Sunday, September 30, 2007

Inking Up Witchybella

Whew...I am back...not with full force yet, but I can at least think. That was an insane week, with a cold that came and knocked me on my butt! I lied in bed and did nothing, thank goodness I have older children that don't need everything done for them!

Now on to the good stuff! I got to get some work done today, nothing motivates you more than the fact that you have swaps due! In fact I got one of my swaps done for Splitcoaststampers . It is called Trick or Treat 6 x 6 Pages Swap. Now how coo is that. The recipe I am doing is Witches Brew and who better to use than Witchybella!

I printed out the recipe on the cardstock first. Then I got to ink up my Witchybella stamp from Stamping Bella for the first time and stamped all my witches. I then colored them all. I used various different markers. I first tried green and purple but then settled with black and purple. I then mounted Witchybella on the orange and onto the yellow cardstock. I added the 4 orange eyelets for a little more embellishments and then mounted it all onto the black for the last of the Halloweeny touch! I wused to hate eyelets and just collect them until I bought my Scrapparatus by Karen Foster, and now I am luvin' eyelets almost as much as I love brads!

Well, I have alot to catch up on, especially with what I have got in the mail, I will take some more pics later and post them, and show you all. I am glad to back.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

So So Sick....

Hellooooo...I am so sorry I have not been updating anything! I am so sick! My dearest daughter who will be turning 10 tomorrow, has given me the nastiest cold and on top of that I have the flu too! I have not stamped, binded, or played with anything new. You know you are totally sick when you can't even shop! I even have the new Witchybella and I can't even think straight to play with her! I have got a whole bunch of great stuff in the mail this week and I haven't been able to post it or make thank you cards or anything! I feel horrible! I need to get better.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

New Goodies!

I got some new goodies the other day and I purposely went and took pics to show but forgot to pst them. I think it is because I have not been feeling the greatest since then! Taylor (my daughter) seemed to give my her flu. > Good enough explaination for no posts lately? I will hopefully have some stuff to show as I have to justify buying this stuff right? Bind-it-all! I put my deposit down on this a couple months ago and it finally come in! Well when it came in I didn't have the money to pay the rest. Murphy's law right? I am totally excited! I started a project with pics of my niece right away and the next day I was right back at the LSS needing help! I guess that is what happens when you don't read the instructions!

New $1 Michaels stamps! (Up here in Canada they are $1.50) I didn't get them all! I really only picked out the ones I liked. I had no Halloween stamps at all! You can't get any cheaper than that!

The Essential Glue Pad >>> must have been essential all right! I have been waiting for eons for this baby! Like I went to 4 or 5 different stores looking for this every couple of months. Can you believe that? Hot item! It just so happened that I was standing in Urban Trends Scrapbooking when the box came in and I got it that way. Good thing I have no life and can loiter around my LSS!

Of course, if your LSS sold Bellas could you walk out without one? I was going to buy a Fella but I compromised and bought Retailfellabella! I even had to call my poor sick Taylor at home and confer with her on this. It was a toss up between this one and Cruisabella! This one is quite cute though! I also got the sayings "you glow girl" and the "priceless" saying I can't remember the whole thing right now!

Last but not least, our LSS now carries My Favorite Things Stamps too! I didn't know which ones to buy! To many I settled on the set "Simply Said" with all the sayings for now because I never have the right sayings and now I can say I have a set of My Favorite Things Stamps!

Well I guess I should get of the computer and get some stamping done and show you some work!

Which Scrapbooking Supply are You?

I am a pair of SCISSORS!
You're cutting edge, baby! You cut through life with ease, always keeping others on the edge. You have the power to simplify things by just cutting them out. But scissors beware - you may cut some of the important things out of your life without realizing it, in your need to keep trim!
Leave a comment letting me know what supply you are!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

CPS/CardMaker Magazine Card Design Contest!!!

When: Saturday, October 6, 2007

Note: It's time for a new contest at Card Positioning Systems (aka CPS).

We are teaming up with CardMaker Magazine to celebrate the magazine's new "Sketchbook" column that was just launched in the September 07 issue (and will be featuring some of Tami Mayberry's card sketches).

You are invited to join us for the celebration and show us what you can do with the contest sketch!! Entry is simple, just use the CPS/CardMaker Contest sketch (posted on the CPS blog) to create your best card that fits one of the following themes: Patriotic, travel postcards, summer parties, Christmas in July. Look for the special contest entry section and post a link to your creation.

