Full of Fun

July 6th, 2012

Happy Friday! I’ve spent most of the day sorting out medical and dental bills. You’d think after 19 years of working in medical collections that I find that stuff a breeze, but when it comes to doing my own I get really twitchy and procrastinate as much as possible.  It’s a good thing I finally made myself do it today.  I found a large posting error in our favor in the dentist’s bill and I discovered that the facility never submitted their claim from when Curt had his procedure done back in Februrary.  They did manage to collect money for our deductible (which we don’t owe) and hold it hostage, however.  So 2 1/2 hours, a letter, and several phone calles later I might be on the road to having it all straightened out.  Just in time to start over again with Curt’s next lithotripsy next week!  All this has made me ready for the weekend! I need some stampy time for sure!

Here’s a card I created for a close friend’s 50th birthday.  I hadn’t had a chance to ink up Adventure Land from the TE July release yet and all the samples from the Baker’s Dozen made me itchy to play with it.  I think it’s great for a guy’s birthday, don’t you?


This is Karen’s Sweet Sunday Sketch 162 which is a really fun one!  The paper is Simple Stories Summer Fresh 6×6.  I used lots of dies including Spellbinders Circles and Lacey Circles and TE Medium Scallop Border, Majestic Border and Seeing Stars.  Little finishing touches that might be hard to see in the photo include clear glaze pen, stickles, Taylors Tiny Twinkles, and KasierCraft rhinestones.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a fun and relaxing weekend ahead!

TESC157 It’s Your Day

April 27th, 2012

Happy Friday! It’s the 4th Friday of the month, so that means it’s time for another Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge.  Today’s sketch was designed by Jen Shults and I think you’ll really enjoy playing with it.  Please remember that there are prizes up for grabs for playing and TE stamps are NOT required.  You can get all the details on Taylor’s blog (link below).


For my sample I sort of worked backwards.  Usually I choose an image or stamp set first and then look for patterned papers and color combo.  Today I knew I wanted to work with the TE London Market Project Pantry kit, so I started there.  I actually put together most of my card before I even decided what would go in/on the focal point circle.  Once I settled on the patterned paper with the crowns on it, I immediately thought of the Royal Treatment Taylored Die set.  I cut the crown out of cardstock from the kit and then painted it with Smooch Illuminate and added liquid pearls. From there I went looking for sentiments that might work and I found two (for inside and ourtside) in two different Moka Petite stamp sets – Katie and Princess Penelope.  Embellishments – all from Taylored Expressions – include Liquid Pearls in Lemon and Bisque, Prima rose and Prima stick pin.



Now let’s see what the rest of the Sketch Crew has dreamed up for today.

  • Cassie Trask
  • Jami Sibley <—- you are HERE!
  • Lisa Hjulberg
  • Monika Davis
  • Rachel Sztonyk
  • Tracy Clemente
  • Taylor VanBruggen <—— get all of the details here
  • Colleen Begley – Featured Top Chef



    Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  • Happy Friday! I think this is some sort of record.  I honestly don’t remember the last time I blogged 5 days in a row! Tonight I’m holding my April stamp class and I have a full house registered.  I’m excited about the projects we’ll be making and I’ll be sharing those here next week.

    It’s time for a new sketch from TE and this one was designed by Sankari.  It has lots and lots of possibilities!  I decided to go with the new Fruity Friends stamp set along with MME Howdy Doody 6×6 papers.

    I die cut some TE Choice Snow White cardstock with the Layering Doily Die – Large, cut off where it would meet the corner of the card, and stamped the peach on it and colored with Copics.  I added some Kaisercraft rhinestones and some white liquid pearls.  I used the Majestic Border die to dress up the sentiment a little bit.


    And now let’s see what the rest of the Sketch Crew has in store:

  • Cassie Trask
  • Lisa Hjulberg

  • Lori Craig
  • Monika Davis
  • Tracy Clemente
  • Lynnette Kauffman,  Featured Top Chef
    Taylor VanBruggen <—- get all the details here
    I had to laugh.  As soon as I sent the photo of my card to Taylor, she sent me hers back because we made almost the same card!  We often say we share a brain.  LOL!  I hope you’ll join in the Sketch with us  over the next couple of weeks.  There are prizes up for grabs.  🙂
    Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a great weekend!

    TE Calendar Challenge April

    April 12th, 2012

    Happy Thursday! It’s time for the monthly Taylored Expressions Calendar Challenge! You REALLY need to play along with us.  It’s easy and fun!  Just pick a calendar product from the TE Store.  There are several types to choose from.  Decorate the pages of the calendar any way you want to (TE stamps are NOT required.)  Show off your monthly creations on your blog or in an on-line gallery such as SCS and link it up over at Taylor’s blog.  If you play in at least 10 of 12 months in 2012, you will be entered into a drawing for a Prize Package worth over $150!  You can go back and catch up on any months you missed at any time.  TE even has 2013 products available now so you can get started on holiday gifts.

    I have a Landscape Desktop Calendar on my desk at work.  Here’s the page I created for April.

