Happy Leap Day!!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
What better thing to feature on Leap Day than a Frog - the King of Leapers!!

SS: Tropical Party (retired) It's Your Birthday, "Make a Splash" was computer generated.
CS: Island Oasis DSP, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, WW, Garden Green, Basic Black
INK: Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green, So Saffron (sponging on the frog's belly along with Garden Green)
PUNCHES: Small Oval (retired), Medium Oval, Wide Oval, Word Window, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, 1/2" Circle, 3/4" Circle
Accessories: Black Marker, Dimensionals, Sponges,White Gel Pen
*The frog's feet were punched from the Small Oval and then trimmed down.

But then I got to thinking...
What other cards and things have I made with a Froggy theme?
So I hunted them down so share them with you again.
FUN!! Great guy card for a bit of a joke

This one I made for my hubby for our anniversary
Unfroggettable Stamp Set (retired)
Got to love those lips!!!
Inspired By Nature Stamp Set
Full of Life Stamp Set

Froggy faces were made using the Owl Punch

 Fun card for an engagement congratulations or even a wedding or anniversary card.  Guess it would depend on your relationship to the recipient.

Even a Froggy Cake - Isn't he cute!!

And a fun two page spread for your scrapbook!!

Do you think they call it Leap Year because it always falls in the same year as the Presidential Election and they just want to LEAP over this year??


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Designer Printed Kit Cards

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
When we went to Leadership conference in January we were all given a full Designer Printed Kit.  I generally don't buy the kits like this but they were a great addition to the cards that we made for the Make & Takes.  The kit also comes with some pretty pink basic rhinestones but that photo came out too blurry.  You'll just have to see them on the finished cards. The kit comes with two 12 x 12 sheets of printed die cuts along with the sheet of Rhinestones
Designer Printed Kit

The Designer Printed Kit is found on page 18 in the Occasions Mini and only cost $9.95
I saw this idea on LeAnn Greff's blog, so I CAS'ed a few and made up some of my own ideas
I was able to make 24 cards using the Note Cards found on pg. 184 in the Big Catalog
#107311 $5.95.  The cards measure 5x3 1/2 and come with envelopes in a package of 20

I'm really liking how these turned out, I might just have to make a habit of 
purchasing these type kits in the future.

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February Cakes

Monday, February 27, 2012
In January I had only one cake order...

Just a very basic 9 x 13

February had two orders, but one cake never got it's picture taken (oops)

This one was for our pastors, wife's sister....

Tyler and Gracie had a snow day on Friday so we all put our skills together and made a carrot cake.

Tyler peeled ALL of the carrots

and Gracie did the grating.  I was amazed at how she stuck right with it.

Whir Whir Whir
My Carrot Cake recipe calls for yummy Crushed Pineapple
Here is the finished product - we served it to our prayer group at our meeting Saturday evening
This is the "finished off" product.  Boy was it yummy!!! All 15 Weight Watcher points worth!!

I have a wedding cake order in May for a carrot cake and I needed to practice - mostly on the frosting, but I thought it was a good excuse to make one for our group.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

It's Sunday and a chance to stamp with the Red Hots! 

This is the sketch challenge for this week...

And this is my take on it...

The first thing I thought when I saw this sketch challenge was..."Envelope?" "Do they want me to decorate/design an Envelope?" - But NO - I needed to create a card.  
What will be my inspiration??  
I thought I should access the beautiful Enchanted Designer Paper and the 8 1/2" x 11" 
In Color card stock that I got FREE from Sale A Bration.  
And better yet - let's feature a stamp set that I also got FREE from Sale A Bration.  
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For every pre-tax order of $50.00 you get one item FREE from the Sale A Bration Flyer
And I must say this is the best one yet!!
So there is still time to get in on the FREEBIES
Contact me today or email me at christiwaite@gmail.com
(if you have been a regular follower of my blog you will need to note that 
this is a new email address)
Or click HERE and you can go to my Stampin' Up! on line site and place an order yourself.

  Of course I wanted to decorate a matching envelope

This is NOT a Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla envelope, but I wanted the kind with the pointed flap so it would match the card.  I will show you the difference between a Stampin' Up! envelope and a store bought one...

The Stampin' Up! envelope has a beautifully rounded flap instead of the point
The quality of the paper is amazing!  The Very Vanilla is a softer shade than the ivory color you get in the store, and matches (of course) perfectly with the Very Vanilla card stock.

Click on over to the Red Hot Stampers blog to see what the other ladies have
done with this same sketch.

