Thursday, April 30, 2009

For Kayleigh

If you read my last post you will remember Kayleigh. If you don't know what I'm talking about, I will let you read about her from her family blog (just click on her name). It has blessed me to see God moving to help this little girl through the crafting community. First the stamp company I am a DT member of (Modern Sugar Blvd) posted that they are donating profits from some of their stamps to Kayleigh's family. Then I read last night that another wonderful company wants to help as well.

The company is Paper Makeup Stamps. They have designed a beautiful stamp in Kayleigh's honor. As soon as I saw it I loved it! I immediately bought it and got to work! Here is what I made with this gorgeous image:
Just as with MSB, the profits from this digi stamp go to Kayleigh's family. What a great way to help out this sweet family and their precious baby girl. The images from both companies are awesome and you'll be helping a family who could really use a little extra love right now.

Email me at if you have any questions. Thanks for taking the time to read this, I know it's not as "scrappy" as my other posts, but I felt like I should do even my small part in helping Kayleigh and her family.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Big 'ol sneak peek and a Blessing!

Here is a big sneak peek of a new image, not yet released from Modern Sugar Blvd. I love this digi stamp. It is so much fun! I've already made 3 projects with it and we only had to make 1! It's just so easy to color and incredibly versatile! If you like this image don't worry. It is coming SOON! :)

I also want to share with you and amazing thing that Candie from MSB is doing.

On the upper right side of my blog is a link for a blog that I recently found. It is the story of Kayleigh. She was born at 21 weeks and only weighed 1lbs 1oz. She defied all odds by making it to almost 10 months old. Unfortunately, due to some yet unknown complications her doctors have informed the family that she has lost brain function. Essentially she is brain dead. Unless God decides to move otherwise, she will probably not be on this earth much longer. She will be going home to rest in the arms of Jesus. Her family has an absolutely amazing faith. They pray that God will give them more time, but they also know that the "ultimate healing" would mean saying goodbye to her here. Ok, sorry. I think her blog would do this story more justice. Check it out here: Kayleigh's Blog.

Here is where MSB comes in. Candie is donating the proceeds of several digi stamp sales to Kayleigh's family! I was so amazed and blessed when I read this on the MSB blog today. Isn't amazing how God connects us? Here is the info on how you can help and which stamps are a part of this wonderful ministry. MSB helping Kayleigh.

I think that is all the information. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me! I am so glad to be involved with such an awesome stamp company that not only has amazing products, but that has an amazing heart too! :)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Happy "dirty-30" to me!!

I've spent a glorious Sunday with family and friends celebrating the last day of my 20's! Tomorrow I will be turning the big 3-oh!! I have barely seen my scrap room today, let alone crafted. So, I will share two cards with you made by some people close to my heart. (Bear in mind they are NOT crafters!!) :)
First, this is the card my husband made me:I don't think you can tell by the picture, but he actually embossed the cupcake image! He's never even seen me use the Cuttlebug and yet he still managed to figure it out! I was VERY impressed! He colored it and even stamped inside the card. He definitely brought his A-game for this birthday! :)

Second is a card made by my sister:My sister will be the first to tell you that she is the farthest thing from crafty. So for her to make such a cute card is nothing short of a miracle!! :) She decorated the inside too.

I had such a great day! I even got to go shopping after my party. It doesn't get much better than that. Then, I walked in to this:Now, there is nothing wrong to coming home to that sweet face! It's just that before I left that sweet face was surrounded by a lot more hair!! :) This is what he looked like before my short trip (Well this pic was a few weeks ago, but you'll see where I'm going with this):So, needless to say, daddy was quite busy! After the initial shock I calmed down and realized that less is better for this warm weather! Colson is sort of "known" for his crazy hair though. It hasn't laid down from the moment he was born. It's a little shocking to see that wild hair relatively tamed. No worries though. His hair grows faster than any kid I've ever seen! :) It should be back to it's old self in a month or so.

I've gotten rather long winded in my old age! Sorry about that. I'm off to the movies, but before I go, here are a few more birthday card/party pictures to finish off!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Challenge cards

I want to share two challenge cards I made recently. One is for The Greeting Farm blog and the other is for the weekly CAS challenge on SCS.

The TGF challenge was to case this card. I will have to be honest. This challenge was tough for me!! I am still having a hard time getting used to this new style of multi layered mats. I am used to 1 mat and then on with the show! :) Here's what I finally came up with:
The image is Grad Anya and I was lucky enough to win her and Ian during the blog hop a few weeks ago. That was the main reason I chose this image for my case. The patterned papers are from DCWV. The solid cardstock is Only Orange and Tempting Turquoise from SU. I colored Anya with my Bics. The sentiment is from a SU graduation stamp set. I can't think of the name for some reason. I cut the star from the patterned paper and wrote the '09.

