Hello Morning Post


HI friends!  At least once a week I cruise through my favorite sketch challenges and if there's enough time to enter it I get right to it.  This one is no exception… I immediately knew I loved it the moment I saw it!  It it quick & easy and I absolutely love the clean and simple layout.

Sketch Challenge

A last minute entry into the Freshly Made Sketches #104 Sketch Challenge.  I decided at the last minute to enter this challenge because the clean & simple look to this card.  I love these layouts.


I love the Crushed Curry ink letters against the Tempting Turquoise card stock.  They really just pop right at you don't you think?  Do you make cards for friends/family just to say hi?

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Stamp(s):  Morning Post Alphabet
Paper:  Venetian Romance
Inks/Color:  Crushed Curry
Other:  Basic Pearls


I accomplished two things this last week:  1)  I passed my annual fitness test with a score of 98.3/100%.  Last year I received a 97.4%, so I guess you can say I've improved.  I shaved a whole minute off my run… LoL.  My goal is still to score 100% before retirement… and I'm not competitive… LoL.  It's just a personal goal.

2)  I ran the Air Force Marathon (10K) in one hour and 7 seconds!  Yippee!  I've ran 5K's in the past, but I took the leap and made it the 10K.  I was told I'm an official runner!  I seriously HATE running, but I had so much fun doing it.  My secret is that I didn't run for time… but for pleasure.  I set my own pace and didn't slow down and only sped up during the time I actually experienced a runner's high…LOL.  I think I was strung by the run bug… LoL

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PPA 128 Color Challenge with a Kiss

Words of wisdom to the novice stamper… join in on the fun with a challenge… PAPER PALS ARTS is perfect!  It will not only motivate your creative side, it will make you think outside the box, and increase traffic to your blog (if you have one).  I’m a hobby stamper, but with my type A personality, I want to get better and better.  What better way than to participate in card color challenges.  This challenge was actually hard for me, but I got it done during my lunch break from work… =)

A co-worker mentioned to me, “I need to buy a card off of you for Valentine’s Day.”  I had to remind him that I don’t sell cards, I give them away.  So, Chuckie, if your reading this, leave a comment and it’s yours.


[pinit]This card actually started out as a heart shaped card using my Big Shot Framelits Hearts Collection…. but I messed it up and cut too much off the top, so I got two heart scallops instead of one.  I’m not one to throw things out and start all over again, so I made use of  a mistake and instead made a prettier card than what I thought I was going to make.  After I put the sentiment and hearts together, it still looked plain, so I daubed a bit of Real Red Ink while holding a heart pattern.  The tiny flowers from the Itty Bitty Punch shapes and the square lattice embossing added the extra dimension I was looking for.

I daubed the second heart and aligned it on the inside for a personal Valentine note.  I almost don’t want to give it away, but if I don’t it will collect dust on my bookshelf instead of bringing a little bit of sunshine into somebody’s day.  Thank goodness for card challenges, without the Paper Pals Arts challenge, I would have never made a mistake that made the card even more beautiful… =)

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for supplies to make this cute HEART card.

Card Ingredients
Stamp Set:  Petite Pairs (W122495, C122497)
Tools:  Hearts Collection Framelits (125599); Square Lattice Embossing Folder Die (119976); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
Paper:  Riding Hood Red (111348); Real Red (102482); Very Vanilla (101650); Whisper White (100730)
Punch:  Itty Bitty Punch Pack (118309)
Ink:  Real Red (103133)
Accessories: Basic Pearl (119247)

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Handmade Card Ingredients:
Paper:  Whisper White (100730), Pacific Point (111350), Daffodil Delight (119683)
Stamp Set:  Ain't Love Grand – Hostess (Wood 122505; Clear 122507)
Punches:  Scallop Trim Border (118402)
Accessories:  Basic Pearls (119247)

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It’s All About Birthday’s this Weekend =)

I made two cards and introduced new products that will be for sale during the Sale-A-Bration campaign that runs from Jan. 24 thru Mar. 31, 2012.  Send me an email and schedule a Make & Take Class now to check out the new products.  One of the cards, I posted a few days ago…  click HERE to see it again.  Then there was the one for a co-worker, Tovi.  He’s one of the first friend’s I made at work and has been a good friend ever since.  I couldn’t forget his birthday because it falls on the same day, but two months later than mine… do you know when my birthday is? LoL.

Handmade Card Ingredients

Paper: Whisper White (100730); Basic Black (121045), Designer Series Paper Well Worn (117157)
Stamps: Sale-a-Bration Fresh Vintage (125117), Hostess Ain’t Love Grand (122507)
Ink: Basic Black (101179)

With this card, I couldn’t help myself, but use more Sale-A-Bration products… LoL.  Like most of the cards I make, this one was for a dear friend I met in graduate school… Joy!  She has been a great friend for the last 10 years and is full lof Joy, Love, and Hope (no pun intended =).  It was an honor to make her this card on her special day.

Homemade Card Ingredients

Paper:  Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper Everyday Enchantment (126154); Whisper White (100730); Pool Party (124329); Certainly Celery (119704)
Stamps: Sale-a-Bration Fresh Vintage (125117) not available until Jan. 24th
Ink: Old Olive (102277)
Punches: Word Window (119857); Scallop Trim Border (118401)
Give it a Wow: Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Basic Pearls (119247)

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