SS: Language of Friendship
CS: Very Vanilla, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Enchanted DSP
INK: Pool Party, Lucky Limeade
PUNCHES: Bird Builder, Boho Blossoms, Scallop Border
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots EF, Big Shot, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

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Sweet Baby Owen

Friday, February 24, 2012
Yesterday I had the privilege to visit my friend, Rachel,
and her brand new baby (six days old).
Baby Owen slept through our entire visit,
but I did get to hold him while he slept.
Isn't he sweet??

It makes me all the more anxious to hold our newest
grandchild due in September.

This is the card I made for Rachel and Owen that accompanied my gift.

SS: Elefun, Tagtastic (hostess stamp set)
CS: WW, Real Red, Bashful Blue DSP (retired pattern)
INK: Stazon Black, Markers: Going Gray (retired), Crumb Cake,
Real Red, Bashful Blue,
Punches: Wide Oval, 2 1/2" Circle
Accessories: WW Bakers Twine, Dimensionals, Organza Ribbon,
Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details

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February Stamp A Stack Part 4

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Whew!! the final two cards we made at this months Stamp A Stack Class...


SS: Clearly For You, EnFrancais Background
CS: Wisteria Wonder, Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz
INK: Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz
PUNCHES: Modern Label, 1 3/4" Circle
Accesories: Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die, Top Note Die, Vintage Wallpaper EF,
Big Shot, Chantilly Lace, In Color Brads, Dimensionals, Glue Dots
Inspired By: Lisa Young


SS: Elizabeth, Because I Care
CS: Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, WW
INK: Versa Mark, Wild Wasabi
PUNCH: Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Wild Wasabi Striped Ribbon,
Dimensionals, Melon Mambo Embossing Powder, Heat Tool
Inspired By: Diane Raney

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Day Care Re-visited and New Classes

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
You asked for it??? You got it!!

I have heard your requests and now I am putting them into action !!

Starting in March, I will be adding one more class per month and each month will have a different theme. I will try to keep the cost at $12.00 (what you are used to paying for a Stamp A Stack class), but there may be occasion to increase it just a tad depending on the theme that month.

So here is your list of classes and dates to add to your calendar...

MARCH - BOW MAKING CLASS!! THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 7:00 PM This is probably the biggest request so I thought I would do it first.
If you would like to purchase the Double D Bow Maker that we will be using that night please give me a heads up so I can get them from my friend who makes them.
Cost is $7.50 for the Bow Maker Plus the cost of class $12.00. And that will include a link to a video tutorial as well, so if you forget what I showed you in class you can go to that, but I am not allowed to give out that link without a purchase.

With Mother's Day coming in May This is the perfect opportunity to make a card for Mom as well as stock up on cards for all occasions from baby to sympathy to everything in between.

Next on the list is Father's Day in June so this will be your chance to have a card ready for Dad as well as stock up on cards for all occasions from baby to sympathy to everything in between.

This is probably the second most requested class, but I put it off until June so I could get the Mother's Day and Father's Day in there at the appropriate timinig. We will go up through approx. the teenage years. Will see how the spirit moves when I plan the cards.

JULY - With our son's wedding coming in early August, I will be skipping a July special class, but will plan to have one in AUGUST - Have any special requests for a class? I am open to your suggestions.




A few weeks ago we invited two of my previous day care
families to join us for dinner.
It was fun to see the boys back together again.

Remember Charlie?

Well, he has a new baby sister now, meet Alexis (Lexie)

Remember Parker?

You can see he is going to be a big brother real soon too

By the end of the evening Uncle Dale had Parker engaged in a drawing game

I loved all the hugs and kisses they gave me when they came and when they left
but when it is all said and done, I realize I made the right decision to retire.
They are all thriving in the new child care provider homes
and I am so happy for them all.
I will always enjoy keeping up with how they grow up,
these were some of the very best years of my life.

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February Stamp A Stack Part 3

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
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Here is a simple card using Berry Blossoms Designer Paper
One of the Designer papers you can earn FREE - see about
This is another sample Swap card I got at Convention last July.


