Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ribbon cutting

Tonight was the ribbon cutting for our new practice. It was such a success!! So many patients, friends, and family came! I will post pics as soon as I upload them.

I am sorry I have not been posting to the blog. I have been doing LOTS of things, just not uploading and posting about it.

Thanks for all the inspiration on your blogs (if you have one that I read!)...

I'll be back soon, I hope!



Monday, September 22, 2008

Way to Go!!

I have a great idea for our office and I was searching high and low through my favorite blogs to help me find inspiration.

Lauren's blog to the rescue!! She is one of the most talented designers I have ever seen. I have already done one of our ideas, see here, and plan on doing at least one more (which I will post when I have done it!).

So, here's the original post.

And here's my example...

I used textured cs and pp from HL. Brown grosgrain ribbon from Walmart clearance section. The 3 pumpkins stamped at the bottom is the pumpkin from CTMH Holiday Jubilee that I stamped and masked to make the image of 3. Then popped up on dimensionals. The sentiment is CTMH Say it in Style. The inside bottom has a layer of matching pp (stripes) so there is no "look" of the cs being taped together.
THANKS Lauren for great ideas!!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Dad's birthday

My dad's birthday was a little over a week ago and I made a card and sent it on time, but forget to take a pic of it or scan it. When I told my dad (who does read this!), he scanned the card and sent it to me :-). Thanks dad!!

This is a simple card- my life's been a bit crazy lately!

So, my dad's birthday is September 11th. A pretty awful day in our country for the last 7 years. But on that day, I get to call and wish my dad a Happy Birthday and be thankful for the ones we love. My dad and I have an interesting history, to say the least. But, for many years now we have had a good relationship, and since marrying Terry 11 years ago, my dad and I have had a wonderful relationship.

He is the dad I wanted growing up, and hopefully, I make him proud now. I actually ask for, and sometimes even listen, to his advice. I love to talk about the bible with him when we visit, and whatever he is studying. I positively adore watching him with my kids. And some of the best pics I have are of my dad, Terry, and Jake (when he was really little).
Anyway, this card uses the Blooming Dots embossing folder, MM green cs and pp, a random { stamp that I got at J's over a year ago (that I have now used twice!) and the sentiment was in a birthday stamp set also from J's (used that set A LOT since getting it a few months ago).

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Picasa 3 anyone??

I know that some of you know about Picasa- google's free photo editing software. It was updated about a year or so ago to Picasa 2. Not much difference in my opinion.

But, recently they updated again. Hallelujah!! Now you can touch up a photo, write text over it, make a movie, etc without paying big bucks for Photoshop, etc.

Check this out- Picasa 3

Friday, September 19, 2008

Emma's birthday invites

So, my daughter is almost 2 (I REALLY don't know how that happened!!) and we're going to throw a small party for her next month. Unlike Jake, she's not that interested in TV, or toys- except for the one Jake has at any given moment. But, she DOES like Elmo. So, I decided to do an Elmo party... my problem- nothing Elmo!

Also, I don't want to spend a lot of money, so I used some random cs I've had for a year or so, the Celebrations cartridge from my cricut, and a borrowed stamp from a friend. I had gotten some birthday stamps a few months ago, so I knew I could use those too (getting very resourceful in my current financial state!).

This is what I came up with...

I let the cricut actually cut out the cards with the #2 in it! Then, it cut out all the scalloped square/rectangle image. I stamped them and added stickles to the star and glossy accents to the bows. On the inside I stamped the "For, Date, Time, etc" AND stamped the info (her name, the actual date, etc).

But, I found a great stamp on sale when I was at HL... got it for $3!! Now, I can sell it (anyone need an elmo stamp??)... So, I stamped Elmo on red paper in black ink, colored the eyes and mouth and cut them out and glued to the inside of the card. Heeeeeeerrrrrreeeee's Elmo:



Thursday, September 18, 2008


A woman I worked with for many years at my last office lost her mom last week. She was diagnosed with cancer in early August and passed away so quickly. Lisa and I felt so badly for her, so as soon as I heard, I went home and made her a card. I didn't use traditional colors, but wanted it to have a soft feel to it. I used one of Lauren's sketches.

I used PTI Lavendar moon for the cs base and polka dot ribbon. I also used it for the circl bases for the flowers and stamped sentiment. The flowers are CTMH Friendship Blessing in garden green. Then, I used my blender pen to fill them in. Put some stickles in the center and let dry. Covered the entire image with glossy accents and let dry. Then, I cut them out and glued onto the PTI cs. The sentiment is CTMH Say it in Style... just simple and not overwhelming. You can't tell in the pic, but the ribbon is a bit longer than the card and cut to look like a bookmark at the bottom. The flowers/circles are popped up for some dimension. The plaid paper was bought at J's last year for the kids' Easter pages.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Thank yous (part 2)

So, here's the male version of the Thank you cards I posted about yesterday. Exact same technique and order, just different colors!

