Thursday, December 13, 2012

Winter Radiance Sampler

It's HERE!!
The Winter Radiance Sampler is ready!! And it will knock your socks off with the beautiful work the ladies have all worked so hard on! Beautiful projects, to be sure!
Don't forget to order yours today!
Here's a sneak peak of my piece for this issue:
Hope this puts you in the festive mood......Christmas, snow, family, food.....what's not to like? :-)
I'd also like to let you all know this is my last issue with Paper Crafters Sampler. :-(
It has been a lot of fun and a great challenge to be a part of this talented group of ladies! They are such a wonderful group, and it is only due to my crazy life right now that I won't be participating in the next semi-annual team. With a new marriage, full time job, three kids and moving to another town, it's just more than I can handle right now. Lol. Maybe, when I get settled and figure out my new 'schedule' with life, I'll have time to devote to doing this again. :) I'm hoping to have my craft room put back together by the end of January! :-) I will have 3 kids rooms to design and decorate, so I WILL have some things to post in the near future.....I hope! :-)
Stay tuned each month to Melanie's Sampler.....lots of great ideas and templates for your future needs! Thanks Melanie for this fun opportunity. It truly has been a pleasure to work with you!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Riley's 7th B'day!

I tell you what.....our kids are growing up too fast for my taste! :(  Time just goes by too quickly!! They'll be headed off to college before I know it....

Riley turned 7 years old yesterday! He's a wonderful little boy, cute as a button, smart, sweet and... soooo loves to antagonize his sister Carson! Lol. He'll do anything for Rachel, right now. Just wait until he gets older! lol.
The kids really do love each other! We'll be entertained for many more years to come with the drama from the girls and the typical brother/sister teasing. I can't wait until Riley towers over his older sisters....we'll see how brave they are then! :)

Had fun FINALLY using a stamp set that I think is adorable and very fitting for little boy cards! Hope you enjoy the colors, design and cute little dinosaurs!

Dinoroar stamp set

2 1/2" Circle Punch

Apothecary Accents Die Cuts
Bitty Banners Die Cuts


Monday, November 19, 2012


WOW, WOW and double WOW!!
LOTS of goodies going for GREAT prices for a limited time only!!

November 19th - 28th!!
Savings 20% - 50%
CLICK HERE for a listing of all the sale items and their prices to make your list!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

My Daughter's 12th!

My daughter, Rachel, turned 12 this week!
It's so amazing how quickly they grow up.....and more so, how quickly they want to grow up.
We wish for time to slow down....and they want to speed it up. They don't realize just how quickly it goes by!
She had a great Birthday!!
Here's the card I had fun making for her as a reminder of her 12th! :)
This is the Holiday Frame embossing folder from the Holiday catalog...notice you can use it for more than Christmas cards!
Orchard Harvest DSP from the Holiday catalog.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Merry & Bright PCS Time!!

Its that time of month again!!
The November issue of Paper Crafters Sampler is out!!
It's full of great ideas for your Christmas projects, cards and gift ideas! Don't miss out! :-)
CLICK HERE to order your issue!!
Check out my sneak peek of my project included in this months issue:
Love the Holidays!! Can you believe that Christmas is almost here?!
I've got to get busy!!
Hope you enjoy the ideas in the Sampler. Remember, there are also directions for each entry into the Sampler, along with sizes and items used. Great resource for you!!
Have fun!!

Friday, October 26, 2012


I have to say, Halloween is not my favorite Holiday, but I do get a kick out of the kids excitement at dressing up.... and it does bring back fond memories of my own childhood! :-)

If it weren't for my challenge on Paper Crafters Sampler to create a Halloween card for October's issue, then I probably wouldn't have been inspired to create another Halloween card! LOL. So, here it inspired Halloween card due to Stampin' Ups! houndstooth print from Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP . I LOVE plaid/houndstooth prints in DSP and am always a sucker for them! :-)

The stamp set is Toxic Treats. I used the new large scallop edgelit to create the scallop border and then punched out the center with SU's 1" Circle punch to create the effect. I used the Scallop Circle punch to create the clouds by daubering color on around the scalloped piece, and just randomly moving it around and adding more color. Pretty easy!!

Hope you are inspired and enjoy!

Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP

Toxic Treats stamp set

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Gargantuan News!!

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Don't miss out on 15% off almost ALL stamps in the catalogs!!
Whoo Hoo!!!
Mark your calendars, set your alarms, send yourself a reminder on your Smart Phone!
Do whatever you need to do to NOT miss out!! :-)
CLICK HERE TO SHOP! on the 29th!
ALSO...... beginning October 29th, you can take advantage of MORE sales on
50% off + FREE downloads!!
Oct 29th - Nov 5th!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Wedding News!

