Thursday, March 31, 2011

Love My Stamping Bellas!!

I have so many Stamping Bellas and I love every single one of them! Not only do I love them, but Holly (my daughter-in-law), loves them as well. She isn't into stamping like I am; however, she appreciates the handmade cards she receives as well as making cards for special occasions. I get such a kick out them being her favorites because whenever she wants to borrow stamps to make a card, I know just which ones she will likely go for. She does a great job too. Her and my son make their annual pig roast invitations every year together. I'm still trying to get them to make Christmas cards. :-)

Last week, before the "creative funk," I made these cards that had been sitting in my to do bin for at least a year. Hope you like it...

Stamps - Stamping Bella Balloonabella; A Muse spiral daisy, astro flower & sakura
Cardstock - Neenah avalanche white, GP white, pink & red from stock, scrap pp
Ink - Memento tuxedo black; SU! pretty in pink, real red, & lavender lace
Copics - R20, R21, R22, E000, E01, E11, YR23, Y23, E35
Supplies/Tools - A Muse sheer red ribbon, 1.25" sheer heart ribbon (Michaels?), small heart punch
Technique - paper piecing


My favorite piecing is the middle card. The colors are so soft and pretty. Haven't decided if I should make these Valentines, I love you or some other type of card. I guess the hearts make it look more Valentines like. 

Keep an eye out for the next part of the organizational series. I'll do my best to get that done this week. I'm thinking paper is the next subject. A lot of people have questions on the best way to organize paper. This doesn't mean I have the best way, but I can show you how I do it and hopefully it will help you.

Til the next time...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Creative Process

Sometimes it's so hard to create. The idea is in your head but for some reason it doesn't translate to physical form. I think I've been in a "creative funk" for the last week. Several days ago, I wanted to make a Mother's Day card using one of Inkadinkado's new BlockArt stamps. As usual, I picked out my pattern paper and cardstock. I stamped out the image and proceeded to color it with my Copics. Then... BAM! Nothing. Nada. Very frustrating!! Normally I stamp an image several times so I can color it in different ways to see which color combo I like best. No matter what I did, I could not get the image to work out with the card I had created. I was stuck with a completed card but no image or sentiment that I particularly liked.

Thank goodness this doesn't happen to me very frequently, which is just fine with me because it makes me crazy! Now, the card is finished. This is the first time I've used so many papers on one card. Hubby thought it looked busy, but then he also didn't like the red hair on my Stamping Bella Goodluckabella. Anyhoo, I'm about as happy as I can be with the result. The sentiment is not what I had in mind, but I didn't have a sentiment that would fit in a circle. Oh well... better luck next time!

Stamps - Stamping Bella Ivy Ketto, Hero Arts On Mother's Day
Cardstock - BoBunny Alissa twirls & spunky pp, heidi grace reagan's closet pp, Hobby Lobby textured cardstock, SU! basic black & tempting turquoise
Ink - Memento tuxedo black, SU! green galore
Copics - YG0000, YG21, YG13, YG17, YG25, E00, E11, BG11, BG13, E27, E33, Y15, Y17, R81, R83, R85, 0
Supples/Tools - Martha Stewart border punch, BoBunny Alissa flowers, SU! marina mist 1/4" grosgrain, SU! pretty in pink 1/8" tafetta, 1/4" leaf satiny ribbon, pearls, light green gems, black buttons, Recollections black round gems, Tattered Angels glimmermist: patina, tutti fruity, hula hoop, SU! decorative label punch, Ranger glossy accents, Studio G glitter writer

I love how the flowers turned out on both cards. Several years ago I bought silk tulips at one of the local craft stores. They were so pretty because the petals had been treated with something to make them look like they had been rained on. I have always liked that look so when I was trying to figure out something to do with the petals, other than putting glitter glue on them, I thought about the rain touched tulips. I don't know which flowers I like better. They both turned out pretty. 

