Friday, October 30, 2009


Hi! Yes, I am late with todays post, but I felt I should be responsible and balance my checkbook and pay bills. I know...I know.... silly of me especially when I could do something more fun like STAMPING! But now that icky job is done and I can PLAY (between loads of laundry - more fun!)

Today is Bloggers Challenge Day and the challenge for this week is to make a Halloween card. I personally don't celebrate Halloween - but LOVE fall, so I hope it is okay that I took a slightly different twist and made a pumpkin patch card with the cute little build-a-bear die from SU.

I used the CRINKLE technique from TECHNIQUE JUNKIES October Newsletter for the background and grabbed a few sets that were collecting dust (Autumn Harvest, Circle of Friends and Carved and Candlelit) to stamp with today...

In addition to that, this week's Belli Challenge was to make a card using Hemp or Raffia, so I used some linen thread to add to the top for that as well.

Here are just a few more details...
Accessories: Stickles, felt, Buile a bear die, Big Shot, red felt, sponge....

Thanks for stopping by! To see more Bloggers Challenge projects, click on the side bar to view their projects. Have a great day!
Chrissy D

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Harvest Embossed Crayon Resist and Upcoming Blog Hops

Hello my friends! I hope you are enjoying this FALL WEATHER! Today, I am showcasing a card using the Technique Junkies technique from the OCTOBER NEWSLETTER called Embossed Crayon Resist. Have you participated in the Treasure Hunt earlier this week? Pat has some great prizes if you haven't! You will want to start here and as you HUNT, you may have to scroll down on the Design teams personal blogs to see MORE fabulous creations! You have until early tomorrow morning to gather the treasures!

Here are a few more details...
Stamp Set: Happy harvest by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps this great set is available for $11.25!
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Very vanilla, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Big Shot, Cuddlebug Pumpkin folder, Crayons, Copics, 7/8 double stitched cardstock, Martha Stewart punch, Nestibilities

Now... some MORE exciting news...

Happy 2nd Birthday
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!

We're turning 2 next month and we have oodles of fun in store to make it a birthday to remember...

We're introducing a precious new line of stamps called The Sunbeams. We'd love your help in spreading the word so if you grab our badge and add it to your blog sidebar we will enter your name into a drawing to win the whole Birthday Party Bundle!

Join the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps DT on November 1st for a fabulous 1-day blog hop featuring our newest line, The Sunbeams!

Ceal Pritchett
Chris Dickinson
Janette Olen
Korin Sutherland
Leah Cornelius
Lisa Hjulberg
Lorie Souther
Nancy Brown
Sandy Domelle
Teresa Kline

And even MORE exciting news... Creative Cuts and More and Caardvarks is having a 3 day Holiday Blog Hop starting November 1 too! Grab the badge and spread the word!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!
Chrissy D

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Belli Challenge #77 and Mojo Sketch

Hello!!! Today is Belli Challenge day and this week's challenge is to use TWINE or RAFFIA in your project. And now that I think about it... I failed to follow the directions!!! ARGH..... LOL

So let's PRETEND... see where they grey ribbon is??? Let's pretend the Twine and Raffia is there, okay? Otherwise - "my twine and raffia" will be what the basket is made of in the stamped image? How does that work for you??? LOL Ok I know it is a stretch...I will see what I can do to change that picture before the day is out... maybe... kids have me running in different directions these days...

The Belli Sponsor this week is Sherrod Studios and one randomly chosen will will receive this stamp set, Birthday Ella

Isn't it adorable??? Now here is my project...

I used the Mojo Sketch from this past Monday.

Now, you also know if you have been following my blog that Wednesday is my Weigh In day! I can not tell you how good I feel and how excited I am every week to weigh in now. I have been sticking to my program 100% and the inches and pounds are falling off! It feels so good. This week, I even had another exciting moment!!!

On Monday, I reached a mini milestone that I didn't even know would happen so soon! ...Two weeks ago, I tried on a pair of jeans (I haven't been able to wear these jeans in over 2 years) I wasn't able to even CLOSE - (the zipper/button section) was like a WIDE V around my big large fat roll in my tummy. Well, I was in my closet this morning and just happened to look at those jeans and thought I would see how much closer the WIDE V would come to closing and how many weeks it would take to get to that point. I was thinking maybe 2 more weeks- because there was NO CLOSING THEM two weeks ago, the distance was almost as big as the Grand Canyon!!! (ok...maybe a slight exaggeration! LOL)

Well.. I slipped them on AND I was able to button them up!!! WAHOOOoooo...I didn't even have to suck in my gutt!!!! WAHOOOOooooooo.... I even wore them comfortably all day! They are tight around the waist, but baggier in the thigh area - but not gross you can see everything tight. Ya know!?

