Friday, June 29, 2007

Sick, sick, sick...

That is me! We are supposed to go on vacation tomorrow, but we shall see. So I probably won't be posting again until 7/7. I will post some new creations as soon as I can for those of you who check in on a daily basis!!! Have a HAPPY 4th :-)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

I've been TAGGED x2!!!

So no creating for me today since I have been taking care of the oldest fairy who has had a 24 hour yucky stomach bug. We have just been praying that the rest of us do not get it as bad as she had it. Poor thing :-)

But I was TAGGED today by two fellow CTMH reps - Korin from Inky Doodle ( and Adeline from SweetAline ( So here are the rules and 7 facts about myself...

The Rules:
So this is how it works. I must post the rules, 7 random things about me and then tag others to do the same. Sound fair enough, right? These are the rules…. each player starts with 7 random facts about themselves on their Blog. People who are tagged need to blog 7 facts about themselves and post the rules as well. At the end of their blog list 7 people you are tagging. Let them know that they are tagged by leaving them a comment.

1) I was born in Charlotte, NC and moved to Wilmington, DE when I was 11 in the middle of 6th grade...UGH! Could there be a worse age to move to the north with a HEAVY southern accent??? Fortunatly, I have lost it. Although, when I hear a southern accent it takes me right back home.

2) I currently live in PA with my husband and two beautiful daughters! My entire family all live in the south now. I LOVE to visit and my dream is to one day get back there!

3) I worked at QVC for 7 years during/after college in the retail buying offices. For those of you who don't know what that is it is a home buying network on tv.

4) One of my fondest memories of my childhood was being on the lake in our family boat. Those were the days!!!

5) Right now I could go for an M&M blizzard from has been one of those days :-)

6) I have two little brothers - one who is 3 years younger and lives in Boca Raton, FL and the other is 14 years younger and will graduate from JMU this coming winter and he is livin' the life at the age of 21!!!

7) My Mom is my BEST FRIEND!!!

Here are the LUCKY "taggees?" - Jill, Michelle, Ashley, Pamela, Kirsten, Kendra & Jen. Sorry ladies, but I follow your blogs on a daily basis and so you are the lucky "taggees"!!! Enjoy!!!

Have a great night everyone and hopefully I will have some artwork to post tomorrow!!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

RAK from Allison Fillo


I just got a RAK from Allison Fillo of Stamping When I Can blog. You can check out some of her other great creations at It made my day when I opened this adorable card. I just love that bird. I have him, but have not used it yet - so maybe this will get me inspired to do so. Thanks again Allison - I love it :-)

Monday, June 25, 2007

Crop Swap Cards

Hi Everyone! I am back :-) Still no creating for me but I do have some cards to share with you!

Once a month a girlfriend and I host an all day crop and for the past several months we have had attendees sign up for swaps. (Hence the name Crop Swap :-) There were 6 of us who participated in the swap for June and they were all kind enough to give me permission to post their work. I thought they did a wonderful job and love every one of their creations!!! (The card that I swapped with them is listed below and was posted on 6/5 called Crop Swap Card and it is the one I did with the transperancy.) I hope you enjoy admiring these cards as much as I have. Here you go...


This card was created by Michelle Gaul. I am not sure of the brand of stamp she used. But the designer paper is by SEI. She is in the process of creating her own blog and you can visit it at, so make sure you check it out soon to see all of her lovely creations. And who would not LOVE to get a card about shopping!!!


This card was created by Jill Hilliard. You can visit her blog at I love all the layering on her card - even the doggy is layered. He is cut out and pasted on the cardstock to give even more dimension. The picture does not do it justice.


This card was created by Colleen Gallagher. I just LOVE the bright colors. It is so cheery & happy! And you gotta love the bling :-) She used stamps from one of my favorite companies called Papertrey Ink. You can see their stamps at


This card was created by Tara Cooper. I am in LOVE with the Bella stamps from She used Cakeabella for this adorable card. She also used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for added dimension. So cute!!!

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This super creative card was created by Cindy Barone. She used two CTMH stamp sets for this card and she even used her sewing machine to stitch the bottom of the card for added texture. It is the FIRST card that I have ever gotten with REAL stitching on it and I just love it!!! I also love her added touch with the decorative scalloped scissors.

