Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Winner of my BLOG CANDY with the PPC Summer Blog Hop!

Hello there fellow craftin PEEPS! Have you been sittin' and bitin' your nails waiting ever so impatiently for me to pick who won my extra prize that went along with the Picture Perfect Creations Summer Blog Hop???!??? If so...your wait is over! :)
The winner was randomly drawn and the lucky winner is none other than......Emeraldvalkyrie!!! Congratulations girlie! If you could please email me HERE with your mailing address, I will get that out to ya ASAP! Thanks again for playing along with my "tropical vacation question!"

Be sure to hop on over to the PPC Blog and find out who else won all the prizes!! Myself, along with all the other Design Team members would just like to thank each and every one of you who participated in our first ever Blog Hop. It was a ton of fun and we can't wait to do it again! xoxoxo

Thunderstorm pics

I took these pic's just moments before the wind hit (crazy winds) and then the sky fell...we had a HUGE storm go over...the sky at times was almost a "green" color and all the kids were a little freaked out, but it was just a massive thunderstorm...thank goodness!

I hope to be back a bit later with a card - I haven't been crafty for a while, and I have a very busy week ahead, so I'd like to get one card done tonight! :) TTYL....

Monday, June 28, 2010

PPC - CC#19 Window Sheet Thank You

It's time for another color challenge at Picture Perfect Creations...I was excited to do this color combo this week as it is incorporating some of the new colors coming in! Riding Hood Red is coming back and I'm super pumped about that - it was one of my fav's! The Daffodil Delight is a very beautiful yellow - I have never been a big *fan* of yellow, but I thoroughly enjoy this one. WTG, Stampin' Up!

I decided to go through some of my old stash of goodies I have hoarded in my craft room closet and I came across the printed window sheets that have never been opened (shame, shame). They make a very elegant and EASY card to put together...I really enjoyed making this one!

Paper: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Riding Hood Red; Accessories: printed window sheets (thank you), soft suede ribbon, white brads, dimensionals (the whole panel is 3-d), eyelet border punch
This week's prize is sponsored by - Pretty Pin Embellishments by Lisa G.

Winner will receive a 6-pack of Pretty Pin Embellishments!!

Thanks for poppin' in this morning - be sure to link your creation using InLinkz over at the PPC Blog and check out all the other Design Team members' blogs (links are on my right-hand sidebar) for some further super dooper inspiration! Happy stampin'!

PPC Summer-Kick Off Blog Hop Is HERE!!!

*** PLEASE NOTE *** This post will remain at the top. For new posts and challenges, please scroll down!

Happy first day of SUMMER and....welcome to the first Picture Perfect Creations Blog Hop! I am so excited to be a part of the first blog hop that PPC is hosting!! Our Summer Kick-Off Blog Hop is sure to fill you with summer-y inspirations to get you feeling creative! If you came from Jackie's blog, you are on the right track. If at any time, you get lost along your way, just hop on back to the PPC Challenge Blog and start from the beginning! Be sure to check out ALL the PPC Creators blog posts (links are listed below) and comment as some DT members are offering up their own prizes as well as the wonderful sponsored prizes we have for you over at PPC! Many, many ways to win! Yay!!! Ok...on with the juicy details of my creation....

I used the nice, simple sketch from Diva Coffee Break Designs to create my blog hop card....the colors Megan chose for this hop are DEFINITELY "summer" colors so I decided to use flowers from the wonderful Greenhouse Garden:

..here is my "summer" creation using both challenges:

Stamps: Greenhouse Garden, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi; Paper: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze; Accessories: stamp-a-ma-jig, modern label punch, word window punch, sizzlits die cuts (flower), Razzleberry ribbon, scallop trim border punch, dimensionals, brads, pearls, cuttlebug folder, little leaves sizzlits, nesabilities

* Blog Hop Rules:

  • Become a follower on PPC.
  • Create a card, scrapbook page, altered art, etc using our featured Blog Hop Color Combo.
  • Directly post your link to inlinkz over at the PPC Blog.
  • Hop on over to the Design Team Members blogs and leave a post on each DT members Blog Hop Challenge post.
  • Head back to PPC and leave a final comment on our Blog Hop post telling us what you like about "summer."
  • All winners from each blog will be chosen at random.
  • There will be 4 winners from PPC-Crafty Challenges Blog!

