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Nov 24, 2007

Snow for my Angels!

Madeline making a snow angel.
Bailey making a snow angel.
Bailey standing in the snow.
The view outside my back door. Our house backs up to the mountain. The pole is a light that lines the freeway.
A friend of the girls, Madeline and Bailey playing in the snow at the park.

Oh my goodness! :) Look at this! It's snow... in Texas... in EL PASO, TX. Home of the desert, cactus and DIRT! Seriously? LOL

I woke up at 9 am to shrieking from my girls. :) They saw SNOW and were SO excited! My hubby and I got up, got dressed and took the girls to the park adjacent to their elementary school. They pranced around, attempted a snowman and made snow angels. :) Note the capri pants on Madeline. LOL Apparently we don't know how to dress for snow in the southwest. LOL

I hope to take them again tomorrow morning and get some more pictures. My son was at a friend's house so I didn't get any pictures of him. :(

Have a great day!

Nov 21, 2007

Elegant Carrie

I don't know how feasible it is to call a country bumpkin with stonewashed jean shorts elegant, but this card has that feel to me! :) LOL

I started with some Stella Ruby Basic Grey patterned paper and colored my Rubber Romance Carrie to match. You can find Rubber Romance girls here:

To color her, I used a combination of SU markers, reinker and aquapainter, and Prismacolor pencils, gamsol and stumps. I covered a chipboard flower with a coordinating paper from the Basic Grey Stella Ruby pack and inked the edges. Then, I stamped that super cool western flourish on it:

The brad in the center of the flower is made my Paper Studio. It has cool little slots to pull ribbon through. Anything that gives me a reason to use even more ribbon is AOK with me! :) I finished off the card with some stitching and organdy ribbon.

Have a wonderful day!

Stamps: Rubber Romance Carrie, Starving Artistamps

Inks: Stazon timber brown, blush blossom, pretty in pink, always artichoke, creamy caramel, chocolate chip, chocolate chip craft, barely banana, saffron, close to cocoa

Papers: Stella Ruby Basic Grey, Always artichoke, chocolate chip, Papertrey white

Accessories: Prismacolor pencils, gamsol, stumps, organdy ribbon, ribbon brad, chipboard flower, Sakura clear sparkle pen, aquapainter, dimensionals, Janome sewing machine

Nov 20, 2007

Dirty Girls Singing a Winter Song

One of the SCS Dirty Dozen alumni, Jami, posed a challenge for the Dirty Girls past and present a while back.

The challenge:

Use A Winter Song from Elzybells

Required - Use the color Pretty in Pink in your card or project somehow, somewhere.

Restricted - NO patterned paper

Quite a few of the dirty girls participated. Here is a complete list of those who did:














Jeanne S




leigh obrien

Linda D


mel mel













To see all of the challenge cards, click this link for the "keyword" search on SCS:

It's amazing how 30+ different stampers can all make great cards with the same basic stamps and supplies and how EACH of them looks SO different! Awesome job, girls! :)

Nov 19, 2007

Kick Up Your Heels!

I got a couple new stamps recently and was dying to use them. :) Since I am on a Rubber Romance kick, I decided to pair them with my Carrie stamp from: . She is a country girl after all! :)

I chose some floral paper from my Stella Ruby Basic Grey 6 X 6 paper pad and then colored Carrie to match. I used a combination of SU markers, reinkers with aquapainter and Prismacolor pencils with gamsol.

Check out my new western flourish! Is that not the coolest? Flourishes don't have to be elegant! Who would've thought? I am SO loving this flourish for all my western sets! You can get one here:

AND I got some cool sentiment stamps to go with all my western stamps! Kick up your heels is THE perfect stamp for this Carrie Rubber Romance girl! OMG, I was SO excited. LOL

You can check out that sentiment and several other cute western sentiments here:

And while you are there, I am loving these western background stamps. :)

Stamps: Rubber Romance Carrie, Starving Artist western flourish and sentiment

Ink: timber brown Stazon, blush blossom, barely banana, so saffron, creamy caramel, pretty in pink, always artichoke, chocolate chip, chocolate chip craft, versamark

Paper: always artichoke, chocolate chip, Papertrey white, Stella Ruby Basic Grey

Accessories: ruffled chocolate ribbon, dimensionals, altered hodgepodge hardware, gamsol, stumps, Prismacolor pencils, aquapainter, Sakura clear sparkle pen, horizontal slot punch

Nov 17, 2007

Quick Ribbon Update

I have an update on ribbon. :)

I was *hoping* to have the 2nd ribbon order by last night so I could cut over the weekend, but it did not arrive yet. I am expecting it EARLY next week. As soon as I get it in, I will cut it (that night) and ship out the following day. I will send out individual e-mails letting you know that your package shipped.

