SCS Sketch Challenge

I found some time to stamp today & play around with my new Rebel XTi camera that Santa brought me. I need to practice using it more, I don’t think these pictures turned out that great… (edited: I added different photos) anyway…I was trying to get caught up on some RAK’s and finish a card I started for this week’s SCS Sketch Challenge (SC104). For this Sketch Challenge I used the stamp Artistabella from Stamping Bella.

Chris Franco, another fantastic TAC demo sent me some images from the set Friendly Note, thank you Chris. Friendly Note is a new Level A Hostess Reward that will be available starting tomorrow with Jubilee. I’ll post more Jubilee info tomorrow along with my TAC January Special.

Mounting Precut Rubber Dies

My Stamping Bella order came just before Christmas. I haven’t had a chance to play with them yet, I wanted to get them mounted and ready to go today. Stamping Bella has some of the cutest whimsical images and the owner Emily is a sweet wonderful lady.

The stamps are pre-cut rubber dies (no foam) and are intended to be used without foam. The Stamping Bella site actually recommends that you use extra sticky doubled sided tape which you apply directly to the rubber die, and then you’re ready to stamp away! I know many ladies at Splitcoast have mentioned that they prefer to use Aleene’s Tack-it Over & Over or Tsukineko Tack N’ Peel with their rubber dies. I prefer to mount mine onto EZ Mount / Creative Cling. (Click photo for larger image)

Step 1: Place your rubber onto sticky side of EZ Mount or Creative Cling with the image face up.

Step 2: Sprinkle Baby Powder on to the sticky surface of EZ Mount (this will keep your scissor from getting sticky and make for smoother cutting). Spread the Baby Powder with your finger over the sticky surface.

Step 3: Then cut with your Kai Scissor along the precut edge of the stamp. You’re now ready to stamp with your acrylic blocks.

If you have wheels that you would like to unmount from the roller and use with your acrylic blocks, you have got to check out Laura’s blog Inky Dinky Doo, (SCS laurakj).

This is how I store all my unmounted stamps. I stamp the images onto a piece of cardstock which is measured to fit inside a CD Jewel Case (hub removed). I print a label with the stamp name and company, which I place on the cut cardstock. Time to get stamping!

I WON a TAC Contest

Every month The Angel Company (TAC) gives it’s demonstrators an opportunity to enter contests. Three of them are Theme contests and they change monthly. The other two are From Card to Crop (create 1 card & 1 scrapbook page using the same idea) & Terrific Trio (make 3 cards using only 2 TAC stamp sets). If you card/project gets picked you win a $75 certificate for (TAC) stamps.

I enter the Terrific Trio contest and won, my first entry to any contest. Yippee, now I get to pick out free stamps! This is one of the cards that I sent in, I used the sets Winter Wonderland and Snowflakes. The textured paper is Bazzill, my favorite cardstock!

Ice Cream Sundae Kit

I just had to share this amazing Sundae Kit that my neighbor Julianna made. Every year our neighbors exchange gifts for Christmas and Julianna’s gifts are always unique and stunning. (Click on image to view larger image)

Goodies inside the Sundae Kit: Four Glass Sundae Cups, Baggies filled with Chopped Heath Candy Bars, Chopped Nuts, Maraschino Cherries, Christmas Morsels, and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels. She also included Homemade Fudge Topping & a tub of Vanilla Ice Cream (not pictured)… and we can’t forget the lovely lined basket it all came in.

Colorado's Holiday Blizzard

“Holiday Blizzard 2006” is what the media is calling the snow storm that passed though Colorado. In my area we received about 17-20 inches of snow. We have snow drifts in our yard that are over five feet tall. The blizzard gave Riley & Austin an extend Christmas break, school was closed Wed, Thus and it was just announced that it will also be closed tomorrow. The only bad thing is we have 36 cupcakes waiting to be eaten… Riley was going to take them in yesterday to share with her class for her birthday! It looks like we’ll be passing some of those along to the neighbors.

Happy Birthday Riley

For my first entry I thought it would be exciting to share the birthday card I made for Riley, my little girl is now 11! Fluffles was a great selection for the image since Riley adores cats, unfortunately she is terribly allergic to them. She particularly liked the “frosting with sprinkles” on the cupcake, which is also one of my favorite things about it… it looks so yummy!

It’s now official, I made my first entry, and I am now a blogger! I’m having mixed feelings about this new adventure… excitement and hesitation!