Friday, December 9, 2011

Santa loves Stampin' Up!

It's true, he does.  Lookie:

See . . .told ya!

My friend Lisa and I were vendors in a local craft sale (and one this evening, and next saturday also), and Santa made an appearance.  Super exciting for all us good girls and boys!  Good thing I had this cute frame made up so he would know I believe!

Here is a closer look:

I used the Big Shot alot on this page and I love it!  I used the stocking die as well as the stocking accent die to cut out the stocking, tree, candy cane, and holly.  I used the tasteful trim die to cut out the sparkly silver glimmer paper garland, and then used my alphabet sizzlet for the "Believe".

I wanted it too look like a frame on a mantle so I stamped with the woodgrain background stamp and then used my simply scored to make a frame outline.  Click on the picture to get a better look.

So, come and visit me tonight at the Candy Cane Lane Holiday Expo to see some cute Christmas ideas or next Saturday (Dec 17) at the Lethbridge Market where I will be showcasing some great items from the upcoming Occasions Mini and Sale-A-Bration catalogs.

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Crazy Christmas Crafting

Hi all!  I have been crafting like crazy lately.  I am getting reading for an upcoming show at the Lethbridge Public Market for November 26 and December 17.  I also have a show on December 9 at the Candy Cane Holiday Expo in Coaldale.  I also have my regular club meetings and classes to prep for, so I have been up to my elbows in ink, paper, ribbon, and glitter!  I couldn't be happier!

Here is just one of the things that I have been working on.

 These two little cuties are just one of the projects you can make for my upcoming Gifts Galore class.

Well, off to do some laundry (in between stamping of course).

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Spice World

Once upon a time, when my husband and I had just started getting serious I went with him to meet his family.  His niece (who was about 5 at the time) and I hit it off great.  At some point during the visit she turned her sweet little face to him and said, "Uncle Anthony, you should marry Sherri."  "I should?" he replied.  "Yep", she said.  You are never gonna get a Spice Girl."  Cute kid.

So, if you could be any Spice Girl who would you be?  I had actually never given it much thought but the question has been nagging at me for the past few days.  So, I did the logical thing and took some online quizzes.  Now, these are serious quizzes.  They asked me at least 10 questions, and science popped out the answer.  According to some very advanced algorithms, I am Baby Spice.  I can live with that I guess.  She's the cute blonde, right?  I mean, I was secretly hoping for Ginger Spice, but everyone can't be her.  But, if I could still be me, and have a Spice Girl name what would THAT be?  Silly Spice? Giggle Spice?  Nah,  I think I would go by Crafty Spice.  Here's proof:

I love the Spice Cake paper and fabric in the Holiday Mini.  It makes me happy.  For this wreath I was inspired by a post I saw on Bridegan's Musings way back in the spring.  It has been rolling around in my brain, and this Spice Cake fabric really sealed it for me.

Here is a closer look at the detail

I die cut some flowers from the Spice Cake fabric and added some of the big designer buttons, vintage brads, More Mustard scalloped polka dot ribbon, and very vanilla velvet ribbon (so fantastic!), to create a focal point.  The weeping birch twigs are just collected off my parent's lawn after that windstorm we had a couple of weeks back.

What do you think?  Is Crafty Spice good?

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

World Card Day! - Stamping out breast cancer

Hi everyone.  I hope you are all doing great.  We are in the middle of a freak fall rain storm and I am putting off laundry so I though I would share with you some of the fun I had at our annual World Card Day event.  Lisa and I have hosted this event together for the past 3 years and it has always been an exciting, fun, exhausting event.  I say this every year, but I think that this may have been the best one (yet).  Lisa has some pictures of the games and some of the projects that the group did on her blog.  I think everyone loved the Card Keeper that they made, and also were pleasantly surprised by the gift of the Dazzling Details.  I contributed 8 card designs for the day too, so together there were 16 cards that the stampers went home with in their card keepers. 