Here is the order of the hop:

Lori (you are here!)
PPC Challenge Blog

Our wonderful sponsors for this blog hop are:

GlitterBabe's Art by Stef H. is offering 2 Digi-Images of your choice!
Pretty Pin Embellishments by Lisa G. is offering a 4-pack of beautiful Pin Embellishments!
2 Cute Rubber Stamps by Heidi is offering 1 Cling Cushion Rubber Stamp!
Sprinkles by Renee is offering a $15 Gift Voucher for her store!

I am also offering up a prize for our Blog Hop! Please leave a comment on this post and tell me where your *dream* tropical vacation would be. I will be offering one lucky winner a package of Stampin' Up! Patterns Pack III designer paper (available to hostesses only) and a spool of Stampin' Up! 1/4" white grosgrain ribbon! Now, off you go to Megan's blog to check out her awesome project! Good luck to everyone playing along this week! I cannot WAIT to see all the wonderful summer projects! The hop starts today at 10 a.m. EST and ends Sunday, June 28, 2010 at 10 a.m. EST.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Calling all DEMO's!! Exclusive Curtain Call Color Challenge Convention Swap!

Any of you fellow SU demonstrators want to be a part of an awesome swap started by Stacey from Stacey's Stamping Stage, home of the Curtain Call Color Challenge? The swap will take place at Stampin' Up! convention in July, but even if you are not going you can still join! Click HERE to visit Stacey's blog and all the details about this swap!

Here are the colors that we are using for the swap! What fun colors!!! I am very excited for this swap!

I would suggest you go by Stacey's blog and sign up now, as sign up ends July 5!!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

June and July Calendar Pages

...good evening from a rainy central Alberta! We are getting very lovely thunderstorms passing over and they are giving us some wonderful showers. It's been years since we've had decent moisture in our neck of the woods and boy, sure smells nice outside and everything is so lush and green now! The DH and I actually have an evening without kids (I know, wow, hey?!) so this is going to be a short post and I'll be back tomorrow! :) These are the 12 x 12 calendar pages we are making this weekend for our Stamp Club. We are not meeting in July or August, so we are making 2 months in one day. Thanks for popping in! Have a super night...

Monday, June 21, 2010

PPC - CC#18 and Sketch Saturday

Happy Monday! How was your Father's Day weekend? Mine was very busy with a house full of company and enjoying the beautiful temp's outdoors in the flower beds and garden! Are you ready to get crafty now? Megan has a wonderful color combo this week over at PPC and it was roaring "man card" to me :o) So, that's what I did...it's actually the Father's Day card that I made for the kids to give Quintin...he thoroughly enjoyed it! I hope you do too! I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday but didn't do a circle as the focal point, I used a rectangle...but, that's ok, right?!? I hope so *grin*

...here is my Father's Day card that I made for Quintin

....and this is the inside all decorated up:

Stamps: Many Mower; Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Tangerine Tango and Wild Wasabi; Ink: Versafine Black; Accessories: tangerine ribbon, star punches, brad, markers, clear embossing powder, cuttlebug folder, stampin up square lattice folder, dimensionals

Thanks for stopping in today! Please be sure to check out the other DT members submissions for some more glorious inspiration...you can find their blog links on the right-hand side bar. Then be sure to head on over to the PPC Challenge Blog to link up your card, scrapbook page or altered item for your chance to win this week's prize! Good luck and happy stampin'! :)

Friday, June 18, 2010

PPC Summer Kick-Off Blog Hop!!

This post will remain at the top - for new posts please scroll down :)

Make sure you pop on over on Monday, June 21st for ......


  • All of our crafty creators who enjoy sharing inspiration and creations with their peers through their personal blogs.


  • The actual "Blog Hop" will take place on Monday, June 21st beginning at 10 a.m. EST and running until 10 p.m. EST.


  • You will hop around and explore our PPC Creators (Design Team Members) individual blogs through the list provided at PPC on June 21st.


  • A day dedicated to seeking inspiration through projects using the featured Summer Kick-Off Color Combo Challenge.
  • Participants have until Monday, June 28th to prepare their entries.
  • Each participant will post a direct link to their creation.
  • Lots of prizes will be issued and awarded on June 28th by all PPC Creators (Design Team Members), and of course, at PPC!
  • Fun will be had by all who participate! :)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Copics Textures Class with Laura!

