Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Past

Oh, its that time of year again....time to start making those christmas cards.  Here is a card I made for a christmas card swap with a few of my friends...I  used  Graphic 45, Deluxe Edition Christmas Past paper ( to die for!!!)   You had to come up with a technique and some layers...so this is what I came up with.  I wanted the viewer to get the 'picture'. 
I used Victorian Greetings as my wallpaper.  I mounted it on a piece of stampin up old olive paper.  I used my Labels 4 nestabilities  to cut out my picture image.  I used the christmas wishes paper. (I was able to get 5 good pictures from one sheet).  Using my metallic gold painter marker, I 'painted' the edge of  the cut out to make it look like an antique picture frame.  I then  used Ultra Thick Embossing powder to make the glass.  I then mounted it onto the Nestabilities oval cutout just so it would break up the image against the wallpaper.  I then used my metallic gold painter marker and 'painted' the edges of my cardstock base and old olive cardstock.  If you don't own a painter marker...you gotta get one!  Its the bomb!  Hope you enjoyed my card.  Happy Holidays...

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Is it to early for Xmas gifts?

hello everyone!  Its hard to believe that xmas is right around the corner.  My mind is already gearing up for presents.  I wanted to make an advent calendar.  In doing research on how to make one...I discovered that I couldn't find one ANYWHERE available on the internet....Really....NOT ONE!! The one I particularly had in mind is made from KaiserCraft...it has ax 10x10 window(frame) in the middle and the 24 boxes around it....click here.  This is a kit that you have to assembly your self and then decorate.  The company is from Austrailia and is sold out in the USA.  If you can find one let me know....
So, I was not giving up....I decided to do make my own.  Went on splitcoast to see what everyone else was doing....checked out the resource page and went to town.   Here's my finished project...
The paper I used was from My Mind's Eye called Wonderful Winter.  I cannot tell you how GEORGEOUS this paper is.  The letters/numbers were cut out by using the original sizzix fun serif dies using Stampin Up cherry cobler.  If you look very closely, there are non traditional colors in this project.  Pinks and blues along with reds and greens.  I never thought I would work with pinks / blues for xmas but it was fun.  The whole project took about a day.  Check out the resource page on splitcoaststampers.com and give it a try.                                             

Monday, October 4, 2010

Fun camping project

hello fellow bloggers....It has been well over a month since my last post.  Thought I would share one of my many projects that I did over the summer.  I made this for my S-I-L birthday.  They love to camp and I thought it would be a great gift for her to keep track of her family camping travels. 

Not really that hard to do at all.  I purchased this journal book at the dollar store..(yes..thats right...Dollar Store!)....took it apart, faced it with my camping scrapbooking kit (purchased at Michaels -using my 40% off coupon - reg.$9.99) and assembled back together.  That easy!  (tip: to repuncture the holes on my paper..I used my friskars hand held hole puncher).  Hope you enjoyed!

Monday, August 23, 2010


I came across these fun little shaker cups at my local stamp store.  Had to try it.  Very easy to do.  I used the SUSHI BOWL PARTY stamp set by STAMPENDOUS along with the SUSHI FAVORITE WORDS set.  I used little crystal microbeads that I obtained in my many travels to the craft stores...didn't have a clue what I was going to do with them...until now.  They look like tiny bubbles inside a bowl...Here's a closer look.  I used my Large circles nestabilites to make the circle..  Now you might ask how I got the beads inside...well it was sort of tricky but I filled the cup, placed the white card stock image over the back...flipped it over..then took the cup off...gathered all the beads in the center...then pealed off the backing of the cup...and carefully placed it back over the image...that way I had control over where to place it...making sure it was centered and everything in the picture was visable.  Fun project card to do...can't wait to do a few more.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Changing my font

Can you stand it? You can do just about anything you put your mind to. I have been dying to play around with the fonts on my blog but SCARED to DEATH I would screw something up. Well AWSOME AMANDA over @ www.kevinandamanda.com has all the answers. That girl knows everything...ok ...well everything I want to know. Whenever I need to find out how to do something...I just hop on over to her blog. She's awsome...ok...enough of the praise..but on to my story.....

