Happy Birthday Tyler

Monday, May 31, 2010
Today is our grandson, Tyler’s, 8th birthday.  It is so hard to believe that he is growing up so fast.  Tyler is in his first year of machine pitch in Little League baseball so I thought that this card would be appropriate for him this year.  Actually our whole family is baseball fans…especially the DETROIT TIGERS!!  It was so much fun watching our own sons play baseball and Joey played all the way through high school on the Eagles baseball team. Those were such FUN years, but now we get to watch Tyler play. Sooooo…..

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TYLER!!

Tylers 8th
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SS: Sanded Background, Wonderful Favorites, Just Baseball, Sporting
CS: Bashful Blue, WW, Basic Black
INK: Bravo Burgandy, Sahara Sand, Summer Sun, Close to Cocoa, Brilliant Blue
Accessories: Spiral Punch, Star eyelet (retired)
Technique: Filmstrip

Ok, I know Tyler’s cake doesn’t match his card, but he wanted a Super Mario Bros. cake this year and when everyone comes over we plan to play Mario Kart on the Wii.  I know that Gramma won’t be the one winning any games on the Wii, but it sure will be fun to watch everyone play.  Sure hope Tyler likes his
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The Magestic Eagle

Sunday, May 30, 2010
Our son, Jeff, LOVES eagles so when I saw this card front at our Stampin' Up! Demonstrator's combined garage sale I knew I had to get it and assemble it into a card for Jeff for his birthday. Since this is a retired set I couldn’t make my own, I just made this front my own by adding a favorite verse and birthday greeting.

Happy 29th Birthday Jeff!!!

Isaiah 40:31 – But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall rise up with wings like eagles; they shall walk and not be weary, they shall run and not faint.
Jeff's 29th
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XL Flower Punch Flower

Saturday, May 29, 2010

This is another one of the techniques we made at Tuesday’s Techie Class, Using the new XL Flower Punch. Glenda showed us this technique at one of our downline meetings and I just knew the ladies would enjoy making a card with this beautiful flower. Think how cute this would be on top of a gift!

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SS: Teeny Tiny Wishes
CS: Lovely Lilac (retiring), WW, Elegant Eggplant, Garden Green
INK: Lovely Lilac, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Designer Brad, XL half pearl from the Pretties Kit, Eyelet Border Punch, Sponge

I also made one to top a bookmark using a jumbo paper clip. It was one of the first bookmarks to sell at the craft sale this spring.

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Christi

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Diamond Crimped Card

Friday, May 28, 2010

Do any of you out there have a crimper sitting in your craft room collecting dust and you just aren’t sure why you ever bought it in the first place?  Well, here is a technique just for you…I showed the ladies at the Techie class how to fold and feed the paper through their crimper to create this diamond effect on their card.  They couldn’t believe how easy it was, and were happy that they had a new inspiration to pull out their crimper and try new things with it.

crimped diamond technique

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SS: Awash with Flowers, Watercolor Trio
CS: WW, YoYo Yellow, Basic Black
INK: Basic Black or Stazon Jet Black, YoYo Yellow
Accessories: Crimper, 2 Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, 1/8” hole punch, Black Gingham Ribbon

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Christi

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Happy Birthday Jeremy!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

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Our son-in-law, Jeremy, is celebrating his birthday today. So I pulled out a favorite retired stamp set of mine called Classic Pickups, and a retired background stamp called Flannel Plaid to create this card for him. We hope you have a great day! We will be celebrating Jeremy’s birthday, our son, Jeff’s, birthday and our grandson, Tyler’s, birthday on Memorial Day when we all get together.

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The Winner is...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Sorry to all my faithful blog followers.  I failed to add a name of the winner of the door prize Fancy Favor Box.  Truth is, I only had two ladies show up and didn't have the heart to not include them both so I gave the treat box I made and the treat box from my upline, Glenda, so that they both went home with a goodie box.  The techie class was a success, and I know from here on it will get easier and more comfortable, and we had so much fun.  The ladies loved the techniques I showed them.  My next Techie class will be Tuesday, June 29th at 7:00. I hope many more of you can come because I have some fun techniqes already planned.