The button idea is from one of the Prima Live classes. I thought I had a bunch of black buttons. I do, but unfortunately, they are all too big to be the center of the flowers. I only had 3 that were small enough so I ended up using the 1/2 round plastic gems from Recollections. In my opinion, the buttons make more of a statement. The upside and best part is that now I have something else I have to shop for! Ya know, no matter how much you have, it's never enough...

Happy stamping til next time!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

It Happened AGAIN!!!

You all would totally NOT believe this... but... I was part of an online class with Prima Flowers tonight and I won something! Again, I'm beside myself and don't know what to make of winning something twice in one day; actually twice within a couple of hours!! I'm excited but guarded because how long can this lucky streak last?

Anyway, here's the link to the event that was demo'd by Julie Fei-Fan Baltzer: http://www.facebook.com/eddie.mccullough/posts/574546683620#!/event.php?eid=209071379119726. I don't know how I got my orginal event invite, but anyone who's interested, I can invite you. Then we go to the ustream website and watch the class there. Here is their actual FB page so hopefully if you like them, you'll get invited to their online classes too. http://www.facebook.com/eddie.mccullough/posts/574546683620#!/primaflowers

If you have questions, let me know. Have a good night.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Winner of CreateForLess Free Stuff Friday

Hey everyone... you know, when you leave a comment on someone's blog or a company's blog to win a prize, you never think (or least I never do) that you will win. I never win anything and since I've started this blog, this is the second time I've won something! I'm so excited I can hardly stand myself!! The picture to the right is what I won. Yes... I won all three of those Spellbinders,not just one! I can't believe it! Here is the link to the company blog with a description of the prize and question I answered: http://thinkcrafts.com/blog/2011/03/21/winners-63/. I'm really excited because a couple of weeks ago I realized that I really really really needed to get the petite ovals. That extra 1/8" makes all the difference when cutting/layering my images. CreateForLess website to make purchases is located here: http://www.createforless.com/.

HUGE thanks to the gang at CreateForLess for giving us all the opportunity to win!!

Til the next time...

Perpetual Calendar & Monthly Ornament

Hey all... thought I would share another little something non-card related, but definitely craft related, that sits on top of a little cabinet next to the front door. A few years ago I took a class where we made perpetual calendar inserts for a square glass plate. It stays on the glass with 2 small circular magnets by Basic Grey, which you at ACMoore. They are thinner than the magnets you would get otherwise. There are about 13 or 14 inserts for the plate. This year, at some point, I would like to make a whole new set using the Stick Chicks from American Artstamps. We'll see how that goes because that was my plan for last year! lol Anyway, in the shadow box is a St. Patrick's Day themed quilted ball. I made these at Christmastime for gifts and decided to make a "perpetual" quilted ball for each month of the year to kind of go along with my calendar insert. Haven't even started the one for April, but I know it will be an Easter style made with pastels. I see it in my head, it's just a matter of gettin' busy! I'll make sure that each month, whether or not I've made an ornament, I'll share what's on my cabinet.

One day, when I'm not so stressed about getting *everything* done, I'll take pictures of the cabinet to show. I painted it over 10 years ago. I love it! It's shabby chique style.

Til the next time...

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Good, the Bad... AND yes, the Ugly!! - Organization Part 1

I believe last week I mentioned that I was going to share some organizational tips with you AND that I wouldn't just share all the good stuff, but the bad stuff as well. Today I took a picture of my desk. I should be thoroughly embarrassed to show you all this... It looks so bad... See that tiny little pink area that has nothing on it? That's my work area!! lol I'm working on so many things right now, it's not even funny! It's a freakin' disaster area!! And I don't mean *just* my desk. The whole room is. It's amazing I can get anything accomplished, isn't it? I'm trying to pack it up and keep track of all the little things I need to complete projects. Don't know if I've mentioned this before, but I'm getting ready to switch my craft room into a bigger bedroom. What I really want is like a 10x20 room out in the backyard; complete with a telephone, electrical outlets at every other wall stud, fabulous lighting, couple of ceiling fans, AC/heat, bathroom, and a nice sink for clean up. Is that too much to ask? hmmmm... I don't think so! :-) I'll just have to be patient, but can you tell I've put A LOT of thought into this?
STAMP ORGANIZATION - this is the first topic I'll write about. Organizing your stamps is not just about where you put them, but also how you categorize and catalog them.

