In Stamping Mode

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

It's about time!

A few months ago, I hit my 1 year "Blogoversary" and neglected to celebrate with you proper! I still can't believe it's been...over a year now!! Time has really flown and I've enjoyed every second of it here. Now is a good a time as any to celebrate and I have LOTS to celebrate! Aside from the New Year rolling in tomorrow!!!!! I have THREE announcements to share with you in the upcoming days.

The card you see above was actually presented to me on my Blogoversary!! My very sweet friend Anitra presented me with this card AND a gift for my Slice machine!!! How sweet of her, yes?!

Now onto the loot for you! You can win....THIS!

Spellbinders Labels 1 Nestabilities
Spellbinders Floral Accent Shapeabilities
Papertrey Vintage Labels Stamp Set
Basic Grey Owl Bling It
Copic markers in YR04 and G21

To win, please leave me a comment (one per person please!) telling me what you will be celebrating at the end of '09. I look forward to reading each and every one of your comments! :)

I will draw the winner Sunday, January 3, 2010 at noon.

Happy New Year!!!!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

With a cherry on top

Happy Monday on a holiday week!! This is a card that I made a while ago but never posted and what better time than the present?! I haven't had much time to stamp as my dad arrived in town to visit for the holidays. We've been having a ball while he is here and I have enjoyed spending lots of time just shopping with the two of us. I've always had fond memories of going shopping with my dad (primarily grocery!) and it's nice to do that once again.
I still have a few more things to get and then a marathon night of wrapping presents, LOL!

Are you ready for the big day on Friday? :)

Making this short and sweet but be on the lookout for something sweet next week after Christmas! :)

Thanks so much for stopping in on such a busy week and I hope that you and yours have a WONDERFUL Christmas!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge 95

Good morning and welcome to another edition of Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge! It's the last Friday before Christmas...are you ready?! I know I'm not, lol! I'll be out there with the rest of the crazy procrastinators trying to scrounge up those last bit of gifts this weekend. Wish me luck!

Isn't that a great sketch?? Now, I'm sure that you are all finished with your shopping and have time to leisurely go about stamping, so why not show me what you can do with the sketch? Yes?? :)

Here's what I came up with!

This card uses a new Giving Tree set from Taylor called Discover Your Wings. I absolutely adore this set and the fact that $7 of the sales from it is going to Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep is just the icing on the cake. What a fantastic organization! Be prepared to shed a few tears if you's just so touching yet wonderful what these people do.

Love that sugared butterfly! And you can't see it very well, but that large image of flowers was actually stamped in Sahara Sand ink on under the chipboard panel. I wanted to use as many beautiful images as possible. :)

Ready to see more inspiration? Be sure and check out what the rest of the Sketch Crew has come up with. I know it will be just beautiful!

Monika Davis: M.A.D. Stamper
Lisa Hjulberg: The Craft's Meow
Jackie Pedro: The Scalloped Edge
Jami Sibley: More is More
Sherrie Siemens: Card Creme
Alice Lihsuan-Wertz: Alice's Little Wonderland

In Stamping Mode Supplies
Stamps: Discover Your Wings
Ink: Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Bordering Blue, Not Quite Navy, Antique Linen Distress Ink
Paper: Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Vintage Sheets Making Memories
Accessories: Arsty Urban Chipboard Stickers Melody Ross, Vintage trim, Twill, buttons, linen thread, Glitter Glass

Thanks so much for stopping by and getting, "in stamping mode!"

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Crepe paper fun

In my search for some inspiration online, I constantly stumbled upon these gorgeous cinched and glittered crepe paper rounds. I wanted to incorporate it into the latest MOJO challenge and this card was what was born! Now, I don't know if I used the right crepe paper (I just used a plain white streamer) but it worked in this case, lol! To make it, I first glittered one end of it and then made a running stitch down the opposite end. Pulled the thread through to cinch and then glued the ends together with a mini glue dot. Since my crepe paper was stark white, I sponged a bit of Antique Linen Distress Ink. So what do you think? Have a site with better directions? I'd love to see it!