Here are mine:

Thank Yous


I love all these cards.  And I love that I was able to use some of my own designs, some designs from swap I saw at Stampin' Up Regionals in Edmonton, and some from the Demonstrator only forum called Stampin' Connection.  It is a great resource for inspiriation and even the occasional CASE (Copy and Share Everything).

If you attended World Card Day I want to thank you for your support and the great day of friendship and stamping.  It means the world to me.  
Thanks for stopping by


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It's Alive!!!!! or the dog ate my homework or what, you're not the boss of me.

I know, I know . . . 4 months and no activity.  I could tell you my dog ate my homework, or I could say I was busy, or I could get defensive and say, "What?!  You're not the boss of me".  Truth is, I have no real reason.  I thought about it lots, but then by the time I would remember, the computer would already be off and I was too lazy to turn it back on.  Then, I actually did want to get back into posting, but I thought that after such a long break, my first post back should be something kinda awesome.  So, here it is:

It's Alive!!!!!!

I thought it would be fun to share with you some cute Halloween projects all featuring the loveable lump Frankenstein.

Here is an individual picture of each of these treat boxes.

Aren't they awesome?  I think my favorite is the little Rambo Frankie.  What is yours?

I also made a cute postcard in My Digital Studio.

Tada!  Was it worth the wait?  Please says yes.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Purple Pretty Postage

Hello all!  I hope everyone out there is doing well.  I hope you have all seen the new Summer Mini and love it as much as I do!  My upline hosted a fantastic swap.  A bunch of us got together and we all designed different samples using 2 different sets.  I would like to share with you one of the projects that I made.

Pretty, right?  I am in love with this set.  It is called Pretty Postage and it matches perfectly with the new Postage Punch.  I have been having a lot of fun playing with this set and the punch too.  For this card, I colored the stamp with the markers (Pear Pizzazz and Concord Crush) and then stamped the image on Whisper White cardstock.  I punched it out with the Postage punch and layered it on a punched scalloped square of Pear Pizzazz.  I used the Concord Crush DSP and cut strips of Whisper White using the Tasteful Trim die and my Big Shot.  I layered these with a strip of Pear Pizzazz and tied a bow of Organza around it.  I adhered this to a Concord Crush base and used dimensionals to pop up my postage piece.  Voila!  A super pretty, easy card.  Hope you like it too.

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Nursery Suite - It's not just for babies!

Finally I can breathe and get back to posting.  I have had a very busy few weeks, with birthdays, and parties, and the Diva Trade show, and Scrapfest 2011, and then the flu whisked through our home.  but now, everyone is well, my craft space looks like a hurricane ran through, the laundry is piled pretty high, but the is time on the horizon. 

Today I wanted to share with you some really cute things that I have made using the Nursery Suite Designer Series Specialty paper and the coordinating Nursery Suite Quick Accents adhesive die cuts.

My kids are no longs babies (as they like to remind me), but I Iiked these sets so much that I had to find a way to use them.

For my daughter (who just turned 9) I made a scrapbook that I can put her most adorable baby pictures in

It is done with paper bags!  Pretty fantastic!  There are pockets and flaps and spot for journalling.  I cannot wait to pick picture with her and tell all sorts of embarrassing stories.

I also made her a really cute butterfly mobile for her room.  She has hung it by her wondow so that the breeze makes them fly.

I used the butterfly and petal cone dies and my big shot (love it!) to cut out the shapes.  I added some ink and pearls (of course) and she loves it!
 For my youngest son, I made a really cute frame and photo block.  He was so happy to see them and immediately cleaned off the top of his dresser to have a "safe spot for them".  Had I known he would clean I would have made these sooner.

 Sorry about the glare from the flash.  Photography is not one of my strong suits.

I chose 4 pictures for this block.  Each one represent a different age group for him.  He is only 6 so really it is almost one picture from each year.  This one is one of my favorites.  He was loving his chocolate bunny so much, but when we couldn't stand the goo anymore, we took it away.  Man!  Was he cheese off!  So, naturally, I snapped a pic.

