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and the winner is…

It’s time to take a big deep breath this morning and step off the whirlwind I’ve been in for the past few weeks. Peace and quiet are reigning this morning as my 3 youngest started school again today. Last week’s move was a success and we managed to squeeze lots of end of summer fun into the long weekend. Yesterday on the way home from the lake I saw a sign that said, Summer should get a speeding ticket. I totally agree!

I’m very sorry it’s taken so long to get back to the computer and this blog but this year I’m making a serious effort to prioritize my family ahead of design work. I hope you understand. And so finally, I’m getting back to the details and have a winner from the Card Design Handbook Blog Hop. Congrats goes to comment number 59….

Mary Weinstein | August 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm |

Wow. Thanks for the great example. Such a big improvement from before to after.

Congrats Mary! Please e-mail me (link new top of left sidebar) with your address and I’ll get the issue sent out to you as soon as possible!

Many thanks to all who participated in the hop and left so many wonderful comments!

Enjoy your day!

24 hour Mother’s Day Giveaway

I’ve been spending the past week, trying to sort through my stash of goodies once again. I think it must multiply overnight! While sorting the other day, I thought it would be fun to put together a quick Mother’s Day giveaway and share some fun things with you. Now this may be one of the quickest turn-arounds you’ll ever see here because I want to get this out in the mail. I know it’s slow and Mother’s Day is creeping up more quickly than I had thought.

For a chance to win, you must be a mom, have a mom you’ll either share with or make a card for with the goodies  or even share with a friend who is a mom. I want to take the time to celebrate those special people in our lives. I miss my mom so much but I am blessed to have a wonderful family and an aunt who is like a mom to me. Simply leave a comment on this post between now and 10 am EST tomorrow. I’ll be drawing one name right away so that I can get it in the mail before the weekend. We don’t have mail here in Canada on Saturdays and I’m hoping the winner will get it in time.


  • Paper Crafts magazine May/Jun 2009
  • Melissa Frances stickers
  • We R Memory Keepers Designer Eyelets
  • K & Company Rub-ons
  • DCVW Fashion Rub-ons
  • Pebbles Inc magnetic clips
  • Mother Sentiments rub-ons by Royal & Langnickel
  • Basic Grey Sugared 6×6 paper pad

Good luck! Have a great day!

What’s up…some news and a tweet card…

I have lots of things to tell you about today as well as a project to share so I’ll get right to it! 🙂 First of all…my latest free on-line class at Cornish Heritage Farms is tonight and I’d love to have you join us!

I also have a couple new classes to tell you about. They are absolutely fabulous projects by some of the CHF DT and I know you’ll love them. Check them out by clicking on the banners.



Also…what are you doing this Saturday? It’s World Cardmaking Day and we have some great things planned at Cornish Heritage Farms. Some challenges to get you creating, chat and over course…some great giveaways. Hope you’ll join us! Check it out!

And finally…a sweet card design. Well…I think it is anyway. 😉 Hope you like it!

Hello Chica



It’s another of those sweet simple cards that just kind of fall together when I’m cleaning up my desk. Seriously…I need some help. I’m a paper packrat! Good job I use a lot of the same colors over and over so that the most disparate elements actually manage to go together. I mean really…I have product from TEN companies here on this little card! Actually…here’s a little secret. I’ve been hoarding the Heidi Swapp bling rectangle for probably 18 months no. I ended up breaking it so I thought I’d better use it up. I put it on my card to encase my sentiment and perched a little stamped birdie on top. Embellishments cover the break nicely. 🙂

Quick Tip: instead of using bling to highlight or frame a layer…use it as a frame to visually break up the space without one.

What’s up tomorrow? A fun layout challenge from a sketch I designed. See you then!


Supply List:

Mocha Chica (Kim Hughes Line) By CHF

-Simply Smooth White Prism Cardstock
-Iced Teal Prism cardstock

-brown die cut paper by KI Memories
-Figgy Pudding 6×6 paper pack by Basic Grey

-Black Adirondack ink by Ranger

markers by Copic
-bling rectangle by Heidi Swapp
flower by Prima
-ribbon by Creative Impressions
-pin by Fancy Pants Designs

This and That…

As I don’t have anything new to share with you until tomorrow, I thought I’d take this time to answer a few questions some of you asked a few weeks ago. I’m actually going to start by answering a quick question about the design I created yesterday. I was asked about applying the chalks to the inchies….how I went about it. It was really simple. No, I didn’t use Verasmark. I just used my little cotton balls that come with the I-kan-dee chalks to apply the chalk direct to the image after stamping. It really clings well to the white Inchies and was super quick to color. I’d say under 5 minutes for sure. The beauty of these chalks is the soft impressionistic look. They just blend beautifully. I found that the chalks mostly stayed put on the design but if you’re worried about them rubbing off, I’d spray them with a light coat of matte spray sealer before adhering to your design.

