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Cute Baby

A sweet and simple baby card. I used "Twins" stamp set and non-TAC patterned paper. What a great verse of scripture, huh?


Altering with "Bella Flor"



Using our Bella Flor paper collection, I altered a few things with it because it's the perfect weight for these kinds of altering. Please check this beautiful paper as it is specially priced at only $10 (retails $19.95) until supply lasts. (You can see my post on this further down the page & order at my TAC online store.

Anyhow, I altered a Lipton tea box and made a recipe box. I just realized I forgot to take a picture of the files on the inside...darn! Maybe this week I can post it for you. I took the Crystal Light container and made a cute girlie tote with clear tubing handle. With the Crystal Light cover (orange colored) I made a photo frame. I also included an aluminum paint pail and a vitamin bottle (it's the one with the purse tag hanging on it) that I covered with Bella Flor paper as well! So you see you can make your own "one of a kind" gems with recycled items. Hope you enjoyed these. Any questions, leave a comment and I'll get back to you soon as I can.
Bless ya!


Paisley Rockz - No Coloring

Here's a challenge I participated in...one of Allison's - afss117... where there was NO COLORING allowed! Here's my try at it...I love black and white together so this one wasn't too hard. But I'm not too crazy about this card as it looks a bit too "top heavy"!

I used the Paisley Rockz stamp set for the flowers and for the sentiment I took one from our "Bookoo Blessings" stamp set (I really love this set...take a look at this set and see if you don't agree!) On the picture below you can see the embossed paisley design better.

Tutorial: Quick "Resist" Background

"Juliette Florals" meet "Butterfly Swirls"! These two stamp sets go so well together that I made a card to show you. I used a "resist" technique for my background. Here's what I did:

Oops, here's what I did:
-I stamped the small flowers with Versamark watermark inkpad on white glossy cardstock. Notice I only stamped them on the bottom portion of the glossy cs.

-I ran a brayer over a Kaleidacolor rainbow inkpad to pick up the colors. For newbies, a Kaleidacolor inkpad has 5 colors in it...side by side. Click on the highlighted word to see sample of one. Here I used the blue breeze colors.

-I ran this brayer over the white glossy cardstock...going in all directions. Prepare to be amazed when you see the flowers "pop" out of nowhere! What is happening, newbies, is that the ink is resisting the Versamark. Re-ink brayer as needed and brayer some more color if needed. Voila! You have a very vibrant background!

- I stamped the butterfly, with the same Blue Breeze inkpad, as part of the background on the glossy cs.

- With black inkpad, I stamped an element from the Curls & Swirls stamp set to form a stem for my big flower.

-I then stamped a flower from the set on a flower shaped cardstock. I added a pearlized brad to center and attached pop dots to it to give it dimension. Added glitter glue to it too.

-On the top left corner I adhered a piece of embossed (swiss dot) white paper as an photo corner and attached some tiny white ribbons to it and added glitter glue.

-Lastly, I adhered this glossy cardstock to purple cardstock and then to white cardstock to complete the card.

That's it! It's easier than you think...why not try making one and showing us what you've done with this resist background technique. Would love to see YOUR work! Have fun...see you later!


Looky what I have!

Hey everyone, just wanted you to take a look at my "signature" at the end of my blog posts...isn't it awesome? Sara Williams designed it for me and I love it...thanks Sara! Go check out her work on her blog "Tweaks and Designs"... she is very talented and loves to make "siggies"! Whatcha think?

File Folder Accordian Book

I've been working on these cute accordian books made out of those small file folders you can get at any office supply store. This was a project from Rita's Ohio Gathering weekend...thanks Rita! I used "Rustic Chic" paper V928 for the book & bookmark and I used the "Spiritual Journey" T2874 stamp set. Hope you like these...thanks for dropping by!

Matchbook Kit Special

Matchbook Kits are TIME-SAVING mini album kits and you're gonna love them because they are simple and very doable! You can assemble one in about 15 minutes! Then just fill these double-sided quality cardstock kits with your favorite pictures! How quick is that?

This special includes two (2) Matchbook Kits (retail $8.95 each) and a 9-set "True Wealth" word set (retails $19.95) for only $28.90! Click here to view the Pemberley Bay Kit and click here to view the Rockin' Roxie Kit.

You can order your kits when you visit me here or just email me. Special runs from May 9th thru June 16, 2008!!


Perfect Palette for Pennies!

One of my favorite brightly-colored paper collections with our own Mabelle Ramirez as the artist designer of this set. While supplies last, this Bella Flor paper collection is only $10 and you get 16 12x12 sheets, alpha stickers, large alpha stickers, tags & embellishment sheet!! Can you believe all of that for only $10.oo.

You can order R2500 Bella Flor when you visit my online TAC store or email.

Here's a sample of the paper when I used it to alter a vitamin bottle. I know, I know, a vitamin bottle? Thanks for looking.

May SOTM and Vintage Set

For newbies, you can purchase our "Stamp of the Month" stamp set with your $30 purchase for only $6.95 for a 7-stamp set and $4.25 for a 2-stamp "Vintage" set.

This month is the "Auld Lang Syne" set and also the "Flag Quilt" Vintage Set which I love both because I LOVE patriotic anything! Patriotic reminds me of all the freedoms made available to us...thanks to God, of course! Make sure you click on the highlighted "Auld Lang Syne" to see some wonderful samples of this set.

"Big" on Fun

These "Limited Edition" stamps sets are ONLY $2.95 each with your $30 purchase! What? Is that right, Mary, only $2.95 each? Yep...for sure!

From May 9 thru June 16, 2008 these miniature versions will be available to you. You can purchase ONE OF EACH with your $30 purchase and you can also get ONE FREE with your $100 Funshop. Visit my TAC Store to order or email me, please. Click on picture to enlarge view. Thanks for dropping by!


Happy Mother's Day!

These beautiful flowering trees certainly continue to bless my life especially today!

May you all have a wonderful Mother's Day enjoying all that God has done for YOU so that you CAN appreciate the little things in life...like, in my case, these cute little trees!


And the winner is....

RESENDING - EMAIL service acting up. April's giveaway winner is "2worlds"! Yea, congratulations! Please email me your address so I can mail it out to you. Thank you all for commenting and sharing your "blessings" for April. I see how God continues to take care of you all: NicD is thankful for Spring and her wonderful family. Starry7678's blessings are her grandchildren, her youngest daughter going to college, her hubby's job and is she is really blessed with cardmaking. Sandy did you enjoy your week off and get to play with your daughter? Stampincarol's husband's family was visiting last week...had a great time with them. Stampincats moved back to Ohio---welcome! Trudy is blessed with this card set and wants to know if she can "case" it---certainly! Sheila how's your new job? Kimi, Puerto Vallarta? Wow? Did you get to see the jungle movie location of one of Arnold Schwarzennegar's movie while there? Stephanie celebrated her 25th anniversary in Vegas with her hubby. Rachael saw Ephesians 3:20 at work--she got 3 jobs! Kayellwy is enjoying her 1yr and 4 yr grandkids along with her new assistant manager's job...congrats! Claudia is thankful every day for her hubby and kids. Cindy loves her granddaughter and there is soon to be another new arrival! Wow what wonderful blessings of life. We have a personal Heavenly Father that provides for our personal needs, huh? Can we all say "To God be the glory great things He hath done!" Thanks all for stopping by my blog and blessing ME. Please come back this week when I'm believing to post my May giveaway. Bye for now!

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