The second card was much easier for me! I am pretty happy with how this card turned out.
The cute, little monkey is from "All That Scraps" CC Designs. The paper is SU. I drew the leaves and cut them out.
The challenge here was to use kids bedding from JCPenney for inspiration. Here is the bedding I chose:

I love doing challenges because I really think that it "stretches your creative muscles". The only problem I am having is I feel like I am kind of losing my personal style a little. I used to be a very clean & simple type crafter. Now that I've had to do a lot more "embellished" work I am sort of hovering in the middle. It's good though, I think, because it helps me to try things I would normally never do. Maybe in doing that I can find a new personal style! :)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Let him sleep...

When I saw this free (yes, I said free!), digital stamp on Dustin Pike's blog I immediately knew what I wanted to use it for. I've had a quote in mind for over a year now that I've wanted to use on some kind of picture for my son's room. I could never quite find the right format or images. When I saw this adorable bear, I knew it was perfect!!

I cut out the "cloud" image by hand and stickled along the edge. I also stickled the craters on the moon. I colored the bear and star with my Bic Write-It markers. I stamped Colson's name in white craft ink using my SU "Big Deal Alphabet" stamp set.

I am going to frame this and hang it in my son's room. I LOVE the quote. I think it is so perfect for Colson! He is an absolutely amazing kid! He is such a gift from God. Everytime I see this phrase I think about all that he is going to do in his life! I'm SO very thankful! :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


I don't have a project of my own to post today, but I wanted to share something I got in the mail this afternoon. Over on SCS there is a group called RAK. It stands for Random Act of Kindness. People make cards and send them out to others in the group for any 'ol reason. It's really rather sweet and lots of fun. There is also a sub-group for birthdays. I almost forgot about it until I opened my mailbox today! A wonderful stamper named Mary sent me the cutest card along with a set of adorable, little clear stamps! Check them out:This is all very nice in general. What made it even better today was that I was kinda "down in the dumps". When I saw this it really brightened my day.

See!? Cardmaking is a marvelous hobby! So much enjoyment to go around!! :)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Splish, splash!

This is a card I made with a digital stamp from Dustin Pike. I love this image!I ran the blue paper through my Cuttlebug with the "Spots and Dots" embossing folder. I used a white gel pen to make "bubbles" on the green paper. The buttons are from Archiver's. (The $1.99 hot spot!) I colored the image with Bic Write it markers and accented with my white gel pen.

Check out Dustin Pike's blog for some more crazy cute images!

I think I am officially in love with digital stamps!! :)

Grand Opening!!!

The Modern Sugar Blvd online store grand opening is today! (Boy, that's a mouthful!)

The excitement lasts all week so be sure to stop by, often! I think everyone is going to love MSB! Very trendy and soooo cute!!

I'll be posting lots of projects with their fantastic products so don't be a stranger! If you want to see even more check out the other DT members too! See them here:


Have a great week!! :)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Tomorrow is the big day! The grand opening of the Modern Sugar Blvd online store! Whooo! How exciting! Cruise on over there and check out all the amazing digi stamps! There is a little something for everyone!!

Here are some projects I created for the second round DT call using some of the very images you can purchase tomorrow! :)
Circle Card:

Image: Blogging Gal (MSB)

I threaded around the edge of the card with yellow floss. Then I embossed the white cardstock layer with the "Spots and Dots" Cuttlebug folder. The flower with flourishes is a cardstock sticker. I colored the image with Bic Write-It markers. I printed the sentiment from my computer.

Post-It note holder:

Image: Cake Gal (MSB)

This is one of the post-it note holders I am so fond of making lately! :) I used some Stampin' Up DSP (designer series paper) for the background. I will have to look up the name of it. I colored the image with my Bics.

Recipe card box/holder:

Image: Cake Gal (MSB)

I made the recipe box from a template I found on SCS. The background paper is "The Sweet Stack" from DCWV. I made the border with SU's scallop border punch. The chocolate chip cookies I made using a large circle punch and normal hole punch. Then I took a smaller circle punch and made bite marks.

MSB will be rockin' all week! Check it out for some great stamps, deals, ideas and more!! While you're at it take a look-see at the work of all the other amazing DT members. "The Sugars" are stock full of talent!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Welcome blog hoppers! :)

This is a card I made for a contest on The Greeting Farm website. The contest was to think outside the normal square card layout. It was called "Don't be a square". :)
I found the tempate for the baseball cap here:

I colored Ian (digital stamp) with my Bic Write-It markers. I am SO into those things! They are a fraction of the cost of Copic markers and work just as well!!

I cut the baseball on my Cricut (Circle), and then threaded red floss to look like stitching. It was actually very easy.

Enjoy the blog hop! (If you don't know what I'm talking about you can check it out here: TGF blog hop.)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Woot woot!!

I made the Modern Sugar Blvd design team! I'm SO excited!!! I can't wait to get the amazing digi images and get to work!!

You'll be seeing more from MSB and me soon!! :)

Impatiently waiting!

While I sit here stalking the MSB blog and waiting for the announcement of the DT winners, I will post some cards. :)I made this card for the CAS challenge on SCS. The challenge was to make a monochromatic card. I love green and I thought the white would really pop with it. I ran the background cardstock through my Cuttlebug with the "Textile Textures" embossing folder. The image is one of the free stamps I got from Inkadinkadoo. (See a few posts down). I traced over the flourish lines with a glitter dust pen to make them stand out a bit more. It can be somewhat challenging to make things "pop" on a monochromatic card. I liked this challenge though. At first I thought it might be impossible for me. It turned out to be super simple and fun!