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Floating Reinkers

Last night was our first (hopefully of many) techniques class. We did four techniques, but used the Floating Reinker Technique on two separate cards. It really shows the diversity of the technique.
This first card is made just like the pansies that I had on my Fancy Favor Box for the Scrapbooking Day, Saturday.  Since I did not have any scrapers sign up under me I thought I would use my box as a door prize for my first techniques class.
When I first saw this idea it was done up as a sympathy card but I thought it was too fancy for a sympathy card and since I have wedding on the brain I thought it would make a beautiful wedding card.

floating reinkers pansies
This second card, like I said, is using the same technique and I used the Fifth Ave. Floral Stamp Set. Doesn’t it make a beautiful rose?! The fun of a techniques class is that the ladies can pick their own colors and make it their own creation.
floating reinkers - fifth ave floral
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Christi
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Happy Engagement!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Last week I shared our good news that our son, Jeff, is now engaged to Jess! We are so excited for them both and can’t wait until Jess is officially part of our family. This is the card that I sent to her (them) as a congratulations on their engagement…
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Once again, this card uses some of Stampin’ Ups! great punches. The ‘diamond’ has Crystal Effects on it to make it shine. It really doesn’t show it off well in the photo.
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SS: Fundamental Phrases
CS: Soft Suede, WW, Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Brushed Gold
INK: Soft Suede
Accessories: Crystal Effects, Organza Ribbon, Black Marker, Punches: Word Window, Modern Label, Ornament, Scalloped Oval, 1/4”, 1/2” and 3/4” circle, Small Heart
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Wanted

Monday, May 24, 2010

Thank you to Glenda who let me borrow this stamp set a while back. It was probably her card idea too, I just can’t remember. My niece, Heidi, loves horses and even though she does not have a horse of her own, she loves them none the less and enjoyed caring for them and riding them when she was younger. So even though this card looks a bit masculine, it is a perfect fit for Heidi. Have a great birthday Heidi!!

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SS: Wanted, It’s Your Birthday

CS: Really Rust, Kraft, WW, Chocolate Chip

INK: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, distressing tool, Dimensionals

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Christi

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Bowling Ball Cake

Sunday, May 23, 2010
This past weekend I was asked to make a cake for one of the boys in our church who is turning 7 years old.  They decided to have a bowling party so asked if I could make a bowling ball cake.  Since it is rather small I thought they needed some ice cream sundae cupcakes to go along with it.  These are usually a huge hit at our summer Wednesday Night Dinners at church.  Sadly they do not transport very easy so I end up decorating them on site.    
                          
bowling ball cake and sundae

Happy 7th Birthday Nathan!! Hope you have a super fun time at the bowling alley with your friends.

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Fancy Favor Box

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Today our Stampin’ group – the Red Hot Stampers – is having a 10 hour scrapbooking event. We are expecting up to 40 ladies to attend so we should have a super fun day! (I will be posting the scrapbook pages that I complete soon.) There are 7 of us Demonstrators that are pooling our efforts into this fun event and each Demonstrator was to make a Fancy Favor Box for all the guests that signed up under her, then we would fill it with candy that we all brought.

This is the box that I made…fancy favor box

Change up the words and it would make a cute wedding favor don’t you think? I also embossed the box with the Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder. I really like how it adds that little bit of dimension to it. The paper I used is called “Bride” Specialty paper. It also comes in “Groom” – blacks, and “Bridesmaid” – vanilla.

My friend and co-demonstrator, Rachel , taught us how to make these pansies from the butterfly punch. I brought my pansy home from the meeting and made this card…

114a 114 This is a close up of the flower. Each flower comes out looking totally different. On Tuesday I will be teaching this technique to the ladies who attend my very first techniques class. I can hardly wait! And there is still time to sign up...just give me a call. I will share the card we make with our pansies on my Wednesday blog post.

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Christi

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They are Engaged!!!

Friday, May 21, 2010

We are so THRILLED to announce that our son, Jeff, is engaged to marry Jessica! He popped the question last night and she said “YES!” Jessica is such a wonderful gal and I know that they will be very happy together. It will be so much fun watching and maybe even helping them plan their wedding.

This is a card I had made up for my craft sales because people would request wedding ideas.

