Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Hello my friends!!! WELCOME!!! This week has been so busy already. Yesterday, we spent the first half of the day at Enrichment classes Sign Up for our Home School group and I signed my children up for all of their fall Enrichment classes. They are very excited about this. However, this is a different group than we have participated in the past 2 years, so they will miss the friendships they have made from there. I then came home and worked on finishing 5 tutorials for an upcoming project. By the time I was done with that, my brain was MUSH! lol

Today, I will be heading out to visit my grandmother and then I must come home and get some stamping done! I have been stamping, nearly every day but yesterday, however, it is all for projects and upcoming publications!

Without further adieu.. I have TWO sneak peeks to share with you! Both of these cards are using images that I drew for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps! There will actually be THREE different stamp sets that I personally drew released tomorrow! I hope you will stop back to check them out tomorrow!

Now about these Sneak Peeks... If you have been following my blog for any amount of time, you may recognize these cards. :) I made them last year when these images were released as Digital Images. Since I have not had a lot of time to stamp NEW projects this week, I thought I would dig through my archives to find a few projects to share with you this week. The great news is they will be available as STAMP SETS TOMORROW!!!

Here are the details....

Stamp Sets: Harvest Blessings , Autumn Blessings retired from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, Rough Texture Wheel from SU retired
Cardstock: Basic Grey, Chocolate Chip, Groovy Guava, Whisper White, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Branch Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Marker, Copics, Glue Dots, Dew Drops

Stamps: Christmas Wonder available at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!
Technique: Sanded White Wash from Technique Junkies
Cardstock: Red, Black, Tan, White
Accessories: Cuddlebug, Red 5/8 grosgrain, Oval punch, Paper Piercing, Gesso, Stipple Brush, Brayer

Tomorrow, there will be a chance to participate in a challenge this week to WIN one of the Stamp Sets I designed!!! Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!!!

Chrissy D

Monday, August 30, 2010


Hello Everyone! I hope you had a FABULOUS weekend! We are gearing up for fall and more school activities this week, so I thought I would make a SPARKLY fall card! We have enrichment class sign ups today, so I will be gone the first half of the day doing that, then I hope to come home and do some more creating!!!

I used the SPARKLY STAINED GLASS technique and grabbed some fun, new designers papers. Who can resist using NEW things? I love the fun, quirky fall stamps QKR Stampede has! Such a fun collection to look through!

Here are some more details: Pumpkin Vine
Cardstock: Cajun Craze, Espresso, White, DP from SU, Acetate
Accessories: Felt leaves, Crystal Effects, Spray adhesive, Glitter, Dew Drops, Mini Glue Dots, Linen Ribbon

I hope you have a GREAT day!!!  Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

Chrissy D

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Hello Everyone - HAPPY SATURDAY! Thank you for stopping by! We had my daughter's SURPRISE PARTY last night and she had soooo much fun. During dinner AND the craft, she asked THREE times when the birthday girl was coming. LOL So I guess my telling her the party was for someone else was effective. ;) The girls had a lot of fun and played with die cuts I made using my Cricut. They each made 3 cards and had a blast giggling and being creative.

Today is the Shining Light Challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs! Our challenge this week is to Texture it!! Add texture whether it be through embossing, your different embellishments (feathers, textured ribbon…) or distressing (roughing up the edges not just inking them)

To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize , $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for thprize must be submitted by Thursday, September 2 on the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. We will even choose a few Shining Light Awards for those who participate. Check out the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog for even more details!

For my creation, I used the Spellbinders dry embossing folder AND I distressed the edges. To get the look that I did - I stamped the image in Not Quite Navy, created a mask for it then sponged an apricot color in a small half circle for the sun. I then sponged orange and pink above it and a caribbean blue for the sky and went with the Not Quite Navy color at the very top. I put a light tan color on the ground and then stamped the excess ink off the sponge dauber and added a small amount of shading along the side and base of the light house. 

Here are a few more details:
Stamp Set: Our Daily Bread Designs Keep My Lamp Burning
Ink and Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Apricot, Olive, Pink,  Caribbean Blue, Tan, White
Accessories: Distressing Tool, Buttons, Gold thread, Green Ribbon, Sponge Daubers, Spellbinders, Tissue, Glimmer Mists, Paint Brush

I can guarantee Inspiration when you check out the other Design Team members projects! Check out their blogs here: 

Enjoy your weekend! Thank you for stopping by!

Chrissy D

Friday, August 27, 2010


HELLO EVERYONE! I have been soooo busy this week planning a SuRPRISE BIRTHDAY PARTY for my Daughter! She has NOOOOO CLUE it is for her. I told her I was doing all of this work for a customer! It is a good thing I do things like this every now and then! LOL I made the above banner for the party WITH her help! I even hung it up, so we could see what it would look like on the Birthday Girl's wall. heehee If you recall...her birthday was early August, so she has NO INKLING it is for her. I love it!!! Both girls keep asking if they can go to the party. So I told them that when I see the MOM, I will ask her if they can stay IF they help me clean! LOL

I will share a close up of the banner one day next week!