The 3rd (and final) ribbon order has been placed and has already shipped out to me. :) I *hope* that one gets here quickly so I can cut and ship out the last of the ribbon. :) With the Thanksgiving holiday, it may not arrive next week, but I'll keep my fingers crossed anyway. LOL I have no idea if UPS will be delivering on Thursday or Friday.

I do have very few spots left and will not be ordering again for this particular share, so if you want to get in on this buy, you still have time. :) I will post when all the ribbon is sold out.

Again, here are the details if you are interested in joining in the ribbony fun:

Keep in mind you may double the satin ribbon for $10 extra or double the wrinkled for $13. Just send a detailed note explaining exactly what you would like. :)

Thanks a bunch and have a great day!

Janome Sew-Mini One Day Sale

Hi all! Need to do some more Christmas shopping for yourself? :)

I just wanted to give you a heads up that the little Janome sewing machine that I use is on SALE now. YAY! It's a one day sale ONLY good for the 17th. It is on sale for $39.99 here:

There is also a code for free shipping on the homepage, but it is for purchases of $50 or more.

To bump up your order to receive free shipping, I would recommend that you add on some bobbins to your order. They are on sale cheap right now and you NEED to have the right bobbins. (ask me how I know this... LOL) I purchased some bobbins from Hobby Lobby confident that they would work and it said right on the package: not compatible with Janome. DUH! So, I had to purchase the bobbins at full price AND pay shipping. That was annoying! LOL The benefit to having many bobbins is having a choice of thread without having to unload one of the 3 bobbins that come with it and reload with the color you want. :) Also, I would rather have $10 more of stuff and get free shipping than pay $10 shipping and have no more stuff. :)

Now that I gave you a huge drawn out story about bobbins, here is a link to them:

Happy shopping and have a great day! :)

I have 2 cards to show you in a western theme, but I need to photograph them still, so stay tuned for those sometime later today. :)

Nov 15, 2007

Rubber Romance, Sparkling Flower

Here is my last card in this Rubber Romance card series. I skipped the wall paper and went for a more traditional layered card this time.
The girl is colored with a combination of Stampin Up markers and Prismacolor pencils blended with gamsol and stumps. The pillow she is laying on is paper pieced with the same paper that is in the background. I made large slots to slide 1 inch satin ribbon through just to add a little detail to the card. I inked the chipboard flower with dark brown colorbox chalk ink. Then, I used Versamark and heat and stick powder. I dumped "Twig" glitter all over the flower to make it super sparkly. The large brad in the center has a dot of matching patterned paper stuck to it with a glue dot.
Stamps: Rubber Romance Nay
Inks: Stazon timber brown, blush blossom, pretty in pink, close to cocoa, creamy caramel, chocolate chip, celery, artichoke, cool Caribbean, sage
Paper: soft sky, chocolate chip, Papertrey white, Figgy Basic Grey patterned paper
Accessories: 1 inch satin ribbon from November share, chipboard flower, jumbo brad, 1/2 inch circle punch, dimensionals, horizontal slot punch, gamsol, blending stumps, heat and stick powder, glitter

More Wall Paper and Romance

Here is another Rubber Romance "wall paper" card. I went with a totally different color palette and grabbed for some Stella Ruby Basic Grey patterned paper this time.
The image is colored with a combination of SU markers and Prismacolor pencils with stumps and gamsol. The image is cut out and popped up with dimensionals to give the illusion that she is laying on a surface and the wall is behind her. I didn't jazz up this card at all. It is a simple layered card. :)
Stamps: Rubber Romance Nay from:
Inks: Stazon timber brown, barely banana, saffron, celery, artichoke, blush blossom, pretty in pink, bordering blue, close to cocoa, chocolate chip
Paper: Wasabi, chocolate chip, Stella Ruby Basic Grey patterned paper, Papertrey white
Accessories: gamsol, stumps, Prismacolor pencils, dimensionals

