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Friday, December 31, 2010

Stampin' Addicts Occasions Mini Blog Hop!!


Hi Stamping Friends!!
Well today's is the day!  I'm so excited to be a part of the Stampin' Addicts Occasions Mini Blog Hop!  If you started the hop at the beginning, then you have finally reached the end.  I'm the last stop on the tour.  Which means, you just came from Debra's blog, Heartfelt Inkspirations, and I know you saw some fabulous creations there with the Be My Valentine stamp!!  If you are just starting the hop, that's A-Okay.  I'll have a link at the bottom of this post to the first blog in the loop and you can just make your way around.  If you somehow get lost along the way, check out this link at Stampin' Addicts.  It lists all the blogs that are participating in the hop.

Before I show you my projects, can I just tell you now how much I LOVE the new Occasions Mini Catalog?  So many fabulous new stampin' goodies to be had!  Be sure to contact your SU! demo and get your copy of the mini catalog.  If you are like me, you will want it all!!  That's enough chit chat, let's move on to some stampin'!!!

MOTHER OF MINE   #122195   $6.95



The item I chose to use for the blog hop is one of SU!'s a la carte stamps called Mother of Mine.  Other new items I used on this card is the Springtime Vintage DSP, Springtime Vintage Big Designer Buttons, and the Vanilla Rosettes.  I was going for a Kimberly Van Diepen/Tiffany Bauer look with this card.  They do the BEST vintage cards.  To make it perfect, it needs a little stitching around the edges.  Anybody want to sew for me?  This sketch comes form the Utah Divas blog.  I designed this card with Mother's Day in mind.  And here is a little coordinating gift matchbox to go with it.




The colors I used for these projects are Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, and Very Vanilla.  This little box also uses the new Rose Red Seam Binding.  Other items from the big catty are Scallop Rectangle Clearlit and Basic Pearls.  It's easy to do a vintage look with this beautiful Springtime Vintage DSP.  I just sponged a little Soft Suede around all the edges to dirty it up a bit.  And of course a cute little box needs a cute little gift inside.




I love how the word "MOM" fits perfectly into our 1"x 1.25" Simply Adorned charms.  I had so much fun making this little insert!  Other stamp sets used are Charming and Tiny Tags.  I made the Rose Red thread by using my SU! marker and coloring a piece of Linen Thread.  I finshed it off by adding a little bling with a Basic Pearl on the crown.

I'm extra excited about my final project, because I tried a new-to-me technique.  And since I am not a technique junkie, this is a super special day at the blog!




From this angle, it doesn't really look like anything special.  But check out this...




Still can't see it?  How about a little close-up?





I used a new Letterpress Plate called Heart Pressed.  I inked it with Versamark ink, ran it through my Big Shot with a piece of Rose Red card stock and then sprinkled some Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder on it and heat set it with my heat tool.  It's so sparkly IRL life.  I just LOVE how it turned out!!  I can't wait to try out this techinque with my other Letterpress Plates. 

One thing great about the Mother of Mine single stamp is that you can use it for all different occasions, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, even a birthday card, since the stamp itself does not say anything about a specific occasion.  This layout comes from the Techno Stamper blog.

I hope you enjoyed my projects.  I know I really enjoyed creating them for you!! And I hope you had fun hopping on the Stampin' Addicts Occasions Blog Hop.  There are some amazingly talented stampers on this hop.  I'm quite honored to be a part of this group.  Be sure to check out the Stampin' Addicts website too.  It really should be call Stampin' Up! Addicts, since it is an SUO community with a fabulous alphabetized gallery of only Stampin' Up! sets.  And lots of great members to boot.  We just added our 6000th member this week!

The first stop on this hop is Sarah's Ink Spot.  So if you started somewhere in the middle, you are going to want to keep hopping.  I know Sarah will have some fabulous creations waiting for you using the XOXO stamp set.


Thanks for hopping by!
Happy Stamping!




