Sunday, May 30, 2010

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 124!

Wow, the week's just go faster and faster.  I hope you have been enjoying your holiday weekend.  I am so happy that tomorrow is yet another day of no school.  I am so ready for my son to be home with me for a while.   They have 16 more days left till summer vacation.  Let the count down begin! 

I hope that you found a moment over the last few days (or tomorrow, or any day) to think about the people who gave the ultimate price for OUR freedoms!  I find it incredible the courage these men and women have.  I pray that the troops that are continuing their efforts make it home safe and soon!  Hard to imagine what they are dealing with over there as we sit here and blog surf or what have you. 

Anyway, here is this week's sketch challenge...

I hope you will find time to play along this week!  It is an easy one.  I combined my sample with the new Latenightstamper's challenge for the week (which starts tomorrow)!  This week we have a color challenge.  Bordering Blue, Night of Navy and So Saffrron.  Fun combo!  Here is my sample...

This is one of those five minute cards.  I love that.  I had the sketch and the colors so it just went one two three.  Of course I kept it CAS (Clean and Simple) which I am really liking lately.

Stamps: Tropical Party, Sincere Salutations
Paper: Bordering Blue, Night of Navy DP, Whisper White, So Saffron
Ink: Night of Navy, So Saffron, Bordering Blue, Creamy Carmel
Other: wide oval punch, sponges

Don't forget to add your direct link below!  Can't wait to see you creations, I know they will be beautiful!

Thanks for stopping by
Mary Jo

Top Three for sketch 123!

I am excited to show my top three for last week's sketch.  I hope you will take a moment to visit their blogs by clicking on the preview pictures.  Let them know how awesome and talented they are.  (all of you who played along did a fabulous job with this sketch.)  Thanks so much to everyone who played along.  Here are my top three picks.

Please feel free to add my badge to your blog if you would like. Congratulations.

Mary Jo

Featured Stamper Challenge 18 on Stampin Connection

If you are a US demo why not come on over and play?!  Click here to be brought to the demo only forum.

The whole idea of this challenge is to be inspired by a card in the featured stamper's gallery.  This week we are honoring Wendy Janson.  Here is her card that inspired me.

And here is my card...

Stamps: Elements of Style
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum, Creamy Carmel, Razzleberry Lemonade dp
Ink: Basic Black, Creamy Carmel
Other: scallop oval die, bitty buttons, bitty punch pack, ribbon, rubons

Hope you have a fabulous Sunday!  Be a blessing to someone today, it will bless you too!
Mary Jo

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Bloggers Challenge -- Red White And Blue

Lisa is always so good at being right on with the themes for our Blogger's Challenges.  This week we are doing Red White and Blue.  I had lots of fun making this fun flower pot with candles.  And the card is just using up more of those pre-cut scraps I have laying around.

ETA: I thought this was a good idea for a giveaway gift for Party Lite distributors,
I do not intend to burn like this so don't worry, lol!

I found this tin in the dollar spot at Target.  So cute, matches with the flowers from the flower folds die so nicely, don't you think? I am so glad I finally got this die.  I have been making so many things with it.  At mommy and me we made flip flops, barrettes, hair bands, pins and baseball caps with it! I will take pictures of the stuff when I finally get it all unpacked.

Stamps: None
Paper: Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White
Ink: None
Other: crimper, ribbon, flower folds die, candles, pop dots, sucker sticks

Now for the fast and simple card.

Stamps: Four Square
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Brilliant Blue
Other: small flower punch from punch pack, ribbon, rub on, embossing folder, pretties kit

Be sure to click on the logo on my sidebar to see what the rest of the talented ladies in the group are doing for their red white and blue challenge!  I sure it will be fabulous.

Hope you have a fabulous holiday weekend!
Mary Jo

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Different Father's Day Cards

I don't know about you but I have tons and tons and tons and tons of scraps laying around.  And since I do classes I have lots of left over pieces for different card kits too.  So I have been trying to purge some of this--I am re-organizing my scraps to make better use and thought what the heck might as well make a few cards with these weird pieces.  The theme for the weekly challenge on Latenightstampers is Masculine and the ED11 challenge on Latenightstampers is to use brads and/or eyelets, so this is what I came up with combining all of the above!