Again, I hope you have enjoyed looking at all of these great cards and that they have given you lots of inspiration for you own creations. Great job ladies!!!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Sorry ladies...

No time for crafting this week. I have been too busy with the two pink fairies and getting ready for my all day crafting event I run with a friend once a month. I plan on scrapbooking instead of making cards this time around. I am working on a gift for my god-daughter. So I won't be able to post those pictures. But I am hoping to have some time on Sunday to work on a Papertrey Ink swap. So I will post as soon as I have those completed.

Have a wonderful weekend :-)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Very 1st RAK!


Thanks to Elaine P. who was one of the grand prize winners of a previous BLOG Candy!!! She sent me this beautiful Javabellas card. I hope you enjoy as much as I did :-) Thanks again Elaine!!!
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Monday, June 18, 2007

Veggiebella inspiration...



So here are the berries we picked on Father's Day! We had so much fun!
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Sunday Fun!!!



So I finally got to use some of my new stamps on Sunday! Even though it was Father's Day I found a little time to craft :-) I hope you like Veggiebella & the Javabellas. The Veggiebella was inspired by the strawberries we picked at the orchard that morning. (I will share a picture of those as well.) The Javabella card was made for a good coffee buddy of mine. It was the first time I ever stamped on twill ribbon before. I was impressed with how well it took the ink. And it was just 99 cent ribbon from one of the local craft stores, so even better!
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Hi Ladies! 94 of you posted comments on my blog between Saturday and this evening. I had so much fun reading about all of your favorite products that I have added some new items to my wish list. Thank you!

Here are the winners -
Grand Prize - Kim - She said her favorite product is the Xyron X Machine. I have to say that is one of my well used products as well!!! (I will email you privatly for your contact information.)

1st Runner-Up - Heather Leech from Canada - Her favorite product is mine as well, the ATG gun! (Heather, please email me with your contact info -

2nd Runner-Up - Sara (You can check her blog out at - Her favorite item is the CM Oval & Circle Cutters! (Sara, please email me with your contact info -

Congratulations to all of you!!! And thanks to everyone else who posted comments and took the time to look at my blog. I also just got my first RAK in the mail today from one of my previous winners. I will post that tomorrow after I take a picture of it. It is adorable, so make sure you stop back by :-)

Saturday, June 16, 2007

More BLOG Candy....

Hi Everyone! I am so sorry I have not posted ANYTHING since Wednesday. Life has been an adjustment since school is out for the summer :-) But I am going into stamping withdrawl...LOL!!! I have had some great new stamps arrive too that I want to get using. So I promise I will be sharing some creations soon!

But until then I am offering some blog candy again. This time what I want you to do is put a comment linked to this post as to what your FAVORITE crafting item is and that you just CAN'T live without it. I have many favorites, but I would have to say that I can't live without my ATG adhesive gun. Thanks to a crafting bud who got me hooked on that :-)

I will be doing the drawing on Monday night (well, actually my hubby & two girls will be doing it for me)! I will pull 3 names again. The grand prize will be a clear stamp set by Studio G along with a card made by me. The 2nd & 3rd prizes will be cards made by me. (When I send you a card I do not write inside so that you can use it how you like and the back is not signed.)

I can't wait to see all of your comments!!! And again, thanks for taking a peek at my blog. You all have been so kind with your comments.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Kindred Spirits

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So this was another challenge on the CTMH Friends Yahoo group. This was a color challenge using the colors - Garden Green, Orchid Bouquet & Twilight. I used another card sketch to design this card. It is not one of my favorites, but I had fun coloring the large stamped image in. The bottom sentiment says - Friends fill your life with joy, your soul with sunshine and your heart with love. I think that is such a nice sentiment. And it also got me to use yet another stamp set that had not seen ink!!!

Delight in Everything!