Good evening! Melissa and I just got back from another very informative copics class with Laura being our wonderful teacher! I am so excited to know that you CAN color on rubber stamps (rubber ONLY) with copics as long as you use the colorless blender in a mister bottle to re-moisten the stamp before you stamp on your paper!!! OMGOSH Melissa and I both were freakin' out!!! There were a few other cool techniques we got to muck with tonight too - we were introduced to the whole airbrush system with the copics and man oh man, let me tell ya - that was neat to see....I highly recommend anyone who wants to even "muck" in the world of COPICS, to take a few courses....they are very informative! Here are 2 of the 3 cards we made this evening - I'll finish up the last one and get it on here sometime tomorrow! Thanks for stoppin' in! xoxoxo

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Father's Day cards...

Father's Day is soon approaching and the little country store that sells my cards for me asked if I could re-stock the Father's Day ones - so I had these 2 images already colored up and ready to put on some cardstock :) Thanks, Tamie, for coloring with me that day! I did the same image but with different background papers....one dark, one light.

I am entering my cards in the following challenges:

Totally Stampalicious challenge, "Celebrate Dads"
Stampin' Royalty challenge, "Masculine themed cards"
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge of "Embossing"
Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog challenge of "One for the Boys"
Crafty Creations challenge, "It's a Stitch Up!"
KAH-Wink-E-Dink challenge, "Father's Day"

Stamps: A Man's View (Flourishes), Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper: Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, To the Nines DP, Whisper White; Ink: Versafine Black, Chocolate Chip; Accessories: clear embossing powder, top note die, copic markers, various SU markers, sponge dauber, choc chip grosgrain ribbon, pearls

Thanks for stopping in! Have a super night!

Color Throwdown #97, Sweet Stampin and ICS #70

Happy Hump Day! I can't believe this week is already half over...I've been making plans for Father's Day and looks like it will work out that my Dad can come up here for the weekend and have a BBQ with us along with Jackie and her family on Sunday :o) I believe my DH will be home by then too...so that's a double bonus!

Today's card incorporates 3 challenges:

Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog - Doodling
Color Throwdown - color challenge
Inspirational Card Sketches - sketch

...here is my card using all 3 challenges:

Stamps: The Best is Yet to Be; Paper: Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery, Greenhouse Gala DP; Ink: Chocolate Chip; Accessories: markers, pearls, Square Lattice embossing folder, scallop circle punch, circle punches, nestabilities, dimensionals, owl rub on (retired)

Thanks for stopping in this afternoon..I'm off to get some more laundry done and then I *think* I'm heading into boot camp tonight....I might be back tonight! Ciao!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

SPCC #52, Mojo Monday and a Sneak Peek!

I am still recouperating from my wild and wonderful 40th birthday weekend and today is a lazy-sit-around kinda day...it felt so good to sit and create a card! I used the Scrapmaster's Paradise color combo and the Mojo Monday sketch for this card. This Level I Hostess set is from the new 2010 - 2011 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog...it sure is pretty! The store where I sell my cards at asked me to make some more anniversary, wedding, male birthday and birthday cards, so I had better get started hey?! :)

...here is my card using both challenges:

Stamps: Because I Care, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss, Whisper White; Ink: markers (burgundy, pretty in pink, mellow moss); Accessories: nestabilities, sizzlits Lots of Tags Label 1, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, brads, dimensionals, pretty in pink ribbon, cuttlebug folder

Thanks for stopping in this afternoon...I am hoping to be back with another installment tonight! Take care....

Soooooo excited!!!!

I get to yell it out at the top of my lungs now!! I MADE THE SCRAPMASTER'S PARADISE DESIGN TEAM....I AM A PROUD *DIVA* :) Thank you so much, Samantha, for the absolutely wonderful opportunity! I cannot wait to meet all my fellow Diva's and get working with them...and show all YOU wonderful peeps everything that Scrapmaster's has to offer. Go check out the online community that Samantha has set up - everyone and anyone can join! That way we can chat and talk about everything crafty!

Well, I'm off to fix up my blog and then spend some time with DH - he's working from home today (which is awesome, as we don't see him very often) and then I'm gonna try and organize my new Stampin' Up! cardstock and ink pads :) It's been raining all morning, so might be a super dooper day to craft! Happy craftin'!