Most of the pieces for this card were from an old Christmas card from about three or more years ago. Creamy Carmel will not be around much longer so had to use it!  I still have tons of it left!

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Creamy Carmel, whisper white, very vanilla, and bella blue dp
Ink: creamy carmel, not quite navy
Other: brads, heat and stick, glitter, markers

Maybe a little too fancy for a guy, but maybe not???

This next card is made with scraps that were cut in a strange shape so I tried to make it work.

I know it is a bit of a weird color combo for the theme but I kind of like it.

Stamps:Teeny Tiny Wishes,Totally Tool
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry
Ink; Basic Black
Other: markers, brads, ribbon, embossing folder

That is it for now.  I know they are a bit different than my norm but sometimes you just got to play around.

Mary Jo

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

School Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Yep, I am in charge off this too, lol!  I am sure you will see quite a few things on here in the next weeks that are made for this.  My first share is these fun bookmarks I made for staff.  In an effort to have the kids become involved--just a bit--with the luncheon, I wanted to do a sort of Staff Grammies Award.  I will be sending home voting ballets to the kids to vote on the choices for the following catagories.

Most Energetic Staff Member
Staff Member with the most school spirit!
Most Creative Staff Member
Funniest Staff Member
Most Helpful Staff Member
Best Dressed Staff Member

I will be making the announcements of the winners during the lunch and they will receive the following for the "prize"

The bookmarks are pretty big, 3 by 7 -- I think they turned out just adorable.  And oh so easy with our new First Day stamp set and the My Digital Studio Software!  Love it.

Stamps First Day
Paper: Kiwi Kiss Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss
Other: MDS, markers, circle punches

Enjoy the beautiful day today (if you are as fortunate as me-our weather is fabulous today)
and remember that it is a choice to be happy and WE are the only ones in control of our emotions.  No one else can make us miserable, unhappy, mad, upset, or even happy if we do not choose to let them!

Mary Jo

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 123!

Welcome to a brand new week!  I for one am hoping that this week goes better than the last two--so here's to a week full of blessings and fun!

I would love to have you play along this week.  The sketch is a super easy one and I think it lends itself for a really pretty card.  Here is your sketch....

And of course my sample....

My fingers are now Not Quite Navy since I died the ribbon without gloves, hint, don't try this at home, I am a professional!  HaHa, I will be looking like this for a few days since it is so hard to get off, anyone have any quick fixes???

Stamps:  Elements of Style, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Bella Blue DP, Vanilla, Bordering Blue
Ink: Not Quite Navy and Bordering Blue
Other: ribbon, word window punch, embossing folder, circle scissors plus

Don't forget to add you link below when you are done with you card.  Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for this one!

Thanks for playing and stopping by
Mary Jo

Technostamper's Top Three for sketch 122

Some great samples again this week.  Below are peaks at my top three choices for the week.  Please take a moment to view the full cards, they are beautiful.  You can click on the pictures to be taken to the creators blog, while you are there be sure to tell them what a great job they did! 

Thanks to everyone who played along!  Congratulations to the winners!  You can add my badge to you blogs if you wish.  Don't go too far, I will be right back with the sketch for this week!

Thanks for stopping by!
Mary Jot

Sunday's Featured Stamper challenge on Stampin Connection

Today on Stampin Connections we are honoring Barb Mulikin.  Barb is one of my favorite stampers, I haven't been following her in a bit do to lack of time and not really following anyone but I was pleasantly surprised as I knew I would be when I looked around her gallery and blog.  I chose this project for my inspiration for the week.

Such a fun little gift, especially with the end of the school year coming up.  Thought it would make a great staff gift. So here is my version...

I was trying to use up the retiring Pink Passion Paper.  the folio is made from one piece of 12 by 12.  There are 8 note cards and envelops inside with a pad and matching pen. 

Stamps Think Happy Thoughts
Paper: Pink Passion, Basic Black, Whisper White, Razzleberry Lemonade DP
Ink: Basic Black, Pink Passion
Other: pearls. Butterfly sizzix die, circle scissor plus, scor pal,  Flower Fusion Felt flowers, large brad, velcro, pen, pad, envelopes

Hope you have a fabulous day, be back later with my Technostamper Sketch Challenge for the week.