So I now have a new addiction! is called sketch challenges. This is the first one I have ever participated in and it is for a yahoo group I belong to called CTMH Friends. I was so excited to make this card because I have been neglecting my CTMH stash. So everything I used I have had for a while and just got around to using it. All of the products used are CTMH except for the clear buttons. Those are from Stampin' Up. I am not sure if you can tell or not but I used liquid glass on the flowers. (That was my daughter Anna's idea and what a great idea it was! It went great with the clear buttons!) If you double click on the image you will be able to see the detail better. I hope you like it and thanks for looking!
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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Anna's Chore Chart


This is all I have been able to do today so far...LOL! In fact, it has been almost completed for a LONG time and I just got around to finishing it. I had to get it laminated before I could finish it and I did that yesterday. My 6 year old's summer vacation started yesterday, so what better time to get her into doing daily chores!!! She has already completed 3 out of the 5 chores for today - yippee! Now the music notes are NOT for playing music, singing (which she does constantly) or listening to music - that one is a symbol for LISTENING TO HER PARENTS!!! It was the closest die-cut for that task. And she is having lots of trouble with that right now. So those notes will be there for the summer and when school starts we will replace it with a homework diecut. So she has 3 months to learn the skill of LISTENING!!! Do you think she can do it? We shall see. I will report back :-) This Chore Chart Kit was purchased from Top Line Creations. It was lots of fun to make!
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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Bubblebella Swap Card


Ok, I am a little addicted to SCS swaps right now...LOL!!! Here is one I made today. How fun is this Bella??? (You can find all of the Bellas at It was the first time I used her. I especially like the Stickles on the bubbles. You may not be able to tell in the picture but I used the Icicle Stickles in the large bubbles (it is a larger glitter) and Crystal Stickles around the perimeter of the bubbles (they are very tiny pieces of glitter). The other products I used were DCWV pre-made white textured card & patterned paper, White Daisy & Citrus Leaf cardstock from CTMH, black Stazon, dimensionals, mega & giga oval punches, CM wave paper trimmer, paper piercer and Prismacolor pencils w/ odorless mineral spirits. I hope you like her. I think this is such a happy cheerful card :-).
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Saturday, June 9, 2007

A Muse Swap Card


I am participating in an A Muse swap on SCS and this is what I came up with. It was supposed to be a simple A Muse design. So I hope the hostess likes it.
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Recipe -
Stamps - A Muse Flower Girl & sentiment
CS - White Daisy, Blush & Citrus Leaf from CTMH
Ribbon - DCWV Missy Adhesive Ribbon
Heidi Swapp pink small flower jewels
Fiskars Paper Edgers - Clouds
Prismacolor Pencils & Odorless Mineral Spirits for skin & dress

Jammybella Swap Card

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I am hosting a Bella swap on SCS and this is the card I made for my spot. I am trying very hard to come up with original designs by me. So this is one and it took way too long to come up with, even though it is VERY simple! I hope you like it :-) I used the following products to make this card -
~Stamps - Jammybella from Stamping Bella & Cute Converse from SU.
~Cardstock - White Daisy from CTMH, Yellow from DCWV and pre-made patterned card from DCWV.
~Ink - Black from CTMH.
~Prismacolor Pencils w/ Odorless Mineral Spirits
~White Pen from SU.
~Souffle Puffy Ink Pens by Sakura
~Misc. Satin Ribbon
~White Button Brads
~SU Round Tab Punch
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Friday, June 8, 2007

Christmas in June!

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My crafty buds and I are doing a Christmas challenge that we started in January. We each make 10 cards a month and swap one with each other for more ideas! We have had so much fun with it! So I am just about finished with all the cards I need. Then we will be doing some tags, gift card holders, etc. and have the months of November & December off to do what we want and not be rushed to get cards made. So this is my card for June. Here are the products I used -
~CTMH - Olive cardstock & ink, Husk cardstock & stamp from "Special Days" set.
~SU - Holiday Thyme designer paper, cranberry crisp ribbon & ticket punch.
~Cuttlebug Embossing Folder called Bow Frame.
~Prismacolor Pencil in Tuscan Red.
~Large Square Bubble from JoAnn's Scrap Essentials.

Cuttlebug Card


This is one of my favorite cards! I love everything about it! So it is going to one of the lucky winners of the blog candy. I also did this card for a cuttlebug swap on SCS. It was so fun to make! Here are the products I used -
~Cuttlebug flower embossing folder
~SU - Ticket punch, Flower punch & Spring Flowers Designer Paper
~CTMH - Olive cardstock, textured cardstock, chocolate ink, pewter brad & the thank you stamp
~CM - Circle punch
~Ribbon from AC Moore
I hope you like it!
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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

And the WINNER is....Pamela O'Connor!!!

