Monday, July 25, 2011

The Winner of the Blog Candy is...

#9 and #3! Congrats! So Barb G. you get first choice and Debb D. you will have the other prize. If you would please contact me within in 3 days at Stampinshirl@aol.com to let me know your choice and address I will get your prizes out ASAP! :0)

I would like to thank Tonya at Red Letter Journal in Grove City, Ohio for helping me pick out the fun summer prize package and to Diane from Scrapbook Additions(online store) for the beautiful prize package of the most soft and lovely green paper package.

Next month will be some of my best ever prize packages! I will be posting blog candy next month on Sunday the 14th and on Sunday the 28th. Hope you will be able to stop back and enter. You won't be sorry!

Congrats again to the winners!

Till my next post...

Monday, July 18, 2011

Birthday Card For Jeanne


Well, I am still in organization mode so I haven't done much stamping. It was nice to do a quick card. I love love love this paper and have been dying to use it. The colors are so cheery and I really like the bold floral print. I added a bit of bling and some ribbon. I enclosed a couple of some sweet little items I just know Jeanne will love. :0)

I am keeping my fingers crossed that my ribbon racks I ordered off of Etsy will arrive by Thursday. I finally found one that I didn't have to put the ribbon thru a rod. I hated having to remove them off the rod when you needed the whole roll. Plus I bought one of the "Clip It" ribbon holders. It looks like a big black gutter! No wait... it is a gutter. HA! It looks OK on the wall but it took some getting use to it. :0)

Well, that's it for me today. I have so much to do and still have dinner to make. I hopefully will get all my summer cards posted from our card exchange we had last month! You will love seeing the cards they made.

As always, I wish you time to be creative but most of all time to stamp!

Till my next post...

Blog Candy Time!














I have two very different blog candies this month. I will draw two names and the person who I draw first will get their pick of which prize they want. Hopefully, the second person will be happy with the one they get. :0)

Let me tell you about the #1 blog candy. It's bright summer fun papers and accessories from Little Yellow Bicycle and a chipboard Beach Pail from Maya Road. The pictures don't do them justice. They are so bright and vibrant!!!

Blog Candy # 1
It includes:

3 solid color green 12 x12 cardstock
18 double sided 12 x12 scrapbook paper
1 chipboard book
1 jewel stickers
1 tear-out ticket book
1 glittery chipboard shapes set (32 pc's)
1 cardstock stickers (includes 2 sheets with 68 pc's)
1 Ten things pocket (such a cute way to list your favorite things about summer)


Now for blog candy #2. It all from Chapter One from Kaiser Craft. I wish you could see how much nicer the paper is in person. It has such an ethereal look to it. It really is a bright white, black and shades of soft greens. I just couldn't get the right lighting today for my photos.

Blog candy #2
It includes:

3 each of 4 solid color 12 x 12cardstock(2 shades of green, white and black)
20 sheets of doubled sided paper
2 12 x 12 sticker sheets (these are so nice they almost feel like cloth)
1 sheet rub-ons
1 journal tags (24 pc's)
1 matching set of clear acrylic stamps

Now how to win? Just answer the question of the week on this post. :0)

The blog candy question is:

What is your favorite animal?(or insect, fish or bird)

For me its so hard to chose just one. I do love cats best, don't tell our dog Jasper! hehe But I also love birds. Flamingos and hummingbirds to name a couple. I look forward to hearing your answers. The question is kind of a hint about next months blog candy. :0)

Good Luck to everyone! I will draw the winners on Monday July 25th, 2011.

Till my next post...

Sunday, July 17, 2011

My Craft Area...The Before Pictures









As most of you know I have been moving around all the rooms in my home after we had some major renovations last year. (poorly done renovations I might add but then I digress. hehe) The pictures here are of how I had my stamping supplies stored. Half of everything was in a closet. (pictured above) Sadly tons of stuff was in boxes and moved around whenever we had company so they wouldn't see what a mess I kept. :0)And the pictures of the room with the toys are now in a room with my exercise equipment. And the toy room is now my stamping studio. I still have the finishing touches to do this week and then I will post the pictures.

I know one thing and it is, that I am unable to be creative in a cluttered mess. I need a place for everything and everything in it's place! :0) Now, I haven't been doing that because I had so much stuff it was stored in boxes in a closet. I got in and out of boxes and tried to keep the most used stuff in a closet(pictured above). I had to carry everything in to the kitchen when I was working on it. What a mess. It felt like I had stuff laying around all over the house. Well, now with an open room right next to my kitchen, I will have plenty of space and if I need a cutting area I can use one of the long kitchen counter tops. The key to my new stamping area is to always put everything away after I use it. I will be unveiling it this week when I post the winner of this months blog candy.

