Thursday, January 27, 2011

Retro Elegant

I'm a little bit country AND rock & roll!
Can't quite make up my mind what my style is!
I often intend on going clean and simple, then always
get carried away.  I adore elegant but sometimes throw 
in other elements.  So my cards are just as fickle as me!
  Anyway.... This card is for a special friend
 who is a true sweetie-pie!

 I love this little Thank You charm!

Close up of medallion and retro flowers

Inside of card

Top Inside- So Sweet Thank You

Bottom Inside- Thank You

Love this color Inspiration at Off The Wall Craftiness

Supplies Used:

Bazzill Cardstock
Designer Paper: Patterened- Me and My Big Ideas- 
Solid- Memory Boutique
 Flower Centers- Prima
Stick Pins: JBS
Charms: ??? Wedding Section at Michael's
Ribbon: Orange- Celebrate It- Aqua- Martha Stewart
Die Cuts: Spellbinders Nesties- Labels One & Scalloped Circle
Punches: Martha Stewart- Layered Arches & Swirling Lace
Paper Flowers & Jewels: Recollections
Metal Thank You: Joann's Craft Essentials
So Sweet Digi: Bizzy Becs Freebie
Covered Button: Making Memories

Challenges I would Like To Enter This Card In:

Off The Wall Craftiness: Color Challenge
Woodware USA: Anything Goes
Everybody's Art Challenge: Favorite Thing- MS Swirling Lace and Layered Arches Punches
Totally Gorjuss: Hot Hot Hot: Colors
Flourishes: Hardware
Kaboodle Doodles: Bling It Up!
Creative Belli: P- Punches
Do You Stack Up: Patterned Paper
Crafty Sentiments: Favorite Things- Punches

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Pay It Forward

I just joined in this fab. new game I found on  Ulina from Apricot Bubbles ,
Jen From The Lazy Mac  and Kristen from Creativity blogs
(I'm greedy what can I say!) 

I promise to send something handmade to the first five people who comment on this post. However, there's a catch. You must post this, offering something handmade to five other people.

The rules state that it must be something handmade or homemade by you and needs to be sent to five other people during 2011. Plenty of time then. 
If you'd like to join in the fun, then be the first to post a comment and something handmade or homemade will be coming your way at some point this year.

I would like to add my own twist- If you could state your Favorite colors and style in your comment, I could make something suited just for you. If you have a favorite animal
or flower, state that too!

Friday, January 21, 2011


Hi my name is Stacey and I AM a chocaholic!!
"They tried to make me go to rehab and I said  NO NO NO!!!"

 Have I  mentioned I sort of kind of maybe like chocolate?!
Well this is for my friend Jessica who knows my fondness
for chocolate. She not only brought me chocolate, but Godiva and
Lindt Truffles! They were quite yummy!! Were as
in past tense completely gone and now attaching to my thighs!
Chocolate cures all things... for a minute anyway till you
have the next piece! I could go on and on, so I'll stop...
for now. Jessica also took me out to lunch and shopping
so I wanted to give her a big thank you! I do
have great friends!

The sentiment says it all!
 Liquid pearls on the chocolates to make them pop a bit!

 Two layers of ribbon One slightly bigger than the other.
The orange has gold sparkles in it.


 As I mentioned on my two previous posts: My friends find little
things that remind them of me. It is very sweet and most of
the time flattering.  This is what Jessica saw when she 
thought of me!!! I think it is because my craft room is
purple and this matches perfectly! That's my story
and I'm sticking to it!! LOL

Supplies Used:

Cardstock: Bazzill
Designer Paper: Multi- Paper Studio- Colored-Memory Boutique
Image: House Mouse (I cheated it is already colored)
Stickers: House Mouse.- Thank You- Grossman's
Buttons and Ribbon; From My Stash
Jewel Flowers: Say It With Crystals
Jewels: Recollections
Liquid Pearls
Chocolate Sentiment: Did it on Computer.
Thank You Sentiment: Freebie- I think Ginger's House. 
(So sorry I have to get better at keeping track) 

Challenges I Would Like To Enter This Card In:

