August Cakes

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
It was a BIG cake month for me and I am very thankful!!
Here are the cakes that I made for August...

This first one was made for Lake Michigan Horse and Jockey Association
for their 25th Anniversary celebration

Thank goodness for edible images!!

This next one was for Will
who always loved dump trucks and loaders as a kid

This next one was for my nephew, Nathan, who was visiting from Canada for his 6th birthday.
Nathan loves bright colors and when he draws pictures he is drawn to sketching rainbows.
He said "you can put a sun on it."

I added the pot of gold for good measure

and here is a photo of Nathan and Auntie. You can see he really was happy with his cake.

This Tractor cake was for one year old Elijah. Elijah was one of my special day care kids. He loves to play with cars and tractors and makes the "vvrrrrmmmm" sounds when he plays so they chose a John Deere tractor cake because Grandpa has a John Deere.

Pocahontas cake for Nikki (Will's sister)
Guess they were going retro this year as Nikki always loved Pocahontas as a little girl
(they are now both in their 20's)

The last one I made was for a friend at church whose family celebrated four birthdays so I incorporated their favorite hobbies on one cake

Lynn = Basketball
Tim = Football
Jim = Sketch Artist
Alyssa = the only girl in the bunch got a rose.

Whew!! I wonder what September will offer

Have a Sweet Day!!


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Convention Make and Takes

Monday, August 29, 2011
Anytime we attend a Convention, Leadership Conference, or any Regional Conferences, Stampin' Up! has fun Make and Takes for us to make up while we are there. I must admit that the only thing I got done during my Make and Take time was to mount my new stamp sets that came in my bag.

I finally took the time to put them all together
to show to the ladies in my down line
so I wanted to share them with you.

This banner held all the card creations we made.

Fancy Pinwheel

Stamp Set used is called Raining Flowers

3 x 6 card

3x3 Card
I love how they planned such a nice variety of sizes all using the same stamp set.

They also gave us this Workshop In A Bag

And it included...

A Cello Bag of four Tags that you can gift your hostess with
I LOVE the little clothes pin clips..

A cute card to demonstrate at a workshop using the new Stamp Set called

And enough supplies to make 10 of these pocket cards
for your Make and Take at a Workshop.
Now with all this help, how can you NOT be a good demonstrator.

Sorry it has taken me so long to get caught up on my blogging, but hopefully everything is settling down and I will be able to keep on top of it.

Click HERE to check out the progress on the remodeling of the condo.

Have a Blessed Day!! Christi

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Red Hot Swap

Sunday, August 28, 2011
I wanted to share with you the cards that the Red Hot Stampers made for the last Red Hot Stampers New Catalog Swap.

Marlane used Basic Black with Shimmery Gold
and she embossed it all with Gold Embossing Powder

This one was made by Andrea
You can see that both Marlane and Andrea used a very popular
stamp set called Lovely As A Tree

Glenda's Card
Check out Glenda's blog and find out why we all love being in her group

Sarah's Card
Check out Sarah's blog for more of her beautiful creations

Rachel's Card
Check out Rachel's blog for other great ideas using this new Stamp Set called
Up Up and Away!

Theresa's Card
Love having a Christmas Card in the mix

Maggi's Card
Maggie's card fits a standard A10 Envelope

Want to be part of this fabulous group? Sign up today and not only will you become a RED HOT STAMPER, you will also be a part of
Christi's Creative Crew (C3)
Click HERE to sign on

Have a Blessed Day!!


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Another Sketch Challenge

Saturday, August 27, 2011
Here is a sketch challenge from Techno Stamper. I saw it on Glenda's blog yesterday
and thought I would give it a try.

I had just received a shipment from Stampin' Up! and my new stamp set called TURTLE AND CO. was calling my name to be used so I thought this was a perfect time to use it and participate in a sketch challenge all at the same time.

I think adding the little google eyes just makes this little turtle come to life.
An added benefit to purchasing this stamp set is that it is the Ronald McDonald Stamp Set where Stampin' Up! gives $2.00 of the proceeds from this set to support the Ronald McDonald House.

Click HERE to place an order at my on line site if you want to purchase this cute stamp set or any other products that you see used on my blog.

Click HERE to see Glenda's version of this Sketch Challenge.

Have a Blessed Day!


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C3 Challenge

You may remember the Candy Color Challenge I issued to my down line gals. This card was made by Marlane using the colors in the Bit O Honey candy wrapper. She even went the extra step and added the cute little bees from a retired Stamp Set called "Just Buzzin' By."

Have a Honey of a Day!!


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August Stamp A Stack Part 4

Friday, August 26, 2011
The Final Two Cards that we made at this months Stamp A Stack Classes...


SS: Teeny Tiny Wishes, SAIL AWAY
(this too, is a stamp set that will retire on August 31st
when the Summer Mini ends)
So if you want to have this stamp set for your collection
click HERE to place that order at my on line site.
It is a great stamp for masculine cards and only cost $9.95 #123013
CS: Crumb Cake, WW, Early Espresso, Nautical Expedition DSP (this Designer Paper will also retire on August 31st -
BUT it is also included in the August Special:
A $10.95 value
INK: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
PUNCHES: Modern Label, Word Window, Postage Stamp
Accessories: Oval die, Big Shot, Cherry Cobbler/White Bakers Twine, Regals Brads, Blender Pen, Dimensionals, Sponge


This card was a Swap from Convention by Awilda Cruz
that I wanted to duplicate for a class.
This one too, uses the Postage Stamp Punch

SS: Bring on the Cake, Pretty Postage
CS: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Naturals Ivory
INK: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy
PUNCHES: Wide Oval, Ticket Corner, 1-3/8" Square, Postage Stamp
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler/White Bakers Twine, Dimensionals, Sponge

Have a Blessed Day!!