Rubber Romace Chocolate Girl

After playing with the cute little Elzybells, I decided to switch to the MUCH larger Rubber Romance girls. These stamps are SO big that it doesn't take much embellishing or layering to finish off the card.
I buy my Rubber Romance girls here:
I started off with the patterned paper and colored my girl to match. She is colored with a combination of SU markers and Prismacolor pencils blended with stumps and gamsol. I drew a line with a brown marker to make a surface for her to lay on. You have no idea how impressed I was that I could draw a line. LMBO! I cannot draw... not even stick figures... so a line creating a surface is a big thing for me. LOL After I colored her I realized that I was going to cover up too much of the patterned paper and that made me sad since it is SO SO cute. So, I decided to turn it into wall paper. I got this idea in my head and I must say it came out exactly how I envisioned it. I cut around chocolate girl with my Cutterbee scissors. Then I used a craft knife to cut out the space between her crossed legs. I popped up the piece using dimensionals and to me it looks like the way is in the foreground. :) YAY! :) I altered a piece of hodgepodge hardware by removing the triangular piece of metal from the clippy thing and using a glue dot to glue in a piece of hemp. The malleable hemp allows the hanging sentiments to lay flat instead of hanging sideways not allowing you to read them. YAY again! LOL
I have a couple more Rubber Romance cards to post in the coming days. :) Check back for more wall paper. :)
Have a GREAT day!
Stamps: Rubber Romance Nay, AMuse sentiments
Inks: Stazon timber brown, blush blossom, close to cocoa, creamy caramel, soft sky, cool Caribbean, chocolate chip, pretty in pink
Paper: chocolate chip, cool caribbean, Papertrey white, Figgy Basic Grey patterned paper
Accessories: hodgepodge hardware, hemp, brad, chocolate brads, word window punch, gamsol, stump, Prismacolor pencils, craft knife, dimensionals

Nov 14, 2007

Sparkling Santa

In honor of Papertrey new release day, I decided to show you a Papertrey card. :)
Here is my very first card with my Papertrey Believe set. You can check out the set here:

I chose to have Santa hold a gift although the item in his hands can be changed since those stamps are separate. YAY for versatility. :)

Santa is stamped on Papertrey white CS (love that stuff) and colored with an aquapainter and ink refills. Glitter was adhered using a Quickie Glue Pen.

Stamps: Believe by Papertrey

Inks: Stazon Timber Brown, ruby red, soft sky, always artichoke

Papers: soft sky, ruby red, Papertrey White, Figgy Basic Grey patterned paper

Accessories: Janome sewing machine, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Quickie glue pen, lg oval punch SU, satin ribbon (from current share), white taffeta ribbon from SU, aquapainter, dimensionals

Nov 12, 2007

Last Call For the November Share

Hi everyone. :)

This is the last call for the November ribbon share. I have ribbon on order now, but will be placing one more order for this share no later than Friday of this week.

This is your last chance to sign up and send payment before the deadline to be included in the share.

I have been getting questions regarding adding more of the satin ribbon to the share. I can send you double satin (14 additional yards) for an additional $10. If you would like to go with this option OR add on to your current share, you may do so by adding $10 to your payment. PLEASE note on your Paypal payment, that you would like to have double satin.

Here is a link to the original post with all the details:

Thanks to all who have joined. :)

Have a great day!

Elzybells in Blue and Green

Here is yet another card in my Elzybells card series. :) This will be the last one for now. I am moving on to something else now. LOL

For this card, I started with a piece of paper from the Figgy Basic Grey 6 X 6 paper pad. The image once again, came from Carole. :) I DO have quite a few Elzybells, but wanted to use the images she sent me. :)

The image was colored with a combination of SU markers and Prismacolor pencils. I used my Nestabilities to cut and emboss the image panels. I finished it off with some ribbon and brads. :)

Stamps: Elzybells

Ink: Stazon, soft sky, artichoke, close to cocoa, chocolate chip, certainly celery, blush blossom, pretty in pink

Paper: Figgy Basic Grey patterned papers, chocolate chip, artichoke, whisper white

Accessories: copper brads, May Arts satin ribbon, SU ribbon, dimensionals, Sakura clear sparkle pen, liquid applique, horizontal slot punch

Gifty Elzybells

Here is another card in my Elzybells card series. :)

I chose the image of a girl pulling a sled with presents on it. I thought it would look cute paired with the sheet of paper out of the Figgy Basic Grey paper pack with gifts on it. Again, thanks Carole for sending me the images. :)

The image is colored with a combination of SU markers and Prismacolor pencils. I used my Nestabilities to cut and emboss the panels of the main image and the mat. The chocolate ribbon is the new May Arts 1 inch satin with grosgrain edge that I am doing in the current share. I finished it off with some liquid applique and a cute Heidi Swapp ghost shape snowflake (LOVE those things). With this card I started with the paper and then built the rest of the card around it.

