July 30, 2007

Beeee....Happy!!! { Stampendous Bees }

The first time I saw these adorable little smiling bees I knew I had to have them! There is an entire line of them made by Stampendous, called the "Bee Happy" Stampendous BEES. I purchased mine from my favorite eBay seller you hear me talk so much about ~ Michelle at "Stampers Dream".

For this card, I used Stampin' Up! marigold morning cardstock and layered on striped paper by Flair Designs. The bees were colored with prismacolor pencils and I doodled around them with a fine zig marker.

I hope this card makes you SMILE! :)

Happy Stampin! ~ Pam :)

Quote for Today ~

"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy."

Guillaume Apollinaire

July 29, 2007

Check out my "Sundae Shoes"!

Isn't this YUMMY?!

This is another one of those terrific images that I received from my favorite eBay seller ~ Michelle at "Stampers Dream". She goes all out and stamps them with Versafine black ink and embosses it too. The stamp is by Stampendous ~ appropriately called "Sundae Shoes". I colored it with prismacolor pencils and added a little bling with my glitter pen.
The stripe patterned background paper is by KI Memories and the floral one on top is called "happy pink floral" (appropriate, huh?) by Pebbles, Inc.

The flower die cut on the bottom is from a Sizzlits die. I found a brand new package of these at a yard sale for $1!! No kidding! I wasn't sure if they would work in my Cuttlebug, but I thought for only $1 I would give it a try. Sure enough, it works like they were made for it! : )

Wishing you all a Happy Sunday! I'm hoping to spend some time on the patio catching some rays and coloring a few more images. This week I got two of the super cute "Bee Happy" Stampendous BEES and I'm so anxious to ink & color them!
Stay tuned for more later....I think I hear the ice cream calling me name...

Smiles, Pam :)

Quote for Today ~

"Artists are nearest to God. Into their souls He breathes His life, and from their hands it comes in fair, articulate forms to bless the world." ~ Josiah G Holland

July 28, 2007

FUN night at Stamp Club! { Stampin' it Up! }

Last night our Stampin' Up! group met and had a wonderful time creating with the new IN colors! Special thanks to our hostess Mandey ~ "Who Knew...Creativity!" and to our super creative SU demo Jason Barelman. (Jason, you need a blog or SU site for me to link to! :)

Look at these fantastic projects we made! The first is a birthday card using the new "Pick a Petal" set (p 133) which is now at the top of my wish list after I get all the new colors. This is a 5 x 5 square card in chocolate chip and we've layered on Soft Sky designer series paper. We stamped the polka dot petal on soft sky cardstock, cut it out and attached with dimensionals. The double stitched ribbon in soft sky is the perfect touch.

Then we had a special demonstration by my sweet DIL Jami ~ "Crazy Daisy Creations" showing us how to create this matching box with the "Five in One Card Cover" template (p. 169) from Stampin' Up! Isn't it gorgeous?! We used the same soft sky designer paper and chocolate chip cardstock as the card. The adorable little tag was made with the new SU scalloped punch (p. 183) and the 1-1/4" and 1" circle punches. The sentiment is from the "Circle of Friendship" set (p. 150). If you are interested in creating one of these nifty little boxes, there is an excellent tutorial at SplitcoastStampers.

As if this wasn't enough, we made one more FUN card using the "Pick a Petal" set. We could choose which IN color we wanted for the card and I *had* to go with "Wild Wasabi" ~ my new favorite GREEN! :) We started by inking the background with the "Spot On" jumbo wheel. The dragonfly wings were created with one of the petals from "Pick a Petal". Of course, I had to choose the SMILE doodled one. The black dots for the body are just black cardstock punched with the 1/4" and 1/2" circle punches. We doodled around the edge and gave him some antennas and that was that!

I'm really loving these cards and wishing I had ordered this set! :)
Now, I better get on with laundry and pick up the house and hopefully make time for more stamping later today!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Smiles, Pam : )

Quote for Today ~

"Beauty comes from a life well lived. If you've lived well, your smile lines are in the right places." ~ actress Jennifer Garner

July 25, 2007

Stamp Club Challenge { grateful }

Last month at Stampin' Up! Stamp Club we made this "Cool Caribbean" rectangular thank you card and we were challenged to make another card using this layout. (This is a 6x6 square folded in half.)