Now for some really fun news....I am officially Copic Certified!!!! My good friend Valeria and I attended the certification class in San Antonio on Monday and boy was it fun!!! That Sally Lynn is a hoot and I hope I get to see her again some day. I came home downright exhausted, but it was a GREAT class with great company!

And get this....I also got to meet THE Sharon Harnist. I've been following her blog waay before I even discovered what Google Reader was, LOL! Yes, I would just visit her website every day to see if she updated.....I'm a noob, I know this!

Whew! What a whirlwind this month has been. I feel like I'm barely coming up for air half the time, but it's been fun! My dad is coming to visit for the holiday and arrives late this evening. I'm so excited! Have things been busy in your household? :) Since it's also my husband's birthday today (HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY LOVE!!!), my dad has been joking that his visit makes the best birthday gift ever, LOL! He's such a joker!

Anyway, thanks for visiting and I hope you're staying "above water" before the last minute holiday crunch!

In Stamping Mode Supplies
Stamps: Thankful Accents, Thankful Hearts
Ink: Tattered Rose Distress Ink, Rose Romance SU! (retired), Close to Cocoa
Paper: K&Co., Whisper White, Crepe paper, Vintage Sheet music
Accessories: Vintage Trim, Vintage crochet flower, Vintage button, Circle Nestabilities, rhinestones, Pink satin ribbon, Cosmo glitter SU!, Epoxy heart Cloud 9

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Holiday Gift Tag Blog Hop

Good morning and a happy Saturday to you! A few days ago I was asked to participate in a Holiday tag blog hop and who am I to say no to that?! Especially since I'm following the Twelve Tags of Christmas over on the Tim Holtz blog. :)
So welcome to the Holiday Gift Tag Blog Hop! You will definitely see some great tags today that will inspire you. And if you just happened upon my blog, be sure to start back at the beginning HERE.

There will be some surprises hidden along the hop, but we're not telling you where so be sure to leave comments on every post so that you'll have a chance to win! The winners will be announced on Monday, December 14th here and on the individual blogs where the surprises are hidden.

And here we goooooo!!! My first tag was inspired by Day 4's tag.

And this tag was inspired by Day 5's tag. I think this one just may be my favorite of all. :) I really loved how those fragments worked to make the ornaments!

If you'd like to see more of my holiday tags, be sure to click HERE, HERE, and HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping by and now it's time to hop on over to LINDA'S BLOG.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge 94

Greetings friends! Yahoo for another Friday and another sketch challenge! Can you believe how close we are getting to Christmas?? Aieeee, I still have shopping to do! I sense a last minute dash in my not-so-near-future, LOL!

So here it is...another fantastic sketch from Taylored Expressions that I hope you will be able to play in!

And here is my take on the sketch using no stamping!

So I didn't do any stamping on this card *gasp* but I did have some fun with rub-ons! I got some new Hambly rub-ons that I'd been dying to get my hands on and I was so nervous about messing up stamping inside it, that I decided to use a rub-on sentiment as well. I know, I'm weird, but I'm also a huge hoarder and afraid to ruin things that I covet, rofl!

Ok, now you should definitely go and check out what the rest of the sketch crew has done. And don't forget to stop by Taylor's Blog, where it all begins! Link up your creation there and please let me know if you played...I'd love to see what you came up with!

Monika Davis: M.A.D. Stamper
Lisa Hjulberg: The Craft's Meow
Lynn Mercurio: Stamperosity
Jami Sibley: More is More
Sherrie Siemens: Card Creme
Alice Lihsuan-Wertz: Alice's Little Wonderland

In Stamping Mode Supplies
Paper: Mistletoe & Co. Pink Paislee, Whisper White SU!
Accessories: Twill, Golden Holly & Sprig Martha Stewart, Flowers Prima, Rub-ons Hambly and SU!, White Opal Liquid Pearls, Pearl rhinestones, lace trim, cream felt

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Clean and Simple and a tag

I get some new Verve goodies in the mail yesterday, and of course, had to play right away! I just love this release of Julee's...everything about it! So this week's CAS challenge over on Splitcoast was to use Brown, Red, and white/vanilla. Perfect for a Valentine's card, in my opinion!

