Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Thank You

Your eyes are not deceiving's me again!

I made thank you notes for the great gifts we got from my husband's family, and I have to say, they are among my most favorite cards I've made, and one of the most CAS.  I can get a little layer-y at times.  What do you think?

I used Papertrey Ink's Holiday Button Bits and Signature Christmas.  The little row of holly on the bottom inside and on the envelope is a $1 stamp set from Michael's.  The buttons are a Sizzlit die, and I used DMC cross-stitching floss for the thread.  The paper is SU's Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, and PTI's white (which is awesome!).  The ribbon is SU's Cherry Cobbler seam binding...another favorite.  The ink is also SU.

While we were in NY over Christmas weekend, we went to see Sherlock Holmes with Bob's parents.  The movie was good, but it was the seats that were out of this world!!  The shopping center the theatre is in was flooded this summer, so they totally remodeled.  We were so impressed with the seats....they are soft, red leather with lots of room and best of all, they recline!  Here is a picture of his parents (not a good one) sitting in the seats, but if you look beyond them to the woman in the background, you can get a better idea of the chairs.  All I needed was a blanket, and it would've been perfect!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that your coming year is filled with many blessings.

Until next time -

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas...some chatter.....and a project

Honestly, I must be the worst blogger (or co-blogger) on the world wide web! It's been a very long time since I've been on here.  Here are some highlights of the past couple months.

We went to Lake Placid for Labor Day (I know, right??) and had a wonderful time. We went sunset kayaking on Mirror Lake with my SIL. We walked there from her house.  The picture is my husband and me in one kayak......something I do NOT recommend! 

How beautiful is that??

Ocean City was so much fun!  I should've thanked everyone then for a great time and awesome projects....but I didn't.  Please accept my very late thanks to those of you who were there.  We couldn't have asked for a nicer group of ladies to try out an OC getaway on.  Andrea and I learned a lot and are looking forward to next year being bigger and better.

I was invited last Friday to a Christmas party with some co-workers, and the wife of a co-worker, who is an SU demonstrator, gave my friend Linda a licorce stick in one of the SU cellophane bags with a Santa face topper.  We thought....we can do that.....let's do it tonight!  So Linda, my sister and I got together last Friday around 4pm to make some of these:

My sister, Kelly, wanted to make 20 to give to her co-workers, Linda wanted 15, and I wanted 15.  That's a grand total of 50.  What the heck were we thinking???  Did you ever look at a project and think "how hard can it be??" and then SIX hours later want to scream?  Kelly left at 8:30pm for a hot date, and Linda hung in there until 10pm.  Linda's and Kelly's were finished, and we had the Santas put together for mine.  I finished them Sunday evening.  Whew.....that was a job but totally worth it when I gave them to friends and got their reactions.  Here are my 15:

So that about catches you up.  I hope you and yours have a very safe, happy and healthy holiday, and  I hope your coming year is filled with many blessings and lots of laughter and, of course, stamping.

Merry Christmas!!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Stamp Camp - December 2011

Today was stamp camp.... it was small but very relaxing.  Hazel shared her purses she made.   She learned the technique from the Ocean City Shoebox Retreat.  I had to share the cards we made and Hazel's purses.

Stamp set: Build a Blossom, Bring on the Cake
Ink: Razzleberry, Bashful Blue
Paper: Razzleberry, bashful blue, whisper white
Accessories: Build a blossom punch, Dazzling details, 1.3/8 punch, small circle punch

Everyone liked this card. I was not a big fan but it is nice.

Stamp set: Greenhouse Garden
Ink: Black, tempting turquiose
Paper: black, tempting turquoise, whisper white
Accessories: dimentionals, scallop punch

I really like this card especially the turquoise, it really brightens the card up.

Stamp set: Kindness matters
Ink: concord
Paper: concord, DSP, ivory
Accessories: gold brads, crayons

This was the favorite today.  I really like this card too.  Very simple, plain and easy on the eyes.

Stamp set: Merry & Type
Ink: olive, cherry cobbler
Paper: cherry cobbler, olive, whisper white
Accessories: scallop oval punch, oval punch, petals a plenty

I love this card.  I had to make one more Christmas/Holiday card before the year is out.

Hazel's purses.  She did a great job.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Save the Date - 2012

Here are some dates you should put on your calendars:

April 14, 2012 Bel Air  Shoebox swap - Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd,
(room for 30)
     Theme: all occasion

November 4 - 6, 2012 Ocean City Shoebox swap - Clarion Hotel,  (room for 25)
      Theme: Christmas/Holiday/Winter

Information will be posted to Splitcoast at a later date.

