Saturday, March 27, 2010

Rose & Apricot Floral

Regal Rose and Apricot Appeal are two of my very favorite colors separately, but when you put them together - oh my goodness!! I think I'm in color-heaven. They are just so yummy, almost like ice cream or sherbet colors. And so springy!! Are you getting an idea about just how much I like these two colors?! If not, you really haven't been paying attention the last few minutes. How about I show you just what I'm talking about???
Here's a prime example of how luscious these colors are together. And the stamp set lends itself to this application very nicely, if I do say so myself!
Stamps: With All My Heart (found in the Occasions Mini until the end of April)
Cardstock: Apricot Appeal, Regal Rose, Old Olive, and Whisper White
Ink: Apricot Appeal and Regal Rose
Accessories: XL Fancy Flower Punch, Small Oval Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch (free in SAB til the end of March!!), Regal Rose 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Pretty in Pink Corduroy Buttons and Brads (in Occasions Mini), Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, and Stampin' Sponge quarter, and Dimensionals
Isn't it fabulous how these colors blend together? And the little touch of Old Olive just makes them sing! If you change up the sentiment on this card, you'd be set for just about any occasion big or small with this lovely card. Why not make up a few yourself. If you need to order some of the supplies for this card (especially the ones that won't be around too much longer!), just click on the button on the right for ordering and I'd be happy to help you get these supplies.
Enjoy the lovely spring weather outside. But remember, you can always stamp your own spring inside, no matter what the weather's like outside. Happy stamping!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Easter Treat

Good morning! I've had an ugly week here and I'm so far behind on things it's disgusting. So I've only got a few minutes to share an idea with you. Are you one of those Starbuck's Frappuccino fans that get their fix on a regular basis? Ever wonder what to do with all those lovely bottles that you've saved for an idea that you know you're gonna have as soon as you throw all those bottles out???? Come on now, I know there's got to be a few of you out there! I'm admitting that I'm one of those people. And have a friend who has saved even more than me!!

Well, today I have the perfect use for those bottles! It can hold the traditional jelly beans (or gourmet ones if you have them!), or my favorite - pastel M&M's! Since I didn't have the aforementioned M&M's, I used some Jolly Rancher jelly beans that matched my cardstock colors wonderfully.

As you can see, the decorations on the bottle used the awesome Tea Party Designer Series Paper. The colors are perfect for Easter with all the pinks, purples, yellow, and green. For this application, I stayed with the jelly bean colors and used the polka dot prints.

Punches used:
2" Circle (non SU!), Scallop Circle, Large and Small Ovals, Round Tab, and Lots of Hearts

Colors of cardstock used:
Almost Amethyst, Barely Banana, Close To Cocoa

I forgot to take a picture of the top. That used a 1 3/4" Circle, 1 1/4" Circle, and 1" Circle Punches and the bunny from Eggcoutrements stamp set.

Hope you enjoy this idea. You can make a belly band and medallion to match so many different themes and then it's easy to put together. Have fun, and happy stamping!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sunday Surprise