Stamps: Elzybells

Inks: Stazon, artichoke, soft sky, close to cocoa, chocolate chip, blush blossom, pretty in pink, certainly celery, real red, barely banana, creamy caramel

Paper: Figgy Basic Grey patterned paper, artichoke, whisper white, chocolate chip

Accessories: Nestabilities, May Arts ribbon, liquid applique, Sakura clear sparkle pen,

dimensionals, Prismacolor pencils, stumps, gamsol, copper brad, Heidi Swapp ghost shape snowflake

Elzybells {Heart} to Stamp

Here is another card in my Elzybells card series. I also made this one at the LSS crop. I took my printed out copy of Jen Del Muro's sketch with me:
Thanks to Carole for sending me the super cute stamped image. Now I need this stamp. LOL

This card is a 5 1/2 inch square. I wanted plenty of the cute Christmas tree paper to show behind all the layering. The girls are colored with SU markers and I used my air art tool and blender pen turned soft sky marker to make the snow falling all around them. I didn't mask the girls when I did this. I just placed 2 fingertips on their faces so their faces wouldn't get splattered and splattered everything else. :) I used my nestabilities die to cut and emboss the panel that is stamped. Then, I cut a square of of artichoke paper and embossed a scalloped square into it. I used my Janome sewing machine to stitch around a couple panels and layered following the sketch. I added a simple Heidi Swapp ghost shape snowflake and stamped my sentiment on one of the panels.

Oh and yes, I actually took my little Janome sewing machine with me to the crop. I made sure to get a seat near an outlet and set up shop. LOL I had a "sewing station" like I do at home. LOL

Stamps: Elzybells girls and sentiment, SU polka dot, CHF canvas

Inks: Stazon timber brown, soft sky, real red, close to cocoa, white craft, blush blossom, artichoke, pretty in pink, choc chip craft

Paper: soft sky, chocolate chip, always artichoke, very vanilla, Figgy Basic Grey

Accessories: copper brads, Janome sewing machine, Heidi Swapp ghost shape, Nestabilities, dimensionals, air art tool, Sakura clear sparkle pen, liquid applique

Nov 11, 2007

Elzybells at a Crop!

Today, I went to a crop at a LSS, Stamp & Scrap Trap (link on side-bar). The ladies there are SO nice and SO fun! :) I had a REALLY great time and it was a productive day too! I got 4 cards done in 7 hours. LOL We chatted, ate and shopped, so all things considered I was happy that I walked away with 4 finished cards.

The card that my secret sis, Carole sent me was my inspiration for card making today. :) I was in Elzybells heaven!

What is funny about me attending crops is that I do not scrapbook. LOL I sit there and make cards! :) Today, I packed everything but the kitchen sink. I took my Cuttlebug, my Janome sewing machine... and just about anything else that I thought I *might* need. I probably used about 10% of what I brought, but I was well prepared nonetheless. LOL

I will share the cards I made with you over the next couple days, but I will start with this one today. :)

Stamps: Elzybells, AMuse

Inks: Stazon Black, whisper white, real red, soft sky, always artichoke, blush blossom, pretty in pink, close to cocoa

Paper: real red, basic black, whisper white, soft sky, Figgy Basic Grey

Accessories: Heidi Swapp snowflake ghost shape, silver brads, Janome sewing machine, white organdy ribbon, stitched soft sky ribbon, dazzling diamonds, quickie glue pen, Prismacolor pencils, blending stump, odorless mineral spirits, liquid applique, Sakura clear sparkle pen, dimensionals

Elzybells image was colored with Stampin Up markers and blender pen. Shading was done with Prismacolor pencils and blending stump. Girl's legs and skate were masked to stamp small oval for "ice". I went over the oval with a quickie glue pen and then dusted with Dazzling Diamonds (Stampin Up).
Stay tuned for more Elzybells cards!
Have a GREAT day! :)

A Card From a Not So Secret, Secret Sister

First, let me apologize for the ELF discount code blunder. You'd think if there is a link IN the e-mail that allows you to forward it to a friend, that the discount would actually WORK for those friends... but apparently not. *frown* I DO recommend that you register with the site though. They will send you codes rather frequently and every now and then there is a GREAT one available. You KNOW you need 47 lip glosses... right? LOL If you answered no, you must not have 7 and 10 year old daughters. *wink*

