Saturday, January 29, 2011

Happy Birthday to me!

I'm no longer in my is my 30th Birthday and I am so excited! My Birthday is one of my very favorite holidays. I always get asked if I'm nervous about getting old. Personally, I don't think 30 is old. When my mother turned 60, I realized that SIXTY isn't old. :) I guess it's all a matter of perspective. At some point many years ago, I'm sure I thought 30 was old.

Today's card is another Birthday card-one that I created with my club members this month. It uses the baby wipe technique, a technique that I had never tried until I started planning for this card. I had some extra ink refillers laying around my scrap room from a Christmas class I'd taught, so I thought it would be fun to try. This technique is SO easy! I love the end result. If you haven't tried it before, you must! Simply squirt random drops of ink refiller on a baby wipe (place it on a foam plate to keep it from seeping through). Using another ink color, repeat the process to fill in the white area of the baby wipe. You can add as many colors as you want. Then press your stamp onto the wipe (this is your ink pad) and stamp the image on your card stock! So EASY!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Crazy for Cupcakes Birthday

Tomorrow is my 30th Birthday, so I thought today and tomorrow's posts should be Birthday related. :) I recently signed up to do a Birthday card swap with a group of friends I made at convention this year. I chose to do a swap using the "Crazy for Cupcakes" stamp set (one of my favorite birthday sets).

Requirements included two embellishments (Rhinestone accents and glitter were mine), although they consider punches an embellishment and I did quite a bit of that...I made 14 cards! :) I had a lot of fun doing this card and look forward to participating in more swaps that this group does. Now I just have to wait to get the other swaps back in the mail. Can't wait to see what everyone else created with this stamp set.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

What a fun surprise this afternoon! My very first blog award ever! :) I feel so special. ha ha Donna, from Donna's Designs, was sweet enough to brighten my afternoon.

By receiving this award, I am supposed to link back to the person who gave it to me--thanks Donna! Then I'm supposed to tell you 8 things about myself and pass the award along to other blogger's whom I have recently stumbled upon.

Without further adieu, here are the 8 fun facts about me:
1.) I can write backwards. I was so bored in high school that I taught myself how to write backwards, and it has stuck with me. On a side note, I can also recite the alphabet backwards fairly quickly. Try it-it's fun! ;)

2.) I have traveled to 27 States and 5 countries, and Turkey is by far my favorite place that I have traveled-so beautiful! (I have MANY more on my wishful thinking list though)

3.) I am a list maker. I make lists for everything. And my favorite part is checking things off the list. I feel accomplished when I get to mark something off my list. :)

4.) I have an obsessive, addictive personality (hence the name for my blog) and when I find a TV show that I like, I become very obsessed with it by going back and watching every episode, finding video interview clips with the cast, researching about the show online, etc. It's sad, really. I might need a counselor for all of the hours I have wasted watching TV.

5.) There are two things that are guaranteed to make me cry: a-Stories about animals, particularly ones that don't end happily. I can't watch sad animal movies, read or watch news stories about animals that don't have a happy ending. I honestly can't even think about sad animal stories or I will start crying. b-Men and women in the military, particularly seeing them in the airport saying hello or good-bye to their loved ones. The sacrifice that they make for my freedom moves me to tears, literally.

6.) I am always a day late and a dollar short on any fad that comes through: fashion, technology, you name it. I don't start warming up to the idea of change and something new until it's on its way out the currently hip door.

7.) I consider myself a "penny pincher," a trait I definitely got from my dad. However, there are three things I will splurge on: stamps, my hair, my nails. (All things that make us feel better, right?!)

8.) I am a social butterfly. I love to be around and meet lots of new people. I am actively involved in a lot-I like to maintain a busy lifestyle. My husband is the exact opposite. He is a homebody, and likes to stay home...all the time. It is difficult for him to enjoy my socialite lifestyle. But that is why we are perfect for one another. He graciously keeps up with my parties and get-togethers. And I make sure to set aside time for just the two of us. We have been together 12 years and I still love him with all of my heart. :)

Now, the moment you've all been waiting for--my Stylish Blogger Award picks:

Carla--The Southern Stamper
Renee--Stamping for Sanity
Carla--Carla's Scraps
Valita--Valita's Designs and Fresh Folds

Altered Notebook

This is an altered notebook that I made for my December club hostess. Yeah, I know...I'm a little late in posting this, but it's better late than never, right? :)

I used Night of Navy for the base and used Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper for the accents. Some of the ribbon I used is retired, but it matched the color scheme, so I used it.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Babies Galore!

It seems like all of my friends are either pregnant, just had babies, or have young babies...lots of baby stuff going on.

Recently, I went to a friends baby shower--well technically it was called a Sip and See (I'm learning so much these days) since Baby A had already arrived. I decided to try my hand at the Big Shot Fabric Adhesive Roll and some fabric that I had left over from the Holiday Mini Catalog. I had a lot of scraps left from the Candy Cane fabric that I thought would be perfect for placing the Beautiful Butterflies dies on a little onesie.

