Inspiration from Melissa

Sunday, December 25, 2011

adventures on the farm MDS


a trip back to WI usually offers some unexpected fun of some sort. the girls were introduced to ice skating on the river for the first time. ... then Dad took J & I to the very funky 'statue' place. kinda creepy. kinda cool. out of this world stuff i never seen before! check out the pix. we had some fun and lotsa laughs!
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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

Hannah turning 5! MDS

do you love this double 12x12 layout as much as i do? k well, i'll tell you why i do so's pre-designed and all i did was drop in my pictures! both these pages came ready to go w/ the MDS program and i just had to decide what pictures to use on the page! sinch eh? i of course add the journaling and my title as well and may have 'moved' a few things just a smidge so they weren't covering Hannah up. but for the most part i didn't have to do any thinking! Nice....

supplies: my digital studio

Thursday, December 22, 2011

gifts and tags galore!

 i've told some of you about my wrapping venture this year! i wanted the brown bag look. my friend Rachel suggested i go to the hardware store and buy a roll of the stuff you cover your floors with during new construction to protect them... and i did just that! It's quite bulky but if you use packing tape to adhere, works like a charm. Then i stamped the name of the recipient on each pkg w/ my su! alpha stamps that had a layer of dust on them.(thanks to digi scrappin'!) Thanks Pinterest for the idea! ;) btw, true friends don't tell other true friends about's an addiction waiting to happen! teehehe that pretty ribbon, yup, bought it on the clearance rack last yr after the holidays. didn't know what i would use it for, but sure came in handy now!
 also, i think i have wrapping paper for like 5 yrs fo sho, w/ that baby...
 two tags die w/ the big shot, rolled these out in a jiffy! all i had to do was embellish. i used dsp scraps from my scrap basket and then the ornament punch and star punch. the two way glue pen helped me in adding some dazzling diamonds to each piece. on the star and ornament. They are so pretty in person, hard to capture that via film..

a mini glue dot and some hemp twine gave me the loop on top of my ornament to 'hang'
paper: real red, jolly dsp, very vanilla, river rock, old olive
ink: old olive
tools: ornament, star, scallop punches, big shot, two tags die
accessories: old olive grosgrain ribbon, dazzling diamonds, 2 way glue pen, mini glue dots, stampin dimensionals

Monday, December 19, 2011

old Friends MDS

two young ladies that made IA become my home when i moved here and then as time  goes along and our lives change we drifted apart. However, it's still fun to get together and remember all the fun times we had... we did just that here @ the coffee house!

using downtown grunge kit and elegant soiree dsp i made this layout. added a bunch of buttons and tied them to my layout w/ the cute linen thread bows. I don't like my buttons 'floating' to no where! well at least some of them!

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

You're a STAR MDS

 seems like just yesterday i sent off my firstborn to preschool! yikes and i've already sent off my second! These pretty paper are from su! Urban Garden dsp pack and Roof Garden embellishment group. isn't that circle of chocolate stitching the cutest ever? That's out of stiches and corners and once again using the frames/paper from downtown grunge kit.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

perfectly penned

masculine birthday card using those mini silver brads. love em'! adding the stripes impression folder for some dimension. i used the circle scissor plus to cut my circle out in calypso coral.
paper: island indigo, pear pizzaz dsp, calypso coral, whisper white
ink: calypso coral
stamps: perfectly penned
tools: circle scissor plus, big shot, stripes impression folder, matte pack
accessories: mini silver brads, island indigo ruffled ribbon

perfectly penned

for our special friends Jon & Teresa, who were just blessed to take home a little baby girl through adoption. What an amazing process!

    attach that button w/ a mini glue dot to keep it in place

these are the 3X3 thank yous for her. I embossed the circle circus w/ clear embossing powder right over top of my sentiment. then on the halo, i dotted it w/ my 2 way glue pen and added dazzling diamonds for the sparkle. i put them together into a 4X6 cello bag and topped it w/ the top note die and some spice cake dsp.
paper: pool party, spice cake dsp, more mustard
ink: early espresso, versamark
stamps: perfectly penned, circle circus
tools: heat gun, dotted scallop ribbon, circle, 1/8" punches
accessories: button, linen thread, early espresso quilted ribbon, stampin dimensionals