Mary Jo

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Retired and Retiring Blogger's Challenge Card

Can I just start by saying my last two week's have been from H-E double toothpicks! I think that God is trying to test my strength and patience! It all began when I through my back out, almost lost our dog to who knows what, funerals, argument with hubby, incredible indescribable problems with my sons school which have reached way beyond the school, lost my car keys at JoAnn's and took two and half hours to find them, made me late for my mommy and me class at my church that I do for our congregations and after all the rushing only two out of 12 kids showed with their mom! By did I need to stamp and relieve stress! It is snowballing and I AM NOT GOING TO LET IT GET ME DOWN! So I took a few minutes while doing laundry to make a card for this week's blogger's challenge. I didn't feel like worring about using all current products or non-Stampin Up products, just some of my favorite retired stamps, and some retiring colors. This week we have a sketch challenge....

I am sorry that I am not feeling up to adding all the details right now, I really just want to go do some stamping and crafting with my son.  If you have questions please ask, it is pretty basic though.  The colors are Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Apricot Appeal, Very Vanilla.

Hope you day is filled with many blessing!
Mary Jo

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Technostamper Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 122

Welcome to a week number 122 of my sketch challenges.  I am excited to see what you come up with using the sketch of the week.  Be sure to come back and leave your link below so you can be included in the Top Three Vote!  Here is your sketch....

And here is my sample....

In an effort to get ready for the new color renovation I have been digging though tons and tons of scraps and old card kits from old classes.  These papers were from a Christmas Card class I did two years ago, lol.  Hence my color combo, but I really am pretty happy with how it turned out.

Stamps:  Bright Blessing Wheel, Medallion Background stamp, Season of Friendship, Itty Bitty Bits
Paper: Certainly Celery, Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Certainly Celery
Other: circle punches,

Remember to add you sample below! Mary Jo

Technostamper Best of the Best for sketch 121

Fun sketch, I am thrill with the results you guys came up with.  Below are my top three picks.  Please take a moment to click on each image to see the full card and congratulate the creator. 

Thanks to all of you who played along and congratulations to the three top picks.  You may add the award from my sidebar on your blogs!

Sunday's Featured Stamper Challenge on Stampin Connection

This week I have chosen Selene Kempton as our Featured Stamper.  If you are a US Stampin Up demo come on over and play along by clicking HERE.  If you are not you can still play by visiting Selene's blog HERE

Here is my card for the challenge...

Stamps: Go Graduate, Star Builder Wheel,
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Brilliant Blue
Other: markers, ribbon, tiny tag punch

Here is Selene's  I love the contrasting colors but I needed to use these black and blue colors.

Hope you have a great day!  I am off to get ready for church, be back later with the new sketch challenge for the week! 

Friday, May 14, 2010

4 in one Blogger's Challenge

Today's blogger's challenge was a color combo.  Taken with Teal, Real Red and Crushed Curry.  I decided to pull out some Christmas DP and use it for non-Christmas.  I think these are fun colors, don't you.  I combined this challenge with a few others

The first is the sketch challenge number 16 on Stampin Connection, second the CAS challenge on Stampin Connection which is to use a summer theme, and last but not least the Latenightstamper's Challenge to use new stamps from the current mini catalog.

Stamps: All a Flutter, Trendy Trees for sentiment
Paper: Crushed Curry, Real Red, Whisper White, Holiday Lounge DP
Ink: Basic Black
Other: markers, embossing folder, word window punch

Hope you are off to a fabulous start to the weekend!  Looking forward to some sun here, getting a little tired of clouds and rain!

Mary Jo

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A couple of cards for a couple of challenges!

Both challenges are mine!  The first butterfly card is another sample for my Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 121 it also fits the Latenightstamper's weekly challenge to use stamps from the current mini catalog. The second card is for the ED9 challenge -again on Latenightstampers -to sponge on an Easy and Demonstratable card.  Don't really like this one but that happens ever now and then.  I am still sharing it because it seems the ones I don't like others really like!  Imagine that.

 Stamps: All a Flutter
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Sweet Pea DP
Ink: Basic Black
Other: markers, rub ons, flower fusion, large white brad, circle punches

Stamps: None
Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Thoroughly Modern
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Other: Daisy Die, Large Chocolate chip brad, rub on

Off to praise rehersal, see ya soon
Mary Jo

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Graduations and Latenightstamper Challenges

This week's challenge on Latenightstampers is to create cards using sets and supplies form the new mini catalog. This was my first sample for the week. We did this card in my all occasions class--one like this and one in pinks.  I thought it was fun to tear the paper on the side and show the feet. 

