Sunday, August 31, 2008

Labor Day Challenges

Happy Labor Day! I hope you are doing something fun today! We're doing a lot of "catch up" around the house --doing laundry, cleaning the garage... but of course I did some stamping, too!

There are quite a few challenges in this one card! I did today's Technique Challenge at SCS (Black Magic), the Meet the Verve Divas Challenge (using unloved supplies), the Verve Project Parade (brown and pink), and Jen del Muro's Sketch for You to Try. All of them came together pretty easily once I got started!

Okay, so here are the details. I used my Prismacolor Pencils dipped in OMS to color in the flower image which was stamped in SU! white craft ink. I used a few "unloved" supplies: SU! Berry Bliss paper (I HAD to have it but have used it once before now!), ticket corner punch (I honestly can't remember the last time I used it), and white detail embossing powder (I don't heat emboss nearly as much as I should). The brown and pink color scheme is perfect for the Verve Project Parade -- the brown and pink inspiration piece is so yummy! I love Jen's sketch this week -- it was perfect for this image and sentiment from Beautiful You by Verve Stamps. The small flourish is from Fairy Tales, also by Verve.

I had fun making this card, and I love how it turned out! I made it with the recipients in mind, and it will be in the mail tomorrow! :)

If you don't mind, I have a couple more blog awards I'd like to share with you today.

Candy from I Love Chocolate gave me this Javablu Award -- thank you, Candy!

Anna Sutherland of Funky, Fresh and Fun gave me this award. Thank you so much, Anna!

I have to admit, I'm a little overwhelmed by the blog awards I have received lately. I really am humbled to know that you like what I do -- thank you all SO much! I get so much inspiration from all the blogs I visit, and it makes me happy to know that you get inspiration from me, too! Big hugs to all of you!! :)

Thanks so much for visiting today! I'll be back tomorrow with another card -- but now it's time to put in another load of laundry! Have a great day! :)

Sunday Supper: Chicken and Rice Bake

Hello, everyone! I hope you're enjoying the long holiday weekend! Today's Sunday Supper recipe is a one-dish recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to prepare -- I just love that!

Chicken and Rice Bake
1 can (10 3/4 oz) cream of chicken/cream of broccoli soup
1 1/2 c. water
3/4 c. uncooked long-grain rice
1 1/2 c. sliced mushrooms
1 can (2.8 oz) French fried onions
4 chicken breast halves
black pepper

In 3-qt oblong baking dish, combine soup, water, rice, mushrooms and 1/2 can onions. Arrange chicken on rice mixture; sprinkle with paprika and pepper. Bake at 375 degrees F one hour or until chicken is no longer pink. Top with remaining onions; bake 3 minutes or until onions are golden brown. Serves 4.

Thanks for stopping by today -- enjoy some time around the supper table! :)

ETA: Thanks, Nancy Riley -- you caught my goof! I didn't list the water in the ingredients -- it's fixed now! :)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Megan's Card and Some Awards

Hello! Happy Saturday to you! Here's a card I made for yesterday's Limited Supplies Challenge at SCS. The challenge was "A Little Something" -- something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. I made this card for Megan, who has her first Cross Country meet today. Go, Megan! Here are the "somethings" in my card:

Something Old: I stamped the shirt on old SU! paper, Spring Flowers.
Something New: I used my new set from Gina K. Designs, "Little Tees."
Something Borrowed: I "borrowed" THIS DESIGN from Carolyn King.
Something Blue: Megan's school colors are blue and gold, so I used blue cardstock and ribbon.

I used Circle Nestabilities around the image, and I used two Cuttlebug folders -- Spots & Dots and Swiss Dots. I used SU! oval punches on the sentiment. I'm really happy with it -- and I hope it brings Megan luck! :)

Now, I have a couple of awards to show you...

I received this award from two people. Mauna from Ink~Paper~Scissors gave it to me about a month ago, but I forgot to post it -- so sorry, Mauna!! I received it again this week from Denise at The Crafty Den. Thank you so much, ladies!!

This award came from my ATS Design Teammate, Jeanette Fincher. You can visit her at her blog, Lagniappe. She's very talented, and she's a sweetheart, too! Thanks, Jeanette! :)

That's all for me today! I hope you have a great weekend planned! Thanks so much for stopping by today -- have a fantastic day! :)

Friday, August 29, 2008

Mini Tote and Notecards

Happy Friday, everyone! I have today's project for the ATS Blog Hop! We're doing a "Review Preview" featuring the sets Sugarplum Scenery Set and Sugarplum Sentiment Set. I made a mini tote with four 3x3 note cards. It's the same tote I made for THIS post, but in that case I used it for a gift card holder. It is an easy project which can be adapted for any purpose! Just click on a photo to get a better view.

To make the tote, start with a 6" x 8" piece of cardstock. Score it 1" from the top and bottom and 3.25" inches from either side.

Fold on the score lines and cut to make the side tabs. At this point, you can turn the cardstock over and stamp or emboss the surface. I chose to leave mine plain.

Using Sticky Strip or other strong adhesive, fold up the sides and adhere.

Decorate the tote as desired. I used American Crafts paper for the background. The sentiment and stamped rectangle are from Sugarplum Sentiment Set. The two flowers are from Sugarplum Scenery Set. I stamped them, colored them with Copics, cut them out, and added brads to the centers. For the handles, I slippped grosgrain ribbon through Jumbo Eyelets and knotted the ends. You could also attach the ribbon with brads.

