Saturday, July 30, 2011


Did you forget that there was a mini VSN this weekend (like me)???  There's STILL time to play!  Here are two cards I made for the fun...
This first one was for Tami's (scary) challenge to use bright colors.  Here you go, Tami!  Anyone else have a CRAZY urge for ice cream with this?  This adorable image is from The Stamping Boutique and was TOO much fun to play with!  You see that little pennant and the clear paisley??? Those are from Basically Bare, and they were nice enough to let me "hold" some, so they didn't have to pack them up from CHA.
This next one is a little more my speed with more muted colors, and of course, there's some kraft in there!  This is the Western set from DDH and will make a cute card for my horse-addicted little cousin.  This is for Toni's All that Glitters challenge to use sequins.  I also snuck in Collette's Ways to Use It challenge for altered ribbon.
Hope you get some time to stamp and play this weekend!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Late late late!

I'm SUPER late for Collette's Ways to Use It challenge for this week, which is to use metal.  I'm also just getting it under the wire for this week's MFT sketch.
In any event, here she is... and how about that reindeer???  Wanna see how it got to be "aged"????
Do you know whose hands those are??? Oh yes, that's TIM HOLTZ himself!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Make 'n Takes

Since I can't even find my stamp desk from all the stuff I got at CHA, I'm going to show you some of the make 'n takes I did there.
There are a couple I'd like to talk about... the first is the left-most one.  That is from a company called Raisin Boat where you can RENT STAMPS pretty much like Netflix.  Oh YES I signed up for that!  I should receive my first batch of sets any day now.  The tag was the Unity make 'n take, but it use Sparkling H2O's, which I never had before.  That was fun to do, so I may get those some day...  And do you SEE that adorable little bag of yums??!!  That's a NEW set with coordinating dies to be released next week from Taylored Expressions.  I'm off to dig out my stamp desk now, so I can hopefully create something for you soon!  Have a great week!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

CHA Live

I'm going to try to stream from CHA for you guys today... wish me luck!  It'll be here. :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Greetings from CHA

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to be at the CHA Trade Show.  One full week of nothing but crafty sensory overload with the Trade Show, then the super show.  I think my head is going to spin!  I took a TON of photos, but since I haven't saved them into manageable files just yet, I'm just going to show you my favorite finds of the day.  They come from Want 2 Scrap, and if you're familiar with the company, you know what product I'm talking about - NESTABLING!

Did you see those pearls?!?!?!?! OMG!!!!
And how about this ADORABLE "cake" made completely out of ribbon from the girls at Ribbon Ring???

Monday, July 18, 2011

Summertime is HERE

When I go outside today, there is NO doubt in my mind that summertime is here!  It's is CRAZY humid and hot out.  Yesterday, I had Copic Intermediate certification, and wow was that fun!  I met so many that I blog stalk, which was SO cool!  We were challenged to go outside our comfort zone, which I did here.
This card is for the 2nd week of our Summer challenge on the DDH Blog.  I used the ADORABLE new DDH set called Big & Beautiful.  How fun is this?!  It is also another old MFT sketch, which I "modified", of course.  In any event, I'm off to TONS of fun (and work) at the CHA trade show today.  Have a great week!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Welcome New GDT!

Today at Digi Design House, we are welcoming TWO new FABULOUS Guest Designers - Judy Rozema & Sandie Dunne.  You can read more about each of them on the DDH Blog.
Here is my WELCOME card for them... nice and cheery.  I used the ADORABLE Strawberry Tea set, and the strawberries are colored with chalks.  The leaves are colored with Spica pens, so they are very sparkly in real life.  And do you see the tag back there?  That's part of a FREE set of tags you can download HERE.  Don't forget about the fabulous Summer challenge we have going on at the DDH Blog!  I love summer when the strawberries in my back yard start producing that yummy fruit!  OH! I almost forgot - this is the MFT sketch for the week, as well.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Collage - Use It

It's Thursday, so you know what that means... it's another Ways to Use It Challenge.  This week, Collette has challenged us to make a collage with at least 4 stamps.  YIKES!  I'm not a stamp-on-top-of-each-other kind of person, but I grabbed my amaretto sour and got to work.  Here is what I came up with...
I used an old MFT sketch, as I have vowed to catch up and do them all, so you'll see more soon. We hope you'll play along this week!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Coming to CHA???

