Ohh Ahhh...

Hey there! Just got back from CKC Valley Forge today with lots of great new stuff and lots of great memories! I went with my mom and friend Sara, and we stayed from Thursday night through this morning. We took a bunch of classes and shopped, shopped, and shopped! We joked all weekend about how organized we were, planning our meals and taking stuff out to the car early so we wouldn't have to do it all in the end, even finding creative ways to close a bag of chips (a ribbon tied paper clip works great!).
Some of the great boths which were on the floor for shopping included Rusty Pickle, Technique Tuesday, SEI, Scenic Route, and plenty more with a wide range of companies...but my favorite above all was BasicGrey! It is no secret that I love all BasicGrey things, so of course I HAD to have their 4 new paper lines plus matching cardstock and letter punch-outs (what is it without the complete set?!) Here is a picture of my 4 new paper packs. (Oh wait...one line is missing, the new Periphery is missing, Infuse isn't a new one, just new to me! Periphery is in a different bag and I forgot to pull it out)
Last night we went to the King of Prussia mall, which is the largest mall on the East coast to eat dinner. We walked around afterwards and ended up in the Crabtree and Evelyn store which carries Vera Bradley bags. We all walked out with our own new bag, in some of her latest styles for the season...they are sooo pretty! This was the first Vera Bradley bag for each of us!

This morning we went to the QVC Studios to check out their store and studio. We didn't end up taking the tour (my Mom and I had taken it in February when we went for a crop there), but we got to purchase some things without having to pay shipping! Sara and I jumped out of the car for this picture in the rain...

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Hello...from one Chick to another!

Hi everyone! It's been awhile, but I finally got some time to stamp and talk! Nothing is really new here, tomorrow I should find out which room will be mine for the school year since my principal is coming back from vacation, then I can get into my room and clean and start to decorate, yay! Yesterday my Mom helped me lay out all of the supplies I've been collecting for my class and I am pretty set in some areas, and still lacking in others. I made a list of all the things I want to order, and now have to go back to copy it onto my purchase req forms. I hope I am able to get the things before the school year starts, but I'm not sure... I'm rooting for my friend, Katie, who just went on an interview for a position this past Friday. She hasn't heard anything yet, but I really hope she does soon!

I made this card above for a bella swap from SCS. The swap is called "12 months of bellas and fellas" and the idea is that everyone does a card for the different months of the year. My month was March, and I thought crusiebella fit since the weather finally starts to get nice and you can put the top down on your convertible!

Supplies: (Hello)
Green Galore, Lavendar Lace, Only Orange, White
Ink: Green Galore, Lavendar Lace, Only Orange, So Saffron, Sahara Sand
Stamps: Crusiebella, SU! Doodle Alphabet and Polka Dots and Paisleys, A*Muse
Accessories: Apricot Ribbon (SU!), Mega and Giga Oval Scallop punches, Stickles, SU! Markers

Just wanted to share one more that I made today for a Bella swap...first time I used Chefabella.


Paper: White, Real Red, Night of Navy, DP by Dies Cuts with a View

Ink: Real Red, Night of Navy, Archival Black, VersaMagic Cloud White

Stamps: Chefabella, SU! So Very

Accessories: Wrought Iron Corner Punch, Tab Punch, SU! Markers

I also almost forgot to add that I was nominated by 2 people for the Rockin' Girl Blogger (yay! although I'm not really sure what it means...) So in return, I thought I'd spotlight 5 of my favorite blogs...
Check these talented ladies out if you get a chance!


Happy Almost Tuesday!

Hey out there! Yesterday was Sara's bridal shower...which I thought I had done SUCH a GREAT job of keeping a secret from her, but it turns out that she knew about it for 3 weeks! All I can say is that she did not hear it from me, her mother, my mother, or Aunt Dawn because we were extremely sneaky in our planning! She did accidentily see the invitation for her party at a friend's house and then connected the dots! I was a bit disappointed because I thought she was clueless and it is sooo hard to surprise Sara and I thought we had done it! Oh well, it turned out to be a great afternoon. She got some really nice gifts (including the racy one from her mother, which was quite tame if you know her mother!) and it was a nice afternoon. I just have to say that our bridal party rocks!

These are the cards I made for Sara for her shower. The single bride was just from me, and uses Stamping Bella stamps, Basic Grey DP, May Arts ribbon and Cuttlebug Embossing Folders. This was an image I had gotten from an image swap and I was a bit disappointed in the quality of the cardstock with this particular image, but I needed it and didn't have any others! The coloring came out okay.
The second card was made by me from the bridal party. Stamps used are Stamping bella, bridalpartybellas, Close to My Heart, and Technique Tuesday. The image is perfect because there are 5 of us in the bridal party!


