Friday, June 26, 2009

I am offering a ribbon share for the release of the new Stampin' UP! catalog.

How it works:
-I order the ribbon
-I cut the ribbon
-I package the ribbon
-I mail or deliver the ribbon to you

What do you get?
1 yard each of 44 different Stampin' UP! ribbons!

You'll recieve:
-19 yards of 1/4" grosgrain ribbons
-9 yards of 5/8" grosgrain ribbons
-4 yards of 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbons
-6 yards of 1/2" striped grossgrain ribbons
-6 yards of 1/2" polk-dot ribbon in the new In-Colors

How much?
$30 per person
That totals $0.68/yard of ribbon! You won't find a price that good at any store!

The other stuff:
Money will be due no earlier than June 24 and later than July 13, 2009. Need to have your spot confirmed by July 1oth. You can pay via paypal or send me well-concealed cash (email me for my snail mail address or paypal address - Order will be placed on July 17th (to give time for paypal payments to go through). Stampin' UP! takes about two weeks to deliver. I will cut, package, and ship/deliver the ribbons within two days of receiving them.

What are the colors?
It's a LONG list but here goes:
-1/4" grosgrain: basic black, whisper white, very vanilla, pumpkin pie, apricot appeal, pretty in pink, real red, rose red, bravo burgundy, elegant eggplant, night of navy, tempting turquoise, bashful blue, sage shadow, certainly celery, old olive, mellow moss, always artichoke, chocolate chip
-5/8" grosgrain: very vanilla, chocolate chip, bravo burgundy, real red, regal rose, brocade blue, certainly celery, old olive, basic black
-1" double stitched grosgrain: real red, bashful blue, chocolate chip, rose red
-1/2" striped grosgrain: bashful blue, pumpkin pie, real red, old olive, pretty in pink, so saffron
-1/2" polka-dot grosgrain: rich razzleberry, bermuda bay, soft suede, crushed curry, dusty durango, melon mambo

Go here,, to view the ribbons.
Click on "embellishments", then "ribbon & fibers" (the InColor ribbon will not be available for viewing until July 1st.)

Please let me know if you're interested!

*Per the demo agreement w/SU, this ribbon share is limited to US residents only.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Awesome Blog Candy!!!

Pamela over at Paper Askew Studio is giving away a ginormous blog candy package!

In her words: "There are 12 x12 papers, die cuts, stamps, ribbons, brads, eyelets, stickers, chipboard pieces, tags....and the list goes on!"

Click here to be entered into her drawing: Paper Askew Studio's Ginormous Blog Candy!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

It's almost here......

We'd love to have you join us!








Happy Birthday to Heathen #2!!!

My littlest heathen's birthday is July 5th. Which, unfortunately, falls on a Sunday this year. Who wants to attend a kids' birthday party on the Sunday after the Fourth of July? (And trust me, my extended family will be to hungover on Sunday.) So, his party will be held on July 4th around noon. Early enough that I can feed 'em and send 'em home before the fireworks begin!

So, onto the papercrafting part of this diatribe! My awesome friend, Jenn, came over and helped me make 20 of these cute little boxes. We used the Cricut cartridge Bags, Tags, Boxes & More. (I never really appreciated this cartridge until I got my Expression!) It is the Inchbox w/the Window option, cut at "Fit to Page" (love, love, love that button!). We taped pieces of acetate on the inside of the boxes. Then, used the Stampin' UP! set Independence Day (will not be available after June 30th!!!) to stamp the stars and firecrackers.

Filled them with: bubbles, poppers (it's the 4th of July!), a waterball, a mini squirt gun, and a sucker. Cost per box? $1.51!!!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

A couple quickie cards and a LO

I made this LO yesterday. I absolutely adore this pic of the littlest heathen. That lizard, though.....grrr. He was a dollar yard sale find about five years ago and he refuses to leave my house! Trust me, I've tried; several times in fact. Anyways, I didn't really know what to do w/this pic so I figured I'd make a black & white & gray page with some metallic accents. Unfortunately, that line of metallic beads/rhinestones is NOT a solid piece; I put each and every one of those on there individually. That black rhinestone arrow is courtesy of my friend, Sammie. The splash of color behind the pic is from SU's Bright Delights rub-ons (which unfortunately are on the Last Chance list and are already out of stock).

These two cards I made in less than twenty minutes. I like the top one much better than the bottom one. The trees, the little flowers and the sentiments are all from SU's Bright Delights rub-ons. The ladybug is from a current level 1 hostess set called Darling Dots. And the ribbon is chocolate chip. (What? You want to try some of SU's ribbon? Click here and tell them Jess sent you!)

