Friday, April 30, 2010


Hello Everyone!

Tomorrow is National Scrapbook Day! To celebrate, FCD has put together these 2 sets, especially chosen for use with scrapbook pages! What a perfect way to create page upon page of memories for future generations to keep close to their hearts!

Red Rubber set:

Butter/Dragon Fly, 2×3002, 4.49

Dots – Hollow Bubbles, 2×3005, 4.49

Dots – Distress, 2×3004, 4.49

Doodles 7/Paisley, 4×5019, 8.99

Doodles 8/Journal Jammer, 4×5020, 8.99

Innies/Outies 4, 4×5025, 8.99

Total value: $40.44

You'll get all 6 sets for one low price!*

You'll get all 6 sets for one low price!*

Sale price for set: $25.00

That’s SIX red rubber sets for ONLY $25.00!!

(Tip: you can search the FCD site by the product codes listed below if you want to view the individual sets closer up.)

Clear Polymer set:

Curly Bird, CS2X2003, 2.99

Ribbon Moon, cs2×2007, 2.99

Blue Bird, CS2×2011, 2.99

Star, CS2×2012, 2.99

Pussy Willow, CS2×3005, 3.79

Boy w/ Flowers, CS2×3008, 3.79

Total Value: $19.54

Sale price for set: $12.50

You'll get all 6 clear images for one low price!*

You'll get all 6 clear images for one low price!*

That’s SIX clear polymer stamps for ONLY $12.50!!!

(Tip: you can search the FCD site by the product codes listed below if you want to view the individual sets closer up.)

Sale starts NOW!! and ends on Friday Midnight- May 7.

(*NO BACK ORDERS-Firecracker Designs By Pamela reserves the right to make equal substitutions to fill orders if an item is sold out.)

Now for the details on my card:

Stamps: Fruit Cup and Birthday Greetings by Firecracker Designs By Pamela

Cardstock: Green Galore, Garden Green, White and Gable Green
Accessories: Microbeads, Red Sticky Tape, Oval Punch, Circle Punch, MS Punch, Gems, Grosgrain, Paper piercing, mat pack

Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend!

Chrissy D

Bloggers Challenge: EMBOSS IT!

Hello Everyone! Today is BLOGGERS CHALLENGE day! Todays Bloggers Challenge is to EMBOSS it - I actually have another card that is half way done with heat embossing and this same stamp set - so I may add to this or just post it later next week - we will see what my stamping time looks like tomorrow morning! :)

This stamp is a NEW RELEASE from I Brake For Stamps - It is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I love this Birds and Butterflies Collage sheet!

Here are some more details:
TECHNIQUE: PYRAMID from the Technique Junkie Newsletter from June/July 2009 Newsletter
Cardstock: Hunter, Apricot, White, mellow moss
Ink: Burgundy, Rose, Hunter, Moss, Apricot
Accessories: Technique Junkies Newsletter, Paper trimmer, Swiss Dots Cuddlebug folder, Big Shot
Did you know? YOU can CLICK HERE to save 10% at I BRAKE FOR STAMPS by using this code: SAVE10CHRIS.

For a LOT more inspiration click on the BLOGGERS CHALLENGE link on my side bar and check out some more fabulous projects!

Thank you for taking a look and commenting! Have a wonderful weekend!
Chrissy D

Thursday, April 29, 2010

It's a Quirky (QKR Stampede) Kind of Day!

Hello Everyone! Yesterday we went to the Weather Day at the Brewers Stadium and had LOTS of fun! One of the local News Teams came out and quizzed the kids on weather facts. After that, we enjoyed lunch at the Milwaukee Miller Brewers Stadium and enjoyed a Brewers game. We left early, due to AWANA at night and from being COLD - but we heard the game went into over time - 15 Innings! (WOW) and the Brewers ended up losing by one run. We had a great time with our friends! Here are a few pictures from the morning portion of our day!