Some of you have probaby been stamping for a long time and feel as though it would be impossible to "attack" your stamps to organize strictly because it would be such a daunting task. Take baby steps! This is not a race! A project like this is something you do not want to have to do again. Take some time to put some thought into the process. You'll save yourself a lot of time in the end.
  • Start by searching the internet for storage ideas. Keep a notebook of any ideas you think would work for you. Whether you rip pictures out of magazines, draw your room on graph paper like I did, save internet pictures in an "Organizational" folder, or save blogs that inspire you to an "Organizational" favorites folder, the resources are out there, you only have to find them.
  • This does not have to cost you any money. Use what you have unless you have the money to upgrade some or all of your storage. When I moved from our 4th bedroom downstairs to the 3rd (and smallest) bedroom upstairs, I made the change to the white JetMax storage cubes that are available at Hobby Lobby, Michaels and ACMoore. They are cheapest at Hobby Lobby and Michaels. Just remember this... whether or not you've been stamping for a long period of time, this process will take several days/weeks to finesse and make your own. Don't try to rush it! You'll be happier with the end result.
  • Drawer storage system for mounted stamps - in order to store multiple layers of stamps in a drawer, you must use some type of sturdy material that the stamps will sit on in order to make layers. Also remember that you will be lifting the layers out of the drawer when you are looking for a particular stamp, which means you need "finger room." This means you need to cut the material a couple inches shorter than the depth of the drawer. 
    • I bought foam board at Hobby Lobby. It was approximately 20"x30" and $1.50 per sheet on sale for 50% off. Since then, I've seen the same sheets at Michaels for the same cost.
    • If you have the JetMax cubes, you can get 3 layers of stamps into one drawer; that's potentially 9 layers of stamps in one cube! One sheet of foam board will give you 2 pieces for your layers.
    • The plastic Iris drawers will hold two layers. Don't know how many pieces you would get out of 1 sheet as I have never done this with any other type of drawer. 
    • Save the leftover pieces because you may be able to use them for something else as you organize more and more of your room/area.
  • I have my clear stamps in the old standard sized CD cases that have been purchased at Big Lots. You only have to snap out the back piece that holds the CD; it's very easy. The majority of these stamps are stored by company. My "cheaper" clear stamps are stored by very narrow categories.
    • For example, one CD would contain all Merry Christmas words. Another would contain all Happy Holidays words. Another may have presents and balloons or cakes and candles. If I don't have a lot in a particular category, I will make the category broader. I don't have many baby or child related stamps so I have 3 CDs, one is called baby, one is girls, and the last is boys. I'm sure this will change once I become a grandma. :-)
  • Stamps that are plain old bare rubber are stored by company because I don't have very many. The majority of these are my Stamping Bellas which I have in standard CD cases. I have put tape on the backs to keep them in place. These are organized by artist and then category.
  • Stampin' Up! sets - I have a huge selection of SU! stamps, especially since I've been using their stamps for 10 years. I keep them in their containers and store them by broad category. I have 3 2-drawer JetMax cubes that have 2 canvas drawers in them each. I do not allow myself to exceed these 6 drawers. Needless to say, when SU! came out with the cling stamps, I was a massively happy camper. 
    • Any sets that I would never get rid of were unmounted onto cling foam that I bought from Ellen Hutson and 7 Kids College Fund.
      • There are 2 kinds of cling foam. One is a standard foam that is the thickness of how cling foam stamps come normally. The other is a very thin cling foam that is perfect for mounting your SU! stamps on if the foam is still attached when it's removed from the wood block. If the rubber came off of the foam, no biggie... mount it on the standard cling foam.