I will post my official weigh in a bit later this morning (writing this up Tuesday.) I know I have at least a 2 lb loss this week because I snuck in an early weight loss. LOL
Good morning! I weighed myself and I am down 5 more pounds!!! YIPPEE!!!!
That makes a total of 20.5 pounds... Can't wait until next week!

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

Chrissy D

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Christmas Card and Encouragement

This weekend, I had Stamp Camp and this was one of the projects we made. I just LOVE Creative Cuts and More because it was SUCH a blessing to NOT have to cut all of my cardstock
(I had to cut the insert) This card is the Square Filigree Window Card this is in the Bazzill Bling High Heels Red - it just shimmers and sparkles! Gorgeous! The snowflakes were punched using Martha Stewarts Snowflake punch on Glass Slipper Bazzill Bling cardstock.

The stamps are from Stampin up! and I used Stampin Pastels and Dazzling Diamonds on the card.

Now - for some encouragement for you...

Do you have any worries or concerns? There is no need to fear or worry. We have a GOD who created the Heavens and the Earth with just a mere breath! He certainly has every POWER to care for your needs and concerns!

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God and the peace of GOD which surpasses all understanding will GUARD your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Remember the enemy wants to discourage you! Fear debilitates our faith and creates MORE worry. We then become timid in our wisdom! We have a spirit of power, love AND a sound mind through Jesus Christ!!!

Praying for you today!

Because of Jesus' Love,

Chrissy D

Monday, October 26, 2009


Hello! Welcome to the October Technique Junkies Blog Hop!

Wasn't Lisa'a project wonderful? Looking at everyone's projects always makes me want to create some more! (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 have an opportunity to win a FABULOUS treasure chest filled with prizes! You have until Friday morning to join in on the fun!

This project gives you a PEEK to the Technique "Burnished Backgrounds." The technique instructions are available in the Technique Junkies October Newsletter! If you are not a subscriber, I encourage you 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: Season's Greetings by Firecracker Designs By Pamela

I used a black Craft pad and clear embossing powder on the BURNISHED BACKGROUNDS but it came out more grey than black - so on the text, I used Black Embossing Powder. Next time, I would just use the black embossing powder, but sometimes I have trouble with it smearing.

Cardstock and Ink: Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red

Accessories: Bone Folder, Sponge Dauber, Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Punches

The treasure you will find here is the letter "W". For your next CLUE to the TREASURE HUNT go to Jane's Blog to collect another treasure! Have fun hunting for your treasure!

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!
Chrissy D
P.S. You can scroll down for a Sweet 'n Sassy announcement!

Meet the Sunbeams...

Happy 2nd Birthday
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is turning 2 next month and they have oodles of fun in store to make it a birthday to remember...

We're introducing a precious new line of stamps called The Sunbeams.
This new line consists of 4 characters: Emma, Luke, Owen & Caitlyn. Every few months we will release a new series with a different theme. Each series will only be available for a limited time! Our first series is called Birthday Party in honor of our 2nd birthday :).

The Sunbeams
were named after the song, "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam." It is Korin's hope that these little children will remind you of the precious sunbeams in YOUR life!

We will be offering the whole set as a preorder starting November 1st through November 15th. The cost will be $20 for the Birthday Party Bundle. Once the preorders ship mid-November, we will sell the images individually, however when they are gone, they are gone! So get them while you can!!

We'd love your help in spreading the word about The Sunbeams so if you grab our badge and add it to your blog sidebar we will enter your name into a drawing to win the whole Birthday Party Bundle!

You can enter for a chance to win at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog!

Chrissy D

Friday, October 23, 2009


Hello! Todays Bloggers Challenge was to create a card with NO LAYERS! So here it is first card I think in about 5 years with NO LAYERS. :)
Stamps are retired from Stampin' Up, I colored it with Copics and dry embossed the frame. I am not wild about the way I colored the bush, but it is finished.

This video is so encouraging - I enjoyed it several months ago when our church showed it.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!
Be Blessed,

Chrissy D

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Hello! Happy Thursday! Don't forget to sign up for my blog candy at the top of my blog!
I just recieved my order from Firecracker Designs By Pamela. I love getting new stamps and had a hard time taking care of my other responsibilities and not playing first! :) Great service, prompt answers to questions and fast shipping...not to mention a great quality of stamps. I am thankful they are vendors of Technique Junkies!