I'm enjoying the summer months and certainly not ready for Fall yet, but I wanted to use another stamp from the SU "Give Thanks" set (see sunflower in previous post) and this is what I came up with. I stamped the basket of leaves in black and colored them with prismacolor pencils. The cardstock is all Stampin' Up! -- pumpkin pie, more mustard and real red. The sentiment "grateful" is from SU set - "Small Script". I stamped the card with the "weathered" background and the small piece behind the image was stamped with the "canvas" background stamp. Lately, I've been using patterned papers on almost all my cards, so it was good to use my background stamps again! The ribbon is also from SU - mustard grosgrain.

The inside sentiment is another stamp from the "Give Thanks" set and it is also my Quote for Today ~

"Give thanks for the simple things in life."

July 24, 2007

Simple Sunflower { Give Thanks by Stampin' Up! }

This simple sunflower stamp is from the Stampin' Up set "Give Thanks". If you're not familiar with this set, it is on page 30 of the new 2007 Fall & Winter catalog. I especially like the bucket of apples and the basket of leaves and will have fun coloring those as well!

For this card I used SU Old Olive cardstock and layered on the floral patterned paper by Frances Meyer. I think I've had this paper forever and have always loved the colors in it.

Have you noticed how many of my cards are GREEN? Whatzup with that? I didn't think it was my favorite color, but maybe it is!?? :)

Where do these evenings go? They fly by and I never get as much accomplished as I want to!
Oh well, tomorrow is another day! :)

Smiles, Pam :)

Quote for Today ~

"If you can't see the bright side, then polish the dull side; stop living on grumble corner - move to Thanksgiving Street." - unknown

July 23, 2007

What was I thinking?! { Holiday Circle Journal Swap }

In a very weak moment, not having a clue what I was doing, I signed up for Shuggy's Holiday Circle Journal Swap at The Stamp Shack! She sent us all the instructions and told us not to stress ~ just have FUN with it! Once I figured out my theme and papers, it all fell into place and I really did enjoy it!

The theme of my journal is "SWEET Holiday Memories". I've asked the other 6 participants to sign in on one of the tags and tell a little about themselves, attaching a photo if they want to.

I'm not sure that you can read it in the photo, so here is what my welcome and instructions say:

"Welcome to my circle journal of sweet holiday memories! Doesn’t it seem that food is inherently connected to our family traditions, especially around the holidays?

I invite you to add a two-page design of your own and share a traditional family recipe, a special family prayer, or a memorable gift that exudes your sweet holiday memories."

Then on the next page, I tell about one of my *sweet* holiday memories:

"Christmas cutout cookies are a holiday tradition in our family. This photo is of my nephew jon. He just turned 25 this month, so this picture is probably 20 years old! My sister judy and her family live in California and they were visiting us in Nebraska for the holidays. We all have sweet memories of jon helping bake the Christmas cookies that year!"

Mom’s Christmas Cutout Sugar Cookies
Crème together until fluffy: 1 cup margarine, 1-1/2 cups sugar, 3 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla
Sift together:
3-1/2 cups flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
Mix flour mixture with butter mixture and chill 3-4 hours. Roll out on a well floured surface, 1/8 – ¼” thick. Cut out with cookie cutters. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 375 degrees, 6-7 minutes. Frost, decorate with candy sprinkles and enjoy!!!

It's getting late and I really must get to bed earlier than I did last night! It was after midnight and I need more than 6 hours of sleep!

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Smiles, Pam :)

Quote for Today ~

""Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory." - Albert Schweitzer

July 22, 2007

ME??? { a Rockin' Girl Blogger? }

I'm not sure who dreams up all these fun little blog "awards", but it really is a neat way to recognize some of your favorite blogs and encourage others to visit them. I know that I've found some of my favorites this way.

Anyway, bless you Charmaine of "Oodabug Alley", and Angie of "Stampings of the Shug" for nominating ME as a "Rockin Girl Blogger"! I find it ironic, as I can't even dance. But, at least I can STAMP! :) hee hee

Now, I am supposed to nominate 5 of my favorite blogs, which I find extremely difficult to do as I have WAY more favorites than that! You can check out the long list of my favorite blogs on the left side of my home page and see them all. But, since the "rules" are to name five, I'll do just that:

  1. Jami ~ Crazy Daisy Creations (my sweet DIL - she's SO creative!)

  2. Michelle ~ Stamper's Dream (she is also my favorite eBay seller!)

  3. Erin ~ Erin K Creations (her creations are always SO FUN and I love her sense of humor!)

  4. Melissa ~ Stamping Through the Tulips (a SU demo with loads of talent!)

  5. Beth ~ Sunflowers & Dragonflies (a very talented artist that finds stampng "therapeutic"!)

And I really want to give an "Honorable Mention" to FLOSSIE. What a sweetheart! She visits my blog daily and leaves the nicest comments of encouragment. Flossie, I appreciate YOU so much and would love to know if you have your own blog or gallery somewhere. If so, please do let me know. Hugs, Pam :)

Smiley Hugs to My Friends! { Awesome Mail Week }

This past week has been the best mail week *ever*! In my opinion, there is just nothing better than receiving handmade cards from others!