I have to tell you that it is a tad bit overwhelming if you don't understand all that HTML stuff but if your good at following directions to the 'T'...then eventually you should have NO PROBLEM doing this. Go ahead .... give it a try...don't be afraid like I was. Now that I know how to do it...I'm off to my next journey.

Sorry... I got carried away.... you may notice that my fonts are HUGE...and the colors...well..they're bright....I did that on purpose so I would know if my (I mean Awsome Amanda's) creation worked or not. ~ VIOLA!~

All I'm saying is - AMANDA - YOU ROCK!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to the very dear ones that mow my lawn, fix my car, paint my living room etc....without them....what would one do?  I was surfing splitcoast and came across a cool technique.  My original thought was to go purchase some metal plates that you would find at AC Moore's or Michaels...but then I seen some cards that used HEAVY DUTY aluminum foil...thats right...ALUMINUM FOIL.  The key here is HEAVY DUTY.    I used the stampin' up texturz plates to make the 'diamond plate' look of metal tool box. 

I just had to try this QUICK n EASY card.  They call it a 'Z' fold card.  My FIL loves fishing so this was perfect card for him.

LOVE this stamp.  I found it at Hobby Lobby -- yet another great craft store -- you can find just about anything in there.  Our Hobby Lobby is right next door to Lowes - in fact....its attached...so you can send your hubby over there while you shop.  Whoever thought of that was a genious!  I have another stamp like this that say 'graduate'.  I have seen one more like this called 'soldier' but I do not have that... ~ YET ~ :^)

Last but not least..... this card I used a kwik kuts embossing folder.  Not my favorite as you can see it is not a true A-2 size - but it did the job.  I guess it would it be ok if you were to mount it to the base of the card.  I have a few of them.  Love the dog...looking so innocent.

....Blog roll Please......

Hello Everyone...hope today is a glorious day for you!  I wanted to intruduce to you my newest 'sister bloggers' - ~ GLITTER CHIQUES ~.  I have listed their blogs on my sidebar.  I also wanted to share their blog address here.  So if you have a minute...go ahead and take a look at their blogs.

1. http://www.altered-for-him.blogspot.com/

2.  http://www.scrapsoflife.dreamhosters.com/

3. http://fallnpetal.blogspot.com/

4. http://my-little-somethings.blogspot.com/

5. http://jennipherlowery.typepad.com/paper-expressions/

6. http://roseohio-myblog.blogspot.com/

7. http://thetrashqueen.blogspot.com/

8. http://www.doodlethispink.blogspot.com/

9. http://papermavenprojects.blogspot.com/

10. http://stampingwithanangel.blogspot.com/

11. http://jaspere-jaspereslittlecorner.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


just thought I'd bump this up...incase any new bloggers come visit. If you never did a blog roll before...try it...its alot of fun. A great way to meet new blogger friends.
Click on the link, it will take you to the blog roll. Click on the link to add your blog and then follow the train. Visit the other blogs, leave a comment mentioning the blog roll and grab their button and add it to your blog. Hopefully, They will return the favor.
Happy Bloggin'

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

My Flower Garden

Come visit my flower garden. New pics added.
 Click on the page above and follow the link...or just click below.

2 new blogs coming......

Hello Everyone!  Just wanted to give you some blog update.  I have been busy creating 2 new blogs - 1. My Flower Garden 2. My Scrapbooking Recipes.  Although they are not completely finish...your more than welcome to take a peak.  As with anything new, it takes time to get those finishing touches in place.   So I will be constantly adding new stuff.  Just click on the above pages ....and follow the link provided or click below.  Happy Blogging :) I would love read your comments about them. 

Sunday, May 30, 2010



AND THE WINNER IS....................(click on the link above to find out)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


WHAT IS A BLOG ROLL...one might ask?  Well, its It's a linky list that is SHARED between a group of blogs that allow people to "hop" from blog to blog to see whats happening around the blogging world.  So lets get started. 

Here's how it works....
1.  Grab the LIVE IT...LOVE IT...BREATH IT button and add it to your blog / blog list (its the first link on this list)  Leave me a comment when your there and I'll grab your button to add it to my list as well.

2.  Add the blog hop list (instructions are below) to your Button Swap Blog Hop post.  Be sure to include the guidelines so all the buttons you swap with others will be returned by them grabbing yours as well.
     * Be sure to include your button's copy code in your swap post.

