Monday, March 3, 2008

Birthday Invitation

My best friend came down from Maryland to work on special bday invites for her grandmother who is turning 90 this year!

She wanted something pretty and very pink, so this is what we came up with (excuse the label on top of the personal info -- I figured she didn't want the address & phone # of her brother given out!):

Not stamping related

Ok, so this post is not going to be stamping related. . . you are forewarned! : )

I just wanted to share something I learned about from Thrifty Mommy's blog. It's the Grocery Game
. It's AMAZING!!! Basically, the site publishes a list of the sales combined with coupons (start saving your Sunday coupon packs) so that you save at least 50% at the grocery store (sometimes you actually get items for FREE). I was really skeptical b/c I didn't think spending money to save money made sense. (It's $1 for the 1st 4 weeks, then $10 for the next 8 weeks.)

I believed that shopping at Super Walmart was the only way to save money on groceries. But I finally decided to give it a try & now I'm shopping at Giant (they have lists for lots of stores in each state). This is my second week -- yesterday I saved $74!!

Here's the breakdown:
Total BEFORE discounts/coupons: $153
Total AFTER discounts/coupons: $79 -- YES, really!!

So, if you add my 1st week's totals, I have spent $154 in two weeks for $260 worth of groceries!! This includes toiletries, diapers, paper towels, etc. AND food! And honestly, I could just buy diapers, milk & bread for the next 3-4 weeks and we'd have MORE than enough food. You should see my freezer -- it's INSANE how much food is in there! I'm stockpiling right now, so I'm spending about $80-90/week. Eventually, I will be spending only $50-60/wk for all FIVE of us!

If you are skeptical about this idea of The Grocery Game (like I was) -- just save your coupon packs from the paper for the next 4 weeks. Then sign up for the $1 trial. I PROMISE you that even the first week you will be SHOCKED at how much you are saving -- and this would work for any size family. It only takes me 20 min each Sunday to choose the items I want from the list online & print it, then find my coupons (they tell you where to find each coupon). I would not do this if it involved any more time than that! And FYI -- I'm now meal planning around what I get on sale.

Here's one example of a great deal I got yesterday:
The 12 pack of Bounty paper towels is normally $12.99. It was on sale for $10.99, and I had a $2 off coupon. Because I spent $25+ on Proctor & Gamble products, I got a $7 coupon off my next grocery total. If you break it down, that means I only spent $1.99 for all those paper towels!

If you do sign up, please use my email address ( in the referral box b/c I can earn free weeks.

So although it wasn't stamping related, now I have more money to spend on stamps!!!

WAY too long since my last post!

I'm so sorry it's been so long since my last post. I guess saying things have been hectic doesn't really sound legit, huh? I'll try my best to keep up with blogging since I rely on some of my fave bloggers for ideas! Enough talking, it's time for some new projects:

This was a card I sent to my cousin & his wife for their new baby girl. I just *love* making baby cards!

This is one of my Stamps in the Mail projects. After following the tutorial on, I created one for my SITM ladies. Basically, you use a smooth edge can opener to open the *bottom* of a can with a pop top lid. Then you clean it, decorate it, fill it, and seal it back up! It's a super fun way to give cash as a gift.

If you are interested in getting several projects sent to your door each month (including the supplies needed to make the projects), make sure to email me for more info:

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Long Pocket Notes

My sister ordered some fun cards for her fiance this Christmas, and this is what I came up with:

I sent them to her without sayings inside because she wanted to make her own. (She wanted to make really funny, sarcastic & possibly inappropriate-for-this-blog sayings for the insides -- ha ha!)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Contest . . .

I know this isn't stamping related, but I'm a sucker for a contest!A Cowboy’s Wife is having a contest on her food blog! You can win a Hamilton Beach® Stand Mixer and she’ll ship anywhere so everyone is eligible!

Long pocket notes

For some reason, when I take the picture, the colors aren't coming out quite right. This card is purely pomegranate, basic black & Cutie Pie DS paper. I also used Priceless, Hugs & Wishes, and Label Classics stamp sets.