I made the 3x3" notecards with C.C. Designs white cardstock. I scored two lines along the bottom of each card, then I stamped the flowers and sentiments from the Sugarplum Sentiments Set. Quick and easy!

Now that you've seen this project, head over to the ATS Blog and see which members of the Design Team have other creations to share! One of them will have a $5 gift certificate to All That Scraps for you to win! Have fun blog hopping! :)

Tonight we're going to the Rascal Flatts/Taylor Swift concert, and tomorrow we'll be at Megan's cross country meet. I hope I can get squeeze in some stamping time, too! I'll be back for sure Sunday with another Sunday Supper recipe! Hope to see you then -- have a great day! :)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Dusting Off My Pencils!

Hi there! Happy Thursday! I made this card for today's Ways to Use It Challenge at SCS. The challenge is to use colored pencils. Mine hadn't seen any action for quite a while, so this was a fun one for me! The image and sentiment are from Summer Harvest by Gina K. Designs. I really love this set -- especially this time of year when so many summer fruits abound! I colored the image with Prismacolor Pencils blended with OMS.

Isn't this Summer Picnic paper perfect? I'm so glad it's in the new SU! catty! I used Circle Nestabilities for the image and matting. I added brads to the sentiment and Dew Drops to the corner of the patterned paper. The dotted ribbon is from Michaels.

Tomorrow there will be another ATS Blog Hop -- you can win a $5 gift certificate to All That Scraps! See you then -- thanks for visiting today! :)

Stamps: Summer Harvest (Gina K. Designs) Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko) Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Real Red, Whisper White (SU!) Paper: Summer Picnic (SU!) Other: Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Prismacolor Pencils, odorless mineral spirits, Earth Elements brads (SU!), Poinsettia Dew Drops (Robin's Nest), dotted grosgrain ribbon (Michaels), dimensionals

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

"If you like pina coladas..."

"... and gettin' caught in the rain..." If you could SMELL this card, you'd be singing that song, too! Today's ATS Challenge is to create a Scented Card. Some ideas to use are Card Scents, Embossing Powder mixed with Kool-Aid or Crystal Light, or Scented Gelly Powder. There are some directions from SCS on making a Scratch and Sniff card HERE.

The bear, sentiment, and flower are all from the C.C. Designs August releases. The drink is a $1 Michaels stamp (gotta love those!). I used Pina Colada Card Scents on my drink -- it smells just like the real thing!! YUM! Of course, our little bear is enjoying a non-alcoholic drink! ;)

I colored all the images with Copics. I cut out the flower and drink and popped them up on rolled up glue dots. I sponged around the image panel with River Rock ink, and I added some highlights to the bear with a white gel pen. I scalloped the bottom edge of the Ginger Blossom paper and finished the card with white organdy ribbon and some Ruby Red brads.

Play along with us! Upload your cards to the ATS Gallery (or other public gallery) and use keyword ATSDTC15. If you upload to ATS, use the Wednesday Challenge category so we're sure to see it! Too bad we won't be able to smell it! ;)

All the ATS Challenges can be found HERE -- do any one at any time! Remember, Christine and Amy are looking for the first C.C. Designs Guest Designer -- it could be YOU!! Design Team samples for today's challenge will be posted on the ATS Blog later on, so stop by to see them!

Thank you for visiting today -- I always appreciate it! Have a fantastic day! :)

Stamps: Bear Hugs, Sugarplums Sentiment Set, Sugarplums Scenery Set (C.C. Designs) Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), River Rock (SU!) Cardstock: Cameo Coral, Whisper White (SU!) Paper: Ginger Blossom (SU!) Other: Ciao markers (Copic); corner rounder, Earth Elements brads (SU!); white organdy ribbon; glue dots; white gel pen, sponge

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Two Challenges in One!

Hello! Happy Tuesday! I made this card for today's Color Challenge and also for yesterday's Technique Challenge (faux dry embossing). I have to say that this design didn't translate to paper the way I had planned -- it was a lot different in my head. Oh well, I think it turned out okay anyway! I was glad to use my SU! stamps -- they've been much too neglected lately!

I stamped the flourish from Baroque Motifs once in White Craft ink and again in Creamy Caramel, using a Stamp-a-ma-jig to get it positioned just right. I stamped the flowers in Rose Red, cut them out, and attached them with the black brads. I added distressing and piercing to the edges of the panels, and I sponged around the sentiment to "dirty" it up just a bit.

I did some actual dry embossing along the bottom with my Cuttlebug and Frills embossing border -- I like the way it "peeks" out from the torn cardstock. I added black satin ribbon to the front and finished the inside of the card.

Tomorrow is the ATS Challenge -- it's a fun one! I hope you'll stop back! Thanks so much for the visit today -- have a great day! :)

All products Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Baroque Motifs Ink: Basic Black, Creamy Caramel, White Craft Cardstock: Rose Red, Kraft, Basic Black, Whisper White Other: black brads, stamping sponge, paper piercing tool and mat pack, Cutter Kit, dimensionals, black satin ribbon (May Arts), Cuttlebug and Frills border (Provo Craft)

Monday, August 25, 2008

C.C. Designs Retirement Sale!

Christine is retiring some of the older C.C. Designs stamps. To send them off with a big bang they will be 25% off. The Retirement Sale runs through Sunday, August 31.

