Nov 30, 2010


the past few years, i've hosted a swap at the stamp shack. the swap is a coaster calender. twelve people participate and each person chooses a month. when you get the swap back, you have a full calendar for the next year. this is my coaster for the 2011 calendar.  this has probably been my favorite.  everyone did such an awesome job.

stamps:  purple onion
cardstock: cherry cobbler, echo park pp
ink: baja breeze, early espresso, cherry cobbler, old olive, night of navy, soft sky
embellishments: prismacolor markers, hemp twine, tags, glitter pen
font:  snf goody

here is the finished project.  amazing!!

Nov 29, 2010


this weekend went by in the blink of an eye. it was a great weekend with a lot of just hanging out with my husband and a night out with some friends stamping. it's monday and that means a new week. and it means it's time for another h{ippity} hop! this week i used the kissmas & mistletoe set again. i love it!! used some echo park paper scraps that i had left over from a project i'll be posting soon. hop on through to the rest of the h{ippity} hop and have a great monday. if you are having weather like we are (remember that blizzard hype from last week?? well it should have been this weekend. it's snowed a ton today and just keeps going!) then be safe.

stamps: ippity
cardstock: crumb cake, early espresso, echo park pp
ink: baja breeze, early espresso
embellishments: prismacolor markers, hemp twine, glossy accents

Nov 28, 2010

winner, winner!

thanks to all those who visit my blog and those that participated in my little contest. the winner of the echo park kit and unity stamp set was chosen by random draw (my lovely husband) and is #4:

Annonymous said...
I would love to win this prize pack. I have an adorable little 3 year old boy. I would love to make scrapbook pages from these products. I like unity stamps and echo park paper. All of your cards that you have made from your unity stamps have been very cute!! My email is Cindy.greenwell@... Thanks
11/25/10 7:03 AM
yipee!!  congrats, cindy!!

Nov 27, 2010


wow!  i didn't think i would hit 40000 so soon!!  so through tonight at midnight, you can still enter.  see this post for details!!

 blog readers, you rock!

penguin wishes...

working on more christmas cards!!  oh how i love mixing stamping media/techniques!  i printed  some echo park digi paper for my pattrned paper.  then i used a bugaboo digi stamp.  i just love this little penguin.  i think his name is popi.  adorable!

penguin wishes
stamps: unity
digi stamps:  bugaboo
cardstock: night of navy, echo park digi paper
ink: night of navy
embellishments: prismacolor markers

don't forget my little giveaway here.

Nov 26, 2010

black friday...

are you one of the crazed shoppers that loves black friday?  not me.  no way.  by the time you read this,  i'm probably happily at work. nowhere near any stores.  but friday does bring friends with flair!!  and this week i made a card using a couple of the unity kotm's-october and november.  i made this card for a friend who just had surgery and i just wanted a card that said hello.  so go check out the other fwf peeps starting at the unity blog. hope you all had a wonderful and safe thanksgiving holiday.

stamps: unity
cardstock: dusty durango, my mind's eye pp
ink:  daffodil delight, cherry cobbler, soft sky, early espresso, burnt umber
embellishments: prismacolor markers

ps don't forget my little giveaway here.

Nov 24, 2010


so what was hyped the "blizzard of 2010" was mostly a lot of hype.  which was probably not a bad thing because it got people home early and off the roads for the most part.  i guess it had the potential to be horrible, but turned out not so bad in some areas.  some bad wind and snow for a few hours and now it's just freezing cold!  so here are some more christmasy coasters to get you in the christmas spirit if it isn't freezing or snowing in your neck of the woods!

stamps: unity, stampin up
ink:  burnt umber; barn door, weathered wood distress ink;  midnight blue, forest green stazon
other:  marble tile, prismacolor markers

don't forget my little giveaway here.

Nov 23, 2010

something big is a'brewing...

so apparently i live in a cave. we are getting a huge storm today and they are throwing around the "blizzard" word. a huge one at that. been in the news for days. i found out last night from a friend on facebook who lives in kentucky!! a sign i really should watch the news more often. but that's not what the big thing is that i'm talking about.

when i started this blog, it was more for me just to throw stuff out there and was a place to post pictures of my crafts (which i'm embarrassed to think were good at the time...but i guess we all have to start somewhere!) and thoughts about life. therapeutic to a point, i guess (not deep stuff...just rambling). i never realized that i would one day see my little counter in the bottom corner nearing the 40,000 mark!! holy cow! so i though i would have a little celebration in honor of that milestone.

i was lucky enough to win not one, but two contests on facebook from two of my faves: echo park and unity. i've been feeling a little guilty about this for two reasons. 1} because i won two things. 2} because they were little boy themed prizes and i have no kids.  so i wanted to pif and have someone else who would be able to put it to better use have it.

so...i have no idea when i will hit the 40K mark, but once i do, i will be giving away a prize pack that consists of  the unity stamp set in the clouds and an echo park little boy collection that matches.  would you love it???

comment on this post and once the counter turns the magic number, i'll randomly draw a winner.

here are the rules:
  • one comment per person
  • must comment on how you will use the prize
  • leave your email so i can contact you if you win
  • check back occasionally for when the magic number is hit
easy peasy. 

and thanks for visiting!

