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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Taking a few weeks off....

We've had a death in the family and will post again when I return. Will be gone until February 1. Thanks for stopping by and hope to "see" you here again soon.

Retired Sale

I've cleaned.....I've organized.....I've purged my stamp space! (See this post for more info.) Now you can reap the benefits!! Here's a list of all the things I must part with.....please help me find a good home for each of the following items:
All Sets (and some accessories) are drastically reduced,
deeply discounted, and priced to sell!

Price is per item, unless otherwise noted. Shipping is extra, and will be mailed Flat Rate whenever possible. Payment either by PayPal or Money Order. US funds and shipment only. Please contact me at Once payment has been received, shipment will be made and I will notify you that your items have gone postal….typically within 2-3 business days of receiving payment.

Hint: Not sure what the set looks like? Not sure what to do with it? Be sure to check out gallery for loads of ideas!! Most sets can also be viewed on my Slide in the right column.

Looks Like Spring + matching punch
All Around Alphabet (double) + numbers
Portfolio Series: Keeping in Touch (2002) + Gifts & Giving (2003) As a set.

Original SU Idea Book (not catalog) from 1996

Sketch It
So Much
Feathered Friends
Greetings Galore
All Year Cheer 3
Mixed Bouquet
Swirl Frame Fun
Nice & Easy Notes
Big Blooms
Roses in Winter
Expressive Flexible Phrases
Sew Seasonal
Greeting for All Reasons
Shapes & Shadows
Loving Hears + matching wheel
Cheery Chat

All the Best
All About U
Good Times
Fresh Flowers
Love without End
Sweet Shapes
Be Happy
Fishy Friends
Winged Things
All Through the Year
Autumn Fest
Perfect Party
DD Vine & Berry
Sketch an Event
Simple Shapes
Little Layers 2
Border Builders
Eat Cake
Letter Patterns
Thinking of Father
Watercolor Garden
Flower Filled
In Full Bloom
Little Layers Plus
Word Play + Confetti Wheel
Finest Flourishes
Let’s Party + Wheel
4 Pr. Decorative SU Scissors (1 Deckle + 3 Asst. Scallops)

Quick & Cute
All in a Row
Polka Dots & Paisley
By Design
Phrase Starters 2
So Very
All Natural
Fall Whimsy
A Little Love
Quick Cards
Polka Dots & Petals
Garden Collage
The Fine Print
Nice & Narrow
Holiday Basics
Little Pieces
Aged to Perfection
Make It Count
Tiny Talk
So Many Scallops

Too Terrific Tags
Suitable for Framing
Tags So Much
Painted Garden
Paint Prints
All I Have Seen
Love Ya Bunches
Fun Filled
Mini Messages
Fabulous 4
Wonderful Woodcuts
Best Blooms
Happy Harmony
Dot Invitation
Delight in Life
Big Blossom

Borders Mini
Birthday Best
Thank You Blocks
Made From Scratch
Little Shapes
Petite Patterns
Around the Block
Fresh Fillers
Stippled Stencils
Say it Simply
Stars & Swirls
Around & About
Cute Critters
In the Sky

Discontinued Colors
$3.50/each Inks:
Eggplant Envy Classic Ink + Refill
Eggplant Envy Craft Ink + Refill
Positively Pink Classic Ink + Refill
Positively Pink Craft Ink + Refill
Rose Romance Classic Ink + Refill
Rose Romance Craft Ink + Refill
Marvelous Magenta Classic Ink + Refill
Forest Foliage Craft Ink + Refill

$2.00: Positively Pink Jumbo Cartridge + Refill (1/2 full)

$1.00/each Markers:
Baroque Burgundy
Rose Romance
Mauve Mist
Eggplant Envy

$1.00/each Cartridges:
Mint Melody
Marvelous Magenta
Rose Romance
Mauve Mist
Forest Foliage
Baroque Burgundy
Positively Pink
Eggplant Envy