Here's a little tip if you are planning to use the Fabric Adhesive Roll: Use a full square or rectangle to adhere to the roll instead of little scraps. Any adhesive that is not covered in fabric WILL adhere to your ironing board if it isn't. :) Yep, I know that from personal experience. :D Good thing ironing board covers are cheap. ha ha

I thought the onesies turned out really cute and I made coordinating "thank you" cards to tuck in with the gift.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sale-a-Brate with Stampin' Up!

Today marks the start of Stampin' Up!'s annual Sale-a-Bration promotion! It is the best time of year to get FREE stuff, and hey, let's be honest...we all love FREE stuff!

To see all of the wonderful Sale-a-Bration products that you can get for FREE, simply check out the brochure, or visit my website!

I would love to schedule a free workshop for you and your friends if you live in the Tulsa area. Contact me today to book your workshop to get more FREE stuff!

Happy New Year gifts

My time got away from me before I left work for a two week vacation and I didn't get a chance to finish my Christmas gifts for my co-worker friends. So I made them New Year's gifts instead.

I made bundles of four coasters using the Medallion stamp, which is one of my favorites and looks so pretty on the tiles. I tied some ribbon around the bundle and put a little Happy New Year tag on them (not included in the picture).

So easy to make and great for replicating!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Loving Day

One of my friends that I've had the longest (I didn't want to say oldest, because she isn't the oldest in age), got married this past summer. You may remember this card that I made for her that she wanted for her sister as a "thanks for being in my wedding" card.

When I was working in My Digital Studio over my Christmas vacation, I came across a few pictures that I had taken and wanted to put together a page of their special day. Her wedding was outside and so pretty.

Audrey and Dell got married on Loving Day, which is so perfect for them and I loved that they chose that day--so special.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Welcome Baby Card Bundle Pt. 4

This is the last set of baby cards that I created using the Nursery Suite Quick Accent Kit. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Welcome Baby Card Bundle Pt. 3

This is the third installment of baby cards that I made using the Nursery Suite Quick Accent Kit. Simply created using the kit, punches, dimensionals and a smidge of ribbon, I whipped up 16 cards in no time at all!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Welcome Baby Card Bundle Pt. 2

Yesterday, I showed you the first bundle of 4 cards that I made using the Nursery Suite Quick Accent Kit. Today, I have 4 more cards. I made 16 cards total with this kit and had plenty of pieces left for more cards if I want them later.

Simple to create and only takes a couple of minutes for each one. Punches were the only tool used in creating these quick, easy baby cards.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Welcome Baby Card Bundle

The Nursery Suite Quick Accent Kit is perfect for creating simple, easy baby cards. Using this kit, I put together 16 cards based on a Birthday card class I did a couple of months back using the Celebrations Quick Accent Kit. Assembling cards has never been more easy!

The backs of the pieces already have adhesive on them, but I did use a lot of dimensionals on the card sets to give them a little more life. The only tools I used on these simple cards were a few punches.

I had enough pieces left from the kit to make more cards, but I thought 16 cards was plenty for right now...

Today's post includes 4 of the 16 cards. I will post the remaining cards throughout the week, so come back tomorrow for more baby card inspiration!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Mini Calendar-December

This is the last month featured in the "Mini Calendar" series...hope you have enjoyed the layouts that I have shared with you the last two weeks. It's not too late to order and create your own "Days To Remember" calendar. The great thing about this calendar is that you can tear the layouts out (they are perforated) at the end of the year and have a mini scrapbook already complete!

The December layout was created using this card for my inspiration. It features that delicious Red Glimmer Paper, which you can now purchase from our current Occasions Mini Catalog!

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Mini Calendar-November

The turkey used in this November layout can easily be created by snipping off the ears of the body of the Two-Step Owl punch, then adding a couple of circle layers behind him. So easy, and he's just so stinkin' cute! :)

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Mini Calendar-October

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays--I love the costumes, the candy, the decorating, the pumpkins!

Using the 1-3/4" x 7/8" oval large punch and the 1-1/4" circle punch, I made some pumpkins. I punched three of each shape and layered them together, a long time trick that people have used to create punch pumpkins, and it's so easy!

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Mini Calendar-September

Finally fall! One of my favorite times of year--I just love the weather, the hot cider, the fair, the decor...although it's still very hot in Tulsa during September and doesn't really feel like fall until late September/early October.

This layout features a stamp set from the recent Holiday Mini Catalog and is no longer available, but you could easily substitute the leaves from my layout with the leaves from the "Leaves #2" die (used with the Big Shot).

The letters were knocked out in mere seconds running the "Alphabet Simple" dies through the Big Shot.

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