Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I Have A New Toy

This is my newest toy. It's from Making Memories and it's called a Slice. You put these little design cards in the back of the machine and it cuts a lot of different images from 1 in to 4 inches. This little machine is so much fun to play with. And I almost forgot, it's cordless. You just plug it in and let it charge for 1 hour....... Here are some cuts I did while experimenting. Most of these are cut at 2 inches.

And for those looking for today's card, here it is. I did this one the other day using Wildlife Reserve and Warmest Regards stamp sets from SU. Card Stock colors are Always Artichoke and Chocolate Chip. The DSP is Juntos. I thought this would make a nice manly Birthday Card. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Time is Running Out

Well, the Holidays are almost over. Christmas has come and gone once again and now we think about another new year. As we get older it seems like the years come and go a little too fast. Anyway, I had a nice Christmas with family. We had dinner and gift exchange with my daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters Christmas Eve. Went to candle light service at church in the pouring rain, no white Christmas here, and enjoyed a quiet Christmas Day at home.

This week I decided it was time to clean out a few cupboards and get some things done around here. My next BIG project will be my craft room. My stamp sets need to be organized better so I know what I have. I was looking for a set the other day and found several that I forgot I even had, I mean I've had them several months and have never used them. How sad is that?

I did get a new toy while I was AWOL. It's called a Slice and it makes awesome die cuts. I'll show you a picture of it tomorrow.

OK, if you've stayed with me this far and are still wanting to see a card or something you're in luck. I found one that missed getting posted before Christmas. I made this one for my husband's brother and sister-in-law. She collects penguins and loves anything with penguins on it.
So, this is what I came up with for their Christmas Card. Sorry the photos aren't very good but you get the idea.

Thanks for looking......Rita

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Lovely as A Tree

This is the last of the cards we made at the Christmas Open House I went to a while back. We used the all time favorite set Lovely As A Tree. This set is so versatile, it can be used for Christmas, Masculine cards, Sympathy, Birthday, Thinking of You, Thank You, Note Cards or just about anything you can think of. I love this set and will probably never part with it.

This will be my last post until after the first of the year. I've run out of samples to share with you and with the Holidays upon us I don't have a lot of time to make more. Besides that I have to get started on my Christmas cards so I can get them in the mail. I hope you all come back to visit when I return and have a safe and Happy Holiday Season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all. Thanks for visiting this past year, I hope to have a lot more to share with you in 2009.

Monday, November 24, 2008

We Have A Winner

There were only 3 votes so it didn't take very long to write all the names on papers and draw a winner. I'm sorry I can't send a set to all of you but if you send me your address I'll put you on my Christmas Card List. So, with that being said Cheryl you are the winner. Send me your address and I'll get the set out to you. Thanks to all of you for participating. I have to admit that I was leaning towards number 4 myself.

This little Gift Card Holder is one of the projects we made at our last club meeting. Isn't it just too cute. Inside there is a slot to put a gift card or money in......Thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Good afternoon everyone. I hope you're all enjoying this beautiful Sunday. I don't usually post on the weekend but today I thought I would, just to let you know I've decided to extend the contest through tonight. So, if you haven't left a comment and vote on Friday's post you can still do it today until 11:59pm. Remember, one lucky winner will receive all 6 Sample Cards and that winner will be announced tomorrow evening. So, scroll down and look at the samples and vote for your favorite good luck!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Sample #6

OK, this is the last one. I made this one very simple because simple is sometimes better. Now it's up to you, the voting starts now. Make sure you leave your vote on this post by 11:59pm Saturday. I will announce the winner Monday evening. Good Luck!!!!! Now scroll down and read a little something I saw in this month's American Legion Magazine. I thought it was cute and just wanted to share it with you. Thanks for looking and have a safe, warm and Blessed weekend...Rita ALL I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LIFE I LEARNED FROM SANTA CLAUS
*Encourage people to believe in you.
*Always remember who's naughty and who's nice.
*It's as much fun to give at it is to receive.
*Some days it's OK to feel a little chubby.
*Don't pout.
*Make your presents known
*Always ask for a little bit more than what you really want.
*Bright red can make anyone look good.
*Wear a wide belt and no one will notice how many pounds you've gained.
*If you only show up once a year, everyone will think you're very important.
*Whenever you're at a loss for words, say, "HO ho ho!"