Nov 22, 2010

peace (part 2)...

good morning!!  over the weekend it turned into winter.  it snowed probably at least 6 inches saturday night and over a foot in some areas.  so i'm happy to stay home and enjoy the h{ippity} hop today!!  the guys over at unity are hilarious and made a video demonstrating how to make some coasters.  i thought it would make a cute gift for people, so i headed to lowe's on saturday (a place i never thought about buying craft supplies!) and experimented.  i think it turned out pretty cute!  i have a few more, that i'll share tomorrow, but wanted to only show the one i made with {ippity} stamps for the hop.  check out the rest of the h{ippity} hop and have a good week..for most people it will be a short week!

stamps: ippity
ink:  burnt umber; barn door, weathered wood distress ink;  midnight blue stazon
other:  marble tile

Nov 20, 2010

chicks dig me...

taking a little break from holiday cards to post an atc.  this is for a swap that suzi is hosting with the theme of baby, baby.  i love this little guy from bugaboo stamps and once i saw him, i knew i had the perfect stamp to go with it!! 

chicks dig me
stamps: just johanna, stampin up
digi stamp:  bugaboo
cardstock: cotton candy
ink:  crumb cake, pacific point
embellishments: prismacolor markers
font:  db speak bubbles

Nov 19, 2010

winter comforts...

it's friday, it's friday!  woo hoo!!  i'm excited because today means i have the next 4 days off.  i'm not necessarily doing's just how my schedule worked out.  but it also means it's friends with flair!  i'm excited to show you these tags i made.  angela, over at unity, posted a christmas tag tutorial video.  i totally cased her idea and made my own.  i used stamps from the unity october kotm and from the {ippity} kit kissmas & mistletoe.  love it!  be sure and check out all the other cute things on the fwf blog hop and watch for the magical blinkie!!

winter comforts
stamps: unity, ippity
cardstock: crumb cake 
ink:  cherry cobbler, early espresso, whipped cream, walnut stain
embellishments: eyelets, stampin up ribbon

and check out this fun givaway from robert's (lss) for the cute mitten weather collection by cosmo cricket!

Nov 18, 2010

ding dongs...

so i may have mentioned this before, but on wednesdays over at jessica sprauge, there are fab deals for a buck.  makes the boring midweek a little more exciting!!  yesterday, i got a few things.  cosmo cricket had two things for a buck.  one was the jolly by golly paper pack and one was the jolly by golly element pack that matched.  i love them both!  so i made this simple card that has absolutely no stamping on it.  i did try something new and used my scoring board to make the frame.  love it!  this tag cracked me up!

 ding dongs
digital element:jolly by golly-cosmo cricket
cardstock: riding hood red

other: scoring board-martha stewart

and don't forget that today is the new {ippity} stamp release!  

Nov 17, 2010


don't forget to check out the {ippity} blog to see the new sets that are releasing tomorrow!  visit my {ippity} blog to order!

check out this blog giveaway by tiffany at iheartart.  she is giving away a $100 prize to two peas!  how cool is that?

Nov 15, 2010

in the meadow...

it's h{ippity} hop monday!!  and did you know that this week, on thursday, is new release day for new {ippity} stamps!  how exciting is that??  it's a great release!  there is a sneak peek on my {ippity} blog (and also a huge sale!)  i think the card i make for the hop this week turned out much cuter than i had planned.  which is always much better than having it turn out much worse!  i bought some of the tim holtz grungeboard, oh, back in july when i went to north carolina.  i just have never played with it!  so i busted it out and experimented with it.  i first inked it up with weathered wood distress ink.  then i sparyed it was some glimmer mist.  after it was dry (with help of the s'more maker, err...heat gun) i stamped it with the cute snowman.  i like the effect.  so now go check out all the other {ippity} goodness on this week's hop and don't forget the new stamps on thursday!

in the winter
stamps: ippity
cardstock: soft sky, baja breeze, crumb cake 
ink:  baja breeze, night of navy, whipped cream, weathered wood
embellishments: grungeboard, may arts ribbon, hemp twine

Nov 13, 2010

{ippity} love...

it's almost time for a new release from {ippity}!  and they are a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e!!  (chels, that's for you!)

this is just one. visit my {ippity} blog to see the others and check out this month's special. since it's almost christmas time, i may even through in a little nugget of extra goodness with each order. just sayin'!