These stamps are retiring:
Bunny Ears
Egg Legs
Whiskers Easter
Whiskers Hello
Whiskers Flowers
Whiskers Party Wishes
All Donald and Daphne
, except halloween (singles are no longer available.)

For more info on the SALE and the retiring stamps, go to the ATS Blog post HERE.

Also, don't forget to upload your C.C. Designs creations to the ATS Gallery -- YOU might be the next Guest Designer! Design your own project or participate in the weekly ATS Challenges! We'd love to see what you can do! :)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sunday Supper: Easy Beef Stroganoff

Hello! Today's Sunday Supper recipe is definitely an easy one! I got this recipe from my friend Tracy several years ago, and I've made it many times since then.

Easy Beef Stroganoff

1 lb. deluxe stew beef
1 can French onion soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup

Mix ingredients in a baking dish and cover with foil.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 3 hrs.
Stir occasionally.

Double for 6 servings.

This takes about five minutes of prep, then you have lots of time until it's ready! Serve over rice or noodles, add some salad and bread, and that's it!

Please send me your easy supper recipes -- I'd love to share them here!

Have a great Sunday, everyone -- enjoy some family time around the supper table! :)

Friday, August 22, 2008

ATS Blog Hop!

Happy Friday, everyone! Wanna win a $5 gift certificate to All That Scraps? A few of us on the DT are having a little fun with the set Olivia's Birdies. Discover which one of us is giving away the gc on her blog -- you have to do a little blog hopping to find out! :)

For my card, I created the card base with Always Artichoke cardstock, cutting away all but 1.5" of the front panel. I scalloped the edge of the front flap with a corner rounder (paper guide removed). I then ran that flap through the Cuttlebug with the Forest Branches embossing folder. I created the scene on white cardstock, then attached it behind the front flap. The birdhouse and birds were stamped, colored, cut out, and mounted on dimensionals. I stamped an additional roof onto brown paper from my BasicGrey Sugared pack. I cut it out and mounted it on the birdhouse with more dimensionals. I used some natural hemp twine to "tie" the birdhouse to the branch. I stamped grass from the Sugarplums Scenery Set along the bottom. I sponged the front panel with Soft Sky ink. All coloring was done with Copics. I added Dew Drops along the top to finish the card.

ETA: I realized after I posted this card that I forgot to back the white cardstock with another layer, since the Copics bled through. I cut a 5.5" x 4.25" piece of Soft Sky cardstock and adhered it behind the front panel. It doesn't show from the front, and the inside is much cleaner!!

After I was finished with the card, I realized it looks like a mother bird sending her little one off to school for the day! I obviously have back-to-school on the brain! :)

Now, check out the blogs of my ATS teammates to see who is giving away the gift certificate! You will surely be inspired along the way!

Thanks so much for the visit today -- I always appreciate it!! I hope you have a fantastic day! :)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A Cupcake with Sprinkles... and A Guest Designer Opportunity!

Hi there! Happy Thursday! My girls had a great first day of school yesterday. When I asked Anna how her day was she said, "It was great -- I already know ALL the rules!" That's pretty important when you're in the first grade! ;) Megan had a good day, too -- aside from not being able to find her locker! She attends the same high school I went to -- it was strange to see her walking out the door in the same uniform skirt I used to wear! Two of her teachers were two of mine! I'm in a time warp...

Okay, that's not the reason you're here, so I'll move on to the card! I made this one for yesterday's SCS Sketch Challenge. I used some new goodies on this one: new Cupcake dp, new Cupcake Affair stamp set from Verve Stamps, and new Circle Nestabilities!! I paper pieced the top of the cupcake and colored the rest with Copics. I sponged the edge of the image circle with Pretty in Pink ink.

Here's some big ATS news:

Do you want to be a Guest Designer working with the latest stamps from C.C. Designs?

What do you have to do? Participate in the Challenges and post links to your work. Upload your projects to the All That Scraps Gallery. There will not be a call for the guest spot, but the designer will be chosen by Amy and Christine via participants in the challenge/gallery uploads, etc.

We will have our official first Guest Designer in October - he/she will receive all the stamps being released that month!! Good luck to all of you -- can't wait to see your creations! See THIS POST on the ATS Blog for the details.

That's it for me today! Thanks so much for stopping by -- I hope you have a great day! :)

Card Details:
Stamps: Cupcake Affair (Verve Stamps) Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), Pretty in Pink (SU!) Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue (SU!) Paper: Cupcake 6x6 pack (BasicGrey) Other: Ciao markers (Copic); pink dotted grosgrain ribbon (May Arts); Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); horizontal slot punch, Real Red brad, stamping sponge (SU!); Got Flowers? (Prima); dimensionals

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

School Days...

Hello! It's Wednesday, so it's time for the ATS Wednesday Challenge. This week's challenge is a sketch from Amy Rysavy. It's a simple sketch with many possibilities!

Since two more of my kids went back to school today, I made my card in honor of them. I used Olivia from Olivia's Birdies and the sentiment and backpack from Daphne Goes to School, both by C.C. Designs. The paper is Sugared by BasicGrey. Olivia is colored with Copics. I stamped the sentiment repeatedly on the yellow paper to create a background. The backpack was stamped on the flowered paper, cut out, and popped up on dimensionals. I used a craft knife to cut a slit under Olivia's hand, and I slipped the handle of the backback into it. Embellishments are SU! ribbon and Dew Drops.

