellow Stampin Write Marker. The container is from the craft store, I found them in the bead section.

I am actually going to do a whole set of these, one with the Three Wisemen and another using the Shepherds. I will post the whole set after I make them. I thought the set could be great for our MOPS ornament exchange. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


When I bought the square glass ornaments I also loved these round flatter ones, so I picked up a few of these as well. First, I tried just stamping on it and thought it was okay, but the ornament was screaming for some glitter. I think that is a theme around here, it seems all my projects scream for it to much when you find glitter on your dog's head??

Anyhow, back to the subject at hand. This was a quick and easy ornament and I have to say so far my FAVORITE. I used VersaMark, Heat & Stick Powder, the Heat Tool (which I did from a distance because these ornaments can be fragile), and some fine glitter (we don't sell this color anymore, but we do have some others in the catalog)....and poof b-ea-utiful!! Don't you think this looks classy? And let me tell you the sparkle is WOW!!!

INSTRUCTIONS: Stamp image with VersaMark ink, pour heat & stick powder over images, Use heat tool to melt powder...again from a distance to ensure the glass does not break, next pour glitter over the stamped areas, heat once more and enjoy the sparkle. I added the grosgrain ribbon just to give it a little something extra!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


The list is out.. as we prepare for a new Idea Book & Catalog it means stamp sets have to retire to make room for the NEW. I will have my personal retiring list out soon, but in the meantime click on the picture below to see the list from Stampin UP!

Stampin Up! is not stopping there, From now until December 23rd you can get 10% off the retiring stamp sets. This is a first, so don't miss out on getting your favorite sets at a discount.

In conjunction to all the excitement of the retired stamps & discount, for all merchandise orders of $70 or more you will get FREE SHIPPING... how exciting is that?! So, not only can you get 10% off the retiring sets, but you can also get FREE shipping, there is no better time than now to get those sets you've been wanting.

You can contact me to place an order, or go directly to my Stampin Up! website, click Shop Now, and place your order at any time!!


Monday, December 8, 2008


We are on the downhill slide to the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas!! One thing I absolutely love about Christmas is ornaments. I have to admit I am a huge Hallmark ornament fan and frankly my mouth almost fell off when I saw the final price after I purchasing only FOUR ornaments. So, I have been on a mission to create cute ornaments this year... So, I will be sharing them with you over the next few days.

First, I want to start with these adorable square glass ornaments.. I recently posted one using reinkers, but I thought, I could do something so much cuter. Then, I stumbled across Kimberly Van Diepen's Blog (thanks Erin), and I knew what I had to do. These were so easy to make, and quite festive I must say. I really think the Rub-On's put their cuteness over the top, how about you.. Now I just need to decide which one I want to give at our MOPS ornament exchange...hmmm...

SUPPLY LIST: Various Designer Paper Scraps (1/2" x 3"), Various SU! Ribbon, & Rub On's, Big Snow Flurries, and The glass ornaments came from Hobby Lobby & Michael's. I got them 50% off, so the cost for a set of four was only $1.50-$2.00...not bad!!

Friday, December 5, 2008


I received this groovy card from a swap I did earlier this year, made by Milette Siler, and I wanted to make it in a standard sized card (5 1/2" x 4 1/4"). I thought to myself how can I use the same cute design, but increase the size, while putting a little of me in it... well below you will see what I did. It kept the same base design with a slightly different approach (why reinvent the wheel, right...).

I just wanted to show you that you can make any project your own, with a little tweak here and there!

Have a great weekend, I will post pics from my Holiday bazaar sometime this weekend!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

More Christmas Gifts & Goodies...

Hello all... I just wanted to quickly post a couple things I made at the end of last week. I will do my best to keep up my posts this week, but I am on the countdown to my big holiday bazaar, and I still have tons of work to do. so in the meantime I hope you enjoy the two items below...

SQUARE ORNAMENT: I saw these fun shaped ornaments on Angie Juda's blog, I knew I had to get some right away (they are at Michael's & Hobby Lobby). This is my first attempt with reinkers.. I used the classic ink, which was not the smartest idea as it is not permanent, so it really doesn't dry... so if you try this use permanent ink refills. I mixed Dazzling Diamonds in the ink to give it a little sparkle. My favorite part is the Rub-On's, the final product also has 2008 on the top. Enjoy...