This card is from my "big sis", Carole. Carole and I are both in the DSS (Divine Secret Sibling) program on We were paired up for a 3 month period, but I figured her out about half way through. LOL

I think this card is SO SO SO cute! It uses Elzybells stamps. Isn't the girl pulling the sled the cutest? That font on the sentiment is SO cute too! *squealing*

With my card, Carole sent me some images of the stamps I don't have. Wasn't that sweet? And guess what? I actually used several of them today! YAY I can't wait to show you the cards I came up with!

Thanks Carole for sending me the card! If you want to see more of her awesome work, click here:

Nov 8, 2007

Got Cookies?

I got this in an e-mail and thought it was worth sharing!

Just click on the name of the cookie and the recipe pops up! Cool huh? This was sent to me by a friend of mine, Becky B. :)

Happy baking!

1-2-3 Cookies 7 Layer Cookies Allie Nelson's Famous Snickerdoodle Cookies Almond Crescent Shortbread Amish Sugar Cookies Andies Candies Cookies Angel Crisps Angenets Applesauce Cookies Apricot Fold-Overs Aunt Edy's Molasses Crinkles Auntie Linda's Ginger Gems Bakeless Dream Cookies Banana Drop Cookies Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in the World Biscotti Biscotti Blueberry Cookies Boiled Chocolate Oatmeal Drop Cookies Bronwnies Brown Sugar Shortbread Brownie Cookies Brownie Delight Brownies Buccaneer Snowballs Buried Cherry Cookies Butter Cookies Butter Nut Balls Butterballs Butterscotch Haystacks C.O.P. Cookies Candy Cane Cookies Candy Cookies Caramel Shortbread Cheesecake Brownies Cherry Buns Cherry Crowns Cherry Winks Chewies Chewy Noels Chinese Chews/Haystacks Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Chocolate Chip Cookies Chocolate Chip Meltaways Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies Chocolate Christmas Trees Chocolate Cream Cheese Squares Chocolate Crinkles Chocolate Mint Snow-Top Cookies Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (no bake) Chocolate Snowball Cookies Chocolate Streusel Bars Chocolate Sundae Cookies Chocolate Walnut Crumb Bars Choco-Scotch Crunchies Choose A Cookie Dough Recipe Christmas Crackers Christmas Crunch Bars Christmas Ginger Snaps Christmas Macaroons Christmas Mice Cookies Christmas Shaped Cookies Church Window Cookies Coconut Cookies Congo Squares Cookie in a Jar Corn Flakes Cookies Cornflake Christmas Wreaths Cowboy Cookies (oatmeal) Cream Cheese Cookies with Apricot Filling Crème De Menthe Chocolate Squares Crème Wafers Crescent Cookies Crispy Crunchies Date Nut Balls Date-nut Pinwheel Cookies Diabetic Peanut Butter Cookies Disgustingly Rich Brownies Doodles Double chocolate chip cookies Double-Chocolate Crinkles Eatmore Cookies Eggnog Cookies Elizabeth's Sugar Cookies Elves Quick Fudge Brownies Emily Dickinson's Gingerbread Cookie Recipe Emily's Best Brownies Famous Oatmeal Cookies Firemen Cookies Fluffy Shortbread Cookies Forgotten Cookies Frosted Peanut Butter Brownies Fruit Cake Cookies Fruitcake Squares Fry Pan Cookies Gems Ginger Cookies Ginger Crinkles Gingerbread Baby Gingerbread Cookies with Butter Cream Icing Gingerbread Men Gingerbread Men Ginny's Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Glory's Golden Graham Squares Glory's Sugar Cookies Gramma Chapman's chocolate coconut drops Grandma Elsie's Zimt (cinnamon) Cookies Grandma J's Butter Cookies Grandma Olson's Parkay Cookies Great Grandmothers Sugar Cookies Gum Drop Cookies Gumdrop Gems Haystack Cookies Ho-Ho Bars Holiday Cereal Snaps Holiday Chocolate Butter Cookies Holiday Raisin Walnut Bars Holly Cookies Hungarian Cookies (Little Nut Rolls) Ice Box Cookies Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies Italian Cookies Jacob's Peppermint Snowballs Jam Bars Jessica's Famous Brownies Jessie's Chocolate Chip Cookies Jubilee Jumbles Juliet's Peanut