That's right. Today I have a surprise for you. Since I've been doing such a hit or miss job on posting this past month or two, I'm going to rectify that problem and give you a bundle. Several of us met on Saturday for a shoebox swap. For my card, I had all the ladies make the punch art tree card I posted on Friday. Today I'll show you all the awesome ideas the other ladies had for us to make. Really great ideas, and we had so much fun together. Sorry you missed out on our time together. Here's what else we made....
Since I'm sharing so many today, I won't be giving you all the details. Just some highlights. This first card was designed by Rose D. Don't you love the fact that the M&Ms match the cardstock and ink?? I've got to get some of these for class. The ladies would love this idea!
Stamps used were from the Something Sweet set in the Occasions mini. You can still get this set until the end of April. The sentiment is this same set too.
Next we have a great idea for the more formal times of your life. Isn't this black & white format elegant? This card was designed by Terry M. It's easy but really nice. Thanks for the idea!
The stamp set used is I {Heart} Hearts and the sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes. Both of these sets are must haves and can be used on so many different occasions throughout the year.
Michelle G. shared this adorable card featuring the Tote-ally Tess set. Wouldn't you love to get this card to help you celebrate your birthday? Love the up-to-date khakis and pink shirt Tess is wearing! We spent time thumbing through the catalog to see how many sets had an imaage we could pair up with Tess! How silly, but it was amazing how many things we found!
The DSP in the background is from the Shades of Spring DSP set. They fit just perfectly with our trendy Tess!!
Next we have a card that started with Phyllis D. but had to be changed up because the Abundant Hope stamp set was left home. So after much consulting, we came up with this version to Phyllis' card. (Hope you don't mind too much Phyllis!!!)
The stamp sets are Vintage Vogue and Well-Scripted. These two sets go together so nicely and can be made with so many different colors. So far I've probably seen over 100 cards made with Vintage Vogue and have liked every single one! This is definitely a must have stamp set - get it before the end of April if you want it!!
OK, last card, but certainly not the least! This lovely creation was designed by Beth O. Perfect spring card, isn't it? And Beth was kind enough to give us a mini tutorial on using the corner and border punches together too that was very helpful.
Stamps used are from the Great Friend set which is one of my favorites. And isn't the Pawsitively Prints DSP used on the background and the Trio Flower Punch flowers on the side just perfect for the card? Love it Beth! It's a winner!!
Well, there you have it. A whole slew of ideas to boggle your mind and start you on a stamping frenzy. At least I hope you enjoyed looking at these as much as I enjoyed making them. Have a splendid Sunday evening and renew yourself before the craziness of the week starts.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring is in the air!

I was out walking around today and I noticed lots of buds on the maple tree and a handful of purple crocuses just shining there as pretty as could be. It smelled like spring outside - that fresh, warm smell I've been missing. And the sun felt so lovely and warm on my face. It was a bit breezy, but I could deal with that, no problem! It was a good thing I could enjoy the day today, because we're supposed to be back to 40's and rainy tomorrow. Oh well, that's spring in Michigan. Oh my, did you notice - I really said spring!! Ahhh yes......
Since we're in a spring type of mood today, I thought I'd share a fun little idea to make a tree from punches! Wish my maple tree was covered in leaves like this, but I'll have to be patient. Isn't this the cutest idea? I love all the texture on the tree and check out the trunk! Would you believe it's made with the Modern Label punch?? Just adding some ink using the Direct-to-Paper technique makes all the difference in the world to how it looks!
Thinking ahead to summer days, I used a cloud print from the Welcome Neighbor DSP pad that was free from Sale-A-Bration. Don'cha love those freebies? I wasn't sure how much I'd use those papers, but now I hooked and can't get enough of them!
Stamps: Love Bandit and On Your Birthday
Cardstock: Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla, and Welcome Neighbor Designer Series Paper pad
Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Big Shot with Pindot Embossing Folder, Scallop Oval Punch, Modern Label Punch, Paper Snips, Sponge quarters, and Dimensionals
Hope you enjoyed this little breath of spring. Don't tell anybody, but we're doing a shoebox swap tomorrow and the ladies will be making a slightly different version of this card. Hope they love the idea. I know I thought it was fun when I saw the tree idea someone else had made. Have fun with this and get outside and sit under a tree for awhile. Watch out for the mud though!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Paddy's Day to you!!

Yup, I'm back today 'cuz I totally forgot today was St. Patrick's Day and I had received a card from one of my customers and friends. It's such a cute card for the holiday that I wanted to share it with you.

I don't know where she bought the shamrock print paper, but isn't it just darling? All the shades of green make it easy to coordinate with just about any green cardstock you might have. And just maybe I might be needing another die or two after looking at this. We'll see....

Now when you look at the inside of the card, take a moment to read the sentiment. Very nice, right? She said she printed it out on her computer to compliment the card. I think she did a great job on this and I was just tickled 'green' to have received it! Wish it was easy for me to come up with great sentiments like this. Some people really have a talent for finding just the right words for any occasion.

Well, hope you enjoyed this little extra pinch of a golden idea sent your way. Thank you Gayle for the lovely card and inspiration. Wishing you all the luck of the Irish!

Top o' the day to you!