This card features the stamp set So Far Away by Firecracker Designs By Pamela. I couldn't resist using the SEPIA Technique from the October/ November Technique Junkies Newsletter.
I think I may have mentioned that I have been making some life style changes - working on creating new healthier habits, avoiding junk food, exercising... I am REALLY focused on losing weight now and I feel so great! I have tons of energy. The past few years, I have been focusing on my problems and leaning on the LORD. I praise GOD that I am finally able to have a peaceful season (most days) and take care of myself. Wednesdays is my weigh in days and this week I lost 3.5 pounds for a total of being down 15.5 pounds! Yahoo! I will offer more BLOG CANDY for every 15 pound loss. I have 101 pounds to lose to get to my goal weight. I am focused and determined to do it. I have NOT had any bread, candy junk food, unhealthy carbohydrate in over three weeks - THAT is how focused I am! I will NOT eat anything unhealthy because I want to continue to feel great! You can tune in next week to see how much I lost! My first "big" goal will be achieved with a loss of 4.5 more pounds! So once I get that gone - I will have some Candy to giveaway!

Now on to my project...

Stamp Set: So Far Away by Firecracker Designs By Pamela
Ink & Cardstock: Caramel, Chocolate Chip, SU Autumn Meadows
Accessories: Antique Brads, Black Marker, Twill, Rounded Tab Punch, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Chrissy D

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Tonight, we had AWANA and our theme was crazy hair night. I think it is one of my most favorite days! The kids and I had fun making our hair crazy and looking goofy.

Here I am.. we found a toy spider in Noah's room and he dared me to put it on top of my head for the evening.

Noah wanted a target on his head....

Grace wanted her hair pink and green.

Since the big kids made their hair crazy, Sarah wanted to participate too.
She ended up being the only one in her class to have Crazy Hair, but she didn't care! :)

Now for my card! The card base is a diecut available at Creative Cuts and More. I used the A6 Arch Window Card. The stamp set is available at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and is called Light of the World.

I hope you have a great day! I am sleepy so going to head off shortly. Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!
Chrissy D

Monday, October 19, 2009

Angelina Fibers Pointsettias

Today (Monday) was a busy day with lots of extra kids. We focused on school in the morning then we stopped at church to check out some things in the Card Ministry drawer and fill the filing cabinet with more cards. I had a short amount of time I could do some stamping, but wasn't able to complete my project. I will have to do that tomorrow.

This card uses the Technique Angelina Fibers from Technique Junkies - the technique is featured on the Technique Junkies 2009 CD-7 I have available for Blog Candy right under this post!

Here are a few more details:
Stamps: Christmas Pointsettia by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, All in a Row by SU (retired)
Cardstock: Rose Red, basic Black, Pink pirhuoette, Acetate
Accessories: Angelina Fibers, Gems, black grosgrain

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

Chrissy D

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Hello! Have you ever wanted to make something pretty, but just didn't know where to start? I have piles of stamps I am going through as I clean out and found this one that I have barely used and just couldn't resist any more! However, as I looked at it...I was stumped, so I went to Splitcoaststampers and found THIS card by the talented "moonfairyglass".
As you look at the two cards, you will see the differences, because once I got started I couldn't stop froo-froo-ing it up! :)

Here are the details:
Stamps: Simple Friendship by SU, Encouragement by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Paper: Bashful Blue, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Baja Breeze, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Dew Drops, Punches, Twill Ribbon, Paper Piercing, Stickles, Dimensionals

The past few weeks, I have been setting some new goals and working very seriously towards losing weight. So far I have lost 12 pounds! I am at the point I am determined to get to my goal this time!

Today I am praying Psalm 91 over my family and for you...

Psalm 91

Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowlera]">
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

I have to do a few things here but I will be posting some BLOG CANDY a bit later today! Thank you for stopping by. Your comments really make my day!

Many blessings-

Chrissy D

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Hello! Welcome to Holiday - Thanksgiving and Christmas themed October Blog Hop and the Bloggers Challenge! We're showing off projects that are perfect for the season. You will find a wide variety of projects to enjoy! Great gift giving ideas, ornaments and table decorations for your holiday spread.

I just LOVED Ellen's fall projects and her Football fold out Photo frame was just perfect for a gift for a grandparent or another loved one. Wasn't her work just FABULOUS? (If you didn't arrive here from the Creative Cuts and More Blog, you don't want to miss what our whole DT has in store for you! The Creative Cuts and More Blog Hop starts at

Creative Cuts and More also have some exciting news! Last month, they debuted the BEAUTIFUL FALL KIT And guess what? We're offering up one of these kits for BLOG CANDY! If you have not seen samples, scroll down to enjoy more samples from this gorgeous kit!

This card kit is jam 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. You will have everything you need to make 12 great cards. The only thing you will need to add is adhesive.
The kit is worth over $34 but we are offering
this kit in all of its Fall Glory for only $26.99!

Here is my project - I used the SLEIGH and Terry over at CC&M has the KILLER RED STICKY TAPE at a KILLER price! WOW!!! This week's Bloggers Challenge is to ALTER IT!!! You can view other Blogger Challenge participants by clicking on the side bar icon.

