Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sneak Preview - Sale-A-Bration

Exciting news - take a sneak peak at the Sale-A-Bration and Mini Occasions Catalog.

Be sure to check out the new stamp design by Stampin' Up!. You now have the option of having you rubber stamps available for clear mounting. The new design not only saves you an average of $5 per stamp set but the new storage design is fantastic. The dvd case design is great. Please check out the catalog and see for yourself.

Sale-A-Bration is here. For every $50 purchase you will receive a stamp set, punch or Designer Series Paper pad. You are not limited to the items in the Sale-A-Bration brochure, check out the inside back cover for stamp sets you can choose from in the big catalog.

The clear mount design isn't the only new look of Stampin' Up! Check out the new punch design in the Mini-Occasions catalog.

Pick up copies of these catalogs from me anytime. Just call or email.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year's Resolution - Matthew 22:39

Matthew 22:39 ...... Love your neighbor as yourself.

Please join me and make my New Year's Resolution's your New Year's Resolution.

Respect the lives of your neighbor and drive safer. Turn off your cell phone while driving.

  • Your cell phone call to Aunt Judy can wait. She will just have to understand that you are busy keeping an eye on the road and will call her back.

  • Your email can wait – unless you are God, it isn’t important enough to endanger the lives of your neighbor.

Think of your neighbor first, drive safer and turn off your cell phone while you are driving. And "peeking" to see who sent you an email or called is a distraction. NO cell phone usage, period.

How long will this resolution last? It should be a permanent commitment to God. You are NOT important enough to endanger the lives of those around you!

Please leave a comment if you are making this your New Year's Resolution.

I personally will make a post "if" I personally fail in my commitment to Love my Neighbor!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Mojo Monday - December 28, 2009

Want a challenge? - check out Mojo Monday

Santa gave me a new camera and photo box to capture better pictures of my cards. I had to return the photo box because the camera stand was missing. Once I get it a replacement and learn how to use various software programs, I hope my pictures look more professional.

I love the added dimensions to this card. I used three different embossing folders and the Stampin' Up! Big Bold Cupcake and Movers and Shapers Modern Label die. I also used Stampin' Up! Modern Label and Word Window punches. My color scheme was Stampin' Up! Night of Navy, Really Rust and So Saffron cardstock.

Sunday, December 27, 2009


S- Stampin'
O - on
S - Saturdays

Join in on the fun starting Saturday, January 9 at 10:00 am

Stampin' Up! Card Workshops

No Experience Required

Learn a new technique every Saturday

Email me for more details

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

First United Methodist Church - Classes begin soon

Change up the stamp set sentiment to create different cards. Free instructions below. I got my inspiration from a card created by Terry0926 at Splitcoaststampers, see her card here.

Stampin’ Up! Products

  • Very Vanilla and Bordering Blue cardstock
  • Bella Bleu DSP (Designer Series Paper)
  • Bordering Blue ink
  • Very Vanilla 1/4” grosgrain ribbon (12”)
  • Sincere Salutations and On Your Birthday stamp sets

Layers – working up from card base

  • Card base - Very Vanilla 5 1/2” x 4 1/4” and Bordering Blue 5 1/4” x 4”
  • Very Vanilla 4 1/8” x 3 5/8”, Bordering Blue 4” x 3 1/2” and DSP 3 7/8” x 3 3/8”
  • Bordering Blue 2 7/8” x 1 7/8” and DSP 2 3/4” x 1 3/4”
  • Bordering Blue 1 5/8” x 3 1/8” and Very Vanilla 1 1/2” x 3” - This is the stamp image area

For the extra empty place created by a smaller stamped image, I added embellishments made with the Stampin' Up! Trio Flower punch.

Classes are being offered at the First United Methodist Church in Jasper - Wednesday Night Live. My classes begin on Wednesday, January 6. This will be one of six creations made in my class. Email me for more details.

Can't make it Wednesday nights, I will be doing the same class in my home beginning Saturday, January 9 - Join my SOS Class. SOS = Stamping on Saturdays

Supply list
102630 - Bordering Blue cardstock
102265 - Bordering Blue Stampin Pad
113974 - Designer Series Paper - Bella Bleu
101650 - Very Vanilla cardstock
115068 - Sincere Salutations stamp set
111664 - On Your Birthday stamp set
107300 - Very Vanilla envelopes

Start stamping today for under $60* (with the Sincere Salutations stamp set).

