Saturday, February 28, 2015

February Sending Kisses

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Today Amanda and I are launching our second Sending Kisses Kits & Crafts!

There is a tab above for Sending Kisses.  Every month, my friend Amanda and I will select a specific stamp set, (for February it is Butterfly Basics).  If you order that specific stamp set from one of our websites - mine is, and enter the Hostess Code for that month (this month it is TCEXCCP) then you will receive a pdf that contains 4 exclusive cards made using that set, along with photos, measurements, supply lists, and step-by-step directions- with pictures when needed, for you to complete the cards at home!
Here is the stamp set you will need:

And here is a Sneak Peek of the 4 great cards you will make:

Do you want to order all of the supplies to make the cards at the same time as you get the stamp set (you could take advantage of Sale-a-bration benefits with each $50 purchase beginning January 6th), email me here, and I will send you the general supplies we used so you can order ahead!  (no measurements, instructions, or PDF's will be included until you place your order using the hostess code:


There are a few other options to help you along too!

Card Kit
You can order the card kit from us here for only $8!  With this you will receive the PDF (just like above), but you will also get the complete kit - all supplies, accessories, etc... for two of the cards (minus the stamped images per Stampin' Up! policy)... You can use the stamp set you ordered to complete the cards.

PDF Only
Already own Groovy Love?  No problem!  If you don't need the stamp set, but still want access to the exclusive cards and directions, you can buy the PDF only for just $3!  What a deal!

Are you a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator?
You can order the Demo file (no need to order the stamp set from us here) for only $8, and you will be all set to teach this great class. This includes the PDFs for the four cards, as well as a Class Planner!  The Class Planner includes all supplies needed and special cutting instructions, plus any tips or tricks which could be helpful, for a class of 10!  Won't it be great to have the work done for you?  You'll know exactly what you need to order and how to prep - no muss no fuss! 

Click Here to get started making your own Butterfly Basics!

As always if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Sending Kisses

Simple Saturday - Just Because

Good Morning Friends!

Well yesterday evening was quite an adventure.  Michaela was trying to get to the east coast so she could see Remi.  She made it to Dallas without any issues but it was snowing there.  Her original flight to Connecticut got cancelled after waiting for an hour to get deiced (she was then going to fly down here).  They rebooked her for a flight into Dullas which is about 2 hours away but she would not get in until midnight.  They found an earlier flight for her arriving at Dullas again.  She took off racing through the airport to get to the gate only to learn they cancelled that flight.  She went back to the terminal and found her a flight landing at Reagan which is only a little over an hours away.  She took off racing back to the other end of the terminal.  She got on the plane and sat in line to get deiced.

A few of my commenters have asked about Remi.  She is settling in as well as everyone else is slowly getting back to a routine.  I will take some pics to share over the next few days and share.

Today is Simple Saturday.  I saw a great sketch at Just Add Ink that I wanted to play with.  

I thought it would be fun to play with the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper which is a Sale-abration item.  I burnished it with Lost Lagoon and love how it turned out.  I had just gotten my bow builder punch that day as it was on back order.  I thought it would be perfect for the circle element.  After that I just needed to add a sentiment and my card was finished.  Here is my interpretation of the sketch.

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Thanks for visiting me today.  Make sure you come back tomorrow to see how I stepped up this card.  Have a Super Saturday!


Friday, February 27, 2015

The Paper Plunge - cake

Happy Friday Everyone!

Well I am headed to airport this evening to pick up Michaela.  She had to come to the east coast for her job so she came a little early and is making a side trip down to see Remi.  She is excited to be able to get to see her when she is still basically brand new.  I am sure we will have a fun weekend!

The Paper Plunge challenge is today.  This week our challenge is all about using your brayer.  When I saw the challenge I had this idea to use my stencils to brayer on some color.  I pulled out my star stencil and gave it a try.  Well it did not work as the stencil was too thick.  I then decided to use a post-it note and my punch and create my own stencil.  I gave it a try and it worked.  I then made other stencils as I wanted my stars close together at the top and farther apart at the bottom.  Here is a picture of my post-its I used.

