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July 2008

I'm Back!!!

Good morning!!!  I'm back from my vacation--what a great time we had!!  The weather was great (hot!!), and we really enjoyed it all!!!  My favorite thing was the zipline through the jungle canopy!!!  We were 90 feet up!!!!  The boys LOVED it!!  CRUISE2008 003

Here's a shot of Rich and the boys--this is last Sunday (20th), and we're waiting to get on the ship!!  Isn't it pretty?!!!  The weather in Long Beach was overcast, but it was a blessing--not quite so hot!!

I do have a couple of stamping things to share with you--I hope to get them posted in the next day or two!!

Have a great day!!

Birthday Money Holder

Hi!!  My kids are at the age where it's soooo hard to pick out gifts for their friends!  So, we usually give money or gift cards.  (plus, I love to make these holders!!).  Anyway, last Saturday, Bran had a birthday party to go to, and this is the money holder I made:


I used Real Red Cardstock for the base--I don't really measure--just fold it around the money or gift card!!  I used the Classic Stars Jumbo Wheel on the Red and on the white cardstock.  The letters are from the Taffy Alphabet.  The baseballs are from the retired "Sporting Goods" stamp set.  I NEVER get rid of any of the sports stamp sets!!  It's so hard to find them, and I use them all the time.  (with 2 boys in sports, it's hard not to!!)


Here's the inside of the money holder.  The bottom flap is "wheeled", too.  I then stamped the "Happy Birthday" from the soon-to-be-retired "It's Your Birthday" stamp set.  (love this one--will miss it!!)  I punched out the notch using the 1 1/4" circle punch.

These are so easy to make!!!  And, giving a personalized gift is so much fun!!

Have a great day!!

Happy Stamping!

Convention Downline Gifts

Good morning!!!  Right now, I'm getting ready to go on an excursion through the jungle canopy in Puerta Vallarta!!!  Wish me luck!!!  I'm so afraid of heights--I can't believe I agreed to this!!  Being the mom of boys is hard sometimes!! :-)

Okay, on to the stamping!!  I mailed these to my downline that are attending the Stampin' Up! convention this year--right before I left for the cruise.  They should have gotten them by now, so I'm not ruining the suprise!!  (unless this posts before it's scheduled to!! haha!!)

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It's a DVD tin (!!  I decorated it using one of our new Card Elements Kit!  Normally, these are used to make 9 cards--everything is included--but I loved the colors and wanted to use it for this!  I love the colors--so rich!  And, they sorta matched the convention colors!!

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This is the inside--it's got a notepad for notes.  On the left, I tried to make an accordian file.  I thought it would be a great place to keep travel receipts, business cards, tickets, etc.  I sure hope they like them!!!

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I'll see you when I return from Mexico!!!

Happy Stamping!!!

Another Blogger RAK!!

I just love happy mail!!!  I received this card last week from Lynn.  She is sooooooo talented!  I CASE her all the time!! :-)


The colors on this card are so fun!!  I love how she put the different patterned paper together!!

Thanks so much, Lynn!!!

Blogger Pen Pal RAK

Good morning!!  I received this beautiful card from Nancy!  I just love the bling on it!!!


It's hard to see against the black background, but the card base is Black cardstock, then the white is layered onto that.  I guess I need to buy some different fabric for my picture background!!  Anyway, the card is absolutely beautiful!  Thanks so much, Nancy!!!

On Vacation!!!

Just want to let you know that I will be out of town from July 20 to July 27.  If you need anything, just email me--I'll get back to you on the 28th!!!

P.S.  I do have posts scheduled while I'm gone, so be sure and scroll down!!

25% off!!!

Good morning!!  We just got this news from Stampin' Up!!  From July 21 to August 10, you can get 25% off selected retiring accessories!!  (while supplies last!):

Item # Pg. # Description  Regular Price  25% Off Price
109117  167 Pocket Notes assortment   $9.95 $7.46
110479  168 Jersey Shore Designer Series paper   $9.95 $7.46
110699  168 East Coast Prep Designer Series paper  $9.95 $7.46
109159  169 Flowers For You  Designer Series paper   $9.95 $7.46
110273  169 Spring Fling Designer Series paper $9.95 $7.46
110748  170 Notebook Designer Series paper  $9.95 $7.46
109153  170 Porcelain Prints Designer Series paper $9.95 $7.46
110751  171 Azure Designer Series paper  $9.95 $7.46
109164  171 River Rock Prints Designer Series paper  $9.95 $7.46
109175  171 Almost Amethyst Prints Designer Series paper  $9.95 $7.46
109168  171 Groovy Guava Prints Designer Series paper  $9.95 $7.46
109169  171 Close to Cocoa Prints Designer Series paper  $9.95 $7.46
110284  182 Eastern Elegance Rub-Ons $10.95  $8.21
110285  182 Urban West Rub-Ons   $10.95  $8.21
110281  182 Cherished Memories Rub-Ons   $10.95  $8.21
109185  190 Jersey Ribbon Originals  $12.95  $9.71
109187  190 District Ribbon Originals  $12.95  $9.71
109189  190 Beachfront Ribbon Originals   $12.95  $9.71
110716  191 Wild Wasabi striped grosgrain ribbon  $7.95  $5.96
109062  191 River Rock double-stitched grosgrain ribbon  $8.95  $6.71

Be sure to check my website on July 21 for a full list of retiring accessories!!

Last one!!!

Here's the last of the cards we made on Sunday!! 

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I used the Seeing Spots & A Little Birthday Cheer stamp sets.  Colors are:  Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal, Lavendar Lace & Bashful Blue.  I used a blue round Ice Brad in the "o" in "YOU"! 

Happy Stamping!!!

Another Class Card..........

Here's a really simple card--it would work really well for a man!!  Downlinegifts 016

I used Lovely As A Tree, and Spring Break Designer paper.  Just layers--nice and easy!!  You could use this layout for any card--just change up the colors!!

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And look close--aren't these scallops beautiful?!  They're made using the new Scallop Punch!!!  It will be available on August 11!!  You'll LOVE it!!  It's so easy to use, and you get awesome results!!

An Old Sketch!!

Here's another sketch challenge--it's actually from MARCH!!!  Oh well, I guess I'm just a little behind!! haha!!  You can see the original sketch here.  I like to use these sketches when I'm stuck for an idea--they get the mojo goin'!!

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Supplies used:

Stitched Exotics & Celebrate Everything stamp sets.

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Brilliant Blue & Jersey Shore Designer Paper

Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi & Brilliant Blue

Misc:  Wild Wasabi Double Stitched Ribbon

Happy Stamping!!