Butter Blossoms Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies Kentucky Colonels Kiefle (cream cheese cookies with jam filling) Kifflings Kiss Cookies Lacy Swedish Almond Wafers Lemon Angel Bar Cookies Lemon Bars Lemon Cake Cookies Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies Lemon Squares Linzer Tarts Log Cabin Cookies Luscious Lemon Squares M&M Cookies Magic Cookie Bars Melt in Your Mouth Cutout Sugar Cookies Melting Shortbread Meme's Cream Cheese Cookies Milk Chocolate Florentine Cookies Mincemeat Cookies Mincemeat Goodies Molasses Cookies Molasses Forest Cookies Molasses Sugar Cookies Mom Mom's Crescent Cookies Mom-Mom's Ginger Cookies Mom's Nutmeg Sugar Cookies Mom's Old Fashion "Puffy" Sugar Cookies Monster Cookies Moravian Christmas Cookies Nana's Famous Soft Southern Cookies Nitey Nite Cookies No Bake Chocolate Cookies No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies No Bake Cookies No Bake Cookies No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies No-Bake Cookies Norwegian Sugar Cookies Nut Balls Oatmeal Bars Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Nut Cookies Oatmeal Coconut Crisps Oatmeal Cookies Oatmeal Scotchies Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies Ooey Gooey Caramel Chocolate Dunk Ooey Gooey Squares Orange Slice Cookies Parking Lot Cookies Peanut Blossoms Peanut Butter Bars Peanut Butter Blossoms Peanut Butter Cereal Cookies Peanut Butter Chewies Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars Peanut Butter Cookies Peanut Butter Cookies Peanut butter fingers Peanut Butter Reindeer Peanut Butter Surprises Peanut Marshmallow Cookies Pecan Puff Cookies Peppermint Snowballs Peppernuts Persimmon Cookies Persimmon Cookies Petey's Yummy Spicy Almond Thins Pfeffernuesse Pffefferneuse Cookies Pineapple Filled Cookies Pizzelles Potato Chip Cookies Potato Flake Cookies Praline Cookies Praline Strips Pterodactyl Nests Pumpkin Bars Pumpkin Bars Pumpkin Chip Cookies Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Pumpkin Cookies Queen Biscuits Quick Cookies Raised Sugar Cookies Raisin Filled Oatmeal Bars Raspberry Meringue Bars Really Peanutty Butter Cookies Reese`s Brownies Reese's Peanut Butter Bars Rich Flavor Christmas Cookies Rich Lemon Bars Ricotta Cheese Cookies Royal Almond Christmas Bars Rudolph Cinnamon Cookies Russian Tea Cookies Russian Teacakes Samantha & Kelsey's Chocolate Chip Cookies Sand Art Brownies Santa Claus Cookie Pops Santa Claus Cookies Santa's Butterscotch Melts Santa's Shorts Santa's Special Squares Scotch Cakes Scotch Shortbread Scotcharoos Scotcheroos Seven Layer Cookies Short Bread Cookies Shortbread Skor Squares Snicker Doodle Cookies Snickerdoodles Snickerdoodles Snow Balls Sour Cream Apple Squares Sour Cream Christmas Cookies Special K Cookies Spice Cookies Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Spritz Cookies Stained Glass Window Cookies Stir & Drop Sugar Cookies Sugar Cookies Sugar Cookies Sugar Cookies Swedish Pepparkakor (Pepper Cake) Cookies Swedish Sugar Cookies Sweet Marie's Swiss Treats Taralle (Italian Cookies) Tea Time Tassies Texas Brownies The Best Shortbread in The World Thumbprint Cookies Thumbprint Cookies Toffee Squares Traditional Christmas Sugar Cookies Traditional Gingerbread Men Cookies Triple-Chocolate Chip Cookies Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies Vanilla Waffer Balls Walnut Butter Cookies Walnut Crumb Bars White Chip Chocolate Cookies Wild Oatmeal Cookies Will's Famous Apple Jack Cookies Yummy Yummy Peanut Butter Blossoms


No, not the Santa type of ELF. This is the ELF that stands for Eyes, Lips, Face!

I just wanted to share a GREAT deal with you all. I have 2 daughters and they LOVE lip gloss. ELF sells just about all their products for $1 each. Even at Walmart I end up paying more than that for their lip gloss.

