Ice Fishing Cake

Sunday, January 31, 2010

This cake was made by request from a family at church that will be celebrating their father’s birthday tonight. He is a big fisherman and along with celebrating his birthday they are celebrating the dedication of their newest baby, Peter, to the Lord. After all, Peter was a fisherman too, right?!


Have a Blessed Sunday!


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Elegant Anniversary Card

Saturday, January 30, 2010


This card looks like I made it for a special 50th Anniversary but really it could be used for a wedding as well.  I dry embossed the Whisper White Card Stock with one of our Brass Templates called “Pick A Petal”, the stylus, and a light box.  The heart is stamped with Gold Encore Ink and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.  You can also try stamping it with the Gold Encore and embossing it with Clear Embossing Powder.

Sorry, but I cannot remember what stamp set this was and I think I sold it at our garage sale since it was retired.

The rest of the Accessories used are Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon and Gold Cording. The papers are Whisper White and Brushed Gold.

So if you have an anniversary coming up you may find this card in your mailbox.

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Happy Stamping!!


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You are Invited

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Miss Daisy0001 We would like to invite you to see this fun theater presentation held at our church.  Wayburn Dean is a nationally known Christian recording artist and his wife is the owner/operator of the Children’s Creations Theater.  These two along with our Pastor of Worship and Fine Arts, Brian Felton will be presenting this to us.  What a wonderful chance to celebrate the gift of creativity through the arts.  We hope you will join us.  For tickets cal 616-957-5790 (tickets also available at the door).  Hope to see you there.

So For Now…


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Best Yet

I have had this card idea sitting in my pile to do for a long long time, as you can see I am using retired colors/paper on this, but I was real happy with how it turned out.



SS: Best Yet

CS: Pink Pirouette (retired), Basic Black, Bella Birds DSP(retired), Certainly Celery DSP, WW. I used Pretty in Pink CS on the tag but wished I had stuck with the Pink Pirouette, but it does give it a nice contrast.

INK: Basic Black

Accessories: Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Punch: Boho Blossoms, Big Shot, Loopy Flowers Strip Die, Lots of Tags Sizzlit, Brads, Diminsionals

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Happy Stamping!!


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Charlie Update

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Charlie turned 3 months old in January and he is such a good baby. I am so thankful to have him with me each day. He is very strong, holding his head up nice so I thought I would give the Bumbo a try. Look how cute he is sitting there.

6 4 I love finding Charlie’s ticklish spots and listening to him giggle up a storm. But the last couple days Charlie has had a cold so isn’t quite his happy self. Guess that just means more cuddle time for me.

Thought I better share a card today too…

This is the card I made for Charlie’s First Valentine’s Day39 …and this FUN idea came from I just LOVE it!!!


Lots and lots of punches, card stock is Really Rust, WW, Old Olive, Regal Rose, Barely Banana (mom), So Saffron (baby), Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Pink Pirouettte (retired), Basic Black

A Sweet card for a sweet baby!

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Happy Stamping!!


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Belated Birthday Wishes

Monday, January 25, 2010

This is a birthday card I sent to one of my customers.  I totally missed her birthday, which is very unlike me, but I guess it happens when you forget to write it on your calendar.  I remember years ago finding such a cute belated birthday card that I purposefully sent it late so I could use it.  Maybe this is just such a card.



SS: (retired) Humor in High Heels

CS: WW, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette & DSP (retired)

INK: Black

Accessories: Pretty in Pink & WW Taffeta Ribbon, Wide Oval, Scallop Border & Heart to Heart punches

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A Happy Heart

10 I just love Valentine’s Day don’t you? Not just because it is my sweethearts birthday, but I just love an extra chance to tell everyone how much I love them. This card will be going to one of my day care kids. The idea came from Tonya Bell – thanks Tonya! I have a LOT more Valentines Cards and projects to share but I don’t want to spoil the surprise for the giftee so bear with me and I will show them to you later.


SS: A Happy Heart

CS: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze (all retired in colors), WW

INK: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, Close to Cocoa

Accessories: Punches: Curly Label & Corner Rounder, Paper
Piercer and Mat, Riding Hood Red Ribbon (retired)

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Happy Stamping!!


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STAMP 10 Part V

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The last two cards from our STAMP 10 class are dedicated to the children.

Jan '10-3 Thanks for this card goes to for this fun boy card. Don’t you just love the Build A Bear Stamps?


SS: Beary Best Friends, On Your Birthday

CS: Ballet Blue, WW, Pawsitively Prints DSP

INK: Staz On Jet Black (necessary to use anytime you watercolor), Ballet Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Close To Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Real Red

Accessories: Horizontal Punch, Big Shot, 1/4” ribbon, Dimensionals, white gel pen

Now a card for a little girl. This one could also be used as a baby card.