Today I sent Megan off to her first day of high school and Anna off to her first day of first grade, all within twenty minutes. It didn't hit me until I walked back into the house. Poor Chris, he didn't know what to do with me... :(

Here's my little first grader with her backpack full of supplies...

... and here she is getting on the bus.

Okay, back to the challenge...

Would you like to play along? Use keyword ATSDTC14 when uploading to a public gallery. All of the Wednesday Challenges are posted on the ATS Message Board HERE -- play along at any time! :)

I'm off to take Caroline out to lunch -- she's the only one left at home! Thanks for the visit today -- I hope you have a great day! :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Color Challenge: Ruby Cocoa Blush

Happy Tuesday! I hope you're having a good day! Kyle started back to school today -- one down, three to go! ;) Megan and Anna go back tomorrow, and Caroline doesn't start preschool until September 3. I'm seeing some more stamping time in my future! This card was made for today's SCS Color Challenge -- Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa, and Blush Blossom. Until recently, I hardly EVER used Blush Blossom, but I'm really starting to love it! This color combination definitely pushed me over the fence -- it's just a warm, comfy combo!

The background is embossed with the Cuttlebug and Leafy Branch A2 folder. All the stamped images are from Cornish Heritage Farms. I sponged all the edges with Close to Cocoa ink, and I pierced around the image panel. The chipboard flourish is from Jigsaw Flourishes by Making Memories -- I think it's my new favorite product! I picked up three packs of them while I was at Archiver's in Columbus last weekend! Fair warning: you might see these on everything for a while! I covered this one with Ruby Red craft ink and attached it with glue dots.

I'll be back tomorrow with the ATS Wednesday Challenge -- it's a sketch challenge! I hope you'll stop by! Thanks so much for the visit today -- I really do appreciate it! :)

Stamps: Nature Silhouettes, Movivational Centers (CHF) Ink: Close to Cocoa, Ruby Red, Blush Blossom (SU!) Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Ruby Red, Blush Blossom, Whisper White (SU!) Other: Cuttlebug, Leafy Branch folder (Provo Craft); Jigsaw Flourishes (Making Memories); Earth Elements brads, paper piercing tool, mat pack, stamping sponge (SU!); white organdy ribbon; dimensionals

Monday, August 18, 2008

Featured Stamper... and a Tag!

Hello! Happy Monday to you! I hope you had a great weekend!

I don't usually get stamping time on Sunday, but I actually had a chance to do some yesterday while the rest of the family was out and about. I checked out the SCS Featured Stamper, and I was thrilled to see that it was Jessie Rone (knightrone). I am a BIG fan of her work, and her gallery is full of eye candy! I CASEd Jessie's card HERE, and I created this:

I kept the same layout but changed the images, colors, and papers. I embellished with different ribbons, and I used Primas instead of the jumbo brads Jessie used. The image is Karen Stolper's Gifty Girl by American Art Stamp, and the sentiment is from the Sugarplum Sentiment Set by C.C. Designs. I colored the image with Copics and sponged Old Olive ink around the panel. I also added some piercing. The paper is Cupcake by BasicGrey.

If you get the chance, check out Jessie's gallery or her blog (the link is on my blogroll). You won't be disappointed, I promise! :)

Before I go, I wanted to say that I've been tagged! Others have tagged me before, and I'm embarrassed to say that I don't always get a chance to answer the questions or pass on the tag -- I'm sorry!!! I DO appreciate the tags and awards, I just forget to add them to my posts until it's too late!!! While typing up this post, I happened to remember that Keri Sereika had just tagged me last week -- so I'll finally get to answer the questions!

Here are the rules:
1. Link to the person who “tagged” you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post.
5. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know your entry is posted on your blog.

Here are six random things about me. You may or may not find them interesting, but here goes!
1. I am "Chris"tina and my husband is "Chris"topher -- Chris & Chris. It was funny at first, but not so much anymore! ;)
2. I sang in a band when I was in high school. Pat Benatar, Blondie, Heart -- 80's stuff. That seems like another life ago...
3. I have four children. My oldest two are two years apart, then a seven-year gap, then two more who are two years apart. So, now I have two in high school, one first-grader and a preschooler. Do you understand now why I stamp?!?!?
4. I am the oldest of three children, and I'm also the oldest grandchild on both sides. My youngest cousin on my mom's side is only three years older than my son. They were in high school together last year!
5. I'm a teacher by profession, although I'm a SAHM now. I graduated with a double major (Elementary and Special Education) from Xavier University, then received my Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Kentucky University. I tutor part-time now, but I think I'll end up back in the classroom someday!
6. My favorite number is 16. My birthday is December 16, Chris's is January 16, we were engaged on June 16, married the following June 16, and Anna's birthday is November 16. I was due with Kyle on September 16 (his bday is the 22nd), went into labor with Megan on August 16 (her bday is the 17th), and had Caroline on December 15th at 9:30 pm (we missed sharing a bday by 2.5 hours!).

Okay, that's probably more than you ever wanted or needed to know about me! Thanks so much if you're still reading! ;) I can't choose just 6 people, so you all can consider yourself tagged!!!