The *gorgeous* card on the left is from none other than Charmaine, of "Oodabug Alley" fame. Isn't it fabulous?! She's used two of the new Stampin' Up! in-colors, River Rock and Soft Sky. They are on my wish list now, for sure! Thank YOU so much Charmaine! :)

The next card (on the right) is SUPER bright and cheerful, just like the cardmaker herself... Myrna, a special friend from The Stamp Shack. She even included a couple *cute* little 2-step stampin flower stamps that I can't wait to use. Thank YOU so much Myrna! :)

Last but not least, I received a wonderful surprise RAK package from Debbie, "1 of 2 Shoes", at The Stamp Shack. Little did she know, I was doing a personal challenge this past week to create cards using scalloped punches. Would you believe she sent me a huge assortment in all colors, shapes and sizes?! I used two of them on my "Hoppy" card yesterday. (see previous post)

And that's not all! She sent me one of my ALL-TIME favorite stamps too... the Aloha Fishing Mouse by Great Impressions! OMG, am I going to have FUN with this! : )

And take a look at the beautiful card she sent with it. (below) It is just so lovely and her comments inside *so* very kind and encouraging! I should have taken a photo of her padded envelope too...a work of ART! She fancy doodled all around my name and address. And yes, I noticed the smiley face Debbie! You really must check out her blog, "The Shoe Closet". Debbie is The QUEEN of prismacoloring! Her gallery at The Shack proves this! Check it out...you'll be amazed! Thank you SO MUCH Debbie!

Bless you all and thank you again for inspiring me and motivating me to continue stamping and sharing my creations with you via this blog. And my "Quote of the Day" seems so appropriate here . . .

"If I had a star for everytime you made me *smile*, I would be holding the night sky in my hand."
~ unknown

July 21, 2007

"Hoppy for You!" { Card 7 ~ Scalloped Punch Week }

TA-DA! Are you "hoppy" for me? :)

I know, bad pun, but do you like card 7 of my personal "Scalloped Punch Week" challenge?
It makes me *smile* and I can't wait to send it to someone. This is one of those cards that just came together easily for some reason. (I love it when that happens!) First of all, I have to tell you that out of the blue I received a very special surprise RAK package in the mail this week. I'll post a photo and tell you all about it in another post, but....inside was this huge assortment of scalloped punches in all different sizes and shapes!!! No kidding! This package was mailed from California to me before she even knew I was doing this challenge. Can you believe this? Is this a "quinkydink" or what?!

Anyway... the two green patterned paper scalloped punches are from that assortment. The inside circle is a 2" Stampin' Up! circle punch. The cute little froggie is from "Very Punny" by Stampin' Up! I masked off the "Hoppy for you!" beneath the frog and made a separate tag with the sentiment. The green plaid background paper is a leftover piece and I don't recall the company. I Cuttlebugged the green strip across the center with the Tiny Bubbles embossing folder. The ribbon is by SU - olive.

I hope this card makes you "HOPPY"!! hee hee : )
Have a wonderful weekend and stay tuned for my next post sharing with you my awesome mail week... lots of fantastic surprises! Smiles, Pam :)

Quote for Today ~

"Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out, share, SMILE, hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself." ~ Og Mandino

July 20, 2007

It's a BIRD-day! { Scalloped Punch Week - Card 6 }

Did you wonder if I would come through with 6 scalloped punch cards in a row? :) This has been FUN and sort of a personal challenge. Once I told you I was going to do it, I wanted to stick with it. And honestly, as with anything, it helps to have a goal! :)

This cute little birdie and sentiment are from "Bird-day Designs", a Clear Design set by Hero Arts. I've colored the image with prismacolor pencils, doodled around the edge, and backed with two square scalloped punches taped together to form a rectangular frame. The striped background paper has been punched on the right side with my corner rounder to get the scalloped edge. The inside sentiment says "...it's a BIRD-day!"

