Monday, April 30, 2007

Stampin' Up! New products

Okay, here is the infamous new flower punch kit that will be offered in the new catalogue

It also has spots of the new In Color's.

The new chipboard collection that will be offered

Also shown were some new of the new sets

Less than 24 hours left....

...before the Retiring List arrives

Predictions for Retiring Sets...

1. Tag Time
2. Stars & Swirls
3. French Script
4. Itty Bitty Borders
5. Knobbly Gnomes
6. Watercolor Garden
7. Fresh Flowers
8. Tutu Terrific
9. Brushstroke Alphabet
10. Lovely As a Tree
11. Cute As a Bug
12. Song Birds
13. Lively Little Ones
14. Sketch It
15. Nice & Easy Notes
16. A Greeting For All Reasons
17. Fun Filled
18. Mini Mates
19. Feathered Friends
20. WIndow on the World

So check back in tomorrow for the FULL list

Friday, April 27, 2007

Cards, Cards, Cards

I received another order from a good friend of mine - she needed a graduation card (you are seeing a Birthday sample - hers is drying :), a teenage boy birthday card and a feminine birthday card. My bedspread matches the colors beautifully! You get to see the one from many angles LOL

These are the cards (and yes I did CaSE :)

I finally broke out my Papertrey sets - I had been scared to use them - but they are SO much fun!! They do take a little practice and I am not sure if SU ink is the best with them but practice makes perfect! For the Butterfly Kisses card I used Bravo Burgundy, Pretty in Pink, Always Artichoke (I actually just write Avocado) time to go home! I also used my new pens - Pigma Micron by Sakura I found out about from Craft Critique.

For the flower card I used the Green Thumb Papertrey set. I used Almost Amethyst, Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery with Whisper White and Black cardstock and Certainly celery ribbon



Thursday, April 26, 2007


Today's card challenge #WT110 was all about Orchid Opulence. You know that color that we all use - all the time -NOT! I guess that's why it was a challenge :). I wanted to use a set that I haven't used yet. Also covered an oval chipboard piece and did some embossing. It was a fun challenge! Only 1 more day and it's the weekend!!! Yeaahhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's been a looooong week- how about for you?
grace :)

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

More Card Challenges

Here are the past two days card challenges. Tuesday's challenge was for the families affected by the Virginia Tech tragedy. We were to use the colors, ruby red, pumkin pie and always artichoke which are the colors of the school.

The second card is for Wednesday's sketch challenge #121 and I decided to make a more traditional Mother's Day Card. I realized I really liked paper piecing. Thanks for looking and hope your day is filled with happiness.
grace :)

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

We Got Tagged Part Deux

Thanks Kathy!!

So I'm suppose to tell you 7 things about myself:

1. I wanted to go to Art school, but knew I couldn't make a living at it. Art has become my passion/hobby.

2. I'm married and have one child.

3. SCS ID: Zachnzoe Zach is my son "n" Zoe is my dog.

4. I love animals and currently have two rescued dogs, Zoe and Buffy (The Vampire Slayer - Zach named her).

5. I love to teach and work with children.

7. In my professional career, I was a VP of financial systems and traveled throughout the country for over 15 years. (I'm glad I don't travel anymore - I actually dislike travelling now).

Check out Elizabeth's post on who we tagged. Thank you for taking the time to check out our blog.

grace :)

We got tagged!

We got tagged by Kathy

So now we must list 7 things about ourselves (Grace can make a separate entry for her 7 things :) and then we tag 7 other people

1) I have been an SU demo for 2+ years and stamping for 4 years

2) Cancer survivor - I was treated for Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2005

3) I graduated from Boston University

4) I am a TV addict - I watch more hours than I work at my full time job and I work more than 40 hours - I know sickening - but think of all the stamping I get done LOL

5) My dream is to a mother some day

6) I just started selling my cards (working on a wedding invitations)

7) Lets see what else can I tell you...I just joined Curves last night!

Okay so I will tag the following 7:

Taylored Expressions
Sassy & Sweet Notes
Mish Mash
Stamp With Diane
Durcan Designs
Stamping with Emily
kwernerdesign blog


Soft Sky - a pale blue, very close in color to Cool Caribbean I am told!
Purely Pomegranate - appears to be similar in color to magenta.

Wild Wasabi - a shade of green; Wasabi is a spicy Japanese plant, traditionally served with sushi.
Groovy Guava - two parts Apricot Appeal and one part Cameo Coral; GORGEOUS!
Blue Bayou - a medium blue along the lines of Brocade, Ballet and Buckaroo Blue.
River Rock - think beach sand. Lighter and brighter than Sahara Sand, this will be a beautiful complement to almost every color we have!
We will also have a new neutral color called Basic Gray; a charcoal shade between Going Gray and Basic Black.

Monday, April 23, 2007


Here is a peak at the new brads!!

Lost - A Father's Day card

Today's Splitcoast Challenge was a Levi Tag TLC113. What is a Levi Tag you ask? It's that little tag that is sewn to your back pocket of your jeans with the brand name noted (ie. Levi's, Gap, etc.). Over the weekend, I've been looking for more masculine paper and then I came across this map.

