Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Baby, I’m a Star!


I have some fun and exciting news to share today.     I was asked to be a STAR in the Stars in Their Eyes contest for the Scrappin’ Patch.    I was soooooo excited when Rebecca asked me to participate and have such a hard time keeping quiet until now.     

You can find out all the details of the contest at the Scrappin’ Patch blog.       Enter a project inspired by my crafting style for a chance to win.   

Did I mention that I was excited?  

I hope you will stop by the Scrappin’ Patch blog and join in the fun.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day…. With Love

I found a little bit of time to craft on Saturday and was inspired by all the wonderful patriotic cards that I saw on the Operation Write Home (OWH) blog hop.   I decided to make a card to put in my box to send to OWH.

This cute teddy bear is from the “Sending you Luv” digi stamp set from Whimsy & Stars Studio.    I decided to keep my card relatively flat and easy to mail so that it would be easier for the OWH recipient to mail it. 



2012-05-28 WSS with love WM


I printed this teddy 3 times.  I colored the first one all except for the heart.   On the 2nd one, I cut out the heart (outside the edges of the heart), covered it with washi tape and then trimmed it right outside the lines. I also used my thickest embossing stylist on the back side to give it some dimension.  On the final copy, I colored his paws, cut them out and layered them on the heart.



Thank you to every one to every one who has served our country.   I am thinking of those we have lost and their families today.


Happy Memorial Day!   Thank you for stopping by!




  • Stamps:  Sending you Luv (digital stamp) from Whimsy & Stars Studio
  • Inks: None
  • Papers:  Papertrey white CS
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Creative Memories corner rounder punch, Copic markers, Big Shot, Papertrey star dies
  • Embellishments:  misc. washi tape


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Keep Calm…

I just have a quick card to share with you today.  It is my daughter's fencing coach’s birthday and I wanted to make him card with a fencing image.  Well, let me tell you, that is much easier said than done.   I couldn’t find any digital stamps so I looked for clip art.  I didn’t  really feel inspired by any of the free domain clip art I could find.  I finally settled on using a free SVG file that I found.


2012-05-26 Fencing card WM

I had a really hard time putting this card together and I’m not really satisfied, but I’m out of time so I had to go with it.    IRL the button more closely matches the color of the polka dot paper.    There is a simply “Happy Birthday” message on the inside.

When I first showed the card to my hubby, he said, that fencer had terrible form.  True, but I have to work with what was available.     Here is a look at a proper fencing lunge.

Photo Credit


Thanks for stopping by!  I have to finish messing around on-line and get my card in the envelope.  Have a great weekend!


  • Stamps:  None
  • Inks:  None
  • Papers:  Papertrey kraft CS, Paper Studio black CS, Echo Park Times & Seasons DP pad
  • Tools:  Sewing Machine, Circuit, Sure Cuts A lot Software, Martha Stewart edge punch
  • Embellishments:  Black jute ribbon, black burlap twine, misc. button
  • SVG file:   Fencer 1 from Clker.com
  • Techniques:  Custom rub ons  (Tutorial HERE)


Friday, May 25, 2012

Wings & Willows Blog Candy Winner

Thank you to every one that stopped by my blog, Rebecca’s blog or visited the Wings & Willows shop.      Also, thank you to Rebecca for introducing me to her adorable images and sponsoring the give away on my blog.


So, with out further delay, the winner of a Wings & Willow digi image of their choice is….


(Insert drumroll here.)



#30 - KraftyKoolKat (Cathy)

Cathy said her favorite Wings & Willows image is Rainy Day.

Congratulations!  Email me at shestamps11-blogs(at)yahoo(dot)com with the name of your favorite Wings & Willows image and I will forward your information to Rebecca.


Don’t forget that you can still buy 3 digis, get one free until June 15th! (Use code SPR1)  

Rebecca is adding new summer digis and they are CUTE!    I’m hoping that I will have a chance to chill out like this flamingo during the upcoming holiday weekend.



Thank you for stopping by!   Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Coffee Gift Card Holder

This week I made a gift card holder to give a Starbucks GC to a friend.  I used Coffee Girl by Whimsy & Stars Studio and the Papertrey gift card die. 


2012-05-22 WSS Coffee WM


I love the big coffee cup she is holding.  The last few mornings I could have used a coffee cup that big.  The problem is that I don’t drink plain coffee.  I love CafĂ© Mocha’s.   I wonder how many Weight Watchers points a mocha that size would be?   I would probably have to live on my treadmill for the rest of the week… 

Did you notice her red hair?    I think I mentioned before that I seem to usually color hair blonde.    I decided to step outside my comfort zone and give a red head a try.    The one you see here is attempt number seven.  Good thing I finally got one that was acceptable because I was running out of crafting time.