Thursday, December 30, 2010

Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge #33




Hi Stamping Freinds!!!
I'm so glad you stopped by today!!  I've just been having the best time stamping the last couple of days.  I can't remember the last time I've had this much time to do this much stamping.  Now I know what my retirement is going to look like.  Nothing but stamping all day!!  :)

Today's card is for the inspiration challenge over at the Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge.  We hope you will come celebrate with us and play along in our little challenge.  We would love to see what you've been stamping too.  This week we are celebrating in style with a black tie New Year's party.  I love all the silver and sparkle!!

FIFTH AVENUE FLORAL

It's such a bummer that I overexposed this photo.  You don't get to see how it sparkles and shines like IRL.  I used the Brushed Silver cardstock as my base.  Then embossed a piece of Basic Black with the Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder.  Below that I layered a piece of Wicked Fun DSP.  I really wanted to use Purely Pomegarante for this card, because that is the color I see in the photos.  But since PP is discontinued, I decided to use Rich Razzleberry instead.  I really like the silver, black and Razzleberry together. 

Where the two papers meet, I added a strip of Silver Glass Glitter.  Oh my!!!  This is my first time using the Glass Glitter (I know, I'm so behind the trends!) and I am in LOVE!!!  This stuff is so sparkly IRL.  It's just gorgeous!!  Then I layered one half of a silver Top Note.  The big, beautiful rose comes from the Fifth Avenue Floral set.  Love the modern look of this set.  I heat embossed two roses with black embossing powder.  Then I cut them out and layered them.  Gives it a wonderful 3-D effect.  I made the Glass Glitter "leaves" by using a piece of the Sticky Pages and adhering one side to a piece of cardstock.  Then I ran it through my Big Shot using the Table Setting die.  Then I exposed the other sticky side and smooshed lots of shimmery Glass glitter onto it.  I cut in half, so I would have two "leaves".  Then adhered it to my card.  I finished it all off with some Basic Rhinestones and Taffetta ribbon.  The sentiment is from a retired set called A Little Birthday Cheer.

This super fun sketch comes from my favorite Stampin' Up! online hangout... Stampin' Addicts.  December is "do-over" month, so this is sketch SASC57.  And this creation definitely qualifies for the two Bring on the Bling challenges going on at SUO Challenges and Hand Stamped Sentiments!  There's not much more bling you could add to this baby!

Speaking of Stampin' Addicts, I am soooooo excited because starting tomorrow we are hosting a Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Blog Hop!!!  You will not want to miss this hop.  There are 20+ amazing stampers showcasing tons of new goodies from the SU! Occasions Mini Catalog that you can begin ordering from on January 4th.  Here's a link to all the fabulous stampers that will be partcipating in the hop:  SA OCCASIONS BLOG HOP.

Yours truly will be the last stop in the hop.  And I can't wait to show you the projects I made!!  I had the most fun playing with my new stamping toys.  I even came up with a new-to-me technique.  You will have to stop back by tomorrow and see what everyone has created.

And be sure to stop by the Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge blog and see what the other fabulous Design Team members have made as well.  There's a whole lotta talent there!  And I hope you can play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!




Tuesday, December 28, 2010

ColourQ #65


Hi Stamping Friends!!
It feels good to have some stamping time again!  It's been a couple weeks since I've been able to play at the ColourQ.  I'm so glad that Arielle is such a gracious host, or she would have kicked my booty to the curb a long time ago!!  Thankfully she keeps me around for old times sake.  :)  I love today's color inspiration picture.  I would love to make a scarf like that using my Big Shot.  Wouldn't that be so fun to wear?  I'll just add that to my list of things to do... make a scarf.  Yeah right! 

EXTREME ELEMENTS


I need to work on restocking my supply of birthday cards over at Goodies Cookies.  So you may be seeing a bunch of birthday madness over the next few weeks.  I thought these colors would make a great boy card.  And we all know those boy cards are the most difficult to create!!  I used a Crumb Cake base layered with some old, forgotten named DSP from SU!.  Then a piece of Old Olive cardstock that I embossed with me Big Shot using the Distressed Texturz Plate. 