Thanks for looking at my stuff!

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Cards for a crop at MommySavers

Alicia is hosting the crop this month at MommySavers. It's a card crop. I completed five of the ten challenges this evening. I like the turnout! I've been trying to use up some of my scraps when I can so I ended up with some unusual card sizes. Enjoy!

I used the Hoppy Memories SSK for this card and an image from Bugs & Kisses. Not my favorite but I like it.

This was a sketch challenge. I actually like how simple and "clean" it looks. The patterned paper is from the Bali Breeze DSP (one I bought a couple years ago and forgot about LOL). The "thank you" is from the set Fresh Cuts.
I used the set Fresh Cuts for this card. I made two of them. I thought they'd be cute to throw in with a small gift.
I wanted to play with the hostess set God's Beauty and I ended up with this cute little gem! The ribbon is actually covering up a crooked sentiment. LOL There is Regal Rose ribbon under the Certainly Celery ribbon. And I accidentally cut of the butterfly's antennae when I cut him out. OOPS!

These are just a couple of generic birthday cards. I always need cards to stick in with the oldest heathen's gifts for his friends. The flames are two different stamps from the set Big Birthday Candle; as is the sentiment. I "colored" in the flames w/Diamond Stickles.

Thanks for taking the time to look at my cards!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Blog Candy!!!!

Paper Askew Studio is having a ginormous blog candy giveaway! Go check it out!!!

Just a Reminder......

Don't forget to come join us! Only five days left til it starts!









Tuesday, June 16, 2009

My Cricut is my new BFF

I've really enjoyed my Cricut more now that I've upgraded to the Expression. Tonight, I explored an old cartridge of mine, Doodlecharms, and found a delicious watermelon cut! The heathens just had to have some watermelon one day and didn't you know? You're supposed to eat it while riding a bike! Jackson helped on this LO; he colored all of the seeds on the little watermelons.
These pics were taken that same day. Hey, they had to get clean and the tub is just too confining. I used the Life Is A Beach cartridge for the waves and the "Heat Wave"/sun combo. I also went a little crazy w/Stickle! Waterfall stickles add accents to the wave. I used orange, yellow, and goldenrod stickles to spruce up the sun. It just didn't look finished after all that, so I went digging through my stash. I found these old diecut stickers from one of SU's retired Simply Scrappin' Kits (don't remember the name) and thought if they were used in the right way, they screamed "surfer".
Thanks for looking!

Woohoo! My first blog award!

My friend, Alicia of Playing With Paper, sent me this little award!

The rules that go with this lovely award are to:

a) Thank the person who gave it to you. (done- Thanks again!)

b) List 10 honest things about yourself.
1.) I have two tattoos.
2.) I hate needles.
3.) I hoard scrap supplies.
4.) I love thunderstorms.
5.) I hate the built-in mouse on my laptop.
6.) I love to receive mail.
7.) My mailman probably thinks I have an on-line shopping addiction.
8.) I'm closer to some of my online friends than my real life friends.
9.) I cannot wear my hair cut short.
10.) I have no desire to have a little girl.

c) Pass the award on to 7 people
1.) Wendy
2.) Sam
3.) Sara
4.) Sonja
5.) jailbirdstamper
6.) Jessica
7.) Alicia

Friday, June 12, 2009









Don't tell anyone but Sara and I are leaking more info on our "secret" on Frugal Scrappers this weekend.

Be sure to come check us out! You'll kick yourself if you miss it!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A productive afternoon....

My friend, Jenn, came over this afternoon and we both got quite a few things accomplished. She completed several LO's for both of her kids and a birthday card. I managed to get 2 LO's and 3 cards done!
Here are my feats for the day:

Jackson lost his first and second tooth all in one day!

Quick & Simple little card. The sentiment says "You're the best" and is stamped in Pink Pirouette ink which is a very, very light pink. And I just noticed my middle button is not in its proper place!

The striped paper and the dinosaur are *gasp* NOT SU paper! It's from the Snips & Snails series from 3bugsinarug. It was just too cute to pass up. I really like how this card turned out.

This card was made from the Cricut Wild Card cartridge. It was really cute until I tried to add "sprinkles" by adding chunky glitter. Oh, well.

Still one more!

