Friday, June 27, 2008

Monday's Fun Day Winner!

Happy Friday everyone!

I have a winner to announce for Monday's Fun Day from last week!

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:

Timestamp: 2008-06-27 19:04:16 UTC

She says...
I'm really new to stamping, so I'm interested in basically any techniques!

Send me your mailing address!
She's getting married on December 13th, everyone!
How exciting! I know you are also new to stamping and blogging. Keep up on the blog so that you can show us your creative side and keep us up to date on your wedding plans!


Wednesday, June 18, 2008


This past weekend was my sister-in-law's baby shower.
It was so much fun preparing for it!
I was a little lost in that it was my first and probably only baby shower ever, but I think it turned out nicely.

The baby shower invitation:
Onesie Card Tutorial by Lauren Meader

My beautiful sister-in-law, Kari!

The favors:
The baby block holds a white chocolate mint truffle from See's. The square scallop inside the bag holds three Ghirardelli chocolate squares. The topper with the scallop circle is a See's pop.

The Strawberry Gingerale Cupcakes:

The Diaper Cake!

I can not wait to meet this baby! I have a niece, then there's my oldest son, then my nephew, and then my youngest son. So there has been three boys in a row. It will be SO much fun having a baby girl around! August... it's just around the corner!

Okay now...stay tuned for more!
I will be back later with the recipe for the Strawberry Gingerale Cupcakes and a general "how to" for the diaper cake.


A special birthday package from Alaska!

My dear friend, Jan, lives in Alaska and we have been online friends since I used to hang out over at the PaperCrafts a couple of years ago. One of the first emails I have kept from her is from February of 2006! lol! You can see more of her beautiful artwork at Far North Designs.

As always, Jan remembered to include treats for my boys!

Jan named the beautiful pin on this card "Summertime" (yes, I have been reading your blog!) Grungeboard was used here - and she included a sample of grungeboard much like what she played with onboard during her Cruise with Tim Holtz.

AH! You know me well, my friend! These flowers will be cherished and used preciously!

Remember those Ed Emberley FunPrint (Fingerprint and Thumbprint) drawing books? Jan sent the boys one and WOW! was it a hit!

Ken gives it a BIG thumbs up!

Thank you, Jan!
I will make it over to you one of these birthdays!

love and hugs,

Stampin' Up! Announcements!

This beautiful "Fresh Cut" stamp set can be purchased for $21.95 until the end of June. It is a special sneak preview of the Fall/Winter Idea Catalog!


The Spring / Summer Collections Catalog Retired List for the stamp sets are out!
Alphabetical List
Numerical List

Stampin' Up! is going home décor!
Introducing Décor Elements
Beautiful vinyl artwork available in different sizes in White, Kraft, and Chocolate, for your walls, windows, frames, glassware... basically anything that has a hard and smooth surface perfect for decorating. Create the space you can be creative in!

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Monday's Fun Day!!

Hey there! It's been awhile... again. lol!
I have LOTS to blog about, but let me start off this week with a set of clear stamps that I collected at Michael's a few weeks ago.


If you have received a Monday's Fun Day package from me, you will know that it comes with other goodies too. It's just a surprise until you open the package! :)

To get a chance to receive a package from me, just post a comment here.
What I would love to know from you is...
If you could take any card making class, what would you want to learn about or make & take?

I have a few more thanks to give for birthday presents and LOTS of pictures to share from my sister-in-law's baby shower, including a diaper cake and Strawberry Gingerale cupcakes! Stay tuned for more!

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Happy Birthday... me!

Yes! My birthday was today... full of surprises and birthday wishes from friends and family. Even a lovely phone call from my dear friend Anna up in Reno! Thank you, everyone, for making today such a wonderful birthday!

I have LOTS of pictures to share with you!

A RAK from Jessica (jessicaluvs2stamp) ~ SCS (Unity RAK)

DDSS Reveal from my Big Sister, Maureen Stivala:

~ Just wanted to mention that she has been shouldering a lot lately and still managed to put all this together for me.
From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU, MAUREEN! I love it ALL!

