Sunday, May 23, 2010

Only 14 Followers Away from a Prize!

I don't have a project to post for you today because I've been working on some swaps I'm in, and I can't post the finished projects until everyone's received theirs. It's only peekin' ya know? But I did want to bring it to everyone's attention that we are only 14 followers away from someone getting some awesome BLOG CANDY!!
What I would like to ask is that each one of you who gets this in your email, please invite 5 friends to join my blog. Tell them something you saw or liked on here, and make sure they know that if they subscribe or join they will also be entered in the drawing for some great prizes!
The first giveaway, if you remember, is a combination package of goodies (designer paper, ink, and cardstock) in any RETIRING color the winner chooses! SOME OF THE RETIRING COLORS ARE ALREADY GONE!! So, let's hurry up and get to 50, so the winner can truly have the color they want before everything sells out!

Monday, May 17, 2010

And the WINNER Is...

Alexandria! (Comment number 3)

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Alexandria said...
Very cute! I'm sure she will love it! If she doesn't, you can send it to me. LOL
May 15, 2010 9:25 AM

I'll be sending out your prize ASAP! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 15, 2010


HEY EVERYONE! Welcome to the first VC Rocks blog hop of the season!!

You should have arrived here from the awesome
Brenda's Stamping Corner-,
but if you've stumbled upon my blog from somewhere else, you'll want to start at the beginning:

After you've checked out my blog, please subscribe or click follow to be entered in my drawing for some awesome BLOG CANDY. I'm giving away a collection of color-coordinated Stampin' Up! products, designed to help you with all your card-making and scrapbooking projects. Also, leave a comment on THIS post to be eligible for a special VC Rocks BLOG HOP prize! blog hop project for you this weekend is a paper bag album. You've probably seen them before (this particular version came from Candace Anderson), but I thought it would be a cute end-of-the-school-year gift for my oldest daughter who is 12. She's all about friends and social activity, plus this is her first year of middle school, so what better than her own little place to collect all her memories?

Here are some pictures: sorry for the poor quality...between the lighting and my older-than-dirt camera, things just weren't working out for me today!

This album has 10 pages where she can put pictures, journaling, or whatever she likes. Plus it also has 3 slide-out pages (last photo) with more photo mattes on the front and back of each-essentially, 6 more pages for memory keeping!
I used a retired Simply Scrappin' Kit to complete this project because I wanted it to suit my daughter's particular style, but there are many Simply Scrappin' Kits available in a variety of themes, with new ones surely coming in the new catalog in July!

Let me know what you think...and don't forget to leave me a comment! Winner will be drawn by on Monday, May 17!'re next stop on the hop is right here:

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Business Card Holders and other Creations! as some of you may know, I've joined a wonderful group of ladies who call themselves the "Late Night Stampers" on the Stampin' Up! demo only website Stampin' Connection. The leader of the LNS group, Sherrill Graff also does a "Boot Camp" of sorts to help new demonstrators (and old ones who wanna brush up on things) some helpful tips to build your business. It's a series of assignments which help to put you on a more constructive track. One of the assignments is to make some small, simple cards that can hold a business card and then over the course of your normal daily or weekly routine, distribute these business builders to your friends, neighbors and associates. I finally got my business cards ordered and my cards made...can't wait for the business cards to arrive! Tell me what you guys think:

Supplies Used:

Stamps-Hello Again

Paper-Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White;

Ink-Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green;

Accessories- Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Bigs Clear Scallop Square Die, buttons from my stash


I usually try to make several of the cards or projects featured in the catalogs if for no other reason but to show my customers that those projects CAN in fact be completed by a regular person like you or I. I had someone ask me once "Why do they show such complicated samples that only professional Stampin' Up! gurus could make? I wanna see some stuff REAL people can do!"

This is my swap card for one of my upline meetings this month: we were asked to use something from the new Summer Mini Catalog.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Elements of Style

Paper: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, VersaMark (for embossing)

Accessories: Bigz Top Note Die, Big Shot, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, Designer Label Punch, 5/8" Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Smoosh Spritz (Log Cabin), Spritzer Tool with Chocolate Chip Stamp N Write Marker, Stampin' Dimensionals, Pop Up Glue Dots, Mini Glue Dots

Another Summer Mini Catalog CASE-VERY EASY TO DO! I thought this card might be tricky to get the measurements right because it's a different size than I normally make, but it was quite possibly the easiest card I've ever made.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Kind and Caring Thoughts

Paper: Old Olive, Sahara Sand, Ruby Red

Ink: VersaMark, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie Marker

Accessories: Crop a Dile and grommets, Paper Piercer and Mat Pack, 5/8" Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon

The next card I have for you is one I whipped up today for the CropStop National Scrapbooking Day BlogHop Challenge. If you'd like to participate, hop on over to .

Thanks for reading! Please leave me a comment or suggestion!

Organization Progress!

Hello all! I have LOTS of stuff for you today. An update on my cleaning out and organizing-some progress! My new business card holders-just waiting on the business cards to arrive so I can send them out. And last, but not least, some new cards I've made. Enjoy...and don't forget to leave me a comment!
First up-for those of you following my organization-I have good news! If you look closely, you can see part of the table underneath my junk, er, um, my crafting supplies.

Now, it may look like I just moved some stuff around to show you the table underneath, but take a look at all the stuff I've removed from the table and organized...

These hold all my 12 x 12 materials, like Cardstock, Designer Series Paper, and Simply Scrappin' Kits.

These are my (relatively) new paper trolleys. I ordered them from my local craft store while they were on sale. I have 6 of them, which gives me 60 drawers that hold 8 1/2 x 11 materials. That's plenty of space for all my Stampin' Up! colored cardstock, plus a few extra drawers which I use to store things like printed templates and tutorials, my Stampin' Success magazines, and past catalogs that I use for inspiration. There's also space on top for things...but I haven't decided for sure what I'm going to keep up there yet.

This is a box of stamp sets that I have rounded up and cleaned all the stamps to and put them in their cases. I had loose stamps EVERYWHERE...this is nowhere near all the sets I had out. The second box is some new stamp sets that have come in but haven't even been mounted yet. There's also some alterable items in there-tins and such.

Ok, I'll be back in a few hours with a couple more posts...I have some new creations to show you!