Sunday, January 25, 2009


Oh how SWEET it is! That is what I'll be saying if I win the Gina K's Jan Release Challenge #3! I LOVE Gina K's new releases and my friend, Melanie, has a new release (stamp set) this month called "The Best Things In Life". This set has so many words and phrases that you can use to describe the best things in life. This set is not only great for card making but is especially useful for scrapbooking. This is the set I will choose if I win any of Gina K's challenges this coming week.

Here is what is posted as the challenge by Theresa: "My challenge is to make Something Sweet! Make a card, scrapbook page or other stamping item using the theme "Sweet." It can be something with the word "sweet", some kind of edible "sweet", something for a "sweetheart" or something that makes you say, "ahhh, that is so sweet."

Hopefully my card will not only make you drool for the "sweet" chocolate it holds but that you will also oooooh and awwww and say, "Oh how sweet!".

I used a template that I found on Ellen Hutson's "The Classroom". I printed it up, cut it out, traced it onto doublesided designer print cardstock, scored the two places the template said to score and embellished. What a fun project! I have to thank Ellen for the template and the inspiration she provided.

Thanks for stopping by! I have more cards to show you so please come back. :-)

Answers to some questions

Here is a better picture of the card that I made for my card exchange. The stamp is from Stampin' Up and is from the set: "Snow Swirled". I used white pigment ink and SU's and Iridescent embossing powder. I then used glitter glue for the different colors of ornaments. The white card stock is punched from one of Martha Stewart's decorative punches. The "Merry Christmas" stamp is SU as is the punch I used to cut it out with. The decorative paper is some I've had for YEARS. I've been finding lots of fun stuff as I move into my new craft room and try to organize my stuff. The operative word is TRY to organize. LOL

Ann asked me in the comments section in my last post about the "luggage" in the corner of the picture. Well, Ann, it's storage boxes! Below is a picture of the two boxes. You are right... I sure wish the lady image was a stamp too! I have quite a few decorative boxes that I use as storage. The trick is remembering what is in which box. hehe...

I've been using the top of a large "basket" to place my cards to photo graph them. Karl did such an excellent job on the beadboard on the wall, I think it makes a great background for my card photos. On top of three square baskets I usually keep three decorative boxes. They are situated alongside a book case that Karl made for me quite a few years ago. On top of the book case is a hatbox that contains all kinds of goodies... like brads, stamps and other shinny fun things. It's a card maker's treasure! I have a "Big Shot" and I have collected quite a few sizzix, cuttlebug, quickutz and spellbinders dies. The white storage box with the pink, silver and tan containers are for Quickutz alphabets. I have yet to organize them in the containers but I got the set on sell and am looking forward to having all my alphas in there.

I hope you enjoyed the sneak peeks of my new craft room! I hope I can get more organized! I've gotten my desk pretty much cleared off but I have two tables with tons of stuff on them, including LAUNDRY! That's the problem with the laundry room being right off my craft room. There's no room to fold the laundry in the laundry room so it gets stacked on my craft table.

I'm realizing that trying to clean my house and do laundry while raising 4 children is like trying to rake leaves during a hurricane. haha!

Have a great Sunday!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Card Exchange Group: January 09

Here are the cards I made for the Card Exchange Group that I participate in once a month. It is sponsored by a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and we have a BLAST! We have 8 ladies on our group. We usually have 10 but two had to drop out due to personal reasons. Anyway, we have a minimum ($25) that we have to spend in order for us to reach the level that someone gets the hostess gifts. Then we take turns being the host! (My problem is that I don't spend $25.... it's usually MORE! LOL! I have to be careful and not spend too much!) So at the group meeting the demonstrator, Sue Brown, makes 4 cards or other fun things and then the host for that night gets to keep them. Meanwhile we are learning new, fun ways to use the stamps and other supplies. After the demonstration we have a make-'n-take. Sue has the papers pre-cut and then shows us how to make the project. Then of course we have tons of fun making it. After that we exchange our cards and tell what we did on each card. We each have made at least 8 cards that are the same and we pass them around and everyone gets to take one.

Here's the pictures of the last two cards that I made for the card exchange. I was behind so I gave out two cards. The Christmas card was one I had started in November but hadn't finished before our meeting. I had forgotten that we don't meet in December. The girls all encouraged me to finish them and just bring them in January - so I did!

Here's the card that I made for January. I had a lot of fun making it and then of course I had to make more! I ended up making 12 cards. I like to make extra to give to my mom.

LOTS of snowflakes in this bunch! I don't get snow here in Southern AZ so I have to make cards in order to have fun in the snow! hehe!

I hope to blog more often. It's late so I won't give all the details of what I used for the cards but if I get a chance later, I'll do it. I LOVE PUNCHES!!! I have quite a few of SU's and Martha Stewart's punches. I have ALL of CM's punches. I guess you could say I'm quite "punchy. **duhh** LOL

Thanks for stoppping by!