Thursday, January 29, 2009

Retro Pun!

Oh, how I think I will come to like this Puns from the Past set...I tend to like vintage things, so this is right up my alley. And I'm gonna be giving myself a few pats on the back for this card! I love the colors, the clean style...I just love it! And super bonus - it's an under 5 minute card to make!!! Gotta love that! Leave me a comment - let me know what you think...

Stamps: Puns From The Past
Paper: Kraft, Baha Breeze, Urban Oasis DSP
Ink: Stazon Black
Accessories: Valet Ribbon, Silver Brad

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Hey Cupcake....

I'm going to focus on Birthday cards in the month of February (I know it's not February yet, but I'm just ready for this January cold to GO AWAY!!!) - February is when our son Will has a birthday (3 years already!) and it is the month of Presidents' Day, celebrating their I just thought it was fitting. Be sure to check back, as I will be offering a Birthday Card Blowout at the end of this month. Take the class and you won't be left without a birthday card when you are in dire need!

Here is a card I created using up some retired Stampin' Up! Designer paper. I LOVE this Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set. You can view the entire set here. There is a great coordinating wheel that goes along with the set too!

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
Paper: Pixie Pink, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise and Paisley DSP (retired)
Ink: Stazon Black, Close to Cocoa, Pixie Pink
Accessories: Aqua painter, Tempting Turquoise Marker, Rose Red Marker, Scallop Edge Punch, Photo Corners Punch, Tempting Turquiose 1/4 grosgrain ribbon.

Let me know what you think!

Monday, January 26, 2009


Here is a quick card I did tonight...I've been wanting to use this Puns from the past set for quite a I broke it out and inked it up for the first time. Then, I really went out of my comfort zone and used colors I wouldn't normally use together. My pictures don't seem to portray the true colors, but they are Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Close to Cocoa and More Mustard...interesting combo, and really, I'm loving the look.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Color Inspiration!

It's time again for this week's Color Challenge over at Krisina Werner's blog. This was much harder! Here's what we had to work with:

And here's what I came up with!

Stamps: Season of Friendship
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Stazon Black, Real Red, So Saffron, Green Galore
Accessories: Real Red Wide grosgrain ribbon; Chit Chat Rub ons
FYI - I rock and rolled some of the flowers so that the centers were So Saffron and the tips were Real Red. Let me know what you think!

Color Inspiration #2

Here is another card I did for Kristina's color challenge. This one uses more clean, simple lines. Now that I look at it - it might be a bit on the boring side??? I don't know - but her challenge WAS a challenge!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Big Deal Alphabet
Paper: Basic Black, So Saffron, Whisper White
Accessories: Real Red brads; Real Red striped grosgrain ribbon

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Love You Much!

Isn't this just the cutest little box you ever did see? I found the directions for it on Splitcoast Stampers - it's just the right size to hold 3x3 gift notes. I'm loving it! I used Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, and the new Candy Lane Designer series paper, the stamp set used was Love You Much.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

I've found a new customer!

Since he's only 1 he has to pay me with kisses. Funny thing is, Alex only receives kisses, he won't give them. He'll stick his forehead out when he wants a kiss - don't be kissin' him on the lips - he won't have any of that! But he was so stinkin' sweet when I saw that he'd climbed up into my chair and started browsing the catalog.... I just had to share him with you! What a face!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009


I finally completed one of Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration Challenges!

I've been wanting to do her color challenges since about the 17th one - which is when I discovered her blog to begin with. Here's what I came up with:

Stamp set: Best Wishes and More

Card Stock: Whisper White, Ruby Red, Pretty in Pink, Pumpkin Pie

Ink: Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Pink Pirouette

Accessories: Pumpkin Pie Striped Ribbon, Button Boutique Buttons
Sorry for the dark picture - not quite sure what happened there??? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about my creation!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Mom and Me Valentine's Class!