    • I purchased additional DVD boxes from SU! for all the sets I was going to unmount. What I didn't take into consideration was that this was the perfect way to store any additional cling foam stamps I owned. I don't have very many and since they are so varied in category, I have opted to store them by company at this time.
    • As far as the SU! sets go... I put as many sets as I can fit into 1 box. Carefully go through the sets to see which ones are the most similar, see if they will all fit into the case, and then proceed with the unmounting process. I have fit as many as 4 sets into 1 box! I do not change how my DVD boxed stamps come from SU!. No matter how badly I want to add another set or 2, I force myself to leave it alone. Just step away! lol
  • Another important aspect of stamp organization, is how to "file" your stamps. When I have done classes based on a particular company, I stored my stamps by company. All other stamps were stored by category. For many years, I categorized by a broad category, then narrowed the category down into smaller ones.
    • For example, a broad category would be nature. Then, under nature, you would have these sub-categories: trees, leaves, flowers, wings (which would encompass birds & bugs), and so on. I recently got rid of the broad category and just store my stamps under the smaller categories. Wings, in itself, can be a fairly broad category depending on how many "wing-like" stamps you have. Once I move to my new room, this category will be broken down into smaller categories: birds, butterflies, insects, etc. Write down your categories and figure out how you can best organize your stamps. Try to leave yourself a bit of room for growth so you aren't moving things around too frequently.
  • Once you have gone through the process of putting your stamps in their new home, you will want to keep everything as neat and clean as possible.
    • When I set up my drawers, I bought drawer liner at the dollar store to put only in the bottom of each drawer to protect the surface. I don't do this with the layers because foam board is cheap enough that I don't mind if it gets a little dirty. I have never had to replace any of the foam board layers.
    • If I don't have time to clean my stamps as I go, I keep them in a small basket and clean them all at once. This helps to save on stamp cleaner.
    • Try to put your stamps back in the same place you got them from. You may want to take a picture of how each layer is situated so you don't forget where anything goes.
  • Lastly, we come to cataloging your stamps. Several years ago, I started an Excel spreadsheet that lists every stamp I have. This system of organization is broken down into several workbooks.
    • Workbook 1 is the Master List of Stamps. Each spreadsheet within the workbook is a letter or group of letters. So if one worksheet is "A-C," then all companies that begin with an "A," "B," or "C" will be listed under that spreadsheet.
    • Workbook 2 is all wood mounted stamps. The spreadsheets are still alphabetical as in Workbook 1, but when I own a lot of stamps for a particular company (A Muse, Memory Box, Inkadinkado, etc), they get their own spreadsheet. I generally use over 50 stamps as a guideline to list them on their own sheet.
    • Workbook 3 is all unmounted stamps. They are organized the same as Workbook 2.
    • This takes a lot of time to do. Probably more time than any of the other tasks you have done thus far. If you have been stamping forever and don't know which stamps are from which company or what their names are, start your cataloging from this point forward. 
      • I have bare rubber stamps that I don't know which company they belong to. When I get bare rubber stamps now, I write the name on the back of the stamp with a Sharpie. 
Wowza... that was way longer than I anticipated. Future organizational blog posts should not be quite so long. I think stamps are the most problematic items to organize in your room/area. Hopefully this has helped you in one way or another. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. I will email you the answer and later compose a post addressing multiple questions.