Monday, November 14, 2011

2012 Ocean City Shoebox Swap Weekend

Lisa and I are finally home.... what a weekend.  Before we left the hotel we booked a weekend for 2012.  We will keep you informed of all details, but consider this a save the date.

November 2 - 4, 2012

Clarion Hotel
10100 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD

Space for 25 stampers.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Whooooo Hooooooo !!!!! 1 day and 5 hours to go

Just a reminder:
The seafood buffet will go from Friday, Nov 11 5pm to 9pm.

Check and recheck your packing.... I make myself nuts when I pack for an event like this.

Let me know if you have any questions.



Sunday, November 6, 2011

Ocean City Fascinator Contest

I wanted to throw this out to you.  After the pinwheel class, Lisa and I will be explaining how the Fascinator Contest will work.  We are recreating the royal wedding..... here is an example of a paper Fascinator Lisa and I will be sporting on our heads.... Don't you just love the colors.  We are letting you have the opportunity of using Christmas/Holiday paper for the festive event.  The prize will be a simply scored from Stampin UP.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

5 Days until..... A Great Weekend of stamping and fun

There are only 5 days left to get ready for our Ocean City trip.... I am so excited and boy do I need this time away. 

Lisa and I put the final touches on the things we need to do for the weekend.  If you have any question give us a hollar....


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Girl Scout Cookie Time

I wanted to share with you all what I have been doing ..... yes... it is Girl Scout Cookie Time and I am out with my Senior Girl Scouts selling cookies.  Our first night was Fri, Oct 28 and it was VERY cold out there.  The girls are participating in two service projects... Operation Christmas Card and Operation US Mint.  Both projects are supporting our Military personnel.  Last night we had 30 people sign Christmas/Holiday cards for the Military troops.  They are off to a great start.....

Ciera & Rachel selling Girl Scout Cookies.  Savannah Smiles are the new cookie for the year and is the 100th anniversary cookie for scouts.  Ciera is holding one of the cards she made for patrons to sign for the Military Troops.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Pages added: OC Swap Information

New information has been added to the blog that will keep everyone informed for the Ocean City Shoebox Swap.  All information is to the right of the blog.  This should make things clearer for you to see what Lisa and I have planned for this weekend.  As always..... send us any questions.

Lisa and Andrea

Sunday, October 16, 2011

25 Days away....... Ocean City Hon !!!!!

I can not believe that we are only 25 days away from having a great fun filled weekend !!!! Lisa and I have put the agenda together and all the activities are planned.... here is just a taste:
2 different shoebox swaps - Christmas / Holiday and all occasion or whatever......
Paper bow making
Pinwheel making
How to use a score pal / score buddy
Jacobs Coat
What to do with that brayer and how to use it.....

Food and lots of it, I can not wait to get that seafood buffet on Friday night.... double yum

AND so much more ......

There is still room for more people to join us !!!!!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

NEW OPPORTUNITY for Ocean City Shoebox

Lisa and I worked a deal out with the hotel for people who already have a place down the ocean.  So here is the following info:

November 11 - 13, 2011

Clarion Hotel
1011 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD

Full Package Deal with room:
Single package   $ 345
Double package  $285
Triple package    $265
Quad package     $250

New Opportunity without room:
We (Lisa and I) made a deal with the hotel for people who have already have a place down Ocean City.  The cost for Friday night, Saturday and Sunday til 1p will be:


Food arrangements
Friday night Dinner Seafood Buffet
Saturday Breakfast Buffet
Saturday Lunch (Grilled Chicken lettuce salad)
Sunday Breakfast Buffet
Stampin’ fun all weekend! (Shoebox swap, technique classes, swapping)

There are still plenty of spots for a fun filled weekend.... sign up today.