I thought this one would be great for “Save The Date.”

we're engaged

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SS: Together
CS: WW, Basic Black
INK: Basic Black
Accessories: Texturz Plate: Perfect Details, Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon, 1 3/8” circle punch

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Christi

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Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

For the Spring craft sales I made these fun little ELMO boxes from Stampin’ Ups! Matchbox Bigz XL Die. Inside I put little fish shaped candies because Elmo has a goldfish friend named Dorothy. I also made the matching Elmo card. It is amazing how people would spot him from afar and just HAVE to come over and check out what else I had on the table.elmo

You just got to love ELMO!!

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Happy Crafting!!

Christi

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Kiss a Frog

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

One of the young gals from church who is in college right now recently had to have her 4 wisdom teeth pulled. Her comment on facebook, besides “ouch!” was “I can’t feel my lips!” so I just HAD to buzz off this fun card to her. I added the big fat lips to the frog to get my point across. Hope you are feeling better Val.

froggy this card was made using our heart shaped treat cups and this card is holding green M&M’s to match the frog.

SS: Inspired By Nature, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Woodgrain Background
CS: More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, WW, Green Galore, Garden Green, Lovely Lilac (butterflies), Basic Black (eyes)
INK:Chocolate Chip, Real Red (lips)
Accessories: Heart Treat Cups, Silver Brads, Punches: Wide Oval, Large Oval, Small Oval, Boho Blossom,1/2” and 1/4” circles, Word Window, White Gel Pen. I also used the Cutter Kit #106958 $16.95 perforating tool so Val can get her candy out through the back without wrecking her card. The stump was free handed.
It is hard to see, but I sponged all the edges of the frog except for the eyes.

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Christi

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Batman Cake

Monday, May 17, 2010

This is the second cake I made this past weekend for a family who got my name through my sister. Thanks, Judy, for passing on my name!

Batman

I hope Joey had a great Batman Birthday!! Every little boy dreams of being a super hero (Just like every little girls dreams of being a princess).

Christi

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World’s Best Baseball Mom

This past weekend I was hired to make two birthday cakes for two different families. This first one (I will share the second one tomorrow) was for a gal at church who has four boys who are all in baseball – so you can imagine how busy she is getting them all to their appointed fields and watching all their games. So this year her husband wanted me to make a baseball themed cake for her and came up with “Happy Birthday to the World’s Best Baseball Mom” to be printed on the cake. It is always a surprise for her each year to see what he comes up with. worlds best baseball mom 2 worlds best baseball mom 1 The boys were thrilled, and she said it was wonderfully delicious.

Happy Birthday Lisa!!

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Being Sick “Stinks”

Saturday, May 15, 2010

My sister, Judy, had yet another sinus surgery done this week, and since she has a little collection of skunks I thought this would be a fun card to send her. I like to make cards using all of Stampin’ Ups! great punches so when I ran across this idea from Glenda Mollet I just had to make one for my sister. Get well soon, Judy!!

skunk

SS: Well Scripted
CS: Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Kraft, Pretty in Pink, WW
INK: Basic Black
Accessories: Heart Border Punch, Ornament Punch (head) Large and small star punches (stripe) 3/4” and 1/2” circle punches (ears) Scalloped Oval and large oval punches (hands), Large oval and wide oval punches (body), Heart to Heart punch (nose and one of the bashful bluehearts), Small Heart punch (2 of the bashful blue hearts), Full Heart punch, 1/4” and 1/16” circle punches (eyes), White Gel pen, Dimensionals, Bashful Blue 1/4” grosgrain ribbon.

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Christi

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STAMP 10 – part 3

Friday, May 14, 2010

The final four cards that we made at this months STAMP 10 class.

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You have probably heard me mention that our church is just exploding with new babies so what is an all masculine theme STAMP 10 without a baby boy card?

SS: Nursery Necessities
CS: Kraft, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, So Saffron

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My husband Dale is the best armchair athlete I know. He is a guy for all seasons…Baseball season, basketball season, football season, hockey season…and the list goes on so thought just maybe some of the other ladies had sports fans in their life as well.

SS: Just Basketball, Sanded Background
CS: Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, Brocade Blue, WW

May '10 8

Tis the season for all kinds of graduation open houses. Not sure how many I will be attending yet, but I do know that I am hired to make cakes for five of them so far. Keep watching for posts on those too.