Two Fer Wednesday

Yes, it's usually two fer Tuesday, but I seem to be a little behind this week. Actually I was only going to show you this first one, but thought you might like to see two variations. This was one of the make and takes at a workshop last Friday night. To be on the safe side, I figured I'd better bring something else along in case someone doesn't have a mother to give the card to. And it was a good thing I did, as several opted for the 2nd version. Here the two versions are. Hope you like them...
Stamps: Messages for Mom
Cardstock: Pale Plum, Rich Razzleberry, and Whisper White
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Big Shot with Finial Press Embossing Folder, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Mat Pack and Piercing Tool, and Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Ribbon
Here's the 2nd version. Just a small variation with the wording. And on this one, the flower spray was stamped with Pale Plum ink to fill in the large open white space.
Isn't this Messages for Mom set just the prettiest around? Love how soft and vintage you can make it look. Right up my alley. And all the sentiments included in the set make it easy to find just the right words to use. Hope you like it and give this set a try too. I'm sure you'll be able to come up with dozens of wonderful cards with it. In fact, if you do make something with this idea, I'd love to hear from you and see what you've made!
Happy stamping,

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Stamping 411 Challenge 142

Yes, I know. I'm waaaaaay late on this sketch, but I've been so busy! Actually I'm just thrilled to have gotten a card made in time for a change. Seems like I've been really hit or miss with these sketches for the last several months. And it's a shame because they always have great ideas at the 411 Sketch. As soon as I laid eyes on this sketch I knew exactly what I wanted to use - the awesome Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack. Isn't it just the greatest bunch of patterns and prints to work with?? I've pretty much decimated my first pack and I've been pilfering from the 2nd pack already. I've been trying to use up all the first pack before I dive into the newest package, but it's hard. I always have favorites that I want to use all the time! Don't you??
Didn't get much stamping done on this card, but that's quite alright as far as I'm concerned. The colors and patterns make it lovely without a lot of other additions.
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Kraft and So Saffron cardstock with Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Sweet Pea Felt Flowers, Word Window Punch, Sponge quarter, and Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue
As you can see, the sketch pattern was not followed exactly. But it's pretty close. The ribbon just didn't want to be on the card anywhere, so I deleted that and added the sentiment in the Word Window instead. It seemed a good trade-off at the time.
It's really a great sketch for using up all those bits of DSP that are too big to throw away, but too small to use alone. This was one of the projects at a workshop last night, and the ladies really liked the felt flowers with the matching DSP, and that's really what counts. I love seeing someone who says they can't stamp make a cute card like this and be so tickled about it!! This sketch and the products that Stampin'Up! provides make it easy for anyone to make their very own masterpiece!! So get out your stamps and papers and start having fun!!!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Easter Chickie

Are you in the mood for Easter with all the little chickies, and jelly beans, and chocolate??? Yes? Me too! But I don't have and jelly beans or chocolate today. Oh bummer!! So what am I left with? Yup, just those little chickies. So that's what I'm sharing with you today. This is the fourth and very last card from classes last week.
Isn't it just too darn cute? Even before you know that it flips open, it's darling just like that. But then the top of the egg flips up and you get your little chickie smiling at you. (Do chicks actually smile?? hmmm...) Anyway, everyone just thought this was the cutest card ever. And there wasn't even too much grumbling about all the cutting out they had to do either!!
Stamps: A Good Egg
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana, Whisper White, with Tea Party and Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper packs
Ink: Stazon Jet Black pad, Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal, Barely Banana, Only Orange Markers
Accessories: Soft Subtle Mini Brads, 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, and Paper Snips
Cute, right? Too bad the glitter doesn't really show up on this picture. It's really sparkly and very spring-y looking! How do you like the two different DSP's together? Match nicely, don't they?
Now, I just wish I had a young child to send this card to. Maybe it would work for Uncle Rey - he's in his 80's but is definitely a child at heart and would probably get a kick out of this!
Hope you enjoyed visiting with my little chickie. Have a serene and rejuvenating Sunday so you're ready to face the coming week.
God bless,

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Another Class Card Doubled

I forgot to show you the rest of the cards from this past week's classes. So far you've seen two, so tonight I'll post another. You'll just have to come back for the last installment of the wildly popular show titled 'Class Cards for March'! Sorry, just being a little silly here! It's been a long week, but a good one. So on with the sharing....