Cute Card Thursday: 123- 1 Image- 2 Jewel Flowers- 3 Buttons
Pixie Dust: Button Up
Top Tip Tuesday: All Sentimental
Oldie But Goodie: Bright And Cheerful
Ooh La La: Bling It On
Creative Belli: P- Pretty Papers
The Cheerful Stamp Pad: Let's Relax (Eating Chocolate is my Relaxation)
Creative Cowgirls: Turquoise and Brown
Allsorts: Teal & Brown
Fairy Knoll: Chocolate

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Another Thank You

Another Thank You! Thank You cards are fun I am enjoying these.
Each one is very different because you can tailor it to the taste
of each person.  This is for my friend Doreen who also is a 
terrific friend. We were on our way to NY together when 
I received the news about my Grandmother and my cat.
She was the best through all of it.  Some people like
to solve your problems (That is soooo me) and others
are very uncomfortable with bad news, but she 
was totally there for me.  She let me cry, let me 
talk, and really listened.  Then when we got home
we also took a girls day and shopped. 
I am sorry to keep going on about my woes.
I am actually much better. Just trying to explain 
how each of my friends have helped me.  Do not
want to keep dredging it up, but I am very appreciative
to have such great people in my life.

Inside- After I had the front all done I realized I had
taped everything down wrong. Fortunately It was
the correct side, so I kept it this way.
 Used liquid pearls on the flowers inside the card.

This color scheme was used a month ago for the play date cafe
and I could not figure out how to make it work. Then I bought this 
paper pack and just HAD to put it with yellow! This is 
an unusual combination for me, but I like it!
Wish I had this paper last month! Oh well!
I mentioned in the last post that my friends see things
that remind them of me and just have to get it.
Here is what Doreen bought because she thought of me
when she saw it. Guess where it lands every time
you spin it? Yup, on take a nap!!
That is what people think of me! LOL!
I think she thought of me because it matches by
entrance way perfectly! Yeah that it is it!
NOT! but that is OK I love it! 

Supplies Used:
Basic White Cardstock
Designer Paper: Making Memories Paper Pack
Brads: Making Memories
Yellow Jewels & Flower: Recollections
Sentiments: Freebies from Devilish Designs (Thanks... not just for big and Thanks)
Thanks For Making My Day: Inkadinkadoo
Ink: Black Memento
Bow: Recycled from Ghiradelli Chocolate (It was a gift I HAD to eat it!!)
Black Felt Ribbon and Buttons: From My Stash
Liquid Pearls
Die Cuts: Spellbinders Nestabilities- Labels 8, Scalloped Circle and Plain Circle

Challenges I would like to enter this in:

Dutch Dare: All Stitched Up
Ai Factory: Anything Goes
Stampin'B': Use a Die Cut
Fresh Brewed: Black & White Plus One Other Color
Delicious Doodles: Use 3 Colors
Fairy Knoll:  Thank You
Fairy Tale: Flowers
Stamp Fairy: Layers And Buttons (Inside of Card)

Thanks A Latte

 Well as promised, a upbeat Thank You card
for another very sweet friend.  Have I mentioned that 
I have awesome friends? Very supportive in my time
of need.  This is for my friend Holly who also has
been there for me through, tears, blubbering, and crazy!
I think my friends need more than a card for putting up
with me!! 5 of my friends have taken me out to lunch
and shopping to get me up, dressed and out of the 
house.  My husband was very grateful for this as well.
(Hence all the thank you's) Holly was one of my friends 
that took me out. We had a great day.
I am very broke, and gained some weight that week,
but it was very special to have friends that care so much
and want to spend time with you no matter what
state of mind you are in.
Now my friends will be wanting to take me 
to the gym next! LOL!

This image reminded me of her and our girls
day out!
Close up of bow and sentiment

With this post and the next two I will share some funny things
these girls find that remind them of me.  For Holly it has something
to do with chocolate.  She finds funny sayings or a picture or
sometimes just chocolate.   We both LOVE it, maybe too much.
You will be hearing more about my addiction to chocolate!
She got me this wonderful book a while back. 
It has all kinds of fun facts and recipes.
It is full of awesome quotes like:

Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is!