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Hey Everyone!

Hello! It's been awhile again since I updated...sorry!! I get so busy with work and other things during the week that my blog is the last thing on my mind (I know it is hard to believe that there is life outside of stamping!). Thought I'd check in and share some things. Today I went to the Educational Warehouse store to buy some classroom decorations. Turns out I had 2 $15 coupons with my frequent buyer card, so I saved $30, woo-hoo! My Dad and Mom went with me, I love taking my Dad because he always goes crazy and insists on buying everything the store has to offer for teachers (which I love!)! As we were paying, he noticed a butterfly garden at the counter and asked the sales lady what it was, and she explained that you can buy a butterfly "farm" and hatch your own...next thing I know I am the proud owner of a future butterly "farm" and ladybug "farm". I just said it's a good thing we study the life cycle in 2nd grade! I got lots of other neat stuff...but my favorite is a box full of clip art pictures that can be copied and colored or used for anything. There are over 180 pictures, including ideas to use the pictures for. It was a splurge, but worth it!

These cards are somethings I've been working on lately. Above is a set of 4 cards I made to have on hand for a gift. I used the stamp set...sorry can't remember the name, but is current SU!, and a Hero Arts sentiment stamp set which looks like it is ribbon, and a Hero Arts borders set. Patterned paper is by Die Cuts with a View (Pocket full of Posies).

These two cards are ones I made with some of my new A*Muse stamps, the margarita glass and the saying "When life gives you limes...make Margaritas". Paper is also Dies Cuts with a View (Nana's Kids) I love the simplicity and the font for the saying! Cute, cute, cute (that was for you, Sara!) Enjoy, have a great weekend!!
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MIA for a bit

Hi! I've been MIA for a bit, but I'm back today! I started working again this week at my summer camp that I do every year, so I have been busy with that. I also was preparing for my demo lesson which was last Friday. I have great news about that...I was offered the job where I interviewed and did the demo lesson for! Of course, I accepted the position, so now I am a real 2nd grade teacher! Yay! I am still in disbelief that they picked ME of all the candidates. Please, will someone pinch me?!
I haven't gotten much stamping in lately, just some ATC cards for a bella swap (which I haven't taken pictures of yet). These two cards are ones I made when I was at the crop a few weekends ago. The "No one else can fill your shoes" is for the Clifton Scrapbooking Meet-up group card swap. I have some ATC's I made too for it, but again I haven't taken any pictures yet to upload...maybe tonight. I pulled out a SU! set that I don't think I've ever used but really like...Give Thanks, which I know is a fall set, but I like the sentiment and the sunflower. I may play around with that a bit tonight. I've been coloring with markers crazy since I got them for my bday, so this set is perfect. Let me get to work...have a great week!
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Last Night's Creations

Here are the cards I made last night which I hadn't uploaded yet. This morning I have some time before Sara gets here to finish up her invitations so I thought I would share. All stamps are new ones that I bought at SY Friday night. I love new rubber (and clear stamps too!)
Make a Wish
Paper: Green Galore, Pixie Pink, White, DP by Die Cuts with a View (Nana's Kids)
Ink: Basic Black, Pixie Pink, Yellow, Green Galore
Stamps: Make a Wish by MFT
Accessories: Cuttlebug Embossing Folders, Scallop Scissors, Corner Rounder, Stampin' Write Markers, Stickles

Next, I tried out my new PaperTrey stamps, Butterfly Kisses, using my chalk inks. ( I still have Little Lady to play around with too!)
Paper: True Thyme, Sahara Sand, DP by K & Co (Amy Butler)
Ink: VersaMagic Perfect Plumeria, Spanish Olive, Purple Hydrangea, Daubber Duos Hyacinth, Versamark
Stamps: Butterfly Kisses, PaperTrey
Accessories: May Arts Ribbon, Corner Rounder, Stickles, PP

And one last one...
True Thyme, Sahara Sand, DP by K & Co (Amy Butler)
Ink: VersaMagic Perfect Spanish Olive, Perfect Plumeria, Daubber Duos Hyacinth, Versamark, Glue Pad
Stamps: Butterfly Kisses, PaperTrey, Mike's $1 stamps (my friend)
Accessories: May Arts Ribbon, PP, Stickles, SU! Glitter, Making Memories Rhinstone Brads and Designer Brads
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