This is the First Grade page for Jackson. I used all the things his teacher sent home (the nameplates and whatnot), school pics from the beginning and end of the year, and the pic Jim took on the first day of school. There is a pic of Jackson at the bus stop; it's very blurry but I decided to add it anyways. He also had to start wearing glasses while reading and doing schoolwork this year. I think that pic of him in his glasses is too funny; he looks so serious!

Thanks for looking at my afternoon fun!

Not stamping related.....

but you HAVE to go check out this blog: Cake Wrecks. I admit, I am a proud member of the Grammar Police and some of these pics made me laugh until I cried.



Wednesday, June 10, 2009

IT'S COMING!!!!!!!!!

What is coming?

Well....I can't quite tell you is gonna be big! It is gonna be fun!


Time: June 25, 2009 at 6pm to June 30, 2009 at 12pm

Location: Frugal Scrappers

More information will be coming SOON so go sign up today!

Oh, Gi Gi................

Please email you're contact info at! I'd really like to send you your blog candy!

(Please email your info by midnight Friday, June 12. If I don't receive a response, I'll pick another winner.)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Want some more blog candy?

Go check out this blog:!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Notice anything?

I have been having a grand time refurbishing my blog tonight. You might have noticed the title is now "Ink Stains & Cat Hair"; there is some logic behind that. You see, I always get ink everywhere! It's just an accepted fact in my house. It's bad enough that for a couple days after I've completed something, I'll go to work and my coworkers will ask what I made after looking at my hands.

Now, the "cat hair" part. As any cat owner knows, the cat is the absolute ruler of his domain. This holds true in my house as well. If I'm trying to use something, that is the cat signal for "please come lay on this". The biggest victim of cat-laying is my stampin' scrub cleaning pad. I have to ensure they are put away the second I walk out of the room. And my tape always has cat hair stuck to it.

So, now you know the story behind the title! And if you ever get a card or RAK from me, you won't be surprised if a few stray hairs arrive,too!

*Now if you've read this far, you'll be rewarded. In celebration of the change, I'm giving away BLOG CANDY!!!! Leave me a comment telling me about your papercrafting quirk(s) and I'll randomly select someone to send 3 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock in each of Stampin' UP!'s new In Colors.

**Comments must be submitted by midnight Tuesday, June 9th, 2009.

Stampin' UP! new In-Color creations!

My new goodies arrived yesterday!!! I had great fun playing with all the new colors last night. I made two cards.

The first is a criss-cross card. I used The More The Merrier (new level 3 hostess set), Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper, Rich Razzeleberry cardstock, Dusty Durango textured cardstock, and Crushed Curry polka dot grossgrain ribbon. And of course, all the images were colored with the wonderful new addition to the SU family: IN COLOR MARKERS!!!

This card is simple but, I think, very cute! I used the Dreams and Dragons stamp set (retired), Melon Mambo cardstock, Bermuda Bay cardstock, Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper, Bermuda Bay polka dot grossgrain ribbon, and of course my favorite new markers.

Thanks for looking!!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

So excited!

Well, the SOA crop is over. They surpassed their goal of raising $5,000 to donate to the Alzheimer's Association. => see the widget over there?

Now, the reason I'm so excited? I won! Twice! Imagine my surprise when I received a text from Sara while at work yesterday telling me I had won three stamp sets.

They had some awesome prizes!

That LO w/the pic of Jim in a pretend nurse cap won me three stamp sets from Molly Stamps.
The sets are:
Out of This World
Today's Forecast
Wings on Things

My name was picked randomly to win one of the prize packages for the "Not a Card Button Challenge" It was the LO of my scrap space. I won a Stampin' UP! package that includes a 12x12 pack of Delicate Dots DSP, two spools of ribbon and the stamp set Yummy! And amazingly I own NOTHING in that package!

On another fun note, my good friend Sara of Finkerdoodles also won two challenges! She won a Crop Night Darling Stamp Set, a Scor-Pal, and a Scor-Bug (courtesy of Scor-Pal). Her other prize package included a full set of 9 brand new stamps created by Victoria Case for SCACD , 1 Dovecraft paper pack, and some "mystery" fun embellies from SCACD to use with her new stamps!!

Thanks to all my friends who joined me in the Stampin' Out Alzheimer's crop!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

As promised, here are more SOA challenge creations!

I really don't like how this cupcake turned out. Maybe it would hav been cuter if I hadn't been so tired.

Side view of the cupcake (he's a little crooked):

Top view of the cupcake (I like this part!):

This is a graduation card for my cousin, Brian. I knew it was coming but I was SHOCKED when I received an invitation to his open house yesterday! Wasn't he just in driving school last week? Anyways, I versamarked the congrats/words all over the white background and made a money holder for the inside of the card. I like how it turned out!

