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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello Friends,

  This is a picture of my husband, Michael with Alice.  Alice is eight months old and just a sweet baby.  You just can't go wrong when you speak sweet nothings into her ear.  By the way she's been promised a pony, pretty dresses and unlimited shopping time.

  She adored her Grandpa's whiskers.  I was able to get some belly kiss' in.  We also really enjoyed watching little Max.

  Mike found the rocking horse (complete with horse sounds) at a local thrift shop for $5.00.  Since he was working a few hours away from San Diego, he simply checked the horse with his luggage.  Thank you Southwest Airlines.  Lucky for us they allow 2 items to be checked.  Otherwise this great buy would have been nearly $90.00 to ship.

  The antics of a three year old little boy are vast.  I'm still of the opinion that we should come up with a way to harness the power and energy generated by toddlers!  Always busy.  He certainly enjoyed running around and being loud.

  The joys of being a grandparent are vast.  I certainly enjoyed the kiddos!

  While we were in the area, we visited El Cajon, CA, and the Taylor guitar factory.  The tour is free and Mike and I really enjoyed the tour.  The tour lasts around an hour and a half and there is a lot of walking.  Hopefully I will be able to post some pictures son.

  Of course when in San Diego, I recommend three Stamp Stores,  The Stamp Addict, which is in San Diego.  This small shop is filled with awesome treasures.  For local folks, they offer class' ranging from Stamping and Scrap booking to Mixed Media.  When I last visited the store back in January, the shop was a little dis-jointed and did not have as much inventory.  This time, under new ownership and management, the store seemed not only brighter but much better organized.

  The second store was Stamp Delights.   This is a really fun store.  Debbie has owned the store for around 18-20 years.  The location is quirky, however very easily found.  She is both knowledgeable and so much fun to chat with. There are many hidden treasures and display pieces.  The stamps that have coordinating die sets are actually clipped together making the process very easy.  I helped elevate some of her Lawn Fawn inventory.   Of the three stores I visited this was my favorite. This was indicated by my monetary vote.

  The last store I visited was Of the Heart in Lemon Grove, CA.  This store is in a strip mall.  Folks it is not located in the best of locations.  The store is getting ready to merge with another local store that sales more generalized craft items, such as beads.  The owner is a bit standoffish.  She does have plenty of samples and a great inventory.  However, the store was very warm.  I know it is still September and generally speaking California is warm anyway.  However, a better A/C situation would have been welcomed.

  This store had a decent selection. The main problem was there were many samples that she had displayed and did not have the stamps or materials to make the cards in stock.  I would have purchased several more stamps had they been available for purchase.

  More pictures of our adventure will be forth coming.  Video's of projects I will be making can be found on my YouTube channel.  As a reminder you can click under the main header to visit my Youtube, Etsy,Ebay or other sites.  As always, you may email me directly at, please put something such as "Stamping" in the subject line so I know that your email is not spam.

  Stamp Happy and be a blessing! Until next time...

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Birthday cards for Chemo Angels October Birthdays!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Today I am posting two video's showing the cards I made for the Chemo Angels October Birthdays.

With both cards, I used a white card base. On the cards above, I embossed the pink layer using one of my cuttlebug embossing folders. For both cards I used a retired Stampin Up stamp set as well as a happy  Birthday sentiment from Hampton art stamps.

Recently I took card stock to my local FedEx Kinkos and had it cut down to size.  This decision is already paying off.  I didn't have to cut the card bases or the pink layer.  All the other layers are cut using dies form my collection.

Please check out my YouTube channel and facebook pages for more inspiration.  Please let me know if you have any questions! Have a great Wednesday! Stamp happy and be a blessing! 

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Craftin Desert Diva's

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

  Craftin Desert Diva's is a company I recently discovered.  I was surfing some of the subscriptions I have to other great crafters on YouTube and came across a channel were the young lady used stamps from this company.

  Knowing full well my crafty style, I couldn't help myself.  I paused the video and went to their website to check out what they have to sell.  I placed an order and received it within a few days.  The stamps are high quality photo polymer and easy to work with.  They offer both digital cut files and dies for use with their images.  I prefer just having the dies as I do not currently own a digital cutting machine.

  Apparently I am just not technically savvy enough to figure out how to use them. I've own three different electronic cutting machines and have sold or returned all of them.  I would much rather have my dies.  Now that the dies are thinner, lighter and coordinate with stamps, it plain just makes my life easier.

  The second video is a progress video making a card using these adorable images.  Please email me with any questions!


  Have a great day, Stamp Happy and be a blessing! 


Halloween Card

Thursday, September 10, 2015

  Hello my friends!

A week or so ago, I decided that I would take a bunch of card stock to my local FedEx/Kinko's office and have it cut down to 4 x 5 1/4", as well as cut in half both vertically and horizontally.  The young lady who was helping me was really nice.  I have had a previous bad experience with cutting services and wanted her to be clear on what I expected.

She was so accommodating.  When I went this afternoon to pick up the card stock, I was extremely pleased.  Not only was it all cut correctly, but the company had taken the time to put all the like colors together each divided by sturdy cardboard and bundled in rubber bands.

The experience couldn't have gone any better.  I am happy to report this will save me time.  The entire cost was just over $20.00.  Well worth the money.

I also had a creative day.  I created some cards for an upcoming Halloween swap.  I ha the hardest time coming up with what I wanted to do.  Generally I have an idea or have found a sketch I like.  Not this time.  So, I followed my own advise.  I sat down at my stamp desk and stamped out dozens of different images.  Coloring and die cutting them all.  Then I played around with the placement until I found what I liked.

Below is the video of how I put the card together.  I hope you'll like the fun Halloween music!  Stamp happy and Be a blessing!