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I have two children. My daughter Jennifer is 27 and my son Christopher is 25. And two step-sons, Trevor and Adam ages 24 and 26 along with their beautiful wives Emily and Julie and their babies, Noah and Madisyn. I also have I've been married for 12 years to my husband Gary. I'm a full time Junior High Language Arts teacher and stamping is one of my passions. All products I use are from Stampin' Up! Be sure to visit my Stampin' Up! website to view my calendar of events by clicking on the link to the right!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Create a Cupcake Gift Card Holder

Hello All,

It has been a few weeks since my last post.  Sorry about that.  I've been pretty busy here.  My 23, soon to be 24, year old son has been staying with me for the last few weeks while his father is out of town, and I've been busy catching up with him, cooking more than usual (my hubby is loven' it) and driving his big self around since he can't drive due to health issues.  I've had this gift card holder done for a few weeks now, but just haven't had the time to post it.

Don't these little cupcakes look good enough to eat?  I just love this stamp set and dsp.  They are both so much fun!  And the colors are just awesome, I think.  I love the brightness of them.  Funny thing...I just about love everything there is about Stampin' Up! stuff!    :)

Here's how I made the box.

 Start with a 6 1/2 " x 9 1/2" piece of Daffodil Delight card stock (#119683, $6.95).  With the 6 1/2 " side along the top of your Fiskars trimmer score at 1/2", 1", 5 1/2 " and 6".  Turn cardstock so that 9 1/2" side is along the top of your Fiskars trmmer and score at 3/4", 5" and 5 1/2".   Cut away red highlighted areas. (See image at bottom of post.)  Snip in appropriate areas.   Assemble the box with sticky strip item # 104294, 10 yards for $6.95. 

To decorate the box, I used:
  • Ice Cream Parlor DSP #122242 from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog
  • Whisper White Card stock #100730, $8.50
  • Pacific Point Card stock #111350, $6.95
  • Ice Cream Parlor Ribbon & Button Pack (#123529) from Sale-A-Bration Catalog
  • Create a Cupcake Stamp Set (#121915, wood mount, $22.95/#121982, clear mount, $16.95) from the Occasions Mini
  • Build a Cupcake Punch (#121807, $16.95) from the Occasions Mini
  • Pacific Point Classic Ink #111837. $5.95
  • Melon Mambo Classic Ink #115656, $5.95
  • Early Espresso Classic Ink #119670, $5.95
  • Linen Thread #104119 , $4.50
  • Modern Label Punch #119849, $16.95
  • Stampin' Dimensionals #104430, $3.95
  • Mini Glue Dots to adhere buttons #103683, $4.95

Once again, thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Stampin Frenzy

Hello All,

It has been a few days since my last post, maybe even more than a week, so I thought it was about time I got busy and show you some of the stuff I've been working on.  I spent most of the day yesterday stamping since my school was closed for MLK day.  I decided I would use one of the stamp sets I have that hasn't seen ink yet.  I've been thinking about this set for awhile now and am glad I finally got to play with it a little.  I used the Bliss stamp set which is one of the freebies in the upcoming Sale-A-Bration Catalog.

I'm not real crazy with the quality of this photo.  I'm not sure if it is because I used the Sanded background stamp or what the deal is, but as I always say...I'm not a photographer...I'm a stamper! :)

I love the colors on this.  I used Baja Breeze ink and card stock along with Early Espresso ink and Crumb Cake card stock.  The dsp is Springtime Vintage from the Occasions Mini.  I have to say that I absolutely love this dsp and anything vintage looking.  I'm almost out of it and have to get myself a new package asap.

I hope you enjoyed your visit here today, as much as I enjoyed creating this to share.  If you have time, visit my retired stamp sets for sale page.

Until next time...
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Piece of Cake!!!

Well, we didn't get a snow day yesterday or a two-hour delay!  Pretty much every other school district in the city had one...not us!  The roads were snow packed and in some spots icy.  Thank heavens for 4-wheel drive even if it doesn't do any good on still makes me feel better.  Can't get over the number of people that still passed me because I was going too slow.  CRAZY!  Sure is cold here now.  Bitter cold with the wind chill below zero...brrrrrrr.  It is finally time to get out the long undies.  :)

Enough of that!  I sure wish I had this pattern a year ago when my daughter got married.  Can you imagine an entire layered cake made out of paper?  I would have loved making something like this only in her colors as wedding favors.  I got this pattern from Paper Crafts Magazine.  You can go to their website at and download the pattern for free. 

This is what I used for this looks almost-good-enough-to-eat piece of cake:

STAMP SET:       Baby Blossoms  #121927 (wood) $27.95 or #122000 (clear) $19.95
                             Build a Blossom #121923 (wood) $25.95 or #121994 (clear) $18.95

INK:  Rose Red # 101778 & Always Artichoke  #105219 Classic Stampin' Pads $5.95 each.

