Thursday, July 30, 2009

Walkin' On the Wild Side...

Welcome to the SWEET 'n SASSY STAMPS Blog Hop, featuring cards made with a little bit of the WILD SIDE from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. Did you start at Korin's Blog? If you came from Leah's Blog you're in the right spot. The reason I asked if you started at the Korin's blog, is because you'll want to be sure to start at the beginning and hop through all the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Designers Blogs and follow through on the Blog Hop tomorrow becuase Korin has a SURPRISE for someone at the end!

Now on to my card...To create my background I used the Simple Whitewash from the August Technique Junkies Newsletter. The Elephant image is from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Ellie and Friends stamp set.
Details:Stamps - Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Ellie and Friends
Cardstock Basic Black, Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, SU DP retired
Other - Nestibilities, Gesso, Brush, Basic Grey Brads, Paper Piercing Tool, Copics, Dimensionals, Paper Snips.
For tomorrow's Blog Hop you will want to take your Walk On the Wild Side at these Blogs,
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!
Chrissy D

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Hello my friends,
I want to remind you that today is the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog Hop!
Come join the fun and take a WALK ON THE WILD SIDE with the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Design Team Blog Hop!
Come back tomorrow for a creation! Have a great day!

Chrissy D

Monday, July 27, 2009


Welcome to Technique Junkies first ever TREASURE HUNT! We will be hosting a TREASURE HUNT every month on the third Monday This month we are treating you to SNEAK PEEKS to the August Newsletter…

Wasn't Kimm's project WONDERFUL and full of Inspiration!? (If you didn't arrive here from the Technique Junkie blog, you don't want to miss what our whole DT has in store for you! The Treasure Hunt starts at

In the process of going from Blog to Blog you will want to collect small treasures! At the end of the treasure hunt, put the collection together to see what it says and follow Pat’s directions to win a FABULOUS treasure!

This project gives you a SNEAK PEEK to the Technique "TEXTURED SPECTRUM". The technique instructions will be available in the upcoming Technique Junkies Newsletter! If you are not a subscriber, I really must encourage to become one! Each newsletter is better and better with step by step directions (with pictures!) on how to use these WONDERFUL techniques!

Here are the details for my project:

Stamp Set: Simple Friendship available at Stampin' Up!

Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Coordinations, Glossy White, Whisper White

Accessories: Paper Snips, Dew Drops, Brayer, Spectrum Ink, Eyelet Scallop Punch, Paint Brush, Dimensionals, Stickles, Nestibilities, Jumbo Wheel Friendly Words

The treasure you will find here is the letter "G". For your next CLUE to the TREASURE go to Beth's Blog to collect the rest! Have fun hunting for your treasure!

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!

Chrissy D

Saturday, July 25, 2009

WINTER AT HOME - Bloggers Challenge #109 and Sweet Stop #14

Hello! Happy Saturday! Today will be a busy day. I am celebrating my big 4-0 birthday this weekend with my family! It will eb lots of FUN!
Todays card is using the SWEET STOP SKETCH and the BLOGGERS CHALLENGE card - the theme for the Bloggers Challenge this week is to celebrate Christmas in July. Check out the other Blogger Challenge participants HERE. They always inspire me!
On Monday, we will be having a FABULOUS TREASURE HUNT and Pat from Technique Junkies will have a prize of being a Technique Junkie for life! Check out the details HERE.
Here are the details for my project:
Stamps: Winter at Home available at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Cardstock: Garden Green, Night of Navy, Basic Grey
Accessories: Copics, buttons, eyelet scallop punch, Navy grosgrain, circle punch, Dimensionals
I will see you back on Monday! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!!!
Chrissy D

