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Thoughts and Prayers….


This is a card I made with one of my new favorite sets. It is called Thoughts and Prayers. I used the Bella Bleu designer paper on the left and I took the kraft cardstock and put it through the Big Shot with the textured plate ……if you put your nose right up to the computer screen you can probably see it. For the tree, I colored the trunk in chocolate chip marker and then took a sponge dauber in not quite navy on the leaves. I also used the brand new eyelet border punch for an accent. Sorry the picture is a little crooked. I was trying to get the textured part to show up so I was tilting it into the light.


Botanical Blooms


This is a card we made at my shoebox swap yesterday. My upline Melissa created this one. I had never seen the technique for the eyelet border around the circle. You make one long piece with the eyelet border punch and then separate each little scalloped piece and then start layering them around the circle so it kind of looks like an eyelet border circle punch.


Lindsey’s 16th birthday!


Today was my daughter Lindsey’s 16th birthday ( I can’t believe it!). My mother-inlaw decided to do a really cool gift for her….she made 16 cupcakes and put $5 bills rolled up to look like candles in the center of each one. She got brand new bills and then rolled them up, used twist ties to hold them and then wrapped a little piece of foil around the bottom so the money wasn’t actually touching the cake. So, here are the pictures….look closely and you can see the money in the center.  My husband just turned 44 last week and he asked her why she didn’t make him the same gift with 44 cupcakes!




















Here is a picture of the birthday girl!




New blog candy contest!


Hey everyone,

I am having another blog candy contest. This time I am giving away an accordion style scrapbook I made a long time ago to 2 lucky winners! I made a bunch of these for gifts and have a couple left over. This was one of my favorite scrapbook kits that Stampin’ Up had. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on my blog!












                             This is part of the inside view 


here is another view of the back side


DCBD challenge #116


This week’s card challenge was a color one. We had to use green galore, tempting turquoise, basic gray, and white to come up with our card. I used one of my old favorites….Bloomin’ Beautiful to do mine.

Here is what I came up with ….












I used the basic gray as my back piece. THen I ran the green galore though the big shot to create the textured background. I stamped the flowers in black stazon and watercolored them in the green galore and turquoise. I hope you like it. Don’t forget to go check out the other diva’s designs at 

We have added many new divas this week so you will get lots more ideas. Also, why don’t you give the design challenge a try and see what you can come up with.


Winner of blog candy this week!


The winner of the blog candy card tin this week is Terrie Kaluzny! Congrats Terrie on winning!!!  Look for another blog candy contest coming soon!


Pocket Silhouettes


I saw this flower pot idea somewhere a couple of weeks ago. I can’t remember where though. It is so cool…you just take the round tab punch, cut it in half and then trim the rounded edge so it is straight. It looks just like a flower pot. I used the stem silhouettes set and Friends 24-7 for the saying. The paper is baja breeze, pink pirouette, not quite navy and urban garden dsp. The ribbon is our new organza/satin mix. It is luscious! This is one of the cards I am doing in my clubs all month.


Pleated card tutorial

I have had several people email me about the pleated card that was made by one of my downline (Pam Browne). So, I called her and got the directions and tried it out myself and thought I would just go ahead and take pictures as I went so you could see how easy it is to do. Here is the original card that she made….













and here is what I did….Step one…start with a 12×2 inch piece of DSP.

Score it at 1, 1 1/2, 2 1/2, 3, 4, 4 1/2, 5 1/2, 6, 7, 7 1/2, 8 1/2, 9, 10, 10 1/2.

So, you are scoring every inch, then half inch, then inch, then half inch, etc

The first piece on here is my practice one in case I messed up! You can do a bunch of these at once by taking your whole 12×12 sheet and scoring it and then go back and cut it later.











Here is a close up of the scoring lines….













Step 2…..start folding from the right end so that the large piece is on top and makes a mountain, then the short pieces make the valleys…just keep on going……














and it will look like this…..then put your snail on all of the short pieces and press down.



The finished pleated piece will look like this:


then you can use it on your card and tie your ribbon around the right side.




Another surprise in the mail


I just love getting cards in the mail. THis one is from my upline Jill Olsen. She sends out cards each month to the top girls in her downline and I am always so excited when I get one of them. This wheel is from my very favorite new set Friends 24-7. Thanks Jill! You made my day!


Card from a friend


There is nothing better than getting a handstamped card in the mail. I received this one from my friend Dania Welch. She used one of my favorite sets too. I love the Always set and the build a brad is the perfect accent here.

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