Wednesday, December 24

Merry Christmas all! Below are some gift card/money holder nugget tins that I did for my nieces and nephews. I am so pleased with how cute they came out. I LOVE those felt flurries. Hope to see more of these fun things in future catalogs. I like doing these nugget tins. It just makes giving a gift card or money a little more fun!

Supplies: All SU except large scallop square. Stamps: Holiday Collection stamp set, Say it with Scallops, Snow Wheel; Paper: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White Ink: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy; Other: Felt Flurries, rhinestone brads, silver cord, address labels.

Have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23

Secret Elf- Days 11 and 12!

Well Today is the last day of the SA secret elf swap and the day of the big reveal! Here is my day 11 giftie. a little purse made out of an SU small box with yummy chipboard and other goodies inside! LOVE IT!

Here's my stash from day 12 from my elf- Lisa from Minnesota! Thank you so much my friend! I have truly enjoyed all of your handmade treasures! thank you!

I got a refillable water bottle from Minnesota, wild rice from Minnesota (who knew!), SU clips, yummy gingerbread AND an adorable ornament note! LOVE IT ALL!

Hope you ALL have a very merry day today!!!

Sunday, December 21

Secret Elf- Days 8, 9 & 10

My secret elf has given me so many wonderful little gifts. I love them all. Here are the goodies from the past few days.

Day 8 was some fun chipboard and some very cutely decorated chocolate! Day 9 was a very pretty coaster ornament. And today was a lovely decorated tin with chocolate stirrers in it! I can't wait to take it to work to hold other goodies in it! My desk at work is so pretty with all these little goodies. Thanks secret elf!

Thursday, December 18

Secret Elf gifts.. Day 7!

What a cute banner I got today!And a little card to go with it! I love it. Thank you secret elf! This is so much fun.. and we are half way through now. Can't wait to find out for sure who my elf is.. I have a guess who it is.. but I am not positive!

Have a great day all!

Monday, December 15

Secret Elf Day 4 & some cute pups!

Morning all! today is Day 4 of the secret elf swap.. and my elfie did not disappoint! A very cute card box with two lovely cards inside.. and a cute 3x3 note on the outside. love it!

So I was making my bed with clean covers and I look over and my dogs are sharing a bed. They haven't done that since Bailey was little. I didn't catch 'em while they were cuddled up together.. but they are still in the bed together.. how cute are they! aah. I love having dogs.

have a great day all! thanks again Secret elf! :)

Sunday, December 14

Secret Elf gift day 3!!

What a cute gift I got today! Yummy cocoa in a very cute decorated tin! I have LOTS of these tins.. never thought to put cocoa in them! so cute! thank you elf!

Saturday, December 13

Secret Elf Goodies Day 2!!

Day 2 of secret elf goodies from my swap group on SCS! Isn't this just the cutest little calendar. I love the always set! so glad it didn't retire with the list out last week!

Thanks Secret Elf!! :)

Thursday, December 11

Secret Elf goodies!!

I have secret elf goodies... lookie!!! I am part of a fabulous group of women on Splitcoaststampers. We chat in our thread about our ups and downs and celebrate our joys and sorrows together. I'm so grateful to have met these women at convention and have a friendship with them. We decided to do a secret elf for the 12 days of Christmas amongst our group. These are my goodies!! I don't have any idea who sent them since I took the USPS label off before I could see where it was from.

I am so excited to open the first one.. the second picture is the first one!! I get to open it tomorrow. Check back tomorrow to see what it is! so fun! I love my Swapper's anonymous sisters! have a good evening!

Tuesday, June 17

Happy Birthday Nick!!

Hiya.. just a quick card that I did for my nephew's birthday! Thanks for looking! Enjoy!

Supplies: All SU- Big Birthday candle stamp set, Paper: glorious green, only orange, whisper white. Ink: only orange, glorious green, summer sun. Buttons: misc.