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Hello! Are you all enjoying your summer? Ours seems so busy these days. On Tuesdays, I host a class in my home for a group of moms for the Institute For the Excellence in Writing. We are doing a co-op this school year for a writing class for our children and we are learning what they will be learning next year, so we can better train them. It is a lot of hard work! There is even homework!
Add to that play dates, running errands, housework, park dates with friends, visitin family, and every day is packed with activity!
Todays card celebrates SWEET 'n SASSY STAMPS Christmas in July Celebration - check out their FABULOUS sale! You will even have a chance to get this adorable image!
The technique on this card comes from TECHNIQUE JUNKIES and is called Scrappy Spots. It was SO fun to create and I love how it turned out!
Here are the details for the project:
Stamps: Digi Image by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Cardstock: Real Red, Mellow Moss, More Mustard, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Circle Punch, brayer,Metal Tag, Red Grosgrain, Black Brads, Spica, Stickles
This week's Belli Challenge is to use metal tags on your cards or projects. You don't have metal tags? No problem! Make a faux metal tag, use metal hardware, use a metal edge tag, or even a metal charm. You can make a faux metal tag in several different ways. Paint a chipboard tag with metal paint, emboss some cardstock with metal embossing powder, or you could even use metal cardstock (silver, gold, copper, etc...) shaped like a tag.

We would love for you to join us in the BELLI CHALLENGES...
Have a blessed day! Thanks for stopping by!

Chrissy D

Monday, July 20, 2009


Hello! I hope this finds you ready for a new week! After several weeks of travel my dear husband was home, so it was so nice to spend time with him and our children. I think my kids ate it up too. He is more the type to work steadily and get everything done, where I just wanted to sit and be with him.
This week, Creative Cuts and More is sponsoring the Caardvarks Challenge!
Create a ***NEW*** baby or bridal shower card or altered item!
There are MANY gorgeous samples on the Caardvarks website of Wedding and Baby gift ideas. I made this card with the Tag Card With Two Tags, Bottom Opening .
Here are more details:
Stamps: Digi Images NEW - this will be available this week at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps,
Cardstock: Vellum, Bazzill Bling cardstock available at CC&M
Accessories: Scallop Punch, Circle punch, Copics, Pearl Adhesive, Paper Piercing, mat Pack., organdy ribbon.
Creative Cuts & More will help you achieve all your paper crafting endeavors. Whether you are a stamper, scrapbooker or card maker, let us help you create wonderful stamped projects, great scrapbook layouts, and greeting cards. We'll save you a ton of time with our die cuts!
We carry Die Cut Alphabets, Tags, Shapes, unique Die Cut Cards with all styles of window openings, and our most popular selection, Die Cut Bags and Boxes. All of our products are able to be purchased as a single selection or you can receive a discount for bulk orders.
We offer our die cuts in many materials such as all colors of Bazzill Smoothies, Bazzill Criss Cross, plus 82 colors of Bazzill Canvas Texture. In addition, we also offer all our die cuts in 35 metallic and pearlescent colors, as well as chipboard, felt, foam, and polyshrink. We also sell both Bazzill and metallic cardstock by the sheet!Are you in need of some great ideas or samples? Be sure to visit our Artwork Gallery for some great creative ideas that have been made using some of our products.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

Sunday, July 19, 2009


I am so excited to announce that Technique Junkies will be having its very first TREASURE HUNT! The Treasure Hunt will begin on Monday, July 27th at the Technique Junkies Blog early in the morning. This will happen the fourth Monday of every month!
You will want to follow the links from there and gather some "treasures" along the way. When you arrive at the FINAL STOP, directions will be given for you to follow for your chance to win a FABULOUS PRIZE from Pat Huntoon!
It all starts at The Technique Junkies blog
then start HUNTING at Kathie McGuire's Blog
Then Lisa Somerville's blog
and Kimm Bennington-Thompson's blog
Keep following the trail to Chris Dickinson's blog
then to Beth Norman's blog and
all the way to Jane Bosi's blog
then to Manna Mccaffrey's blog
continue to Shelly Hickox's blog
and finally Pat Huntoon's blog who will have the drawing for a TREASURE for those who answer correctly.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Chrissy D

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Showers of Blessings...

Hello! Today is Sweet Stop Saturday. The third Saturday of every month there is a sketch with a TWIST! This week's Twist is to make a card FUN IN THE SUN.

While this card isn't necessarily FUN IN THE SUN - I can't help but think of the SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS raining down upon us. This little girl dancing as GOD rains down the blessings upon her. I pray that for you today!
Here are the details to my project:

Stamp Set: Digi Image Shower of Blessings

Cardstock: Lovely Lilac, Bashful Blue - DP - Cosmo Cricket (I think!)
Accessories: Copics, Gems, Grosgrain Ribbon colored with Copics, Scalloped Edge Punch

Thank you for stopping by! Have a blessed day!

