Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Hello my blogging friends!   I was able to sneak into my craft room for a while this weekend.  I got my fingers just a little inky and used a RUBBER stamp from Whimsy and Stars Studio.  Did you know that you can  get some of Mabelle’s adorable images in rubber?  If you didn’t, you can see what is available right here.


2012-06-26 WSS Friends card WM

This stamp is so sweet.  I colored these 2 girls to resemble my best friend and I when we were young.  Can you believe we have been friends (through all the ups and downs that entails while growing up) since we were just 6 years old?   I won’t tell you exactly how many years that has been, but take my word for it, it’s been a lot!


2012-06-26 WSS Friends card 2 WM


I don’t have any really old photos of us scanned, but here is one of us from 2004.   (It was taken at an Oscar part for “The Return of the King” in LA.  Fabulous fun but that is another story.)


 oscar party

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great week!


  • Stamps:  Friends (rubber stamp) from Whimsy and Stars Studio
  • Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black & Rich Cocoa inks
  • Papers:  Neenah Crest solar white CS, Bazzill Basics Pinecone CS, Georgia Pacific white CS, My Mind’s Eye On the Bright Side-One paper pad
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Sweet N Sassy Hearts scallop die, Papertrey Journal tab die, Copic markers, Copic sepia Multiliner
  • Embellishments:  The Twinery Lemon Drop baker’s twine, misc. button and flower


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Baddddd Blogger!

Sorry I’ve been such a bad blogger the last few weeks.   My job and family have been keeping me busy and I didn’t get the chance to spend any time at all in my craft room last week.   Not only have I not been able to craft, I really haven’t had time to visit all my blogging friends.   I’m hoping things get back to normal crazy (instead of crazy crazy) soon and I will get back on track.

I was able to get one thing accomplished so far this weekend.   My daughter loves to collect the smooshed pennies that you can get at all the tourist spots.  Know what I mean?  I really don’t know what else to call them.     Anyhow, since we are were out an about earlier today, I stopped at a craft store and bought some chain, jump rings and fasteners to make her a bracelet with all her pennies.   I swear this is only about half of what she has but she said she couldn’t remember where she put the rest of them.    Oh well, when they show up, we will just add them on.   


2012-06-23 bracelet WM

I used my Cropadile to create the holes in the coins.    


2012-06-23 bracelet2 WM


Well, I going to dash off to my craft room and start working on some cards.  I hope to have some things to share with you later this week.


Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!


I’m sharing my project at:

Find a Friend Friday at Sew Many Ways


Tip Junkie handmade projects
I Heart Nap Time

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Fresh Brewed Blog Hop

Welcome to the June Fresh Brewed Designs Three Day Blog Hop! If you are getting here from Linda's blog then you are right on track. If you are just finding your way to our fun filled, extra caffeinated, and mega inspiring blog hop, then please start at the beginning here: Freshly Brewed Challenges.
The Fresh Brewed Designs Team and Guests have put together an exciting blog hop TODAY and ALL THIS WEEKEND featuring handmade cards inspired by our new released Rubber Stamps: Hello Girlfriend and You+Me=BFF.

For my card I chose to create with Hello Girlfriend.

2012-06-08 FBD WM

For this hop weekend only, you have the chance to purchase both stamps at an extra special deal!
You can get both stamps for $10!!!

Your next stop on the hop is Vanessa!

Here's a complete list of all the participating blogs in today's hop - be sure to hit every stop!  You really don't want to miss out!!!
Freshly Brewed Challenges: http://freshbreweddesigns.blogspot.com/
Linda: http://stamperstouch.blogspot.com/
Cheryl: http://shestamps.blogspot.com/  (you are here!)
Vanessa: http://vanessaspapercreations.blogspot.com/
Yolanda: http://www.justyolie.com/
Jessica: http://jessicascraftshaque.blogspot.com/
Sheryl: http://butterflykisscards.blogspot.com/
Celeste: http://www.touchedbyabutterfly.com/
Kenzie: http://kraftyhugzz.blogspot.com/
Catherine: http://paperaddictcatherine.blogspot.com/
Heather: http://joemamainks.blogspot.com/

Thank you for stopping by!