TGIF! As always, I'm *so* looking forward to the weekend! I must work on a swap that I signed up for at The Stamp Shack that is due next week. It's for a 6x6 holiday circle journal and this is the first one I've done. If you have any suggestions or tips, please send them my way!
Have a wonderful weekend! Smiles, Pam :)

Quote for Today ~

A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip! ~Author Unknown

July 19, 2007

* F R E E D O M * { Scalloped Punch Week - Card 5 }

This morning on my drive into work, I was listening to US92 and the dj was telling about a soldier from Northeast Nebraska who was seriously injured in Iraq. They were asking for prayers for Spc. Eric Raymond of Wisner, NE who was wounded while patrolling the streets of Baghdad. He's back in the States now recovering and it would be great to show him our support!

If you are interested, you may send cards, letters and well wishes to:

Spc. Eric Raymond
7113 A Garcia Blvd
Fort Lewis, WA 98433

So, that is where my inspiration came from for this card. I had recently used this same patterned paper for a 4th of July card that I posted and I had some pieces leftover. It is by doodlebug design, inc. (946 yankee doodles & 947 stars and stripes). The card base and the round scalloped circle are Stampin' Up! brilliant blue. The bottom strip and the corners are SU real red. I printed "FREEDOM" on my pc using the Stampin' Up! font cd - Contempo Caps. "God Bless the U.S.A. is cut from the patterned paper and framed with a small piece of real red. The flag is a retired Stampin' Up! stamp "God Bless America". I inked it with markers and eliminated the phrase underneath so it would fit within my mega white circle punch out.

I still intend to create two more scalloped punch cards this week, so stay tuned!
Smiles, Pam : )

Quotes for Today ~

"Freedom is never free." ~ unkown

"... ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." ~ John F. Kennedy

July 18, 2007

Thoughts of You . . . { Scalloped Punch Week - Card 4 }

Last weekend, I found this neat little stamp in the $1 bin at Michaels. Isn't it great? I stamped it using Versafine onyx black on white cardstock and then punched it out with the mega circle punch. It needed some color, so I used my prismacolor pencils to bring it to life. : )
In this case, I stamped and colored the image before I had any idea what my card was going to look like. Then, I sorted through all my blue and green cardstock to find something that would "go" with it. This patterned paper is from a Stampin' Up! line that was sold last year in a mini catalog. For the scalloped giga circle and the card itself, I used SU bashful blue. The green paper was put through my Cuttlebug with the Script embossing folder to give it some added texture. The two side tabs were created with the SU word window punch, cut in half.

Just tonight, I heard from a friend at The Stamp Shack that another "shackie" is going through a tough time right now. This card will be going in the mail to her tomorrow with some positive thoughts! Thank you all for stopping by today! Stay tuned for another "punch card" tomorrow! Smiles, Pam :)

Quote for Today ~

"Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day." ~
Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

July 17, 2007

Luv You! { Scalloped Punch Week - Card 3 }

As I said yesterday, I am determined to make a card each day this week using my neglected scalloped punches! Tonight's card was created using the mega oval and the giga scalloped oval clever lever craft punches by Marvy Uchida. (thank you Jami! ;) The background cardstock is by Imaginisce ~ Black Tie Optional. My good friend Donna (craftingcrazy) in Oregon sent me this terrific rubber stamp by Savvy Stamps. This is the first time that I've thought to stamp it in all black, but I thought it looked best this way with the black & white background. I've added dimensionals under the oval and the 'luv you" sentiment. What do you think? Is it too busy? I always read and look forward to your comments. Thank you and check back for card 4 tomorrow! Smiles, Pam : )

Quote for Today:

The best things in life are the people we love, the places we've been, and the memories we've made along the way! ~unknown

July 16, 2007

HELLO good friend! { Scalloped Punch Week - Card 2 }

How's this for a super simple card? I think it could be made in ten minutes or less if you had your supplies ready to go! This week, I'm going to TRY to post a card each day using the Marvy Uchida clever lever scalloped punches that I've *invested* in. : ) I simply *had* to have them, and so far I've rarely used them. So, stay tuned for more card creations using the circle, square and oval giga scalloped punches. (I don't have the oval, but my DIL does! :)

The image on the card is from a $1 Michaels stamp. I colored it and inked the edges. For the card and the scalloped circle, I've used Stampin' Up! Marigold Morning (In Color) cardstock. The patterned paper is from a DCWV stack. (sorry, I don't recall which one). You'll notice in the photo that I've stamped a matching envelope too. I usually try to do this with all my cards. This one will be going in the mail tomorrow to a very special friend.