I got a GREAT coupon code today and officially started my Christmas shopping by buying them some lip gloss. LOL The code was good for $15 off ANY purchase. (Yes, even a $15 purchase). I *think* you'll need to pay shipping, but it's still a GREAT deal! There are other products on the site as well including mascara, eye shadow, brushes and more, but I personally have only tried the lip gloss.

There is also another promotion going on on the site. If you spend $25 you qualify for a free set of 5 lip glosses. So, I got 33 lip glosses (yes it is a lot, but there are different types and colors LOL) for a total of $19.95. That included my free "Holly" lip gloss set (look at the PROMO page-there are 3 sets available). My subtotal after the coupon code was $13 and shipping was $6.95. The wonderful thing about this is that I has $28 in my cart, then added the free gloss set, then was able to take $15 off also! Holy coupon double dipping! I LOVE a great deal!

They are FULL SIZED lip glosses and they are great! I have been using them also. (previous purchase)

Disclaimer: not affiliated with ELF products in any way. :) Just trying to help all the girly girls out there get a fix. LOL

If you've read this far and want the info... *EDITED TO ADD* Apparently the code was not forwardable. Sorry about that! Try to sign up on the site though. I get coupon codes quite often and I just wait for the really good ones and then use them.

And here is the link to the store:

Happy lip glossing.

Nov 7, 2007

November Ribbon Time!

picture 1: Satin/grosgrain edge
picture 2 & 3: solid/wrinkled

Hi all! :)

I have a mini-share for you all this month. I know with the holidays approaching, we are all busy so I wanted to offer a quick, low cost option for this month.

This ribbon is IN HAND, cut and ready to go for the first 9 participants who join AND send payment. If you join and pay tonight or early enough in the morning and are one of the 1st 9 to join, your ribbon will be shipped on 11/7/07.

*NOTE: All in hand ribbon is sold. I will be placing an additional order on Friday. Please sign up by Friday morning if you would like to be included in the next shipment. Thanks!

Satin/Grosgrain Edge

This ribbon is SO pretty! It is a very nice weight!

  • 1 inch May Arts satin ribbon with a grosgrain edge

  • 7 colors

  • 2 yards of each color

  • 14 yards total

Solid/Wrinkled Ribbon

This ribbon is so cool! It is lightweight and slightly "wrinkled".

  • 1/2 inch May Arts solid, wrinkled ribbon

  • 10 colors

  • 5 yards of each color

  • 50 yards total

Total for BOTH shares INCLUDING shipping is only $28! You get a total of 64 yards of beautiful May Arts ribbon! This price is good for US and Canada! If you are in another country, please contact me for shipping quote.

I also have the following available from the last share. If you would like to add any of these ribbons on to your share, you may do so for no additional shipping. I am offering a closeout discount on these ribbons to clear them out. :) To see pictures of these, go to this post:

*Note: all closeout ribbons are SOLD OUT

  • Grosgrain with satin center was $20, CLOSEOUT price of $15

  • Two toned grosgrain was $13, CLOSEOUT price of $11

No fee for paypal! Paypal is preferred! It's quick and easy! If you need help or would like me to send you an invoice please e-mail me at .

Ready to jump in? Send total amount and DETAILED note about exactly what you are ordering to my paypal address: If you do not know how to use paypal or are having a difficult time, e-mail me at that address and I will send you an invoice that will make it easier to send payment. :)

If you would like to pay by check or money order please contact me at with the details of which share(s) you would like to join. I will send you my mailing address.

I will keep this share open for 1-2 weeks. If needed, more ribbon will be ordered to fill the orders. As always, I will keep you updated throughout the process on my blog. Shipping time may vary based on shipment from manufacturer, but I will move quickly once I have received the products to lessen your wait time. Thanks in advance to anyone joining! If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at the address listed above. Thank you and happy ribbon day! :)

Nov 6, 2007

An Elzybells Extravaganza

This morning, I challenged a friend of mine to a color challenge. :) I was looking at some ribbon and 3 different colors were next to each other and I thought ooooooooooooo those look pretty! So, today's color challenge was born. My challenge to her was to use Soft Sky, Really Rust and Chocolate Chip.