Oh my goodness - Over 115 of you signed my guestbook today! Thank you SO much! I loved reading all of your posts and checking out your websites. I had my hubby draw the grand prize again and my two little fairies had to draw names again too.

So Pamela O'Connor of Texas is the lucky grand prize winner and it will be a set of 10 cards w/ envelopes made with CTMH products. I thought she would like that since she is a fellow consultant. She also has a blog, and here is her link - There is a link from my site to hers as well. Congrats to you Pamela :-). The card set is made with my FAVORITE color combo - Sweet Leaf, Hollyhock & Cocoa. Enjoy them!

The 2nd name drawn was Sheri of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Here is a link to her blog - She will be getting a handmade card from me to use how she wishes!

The 3rd name drawn was Diane of Oklahoma City, OK. She will also be getting a handmade card from me to use how she wishes.

I need all of you to send me your mailing addresses privately with "Blog Candy" in the subject field to

Thanks again to ALL OF YOU who took the time to look at my blog today and to participate in the blog candy event!

Have a great night!!!


I am dishing out more BLOG candy!!!

Ok, so I have had 12 more people sign my guest book since the last drawing. I am looking for at least 8 more and I will do it again. So keep signing!!!

I am still looking for Elaine P. of Seattle, WA who won the grand prize of the last drawing. I heard from all other winners except for her. So if you know where to find her PLEASE send her over to claim her prize!!!

Have a WONDERFUL day!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Crop Swap Card


My girlfriend and I run an all day crop once a month and we started hosting swaps at them too. So this is my swap card for June. I used a transperancy for the first time and it was so easy. It is much prettier in person. I used Stazon Opaque Cotton White on the transperancy. This card was CASED by a Splitcoast Stamper. The products used were White Daisy & Sweet Leaf cardstock from CTMH, the stamp sets were Mixed Bouquet and Warm Words from Stampin' Up, Hollyhock, Sweet Leaf & Black ink from CTMH, Blending Pen from CTMH and ribbon from Michael's. I hope you like it!
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Monday, June 4, 2007

Hello Card


The inspiration for this card was the ribbon. I am a ribbon addict and you will soon learn that...LOL!!! The stamp set used was from Papertrey Ink. It is one of my favorite sets with the polka dot centers. I also loved this color combo. The cardstock is from CTMH & SU. One of the lucky winners from the guest book drawing will be getting this card :-)
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Saturday, June 2, 2007

Celebrate In Style!

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I just made these two cards for my Mom to choose from to give to my Aunt for her bday that is coming up in July! I must say that pictures do not do cards justice to what they look like in person :-( Here is a listing of the products I used -
~ SU Celebrate In Style stamp set
~ CTMH White Daisy Cardstock
~ SEI paper from Aunt Gerti's Garden
~ SEI Ribbon from Aunt Gerti's Garden
~ SEI Brads from Aunt Gerti's Garden
~ Oval Scalloped Giga Punch
~ Paper Piercer
~ SU Oval Punches
~ SU Slit Punch
~ CM Corner Rounder
~ Stardust Glitter Pen on the shoes
~ The oval is raised with SU thin dimensionals
The tall card says "wish-shoe a happy day!" and the other one says "celebrate in style!" inside the card. I hope you like them! Thanks for looking! It felt good to get in some crafting today :-) -Kim

And the WINNER is.....Elaine P.!!!

Well, I created a little riot when I went downstairs to have my hubby draw a name, so my two pink fairies HAD to do it as well...LOL! So 1st place goes to Elaine P. from Seattle, WA, 2nd place goes to Kirsi from Finland and 3rd place goes to Heather L. from Surrey, B.C. Cananda. Congrats to all of you!!! And thanks again for signing my guest book! Elaine P. you are the winner of a set of 5 Studio G Clear Stamps and Kirsi & Heather you will be getting a special handmade card by me to use however you like!

I would also like to send a little something to Allison of Stampin' When I Can. Thank you for sending so many people over to my blog!!! I have added your blog link to my blog :-)

(All winners please email me privately at and give me your addresses so that I can mail your prizes. Make sure you put "Blog Candy" in the subject field.)


Friday, June 1, 2007

Who wants BLOG candy???

Once I have 15 people sign my guestbook I will draw a name for blog candy!!! Not sure what it will be yet, but I PROMISE it will be good :-). So feel free to tell your friends so that they can join the fun too!!!

Happy Friday!