Quotes for Today ~

"Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer." ~Author Unknown

"A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails." ~Donna Roberts

"A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world." ~Leo Buscaglia

July 15, 2007

Hang in There! { Scalloped Punch Week - Card 1 }

Happy Sunday to you ALL
from Changito the Monkey!

Yesterday, I was 'missing in action' as hubby and I took a quick day trip to Omaha and did a little shopping and went out for lunch. He thought he *needed* some new duck decoys for hunting and I thought I *needed* to go to Archivers to see what was new in the world of paper crafting! :) I bought a few more patterned papers in the "Hit the Beach Collection" by Flair Designs and a fun acrylic stamp set by Hero Arts - "Friendship Messages". I certainly didn't *need* it, but I had a 25% coupon that I HAD to use, of course! :)

On to my card of the day... the minute I saw "Changito" hanging from his lone branch, I knew I had to have him! :) Isn't he just the cutest little monkey ever?! Again, I bought him from my favorite eBay seller - Michelle at Stampers Dream. Changito was colored with prismas and then I doodled around the edge. The background paper is by Cloud 9 Design and it's named "Leaf Your Troubles Behind". How appropriate is that?!! :) I've framed the image with the square scalloped punch by Marvy Uchida. Since it wasn't quite large enough, I improvised and hid the open corners by layering on the green 'photo corners'. Those were created using my 1-1/4" square punch and cutting it in half diagonally.

Quotes for the Day ~

can be a challenge for all of us at times and having a good sense of humor and positive attitude helps get us through those trying times.

~ When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

~ When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe

~ What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement - and we will make the goal. ~Jerome Fleishman

Have a WONDERFUL day & Keep Smiling! :)

July 11, 2007

Hello Friend! { Hedgie by Penny Black }

First, it was the cute little mice and now I'm in love with this adorable little hedgehog! I received this image in the mail awhile back from Sherri @ Sherri's Flip Floppin' Blog and wasn't really sure how to color a "Hedgie". Recently, I saw this rubber stamp by Penny Black online and noticed how it was colored.
Anyway, I hope you like it and it makes you SMILE! :)
Card info: the patterned paper is by The Paper Studio ~ green w/spring flowers. The cardstock is Stampin' Up! barely banana, distressed with the canvas background stamp. The sentiment "hello friend" is from a TAC set - Tag Tidbits. Scalloped circle is the 1" Martha Stewart punch.

July 09, 2007

Listen Honey ~ God didn't promise it would be easy...

... He just promised it would be worth it!

This Emerson image was sent to me by Stacy (jbgreendawn) at the Stamp Shack.
It makes me smile. : )
It was colored with prismacolor pencils and I doodled around the edge with a fine ZIG pen. The oval at her feet was created using the small SU oval punch. I punched a scrap of cardstock and created a template to color inside.
This is a standard size card 4-1/4" x 5-1/2". I've covered the front with a piece of Stampin' Up chocolate chip and then I cut a curved piece of "Au Chocolate" polka dot. You'll notice I colored in the white dots with my tempting turquoise SU marker. The image is quite large so it is difficult to see how I did the background, but I'll try to explain... I was looking through my June/July Papercrafts Magazine and saw an advertisement for the BoBunny Flex Ruler. This thing looks COOL! Well, at the bottom of the ad is a photo of it and an "actual size' curve. So, I copied it onto cardstock and traced it onto my polka dot paper! EASY as can be and FREE! :) I'll have to try it again with a different image and you'll be able to see it better. Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Stamping and smiles 2 u, Pam :)

July 08, 2007

Another Yard Sale Find! { Stamps Happen! }

Yesterday, my sister and I went junkin at a small town about twenty miles from where we live. They were having a "city-wide" sale with over 30 yard sales. We had *so* much FUN and really found some terrific bargains. I did find a couple rubber stamps and this is one of them. It's "His Symphony" by Stamps Happen and I paid 50 cents for it! :) I've stamped it with onyx black Versafine instant dry pigment ink and colored it with prismacolor pencils. This is a large image and my finished card measures 5x7".

For the photo corner in the upper right, I punched a small 1/4" square and then centered it in my 1-1/4" square punch. Once that was punched out, I cut it in half and wah-lah...you have two photo corners! Does this make sense? It wasn't my original idea and I don't recall where I saw it, but I sure like the look! The blue accent piece on the left side has been Cuttlebugged with the tiny bubbles embossing folder.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Have a wonderful day! Smiles, Pam : )

p.s. I almost forgot to tell you what else I found yesterday! Probably one of my *best* finds... two pair of beautiful sterling silver earrings for only 50 cents each! They are just the style I wear! I'll have to take a photo of them for you to see. Stay tuned!