Todays card comes to you from QKR Stampede, you may check out more of the Design Teams work with some of their CUTE images HERE.

Here are some details for you:
Stamps: QKR Stampede Rose label, Happy Birthday
Cardstock: Vanilla, Gold, Navy
Accessories: Gold Ribbon, Dew Drops, Mini Glue Dots, Martha Stewart Punch, Copics, Stickles

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a WONDERFUL day!!!

Chrissy D

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Belli Challenge #90 - Birthday Card

Hello and Welcome to my Blog! Today is Belli Challenge Day and our theme this week is BIRTHDAYS!!!!

This week we are excited to have Creative Cuts and More sponsoring the Belli Challenge! Terry from Creative Cuts and More generously provided all the Belli Girls with various die cuts to use from her FABULOUS Birthday Kit for this challenge. 

For those of you who do not know...Creative Cuts & More is a leader in the die-cutting industry. They have a huge variety of bags, boxes, cards and shapes, and they 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. Save time & money by having CC&M cut it for you! Visit the Creative Cuts & More Store or see hundreds of great samples in their Gallery.

The Belli Challenge is all about using up your OLD STUFF and FORGOTTEN TREASURES!!!!

Ideas of forgotten things you may have purchased last year or before that may have a BIRTHDAY THEME:
1. Cardstock
2. Brads
3. Ribbon
4. Stamps
5. Stickers
6. Rub Ons

7. Designer Paper

You get the idea!!!

When you are done here - check out the Belli Challenge Blog! If you want to play along... be sure to link up for a chance to win with Mr. Linky ON the Belli Blog!

Here is a picture of the BOY KIT

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. We will be having a BIG BLOG HOP with the REVEAL of a Brand New Website!

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 Ribbon
Out 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.

All done for now! Whew! 
Thank you for stopping by! Have a blessed day!

Chrissy D

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Hello! I hope this finds you having a WONDERFUL day! 

I am happy to share a SNEAK PEEK into some GORGEOUS new sets available on Wednesday at I BRAKE FOR STAMPS

Here are the details for the first card:

Stamps: Collage Stamps available WEDNESDAY at I Brake for Stamps!
Cardstock: Eggplant, Amethyst, Black, White
Accessories: Stickles, Primas, Pearls, Big Shot, Black Brads, Grosgrain, Cuddlebug folder

My card uses the following things...

Stamp Set: Collage Stamps available WEDNESDAY at I Brake for Stamps!
Cardstock: Coordinations, Teal, Celery, Apricot
TECHNIQUE: Sanded Coordinations technique from Technique Junkie Newsletter
Accessories: Copics, Cuddlebug, Big Shot, Sanding Block, Stickles , Dew Drops, Grosgrain, Paper Piercing Tool

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

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

Chrissy D

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Hello! It is Saturday and I LOVE Saturdays. Today, I am gone for the day and looking forward to it. I am heading out for a day of silence... This time it is for Saturday and part of Sunday. I will return home on Sunday afternoon. I am looking forward to just being STILL and having that quiet time with the LORD. It seems these days my life is just run, run, run and do, do, do... so this will be a WONDERFUL Retreat! :)

This first card I am sharing is made for our family friend Doug. It is his birthday this weekend and I could not decide on what kind of MANLY thing to make for him! My husband AND his wife was NO HELP - so he is getting this APple card! I love this Fruity set!

Here are the details:
Cardstock: White, Red
Accessories: Copics, buttons, black grosgrain, Big Shot, Cuddlebug folder, Wavy cutter by Creative Memories

Now this next sentiment makes me smile. I would NOT send this card to JUST anyone - and I hope it doesn't offend you. I have a special person who I am sending this to and I know it will make her SMILE. 