Chrissy D

Friday, July 17, 2009


Good Day my friends,
This week's Challenge combines BLOGGERS CHALLENGE 108 & SWEET STOP SKETCH 12. The Sweet Stop Sketch is hosted on Saturdays, and this is last weeks Sketch, but since I was in New York last week I did not have my card complete, so I thought I would finish it here...
We have had a busy summer so fun and today will prove to be another busy day. We are going to visit my grandmother and my husband returns home after being out of town this week. I am so glad! Maybe tomorrow I can sleep in? LOL Either way, I will have ANOTHER Sweet Stop Sketch for you, as Saturday there is a NEW Sketch! This week's sketch over at The Sweet Stop is so FUN and EASY! Please join us and play. You do not need to have SNSS stamps to participate... but if you don't have any, then what are you waiting for? A sale? Well, we've got that, too! Be sure to check the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps website for details on the Christmas in July special offer, which includes exclusive gift(s) with purchase!!!

This week's Bloggers Challenge is to create a project using STITCHING. Well, as much as I love how the sewing looks at cards, I am not a big sew-er, so I used the All in a Row stamp that has been retired SU. You will want to gather some more inspiration from the other players - you can find their links HERE.
Here are the details:
Stamp Sets: In His Time, Rough Edges Wheel, Forget Me Not (words - DIGI), SU All in a Row Retired
Cardstock: Basic Grey DP, Pacific Point, Whisper White, Basic Black, Really Rust
Die Cut: Creative Cuts and More Antique Elegance Frame
Accessories: Paper Snips, K&C Gems, Oval Punch, Black grosgrain
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a blessed day!

Chrissy D

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Hello! Today is the Christian Paper Crafts Magazine New to You Challenge that I host every Wednesday! This week's Challenge is to create a card using the Crimped Envelope Pocket Card. I used the tutorial HERE from Splitcoast Stampers.

Here are the details for my card:
Stamp Set: Dream Silhouettes, His Eye is On the Sparrow
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Perfect Plum, Envelope
Accessories: Eyelet Scalloped Punch, Crimper, Ribbon, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Sponge
This week, we have been busy with Tae Kwon Do practice. My kids are preparing for their first belt test and they are very excited! Between that and catching up with housework from being gone last week, life has been busy!

Despite all of the busyness, I am so blessed. This week at church, we had a special speaker come in. He is a new Pastor applying for a position in our church. He spoke from Jonah 1...the Lord led me to share this with you today...
Jonah 1
Running Away from God
1-2 One day long ago, God's Word came to Jonah, Amittai's son: "Up on your feet and on your way to the big city of Nineveh! Preach to them. They're in a bad way and I can't ignore it any longer." 3 But Jonah got up and went the other direction to Tarshish, running away from God. He went down to the port of Joppa and found a ship headed for Tarshish. He paid the fare and went on board, joining those going to Tarshish—as far away from God as he could get.
After hearing Pastor Sam Jackson speak this week, I was challenged to ask myself and really think about what GOD is calling me in? Where or what have I been neglecting or running in the other direct from? My children have me so distracted right now, that I seem to be tending to the immediate needs and have a hard time thinking past what is beyond that. I am hoping this week to really have some treasured moments to really focus on where God has been calling me and where I may not be going in the directions HE wants me too. If you would like to listen to this message, I encourage you to go to and download it to your computer or any other means of listening devices.
I hope you have a blessed day!
Chrissy D

Monday, July 13, 2009

Creative Cuts and More BLOG HOP!

Hello Blog Hoppers!
This is my FIRST blog Hop with Creative Cuts and More! I am so excited to have been asked to join their Design Team!
If you didn't arrive here from the Die Cut Diva website, you don't want to miss what our whole DT has in store for you! The CC&M Blog Hop starts at

Creative Cuts and More is offering blog candy at the main Die Cut Diva blog and also on one other link in the chain, so you will want to keep hopping through the blogs Two of the brand new card kits will be given away!!! How fabulous is that!?