I think this size card is a lot of fun to make and a bit more unique to send. Hopefully I'll be able to stamp some more this afternoon so I have even more samples for you!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Froggie card

I found a sheet of oval punch art ideas (by Lorrie Reibin) and decided to play around with the frog tonight. This is the card I made:

I'm surprised that this didn't take that long to make, considering how many different punches are used.

: Large & small oval punches; horizontal slot punch; 1/2" and 1 3/8" circle punches; scallop punch; narrow celery grosgrain ribbon; Hugs & Wishes stamp set; basic black journaler & basic black ink pad.


Today I completed a scrapbook! This is a major accomplishment for me as most of my scrapbooks are only half finished.
Using SU's 6"X6" black (faux) leather album, I created a special scrapbook of all of the Christmas cards and photos our family received this year.

The above photo is one of the inside layouts. All the pictures I used were from Christmas cards. I then cut out the signatures or the printed names from the cards to include.

I've decided that this will be my tradition every January -- to take the Christmas cards and photos and scrap them. My husband thinks it's a great idea, but we'll see if I actually do this in 2009!

Supplies: album, Simply Scrappin' kit (retired X-mas 2007), black cardstock

This is another scrapbook I (almost) finished (just have to do the journaling):
I can't believe what can be made from just a few paper bags and some odds & ends supplies! I had fun making this, and my daughter *loves* to sit and "read" it. (She's five now.)

Supplies: 3 paper bags; assorted SU ribbon; rhinestone brad; lg & sm oval punches; prima flower; scallop punch; DS paper; Pretty in Pink & Regal Rose cardstock; tab punch; broken pencil & rubberband (for holding book together); Hugs & Wishes stamp set; basic black ink.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Baby Girls

I know so many people having baby girls recently! I made two of this card for 2 fellow moms:

Monday, January 7, 2008

New Website!!

Stampin' Up has redesigned our demonstrator websites with all sorts of new features. Please take a moment to check it out here:

Sunday, January 6, 2008

SITM Round 3

I promised one image from Round 3's SITM (Stamps In The Mail) and here it is:
Every participant will make this calendar, along with at least 8 other fun & fresh projects when committing to Round 3 of SITM. Participants will also receive a stamp set, ink pad, markers, and many other great Stampin' Up! accessories.

Sorry, I won't post directions or specifics on this particular project, as it's exclusive to my SITM program. But, I will tell you that it was inspired by Beate Johns' calendar tutorial on

If you'd like to sign up, please contact me at OR post a comment here with at least your email address. All the details of this fun 3 month program where you get a COMPLETE kit of projects delivered to your door can be found here.

Stampin' Up demos:
If you are interested in obtaining all of the color directions and consumables for this project, I have made a SU demo only kit available for only $35. This includes 3 months of EVERYTHING the customers will receive except for the SU products that you can buy as a demo (stamp sets, ink pads, etc.). Demos who participate are encouraged to use the exact projects (or modify as necessary) with their own customers and downline! (This is a great value, as I have increased the value of the consumables this round.)

Friday, January 4, 2008

Stamps In The Mail Round 3 is here!!

Finally, after many of you have asked when we are starting Round 3, I have the information for you! (Check back Sunday for a picture of one of the projects.)

Stamps in the mail Round 3:

  • Each month, you will receive all the supplies and directions to make a minimum of 3 projects (more if people prepay).
  • Cost is $35/month, but if you prepay for all 3 months via paypal ($105 to, you will receive a FREE package of designer series paper -- your choice ($9.95 value!).
  • Deadline to pay/prepay is January 17th!!
  • Your first monthly kit will be shipped via priority Feb 1st.
  • If you'd like the NEW 2008 Spring/Summer Catalog in your first kit, please add just $5 to your first payment.

Some of the products you will receive this round are:

  • *NEW* rub ons
  • *NEW* stamp set
  • 1 ink pad
  • 2 markers

Your monthly fee also covers the cost of

  • Consumables: cardstock, paper, misc. accessories and supplies, envelopes
  • Shipping & handling
  • Color printing of directions

The projects we will make include:

  • Desk calendar
  • Pop top can
  • Candy holder
  • Valentine (swing card)
  • Recipe card
  • Tunnel card
  • Easter/spring candy holder
  • Artwork to frame
  • Clear box with cards
Depending on the number of participants who prepay,
we may be able to make a few more projects, so spread the word!!