Order the supplies after January 4 and you will receive a free stamp set, designer series paper, or paper punch from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

Better yet....If you order the cardstock needed for the projects above, pattern paper (DSP), stamp pad, one stamp set and envelopes, you will receive the 1/4" grosgrain ribbon needed for creating these cards from me at no extra charge.

The free items in this offer are valued over $20. This special offer from me will end on January 15.

*before S&H and tax

Our Baby Girl Kendall

Just keep Kendall in your prayers. She has to have a heart monitor test today and head scan on Monday. Nothing serious.....just keep her in your prayers.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Mojo Monday Challenge - December 21, 2009

I created this card using the Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio. This is the digital picture.

This is the actual card...
Images © Stampin’ Up!

Stampin' Up! products
  • Merry Moments DSP - Old Olive
  • Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Real Red and Old Olive cardstock
  • Chocolate Chip 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
  • Chocolate Chip ink
  • Baroque Motifs stamp set
Take the challenge, visit Mojo Monday every Monday for a new card sketch. Join in on the fun and create a card.
Interested in learning how easy it is to create this and many other cards? Email me.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas, a time of joy....

I had lunch today with a special friend and her mother. What an awesome relationship my friend has with her mother. I am blessed to have this special friend in my life and was honored to share a little Christmas with "Mom".

Christmas is a time of so much joy - celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas is a time of sorrow - wishing you had just ONE more day with a loved one.

I am reminded of this poem I read a few years after my mother passed away. My mother had polio and was confined to a wheelchair most of her life. The true blessing today is that my mother is walking with Jesus today.

My First Christmas in Heaven

I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below
With tiny lights, like Heaven's stars, reflecting on the snow.
The sight is so spectacular, please wipe away the tear
For I am spending Christmas with Jesus this year.

I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear
But the sounds of music can't compare with the Christmas choir up here.

I have no words to tell you, the joy their voices bring,
For it is beyond description, to hear the angels sing.

I know how much you miss me, I see the pain inside your heart
But I am not so far away, we really aren't apart.
So be happy for me, dear ones, you know I hold you dear.
And be glad I'm spending Christmas with Jesus this year.

I sent you each a special gift, from my heavenly home above.
I sent you each a memory of my undying love.
After all, love is a gift more precious than pure gold
It was always most important in the stories Jesus told.

Please love and keep each other, as my Father said to do
For I can't count the blessing or love he has for each of you.
So have a Merry Christmas and wipe away that tear
Remember, I am spending Christmas with Jesus this year.

~author unknown

I miss you Mom!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Mojo Monday Challenge - December 7, 2009

Mojo Monday Sketch
My Entry

I love the Mojo Monday challenge. I started creating my entry by using the Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio program.

This card was created with the following Stampin' Up! products:
  • Dasher stamp
  • Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive and Real Red cardstock
  • Simply Scrappin' Christmas Jingle and Merry Moments DSP
  • Jumbo Snowflake hand punch
  • Chocolate Chip ink
  • Mini-glue dots
Other products
  • Brad
  • Brown satin ribbon
  • Circle and scallop circle dies
Take the challenge, visit Mojo Monday every Monday for a new card sketch. Join in on the fun and create a card.

I have asked Santa for a display for taking pictures of my cards.
This is the digital layout using the Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio
*hint, hint - I love comments

Thursday, December 3, 2009

She is so precious

My baby girl is crawling and without her grandmother there with her. The video is grainy .... but who cares!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Mojo Monday Challenge - November 30, 2009

The embellishment was created with 2 1/2" scallop circles, cut in half and folded.
Stampin Up! Products:

Sale-A-Bration 2009 DSP
  • Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery cardstock
  • Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery ink - for distressing
  • Certainly Celery twill ribbon
Other Products
  • Button
  • Glue dots
  • 2 1/2" scallop circle die
I LOVE COMMENTS (hint, hint)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Kendall's Dad says it's so difficult to email pictures it is Wednesday and I guess he has had these pictures in his possession since Monday. Sons! Sons! Sons!

HOW COULD HE NOT SHARE THESE? He wanted to blame it on Kristin. I guess since she does most of the work around the house, and takes care of the baby and studies for her Masters; she should have found time to email me a picture.