I used CTMH Garden Green ink at the bottom, Cocoa for the stamp image, and Making Memories paper.



Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Thank yous...

I wanted to make some easy to reproduce thank you cards for patients. So, I gathered up my stuff one night and in about an hour and 15 minutes came up with a sketch, found the paper and inks and stamps to use, and cranked out 4 cards for women and 4 for men. I can do these over and over (I hope) without killing myself with detailed, intricate cards.

This is the one I use for female patients...

I used Making Memories paper (stripes and floral) and green cs to match. First, I used my rubber brayer with CTMH watermelon ink along the bottom, then did all the layers, and then the image is CTMH Friendship Blessings (LOVE this set!!).

To mass produce... I cut all the papers first, then did the ink along the bottom of the cards second, then stamped the images. Finally, I layered and taped them down.



Monday, September 15, 2008

Cute Cricut Cakes

Good morning all!

I wanted to show what I did for Lisa's son's birthday invites. He's turning 1 this week (how does that happen!!) and she wanted me to cut something out from the cricut that would go with his invites.

I decided to cut the cake with 1 candle (Doodletype or Celebrations- can't remember now), but also I cut out the blackout version and layered them together. On top, I put the glossy accents for the icing and stickles on the flames of the candle. They looked so cute and the invite was awesome!!

Here's the cake



Sunday, September 14, 2008

New posts all week!

Starting tomorrow (Monday) morning, there will be new posts all week! Yippee!


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Check it out!

Over on Linda's blog the other day she told about this cool website. I've looked at it a couple of different days to see what they offer, and it has been some neat, inexpensive stuff. Every day they have a kind of "close out" sale of 1 or 2 items (that are related in some way). They sell the stuff cheap until they are all sold out. Check early though, their things go quickly!!



p.s. I am hoping to blog a few posts for ya'll for the next few days. I've done lots of stuff lately, but I've been at work early and we've had something every night.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Too Funny!!

Sorry, still no stamping stuff here (in fact, I made my dad a card, stuck it in the mail, and THEN realized I never took a shot/scan of it!!)... oh well.

Just a cute story of my kids (skip if you want)-

Emma loves to give hugs and kisses before bedtime (in fact, that is her way of delaying the inevitable... we all have to give hugs and kisses multiple times!)... Jake was in his room cleaning up and getting ready for bed so he could have a few minutes to play. Terry took Emma into his room (again!) and he asked Jake to hug and kiss Emma night-night.

Jake looked up and said, Oh Good grief! (and then hugged her and kissed her night night)

lol!! :-)


Thursday, September 4, 2008


Well, I would like to say that my daughter is truly a princess, just like this pic implies...

But, in reality....

she takes after her dad WAY too much !! lol :-)



Wednesday, September 3, 2008

RAK from Stephanie

Have you checked out Steph's Stampin Stuff before?? She's got great stuff and in addition to a couple of other things she sent me this card. Isn't it awesome?? I'll be using this sketch for sure, and I just LOVE this color combination.



Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Great card!!

So, Sunday afternoon I am browsing some blogs and reading one of my favorites... Lauren's. I'm just going through the post and seeing some of her great creations and I saw the last card of that post and just HAD to make my own version of the card.

Here's her version and here's mine...

Her's was black and white (and sorry about the fuzzy image)... but I don't seem to have black cs in my stash. But I do have chocolate PTI cs, and chocolate ink from CTMH. The flower is from Love in Bloom set, I used watercolor pencils and my blender pen (good technique to try, btw). Then, Glossy accents over the center and stickles on all the "dots" of the flower. Random pink grosgrain ribbon and the sentiment goes under the bow on the left... I'll wait till I know who's getting the card.

here's a closeup of the flower:

This seriously took me only about 20 minutes (and that was the coloring, glossy accents, and stickles). I will be making more of this version for sure!!

Monday, September 1, 2008


So, I really wanted to do some BBQ cards with one of my stampin' bella (grillafellow) stamps that I've never used. I used an SCS sketch from early July, some random mustard cs, and Indian Corn Blue b&t paper and ink from CTMH. I also had some $1 stamps (that I got for about a quarter) to use.

This will be a birthday card (it says grillin' on the outside, and birthday wishes for you on the inside).

What do you think??