Jan '10 - 5 Whoever posted this card, I thank you. Sorry that I forgot to make note of your name

SS: Love Bug (hostess level one set)

CS: Pretty In Pink, Almost Amethyst, So Saffron, WW, Tea Party DSP

INK: Staz On Jet Black (I like using this when I use markers as well), Markers: Pretty In Pink, Almost Amethyst, So Saffron, Barely Banana, Certainly Celery

Accessories: Certainly Celery 1/4” grosgrain ribbon, scallop, 1 3/8” and 1 1/4” circle punches, Tag Corner Punch, Sponge, White Gel Pen, Dimensionals

Hope you all enjoyed seeing the cards we made this month. I’ve already got some ideas for next month so if you couldn’t come to class this month, I hope you will be able to make one of the classes in February. Check the side bar for dates and time. See you then!

So For Now…

Happy Stamping!!


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STAMP 10 Part IV

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Okay, now we are going to venture away from the Valentines theme and make some all occasion cards. Starting with a fun Thank you. The ladies did very well with the Stamp-a-ma-jig tool to align these trees. Even our newest gal caught on right away – so never think you cannot learn a new technique.

Jan '10 - 10 Thanks for this card goes to fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Kristine Chirhart who submitted this idea to our demonstrator showcase.


SS: Trendy Trees

CS: Not Quite Navy, Bordering Blue, WW, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant

INK: Close to Cocoa, Elegant Eggplant, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive

Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Scallop Circle Die, Large Oval Punch, Mat Pack and paper piercer, Brads, Sponge

Jan '10 -9 Thanks goes to Glenda, my up line demo for her card idea. Sometimes it is so hard to come up with cards for guys, but this one is so easy and fun.


SS: Totally Tools, On Your Birthday

CS: Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Very Vanilla

INK: Chocolate chip, Creamy Caramel and Going Gray markers

Accessories: Textures Plate kit #4, Twill Tape, stapler, Sponge

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Happy Stamping!!


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Friday, January 22, 2010

Two beautiful Valentines Day Cards that we made at class. I think this year I am sending out 34 Valentines cards to tell the special people in my life that I love them.

Jan '10 -8 Thank you to for this great idea.


SS: Teeny Tiny Wishes

CS: Melon Mambo, WW

INK: Melon Mambo

Accessories: Scalloped Heart Embosslit Die (new in the Occasions Mini), Elegant Bouquet Impressions Folder, Mellow Moss Taffeta Ribbon, Diminsionals

Jan '10-2 This one might not “look” simple but it goes together so quickly (especially when I do all your cutting for you tehe) So glad to have our new clear stamp blocks for the Two-Step Stamped flower. Thanks for this card goes to Nancy Littrell who submitted this idea to Split Coast Stampers.

SS: With All My Heart, Holiday Best (Hostess Set)

CS: Very Vanilla, Real Red, Sending Love DSP

INK: Real Red, Markers: Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss

Accessories: Pinking Hearts Border, Scalloped Oval, and Heart to Heart punches, Jumbo Brad, Dimensionals

Technique: 4 1/4” square format

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Happy Stamping!!


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STAMP 10 Part II

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Two more cards made at our Stamp 10 class this week

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This card could be used for Valentine’s Day or just to give to someone to tell them you love them. How about an anniversary card for your sweetie?! Thank you to my friend Rachel for her inspiration.


SS: The More The Merrier

CS: Taken With Teal, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, WW

INK; Black StazOn, Markers: So Saffron, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Only Orange, Certainly Celery

Jan '10 - 4

Thank you to for this cute Valentine card idea.


SS: A Happy Heart

CS: WW, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede

INK: Rich Razzleberry, Markers: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo

Accessories: Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon, Latte Buttons, Dimensionals, Sponge, Double Slot Punch

So For Now …

Happy Stamping !!


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STAMP 10 Part I

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

It’s that time again for our STAMP 10 class! What fun!! I love planning and preparing for the class and I LOVE all the ladies who come. After spending all day everyday with little ones it is so good to have some fun female time with all these ladies.

Here are two of the cards that we made last night. If you are coming to Thursday’s class this would be a sneak peak for you.

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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the elegance of this card. Thank you to for this beautiful card idea that she shared on SplitCoast Stampers


SS: Vintage Vogue

CS: Whisper White, Cottage Wall DSP

INK: Old Olive

Accessories: Butterfly Wings Embosslit, Ribbon, 2 way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Scoring Blade

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Thank you to for this card idea she shared on Splitcoast Stampers


SS: Vintage Vogue

CS: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, WW, Cottage Wall DSP

INK: Rich Razzleberry

Accessories: WW taffeta ribbon, scissors

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Happy Stamping!!