We did it!! :-)
Mr & Mrs Stainback!!
What a gorgeous day it ended up being, and all the more wonderful because of all our friends and family that were able to be there to support us and our children.
It was a warm, fall day with the sun shining, while the trees in their many shades of colors reflected off the lake. Very picturesque. Couldn't have asked for a better day to get married on!
Hope you enjoy the pictures! I'll post more as I get them.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

PCS Sneak Peek!

It's that time again!
Sneak Peek!!

It's spooky, it's fun and it's full of scaringly cool ideas for Halloween!!
You will love the unique ideas and fun templates included in this issue. :-)
Here's a Sneak Peek of my addition to the Sampler....
Go get your 'Sampler' of great ideas!! :-)
And remember, that even if you aren't a Halloween aficianado, all the ideas can be made outside of a Halloween theme. So don't let the theme scare you away! :-)

Monday, October 8, 2012

God is Love

Absolutely LOVE the new stamp set of sentiments called "Trust God".....
Very positive and uplifting!!
Had fun making a 'white' card with a splash of cherry and incorporating many of Stampin' Ups new 'toys'! :-) Love the Edgelits, Framelits and embossing folders!!
See items below used in this card!

Adorning Accents Edgelits

Serene Silhouettes stamp set

Vintage Wallpaper


Monday, October 1, 2012

Back to School Pages!

Finally getting a second to put together 'Back to School' scrapbook pages of the kids!! :-)

There were reservations for the kids first day, as well as excitement.....and things are going real well with a few weeks into school. I think everyone is over the jitters and finding their rythym in their classes! :-)

Hope you are inspired to start your own scrapbooking via MDS on your computer! SO much easier and less time consuming... :-)

It's just so easy to create with My Digital Studio!! Don't forget to try it out!! You truly will enjoy the ease of working with the program and all the fun things you can accomplish with it!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

PCS Blog Hop!!

Melanie, of  Paper Crafters Sampler, created a great template for use as a treat box....and your creativity is your limit to what you make the template into!

Did you get here from Heidi's page? She did a marvelous job on her acorn! Just love it!

The template is available in the September issue of Paper Crafters Sampler HERE.

Now, have fun following all the great ideas for Melanie's Acorn Template!!
I decided to make mine into a pumpkin!!

Head on over to Ruth's page and see the delicious looking creation she came up with!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Falling Leaves! they aren't falling....yet! :-) But, I'm soooo looking forward to the colors of Fall!
So, how about we just jump right in and get motivated by those gorgeous browns, oranges, reds and greens?! I'm ready! :-) And to show you how ready I am, here's a Fall card all set to get your creative juices flowing!
Have fun with the pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hot cider, hay rides, childrens's laughter, jeans, sweaters, boots and the brisk air that's just waiting around the corner for us! I can't wait!! :-)


Items used below!
Apothecary Accents Framelits

French Foliage stamp set

2 1/2 Circle Punch

Argyle embossing folder

1 3/8 Circle punch


I don't know about you guys, but I'm all about free items from Stampin'Up!!
All their products are so wonderful and you can never have enough ribbon, right?! :-)
Well, September is your month to SHOP!!
Have fun adding up your free spools of ribbon for every $40 you spend!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

September Sneak Peek!

Its that time again!!

The new Paper Crafters Sampler is HERE and to get you excited for the new issue...... here's a Sneak Peek of my Autumn Card! :-)

Remember the Sampler is full of great ideas, designs, templates and directions for each project shown. A great resource!
Can't you feel the crispness in the air!!
I'm soooo eager for Fall!
Go get your copy of the Paper Crafters Sampler........ :-)

Friday, August 24, 2012


Ok, Sympathy cards have just not been in my collection of designs.....seems the last type of card I think about creating. Unfortunately, this month has seen several deaths for family members of friends of mine. It's so tough to lose loved ones, and thank goodness, I haven't had to deal that with personally for quite some time. My heart goes out to those who have to share in that grief.

These designs called for simplicity, and so I tried it with two different stamps/colors. You decide which you think makes the cut. :-) One stamp is from a new stamp set and the other is from a Hostess stamp set....yes, I'm pulling from sets I haven't used a lot of or haven't used yet! :-)

These designs, of course, can be used for many other occasions too! Enjoy!

Designer Frames embossing folders #123130
Used the Extra-Large Oval punch to layer sentiment with. #119859
Beautiful Wings embosslit die #118138