Anyway, even with all that I have made, I still have lots of the paper and die cuts left!  

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

More Bunny Treats!

Hi again!

Now that Easter is over, I can share with you some pictures of the treats boxes I made for my little bunnies.  I didn't make anything for Logan, but he assured me that being almost 20 made it ok for him not to get a cute packaging.  He still got the treats, but they came in their original bags.

Anyway, here are the one that the younger kids got.

Wow, sorry for such dark photos.  That is what happens when you forget to take pictures before you put something out at midnight.  Thankfully, you can still see how adorable everything turned out.  The kids loved how bored the rabbits looked and, of course, the bag of "bunny turds" got a lot of giggles.  

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, April 22, 2011

Festive Frames - Spring

Hi everyone!  Just a quick post for you all on this Good Friday.

I wanted to show you some pictures of a very pretty frame I made.

Isn't it pretty?  Would you like to make one for your home?  I still have some spots left in the class for this.  Check out my Events and Classes page to get all the details!

Have a fantastic Easter everyone.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Easter Treats!

Hello Ladies!

I have a great class to share with you today.  You can find all the information on my Events and classes page, but I will share some pictures with you here today.

Super cute!  You will get to make all three.  Here are each of the projects close up

Now, you don't have to give them away to anyone (it is candy, after all), but if you have kids, they will flip for these.  I know mine really love them.

Speaking of kids (smooth segue, right?) . . .

Were you at the Children's Festival in Lethbridge yesterday?  I was.  My friend Lisa and I had a great time and a fantastic display.  I will have more pictures this week of our setup, and some of the projects I had on display.  It was a fun, but exhausting 10+ hours. 

Thanks for stopping by.


P.S.  Check out the new Events and Classes tab at the top of the page.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Blah, Blech, and Will it End With Me? + Some Scrapbboking

Hi all,

Long time, no talk.  Sorry I have been MIA.  I have been a Mom in Action, or is it a Mom in Agony?  Either way, I am here now, sort of alive.

We had a string illness here unlike anything that anyone has ever seen before.  Well, the Black Plague may have been a little worse, but still.  First the flu made its malicious rounds, then, just when I thought we were all recovered and over the hump, BAM!  Andrew gets Strep throat.  So, after a few days of me thinking he is only complaining to get out of cleaning his room, or doing his chores, or eating with proper table manners, he spikes a fever.  Headache + Sore throat + fever + 6 year old = very tired Mommy.  After about 4 days of antibiotics, he is well enough to go to school.  Yaaay, a day to catch up on all those things that didn't get done because I had a sick guy attached to me.  Now, I know what you are thinking . . . "But that is really only one week, 10 days tops, where were you the rest of the time."  Hang on, I'm getting to it.

So, that day the kids come home from school, Andrew is hacking up a lung, and Charlotte is looking a little worse for wear too.  Everybody to bed early.

That night Charlotte wakes up, she has got a very high fever and  both her ears hurt.  Andrew is still hacking all night long too.  Both are home again.  Charlotte has a double ear infection, and Andrew still has strep throat.  More antibiotics for both.

Thankfully, after a few more days, both kids got better, were able to return to school, and I got ready to breathe a big sigh of relief.  Only, I couldn't.  I could not breathe.  Yep, my turn.  Somehow, I got both of what they were carrying.  I have a fever, congestion, sore throat, ear infections, and a hacking cough.  So, that is what I have been doing this past week.  Just trying to stay alive.

My husband, bless his heart, pointed out that there is a positive side to this.  He said to me, "On the plus side, I feel fine." Smiley  He thinks he is funny.

But, I do have a great scrapbook layout to show you.

I was surfing the net (pre-illnesses) and found a fantastic quote that really encompassed how I felt about my life.

Kinda a cruel joke now, but then, yes, I was blissful, and I will be again, once I recover.