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Future Computer Geek?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Gracie loves to play games on Gramma’s computer so when she is here by herself I let her do just that. Doesn’t she look like a computer junkie?

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Oh Gracie, you always amaze me. At 4 years old she maneuvers the computer pretty well. Sometimes I will say to her “what are you doing now?” and she will respond… “I’m just waiting – it’s loading”. She just makes me laugh.

Thanks for the fun and educational games.

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Happy Grandparenting!!


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Monday, January 18, 2010

At last Thursday’s down line meeting we had another SWAP – this time using a stamp set from the new Occasions Mini Catalog.  Not everyone was there, but here are the ones that we received that night.  Oh, BTW – the new Occasions Mini has some GREAT new stamp sets, punches, designer paper, etc. 

DSCF2026 Glenda’s card

She used the new dot impression folder and new Bird punch – I love it!

DSCF2021  Lori’s card – She used the

new border punch, and the stamp sets I (Heart) Hearts, and Whimsical Words – this one you can earn FREE with a $50 order during the Sale-a-bration period through March 31, 2010. Very pretty Lori

DSCF2023 Rachel’s card – Rachel used the new stamp set called My Matryoshka, window sheets and rub- ons.                                                                                           DSCF2025 Patti’s card – she used the new stamp set I (Heart) Hearts as well.  The Heart to Heart punch fits perfectly for this stamp set.                                                          11This is the card I submitted, and I, too, used the new stamp set I (Heart) Hearts.

Hope this gets you excited about what other wonderful things we have in the Occasions Mini.  There are so many great incentives going on during the Sale-a-bration period that you won’t want to miss out on.  Two starters kits are available at 15% off – the regular starter kit and the My Digital Studio kit. Sign up now and not only do you receive the kit at 15% off you also get a free stamp set valued at $47.95 – your choice.

During Sale-a-bration if you place a $50 (before S&H and taxes) you get to choose anything from the Sale-a-bration flyer OR a stamp set from the list on the back page of stamp sets in the Idea Book and Catalog valued at $15.95. SO… not only will you get your STAMP 10 class FREE with your $50 order you get a FREE stamp set.  What a bargain!!!  Sign up today or place an outside order if you can’t make it.

To sweeten the pot I am having  a contest on my own.  For every $50 order (before S&H and taxes) you can write your name in a square on my 50/50 board.  When all 50 squares are filled a number will be drawn and if your name is on that number you will get $50 in FREE merchandise – your choice.

So for now…
Happy Stamping!!


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Sunday Share

Sunday, January 17, 2010
One of the blogs I check regularly always has a Sunday Share for her Sunday postings. When I was sent this link I thought I would share it with you all. We were all so proud of Jeff when he sang the National Anthem at the Griffins hockey game, and I can only imagine how proud the parents of this 7 year old boy were when he sang at an NBA game. I hope you all are having a blessed Lord's Day. Pin It Now!


Friday, January 15, 2010

One of my traditions is to pull out my scrapbooking on New Years Day and work on it ALL day and catch up from the past year.  This year I had time off from daycare kids so I was able to leave my large table up making it so much easier to accomplish the task at hand.  My sweet hubby gave me a new photo album where I can just slip in the photos as well as journal, so I was able to catch up on our family album using this.  I also needed to catch up on extended family albums with nieces and nephews, Aunts and Uncles,etc.  This too was accomplished.  Tyler and Gracie’s album came next, which I was able to catch up on as far as I could go, but (shame on me) I really haven’t been taking as many pictures so I wasn’t too terribly back logged.  What I really wanted to accomplish was our pictures from our trip to DISNEY last November.  How good it felt to get our entire trip completed – just need to buy an album to put it in.  So here is one of the pages that was completed for our trip using paper and embellishments from Stampin’ Up!DSCF2013

Tyler is trying to pull the sword from the stone.  I also put pictures in a small album of all the character pictures taken with the kids (and some with us) so that Gracie and Tyler could look at them anytime they wanted.  The question now is… When can we go again????

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Three Little Words

Thursday, January 14, 2010
This is a card I sent to my dear childhood friend, Phyllis. growing up we did EVERYTHING together, and now as adults these are our fondest memories. We don’t see each other much, but we are always close at heart. Phyllis recently finished up another round of Chemo treatments for ovarian cancer. She has endured so much and yet has remained so strong. I am so proud of her and I love her so much. Wish I had a picture of when we were little to put on this blog, but I sure am glad she is still here with us. I love you Phyllis!!