There are LOTS of great prizes to be won, including the chance to have your card published in CardMaker Magazine.

Entry deadline: 11:59pm Saturday October 15, 2007.

See the CPS blog ( for official rules and complete list of sponsors.

3Bugs Gallery Scrap Contest

When: Sunday, September 30, 2007

Note: SCRAP CHALLENGE: For our August/September Gallery Scrap Contest, we challenge you to create a single page layout (either 8.5 x 11 or 12x12) that includes two or more pieces of patterned paper from 3 Bugs as well as 2 other products from 3 Bugs (other products include stickers, tags, monograms, design board, stamps, designer brads or ribbon). To be considered for the contest you must include "August/September Contest" in your title when you upload your layout to the 3Bugs gallery. Layouts MUST include at least 50% 3 Bugs products. Deadline to submit is September 30, 2007. If you have any questions, please email We will select one winning layout & send the designer a 3 Bugs in a Rug prize package. The winner will also be featured in our October newsletter!

Make sure to sign-up for our newsletter at… to receive information about future contests.

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Scrapbooks Etc. - Call for Projects

When: Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Note: Scrapbooks, etc. has a new column, and we’re searching for submissions. The column will be called “Etc.” and it is all about using your scrapbook supplies for home d├ęcor and gift ideas…projects other than scrapbook pages. As one of our editors (the fabulous Michelle Rubin) said, “This is about getting your supplies off the page and using them in new ways.”

If you have the April 2006 issue of Scrapbooks, etc, this column will be very similar to the ideas featured in our “Deck the Walls” column…wall art, memo boards, keepsake boxes, etc. (hence the name of the column!). We’d love to see your most creative and unique ideas!

Send photos of your projects to us at, and put “Etc.” in the subject line to ensure your samples make it to the right people. Since I will be managing the article, you can also send a duplicate copy to me at Email submissions must be 500k or less. We will have an ongoing need for this type of project, so please send them at any time.

This column will first appear in the August/September issue. If you’d like more information or would just like to keep up-to-date with Scrapbooks, etc. you can always check out our blog at:

Thanks so much—can’t wait to see your ideas! Erin Terrell, SBE Contributing Editor

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Owl's it Goin'?

Finally I have somethin' to show you that I made! Thanks to my SCS Anita Kocourek, otherwise know as anitabestampin! She was kind enough to send me some great stamped imagges from the new SU catalogue as I have no stamps from that catalogue yet! Thanks Anita! That seemed to boost my mojo, which I haven't had alot of lately. I am not sure if it has to do with being bored with the images I have or with my depression or what but everything seems overwhelming. So out came the paper today and it really felt great! Stampin' Therapy!

I love this card. I am not sure at first that I liked it with all the browns but it grew on me. I used SCS sketch #97. I seem to stay very monochromatic with my cards, I am surprised I even used patterned paper. I am trying to push myself more to used it as I have tons of it! I guess it will happen a little at a time!

Stamps: SU (don't know which set)

Markers: Martha Stewart, Whispers

DP: from stash

cardstock: SU, bazzill

Brads: DCWV

Monday, September 17, 2007

The Stamper's Bill of Rights

I got this off a Yahoo group I am on and I just had to share with all of you!

The Stamper's Bill of Rights

>A rubber stamper is entrusted with creating works of art to be treasured by family and friends. Creating hand stamped items is an honorable and important task. As a Stamper, you are entitled (but not limited) to the following rights:
>You have the right to take as long as you want to complete one card. This may be five minutes or two weeks.
>You have the right to purchase a certain stamp or stamping supply for no other reason than because a) you like it; b) everyone else is purchasing it; c) you'll never find it again, or; d) you know you'll use it someday.
>You have the right to a workspace of your own. This may be the basement, your college student's old bedroom, or the kitchen table. It's yours.
>You have the right to stamp when inspiration strikes--whether the dishes are done or not.
>You have the right to request peaceful, kid-free, stress free stamp time--without guilt.
>You have the right to create art that reflects and celebrates your spirit, whether anyone else thinks its art or not.
>You have the right to put whatever you want on your card. This includes, branches, rocks, leaves, and anything you deem usable in dumpster dive.
>You have the right to do nothing more than snack and socialize at a rubber stamp club meeting or workshop.
>You have the right to value your personal stamping style to be as important as any famous stamp artist.
>You have the right to create your own style, one card at a time.
I hope you enjoyed it!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Card Sketch Collecter

