Jun 30, 2010

happy birthday, jory!!

happy 21st birthday to my handsom nephew, jordan.

amazing how they grow up so fast!

15-ish years ago


miss grace...

may i present miss grace. full of style, full of elegance. probably not full of much grace. but cute none-the-less. when i decided to host a hippo swap i think i had a hippo stamp in mind for my atcs. then i ordered some stamps from river city rubber works and found this gem. how could i not use it? she's a doll!! then a moment of brilliance (well, brilliant in my mind) struck. add some of that foofie stuff that tutus are made out of. ta-da! so i went to wally's (don't judge me) to get some. and forgot to get it while i was there. then last thursday happened. and then i went to about 4 different wally's, some multiple times, in search of a skirt. and at the last one (just two days ago!), i remembered i needed the foofie stuff. and got it. it's cheap, fyi. 1/4 of a yard--which was plenty!--was only twenty four cents!! bargain! i even gave miss grace a little mani and pedi. with the glaze pen. too cute!

miss grace
stamps: river city rubber works
cardstock: kraft, melon mambo, making memories pp
ink: melon mambo
embellishments: prismacolor markers, tulle (aka foofie stuff), glaze pen

Jun 28, 2010

little things...

this weekend has been one like i've never experienced before. emotions are a funny thing. they are so exhausting but you don't really realize it until later. they kind of sneak up on you. it's also been nice to spend a lot of time with my family. on saturday, i spent most of the afternoon with my mom. we made a whole ton of thank you cards for various things related to my grandma. i totally case'd a card from the {ippity} blog because they were both adorable and simple. easy to mass produce. i wasn't going to do the h{ippity} hop this week because i didn't know if i'd have time. then, i had an idea. we wanted to make some special cards for the nurses that took such amazing care of my grandma. i saw this sentiment and i knew it would be perfect for that reason. so this is the card for those amazing people and for my h{ippity} hop. be sure to visit the rest of the creations on the hop...start back at the {ippity} blog.

little things
stamps: ippity
cardstock: timber, bark-pebbbles; stampin up pp
ink: burnt umber, haystack
embellishments: hemp twine

Jun 25, 2010


it saddens my heart to post this today. my sweet sweet grandma passed away yesterday afternoon. although we knew it was coming, it just doesn't make it any easier. i'm just relieved that she is not suffering anymore. and as my heart is heavy, i went to my craft room for a little thearpy. i've had an idea for this stamp and sentiment for a card for a friend of mine, but i found tonight that i ended up making a card for myself. there is a wonderful, amazing, beautiful new angel among angels in heaven. my sweet grandma. so my friends with flair card is in honor of her.

stamps: unity
cardstock: kraft, pink pirouette, purely pomegranate
ink: purely pomegranate, rose red, pink pirouette
embellishments: felt, sparkle shimmer spritz
tools: die-namics cloud

to see the rest of the fwf projects today, visit the unity blog.

Jun 22, 2010

party birds...

who doesn't love a party? these guys are ready! i just love these party animals. they are a digital stamp from hambo stamps. and these atcs are for suzi's swap 'birds of a feather'.

party birds
stamps: odd bird planet
digi stamp: hambo stamps
cardstock: kiwi kiss, rich razzleberry
ink: kiwi kiss
embellishments: prismacolor markers

Jun 21, 2010

now and always...

it's monday and time for a little h{ippity} hop! i did the single layer challenge this week (but forgot to submit it!) and made this card for the hop. i don't usually do single layer cards, but i don't know why because they are so simple and so elegant sometimes. i love how it turned out! i used a glaze pen on the colored part of the butterflies but you can't really see it in the picture.

now and always
stamps: ippity
cardstock: kraft
ink: rich razzleberry; burnt umber, haystack
embellishments: glaze pen

so now head over to the beginning of the hop at the {ippity} blog. don't forget to visit my other blog if you are interested in getting some {ippity} stamps and check out a little {ippty} giveaway later today!

Jun 20, 2010


happy father's day to this incredible group of men in my life!

Jun 18, 2010

make life sweet...

holy cow? has it been a week since i posted? crazy! of course, i've been on vacation for the past 6 days, soaking up the sun in sunny las vegas! and it was amazing!! but now back to reality. and back to work. with today, friday, it means i'm back at work for a few days. but it also means friends with flair!!! fwf is a little blog hop that lets you see cool creations featuring unity stamps and a possible prize. i did manage to sneak in a little crafting, although not as much as i usually do, while i was gone. here's the card i made for this week's fwf! remember to start back at the unity blog for the whole list of fwf craftees and the chance to win 25 free unity stamps by looking for the special blinkie!! for now, go visit my friend suzi's blog, who is next on the hop.

make life sweet
stamps: unity
cardstock: hot fudge-mft; fancy pants pp
ink: burnt umber
embellishments: hemp twine, prismacolor markers

Jun 11, 2010

serenity tree...

sometimes i just need some serenity. today's going to be a long day. i hate knowing that going into it. and when i'm done, i have a week of vacation with sunshine, a pool, and hopefully some strong fruity umbrella drinks. so here's to it being friday. here's to friends with flair. and most of all, here's to amazing people that have to deal with horrible things. who won't have such a good thing to look forward to at the end of the day. i hope they can find their serenity tree.

serenity tree
stamps: unity
cardstock: buckaroo blue, kraft, soft sky, bo bunny pp
ink: onyx black
embellishments: sparkle shimmer spritz

this is one in a set of atcs for a tree swap that my friend suzi is hosting. lots of paper peicing on this one. i also used the new shimmer spritz, sparkle, but you can't see it well. it looks great in person. don't forget to start at back at the unity blog for the rest of the hop! i'll have a better attitude next post. promise.