My "go to" boy set is always Extreme Elements.  This is one of those sets that I will keep forever!  I paired it with the Extreme Dirt Bike single stamp.  The whole Extreme series of stamps is so perfect for tween and teen boy cards.  I even know some adult men that would like this card.  :)  

This fabulous sketch comes from my favorite Stampin' Up! only online hangout, Stampin' Addicts.  Every  week they have a new sketch challenge.  December is "do-over" month.  Since everyone is so busy, Paula (the sketch challenge hostess) chooses a sketch from the previous year for everyone to "do-over".  This was originally sketch #45.

If you love a great blog hop, be sure to stop by on Friday.  All my pals at Stampin' Addicts are joining me in showing off all the new stuff from the Stapmin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog.  Trust me, you will LOVE what you see!  Here's a link to all the gals that will be partcipating: Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will be able to join us and play along at the ColourQ!

Happy Stamping!


Monday, December 27, 2010

Happy Belated Christmas!!!

Hi Stamping Friends!!!

My cousin married an Englishman and I love how they say Happy Christmas!!!  Since it finally stopped raining and all the holiday hoopla has died down, I finally had a chance to take a picture of our Christmas card.



I made and sent out 108 of these.  Of course it was half way through the assembly process that I figured out I needed more like 145 cards!  So My Digital Studio to the rescue!


Here's the card I made using MDS components.  The hardest part was trying to figure out who was going to get the handmade card and who was going to get the photo card!

I hope you and your family enjoyed a beautiful Christmas together.
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge #32


Hi Stamping Friends!!  I'm so glad you took a minute to stop by today.  We have a yummy inspiration challenge for you at the Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge.  Doesn't all that chocolate just make your taste buds tingle?!  I LOVE chocolate!!  And these photos make my mouth water.  That brownie looks to die for!!! 

For my project this week, I went digi.  I would love to say that I used only Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio, but I will admit that I cheated a little.  All of my components are from MDS, the digi papers and embellishments.  But I actually created the entire thing in PhotoShop Elements.  I have MDS, but I've been working for years with PSE, long before SU! came out with MDS.  And since I'm so used to how PSE works, I always go to it first.  It's a case of you can't teach an old dog new tricks.  I really just need to sit down and familiarize myself with MDS.  But who has time to sit?!


CHRISTMAS JINGLE


These are my sisters kids.  And yes, she has TWO sets of twins!!!  Lots of people tease her and tell her that she should try for one more set, but she gets extremely sick when she is pregnant.  It's not pretty.  We are talking IV's, stay's in the hospital, pic lines, the whole enchilada.  So I think she's done.

This card measures 7.5 x 6.  All of the elements come from the Christmas Jingle digital kit.  She saw this layout somewhere online, so I CASEd it.  Super easy.

I hope you will join over the next two weeks at the Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge.  We would love for you to celebrate the holidays with us!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge #31




Hi Stamping Friends!  It's time for another fabulous inspiration challenge from Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge!!  We hope you can play along this week!  Aren't these such pretty and unique colors for Christmas?  I think they would be so fun for a little girls Christmas tree.  My sister has a tree in her girls' room.  It's a small white tree and they have some hot pink boas wrapped around it and all pink ornaments and some crowns and other sparkly stuff.  Very fun!!


A GIFT FROM HEAVEN


I thought these soft colors would make the perfect "Baby's First Christmas" card for any sweet little girl.  Just so happens that it will be my nieces first Christmas, so I have someone special to give it to.  The card base is one of the In-Colors, Blushing Bride which is layered with Very Vanilla and Brushed Gold that was embossed with one of the SU! Texturz plates.  The adorable manger image comes from my nativity stamp collection.  It is a retired SU! set called A Gift From Heaven.  Isn't it adorable?!!  This set was gifted to me by Lisa Hunter, a fellow SU! lover.  Wasn't that so sweet of her?!  I stamped the image on Blushing Bride cardstock with Early Espresso ink.  Then I used my chalks to add some soft highlights of color.  I didn't want to color it all in.  I wanted it to look dreamy and serene.  The sentiment comes from the retired SU! set called All God's Children.  Of course the perfect finishing touch is lots of Basic Pearls.  LOVE those things!!!  And the Whisper White Satin ribbon just makes it even more special.

This wonderful layout is from the Mojo Monday blog.  This is MOJO168.  It also works for the Stampin' Royalty Challenge #49 which is Winter Holidays.