Anyway, after I found that quote, the idea for the pictures just fell into my head.  I think it makes a great scrapbook layout.  Lookie:

You can see, the whole concept of the page was happiness, true bliss.  Mine.

Here are some close ups of the pages.  The first page is my hubby and I.  I used some old chipboard letters and sponged them with Rich Razzleberry craft ink for the title.  I love the addition of the 1 1/4 inch Rich Razzleberry striped ribbon.  The second page is pics of my kids smiling.  The first pic is them as babies, the ones besides are them now.  Hard to believe that the oldest is going to be 20.  These are my joy, my bliss, my family.  The walking, germ ridden, incubating petri dishes that they are.

Thanks for stopping by,


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Part Deux

Me again!

Happy to see you again.

Today I have another project from the workshop I did.  The ladies all got to make one of these fun cards.

This fantastic bright card uses two of my favorite things.  I love the Pom Pom trim and the stamp set Bring on the Cake from the current mini.  I am going to miss them so much when they go.  One of the best hings about this card, is that if you purchase what you need to make it (and many many others), you get the Ice Cream Parlor Ribbon and Buttons pack for free.  FREE!!!!! 

The bad news is that this offer (and all other Sale-A-Bration products) end on March 31.  Now, don't be sad, there is still time to get yours too. :)  Contact me today and you could be doing the dance of joy very soon.

Thanks for stopping by,


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Workshop Wonders

Hello again,

Last month a one of my stamping friends hosted a workshop for some of her friends.  I wanted to share with you some one of the great projects that I showed the gals.

I like to show how Stampin' Up products are suited to both the needs of the scrap booker and the needs of the card maker (and everyone in between).

First, I showed them how to make a cute but simple scrap book page.

Isn't it nice?  I love this color combination.  It is Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo and Chocolate Chip.  I used the stamp set Flight of the Butterfly to stamp an embellishment and to create a background on two of the photo mats.  Of course, I jazzed it up up with just a little ribbon and a string of Basic Rhinestone.

Next I showed them how to use all those same supplies to make a card.

Isn't this card cute too?  And yes, it uses only the same products as the page.  They loved this idea, and my friend was so grateful to have these.  As the hostess, she received (among many other great gifts) all the projects that I demoed that night.

If you would like to host a workshop with me, please contact me and we can set up a time for you and your friends to have fun too.

Thanks for stopping by,


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I have a theory - aka- More science facts

Hello all,

I think that I have discovered a new science fact.  It would seem, that the half life of a camera's battery is inversely proportional to the amount of photos you need to load on to your desktop.  So, the more pictures that I have, the shorter my battery seems to last.  To top it all off, the camera will not work even if it is plugged in to the computer. 

Science is hard.

Either that, or my camera has it in for me.

And, the title reminds me of this Monty Python sketch that always makes me laugh.  Wanna see?

Anyway . .   The point is, I have lots of cute projects to share, but they are stuck on my camera.  So no luck until the little charge light on my battery charger is off.

Until then, I did make a very nice My Digital Studio page with some older photos of my little ones.

Isn't it nice?  I love spending time on My Digital Studio.  This page only took a few minutes, so that has left me a lot more time to fiddle with other projects.

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Hi there!

I have something that is wonderful to share with you today.  Have you ever had one of those days?  You know, the kind where you feel like Eeyore?  Well, I have been feeling a little like that lately, but no more!

The other day, my dear friend Lisa did something wonderful for me, just out of the blue!  She showed up at my door with the prettiest little box.

And, as if that (and the visit) wasn't enough, look what was inside:

I LOVE THEM!!!!  Their magnets!  Aren't they just sooooo perfect?!  She made all this to match  the color scheme of my crafting space.

SO, I went through my stash of stuff that I keep around "because you never know when you might need it" (don't roll your eyes at me . . .you have one too), and found a piece of aged brown metal and a frame with a plain mat.  So, I got to work with my stamps and ink to make a pretty showcase for my special gift.

