Saturday, March 29, 2008

A Slump is Over (Hopefully!)

First, I'd like to apologize for the long gap between posts! For those of you who do stop by on a regular basis---thank you!! I know it gets frustrating to stop by a blog to see if there's anything new to look at, only to see an old post sitting there. Hopefully the three cards I uploaded will make up for that a little bit. Thank you to my faithful readers---I really do appreciate you!
I hit a major slump---nothing creative came to mind, which was very frustrating! Something was 'off', and I couldn't quite grasp what it was. I thought about things quite a bit, and finally figured out exactly what was bothering me. (As a fair warning, I'm going to ramble a bit now...) :-)
One of the things that I HATE most---absolutely detest----are snobby people. Those people that think they are perfect---and no one else is even close, or ever will be, at least according to them. You know the type. (Unfortunately, I think we've all dealt with them at some time in our lives.)
Well, to make a long story short, several days ago, I had the *ahem* 'pleasure' of being snubbed by two of the snobbiest women I've EVER seen in my life. It just happened to be in front of a large group of my youngest son's classroom....right after a play he and his class did for all of the parents. These two 'ladies' (and I use the term loosely) have the whole silver-spoon thing going on----came from a wealthy family (hubby too)---and so do all of their friends. If you're not wealthy, you're just not good enough---at least in their opinion. I'm not wealthy, and my family isn't either. I'm a middle-class, small-town, Iowa farm girl---always have been, always will be, and it makes me who I am. Personally, I have never judged people by the size of their bank balance...some of the most fabulous people I've known in my life didn't have two cents to their name. These 'ladies' do judge by wealth, and I've seen it happen more times than I can count. Unfortunately, I was on the receiving-end of their actions that day, and it was awful. I was so embarassed---then I felt really awful about myself, and then I got REALLY angry. I still am.
I'm not one of those people that can come up with a great verbal response on the spot. I can usually think of something great to say two or three days later, which doesn't do me much good. (I did have a 'gesture' in mind---but I couldn't do that in my son's classroom! :-) )
I still hate the fact that people that don't really matter to me that much can have such an effect over how I feel about myself. I always thought that I would get better about things like this as I got older, but I haven't. I think I'll always struggle with this in some way, and I'll always have to work on not letting other people's actions affect me so much.

OK.....that's probably enough rambling for today. If you've read all the way through this post---thank you, for letting me vent. I hope I didn't end up being too much of a 'downer'. I do want you to enjoy stopping by my blog.
Right now, I'm running late for church, so I'll have to come back later to add the card ingredients. Talk to you later!!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Hanna Stamps---New Releases & a Guy's Card!!!

This Riley is a new release from Hanna Stamps. I spent a lazy day yesterday, watching TV, relaxing and coloring lots and lots of images! We had a lot of snowfall last night, and school started late this morning due to bad road conditions, so you have no idea how much I envy this little guy, relaxing on the beach like he is!! To see more peeks of the newest Riley images, be sure to visit the Hanna Stamps member company forum on Splitcoaststampers!

Stamps: Riley by Hanna Stamps.
Paper: Basic Grey-Oh Baby Boy DP, Brocade Blue, Gable Green, Papertrey white.
Ink: Brocade Blue, Green Galore.
Accessories: Copic markers, ticket corner punch, brads, Designer label punch, oval punch, circlepunch, photo corner punch-SU, ribbon, sponge daubers, dimensionals.

My youngest son is a tractor fanatic, so he was thrilled to see that I was using this Riley image--in fact, I stamped some images for him, and we both colored for a while. Of course, according to my son, the tractor HAD to be green!! Lots of new, adorable Riley images are available--be sure to check out Hanna Stamps in the member companies forum on SCS. The DT is creating really adorable stuff with this lil' guy!

Stamps: Riley moose by Hanna Stamps.
Paper: Paper Loft-Simple Stripes DP, Brocade Blue, Old Olive, Real Red, So Saffron.
Ink: Real Red, Brocade Blue, So Saffron, Old Olive.
Accessories: Copic markers, ticket corner punch, Designer Label punch, oval punch, circle punches-SU, brads, ribbon, sponge daubers, dimensionals.

I thought this might make a cute invitation for a 'guy-night' of cards, munchies....and all that stuff. These images are from a new set by Hanna Stamps, called 'Mikey'. The detail in these images is amazing! (Mikey, himself, is pretty darn cute, too!)

Stamps: Mikey by Hanna Stamps.
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Papertrey white.
Ink: Real Red, Black, Versafine Onyx Black.
Accessories: Copic markers, Cuttlebug folder, ticket corner punch, brads, ribbon, sponge daubers, dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by today.... I'm going to be back a little later this afternoon, with another entry. I've also got a few ideas to ramble about, that I'd like to share here with those of you that stop by. to scoop snow.........wait, shouldn't I stamp instead?!?!

Friday, March 14, 2008

New from Hanna Stamps!!!

