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Thank You Very Much!

Today’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge had me be-bopping weeks ago when I saw the challenge concepts! I’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot of different stamps over the years, and one thing that always makes me smile is digging out my Elvis stamps from my days at Cornish Heritage Farms. (They are now retired, and whenever I use them, I’m asked about where to find. I have no idea or connection, so I’m apologizing now.) This one is still my favorite: ¬†Jumpsuit Elvis.

I went the thank you route because when a family goes through a difficult time, thank you notes are always needed… Since it’s October, I went all pink and paired Elvis with Raspberry Clearsnap ink and KneeHighs paper from Basic Grey. Pretty clean and simple. ūüôā

Still plenty of month to join us in our Hope You Can Cling To card drive for the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Have I mentioned that there are over $5,000 in prizes that will be awarded at the end of the month to challenge entries? What are you waiting for? If you need a little help getting started, here’s an FAQ thread from the HYCCT forum. Link me to a few of your entries in the gallery in the comments below. I’d love to see!

I’m on my way to Portland to meet up with the Copic instructor team to discuss 2014 classes and curriculums. It’s going to be a great week. Lots of fun challenges coming up this week, so I’ll definitely pop in and share as the days go by! Have a good one!

Just a Blog Hop

It’s World Card Making Day, and my good friend Jami asked me if I wanted to hop with some of our stamping friends…I don’t tell Jami, “no”. She knows this. Here I am.

If you’ve just happened upon this post, you can go back to Jami’s blog to hop from the beginning…the list of bloggers is not too long, and I know you already adore many of the artist who are participating. If you are already hopping, keep reading. ūüôā

Jami’s encouragement for this hop was to stamp, just for fun…The main image that I chose to work with is so dear to me, and it’s been begging for ink for over 2 months. At Summer CHA in July, I wanted to send postcards to my kiddos who where at camp that week. Anyone who has been to CHA knows it’s right near impossible to buy postcards or take-home gifts at the convention center. So, I asked Marianne to draw a postcard for each of my girls. She whipped up this cute-ness in about 15 minutes.

This is my oldest daughter…to a T. If you have any doubt, check out this post that is a few years old and scroll to the last picture. Isn’t this image darling? Marianne is so incredible. The image is hand drawn on Copic Blender Card with Multiliner.¬† I brought it home, scanned it into my computer and printed a few copies on Blender Card to color. So, it’s really more of a ‘digi’.

The geese stamped in brown on the background layer are on a very favorite CHF stamp called, Bird Watching. If you read my ‘Married to a Goose Hunter’ post linked above, you know why I love this stamp. ūüôā It hadn’t seen ink in far too long. I chose to pair it with some Crate paper that had been begging for attention since the mailman dropped it off on Monday.

Inspiration for my card was actually a Splitcoaststampers WCMD challenge posted earlier today…called Bring in the Brown.

I know you’ll be smiling after your next stop on our Just a Blog Hop. Please make a visit to my friend, Miss Anna Wight.

Have a great weekend!

Hey Little Guy!


I said I’d be back. This has to be one of my most favorite stamp images ever. I love this little guy!

This is my contribution for today’s Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge.¬† Loved the sketch. ūüôā


Have you seen the new Life is Sweet papers from Echo Park papers yet? Totally yummy. Love the colors ~ a delightful surprise for early fall.¬† My ‘little guy’ is colored with Copics and accented with Smooch.

You can see other beautiful sketch samples by visiting the sketch crew:

I’m going to spend the next few days cleaning closets and clearing clutter. Doesn’t it sound like a great time? I’m sure I can find extra trash bags…stop by! ūüėČ

Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Stamps: Forest Friendzy – Cornish Heritage Farms¬†
  • Cardstock: Copic Blender Card, Harvest Gold – Papertrey Ink and Life is Sweet – Echo Park
  • Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento¬†
  • Accs: Smooch and Flowers – Taylored Expressions¬†

Cornish Heritage Farms – Items for sale

Most of you have heard the sad news that Cornish Heritage Farms is closing in a few weeks. I’ve went through my stash, and I’ve cleared out much of my inventory. It was tough, but rest assured, I’ve kept some favorites from each line.

You can see the list of items I have available and details of the sale on the blog page listing in the right column, above my picture. I’ll work quickly to ship things as soon as they are paid for. Let me know if you have any questions.

Copic Marker Announcement and Giveaway


I’ve got some cool Copic news and a giveaway today! But, first, this is a card that was recently published in CardMaker’s Sketch Book: Christmas Celebration. I love this gnome image from Kim Hughes‘ set, Forest Friendzy. He’s colored with Copic Markers (YG93,YG95, R59, E31, E34, E00, E02 andW1). This Sketch Book is a great idea resource with tons of beautiful samples. I was very excited to be a part of the book.