Monday, December 12, 2011

hello doily

some dear friends of ours from church suddenly lost their mom and grandma. i like using soft colors on sympathy cards and for this one kept it clean and simple~
paper: pool party
ink: island indigo, versamark
stamps: hello doily, blessings from heaven
tools: heat gun, circle punch
accessories: pearl(from pretties kit) Victoria 5/8" ribbon, mini glue dots, clear embossing powder(for the sentiment)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

baby headband

another Mommy from Haley's preschool class needed a unique baby gift ... so this is what we came up with. vintage using the old lace and then a bit of new w/ the little pink flower and make the leaves w/ some cream tulle...dainty for a pretty girl...

Saturday, December 10, 2011

memory jar

This is a memory jar. I'd never heard of it before this, but think it's a fabulous idea. a friend called and asked if i could make this for her. She lost her Dad last year and they wanted to fill the jar w/ memories and give it to their Mom for Christmas. with that in mind i wanted to make it very special, little details to make it pretty...
the spice  cake dsp worked well i thought for some nice earth tones that can hopefully be displayed in her home w/o sticking out like a sore thumb. i used lots of sticky strip and mini glue dots to make sure it was stuck together well
paper: spice cake dsp, more mustard, old olive, cherry cobbler, pool party, very vanilla
ink: early espresso
stamps: define your life, family reunion
tools: lrg decor pnch, scallop circle, boho blossom pnchs, big shot, top note die, stripes impression folder, scallop edge border punch
accessories: brads, very vanilla satin ribbon, mini glue dots, champagne glass stamping glitter, striped old olive ribbon

Friday, December 9, 2011

not so seriously

how fun is this??? (insert squeal) k that's how i felt when i got it done. my sis turned the big ol' 29, so close to entering the next decade w/ me!!! hehe  but i was late, like usual and wanted to use the dogs bc i just think they are stinkin cute! gotta love the glitter brad to make the card sparkle too. i used my aqua painters here to quickly and messily(is that a word?) color those pooches in. messier the better. white spots are good here....

pop up the Happy Birthday sentiment w/ stampin dimensionals

paper: calypso coral, Concord crush dsp, pear pizzaz dsp, whisper white, concord crush
ink: stazon black(for puppies so they don't bleed when i water color them) then browns to color in and concord crush & calypso coral for words.
tools: word window punch, circle punch
accessories: calypso coral 3/8" ruffled ribbon

Thursday, December 8, 2011

baroque motifs

stack of cards that could be used as thank you cards that i tucked into a shower gift.... i left the sentiment off of these just in case they wanted to use it some other way

paper: not quite nave, whisper white, old olive
ink: old olive, not quite navy
stamps: baroque motifs
tools: circle punch
accessories: silver brad, polka dot old olive ribbon

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


cute little 3X3 cards w/ matching envelopes for a pretty baby girl... i packaged them up in a cello baggie and tucked them in w/ her baby gift... a few diamonds on my 'A' to make it sparkle
crowns on the envelope fit for a princess~
 Here is the matching card to go w/ the grouping.

paper: white confetti, blushing bride, and bb dsp
ink: early espresso, blushing bride
stamps: Ain' love grand, tagtastic, tiny tags
tools: scallop circle, large decor, itty bitty shapes and scallop trim border punch
accessories: pearls, mini glue dots, stampin dimensionals

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

thanks big time!

simple thank you card made w/ the pocket full of posies dsp. after adding one pig piece of that i added a knot of old olive ribbon, stamped my sentiment and punched it out using the large oval punch and the scallop oval punches.

paper: so saffron, whisper white, pocket full of posies dsp
ink: elegant eggplant, old olive
stamps: a word for you
tools: scallop oval, large oval punches
accessories: striped old olive ribbon, stampin dimensionals

Monday, December 5, 2011

i like to be with you MDS

i think i seen this idea on the but not sure who did it. I kept a white background. brought in my big picture. then put the torn edges stamp all around it. changed the stamp color to white. the small vintage frame strip is from downtown grunge kit embellishments. the flower stamp is from friends 24-7 and colored gray....