Now for your "Eye Candy here" ;) Here are pictures of the TWO KITS available at Creative Cuts and More... You can find the kits HERE. Both of these DELIGHTFULLY FUN kits were designed by Pam Smerker. This GIRL card kit was the one I used for all of my cards. I have to say, this was SOOO much fun! I do not think I have had this much fun playing with cardstock in the past few months! It was just SHEER JOY to create these cards with this kit! The kit had everything I needed, but I couldn't resist adding a few things. Those things will be listed per card for you, so you know what won't be included in the kit when you purchase or win it!
Watch for many more new and exciting kits and products from CC&M.

This card kit is jammed packed with supplies. This kit contains 12 die cut cards and envelopes. Many of the cards included in the kit are exclusive to CC&M. The kit is worth over $30 but we are offering it for $26.99.You will have everything you need to make 12 great cards. The only thing you will need to add is adhesive.

There is a great birthday stamp set from Doodlebug that is an add-on to the kit. View our gallery to see all of the great examples that can be made with this kit.
$26.99 for this complete kit.

Do you notice in the kit ALL of your 12 cards are cut? I was thrilled when I saw that! I was able to create some cute cards quickly and in all different shapes and styles!

For this cute Purse card in addition to the kit supplies I used scissors

and the Scallop edged punch. Everything including the Gift Card holder insert which is exclusively designed by Creative Cuts and More is included!

This is a Side Opening Tag Card. I used a Pink Marker to frame the heart, this was not included in your kit!For this Side Opening Tag Card (included in the kit) the only addition that I used was the Copic Spica Purple Pens, SU Tempting Turqouise cardstock and a 1 1/2 inch circle punch.For this Flip Flop card (included in the kit) I used a Bone Folder for the extra scoring on the white layer, Glue Dot to attach the flower. I cut the designer paper strips in 1/2 inch strips and 1/8 inch strips. I loved this because the flip flop card is precut and scored for me, so all I had to do is decorate these cards!

This Flip Flop card was so fun to create. I used the 1/8" hole punch and a half inch circle punch on the hat Die Cut, glue dot to attach the flower on the top of the hat, SU Tempting Turquoise CS, SU Green Gable CS, and Pink Passion Marker to draw the faux stitching.This fabulous Window card comes with this exclusive scallop circle fit to your card precut in your kit! Things I used not included in the kit are the Bazzill Swimming Pool Criss Cross cardstock, Circle cutter, Very Vanilla 5/8" grosgrain, Bazzill Buttercream Criss Cross Cardstock for the layer, K&C adhesive gemstones.The extras on this card was the SU Gable Green and Tempting Turquoise cardstock, scissors to layer, Rose grosgrain, the SU round oval punch

For this Gatefold card I added a sentiment on the inside along with the stickers. The sentiment is from a stamp set available at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps called Birthday greetings.

Now with this card...I have to say I think I got a little carried away. LOL It was fun to create, but I made it a little too busy for my taste. Additions are SU Tempting Turquoise cardstockand the Rounded Tab Punch.

Out of all of the cards, this one was the most fun to create! This is an Acetate Gatefold card. I was so excited about it, that as I was showing my husband it and passing it to him to look at, I dropped it in the dogs water dish, so I had to use my heat tool to dry it, pull it apart to see what I can salvage. There is a tiny bit of warping on the inside cardstock. I couldn't get that off without destroying the acetate visual on the back of the card - so I left it in there... so bare with me as it is a tiny bit warped!

The top portion that says "Party Girl, You take the cake - slides off. Additions not included in the kit is the layers - SU Gable Green and Pink Passion Cardstock. I also Paper pierced the top postion of the outside layer.Out of this kit, this was the quickest card I created. Once I was on a roll there was no stopping me! Additions were Su Pink Passion, Green Galore Cardstock and the Celery RibbonOut of all of the cards...this one is my favorite! Do you know what makes it my favorite? The Black Cardstock. I used it for the layers -and a 1 1/2" circle punch for a layer behind the heart, Stardust Stickles was used on the HAPPY.