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sample #5

I used the same stamp set, Snow Swirled, for this card as well. I don't know why but the silver cord looks purple in the close up. Don't forget to check back tomorrow to see the last sample and to vote for your favorite. I'll give you until 11:59pm Saturday to leave a comment and vote. All comments and votes left on Friday's post will go into the hat for the drawing. The winner will get all the sample cards. Thanks for looking.......

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sample #4

This is the fourth sample in the set. I used the same stamps as yesterday. This one was stamped with VersaMark on Riding Hood Red and then embossed with white embossing powder. If this is your favorite then you want to vote for number 4. Thanks for looking.....

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Day 2-Sample 3

Here's sample number three. this one uses the Snow Swirled stamp set. The tree was stamped on Kiwi Kiss with Versa Mark and embossed with White EP. I then cut it out, added the brads and silver cord and attached it to the Riding Hood Red with dimensionals. Thanks for looking!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Christmas Card Giveaway

Here are the first two sample cards I made for Christmas this year. I will be posting the other four each day this week. Take a look and help me decide which one I will be sending out this year. By leaving a comment with your vote on Friday you will be eligible to win all six sample cards. I will draw a name from all the Friday posts and announce the winner Monday evening. Thanks in advance for your help. The first card showcases the square medallion technique and has glitter on the large snowflake.

This card showcases the round medallion technique.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

I saw this cute punched turkey somewhere and decided to give it a try. I changed the colors and I'm not sure if I used the same punches as the original, but here's my version made into a card. I stamped leaves on the background to give it a fall look. Click on the image for a better look.
Next week I will be posting the Christmas Card Samples I've been working on. I need your help to choose the one I will be sending this year. Check each day to see the samples and on Friday leave a comment telling me which one you like best. The one with the most votes will be the one I send out. For your help I will draw a name from all the comments and that person will win the cards posted for the week. Good luck!
Thanks for looking and have a Blessed weekend.......Rita

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Punched Girl Birthday

I have this little girl I watch and her birthday is this month. Lydia will be four and I wanted to make her a special card. I saw this idea somewhere and decided to see if I could copy it. I used different colors and I'm not sure if I used the same punches. She told me one day that she likes butterflies so I stamped them in the background. I also added wiggle eyes as my own personal touch. I think she will like this card, how about you? Click on photo for a closer look. Thanks for looking.....

Monday, November 10, 2008

Merry and Bright

Well here we are going into the second week of November already. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Christmas will be here before we know it. I worked on some of my Christmas cards this past weekend. After I finish all my samples then the hard part, deciding which one to use, maybe I'll let you decide for me.
Anyway, here's another card we made at the open house I went to. Sorry about the blurry photo, I don't know why it came out that way......Thanks for looking.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

A Cardinal Christmas

Good evening everyone. I hope you're all having a good week. I looked at the calendar today and decided it's time to start my Christmas Cards. Wow!!! It seems like I just finished making last years. Where does the time go???? Anyway, here's one of the cards we made at the open house I went to last weekend. We stamped the image with Black Craft Ink and embossed it with Black EP before coloring it in with markers. I love this card.....Thanks for looking..Rita

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Expandable File Box

Well I hope you all got out there and voted today. I went at 9 this morning and the line was very long, but I got through pretty quick. This is a very important part of being an American, so if you didn't exercise your right to vote today then don't complain if your party doesn't win.........
Okay, now for today's project. I went to a class and we made these really nice expandable file boxes. I used Afternoon Tea Designer Series Paper for mine. This is the front, closed. This is the side view......