    I used 3 different TE stamps sets for this really simple design.  The main image is a little scene built from Rose Garden Estate stamps.  The Psalm is from Faith in Bloom and the butterflies are from Make it Amazing. Here’s a close up of the scene.

    I masked around the outline of the calendar and did a little sponging inside.

    I love having this calendar on my desk for a quick date reference.  And I’m thinking that when the year is over I will cut off the left hand portion which will give me a little ATC’s that I can turn into a set of greeting cards.

    Now let’s see what the Baker’s Dozen players have created this month:


  • Jen Shults (will post later today)
  • Jami Sibley
  • Jodi Collins
  • Karen Giron
  • Melody Rupple
  • Regina Mangum
  • Taylor VanBruggen <— get all the details to play along here!
  • Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

    Happy Thursday! I’m happy to be playing along with the monthly Taylored Expressions Calendar Challenge.  You REALLY need to join us!  At the end of the year there is a prize package valued at over $150 up for grabs by random draw.  All you have to do is play in 10 out of 12 months…and the really cool thing is that you can go back and catch up on any month at any time.  The only requirement is that you use one of the Calendar Products offered in the TE Store.  TE stamps are not required – use whatever you like.  If you don’t have a blog, you can simply upload to an on-line gallery.  2013 products are now available, so this is a great way to get started on your holiday gifts.  Get all the details on Taylor’s blog (linked below.)


    For my project today, I used the 2012 Desktop Calendar with Landscape Calendar Base because I will be starting my new job as Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor (Church Office Manager) soon and I’ll need a calendar for my desk.

    My first official day is March 19th, so I marked that date with a Pebbles self-adhesive button heart candy dot.  I wanted to keep this fairly simple since I need to create pages for the remainder of the year as well.  {Just think about what great Christmas gifts you can make for only $4.45!  Wow!}


    The bouquet image is from Rosy Posey and I stamped it on some shimmery white cardstock, colored it with Copics and punched it out with a 1 3/4″ circle punch.  It’s a layered onto black cardstock die cut with the TE small Layering Doily Die.  The whole things is popped up on some foam squares.  The verse is from Faith in Bloom. I finished off the project with some black KasierCraft rhinestones in the corners.

    I’m super excited to get started in the job.  I’ve been going in two mornings a week for the last few weeks to get some training.  There is so much to learn!  And of course, being the total office supply nerd that I am, I can hardly wait to get my desk all set up.  This calendar will be a great start!

    Now let’s check out what the rest of the girls have in store for us.  I know they have used a wide variety of products.  I’m sure you’ll find some wonderful inspiration!


  • Charmaine Ikach
  • Jami Sibley <– you are here
  • Jen Shults
  • Jodi Collins
  • Melissa Sauls
  • Melody Rupple
  • Sankari Wegman
  • Taylor VanBruggen
  • Wanda Guess

  • Merry Best

    November 10th, 2011

    Happy Thursday!  Wow this week is just flying by!  Today I have a card to share for Karen’s sketch SSSC142.  This is such a great versatile sketch I almost couldn’t decide which way to go with it, but I have ssome new stamp sets from The Craft’s Meow that were just begging to get inky, so I chose one of those.


    I just love the retro look of this new set The Merry Best!  I adapted the sketch slightly so I could accomodate that awesome big sentiment.  I used Chocolate Chip cardstock with papers from the Echo Park Holly Jolly 6×6 pad.  I used a Krylon silver leafing pen around the edges of several of the layers and finished off the design with some Frosted Lace Stickles and some hot pink Kaiser Craft rhinestones.  One more Christmas card for my growing stash!  WooHoo!

    I’m off to have lunch with some wonderful ladies that I’m blessed to have as friends.  I hope you have a great day!  Thanks for stopping by.

    Happy Friday!  My post today is doing double duty as I am hosting the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge over ta Splitcoaststampers and I’m participating with the Sketch Crew in Taylor’s TESC149.  I hope you’ll join in both challenges. 

    My challenge is to create a Christmas or Winter card using any shade of pink as a primary color in your design.

    If you’re not familiar with Hope You Can Cling To, it is an annual card drive held during the month of October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) to benefit the UT MD Cancer Center in Texas.  You make cards and mail them to the Cancer Center to be used for breast cancer patients and their families.  There are tons of sponsors (TE is one of them) and lots of prizes up for grabs.  There have been  new challenges posted every day for the month of October, so surely you can find a few that grab you and make you want to stamp!  Check it out!

    My card today features Penguin Pals and Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas 6×6 papers along with cardstock in Espresso, Wasabi and Pixie Pink.

    I’ve embellished with some Liquid Pearls in 2 colors, some Sugar Sparkly Fluff, Smooch Paint, pink pom pom trim, a piece of a doily and some faux stitching.

    Here’s the sketch I started with:


    Let’s check out what the rest of the Sketch Crew has in store today.

  • Cassie Trask
  • Lori Craig
  • Margie Cortina
  • Monika Davis
  • Rachel Sztonyk
  • Taylor VanBruggen <— Get all the info to play along here
  • Tracy Clemente
  • Don’t forget that you have 2 weeks to play in the TESC and there’s a prize drawing just for entering!  You can get all the details on Taylor’s blog.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic weekend!