Come and attend this class with your little crafter! Kids love to create things on their own. They get the same satisfaction from it as you do - the sense of accomplishment. Plus they get lots of praise from you for doing such a good job! This class is geared towards kids 3 years and older with your supervision and help. Together you will have a great time making all sorts of Valentines. You'll go home with 6 mini cards, a treat bag topper and a treat box. And a great big smile.
There are two fee options for this class: Pre-purchase the stamp set used for $25.95 and take the class for $5. Otherwise the fee is $15. All supplies are included.
When: January 31st; 9am - Noon (come and go)
Where: Denison Municipal Utilities Bldg (Broadway & 7th St)
Fee: $15
RSVP: Deadline to sign up is January 22nd - so that I am sure to have enough supplies on hand for everyone. If you don't RSVP, you won't have a guarenteed spot.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

More of the same, but different!

Okay - here are some of the other Christmas gifts that I made. For our niece Allana - who loves to draw - I decorated the cover of a Sketch Book for her. Gave it the title of "Allana Art" and she even noticed that part and thought it was cool how I shared the A for the two words. I thought that was pretty good for a 6 year old! I think this turned out good. I used Pink Pirouhette paper (and yea - I'm pretty sure I just misspelled that! Oh well) with a little Kiwi Kiss - and I have to say that they look pretty Cha-Cha-Cha together. I also used a rub-on from Love and Happiness (it was a Sale-A-Bration set last year). The hearts are from the new and not yeat release 2009 Spring/Summer Catty - Love you Much Stamp Set. Cute - eh! The bonus here - the little hearts have a coordinating punch! Makes life a snap. Add in a little Dazzling Diamonds and viola! Instant cute....oh, about forgot - all of that lovely ribbon on the coils. Too, too cute, right?

Here's Abby's name frame. Again, a mix of chipboard. I love chipboard. Add a little craft ink, or decorative paper, and you are good to go. I really like to mix the fonts with one another, and to also use the negative images too. There really can be minimal waste. Think outside of the box on how to use your chipboard.

I don't remember what Designer Paper this was from, but it is retired. The flower was a Sale-A-Bration set from a couple of years ago. I was happy to finally get to use it. Boys and flowers just don't go well together!

And then, there is Gabe. I really think this one turned out to be my favorite. I used Star Brads, Large Star punch, Sporting Stamp Set. My paper was Kraft and Not Quite Navy. The paper was also retired, and I'm not quite sure what pattern it was. But very sportsman like I thought!

It's hard to tell in the picture above, but the G is in white and the a is plain old naked chipboard. I love that look too.

I'm anxiously awaiting our new catalog to arrive in the mail. I'm hearing of some WONDERFUL stuff that will be included. But, for the time being, I must go get things cut for Saturday's Stamp Club...wait til you see what we're making this month!

Monday, January 5, 2009

I'mmmm Baaaackkkkk!

And I'm back with Name Frames Galore! Take a lookie at what Santa delivered to all the little ones in my family this year...well, okay have a look at a couple of them for now. More to be posted later - I'd hate to inundate you with oodles of name frames at once! Might as well drag it out and make it more fun for your enjoyment! These were quite simple, and not terribly labor intensive. I used various chipboard letters, and some Simply Scrappin' Kits from day gone by (read: long ago retired!). And lots of Designer paper of the same nature. I have to say tho, I did not stray from Stampin' Up! Aren't you proud. It may be vintage Stampin' Up, but it's still SU!
Sorry for the blurry photo - I think Alex was pulling on my pant leg when I was trying to be photographer extrodinairre! And, if I didn't spell that right - well, sound it out, the word sounds like what I typed...yeah - I hear you sounding it out, that's X-tro-din-air. There - why didn't I just spell in like that to begin with - you know, Jan Tink style???
This shows the close up of the flowers - which btw are all die cuts. They made my life easy. I pierced the stems.

Grady is the newest addition to the Mitchell clan. He's super cute with a TON of hair. Very dark hair. Very dark spikey hair. At Christmas Will was asking his mom if we could keep him. I think Alex wanted to keep him too. He couldn't get enough. Anyway - here's his name frame. I didn't want it too babyish, because I wanted them to be able to keep it in his room for a while. Yet, it still needed that baby feel. I think I achieved what I was going for.

Alright - my hubby says that I must hit the hay now or he'll ban me from my bedroom. (he hates when I go to bed after he's fallen asleep, b/c then he wakes up and can't get back to sleep - please send him your sympathy) I'll post more name frames in the days to come! Ta-ta!