Next week, SWEET 'n SASSY STAMPS will be holding a NEW RELEASE!!! This NEW RELEASE will include some of my personal artwork! I hope you will take a look and if you like them even buy them! 

Todays project uses Mark's Finest Papers stamp set More of Speedy the Cat's Friends. I created this for the Technique Junkie Newsletter and used the SOFT and SPARKLY Technique...

Here are a few more details:
Cardstock: White, Sparkle Abysse from the PAPER TEMPTRESS The Sparkle Abysse is just DAZZLING without the mess! Bashful Blue too!Accessories: Flower Soft, Glitter, Glue, Paper Piercing Tool, marker, White Craft Ink, Oval Punches, Striped Ribbon, Dew Drops, Dimensionals

OK! I am off to shower, make some cup cakes for the party and clean up my house. I also need to finish up some last minute Craft plans for tonight too! Thank you for stopping by! HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!!!

Be Blessed!
Chrissy D

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Hello! Are you soaking up the last few days of summer? This week is our first official week of school, so in between subjects I send my children outside to run around and burn off some energy and enjoy the sunshine! In Wisconsin, we have had so much rain, so the mosquitoes are quite heavy. Not to mention, we live on a wooded lot in the city, so they tend to be thick. YUCK. 

There is nothing like sitting outside on my porch in the cool, quiet of the morning enjoying a cup of coffee listening to the birds sing though! I love that quiet time at the start of the day!

The card I am sharing for you today was SO much fun to create. I used the Splitcoast Stampers Color Challenge -Pacific, Razzleberry, Olives - Such BOLD, RICH colors - it as hard finding a balance but I always find BLACK helps! Well...maybe not always, but in my MIND'S EYE it does, right? LOL

Todays card uses the beautiful I BRAKE FOR STAMPS Birds and Butterflies  stamp with the technique Glimmer Mist Watercolors from the Technique Junkie Newsletter

Did you know? YOU can CLICK HERE to save 10% at I BRAKE FOR STAMPS by using this code: SAVE10CHRIS

Here are a few more challenges I participated in...
The Pink Elephant Ribbon and Sparkle!
Just Scraps - OPEN HOUSE!
Paper Cutz Challenge Anything goes!

Bee Crafty Ribbons or Bows
Flutterby Wednesdaybutterfly, fairy or angel 

A few more details... I Stamped the image in black on white cardstock, then colored the image with my Copics. I then set up my small spray station (just a cut open box!) so I didn't make a mess (ok that is a laugh, if you saw the MESS in my office right now - you would say... TOO LATE! lol) with the over spray of the Glimmer Mists. I then proceeded to follow the directions from the Technique Junkies Newsletter

Stamp Sets: I BRAKE FOR STAMPS Birds and Butterflies 
Cardstock: Neenah White, Olive, Razzleberry, Black, pacific Point

Accessories: Technique Junkies Newsletter, Glimmer Mists, Stardust Stickles, Dimensionals, organdy ribbon, Scallop punch, Dew Drops, Big Shot, Swiss Dots CB folder, Paper Piercing Tool, 

(The butterfly IS part of the stamp. I stamped it, colored it and cut it out... adding Stickles and dimensionals to make it POP!)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


 Hello Everyone - Today, I created a CLEAN and SIMPLE card with LOTS of SPARKLE!!!

I am getting better on the Clean and Simple cards. It has taken me a few years of stamping to get over having so many layers! My mom would be soooo proud. LOL Todays card uses Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps gorgeous sets Thoughts of You and September Morning Glories.

I used the Splitcoast Stampers Technique Challenge and the Clean and Simple Challenge to use Kraft and Turqouise...

Here are a few more challenges I played in...
The Pink Elephant - Ribbon and Sparkle!
Just Scraps - OPEN HOUSE!
Paper Cutz Challenge - Anything goes!
Etsy Inspired Challenge- Inspiration
Cupcake Craft Challenges - Blue and Green
Stamp With Fun - Girl Cards!
Papertake Weekly - 3 (Dew Drops) - 2 (stamps) - 1 (ribbon)

Here are a few more details...
Stamp Sets:Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps gorgeous sets Thoughts of You and September Morning Glories.
Cardstock: Acetate, White, Kraft, Black, Turquoise
Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool, Crystal Effects, Martha Stewart Glitter, Dew Drops, Mini Glue Dots, Black & White Gingham Ribbon, Spray Adhesive

Thanks so much for stopping by today! We will be on our second day of school. First day, was okay! :) One day at a time... I hope you have a very BLESSED day!

Chrissy D

Monday, August 23, 2010


HELLO! Happy Monday. We had such a relaxing Sunday. Both my husband and I woke up and were feeling under the weather, so we slept and slept. I  tried to go into my stamp room but just could not muster enough energy, I was so fatigued, I came back and ended up resting the entire day.

Does this look familiar? I am using a remaining portion of card stock from THIS card. I had a dear friend lose her father to cancer this week, so I created this card for her... 

Since this is a remaining strip of card stock, the technique I used is called MASKED AND MARKERED from the Technique Junkies Newsletter. The floral image is the gorgeous set called FALL FLOWERS from Firecracker Designs By Pamela.

