Thursday, June 30, 2011

Christmas in July - Biblical Impressions Blog Hop

Hi there, and welcome to the Christmas in July Biblical Impressions Blog Hop! The official start time for this hop is 8am EST July 1st. So, if you arrived early, hang in there until we make sure all links are up and running.

If you arrived here from the Main Biblical Impressions (QKR Stampede) blog, then you are on the right track. If at any point during the hop you get "lost", please head back there for a complete hop order. Well...onto is my Christmas creations...I figured this was a great time to get started on my Christmas cards for this year. So...I made 5 of the same style card using the Jesus Savior word tree stamp. Ok, and I will admit...the entire time I was making these cards I kept singing "Wonderful...COunseler...Almighty GOD...", you get the These cards are very simple, but turned out very pretty. The troubles I had in the past with Christmas cards, is I made the "plan" for them too I wanted to go simple, so I can get them done on time. Here is a close up of each of the 3 different cards.
As you can see, I used the same PP for each (from CTMH), just the other side for some of them. Then I added the red CS piece. The image was then stamped with Versamark, and embossed with either gold or copper powder. After layering those onto the card base, I added either a little charm brad, or a flower brad.

Well, I must send you off to your next stop on the hop...


...check out her gorgeous creation!

Thanks for hopping along!


Today I wanted to share a card I made using part of the In Love Turtle image from QKR Stampede. This is a little different then how I usually use a stamp. I am one of those all or nothing people when it comes to using an Well today I only used a small square of the image. Check it out... I tried to get them all slightly different, but not too different. Then I colored with colored pencils. Notice the only colors are really yellow and purple...with a hint of green. After coloring the images, I layered onto the purple flower PP from Papertrey Ink. For the sentiment, I layered some white CS onto some yellow PP, and did a little ink distressing. The sentiment is a sticker. Last, I added the felt ribbon along the bottom. A very CAS card, but still cute.
Well I am off to celebrate my 10 year anniversary with my hubby today! We are heading to a lunch date, then just hanging out and relaxing.

This card is for the following challenges:

What if Wednesday? - The sketch for this card

Simon Says Challenge - Lemon and Lavender - use yellow and purple

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

4th of July Scrapbook Page

Today I wanted to share a scrapbook page I made for 4th of July using some Biblical Impressions images. I started with some fun festive paper from Bo Bunny. I then added 2 images to my LO. I used the Flag Girl image and the God Bless image. Here is how it turned out.Kinda hard to see the images in the photo with the page being 12x12, so here is a close up. I started by coloring the words with metallic gel pens, then fussy cut them. Next I colored the little girl with gel pens and markers. I fussy cut her out too. I ran all the images through the Xyron to get them nice and sticky. I attached them to the page. A very simple LO, but I thought it turned out cute. Now I just need to wait until Monday to get a picture of my girls for this page! That is all for now, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 27, 2011

3-D Daisy!

Hi there. I hope you had a fabulous weekend. We spent our weekend camping at a local state park. The kids had a blast, as did my hubby and I. We did some hiking and enjoyed s'mores by the campfire. I do love being in the outdoors. What I don't like however is the 2 garbage bags full of stinky, wet, muddy laundry that came home with Anyway, today I wanted to share a card I made using one of the cool 3-D stamps from Eureka Stamps. Previously I shared the Fern 3-D stamp with you, and today I wanted to share the Daisy Pattern 3-D stamp with you. Let me just say...these stamps are actually really easy to work with, but as you can see, the finished product just looks great! It is like when you make that super simple recipe that you can serve to guests, and they think it is gourmet I started by stamping the main flower onto some light peach CS. I picked a slightly darker CS for the center 2 pieces. I then fussy cut along the solid lines as per the directions. I decided to add some ink distressing to the main flower petals. Then I got to work creasing and folding, and gluing. A trick I found when using these 3-D stamps, is to have a mini mister bottle handy. I find the CS easier to manipulate when it is just slightly damp. The leaf is from the Fern Leaf 3-D stamp. I stamped those off 3 times, and scored, misted, and creased as per directions. Here is a close up so you can see the "POP" these images give your card. Then I layered the flower and leaves onto the oval CS. The PP is Cosmo Cricket (which is where i pulled my colors for the flower from). Last I added the rub-on sentiment.