"His orchestration of the sea . . . A mesmerizing symphony." ~ D. Morgan

July 07, 2007

Friendly Flowers { Penny Black }

This wonderful Penny Black "Friendly Flower" image was sent to me by Nancy (directmailscrapper) for her Virtual Swap at The Stamp Shack. I am in *love* with it and had a great time coloring it in with prismacolor pencils. I don't even want to tell you how long it took me. :/

I tried a variety of different layouts for this card and finally settled on this very simple 5x5 square. Don't you think the image speaks for itself?

For the sentiment on the inside, I was thinking of something to do with friendship and flowers, such as:

"If friends were flowers, I'd pick YOU!"

“May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.”

"If I had a single flower for every time I think of you, I could walk forever in my garden." ~ Claudia Ghandi

July 05, 2007

SweeT StuFF! { Tiers of Treats }

This yummy image was sent to me by my favorite eBay seller, Michelle at Stamper's Dream Stamps. It is by Stampendous ~ called Tiers of Treats . She stamped it on a quality watercolor paper using a Versafine Onyx Black ink pad and then embossed it with a detailed clear embossing powder. I colored it with my prismacolor pencils and doodled around the edges with a fine black Zig pen. For a little sparkle, I added Stickles Glitter Glue on the cupcakes. Don't they look good enough to eat?! :)
This is a fairly large image, so my card is 5 x 7". I'm not sure you can tell by the photo, but it's a fold-out card. The front flap is scored at 2-1/2" and folded back. The image is glued on top of the left half. I've layered the image with the square scalloped punches, overlapping them into a rectangle the size I needed. The *Sweet Stuff* tag is from the Stampin' Up! Very Punny set. (I masked off the lollipop and just used the saying.)

I created the pink polka-dot cardstock on the left by stamping with one of the dots from the Paper Tray no. 1 set. The blue cardstock on the right was put throught the Cuttlebug with the Spots and Dots embossing folder. (I had to run it through twice because of the length of the piece.)

Wish this "Tier of Treats" was for real and I would invite all of my blog friends over for some *sweet stuff* and stamping FUN! Smiles, Pam :)

July 04, 2007

Happy 4th of July! { GOD BLESS AMERICA! }

Wishing you all a very HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!

This card was tricky to photograph because of the extra fold and the white cardstock. I think I should have put a colored background behind it. Anyway, I think you can get the idea! :)
It is just a regular size card 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 folded in half and then the top half folded back in half again. I layered the red and blue cardstock on top and then the patterned paper by doodlebug design, inc. (946 yankee doodles & 947 stars and stripes) I found this paper at Archivers last time I was there and thought it was so perfect for the occasion. The God Bless America stamp is a retired Stampin' Up stamp from 2001.

July 03, 2007

Happy Birthday Jami!!!

Today is my sweet daughter-in-law Jami's birthday!

We're planning to celebrate tonight when I'll give her this card and her gift. (that's a SURPRISE! and I better not spoil it for her!) If you follow her blog, Crazy Daisy Creations, you may wonder what happened to her. She's been so busy this past week getting her bathroom remodel project done before their friends arrived from Wyoming. It's done now and looking FANTASTIC! She said it's the best room in the house! :)
We haven't seen much of them the past few days... they've been to a concert, went camping and should be back tonight in time for her birthday party! Her friend Mandey is having a Mexican Fiesta and I'm taking fruit pizza for dessert. I made one on Sunday to take to our friends and it was *so* yummy I decided to make another! I've got to go finish it now and will post a photo and the recipe when I get back... Smiles! Pam :)

One hour later... I've got her gift wrapped and the fruit pizza ready to serve. Doesn't it look delicious?! Really, Jami's favorite dessert is cheescake, but I hope she likes this just as well. There are many great fruit pizza recipes and I used a combination of a couple different ones that I found on Allrecipes.com.

Card supplies: Image is "Wave Words" by Stampendous. (sent to me by Nancy (directmailscrapper). Happy b-day is from TAC Tag Tidbits. Pixie Pink and Green Galore cardstock by Stampin' Up! Background on green is stamped with SU Simple Stripes and put through Cuttlebug with the Happy Birthday embossing folder. Left side background paper is Basic Grey. Tag was made with Martha Steward 1" scalloped punch and layered with 1-1/4 & 1-3/8" circle punches.