Here are some more details:
Stamp Set:Stamp Sets: Fruit Cup by Firecracker Designs By Pamela
Cardstock: Yellow, Turquoise, Green
Accessories: Copics, Gems, Grosgrain

Have you shopped at Firecracker Designs By Pamela? If not, you will definitely want to check them out. Pamela has FAST service, quality stamps in a WIDE variety of images and styles, NEW Digital images, and Accessories too! Check it out you won't be disappointed!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 

Chrissy D

Friday, April 23, 2010

Bloggers Challenge #148

Hello my friends! I hope this finds you ready for the weekend and having a GREAT day! Today is Bloggers Challenge Day and since I missed LAST week, I decided to DOUBLE up and do last week AND this week's challenge!

Last weeks challenge was this SKETCH...
This week's challenge is a color challenge! We are to use Moss, Blue and Orange ...

My card uses the following things...

Stamp Set: Easter Sheet by I Brake For Stamps
Cardstock: Vanilla, Moss, Blue
Accessories: Primas, Hodgepodge, Orange grosgrain, Stickles , Copics

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

You can check out the other Blogger participants projects for this Color Challenge by clicking on the side bar Bloggers Challenge icon.

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

Thursday, April 22, 2010

One Year Ago...

Hello My Friends-
I hope this is finding you well. I have several projects completed on my desk, but have not taken a photograph of them yet. So I thought I would look through and revisit an older project I made a year ago.

It uses the Technique Junkie Newsletter technique called Chalk Lines from the April 2009 Newsletter - and I also created it for the Belli Challenge. You can see the original post HERE.

Here are the details:

Here are a few more details:
Stamp Set: Dream Silhouettes and I'd Pick You (words) retired from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps,All in a Row by SU (retired)
Cardstock: Tempting Turq., Whisper White, Basic Black, Pink Passion
Accessories: Stampin' Pastels, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals, Butterfly punch by MS, Cuddlebug Folder, SU frames, Big Shot, Button Brads, Library Clips

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little flashback. Tomorrow is Bloggers Challenge Day and I will have a NEW project for you! :)
Chrissy D

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Hello! Today looks like it is going to be a gorgeous SPRING day in Wisconsin. We are continuing to work on school, but I am ready for a change! With that said, I am starting to plan a Science project for Astrology this summer using Apologia Science. I am very excited about it. I will be doing a co-op with one of my friends. I love home schooling! My children are learning to LOVE learning!

I was in a pink mood when I made this little Gift Card and Envelope. You can find these adorable little Gift card sets at Creative Cuts and More! I love Creative Cuts and More! There is a HUGE variety of die cuts, shaped cards and gift boxes made with HIGH QUALITY cardstock and MORE in a WIDE choice of gorgeous colors!

This adorable fruit set is PERFECT for a wide variety of cards and projects! I have SO MANY ideas for this set - so be on the look out the next few months! The entire set is HERE from Firecracker Designs By Pamela. Firecracker Designs By Pamela has a GREAT selection of stamp images for all different stamping styles! Take some time and check them out. They are NOW offering Digital images AND Pamela's stamp prices are VERY affordable and made from quality rubber!

Here are some more details:
Cardstock: this is a die cut called Gift card sets and Small Flower at Creative Cuts and More
Ink: Pink, Memento, Copics
Accessories: Dimensionals, button, Pink Gingham Ribbon, White satin ribbon, White gel pen, I used the small tag punch for the white tag to layer it!

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

Chrissy D

Monday, April 19, 2010


Hello Friends,
Last week was one of those insanely busy weeks, and I anticipate that to continue. After staying home for 10 years with my children, I am looking at getting a part time job! So many different emotions are running through my heart and soul, but we are needing a little extra income right now.

