Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Blooming with Happiness


I just adore this Bella. The sentiment I created on my computer and all you SU! people will know the phrase is the name of a set of stamps made by SU! It is also one of my faves. She is colored with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. I again used my perfect layers for matting. The DP is from Hobby Lobby. I also used my slot punch.

Bella Thank You


I just love how you can customize this Bella. For those of you with Snap Stamps, she is a must have because you can put any message you want into her billboard. She's colored with Prismacolor Markers and Pencils and Gamsol was used on the penciled parts. I used my CM scalloped scissors to make the decorative border and my Perfect Layers to make sure my mats were straight and even. The DP is from Paper Studio and American Crafts. The Thank You is a K & Company Rub-On. There are also some stickles on her chest and a little bling on the side.

Monday, April 28, 2008



While I loved this sketch I am not loving this card. I think it's too busy and that the sentiment is lost. Maybe if I had used a stripe and a print I would have liked it better. Well I guess that they can't all be winners right?  In my defense it was made late at night while I was on  medication.. Does that say how desperate I am to play with the fabulous sketches that Beate comes up with, I know I've got problems. Hello my name is Michelle and I'm addicted to stamping..

Card Ingredients:

Cardstock: Whisper White, DCWV Lime Green

DP: DCWV Glitter Mat Stack

Stamps: Blooming With Happiness

Ink: Chocolate Chip

Accessories:Slot Punch, Marvy Punch, Nesties, Copic Marker, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Bragging Time!

I'm afraid that I'll be using my Sunday post to brag a little about my youngest son. He received notification yesterday that he was nominated as an All American Scholar by his journalism teacher. Jarrett is a very humble young man with a great sense of humor. We were so pleased to see him recognized not only for his academics but for his character. The letter he received informed him of his acceptance and approval as an  All American Scholar and we are ever so proud of him.

Friday, April 25, 2008



When I first saw this paper I thought how FAB it would look with this particular Bella. Gardenbella is one of my most favorite bellas. She just feels like spring to me.

Card Ingredients:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Cool Carribean, Burnt Orange

DP: Sassafraslass  Daydream collection

Stamps: Gardenbella

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie

Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Target Rub-ons, Perfect Layers

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Eloise is AMAZING


Isn't she just too stinkin' cute? I love to color her with my Prismacolor Pencils.

Card Ingredients:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip

DP: K&Company Brenda Walton Collection

Stamps: Eloise

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories: Perfect Layers, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Stickles, Slot Punch

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Hanna Stamps Blog Candy


I won this set as some blog candy from Niki Estes. This is my first attempt at using this set. I made it right after I got my candy in the mail but I think I need more practice with these larger stamps. I think that I tried to squeeze too much into the card. Check our Niki's blog she has some really amazing cards there.

Card Ingredients:

Cardstock: Whisper White

DP: DCWV Christmas Pack

Stamps: Hanna Stamps

Ink: Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Gingerbread

Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Chalk


Tuesday, April 22, 2008



I used the WSC39 sketch to complete this card. I love the Edgy Eloquence set, it has some great quotes in there. The flower was die cut from some packing for a set I received as a gift I just ran it through my die cut machine and presto instant flower.

Card Ingredients:

Cardstock: Whisper White, DCWV Brown

DP: DCWV Glitter Mat Stack

Stamps: Edgy Eloquence SU!, Everyday Blessings PTI

Ink: Berry Sorbet PTI, Jumbo Java

Accessories: Sizzlits, Nesties, Perfect Layers,

Secretary's Day

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Secretary's day is fast approaching and DH has a fabulous secretary who's the sweetest lady the top set of Monogrammed cards and matching envies is for her, the bottom set if for another gal that helps him out and is too sweet also. Don't worry were giving DH's secretary something else.

