Baby Ensemble

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Yesterday I had the privilege of holding a brand new baby!  Baby Kadex is my "birthday buddy" Kaitlyn's first baby, and I couldn't wait to 'get my hands on him.' Sorry about the dark picture but I forgot to bring my camera so my (not so smart) phone had to be good enough.

This is the ensemble of gifts I put together for him.  My pen pal embroidered the little robots on his onesies to match the cute bag, boxer shorts, bib and burp cloth.  Then I found a somewhat coordinating sippy cup and pacifiers to fit in the pockets.

These are the thank you notes that I made for her using the cogs from the stamp set CLOCKWORKS and a non SU robot stamp my friend owns. The notes I used are the NOTE CARDS AND ENVELOPES #107311 $5.95 FOR A PACKAGE OF 20, which measure 3 1/2" x 5".  The sentiment is from the NEW stamp set CUDDLES AND KISSES in the Spring Catalog #127314 $18.95 Clear mount or #127312 $25.95 Wood mount
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Guest Stamper - Becky C

This cute card was made by Becky C, my dear Pen Pal and friend who is also in my Stampin' Up! down line.  I love it when the girls share their creations with me.  Becky used the NEW stamp set Oh, Whale! that is in the Spring catalog along with the Happy Whale Sizzlit Die, and Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Paper.
Great job Becky!
This cute whale stamp reminds me of our recent trip to Florida and spending a day at Sea World with my hubby, my sis and her hubby.  The Shamu show was amazing!

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You're Out of This World, Valentine!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Wouldn't this be a fun treat for the kids to bring instead of a store bought manufactured valentine?  I used my Owl Builder Punch to create little Aliens.  The greeting says "You're out of this world."

Tyler is making these same little aliens for his class this year except he will have M and M's and Skittles insides his 1x8 cello bags.  He is doing a great job and proclaimed "this crafting stuff is fun!"
A boy after my own heart.  Now to get busy on Gracie's Valentines for her class.

Update: Yeah! I had three wonderful friends join me yesterday for COME STAMP WITH ME TUESDAYS!  I'm so excited and can't wait for this idea to catch on!  We had so much fun and it made my day way less lonely.  Thanks gals!!

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Love Notes

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Quite some time ago (a couple years at least) I found these little metal mailboxes at a Dollar Spot, and thought it was about time I used them up.  I covered them with some Designer Paper, and filled them with some cute 3x3 love notes.  They for sale right now at the USED TO BE NEW consignment shop for only $6.00

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Valentine Friendship Cocoa

Monday, January 28, 2013

A little cup of cocoa
I'm sending your way,
for your to sip and enjoy
On some cold lonely day.
It's warmth will warm your heart
Just like our friendship warms mine
Right from the start
Happy Valentine's Day!

I'm sure I will be using this same pattern for the Christmas Craft Sales and my Snowman soup.  It was simple and easy.  I gleaned this idea and pattern from Chris Twing.  I have seen it on other blogs such as Becky Roberts, but Chris' blog it the one that actually gave me the dimensions.  I figured this gave me a great chance to use up some retired Designer Paper.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013
Playing with the Red Hot Stampers again today!
This is the sketch we had to work with...
Do you remember this cute e-card my sweet hubby sent me using the Simply Sent App for his iphone?  Click HERE to see that post.  I had printed it out and it has been sitting on my work table all this time.  Guess it gave me inspiration for each day.  When this sketch challenge came up I thought it would be perfect to recycle it. 
Click HERE to see what the other Red Hot Stampers came up with for this challenge.

BLOG CANDY! Everyone who participates with us in the sketch challenges for January will be entered into a drawing. On February 1st the winner of the January Blog Candy will be announced. What is the blog candy? Why a FREE Double “D” Bow Maker of course! (sorry but only US participants).  Use the Mr Linky on the Red Hot Blog to upload your card or project.

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Praying For You

Saturday, January 26, 2013
When I stopped in to the USED TO BE NEW Consignment Shop to check my card rack out I found a few empty spots and one type card that seemed to sell out was anything to do with Praying For You, Get Well, or Sympathy.  So I borrowed the PRAYING HANDS Stamp Set from my friend, Sue, and cranked out some simple cards that could be either masculine or feminine.  This card was cased from a Split Coast stamper from New Mexico, sorry I do not have her name to give her credit.  The Sentiment is from the stamp set BLESSINGS FROM HEAVEN.

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Please Come

Friday, January 25, 2013
These are the invitations that we made for our Women's Retreat AKA Grace Girl's Get Away.  I just love the new Doilies that Stampin' Up! now carries in the Spring Catalog #129399 only $2.95 for 24 great quality doilies.
So now you need to use your imagination...multiply this card by 240!  yes, that is how many cards we made!  We usually have 110-120 who attend, but we make sure to invite EVERY woman (post high school age) who attends our church.  This truly was a labor of love as six ladies gathered on two different evenings to assemble these invitations.
Looking forward to a great weekend immersed in the Word of God with this many women.