Todays project uses QKR STAMPEDE images and the SWEET STOP SKETCH! I just noticed this was the week with a TWIST and I missed it, so my card does not fully qualify! Oh well, I enjoyed the sketch anyways...and isn't that what it is ALL ABOUT? :)

Here are the details:
Markers and Cardstock: Celery, Garden Green, White, Patterned Paper
Accessories: Big Shot, Swiss Dot folder, Dew Drops, Mini glue dots

Thank you for letting me know! Have a great day!
Chrissy D

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Hi Everyone-
The top picture is a close up of my face when I started out last June on my weight loss journey. I have been on a weight loss journey for the past several months, and have taken a small break this past few weeks, but started back up LOSING WEIGHT again last week. I am down 50 pounds so far and still have some more to lose...

I thought I would share some observations and thoughts I have had about weight loss from the past year. I have struggled with my weight ever since High School - never being satisfied or happy with the way I look. Can I just say now? I LOVE being 40 - I do not worry about what others think as much as I used too! How freeing is that!? Sorry - back onto my Weight loss thoughts... I have changed my way of thinking, eating healthily has become a way of life for me! After several months of training my brain through SMALL changes, I now WANT to eat the healthy foods. DO NOT get me wrong - I still WANT sugar because it is like CRACK to me. Once I have Sugar, my body craves more. ACK! I need to stay away from sugar and processed foods because once I have it, I can never have enough... With that said, Easter candy has become my enemy. :) (I say this with a smile on my face!) So this week, I will be FASTING from sugar and processed foods. I will be eating LOTS of vegetables...

JUNE 2009

MARCH 2010
Along this weight loss journey, I have discovered a few things...

I find myself having this relationship with food that is ALL or nothing. If I would go OFF program, I would find myself having that FAILURE thinking. You know the thoughts, "well, I cheated, I might as well go ALL out and start again on Monday (even though it was Thursday.) OR "Oh I went off program, one more won't hurt" (then before I knew it a whole bag of cookies would be gone.)

Weight loss and this "diet" IS NOT about perfection it is aboutCONSISTENCY! Over the past 6 months, I have NOT been PERFECT. I have taken days or meals off plan.

1. Change your thinking! If you go off plan - IMMEDIATELY get back on program. Don't wait! ONE "binge" does not make you a failure! It is ONLY food - it does NOT define who you are!

2. When you are feeling strong- make a PLAN of what you would do when you feel weak! I would often make myself wait a half an hour BEFORE I snacked on something to make sure I wasn't dealing with emotions or stress eating. Another thing I did, (this one is drastic) I would tell my friends that if I even ate ONE tootsie roll (we were in a public place) to start OINKING as loud as they could. Honestly, I do not know if that would have worked, BUT I didn't eat any tootsie rolls that night!

3. Plan ahead for healthy snacks! It only takes a short time to do food prep - washing vegetables, cutting them up and making dip or whatever it is you love to eat. A new staple we have in our house at ALL times is cut up fresh vegetables and dip. When our friends come over, I can pull out a vegetable tray at any given moment with dip to nibble on. I can offer them chips or something if they turn their nose up at the vegetables but I know I can stay in control with something healthy to eat.

4. Give yourself credit even for the smallest things. It may seem silly - but YOU CAN do this!

  • If you pass by sweets or some tempting food and do NOT eat it. Give yourself credit!
  • If you go off program, but immediately get back on. Give yourself credit for not waiting!
  • If you go exercise instead of doing something else. Give yourself credit!
  • If you say NO to something, you would normally have said YES to. Give yourself credit!
Let me tell you, YOU ARE WORTH the effort it takes. The smallest success, NO MATTER HOW SMALL is HUGE!

Honestly, I am NOT in this to "win" it. I am here for the accountability! One thing I would say to myself in moments of temptation is that while NO ONE else may see what I am eating - I KNOW. And in the end, who am I kidding by hiding the fact that I am eating snacks and off plan food? I am only hurting myself. And I need to count on myself!

You are stronger than you realize! Remember...nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.

Ok- done with my ramble, not sure I said everything I was thinking, but I was interrupted about 10 times from my kids. Grrrrrrr Have a great day!
Chrissy D