Inspiration from Melissa

Monday, February 28, 2011

Define your Life

This past This past weekend we had a wonderful weekend away up to the cities w/ most of our large bible study group! We stayed @ a waterpark holiday inn and it was so much fun. We all took our children along and they had a blast! It was so good for our family to get away from our 'crazy' and  busy life here and try to unwind...although when u take your children w/ you i'm not sure u really get to unwind...especially when your baby doen't sleep well out of his own crib...grrr... never the less....still good to be gone.

now home again and this week we jump right back into crazy! ;) we are hoping to move this week Friday evening into our new house. really looking forward to it all, except diving into my scary stamp room downstairs. to move all that????? eeek!!! and that's just it... I HAVE to move it all for fear of anyone seeing it ...*wink*. oh well it will get always does right?

on to some eye candy.... Jesse's sister opened her home to us this weekend for one of the nights, so i wanted to leave her a little surprise in the bedroom after we were gone. It was also her birthday this past week.

 i've had this stamp set for quite some time but it's not one that i grab for super quick! i guess that's bc in the past i didn't really know what to do with it? I really like a lot of the words that are used though and am going to try to use it more and more!

i made this wine bottle topper in a snap. i punched a 1 1/4" hole in top to slip over the neck. Scored a nice crease and then embellished just the bottom portion. hard to see but i did use the crimper again on the topper too. the polka dot piece i ran through to make it pop!

paper: basic black, cherry cobler, crumb cake, love letter dsp, very vanilla
ink: basic black, cherry cobler, versamark, old olive marker, crumb cake
stamps: stem sillhouette, afterthoughts (both leve 1 hostess), define your life, en fransais background, on your birthday(inside)
tools: curly label, xlrg decor label punch, trio
accessories: pearls, stampin dimensionals, cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon, very vanilla satin ribbon

Have a great week! 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

a slice of life

 i love that stamp! i have never had anything like it so that's fun for something different. i suppose not everyone drinks coffee but i thouht it fun for a girlfriend. pear pizzaz tone on tone w/ the dsp and then a little textured melon mambo right on top. i first embossed the cup images in black and clear embossing powder and then I used my aqua painter to give the cups some shadows and dimension. Those things are another fav of mine. basically i think the sloppier the better. that's not usually my motto but here it works in my opinion! i colored w/ blushing bride and melon mambo and then popped that image up on dimensionals. top it all off w/ a tiny little pearl!
paper: pear pizzaz & dsp, crumb cake, whisper white, melon mambo textured cardstock, blushing bride
ink: basic black, versamark, melon mambo, blushing bride, crumb cake
stamps: a word for you, a slice of life
tools: heat tool, aqua painter
accessories: white organza ribbon, pearl

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

a slice of life baby boy

Does this speak boy to you? i think so;) using my fav little sleeper to celebrate a little boy that's not here yet, but will be hopefully in about 6 weeks! Momma is on bed rest and wanted to send her a note of encouragement.

paper: pear pizzaz, pacific point, whisper white, daffodil delight
ink: pear pizzaz, daffodil delight, pacific point
stamps: a slice of life,little angel
tools: scallop border punch, curly label punch, heat gun
accessories: star brad, clear embossing powder

Monday, February 21, 2011

Have a seat

Playing with the different browns here on my chairs. if you look closely you can see the very vintage wheel behind them. i also broke out the background stamp Teahouse for a design on the ridinghood red piece. it's really hard to see on the pix but it is there;) such a pretty stamp, can't wait to use it in a more obvious way

paper: ridinghood red, very vanilla, early espresso
ink: early espresso, soft suede, crumb cake
stamps: Teahouse, very vintage, have a seat
accessories: ridinghood red ribbon, early espresso 1/8" taffeta ribbon

Saturday, February 19, 2011

a slice of life birthday cake

 do u have the ancient tool the 'crimper'?  i dusted it off and used it here for a change of pace. this birthday cake is from the level 1 hostess set in the Occasions mini. I stamped it 2X and then cut 3 strips of the blue and glued on top of my white for some color. one little rhinestone in the center of the bow and dazzling diamonds on the candles makes this simple card sparkle!

paper: whisper white, baja breeze, early espresso
ink: early espresso, baja breeze
stamps: slice of life
tools: crimper
accessories: dazzling diamonds, rhinestones, aqua painter(for candles and pedestal)