Thank you for visiting today -- I hope you have a great day!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sunday Supper: Easy Pasta Dish

Hi there! I hope you're having a great weekend! Today is Megan's 14th birthday, so we're celebrating tonight with her grandparents. Cake and ice cream -- yum! :)

Today's Sunday Supper recipe comes from Lenoria Kelly. It looks like an easy and yummy recipe -- and with soccer and cross country in full swing at my house, I think I'll be making it soon! :)

1 box Rigatoni noodles
1 pound hamburger meat (optional)
1 2 1/2 cup pack of mozarella cheeze
1 jar of spaghetti sauce of your choice

Boil one box of Rigatoni noodles per directions on box and brown 1 pound of hamburger meat, drain both. Pour noodles into a 9x13 pan sprayed with non-stick spray. Add the hamburger meat scattered on top, added a small amount of cheese. Top with spaghetti sauce and sprinkle on the rest of the cheese and bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes or until the cheese on top is melted. Serve with garlic bread and a salad.

Thanks, Lenoria, for sharing your recipe! If anyone has a quick and easy recipe you'd like me to feature here, just email me!

Have a great Sunday, everyone -- do something relaxing and fun, and carve out a little family time around the supper table! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Playing Challenge Catch-up!

Happy Saturday! I hope you are having a good weekend so far! Here's a project I worked on last night. It seems like I haven't done any SCS challenges for a while, so I combined a few on this one! I did Thursday's Ways to Use It Challenge (Copics) and Friday's Limited Supplies Challenge (snowmen). I also did last week's Wednesday Tutorial (Diaper Fold Pouch).

I turned mine into a door hanger by adding some ribbon tied through Jumbo Eyelets. The images are from Baby It's Cold Outside by My Favorite Things. I paper pieced her coat and colored the rest with Copics. I added a little sparkle to the snow and her boot trim with some Stickles. There is a rhinestone in the center of the snowflake in the corner.

I filled this pouch with cocoa packets and peppermint stirrers, but my head is already spinning with other ideas. Halloween treats, a Christmas door hanger, birthday gift, Valentines candy -- so many possibilities! I think you may see another of these from me in the near future! ;)

I'm off to take Megan and three of her friends shopping for the day, since her birthday is tomorrow. An entire day with four 14-year-old girls -- wish me luck!! ;) I hope you have a great day -- thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Baby It's cold Outside (MFT) Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko) Paper: Winter Bright SS Kit - retired (SU!) Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Whisper White (SU!) Other: Ciao Markers (Copic); 1 1/4" circle punch, Bashful Blue Striped Grosgrain, Jumbo Eyelets, Soft Subtles brads (SU!); Frosted Lace Stickles, Stardust Stickles (Ranger); rhinestone, dimensionals

Friday, August 15, 2008

Anni-VERVE-sary Fun!

Happy Friday, everyone!! I didn't get a chance to stamp anything or post anything yesterday. It was a looooooong day of back-to-school shopping with four children... need I say more??

I do have a card that I made last week but didn't share yet. Verve Stamps just finished a 12-day Anni-VERVE-sary celebration filled with daily challenges and contests. This card was for Julee's Anni-VERVE-sary Sketch #5 and also for Laurie's Meet the Verve Divas Challenge#4 to make a tall and skinny card.

This card measures 6.25" x 3.25". I used the Verve set Serenity, and the patterned paper is Dill Blossom by s.e.i.. The leafy patterned paper is much more brown IRL -- I couldn't get the camera to capture its true color. I sponged around the image panel and sentiment with Really Rust ink. I added Dew Drops to the scallops at the bottom.

During the Anni-VERVE-sary release party, there were winners chosen to receive the new set Beautiful You -- and I was one of them! Woohoo!! It's an amazing set, full of quotes chosen by the Verve Divas themselves! Of course, I had to order some other new sets, too! :)

Now for some All That Scraps news...

How would you like to win a $5 gift certificate to ATS? Renee is having a giveway on her blog, Stamping for Sanity. Head over and find out how you can win! :)

That's all for today -- thanks so much for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!

Stamps: Serenity (Verve Stamps) Ink: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Really Rust (SU!) Cardstock: Really Rust, More Mustard, Whisper White (SU!) Paper: Dill Blossom (s.e.i.) Other: Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain, corner rounder, word window punch, stamping sponge, dimensionals (SU!); Peony Dew Drops (Robin's Nest)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

ATS Wednesday Challenge: Suspension Cards

Hello! It's Wednesday already -- I can't believe we're halfway through another week! Three of my four kids go back to school next week, and we haven't bought school supplies yet! It's on my growing "to do" list, though! :)

Today's ATS Wednesday Challenge is Suspension Cards. I'm glad Jen came up with this one, because I had never made one before! There is a great tutorial at Splitcoaststampers HERE.
This card measures 4.25" x 4.25". I knew right away I wanted to use this adorable bee from Bear Hugs. The smaller panel around him was stamped with bubble wrap -- it looks like honeycomb, don't you think? The larger background panel was embossed with my Cuttlebug and the embossing folder from the With Gratitude Combo Pack. The combo packs come with an A2 embossing folder and a die cutting plate -- check them out! To finish the card, I added Prima flowers, brads, and May Arts dotted organdy ribbon.

Play along with us! Use keyword ATSDTC13 when uploading to a public gallery. You can play along with any Wednesday Challenge at any time -- just go to the Wednesday Challenge Thread to see all of them! Check out the Wednesday Challenge Gallery to see all the challenge creations -- we'd love to see yours there, too!

