Monday, May 17, 2010

29 Gifts

Here's a fun and simple gift idea. I used the 2step Bird punch from Stampin' Up! to make a coordinating bookmark/gift-giving list. I used the cover of the book for inspiration for the colors & design.

The bookmark doubles as a gift-giving list. When you read the book you learn about the authors struggles with MS and how she took advice from a spiritual advisor to stop thinking about yourself and give a gift away each day for 29 days. Gifts can be as simple as giving someone a kleenex or spare change. So this bookmark is a great way to keep track of your gift giving. When you read the book you will want to start your own 29 days of gift giving, so the bookmark comes in handy and if you are giving the book away as a gift it is a great addition to this gift.

I was especially excited to read this book as the author mentions stories about growing up in western Nebraska (20 miles from where I live and grew up). She also mentions that when she wants to give thank you cards to people who help her out she goes to the box of handmade cards that her mom makes for her. She has a stash of cards on hand and I know her mom attends stamping classes of mine so I know alot of those cards are the projects and products we use in our classes! :-) So that is how I found out about this book. I've read it myself and have given several books away as gifts.
You can learn more about this book & author, Cami Walker, at:

You can watch Cami's interview on the Today show and learn alot more about this gift giving movement.

Friday, May 14, 2010

More Spring cards.

Here's a Mother's Day card (round scallop shape) and another spring card I made recently. I have a few of these Sweet Pea Felt flowers left from class last month so thought I would use them up quick for a few simple cards. Both were quick and easy....which is the best kind of card! :-)

Happy stamping,

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Seriously?....where is spring? :-)

I've been busy stamping spring & graduation cards and when I woke up today I found over 4 inches of snow on the ground, ugh! Will it ever be spring? :-) Here is a card design I used at class this past month...thought it was pretty springy with the fun butterfly cutout (Sizzlit from Stampin' Up!).

Here's a few shots of my backyard....seems like I live in Alaska not Nebraska LOL!!!

The kids gave me some adorable garden decorations for Mother's Day. This one is awful cute...even in the snow!

I think this tulip would make a gorgeous digital card with "My Digital Studio". Hmmm, how many more days until school is out? 6 Days, wahoo!!!!! Can't wait to have more stamping time.
Enjoy your spring day,

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Smootch Spritz

The new Summer Mini Catalog has a fun new product: Smootch Spritz This is "Vanilla Shimmer" on Soft Suede can really see it on the background area of the card. I also used the new Speciality DSP: Presto Patterns...I rubbed the Soft Suede ink pad on it to make the white "pop" out and turn the rest brown. Also from the mini catalog are the Bitty Buttons, stamps and punch to match (see page 11 of Summer Mini Catalog)

You can pick up a mini catalog at this month's classes. Or let me know if you can't make class and I'll get you a mini catalog,


Why I don't blog more often.....sigh! :-(

I have my heart in the right place as I do want to update my blog more often but I honestly struggle to find the time to do so. So, I thought it would be fun to show you what I do when I am not stamping. I spend alot of time taking photographs for my family and for others.
This week I took my photography class on a field trip to Cabela's in Sidney. Cabela's is a huge store for sportsmen...kind of like Stampin' Up! is for us, but with many stores around the country and it's headquarters 20 miles from Potter. We toured the photography and graphic departments and learned alot.

Niece Taylor at last track meet, it's fun to take action shots.

Can't play favorites, took photo of niece Audrey (on left) and her championship Destination Imagination team which will go to Tennessee for Global finals the end of May.

We drove to Denver for the day during Spring Break to see Body Worlds. Nice to have Alexis home from college. (GO HUSKERS!)

I wanted to also visit the Botantical Gardens while in Denver to see the Henry Moore Sculpture family humored me and posed for several pictures...this is them in the inside of the sculpture with one bystander too.

O.k., I promise the next post will be soon and something stamped!
Have a great day! (11 days until summer vacation!)