Friday, February 18, 2011

have a seat


It's my Dad's birthday this Sunday so this card has to go in the mail today! Clean and simple i would call this. i used my circle scissor plus to do it and Dotto tape on the back so my paper doesn't move while i'm cutting on the glass mat. i think it's a must bc when u r done, it comes off the glass mat nicely too. using snail or a more sticky adhesive usually tears your paper! ;( after cutting my first circle @ 2 1/4" then i just turn the dial a smidge to 2 3/8". i stamped a to z in crumb cake after stamping it off once ( i think i would do it one more time so it's a bit softer). then the chair and sentiment in basic black right over top. the love letter dsp adds some polish to the card.

paper: marina mist, very vanilla, basic black, love letter dsp
ink: crumb cake, basic black
stamps: have a seat, teeny tiny wishes, a to z
tools: circle scissor plus, scallop border punch, crop a dile
accessories: silver eyelets, basic black 1/8" taffeta ribbon

Thursday, February 17, 2011

funky four

here's a simple image dressed up just a little. i left a sentiment off so this could be for my "just because" category in my stash. i used some old kiwi kiss textured paper for the mat and also one mushroom head popped up on a dimensional. can u see the sparkle over the card. i gave one spray of the vanilla shimmer smooch spritz.

paper: early espresso, whisper white, kiwi kiss textured
ink: pacific point, early espresso
stamps: funky four, a to z
accessories: blue glitter brad, vanilla shimmer smooch, pacific point ribbon

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

a slice of life

this adorable little sleeper is from the level one hostess set in the Occasions Mini. a couple in our church were blessed w/ a little baby girl this past week so i get to play w/ the girls things again. i stamped the sleeper 2X and on the second i heat embossed w/ clear powder and black ink, then cut out and popped up on a few dimensionals. embossing keeps the colors from bleeding together when u use your aqua painter and it looks pretty cool too. nice n shiny & bumpy to the touch.
paper: pear pizzaz, melon mambo, blushing bride, whisper white
ink: melon mambo,versamark, basic black, pear pizzaz
stamps:  little angel(retired), slice of life
tools: scallop oval punch, oval punch, scallop border punch
accessories: clear embossing powder, heat gun, aqua painter, blushing bride ribbon

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


 Hannah and I worked diligently on her Valentine boxes. She had to sign her name 20 times on the back and wasn't real thrilled about doing so. I tried breaking it up for her a bit and she did get 17 done. then she was FINISHED. so i did the last 3 for her. she really didn't get the whole concept of giving candy and then getting some in return. she kept saying it was dumb.... this candy is all for 'them' ... i don't get any of it....ect. Needless to say when she got home from school on Monday...her response was, "Mom, today was AWESOME, all i did was play, play, work... and look at all my TREATS!!!" These little love bot boxes were on SU!'s clearance a while back.

 i made a Mexican meal for Jesse for dinner. and you can see the roses i got from the kidos! While Hannah was in school, Haley and i made a big heart monster cookie for Daddy.

While waiting for it to bake Haley and i kept digging in the bowl and eating the dough bc i have this friend who eats dough all the time*smile* and doesn't get sick(and let's her children too), so i thought i would try it. well either i ate more than she does, or my gut can't handle it bc i felt like you know what....ugh! no more cookie dough for this cat!
i think Chase wants a bite.....

Monday, February 14, 2011

Bliss & love impressions rub on's

 Happy Valentines Day!!!

This card went together quickly w/ a few punches and some of that pretty lace ribbon. it's a scrap piece i just couldn't throw away *wink*. the tone on tone stamping is done w/ versamark. a bit more subtle than if you would use the actual crumb cake. over top of it all i used the color spritzer tool and the choc chip marker for a few sprays.

paper: crumb cake, real red, whisper white
ink: versamark, real red, choc chip marker
stamps: bliss (FREE SAB set)
tools: large oval punt, boho blossoms punch
accessories: glitter red brad, lace ribbon, love impression rub ons

I had too many to share b4 Valentines Day so you get two eye candies today;P. I think the one below is my favorite?  i love the tag look and the layers too. Here you can see the butterfly in the background and i did actually use the crumb cake ink so it would be a smidge darker. the flowers on the right side on the red were done w/ the versamark.
a line of sticky strip across the bottom of my tag and i have some quick ruffles. the oxox are rub ons from the same pack i've been using.

paper: real red, crumb cake, whisper white, crumb cake dsp
ink: crumb cake, versamark
stamps: BLISS
tools: tag corner punch, color spritzer tool
accessories: hemp twine, pearl, red glitter brad, white lace ribbon, love impression rub on's

Sunday, February 13, 2011

scallop envelope treat purse

This was made by cutting 2 of these cute little envelopes out and putting them together w/ sticky strip. This was my first one i tried, so needs a bit of work, but you get the idea right?