So, what do you do when you've got a head-count for your classes, you've checked on supplies and have just enough of the little accessory pieces and DSP, then someone calls and says they want to come to class and bring a friend. Well, you call one of your downline and beg a sheet of DSP and some felt flowers. You run over there so you can get it, get home, and get it all cut and packaged up. The next day you get another call about more people wanting to come at the last minute. What to do? Turn them away??? Heavens no! It's time to just rethink the project and make a different version of the card for the last group of four ladies. And that's just what happened this week. Now I'm certainly not complaining 'cuz it's great having lots of people coming to classes. It would just make it easier if I knew a little bit more ahead of time so I could be better prepared. But where's the fun in that??

Here's the first version of the card in question.

Stamps: Well-Scripted (Occasions Mini)
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Whisper White with Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink: Regal Rose
Accessories: Big Shot with Scallop Square Clear Die, Wide Oval and Scallop Oval Punches, Scallop Border Punch, and Sweet Pea Felt Flowers

When I got the second phone call about more stampers, this is how I changed the card. I have to be honest, I like the first one better. If I had not panicked, I think I would have changed the card base to Vanilla and the scalloped trim to the Pretty in Pink. Maybe I'll have to give that version a try too. As you can see, there were no more felt flowers, but I had a few more leaves so I used them with the pink corduroy buttons. Oh well, the ladies certainly didn't complain about this version of the card and really seemed to like it. (of course, they didn't see the first version! and don't you go telling them about it either!!!) lol

It's been rainy and chilly here, but we were out running errands today anyway. You know how it is, when you're low on groceries, you've got to go shopping no matter what. And I'm still here so I guess I'm just not sweet enough to melt! Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Another Sweet Pea card

I just can't seem to leave that Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper alone! I love, love, love it in case you can't tell by how often I've been using it! This is a fun card that can be used for so many different occasions because I just tagged it with the 'for you' sentiment. I'll get around to doing the inside at a later date when needed. Aren't these prints just gorgeous together? There are so many different prints in this huge pack of paper that's it's hard to choose which ones to use first. Or second, or third...... Yeah, you get the idea. And sooner or later I'm going to be using them all!!!!

Stamps: Happy Moments
Cardstock: Barely Banana, Taken with Teal, Sahara Sand, Old Olive, and Whisper White cardstock with Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack
Ink: Basic Black and Taken with Teal Markers
Accessories: Big Shot with Pindot Embossing Folder, Soft Subtle Brads, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Word Window Punch, and Chocolate Chip 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon

One of my favorite things about this card is the fact it could be for a man or woman. The colors and layout aren't too frou-frou so I think it would be appropriate for either. Also keeping the bling to a very minimal amount helps to keep it more gender neutral. I had been thinking about making more of these to send to 'From Our Hearts' for the soldiers, so I didn't add a bow on the ribbon. I try to keep the cards a little flatter so there isn't any extra postage required and it's easier for them to write home on. Putting a bow on is cute, but makes for quite a lumpy card. So if you're not worried about needing extra postage, I'd consider adding a little bow to the top of the birdcage. Let me know if you use this idea for a layout and how it turned out. I'd love to hear from you.

Have a great day. And if you're in Michigan - enjoy the sunshine!!!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Welcome Neighbor Masculine

Do you have trouble coming up with ideas for masculine cards? Especially when you don't have stamps that fit the genre! That's one of my problems. Whenever I go to purchase a new stamp set, I really lean towards feminine, floral, vintage styles. Now there's not a thing wrong with those generally, but it plays havoc with trying to make masculine cards.