# Lori on 08 Apr 2008 at 2:57 pm

Do you find it tedious or time consuming to stitch on your cards? I guess what I’m asking is do you have your sewing machine ready and waiting all of the time? One more ? – do you think stitching on your cards is just a fad for now and will sort of fade away?

I really hope stitching doesn’t go out of style. I think I’d probably just go against the flow and still stitch away! 😉 I love to stitch and love the texture and interest it adds. It’s also great for shabby and vintage looks as well as country-style and even some fun funky styles. Also…stitching is the ultimate in cheap embellishing! As for finding it tedious…no! I don’t. I stitch quickly and it is so much quicker than hand piercing for faux stitching. Have you been peeking in my house? 😉 Sometimes I do keep my sewing machine up all week on the dining room table. I guess I never totally put it away…just tuck it in the corner when we need the room. I find that if I keep it threaded with white or brown thread, all I have to do is plug it in and start stitching.

Regina Davison 08 Apr 2008 at 3:24 pm

Happy Birthday, Julia! I hope you were able celebrate while grouting. LOL!

I’d like to know how long you’ve been stamping, and what got you started. Did you start by attending a SU workshop like most of us?

Take care – Regina

Thanks Regina! Hubby brought me home some Swiss Chalet and a lovely cake so while I did spend most of the night on my knees…it was great to get some progress made. We’re still working away on the kitchen but I hear that the rest of my cupboards will go in on Friday. Yay!

As for stamping, I’ve been stamping over four years now. After having my fourth child I was excited about scrapbooking again. I’d started scrapbooking as a hobby nine years ago and dabbled in it when I had the chance. Looking through magazines, I noticed a lot of stamping and techniques and thought it would be a fun addition to my pages. After purchasing some stamps at Michael’s, I saw a Stampin Up advertisement in a magazine. I went on-line and found my demo, Lori. Soaking up ideas in the catalogue, Lori clued me in to Splitcoaststampers. I lurked for a little while but once I borrowed my mom’s digital camera…started uploading my own designs. I’ve been hooked since. 🙂 AS far as workshops go…I think perhaps I’ve been to a total of five and took my very first class a couple weeks ago. I’m so thankful for the on-line stamping community where I’ve made friends, learned techniques and found an outlet for my creativity.

Karen Reynoldson 08 Apr 2008 at 4:05 pm

I am amazed at all you do within the stamping world, while being a wife and mother. What is you secret to be so organized? How much time do you spend on your blog and others in a day? And how many hours do you slepp? LOL

Me? Organized?! Well I do try! Some days I succeed and others…… 🙁 I keep a detailed calendar on my computer as well as lists and information I need to know. I also design very quickly which is a blessing for me as I wouldn’t be able to do this if I didn’t. I also multi-task where possible. As for my housekeeping…it has been more than a challenge with the renovation ongoing. I’m really trying hard to set aside time each day to sort and organize and try and get caught up again. Laundry I just do first thing every morning and meals work best if I plan the week ahead of time. As for free time…um…what’s that? I don’t watch tv. I also try and get up early as that is the most productive time of my day.

So…I’m sure that’s more than you all wanted to know! LOL Hope I didn’t put you back to sleep!

Hope you have an awesome day!


The Delay…

I just wanted to pop in and tell you about the blog candy delay. The whole story is this. Some new server upgrades rendered some of our blogs without categories and a blog roll. It was quite the surprise to wake up a couple mornings ago and find it all gone. I’m  happy to say, the experts have been hard and work and restored all the categories and my blogroll. To do this…I had to save all my recent posts and then re-upload them. The comments will be restored….it is just taking some time. So….until then, I want to be fair and wait on those other comments being restored before I draw a number for my winner. Thanks so much for your patience!  I’m hoping I’ll be able to announce it tomorrow evening. I’m going to be away most of the day tomorrow so don’t want you to be checking all day. I DO have a blog post for Simply Saturday tomorrow morning…so check back in for that too. Hope you have a great weekend!

Ink Pads for Sale…

Well, my week “off” has been spent working from early morning until 10 at night. 🙂 So many things to catch up on. All those things I’ve let slip with the extra work of the renovation in full gear. I’m still having to feed seven people each day without a kitchen. We do order in once a week but really…it is just not cost effective (or healthy for that matter) to eat fast food all the time. I’m still working hard with lots of projects and a huge to do list for the rest of the week. It does feel good to be getting things done though!
One of the things I’ve been super busy doing is going through all my stamps, paper and ink and trying to get organized. I’m still looking forward to that new stamp room but until then…I’m doing my best. My local stamp store has a garage sale twice a year and a lot of my goodies are going there. 🙂 As I can’t sell opened ink pads etc. as part of their terms, I’d love to find them a good home from my blog. I’d like to turn these around quickly so I’m selling ink pads and reinkers together. I’d like to sell a minimum of four pads per order and would just accept Paypal for this sale. Your best value for shipping costs are a higher number of pads. I charge actual shipping costs…no handling. Also…should you buy 11 pads, I will add a 12th of your choice for free. 🙂 Ink will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Items will be crossed off when spoken for. Please allow me 12 hours to respond to your e-mail. Please e-mail me with your postal code by clicking on the link just under my photo in the sidebar.

