Happy Birthday to… (and a giveaway!)

…one of my favorite people in this world.
…someone who can make me laugh with her many wonderful stories.
…one of the best moms in the world.
…my favorite stamper.
…one of my best friends.

Yes, it is Shari Carroll's birthday today.  She is the big 50 today!  (She is gonna kill me!)

And I am gonna ask you to do something for me.  (Pretty please?)  Can you please leave her a birthday message on the Hero Arts blog today HERE?  And, from the comments over on that blog, I will pick a winner of a $20 gift certificate to 2peas!  Please do so by 11:59pmEDT today.  Let's make her birthday the best. :)   Thanks!

And here is the card I created for her for her birthday…

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053009 Shari Birthday 1 Supplies: Quickutz Silhouette (online downloads – the butterfly and the loopy border), Hero Arts stamps (greeting and flower), Distress Inks, the greatest string ever, American Crafts gem brad, sewing machine, office tag

I love dotted paper… and love it even more when you add stamping to the pattern.  For the tag, I rubbed it with Broken China Distress Ink.  I then flicked water on it, creating the cool look.  Oh – and this card was inspired by one I saw by Mary Macaskill.  Love that girl.

Shari girl, I love ya.  Smooch. :)

Oh, and a little warning: I am going to be doing some serious enabling in the coming days.  I have a new best friend: The Silhouette.  I have had it for a long time, but I am really using it a lot now.  (Thanks to Nichol and Kerri!)  Don't you LOVE that loopy border??

Also… I picked a winner from the CFH prize: Melissa Elsner!  Thank you, everyone, for participating.  It was great.

Oh!  And please check out the blinkies you can add to your blog for the Cards for Hero Card Drive Hero Arts is doing.  Please help spread the word.  For information on adding the blinkie, click HERE.

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Thanks for stopping by.  Big hugs to you all…

How-To Video: Enhancing Stamped Backgrounds (and links!)

Happy Wednesday!  And it is an extra special one for me – I get to go tomorrow to Cornerstone!  This time, I get to go with Jana and my mom.  We will have such fun together.

I thought I would link ya all up to a video I have over on the Hero Arts blog.  Click HERE to see all the info. 

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(c) Hero Arts – more info HERE.

Here are some links for you for tonight:

  • Great page by Vicki Boutin HERE.
  • Mary Macaskill is a scrapbooking goddess.  Wow.  Lovin’ the Outtakes page HERE.
  • That Jen Gallacher is amazing.  She is even great at digital – HERE.
  • THIS Pebbles line looks yummy.  I always like their easy-to-use bright papers.
  • Different gear: Does your area have a Recyle Bank program?  Ours does, and I have earned such fabulous things just by recycling.  Discounts at Target, Boden, etc.  What a great thing.
  • Caardvarks had a great shaped challenge – such FUN ideas!  Can you say amazing?
  • THIS is STILL my favorite purchase in a long time.
  • Anyone use THIS stuff yet?  Curious to try it.

On a oh-so-very happy note: The girls summer starts in 9 days.  Or, for Colin: 8 more “sleeps.”  We are all very excited.  When the 5 of us are together, everything seems right in the world.  And louder.  Ha.

Do any of you watch Deadliest Catch?  I am not getting into it this seaons.  Not sure why?

Night!

Happy Memorial Day

Hope you had a great day.  We went to our local parade – it is big, fun and my favorite.  Big hugs and prayers go out to all the military folks out there, and their loved ones.  I admire and appreciate you all.

I have a bundle of stamped cards to share today.  I created these using a bunch of extra kits I had leftover from a class.  So you will notice that they all have the same background and cut. :)

The cards use Hero Arts stamps and notecards… along with stamps from Stamping Bella.  Shari and I met Emily of Stamping Bella at a rep show a few months ago.  She is a doll, and her stamps are such fun.  Irresistible!  So, here are my simple Hero Arts and Stamping Bella creations…  (Forgive the photos -  they are not the best.)

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052409 Bella 5Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (background, greetings, greetings, greetings), Stamping Bella (all other images), Soft Leaf Shadow Ink, White Inkessentials Pen, Black Memories Ink, Copic Glitter Pens, colored pencils, Gamsol, various Hero Arts gems, Hero Arts notecards, Bo Bunny dotted paper, EK Success corner rounder

A few notes on these. :) On all of the backgrounds, I added little white dots (with the fab Ranger Inkessentials Pen) to the pattern of the Hero Arts stamp.  I love how this brings it alive.  I also used the Copic glitter pens on the images to make them pop.

Oh, and this is the class card that I had the kits leftover from…

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By the way, many of the greetings I used on these are from THIS set.  I love it.  Take a close look – lots of good messages there…

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I really like using different stamp companies together.  What are your faves to use in combo?

OK, the Bachelorette.  Wes?  What is with that hair?  Yikes.  But I like Jillian.  She is who she is and has fun.  She reminds me of one of my favorite friends, Courtney – always the one to make you smile.  What do you think of it?  (Please tell me I am not the only mindless person watching it…)

Night.

Cards for Heroes Blog Hop (and Giveaway!)

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I can't begin to tell you how excited I am about this blog hop. I have loved the Cards for Heroes organization since the moment I created my first card for them.  They have it so well "put together" – making it so rewardingfor everyone.  I did a drive for them with Hero Arts back in the fall and we got a TON of cards.  (And, hint hint – be sure to visit the Hero Arts blog on Monday for another chance to play…)

I did two cards for today… the second one uses the scraps from the first.  These aren't my typical style, but fun to do. I used my distress tool a lot on it – adds simple texture and warmth without bulk.