Nov 12, 2010

winter wishes...

hello friday!!  and hello friends with flair!  i missed last week's installment of fwf because i was in indiana stamping with a fab group of friends. *sigh* but i'm back to reality this week, so i couldn't miss fwf two weeks in a row.  i feel almost guilty posting this card because it was so simple.  i think it took all of 5 minutes to do.  but i {love} it!  and the reason i {love} it is because it pairs two of my favorite companies of the moment, unity and echo park.  (i know...the both have been a fave for longer than a moment, and will for a long long time.)   which is fitting, because they partnered up this week, too!  i  used some of ep's amazing digital paper that i got from jessica sprauge (i really should be paid for my free advertising!).  i {heart} one buck wednesday over there!  and...i got the stamp free with this month's issue of paper crafts magazine (harmon's has a bunch!)  ok, enough of my gushing.  go start at the beginning of the fwf blog hop, look for the blinkie for your chance to win some free unity love, and have a great weekend!

winter wishes
stamps: unity
cardstock: riding hood red, echo park digital paper
ink:  riding hood red
embellishments: stickles

Nov 10, 2010


i have had this digi stamp for probably two years.  and this year, i told myself i really needed to use it because it is so adorable!  i was so excited after i made it so i had to show someone.  my mistake was showing it to kerry.  he just doesn't get craftiness!  he looked at it and said "cute".  i said "do you get it?"  and he said "get what?"  i just shook my head and walked away.  then this weekend i showed my stamping peeps and they all appreciated it!! 

i should also mention that i hate glitter.  sherri showed me this cool tinsel glitter from martha stewart.  i thought i had finally found a type of glitter (stickles don't count here...) that i could use and not hate.  well...this weekend at palooza, i made 10 of these cards.  ask anyone there.  i had a glitter melt down.  only reconfirmed the fact that i really do truly hate using glitter.  i think the hotel had glitter everywhere by the time the day was done!!

peas on earth
digi stamps: whimsie doodles
cardstock: cherry cobbler 
embellishments: prismacolor markers, tinsel glitter

Nov 9, 2010

here comes santa...

wow.  seems like the weather is ready for the big guy in the red suit to come.  this is a card i made on my stamping trip to indiana.  what a great time we all had.  4 days of stamping with friends, lots of laughing and crafting.  learning new ways to roast marshmallows!  awesome!  one of the shackies posted a link on using craft ink and a watercolor pen (i used a blender pen) so you could use white ink on kraft.  i love the effect.  i used it on santa's beard (and i used it on the snow in yesterday's post).  i also {love} the jillibean soup paper!  for the twill, i just gathered it in certain spots and stapled it. 

here comes santa...
stamps: studio g, american crafts
cardstock: crumb cake, jillibean soup pp
ink: oynx black, white craft
embellishments: prismacolor markers, twill ribbon, tiny attacher

Nov 8, 2010

let it snow...

snow snow snow.  it's coming.  wait, it's already been once!  but once it's snows, you can go sledding!  i made this set of atcs for a swap suzi is hosting.  i can't remember where i got this stamp, but it is a dorable!  i love the penguin!

let it snow
stamps: shirley's 2 girls, purple onion
cardstock: night of navy, crumb cake
ink: oynx black, paris dusk, white craft
embellishments: prismacolor markers, martha stewart punch

Nov 7, 2010


do you ever see some stamps and just have to have them?  that's what i did when i saw this one.  i love it!!  it's from elzybells, who i don't think is making stamps anymore.  but i do love it.  this set of atcs is for a snowman swap that christie is hosting.  i just love the way the little bird and deer are looking at each other!  i don't know if you can tell from this dark picture, but the snowmen and ground are covered in tinsel glitter.   gives it a little sparkle.

stamps: elzybell, stampers anonymous
cardstock: riding hood red, soft sky
ink: soft sky, onyx black
embellishments: prismacolor markers, tinsel glitter

Nov 6, 2010


this is bessie.  she's just hanging out chewing some grass enjoying the sun.  she loves it.  bessie is for suzi's happy cows from california atc swap.  this is one of the swaps i've done while in indiana with 7 of my shackie buddies. i used a graphic set from lettering delights called cow clips.

stamps: amuse, american crafts
cardstock: cherry cobbler, early espresso
ink: old olive, baja breeze
embellishments: prismacolor markers
graphic set:  cow clips

Nov 5, 2010

s'mores anyone?

so a group of us are having a girl's stamping weekend in indiana (say that three times fast!)  the weather hasn't been very warm, but we were hoping for a bonfire to make s'mores.  well, the rain didn't quite cooperate, so we had to improvise.  it was awesome!

Nov 2, 2010

ruff you...

funny.  that's what i made this set of atcs for (pardon the horribly dark photo...don't know what my camera was doing...yes, i blame it all on my camera!).  joanie is playing hostess for a swap "that's so funny!"  i love these two stamps.  the little dogs are so cute!  and can you believe there is no echo park or unity used here?? my mainstays lately! 

ruff you
stamps: amuse
cardstock: cherry cobbler, blushing bride, my mind's eye pp
ink: early espresso, cherry cobbler
embellishments: prismacolor markers, glaze pen, stickles

Nov 1, 2010


november 1st.  i can't even believe it.  where has this year gone???  all i know is that it is monday so that means h{ippity} hop!! i know, i know...we just barely finished halloween and here's a christmas card.  but i already had it done!!  plus i used more fantabulous echo park digi paper!  love it!  hop on over to the {ippity} blog and see all the other {ippity} goodness.  and remember, new {ippity} stamps come out on nov 18th!

stamps: ippity
cardstock: crumb cake, echo park digital paper
ink: early espresso, cherry cobbler, versamark
embellishments: clear embossing powder

click here to check out the special on {ippity} through nov 10th!