Card Ingredients:

DP: K & Company

Satin Ribbon, Mikes

Stamps: Ambassador Monogram PTI, Border's and Corner's Circles PTI

Ink: Jumbo Java, Blush Colorbox

Monday, April 21, 2008

Oh So Pretty Bella


She's soo cute... The Happy Birthday Princess phrase was created with my computer and the SU! Slot Punch.

Card Ingredients:

Cardstock: Whisper White, DCWV Pink

DP: Basic Grey

Stamps: Oh So Pretty Bella

Ink" Basic Black

Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Marvy Fine Tip Pen, Mikes Ribbon, SU! Slot Punch, Perfect Layers

Saturday, April 19, 2008

What's SHAKIN' Riley?


Ok I know for sure now that it's my camera and editing that keeps this blue hue to my photos. I am just not tech savvy enough to figure out how to get rid of it. This card has no sentiment because I'm waiting to add one when I need it. Something like Swaying by with a Birthday hi, or What's Shakin', something like that...

Card Ingredients:

Cardstock: Whisper White, DCWV Blue

DP: Paper Studio (?)

Stamps: Hula Riley or maybe it's Sophie not sure

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Bling, Mike's Grosgrain Ribbon, Nesties, Perfect Layers

Friday, April 18, 2008

Card and Emergency Room Visit

DSC00920 Here's my card for the day and a little story to entertain you.. On Wednesday afternoon my youngest son came home from school in need of a little medical attention. There had been an accident in  his last period of the day and he had fallen being the cushion for two other kids that fell on top of him (imagine dominos, my baby being the last domino to fall and the other kids the dominos that fell on him) So we cleaned his cuts and scrapes, gave him some Motrin for the pain and helped him finish his homework ( he's a lefty with an injured left hand.) Well yesterday around lunch the nurse's office calls, Jarrett is there when I arrive she says she thinks there may be a hairline fracture there, the hand was a little swollen, but he was in pain and having trouble writing. One ER visit later Jarrett is in a soft cast for 10 days to determine whether or not his bone (apparently the worst in your body to break because it takes the longest to heal)   is actually fractured (something about difficult to tell and if they see healing after the 10 days they'll know for sure it was broken then he'll need a permanent cast for 12 WEEKS!!!)  I couldn't believe it, our oldest son is almost 17 our youngest son 13 and this is the FIRST broken bone we have had. I must add too that my youngest never does anything halfway so him breaking the bone that takes the longest to heal... but I want you to know he kept his humor about him saying to me laughing  while they were putting on the soft cast ( " guess next time you shouldn't push me down mom and step on my hand")  What a sense of humor huh? Keep watching to see if the cast becomes permanent.

Card Ingredients:

Cardstock: CM Baby Blue, DCWV Green, Whisper White

DP: Pocket of Posies

Stamps: Hanging Sign by Bella, Butterfly Kisses PTI

Inks: Basic Black, Thatched Straw, Spring Pansy

Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Mike's Ribbon, Nesties, Perfect Layers

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Bella's Back



Don't you think that this Bella looks amazing with the DCWV Retro Paper. I just love my bellas and they get so much use here. The are fabulous as the focal image and so stinking cute!. Every time I order from there I tell myself I'm only getting a few and end up ordering 10 or 12 of them. Like I said they are too stinking CUTE! The little fairy on my cards is also a Stamping Bella image. So RUN don't walk over to Em's

and get some, you KNOW you want to!

Card Ingredients:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red, Khaki

DP: DCWV Retro Pack

Stamps: Billboardabella

Ink: Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Target Rub-ons, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Copics, Prismacolor Markers, Perfect Layers

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Riley's Behind


Riley is perfect for sending sweet messages. This one is from Melanie Muenchinger's Just so Hippy. I just adore Riley.. I know the phrase didn't photograph well, but you can see it better IRL.

