Monday, June 30, 2008


Supplies: fun & fast notes stamp set, mellow moss and apricot appeal cardstock, prints pack, apricot appeal 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, aqua painter, Stampin' Write Markers: mellow moss, apricot appeal, and regal rose.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

I've Been Tagged! by Tara

My Stampin' Up! sideline, Tara, ( just tagged me. So here goes...

TEN Years Ago
My husband, Greg, and I had been married for only two years with no children yet. We were residing in our first home, had a new labrador puppy named Kate, and I had just finished my first semester of pursuing my Master's Degree in Educational Administration. We thought we were really busy back then...but boy within a few years, were we in for a rude awakening!

Then came baby (#1, #2, and #3) in the baby carraige...Noah is 8, Ben is 6, and Hannah is 3.

FIVE Things on My To Do List:
(Always on my to do list) Cook the next meal, clean up the mess, do more laundry...
Fun Stuff:
Complete my swap cards for my Stampin' Up! group meeting.
Prepare for my next Stamp Club's going to be a birthday party!
Make a few calls regarding my parents' 50th anniversary party coming up at the end of July.
Get ready for a camping trip to Lake Shelbyville with my sister and her family.
And Finally...
Take a little time to relax...maybe watch a movie.

Anything the kids are snacking on, usually. Right now, I'm thinking about some microwave popcorn and a diet coke.

THINGS I would do if I were a Millionaire:
Think of what an awesome stamping/crafting room I could create...I would pay off the mortgage, put in a pool, travel with my family...and donate to charity.

PLACES I have Lived:
I lived in Fairfield, IL until I was in 6th grade...lived in Mahomet, IL until high school graduation...parents moved to Champaign, IL while I was at EIU in Charleston, IL. After college graduation, I got my first teaching job in Petersburg, IL where I met my husband. When we were first married, we lived in Bettendorf, IA for one year and then moved back to Petersburg. HOME SWEET HOME!

TAG 5 others....I'm tagging:
I don't know who to tag...I'm kinda new to the blogging thing. If you're reading this and would like to play along, please post a comment and link to your blog. Thanks!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Family Fun with Altered Clipboards

Here is a group of fabulous gals that I stamped and scrapped with today. My friend and neighbor, Heather, brought over her mom, neice and two sisters to alter clipboards. Pictured below are Shara, Heidi, Heather, Kristin, and Brenna (front). Check out these beautiful clipboards! Didn't they do a fantastic job?

Kristin, Heather's older sister, made this darling floral clipboard.

Brenna, Kristin's daughter, made this orangey clipboard.

I made this masculine clipboard for Parker, Kristin's son, who was not as interested in the "girl" time:) But, guess what, he liked this one the best!

Heather made this cheerful "Cherry-O" clipboard.

Heather's mom, Shara, made this soft floral clipboard.

Heidi, Heather's younger sister, made these two sunny boards for her little girl, Clara, and herself.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Summer Scrapbook Camp - Day 4

Flowing Flowers


Fresh and Fruity

Summer Fun

and more...

Simple Elegance

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Summer Scrapbook Camp - Day 3

East Coast Prep Page
(inspired by my fabulous upline, Julie Davison)

Cutie Pie Page


Bali Breeze Pages

and more...

Gotta Love Chipboard!

East Coast Prep page

Cutie Pie page

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

eScape Open House

Stampin' Up! is offering a fantastic love note bundle this June for a chance to get back in touch with hand-written notes an cards. Join me in my home for a morning of fun while we create hand-stamped cards for family and friends. There will be a door prize drawing every half hour of the event. RSVP before the event and/or bring a friend to get your name in the prize drawing an extra time.

eScape Open House
Sat., June 28th
10 a.m. - noon
My House


Don't you think the eScape bundle is so handy to make quick, easy and cute mini cards?

Circle of Friendship stamp set, blue bayou ink, soft sky, blue bayou and very vanilla cardstock, very vanilla grosgrain ribbon, scallop punch, 1 3/8 circle punch and 1 1/4 circle punch.

Summer Scrapbook Camp - Day 2

Supplies: Summer Days Simply Scrappin', Die Cut Blooms, Build-a-Brad

Scrapbook Camp - Day 2 continued

Scrapbook Camp - Day 2 continued

Supplies: Just 4 You Simply Scrappin', bashful blue striped ribbon, chocolate chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, soft subtles brads, Best Friends lowercase stamp set, chocolate chip classic stamp pad

Monday, June 23, 2008

Summer Scrapbook Camp

Here are the 6X6 scrapbook pages that my campers and I completed today! Aren't they cute?

More Pages from Scrapbook Camp

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Fresh Cuts

Whether you're a customer or a hostess, June's sneak peek into the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog has something fresh and new just for you!

When you purchase the brand new, die-cut Fresh Cuts stamp set, add on the coordinating Fresh-Cut Notes* for only $5!

Host a $400 workshop during the month of June, and receive the Fresh Cuts stamp set and coordinating Fresh-Cut Notes FREE--over a $30 value--in addition to your regular hostess benefits!

Contact me TODAY to participate in this special, limited-time offer!

*Fresh-Cut Notes include 15 4" x 4" laser-cut notecards with envelopes.

Thank You Petals

This thank you was one that I created for a shoebox swap a few weeks ago. I also sent it to a couple of my May workshop hostesses. I love the simple, clean look.

Pick a Petal stamp set, basic black, bashful blue and whisper white cardstock, basic black classic ink, vintage brads, and black gingham ribbon.

Solitude Tiles

I got the idea for this card from a fellow demonstrator, Tara. Check out her blog:
This is a thank you card that I sent two of my special hostesses this month.
Supplies used:
Stamps: Spring Solitude hostess stamp set. Cardstock: river rock, certainly celery, so saffron and whisper white. Ink: certainly celery and barely banana. Punches: Scallop, 1 3/8 inch circle, 1 1/4 inch circle, 1 1/4 inch square. Other: white grosgrain ribbon.

Fresh Cuts

I love this elegant sneak peek!

Fresh cuts stamp set and coordinating die-cut cards, apricot appeal ink and cardstock, flower fusion, rhinestone brads.

Box in a Bag

This box in a bag was an idea I found on Diana Gibbs's blog. Go to this link for the tutorial:

Supplies I used:
Bashful blue cardstock, summer picnic paper, flower fusion, rhinestone brads, pumpkin pie grosgrain ribbon.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Workshop Projects


Jersey Shore

This 6X6 page was the make-n-take for a workshop last week. I love the jersey shore double sided paper and the chipboard star! This page could also be folded in half to create a long note card.


June Stamp Club Projects

Fresh Cut Card

I love how the 5-petal flower punch works with these fresh cut notes. I used blue bayou and soft sky inks and paper, as well as the build-a-brad in the center.

Doodle This 6X6 page

The stamped images were embossed on wild wasabi and cut out before adhering to the pumpkin pie cardstock. Wild wasabi stitched ribbon and flower fusion were also used. This page could also be folded in half for a love note card.

Well Worn Dad

This 6X6 scrapbook page could also be folded in half and become a long note card.