I used the sets Thankful Accents and Thankful Hearts on this one. And I just noticed both of these sets are still on sale...SCORE!

I also had some time to take on another of Tim's tags. Here's my tag #3.

He showed how to make a cool plaid pattern on glossy cardstock. I didn't have access to the materials he used, so I just used my sponge dauber to make my own little plaid with white craft ink on kraft cardstock. I kind of went a bit monochromatic and I like it!

Ok, I need to move a little faster on tackling these tags, lol. Hope to get more stamping time in later. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Tim Holtz's Twelve Tags of Christmas

So I just discovered Tim's blog through my daily blurfing and all I can say is, "WOW!" Back on the 1st, he began his Twelve Tags of Christmas and you can see all of his how-to's and tags on his blog here. I decided to go ahead and give it a try and I thought I could keep up every day, but I'm already behind! LOL! Oh well, I at least have Day 1 and Day 2 completed. :)

Here are the tags I came up with:


Each day, he provides a step by step write up (with pics) on how he creates his tags. Man oh man, he has some pretty awesome products!!!! I actually went out and purchased a couple so I could kind of mimic how he used them. For this one, I used his crackle accents all over the tag.

That little bit of crochet on the card is actually from some really old crochet pieces that my mother-in-law handed down to me. There is literally a TON of old crochet doilies, etc that she had! I am going to frame a couple and hang them up in my daughter's room, use some as decor, and maybe scrap with them too. :)


Now this tag is SUO except for those buttons and twine. I used the Seasons of Joy set and clear embossed the background and then sponged celery and olive ink all over the top. The rest is pretty self explanatory. :)

And finally, this is not part of the tags, but this is a tag/ornament I created from a little wooden stocking ornament. All I did was cover it with fabric and embellish. :)

This was just so fun and cute! I just love how it turned out as a fun little project to do on the side. :)

A couple weeks back, I got nominated for an award by SUCH a fantastic person and SU demo. I am sure that you have seen her...her cards are always amazing and she ALWAYS is selected as a winner for the Raspberry Suite Challenge AND I just saw her card featured on the Cards Magazine blog!!! She is none other than, Rosemarie from Rose's World!! Let me tell you, I was shocked she picked little old me for an award!

For this award, I'm supposed to answer this list of questions using one word.

1. Where is your cell phone? charger
2. Your hair? brown
3. Your mother? excitable
4. Your father? supportive
5. Your favorite food? mexican
6. Your dream last night? none
7. Your favorite drink? coke
8. Your dream/goal? happiness
9. What room are you in? office
10. Your hobby? Papercrafts
11. Your fear? illness
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? happy
13. Where were you last night? movie
14. Something that you aren't? bored
15. Muffins? blueberry
16. Wish list item? lottery
17. Where did you grow up? Ft. Worth
18. Last thing you did? tv
19. What are you wearing? flannel
20. Your TV? off
21. Your Pets? none
22. Friends? dedicated
23. Your life? Happy
24. Your mood? content
25. Missing Someone? dad
26. Vehicle? minivan
27. Something your not wearing? earrings
28. Your favorite store? Anthropologie
29. Your favorite color? blue
30. When was the last time you laughed? minutes
31. Last time you cried? yesterday
32. Your best friend? Jeff
33. One place that I go to over and over? Archiver's
34. Facebook? Yes
35. Favorite place to eat? Chuy's

Ok, now I need to nominate 5 others whose blogs are just over the top fabulous! Check out these AWESOME bloggers (in no particular order)

1. Donna Baker
2. Libby Hickson
3. Amy Tsuruta
4. Melissa Phillips
5. Valeria Sequeira

So not only did I get nominated for that award, but I just found out that Donna picked me for another award!!!! Holy cow! Pinch me, someone else likes me!! LOL!! Now you probably know Donna from her AMAZING creations for Taylored Expressions and Gina K. Designs. A rock star she is that Donna!