Monday, June 9

Shaving Cream

I LOVE doing the shaving cream technique. You get all inky and messy! so fun. For those of you unfamiliar with the shaving cream technique.. here are the basics:

1. cover a paper plate with shaving cream (make it about an inch thick)

2. Using two or three reinkers- drop five or six drops of ink randomly into the cream

3. mix with a stick (I like a bamboo skewer) into an interesting pattern.. but before the colors blend

4. push your cardstock- whisper white or glossy are best- or shimmer for added pizazz!- into the cream

5. pull up the cardstock, clean it off and see your creation!!

This is one of my favorites! SO simple.. but so cool.. at least I think.. :) Enjoy!

Supplies: Stamp by Endless Creations; Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip; Ink: Chocolate Chip Craft

Wednesday, May 21

Stampy Nation Swap Card

My upline has a monthly swap with our little group of stampers. This month's theme was Father's day. My card has a bit of a fall feel to it.. but I will admit it.. I LOVE Really Rust. Given the opportunity I would use Really Rust every chance I get.

Why do I love this color? Maybe because I am a child of the 70s.. possibly. Maybe because the curtains in my bedroom when I was a child were this color as well.. possibly. But I really believe it's because I love the fall season.

so enjoy this little bit of fall in the spring.. although the weather around here has been rather fall like lately! enjoy!

Supplies: Stamps- Lovely as a tree, wonderful favorites; Paper- really rust, sahara sand, chocolate chip; Ink- markers- RR, Old Olive, CC, Close to Cocoa; Other- hodgepodge- pewter, olive twill, sahara sand eyelets

Tuesday, May 20

Happy Birthday Nan!!

I made it down into the stamp room and stamped this little beauty! Yes! I do LOVE this card! It's in Nan's favorite colors.. MICHIGAN colors! Blue and Maize. And she loved it so yippee! And it's her birthday today. Happy Birthday Nan!!! Enjoy the card!

Supplies- Stamps: Birthday Whimsey SU; Paper: Ballet Blue, Whisper White, So Saffron; Ink: Brilliant Blue, Ballet Blue, So Saffron; Other: Scissors, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, March 31

I've been SCRAPPIN!!!

and it has been so fun! I spent the weekend with friends in Delavan Wisconsin. We took over a meeting room and scrapped from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon. I am hoping to organize one of these scrappin weekends in the summer. So if you are in the Chicagoland area and are interested, drop me a note!

Here are some of the fruits of my labor. I was working on my most recent Arizona vacation.

No time to post details.. if you would like details, let me know!

Until next time! Liz

Sunday, March 9

Open House

It's the perfect time to place an order with Stampin' Up! For every $50 order, you get a FREE sale-a-bration set. So today I had an Sale-A-Bration Open House. And I offered the following door prizes (and discounts) to sweeten the deal!

1. Every $50 order receives an entry for three fabulous door prizes-
· The “Two Cute” stamp set on pg 93 of the catalog- $12.95 value
· Your choice of any ONE Simply Scrappin’ Kit- $19.95 value
· GRAND PRIZE- Level 3 Hostess Set- Time Well Spent- $36.95 value

2. Every workshop booked before Wednesday gets an additional entry in the door prize drawing.
3. ALL PURCHASES OVER $50 will be 10% off!!!
4. ALL Purchases made from the Occasions mini will qualify for an additional door prize entry!

So what could be better than that! You get free stuff AND a discount! You don’t need to be at my house for the Open House (although I wish you could!) to place an order. Email and phone work too! Just get the order to me by March 11th!! I will be putting in the order on Wednesday, March 12th! so drop me a note at

If you had been able to come to my Open House, you would have seen my stamp room. I have posted these on Splitcoast, but it's been awhile.
This is a picture of my stamp room in full. The blue cabinets on the end (from IKEA) hold all my stamp sets and the white drawers hold all my scrap papers. My wonderful Nan mounted a TV with cable and a DVD player in my stamp room. I could be down there all day.

I specifically painted the walls almost amethyst! am I a nut or what!

Hope you have a great Monday! Don't forget that only one week until Sale-A-Bration is over!