Really, honestly, sooo easy, and such a great image to add to your cards.

Well thanks for stopping by. Have a great Monday! Stop back tomorrow to see what I have created using some of the Biblical Impressions images (one of the Eureka Stamps sister companies)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Gone Fishin'

Today we have a brand new challenge for you over at the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge. This week we have a sketch for you. The only catch is you must use a Sweet 'n Sassy digi image...which there are TONS to choose from! Here is the sketch...Here is what I did with... I started by printing out this adorable Let's Go Fishing Puppy digi. He also comes with the "Gone Fishin'" sentiment. I colored him with watercolor crayons, and used my CM cutting system to cut him into an oval. Then I trimmed down the sentiment and used my corner rounder on that. Next I used some SEI chalk ink to ink distress the edges of the image, sentiment, and card base. The PP are all from the DCWV Guy Stack. The ribbon I had in my stash, and thought it went perfect with this little fishing doggy.

Well now it is your turn. Head on over to the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog, and see what the other DT ladies have come up with. Then grab a SNSS digi, and play along with our sketch!

That is all for now. Have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Running Thank You

So last week my 8 year old ran her first ever 5K. She was part of a program called Girls on the Run. It is a national program for girls in grades 3-8 that not only trains them to run a 5K, but talks about self-esteem, bullies, and may other issues that girls in that age group face. The idea of the race at the end is not to be the fastest, but to finish! They don't care how the girls finish, as long as they finish. Let me just say, if you have a child in this age group, and the program is offered in your area...DO IT! Well, today I wanted to share a card I made for my DD's coach. This wonderful women (also a mom with a child in the group) devoted 12 weeks of her time to work with the 12 girls in the group from the school. I really want to give her a giant hug for all she did, but I decided to make a card So, here it is....I thought this guy would be just perfect for a running card. Especially for this program...where it was all about finishing..not winning. So I used this adorable Slow and Steady turtle from the QKR Stampede store. I stamped him on some white CS, and colored with gel pens and markers. Next I layered the image onto some PP I had in my stash from SU. I thought the green in the PP went well with the turtle. Then I used a giant sticker for the sentiment, and added some ribbon. Now, I need to get this all filled out and in the mail...I am so bad about mailing cards.

Oh, one last thing before I go. I thought I would share this photo of my DD about to cross the finish line with her "running buddy". Look at that smile! She was beyond proud of herself for finishing...and in 40:45! Of course mom is also super proud! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A "G"irly "G"littery Card

Today we have a new challenge for you at the Creative Belli Challenge. This time around we are challenging you to pull out those dust embellishments that begin with the letter "G"! So many options here...glitter, gel pens, gems, glimmer mist, and more. Well...I decided to pull out some glitter, gel pens, and gems for my "G" card. I started by gobbing the clipboard "6" with glue. Then I added the pink glitter, which I bought 2 summers ago at a stamp convention...the container is still Then I gathered a group of pink CS and PP. I layered the dark pink CS onto the circle card base. I cut a piece of the pink polka dotted PP and placed it down the middle. I used a punch to make the girly frilly boarder under the PP. I added the pink ribbon, and then layered the glittery 6 onto that. I used a gel pen to write the sentiment. Last, I added the glimmery pink gems which were laying around in my craftroom for about a year.

Now that you have glanced at my "G" glittery girly card, go glance at the rest of the gorgeous "G" creations for the rest of the design team gals. Then grab your "G" embellishments and give this challenge a go! Be sure to link your project up to the Creative Belli Blog so we can gaze at your creation too!

This card is also for the following challenge:

The Sweet Stop Sketch - sketch with a spin - round card.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Psalm 23

Hello! What a great day we had yesterday. Let me just say...I am so looking forward to school being over. Now, just wait...because in August I will say I can't wait for them to go It was just nice to have a relaxing day at home, no dance, no running, just chillin' at home. So peaceful...of course my oldest still has 2 more days...well 1/2 days of school. So...ALMOST done! Well, today I wanted to share a card I made using the Psalm 23 stamp from Biblical Impressions Stamps. This image is a pretty good size, but I thought it would look good over the LAMB image I shared with you last week. I used a grey ink to stamp the Lamb image onto white CS base. I wanted it to very lightly show through. Black ink is just too dark for this type effect. Then I used a piece of vellum, and stamped the 23rd Psalm with Versamark, and embossed with silver embossing powder. I pulled out the good ol' tearing edge that has been collecting dust, and used that around the edges of the vellum. Then I layered it over the lamb. Last, I added a few silver iRock rocks to the corners. A super simple card, but so pretty. I just love the effect the vellum of the CS gives.