Please stop by the Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge and see the fabulous creations the other Design Team members have created.  Then after you have been throughly inspired, come play along with us!!  We would love to see your beautiful stampiness.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

ColourQ #62



Seriously Arielle?!  Glorious Green?!  That is exactly what I thought when I saw the ColourQ color challenge for this week.  It's not that I don't love the fun colors and inspiration photo, but I never used Glorious Green when it was in Stampin' Up!'s color palette, and I sure wasn't sad to see it go.  But being the rule followers that I am, I dug through my scraps and found some not-so Glorious Green pieces.  Of course, these would be adorable colors for a 1st day of school card, or even a child's birthday card.  But I really love using my collection of retired SU! nativity stamps at this time of year, so I "forced" myself to make a Christmas card.



BABY JESUS IS BORN


I tried the paper piecing technique on this card and was happy with the results.  I have a new found respect for stampers that do a lot of paper piecing.  It's very time consuming and some of those pieces are very tiny!!  I first stamped my image on Very Vanilla cardstock, using black Staz-On ink.  Then I stamped and cut out Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus' "clothes".  Then I stamped and cut out their heads and hands.  I added a little Blush Blossom chalk to their faces to gives them more of a flesh color.  Then I stamped and cut out the sheep with Whisper White. 

The not-so Glorious Green and Real Red combo give it a nice Christmasy feel.  Since I used a retired stamp set, I thought it would be okay to use a retired DSP as well.  I have no idea how old this paper is, but I loved the polka dots.  I was not happy with the Very Vanilla ribbon, but the card was completely assembled and I did not have time to rip it apart.  I'm thinking white grosgrain ribbon would have looked better.  I'm also thinking I should have colored their sandals.  What do you think... Chocolate Chip or Early Espresso? 

This fabulous sketch comes from the Friday Mashup blog.  It's a newer challenge blog and I hope I can play again.  Check them out and play along!

I wanted to give a shout out to all my friends at Stampin' Addicts.  Last year at this time, I posted that I was looking for any retired SU! nativity sets.  I got an instant response.  One sweet lady even gifted me two sets all the way from Michigan!!  How fabulous is that?!  So thanks for being such wonderful online friends.  You guys are the best!!

Be sure to stop by the ColourQ blog and see what the other amazing design team members have done with these colors.  As always, they have ROCKED this challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge #30


Hi Stampers!!  We have lots of sparkle to share with you this week at the Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge.  We hope you can play along with us.  This would be such a fun Christmas theme, but I also think it would be gorgeous as a New Year's party.  Everytime I see these beautiful challenge pictures, I'm inspired to entertain more often.  But with the crazy schedule of a busy household, I may have to wait a few more years. 


COME TO BETHLEHEM

I loved this stamp set as soon as I saw it when the new catalog came out back in July.  But I was good and didn't actually purchase it until November.  :)  This is the first card I made using it and I love how it turned out!!  The card base is Perfect Plum layered with Brushed Silver to give it some sparkle.  The Elegant Eggplant pieces are embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper IF.  My Elegant Eggplant stamp pad needs to be reinked, so I pulled out my Craft Spots and inked up my stamp with those.  It worked out perfectly, since then I could ink up my star in a different color.  Of course any star would not be complete with out a little shine from our Basic Rhinestones.  LOVE those things!!  And the finishing touch is some soft White Satin ribbon.

I found this perfect layout at Diva Coffee Break Designs.  A great SUO challenge blog that I visit when I can.  This is DCBD205.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

ColourQ #61


Hi Stamping Friends!!  I can't believe the Christmas season is upon us!!  And I've been in the Christmas mood all weekend, since we decorated our tree and got out all our garlands and nativity sets.  We have only a few other details to finish, then the decorating is done!  So naturally, I thought I would make a Christmas card for Arielle's ColourQ challenge.  But she didn't make it easy on me.  I love these colors together.  I think they would make an awesome boy birthday card.  But I really wanted to try them as a Christmas card.  Now that was a challenge!!