I came to your defense and told him you are too busy getting your Masters (woohoo Kristin, you go girl).

I had to explain to my technically challenged son how to email pictures.
I guess he never sends attachments by it is almost 2010 and David has never emailed an attachment. I had to walk him through the steps. I guess he is stuck in the 70s even though he was born in the 80s.

I think I will get him Windows ME for Christmas. I better start hunting for this relic program.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Mojo Monday Challenge - November 23, 2009

This Mojo Monday challenge was easy using Stampin' Up! products:
  • Christmas Jingle striped DSP
  • Textured cardstock in Real Red and Chocolate Chip
  • Old Olive cardstock
  • Stampin’ Up! Exclusive Die Movers & Shapers Curly Label
  • Hostess Stamp set - Christmas Punch
  • Chocolate Chip, Old Olive and Real Red Stampin' Write markers
  • Old Olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
  • Eyelet border punch
The Stampin' Up! exclusive Movers & Shapers Curly Label die is FANTASTIC. All I had to do to create the card base was cut my 8 1/2" x 11" paper in half length wise and line it up on the die. The unique cutout has perforated marks shaped around the cutout piece.

Of course, I had to design the card first using Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio. You just have to get this program!
If you would like to learn how to make any of my cards posted on my blog, please contact me by email - click here.

Do you or Santa need help finding the perfect gift? Have Santa contact me. I will help with suggestions or Santa can purchase gift certificates from me (redeemable only through me).

I love comments; please leave one.


Don't miss this FANTASTIC holiday sale at Stampin' Up!.

30%, 40% and 50% off selected items. Shop today, sale ends November 30.

Go to my Stampin' Up! website, CLICK HERE and click on Shop Now (upper right hand corner) to check out all the deals.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

My First Mojo Monday Challenge

I have been checking this blog out for months now and finally decided that tonight I will meet the challenge.

Each Monday a new sketch is added to the blog; the challenge is to use the sketch to create your own "masterpiece".

I, of course, playing with the new Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio, first created my "masterpiece" on the computer and then went to my craft room and created the card with real cardstock.

I used all Stampin' Up! products with this card
  • Mellow Moss card base
  • Really Rust cardstock and DSP from the Patterns Pack III (available as a Level 1 Hostess Benefits)
  • Mellow Moss 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
  • Thoughts & Prayers stamp set
  • Large oval and scallop oval punch
  • Basic Black ink
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
This is my digital creation

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Stampin' Up! My Digital Software - First Creation Start to Finish

This is the card created on the computer - - - - - - - - >

I designed this card using the new Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio software program. Create your cards without wasting precious Stampin' Up! paper by designing your card first with this new software and then make it using your Stampin' Up! products.

This is the actual card made using Stampin' Up! products - - - - - >

Email me to find out about this newest software available only through Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Anniversary / Birthday / Calendar / Important Events to Remember Booklet Workshop

I created these binded notebooks with my cute binding machine. Great to use as birthday calendar (not dated)

These notebooks contain fifteen pages, one page for each month of the year and three blank pages. Write down the day and event under the month.

A cute and easy Christmas gift for a co-worker or friend.

Would you like to create one? Come to my workshop on Tuesday, December 1 at 10:00 am and create one. Deadline registration and payment date is Monday, November 30.

Bring your own adhesive. Class materials fee is $9, deposit required.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Let Stampin' Up! do your Christmas shopping and you get free merchandise

You'll love the convenience of our Holiday Gift-Giving Guide! With gift ideas for kids, teens, neighbors and more, it's your one-stop shop for all your holiday needs.

PLUS, when you spend $50 on products in the guide, you'll get a Decor Elements for FREE (up to a $16.95 value)! Let your free item be a gift to yourself because you are such a smart shopper OR give it away as a gift.

You can view the Holiday Gift-Giving Guide and Home Decor brochures at the top of this page.