Well that is all for now. Hope you have a fabulous SUMMER day!

Monday, June 20, 2011


Hi there! Can you believe it is June 20th already???!!!! Only a couple more days of school for my oldest, then SUMMER VACATION!!!! Well today I wanted to share a card using one of the really cool 3D stamps from Eureka Stamps. If you haven't checked these out really need to. There are a good amount of them in the Eureka Stamps store. Basically...You stamp the image onto your CS, do some cutting and scoring, and you get a 3D project! Here is what I did with the Fern Leaf stamp. Neat huh? And this was honestly super easy! I stamped the leaf onto some green CS using green ink. I fussy cut the image, and scored along the dotted lines. Then I folded the scored lines. I wanted to add a little more, so I ink distressed the leaf too. These ferns reminded me of a jungle, so I headed to my LCS and picked up some animal stickers. I used some PP from Tim Holtz, and put the lion sticker onto that. Then I added the fern leaf in front of him. Last I added some brown ribbon, and a button with fibers in it. Really this was very simple, and looks very cool! Be sure to check out the rest of the 3D and pattern stamps.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day 2011 - Lots of photos

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!!!! Today I can finally share with you the projects we made for father's day gifts this year. I am soooo excited about how these turned out too. I hope they like them as much as my girls and I enjoyed making them. I have wanted to do this project for a long time now, but have been putting it off because of cost...until I stumbled upon Target. Yes...a clock kit. This is a "kids" craft kit, but had everything in it we needed. I priced out clock mechanisms at the craft stores, and by the time I bought all the supplies it would cost a small fortune to do what I wanted to do. BUT...Target came through for me These kits were originally $9.99, but I found them 1/2 off! So...I quick grabbed the 3 kits and needed and off we went. I also picked up some Modge-Podge, brushes, and number stickers. The kit comes with foam numbers, and I wanted something else. So it cost me around $25 for create 3 gifts instead of a small get started, the girls picked some PP from the DCWV Guy Stack. Then we traced the clock, and cut out the correct size circle. Next...we got into the fun fun Modge-Podge! The kids loved playing with this. Somehow going through these photos, I noticed I didn't get any of my middle DD Modge-Podging. I thought I took a couple...but can't seem to find them on the computer. are some photos of the process. After applying the Modge Podge to the wood, we layered the paper onto that. Then we used various photos and put them on the clock. Each clock is different, as it features photos of the girls with either daddy, grandpa, or papa. I then used the sticker numbers to put the clock numbers on. Once all those were in place, we used more Modge-Podge! (Gotta love the Modge-Podge). This time we went over the photos and papers to seal them, and make them glossy. Notice the cup from lunch on the took a short break in between for a trip to Well here is the finished products! I just love them...and I am sure they guys will too!This one is Daddy'sThis one is Grandpa's

This one is Papa's

Well, what do you think? Super fun to make too. My numbers aren't "perfect", but that makes it even more fun. Have a great day!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A Quick Gimme Clips Post

Hi there. I just returned home from my girls' dance recital. I wanted to share this photo with you of a hair style using some Gimme Clips. As I mentioned previously, I was chosen to receive a bunch of Gimme Clips and blog about them. I just love these things...they quality is great, and it makes doing hair simple and fun. Well, my middle DD was a Red Rose for her recital tonight, and needed to have a bun in her hair. They gave us piece of red ribbon with some silk roses on it to go with the costume, but I felt the look needed more. So, I decided to use these...

...clips to add some extra fun. There are 4 red clips and 2 black twists in in this set. I used 3 of the little red flowers. Here is what I did with them... You can see the red roses that came with the costume, but along the bottom of the bun is the little red clip in flowers. First of all...these little clips stayed in the ENTIRE time, and were still in when I got home. Pretty impressive if you ask me. With all the movement they do on stage, someones hair always goes crazy, but not my baby. I just love what the clips added to the costume roses.