Stamp Set: Tea Shoppe
Ink: Marina Mist

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Make A Cake

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Our grand daughter, Gracie, loves the new(ish) Tangled movie of Rapunzel, especially the lanterns that light up the sky every year on Rapunzel's birthday.  So the Patio Party Designer Paper reminds me of Gracie.  The stamp set I used is called MAKE A CAKE.  The Happy Birthday banner is from ITTY BITTY BANNERS, and I used the coordinating BITTY BANNERS FRAMELITS. The bottom and top layer on the cake was stamped onto the designer paper, cut out, and adhered.
Card inspired by Lisa Winemiller who was inspired by Shelly Johnson (see I'm not the only one who cases another talented demonstrator) :)

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Guest Stamper - Linda L

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
This card was designed by Linda L, my newest recruit!  I love the creativity she has with the hearts.  Guess what stamp set she used...PERFECTLY PRESERVED!! Who would have guessed it!! She stamped the apple and then punched the hearts from that image!  Creative!  I am very happy to have Linda on my team!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sale-a-bration begins TODAY!
Sale-a-bration is Stampin' Up!'s biggest event of the year!
What does this mean for you?  With every $50 you spend (before shipping and tax) you get to pick one item from the Sale-a-bration brochure FREE!  Click on the icon to browse the brochure
Not only that, for every $50 you spend with me you get a punch on a Frequent Stamper Card - get 10 punches and you get to pick one stamp set FREE from me! AND, if that weren't enough, I have my 50/50 board going again so for every $50 you spend you get to write your name in a square on my board, and once the board is full a random number will be drawn and the winner receives $50 in product from me!

You could join Stampin' Up! and choose $156.50 worth of product from any current catalog for only $99 plus tax (shipping is free)

I would love to have you join Christi's Creative Crew! If you have any questions you can email me at

Click HERE to get started, then click on JOIN THE FUN and it will walk you right through it

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Bordering On Romance

Originally, I was going to use this card (inspired by ? ) in a class to teach how to watercolor but it just never happened, but I still wanted to share it with you.  I love the elegance of this card.  Sometimes the Doily Die can be temperamental, but on this occasion it cooperated.

Stamp Set: Bordering on Romance, Perfectly Penned
Card Stock: Whisper White, Rose Red, Basic Black
Ink: Staz On (you always want to use Staz On Black anytime you watercolor with water or a blender pen or else your colors will bleed into the black), Rose Red, Wild Wasabi
Tools and Accessories: Paper Doily Sizzlit, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Rose Red Seam Binding, Large Scallop Edgelit, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Embossing Folder
Do you like my double bow?  Click HERE to buy a Double D Bow Maker from my buddy Dean

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A Countryside Birthday

Monday, January 21, 2013
I love the simplicity of this masculine card inspired by Lisa Young
It can be so hard to come up with good masculine cards so I thought this one fit the bill perfectly, and this is my favorite Designer paper called FIRST EDITION
Stamp Set: Countryside, Best Dad Ever
INK: Staz On Black and then colored in with a blender pen
Card Stock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla and First Edition Specialty Paper

And don't forget - Tomorrow is COME STAMP WITH ME TUESDAY!  I hope you can make it!
Here are the details...
When: Tuesdays!
Time: 10 AM - 7 PM open house style
Where: 4845 Summergreen Ln, Hudsonville
just reply to this post if you plan to pop in!!  See you tomorrow!!

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Sunday, January 20, 2013
Today is another chance to play along with the Red Hot Stampers Sketch Challenge!  Do you like it??
This is what we had to work with...

I thought it would be fun to pull out one of my new stamp sets and give it a whirl.  I put Crystal Effects over the face of the watch and cut it out after I let it dry over night, then popped it on top of another stamped image.  The back ground is also from CLOCKWORKS stamp set.  I think this will come in very handy for making some masculine cards.
Now Click HERE to see what the other gals did with their Red Hot Sketch Challenge this week

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Turning Your Dreams Into An Address

Saturday, January 19, 2013
This card was created for a real estate agent who loves to give a card and gift to the people who she helps purchase a new home.  She came up with the sentiment "Turning your dreams into an address" so I had to generate those on the computer. My friend Melissa actually did all the work once we got the card designed.  The little branch seen through the window is from THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.  This was the first card we made but ended up using a little different lace "curtain", but this was my favorite.  The window and sill was made by stamping Early Espresso Ink onto Crumb Cake Card Stock using the WOODGRAIN  back ground stamp then punching 1 1/4" squares for the windows.