This is a card I made as another open house sample. My party is this Saturday so I'm starting to feel the crunch. In reality I probably have enough samples, but my inner lunatic is screaming "make more, make more!!!".

This was a very simple card to make as well. The flowers were the hardest part, and that's saying something! I just cut them out and pop-dotted them above the wheelbarrow. I colored the wheelbarrow with PrismaColor pencils and glittered the flowers with clear stickles. The cardstock I used: Orchid Opulence (SU) and Creamy Caramel (SU). The stamp set is also from SU and it's called "Blooming with Love".

Well, that killed a little time. Not enough I'm sure, but it's something! Right!?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Modern Sugar Blvd Sneak Peek

Here is a little "sneak peek" of the projects I made for the Modern Sugar Blvd DT call. I will post the actual pictures once the store is officially open on April 20th. The design team will be announced tomorrow! :)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Quick and Cute

I just wanted to post a quick, little card. I've spent a wonderful day at church and with my family. A day of blessings on the most blessed day! :)

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Empty Egg

In lilies by the tree I found it all alone. I looked inside to see the candy prize was gone. Other kids were finding eggs painted pink and green. All I found were questions instead of jelly beans.

An empty egg, an empty tomb, they both remind us of good news; delivered on that special day. An empty egg tells us today, an empty world was shown the way.

I must admit at first, I was feeling sad. Now I understand. In emptiness, I’m glad. How could I have known, the only egg I’d find tells a story true? We need this Easter time.

An empty egg, an empty tomb, they both remind us of good news; delivered on that special day. An empty egg tells us today, an empty world was shown the way.
A lesson for my heart, I would love to share. A blessing on this day. For friends both far and near. Once all the candy’s gone, the big parade is through; this empty egg is here. A picture of His truth.

An empty egg, an empty tomb, they both remind us of good news; delivered on that special day. An empty egg tells us today, an empty world was shown the way.

***Song from "A Very Veggie Easter"***

He died for us to give us life, and to give us hope He rose! I'm so glad He rose! Praise Him! God bless you all this Easter!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Great Giveaway

A friend of mine sent me a link to a blog called GoGrahamGo. It's full of all kinds of useful information and giveaways! What more could you want?

One of the more recent giveaways is for the Minui HandySitt portable high chair. SUPER cute!

Head on over to GoGrahamGo and enter the contest for yourself. Or check out the Minui website for more details on the high chair! :)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

I can't believe it!!!

I just read on the Modern Sugar Blvd blog that I have made it to round 2 of their design team call!

Good grief! I'm so excited I almost "whoot-whooted" and woke the boy up!! ;)

You can see my submission a few posts down. I found out about the call a day before they were due and didn't think I had the remotest shot. That's not to say I will make the final cut, but this is the closest I've made it to a DT team so I am thrilled!

I can't wait to get to work on my next submissions. I will post a little "sneak peek" when I'm done so you can tell me what you think! (Don't worry, they said that was ok) :)

Also, I got some free stamps in the mail today from Inkadinkadoo. They are running a contest of sorts on their website. It's not really a contest because everyone wins. ;) They are sending out up to 3 stamps to anyone who sends in projects using their stamps. I sent in three and got my stamps today. Here's a pic:
It's not quite as exciting as a design team, but it's all made for a fabulous day! :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Some more samples...of course!

Here are two more cards I made to display for my open house.

Be You Fishy! :)
Stamps: Just Beachy (SU-Mini Occasions Catalog)
Chipboard: Hobby Lobby
Paper: YoYo Yellow & Brilliant Blue (SU)
Ink: StazOn
Glitter: Glitter dust pen
I used the SU scallop border punch to make "waves". The top blue layer of waves I dotted with the glitter dust pen. The "independent" fish is highlighted with glitter and a circle I made with my SU circle punch. The fish is colored with SU markers.

Bliss in a Garden:
Stamps: Scene in a Garden (SU-Occasions Mini Catalog)
Paper: The Green Stack (DCWV)
Ribbon: Michael's
I colored the image with PrismaColor pencils.

I feel kind of silly "naming" my cards, but it's become a habit since I upload to SCS. The "fishy" card concerned me a little because of my husband's interpretation of it. I showed him the card and asked what he thought it meant. He replied, "Back Up?".

I wonder if a stapler upside the head would make things clearer for him? :)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Hip Spring Skeleton!

While trying to make cards using my current SU sets I decided to pull out "Just Jawing". I usually use black and red with this set. I decided that I wanted to try some new colors this time. This is what I came up with: I'm still undecided on whether it's cute or creepy. :)

I used my VersaMark pad to stamp the flowers on the background. I used my pokey tool (yes, that's the technical name) to do the pierced border around the skull. The buttons are from a stash I have. I'm not sure where they came from.

So, it may be creepy but I still like it! Who says spring can't have a few skeletons?