SNOW SWIRLED

Not sure if I pulled it off completely, but it works.  I should have taken a little extra time and heat embossed my snowflakes with white EP.  They would have really popped off the blue that way.  But it is such a pain for me to get out all the "stuff" and then turn right around and put it all away.  Just call me a lazy stamper.  :-)  The card base is Wild Wasabi, layered with Tempting Turquoise.  The polka dot DSP is from the Brights Color Stack.  The snowflakes from teh Snow Swirled set are stamped with white Craft ink onto Pacific Point cardstock.  Don't you just love the little bit of bling the Basic Rhinestones add?  I don't know what I did before Stampin' Up! sold these little keepers.  I think I could put them on every card!

The fun sketch comes from my favorite Stampin' Up! only hangout, Stampin' Addicts.  They have weekly sketch challenges that you can play in any time.  This is sketch SASC54, originally posted on May 27, 2010.  But since there is no time limit to the challenge, I'm playing along now.  If you love Stampin' Up!, come check us out sometime!!  You'll love the alphabetized gallery.

Be sure to stop by the ColourQ and check out what the other design team members have created.  And I hope you can play along with us!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

ColourQ Tuesday #60



Just a quick post today, as I'm feeling a little under the weather.  But since I finally had a chance to do my ColourQ Design Team work, I wanted to share it with you!


CHRIST IS BORN


It was fun to finally get out a Christmas stamp set.  I really starting to look forward to the holiday season.  After stamping this card, I decided to use this set for my own personal Christmas card.  I'll post it after I send it out.  This sketch comes from a new-to-me sketch blog called Sketch Frenzy Friday.  I added a few elements to the original sketch.  I hope they don't mind!

I hope you can play with us at the ColourQ this week!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Spectacular Stampin' Sale!



You want won't to miss this spectacular stampin' sale!!  I even had to order a few things for myself this morning.  They have a fabulous Striped Grosgrain Ribbon bundle for 40% off!!  And the Deck the Halls and Candy Cane Christmas Designer Fabrics are both 50% off!!!

If you have any questions or want me to place your order for you, just email me before November 30th.

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge #29



Hi Stamping Friends!!

Well it's been awhile since I've posted to my blog.  Such a busy time of year!!  But that doesn't mean I haven't wanted too!  I finally had time last night to make a card for the Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge.  Aren't these pictures just absolutely gorgeous?!!  I love the simple color palette.  So pretty!

PAISLEY PRINTS


I really loved the golden leaves on the napkins.  Plus, I just had to use my paisley leaf one more time before fall is behind us.  I can't believe next week is Thanksgiving already!!

The card base is Soft Suede, layered with Very Vanilla that has been embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper IF.  The piece of DSP is from the Deck The Halls pack in the Holiday Mini.  I love that set of paper.  So many gorgeous patterns.  The sentiment is from the Word Play set.  The leaf is stamped in More Mustard and hand cut.  I sponged all the edges with Soft Suede ink to give it a vintage look.  The button is from the Nuetrals Collection.  I LOVE SU! buttons!!  They are fabulous!

This great sketch comes from my favorite SUO online hangout, Stampin' Addicts.  The have a new sketch posted every Thursday.

Since it is Thanksgiving next week in the USA, the SCIC challenge will last two weeks, instead of the regular one.  That should give you plenty of time to play along!!  Be sure to stop by and see what the other talented design team members have created.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge #27



Hi Stamping Friends!
It's time for another Stampin' Celebration Inpsiration challenge!!  Don't you just love the colors of autumn?!  I have been to numerous fall weddings and they are so gorgeous.  We just attended a wedding in October and the colors were Kiwi Kiss, Concord Crush, and Early Espresso.  It was beautiful!!  I just fell in love with these photos when I saw them.  All the different shades of orange and green, with a hint of chocolate.  Fabulous! 

FIFTH AVENUE FLORAL  $24.95

I chose to use Tangerine Tango, Peach Parfait, and Pear Pizzazz, with a touch of Old Olive.  I stamped the Fifth Avenue Floral images in Early Espresso and then cut them out.  For the leaves, I embossed a piece of Pear Pizzazz with the Square Lattice Impression Folder.  Then I sponged some Old Olive onto the raised impression.  Next, I cut them out using the Little Leaves Sizzlet die.  Adds some fun texture instead of plain old leaves, don't ya think?! 