  • Stamps:  Hello Girlfriend (rubber stamp) by Fresh Brewed Designs, Mega Mixed Messages & Heart-2-Heart #1 (acrylic stamps) by Papertrey Ink
  • Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Inks Antique Linen
  • Papers:  Papertrey kraft & dark chocolate CS, Neenah Crest solar white CS, My Mind’s Eye  Six by Six Vanity Fair paper pad
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Sweet N Sassy heart dies, Copic markers & ink
  • Embellishments:  Hug Snug Pink Astor seam binding, misc. trim, Queen & Co Pearls, Pearl Tattered Angels shimmer mist (on ribbon only)


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Serene Father’s Day Card

I’m back from my meetings for work and it is good to be home.   Things went well but I always hate doing presentations in front of people.   The worse part was that I ended up being the last presentation of the day so I was the only thing standing between them and dinner/cocktails.  I’m sure they were all listening to me…

I was able to get this card finished up before I left.  Since my dad is a big duck and goose hunter, I had to use the new stamp set that I bought from Sweet N Sassy, Serene Silhouettes, to make him a Father’s day card.  Check it out! Real stamps, no digis were used on this card.   (Don’t get me wrong; I LOVE digis but it is fun to use stamps and inks sometimes.)


2012-06-   SnS Serene card WM


I also had some fun with a little bit of paint.  Unfortunately it is a bit hard to see in this photo but I did stamp a polka dot background using paint on the blue panel.  I also did a bit of multi-generational stamping with the cattails stamp although most of it was cut off when I trimmed my image. 

Well, enough babbling from me.  I’m going to go cuddle with my daughter to watch So You Think You Can Dance.  (I LOVE this show!)

Have a great day!   (Don’t forget the Fresh Brewed Designs blog hop starts this Saturday and I am thrilled to be participating!)


Thank you for stopping by!



  • Stamps:  Serene Silhouettes by Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps, Tiny Tags by Papertrey
  • Ink, Bountiful Backgrounds by Verve Stamps
  • Inks:  Memento Rich Cocoa ink, Papertrey Kraft ink, Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy ink
  • Papers:  Papertrey Ink Kraft CS, Bazzill Basics Pinecone CS, My Mind’s Eye Stella & Rose Hattie paper pad,
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Cutter Bee perforating tool, EK Success edge punch, Big Shot, Papertrey Tiny Tags die, Cutter Bee perforating tool
  • Embellishments:  Starbucks coffee sleeve, misc. bakers twine & buttons  (the twine was darkened with Copic markers & Distress ink), Jenni Bowlin Malted Milk paint dauber


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bunny Balloon

Hello there!  I’m going to keep this short today.  I slipped and fell over the weekend and my arm is kind of sore.  On the good note, my daughter now understands why a person should clean up water they spill on the floor. 

I made this card using Bunny Balloon.  Mabelle gave this image away free on the Whimsy & Stars Studio blog last week.   If you didn’t get the chance to download it, you might want to sign up to follow the Whimsy & Stars Studio blog or Facebook group so you don’t miss out in the future. 


2012-06-12 WSS Balloon Bunny WM


I’m going to be heading down to Chicago for some meetings for work this week so I won’t be on-line too much.  

Have a great week!  Thank you for stopping by!


  • Stamps:  Bunny Balloon (digital stamp) by Whimsy & Stars Studio
  • Inks:  None
  • Papers:  Papertrey kraft CS, Neenah Crest solar white CS, American Crafts Dear Lizzy designer paper
  • Tools:  Big Shot, Fiskars grass punch, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Sweet N Sassy Hearts Scallop die, CC Designs clouds die
  • Embellishments:  Felt, baker’s twine, misc. button, Papertrey button twine, Gelly Roll white ink pen



Friday, June 8, 2012


June always seems like a busy month.  Although I don’t know anyone graduating this year, I do have some friends and family that are celebrating important life events.    Of course, when you are a card marker and know someone with a big event in their lives, you just have to make them a card!