SS: Go Graduate, Happy Grad
CS: Basic Black, WW, Brushed Gold

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And last, but not least, a birthday card for the guy in your life…

SS: Starring You
CS: Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, WW, DSP – To The Nines

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Celebrate the men in your life!! I hope you enjoyed the all masculine cards this month!!!

Christi

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STAMP 10 – part 2

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Three more cards for this months STAMP 10 classes…

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Any motorcycle lovers out there? Dale used to have one before we were married, but thankfully was willing to sell it so we could buy our first home. This is one of the new stamp sets in the Summer mini catalog that goes through August 2010. Just keep watching – I KNOW I will be making many more motorcycle themed cards in the future.

SS: Motorcycle
CS: Dusty Durango, Basic Gray, WW

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My dad is an avid hunter, even at at 83 he gets out there every year. I am so thankful to have him in my life.

SS: Nature’s Silhouette, Well Scripted
CS: Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, Very Vanilla, DSP – To The Nines

May '10 5

Sometimes finding a nice “guy” Anniversary card to make can be challenging but I thought this Black and White card that my upline, Glenda made for one of her Stamp a Stack classes was so sharp that I “stole” her idea for my class – thanks Glenda!

SS: Teeny Tiny Wishes, I (Heart) Hearts
CS: Basic Black, WW

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Christi

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STAMP 10

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Last month at our STAMP 10 class I asked the ladies what types of cards they would be interested in me featuring at the next STAMP 10 class and it was unanimous that they wanted MEN cards – so I listened and decided to come up with an all masculine theme for our May STAMP 10 class. These are just a few of the cards that we made at last nights class. So if you are signed up to come to the Thursday class this will be a Spoiler Alert.

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My husband, Dale, is VERY handy around the house. Over the course of our nearly 33 years together we have done MANY remodeling projects to our homes. In fact, we are in the middle of stripping wall paper and repainting right now. Of course, nothing can be simple…because our new refrigerator is rather large he needs to cut down a cabinet to give the refrigerator some “breathing room.” I sure do appreciate all the works he does around here and subsequently all the money he has saved us.

SS: Totally Tools
CS: Really Rust, Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla

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A masculine Sympathy card – sometimes these are the least favorite type cards to make, but they are some of the most important to send.

SS: Lovely As A Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes
CS: Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla
Technique: Thumping (markers)

May '10 2

A fun card for the little boy in your life.

SS: Pun Fun
CS: Ballet Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Watercolor Paper, DSP – Pawsitively Prints

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Christi

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French Filigree Congratulations

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

When I saw this card I thought it was so elegant, and it is using several of our new products combined with other established items. I love the way Stampin’ Up! Makes all their product to work together.

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SS: French Filigree Background, Well Scripted
CS: Very Vanilla, Brushed Gold"
INK: Vanilla Craft, Gold Encore
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit, Scallop Trim Border Punch, 5/8” Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals

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Christi

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Tool Time

Monday, May 10, 2010

Always looking for a good guy card to make I love it when I run across one all figured out for me. This one especially attracted me because they used actual sand paper to give the card character. I also do not shy away from a little cutting so I tackled this card head on. 82

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SS: Totally Tools, Sanded Background
CS: Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand
INK: Black StazOn, Ballet Blue Marker
Accessories: Silver Brads, Sand Paper (local hardware store – or your husbands work room), Screw look brads (local craft store), Paper Piercer and Mat Pack, Dimensionals

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Christi

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Happy Mother’s Day Card #2

Sunday, May 9, 2010

I am so blessed to still have my mother with me and I love to celebrate her in my life. Happy Mother’s Day Mom!!

This is the card I made for her this year mothers day

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SS: Retired Hostess Stamp – I cannot remember the name, All Holidays

CS: Very Vanilla, Saffron

INK: So Saffron, Basic Black

Accessories: Apricot Appeal 1/4” grosgrain ribbon, So Saffron button, Ticket Corner Punch, Scallop Border Punch

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Christi

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Happy Mother’s Day card #1

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mothers Day to all you wonderful mothers out there!!! I hope you all are blessed beyond compare.