Thank you to every one that has sent get well wishes to my dog, Summer.   She still isn’t fully recovered by she is doing much better.  She is still having issues with her balance but she is not falling all over the place any more.  

I hope you have a great week!  Thank you for stopping by!




  • Stamps:  Coffee Girl (digital stamp) by Whimsy & Stars Studio
  • Inks:  None
  • Papers:  Neenah Crest solar white CS, Papertrey kraft CS, October Afternoon Sidewalks DP pad
  • Tools:  Big Shot, Papertrey Gift Card Holder & Doily Details dies, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Quickutz Trellis die (used for embossing), Copic markers, Bow Easy
  • Embellishments:  Misc. ribbon & button, Papertrey button twine, Sakura white gel pen, Jenni Bowlin Malted Milk paint dauber


Sunday, May 20, 2012



Don’t forget you still have a few days to join in the drawing from a free image of your choice from Wings & Willows.      You can find all the details on my post here.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

True Beauty…

Hello and Happy Thursday! 

Today I have a card made with Rosie from Whimsy & Stars Studio.    Did you get her when she was a available for download on Facebook?  If not, you might want to join the Whimsy & Stars Studio group on Facebook.  You can join here so you don’t miss out on any future freebies.      If you missed her, she is now available for purchase in the shop.


2012-05-17 WSS Rosie WM


Rosie is so pretty!  I had to use the sentiment that came in the paper pad I used.   It says “True beauty lies within.  I know that yours will shine so brilliant it will be blinding.”    I just love it!


2012-05-17 WSS Rosie close WM


Here is a look at Rosie before I started coloring and paper piecing.



Thank you to every one that sent well wishes to my dog, Summer.   She is still having issues with her balance but she seems in good spirits.  She still wants to go off to exploring scents in the yard and be the center of attention even though she is dizzy, nauseous, looses her balance easily and falls down a lot.    We have our fingers that this all passes soon and she will be back to her usual self.


Have a great day!  Thank you for stopping by!




  • Stamps:  Rosie (digital stamp) by Whimsy & Stars Studio
  • Inks:  none
  • Papers:  Neenah Crest solar white CS, Papertrey kraft & dark chocolate CS,  Prima Madeline collection DP pad
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Papertrey Edgers collection die, Stampin’ Up edge punch, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Bow Easy, Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  Paperstudio pearls, Colonial Brown Hug Snug seam binding,  Prima sculpture flower



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

WINNER - Cleaning My Craft Room Paper Give Away



I used Random.org to pick a winner of my “Cleaning My Craft Room Paper Give Away”.  

Mr. Random picked……




#80 – Karin

Congrats Karin!   I can’t wait to see what you make with all your new goodies! 


Email me at shestamp11-blogs(at)yahoo(dot)com with your snail mail addy and I will get these off to their new home.



While you are here, don’t forget to stop by and sign up to win a digi image from Wings & Willows.  You can find all the details HERE.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Get Well Hugs and Blog Candy!

Have you seen the adorable images from the new digi artist Rebecca Parker?    Oh my goodness!  I recently found her shop, Wings & Willows, on Etsy and completely fell in love with her art.     For my first image, I had to get “Some Soup for You”.  I just love these cute little mice and the letters in the soup!

2012-05-15 Willow Wings Soup WM

Here is a look at some of my favorite images from Wings & Willows.   Aren’t they fun?

Rebecca also agreed to sponsor a little blog candy give away.   One lucky person will win 1 image of their choice from Wings & Willows.   
You can get up to 2 entries in the drawing by doing the following -
1) Stop by Wings & Willows to pick out your favorite image.    Leave your information in the linky tool below along with the name of that image.  [i.e.:  Cheryl (Beach Bride)  or  Liz (Tooth Fairy)]
2)  For a second entry, become a follower of Rebecca’s blog.  Come back here an put your name in the linky tool a 2nd time.
The linky tool will be open 1 week.  I will announce the winner on my blog on Wednesday, May 23.

While you are there, if you fall in love with some of these adorable images, Rebecca is running a sale until June 15, 2012.    Buy 3 images and get 1 free!  (Enter the code SPR1 at check out.)