Thanks for the visit today -- I really appreciate it! I hope your day it is a great one! :)

Stamps: Bear Hugs (C.C. Designs) Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), Summer Sun (SU!) Cardstock: Basic Black, Summer Sun, So Saffron, Whisper White (SU!) Other: Copic markers, Cuttlebug, With Gratitude Combo (Provo Craft); 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Vintage Brads (SU!); metallic flower brads (Making Memories); flowers (Prima); black dotted grosgrain ribbon(May Arts); dental floss

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Nothing New...

Hi, everyone!

Sorry I have nothing to share today! We have someone doing construction on our deck, and I haven't been able to sneak downstairs to stamp! I have a couple things that are halfway completed, so hopefully I'll get them finished tonight!

I plan to have the ATS Wednesday Challenge for you tomorrow (cross your fingers). Don't forget that the C.C. Designs August Stamps are available NOW!!! There has been a fantastic response to this release -- thank you all so much! :) Christine also has some great new papers, embellishments, and Cuttlebug folders, so have fun shopping!

A big hello to my ATS Design Teammates and the other great ladies who joined us last night for the release party! It was fun! :)

I'll see you all tomorrow -- thanks for checking in! Have a great day! :)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sunday Supper and a Birthday Card

Hello! Happy Sunday! It's time for another Sunday Supper recipe. Last week I told you I'd be sharing quick and easy supper recipes on Sundays, since I like to take a "day off" on Sunday to be with family.

This week's recipe comes from Tammy Hershberger. You can visit her at her blog, Stamp Happy. She shared this recipe with me last week, and here's what she said about it: "My Mom came to visit us this weekend and brought the ingredients for this recipe. We just had it for lunch, and it's fabulous! She got it out of a magazine, but I don't know which one."

Biscuit Pizza Bake
1 lb. ground beef (I'm going to try mild Italian sausage next time)
2-12 oz. tubes refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1 can (15 oz.) pizza sauce
1 c. chopped green pepper
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 can (4 oz.) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1 pkg. (3 1/2 oz.) sliced pepperoni
1 c. (4 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
1 c. (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese

In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink. Meanwhile, quarter the biscuits; place in a greased shallow 3 qt. baking dish. Top with pizza sauce. Drain beef; sprinkle over biscuits and sauce. Layer with green pepper, onion, mushrooms, pepperoni and cheeses. Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Thank you, Tammy! I'll definitely be making this one for my family! If anyone else has a quick and easy recipe to share, just email me!

Now, before I go, I do have a card to share with you. I created this post yesterday and scheduled it for today, so technically I'm still taking Sunday off! ;)

There's one C.C. Designs release I haven't shown you, and this one is definitely a must-have! It's the Sugarplums Sentiments. There are sentiments for any occasion, plus some punctuation, shapes, and some little extras! Here I used one of the birthday sentiments with Olivia. She's holding a cupcake from the set It's My Birthday, and it is popped up on rolled up glue dots. I embossed the red panel with the Cuttlebug and Numbers Collage embossing folder. The cupcake patterned paper is from Junkitz, the background paper is SU! So Saffron Prints, and I paper pieced Olivia's shirt with SU! Real Red Prints.

Be sure to stop by the ATS Blog for more Design Team samples and a chance to win a new set! Tomorrow the Release Party is from 8-10 pm EST at the ATS Message Board -- I hope you'll be there! Thanks so much for visiting me -- have a great day! :)

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Having Fun with Scenery!

Hi! Happy Saturday! I hope you have something fun planned for your weekend! Chris and I saw Rod Stewart and Bryan Adams last night -- what a fantastic concert! Today is definitely going to be a "catch up" day around here -- the laundry is piling up!

I have been eager to share these projects with you. I used the new C.C. Designs Sugarplums Scenery Set. The set contains images which help you make great scenes with your stamps! On this first card I started with some images from Olivia's Birdies. I then used the Scenery Set to add cherry blossoms to the branch and a cloud in the sky. They are cut out and popped up. I cut out the image panel and mat with my Rectangle Nestabilities, and the patterned paper is BasicGrey Romani.

I really like the way this next project turned out! I have always admired Sharon Harnist's calendar pages. I thought I'd make an August calendar with the Scenery Set. The calendar page was printed using a Word template. "August" comes from the C.C. Designs Calendar Months set. I covered a chipboard coaster with BasicGrey Sultry paper and placed the calendar on top. On the bottom I stamped grass. I stamped flowers for the bottom and the clouds for the top, colored them, and cut them out. They are mounted on rolled up glue dots for dimension. I created a "sandwich" with another coaster -- I punched holes in the tops of both coasters and attached them together with dotted organdy ribbon.

I used a flower from the set to stamp around August 11 -- RELEASE DAY!! I hope you'll join us Monday night at the ATS Message Board for a little release party from 8-10 pm EST. Then all the new stamps will be available at 10:00 pm!!

Head over to the ATS Blog to see more Design Team projects and to enter to win one of the new sets!!! Thanks for the visit today -- Have a wonderful day, everyone! :)

Friday, August 8, 2008

Olivia's Birdies

Happy Friday!! I have a quick post (and a late one) today -- it's just been one of those crazy days! I wanted to introduce you to Olivia -- she's part of the new C.C. Designs set Olivia's Birdies. I *love* this set -- isn't she just so cute? This set has so many great images: Olivia, birdies, birdhouses, a birdbath, sentiments, and lots of little extras! There are just so many possiblities!

This design is a simple one, with one of my go-to layouts, but I wanted the focus to be on Olivia. I colored her with Copics. The bird is also colored with Copics, cut out, and popped up with rolled up glue dots. The grass is part of the new Sugarplums Scenery Set -- you'll see more of that tomorrow!