DSCF2065 Inside and envelope. At Regionals in Cincinnati last September we were taught "never send a naked envelope." Well, I'm not that consistent on this, but I did add the cute little bunny from the Forest Friends stamp set to the inside and to the envelope.

This card was inspired (copied) from Tashana Lundy’s blog. She has many great ideas that I have used. Thanks Tashana!


SS: Forest Friends, Three Little words

CS: Pacific Point (retired), WW

INK: Pacific Point, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Pale Plum

Accessories: Brads, Sponge, Acetate, Dimensionals, Matchbox XL Bigz die (label)

Technique: Reflections (Mirror Image)

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“J” Term – Cakes

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tuesday the same girls who made cards in class last week were back with me again today! This time we decorated cakes. So very thankful that the school let use use the kitchen today. Each girl had a 6” round cake to start with. I showed them how to cut the cake and fill it. They had the options of raspberry or Bavarian cream, YUMMY! After they frosted their cakes I set them loose to decorate – showing them how to make leaves, and different borders, and I brought flowers that I had made ahead of time that they could use. (Time just didn’t allow a teaching segment on making flowers) Each cake was special – designed to reflect each girls personality and tastes. I also brought with me a 12x18 half sheet cake and showed them how I cut and filled a large cake (using dental floss). After frosting the cake I let them work on that one as well and look what they came up with.

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Rachel’s Cake

Ainslie M’s Cake


Caroline’s Cake

Kayla’s Cake



Lexi’s cake

Emilee’s cake



Ainslie S’s Cake

Amanda’s Cake


Melina’s Cake

Alyssa’s Cake

(Alyssa left on a mission trip that afternoon to Cameroon, Africa)

We will be praying for you Alyssa – and the whole team.

Thanks girls for a very fun time with you all.

Happy Decorating!


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“J” Term Part V

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

This is the last and final post of the cards we made during Freedom Baptist School’s “J” Term. But wait! There’s more…Cards? No… check tomorrow to see the same girls who made these great cards enjoying some time creating beautiful cakes. But for today here are the last two cards that they made in Friday’s class.



SS: Trendy Trees, For All You Do (Thank You)

CS: Rose Red, Old Olive, WW, Rose Red DSP, Old Olive DSP

INK: Rose Red, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa

Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, 1 1/4” and 1 3/8” Circle Punches, Old Olive Stripe Ribbon, Eyelet Border Punch

Technique: Stamp-a-ma-jig



SS: Greenhouse Garden, Bloomin’ Beautiful

CS: WW, Pink Passion,

INK: Pink Passion, More Mustard, Orchid Opulance

Accessories: Finial Press Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Organdy Ribbon, Diminsionals

Techniques: Embossing with the Big Shot, Two-Step Stamping

Happy Stamping!


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Happy Birthday Melina!

Monday, January 11, 2010
Today is Melina’s 9th Birthday!!! and I just wanted to tell her how much I love her.

Melina you have been a joy ever since I started to take care of you at 6 months old. scan0001 Melina at 10 months old. Isn’t she such a cutie! But just look at her now…From Cutie to Beauty!!

I hope you like your birthday card!DSCF1629


SS: Bugs and Kisses

CS: Certainly Celery, Barely Banana, Tempting Turquoise, WW

INK: Temping Turquoise, Markers: Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, Pretty In Pink, Apricot Appeal

Accessories: 1 3/4” Circle Punch, Sm and Lg Tag Punches, Tempting Turquoise and Apricot Appeal 1/4” grosgrain ribbon, Sweet Center Cups, Dazzling Diamonds

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My Big Helper

Sunday, January 10, 2010
My little daycare girl is such a big helper to Auntie with Baby Charlie. She brings diapers to me when needed. DSCF2028She likes to read books and keeps Charlie company.Charlie and Sarah 2 Charlie and sarah 1Sarah and Charlie

She plays very nice all by herself, but she also plays very nice with others. She and Gracie are best of friends.

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She is the BEST picker-upper.

She loves to do crafts, DSCF2041color and watch Dora the Explorer, and now she is turning 3 years old. Happy Birthday Sweetheart. This is the card I am giving her for her birthday. I sent one just like it to my neice when she was expecting her baby because she craved gummy bears during her pregancy. I am happy to say that Baby Elijah was born safe and sound on December 21st just as planned, and Mom and Elijah are doing great. Click here to see how adorable he is. Doesn't he just look like a little gummy bear?! They call him their Snuggle Bear. How appropriate!

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