A Gift for You

If you like the look of a well worn antique(ish) feel on a card then the Chalk Talk set is for you (no pun intended).  Recreate the look and feel of a chalkboard with this set.  The coolest thing about this set is that it comes as a bundle.  Check it out here.  Just so you know… when I list the products I buy and use they are the clear set stamps.

I am happy beyond my wildest dreams.  Not only did I have a great day at work… I came home to find out I was a Pals Paper Arts “Pick”.  My best friend is in my Circle of Pals and she attended last weeks convention and she has taken the leap from hobby demonstrator to building her business.

I’m on cloud nine right about now.  Stampin’ Up! is the best hobby that has ever happened to me and I can’t stop smiling.  Please leave a comment and tell me what you like about Stampin’ Up!, making cards, or any other hobby you may have?

 Products Used for Cards:

Chalk Talk Clear Stamp Set
Pool Party card stock
Crushed Curry card stock
Old Olive card stock
Etcetera designer series paper

Thank you so much for visiting me and having a one way chat with me… LoL.  Sometimes I feel like I can hear your remarks as you read.  I once learned about the power of positive thinking and I like to couple it with the Law of Attraction.  I saw myself the other day in Houston at the Leadership conference.

I figured since I didn’t make it to the convention, I should be able to make it to Leadership… LoL.  After all, in a couple days… I’ll be half way done and on my way home… yayyyyyy.

Clean and Simple Personalized Note Cards

Have you ever made your own personalized note cards?  I never have (yet) and this one was not for me.  Here’s the story… of a lovely lady, who had not two note cards, but four… LoL… her name was Mrs. Brady… LoL.  Let me stop laughing and continue with my note card story.

As I sat at our watering hole, Pete’s, minding my own business waving at the Marines walking by, a co-worker brought her chips and dip to share with me (I didn’t eat any because I’m trying to stay away from junk food)… the first thing I noticed were a set of notecards (whisper white in color and a golden embossed “P” on them).

I didn’t skip a beat and said, “*Pam, you know you could make your own note cards for much much much cheaper than what you probably paid for those!”  She laughed and replied, “oh really?  I paid a bunch of money for these!”

So, what did I do?  That very night, I made her a sample of what she could do.  My my my, I just happen to have some gold embossing powder and a heat tool in my room (wink).  I used my Morning Post Alphabet stamps and heat embossed it with gold.  To add some bougie to it… I stamped the envelope with a “P” in Soft Suede ink (126978).

*Real name not used to protect the innocent. (LoL)


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Stampin’ Up! For You

Have you ever received a package and you get all caught up in the excitement of tearing it open because you feel like it’s Christmas?  That happens to me each time someone sends me a card or a care package.  It takes me back to my childhood and I love every minute of it.

But sometimes… as the box is torn open I start looking for a note, a card, anything with the resemblance of someone’s writing… just to find nothing.  Although I’m thankful and pretty excited about my gift… I can’t help but feel cheated… LoL.

So, each time I’ve sent  a few gift to family or friends I try to always enclose a little gift card like this one.  Well, maybe not just like it, but something quick and easy or clean and simple that says, “hey, this is for you.”

The center of my flower came from the A Round Array stamp set.  The A Round Array set gives you endless, adorable possibilities for cards, banners, and scrapbook pages.  It coordinates with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, which I did not use.

Instead I took a sponge dauber and lightly sponged around the stamp to give it a daisy look.  I do apologize, but the tiny leaves are from our last Sale-a-bration Bloomin’ Marvelous.  If you don’t have it, you can always use the Little Leaves Sizzlits Die and add a little dimension to it..

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Learn how quickly and easily you can line up stamped images for precision placement, achieve the right ink coverage, combine images together exactly where you want them, and more! Class features the Show & Tell 1 and 2 Stamp Sets, and includes six lessons (Backgrounds, Building, Layering, Versatility, Gift Giving, and Memory Keeping), step-out photos, instructional videos, and instructions and supply lists for 15 projects. Available for download only.

Sympathy for a Pet

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I made an almost exact duplicate of this card a few weeks ago.  You can see it here.  Many of us tend to give this card to someone who has experienced a loss in their lives, but these cards should also be given to someone who has lost a dear pet.

Pets, after all are also a part of the family.  Whether the pet is a dog, a fish, a cat, or a hamster, we become attached to them and love them just as much (and in some cases more) than humans.

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My deployed life has slowed down some this week and I only made two cards.  Ever since I completed the education piece to my career, I have yet to build up a schedule.  My next priority is getting fit to run a half marathon… but my head has not yet fully committed, so for now I will start with a 10K on Fourth of July.  I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.

I’m not a runner and to be honest, I don’t look forward to running.  I have runner’s knee and I’m simply getting old… LoL.  But it’s a commitment I kind of made to myself (so I wont feel guilty if I break it)… hahaha.  My goal is to run with a friend once I get home. She’s a dedicated runner and I just once want to run with her before I move next summer.  Her name is Michelle and she follows my blog.  She went from barely reading it to keeping up with me while I’m deployed.  So… here’s to you MICHELLE P.!

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Stampin’ Up! a Love You

I am in love with the new Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series paper.  Talk about happy, bold, and bright all in one set of paper!  I sent this one home just the other day, but I won’t say to whom because my family keeps up with my blog.  I send my whole family a card, but with this one… I’ll let them be surprised… LoL.

This card layout is brought to you by Pals Paper Arts 161 sketch challenge

I embossed the scallop with one of the Mosaic Madness stamps in Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder.  The silver heart was punched out with the tiny heart from the Two Step Owl punch.

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Stampin’ Up! Millions of Thank You’s

My favorite saying is “A Million Thank You’s Are Never Enough!”  There has been countless people in my life that have gone out of their way to do things for me.  From the simplest things to bigger than anyone can imagine.  For each and every one of them… I am thankful!

In my entire working life I have had TWO bosses that have taught me important lessons in life.  During this deployment I found the THIRD one.  We call him ‘The Godfather’.  I’m not sure how he acquired that nickname, but it fits.

He’s protective of his staff, leads with conviction, and is living proof that laughter is the best medicine!  He plays devils advocate just to get you to think about a choice you’re about to make.  You know he’s around the moment you hear his laughter… and boy is it contagious.

He’ll be leaving us shortly for another assignment and I sure am going to miss him.  To him I say, “A million ‘thank you’s” are never enough for your leadership and best of all your friendship!

Have you ever had an unforgettable boss?  Do you consider yourself an awesome boss?

Lately, I haven’t been able to make a card without my Butterfly paper punches.  Here I used the Bitty Butterfly and it’s so petite and cute.  Quick tip… when I layer designer series paper with solid card stock, I don’t let the unseen card stock go to waste… I use it to punch out butterflies, tiny flowers, or anything else.  It’s a great way to maximize the use of your paper.

Products Used:
Soho Subway Designer Series Paper (130140)
Bitty Butterfly (129406)
1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon-Crumb Cake (122332)

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