The first thing that came to my mind was sitting in the back seat of the family car while my Dad drove aimlessly. Yes aimlessly, because he refused to admit he was LOST! You would assume asking for some directions would be a good idea - BUT NO! The standard answer "I know where we are" (in a cranky voice). I can so vividly remember looking at my sister and both of us rolling our eyes. I think many of us have experienced something similar, so this card is for all those Dads who refuse to admit they're lost! :)

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Stampin' Up! News!!!!

The following new In Colors were announced by Stampin' Up!:

Wild Wasabi
Purely Pomegranite
Groovy Guava
Soft Sky
River Rock
Blue Bayou

The Neutrals family has a new color: Basic Grey

New stamp sets announced: Pick a Petal, Hugs & wishes, Holidays & wishes (the last two are word sets)

We will be selling rhinestone brads in two color choices, Fire and Ice. Square brads have 2 sizes, circles have 3 sizes.

More Onboard chipboard called Blossoms and Basics is new too!

Want to be on a Stampin' Up! Research Panel?

Just found this on Cambria Turnbow's blog:

The Stampin' Up! customer panel is a volunteer group of people who provide feedback on Stampin' Up! in exchange for a generous free goodie box every 3 months from Stampin' Up!. Panelists participate by answering a 6-minute online survey about stamping and crafts every one or two weeks.

-You will receive a free goodie box from Stampin' Up! when you are first admitted into the panel and then every 3 months after for as long as you actively participate on the panel.
-We never share any of your information—including personal contact information—with any third party.
-You can quit the panel at any time
-There is no cost to you to join the panel
-Your only duty as a panel member is to answer a short survey every one or two weeks
-You will never be asked to purchase anything or be sent offers based on how you answer
-The panel is managed on behalf of Stampin’ Up! by Volt Marketing, an independent market research firm
-Not everyone who applies to join the panel can be admitted, you will be contacted if you are selected

If you would like to join the panel, please start by telling us a little about yourself. You will be selected as a panel member if your background is a match for our research needs.


Thursday, April 19, 2007

Stamp Camp Card

I'm a DORK! I was working so hard to get this card finished for the last 3 days of Splitcoast Challenges. I finally get it done and went to take a picture and guess what - No camera! I gave the camera to my darling son today for a field trip. All this self imposed pressure - for nothing! That's why I am a DORK!

Anyway, I needed a card for tomorrow's camp. The card needed to be adaptable for Mom's or friends. While standing in line to get my coffee from Starbucks, all I kept on seeing is Doodle Art. That became my inspiration for this card. Happy Friday!!!

grace :)

Stamp Camp Cards!!!

Grace and I hold a Stamp Camp at her home 1 Friday a month. We started this past September and we have a core group of girls that arrive each month to make 3 cards. We have a theme and this week is Mother's Day/Friendship, Thinking of You and Just Because. Here are some of the cards we will be making:

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Teachers Rock!

Yesterday's Splitcoast Technique Challenge (TLC112) was a tri-fold card. Since we are approaching the end of the school year, I decided to put my Teachabella to work. I found this Bella a little difficult to color because the details are so tiny. The aquapainter worked best for me on this particular stamp. I think my DS's teacher will like this card. She's a really a "funky" and "hip" teacher and she does "Rock!"

Being a teacher, now that's a job!! It ranks right up there with the police and fire department in my book!

Thanks for looking and have a Bellarific Day!

grace :)

Monday, April 16, 2007

ATC: HUGE ILLINOIS Shoebox Swap and SCS Gathering

Here is my ATC from the HUGE ILLINOIS Shoebox Swap and SCS Gathering that Grace and I attended a few weeks back - since I was making the Baby Announcements I decided to use the Bundle of Joy set ;)


artScape:You'll Never Have to Buy Another Greeting Card

We are teaching at artScape

You'll Never Have to Buy Another Greeting Card

Learn how to make gorgeous one-of-a-kind handcrafted cards. This class will focus on beginning paper crafting techniques and rubberstamping.

Artists: Grace Moore and Elizabeth Johnston

Course Fee: $39

Wednesday, May 2nd & May 9th
66 E. Randolph
Room 503


Elizabeth & Grace

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Bella Needs Clothes

I was working on a prototype for an upcoming Bella Swap. At first I wanted to do the sweet Flowah Bella. Then I started looking for some inspiration and found this fun paper and with a little computer help here's what I came up with.

Just an FYI - The Bellas now have Fellas. Check it out at

Happy Monday!!!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Ben's Baby Announcements

Well I am FINALLY posting these pixs - I finished these about 2 weeks ago and I mailed them off to my cousin and his wife. They welcomed their second child Benjamin Gardner Dillon on March 19th at 5:17pm pst (I have it memorized LOL). I made 80 baby announcements for them using SU's Bundle of Joy set. So I documented the journey...Enjoy!

Sympathy Card

Yesterday I was reading an update from our prayer team and found out that a good friend's Dad had passed on. So here is a card I made for him. I tried to keep it simple and reverend. Thanks for looking.


Thursday, April 12, 2007

HUGE ILLINOIS Shoebox Swap and SCS Gathering

Sarah has posted all of the cards from the Gathering.
Grace and my card is posted here :)

Everyone's cards can be found
Click Here

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Sketch Challenge # SK119

Today's sketch challenge was fun. The card I came up with is actually very - BORING!!! Anyway tomorrow is another day. Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Happy Thursday!

grace :)