DSCF2075 This card was made using our NEW stamp set called Awash With Flowers that will be in the NEW catalog and idea book released in July!! I can hardly wait!!  If you have followed my blog you would have seen that you could have ordered or earned this stamp set FREE during the month of April.  I used three different colors in this card that will be retiring (Lovely Lilac, Almost Amethyst and Cameo Coral), so now is the time to stock up on some of your favorite colors before they are no longer available.

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Happy Mother’s Day!!

Christi

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Life’s A Breeze

Friday, May 7, 2010

Is anyone else ready for summer? I am not a HUGE summer fan because I enjoy indoor activities more than outdoor activities, but the kids are getting restless, and noisy, and I am ready to send them outside so they can use their outdoor voices and run off some built up

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Thanks again to my friend Sue for loaning me this stamp set and to the Stamping Connection for the fun idea.

SS: Life’s A Breeze, Something Fishy Jumbo Wheel

CS: YoYo Yellow, Tempting Turquoise, WW, Only Orange, Lovely Lilac, Brilliant Blue, Real Red

INK: Real Red, YoYo Yellow, Only Orange, Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise

Accessories: Silver Brads, Small and Large Tag punches, Scallop Edge Punch, Jumbo Wheel Handle, White Gel Pen, Dimensionals

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Think Warm!! AND…Happy Stamping!!

Christi

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Getting Goofy

Thursday, May 6, 2010

This card idea made me smile, and after just having been to Disney it brought back so many fun memories. Gracie thought it was GREAT, and then promptly told me to make a Mickey card. I’ll have to give that a try – how hard can three circles be, right??

I sent this card out to my nephew Scott who just turned 40

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This card basically takes a ton of different punches

CS: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Green Galore, Blush Blossom, Regal Rose, WW and all edges were sponges with the same color as the paper – go ahead – give it a try, it’s amazing what you can do with the Stampin’ Up! punches

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Christi

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Thanks Coach! and Congratulations!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010
This is a card that I made for Kelly to give to her basketball coach at the end of her basketball season. DSCF2055DSCF2056. It is hard to believe that 13 years ago she was just a 5 month old baby and spent her days at Auntie’s house. Now here she is all grown up and playing on the 7th grade Basketball Team. GO KELLY!!! Of course, it doesn’t surprise us that she made the team. I was able to make only one of her games, but I was glad to at least get that one game in – thanks to my sweet hubby who stayed with the kids so I could go. Now, that’s special !!


This is Kelly #14 and here she is shooting a free throw - what form!

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SS: Just Basketball, Phrases For a Friend, All in the Family, Family Phrases, Family Accessories, Full of Life
CS: Only Orange, Basic Black, WW, Vellum
INK: StazOn Jet Black, Only Orange, Markers: Only Orange & Brilliant Blue
Accessories: Dimensionals to pop up the basketball

Keeping with the whole basketball theme, this is a card I made for a gal from church who made All-Area Girls Basketball-West. According to the write up in our local newspaper she is a two-year varsity started as a junior in high school. I would say that speaks volumes about her great skills as a basketball player. Congratulations, Hannah!!

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Happy Stamping!!!


Christi

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Happy Anniversary!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

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If you are celebrating an anniversary this year, you may just find this card in your mailbox. I used a retired stamp set and a Non SU greeting.

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CS: Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla, Basic Black

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Christi

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My Condiments to the Chef!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Did I tell you that I LOVE this stamp set?! I actually did not have the greeting stamp set so I computer generated it, and the black gingham paper is non-Stampin’ Up! , but I think they all work together beautifully.

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MENU: SS: Voila`

CS: Real Red, Basic Black WW

INK: StazOn Jet black, Real Red and Black Markers

Accessories: Brads, Circle cutter, Real red grosgrain ribbon, large oval punch

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Happy Stamping!!!!

Christi

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HOLA!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The kids love to watch Dora The Explorer on Nick Jr. and since it is a good, educational show I don’t mind having it on either. I love to make things from the Stampin’ Up punches and the kids really enjoyed watching Dora and Boots come to life. Now what to do with them?! Create a scrapbook page for Julie, of course…DSCF2016DSCF2017

I’m sure Gracie will enjoy having Dora and Boots in her photo album.

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Happy Scrapping!!

Christi

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