Lisa and Andrea

Stamp Camp - October 2 -- Christmas in October

My October Stamp Camps are always Christmas in October.  We have the best time but there is never any Christmas/Holiday candy out yet so we munched on fall colored M&M's...
Love this card.....
Stamp set: Christmas Lodge
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, whisper white and silver glitter
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: scallop punch and NEW dazzling details

I really like the glitter paper.... brings great bling to a card.
Stamp set: Christmas Collage and Sincere Salutations
Paper: Night of Navy, whisper white and silver glitter paper.
Ink: Night of Navy
Accessories: scallop circle punch and stampin pop ups

Ink markers to rubber (color the rubber of the stamp with markers - huff - then stamp)
Stamp set: Pines and Poinesettias and hand penned holidays
Paper: Ridding Hood Red and whisper white
Ink: riding hood red, cherry cobbler, caucan and pear markers
Accessories: Gelly roll pen clear, pop ups and 1 3/8 circle punch

I saw this card on SC and had to do it.
Stamp set: Merry & Type
Paper: Berry Bouquet DSP, real read and whisper white.
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Label punch, Gelly roll pen clear and pop ups.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

40 Days til Ocean City Shoebox !!!!!

Here is another sample of what we will be doing down the ocean hon !!!!  I had fun putting together these decorations... I am thinking holiday decorations.... These look much better in person.

The paper is Stampin Up Spice Cake.  I used the scallop punch for the trip and a mustard button from the new Stampin Up Holiday Mini Catalog.

The paper is Stampin Up Berry Bouquet.  Again I used the scallop punch and the red glitter paper and the new silver gliter paper from the new Stampin Up Holiday Mini Catalog.

This paper is from a brick of paper I had around the house but the glitter paper and punch is Stampin Up. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Paper Bows !!!!! We will do these at November Shoebox in OC

Ok... Diana showed me paper bows the other day and I swore I would not do them.... here they are, I am hooked.  What a great idea to use scrap paper that is just laying around the house.  Also..... we will be doing these bows in November...

Sept 11 Stamp Camp

Stamp camp was very relaxing .... I actually did 5 cards this time instead of my 4.  I made these cards last month and didn't have anything from the new Holiday Mini so I changed a few cards and added an extra.  Here are the cards for your viewing:

Stamp set: Summer Solstice
Ink: Night of Navy, Lucky Limeade, Tempting Turqoise
Paper: Night of Navy, tempting turquoise, lucky limeade, whisper white
The card is not that difficult... stamp the flower image on white with different colors.  Stamp a flower on a piece of scrap paper and cut out then pop up on white strip.

Stamp set: Kidoodles, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Ink: Black stazon.  Markers: wild wasabi, calypso coral
Paper: Pool party, whisper white, wild wasabi, designer series
I thought the kidoodles set was really cute.  This card has a flap on the front as seen above this part of the card which is the inside.  I like this design for holiday cards.  It makes it look like a surprise.

Stamp set: Gently Falling
Ink: Soft suede
Paper: Pool party, more mustard, designer paper
I stamped soft suede on the more mustard using random stamping. Layered the small strip of pool party with designer paper and added one of the new (in Holiday Mini) Huge buttons with hemp in the holes.

Stamp set: Haunted Forest
Ink: Tangerine tango, memento black
Markers: Old olive, tangerine tango, crumb cake, early espresso
Paper: Tangerine tango, black, whisper white
I took tangerine tango stamp pad and ran it across the tangerine paper to give it a wood look. Stamp the image, put a little ink on the stamp image and then took a sponge with black ink and smudged it across the white.

Stamp set: Dark and Dreary
Ink: Black, pumpkin pie, perfect plum
Paper: Tangerine tango, black, whisper white
Smuge pumpkin pie on most of the card, next smuge perfect plum and then trim the end with black.  Stamp the image on white and stamp the owl on white, punch it out with the oval punch.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


The Girl Scouts "finally" finished their Silver Award Project.  I thought I would share since most of you help with donations and supplies.  Their Silver Award Project was to make 1000 Cards (get well and thinking of you)  for Upper Chesapeake Health System.  The girls met with the President and Director of Guest Services where pictures were taken.  The hospital reps were very pleased with cards and all the hard work the girls did in making the cards.

Ciera, Rachel and Erin

Friday, September 2, 2011

Cards from Shoebox Aug 27

As promised here are the cards from Aug 27, 2011 shoebox.....our talent as we hurried to beat Hurricane Irene....

# 1 Andrea

#2 Lisa

#3 Diana

#4 Lynn

#5 Linda

#6 Michele

#7 Deb

#8 Brandy

#9 Mary M

#10 Janine

#11 Lynn H

#12 Sue

#13 Pam D

#14 Michele

#15 Deb

#16 Karen

#17 Donna

#18 Pam P

#19 Courtney

#20 Deb E

#21 Linda

#22 Kelly

#23 Carolyn

#24 Mary Helen

#25 Lisa

#26 Anna

#28 Martina

#29 Marcia

#30 Patti

#31 Bev