Saturday, March 28, 2009

My Mom's Birthday Card

My Mom's birthday is on the 31st and that means that this weekend begins her birthday celebration. That's right, in my family you celebrate for at least a week. My husband was lucky if anyone acknowledged his birthday when he was a kid so marrying into a family like mine was really threw him for a loop. He still doesn't understand the concept of an extended celebration-Go Figure!!

Tomorrow is the party for the immediate family. That means present time!! I think she will like all of the things that I chose for her. She buys everything she wants so she is bit hard to shop for. . .I think I did okay.

I thought I would post the card that I made for her. My friends will be very surprised by this card because usually I am ANTI-butterfly stamps. However, I can proudly say that there are no butterfly stamps on this card at all. Amazing, huh?

I used SEI dp (then I blinged it up with some Denami translucent glitter). Then I used Bazzill Bling cs. The butterflies on the left side are cardboard punchouts that came in my Club SEI set a long while back. With a little bit of careful bending, my butterflies look like they are trying to fly off the page. As for the vellum butterfly. . .No stamp there either, that is all handmade my friends. I dry embossed by tracing a butterfly that was on a scrap piece of the SEI dp onto the vellum, cut around it, then went over most of the dry embossing with a Quickie Glue Pen and my Denami translucent glitter. I used the Fiskars Effervescence border punch at the bottom. Not sure if you can tell from the picture but this is a very glitzed out card. I hope it's not too much, there is a lot going on there.

Anyway, I hope you all have an awesome weekend. Thanks for looking.

'Til Later,


Monday, March 23, 2009

Some Bunny Loves You

Easter has never been my favorite holiday. . .From a religious standpoint, I certainly respect the reason for celebration. From a commercial standpoint, I have never been into the Easter basket hype. However, from a stamping perspective, I think I am in love with this holiday. I was talking to someone on Saturday who said that with all the cutie pie bunny and chickie stamps, Easter was her favorite by far. I have to say that I am leaning in that direction.

I stamped the card below using a newly EZ-mounted red rubber stamp that I found at convention. It was hard to see the image clearly but I just couldn't resist the bunny. I just love this stamp. . .What a find! Then I used the three other Studio G stamps to complete the card (the carrot stamp and both sentiments). I topped it off with some Copic coloring technique and a whole lot of glitter and Voila-an Easter Card to be proud of. I hope you enjoy it too.

Thanks for looking.

'Til Later


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sandy's Corner Class

Prescott Trip-Part 2

So when we arrived at Sandy's Corner, we had some time to look around. Since this was my first trip there, I didn't know what to expect. I was almost immediately hooked. The storefront is an adorable little house that is so inviting. Then you walk through the doors and are greeted by two of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Sandy and Jim have owned businesses together for many years and this is either their 3rd or 4th endeavor.

After about a half hour or so of browsing, we were already piling up the product. We had to take a break for our class though. Now, I would have thought that Sandy would be the teacher. However, Kathy told us ahead of time that Jim is the mastermind behind the classroom. Of course Sandy is super talented as well and was willing to demo anything we wanted. She got my Mom absolutely hooked on one of the projects she was working on.

I have to admit, I didn't know what to expect. All we had mentioned is that we would like to sharpen our masking techniques. Jim was amazing, he taught us some awesome masking techniques and we had a lesson in coloring that knocked my socks off and gave me a whole new perspective on using colored pencils. I am so excited to actually start using them. I thought I would post the pictures of the cards we made. Of course, I have to give 100% full credit to Jim and Sandy at Sandy's Corner for these fabulous projects. The Sassy Stampers will be back for round two very soon!!!

Thanks again Sandy and Jim!!!

'Til Later,


Friday, March 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad!

My Dad's birthday was Wednesday and we had a familly celebration on Sunday. My Mom and Dad keep all the cards that I have made for them over the years and so it's important for their cards to be super special. At the end of our big family dinner of spaghetti and meatballs, we sang a sad rendition of Happy Birthday and then he opened his card. I think he really liked it. Here it is:

The colors in this card came out much lighter than I intended but I think they give an overall softness to the card.

Happy Birthday Dad- - -And many more!

'Til Later,


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Our First Field Trip

So as I mentioned, the "Sassies" took a trip to Prescott. This was our first official field trip. Since it was Kathy's birthday, we took her to the Victorian Garden Tea Room (one of her favorite places). We laughed so hard we were almost crying. The lady that runs the tea room was like a character out of a horror movie. We all fully expected her to come out of the kitchen at any moment wielding a butcher knife and take us all out. Thank goodness the food was great and we were the perfect guests. She had no tolerance for any kind of nonsense whatsoever. On the other hand, the place was really cute and before we realized that she may be possessed by the devil, I asked her to take this picture of all of us.

The four ladies in the pic make up the "Sassies". Cher is on the left and Kathy is at the head of the table where every birthday girl should be. Then there is me and next to me is my adorable Mom, Roz. You may notice that there is an honorary member of the opposite sex. . .That's Stevie. He is our embossing "Wizard", our mascot, our security guard, our voice of reason (sometimes), and most important of all. . .our very good friend. He thinks were nuts-of course what stamper isn't, right? However, we are entertaining and I think that's what makes him keep comin' around. He probably knows more about stamps than a lot of stampers out there, however, he would never admit it for fear of getting his man-card revoked. We love you Stevie!!

After the Tea Room, we went over to Sandy's Corner, the local stamp shop and took a class. It was awesome, I will take pics of the cards and post them later this week. The owners Sandy and Jim were so welcoming, helpful, and talented. . .The "Sassies" can't wait to go for another visit.

'Til Later,


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Mojo Monday Week 77

So I decided to take a stab at the Mojo Monday sketch this week. I just love looking at all the entries and even though my name is one in a sea of participants, I just love to be a part of it. Here is this week's sketch:So I decided on a cupcake theme for this week's sketch. This paper has been in my stash for a long time and it just kept calling to me. I love pink and brown-can't get enough of it-and all the crazy patterns on this card sure make it "interesting" to look at.


Paper: DP-American Crafts

Stamps: Big cupcake and sentiment-My Favorite Things, Mini cupcake and leaf-Stamps by Judith

Coloring: Copic markers

Embellishments: Clear dimensional glaze-Inkssentials, Chunky glitter-Stampendous, Fine glitter-Susie Sparkle

Thanks for looking and let me know what you think. I am always looking for good ideas to get the best possible pictures. I would love some advice.

'Til Later,


Sunday, March 8, 2009

Happy Birthday Kathy!!!

I had the pleasure of spending the day with one of my absolute best friends, Kathy, last Saturday to celebrate her birthday. The "Sassies" took her on a trip to Prescott (more on that later this week). The pressure of making the perfect card for my fellow Sassy Stamper. . .almost to much to handle. Here is what I finally decided on for her card:

Hope you all have a great week.


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