  • Stamps:  Some Soup For You (digital stamp) from Wings & Willows
  • Inks:  None
  • Papers:  Neenah Crest solar white CS, Papertrey kraft & dark chocolate CS, Jillibean Soup Dutch Mustard DP pad
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Sweet N Sassy Heart dies, Copic markers, Stampin’ Up circle punch, Bow Easy
  • Embellishments:  Hug Snug orange seam binding, May Arts burlap twine, misc. button, Jillibean Soup Dutch Mustard die cuts, Starbucks coffee sleeve


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Blog Candy Winner and Other Stuff



First, and probably most importantly, I have to announce the lucky winner of the gift certificate to the Whimsy & Stars Studio shop.   (Thank you Mabelle for sponsoring my stop on the Polkadot Door blog hop!)   Thank you to every one who stopped by my blog and signed up to win.

Drumroll please…..



The random winner is #6 -  Calypso.    

Calypso said that Balloon Baby is her favorite image from the store.     He is a cutie!



Congratulations Calypso!   Email me at shestamps11-blogs(at)yahoo(dot)com to find out how to collect your $6 GC to the Whimsy & Stars Studio shop.    Happy shopping! 



I also have a song to share for Music Saves My Soul.  If you would like to play along, link up your blog post to Marcea’s blog.




I had a upsetting episode with my dog, Summer, on Friday.   Very suddenly, she started falling down,  walked almost like she was drunk, and was panting and drooling heavily.   Since she’s almost 14 years old, I freaked out and thought she had a stroke or something.   I called the vet and brought her right in.    After about 2 hours and several tests they diagnosed her with idiopathic peripheral vestibular disease.   In a nut shell, my poor dog has a horrible case of vertigo that may last a couple days or several weeks.  All we can do it try to make her comfortable, give her some anti-nausea meds and hope that it passes quickly.





Here is a picture of Summer from a couple of months ago.    Doesn’t she look happy wearing her sombrero?  (Not!)  I like to call this her Desperado look.     (You might recognize this hat from here.)  Let’s hope she is feeling better soon.   


That’s it for this week.   I hope you have a fabulous weekend!  Happy Mother’s Day!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

CASE’ing Myself

A couple of weeks ago I was showing off my Zutter Bind It All to my mother in-law and mentioned that I used it to make a password book for my daughter.   Since she seemed to like that idea, I decided to make a password book/keeper to give to her for Mother’s Day.

When I sat down to make the book, I was really stuck on how to design the cover.   I decided to CASE my own project and set to work.


2012-05-09 Password book 1


I have to admit that designing the pages and getting them formatted to print properly was the hardest part.   I had to mess around in Word quite a bit before I got it to work.   I did notice that several sites offered pre-designed templates for a password book, but they were all 8-1/2 X 11 and I wanted a smaller book.


2012-05-09 Password book 2


I was able to use some recycled items in making this book too.  Both covers were cut from cereal boxes and then covered with paper.  On the cover, I went to my old stand-by for some texture and die cut some shapes from a Starbucks coffee sleeve.  I was also happy to use some paper, my favorite from Close To My Heart, that I have been hording for ages.


Thank you for stopping by!   Have a great day!



  • Stamps:  None
  • Inks:  None
  • Papers:  Bazzill Basics Pinecone CS, misc. printer paper, Close To My Heart Perfect Day DP pack
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Papertrey Doily Details & Journal Tabs die,  Clear Dollar Stamps Designer Label dies, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Sweet N Sassy heart dies, Martha Stewart butterfly punches
  • Embellishments:  May Arts burlap twine, misc. buttons, Jillbean Soup kraft mini brown alpha stickers
  • Other:  Cardboard from cereal box, Starbucks coffee sleeve, Zutter wire


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Feel Better…

Hello!  Happy Tuesday!    Did you know it is National Nurses Week?   To be honest, neither did I until I did a quick Google search.    But luckily, I made a card with this cute little nurse image from Whimsy & Stars Studio.     Timing is everything!


0212-05-08 Wss Nurse WM


Although I made a Get Well card, wouldn’t she work great to make a card for your favorite nurse? 



Did you notice that I tried my hand at a hair color other than blonde?   I don’t know why this is so hard for me.  Maybe because I’m blonde?   To be honest, she was blonde first but her hair seemed to blend with the Band Aid too much.  So this one is take two. 


0212-05-08 Wss Nurse 2 WM


You still have a chance to check out a few things going on around my blog.  Don’t let the time run out before you get a chance to link up.

  • You still have a little time to link up your creation for the very first Whimsy & Stars Studio blog hop and your chance for prizes.   Check out THIS POST for the details.
  • You still have time to enter the drawing for a $6 GC for the Whimsy & Stars Studio store.   Details and the linky tool can be found on THIS POST.
  • There is also still time to enter my “Cleaning Out My Craft Room Give away”.  Details and the linky tool can be found in THIS POST.



Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!    Thank you to all the nurses out there!



  • Stamps:  Feel Better Soon (digital stamp) by Whimsy & Stars Studio, Communique Curve Sentiments by Papertrey Ink
  • Inks:  Papertrey kraft ink
  • Papers:  Neenah Crest solar white CS, Papertrey kraft CS, Bazzill Basics CS, Tea for Two Cosmo Cricket mini deck
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Sweet N Sassy Heart dies, Fiskars edge punch, Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  Hug Snug Venetian Red seam binding (darkened with copic markers) Papertrey Baker’s twine, misc. button, Starbucks coffee sleeve


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Stuff to Share



I was so excited to find this video on YouTube this week.   I got this song as a free, promotional download ages ago and a video wasn’t available the last time I checked.  It looks like their album was finally released last month and now they have a video.    Yeah! Now I can share it with you.



If you have a song you would like to share, link up your blog post to Marcea’s blog.  She is our Hostess with the Mostess each week for Music Saves My Soul.





I read Jenny Lawson’s book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir).    Jenny may be better know as The Bloggess.  I started following her blog with this post.   I have to admit I laughed until I cried (in a good way).    So when her book finally came out, I couldn’t wait to get my paws on it.  I literally read it in day.    If you like Jenny’s blog, you will love the book.  (The reverse is also true, if you find her offensive, stay way from her book!) 




I made this, Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Florentine Pasta.    As Ree said, “It absolutely completed me.”   It was wonderful with some of my favorite things – pasta, chicken, pasta, cheese, pasta….    You can go to the recipe by clicking on the picture.




My hubby shared this video with me this week.   More true confessions, I needed a Kleenex by the end.  Drat those hormones!  Any how, I thought I would share it with you.   (Funny thing is my husband does most of work when it comes to my daughter’s fencing and it still made me weepy. )

This is what P&G says about the video -

Being a mom is the hardest job in the world. But it's also the best.

This Procter & Gamble commercial honors everything that all moms do to help their children succeed by showcasing the amazing moms behind Olympic athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The hardest job in the world is truly the best job in the world.





I have one more thing to share with you today.   (Also not crafting related – sorry!)   I found this cool video on Pinterest this week.    The slow motion video really shows the beauty and athleticism of fencing.   (The producer of the video says “Behind the bullet, the tip of a fencing blade is the second fastest-moving object in Olympic sports.”  Wow!)  My daughter fences with a foil and these are epee but it’s close enough.   If you really want to know the difference, you can find an infographic here.





Thanks for sticking with me through all this.   I hope you have a fabulous week end!


Don’t forget to sign up for your chance to win my paper give way and/or a $6 GC to the Whimsy & Stamps Studio shop.    Click on each picture below to be taken to the give away.



Thursday, May 3, 2012

B is for …

I’m so excited to be asked to be a Top Chef designer for the current Catered Crop challenge.    If you haven’t checked out the Catered Crop, head on over there.  The Catered Crop is not your usual challenge.  Linda provides a theme and a whole bunch of inspiring photos to get you going.  From there it is all up to you and your creativity.  

Catered Crop


The current challenge is all about the letter “B”.     Check out this inspiration Linda put together to get your mojo working.


I decided to use this opportunity to try something a little different.  I actually made this card with out using any stamps!  (Digi or rubber).   In the end I ended up adding a sentiment using a stamp, but still that’s pretty good. 

2012-05-03 Catered Crop B WM

“B”  is for Butterflies, Birthdays, Buttons, Bows.    Maybe I could throw Blue and Brown in there too…

2012-05-03 Catered Crop B2 WM
Thank you for stopping by! 


While you are here, don’t forget to check out my give aways.  You can see more info on the right side bar.



  • Stamps:   Handwritten Notes from Papertrey Ink
  • Inks:  Papertrey Ink kraft
  • Papers:  Papertrey kraft & dark chocolate CS,  My Mind’s Eye Stella & Rose Hazel paper pad
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Papertrey doily details die, Clear Dollar Stamps Designer Labels die, Sweet N Sassy Heart dies, Martha Stewart butterfly punches, Fiskar edge punch
  • Embellishments:  Felt scallop, misc. button & baker’s twine, Starbucks coffee sleeve



Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Whimsy & Stars First Blog Hop

Welcome to the first Whimsy and Stars Blog Hop!   You should have arrived here from the Whimsy & Stars Studio blog.  If not, you might want to start at the beginning so that you don’t miss out on anything.
Here is the complete blog hop list in case you get lost along the way.

Cheryl  (You are here!)