Stamps: Go, Graduate
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay DP
Ink: Basic Black
Other: ribbon, tiny tag punch, markers, silver cording

Hope you have a great day, I will be back later with this week's ED challenge!  Easy and Demonstratable Cards.

Mary Jo

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Technostamper Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 121!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I have a really fun sketch for you this week.  I can not wait to see what you come up with for it.  Don't forget to check out the top three from last week on the previous post. 

Here is this week's sketch...

And here is my first card with this sketch.  I changed the squares to circles and moved the bottom element over a bit.

I am surprised that Crushed Curry did not make the cut for the new colors.  Such a fun color.  I matched it up with black and red for this fun card.

Stamps: Just Buzzin By
Paper: Crushed Curry, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Other: markers, circle scissors plus, embossing folder, circle punches. 

I hope you find time to play along this week.  You can add you sample below. 

Mary Jo

Technostamper Best of the Best for sketch 120!

Here are my top three pick for last week's challenge.  Click on the photos to see the original post on the creator's blog.  Tell them I sent you and let them know how awesome their cards are!

What fabulous samples this week--again.  I really enjoyed this sketch, hope you did too.  Be right back with the new challenge sketch!

Mary Jo

Featured Stamper Challenge 15 Week of May 9-15th

This week on Stampin Connection we are featuring Debbie Cipolla one of our fellow demonstrators.  The idea of these challenges are that you pick a card she made and re-make it changing at least two things.  I did two this week.  These will be part of my all occasions class this month.

This first card is using two of my favorite colors that will be retiring.  Cameo Coral and Ruby Red.  I also added some Real Red that will not be retiring.  The scallop rectangles are done by taping two scallop squares together.   You can see the card I chose to inspire me on the right.  I changed the size, color, added scallops and texture, changed the position of the ribbon and sentiment, changed the stampers and added the dots. 

Stamps: Of the Earth (hostess) Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Real Red, Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red
Other: embossing folder, scallop circle die, scallop oval die, lg oval die, wide red ribbon, gel pen

The next card is a combo of inspiration taken from the same card above and another card too.  I loved the colors on the card above and the layout of this new card.  Very simple yet so pretty.

I changed a lot on this one.  But I did basically keep the layout the same.

Stamps: Thoughts and Prayers, Itty Bitty Bits (Summer Mini)
Paper: Pale Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Razzleberry Lemonade DP
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Other: ribbon, markers, pearls ribbon, Bitty Buttons punch

I sure hope that you all have a wonderful Mother's Day today!  I am also sharing a poem that was posted on one of my boards today that I really likes.  Hope you enjoy.


Real Mothers don't eat quiche;
They don't have time to make it.

Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils
Are probably in the sandbox.

Real Mothers often have sticky floors,
Filthy ovens and happy kids.

Real Mothers know that dried play dough
Doesn't come out of carpets.

Real Mothers don't want to know what
The vacuum just sucked up....

Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?'
And get their answer when a little
Voice says, 'Because I love you best..'

Real Mothers know that a child's growth
Is not measured by height or years or grade...
It is marked by the progression of Mommy to Mom to Mother........

The Images of Mother

4 YEARS OF AGE - My Mommy can do anything!

8 YEARS OF AGE - My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!

12 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother doesn’t know everything!

14 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother? She wouldn’t have a clue.
16 YEARS OF AGE - Mother? She's so five minutes ago.

18 YEARS OF AGE - That old woman? She's way out of date!

25 YEARS OF AGE - Well, she might know a little bit about it!

35 YEARS OF AGE - Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.

45 YEARS OF AGE - Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?

65 YEARS OF AGE - Wish I could talk it over with Mom...

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure she carries, or the way she combs her hair..

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes,
Because that is the doorway to her heart,
The place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole,
But true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.
It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she
Shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

author unknown.

I hope your day is blessed with much love and some time to spend on YOU!
You are special and deserve to be praised today!

Mary Jo

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Where would we be without Teachers?