All ink pads are in good condition. Covers may be slightly stained from use but the pads themselves should give you many years of happy use. Reinkers are all full or almost full. Please note: I am not a SU demonstrator. All ink pads are Classic Dye Inks by Stampin Up. Prices are the same in US or Canadian 🙂 Why am I switching? I’ve loved these ink pads, but professionally need to change to a more retail-friendly line. 🙂

Thank you so much! These inks are all sold except for the Craft Spots in the above post.

Basic Brown (no reinker) = $4.00

Chocolate Chip Craft Pad (no reinker) $5.00

Bashful Blue Craft PAd (no reinker) $5.00

Creamy Caramel Craft Pad (no reinker) $5.00

2007/08 In Colors Ink Pads

-Purely Pomengranate, Wild Wasabi, Buckaroo Blue, Soft Sky, River Rock, Groovy Guava (no reinkers) $20.00 set of 6

Soft Subtles

Pretty in Pink + reinker = $5.00

Sage Shadow + reinker = $5.00

Mellow Moss + reinker = $5.00

– Lavendar Lace + reinker = $5.00

Certainly Celery + reinker = $5.00

Bashful Blue + reinker = $5.00

Perfect Plum (no reinker) = $4.00

-Almost Amethyst+ reinker = $5.00

Apricot Appeal + reinker = $5.00

-Blush Blossom + reinker = $5.00

Barely Banana + reinker = $5.00

Rich Regals

So Saffron + reinker = $5.00

-Ballet Blue + reinker = $5.00

Brocade Blue + reinker = $5.00

-Bravo Burgundy + reinker = $5.00

-Elegant Eggplant + reinker = $5.00

Regal Rose + reinker = $5.00

-Rose Red + reinker = $5.00

– Always Artichoke + reinker = $5.00

Taken With Teal (no reinker) = $4.00

-Night of Navy + reinker = $5.00

Handsome Hunter (no reinker) = $4.00

-Bordering Blue (no reinker) = $4.00

Bold Brights

– Only Orange (no reinker) = $4.00

-Gable Green + reinker = $5.00

-Yoyo Yellow + reinker = $5.00

-Brilliant Blue (no reinker) = $4.00

-Real Red (no reinker) = $4.00

Green Galore + reinker = $5.00

Tempting Turquoise + reinker = $5.00

Lovely Lilac + reinker = $5.00

-Pixie Pink (no reinker) = $4.00

Pink Passion + reinker = $5.00
-Orchid Opulence (no reinker) = $4.00

Earth Elements

Ruby Red + reinker = $5.00

-Summer Sun (no reinker) = $4.00

-Chocolate Chip + reinker = $5.00

Close to Cocoa + reinker = $5.00

-Creamy Caramel + reinker = $5.00

Pumpkin Pie (no reinker) = $4.00

-Really Rust (no reinker) = $4.00

Cameo Coral + reinker = $5.00

-More Mustard (no reinker) = $4.00

Old Olive + reinker = $5.00

-Garden Green+ reinker = $5.00

-Not Quite Navy (no reinker) = $4.00


Very Vanilla Craft Pad $5.00
Sahara Sand (no reinker) = $4.00

Basic Grey (no reinker) = $4.00

Going Grey (no reinker) = $4.00

Basic Black + reinker = $5.00

Cool Carribean + reinker = $5.00

Cranberry Crisp (reinker only) $1.00

Rose Romance (reinker only) $1.00

Buckaroo Blue (reinker only) $1.00

Marigold Morning (reinker only) $1.00

Positively Pink (reinker only) $1.00

Bliss Blue (reinker only) $1.00

Thanks for your interest!


The Winners….

Thanks so much for stopping by over the past few days. You were all so sweet to leave such lovely comments. I wish I could send something out to all of you! That being said…I used the random number interger generator to pick out two winners. The numbers picked were…

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

149	53

Timestamp: 2008-03-12 11:19:57 UTC

Number 149 and winner of the Basic Grey Two Scoops package is Carla H.

Number 53 and winner of the ink and stamp set is Pam Clay.

Congratulations ladies! Please e-mail me with your address and I’ll get the goodies in the mail ASAP. My e-mail link is just under my photo in the sidebar.

Thanks again to all of you who take the time to stop by each day! I truly appreciate it.

Wishing you all a fabulous day!