SS: Fruit and Flowers,
CS: Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, WW, Berry Blossoms DSP
INK: Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade (markers) Early Espresso
PUNCHES: Eyelet Border, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle, 1 3/4" Circle
Accessories: Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, Perfect Polka Dots EF


SS: Sincere Salutations, Mixed Bunch
CS: Daffodil Delight, Concord Crush, First Edition Specialty, Very Vanilla
INK: Concord Crush
PUNCHES: Blossom, 3/4" Circle
Accessories: Tasteful Trim XL Die, Dimensionals
Inspired By: Debbie Henderson

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February Stamp A Stack Part 2

Monday, February 20, 2012
I try not to have the cards be too difficult, but there are times when
I need to sneak just one card in there that is a little bit more


SS: Loving Thoughts, Fifth Avenue Floral (stem)
CS: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Enchantment DSP
INK: Soft Suede, Lucky Limeade
PUNCHES: Small Heart, 1 1/4" Circle, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer,
Scallop Trim Border
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Baja Breeze Pleated Ribbon, Chantilly Lace, Dimensionals
Tips: I used a mini mister spray bottle w/rubbing alcohol and added several
drops of Soft Suede ink refill and sprayed the Very Vanilla Cardstock. Using
the 1 1/4" Circle Punch I rounded one corner and then using my bone folder,
I broke down the fibers on that corner and then purposefully separated the layers
in the card stock. The leaves were also made using the 1 1/4" Circle Punch.
Inspired By: Ann Schach


SS: Sincere Salutations
CS: Pool Party, WW, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Vellum, Pear Pizzazz
INK: Versa mark
PUNCH: Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer, Trio Flower (oops - retired), Bird Builder,
Tag - (oops - another retired punch, sorry)
Accessories: Labels Collection Framelits, Pool Party Seam Binding, Basic Pearls,
Neutrals Buttons, Perfect Polka Dots EF
Inspired By: Donna

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Sunday, February 19, 2012
This is the Red Hot Stampers Sketch Challenge for this week...

When I saw it, of course, I immediately thought (like before) "I am NOT going to use a heart again, but when Melina came for breakfast and asked if there were any new sketch challenges I showed her this one and right away she said that it looked like it was raised so I thought for sure we could use a heart shaped treat cup...sooo... here is my take on it...

Pretty Good for an eleven year old don't you think??!! Thanks Melina!!

SS: Teeny Tiny Wishes
CS: Poppy Parade, Lucky Limeade, Very Vanilla, Enchantment DSP
INK: Poppy Parade
PUNCHES: Full Heart, Word Window, Modern Label
Accessories: Vintage Wallpaper EF, Tasteful Trim XL Die, Dimensionals
Heart Shaped Treat Cup, Heart Framelits

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Valentine's Party

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Yes, I know Valentine's Day is done, but I wanted to share the Valentines that our grand kids made for their classmates. It was fun being a part of this activity with them.

Gracie needed something simple.
She chose this simple heart card that I saw on Dawn Griffith's blog

Gracie chose the colors blue (for the boys at school), pink (for her three girl cousins) and purple (for the girls at school), yellow (for the names she couldn't remember so they could be for boy or girl) and then ONE Green one for Jeremy because "Green is Jeremy's favorite color". Hmmm - Jeremy huh!!?? guess Gracie has her first crush. Gramma helped with stamping the heart and embossing the heart band, Mommy punched out all the hearts, helped Gracie with stamping "Happy Valentines Day" and putting all the dimensionals on the back of the hearts. Gracie stamped and put all the hearts on the front. After 29 valentines she was tired of it.

Tyler, on the other hand, chose a more complicated Valentine and treat. You can see him punching out all the pieces he needed -

to make these cute owls to attach to a pencil.

He stuck right with it and seemed sad when the process was done. I can't remember whose blog I saw this on - sorry. You actually remove the pencils eraser and feed the bakers twine through one of the little holes (using a dental flosser) and then you can choose to put the original eraser back in or (a better option) to add an eraser to the top over the empty hole.

Hope your Valentine Day was SWEET!

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February Stamp A Stack Part 1

Friday, February 17, 2012
Last night was the first Stamp A Stack Class for February so I thought I would share two of the cards that the ladies made...


SS: Take A Sip, Curvy Verses
CS: Basic Gray, Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler, WW, Twitterpatted DSP
INK: Staz On Jet Black, Cherry Cobbler
PUNCHES: 1 1/4" Square, Scallop Square, Tiny Tag
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Itty Bitty Buttons, White Bakers Twine, Dimensionals
Inspired By: Angie


SS: Bring On The Cake
CS: WW, Daffodil Delight, In Color DSP
INK: Concord Crush, Daffodil Delight
PUNCHES: Blossom Builder, Decorative Label
Accessories: Tulip Border EF, Dimensionals, Sponges

I love this fun birthday card and have been holding on to the idea
for several months now. It was inspired by: Debbie Henderson

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