FRAMED ART: Below is my latest Framed Art, I gave it to my step-sister for Christmas (we celebrated early). I have started adding clear photo corners to make it easier for the recipient to just pop in their own pictures. I just love these colors (Bella Rose DSP, Riding Hood Red CS, Basic Black CS)

Monday, December 1, 2008


I am beyond excited to share this project with you. When I was looking at Angie Juda's Blog, I saw a cute gift card holder made out of the Scallop Circle Die from our Big Shot Machine. Well, once I saw it the bells and whistles started going off in my head (what don't you have those in your head?), and I thought I could do a similar project with something I had around the house. Those of you who know me, know I love to re-use things in creative ways.

So, I instantly thought I could use the lids from formula cans I had left over from the Holiday Trees projects made at a recent workshop. I just love it when projects turn out exactly like I envision them and when I find a use for something I decided to hang on to.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do....they are adorable if I say so myself... and easy to make!!

SUPPLIES for all: Various Designer Series Papers & Card stock, Punches (1 1/4 Square Punch, Small Tag Punch, Large Tag Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Word Window, Snow Blossom, 1/2" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1/8" Handheld Circle Punch, Boho Blossom Punch), Sticky Strip, Coluzzle, Various Ribbon, Uni-Ball White Gel Pen.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Holiday Team Swap FINAL Group!

I know you are all sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for these last few samples.. so here they are. I hope your Thanksgiving day was extra special!!

Chas Mullins

Sherrill Evans

Emily Lewis

Keri Stoodley

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Holiday Team Swap PART TWO!

FIRST OF ALL.... HAPPY THANKSGIVING! What a great time of year to reflect all we are thankful for. I am thankful for all of you and my wonderful group of gals! How about you?

If you enjoyed the first set of samples, watch out because here are some more for your viewing pleasure.. Check out the first one, I can't wait to make it (Gina you are so good).. Keep checking back this week and if you have not already joined my email list do so right away, so you will receive an alert via email when I have added a new post.. Enjoy!

Gina Stearns

Anita Hays

Renee Faverty

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Holiday Swap..Part One!

My awesome team just completed a holiday swap and the quality of cards was out of this world. I will post the samples over the next couple days. I have to say when the packages of swaps began to arrive it was like Christmas. I am continually blessed by the wonderful gals on my team. If you would like to join my team click here to start your amazing journey. You will need to know christie07 to complete the process. Enjoy the samples below:

Jeneice Westerfield

Michelle Chesser

Sarah Trickey

Sandy Scott

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Are you impressed that I have kept up with posting this week? I am striving to be more consistent not only with the blog, but also stamping. I'm working on lots of projects at once, which means I'll have tons to share.

Below is a project I made for the gals at my MOPS table this past Thursday. It wasn't anything to extravagant, but it had Pumpkin Spice Kisses in it, so that made it extra special since they are so hard to find and oh so good!! Okay now back to the project, check out the supply list...the turkey is made almost entirely with punches and is on a card that measures 3" x 6" and scored at 3".

Card Stock:
Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Rose Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Basic Black; Misc: 1 3/8: Circle Punch, Double Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Pop-Up Glue Dots, Mini Glue Dots, Snail Adhesive, More Mustard Grosgrain Ribbon (boy I didn't realize my bow looked so terrible, ugh)

Note: I can't claim the cute Turkey as my original idea, I actually saw it on Angie Juda's blog (Chic-n-Scratch). Click here to check out where the inspiration began!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Planning for the Holidays!

I am sooooo excited to finally be posting this oh so cool planner. Last Christmas I was excited to receive a package from one my awesome downline members, Keri Stoodley.

Low and behold I opened it to find this Holiday Planner. I just love it and anyone who knows me knows I am a big list writer and the more I get to check off the list the better, so this was the perfect gift for me.

I can't wait to make another one using some of our current paper, and who knows when someone I know might find a planner of their very own in their mailbox....hmmmm....

Check the pictures below as they show various pages in the book. My favorite part has to be the small red lunch sack used for receipts. I tell you Keri is something else as you can see. Enjoy!