So now I need to list 7 random things about myself.

1. I love dancing to hip-hop music. It really is such a great workout!
2. I love going to the movies. I'll go see just about anything as long as I get some popcorn.
3. I only wear 2 wedding ring and my Aggie ring.
4. I love to play computer games. I'm kind of a nerd at heart. :P
5. I stay up waaaay too late at night. I rarely go to bed before 1 AM
6. I check the CNN website probably 5 times a day so I can be "current"
7. I cry at almost every episode of Grey's Anatomy...I LOVE that show!

Now I get to choose 7 others to receive this coveted award! :)
1. Rosemarie Diehl
2. Carolina Buchting
3. Makiko Jones
4. Jessica Witty
5. Lynn Put
6. Angie Tieman
7. Lisa Spangler

Don't feel obligated to pass it along ladies! :)

Sorry for the long post, but thanks for getting, "in stamping mode" anyway!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge 93

Welcome back to the Friday Sketch challenge over at the Taylored Expressions blog!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and workweek. It's been extremely busy here (noticed by the lack of blog posts, lol) but I'm enjoying having my mom and Aunt in town while my mom begins the search for a home here. I'm really excited to have them here and we've been keeping busy all day! Ok, so on to the sketch!!

Looks like a fun one, eh?! I sure hope you can give it a try! Who knows? Maybe you will be selected as a Top Crop by Taylor herself!
So here is what I came up with.

And yes! I used Taylor's Wings of Joy set again!! I keep saying...there are soooo many cute images, I want to get to them all!! :) Plus this is only helping to increase my Christmas card stash.

I stamped out JOY and then colored them in with Copics and then cut them out individually and added little details to each!

I made this little bird's wing a little 3D simply by cutting along the wing with an Xacto knife and pulling it up a bit.

And the letter "O" got a felt snowflake and holly berry treatment.

And finally "Y" got the perfect little bow made with Baker's Twine.

Now, let's see what the rest of the sketch crew has done! I can't wait to see and I know it will be truly inspirational!

Monika Davis: M.A.D. Stamper
Lisa Hjulberg: The Craft's Meow
Lynn Mercurio: Stamperosity
Sherrie Siemens: Card Creme
Rachel Sztonyk: Gingerbread Gallery
Alice Lihsuan-Wertz: Alice's Little Wonderland

In Stamping Mode Supplies
Stamps: Wings of Joy
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Antique Linen Distress Ink Tim Holtz
Paper: Whisper White SU!, Good Cheer October Afternoon, Choice Snow White
Accessories: Holly punch Martha Stewart, Chunky glitter SU!, Baker's Twine Martha Stewart, Ivory organza SU!, button, Dazzling Diamonds SU!, Felt Snowflake Making Memories, Copics sketch (BG10, BG13, E07)
, Prima Flower, Pearls

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Clean and Simple Redo

You will probably recall a Clean and Simple card I made using Circle Circus here. Well, the challenge this week over on Splitcoast was to do a make-over on a former CAS card. Since I wanted to keep this card SUO, I just changed up the colors and kept everything else the same. I used a retired in-color Cool Caribbean...oh how I wish they'd bring this one and Soft Sky back! Oh, and I coupled that with Always Artichoke. Since I didn't have a ribbon to match, I just used the current In-Color Bermuda Bay. I think it worked swell!

Off-topic, just had to take a snapshot of Catie's happiness seeing the tree decorated by her big brother Harrison. Just love it! I *ALMOST* cried. :P

Uggh, seeing these pictures makes me want to cry. I'm not posting again till I get my Photoshop!! See you in a day, LOL! :)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Christmas tag trio

Oh what fun it use up what you've got and make tags! These Christmas tags were made using kraft cardstock coupled with the Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses kit. I used various stamps from Stampin' Up!, Verve, and Papertrey and I just adore these cuties! Festive silver tinsel is used to hang these white gold glitter adds accent and sparkle. And guess what?!