I am putting together all my blog candy for this month (posting it later today) and for next month. I will be prepared. I let things get a little out of hand at the beginning of the month and I will never do that again! I felt so bad, that it took me a week to get out the last blog candy for the masculine card ideas. :0( Thank you for all who got a package for your patience.

I just hope my dear friends you know how much I appreciate all your comments and sharing my blog with others. I am doing a fun blog candy this week. There will be 2 very nice prizes. I will draw 2 names this week and the first winner will get to chose which one they want. (hopefully the 2nd person won't be disappointed. I promise they will both be nice prizes)

So although things have been a bit quiet on my blog, I assure you I'm still here and will continue to blog. :0)

As always, I wish you time to be creative but most of all time to stamp!

Till my next post...

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Simple But Elegant



Here is a card a made using minimal supplies. It has such a soft but elegant feel to it. The picture really doesn't do it justice.

All supplies used from Stampin Up
Whisper white and bashful blue cardstock, embossing folder, big shot, two different sizes of pearls, and bashful blue ribbon. The sentiment is stamped in bashful blue ink. (I don't remember what stamp set this is from but it is from Stampin Up)

As always, I wish you time to be creative but most of all time to stamp!

Till my next post...

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Cards For David...Weeks 9 and 10





Just a quick post of the cards I made for my brother for the last 2 weeks. Last week I sent the cattail card. (Idea from Linda N.)I saw a similar card on another blog(sorry I don't remember where but when I find it I will post it in the comment section) but I changed it a bit. She had the main image at an angle on the page but I just couldn't seem to get mine to look right that way. I also used different colors and shaded the background and around the edges. I used old olive designer paper and stamped the sentiment(Hero Arts) directly on it with Early Espresso ink. Card stock used was Whisper White, More Mustard, Old Olive and Early Espresso. I used a reverse masking technique. You take a punch and use the punch out area(circle in this case) as a "stencil" to color in. After the moon was on I stamped the grass(Stampin Up) in Old Olive right over the moon. I used a punch(Stampin Up)to make the little "cattails" in Early Espresso cardstock. I sponged the main image with More Mustard and edged it with Early Espresso. Added the "cattails". I used mono adhesive and it dried tacky. OOPS! So I just punched out 12 more and added another layer and used a small amount of crystal effects to attach them. I liked it better because the cattails stand out more. So it's what I would call a happy accident. :0) I then layered the images used More Mustard brads and then used pop dots to lift up the main image.

The ice cream cards were so easy to make.(so sorry I don't know how to turn the pictures upright! ugh!) I followed a video on You Tube by "Chick N Scratch". She had some wonderful ideas. She used decorative paper for her "ice cream" but I used solid cardstock and highlighted it with ink around the edges. I also used the glitter red paper as a trim along the top of the cone. It just looked like something was missing without it. I made one for all the family. My nephews birthday is coming up this week so I thought I would take care of it all at once. I sent along a small ice cream maker, caramel and fudge topping, chocolate sprinkles, a brownie mix and a few dollars for ice cream and whip cream. I think it will hit the spot.

I wanted to thank you again for all of you who sent in ideas for the masculine cards. I also got a bit behind so I wasn't able to send the packages out on the 5th. But they are on there way! Hope you will love all the goodies. I had so much fun shopping for them!

As always, I wish you time to be creative but most of all time to stamp!

Till my next post...

Friday, July 1, 2011

Winner Of "Masculine Card Idea" Drawing

First I wanted to thank you all for the great ideas! With Linda's idea that made 8 entries.(Linda wasn't able to post on the blog but sent me an email with several great ideas)So now I have enough ideas to make it thru the last 10 weeks of cards for my brother. :0)

The grand prize goes to Mary G. But because I have so many prizes left AND ALL the ideas are so good I think YOU ARE ALL WINNERS! So, I would like to show my thanks by sending EVERYONE that entered a small prize. (Denise M, Debb D., Diane M, Babe O, Brittani N, Carly, and Linda N.)

What I would like to know is 2 things to help me send the best possible prize.
1. your favorite colors
2. your favorite type of stamp(flowers, birds, sayings, a favorite animal, etc...)
(and don't forget to make sure I have your address. :0)

My email is: Stampinshirl@aol.com

Thank you again for all the great ideas. I really look forward to all your comments. Have a great 4th of July weekend. I will mail everything out on the 5th.

Till my next post...