So my goal for myself over the weekend was to make 2 congratulations cards and to try to use up some of my “scraps”.    I ended up using the same design for both cards, with some little differences. 

This first card is for my friend, and Jazzercise buddy, Joy.  She is retiring from teaching after the end of the school year.  (Joy taught health to middle schoolers.  I think she might be a saint!)   Besides a card, we definitely need a Wii-tini party or Girls Night Out to celebrate!


2012-06-07 Congrats WM


The second card is for my cousin who recently got engaged.  Although we are be able to attend the party, I wanted to send a card to let him know how happy we are for them.   Since this card was for an engagement, I switched out the flowers with some hearts.  (Engagement, love, hearts…you know.)


2012-06-07 Congrats B WM

Here is a look at them side by side.  Like I said, they are VERY similar but not the same. 


2012-06-07 Congrats Both WM




I also have a song to share for Music Saves My Soul.   I’m not sure if Marcea is still hosting the weekly party, but you can drop by her blog on Saturday to see if she has a linky set up.      I heard this song on the radio a couple of weeks ago and have been humming it every since.




I hope you have a fabulous weekend!  It is supposed to be warm, humid, and, well, summery, here this weekend.



  • Stamps:  Communique Curves Sentiments from Papertrey Ink
  • Inks:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Distress Ink Tea Dye
  • Papers:  Papertrey kraft CS, My Mind’s Eye Stella & Rose Gertie & Hazel paper pads
  • Tools:  Stampin’ Up edge punch & circle punch, Martha Stewart Butterfly, foliage, & 1” circle punch, Sweet n Sassy Heart dies, EK Success flower punch, Sewing machine
  • Embellishments:  May Art burlap twine, Paper Studios gem stones & pearls, misc. buttons



Thursday, June 7, 2012

Whimsy & Stars Studio Freebie & Sale

Don’t  forget to stop by the Whimsy & Stars Studio blog to download the freebie.   It will only be available for a limited time so you don’t want to miss out!



There is also a sale -



Make sure you don’t miss out on any upcoming sales or freebies by joining the Whimsy and Stars Studio group on Facebook.


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

At the Beach

I can’t believe it is the last week of school!   The school year seemed so long when I was a kid.  Now, it feel like it passes in the blink of an eye.  We are busily making plans for fencing camp, horseback riding, staying with Grandma and visiting family in Virginia.  

Once again, a Whimsy & Stars Studio image made me think of my daughter.    Although we don’t live near an ocean, we do not live too far from Lake Michigan.     I grew up about 30 blocks from the lake but now live about 20 miles away.  I am still amazed at how different the weather can be when you are at the lakefront.  On Memorial day, it was over 80-degrees at our house.  We drove down to the lake front to take a walk and it was just 60-degrees.   So, to get to the point, I won’t be surprised to see my daughter dressed like this, down at the lakefront over the summer. 


2012-06-05 WSS Amelie WM


Did you know that Mabelle is going to giving away a limited time freebie on June 7th?   To get all the details make sure you follow the Whimsy & Stars Studio blog and the Whimsy & Stars Studio group on Facebook.  




Thank you for stopping by!   Have a wonderful week!


  • Stamps:  Amelie to the Beach (digital stamp) by Whimsy & Stars Studio
  • Inks:  None
  • Papers:  Neenah Crest solar white CS, Bazzill Basics pinecone CS, Georgia Pacific white CS, October Afternoon Seaside DP pad
  • Tools: Sewing machine, Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  Close To My Heart twill ribbon, Papertrey button twine, misc. button