I've opened up the In Stamping Mode Etsy store!! I have a few things in there to start so feel free to browse (and buy!) *giggle*
It's web address is

I will be adding these tags shortly if you are interested. :)

And let me go ahead and apologize for the quality of these pics. :( I'm waiting for my new Photoshop to ship so I'm using Picasa. Uggh...amazing that I can figure out the more complicated software but not the easier one!

Hope you had a great weekend and....Happy Monday??! :)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thankful for you!

And a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Just wanted to say that I am so thankful for you for visiting my blog. I've only been around a year and I've just had the time of my life spending it with you! Thank you for your visits, support, and super-sweet comments. They make me who I am today. :)

This is a snapshot of the "homemade" apple pie from the Southern Comfort Bakery in Bandera. Hands down, the BEST apple pie EVER!

Now wish me luck as I venture out in the wee hours for some late night/early morning shopping! Lord help meeeee!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Pre-Turkey day day!

Are you ready for tomorrow?! My goodness I've been anticipating every little yummy morsel for days now, lol! To keep my mind off of all the scrumptious food I just had to stamp. This latest card is....a Christmas card...I know, I know! I have to build up my stash! Either that or I put it up on an Etsy store...yes??

I used the latest CPS sketch challenge for inspiration and some new K & Company die-cut cardstock and acetate pieces for my card. Hard to believe, but no stamping on this one! That actually made this card very quick to put together. That fancy trim at the bottom and top is from Anitra's stash (thanks again girl!!)

Ok, I'm off to do some last minute shopping and food prep!

In Stamping Mode Supplies
Stamps: none
Ink: Vintage Photo Distress ink
Paper: Whisper White SU, Eskimo Kisses Basic Grey, Good Cheer October Afternoon, Santa K & Company
Accessories: Twill Tape, button from my stash, Baker's Twine Martha Stewart, Fine Cosmo glitter SU, green rhinestones

PS. Check out these mad awesome in-ear headphones from Lady Gaga. They look pretty flashy in your ear (score 1 for fashion) and the sound quality is supposed to be stellar! Now this is something that would TOTALLY put me in the gym more often!! ;)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Single Layer Christmas

Who doesn't love a single layer Christmas card, lol? Well, at least for those of us making our own cards. I CASEd this from the ever-FABULOUS Paper Crafts go to girl, Betsy Veldman. Now, her card is waaaay that embossing at the top! I just wanted to make something quick to have an excuse to make a post and say hi. So...."hi!"

I also wanted to mention that because of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge this Friday! Don't fret though! Taylor will be conducting her own Black Friday sale!!!!

In honor of Black Friday and Cyber Monday (the two biggest shopping days of the year!), Taylored Expressions is offering 15% off everything in the store! Just use the promotional code TEBlackFriday upon checkout to receive the discount. You don't want to miss up to 50% off all JustRite products, Buy 2 Get 1 Free on Tiny Twinkles, and the new TE Shirts & Aprons!

Man, oh man, things are about to get busy here! My in-laws are heading into town tomorrow and I'm so excited for them to be here! I'm also getting REAL antsy to eat some yummy Thanksgiving staples and the best apple pie you've ever seen. I'll try and take a pic before we dive in. :)

Maybe I'll be able to sneak another card in before the weekend too (crossing fingers!)

If not, hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday, and if it's not a holiday where you are, why not pretend it is one?! :)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

This one's gonna be a long one

Bear with me folks, I have a lot to share! Let's start with my order of Thanksgiving cards for my jewelry-making guru friend, Kris. I shared with you one of the cards I had made for her a few days back and here are the rest.

The cards together, for a total of 6.

I packaged them carefully in those plastic containers that the stamps from Papertrey come in...GREAT use for them!

LOL, that sunflower is just over the top HUGE! I love it!

