Saturday, March 28, 2009

Unity World Record Inspirational Blog Hop

I'm so happy you could join us on this awesome hop!
If you haven't already, make sure you start at the AWESOME Unity Blog!!

"Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. It is a choice based on the knowledge that we belong to God and have found in God our refuge and our safety and that nothing, not even death, can take God away from us. Joy is the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved and that nothing--sickness, failure, emotional distress, oppression, war, or even death--can take that love away."--Henri Nouwen

Today, I took my cue from the stamp I chose to use,
"Live Simply," and I kept it very simple.

SU! cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip and Kraft.
SU! markers: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green
Hunter grosgrain ribbon

Next, go see the super sweet and talented
AJ at her blog: The Willow Garden.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Daily Dose of Baby

He's been hanging out in just his diaper lots lately . . . he dances around the living room!! Yesterday he needed to wear his coat too, and did a couple of fashion poses for the camera.

Still fighting our head colds... :-(

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sickies . . .

I was away for the weekend, and now my little guy and I are both sick . . . so I have done little to no stamping (just one thing, and I have to save it for the big Unity blog hop on Saturday.) Once we are feeling better, I will get some stamping done for you! Please don't give up on me!!! I know I've said it before, and I'm sorry, but I love you guys and I WILL get back to regular posting soon...

Take care!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


So I finally used my Manhattan Flowers Impressions folder... WOW, WOW, WOW!! It leaves SUCH a deep impression. I am amazed at how quick and easy it was to whip these cards out, and they are gorgeous!!!

Seriously couldn't be quicker... maybe 10 minutes (but possibly not even that long??) for BOTH of these cards!!!

To purchase this fabulous folder (similar to CB folders, and can definitely be used in the CB as well as the Big Shot) or any other Stampin' Up! products, please drop me an email at stampmaniac at gmail dot com or visit my website!!! Sale-a-bration is almost over, so take advantage of the freebies with $50 purchase!!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Feel the Joy

I used the SCS color challenge to get me going today. I wasn't loving it when I read the combo: Riding Hood Red, Kraft and Summer Sun. Turns out it is a FABULOUS, bright, cheerful combo!!! What do you think?

Not sure what is up with the baby lately, but this is the third day in a row of him cutting his nap, which is normally 90 minutes, down to less than an hour. Today it was 44 minutes. He is up there fussing right now, not really crying hard, but I haven't gone to get him yet because I'm really hoping he'll go back to sleep!! Anyone every experience this before? What could be causing him to wake up early? It is so frustrating! First I went from having two 90 minute naps a day to myself . . . so I was napping sometimes, working out, showering, doing dishes, stamping, computing . . . down to only one 90 minute nap, and now I'm getting less than an hour!!! Oh man!!! Regardless, here he is as cute as ever:

He is loving climbing on things and getting up into all the chairs and couches by himself. Super cute and learning like crazy!!! Yesterday I started counting, said "one" and then he suprised me by saying "two"!!

Have a great day, and

Monday, March 16, 2009

Oval All and Mojo Monday

I have a sneak peak of a set that is coming in the next SU! mini catalog... starting April 1st!! This first picture is of the "bonus project" my gals at class got to make on Saturday. We did this fabulous cupcake project using Crazy for Cupcakes, and then I whipped the supplies out to create this cute little Easter basket!

Today I wanted to stamp during nap time (still now as we speak, knock on wood!), but I could not think of anything to do! So when I lose my Mojo, so to speak . . . I have to turn to something to help me get started . . . a sketch, a color challenge, a new technique... since today is Monday, I relied on Julee's fabulous Mojo Monday sketch. I haven't done one in a while, and I am so glad I did it, because I love how this card turned out!!

I used the Regal Rose prints from the Level 1 Hostess paper pack, and that gorgeous stamp is from the Oval All set coming in April!! I used Shimmery White Paper and added Dazzling Diamonds to the flower.

And finally, for your daily dose of baby (who by the way, is awake now, but happy, so I'm going to finish my post) please enjoy the following picture. Being the good mommy that I am, when my son got trapped under the table while trying to pick up the cereal he dropped, rather than rescue him, I ran for my camera! :-)

I did get him out after I snapped a few pictures. I promise. :-)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Animal Sounds

Just wanted to see if this works:

Just having a little fun with my baby today... :-)


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tool Time

This is one of the cards we've done at my last couple of workshops. I hardly ever do a masculine card, but I really like how this one turned out. Those Big Shot Texturz plates are SOOOO cool!!! I was terribly embarrassed as my spiral edge punch totally broke after only about three stampers used it at my weekend workshop. I got on the phone with Demo Support on Monday and they have already shipped out a replacement! I love great customer service!! Obviously, it would have been better if the punch hadn't broken, but they're replacing it, so I'll get over it!!

Totally Tool is such a fantastic set for masculine cards. Check it out:

Click HERE to order Totally Tool or any other Stampin' Up! supplies and stamps you may NEED. :-)

Here is a picture of my little 16 month old and me before church last week. I can't believe how big he is getting! He's learning things so fast right now. It is really exciting!! We ask him what sounds different animals make, and he says them on demand (unless he's had enough!) . . . tiger, dog, cat, lion, bee, bear, snake, monkey, cow . . . it is soo cute! I'm going to try to get a video of that to share with you tomorrow.

Monday, March 9, 2009


I have been on a sort of "vacation".... my parents were visiting here, and then we were visiting them in Michigan... we got back last night, so I've got some sorting out to do, and I am REALLY hoping to find some stamping time this week!!! Please come back and visit me!!! I really miss the habit of stamping and posting to my blog, so I'm going to try to get back into it. :-) Thanks for your patience!!