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Figment of My Imagination

Friday, January 18, 2013
My Hubby and I had a wonderful, relaxing time in Florida recently.  We were able to share a Disney Resort (Old Key West) Condo with my sister and her hubby and spend some much needed time together. (I only get to see her about twice a year so this was super special).  The guys were hilarious as they share a similar fun-loving demeanor. 
Dale and I went to EPCOT alone while Sis and Hubby crashed trying to recover from the flu/cough/cold thing going around.  We created this FIGMENT (of our imagination) on a screen and they emailed it to us.  I am one of those crazy people who likes to name everything - I mean EVERYTHING!  Tina Marie is the name we gave to the lovely woman's voice on my hubby's iphone GPS so it was good to put a FIGMENT to the name!! haha!!  Isn't she cute! Just a little Angel - she would never lead us astray - right!! We were very thankful to have her guiding our way in Florida, that's for sure. 

Here are a few pictures of us having fun in Florida... We visited the Florida Mall which is home to the M and M World Store. Just think how delicious a life-size M and M would taste!!  YUM!! 

A pretty view at EPCOT...
My Physical Therapist will be glad I didn't go on any of these neck-jerking rides...but the guys sure enjoyed it!

Me and my hubby - 35 years and going strong!
Sis and Hubby! celebrating 40 years this March!  God has been so faithful!!
Thursday Night I joined the group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators for the Manager's Reception at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  It was pretty dark so didn't take many pictures.
One creative stamper shared this Harry Potter themed card on the demo boards

Friday and Saturday were filled with General Sessions, and Break out Classes, all helping us to increase and enhance our business.  It is amazing how many things they shared that really could be applied to all areas of life.  The best one that I took home was "Make the next right choice."  I can use this in my Stampin' Business as well as my personal and family life.

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Love you

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Now that Christmas Season is over I needed to replace all the Christmas cards in my card rack at the Consignment Shop with some Valentine cards.  If you live in my area (Hudsonville, MI) it would be GREAT to have you stop in and check it out.  It is called USED TO BE NEW and is in the Cherry Street Plaza by Family Fare.  Remember, word of mouth is the best advertising so pass it on to your friends and family.  For those of you who are not in my area and you see a card I post on my blog, I will gladly mail out a special order, just respond to this blog, but be sure to give me your contact info.  Valentine's Day will be here before you know it!!

Stamp Sets Used: French Foliage and PS I Love You
Inspired By: Janet Yates

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With Love

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I have used this layout a few times, and have no idea who came up with the sweet idea of combining the HELLO DOILY stamp with the FIELD FLOWERS stamp set, but no matter what colors you choose, it always turn out beautiful.  The colors I chose to use are...Old Olive, Regal Rose, Real Red, Crumb Cake, all on Very Vanilla Card Stock.  The Sentiment is from HAND PENNED.  When I went to the Consignment shop where I have my cards featured, I had to remove the Christmas cards and replace them with some Valentine Cards.  It has been fun creating pretty cards to sell.

Now on to some great new products that were introduced at Leadership in Florida and are NOW available to you!!
**A card kit designed for your guy to make cards for you!
Appropriately called Dude, You're Welcome!
Dude kit 
Kit includes:

* Four wood-mount stamps (double-mounted) with the perfect sentiment for every occasion
* Twelve 4" x 6" postcards in four different (manly) colors
* Twelve gray envelopes
* A Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad
* An instructional guide (for the most novice stamper!)

Valentine specials
Two Valentine Specials... Click HERE to see the details

And don't forget to start your subscription to the Paper Pumpkin! Click on the Paper Pumpkin Icon to get started

Starter Kit from Leadership 2013First Monthly KitThe starter kit is the one on the right, the second month kit is on the left.  The little butterflies on the cards are actually from the leftovers in the journal kit. But this is the type of projects you will be seeing in your kits (thanks to Karen B who posted these already made up)

Introducing ten never-before-seen images, available as single stamps through March 31, 2013.
Click HERE to see Assortment Number 3
Click HERE to see Assortment Number 4
Here are the details

  • You can find the stamp item numbers on the flyers above.
  • Single stamps won't be sent in our typical cases or packaging.  They'll be packaged in cello bags. If you'd like a case for your stamp, you can buy our Clear-Mount Stamp Cases that come in packs of four (item #119105).
  • These single stamps are available in clear-mount only.
  • The stamps won't come with a Clear-Mount Block, and you'll need to buy a block separately if you don't already have one. The recommended block sizes can be found on the flyer. 
  • There's no limit on how many pieces you can buy.
  • These stamps are only available through March 31, 2013, so get them while you can!
 *******As part of the Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary celebration, we're bringing back some of our favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 12 sets, which will release-one set per month-during 2013. Even better, along with some great classic images, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image!
Check back here every month to download a flyer for a new Best of stamp set, and be sure to share it with your customers.
View Best of 25 Years January Birthday Set, #132929

Best of 25 years stampin up january birthday stamp set stampin up stampinup card ideas

Some things to remember:
  • All Best of stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $14.95.
  • While Stampin' Up! is releasing just one Best of stamp set per month (with a new theme each month), all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.
  • A new flyer will be released every month for each new Best of set.
  • All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.
EARN A FREE STAMP SET!  As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, starting in February we're including a collector's card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every Best of set. Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95!  Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.
Click HERE to download and print your own collectors card

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