And this is how it looks open. These were a little tricky to put together but the end result was worth it. Thanks for looking.......Rita

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Crash and A Scarecrow

We were sitting around talking and thinking about where to go for dinner Friday evening when BOOM, this happened right out in our front yard. The woman driving this car went left of center and side swiped another car before losing control and flying through the air and landing here, in my front yard. I'm sure glad she didn't have a passenger with her. Here's another view. You can see where the back door panel was ripped off........

And now for the scarecrow. We made these adorable cards at our last stamp club meeting.
Isn't he just the cutest thing? I put wiggle eyes on the crow to make him a little more animated.........Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Card no. 4 and My Favorite

Our company is still here, I'm feeling a little better but Richard still doesn't sound very good. When he gets this stuff it seems to just hang on forever. Anyway, here is the fourth and final card we made using the set Inspired by Nature. This one is my favorite because of it's simplicity. We inked the stamp with markers and then spritzed it with water giving it a watercolor look. I love the way this card turned out and the colors we used on it...Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Embossed Nature

This is the third card we did with Inspired by Nature. We stamped the main image with white craft ink and then embossed it with white embossing powder. The designer paper is Urban Garden. I never thought of stamping right on the designer paper but I really like the way it looks. This is something I will do again.......... We still have our company, it's been a looong 3 weeks. If that's not enough my husband and I are both sick with colds and sinus/allergy stuff. So if I'm MIA it will be because I'm not feeling up to posting. Thanks for looking........Rita

Friday, October 17, 2008

Inspired by Nature #2

Yeah, it's Friday!!!! This has been a very stressful week with the kids and with my husband gone I haven't had any help. He's coming home Sunday so next week should be a little better. Dare I admit that I'm getting too old for this? Noooo, never!
Anyway, here's the second card we made at last weeks workshop. This one was really quick and easy. The center square is Pretty in Pink and the image was stamped over it with Basic Grey. Don't you just love these colors together?
It's cooled down here and starting to feel more like Fall, finally. I plan on enjoying every minute of it this weekend. Enjoy your weekend, do something special and I hope to see you in Church.......Thanks for stopping by..Rita

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Baby Wipes

Okay, so I came home from scrapbooking at the retreat and went to a stamp workshop. I know, I know that's a bit much for one weekend, but what can I say? Anyway we made four cards using the same stamp set. One of my favorite sets, Inspired by Nature and I actually have this one. We did the background using re-inkers and a baby wipe. The designer paper is Haiku and the cardstock is Chocolate Chip and Whisper White. This set is so versatile, it can be used for just about any occasion..... Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sisters Page

I was able to get 20 pages done at the retreat this weekend and this is one of my favorites. My beautiful Granddaughters. I still have a few things to add to the other pages before I post them here for all to see. I didn't take my Cricut with me so I had to wait until I got home to do my titles. I did this one using the Jasmine cartridge and decided to use the negative instead of the actual letters. Click on the photo for a larger view............ Here's my car all packed up and ready to go. It's a good thing I went alone, I don't think we could have gotten another thing in...Thanks for looking.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

The Rest of the Set

Since this will be my last post this week, I'm leaving tomorrow for the retreat, I've decided to show you the rest of the set of cards and box I made from the card kit. The stamp set used was Upsy Daisy and the Designer Series Paper used was Urban Garden. The first 2 photos are the last two cards I made and the third photo is the box to put them in.

Thanks for looking and have a super weekend. I hope to have a lot of pictures to share when I get back....