Monday, February 25

It's been awhile...

since I blogged! sorry! Apparently I have to go on vacation in order to have some free time to blog! I hope that changes in the future.

I am currently in sunny Arizona. We spent today at the zoo and golfing. It was a perfect day 73 and sunny... same tomorrow. (sorry.. don't mean to rub it in.... ok.. I admit it.. I am. tee hee!)
Yesterday was an equally fantastic day. We spent it at a course outside of Tuscon watching Tiger Woods win the Match Play Championship. Fantastic! It inspired my sister so much.. she played like a champion herself today! Here is a picture of the sunrise on the way to Tuscon. It's a bit blurry.. but you get the idea.. beautiful!

The Arizona Wildlife Zoo was quite interesting as well. Lots of animals and birds that I had never seen before. AND Nancy got to feed the giraffes! How uber COOL is that!

Tomorrow there are massages on the agenda.. and a little shopping for my sister and I! woo hoo. I mapped a few scrap and stamp stores in the area so I can't wait to check them out and get cool papers to scrap this vacation. I'll report back with my finds!
sorry.. no paper or paws in this post.. but I promise. You'll see some soon!

Friday, February 1

It's a SNOW DAY!

Woo hoo! lucky me! It only took 10 inches of snow to close the office so we can stay home! So the dogs and I are enjoying the day at home. We shoveled a bit this morning (along with Nan). Once we were all snow covered, we headed back inside for some treats.. hazelnut coffee for me, a cookie for them. Now they are all about the naps and I am ready to stamp! I’ll try to post my stamping results later.

But for now, here are the girls playing out in the snow. The first picture is Bailey getting ready to tackle ME in the snow. She's in her.. "I'm ready to pounce" pose. The second is Nina and Bailey wrestling. It's their favorite thing to do in the snow. Have a good day! Liz

Wednesday, January 23

Faux Silk Sample

This was the technique of the week on SCS last week and I thought it would be great for the stamp-a-stack on Saturday. It's super easy, and really looks like silk!

Here's the quick and dirty tutorial (for full instructions, see

1. Stamped the small flower on tissue paper.
2. Crumple the tissue paper up
3. Smear glue stick all over a piece of vanilla
4. Smooth the tissue paper onto the vanilla
5. Trim and finish card

How about you try this technique? Email me your results! I would love to see 'em!

Have a great night! Liz

Supplies: Stamps- heartfelt thanks; Ink- rose red, chocolate chip and creamy caramel; Paper- white tissue paper, very vanilla, rose red, chocolate chip, creamy caramel

Monday, January 21

Another Stamp-A-Stack Sample

I had a lot of fun over the weekend figuring out the final designs for Saturday's Stamp-A-Stack. And I had new paper to play with! Lucky Me!! Last week I placed an order for a customer and snuck in an extra Berry Bliss DSP for my stash. It's SO Yummy! Who knew that pink and brown would look so luscious together. I used to think that that color combo was SOOO 70's. Now it's fabulous!

Anyway.. enough gabbing.. here's are the deets..

Paper: Berry Bliss DSP, Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White; Stamps: Much Appreciated; Accessories: 5 petal punch, 1/4" chocolate grosgrain ribbon.

The card layout, I am sorry to say, is not mine. It's a case of a fellow demo Laura Barto. My upline had it in her swap pile. I love it. It's so simple yet lovely. It shows off SU's double sided paper so well.

Hope you enjoyed the card! And if you are in the Chicago area, what are YOU doing Saturday?

Wednesday, January 16

January Stamp-A-Stack Sample

This is one of the cards we will be doing at my January 26th Fondue Stamp-A-Stack. We will be making 20 cards and having yummy fondue snacks!

I have been trying to expand my stamping to include more masculine cards. And this set from Stampin' Up is perfect for this. I don't know why it is so difficult to do masculine cards.. maybe because I like flowers and girly stuff so much!

Thanks for looking!

Stampin' Supplies: Stamps- Winds of Grace, So Many Sayings, Sanded; Ink- Chocolate chip; Paper- Brocade Blue, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand

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