I’m posting really late this evening. I’m usually up late, but tonight I returned home from a few days of meetings at Copic’s North American headquarters, Imagination International Inc. (Triple I, as Marianne likes to call it!)¬† Great discussions, good friends, a visit to the warehouse to see all those markers and an opportunity to meet the wonderful folks that work so hard at Copic, including the ROCKSTARS who focus on packing orders and shipping product. (Debbie has a few pictures. :))¬† Many thanks to the wonderful staff for their warm hospitality.

On with the announcements, right? Copic is excited to announce their 2010 Blog Team, as well as Regional Copic Certification Instructors.

Copic Blog Team now includes:

Debbie Olson
Michelle Wooderson
Sharon Harnist
Sherrie Siemens
Sally Lynn MacDonald

Copic Certification Regional Instructors-US:
Northwest: Sherrie Siemens / Marianne Walker
Southwest: Marianne Walker
Northern Midwest / Chicago: Kathy Sanders
Central Midwest: Lori Craig
Southern Midwest: Sharon Harnist
South: Colleen Schaan
Northeast: Sally Lynn MacDonald

Copic Certification Regional Instructors- Canada:
Western Canada: Sherrie Siemens
Eastern Canada: Sally Lynn MacDonald

Debbie Olson & Marianne Walker

I’m excited that I will be teaching several Copic Certifications in the coming year, mainly in the Midwest.¬† If you are interested in receiving information about any upcoming certification classes in your area of the country, you can sign up at Marianne‚Äôs blog (large green box on her right sidebar).


So, what you really want is the info on the awesome Copic giveaway, right? To celebrate the new team, we each have some blog candy to give away!  Winner gets their choice of either an ABS-1:

or their choice of any 12 Sketch Colors!!

Nov09-12 new sketch

Please leave us a comment letting us know either:
1. How you use Copics
2. Which Copic products you use
3. Why you love them or why you wish you had Copics

There will be 2 ways to win:

1. One winner from each blog will be randomly chosen.

2. In addition, we will be reading through comments as well. If we find a testimonial that we really like, we will contact that person to use their story for our CHA booth. You would then be given an equal prize to the random winners!

Make your comments good! There will be 2 or 3 ‚Äúcomment‚ÄĚ winners chosen total. These will not be announced right away (please give us a little time to read through them all!).

Blogs to visit:

Marianne Walker
Debbie Olson
Sherrie Siemens
Sally Lynn MacDonald
Sharon Harnist
Lori Craig
Colleen Schaan
Michelle Wooderson

I will be taking entries here on my blog¬†until this Saturday, November 14 at 8pm CST¬†and I’ll post the¬†winner soon thereafter.¬† Please note, we’ve each set our own blog giveaway cut off times, and they will vary by person. I can‚Äôt wait to hear what you have to say about your Copic products ‚Ķ Good Luck!!

WSC104: Fowl Play!


I’m pretty sure someone will call fowl play with my sketch liberties today.¬† You can do that when you’ve been under the weather. You can do that when you haven’t really stamped in weeks… You can do that when you really want to make a card and your supposed to be tying bows on 27 Fall Party treats. You can do that…whenever you want.

I pulled out Kim Hughes’ On the Farm from CHF for today’s sketch.¬† Copic Makers, a few buttons and a Fiskars punch. Now it’s back to the 27 bows. ūüôā Hope your weekend is full of treats and sweets. Hugs!

For ideas that more closely resemble today’s sketch, visit Beate, Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie, Mary Jo and Sharon. They won’t let you down.

  • Stamps: On the Farm – Cornish Heritage Farms¬†
  • Cardstock: Chocolate and Real Red Prism, Farm Fresh – October Afternoon¬†
  • Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento¬†
  • Accs: Copic Markers, Fiskars punch, buttons¬†

Naughty or Nice…Check it Twice


Continuing with Christmas today on the JustRite Mega Font Blog Hop … I promised my mom a few weeks ago that I would make a few things for her to contribute to the annual craft bazaar that is coming up. I thought these little list pads would be cute for her to take.

Last year, I realized that I liked mixing my JustRite fonts (on sale thru 9/24) with fun stamp images and sentiments for one of a kind tags on Christmas gifts and packaging.


I loved this stamp image of these little children sneaking down the stairs with their candles, stockings in tow (CHF). I started with Poison Ivory cardstock, and using my JustRite 1 5/8″ round stamper and the Small Letter Set, I created a custom sentiment, ‘naughty or nice…check it twice‘, stamped in dark brown around the outside of my circle. Then I filled in the center with the candle image from Merry Little Christmas¬† in lighter, latte colored ink.¬† Over the top of that, I stamped Welcome Christmas Time (CHF) in Real Red ink. The ivory circle is punched with a 1 3/4″ circle punch and layered on the Marvy scalloped circle punch (super jumbo).


These list pads are made from 5″x8″ inch legal pads that I had cut in half at the local office supply. You can view the full tutorial on how to cover your own at Splitcoast.¬† The patterned paper is from the Merry Moments pack at Stampin’ Up!

I’m glad to have this project checked off of my Christmas list, but I think I’ll be making a few more lists in the next few days. They are too easy.

I’m sure you are enjoying all of the JustRite projects today. I love seeing how many different people use similar items to create totally unique projects. For sure,¬† I’m going to take a peek and take notes! You can see projects using many different JustRite fonts by visiting these fabulous bloggers:

Michelle Wooderson

Sankari Wegman

Heidi Blankenship

Eva Dobilas

Beate Johns

Sharon Harnist

Barbara Anders

Sharon Johnson

Deb Saaranen

Becca Feeken

Kazan Clark

Lauren Meader

Tammy Hershberger

Linda Beeson

Jenny Gropp

Tanis Giesbrecht

Jenn Balcer

Lisa Somerville

Karen Maldonado

Pamela Smerker

Karen Taylor

Latisha Yoast

Julie Overby

Mary Pfaff

Christmas Cheer


I’m still determined to get a head start on Christmas this year.¬† So, I cut some snowflakes with Sizzix dies and vanilla cardstock then added Diamond Dust chunky glass glitter.


Vintage Christmas Sentiments from Cornish Heritage Farms and Joyeux Noel snowflakes fill the circular image panel, and Kaiser pearls (latte) made¬† the finish it easy. The patterned paper is Merry Moments from Stampin’ Up!

I’ll have another Christmas project tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by, and have a fabulous evening.

In honor of the doves…


Labor Day always means ‘dove season’ around here, so I thought this sweet birdie was appropriate. And, I love getting a head start on my Christmas projects and cards.


I paired Joyeux Noel and¬† Vintage Christmas Expressions from Cornish Heritage Farms with die-cut Nested Birds from Spellbinders. I have used these birds over and over, and I love that the smallest bird body becomes wings with just a snip of the beak.¬† I assembled and glittered several of these sweet critters while I was watching the premier episode of GLEE this weekend. (I don’t watch too much tv, but I think I’m gonna like this show. You can see the director’s pilot by clicking the link, and the season premier is on FOX this Wednesday evening.)

Two of my favorite people just headed out to the dove fields. I’ll stay behind to scurry around the stamp room. Whatever it brings, I hope your Labor Day is filled with your favorite things.

  • ¬†Stamps: Joyeux Noel & Vintage Christmas Expressions – Cornish Heritage Farms¬†
  • Cardstock: Suede Dark Brown Prism, Real Red Stampin’ Up! and Merry Moments patterned paper Stampin’ Up!¬†
  • Ink: Rich Cocoa & Desert Sand Memento – Tsukineko¬†
  • Accs: pearls – Kaiser, chocolate brads – Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts, snowflake die – Sizzix, scallop edge punch – Stampin’ Up!, circle and petite scalloped circle die – Spellbinders¬†

Honey Do Lists


Julia has been doing some beautiful stamp design work with the Rummage Bin line at CHF. I adore this Sweet Bee set, and I thought I’d make up a few Honey Do Lists for the girls’ teachers. I was really looking for a way to use some of my layered and buttoned flowers and a few bits of the new October Afternoon: Farm Fresh. ūüėČ


On Saturday afternoon, I took a jar of big creamy Prima flowers and layered them and sewed on buttons while I wanted a movie with the girls. My oldest always wants to know why I don’t ‘just watch tv’. Well, the truth is it’s hard for me to just sit still and not do ‘something‘.¬† So, I watched a cute movie, completed about 15 or so big ole button blossoms and had some wonderful quality time with my family.

I even finished the inside with October Afternoon’s Farm Fresh – South Forty and Farm House patterns (available late August) paired up with Core’dinations Cardstock from the Vintage Collection – Autumn color:


inside quote: that is shall never come again makes life so sweet ~ emily dickinson

This skinny notebooks came from my stash. Like many of you, I buy the little legal pads at an office supply store and have them cut them down the middle for me. The store will cut the whole stack at one time with a nice crisp cut. The covers dimensions are easy: 8″ tall by 5 5/8″ wide – score at 2 5/8″ and then flip and score at 2 5/8″ from the other side. That leaves you with a 3/8″ ditch for the width of the legal pad. I attach the notebooks to the covers with a sticky tape. They aren’t going anywhere.

Mmm, paper buttoned blossoms and a lesson in fractions – all in one day.¬† I know Mish makes these notebooks a lot and has included lots of tips and tricks over time to make the covers, so I won’t re-invent the wheel.


I did have a little ah-ha! moment while I was working on these last night. I originally stamped the Honey Do List four or five times on white cardstock with brown Memento ink and colored with Copics (YR21, YR23, YR24 and W1) and then realized that I should have used cream cardstock. Since I got an air compressor for my Copics, I’ve been much more liberal with the air brushing, and I thought I’d try to change the tint of the cardstock because ivory would look much nicer with my flower and my printed paper. Easy peasy:

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