Exercise is a dirty word.
 Every time I hear it I wash my mouth out with chocolate!

Put "eat chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today. 
That way at least you will get one thing done!

So there could be worse things to be known for.  
Well... there is... I'll post them in the next two!

Almost forgot the ingredients to my card!
Cardstock: Bazzill
Designer Paper- K&Co. and Memory Boutique by Color Bok
Ribbon: Basic Basic and Decorative Trim
Jewels: Recollections
Photo Corners: Making Memories
Image: Blog 'N' Doodle Freebie
Coloring: Prismacolor Pencils with Goo Gone
Buttons: From Stash
Punch: Martha Stewart: Layered Arches
Sentiments: Thanks A Latte and Thanks Stamps- Fiskars? 
Ink: Pink Passion and Tempting Turquoise From Stampin Up
Friendship is not a BIG... Not Sure So Sorry- I think Ginger's House
Flower Sticker: Cloud Nine Design

Challenges I would Like to enter this in:
Colour Q: Color
The Pink Elephant: Pink Orange & Aqua
Sassy Studio Designs: Something In Stash At Least 1 Yr. (Paper from K & Co.)
Kaboodle Doodles: Digi
Crafty Catz: Thank You
Stamp Something: Anything Goes
Scrapbook Sisters: Hearts Desire (At a Cafe with a good friend)
Meljen's Design Team: Square Card
The Pixie Cottage: Sketch and Fav. Coloring Technique- Prismacolor Pencils w/ Goo Gone
A Spoonful Of Sugar: Thank You

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Thank You Friend!

 It seems the past few months, I have had a bunch of
get well and sympathy cards. With my own woes
thrown in the mix I feel like Debbie Downer
Even though I have more get well's
and sympathy cards to make, my next few
are going to be for friends that have done 
some very kind things for me recently.
Hopefully more upbeat than some of my recent 
posts! I have awesome friends and want to thank
all of you for being so great!
This card is for my friend Kelley!  We have 
been friends for about 25 years. (That seriously ages me!
 Let's say we were ummm 2 then!)  We knew each
other up North and lost touch after she got married.
Then about 11 years ago we saw each other at one
of our religious assemblies and got talking and 
realized we lived about 10 minutes from each other!
How cool is that? She lived in CT, moved to Ohio,
I lived in NY, But then we both ended up in NC!
 She is one of my scrapbook buddies, and is chomping
 at the bit for me to start scrapping again.  She is a 
great friend and has been very supportive! 

...For always being there, for listening, for all 
your love and understanding...

Inside- Thank You For Being Such A Great Friend

Mini Medallion from Andrea Ewin

Supplies used:
Cardstock: DCWV
Designer Paper: K&Co.
Ribbon: Basic Basic
Silver Buttons: Jolees
Metal Thank You: Jo Ann Craft Essentials
Punch: Martha Stewart: Layered Arches
Die Cut: Label Four
Stamp: (...For always being there...) Stampin' Up
Distress Ink: Concord Grape
Sentiment: Thank You- Digi Doodle Shop the rest is mine
Stick Pin: Superior Stick Pins JBS
Pearls- Recollections

Challenges I would Like to Enter This Card in:
In Style Stamps: Color Challenge- Winter Purples and Silver
Sentimental Sundays: Anything With Wings
Aly's Sunday Challenge: Things With Wings
Kelly Jo's Stamp Pad: Monochromatic
Top Tip Tuesday: Anything Goes
2 Sisters: Gettin' Girly- Purple, Butterflies, Pearls and Glitter on Butterfly
CES: All Creatures Great & Small
Papertake Weekly: Icy Colors
Craft You Passion: Lets Tie One On: Ribbon
Cupcake Craft: Something New- Metal Thank You
Pollycraft: Something New- Metal Thank You

Saturday, January 8, 2011

The bestest friend ever!