Head over to the ATS Blog to see some of the Design Team projects with the new sets, and leave a comment for your chance to win one of them! I'll be back with more previews tomorrow! Have a great night! :)

Stamps: Olivia's Birdies (C.C. Designs) Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko) Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White (SU!) Paper: Emily's Flowers (the Paper Studio) Other: circle punches, lg oval punch, Wild Wasabi stitched grosgrain, Purely Pomegranate stitched grosgrain (SU!); Ciao Markers (Copic); Cuttlebug, Birds and Swirls embossing folder (Provo Craft); dimensionals

Thursday, August 7, 2008

New C.C. Designs!

Hi there! My week of previews continues today with new C.C. Designs stamps! Christine is releasing four new sets -- two from her new Sugarplums line, a set of sentiments (a must-have!), and THIS adorable set, Bear Hugs. If you fell in love with the bear in the Sweet Treats set, you'll love this one, too! He's back with a little bee friend!

I colored the images with Copics, and I lightly sponged More Mustard ink around the image panels. I pierced the scallops in the circle, and I mounted the images on dimensionals. The patterned paper is Dill Blossom by s.e.i. -- it's one of my favorites! Definitely "my" colors! :)

Christine will be spotlighting some Design Team projects each day during the previews -- stop by the ATS Blog to see them! Today's projects are fantastic! I'll be back tomorrow with Olivia's Birdies -- such a sweet set! I hope you'll be back! Thanks so much for today's visit -- have a great day! :)

Stamps: Bear Hugs (C.C. Designs) Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), More Mustard (SU!) Cardstock: More Mustard, Really Rust, Whisper White (SU!) Paper: Dill Blossom (sei) Other: Ciao markers (Copic); Earth Elements brads, Kraft taffeta ribbon, scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, paper piercing tool (SU!); flowers (Prima); sponge; dimensionals

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

MFTeaser and ATS Wednesday Challenge

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I have two things to share with you today! First is another MFTeaser. I made this card with the sets Nature Calls and What's Your Sign?. Both will be released tonight! The layout is Cindy's MFT Sketch #42. I stamped, colored and cut out a second backpack and mounted it over the first with dimensionals. I drew in the grass line and sponged Old Olive ink around the circle. I used Karen Foster mini screw brads on the signs. The patterned paper is Garden Party by My Mind's Eye.

Tonight is the MFT New Release Cocktail Party from 9-11 pm EST at the MFT Forum on SCS. There will be more MFTeasers, prizes, and you can find out how YOU can be the next Guest Designer! I have had such a great time being the GD this month -- I can't believe it's almost over! I can't thank Kim and the DT enough for choosing me!!! :)

The second card I have to share is for today's ATS Wednesday Challenge. I'll tell you, these colors really had me stumped -- I just didn't know where to go with them. Finally, I came up with something -- my first acetate card! I followed the SCS tutorial found HERE.

I used the C.C. Designs set Beautiful Butterflies, and I inked the image with SU! markers. The scalloped edge on the artichoke panel was cut with Fiskars decorative scissors. I added Primas, half pearls, and organdy ribbon. There is also a panel inside for a sentiment or handwritten message.

If you want to play along with the color challenge, use keyword ATSDTC12 when uploading to a public gallery. Design Team samples should be posted to the ATS Blog later on -- you can leave a link to your project there, too!

I hope you'll be back tomorrow -- my week of previews continues! It's time to start unveiling the C.C. Designs August releases -- you're gonna LOVE 'em!!!!! Thanks so much for stopping by today -- I really do appreciate it!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

What's the Story?

Hi there! I'm back with another MFTeaser for you! Flopsey's back in the set What's the Story. The images were perfect for this reading journal and coordinating bookmark I made for my daughter Anna (click on the photo for a better view). She's starting first grade in a couple weeks, and she loves to read. I thought this would be a fun way for her to record the books she reads -- a good way to practice writing, too! :)

I covered a composition book with For Peep's Sake paper, and I used scraps of the same paper on the bookmark. I colored Flopsey with Copics. On the journal I embellished with SU! ribbon, Euphoria brads and buttons and some Prima flowers. For the bookmark, I tied SU! ribbon through a Jumbo Eyelet, and I added two Pastel Button Babies from Gina K. Designs to the sides of the sentiment.

Don't forget -- the New Release Cocktail Party will be tomorrow (Wednesday) night from 9-11 pm EST on the MFT Forum at Splitcoaststampers. Come for MFTeasers, prizes, and to find out how YOU can be the next MFT Guest Designer!

Tomorrow I'll be back with another MFTeaser AND the ATS Wednesday Challenge! Lots of fun -- I hope you'll stop by! Thanks for the visit today! :)

Stamps: What's the Story (MFT) Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko) Cardstock: Regal Rose, Gable Green, Whisper White (SU!) Paper: For Peep's Sake (Imaginisce) Other: Euphoria brads and buttons (BasicGrey); corner rounder, Regal Rose 5/8" grosgrain, white grosgrain, Jumbo Eyelets (SU!) Pastel Button Babies (Gina K. Designs); flowers (Prima), glue dots

Monday, August 4, 2008


Hello there! Happy Monday! I am so thrilled to be the My Favorite Things Guest Designer for August! I mean really, pinch me!! :) Thanks so much to Kim and the MFT girls for choosing me! FIVE new sets will be released Wednesday during the MFT Release Cocktail Party. Join me and the MFT Design Team on the MFT Forum at Splitcoaststampers from 9-11 pm Wednesday night! You can find out how YOU can be the next MFT Guest Designer!! :)

For my first MFTeaser I used the set Totally Witchin'. When I saw these ingredients jars, I immediately had the idea to do a recipe card. On the front, I stamped the jars in a row, then I stamped them a second time on scrap cardstock. I colored the first images with Copics. I colored the second set of labels, cut them out, and applied them over the first labels using rolled up glue dots for dimension. The image panel and mat were cut and embossed with my Rectangle Nestabilities. The background was embossed with my Cuttlebug and D'vine Swirls embossing folder.