Sunday, December 4, 2011 +2 & 3

these two layouts follow the boo boo one as it was our weekend away to WI. any ?'s of what i used, let me know!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

pocket full of posies dsp

 two quick cards using the bright and fun pocket full of posies dsp. using that as my background i simply added a sentiment on one and then just flipped over a corner on the other and added a red glitter brad.
paper: so saffron, wisteria wonder, pocket full of posies dsp
ink: wisteria wonder
stamps: absolutely fabulous (retired)
tools: 2 3/8" scallop circle, xtra lrg decor punch, modern label
accessories: stampin dimensionals, champagne smooch spritz

Friday, December 2, 2011

vintage hair pretties

Had to ship this hair pretty off today and grabbed a quick picture!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

gift card holder

 want to make a gift card look a smidge more fun? This is the perfect way to do so! I used some dsp here cut @ 12X3. score that at 2" and 8". inspiration for this comes from the talented Carrie Gaskin (thanks!)

paper: retired dsp, so saffron, old olive, bashful blue
ink: old olive
stamps: well scripted
tools: big shot, fun flowers die, itty bitty punch pack, scallop circle punch, 1" circle punch, scallop trim border punch, mooch spritz champagne
accessories: old olive grosgrain ribbon, certainly celery brads, very vanilla button, hemp twine, rhinestones, mini glue dots

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 MDS

my digital studio, downtown grunge pre designed page( i just dropped my pix in) then added the presto pattern overlay stamp for the border around the page. title is made using the simple letter alpha punch and then i filled it w/ play date dsp and matted it in a brown. Noteworthy labels stamp is what i used for a little journaling on the top and the stitching going across the page is from the stitches and corners. I LOVE changing the opacity of the stamps when i work w/ them. for this presto pattern above i did it in very vanilla color but then just toned it down a bunch so it's not so very bold!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

wedding thank yous

 fall weddings are so pretty and the last one i went to in WI was done in the browns and rust colors. These are the thank you cards that i stamped up as part of the wedding gift. kept it very clean and simple and stamped the flourish from baroque motifs on the envelope to match in cajun craze.

i just love these new designer frame impression folders. i actually made the impression first and then stamped my sentiment right in it w/ the clear stamps. so very cool and no stamp a ma jig needed! love that.
paper: naturals ivory, more mustard
ink: cajun craze, early espresso
stamps: perfectly penned, baroque motifs
tools: big shot, designer frames, itty bitty shapes punch pack
accessories: rhinestones, mini glue dots

Monday, November 28, 2011

thank you baggies

 using leftover spice cake dsp from our pretty box class i put together this cute little baggy. it has 4 3X3 cards in it w/ envelopes to go w/ it. perfect little gift for those teachers, bus drivers, coworkers ect! i use the 4X6 bag to put these in.
paper: more mustard, spice cake dsp
ink: early espresso
stamps: perfectly penned, teeny tiny wishes
tools: big shot, top note die, small oval punch
accessories: stampin dimensionals, pool party ribbon, pearls (if you don't have these you MUST!) :), 3 1/8X3 1/8 envelopes (40 in a pkg), 4X6" cellophane bags (50 in a pkg)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

baptism MDS

 our special day of baptism w/ mr. chase. very simple layout done using the template that was already designed from the downtown grunge kit. all i had to do was pull in my pictures and add some embellishments! super quick and easy!
my digital studio, downtown grunge kit, star punch, brights button, linen thread

Saturday, November 26, 2011

not so seriously

made this card for a good girl friend who needed a thanks...and hopefully got a good laugh too! ;) I love this set.

paper: old olive, basic black, tangerine tango, whisper white
ink: basic black (chalks to color)
stamps: not so seriously
tools: big shot, Manhattan flower impression folder, circle scissor plus extra large decor punch, color spritzer tool
accessories: row of pearls