Monday, June 14, 2010

PPC - CC#17 Simply Said

Happy Monday! You know what that means right?! It means it's challenge time over at Picture Perfect Creations...Megan has started to incorporate some new colors from the Color Renovation that SU! is having and I must say - I'm totally excited and pumped about the new colors...I received my pre-order on Friday and I cannot WAIT to get busy and *muck* this week!

Stamps: Simply Said; Ink: Chocolate Chip; Paper: So Saffron, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Saffron DP; Accessories: white grosgrain ribbon, nestabilities, pearls, trio flower punch, 1/4" circle punch, dimensionals, paper piercer, SU rub-on's, scallop circle punch
Please click on the other DT's links on the sidebar under the PPC banner and be sure to show them each some love...they have done some incredible projects for you this week! Be sure to link up YOUR creation using Mr. Linky on the PPC site - I can't wait to see what you come up with..happy stamping!!

Sunday, June 13, 2010


Wow, what a weekend I've had! I celebrated my 40th birthday with some very close girlfriends, my wonderful sister, and cousin...thanks for planning such a fantabulous weekend for me - even though I *thought* I had planned my own weekend! LOL...

OK...now, let's get down to business! I picked a winner for my BLOG CANDY using Random Integer and this was the result:

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2010-06-14 05:20:56 UTC

That means it's YOU, Jackie! Congratulations girl....please contact me via email at inkingly.yours@cciwireless.ca so I can arrange to send you your goodies! ENJOY!

Thanks to everyone who participated! I will be offering more giveaways in the future!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Blog Candy Deadline Extended!

Good morning from... yep, you guessed it, rainy central Alberta! I think I heard that it's supposed to start clearing up by tomorrow - which is a good thing cuz a handful of girlfriends and I are going to Edmonton to celebrate my 40th birthday this weekend and we want NICE WEATHER!!! :) Shoppin' is a callin' :o)

AND....since I will be leaving tomorrow afternoon for a fun-filled, girlfriends-only weekend in the city, I will not be here to pick a lucky winner of my Blog Candy! So...I am extending the deadline until Sunday, June 13th at 12 p.m. MST. I will post the winner as soon as I can on Monday morning! :) Be sure to get your name in for the draw!! Good luck!!

Click HERE for details on the Blog Candy! :)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

2 Sketches 4 You - Rocker

Happy Hump Day! It's another rainy one here in central Alberta, Canada. We have had such nice rainy days lately - the crops, gardens, trees and grass are all going to do so well this year! It's been so dry here the past 4 or 5 years, we've been in desperate need of this. It can start to warm up for the weekend though - it's my birthday and wedding anniversary! TEE HEE...

I decided to get up early with DH and see him off and then come into my craft room and get creative....I found a cool sketch from Kazan over at 2 Sketches 4 You and I also used the photo inspiration over at Stampin' Celebration...

...here's my rocker dude:

Stamps: Extreme Guitar; Paper: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black; Ink: Versafine Black; Accessories: nestabilities, spiral punch, sponge, clear embossing powder, heat gun, pearls, dimensionals, black satin ribbon
Thanks for stopping in this morning - do you have time to get crafty? Be sure to hop on over to the Picture Perfect Creations Challenge blog and enter there! Megan has a super great prize up for grabs!!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Dear Father...

Welcome back! It's been raining non-stop all day today and I must admit, I'm *happy* about that! The rain helped me to relax today and not worry about yard work and gardening etc. I enjoyed a 2.5 hr bubble bath today with my book that I cannot put down! Yep, you heard right - 2.5 hours :o) I had to drain and refill twice before I got out - ha ha!!

I finished planting the garden last night, so that's a bonus! The seeds will welcome this rain with open arms. I think we are scheduled for rain all this week and hopefully the weekend turns nice as I am planning a fun "girls only" weekend in the city to celebrate my 40th birthday! Yay!!!

I have been wanting to watch "New Moon" for quite some time now and I just haven't done it. I was talking to Tamie tonight and she challenged me to sit and watch it tonight. So, I will be doing that later on. I wanted to sit and get a card made before I did though. Father's Day is in a couple weeks, so I wanted to get a jump on those. I used the Mojo Monday sketch, and this card also qualifies for The Shabby Tea Room and Always Playing With Paper's challenges of "Father's Day or Masculine."