Here's the inside of the card. I printed out this Playdoh recipe on the computer, then I stamped the cauldron and steam images. I thought this would be so cute tied to a Halloween cookie cutter! :)

For my second card, I used the new MFT set Monster Squad. Isn't this just the cutest bunch of trick-or-treaters? I used the Tiny Mosaic Cuttlebug folder on this background. I colored the image with Copics and sponged around the edges of the image and sentiment. I added black dots to the scalloped circle.

I'll be back tomorrow with another MFTeaser, so I hope you'll stop back! Check out what the MFT Design Team has done, too!! Thanks so much for stopping by today -- have a great day! :)

Card One:
Stamps: Totally Witchin' (MFT) Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), Going Gray (SU!) Cardstock: Basic Black, So Saffron, Whisper White (SU!) Paper: Trick or Treat (Provo Craft) Other: Ciao markers (Copic), Cuttlebug & D'vine Swirls embossing folder (Provo Craft), Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), ribbon (Michaels), Soft Subtles brads (SU!), dimensionals

Card Two:
Stamps: Monster Squad (MFT) Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko) Cardstock: Basic Black, Ruby Red, Really Rust, Whisper White (SU!) Paper: Fall Vertical Stripes (The Paper Studio) Other: Ciao markers (Copic); Cuttlebug & Tiny Mosaic embossing folder (Provo Craft); Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Vintage Brads (SU!); black satin ribbon (May Arts); dimensionals, sponge

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sunday Supper

Happy Sunday! I don't have any stamping to share with you today. Typically, I don't stamp much on Sundays -- it's usually a family day or a day to catch up on that "to do list" around the house. I've been thinking a lot lately about how crazy our schedule is, and I'm really going to try to make Sunday a "day of rest" from the normal routine.

I know that many of you are also juggling kids, careers, carpools, homework, sports, and that all-important stamping time. Time around the family dinner table is SO important, so we need some quick suppers to squeeze in between practices, games, and homework! With that in mind, I'm going to make my weekly Sunday post a time to share some quick and easy recipes. I'll call it "Sunday Supper."

Here's a recipe that I use often. It's about 10 minutes prep time and 30 minutes cook time. While it's in the oven, you can do a load of laundry or stamp a card!! :)

One Dish Chicken and Stuffing Bake (preheat oven to 400 degrees F)
4 cups herb-seasoned stuffing
6 boneless chicken breast halves
1 can (10 3/4 oz) cream of mushroom soup
1/3 cup milk
1 Tbs fresh parsley or 1 tsp dried parsley

Prepare stuffing according to package directions. Spoon stuffing across center of 3-qt shallow baking dish. Place chicken on each side of stuffing. Sprinkle chicken with Paprika. Mix soup, milk and parsley. Pour over chicken. Cover. Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes or until done.

Serve with salad and bread, and you have a meal! :)

Do you have any quick and easy family supper recipes? If so, I'd love for you to share them! If you email them to me, I'll share them here on Sunday, and I'll link to your blog or gallery if you give me that info, too! It'll be a cyber recipe exchange! :)

I'll be back tomorrow with my first MFTeaser -- I'm so excited, and I can't wait to share it with you! Thanks so much for stopping by today -- have a fantastic Sunday!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Comfort & Peace

Hi there! It's been a busy few days around here, and I haven't had enough time to stamp! I did get this card finished today, though -- I needed a sympathy card for a friend whose mother died after suffering a stroke. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that sympathy cards are difficult to make. We certainly don't like the reason we have to make them, and often it's not easy to find the right words to say. That's why I love this set from Gina K. Designs, Comfort & Peace. The sentiments go beyond the standard "with sympathy," and they say what I would express in person.

For this card, I combined this week's SCS Sketch Challenge and Color Challenge. Now that Groovy Guava is retiring, I'm actually starting to like it! It figures, huh? I stamped Linen on the Sahara Sand card base and distressed all the edges of the panels. I added piercing, ribbon, and half pearls. The little dragonfly is from the CHF set Nature Silhouettes.

I'm going to have a busy weekend of stamping -- I have C.C. Designs previews to finish! Also, I get to post MFTeasers beginning Monday, since I'm the My Favorite Things August Guest Designer!! Woohoo! So many great new sets to share with you -- I can't wait! Thanks for visiting today -- I hope your weekend is a great one! :)

Stamps: Comfort & Peace (Gina K. Designs), Linen (SU!), Nature Silhouettes (CHF) Ink: Groovy Guava, Sahara Sand, Basic Black (SU!) Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Groovy Guava, Whisper White (SU!) Paper: Afternoon Tea (SU!) Other: Pretties Kit, paper piercer & mat pack, Cutter Kit (SU!); white organdy ribbon