PAPER:  Very Vanilla card stock #101650 40 sheets 8 1/2 x 11  $8.50 for the top and Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper  #121782 $9.95 for the Bottom

ACCESSORIES:  Rose Red 1/2" Seam Binding #121884, $6.95, Birds & Blooms Sizzlets 4 pack die #113485 $21.95 for the flowers, and Beautiful Wings Embossilits Die #118138 $11.95 for the butterflies.  Basic Pearls #119247 $4.95 for the center of the flower.

Hope you like this as much as I do.  I really loved making it and I can't get enough of the Springtime Vintage dsp.

Until next time...
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Baby Bundle Photo Album

Hello Everyone!

Well, as promised we've got snow here in Colorado Springs.  I'm not sure how much we're supposed to get today and tonight, but I do know the weatherman is predicting rough driving conditions on the way to work tomorrow.  Maybe a miracle will happen and we'll have a snow day...or at the very least a two hour late start.  I hate driving on slippery roads, especially when it is dark out.  So I would be happy with a two hour delay.  Usually, though, when the call comes, I'm already showered and half dressed.  The call comes at 5:30 a.m., and I get out of bed at 4:45.  Oh well, I can always sit and have another cup of coffee and listen to the news.

Here's a little photo album I made for a new mom recently.  I used the Baby Bundle stamp set in the IBC on page 78.  Isn't it adorable?  I also used the Baby Tees jumbo wheel on some of the inside pages.  Here is a list of everything I used along with measurements for the card stock.
  • Baby Bundle #118525 (wood) $27.95 or  #120576 (clear) $19.95
  • Baby Tees Jumbo Wheel #118621 $8.50
  • Crumb Cake c/s (12x12 sheet) cut to 6" x 12" and scored at 5 3/4" and 6 /14" #119929 $6.95 for 12 sheets; 6 smooth & 6 textured
  • Springtime Vintage c/s 121782 $9.95 cut to 6" x 2 3/4 " and scored at  1 1/4" and 1 1/2".
  • Springtime Vintage Designer Fabric #12181 $9.95
  • Always Artichoke c/s #105119 $6.95  for 24 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11.  I used 4 pieces of 8 1/2 x 11 c/s cut to 5" x 5"  pieces and folded them in half for the pages
  • Very Vanilla c/s on the front cover cut with the Top Note Die for the Big Shot #113463 $21.95
  • INK:  Versa Mark for Baby Tees wheel and Baby Bundle stamps on the inside.
  • I stamped the baby carriage stamp in Crumb Cake and colored in the polka dots with a Rose Red Stampin' Write marker.
  • The heart on the baby carriage is cut with the Heart to Heart Extra Large Punch #119881 $16.95.  I cut out the smallest heart in the punch using Rose Red c/s.
  • 5-Petal Flower Extra Large Punch #119880 $16.95Mo
  • Decorative Label Punch #120907 $16.95
  • Modern Label Extra Large Punch #119849 $16.95
  • Buttons: Springtime Vintage Big Designer Buttons #122301 $8.95
  • Butterfly:  Beautiful Wings Embossilits Die # 118138 $11.95
  • Basic Pearls #119257 $4.95
I hope you like this as much as I enjoyed designing it.  I just love the Springtime Vintage Collection in the Occasions Mini Catalog.  I can't get enough of that paper, fabric, EVERYTHING!

Until next time...
Happy Stamping!


Sunday, January 2, 2011

You are my Cupcake/XOXO!!!

Looks almost good enough to eat!  I had fun making this cupcake using the XOXO stamp set in the upcoming Occasions Mini.  The DSP is also from the Occasions Mini.  It is called Love Impressions; item number 121780 and you will be able to order your very own beginning Tuesday.  The item number for the XOXO stamp set is 121973 for clear and 121909 for wood mount.  I found the pattern for the cupcake paper in PaperCrafts Magazine.

Hope you enjoy stamping as much as I do!

Until next time!

Happy Stamping.


Build a Blossom Cardbox & Cards

WOW!  These colors are bright!  Maybe that's why they are in Stampin' Up!'s brights family.  :)  Bright or not, I love this combination as it reminds me of spring.  The thought of spring has been keeping me warm these last few days as Colorado has finally had some extremely cold days these last few days.  It was 10 degrees here on Friday and -8 degrees Friday night.  It is gradually getting warmer and I think tomorrow is set for somewhere in the 40's.  This is a box I designed.  Thought it was ingenious of me to be so creative.  Once I got the box done, I decided it needed something to go in it.  There is a set of 4 cards.  The Build a Blossom stamp set and punch will be making their debut this Tuesday when the Occasions Mini goes up on line.  You'll be able to order one of your very own!  I think this is one of my favorites from the new catalog.  And the Just Believe stamp set which is in the IBC...well that's another of my favs.  I love the fact that it coordinates with Definitely Decorative.  I have the large version of this on my dining room wall.  I'll have to post a photo...I love both of them.

Hope you enjoyed looking.  Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time...

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone has a wonderful and healthy 2011!