I couldn't leave you with that horror in your head as to what my desk looks like so here is the after picture. Much better, huh? I'm in the process of reorganizing how I organize my stuff based on some ideas I've gotten from the sources I gave you all the way in the beginning of my post. I like to think of myself as being in a state of perpetual reorganization. Mouthful, I know, but it helps me to justify the messiness of the room. Unless you have the perfect space with all the perfect organization installed, we are all in the same boat. I can only say that I aspire to be more organized and less messy.

Happy stamping til the next time!

Friday, March 18, 2011

St. Patty's Day

Hey everyone... first off I wanted to wish everyone a happy belated St. Patrick's Day! Being what I like to call "Irish by injection," we had corned beef, cabbage, carrots, & potatoes. YUM! I only made the one Stamping Bella card (which can be seen in a previous post) and sent out a few, but this was a first for me. I'm not usually organized enough to make/mail them. I'm too busy working on Easter, Mother's Day & Father's Day. I'm ahead of the game this year though... woooo hoooo!!! Getting back to the corned beef... yesterday, Lucinda Scala Quinn from MadHungry, had on an uncorned beef that looked totally YUMMY! I so can't wait to give it a try. No boiling. It was coated with the spices that she turned into a paste using the food processor. Then, with the leftovers, she make a faux rueben sandwich. Looked too darn good!

Ed & I had our eyes examined this morning. Good grief, I desperately needed reading glasses. The arm broke off mine about 2 weeks ago; they were 10 years old so how could I complain? You'd be surprised how hard it is to keep them balanced on your nose with only the one arm keeping it steady.... It was Ed's first ever eye exam and I don't think he liked it. I can only imagine if he had to go through what we do between the annual GYN exam and then that *wonderful* mammogram! Pass out, I'm guessing! lol So, Ed ended up needed bifocals, mostly for the close up and mid range of your sight. His distance is still in good shape, except for right this minute because his pupils are dialated. Qui, qui, qui (first syllable in quiet). hehe I'm tough, huh? Nope, no sympathy coming from this baby... Sorry Charlie! Oh yeah... I got the cutest little glasses; I went with burgandy metal frames. Have never had an actual color in all the years I've been wearing glasses. Can't wait!!

I came across these two cards I made at Christmastime that I never posted. Hope you enjoy them!




Stamps - AMuse skates, Hero Arts sentiment, I think the snowflakes are a combo of AMuse & Elzybells
C/S - Amuse swiss red notecard, MB water, Georgia Pacific white
Ink -
Misc - Marvy Clever Lever snowflake & tag punches, unk ribbon, Tim Holtz tiny stapler, Fiskars threading water border punch







Stamps - Penny Black
C/S - Georgia Pacific white, red & green Hobby Lobby, pp from a Cmas pack at Hobby Lobby
Ink - Memento tuxedo black
Misc - Prismacolor colored pencils, Fiskars holly & berries corner punch, SU modern punch, white gel pen, glue pen, pop dots


It's after 1 am and I gotta get my butt to sleep. Got lots of errands to run tomorrow, but I've already started another post that will begin a "series" of sorts I'm going to do on organzing our goodies. For now, it's bedtime. Sweet dreams...

TIl the next time...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Oh Happy Day... I Mean Night!!

I'm so totally excited!! My laptop is back! I can hardly stand myself. Although now is the long hard process of reinstalling everything... not liking that part so much. I'm sooooo happy! Doing the happy dance too! Just had to share this with anyone who knows what it's like to be without your laptop. I have a desktop, but it's so uncomfortable for me to sit in that chair because of my back. The only time I use that computer is when I have to print coupons for Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or ACMoore. Notice I wrote have to. lol Like someone is twisting my arm adn making me shop. HA!

Anyway, as soon as I get my pics back on this computer, I will have more cards to share. My plan is to also share some organizational tips and pics of how I organize the stuff in my room. My room is hideously messy because I'm always working on several projects at a time. I'm also getting ready to move my craft room to a bigger bedroom and will be organizing things just a bit differently based on having more room. Yeah!!! Cannot wait... soooo cannot wait! I promise to show my mess as well as the neatness lest any of you think I'm perfect! :-)

Have a great weekend and...

Happy stamping til the next time.