3. Link your blog post up to the blog hop. (you only need to do this once and its will show up on all the hop list on all the blogs participating)

4.  Then start visiting other participants!  Grab their button and add it to your blog sidebar or blog roll.  Don't forget to leave them  a comment telling them about you visiting the blog hop party.  Be sure to return the favor to anyone visiting you.

5.  Don't wait for them...go get them!  HAVE FUN & HOPPY BOGGING.

(guidelines provided by blogger chic designs)

Saturday, May 22, 2010


AND THE WINNER IS........................
 ~ JAN in ID ~
C-O-N-G-R-A-T!   Thank you to everyone who signup to follow my blog.  Every now and then I will be giving away some more.  So spread the word....you never know what I'll have to give away.  
  So, JAN in ID...you have 24hrs (12:15am May 30th, 2010) to get send me an email via my blog so I can get you your brand new stamp set sent to you. 

OK.... for all those stampers out there.....today I am going to play all day.  Split Coast Stampers (SCS) is holding a convention here in Syracuse.  With that said....I'm giving away this stamp set from STAMPIN UP.  The name of the set is WHIMSICAL WORDS.  
Wanna Win?  All you have to do is sign up to follow my blog and leave me a comment about what you think about my blog.   I will pick a random number from the people who sign up to follow me and announce the winner one week from today....MAY   29th...
REMEMBER in order to win, you have to sign up to follow me, just leaving a comment doesn't qualify but welcoming. 
I'm off to play....so enjoy your day!!

DON'T FORGET....YOU MUST SIGN UP TO FOLLOW MY BLOG....in order to be in the random drawing for the free stamp set.  Click on over to the side bar .. look for  'follows' and sign up....

Friday, May 21, 2010

Girls Nite Out....

Good times before we stamp the next day away..


Finally, a convention I can afford to go to.  It won't get any closer than this....Tomorrow 5 of us girls ( ok - tonight...we're starting early) are meeting up and staying in Syracuse to get ready for a stamping day.  One of the requirments was to make your own name tag...so here it is.... 

what do ya think?  Its country looking right?  Thats my style.  Leave me a comment to tell me what you think.
Here are 2 more name tags from the girls...the other 2 I'll have to get tonight when I meet up with them....
This is Nikki's (aka: KAREN).  She doesn't think its all that grand but I LOVE IT!!  Visit her SCS gallery.  She has some pretty nice cards posted there.  Next is Lorraine's tag...aka: LEMON LORRAINE.....

ok...don't be jealous girls....I was playing around in PSE 6 and discovered the cookie cutter tool. So thats why LEMON's name tag is all decked out in style... Im stilling learning the simple things...but loving the software.  I get so tickled over the little things... *smile*.  OK - did I mention how your suppose to keep it attached to your shirt?  Well I was wondering the same...so being creative as I like to think I am...this is what I came up with...

 I used my creative mind (yeah right) and sewed a saftey pin to a piece of scrap paper and then on the other side I used some huge dimensionals with some major thicknessDid I mention how I hand sewn the stitching...and then almost to the end...the needle broke...go figure...

Hope you enjoyed my blabbing....stay tune...I'll post the other 2 pics when I get them.....Don't forget to leave me a comment to tell me what you think about them....

 5-23-10 UPDATE:  AS PROMISED...here are the other 2 name tags..

How cute are these?  Just loving them!  There were some really creative name tags.  Lots of ideas for next time.  I couldn't use the 'cookie cutter' tool in PSE 6 on Kelly's because of the way I snapped the picture...but for Amy's...her's was easy becuase it was square.  The shape almost matches her badge..

Yet another Birthday

On May 3rd yet another friend turned 40.   She lives in Louisiana so I had to wait to post pic of her card so she wouldn't see it before she got it in the mail.  I hope by now she has it....

 Did ya happen to notice the little boot is kicked over?  Heres a close up.  I got this idea from my friend Nikki (aka: KAREN) [....long story].  She made a card with this stamp set and I absolutely loved it...so I kinda borrowed her idea...

Any hoot....here's the inside of her card...