Don't you love all those pieces I used!  It was so much fun creating them and then strategically placing them.

I needed an idea for the layout so I checked out my challenge blogs.  I found a great sketch at Freshly Made Sketches     


I thought this was perfect for my stencil idea.  After I had my background created, I just needed to add my sentiment.  Here is my final creation.


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 We would love to see what you do with your brayer.  Grab it and play along with us at The Paper Plunge.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be crocheting like crazy today.  Jess has a photo shoot with the girls on Sunday and I have to finish the hats she wants for it.  The hardest part will be the pom poms.  I found a tutorial that I am hoping will help me.  Have a Fabulous Friday!


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Take Ten remake

Hello Stampers!

Well as of last night they were calling for 3 - 6 inches for us with the snow lasting until noon.  I am curious to see if what they predicted pans out.  I am hoping not but we shall see.

I recently received my Take Ten magazine in the mail.  I sat down the other day and marked some of the cards in there I wanted to make my version of.  Today's card is one of those.  I saw a card which used a pale background paper that had 2 circle of patterned paper around a punched circle that had a wooden butterfly in it.  I liked the look so I decided to try it using Stampin' Up supplies.  I used 2 different patterned papers for my circles.  I also did not have a wooden butterfly so I decided to use a punched one.  Here is my version of the card in the magazine.

inside of card and envelope

Do you get any papercrafting magazines?  Choose a card in the issue and recreate it using the supplies you have.  I would love to see if you do.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I hope to have a productive day today as I have a lot to get done.  Wish me luck!  Have a Great Day!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Sahara Ferns

Good Morning Everyone!

Well we have some weather moving in again today.  Not sure what we will get as it depends on the temperature.  I need some days where I can't go anywhere as I have a lot to get done.  Wish me luck as if I don't get it done I will be pulling some late nights.

Today is the Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  This week Liz chose the picture for us to use.

Stampin' Up color matches

Don't you love that cupcake.  I would love to have one right now to eat!

I wanted to use some of my new Sahara Sand lace so that was the neutral I then decided to use Crisp Cantaloupe and Calypso Coral as they blend well.  I used my Calypso Coral Blendabilities to color the flowers.  I used Sahara Sand for the fern and the leaves.  This is a simple card but very pretty how it turned out.  Here is my card for our blog hop.

inside of card and envelope

Now it is time to hop on over to Amanda's blog - Our Crafty Playdate to see what she created for our hop.  I am sure it is fabulous!

Thanks for visiting me today.  What are your plans for today?  Hope you have something fun happening.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hand Stamped Sentiments - Peep's

Hello Stampers!

Well the cold weather came back today.  It was so nice yesterday that I really thought the weather had taken a turn for us.  I was wrong.  I am not sure how long the cold will be with us this time.  Hopefully it will start to warm up soon.

Today is the Hand Stamped Sentiments  challenge.  This time we have a sketch challenge.


When I saw the sketch I thought it would be fun to use the new stamp set For Peep's Sake for this card.  I just love the 3 chicks image.  I colored it with markers so I could get the different colors.  All I need to do then was add the banners.  Here is my creation

inside of card and envelope

I hope you enjoyed my card today.  Make sure you head on over to the Hand Stamped Sentiments blog to see what the other ladies on the design team created.  There is some fabulous designers on the team.

Thanks for visiting me today.  It will be a busy day for me today as Jess has a bunch of errands to run and we need to go grocery shopping.  Have a Terrific Tuesday!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Technostamper Sheltering Tree

Good Morning Ladies!

Can you believe this is the last week of February?  It seems like just yesterday we were awaiting the appearance of the Groundhog.  I know I will be glad to see March come just on the premise that my electric bill will lower.  I do not want to think about how high it will be this month.

Today is the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge at Technostamper.  Mary Jo comes up with a sketch each week for us to play with.


 This sketch was a lot more involved that I had hoped it would be.  I was working on limited time with Zoie taking a nap.  I decided to use another new stamp I had not used yet.  I also used some patterned paper.  I have a lot of patterned paper that I need to use up.  Here is what I created using the sketch.

 inside of card and envelope

We would love to see your interpretation of this sketch.  Head on over to Mary Jo's blog - Technostamper to check out the other creations then grab your stamps and play along with us.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I have a busy week this week but I will be making time to play.  Have a Marvelous Monday!