Card Ingredients:

Cardstock: Whisper White


Stamps: Riley, Just so Hippy

Ink: Basic Black, Versamagic Blue

Accessories: Prismacolors, Gamsol

Monday, April 14, 2008

Eloise Returns


Isn't she lovely. Eloise is a delicate fairy dreamed up by the UBER talented Em (yep the Stamping Bella herself) you can find Eloise here. Paired with a few dew drops some patterned paper from the Paper Studio, some Prismacolor Pencils Gamsol and stickles and here's what you get.. The slot phrase was typed on my computer, printed then punched out.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Recycling a BEAUTIFUL note!!


I got the main image from a little notecard sent to me by the uber talented Trudee Sauer. I used one of Jen del Muro's SFYTT. You can always count on Jen's sketches to get your mojo flowing and after the week we've had( see posts below) I needed help with my mojo.  You can't really tell in the photo but there are three different colors and layers of cardstock used here. It just didn't photograph well. Happy Sunday to you all...

Friday, April 11, 2008

The Dirt


This set from MFT is a breeze to work with, it's easy to color and she's just lovely isn't she? I think this is a great catch up card to send someone you've lost touch with or want to keep in touch with.

Card Ingredients:

DP Wild Asparagus

CS: Whisper White, DCWV Lime Green, Coral

Inks: Basic Black, Jumbo Java

Stamps: MFT

Accessories: Perfect Layers, Dew Drops, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Prismacolor Pens, Micro Liner, Zig Marker Moonlight

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


Let me preface this post by saying it does NOT have a happy ending. Any of you who are military or associated with folks that are know that this word strikes sadness in your heart as soon as you hear it... I am posting today feeling very sad and unable to get my creativity flowing.. I sit and my desk and think about living alone for a year and a half with two teenage sons and it makes me want to CRY!!!DH seemed off yesterday but brushed aside my concerns about his mood yesterday afternoon ( kids in the room). Last night when the house was quiet he sprung a gem on me.. He's on orders for Iraq. Understand I am an Army Wife and will handle this deployment in stride,when I heard what he said I laughed at first cause I thought he was messing with me, since he is already on TDY orders to return involuntarily to recruiting duty for 3 months, and started to cry when I looked at him and saw the seriousness in his face...The initial shock of orders has never sat well with me over our 14 years of marriage but this one is especially hard to swallow since DH is about 6 months away from putting in his retirement papers... I keep sitting down at my  desk and trying to use the new stamps I got hoping to distract myself from the knot in the pit of my stomach but I just can't seem to focus. I just feel bizarre. Like I'm living in some alternate reality. I thought maybe releasing it all here would help.. Thanks for listening...



I am so in love with Riley and Sophie.. I made this card using Amy Rysavy's sketch challenge AMYRS20. The sketch can be found here. You can find the Riley's and Sophie's here.

Card Ingredients:

Cardstock: Whisper White, CM Pink /Blue


Stamps: Butterfly Kisses, Green Thumb, Riley, Borders and Corners Ovals, Faux Ribbon

Inks: Thatched Straw, Pixie Dust, Colorbox Rouge

Accessories: Marvy Punch, Perfect Layers, Gel Pen, Corner Rounder

Tuesday, April 8, 2008



This image is  from MFT Stamps. The girls over there have the cutest sets.. Check it out if you haven't already..

Card Ingredients:

Cardstock: Whisper White, CM Lilac & Blue

DP: Paper Pizzaz

Stamps: Mother's Day MFT, Green Thumb PTI

Inks: Basic Black, Purple Hydrangea

Accessories: Copics, Nesties, Stickles, Cuttlebug, Perfect Layers


Monday, April 7, 2008

Riley's Gardening


Riley just makes you smile. Purple boots make Riley trendy don't cha think? I love these Dew Drops. Ellen Hutson's Website has these fabulous babies.

Card Ingredients:

Cardstock: Whisper White, DCWV Green

DP: Pocket of Posies

Stamps: Riley, Faux Ribbon PTI

Inks: Spring Pansy, Basic Black SU!