$1.00 Refills:
Baroque Burgundy Craft
Mint Melody Classic

Cardstock @ $.20/sheet 8.5”x11” (you will buy the remaining cardstock):
Rose Romance 19 sheets + scraps $3.80
Forest Foliage 1 new package + 10 sheets + scraps $6.80
Mauve Mist 10 sheets + scraps $2.00
Mint Melody 7 sheets + scraps $1.40
Marvelous Magenta 16 sheets (no scraps) $3.20
Positively Pink 27 non-SU, but match exactly @ .10/ea., + 22 sheets (no scraps) $7.00

This sale is only through Barbara Dondero, Independent SU Demonstrator.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Monday's Lunchtime Challenge #52

This one was such fun! When I first saw the layout, MaryJo, had actually featured "pendant" shapes......which made me take a step back. Hmmm....what to do? Pendants aren't really my thing, although I'm sure there will be some fabulous ideas with this layout. However, chose to use my Wide Oval Punch instead!

So, I pulled out my scrap pile of background papers again (I'm on a roll, I guess you could say!), and matched up 2 for the background in Baja Breeze. Definitely, that is my FAVORITE of this year's In Colors! I'm loving this color paired with Chocolate Chip! And I haven't used my Pocket Silhouettes in awhile....guess I had been side tracked by the holidays. As you can see, I kept everything fairly simple without a lot of extra layers.
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes
Inks: Chocolate Chip
CS: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Misc: Wide Oval Punch, Wide Chocolate Chip Grosgrain, Urban Garden DSP
NOTE: I copied the wrong scan in and missed the copyright.....everything is SU.

Easy and quick. Don't forget to stop by and visit MaryJo's blog. You can also link to the others who have taken up this challenge.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

SBS24 -- #15: Homorous

Well, I've been truly negligent in posting for this sincerest apologies! I've been having trouble keeping up and am trying to do my best. Not sure if I'll be able to post each week, but I do have something to share this time around!

Some of you may remember the set, Sassy Susie, from one of last year's mini catalogs. Even though she did not make the main catalog, she is still on my self.....I just had to keep her!! You see, she's just perfect for birthday cards for those girlfriends who are of "a certain age!!" So, here she is. There's lots on this card that is retired, but still from SU. AND, here's another example of using DSP for backgrounds!!

"Susie" has been colored in with my Copics (they are just so much fun to use!!), and her necklace and earrings have been dotted with my glitter pen (also non-SU). However, all of the other "ingredients" on this creation are SU. BTW, the inside of the card says, "or is it the candles on your cake?" She just cracks me up!
Stamps: Sassy Susie*
Inks: Adirondack by Ranger in Pitch Black (for image), Basic Gray (for greeting)
CS: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore
Misc: Copics**, Green Galore Mini Brads, Paper Piercer & Template (Tool Kit), Turquoise Grosgrain*, Retired DSP, Dimensionals (for under image), Glitter Pen (by Sakura)
**Non SU
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Bloggers' Challenge #81

This week the challenge is to use background paper....or some of us call it Designer Series Paper (that's a SU term!!). I LOVE using background paper in my cardmaking! It can bring a richness to a project that cannot be achieved any other way....the colors are rich and crisp.....not to mention that if you wish to send the card, it adds almost NO weight!!

Ok, so I was actually done early this week. I completed this first card on Tuesday.....I was determined to be on time!!! So, it sat on my desk since then and sometimes I liked it, and at other times, I did not. Right now, I'm not sure.....I'm thinking that it's ok, but a little "over the top." Remember, I usually like plainer, simpler designs. But still, I thought I'd share.
Stamps: Cute & Curly
Inks: Night of Navy
CS: Very Vanilla, Kiwi Kiss
Misc: Urban Garden DSP, Night ofNavy Grosgrain Ribbon, Flower Fusion (Old Olive), Scallop Edge Punch, Light Blue Felt Flower*, Designer Button, Light Blue Self-Adhesive Dot*
*Non SU)

Well, then I decided to begin again. I came across this background paper by DCWV that has been in my collection for more than a year. The colors in this pattern seem to match our colors almost exactly....and I really like this pattern. This card is much more pleasing to me, but kind of know, nothing especially different about it! Although I did use paper piecing for the little blue bird and some double layered Prima Flowers with a little glass-type brad inside. (Company source not known for these items!) It's's ok....and it's certainly easy to reproduce. But, I wanted something even better to share!!