If you enjoy stamping, the perfect gift to share your love of stamping can be found in this holiday guide. Below are a few of my suggestions:
  • Page 2 - $9.95 Best of the Bunch Mini Note Kit #116762. Kit includes a double-mounted stamp set (two stamps in all), Stamping Spot (ink), four 3 7/8" x 2 3/4" cards and envelopes.
  • Page 2 - $18.95 Beary Best Friends stamp set #118052. This is a six-piece stamp set - all you need to complete this is a Basic Black ink pad and you have created hours of continuous crafting for younger children. Images can be colored with crayons and markers. Purchase Note Cards #107311 and let your children create their own greeting cards to send to family and friends. Note Cards include 20 cards and envelopes.
  • Page 3 - There are kits that include everything you need to create beautiful greeting cards. Prices range from $24.95 to $42.95 for the complete kits (stamps, ribbon, ink, cards and envelopes).
  • Page 4 - $274.55 A Dream Come True Gift - The Big Shot Gift Pack includes the Big Shot die cutting machine that cuts and embosses. Included in this package is the Movers & Shapers Curly Label Die that cuts and creates a window card with a few cranks of the handle. Purchase this kit and you will receive hostess benefits; a Level 1 stamp set and $25.00 worth of Stampin' Up! merchandise (your choice)
  • Page 4 - Gifts for your neighbors. Pack up your cookies and give them in pretty containers or create your own party favors to give to your guest at your next holiday party.

I'll even gift wrap any Stampin' Up! products you purchase as gifts for no additional charge.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Our grandbaby is growing too fast

Thanksgiving Treats

I love giving gifts to my guests around Thanksgiving.

I wanted to create a classy party favor. I created the flower using SU Scallop Circle punch. The flower actually takes nearly 30 minutes to create, but I did them while watching TV. I was inspired from by a YouTube Video.

I used the Stampin' Up! 2009 Sale-A-Bration stamp set Yummy.

I love SU DSP and find it hard to use...some papers are just too pretty to use. However, I think the oohs and aahs from the recipients will be worth it.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

An endearing surprise

Bill surprised me with flowers - four large sunflowers. He said he knew I needed a lift. "I know you like sunflowers because of Grandma Casto"

Friday, October 9, 2009


I NEEDED this new Stampin' Up! stamp set, especially because I have a beautiful granddaughter.

Kendall made this card (well, okay - I made it) to send to her parents for their anniversary. David and Kristin' 5th wedding anniversary is today.

Stampin' Up! has a new Build-A-Bear product line, including Big Shot Sizzix dies. For this month only, I am offering 10% off on the entire line of Build-A-Bear products from Stampin' Up!. This is my special, orders need to placed through me, not my website.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Christmas Cards

Friday, November 6
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Create 19 beautiful, unique Christmas cards, a treasure to give and much prettier than a box of store bought cards.

Here is a sampling of the Christmas cards I created over the last week. It took me five complete nine-hour days to cut, design and create the cards using the Stampin' Up Scrappin' Christmas Jingle Kit.

The cost of the card making class is $35 and will include my designs, instructions, use of my stamps, inks, Big Shot exclusive dies, hand punches, 19 card bases, envelopes and all the extras needed to complete the 19 cards. Extras include brads, dimensionals, ribbon and cord. All you would need to bring is your enthusiasm and adhesive.

If you are interested, please email me. Payment deadline Monday, October 19.

The pdf paper layout instructions are available for purchase at $10.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Current signups (as of 10/08/09)

  1. Kelli
  2. Amanda
  3. Sabrina
  4. You?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Special prayers for a little girl..

...I have been asking for prayers for a little girl from our neighborhood that was injured over the weekend.

I created a penny spinner card (my first, not my best work) and a candy treat to cheer her up while she is recovering.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Thoroughly Modern

I am in love with the color combination of Stampin' Up! Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper. Bermuda Bay, Rose Red, Sahara Sand and Soft Suede.

This card was made using the Sizzix Big Shot Matchbox, Lattice and Blossom Party dies. All of these dies are exclusive to Stampin' Up! and can only be purchased through your Stampin' Up! demonstrator - aka ME.

Stampin' Up! Products

  • Sizzix exclusive dies (mentioned above)
  • Whisper White, Bermuda Bay and Rose Red Cardstock
  • Thoroughly Modern DSP
  • Bermuda Bay and Rose Red Stampin' Markers
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
  • Oval Scallop, Large and Small Oval hand punches

Other Products

  • White brad

The Teeny Tiny Wishes is a 24 stamp set with every holiday and special moments greetings you would need for creating cards and gifts.