To view Karen's challenge card, go to her blog here:

My card was made with one of my new Elzybells stamps. I think they are just soooooo cute! :) They make me blabber on in baby talk. LOL

Stamps: Elzybells, Polka Dot

Paper: chocolate chip, papertrey white, really rust, soft sky, soft sky patterned paper

Ink: Stazon timber brown, soft sky, chocolate chip, really rust, pretty in pink, blush blossom

Accessories: Heidi Swapp ghost shape snowflake, Iridescent Ice EP, Sakura clear sparkle pen, quickie glue pen, dazzling diamonds, Janome sewing machine, aquapainter, ribbon, Prismacolor pencils, blending stump

See that fun rust ribbon? That is one color of the 2 new ribbon types for the November share. I have the ribbon IN HAND! YAY! I will be cutting it tonight hopefully and will be posting about it hopefully in the next 4-12 hours. :)

Have a great night!

Nov 3, 2007

Beaded/Glittered Chipboard Flower

Here is a tutorial on how to make a piece of beaded and glittered chipboard. I love sticking these on notebooks! :)

Here is the finished product. The center brad was also glittered. The brad on the right shows what it looked like before it was glittered. This is great for multi packs of brads with colors you don't care for. :)

Here are all the materials you will need:

  • chipboard shape

  • heat and stick powder (powdered glue)

  • microbeads

  • Versamark ink pad

  • ultrafine glitter (I like Art Institute)

  • chalk ink (I like Color Box or Versamagic)

Cover chipboard shape with chalk ink

Cover inked chipboard shape with Versamark pad.
Cover with Heat and Stick powder EVENLYHeat VERY lightly. You only need to heat until it glosses over. If you overheat, it will lose it's stickiness!

THEN after heating, cover with stamp and stick one more time and heat again. I like to have a nice coat on my chipboard.
Now, dump your microbeads over the shape and tap off excess.

Pour coordinating glitter over beaded shape. This step fills in any adhesive gaps that the beads did not cover. I gently rub in the glitter with my finger and then tap off the excess.

This is what your shape will look like after beading and glittering.
Now, grab a jumbo brad with a pair of pliers (I think that is what they are called. LOL) Heat it with your heat gun (don't burn yourself), for about 10-15 seconds. Make sure it is nice and hot. IMMEDIATELY after turning off your heat gun, dip the heated brad into your stamp and stick jar quickly and pull out. The glue powder will melt to the brad instantly. This works best if you DO NOT heat again. If you don't dip it quickly enough, your glue powder will not fully melt and you will get lumps on your brad. P.S. The reason my melted glue looks speckled is because it is contaminated with glitter. LOL
Now, dip the sticky brad into a pot of glitter.
Now insert your brad into the center of your flower and add it to your project.

Ready to try it? I would love to see what you make! Please post back here with a link to your project so I can check it out. :)
Have a great day!

Dress It Up!

I taught a class recently at a local stamp store here. It was called: "Dress It Up!" I showed different ways to dress up cards and projects. This is the finished project we made. 6 coasters were covered front and back and then the edges were sanded. The notebook was bound with my Bind It All! The chipboard flower that is adhered to the cover was made with a combination of beads and glitter. We were covered head to toe in glitter! LOL Each of the pages has a Penny Black friendship sentiment sentiment on it. :)

Stamps: Penny Black sentiments, AMuse sentiment

Paper: Basic Grey Infuse

Ink: Color Box chalk ink, Versamark

Accessories: Chipboard, coasters, Bind It All coil, Ribbon, Chipboard tag, microbeads, glitter, heat and stick powder, jumbo brad

Beaded flower tutorial coming next! :)


Here is my very first Elzybells card. This took me WAY longer than it needed to.

I started with Lauren Meader's sketch challenge:

I was determined to use an Elzybells stamp and the little kissing girl is SO cute. :) I used the sentiment as well.

It is colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with a stump. I masked her feet and used the small AMuse oval. Stitching is done with my handy dandy Janome sewing machine. The "ice" on the border of the main image panel was done by rubbing glue on the edges and then dipping the panel into Diamond Dust. It is a product made from finely ground glass. The snowflake is a Martha Stewart punch that I covered in Crystal Effects and then dipped in the Diamond Dust.

Stamps: Elzybells, AMuse, Stampin Up

Paper: Basic Grey Figgy Pudding, SU Cool Caribbean, SU chocolate chip, SU Shimmery White

Ink: Stazon brown, going gray, choc chip craft, choc chip

Accessories: Diamond Dust, silver brads, Janome sewing machine, Prismacolors and stumps, Martha Stewart snowflake punch, Crystal Effects, ribbon, sponge, dimensionals

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