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Card #2

This is the second card I made from the kit. I think this one would be perfect for the men on your list. The ink used was Basic Grey. I really like this one. In case you were wondering why my posts have been a little short it's because my husbands brother from California is staying with us for 3 weeks. I had to set up a bed in my craft room and things in there right now are limited plus I have a lot of it packed away for my scrapbooking retreat this weekend. I might have a little more time next week since I'll be home alone, they're going to New York to visit the other brother and their sister. Woo hoo!!!!
Thanks for looking.............Rita

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Upsy Daisy

Here's a set I'm quickly falling in love with. It's from Stampin' Up and it's called Upsy Daisy. I made this card yesterday from a card kit I got in the mail. I'll post the other three cards and matching box this week. Clicking on the photo will enlarge it. Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 06, 2008

From your Mummy

Good evening everyone. I hope you all had a great weekend. I had a very, very busy one. Saturday morning I went to my stamp club, came home and grabbed a bite and checked my email. Then it was off to Columbus (2 hr. drive) to pick up my husbands brother who's staying for 3 weeks. Sunday it was off to Church, grocery shopping, 6th. grade football game to watch our granddaughter cheer and then to our daughter's house for Chili, mmmm, was it good. All in all I would say it was a full weekend. Our stamp club was a Halloween theme and this is one of the cards we made. Isn't it cute? The inside says, Happy Halloween from your Mummy.
Thanks for looking........Rita

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Fall is in the Air

It's starting to feel more like Fall every day. This is my favorite time of the year. The air is cool and crisp, the leaves are changing colors and falling to the ground. If you ask my husband he would say he hates Fall. We have a LOT of trees and taking care of the leaves is his job. Anyway, here's another card we made at Stamp Club. The pumpkins were made using the round and oval punches. Kind of makes you crave Pumpkin Pie doesn't it? Mmmmm, bring on the whipped cream!!
Thanks for looking..........Rita

Friday, September 26, 2008

I Am So Mad!!!

I wanted to finish this card I made for our Granddaughter whose birthday is tomorrow so I could share it with you tonight. Well I got it finished and just look at what happened before I even stamped the Birthday!!! I am very upset. Not only are her legs not quite right and then I had to do this, and I don't have time to do another one. Oh well, enjoy your weekend. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

For Aunt M and Couisin Bob

I know it's been a long time since I posted anything and my Aunt Mary and cousin Bob were worried that I might be sick or worse yet that my computer was broken. So I thought I'd better let everyone know I am not sick just very, very busy. I took a third child and she has been keeping me hopping. I haven't had any stamping time and I'm getting really stressed out. I think this girls days here are numbered. Anyway, I found this card that I made at our last workshop and decided to share it with you today. Enjoy! Thanks for looking, Rita

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Christmas is Near

This is another card we made at our stamp class last weekend. I just love this set and wish I had one of my very own, but unfortunately I don't. The only colors we used were Bravo Burgundy and Whisper White......Thanks for looking, Rita

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Who Was That Masked Man???

We went to the Heritage Festival Sunday afternoon and look who we saw there. Talk about a blast from the past. I know The Lone Ranger and Tonto but I don't know who the other guy is....... Hey! Is that the Duke ? Why yes I think it is, standing next to Hoppalong Cassidy (is that spelled right?) and I don't know who the other 2 were supposed to be. We had a great time baking in the sun.....
I saw this done somewhere on SCS and thought it was just too cute. The stamped image is from the Kids at Play set from SU and the sentiment was computer generated. The colors I used were Real Red, Brilliant Blue and Whisper White. I made this for my nephew who is turning 30 this week......Thanks for looking..Rita

Monday, September 01, 2008

Punchy Lamb

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful Labor Day weekend. The weather here has just been awesome. We could use some rain though.......I made this adorable card at a stamp class I went to Saturday morning. We used the new Bella Rose DSP and the new "in" colors. The lamb was made using the scallop circle, word window, lg. oval, small circle and trio flower punches. Isn't she just tooooo cute with her wiggle eyes and pink bow?
Thanks for looking........Rita