I hung it on the wall right beside my computer monitor so I could enjoy it every day.  Looking at it really makes me feel lucky.  I have a wonderful friend who took the time out of her busy day to make something specifically designed just for me!  Isn't that what paper crafting is all about?  Creating special works of art for the ones you love (including yourself!).

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Crazy for Cupcakes!

Really though, who isn't?

Hi again,

Today I wanted to share with you some of my new favorites!  I love cupcakes.  I love these coconut cupcakes that a local bakery sells . . . they are phenominal!

I also love Stampin' Up's low cal version.  There are some great new cupcake products in the Occasions Mini catalog and I am just gaga for them. 

First, there is the Create a Cupcake stamp set:

Adorable, right?  But that's not it!  There is also a coordinating punch!  
I love this!  Obviously it is great to not have to hand cut any pieces (I avoid that if I have to), but it is so great to just be able to punch out of any Designer Series Paper I like.

I made a cute, quick birthday card for a birthday party Andrew was going to this past weekend.  Lookie:

I used a couple of the great builder wheels that are in the catalog and did just a bit of coloring with my Pacific Point, Real Red and Daffodil Delight Stampin Write markers to make it all match.  I also popped up some pieces of the cupcake for extra interest and punched the cherry out of glimmer paper scrap (I keep everything).

I have some really cute ideas for this set and punch.  Contact me or click here to shop online before April 30 to get yours.

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Inspire, Create, Share

Hi there.

Inspire.  Create.  Share.

That is Stampin' Up!'s motto.  I try to live it in every way I can (its seems like a really good way to live your life, less stressful).  Anyway, I was inspired by something a fellow crafter made.  I to go wood craft classes (thanks to Lisa for turning me on to this) and when I saw one of the Valentine projects that she had made, I was inspired.

Here is the project that I made at class tonight.

Aren't they great?!  When she sent out photos of the projects I saw this and just felt like not only did I want to have my own, but that it could cross crafting genres and be made from paper.

Boy, was I right!  I thought and thought about it for a few days.  I just kept imagining it in my head.  Here is what I came up with.

Not bad right?

These cute little boxes each hold one Double Lolly perfectly.   I made the box using the Petal Card punch (4 times).  A bit of stamping, gluing, punching and sponging later and I had these fantastic little creations.

What do you think?  Are you inspired to create and share your own Valentine project?  I would love to hear from you.

Thaks for stopping by.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Love is in the Air

Hello again!

I wanted to share one of the really cute Valentine Projects that I have made.  I saw one similar to this made by Nancy Riley and got in the mood to make Valentine's projects.

It measures 8x8 and incorporates so many of my favorite Stampin' Up! products.  It has color and texture and ink and shine and ribbon, and it is ALL about the love!  I am not sure what element would be my favorite.  There is something that I love about each and every square, but I think it is how they work as a whole that makes is so special.

Another great thing about this is that any one of these elements can be used on its own as a Valentine's Card.

If you have any questions about what I used to make this, please leave a comment or contact me.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, January 31, 2011

Cute Club Cards

Hello again!

Last time I shared with you one of the cute cards my club would be making.  Today, I wanted to share with you the other two cards they made.

This first one was inspired by a card that all the demonstrators who went to leadership made.  I used my Color Coach to help me pick colors that were out my usual color choice box, and I have to say, I LOVE IT!

This second card was inspired by my friend Lisa, but I know there are a few different versions out there on the net.  It always reminds me of the old (80's) Faberge Shampoo commercials when something like this happens.  You know, "I told 2 friends, and they told 2 friends, and so on and so on."  If you are too young to know what I am talking about, don't tell me.  Just watch this:

But, enough of that!  Here is the card that got me off topic.

I used the petal cone die to make this cute Ice Cream card.  I also smoohed the Pretty in Pink pieces with the Vanilla Smooch for some extra shimmer.  Here is a better look.

Thanks for stopping by.