Creative Cuts and More is offering a special for ONE WEEK ONLY! There is a coupon code for 15% off on your purchase. The coupon code is birthdaydt0915. Enjoy your shopping spree!

From here you want to go see Angie's Blog to see her wonderful creation! Be prepared to be WOWed by all of the Design Team members.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a blessed day!
Chrissy D

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Creative Cuts and More has their BLOG HOP tomorrow! Do you need birthday card and gift ideas? Take a ride on the CC&M Blog Hop this Monday, July 13, 2009 to see all of the wonderful "Birthday" themed items the Creative Cuts and More design team has created! The "Hop" starts at the Design Team blog:
There will as always be a chance for one or two lucky people to win a great prize!!
Come join the fun! The birthday kit is FABULOUS!!!
Chrissy D

Friday, July 10, 2009

Home from Niagara Falls with pictures!

This week I was blessed with the opportunity to go visit my friend Janette in Buffalo, New York. The kids and I made a long road trip to visit her on Monday and did several FUN things while there.

Monday, we drove all day (10 1/2 hours) to her house. Tuesday we rested. Wednesday we went to the Buffalo Zoo and Thursday God blessed us with FABULOUS weather and we went to see the Niagara Falls.

Below are some videos of Niagara Falls that I took with my camera and also some photographs too! I will be back with regular posts some time in the next day or so!






Have a great day! Thank you for stopping by!
Chrissy D

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Hello! Today, I am writing you from NEW YORK instead of WISCONSIN. The kids and I took a trip out to visit my friend Janette. My husband was supposed to travel for work, but they ended up cancelling his trip and he wanted to stay home with no children. So he is there enjoying the peace and quiet! :)

This week's Belli Challenge is to use texture on your cards or projects. What kind of texture? Anything that you can "feel" on your card - Magic Mesh, flocking, Flower Soft, velvet, or even hammered metal.

Look around in your stash of stamping stuff, and I'm sure you will find something you can use.

The Belli Girls did a great job of adding texture to their cards. Some used Flower Soft, some used flocking, one used a paper with velvet on it, and one used a metallic mesh on the background of her card. Too cool! Check them out at

Here is my card, my friend Janette is on the Design Team for HIGH HOPES, so I played with some of her stamps. I bought some flower soft and played a bit with it too.

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is proud to be sponsoring the CPS sketch challenge blog again this week. Tami cooked up another fabulous sketch that we've really enjoyed using!

This adorable ROCKET is a Digital stamp from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!

Here are the details:

Stamps: Digital Images Blast off

Cardstock: Coordinations, Real Red, basic Black, SU Games DP,

Accessories: Star Punch, Copics, Black Brads, Rounded Tab Punch, Dimensionals, Paper Snips,

Visit our DT blogs for more inspiration using this fun sketch!

Chris Dickinson-Sr DT/Stamp Designer
Courtney Fowler-Sr DT/Stamp Designer
Sandy Domelle-DT Coordinator
Jeanette Comerford-Sr DT
Teresa Kline-Sr DT
Ceal Pritchett-Sr DT
Lorie Souther-Jr DT
Nancy Brown-Jr DT
Leah Cornelius-Jr DT
Connie Babbert-Jr DT
Belinda Chang-Jr DT
Lisa Hjulberg-Jr DT

I hope you have a great day! Thank you for stopping by!

Chrissy D

Monday, July 6, 2009


Hello Everyone-
I hope you had a FABULOUS Fourth of July! We had a great weekend. Today, I will be in the van the entire day! I am driving from Wisconsin to Buffalo, New York with my children to see my friend Janette! I am so excited to go see her. While we are there we will be going to Niagra Falls. I will continue to have some posts and will share some pictures too!
This card uses TECHNIQUE JUNKIES technique from the June/July newsletter called Stamped Stencil.
Here are some more details...
Stamps: Old World Map by Stamping Up! I can not recall which set the words come from but I am thinking it is Encouragement by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - I could be wrong though (Sorry, I made the card 2 months ago!) Itty Bitty BG's...
Cardstock: Brocade Blue, Basic Black, Whisper White
Technique: Stencil Stamping - the sailboat was a stencil, not a stamp!
Thank you for stopping by! Have a blessed week!
Chrissy D