This is a newly-released set, called 'My Best Friend' from Hanna Stamps. Other images in the scene come from two companion sets called 'Large Breed' and 'Small Breed'. It's SO nice to have some realistic-looking dog stamps that are still very cute! I had to add a little Yorkie into the scene as I have one....a little spitfire named Morgan. Be sure to stop by Hanna Stamps in the Member Companies forums on SCS for more details about these new sets. This is the first time I've made a tent-topper card. I believe the layout was created by Kirsten Dubosque ('ked' on Splitcoaststampers). I enjoyed using this layout and plan to use it often. I used rectangle and oval Nestabilities for the main image and sentiment panels. The stamp set has a teeny-tiny paw-print stamp that I think is adorable, so I trimmed several and added them to both panels. I added a ribbon blossom, and considered it done! Chocolate Chip is my favorite color CS to work with---it looks great with almost every color SU makes. This dotted DP from Paper Studio is a great match to Chocolate Chip, and it also comes with light blue dots. Now I just need to buy more!Thanks for looking---I hope you like this. Have a wonderful day, everyone! Enjoy the sunshine!
(**I'll be back a bit later today to post a few more creations made with the newest sets from Hanna Stamps.)

Stamps: My Best Friend by Hanna Stamps.
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Paper Studio DP.
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa.
Accessories: Copic markers, ticket corner punch, brads, Nestabilities, ribbon, dimensionals, sponge daubers.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Pink & Pearls....MFT

This uses a new-release from My Favorite Things, called 'Punch a Bunch'. I've had these adhesive pearls for a while and keep forgetting to use them. They added a bit of softness to the card, and it was a nice change from using brads. I CASE'd a gorgeous creation by atomicbutterfly, called 'A Twist on Autumn', which can be seen here:;ppuser=78862. Kelly has an amazing gallery, and there's no doubt why she's 'Dirty'!! I also rarely use my Designer Label Punch, so I dusted it off and combined it with several other SU punches for the layer behind the sentiment. The rest of the card is pretty self-explanatory. Thanks for looking, and have a great day!!

Stamps: Punch a Bunch & Boho Blossoms by My Favorite Things.
Paper: Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Papertrey white CS, Fancy Pants Aged Florals- Lovebird & Honeybunch DP.
Ink: Certainly Celery, Regal Rose.
Accessories: Swiss dot CB folder, ticket corner punch, adhesive-back pearls, Marvy Giga scalloped oval punch, Designer Label Punch, circle punches & small oval punch-SU, Nestabilities, ribbon, dimensionals, sponge daubers.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Another MFTeaser.....Punch a Bunch in Green & Pink

This card is made with a new set, 'Punch a Bunch', that will be released tomorrow, Wednesday, March 5th. I used some of my Prima stash to make the flowers in the main image piece, which is also punched out using the Marvy Giga punch--super-easy and fast! The DP is by Crate Paper, and is called 'Babydoll'. This creation is inspired by Kelly (emmiestamps on SCS)---her gallery is full of absolutely gorgeous creations, and I stalk her often! Thanks for looking----I hope you like it!
My Favorite Things ( is having a New Release Cocktail Party on Wednesday, March 5 from 9-11 p.m. Eastern time. Lots of fun is planned including finding out how YOU can be the next MFT Guest Designer. Head over to the MFT forum on to find out all the details and join us there on Wednesday night.

Stamps: Punch a Bunch & Behind the Scenes by My Favorite Things; Michaels $ stamp (sentiment).
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Papertrey white CS, Crate Paper 'Babydoll' DP.
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery.
Accessories: Ticket corner punch, brads, Prima flowers, ribbon, dimensionals, sponge daubers.

Monday, March 3, 2008

MFTeaser......Ride 'Em Cowgirl!!!

This is a new mini-set, called 'Ride 'Em, Cowgirl!', which will be released this Wednesday, March 5th. I really like the images and sentiments, and had a lot of fun coloring this image. I used a bit of twine to make her lasso, then trimmed & her arm & popped it up on dimensionals to give the image a bit more depth (though the main image is already popped up on 4 layers--each separated by dimensionals already....I need to buy stock in the company that makes the dimensionals that I use!) The color of her dress appears a bit 'off' in the photo, it really does match the DP much more closely IRL.
Also, as a reminder......

My Favorite Things ( is having a New Release Cocktail Party on Wednesday, March 5 from 9-11 p.m. Eastern time. Lots of fun is planned including finding out how YOU can be the next MFT Guest Designer. Head over to the MFT forum on to find out all the details and join us there on Wednesday night.

Stamps: Ride 'Em Cowgirl by My Favorite Things.
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Naturals Ivory, Paper Studio DP.
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Versafine Sepia Brown.
Accessories: Copic markers, clear Spica pen, ticket corner punch, brads, twill tape, HPH, sponge daubers, dimensionals.

More Cupcakes!!

I finally finished the last two pieces for a cupcake-themed gift set that I've put together. This stamp set is by Hero Arts, and I really like the images--SO much fun to color! I found the wood frame at Michael's (for a dollar) and used Mod Podge to adhere the DP. The journal is a dollar-store find, and the DP is adhered in the same way. I used a bunch of scraps from my stash to add a bunch poof to the journal, plus added a ribbon blossom to the frame. My niece, Emilee, is crazy about purple and pink, so this set is for her. I hope she likes it!Have a wonderful day, everyone, and thanks for looking!

Stamps: Hero Arts Cupcake set.
Paper: Lavender Lace, Pixie Pink, Gable Green, Papertrey white CS.
Ink: Lavender Lace, Pixie Pink, Gable Green, Versafine Onyx Black.
Accessories: Copic markers, ticket corner punch, brads, Stickles, sponge daubers, Mod Podge, journal, wood frame.