This set is for sale at the Lily Pond Art Gallery, 5100 Curry Highway (Route 257) , Jasper, AL. If you are looking for unique, one of a kind gifts or home decor - Lily Pond is the place to check out. Terry McKay, owner of the Lily Pond, offers exceptional art pieces created by local artisans. Check out her workshops - you, too, can create works of art.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

How to host a Stampin' Up! Workshop

A Stampin' Up! workshop is not your average Tupperware Party where your friends leave with a lighter bank account. At a Stampin' Up! workshop your friends will leave with something they created by themselves. You won't be an audience watching someone talk about each product; you will be getting a hands-on experience on stamping. Stamping is a great relaxing hobby and it is SO EASY. Stampin' Up! has great products to help you.

Are you ready to enjoy and create with your friends? Follow these easy steps:
  1. Call me at 205-221-5619 or email me
  2. Pick a day that works with your schedule for a workshop in your home
  3. Decide what your would like to create: card, party favor, gift
  4. List forty friends in 4 minutes and send invitations to ALL of them
  5. One day before workshop, call your friends to remind them
  6. Prepare a light dessert, sit back and let me do the rest

The Workshop

  1. Receive a free Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog
  2. Learn the art of stamping
  3. Enjoy the fellowship with your friends
  4. You and your friends will learn to create easy paper craft items
  5. I am not a sales person, I am someone who enjoys stamping and loves to share my love of crafting. I do not pressure your friends into purchasing from me.
  6. Have an opportunity to receive free Stampin' Up! products

Are you responsible for your next women's club meeting? I am available to come to your next meeting - it won 't be your ordinary meeting; everyone will get an opportunity to create something fun and cute. Call me about arranging a class for your next club meeting.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The New Phone Book is here....the new phone book is here!

Actually its Stampin' Up!'s new Holiday mini brochure; much more exciting than the phone book! Click here for the new catalog.

Special offer from Stampin' Up!

Host a $250 workshop and get a Holiday Mini item* for just $10!
*Excludes hostess sets and My Digital Studio

To place an order email me.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Meet my new friends....

.....Frank, Drac and Mummy

Aren't they adorable!! They hold KitKat and other candy bars.

Angie Kennedy Juda is one TALENTED woman. I cannot take credit for "my friends". I check Angie's blog every day for new creations. Angie is a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, blessed with so many talents. The greatest gift she has is her love of sharing her crafts by creating wonderful videos with concise instructions and displaying them for everyone to enjoy and recreate.

Click here to view her videos, including how to make Dracula. Check out her blog here.

Thank you Angie for inspiring me!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Your prayers are needed

Jim and I are asking you to say a prayer for Sayla Grace.

Sayla Grace is the granddaughter of our dear friends Ed and Gail Wentz and the daughter of Owen and Jessica Prescott.

Sayla Grace was born premature and is quite a fighter. Please keep precious Sayla Grace in your daily prayers.

Follow the Prescott Place blog to read of Sayla Grace's daily journal here.

Thank you.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Lily Pond Art Society Presents: Gift Bag/Party Favor Workshop

* * * Workshop Special Pricing * * *

Saturday, September 19
10:00 AM- 12:00PM


Lily Pond Tea Room
5100 Curry Highway
Gateway Plaza
Jasper, AL

This is a hands-on paper crafting workshop for beginners to intermediate stampers, taught by me. All supplies are included in class fee. We will be making six (6) gift bags which can also be used as party favors. We will be using top of the line Stampin’ Up! products. Choose from a wonderful selection of Fall designs, including Halloween and Thanksgiving, and Stampin' Up's brilliant coordinating cardstock colors and ribbons.

Class instruction will include the use of rubber stamps, ink pads, Sizzix Big Shot die cut machine and hand die-cut punches. Personalize with stamps that include: Happy Halloween, Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Birthday, Sweet Treats, and more.

This is two hours of fun; learning to stamp and creating beautiful gift/favor bags which you will be proud to give. Classes size is limited; please call in advance to reserve your place and for more information.

Bring a friend; when two people sign up together, both receive a 10% off discount and they always have more fun!

Call Terry McKay, Lily Pond Owner at 205-384-9525 or email me. Workshop price was $30.00, Terry's special price is $27.00.

Do you want to create more than six?? Special packets with all the products used in creating gift bags will be available for purchase the day of the workshop.

Don't miss out, register today - class size is limited to eight.