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052209 Heroes 2 Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (stars, greeting and background), Hero Arts long notecard and embossing powder, Distress Inks, Ranger Foam Ink Applicator, Tonic Distressing Tool from Tim Holtz, Autumn Leaves paper (blue), Bo Bunny paper (red and tan), sewing machine, string

And here is the second, using the scraps…

052209 Heroes SpareSupplies: Hero Arts stamps (stars, greeting and background), Hero Arts notecard and embossing powder, Distress Inks, Ranger Foam Ink Applicator, Tonic Distressing Tool from Tim Holtz, Autumn Leaves paper (blue), Bo Bunny paper (red and tan), sewing machine, brads, Quickutz embossing folder, corner rounder

I also thought I would share a card I got recently from one of the heroes who I sent 300 cards to (left over from the card drive in the fall).  She is an MD who is currently serving.  Talk about amazing…

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And a BIG thank you to Sandy, Fabre and the many others who devote so much time to bring smiles to so many faces.  God bless ya to pieces. :)

I thought I would have a giveaway today in honor of CFH.  Just leave a comment here by Monday at 11:59pmEDT telling me something that made YOU smile today (besides being part of this great hop!) and I will pick a winner of this bundle of great goodies, chosen by Colin…

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And, again, be sure to stop by the Hero Arts blog on Monday for a really cool gift, another chance to play and more prizes… all in honor of Cards for Heroes.

Now it is time to hop to the next blog!  Click HERE to go to Lisa Renea's blog.  She is fabulously talented… don't miss it.

Or: click HERE to start the hop from the beginning at the Cards for Heroes Homepage

Thanks for stopping by.  :)

More, more, more…

Before I forget (again)… the winners of the brads are Olivia and Gretchyn! I emailed you both to get your addresses.

Next up, here are some cards I did today while Colin was doing the same. (He likes doing art stuff – it is the only way he is like me – he is totally like his dad every other way.)  I just grabbed some scraps that I had collected over the last week, including some extra stamped pieces, embossed pieces, etc.  (I keep these "nicer" scraps in a little basket to use whenever I am too lazy to create new pieces for cards.  Ha.)  Here are the things I came up with.

This first one is using scraps from the card I did yesterday.  (Which, I realized, I think I broke one of Kristina's challenge rules: I used dark brown for the greeting, but that that isn't in the color combo.  Opps.)  I love these stamps that Dawn created!

052109 Rain or Shine Supplies: Papertrey Ink Stamps (greeting and umbrella), Hero Arts (stamp, notecard and pearls), Making Memories paper (ledger 8×8 paper),  October Afternoon paper (patterned teal), Quickutz embossing folder (on the top teal piece – hard to see), SEI paper (dotted teal), EK Success foam adhesive, corner rounder, Memories Black Inkm string

Here is another use-up-some-good-scraps card.  (Click HERE to watch a video showing the technique on the hearts.)

052109 Love You HeartsSupplies: Papertrey Ink Stamp (greeting), Hero Arts stamps (background and on hearts), Hero Arts gems (which appear to not be put on completely), Quickutz embossing folder, EK Success foam adhesive, corner rounder, Distress Inks, Fiskars heart punch

Time for some links.  You all shared some great manufacturer blogs – thanks!  Here are some of them…

Speaking of Basic Grey: OH MY.  That sums up how I feel about their new lines.  OH MY.  I am SO excited to get these lines.  So very pretty…

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OH MY.  :)

I have been spending a lot of time planting.  And buying more and more plants.  Anyone else planting?  Tell me what you like – I am always looking for new flowers to try.  I like lots of color.  Here are two of my many different clematis (the flowers are bigger than my open hand) and a new hanging pot…

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Night!  See you tomorrow…

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I have a long post in the works, but wanted to jump in quickly for two reasons.

One: It is a very special person's birthday: Tami Hartley.  This girl is a dear angel.  Adore her and so happy to work with her and call her a friend.  If you have a chance, go leave a birthday message over on the Hero Arts Blog – she is leading it this week.  Love ya, Tami!

Next, Ken and Colin went flying tonight.  And what is a girl to do with a quiet house all alone?  Stamp, of course! :)   I never take time to create for fun.  But I needed a card for a friend.  Also, I always struggle with color combos.  Kristina Werner shared a great one this week – very inspiring.  So, here it is…

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Supplies: 2Peas digital greeting (by Kristina Werner), Hero Arts stuff (stamp, white embossing powder, flowers, buttons, pearls, notecard), October Afternoon paper (teal floral), Bo Bunny paper (teal dot), Sassafrass paper (yellow heart), Making Memories (brown dotted and ledger), Quickutz embossing folder (on notecard background – hard to see), Tim Holtz inks (Scattered Straw – for over the white embossed stamped image – and Vintage Photo to distress), Tim Holtz Foam Inking Tool, sewing machine, Corner Chomper, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch

If you are looking for good color combos, check out Kristina's site.  Very helpful.  She does great challenges, and it was fun to play for the first time. 

OK, I must enable for a bit.  And I only enable for the stuff I really love…  :)

I always am looking for Christian messages for my cards.  I LOVE these from Kristina Werner – it is a digi kit.  Easy to use – just open, size and print.  :)

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Run.  Run fast.  Don't walk.  You must go buy this new 8×8 paper pack from Making Memories.  It is delightful in every way.  I bought two packs.  Must. Get. More.

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Also, the Corner Chomper.  This is my new best friend.  It resides on my table within reach at all times.  Does big and small rounded corners through any thickness.

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And!  Embossing folders from Quickutz.  Yes, you can use with your Cuttlebug.  I am in love.  Totally.

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Ok… more later!  Take care.