The Design Team has been busy  creating beautiful projects with the NEW Spring Release Sets. Make sure you stop at each blog along the way to check out all of the inspiration, and don't forget to leave a comment at each stop! Two random lucky readers will win this week's New Released Digi Stamp design!   Now if that is not enough, Mabelle released a new Digi today, be sure you check it out!   

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait until summer arrives.    Floaty Girl brings to mind warm summer days spent by the pool.   With her cute little pigtails, she reminds me of my daughter when she was younger.

2012-05-01 WSS Floaty girl WM

I wanted to add a few freckles but I was running out of time and was afraid that I would make a mistake and “wreck” my image.   What do you think?  Does she need some freckles?

2012-05-01 WSS Floaty girl 2 WM

Today Mabelle is releasing new image in honor of the blog hop.  Meet Amelie!  Isn’t she as cute as a button and already to play on the beach?

In case you missed it, here is the Spring Digi Collection released a couple of weeks ago.

We would also love it if you played long with us by creating projects with any of the Whimsy & Stars Studio designs, the more you enter the more chances you have at winning the prize.   Pull out your Whimsy & Stars studio images and join in the fun!  Be sure to link up your project in the linky tool.

Here is a list of all the blog hop participants.  Remember to join in the fun and link up if you make a project using a Whimsy & Stars Studio image.

get the InLinkz code

Your next stop on the hop is the talented Christine’s blog.  I know she has something wonderful to share with you.

  • Stamps:  Floaty Girl (digital stamp) from Whimsy & Stars Studio
  • Inks:  None
  • Papers:   Neenah Crest solar white CS, Papertrey kraft CS, Bazzill Basics blossom CS, Pink Paislee Hometown Summer DP pack
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Stampin’ Up edge punch, Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  the Twinery baker’s twine, misc. button, Sakura white gel pen


Polkadot Door Blog-iversary Blog Hop

I am so excited to be part of the Polkadot Door Designs celebration for 2 years on the web.  In the spirit of celebration, we are having a blog hop where you'll find lots of prizes and inspiration along the way.

Of course a blog hop for the Polkadot Door wouldn't be complete without an inspiration challenge.  They asked some of  their favorite friends throughout the world to create a project based on an inspirational photo and join in the hop.  (You can see the inspiration photo below.)

For my card, I paired some sweet gingham papers from Simple Stories with this sweet pea baby image from Whimsy & Stars Studio to create a baby card for our neighbors who are expecting a new addition to their family soon.

2012-05-01 WSS baby card WM

Looking at the inspiration photo below,  I was inspired by  the colors and the buttons.   Add in some stitching, a doily, & seam binding , and I was able to use some of my favorite crafting items on my card!

You have a chance to play along with us! Use the inspiration we gathered (shown in the photo above), link your entry on this Polkadot Door blog post, and you could win a shop credit to Scrappin Patch.
• You have until May 10th to complete the hop and link up your inspiration challenge entry on the Polkadot Door blog to be eligible for the hop prize!
If you leave a comment on this Polkadot Door post you are eligible to win a fantastic blog candy from The Polkadot Door! There is vintage song sheet paper, dictionary sheets, chipboard, buttons, ribbon, cardstock, patterned paper and a few surprises too!

For added fun, I am also giving a way blog candy on here, on my stop on the hop.   One random winner will win a $6 Gift Certificate to the Whimsy & Stars Studio sh0p!   

To qualify all you need to do is leave your information in the linky tool found below.   Be sure to leave the name of your favorite Whimsy & Stars Studio image along with your name.   (For example:    Cheryl (Flower Girl)   or  Elizabeth (Floaty Girl))      I will post the random winner here on my blog on May 11th.   (Entries not including the name of their favorite Whimsy & Stars Studio image will not be able to win the prize).

Hop along with the lovely ladies below and have even more chances to win prizes as well as be inspired to use the inspiration before May 10th.
Cheryl  (you are here)

Thank you so much for hopping along with us for our 2nd blogiversary!  I am are thrilled to be in the company of these talented ladies and hope you'll find the hop fun and inspirational, as well as motivate you to play along with the inspiration.

Can't wait to see what you all make using the inspiration!

  • Stamps:  Sweet Pea Baby Pod (digital stamp) by Whimsy & Stars Studio
  • Inks:  none
  • Papers:  Neenah Crest solar white CS, Papertrey kraft CS, Bazzill Basics CS, Simple Stories Baby Steps paper pad
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Stampin’ Up edge punch, Copic markers, Bow Easy
  • Embellishments:  Doily, Hug Snug winter white seam binding, Papertrey button twine, misc. buttons & pearls
  • Techniques:  Paper piecing