Well that is all for now. If you like these or any of the other clips you see on the Gimme Clips website, head on over to your local Walgreen's. They just started selling these on the 15th of June!

Friday, June 17, 2011

All About Summer...Sweet 'n Sassy Style

Hi there. If you are here for the QKR Stampede Blog Hop...please scroll down one post.

Today we have a new challenge for you at the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog. Our challenge this week is "All About Summer"...since the first official day of summer is approaching us. Well, nothing says summer more then the beach! I have a card for you using this adorable Cocoa and Cookie digi image that was a freebie at the last Sweet 'n Sassy release party on the Sweet 'n Sassy Connection. If you are not a member really need to join. There is lots of fun challenges, photo inspirations, tutorials, and the occasional the one I used today. See..super cute!!!! I colored with water color crayons, and cut the image using my CM cutting system. Then I ink distressed the edges...and while I was at it...I ink distressed the PP and base too. Speaking of is from Echo Park's new Splash collection. The sticker "sun" is from my Great Wolf Lodge scrapbooking kit, I had it left over, and thought it went well with this. I wanted to make the shells look a little more "shell like", so I used some crystal effects on them for a shimmer effect. As you can did the job. Well that is all from me for now. Head on over to the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog, and check out the rest of the DT inspiration, then play along. We look forward to seeing your "All About Summer" Sweet 'n Sassy creations!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Summer Celebration Blog Hop - QKR Stampede

Hi there, and welcome to our Summer Celebration QKR Stampede Blog Hop! If you just arrived here from KRISTIE'S BLOG, then you are on the right path. If not, please head back to the QKR Stampede Blog so you don't miss one bit of our Summer Celebration! So if you are on the right path...let's continue...and what is a celebration without...CUPCAKES!!!!I decided to go a different route this time around. Instead of a card, I used the cool Waving Flag image from the QKR Stampede store to create some cupcake picks. I started by coloring the stamp with markers instead of using an ink pad. That way I could get the red and blue on the image. I stamped them off, and fussy cut all but a small tab on the end of each one. The I grabbed some tape and toothpicks, and went to folded the little tab I left over the toothpick and taped it down. A little "trick"...the tape needs to fold over the front of the image too. Otherwise, the image will slip off the toothpick too easily. Here is what it looks like done. My girls couldn't wait to help get these little flags into the cupcakes. I bought the cupcakes yesterday, and they have been eyeing them up ever since. BUT they had to wait until after mommy used them for her blog So I let them help me get the photos ready. Here they are helping me put the flag picks into the cupcakes.

And finally...a lovely yummy plate of Patriotic cupcakes! How fun would a tray of these be at your 4th of July Picnic????!!! Now my girls will be happy because they can eat these yummy cupcakes for snack! LOL.

Well I must send you off to your next stop in our Summer Celebration. Wait until you see what...


...has in store for you. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Peaceful Lamb

Hi there. I hope you had a chance to hop along on the Eureka Stamps blog hop yesterday. If not...scroll down and check out all the wonderful eye candy the DT ladies made for you. For today, I have a card to share using the adorable LAMB image from Biblical Impressions. This image is just gorgeous, and because it is so is a quick way to make an everyday card. Here is what I did with it. I just love this image. It is such a beautiful scene stamp. I stamped the image on a piece of white CS, and trimmed it along the "boarder" of the scene. Then I used my watercolor crayons to color the image. Next, I picked a piece of light blue CS, and layered the image onto that. Last, I layered that onto a white CS base. That is it...very little work for a gorgeous card. This could be used for just about any purpose too. There is also a lovely 23rd Psalm stamp in the Biblical Impression store that goes super with this image.
Well that is all for now. It is a bit of a crazy week here. Dance recital week...ugggg. I actually had to straighten my middle DD's hair yesterday to be able to put it in a bun. Oh the joy of dance Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Summer Fun - Eureka Stamps Blog Hop