Among everything else that I collect I happen to collect card sketches. I love them. They are great! I have days that I have no mojo juices flowing, so then I just look around and find a card sketch then tada! I can almost make something that I am proud of! Since I print the sketches of the computer off many websites and blogs I would like to give credit where credit is due. I am sure that the artists that came up with the sketches would appreciate it too! I have come up with a plan, I have devised a little ring of card sketches. I now print them off cut and past them onto cardstock and put them on a binder ring and on the back I can put what blog and/or who the artist is. Also now I have all my card sketches in one spot! They used to be everywhere! Not just a little here and a little there I mean EVERYWHERE! Now too I can also decorate the cards that sketches are on. How crafty is that!

Yellow is just the color I had the most of at the moment. I am also not using totally expensive cardstock either. I got this from the church about a year ago. Now I have all my sketches at my fingertips!

Off to actually make a card!

We've Got a Winner!!!!

I got my DS Trevor to mix up all the names for the comments like papers stew. Then he drew a name after church today. The winner is maandiannie! Congratulations! Please email me at with your snail mail address and I will get your candy mailed out to you! Once again congratulations!

Goodness, I Actually Hit 1000, Bog Candy!

Well look at that...I didn't even notice I passed 1000 hits and I didn't even think that anyone would even read my blog! So even though it is such a small little triumph I thought maybe I could give away a small little blog candy! It is not the greatest and it is all from my stash but hey it is a little something, something to say "thanks for reading." To enter for this candy all you need to do is leave a comment. If you let someone else know about my blog and they leave a comment and mention your name in the comment you will get another chance so the more people you let know about it the more chances you will get to enter. I will keep this open until Sunday and then me and the kids will put all the names in a pot and mix it up like paper stew and they will draw one name.

Up close of ribbon. You will most likely get more ribbon and fiber as I have oodles and oodles of ribbon and fiber.

Up close of Noah's Ark charm.

Ah that picture did not turn out the greatest. That is 2 packages of Zision eyelets. One has shades of pink and one has shades of yellow. There is Christmas stickers (if you win and need more for a swap let me know I have 100 of them!) I hope no one will be upset if I add a little bit of other stuff that I see fit for this bog candy, please if you do let me knw in your comment:)

Good Luck!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

I Got the Biggest Happy in the Mail Yesterday!

You know when you have just one of those days! I think yesterday was one of them. I thought I had lost my bank card, then had to go get some money off my mother (thank goodness I have a mother who will do that!) which in turn mad me late to get a coffee at Tim Horton's before my Dr.'s appointment. It is the whole snowball effect! I have not got mail in days as I have been waiting for my business number so I can go on building my business and been a little down on the whole mail issue lately too. So I get home yesterday, mind you I knew this was coming, but not this great of a package, and I had a package from my blogging friend Patsy over at Paper Blessings! Have I told you how much I love her blog? I know I have, but it is great! Also, I have just figured this out, on her Bellas, they are not colored they are PAPER PIECED! Wow! How cool is that? I was wondering how she matched everything so perfectly! Oh yah, onto my package, I have never got a RAK or a Happy in the mail before in my life so of course this was totally exciting even though I knew it was coming! But then I opened it and I will be content until the cows come home! Patsy is great, and I got more than I knew I was getting and it was the awesomeist package to get on a horrible day! Ok ok I would love to get this on any day! So what did I get you ask? I can't just tell you I have to show you!

First, here is the card I got from Patsy! Now do you understand why I love all her work! If you look closely Bella's dress and scrapbook bag are paper pieced! I love the colors of green and purple together!

Second, Patsy sent out some Bellas that I did not have. Who cannot appreciate Bellas? I am so happy too as I have no Fellas and now I have two Fella images. I may just have to oogle over them!
Third, out came many, many images from Stampin' Ups Happy Healing set. I love that set. I love penguins and this one is so cute. I will eventually have to get the set myself but it is hard to come by. Patsy sent me so many images I will busy for a mega long time with this set.

Fourth, check out this mini accordian book, all handmade too! It is perfect for the winter season. I love it! What is right up there with penguins? Snowmen!

And last but not least, check these little paper dolls, there are 2 of them with shirts, shirts and overalls and of course hair. I am so excited, I have never had any of these either! I have a sizzix just not these dies!

Want to know the best part about getting these uber awesome package yesterday? I finally got my stuff sorted around and I can scrap and make cards again! So I guaratee that this fun stuff will not sit unnoticed and neglected.