Accessories: Dew Drops, Nesties, Sizllits, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Multi-liner

Sunday, April 6, 2008

WSC42 Craveabella


This card was made for a gift I'm giving a pregnant friend.. I made her some thank you notes along with a few other goodies for the impending birth of her first baby. Craveabella is perfect for this card. This card was made using Beate's WSC42

Card Ingredients:

Cardstock: Whisper White, CM Pink

DP: DCWV, Marcella by Kay

Stamps: Craveabella, Mixed Messages PTI

Ink: Pink Petunia, Chocolate CHip SU!

Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Primas, Stickles, Nesties, Marvy Punches, CM Corner Rounders

Niki's Blog Candy


I was lucky enough to be one of the winners of Niki Estes' blog candy giveaway and she sent this too cute card with the goodies. Isn't this Hanna fabulous? She is all about girl power. THANKS NIKI !! The blog candy was super generous and I love the Hanna Stamps. If you want some just click on the link and get some..

Saturday, April 5, 2008



I think that Simply Said is one of my all time fave sets from SU!. I reach for it when I'm looking through my SU! sets because they've been neglected and DH might start calling for their dismissal from the hoard collection of stamps I have.. Here's one I made using Amy Rysavy's Sketch Challenge.

Card Ingredients:

Cardstock: Whisper White, DCWV Coral, CM Bright Green

DP: Starfish Dreams

Stamps: Simply Said SU!, Mixed Messages PTI

Inks: Chocolate Chip, Pink Grapefruit

Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Dew Drops, Perfect Layers, Sizzlit Dies

Riley's Chillin'


I am so in love with Riley and Sophie. They are adorable and I can't wait to see all the adventures they're going to accomplish. I used the SC170 layout to complete this card. I just changed it up a little.

Card Ingredients:

Cardstock: Whisper White, CM Blue, CM Gold

DP: Michael's

Stamps: Island Blossoms SU!, Tropical Riley

Ink: Staz On, Versa mark

Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Slot Punch, Scallop Scissors, Sizzlit Dies, CM Corner Rounder

Friday, April 4, 2008



This is one of my favorite stamps and layouts. The banner at the bottom is a little too big but I had to fit the rub-on there and I mistakenly purposely placed the image without measuring.

Card Ingredients:

Cardstock: CM Purple / Brown, Whisper White, DCWV Lime Green

DP: Michael's

Stamps: Gardenbella

Ink: Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Chalk, Copics, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Target Rub-ons, Perfect  Layers

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Green Thumb Revisited


I LOVE my Papertrey stamps if you don't know what papertrey is  run (don't walk) over to their site and get you some!! They are adorable and versitile. I actually saw a card using this set to create a dress. (If you want to see that card check out  Barb's Site it's ingenious really!)

Card Ingredient's:

Card base: DCWV

Cardstock: Whisper White, DCWV Yellow

Stamps: Green Thumb, Butterfly Kisses

Inks: Pink Petunia, Thatched Straw, Tea Leaves, Gingerbread, Mango Madness

Accessories: Primas, Stickles, Slot Punch, Pop Dot

Wednesday, April 2, 2008



For those of you who aren't military this little acronym might not mean too much but for us it means get ready to do it alone for a few months. DH is leaving in a few weeks so I've started compiling cards to send him while he's away and this is one of them.

Card Ingredients:

Card Base: DCWV

Cardstock: Whisper White, DCWV light blue

Stamps: The Riley, Just so Hippy

Ink: Basic Black, Sage

Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Chalk, Scalloped Scissors, Paper Piercer,

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Stamping Bella


I am making several RAKS to send out for my RAK group on SCS.. This is one of them. I love this paper and my prismacolor markers matched beautifully.

Card Ingredients:

Cardstock: Whisper White, DCWV Brown, Tangerine

DP: Pocket Full of Posies

Stamps: Huggybellas

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories: Bling, Primas, Stickles, Marvy Punch, Multi Color String Home Depot, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol