Saturday, June 11, 2011

June Blog Hop is here!!

Welcome to my little corner of the world ... here we go again - it's time for our June VC_Rocks Blog Hop - I am so glad you stopped by to visit for a bit.  You probably came here from Angela Walters' blog "Life With a Weiner Dog" at   Our "VC Rocks Home Page" is so anytime you get lost or if a blog doesn't come up, you can go there and find the complete listing of 32 blogs.  Be sure to check them all out.

I do need to apologize - last month I offered Blog Candy of one of the cards I posted - I forgot to tell everyone who won:  it is Carolyn Sharkas - I will get her card in the mail early next week .... promise.  We had some family emergencies along with company and being gone from home a lot this past month so that's my excuse/reason but I am so sorry to not have taken care of this before.

Our theme this month is the Big Shot Madness ..... I thought I would not be able to join in the fun this month since I have resisted buying the Big Shot (so far, but I think I will be getting it soon ... all these projects on the blogs are great!!)  I am hosting a swap for the Big Shot - I know that will push me over the edge!!Anyway, my dear friend Shari embossed some cardstock for me so I could be a part of this blog hop - isn't she sweet?!!!  Thank you so much, Shari!!

My projects this month are quite simple due to the fact I didn't have much to work with, but I made these two cards using those embossed sheets.  Hope you enjoy them!  As always, supplies are all from Stampin' Up!

For this card, I used Rich Razzleberry (another of my fave colors!) and Whisper White cardstock.  The front piece was embossed with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder - this will certainly be on my first order when I get the Big Shot!  I used Upsy Daisy Stamp Set and stamped it in Versamark, then embossed with white Embossing Powder.  Then I stamped the same stamp, inked it up with Rich Razzleberry, stamped on Whisper White Cardstock, embossed with Clear Embossing Powder for some shine and cut out the top part, positioning that piece on top of the white embossed image with just a but of the white showing for a shadow effect.  I then used a sponge and Rich Razzleberry Ink Pad to color 2 Paper Daisies (oops, guess this shape is retired) and attached a flat back Pearl in the center. 

 This card uses the same colors but after stamping Upsy Daisy flowers in Rich Razzleberry on Whisper White cardstock and again embossing with Clear Embossing Powder, I used the Scallop Trim Border Punch on the bottom in both Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White.  I reached into my box of retired SU! Ribbons for the Polka Dot Rich Razzleberry Grosgrain.  I do love some of the retired (and soon to be retired) ribbons Stampin' Up! has had in the past.  I punched out 3 flowers from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack, added brads that were silver, I added several layers of versamark, Rich Razzleberry ink and Clear Embossing Powder to get some color on them (I don't have any Rich Razzleberry Brads left after making some swap cards).  I stamped the Hello from Tiny Tags Stamp Set and added a brad to it too. 

Again, I hope you have enjoyed your short stop at my Blog - it tends to be lonely as life gets hectic sometimes, so I am so glad to have these Blog Hops during the Summer, but I will try to be more regular about posting in the future.

Your next stop is Carolyn Sharkas' blog "Inking The Night Away" at  - remember that you can always go to our "Home Page" at   to get the complete listing of blogs participating this month.

Hope to see you soon ... Hug your family .... God Bless, Stamper Shirley

Friday, June 10, 2011

Surprise, it's Friday !!

Ha ha ... surprise, I'm here again.  Here's a card I made using a bunch of punches - which I do so love to use!  Stampin' Up! has so many versatile punches!  I made it as a sample for a swap, but ran out of time and didn't get to join the swap, so thought I would share it here.  The school colors for the graduate are red and black so this worked great!  Hope you enjoy ....

And here is a little treat for the graduate - a candy bar with a gift card!  I don't have the info handy for making this, but if you want it, just comment here or send me an email at     I made this as a Make 'n Take for our group and thought I would include it here with the grad card.


Once again, remember to stop back tomorrow (Saturday) for our VC_Rocks Blog Hop featuring the Big Shot.  See you tomorrow!  Hugs, cherish your family and God Bless, Shirley

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Happy Thursday

I know, I know, it's been a while ... life's been kinda crazy .... basically good but crazy.

Here's a few items I made for a challenge - hope you enjoy them.  Be sure to stop back on Saturday for our VC_Rocks Blog Hop .... with Big Shot our theme!

For this card I used all Stampin' Up! products:  cardstock: Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, More Mustard and Always Artichoke.  I so love the Peace Within stamp set and it seemed perfect for these colors.  I used the Extra Large Decorative Label to punch out all 4 colors of cardstock and layered them (I cut the 3 layers underneath in half and stacked) - added Always Artichoke Brads and More Mustard 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon and added some Always Artichoke extra color with the Color Spritzer Tool (my friend Ellen K got me to spritz!!)

This 6x6 page is my cutie pie youngest granddaughter Ellie - I am soooo far behind in my scrapping of my own girls let alone all the grandchildren - I take gobs of pictures and just store them until I need one - it would cost me a mint and a half to have even the good ones printed!  Plus, of course, all the pictures I took and printed before I got a digital camera!   But that's beside the point, huh .... This page uses the same colors except for Not Quite Navy instead of the Always Artichoke.  Can you tell I love layers???

Don't forget to check back in on Saturday for the Blog Hop.  And who knows, I just may even post something tomorrow too!  Take care, hug your family and God Bless, Shirley