Who is the bestest buddy ever may you ask?
Why my good friend Dorcas! Surprise girlfriend!!
 We have been friends like forever and been through a lot
 together. We pretty much have a good time no matter what 
we are doing, but, we especially love to craft together.  
This past month has been a rough month with losing my 
grandmother and my furbaby on the same day.  If you guys are 
sick of hearing about it, imagine Dorcas who gets to deal with
me on a daily basis! She has been there for me  no matter what! 
There has been a lot of tears and plain crazy moments,
but she has not run away yet!
The day I came home, after being in NY for my Grandmother's 
memorial, Dorcas came over to spend the day with me since it 
was the first time being in the house after my cat died.  
It was a rough day, but she made it special.  
We went to Michael's, had lunch,
watched a movie, ate chocolate. Good friend stuff!
Before I have her totally barfing over all this mushy stuff I must
 get on with it!  I don't mean to leave any of my wonderful friends out. 
Everybody has been very good to me.  I appreciate 
everybody's care &  concern.  I just had to thank her because 
she puts up with a lot and goes out of her way for me!  
Although me, making a card for Dorcas, is like feeding
 a gourmet chef a hotdog!
It is the thought that counts though! LOL!
At least this card is all my own! No stealing today!

 Thank You for lifting me up when I needed it most!


I will bore you with one more personal note!
When I came home from NY, my husband had
these pretty flowers waiting for me. They were a
much larger bouquet then.  My first very selfish thought
was "REALLY, carnations is that all I'm worth is
carnations? I am grieving here, and am I not worth
roses?" Then I thought it through and realized we did
not have the money for roses and it is the thought
that counts.  Well now I am eating those selfish thoughts
because 3 1/2 weeks later and these carnations
are still kicking! They have a few brown spots, and I 
have had to cut them down, but roses would have died 
long ago! 

Supplies Used: 
Cardstock: Bazzill
Designer Paper: Making Memories
Pearls: Recollections
Ribbon and Buttons: From Stash
Sentiment: Mine 
Die Cuts: Scalloped Circles and Doilies by Spellbinders
Image: Mo Manning Danielle & Muffin
Coloring: Prismacolor Pencils and Goo Gone

Challenges I would like to Enter this in:

Delicious Doodles Challenge: Something New- Designer Paper and Doily Die Cut
Cute Card Thursday: Out With The Old: (Ribbon)
Cooking It Up With Katie: Buttons, Ribbon, and An Animal
Scrapbook Sisters: Anything Goes

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Card Thief

There is a thief among us... Oh yeah that would me!

I saw this gorgeous card from Andrea Ewen a few weeks back
and thought it was just beautiful so I put it in my favorites file
to glean ideas from it.  Only I have NO mojo right now, so
I pretty much stole used (tomato-tomoto) her whole fabulous
 card! I already had all my silver
 things out and had my doily left over from
 the box on my previous post, so it sort of
 went from there! I love this doily with the pearls! 
Actually I think the whole thing is gorgeous,
 I just can't take the credit!
Thank You Andrea you are the best!
I will try to come up with my own stuff,
but I love her stuff sooooo much, I may have
to steal use something from them! LOL!

The inside is all mine though!
At least I have some imagination!
Not much, but some! 

Supplies Used:
Shimmery Silver Cardstock: Bazzill
Designer Paper: Silver Embroidery- The Paper Company-  Distressed Paper- Momenta
Embossing File: Cuttlebug
Ribbon: From My Stash- Came Off A Gift Set 
Pearls and Jewels: Recollections
Sentiment Stamps: Thinking Of You- Hero Arts -  Anniversary- ?
Black Ink: Memento
Punch: Martha Stewart: Double Arches & Swirling Lace
Black Flourish Rub Ons: K&Co.
Silver Doily- Wilton
Die Cut: Small Scalloped Octagons by Spellbinders

Challenges I would like to enter this stolen piece of art in:
Fab 'n' Funky: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Stampn' B's design Team:  Old Favorite- Ribbon 
 Something New: Embossing File
Paper Sundaes: Something New- Embossing File
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes With Optional Lace (Doily)
Bunny Zoe's Craft's: Sparkle & Shine


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