Here are a few more details:
Stamps: Fall Flowers from Firecracker Designs By Pamela, retired French Script by SU, the sentiment is from SU
Cardstock: Peach, Rose, Black, Olive
Accessories: Copic Markers,  Nestibilities, , Dimensionals, Paper Cutter, Swiss Dots, Watercolor paint brush, Black brads Basic Grey

This week, we will be starting school...although I am not feeling ready. I bet my kids feel the same way! lol Thank you for stopping by! Hope you have a FANTASTIC day!!! 

Be Blessed -
Chrissy D

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Hello Everyone- HAPPY SUNDAY!!! It is late Saturday evening as I type this - so bear with me! :) We had our monthly GAME NIGHT - super fun! We meet once a month with 3 other families for dinner and games. One family couldn't make it this month. It always seems a little different without one family. We really enjoy ourselves...lots of laughter and fun. The children love it too.

Todays project uses the SWEET 'n SASSY STAMPS digi image called Fall Arrangement. I used the SWEET STOP SKETCH  as my inspiration. It is a challenge with a twist where we were to incorporate BACK TO SCHOOL - well my card will be used for my college bound daughter to encourage her as she studies. So does that count? :)

Here are a few more details:
Stamp Sets: SWEET 'n SASSY STAMPS digi image called Fall Arrangement, sentiments - Thought of You Today
Cardstock: Basic Grey Indian Summer, Espresso, Ruby Red
Accessories; Paper Piercing Tool, Copics, Stitched Ribbon Offray, Dew Drops,

A few challenges I participated in...
Bee Crafty Ribbons or Bows

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a BLESSED day!!!
Chrissy D

Saturday, August 21, 2010

ODBDSLC26 Punches or Dies

Hello Everyone - HAPPY SATURDAY! Thank you for stopping by! The past few days, I have been fervently working on making some Hospital Binders for the Card Ministry Team. Friday, I cut 1800 pieces of cardstock!!! My arms and shoulders were sooo sore. I am SO thankful for my Carl Cutter! I was able to cut 13 sheets of cardstock at a time. I cut 1800, 8 1/2"  x 11" card stock 2 times down to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" rectangles for layers. After cutting all of that card stock, I had NO desire to stamp... so I hope to have time to play today!!! :)

Today is the Shining Light Challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs! Our challenge this week is to use punches or dies in your creation! SOOO EASY, Hey?

To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize , $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for thprize must be submitted by Thursday, August 26th on the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. We will even choose a few Shining Light Awards for those who participate. Check out the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog for even more details!

Here are the details to my project:
Stamp Sets: Our Daily Bread Designs Fishers of Men (I love this set!! Perfect for masculine cards!)
Cardstock: Autumn DP from SU (retired), Soft Sky, Espresso, Turquoise, Vanilla/ Cream
Accessories: Nestibilities, sponge, Stipple Brush, Chocolate marker, Skeleton Leaves, Martha Stewart punch, Copic Markers, 7/8" chocolate stitched ribbon, Corduroy Brads
Techniques: Spotlighting and Wisped Frames from Technique Junkie Newsletter

Here are some challenges I participated in:
Stampin' For the Weekend - Anything Goes
Pixie Dust Studio - Go Crazy with Polka Dots (I added dots around the nestibilities)
If the Shoe Fits: DIE CUTS! (I used nestibilities)
Bee Crafty - Ribbons or Bows
Secret Crafter - Use Blue and Cream on your project
Crafty Cardmakers - Spotlighting

I can guarantee Inspiration when you check out the other Design Team members projects! Check out their blogs here: 

Enjoy your weekend! Thank you for stopping by!

Chrissy D

Friday, August 20, 2010


Hello Everyone-
QKR STAMPEDE is holding a Design Team Call!!!
·                     This will be a 6 month term - with an option to continue if it is agree-able to the Design Team member and Maribeth.
·                     You can choose 3 or 4 stamps they want to work with for the month
·                     4 projects per set (one per week)
·                     Maribeth may occasionally pick a set and offer it to anyone interested in exchange for stamps of their choice (with no samples required) after I receive scans/pics of finished projects
·                     For trade shows -- free stamps for card fronts -- one free stamp of their choice for every 2 card fronts mailed (no free stamps for scans)
·                     You must be able to follow instructions on time and work well with others.
·                     Check out the other DT Members blogs and comment please. P
·                     Post your work to other Forums you are participating in and comment in those areas too.
·                     Post a permanent DT banner on your blog
·                     You MUST have a blog and be posting regularly

Anyone interested in applying can email Maribeth at Maribeth@eurekastamps.com.

Include 3 or so items you have created in any medium as long as stamps were used somewhere. Also, list any websites/blogs you may have, any publications you have been in, and any design teams you have been on (all of which are not necessary to be considered but will help us get to know you and your work better).

Submission Deadline is AUGUST 31.

If you have any questions, please let us know! We look forward to sharing MORE with you and seeing your creations too!

Chrissy D