Of course I had to add some Basic Pearls.  I just love those and the Basic Rhinestones.  Since they are self stick, they are soooo easy to use.  Plus, I love that they come in different sizes.  This tiny size is perfect for these flowers. 

The sentiment comes form the Oval All set.  The DSP is from the Pattern Paper Stack.  It is Tangerine Tango.  Also, this awesome sketch comes from the gals over at the Just Add Ink blog.  So glad there are so many talented sketch artists out there for me to "borrow" from.  :)

I hope you can play along with us this week at the SCIC!!  Even if you can't join us, make sure you stop by and check out the other gorgeous creations from our super talented desgin team.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

ColourQ #57

Hi Stamping Friends!!  I'm back!!  Did ya even miss me?  It's been forever since I had a chance to stamp or even to blog.  I would list all the excuses of why, but I wouldn't want to bore you.  Instead, I'll just show you something I finally stamped for Arielle's ColourQ color challenge.
















PAISLEY PRINTS  $12.95


At my Ocotber Hostess Stamp Club gathering, I showed the gals the "thumping" technique.  They loved the look, so I decided to use it on my card for today.  This technique looks gorgeous on the Paisley Prints set that is in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  And it is so easy to do.  For the pumpkin, I inked up the entire stamp in More Mustard.  Then I "thumped" the image with the side of brush markers, in random patterns.  I used Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze and the retired (but still loved) Taken With Teal.  I'm so glad I kept all my retired markers. 

The sentiment is from the Three Little Words set.  And the fabulous sketch comes from my favorite Stampin' Up! online hangout... Stampin' Addicts.  If you love SU! and are looking for awesome ideas, stop by SA and check out the alphabetized gallery.  There are some really beautiful projects there.  They also have lots of great tips and tricks and of course the latest Stampin' Up! news.  Plus, they have weekly challenges that you can participate in, whenever you want! 

This was supposed to be the last week of waterpolo games.  But it looks like our team may go to play-offs, so who knows when I'll get off this merry-go-round.  Besides, after waterpolo comes swimming and then summer leagues and then we start all over again.  :-)  Gotta love when your kids schedule dictates your schedule.  I'll try to squeeze in some stamping when I can.  Thanks for hanging in there with me!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

ColourQ Tuesday #55

Hi Stampers!  In honor of Breast Cancer Awarness month, Arielle found these adorable rain boots as our color inspiration this week for the ColourQ.  Pink and black is such a classic combination.  I couldn't wait to make my card this week.  And for once, I wasn't the last one to upload my card for Arielle.  It's a miracle I tell ya!!




RIBBON OF HOPE



For this card I used one of Stampin' Up!s "a la carte" stamps called Ribbon of Hope.  I've had the stamp for awhile, but had never inked it up  This was the perfect opportunity to get it dirty.  The card base is Pretty In Pink.  The black polka dot DSP is from the current Neutrals Pattern DSP Stack.  The Pink Pirouette polka dot DSP is from the retired Sweet Pea stack (LOVED that stack!) and the Regal Rose polka dot DSP is retired from last years big catty.  It's called Sweet Always, which was another one of my favorite DSPs.  The sentiment comes from a retired set called Refuge and Strength.  It's one of those sets that I will never part with.

Of course I had some help with this fabulous sketch.  It's from the weekly sketch challenge over at my favorite Stampin' Up! only online hangout: Stampin' Addicts.  If you love SU! as much as I do, you should stop on over sometime.  They have an awesome SUO gallery that is organized by stamp set.  It's a great place to get ideas and meet other SU! fans.

Make sure to stop by the ColourQ and see all the gorgeous cards the rest of the design team has created.  And while your there, why don't you upload a creation of your own!!  We would love to have you play along with us this week.

And don't forget about Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Almost everyone I know, knows someone who has been affected by this terrible disease.  Within the last 2 years, I've had two of my stamp club ladies who fought this battle.  Thankfully, they both won.  I wish it was called Breast Cancer Cure month, because I look forward to the day when we can finally STAMP out cancer.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!