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Stamping Queen Challenge

Thursday, August 25, 2011

My friend Glenda just became a member of the design team of The Stampin' Queens!! Congratulations Glenda!! They chose a good one!!!

So I thought I would participate in The Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge
for this week (SQSC#1)

Here is my take on the Challenge:

Click HERE to see my friend Rachel's card for the challenge

and Click HERE to see Glenda's card

Have a Blessed Day!!


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4 More Months Until Christmas

Only 4 more months until Christmas!! So I think it is time for another Christmas card!

This card was inspired by Jan Hilliard.
I love how the Printed Window Sheets look on this card.

SS: Snow Swirled
CS: Baja Breeze, WW
INK: Baja Breeze
Accessories: Two Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds,
Rhinestone Brads

Have a Blessed Day!!

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August Stamp A Stack Part 3

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Two more cards made this month at the Stamp A Stack Class...


(another one of the stamp sets soon to retire at the end of August)
don't wait - click HERE to get in on the Summer Mini stamps
available through August 31st.
CS: Certainly Celery, So Saffron, WW, Calypso Coral
INK: Stazon Black, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Calypso Coral
Punches: Blossoms Bouquet Triple Layer, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Silver Brads,
Certainly Celery 1-1/4" Stripe Ribbon


This card was copied directly from the pages of the
Stampin' Up! Catalog and Idea Book.
I do this occasionally to show you what a wonderful resource the catalog is to you as an inspiration for layouts and ideas. With this card not only do you give someone a beautiful card you also gift them with a darling bookmark.

SS: Best Friends Forever, Blessings From Heaven
CS: Perfect Plum, Naturals Ivory, Pear Pizzazz, Elegant Eggplant
INK: Elegant Eggplant, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz
PUNCHES: Boho Blossom, Itty Bitty Punch Pack
Accessories: Color Spritzer Tool, Basic Pearls, Two Tags Die, Big Shot, Brads, Glue Dots, Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon

Have a Blessed Day!!


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August Stamp A Stack Part 2

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Two more cards that we made at Stamp A Stack Classes this month...


SS: Swirls and Curls Verses (hostess stamp set- soon to retire at the end of August),
Fabulous Florets
CS: Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point,WW
INK: Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: 5/8" White Brads, Dimensionals
Inspired By: Dawn Griffiths


SS: My Friend
CS: Pool Party, WW, Basic Black
INK: Whisper White Craft
PUNCH: Lace Ribbon Border
Accessories: White Embossing Powder
Inspired By: Glenda Calkins

Have a Blessed Day!!


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August Stamp A Stack

Monday, August 22, 2011
Another very successful Stamp A Stack class this month. Yes, July was extremely slow, but I was glad to see the ladies eager and ready to get back to card making.

Here are two of the cards that we made this month

Layout inspired by Sabriena Satchwell
I just changed the stamp set used and the color scheme.
You have until the end of August to take advantage of this this stamp set called STRENGTH AND HOPE. For every stamp set sold, Stampin' Up! will donate $2
to the Breast Cancer Research Fund.
Won't you help them out by placing an order for this stamp set today?!
Click HERE to place an order at my on line site.

SS: Strength and Hope #118100, $17.95 Wood Mount
or #123660 Clear Mount $13.95, Thank You Kindly
CS: Very Vanilla, Basic Black
INK: Basic Black, Pretty In Pink
PUNCHES: Wide Oval, Modern Label, 2 Step XL Owl (small heart)
Accessories: Pretty in Pink 1 1/4" Stripe Ribbon, Victoria Crochet Lace,
Basic Pearls, Dimensionals. the Butterfly really stands out as I stacked
2-3 Dimensionals on top of each other for the extra "wow" effect.


SS: Butterfly Prints, Happiest Birthday
CS: Early Espresso, WW, Blushing Bride DSP from the In Color bundle
INK: Blushing Bride, Early Espresso
PUNCHES: Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Butterfly, Ticket Corner
Accessories: #2 Scallop Circle Die, 3" Circle Die, Big Shot, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals
Inspired By: Angie Juda

Have a Blessed Day!!


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A Day At The Zoo

Sunday, August 21, 2011
Our day at John Ball Zoo MUST begin with the traditional photos at
John Ball's Statue.

While we waited for everyone else to arrive I had to snap some photos of
our grandchildren, Tyler and Gracie.
They were very cooperative so it made it extra fun.

Gracie insisted on wearing her giraffe dress..."after all Gramma, it IS a ZOO!"

You can never have too many pictures taken with your grand kids.

My sister Judy with 2 of her 6 grand kids

My sister Vicky with 3 of her 9 grand kids

My sweet parents - celebrating 65 years of marriage in September

(my sister Lynette's grand children did not want to cooperate so we didn't push it but you saw their pictures two days ago on my blog)

Vivi, Sylvia and Gracie declared themselves to be the "ZOO GIRLS"

"1-2-3 ZOO GIRLS!" - it was so cute to hear them cheering.
They would have to stop every so often in the zoo to do their little cheer.

Gracie and Tyler paid their $1.00 to feed the Bungee Birds

The kids were more excited to see this cute little bunny stopping to
munch some grasses than they were to see the lions

It was a fun day out with family and it has been quite a while since
I have been to the John Ball Zoo.

I am still waiting to get the photos of my sisters, parents and myself, but I will share them with you when they come to my in box.

Have a Blessed Day!!


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