Are you coming to CHA??? I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to meet you if you are!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Time for Christmas

 Welcome to the final stop in the DDH Christmas in July Blog Hop!  If you made the entire journey, you are busting at the seams to get started on those Christmas cards.  I know I needed this little kick in the hinie to get going.  That's why I made two :)
Since this IS Christmas, we are giving away presents! Three mystery Design Team members will be giving away a Digi Design House Christmas set of your choice just for commenting on their blog post. You have until 6:00PM CST on Sunday, July 10 to comment. At 6:01PM, the number of comments will be tallied, and the random number generator will do its magic to pick the winner. You don't know which team members will be giving away the presents, so make sure you comment on EACH stop in the hop. Oh yes, we are giving away THREE FREE STAMP SETS! The set I'm using today isn't available yet in the store (I know, I'm torturing you!), BUT you can WIN it if you want!
Here are my two cutie cards... I LOVE that puppy in the stocking (I know, shocking, right?!)!!!!  I used this week's MFT Sketch, and I couldn't figure out exactly how I wanted to butcher it.  Since I'm CRAZY behind on Christmas cards, I decided to do both.

Now, if you didn't make the whole hop, you'll want to go to the DDH Blog to get started.  You can see Stephanie's card with this cutie little puppy stocking there, too!  Just in case you missed someone along the way, here is today's full hop order:
* DDH Blog -
* Hannah -
* Debra -
* Paula-Kay -
* Teresa -
* Tracy -
* Christine -
* Dee -
* Michelle - <--- You are here!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Today, The Stamping Boutique is sponsoring the Flutterby Wednesday challenge.
Of course, Tracey has like 100 images that would work for this challenge, but I chose one with both a fairy and a butterfly, one of Tracey's new images called Fairy & Butterfly.
I need to work on my sponging skills, but not too bad for a first go.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Excited for CHA!

CHA is just TWO short weeks, and I'm CRAZY excited!!! I get to meet some stamping friends in person, and that's the very best part of CHA.  Speaking of stamping friends, here is a name badge that I made for my friend, Lydia, better known as UnderstandBlue on SCS, to wear at the SCS booth at CHA.
How can you NOT use blue jeans for the UnderstandBlue girl?!  Sorry about the photo, but the pink felt mini rolled rose is sprayed with blue Glimmer Mist, but it just looks like the center pearl is sprouting.  The entire pocket is covered in Pearl Glimmer Mist, and how I wish the shimmer would show!?!?!  Maybe this photo will show it a little better... (or not)

The flower is stamped with the Pretty Pocket stamp set (the one that comes with the TOO CUTE jeans pocket die I used) that I sewed over.  Since this is going to be a name tag, the jean is over card board, so I had to pre-punch the holes for the thread.  Next time I want to do something I haven't done in a decade, I need to pick something a little easier to try it out on. :)  The name part is on the First Place strips, of course.
And you KNOW I had to make one for me too!
You can see the SCS tab better on this one, too... that's the little tab from the Pretty Pocket set, and so is the vine that I stitched on here - I love that set!!!!  I had to use my favorite champagne pearl swirl, of course, and a rich chocolate mini rolled rose for me.
And here are the two of them together... I will be entering this in this month's MFT Guest Designer contest, and Lydia's name tag will be on her way just as soon as I find my adhesive-backed pins.
I love handmade things - you can TOTALLY personalize it for the person... sure hope Lydia likes it, because you KNOW I'm making her wear it for at least one photo ;)

Friday, July 1, 2011

And We Hop!

This weekend, The Stamping Boutique is holding a Blog Hop for Independence Day in the United States and Canada Day in, well, Canada. :)  Those showing support for Canada (or just like the Moose) will be using the Moose, and those celebrating Independence Day will be using the Bald Eagle.  You *know* which one I have to show you today!
As a former Soldier, Independence Day is a proud day for me.  I chose to leave this simple, because it is truly simple - we do live in the Home of the Free, and for that, I am eternally grateful.  With the Army, I have been places where freedom was seen as a myth or some urban legend or a punch line to a satire.  I am truly blessed to live here in the Home of the Free.  Since I'm close to the end of the hop, I give you a little remembrance the while we live in the Home of the Free, Freedom is NOT free.

Now, Hop on over to Amanda's blog to complete the hop!  If you didn't start at the beginning, you'll want to head over to The Stamping Boutique Challenge Blog to begin your journey.  Have fun, and Happy Birthday, America!


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