*edited* I found her blog! You can see more of her fabulous work at More of ReenS Creations. What a creative blog name!!












I have lots of more pictures to share, but my eyes keep closing shut as I type so I am going to go crawl into bed and post more in the morning.

Before I head off...
BIG thanks to some very special friends over at the Stamp-Shack for remembering my birthday... Jan (LOVED getting your email at midnight last night! lol!), Joanie (such a precious and happy little card... and NO... it was not late!), Annette (I love owls and your owl card is just adorable!), Cathy (I am going to have to get that stamp with those three little monkeys! SUPER cute card!), and Sally (LOVE your CAS card with the beautiful black embossing.) I know I haven't been there in such a long time. I miss you all and think of you often. Thank you for making my birthday extra special!

Shawn & Kari... it was a fabulous birthday! Thanks for the birthday card! :)

Steph and Caro, thank you for hanging out with me tonight!

Michelle & Craig, HAPPY 10th ANNIVERSARY!!

love and hugs,

Friday, June 06, 2008

Fresh Notes for Friday

How about a sneak peek at a new stamp set from the NEW Fall - Winter Idea Book & Catalogue 2008, due to be released August. 11th?

Introducing "Fresh Cut" stamp set (#111634)


I created this quick card for our administrator at the preschool, since it was our last day of school today. *sniff* I still can not believe Ken will be going into kindergarten in the Fall!


Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Close to Cocoa
Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon (Chocolate Chip), sponge dauber
Techniques: Rock-n-roll (Stamp first in Old Olive, then "rock" the edges of your image in Chocolate Chip.)

So you can get your hands on this beautiful stamp set during the month of June for $21.95 and add a pack of coordinating die-cut Fresh-Cut Notes for $5 (limit one Fresh-Cut Notes per customer at this price)! The 4" x 4" die-cut note card set includes 15 cards and envelopes in Whisper White. Additional Fresh-Cut Notes may be purchased for $8.95. The note cards may be purchased without the stamp set for $8.95.

As a hostess of a workshop, you can earn this fabulous stamp set and note cards for FREE with a workshop of $400 or more!

Always feel free ask me any questions anytime!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Breaking in the Copics!

Well, I did it! I stared at my beautiful box of Copics all morning and all afternoon long. I finally took off the plastic wrap after the boys were in bed. I didn't know where to start, so I picked out a few colors for the leaves, branch, and the owls. Then I decided to write down the item code and scribble each color next to it so that I had a better idea of what they looked like on the Whisper White cardstock (also so that I could remember what I had picked out). Then I just went for it.



So... what do you think?

Please remember it's my first time ever using the Copics... construtive critism is greatly appreciated. If anyone has ever used the Copic Markers before and can offer me any advice, I would love to hear it!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Butterfly kisses and wishes...

My new Unity Butterfly stamp set arrived today!
Funny thing happened too... UPS guy knocks on my door as he drops off the package and when I step out to get the package, this beautiful butterfly danced all around me. It entertained the boys and me for at least 10 minutes! You can see how it posed for my camera. Considering how blustery it was outside today, the butterfly sat quite still for each of the shots. My boys had just wished the other day that they could get up close to the butterflies that have been visiting our garden.


My new butterfly set will get inked up tomorrow, since I have been running around on less than 4 hours of sleep during the past 48 hours. But I have something new to play with along with my butterfly stamps! My birthday isn't for another four days, but Kevin surprised me with this most amazing gift:


My dear sweet friend, Carolina, gave me this super cute owl set from Gina K Designs for Mother's Day.

I can feel the stamp sets just BEGGING for some Copic markers to color them in! lol!

Whoopsie daisy!!!
I never posted last week's Monday's Fun Day winner!!

Here it is:

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:

6 - kim3timemom
Timestamp: 2008-06-04 05:10:49 UTC

kim3timemom said...
Summer plans are to relax and have fun playing with scrapbooking supplies. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

Congratulations! I have your email address, so I will email you for your address.

Stay tuned for some new tutorials, a new SU! special stamp set, and more Monday's Fun Day give-aways.