Thank You so Much Patsy!

Check Out Paper Blessings!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Summer Backyard Fun

As I have mentioned before I am in the middle of changing some stuff around in my house and my craft stuff is everywhere. Hopefully I will be able to get some scrapping done tomorrow...I think I am going into withdrawals. I have been getting the urge to do some 12 x 12 pages lately and right at the time when nothing is accessable! Since I have nothing new I will share one of my favorite layouts with you tonight! I got it from a kit from The Memory Workshop and I added some extras. It was my first experience with Crate Paper and I will tell you now I was not impressed with the looks when I first saw the paper. When I got to working with it I was loving it. These particular papers are from the Seaweed Collection. The Stickers are Sandylion and the Cardstock is Bazzill.

How fun does this look? This is DS Trevor and friend Colby in my friends backyard playing in the sandbox in Summer 2006. The 3D Tonka Stickers matched the pictures so well. Don't you just love the Crate paper?

This is the second page to the layout. They were having a blast that day. Once again that still is Crate Paper, but these were punch outs. I think the colors from the Seaweed Collection suited the pictures great too. These 2 layouts are a couple of my favorite! Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

How to Really Love a Child

I haven't got any cards right now as I am in the middle of moving all my craft/stamp stuff around for my new room. ( I cannot share a room with my 10 year old anymore!) So I thought I would share this little letter I found while I was going through all my stuff.

How to Really Love a Child
Be there, say yes as often as possible. Let
them bang on pots and pans. If they're
crabby, put them in water. If they're
unlovable, love yourself. Realize how
important it is to be a child. Go to a ,ovie
theatre in pajamas. Read books out
loud with joy. Invent pleasures together.
Remember how really small they are.
Giggle alot. Surprise them. Say no when
necessary. Teach feelings. Heal your own
inner child. Learn about parenting. Hug
trees together. Make loving safe. Bake a
cake and eat it with no hands. Go find
elephants and kiss them. Plan to build a
rocketship. Imagine yourself magic. Make
lots of forts with blankets. Let your angel
fly. Reveal your own dreams. Search out
the positive. Keep the gleam in your eye.
Mail letters to God. Encourage silly. Plant
licorice in your garden. Open up. Stop
yelling. Express your love. A lot. Speak
kindly. Paint their tennis shoes. Handle
with caring.
Children are Miraculous!

Heartfelt Blessing & Kreations

I was on my usual journey through blogland today and I came upon another wonderful blog. Not saying they are not all wonderful but this one caught my attention! Heidi over at Heartfelt Blessing & Kreations has got some really great cards posted on her website. BUT that is not the only thing that kept my attention it is Heidi's out pour of Faith on her blog. I love it! So if you love the Lord, or just want to check out Heidi's work you can check it out at Heartfelt Blessings & Kreations.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The "Little" Things

I so have to share this with you, I was over at Diaries of a Stamper which I am at least once a day and Kelly has this beautiful poem called The 'Little' Things posted on her blog. It made me bawl my eyes out and I am not really a sappy emotional person. I would encourage you all to go check it out. Once again Diaries of a Stamper, go on over and say "hi" to Kelly.


Yes, I know I am from Canada but I can still remember the exact moment I heard the news. I was horrified. I went home and I wanted my children with me. My children are to young to even remember the attacks but I will tell you now I have explained to them about it and they understand that "Freedom is not Free". My brother, their uncle stands up for Canada and is in the Air Force.

Please...take time out of today to remember all the people lost in the attacks. Then, make sure you hug your children, your husband, mom, dad, sister, brother anyone that you can.

One that note, over at Gina K Designs 10% of all purchases will go to the September 11, 2001Children's Fund. Special sale itemsthroughout the storebut only today!Look around and find deals on select stamp cleaners, punches, rubber stamps,DVDs and more!And it all makes a difference!

Remember "Freedom is not Free"
- Anonymous

Monday, September 10, 2007

Pink and Blue Lately!?!?!?

Finally I made another card! It is not like I have been busy lately, but weekends just seem to go so fast. I started a different but have not finished that one yet either. Then I started Coloring this Get Wella Bella. I have no idea what was going through my head when I started. But I was pretty happy to be coloring with felts that I totally forgot I had. They are my Whispers felts by Sugarloaf. I have not heard anyone talking about them but I bought some awhile back and they seem to work great for what I need them for until I get some Copic Markers or SU Markers or something. For this card I used a sketch that I found on Card Inspired by Maria Bell. I couldn't tell you the exact post as I think I found it in the archives somewhere. I love that blog, Maria always has great sketches on her blog.