Monday, March 7, 2011

More Easter Cards

I feel like I'll never finish all the projects in my project pile! Most of what I'm working on is stuff I've prestamped within the last couple years and just haven't gotten back to it. There's an upside and a downside to that. The upside being that you already have the stamped image and don't have to cut up the paper or pull out the different inks. The downside is that once you finally get to the project, you've forgotten what you were going to do with it! Not to mention that by the time I get to it, I would have preferred for it to have been cut differently. Oh well... I had a lot of fun doing these two cards. First off, I LOVE DeNami and Elzybells chick stamps. They are too stinkin' cute!


Stamps - Elzybells Easter Chick, MFT sentiment from Hoppy Easter
C/S - SU! lavender lace, Memory Box lavender, Hobby Lobby petunia, Paper Source chartreuse, Neenah avalanche white, unknown pp
Ink - Memento tuxedo black ink
Copics - Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, R20, YG03, YG09, YG17, G24, V12, V15, YR65, YR16, BG11, BG32, BG34, R81, R83, R85, BG01, BG02, BG05, lavender Spica
Misc Supplies - unknown ribbon, white gel pen, SU! word window & modern label punches, Spellbinders scalloped ovals & classic oval, tiny white pearls



Stamps - DeNami Design Easter chick basket, AMuse eggstravaganza
C/S - Memory Box aqua & lavender, Neenah avalanche white, unknown pp
Ink - Memento tuxedo black, VersaMagic turquoise gem
Copics - BG11, BG13, BG23, BG49, V12, V15, V17, Y11, Y13, Y15, YR16, YR65, turquoise Spica
Misc Supplies - SU! scalloped circle punch, Marvey Clever Lever scalloped oval punch, Martha Stewart border punch, unknown ribbon





Time to go plant some herbs, lettuce, & beans. I'm so looking forward to nice warm weather so I can go outside and get my hands in the dirt. Did a lot of work last summer on compost piles. Hopefully this will help my garden grow better because last year was positively horrible! For all the work I did, I practically had nothing to show for it. I'm thinking positive though... this year will be a great garden year!

Happy stamping til the next time!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

St. Patty's Day Card

Thought I would share a card I just finished this morning. Showed it to hubby and his only comment was "what's with the red hair?" So I guess he didn't like it as much as he usually likes my cards! :-) It took me awhile to make it because I knew what I wanted to do, but just couldn't pull the colors together. I wish I hadn't cut my paper after I stamped because I would have used my Spellbinders dies. I've also come to realize that I desperately need the petites for the scalloped square/ovals and the regular ovals. It's that darn little bit more room I need! I'm trying not to spend money so I'll just have to "suffer" with what I have, which is so totally funny if you saw my craft room!!


Stamps - Stamping Bella Goodluckabella
C/S - misc cardstock & pp
Ink/Markers - Memento tuxedo black, Copics
Supplies - Martha Stewart shamrock punch, Hobby Lobby white crochet lace, Recollections round gems


More cards coming your way soon....

Happy stamping til the next time!

101 Things I Love

I got the idea to do this from a friend on Facebook. At first I thought, how am I going to come up with that many things? Well, you'd be surprised that it's not that hard... so far, I've come up with over 50 things. When I come up with more, I'll make a new post with the additions. Here they are in no particular order...