Stamps: Fun & Fast, Sweet & Sassy Sayings

Inks: Basic Black, White Craft

CS: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, Kraft

Markers: Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, YoYo Yellow

Misc: Wild Wasabi Double Stitched Ribbon**, Hodgepodge Hardware buckle in Antique Copper*, Prima Flowers, "Glass" Bead*


That brings me to this third and final sample. Not long ago, I saw some "quilted" cards using the Top Note die....and you KNOW how much I like using that!! This one was fun, not really difficult, although a tad time consuming. But, it's a bit different, and really showcases the Patterns Pack DSP, Level 1. Each of the papers in this pack are double sided, and they really all kind of coordinate. So, I just cut a bunch of 1" squares and glued them to Whisper White CS, then placed them in the Big Shot and cut out the Big Note. Afterwards, I used a White Gel Pen to create the zig-zag stitch lines. Cool idea, isn't it?!! Then this was turned into a "tent card" the black background is just that...a back drop and not a part of the card! Twill was stamped onto a folded piece of Whisper White and the completed Top Note was adhered, but stands up over the top of the stamped base. Does this make sense? Add in the ribbon and the greeting with the cute little addition of the Designer Brad and More Mustard Mini Brad....and Voila!! The card was complete!

Stamps: All Holidays, Twill

Inks: Close to Cocoa, More Mustard

CS: Whisper White, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa

Misc: Taupe Grosgrain**, Top Note Die, Big Shot, Designer Brad, More Mustard Mini Brad, White Gel Pen

So that's my saga for this week's Challenge! LOL It's been a process, as many of these challenges can be....but when all done, I ended up with 3 samples for you! So, maybe you're not too unhappy with me that I'm late? Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you'll take a bit of time to visit the other bloggers. Have a great day! (It's snowing here....maybe I'll find some time to stamp some more!!)

Edited to add: Card #3 does double duty! Not only does it fit the DSP Challenge, but also SBS#24, Friendship Cards. I've been very lax in staying up to date with their challenges! But this one works for last week's requirement.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Bloggers' Challenge #80 --- So Very LATE!!! KNOW I'm behind! There is probably no way I can go back and make up all the Challenges that I've missed, but I just may try....we'll see!! Today's submission is from last week's Blog Challenge. It is a color challenge using Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, any red...I used Riding Hood Red....and a basic, like Vanilla or Whisper White. These colors actually look GREAT together, if I may say so! Not sure I would have ever thought to put them together, but I really like this combination....and you know I don't always say that for the combo challenges!! LOL!

I pulled out the Ronald McDonald House set, So Many Scallops, and decided to use that as the featured focal point. I had seen this idea with the mini brads in the lollipop flowers on my friend, Gina's blog, and thought it was an awesome idea! So, I borrowed the idea (Thanks, Gina!)....but the card is very different.

As you can see, this was stamped in Baja Breeze onto Whisper White and punched out with the fabulous Square Scallop Punch. The brads were added (Ruby Red Mini Brads match very well!), and layered onto a square of Chocolate Chip. The Riding Hood Red was stamped in the same color ink with Twill. Always was used for the center of the Build-A-Brad, and it works so well here!

Thanks, as always, for stopping by and making your visit a part of your day!

Stamps: So Many Scallops, Twill, Warmest Regards*
Inks: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red
CS: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red
Misc: 1/2" Round Punch, Build-A-Brad, Wide Stitched Chocolate Chip Grosgrain, Paper Piercer (Tool Kit), Square Scallop Punch, Ruby Red Mini Brads

Monday, January 5, 2009

Lunchtime Monday Challenge #51

OMG! It feeks so good to be back stamping know, it just kind of feeds my soul! I haven't posted a Challenge or idea to share in so, so long! Yes, I said I'm "rusty," and I really am, but this came together fairly quickly. Guess it's because the layout was already out there for us to use!

Crazy for Cupcakes is what was used for the focal point. Fun, isn't it?!! Cupcakes seem to be everywhere, so they were just perfect for this layout!! Colored in with my Copic Sketch Markers and some Dazzling Diamonds for the icing. This time around, I stayed pretty true to the original layout, just added in some scallops.