Jun 8, 2010


random number picker was #9, so the winner of the cute unity stamps is:

stampinmom3 said...
I love my CTMH stamps. Haven't taken the plunge with Unity yet, but always are checking out their site drooling.

congrats!! email me your info and i'll send your new goodies!

favorite summer recipes...

i'm sad to say that the summer circle journal has come to an end. i made my last set of pages for cindi's cj and now it is on it's way back to her. her theme was 'favorite summer recipes'. this has been a fun swap, because everyone's theme was a little different, but all relating to summer. i got my cj back a few days ago and it is absolutely amazing!! i will post pictures in the next day or two of the finished project. i love it! and sadly, i have decided to take a break from cjs for a little bit. it will be nice, not having a deadline every three weeks to create and get in the mail! but i'm sure it won't last long...i realized when i was done that i didn't have very much stamping on these pages! and i'm secretly (or not so secretly now...) in love with some of the new cosmo cricket papers! so fun.

summer recipie
stamps: unity
cardstock: hot fudge-mft; walnut cream-bazzill; cosmo cricket pp, fancy pants pp
ink: burnt umber, old paper distress ink
font: pea double n jenn

Jun 7, 2010

time to hippity hop...

anyone else wonder where the weekend went? it flew by in the blink of an eye, i swear!! it was so nice outside all weekend, even though i didn't spend much of my time outside! oh well. i think summer is finally here! so now it's monday. and that means it's time for the h{ippity} hop! i bought some cute fabric paper from the dear lizzy+american crafts line a while ago and have been wanting to play with it. i just never had an idea of what to do with it. i also bought some of the die-namics dies from my favorite things at the beginning of may (has it been that long?) and i sadly haven't busted those out either. so i forced myself to use both of them in some way on this weeks {ippity} card. and i'm so glad i did! i think they both worked well together. the die cut through the fabric paper like buttah. awesome. after i cut it out, i wasn't sure what to do with it, then it hit me. make it like a little awning! i {heart} it!! i used three different {ippity} kits on this card...love in return, because of you, and a bit of burlap. they are all so cute!

love birds
stamps: ippity
cardstock: kraft-su; hot fudge-mft; walnut cream-bazzill; tickled tulip fabric paper-dear lizzy+american crafts
ink: chocolate chip craft-su; fired brick & old paper distress ink; burnt umber
embellishments: clear embossing powder, die-namics jumbo scallop die-mft

wander on over to the beginning of the hop at the {ippity} blog. don't forget to visit my other blog if you want to buy some stamps. i'll be having an {ippity} stamp giveaway later in the week!!! and you still have until 8pm tonight to enter to win the cute unity stamps below!

Jun 5, 2010

a little rubber goodness...

i've decided it's time for a little blog reader lovin'...i haven't had a giveaway in a long time and i thought it was due!! in case you didn't know...i'm in love with unity and {ippity} stamps. they are so cute and such great quality. i started selling {ippity} stamps even! love it! i signed up for the unity kit of the month. i got my first package this week and it was so fun! it included a little "welcome" package that had paper, an ink cube and 10 random stamps. turns out (i'm afraid to admit this!) that i had 5 of those 10 stamps already! so this is where you benefit!! it's my pay it forward! so, leave a little comment by 8pm mst on monday june 7th telling me what your favorite stamp company is and why. i'll pick a random person and they will be the winner of a little rubber goodness. i may even throw in some paper, too!! i'm sure i have an extra ink cube laying around...you just never know!

three flowers, cupcake stand, butterflies, bird on a branch and "happy day"

Jun 4, 2010

cup of happy...

friends with flair is in the house! woot woot! love fridays! if not for the same reason why everyone loves friday, then because it aways means friends with flair! and i got to play with the may unity kit of the month that came just in time!! this is my first kit as an official kotm subscriber. and i love love love it! i was so excited i used the freebies that were included in the welcome package...papers and ink. so many fun things to stamp up! i even didn't hate paper piecing all the little cups so much! so without further ado...

cup of happy
stamps: unity
cardstock: hot fudge-mft; walnut cream-bazzill; cosmo cricket pp, fancy pants pp, my mind's eye pp, sassafras lass pp
ink: burnt umber(?), old paper distress ink
embellishments: su ribbon, hemp twine

plus don't forget to start at the beginning of the blog hop (click the blinkie below...) and look for the fwf blinkie for free stamps!

Jun 1, 2010

spot of tea...

would anyone care for a spot of tea? (said with my best british accent) i thought that was a cute title for this set of atcs. the theme for this swap was coffee or tea. i found the cute word stamp at michael's and thought it would be good for something. turns out it works well with this little spotted tea pot!!

spot of tea
stamps: inkadinkado, unity
cardstock: certainly celery, riding hood red
ink: fired brick distress ink
embellishments: glossy accents, prismacolor markers