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Step It Up Sunday Think Spring

Hello Everyone!

I hope you have some fun plans for today.  I am so excited as Nascar begins today with the Daytona 500.  I am a huge fan and spend many a Sunday watching the race and making cards.  How about you, are you a Nascar fan?

Today I took my card from yesterday and Stepped It Up.

I again used the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.

I combined it with the color challenge at Around The World Stampin' Up Challenges.  

 I kept some of the scoring but added some washi tape in between.  I also took the sentiment and punched it out and added another punched layer.  Here is my stepped up card.

inside of card and envelope

I love the washi tape between the scored lines.  I don't know about you but I am ready for some Spring weather.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I hope you have some fun plans for today.  Have a Sensational Sunday!


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Simple Saturday Think Spring

Happy Saturday Stampers!

Well we are in for a mixed bag of weather today.  We have a storm moving in that is supposed to start as snow, then change to sleet/freezing rain, and finally to rain.  We still have the 10 inches of snow on the ground from the storm at the beginning of the week so if we get the rain we will have a melting mess.  We will see what happens.

Today my Simple Saturday card began with the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches    


I also loved the colors from the Around the World Stampin' Up Challenges so I used those colors for my creation.

With the scoring challenge at The Paper Plunge I have been wanting to play with more scoring.  I decided to use scoring for the diagonal element on the sketch.  I finally got my Stampin' Up order that has been sitting at the UPS center since Tuesday.  I just had to play with my new stamps on this card.  Here is what I created.

 inside of card and envelope

Thanks for visiting me today.  Come back tomorrow to see how I stepped up this card.  Have a Super Saturday!


Friday, February 20, 2015

The Paper Plunge Scores

Hello Stampers and Happy Friday!

Wow I don't know about where you are but it is bitterly cold here.  We are not supposed to break these below freezing temperatures until tomorrow.  I know my heat pump will be glad for the break.

Today is our Challenge at The Paper Plunge.  This week is all about scoring.  We want you to create a project where you used scoring.

I have to admit I made this card in like 10 minutes last night.  It was late and Zoie was having a melt down so I was helping with Remi and then Zoie got jealous so I took Zoie.  It was rough there for about a half hour but we finally got Zoie calmed down and in bed.

I had a piece of cardstock on my table that I had scored a while ago for another card but did not like it for that card.  I pulled it out for this card.  Since the scoring was on a diagonal in the upper left I wanted something for the lower right.  I thought of a flower but them remembered my butterfly thinlits.  I decided to keep it simple and just use colored cardstock with the white panel.  I also actually scored it in 2 places, on the diagonal on the white panel and around the edges of the card base.  Here is my creation.


inside of card and envelope

Make sure you head over to The Paper Plunge blog to see all the scoring the other ladies did.  We would love for you to take the plunge and score with us!

Thanks for visiting me today.  Try to stay warm and spend time crafting today.  Have a Fabulous Friday!


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hello Life for Zoie and Remi

Good Morning Everyone!

Well Jess and Remi came home yesterday.  There are so many people who want to come and see the baby that we will be busy the next few days.  Jess and Remi have some appointments also.  It will be quite a few days or more until everyone settle into a routine.

The new Occasions mini had a project kit that I fell in love with.  When I saw it in the book I knew I wanted it for pictures of Zoie and Remi.  I ordered it and spent some time the other day working on it.  I had seen several other ideas for decorating it online and used some of those ideas to make mine.  I did not like the pompoms so I did not use those.  I will use the twine for some other projects.  Here is my version with some pictures of the girls included.

I had cropped my pictures and when I tried to include them in the photo frame they were too big.  I will have to redo them and reprint them to get the size I need for the frame.

I love this frame and plan on using different decorations for different months.  This way I can keep my pictures up to date.