Here are a few more details on my project:

Sleigh Die Cut from CC&M
Stamps: Baroque Motif from SU
Accessories: Killer Red Sticky Tape, Buttons, MS Branch Punch, Gold Cord

Now you will want to continue on your HOP to see what the rest of the Talented Design Team has in store for you! Check out what Tifany DeGough has to show you! It is sure to inspire you!

One more quick note before I let you go...We've got some special savings for you! Save 15% at the Creative Cuts & More Store through October 22st by using the code Octbloghop1509 at checkout.

Come join the fun with Creative Cuts and More and Caardvarks!

We will also be celebrating with a Recipe Blog Hop on November 9-10. Come join the fun!

Before we go - I want to mention SWEET 'n SASSY STAMPS is also having a their CHRISTMAS BLOG HOP today.
Belinda Chang
Jeanette Comerford
Leah Cornelius
Korin Sutherland
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!
Chrissy D

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


HAPPY FALL YA'LL!!! This week's Belli Challenge is to create a card, scrapbook page, or project with a Fall andThanksgiving theme with a LEAF on your project . You could use the Designer Paper, Stamps, Brads...just about anything you have lying around your room! Remember, we are supposed to be using our stash! We all have it... remember? That stuff from last year you HAD to HAVE?

This week we have a Creative Cuts and More as our sponsor! They even had a Blog Hop this week, to join them on their Hop and to see MORE creations you can follow this LINK. Creative Cuts & More is a leader in the die-cutting industry. They have a huge variety of bags, boxes, cards and shapes, and offer those cuts in chipboard, acetate, felt, foam, shrink plastic, velvet paper and in name-brand cardstock including Bazzill Basics, Bazzill Bling, Stardream, Curious, and DoubleMates.

Terry from Creative Cuts and More will give a winner the Haunted House Castle Mini Album This mini album kit is jam packed with supplies. This kit contains a Bare Elements White Paperboard Accordion Castle Album. You also receive an eight piece die cut set which is made to cover the eight sides of this castle album. The kit contains many mini die cuts including two white circles, two bare trees, four white ghosts, four pumpkins, four sections of white fences and three bats. This castle album kit is jam packed with embellishments including Doodlebug Halloween Jewels, Diva Drops and Doodlebug Boutique Ribbon. You will have everything you need, except for adhesive,black paint and photos to make this great Halloween mini album. You will need to participate and post your project on the BELLI CHALLENGE BLOG.challenge.

Terry is GENEROUSLY giving anyone who wants some of her fabulous die cuts a 15% discount on your order! All you have to do is use the coupon code Bellichallenge1009!

Here is my project:
Stamps: Autumn Blessings by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Diecuts: A2 Circle Window Card with scallops with circle scallop frame, mini Flowers in Mocha & Rust Velvet Paper
Accessories: Rub Ons, Twill Ribbon, Skeleton Leaves, Cordorouy buttons, Circle Cutter

Now - It is ALSO the BLOG HOP for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps! You will want to start at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog - and if for some reason the link is broken click on the upper side bar!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a great day!

Chrissy D

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Hi Friends-
I am cleaning out my stamp room. I have SOOOO MUCH stuff, I just need to clean out some of it OUT! We moved my daughter's school room into my office so she can be RIGHT by me, so I need to make room!

If you know of anyone in the MILWAUKEE, WI area who would be interested in these racks - I am selling these!!!

This shelf - This Paper shelf has wheels and is 23" x 68" - I am asking $75.00 or best offer - I will NOT SHIP this item!!! :) It does dis-assemble for easy transporting.

This Paper Rack will hold 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock and if you wish one row of 12 x 12 cardstock. I am selling it to make room for other things. In great condition - asking $125.00 or best offer. (Cardstock NOT included!) :) This rack does come apart for easy transporting as well too. I will not ship this item.

This is 2 racks - side by side - I am only selling one - but this is what it looks like with paper in it. The paper will NOT be included....

Give me a hollar if you are interested! Have a great day!
Chrissy D


This has been purchased. Thank you! More offers to come!

I have a box of around 20+ Stampin' Up! Ink Cartridges and the Refills - Most of which are brand new or used only once for the taking. I will send the whole thing of various colors to anyone for $20.00 plus shipping. This is a a minimum of OVER a $100- value!!!!!

First one to contact me - it is yours!

Chrissy D


WOW! Did I get a great response. If I have any more treasures I will let you know. For now this offer is closed.

Hi Everyone-
I am cleaning my office out and I have a TON of stuff here that I want to get rid of. There is some things that are gently used - and some things brand new - things like
- misc. buttons
- stampin' pastels
- designer paper
- Prima flowers
- Hardware

Just a wide variety of things! I am willing to make up one or two packages and mail them out if someone would want to pay the postage. I PROMISE the VALUE WILL be worth more than the postage you pay.

Please contact me at and let me know you are interested in and I will give you my Paypal address.

Thanks so much! Come back tomorrow for the Belli Challenge!

Chrissy D