Stamps: Well Scripted; Paper: Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, To the Nines DP, Sahara Sand; Ink: Chocolate Chip; Accessories: choc ribbon, oval punch, scallop oval punch, brads, decor elements Elegant Trio stencils, sponge dauber, dimensionals, scallop trim punch, stapler
Thanks for poppin' in tonight. Don't forget about my Celebration Blog Candy - deadline is June 11th - be sure to click on the picture at the top right of my blog. Good luck!!

PPC - CC#16 and OCCSC#18

Hello there my wonderful crafting PEEPS! I stayed overnight at Tamie's in Millet on Saturday night and we stayed up late stamping images and coloring them so we could have a "stash" of finished images at our fingertips! :) Yesterday was also a fun day for my daughter, Kim, and I...we went with Tamie and her daughter, Kaitlyn, to the Canadian Rhythmic Gymnastics Finals in Edmonton! That was so neat to watch - those girls can do some AMAZING things with ribbons, balls, clubs and their f-l-e-x-i-b-l-e bodies, let me tell ya! Thanks, Tamie, for a super great day and night!

This week's color challenge over at Picture Perfect Creations was a fun one for me - thanks Megan! :) Be sure to hop on over and create a card, scrapbook page or 3D project to play along with us! Along with Megan's fun color challenge, I also found an awesome sketch over at Our Creative Corner challenge blog...

...here is my card using both challenges:

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes, On Your Birthday; Ink: Basic Black, Sahara Sand; Paper: Whisper White, Sweet Pea DP, Regal Rose, Pacific Point; Accessories: PP ribbon, eyelet border punch, paper piercer; nestabilities, word window punch, sponge, dimensionals, markers, blender pen
Thanks for stopping in tonight! Don't forget to click on each of the Design Team's names on the left hand sidebar so that you can see all their creations of inspiration. Please leave them some luvin's and be sure so link YOUR creations to our challenge so that we can give YOU some luvin's! Happy stampin!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Wedding CASE

Good evening my crafting PEEPS out there in blogland....it's been a wicked-crazy week, let me tell ya...my kids' last day of sending in school work was today, so since we started school late this year, we were cramming all week. Plus, I've had an emotional time of it as we finally got someone to listen to us regarding our complaints as to WHY we are now homeschooling the kids - and things are FINALLY going to be done about it. It's been a LONNNGGGGGG week! LOL...but a good one in the end. :)

Now, I probably didn't tell you, but Melissa and I went scrapbooking in Jasper last weekend with a group of wild and crazy ladies - Joycelyn and Becky (from Totally Stampalicious) and our good friend, Diana and her friend Ronda. All these girls grew up together and went to school together and it was a hoot meeting them all and spending quality "close-quarters" with all 4 of these fabulous ladies - hearing about their school years and wild and crazy things they've done.

Anywhoooo...to get to the point of my blog post LOL...Joycelyn made a beyoootiful wedding card on her blog for a challenge a while ago, and I've been saving a copy of the card on my computer for quite some time because I had to order the set to CASE it! LOL...So...now I have the set, and I just *had* to re-build this gorgeous wedding card. I am a total FAN of red/white/black for weddings so I hope she doesn't mind me copying her card....My card qualifies for this week's challenge over at Crafty Creations Challenges where they want us to use "White, Black and a splash of Red"....click HERE to check out hers.....here is mine:

Stamps: Together Forever; Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red; Ink: Versafine Black; Accessories: pearls, scallop trim punch, dimensionals, red satin ribbon, finial press embossing folder

Thanks, Joycelyn for such a GORGEOUS card! I might do up a few of these so that I can have them on hand for weddings/anniversaries in the future! You ROCK girl!

Thanks for stoppin in tonight...don't forget to check out my BLOG CANDY (button on top right) and also be sure to hop on over to the Picture Perfect Creations blog and join us in our Color Challenge #15 - Megan has a great prize up for grabs!! :)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


The Last Chance lists are here!

To make room for new stamps and accessories in the upcoming 2010-2011 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue, Stampin' Up! is retiring some current products.

Click Here for Last Chance Stamp Sets and see my special below

Click Here for the Last Chance Definitely Decorative Home Decor items all 25% off

Click Here and select "Shop Now" and then "Last Chance" to view the accessories and a full list of retiring products some up to 50% off.

Retiring products are available only while supplies last so order today so you aren't disappointed.