I am so thankful for good teachers.  I get nervous when I start to think about all the budget cuts coming and what we may loose.  My son is special ed and may loose aids and other stuff with all the cuts--especially if people vote down the new budget.  So will all that I thought I would make a gift for my son's teachers.  I have to make a few more but I think they turned out adorable.  We did these in club this month.  It uses the new First Day stamp set from the new Summer Mini.

It is a dry erase easel with matching pen and a tin with candy and the ornament punch rose.  This was so fast and easy to make.  The erase board is actually one of those plastic picture frames turned on it side.  The top part is inserted inside the frame and then I added sticky dry erase sheets to the front.  I used some retired paper to make the pen match.  Fun and easy project.  I got the directions for the rose  HERE .

Stamps: First Day
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, retired apple paper
Ink: Basic Black
Other: ribbon, dry erase sheets, plastic frame, markers, ornament punch, tin, candy nugguts

See ya bright and early in the morning.
Mary Jo

Friday, May 7, 2010

Blogger's Challenge - Mother's Day

Geez, it took me all day to get this post up, blogger was being difficult.  Looks like it has decided to behave at least for now.  This week we are focusing on Mothers!  Appropriately so!  I took one of my favorite word stamps from the All Holidays set and added it to another sentiment stamp in the same set to come up with the appropriate sentiment for my mom.    It is actually a simple card but I like it.  I combined it with the Latenightstamper's Challenge 69 to use pearls and swirls.

I love this Bella Blue paper.  So easy to get beautiful cards with it. 

Stamps:  All Holidays, Messages for Mom (last mini)
Paper: Saraha Sand, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Bella Blue DP
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Other: embossing folder, sizzix sizzlets, markers, pearl from the pretties kit.

Hope you have a blessed weekend!
Mary Jo

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Ed8 and other news.

I have not yet had the chance to announce here that I am now the proud co-owner of the Latenightstampers group.  You all know how much I love this group and I would love for you to join too!  You do not have to be a demonstrator just have to love Stampin Up!  It is all Stampin Up!  ALL THE TIME!  If you are not already a member please join below.  It is free, fun and has tons of samples shared everyday with all Stampin Up! products.

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Here is this week's ED8 challenge.

Welcome to week number 8 of the Ed challenges. 

Ed stands for easy and demonstratable cards. 

You have a choice this week of two different themes.

You can create a wedding card or you can create a project/card with buttons, or you can even combine the two!  Your choice.

 I hope to see lots of samples in the photo album.  You can upload your sample and see the other samples HERE.


Here is my first sample: ( which also fits the weekly Latenightstampers challenge 69 to use pearls and swirls)

Stamps: Together Forever

Paper: Saraha Sand, Bella Blue DP, Whisper White, Not Quite Navy

Ink: Basic Black

Other: markers, ribbon, pretties kit

Have a fabulous day!  See you on Latenightstampers!

Mary Jo

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 120!

Thank you for stopping by for the new sketch challenge.  I hope you will play along. Don't forget to leave a link at the end of this post.  If you haven't noticed I change the re-cap this week again.  I posted a sneak peek of my three favorites with pictures that link back to the creator's blogs.  I hope you will visit them and let them know how much we enjoy their work. Also leave me a comment letting me know what your opinion is of this new method.  Now on to this week's sketch. I really like this one and think I will be using it some more this week. 

Here is the sketch...

And here is my sample.  I combined it with the new challenge for the week on Latenightstampers.  This week we are making projects with swirls and pearls!

I love this adorable set!  This is actually the first time I have used this stamp from the set.  Not sure why, it really is darling.

Stamps: A Kind Word
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Melon Mambo DP, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Chocolate Chip
Other: pearl from the pretties kit, fusion flowers, white gel pen, markers

I am excited to see what you come up with for this sketch, don't forget to add you link below.
Mary Jo

Technostamper Best of the Best for sketch 119

So I am running late today.  Left the house this morning to go to church and things just kept coming up all day.  Haven't been able to even sit down, I didn't even post a Feature Stamper Challenge on Stampin Connection.  Geez, they are gonna be mad at me.  Well I got home and rushed to the basement to make a sample for this week's sketch.  And now I get to pick the best of the best from last week.  Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these ladies as their creations are wonderful and I am sure they would love to hear that, lol!  Click on the picture to see the full images and be taken to the creator's blog.

Great job on last week's sketch, don't go too far, I am posting this week in a few minutes.  Hope you can play along!

Mary Jo