This is class week and several ladies have asked for some masculine card ideas. I guess I've put them off long enough and it's time to deliver! I was blog-surfing last week and found something that I could tweak and make my own to keep my ladies happy. Lynn at Mango Boys and Me had just what I needed to get me going. You can check her version and then mine. Her's is really cute and you might like it better than mine, and I guess that's ok too. I followed her sample pretty closely, but changed up some of the items used and the colors. Anyway this is what I've come up for class tonight and throughout the week.
Stamps: Vintage Labels, Trendy Trees
Cardstock: More Mustard, Old Olive, Crushed Curry cardstock and Welcome Neighbor Designer Paper Pad
Ink: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, and Old Olive
Accessories: Big Shot and Lots Of Tags Sizzlits Dies, Corner Rounder Punch, Chocolate Chip 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Hemp Twine, Rough Texture Jumbo Wheel and Handle, and Sponge quarters
That's about it for the card. I did use the trendy trees along the bottom edge of the card inside to make it a little more fun.
The way the paper was cut - 3"x4"- I was able to get two from each 6x6" piece of paper. That left a strip of dsp that is 2"x6" that I'll have to do something with. I had thought of making the dsp a 3"x3" square, but liked the looks of this better. Any suggestions on what to do with the leftovers???? I've got 11 pieces so I need to do something with them.
Keep stamping and creating. If you live in the Detroit area and are interested in taking classes, give me a heads up and I'd be happy to give you info about my classes.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sweet Sunday Floral

Today has been a very sweet, quiet day so far and I hope it continues on through the evening. I didn't sleep much last night - just too many things floating around in there. Nothing earth shattering, just stuff. So needless to say, I'm enjoying the quiet today 'cuz I'm only half here. I'm not sure where the other half of me is, but maybe I'll connect back tomorrow and be more like myself! I hope that's a good thing!! lol
Lately my sister and I have been chatting quite often discussing baby shower stuff, and of course the topic always turns to stamping and what we've been making. She's been encouraging me to try my hand at these gorgeous paper flowers that are everywhere lately, and I finally gave them a try. OMG, I am hooked!! (Look what you started Connie!!) They are so gorgeous and touchable. I can't help myself! I just have to go make some more! Here's the first one, but by no means the last! lol
After creating this beauty, I tried several backgrounds and decided to stay very plain so it didn't detract from the floral focal point. I tried faux-stitching, piercing, stamping, etc. but thought simple looked best. So what do you think???
Stamps: On Your Birthday
Cardstock: Whisper White, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, and Apricot Appeal and Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack (love this paper!!)
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: XLarge Fancy Flower Punch, 5-Petal Flower Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Modern Label Punch, Fire Round Rhinestone Brad, and Vanilla Satin Ribbon.
Like I said, this card is just so touchable! Can you see the awesome texture and softness of the flower? It's all in the smooshing and rolling around the cardstock to create such texture. Since I was so enamored of this creation, I figured all my class ladies would love this technique as much as I do. So what did I do? I made a totally different version of this card for them to try. I just didn't have enough of this cool Sweet Pea Designer Paper left for everyone else!! This is one of my favorite designs in the pack and thus is aaaaaall gone!
So do you think the class ladies will like this technique and want to make more? How can they not!! Now I guess I'll go try making more of these flowers using different punches. Maybe I can make a whole garden of these beauties and have my very own spring here no matter what the weather is outside.
Enjoy your Sunday, and think warm breezes and floral scents from spring. Ahhh, I'm so ready!!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Saturday Night Special

Well, maybe not too special, but I wanted to get something posted yet tonight. There are a few cards I've got set aside for those days when I didn't get just too much stamping done. No mojo and not enough time, or something like that. Instead of stamping this afternoon, I stepped out and had lunch with my kids and then did a little fabric shopping. So much fun!! But that led to not much stamping time.

Anyway, this is a card that's super quick to make, and can easily be changed around with any Designer Series Paper pack that you have on hand.

Stamps: Happy Everything
Cardstock: Whisper White, Barely Banana, Old Olive with Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Sending Love Expoxy Brads, 3/4", 1", 1 1/4", and 1 3/4" Circle Punches, Mat Pack and Paper Piercing Tool, and Dimensionals

If you've got an assortment of circle punches, you can make this card. All you have to do is decide which one of your lovely DSP papers you've been hoarding you want to cut up. lol Or if you've been a good little girl and have been using all your DSP, well then you've got lots of little scraps to use up! Either way, this card will look totally different with each different paper and color combo you choose!