ridinghood red, pretty in pink, very vanilla, blushing bride dsp
ink: ridinghood red, pretty in pink
stamps: define your life, love u much
tools: oval, heart, lrg decor punch, big shot, scallop envelope die
accessories: pretty in pink satin ribbon, rhinestones, stampin dimensionals

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Love impressions rub on's

This adorable little rub on can be found in the new Occasions mini right along w/ the clouds. I really like this card...well most of it. i didn't feel like doing another "error" free so I'll confess that even when u have butt loads(my lil confession) of toys to play w/ i STILL mess up. See that stitching along the bottom...well i was gonna stitch all the way around the center rectangle. then my white gel pen ran out of ink. ok i thought...I'll pierce it the faux way... yah totally didn't like that either. but now it's done and i just left it.  woulda been way cuter w/o it.... however i always tell u all...the receiver of this card will never know the dif right?
If you have not invested in any glitter yet and are still on the fence. i think this chunky stuff is the WAY to go! It's WAY less messy that the fine glitter and packs a ton of punch. i just run a bead of dotto glue along the seam above and then sprinkle on the chunks... and you got ton's of sparkle!

paper: crumb cake, whisper white, real red
ink: crumb cake
stamps: paisley background (retired)
tools: horizontal slot punch
accessories: love u rub ons, real red button, chunky glitter, real red satin ribbon, dotto glue(for glitter), mini glue dot(for button)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Bliss Valentine

 i finally made this afternoon "my" afternoon if you felt like forever since i got to hole up in my stamp room and just play during nap time! the last few times i tried, i would get interrupted, pulled away, way to tired and just couldn't find my mojo! well it felt like it all came back! i only worked on Valentine things today, but I'm tickled w/ how they turned out!

These little hot air balloon rub ons are in the Occasions Mini right now, and i had to scratch my head for a bit b4 i came up w/ an idea. I began by paging through the big caty for a sketch/layout idea and took it from there. i always change a few things up to make it 'mine' but i need to start from somewhere!

this is my first time using the seam binding ribbon that first came out in the Christmas mini, and it's real soft and nice to work with. That color is just plain yummy! if it was confusing for u w/ the 'seam binding' in the first i thought it was for sewing only or's not...has nothing to so w/ that actually. It's just the name.

The flourish on the bottom is from BLISS that you can earn for FREE right now through Sale a bration! so very pretty. all you have to do is spend $50  on products and its all yours! Contact me to place your order!

paper: cherry cobbler, basic black, blushing bride, whisper white
ink: cherry cobbler
stamps: bliss
tools: circle punches, lrg flower punch, big shot, polka dot impression folder
accessories: cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon, rubons (in Occasion mini)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

hand made hair pretties!

so i finally got a good hot glue gun so i can play around making some fun hair pieces for my girls! i actually burnt this ribbon so i curled along the edges! crazy, but looks pretty vintagy cool!

Monday, February 7, 2011

punch bunch

 Last week i got together w/ my upline and downline and we had fun stamping together! This adorable box was designed by Shari my upline and it was super fun to make. the big shot did the hardest work for us but we did all the assembling! after running the fancy favor die through then we ran the cut box through w/ the elegant lines impression folder. so very pretty. a little sticky strip and the box stayes nicely in place.
using our markers we colored the stamp 2 different colors and then punched it out!

paper: marina mist, rich razzleberry, old olive, whisper white
ink: rich razzlebery, old olive markers
stamps: punch bunch SAB FREE SET!!
tools: big shot, fancy favor box die, elegant lines impression folder, punches
accessories: very vanilla satin ribbon, marina mist 1/8" ribbon

Create a Cupcake

this delightful piece was designed by Shari my upline. That cupcake punch put these together in a snap! super cute!

paper: poppy parade, daffodil delight, whisper white, sunny garden dsp
ink: poppy parade, daffodil delight
stamps: create a cupcake(in the current Occasions Mini)
tools: build a cupcake punch
accessories: stampin dimensionals, rhinestone

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tiny Tags

you know how we all buy things @ time and then they get buried, forgotten about ect. Well that is the case w/ these beads. they are super cute and love the look, but you guessed it! i totally forgot about them! The 'b' is a sticky strip letter and then just dumped on the 2 different size beads.
see the really teeny beads? they work super for filling in the cracks!

paper: blushing bride, pear pizzaz dsp, blushing bride dsp, whisper white
ink: blushing bride, choc chip
stamps: teeny tiny wishes, tiny tags
tools: tag punch, heart punch
accessories: pear pizzaz ribbon, vintage trinkets,subtles designer buttons, pearl, ok i guess thos beads are retired. i can't find them in the big caty;(