I hope she has a marvelous year!   HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEN!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Ok, so I've had a few dozen facelifts on my blog.....Its sort of like moving your furniture around in your living room......until it looks right.....just gotta keep moving it around.  Then VIOLA.....it looks good for a week..or so...and then time for a change.  On a serious note...I have been searching for a 'crafty' look...buttons, lots of embellisments (something related) and found nothing.  So after endless searching... I came across shabbyblogs.com.  There are tons of stuff there for FREE...(did I mention FREE)...that match...its like going to the store to buy an outfit...and when your at the check out counter...you just gotta have those earrings near the register...oh, and don't forget...the shoes....and why not just buy the purse that matches the color in the button on the dress......ladies - you know EXACTLY what Im talking about.....  so, if you become a follower of mine...don't be surprised from time to time to see something different on my blog.....word has it though...once your settled in...if you change the blog background / settings...it may not look right on your older posts......guess I'll have to learn the hard way.  But until then...if I don't discover something out there close to what Im really looking for...then this is it....I LIKE IT!

New Signature

signatureWell, I finally created my new signature.  Not to bad for not knowing much....just a lot of frustrated nights playing with my Photoshop Elements 6.  Didn't have a clue how to use it...but figured things out by tutorials.  And I still don't know what all those buttons are for.....So, my very first...from scratch design...looks a little big....but I've made it this far...and I can't go back...cause it would take me 3 hrs to do it all over again (*smile*)

Monday, May 17, 2010


Ok, Im going to attempt my first ever blog hop.  I thought it would be fun to hop around to see what other crafting blogs have to offer ..... so here it its....

Leave me a comment so I can hop on over to your blog.

Here is my button....grab it and pass it along.


Here are the guidelines for playing...

1. Grab the Blogger Chix Designs button and put it on your blog/blog roll (first link on the list). Leave them a comment while you're there. Don't forget to leave myself a comment (LOVE IT...LIVE IT...BREATH IT and I'll grab your button and add it to my blog roll too!

2. Add the blog hop list (instructions below list) to your Button Swap Blog Hop post on your blog. Be sure to include the guidelines so all the buttons you swap with others will be returned by them grabbing yours as well. *Be sure to include your button's copy code in you Swap Post.

3. Link your blog post up to the blog hop. (You only need to link up once and it will show up on all the hop lists on all the blogs participating).

4. Then start visiting the other participants! Grab their button and add it to your blog sidebar or blog roll, and leave them a comment telling them your visiting from the BSBH party! Be sure to return the favor to anyone visiting you.

*Tip for having lots of buttons swap success - don't wait for others to come to you, go to them first!*

Saturday, May 15, 2010

How Sweet it is....

Ok, from time to time, I might post something unrelated to crafting....but hey.....My daughter barrel races horses.  I caught on camera a precious moment....Sandy & her snuggling...PRICELESS!

Friday, May 14, 2010


Today is one of my friends birthday.  She likes tea so this is what I made for her.  I was inspired by this card (click here) . The Tea Cup, saucer & handle were all punched out by stampin' Up punches.                                           HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMY.

 I used some Stampin' Up Crystal Effects on my flowers to give it a 3-D glossy look. 

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

wanted to share some more....

My nephew when to his Jr. Prom and I made this
book for him.

If you interested in purchasing a book let me know. 6x12 book will run $10.00 (up to 4 letters) add $1.50 for each additional letter. 8x12 book will run $15.00 (up to 4 letters) add$2.00 for each additional letter. You pick the size and the colors and I'll do the rest. You can contact me @ momneedingcalgon@yahoo.com
If your not from the area, we can work out shipping charges. I'll post some more of my crafts later.


I have been enjoying creating wordbooks. Using my cricut and a software program called Sure Cuts Alot.....you can create just about anything. The trick is learning how to use the software (which is quite easy) I purchased my Sure Cuts Alot (SCAL) from http://www.scrappingtable.com. Its actually on sale now for mothers day (20% off). This is the best deal I came across. This price comes with the CD. Other websites offered 2 separate prices (one with CD and one with just the download.) But this website .... had a great price for both!

Aaahh finally....

Well, Im moving forward...slowly but surely....This is my gazillionth (if that is such a word) attempt at keeping up a blog....so wish me luck.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Creating your own blog! what a nightmare...

help me! Im going insane trying to figure this out!!!
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