Hi there...welcome to the first ever Eureka Stamps DT Blog Hop! Our theme is Summer Fun, and we are featuring some of the fabulous Summer and Patriotic images from the Eureka Stamps Store. Now, if you have arrived here from ROXIE'S BLOG...then you are on the right path. If you just joined the hop here, please head back to the Eureka Stamps Main Blog to start from the top of the hop order. You don't want to miss a single one of the blogs for sure! Now...if you are right on track from ROXIE'S BLOG...lets get started...Wasn't her project fabulous???!!! I just love seeing what Roxie creates...she is so talented. Well here is my project featuring this adorable image...Isn't she cute? This image is one of the images from the Balloons and holders category. This one is called Liberty Balloon Holder, and I used the Firecracker Balloon with her. There are a couple other balloons and holders that fit the 4th of July/Patriotic theme also. Be sure to check them out. But for is what I did with these images....Sorry the photo is kinda blurry. I was going to make a card for this hop, and at the last minute last night, I changed my I came up with the scrapbook LO instead. I wanted a page to use in our 2011 scrapbook album, so I thought this would look perfect for our 4th of July page. I was at my LSS the other day, and picked up this new paper from BoBunny. There is another page to make a 2 page LO, but I didn't get that one done yet. I started by cutting the scalloped circle paper in half, and adhered it to the top of the page. I thought it looked like those semi-circle banner flags you see hanging for 4th of July decorations. I used my Cricut to cut the "USA" boarder, and added that to the page. I cut a piece of blue CS for a photo mat, and also cut the 4th of July with my Cricut. Then I added the adorable Liberty Balloon image and her firecracker balloons. I stamped her and colored with watercolor crayons. Then I fussy cut her out. For the balloons, I used glitter gel pens, and fussy cut them. I then used some red ribbon as the "strings" of the balloons. I cut each piece of ribbon a different length. I ran them all through my Xyron, and adhered them to the bottom left corner of the page. LOVE IT!!!! Last, I added some stickles to the USA, and 4th of July die cuts. Now, I just can't wait to get an adorable photo of my girls for this LO.

Well that is all from me...I must send you on your way now. You are now off to see what...


has in store for you. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Gimme Clips Fun!!!! - LOTS OF PHOTOS!

HI there! Today I have something different to share with you. I am sooo excited to have been selected to blog about Gimme Clips! The fun started with this box of goodies...Well, it was like Christmas in my house getting this box. My girls dove right in checking out all the headbands, clips, and ribbons. I wanted to share some photos of my girls showing off their Gimme Clips products. I gotta say...this stuff is super quality, and fun for ALL ages. I can see myself using these too. Not just the kids! is the first Gimme Clip Product we used. This is Gimme Braid Ribbons. The ribbons are nice and long, so good for any length hair. I love the look of ribbon braided into hair...and this makes it sooo easy and fun to do. This one is from the brand new line that is available beginning June 15th at Walgreens Nationwide. Here is some photos of our first time using these...We started with a ponytail. Next, we used one of the clips to hold the ribbon in place. There is a "loop" at the end of the ribbon to slide the clip through, and then slip into the hair like a bobby pin. Then I simply braided the hair, putting the ribbon with one of the sections of hair. Like I said...the ribbons are nice an I needed a "creative" way to use up the rest when we got to the end of the hair. So, I used it to wrap around the holder at the end. I used another clip to hold it in place. My DD went to dance class like this, and it held PERFECT. Super easy, and super cute!

Our next product was this one...This one comes with 2 pony holders, and 4 Bobbies. I started by brushing all the hair to one side. Then I braided it, and used the red flower pony to hold the braid. We wanted to add a little more "fun" to the style, so we also used THESE braid clip ins. This set comes with 4 little red clips, and 2 little black "twist-ins". These flowers really add a lot to the style.

Our last "model" today is sporting this giant black clip from the Gimme Couture collection. Now this isn't just for kids for sure. This whole line is made for style and elegance...and for girls of all ages. However, my DD decided this was the one she wanted to try first. Check this out...Isn't that flower just stunning???!!! I have a wedding to go to in July, and think this is what I want to use for my hair that day. The black just goes with anything, and is so elegant. There are a whole bunch of gorgeous clips in this line too.

So...what do you think? Love them? I know we do! Head on over to your nearest Walgreens store starting June 15th, and pick up some of these awesome Gimme Clips. The prices are very reasonable too.