Cardstock: Bazzill

DP: Daisy D's

Ink: Black Staz On

Stamps: Feela Bella

Brads: Bazzill

Pens: Whispers, Gelly Roll, Martha Stewart

Ribbon From Stash

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Thoughts of You

Oh my goodness the cards you can make without the distractions. I just want to play all day. Not follow and directions...rumble through my stuff....see what I is so quiet....I only have an hour left. I quickly came up with this card. Thoughts of You.

Cardstock: Bazzill, misc.


Flowers: Bazzill, Darice

Stamp: Michaels

Ink: SU (Basic Black)

Ribbon: American Crafts

Misc.: Brads from stash, adhesive

Late Weekend Sketch From Scrap Dribbles

First of I want to share a pic of the kids on there first FULL day back to school!

It is not the best but there they are. Totally not very excited....I should have taken a pic of me, I was the one hopping up and down with joy!

On to the sketch. On August 29, 2007, Rae over at Scrap Dribbles posted her weekend sketch. This is the first sketch over at Scrap Dribbles that I have ever tried. So I can honestly say I love the sketch, hate me card. I had so many hopes, ideas and dreams for my card and everything went wrong so I will post the card that came out and I will be off to do another one with the same sketch. If you want to check out the sketch you can check it out here. This is what I came up with. I had to put flowers over my stamp because for some reason my ink went all weird which happens sometimes on my acrylic stamps. Anyone have an answer for that? So I had to make a quick save. That was only that start of my problems!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Great Deal @ Michaels

>With the kids back in school today I decided to wonder around Michaels by myself because it had been so long since I could do it by myself! I always cruise the clearance section cause there could be something new in there even though usually it is a big mess. I came upon the greatest deal! Disney Brass stencils! I don't know if any of you still dry emboss but I love it and these stencils are adorable. They are regular $4.99 on for $1.50. I thought that was a steal so I picked up one of each that were there. Wish there were more!

Ooops there is a glare but you get the idea. So how cute are those? So I wondered farther up to the till and found out that another set of Studio G clear stamps had come out too. So I sifted through those too. I had all morning I thought the kids were in school. I ended up with 7 packages of those. 1 ended up being a double which will end up being blog candy at a later date. So check out my score.

Well, I am pretty proud of myself. I walked out of Michaels only spending $7.50 and thinking that I grabbed a great stash and lots to play with. Especially with the kids having a full day back at school tomorrow!

The Queen of Scrap

Paper Blessings {All Time Favorite}

First of all....woohoo the kids are finally back in school! Wow it has been a long summer for our family, I bet they are glad too. Long awaited to see their friends and make new ones. Not to mention I get to stamp and scrap more:)

I cannot believe that I have not talked about this sooner, about one of my favorite blogs! Most of us have blogs that we visit regularly or everyday. This blog I visit everday sometimes more. It is called Paper Blessings. Have you ever checked it out? I would totally encourage you too. Patsy is my inspiration, like my stamping guru. I love all her work, I wish I could hound her all day long asking her about all her techniques, tips and secrets! So I think if I study it long enough I will catch on. Also if you catch Patsy on a good day she has awesome Blog candy and if I say so myself her husband has some great ideas too!

Check out Paper Blessings!

The Queen of Scrap

Monday, September 3, 2007

My Last Goodbye to Summer

Wow 2 days since I have posted! Not like Ihave been busy. I have been working on some swaps for a groups on Splitcoaststampers which includes a lot of coloring by me, well it seems like it anyhow. But my good luck my blender pen ran out this morning and a can't finishe the images and get them packaged up to go. Good thing they are not due for a bit! I guess this week I will have to go on a venture to find a new blender pen! Anyone have any ideas let me one that ran out was Stampin' Up but I need one ASAP! So because I couldn't work on my swap this morning I started playing around with some scraps. I was using some of my summer colors. This is what I came up with.

I guess I am still in the summer spirit. This was the first time I had inked up my summer sandals from Clear Dollar Stamps. If you haven't checked out their stamps you really should they are really cute.

Cardstock: Bazzill

Patterned Paper: 3 Bugs in a Rug

Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps, Studio G

Staz On Basic Black Ink, Martha Stewart Writing Pen, Adhesive, Ribbon from Stash

Hope you enjoyed!

The Queen of Scrap!