Can't wait to visit the other participants......Oh! It's so good to "be back!!" Thanks for stopping by and making your visit a part of your day! Almost forgot!....Don't forget to stop by MaryJo's blog and have a peak. You'll see her sketch, all the fabulous things she has done with it, and see who has participated this week.

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
Inks: Adirondack by Ranger in Pitch Black
CS: Whisper White, Creamy Carmel, Riding Hood Red
Misc: Bella Rosa DSP, Oval & Scallop Oval Nestabilities* in the Big Shot, Scallop Edge Punch, Paper Piercer, Mini Real Red Brads, Quickie Glue Pen*, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Copic Sketch Markers*


Sunday, January 4, 2009

Welcome to my Little Bit of "Heaven!"

I've been missing.....I am so sorry! December turned out to be a difficult month. As always, there were tons of things going on, but on top of that, my Dad was seriously ill. In fact, we didn't think he'd make it. All my siblings and I rushed down to Florida and spent a week there, arriving home back home, here in New Jersey, just in time for Christmas. It's so scary when the man you've looked up to your whole life is frail and helpless and barely clinging to life. But because of the power of prayers....and the miracle of medicine, he's made it through!
So, I've missed the recent Challenges....I missed wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! AND I've missed YOU! Although I know that I'll need to make frequent trips down to Florida to check in on my folks, and that until we make a few major life decisions for them, life is going to be a bit more hectic than ever.....but, it will be somewhat back to normal here on my homefront.

Sooooo.....hope you had a fabulous holiday season! Sorry, no cards today (I'm a bit rusty!!), but I wanted to share my stamping space with you. You see, as a Christmas gift, my hubby bought me some shelving and installed some racks for my punches. It's just so exciting to have an organized space!!

As you can see, from these photos, my stamping room is not large at all. In fact, I often joke that I share my tiny space with the hot water heater and furnace.....which is the truth, but that seriously cuts into available storage space in an already tiny room! It's so important to utilize every inch wisely! So, hubby bought me 2 shelving units (a 5 high, and the one next to it is 4 high, but 2 wide unit.) He added long handles to the side to accommodate all my punches.....which seriously frees up loads of space! (Second photo to the right shows a better view of this.) Love my punches, but they are difficult to store! Now it's just so fabulous to have them all out in plain site!! Oh, and see above the shelves...the black "bars?" They are actually magnetized, so I've added magnets to the base of many of my Mini Brad, Eyelet, etc. containers! More available space!
Moving around the room, to the right of the shelves is the hot water heater, then the furnace (not shown).....then the 3rd picture shows a filing cabinet with some of my sewing supplies and the counter space that I use for crafting. There are some short shelves installed above for magazines, books, reference material, and a few samples on display.
Further along the counter are my ink pad holders. These are great, and were purchased a few years ago. Unfortunately, the company that sold them is now gone, but each case stores one family of ink pads, matching markers, reinkers, sponges, and daubers. All in one place! Above them are more shelves with some fabric cube bins from Target all labeled with whatever is inside. Below the counter is a 2-drawer file cabinet that houses all my 8.5x11 CS. To the right of the shelves on the next wall is all my ribbon rolls....still to be organized!
Next, and finally, is a metal shelving unit that houses all my stamps. (And you'll also see a partial view of my stamping buddy, Sadie!) These are inside a doorless closet. The bottom 2 shelves are discontinued, or retired sets that I cannot part with!
Basically, the only new items in the room are the new shelves, the punch racks, and the magnetic bars above for my embellishments. But, I spent much of the past week organizing, purging, and cleaning. (Be sure to check out my retired stamp sale!) Boy, it feels good to have some workable space instead of clutter, clutter, clutter!! Now, I just need to remember where I put everything....AND keep it neat!!
Just in case you are wondering......
The countertop was installed a few years back. It's a stock counter from Lowes.
The new shelving units, punch racks, and magnetic bars were recent purchases from Ikea.
Thanks for stopping by and visiting! Hopefully, I'll have some samples to share with you in the next few days....please stop by again soon.


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