I was also busy making little Thanksgiving treats for Harrison's teacher, past teachers, and school Principal. I TOTALLY copied this fantastic idea for treats from Lynn's blog and the packaging for them from Melissa's blog. Thanks you two for such wonderful inspiration!

The wording about the contents and meaning of them were merely printed on a 2"x4" label and adhered to the back. It fit perfect! These are the smaller sized baker bags you can buy from Papertrey by the way!

And finally...last but certainly not least, my good friend Anitra surprised myself and Valeria with the most awesome gift!!! Check it oooooout!

More gorgeous trim and vintagy buttons! She even made that tag..which, was presented just immaculately in a pretty tissue paper-lined Janie and Jack box. How lucky am I?!?! Thanks so much Anitra!! I owe you! Well...actually, you owe me now for making me watch New Moon. :P

Thank you for enduring my super long post..WHEW!

Until next time.......

Friday, November 20, 2009

Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge 92

TGIF everyone!!! Welcome to another Friday and another sketch challenge brought to you by Taylored Expressions!

Here is your sketch for the week

And here is my sample for inspiration (hopefully!) :)

I decided that I wanted my 3 panels to be tags with embellished tops. :) I also stamped with one of my favorite images from Wings of Joy. I paper-pieced all of the stockings, hats, and little birds all from paper from the Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly mini-deck. Hope you are able to participate, and if you do, tell 'em Melissa sent ya! :)

Here's more eye candy for ya!

Monika Davis: M.A.D. Stamper
Lisa Hjulberg: The Craft's Meow
Lynn Mercurio: Stamperosity
Jackie Pedro: The Scalloped Edge
Jami Sibley: More is More
Sherrie Siemens: Card Creme
Rachel Sztonyk: Gingerbread Gallery
Alice Lihsuan-Wertz: Alice's Little Wonderland

In Stamping Mode Supplies
Stamps: Wings of Joy
Ink: Tattered Rose Distress ink Tim Holtz, Creamy Caramel, Basic Brown, Vanilla craft
Paper: Very Vanilla, Jolly by Golly Cosmo Cricket
Accessories: Baker's twine Martha Stewart, Scallop edge punch EK Success, trim, Pink and White gingham ribbon, Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon, Fine glitter Martha Stewart, White fun flock

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A mini book for MY dad

I actually started this project back in June for my dad's birthday/Father's day...and of course I didn't get far...I'm just slow as molasses trying to do scrapbook matter how small! Anyway, the Verve challenge to make Gifts, Decor, and more really inspired me to get back at it and hopefully finish this to present as a Christmas gift for my dad. Now, my dad is a real sensitive guy (don't tell him you read that here!) and I think that he'll appreciate this a ton. I actually had tears in my eyes putting this together. Here's the cover on an acrylic scalloped square base.

I actually really love how this cover turned out! Lots of dimension with the chipboard all over it.

On the inside of the cover is the first page...him holding me as a newborn. :)

Can you tell by the haircut he was in the military? Or is it that military green shirt that gives it away? LOL!
And onto the next page!

What a handsome man he is! He was so lucky to be blessed with such a chubby baby! hee hee
So I'm not completely done with the mini-book yet, but the pictures progress all the way up to my high school graduation. I hope he cherishes it as I cherish him!

Now...for some quick non-stamping-related stuff :)

Today was "bring a friend day" over at our little friend, Sophia's ballet class. The class is for 2-3 year olds...and well, I think that my Catie might be a little young for the class. She barely lasted 15 minutes, ROFL! Here are a couple pics I wanted to share. :)

She just couldn't stand still! During the stretching routine, she just stood by the door moving her arms in the stretch motions...then she walked around the class a bit, opened the door, and proceeded her merry little way OUT! LOL

She has really been into hair clips lately so she insisted the little blue one stay know 2 year olds and their temper tantrums?! I didn't want to battle one so we just left it on. :)

I'll be back in the morning with my take on Taylor's Sketch Challenge so see you then! Busy night tonight and still a million things to do....
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