Friday, August 29, 2008


Good evening stampers and friends. I didn't get any stamping done today so I thought I would tell you about what I did yesterday. I belong to this Senior Citizens group through my bank and we take occasional day trips. When I first saw this particular trip I knew I had to go. This exhibit is going on now at the Cincinnati Museum and it was announced yesterday that they will be extending it one more week. Before we walked through the exhibit we got to got to see the OMNIMAX film, The Human Body. This incorporates groundbreaking computer graphics with stunning real-life images to tell the story of a day in the life of the human body. After an hour lunch break we then entered the exhibit and came face-to-face with full human bodies and partial body specimens. These meticulously dissected bodies are preserved through an innovative process and respectfully presented, giving visitors the opportunity to view the beauty and complexity of their own organs and systems. In addition to providing an up-close look inside our skeletal, muscular, respiratory and circulatory systems, the exhibition encourages healthy lifestyle choices. I took a friend with me and we had an awesome time. If this exhibit comes to a city near you, go, you won't regret it.
Well, this is a holiday weekend so enjoy it and take care. Thanks for stopping by............Rita

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Scrapbook Page

This is a layout I did the other day of one of the little girls I take care of. These are her one year photos and believe me what you see is what you get. She is so much fun to have around. I used my new Cricut Storybook cartridge to cut out the letters, butterfly and crown. The card stock is Taken with Teal from SU and a pink off brand.......Isn't she just the cutest thing you've ever seen????? Thanks for looking...Rita

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Blintz Base

They have this challenge every week at Splitcoast Stampers called Try a New Technique. Today I was browsing and came across this interesting technique called Blintz Base. It's a form of Origami and it looks best when done with double sided designer paper. Anyway, I decided to give it a try. I didn't notice until I uploaded the photo that the upper right corner isn't folded right, but I won't tell you because you probably didn't notice......Card Stock-Taken with Teal and So Saffron. Designer Paper-Petals and Paisleys. Stamp set used-Polka Dots and Petals.....I used a Taken with Teal marker to color the edges of the white Grosgrain Ribbon. The So Saffron CS was embossed using the Cuttlebug Paisley embossing folder and I added dimensionals to the center image.....Thanks for looking..Have a Blessed evening..Rita

Monday, August 25, 2008

Hodge Podge.......

Hardware that is. I've had this sitting on my shelf for such a long time, why don't I ever think to use it? The kit consists of several brads, frames, clips and ribbon slides to embellish your cards or scrapbook pages.
When our daughter got a promotion at work I decided it was time to pull out the hardware. This is the card I made for her to let her know how proud her father and I are of her.
Click on the image to enlarge.....Thanks for looking....Rita

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Sorry for the bad photo, you can see it better if you click on it to enlarge. I decided to drag out the sponges today and do a little sponging. I never seem to think about using my sponges, I've had them for months and they still look like new. Anyway, The stamp set I used is Deco Designs from TAC and the card stock is from SU. I used Cameo Coral, Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White. I cut out the flowers and adhered them with dimensionals.....Thanks for looking.........Rita

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Blast From the Past

Well, my company has come and gone and I'm worn out. I've been too busy to stamp so I still don't have anything to share with you. Soooo, I've decided to give you a blast from the past. If you're under 50 you probably won't remember this but I remember like it was yesterday. I found this book in a drawer the other day and boy did it bring back memories. I can even remember reading it in school. This is the 1946-47 Edition and when I was in the first grade I played Sally when we reenacted the stories. Is this making you feel really old about now??? How many of you read this book when you were in the first grade? I'm going to try to find some time tomorrow to do some stamping, but if it doesn't happen I'll see if I can find something really old to share with you.......Thanks for looking....Rita

Monday, August 11, 2008

Company Coming

Good evening friends and family. I guess you've noticed I haven't posted anything since last Tuesday. Well, there's a reason for that. I haven't had time to do any stamping. We're having company come from out of state tomorrow and I've just been too busy getting my house in order. I won't be posting anything the rest of this week but I promise to have something to share next week. I hope you are all well and enjoying what's left of the summer. It sure was short wasn't it? Anyway, have a Blessed week and come back next Monday to see what I have to share.
Thanks for stopping by........Rita