And don't forget to jazz it up with a little bling. I just love, love, love those teeny epoxy brads! So darn cute. But if you don't want to use those, there's plenty of other ways you can add that touch of bling - the sky's the limit! Have fun creating your own masterpiece.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Good Stampin' Morning to ya'll

Hope you've been finding time to get some stamping done! That's about all that's been on my mind the last couple of days. Tuesday the church ladies got together and stamped their little hearts out for our soldiers. We had a couple new ladies join us this month (hi Joy and Andrea!) for the first time. Our little band of stampers keeps growing! To me it's incredible that there are more ladies that come each month, so that even if some of the regulars can't make it we still have a good crowd! This is growing so fast that I'm having trouble keeping up with the demands of having enough cardstock, envelopes, and clear envelopes. Who would have thought that possible 6 months ago when we started out with just 3 of us.

Since you've been so patient with me posting so sporadically lately, I thought I'd inundate you with cards today! Well actually, 2 cards is not inundating you, but more like just sharing. So here are 2 of the cards we made on Tuesday. The other two we made I've already shared with you. The cards are simply made without alot of bells and whistles used, but since most of the ladies coming claim yheyare not stampers it works better this way. Seeing the results of what they make though, I don't think they can say they're not stampers anymore! hehehe Wonder if they're getting hooked???

Here's the Mother's Day selection. Like I said, very simple but the ladies making them all said they would be happy to get this card so the recipients should like it!

Stamps: All Holidays (unknown butterfly)
Cardstock: Whisper White and Pixie Pink
Ink: Garden Green and Pink Passion
Accessories: Big Shot, Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder, Stampin' Pastels with Qtips, and Butterfly Punch (unknown)

Thought we should make some children's birthday cards as they're always needed, so this is the one that we made.

Stamps: Bugs and Kisses
Cardstock: So Saffron, Whisper White with Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper
Ink: So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive
Accessories: Scallop Square Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Cropadile, Sponge quarters, Pewter Jumbo Eyelets, Old Olive Twill Ribbon(retired)

Hope you like these ideas and can maybe use them as a springboard for more elaborate cards that you'd like to send. All totalled, the ladies stamped for 1 1/2 hours and made 68 cards. Congratulations and many, many heartfelt thanks to all the ladies who came out to stamp! You're so precious to me and you're making a difference in so many peoples' lives! Thanks for all you do.

If you're interested in learning more about 'From Our Hearts' ( the not-for-profit group that coordinates the mailings ofall these cards getting them to the chaplains in a timely fashion), just click on the button on the right side and that'll take you directly to their blog. This is my major calling right now - to touch the lives of others through my card-making, and God is really blessing these efforts. Thanks for letting me share this with you!

Happy stamping today!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Catching Up

I can't believe how tired I was yesterday after the all-day crop on Saturday. It's been ages since I've actually taken an afternoon nap, but after finding myself falling asleep twice in the afternoon, I gave in to it and slept almost 3 hours!! OMG! I didn't think I'd ever get to sleep last night, but I zoned out before midnight (which is early for me!) and slept like a baby. Which is a good thing, because I ran around like a mad-woman today!! Guess I knew I'd need all that extra energy or something! lol My sister and I did a bit more planning for my daughter's upcoming baby shower. It's all planned out now and all the invites are addressed and ready to mail. Yah!! One more thing to cross off my to-do list!

Anyway, you didn't stop by to hear all about my sleeping habits and jobs, did you? Let's get on with the card sharing! All right then... I saw a card made with this color combo and all I could think of was Neapolitan ice cream! Is that what you see when you look at this card??? I changed the card that she made, but kept the yummy colors. (Where's that ice cream honey..?)

Stamps: Define Your Life and Flight of the Butterfly
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Close to Cocoa, and Pretty in Pink
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Butterfly Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Gold Mini Brad, Sponge quarter, and Dimensionals

This is one of the cards the ladies at church will be making tomorrow night for the soldiers. There are several different choices of wording they'll be able to use when making their cards. Since so many of the ladies that come out each month are not stampers, I try to keep the cards fairly simple. I think they'll like making these, and I hope the soldiers will like sending these cards home to their families.

If you're interested in making cards for our troops, click on the 'From Our Hearts' button on the right for more information. This is one of those ways you can make a difference in someone else's life. Spread the love around!