♥ Ed (hubby) ♥ my family ♥ love ♥ hanging laundry outside ♥ summertime ♥ lemony desserts ♥ music ♥ fairies ♥ a really good sale ♥ ladybugs ♥ Mom visits ♥ stamping ♥ my house ♥ Thanksgiving ♥ vacation walks on the beach after dinner ♥ cooking ♥ purple & pink (even though I'm an earthtones gal) ♥ taking pictures ♥ my craft room ♥ the smell in the air before it snows ♥ reading ♥ Brighton ♥ friends ♥ Tab & Coke Zero ♥ family dinners & the crazy conversations that go on ♥ chocolate ♥ my boots (3 pairs) ♥ being creative everyday ♥ Hilton Head ♥ magazines ♥ sister time ♥ cool mornings ♥ Turkey Hill ice cream (Death By Chocolate the best!!) ♥ Soma lingerie ♥ hummingbirds ♥ my garden ♥ BE & MAC (double love) ♥ holding hands ♥ lunch out with girlfriends ♥ Copic markers ♥ soaking up the sun while relaxing on the deck ♥ teaching classes ♥ Teavana ♥ my birthday week (yes WEEK) ♥ slow drives in the country... so I can take more pictures ♥ Michael Parkes art ♥ crocheting ♥ anything paranormal ♥ shopping, even if I don't buy ♥ going to the movies in a stadium-style theater (AMC Theaters) ♥ snuggling ♥ Red Robin's chocolate malt milkshake ♥ the leaves turning in fall ♥ sweet potatoes ♥ my Kindle ♥ books (even though I have the Kindle) ♥ snow covered trees ♥ hot chocolate ♥ Starbucks mugs ♥ candlelight ♥ watching tv (I'm a tv-aholic) ♥ daisies ♥ dressing up ♥ salad making with Holly (daughter-in-law, it's a process!) ♥ Ed's cooking ♥ road trips ♥ Belgium white chocolate macadamia creamer in my coffee ♥ fireworks ♥

I counted them up and it's a whopping 67 things I came up with in a fairly short period of time. I've never made a list like this and can't say I've ever consciously thought about the subject. So... what do you love and how many things can you come up with?

Til the next time...

Friday, March 4, 2011

Twisted Valentines Day Card

So... my neighbor and I were stamping a bunch of cards from our stamp club that we hadn't gotten to finish during club. One of the cards was for Valentines day. Well, she proceeded to tell me about a good friend of hers who wanted to give her hubby a card that said "I f 'ing love you". I had no idea how we were going to accomplish this, but while I was working on my card, I started to cut apart the letters that spelled love. Next, I was turning them upside down and playing with them to see if I could get the letters we needed to pull this off. Well, never let it be said that SHEER determination will not eventally get you exactly what you need.

The stamps and papers are all SU!, but the love and little hearts are actually from a Martha Stewart punch that came out last year.  Here's the creation:


This was the front of the card. Looks very innocuous. Cute with lots of love and hearts and hugs and kisses... la la la la la








then... scroll down some more...



When you open the card, this is what you see. Because I couldn't get an "ing" out of the word love, we decided that we would just go with the letter "n." So, it reads,"i fn' love u" which is exactly what her friend wanted. What made us laugh our butts off doing this, was that we got everything from the word love! It's amazing what you can do with the little you have! lol The "f" came from the "l" turned right side up and then another "l" turned upside down to form a cursive style "f." The "n" and "u" are the "v"  in love. Hey, I did the best I could! It was a total scream!

Hope you enjoyed our "twisted" Valentines humor...

Happy stamping till the next time.

Changed My Mind

Last week (Friday?) I posted a bunny card with a cute little saying that read something like this: "it's good to have a friend who's all ears". Well, the more I looked at the pic, the more I wanted it to be an Easter card. I literally became fixated with the card, which isn't good because I have SOOOOO much to do! Anyhoo, I plain ole changed my mind. I stamped another sentiment, used a different punch and it all covered up the cute saying I just didn't want anymore. Gosh, that sounds mean... So, to the right is the card with the saying I actualy like better because it makes me feel like I made Easter cards.

Below is an Easter card I made using one of the SU! stamp sets that was out last year in a mini catalog. I got to use that nice wide ribbon too; never thought that would happen! All in all I am very happy with it. The Happy Easter stamp is Memory Box. I also stamped a sentiment inside; I think that was from PrintWorks, but I'll find out for sure.

 
Hope you liked these cards. Tomorrow I have a "twisted" Valentines Day card to share that my stamping neighbor and I came up with for a girlfriend of hers to give to her hubby. It truly was TWISTED!!

Happy stamping till the next time!