I would love to help you get your frame designed.  Contact me and we can set something up.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am planning on finishing up my card for tomorrow.  I have an idea in my head that I need t see what it looks like.  Have a Great Day!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - dryer sheet

Good Morning Stampers!

Editted to add my card was chosen as the Top Nacho at Nacho Average Challenges!

Well we got about 10 inches of snow yesterday.  That is the most we have had in a while.  Yesterday afternoon I did some shoveling of my driveway.  After this little bit I am so going to check into a snow blower.  Not that we need it that often but when we do we have one and I won't have to shovel any more.  I also took Zoie sledding.  I had picked up a saucer when I was out on Monday shopping on the premise we would get enough snow to use it.  Well we did.  On the side of my house is the state road that goes down to the end for everyone to use.  To give use some privacy, the Home Owners Association put in berms along the road.  That means I have berms on the side of my yard.  Well these berms were the perfect size for her at her age.  I took her out and we had a blast with me launching her down the hill.  She also made a few snow angels.  She did not want to come in but she was soaked and cold.  Was I sore last night!

Today is the Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  I chose the colors for this challenge.

Stampin' Up color matches

When I saw these colors I remembered I had used Blackberry Bliss for a project on my crafting day last week.  I saw online a fabulous flower made out of dryer sheets.  I decided I wanted to try this out.  I cut my flowers using the Flower Frenzy Bigz die.  After I cut them I dyed them using reinker and alcohol.  To add some extra pizzazz I added some Dazzling Details around the edges.

I saw a simple sketch at Nacho Average Challenges.  

I also saw a chevron challenge at CAS on Sunday that I wanted to use.  Here is the card I made using the flower and the challenges.

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Are you ready for some other inspiration?  Head on over to Amanda's blog - Our Crafty Playdate to see what she created using these colors.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Jess and Remi are supposed to come home today.  It will be very busy here for a few days but very exciting also.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Some Valentine's and Remi is here!

Hello Stampers!

Well I am writing this the night before it posts.  The snow is falling pretty steady and slowly piling up.  The last report I heard we are going to get 7 - 10 inches.  I will not be going anywhere tomorrow.

Yesterday Jess finally went into labor.  I was so afraid she was going to go into labor during this storm.  As it worked out her labor started about 3:30 in the morning.  They left for the hospital at 5:30 and Remi was born at 11:09.  Here is a picture of her just after she was born.

Remi Jane Vance
February 16, 2015
11:09 am
9 pounds 1 ounce   
22 1/2 inches

I took Zoie over to the hospital yesterday before the snow started falling.  She was so excited to see her little sister.  Here are some pictures of her visit.

Ok I know you have seen enough of my grand daughters so on to my cards.  Today I am sharing 2 Valentine's I made per request from a customer.  I used some retired items to make these.  They are clean and simple!

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second card

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Thanks for visiting me today.  I hope you have fun day planned for today.  Have a Terrific Tuesday!


Monday, February 16, 2015

Technostamper - Easter

Happy Monday Stampers!

Wow is it cold here!  Our temperatures are not supposed to get above 30 degrees for the next week.  The wind is still blowing but not like it was Saturday night.  This has helped some but the evening are still cold and in the single digits if not below zero.  It is so cold.  I do not want to think about what my electric bill will be this month.  That just means I need to spend more time in my craft room.

Today is the Monday Lunchtime sketch challenge at Technostamper.  We had a simple sketch this week.

I just got the For Peep's Sake stamp set from the Occasions catalog.  I decided to use that set  for our sketch challenge today.  I went with some patterned paper for the bottom strip.  I stamped the eggs across the top of the patterned paper.  I use the sentiments to make the flags for the top but it was missing something.  I decided to emboss the top part above the eggs.  Here is what my final creation looks like.

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I will be stamping today and trying to stay warm.  Jess and I will be going grocery shopping today as they are predicting a snow storm with 5" + snow.  We will need to have food in the house.  Make sure you cross your fingers and say your prayers that she does not go into labor during this storm as we live in a rural area and it could be tricky getting to the hospital.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Hope you are enjoying some warm sunny weather today.  Keep me in mind if you are.  Have a Marvelous Monday!