This is a thank you card for my oldest son's first grade teacher. As of 2:45 PM today, I will be the parent of a SECOND GRADER! Talk about feeling old; first a baby cousin graduating and then a second grader! LOL

The patterned paper is Good Morning Sunshine from Stampin' UP! courtesy of my wonderful friend, Sara. I am so in love with those little birdies!

Thanks for taking the time to look at my creations!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

New SOA projects to be posted in the morning! I'm too tired to operate a camera AND a computer right now. But, hey, if you're up this late, check out that widget to the right of your screen. It's a good cause and you get a chance for prizes as well as a few freebies. C'mon, it's only five bucks!

Monday, May 25, 2009

More SOA projects!

Stampin' Out Alzheimers

This week i'm participating in an online crop sponsored by Paper Craft Planet, LLC. You can find more info here: It is a pay-to-play site. They ask for a minimum $5, which 100% of the funds raised will go to the Alzheimer's Association. There are plenty of freebies and prizes available!

Anyways, here's what I completed today:

Teacher gifts....

Well, I started off making a set of blocks but thought the end product seemed kind of babyish. Therefore, I decided to borrow my friend Sara's idea and alter a clipboard for my oldest son's teacher. I hope she likes it!

Supplies: (all Stampin' UP! unless otherwise noted) Summer Picnic DSP, bashful blue wide grossgrain ribbon, real red and old olive narrow grossgrain ribbon, pretties kit, chunky sprinkles glitter

Friday, May 22, 2009


I am officially a Stampin' UP! demo once again! Thanks to my wonderful upline, Cindy, who makes sure I remember how much I love stamping!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

aLtEr It! challenge on MS

So, this week the use it up challenge at Mommysavers is to actually use those items you've saved to alter and either forgot about or hoarded. Scruggle at MS had posted a link to a tutorial on making post-it note holders and since I had a bunch of the picture frames laying around, I decided to make a few. Tell me what you think!
(all supplies from Stampin' UP! unless otherwise noted)

stamps courtesy of Stamping Bella (image) and MFT stamps (sentiment)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Another MommySavers Challenge

I posted a 48-hour challenge over at MommySavers. However, I messed up and forgot to put what day it was due; so, it's technically a 72-hour challenge. Anyways, I used my new Cricut markers to make the caterpillar on this card. I used Diamond Stickles on his eyes but you can't really see that. Here's the link to the challenge: You should come join our challenges sometime!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

New Cards!

I am forever running out of birthday cards, so I decided to use up some of my paper scraps today. I managed two cards completely out of scraps! Here are the results:

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Use It Up Challenge!

So, over at mommysavers we have challenges all the time to keep up scrapping. This week we have a "use it up" challenge. (posted here: )
I dug out some old magic mesh (something I *HAD* to have ages ago) and used to sponge daubers to color it in. I rather like my card!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


I found three-packs of Stickles at Hobby Lobby today and they were included in the 50% sale of all glitter & glitter glue. For some reason my HL sometimes excludes things from the scrapbooking section from the general sales. Anyways, each three-pack rang up at $2.50 - so less than $1 each. Enjoy!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Here is mommyfink's blog candy:

Hope she enjoys her goodies!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

DAY !!!!

I picked up the blog candy for mommyfink on my way home from work today and will post pics before I send it to her.

I also found an EK success Sesame Street border punch at Big Lot's for $2!!! I know my boys are getting too big for SS but I still thought it was too cute to pass up. And I won't be upset to pass it on to a friend when I no longer have any use for it.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

MOMMYFINK is the winner of the blog candy!!!!!

It'll be a surprise to all of us. I'm stopping at the local Jo-Ann's on my way home from work tomorrow.

Congrats, Sara!

Just a clarification, please post your comments in the post WITH the work. Scruggle, you still count as the first post.

Wow! I forgot I even started this blog! Well, I am no longer a Stampin' UP! demonstrator (but still a loyal customer to my upline, Cindy.) You can view her SU homepage here: She's an awesome lady and the person who showed me the joys of papercrafting.

I believe that I am going to use this blog to showcase my papercrafting projects. I would say I'm a moderate-level papercrafter. Some of my projects I adore and others I would like to hide under a rock.

I hope you enjoy my work!

Since I'm just now finding this blog again, the 7th person to comment on my stuff will be send some blog candy!

Here's some stuff I've made for a crop on :


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